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Uncovering the Truths & Lies from Father of the Bride

Hey there! It's your Nashville coordinator, Michaela here!

Recently, I took a vacation to San Diego, CA to visit one of the best, Mary Caroline! On my plane ride there I decided to watch Father of the Bride, since I had never seen it before. (I know, what kind of coordinator am I?!) While watching it, I was blown away with how accurate and inaccurate this movie portrays coordinators! So, I am here to unveil the lies and the truths! 

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Mary and I enjoying San Diego, CA! Isn't this succulent wall cool? Pigment is pretty cool.
 

Also, if you're an avid Father of the Bride fan, know I LOVED it and I totally recommend it! 

 

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Lie: The Coordinator, The Dictator

  • So, Franck the coordinator, takes care of contacting and choosing the florals, the style, all of the rentals, and more in the movie. This is not always the case. Different coordinators offer different handling on all of the vendors. However, Laurel Avenue doesn't choose these vendors, we discuss with you what you are looking for in these vendors and give you our suggestions of people we know, trust, and love! 

 

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Truth: Money, Money, Money

  • Franck is very honest with the family about how much things will cost at the magnitude and elegance that they want. As coordinators, we are very honest with what you can expect for your budget. Because we work in the wedding industry we want to be honest with you about what you can expect monetarily. By understanding your priorities we can best advise you where you can save and where you want to splurge. 
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Lie: Coordinator's Opinions Matter

  • Although the family is extremely happy with the wedding, one thing I noticed was that Franck always told his opinion of their taste. This is not what we do. We want you to have YOUR day! You should see your ideas and dreams come to a reality. 

 

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Truth: We've got this!

  • During the whole day, Franck and his team orchestrate and make sure everything is happening smoothly and the family knows what to do. This is our main goal! We want you to be so present and to be able to spend this with your loved ones. The minute something happens we'll be the ones to handle it.
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Lie: Your Dad will handle the problems

  • Wow, this could not have been more wrong! During the wedding, the Father of the Bride has to handle the horrendous parking situation. This would never be put into the father's hands. Your father needs to be present and we would never want to drag him away from guests or the experiences of his daughter's wedding.
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All in all, it's a great and sweet movie that I would totally recommend for you and the girls to watch. We just have to remember, you can't always believe what you see in movies! Feel free to comment below any more movies you want de-bunked! 

Special thanks to Lauren Carnes Photography & Griffin Nelson

xoxo,

Michaela

Featured Couple: Ashley + Ryan Wood

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Meet Ashley & Ryan Wood! Ashley & Ryan live in Wake Forest, NC where Ashley is a Preschool teacher and Ryan is a student at Southeastern Seminary and is a customer service move coordinator. They have been married for one year and four months!

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Ashley described Ryan as gentle, diligent, and smart and Ryan described Ashley as gentle, compassionate and faithful.

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On any given Saturday you can find Ashley and Ryan sleeping in, sharing a big breakfast together, spending some time reading, going out to lunch, visiting a coffee shop, and eating dinner together while watching something on Netflix. 

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What do you love about your marriage most?

Ashley: The friendship with our marriage. Being able to have someone to share the good days and the bad days and knows so much about you and your heart. Someone you always enjoy being with, it’s a very special friendship. You feel very safe and I love the safety I feel.
Ryan: The simplicity and to be with one another a lot. The companionship of it. We get to do the exciting and mundane things together. The simplicity of companionship. Just being able to be with one another. The pressure is off to keep the romance as the center of the relationship. We are together forever. We just love one another.
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What advice would you give to someone who just got engaged?

Ashley: Enjoy the season. It goes by so quickly. It’s such a sweet season and it’s hard in the waiting. Sometimes that waiting can overshadow the joy and excitement. Enjoy all the little things and all the people. Use that time to build that friendship with one another.
Ryan: I’m thankful for our engagement because we were a part for a lot of it, which is tough. Use your engagement to become the person you want to be for your spouse. WE both had a lot of time to grow. Allowing that time to look into your life and seeing what you want to change and who do I want to become. The Lord used that time to grow us.
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How do you honor your spouse in conflict?

Ashley: Ryan will say, “I’m not deliberately hurting you,” I’ve had to tell myself this truth. That really stuck out to me one day. I would take it very personally. Being the one that is more sensitive is I have to remind myself that he isn’t against me and giving him the benefit of the doubt. Regardless of how you are feeling, remembering this person lvoes me and remembering where he is. We are a team and he’s for me. It’s a lot of grace and forgiveness. You do have to forgive and very quickly not hold it over them or against them.
Ryan: Addressing it quickly. Allowing myself to be “inconvenienced” by resolving the conflict immediately. I normally feel like it is something that can wait, but working through it and talking about it right after so we can move on. 
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We loved getting to know more about Ashley and Ryan's marriage! They have such big hearts and we glad to have them on the blog!

Special thanks to Eleanor Stenner & Katie Snyder

xoxo,

Michaela

3 Early Signs You Need Coaching

Michaela Pollock for Laurel Avenue

Whenever I explain coaching to people they often, respond with, "oh wow, that sounds so great, I want that for my life!"

Don't we all!

Laurel Avenue Wedding planning made affordable: Wedding Coaching.
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3 Early Signs You Need Wedding Coaching

 

Especially during this extremely crazy time in your life where you have 1,000 ideas and things running through your head, on top of that you're processing how you are going to involve the 50 people you love the most into this process and you're moving to another city with your man, etc. etc. 

Being engaged is A LOT. And you may just need some coaching guidance. 

Here are Laurel Avenue's top three early signs you need coaching!

 

1) Vendors got you like.... WOAH.

If you're getting overwhelmed with the 1,000 photographers in your town and don't know what separates them from what, coaching is for you. Or if you fell like you don't know how to find a vendor you trust and know will deliver exactly what you're thinking, this is for you!

 

2) Emotions are overriding the to-do list.

This is probably one of the most common reasons we see couples book us for coaching. Your fiance's parents are divorced and you're serving alcohol and your mother doesn't approve, the list goes on! Because this is such an emotional time for everyone involved situations like this get sticky. We want to help you keep your head on straight by reminding you- hey you get to take fun photos with your beau this weekend! or woohoo let's set up your makeup trial! Or maybe we just listen to your struggles and help you best delegate these situations. We love it and are 100% here for our brides. 

3 Early Signs You Need Wedding Coaching

 

3) You are not a self-starter.

Let's be honest, if you aren't type A wedding planning is a bit harder for you. Keeping up with a to do list isn't your forte. This is totally fine! We actually love brides like this! Through coaching we can keep you on track and help motivate you to keep on your to do list. Honestly, these brides always make me laugh because they are so appreciative of the structure. 

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Here's an actual sneak peak of the checklist software that we customize that our coaching clients get access to, so we can keep up with it all together, in a way that makes sense for your budget and your goals:

Aisle Planner, Planning Software for brides

We hope this helps define more if you need coaching, because we love our coaching couples!