Wedding Planning

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

What Do I Wear For My Engagement Photos?

Michaela Pollock for Laurel Avenue

Your engagement photos are coming up and you have gone through every item in your closet and you are not satisfied! Laurel Avenue is here to help! 

 

Whitney and Scott's darling engagement photos on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, GA.

Whitney and Scott's darling engagement photos on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, GA.

Jilly Doty Photo

Jilly Doty Photo

 

First off,

wear something that you are comfortable in. We would definitely recommend trying your outfit on before the day of. 

 

Secondly,

get another's opinion (besides your fiancé's). This can really help you make sure you are being "you," and not overdoing it. 

 

 

 


Wait, what does he wear?!

Phil and Jes' cozy engagment session in Georgia by C Hope Photography

Phil and Jes' cozy engagment session in Georgia by C Hope Photography

       Great question! Have your man compliment you, if you're wearing red, he can rock a neutral.

Stephanie and Hunter's precious engagement in Aiken South Carolina

Stephanie and Hunter's precious engagement in Aiken South Carolina

Savannah and Will's dreamy engagment in Atlanta, Georgia by A Thomas Photo

Savannah and Will's dreamy engagment in Atlanta, Georgia by A Thomas Photo

Gabby and Caleb's whimsical engagement in Covington, GA. 

Gabby and Caleb's whimsical engagement in Covington, GA. 

Once Upon a Time Photography

Once Upon a Time Photography

 

Overall, be sure to remain yourself!

This isn't a time to try to overdue it or to try a new trend. Remember,  they're just pictures and your love being displayed is of the most importance! 

Britt Croft Photo

Britt Croft Photo

XOXO,

Michaela Pollock

How To Be The Best Bridesmaid...Ever.

...as demonstrated by some incredible ladies we're had the pleasure of meeting this year.

We have seriously had some AMAZING bridesmaids. Sweet clients means they have sweet friends and that is the gospel truth. I wish I could give all our bridesmaids a big huge hug, and even if you're not pictured in this post - know you are a huge part of why I adore doing this job. Truly, I'm just highlighting bridesmaids that I have pictures of. You all deserve a medal. 

You darling women have encouraged me, checked on me and other vendors, hugged me, given me bottled water and that always blows me away because I'm just doing my job. So thank you. Thank you for being precious and self-less and kind and that includes all of you. 

1. Ask about expectations.

You know. Ask what your role as a bridesmaid really means to the bride. What is she asking of you? Some of the sweetest bridesmaid I know have taken it on to be the bride's personal encouragement force, like Gabby's sisters, running around checking on vendors and thanking people who were working hard.

I. Was. Amazed. I mean look at these angels. 

Sweet birdesmaid and mom moment in the mirror. Monroe wedding. 
Katey Penton Photo Credit

Katey Penton Photo Credit

 

2. Anticipate the cost.

Did you know the average bridesmaid spends about $1,500 between attire, gifts, travel, meals, showers, accessories and hotels? Yep. Get ready, sister.

Bridesmaids in airy blue dresses Macon, GA wedding

3. Instigate moments that hold things together.

  • Seeing other maids on their phones at the Bach party? Play a game of answering questions about how you all know the couple!
  • See the MOB getting stressed? Offer to run an errand.
  • Down time on wedding morning? Suggest prayer time, like SWEET Caroline's moms and maids below!
Moms and maids praying over the bride
Gorgeous light blue bridesmaid dresses and wedding florals

4. Don't take it personally.

Having an un-offendable heart is the biggest gift you can give the bride and groom if things get a little expensive/crazy/inconvenient/thrown-together/last minute. 

Holly VonLanken Photo Credit

Holly VonLanken Photo Credit

5. Be a cheerleader.

The emotional investment it takes to be a bridesmaid is huge because you need to make sacrifices to show up and celebrate, sometimes across a whole year! 

Guests are looking to you to set the tone, as part of the entourage, choose to be positive and upbeat as often as you can!

Britt Croft Photo Credit

Britt Croft Photo Credit

6. Get to know the other people involved.

Something that blessed be the most as a bride was to see the people I love get to know and eventually love each other!

 

Karli Ryan Photo Credit

Karli Ryan Photo Credit

7. Don't get wasted. 

OF COURSE you should enjoy the reception + dance it up...like Mary's crew (above) who were NON-STOP on the dance floor and still amazingly helpful every minute of the day. 
Like the example of these girls, dance your heart out and be ready to tote flower arrangements to the car after the party ends.

8. Bring snacks. Everywhere. 

There's a lot to be said for the girl who can whip out a Baby Ruth if the bride has a low blood sugar, or a fellow 'maid forgot a water for your group hike. It's just a good idea.

Another way my bridesmaids blew me away was by pooling funds and meal planning/grocery shopping ahead for our bachelorette weekend. Who knows how much we saved by not needing to eat out every meal!

And drinking? Much cheaper if the Angry Orchards come from Costco rather than the Hotel Bar.

Example below: Katie's mom + maids setup the CUTEST mimosa bar the morning of the wedding.  

Bridesmaid robes coral floral at Southern Bridle Farms with the beautiful bride.
Ashlee Culverhouse Photo

Ashlee Culverhouse Photo

9. Plan games + activities to whip out of your purse at a moment's notice!

Okay I know this one sounds lame. But think about all the times groups of bridesmaids have to wait around. Could be at a restaurant together, a rainy day on the bachelorette trip, in the car riding to a dress shop, and up to 5 or 6 hours on the wedding day!?!?! Yep. 

Waiting is a big part of being in a wedding party. 

So be the girl that has a way to make the waiting fun! 

10. Be a normal friend.

Call just to talk about non-wedding things, but let her rant about wedding things if she needs to. After all, the title of bridesmaid basically means "keep being there for me even when I'm planning a major life transition."

So...you have bridesmaid greatness already inside of you.

Mix and match bridesmaid dresses with vintage inspired florals. Georgia wedding.