Year two & a little something for Emerald Coast brides | Pensacola Wedding Planner | Destin Wedding Planner

November 17

It’s been almost-to-the-day one year since I became a permanent Alabama resident. Shannon Reeves Events’ homebase became a cozy home office in Tuscaloosa and saw a year of the prettiest most classic, tradition-rich southern weddings yet.

Year One was fantastic. And Year Two will come with lots of travel as SRE heads to Birmingham, Huntsville, Lake Martin & Florence, Ala. and Tallahassee.

As excited as I am to take SRE across the Alabama map, I’m long overdue for an Emerald Coast wedding and my heart misses it! There are still a few open dates on my 2015 calendar and filling them with coastal weddings – Pensacola weddings, Destin weddings, 30A weddings – would be just the ticket for a picture-perfect Year Two.

Pensacola brides, Destin brides, Emerald Coast brides: Let’s do it. Pensacola is home, it’s where I started wedding planning fresh out of college in 2007 and these cities are the ones I know best. And since so many eager hands are ready to love on this baby of mine while I work, I’ll be spending a lot of time here in 2015. So in an effort to fill these last few dates with pretty Florida weddings and go for that picture-perfect Year Two, I’m offering the first two couples to book $500 off the Full or Partial planning rate. It’s $500 you can save to buy a white Lilly dress for the rehearsal dinner. (;

Sunset photos, fresh local seafood, breezy linens, sperry tents – let’s go for it, girls. Give me a call or send a quick email to say hello and let’s get started!

So much fun ahead!

xoxo,
Shannon

Photo by Darling Juliet from Molly & Pat’s 2012 Captiva Island wedding.

Flower Girl Dresses | Alabama Wedding Planner

November 12

Timeless children’s clothing inspired by the American heirlooms & found treasures we’ve discovered tucked away in attics.

…and I’m absolutely sold. (;

Sara and Jamie – the ladies of Sweet Cottontail – reached out to introduce themselves and their heirloom-inspired flower girl dresses last week and of course I’m already imagining Caroline in all of these sweet little numbers. I’m thinking – besides Caroline’s springtime outings – these flower girl dresses would be perfectly placed in a sweet, southern spring or summer wedding. With loose hair and a little-lady-size flower crown? The picture of Alabama wedding perfection, that’s for sure.

In other news, guess who turned three months old yesterday? I leave you with this – have a wonderful Wednesday. (;

Shannon Reeves Events | Flower Girl Dresses

Victoria & Daniel Engagement Session | Huntsville Wedding Planner

November 3

Victoria and I have been planning her Huntsville wedding together – a Barcelona-inspired formal garden party on a mountaintop (really!) – it’s coming together so perfectly, just wait ’til you see it. She and Daniel just got their engagement photos back and I have to share a few – they’re something else. Ariel Renae Photography, you’re really, really talented. And Victoria, you absolutely have that princess bride thing going on. Can’t wait for May.

Happy Anniversary Becca & Aaron!

October 19

Remember when we mixed our favorite chic northerner Kate Spade with all things southern and lovely? Navy & white stripes, blush pinks and peaches mixed with julep cups, lanterns and lace. And Becca’s classic lace wedding dress…it’s worth revisiting. (;

All the pretty photos of the day by Black & Hue Photography are over here.

Best memories from this fun day. Happy First Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary Meghan & Louis!

October 14

This picture makes me miss Tallahassee. And The Southwood House. That place has the prettiest spanish moss anywhere, I’m sure of it.

I talked to Meghan over the weekend, and she said she and Louis spent their one year anniversary on Sunday looking at wedding photos, going to brunch and planting a fall vegetable garden.

Love.

Remembering your pretty southern wedding today, Meghan and Louis. You guys had the prettiest taste. Happy first anniversary!

Photo by Woodland Fields Photography

Happy Anniversary Lesley & Stuart!

October 6

Does the beginning of fall make you nostalgic? It gets me every year! I welcome this season with open arms, and look so forward to introducing Caroline to the importance of pumpkin patch visits, comfy baby sweaters and the Sanderson sisters. (;

BUT I can’t help getting a little nostalgic for my favorite bits of years past. And this weekend, I’ve been missing Lesley & Stuart and their perfectly southern wedding last October 5. I wrote in their post last year that their wedding venue – South Georgia’s Southwind Plantation – was “a true southern spot with hunting lodges, shotgun sounds in the distance, horses in pastures on one side of the dirt road and crops as far as you can see on the other. It’s the kind of place that lowers your blood pressure and recharges your love for the south.”

True words. And a plantation in the fall? So good.

Happy First Anniversary to two of my favorites, and thank you for letting me be a part of that perfect Big Day!

xoxo,
Shannon

A Southern Wedding & a Big Birthday | Shannon Reeves Events

September 24

Brian & Leah have become SRE blog regulars, haven’t they? Their videographer sent me their wedding film this week and of course I have to share it with you.

Their April wedding was misty, but it all looks pretty magical, doesn’t it? Thank you for sharing, Remedy Wedding Films – what a great collection of pretty memories. <3

In other news, happy Fall, guys! It's been crispy and energizing in Tuscaloosa this week, and I've been spending my days wrapping up fall weddings (some really, really pretty things happening this fall, guys!) and enjoying every second of life with our six week old little lady. If you’ve been following on Instagram you may have seen that last Friday was a big day. 30! I feel like I’m everywhere I wanted to be at 30 – doing work I love more than anything, living in a precious home in a sweet southern city with neighbors that understand the importance of Friday evening driveway happy hours, with two cute little dogs, the prettiest little girl on the block and a great husband who now watches Sunday football like this…

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And behind-the-scenes…this is 30… (;

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TBT: Wedding Vendor Courtesy – 5 Things You Shouldn’t Skip

August 28

Usually, about a month before their wedding day, I give my clients a little cheat sheet – tips on handling important things they may not otherwise think about. Vendor relations is always on that list.

Since a few sweet SRE brides are nearing their exciting “one-month-away” marks, I thought I’d share a few of the tips on that list. Tips on keeping your vendors happy and grateful. Because happy vendors do their best work, after all.

Gratuity
Whether or not you choose to leave your vendors gratuity – and how much you leave – is absolutely your choice, but since a successful wedding day is most definitely the result of great planning and hard working folks behind-the-scenes, it’s important to offer them a little something to show your appreciation.

I ask my clients to decide how much – and to whom – they would like to leave, enclose a quick note and appropriate tip in an envelope for each and seal them up! I collect the envelopes during ceremony rehearsal and distribute to the correct vendors on wedding day. As a rule of thumb, I usually recommend tipping those you would typically tip in everyday situations – hair and makeup stylists, transportation, service staff, etc.

Trust Them
I’ve been witness to many brides, mothers-of-the-bride and other wedding party members second-guessing and working behind decorators and florists as they set up on wedding day. It’s important to remember that you’ve planned for this day with them. The vendors are professionals. They know what they’re doing, and you’re almost certain to love the outcome. Let them worry about whether or not there are enough peonies in the guest book table arrangement and you concentrate on how fantastic you look in that pretty gown of yours.

Feed Them
Don’t forget to include your vendors in your final guest count! For seated/plated affairs, I advise clients to feed all vendors who would otherwise just be standing around during dinnertime – i.e. photographers, videographers, sometimes DJs, etc. For band members and any other vendor who may need to be working during dinnertime, it’s polite to set aside a plate and a designated space for them to enjoy dinner either before the event begins or during one of their breaks.

Send a Note
After you’re Mr. and Mrs., chances are you’ll be quite the busy bee writing thank you notes for all the gifts you received. Since you’ll have the pen and stationery out anyway, why not write a quick “thank you” to your vendors? Everyone loves to hear from happy clients, and there’s nothing like a handwritten note.

Spread the Good Word
Social media is a big driver of new business these days. Be sure to pop over to your favorite vendors’ Facebook pages, Wedding Wire accounts, etc. and leave some sweet words or a nice review. It will make their day, and also help other brides-to-be as they select vendors.

So there you have it – tips for my pretty brides-to-be and for you – to being a gracious Southern bride. (;

Photo from Meghan & Louis’ fall wedding, by Woodland Fields Photography

What I’ve Been Up To

August 25

I’ve been away from the blog for a little bit, but we’ve had a pretty eventful last couple weeks.

Caroline. This little lady. My whole heart. All of it. In her little 7 lb. body, made up mostly of chubby cheeks. So excited for our new little buddy. Life has totally changed. And it’s such a cliche, but I now understand what new moms mean when they say their hearts could burst. The amount of love I have for this little girl, and as I watch DC with her, and as we go through moments like we had this morning when we rocked her to sleep to Braham’s Lullaby… it’s all enough to make a heart grow like that scene in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Loving every single second.

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My whole heart. <3

TBT: Wedding Band and DJ 101 | Birmingham Wedding Planner

August 7


My mom liked our wedding band. Seriously, how cute is this picture?

A band or DJ can absolutely make or break a wedding. I’m about the furthest thing from a “dancer” you’ll ever meet, but after a glass of bubbly or two, wedding dancing is just about the most fun there is.

My brides & grooms and I always about the importance of lining up reliable, fun entertainment. Because throw in all the pretty touches you want, if there’s appropriate, fun music and some cocktails, the rest will take care of itself. (;

Here’s a list of some of the things to remember as you hire and plan with the group behind the mic:

Try to see your band in action before you hire them. Ask where they’re performing next and take your fiance to check them out. They don’t have any gigs lined up or you’re not in the same city? Ask them to direct you to their YouTube page for videos or have them send you a DVD. Between these three options you should be able to get a little peek of how they sound and how they interact with the audience (and vice versa).

After you nail down who you’ll hire, review your wedding day timeline with them (planners come in handy here). Which party “milestones” – announcement, special dances, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc. – will they need to be prepared for? Learn how many breaks they request and how long each will be (this information is typically in their contract, too).

Load your iPod with your favorite songs and give to the band beforehand. This way, they can pop that in to play during their breaks, instead of what can sometimes be pretty boring house music.

Will they be the ones to announce you as the new Mr. and Mrs.? If so, give them exact wording of what you’d like them to say. And always just spell your names like they sound (I usually don’t even worry about writing tricky names as they’re spelled. If you simply write them out phonetically, you can rest assured that they’ll get it right).

Give them the songs you’d like to use for first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dances, and be sure to give them the list early enough so they can practice if they’ll be learning and performing the songs themselves. If not, a simple iPod with attached directions works.

Make sure you request that the DJ or band begin playing music before the first guests arrive to ensure no guest walks into a quiet room. That’s the worst!

Provide them with a “Do Not Play” list. This is not necessary by any means, but if you have a song or two that you just can’t take, jot it down and let them know. They’re always happy to accommodate!

If you’re planning a seated, plated dinner, it’s always courteous to let the band or DJ know whether or not they should play during dinner. Also, let them know when and where they will eat to avoid any awkward feelings (or empty stomachs!) on their end. Remember, treating your vendors well is very important. The nicer you are to them, the more likely they are to go above and beyond for you.

In my experience, bands and DJs are usually agreeable and eager-to-please so do your homework to make sure their sound is a good fit for what you’re looking for, be nice and up-front and you’ll be good to go!