February Wedding Events

Learn how to plan your wedding at these amazing local Wedding Events in Columbia during the month of February! 

Plus only at these events will we be giving a limited number of couples free access to our debut Wedding Planning & Educational Platform! That's right free!  More details on our platform can be found here!


Wedding Stroll in The District | This Saturday

Visit Columbia's downtown wedding vendors to see what the heart of our city has to offer! 

All details on the event page, click here!

Best Part! Meet Anne, Wedding Planning Expert, at The Broadway Hotel from 4:00-6:00. Get all your wedding questions answered and advice you need to plan the wedding of your dreams.  

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Educational Workshop | Next Wednesday

Join us for an evening of learning how to plan your wedding from the experts!

Plus enjoy a canvas swag bag of goodies, appetizers, wine and more! 
All details on the event page, click here!

Buy your ticket now, click here!

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You Said Yes! Now What?

The hardest decision for couples to make when planning their wedding isn’t what color scheme to go with, or what food to serve, it’s where to start. 

Weddings don’t just happen over night, trust us.  There are so many details that need to be considered and, we get it, it can be overwhelming. 

Below are our tips on how to make this journey feel a bit more manageable. 

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1.       Have Everything in One Place

Whether this is on your calendar, Google Drive, or Aisle Planner, make sure there is one place you can go and find everything that has to do with the wedding.  Otherwise, you’ll find yourself writing down appointments in your planner, but looking for the details on your phone which just creates unnecessary stress that can and should be avoided.

2.       Utilize Checklists

It’s no secret that checklists make everything run more smoothly, so why wouldn’t you use them for your wedding?  Go one step further and download one of the dozens of apps that are designed to make using checklists a breeze. (Our favorite is Asana as mentioned in our blog post from earlier this month "How Do Brides Stay Organized" http://www.annabelleevents.com/blog/how-do-brides-stay-organized

3.       Set Time Aside

As tempting as it sounds, working on your seating chart from your bed while binge watching Netflix may not be the best idea.  Setting aside a few hours a week to work through some items on your checklist without distractions is a much better plan. Make a day of it, grab lunch at your favorite café and camp out for a few hours, bonus points if you and your fiancé set aside time together to work on the wedding details. 

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4.       Invest in a Planner

Lastly, and probably the most obvious tip, is hire a wedding planner!  We already know where to start in the planning process, and we’re pro organizers.  Hiring a wedding planner not your style?  At the very least utilize those people in your life who are eager to help with any of the details you find yourself struggling with; like your maid of honor who has an eye for graphics and would love to help design your invitations. 

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Time to Get Started on your New Year’s Resolution: Finally Getting Organized.

How Do Brides Stay Organized?

These days technology is everywhere; the phrase of the last five years seems to be “there’s an app for that”. 

Staying organized while planning the wedding of your dreams is no different. 

We have put together our favorite online tools that not only save us time and stress but are equally appreciated by our brides.  

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1.       Google Drive

Most people already use Google Drive for work but it's also a great tool for wedding planning because it allows you to create documents from anywhere, at any time while editing existing ones.  This is a great place to keep living spreadsheets for your guest list or vendors, so your documents are always extremely up to date.  The best part? There IS and app for that!  You can edit any of your documents from your phone even if you can’t get to a computer.

2.       Asana

Asana is another website that translates seamlessly into an app, so you can access it whether you’re at a cake tasting, bridal fitting, or scouting that band your fiancé promises will be an absolute hit.  There is something so satisfying about having a list of things to do and crossing them out no matter how big or small the task was.  Asana allows you to do just that while keeping track of how many tasks you have completed and how many more you have left.

Here's one of our check lists created in Asana:

Anne went live to show you how our team uses Asana! 

 

3.       Aisle Planner

Unfortunately, Aisle Planner has not formatted itself to fit in the palm of our hand just yet, but that doesn’t take away from all its other incredible features.  Aisle Planner is your one-stop-shop for all things associated with your big day.  It has different formats for whatever your needs are including calendars, timelines, checklists, and seating charts.  You can even create design boards straight from Pinterest, update and plan your budget, collaborate with your wedding planner, need we go on?  Like we said, it has EVERYTHING. 

Check out how easy this timeline is to use!

Click on any of the links above to get started! Happy Planning...and Organizing!

Fall Wedding Favors

Fall in love with autumn wedding favors.

These ideas bring the warmth of the season to all your guests tables and echo the atmosphere of autumn throughout your whole reception. Any of these favors perfectly add to your autumn wedding theme to keep your guests remembering your beautiful fall wedding for years to come. 

1. Edible Delights

Give your guests a taste of fall with these wedding favor ideas! Options such as caramel popcorn and apple cider mix are the perfect way to satisfy your guests' sweet tooth. You will have everyone craving more!

Apple Cider Mix

Apple Cider Mix

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

Smores

Smores

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

2. Functional Fun

Take your wedding favors to the next level with functionality! Have your guests leave with a token that they will use for years. Whether its a candle, a blanket, or a wine stopper, everyone will adore this wedding favor ideas!

Fall Scented Candles

Fall Scented Candles

Designer Bottle Opener

Designer Bottle Opener

Wine Stopper

Wine Stopper

Blankets for Autumn Nights

Blankets for Autumn Nights

Wedding Mugs

Wedding Mugs

3. Our Top Pick

Choose this fire-starter pine cone to melt your guests' hearts! This wedding favor combines functionality with preciousness. Your friends and family will swoon over this gift around their bonfires.

Pinecone Fire Starters

Pinecone Fire Starters