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The Fayette Bride’s Guide to Vendors

March 13, 2012 by Kristin Hauch-Melton  
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When planning a wedding, it’s easy to get caught up in the mosaic of little details that will eventually create the day of your dreams. From venues to cake flavors to color schemes, the wedding planning process can quickly become an endless sea of options, and you can find yourself drowning in choices before Save the Date cards are even postmarked.

Once the wedding planning process has begun and a budget has been established, it’s time to call in the experts. These are the photographers, wedding dress consultants, makeup artists, caterers, bakers, decorators, and other seasoned professionals who eat, sleep, and breathe wedding details. Start by researching on the internet, asking friends for referrals, and seeking out wedding vendors that can work within your budget and time constraints. The right wedding service providers can help build upon your ideas and freely introduce you to new ones. Definitely say “I do” to the vendors that will lift your visions to new heights, help save you money, and share valuable “tricks of the trade” to make your special day even more perfect.

Wondering how to get inside a wedding professional’s head? Below are some notes from a few of our experts sharing their advice on wedding services, planning, budgeting, and expectations.

 

Jean Leaming of J. Andrew's Bridal

J.Andrew’s Bridal
308 Willow Bend Road
Peachtree City 30269
770-487-5680
www.Jandrewsbridal.com
info@Jandrewsbridal.com
Bridal and formal wear for every member of the bridal party as well as professional alterations.

 

J.Andrew’s Bridal offers a delectable array of designer gowns that are made to order based on specific sizes, colors and custom changes. We suggest that brides place their order at least 6 to 8 months in advance of the big day, since it generally requires 5 to 6 months for designers to create a specific gown. As for expense, most brides plan on spending between $1,200 and $2,000 on their wedding gown.

A little extra wedding attire advice: “Seek out a wedding dress consultant that listens to your wishes, offers you professional expertise, and respects your price range.” – Jean Leaming, J. Andrew’s Bridal

 

 

Robert Mucklow of Mucklow's

Mucklow’s Fine Jewelry
1103 Crosstown Court
Peachtree City, GA 30269
770-486-3400
www.mucklowsfinejewelry.com
info@mucklowsfinejewelry.com
Quality engagement rings, wedding bands, and wedding day jewelry.

 

Mucklow’s Fine Jewelry strives to provide an enjoyable jewelry shopping experience in an environment where couples will feel comfortable asking questions and finding answers while selecting the outward symbols of their love. We recommend that brides allow for plenty of time to make their wedding band selections. It’s also important to keep in mind that special designs, custom rings, and sizing typically require extra time to create.

Our wedding ring revelation: “You only have one wedding day, but you wear your rings for the rest of your life. It’s important to choose rings that are a true reflection of yourself.” – Rachel Wood, Mucklow’s Fine Jewelry

 

Once in a Life Time Events
Paul-Ann Gray
101 Glynn Street Fayetteville, GA 30214

Paul-Ann Gray, Once in a Lifetime Events

678-817-6767
www.onceinalifetimeevents.com
Custom centerpieces pipe and draping, chair covers and linen, ceremony décor, reception design and décor, and balloon décor.

 

From colors to centerpieces to chair covers, wedding décor can quickly become overwhelming! Brides attending an initial consultation should be prepared with a budget in mind and plenty of examples that describe their vision for the overall wedding décor. Keep in mind the three largest factors that affect cost are the location, number of guests, and overall look that is trying to be achieved. On average, brides should budget about $1,200 to $5,000 for a 100-guest wedding.

The real wedding décor download: “Stay open to suggestions, even if they are outside your original plan. Sometimes thinking outside of the box can save you lots of money, time, and headaches!” – Paul-Ann Gray, Once in a Life Time Events

 

 

Brit Brat Bakes
Brittney Mitchell 

Brittney Mitchell of Brit Brat Bakes

1029 Peachtree Pkwy, Suite 324
Peachtree City, GA 30269
512-413-0700
BritBratBakes.com
BritBratBakes@yahoo.com
Cakes, cupcakes, candies, favors, and other sweets for all your wedding needs.

 

Brit Brat Bakes brings sweet, sugar-coated wedding dreams to life! We suggest that brides book their cake at least 6 months before the big day. For cost-conscious brides, ask for a small cake for the wedding “presentation cake” and then add on extra servings (for a large number of guests) using satellite cakes. Satellite cakes are simple buttercream cakes that look exactly like the decorated wedding cake when cut, but are kept in the kitchen and served as needed.

Some big advice from the baker: “Don’t be afraid of fondant; it can bring your imagination to life through your wedding cake design!” – Brittney Mitchell, BritBratBakes

 

Salone Di Capelli 

Mary Anne Erwin of Salone Di Capelli

1221 N Peachtree Pkwy
Peachtree City, GA 30269
770-631-1471
www.salonedicapelliptc.com
Bridal and bridal party hairstyles and up-dos, grooms’ haircuts and coloring. All services include complementary consultations.

 

Hairstyles can play a major role in achieving a picture-perfect look! Brides should book their hair appointments for their wedding day at least 3 months prior, and keep in mind it may take more than one appointment to get your hair in optimal condition to achieve your desired wedding day look.

Wedding hair “dos” and “don’ts”: “Do prepare your hair by using the same products recommended by your stylist at the trial-run appointment. Don’t wash your hair the morning of your style or up-do, wash it the night before instead.” – Mary Anne Erwin, Salone Di Capelli

 

Studio 25 Productions 

Jan Horne of Studio 25 Productions

175 Hideaway Dr.
Fayetteville GA
www.studio25productions.com
Studio25productions@gmail.com

Videos allows the bride and groom to relive their wedding day in a way that is unmatched by others. Alive with sound and music, it captures a true moment in time. Professional wedding day videographers usually shoot in high definition, and can range in cost from $1,500 to $3,500 depending on the number of cameras and amount of coverage. No matter what the package, brides should be sure the essential events are covered: the ceremony and the reception. Other options, like a “Trash the Dress” session, are also very popular for brides.

Vital Videography Advice: “Find a professional videographer that respects the fact they are filming a sacred event and treats it accordingly.” – Jan Horne, Studio 25 Productions

 

 

MakeUpArt-is…Makeup by Bridgit
770-713-8465 

Bridgit Crider of Makeup by Bridgit

www.bridgitcridermakeup.com
Freelance makeup artistry for weddings, portfolios, and special events.

 

Brides search high and low for artists who can help them achieve flawless skin, bright eyes, and soft lips for a perfect portrait. We suggest that brides budget about $55 to $100 for their bridal make-up if booked at a salon and about $150 to $200 if the artist is traveling to you. To achieve your dream look, always do a trial run or consultation in advance.

 

Bridal Makeup Musts: “All brides should hire someone that they are comfortable with and be sure to ask for references. Communication is key when deciding on the perfect look and colors.” – Bridgit Crider, MakeUpArt-is…Makeup by Bridgit

 

 

My Chef Nancy  

Nancy Jaworski of My Chef Nancy

?770 316-6437
www.mychefnancy.com
mychefnancy@hotmail.com
Intimate, personalized wedding catering for groups under 150, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and engagement parties.

 

Although a plated dinner is standard, couples should consider all the options. We ask brides to consider small bites stations, which can help keep guests moving around the venue. High-grade plastic plates and cutlery are a classy alternatives to silverware. Although most catering averages $25 to $30 per person, prices can quickly rise to over $50 per person, and always be sure to consider your favorite foods to give the event a personal touch.

A Word from the Chef: “Dinner isn’t the only meal! Consider a luncheon or brunch wedding. You can save money on beverages and create a very special and unique event.” – Nancy Jaworski , My Chef Nancy

 

 

Weddings by Marie 

Marie Thomas of Weddings by Marie

Mariethomas.com
info@mariethomas.com
678-793-1628
Professional photography services including engagement portraits, “For Your Eyes Only” boudoir albums for the groom, and wedding day coverage.

 

In addition to finding a good fit for their budget, brides should look for a photographer that they have good rapport with. We work with couples to capture their uniqueness and stray far from the ‘one pose fits all’ mentality. For expense, brides should expect to pay on average $2,000 to $2,500 for wedding day coverage. Prices can vary depending on the location and addition of extra photo shoots.

Photographer’s Pick: “Be conscious of the time of day you are wanting to shoot, especially for outdoor ceremonies. If are getting married at dusk, plan to do the photographs prior to sunset or inside when the sun goes down.” – Marie Thomas, Weddings by Marie

 

 

Rona’s Flowers and Gifts 

Rona Fong of Rona's Flowers and Gifts

100 North Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree City, GA 30269
(770) 632-2727
www.ronasflowers.com
ronajohn@bellsouth.net
Bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, “The Rona Rose,” high-style floral arrangements, silk floral arrangements, and gifts

 

Brides should do some initial research before booking an appointment with their wedding day florist. Bringing photos, specific flower names and colors, and a budget outline to the initial consultation will help guide flower choices for bridal bouquets and ceremony arrangements. Availability can also play a major role in the decision-making process. Brides should expect to work with their florist on alternatives, although having a sense of seasonality is helpful for initial color palette planning. If you can’t find certain flowers that are in season, you can try incorporating feathers, beads, and ribbons to add accent colors.

Favorite Florist Advice: “When choosing a wedding day florist, carefully consider each vendor’s creativity, cost, expertise, and quality of workmanship.” – Rona Fong, Rona’s Flowers and Gifts

 

 

Whitewater Creek Country Club 

Sandy Sanders of Whitewater Creek Country Club

175 Birkdale Drive
Fayetteville, Ga. 30215
770-460-0877
Outdoor and indoor ceremony sites, grand ballroom reception venue (seats up to 160 guests), and wedding packages.

 

Choosing the perfect venue usually sets the theme and tone for many other aspects of the wedding. At Whitewater Creek Country Club, our picturesque landscaping and buildings create endless photo opportunities, while services like a champagne toast, and complimentary cake cutting make the reception stress-free and memorable for the bridal party and guests. Our Antebellum-style clubhouse surrounds you in Southern charm and hospitality and provides you with an elegant setting for your special day. Let us make your special day everything you have dreamed of and more.

Reception Recommendation: “Do your homework first before you book your venue, and make a list so you will ask all the right questions. Ask if the date is available first when you call the venue and how many people can they accommodate.” – Sandy Sanders, Whitewater Creek Country Club

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About Kristin Hauch-Melton
Kristin Hauch-Melton is a writer and communications consultant. She earned a degree in Communications and Business from University of North Florida, serves on the board for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and lives in Peachtree City with her husband, horse, and dog.

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