Wedding

The Benefits of Working with a Wedding Planner

When we got engaged, I had no idea where to start when it came to planning a wedding. I knew I wanted to do a small, intimate event with just our immediate family, and initially thought I might be able to plan it myself. Luckily I didn’t have to, and Tracy Taylor Ward; an amazing event designer and wedding planner, was the perfect partner! I worked with Tracy to come up with a design deck for both the rehearsal dinner and wedding, and she helped me source the caterer, coordinate with all of the vendors, and make sure everything went smoothly during both events. Our rehearsal dinner and wedding turned out absolutely beautiful – even better than I could have imagined. I wanted to share why working with a wedding planner is so helpful and go into more detail of how exactly we collaborated! The Benefits of Working with a Wedding Planner Tablescape and overall event design One of the first things I did when I started working with Tracy was I created two separate Pinterest boards – one for the rehearsal dinner and one for the wedding. From there, Tracy used her design expertise to offer elegant and chic suggestions and pull my vision together. She created a master design deck that we edited and tweaked to get to a final design deck that we were able to share with the various vendors. The design deck was so helpful because the vendors were able to have a very clear sense of our style, colors, and all of the details I wanted incorporated. We constantly went back to the deck throughout the process. Flowers I had a very specific vision for the flowers based off of a stunning image I saw on Pinterest. I wanted crisp eucalyptus mixed with perfect white roses. We worked with the florist to get the arrangements just right – and did 3 test rounds prior to the actual wedding to ensure that the ratio of greenery to roses was accurate. If you have a specific vision in mind, don’t be afraid to share photos and be as detail oriented as possible so that each vendor can understand your vision! Timeline and Checklist Tracy made a really extensive personalized checklist for us with various tasks, suggestions and timelines surrounding our wedding. I am so excited that she is going to share her bridal checklist with all With Love From Kat readers! If you shoot her an email at Info@TracyTaylorWard.com she has kindly offered to share it with all of you for free! I highly recommend you reach out – it’s so much more detailed and helpful than all of the template checklists found online. Day of Coordination We could not have had our rehearsal dinner or wedding without Tracy and her team helping us on the ground the day (and days!) leading up to both events. They made the process so much more relaxing and enjoyable. Even though we only had 15 people, they worked around the clock to make sure that the vendors showed up on time, that everything was in place, and that everything ran smoothly. You absolutely need a day of coordinator at the bare minimum when you are having a wedding! You don’t want to be running around telling vendors where to place things when you’re trying to get ready and enjoy the time with your guests. Also, you don’t want your friends or family to have to do that – it will only take away from this special time together. If you’re planning a wedding and on the fence about hiring a wedding planner, I truly cannot recommend hiring one enough. It is essential in my opinion. Tracy is based in NYC and South Florida, but plans weddings all over the world. You can inquire about your wedding or next special event with her here!
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Rehearsal Dinner

Our rehearsal dinner took place on a balmy Tuesday evening in Nantucket. The rain held off until the very last hour, but the storm clouds ended up creating the most gorgeous lighting for us! It was so special to kick off our wedding events with this intimate dinner surrounded by our families. Rehearsal Dinner Rehearsal Dinner Attire For Her I picked out this Monique Lhuillier wedding dress for our rehearsal. I fell in love with the origami back detail which cascaded and draped in the most unique places. The original design had a longer train, but we shortened it to just brush the floor with heels. Originally, I actually wanted a simple and sleek wedding dress style like this, but when I tried it on, I knew it would be even better suited for the rehearsal night! Monique’s pieces are such a dream. This exact style is called the Raine and was purchased at her Madison Avenue boutique, but I’ve linked several similar options below! For my shoes, I wore these fun Stuart Weitzman heels and for accessories – I wore my everyday, favorite charm earrings from Lee Brevard. Rehearsal Dinner Attire For Him Thomas bought this J.Crew white dinner jacket only a week before our wedding – haha typical him! He is a procrastinator like I am! Thank goodness it fit and looked amazing on. He went with a size 40R instead of a tall despite him being 6’4″ and wearing a tall size in most clothes. The jacket ran long so the regular worked great. He said that if your hubby is in between sizes, he could probably size down since it does run long. His shirt is from Charles Tyrwhitt and his bowtie was old from Brooks Brothers (this one is similar.) His velvet loafers are available here and his pants are J.Crew. Shop more of my bridal picks – including rehearsal dinner guest outfits on my Favorites page!
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Our Rehearsal Dinner Table

I had so much fun with our rehearsal dinner tablescape and really leaned into the Nantucket setting. I was inspired by the blue hydrangeas that pop up all over the island in the summer and decided on a classic blue + white color scheme. The dinner took place in the backyard of a private home – and luckily the rain held off until the very end! It was a gorgeous evening. Our Rehearsal Dinner Table Rehearsal Dinner Tablescape I worked with our event designer and wedding planner; Tracy Taylor Ward, to source the Ikat tablecloth from La Tavola. We rented simple white plates and silverware from a local rental company; Placesetters, as well as natural rattan placemats from Event Rental Co. I actually found these identical placemats right after the wedding and purchased them for future dinner parties! For the rest of the tablescape, I sourced and brought my own special pieces from home – including these custom Etsy monogrammed napkins, Ralph Lauren hurricane lamps, and hand painted custom menus I designed with Hudson Ink. It was so incredible to see all of the elements come together! Dawn from Soiree Floral nailed the flowers – and did a really elegant mix of hydrangeas and delphinium. We used a mix of tall and short vases she had to create a layered look. The table felt coastal, summery, relaxed, and classic! I linked the exact hurricane lamps as well as similar options below!
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Bridal Getting Ready Outfit

When it came to choosing my getting ready outfit for the wedding, I knew I wanted to do something different. Originally I had ordered this beautiful lace robe, but because my dress was lace – I didn’t want to overdo it with lace in my photos. I chose this stunning silk slip dress instead and wore it right before I put my dress on. Truth be told, I actually got ready (aka did my hair and makeup) in a super fluffy, oversized robe, but for my special “getting ready” photos I wore the silk slip dress. It was perfect, and now I can wear it again and again for several other occasions! I also own it in black. Bridal Getting Ready OutfitSilk Slip DressesIn addition to the Fleur du Mal slip dress I wore, I wanted to share a few other similar options. This one is almost identical (and would be a fun after party dress as well!), this one with feathers on the bottom is quite festive, this one with lace is under $80 – also available here, and I love the flutter sleeves on this one. The Fleur du Mal dress also comes in a short version. Bridal RobesThis was the original robe I had planned on wearing, but again, because my dress was lace – it was too similar. It’s gorgeous though, and I know I’ll find another occasion to wear it – even on our honeymoon! This one is almost identical and a fraction of the price – also available here. This robe with black piping and the word Mrs. is so chic – also available here. These would be great bridesmaids robes, this one hits below the knee, and this one is under $100. Bridal PJsMy sister and all of her bridesmaids wore these cute matching Eberjey PJs – you can have them personalized which makes a great gift – also available here in all white! This feather trim PJ set is darling and these are fun silky PJ sets. I’ve linked several other options below as well as on my Bridal Favorites page!
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