Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June 2017 | Dairing Anniversaries

When June rolls around, only a few Dairing Brides dared to brave the Florida heat and say "I Do" to their Forever Love. Happy Anniversary to these sweet Couples, hope you have a beautiful day in celebration! 

Casey & Michael
June 2, 2012

Erica & Trey 
June 16, 2012

Thomas & Le'Anna
June 30, 2012

Morgan & Rick
June 1, 2013

Liz & Mike
June 15, 2013

Emma & Taylor
June 22, 2013

Candice & Chad
June 13, 2015

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Dairing guide to Tipping + Gratuity

My clients always ask me a few months before their wedding, what they should expect to do when it comes to tipping! So, instead of repeating the same information every time, I though to create a post to share instead! 

In most cases, tipping vendors is not required or even expected, as it is simply a way to reward outstanding service. It is important to keep in mind that there are plenty of other ways to express your gratitude that are just as appreciated, without having to dish out more cash. An alternative or accompaniment to a monetary tip is something as simple as a handwritten note to express your thanks. Similar to this, you can email the vendor after the wedding to say the same, and/or provide feedback on websites like Yelp, WeddingWire, or Facebook. Above all, a referral of your vendors to your friends and family is always appreciated!

Whenever you do wish to tip your outstanding vendors, here is a guide that suggests how much to tip, and whether or not it is generally required: 

{with a little help from Katherine & Marc-André | photography credit: Brooke Images}

Protocol: Not Required; Gratuity is usually included in catering contracts, but if not
Amount: 15-20% of the total bill, or $20-$50 per server and $100 per chef

Protocol: Required
Amount: $50-$200 per bartender

Hair and Makeup
Protocol: Required
Amount: 15%-20%

Photography and Videography
Protocol: Not Required
Amount: $50-$200 per person

Protocol: Not Required
Amount: 10%-15%

Ceremony and Reception Staff
Protocol: Not Required
Amount: $20-$50 per staff member

Protocol: Not Required
Amount: $100
*Note: If your ceremony is at a religious establishment, this amount can be paid as a donation, and an additional $50-$100 tip can be paid directly to the officiant.

Protocol: Not Required
Amount: $25-$50 per musician

Protocol: Not Required
Amount: 15%

Protocol: Not Required
Amount: $1-$2 per car

Most importantly, don't forget about your Wedding Planner. We never expect anything, I get more out of seeing true joy in my couples than anything else. But, a handwritten note and a gift of gratitude is always accepted and is very thoughtful! 

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Dairing Anniversaries | May 2017

So excited that one of our Dairing May Anniversaries are celebrating their SIXTH Wedding Anniversary this month! It has been an amazing six years for me, being a part of the best day of my couples lives. May is surely a popular month with sixteen couples marking another year together. 

Thank you for sharing that with me always and Happy Anniversary!

Matt & Rhiannon 
May 5, 2011

Courtney & Vince 
May 11, 2011

Shanna & Jeff 
May 21, 2011

Cindy & George
May 22, 2011

Sarah & Chance
May 5, 2012

Sarah & Tom
May 18, 2012

Jessie & Steve
May 19, 2012

Brooke & Adam
May 19, 2012

Jessica & Daniel 
May 27, 2012

Katie & Jacob  
May 3, 2013

Beth & Paul
May 3, 2014

Leeann & Hans 
May 11, 2013

Evelyn & Tim
May 18, 2014

Lauryn & Justin
May 24, 2014

Diana & Dave
May 16, 2015

Kylie & Curtis
May 27, 2016

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A Mother's Day Backyard Brunch

On Friday, May 12th, my mom will be going through back surgery to permanently fuse two of her lower lumbar bones. Truth be told, I have been in denial that this was happening because she is my rock, she is my mentor, and she is an incredible grandmother to my daughter. Obviously, those things won't change, but I know I am not the only child whose head spins when hit with the reality that there parents are getting older. So to continue to keep my head in the sand just a little longer and to distract us from the looming reality that is taking place in just a few days, I hosted a brunch in honor of her and some of the incredible women in my life who are also mothers for a 'woman's day' celebration. I wanted to celebrate them, what they mean to me, and how they have also touched my mother's life as well. 

Normally I am pretty good at public speaking, but when I got up to give a toast to the ladies, I didn't take into account how emotional I would get. I wanted each of them to know that if I have learned anything from my mom it is that in order to be a strong woman, you need to surround yourself with strong ones. These women in the photos are an inspiration, each have their own story, and I wish I could celebrate them every day. 

Some of my favorite elements of the brunch were the individual terracotta plates with guest names on them that I collaborated with LMS Creative Studio to create! She also hand lettered a beautiful framed sign with the quote:   "HERE'S TO STRONG WOMEN, MAY WE KNOW THEM, MAY WE RAISE THEM, MAY WE BE THEM." Which really was the inspiration for this entire celebration. I even made the sweet little vintage inspired cloth napkins! One of the details I am most proud of was the photo I had printed of each of the honored  guests and who looks up to them as their role model, their children! 

Thank you again to our incredible partners:

Jenn Guthrie Photography
Luxe Party Rentals
AlleyCakes Bakery
LMS Creative Stuido


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