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5 Tips For The Most Cohesive Wedding



Launched in late 2013, Carats & Cake is an online marketplace connecting aspirational couples with premium local vendors. Jess Levin successfully created the first integrated digital resource for the wedding world that seamlessly marries curated content with real information. Carats & Cake gives couples a place to share their weddings and review their vendors, enabling those in the planning process to turn inspiration into reality and connect with the perfect local businesses. A wedding is the ultimate expression of your style as a couple, however it’s easy to get overwhelmed and lose track of not only what you want, but also who you are. With all this vendor and bridal knowledge, I have asked Jess to share 5 tips to ensure one cohesive vision for your wedding day!  xx Monique


Guest Editor: Jess Levin, Founder & CEO of Carats & Cake

1. First Impressions Are Everything

The first official piece of communication about your impending marital status sets the tone for your big day and lets your friends and family know what to expect. Regardless if you choose snail mail or resort to the World Wide Web, the design, language and method of delivery should begin to hint at the vision for your wedding. If you are leaning towards an elegant black tie affair, then something more formal like a personal bottle of bubbly accompanied by a letter pressed save-the-date might begin to tell the story better than an e-vite.

2. Pick the Right Team

Think about hiring your vendors the same way you would think about building a team to work on a project. Except this team will be responsible for helping you execute one of the most important moments of your life. Make sure you have the right players with the right experience to turn your vision into reality. You should care just as much about the quality of the work as your ability to work well together. A great working relationship will only enhance the outcome on your big day.


Photo credit: Michelle Pattee Photographer

3. Be Realistic with your Budget

This is one of the most important tips on the list. Your budget will play an integral role in what eventually results in your wedding, so understanding your spending power is key. It’s fine to fall in love with stunning flowers that cost infinitely more than you can afford, but don’t expect to see them replicated at your wedding. Be realistic about how your inspiration will ultimately be translated for your big day.


Photo credit: Gertrude & Mabel Photography 

4. Pay Attention to the Details

Think about the small things that will make a big impact. The little touches really pull a wedding vision together, so don’t ignore the details. It could be as simple as mixing up the china or keeping one consistent font through out, from your invites to your programs to your thank you cards.


Photo credit: Christian Oth Studio 

5. Prioritize

When it comes to your wedding, there are going to be infinite possibilities (handwritten escort cards, custom cocktails, etc.) and finite resources (time, money, space etc.). Bottom line, you can’t do it all. So prioritize. Make sure the things that are truly important to you and your beloved get the attention they deserve and eliminate the things that don’t.


Photo credit: Heather Kincaid

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