What advice would you give a couple trying to decide whether hiring a wedding planner is within their means?

Naturally, we are great proponents of hiring a wedding planner to reduce stress on the couple and their family when it comes to planning the wedding. Are you concerned that hiring a planner would break the bank? One of the most widespread misunderstandings about using a wedding planner is this one. Many people believe that hiring a wedding planner will raise the stakes and increase the cost of the big day. It turns out that the situation is reversed: a wedding planner will frequently help keep things under control and ensure that you get the most for your money. It's my responsibility to manage your budget, negotiate prices, and assist you with important financial decisions.

With the aid of a wedding planner, we can help keep you and your partner accountable when it comes to your budget.

Next, calculate how much your peace of mind is worth. - Realizing that a professional, not a friend or family member, is handling the money you are spending on your wedding. The couple's entire vision may be ruined if they choose someone who is easily distracted or does not completely get the mechanics of all the vendors working together as a team.

Last but not least, a wedding planner might not always concur with you, but that's only because they want to make sure you're choosing the ideal things for your special day. Naturally, a good planner will endeavor to realize your dreams. However, it is the planner's duty to intervene if you are making an impulsive decision or a decision that may lead to logistical problems in the future. A planner is essentially your voice of reason. And frequently aids in resolving a disagreement when weighing the advantages and disadvantages.

Sharon Holm
Tulsa Weddings & Design

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Wedding – Aaron & Alix

June 11, 2022   Photos by:  Doug and Ashley Photography The lawyer and the teacher. Two different families and lives coming together to form one. One of the most incredible couples we have ever worked with is Aaron & Alix! The couple exchanged vows and sealed their union at Sperry, Oklahoma’s stunning Springs Event Venue, despite the early summer heat. Aaron kept grinning and pacing as he waited to see his future wife. The moment Aaron saw his bride, Alix, the anticipation was finally over. Aaron, Alix, and their kids made a unique glass frame, and vows were made.The celebration got underway once the vows were exchanged!   Featured Tulsa Wedding Society Members: Planning & Coordination:  Britney Keirsey – BeYoutiful Occassions Officiant:  Catherine Mack – Green Country Wedding Minister Cake:  Allison Dickens – Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery Catering:  Goodies Catering Photography:  Doug and Ashley Photography                                                                      
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Meet Tabor & Emily Warren – Tabor Warren Photography

Tabor Warren Hey, there!Tabor here– First of all, congratulations on your engagement!!! I am thrilled that you are looking to make this the best time of your life, and want to do everything I can to help make that happen! A bit about me, I bust out “amazing” dad jokes on the fly, am always up for a foosball challenge, am very competitive, love all sports, and listen to music or podcasts at least 12 hours a day. I’m also an avid reader, guitarist, and outside enthusiast! I was born and raised in Tulsa, Was a lifer at Jenks, and went to OSU-Stillwater for my undergraduate and graduate work in Veterinary Medicine. I love being raw and prefer when people tell it how it is. When it comes to engagement and wedding photography, I am an open book and am committed to making sure every photo-related aspect I come across becomes the timeless heirloom quality your story deserves. Emily Warren Hey there, guys!I’m Emily– born and raised in Tulsa with a five-year detour in Stillwater, OK (Go Pokes!) On a standard day, you can find me at home, snuggling one of my six kiddos and throwing back cup loads of coffee. Photographing weddings and families are my specialty, but I also have a background in accounting. Handy, right? I’m a lover of lists, Harry Potter, sports (particularly football and basketball), The Office, vacations, and good conversation. I’d absolutely love to connect with you and figure out how we can serve you! Chances are, if you click the “Contact” button, I will be the one on the other end. 🙂 Be the best Bride you can be with the Tulsa Wedding Society. Let TWS make your day!  Tabor & Emily Warren, Tabor Warren Photography – 2022 Tulsa Wedding Society President
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Tips & Tricks | Expert Advice on ordering wedding cake

How much cake should I order for my wedding? Submitted by: Laura Talbot, of Ms. Laura’s Cakes Though it certainly seems like a simple question, it’s not as “cut & dry” as you may think.  We actually need to discuss several more questions before we can answer this one. During the wedding planning process you will often hear the question, “How many guests are you planning on having at your wedding?”. Well, if you’re like most, you may not really know exactly how many there will be for sure. What you do know is: you’ve got a lot of people on your list, your future spouse’s list, and your parents’ list.  But, how many guests will actually attend your wedding?  How do you plan for food?  How many servings of cake will you need?  Well, I can certainly help you with that and I truly want to help you figure out how to have enough cake for everyone without having tiers & tears leftover after the wedding. Wedding Guest List? First, lets narrow down your lists. The best advice I can give you is from my own personal experience and that is to go over the list by considering the following thoughts: Consider how many guests are from out of state.  If you think they will not attend then just send them an invitation, but mark them off of your food and cake list. Regarding the guests who are in state, go through and mark off the ones you are pretty sure won’t attend. But, be sure to send them an invite regardless of their expected attendance because, trust me, no one wants to be left out or forgotten. Will your wedding take place in the evening or early afternoon? This question is important! If it’s in the evening of the fall and winter months, it gets dark earlier. Some of your older guests (who may not like to drive after dark) and parents of little ones (who have early bed times) won’t be able to wait around till 9pm or later for you to cut the cake. On the other hand, if your wedding is in the afternoon, say 2 o’clock, your guests usually only expect cake and punch to be served. So, you will want to be sure you have enough cake to feed everyone for the entirety of the event. Next, a question you may have is, “How big is a serving of cake, actually?”.  My cake serving size guide is the Wilton standard, which is a  1″ X 2″ slice.  Your cake is on average 4″ thick, though sometimes a little thicker on request, but never less than 4″. Reception Guest List? So, now that you have an idea of how many guests you think will attend your wedding, here are few more questions for you to consider about the reception: How many guests do you plan on having at the reception? Some couples have a private ceremony, where only a select few are invited, but everyone else is invited to the reception. So, they are gonna need some cake, right? Are you planning to serve alcohol? If you are, then you should only plan to serve cake for two thirds of your guests. Why is this? Typically, most guys are not big sweets eaters anyway and, if they drink beer, they rarely eat cake.  Some of the ladies will opt to consume the calories of an alcoholic beverage over eating cake. Other guests, partaking in alcohol consumption, will often be so busy visiting and partying that they won’t remember there is cake. Are you planning to have a groom’s cake?  If so, then plan to serve approximately 50 servings of his cake. However, if the groom is wanting to showcase something fun and  3-dimensional, such as a 3-D football helmet or any other sculpted cake, you may need to accommodate for the popularity response and plan to reserve more than 50 servings for his cake. Unless you are planning to provide any additional desserts, sweets, or treats for your guests, you should now be able to figure out how many servings are needed for the wedding cake. Need an example? Okay, lets say you are planning to have 200 guests at your wedding and you are also serving beer and wine. While you definitely want to plan food for everyone, you really only need to serve cake for about 150 of your guests. Cake Shapes? Now to decide what shape you would like: round, square, heart, petal, hex, etc… Obviously, the most common are round or square, but there are some unique shapes that affect your overall slice count.  For example, square cakes serve more per tier than a round cakes. Cake Layers? When you envision your dream wedding cake, you may picture a taller and far more grand design than you actually need, but that’s okay too. Let me explain how each tier adds more servings. Let’s consider a round cake that needs to serve 100 slices. You could do any of the following to achieve that desired number:  3 tier, round serving 74  3 tier, round serving 106  3 tier, round serving 125  4 tier, round serving 130 Get the idea?  Pair your wedding cake with the groom’s cake and you will have close to 150 servings of cake total. Take my previous suggestions into consideration and plan accordingly, I guarantee that my concept works pretty well.  Sure, you may run out of cake or perhaps you may have just a bit left over. The question to ask yourself is, “would I rather run out of cake or have extra cake, just in case?”. Now, if you want your cake to look bigger or are just really wanting extra cake, GREAT!  I am happy to add to the brides cake by adding a “faux” layer (for the same price) or by beefing up the size of the groom cake.  You can even opt to add a “kitchen” cake. That is a plain, frosted sheet cake that stays in the kitchen or goes under the cake table to provide extra servings if you should you need them.  That way, if you serve all of the bride and groom cakes and end up not serving the kitchen cake, you will have an un-cut cake to enjoy the next day with family who may be in town for the wedding. I truly hope this information helps you to determine how much cake you will need for your wedding day. I am always happy to serve you and glad to answer any specific questions you may have regarding cakes, food, and treats!  Confectionately honored to be your baker, Laura Talbot, owner of Ms. Laura’s Cakes
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Tips & Tricks | Expert advice on Wedding Hair & Makeup

Leave the worry to us, we can get you photo ready! Submitted by: Ashlee Bivins & Heather Valentine, of Primp Hair & Makeup Studio Hay girl haaaaaaay! So you’re engaged? Cheers, we are so excited for you! There’s lots to do, but no worries! We are going to help you out with the fun stuff- makeup & hair and hittin’ the highlights (see what we did there?). Okay, so here’s the deal, having hair and makeup for photos and events that will withstand last long hours is very different than applying your everyday makeup and hair styling regimen. You want your hair and makeup to still look like perfection while salsa dancing at your reception. Ole! In order to achieve that photo perfect look, there are layering steps that professionals like us do and specific products used that will guarantee your look will outlast the festivities. Win, win, my friend! Our methods have been tried and true. Our past brides have actually sent us photos while on the plane to their honeymoon, still in full hair and makeup from the wedding day! Whaaaaaat….? I know, crazy right? But seriously, girl, it’s so true!  Professionalism. -Throughout our years of working in the wedding industry, we have learned to work with all different personalities in all types of situations. Girl, lemme tell ya’, there have been some wild stories, but we are always able to get our brides through it. -We know how to handle situations that can arise in a high-stress environment and that is not something learned overnight. At the end of the day we strive to ensure everything is seamless for the bride. We actually sometimes double as therapists, like when our bride dropped her red lipstick down the front of her dress. For real, a total freak out moment for her, but we got her through it! Customized looks. -While we certainly take into consideration the current trends, we also keep in mind that the look needs to be timeless. We will give you our professional opinion on the looks you’ve pinned on your Pinterest boards. and from there we can weave the current trends into the final look. Years from now, when you are looking at your photos and showing your grandchildren how you looked on your wedding day, your look will be relevant and timeless. Trust us, you’ll thank us later! Fun. -You want to remember the morning of your wedding as being a fun mini party with all your favorite girls. Champagne glasses clinging, music, & laughter going on all while the hair & makeup applications are rotating with ease. Professionals like us know how to get the work finished in a timely manner, while also keeping the mood light and fun! Photo Credit: Chelsea Denise Photography Check out what some of our past brides have said about Primp! “I chose to try Primp for a trial based off a friend’s recommendation and immediately booked them for my Engagement Photos, Bridal Portraits and Wedding Day! One of the best decisions I made while wedding planning! Ashlee and Heather are so fun to work with and I had a blast with them each time they did my hair & makeup. Both of them can do anything and they made me + my bridesmaids feel so beautiful on my wedding day! I will recommend them to everyone I know!” “Ashlee and Heather did such an amazing job on my big day! After I was done being beautified with their amazing skills, I finally was able to take a peek of the end result and it threw me into a fit of happy tears. I was blown away by their work. Thank God for their waterproof lashes! My hair and makeup lasted well through the night, which I thought was impossible for me with my oily skin and fine flat hair, but I was proved very wrong! I never had to do any touch ups with hair/ makeup. My hair was still up, curled and in tact (seriously-even the following day which is a first for me) and all of my bridesmaids and family were equally thrilled with their hair and makeup! Can’t wait to return for a fun and relaxing beauty session with these ladies soon! Thank you so much Ashlee and Heather!”   Got more questions? We are happy to help! Contact us today and we will get you scheduled in for your trial with us. | | | 918-619-2384 Xo, Primp Girls- Ashlee & Heather
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Style Inspiration | Tulsa Wedding Society Member Design Collective at Dresser Mansion

When Wedding Pro’s Work Together… submitted by: Mandy Miller, Wedding Floral Designer of Divine Designs by Mandy   Hey there, Tulsa Wedding Society followers- Thanks for visiting our blog again! This week we wanted to share with you what happens when experienced wedding professionals get together to create something we call design “eye-candy”. Back in January, Dresser Mansion held an Open House at their historic venue where Tulsa wedding professional were invited to come and visit with brides & grooms about wedding planning. Some of our members of The Tulsa Wedding Society got together to design a tablescape set up that turned into an impromptu styled shoot and the results were exciting and visually outstanding. Bethany Faber, a wedding planner of Bethany Faber Events, who also represents Dresser Mansion as their venue coordinator contacted wedding floral designer Mandy Miller, of Divine Designs by Mandy to provide fresh floral designs for the attendees of the open house to view and enjoy. The success of their collaboration began with excellent communication regarding the execution of the design plan and was carried out beautifully due to the like mindedness of their taste & style. Add a beautifully crafted, artistic wedding cake from Laura Talbot of Ms. Laura’s Cakes, and “Viola” folks, you’ve got an amazing collaboration. Fortunately for us, the talented wedding photographer Andi Bravo was onsite that day and she happily agreed to document photos of the gorgeous results of the collective design. Take a look at this bright and citrus-y styled wedding theme designed by our Tulsa Wedding Society Members: Floral Designer | Divine Designs by Mandy Cake Designer | Ms. Laura’s Cakes Venue | Dresser Mansion Photo Credit: Andi Bravo Photography Linens and serving ware available at: Party Pro Rents
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Aaron and Alix
June 2022

By Doug and Ashley Photography

Mr. & Mrs. Hughes
Cakes by Ludger's Bavarian Bakery
Wedding Planning by BeYoutiful Occasions
Doug & Ashley Photography
Officiant: Green Country Wedding Minister Cathy Mack

Featured Vendor | Reverend Jay Howell

By tulsaweddingsociety_ytd3jh | August 24, 2017

Hiring a wedding officiant? Talking today with Reverend Jay Howell, a licensed ordained minister specializing in custom wedding ceremony design. Rev-Jay (the nickname we lovingly refer to our favorite spirited officiant) brings an unforgettable presence as a coveted member of The Tulsa Wedding Society. Today I sat down to chat with Rev-Jay to ask him a few questions about his role in current nuptial trends and how he guides brides & grooms through a custom planning experience. See what he has to say about the planning process. Q: Do you think there has been a shift in the need for wedding officiant services? A: The longer I have been in this business, the more I see the need for my services. More and more people are growing up with different beliefs and concepts than their parents’ conceptualized wedding traditions. Q: What is your role in working with brides & grooms? A: My role is to help them balance their family traditions and expectations with their ceremony desires in an effort to accommodate both families. Q: How long do you spend counseling with clients? A: I ask a lot of questions that each party may not have considered and go over several scenarios to avoid stepping on toes, while paying homage to their cultural backgrounds, identities, or possible variations in religious tones. My goal is customize a ceremony that is meaningful to each client’s need. We remain in contact throughout the entire planning process. Q: Do you design all types of religious and non-religious ceremonies? A. Yes, I have several resources at my disposal to suit the needs of all clients. I start with their needs and build from that platform. I offer variations and mixtures of: Traditional, Non-Traditional, Unique concepts, Multi-faith, LGBTQ welcoming, Secular & Humanistic. Q. What is the most popular trend in nuptials? A. Less is more. But we design them together as a team, specifically I emphasize the audience’s perspective. By removing the fluff and focusing on the celebration of the couple, I often prefer to create an environment where everyone including is engaged in a participatory way. Q. Any additional words of advice? A. Investing energy into designing your ceremony results in a difference between a forgetful sermon for your guests verses a memorable, engaging experience for all.   For booking info contact Jay By Phone: 918-691-4713 or By Email:

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Tips and Tricks | Finding Wedding Inspiration

By tulsaweddingsociety_ytd3jh | August 14, 2017

Check out this helpful advice from expert planner: Sharon Holm, of Tulsa Weddings and Design   Tips to help you find your wedding inspiration   Jot down the names of your favorite designers and don’t just limit it to fashion – think outside the box and even include home interior. design ideas. Pulling different types inspiration from several sources is a great way to figure out what you like and dislike. Then, start a Pinterest board titled “personal style inspiration” and you will soon find a continuous vibe within your “pins”. “Something that makes you feel confident and beautiful is never out of style”. This does not apply to clothing only. Designers love to experiment with different patterns textures and accessories throughout the design process to dream up interesting centerpieces and statement decor. A good chat with your friends and family will always get you pointed in the right direction. When planning a wedding every bride is looking for successful feedback and insight to the types of activities, food and drink that will be enjoyed most at their wedding. So, start discussing! Grab a glass of wine and put your feet up while paging through a bridal magazine often does the trick for dreamers block. Again, don’t forget to browse through other decorating magazines to see what trends captures your eye. Food blogs and recipe books are also great resources to enhance every day inspiration. You are sure to find a wide selection of menu ideas, table settings, and more all accompanied with the perfect ambience and creativity you were looking for.  Take a trip back in time and browse through an antique store. Personally, there’s just something inside those old shelves that triggers ideas for new and improved creations.  Love to travel? You can often find great inspiration from places you have been or places you wish to go. Personalize your day with culture and your guests will be talking non stop to all their friends about your wedding day.  Last but not least, go window-shopping. If you want to find the hottest trends and must-have items they’re always displayed at big department stores. See something you love snap a photo, it’s a great way to determine what truly catches your eye.  All photos courtesy of web- no photo credit available

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Featured Wedding | Emily + Daniel

By tulsaweddingsociety_ytd3jh | July 19, 2017

Emily Corral and Daniel Mason were married May 12th on a perfect Friday afternoon. Rain was forecasted for the whole day but, in true Oklahoma fashion, the sun was out by the end of their portraits and shining strong by the end of their ceremony at their church, St. Benedicts in Broken Arrow. Their Catholic faith is very important to both Emily and Daniel and was evident in even the smallest details of their full mass ceremony. Emily is also a wedding photographer and so having been to a variety of weddings in Tulsa she already had a vision in mind of the things she wanted most for her wedding day. Almost all her vendors were Tulsa Wedding Society members. In fact, Emily and Daniel were originally planning on getting married on a Saturday in May but when one of their preferred vendors, Andrea Murphy Photography, was already booked they checked with their church and moved their date. So often in this industry, we see clients wait a little too long to book their favorite and preferred vendors so for this reason we highly recommend booking all your “must-have” vendors first thing when planning your wedding so that they aren’t booked with other clients. Emily and Daniel, we all loved being part of your wedding and are so grateful for being entrusted with all the intrinsic and personal details of your beautiful and special day. May you have many years of love and happiness ahead of you. Featured Vendors Andrea Murphy Photography Lionsroad Tulsa Bridal Beauty Divine Designs by Mandy

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Featured Wedding | Hannah and Stephen

By tulsaweddingsociety_ytd3jh | June 29, 2017

Hannah and Stephen were married May 13th at Christ the King Parish and had the reception at The Bond in downtown Tulsa. This gorgeous day was coordinated by the talented Whitney from Erica Weddings with a classic look and a soft lavendar pallette. She utilized four TWS professionals as well! Featured Vendors Wedding Coordination | Erica Weddings Floral Design | Divine Designs by Mandy Photography | Picturesque Photos by Amanda DJ | Lionsroad

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Tips and Tricks | TWS Passport Program

By tulsaweddingsociety_ytd3jh | June 23, 2017

Did you know that you could earn $100 from Tulsa Wedding Society by simply booking our trusted members for your wedding? This program is designed to reward brides who see the value in working with TWS vendors. Since it’s inception, we have honored 89 passports. That’s $8,900 that we have given back to our brides. How do you qualify? • A bride must have a contract with a minimum of 4 TWS vendors. • The contracts must meet each members booking minimum. • The bride must submit an email inquiry to to redeem her passport no later than 2 weeks before the wedding. That’s it! When all the bookings are confirmed, the bride receives an email requesting her address. Then a check for $100 is mailed directly to her the following Monday after the provided wedding date (this process can take up to 7 days). We love being able to give back to brides and, besides, who couldn’t use an extra Benjamin on their honeymoon?! Here are a few links to weddings that have used at least four TWS members! Jessica and Blaine Mia and Calvin Dawnette and Mike Samantha and Adam

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Featured Wedding | Jessica + Blaine

By tulsaweddingsociety_ytd3jh | June 5, 2017

We love it when members of our TWS family get to work together with the same couple. Check out what Redeemed Productions has to say about the adorable Jessica and Blaine who used three of our members! “The wedding day was perfect! No joke, it was amazing. The bridesmaids all looked beautiful and were having a great time in the hotel room when we arrived. We were able to get some really cute photos of Jessica and all of her bridesmaids together before she got into her dress. While we are talking about that dress, WOW!! This dress from Kleinfeld Bridal was the perfect dress for Jessica. It was breathtaking when she put it on! Back to the story of the day…after she got into the dress, we were able to get the day moving along! The bridesmaids had gold dresses and they were beautiful! Some of our favorite photos were taken right outside The Mayo Hotel with Jessica and Blaine. This entire wedding party was so easy to photograph, and they made our jobs super easy! We honestly have too many things to say about this beautiful wedding and amazing couple. From the flowers that were so stunning from The French Bouquet Tulsa, to the white dance floor and the LOVE letters from LionsRoad, they truly did have a picture-perfect wedding day! We hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoyed working with Jessica and Blaine! We can’t wait to share these!” Featured Vendors Videography | Redeemed Productions Floral Design | The French Bouquet DJ | Lionsroad

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Trends | Outdoor Cakes

By tulsaweddingsociety_ytd3jh | May 27, 2017

We’ve all seen them. The photos of wedding receptions outside on beautiful wood tables or under large full trees but to make sure everything goes as planned, Laura Talbot with Ms. Laura’s Cakes is here to give you a few things to keep in mind when cake is involved. Frosting is made with butter. It melts. Putting cakes outside exposes them to the elements: heat, wind, dirt in the wind, birds (birds poop), squirrels, bugs, ants, as well as cats and dogs that may be a part of the property or even part of the ceremony. However pets don’t know they aren’t supposed to eat the cake and may stick their snout up there and lick it. Lets not forget about the ground. I have never encountered a patch of level dirt and grass suitable for the needs of a cake table. Just putting a table outside and eyeballing its levity won’t cut it. You don’t want your cake to lean or fall do you? Neither do I. You will need to get wood and shims (shims are tapered wedges of work that you can get at any hardware store or local walmart or target) and use a level. Make that table straight. Also putting a piece of plywood on the ground for the table to be places on is a fantastic idea as often times the cake is heavy and the table legs can sink into the ground causing the table to become un-level again. The plywood stops the legs from sinking into the dirt. I’ve had many clients ask what frosting doesn’t melt outside. My guess is they ask this because they know frosting melts but they want to have a way to get around being able to stick their cake outside for hours without trouble. The answer? Have cake with no frosting (that means no yummy filling either) because all frosting and filling will melt. Talk to your baker and find out what their policy is for outdoor receptions. My policy is to watch the weather and if the temperature is going to be hot then I deliver the cake as close to ceremony time as possible with instructions that the bride and groom should do the cake cutting first thing after saying ‘I do’. (Yes, before the meal and the first dance. Butter in heat waits for no one, even brides and grooms.)

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Featured Wedding | Mia and Calvin

By tulsaweddingsociety_ytd3jh | May 19, 2017

Mia and Calvin were married on a beautiful overcast day in March at the classy Dresser Mansion in Tulsa. It was a heart-felt day with so many happy tears and emotions. The black and gold, art deco theme was pulled off perfectly by Rene Punch at Mom and Me Events. Congrats, you two! Featured Vendors Dresser Mansion Mom and Me Events Picturesque Photos by Amanda Lionsroad

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Featured Wedding | Dawnette + Mike

By tulsaweddingsociety_ytd3jh | May 12, 2017

Dawnette and Mike McBride were married in an intimate wedding ceremony on the lawn of Dawnette’s parents home in Bartlesville on a perfect evening this spring. Their Irish-themed wedding took place the day after St. Patrick’s Day and had touches of the McBride family tartan, among other nods to Mike’s Irish heritage. Their reception was held at the Hillcrest Country Club where the couple spent the evening surrounded by their friends and family. From the small decor details, to the Celtic hand fasting during the ceremony, to a traditional Comanche cedar blessing during the reception, Dawnette and Mike created a wedding day that was a perfect reflection of their past, and a beautiful promise of their future together. Featured Vendors Andrea Murphy Photography Divine Designs by Mandy Lions Road Integrity Lighting

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Tips and Tricks | Hiring a Live Band

By tulsaweddingsociety_ytd3jh | May 5, 2017

This week, Dave Richardson, President of Wavetones Inc. (including the bands Brava Quartette, Hook, The Wavetones, and Wild Honey) gives you five tips on choosing and working with a live band on your wedding day. Live bands can create an incredible atmosphere and wonderful entertainment for your guests. Check out his tips below! • Make sure you take time to meet with the band leader several weeks before your wedding day. This will give you a chance to go over the timeline for the reception and discuss your expectations for the band. Take time to go through the band’s playlist and discuss what you like and don’t like. Finally, let them know if there are some songs on their playlist that have an unpleasant memory and you would prefer it not to be played. • Even though you have hired a band for your reception, do not be afraid to use recordings of the songs you have selected for your First Dances. Sometimes it’s not just the song, but the original recording of the song that is romantic. No matter how talented your band is, there really is no way to replicate the magic of an old recording by Louis Armstrong or Etta James, or even a newer song by John Mayer or Rascal Flatts. • It’s always a good idea to make it clear that you do not want the band to drink alcohol at your reception. Allowing any employee the opportunity to drink alcohol while working almost guaranties that someone will drink more than they should. Your wedding reception is far too important too invite the possibility of bad behavior from the band into your special day….not to mention they have full access to the microphones. • Hire the band that plays the music you want at your reception and not just whatever band was available and then asking them to change. I remember playing a reception with The Wavetones where the bride and groom came up and asked us to only play Country music. At that moment I would have loved to have been able to meet their request, but we are not a Country band. Those are not songs we have learned, rehearsed, and memorized. They told me they knew we were not a Country band but assumed we could play a nights worth of Country songs if needed. Assuming is never a good idea. • Make sure to ask the band what their plan is for music during their breaks and make sure they have a plan for “non-stop music” even though they will need to take a couple breaks to go to the restroom and rest their voices. If they do not have a plan you are comfortable with then ask them to put together two iTunes playlists on their computer and set the preferences to “Crossfade Songs”. Then email them a list of 12 songs you would like to have played during their breaks (6 songs per break). NOTE: A band does not need more than two twenty-minute breaks during a four hour reception. Featured Vendors Wavetones Inc. Picturesque Photos by Amanda

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