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  • Hi! I’m Meagan.

    A little about me in a nutshell...I love pretty things. DIY.Starbucks. true love. vintage everything. anything sparkly. amazing shoes. Kate Spade & being creative!

    I'm a certified wedding planner and destination wedding planner available to work world-wide. Come to Niagara, or I'll come to your hometown or wedding destination of choice!

    I'd be so thrilled if you contacted me to chat about your wedding! You can do that here!

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I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to post this uber pretty wedding from this past July.  Ashley and John are one of those couples you just know are meant to be together. Their wedding was filled with romantic details which created a such a lovely, intimate atmosphere at Ravine Vineyard.  The very talented Stacy from Stacy’s Creations Photography captured these images perfectly!

This wedding was also featured on Vineyard Bride, check it out here.

A lot of couples ask me what their wedding budget should be. While I can give them an estimate on what their ideal wedding will cost, I can’t create their budget for them. Here’s a super quick guideline for deciding on a budget based on the numbers you can actually afford and what you are comfortable with. Once you have that you can adjust the costs to fit within your budget vs the other way around

  1. How much are you comfortable spending? Realistically, what can you afford? Is there any wiggle room?
  2. If your parents will be contributing, sit down with both sides and talk about what they are willing and able to give. Will they give a flat amount or will they pay for certain portions of the wedding?
  3. Rework your budget with what your parents can contribute.
  4. Figure out your miminum and maximum budget.wedding finance

 

With sites like Rent the Runway, you can rent a dress for any occasion, even a wedding!

How it works:

1. FIND IT: Search our collection of dresses and accessories for your rental date (we recommend 1–2 days before your event), then filter by designer, price, length — even style — to narrow down your favorites.

2. BOOK IT: Once you’ve selected your items, book for a 4-day or 8-day rental period. We also offer all the essential extras like Spanx and Fashion Tape.

3. WEAR IT: Your order will arrive by 8PM on your delivery date via UPS (or by courier in NYC). Time to slip it on and shine!

4: RETURN IT: After your night out, send back your items in the easy pre-paid envelope provided — we’ll take care of the dry cleaning. Don’t forget to upload a photo and review to Our Runway.

Perks:

A FREE SECOND SIZE

We offer one with every rental. Plus, order an additional style of equal or lesser value for just $32.50.

STYLIST ADVICE

Our experienced Stylist are on call and here to help! Reach them via phone, chat or email and ask them anything.

NO REGRETS POLICY

We’re sure your dress will fit but if it doesn’t, we’ll make it right. We will never leave you without something fabulous to wear

While I love the idea of being able to rent high end brands at a super reasonable cost when going out for a special night or even as a guest at a wedding, I’m not sure how confident I would be in renting an actual bridal gown.
Pros:
  • Save thousands of dollars on a dress. A rental will cost you anywhere from $75-$150 dollars, add the extra size for the addtional $32.50 and you’re still looking at less than $200.
  • You get 3 sizes so you don’t have to worry if you should get the bigger or smaller size.
  • You don’t have to worry about having your dress dry cleaned, just send it back and they take care of it. 
  • You don’t have to find space in your closet to hang a dress you’ll likely never wear again.

Cons:

  • If something does happen with your order and you end up not having a dress, you don’t have an extra wedding dress lying around that you can just wear instead. 
  • Bridal gowns are fitted to each bride. If you rent a dress there is no guarantee that it will hug the right places and you can’t go get it altered. 
  • Some brides like the idea of keeping their dress around, but a rented dress isn’t yours to keep. 
  • It’s not really “your” wedding dress. Someone else has worn it before you. For the superstitious bride, this could be an issue. 

Personally, I think I could definitely rent a dress. Although I love the idea of hanging my future wedding dress in my office; how practical is that? If you too would consider renting your bridal gown, here are my suggestions:

  1. Definitely take advantage of the additional size option so you have 3 to choose from. 
  2. Consider renting the dress way ahead of time, so you can try it on, see how it fits and see how it looks on you/in person. Even if you do this, you’re still saving hundreds to thousands! 
  3. Think about the style of wedding you are having. Many of the dresses on this site are tea or cocktail length and therefore more casual. There are a few more elaborate dresses but they aren’t beaded wedding dresses. 

I’d love to see Rent the Runway create a more diverse bridal section with actual bridal gowns- what do you think? Would you rent your wedding dress? What do you think about the current selection? Would you be more prone to rent if there were more actual bridal gowns? 

I myself would love to wear a non-traditional dress like this…although I would rather own it if I did:)

…but everyone can agree on one thing: tans fade, highlights go dark and we all get sick of sand in our shoes. But the end of summer is the beginning of a new season. So we find ourselves looking to the future. You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. XOXO Gossip Girl.

Firstly, yes I quoted gossip girl above.  Secondly, she’s right isn’t she?

weddings in niagaraThe end of summer is the beginning of a new season, and with every new season comes change. We change our hair, we change our clothes, but most importantly we change our attitude. Summer is the season of laziness. Even when we have a ton of work to do, all we really want to do is lay in the sun and lounge around. Much like students, a wedding planner has a whole new workload each fall. As our current season is winding down, our next season of clients comes in full force. And I’m ready for it. 

It’s no secret that I’ve been slacking in the blogging world lately. I hate to admit it, but  client work and weddings got the best of me. With that it was easy to create a list of personal/business goals for October.

  • Get back into my blogging groove. I can’t tell you how many people have told me they love how often I blog and how consistent I was with it. I feel like I have let them down. Well no more… this post today is the start of many consistent posts to come!
  • Submit, submit, submit! I worked on so many gorgeous weddings this year and I just need to show them off!
  • Finish my new office loft. This has to be done this month! We’re just about done with the insulation, so once we get the drywall up it should progress quickly and hopefully smoothly!
  • Create a better system for client organization. I have binders and an online software but I need boards and files and more!
  • Make sure to get in 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week. I often slack on the cardio at the gym but I want to make a conscious effort to stay a little longer to do this.

Do you have any goals for October, do we share any of the same goals? Business or personal, I’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment below to discuss!

Photo by JFHannigan Photography

Gosh, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted! We’ve had a busy season with only 3 weddings left to go and we can finally start to show you what we have been up to!

In June we worked with some amazing Niagara wedding vendors on a private residence out in Smithville. It was Ashley and Paul’s dream to have their wedding at Paul’s moms house where he grew up. Tented weddings are never simple, but the property was so stunning I could see why they chose it as their location. Ashley and Paul wanted a fun night “under the stars”. A simple palette of plum and silver complete with the glow of candle light filled the tent along with Ashley and Paul’s friends and family.

I loved working with this couple. Ashley had a lot of small details in mind, but was so laid back to work with!  Paul even sent along this message after the wedding.

Hi Meagan,

I’ve been meaning to write you since our wedding and am sad to say I never made the time.  Well this morning I decided to take a few seconds to express my thanks for the work you did leading up to our wedding and on our wedding day.  You may have been able to tell but I was a little skeptical leading up to the wedding but after reflecting on all the planning there is no way we could have done this without your help and patience.  People still talk about how seamless everything appeared to be and when they do I always place the credit solely on your shoulders and your ability to work with my wife:)

Having said that, I have passed out your information to a few friends who are getting married within the next year and one of them as recently as today.  I hope she calls you and at least hears what you have to say, I sold you as much as I could but it may only be enough to get you in front of her.

Hope you’re doing well and spreading more happiness to upcoming weddings:)

Paul

With no further ado, here are some of the incredible photos taken by JF Hannigan Photography

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Flowers by Lush Florals and Events

Linen and Head Table Design by Gala Decor

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