2017 in Review

2017 was a great year at Jenna Laine Weddings, LLC. We had so many exciting things take place this year where do we even begin? Lets start with the amazing brides and grooms we had the chance to work with. We did a total of 49 events, which is our best year yet and we loved getting to know each and every one of you. We also celebrated our 100th wedding back in February. The purchase of our new planning studio in July. Five years of business in November and we welcomed a few new faces to our team! Here's a little glimpse into all the fun we had! 

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100th Wedding Celebration

This year we celebrated our 100th wedding. Our first year in business five years ago we did 8 weddings, the following year 15, and this year we did 49! We are so thankful for this growth and can not wait to see what happens in the years to come! Hopefully we will be celebrating our 200th wedding in 2018 or early 2019! 

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THANK YOU! 

 

Thank you to all of our friends, family, and vendors for your love and support throughout this year. 2018 is shaping up to be just as amazing and we can not wait to see how it unfolds!

 

Best,

Jenna Rachal

Jenna Laine Weddings,LLC

24336 US Highway 98

Fairhope, AL 36532

251-517-9530

 

 

Branding Your Wedding

Keeping up with the ever revolving door of wedding trends is no easy task. The check list of "to do's"  not only include flowers, rentals, lighting, and invitations, but it also includes coming up with a unique brand for your wedding. This can include a catchy #, flashy filter or custom logo printed on everything from invitations, koozies, match boxes and drink stirrers. 

Social Media Branding

Snapchat GeoFilters: are fun overlays that you can add to your snapchat. Its a unique way for your guest to share where they are and what they are doing. They can be made up of the bride and groom's names, the date, a graphic or an Instagram #. Its a great place to incorporate a custom monogram to tie all your wedding accessories together. 

 Created by: Weezie B Designs

Created by: Weezie B Designs

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Coming up with a clever hashtag is no easy task, so here are a few helpful tips from The Knot. 

1) Start with your names: This may seem like a no brainer, but its a helpful starting point. Use your first, last and nicknames as a starter and then 'mash' them up. Think brangelina and bennifer. It may seem like a basic # , but it is helpful if guest can easily remember it when they go to instagram a cute photo. 

2)Use numbers to help your hashtag stand out. For instance #jackandjill is probably a pretty common hashtag around the world so add your zip code or favorite numbers to the end to make it unique. 

3)Get Punny: This is one part of your wedding you can really have fun with, especially when it comes to word play. Look for alliterations, rhymes, synonyms and puns for a hashtag that's both clever and memorable.

4) Don't Overthink it. You don't have to be extra clever or funny with your hashtag. At the end of the day, it's all about having easy access to the photos you your guest take throughout the evening

Wedding Accessories

A great way to personalize and brand you wedding is by creating a unique crest or monogram. You can introduce this design at the very start by placing it on your save the dates and then carrying it out on your invitations, koozies, cups, and even pillows and coffee stirrers. Below are a few examples from a recent wedding. 

Branding your wedding can be really fun and will help set your wedding apart from all your friends. Here at Jenna Laine Weddings, LLC, we not only help you come up with a unique wedding style, we can also help you to create a custom logo, GeoFilter, napkins, koozies, invitations and other wedding accessories right here in our office. So make an appointment today to get started!! 

Best,

Jenna Laine Weddings, LLC

 

Purchasing Your First Home as NewlyWeds

One of the first steps every newly, married couple faces is the purchase of their first home together. With this big purchase comes many questions. To help sort through some of those questions and the purchasing process I sat down with Realtor Kersten Bowman of Livin' Right Real Estate. Kersten is a licensed Realtor in both Florida and Alabama. She specializes in Residential Real Estate and is one of the top selling agents along Florida's Emerald Coast. She is currently expanding her footprint into Alabama and hopes to find equal success along the Gulf Coast. 

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How do we know we are ready to buy a house? 

You married the person of your dreams and you are ready to start a life together. To buy a home, or not to buy a home is the next question that often comes to many young newlywed's minds. My initial response to any first time home buyer is, "How long will you be in the area?" For tax purposes, it is beneficial to own a primary residence for a minimum of two years. If this fits into your timeline, take the plunge! Real estate, more times than not, is one of the most secure financial investment options. 

Once we decide to we are ready to buy a home, what's next? 

Once you decide to purchase a home, your next step will be to find a lender and review your finances. Feel free to shop around for a lender you feel comfortable with (Aim to discuss your options with 1-3 loan officers before making your decision). A lender will be involved in your real estate transaction just as much, if not more, than your Realtor. Find a lender that thoroughly explains the lending process to you, is easily accessible (not only from 9:00AM- 5:00PM ) and has competitive mortgage interest rates. I personally suggest using a local lender, however many lenders are licensed in all states and can work with you from a distance. 

How do we find a Realtor and how do we know the Realtor is a good fit for us? 

The best way to find a Realtor is through referral! If you do not have any referrals in the state you will be located in, ask a friend or family member if they have a Realtor that can help you locate an agent in that specific area. You want a Realtor that works with you AND for you. Find a Realtor that thoroughly explains the buying process, answers your phone calls or promptly returns your phone calls, and knows the market area well. To keep it simple, have him/her explain to you their duties and you explain to him/her your expectations before beginning a working relationship. 

Time to Shop! 

Your lender will pre-approve you for a loan and begin communication with your Realtor if they have not already done so. This will help you decide on a budget according to the monthly payment you can afford. Once you have decided your budget, talk with your spouse about a wish list. You may want to visit a few open houses to get a realistic feel for what your budget can buy in your area. Please note, that if you are working with a Realtor during this time, it is polite to inform all parties of this fact while shopping. Once you have your wish list, begin working with your Realtor. He or she will help continue your search, make appointments to view the homes that are convenient with your schedule, and advise you on how to and when to make an offer on the home you choose. 

Contract Review

NEVER feel pressured to sign a contract. Review and understand all of the terms. Do not hesitate to ask your Realtor any questions during this time. Once both parties have agreed to the terms and the contract has been fully executed, escrow begins. A typical closing involving a loan can take 30-45 days. 

How much should we be prepared to put down on a house? 

Depending on the type of loan you qualify for will determine how much money you are required to put down on a home. Some loans, such as a VA Loan, require 0% down. Other loans can require up to 20% down. A licensed lender can help you further answer any financial questions. One thing to note is the earnest money deposit, often referred to as Trust Money or an EMD. This is required to be put down on a home within three to five business days once the contract has been fully executed. This amount can be negotiated, however it is typically 1% of the purchase price of the home. It will be held by the Title Company in an Escrow Account. 

If you have more questions about purchasing a home or are in need of a Realtor you can contact Kersten for information or referrals. She would love to help you start your new life together in a new home! 

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Kersten Reed Bowman

Lead Residential Sales Associate

Licensed in Alabama and Florida

kersten@livinrightrealestate.com

251.455.8177

À La Carte Items--Package Details

If you have been following along with us for the past few weeks and have concluded that while our services are wonderful, they don't exactly meet your needs, we've got good news for you. Our À La Carte menu offers a way to completely customize your service. We have the ability to price out and add to any package at any time. 

If you are choosing the Partial Package but also want us to help out with the Rehearsal Dinner and the Bridesmaid's Luncheon, we can! Maybe you want us to take care of designing and  assembling your welcome boxes or need to add on vendor assistance that is outside your package description, absolutely doable!! 

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We want our brides to be able to fully relax and enjoy the planning process for this important season of your life. We are willing to be as involved as you need and want to help in the way you need it. Sometimes you may not even know what help you need until you're right up on it and get overwhelmed, no worries, we can step in and add services at any time!

Aside from additional wedding coverages we also offer our custom wedding paper suites as an add on. If you want to create all or part of your wedding stationary with us we can help with that. Our graphic designer can even work with you to design a custom logo to be used throughout your wedding design. We also have a select portion of retail items such as customizable guest books, garters, toasting flutes and other wedding accessories.

 Photographer:  Avery Forrest Photography  Calligraphy:  Southern Calligraphy  

Photographer: Avery Forrest Photography Calligraphy: Southern Calligraphy 

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Let us start customizing a package for you today!

Best,

Jenna Laine Weddings, LLC

info@jennalaineweddings.com

The Day Of Bride--Package Details

The Day Of Planning Package is really better described as month of service. Our brides who utilize this service are handling all aspects of the planning process on their own but recognize the value of having a third party coordinate all the details those last few weeks leading up to the wedding day. 

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With the Day Of Bride we begin around thirty days out from the wedding. At this point we will set up a call or meeting to discuss all the details of the day. We get the vendor information and begin to contact them to come up with a master timeline for how the day will flow. We will meet with the bride for a final walk through of the venue space to learn the layout and where you envision seeing everything from the food and cake to the welcome book and favors. Day Of Brides often have welcome gifts for their out of town guests, and we will even take care of delivering these to hotels for you.

 Photographer:  Rae Leytham Photography

When it comes to the wedding weekend we are your right hand gals. We're there to coordinate and run your ceremony rehearsal, set up all of your personal items and break down the wedding itself. We are there on site for up to ten hours on the wedding day. We are there to ensure every vendor is on time and performs the tasks you hired them to do. We stay through to the end of your reception and make sure all of your personal items and gifts are packed away leaving you and your family to enjoy the festivities. 

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Please let us know if The Day Of Planning Package meets your needs. We would love to get started with you today! 

Best,

Jenna Laine Weddings, LLC

Click here to see more images from this gorgeous wedding captured by Rae Leytham Photogarphy, designed by mother of the Groom- Lorna Huey and Wildflower. 

The Partial Service Bride--Package Details

Continuing in our series today with The Partial Planning Package. 

Our Partial Planning Package focuses on wedding day design. We meet with Partial Service Brides up to seven times on Monday through Thursday during business hours. During these meetings our design team will work with you to create a design plan for the entire wedding. We will work with you to create a mood board and will use this to communicate with your florist, rental, lighting and draping vendors, to achieve the overall aesthetic that you are dreaming of.

Partial Service Brides are also allowed unlimited emails for questions and updates and are given a monthly custom checklist of to do's as well as monthly planning memos to keep you on track for all the other tasks at hand. We do mange the budget for all categories as well as remind you of pending payments as they come.

Along with the wedding design we encourage the Partial Service Bride to take advantage of our custom paper designs for their entire wedding suite. Jenna Laine Weddings has our own graphic designer on staff to create custom logos for all your wedding paper. We can design your save the dates, invitations, programs, koozies, you name it. All weekend merchandise can be customized with us from your napkins to your welcome boxes for your guests, and we will even assemble and deliver these

When it comes to wedding weekend we are your right hand gals. We're there to coordinate and run your ceremony rehearsal, and again on wedding day to set up and break down the wedding itself. We are there on site from start to finish ensuring every vendor is on time and fully equipped to make your event go off without a hitch, and stay through the end to ensure your personal items are packed away, leaving you and your family to enjoy the festivities. 

Please let us know if The Partial Planning Package sounds like exactly what you need. We would love to get started with you today! 

The Full Service Bride--Package Details

Welcome back for the second week to talk about our different packages and services that can help you bring your dream day to fruition. Today we will go over our Full Service Planning Package.

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This package is focused on the wedding itself. Full Service Brides are offered unlimited meetings Monday through Thursday during business hours and emails as well as complete management and coverage of all aspects of the wedding day, and ceremony rehearsal. Our design team works hand in hand with you to create a mood board based on your vision, and communicates with each vendor on your behalf to make sure these plans come to life. We will go with you to the florist to design your bouquets and centerpieces. Help you pick out linens, china, chairs, and furniture at the rental company, and even work with you to pick out your catering and bar menu and favorite cake flavors.

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All weekend merchandise can be customized with us from your napkins to your welcome boxes. We will even assemble and deliver these to the hotels where we have set up room blocks for your guests. We begin with these clients at the very beginning. Working on design plans, and over all vision down to the finite details as well. The Full Service Planning Package includes budget management and monthly step by step to do lists.

Full Service Brides are also able to take advantage of our custom paper designs for their entire wedding suite. Our team can design your save the dates, invitations, programs, koozies, you name it. Jenna Laine Weddings has an in house graphic designer who can create custom logos and crests for all of your wedding paper and accessories. 

Photo Credit: Dragonfly Photography

When it comes to wedding week we are your right hand gals. We are there to coordinate and run your ceremony rehearsal, and again on the wedding day to set up and break down the wedding itself. Your planner and an assistant will be on site from start to finish, ensuring every vendor is on time and fully equipped to make your event go off without a hitch. They will stay until the end of the evening to ensure your personal items are packed away, leaving you and your family to enjoy the festivities. 

Please let us know if The Full Service Planning Package sounds like exactly what you need. We would love to get started with you today! 

The Premium Bride--Package Details

For those of you just beginning the wedding planning process we thought we would take a few weeks to go over our different packages and services that can help you bring your dream day to fruition. We will start with our Premium Planning Package. 

Clients who choose this package really do get it all; unlimited meetings at your convenience, unlimited emails, and complete management and coverage of all aspects of the wedding AND rehearsal dinner. Your planner will work on all logistics, the over all vision, down to the finite details. The Premium Planning Package includes budget management and monthly step by step to do lists. In short, we are with these brides and often their families for every meeting and decision throughout the engagement and wedding. 

Our design team works hand in hand with you to create a mood board based on your vision, and communicates with each vendor on your behalf to make these plans come to life. We will go with you to the florist to design your bouquets and centerpieces. Help you pick out linens, china, chairs, and furniture at the rental company, and even work with you to pick out your catering and bar menu and favorite cake flavors. All weekend merchandise can be customized with us, from your napkins to your welcome boxes. We will even assemble and deliver these items to the hotels where we have set up room blocks for your guests.

We also offer custom paper design from which Premium Brides are able to create their entire wedding suites. Our team can design your save the dates, invitations, programs, koozies, you name it. Jenna Laine Weddings has an in house graphic designer who can create custom logos and crests for all of your wedding paper and accessories. We can stuff, stamp, seal and send your invitations so that you have one less thing to worry about with your busy schedule! 

When it comes to wedding week we are your right hand gals. We are there to coordinate and run your ceremony rehearsal, set up and break down your rehearsal dinner, and on the wedding day to set up and break down the wedding itself. Your planner and an assistant will be there on site from start to finish, ensuring every vendor is on time and fully equipped to make your event go off without a hitch. They will stay until the end of the evening to ensure your personal items are packed away, leaving you and your family to enjoy the festivities. 

Please let us know if The Premium Planning Package sounds like exactly what you need. We would love to start your planning process today! 

Photo Credit: Dragonfly Photography