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Allison & Donovan | May 13, 2018

Randi Fracassi

Over here, we're firm believers that home isn't a place: it's a feeling in our chest, down to our soul. It's a sense of calm and excitement all at once, a wild part soothed and yet lit up with vivacious and infectious spirit.

And y'all, what a beautiful thing it is to see a couple who have found home in each other. That support and challenge each other, and are shelters for each other's hearts. Allison and Donovan's celebration with their closest friends and family was truly wonderful, and we're so thankful we worked with them and their team of vendors to make their day so perfect. 


Plan with Me: Streamlining Your Wedding Planning Process

Randi Fracassi

We know that planning a wedding is stressful, and that there are a lot of places to start. It can pretty overwhelming pretty quick, and before you know it, you're a few weeks out and you're wondering if you're missing something. 

Don't worry, we've got you covered. 

We're sharing some tips and tricks today that we use for planning and keeping our clients on track of making sure all the details are taken care of! 

First, prioritize what is important to you and your future spouse. Whether it's an important date, a special venue, or wanting to make sure that your guests have an experience, ensuring that you have your top two or three must haves spelled out from the very beginning is key to staying on top of wedding planning. 

After you make your priority list, talk about budget. Talking money is always difficult, but giving yourself a range to stay within rather than a set amount (for example, staying between $25,000 and $30,000 versus a must have at $27,000) will not only give you wiggle room as needed, but it also gives you the ability to splurge and save in other areas. While you're setting a budget, don't be afraid to ask who is contributing to the wedding fund; again, it can be hard and awkward, but if you're honest and upfront from the beginning about what you both want your day to be like and what you would like the budget to divided up by, it will save you pain, stress, and heartache in the long run.  

Another way you can save yourself from missing anything is getting yourself a planner. I would love to say "That's right, me!", but I'm humble enough to recognize that there's nothing quite like having a reminder set to your phone or having it handwritten in an agenda to make sure everything is complete and done. I love this one from Southern Weddings, and this one from Erin Condren. If you're not feeling like having binders and guides and papers everywhere (which is me, I can't handle having all the important things not in one place), I again recommend Erin Condren Life Planner, Day Designer (which you can find at Target), or a simple pocket planner that you can pick up at any Walmart, Target, or office supply store. 

Want something more complete and in detail (a checklist, perhaps?)? Check out the wedding planning timeline we use for our brides over here at Poppy Lane Events, handcrafted for you to keep on track, streamline the planning process, and ensure you don't forget a thing. 

What is your favorite tool for staying on task? Did you find it easier to have everything digital, or handwritten reminders? Did setting goals throughout the process help you? We'd love to know! 

Happy planning,


DIY for Your DAY: Things to Craft...and Not to Craft

Randi Fracassi

Y’all, at one point or another while planning your wedding, you will find yourself scrolling through Facebook or Pinterest, gazing blankly at Amazon, or attending a bridal show, and you’ll be struck with the idea to do something absolutely fantastic for your wedding, and then as you look for that piece that will complete the vision, you cannot find it. You check rental vendors, Etsy, even a craft fair (yes, they still exist, and they’re pretty fun!) for this item or this look, and you start to loose a little piece of your soul and the dream die a little with every email and phone call that says “Sorry, we don’t have anything like that”. It is at this time that you’ll find yourself pulling into Michael’s or Lowe’s or Hobby Lobby, and it’s at this point that you can cross another thing off the Unspoken Wedding Bucket List:

Craft for the Wedding.

And crafting for you wedding can go generally in one of two ways; it will either be a total success, come together with a few tweaks here and there to really make it yours, or it can be a total and utter failure. There’s no in-between, unfortunately, on this one.

So, I thought to share with y’all this week my favorite DIYs and crafts folks have done for their weddings, (with links to the creator’s instructions, if you’re so inclined as to make it your own for your wedding) as well as share with you some things I would recommend you leave to the pros and knowledgeable vendors.

Do Try to DIY: Ceremony Arch or Backdrop

Oftentimes when you’re getting married outside, you need or want a little something extra to ground the space and formerly say “This is where we’re exchanging vows”. I love how folks make crosses and arbors out of wood, like the two below, but also check out this macramé DIY from Chelsea Sadler on Youtube, as well as this PVC-pipe turned metal (with a the perfect touch of floral accents). I would make sure your decorator, whether they are a professional or a friend or family member, get comprehensive instructions on how to assemble Day-Of so you’re not worrying or stressing about it while you should be enjoying your day.

Do NOT Try to DIY: Wedding Invitations

With a wide array of vendors, both large (such as Minted or Basic Invite) and small (like The little Blue Chair, Invitobella, and The Keeping Room), it is rather unnecessary to create your own wedding stationary. Now, it might be less expensive initially to create your own, but factoring in your time and the money for the materials, it ends up being more expensive to do it yourself when you want something a little bit more elaborate than a digitally printed invitation.

Do Try to DIY: Centerpiece and Vases

One of the neatest trends that I’m seeing is using alternative compotes and vases as the base of wedding centerpieces, like wooden planter boxes (like this one from A Practical Wedding) or antique serving bowls like this one from Anita Widder. If antiques or going to rustic route aren’t your vibe, check out a school supplier for test tubes and a rack, spray paint it or use Rub-n-Buff for the desired color, and boom: an edgy centerpiece you can fill with stems, or use in table length garlands to add height! You can also check out my previous post on making your own mercury glass centerpieces and candle holders.

Do NOT Try to DIY: Floral Arrangements

There’s big difference between making the containers in which your centerpieces will be in, and then doing the floral for it. I say that DIYing your floral arrangements is something you shouldn’t do mostly because of the stress associated with them; making sure flowers get there on time, carving out the time between rehearsal and being with friends and family in order to do it, as well as making sure that the arrangements get to the venue on your wedding day. Trust me when I say that the stress is simply not worth it when you should be having a stress-free and relaxing day.

Do Try to DIY: Signage

Not only is it incredibly trendy to have various signage around your event space, but it’s also a practical way to inform guests of the timeline, menus, and where things are located. Whether you do a large, handlettered backdrop (like the one below we did for a styled shoot) or make up a sign in Photoshop or Publisher and have it printed at Fedex, signage is a quick and simple way to add a little lagniappe and personality to your wedding décor. With a variety of frames available at your favorite craft store or thrift shop (where you can use spray or chalk paint or Rub-n-Buff to change the look of it), or if you’d prefer to have Home Depot or Lowe’s trim some wood and stain it to your tastes, the possibilities and options are endless!

Do NOT Try to DIY: Setting Up and Decorating Your Wedding Yourself

Wanting to make sure all the blood, sweat, tears, and trips to and from Hobby Lobby were not done in vain is a feeling many can relate to. However, when you look back on your wedding day, would you rather be smiling because of happy memories shared that morning being with your bridesmaids getting ready, or lament on the stress of making sure all the tables are set before heading to your hair and makeup appointment? Whether you have a coordinator or planner, or delegate decorating to friends and family, making sure you enjoy your day and not worry or be pressed for time while setting up for your wedding should be the most important considerations when examining your wedding time timeline and how you want your wedding day to go. My strongest recommendation will always be to make sure that whoever is setting up and decorating know your vision and knows exactly what you want and how you want it.

Do you have any DIY’s or crafts you’ve been thinking about? Or maybe tried and loved before? Please share! I love learning new things, especially if I can in turn use it or share it with another bride!

Happy planning,



2017 Wedding Trends & Nifty Details

Randi Fracassi

2016 brought a lot of gorgeous and neat elements to the wedding table: hand lettered signs, wedding hashtags, Polaroid guest books just to name a few. But as we start planning and attending 2017 weddings, we can't help but share and inspire you with a few of our favorite up and coming trends weddings:

Copper & Rose Gold Accents

We love seeing more and more rose gold rings on our brides, so why not incorporate it into your wedding decor? The tricky part is having a coordinating color: check out below for a few that we think look perfect with these votives from Save On Crafts

Image courtesy of Save On Crafts. Colors are inspired from Pantone. 

Image courtesy of Save On Crafts. Colors are inspired from Pantone. 

How pretty would a rose gold cake look at your reception?! It'd be the perfect statement! If such a statement isn't your thing, use ribbon accents in your bouquet or fabric for table runners. 

Image: Ruffled 

Image: Ruffled 

Image:  Ruffled

Image: Ruffled

Natural Rustic Details

We understand: it's really easy to glass jars for you country, vintage wedding. But couples that love the rustic aesthetic are now beginning to pull in other natural elements into pulling together the look (maybe being inspired by a Mrs. Joanna Gaines?). Take a peek at the use of deer antlers with wooden planters captured by Brinton Studios below, and how this couple used simple garlands and candlelight to decorate their farmhouse tables. 

Bridal Party Proposals

It's nice to ask you closest friends to be in your bridal party in a fun and meaningful way, but with giving robes as a gift now loosing popularity, it's becoming more of a trend to give a gift box usually containing a small alcoholic beverage, a glass to drink said beverage, a piece of jewelry, and a cute note asking them to join the party.

Some alternatives to drinks and glasses would be sunglasses and croakies (perfect for a destination wedding), an agenda with all the important dates (we love giving a Lilly Pulitzer, Happy Planner, or Recollections in personal sizes), or even a clutch or bag that would coordinate with the look for your wedding (it would be sweet to fill it with tissues, mints or gum, and tinted lip balm). 

Image from  Style Me Pretty

Image from Style Me Pretty

As the year progresses, we'll be sure to continue to share our favorite things over on Instagram and of course on Pinterest! Want to learn how to incorporate any of these into your big day? Just let us know!