The Wedding Blog

Welcome, dear readers! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Leo, a seasoned event planner by trade and a cultural aficionado who loves uncovering Europe’s rich history and finest customs.

For me, a celebration is a way of life. I want every occasion to be the most joyous affair to recognize a special moment in time. Having planned events and weddings for over 30 years, it became apparent to me that it’s seldom all about one day; often the event host is saddled with lots of decisions or tricky scenarios that may fall outside the typical relationship with an event professional.

And I wanted to change that.

After having befriended and worked with hundreds of brides and grooms, I wanted to provide a platform to empower brides and grooms with the knowledge and know-how around all things weddings and events. In my time, the most successful events are those in which the hosts feel confident in all the elements that make up their special day.

This space is designed with you in mind to give honest and useful event-planning advice. Think of it like having a discussion with a close friend that tells it like it is -who also happens to be a kind and compassionate event professional!   Together we’re going to walk through buying everything, and I mean everything, for your wedding day outfit.  We’re going to navigate the world of champagne, bridal gowns, tuxedos, table settings and chat through the do’s and don’ts of bridal showers.

You may occasionally see affiliate links included within my posts, allowing me to make a small commission from any sales coming from the blog. Please remember that I only post about vendors I trust and use myself - all opinions, reviews and recommendations are authentically my own.

We’re going to talk through all the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of wedding planning that help you walk down that aisle in style, grace and confidence!

 

Gratuity Guide: Navigating Tipping Etiquette for your Wedding Day

10 July 2024

As a wedding planner, one of the most frequently asked questions I receive from my clients is about tipping vendors on their wedding day. Tipping is a common practice in the wedding industry, but knowing who to tip and how much can be confusing for many couples. In this blog post, I will break down…

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9 Things to help Guide you when Choosing Clothing for the Groomsmen: Elevating Style and Cohesion

01 April 2024

When it comes to wedding planning, selecting the clothing and look for the groomsmen is an important task that contributes to the overall aesthetic of your special day. Coordinating their outfits with the groom’s attire, while considering style, formality, and individual preferences requires careful consideration. In this blog, I will provide you with a comprehensive…

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12 Things a Bride Can Ask Her Bridesmaids/men for Help in Planning her Wedding

08 November 2023

Planning a wedding can be an exciting yet overwhelming process. Luckily, bridesmaids and bridesmen are there to lend a helping hand. From choosing the perfect dress to managing logistics, bridesmaids can play a vital role in making the wedding planning journey a memorable one. In this blog, we will explore 12 essential tasks a bride…

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The Art of Managing Gift Receiving and Expressing Gratitude for Wedding Gifts

26 October 2023

Your wedding day is a joyous occasion filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories. Among the many aspects to consider, managing gift receiving and expressing gratitude through thank you notes can sometimes be overwhelming.  In this blog, I will guide you through effective strategies and etiquette for gracefully handling wedding gifts and expressing heartfelt appreciation…

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25 Non-Traditional Wedding Ideas to Inspire You

17 October 2023

Planning a wedding that breaks away from tradition can be an exciting and liberating experience. Non-traditional weddings offer couples the opportunity to express their unique personalities, interests, and love stories in unconventional ways. From intimate backyard ceremonies to extravagant themed celebrations, the possibilities are endless.  In this blog, I present 25 non-traditional wedding ideas that…

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9 Things You DO NOT Need at your Wedding

06 October 2023

Planning a wedding can be both exciting and overwhelming.  With so many details to consider, it’s important to make choices that reflect your personal style and priorities. As an experienced wedding planner, I’ve come across numerous items that can easily be skipped to streamline your wedding preparations, save on your energy and more importantly reduce…

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12 Things you Need to Remember when Buying Mother of the Bride and Mother-in-Law Dresses

02 October 2023

As the wedding day approaches, it’s essential to ensure that not only the bride but also the mother of the bride and mother-in-law look their best. Finding the perfect dress for these important figures can be a daunting task. To help simplify the process, I have compiled a list of 12 points to consider when…

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A Geordie Love Affair: A Dreamy Gay Wedding in Bordeaux

14 September 2023

Love knows no boundaries, and when it comes to celebrating love, the destination becomes just as important as the couple itself.  This summer I organized a recent heartwarming event, a Geordie lesbian couple embarking on an unforgettable journey to a Château de Seguin, in the picturesque region of Bordeaux, France, to exchange their vows.  This…

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14 Things Every Bride Needs in their Wedding Day Survival Kit

07 September 2023

Your wedding day is a whirlwind of emotions, excitement, and countless details to manage. To ensure a smooth and stress-free experience, it’s essential to have a well-prepared wedding day survival kit by your side.

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17 Things Brides and Grooms Wished They Knew When Planning Their Wedding

21 August 2023

Planning a wedding is an exciting and memorable experience, but it can also be overwhelming and filled with unexpected challenges. As someone who has gone through the process many times with his clients, I understand the importance of hindsight and the valuable lessons learned along the way.  In this blog post, I’ll share seventeen things…

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