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Weddings are one the most important events that brings together friends and family for one of the biggest celebrations in a couple’s life, but you don't have to break the bank to have the wedding of your dreams. Join wedding experts with over 45 years of experience, floral designer Danielle Renshaw and venue owner Sara Shepherd as they talk about ways to save money as well as interview experts in the wedding industry. If you are one of those couples that want to have it all but can't afford it all, listen in to get practical wedding planning advice and tips on how to have the wedding you have always dreamed of having and save money at the same time.

Not Your Pinterest Wedding with Danielle Renshaw & Sara Shepherd Danielle Renshaw & Sara Shepherd

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Weddings are one the most important events that brings together friends and family for one of the biggest celebrations in a couple’s life, but you don't have to break the bank to have the wedding of your dreams. Join wedding experts with over 45 years of experience, floral designer Danielle Renshaw and venue owner Sara Shepherd as they talk about ways to save money as well as interview experts in the wedding industry. If you are one of those couples that want to have it all but can't afford it all, listen in to get practical wedding planning advice and tips on how to have the wedding you have always dreamed of having and save money at the same time.

    Bridal Shop Insights From Kayla Eaton of Lavender Park Bridal

    Bridal Shop Insights From Kayla Eaton of Lavender Park Bridal

    Kayla Eaton is the owner of Lavender Park Bridal, a bridal shop in Clarksville, Tennessee that caters exclusively to brides and makes their shopping experience all about them. Today Kayla chats with Danielle and Sara about opening her business in 2019, her best advice for brides while shopping for their dress, and her favorite bridal lines and trends, including colored dresses and clean lines. She explains why Pinterest may give brides an unrealistic vision for their dress, how to get creative with your veil to really make your gown stand out, and why you should never trust bridal alterations to your quilting grandma.
    Kayla talks about her goals to make sure Lavender Park Bridal was size inclusive, offered unique styles, and gave brides an experience to cherish and remember when she opened up her shop. You’ll also hear why she recommends only bringing three people with you to shop for your dress, how Kayla, Danielle, and Sara deal with ‘Momzillas,’ and of course, they end by sharing their bridal gown horror stories. To book an appointment with Lavender Park Bridal, or learn more about the memorable experience they offer while helping brides find their dream dress, visit https://lavenderparkbridal.com/ (LavenderParkBridal.com) or follow them on https://www.instagram.com/lavenderparkbridal/ (Instagram).


    You can also follow Not Your Pinterest Wedding Podcast on https://www.instagram.com/notyourpinterestweddingpodcast/ (Instagram), where you can ask questions, share stories, and suggest topics for future episodes. And check out Danielle’s Floral Design company at https://www.ruffledwillow.com/ (RuffledWillow.com), as well as Sara’s gorgeous barn wedding locale at https://burdocfarms.com/ (BurdocFarms.com). Thanks for listening!
    Episode Highlights:
    Kayla Eaton is the owner of Lavender Park Bridal, which caters exclusively to the bride and makes the entire shopping experience about her
    She opened her shop in 2019
    Kayla’s advice to start shopping for a dress early - at least six months in advance, to allow your dress to come in and leave time for alterations
    Average national cost for a wedding dress is $2000
    Kayla likes to provide a high end experience for brides of all price points
    She loves the bridal line https://www.watters.com/wtoo/ (WToo), which features classic, clean lines with whimsy and high end lace
    Importance of listening to her brides to help bring their vision to life
    Her favorite question to ask is, What is your aesthetic?
    Always ask for adjectives to help brides pinpoint what they are looking for
    Pinterest makes Kayla’s job more difficult because brides get attached to dresses that are out of their price range or are very high end, limited designs
    Dresses on Pinterest do not have price tags
    She loves colored dresses, because the details show beautifully in photographs
    Helping brides choose a dress color based on skin tone and veering away from pure white in favor of ivory, which is warmer and more flattering
    Clean lines are the biggest trend in bridal right now
    Getting creative with your veil
    Average cost for alterations is $600 to $800
    Wearing undergarments or shapewear to your fitting - whatever you will be most comfortable wearing on your big day
    Lavender Park Bridal is size inclusive, offers unique designs, and is 100% ‘Team Bride’
    Kayla’s love for opera and theatre, and how it ties into her passion for everything bridal
    She suggests only bringing 3 people with you when shopping for your dress so that you don’t let everyone’s opinions cloud your vision
    ‘Momzillas’ are much worse than ‘Bridezillas,’ and how to handle situations when families are not supportive of bride’s choices
    Bridal shop horror stories


    Quotes:
    “What makes us different is that we do everything kind of exclusively for the bride. So what that means is that when she comes in, she has a suite to herself. She

    • 37 min
    All About Budgets

    All About Budgets

    This week Danielle and Sara share their best advice for working within your budget while planning your dream wedding. From getting married on a weekday to choosing seasonal florals that you can find locally, asking about less expensive options to knowing exactly who’s footing the bill, our hosts break down their many tips and tricks to make the most of your wedding budget while still having the amazing experience you deserve. They discuss the importance of listing your top takeaways for the big day and prioritizing what you want to spend your money on, using a spreadsheet, and being upfront with your vendors about what you’re willing to pay.
    Danielle and Sara discuss industry standards and avoiding the word “cheap” as you seek out quotes, clarifying whether you are getting full service so you can plan accordingly, and leaving room in your budget for certain conveniences so you can enjoy your day to the fullest. Remember that there is no price tag on Pinterest, and the photos you see are usually the most luxurious, opulent options, which may not be realistic for what you want to spend. However, if you’re honest with your vendors, they can often find a way to bring your vision to life without breaking the bank. Danielle and Sara end with their wedding budget horror stories, and remind listeners that it's okay to ask for a refund if something goes wrong.


    Follow Not Your Pinterest Wedding Podcast on https://www.instagram.com/notyourpinterestweddingpodcast/ (Instagram), where you can ask questions, share stories, and suggest topics for future episodes. And check out Danielle’s Floral Design company at https://www.ruffledwillow.com/ (RuffledWillow.com), as well as Sara’s gorgeous barn wedding locale at https://burdocfarms.com/ (BurdocFarms.com). Thanks for listening!
    Episode Highlights:
    Asking couples three words that they want people to take away from their wedding (flowers, food, guest experience, entertainment)
    Their answer tells you what’s important to them as you plan your budget
    If food is not important to you, you can schedule a brunch or early afternoon wedding
    Using a budget spreadsheet
    There is a misconception that finger foods are less expensive, which is not the case
    Price per piece versus price per plate
    Sara’s tip to list your wedding priorities, then start at the top as you allocate funds from your budget and work your way down
    Venues, photographers, and DJs might have a discount for an off day (Sunday and weekdays)
    Some vendors offer discount if you pay in cash or pay upfront
    Be upfront about your budget
    Keep in mind that there is no price tag on Pinterest, and weddings featured are usually luxury events at their best
    Choose seasonal florals that you can find locally to save on your budget
    Focus your floral budget on grand scale arrangements and go smaller on bridesmaids bouquets or centerpieces
    Skip personals and focus on your bridal bouquet instead
    Ask about affordable, less expensive options but make sure you are still getting full service
    Having your family help and serve the food is not the way to save money as you want them to actually enjoy the day
    Danielle and Sara’s wedding budget horror stories
    Do not be afraid to ask for a refund if something goes wrong


    Quotes:
    “Budget’s a hard one, but it’s a necessary conversation that needs to happen.”


    “When I do planning with my clients, the first thing I always ask them is, give me three words that you want someone to take away from your wedding.”


    “I always ask, Do you know who’s paying for the wedding? ...Because if they know who’s paying for it, then they probably know their budget.”


    “What is your number one priority? Is it the venue? Is it the photographer? Is it the floral and decor? Is it the food? You put that at the top and then you make everything fit under, knowing what your budget is.”


    “Talk to your

    • 33 min
    Finding The Right Wedding Photographer with Raegan Garnett

    Finding The Right Wedding Photographer with Raegan Garnett

    On today’s episode, Danielle and Sara talk with Raegan Garnett of Raegan Garnett Photography. Raegan is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of Kentucky. After being gifted with her dream camera by her husband on their wedding day, Raegan was inspired to chase her dreams and began her business in 2017. She tells Danielle and Sara about her early passion for photography, working with her husband as a second shooter, and she gives her best advice for couples when looking for a wedding photographer. Raegan discusses the importance of connecting with photographers in person or over the phone to make sure your personalities and visions are aligned, and she shares the story of what happened when she found herself not meshing well with a client. Raegan explains her passion for genuinely connecting with clients versus simply booking work for the sake of it, and tells couples what questions to ask photographers when they meet for the first time. Sara and Danielle ask Raegan to share a wedding photography horror story, and they remind brides to consider how certain colors will be photographed when deciding on their color schemes. You can learn more about Raegan and view her beautiful work at http://raegangarnett.com/ (RaeganGarnett.com).
    Check out Danielle’s Floral Design company at https://www.ruffledwillow.com/ (RuffledWillow.com). And visit https://burdocfarms.com/ (BurdocFarms.com) to see Sara’s gorgeous barn wedding locale. Thanks for listening!
    Episode Highlights:
    Raegan’s passion for photography from a young age
    Being gifted with her dream camera by her husband on their wedding day, and his encouragement for Raegan to chase her dreams
    Working with her husband as a second shooter
    Her best advice when searching for a wedding photographer
    Connecting with your photographer in person or over the phone to make sure your visions and personalities click before the big day
    Raegan’s story of not meshing well with a client
    Her passion for connecting with couples rather than just booking work for the sake of it
    Not everyone is going to be your ideal client or be a good fit for you
    Doing a mini session is a great way to see if you click with a photographer
    Reading reviews and asking vendors for recommendations is also important
    Core questions to ask photographers when meeting for the first time, and letting them know which moments are most important for you to capture
    Raegan’s favorite and most memorable wedding she’s photographed
    Her goal to photograph in every state
    Sara, Danielle, and Raegan share their wedding photography horror stories


    Quotes:
    “I’ve always kind of had a camera in my hand, since I was little. I was the girl that had my friends over in middle school and we did photoshoots outside.”


    “For my wedding, my husband actually gifted me with my dream camera and said, It’s time to hit the ground running and chase your dreams. So I went for it!”


    “I always tell my husband, You get a great catered meal out of it, and you get to watch the great dancing that happens.”


    “So you would suggest, when couples are looking at photographers… Not only look at the colors they use and the editing, but the posing, and how they frame their pictures, and the backgrounds they use.”


    “They’re with you on such a big day, so you want to make sure you have that connection with them as well, because it’s something you want to look back on and be excited about.”


    “Just even 10 minutes with them, you can easily see - and I can also see - if they’re a good match for me as a photographer, and I’m a good match for them as a photographer as well.”


    “I think sometimes so many of us just want to book everything through email and not ever have that human connection, because you’re just wanting to check another thing off your list. But I would say that’s the one vendor that is truly by you

    • 27 min
    Welcome to Not Your Pinterest Wedding

    Welcome to Not Your Pinterest Wedding

    Welcome to Not Your Pinterest Wedding! On today’s episode, Danielle and Sara discuss their backgrounds working in the wedding industry, their inspiration to start this podcast together, and their passion for bringing your wedding vision to life while still being cost effective. They clarify that Pinterest can be a great tool to give you ideas and direction, but that trying to replicate your Pinterest board exactly is not only unrealistic, but may even take the fun and creativity out of your day! Your wedding should be a unique celebration of your love story, and Danielle and Sara are here to give you practical tips on how to make it the event you’ve always dreamed of without breaking the bank. They also share hilarious stories of their past wedding fails, and give listeners a sneak peek at their incredible shows and guests to come!
    You can learn more about Ruffled Willow, Danielle’s Floral Design company, at https://www.ruffledwillow.com/ (RuffledWillow.com), or follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ruffledwillow/?hl=en (@ruffledwillow). And visit https://burdocfarms.com/ (BurdocFarms.com) or follow https://www.instagram.com/burdocfarms/ (@BurdocFarms) on Instagram to see Sara’s gorgeous barn wedding locale. Thanks for tuning in!
    Episode Highlights:
    Welcome from hosts Danielle Renshaw and Sara Shepherd as they share their experience working in the wedding industry
    Sara’s family has owned https://burdocfarms.com/vendors/lodging/ (Burdoc Farms) since 1946 and they began hosting weddings in 2012
    Danielle’s floral design company is https://www.ruffledwillow.com/ (Ruffled Willow), where she specializes in unique, bold arrangements
    They’re passionate about supporting other women-owned businesses
    Anemone flowers are Danielle’s favorite and can now be found year round
    They share the story of how they came up with the podcast while working at a wedding together
    Their goal is to give realistic advice and make your wedding fun
    It should be based on your love story, and not necessarily what Pinterest tells you (although they love Pinterest!)
    Pinterest operates like a revolving door, and you really only see the ideas that everyone else sees
    It can help inspire you and give you direction, but you also need to keep in mind that a lot of the ideas are very expensive
    When planning your wedding, consider different types of things that inspire you, like art and home decor
    Be inspired by your Pinterest board, but don’t try to replicate it exactly
    You don’t have to go into debt for your wedding - there is a way to bring your vision to life while still being cost effective
    Danielle and Sara end by each telling a wedding horror story
    Quotes:
    “You invented the barn wedding!”


    “We have such a passion for floral design, and that’s really where our heart is and that’s really what we see, that makes us unique and where our vision is for our business.”


    “We say our style is organic romance with a touch of whimsy.”


    “Usually when you are buying a bouquet from me, you have about four other women who are benefiting from that bouquet - four other women-owned businesses.”


    “We knew we wanted it to be fun and not uptight. We wanted to give realistic advice. Not only just to brides, but to vendors, and to everybody. Because your wedding should be fun! It should not be an uptight version of what your mom wants… It should be your wedding, and it should be based on your love story, and not what Pinterest tells you. Although we love Pinterest!”


    “The things that get Pinned the most are the things that you’re being shown the most… You’re never really getting to those unique, really cool things. You’re getting to the - what everybody sees.”


    “It can be good to inspire you and give you direction and ideas, and help you to narrow down what your vision is.”


    “You don’t want your wedd

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    Weddings are one the most important events that brings together friends and family for one of the biggest celebrations in a couple’s life, but you don't have to break the bank to have the wedding of your dreams. Join wedding experts with over 45 years of experience, floral designer Danielle Renshaw and venue owner Sara Shepherd as they talk about ways to save money as well as interview experts in the wedding industry. If you are one of those couples that want to have it all but can't afford it all, listen in to get practical wedding planning advice and tips on how to have the wedding you have always dreamed of having and save money at the same time.

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