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What is a wedding coordinator? This service can go by many names (Day-of Coordinator, Wedding Management, Month-of Coordinator) but it is essentially this: a wedding coordinator takes the plans you have worked tirelessly on, and makes sure they happen smoothly and that you have a fun, stress-free day.

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3 Must-Haves for a Fun Wedding Day

Months of research, Pinterest, phone calls, and planning go into preparing for your wedding day. The ceremony, the wedding party, and the reception have all been meticulously mapped out to celebrate the start of something new (High School Musical, anyone?) and you can’t wait for them to start! While these are the main events of your wedding weekend, they’re not the only opportunities you have to celebrate and enjoy.

Gorgeous bride, Mindy, and her girls | Photo:  Ashah Photography

Gorgeous bride, Mindy, and her girls | Photo: Ashah Photography

The time before the wedding begins – hair, makeup, set-up, and prep – have so much potential to set the tone for the day. How often do you and your closest friends get to hang out in your PJs and get pampered for hours? These precious hours are not only the prelude to the main event, but are an important (and fun!) part of your celebration! So as you are preparing for a day full of festivities, here are my recommendations to make the most of the time you have.

1. Music

My sweet friend, Katelyn, dancing it out before my wedding | Photo:  Goodman Photography

My sweet friend, Katelyn, dancing it out before my wedding | Photo: Goodman Photography

Make the whole day a dance party. For real. From the time you roll out of bed – bright and shining with bridal beauty – to the minutes before you say “I do,” make it a party. Dance with your girls, sing T-Swift at the top of your lungs, or just swoon to love songs and imagine the magical moment when you see your groom. There is no reason to be bored on your wedding day! Put a bridesmaid in charge of the playlist and dance all day.

2. Snacks

It is not uncommon for a bride to have some wedding day butterflies and lose some of her appetite (at least that’s what I’m told. I ate like a champ all day, but I just really love food). However, you are much more likely to enjoy the dance party, photoshoot, and many festivities to come if you have a little something in your stomach. And your bridesmaids will certainly have a better day cheering you on if they’ve had some pigs in a blanket, amiright? Lots of brides forget to plan meals for the day of (how can we blame you, with so many details to plan!) leaving her and her girls a little hangry by the time they make it to the reception. So grab some granola bars (or seriously, pigs in a blanket are an excellent wedding day snack) and fuel your party.

3. A Plan

Ok stick with me here. I know this post is about having fun on your wedding day, but trust me on this one. The quickest way to dampen a good pre-wedding party is to realize you’re an hour behind schedule and don’t have time for mimosas. If you have a solid timeline in place and someone to make sure you stick to it, you won’t miss those moments you’re so looking forward to. This principle holds true in so many areas of life, but especially on a day that goes by so quickly: a good plan reduces stress, eliminates the need to rush, and allows you to rest knowing it is all taken care of.

Precious flower girl getting pampered next to the bride | Photo:  Ashah Photography

Precious flower girl getting pampered next to the bride | Photo: Ashah Photography

You only get one, so plan to have a great day. Even before you put on that gorgeous dress and say yes to the man of your dreams, take a deep breath and remember to celebrate! It is a wedding after all 😊

The Ultimate Middle Georgia Wedding Venue List

You’ve been dreaming of fluffy peonies, crisp white linens, and a rocking live band, your Pinterest board is full to the brim of fabulous details, and it is time to start turning some of those dreams into realities. But where have you imagined those glorious details coming together? The venue you choose for your wedding often sets the tone and vibe for the day and provides the canvas on which you paint the picture you’ve been dreaming of.

As you are brainstorming places that fit your style and vision, I want to make sure you don’t miss any! Macon and the surrounding areas have an incredible diversity of venues, from barns to ballrooms and everything in between. Over the next few weeks, I will be pulling together as many details about these venues as I can to help you narrow your search to those that fit your style, budget, and guest count. Soon you will have a one-stop-shop for middle Georgia wedding venues. Today we start with the ultimate list, and I’ll fill it in as we go!

*Disclamer: None of these venues have solicited me to publish them here, this is solely based on my research of middle GA venues. This also means that I will do my best to be as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but I may make mistakes. Always refer to the venue if you have questions or concerns!

Ballrooms & Conference Centers:

Anderson Conference Center

Armory Ballroom

Emerson Ballroom

Hephzibah Children’s Home

Library Ballroom

Macon State Conference Center

Marriott City Center

Wesleyan College

Barns & Farms:

Green Bell Bed and Barn

Morgan View Farm

Plantation Farms

Southern Bridle Farms

The Wedding Barn at L’Horne

Twin Oaks Farm

Estates & Country Clubs:

Brickyard Golf Club

Healy Point Country Club

Idle Hour Country Club

The Grand Magnolia House

The Estate at Stone Creek

Museums & Historic Sites:

1842 Inn

Cannonball House

Cox Capitol Theater

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

Hay House

Museum of Aviation

Sidney Lanier Cottage

Tattnall Square Center for the Arts

The Big House

The Neel House (Federated Garden Clubs of Macon)

Tubman Museum

Urban & Industrial:

New City Weddings

Terminal Station

The Blacksmith Shop

The SoChi Gallery

Parks & Gardens:

Amerson River Park

Central City Park

Tattnall Square Park

Tryphena’s Garden

Washington Park

Did I miss any? What are other middle GA wedding venues you’d like to see included? I intend to make this list as up to date and inclusive as I can, so feel free to leave a comment and let me know!

Be sure to follow along as I investigate these venues and give lots of juicy details on each. I am looking forward to journeying through Macon wedding venues—so come along!

 

Mindy + Jake | Dublin, GA Wedding
My sweet friend, Ashah Photography, captured these beautiful images! I know, she's amazing, it's true :)

Earlier this year, I found myself in the middle of a fairy tale. From our first phone call, I knew Mindy and Jake’s celebration would be the stuff of wedding day dreams, and it certainly did not disappoint. This true southern garden wedding draped in elegance and sparkle was one for the books!

Dublin GA Wedding

Mindy is not only a blushing bride, but she is a kick-butt entrepreneur who has opened her own floral business and shop. She is taking the middle-GA flower scene by storm and is a force to be reckoned with! Her incredible eye for design has not only helped her business to blossom (pun intended) but it made her own wedding remarkable. Her husband-to-be, Jake, was kind and fun-loving and couldn’t wait to be married to his girl and celebrate with their friends and family. This spring Dublin day was one I won’t soon forget, and I am so excited to share it with you!

1. The Venues

Dublin GA Wedding

Let’s set the scene. Born and raised in Dublin, GA, Mindy and Jake were true to their roots and tied the knot on Mindy’s family land. The ceremony backdrop was her gorgeous childhood home, and the reception was just a few yards away under a magnificent tent. Macon Tent Rentals never disappoints with their products or fantastic service and created a magical environment for all of the details to come together. Timeless Event Rentals provided the chairs for the ceremony, farm tables for the reception, and several other design elements that were just phenomenal.

Macon Tent Wedding

2. The Flowers

Southern garden wedding

As a florist herself, Mindy had immense dreams for her floral design, and Roy Lamb was the perfect person to carry them out for her. Lush, soft shades of blush mixed with wild sprigs of magenta, along with giant lanterns, candles, votives, and textured vases created a wonderland of texture and color. At the entrance to the tent, Roy crafted an incredible piece that stood over 6 feet tall and left a lasting impression. The tablecloths—a mixture of Mindy’s, Timeless’, and Celebrations by Alexa’s—tied the pieces together and gave the reception a luxurious, finished look. Truly, I’m still swooning over the design of it all.

 
Macon GA Wedding

3. The Food

Celebrations by Alexa has an incredible reputation for not only delicious food, but a flawless presentation. Alexa and her team don’t simply set up the dinner and refill the plates, but they contribute to the overall design and execute a remarkable dining experience. Boiled peanuts, macaroni and cheese, and a mashed potato bar never looked so extravagant. The food was delicious, the service was spot-on, and the staging of the tables was beyond any I’ve seen. I was incredibly impressed by their professionalism and Alexa’s keen eye. If you are looking for a caterer with as much of a passion for presentation as delicious food, Alexa is your girl. Also, did I mention there was macaroni and cheese? Hello, awesome.

Macon GA Caterer

4. The Special Extras

Macon GA Live painter

In addition to the glamour and beauty of the day, Mindy and Jake included some sweet extra things that made the day special. Rather than a traditional father-daughter dance, Mindy’s dad sang “Tennessee Whiskey” for the newlywed’s first dance instead. Also, Elaine Burge painted a portrait of the ceremony on-site! I was blown away by her skill and the beautiful treasure Mindy and Jake have in that portrait. Finally, I loved the choice for the groom’s tie: a pheasant feather bowtie from Brackish Bowties—a classy and fun southern touch.

Dublin GA Wedding

I could go on for days about this dream wedding I got to be a part of. It was such a privilege to work with a team of incredible vendors, and to serve such a sweet family!