a celestial black tie wedding, meg + drew

Meg & Drew’s wedding day was filled with all kinds of fun, unique goodness. Everything from their specialty linens to their carefully curated floral design was well thought out and no detail was left without meaning. The bride collected vessels and decor pieces leading up to her wedding day that added a personal touch to their design including feathers brought home from their travels to Paris that were then used in the boutonnieres.


Perfectly photographed by Elicia Bryan, just see for yourself!


Photography: Elicia Bryan

Floral: Marigold + Moss

Venues: Ceremony: St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church Reception: Trolley Barn

Coordination: Like the Dazzling Weddings & Events, Kimberly Vining

Hair + Makeup: Blush Studios

Gown: Lazaro Bridal

Linen: Nuage Designs

Catering: Sun in my Belly

Cocktail Hour Musicians: Atlanta Event Music

DJ: Black Sunshine, Adam Darby

Desserts: Paolos Gelato Cake Hag Georgetown Cupcakes

Rentals: Goodwin Events A 1 Rentals

Getting Ready: Hotel Clermont

a wedding day packing list

The things that go through your mind in those weeks leading up to your wedding date are endless! If you’re like me, you even experienced wedding related nightmares. Mine was that I went to put on my dress before walking down the aisle and I had somehow forgotten to get it altered. It was a sample dress and about 6 sizes too large when I bought it so it wouldn’t stay up on its own, was way too long and just not what I imagined my walk down the aisle would look like. Thankfully my dress was already in for alterations so I’m not sure why that particular dream ahem nightmare came to me but it did. I felt prepared yet they still came.

While I can’t help you remember ALL the details, unless of course you hire us for your Wedding Planning needs or take ALL the stress away, again unless you hire us for your wedding planning needs, what I can do is provide you with this helpful guide so you don’t forget anything on your wedding morning.


For Brides

  • Getting Ready Attire (pajamas, leggings, robe, slippers, blouse, etc.)

  • Wedding Dress (It’s best if this is freshly steamed and packed inside your garment bag to be hung)

  • Veil or headpiece if you’re wearing one

  • Jewelry (earrings, necklace, bracelet, rings, etc.

  • Wedding Bands (it’s best that one person have both rings the morning of the wedding for detail shots when the photographer arrives) Tip: have them cleaned before hand as well!

  • Engagement Ring

  • Undergarments

  • Perfume

  • Cosmetic Bag (deodorant, hair ties, bobby pins, toothbrush and toothpaste, touch up kit for makeup)

  • Purse/Clutch

  • Shoes

  • Garter

  • Mini Emergency Kit (tide to go, medicine, sewing kit, hairspray, safety pins, mints, etc.)

  • Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

For Grooms

  • Pants

  • Shirt

  • Vest

  • Jacket

  • Tie/Bowtie

  • Belt

  • Suspenders

  • Dress Socks

  • Shoes

  • Underwear

  • Tie Clip

  • Cuff Links

  • Accessories (watch, pocket square, etc.)

For Ceremony

  • Marriage License

  • Programs

  • Copy of Vows

  • Any Unity or Ritual Ceremony Items (wine box, unity candle, rope, sand ceremony, love notes, etc.)

  • Any DIY items

Detail Shots

these items are best to pack together and have nearby and ready for photographers arrival

  • Bridal Accessories & Attire

  • Invitation Suite

  • Freshly addressed envelope with stamps (not mailed)

  • All Rings

  • It’s great to ask your florist for extra blooms or greenery for styling these items as well

Reception Details

  • Cake Topper

  • Toasting Flutes

  • Escort Cards or Table Display

  • Table Numbers

  • Menu Cards

  • Guestbook (and any essentials for it, pens, markers, etc)

  • Card Box

  • Any Signage (welcome, gifts, cards, etc.)

  • Any Photos to be displayed

  • Memory Table details if applicable

  • Personalized Items (chair back signs, chooses, cocktail napkins, etc)

  • Any DIY Items

  • Favors


  • Future Wife/Husband Gift and/or Love Letter

  • Gifts for Bridal Party (don’t forget flower girls, ushers, ring bearer)

  • Gifts for Parents

Vendor Tips

  • There are many resources for tipping etiquette. We send all of our clients a tipping guideline the week of their wedding for ease.

  • These are best done in clearly marked, sealed envelopes

Wedding Exit Items

  • Any necessary items (sparklers, lighters, sand, bubbles, flower petals, etc.) and be sure to check with your venue for policies and specifics!

Overnight Bag

If you’re leaving for your honeymoon right away, you may need to think to pack in advance for an easy getaway (including travel documents, reservations, passport, etc.) but even still … here are a few items you may not want to forget the night of your wedding

  • Extra change of clothes for following morning (I ended up wearing my husbands shoes the next morning and had a girlfriend wear her husbands pants down to breakfast the morning after their wedding) This is so easy to forget but unless you want to put your wedding dress back on the next day for brunch, pack an extra change of clothes!

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash (basically your day to day toiletries bag)

  • Phone Charger

3 of our favorite trends for 2019

2019 is in full swing and while we are still waiting for our Wedding Season to pick up here at Like the Dazzling, there are new trends that are already popping up and you can expect to see them all over the place in the coming months. There are always a ton of new ideas trending each year but instead of listing them ALL out for you, we’re just going to share with you the ones that we are most excited about.

OH BUT WAIT. Before we break that down, here’s a little PSA:

For an industry that is constantly evolving, it can be difficult to keep up with trend … SO DON’T. Let’s SET trends. We love couples that are willing to think outside of the box, go their own way and personalize their wedding experience for their guests.

Okay, we just had to mention that … here goes!


Yup, we’re obsessed. In previous years, Farm Tables have risen in popularity and while we still love that look as well, we are so excited to see more Luxury Linens edging their way in. Such a great way to make a statement.

Savan Photography

Savan Photography


Yes, moms have been wearing corsages on their wrists for some time but we’re talking floral pocket squares, necklaces, bracelets and anklets. The artistry of these florists is AMAZING and such a fun way to step outside the box on your wedding day.

Amanda Dumouchelle

Amanda Dumouchelle


From attire (thanks Megan Markle) to Invitations, we are starting to see brides go for a more minimal look and hey, we really don’t mind. You’ll see more brides reverting back to a timeless, classic and yes even simplified look for their wedding attire. Y’all, simple is not a bad thing. We think more brides will focus on incorporating those eye catching, wow-worthy details among the simplicity and we’re huge fans.

Invitations and paper goods we see going one of two ways and nothing in between….

  • Over the top with illustrations and eye catching details


  • Minimalistic with Bold Fonts and Modern Typography

    Which do you prefer?

Abby Waller Photography

Abby Waller Photography

So that’s it! Short and Sweet. Again, we’ll be seeing so many trendy things hitting this year such as the color Coral (thanks to the Pantone color of the year), copper (goodbye mercury glass), statement cakes (naked cakes are a thing of the pasts), and SO MANY MORE but we wanted to hit you with what makes us all giddy inside :)

Stay Tuned as we’ll also soon be sharing trends that we are ready to say goodbye to this year as we make room for fresh, new designs.