The “Unveiling” of BARN TALK!

Hi everyone!  Colin and I are thrilled to introduce our brand new video series called, “Barn Talk”.  You will learn more about us, the Barn and several tips, tricks and strategies to have the best wedding ever!  Feel free to share and comment and please subscribe.  Let us know what you want to hear about and we will make it happen!

Who to Invite to the Rehearsal Dinner

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So, what is the rehearsal dinner?

It is basically, it is the dinner you have right after your rehearsal.  Easy right?

Not necessarily.

Generally, (not all the time), the rehearsal dinner is paid and hosted by the Groom’s parents.  With today’s Brides & Grooms marrying later, often they pay for it.  Ultimately, it isn’t important who pays for it, however, there are some important things to remember so you don’t offend or leave anyone out.

First, this dinner DOES NOT need to be formal!  It can be pizza at someone’s house, lasagna made by mom, or catered by a company that drops off.  Don’t think that t has to be very fancy, at a banquet hall or a swanky restaurant.  It doesn’t.  It literally needs to feed the people who were at the rehearsal dinner.  It is also the last time you get to be with each other before the formality of the next day.  It should be as early as possible so people can get a good night’s sleep and keep the alcohol to a minimum.

Second, who do you invite?  This tends to be the most contested question when discussed among the families.  So here is your answer:

  • Immediate family (Grandparents, parents, siblings and their families)
  • Anyone involved in the ceremony (Bridal Party, ushers, readers, singers, pastor, Flower Girl & Ring Bearer).  The only exception to this is if they are paid vendors such as musicians, videographer, photographer if they are there.  It is still nice to always invite the Pastor & spouse if there is one.
  • Any family or friends who may have traveled a very long distance or you haven’t seen them in years.  It is a nice gesture to invite them as well.  They may not come, but invite them still.  Again, this is optional.

Third, do you need to provide alcohol?  Absolutely not.  Just like at your wedding, you are under no obligation to provide alcohol to your guests.  Besides, you do not want to be drinking too much the night before.

Fourth, it is generally when you present gifts to your Bridal Party.  Since there are fewer people at this dinner, it makes it easier to take this opportunity to thank them graciously for their help and participation.

The rehearsal dinner should not go late into the night.  The next day is very long & stressful and you want to make sure you get a good night’s rest.  There will always be last-minute details to take care of that night and you don’t want to feel rushed.  This dinner is the last chance you have to spend with your closest family & friends before the craziness of your wedding day.  Don’t over-think it and certainly don’t over-do it.  This is when the official wedding festivities start.  Make it fun for everyone!

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Crista Tharp, CBSP is an award winning event planner, entrepreneur, author and speaker. As the CEO of Blissfully Simple™ Events, Crista has worked in the event planning industry for more than 15 years and has authored 11 books, designed more than 1,000 events, and spoken at numerous conferences and workshops. She is also the creator of the Blissfully Simple Wedding Planning Business System, a turn-key business system for those who want to be successful wedding planners. Crista has been featured in the New York Times, Associated press, Fox 59 and hundreds of industry blogs and publications. She does all this in addition to being blissfully married and mom to 10 children. Crista is considered an industry expert and is one of the Midwest’s highly sought after event planners. Feel free to use this article, but you must post the bio above in its entirety.

 

You’re Engaged – Now What?

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Congratulations!!  You are marrying the love of your life and now you get to plan the wedding of the century.

Now what?

Wedding planning can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! The Bliss Method™ is a 4-phased system that walks you through the planning, delegation, coordination and direction of your wedding.  The free timelines you see online are out-dated and just do not work anymore.  This method will help you whether you are planning in 2 years or 2 weeks. Let me show you how easy it can be.

Think of your planning as if you were building a house:

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Phase 1: “Pure Bliss” – This is when you should pick out a plot for your house. So with a wedding, you need to do your guest list FIRST.  You need to know how big it will be before you “build” your wedding.  This is also the time you set your budget, talk about who is paying what, date, and overall theme of the wedding.

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Phase 2: “Overwhelming Bliss” – The framing of your house.  This is where you book all of your vendors (caterers, venue, photographer, etc…).  Start looking at wedding gowns (they take 6-8 months generally), confirm the budget and send out save the date cards if applicable.

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Phase 3: “Express Your Bliss” – This is the fun part!  Decorations and making it yours!  Unfortunately, Brides want to start here and that is what causes problems.  This is where you do decorations, themes, favors, invitations – all of the creative bits that people will remember.  But you shouldn’t do this until the other phases are complete. Pinterest becomes your friend in this phase :0)

Phase 4: “Countdown to Bliss” – No one is in bliss anymore at this point.  They want in the “house” already but lots of details need to be taken care of first.  This is where you are getting all the tiny details in place, like who has the marriage license, how is everyone getting to and from the church, who is taking stuff from the church to the reception, how are the Bride & Groom getting to the bridal suite….  Things that can get you stressed and overwhelmed.

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These phases all work together to help you plan your wedding “Blissfully Simple™”.  Sometimes you can get too bogged down in what you read on the internet.  Don’t let that overwhelm you.  Stick to the 4 phases in order and it will not only be easy, but make total sense.

Weddings are meant to be savored. Don’t get caught up in what you see on TV or in movies.  This is the day you marry your soul mate.  Don’t lose sight of that.

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Crista Tharp, CBSP is an award winning event planner, entrepreneur, author and speaker. As the CEO of Blissfully Simple™ Events, Crista has worked in the event planning industry for more than 15 years and has authored 11 books, designed more than 1,000 events, and spoken at numerous conferences and workshops. She is also the creator of the Blissfully Simple Wedding Planning Business System, a turn-key business system for those who want to be successful wedding planners. Crista has been featured in the New York Times, Associated press, Fox 59 and hundreds of industry blogs and publications. She does all this in addition to being blissfully married and mom to 10 children. Crista is considered an industry expert and is one of the Midwest’s highly sought after event planners. Feel free to use this article, but you must post the bio above in its entirety.
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Check it Out!

We have been busy little beavers at the Barn over the holiday season.  The bathrooms are coming together nicely.  There will be one handicapped accessible bathroom on the main level and large women’s and men’s bathrooms on the lower level.  Maybe it’s just the smaller things, but we never thought we would be so excited by toilets!

In addition to the bathrooms, the Bride’s room is now framed!  It is going to be a large room both heated and cooled, with mirrors, sofas and lots of outlets for the Bride to use.  We know what our clients want and we are determined to give it to them :0)

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Things are coming along nicely.  Keep coming to the website to see all the updates.  We are getting ready for a FABULOUS 2016!

Merry Christmas from the Legacy Barn!

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Well, it is December 24th and the man in the big red suit should be making his preparations for tonight’s journey.  What a year this has been!  Now we have several successful events under our belt and we are anxiously awaiting our first full year of weddings, parties, and reunions.  We can’t think of a better way to share the beauty of the Legacy Barn than with you and your family!

2016 will bring lots of new additions: a Bride’s room, Groom’s room and most importantly, BATHROOMS!  The elves here have been working around the clock to make it perfect for the upcoming events.

Everyone here at the Barn wishes you a very merry Christmas.  While it doesn’t look like it will be a white one, we hope it will be peaceful and full of joy.

Merry Christmas!!

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Bryant!

Saturday was such a beautiful day for Alexis and Tristan.  It was a beautiful fall afternoon as they said their vows under the Old Sycamore and then partied the night away in the Legacy Barn.  The addition of Breezy Lane Carriage Company just made the effect even more stunning – when you have a gorgeous Bride riding in a carriage to her beloved – it can’t help but be spectacular.  Here’s to a wonderful marriage!  Thank you to Breezy Lane Carriages!

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Congratulations Zachary and Keirstin Sewell!

We were honored to be a part of such a beautiful day!  There is something about sharing the history of Legacy Barn while making history and that’s what it was like on Saturday.  Not only was the weather perfect, but the Bride was stunning.  It truly gave us goose bumps to watch Keirstin and Zack say they vows under the Old Sycamore tree.  Here are just a few of our favorite pictures that we took.  Check out our Gallery for more.  CONGRATULATIONS!

Vendor team: Hawg Heaven, Create-A-Cake, Lori Taylor Photography, & X-Sight Music

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