The Wedding Guild Series: Wedding Day Responsibilities For the Groom

Although the bride, all done up in her gorgeous dress, is usually what people focus on when thinking of a couple's wedding day, we can't forget her equally important counterpart, the groom! After all, you can't have a wedding without a bride and a groom. On one of the most important days of his life, not only does the groom need to be present, he also has to do his part in making sure things go smoothly. While we all know the wedding planning and preparations fall into the hands of the planner, with decisions being made by the bride and her maids, the groom still has his fair share of responsibilities that he must fulfill.To keep things simple and easy to follow, we've created a "Groom's To Do List" to ensure you're the best groom on the block. 

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EducationEmily Driggs
Michelle Leo Events at Rooted in the Rockies

Tomorrow, our very own founder and lead planner and designer, Michelle Cousins, will be speaking at Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine's "Rooted in the Rockies!" This incredible conference is dedicated to help grow, inspire and set style trends for creatives in the Rocky Mountains and beyond. As an industry expert, we are absolutely flattered and delighted to be sharing our knowledge with so many talented wedding professionals!     

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Chelsea & Zachary's Red Butte Garden Wedding

Chelsea and Zachary's Red Butte Garden wedding was understated, intimate, and romantic. Held right on the verge of summer, they said "I Do" surrounded by lush greenery bursting with just about every flower you can think of. We just loved the natural and whimsical ambiance of this venue, which made for the perfect location to celebrate this couple's big day.   

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Cummings Studio Chocolates

If you know the Michelle Leo Events team, then you know how much we love to support other local businesses, so when Cummings Studio Chocolates sent us a box of their delicious treats, trying them was a no-brainer! While we were at it, we figured we would also tell you about the flavors and which were our favorites, and how to best use them for events. 

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The Wedding Guild Series: Top Ten Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner

We mentioned last week that the key to a successful wedding is hiring the right team of vendors, which includes a wedding planner. And that's where we come in! Today, we're sharing why this will be the best decision you make in the wedding planning process with our top 10 reasons to hire a wedding planner. 1. Time, 2. Money, 3. Relationships, 4. Stress, 5. Dreams vs. Reality, 6. Professional Advice & Expertise, 7. Wedding Day Timeline & Execution, 8. Go-to-Gal, 9. Crisis Control, and 10. Location. 

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The Wedding Guild Series: BUYER BEWARE: Hiring Wedding Vendors For Your Big Day

We know that preparing for your big day is a BIG DEAL and in our opinion, the key to success is hiring the right team of vendors. We also know that finding those vendors can be tricky and sometimes misleading. As a bride or groom, you always want to know what you're getting before you sign a contract, so today, we're sharing with you our top three tips to ensure you get what you want and need when hiring wedding vendors for your big day. 1. Do your research, 2. Event Planner, Designers, and Venue Coordinators: Know the differences, and 3. Ask for references.  

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Jessica & Taylor's Ethereal Affair at Publik Coffee

Jessica and Taylor's wedding, held at Publik Coffee in Downtown Salt Lake City, was the perfect expression of ethereal beauty. With a color palette of soft ivory, blush, blue, and rose-gold and the venue's amazing exposed brick, we quickly fell in love with everything about this event. 

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Cameron & Mike's Summer Wedding at St. Regis Deer Valley

Cameron and Mike's St. Regis Deer Valley wedding was absolutely incredible. The couple’s love of skiing and hiking together made getting married at the base of a ski run a no-brainer. “Love is an adventure” quickly became an underlying theme. The decor was garden-inspired - a bit wild and ethereal; and it all turned out to be quite magical. Be sure to pick up the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Utah Bride & Groom magazine, on newsstands now, to see the printed feature of this gorgeous wedding!

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2017 Utah Bride & Groom White Party

Last year, the Michelle Leo Events team had the pleasure of designing and executing the White Party for Utah Bride & Groom Magazine where 275 vendors gathered to celebrate Utah's amazing industry professionals. The Eccles Performing Arts Center, Downtown SLC's new showstopper, is such an open and contemporary space that we wanted the event design to have the same contemporary feel with a splash of elegance, keeping in line with Utah's wedding industry.

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Italian Summer Wedding

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of attending the launch party for Utah Valley Bride magazine, which means we can officially share this awe-inspiring Italian editorial with you! Featuring a soft, yet rich and natural color palette, a goat with a floral necklace, plenty of herbs, and greens galore, we are absolutely in love with this little piece of Italy we created right here in Utah. 

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Interns Wanted

Are you a reliable self-starter interested in learning how to design, plan, and execute fabulous events and weddings? If you answered yes, then Michelle Leo Events wants YOU! We are looking for some great guys and gals interested in gaining hands-on experience in the wedding and event industry to join our team for the 2018 season. Spots are filling up quickly, so don't delay! We can't wait to hear from you!

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Jennifer & Keegan's Blue Sky Ranch Winter Wedding

Jennifer and Keegan's Blue Sky Ranch winter wedding was all of our favorite things: classic, timeless, and romantic. Featuring winter whites along with beautiful blue hues, this winter wedding was nothing short of breathtaking. We just love the way Gideon Photography and Ryan Hinman Films captured all the amazing details of this beautiful winter day. Take a look for yourself! 

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Blue-Hued Ranch Wedding Inspiration

While we're still experiencing cold temperatures here in Utah,  all we can think about are gorgeous spring and summer weddings to come. So today, you'll find us daydreaming about this stunning blue-hued inspired ranch wedding. We me be biased, but we love absolutely everything about this editorial and think you will, too. Take a look for yourself and then head to our Instagram to let us know which detail is your favorite! 

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The Wedding Guild Series: You're Engaged! What's Next?

You’re engaged! CONGRATS! Take some time and enjoy this monumental moment! Go get yourself a killer manicure and take that ring selfie! Call your friends and family to gush about the news or throw a surprise engagement party. Binge watch some Say Yes to the Dress episodes while flipping through a bunch of wedding magazines. Then get down to business and plan the wedding of your dreams. For many engaged couples, the wedding planning can seem like a daunting process. Where do you start?! Don’t worry, take a deep breath – we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of tasks to check off your to-do list early.

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Elise & Chad's Utah State Capitol Wedding

A winter wedding always calls for a bit of sparkle and Elise and Chad were completely on board. The all-white marble building, also known as the Utah State Capitol, is the epitome of classic elegance and this flowing wedding reception was designed to deliver. We love how perfectly this gold, silver, black, and white color palette emulates a glamorous and classic New Year's Eve look and feel. Happy New Year, friends! 

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New Year's Eve Party Decor

With 2017 coming to a close and 2018 just around the corner, we can't help but think about a beautiful table design to ring in the new year! We've created the perfect table for your New Year's Eve celebration that is full of glitz and glamour, because what's NYE without a little (or a lot) or sparkle?! Cheers to a wonderful year and may this next year be the best yet! 

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Olivia & Geoff's White Winter Wedding at the Grand America

Olivia and Geoff’s white winter wedding was the perfect combination of woodland whimsical and winter magic. It was elegant, intimate, and captivating from the moment guests entered the Cathedral of the Madeleine. To end the night, the bride and bridesmaids performed a choreographed routine to “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips from the bride’s favorite movie, Bridesmaids. After a day full of love and a night full of dancing, it's safe to say guests left feeling absolutely inspirited.  

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Holiday Table Decor

The holidays are here and we could not be more excited! Where will you be this holiday season and who will you be spending it with? This time of year is always a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of wedding season and, in our opinion, a beautiful way to end the year. This holiday season, we've created two completely different, but equally fun and festive, table designs with some really unique design elements. 

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