Social Saturday :: RSVP Math { Savannah Wedding Planner }

Guest Attendance

Photo by Mackensey Alexander Photography

Today’s question and answer is for all of you lovely couples out there in the throws of compiling your guest list and trying to calculate your ideal target final guest count number.  We want to address one of our most commonly asked questions: What percentage of invited wedding guests attend the wedding?  With the location of Design Studio South being in Savannah, Georgia we usually find that the number is around 80-85% of their guests RSVP yes.  If you were to Google the average attendance rate of destination weddings you may find that the number we provided seems a bit high.  We have found that our weddings net a higher attendance rate and we think there are a couple of reasons for this.

one :: Savannah is a beautiful location for a destination wedding, and unlike a small, tropical island, not difficult to get to.  Our city is easily accessible by plane {a variety of international airports within 2 hours of Savannah}, train, and automobile.  The costs of travel do not tend to add up as quickly as other locations and therefore the wedding is not considered as much of a monetary burden to some guests.

two :: We find that our lovely city has made it’s way onto most people’s bucket lists of places to go.  So a wedding gives your guests the perfect occasion to check it off said list.  With so many other great cities in the surrounding area, we have found that some guests extend their trip on either end and explore cities like Tybee Island, Hilton Head, or Charleston, South Carolina.

three :: Considering reasons one and two above we have also noticed that wedding guests tend to make your wedding weekend into a vacation week for themselves.  Your wedding time acts as the perfect time for them to take the family trip of the year or use some accumulated time off they have coming to them from work.  This may be the exact type of trip they have been saving up for all year.

We hope this piece of advice helps you out with your initial planning and budget analysis. As always, check back on Monday to see our latest mood board, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


xx, Devany and the ladies of your favorite Savannah wedding planner :: Design Studio South.

Social Saturday :: Bridal Hair for Summer { Savannah Wedding Planner }

Today is Social Saturday, where we answer some of our most frequently asked questions. This Saturday, we’re going to talk about bridal hair for the Summer. We often get asked whether we recommend a bride wear her hair down or up for her special day. We recommend that a bride wear her hair up because of the high temperatures and humidity that so often accompany Summer days especially here in the South. It’s easier to control the frizz and the bride’s temperature when her hair is safely tucked away into a beautiful bun or chignon. Check out some of our favorite up-dos for the Summer!

Blonde Chignon

Photographer :: Jose Villa Photography || Hair Artist :: TEAM Hair and Makeup || Event Designer :: Jenna Lam Events

Brunette Loose Waves

 Photographer :: Jose Villa Photography || Hair Artist :: TEAM Hair and Makeup || Event Designer :: Laurie Arons Special Events

Loose Chignon

 Photographer + Hair Artist :: Irrelephant


 Photographer :: Jennifer Fujikawa Photography || Hair Artist :: Blooming Beauty by Cammy

Braid Updo

Long Hair Updo

Blonde Waves

 Photographer :: Jose Villa Photography || Hair Artist :: TEAM Hair and Makeup

Chignon with Floral Accent

 Photographer :: Judy Pak Photography || Hair Artist :: Face Time Beauty Concierge || Event Designer :: Exquisite Affairs Productions

Updo Twist

 Photographer :: Sara Hasstedt Photography || Hair Artist :: Hair Artistry by Hilary || Event Designer :: Hey Gorgeous Events

One trend we are loving this year is the use of flowers and jewel accessories to accent the hair style.  We are certainly drawn to soft and romantic updos but what is great is that each hair style has it’s own unique personality, from classic to romantic, glitzy to flirty and fun. Our brides should be able to find just the perfect look for their summer day.

Check back for Mood Board Monday and see what we’ve been thinking up while we’ve been away!

xx, Devany and the ladies of your favorite Savannah Wedding Planner :: Design Studio South


Social Saturday :: Memorial Day Weekend Outfit!

From the beach, to the beach bar, to the beach band – we’ve pulled together some of our favorite outfit staples for a fresh + fun  weekend! And remember, we wear red, white, and blue this weekend for a reason! Three cheers to our nations heroes!

bathing suit

1. From the beach … 

linen shorts

2. To the beach bar …

polka dot romper

3. To the beach band …

memorial day

4. To dinner with friends …

Social Saturday :: Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

Here at Design Studio South, we are beyond blessed to work with mother’s who give themselves so selflessly throughout the planning process for our sweet brides. We can’t help but grow wildly attached to you, as we (and father’s of the bride) know that most of these weddings wouldn’t happen without you! So, raise your mimosas my dears, this one’s for you! (Click here for the super sweet and FREE print from The Printed Arrowmother's day

Social Saturday :: What To Wear : Bridal Party Edition { Savannah Wedding Planner }
 Sweet readers,
Today’s question comes from one of our Fall 2015 brides:
“What do you ladies suggest for bridesmaid dresses when your bridesmaids all have different body types? I don’t love the look of the convertible wrap dresses (and don’t necessarily trust their picks will stay in line with my personal vision for the day) but still want all of my girls to feel as pretty  as I do in my gown?”
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{ image  from Jessica Lorren Organic Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs }
We all know your maids are amazing and would do anything for you except wear a dress that makes them look anything less than perfect. The last thing you want to do is make them think you’re not taking their valuable advice to heart or considering their feelings when choosing their attire for the day.  
Here at DSS, we’ve found a foolproof way to keep it all kosher: let us choose your bridesmaids’ gowns, shoes, hair accessories, and makeup in keeping with your wedding vision! We’ll even email them, tell them where to be and when for each event associated with your wedding. Same goes for the guys! You needn’t worry – we’ll take care of everything for you and ensure everyone in your bridal party is happy as can be throughout the entire process.
xx, Jennifer and the ladies of your favorite Savannah Wedding Planner :: Design Studio South
Social Saturday :: Trimming the Budget { Savannah Wedding Planner }
Good afternoon, y’all!
One of the most frequent questions our clients continue to ask us is how to trim their wedding budget. Our number one recommendation to our clients is to talk it out with their partner and really find out what is most important to them – music, food, flowers, photography ? – and prioritize spending according to that. 
If it’s all equally important, the main way to reduce your overall budget starts at the guest list, period. Take a good hard look at your guest list and weigh the importance of having everyone on it in attendance at your wedding or getting exactly what you want music/food/floral/venue-wise. For other helpful tips and tricks, check out the fab article here!
savannah wedding planner{ photo by Jen Huang Photography via the Knot }
xx, Jennifer and the ladies of your favorite Savannah Wedding Planner :: Design Studio South :
Social Saturday :: Choosing Your Bridal Party { Savannah Wedding Planner }
Good morning, lovelies!
I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start – ours sure is being that it’s a sunny mid-60’s, low 70’s at the moment ;) Today we would like to draw your attention to a subject that is easy for some and pretty difficult for others: choosing bridesmaids and groomsmen, or even making the decision to not have a traditional bridal party. To get started. we recommend reading this Huffington Post article on the subject which you will find here.
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{ image via Huffington Post article }
Our two cents? Go with your gut, don’t attach too much importance to the task {picking your bridal party should be fun!}, and don’t be offended if a potential bridesmaid or groomsman is not able to commit to the responsibility of being a member of your wedding party, whether due to financial or life circumstances {a military deployment, a pregnancy, et cetera}. While you may feel like your wedding is THE most important day of your life, it’s not the only day – if you’re lucky, your friends and family will be there for you long after your wedding is over.
Do you have a specific wedding party-related question you’d like us to assist you with? Don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments on this page or on our Facebook!
xx, Jennifer and the ladies of your favorite Savannah Wedding Planner :: Design Studio South :  


Social Saturday :: Pre-Wedding Party Invites { Savannah Wedding Planner }
Good afternoon, y’all! I hope everyone’s Saturday is off to a fantastic start. It’s a gorgeous sunny day here in Savannah and we couldn’t be more excited about it!
Today’s question is fairly simple but nonetheless common amongst our brides: who should be  invited to your bridal shower, bridal brunch, bachelorette party and other wedding-related activities?
savannah wedding planner{ photo credit: Millie Holloman Photography ::  design & styling: Salt Harbor Designs }  
Answer: Anyone you want, so long as all are also invited to the wedding! It’s only proper that everyone attending pre-wedding events also has the opportunity to attend the main event. 
PS – Isn’t the mimosa bar just ah-mazing? YUM.
Have a fabulous weekend!
xx, Jennifer and the ladies of your favorite Savannah Wedding Planner :: Design Studio South :
Social Saturday :: The Necessity of the Back-Up Plan { Savannah Wedding Planner }
Good afternoon and happy Saturday, y’all!

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{ image via Tessa Barton Photography }
Weather is a fickle friend. Even if you’ve buried the bourbon, said your prayers, crossed your fingers & toes, there is no guarantee the heavens won’t open and pour buckets of good luck down on your perfect day.
Our beautiful Savannah temperatures, though notoriously warm in our busiest season {October through early November} have also been known to dip unexpectedly into unpleasant little cold snaps that can turn your outdoor soiree uncomfortable for you and your guests.
That’s why, if you’re considering an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception, we highly recommend leaving some extra money in your budget should you need to rent heaters or a tent. If the idea of a tent doesn’t appeal to you, or if your outdoor venue for some reason doesn’t allow one, seriously consider what you will do in the event of rain. Would you be able to move your ceremony indoors {if your already reserved} reception venue is indoors? Are you okay with walking down the aisle in a pair of wellies and carrying an umbrella?  
If you don’t have a contingency plan, the thing you fear most is more likely to happen. Trust us: plan for inclement weather!
If you have any specific questions about your event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via a comment here or a post on our Facebook page. We’d love to help!
xx, Jennifer and the ladies of your favorite Savannah Wedding Planner :: Design Studio South :
Social Saturday :: So You’re Having a Head Table { Savannah Wedding Planner }
Good afternoon, y’all!
I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a scintillating start – ours is packed to the hilt with client meetings, but that’s just how we like it since all of our brides have fabulous taste. Being surrounded by pretty things and gorgeous inspiration really isn’t so bad at all ;) Now on to today’s bride question, which comes to us straight from our Facebook page:

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“Who should sit at your head table? What happens when some of your wedding party has dates and some don’t? Do you sit your parents there? What’s the rule of thumb?”
The general rule of thumb for the head table is to seat bridal party and their significant others. If you end up having some extra room, go ahead and seat parents {if you have room for BOTH sets – don’t leave one set out if you’re including the other!} or close family {perhaps a cousin who for whatever reason wasn’t in the bridal party} there. Typically each set of parents either sits together or has their own table off to the side but closest to the head table. If you don’t have quite enough room to fit everyone at the same table, you can pair some off at the tables closest to the head table where your parents may be sitting. You know you friends and family best, so if you have a close childhood friend who is practically your parents’ second daughter, it makes more sense to pair her and her date at your parents’ table rather than one of your college roommates who may not feel as comfortable with your parents.
Do you have a seating dilemma you’d like some help with? We’d love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.
Have a fantastic Saturday!
xx, Jennifer and the ladies of your favorite Savannah Wedding Planner :: Design Studio South :
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