100 Days Of Inspiration Starts Today!

100 Days of Inspiration

You just got engaged and now it’s time to start dreaming up what you want your wedding to be like. Over the next 100 days, we’ll show you the coolest, prettiest, most creative ideas our favorite wedding designers, florist, and photographers have done. When you see something you like, follow that planner for more ideas and click to see weddings with a similar vibe. Want more information about anything you see, let us know in the comments! Get ready for 100 days of inspiration from:

Alison Hotchkiss: After a career in corporate event planning, in 2003 Alison launched Alison Event Planning and Design based in San Francisco and Connecticut. She is known for planning fabulous destination weddings and recently released a new wedding planning book titled All the Essentials Wedding Planner. Follow Alison @alisonevents!

Barbra Salzman-Hatch Creative Studio

Photo: Judith Rae

Barbara Salzman: Barbara has experience as a stylist on HGTV’s “What’s Your Sign Design” and as a Visual Manager for Anthropologie and uses her experience to bring a fresh style to the event world through her unique event design company, Hatch Creative Studio. “I’m constantly inspired by a million things from moss randomly growing in the cracks of the sidewalk, a perfectly blooming flower at the flower market, to my friends kids who learn color theory by mixing all their play-doh together to see what color it makes,” says Barbara. Follow Bart @hatchcreativeny!

Elizabeth Messina: A renowned wedding photographer and blogger, Elizabeth Messina’s images have been featured on the covers numerous of books and magazines (including the most recent issue of The Knot!). Elizabeth’s photography has also appeared on Oprah, Entertainment Tonight, and the Oxygyn Channel! Follow Elizabeth @KisstheGroom!

Liza Lubell-Peartree Flowers

Photo: Matthew Williams

Liza Lubell: Before founding Brooklyn based Peartree Flowers , Liza Lubell worked as a landscaper and weed wacker during the summers while she was in college. It turned out that flower making and business running were a good fit for her and in 2006, she co-founded Quince flowers & events, a flower studio based in Portland. In 2011, Liza moved back to her hometown of New York City where she launched Peartree. Today, Liza creates flower arrangements and styling for events in the New York area and beyond. Follow Liza @PearTreeFlowers!

Lynn Andrews-Easton Events

Photo: Jen Fariello

Lynn Easton: A celebrated planner focused on creating classic, timeless designed events and weddings, Lynn is the founder of Charleston and Charlottesville based Easton Events and Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards. Sought after by society brides throughout the US, her background in television production leverages her ability to plan stunning settings and seamless events. Follow Lynn @ @EastonEvents!


Mindy Weiss: On call for Hollywood’s hottest weddings (we’re talking Nicole Richie, Eva Longoria, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, Fergie, Heidi Klum, Jessica Simpson, and Ellen DeGeneres, among many more), Mindy began her career in party planning more than twenty years ago by creating custom invitations for social events. Her clients recognized her creativity and at their urging, she officially opened Mindy Weiss Party Consultants in 1992 based in Beverly Hills and New York City. Today, Mindy is best known for her creative and unusual ideas, her unexpected décor accents and her exquisite attention to every last detail. Follow Mindy @MindyWeiss!

Preston Bailey: He’s planned weddings and events for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Jennifer Hudson and Ivanka Trump as the founder of Preston Bailey Designs Inc. “For me, any wedding or any event is about transporting the guest into a very dramatic environment — having them escape in this world of beauty and real lusciousness,” says Preston, who grew up around the rain forests of Panama and uses that rich background to inspire his designs today. Follow Preston @prestonrbailey!



Tara Guerard-Tara Guerard Soiree

Photo: Liz Banfield

Tara Guerard: As the founder of Soiree by Tara Guerard, Tara has been recognized as the southeast’s leading event designer. Tara has earned a national reputation for her exceptional ability to create spectacular settings celebrating life’s most anticipated occasions for clients both locally and across the United States.


Todd Fiscus: Wedding planner to the likes of Eli Manning, Tony Romo and other athletes and celebrities, it’s no wonder this Texas-based designer is taking the industry by storm. “My favorite way to wow guests is to keep the party active and ever-changing,” Todd says. Head of the highly acclaimed design team at his namesake company, Todd Events, Todd has been consistently turning up the creative volume on special events for over twenty years. Follow Todd @ToddEvents!

Yifat Oren-Yifat Oren & Associates

Yifat Oren: Yifat’s innate sense of style and ability to translate concept into reality have elevated her to the top of her field. Highly knowledgeable and possessing an extraordinary commitment to excellence, Yifat has the unique ability to create completely personalized, unforgettable events with refinement and tasteful restraint. Yifat has planned celebrity weddings for stars like Drew Barrymore, Anne Hathaway, and Natalie Portman, and Mariska Hargitay. Follow Yifat @YifatOren!

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Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.
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