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Advice on gratuity: Tipping your wedding vendors and how much is appropriate | AK Brides

One of the most asked questions from parents of the bride and groom is how much to tip the wedding vendors and is it appropriate.   I always tell these parents this is a very kind gesture for your vendors and always much appreciated.  Your vendors will work very hard for you pulling your entire vision together for your wedding day and most often will give so much more than what is promised.  This is a business of passion, not only for you as a bride but for our vendors who absolutely love their jobs and understand that this day is all about the bride.   You should always use your discretion when deciding how much you would like to tip based on their exceptional service if you felt they went above and beyond their contracted services and I hope that they do!     There are some vendors who must be tipped however and this is where we will begin. Vendors you must tip  unless specifically noted on their contracts that it is included; Transportation Drivers – The driver of your get-a-way car, drivers of your shuttle bus or trolly are great examples of people who need to be tipped the night of your wedding.  If a gratuity is already included in your contract and you would still like to tip your driver, $5.00- $10.00 per hour of their contracted service is a very nice gesture.  If gratuity is NOT included in the contract than a gratuity is expected.   A nice amount of 15%-20% of the total amount of the invoice is appropriate. Credit Heather Durham Photography    Rare Transportation Credit... read more

Tiffany and Dave | Engagement Shoot | Birmingham Alabama | AK Brides

We have been waiting an entire year for this wedding day to arrive and it is finally here!!  It’s wedding week for Tiffany and Dave and we get to celebrate with their family and friends!  St. Frances Xavier Catholic Church is where they will exchange their wedding vows and then we are off to The Tutwiler Hotel for some great food and a lot of fun!  Tiffany will wear a gorgeous wedding gown from Ivory and White Bridal Boutique and of course, Dave will look snazzy in his tux from Mr. Burch Formalwear Mt. Brook.  We have so many fun surprises planned for their big day on Saturday… we can not wait to share all of them with you soon!!  Here are some fun images from their engagement shoot last Fall with the fabulous Jerrod Brown Studios!   We are so looking forward to working with this awesome team of professionals for Tiffany and Dave’s wedding day… Wedding Planning – AK Brides Photography – Jerrod Brown Studios Floral Design – Lillie Jane Entertainment – Jamm Entertainment Transportation – Rare Transportation Venue – The Tutwiler Hotel Church – St. Frances Xavier Catholic Church Cake – Barb’s Cakes – Barb Sullivan Rentals – Event Rentals Unlimited Wedding Gown – Ivory and White Bridal Shop Men’s Attire – Mr. Burch Formalwear – Mountain... read more

Carrie and Boopathy | Birmingham Alabama | AK Brides | Indian Hindu Real Wedding

I’m so happy you came back to check out Part 2 of this gorgeous Indian/American wedding for Carrie and Boopathy!  Last week our blog featured the American wedding celebration at The Club and now we are so excited to feature the Indian portion of this incredible wedding day!  Carrie’s vision for her American wedding day was a canvas of pale pinks and blush tones with accents of ivory and gold.  Boopathy’s vision of the Indian wedding morning was full of bold Indian color.  Jewel tones and lots of gold were displayed from all of the accented details in their Mandap ceremony alter to the jewels his beautiful bride wore.  Vendors on this team worked their magic in creating this fabulous wedding day and we hope you enjoy these images by our dear friends Kelli and Daniel Taylor Photography!!!   Annabelle’s  in Vestavia Alabama designed this elegant invitation suite from the Save the Date cards to the wedding invitation.  Love the gold details which you will find on the cake!!                                                                     Thank you to the magic this vendor team created in bringing this entire vision come to life!!! Wedding Planning – AK Brides Photographer – Kelli and Daniel Taylor Photography Catering – Indian cuisine by Silver Coin – American cuisine by Bellini’s Catering Invitations – Annabelle’s Entertainment – Jamm Entertainment Indian Decor – Shubham Mandap Atlanta Hindu Temple – Hindu Temple and Cultural Center Transportation – Coats Classic Cars  ... read more

Carrie and Boopathy | The Club | Birmingham Alabama | AK Brides | Real Wedding

Carrie and Boopathy came to me with a very specific vision for their wedding day joining two cultures of American and Hindu traditions together honoring both of their family’s heritage.  They absolutely fell in love with The Club as their venue to host the American portion of their wedding day.  This is part one of this glorious wedding representing the American traditions of the day.  I was so excited to work with this color palette of soft blush tones and gold accents and all the elegant details from the pink ribbon wrapped around macaroons as favors to Carrie’s gorgeous Badgley Mischka wedding shoes.   The day began early at the Hindu Temple with a celebration of marriage and a light lunch.  Our bride Carrie was then off to The Club where her hair and make up team was waiting to transform her from Indian traditions to American elegance and an evening ceremony ensued followed by a lively reception of dinner and dancing.  The weather gave us a little threat of rain and honestly one of my favorite memories from this day was Carrie and Boopathy agreeing to begin their ceremony about 10 minutes early to avoid the impending thunderstorm looming in the distance.   Well, the timing was perfect and just as soon as the minister pronounced them husband and wife and guests made their way inside the club, the rain arrived… but we made it!!!!   These stunning images from our wonderful friends Kelli and Daniel Taylor Photography represent just a part of this special day!                              ... read more

Jennifer and David | Shoal Creek Country Club | Birmingham Alabama | Akbrides

We had such a wonderful time planning Jennifer and David’s  exquisite wedding ceremony and reception  out at Shoal Creek Country Club.  All of their guests were surrounded by lush green landscaping and cool Fall breezes, ivory and blush tones with candle light and elegant romantic lighting.  This wedding was full of personal touches with a mix of lounge furniture and high top iron tables and a variety of delicious foods that brought flavors of their Southern hometown together with the excitement of New York City, where our bride and groom reside.    Jen and David surprised their guests with a visit from Steel City Pops as an added late night treat as guests danced the night away with the sounds of Evolution Party Band with East Coast Entertainment under a gorgeous canopy of elegant cafe lighting by Design Production LLC.  Here are some of the fabulous images from Jennifer and David’s wedding extravaganza thanks to  Allison Lewis Photography  Enjoy! Anita             Wow!!  Now that’s what I call a great first look!       Jen and her bridesmaids carried the most romantic florals and each bridesmaids wore delicate colors with a romantic touch   These gorgeous wreaths were perfect for each window in the chapel   A gorgeous chuppah  Signing the Ketubah!!               A sweet moment with her Daddy     Thank you to this wonderful team of professionals! Photography – Allison Lewis Photography Floral Design – Hot House Design Studio Lighting Design – Design Productions LLC Venue – Shoal Creek Country Club Rentals – Event Rentals Unlimited Entertainment – East Coast Entertainment – Evolution Party Band Hair and Make... read more

Winter Wonderland Wedding at The Club Birmingham

Nicole dreamed of a winter wedding in December to marry the love of her life Drew.  She chose the elegant wedding reception venue The Club Birmingham to hold her elaborate wedding reception draped with white linen, elegant lighting and delicious food for guests to enjoy.  Nicole and her bridesmaids all enjoyed a refreshing morning at Halcyon Days Salon and Spa with hair and make up by Melissa Bogardus of Joyce’s Formals.  Nicole was glowing from the very start of the day!   Nicole wore a gorgeous gown from Ivory and White Bridal Salon in Crestline Alabama.   A perfect choice for this stunning bride with lace from top to bottom and a gorgeous plunging back.   The textures, colors and beautiful floral blooms made up a stunning bridal bouquet for bride Nicole created by Mandy Majerik of Hot House Design Studio and perfect for a winter weather themed wedding day.       Nicole and Drew chose to have a first look privately in the sanctuary of their church Bluff Park United Methodist Church in Homewood Alabama.  It’s such a special moment for a bride and a groom before the family and guests arrive to celebrate in this wonderful day ahead!           Beautiful bride Nicole takes her walk down the aisle holding tightly to her daddy’s arm   Pretty bridesmaids in pretty pink blush holding wintry textured bouquets so sweet and perfect for the season   With the colder air moving in and feeling the winter chill, Nicole is wrapped in fur of winter white     Enjoying a moment alone right and that newly married “glow” right after the ceremony   Simple yet... read more