{Wedding} – Lindsay & Chris

Back in November, I had the pleasure of coordinating the fabulous wedding of Lindsay & Chris. Lindsay has been a friend of mine for a few years and I felt truly honored when she asked me to help. Not only are they the nicest couple, but they are so sweet on each other and sure know how to have a good time! Held at the beautiful Ballantyne Lodge, this charming rustic wedding was full of love, laughter and awesome dancing!



Cutest flower girl E-V-E-R

Cutest flower girl E-V-E-R






The wedding party was so much fun

The wedding party was so much fun


Surprise grooms cake in honor of his love for hunting

Surprise grooms cake in honor of his love for hunting



Ending the evening with s'mores - yum!

Ending the evening with s’mores – yum!



Wedding Coordination: Simply Southern Wedding & Event Design

Venue: Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

Flowers: Willow Floral Boutique

Cakes: Cake Lady Jill

DJ, Photography & Videography: BW Weddings and Events

By |January 30th, 2014|Categories: Erin Padgett Events|0 Comments

The Ugly “B” Word – Part 3

Money, Money, Money, Money…Money!

Every time I hear that song, all I can think about is this:


Any other Celebrity Apprentice fans?? My love for reality TV is in full force today!

Anyway, now that you have a budget set – how do you divide it out? Let’s work with the law of averages. Below is the average breakdown of the percentage of money from your budget that should be given to each category:

Reception (includes venue, food, drink, cake and rentals) – 48%

Rings – 4%

Invitations – 2%

Flowers – 5%

Bridal Apparel – 6%

Music (ceremony & reception) – 5%

Photography & Videography – 10%

Hair & Makeup – 1%

Transportation – 2%

Ceremony/Officiant – 2%

Miscellaneous (wedding planner, gratuities, hotel, etc) – 15%

Remember this is just an average and your individual wedding budget might differ. Before you go booking everything, I recommend going back to your “What Matters Most” list and take a look at your top 6 items. Those MOST important things is where you should be spending your money. Maybe a videographer is most important? Or maybe you don’t want any flowers? Adjust your budget accordingly, but keep the averages in mind!

Next post – 7 Ways to Save Money!! Who doesn’t love to save a buck??


The Ugly “B” Word – Part 2


Budgets – we all hate them. Work budgets – stink. Personal budgets – miserable.

Wedding budgets – worst of the worst.

We have already determined the average cost of a wedding here and some of you might have cried a little at the thought! Dry those tears and follow these steps to prepare your individual wedding budget.

STEP ONE: WHO PAYS? Some weddings are fully funded by the parents of the bride. Others receive money from both parents of the bride and parents of the groom. And a few are either partially or fully funded by the bride and groom themselves. Sit down individually with each set of parents, (brides – talk to your parents, grooms – talk to yours) and ask them how much (if any) they are willing to contribute to the wedding. Then decide whether you and your fiancé are going to use some of your own money. After this is done, you will have a comprehensive list of how much your wedding budget will be.

STEP TWO: WHO’S INVITED?  Get the guest list ready!  The number one way to save or spend extra money on your wedding is based on the number of guests you have. The more guests, the more money. Determining your guest count will tell you how much you can spend per person.

STEP THREE: WHAT MATTERS MOST?  Make a list of the top 5 things that are most important to your wedding. Is it a one-of-a-kind custom wedding dress? The best band in town? Over the top decorations? Food that makes your mouth water? Photos that are editorial worthy? Once you have chosen these items, this is where the majority of your money goes.

Remember, whether your budget is $5,000 or $50,000, the concept is the same: ask who will contribute money, write out your guest list and determine what matters most.

By |January 21st, 2014|Categories: Tips & Trends|0 Comments

The Ugly “B” Word

It happens to every bride. You get engaged. You get giddy and begin dreaming of your perfect day. Gorgeous dress, flowers everywhere, fabulous food, beautiful decorations, handsome groom, and dancing until your feet hurt. Then the boom comes down, (imagine the Jaws theme song) duuun dun, duuun dun, dun, dun, dun, dun…BUDGET!

Nobody likes to talk about it, but the type of wedding you will have is determined by it. I have been married almost 7 years and I can still remember squirming in my chair when I had the “B” word conversation with each of my parents. While it is not the most magical part to a wedding, it is a necessary evil.  If you have never been a bride before, you probably have no clue what a wedding costs. To help, The Knot did a great job of putting the average wedding costs into perspective:

Wedding Budget

Don’t have $28,000 for a wedding? Don’t know where to start in planning you own budget? Don’t sweat – the Wedding Ninja is here to help! In this week long series, I will help you to determine your budget, talk about how much you should spend for each category, and give you tips and ideas to save money. Can’t wait to see you tomorrow for Part 2 of The Ugly “B” Word!










By |January 20th, 2014|Categories: Tips & Trends|0 Comments

Hello 2014, Nice to See You

If y’all are anything like me, this was what your New Years Eve looked like:

Sleeping Dog

I am all about a party – but after Christmas in 5 different cities in 8 days, I was pooped!  The husband, who we shall refer to as JP from now on, and I were in bed around 10:30pm – we forced ourselves to stay awake to see the ball drop – and then lights out!

So after spending tons of time with my wonderfully large and loud family on an extended holiday vacation (and eating more than I should have) – I am fueled up on Dr. Pepper and ready to tackle my to-do list!

First up, my “2014 Goals List.” I am not normally the type of person who gets caught up in new years resolutions, and you definitely won’t find me amongst the gym crazies in January, but I love having a good goal list (goes back to the giddiness that comes when the pen gets to scribble something off the list)! A good mix of personal and professional goals is my belief – so here it is:

1. Have the pleasure of working with numerous brides on their Big Day

2. Successfully pull off my 7th Wedding Anniversary party (and a surprise for JP!)

3. Go on 1-2 of the weekend getaways JP and I have been talking about for years

4. Find a new church home and get involved

5. Organize my closet and jewelry – seriously out of control and driving me crazy

6. Develop solid relationships with other vendors in the wedding industry

7. Celebrate BIG for my 30th Birthday in October! (halfway to age 60 – eekkk…)

8. Cook more – JP is the grill master, but I need to work on my kitchen skills

9. Take fashion risks (dying my hair dark has given me confidence to try new styles)

10. Have at least one of my clients weddings published in a wedding magazine

I am sure there are more that will float up over time, but these are my “100% must do, no backing out, no cheating, don’t even think about not doing, Erin – make these happen” goals for the year! I would love to hear about your goals too and we can keep each other in check!  Who doesn’t love an accountability partner?!?

Happy New Year to you all!

2014 – Bring. It. On!


By |January 2nd, 2014|Categories: Goals|0 Comments