Vendor Series: Wedding Planner Kecia Wilson

I’m excited to launch a vendor series, featuring some of Atlanta’s top wedding professionals! Working in the industry, I’ve gotten to know some really talented, sweet, and creative people. I’m sharing their top tips and best advice when it comes to planning a wedding and booking vendors.

First up is Kecia Wilson of Three Little Birds Weddings. She is the owner and lead planner who I was connected to last year through a wonderful bride. Kecia is passionate about what she does and it’s easy to see that in her work! (And I’m kinda obsessed that her business is named after a Bob Marley song!)

Hiring a Professional Planner for Your Wedding

I asked Kecia questions on everything from why couples should absolutely consider hiring a planner to what wedding trends she is loving this year!

How long have you been involved with planning special events?

Since Bloomingdale’s opened in Atlanta in 2003, that was my first experience planning large-scale wedding events.  I loved every minute from planning to execution to the afterglow of a party well thrown!

What started your interest in working with couples planning their wedding?  

For me it all started with my love of china and crystal, which inspired me to seek out work in that industry pretty much exclusively throughout my career.  Engaged couples have been a part of my life since I can remember, and helping them envision and create their new lifestyle together has been one of my all time joys.

What is the meaning behind your business name, “Three Little Birds”?

I’m a huge fan of happiness and ease, and my life anthem is Bob Marley’s song of that name.  I want my couples to know before they even speak with me that… Every little thing is gonna be alright!  

What are the perks to hiring a professional to handle wedding planning?

Oh… so many!  My favorite, though, is all about the people.  I’ve had so many couples who were lost in a sea of websites in trying to book vendors without any direction or guidance as to what they should be looking for in terms of cost, style, anything.  With a planner, that stress and confusion are gone. I only introduce my couples to vendors who are exceptional at what they do, are within that couple’s budget, and who I know are professional, reliable, and most of all kind.  The wedding team is everything, the rest is just details.

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At what point in the wedding planning process should a couple make the decision to work with a planner?

I’ll answer that in the words of many past clients:  “In hindsight, we wish we’d brought you into the process sooner.”  For the ease of everyone involved, the earlier you hire a planner, the better. There are so many things that come up along the way that we can easily handle to save time, money, and mostly stress. Plus it’s a huge advantage to your wedding vendors to have a point person throughout, and a confidence that your wedding will be well organized from the beginning.     

What skills or services do you offer to your clients to help them feel less stressed while planning one of the biggest days of their lives?

It’s more of an attribute, but the one thing I hear from both clients and vendors is that I have a very calm and confident demeanor, which lends an air of ease and lightness to planning and also the wedding day itself.  My life motto is, everything is fixable. I truly believe it. So when things come up during planning or day of that would others may freak over, I just smile and fix it and move on.

Tell us what a typical meeting might look like between you and a couple you’re working with.

It always starts with hugs and a bit of life stuff, because I love my couples, I’m so blessed!  Then we dig in. I like to call it a pow-wow, because it’s a top to bottom information exchange.  If it’s a timeline meeting, for instance, we go hour by hour, I have my notes and questions prepared and my clients have theirs and we just go. But to me the follow-up is as important. I always send revisions or recap notes within a day so that everyone knows what was discussed, revised or decided upon at each step along the way.  

Are there any trends for 2018 weddings you’re loving?

Color! I’m loving the shift to new and brighter colors this year! I had one wedding in particular last year that was just full of bright beautiful summer colors, (paper suite by oh my! designs by Steph, by the way!)  It was magnificently styled by AJF+D, and I remember thinking I’d love this look to move forward into next year. And it has!

Lavender Floral Wedding Invitations

What’s the biggest piece of advice you can offer to couples just getting started in the planning process?

Breathe, and know that in the end it’s all going to be ok. Couples can get stressed very quickly in this process, which takes the joy and fun out of planning.  But it doesn’t have to be that way at all! My top three tips are: 1) Commit to keeping love at the heart of it all, 2) Remember that the wedding is only a celebration of the Marriage, and… 3) Trust your planner!  

Three Little Birds Weddings Atlanta

You can find Kecia on her website,, and on Instagram @3lbweddings

The photos in this post were from the colorful summer wedding mentioned above and taken by Vue Photography

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Creating an Email Address for Wedding Planning

Organization is one of the most important things during the wedding planning process. As a bride, you’re dealing with multiple vendors, timelines, payments, and approvals. If you haven’t heard about the email address wedding hack, get ready to say hello to streamlining all the things and goodbye to stress!

Why you should start a new email address for wedding planning

I’ve noticed many of my clients have a dedicated email address and it really got me thinking – what are the perks to setting up a brand new email account specific for all communication related to wedding planning?

Keep Everything in One Place

If you’re anything like me, you get about a bazillon emails a day. OK, maybe a bit exaggaerative, but I do have a bad habit that goes something like this: see email notification, read message, get busy and forget to respond, important email gets buried with “junk mail”, never reply back. (FYI: this is related to my personal email, not business emails! I keep my biz account super organized and respond to all client emails within two business days.)

With a wedding planning email address, you can make sure all related things end up in one place. Everything stays nicely organized and makes responding much easier. It’s also a good idea because you’re quickly able to go back and review messages and contracts without digging through a huge inbox.

Communicate Effectively

When you’re wedding planning, it’s likely that you’ll be communicating with several vendors – your venue coordinator, a wedding planner, the photographer, your florist, the caterers, transportation and hotel contacts, your designer… the list goes on!

Not only is this a great place to keep all correspondence with your wedding vendors, but also anyone else involved in your planning – parents, friends, etc. Give them the email address and instruct that anything wedding related (reminders, suggestions, information) be sent to that account.

You can also include the email information on your wedding website as contact information for guests who need to get in touch with you.

Only check your emails when you’re in planning mode. This can be a time saver and allow you to batch your wedding planning tasks. If you’re feeling stressed or just need a break, turn off the notifications and pause planning until you’re feeling excited again!

Give your fiance access to the wedding email address so that he can be involved in the planning as well.

Setting Up

For the email address itself, include your names (or future last name) somewhere so it’s easy to identify for vendors. I’ve seen lots of variations, so feel free to get creative!

Create a signature that will be included with any message. Make sure it clearly lists both your names and a phone number. It can also be helpful to have the wedding date, venue name, email address to your planner, and a link to your wedding website.

Reasons why it's a good idea to create an email address for wedding planning

The only downside: Once the big day is over, you’ll likely stop checking the email which could mean you’ll miss communication from vendors that want to reach out post-wedding. For example, I send all my couples an email at the end of the year offering specials on newlywed holiday cards. I know a lot of other vendors also offer discounts and sales to previous clients, often communicated through email. Avoid this by quickly sending a single email, copying in all vendors, to let them know your best contact email after the wedding.

BONUS: Need some help staying on task and managing your wedding planning? Check out my friend Renee’s brand new app – EverlyWed. It’s everything you’ve ever needed as a bride to keep track of #allthethings. In one place, you can manage wedding to-do lists, bridal shower prep, bachelorette party planning, and even honeymoon details. Best part? Not only is it like, really pretty, but it’s totally free! Get organized here.

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How to Start Wedding Planning

You’re engaged, now what? Time to start wedding planning!

It’s mid January, meaning many girlfriends have recently upgraded to the new title of fiancé.  December is the most popular month of the year for proposals, which shouldn’t be surprising since it’s a time focused on family and celebrating.

After the fantasy of an engagement begins to become reality, it’s time to start thinking about planning a wedding! But, where the heck do you even start? It can be extremely overwhelming to think about all the things!

Tips on How to Start Wedding Planning


First things first – set a budget. A lot of the stress that comes with wedding planning is related to money. By setting a budget from the beginning, you’ll be able to make decisions without too much emotion. I recommend picking 2-3 things that are most important to you and allocating more of your budget there. For instance, maybe you really want a lot of flowers but feel fine about skipping videography. Or maybe you’re set on booking a popular, live band but aren’t worried about impressing guests with an extravagant food menu. Everyone is different, so decide what things are most important to you and your fiancé.

Tips on Setting a Wedding Budget

Decide on a Theme and Feel for your Big Day

If you’re the type who has been pinning everything wedding related for the last two years, it’s time to edit and trim your inspiration. You can even start a new board and pin your favorites there. It’s easy to collect a lot of ideas over time and looking at it all together can easily get overwhelming. Make sure to only keep pins that directly relate to the theme and feeling you’ve set.

It’s 100% ok if you haven’t even thought about wedding colors, themes, or inspiration before getting engaged. The fun starts now – Pinterest is a wonderful resource to use. You can use the search function to get started and save your favorite ideas to a board. This is helpful for you to stay on track as well as provide visuals to your wedding vendors!

Find a Venue and Set a Date

Once you choose the “where” and “when” the other parts of your big day will start to fall in place. There’s a lot to consider when deciding the venue – like how many guests a space can hold, if they allow outside vendors or supply a team, what amenities are included, and if it makes sense logistically.

I really love The Venue Report website for browsing through awesome wedding locations. You can search for exactly what you’re looking for and it will provide you with options, information, and photos. Your venue is the backdrop of your theme and will set the tone for overall feel of the entire wedding.

Book your Vendor Dream Team

After you’ve booked a venue and picked your date (aka your future anniversary!) it’s time to start selecting your wedding vendors. Once again, there are a lot of factors to consider and lots of amazing options – these decisions can be very difficult!

A good place to start when looking for vendors is through the wedding venue itself. Often, they can provide a list of recommended professionals. Once you book with a vendor, they are happy to give you referrals of people they trust and enjoy working with. Make sure to check out their websites and social media for portfolios of past work to ensure it fits with your theme!

Work on Details

Depending on your personality – this can be this most enjoyable or daunting part of the wedding planning process! In my opinion, the details are what really set apart your day from everyone elses. You can choose unique touches in different ways to represent you as a couple – decor, food and drink, entertainment, design, favors, the list goes on!

Your wedding invitations set the initial tone for the entire event and I recommend putting a lot of thought into the design. Imagine a reaction of your guests opening the envelope – how do they feel, what do they say? Subconsciously, it even leads guests to dress a certain way and even how much to spend on a wedding gift! Yes, seriously. An invitation printed on thick cardstock in a luxe envelope with a liner is going to give a different impression than a casual design on everyday paper.

Consider sending save the date cards about six months prior to the wedding date. Wondering what save the dates are and if you really need to send them? Check out this post for all the details on this piece of wedding stationery.

I put together a wedding planning timeline specific to all things paper here! Find out exactly when to order save the dates, mail invitations, and send thank you cards after the wedding.

Questions about wedding planning, timelines, or getting the process started? Comment below!

(Photos: and HS Neckers Photography)


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Dusty Blue Mountain Themed Wedding Styled Shoot

I don’t think this North Georgia mountain, dusty blue themed wedding styled shoot could have turned out more beautifully! Brianna of Brianna Joseph Photography had such a gorgeous vision and executed it perfectly – I was so excited to be involved by creating the invitation suite.

Mountain Themed Wedding Invitations

Lewallan Farms, a wedding venue in Waleska, Georgia, was the backdrop for the shoot. The farm is 400 acres and boasts multiple ceremony sites. The land is complete with a lake and stunning mountain view!

Lewallan Farms North Georgia Wedding

Vintage Blue Canoe Styled Shoot

Brianna used the vintage blue canoe as a starting point for the overall concept and brought together an incredible team of local vendors to create a picture-perfect day! Every detail was so well thought out and the special touches really shine. See full vendor list with links at the bottom of this post.

Dusty Blue Farm Wedding

North Georgia Wedding

The mountain themed stationery suite included rolling hills and elegant fonts. This design is a personal favorite and is simple, classic but versatile enough to fit a more modern outdoor wedding style. Dusty blue weddings are right on trend for 2018 and these envelopes are a great way to incorporate color in your wedding invitations.

Dusty Blue Wedding Invitations

In a wedding, the invitation suite is the first impression yours guests get of your big day. It should really encompass the overall feel of your wedding and I really think this suite accomplished that in this styled shoot!

Interested in using this design for your wedding invitations? Contact me here!

Vendor Dream Team:

Photographer and Coordinator: Brianna Joseph | Photographer: Keira Davis Photography | Venue: Lewallen Farms | Drone and Video Coverage: Benjamin Hendrickson & Matthew Mills | Cake: Pastry Shells | Hair and Makeup: Bonnie Jean Beauty | Table Settings: Prissy Plate Company | Florist: Southern Peach Floral | Invitations: oh my! designs by steph | Calligraphy: Amavi Studio | Dress: A Formal Occasion

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First Married Christmas Holiday Cards

I know, I know – it’s entirely too early to start thinking about the holidays.

First Married Christmas Card
Truthfully, October is quickly wrapping up meaning the time to think about the end of the year is upon us! If you want your holiday cards to go out in early December, it’s not too early to order.

You paid a lot of money for those gorgeous wedding photos and it’s time to show them off again! Celebrate the season and your wonderful year with a newlywed card – I’m even offering an early bird discount, good ’til November 5. Use code “ohmy10off” at checkout to take 10% off your order.*

I’m excited to offer newlywed cards for the couples I worked with this year. Designs include all things to celebrate your First Married Christmas. (cue the “awww”s!)

So hop over to the holiday section of my Etsy shop or select a design by clicking “order now” below. All wording is customizable, just include your details during checkout. After purchase, email your high-quality photo and I’ll provide a proof so that you can review and make changes before printing. Your order will ship 5-7 business days after proof approval.

Have something different in mind? I would love to use your photo (or wedding invitation!) as inspiration to create a fun design. Get in touch with me soon and let me know what you’re thinking – I’ll take a limited number of custom designs this season.

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How to Write a Post Wedding Thank You Note

The big day has come and gone, but there’s still one wedding to-do left on the list! It’s time to write thank you notes to all the people who contributed to your wedding – either by helping, attending, or contributing in some way.

In a world of text messages and emails, the lost art of writing a letter has been forgotten by many. However, I really think that the value of receiving a handwritten thank you note really shows the thought of a genuine appreciation.


The biggest list of people to thank are those who gave a gift before, on, or after your wedding day. You should also include anyone who helped make your big day possible – your bridal party, family who helped contribute financially, and vendors that rocked your socks off.

Keep a list of everyone you intend to thank and exactly what you will thank them for – use an Excel spreadsheet or Google doc to keep everything super organized.

How to Write a Post Wedding Thank You Note


Per Emily Post etiquette, wedding thank you cards should be sent within three months of the recipient of the gift. Often, things can be pretty busy right after a wedding – honeymoons, moving, adjusting to newlywed life, so schedule a time each week to sit down and write a few thank you notes at a time. It can seem daunting to do them all at once (and hello, hand cramp!) but breaking them into chunks will help tremendously!


As a former second grade teacher, I’m happy to break down the how to of writing your wedding thank you cards.

Make sure the notes are personalized to each recipient and include their names. Thank them specifically for being a part of your wedding and how they helped make your big day special. Make reference to the actual gift that they gave and include how it might be used. Feel free to get as funny and creative as you like, but generally 3-4 sentences should get the job done.

Sign the card as a couple and include both names. The goal is to show your appreciation, so personalizing and being specific will ensure your thankfulness is received! Here’s an example:

Dear John and Susie Smith,

We are so glad that you were able to be a part of our big day – it wouldn’t have been the same without you there! Your gift was very generous and we are putting the money toward new living room furniture in our home. You’ll have to come check it out next time you’re in town!

Thank you so much,

Bobby and Molly Williams

Tips on Writing a Perfect Wedding Thank You Note


The idea of incorporating one of your wedding photos with the thank you card is always fun! I offer wedding thank you postcards here in my Etsy shop. I can also create a custom design to match your oh my! designs invitations. These are perfect because you can show off a picture on the front and include some text (typically “thank you”, the wedding date, and your names). On the back, you’ll be able to handwrite a short note in the blank space and drop in the mail!

Want to keep it a little more traditional? Opt for thank you cards, flat or folded, with envelopes. Include your new monogram or last name with a simple design. The great thing about this option is that you can use these cards for years to come since they won’t be wedding specific!

Ready to order your wedding thank you cards? Send me a message here! 

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Glitter Glam New Year’s Eve Wedding Invitations

August is quickly coming to a close, which means fall will be here before we know it. Planning a New Year’s Eve wedding? Now is the time to order your invitations, if you can believe it!

Blush and Gold Wedding Invitations

I’ve been meaning to share this “pretty and witty” suite for a while (like almost nine months now) and I’m finally getting around to it. Courtney and Mike met at a New Year’s Eve party and got engaged on New Year’s Eve a few years later. It only seemed appropriate that they planned their wedding for this day!

Courtney has great style, so I was honored that she chose to work with me for their wedding invitations. She had a super clear vision and we customized one of my existing suites to fit her theme – glam, glitter, and sass.

Gold Glitter Wedding Invitations

The wedding color palette was romantic – gold, blush, and navy. Since this was planned to be an epic celebration on December 31, using glitter in the invitation suite was totally fitting. (In my opinion, glitter is always a “yes!”)

Navy was incorporated with the printing and the invitation was mounted on a gold glitter mat with a metallic soft blush backing. The gold glitter bellyband completed the suite and held everything together nicely, finished off with an outer square of the soon-to-be couple’s new last name and (very fabulous) wedding date.

New Years Eve Wedding Invitations

At first glance, you’ll notice how beautifully the suited turned out to be – I think this one knocked it out of the park. I only wish I could see the expressions on guests’ faces as they opened this gorgeous little package.

Once you get a chance to read the insert cards, you realize the sassiness that the couple incorporated using hilarious wording. I mean, check out this RSVP card! When a couple doesn’t take their selves, or their wedding, too seriously it makes it a little more fun for everyone.

Funny RSVP Card

These wedding invitations truly set the tone for Courtney and Mike’s glamorous, fun big day and were a great representation of them expressing their creativity.

Interested in using these invitations for your own wedding or want to work together to create something a little different? Fill out my questionnaire here to get started!

Styling + Photography by HS Neckers Photography and Avner Road Photography

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