All photographs from Jo Gartin’s Weddings: An Inspiring Guide for the Stylish Bride by Jo Gartin © 2006. Photographs by Joe Buissink, Carin Krasner, & Elizabeth Messina. Reprint permission granted by Rodale Inc.Planning a wedding can be a daunting task. The checklist is long, and sometimes it’s hard to just figure out where to start. Themes are a great way to help you centralize ideas, and keep you on track. Themes don’t have to be elaborate (I am not suggesting you and your groom to dress up as Rhett and Scarlett from Gone with the Wind). They can be broad ideas that you incorporate throughout the wedding. Receptions planned around the season have a built-in theme. For upcoming spring weddings, take advantage of the basic spring motifs…flowers, birds, butterflies, the rain, etc. Think fresh and use fun, preppy patterns like gingham, or plaid. Seed packs, or bud vases are great favors. Or go with a color-theme. I love the look of monochromatic palettes. You can play with different shades, textures and accents to keep it from looking flat. For more original planning advice from a renowned wedding planner, pick up Jo Gartin’s brand new book: Jo Gartin’s Weddings, An Inspiring Guide for the Stylish Bride.

Jo is an amazing, creative force in the event planning industry. She is a frequent contributor and subject of top publications such as InStyle and Vogue. Her company, Love, Luck and Angels provides a la carte services to help you design the perfect wedding. She is also a warm, generous and professional individual, which makes it no surprise that is a planner to the stars. Her talent has been recognized by celebrities such as Courtney Cox Arquette, Brooke Shields and Molly Shannon who have all sought her expertise in planning their own weddings. Jo’s book features tips and inspiration for planning a truly magnificent reception. She even features Beaucoup Wedding Favors! For more information on Jo and her work, visit

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