Rachael Shackelford

Rachael Shackelford

Washington, DC

The Event Cottage is a planning, styling, and design company owned by an Emmy award-winning television producer to create elegantly stunning events using an all-star vendor team.

Wedding Day Budget: How Reality Meets Lavish

Wedding Day Budget: How Reality Meets Lavish

Most couples have budget issues when it comes to planning their big Wedding Day. They want grand, but can’t afford it. They want to invite everyone they have ever known, but their banking account says “Nope!”

One thing is for sure: You will need vendors and decor. But, do you have champagne taste with

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How to Make Your Wedding “Pop”

How to Make Your Wedding “Pop”

Obviously, the most important people at any wedding are the couple giving their “I Dos.” Their Wedding Day should resemble who they are as individuals, a couple, and their love for each other. That is pretty much Wedding Day 101. The Wedding Day decor and all of the rentals are simply there to create a

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You said, “Yes!”... Now what?

You said, “Yes!”... Now what?

OMG! It happened. The moment actually happened. The proposal was perfect! You knew it was coming, but not really, and now here you are… engaged!

Thoughts start to run through your head. “Do I hire a wedding planner?” “What vendors do I need?” “My friend’s wedding photographer was good. Maybe I can use her.

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2018 Bride and Groom Fashion Trends

2018 Bride and Groom Fashion Trends

The holidays are for family, feasts, and building memories.

As a wedding planner, the holidays for me are also very much about engagement season and becoming fully immersed in the 2018 wedding trends shaping the industry.

For so many couples, the brand new chapter towards marriage all starts during the holidays. It is when couples

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