You're engaged... and now the floodgate of opinions come crashing down on you. Your mom, future mother-in-law, grandma, great aunt Susan, and cousin Jennifer are constantly giving their input on what *they* think is important. "You can't have a DJ, those are so boring, you HAVE to hire live music", "You're serving WHAT at your wedding? You've got to be kidding me!", "What do you mean you aren't wearing white? Do you have any idea what everyone's going to say?". Let's be honest, these opinions aren't just overwhelming, they are also incredibly annoying. Quickly the wedding planning process becomes stressful but at what price? Here is one word of advice I give to all brides.
At the end of the day YOU are the one that is getting married. While you value the opinions of those closest to you, they are not the ones that will be staring at your wedding photos for the rest of their lives! So guess what? WHO CARES if Aunt Susan is mad that you want to serve donuts as your alternative desert option, she doesn't have to eat them! WHO CARES if your mom wants you to wear her wedding dress, it's not your style! Now it goes without saying that turning down these requests should be taken in a polite manner but at the end of the day this is your vision, your happiness, and your sanity on the line. In the end, all that matters is you're marrying the love of your life. So who cares if they don't agree? You two are the only ones that need to show up to make this commitment.
Take a few breaths, cry a few tears, but remember NO ONE can take away your happiness or the love you have for your SO.
The wedding budget is a topic that couples and families typically like to stay away from... probably because the debate on who pays for what can cause some heated discussion. While this topic might turn up the heat, setting your budget is the very first thing you should do before you jump head first into planning. Your budget will determine where you put your money and how much is being contributed to each element (Venue, Food, Dress, Flowers, Cake, etc).
Below we have included our budget priority activity, straight from our client welcome guide. We give this sheet to all the couples that work with us to help them determine the most important things for their wedding day. While each couple is unique, some of the common priorities listed are venue, food, and entertainment.
Each couple should individually complete this list. Once your priorities are set, focus on booking these first. The bigger the priority, the more money you're willing to spend on it.
Once you both have completed this list and discussed why you rated these items on your top three, you can begin the planning and booking process! But remember... no matter your budget, you can have your dream wedding so long as you prioritize!
Need help budgeting or want some planning expertise? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for tips and tricks.
Details don’t just matter, they can transform a room or look into a beautiful masterpiece. It really is all in the details. Whether you are looking for DIY wedding projects to transform your ceremony/reception space or you want to include a beautiful piece to complete your wedding look these small details can make your big day even more special. Be sure to ask your Photographer to capture these special additions!
15 Details to Include in Your Big Day:
A detailed shoe can go a long way without breaking the bank. Looking for a creative way to add in something blue to your big day? A blue shoe can be just the right thing. While some brides might opt out on such a bold piece, designer Betsy Johnson has created the “Blue” line perfect for any Bride that wants to incorporate the “something blue” tradition in a unique way. Check out her blue collection here.
2. Wedding Timeline
Let’s face it. We’ve all been to a wedding where we really had no idea how the whole day was going to pan out. This can be not only confusing but frustrating, especially if you have to attend the wedding late. One way that you can end all confusion is by incorporating Wedding Day Timelines on your big day. You can place these at each seat or have a sign present at the ceremony entrance or during the cocktail reception. Not to mention these make an adorable addition to anyone’s day. Check out some different wedding timelines here.
3. Name Place Cards
To most this is not a new concept, but a new trend has transformed with the use of laser cut name cards. These are a sweet addition and can transform a table from good to great. While this can be a costly addition to each plate depending upon how many guests you have, you can always incorporate these into your bridal parties’ tables. Not only will you still be able to include this on your big day, you will also be cutting costs. Check out this Etsy shop that makes custom laser cut name place cards here.
4. Table Numbers
Table numbers are a great way to get creative. You can incorporate your wedding theme by using custom cards or go with a laser cut sign. Be sure to research if your wedding invite vendor can also create custom table numbers, this is the best way to match your invites and pull in your theme.
5. Aisle Runner
A customize aisle runner will not only grab the attention of your guests but it will also personalize your ceremony space. Whether you decide to rent an aisle runner or do a DIY project to add detail to one, this addition will add something special to your day. You can view some custom aisle runner ideas here.
6. Bridal Party Table
Adding lots of flowers or table décor can get expensive. One sure way to get your guests attention and draw them to your table is by sticking to a basic table décor for your guests and incorporating more detail into your bridal party table. Add more extravagant flowers or greenery, candle sticks, or use a rustic wood table. The possibilities are limitless but changing up the Bridal Party Table can draw a lot of eyes.
Lighting is a superb way of setting the mood. Are you going for a fancy look? Add a Chandelier. Going for something more romantic? Try candle sticks and/or lanterns. Talk with your florist, venue and event planner about the different options that are available to you. These small changes can transform the atmosphere of the room.
8. Desert Table
One of the best parts at every wedding is food, booze and dessert, am I right? One way to add a sure crowd pleaser is a desert table. You can incorporate a doughnut wall, use an antique dresser and dress it up with greenery and different leveled desert dishware, or even incorporate a flower wall as a backdrop! These sweet additions will go a long way.
An Altar is a sure way to add a touch of elegance to your ceremony. Try adding a chandelier, an iron ring wrapped in greenery, or drapes accented with floral. The possibilities are endless! Check out this board on Pinterest to help the creative juices get flowing.
10. Cake Topper
The traditional bride and groom cake toppers are so last year! (Only kidding, they are so 1980s). Ditch the traditional topper and go with an accent piece that compliments your theme. Going for a romantic feel? Top it off with florals and greenery. Going for more of a rustic theme? Try greenery and a handmade Mr. and Mrs. “X” topper to complete the look.
11. Wine Labels
There’s nothing sweeter than personalizing every detail down to nitty gritty. Include a bottle of wine on each of your guests tables for a special touch. Check out these personalized wine bottle labels on Etsy.
12. Ditch the Favors
Favors are expensive and let’s be honest some people may never touch your gift again. Instead, try personalizing napkins with Fun Facts about you and your S.O.. These are a fun way for guests to learn more about you and celebrate you both as a couple.
Hire an artist who will live paint your ceremony. This is a one of a kind gift that you will treasure for life!
You can personalize your wedding down to the nitty gritty. Try incorporating these adorable forks into your big day. Make sure you don’t forget them at the end of the night! Check out these adorable add ons here.
While Photobooth’s are a very common Wedding reception addition, you can get creative with the backdrop. Consider renting a Flower Wall and including laser cut signs with you and your partners names, initials or a sweet quote.
If you are looking for additional ways to incorporate detail into your wedding day? Contact us at email@example.com.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, Engagement Season is ring(ing) in, pun intended!
Engagement Season, lasting from Thanksgiving until Valentine's Day, with an emphasis on Christmas and New Year's', is the time of year where nearly 40% of couples become engaged. Why is it that so many couples become engaged during this time frame you ask? According to Ellen Lamont, assistant professor of sociology at Appalachian State University says that "The holiday's are a time of creating a sense of family, creating rituals and family meaning. You're literally bringing family together during the holidays, but with the marriage proposal you're symbolically creating a new family."
Statistics show that a whopping 18% of couples become engaged in December and 10% in February. According to Wedding Wire, the 10 most common engagement dates are the following:
1. Christmas Day
2. Valentine's Day
3. Christmas Eve
4. New Year's Day
5. New Year's Eve
6. Day before Valentine's Day
7. Saturday before Christmas Eve (December 17th)
8. Two Saturday's before Christmas Eve (December 10th)
9. December 23rd
10. Independence Day (July 4th)
It may come as no surprise that these days are some of the most popular for proposals, but to others it might. While the date of your proposal might be very important, for some brides the engagement ring itself is even more important than the actual proposal.
Are you expecting a marriage proposal this Engagement Season? Has your SO (significant other) been dropping hints? Tell us your proposal story in the comments!
And men, don't forget, if you need help planning the perfect proposal for your lady be sure to contact us, you won't regret it!
So you've had multiple conversations with your hubby about what to do for Thanksgiving. You've talked about going to his family or yours and all the pros & cons and have come to the conclusion that you know what? You're going to do your own thing and just host it at your home and bring everyone together! They all like each other anyway right? This could be the best solution ever! But let's be honest, it could also be some very risky business if not planned for correctly. Here are some life saving tips to help make your Thanksgiving as stress free as possible!
Know Who's Coming
What's the total guest count? Do you need to get extra seating?
Find out by calling/texting everyone and letting them know you're hosting and if they plan of joining. Once you have an average headcount you can start to plan out the layout of the house for Turkey Day.
Decide on Who is Bringing What
Mom always make the stuffing... but so does your new sister in law. No need to fret, just make a list of all the delicious food you need to make the perfect feast and delegate it out. Tell mom that you've got the stuffing covered this time and would actually love to have that yummy peach cobbler she made a few years ago instead. Make sure everyone is on the same page with this so that there aren't awkward conversations about who's dish is better or why there are two of the same desserts but no green bean casserole. Yikes!
It's Okay if Some Stuff Comes From a Can!
I mean of course you may want to at least attempt to make a nice apple pie or something from scratch. This is your time to shine! Have fun with it! But you also don't want to stress about it. No one expects you to suddenly become a chef just because your hosting! (Well some of them might) but trust me, Libby's pumpkin pie mix is just as satisfying! Tis the season for new traditions. This is your first Thanksgiving as newlyweds! Do what makes you comfortable!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
As much as you plan and prepare, some things just can't be controlled. So if the turkey burns (God forbid) or if some one really did forget the green bean casserole, don't let it ruin your day. Be grateful for the extended family that you have just acquired and have an amazing turkey day!