Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Shelley and Jeremy at Gaillardia

Even though I'm very much enjoying this cool fall weather, let's look back on this bright and pretty Gaillardia wedding.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fabulous Favors

Your guests will already be marveling over your dress, the cake, the food, so why not give them something to take home and still be talking about your special night? Check out these fabulous favors that will leave your guests talking.

How classy and chic are these cake pops? 

Give your guests something to make them say, "That is so them!"

These macarons are so trendy. Stick a "thank you" tag in your colors on it and you're good to go!

 Leave a miniature version of your cake at each place setting to really make the guests feel like part of the wedding.

 This is a great way to make sure your guests are out dancing all night long!

 Succulents have been a must have this season. If you're using them in your bouquet or centerpieces, send one home with your guests so they can show all their friends!

 Perfect for the outside wedding, make sure your guests are looking cool while watching you say "I do."

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Money Money Money

The two biggest causes of a Bridezilla are mismanaging your budget and procrastination. If you’re procrastinating, you’re probably going to end up spending more than you anticipated. So decide early on and put it all out on the table so everyone is aware of the situation.
Here are a few options for you:

The Bride’s parents pay
This would be the traditional/most popular way of funding the wedding. The pros are that you don’t have to use your savings and you have more money for your new household. The cons are whoever’s paying gets a lot more input. You may feel compelled to give your parents more say in your wedding even if it goes against what you want.

Everyone Pays
This would be the more contemporary option. There are two ways you can do this. You can either take the whole cost and split it 3 way or if one party is more able than another, ask what each party is comfortable giving and go from there. Compromising is key here. Negotiate to begin with so everyone knows the plan ahead of time. Pros: You’ll be able to afford more and still not empty your savings account.  Everyone’s contributing – cash and ideas. This means that again, you may have to compromise what you want because someone else is also paying.

You two pay for everything
This is becoming the norm, especially as people are waiting until they are more financial stable and more established to get married. Pros: You have total control! Cons: This could mean picking up extra shifts at work or you could possibly deplete your savings and gain debt if you’re not smart about it. This could also offend your parents.

We've heard of a new trend to ask your guests to pay for your wedding. Honestly, this can be a bit tacky. If you're asking all of your guests to contribute you get into a tricky situation by again, people thinking if they contribute they have the right to make decisions for you. Also, if someone doesn't contribute, are they allowed to come? If this is something you're considering, make sure you've thought of all the pros and cons before entering any of these situations.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Don't Break the Bank!

Looking to wow your guests without starting married life in debt? Here are some sure fire ways to save a few dollars while still having the wedding of your dreams.

1. Cut the guest list. This will save everywhere from invitations, food, tables, and decor.
2. Seat the max at each table so you need fewer centerpieces and linens. Your guests may be a little scrunched but they'll be alright, remember they came to dance anyway!
3. Use more greenery and open flowers. This will take up space and still look lovely. Also, buy flowers that are in season. It is extremely costly to have flowers flown in from other places.
4. Hold your wedding outside of lunch/dinner hours. 3pm weddings are perfect for cake and punch because it's in between lunch and dinner.
5. Offer beer, wine, and a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.
6. Use fresh flowers, not sugar ones on the cake. 
7. Put the bridesmaid bouquets on the cake table to give a little extra decor. 
8. Don't buy a send off piece for every guest you invite. For example, if doing a sparkler send off, you'll only need a couple dozen by the end of the night because it'll just be your closest 30-40 friends and family there to send you off.
9. Buy your wedding dress off the rack in November-January while the gowns are on sale. 
10. Skip the save the dates unless your wedding is on a holiday weekend. These are trendy but were actually created for those brides. 

There are several other clever ways to save money but being realistic with your budget and vision is key. 

Until next time, happy planning!

Marvel your Maids

Your closest friends have stepped up to the task of being supportive of you for your special day. Help show your appreciation for all the late nights making sure the favors are perfect and the hand holding they've done by giving them a personal and creative gift.

Something personal that they can remember all the days spend with you leading up to your special day every time they wear it

 For your maids with a wild side, a flask is a fun gift to give before going out for your bachelorette! Make it more personal by monograming with their name or your wedding colors.

 Personalized hangers are very popular and make fun pictures for their special dresses to hang on!

 Everyone woman needs a make up bag, right? Monogram make up bags in your wedding colors and your bridesmaids can use them on wedding day.

What girl doesn't love her pearls? Something dainty but personalized with their initial could be the perfect accessory for wedding day.

 Robes to get ready in together make for such great pictures!

If you're splurging for your bridesmaids or maid of honor, this would be a fabulous suggestion. The knot jewelry is a perfect way to say "thanks for helping us tie the knot!"

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dress Trends of 2014

Most designers are coming out with their 2014 line and we are absolutely obsessed. Here are a few trends you'll see in wedding dresses coming in 2014.