Extraordinary Affairs: How To Plan a Luxury Wedding Without the Celebrity Price Tag

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HOW TO PLAN A LUXURY WEDDING WITHOUT THE CELEBRITY PRICE TAG

 

Yes, a celebrity caliber wedding can be within reach; even if you don’t have a 7-figure wedding budget.

In this article, I’d like to show you how.

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First, let’s establish one thing: luxury weddings aren’t reserved exclusively for celebrities and heiresses.

As a DENVER WEDDING PLANNER who oversees a wide variety of upscale events both small and large, I can confirm that, these days, couples across the country of all backgrounds, religions, nationalities and personal preferences plan luxury weddings every day. 

Although the typical 6-figure luxury wedding budget is significantly higher than the $32,641 national average in the U.S., having a higher end affair is still within reach to a wide variety of professionals and everyday couples who may not even consider themselves in the luxury category. (Ref: 1)

Luxury wedding budget

Some couples may have been born into a higher tax bracket or come into an inheritance early, while others have simply entered into high society by means of their own personal life journey and career choices.

Regardless of the type of couple planning a luxury wedding, many are financing it themselves.

According to Splendid Insights, 40% of couples with luxury wedding budgets ($96,000 or greater) pay for part or all of their wedding themselves, making them not all that different from average budget weddings. (Ref: 2)

Who pays for the luxury wedding?

Which is why more and more couples, possibly like you, are investigating in creative ways to re-create celebrity trends and mainstays on a more accessible budget.

When PLANNING WEDDINGS IN DENVER for my clients, I try to innovate ways to create celebrity-worthy event elements even if we aren’t working with a celebrity budget.

I can help, Let’s dive in.

Set the Tone with Memorable Invitations

upscale wedding invitations

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Today, luxury weddings are all about creating an experience. It’s a defining shift in the mindset of modern couples and the true mark of a luxury affair. 

The Knot reported that, in 2015, the trend toward making the guest experience a priority continued with per-guest spending increasing while guest count decreased. (Ref: 3)

Your wedding invitations should be a preview of this coming attraction. 

They are your guests’ first impression of the kind of experience they are about to have at your upcoming nuptials.

Some events are elegant and sophisticated, some are quirky and unique while others are fun and lighthearted. Whatever mood your event will set, your invitations can become part of the affair.

With an investment of between $4-$20 per invitation, creating a surprising and impressive preview to your wedding can be well within reach. 

high end wedding invites

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When Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones got married, they created highly specialized wedding invitations embossed with custom holograms. Not only did this special effect make their invites stand out, they served a purpose too. The hologram allowed security to keep crashers from entering the event with fake invitation replicas. (Ref: 16)

It’s not necessary to throw a 1.5 million dollar affair, as these actors did, in order to create a fantastic preview of your event with your invites; it only takes a touch of creativity or resourcefulness. (Ref: 4)

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones created a sense of exclusivity with their invitations, what kind of experience do you want to make with yours?

Luxury Wizard of Oz wedding invitations

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The Interactive Save-the-Date

Want to create a wedding experience that makes your guests feel involved in the fun? 

If so, you don’t have to wait until the big day to get started. With playful invitations like edible board game save-the-dates and Mad Lib inspired response cards, your guests will be active participants from day 1. (Ref: 5 & 6)

The Element of Surprise Invite

Whether it’s invisible ink, 3D reveals or scratch-off lottery style invitations, you can let your guests unveil the details of your upcoming event with a bit of playful amusement. (Ref: 7 – 11)

The Anticipation Builder

Luxury wedding invitations

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Luxury weddings are a tremendous investment of time and resources so, naturally, you’ll want your guests to be as excited about your coming affair as you are. What better way to build anticipation than with a countdown chart? (Ref: 12) 

The Story Teller

A few years back the infographic storytelling invitation became a popular trend. Today, you can build on that concept with even more creative ways to share your story as a couple or how you met. 

One couple incorporated their love of making music into an originally recorded song invitation that recipients could play using the invitation itself. (Ref: 13)

PAPER RECORD PLAYER from KELLIANDERSON on VIMEO.

Less Is More

Luxury affairs are instantly recognized by their superior guest experience. From the instant ambiance and over-the-top décor to the delectable food and savory wine, upscale events have a way of whisking guests away to a fantastical place, if only for a day.

But this extraordinary experience comes at a cost, which typically gets broken down by “head” or individual.

 

Thus, for those trying to keep their luxury event within, or even under, a $100,000 budget, the key is to manage the number of guests invited. 

The larger a crowd, the more stretched a budget becomes; even a high-end budget. 

Which is why being selective about whom to invite to your wedding can help you reach your goal of creating a premium event experience for everyone in attendance, including yourself.

Guest list management for luxury wedding

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Many married couples would confess that they no longer keep in touch with a decent portion of their guest list, and possibly even a few bridal party members. 

While this may seem completely improbable for you, it is actually quite common. For this reason, it might be worth taking the time to seriously consider the strength and closeness of your relationship to each and every guest prior to inviting everyone you know. Your current budget and future self will thank you.

Here are 7 tips for helping you narrow down your list:

  1. First, respectfully ask parents, and possibly other close friends and family, not to discuss your wedding date with others or verbally invite anyone until you’ve formally created your guest list, to avoid embarrassment. It would be humiliating for both you and the uninvited guest if they had the impression they’d be invited to your wedding and were not. Likewise, it would be frustrating for you to feel obligated to invite someone you’d never intended to invite, due to an avoidable misunderstanding.
  2. Decide in advance the percentage of your final guest count that will be allocated to each set of parents. Many couples honor their parents with a reasonable percentage of guest list choices, especially when they are contributing financially.
  3. Create 3 categories of prospective guests: 1) Essential family members and wedding attendants you wouldn’t dream of excluding (grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, first cousins, the wedding party and ushers), 2) close friends and extended family (second cousins), 3) Colleagues and other friends. As you firm up your per-person investment and confirm how many guests your overall budget can (support), you can begin trimming down the list from the bottom up, starting with category #3. Remember to account for the guests on your parents’ lists.
  4. Ask yourself, ‘how close are we really?’ If you’re considering someone whom you haven’t spoken with or spent in-person time with for a year or more, they may belong in Category 3 and could be one of the first to exclude when you begin to narrow your list. This should include any person you’re inviting mainly because they are close friends with one of your close friends, even though you personally are not as close with them.
  5. While it may feel like your colleagues play an important role in your life today, because you see them on a daily basis, frequent interactions can be deceiving. Ask yourself whether or not you would truly stay in touch with that person if you were to transition to another company or job. If a co-worker is genuinely a close friend outside of the office with whom you spend a good deal of non-work time, then they are probably a good invite choice. If not, some extra consideration may be in order.
  6. If you strongly believe that a plus-one will significantly enhance the enjoyment of your wedding for all of your single guests, then certainly provide this option. However, don’t assume that you’re obligated to allow for an additional guest for your single invitees. This is a personal decision that is entirely the prerogative of you as a couple.
  7. Don’t forget about vendors. Some wedding vendors, such as musicians or photographers who are present throughout the entire day, may require that you supply them with a meal as part of your contract.

When Matters

The day and season of your wedding can have a tremendous impact on the overall investment, along with a few other perks.

The more flexible you are with your wedding date, the more financial freedom you’ll have to fashion a spectacular wedding experience from top to bottom.

Weekday Weddings

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden shocked the media when they chose to get married on a Monday; which some believe was motivated by a desire for privacy by catching the paparazzi off guard. (Ref: 14)

Luxury weekday wedding savings and privacy

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Privacy isn’t the only advantage to getting married on a weekday. Weekday weddings can also mean:

  • Better availability of the most prestigious, talented wedding suppliers and venues in the area
  • More attractive rates with the finest venues and wedding resources
  • Fewer crowds in prime public spaces for desired photo shoots
  • Only the closest, most excited guests (not everyone may be willing to take time off of work for your wedding)

Whether you choose to wed on a weekday or weekend, you can also get access to in-demand vendors and enjoy more attractive rates at desirable venues by choosing a date in the off-season. 

Non-Peak Seasons

Non peak wedding season savings

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Weddings tend to have a peak season and a slower season. If you choose to plan your event during one of the less popular months of the year and not during a holiday, you may enjoy the same benefits that weekday weddings offer. 

In 2015, The Knot Real Weddings Study reported that Fall is on its way to becoming more popular than Summer for weddings; only 33% of couples wed in the Summer while 39% of couples held nuptials between September and November. (Ref: 3)

Imagine how much more you’ll be able to splurge on your highest priority wedding items when your venue and supplier costs fall by 15-30% simply by selecting a less competitive wedding date.

Land a Designer Gown or Suit for Less

Celebrities are known for investing substantially in their bridal gowns. According to Business Insider, Madonna wore an $80,000 Stella McCartney gown when she married Guy Ritchie in 2000 while Victoria Adams tied the knot to David Beckham in a $100,000 Vera Wang dress. (Ref: 15)

Designer bridal gown for luxury wedding

When you’re hosting an extravagant event, it’s only natural to want to feel luxurious yourself. Celebrities have long known that part of the whole experience is acquiring the finest, designer attire you have access to.

Fortunately, there are a few clever ways to source some of the most exclusive dresses and designer gowns without investing more than you’ve set aside.

1. Commission a Custom Piece

If originality and exclusivity is more valuable to you than designer name, then you might consider sourcing a local custom designer or tailor to fashion a one-of-a-kind gown or suit for you as a couple.

Going local will drastically reduce the investment without compromising on quality. Custom designers and tailors are often very selective with their choice of fine fabrics and will pay close attention to every detail.

You won’t have to worry about another bride or groom wearing something similar when the garment is crafted by hand just for you.

2. Premium Pre-Loved Attire

The life of a wedding dress is short lived. Enjoyed for only a day or two, then preserved for a lifetime, most gowns never receive the use they deserve.

That’s why it’s so refreshing to see a few discerning bridal boutiques make consignment available to their community.

Local shops like THE ALTAR BRIDAL CONSIGNMENT and THE GREEN BRIDEhere in Denver carry a wide variety of lightly pre-loved gowns in all shapes and sizes that are often no older than 3 years. If you have a particular designer in mind, you can work with them to procure the exact type of dress you’re pining for and save thousands. 

3. Designer on Discount

Your perfect designer gown or suit doesn’t necessarily have to be new this season or on special order, if you’re not too particular.

With sample sales and last-season blowouts, many exclusive higher end bridal boutiques offer an opportunity to acquire top of the line attire for far less than original retail price.

If you are able to snatch up an in-demand designer piece on discount, no one has to know your secret.

By following any of these three tips, you’ll not only be able to flaunt a fabulous, coveted gown or suit on your wedding day, you’ll also have more funds to allocate to other high impact aspects of your event.

Borrow, Don’t Buy, the Accessories

Real diamond bridal jewelry for wedding

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Your gown and tux aren’t the only wedding attire available for less when you know what your resources are.

For decades celebrities have held a coveted secret to their red carpet look: rental. 

The reason so many celebrities are able to create a completely unique and stunning look for every red carpet event is that they borrow their outfit rather than buy it outright; including the jewels.

With resources like ADORN BRIDAL, you can actually rent your own diamond and real, precious gemstone bridal jewelry without investing five or six figures to get it.

With necklace rentals starting as low as $75, the most lavish accessories become well within reach.

For a svelt tux that requires zero in-store visits, check out Manguin, a more modern way to rent a fashionable suit.

Or you can order custom Boot Bling from Redneck Couture's Wedneck Couture Bridal Line--provide your Bridesmaids with their gifts at a reasonable price, allow them to have a beautiful piece of hand crafted jewelry that is splendid for any occasion, and the shipping is FREE!

Choose an Unconventional Venue

A sure-fire way to have guests rave about your wedding for years to come is to choose an unconventional and memorable venue. While not everyone has their own private island to host their nuptials at, as Johnny Depp and Amber Heard did, you can find unique and beautiful venues to create gorgeous ambiance and a luxury backdrop for your evening. (Ref: 31)

Have it at Home

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi; these famous couples have one thing in common - at home weddings! (Ref: 17) Celebrities often choose to be married at home. They already have a beautiful estate, and using your own place means extra privacy.

If you don’t have your own gorgeous gardens or mansion to hold the wedding in, consider reaching out to relatives. Perhaps you have always loved your Grandmother’s garden, or your close friend’s beach house. By borrowing their space you can create an intimate and meaningful ceremony, with the luxury of privacy and discretion.

Castles

If destination is more your style - you can always follow Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ suit and tie the knot in a castle! Tom and Katie chose the Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy. (Ref: 18)

There are many castles in Europe and the United States to consider, such as Denver’s Castle Marne here in the Colorado area.

If an actual castle seems out of reach, consider a Cathedral. Many old-age cathedrals resemble the gothic-style design of castles, and create an ornate and formal feel for your ceremony. Most famously, Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in Westminster Abbey, known for its high ceilings, two towers, stain glass, and marble. (Ref: 19)

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is a gorgeous Cathedral here in Denver, as beautifully photographed by our friends at ELEVATE PHOTOGRAPHY.

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver CO

The Field Trip

Think museums, planetariums, zoos and aquariums are just places for school children? Think again! 

Hilary Rhoda and pro hockey player Sean Avery were married at Long Island’s East End Parrish Art Museum. Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried, a match made in Bachelorette heaven, hosted their reception dinner at the Redondo Beach Historic Library.(Ref: 20)

Add a touch of sophistication at your local art museum, or host a playful revisit to childhood at a Zoo. Many educational establishments also host high-end affairs and have their own ballroom and event staff. What better way to dance the night away then under an entire planetarium of stars?

Town Car Vs. Limo

Celebrities often opt out of the traditional wedding party limo, and instead ride up to their weddings in style. Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, and Mercedes are just a few of the luxury rides available. 

Rent for the Day 

luxury wedding vehicle and classic car

Prince William arrived at Westminster Abbey on the day of his wedding in the Queen’s own Bentley, the “Bentley State Limousine.” (Ref: 21) While you might not be so keen on purchasing a luxury car of your own, many are available for daily or hourly rent. 

Horse Drawn Carriage

If you prefer to make an even bigger statement, and be a true princess for a day, you might consider a horse drawn carriage as Princess Diana did when marrying Prince Charles. (Ref: 210). Carriages can also be rented on an hourly basis and create a memory like none other.

Beverage Welcome

To add to your guest’s luxury experience, consider having beverages served upon arrival at the ceremony, rather than later during the cocktail hour. This is an unexpected extravagance that many celebrities have added to their higher-end affairs to keep guests excited and having a good time.

wedding welcome beverage

Opt for Non-Alcoholic

To keep this addition less costly have non-alcoholic beverages served instead. Lemonades, strawberry infused water, virgin-spritzers, and Arnold Palmers will keep your guests refreshed while they wait for the festivities to begin.

A Signature Drink

Add personalization by creating a custom drink named after the happy couple. Choose ingredients that symbolize each person’s personality to create a one of a kind beverage. 

Entry Statement

As your guests enter your venue they should be greeted by a setting that sets the tone for the entire evening. 

Alex Jones and Charlie Thomson are from the Welsh mountains and New Zealand respectively, and wanted their guests to arrive amid greenery and atmosphere that represented their very different yet equally beautiful homelands. Through the entry way were placed winter trees and twinkling lights, which led way to a corridor adorned with rainforest sound effects and thick vibrant greens. Guests were transported into a dream like world where seasons changed rapidly. (Ref: 22)

Pick Your Vibe

Choose an entry treatment that lets your guests know what sort of an evening it will be. 

modern wedding lounge for luxury event

A trendy yet casual lounge sets the scene for a relaxed and fun night; Billowing curtains and decadent floral arches promise a romantic evening. The first impression is so important - don’t forget to invest wisely in this crucial space!

Signature Focal Points

Designating separate spaces for guests to explore at your reception can add to the extravagance of the party. Using special lighting and luxurious furniture to turn your venue into an inviting atmosphere.

The Private Lounge

Celebrities are often seen in VIP lounge booths at clubs and parties. These coveted “above the crowd” spots create a sense of mystery and intimacy at events.

Having lounges throughout your ceremony may seem out of reach, but coordinated furniture can be rented starting at just 300 dollars. You don’t need enough of this seating for every guest, but just enough to create small getaways from the party where guests can go to steal a private moment with one another. (Ref: 23)

Unique Food And Beverage Presentation

A sure way to elevate the status of your event is to create unique food and beverage presentations. Take your dinner from drab to fab by making an experience out of the meal.

Edible Arrangements

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Many couples are choosing to add food to their décor. Lisa Karvellas of Cedar Lake’s Estate says, “We have seen everything from apple branches (with apples still attached!) as floating centerpieces, to ruby red beets and purple artichokes in bridal bouquets..” (Ref: 24)

Specialty Bars

Many couples are choosing to have themed bars at their weddings to show off their particular tastes. Choosing from specialty cocktail bars, whiskey bars, or even dessert bars can allow your guests to taste something unique and unexpected. (Ref: 24)

Bacon bar at wedding

Surprise Guests With The Human Element

Many celebrities have live entertainment at their weddings that reaches far past the typical band or DJ. Circus performers, celebrity artists, servers, and performance artists can add the “human element” of live entertainment to your guest’s experience.

For their first dance, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were serenaded by none other than John Legend. (Ref: 32)

Local Talent

Hire local talent to come in and enhance your big day. Station a local painter to come and paint the first dance live as guests look on, or hire a young singer to serenade guests outside the reception hall as they enter. 

Aerialists

Aerialist for wedding

Recently two celebrity circus performers for Ringling and Brothers made the news by being married on top of a high wire. (Ref: 33) 

While you yourself may not want to participate in such a daring endeavor, you can easily find aerialists to perform and stun your guests. Contortionists, dancers, and acrobats enliven the atmosphere and add a shock-factor to your reception.

Food and Drink Experts

Add the human element to your refreshments with bartenders trained to entertain, or rotate chefs to each table with flambeau dessert stations. You can also have personal waiters and waitresses for each table, eliminating the guests need to retrieve their own drinks from the bar. 

Food presentation for luxury wedding

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Creative Use Of Lighting And Video

When Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian he had the entire AT&T baseball stadium in San Francisco in darkness as guests entered for his surprise. Then slowly the lights lifted as a fifty piece orchestra serenaded Kim with her favorite song. (Ref: 25) 

You can recreate this use of lighting to create a mysterious and romantic atmosphere at your own wedding.

Color Wash

Color wash lighting effect for weddings

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Color wash lighting refers to engulfing the entire room in a certain color. Use blush pink or pale blue to create an atmosphere or decadence. (Ref: 26)

Pin Spot

Pin spot lighting effect for wedding

Pin spotting uses mini spot lights to amplify special parts or attributes to the room. You can hang pin spots over special stations, such as the wedding cake, the guest book, or the center pieces. (Ref: 26)

Privacy

Perhaps a celebrity’s most sought after element on their wedding day, privacy, can add an element of exclusivity to your event. 

Don’t Share

Ensure privacy on your big day by selecting venues that only allow one wedding at a time, or picking a date when no other weddings will be held. 

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren rented the entire Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados and the island’s only helicopter company to ensure paparazzi would be unable to snap their ceremony. (Ref: 18)

No Posts, Please

Kindly ask guests to keep their phones away during your ceremony, and instead invite them to use a wedding themed photo-booth. This can also act as a guest book that you can look through after, and encourages guests to stay in the moment instead of online during your festivities.

Be Wise With Food

Exotic or gourmet foods can come with a hefty price tag. Choose wisely what and how you serve your guests.

Meal Alternatives

Instead of surf & turf for the main dish add seafood options as passed hors d'oeuvres during the cocktail hour. Guests will still enjoy the luxury of fresh seafood, but you’ll be able to manage the investment better.

Another Human Element

Having wait staff serve your premium nibbles instead of displaying them on a self-serve table will also minimize costs without detracting from the luxury experience. If anything the wait staff service adds a greater touch of elegance to the event, while monitoring the amount of food circulating at any given time.

Seasonal Flower Choices

Blake Lively’s bouquet when marrying Ryan Reynolds was filled with seasonal flowers including, pink jasmine, andromeda, dusty miller, and blushing bride hydrangea. (Ref: 28) 

Choosing season flowers can allow you to splurge on volume and variety while remaining in budget. 

Winter

Carnations, Gerbera Daisies, and Evergreens are all in season in Winter. (Ref: 29)

Gisele carried a bouquet of white orchids when walking down the aisle to marry Tom Brady at their winter wedding in Costa Rica. (Ref: 30)

While orchids may not seem like a winter flower, they are in Costa Rica, which naturally grows over 1400 varieties of orchids. (Ref: 34)

Autumn

Anemone, Baby's Breath, Bittersweet, Carnation, China berry and Chrysanthemum are all Autumn flowers. (Ref: 29)

Spring

Apple blossom, Bird of Paradise, Brodea, Calla lily, Cherry Blossom, Corn flower, Cosmose, Dahlia, Delphinium, Delwood, Forsythia, and Freesia are in abundance in Spring time. (Ref: 29)

Summer

Summer flowers include Hypericum, Iris, Kangaroo paw, Liatrus, Lilac, Casa Blanca Lily, Gloriosa Lily, Star Gazer, and Lisianthus. (Ref: 29)

Start Planning Your Celebrity-Inspired Wedding

As you can see, a celebrity-inspired luxury wedding can absolutely be within your reach. All it takes is a little ingenuity and resourcefulness and you’ll be planning an upscale event guests will be blown away by.

Love this article or have your own tip to add? I’d love to get your input in the comments below.

Planning a downtown Denver wedding? And if you’re local to the Denver area, I would be thrilled to chat with you about how we can bring more celebrity-inspired luxury into your event. Explore my DENVER WEDDING PLANNING AND DESIGNservices to get started.


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Blushing Belle: The Proposal

This is not about the romantic comedy starring the forever extremely handsome Ryan Reynolds. This is about the big question between two very special people: "Will you marry me?" or any variation you find yourself attracted to. Here's a guide for cowboys and cowgirls as to how to pop that perfect question.

Do's and Don'ts:

DO

Make it special. This is an important and romantic moment, but it's also a major life decision for the both of you.

DON'T

Don't rush into things or drag your feet. As mentioned previously, this is a big decision for the both of you to make. Are you ready for this commitment? Is this something long overdue? What have you been waiting for? What else do you need? What else does he/she need? When the moment is right, you'll know. Now, no one can really tell you when it's a good time to get engaged no matter what the old grumps or fairy tales say. Some people consider the best time to get engaged is after being with a person for a few years, settled into a nice house with a white picket fence and a career that brings in at least $65,000 a year. However, others (myself included shamelessly) sometimes it's just about how two people feel about each other. I know how lame and cliche that may sound, but at the end of the day you click with one person. You come close to that click with some people, but there's really only one person that you really, fully click with. People are like puzzles. All of the little jigsaw pieces come together to form something greater. Those pieces are memories, experiences, and other people ranging from family, friends, lovers and foes, but there's only one person, that missing piece, that brings the whole picture together to complete you.  

DO

Get some ideas. Go on Pinterest. Ask your engaged friends. Ask your prospective fiancé's friends or family. This will help generate your perfect plan. 

DON'T

Don't ask empty handed. I know this sounds incredibly "douche-y" but according to several surveys, all of the wedding sites, and many pissed off, passive-aggressive brides asking without the ring can seem like you're unprepared or didn't put as much time and effort into the moment as you could have. If you couldn't afford a ring, this may be a factor you should consider when it comes to the engagement idea. Now, let's say you can't present her with a ring. Check your other options. Can you present her with something else like a necklace, promise ring, Boot Bling, etc? 

DO

Go big or go home. This could mean many things. This could mean making the engagement an all out event, or going big on the nostalgia factor. Either way, make sure that this moment is one of the biggest for the both of you next to the actual wedding and perhaps your children. 

DON'T

People are going to be super stoked for you and shower you with praise, congratulations, advice and perhaps even actual gifts--which is never a bad thing. However, there are going to be THOSE people that are going to be less than thrilled that you've popped the question or said yes to the question. These people can vary from relatives that don't think you're ready for marriage or your jilted best friend that never got around to telling you how he feels about you. No matter who that person is, don't let him/her ruin this for you. Be happy. (Unless someone tells you, like, "Hey, your fiancé is a serial killer. Like, legit, bodies in his basement." Then consider going about this with caution.)

DO

Traditions. There are some traditions to this engagement game that still may be considered important to a lot of people. Think about these traditions and which you are willing to do. The most popular one is the groom asking the bride's father for "permission" before popping the question. Now, personally, I think this is a cute idea because it's shows that you want the girl bad enough that you'll do anything for her, even if that is tackling the obstacle of asking her scary father if it's okay to take her hand. It also kind of sets the guy up for failure though, because sometimes it's hard talking to a girl's dad. No matter what though, it's a respect thing. Ask the dad, at least 7 times out of 10 he won't kill you.

DON'T

When it comes to celebrating the engagement, don't feel pressured by family or even your own eagerness to show off and celebrate to have the engagement party the weekend after you get engaged. Can you? ABSOLUTELY, YOU DO YOU, IT'S YOUR ENGAGEMENT! However, "studies" (and I say that to legitimize my internet blog post, but I really mean from the many stories I have read on The Knot, Pinterest, Facebook and several real life lady sources) show that waiting to have the engagement party any time between 1-3 months after getting engaged is best. This allows you time to do a lot: just simply enjoy being engaged, plan out some details (because people are going to ask you A LOT of questions you don't have the answers to at the party), who's going to make the guest list for the actual wedding (kind of bad form to invite someone to an engagement party, but not the actual wedding), what kind of engagement party you want to have, set up a registry, etc. 

FACTORS TO CONSIDER:

Here are some things you may want to consider when it comes to how you want to go about getting engaged.

1. What kind of engagement do you want? (several ideas are listed below)

2. How much money do you want to spend on the engagement?

3. Who do you want to involve in the engagement? (Will it be a big family affair? Do you need an audience? Do you need the employees of your location to help you out? Do you need a confidant like the sister of the bride or best friend?)

4. What do you need in order to execute your plan? (location, supplies, reservations, flowers, etc.)

5. When do you want to get engaged? (What time of day? What time of year? What season? Day of the week? During a specific holiday?)

6. Where do you want to get engaged? (Is there a special destination or place that means something to the both of you? Are you willing to travel?)

ENGAGEMENT IDEAS:

1. Destination Engagements

Wanna go somewhere super special to pop the question? Consider these destinations.

1. Disneyland or Disney World

Disney actually has entire website dedicated to engagements and engagement planning. Buzzfeed has done articles about it. Disney is considered to be the happiest place on earth, so if you and your fiancé to be are into that kind of thing, make it a magical day at one of Disney's many parks. You can get the park involved or just do it yourself!

2. The beach

Go seaside and propose in the sand or right by the ocean. The setting is romantic and it's super simple.

3. Near a tourist trap

Places like the Hollywood sign, the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Piza, the Empire State Building, or anywhere else you kind find a fanny packer taking a photo might be a fun spectacle for an engagement.

4. The great outdoors

Find yourself on a hike, camping, or perhaps just a romantic stroll through the woods. Let the trees, wind, and woodland creatures create the setting.

5. Theme Park 

Can't afford Disney or just not into giant mice? No worries. Check out Six Flags, Dorney Park, Sea World, zoos, etc. Go out for a day of fun and splendor!

2. Activities: 

Doing activities and going on a fun date sets a perfect mood to ask the question. Consider these date ideas and activities.

1. Horseback riding
2. Dinner and a movie (perhaps make it a home cooked meal of favorites and her favorite movie, a fancy restaurant and the newest blockbuster at the theater, etc.)
3. Stargazing
4. Build a blanket fort together
5. Go to the zoo
6. A picnic
7. A scavenger hunt
8. Make paper plane love notes and throw them at each other while you wait for a pizza to be delivered
9. Create a playlist of songs that are special to both of you and slow dance and jam out
10. Go out and get or stay at home and give each other the spa treatment (massages, candles, steamy shower, etc.)
11. Actually Netflix and chill (yeah, we know what the kids are really up to when it comes to the "Netflix and chill" date, but it's actually a great date idea. Set up a que with a theme: binge a few episodes of a new TV show you both wanted to watch, horror movies, enjoy a couple of episodes of each other's favorite TV shows, RomComs, "bad" movies, etc. Cuddle up with a blanket and an array of snacks and enjoy! You get to spend time close to each other, learn a lot about one anode there AND watch some entertaining stuff.)
12. Bowling
13. Go to an arcade and earn enough tickets to get each other prizes
14. Play games! (this is fun to incorporate alcohol and stripping too if you feel so inclined. Best games: poker, Boggle, Trouble, video games, etc.)
15. Shooting range to fire off some shots
16. Go camping (hike, build a campfire, stay in a cozy trailer)
17. Find some "Free Day" stuff to do (make a list of local events or locations that have freebies)
18. Tastings (whiskey, wine, cheese, cake, etc.)
19. Make a trip to a quirky destination (Pick a funky or interesting destination whether it's the next town over or a classic tourist trap, jump in the car and make a day trip out of it. Don't forget to bring a camera!)
20. Seasonal adventure (pumpkin picking/carving, berry picking, picking out/chopping down a Christmas tree, beach day, etc.)
21. Concert
22. Karaoke
23. Explore a city (check out tourist destinations, the best shops and place to eat, etc.)
24. Shop at a flea market
25. Do DIY projects together
Check out some more ideas here, here, here, and here

3. Nostalgia:

Make it an unforgettable night with the memories that brought you both to this point in the first place.
Go to the places of or recreate your first...
-Date
-Kiss
-Dance
-Anniversary
-Specific activity (For example, the first movie I ever saw with my boyfriend was Mad Max: Fury Road and that was before we started dating)
-Homecooked meal

4. Food:

Classic. Proposing with a girl's second biggest love: FOOD.

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5. During an Event

-Sporting Event
-Movie
-Concert

Check out more ideas here, here, here, here and here

 

Blushing Belle: Top 10 Wedding on a Budget Tips

Weddings are incredibly special, beautiful, fun, tedious and EXPENSIVE. It's your special day, and a fairy tale moment. So, how can you have your perfect wedding without breaking the bank? Here are a few tips that will hopefully help soften the budget!

1. DIY

You can spend 12 minutes on Pinterest and find hundreds of amazing DIY ideas from wedding decor, invitations, recipes, recycling, etc. Doing projects yourself instead of shelling out the cash for wedding favors, decorations or what have you, it can be much cheaper to buy supplies in bulk in order to craft the items yourself. This not only is fiscally responsible, but it really adds a personal touch to your special day.
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Invest in a Cricut. Seriously. These things are magical and can do ANYTHING. You can do all of your decorations, thank you cards, invitations, name cards and more with this device. 

2. Write up a budget. Start planning early. 

After you're done replying to all of the Facebook comments, texts and carrier pigeons sending congratulations on the engagement, start planning. When it comes to your budget (I recommend Microsoft Excel, but I'm a nerd. There are a ton of apps you can use specifically for wedding costs if you're more into that!), outline your dream wedding first. If you could have everything you wanted from guests to cake to decorations to location, what is that you want and what is it that you're looking for? After you get that out of your system, start downsizing to realistic expectations. After that, decide on the number that you would wish to spend (we'll go with $5,000-$10,000.) Once that number has been selected, assign an amount to an item (for example: $2,500 to venue, $1,000 to dress, $1,500 to bridesmaid dresses, $2,000 food and drink, etc.) Keep track of your spending and prioritize. Also, the earlier you start the easier it is to book cheaper venues and other things.
Wedding Cost Estimator
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3. Something borrowed.

Whether you can rifle around in your grandma's attic or a Goodwill, sometimes borrowed is better. You can recycle anything from dresses, jewelry, or decorations. Save on costs by seeing what you already have available to you.
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4. Shop online.

Shop online for deals, sales, and items you may not be able to find in stores. Shameless plug here, but Redneck Couture has beautiful, handmade jewelry for brides and bridesmaids that won't take a massive chunk out of your budget and shipping is FREE. They make for excellent accessories for the bridal party or for a gift!

Recycle Your Wedding 
29 Places to Shop for Your Wedding Online

5. Printables!

Some people make it their duty in life to create fantastic printables for any and every occasion from place mats, name tags, invitations, to activities, game boards and more! Printables can range from being free to $3.00, but are worth it instead of blowing hundreds of dollars on invitations, thank you cards and other stationary and decoration needs.
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31 Free Wedding Printables

6. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen get to dress themselves.

Spending money on bridesmaids' dresses and suits for the groomsmen can be stressful for anyone that's spending money on it. Select a color that you're into and instruct your bridal party to get a dress of any kind in that color. That way they can spend whatever they want on a bridesmaid dress and it won't cost you a dime. You can perhaps invest in an accessory that unifies all of the bridesmaids (perhaps Boot Bling, necklaces, little clutches, a DIY piece of jewelry, etc.), but ultimately you can let them select and worry about their own outfits. 
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4 Things to Remember If You Let Your Bridesmaids Pick Their Own Dresses
Why Letting Your Bridesmaids Pick Their Own Dresses Can Work
3 Things You Can Let Your Bridesmaids Choose

7. Non traditional gifts.

"Thanks for the solar powered shower head, Aunt Deborah!" said no one ever. Going the traditional wedding registry route is a good idea (get everyone else to buy you dishes, kitchen appliances and that fancy quilt from Bed, Bath and Beyond); however, sometimes people will try to get you something similar to the things you ask for and you end up with stuff you don't need or already have. Asking for help with wedding costs, or sometimes just cold hard cash money may be a nice alternative to consider.
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8. Food and Drink.

Explore and keep your options open. Almost all budgets take the biggest hits when it comes to venues and the food and drink options. Buffets are a nice way to save on food costs. Making your own appetizers are a good idea as well, for most places gouge for that. Come up with a signature drink for the bar instead of having an expensive open bar. You can also do a BYOB or pot luck wedding.
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9. Plan for the honeymoon in advanced.

Start a honeymoon fund (a jar in the kitchen or perhaps even a honeyfund) or invest in a credit card to use for all of your wedding costs that can reward you with miles or rewards for travel such as car rentals, resorts, hotels, etc.
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10. Ask for help.

Whether you want to hire an expert (most of which will try his/her best to save you as much money as possible so that you can pay him/her more), ask Mom/Dad, your best friend, or even just the internet. Seek out help for costs, funds, money, ideas, and ways to make your wedding planning easier or less stressful. Take all of the time you need. 
26 Ways to Save on Your Dream Wedding
Cheap Wedding Ideas
21 Clever Tricks to Make Any Wedding So Much Easier
47 Ways to Have an Almost Free Wedding
17 Useful Wedding Cheat Sheets


 

 

Blushing Belle: Honeymoon Part 1-Locations

Now that you're hitched, it's time to escape and go off on your first adventure as a married couple together! Whether you want to go somewhere rustic, get down and dirty, head to a tradition spot or enjoy a stay-cation, this list will hopefully inspire you for where you'd like to spend your honeymoon.

Traditional Honeymoon Destinations

Hawaii
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The Caribbean, Cancun, Cayman Islands, Aruba, Rio
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You can't really go wrong on a tropical island. There's always spending long hours on the beach, staring at crystal blue ocean, enjoying fruity cocktails and booming night life.

Europe
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Explore Europe's cities of romance and culture!

Southern Inspired Honeymoon Destinations

Savannah, Georgia
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Wrightsville Beach, NC
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Red River Gorge, KY
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Charleston, SC
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Fredericksburg, TX
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Virginia Beach, VA
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Wilmington, NC
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Fairhope, AL
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Gatlinburg, TN
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Asheville, NC
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Nashville, TN
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Louisville, KY
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"Outside of the Box" Honeymoon Destinations/Ideas

The Comfort of Your Own New Home
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Spend your honeymoon decorating, consummating and enjoying your new living space together! Make the house a home. 

A Treehouse
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Camping
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Staycation
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Cross Country Road Trip
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Helpful Links:

50 Best Places to Honeymoon in 2015
5 Unconventional Honeymoon Ideas
24 Honeymoon Destinations You've Never Thought Of
15 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the USA
25 Best Small Town Honeymoon Destinations in the US
Find Your Perfect Honeymoon Destination from Southern Living
55 Honeymoon Destinations You'll Remember for a Lifetime
The Honey List
5 Southern US Honeymoon Destinations

 

 

DIY: Sparkly Garter

Check out this amazing tutorial from All The Good Girls Go To Heaven Blog!

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Step One:
Gather materials-
-Stretchy lace ribbon
-Rhinestone appliqué - get one here or here
-Needle and thread
-Hot fix rhinestones & rhinestone setter or iron (optional)

Step Two:
Cut lace to the correct length. 

Step Three:
Sew the 
appliqué to the center of the lace.

Step Four:
Arrange the rhinestones and iron on.

Step Five:
Turn inside out and sew lace closed.

 

Bushing Belle: Groom's Guide to the Southern Gentleman

Here are some quick tips, tricks, traditions and more to get you cowboys to your casanova best for your big day.

Style

Bowties 
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Bowties have been a southern groom tradition for a long time, and quite frankly it will never go out of style. Southern weddings traditionally are more colorful and full of flare, so your bowtie choice can speak more to your personality. Be sure to coordinate your bowtie with your grooms party and perhaps the wedding's color scheme as well. 

The Something Tradition
Old, New, Borrowed and Blue. This one isn't just for the ladies. Something old could be anything from a pair of cufflinks that have been passed down from generation to generation, or an incredibly dusty suit jacket you stumbled upon at the local Goodwill that just fits you perfectly. Something new is yes anything that you recently purchase for your big day, but it should still be able to tie in with the rest of your ensemble. Borrowed definitely should have some family or friend significance. Something blue may be a bit more difficult considering that it may contradict with your color scheme, but check out this article 6 Ways Grooms Can Add Something Blue for some tips!

Add some Flare

Colorful and flashy socks, bowties, ties, or kerchiefs are perfect ways to add subtle flare to any ensemble.
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Khaki, light blue, pink, these are all shirt colors that offer a bit of pizzazz as opposed to the classic white undershirt. If you do go white, make sure it is a BRIGHT WHITE, or else the shirt may seem dingy in photos.
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Shoes, keep it classy and comfortable but you can go with cowboy boots or tasseled loafers to add some style to your outfit.
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Groom's Cake

The Groom's Cake is a southern tradition that has recently become quite popular for the modern wedding. A Groom's Cake is a cake baked (or commissioned/designed) by the bride for the groom based off of his interests, likes and hobbies.
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Monograms

If you can brand it, stitch on it, or write on it--monogram it. Monograms are an important tradition because it unifies the event as your own. Monogram your breast pocket kerchief, the back of your tie, even your socks! Make sure to sign your special day.
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Blushing Belle: The Wedding Photos

Your wedding is a special day that you'll hopefully want to remember forever. Make sure to capture it anyway you can!

Step One:

Do you want photos? Photos and video? Just video? Staged photos? Candids? 
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Don't be overwhelmed! It's actually better to have too many options than no options at all. When it comes to figuring out what kind of photo package you want with your wedding here are the following items to consider:

-Budget
-Date (figure in weather, sunlight, etc.)
-Wedding party (how many bridesmaids and groomsman are there? are there many kids involved?)
-Photographer/videographer
-Time (how much time do you have for photos on the wedding day? how long do you want the photo shoot to be? do you want a photo shoot a few days before the wedding?)
-Complexity (how involved do you want these photos to be? poses? props? locations? photoshop?) 

When you step back and consider these options, it'll help you hone what you want to do.

Options:
Just Straight Up Photos
This is just photos. Gather the wedding party an hour, hour and a half before the wedding ceremony to take photos outside of the location, at home, the hotel or wherever you choose. Then have the photographer grab candids during the reception--such as the first dance, daddy daughter dance, mother son dance, cutting the cake, tossing the bouquet, the garter game, people sitting and eating together, etc. Sometimes just photos are better because have you ever really watched a wedding video after the fact?

Photos and Video
There are plenty of really fun ways to capture a wedding in both photo and video. Hire both a photographer and videographer to capture the events of the day.

Documentary Experience
You could document the whole wedding from development to reception by taking photos and video of the planning, prepping and finally the wedding itself. Then throw it all together for a documentary of your lovely journey!

Step Two:

You've narrowed down what you want, now it's time to find a photographer or videographer.
Redneck Couture recently did an amazing Wedneck photo shoot to show off our new Wedneck Couture Boot Bling. Tom and Holly Fuller of Fuller Photography did an amazing job. We didn't just pick them out of a hat though, we did our homework first.

When choosing a photographer you want to consider similar factors as you did above--mainly budget. However, you also may want to consider equipment that is needed, where you want to shoot, etc. Find a photographer that you like too. You not only trust their ability, but you're comfortable with him/her taking photos of you and your family.

Look at a photographer's previous work to really get an idea of their style and ability--not only when it comes to the photographs, but the post work on the photographs as well.

Research photographers in your area online. Many photographers have their own websites, Tumblrs or you can even find them on Pintrest. Ask your friends that have had wedding photographers if they have any recommendations as well.

Step Three:

Time to plan the actual photo shoot. Now, more often than not you can meet with the photographer you have selected and the two of you can bang all of this out together and allow him/her to express their artistic vision, but then again...it's your special day. Where do you want the shoot to be done? When do you want it done? How long do you want it to take? How many people are going to be involved? What else will be involved? Make a checklist, sketch out a storyboard, or look at other photos online to get inspiration. Any way that helps you organize your thoughts and helps you figure out how you want to best capture your day is a good way.

Locations-

You can do wedding photos in plenty of places. Some people choose to do the photos at the venue itself, more often than not there are venues that have specified outdoor and indoor areas for such events. Others take photos at home in the backyard or in the house itself. People go to studios, local parks, and all over! Keep your options open based off of preference, convenience and budget.

Local Parks
First off, make sure you can legally take photos in the park. Sometimes you have to get a permit issued, but costs little to nothing and isn't a painful process. However, other places sometimes are so large and public that you can shoot wherever and whenever. Don't forget to pick a semi isolated area so that you don't get many photo bombers. Choose a park that is pretty, nice, has variety or perhaps even sentimental value.

At the Venue
Doing photographs outside before the venue is a great option considering the lighting. Photographers love natural lighting because it can make life very easy. Scout out locations at your venue, or in the surrounding areas. That way you can take photos before the wedding and then get the show on the road!

Unique Spots
Perhaps you and your bridal party want to do a unique and fun photo shoot based on your personality. For example, if you're a fancy redneck you might want to do a wedding shoot at an Arboretum among all of the nature, trees and dirt. Or find a local farm that will let you take photos in and around the barn and animals. Choose a location that reflects the life that you plan on spending with your significant other for forever.  

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Theme-

You could add a theme to your wedding photos if you'd like. Fancy Redneck, Alice in Wonderland, Retro, Fairy Tale, Disney, Cute Baby Animals, etc.

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Fuller Photography

Props-

Depending on if you want to give your photos a theme or not, and even if you don't want a theme you could still make it fun! Gather props for your shoot to add to the dynamic. Also, props might be fun for the kids in your bridal party. If they have something to interact with or play with, it might make them more cooperative in front of the camera. 

Flowers
Find out which flowers are in season, pick your favorite, gets flowers that match your dress, etc. Flowers are fun and versatile in any photo shoot. PRO TIP: Go to Michael's crafts or Walmart and create a bouquet of faux flowers that way you can keep it forever, but it'll also withstand the test of the whole event. Check out our Blushing Belle: Flower Guide for more tips!
Fuller Photography

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Stuff
Different and fun props like cut outs, signs, and objects!

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Poses-

Fun wedding poses make the memories even brighter. Check out this fun list of awesome wedding poses!
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Most importantly though, have an absolutely wonderful day. Congratulations!

Other Helpful Wedding Photo Links:
Shooting Weddings...When You're Not a Wedding Shooter 
68 Essential Wedding Photography Tips 
10 Wedding Photo Mistakes Every Beginner Will Make 
The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Photography 

Don't forget to check out our Wedneck Couture line to add that Fancy Redneck touch to your special day. Take plenty of photos and tag us! We would love to feature your beautiful day on our social media!

Blushing Belle: Wise Words for Brides

Some advice passed down from generation to generation, heart to heart, and internet post to canvas painting on sale at Marshall's...
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On buying the dress:
"When getting a designer gown, start selections and alteration about five to eight months in advance so that the price tag matches it worth! Also, it may take some time to make and get to the store on time."

"Retail gowns will arrive at a shop faster and aren't normally as particular/fussy with alterations. More often than not, you can try these dresses on and feel their fit accordingly. This process should go down maybe two or three months previous to the big day."

"A hand me down gown you'll know if you're wearing well before. However, if you're wearing Mom's, Grandmom's, Sister's, next door neighbor's, make sure that it fits you--not only physically, but emotionally and the desired effect you wanted to pull off on your big day."

"When it comes to the fit of a gown, every bride is different. A gown should make you feel like a beautiful princess, but a comfortable, beautiful princess. Make sure your dress fits your body for you."

"Price: always keep a budget and options in mind. Sometimes one dress may seem too good to be true, but at least you know what your taste is. Keep a variety available."

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Bridesmaids:
"The bridal party dresses, accessories as well as characters are 100% YOUR choice (the bride.) Their colors, styles what have you, are YOUR choice--not Mom, Dad, Aunt Helen, etc."

"Keep our bridal party as large or as small as you feel comfortable with."

"The Maid of Honor is an important position and you only get one pick. Don't consider it a life or death decision because you'll drive yourself bonkers over it and make it about these ladies when this day should be about you. Suggestion: have more than one sister that you can't choose among? Pick a best pal and put the sisters in the bridal party! Or title them ALL maids of honor. Who's gonna call you on it?"

(thenaturalweddingcompany)

On wedding planning:
"Pinterest in your friend."

"Plan all of your versions of your wedding and then combine your favorite elements."

"Have some perspective help, but don't lose your own vision."

"Do a little each day."

"Keep a few TO DO lists."

"Get excited."

(brides)

Be careful of hiccups!

Makeup Mistakes

Top 50 Mistakes Brides Always Make

Tidbits:

"Never go to bed mad, or your marriage will be very sad. Your sex will be better, your heart unfettered, and you'll both be happy and glad."

"Alway assume he's trying to help, not insinuating or accusing. Save the aggravation for a real fight."

"There is more than one way to do it." -Tim Toady

"Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy."

"What counts in making a happy marriage is not how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility." -Leo Tolstoy

"If you fight, fight naked."

"Kiss before bed and goodbye."

"Don't fight when you're angry."

"The wedding is not a be all end all--this is an event about love and celebration. Let it happen. Enjoy yourself, this is the first day of the rest of your life."

Your Welcome

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Blushing Belle: Flowers For The Occasion

There are a lot of flowers that go into a wedding from the bouquets held by the bridal party, to the petals in the flower girl's basket, arranged on the tables and of course there's THE bouquet, but how do you know which ones are best for you? Well, hopefully this guide will be of some help.

Carnations
(flower-arrangement-advisor)
Symbol of: Mother's love, passion, good luck, pride, beauty
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Best Colors: White, pink, red, orange
Carnations come in such a variety of colors that they are essentially the perfect flower for any occasion, especially weddings. 

Gardenia
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Symbol of: purity, sweetness
Season: Winter, Summer
Best Colors: White, purple

Daisy
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Symbol of: happiness, purity, admiration
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Best Colors: White, Yellow
Daisies are the ideal combination flower, able to fall into any bouquet. 

Lavender
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Symbol of: healing, tranquility
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Best Colors: Purple

Hydrangea
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Symbol of: Emotions
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Best Colors: White, blue, pink, green, pink

Iris
(elizabethannedesigns)
Symbol of: Eloquence, wisdom, compliments
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Best Colors: Purple, white

Orchid
(pinterest)
Symbol of: exotic beauty, refinement, thoughtfulness, charm
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Best Colors: white, pink, purple, green, orange

Peony
(weddingchicks)
Symbol of: bashfulness, compassion
Season: Spring
Best Colors: pink, white

Snapdragon
(pinterest)
Symbol of: graciousness, strength
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Best Colors: white, cream, green

Sweet Pea
(bridebox)
Symbol of: delicate pleasure, bliss
Season: Winter, Spring
Best Colors: white, pink

Rose
(flower-arrangement-advisor)
Symbol of: love, friendship, innocence, passion
Season: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Best Colors: red, white, yellow, pink

Tulip
(blueribbonbabies)
Symbol of: declaration of love, perfect love
Season: Winter, Spring
Best Colors: white, orange, pink, yellow, red