Blushing Belle: The Wedding Web

So, you're getting married and you're probably super stoked but at the same time a bit confused, which is entirely understandable. I myself have never been married before, but I have known people that have gotten married, seen quite a few on TV shows and movies, and plenty of terrible Reality Television, can't forget those magazines that haven't been updated since 2007 at the hair salon!...but I still wouldn't honestly know the first thing to do about a wedding--not because I'm clueless, but because there is SO MUCH that goes into this special day. So...here's a few awesome websites to help you make your dream wedding a reality!

Say Yes to That Dress:
(inspirationluv.com)
Shop for traditional and designer wedding dresses here, here, here, here and here

Shop for "kitschy" or "niche" or custom wedding dresses here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Gown Shopping Tips
The Knot
Real Simple
Bridal Guide
Buzzfeed (actually not entirely awful)
Martha Stewart

Planning:

Keep organized with this checklist from Real Simple. 

Check out aggregators like The Knot or Appy Couple.

Want some honest wedding planning advice? Go here, here, here, here, here, or here.

The Gifts:

Need some help figuring out where to register? Here are a few suggestions!
HoneyFund.com (a kickstarter for your honeymoon!)
Target
Pier 1 Imports
Amazon
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Best Buy
Kohl's
JC Penny
Pottery Barn
Sears
Zola.com (a registry aggregator)

Registry Advice? Go here, here, here, here, here, and here!

 

 

Blushing Belle: Wedding Planning Tips & Advice for Brides That Need To Take a Deep Breath

Some advice passed down from generation to generation, heart to heart, and internet post to canvas painting on sale at Marshall's...
(contemporarybride)

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."

(contemporarybride)

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."

"Get someone qualified to review contracts that you are signing. It's always good to know that you did everything you could to get everything done."

"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."

"Set up a special email address just for wedding planning."

"Research it all."

"Keep a few TO DO lists."

"Get excited."

(brides)

Be careful of hiccups!

Makeup Mistakes

Top 50 Mistakes Brides Always Make

The Wedding:

"Ask people to put their phones away during the ceremony. Everyone is gonna want pictures, but that's why you hired a photographer."

"Make sure you have time to spend with your new hubby during the special day. So many people want your attention, but don't forget to take some time together."

"Delegate tasks to your bridal party and anyone else willing to help!"

"Wake up super early, and stay up really late."

"Organize the day the best you can. Like, punch up a list of all of the people you MUST get a pic with, that way you know you're getting the photos you want. You have to be chill though, even if things don't go 100% as planned."

"EAT DURING THE LUNCH/DINNER."

5 Cringeworthy Wedding Moments and How to Avoid Them

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."

You're Welcome

 

Blushing Belle: 101 Things Brides Are Tired Of Hearing

Being a bride can be the best, most rewarding, exciting, and stressful experience of your life. There are a ton of aspects to planning a wedding, but what are some things brides-to-be are just sick of hearing? Well..

(killerstrategies)

  1. “Are you pregnant?”
  2. “Is your ring real?”
  3. “Are you going to go on a diet before the big day?”
  4. “Aren’t you a little young to be getting married?”
  5. “How much is your wedding budget?”
  6. “How many bridesmaids are you going to have?”
  7. “Can you afford a wedding?”
  8. “Are you sure you’re ready?”
  9. “Is he really the one?”
  10. “Where are you honeymooning?”
  11. “Can you afford that honeymoon destination?”
  12. “What kind of flowers are you going to have?”
  13. “You need to relax.”
  14. “You’re being lazy.”
  15. “Don’t be a bridezilla.”
  16. “Well, at my wedding…”
  17. “Calm down.”
  18. “Don’t worry about it.”
  19. “Why didn’t you hire a wedding planner?”
  20. “Why did you waste your money on a wedding planner?”
    (ask.naij)
  21. “The only thing that people care about at your wedding is the food.”
  22. “You should do something about your skin before the wedding.”
  23. “You’re aware of the divorce rate, right?”
  24. “What are you going to do if he cheats on you?”
  25. “I don’t think that’s a good “first dance” song.”
  26. “One word: karaoke.”
  27. “Don’t you think getting married is a bit archaic?”
  28. “What happens when you’re old?”
  29. “Don’t let marriage change your sex life!”
  30. “Are you still going to go out, and like have fun with your friends?”
  31. “When are you going to have kids?”
  32. “How many kids are you going to have?”
  33. “Have you picked out any names for your kids?”
  34. “I don’t think you’re ready to have children.”
  35. “Are you financially responsible?”
  36. “Prenup.”
  37. “You really think this is the person you want to wake up to for the rest of your life?”
  38. “You’ve changed since you got engaged.”
  39. “Are you ready to give up dating?”
  40. “Are you going to take his last name?”
    (pinterest)
  41. “Are you going to be a housewife?” 
  42. “Are you getting married for money?”
  43. “Do you hate having to share your stuff?”
  44. “Aren’t in-laws the worst?”
  45. “You lose your freedom when you get married.”
  46. “This is a bad idea.”
  47. “I always thought you were going to end up with ___________.”
  48. “Marriage isn’t a fairy tale, ya know?”
  49. “Do you like playing house?”
  50. “You should wait a few years.”
  51. “You haven’t been together long enough to be getting married.”
  52. “Are you going to get a bigger ring later?”
  53. “Who’s paying for the wedding?”
  54. “You should do a theme wedding!” 
  55. “Have you set a date yet?”
  56. “I know the invitation didn’t include a plus one, so I just wrote in my plus one. 
  57. “I’m going to bring my kids to the wedding even though you said not to, but I just don’t want to get a sitter.”
  58. “Don’t let kids at your wedding. They’ll ruin it.”
  59. “Are you going to be a DIY bride?”
  60. “I’ve made you a bunch of Pinterest boards.”
    (weddingsforaliving)
  61. “Do I have to bring a gift?”
  62. “How expensive is your registry?”
  63. “You’re registered where?”
  64. “I know you’re registered at Nordstrom, but I’m going to get you something from Bed, Bath & Beyond.”
  65. “I can’t RSVP right now, can I get back to you a week before?”
  66. “I feel obligated to ask, but do you need help with anything?”
  67. “Why wasn’t I your maid of honor/bridesmaid?”
  68. “I guess this is the last time I’ll see you.”
  69. “Is your mother-in law a bitch?”
  70. “Just elope.”
  71. “Weddings are stupid.”
  72. “Are you sure you want to wear white?”
  73. “Don’t invite _______.”
  74. “No one is even going to notice ____________.”
  75. “I hope you don’t have ____________ at your wedding.”
  76. “Will the DJ play this playlist?”
  77. “Don’t have Top 40 songs played at your wedding.”
  78. “I need a gluten free, meat free, sugar free food option because I’m on a cleanse.”
  79. “You should have a traditional wedding.”
  80. “Throw tradition out the window.”
    (thefrisky)
  81. “A wedding is just a party.”
  82. “You need to have a stripper at your bachelorette party.”
  83. “That date doesn’t work for me. Can you change it?”
  84. “I don’t think that dress style works for you.”
  85. “You don’t have to have such a big wedding.”
  86. “You didn’t invite enough people to your wedding.”
  87. “Why did you pick this style of invitation?”
  88. “Can I pick my seat? I don’t want to sit with _____, or _____, and definitely not _________.”
  89. “I know you sent me the invitation, but where and when is your wedding?”
  90. “You’re going to be engaged for two years? That’s ridiculous.”
  91. “You just got engaged and you’re getting married in six months? That’s ridiculous.”
  92. “What are you going to do if it rains?”
  93. “Don’t cry, no offense, but you ugly cry.”
  94. “Are you going to get your make up done? You should get a professional to do it.”
  95. “Getting married doesn’t matter, it’s just an old fashion ceremony.”
  96. “I’m going to be so broke after your wedding.”
  97. “I want to make a toast at your wedding even though I’m not in the wedding party.”
  98. “My friend is a photographer. You should hire her to do your photos.”
  99. “You need to have a wedding hashtag.”
  100. “Why are you having your wedding in _______?”
  101. “ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED?”
    (broke-assbride)