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...
(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."

"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!

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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

(bridenewwoman)

 

Blushing Belle: The Wedding Web Part 1

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!