Tuesday Tips { Getting Started }

One of the best tips I think any wedding planner or vendor can give is to take your time when making decisions. You don’t need to make up your mind overnight, especially if you haven’t done enough research. If you’re working with a planner {which we highly recommend ;)}, talk to them about creating a timeline specific to your wedding. That way you’ll have time to research design ideas, where the event will be, etc.It’s better to start early so you don’t feel rushed when making big decisions. To get you started, here are a few things to get the planning juices rolling:

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  • Visualize your wedding – start looking for color palettes, textures, and other design elements you like.
  • Select the date and time – make sure the date you choose works for your wedding party and church before finalizing.
  • Begin working on a guest list – this will help to dictate where the event may be held + the budget.
  • Research and book ceremony + reception sites.
  • Honor close friends and relatives by asking them to be part of your special day.
  • Plan the engagement party.

Tuesday Tips {Engagement Photos}

Simply put, I love everything about engagement photos. I love how they capture a special season of life. I love using them as decor for weddings. I especially love being able to look back at these beautiful memories. So, if you’re considering skipping the engagement photos, please reconsider! If they don’t fit in your wedding budget ask your photographer if they’d be willing to discount an e-session for you {some photographers even include engagement sessions complimentary}. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did!

Ashley McCormick Photography

Tidbits & Tips {Over the Threshold}

Carrying the bride over the threshold has quite a history. Western Europeans once believed that if the bride tripped over the threshold of her new home, she’d bring bad luck to the house and the marriage. So, having the groom carry his bride eliminated that problem {although I personally think it’d be much easier for the groom to trip if he’s carrying his bride}. In other cultures, it was thought that the threshold housed “unattached evil spirits.” So the groom would carry the bride over the threshold as protection against those spirits. Interesting stuff, huh?

Nowadays, the groom carries his new bride over the threshold as a romantic gesture of welcoming her into his life. So sweet!

Tanja Lippert Photography

Trendy Thursday {The Gatsby Look}

Gatsby glam is a fabulous look for any bride wanting to highlight her best features =) It’s sophisticated, chic, and looks great in photos! Here are a few quick tips on achieving the perfect Gastby look.

  • Creamy complexion – start with a concealer, apply a matching powder {or one just a bit lighter than your skin tone}, and finish with a light pink blush on the apples of your cheeks. Stick with peaches or light pinks to make sure your eyes and lips pop.
  • Dramatic eyes – use a charcoal grey eyeshadow from lash to brow line {apply horizontally from one corner to the other}. Then apply black eyeliner up and outward from the outer corner of your eye. Finish with lots of mascara for a dramatic look.
  • Red lips – the “cupid bow” look was all the rage in the 20’s and is super pretty for brides! Using a liner, trace your lips and create a dramatic arc to emphasize the bend in the upper lip, and finish by apllying your favorite lipstick {preferably red or plum}.

    Photography: Carlyle Routh
    Hair & Makeup: Michelle Rosen for TRESemme Hair Care

Tuesday Tips { Keep ’em Busy }

Last week we shared a few tips on how to invite or not invite children to the wedding. Today’s post is all about keeping those little hands busy if you decide to allow kids =)

  • Consider hiring a babysitter – if your budget doesn’t allow for hired help, consider asking a bridesmaid or close family member. They can be designated to watch kids during the ceremony and at various times throughout the evening.
  • Setup a kid’s room – having a space designated just for the kids is a great way to keep them occupied. Stock it with kid friendly snacks {think apple slices, crackers, etc.}, movies, activities, and some napping maps, and you’re good to go!
  • Feature a kid’s table – if your venue doesn’t have any extra rooms, setup a table for them at the reception. Children under five will probably want to sit with their parents, but older kids will be fine on their own. Plus, they can still have fun dancing with you =)

Tidbits & Tips { Preparing for Marriage }

When it comes to wedding planning, make sure you set aside time to plan for your marriage too! After all, what’s the point of throwing a fabulous shindig if your marriage isn’t going to last? Marriage counseling is a great way to improve relationships before the wedding, and you can even take courses through your local church or online. I’ve heard that premarital counseling improves all sorts of skills {communication, honesty, etc.} and it greatly reduces the chance of divorce =)

If you’re interested in learning more about premarital counseling, check out the links below!