Happy Thanksgiving!

Today we’re taking a break from all things “weddings” to celebrate thanksgiving with friends & family =) Our team can’t wait to gobble up some turkey + cherry cobbler! We hope you & your beau will take this day to relax and enjoy being engaged!

Happy Thanksgiving

Tidbits & Tips {Holiday Planning}

Well it’s officially the holiday season! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means TONS of items are going on sale this week. Taking advantage of holiday sales can save you a pretty penny when it comes to your wedding – candles, sweets {for party favors}, and even party dresses will all be discounted by the end of this week. And if you’re like me and aren’t a fan of traditional bridesmaid dresses, hit the mall and check out stores like Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Nordstrom for some gorgeous {and not so typical} bridesmaid gowns that won’t break the bank.

Nordstrom Bridesmaid Dresses

Dresses from Nordstrom {all are 40% off online}

Trendy Thursday { Bridal Cardigans }

With the weather cooling off, a cardigan is the perfect accessory for your bridal gown! They’re simple, pretty, and can add a fun pop of color =) If cardigans aren’t your thing, consider a shawl or fun vintage coat!

Bridal Cardigans

Tuesday Tips {Wrangling the Groomsmen}

Groomsmen – if you think you’re off the hook when it comes to wedding planning, think again =) There are plenty of things for you to help the groom with, and this is just a short list of your duties:

  • Wedding attire – you’ll be responsible for renting your own tux {from a specified store} and making sure it gets fitted with time to spare.
  • Attend all prewedding events – this includes engagement parties, couples showers, bachelor party, rehearsal dinner, etc.
  • Planning – you’ll also need to help the best man plan the bachelor party {which is usually pretty fun}.
  • Decorating the getaway car – at the end of the wedding night, you’ll need to help the best man + other groomsmen decorate the getaway car {just make sure the bride + groom can still get in and drive it}.
  • Be info central – you’ll need to be able to assist guests when they have questions about the event. Make sure you know where the nearest restroom facilities are, and how to get to the reception {if it’s offsite}.
  • Seat guests – make sure you’re at the ceremony location at least 45 minutes early. Part of your duties include escorting guests to their seat in a timely fashion.
  • Dancing – as a groomsmen, you may be asked to escort a bridesmaid into the reception, or to dance with single female guests. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes 😉

Tidbits & Tips { After the Wedding }

A lot of couples don’t think about what there is to do after the wedding’s over, so here’s a helpful {and quick} list of items to check off:

  • Clean and store your gown – this is a super important step if you want to save your gown for use at a later time. Make sure you take it to someone that specializes in cleaning gowns, have them stuff it with acid-free tissue, and store it in a large box. Once it’s sealed up, keep it in a cool dry place {not the basement or attic}.
  • Change your last name – make sure you update your license, passport, social security card, and credit cards.
  • Send thank you cards – this should be done within two months of the wedding date. To save some time, have your hubby write cards to his friends + family and you do yours.
  • Registry returns – if you’ve received multiples of the same gift, get started on returning/exchanging them. Each stores return policy will be different, so read each receipt carefully.

Trendy Thursday {Bouquet Alternatives}

It’s not often that you see a bride not carrying a lovely floral bouquet down the aisle. But I have to admit, that it’s a bit refreshing when you see a bride do something a bit outside the box when it comes to this bridal tradition. Here are some of my favorite alternative bouquet ideas:

  • Brooch bouquet – okay, so this is still a bouquet, but it’s a fun way to incorporate heirloom brooches from grandmothers, aunts, moms, etc.
  • Religious items – this one is my favorite =) Carrying a family bible or rosary can add lots of symbolism to your ceremony. There’s also an old Irish tradition that has the bride carrying a horseshoe for good luck {if that sounds a bit awkward, consider using a horseshoe shaped charm}.
  • Muffs – these are perfect for chilly winter days to keep your hands warm!

Tuesday Tips { The Perfect Tux }

Tuxes always look so put together and perfect on the hanger, but it can be a different story when you put it on. Heed these simple tips to help you + your groomsmen find a tux that suits you best =)

  • Jacket – Tthe jacket should fit comfortably at the neck and shoulders and fasten easily. Try standing and sitting with it buttoned.
  • Shirt – about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of your shirt’s cuff should show past the jacket sleeve. It should fit comfortably at the neck, shoulders, and waist.
  • Vest – the vest buttons should line up with your jacket front, and the vest should button comfortably across your chest. The bottom should slightly overlap the trouser waistband. The suit vest’s waist can usually be adjusted with a slide strap in the back.
  • Trousers – these should button comfortably and feel good when you sit. The hem should hit just over the tops of your shoes.
  • Bow tie – Always try on a bow tie before buying or renting one. It should fit snugly around your collar. If you’re not a bow tie kind of guy, opt for a traditional tie in a fun {but not over the top} pattern.
  • Shoes – the best time to try on shoes is toward the end of the day, when you feet are slightly swollen from walking all day.

Tidbits & Tips { Quick Fixes }

After working in the wedding industry for a few years now, I’ve learned my fair share of quick fixes for wedding day disasters. These are great tips to share with your bridesmaids so they can be there to help if anything happens {better to be safe than sorry, right?}.

  • Something spills on your dress – a good idea would be to contact the store where you purchased your dress. They’d definitely know the best way to get rid of the stain. If that isn’t an option, dab the stain with a clean, white cloth to soak up as much of the stain as possible. Pour a tiny bit of club soda on the stain and continue to dab until it’s completely gone. Chalk or talcum powder can be used to cover up anything that’s left over.
  • Waking up with a blemish – this is one of the most frustrating things ever! To reduce swelling, gently apply an ice cube. Use concealer {try something green to counteract the redness}, cover with a light layer of powder, and apply the rest of your makeup as usual.
  • A bridesmaid bouquet is missing – this one really is not a big deal. Grab a few flowers from each bridesmaid bouquet to make an extra =)
  • The bestman forgets the rings – if this happens, you’ve got a great opportunity to borrow rings from your parents, grandparents, or close family & friends. Even if they don’t fit, it’ll be a special part of your ceremony!

Favorite Friday { The Rustic Puff }

How amazing do these handcrafted artisan marshmallows look!? These fluffy bits of deliciousness would be such a fun treat for wedding guests =) Check out more flavors from The Rustic Puff here!

The Rustic Puff

Flavors: Apple Caramel Swirl {Top Left}, Maple Bacon {Top Right}, Peanut Butter Delight {Bottom Left}, Creme De Mint {Bottom Right}

Tuesday Tips { The Best Man }

The best man has more duties than one might think, so make sure whomever you ask is ready to tackle wedding planning with you! These are just a few things the groomsmen should be responsible for:

  • Help out – the best man is often the groom’s “go to” guy when it comes to asking for advice. He’ll need to be prepared to help out where ever he’s needed.
  • Formal wear – part of the best man’s duties include coordinating outfits for the guys. He should be in charge of making sure all the guys arrive for their fittings and that all the outfits match.
  • Bachelor Party – one of fun parts of being the best man is planning the bachelor party! And don’t be shy about asking the other groomsmen for help {planning or financially}.
  • Attending events – make sure you at all wedding related parties {engagement party, rehearsal dinner, etc}.
  • Carry the ring – the absolute most important job for the best man is carrying the ring during the ceremony. Make sure to triple check your pockets before the ceremony starts!
  • Groomsmen – delegate tasks to other groomsmen as needed and check in periodically to make sure things are going smoothly.

Tidbits & Tips {Choosing the Bridal Party}

Picking the perfect bridal party is super important – these are the people that will help you make major wedding decisions, and they’ll also be there to help you on wedding day. Below are some quick tips for picking the perfect people to share in this special time with you:

  • Maid of Honor – sisters always come before friends, but if you don’t have any sisters go for your oldest or most loyal friend.
  • Best Man – the groom’s brother or best friend are usually picked to be the best man. Just make sure not to choose someone that going to party too hard at the rehearsal dinner {he does need to be at the ceremony, after all}.
  • Bridesmaids – avoid friends that are too needy or dramatic. Consider asking your sister {or the groom’s sister} or close cousins. They’ll keep your best interests at heart and do whatever they can to help you plan.
  • Groomsmen – the obvious choice for this position are brothers + close cousins. The groomsmen may also act as ushers for the ceremony.
  • Flower girl – the flower girl should be between the ages of 3-6, and is usually a cousin, niece, or godchild. Just don’t confuse them with junior bridesmaids {they’re usually between the ages of 10-16}.
  • Ring bearer – this little guy should be old enough to not mind wearing a formal outfit. He’ll usually walk down the aisle with the flower girl.