Give Your Girls the Gift of Dresses They Really Will Wear Again: Part One

Bridesmaids Dresses They'll Want to WearWe’ve all heard the line, “And the best part is, you can shorten it and wear it again.” We may even have believed this lie ourselves a time or two, causing us to leave unfortunate-looking dresses to hang indefinitely in the back of our closets. But we all know what will eventually happen to most bridesmaids’ dresses. They will make their inevitable journey to a donation center to live with the other castoff clothing, from outdated prom dresses to your dad’s old badly pleated pants. Fortunately, modern brides have more options than ever, when it comes to choosing bridesmaids dresses their friends will actually want to wear again. So if you want the girls you have chosen to stand by your side on the biggest day of your life to be beaming with pride, as well as happiness for you, consider these tips for selecting dresses they will look beautiful in, and really will want to wear again! (more…)

The New Bachelorette Parties: Part Two

Non-Traditional Bachelorette Party IdeasIf you are the maid-of-honor, bestie, sister or other friend put in charge of hosting a bachelorette party, it can be difficult to determine what’s the best way to celebrate the bride’s upcoming big day. It’s especially important to consider that not every bride wants a traditional bachelorette party. Some people prefer the kind of party they won’t be embarrassed to post on Instagram, even if their parents follow them. In many cases, this means that the wild and raucous events often associated with bachelorette parties are out. Fortunately a tame party can still be tons of fun. And as long as you plan an evening, or afternoon, that will respect the guest-of-honor’s taste, whatever kind of party you host is sure to be a great success! (more…)

The New Bachelorette Parties: Part One

Non-Traditional Bachelorette Party IdeasWhile there will always be bridesmaids who want to host what has become considered a wedding tradition, the wild and crazy bachelorette party, not everyone is cut out for super late night adventures on Sixth Street in Austin or the strip in Las Vegas. Some friends are looking to have a more subdued kind of fun. Above all, we think honoring the bride’s wishes and respecting her personal preferences, is the best way to ensure she has a memorable and merry sendoff from her singlehood. We just happen to be particularly fond of these clever new takes on how to host a bachelorette party she’ll never forget! (more…)

I’m Finally Engaged! Now What? Part Two

Wedding Planning Starts NowIf you’ve spent anytime doing wedding research, you’re probably already aware that planning a real-life wedding and reception is nothing like the pretend ones you might have hosted as a child. For one, there are a lot of potentially scary words that enter the picture, like “budget,” “guest list,” and “contracts,” when you’re actually going to say “I do.” Luckily, after making the crucial decisions of where to wed, and when, the rest of the decisions can start to feel more like a fun puzzle than a scary obstacle course. From your dress to who will be your maid-of-honor, if you still feel overwhelmed by where to start planning, let your priorities set your pace. (more…)

I’m Finally Engaged! Now What? Part One

Wedding Planning Starts HereHe popped the question. You said yes. Your respective Facebook statuses have been changed accordingly. Your best friends have even surprised you with all the wedding magazines you could ever want. So now what? While planning your wedding and reception can feel amazingly exciting, it can also be a bit daunting, especially in the beginning stages. Fortunately, wedding planning doesn’t have to be scary. You just have to know where to start, and commit to making some smart decisions that will help set you up to have a lovely wedding day. (more…)

Is an Outdoor Venue Right for You?

Outdoor Wedding? How to ChooseNow that spring is finally here, and with it a good dose of both rain and sunshine, are you more curious than ever whether or not an outdoor wedding is truly right for you? Many brides love the inspirational images they see on Pinterest and in wedding magazines. These photos often make backyard, garden and other outdoor weddings look almost dreamlike. Unfortunately, unpredictable Mother Nature can sometimes make an outdoor ceremony feel more like a nightmare. So what’s a bride to do? A few thoughtful considerations can help you determine what your ideal wedding venue actually looks like, including if it should be outdoors or in. (more…)

Exchanging Vows That Are Timeless Yet Totally You: Part Two

New Vows for New CouplesDo you want to create your own one-of-a-kind wedding vows, but you’re not sure where to start? Many couples opt to use the traditional vows as a general guideline for creating their own. For instance, instead of “I promise to love you in sickness and in health,” they may include funny stories about a time one of them got sick at an amusement park, or the time they started a terrible fad diet in an effort to get healthy. “For richer or poorer,” also lends itself to a lot of interpretations, and plenty of opportunities for laughs. (more…)

Exchanging Vows That Are Timeless Yet Totally You: Part One

Exchanging New VowsAh, the “I Do’s.” Not only are the wedding vows legally significant, they are also one of the most iconic parts of a traditional wedding ceremony. In many ways they represent the entire reason for hosting a wedding in the first place, the process of two people committing to spending their lives together. While traditional vows are still commonly used, they are no longer considered exclusively necessary in order to wed. In fact, many couples opt to write their own, or to simply find an alternative to traditional vows, one that better suits their personalities, beliefs, and reasons behind getting married. So if you and your fiancé aren’t really feeling the “for better or worse,” thing, here are some great tips for re-writing the rules on what it means to say, “I do.” (more…)

Prepare for Anything with a Mini Emergency Kit: Part Two

Makeup And Other Wedding Emergency Kit ItemsIs there a lot that is needed to host a successful wedding day? Yes! Fortunately it is not hard to throw together a complete wedding day emergency kit, that will certainly come in handy should any minor mishaps arise. From smeared eyeliner to torn hems, make sure you are ready to tackle whatever the day holds by assembling a simple kit, complete with everything you will need to get hitched, without a hitch. (more…)

Prepare for Anything with a Mini Emergency Kit: Part One

Wedding Emergency? How to PrepareWhether you are a bride looking to plan for whatever may come on your wedding day, or a friend wanting to be the best maid-of-honor ever, it is surprisingly easy to create a mini emergency kit. This simple kit can help prevent and cope with many a mishap on such a big day, from torn pantyhose to failing bridal updos. Though there are some pre-made options available for sale, it’s possible and easy to make your own. Here is what we recommend including in a save-the-day kind of wedding emergency kit! (more…)