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Not every wedding warrants matchy-matchy bridesmaids dresses. So, how do you get your girls to match without actually matching?

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1. Give your girls some guidelines. Whether its length, color, style. With a few rules in mind, they can go on the hunt for a dress that matches their style, but fits with your rules.

2. Give the girls a list of specific styles to pick from. Shops like Bella Bridesmaid, J.Crew, and David’s Bridal make this easy!

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3. Ask to see the dresses before they purchase (or make sure they are returnable if the girls end up purchasing). This will give you the opportunity to preview all of the dresses and give them the okay.

4. And, lastly – don’t feel like you have to have your girls match (or not match).  Go with your gut, and pick an option that works best with the overall look and feel of your wedding.

Even with the rain these photos are crazy dreamy. So, don’t be afraid to get a little wet, roll in the dirt, or just have fun. Whether it’s on your wedding day, or in life. After all, a little rain never hurt anyone.

What are some of your favorite moments with your significant other?

Images courtesy of Tyler Jones Photography

We all love a good first kiss photo. It’s that first moment of your “married kiss,” and everyone always whips out their cameras to catch it.

But, as a bride and groom – don’t forget to freshen up.

And, of course – that moment got a pretty good reaction from the crowd.

Images courtesy of Katie Day Photo

Dear Fellow Brides,

I know flowers are gorgeous. Trust me, I love them, too (despite the fact I’m not using them at the wedding). But, you don’t need some massive bouquet.  Instead, opt for something more tasteful and classic. You don’t need extra weight to carry on your wedding day. Plus, there is something so chic about a simple bridal bouquet.

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Marie Photography

P do S: How gorgeous are the pink and white peonies in that bouquet? Le swoon.

Yeah, it happens. Some of us brides get really stressed out, lose sleep and wake up a few days before the wedding (or even on the morning of) sick as a dog.  The worst part?  You probably haven’t even let this thought cross your mind.  Your body is going through quite a bit of stress (good and bad) around your nuptials, making it important to take care of yourself.

So, what are some ways you can prevent this from happening?

Get a Flu Shot
This is the best way to help prevent from getting the flu, especially at this time of the year. So stop by your doctor’s office or local clinic to get vaccinated.

That’s right – get plenty of sleep. When you deprive the body of sleep you put yourself at jeopardy of getting sick because your immune systems becomes weaker.

Vitamin C
Whether you take a multi-vitamin or use Emergen-C, make sure you are getting your recommended daily value of Vitamin C. This water soluble vitamin helps to boost your immune system.

Eat Health
Sure, you have to worry about the linens and flowers and where everyone is sitting, so it’s no surprise you’d rather drive through McDonald’s than spend an hour or so cooking dinner at home. But you’ll do your body a favor by nourishing it with good-for-you food. And, don’t skip meals – it throws your body’s metabolism off balance.

That’s right, I said the “D” word that most of us Type A brides do not want to hear. The more tasks you take on as your wedding nears, the more you stress your body out and make yourself week. So split some tasks up, whether you give some to you fiance, your mom, some bridesmaids or family members. Almost all of them are going to be willing to help, so don’t turn them down.

The last thing I would want to happen to any of you brides-to-be, is that you get sick before the wedding. Take care of yourselves – especially since we are right in the middle of flu season and H1N1 is making its way around town.

Why? Because your wedding day should be more than just looking pretty and being in love.  It should be about having fun and being in the moment.  You don’t necessarily need to hula hoop on your wedding day, but make sure you find time to have fun, smile and laugh a lot!



Images courtesy of Lisa Hessel Photography

In lieu of a wedding cake, why not serve an array of pies?!

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I think this idea is great, especially if you and your significant other are not big cake fans.  And, you can serve several different flavors/options to keep all of your guests happy.  Your guests will walk away remembering that tasteful element of your wedding!

Remember to include the things you like in your wedding – even if that means opting for wedding pies over a cake!

This tip has to do with making time.  Making time to see your new husband/wife!

On your wedding day, time goes quickly and before you know it, the day will be over.

Make sure you set aside time, whether it is for 30 minutes or an hour to spend time with just your husband/wife. Alone.  You can do this before the ceremony (especially if you are doing a “first look”) or between the ceremony and reception.  You will obviously be spending a week in paradise with him/her, but it is important that you two really soak in your wedding day together.

Rothwell Photography via OneWed

So, I’m all about saving a few bucks. I mean, who isn’t, right? Yeah, I clip coupons, just like my mom does, but this post isn’t about being frugal. It’s about being resourceful.

While a big beautiful flower arrangement is visually appealing and gorgeous, it can also be VERY expensive. And, for any brides out there looking to save a few bucks on centerpieces, here are a few tips.

1. If you absolutely have to have floral centerpieces because you have dreamt of it since you were two, then I suggest making sure you pick flowers that are in season. If you’re having a November wedding, picking ranunculas is not really an option, since they tend to be in season February thru May (Yes, this breaks my heart too, as my wedding is in September. Don’t get me started). You can absolutely find a florist who will order them for you, but they could easily be at least 1 1/2 times more expensive than they normally are.

2. Use fake flowers (gasp!). Yes, you heard me. There are some really realistic fake florals out there. If you plan on submerging calla lilies in a tall cylindrical vase, might I suggest you use fake ones? Although callas are easy to shape, they are also an expensive flower, so opt for the fake version. You can also use fake flowers for the guys bouts, which are actually very easy to make!

3. Choose centerpieces without flowers. This can be achieved by hanging things from the ceiling at various heights over the tables (if you are inside), using fresh produce and candles.

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4. If you’re not much of a big wedding cake person, or you want a candy/dessert buffet, why not have different cakes/candies/sweets in the center of the tables? This way your guests can actually enjoy your centerpieces! Plus, it will get your guests moving around after dinner to find a slice of cake in a flavor they like.

And, for the record, the FI and I will not have floral centerpieces. We have opted for something fun and modern, and since we aren’t huge flower people, it wasn’t all that important to us. If you want tips or ideas on different non-floral centerpieces that can be budget friendly, shoot me a message.

Don’t forget, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your wedding fabulous!

Really, this post can fit under my other posting series “Wedding Day Tips” and “DIY,” too!

Your vendors get hungry, too!

I had a friend of mine bring up this point recently.  She wanted to know if she should feed her photographer.  My response?? ABSOLUTELY.

You hired this person to spend all day with you and capture your wedding story, trust me when I tell you they will get hungry (heck, I’m hungry while typing this).

But, it’s not just your photographer you should worry about. You should also feed your wedding planner/day of coordinator, videographer, DJ and any other vendor that is spending a great deal of time with you on your day.  You don’t have to give them a full plate of what the rest of your guests get, but at least make sure they have like a sandwich, a side and something to drink.  Many venues offer a “vendor plate” which is different (and usually cheaper) than the main course plate, so they have a chance to re-fuel.  Keep in mind that especially vendors like your photographer and wedding coordinator are there practically all day with you.  You know they’re bound to get hungry, and you need make sure they stay nourished and energized!  It is just good etiquette!

Even Emily Post thinks you should feed your vendors!

If you have any other wedding day questions, let me know!  I’d love to feature your thoughts/questions/insights on the blog.