5 Thoughts Every Bride Has While Planning

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Congratulations on your engagement! Now, enjoy ruthless non-stop planning for the next year of your life. It’s a wonderful burden and I wish you all the best! Mwah!

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I’m going to have the biggest, most extravagant wedding of the year!

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Wow, why is everything SO expensive?

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Who cares what kind of napkin rings there are!?

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I just hope I get a piece of cake…

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This is going to be the best day of our lives. 🙂

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DIY Wedding Shadowbox

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This DIY is one that’s been a work in progress for quite some time but I’m very excited to share it with you. I’ve seen so many wonderful and creative ways to showcase a bit of your wedding day forever and I’m here to show you how I’m displaying this treasured memory. This bouquet shadowbox DIY turned how better than I could’ve hoped for! I’m in love with the result and eager to get this on my gallery wall. If you haven’t seen My Gallery Wall post yet, click the link here to take a peek! Without further ado, let’s get into this!

Supplies You’ll Need :

Shadowbox of desired size

Decorative Paper

Picture

Dried Flowers

Wedding Décor (champagne cork, small table décor, piece of lace from your dress)

Glue

How To :

It’s going to pain you and you’ll hate every second of it, but you need to pick apart the flowers in your bouquet. Hang your selected flowers upside down in a well ventilated dark place to dry out. Leave them for a week or so to be sure they dry completely.

Cut and glue your decorative paper to the size of the background of your shadowbox (depends on which size you choose). I find that a simple Elmer’s glue stick works best for this so that you don’t get any bumps or perforations in your background.

Start placing your flowers on the paper and arrange them to your desired look. Don’t glue anything until you’ve decided on the perfect placement!

Once you’ve decided on flower placement, figure out your placement of your pictures and other various wedding décor. Once you have decided on placement, it’s time to glue!

I glued my picture down first, since it was on the bottom, and my Elmer’s glue stick came in handy for this again. Next, I took my Gorilla Glue and started gluing down my flowers and décor.

I left it overnight to dry and settle; then, I reassembled the shadowbox and voila!

Gorgeous shadowbox containing so many wonderful memories. I’m beyond thrilled to finally have this done so I can reminisce about that day every time I see it. Comment below and let me know how you preserved or want to preserve your wedding bouquet!

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Wedding Wednesday – Picking The Date

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How fitting to have this be the first post of this love filled month! Let’s talk about the very first wedding planning you’ll do after the excitement of the engagement has worn off. I don’t think many people realize that picking the date is such a huge part of the planning. Depending on the time of year, it will dictate the location, color schemes, flower season, outfit choices, EVERYTHING. Here are some helpful tips to help you narrow down the 365 days you have to choose from!

Convenience

This goes for you as well as your guests. You may want to wait until after graduation, or making sure you get married before you move across the country from your family, etc. As for your guests, if you or some of your most important family/friends are still students, waiting for summer/spring/winter break may be a good choice to avoid overcomplicating schedules. Making sure you take all the big milestones into consideration for yourself and your guests will ensure you all have a great time!

Season

Depending on the climate you live in may very well have a major role to play in selecting your date. If you are like me and hate the snow, having a winter wedding may not be for you. The season will dictate where you will have your wedding (indoor vs outdoor), what your guests will wear, and who may be able to make it (if you select the blizzard months your guests may not make the drive).

Significance

If you have any dates in mind that you would love to use for their significance, those would be a top choice. Your anniversary, Valentine’s Day, your grandfather’s birthday that you wanted to honor.

Colors

Many young girls dream of their wedding and Pinterest has made that habit all the easier over the years. You may have a color scheme in mind that you have decided you need to have. Depending on the colors, you may be limited to certain seasons where those colors look the best.

Spatiality

Another factor you may want to consider is the space between your wedding and other large holidays, birthdays, or other weddings. The last thing you want to do is overwhelm yourself, and others, by squeezing in too many events in such a short span.

All of these factors won’t apply to everyone because everyone’s opinions and tastes differ. Some people may want a wedding on a large holiday or may not care which season they get married. These are just helpful tips to keep in mind when you are completely unsure what date you want to get married on. I hope these helped narrow your scope! Happy wedding planning!
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Wedding Wednesday – Picking The Perfect Bridesmaid Dresses

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Yes, it is your day, but don’t forget that your ladies said yes to being a part of it. Make sure they look just as great as you do! Picking a great choice for them will ultimately make your wedding pictures turn out so much better with a cohesive look. Be conscious and considerate when picking out your girl’s dresses by following a few important guidelines.

Style

The first and one of the most important things to consider when selecting your ladies’ dresses is the style. Making sure that their style coincides with your dress is key to making your wedding party look flawless. If you pick a tight lace dress and then dress your girls in a heap on tulle, that’s not going to look harmonious on your big day. If you pick that tight lace dress, put your girls in a dress with some lace detail. If your dress is strapless, putting your ladies in a strapless might look like a great fit. Find something about your dress that stands out and that can easily be translated to your girl’s dresses.

Form

If the aspect of your dress you’d like to translate to your ladies’ dresses is something to do with the form, be sure to check that all your girls feel comfortable and can pull off that form. If you’ve got some busty bridesmaids, maybe strapless dresses aren’t such a good idea. No one wants to pull up their dress every five minutes and you don’t want that to see that in every picture either! Talk to your girl’s and get their thoughts! If you have some that don’t feel comfortable with a skin tight or a short dress, definitely take their opinions into consideration. It’s your day but you already have your dream dress. Let them be comfortable for your big day!

Color

Obviously take into consideration the color! That’s the major one everyone will notice first! If you’re letting your girls go pick out their own dress and just giving them a color requirement, you may want to think twice. There are so many different shades of a single color and don’t want to find out on your big day that the bridesmaid’s dresses don’t match!

Details

Now to the fun part, all the gorgeous details! Give your girls a fun belt that is similar to yours, add a simple cover up with the same lace that your dress is made of, add a jewel incrusted pendant with your wedding colors to add a special pop to their dresses.

Whatever you decide on, make sure you and your girls love it. It’s going to be a much happier process and a much happier day if you are all comfortable and happy! Happy wedding planning to you all!

*All pictures taken from Pinterest
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Wedding Wednesday – 10 Registry Items You Will Forget You Need

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The registry is supposed to be one of the least stressful parts of the wedding. Online shopping where you don’t have to spend any of your own money? YES PUH-LEASE! I know making the registry sounds simple enough but you’ll find that you forgot a few essentials. Yes, grab your pots & pans, your towels, and your new blender. But here are ten things I know most of you will forget to grab that are a must!

Steamer

Irons & ironing boards are bulky, heavy, and really just take up too much room. Do yourself a favor and pick up a steamer! They’re much easier to use (so no more “I don’t know how to iron” from hubby) and compact enough that you can travel with them!

Luggage

Speaking of travel, get you and your new hubby some nice new luggage for the honeymoon!

Sewing Kit

Mom isn’t going to be there for you and hubby to sew a button back on or patch a jacket in a pinch. Sewing isn’t as hard as you think it is. I think you’ll find that this kit will really come in handy!

Patio Furniture

You may have everything picked out for the inside of your home; but, be sure you don’t forget the outside. Get a cute small patio set that you and hubby can enjoy dinner or a drink outside.

Tupperware

By now, you’ve accumulated an unnecessary amount of plastic Tupperware from mom, dad, grandma, and not to mention your hubby’s family. Ditch the old well-used stuff and get some of the nicer glass Tupperware.

Clothes Hangers

Your wardrobe is about to double with the addition of your spouse. You’re going to need more hangers! I’m always scowering the house looking for extras!

Set of Tools

Every new home needs a good set of tools. You can’t imagine how many things you’ll have to repair and tweak along the way! At least pick up a small set of tools for the small stuff.

Comforter

Odds are, you’re still using the same comforter that you’ve had for years. Do the both of you a favor and get a new one that you can both enjoy! (Same goes for the sheets. I’m sure your hubby would appreciate not having to sleep on your hot pink sheets you’ve had since high school.)

Grill

Because everything tastes better when it’s grilled. Your hubby will love it so much that you’ll get out of having to cook! Make him the grill master!

Safe

You both have so many important documents so please please be sure you keep it safe! Get a nice safe and be sure to keep it somewhere out of sight. You’ll definitely thank yourself in the long run!

I hope you enjoyed this fun little post today. Leave a comment below of other items you think are often missed on wedding registries

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Wedding Wednesday – The Makeup Look

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I am so pleased with the look I gave myself on the big day and how well it lasted all day and night! I picked up a few new products to use for this day and was more than pleased with their performance. A few of them I will even repurchase again. Let’s take a look at the steps I went through to achieve it.

Cleanse

One of the most important steps in the makeup process that deals with nothing but makeup. I used my Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Control cleanser for this.

Moisturize

Following the cleanser, I applied a small amount of my Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer to make sure my skin stays hydrated all day. I love using this moisturizer for daytime use because it’s so lightweight and seeps into the skin quickly.

Prime

After giving my skin some time to soak in the moisturizer, I went in with my Benefit Porefessional focusing the majority of the product in the center of my face and working my way out. I always use this product when I know I’ll have my picture taken throughout the day. I love it and have repurchased it a few times

Eyeshadow

I knew I was going to be creating a rather smoky looking eye for the big day so I started with my eye makeup. I used my Too Faced Natural Eyeshadow Palette to create the look. Afterwards, I cleaned up the edge with a bit of makeup remover to give it a crisp edge. The look I went with is very similar to my Everyday Eye Makeup Tutorial except I used some of the darker shades in the palette for a more dramatic look.

Lashes

I used my trusty eyelash glue with these new Vegas Nay lashes to give the look the extra wow factor. I loved the look of these lashes. Many people asked if I had gotten eyelash extensions for the big day. I topped it off with my old L’Oréal Carbon Black Waterproof mascara just in case some crying happened throughout the day.

Foundation

I bought the Hourglass Foundation Stick for the big day and thought it was absolutely amazing! It was extremely high coverage yet looked like my natural skin. I would highly recommend you try it out.

Creams

Then I went in with my cream concealers and contour. I use NYX HD Concealer every day and never regretted using it on my big day. I have a Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer that is way too dark for my pale skin that I like to use for my cream contour.

Powders

After all the creams, I set my entire face with the RCMA No Color Powder and then baked the highlighted portions of my face with it. Next, I went in with Wet n Wild’s dark shade to bronze my face. With my face bronzed, I started contouring with my NYC contour powder. I love this product because it gives a real shadow effect. Wet n Wild’s Mai Tai blush dusted on the high points of my cheeks finished the powder process of this look. I brushed off the baking I did and moved on to the last step.

Setting Spray

Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray finished off the look and locked the whole look into place. I was so pleased with this product and now I can’t imagine my life without it! It helps my makeup survive all day long!

Lips

On my lips I used NYX Lip Lingerie in Push Up. I love this color and I know that this formula wears best on my lips.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into getting ready on the big day. What are some of your makeup holy grail products? Leave a comment!

*All pictures were taken by Capture Life Portraits. Stay tuned to see more!

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Wedding Wednesday – Wedding Day Hair

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My hair for the big day was a big decision to make for me. Besides the dress, the second most important thing is definitely the hair. I always knew I wanted to wear my hair down on my wedding day. (I’ve been growing it out for years.) Though I knew I wanted it down, I needed to figure out how to have my hair down and not take away from the back of the dress. For those who missed it, check out my Wedding Wednesday – The Dress post to see pictures. Naturally, I immediately began searching Pinterest for the perfect style and of course I found it. I had my stylist curl all my hair and then pin it all to one side. I love the way it looked! It was absolutely perfect with my dress style.

I got my hair done at Salon Vici and I highly recommend them. Their salon is seriously the cutest and they do great work. I go there for all my cuts so of course I trusted them with my big day style. They did an amazing job!

My hairpiece came from Stacey’s Bridal, the shop where I purchased my dress. The piece added the much needed sparkle that was missing from my hair. It complimented my dress’s pendant so well. I’m really glad that I bought the hairpiece, especially because I didn’t do a veil.

All in all, I loved how my style turned out. It looked exactly like my inspiration picture but better with the hair piece! Let me know what style you want/had on your big day. Leave a comment below!

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Wedding Wednesday – DIY Centerpieces

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! These centerpieces turned out super cute! This DIY can be used as inspiration for your own wedding or as a template. I will try to link all of the items I can find so you can order them for yourself! For my wedding I wanted glam with a hint of nature. I feel that these translated that feeling perfectly. I’m still so in love with these.

You Will Need :

  1. 12” Mirrors
  2. Glitter Table Runner
  3. Cylindrical vases in assorted heights
  4. Branches
  5. Floating Candles
  6. Tea Light Candles
  7. Hydrangeas
  8. Small Crystals
  9. Water

Luckily for me, a family member had recently gotten married and had many items on hand for me to borrow. This helped save me on cost TREMENDOUSLY. I can’t thank them enough!

Firstly, I took the one table runner I ordered and cut it into 14” x 14” squares. The table runner is 14” wide so to made it pretty easy to eyeball a square. Once I had the table runner cut, I put it down on the center of the table. Lay your 12” mirror on top and rotate it 90 degrees to form the star pattern I did. The cylindrical vases can be arranged on the mirror. In the two shorter vases, I stuffed with branches from a local park. The tallest vase will get a few hydrangea stems. (I chose hydrangeas because they give a very rich and full appearance without using too many branches.) Fill all the vases with water. The water will help disproportionate the branches and make them appear bulkier so adjust as needed. Go ahead and plop in a floating candle in your branch vases. Add some of your small tea candles sporadically on the mirror. If you feel like it needs a little more detail, sprinkle some larger crystals into the mix for the added glam factor.

I absolutely love how these turned out. They looked amazing and added just enough glam for my liking. I encourage all of you brides out there on a budget to try out this DIY.

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Wedding Wednesday – All About The Groom

Suit : Younkers  |  Shirt  : Younkers  |  Tie : Younkers  |  Shoes  : JC Penny  |

|  Cufflinks : Amazon  |  Watch : Amazon

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Since last week I focused on my outfit, I thought that this week would be a great time to talk all about my husband’s look. He, of course, looks like a stud all the time but he was especially studly on our wedding day.

My husband and I talked about his outfit before the day of and we decided on going with a navy look. I’m so glad we did because navy looked so great with the blush and champagne tones throughout our event. Navy, as opposed to your standard black or gray, helps not to wash you or your groom out. (It looked great with his olive skin tones so that’s a plus!) To compliment his navy suit, we used brown accents for some of his accessories. These shoes definitely popped and went so well with the new watch we picked up. This watch was such a neat find and so unique.

Overall, we both really loved the way his whole ensemble came together. Venturing out of the traditional black/gray realm was definitely a must for us as well. He looked so handsome and I’m so happy I get to call this man my husband.

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Wedding Day Accessories

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Happy Wedding Wednesday Everyone! I wanted to talk to you guys about some day of accessories I’ve picked up to bring the whole look together. Since I can’t share the dress yet, the least I can do is show the accessories, right? I’m not your conventional bride by any means. I don’t want something old, I don’t want to borrow something, I don’t want something blue, BUT I will take everything new. J That whole saying just never really made sense to me and I never thought it was something I would actually do, so I didn’t! (Don’t be afraid to break traditions in order to maintain your personality.) Also, can we talk about the garters? What is the point of that? I don’t get it nor do I want it. Just give me the essentials and I’ll be perfectly content. So, that is exactly what I purchased.

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Shoes

Wedding shoes are beautiful and extravagant and their prices often reflect that. However, I know myself and I know that as soon as pictures are done, I’m throwing the shoes in the corner and rocking it barefoot all night. (You can call me gross, that’s fine) Heels are beautiful but that beauty often comes at a price! Instead, I opted for a lower heel (three and a half inches is my low) that was neutral enough that I know I would wear after the wedding for everyday occasions. Which is how I found these beautiful little babies. They’re definitely on the plain side but after the wedding celebrations, I can see myself pairing these with a pair of rose colored jeans and a blue and white striped buttoned down blouse. Ugh! I can’t wait to actually get some use out of these! I found these originally on Macy’s but I purchased them on Amazon for the same price (I like Amazon’s return policy more than Macy’s).

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Hairpiece

This was too tempting to pass up. I knew I wanted a little something for my hair and knew I needed it to pack a punch of bling. Luckily, the boutique I purchased my dress at, had a variety of selection and this wasn’t too bad of a price! I’m really excited to see this pull together all of my bling on the big day!

Earrings

The bling doesn’t stop there. I got these beauties to compliment the hairpiece. I like the subtly of these earrings. They aren’t over the top and huge (like some of my other earrings can get). They are just enough sparkle! I picked these up at Nordstrom Rack for a great price, considering the brand.

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