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 – Is A Traditional Wedding For You?

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Today’s blog is going to be more of a wordy post about a topic not discussed much (at least not where I am from). This Wedding Wednesday post is dedicated towards choosing between a traditional vs a non-traditional wedding. This topic has been on my mind for quite some time and I thought it was time to put it all down in writing for those of you who have the same mind set as I do.

To me, when I think traditional wedding, I think of a chapel ceremony then retiring off to a large venue with those awful ceiling drapes and multi-colored lighting. Food buffet as far as the eye can see. A cake that stands taller than you (even in those gorgeous heels you spent way too much money on). With all your friends and family (that weird second cousin you’ve met twice in your life, your mom’s aunt that you met when you were 18 months old but are obligated to know their name, and all the friends you’ve promised to invite along the way).

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When I got engaged, that was the wedding I started planning. I made arrangements and signed contracts. I absolutely LOVE planning so I was a nonstop machine, checking things off of my to-do list left and right! Until, one day I sat down with my fiancé and we started talking about what we envisioned from our “big day”. That’s when I/we realized. Why in the world was I planning this big traditional wedding? We aren’t flashy people. We can’t hold a smile or conversation that long with so many different people. We weren’t even fans of larger crowds. So, why?

At that point we both realized that the wedding we were planning, wasn’t ours. Lots of calls and cancelled contracts later we finally had a sigh of relief. By this time, we had already been engaged for a year and a half (yes we were initially planning on a long engagement) and were over waiting. We wanted to get married now! We sent out the bat signal to our family members and a few close friends and decided to get married almost immediately.

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Can I just tell you how many people were taken aback by our non-traditional ways? I can’t tell you how many people asked if we were pregnant, if we were moving, etc. For some reason, people couldn’t just wrap their minds around the fact that this style was more our personality. But once my fiancé and I had talked more openly to everyone about why we changed it and how we felt about the whole ordeal, suddenly everyone understood and everyone said that this smaller wedding “seems more our style”. Why was it that no one understood our decision before explaining our thoughts? If it was “so us”, why was their question at all? If everyone knew a small wedding was more our pace, why did no one throw up a red flag and say, “Guys, I really think you really need to think about planning a smaller wedding!” Because going smaller is not the norm nowadays.

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When it was all said and done, our small wedding cost us less than (or at least as much as) JUST the venue for the larger event. (Yeah, not joking. That’s how disgustingly expensive weddings are.) Now that our big day has come and gone, I can confidently tell you that we had an even better time than I previously thought possible with the big event. The smaller intimate ceremony allowed us to feel more comfortable talking about our feelings in front of other people (which neither of us are too keen on). And having the smaller reception let us have a blast with some of our favorite people. We were able to spend more time with everyone than have to constantly make rounds to talk to every.single.person. I think the guests enjoyed themselves more as well. A more laidback smaller setting allowed our guests to feel more comfortable as well. It really seemed like a big party instead of making it into this big formality.

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I wish my fiancé and I had sat down months prior to starting the planning. I’d be lying if I said that societal norms didn’t take control of my subconscious as I went through the motions of planning a larger wedding. So, I urge you brides out there to sit down with your partner and really think and imagine your big day. Planning A wedding is so much different than planning YOUR wedding. Once we envisioned bits and pieces of what we saw our day looking like, the decision was simple. My point is, learn from our mistake. Take your time to run through what you, as a couple, see your day looking like. What you both feel comfortable with. Everything always works out. Happy wedding planning to you all!

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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 – Thank You Tips & Tricks

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After your wedding festivities, you’re going to be exhausted. One of the most exhausting tasks is writing out all of the thank you’s to your guests. Anything you can do prior to the big day to help you in the end, I highly recommend doing to help yourself out. I wanted to share a few tips and tricks to make the long process of thank you’s a little more tolerable.

Address thank you’s when addressing invites

I cannot stress enough how much easier this is than having to keep track of a log of every gift you get along with the corresponding address. Your exhausted self be so appreciative of this after the wedding. I highly recommend doing this! It’ll take a little more time up front to write out the addresses on both envelopes but it will save more time and headache in the long run.

Get a stamp for your address

Etsy sells some great custom stamps that you can order to save your hand a bit of hurting. Getting a stamp with your names and addresses is a great idea if you’re in a home that you know you’ll stay in for years to come. That is why we opted out of it, since we are still in an apartment. But I recommend this if you have a large guest list or already in a more long-term home.

Get guest list printed on the envelopes by the company

We ordered all of our invites and thank you’s from Minted. They are an amazing company all around. If you would like to know more, check out my post all about these items. They offer the choice of printing out the guest list on your invites. We did this because it was included in the price of our invites! So great!

Slow down and make the list while opening gifts

Many people get too excited or think “I’ll definitely remember everything”, when opening gifts. I promise you won’t remember. Just write it down. There’s two of you now, have one person open and one person write down what you receive.

Make sure to take your time so you can write everyone a personal note

These people took the time to buy you a gift and sacrifice a day to come help you celebrate something special. Take the time to write them a special something. I promise they will appreciate it!

I hope you enjoyed reading these tips and tricks for your thank you’s and can take something away from this. Comment below if you have any more tips for others reading!

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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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Wedding Wednesday : Invitations and Thank You’s

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Don’t you just love when you schedule a post for a specific day and it never posts! So frustrating! That’s why I’m bringing you another Wedding Wednesday post on a Thursday in honor of these gorgeous beauties right here. I recently received my wedding invitations and thank you’s in the mail and I’m obsessing over them. I used Minted for the invites and honestly can’t say enough good things! This service was so easy to use and so simple to create custom designs. They have such a large assortment of foil pressed stationary right now (which is obviously what I flocked to). This rose gold foil hits me right in the feels! It matches our wedding colors completely and I love water colored look of the gray. These are such high quality and decently priced, all things considering. Minted even threw in complimentary protective slips to make sure my invitations survived all kinds of crazy from the postal service. I’m in love with the way they turned out and I can’t wait for all of our guests to receive them.

Minted is also I really great place to get art or any kind of prints. I ordered a foiled print of my state (so cute) and it adds a great pop to my gallery wall. I highly recommend this company! I haven’t been disappointed yet!

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Wedding Planning Essentials

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For those who may not know, I LOVE planning. Planning big events, or even just a small get together, gives me life. Event management was always my back up career if design hadn’t panned out. So, planning my wedding is very exciting to me and I love every single moment. Planning – I love. The stress that comes along with planning? Not so much. Which is why my fiancé have been engaged for a year already and our wedding date is still over a year away. We’re an oddball couple for today’s standards it seems with a 2+ year engagement. However, my fiancé and I both wanted a long engagement. We were living together prior to our engagement so marriage really isn’t going to do anything different for us besides make it “official”. Why rush it? I’d much rather take my time and enjoy the planning without the stress of an impending deadline. So that is exactly what we are doing! Being a perfectionist isn’t exactly a great trait for planning such a big event; however, I’ve found a few tools that have been making the process a breeze!

Until I got engaged, I had never seen The Knot anywhere but now that I have been planning, I see it EVERYWHERE (and thank goodness for it). The Knot has simplified so much for me and really helped me open my eyes to how many little details need to be decided. I went ahead and purchased one of their books, The Knot Book of Wedding Lists, and a planner of theirs called The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner. These two items have helped so much. First of all, how great are lists? This book of lists is a life saver and helps me prioritize both with scheduling and budgets. They bring up lists of questions to ask vendors and venues that I never would have thought of. Asking these questions saved me so many headaches and hidden fees along the way. It definitely helps me make my decisions much faster. I’m a big advocate for planners and this wedding planner is great. They provide numerous pages to fill in with your thoughts and desires from your vendors and your big day in general. They even help with colors and inspiration. (Which was not needed for a designer with thousands of wedding Pinterest boards in the make.) This planner is huge and allows plenty of room to add more material. When I was interviewing venues I kept all of the brochures and pamphlets they gave me in here along with my annoyingly diligent notes. This way I can keep all of my vendor’s information in one safe place.

Both of these books have been a GREAT help and definitely help me keep my OCD in check. 😉 I can’t wait to keep using these throughout this planning process. I’ll post the links to where you can buy these books down below if you’re interested. If you have a wedding coming up, I highly recommend!

The Knot Book of Wedding Lists : http://www.amazon.com/Knot-Book-Wedding-Lists/dp/0307341933?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

 

The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner : http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Wedding-Planner-Organizer-binder/dp/0770433367?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0