How To Find YOUR Wedding Dress

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This was a highly requested topic by many of you and for good reason! Selecting your wedding dress isn’t the easy beautiful process that you see on TV or in movies. It’s a tough process but the process can be made much simpler with some planning. It’s one of the most important details of wedding planning and deserves to be as stress free as possible. For many people, it’s one of the most stressful due to lack of availability in your area, body image issues, not knowing what style you like, budget, etc… Needless to say, there are way too many factors that come to play in this decision. Let’s make it easier!

Deciding What You Want

I think one of the best things I did during this stage of selecting my dress was to look at models with similar body types to mine. I knew, with my body shape, a dress I saw on a deathly thin model was not going to look the same on my body. The worst thing you can do is create unrealistic standards of dresses in your mind. Once you know how dresses look like on girls with similar body types to your own, you’ll be able to see the styles and fabrics that will best fit your frame.

Pulling Inspiration

Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest. Pinterest is great to search around for the styles you’re wanting once you’ve seen how they work on your body type. My one problem with Pinterest is that it’s overflowing with thin models in fabulous custom unattainable dresses. Before you flock to Pinterest, it’s essential to know your styles that you have to work with. Pull a few images that best represent what you want to look at and save them BEFORE going to a dress boutique. Knowing a smaller scope to look at when you get to the shop is great and gives you direction.

Dress Boutique Do’s & Do Not’s

Do search for certain designers to see what they actually carry and what dresses are actually available in your area.

Don’t rely on your Pinterest finds to actually exist and be stocked at every shop you visit.

Do your research on the shops you’re going to visit to find out how they work. I visited a shop that refused to let me look at their inventory and only allowed the assistant to bring me dresses (DISASTER).

Don’t visit shops that don’t allow you to browse their inventory. Call ahead and be sure you know exactly how they work.

Do call ahead and confirm they carry the designer you’re looking for and any particular dresses you want to try on.

Don’t let pushy sales people pressure you into buying anything. Stand up for yourself and what YOU want.

The Perfect Duo

What really helped my dress search process was the perfect duo, the perfect sales associate and bringing the perfect guest(s). Finding a sales associate at the shops you go to that has a clear vision of what you want or has a similar style can help immensely. Through the duration of my shopping, I NEVER clicked with anyone besides my final sales associate. I sat down and showed him the exact designer and a few styles I liked and we gushed about how gorgeous her designs were. He pulled the exact dresses we were talking about and really pulled my vision together. He now owns his own boutique and has his own line of dresses. Finding someone who has a knack for wedding fashion versus someone who just needed a job makes ALL the difference.

If you aren’t as lucky to find the perfect sales associate, your trip is not wasted. Bringing the perfect guests along with you can help more than you realize. Of course your mother is going to tear up and your friends are going to tell you how amazing you look in everything; but, if they also aren’t afraid to tell it how it is, you’ve found the perfect guests. Bringing someone who knows your style, your facial expressions, and understands your vision can help you find the perfect dress. Your guests can do as much pulling of dresses and coaxing of the sales associate as you!

My Advice For Others

Overall, my advice would be as informed as you possibly can. Research your body type, your designers, your local boutiques, your local sales associates. Going in knowing as much as you possibly can will never be a bad thing. Sometimes you’ll need to go in and try a style of dress to confirm whether or not you like it and that’s ok! Pictures show so much differently than real life; however, going in with options and a plan can never steer you wrong.

Good luck to all searching for their dress. Have fun and enjoy the process! Leave me a comment below and tell me how you found your dress!

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Favorite Blog Posts of October

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October being my favorite month, mostly due to Halloween, so I’m particularly sad that this month is over. It was a hell of a busy month! We moved into our first house and I swear that alone ate up our whole month with planning, packing, moving, cleaning, projects. Ugh! I could seriously use another week or two of October. But, sadly, November is upon us and I’m sure this month will fly by just as fast! Take a look at my four favorite posts from this past month and be sure to tell me down below what your favorite was!

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Unique Wedding Color Schemes For Every Season

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20 Cheap/Free Fall Date Night Ideas

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We Are Officially Homeowners

New Home Inspiration

New Home Mood Board

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Unique Wedding Color Schemes For Every Season

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Let’s talk color schemes! I love finding unique color schemes to coordinate with various times of the year. It’s your wedding day and you deserve to have a truly unique experience that your guests will enjoy and remember for years to come. I’m very excited to show you the schemes I’ve found recently that I’ve fallen in love with. If you guys enjoy this, let me know so I can do more of these in the future!

Winter Scheme

Crisp Winter Wonderland Color Scheme

I love this color scheme for winter because it adds a hint of color without overpowering the natural hues of the winter months. Many winter wedding color schemes use a deep dark color as the main accent. I love the subtlety of this scheme. The muted Tiffany blue compliments the season’s hues beautifully! A great unique scheme for winter weddings.

Spring Scheme

Bold Spring Color Scheme

Nothing says happy spring time like a bold vibrant color scheme. I love the overpowering happy and energizing colors for this season. After the long winter months, a bold spring celebration is in order and what a better celebration than a wedding? Love these bold tones rather than the usual spring pastels!

Summer Scheme

Peacock Inspired Summer Color Scheme

Who knew nature could inspire such a rich color scheme? God bless the peacocks! I love the idea of tapping into the darker end of the spectrum and dialing up the intensity. Can we just take a minute to admire how well these colors blend?

Fall Scheme

Romantic Fall Color Scheme

My ultimate favorite color scheme has got to be this blend of burgundy and navy tones. I love these deep colors for the fall. Straying away from the traditional fall tones of red, orange, and yellow is refreshing. Throwing in a shiny pop of copper or rose gold would be such a great romantic addition to this scheme.

Leave a comment below and tell me which color scheme is your favorite!

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Who To & Who Not To Invite To Your Wedding

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The struggle of having a gorgeous well thought-out wedding is balancing the budget so you can afford what you want and no go broke. When people look at trimming down their budget, usually, the first thing to go are the actual guests. It’s hard to keep a trimmed down list of everyone you want to be present on your special day. Most times, the guest list can start to get a little out of hand. Everyone seems to think they need an invite to your wedding…along with their friends, family, and significant others. Today I want to give you guys a little cheat sheet when it comes to the guest list. I’m here to help you figure out who to invite; and more importantly, who not to invite to your big day.

Friends

You’ve spoken a fair amount in the past year. Yes, they get an invite.

You haven’t spoken to them in the past year and don’t consider them to be a significant part of your life. No, don’t bother.

Parent’s Friends

Do you consider them to be family friends, or even your friends? If yes, they get an invite.

Have you talked to them more than twice for a lengthy amount of time? If so, don’t bother.

Extended Family

You’ve spoken a fair amount in the past year. Yes, they get an invite.

You haven’t spoken to them in the past year and don’t consider them to be a significant part of your life. No, don’t bother.

Guest’s Significant Others

Has your guest been with this person for over a year, already engaged to them, or married? If yes, they get an invite.

Has your guest been dating this person less than a year? If so, don’t bother.

Coworkers

Do you directly work with them and engage in conversation frequently? Yes, they get an invite.

Are they in another department and you don’t speak as often or freely with them? If so, don’t bother.

Leave a comment below to tell me if this helped you out with your wedding planning and if you’d like to see more in the future!
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What To Wear To A Wedding

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Dress attire : semi-formal, black tie, black tie optional….what? Sure, these terms are thrown around all the time; but, what should you actually wear to these events? It’s hard enough to depict the difference between many of the dress codes, it’s especially hard to branch out and put your best fashion foot forward while maintaining these strict codes. Thankfully, The Black Tux has put together some extremely helpful tips and tricks to help define all the dress codes you’ll come across. These dress codes extend much further than solely weddings. All these tips you’ll find in the charts below can be used for dates, work parties, or any other event in your life.

Men, once you’ve decided what you want to wear to your big event, don’t fret if you don’t have the necessary pieces in your wardrobe. Maybe you don’t attend many black tie events or don’t have the closet space to accommodate more clothing. The Black Tux offers rentals! Don’t those suits look spiffy?! It’s a great option if you want to look sharp on a budget. I recommend checking their suits out.

Be sure to save these images below for next time a big event rolls around. That way you can be sure that you’re dressed appropriately and also look amazing! If your man is in need of something sharp to wear, check out The Black Tux for some seriously incredible suits.

Leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite color of suit you like to see your man in! 🙂

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Wedding Wednesday – Honeymooners Paradise

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For those who may not know, I just recently got back from my honeymoon; so, it’s been quite a while since I’ve sat down and written a post for you guys. I hope you all enjoyed the working girl mini-series last week while I was away! I sure had fun writing those posts for you all and I received so many wonderful comments and reactions to them. You make me feel so loved! 🙂


Speaking of love, I wanted to start kicking off all of my honeymoon posts today with a lovey post about our accommodations. (You know I wouldn’t visit a beautiful place and not take excessive amounts of pictures!) We went down to Jamaica to stay at one of Sandal’s gorgeous resorts, South Coast aka Whitehouse. We had an amazing time and the views were amazing no matter where you looked. More on that later, I wanted to dedicate this post to those brides to be out there researching various honeymoon locations. I knew we were going to have an amazing time; but, after visiting, I can officially say that Sandal’s knows how to treat their honeymooners right!


Upon arrival, Sandal’s makes sure you feel welcome and get a jump start on your relaxation (with help of champagne). Everyone gets a glass while you check in; but, after settling into our suite, a lovely butler brought a complimentary bottle of champagne and champagne flutes to our room for us to enjoy at our leisure. And enjoy we did! It’s hard not to enjoy while looking out at an amazing view! Later in the week, they left us a cute little package with a handwritten note from the manager congratulating us on our honeymoon, a sweet little door sign, and a form for a complimentary room service breakfast. (Which was much needed on a rainy morning towards the end of the trip!) It was such a sweet little gift and the handwritten note definitely meant a lot!


For those honeymooners that want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the Caribbean, I highly recommend the month of May as it seemed to be more deserted than I had anticipated. It made for a perfectly intimate honeymoon without being completely isolated. After going to an all-inclusive resort, I don’t see us traveling any other way ever again. It was so nice to just walk around without worrying about cost or if we brought enough cash with us. It was such a great time and I highly recommend Sandal’s Whitehouse to all looking for a nice getaway! Even if you think it’s going to be too much money, I recommend contacting a good travel agent in your area and have them look into it. I’ll leave a link here for a past post explaining the benefits of booking through a travel agent. You won’t want to miss it! I think you’ll be surprised at the kind of rates they can get you.

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April Favorite Posts This Month

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It’s that time of the month again where I like to review the past month and reflect on my favorite posts (and your favorite posts). There were a lot of posts this month that really stood out to me. I think this month was the hardest decision I’ve faced yet to just pick four favorites. But, here they are! If you find one you’ve missed, click on the title to go take a look!

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DIY Body Scrub

Because when you can count on something being all natural and cheap, there is no contest!

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Cocktails Taste Better On Rooftops

Girl’s nights out are some of my favorite nights. Rooftops also make them pretty great too.

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Wedding Season Has Sprung

This won’t be the last this year! Check out some spring wedding guest fashion in this teal inspired post.

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5 Places To Eat This Weekend

Tired of your normal go-to restaurants? Here are some of my suggestions!

Let me know in the comments which was your favorite and what posts you’d like to see in May!
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