Wedding Wednesday : August 2018 (Late)

Another Wedding Wednesday is here! This month we are talking about bridal party gifts and a few DIY’s on a budget!

This is becoming more and more of a trend in the recent years to give gifts to your bridal party as a thank you for being apart of the big day. I do partially agree with this because let me just say it can be expensive to be apart of the bridal party of someone else’s wedding especially if your having to fork over the amount for your dress, tux or suit, money for a gift and anything else you may be pitching in on to be apart of the bridal party- including bachelor and bachelorette parties and showers, etc.! It’s just can be expensive.

So as a bride and groom even though you have already been spending a chunk of change on your big day it is nice to put some money out to say thank you to those who have agreed to stand beside you on this big day!

I wanted to share with you all a few idea’s! This will be in a top five kind of style like we have done in the past.

1. Bridesmaid Survival Bags

I loved this idea for my bridesmaids! I went through and found all of the big day survival necessities. In this I included mini alcohol bottles, Band-Aids, hair ties, deodorant, hairspray, baby powder, chocolate, granola bars and a bunch more. It was nice to have this as a gift at the rehearsal dinner because then if any of them had forgotten anything then it was there and ready for them. I also found the most adorable bags that had “Bridesmaid” written on them so I thought it was super cute!

2. Groomsman Survival Kits

So similar to the ones for the bridesmaids I think it’s fun to put together some groomsman survival kits. I find these ones to be a little easier to put together. For this one you want to find a nice grooming bag or shaving kit bag to put everything in. Then you get pints of alcohol and snacks and that’s really it! The guys are usually easy. I do think the idea of socks and adding in aspirin are great for any hangovers that might be coming or any forgetful groomsmen.

3. Matching Jewelry Sets

I think is this something so special to get for you girls to remember the big day and all being together. Plus you want to find something that the girls can wear in the future so looking for something classy and chic with necklace and earrings. Rose gold is such a hot trend at the moment I think a nice and simple rose gold detail with some pearls would be stunning! Not only does a jewelry set really say thank you but it’s also something that will last a while!

4. Engraved Decanters

So for those that don’t know what a decanter is- it’s the really nice glass bottles that hold different types of nice alcohol. These are the perfect guy gifts because most of them won’t have one and you can have it engraved with just about anything you want highlighting not only them but also that they shared in you big day. I really love this idea!

5. Flask Sets

This is something that works well for the whole bridal party! Flasks can also be engraved with names and fun phrases to commemorate the big day! I also really like that if you give these ahead of time then you all can use them at the wedding and make it like a secret just among the bridal party (especially if you don’t have an open bar). I absolutely love having special moments with the bridal party as a whole because these are the people you have asked to be involved in your big day and these are the ones you will be spending the most time with during the wedding! Make it count!

These are only a few ideas and there are so many out there but they are some of my favorites! I love the sentiment a gift carries and as a bride and groom it’s really important to remember the time and money that the bridal party puts out to be apart of the big day. Thank them!

I hope this is helpful in planning out some gifts! It’s really does mean a lot when you put together a thoughtful gift!

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Wedding Wednesday : July 2018

For this months Wedding Wednesday I have decided I would put together a few tips and tricks and make up tutorial for all of the brides out there who are doing their make up themselves. I am kind of a control freak so I wanted to make sure everything was perfect as far as my hair and make up went and no one knows my hair or face like I do so I practiced for months leading up to the big day to make sure I had everything exactly how I wanted it! I thought I would share with you all what I found helpful and my go to bridal make up look.

And as always I am by no means a professional but I do enjoy doing hair and make up so I like to share what I find works. I have combination to oily skin and stick straight color treated hair. In this post I am just going to talk about make up but if you like it let me know and I will do a hair tutorial with a couple of different styles in one of the next months Wedding Wednesdays.

Lets get started!

One of the most important thing to remember when getting ready for the big day is to take care of yourself. This means eating good, taking care of your skin and making sure your giving yourself the best canvas to apply makeup too when the big day arrives. I can’t stress enough having a nailed down skin care routine so that you know what works for you skin. You don’t want to be experimenting two weeks before the wedding to end up with a breakout you have to figure out how to cover.

So I wanted to start out with a couple of products I recently found and have been loving!

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Glow Recipe; Watermelon Set

I have never been so in love with how my skin feels after using these two products! I absolutely love using the sleeping mask over night and waking up to hydrated and supple skin! I highly recommend giving this a shot to add to your skin care routine. I personally have oily combo skin and I a beauty guru I follow with dry skin uses this like crazy and has the same results! And this stuff smells amazing on top of it all!

With this duo I would use the sleeping mask the night before and then the moisturizer about 30 minutes before you apply your make up so that it has had time to sink into your skin. I also recommend not wearing make up the whole day prior to the wedding so that you have a nice clean, fresh face to work with on the day of.

 

Now when it comes to the actually make up I recommend starting with the eyes just so that if you have any fall out or if you have anything mess up it doesn’t mess up your face make up. You should find an eye shadow primer that works well for you or you can always use concealer. img_1376A good eye shadow primer is this one from Wet and Wild. This is both affordable and good quality. Some other really good eye shadow primers are Urban Decay Primer Potion or the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I personally like to use my concealer just because it’s easier and covers all of my discoloration on my eyelids.

 

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Once I have applied my concealer/shadow primer I like to set it with translucent powder or a skin colored shadow just so that when I start to blend all of my shadows it’s smooth and even.img_1375 My go to powder that is both amazing and inexpensive is the Coty Airspun powder in translucent or naturally neutral. This powder is amazing for baking under the eyes, setting the whole face or setting concealer.

 

Now for the shadow’s I used to create a classic and simple bridal look!

 

These four shadow’s are all the from Colour Pop and are $5 a piece. Sometimes they do run specials that help cut costs but these are some of the more inexpensive options for shadows that are also really high quality. There are also some other quad style shadow palettes that Colour Pop offers that would make a great look that they have for $12 so plenty of good affordable options. The shades I have here are Bel Air, Conundrum, Noche and Snake Eyes.

Another great palette that offers great shadows for wedding make up that are high quality is the Jaclyn Hill palette with Morphe. I used that palette for my wedding and it was so nice to have option incase something wasn’t blending well.

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So starting with Bel Air and a fluffy brush you will want to work in windshield wiper and circular motions to blend in the transition shade into the crease. I like to pick the lightest brown color to really blow out in the crease so that everything blends nicer on top of it.

 

 

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Next I add Conundrum into the crease to deepen it up. You can use the same fluffy brush or you can use a new one but any fluffy brush will do just fine to help add color to the outer portion of the eye and add depth and dimension.

 

 

 

 

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From there I like to add in Noche to help darken up the outer corner and really give depth to the look. I don’t add very much in the beginning because I like to build up the dark shades. I do switch brushes when I’m adding in this shade to a smaller more domed shape brush to help with placement of the color and making sure I get it precisely where I want it.

 

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Now for the shimmer shade! Not everyone wants to have the shimmer on the lid and sometimes depending upon your eye shape a shimmer shadow might not be the best option. I personally love to had shimmer shade to the lid because not only do they brighten up a look but who doesn’t need a little sparkle in their life!

Tip!: When applying a shimmer shadow wet your brush with setting spray before applying the shimmer shadow. It will make the shade pop even more on the lid helps with not having fall out as well.

After I have applied the shimmer shade to my lids I go back in with Conundrum to help just blend all of the shadow’s together in the crease, making sure there are no harsh lines.

Now for the face! Just as important as primer for your lids are primer for your face is just as important as this is what preps your face for foundation application.

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My newest love and recommendation to all for summer time or long lasting make up is this Primed and Peachy Cooling Matte Skin Perfecting Primer. This stuff is amazing! It melts into the skin and combats oil. Ever since I purchased this it has been my go to primer! Now this is a more expensive primer so if you want to find a more drug store friendly option Wet and Wild’s Photo Focus face primer is a really good one.

 

 

Once you have primed now comes foundation. This is another area where you will want to pick something that is your tried and true, all day wear, perfect shade foundation. If you don’t have one it’s time to start shopping around to find one that will work wonders for you. I personally used a mix of Milana Conceal and Perfect and Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundations. img_1379Not only did I mix these to get my perfect shade but I also mixed these to get the best coverage and all day wear for the big day.

My newest obsession is the Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation! Like I have said before I have oily/ combo skin and this foundation is amazing! I have worn it all day and in different climates and I always end up looking amazing! The coverage is medium to full which is nice to allow it to be built up.

Another favorite that I find holds up really well for me is theimg_1373 Colour Pop Pores No More Foundation. This one is a more inexpensive option compared to the peach perfect. I also really like the Wet and Wild Photo Focus Foundation  as another inexpensive option.

 

Tip!: Keep in mind to match your foundation to your body. If you plan on getting a spray tan before the big day make sure you have had this done before and that you have a foundation shade that matches! And always match your foundation to your next and chest. You don’t want to look like a floating head.

Now that your foundation has been blended out it’s time for concealer. With concealer you want to get a couple of shades lighter than your foundation so that you can not only conceal but brighten up your face as well.img_1374 A favorite of mine is the Maybelline Age Rewind in the brightener shade. The pink undertone compliments my skin tone and helps to brighten up the center of my face.

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Tip!: To highlight your face you want to apply you concealer to any where you want to bring lightness to. I like to put mine on the under eyes in a triangle, next to and around my nose, on my cupid’s bow, a little on my chin and the center of my forehead.

 

 

From here I will blend out the concealer into my foundation. At this point you also can cream contour is that is something you are comfortable with and if you really like the way it looks on your face. I personally didn’t want to cream contour but just used powder to give a more blown out and natural shadow look.

Now it’s time for powder! I like to set my under eye’s first followed by my whole face. I personally find it important to set img_1375my whole face with powder to help with blending out my other powder products like bronzer, blush and highlight. For this I use my tried and trusty Coty Airspun Powder in translucent. This really is a nice powder and is only $5 for a pretty large container. I have been using this for some time now and I have only purchased one other shade and still have both of them that I use almost every day! Great powder option!

 

Once I have put powder on my face I go in with bronzer, blush and highlight! My newest favorite bronzer, highlighter duo is a new one I got from Colour Pop.

This is the Step Right Up Duo that was release with the Fame and Fortune Palette. I really liked how the bronzer is more on the neutral/cool side so that it actually looks like a shadow if I want to contour or it can buff out and make a really light bronzer. img_1383The highlighter is also very blinding if build up but also applies softly and beautifully! Some brides might not want to highlight but I really like to add a highlight to give a glow to the skin so that you look like your radiating.  Then I like to add my all time favorite blush Luminoso by Milani. It’s a very flattering and beautiful peachy blush with the ever so slight sheen when applied! I find that this compliments many skin tones and gives a slight color to the cheeks.

At this point before I apply the finishing touches of mascara and lipstick I like to apply my setting spray. Some great options are img_1380the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, the Morphe Setting Spray, the L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray and my personal new favorite the Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray. This is an amazing setting spray to use for hot weather that will keep you matte all day long. I really love all of these setting sprays I just happen to be really loving the Peach Mist at the moment.

The one thing to remember if you purchase this setting spray is because of the mattifying properties you have to shake this spray really, really well so that all of the contents get mixed in together and you don’t end up with little while splotches. I have made that mistake once but won’t again.

 

 

So now that the face is set this is when I like to apply mascara and lipstick. Now for the wedding day I strongly, strongly recommend water proof mascara. My personal suggestion is the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Water Proof mascara. No only is this mascara amazing to use but it also is water proof so when those happy tears start to flow you aren’t left looking like a raccoon!

Now when it comes to lips this is all personal preference as far as color goes. I personally love bold lips and wore a medium pink color when I got married.

Tip!: Applying a lip liner all over the lips first will ensure that even through eating and drinking that you will still have lip color left even when you apply a lipstick on top of it.

The other recommendation that I have when it comes to lipstick for the big day is choosing matte liquid lipstick. These tend to last the longest and with the lip liner underneath you don’t run the risk of having too much lipstick loss over the course of the day and evening.

For this look today I chose a soft peachy pink lip color from Colour Pop (as you can tell one of my favorite brands-also super affordable). img_1394

So for the finished look!

 

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My biggest Tip when it comes to doing your own makeup for your wedding day is

Practice, Practice, Practice!

I can’t stress enough how important it is to get the routine down and make sure that you know how each product will react with your face on the big day! So this means testing in all different weather and doing various activities. I was testing out make up 4 months prior to the big day to make sure I had everything down to an art!

 

I hope you enjoyed my take on a bridal make up tutorial. Again I am no professional but I do enjoy make up and I’m all about doing things on a budget!

If you enjoyed this tutorial let me know and I will try and do a few simple wedding day hair tutorials for you as well including products that will help with making your hair stay put all day!

 

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Love is Patient, Love is Kind

Over the weekend I had my first wedding for 2018 that I helped with day of coordinating and let me just say it was beautiful!

The bride and groom chose to have their ceremony on the brides family property. With lush green grass backdrops and turning their working barn into a shabby chic reception area made for the perfect day for this amazing couple!

Day of coordinating can be a challenge at times but when a bride and groom have so many family members so willing and able to help it really makes all the difference! There were so many willing and able bodies that helped in each different area to not only make my job easier but also to put the bride and groom first to make for a beautiful wedding!

We did have a bit of rain just as the ceremony was starting and through most of the photo’s afterward  but after all was said and done no one really remembered the rain. And after all they say rain is good luck!

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This wedding had a couple more challenges than I had totally prepared for but when it comes to these kinds of things that’s the exact reason I am there as the coordinator to handle these situations and keep the stress and pressure off of the bride.

Challenge #1 this wedding was a sick bridesmaid. At 11 am about and hour before they were to be at the house getting ready I got notice that one of the bridesmaids was sick and couldn’t keep any sort of food down and had a 103 temp.

Resolution: There was no need to tell the bride any of this. I would handle it and if it really came down to it and we were at ceremony time that’s when we would have a talk and let her know the situation. Thankfully the bridesmaid showed up only 45 minutes later than expected and after some bread and water she was feeling better. We had a conversation when she showed up to let me know her limits and that we keep her as comfortable as possible through the whole of things. It was important to me that we keep everyone healthy and that the bride only know what she needed to.

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Challenge #2 was 45 minutes before the ceremony the grooms younger brother and groomsman comes up stairs in a panic because he had forgotten his suit at his house 45 minutes away.

Resolution: This was a lot a bit more challenging that I would have first thought but thankfully with the help of friends and family we were able to pull together pants, shirt and change up the jackets to make the ceremony flow and not look too broken up. And in the nick of time just as we were starting pictures another friend saved the day bringing in the missing suit! I wasn’t sure we could pull this one off but improvising and a little flexibility made it work!

 

Once we got through the ceremony it was smooth sailing and beautiful weather! The sun came out and everyone enjoyed the rest of the night with taco’s, cake and dancing! There was so much love shared and felt it was amazing to see everyone come together to celebrate two deserving and in love individuals becoming one!

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No matter how much you plan there are always instances when things won’t always go according to plan and that’s what I am there for. I really enjoy being a wedding day coordinator no matter how crazy a day might get I know I am able to keep the stress of things away from the bride and make for an amazing day!

Again congratulations to the happy couple and thank you for asking me to be apart of your big day! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and I hope your having the best time on your honeymoon!

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Wedding Wednesday : June 2018

Wedding Wednesday on Thursday…haha can you tell I’ve been busy!

So this post is coming to you very late today but that is just due to it being a busy summer season already! Today I don’t have a top 5 list for you but more of just some words of advice or wisdom that I have learned over the last few years when it comes to not only planning my own wedding but also to helping others with their weddings!

Now that we are in the full swing of wedding season I think it’s extremely important to remember these few things leading into the big day.

First and foremost remembering that your wedding day it about you and your significant other. It’s what you want to show people about the two of you as a couple. If you spend the final weeks leading up to the big day trying to please everyone else you will only end up stressed and unhappy on a day that is supposed to be so full of love and joy. It can be hard when you have family who thinks you SHOULD have or do something in particular but if it’s not what you want then DON’T do it! You can’t please everyone and you don’t need to please everyone this is about YOU!

Remember to relax before hand! Take a day before the big day and get some R & R.  I can’t tell you how important and imperative this can be on your mental health. I thankfully was very lucky with the way my wedding day planned out with rehearsal on a Friday, and wedding day on a Sunday I had all day Saturday to tie up loose ends and just hangout and relax!

Also take care of yourself and your significant other! With all of the fun and stress that comes with getting married it’s easy to forget about taking care of you body. The last thing you want to happen is getting sick right before the wedding so remember to take your vitamins and eat healthy coming up on the big day. This will also help to avoid any pre wedding weight gain that might happen and lead to dresses and tuxes and what not becoming to tight or too small. And along with eating healthy make sure you actually are eating each day so that you can keep your energy up and not become ill from lack of nutrition.

So again I know this is a late post and isn’t like our normal Wedding Wednesday posts but I still really hope that you take away something beneficial from these posts when heading into the big day!

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Wedding Wednesday : May 2018

We are in May already and here is the May edition of Wedding Wednesday!

This month I wanted to toss out the top 5 most important lists to make before the big day and that should be handed off to your wedding coordinator or person in charge of helping make the big day get off without a hitch!

So with out further ado the top 5 lists to have ready for the big day!

1. Song List

The song list is pretty important depending on how your planning on your reception being run. If you book a DJ they will most likely prompt you for this list because they are wanting make sure they have everything that you want for the big day. It’s also key to book a DJ that has the music style you want too(if you choose to go the route of a DJ). If you are having a friend do the music you’ll want to make sure they have the list of not only all of the important songs but also the songs that you want to dance the night away too. I worked on this one for about a month to make sure I not only had all the songs I wanted but also some that my now husband wanted. This music also sets the tone for the rest of the evening after the formalities so work on this one constantly.

2. Photo List

This is probably one of the most important lists you will make for the big day! A list of photo’s that you want on the big day! Any idea’s you have seen on pintrest or the internet that you know you want on from your wedding WRITE IT DOWN! Pictures are the longest lasting memories from your wedding and this is why it’s crucial to write down all of the different shots you want taken! This is the one regret I have is that we didn’t get all of the photo’s that I wanted because I forgot to bring my list with me. And this brings me to my next point make sure that your coordinator has all of these lists to make sure that everything stays on track and runs smoothly! Photographers also love when you are prepared with a list because then they know the direction you are looking for and are ready to accommodate you and make the best of the time you have to take photo’s.

3. Family List

This is one that I figured out after not only my wedding but coordinating my first wedding! When there is a large family it makes life so much easier when there is a list of them all! This is also helpful when it comes to family photo time because I will tell you right now family photo’s are like herding cats….practically impossible! Having their names written down makes for and easier time when it comes to running through family photos and when you need to make sure people are where they are supposed to be! And sometimes a family list is needed when there is people who can’t sit together or who don’t get along or who might cause a scuffle when they want their diva moment and by knowing who these people are it makes it possible to avoid these things because we can get timing just right that they don’t have the option for their diva moment.

4. Important People Contact List

Another really great list to is a contact list for all the main contact people. I always like to have this as a wedding coordinator so that I can contact the people I need to when setting up and getting things ready.  People I like to see on this list are the caterer, photographer, DJ, venue contact, mother of the bride, mother of the groom, cake person, décor person, etc. Basically anyone that might try to contact the bride on the big day with something that needs to be done. This will help to alleviate the stress from the bride on the big day! Because after all it’s supposed to be fun and happy and there is no need to be stressing over other ridiculous things.

5. Borrowed Things List

This one is more for if you have décor or items you are borrowing from friends and family to help keep costs down on the wedding. This makes it nice so you know who’s items belong to who and where they need to go at the end of the day! We did this for my sisters wedding because many of the items we had were borrowed from one person or another and the list was nice to keep things straight! This one isn’t as important as the other listed above but it does make fore a more seamless clean up when the bride who has planned everything isn’t there at the end of the night tearing down.

That wraps up another Wedding Wednesday Top 5! I really hope if you are a bride to be or if you are a amateur wedding coordinator like myself that you find these posts helpful to relive stress before the big day!

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Wedding Wednesday : April 2018

We have come to another Wedding Wednesday my friends!

For the month of April I wanted to offer up 5 alternative ideas for celebrating with your girls for a bachelorette party! I know we all watch the movies and see all of the crazy things that happen but that’s not always the scene everyone wants to be apart of!

In all reality the bachelorette party should be for a fun time with your girls to celebrate you as you head into this new life of being a wife.

So without further ado 5 bachelorette party ideas!

 

1. Spa Day

Schedule a day at a spa or make one at home either way this is a fun way to relax before the big day! Mani/Pedi’s, facials, massages! Get the works. There is nothing better than a day of pampering with your girls to just sit and chat. I know I love just hanging out and spending time with my girls having time to ourselves.

2. Schedule a Photo Shoot

This is probably one of my favorite idea’s, spending a few hours with your girls just getting fun photo’s of you all together! Find a fun place or a place that is sentimental to all of you and just have a great time! This might also be something fun to do with your wedding photographer if they are available because this will help you get to know them more and feel more comfortable on the big day when it comes to those up close and in your face shots! Plus it’s nice to have some group shots of you and your BFF’s that you normally wouldn’t always get!

3. Girls Night In

For all of you home bodies, this I think would be one of the better options to have a great time without having to get totally dressed up and spending a tone of money! With a girls night in you can build a couch cushion fort, order pizza, pick out a movie and just have a great time with your gal pals!

4. Volunteering

This is for all of you out there that want to give back! What a more fun way than to do some sort of volunteering event! It’s a nice way to get all of your friends and girls together for a good cause. This could be spending time at an animal shelter, helping with Habitat for Humanity, donating or helping out at a children’s home, really the possibilities are endless with this option and this is a nice way to make your bachelorette party mean something to you!

5. Camping Trip

For all of you who love to be out in nature this is a fun way to get out and relax before the big day! You can get some peace and quiet and just enjoy the simple things. I know I really like having some time to myself when I have been busy and stressed and taking some time to unwind and be away from the hustle and bustle is really beneficial before the wedding. This will also allow you to clear your head and have a level mind going forward into the final days before the wedding.

 

I know not everyone is all about going out and getting tanked so that’s why I wanted to put out some alternative idea’s for hanging out with friends prior to the big day! The possibilities are endless.

We are coming up on wedding season and I couldn’t be more excited!

 

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Wedding Wednesday : March 2018

It’s time for March’s Wedding Wednesday!!

This month I thought it would good to go over the top 5 reasons to have make sure that as a couple you have a gift registry at at least one store if not multiple. Now I know that in modern times like now most couples already live together and so this might seem futile or not necessary but let me tell you why it actually is beneficial!

1. Out of Town Family

By creating a gift registry and linking it to your wedding website or putting a link in your invitations it allows for your out of town family to buy you a gift and have it sent right to your door step. Or even people who can’t make the big day can go online or even into the store and have something mailed out to you. Most large retailers offer some sort of registry process and they also offer gift wrapping services that are also sent out with a gift receipt. I have found this to be really great when I am sending out gifts to friends and family weddings that I can’t actually be there. This was also really convenient when my husband and I got married because we got quite a few gifts prior to the wedding this way.

2. Prevents Duplicates

This is also a nice feature of the digital age and registry’s being online, it helps prevent people from getting you the same gifts. That is of course if you aren’t asking for multiples. I found this to be really nice because then we got things we actually wanted and only what we needed. We didn’t have to worry about having to take things back because it was a duplicate and something we didn’t actually want.

3. Replacing what you have

Most modern day couples already live together prior to getting married so you will most likely have a lot of common things together already; things like bedding, kitchen supplies, décor…yada, yada, yada. But this the time to take inventory of what you have and what you want to upgrade. This was really nice for my husband and I because we had a lot of weird odds and ends we had gotten when we initially had moved out. I had a lot of hand-me downs from my sister, my husband had a lot of bachelor pad things and then together we had gotten some cheap things because we were both broke college students. But at this point we decided to go through what we had and ask for nicer options to make for a more cohesive kitchen and home area because after all we are now moving into a different part of our lives being a married couple and odds and ends just don’t cut it.

4. For Those Gift Giving Relatives/Friends

We all have those relatives who are just gift givers. They don’t want to give you cash or a check they want to get you someTHING, an object or and item. So this is where having a registry comes in handy because then you know that these gift givers will be getting you exactly what you want and exactly what you have asked for. No disappointing faces when you open something that you know was bought with love but that you didn’t really want.

5. Bonding Time with your future spouse

Ok so this might seem like a weird point about making a registry but when it really comes down to it going into stores and registering for gifts is time consuming and daunting (especially if you are going to Bed, Bath and Beyond). Use this as a time to really connect with your partner and talk about different things. I know my husband got bored really quickly when we were trying to do our one registry but we used it as a time to joke around and have a good time. A lot of times leading up to the wedding weekends are filled with planning and finishing things and sometimes it’s not the easiest to stay connected so it’s these little moments that mean a lot. After all the big day will go by so fast so relishing in the small things is always a must!

 

I know it’s always what you want to do but having a wedding registry can be very beneficial to the big day and can be fun if you make it fun. I was the person who didn’t want to do one but seemed to be getting pushed from multiple directions to create one and in hind sight it was the best choice we made!

 

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Wedding Wednesday : February 2018

It’s that time!

Here is February’s Wedding Wednesday!

This Wednesday’s topic is the top 5 reasons why it’s important to have a wedding website!

In today’s age of technology I think it’s extremely important to have a wedding website. The most common place that offers a free website that you can design is theknot.com. (to be totally honest I don’t know of any others). They make for an easy way of setting up a website with different style options and different area’s of focus for your wedding. I had a great time when I started mine! It was nice to customize all of the different aspects of the sight to be most similar to your wedding style. It also gives the options of what you want to prioritize about your wedding!

So now for the top 5 reasons to have a wedding website!

1. Introducing You & Your Significant Other as a Couple

On the website one of the main sections is the “Our Story” section.  This is a nice and easy way to let your friends and family that you haven’t see in awhile about how you met this new important person in your life! I find this can become a repetitive chore when you have a bunch of family and friends that you haven’t seen in some time and haven’t had the chance to meet your significant other. It also allows you to in detail go over how the proposal went and all the beautiful pictures to a mass amount of family and friends all at once! This will help you save time and breath when it comes to the big day and everyone wanting to ask you all of these burning questions. This part will probably be the most time consuming but so worth it and I found it fun to upload photo along with it so that everyone could see how much we had grown and changed as a couple leading up to our wedding day.

2. Sharing Important Information with Guests

This is one of the easiest ways to share important information with your guests. Things like time, place, directions, hotel accommodations, registry, etc. It’s nice and conveniently all in one place! It also makes it so that you don’t have to send 5 different little slips of paper in your actual invitations that people can easily loose. You just print off your beautiful invitations and put your wedding website link on the bottom and list “please visit our website for further information”. I know not everyone like Grandma Sue us the internet but any more these day’s if you aren’t using the computer then you are practically in the stone age so this makes it really nice for you to direct all of the questions your guests have to the website rather than having Aunt Patty calling you ten times leading up to the big day asking where to book a room.

3. Most Registries Can Link-Up to Your Website

I thought this was probably the coolest thing about having a wedding website! We only did one registry at Bed Bath and Beyond because by the time we finished that it was so overwhelming that we didn’t want to even attempt another store! My husband also wasn’t the most enthusiastic when it came to picking things out unless he got to use the price/scan gun. However when it came time I was able to link our registry online with our wedding website and let me just tell you how easy this was for some of our out of town family! By having them linked many of our friends and family could do their shopping online and have the gifts send right to our front door! I mean how great is that! They also could choose to have it gift wrapped or just sent to us! We probably got about 1/3 of our wedding gifts via the website! I was so shocked because I didn’t realize this was a feature until our first couple of gifts showed up! But I thought how convenient for our out of town family! I think people also liked the idea of the online registry because they could purchase gifts two months prior to the wedding which gave them flexibility when it came to having money for the gifts. I know I appreciate this aspect being a guest at a wedding so that if I need time to plan for a purchase I have that time.

4. RSVP Tracking!

This feature was a life saver for me. The website offers a way of adding in your guest list and allowing for RSVP information. It was nice and easy for guests to list who was coming and by name if they were brining a plus one or their kiddo’s and it was nice to have a ball park idea of how many people we were expecting to come on our big day. I was pleasantly surprised with how many people we had not only RSVP but also show up! We sent/gave out about 150 invites including out of town family expecting about half to show up and we ended up with almost 120 people RSVP’d. Now some of this was because we started inviting people by verbal invites and I didn’t always take into account how many kiddo’s or plus ones we would have but I will say this was the best ball park I could have had when it came to food and drinks and being prepared for the day. I was totally surprised with how many people we had come to our wedding and I was glad we had a centralized spot to keep track. The nice thing about the RSVP feature as well was that you could add and subtract people out as time went one. So if someone said they would make it and then had something come up and couldn’t you could take out their RSVP and for all of the traditional mailed in RSVP’s you can add them in to keep track all in one place.

 

5. Count Down to the Big Day

The other great thing about this website service is that at the very top is the daily count down to the big day! It makes it easy when you are six months or so out from the big day to be able to see easily the number of days left. I found this very convenient  when people would inevitably ask me this question and thankfully I could easily pull up the website and it would have the days left. The other thing I absolutely loved about the website was that it was easy to share on my social media’s to let friends and family know that way as well.

 

I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful when planning for your big day and getting ready for all of the fun and festive times coming a head! I know I found it so beneficial to my planning process to have the website and for my out of town family to keep up on all of the fun and changes that came up along the way!

A wedding is an exciting time hopefully you find this helpful!

 

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Welcome to Wedding Wednesday : January 2018

New Series for 2018!

To kick off my first new series for 2018 once a month we will have a Wedding Wednesday to highlight some key things to help with planning a wedding and things leading up to the big day as well as gift ideas and different bridal formalities!

Last year I had the opportunity to coordinate my first wedding and as busy as it was I learned so much and was pleased that at the end of the night everything went as smoothly as could have been asked for! My bride and groom were happily married and nothing burned to the ground! That’s pretty good in my book!

This year I have one wedding set already that I am very excited for the simplistic backyard wedding among the bride and groom’s close family and friends! I am very excited to add another day of coordinating under my belt!

One thing I really can’t emphasize enough is the fact that I am by no means a professional wedding planner! I am a day of amateur coordinator. I like to think of myself as the person that will take all of you hard work, planning and vision and make it a reality! I also like to do some amateur photography on the side but that’s for an entirely different post!

My goal is to help my friends have the most magical and amazing day because there is no need to have stress on a day that is supposed to be happy and full of so much love!

So you just got engaged! It’s exciting, it’s a rush, it’s an amazing and happy time!

Then come all the questions…when, where, how many people, what colors, who do you have for this, that, and the other….it’s enough to make you want to pull your hair out!!

I know I would (and almost did) !

But I want to let you know it’s ok to put those things off for a short period of time! Enjoy being engaged and the short time this will be compared to the life time you are about to spend together with your significant other! Just know you don’t have to have it all figured out right away! It’s practically impossible!

So for our first Wedding Wednesday here are 5 important items to take care of right out of the gate.

1. Date!

Probably one of the most important parts to planning and finding out how your planning experience is going to be is by picking a date. By picking a date this give you an idea of a time frame for planning and can help you structure your to-do lists so they become to-done lists and the big day is a breeze! The other thing to think about when picking a date is when you want your anniversary to be every year. As strange as it might sound picking certain times of the year as well as avoiding certain times of the year should be considered by both you and your future spouse to avoid anniversary conflicts. It might seem like the farthest thing from your mind but it really does help later on in the marriage.

2. Location, location, location.

Picking a location, venue, place, area, park, church, field, barn, hotel, meeting hall, space; where ever fits your fancy to have your ceremony and reception is also a key component to the planning process. Wedding venue’s tend to fill up quickly and often are booked out a year in advance, so if you are looking to plan a wedding in 6-12 months the options can become limited when if comes to picking a wedding venue, especially if you have your heart set on one particular venue. Picking a location also will play into the date option because once you pick a date you have to find the availability of the venue. Now location and date could always switch places for first and second in order of importance because it’s possible you have a date but it ends up that the venue doesn’t have that available but has something close to it. So these two items walk hand in hand.

3. Budget 

Your might ask why this isn’t first. Well in my mind you budgets can be some what flexible for the pure fact that once you have the date and place the rest can all be added or subtracted as needed. For me the biggest parts of the budget need to be the money spent on a beautiful location and a photographer. The photos you take this day need a beautiful backdrop and will the most vivid memories you have from the very special day when you look back in 20 years. These are the memories you will hold on to for the rest of your life and the moments caught in time. There isn’t going to be a redo or a do over so having these amazing memories captured to last forever is in my opinion the most  important part of the day. When it comes to flowers and dresses and catering and décor there are many DIY options and many simplistic options that can help to cut costs.

4. Photographer

Photographers like venue’s book up quickly so finding the right one for you and making sure they are available for you big day is a challenge all on it’s own. But to me this is also one of the biggest things to really nail down. With a photographer you want to find someone’s work that you love as well as some one who you connect well with. Price point can also be a concern in this one. When I got married the one thing I really wanted was to look for someone who would give me either a disk or a jump drive of the photo’s that I could then print myself- this is usually considered rights to the images. This to me is worth the price because then you get to print the photos for anything you want! We added them to Christmas cards, thank you cards, social media and I was able to print my family photos at my own pace and at the sizes I wanted! I had the best photographer if I do say so myself who exceeded all of my expectations and now I have the best memories to look back on!

5. Style/Concept/Esthetic

One of the final important things to nail down in the beginning is what kind of wedding you want. Do you want vintage, rustic, shabby chic, western, modern, theatrical, ethereal, fairytail, traditional?   The list of options goes on and on! Picking something that represents you and your soon to be spouse is going to make the day that much more special. It also helps if you keep this idea in mind all along so that when you pick your venue and your photographer. By having your style planned out it makes the rest of the planning process much easier and helps to direct your focus to the different options that you want to make sure are apart of your big day! The style will also play into the colors you choose for your wedding so that it is complimentary to esthetic as a whole.

 

These are brief explanations for these 5 important and key things to thing about but it’s a place to start. I found these to be the most helpful for me when I went to plan my wedding two years ago and I hope you find these steps helpful for you in your beginning stages of planning! If you are a bride to be congratulations-it’s going to go by so quickly but it’s going to be so much fun!

 

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The Wedding Advent Calendar!

 

It’s wedding season full tilt!

The other day I found myself in need of a gift idea for a bridal shower for a friend and I couldn’t think of what to get her! I wanted it to be something sentimental that wasn’t from her gift registry because that’s what the wedding day is for. Plus I found this to be a fun alternative to traditional bridal shower gifts!

From the many different idea’s behind the wedding advent I decided to make a fun spin on it and do the 12 Day Count town (similar to the 12 days of Christmas) and making it a wedding day emergency kit (all the little things people don’t always think about for the big day)

 

 

First we will start with the supplies you will need to wrap the gifts and present them!

I purchases a majority of my supplies between TJMaxx and Wal-Mart.

  • décor box
  • wrapping paper
  • sticky numbers
  • tags to label each dat
  • note cards to go with each day
  • bags to put items in
  • a card for the bride

Next well move into the different items for the wedding day survival kit!

Most of these things I got at the Dollar Store or at the travel section at Wal-Mart.

  • Large bag for carrying all the emergency items and then some
  • a journal
  • a pen
  • baby powder
  • face wipes
  • Q-tips
  • Band-Aids
  • lint roller
  • wrinkle release
  • Tide-to-Go
  • Kleenex
  • Tylenol
  • Eye drops
  • compact mirror
  • safety pins
  • sewing kit
  • lotion
  • deodorant
  • hairspary
  • bobbi pins
  • dry shampoo
  • nail kit
  • clear polish
  • hand sanitizer
  • mouth wash
  • lip balm
  • small wine bottles or a big one
  • face sheet mask

Now each day will be something fun to open and I will break down the days and what I put with each not for each day.

12 Days to Wedding

A Journal and pen to keep track of all the last minute details or even your vows. Write it down so you don’t forget.

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11 Days to Wedding

Baby powder or in this case Gold Bond and Make up wipes- to help img_6591with any sticky, sweaty or messy situation!

 

 

 

10 Days to Wedding

Band-Aids or First aid kit and Q-Tips for any slips or misses, accidents or boo boo’s from your make img_6592up to your shoes.

 

9 Days to Wedding

A lint roller for so nothing is too clingy, wrinkle release to smooth out any of those pesky lines and Tide-to-Go because we img_6593all know white is no ones friend!

 

 

 

8 Days to Wedding

Kleenex and Tylenol. To dry your happy tears and for the hang over we img_6594all know you will have that morning!

 

7 Days to Wedding

Eye drops and a mirror! To keep your eyes from being to red from those img_6595happy tears and a mirror for any of those touch ups!

 

 

6 Days to Wedding

Safety pins and a sewing kit. Anything can happen and you want to be prepared to sew, pin or even staple anyone into their dress if need be on the big day. Dead serious though we had to sew my sisterimg_6596 into her dress on my wedding day!

 

5 Days to Wedding

Some lotion and deodorant. Just to make sure there is no ashy legs, rough knees or elbows and we all know your gonna sweatimg_6597– it’s natural- so just to keep you fresh and FUN!

 

4 Days to Wedding

Ahhh! So close it’s almost here! Now I know someone will be doing your hair but it never fails that they are long go and your in need of a touch up so here is your img_6602saving grace hair spray, dry shampoo and bobbi pins!

 

3 Days to Wedding

Now I know your not the biggest nail person but this is a day when your hands are gonna get photographed more than you even realize so img_6600here’s a few things to keep ’em clean and sparkly neat- Clear nail polish and a nail kit. I added the hand sanitizer just for good measure! Ya never know when something or someone weird wants to hold your hand!

2 Days to Wedding!

It’s almost here! Can it really be! Well to keep your funky breath fresh and img_6601those lips ready for that kiss that seals the deal here is some chapstick!

1 Day to Wedding!

It’s the night before the big day! Are you ready!? Can you believe that it’s finally here! You get to start your forever tomorrow! So to help you relax and unwind on this amazing night here is aimg_6603 couple of things to pamper yourself! A sheet mask to help to give you glowing skin and a few bottles of wine to help ease your nerves.

 

I hope your ready to marry your best friend and love of your life!

 

 

 

I can’t wait to give this gift to her this coming weekend! I will try to update this post with a photo of the finished product when I get everything all wrapped and put together into the box!

I hope you enjoy this Wedding Wednesday gift idea for the next bridal shower you are headed to! Each Wedding Advent Calendar is different but this is my fun take on one!

 

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