You didn’t think it would ever happen. You thought your fella popping the question was about as likely as a humble Kardashian. But it did happen. The man of your dreams got down on one knee and asked you to spend the rest of your life with him, and everybody around you ugly cried a lot.
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and your girlfriends are squealing with delight. It’s not a dream. You know because you’ve pinched yourself five times in the last hour.
And then, just like that, reality starts to set in. You’re getting married, and you’re going to have to plan your own wedding! We predict you’ve gone from 😌 To 😱
But don’t worry. Weddings have been a part of life since the beginning of time, and if your ancestors could pull it off, you definitely can. After all, you’re from the generation that invented the selfie stick.
Here are a few tips to make the planning process pretty close to painless.
Talk It Out
Remember that everyone has a different vision of what they want their wedding to be. Some people grow up fantasizing about the big day, while others don’t really think about it until they have a ring on their finger. Some brides-to-be want an elaborate, fairytale extravaganza, while lowkey’s the name of the game for others.
Before you start your next chapter together, make sure you’re both on the same page. Sit down with your partner and talk it out. Make sure to share your expectations for the big day, and make sure you listen to theirs, too. Communication is key in any relationship, but it’s everything when it comes to weddings.
Make So Many Lists
Top 10 lists aren’t just for Buzzfeed. They’re also a super tool for organizing your thoughts. Work with your partner on lists of:
Brainstorm a budget
Nobody likes crunching numbers -- well except maybe Denise in accounting -- but when you’re talking weddings, it’s important to work together on a realistic budget that works for you both. Take the lists you put together earlier and start attaching dollar amounts to each item. You’ll be surprised how far a little perspective will take you.
Create a Timeline
Do you want to get married in three months? Six? Or maybe you want to take the James Cameron route and make everybody wait 10 years.
Once you and your partner agree on a reasonable budget to spend on the wedding, start getting real about how much time it’s going to take coordinating it all. Will you enjoy your big day if you have it three months from now, or will you be too stressed to take it all in?
Remember That Wedding Planners Are a Thing
Some of us thrive on making weddings happen. Others can’t stand the pressure and would much rather have somebody do it for them. That’s where a great wedding planner comes into play. Let’s call them professional worryers. Make worrying about your wedding cake their job. Let a planner work with you on choosing the perfect flowers, centerpieces, libations, and everything else, leaving you time to do the fun stuff like picking out the perfect dress.
The event planners at Events Unleashed are ready and willing to handle every aspect of your big day, and we’re just as prepared to step back and let you call the shots.
Remember, no matter how big or small, it’s your day, and the best way to pull it off without any tears is to take it one step at a time. Make your wedding happen your way.
Wedding planning breaks are so important for your mental health! Take one day this week to focus on what matters most, your relationship!
Kickoff date night with these questions:
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items
Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
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When we see the hashtag, #shesaidyes or #ido in our minds that means you can finally take your private and secret Pinterest board and make it official and public! You've probably created 7 different weddings within one board as you begin the process after you actually got the bling.... who cares, it doesn't have to be a secret anymore!
1. Talk to your fiance about the most important aspects of the wedding in their opinion and create a list of your own.
2. Prioritize the list, narrow it down to the top 3 (they don't have to be the same)! These top 3 most important areas are the starting point to planning a meaningful and memorable wedding! This also provides insight on where you will want to make sure you lean in to ask for help!
3. Ask your families if there are any important traditions that they would like to see for your special day!
4. Here comes the B* word! Yep, you know what it is, Budget! Ask yourself, how much financially you are willing to pay for the wedding? Will you dip into your savings? Will you start a savings account from every paycheck? What's your plan? Will you have family members that will contribute?
It's tough to be come up with a real wedding budget when you haven't planned a wedding before, so a good number to consider as a starting point is $200 per guest. In no way is this always the case, just a good place to consider starting. This number will also make you consider who you REALLY want to invite!
After you have completed the steps above, contact us, we would be delighted to help you take it from there!
Brides with weddings set for the fall/early winter are treated to an array of favorite fall colors for their use on the most special day of their lives — think maroon, grey, brown, gold, and that warm, comforting olive green — but what happens when you apply the trendiest colors to your makeup look for the day? Magic!
This fall, the industry’s revered fashion designers are talking about metallic eye shadows, bold lips, and gold or purple tones to make your green or brown eyes pop!
Let’s take a peek at what they’re saying …
When Rihanna launched her Fenty Beauty line, makeup enthusiasts scrambled to get their hands on her products. Her foundation flew off the shelves, but women around the world are loving her lip looks, too! She sent a model down the runway (see first picture below) with a super bold lip and extended cat eye – super trendy, and just enough!
Want to rock the no-makeup makeup look but don’t know where to start? The fresh face with a subtle but smoky eye (see second picture) presented by Mimi Tran still says "au natural" but with a hint of shimmer perfect for your walk down the aisle and partying through the night!
Pucci says that neon eyelashes (see third picture) are the way to go – as long as these colors come in waterproof versions (for when we will inevitably shed a few tears of joy) we’re here for this trend! A strong neon mascara can totally work, as long as you keep your lip and eyeshadow to a bare minimum.
If you’re a total girly-girl or “matchy-matchy” person, the fourth picture below is the look for you. Pastel eyes and a matching lip make this woman’s skin and eyes pop, and to top it off, her earrings complement her makeup perfectly! Try this trend but be careful not to over saturate the lipstick and the eyeshadow; it’s easy to go from soft and ethereal to an 80s party girl real quick!
Here's some sage advice from a makeup artist on booking someone for your wedding day:
"I think it’s really important for brides to look at the portfolio of potential makeup artists and contact artists whose aesthetic fits with their vision. I also recommend that brides contact makeup artists right away and ignore common blogging advice of waiting until a month or two before the wedding, because I’ve been booked a year ahead before, and latecomer brides are disappointed when they find out that their popular wedding date has already been taken."
So, we suggest you schedule your consult with a makeup artist and share your desired wedding date with them ASAP.
Have some tips to share with future brides? Drop them in the comments!
Original photos from cosmopolitan.com, harpersbazaar.com, and brides.com.
We hear you loud and clear, but the other boss voice reminds you that your time is just as valuable as your money; when will you actually have more of the time that you already don't have?
How many hours are you scouring the internet to find the perfect whatchmacallit that goes on that thing to only find yourself in a rabbit hole and feeling like you should have just eloped already?
Breathe ... you've got us to help you make the right wedding money moves!
Let us tell you about the many ways our professional expertise helps you rest easy at night. Call us at 512-270-8796 or e-mail us at email@example.com, let's have a heart to heart.
Yes, now. Especially before your family and friends are looking at you sideways saying "bless her/his/their heart(s)."
Mark 10:6-9 emphasizes the beauty of marriage and there are many ways to outwardly express an inward commitment two your spouse. One way that we love to see are the elements that couples choose to symbolize their union. The Unity Cross is a simply gorgeous idea to consider. The outer cross symbolizes the man and his covering of the delicate and intricate cross that represents the woman and there are three pegs that represent the father, son and holy spirit.
Why is it that we apologize for being who we are? As a professional wedding planner there are women out there who actually DO NOT dream about planning a wedding all of their life. If this is you, breathe that freedom in to be exactly who you are! When you were younger, maybe you didn't dream of every last detail of a wedding and that is OK! SERIOUSLY! It's totally OK!
Regardless of what your aunt says at every family gathering, the social pressure of an Insta-Marriage and the thoughts that run through your own head. Weddings are stressful, which means that you may be better off than you think.
Oh and by the way, you didn't have to dream then when you can dream now! We would love to talk to you about dreaming and creating your wedding day in real time. Contact us to chat!
Real Austin, Texas Wedding | Photo: Brio Photography
Purchasing your wedding dress is not a task that a bride should take lightly, after all, it will probably be one of the most expensive pieces of attire that you own. As you consider purchasing your wedding dress, you want to make sure that you ask yourself the following 3 questions:
1. What are your likes and dislikes about dresses and how they fit you?
2. When you consider the way you want to feel on your wedding day, what comes to mind?
3. What is your wedding theme?
Most women, when we aren't putting some much emphasis on what they are not can pick out at least a few things that they like about themselves. Close your eyes for just a moment and think of all the good things you love about yourself, then ask someone who you know that loves you about your best attributes. Then, think about what other people compliment you on; yes, even the things that you just blow off.
Stay right there...
This is a good place to focus as you consider the areas that you might want to highlight on your big day!
Think about your favorite dress. I know that this can be a hard place with an over-sized t-shirt and yoga pants right now, but just think about it. What do you like about it? Why? How long is it? What color is it? What does it hide or accentuate that you like? Write it down.
3. What’s your wedding theme?
What does your venue feel like? Is it a ballroom at a new chic downtown hotel? Is it in the center of the country? A rustic waters-edge venue? A restaurant? Evaluating the decor and ambiance is one great way to think about what you will wear on your special day.
2. How do you want to feel?
Some brides grow up dreaming about being transformed into a fairy-tale-princess on their wedding day, while others have a hard time imagining their day period. Whichever category you fall in, there is help for you. Make a list of what you want it to feel like when you are walking down the aisle, dance with your spouse, and when you dance with your father.
1. What are your likes and dislikes about dresses and how they fit you?
Not everyone can imagine all of the above, but maybe you can think about what you don't love. For example.. Shoulder pads, I mean really.
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There is nothing more beautiful than having super intentional details on your special day. My clients and always have conversations about what is really important.You can have a beautiful event with a simple pops of color. As shown in the photos about the color pallet, although basic, It is definitely something that would make you pause for just a moment and take notice. Keep that in mind as you consider your special event!