So you’ve said “yes to the dress” and, after some intense shopping sessions, your wedding day ensemble is complete. Time to step back and catch your breath.
Just not for too long. There’s still plenty of beautifying to do.
It might be the prettiest garment you ever wear, but that dress you spent hours picking out is far from the be-all end-all when it comes to your wedding wardrobe. Here are just a few things to think about to make sure your budget stays looking good, too.
Let’s be real. Nobody likes an outfit repeater. Who wants to be wearing the same thing in your engagement photos as in your actual wedding?
Whether it’s a new outfit, a new hairstyle, or the whole beauty bonanza, you’re going to want to set a slice of your budget aside for what should be your most memorable photo shoot ever.
We’re not talking about the kind of party that will go down the aisle with you on your big day. We’re talking dancing, cocktails, and, if you’re doing it right, a whole lot of karaoke.
Whether it’s an engagement party, a bachelorette party, or a “I still can’t believe I’m getting married in six months” party, bomb budgeting skills will take you far.
Remember to take into account all you’ll need for the party. What will you wear? What will you be serving? Will you have a DJ or your friend’s son’s band that you sometimes hear practicing next door?
Answering questions like this are essential to setting real expectations for yourself and making sure you don’t go over-budget too soon.
We would lump this in with parties above, but keep in mind sometimes brides have more than one bridal shower. And if that’s you, do you. You deserve it. But keep in mind the costs associated with every wardrobe choice and hairdo.
The Wedding Weekend
Your wedding weekend is a lot more than a ceremony and a fancy dinner. It's a celebration of true love with all of your closest friends. So you better look damn good for it, right?
How expansive you want to make your weekend wardrobe is entirely up to you. Just remember you’ll have:
Finally, Glamorize and Accessorize.
We’ve been talking mostly clothes, but behind every great outfit there’s an armada of accessories. From game-changing makeup to refreshing mani-pedis for every occasion, do style your way.
2018 has given us a lot of great things: Black Panther, the iPhone X, Beychella and the list goes on! There has also been an abundance of songs perfect for all the moments during your wedding. What do you think about our “Hit 15” list of the best wedding songs of 2018 so far?
1. Beyoncé “Die With You”
2. James Arthur “Say You Won’t Let Go”
3. Calum Scott ft. Leona Lewis “You Are the Reason”
4. Harry Styles “Sweet Creature”
5. Ella Mai ft. John Legend “Everything”
6. Bruno Mars “24K Magic”
7. John Legend ft. Bloodpop “A Good Night”
8. The Carters “SUMMER”
9. Jason Aldean “You Make It Easy”
10. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
11. Ella Mai “Bood’ Up”
12. Drake “Nice For What”
13. Ariana Grande “sweetener”
14. Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé “Perfect Duet”
15. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin“I Like It”
Let’s be honest for a minute: Putting together that wedding gift registry is low-key the bane of any newly wed-to-be’s existence. Sure, you can cram it chalk full of every gravy boat and gourmet popcorn maker in the store, but there’s always that nagging feeling you’re missing something a lot more important. Here are five fire ideas for gifts that belong on your registry. And no worries, you can totally thank us later.
Reliable Baking Ware
It’s not the most exciting wedding gift idea, but it is the one that will keep on giving. Whether you’re serving up sweets at the next neighborhood bash or you’ve decided to treat yourself as part of a quiet night in, you’ll find a sturdy, elegant baking ware set comes to the rescue every time.
You simply can’t go wrong requesting this killer 10-piece set from the queen of the kitchen, Rachael Ray herself, especially because it’s non-stick. You’ll be thanking your lucky stars you put this bad boy on your registry.
Self-inking rubber stamp
Speaking of giving thanks, once the cake has been cut and your wedding day has reached i fairytale ending, you’re going to find yourself with an awful lot of thank-you notes to write. It’s no wonder they leave this part out of all the stories. Who wants to read about Cinderella and Prince Charming pouring over a guest list, trying to personalize each note of gratitude?
Make the post-wedding postage a little less tedious with this clever self-inking rubber stamp, complete with interchangeable plates so you can send multiple messages. Plus, you get to upload your own personalized artwork, so guests will know you’re not just mailing it in.
Furniture care kit
You want your wedding day to be perfect, but your furniture won’t always be. Dings, dents and scuffs happen. They’re unavoidable, like junk mail or bad Adam Sandler movies.
Keep your favorite furniture pieces sparkling for years to come with this versatile furniture care kit. Whether you’re looking to give a wood finish some extra sheen or you’re looking to rejuvenate some worn out leather, this kit has everything you need to get it done.
Wireless speaker system
The music shouldn’t stop with the last dance of the evening. Keep the party jumping with a bumping speaker setup and make sure the dancing never stops. After all, any floor can be a dance floor if a song’s good enough.
Make sure your registry includes this dynamic speaker setup from Sonos. Not only are you able to play your jams anywhere in your home, but you can control it with your voice and connect it to over 30 streaming services. It’s the audio equivalent to having your cake and eating it too.
Ask for a donation
Not quite sure what to ask for on this big day? How about you use your special day to make someone else’s a little special, too? Find a charity that really stands out to you, and request that your guests make a donation instead of a gift.
It’s a great way to start giving back early, and you can bet you’ll ride off into the sunset feeling warm and fuzzy inside, and it won’t just be the champagne.
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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Yes, now. Especially before your family and friends are looking at you sideways saying "bless her/his/their heart(s)."
When you get #engaged and people begin asking you when you are getting married, the best response (other than mind your business) is “my fiance and I are enjoying our engagement at the moment, but will let you know the details regarding our wedding date when you receive your "Save the Date” (if they are invited).
Enjoy the engagement process, after all, you’ll only be a fiance for a short period of time!
There are 3 things that I advise clients to consider as they embark on their journey to marriage:
3. Pastor Availability
Keep it simple and start with the basics, they will be what help carry you through the rest of the decisions that you will have to make.