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.
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!
Photo: Maryna Marsten
Selecting your bridal party for your wedding can is a really daunting task for most couples for a number of reasons. Often time our clients spend a lot of time trying to be pick the best bridal party and sometimes you should, but sometimes picking the best bridal party for your wedding is simple. Without thinking about it, only noting the people that really come to mind, answer the following questions.
Think about it. These people that you mentioned are the ones you probably do real life with and will be there for you when you need them and vice versa. Try to keep in mind the following three tips when considering your bridal party
When you are selecting your bridal party, please keep in mind the bridal party that you don't need are those who:
As you think about your wedding day journey, there are several factors that a client must consider before booking their wedding florist. There are some basics that you should expect your wedding florist to know or you can kindly consider them red flags. This information will also ensure that you are on the right track.
You should expect your wedding florist to know:
1. Wedding Flower Care and Seasonality
2. Estimated Standard Price Range
3. Personal Design Strengths
Wedding Flower Care and Seasonality
Your florist should know if your flowers will stand up to your wedding in the ever changing Texas weather and beyond. With temps in the summer months in the 100's, it is very important that your florist knows care for the flowers and if the flowers offered/selected fit the season.
Estimated Standard Price Ranges
Most florists know their hard costs allowing them to set a standard range for your flowers. It is not uncommon for a bride to ask their florist an average price for a bridesmaid bouquet and bridesmaid bouquet. This gets tricky when you have a flower request that is pretty unique and/or out of season.
Personal Design Strengths
Most florists have a specialty and it shows! It is totally appropriate to find out their style and ensure that you are a great fit for one another. It would be better for you to find out that they can deliver on the look and feel that you are going for up front versus having a disaster waiting for you on your wedding day.
Not gonna lie, we have some florists that we absolutely love! Comment below if you would like us to share our favorites with you!
Have you ever wondered why some wedding receptions are a blast and other receptions are just so whack? I would love to share with you information that one of my favorite DJ's, Kyle Clark. Better known as, DJ Motivate shared with me about keeping your guests on the dance floor! Maybe it will help you out when it is time for you to make a decision about your big day!
The biggest key to keeping your wedding guests on the dance floor is...
That could sound really silly, but the truth of the matter is you have a room full of people who know you and/or your fiance. Not that the random people at the table that they got stuck with because they RSVP'd at the last minute are bad, but they still don't necessarily know each other like that. Or better yet, how much more do you really want to sit with co-workers whom you spend 40+ hours per week just trying to get through already?
Keep in mind that people came to your wedding to celebrate you and your spouse. If they can't find you, it makes it really hard for people to just get down and boogie without you!
Events Unleashed Pro-Tips:
1. Slip some comfortable shoes under your seat before your wedding reception so that you can change into something comfortable discreetly.
2. Stay hydrated.
3. Cool it down a few extra degrees in your wedding venue before the music cranks up.
4. Ask your DJ to start the party with your favorites to help you turn up!
5. Get those photos and formalities out of the way early! There is no bigger buzz kill than stopping the party mid-way through with everyone on the dance floor to stick to a timeline that no one knows about anyway.
6. TRUST the professional. When your DJ asks for 10 songs, give him 10 songs not 92 that are all over the place that don't allow them to create and get in a zone!
7. Bottoms up. There is no better courage than liquid courage for those who have two left feet.
8. Be carefree! It is your day and you should totally enjoy it!
It's like second nature for our team to think through things like this for you on your special day! Let us know if we can serve you in any way! Contact us by clicking here.