Personalize Your Wedding

4 Tips for Getting Ready on your Wedding Day {For Brides & Grooms!}

The first portion of your wedding day is something to be cherished. Spending quality time with some of the most important people in your life, sharing fun stories, and soaking in those last few hours becoming a wife or a husband. That time is likely the only time in your life that you will be in a room with those specific people all at once. Whether you have your best friend from elementary school, your college roomie, your sister or cousin, whoever is within that group, you love them hard.

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In order to reflect back on those moments, you will likely have photos from this start of the wedding day. Oftentimes, once the photographer and videographer start shooting around this time, the rest of the day flies by. Make sure you have everything prepared before they arrive in order to keep things casual and fun, but also a perfect start to the theme and photos of the day.

Main Attire. First things first, what will you and your besties be wearing? A classic for the girls is a robe and guys almost always have coordinating socks. Our suggestion, mix it up a little! We love the idea of pajama sets for the girls and fun shirts for the guys. Anything that looks good together would work well, here are some additional ideas:

  • Matching t-shirts works for guys and girls (keep in mind they should have a wide-neck to keep the girls hair intact)

  • Button-up shirts. Don’t limit this to a white button up with a monogram (though my preppy-loving heart does love those as well) What about a flannel?

  • Rompers, I love these from Plum Pretty Sugar

  • Funny tank tops. The ones with “After this, we’re getting tacos” or something similar are great. Each person can have something related to their personality

Envision the whole picture. What should everyone have on their legs and feet? If you’re supplying something like a tank or robe, legs will be showing. Make sure everyone is informed of what pants they should wear (black leggings are always a great option for girls and black basketball shorts for the guys) as well as what they should have on their feet. Shoes, socks, bare feet? As long as everyone has some sort of direction, you are good to go!

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The details. Depending on what everyone will be wearing, ensure they look presentable from the start by keeping everything ironed. Whatever the attire, whether provided by the couple or not, it should be something new and in good shape, aka no stains, huge wrinkles, etc.

The setting. Keep it clean! Think about the locations around the getting ready space that have the most light and ensure that area stays clear of clutter, food, drinks, etc. Your photographer will be grateful to have a clean area to work with. Keep in mind how many people you have getting ready with you as well, the space near the best light should have enough room to fit everyone.



Post photos by Anne Casey Photography and Chesapeake Charm Photography

Personalize Your Wedding: Flower Girl & Ring Bearer Attire

Are you have little members of the bridal party at your wedding? If so, this post is for you! Pinterest is overflowing with endless options for those little's when it comes to what they wear, what they carry, and more. But how do those photos translate when it comes to your wedding? We're here to help! Especially since this is another way to really bring out your personality on your wedding day. 

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Let's start with who you have leading you down the aisle. Is it your niece or nephew? Your finances relative? Thinking about their relationship to you can spark some ideas as you go through these next few categories. 

The Color
What are your wedding day colors? What color are the bridesmaids and groomsmen wearing? You could go opposite of the bridesmaid dresses for the flower girl, and a colorful shirt for the ring bearer that matches the grooms tie. You could also coordinate instead of fully match the colors. Think taupe with blush or dusty blue with grey. Take a look at your wedding colors and decor as a whole and pick what coordinates the best. 

The Style
Puffy skirts and suspenders are adorable, but think about how it fits with the rest of your wedding. If you are having a barefoot wedding on the beach, you may want something light like a simple lace dress. There are so many beautiful options for flower girl dresses, even some that match the bride! For the little guys, should there wear a suit, a dress shirt with no jacket, maybe a bow tie? Consider what style the groomsmen are wearing. 

 

What They Carry
The trend of ring bearers carrying signs is very popular right now, and there are many options. "Uncle John, here comes your bride" and similar tones. These are great ideas if you don't want them to carry a pillow or ring box. I also love the "ring security" idea. For the little gals, what style flowers should they carry? Will you go outside of the box and not give them flowers at all? Maybe a wand or ribbons? Think about all the options and go with what matches your wedding day! 

Accessories
Oh the accessories! My favorite topic for this post. What items would complete the look to match your wedding theme? Should the ring bearer wear a bowtie, or newsboy cap? Should your flower girl wear a flower crown or even a big bow in her hair? There are a few adorable ideas for this, decide what works best and it will all come together! 

Do you have any ideas for how to coordinate the children in the wedding with the rest of the bridal party? 

Personalize Your Wedding: The Colors

We are more than halfway through the Personalize Your Wedding series, are you enjoying it so far? Is there anything else you would like us to talk about? We only have three more weeks left! 

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We somehow got a little ahead of ourselves and skipped one of the easiest ways to personalize your wedding…the colors! Your personality can greatly shine through depending on which colors you choose, and it’s a bonus when it’s easy to pick them as a couple! Color options are endless, think about the colors in your closet, which one stands out? If you have a sweet and bubbly personality, at this moment you might be drawn towards blush and gold, but don’t just take a glance at Pinterest and let that decide your color scheme. Take a look at your closet, what colors shine through? 

When you start planning your wedding, the colors are important because they will be carried out through the entire planning process. From your invitations to your bridal party attire and the flowers to the linens. The first thing to talk about is what are your favorite colors? Would you like for them to be included in your wedding day? For my own wedding it was fairly easy to decide our wedding colors solely on our favorites. 

I LOVE purple and it’s pretty evident to anyone who knows me. Thankfully, purple is also my husbands favorite color! It was decided, we would definitely have some shade of purple included in our color scheme. But how? What colors would complement it? 

Next, think about the season. Since we were getting married right at the start of summer, I wanted to make sure we had bold colors but also don’t too dark. Too pastel would be more "spring" and deeper shades of purple would be too “fall”. We ended up going with a brighter “royal” purple, more like Baltimore Ravens purple…if you’re familiar 😉 

After we had decided on the shade of purple we wanted to achieve, we thought about a secondary color. Again, thinking about the seasons and colors we liked, we decided mint was a great accent. To choose your accent color scheme, think about the mood you want to set. If you are hoping to go moody and romantic, you may want a deeper color than your main focus, if you want to have a more fun and bright setting, go a little more vibrant. 

Then, think about placement. Where will your colors be best suited? Go through the following areas and look at the big picture of your color palette:

Invitations. Do you want to have a colorful envelope? A beautifully lettered suite? Stick to your color choices and decide what looks best. This is a great time to consult with your invitation designer to see what she recommends. If you are an Enchanting Couple, make sure you bring along your inspiration board!

Linens. What type of space will your tables be in? Should you brighten up the room or tone it down? 

Flowers. This is a great conversation to have with your florist. Discuss what is important to you, what shades of colors you want, and see what they are able to do. Keep in mind that flowers are sometimes unpredictable, but remain clear in your vision. 

Attire. This was my favorite part about bringing our color choices and personality to life. After deciding your colors, choose what color dress, shoes and jewelry your gals will wear, then figure out how the guys will coordinate.

What colors would you like to have for your wedding? Do you have any helpful tips on choosing wedding colors? 

Personalize Your Wedding: Signature Drinks

Are you planning on having a signature drink at your wedding? Instead of finding a random drink that simply sounds cool, why not take a few minutes and think of something that truly means something to you and your fiancé? We have a few reasons you should think about adding these drinks to your wedding planning to-do list, and also some suggestions on finding the perfect option! 

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Why should you have signature drinks?

- Signature drinks are a great way to incorporate your theme, ideal wedding atmosphere and personality.

- Bar lines will be a bit shorter because these drinks can sometimes be made in bulk. 

- If the thought of an open bar seems a bit too expensive, you could limit the number of liquor beverages by having two signature drink options. 

- Guests can save the process of thinking about what to order when you have already made a choice for them. 

How to choose your signature drink:

Do you have a go-to drink that all of your friends know about? Your signature drink can be just that! 

What colors are you using throughout your wedding? Is there a yummy drink that ends up being that color? 

Do you have a favorite place with a drink named after it? Something like a Manhattan or Long Island Ice Tea? 

Is there a special drink made where you are from? This is a great way to give a nod to your hometown! 

Where are you going on your honeymoon? Somewhere tropical is a great excuse to offer a Mai Tai or Margarita

Options are endless for your signature drink! Do you have any ideas to add?