Wedding Inspiration

Gift Guide For Your Newly Engaged Friends

Engagement season is once again upon us and with that comes engagement parties, bridal showers and bachelorette parties. If you are one to enjoy spoiling your friends and giving them a gift they will love, we want to make it easier for you. We're far past the days of towels, ironing boards and cutlery (though those are still great, too!) and into the age of "Wifey" shirts and custom glassware. 

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While some trends will never fade, because they are awesome, new ones have arrived and your engaged friends are going to thank you forever when they see the cutest gift from you. 

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1- Cute Phone Case. Because people change their phone cases every few months anyways, why not get them one that matches their season of life? We love this one from Love From Lucy  on Etsy.  

2- Getting Ready Outfit. I couldn't choose between these two options, a white sleek bridal robe  is a classic, it's comfy and you can wear it again. Sincerely Sofi Designs is great for bridal robes and for the entire bridal party! 

shirts via Goats and Shirts on Etsy

shirts via Goats and Shirts on Etsy

On the other hand, I love these fun shirts. You can get them customized to say anything, I would pick "after this we are getting fries" or fried pickles ;)  

3- Wedding Planner. Every bride needs a fun paper wedding planner to take with her to meetings, and this Southern Weddings option is by far my favorite! 

4- Pretty Hanger. This is so important for the wedding day. I've mentioned it several times before, you spend so much money on your beautiful dress, why leave it on a plastic hanger? Give your bestie this beautiful gift so she doesn't have to worry about it! 

5- The Mrs Box. While these small velvet boxes are a bit expensive, they make detail shots! Once you know the colors of your friends wedding, this would make a beautiful gift! You can even have it monogrammed. 

Do you have any gift ideas to add? Hopefully this list helps! 

5 Perfect Hairstyles For A Summer Wedding

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We are almost halfway through April, which means summer brides are having their hair trials and choosing their wedding day look. As a previous summer bride myself, I always thought I would have my hair down and flowy. As I started to think about it, I knew I needed an up-so to keep as much hair off of my skin as possibly. We were having an all outdoor wedding in the middle of June so I changed my mind. 

Deciding between braids, curls, higher up-do, lower bun, the options were endless. I had it narrowed down to what would look best and then went from there. Some of my favorite hairstyle options are saved in a Pinterest folder for when I am a bridesmaid at the end of this year, but they always work perfectly for summer weddings. 

I love this twist (no pun intended) on a classic hairstyle. The multiple variations of twists and curls really makes this style stand out! 

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Are you going to a chic, refined look? This classic style will match perfectly! 

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It' all in the details. Why not bring in the rest of your theme when you are thinking about your hairstyle? If you have gold, add some gold clips, if you have a high focus on flowers, use flowers throughout. 

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This look with braids and loose curls is so romantic and perfect for a garden wedding. 

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If you wanted to take the braided look a little further, this twist on an up-do is stunning! It's perfect for a glamorous event but also great for a more relaxed and romantic setting. 

Are you having your hair in an up-do or down for your wedding? Which of these styles is your favorite? 

If any of these photos are yours, please let me know! I am happy to tag the owner of each photo. 

Why You Should Celebrate The Everyday During Your Engagement

We can all agree that weddings are to celebrate the love between two awesome people. But why wait until the wedding to celebrate? Sure, there will typically be a bridal shower, maybe a bachelorette party, but don’t let these events keep you from the celebration. 

We truly believe that every moment during an engagement (heck- a relationship in general) should be celebrated. You are only engaged once, remember to cherish those moments. I’m not saying make sure you constantly have events for your wedding, but even when it is just you and your fiancé, make the moments count! Weddings are stressful, even if you have someone else doing most of the planning, there are always things to think about. 

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Here are 4 ways to celebrate the everyday during your engagement, with your fiancé:

1- Have a countdown bottle of wine (or a few beers). The most popular gift for us when we got engaged was wine (and beer) and fun way to keep the celebration going is to mark each one with how many months were left until the wedding, and enjoy the celebration on that date. For example, if your wedding is June 17th, set aside a bottle for each month on the 17th. Then when that day arrives, enjoy each others company and relax for a night. A few hours of downtime will be well worth it. You may have to buy a few extra bottles, but again, it will be worth the cost!

2- Write love notes. We mentioned this is our post about what to do when you get engaged, but it's wonderful to take the time to write each other love notes throughout your engagement. It's such a great way to remind your fiancé (and yourself) why you are getting married in the first place. Celebrate your relationship and don't forget about the smaller details.

3- Plan your honeymoon. This may seem like a stress but it should be the opposite. Sit down with each other, talk about what you would like to do, and research some places to go. When I got married this was one of our favorite ways to chill out. We would look at the places we were going to visit and just dream about being there when we were MARRIED!

4- Have your engagement session. We loved planning our engagement session and then snuggling up for a few hours while we had our photos taken. We were able to dress up for a night and really enjoy each others company. Make this night special by really getting ready for it, maybe even having a styled engagement session. If you want more information on a styled engagement shoot, let us know! We LOVE planning these types of evenings to help our couples really have a fun time together and celebrate.

How do you celebrate during fun seasons of life? 

3 Wedding Timeline Details To Remember

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The wedding day timeline is one of the most important things to have on your wedding day. When the entire day is planned out ahead of time, everything will run like a dream. While the timeline can (and most of the time should) be down to the minute, there are often a few things that are left off of the list when you are swimming in a world of wedding details. Obviously the big things like ceremony time, reception start, first dances and speeches are big aspects that should be included on all timelines, but don't forget about the smaller things! 

It's easy to think you will remember tasks like eating lunch, but it's actually very easy to forget...especially when champagne is always so easily accessible. As you sit down to create your wedding day timeline, be sure to remember these three details. 

1- The start time. This might seem like an obvious one, but it's easy to get confused on what time events for the day should be starting. With endless times running through your head from the entire wedding weekend, double check that you, and all of your bridesmaids, know by what time they need to be where. Start the day on the right foot...and then have a glass of champagne with your ladies! 

2- Leave time between the ceremony and reception. This is a key time to take a few minutes for a quick refresh for you and your husband. This is the perfect time for family photos, and formal photos of you two, but it's also a great time to sit down for a few minutes before the rest of the events get going. Take a few minutes to chat with each other, have your hair and make-up touched up, or maybe say a quick prayer over your new marriage. 

3- Eat something. I really wasn't joking, this happens very often. It's so much fun spending time with your bridesmaids and getting your beauty on, but lunch can not be forgotten. Make sure you have a plan for who will be bringing something to eat and when you will be eating. This will likely be your only chance at getting something to eat until the reception, and oftentimes it's hard to eat your entire meal by that point. 

These three details are just simple reminders that we use when creating wedding day timelines for our clients, and we hope they are helpful to you if you are creating your own! 

Photo by Chesapeake Charm Photography