Celebrity Wedding Inspiration
Do you find inspiration by celebrity weddings? If so you have gotten a lot of inspiration the last month. It has been filled with proposals and wedding galore. Here is a round up of some of the headlining celebrity wedding buzz. Congratulations to all the couples!
Kaley Cuoco from the Big Bang Theory got engaged at the end of September to her boyfriend of a few months.
Kelly Clarkson eloped with her fiance and his children in a country weekend wedding.
Last but never least Kim Kardashian is now engaged to Kanye West. He proposed yesterday on her 33rd birthday and rented out a stadium to do it. I think we can safely say she has a rock on her finger (apparently 15 carats worth) and is totally glowing. They say third time is the charm...
Have you been watching Say Yes to the Dress on repeat in hopes of finding inspiration for your own dress? There is a spinoff called Say Yes to the Dress: The Big Day and we recently caught Krystle's wedding. If you are looking for over the top inspiration this is the episode for you. With a nearly unlimited budget her wedding was what most girls dream about. Held at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara the decadence was unbelievable.
I found Vantage Point's highlight video online of this wedding and I was blown away. Having been asked to film for TLC I am not surprised but I can say if you are in the market for a videographer, call them. They captured all the special moments of the day and focused on details that made the day special. They offer a variety of packages and have a lot of video posted online for reference. Enjoy!
Experts will advise to never stop saying "I love you". I think you should never stop cuddling. I couldn't resist sharing this adorable pug picture and I hope it reminds you to take a quick minute and hug your fiancé. Maybe take a break from the planning and cuddle while watching your favorite show. You will be happy you did, your fiancé probably will too. I'm off to take my own advice!
Winter Wedding Dress
Winter weddings are the best excuse for a long sleeve wedding dress. I don't think I could ever pull it off, but to those that can, may I suggest you go for it. Southern California doesn't exactly get cold but how beautiful is this satin dress. I am a firm believer that you should try on every different style of dress and keep an open mind when trying on dresses. As many experts may have advised before you may end up with something that you never expected (I did). You also may end up with the exact dress that you thought you wanted (a good friend of mine). Regardless, this is your one (hopefully) and only chance to try on wedding dresses. You are a bride and you should take full advantage of that. Try on every dress in the store. Go on your own and go to every store in your area. If the shop only allows you an hour to try on dresses to to a smaller boutique, they will let you stay and have fun as long as you want. I wish I had taken my own advice but I was only home for a short time and I wanted my mom to be there. I may have ended up with the same dress in the end but now when I go with future brides I always look on with envy. I always want to ask, Can I try on that dress over there?
My maid of honor (I am so lucky to have her in my life) selected this Casablanca 1977 dress that I fell in love with but would have never picked for myself.
A good friend of mine knew she wanted this Maggie Sottero Bree dress before we even got to the store. No matter how many dresses I made her try on she knew this one was the one and has never looked back.
The Long Beach Convention center offers variety and elegance as a wedding venue. I was there over the weekend and although I had been to the aquarium before I had never walked around the convention center. There are ocean views and an abundance of hotels surrounding the area. For a bride that is an awesome combination. You don't want your guests to drive all over town yet you want a beautiful location with great places to capture amazing pictures. If you are considering Long Beach for your wedding location make sure to consider the Convention Center.
Long Beach 5k
I ran my first 5k over the weekend in Long Beach! I started running before my wedding as my wedding fitness plan and I haven't stopped. There are also some great wedding venues in Long Beach that I was able to check out while there. Two year goal: Half Marathon!
How long should you date before you get engaged? How long should an engagement last? Sofia Vergara was recently asked on Chelsea Lately about her engagement and her answer surprised me. Her perspective is that an engagement is another period in your relationship. It does not automatically mean let's book the church.
I have to admit that my now husband had that same view on our engagement. He felt that there was no need to rush things. (Of course this drove me crazy as I couldn't wait to start planning our wedding.) We did however end up having a two year engagement, and it ended up being just fine. There was no need to rush things, we still got married, we were still together the whole time. I think planning a wedding is so much fun (who would have thought, right?) but for some people it isn't. There is family drama, money issues, scheduling conflicts. If you are struggling to make decisions and meet a short timeline maybe it is time to reconsider. America is very much about time saving and maximizing efficiency maybe we should spend more time enjoying our dating and engagement periods. The wedding will come and when it does you will get to enjoy the married part.
As Trace Adkins says it "You're gonna miss this".
WARNING: I love country music so expect to see some references on occasion, or maybe all the time. :)
Budget brides everywhere rejoice. Not only should you ask for a discount, on EVERYTHING, but even Princess Kate asks for discounts! Yes the Princess of Wales. UPI has reported here that Kate Middleton once asked a shop owner for a discount. Cheers Kate, I respected you before but for this I truly bow down to you. Okay, I understand money isn't everything but I love love love this someecard.
I think every bride should go for what she wants on her wedding day, but why not get it for a reduced price? A lot of times all it takes is the question, Can you give me any discount if I order an extra one? Can we work out a reduced price if my day of coordinator handles that? :) Budgeting is not just about cutting things out but doing the most with what you've got. You may be really surprised with the amazing results. What's the worst that can happen, they say no? Easy enough, you were prepared to pay anyway. Happy shopping!
Budgeting - *bleep* Bridezilla
Glamour magazine has posted a story about an epic budget bridezilla for The Huffington Post that you must read. Please click the link, read it, I'll wait.
I would first like to toast the wedding guest and her generous gift. Here's to you! It is amazing how caught up a bride can get in her selfish wedding planning. I think this is a direct result of how the wedding industry targets brides and encourages them to feel like this day is all about them. I would like to propose a new idea. Your wedding should be all about thanking your family and friends. It is your gift to them. It is the ultimate thank you. Your family has helped raise you, your friends have supported you through thick and thin. How amazing would it be to give them a big thank you. Take them out to a fancy dinner. Play their favorite dance music. I encourage brides to change their perspective and not only avoid uncomfortable situations but maybe even have a more enjoyable day themselves. There was a recent study published stating that those people that are happiest are the most grateful for what they have, and tell those people that they are grateful for. Check out the video here. Let your family and friends know you are grateful for them and have the happiest day of your life.
Pantone Inspired Wedding Colors
Head to The Dessy Group to order your very own Pantone wedding fan!
Now you may find yourself, as I did, wondering what the big deal is about the "new" colors. Who cares what the Pantone color of the season is? It was Emerald this last year, in case you were curious. I think SouthBound Bride said it best, see her blog post here. The Pontone color of the season is not meant to encourage all brides to use the same color scheme and make it easy on all planners and accessories designers. The idea is to encourage exploration of color you hadn't thought of before, think like a designer. After all you are designing your wedding and all of the biggest designers are going to be using the new colors.
In general picking wedding colors can be a stressful decision. My best suggestion is go with a color(s) you love. You are going to be seeing a lot of it and naturally picking something you like will make all the other decisions easy, you will automatically be drawn to them.
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