Wedding

Wedding Planning Advice From Brides Who Have Been There

1.  Invite who YOU want to invite, not who everyone says you should.

We struggled with the guest list the most. We are in our mid to late twenties so we still have lots of close friends and family friends that definitely added up when it came down to invite them all. We had invited 190, 175 had RSVPed and 165 came. We were a little upset that people weren’t more considerate about the fact that we pre payed for the plates but it didn’t interfere with the day at all. It took us over a week to realize they were missing.

How to Plan a Fun Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour…the dreaded in between time after the ceremony and before the reception. Weddings are always amazing and mostly full of excitement all around. As fun as it is to be a part of your friends or loved ones special day, the cocktail hour in between can seem to drag on while the Bride and Groom take their photos.  But, your cocktail hour does not need to be the most boring hour of the day.  

You’re Engaged! Now What?!

After you get engaged, it’s pretty much a guarantee people will start asking you questions about the wedding.  The very same day of my super sneaky surprise proposal, B and I were asked, when…where…and what kind of wedding we were going to have…and we only announced to our immediate families! 

Advice From Brides Who Have Been There- Urban Wedding

1.  Decide what aspects of the wedding you want to splurge on and where you can save. 

Early on in the wedding planning, we decided what aspects of the wedding were the most important to us. From there, we decided what we were going to need to spend the most money on and where we could cut corners. For example, we both decided we wanted a venue in downtown Chicago that was unique, so we allocated a large portion of our budget towards that. For the things that weren’t as important to us, such as, invitations, we saved money by going the DIY route. I made the invitations using a template off of Etsy and printed them on Vistaprint, which saved us tons! 

Bride Advice – Backyard Wedding

1. Please, LISTEN and remind yourself often when people tell you not to stress the small things. I heard that so many times while wedding planning and I shrugged it off thinking my problems were too large, expensive and nobody else could possibly understand, yadda yadda. There is so much build up and stress while wedding planning, that on the day of your wedding just give up pleasing anyone but you and your future husband. Throw it out the window because if others aren’t making sure things run smooth for you, chances are it was suppose to be another way for a reason and you’ll have no choice but to roll with it. It is suppose to be FUN and memorable for the right reasons.

Advice For Brides Having A Courthouse Wedding -plus Beautiful Courthouse Wedding Dresses

My partner and I plan to get married in Iceland on June 5th, 2019. However, we wanted to do a private service one year prior so that certain family members who may not make it to Iceland could attend our marriage. We also thought that might help with the legalities of getting married in another country. We decided to get married exactly one year prior on June 5th, 2018 downtown Chicago at the courthouse.

Advice From Brides Who Have Been There

1.  DO NOT go over the top on lighting and small details, no one pays attention to your napkins or your table runners (although mine HAD to match the sweetheart table perfectly.)  People notice the love, the atmosphere, the energy, not the forks and knives.

Our Engagement Story

We’re starting the New Year out with a bang…and a ROCK!! 

A quick little backstory about the day…I had a photo shoot booked in the city (in Chicago), with a photographer that reached out to me through the blog.  He was in town for the weekend, and asked if I was up to collaborate on a shoot.  I get a lot of random inquiries from people reaching out to me on IG or the blog…but this photographer had some really nice shots, and the timing worked out, so I decided to do a collab with him.  I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to get some nice shots of Bart and I in the city before he moves to California.  So we set it up for January 1st, which was the only day we could actually make it out to the city, since Bart had to work the next couple days.  

Top Mr. & Mrs. gifts for the Newlyweds!

Your friend is engaged, and ready for the wedding. Time to shop for a special present!

You know she wants to show off her new status, 
so we put together some great Mr. & Mrs. gift ideas we found for the newlyweds.