Wedding Advice From Real Brides

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Brides who are planning their wedding want to know first-hand what other brides would have done differently on their wedding day if they could. Here are some top responses we’ve received from real brides, sharing their best wedding advice.

Do: Take Time To Eat

“My only regret was not having food available for myself and my bridesmaids after pictures and before the ceremony. We had a late wedding (ceremony at 5) and were all so hungry by the time the ceremony started… so ya, if I was doing it again, I’d have food (and wine!) “ –Cynthia

“Make someone set you aside a plate of food for afterwards! I was starving. During dinner you’re likely to be too busy taking photos and greeting to eat”-Peyton

Do: Research & Spend The Money On An Experience Photographer

“I wish I picked different photographers. I went off recommendations and experience but they focused on quantity not quality. I have 1300 photos of my wedding day, yet there’s more photos of the staff than of just me (the bride). They also blurred out me a few times to focus on the background. It was just very disappointing.” – Sammie

“Completely regret my photographer. Spend the money, that’s one place to splurge and then save somewhere else.” –Jac Lynn

“Photography.. really REALLY do your research and don’t cheap out. If they don’t have a Facebook page pass on them.. I thought I had a good one. I’ll never forgive myself” – Chantal

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Do: Have A Clear Idea On Photos You Want

“Took more pictures with my entire family/extended family. We have photos with everyone by themselves but not a single group photo of our families together. (Like aunts/uncles/cousins) Make sure you get every single photo you want as those are the only thing that last a lifetime. “ –Eilea

“I wish I put more emphasis on photos with family members. I told my photographer to speed through it so we can start the reception and now I don’t have half the photos I wish we did.”–Carolyn

“ I used my aunt as a photographer and she wasn’t really up to date on newer more adorable poses but she did it for cheap so I used her…I wish I would have paid more and had a better photographer” – Brianna

Do: Splurge On A Videographer

“Get a videographer. Your day goes so fast and you don’t get to see everything. I would give anything to be able to watch my wedding video back but I never got a videographer. “ – Tiffany

“Even if you have to sell your right arm to do it, get a videographer! This is my #1 regret, not having one. I wish I could relive the day through videos.” – Beth

“All the other ways that we cut corners to save money turned out great but I really regret not getting a videographer… Not sure where the money would have come from but I really wish I had made it a priority and figured out a way to pay for it.” –Lauren

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Do: Take Time To Thank Your Guests

“Taking two moments as bride and groom to address and thank all of our guests for attending. We had intentions on doing this, but after speeches and dinner, it slipped the itinerary. We greeted each table, but I feel like taking the microphone and thanking the guests as a whole would have been nice as well.” – Courtney

Do: Coordinate Carefully With Your DJ

“I got a “great deal” on a DJ, but he didn’t play any of the songs we requested. Lots of old stuff and repeats. If my MC didn’t tell him to play certain songs we may not have had a first dance! It was the worst part of my wedding for me, but people still danced and no one remembers what songs were played anymore (except maybe me).” –Amanda

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Do: Make Sure You Have Enough Time

“I wish I wrote down that the ceremony started a half hour earlier on the invites. We ran late waiting for guests so everything else got cut short. “ – Kristy

“I wouldn’t have changed anything except I would’ve made the reception longer. I felt like one minute we were eating dinner and the next someone was tapping me on my arm telling me there was half an hour left” – Lala

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Will You be my Bridesmaid?

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With one of our favorite holidays, Galetine’s Day (that’s right, you read right, Galentine’s, not Valentine’s) just around the corner (February 13th), we couldn’t help but share one of our fave (also doubling as one of the cutest) ways to ask “Will you be my Bridesmaid?”. Complete with mini champagne, pretty polish, a couple key spa essentials and a sweet little tote bag, this creative concept has all the elements covered.  Here’s everything you need to ensure your girls shout out “yes”!

The Supplies

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The Details

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Just Engaged Tote Essentials

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If you’re new to The Details blog, chances are you’re probably a newly engaged bride. And you wouldn’t be alone. With December continuing its reign as the number one month for marriage proposals, the world is filled with overjoyed ladies in engagement bliss. But now that the new year is here, and bridal shows are taking over venues across the country, you’re no doubt either in or on the verge of entering the planning stage. And we have one major tip for you on that front, keep organized to keep sane. It’s the number rule to a smooth planning journey. While you’re at it, why not keep it stylish too. Which brings us to today’s post, a “just engaged” essential, the tote bag. One for you, one for your MOH and one for mom. Because you know they’ll be walking those shows and visiting all those vendor appointments with you. A perfect and pretty accessory ready to house and keep organized the stock pile of details coming your way. Happy Planning!

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Plan a New Year’s Eve Pop Up Party

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If you caught our Holiday Gift Guide post from two weeks ago than you know that this festive season we are all about keeping it stress free. And new year’s eve is no exception. We want all the glitz, sparkle and pop that hosting the party of the year calls for, and absolutely none of the fuss. Sound appealing? We certainly think so! From on trend paper goods, to easy breezy decor, here’s everything you need for your personal, stress free, and super fun New Year’s Pop Up Party.

Be a Paper Good Goddess

Gone are the days where dinnerware paper products were used only at a backyard BBQ. Coupling the convenience of one time use with designs that sparkle and shine, these essential party supplies are a definite pop up must have.

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Sippers Served in Style

Mix personalized glassware with trendy paper cups, add some brilliant gold straws, and you’re set to serve your party sippers in style.

Decor and More

With all your tabletop needs covered, all that’s left are the little extras. Dress up your room with a few key festive focal points, think backdrop and balloons. And finish off the experience with a candy confetti takeaway.

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How Much Does It Cost To Be A Bridesmaid?

It is an honor to be asked to be a bridesmaid, but how much will it actually cost you? When you factor in every possible cost, from the dress to the bachelorette party to the wedding itself, it can be surprisingly expensive. Here’s our bridesmaid’s budget breakdown to keep your stress levels low and keep your friendship with the bride intact.

Bridesmaid Budget Breakdown

It’s tempting to feel so flattered you jump at the opportunity but if cash flow is a problem and the bride is not a very sharing person you may want to consider the costs to you before you accept. Here is what can be involved in being a bridesmaid:

  • Bridesmaid dress
  • Dress alterations if needed (these could work out even more if you’re pregnant too!)
  • Shoes, jewelry and any other accessories the bride requires you to wear
  • Professional hairdressing and
  • Professional make up on the morning of the wedding
  • Bachelorette Party spending money
  • Wedding rehearsal dinner spend if required
  • Travel to dress fittings, bachelorette party, wedding rehearsal and/or travel abroad if required
  • Wedding present for the bride and groom

Hundreds and Thousands

This list is not exhaustive but it gives a pretty good idea of what’s involved and could come in at anywhere between a couple of hundred dollars and several thousand. A wedding abroad could cost even more due to overseas travel and accommodation, so it is worth taking all the potential costs into account. If the bride does want you to pay, it could work out to be more expensive than you think.

Who Pays and How To Compromise

Traditionally the bride’s parents would cover the costs of the bridesmaids dresses but these days most couples pay a large proportion of their wedding costs themselves and it has become more acceptable to ask for financial contributions from the bridal party. Unless the bride and groom are offering to pay for everything, it’s worth discussing costs and coming to a compromise where you are all happy.

If your little girl is asked to be a flower girl you may be expected to pay for her outfit. Luckily she won’t need cash for the bachelorette party so it’s a lot less expensive than being a bridesmaid, but you may still be asked to pay for her shoes and accessories.

How To Cut Bridesmaid Costs

Assuming the bride is in agreement, you can cut costs substantially by wearing a second hand bridesmaid gown, an informal low cost summer dress you can wear again, or even a dress you already own. For fashionably non-matching bridesmaids you can save cash by choosing low-cost gowns that co-ordinate in similar colors or styles.

It often falls to the maid of honor to arrange the bride’s proverbial ‘last night of freedom’, and another way to cut costs is to organize a low-key bachelorette party in a venue that is local to you or a casual bridal shower at home which can be just as much fun as an expensive night out in the city or a weekend abroad.

And finally, don’t ever let it cost you your friendship. There will always be a compromise and the key is to discuss it all and be mindful of everyone involved. The bottom line is the bride is special to you and she wants you to be a part of her special day. Together you should be able to find a way for that to happen.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

2016 holiday gift guide

The holiday season is officially in full swing and this year we’re all about making merry. What we’re not about is stressing in long retail lines, or hopelessly searching for the perfect gift. And we’ve actually narrowed it down to a science to make it all ultra easy. It goes something like this. Online Shopping + Personalized Gifts = The Perfect Presents. Enter our 2016 gift guide. With something for her, him, and them, all personalized with festive cheer, we’re pretty sure this list has all your gift giving needs covered. So without further delay, in no particular order, here are our top picks for this holiday season’s must haves. Happy Shopping!

Gift ‘Em With Glassware

Whether it’s a glass of homemade eggnog, a frosty brew, or a flute of yummy bubbly, bevies just taste better in a great glass.

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Presentation is Everything

What’s on the outside is just as important as what’s on the inside. Whether you’re giving a homemade brew, or gifting them with your favorite store bought sipper, getting creative and personalized with your packaging and presentation may be all you need to give the perfect gift.

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Stylish Stocking Stuffers

You could go with the usual socks and wine gums for this year’s stocking stuffers. Or you could surprise them with stylish fun extras, perfectly paired with your personalized grander gifts (see above).

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Perfect Holiday Pairing – His and Hers Gift Ideas

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Gift giving can be stressful. If you don’t know where to start, getting that perfect something for someone special can seem like the impossible. Enter our gift guide! Mark your calendars. In just two weeks we’ll be sharing our top picks for this coming holiday season. As a little sneak peek to hold you over, today we’re featuring a his and hers gift idea that’s a perfect pairing for the holidays, with every little detail covered to make it a complete concept gift. Cheers to easy gift giving!

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Gift a Wine Lover

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Today marks our first November post and we’re pretty darn excited about it, because as far as we’re concerned it might as well be December {read: it’s time to party!}. As of today there are only 7 weeks and 4 days until Christmas, and this year we’re getting started early on both our planning and our partying. To kick off the festivities we’re focusing on the essentials, the “bevies”. Specifically, we’re sharing our top picks for the perfect gifts for the wine lovers in your life. And naturally we just had to run each one of these products through some rigorous testing, so that you can take our experienced word as gold. Cheers!

Gorgeous Glasses

What’s front and center as the wine lovers ideal gift? The perfect bottle of wine of course. But a great wine just isn’t a great wine unless served in a proper glass. From red, to white, to bubbly, there’s a pretty and personalized option to cover them all.

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The Sidekicks

Get creative with your gift giving by covering off all the extras. Think cute stoppers, sleek serving boards and personalized corkscrews. And that’s just to name a few.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Give Thanks – The Friendship Shadow Box

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Having just come off Canadian Thanksgiving Day celebrations, and with our friends to the south of us getting set to celebrate their respective day in just a few weeks, naturally we’ve got being thankful at the forefront of our minds. For daily pleasures, our houses and homes, and most of all for our family and friends. In the spirit of giving, today we’re featuring one of favorite ways to honor those people and events we cherish most, by displaying mementos of memories we hold dear in our hearts, perfectly displayed in chic shadow boxes no less. Here’s the how-to.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: using the original frame backing as your guide, cut down a piece of decorative paper to the correct size for a personalized backer.

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Step 2: hot glue the custom paper backer to the inside of the frame backing. Keep glue to a minimum and concentrate it at the corners / sides to avoid an uneven and bulky finish.

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Step 3: layout the ideal placement of all your personal mementos. When ready, secure all in place with hot glue. When dry, fit your custom backer into the shadow box frame.

The End Result

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How to Have Your Own Modern Fairy Tale Wedding

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Over the course of the last decade or so the world of weddings has seen a massive transformation. With the introduction of blogs and Pinterest and their common practice of sharing inspiration and encouraging creativity, today’s weddings are each as unique as the brides and grooms being celebrated. But no matter the wedding day design, the venue of choice, or the color scheme, one thing has remained the same, like all classic fairy tales, there’s always a sense of magic and whimsy in the celebration of love. To honor that wonderful whimsical vibe, today we’re sharing some of our top choices for infusing classic beauty into your wedding day, helping you create your very own modern fairy tale.

Have Your Cake.

And eat it too. But first make sure to adorn and accent it with accessories that scream regal elegance and style.

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Cheers to Love.

What’s a celebration without a toast or two. Share yours in stylish stemware fit for a queen and king. Consider setting up a signature drink station, complete with ornate signage to finish off the look.

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The Finer Things.

A fairy tale must do, infuse finery into all your details. From table top adornments to gracious gifts, leave no detail behind.

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xoxo.

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