Hey friends, Happy Wedding Wednesday (a few days early)! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend as things slowly start to open post quarantine. I think we have a ways to go but I'm thankful for progress, even if it's at 25%, LOL.
As we all know, weddings can be expensive no matter the budget. For me, I knew I wanted to gift my bridesmaids some pretty stellar gifts the day of my wedding, but I also took into account that my wedding was just 3.5 months post Christmas. I did not want to have to settle for 'less than' when gift giving to all of my loved ones.
I knew I needed to map out my finances so that I could focus on what was important during the holidays and not be stressed about money or not being able to afford the gifts I wanted to give. Gift giving is one of my favorite things to do! I love the entire process... coming up with an idea or concept, shopping, and finally wrapping with love.
My advice is pretty simple! Christmas in July (let me elaborate a little more down below), gifting your gals during Galentine's, and for those of us lucky enough to celebrate Mardi Gras, sending your favorites king cake will all help to alleviate the financial burden during the holidays ALL while planning a wedding.
1. I technically didn't gift my sister her MOH + Christmas gift in July, BUT, I did make sure I purchased it then (I also gifted my other MOH tickets to see Heather McMahan in December, but purchased our tickets months prior). Which meant that that was less people I had to buy for during the holidays. You don't have to actually gift give during July or other “non holiday” months, but maybe you purchase something for your parents or siblings so that you'll be able to get to everyone, stress free!
2. A lot of brides will try their absolute hardest to gift their bridesmaids something special for Christmas! Here's how I improvised: Galentine's Day! Because of COVID, my girls are stuck with me for another year. They deserve ALL the gifts I can give to them. This year, I will shower them with gifts over Valentine's versus Christmas. Even if you want to gift friends who aren't bridesmaids gifts, Galentine's Day is my new go-to.
3. For me, a lot of my reps (people I deal with for milliganmovement.com), live out of state. Instead of me sending something for Christmas, they get King Cake for carnival - I've done this for years now! I also LOVE my nail lady, and I send the salon a king cake every year. You might have a very close relationship with your hair dresser or accountant- send them a King Cake ( or a bouquet of flowers)!
They don't have to get something during the holidays for them to be important to you. For Christmas, I can focus on Garrett + my immediate family. Everyone else (close friends, bridesmaids, co-workers) can be celebrated on February 14th or during carnival - if need be.
All selections and opinions in this post are my own.
Hi friends! Thanksgiving is officially over and with Christmas right around the corner, I was inspired to add a little Christmas cheer to the blog! I decided to photograph bridesmaids’ dresses that remind me of all things HOLIDAY. I'm going to show you a few of my favorite dresses from Weddings Belles + link a few for those of you who are not local.
I came up with 3 tips for choosing bridesmaids dresses, especially if you are keeping their pocket books in mind. And if you pick a dress that isn’t a “bargain” that's OK to. After all, it is YOUR big day!
1. Try to look for dresses that have sleeves, even if the sleeves fall off the shoulders. They can be transformed into a different dress easily! Take Erin's dress for example, she could easily have the sleeves removed, making it an uncomplicated re-wear. Also, the slit in her dress makes it sophisticated enough for balls, galas, and other “dressy” events! Easy alterations are such a good way to reuse a bridesmaid dress!
2. Selecting a dress with a high waistline, like my sister's dress, is a another good idea. They can easily be altered into a sassy middy length dress! These dresses are so in right now. It would be perfect for any holiday soirée or cocktail party. The dress I'm wearing could also be cut to a short midi for NYE festivities! While picking a dress, you can try to envision how it would look at a different length, so your bridesmaids could repurpose the dress easily!
3. I quickly realized that the quality and material of the dress is EVERYTHING. I picked a dress that was double lined and made of thick + giving material. It was almost like the dress had custom spanks built in which all of my bridesmaids were thankful for! Sheer/thin, flowy, or skin tight dresses are not necessarily the most flattering materials for everyone. I think it is important to keep in mind that everyone’s body shape is different, and the type and quality of material can definitely help make the dress more “wearable” for everyone! Especially if you are hoping they will be able to rewear the dress.
I'm also really excited to introduce another brand I'm working with during my engagement, Lover's Tempo! Here's an official sneak peek of the earrings my bridesmaids will be wearing on my wedding day. I'm particularly found of this brand because they offer trendy, simple, and classic pieces all at an affordable price!
Here are other bridesmaids dresses I think anyone would enjoy rewearing!
All selections and opinions in this post are my own. Special thanks to Lover's Tempo for sponsoring this post.
Hi friends! Thanksgiving is finally here, and I'm super excited to hangout with family + eat all the things. My favorite Thanksgiving dish is my aunt’s sweet macaroni and cheese. BUT I’m also a huge fan of Thanksgiving desserts.....pecan pie, Mississippi mud pie, brownies, pumpkin pie, fudge.... Thanksgiving sweets are just better than any other holiday treats. Speaking of sweets, I wanted to share how I asked my friends to be bridesmaids! Of course sweet treats were involved!
Weddings can be overwhelming and very expensive, so I wanted to make a conscious effort to ask them in a meaningful way that didn’t cost a fortune. My bridesmaids are super important to me, and I wanted to create a meaningful experience instead of giving them “bridesmaid” knick knacks. I also know they will receive AMAZING gifts throughout the year. I'm very lucky to be working with top notch vendors who are generous enough to give awesome gifts that I can share with my bridesmaids. Some of you may be surprised that I didn't gift them anything but an actual DONUT when asking them to be apart of our big day! Traditionally, you see brides gifting gifts which is such a special and sweet gesture. For me I wanted to focus on the experience and have special photos that we could share for a lifetime! Here are some photos of the set up when they arrived at Shipley's!
Before I dive into decor details, I wanted to first point out a few things I already had. The clear water dispensers are my moms. I have no idea where she purchased them from, but I was able to link some inexpensive ones here! We have both used them multiple times since they are great for parties! Another item I was able to save on was the balloon garland. My MOH is quite the balloon artist! She already had the balloons and accessories required to make the garland! Here is the one accessory she uses for every garland linked here! The glass jar that held the metallic straws came from the dollar store. I purchased it for a previous blog shoot. Another one of my bridesmaids is a calligraphy artist and was able to hand write on the donut boxes!
I knew a fun donut + milk bar would be cost efficient + who doesn't love donuts?! I purchased six dozen donuts and four gallons of white non-fat milk. I ordered strawberry syrup for one of the milk bar dispensers to help create “pink milk” that was super cute and yummy.
The blush velvet tablecloth came from Jefferson Variety! I got the milk glasses, straws, white boxes, box stuffing, and acyrlic donut holders from Amazon (I've linked each item). The grey velvet ribbon came from Joann Fabrics. All together I spent $79 dollars on decor. I think you could ask any of my bridesmaids and they would tell you how much they loved the experience. Especially since a few of them have been in a ton of weddings and this was so special and unique!
All selections and opinions in this post are my own.