You know what is kind of crazy about this whole wedding blog thing? I was never really one of those girls that had endless day-dreams about her wedding day. Don't get me wrong, I spent a ridiculous amount of time sketching wedding gowns as a kid, but that was mostly because I love to design and draw (though I'm not necessarily good at it). So, its a little bit funny that I'm sitting here writing a blog about wedding planning. I find myself just a little bit shocked at how much I've fallen in love with this whole process (though not necessarily this part of it); especially the fun parts that most girls decide on in childhood- like picking your color palette. I mean, I never really put much thought into what my wedding colors would be. Actually, I didn't even know there was such a thing as a wedding color palette, nor that you can actually hire people to help you pick one. Amazing! Thankfully, I've had some time to delve into wedding palettes. I know first hand that choosing your color palette, while fun, isn't always the effortless task they make it out to be (I'm looking at you, Pinterest).Read More
Ladies, I'm about to level with you for a minute.
I had a bridal breakdown.
Okay, it was a pretty minor event, in reality, but the stress of all this wedding planning really got to me the other day. I had just found my dress (yay, finally!) and my mother was in town to help me plan. It should have been a blissful weekend. But, unfortunately, life had other plans- as usual. In between an issue with my engagement ring and the photographer trying to reschedule our engagement photos less than a week before taking them (which took a lot of rearranging to schedule in the first place, mind you), I was burnt out.
Making decisions. Creating decor. Coordinating with my bridesmaids who all live in different states. Trying to get an answer from my future MIL about rehearsal dinner shenanigans. Finalizing invites. All while living in a state where I have zero friends or family and my fiance is working almost everyday (or, more accurately, night). It's a lot.Read More
Happy Wedding Wednesday, brides! Can you believe this is the last week of March? Crazy! I know, for me, the closer my wedding gets, the more unprepared I feel! This past weekend, though, I happily said "Yes!" to the dress, so I am still basking in bridal gown bliss! It's a good thing too, because my deadline for finding a gown was quickly approaching crunch time. Definitely shop early if you can, ladies. The amount of time it takes to get gowns in-store is ridiculous!
But enough ranting, here's another venue review for this fabulous Wednesday!Read More
This post is coming as a somewhat follow-up to last weeks article. This is partly due to the fact that everyone should have a general idea on how to care for their engagement ring and partly due to the fact that I am extremely accident prone. Read on...
In honor of St. Patrick's Day yesterday (happy belated ya'll), I decided I wanted to change my nail polish color to something super festive. I.E. not just plain green, think green on steroids. I saw this funky, awesome green polish on sale (should have been my first clue) and I thought, "Hey, why not! Let's get festive!"Read More
Okay, ladies, I'm going to lay it all on the table today. I want to talk about the single most important thing you need to do after getting engaged. Hint: Read the graphic.
GET ENGAGEMENT RING INSURANCE.
Though its certainly not the most romantic part of planning a wedding, it is definitely one of the most important parts of it. Really guys, the most vital step to take after being given your gorgeous ring is to cover all your bases and get that baby insured!
Think about it. An engagement ring is an investment in your life together with your future spouse. It symbolizes love, commitment, and memories in the making. On top of that, it is also (usually) a huge financial investment. Regardless of if you know how much your S.O. spent on the ring or if you're keeping it a mystery, not protecting this beautiful symbol of your love is probably one of the foolish decisions you can make.Read More
The Jaxson on the River
In honor of all you venue-searching brides, I thought I'd devote today's Wedding Wednesday to a venue review! This post could really be titled Venue with a View: Part Deux, considering the location, which is- you guessed it- right next door to Pat O's on the River (check out my Patty O's review here). As I've said before, this is an ideal location for brides in search of a riverfront, French Quarter location. The views of the Mississippi and Jackson Square are unrivaled!
The Jaxson on the River is a venue that I like to call a 'diamond in the rough.' The space looks like it has amazing potential, however, it's hard to get a real feel for the place because it is still under construction. Located at 620 Decatur Street (Unit 2B), the venue has a wide open floor plan with views of both Decatur Street and the Mississippi River. Upon entering, the room opens up into a large, ballroom-esque space that stretches from the river dining room facing the Mississippi to the parlor dining room facing Decatur. There is a large bar near the middle of the room, facing opposite a space that will be the foyer and sitting area complete lounge furniture. There will also be a large room off of the parlor dining area that will be utilized as the bridal suite during wedding events. A nice feature that the Jaxson will offer is a moveable room divider that will make the space more intimate for smaller events.Read More
Happy Wedding Wednesday, all! On this cold, wet WW, I'd like to talk about bridal shows, and how to maximize your experience at one. Mostly because the New Orleans Weddings Magazine's "Something Blue" Bridal Event is being held tonight at the Superdome and I am super-pumped! (See what I did there?)
Anyway, I don't know about all of you, but this will be my very first bridal show experience as a bride, so I'm definitely trying to make a game plan on how to really get the most out of this event. However, I'm not totally new to attending conventions. And since I had a lot of experience with expos, both professionally and personally, I've learned a couple of tricks to getting the most bang for my buck.Read More
Confession time: I've been MAJORLY slacking in the wedding planning department. As in, I needed a DJ/Band like yesterday.
Okay, maybe not that bad, but I really haven't made any huge vendor decisions since I left for Australia...in January. Yikes.
Maybe it was just the excitement of going to Aussie, then coming home and celebrating Mardi Gras, all while throwing myself into full-time job search mode? I don't know. But whatever it is needs to stop, because it has thrown me into a somewhat indecisive state. And that's a scary place for any bride.
That's why my goal for this week was to create and share with you the wedding timeline checklist that I've been using. I know that sharing something to help keep you all organized for your wedding is just the motivation I need to keep up on mine! Sadly, my main goal for this wedding (besides marrying my love) was to be as organized as possible. I didn't really want a week or two to slide by without me having done something wedding related. And, well, aside from browsing Instagram and Pinterest for ideas, that's exactly what has happened. <insert obligatory sad face>Read More