When you get your album in the mail, the first thing you're going to want to do is tear open the packaging and flip through the pages while holding back your tears. While this is an appropriate reaction, I have a few tips to help you keep your album fresh so it can last generations.
Okay sure, you're wedding is still seven months away and you haven't even had the time to give much thought to the idea of your honeymoon. But I'm here to tell you that it's never too early to start planning! And that goes for every detail of your wedding. Trust me, the sooner you finish up your honeymoon plans, the more time you have to get excited for it! To make it a little easier, I have five tips that will jump start your planning process so you can have more time to relax.
One: Book Early
Now considering what I just said above, this one might be a given. Especially if you're getting married between the typical "wedding season" (March-Sept). The further you start booking your flights, hotels, and rental cards, not only will it be cheaper, but there will be more options for you to choose from!
Two: Work With A Travel Agent
Often times, they have the inside scoop on where the best deals are. Not to mention they know where the best restaurants are, the best beaches to visit, and what activities are a must during your visit. They, like a wedding planner, will take off a lot of the planning stress that you don't have the time to deal with. Remember, it is supposed to be a vacation after all!
Three: Add Travel To Your Registry
Have plenty of bowls and spoons? Ask your guests to contribute to your honeymoon on your registry instead! Consider hosting your registry on a site like Wanderable or Honeyfund to make it easier to send more cash you way!
Four: Fly From A Smaller Airport
I have my best friend "Hopper" to thank for this tip! Seriously, it's the greatest app, go download it. Instead of flying from your closer, larger airport, consider flying from a smaller hub a few miles outside of your city! You could save a significant amount of money just by flying through a smaller port, and the lines will be a lot more manigable!
Five: Go All Inclusive
Sites like Groupon and TravelZoo are still successful for a reason: the all inclusive trips. Most cases there is an itinerary to follow, but if you're a go with the flow (and save a bit of $) kinda gal. This is your best bet! I'm also willing to bet you even know someone who has done this before, and loved it. I say it's worth looking into!
If you're reading this, you're either curious about the title, or have just been asked to be the Maid of Honor for your best friend. You're likely on google, printing off all the checklists you can find. Your brain is buzzing and you don't know where to start!
I am here to offer some guidance. First thing is first. Breathe! Remember, you are not the planner. The bride has hired a planner so that you may be present on her wedding day. You might have a pile of chores following up to the wedding, but remember, you are human. You can only do so much. My tip? Prioritize! Create a checklist (like this one) of all the important tasks you need to do. Rate them based on importance and take each task on one at a time. In addition to the usual projects, such as sending out emails, and organizing the registry, here are some duties to add to your checklist:
Research the Vendors: Unless the bride knows who she is going to hire, or has received a recommendation from another couple, it’s your duty to help a girl out! A simple way to search for vendors is through local wedding hashtags on Instagram! It’s more fun and easier than spending hours on google or outdated vendor resource websites. You are able to see part of the vendor’s portfolio right away, and if you like them enough, check out their website! Remember to make a list of your favorites and send them to the bride. It’s still her job to reach out to the vendors!
Coordinate the Bridesmaids: Communication is key! You will have the responsibility of coordinating the bridal shower, the bachelorette party, the rehearsal, and the getting ready timelines. It’s easy for all of these events to go off schedule, but you get to play the boss and make sure it doesn’t! Tell the bridesmaids where to be, when to be there, and what the dress codes are. Make sure you are giving them buffer time in case they run late, so they can still be on time. This is especially important for the day of the wedding! The bridesmaids can easily lose track of time, so it’s your job to keep the order.|
Complete the “Boring Tasks”: From licking envelopes and sticking stamps, to creating the seating chart. Not everything about wedding planning is entertaining! Help the bride out with these boring tasks to make it go by faster. You will be better friends because of it! Other boring tasks include: sending emails, and handling the gift registry.
Give Her Love: Wedding planning is stressful, no matter how much help is involved. Steer her mind off the negative and encourage girl nights! Day drinking, pedicures, and Netflix are essential! Make sure she knows you have her back, and you’re there to lend an ear. Trust me, when it’s your turn to plan your wedding, you be she’s going to return the favor!
Help with the Surprises: Whether it’s the bride surprising the groom, the groom surprising the bride, or someone else surprising them both, you’re the first to know! Secrets are hard to keep, but think of their faces. You will be in charge of making sure the right people know, and the surprise follows through. Some examples include: Surprise Band/Musician, Surprise Decoration, Surprise Reception Announcement, Surprise Guest Appearance, Surprise Dessert, and Surprise Farewell Event. No matter how big or small, it’s always great to be a part of a special something nobody else knew about.
You're off to a great start! You've got this!
Hands down, one of the best parts about being engaged is cake tasting. The wedding cake is probably what most of your guests look forward to at the end of the day, and it's your honor to find the right one! But what goes into the session? How can you not only find a tasty wedding cake, but a pretty one? And what level of customization goes into the creation of the dessert?
One of my favorite bakers in the Portland/Hood River areas is Paula of Windflower Cakes. I reached out to her to pick her brain on these very questions! She provided insight into her world as a baker and how she can help make that delicious dream cake we all drool over. Read this fantastic Q&A below!
Let’s talk about PANTONE! Last week I mentioned a couple of ways you can add this years Spring/Summer palettes to your wedding bouquet. Today I wanted to continue that conversation to inspire any element of your wedding day! If you’ve had a chance to review this year’s colors, you might find them a little challenging to use or wonder what are the best pairings to really make the most out of the colors. Recently I’ve found myself encouraging my clients to be inspired by color combinations more than outfit ideas to inspire their looks for their photoshoot. It’s because of both of those thoughts, I decided to create this post!
Whether you’re looking to revamp your closest, need some ideas for your photoshoot outfits, or are looking for ways to tie this year’s colors into your wedding, I hope you’ll find these combos inspiring! I tried to make use of color as often as possible, but some tones really required muted colors to balance their vibrancy. When in doubt, you can use any of the Pantone colors with white, grey, or black! Or simply use them on their own!
We’ve all been there. You’re both sitting on the couch, scrolling on your phones. Either having fomo of all the things your friends are doing, or frantically searching Facebook for local events. You WANT to go do something, but you’re not sure what. Going on a fancy date every week isn’t sustainable. And sometimes you don’t even want to leave the house! Yet, staying on the couch scrolling through your feed is the last thing you want to do with your night.
Today I decided to give you not just 20 ideas for things to do when those days hit, but I also broke it down in different budgets. These four categories can help you get off the couch, shut off your phone, and do something a little more exciting for your next impromptu date night!
One of the most important, yet most often overlooked, part of your wedding day is constructing the family timeline. This is a separate document from your Day Of timeline, but equally as important!
A few months before your wedding day, sit down with your fiancé and think over all the formal photos you will want. Think aunts, cousins, best friends. You will want a written list of these names, and the exact order and combinations. Depending on whether or not you decided to do a first look, this could all happen during cocktail hour. The last thing you would want is for your guests to miss out! With this list, your guests will have enough time to enjoy your beautiful wedding without the stress, and be ahead of your day of timeline. If you are opting to do these photos after the first look, keep in mind how much time you have to keep the bride tucked away before guests arrive.