The History of the White Wedding Dress and How to Switch it Up!

Today’s awesome guest post, brought to us by Ginny Bartolone of Simply Eloped is a fascinating read about the history of the white wedding dress and how the tradition evolved. Enjoy!

When my husband and I tied the knot in 2014, exploring the complex, century-old wedding traditions was one of the most fascinating parts of planning our big day. The stories about why we carry flowers, wear wedding rings, and have wedding parties deeply fascinated me—and understanding their backstories enriched the whole experience of choosing which traditions were right for us. Now, as I continue to work in the wedding industry, and as I attend my friends’ celebrations, I’m beginning to see more and more non-white, unique wedding dress choices—allowing brides to more widely celebrate and express their one-of-a-kind personalities. At first, I thought this was a new trend, especially as wedding designs are slowly simplifying and returning to a more natural, DIY perspective.

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How to Manage Wedding Nerves

How to Manage Wedding Nerves
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Weddings are wonderful but doubtlessly stressful for the people organising them. Holly from Will Williams Meditation, who help people tackle stress and reduce anxiety with meditation, explains how to manage wedding nerves as a couple:

Getting married is probably one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do, but unfortunately, excitement often goes hand-in-hand with some nervousness! Whether it’s wedding-planning stress, anxiety at being the centre of attention, or worry that it’s all going to go wrong at the last minute, weddings can make you pretty apprehensive. But no matter how uneasy or stressed out you get, there are things you can do to manage wedding nerves, together!

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Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

Wedding Dress Shopping Advice

So you’re engaged and ready to hit up the local bridal shop with your ladies!

While it may be tempting to rush to “say yes to the dress”, fair warning of the endless options you’ll be facing if you don’t make an effort to narrow down your search beforehand.

Lucky for you, the below wedding dress shopping advice from the knowledgeable folks over at Wedding Forward beautifully illustrates, through infographics, the countless choices you’ll encounter during the hunt for your dream wedding dress. That way, you’ll be prepared come shopping time.

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3 Keys to Staying Organized While Planning Your Wedding (3)

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If wedding planning has you feeling overwhelmed, have no fear! Today’s guest post, brought to us by Jamie Chang of Passport to Joy, will help you get organized. Enjoy:

One of the initial steps you’ll want to figure out before you start looking at venues is how you’re going to stay organized during the wedding planning process. It’s going to make life much easier and will save time, money, and your sanity along the way. Here are some of my best tips for how to get organized and stay organized while planning your wedding.

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6 Simple Tips for Avoiding Wedding Planning Fatigue

6 Simple Tips to Avoid Wedding Planning Fatigue

It certainly is no easy endeavor to avoid wedding planning fatigue. While hiring a wedding planner is the best option for stress-free wedding planning, any bride-to-be knows, this is an extra cost (and a sizeable one) to consider. In order to stay within the confines of your agreed budget, you may want to do the planning yourself. If, however, you are not comfortable with entrusting an important milestone in your life to a stranger, and you want to be hands on with your wedding preparation, you definitely need to have a plan to manage your stress levels during this time.

So how can you plan your beautiful dream wedding and make sure that everything remains perfect without getting bogged down by stress?

Here are a few tips you can follow:

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Three Ways To Blow Your Wedding Budget (1)

Today’s guest post brought to us by Krista Olynyk of KJ and Co., is full of super practical wedding budget advice. Enjoy:

Each KJ and Co. client starts out with 4 tried and true worksheets. By far, the most important of these is their wedding budget spreadsheet. There’s a lot of research and experience behind the numbers I allot to each category, lest you think the complicated cell formulas do all the work. I take the time to consider each wedding’s budget, details, and wish list carefully before the spreadsheet heads off into cyber-space to my clients. Unfortunately not every couple has my help – or my help soon enough! Here are some of the biggest budget blunders couples are making on a regular basis:

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This pretty infographic, originally shared on Personal Creations, spells out exactly what is involved in being a bridesmaid. Here’s more from Personal Creations:

What is it that makes being a bridesmaid so fun? Is it helping the bride plan and pick out pretty details? Is it getting to look at beautiful dresses and read through countless bridal magazines? Maybe. Or maybe it’s the absolute joy that comes from ushering a beloved friend or family member into their happily ever after.

Bridesmaid Duties

Whatever the reason, being a bridesmaid can be an absolute joy. It can also be daunting if its your first time, or you don’t know what’s expected of you. Luckily, Personal Creations created a bridesmaid duties guide that makes it easy. Check out the infographic to see what you should be doing as a bridesmaid each month leading up to the wedding. If you’re the bride to be, share this with your wedding party. Happy planning!

Great, thanks to Personal Creations for sharing! For more information about Personal Creations, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.

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Questions to Ask When Hiring a Wedding Photographer (2)

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Wedding Photographer (2)

Today’s insightful guest post comes to us from TinyPhoto, a Singapore based event photography agency specialising in photo booth, event photography and videography. Enjoy!

After shortlisting two or three photographers schedule a meeting with them to see if you feel comfortable around them. They might be well experienced and highly skilled but if the comfort level is not there then there is no point in hiring that photographer. You must be at ease and enjoy yourself while being photographed. To get great shots that comfort level is very important. Before choosing the photographer, ask these questions.

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Even with the most careful wedding planning, there are many things that can go wrong or be forgotten by the time the big day rolls around. This can be especially true when planning a backyard wedding because brides are usually taking on unique responsibilities that they wouldn’t be if the wedding were taking place at a traditional venue with a staff of professionals. Here are things that are commonly forgotten about when planning an outdoor or backyard wedding.

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Post Wedding Checklist

This helpful post wedding checklist comes to us from Larry Zimont of Ethan Lord Jewelers, based in Chicago, IL! Here’s Larry to tell us more:

Once a couple’s perfect wedding night is over, it is easy to think that all of the planning is over, and it is time to relax. What some people forget is that there are still tasks that need to be done after your wedding that can be just as important. Whether you want to keep some wedding night memorabilia or make sure to send out those thank you cards, here is a checklist to help you remember what still needs to be done after your big day.

Larry Zimont joined Ethan Lord Jewelers in 2008 and is focused on helping customers search for and find unique, one-of-a-kind engagement rings. To learn more about Ethan Lord Jewelers, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.

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