From the Archives: Selecting Your Wedding Date

7-18-2017 5-30-31 PMWhen we started making wedding plans, one important question kept coming up. When will it be? It was confusing for us to figure it out and it took some time to select the perfect date. There are a few things to take into account when deciding this:
First, narrow down the calendar. Is there a season that feels best? One that means something to you as a couple? Maybe you met on a beach during spring break or while on a walk in the park with leaves falling around you. Or maybe you dreamed of a winter white wedding and that happens to be a less stressful work season when you can take off. This is a great place to start.

You could also select a special day if you already have one that you cherish. Either the date of when you met, or an anniversary, or the day that your parents or grandparents were married.
If you are still floundering…there’s another less romantic topic related to saving the date: price. A lot of venues decrease prices for weekday weddings, or wedding resort packages might be more appealing during the lull of travel season. Think about this, if it’s peak travel season and everyone is off doing fun things, it will likely be more expensive.

And last but not least…just look at a calendar and choose something! We chose a day with no prior significance…it just happened to fall on a weekend during the time of year that we wanted, and it sounded good. No matter what, this will be YOUR day of love forever! Don’t put too much pressure on it. Having a date is extremely helpful because it will allow you to plan and have a schedule to work against.

With love,

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Wedding Theme Spotlight: Time for Brunch

7-18-2017 5-30-31 PMI’ve been having a blast with my wedding-focused Pinterest account! One of my main categories focuses on wedding themes and I’ve found some great ones during my research. Today I wanted to share one of my new favorite themes: Time for Brunch!

A brunch- themed wedding can be a more casual affair and comes with some really unique opportunities to make it a special day for your guests. Its the perfect theme for a couple who likes to challenge tradition and isn’t big on a nighttime club-type reception.


A few things to think about with this theme:

  • This may be one of the first brunch weddings your guests have been to so it’ll definitely stand out in their minds. Make sure it isn’t too early, though, especially if people have to commute a distance. Since it is a unique wedding, make sure all of the details (like attire) are really clear.
  • You will need to make sure your venue has availability at the brunch time hour but it’s likely a lot cheaper than a night time affair. You can also choose to make it as formal as you’d like, but could get away with being more casual. There’s plenty of opportunities to tie in your theme throughout the entire event.
  • You can feed your guests some awesome food: custom omelettes, grits, pancakes and more.
  • Pancake, waffle, cinnamon roll or donut wedding cake…do I need to say more?!
  • Your alcohol bill will be so much cheaper. Focus on a signature drink like a wedding themed Mimosa but don’t forget that you can also do a chic coffee bar.
  • Wedding favors can be coffee or breakfast themed (and there are some super cute options to choose from!)
  • You’ll finish the wedding by early afternoon and won’t feel rushed to leave to have some alone time as a couple. This way, you’ll have time to decompress, eat dinner, and then spend your first night together as newlyweds. Keep in mind that you might be tired, though, especially the bride who will have an early call-time for hair and make up! (Because of this, consider a wedding rehearsal on Thursday night so you can both take it easy and go to bed early on Friday.)

Hope you like these ideas! All of the photos were saved from my board “Time for Brunch” so check out my Pinterest for more!

With love,
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Check out the brand new Girl with a Diamond Ring social media platform; I’m on Pinterest! Boards include wedding tips on photography and wedding favors, wedding style for the whole wedding party, and a large variety of wedding themes.


Check it out at www.pinterest.com/girlwithadiamondring, follow along, and happy pinning! Any ideas? Let me know.

With love,

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The Second Guessing Bride

One of the most complex things about wedding planning are the amount of decisions that need to be made, both big and small. From the favors to the reception food, there are a ton of decisions that need to be made. And whether you have a long or a short engagement period, it’s always going to feel like there isn’t enough time to get everything done. Once your to-do list is checked off, you’ll likely think of more things to add to it!

With all of the decision-making, will likely come second guessing. Here are a few of my tips on key areas:

  • Wedding Dress This one catches a lot of brides by surprise. You’re in the store and you say “yes to the dress” and walk out on cloud 9. And then you start to question…is it the right style? Too formal? Right color? Too trendy? Will it be comfortable enough? Will it complement the venue? Don’t be caught off guard…this is NORMAL. I literally questioned my dress leading all of the way up to the big day. Some days I was positive that I had the most perfect dream dress, and then other times I found myself daydreaming about my “second choice.” The one thing that helped me was I actually didn’t “say yes” on the day I went dress shopping. I walked out with two top selections and was leaning towards one. When I woke up the next morning, I reviewed all of the photos that I took and thought long and hard, and ended up choosing the first dress that popped into my mind. My husband LOVED the dress and I wouldn’t have changed my mind, even if I had the opportunity.
    More reading: “What To Do If You Second Guess Your Wedding Dress” from Brides.
  • Wedding Registry This can be a really fun activity to focus on but the reality is that you will likely go back to your list and add/take away after you’ve already created it. Be smart with your choices and make sure you find the right compromise with your partner when selecting items that represent the both of you. Do select the”boring”/traditional things that you will need (and use every day), but don’t be afraid to add stand-out pieces like a piece of art that will mean a lot to you in your future home. And lastly, remember that you will likely receive quite a few gift cards (both to where you registered as well as other big-box stores.) The best thing about that is that you’ll have some left-over money to spend on things that you hadn’t already thought of before.
    More reading: “Wedding Bells: 10 Wedding Registry Tips From a Real Newlywed” from  guest blogger at Lauren Conrad.
  • Wedding Theme When you first select your theme, make sure it’s broad enough to have enough room to play around with. I recommend selecting both a theme, as well as a color scheme or decor…examples could be “Heaven on Earth, elegant glamour” or “Nautical Travel, blue and white” or “Classy Country, chic barnyard.” If you put it in too small of a box, it can be hard to add additional details when things come up. Allow the theme to evolve over time, too, since you’ll likely add to your decor along the way. No matter what, if you select a theme that represents you and your partner at time point in time, there’s no reason to feel like you wish you had a “do-over.”
    More reading: “How To Select Your Wedding Theme“, my blog from last week.
  • Party Guest List Face it, there are a lot of people in both of your lives, but the guest list can’t be limitless. Start with the most important people and then add to it. Have a discussion with the parents on both sides to find out what their top 1 and top 2 tier requests are, and then see if you can fit them in. It is important to ‘throw them a bone’ and invite Mom’s best friend or Dad’s pastor friend, because this is a family affair. Most importantly, ask yourself these three questions to help narrow it down, “Have ________ played an important role in mine/his life?” “Is this someone who will continue to be in our lives, after the wedding day?” “Will I regret if I don’t share this day with ___________ or have them in pictures?”
    More reading: “Tips for Making Your Wedding Guest List” from The Knot.

What’s most important? Trust your gut. And know that there are so many decisions that will need to be made, so it’s not going to benefit you to redo (and redo again) plans that are already put in place. It doesn’t matter HOW PERFECT your big day ends up being, you will likely still have things that you wish you did or didn’t do. And you know what? That’s normal. But, you then have a life as a wife to focus on so just keep moving forward!

With love,

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How to Select Your Wedding Theme

One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is how a couple decides upon their wedding theme. Some can range from so generic and right out of a wedding magazine to really eccentric and off-the-wall. The tips that I have for you are the following:

  1. First consider your location. Is there something about your wedding venue that makes it easier to either apply a theme or discard a theme? For example, I had always envisioned a peacock themed wedding. I love the colors and think it could be a really vibrant and pretty experience. However, when we would be getting married at the beach, this made absolutely no sense!
  2. If you do get married somewhere like the beach, for example, don’t feel forced to do something so straightforward as a beach theme. We ended up doing more of a nautical-travel theme and tied in some really personal elements. There’s no reason why you can’t slant a certain idea to make it more meaningful and true to who both of you are.
  3. Is there something unique that both you and your fiancé do, are passionate about, or equally love? This could be a variety of things. Baseball? New York City? Travel? Donuts? Coffee? Reading? Of course you need to widen some of these ideas to work as an actual theme but it could give you a great starting point.
  4. Think about your relationship and the story of how you came to be you and he. Some of the best weddings are ones were guest walk away feeling like they know the couple even better than when they walked in. If there is something about your love story that makes it really truly unique, think about how to tie this into the theme. Maybe each of you have different cultural backgrounds and family traditions or met in a unique place. This can be a great place to start.
  5. Don’t forget the weddings that you’ve gone to or have seen on TV/online. Would have been some of your favorite themes? What would you have changed about them to make them more personal? Or is there a theme that you really hated? You’ve got to start somewhere! Use this as fuel for your brainstorming.

Hope this helps! Happy planning.

With love,

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