Plan A Wedding In Three Months Or Less

Today, we have the pleasure of featuring guest blogger, Anne Margaux. Anne is involved in all the wedding things and is a proper wedding guru! She works for Wedding Prep Gals, an online retailer of beautiful, embroidered bridesmaids and bridal robes. Keep scrolling for her tips and tricks for planning a wedding on a short timeline!

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Unsplash from annie gray

Sometimes, a long engagement isn't possible. It could be due to military obligations, work related events, religious reasons or a couple just very excited to start married life! Because of that, planning a wedding with a short timeline requires careful planning, as well as a lot of support and a little bit of resourcefulness.

The average wedding takes at least a year of preparation. Vendors, especially the major ones, have many events to prepare for and some may already be booked up (which can honestly help simplify the decision making process). Just keep in mind, you may need to reach out to more people to find a vendor with availability, but try not to get defeated when you hear your date is booked. Keep reading for some tips and tricks on preparing for a wedding that’s taking place in three months or less.

The Bare Necessities

First of all, think of the most essential details of the wedding. Pick the date of your wedding and the venue for the ceremony and reception. It will be easier to find available dates if you opt for a Friday or Sunday wedding. A weekday wedding would make booking your preferred vendors so much easier. Set a budget and timeline of wedding activities, and create a checklist to help you keep track of everything.

As for the venues, you can choose areas near where you live, or you can even have the wedding at your home, if you have enough space. If you have a problem finding a venue, you can hire a wedding planner who can help you scout for a location.

Book your officiant right away too. If you have friends or colleagues who are judges, justices of the peace, or ordained ministers and they can legally officiate a wedding, ask them to be your officiant. Get your marriage license as well. Buy your wedding rings as soon as you can so that you won’t have problems in getting them resized or engraved.

As soon as you have determined who will be included in your wedding party, you may ask them and your family to assist you in the preparations. Delegate tasks to them so that things get done faster. 

Wardrobe

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Ordering a wedding dress takes at least six months, which is why Brilliant Bridal is an especially great option for brides on a short timeline. All of their designer bridal gowns sell off-the-rack so you can take it home the same day you say yes to the dress. Bridal alterations usually take 6 to 8 weeks so if you find your dress early in the planning process you shouldn't have to pay any rush fees on your gown alterations.

When it comes to hair and makeup, look for stylists who can do both, and try to set consultations as soon as possible so you can start with your trial sessions. Help your stylist out by coming prepared with pictures of hair and makeup looks you love.

Invites, Reception, and Other Details

Send your invites right away so you can determine the headcount as early as possible. If local printers are unavailable, you can design the wedding invites yourself, using any number of online resources. If you’re the type who enjoys taking on DIY projects, making the invites, the decorations, and the wedding favors can help save the wedding budget, but be prepared to make a significant time investment.

For reception food, ask your favorite local restaurant if they offer catering services, or if you prefer, you can host the reception at a restaurant where the food can be served buffet-style. If no one can accommodate such a short timeline, then ask family and friends to do a potluck. Keep the menu simple and they will be so happy to be able to pitch in! For your wedding cake, consider the bakery department in a local grocery store. They can often do beautiful (and delicious!) designs with short notice.

For your bouquet, ask your florist to use blooms that are in season. They will be easy to acquire quickly and are often more cost effective. 

Entertainment during the reception may not necessarily require hiring a DJ or a band. You can create your own playlist and play it on your phone or your laptop, as long as you can connect the device to reliable speakers.

Saying Thanks

Don’t forget to thank everyone who helped in the wedding. Your bridal party, especially, will be busy helping you, and treating them to a nice gift is a small way to show your appreciation. A personalized item like a custom-made robe is one way of showing your gratitude. Not only is it unique, but it is also a practical choice because it is something they can use before and even after the wedding.

Reminders

Even if you only have a short time to prepare, you can still pull off the wedding of your dreams. You just have to know the right things and people to help you make all the planning happen. In all of the business of wedding planning make sure to remember why you're doing this, to get married! Take time to prioritize your relationship which is what will last well beyond the wedding flowers and cake.

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Valentine's Date Night Ideas

Image via inspiredbride.net

Image via inspiredbride.net

Valentine's Day is just one week away and while we're all for an over the top romantic gesture, sometimes you just need a real life date night option. So we've collected some of our favorite date night ideas that are budget, time and real life friendly. If your significant other is responsible for the Valentine's plans, share this post as a subtle reminder that they just have one week to make it happen.

Game Night

If you're not a fan of going out, grab your favorite board games and have a fun night indoors. For an extra touch for the competitive types, take bets on who will win the most games. Loser has to buy (or make!) dessert. 

Build a Fort

Channel your inner kid with this idea. Grab all the blankets and pillows in your house, decorate with twinkle lights, and set up camp.  Make or order dinner to eat inside your fort and pick a mini-series on Netflix to binge watch.

Explore a City

Whether you want a fun night out, or a cozy night in a different place, booking a hotel room (or an Airbnb!) makes this idea exciting and accessible. Look for a fun restaurant to kick start the evening.

Recreate a Date

Think back to your favorite date you've had together, and take a trip down memory lane! This could be anything from going back to the same restaurant, taking a walk in the same park, or renting the movie you watched that night. 

Paint Night

Head on over to your local "paint while you drink wine" place with your significant other for a fun, creative date. You could also do this on your own if you don't want to go out, by buying two canvases and some paints and set up in your house. Decide on a painting to recreate on your own while you drink wine. We promise this one will provide a lot of laughter- especially if you're not an artist!

Plan a Picnic

Depending on the weather, this could happen outside like normal, or in your living room. Indoor picnics are just as romantic and temperature controlled. Buy your favorite take-out, grab a big blanket, and settle in. Guaranteed to end with a cuddle-sesh.

Image via inspiredbride.net

Image via inspiredbride.net

Attend a Sporting Event

This is a fun idea if one (or both) of you are a big fan of a specific team. Surprise your significant other with tickets to a game, and make sure you spend at least a little bit of money on (overpriced) snacks as you watch.

Hike to Watch the Sunset

This a cheap, fun date for those who love the outdoors. Find your favorite local spot, or go to a spot neither of you have been to before. Make sure you bring a blanket to sit while you watch the sunset. Make sure you pack some water and snacks for the walk there.

Get in the Car & Drive

This is a fun option for those spontaneous free-birds out there. Make a fun driving playlist, roll down the windows, and get on the highway. Play it by ear and stop when you're hungry, stop when you see something exciting, or just when you feel like taking a break. You'll make memories as you drive.

Roller Skating

Remember when you really wanted a hand to hold during the couples skate in junior high? Well now you do! Head over to your local roller rink for a bit of fun reminiscing - often times they have a themed Valentines Day night as well.

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Our Brilliant Bride Alyssa | Boulder Mountain Wedding

King Protea🌸  Metallic Accents✨  Scenic Views⛰  If you're a bride who loves color and fun florals, this wedding is going to give you all the heart eyes!

Our Brilliant Bride Alyssa married her groom Trace this past spring in Colorado at  Wedgewood on Boulder Creek. Alyssa 'said YES' to the Annabelle gown by Nicole Miller Bridal at our Denver shop. And we're still swooning over this crêpe dress! There is just so much to love: the textured sequins, the tiny, spaghetti straps, and of course, the dramatic, low-back! 

An official congrats to Alyssa + Trace for tying the knot! And many thanks to their photographer April O'Hare for sharing these beautiful photos with us! You can check out more from their day on her blog.

And shoutouts to the other vendors who helped make this spring wedding a realty! Venue: Wedgewood on Boulder Creek; Officiant: Life Vision Weddings; Bakery: La Momo Maes Bakery;  Florals: Painted Primrose; Groom's Suit: Vinci Suits; Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie; DJ: DJ Maestro

2018 Pantone Color of the Year

With the new year comes new trends, new ideas and a new Pantone Color of the Year! And this year's color is Ultra Violet. According to Pantone’s website, Ultra Violet is an energizing shade that inspires connection. They also mention this color “communicates visionary thinking that points us toward the future," which is so fitting for a wedding day where couples vow their whole futures to one another.

Picking wedding colors comes down to your personal style and coordinating with your selected theme. So to help get your creative, wedding-planning juices going, we're sharing a few ways to rock the new Pantone Color of the Year! Looking forward to 2018, you'll see favorites from this past year, but with a fun, new twist! 

Maybe you're a big fan of the new Color of the Year or maybe you really can't imagine it being part of your day at all. We've heard lots of mixed reviews on this new hue; we think it's helpful to visualize this shade as more of an accent color and add it in sparingly. If you've already picked your wedding colors, not to worry there is still good inspo in this blog for you, as most of these ideas can be modified for any color scheme!

Geodes

Geodes add an organic element and unexpected texture to everyday wedding items. They come in a variety of colors, but these Ultra Violet babies will add some personality to your tablescapes. And we love any wedding item that does double duty like these name cards that your guests can take home as wedding favors! 

Florals

Unique floral items are all the rage. We're seeing this trend everywhere, from floral flavored desserts and mixed drinks to artisans soaps and candles. You can even make your own flower lollipops, and if you get good at it, this could be a fun favor for your guests!

Tip: If you're thinking 'go big or go home' with your florals, make sure you talk through with your florist and/or planner how to repurpose your ceremony flowers. Not just so they are reused in your reception, but for after the wedding, as well. Here's a list of ideas from Loverly, in case you need some inspiration.

Galaxy 

Ultra Violet was born for the galaxy theme, with it's futuristic undertone and mystical quality. It would make the perfect wedding theme for the bride that's super into astronomy or honestly, just can't get enough of the galactic goodness! 

Marble 

If pairing Ultra Violet with a monochromatic color palette is too overwhelming, try muting it with whites and metallics. These lighter hues tone down the intense color creating a softer look, while still adding a pop of color. 

Are you planning on using any of these ideas in your 2018 wedding, or which wedding planning idea was your favorite? We'd love to hear about your vision. Leave us a comment below!

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Winter New Arrivals | Stella york + More

New Stock. Unbelievable Prices. No Waiting.

New Year. New Dresses! We have selected some of our most swoon-worthy dresses just for you! All of which are immediately discounted 30 - 80% off the original retail price, saving you hundreds of dollars! Plus, they are all sold "off the rack." Which means no waiting around for your dress to come in, perfect for a short engagement or last minute shopping!

If you like what you see, click below to schedule an appointment to try on one of these lovlies. And to see all our new inventory, check out our 'New Arrivals' albums on Facebook (ArizonaDenver, & Las Vegas).

Stella York

Stella York 6353 Ivory Size 14 (East Valley)
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Stella York 6223 Ivory Size 10 (East Valley)
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Stella York 6005 Ivory Size 12 (East Valley)
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Stella York 5835 Ivory Size 12 (Phoenix)
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Stella York 6268 Ivory Size 12 (Phoenix)
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Stella York 6176 Ivory Size 12 (Phoenix)
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Stella York 5968 Ivory Size 16 (Denver)
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Stella York 6350 Ivory Size 14 (Denver)
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Stella York 6418 Oatmeal Size 16 (Denver)
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Cosmobella

Cosmobella 7759 Ivory Size 6 (Las Vegas)
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Cosmobella 7846 Ivory/Nude Size 6 (Las Vegas)
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Cosmobella 7688 Ivory Size 10 (Las Vegas)
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Bonny Bridal

Bonny Bridal 1503 Ivory Size 30 (Denver) 
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Bonny Bridal 1501 Ivory Size 28 (Denver)
Retail Price $1252 | Our Price $876

Bonny Bridal 1505 Ivory Size 30 (Denver) 
Retail Price $1252 | Our Price $876

Essense of Australia 

Essense of Austraila D1686 Ivory/Gold Size 12 (East Valley)
Retail Price $1841 | Our Price $1288

Essense of Australia D1950 Ivory/Café Size 12 (East Valley)
Retail Price $1533 | Our Price $1073

Essense of Australia D1733 Ivory Size 12 (East Valley)
Retail Price $1431 | Our Price $1001

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