It is no secret that I love scouting Groupon and Jane for wedding-related steals (well, all steals in general, really). Another of my favorite daily deal websites is groopdealz, which is a lot like Jane in terms of what they feature. The cutest bridesmaid gift idea popped up in my daily groopdealz email yesterday, so of course I have to share. Possibly the best part is that they’re made locally in Fayetteville, NC. Check out these personalized champagne flutes…aren’t they adorable?
Y’all, flowers can be expensive. If you’ve actually grown flowers yourself, you probably understand why. It takes lots of nurturing to grow a beautiful flower, which has to then be carefully cut and transported. And, if you’re purchasing from a florist, you’re also paying for the time, materials, and skill that go into professional arrangements. And you know where most beautiful wedding bouquets and reception arrangements go come midnight when the party is over? A big white trash bag. Yes, most wedding flowers are tossed in the trash mere hours or minutes after they stood in all of their splendor at one of the most important events of your life. That’s hundreds, often thousands of dollars worth of gorgeous flowers, headed to the landfill. Doesn’t the thought make you sick? Thankfully, I’m bringing you some wonderful alternatives today that will allow your gorgeous flowers to be enjoyed just a bit longer.
1. Donate. It would probably really make someone’s day to receive one of your beautiful arrangements! Thankfully there are programs out there that will come pick up your wedding flowers and deliver them to local nursing homes, hospice facilities, etc. I used one after my own wedding! The Flower Shuttle, based out of Raleigh, NC, has used recycled event flowers to create 123,802 arrangements since 2006. So amazing! Look for similar organizations in your area, or contact local Meals on Wheels groups, assisted living facilities, and other such programs to see if they might be interested in your flowers.
Y’all, as someone who was on a mission not to spend more than $1,000 on a wedding dress myself, I appreciate how truly difficult such a task can be! At many of the bridal shops I went to, it seemed like prices started around $1,500 and just kept going up, up, up from there. Even at David’s Bridal, which touts itself as being an affordable option, many of the dresses were out of my budget. If you’re lucky enough to stumble across a sample sale or score an already-loved version of your dream gown, you can definitely find a great deal. Or, you can check out the awesome finds below, which are all under $1,000 completely new! Brides recently published a slideshow of 44 such dresses, and the eight featured below are my favorites from their selection.
Today’s roundup of articles I’m loving lately is definitely sprinkled with a little humor! Anyone who’s ever planned a wedding (or helped someone plan a wedding) knows that things often go awry. Today, we’re going to share a laugh (or groan) with those who did experience some misfortune, while at the same time learning how to not make some common wedding mistakes ourselves. Here you go, belles:
Who loves locally picked apples and Ferris wheels and gorgeous golden light? Everyone, that’s who. Y’all are going to love the stunning real engagement photos I have to share with you today courtesy of Rob + Kristen Photography. Erin and Casey chose to have their photos taken at the North Carolina State Fair this past October, and the results are simultaneously playful, intimate, and a little bit whimsical. The love these two have for each other is so obvious and tender.
It’s officially that time of year in North Carolina when you can smell ACC basketball fever in the air! Here in the South, we tend to take college sports pretty seriously. Whether you’re painting your chest orange in Death Valley during the fall or freezing your tail off in Krzyzewskiville waiting for tickets come winter, chances are you have a loyalty and you’re sticking to it. Why not incorporate your love for your alma mater or favorite team into your wedding? Here are some ideas about how:
1. Your venue: Many colleges and universities have beautiful outdoor areas if you’re getting married during the warmer months, and oftentimes alumni centers, performance halls, and university-owned chapels can be rented as venues as well. Nothing shows your love for your school like saying your vows on sacred ground!
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for pups. If I had had a dog at the time of my own wedding, I’m sure he or she would have been present at some point in the day! Here are some of my favorite photos showing how fellow dog-lovers incorporated their sweet pups into their weddings and dressed them for the occasion. Whether serving as flower girls or enthusiastic portrait posers, these dogs are clearly enjoying their owners’ big day!
Hello hello belles! As usual, there are lots of things I’m loving on the Internet lately, so here’s a roundup of my favorite articles. The theme today is bridesmaids: how to pick them, what their duties are, and even some tips on helping the bride pee while she’s still zipped inside her big dress! Hope you enjoy….
1. 7 tips for picking out your bridesmaids via Loverly
Happy New Year’s Eve, y’all! 2014 has been such a good year. After all, it was just this year that I published the blog’s first post to the interwebs! In celebration of the fabulous year it has been, I am recapping the blog’s five most popular posts. Starting with number five….
5. Real Wedding: Seaside Splendor in Early Spring (This was the first real wedding published on the blog!)
Do you adore all things sparkle and glitter, but don’t want your wedding to seem like something out of a child’s dress up box? Consider getting married on New Year’s Eve, which, as we all know, is one day when there is no such thing as too much glitz. Bonus: Many of your guests will have the next day off from work, giving them plenty of time to rest after your all-night soiree! Today’s wedding inspiration pulls in all the best parts of New Year’s Eve celebrations: a swanky atmosphere, festive attire, champagne, and of course a confetti drop at midnight. Enjoy!