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Top Rated Mother of the Bride Dresses of 2015

10 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Mother of Bride, Wedding Ideas

We’ve examined close to 1,400 dresses to show you the best of the best.

Here’s the top rated Mother of the Bride dress list of 2015. From casual tea length dresses to super elegant Mother of the Bride gowns, the selection of dresses is as varied as the weddings themselves.

To be top-rated, the dress must have at least a four and a half star rating by their retailer ( like Nordstrom ) and have a minimum of 5 reviews. Click through to read the reviews.

“I ordered this dress for my daughters upcoming wedding. It was back ordered twice which made me worry! However, when it finally arrived, it was gorgeous!

After searching endlessly for a dress for my son’s wedding…Everyone at the wedding wanted to know where I purchased the dress and when I told them it was my first dress web purchase they were surprised. The compliments overflowed…

Tadashi Shoji Mother Bride Knee Length Dress
“Love love everything about this dress, it is absolutely gorgeous!”
“This dress is exactly what I had in mind for being the Mother of the Bride for a May wedding.”
“This dress is classy with a little edge, not matronly!”
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11 Ways to Be the Ultimate Bridesmaid

10 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas
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There’s much more to being a Bridesmaid than slipping on a dress and standing in line, so it’s important to learn the dos and don’ts of the special role. If your engaged pal has asked you to be part of her wedding party, don’t take it lightly — she’s asking for you to support her through one of the most incredible times of her life. Think you know what it takes to be the best Bridesmaid? Some of these pointers may surprise you. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, you’ll want to follow these 11 must-know tips to become the ultimate Bridesmaid.

10 WAYS TO BE THE BEST BRIDESMAID EVER

09 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

A few weeks ago we shared a post on how to be the best best man ever.

So we figured, seeing as we’ve been talking all things bachelorette parties and Bridesmaids over the last few weeks, it was the perfect time to reflect on what makes a magnificent maid of honour too.

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Being asked to be a Bridesmaid is a big deal, your friend is giving you the honour of being part of her inner circle on her wedding day.

And with great privilege, comes great responsibility.

No your bride can’t expect you to be at the end of the phone for a 3am floral brainstorming session, splash out $400 for your own dress (that you’ll never wear again), or ask you to cut your hair/tan your skin/lose or gain weight for her wedding day.

But, if you’ve said yes to the job, she should be able to rely on you to lend a hand, show some interest, and throw her one heck of a bachelorette party!

Still not sure what’s expected of you as a Bridesmaid? We’ve come up with 10 commandments for being your buddy’s best lady in the lead up to her wedding.

1. BE INTERESTED

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Your friend is no doubt excited about her big day, and chances are she wants to talk about her plans. But with all the chatter of so-called “bridezillas” over the last few years, (we hate that word!) brides have been getting a bad rep. They often feel talking about their wedding could be selfish or boring, so will refrain from waxing lyrical about dress styles and catering options.

Encourage your friend to talk about her wedding, ask questions, and be interested. She’ll feel so much better about explaining her inner conflict over stationery fonts.

2. BUT TALK ABOUT OTHER THINGS TOO

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Just as it’s helpful to ask your friend about her wedding, it’s also important to ask about her work/family/new shoes, and to chat about what’s going on with you too.

She could be getting hit with lots of wedding questions, and feel like her whole life is revolving around this one day. So from time to time, make sure you talk about anything other than her wedding plans.

3. THE PERFECT SHOPPING BUDDY

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Your role as a Wedding Dress shopping confidant is a tricky one, you need to strike a balance between being constructive, but not putting your best friend off the dress of her dreams.

Take a look at her dress board on Pinterest, or ask her about what she has in mind before you go shopping, so you don’t blurt something out, like “Ugh, beading” or “Strapless dresses are so boring” when that’s the style your friend’s heart is set on.

That said, do suggest alternative styles she may not have considered, which you think would look great on her, and if she tries on a dress you don’t like, unless you think she’s in love with it, gently tell her that another one was more flattering/gorgeous/suited to her.

But at the end of the day, remember, it’s about about her style and taste, not yours.

4. FALL INTO LINE (A LITTLE)

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A few weeks ago we talked about the mix and match Bridesmaid trend, and how we love when brides embrace their girls’ individuality. Brides should really take your style into consideration, but sometimes they’ll be set on a certain (pink chiffon) aesthetic for their day.

But even if you get to choose your dress from her palette, maybe you don’t like wear lilac, blush OR taupe (black is more your style), or perhaps you don’t like to wear dresses at all.

While your bride can’t ask you to wear heels you can’t walk in, or dye your signature pink hair brown, when it comes to the dress, it’s just for one day, so it’s often better not to stress your pal out about it.

As long as she doesn’t make you wear something three sizes too small, do your Bridesmaidly duty and suck it up, put it on, and smile!

5. SPOIL HER

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Make your friend feel special in the lead up to her wedding, especially around her engagement and in the final weeks of planning. Make every get together an excuse for bubbly, send her excited texts in the lead up to her day, or take her out for a stress free day of shopping.

From getting a facial together to hosting a BBQ for her and her partner, weddings aren’t just one day, it’s a whole exciting time, so show your bride you’re happy for her and want to celebrate every step of the way.

6. THROW HER HEN PARTY, NOT YOURS

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So your idea of a perfect bachelorette party is downing shots, and hitting the dancefloor draped in flashing L plates, awaiting the arrival of your (fake fireman) stripper.

Perhaps the bride in your life wants something a little more low key.

A weekend on a farm, a spa break, or a karaoke slumber party, think about the elements that would make your friend’s perfect day, night, or weekend, and incorporate them into a personalised hen party she’ll never forget.

7. MAKE YOURSELF USEFUL

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The most helpful thing you can do for your friend is to get jobs ticked off her list, rather than give her one more task, of finding something to delegate to you.

Don’t just tell your bride to let you know if she needs anything, offer your services for specific tasks or take something off her hands entirely.

Tell her you can address and post the invites, assure her you’ll steam her dress on the morning of her wedding, collect the boutonnières from the florist or look after making up the activity packs for the kids. It’s practical help like that, that’s invaluable in the lead up to the wedding.

8. GO TEAM

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This kind of goes without saying, but try to get on with the other Bridesmaids. You might not know them very well, you might not be very close, and you might even find yourselves competing over “best Bridesmaid” bragging rights.

But the last thing your friend needs on the morning of your wedding is to break up your squabbling over who gets to button up her dress for the photographs!

Stay in touch throughout the planning, (set up a group email or message thread), work together on the bridal shower or hen party, and try to be nice to each other, even when it would feel better not to be.

9. THE LITTLE EXTRAS

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It’s the little touches that takes a great Bridesmaid to the next level of awesomeness. And those touches don’t have to cost a thing.

Make your friend a playlist for the morning of her wedding (or steal ours!), create a book for her with words of wisdom, recipes and stories from the women in her life, go with her to a perfumery and concoct a signature scent for her wedding day, or make a survival kit with everything you could need for a wedding day mishap.

Your attention to detail will put your friend at ease – how could she be nervous on her wedding day when she knows you’ve got every eventuality, covered?

10. TO THE BITTER END

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You might normally be the first one to duck off on a night out, but when you’re a Bridesmaid, you’re on the clock as long as your bride is still up and at ’em.

Hit the dancefloor if it empties out after a not-so-great song, make sure your mate eats something and has plenty of water, and try not to drink too much yourself. Of course you should relax and enjoy the party, but just remember, your friend might need a hand unhitching those 47 buttons down the back of her dress at the end of the night.

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If you follow those steps, you’ll be sure to excel at your new job as best Bridesmaid ever!

But of course, that’s not all you can do to be a great Bridesmaid, so please do share your advice in the comments below.

10 Bridesmaid Questions Answered: Who To Ask, What To Expect And More

09 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

10 Bridesmaid Questions Answered: Who To Ask, What To Expect And More

It’s just not a wedding without Bridesmaids. Whether you have one or 10, they’re the ladies who are going to make sure you have an awesome bridal shower and a bachelorette party you, inadvertently, may not remember.

The bride/Bridesmaid relationship is a tricky one, though. You already have a solid relationship with these women, yet you are asking a lot of their time and resources in order to be in your wedding.

We found and answered 10 of the biggest questions about Bridesmaids. How many do you need? Who should even be one? Can you ask them to go tanning before the wedding? Everything you need to know is below.

1. Q. Who should I ask to be in my wedding?

Your wedding party should be made up of people who play an important role in your life: your sister, your old college roommate, etc. The party can be as big or as small as you like, just know you don’t have to ask your entire sorority pledge class, no matter what you promised 10 years ago.

2. Q. When should I ask people to be in my wedding?

You’ll first need to figure out the size of your event. If you’re having a small wedding, a large wedding party may seem off-balance. Once you have a date set, start asking people so they can block out the date.

Be sure to ask everyone around the same time, especially if the bridal party knows each other. Check out some of our creative ways to ask someone to be your bridesmaid.

3. Q. I don’t really get along with my future sister-in-law. Do I have to ask her to be a Bridesmaid?

Depends on the wedding you’re having. While it’s good form to include her, etiquette dictates that you’re not obligated. If you’re having a small wedding party — just a maid of honor and a best man, then you don’t have to. Most people don’t mind not being in the wedding party. It’s one less thing they have to worry about. There will be plenty of other family photos that they will be in. You’re the bride and can design the wedding party however you like — with or without unlikable in-laws.

4. Q. I have two best friends – how do I choose my maid of honor?

You don’t have to! If you have two close friends — or even two sisters — they can both me maids/matrons of honor. This may even be an advantage since it’s helpful to have an extra person when planning bachelorette parties, organizing the shower, etc.

5. Q. My Bridesmaids are annoying me – can I demote them?!

Given that they are your Bridesmaids, you had a strong relationship with them before you got engaged and hopefully will have one afterwards. That said, think about specifically what it is about the Bridesmaids that is driving you crazy. Are they not buying the dress you asked them to? Are they slow to plan a shower? (Maybe it’s a surprise!) When you feel annoyed, single out what behavior is annoying you and then you can work on fixing that problem.

If you have frustrations, be sure to address them in person. Problem solving needs to happen over a conversation, not a barrage of e-mails and text messages.

Make sure you are not the problem. Are you making unrealistic demands, such as making everyone wear the same, expensive shoe or getting their hair done at a pricey salon? Check out our piece about how to get your bridesmaid not to hate you. Sometimes little things, like overtly asking them not to get you a wedding gift or easing up on the hair requirement, goes a long way.

6. Q. What can I ask my Bridesmaids to do?

Don’t they know they have to fan you while feeding you grapes? In all seriousness, there’s lots that they can help you do that is completely reasonable:

Pre-wedding tasks: Things like stuffing envelopes, welcome bags, putting together favors, folding programs, etc. Ply them with some booze and it becomes a bonding experience.

Pay for the Bridesmaid ensemble:  This includes the dress, its alterations and accessories. Sometimes brides like to make a gift of the jewelry, which is a nice gesture. Be upfront if Bridesmaids will have to pay for their own hair appointments on the wedding day. If you can afford to pick up the tab, by all means do so.

Help plan or co-host the bridal shower and/or bachelorette party: This doesn’t necessarily mean they have to pay for theses events — sometimes the Mother of the Bride or another relative likes to pick up the tab for the shower — but they should offer to help in some way. Bachelorette parties are usually paid for by everyone who attends — both Bridesmaids and other non-wedding party attendants.

Attend the rehearsal dinner and rehearsal ceremony: They should also attend at least one shower, unless they live far away.

Be social, act as a defacto hostess: If you know a shy cousin will be coming, ask a Bridesmaid to chat him up and make him feel comfortable. Naturally they should all be polite to the other guests, be feel free to point out guests who may be coming alone, etc.

Run last-minute errands: Someone may have to go on a last minute run to Walgreen’s, and the bride is not that person. You can ask Bridesmaids to do last minute chores, or even to greet vendors the day of if you don’t have a wedding planner.

Hold your dress while you peeSomeone has to. Ask the Bridesmaid with the biggest sense of humor.

7. Q. My husband has more groomsmen than I have Bridesmaids, what should I do?

The wedding party should be made up of your nearest and dearest — even if that is an uneven number. Don’t worry if there are more on one side than the other. It’s much better than asking a random person to be in it to even out the numbers. You can sort out how to get everyone up and down the aisle at the rehearsal.

8. Q. I think one of Bridesmaids may not be able to afford the dress, etc.

No matter how well you think you know someone, never assume you know anything about their finances, no matter their lifestyle. Just because your grad student friends lives on Ramen noodles it doesn’t mean she can’t afford to be in your wedding. Maybe she just really likes Ramen?

Once you have your bridal party set, send an e-mail outlining the projected costs. ($200 for the dress, $50 for hair the day of, etc.) People appreciate understanding costs ahead of time. If they don’t think they can afford it, they will let you know. Encourage Bridesmaids to share hotel rooms, etc. Be sure to add a note that if anyone needs help to let you know. The cost of a quietly paying for a Bridesmaid dress for your grad student friend is tiny compared to everything else you’re paying for in the wedding.

9. Q. One of my friends has put on some weight. Can I ask her to lose it before the wedding?

Short answer? No. You can’t ask people to adopt different grooming or lifestyle habits such as losing weight, tanning or changing their hair for your wedding day. When you’re asking someone to be in your wedding party, you’re asking them the way they are. If your friend has let themselves go a little, perhaps being in someone’s wedding is exactly the motivation she needs to get back to her healthy, svelte self.

10. Q. I was in a friend’s wedding four years ago. We are not close anymore. Does she have to be in mine?

There is no quid pro quo when it comes to weddings. You don’t even have to invite someone to your wedding just because you went to theirs. Your friend is probably aware that you aren’t close anymore, either. Since she played an important part in your life before, be sure to invite her as a guest.

How the Mother of the Bride’s Duties Differ from the Mother of the Groom’s

08 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas
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When it comes to wedding planning, there’s enough work to go around — and both your mother and mother-in-law to-be will want to pitch in. So here’s how the most important women in your life should divvy up their wedding duties.

The mother of the groom should…
— Offer your beau financial assistance — if desired — for those things traditionally paid for by the groom’s family, such as your bouquet and the rehearsal dinner. (But don’t be offended if she doesn’t — many couples are now paying for their weddings solo.)
— Attend the bridal shower with a gift and a smile.
— Check in with your mom about her wedding-day attire — their looks should complement and not compete with one another — and shop for her outfit up to six weeks before the big day.
— Plan and host the rehearsal dinner, which could take up to six months to organize.
— And dance with her son at the reception, of course!

See More: 7 Things Every Mother-of-the-Bride Should Do

The Mother of the Bride should…
— Discuss your wedding budget with you, and the ways she and your father would like to contribute.
— Be the back-up contact for wedding professionals, including your planner, caterer and florist.
— Help you choose your wedding gown — tears aren’t required, but definitely appreciated!
— Ask your opinion on what she should wear for the big day, and purchase her attire up to six weeks before the wedding.
— Attend or even organize your bridal shower, depending on what you decide with your ‘maids.
— And be there for any pre-wedding breakdowns, crisis and moments of pure joy!

Both mothers should…
— Help spread the word on where you’re registered to their family and friends.
— Seek out recommendations for wedding professionals and ceremony and reception sites — as long as you’ve asked for their input.
— And see you off from the reception as the two of you embark on your new life together!

What do you wish your mother and future mother-in-law would do for your big day?

10 Things Every Bride With A Small Budget Should Know

06 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

10 Things Every Bride With A Small Budget Should Know

If you didn’t get the memo about the sky-high cost of weddings, you’re not alone, by any means. When exactly were you (or your loved ones) supposed to squirrel away $25K (the national wedding cost average) between high school, college, crappy first jobs, crappy third jobs, etc? More bad news: if you’re in a major city like NYC, that wedding cost average nearly doubles. If you’re working with a budget of significantly less than either of those figures, I do have some good news for you. It doesn’t cost $25K to get married. (There’s a big difference there.)

There’s no need to despair – you can absolutely have a fabulous big day for far less than five figures. So before you start racking up the wedding-related credit card debt, and buying in to every bit of wedding-related hoopla in the known universe, read these 10 things every cash-poor bride should know before you begin your wedding planning journey.

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1. The wedding industry doesn’t want you to think you can have a truly awesome wedding for less than 25K. But you absolutely can. It might not have all the bells and whistles of an “as-seen-on-TV” wedding, but it can still be beautiful, memorable, and most importantly, budget-friendly.

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2. Some wedding vendors may sneer at your small budget. They’ll insist that you can’t have a “decent” wedding for less than five figures, and they’ll make you feel crappy about your wedding choices. Don’t reward them with your business. (They’re totally wrong, btw. Your wedding is going to be awesome.)wedding-cake-serving-set.jpg

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3. Planning a wedding is like taking on an unpaid part-time job, no matter what your budget. You’ll probably put in 20 hours a week on Pinterest alone. However, if you have the time to plan your own wedding, skipping on a wedding planner will save you thousands.


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4. Proceed through bridal magazines with caution. The wedding glossies frequently feature wedding items that are way out of your budget. Do your research on designers and brands before you give your heart to a $4000 Wedding Dress. (The same goes for bridal salons – be sure to ask about price points before you shop. For more dress shopping tips, check out our ultimate guide to Wedding Dress shopping!)

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5. Gorgeous examples of budget weddings can be found at any price point. Don’t believe me? Google “$5000 wedding”, or “10K wedding”. You’ll find enough budget-friendly inspiration on the interwebs to fill three weddings. Trust me, it’s out there.

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6. Know that you’re not alone – and finding a supportive, like-minded community of brides will make your wedding planning journey so much easier. There are tons of resources out there for budget-minded brides – blogs like The Broke-Ass Bride, or The Budget Savvy Bride, and SHEfinds, of course!

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7. Pick the three things that are most important to you – now you know where you’ll be allocating most of your wedding budget. (Do remember that the food is usually the biggest wedding expense, and if it doesn’t appear on your top 3, you can save a lot by not serving a full sit-down meal.)

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8. Still feeling self-conscious about your small budget wedding’s status? A smaller guest list will allow you to devote more of your budget to food, flowers, and decor – which will make your wedding look much pricier.


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9. Don’t be quick to turn down free help when it’s offered. If your Aunt wants to bake your wedding cake as her gift to you, let her do it. Likewise, if your Maid of Honor wants to help you tackle every wedding-related project that comes up, by all means, let her tag along!

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10. If certain wedding traditions don’t speak to you, they’re not worth spending your hard-earned money on. Axe them. It’ll leave more room in your budget for the things that truly matter.

10 Gorgeous Oversized Wedding Bouquets

04 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

An oversized bouquet has a dramatic look for the flower-loving bride. This is a stunning idea for outdoor and boho weddings with a focus on freshness and color. These bouquets can be your main floral arrangement if you’re having smaller floral pieces in the rest of your decor. We’ve picked out 10 gorgeous oversized wedding bouquets to inspire you.

1. Summer Pinks

Peonies, garden roses, decorative kale and green hydrangea are the perfect ingredients for a fresh and colorful summer bouquet. The large blooms make this DIY bouquet an easy one to construct and has such a lovely result.

10 Gorgeous Oversized Wedding Bouquets

2. Botanical 

This modern mix of flowers and foliage has a distinctive botanical feel. With touches of copper added to the palette, it creates an enviable mid-century look.

10 Gorgeous Oversized Wedding Bouquets

3. Peaches and Succulents 

Succulents are a bouquet fave for a reason. They effortlessly enhance the other flowers in the bouquet and work well with neutral tones. Make the succulent a centerpiece by choosing one in a significant size.

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4. Bold Brights

For double the impact, go for both color and size. Vibrant reds teamed with slightly burnt orange blooms are a great pairing for larger bouquets. Leaving the stems bare, also creates an informal look to balance everything out.

10 Gorgeous Oversized Wedding Bouquets

5. Pink Blossoms 

A feminine, elegant and ethereal take on an oversized bouquet. As light pink is such a delicate color you can get away with having more blooms.

10 Gorgeous Oversized Wedding Bouquets

6. Clean and Simple 

If you’re weary about going for such a bold piece, you can keep the bouquet clean with white and cream flowers. This will give you the opportunity to play around with the size of the bouquet without it being too overwhelming.

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7. In the Wild 

This lush bouquet with hints of lilac and peach has a wildness to it that goes hand in hand with a garden affair.

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8. Deep tones 

For fall weddings, deep and rich autumnal tones work especially well in larger arrangements. Blending these with trailing greenery finishes the piece.

10 Gorgeous Oversized Wedding Bouquets

9. Whimsical Paper 

For a touch of whimsical charm, go for oversized single paper flowers. A quirky look that would fit in perfectly in a woodland wedding. Extra bonus points if you fancy a challenge and decide to make them yourself!

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10. Cascading Bouquet

A cascading bouquet is a true statement piece, which gives you the opportunity to play around with proportions and the dimension of your bouquet. It is a lovely way to complement the silhouette of your dress.

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On a Tight Wedding Budget? DIY Projects Can Save Money

28 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Many couples are paying for their own weddings nowadays, and with that can come a lower budget for the event. However, there are many ways that you can save thousands of dollars on your wedding day and that is by doing it yourself, or DIY. Even if you are not the most crafty person, you and your partner, along with help from your wedding party, will be able to do all kinds of projects that will save you lots of money in the long run. If you have time in your week for DIY projects, this may just be for you.

Why Should I DIY?

If you have time in your day, there are a handful of projects that will help you stay within your wedding budget. DIY can be a lifesaver when when paying for an event where you can have hundreds of people attending! The projects may be a little time consuming, but when you are on a tight budget, it is better to DIY than have to scrimp and cut costs where it matters, like catering.

Wedding Favors

These are perhaps the easiest DIY project that you can do with your wedding party. First you have to decide on what kind of favors you would like; edible ones, such as these S’Mores Centerpiece Favors, are always popular because your guests can snack on it on the way home. Another idea: With just some mason jars, a printer, sticky labels and some ingredients from a bulk store, you can make trail mix in different flavors for your guests. Top it off with some fabric in the same color as your theme and tie with twine for an extra added touch of elegance. If everyone works well together, this project can be done in an afternoon and can save you hundreds of dollars.

Non-Traditional Bouquets

Nontraditional wedding bouquet idea. Budget wedding DIY brooch bouquet...use jewelry from parents and grandparents to make it an heirloom.A wedding trend that has been steadily gaining attention lately are non-traditional bouquets. These bouquets are usually made of different findings, from beads and broaches to seashells and glitter, many brides have decided to make their own stunning non-traditional bouquet. If you are worried that you may not be able to do such a thing by yourself, check the non-traditional bridal bouquet ideas pinboard for inspiration and the right videos to help you along with your project.

Invitations

Another big cost when it comes to weddings are the invitations. A great way to save on them is to make them yourself, and that way you can make them as busy or as simple as you would like them to be. Craft stores have many different styles of stamps, cards and ink that you can use to make your invitations uniquely yours and you can save hundreds of dollars while doing it. Plus, guests are sure to enjoy something that is handmade instead of printed at a factory.

Place cards and Seating Charts

Two more paper crafts that are exceedingly easy to do, and if you made your own invitations you will already have stamps and ink that you can use. If you have decided on a specific theme, you can design your place cards and seating chart around that theme so that it fits in perfectly at the reception. These do not take a lot of time to do and your wedding party can help you with them if you need a couple extra pairs of hands.

Photo Albums

You do not have to pay a photographer to make up your wedding album. With many websites offering the capabilities for you to design your own wedding albums (most notably Shutterfly), this is a sure fire way to get what you want and save some money as well. You could also choose to scrapbook your wedding, and you can save that for weekends when your spouse and yourself are looking for something fun to do together. It is a great way to relive the day and see it from different perspectives as you put your own album together.

Wedding Day Survival Kit

28 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

You imagine your wedding day to be absolutely perfect. You may think you won’t need those emergency items, but, it’s always better to be prepared for those unplanned hiccups. To help you prepare for those hiccups, we have put together a list for your “his” and “her” wedding day survival kits.

Wedding Day Survival Kit

So where’s the best place to get these items? Anywhere you can find the travel sized items in Target, or any other similar store. Altering your kit based off the time of year and location is also something you can do. What else would you recommend to include in the “his” and “hers” wedding day survival kits?

5 Tips for Planning a Wedding in 5 Months

07 Jan 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

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Yes, it can be done! When G and I got engaged, we knew off the bat that we didn’t want a long engagement – 6 months max. To us, a longer engagement just meant having to wait even longer for things we wanted to be able to do yesterday. As much as I had dreamed about my wedding day, by the time I had realized that G was the one I was just ready to be his wife, for married life and to be able to wake up to my best friend sleeping right beside me every single day. With all that in mind, making decisions on vendors and food and this and that maybe didn’t come super easy, but I’d say I was more laid back in the decision making process. I had 2 goals for our wedding day: to be the love of my life’s wife by the end of it and for our guests to have fun and feel how much we loved them. That was it. That’s all that mattered. It turned out, though, that our wedding was so much more beautiful than I ever could have hoped for and we receive compliments on it to this day – over a year later. Looking back, I do remember a few key things that I think helped it to go so well in such a short amount of time and that’s what I want to share with you today.

1. Make a list.  Make a list of everything that needs to get done! My mom did this for me when we first got engaged because, let’s face it, I had no idea where to start! She made a list of EVERYTHING and even set a rough timeline for what needs to get done by when and designated things that may need a deposit as a heads up! Honestly, I cried when I got it because I was so thankful! It really helped to streamline things and to help keep me organized. Trust me, you don’t want to get 1 month out from the wedding and realize you should have done something 2 months ago! Here is the list she made me – hope you find it useful! (PS- if any of you would like a PDF version of the document below emailed to you just let me know and I’ll send it over!)

Sunkisse Sophisticate Wedding Checklist

2. Set a budget. This is especially the first thing you want to do if you know that you’re gonna need to stick to a certain amount (even if you don’t know exactly what that amount may be yet). Knowing your limitations will really help you determine which vendors are out of the question and which are much more realistic. This can save a lot of headache for everyone involved! Sit down with your fiance and whoever else might be contributing financially (parents? in-laws? grandparents even?) and hammer out the details. It’s not that fun, but it’s completely necessary and you’ll feel better moving forward once it’s done!

3. Book Your Venue First. The first vendor that I would suggest booking is the place in which you will get married. This will take so much stress and pressure off your shoulders. Booking your venue will give you two important pieces of information off the bat: 1 – your wedding date and 2 – how many people you can invite to the party. Of course, you and your fiance will want to have a ball park idea of how big you’d like your wedding to be before you book. For example, don’t book a venue that limits you to 100 people if you know you there will be that many coming from the groom’s side alone! Be smart about where you choose to get married and it will set you up for smooth sailing for the next few months of planning!

4. Prioritize and Be Flexible. When you are planning a wedding in a short time frame, one of your biggest challenges is finding vendors that you a) want b) can afford and c) who are available on your date. You have to decide what is most important to you both and work around that. For example, we knew from the start that we really wanted to get married at this plantation in Thomasville, GA called Pebble Hill. It was the only place we looked at and, although we got lucky and had several dates in our time frame to choose from, that was the one thing that we would have moved heaven and earth to have. For you, figure out what is most important. What takes priority for you and your almost spouse?Is it having fresh cut flowers? Is it having a specific type of meal or caterer? Maybe it’s the music or the decorations? Whatever it is, identify it off the bat and be willing to adjust budget allocations, vendors or even your date to accommodate those things.

5. ENJOY THE PROCESS. Seriously. I truly believe this is one of my most important tips. Planning our wedding in five months brought stress and frustration, but more than anything, it brought so much fun and joy. When it was all over all I could think was, “let’s go back and do it again.” If you have ever seen that Friends episode where Monica and Chandler have just gotten married, it’s the day after and everyone is checking out of the hotel. Monica sits down with Chandler and says in a slightly disappointed, slightly sassy tone something like “It’s all over. I’m never going to be a bride again.” I kid you not, that really resonated with me – I even said to G, “that’s exactly how I felt!” Planning your own wedding is truly a once in a lifetime experience and, as I said in my maid of honor speech for my best friends wedding a few weeks ago, “to quote our good friend Trace Adkins: You may not know it now, but you’re gonna miss this, you’re gonna want this back.”

To reiterate, planning a wedding in 5 months is completely plausible, friends. Maybe 5 months of planning restricts some preferences, maybe it restricts your budget, maybe it goes by really fast, but honestly, as long as you get to see your groom do this:

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