DIY Bride – Avoiding Pitfalls

Howdy LoveBirds! If you have been following along this week; you will have noticed that I opened up the discussion of being a ‘DIY Bride’ in my last post.  I didn’t truly feel that I could even begin to scratch the surface necessary to cover DIY Bride’s in one post, so I decided to turn it into this week’s series.

I wanted to discuss the pitfalls of being a DIY Bride and ways for you to avoid them. So let’s get right to it!

1) Plan and Prepare!

As with the rest of your wedding, plan and prepare all of your DIY projects. Round up print outs of projects, create shopping lists of what you’ll need for each project, insert them into your wedding binder (if you have one) and schedule a block of time for you to complete each project.

 

2) Minimize Your Spending

And not just your dollars! In my last post I raved about DIY manicures because I was able to save money and schedule the time to do them when most nail salons would be closed. DIY projects can be a double edged sword on spending and time management. To maximize your DIY Bride projects, MINIMIZE! You can minimize your spending by looking for sales, utilizing coupons, or even getting mileage out of left over stock from old projects. Minimize your time as well (see step one), I was once told that when you calendar something you should ‘make it sacred’ and do not put it aside, focus your attention to it once it’s time. I loved that tip! Don’t blow off the block of time you have scheduled for your projects, especially when your wedding is looming and you have other projects still scheduled to be completed.

 

3) Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

So you scheduled your time, you started your project, and now it is taking wayyyy longer than you hoped or even expected it too, bummer! Reach out to one of the members of your bridal party and ask them to step in, on the same token, don’t be a Bridezilla stomping around and demanding of her bridal party while feigning illness on the couch (anyone else remember that episode of Bridezilla? apalling!)

As far as help goes, also have a plan in place for set up on the day of your wedding, if you are using a Wedding Planner (yes DIY Bride’s also use wedding planners) this should  be part of your package; if you are not using a wedding planner ask if your venue provides a Day-0f-Coordinator (some venues include this at no extra charge), you can also ask another wedding go-er, maybe a friendly neighbor or aunt; with less responsibility if they wouldn’t mind helping you out.

4) Know Your Own Limitations

Some projects can become all consuming even if you have planned and prepped. Sometimes even the craftiest of us can get in over our heads. If you are overwhelmed and asking yourself how on earth you got into this mess and what possessed you to think you could put together 100 mason jar centerpieces, menus, favors, candy bar, table numbers, escort cards and welcome bags, you may need to rethink. Is there something you can cut back on? Is there a faster alternative to what you had planned with the crafts already on hand?

 

5) Pinterest Can Be Your Friend

I sort of unassumingly bashed Pinterest in my last post. Sorry Pinterest! It’s all love! Pinterest can be a great source of inspiration as well as education from endless resources. There are countless articles on wedding favors and wedding planning tips for DIY Bride’s. Again, print out what you need and see step 1)

 

6) You Don’t Have to DIY Everything

This also ties in with 4)  I went to the wedding of a friend of mine a couple of years back. He called me up as a sort of an impromptu ‘Save The Date’, within the conversation he also proudly proclaimed that his Bride-To-Be would be making their cake. I thought they had both lost their marbles, but I just kindly said ‘Oh Wow, that’ll be great’ or something generic along those lines. Boy oh Boy did I eat my humble pie on that one! The cake she baked turned out amazing and she had planed for it to be delivered to their venue on the day of. I also had to remind myself that she was a chef by trade, so baking her own wedding cake came naturally to her. If you’re not much of a baker, your own wedding might not be the place to start. There is nothing wrong with hiring a baker or a florist and filling in the rest of your day with your own DIY projects.

Have you ever had a DIY project gone awry? Sound off in the comments!

 

DIY Bride

I have recently become a huge fan of at home manicures, or DIY (do it yourself) manicures. For a few reasons actually. One, of course is a tight financial budget, two is a tight time budget (I often paint my nails late at night after my daughter is asleep :), and three is particularity. The phrase ‘particularity’ can conjure up a somewhat pompous notion of me, so allow me to be clear. Yes, if I am paying for a service I would hope to get what I expect out of said service, this by no means indicates that I stomp around like a giant brat demanding things or, ever, become rude or abrasive to someone in the service field; my early twenties were spent in retail management so I can understand the pangs of customer service! Enter DIY.

DIY can be great for a multitude of things, DIY Manicures, DIY Home Improvements and DIY Weddings.

So this is generally how it goes down; and ladies I am talking to you! Prince Charming proposes, you are now engaged, Congratulations! You are suddenly inundated with wedding plans: dress options, venue, date, registry’s, the list goes on and on.

Enter Pinterest

We have all been swept away with Pinterest at one point or another, I am guilty of this as well and I am not entirely bashing Pinterest, I think it can be a great source of inspiration. However, I will say this once, so please take note if need be:

If you are not the DIY type, Your wedding is no place to start

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 Feel free to quote me on that, write it down if you need too, block and copy it, add it to your inspiration board, whatever you have to do, PLEASE DRILL THAT SENTIMENT INTO YOUR HEAD!! Hey, we all have our limitations, I can’t bake to save my life, pull apart Toll House Cookies, yes, Pinterest recipes, not so much! If you are not a DIY Bride, there is nothing wrong with that.. there’s not  If you ARE a DIY Bride, or you choose to completely ignore the above quote, stick around for my next post on avoiding the pitfalls of associated with being a DIY Bride.

Bling It On

Diamonds are a girls best friend’ ‘

April’s birthstone is the White Diamond (I’m lucky enough to be an April baby) and the White Diamond is statistically the most popular engagement ring stone of choice; but for some extra sparkly brides, the bling doesn’t end with their engagement ring but instead extends throughout their entire wedding.

So let’s Bling It On!

In the designer dress department, the *undisputed* queen of bling is  Pnina Tornai, you might recognize her namesake from a little show called “Say Yes To The Dress”. Her gowns are swathed in swarovski crystals which are usually laid upon a sheer corset, most certainly not for the most demure of brides.

A blinged out wedding would not be complete without some centerpiece bling, I am in LOVE with these hanging crystal centerpieces!

Bling is never in short supply if you just have the right inspiration.

Blinged out cake anyone? It’s too pretty too eat!

For me, personally, I am not completely sold on the idea of an ‘all white’ wedding. I love a good pop of color or a nice cohesive color palette. If you are an April bride don’t be afraid to add some color to your bling, or some bling to your color.

While some bling is sure to creep it’s way into your big day, I absolutely love a blinged out frame to hold a cherished picture in.

Are you a bold ‘Bling It On’  type of bride or is ‘Bling Not My Thing’?

The Truth About Your Wedding

When you first get engaged:

When you skip out on a Wedding Planner because of the above ‘cash flow’ situation:

You’ll naturally want to try the latest trends:

And DIY projects:

Your bridesmaids will revel in your sense of style when choosing their festive dresses:

But in the end:

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Spring Wedding Gown Inspiration

“Floral’s? For Spring?…… Ground breaking…..”

That is my absolute best Miranda Priestly impression by way of  “The Devil Wears Prada”, though you have to admit her character did have a point. Floral’s are always prevalent in Spring Fashions every year, every where. That’s not to say that it can’t be switched up, I loved when Dolce & Gabbana used fresh floral’s in their models hair for a runway show.

Have you ever been to a wedding that didn’t have some type of flower(s)? Bouquets, Boutonniere’s, Centerpieces, Aisle Decor and so on and so forth. I thought a nice takeaway for some spring wedding gown inspiration might be pastels; also not entirely ground-breaking, but when is the last time you knew a bride that wore a pastel gown with barely there hues? HA! Precisely my point.

So let’s do a spring wedding gown inspiration ‘round-up‘ of pastels, shall we?

I have had a love affair with this Peach Lazaro gown since I saw a bride purchase it on “Say Yes to The Dress”. The chunky jeweled detail belt is the perfect compliment to this Spring Gown

This mint beauty by designer Karen Caldwell has also made the Spring Inspiration Gown round-up. How beautifully would this gown pop amongst an all white wedding? All eyes would divert directly to the bride.

This wedding gown entitled ‘Dori’ by designer Hayley Paige is to die for! I am trying to convince my bestie to wear this for her upcoming nuptials, as soon as this spring wedding gown hit my radar I text her a picture of it. I have featured Hayley Paige on the blog before and I just love her designs!! I love her ability to take a traditional wedding gown and give it that special bit of flare to take it outside the box.

Evidently Christian Siriano designed a bridal gown back in 2013 and I have been (apparently) living under a rock until now, because I had no clue about it what so ever. I cried when he cried on Project Runway right before they announced him as the winner, I did!!! He is by far my favorite Project Runway alum of all time, it was so amazing to see all of his fruitless efforts pay off in the end, especially now that we have this violet Spring Wedding Gown to gawk at!

This gorgeous subdued Blush gown by Tara Keely has been on watch since Sweets proposed to me. I am DYING to try this on, this is the gown I see myself getting married in for our beach side vows. The lace bodice coupled with the overflowing blush tulle is so romantic, no shoes required, I’ll take it!

So Lovebirds, colored gowns?

“I’d give it a go” or “Never in a million years”?

February’s Wedding Dress Pick – Third Edition

It’s time for this week’s dress pick Love Birds! Truth be told, I wanted to bring this dress pick to you last night but had a massive headache (ugh!) that I could not push through, but I’m back in action now!!

I had this week’s pick cataloged. I’ve seen this dress a few times in passing and knew I was going to feature it ; ) This dress speaks to 1950’s simplistic glamour, but the designer’s name is note worthy as well; this week’s pick comes to you from: House of Mooshki

House of Mooshki touts their line of tea-length gowns as well as bespoke tea-length gowns, all of which are vintage inspired. They even have a non-tea length wedding gown called ‘Jacqueline’, it’s not hard to guess where the inspiration was drawn from for that dress!!

I was originally going to wait for Spring to feature a tea-length wedding dress, heck it’s ‘Spring’ here in South Florida and all the New Englander’s are wishing for Spring, so why not?! I love the feel of this dress, it transports me to an era of Pompadours and Pink Ladies. There is a simplistic no-fuss type of elegance to a tea-length dress that cannot be attained with a full ball gown. My favorite way to complete this look… shoes!! A tea-length dress is one you can most certainly go shoe-crazy with as they won’t be hidden under a full skirt. I also love the idea of pairing a tea-length dress with a bird cage veil. If you’re a DIY bride I’m sure a simplistic bird cage veil would be easy enough to whip up!

Traditionally tea-length dresses are paired with day time affairs, so be sure to keep that in mind if you’re leaning towards this length for your wedding.

Have you tried on a tea-length gown in your search for the perfect dress?

Toni Jade Photography

Howdy Lovebirds! I wasn’t kidding when I said the inspiration for this month’s posts are hiding out in every corner. It must be Valentine’s Day which is now just three days away and counting!! A great source of wedding inspiration is always an artistic photographer. Isn’t it amazing to look back on a photograph through the eyes of an artist? It adds a whole new layer of perspective.

I am humbled to feature South Florida Photographer, Toni Jade, on today’s post. Her perspective is amazing and her bio will knock your socks off!!

Originally hailing from South Africa, Toni Jade’s resume iboasts being selected as the official photographer for Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebration and further going on to be the official photographer for Nandi Mandela’s wedding!

Toni Jade then crossed the pond with her camera in tow, to take on New York City

Now we have the distinct pleasure of her talents here in South Florida!

There is much adieu about wedding photography; every bride and groom want their treasured love story, frozen in time, to share with their children and grandchildren. Toni Jade is far from a ‘show up and shoot’ photographer, she invests the time to learn each of her couples experiences so that she can capture that perfect moment on their special day, to hold onto for a lifetime.

If you are in need of a photographer for your South Florida Wedding or event, check out her amazing artistry at ToniJade.com I think I must have clicked through every single one of her pictures! I have a special place in my heart for beach weddings but the shots taken amongst New York City and her Trash The Dress sessions really won me over.