All experienced brides and brides-to-be know that the wedding planning process can be stressful. There are so many details and dates to remember. It is important to keep your to-do’s organized so you that you do not become too overwhelmed and so that you can enjoy your wedding planning!
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Today I’ve compiled a list of helpful resources that you can use to keep your planning organized.
First – The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner and Organizer
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This handy binder is a compilation of all the essential planning tools that you can find on the popular wedding planning website, TheKnot.com. It includes:
Detailed timelines and worksheets for scheduling and budgeting
Planning and money-saving tips on everything from the dress to the music to the reception decor
8 tabbed dividers filled with visual inspiration, including 100+ color photos of centerpieces, favors, and more
A perforated color swatch page for mixing and matching your own wedding palette
Extensive information on choosing your vendors, including checklists of key questions to ask
Ideas for the twenty-first-century bride, including how to use online tools and mobile for maximum convenience
Pockets for collecting inspiring tear-sheets, important contracts, and business card
What bride on the go doesn’t love a great mobile app? There are several on the market right now that are available to both iPhone and Android Users.
The Knot has an app that you can use to keep track of your vendors, guest list, budget, checklist, etc. This app is free and can be found in your mobile apps store (available for iPhone or Android.
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A fun app to use for a countdown is the Wedding Countdown App (can be used on iPhone and Android). This app counts down the days, hours and minutes until your wedding day. You can change the photo background to a cute couple photo and even share your countdown with friends and family on Facebook. This is also a free app and can be downloaded from your mobile app store.
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Another app that is only available for the iPhone/iPad is called WeddingHappy.
Wedding Happy is an app that opens by asking for your anticipated wedding date. It then helps you to build a custom schedule with a checklist and gives you suggested due dates. You can even designate your Maid-of-Honor or future hubby tasks via the app and email them. This app is integrated with your phone’s calendar, so it will add your tasks to “events” on your calendar.
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Most modern brides-to-be have been happily pinning wedding inspiration since before they were even engaged. For those of you who are in the dark, Pinterest is an online “pin” board that is separated into different categories like travel, weddings, home decor, etc. It contains millions of ideas that you can “pin” onto a board. You can create as many boards as you would like, and separate them in to categories. For example, you can have a bridesmaid dress board, tablescape board, reception decor board, dream wedding dress board, etc. Pinterest is a great way to keep track of ideas that you would love to use at your wedding but it is also important to pin things that you do not like. This way, you can be sure to share your dislikes with your wedding planner or friends/family so that others can see your vision!
The wedding planning process can seem overwhelming at times, but these tools and apps will help you feel organized and in control!
Inspired by the Chanel fashion brand, we designed a glamorous window display at StudioWed that was unveiled in January.
The ceremony vignette included an oversized mirror with the vows written in calligraphy by our designer Hollis.
The reception table included a black leather linen, gold chargers, gold sequin napkin bands, a canopy of hanging crystal garlands and ribbon tassels. And our talented designer Hollis crafted the beautiful white paper flower runner.
The very chic Chanel inspired wedding cake by Perfect Wedding Cake featured a black quilted pattern, ruffles, and of course pearls!
Many have fallen into the error of making the statement: “When it comes to dressing the groom, anything goes!” Well, today I’m here to squash that logic like a tiny bug on at a summer picnic. When it comes to the groom on the wedding day, there are several things that he should definitely not attempt to pull off. Men! I’m talking to you today, so pay close attention to what NOT to wear on your wedding day:
The Ill-Fitted Suit
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It might seem that I’m stating the obvious but too many times I run into grooms that haven’t taken into account that they need to have their suit tailored to fit them perfectly on their wedding day. You hear about brides staying in shape to be able to fit perfectly in their wedding dress. The same needs to go for grooms as well. Whether it be bulking up, shaving off a few pounds, or maintaining your weight, making sure your tailored suit fits you perfectly is essential. Even if you’re renting a suit, find the best suit that fits you well.
Wearing the Wrong Colors
Your bride picked her wedding colors for a reason whether it be the hottest colors of the season, or colors she’s had in her head since she was a little girl. When it comes to picking your wedding day attire, please keep those colors in mind. It’s okay if you don’t have the specific color names memorized, just know the basic colors. Having them in your head will help the sales person at the menswear store know exactly what suit colors will pair perfectly with the wedding. At the very least, try to match your attire with the wedding style.
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There is no reason for you to have your cellphone, flask, cigar, & lighter in your pocket as you’re walking down the aisle. This only causes obvious bulges in your pockets that don’t make for good pictures. Every venue has a holding room for you and your groomsmen to keep your belongings until the wedding is over. Please utilize that room and leave all your things there. Have you’re best man do a pocket check before you guys head out to make sure your pockets are empty and not bulging. The camera does capture everything!
The Unsightly Waistcoat/Vest
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One thing you don’t want to do is distract any kind of attention away from the bride. If you try to pull off some god-awful waistcoat that screams flamboyance, not only is it tacky but your guests won’t be able to take their eyes off of you no matter how much they want to. Yes, you’ll be making a statement alright, but this is your bride’s time to shine. Please don’t take this away from her. Stick with a solid color or subtle pattern when choosing a waistcoat.
Striped Underwear with a White Tux
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I know most men don’t put much thought into their wedding day undergarments as women do, but please guys if you don’t take any of my advice, pay close attention to this one. Striped/bright colored/any kind of brightly patterned underwear WILL be seen through your white tuxedo. It’s not cute! And I’m pretty sure it will cause your Aunt Ethel to have a mild heart attack. Even if you purposely picked out special underwear as an inside joke to be revealed on your wedding night, put them on hold and go with neutral colored underwear that can not be seen through your pants.
Ladies, feel free to add to the list & give your two cents!