When Jen Glantz reached out to me to do a guest post I jumped at the chance to hear a little of her wedding brain and what she has learned from being a professional bridesmaid. She is the brains behind Bridesmaid for Hire and best selling books All My Friends are Engaged and Always a Bridesmaid for Hire. This is what she learned and how she can help other brides.

BRIDES NEED HONEST ADVICE
There’s so much information out there from wedding experts and vendors about the best tips and tricks when you’re planning a wedding. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by all of this information. Instead, brides need some place or somebody they can turn to for honest and often real-time advice. The best place for brides to get that is often from people who were recently married. My advice to any bride-to-be would be to ask a friend what they regret from their wedding and one thing they will never forget about their wedding day. That’s the best two pieces of advice to start off with.

BRIDESMAIDS CAN TURN INTO BRIDESMAIDZILLA
A lot of people are scared that their bride-to-be friend is going to turn into a raging bridezilla and order them around throughout the wedding process. I have noticed that sometimes bridesmaids can get a bit out of control too, ordering around other bridesmaids and even the bride. It’s important that even if you are a type-A kind of person, that when you are a bridesmaid, you try to go with the flow as much as possible. That way the entire group can get along throughout the wedding process.

BRIDES JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN
Before the wedding, a bride may think that she needs a long list of things to be present on the big day in order for her to have fun and be happy, but truly, most brides just need the people they love surrounding them, good music and food, and that’s all on the wedding day. So when you’re planning out your wedding budget, keep that in mind before spending a ton on flowers or even fancy table cloths.

 Every year I love to take a look back at some of my favorite posts from the year. I love creating wedding inspiration in every category to inspire brides of today and this years trends. Which post was your favorite?

SOUTHERN WEDDING WITH A SURPRISE GRAND EXIT


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2 STEPS AWAY FROM BEING AN ORGANIZED BRIDE


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BACHELORETTE PARTY ALTERNATIVES


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WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT


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BOW BRIDGE PROPOSAL

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ELOPEMENT INSPIRATION


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5 WAYS TO STEP UP THE ROMANCE ON YOUR HONEYMOON


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PLANTATION ENGAGEMENT SESSION


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9 QUICK TIPS TO KEEP YOU FLAWLESS ON YOUR WEDDING DAY


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HOW TO MASTER AN OUTDOOR WEDDING


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4 WEDDING DAY GIFTS TO GIVE YOUR GROOM


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BACKSTAGE AT REEM ACRA


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Every NYE party needs a little year end sparkle. #amiright There are not many times in a year when you get to don a sequin dress, toss confetti and sip champs all night long! If you are hosting a casual New Year’s Eve party this year you still have time to pick up festive decor, a sequin dress and a star s’mores kit! How cute is this?! For a cozy night in there is nothing better!

SHOP NEW YEARS EVE

 

The wedding is planned, your honeymoon bags are packed, now it’s time to start thinking about your life soon after ‘I do.’ Your new hubby knows how much you love him, now it’s time to show him! Start your life as newlyweds in wedded bliss by turning up the romance several notches with these 5 incredibly romantic ideas.

SURPRISES
Upgrade your airline seats to flight class. Have champagne and strawberries waiting for you both in your room. Arrange for a spa day with couples massages. Leave notes around the room. Upgrade your room to a suite. These little surprises will be the special touches he will remember most.

KISS
Don’t smile in every picture, it is after all your honeymoon! Kiss! There is a photo op everywhere so capture the moment and kiss in every photo, at every incredible view and at every special moment you have together.

LINGERIE
I couldn’t leave this off the romantic list! Now’s your time to put all that lingerie from your bridal shower and bachelorette party to use!

CANDLE LIGHT
Scatter mini tea lights around your room. Have a candle light dinner at the beach. Light candles around the tub before you fill your bath. There is something so romantic about candles that will set your mood and the ambiance.

PLAN AN EXCURSION
Take a break from laying on the beach and set off your endorphin’s with an incredible excursion to experience together. From taking to balloon ride, to snorkeling or taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon of Iceland, there are so many ways to excite your senses together.

HONEYMOON ESSENTIALS

Happy After Christmas Sale Day! With all of the after Christmas sales, plus year end sales, now is the perfect time to snag items for over 50% off on your list! Treat yourself to these sales and make sure you use the promo codes below at checkout. Happy shopping!


AMAZON | Special year end deals

ANN TAYLOR | Up top 70% off plus enter to win a $1,000 gift card

ASOS | Up to 50% off

BANANA REPUBLIC | Biggest sale of the year! Extra 60% off

BAUBLE BAR | Up tp 60% off

BLOOMINGDALE’S | Up to 75% off

EXPRESS | 50% off everything

GAP | Up to 60% off

GOODNIGHT MACAROON | 40% off with code XMAS40

ILY COUTURE | Free priority shipping on all order over $20

J.CREW | Free shipping

KATE SPADE | 30% off sale styles with code SPRINKLES

LAST CALL | 80% off clearance items

LOFT | 50% off everything

MACY’S | After Christmas one day sale plus free shipping

MADEWELL | Free shipping

NEIMAN MARCUS | 80% off plus clearence items

NORDSTROM | Half yearly sale 50% off through January 2nd

OLD NAVY | Entire store up to 60% off

SHOPBOP | Up to 75% off with code TREATYOURSELF

SOLE SOCIETY | Up to 50% off

T3 MICRO | Free shipping on orders over $50

TORY BURCH | Half yearly sale 50% off through January 2nd