Pippa Middleton just got hitched! I’ve been waiting for Pippa’s big day since she nearly stole the show at big sister Kate’s royal wedding in 2011. Although this wasn’t a royal wedding, it truly was a royal affair with the attendance of her big sister! The bride is blushing in her gorgeous Giles Deacon wedding dress and jeweled hair piece. Her precious niece and nephew, Princess Charlotte and Prince George could not be cutter in their wedding attire. And Kate Middleton didn’t disappoint in a stunning blush Alexander McQueen gown. This was Pippa Middleton’s wedding is definitely the wedding of the year. What is your favorite part of this wedding?
Your out-of-town guests have traveled long and far to attend your special day and likely spent a considerable amount of cash to attend. Show your appreciation with a wedding welcome bag they will love. As as a wedding guest, there’s nothing quite like finding some thoughtful goodies waiting for you when you arrive at your hotel. Here are some of my favorite ideas to incorporate into your wedding welcome bag!
If you are branding your wedding, include your adorable logo on all of your wedding guest goodies. They appreciate the gesture and a sneak preview of the affair they are about to attend.
Pop, fizz, clink! Your guests will love starting the weekend off right with some bubbly.
This is the perfect opportunity to include all of the paper goods from the wedding program to keep them abreast of the weekend festivities, to cute tags and of course a thank you note!
If your signature cocktail is a moscow mule or a mint julep, you might want to include a copper cup with that mini bottle of whiskey.
Have state cookies made of the destination you are getting married or the two states the bride and groom are from. It’s a delicious and thoughtful addition to your wedding welcome bag.
SOMETHING TO TAKE HOME
Most goodies in a wedding welcome bag are items that can be consumed that weekend – think water, champagne and snacks. Give them something to take home with them (non liquid if thy need to fly) such as a candle or souvenir from your wedding destination.
WATER + SNACKS
Yes, your wedding weekend moto is to save water and drink champagne, but your guests will need to stay hydrated all weekend long. Save them from getting the expensive mini bar water and supply them with a couple of bottles to enjoy. Plus include some yummy snacks for your guests to savor. Your guests will thank you!
WEEKEND WEDDING GEAR
Slap that wedding logo you branded on some weekend wedding gear like a cute weekender bag or a baseball cap. Your guests will love the gear and get some cute Instagram-worthy photos using your wedding hashtag.
Even though you’ve had a year to plan, mapped out your dream wedding on Pinterest and thought of every last detail, the week of your wedding will creep up fast. To ensure you don’t miss a thing it’s important to plan out the week of your wedding as it will not only creep up, but be over before you know it. So save yourself the stress and enjoy this special time by planning out this crucial week with this Week of the Wedding Checklist!
CONFIRM THE DAY-OF TIMELINE WITH YOUR VENDORS
Several drafts will circulate as you start to get concrete times back from your vendors. Such as how much time the rental company needs to set up or when the band cut off time is. It’s essential for all of the vendors (who most likely have never worked together before) all have the final version of the day-of timeline so your wedding goes off without a hitch. Pro tip – include phone numbers and emails of all the vendors, so if the florist is adding flowers to the cake designers masterpiece, they can touch base without you having to bat an eye.
BRING YOUR SCHEDULE TO YOUR VIPS
Send copies of this final version of your day-of timeline and include your VIPs such as your maid-of-honor or mom’s cell phone at the top of this list. Vendors will know if there’s an emergency to contact them first to try to resolve an issue before you even notice! Let’s keep this wedding stress free shall we?!
PICK UP YOUR DRESS
I realize this sounds obvious, but funny true-life story, my sister said after her rehearsal dinner that we needed to go to the seamstress for her final fitting. I must have looked horrified because in my head I was thinking ‘are you serious?!, but I didn’t want to stress her out and make her feel like this wasn’t normal. So I said ‘ok, we’ve got this.’ Don’t procrastinate and allow yourself a few days for any last minute alternations to the dress.
MAKE A CHECKLIST OF EVERYTHING YOU NEED
And better yet, start packing it! Whether you are having a local wedding or a destination wedding, there is a lot to pack from the wedding favors, to signage, custom decor pieces, your something blue, bridal accessories, your bridal emergency kit, DIY wedding projects, the.. list.. goes.. on.. Save yourself the last minute panic attack and make your list now.
WRITE YOUR VENDOR THANK YOU NOTES
You don’t have to wait until the wedding to be grateful for everything they’ve done your you thus far. Chances are, your florist has probably already responded to 300 emails from you and been following your wedding flowers Pinterest board since you hired them. Be grateful they’ve stuck around through your not so cute bridezilla moments and be thankful you had the opportunity of working with such talented individuals.
Get that pretty little sparkler on your finger cleaned, break in your wedding shoes, get a manicure, build your spray tan and get those eyelashes installed on your eyelids. It’s your wedding day and you want everything to be PERFECT. Customize this checkbox on your wedding checklist by tailoring it to everything that will make you feel your most beautiful on your wedding day.
PACK THOSE HONEYMOON BAGS
You have the time now a week before your wedding so get this daunting task off of your to-do list. And this is the fun part, knowing you will officially be a Mrs. the next time you open that suitcase. Cross this task off your wedding checklist early during this week.
I had the honor of hosting an event at the Marisa Perry Atelier located in the West Village of New York City a couple of weeks ago. I was so excited to get her perspective and to spot the latest engagement ring trends. There’s not one traditional path to marriage, so it’s accurate to say no two rings should be alike either. I learned at the event that each setting is tailored to each individual center stone. And the best part? She is now featuring the thinnest micro pave halo available in the market today. This setting is available in platinum, 18k yellow gold and 18k rose gold.
Her rings captivating presence reflects her superb quality and completely align with engagement ring trends today. Let me recommend you (or your fiance to-be) go ahead and bookmark this page for safe keeping. Not only will you save $200 off ladies wedding bands and 20% off men’s wedding bands with code ITGIRL, this year’s engagement ring trends will have you saying “I definitely do!”
ENGAGEMENT RING TRENDS
Clearly as seen above, rose gold continues to be the new metal of choice for brides who want something unique and extra special. It’s a gorgeous choice and really makes the diamond(s) pop!
The Liz Rose settings feature a 2.03 carat DVS1 oval brilliant diamond and a 3.08 carat J color VS2 clarity round brilliant cut diamond, set in rose gold with three rows of micro pave on the shank.
3 CARAT OVAL IN LOVE
Elongated diamonds in a variety of shapes are super in demand right now. And keeping up with engagement ring trends, you’ll notice Marisa Perry engagement rings are made with the thinnest micro pave halo band available – super in right now!
The InLove setting is shown here in platinum with a 3 carat oval brilliant diamond. This setting is available in any shape diamond starting at 0.75 carats.
DE SOLITAIRE ASSCHER
A growing preference for different shapes like oval, pearl, cushion, asscher and emerald cuts will take center stage this year.
The Douglas Elliott diamond solitaire is shown here with a 3 carat asscher cut diamond. This setting is platinum with micro pave set diamonds. This is available in any shape stone, starting at 0.75 carats.
DE SOLITAIRE YELLOW ROUND
With the rise in yellow gold popularity in the fashion world, naturally it would make it’s way back to the wedding industry to match brides everyday jewelry.
18k yellow gold Douglas Elliott solitaire with 1mm diamonds set 0.23 carats and a 2.01 carat round GSI2.
DE SIX PRONG ROUND PLATINUM
Traditional brilliant rounds will always a perfect choice and will continue to capture the hearts of women everywhere year after year. And whether you keep it as a solitaire or add accent diamonds, you can never go wrong.
Platinum six prong DE solitaire with micro pave diamonds set 0.27 carats and a round 2.06 carat HSI1.
ROSE GOLD STUDS
Perhaps the perfect day-of gift to your wife-to-be are rose gold earrings to compliment her engagement ring. Or save this gift for down the road as a push present or an anniversary gift!
18k rose gold earring studs with 8 0pt round Forevermark diamonds, 0.80 carat HVVS2, Forevermark and 0.81 carat HVVS2.
Please contact Marisa Perry for a consultation on selecting your perfect stone. Brought to you by Marisa Perry.
After the big question has been asked and the champagne poured, it’ll eventually come time for the budget talk. In wedding budget breakdown I list out how to allocate your budget, and with about 15% going towards decor, you’ll want to find inexpensive wedding decor that makes a big impact. Whether the sky is the limit or you’ve got limited dollars to spare, we all want the most from our budgets. And with a lot of ground to cover from the ceremony, to cocktail hour and the reception, there is a lot to decorate. Luckily there are many ways you can decorate inexpensively, but still make your wedding beautiful. Here are inexpensive wedding decor ideas that make a serious impact.
From a directional sign, to the welcome table or cocktail hour, there are so many places to use oversized balloons. And with the incredible low price point, you can afford to get many! Plus they make great props for guests to achieve that super instagram-worthy photo. This fun trend is here to stay!
If oversized arrangements aren’t in the budget, use small clusters of cost-effective florals to dressy up your reception tables. If you are dreaming of large arrangements, in 10 wedding budget tips I suggest asking your florist if they can move your ceremony arrangements to the reception. That should cut the budget in half!
If you are branding your wedding, you’ll want to put your stamp everywhere. Put you logo on your website, wedding invitations and cocktail napkins! You’ll be amazed how fun little cocktail napkins can truly kick-off the party. Cheers to love!
Adding ribbon is a simple way to add color and texture to a boring place setting.
There are so many ways to incorporate candles into your special day. And it definitely ups the romance. Hang them from trees (or vines in this case), add tealights to the reception tables – you can’t go wrong with too many!
It’s amazing how a little greenery can make a serious impact. If your flower budget is tight, fear not, savvy brides and add greenery to your list.
Take your cocktail hour seating up a notch and incorporate pretty pillows that match your wedding colors. Plus you’ll get to save them for your home together.