The ladies you ask (will you be my bridesmaid?) are your most important friends of all. Calling them on the phone or sending a text simply won’t cut it. You need a thoughtful and creative way to pop the question, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. From a piece of jewelry, to creating a special moment they will never forget, make sure your bridesmaids know how much you care that they will be apart of your special day.

Additionally, be sure to include a sweet note along with it. Remind them what your friendship means to you, that you can’t wait to cry over the dress together, taste the cake, choose the perfect bouquets and that you can’t imagine getting married without them.

5 WAYS TO ASK YOUR BESTIES OR MAID-OF-HONOR: WILL YOU BE MY BRIDESMAID?

5 WAYS TO ASK: WILL YOU BE MY BRIDESMAID?

CHAMPAGNE

Engagements are filled with champagne moments and this is one of the firsts of many to come. So I love the idea of incorporating a sparkling beverage into this special moment! There will be so many Pop Fizz Click moments so way not start with an adorable custom label on one of your favorite bottles? Also love this bridesmaid wine bag, flutes and this matching card for you to ask in a more meaningful way.

will you be my bridesmaid brunch

MINI PINATAS

If you want to create a real wow moment, have custom mini pinatas made and put their favorite candies along with the question inside. And don’t worry, you don’t have to wack them, these ones open easy so you can open them at a brunch. Plus they’ll make super cute Instagram photos before the ladies open them! One of my favorite Maids & Margs parties was this one.

bridesmaids toasting in robes

JEWELRY

A bride asking (will you be my bridesmaid?) will never look shinier than with a piece of jewelry. Whether you want them to have matching pearl earrings for the wedding day (loving this pair and these ones), or you simply want to gift her something she would love, every girl loves getting jewelry. Trust me she will be thrilled! And this can last her long after your I do’s!

custom bridesmaids gift box

A FABULOUS GIFT

Make your own very own DIY project with the products you know she will love. Putting it all together in a sweet little box with a card telling you you need her is perfect. Don’t want the DIY headache? I love these custom gift boxes!

confetti balloons to ask will you be my bridesmaid

BALLOONS

One of my favorite ideas is to create an experience they will never forget. And what better way to do that than with popping balloons with confetti with the question inside?! If your ladies live far apart, I love the way these ones are packaged (also like this one and this one). If your bridesmaids can all get together, I love the idea of hosting a brunch and having them all pop their balloons together.

From wedding planning timelines, to checklists and the biggest to-do list of your life, there is a lot to keep track of. Luckily apps exist to make our lives easier and these apps will definitely make the wedding planning process more enjoyable and keep you organized. Here are 11 wedding planning apps you’ll want to download now.

11 WEDDING PLANNING APPS YOU'LL NEED

WEDDING PLANNING APPS

Pinterest

Now is the time to download the Pinterest app if you don’t have it already. In many articles I always mention the importance of having a Pinterest page for your wedding. It’s the best way to piece your vision together. It’s the best way to get all of your wedding inspiration (besides It Girl Weddings of course).

Zola Weddings

Managing your wedding registry just got a whole lot better. Rather than having to only pick two stores to host your registry, Zola Weddings is a one stop shop of your wedding registry. You can also design a free wedding website and guest list.

WeddingHappy

Enter your wedding date and the timeline begins! WeddingHappy will set deadlines for every task on your list. And the best part? It helps your stay on budget can store your vendors contact information. This is one of my personal favorite wedding planning apps.

Mint

To state the obvious, weddings are expensive, and that budget you thought was totally reasonable will be gone quicker than you think. That is, unless you use Mint. The free money manager and financial tracker app brings together all your bank accounts, credit cards, bills and investments so you can keep track of your spending and stick to your budget.

Etsy

Anything custom your want for your wedding all in one app. Gifts for your bridesmaids? Done. Custom wedding favors? Check! Etsy is pretty much a no-brainer when it comes to planning your wedding.

Pantone Studio

Picking your wedding colors is one of the most fun parts of wedding planning. And with Pantone Studio it’s never been easier to pick the right color pallet for your wedding.

LadyMarry

Meet your new BFF LadyMarry. From hands on tips, to the ability to book trustworthy wedding vendors and monthly checklists, this app is a game changer.

Veri

Instead of relying on your wedding guests to remember our wedding hashtag Veri makes sharing photos and videos from your wedding automatic by using the camera on your phone.

Evernote

Take your crazy to-do lists to this mobile app. It’s like having a wedding planning assistant in one app. Take notes, save things online and create lists all in one place. You can use Evernote long after you say your I do’s!

Holy Matrimoji Wedding Stickers by Hayley Paige

Texting with your bridesmaids just got a whole bunch more fun! You’ll love Hayley Paige’s wedding stickers and GIFs. From bridezilla moments to squad goals and everything in between there are more than 120 emoji’s to choose from. This is one of the most fun wedding planning apps!

Appy Couple

Keep track of everything from RSVPs to accommodations in an interactive app both you and your guests will love. Appy Couple can connect your wedding guest and vendors all in one place.

Most brides don’t have event planning experience prior to planning their wedding. So trying to become a party planner can be a stressful and overwhelming process. And if you’re in the midst of it you know what I’m talking about! With endless to-do lists and constant decisions to be made you may feel like you’re in over your head several times throughout the process. Luckily there are ways to have a stress free wedding planning experience (and fun!). Here are ways to having a stress free wedding planning experience and make it just as fun as the main event!

REWARD YOURSELF FOR COMPLETING TASKS

Did you finally book the photographer? Reward yourself with a great bottle of bubbly! Or treat yourself to a new pair of pumps to wear to your bridal shower. If you reward yourself for completing not so fun tasks, having something to look forward to will make it more enjoyable to get to the end result.

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU LOVE AND DELEGATE THE REST

You don’t only have to delegate the honeymoon and rehearsal dinner to your soon to be hubby, if picking the music stresses you out, leave it to your fiance or even your father. If picking the bridesmaids dresses overwhelms you, have your bridesmaids or mother fish through thousands of options to find the perfect one. By delegating tasks you don’t love will allow you more time to focus on the ones you do.

 INVOLVE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Your family and friends will be honored that you want to involve them, plus it’s a great way to bond with your future in-laws! Host a seating chart dinner party to the selected group and you will be able to iron out the seating chart issues in a matter of hours rather than thousands of text messages. Enlist your bridesmaids to help with putting your wedding favors together, just be sure to treat them to wine and dinner for their efforts!

MAKE IT A COMPETITION

Have a “stamp off” with your fiance and see who can stamp the most wedding envelopes. Or challenge your fiance to make the most tasty signature cocktail and have a party with your bridal party and see which one your guests like the best! Turning the planning process into mini challenges will make it more fun for everyone involved!

DON’T FORGET WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

If you are feeling overwhelmed, hiring a wedding planner or even just a wedding consultant is always a great option. Having someone guide you throughout the process will eliminate a lot of the stress and knowing if you are checking boxes off your checklist in a timely fashion. Any bride or bride-to-be can attest to the fact that planning a wedding isn’t easy. If you start to feel frazzled, a wedding planner is always a great option. But, whatever way you choose to organize, never fail to remember you’re planning the best day of your life—and it will be so worth it.

TURN IT INTO DATE NIGHT

Don’t do all your wedding planning at home in your pajamas, set the mood by going to a restaurant with your fiance with great music when selecting the wedding songs for example. Picking upbeat locations will make you happier and may even create inspiration.

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There are may reasons why I love this lush California wedding. Starting with the coral peony bouquets, the blush pink bridesmaids dresses and the brides dress (swoon!), add a fur baby flower girl and you have me sold. Seriously the cutest! The bride let the bridesmaids pick a dress out of shades of blush pink and I think they nailed the mismatched bridesmaids dress trend. I love the contrast of the light colored dresses with the coral peonies.

The couple opted to do a first look before the ceremony so they could enjoy more of cocktail hour. A bridesmaid walked the fur baby flower girl down the aisle which was the sweetest moment of all. Then the pup sat in the front row to watch her parents say their I dos. What do you love about this colorful California wedding?

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Your dream wedding is within reach – you just need a few saving strategies to make it happen. You’re engaged and ready to get the planning underway. It’s a fun process, but with the average cost of a wedding upwards of $30,000, trying to figure out how to pay for it can become a major stress factor. Avoid going into debt and feeling super over-welcomed with this guide for bringing your dream wedding to life without compromising your finances. Weddings are after all about the love your new spouse, not about how much or little you spent. Here are 5 wedding saving strategies!

5 SAVING STRATEGIES FOR PULLING OFF YOUR DREAM WEDDING

PRIORITIZE YOUR NEEDS

Together as a couple, decide what is important to you as a couple and then prioritize them. In my wedding budget breakdown, I list out a roadmap of how to allocate your budget. Take this as a jumping off point and then adjust for whats most important to you. For some that might be the dress and attire, for others that might be the decor and a killer venue, or the food and a band. Factor in your long-term goals when deciding how much to spend on your wedding.

SET A BUDGET

Set a realistic budget and stick to it. How much you need to save depends on your anticipated costs of the wedding. Be realistic and give a little cushion for unanticipated wedding costs.
You may need to extend your engagement to give yourself enough time to save to reach your dream wedding goal. A $30,000 wedding requires a monthly savings of $2,500 for 12 months. If your wedding favors or wedding invitations are out of your reach, try to DIY them.

START YOUR WEDDING SAVING STRATEGIES EARLY

As soon as you get engaged, start saving. Even if you’re not ready to start planning. The earlier a couple starts saving for the big day, the more you’ll be able to save. Try using an online savings calculator to reach the target amount.

OPEN A WEDDING FUND ACCOUNT

Open a separate account for you both to use solely on the wedding. If you are paying for things on your credit or debit card, you may forget to log smaller expenses that really do add up.

USE CREDIT WISELY

I get it, you want to benefit by using a credit card to rack up the points. It’s alright to do this, just be sure to pay off the balance off immediately. This is one of the best wedding saving strategies to avoid carrying a balance at all costs. If you’re unable to pay for the charge within the billing cycle, this is a clear sign you are going over budget.