FELT FLOWER TUTORIAL
We all want our best friend at our side on wedding day, but sometimes your best friend isn’t exactly maid of honor material. Sometimes she’s not even bridesmaid material. I dealt with this first hand, and it was my single regret about my own big day. My cousin got married a month after me, and she had the same problem. So it occurred to me that I should make a list to help other brides stay away from this unnecessary stress.
1.Pick someone who knows how to plan a FUN party.
My bridal shower consisted of my mother-in-law and 30 of her closest friends, and no wine! I got a lot of great gifts, and it was beautiful. My maid of honor ended up never throwing me a bridal shower, so later I was obviously grateful to have a party with no wine rather than no party at all. But be warned, you want a maid of honor that is willing to throw you a shower amidst your own friends.
2. Don’t be afraid to go full on bridezilla
I’m not saying go crazy, or be overly selfish. I was very scared to be too assertive, because we were barely paying for anything, and I didn’t want to seem high maintenance, or too rude, or too anything. So to save myself the drama I just picked my best friend as my maid of honor. When what I should have done was make the tough choice to pick the friend best suited for the job.
3. Tell your Maid of Honor what you want
My cousin was smarter than I was, and she actually asked her MOH to step down. She let another, more organized bridesmaid take over. No ones feelings were hurt, and my cousin had a great shower, bachelorette party, and a beautiful stress-free wedding. I wish I would have followed her lead. My MOH even asked me several times what she needed to do, but I just kept putting it off. I didn’t want overwhelm her. After all, couldn’t she just google it? Apparently not, and It’s my fault for assuming she would take the initiative. So speak up on whats important to you, and what you expect from her. She will feel just as relieved as you to know what being MOH is going to entail.
4. Go with the flow
If things don’t end up going the way you planned, as they rarely do, just remember to roll with the punches. The only truly important thing is the love that brought you there. If you’ve picked your bridesmaids as best you can, hopefully they will help make your day as smooth as possible.
5. Talk softly, but carry a big stick
I ended up 30 min late to my own wedding, because I was busy dealing with things my MOH should have been doing. Instead of helping me get ready or decorate, she and another bridesmaid were chugging vodka. They were drunk by the time they hit the aisle. This is after they were both 2 hours late to the rehearsal dinner. Do yourself a favor and use force if you have to. Pick your responsible friends as bridesmaids, not the ones just dying for another party. It might seem like a small detail, but it can become a large problem very quickly. It also might be extremely hard to tell one of your friends that they didn’t make the cut, but make sure you delicately explain why. Stand by your decision unless they are unmistakably serious about making a commitment to you and your big day.
Although my “bad bridesmaids” make for an entertaining story, I hope this list helps you choose the best bridesmaids. Because in the end they are supposed to be there to help you feel stress free, not stressed out!
DJ Kinects 411 on Bridal Extravaganzas: How to Prepare and What to Expect
Whether it’s called a Wedding Fair, Bridal Extravaganza, Bridal Show, etc., one thing is for sure, you will have hundreds of options of who to use as a vendor on your BIG DAY. These events can be quite overwhelming. DJ Kinect is giving you the 411 on tips for preparation.
1. Attend at least one of them: Bridal fairs are actually the most convenient way to learn about a myriad of event options, from a fashion-forward gown to a kitschy cake topper. It would take you months to meet with all the businesses that are packed into one fair.
2. Come Prepared: Vendors are going to ask you to give your contact information at their booth. DJ Kinect recommends having pre-made labels with your name, phone number, wedding date and e-mail address. Your hand is sure to become tired re-writing those over and over at each vendor booth. Use your home printer and make your own labels to speed up the process! You will be glad you did.
3. Don’t let your work or personal e-mail become bombarded with wedding vendor e-mails and advertisements: Consider making a separate e-mail account for your wedding: ie. JackandJillwedding@hotmail.com. This can be the email you give to vendors and all e-mail sent to here will be specific to your wedding. No more separating other personal e-mails or work e-mail from wedding e-mail. Then when the big event is over, you can delete that e-mail account. Pretty Smart aye?
4. Be cautious of your time: Check out the vendors that will be present at the Bridal Fair in advance. Have a game plan. My wife, Bellah values her time. She does not like waiting in line. She scouted out the vendors and waited till their booth was empty before going to talk to them. She knew then, not only would she have their undivided attention, but also she wouldn’t have to wait behind another Bride asking 100 questions.
5. Social Media: Check out your favorite vendor’s social media accounts. Most vendors will have a Facebook Page, a website, Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to read their reviews. See if they advertise any discounts on these pages.
6. Save Money: Some vendors will offer larger discounts if you book and pay your deposit the day of the bridal show! DJ Kinect ran a promotional where if you “Check-in” and “Like” his Facebook Page at the Bridal Show, your name will go into a drawing for 20% off any DJ Package. One lucky winner ended up booking the largest package and saved 200 dollars! Now she can use this Money to pay for her Groom’s cake!
7. Wear Comfortable Shoes: This should be an obvious option but I have seen soon to be brides miserable at these shows. They dress to impress, heels and all, and I see them hobbling after a few hours. One Bride’s friend even went to a nearby Target to get her Bride Friend some Flip Flops. Be sure to be comfy! You can impress on the day of your wedding! ☺
8. Bring a Tablet: Be sure to take notes. Remember who you spoke with and the price they offered you. Don’t be bashful about being conservative with your money. It never hurts to ask if you can get an additional discount in exchange for writing a review for your vendor. This is a double GREAT Whammy for you! 1. You may get an additional discount 2. If your vendor knows you will be writing an intricate review, they MAY tend to take just a little extra care of you!
9. Have Fun!: Don’t let these events overwhelm you or stress you out! Just remember, these vendors want your business. Many of them pay money for the booth spot and are looking for spots to be filled. Bring a friend, take selfies and add these photos to your wedding preparation scrapbook! Even consider planning your Bachlorette party the same day that way you can have a plethora of friends to spend the whole day with and then you can discuss options over lunch/dinner!
10. Gotta get a plug in for the DJ: Last but certainly not least, be sure to have a vendor that understands YOU! You want someone who will take the time to get to know you as a Bride and your Fiance, as a Groom. What is YOUR vision on your Big Day? DJ Kinect meets with his clients at least once before the wedding (and as often as the couple requests) to make sure he has the wedding timeline correct, names and pronunciations of the family members and bridal party, the wedding coordinator contact, and all the minor details that go in to making a wedding GREAT! Pick a vendor that will spend some time getting to know YOU! Don’t let your first interaction with your DJ, be the day of your wedding.
Much Love to my Brides and Grooms! I hope this has been informative and helpful! Be sure to check me out at djkinect.com, DJ Kinect on Facebook, DJKinect449 on Twitter, and Dj Kinect on Instagram. Like my pages and be sure to leave me reviews.
Always Grateful and forever rejoicing,
In Texas, country weddings aren’t just a fad. They are a way of life. God, Glory, and mason jars. The details in this shoot are exquisite. It’s not always easy to get a look that’s rustic without being outdated, but let me be the first to say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. The venue is beautiful, and provides backdrops for magical photos. The tree covered walkway is one-of-a-kind. Highlighting verses in the bible is an equally unique detail, and would make a great keepsake.
The ring bearers are dressed in the most adorable suspenders and bow-ties. There is something about a groom in jeans, that complements the brides dress in an inexplicably perfect way. The colors are fun, and the love is palpable. It’s easy to see from this shoot, why rustic country weddings are trending with such momentum, in and out of Texas.
Photography: Loved Memories Photography
Venue: Hall’s Hidden Hallow Farm
Florist: Wolfe Florist
Bakery: Simply Delicious
Gown: LuLu’s Bridal
Tent: Aquila & Priscilla Tent Makers
DJ: Jon Wood at RRthevoice Productions
The tones of this shoot are pleasing to the eye. It’s warm, cute, and classic. The simplicity of this shoot is wonderful, and is a great reminder that good things can come in small packages. The unique color choice is not often a fall palate, but it is extremely refreshing. The photographer had a great ability to capture shots that have a perfect balance of nature and personality. The invitations are very imaginative, and equally adorable. The Huge trees looming over are absolutely beautiful, while making for a perfect backdrop.
Photography: Robin Rogers Photography
Venue: La Rio Mansion
Design: VIVID Events
Floral: Lovely Leaves
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Cake: Lily’s Cakes
Rentals: Confetti Rentals
Gowns: Georgio’s Bridal
Stationary: Studio W Designs
Hair & Makeup: Be.you.tiful Salon