Happy Holidays, Happy Weddings.

untitledDid he pop the big question this holiday season? Many couples get engaged during the holidays, but have you ever considered getting married on one? Holidays can provide for fun wedding options, if you don’t mind sharing your special day with an already celebrated occasion. There are so many possibilities for atmosphere and décor that already exist, that you don’t have to try too hard to find the supplies for: Hearts for Valentines Day, autumn colors and favors for Thanksgiving, black and spooky vibes for Halloween.

Most seasonal items get reduced prices just after that holiday happens so you can get themed decorations on sale the year before. For instance, if you’re planning a Christmas wedding, head to department stores in January for discounted centerpieces and floral embellishments.

Another consideration when planning a holiday wedding is your guests and their obligations.  Since holidays are often spent with family and friends this may be the perfect gathering for many of them.  For others it may difficult to break away from their own family traditions.  Talk to friends and family in advance and see how they feel about your chosen date.

Remember: whether your wedding is on any day or New Years Day the most important people in your life will be there to share it with you. For more details on holiday weddings and planning all aspects of your big day, head to www.BridesPub.com for more details.

Delaying Your Honeymoon

imagesIWH3AKMKFor whatever reason you delay your honeymoon (work just won’t give you the time off right away, waiting until your babysitter is available to watch your child, spent too much on the wedding…) it could turn out to be a very good decision. That’s why establishing an overall budget that includes the honeymoon is important well before your wedding date. You’ll need to set your priorities and discuss how much you’re willing – or not willing – to spend on a honeymoon.

It may not be worth blowing your entire savings account for that week trip to the Bahamas which could potentially get your new life together off to a stressful start. You could be spending the down payment on a new home or car, or depleting baby’s college fund in the process. Holding onto at least some of your nest egg prevents those unwanted arguments about money early in your relationship.

Perhaps the honeymoon turns into a popular vacation option called a “stay-cation.” That’s okay too. You just choose a location that isn’t too far from home. Be it a fancy hotel with plenty of delicious restaurant options nearby, that big city that’s just a hop, skip and jump away, a local tourist attraction you’ve never visited. This can be great for small budgets or short timeframes and leave you feeling less guilty about spending the extra money on the little perks like spa treatments and couples massages.

However your honeymoon develops it’s sure to provide for some wonderful memories. It shouldn’t be about the lavish trip anyhow – it’s more about the person you spend it with and the love you share! Want to know more about honeymoons and planning all aspects of your wedding? Head to www.BridesPub.com for more details.

Writing Your Own Vows

If you don’t want your vows to come out of someone else’s book, it’s a fantastic gesture to write your own.

Wedding Vows

Words from the Heart

Writing your own vows puts a more personal spin on the ceremony and gives you the opportunity to declare your love to not only your partner, but to the loved ones you’ve invited to share in the moment.

Be sure your partner is on the same page with this so there are no surprises. It will be more uniform and provide better flow during your wedding if you both create the vows yourselves, rather than only one of you taking this on. There’s no need to read your partner’s vows before the wedding, but it’s a good idea to ensure you have similar structure and visions for the vows. Decide on a date to have them both done so no one is writing them the night before.

Most likely you will meet with your officiant before the actual ceremony so be sure they are aware you will be writing your own vows. They will know at what point the vows fit best and they may even ask you about this before you tell them. Definitely read the vows aloud to yourself to be sure they sound well and if you’re comfortable, have a friend or family member read them or listen to them for you.

Most important: Be yourself. Think about the things you love most about your partner and why you want to spend the rest of your life with them. This is your moment to speak from the heart so take time preparing these thoughts and your vows will make the event all the more special.

DIY Wedding

Weddings can be expensive. If you’re on a tight budget there are plenty of ways you can create elements of your wedding yourself in elegant and chic ways to help save money.


Before tackling any do-it-yourself wedding projects, be sure you know the theme and color scheme you’ll be working with so that all elements flow and connect. If you aren’t handy at using your own computer software to take on an invitation design, many online print shops have templates you can follow. You’d just choose the template of the style of invitation you want, colors, fonts and imagery and the website does most of the work for you. Many online options offer a single invite and envelope for under $1. When calculating the overall budget for your invitations, keep in mind the additional cost for envelopes,  inclusions (i.e. directions, reply cards/envelopes), and postage per invite and reply card. Online orders will most likely have a processing and shipping fee.


Don’t let deep discounted outlets scare you away. Second-hand shops, dollar stores, even garage sales – Yes, garage sales – could be a great resource for very low-cost items. You never know what you may find at these places that can embellish or even be the foundation of your wedding décor. Dollar stores have decorative pieces that are wedding themed for pennies on the dollar. If you’re going for a shabby chic or rustic theme, second-hand stores could have those one-of-a-kind candle holders or wooden pieces that suit the vibe perfectly. Get creative and think out of the box. Fresh flowers from your grandmother’s garden, dried beach wood or tree limbs & pine cones could give your centerpieces that one-of-a-kind and personal touch your looking for.

DIY Centerpiece

Beautiful – Yet Simple – Centerpiece


Gifts that you create mean so much more to your guests than you think. If you’re having a small wedding, the favors could be edible like cookies or candies, or even include the guest’s name or something personal to them. If you’re having a large wedding, buy things in bulk to make it cheaper then create the items yourself: plant seeds in mini terracotta pots, melt raw wax into small candle holders, divide potpourri into decorative sacks. The possibilities are endless and again, the internet has an abundance of beautiful and creative ideas.

There’s so many resources out there nowadays, give yourself time to thoroughly browse your options. It may take some time to stumble upon something truly unique and inspiring that will suite your big day perfectly! Good luck and have fun!

Share your DIY projects and ideas with other brides at our wedding planner and social network for brides.  BridesPub.com

A Bump Along the Way

Would you say that you’ll feel the most beautiful you’ve ever been on your wedding day? Well, most women say they feel extra beautiful while they are pregnant. So what happens when you combine the two? The social morals of today’s society should lead you to feel comfortable with a pregnant wedding. People get married much later in life than when their parents and grandparents did. The structure of families these days is taking on new and progressive forms. So don’t be ashamed to show off that baby bump on your big day!

The Dress:

Maternity Wedding gown

Beautiful Bride, Beautiful Mom-to-Be All in One!

The tradition of a white dress on your wedding day actually came from the Victorian era and wasn’t meant as a symbol of moral virtue. That’s a relatively new idea, so if you’d like to follow tradition and go with white, we say “You go girl!” If your other concern is finding a dress to fit your new physique, to that we also say do not stress. A quick search online proves that many well-known and respected wedding dress outlets carry maternity dresses. Or, if you have a local dress shop you want to approach, just tell them your situation. They’ll know how to accent your best features and take focus away from the bump – if that’s what you prefer. Most are capable of making in-house alterations and can help guide you along the way.

The Judgment:

Another concern could be facing family and friends that have a traditional idea of what marriage should be based on faith or religion. We would approach this issue much like any other problem that arises in the planning process. Have a heart-to-heart with any individual who takes issue with your situation. The most mature thing is to tackle the topic as adults, sharing feelings and working through the problem. Tell them it’s important to you for them to be supportive and to be present at the wedding. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate love and life regardless of the shape it takes. If the person is still creating problems for you, you may have to let it be. Don’t push the issue so that it estranges you from loved ones, but don’t let it ruin your big day. If you’re having a church wedding, approach the topic with your officiant – don’t let it be a surprise.

Enjoy Yourself:

Plan your wedding like anything else you would during your pregnancy. Hold the event in the second trimester, when you’re over the nausea but not too far along that you fatigue more easily. Be sure to plan the menu accordingly, recalling what kinds of foods you can consume and enjoy eating. Consider getting a mock wedding ring – your finger could swell causing your real ring to not go on so easily. Dress comfortably. Consider the time of year and the fact that your body may be naturally warmer while pregnant. And skip the high heels – You’re going to want to be on your feet so the more comfortable the better.

Just remember it’s your special day. Don’t let things stress you too much, which is the advice we’d give you pregnant or not. Consider it an amazing time that the little sprout inside you gets to share in. Baby will get to look back at photos and movies at how beautiful mommy was while carrying.


Your Wedding Caterer

Your wedding meal is a chance to feed your guests your favorite foods, but requires the right caterer. Choosing the right caterer for your wedding is more than just finding someone online, though. Here are a few tips for choosing the right wedding caterer.


A wedding caterer should give you the chance to taste what they do. No matter how great a menu sounds, if they can’t actually execute it, you don’t want to work with them.

Take advantage of a catering tasting. This will let you experience what you and your guests will be having at your reception. Bon Appétit.


Your favorite restaurant might be great for a night out, but when it comes to your wedding, you need to work with a caterer who is used to catering weddings. Your guests will all need to be served at the same time, and with great quality food.


Many wedding venues will have their own catering staff. Be sure to check whether you can bring in your own caterer, if those are your plans. If you are using the venue’s catering service, arrange for a tasting and make sure you like what they’ll be serving.