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10 Thoughtful Ways to Thank Your Parents

If you're at all like me, then your parents have played a major part in your life and you owe them the world. They've been with you every step of the way from attending every high school sporting event to seeing you off to college and, in my case, helping me move to a different state for my college internship.

Needless to say, it only feels right to thank them for helping me get to this major milestone: my wedding day. I want to take the opportunity to remind them that they no matter what, they will always be just as important to me.

Just in time for Mother's Day and Father's Day, here are a few sentimental gestures to show Mom and Dad just how much they mean to you:

Before the Wedding

1. While registering, your mother might have mentioned what she would register for if she could do it again today. Take her up on that hint and surprise her with whatever it was she was wishing for. She'll love it!

On The Big Day

2. You'll be showered with gifts and special gestures all day — pay it forward for those closest to you! A hand-embroidered handkerchief with a special message is a lovely (and useful) gift, as is a special piece of jewelry, such as a necklace or cufflinks.

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Photo Credit: Sam Hurd Photography

Grooms Reveal What They're Really Thinking At The Altar

This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post

While some couples make it a point to see each other before the ceremony on the Big Day, the moment they see each other at the altar is extremely special. But what exactly is going on in the groom's head during that nerve-wracking, emotional moment?

This question was posed to the Reddit community Wednesday by user excuses_that_I_know. She wrote, "My partner and I are getting married later this year, and I'm so nervous that he'll hate the dress, ceremony, or worse, have second thoughts and may think of running far, far away. What did you think when you first saw your bride?"

Dozens of Redditors revealed what they were thinking when their brides appeared at the end of the aisle. Read some of the best responses below; then, tell us in the comments: What did you think when you first saw your bride?

Cheat Sheet for Tipping Wedding Vendors

Guest blogger: Allison Silber, founder and creative director for engagedandinspired.com. Engaged & Inspired is a wedding publication for crafty brides who strive to fill their wedding day with loads of personality. The team of real brides post about the highs and lows of wedding planning and what it takes to pull off their big day. Aside from running Engaged & Inspired, Allison also offers planning and design services to the Carmel Valley area.

Tipping is supposed to act as a reward, so you don't need to consider it a mandatory expense. Tips are meant to be given for excellent service or for vendors who go above and beyond their contracted duties. Before dishing out gratuity, check your contracts. Some vendors, especially venues and catering companies, will include it in their contract to help eliminate confusion.

Here is a complete guide to which vendors you should tip (and how much!) on your wedding day.

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Photo Credit: Wren Photography

Inside the January/February 2022 Issue

With a new year on the horizon come weddings — lots and lots of weddings. So many of you planned and rescheduled, then rescheduled again... it was worth the wait, was it not? Find tips and inspo in our annual trends feature, where our favorite planners give us the scoop on everything from the "it" flower to the sweetest desserts and details. Keep turning the pages for aisleworthy gowns, photo-perfect makeup, and travel destinations.

7 Steps for Setting a Wedding Date

Choosing a wedding date is one of the most important planning decisions that you'll have to make as a couple — it will impact every other aspect of your big day. You may have an idea of where you envision yourself walking down the aisle or what you want your cake to look like, but until you decide when you'd like to get married, you can't commit to anything. You might be asking yourself, "How do I pick a date that works for everyone and is still special to me?" or "Where do I even start?"

For every couple, the process is completely unique and that's part of what makes your wedding date so special to you. I hope that by sharing some planner insight — as well as my experience as a real bride — I can help you find the perfect time to say "I do." 


Photo by: Rachel Peters Photography on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly

Step #1: Take the weather into account.

Top 5 Wedding Color Mistakes to Avoid

Guest Blogger: Chrissy Arpie Ott
Chrissy Arpie Ott is the founder and CEO of The Perfect Palette, a wedding resource dedicated to helping couples find the perfect color palette for their wedding day. Since its launch in 2008, The Perfect Palette has been the go-to color resource for couples who dream of a unique, creative, and colorful wedding day. 

My job is dedicated to helping engaged couples think creatively when it comes to color and event design, so it's safe to say that I've witnessed my fair share of wedding color mistakes over the years. So, I thought it might be helpful for BG brides if I compiled the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them. Let's dive right into it!

 

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