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When it comes to preparing for your wedding, what initially seems fun and easy can quickly become overwhelming and stressful with you realizing that you don’t even know where to begin. One place to do just that is by reading up on the current trends for points of inspiration, but keeping them as that…points of inspiration. You don’t want to look back and realize that you chose elements simply because they were “hip” thing at the time or that you omitted things that were important by going along with what was popular in the moment. However, by considering and being aware of what is new and in style, you have a great jumping off point for ways to show your personality and a solidification that you are no longer expected to follow the traditions of generations past.

Put it in print. In the past, weddings have been infamous for bridesmaids and groomsmen wear a single, matching color (many of which are standard and/or drab), but times are changing. Don’t be afraid to choose shirts, ties or dresses with prints, stripes or any other type of design, whether singularly or in combination. The possibilities are endless, fun and a great display of your personality (not to mention a pleasant surprise for your guests). While mint continues to be a very popular shade, your imagination is now the limit in reference to color options. If you choose not to use every color in the rainbow and stick to a single one, have some fun by making it bold and bright instead of keeping it muted.

LESS is more. The focus is on ceremonies in smaller venues with a fewer number of invitees in attendance. The focus is shifting from the prominence of the location and decorations to a more minimalistic approach that spotlights the bride and groom and the reasons for the ceremony. It is easy for guests to get caught up in the flowers, the number of bridesmaids or trying to figure out who everyone is and how they know the couple. Then, the ceremony has ended and the meaning behind it has been lost. If you want to have the ambiance of a small and intimate ceremony but are having difficulty whittling down the guest list, utilize the option of streaming your ceremony online. That way, those who are closest and most important are physically present while distant friends and relatives can share your day with you in a different way.

Go back in time. What was once old is new again. There is an emergence of vintage elements which can either create a feeling from the past or can be incorporated and used in a modern and fresh way. Wear a lace gown in a modern silhouette with a strand of pearls or a dress that is a shade of ivory in place of stark white. Don’t shy away from the notion of a gown with a higher neckline or sleeves. Both can be done in beautiful fabrics that are not opaque or stifling but instead add a touch of elegance that is fresh and unique. Keep in mind that there is a world of difference between vintage and retro and that vintage does not mean used or “pre-owned.”

The most popular trend, by far, is to have fun and do things your way. If you imagine yourself walking down the aisle in a canary colored dress, wear a canary colored dress. If your best friend is a male, let him stand up as your man of honor instead of choosing someone you’re not as close to simply because they’re female. Don’t walk down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride” if there’s another song you prefer. After all, your wedding day is just that, YOUR day. Let your personality shine and give your guests a sense of you who you are. After all, it is important that you can look back on your wedding day without regrets and knowing that you celebrated in a way that was absolutely perfect for you.

I Do…but When?

Now that you are engaged, both the fun and the hard work begin. One of the first decisions to make is picking the date. That way, you know how much time you have to plan and can set yourself a schedule of when things need to be completed by. However, there are some things to consider before you make up your mind.

A lot of couples have a date that is very special to them such as the date they met, the first time they kissed or another day that is sentimental. These are great ideas but you have to be open to compromise and have an open mind in the event that the date happens to fall on, say, a Wednesday of the year of your wedding.

Every bride and groom have certain people in their lives that they could not imagine getting married without. It is important to consult those individuals to check availability they may have. Keep in mind that, if you start asking a plethora of people though, it can easily make the task complicated and confusing. Therefore, only ask the people you can truly not live without having them in attendance.

Make sure to check with the venue if you have your heart set on a place before choosing the date because they might not be available, in which case you will have to decide whether a particular day or location is most important. Also, keep in mind the color schemes that are appropriate for any given season. Although you can always break tradition, for example, if you have your heart set on pale pink flowers and dresses, a spring wedding may be more appropriate than a winter one.

Be aware of certain events that might make your guests wish you had chosen a different date, such as Superbowl Sunday or the weekend before taxes are due. After all, you want everyone to be excited to be sharing in your special moment rather than wishing they were somewhere else.

Green with Envy

Most brides focus on themselves when it comes to planning their wedding day and that is a very important thing to do. However, it is easily possible to have all the attention on you and still do things to be environmentally conscious at the same time. Here are some suggestions to get everything you want for your special day and help the environment at the same time.

Let your guests RSVP to your wedding via email. Not only will it save them a little bit on postage but it will save a great deal of paper and trees. Even better, for all of your guests whose emails you have, send them an evite.  In this modern age, it is not inappropriate to do so.

Tell your guests that it is not necessary to wrap your gifts. After all, you are only going to tear the paper off and throw it away. If someone does want to wrap their present for you, suggest they do it on office paper where personal messages can be written or newspaper.

Go digital with your photos. Hire a photographer who will send you the pictures online. That way, if you or someone else wants to print a single picture, anyone can do so and you don’t have countless copies of photos that just go to waste. After all, everyone has personal preferences regarding what is meaningful, sweet or most worth remembering.

Consider buying a vintage wedding dress. It is absolutely amazing how tailors can take one garment and turn it into something completely different. You can buy a dress that looks one way but it can be completely transformed into the dress of your dreams and you will help the environment at the same time.

Give your guests seed packets as wedding favors. Not only will they give back to the environment when they are planted but they will be a reminder of your special day and the new chapter in your life.

Not Your First Choice

You’ve found the perfect guy and can’t imagine spending a single day without him. He gets down on his knee and asks you to marry him and the ring is the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen. What do you do now? First of all, don’t panic or get angry. You are not alone and it happens more often than you would believe.

Consider the source. If it is a family heirloom or something that has a lot of sentimental value to him, he gave it to you for a reason.  Consider yourself lucky and take some time to think about whether or not it is something you could grow to love before you immediately mention your dislike for it.

Is it a conversation you have had before? If the two of you have never discussed engagement rings or your preferences, you can’t expect him to be a mind reader. In that case, his feelings probably won’t be hurt if you voice your opinion and decide to return it for something that is more to your liking.

How much do you value his opinion? Maybe you envisioned a square cut and he chose a pear shape. You wanted a simple setting and he surrounded the main diamond with a million small ones (wouldn’t that be nice) because he thought it was perfect for you. You have to remember that most men don’t buy a ring on a whim. They put a lot of thought and effort into their purchase, ask their friends and family (and probably yours too).

It is a fine line to walk because you will wear your wedding every day for the rest of your life and it’s important that you think it’s beautiful but the question is whether or not something is attractive because you think it is or because of the sentiment and thought behind it.

The One

Every girl dreams of her wedding dress and how it will look, what shape it will be and, thankfully, there are countless options to choose from. A lot of women worry about what their fiance will think of her dress, but the important thing to remember is that as long as you feel beautiful (after all, it’s the most special dress you will ever wear), your elegance will radiate and be contagious.

Be open-minded. Even though you might have one particular style or dress in mind, realize that you might fall in love with something completely unexpected. Try on things that might seem out of your comfort zone or that you think might not look good on you. You may just be pleasantly surprised by the results.

Take people who you trust to try on gowns (but limit the number). Getting opinions for your wedding dress is definitely a good thing but, in the end, the decision is yours. If you take too many people, it is easy to get overwhelmed because everyone has their own idea of what is best.

Don’t second guess yourself. If you find a dress that you love, stop looking. A wedding dress is like your fiance in the sense that when you know it’s the one, you don’t need to continue the search.

Even though it is the most important dress you will ever wear, no one will know how much you paid for it and you can easily get an amazing dress on a budget. It doesn’t have to cost a million dollars to feel like a million dollars!

Plan ahead. A wedding gown is not like any other purchase where you walk into the store and walk out with your dress. Alterations will have to be made and those take time.

Small Weddings

Many perspective brides dream about a large wedding with all the bells and whistles, but in recent years, small intimate weddings have also become very popular. A smaller wedding allows the bride and groom to celebrate their important day with those that mean the most to them and be surrounded by their closest friends and family. A more relaxed atmosphere is just one of the benefits of a smaller wedding and allows the couple to focus on making the event a perfect and personal experience, both for them and for those that attend.

If you are considering a small wedding in Austin, we would love to show you our beautiful church which is situated in the historic district of Hyde Park. For further information or a guided tour, please contact us.