Your wedding day is fast approaching and before you know it, it will be one sleep away! What things should you steer clear from the night before your wedding? We’ve made a list of ten things that should be avoided:
1. Finish projects: Sorry to say, if something isn’t finished by the night before the wedding, then it probably won’t get done. The night before the wedding is not the time to take on any new or unfinished DIY projects. Doing minor touch ups or finishing touches is alright, as long as you don’t stay up all night.
2. Change something: The same goes for changing something. If you decide you don’t like something, then changing it the night before the wedding won’t help anything. What’s done is done and everything will be fine.
3. Party too much: A rehearsal dinner or girls night before the wedding is a nice way to relax with those closest to you as long as long the celebrations don’t last late into the night. No one wants a hangover on the morning of their wedding! Save the partying for the wedding night.
4. Eat spicy or greasy foods. Abdominal cramps, bloating and diarrhea are not a bride’s friend. To minimize your risk of digestive problems, eat simply the night before your wedding.
5. Drink caffeinated beverages. That post-dinner espresso might be tempting, but a decaffeinated herbal tea is probably the way to go. It will be difficult enough to sleep without adding caffeine to the mix.
6. Major beauty change: You will have already had a hair and make up trial by this point, so you know what everything will look like. There’s no point in doing anything drastic the night before your wedding like deciding you want to cut or die your hair or go too heavy on the spray tan. Also, anything like waxing or skin treatments, you will want to get a few days before to avoid irritation and soreness.
7. Finalize major plans: Most venues require final seating plans and numbers at least two days to a week before the wedding. They might not appreciate it if you come to them the night before with changes or revisions, so whatever it is, don’t worry about it.
8. Assign something major: Your wedding party may not also appreciate it if you come to them the night before the wedding with another project or task. Let them relax as well.
9. Watch a sad movie: That last thing you want on your wedding day is puffy eyes from crying!
10. Too much screen time: One of my general life tips is to shut off all screens (phones, laptops, TVs) an hour before bed and dim the lights. I take that hour to read or do something quiet before I go to bed. Taking those last few hours to check social media, wedding blogs or emails may not only stress you out more, it could also prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep!
Photos: Nicholas Purcell
It’s the thing that is worn closest to your groom’s heart on his wedding day–and a word that is always difficult to spell. Boutonnieres are typically worn on the left lapel of a men’s suit for formal occasions. Traditionally, boutonnieres were made from carnations, but now they come in all sorts of styles. Don’t underestimate the boutonniere as an important wedding accessory. Here are 12 cute picks for boutonnieres for your groom:
Some grooms are opting for different colored suits over traditional black. The same can be said for the boutonniere like this rustic blue boutonniere with wood and leather strapping by BATTLEWOODmaterial.
A succulent probably isn’t the first type of flower that comes to mind when you think of a boutonniere. The flowers have become more popular recently as wedding flowers that represent a rustic, natural look like this purple succulent boutonniere with tallow berry by Eucca.
A bit of plumage is an alternative idea for a groom who doesn’t want to wear flowers. They can also be made in various colors to match your wedding colors, like this mint feather boutonniere by PompandPlumage.
Chances are if you have a wedding theme that is slightly non-traditional, there is probably a boutonniere somewhere to match your style–or you can make your own. This Woodland boutonniere by emsdesertrose is a cute creation.
A lot of people overlook the boutonniere as a wedding focal point. Boutonnieres can look great in wedding photos and get people talking as conversation pieces, like this whimsical Nest boutonniere by FairyfolkWeddings
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No one wants bored wedding guests! In fact, this is probably one of the biggest fears that brides have about their wedding day. It was definitely one of mine. In fact, I had recurring nightmares of guests yawning, checking the time, and wanting to leave early.
Although you can’t guarantee that everyone will have a rollicking good time at your nuptials, there are a few sure-fire ways to prevent your guests from getting grumpy.
1. Plan your timeline carefully
My biggest wedding pet peeve is the amount of time between the ceremony and the reception. If there is a huge gap, then you’re almost guaranteed your guests will get antsy. Depending on your wedding timeline, try your best to arrange to have less time in between. If the gap can’t be avoided (due to photos etc.), open the bar early so guests can have some drinks while they wait. Make sure there are plenty of appetizers to help absorb the alcohol!
2. Food, glorious, food!
Everyone knows that the way to a wedding guest’s heart is through their stomach, so make sure you’ve got some good eats planned for your reception! That doesn’t mean you have to break the bank for a gourmet 10-course meal; food trucks and food stations, pizza bars, taco bars and popcorn bars are just a few lower budget options that will up the fun factor and have your guests raving about your big day.
3. Great entertainment
You will most likely have activities and crafts for the kids coming to your wedding to keep them entertained, why not add some fun and frolic for your other guests? Along with a traditional guest book, have things on each table for guests to do, such as puzzles, mad libs, trivia or even a modern I Spy game. A band, DJ, live performers, dancing lessons and musicians also help to keep people’s attention after dinner.
4. Account for down time
Most weddings start in the early afternoon and then continue late into the night. That is a lot of time that guests will spend in one or possibly two locations. Try to account for the common lulls in a reception, such as right after dinner before everyone starts dancing or after everyone has danced for an hour and needs a break. Maybe put out a candy bar or late night snacks at that time or activities such as board games, a live event artist, on-site poet or a photo booth.
5. Create inviting lounge spaces
At my wedding reception, I noticed the reception hall quieted down around 10 pm. I walked downstairs to find a group of guests relaxing on couches in the basement of the venue chatting and having a good time. Was I upset that they weren’t getting crazy on the dance floor? Definitely not! Sometimes guests just want to chill – and that’s why it’s a great idea to create some inviting lounge spaces that include comfy seating.
After five years together, Sadie and Jonathon didn’t see the point in having a long drawn-out engagement or a huge wedding. Instead, the couple just wanted to celebrate the continuation of their journey in life together with those they loved the most and in the way suited them best – with a non-traditional and meaningful outdoor wedding ceremony and a pizza party!
Special thanks to Keely & Aaron for capturing this sweet Texas wedding and sharing it with us today.
Sadie, 22 & Jonathon, 28
Wedding Date: May 5, 2015
Number of Guests: 35ish
Wedding Cost: $4,651.00 (this does not include rings)
Wedding Ceremony Location: The Grove At Denton Valley
Wedding Reception Location: The Grove At Denton Valley
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
I’ve gone to weddings and seen huge amounts of people, and the bride and groom looking stressed trying to see everyone. Seeing just how chaotic the day can really be, I knew that, for Jon and I, we wanted it to be the most stress-free day possible. We had originally started planning a huge wedding with a year long engagement, and I just thought “why?”. We’ve been together for five years and it just seemed silly to drag it all out for a whole year, so we had a short engagement instead and a small five hour wedding day with no bridal party. I wanted the day to be about us and I didn’t want to have to stress and make sure everyone else was on time and doing what they were supposed to be doing.
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
We actually didn’t have much trouble as far as planning our wedding. I’m HUGE on decorating and planning events, and I’m super frugal as well, so with our budget I got to think outside of the box, which was even more fun for me as I love a challenge. I had lots of help from friends and my mom and sister, and as far as ideas and opinions go, our wedding coordinator – whom I also rented a lot of our decor from – was tons of help as well.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
It really wasn’t for us. We had our wedding on a Tuesday because I really loved that the date was all fives and felt it was unique and something to remember. Being on a Tuesday we had a lot of guests who were not able to attend, and to keep it an intimate event, we asked that it be an adult only kind of day, so we had some not attend because of that factor as well.
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?
We did and we just explained that this is what we really wanted and it was what we were going to do. In the end everyone loved our day and thought it was perfect.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
We were so worried that it was going to rain the whole day and when I finally walked up to face my husband, a huge rain drop hit the top of my glasses and slowly ran down as myself and Jon watched it go and tried not to giggle uncontrollably. It was something I will never forget and it eased our nerves. I spent weeks writing out our ceremony as I wanted it to be as non-traditional as possible, but still be romantic and meaningful. One thing I wanted to emphasize was that this was not a new start or new journey for us, but rather just another step in our journey together, and that we were there so that our loved ones could witness our love and our commitment to each other. We also used a “these are the hands” poem and it really just moved me to stand there with my husband holding my hands and smiling down at me and squeezing my hands as the poem was read. I’ll never forget the feeling of standing up there with him while our justice of the peace spoke; it really did feel like we were the only two people there and nothing else mattered.
What were the highlights of the reception?
We did a pizza buffet and we were a tad worried it wouldn’t go off like we wanted, but to see that it had been all laid out perfectly made for such an awesome reception! I think cutting into our cake was our second favorite highlight of the reception; it was so, so delicious and feeding it to each other was just so fun.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
I would have to say the atmosphere; it was such a calm wedding and it flew by much faster than I wanted, but during the wedding, there was no stress, no “it’s time to throw your bouquet” or “do this” or “do that”. We just got to hang out with family and friends, eat good food, and enjoy our day. I felt like we were actually present in our day and because there were not many people there, we really got to feel the love from each and every person. And hearing everyone call me Mrs. Prestridge was just such a joy that I felt all giggly and free, and so, so happy the whole entire time.
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
I would say do what you want to do regardless of what others would like. If you want pizza, have pizza; or burgers or whatever you want! The most important things are the two items you take away from your wedding which are your husband and your photos, so don’t sweat the small stuff.
Venue: The Grove at Denton Valley
Photographer and Cinematography: Keely & Aaron
Makeup: By Jonathon Mendoza at TG & Company
Hair: By Carlos at TG & Company
Food: Papa Johns
Cake: The Flour Shop Bakery
Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors
Bride’s Dress: Asos
Linens and Centerpieces: A Sense Of Bride
Cake Topper: My brother in law Jason Cobb made it with his 3d printer.
After 14 years together, Joe and Kayse decided it was time to tie the knot. They chose to get married in a location that was very special to them: the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. On June 28, 2014, with only a handful of immediate family members, the couple hiked into the Gorge for an intimate ceremony, followed by a casual reception at a beautiful cabin in the woods.
Thanks to videographer Reel Special Productions for sharing this film with us!