5 Weddings Trends of 2018 That You Might Want to Incorporate Into Your Wedding

When wedding planning, there are so many aspects to consider to ensure your day is everything you’ve ever dreamed of. However, the good news is that there is so much inspiration floating around on the internet. There are also so many new things that you can include in your wedding from moon bounces to bridal party dance routines. Of course, wedding trends are always changing but just know the possibilities are endless.

 

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite wedding trends for 2018 to give you a little inspiration.

 

1. Smaller Guest Lists

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Guests lists are easily one of the biggest stressors when it comes to wedding planning. Who should you invite? Who shouldn’t you invite? With minimalism and details becoming more popular, couples are focusing on a more curated experience with fewer guests. Should you invite that aunt you haven’t seen in years? You don’t have to. A smaller, more intimate event is just fine!

 

2. Unique Food

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More and more couples are straying away from the traditional 3 courses. Instead, they are now opting for an array of different things from grazing tables, pizza buffets, Sushi and Asian food stations, Popcorn bars, oyster bars! . Couples are choosing more casual food experiences that resonate better with their personal preferences.

 

3. Non-traditional Venues

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More and more couples are using their venue choice as another means of letting their personality  shine. With the growing trend of pop up weddings, couples have gotten super creative with their venue choices.. Barns, industrial spaces, even historic libraries are now being used for weddings. We even have a bride getting married in a gorgeous bar with a bowling alley this Summer! Who knew?

 

4. Mix and Match Bridesmaids

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Of course, no two bridesmaids are the same, so why should their dresses be? Brides are choosing to approach their bridesmaids about their dresses in a variety of new ways. With saving money always being the goal, brides are giving their bridesmaids the colors & letting them pick a dress that fits their budget. This is becoming more popular as it allows the bridesmaids to embrace their own style.

 

5. Desserts Other Than Cake

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Cake has always been a traditional part of weddings but couples are now putting a spin on that, too. Large dessert tables with an assortment of goodies are now being found at weddings. DIY dessert stations; donut walls; macaroons in rainbow colors; and of course cupcakes are just a few of the yummy options! Couples are now purchasing smaller cakes for just the bride & groom and have the dessert table for guests. What’s your favorite dessert?

 

As we said before, the possibilities for your wedding are endless. There are so many ways to make your big day perfect for you and your partner.

 

Happy Planning!

 

Top 5 Sunscreens to Protect Summer Brides

It’s Summer time and that means lots of pool time! It also means you need LOTS of protection!. You want to have a flawless complexion for your wedding day and that means protecting that delicate skin with the best sunscreens. Most of us want a little Summer color but without the peeling and aging that being in the sun can bring! #bronzednotburned

 

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While you’re packing your bag for the exciting Girls Getaway weekend or for your honeymoon   make sure you pack some sunscreen along with your cool shades and adorable hat.

Sunscreen is so easily forgotten on beach trips! If you’re going to spend hours out in the sun it’s an absolute necessity.

 

We’ve put together a list of our favorite sunscreens just for you to make sure your skin is protected on your big day!

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  1. Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen SPF 70 - Without all the harsh ingredients of typical sunscreens, this sunscreen gives you all the protection you need with a moisturizing benefits as well. There’s no oils and it’s safe to use on your face and body. It’s also recommended by the Skin Cancer foundation, super plus!
  2. SkinMedica Essential Defense Everyday Clear SPF 47 - Great for the ‘sensitive’ girls out there! This sunscreen is a fan favorite because it’s fragrance free, oil free & it’s hypoallergenic! It also doesn’t have all the harsh ingredients found in most other sunscreens. It absorbs super quickly, perfect for that last minute application!
  3. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Body and Face Sunscreen SPF 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk with Antioxidants - The texture of this sunscreen is super silky smooth. It’s great for sensitive skin and can be used on your face as well! The extra antioxidants help protect your skin even more.
  4. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Broad Spectrum SPF 100 - When choosing sunscreen, you always want to go with the highest SPF, higher SPF means more protection. This sunscreen is clear but also doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy. You can hardly tell it’s there after application. If you’re looking for a cost-efficient, yet effective product, this is definitely a great option!
  5. EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 - This one comes highly recommended by dermatologists everywhere. Not only is it clear, it’s not super thick when applying. It’s paraben free and the best part is, it doesn’t rub off on your clothes! Dermatologists love it because it does so much more for your skin than the average sunscreen.

 

Make sure that whichever sunscreen you choose that you reapply frequently! Now, go have fun and have a Margarita for us! :)

 

Happy Planning!

7 Tips for a Stress Free Wedding Morning

 

The morning of your wedding can easily be one of the most stressful mornings of your life. There’s so many things going on at once and then there’s the anxiety of everything coming together how you hope. But planning ahead can make everything so much easier. We’ve compiled a list of seven things you can do ahead of time to make the big morning so much easier.

 

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Photo credit: www.deborahpeacock.com

Choose your room carefully.

The best space to get ready in is one  with abundant natural light. If possible, choose a room with neutral colors, and try to keep things neat and tidy throughout the morning. If details are important to you, have everything you’d like photographed laid out and waiting for your photographer—a full invitation set, veil, any special pieces of jewelry/heirlooms, shoes,etc.

 

Choose attire for your bridesmaids.

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We've seen some Adorable outfits while on weddings!  We’re all big fans of Plum Pretty Sugar  and Grice Grove. We love how they offer Getting Ready sets for their pajamas, robes, and rompers!).it’s a gift that will not only be beautiful in our photos, but they’ll enjoy for years to come!



 

Create a playlist.

They say music makes everything better. Put together a playlist of your favorite jams to enjoy that will make you forget all about the stressful aspects of the day. Sing your favorite songs as loud as you can and dance it out! Later on, you’ll have this playlist as a sweet memory from your wedding day.


 

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Photo credit: www.danielstancil.com

Give your phone to someone else.

You will want to be fully present for these special moments!.  pass your phone off on the morning of the wedding so you can fully soak up time celebrating with family and loved ones without the urge to reply to text messages or scroll through social media.

 

Assign Someone to be Gatekeeper

On the wedding day you don't want to be answering silly questions like the groomsman who is asking for the 100th time , "what time is the wedding?" Seriously??!!!   Give one of your most trusted bold besties the honor of keeping you sane and being your buffer and bodyguard on the morning of your wedding.

 

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Photo credit: www.benvigil.com

Don’t skip breakfast or lunch!  

Appetite is the first thing to go when you get anxious, but the last thing you want is my stomach rumbling during the ceremony!  have a plan for breakfast, lunch, plenty of snacks, and a few mimosas for the wedding morning so no one goes hungry! And drink plenty of water!

 

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Have a plan.

This is arguably the most important tip! wedding morning can fly by, and you want to make sure you have plenty of time for hair and makeup without feeling rushed! Your wedding day is perhaps the one day you don’t want to be fashionably late :) The team you choose for your wedding preparations should have a written timeline and be experienced enough to handle any wedding day craziness without skipping a beat! The wedding morning is not the time you want to cut corners on your schedule. Make sure that not only is there enough time for all your hair and makeup, but that there is a bit of a buffer to allow for life's little unscripted moments.

 

Most of all, Enjoy each moment! And remember, it's the crazy little unexpected things that happen that you and your friends will look back on and laugh at years later. Happy Wedding Planning!


 

The History of Weddings

Though weddings have existed for over a millenia, they haven’t always been pictured as we do today. There was time where most brides expected to have their weddings in their homes. Other times where the white dress was not even considered a “thing”. The idea of weddings have truly come a long way.

 

There’s some interesting history behind weddings and we thought we’d share it with you.

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The earliest records of weddings describe them as being done by coercion or capture. There were usually no emotional ties between the man and the woman, in fact, the woman wasn’t really thought of as much during these times. Most men desired wives for sexual relief, procreation, and household duties. Love nor true commitment were ever apart of the plan when it came to marriage.

 

It wasn’t until roughly the 1800s that marriage was considered more of a personal decision. This is the time where the trend of wedding ceremonies began to emerge. However, during this time, weddings weren’t anything close to what they are today. Most brides had private ceremonies with just them, their groom, and both sets of parents and one set of parents’ house and then the bride would be recognized for her nuptials the following Sunday at church. Brides didn’t even purchase dresses for their weddings, their wedding dresses were their best dress that they already owned and was often a dark color because it doubled as funeral attire. Could you imagine not wearing a new dress on your special day? Weddings were small like this due to the realistic need for minimalism. Having your wedding at home meant that you could limit the amount of people who attended therefore not needing as many things to accommodate.

 

In the earlier 1800s, upper class weddings began to evolve into something like the types of weddings we are familiar with today but were still small and private. In the 1840s, unlike those before her, Queen Victoria of Britain married Prince Albert in a satin white gown and since all of the women wanted to be and look like the queen at that time, brides sought to have white dresses for their weddings. Before, having a white gown for your wedding was for the rich but was now becoming a trend for the middle class as well.

 

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Towards the end of the 1800s, what we know today as wedding vendors began to emerge and the weddings that would have been previously held at home were now being held in churches. With the a larger space to accommodate more people, there required a larger “show”. Brides were no longer sewing their own dresses, they were seeking out seamstresses or looking to purchases their dresses already made. The cakes and floral arrangements that would have been made at home were now being made by bakers and florists. By the 1900s, the brides were only turning to professional help for organizing their weddings.

 

One of the earlier contributions of the image of the “new” bride was bridal departments being added to larger stores. There were one stop shops available for all your decorations, attire, etc. Along with this, catered weddings and engraved invitations were longer an luxury for the rich but now a standard all brides were aspiring for. It was also during this time that wedding photographers began to emerge and become a very important part of the big day for everyone. By the 70s though, brides started to crave some kind of uniqueness in their weddings so they began to take their weddings out of churches and have them at event halls, back at homes, even in backyards of friend or relative’s house. This is also when the destination wedding became a “thing”. Weddings in the 21st century aren’t too different. The average bride spends about $20k on her wedding and it is predominantly organized by professionals.

 

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As we said in the beginning, weddings have a come a VERY long way. Always remember, you’re wedding is whatever YOU want it to be. It can be as big or as small as you desire and look like whatever you want it to.

 

Congratulations! Best of luck to you with wedding planning.

You've Said Yes, Now What?

The top 5 things you need to do FIRST after you’ve become engaged.

Becoming engaged can easily be classified as one of the top 10 moments in a woman’s life. All the dreams you’ve had of your wedding day and how you would look in your beautiful dress are finally coming true! But I bet you’re wondering where to start to successfully (and sanely) make it to your big day. We’ve had the pleasure of putting together a list of the top 5 things that you should do first after you get engaged, check them out below!

(These are in no specific order, you can choose to do these things in the order you see fit)

#1 – Decide on a budget.

Before you do anything else, you want to decide on a budget. Setting a budget allows you to know what kind of options you will have when deciding on the logistics. Deciding on a budget can also include deciding on how many people you’re going to invite as this could have a huge impact on the budget as well. If you aren’t remotely sure of what is a reasonable budget for your wedding, you can start with researching some of things you want your wedding to have. Whatever you do, set your budget FIRST.

#2 – Set the Date.

Let me warn you, this sounds a lot easier than it actually is. Choosing a wedding date requires a little more thought than you would initially think but there are several things to take into consideration when choosing your wedding date. The weather is one of the biggest things you want to think about. Depending on what type of wedding you want, it may have to take place during a certain season. For example, if you’ve always dreamed of a beautiful beach wedding, it might not be too beautiful in December in the middle of the winter. Another thing to think about when considering your wedding date is your flowers. Certain flowers may not be available during certain seasons. Lastly, with picking a date, you want to consider any major holidays that may be coming up before the date or after it. Again, an easy way to decide what your wedding date should be is making a list of all the things you want your wedding to include!

#3 – Pick your wedding party.

This for most brides is usually a no brainer, you’ve got your close friends, maybe a sister or two you’re your favorite cousin. Your fiancé may choose the same. Don’t forget you have to choose a maid of honor and he has to choose a best man. Make sure whoever you choose are people that you hold near and dear and that you want there to support you on this new chapter of your life.

#4 – Pick your venue.

Picking a venue is a very critical and important step as you can’t send out those cute save the dates until you know where the big party is going to happen!  Searching for venues can be a bit tedious but also extremely fun! There are so many options for wedding venues just about everywhere! Some have all inclusive packages and some let you do everything how you want. I also suggest touring the venue you’d like to use so you can be familiar with the place and any requirements there may be.

#5 – Save the dates!

Now that we’ve got a few of the basics covered, we can let everyone know when the big show is going to happen and where! When it comes to save the dates, the sky is the limit, you can make them look however you want. I’ve even seen where people have made theirs into refrigerator magnets so you can make sure you don’t forget! However you decide to do them, make sure they include the date and the location of your big day!

 

Congratulations beautiful! I hope this helps get you started in preparing for your big day!

5 Tips for Picking the Perfect Bridal Beauty Team

Congratulations, You’re engaged!! Right after you say , ‘Yes!’ your mind begins whirring with all the possibilities and details of planning the perfect wedding. Where will it be? When will it be? What will you wear? With so many big decisions looming ahead; hair and makeup might get put on the back burner.

Use these tips for finding and booking the hair and makeup team that is right for you.

 

Brushworx Bridal Tip #1- Book earlier than you think you need to.

 

We tell brides, “ It’s never too early to book, but it can very quickly become too late!”

Great hair and makeup teams, just like sought after venues, can book a year or more in advance. If you find an artist/team you mesh with and you love their work- don’t hold out looking for a ‘deal’. Book!

 

Brushworx Bridal Tip #2- Find a Team/Artist you’re comfortable with

 

Finding an artist/team who’s work you love is just part of the process. You also need to feel comfortable with them on a personal level. Your hair and/or makeup artist is probably the first vendor you will see on your wedding day and they may even be with you for multiple events if you use them for bridal portraits and rehearsal dinner. Finding someone who is fun, easy going, organized, and brings a calming presence to your wedding day is priceless!

 

Brushworx Bridal Tip #3-  Trust Your Vendor Referrals

 

If you’ve hired an event planner or photographer, ask them who they like to refer for hair and makeup. Planners and photographers have to work closely with beauty teams on things such as timing, lighting, schedules,and collaborating on style. They will know which companies show up on time and stick to a timeline  or the artists that they don’t have to photoshop their bad makeup. It’s important that your hair and makeup artists are professional, timely , and play well with others!


 

Brushworx Bridal Tip #4 - Don’t get Pinterest blinded!

 

Pinterest can be a great resource for hair and makeup inspiration! However, the untrained eye may not realize that what you see is not always what it reality. Many hairstyles have multiple sets of extensions or hair pads to achieve the fullness. And many makeup photos have been retouched to achieve the soft focus look or a certain glow that would not appear the same in real life. Send your photos to your artist before you see them for a trial and share your likes about each one. Ask for their honest opinion of what is needed to achieve your ‘dream look’ and if it is a realistic expectation.

 

Brushworx Bridal Tip #5- Choose a Pro. Not a Friend


One of the saddest things we hear from brides is that they did a ‘trial’ run with their bestie or with ‘Aunt Mary’ with hair or makeup because it was offered for free and ‘they do their own hair/makeup so well!’Only, their trial Didn’t go so well and now they have to deal with hurting someones’ feelings. Doing your own hair/makeup well is Very different from being able to do someone elses! Pros charge for the knowledge of being able to work with all hair types and textures under a variety of weather conditions and knowing how to deal with all skin types . We study extensively to understand what every shape of eye and type of bone structure needs to look it’s best on camera. Also, we know how to handle the stress of a wedding day without it affecting our work or distracting us from our mission- to make you Stunning! You will have all eyes on you during your wedding day, not to mention pictures you’ll be showing off for decades to come. Feeling confident and proud of how amazing you look for that is Priceless!