Bridesmaid Proposal

Bridesmaid Proposal – asking a close family member/friend to be in your wedding.

This is not necessary and not a replacement for bridesmaids gifts but I personally love the idea!

I got engaged to my soon to be hubby on Dec 25, 2015 we set our wedding date in January of 2016 for October 20, 2018. So yeah I had a while till the big day and didn’t want to choose my girls right away, which I’m glad I didn’t. At the time when I got engaged I was trying to rekindle a friendship with an old friend, we had some bad blood between us, but it was working out at that moment. I was actually thinking of having her as a bridesmaid due to our long past. Thank goodness I waited because that friendship went back up into flames………again.

So fast forward to January of this year I decided I was ready to let my girls know they are ‘officially’ in my wedding!  I decided I wanted to do a cute proposal, even with 7 bridesmaids I was going to make it happen!

So I have two types of girls

– the ones who drink

– the ones who do not drink

I decided to make two different boxes based on what type the girl was. There wasn’t much difference to the proposals except for one thing…. alcohol.

I first ordered these cute key chains off of Etsy. The key chains had a heart charm, a pink stone to resemble the month of October and another charm that said bridesmaid/maid of honor on it. I also got one for myself that said bride 🙂 I wanted to match my girls!

Then I got cookies made.  Some of the cookies were in a dress shape, they were iced in navy blue icing to reflect my colors. The cookies then had bridesmaid or maid of honor written on it. I also got ring cookies made, and those extra cookies were given to the girls that do not drink.

 The girls that do drink got a small bottle of champagne!  They better pop the bubbly because I’m getting a hubby ya know! 😉

I put these items into a cute box, filled the empty space with the craft crinkle paper in navy blue. The key chains came with a cute small box, so I put those in the small box. Set that in the middle of the bigger box and placed a card on it saying ‘Will you be my bridesmaid/maid of honor’. Then the cookies and/or champagne went on each side. I closed the box up and tied it shut with navy blue ribbon.

The reaction I got from my girls was so great! They were not expecting it and really appreciated the proposal. It was a great kick off to the beginning of wedding planning with my maids and I’m glad I did it.

I forgot to take a good picture of the proposal gift buttttt I do have a picture of the cookies and a key chain!img_6777.pngIMG_6904

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Wedding Colors

How do brides pick wedding colors?

‘Brides to be’ can pick wedding colors from multiple different reasons.. yes multiple! It may not be as cookie cutter as you may think. For me it was quite easy, but I’m on many wedding Facebook groups and I’ve seen many brides having a hard time picking their colors!

I just selected my favorite colors and used them, it was simple and they matched perfectly together. My colors are ….. *drum roll* please…..navy blue and yellow. It’s a plus since those colors work really well with my favorite flower which is no other than a sunflower, which will be the main flower for my wedding.

So how do other brides pick wedding colors?

As I mention above some brides just pick their favorite colors or use their fiancés favorite colors,,, or even a combination of both. This to me just seems like the most simple way to pick wedding colors but of course everyone is different.

Some brides use colors based on the theme of the wedding. Which I think is pretty self explanatory on how that works, example beach wedding – blues, tans, and bright colors , A woodland wedding – greens, browns, and an accent color  , Pretty in Pink – Just a lot of pinks. I think you get the drift, but I think it’s pretty cool choosing a theme and using colors to bring the theme to life.

Picking colors based on the season is another way for brides. Rather it’s autumn, winter, spring or summer there is always colors that go better with that season. Autumn I see more orange, brown, and gold colors. Winter are dark colors… black, dark red, and charcoal. Spring colors are pastel colors such as peach,  teal, and lavender. Then finally summer are more bright colors… bright red, yellow, salmon, and coral. This could be a really fun way to figure out colors.

Brides can get inspiration from the venue. The venue may already have strong hues the brides will have to work with, I’m personally glad my venue is all dark wood and is basically a blank slate!

There are many more ways on choosing colors but I just went over a few. But as you can see there really are multiple ways for choosing wedding colors and it may be more complicated then you thought.

Here’s a picture that reflects my wedding colors! I love it! b692fc9ed7c3f1e2885bbd1258344d1b

Wedding Post #1

Wedding planning is almost like a part time job, but if you are a DIY bride it’s more of a full time gig. I’m so glad I gave myself 3 years to plan my wedding. Even thou I got some back lash for booking vendors “crazy early” and waiting an “unnecessary” time to tie the knot. There is just so much that goes into planning the perfect wedding from the big details to the little details. I don’t want my wedding to be cookie cutter I want it to be personal and reflect who me and my Fiancé are. That is what is important to me and I need the time to get it all together. Lucky for me the way I consider myself and fiancé’s style is a big trend right now. Yes it’s rustic\country. Not rustic hillbilly but rustic chic. As I said lucky for me rustic is such a big trend in weddings right now so it’s super easy to find decorations and DIY projects! Maybe being a part of the rustic trend isn’t such a bad idea after all!

I’m a year and a half away from my wedding and I have no regrets with planning in a 3 year span. I have my venue, photographer, caterer, and DJ already booked and I’m still over 500 days from the big day. I’m winning at planning (LOL). It was a wise decision, because I booked my venue in January of 2016 and it was already booked through most of 2017. Thankfully I wanted my wedding in 2018 and they had the date I wanted available! It’s a beautiful white barn venue. The inside has a main floor and a loft and its mostly dark wood with crystal chandlers. It’s just breath taking.

I was originally going to have my wedding at my barn. My barn of course isn’t large enough to host 200 people, so I was going to put a tent up for the reception. After thinking about it for a while I thought it would be even more stressful doing that. To get to the barn the guests would have to drive thru a grassy area, but that particular spot gets muddy after rain fall so I can just see people getting stuck in their cars without 4X4 .. so that kind of steered me away from doing that ordeal, but I really would of enjoyed my horses being at the wedding!

I already booked my caterer for the wedding but in about 2 weeks we get to taste the entrees and sides! We are having a pig roast with grilled chicken and some sides for the meal. The sides are still being decided on but hopefully we will get that picked out in 2 weeks or so. The photographer we booked is amazing! They are a young married couple that has an extremely unique style. They use more of a “dark tone” style and less of a “light and airy” style, but the photos look so romantic and gorgerous and I can’t get enough of their photos! I really wanted my photos to stand out and I hit the jack pot with these guys. The DJ is going to be so much fun, I can’t wait. They are a father son duo and are so down to earth! I can’t wait to work with them. I am honestly super excited with the vendors I chose, they are all so unique and great.

I can’t wait to share my experiences during the rest of my planning journey and just anything worth writing about in my life.

555 more days to go till the big day!!! Happy planning everyone!