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Top 3 Wedding Reads of the Week

We spend hours each week keeping our finger on the pulse of the wedding industry. We research trends, meet designers, study wedding etiquette and gaze at all the must see weddings that occurred the weekend before. Then it dawned at us over here that we should be sharing all of this information with you-our trusted readers!

So, today we take our motto of educating brides to a whole new level by sharing with you the Top 3 Wedding Reads of the week. Yes, there will be cheat sheets and pretty pictures, I promise.

Week of February 8th, Holler!

“How to Be a Wedding Guest that Doesn’t Suck” by Taryn Hillin

First off, any title that is bold enough to include “doesn’t suck” is an article I want to devour. Taryn reveals 12 steps to getting it right when it comes to attending a wedding. I personally felt overwhelmed to send this off to all the guests that annoy me throughout the wedding but I will withhold and passive aggressively hope they read this blog.

Kicking it off with a traditional “You Gotta RSVP” all the way to “Don’t Bring a Tinder Date” (which makes me smile ear to ear). Check out her article and feel free to send it to a friend to post on their Facebook wall in hopes that all of your wedding guests will read it because posting it on your would not be cool.

“Quirky Budget Friendly Wedding” by Wedding Chicks

I for one have never seen the word “quirky” used to describe a wedding so kudos to Wedding Chicks for the idea and then completely following through with some quirkiness. This wedding is genuine, chill and highlighted by what the groom and his guys wore. Yes, I just commented on the groom’s attire for the first time ever, it was that good (see main image).

“Why We Chose to Save Money by Having a Destination Wedding” by Gema Cartwright

This article is an ode to my sister who constantly is breaking my heart by saying she wants a “small beach wedding”. Yes, I am really her sister-I double-checked. In all seriousness though I get the wanderlust filled wedding of your closest friends and FAMILY (along with a killer MOH!) on the beach. This article gives you all the unique ways you can save big time on making this dream a reality by combining your wedding and honeymoon and cutting down on the guest list.

Modern Wedding Etiquette No. 10

Hello my beautiful brides! Today, we get to discuss our Modern Wedding Etiquette No. 10: Save the Date’s should be sent out six to seven months prior to the wedding. Yep, it’s true. You have to nail down the guest list, pick out invitations and get it together six to seven months before the wedding. Why?

Well, there are several reasons I will share with you.

Reason 1: To inform guests so they can put your date on their calendar. The point of having a wedding is making a commitment in front of friends and family so ensure they can actually attend.

Reason 2: You will receive better RSVP response since guests are prepared to attend your wedding.

Reason 3: The guest interaction will be much greater. They will check out your website, registry and take part in the excitement building up to your big wedding day.

Reason 4: You get to share your great engagement photos! I mean you and your adorable fiancee did take those pictures so slap them on the Save the Date’s and send them out.

Wedding Readings from Classic Literature

Incorporating wedding readings from classic literature from one of these books of classic love seems enchanting. I love the thought of reading Emily Bronte or Mark Twain to perfectly portray your feelings of love for each other. I had to throw in one of my favorite readings from my absolute favorite book: Love is EternalLove is Eternal is Irving Stone’s book about the lives and great love between Abraham Lincoln and his sweetheart, Mary Todd Lincoln.

5 Laid Back Bachelorette Party Ideas

1. Glamping: Glamorous camping, I can think of no other way to camp! Glamping means no putting up a tent, access to indoor plumbing, no sleeping bags and definitely no building your own fire.

 Elegant Yurts on a California Ranch: Surrounded by 400 year old trees this ranch features yoga classes, bike tours, hiking routes, an abundance of art supplies and horseback riding.

Safari West: An African Safari experience in Santa Rosa. Situated on a 400 acre wildlife preserve, Safari West, has over 700 animals and you get to tour and sleep in the middle of it all. This one is definitely on my bucket list!

2. Wine Tasting Weekend: Is there anything better than your bridesmaids, a weekend together and lots of wine? Um.No.  You can plan your own tour by vineyard hopping. Select two to three vineyards, pack adorable picnic lunches and reserve a glamorous limo.

3. Slumber Party: Who doesn’t love a great sleep over with your best friends? Turn it into a fabulous night in with gourmet food, drinks, games and even a theme.

4. Spa Day: This looks like absolute heaven! A day or even a weekend (shh!) being rubbed, scrubbed, pampered and plucked. Yes! Customize robes for your girls and book a day or refreshing and champagne. Also, feel free to let me know when this is happening! I feel like I might just need to do some research.

5. Rent a Cottage: Enjoy a relaxing weekend surrounded by nature in a charming cottage. Make the weekend simple by asking each girl to bring her favorite snack, cocktail and one item of decor. Once you get arrive lay out a blanket, take your  shoes off and enjoy a weekend with your girls!