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11 Things To Expect When Attending An Indian Wedding

April 14, 2021 | olivia
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Image by Matei Horvath Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

If you’ve received an invitation to attend an Indian wedding, then you might be wondering what to wear, what to bring, and—honestly—what to expect. No two Indian weddings are alike, but they are always filled with lots of tradition and culture. You’re truly in for a unique experience. With all the amazing food, beautiful colors, and incredible music, we know you are going to have an amazing time. 

We want you to focus on having a great time, which is why we’ve put together this guide for you. We’ve got all the information you’ll need as a guest. Keep scrolling to see the eleven things to expect when attending an Indian wedding. 

1. It’s A Long Celebration

Indian weddings can last up anywhere from three days to a full week, depending on the ceremony. There are pre-wedding rituals leading up to the 2 to 3-hour long marriage ceremony. If you’ve been invited to an Indian wedding, make sure you bring enough outfits for all the days—and definitely bring comfortable shoes. You’ll also want to make sure you read which events you’ve been invited to. Some guests are invited to all events over the course of the wedding while others may only be invited to the last day. 

Image by Carlos Elizondo. See more of this real wedding here.

2. You’ll Want To Dress Conservatively and Appropriately

For Indian weddings, it is best to dress both conservatively and appropriately. Before you buy an outfit, check with the couple and ask for their expectations. If they say to wear something traditional, then you’ll want to wear traditional Indian wedding attire. If that’s the case, you can rent these outfits from companies like Riya Collective and Saris and Things.

Some couples are comfortable with traditionally western wedding attire, then aim for color. Indian weddings are filled with color so you’ll want to stay away from bland black and white looks. Plus, white is seen as a mourning color and black is bad luck, so definitely steer clear of these colors. We recommend a colorful suit or a colorful dress.  

Junebug Tip: 

If you’re looking for a colorful suit, check out our colorful suit round-up and our unique suit ideas. These are perfect for Indian weddings.

Regardless of what you choose, you’ll want to dress on the conservative side. Avoid showing off too much of your legs, shoulders, or cleavage. Instead, go big and show your personal style through jewelry, colors, and patterns. Keep in mind that you’ll want your most formal outfit to be for the wedding day/reception.

3. The First Two Days of Events

The first day includes a ceremony known as the Ganesha Pooja—an intimate Hindu ceremony that takes place with close family and friends only. The second day is for the sangeet, or Mehendi ceremony, and will often have guest participation. The sangeet is a night of dancing where all the guests will join the bride and groom to celebrate their marriage and the union of two families. This is also traditionally when the bride is adorned with henna tattoos on her hands and feet. 

Image by Nicola Tonolini. See more of this real wedding here.

4. The Hindu Wedding Ceremony Is On The Third Day

After the first two days of wedding events, the third day is reserved for the Hindu wedding ceremony. This ceremony, which is typically held in the morning, can last anywhere between one and a half to two hours long, and then begins the reception. The entire third day can last 16 hours, so make sure you stay hydrated and wear comfortable shoes

bright indian wedding

Image by Jenny Collen. See more of this real wedding here.

5. Saptapadi: The Seven Steps

Saptapadi literally translates to seven steps and this part of the ceremony is very important. The couple walks seven full circles clockwise around a fire pit. This represents the seven sacred vows and promises that they are making to one another. Each mantra is then recited to the couple. There isn’t normally an exchange of vows performed at these weddings. Think of the seven steps as like the couple’s ‘vows’ that they will hold during their marriage. 

6. Attending an Indian Wedding: You Should Get Involved

Yes, we do mean dance, laugh, eat, and be merry. Indian weddings are a huge celebration and the last thing you’ll want to be doing is sitting at your table. Don’t be afraid to get up and partake. If you don’t know what is going on, ask! Besides dancing and eating, you’ll also be expected to participate during steps in the ceremony as a show of blessing the couple. Getting involved as a guest shows your love for the couple. 

Image by Studio Rossini. See more of this real wedding here.

7. There Will Be Lots Of Food 

Get ready for lots of food. Indian weddings have a huge feast for everyone to enjoy. When you first enter the wedding venue, you’ll be treated to appetizers and snacks. Don’t be coy—you’ll want that snack so you’re not the person in the audience with the stomach growling. 

Once the wedding is over, the main course will be served. As far as what to expect, there are regional variations for foods. For many West and South Indian weddings, vegetarian food is served. But for many North and East Indian weddings, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served. 

8. There Might Be No Alcohol

You read that right. Traditionally, alcohol is not served at Hindu weddings, especially if the wedding is held at a temple. More modern Indian weddings sometimes include alcohol during the pre-ceremony festivities and the reception. Alcohol won’t be present during the ceremony, though depending on the couple’s religious beliefs. When in doubt, politely ask them before the wedding. 

9. Give The Gift of Money

After the wedding ceremony, the reception party is where the couple receives blessings and gifts from everyone at their wedding. If you’re wondering what to get the couple, a traditional wedding gift is money. This is the most thoughtful gift as it helps the couple to start their lives together. Find an embroidered bag or lovely pretty envelope, write down some best wishes, and place the money in. Always give money in an amount that ends in one. This is very important as one is a blessing that wishes them prosperity and good fortune. 

Image by Nicola Tonolini. See more of this real wedding here.

10. Red Is A Traditional Color

Indian brides don’t wear white on their wedding day. Instead, they wear red and gold to symbolize fertility and commitment. However, more modern Indian brides are often opting for other rich saturated colors like pastel florals, bright yellow, or even a bold blue.  

11. Don’t Dance With The Bride

Okay, so at many weddings, it’s normal to head to the dance floor and dance with the bride—especially if she is your friend. However, at traditional Indian weddings, men should resist the urge to dance with the bride. In Indian culture, brides shouldn’t dance with other men on their wedding day.

Image by For Love & Light. See more of this real wedding here.

We hope this guide has helped you understand a few customs and traditions and will help you get ready when attending an Indian wedding. We want you to focus on having a wonderful time celebrating the couple, dancing, and eating. And if you want to see some Indian weddings, check out this intimate wedding at the Villa Artimino, this colorful Indian wedding, and this modern Indian wedding.

Image by For Love & Light. See more of this real wedding here.

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Beat Wedding Planning Stress With These 10 Cool Tips

January 22, 2021 | riley

It’s a well-known fact that wedding planning is stressful. Whether you’ve always dreamed of large, over-the-top “I do’s,” or your intimate affair has spiraled into something far more complicated, it’s easy to let the preparations weigh heavy on you. You may soon realize that wedding planning–which should be a fun, memorable experience–is something you want to avoid at all costs. You’re already balancing work, relationships, paying the bills, and trying to find time for a social life. Now, add a major life event that requires a year of planning on top of that. 

Luckily, there are ways to calm your nerves and make the wedding planning process enjoyable. From stepping away for a bit to creating detailed to-do lists, these ten cool tips will help you stay afloat in the crazy world that is wedding planning.

Managing Wedding Planning Stress Is Important

We asked some of our incredibly talented vendors why it was important to manage wedding planning stress, and we love the responses we received. Photographer Tinsley & Co. said, “Stress can steal so many moments away from what should be a beautiful season. I want my couples to look back and remember their engagement with a full heart. I don’t want them to look back and think, ‘man, that sucked’ or ‘I’m so glad that’s over.’ It’s a once and a lifetime period for most. Enjoy it, don’t rush it, and don’t let stress bring the cloud over a light-filled chapter together.”

10 Tips To Beat Wedding Planning Stress

1. Prioritize

First things first–plan out exactly what details are most important to you for your dream wedding. Oftentimes couples get overwhelmed with planning the smaller details and lose sight of what matters most to them. Before you begin booking vendors or putting deposits down, make a list of your absolute must-haves. This could be a professional photographer, live florals, a farm-to-table meal, etc. You can then refer to this priorities list anytime you begin to feel stress creeping in after spending hours scrolling on Pinterest.

Repeatedly looking at this list will also help remind you to stay within your budget. You will be able to avoid overspending on items that are not necessary for your dream day. And the budget is one of the worst stressors couples face during the planning process.

2. Create A Detailed Budget

Speaking of budgets, putting together a detailed budget is essential. If anxiety stems from how much money you are spending, take time to clarify your budget. Create a high-level wedding budget and then take it a step further by breaking down that money into different categories. Creating a budget spreadsheet will help you track your spending as you go and allow you to see if there is any wiggle room or areas you may need to scale back.

We recommend also leaving about 5% of your budget aside for miscellaneous expenses that may come up as you go. Some surprise costs that you may run into include unexpected guests, vendor meals, gratuities, service charges, overtime costs, postage, insurance, and more.

3. Put Together A To-Do List

Wedding planning can feel like one giant mountain of tasks that you have to tackle. If you go into it without any game plan, you are going to feel overloaded very quickly. This can lead to anxiety and procrastination–which can then lead to more stress.

Consider using a physical wedding planner that includes checklists, worksheets, calendars, and more. This will keep you on track of your budget and timeline and will also keep your planning in one easy-to-access place. If you’re more of a cloud-based person, use apps like Trello or Milanote–both of which are also great for creating a wedding mood board as well. 

Along with a to-do list, make a done list. This will allow you to see all that you have accomplished and help to celebrate the small wins! 

Image by Emiliano Russo

4. Consider Hiring A Wedding Planner

If there is room in the budget, find yourself a wedding planner. They’ll help manage your budget, bring your vision to life, keep things organized, communicate with your other vendors, offer advice for any sticky situations that may arise, and help you relax on your big day. They handle it all.

Image by Jordan Voth

5. Don’t Be Afraid To Delegate Tasks

There is no shame in asking for help. While there is nothing wrong with being relentlessly self-sufficient, delegating tasks to your wedding party and other family members will help you stay sane. 

These people want to see you succeed, and they also want to make this process as easy as possible for you. Your wedding is about you, your partner, and your loved ones. Don’t feel like you have to do every task by yourself.

Image by Adri Mendez

6. Avoid Comparing Your Wedding To Others

Comparison is—and always will be—the thief of joy. While sites such as Instagram and Pinterest are great for wedding inspiration, they can also cause couples to feel as if their wedding isn’t good enough. Your wedding is a celebration of you and your partner, not a contest. 

If you find you’re continually beating yourself up because you can’t get the florals you saw on Instagram or the expensive neon sign you saw on Pinterest, consider taking a digital detox. These are tools to inspire, not to determine the worth of your wedding.

Image by Eleanor & Pete

7. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Like many things in life, you will run into hiccups when wedding planning. And that’s okay. Imperfection is inevitable, so it’s important to embrace it. Once the wedding has come and gone, you’re not going to remember the fact that the florals you wanted weren’t in season or that you couldn’t find the exact table runners you saw online. Whenever you begin to nitpick and become overwhelmed, focus on the bigger picture.

8. Schedule Time Away From Planning And For Planning

One of the key ways to avoid succumbing to wedding pressure is to schedule times for and away from planning. Whether you want to plan Wine Wednesdays where you and your future spouse sit down and plan, or you save time for the weekends, scheduling time for wedding planning will help you separate planning time from your free time.

During your free time, focus on self-care–which looks different for everyone. It could be a walk outside, getting a manicure, writing in your journal, taking a hot bath, a gym session, or binge-watching The Office for the 100th time. Do whatever makes you happiest. We recommend having a stress-free space–such as a bedroom or office area–free of anything to do with wedding planning. You can use this as your escape to decompress and relax when the going gets tough.

When you aren’t planning, it’s also vital to schedule date nights with your future spouse. Stress can strain your relationship, which is why it is crucial that you spend quality time together. This will help you remember why you’re getting married in the first place.

9. Take Care Of Yourself

Taking care of yourself should always be your priority. This means prioritizing your physical and mental health. If you don’t feel good about yourself, you’ll go into planning with a negative headspace from the get-go.

This also means you shouldn’t deprive yourself. Treat yourself to ice cream dates, glasses of wine, and take-out in front of the television from time to time. Wedding planning is best when you’re striking a balance between working and unwinding.

Junebug Tip:

Take some time to break a sweat to help boost your endorphins and bust stress! Our friends at HipTrain offer online personal training that you can do from anywhere. With this option, you can choose to train with or without your partner.

Image by May Iosotaluno

10. Remember The Big Picture

The final and most important piece of advice we can give you is to remember the big picture. At the end of the day, your wedding is not about throwing the biggest party around. It’s about marrying the person you want to grow old with and celebrating that with your loved ones. Being stressed about the seating chart or dinner menu is not going to change the fact that you are tying the knot with the love of your life.

While wedding planning may never be completely stress-free, it’s essential to take care of yourself along the way. Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath, take a step back, and think about these ten tips. To help keep your spirits high, throw on this wedding planning playlist that will keep you motivated, and have yourself a little dance party!

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7 Wedding Signs You Definitely Need At Your Wedding

November 24, 2020 | riley

Image by Christy Cassano.

When you’re planning out your wedding decor, one of the last things that probably comes to mind is wedding signage. However, wedding signs are one of the first things your guests see when arriving, and although they may seem like a small detail, they play a key role in your wedding.

From welcoming guests to telling them where to set their gifts to introducing your signature drinks, signs can be used for almost everything–literally. If you’re unsure which ones you need to include and which ones you can skip, you’re in luck. Because we’re narrowing down which ones are must-haves and sharing some of our favorites so you can get inspired.

What Wedding Signs You Need

Welcome Signs

Welcome signs do exactly what they’re titled–welcome your guests! They help them know they are in the right place and will save your planner the trouble of having to reassure everyone that walks through the door that they are where they’re supposed to be. They typically include your name, the wedding date, and sometimes the venue.

Guest Book

Guest books serve as a scrapbook that you can look back on throughout the years. It’s important to have signs so that your guests can find your guest book and sign it. Wrangling hundreds of guests can be quite tricky, after all.

Ceremony Decor

Signage is one of the easiest ways to dress up your ceremony space. Break down your wedding timeline, let your guests know if you are having an unplugged ceremony, include your favorite love quotes or poems, and more. The wedding sign world is your oyster.

Directions

If you’re holding your wedding in a large space, you might want to consider a sign giving your guests directions. This is especially true if your ceremony and reception are in two different locations.

Bar Signs

Bar signs are extremely important if you’re going to have an open or cash bar. You want to let your guests know what drinks are available (ex. wine, liquor, beer, etc.). If you know you are going to be serving signature cocktails, signs are the best way to introduce the name of the cocktail as well as the ingredients.

Seating Chart

Seating charts are another extremely important addition to your wedding decor. You’ll want to let your guests know which table they are at, and who they will be sitting with.

Favors

Lastly, you will want a sign for your favors. You don’t want your guests to leave without their goodies. Placing a small sign next to your thank you gifts will help draw attention and let them know what you’re passing out.

Our Favorite Wedding Signs

Welcome Signs

Image by Gretchen Gause.

Image by Anna Caitlin.

Shop wedding welcome signs: Acrylic Wedding Sign ($63); Rustic Wood Wedding Welcome Sign ($87); Adella Minimalist Wedding Welcome Sign Template ($7.79); Reese Boho Welcome Sign ($8.67)

Ceremony Decor Wedding Signs

Shop ceremony decor signs: Unplugged Ceremony Acrylic Wedding Sign ($55.16); Pick A Seat Unplugged Ceremony Wedding Template ($6.92); Marlo Contemporary Unplugged Sign ($7.79)

Timeline Wedding Signs

Image by Joe + Kathrina.

Image by Agatha Rowland.

Image by Anna Caitlin.

Shop timeline wedding signs: Modern Wedding Timeline Sign ($12.19); Juliette Minimalist Wedding Timeline ($6.00); Wood Wedding Events Sign ($36); Order of Events Printable ($10.71)

Bar Wedding Signs

Image by Gretchen Gause.

 

Image by Lauren Scotti.

Shop bar signs: Painted Acrylic Bar Menu ($54); Calligraphy Bar Sign Template ($3.90); Custom Pet Drink Wedding Sign ($66.40); Printable Signature Cocktails Sign ($9.60)

Seating Chart Wedding Signs

Image by Los Ebano.

Image by Les Bandits.

Image by May Iosotaluno.

Image by Melissa Marshall.

Shop wedding seating charts: Adella Minimalist Wedding Seating Chart Template ($7.79); Black Acrylic Seating Chart ($77.69); Acrylic Seating Chart ($106); Half Arch Acrylic Seating Chart ($300)

Neon Wedding Signs

 

Image by LAYERS.

Shop neon wedding signs: Custom Neon Wedding Sign ($120); Better Together Neon Light ($180); Till Death Neon Sign ($150); Crazy in Love Warm White Neon Sign ($169.80); All You Need Is Love Neon Sign ($168)

 

Now that you’ve got your wedding signs figured out, it’s time to plan your reception decor! Check out our favorite 50+ budget-friendly reception decor items for your wedding!

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French Bohemian Wedding at Les Domaines de Patras

September 23, 2020 | riley

Every wild and free-spirited fiance needs to see Sanddy and Simon’s boho wedding at Les Domaines de Patras! Their French wedding–put together by Daylove Events–has everything from dramatic floral arrangements put together by Menthe Sauvage to vintage rugs and colored smoke bombs. We’re obsessed with Sanddy’s custom-made Elise Martimort gown that she paired with another customized piece—an incredible leather jacket for the end of the night.  

See Free People meets the French countryside below with the gorgeous photos that Les Bandits captured. 

The Couple:

Sanddy and Simon

The Wedding:

Les Domaines de Patras, Solerieux, France

A Custom-Made Wedding Dress

I wanted to feel like myself, so I chose a simple dress without lace or embroidery. The dress was very airy, and it suited my style (plunging neckline, slit up the leg, wide openings under the arms). My inspiration was the dress worn by Edita Vilkeviciute during her wedding in Italy. So I decided to have a custom dress made. After giving her an idea of what I wanted, Élise Martimort–the designer–gave me a sketch in 3 minutes during our first meeting. I knew it was my dress. It was completely unique! I wore it until the end of the night. I didn’t want to change my outfit! You only wear your wedding dress once, so I wanted to make the most of it.

Bohemian Wedding Day Vibes

For the decorations and style of our wedding, Simon gave me carte blanche. He trusted me completely and knew how much I wanted to plan it. I wanted a kinfolk/boho style for the decor–with fresh and dried flowers, lots of plants, and wood. Refined and modern style was the focus.

Why Les Domaines de Patras

We live in Paris, and we were looking for a venue in the south of France. Thanks to our wedding planner–Daylove Event–we found the perfect place, Les Domaines de Patras. From the first time we saw it, we knew. The place is magic! The owners, Kety and Eric–so adorable–make the place feel so warm. The barn–our reception location–matched the style of our wedding perfectly. It didn’t require much decoration. It was perfect for dining and partying. We wanted the majority of our guests to stay at the wedding venue, which was possible thanks to Les Domaines de Patras’ guest rooms.

The Wedding Favors

We had a hangover kit prepared for each guest. For a three-day long wedding, this kit was handy. On the dinner table, women received a small vial of olive oil, and men got a small jar of honey. For my wedding party and our mothers, we had a glass bell made with various dried flowers inside.

 

The Wedding Team:

Photography & Videography – Les Bandits
Event Planning – Daylove Event
Venue – Les Domaines de Patras
Floral Design – Menthe Sauvage
Catering & Cake – Entre Amis Traiteur
Live Music – The Beau Ties, Jane Acoustic Duo
Invitation Design – Cotton Bird
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Billy and Clyde
Wedding Dress – Elise Martimort
Groom’s Apparel – Faubourg Saint Supplice
Rings – Mauboussin
Rentals – Velvet Rendez-Vous

 

Congratulations to Sanddy and Simon on their boho wedding at Les Domaines de Patras! And thank you to Les Bandits for sharing their special day with Junebug. To see more French boho wedding inspo, check out Ismaëlla and Aurélie’s Kinfolk-Inspired Wedding at Ferme Gerquesalle!

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This Unique Ace Hotel New Orleans Wedding Has the Most Epic Colorful Details

August 16, 2020 | riley

Shannon and Sean’s unique Ace Hotel New Orleans wedding is the definition of a party! With the help of Nice Day Events, the couple’s day was full of modern touches, neon lights, and a whole lot of groovy disco details including disco ball-shaped cups as wedding favors. Not to mention Shannon’s epic Prabal Gurung gown that was complete with ‘70s-inspired bell sleeves which she wore with green velvet studded Miu Miu platform heels. Hannah Pickle nailed capturing the playful yet sophisticated vibe of the day.

Nice Day Events’ Katy Moody on the Special Day

“Shannon and Sean’s loved ones joined them for a night of revelry to celebrate their marriage in New Orleans, their way. The bride wore an amazing Prabal Gurung gown, with dramatic full pleated sleeves, styled with green velvet platforms, a sparkly green manicure, and purple eyeshadow. Shannon and Sean’s vision for their wedding was always authentic to who they are; their playful yet sophisticated style, their love of Prince, and raucous sense of humor that prevailed throughout the night. 

After a second line parade through the streets of New Orleans, the couple surprised their guests with a choreographed dance routine to Britney Spear’s “Everytime” as their first dance. Shannon danced with her father next, choosing to honor their relationship by *getting down* to a New Orlean’s classic, Lil Wayne & Birdman’s “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”. Lush tropicals, Prince lyrics, a huge fabric chandelier + disco ball perfectly accompanied the evening’s clear mission of fun (and love).”

The Couple:

Shannon and Sean

The Wedding:

Ace Hotel New Orleans, Louisiana

Shop similar heels: ASOS Nutshell Platform Heels ($48); Imagine by Vince Camuto Mika Platform Heels ($194.95); Milanoo Suede Peep Toe Heels ($54.99)

The Prabal Gurung Dress

With our decor being loud, bright, and electric, I wanted a look that was sleek and clean but still had dramatic elements. I found the most awesome Prabal Gurung dress with overstated pleated sleeves, paired it with studded green velvet Miu Miu platform sandals, and a green foil manicure to match (by Paintbox in NYC). Since I planned on keeping my maiden name, I had a nameplate ring made of Sean’s last name, which he didn’t see until the day of. That is definitely my favorite accessory.

Wedding Day Vibes

First and foremost, it was important for us to have a really killer party. Secondly, our wedding was a destination and we wanted our guests to fully experience the unique culture of New Orleans and everything the city has to offer. So, we worked with Hily and Katie at Nice Day to incorporate southern charm with clean modern elements, pops of neon, awesome music, and decadence that can only be found in New Orleans.

Shop similar cups: Disco Ball Tumbler ($11.16); 19 oz Pink Disco Ball Tumbler 4-Pack ($39.99); Personalized Rhinestone Disco Ball Cup ($13.50)

Most Memorable Part of the Day

The Second Line Parade. We paraded our guests down the streets of New Orleans with a brass band, while onlookers took photos, shouted congratulations, gave us high fives, and I even got a hug. And how often do you get to have your own parade?!

 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Hannah Pickle
Event Planning – Nice Day
Venue – Ace Hotel New Orleans
Floral Design – We Are Gathered
Officiant – Waning Moon Weddings
Live Music – Lagniappe Brass Brand
Invitation Design – Mama Sauce
Makeup Artist – Sarah Walsh
Hair Styling – Ali Vasques
Wedding Dress – Prabal Gurung
Bridal Accessories – Miu Miu
Groom’s Apparel – Ted Baker
Rings – Bliss Lau
Rentals – ELEMENT

 

Congrats again to Shannon and Sean on their unique Ace Hotel New Orleans wedding! We’re so glad that Hannah Pickle was there to capture the free-spirited disco-inspired festivities. Searching for more groovy wedding inspo? Check out Kelsey and Zach’s Factory Atlanta wedding complete with sequins and disco balls! 

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Black-Owned Wedding Brands to Shop for Your Day

June 23, 2020 | brooke


photo by Love Bears

When it comes to shopping for your wedding day, we know you have lots of options. We love to scour the internet and, of course, the ‘gram to find the best brands that are sure to become your favorites. If you’re looking for some amazing businesses to support when shopping for your day, look no further! From bridal fashion to beauty, swoon-worthy stationary, unique jewelry, and more, we’ve rounded up a selection of incredible black-owned wedding brands to shop for your day!

BRIDAL FASHION

Dreamers & Lovers

From the brand: Dreamers & Lovers is a brand where every dress made is an art form. A dress crafted from passion, crafted for that individual bride, and so the bride wearing it will feel the soul of the dress and realize like her story, her dress is extraordinary. She never designs common styles, but instead, her dresses evoke an emotion, spark a conversation and transport the bride to a place where she feels something, where she can be free to dream, free to look her best self. Each dress sold has some “extras” that Yanique and the team obsess over. Every dress is designed and handmade in our Torrance, California studio and showroom, and always made to the bride’s measurements.


Adela Two-Piece Lace Dress via Dreamers & Lovers

Amsale

From the brand: A reflection of Amsale Aberra’s founding philosophy of elegant simplicity, each design is delicately handcrafted with couture dressmaking techniques in Amsale’s New York City Atelier. With an understated glamour, and unwavering attention to detail, each and every Amsale design exudes modern femininity, and becomes a true reflection of the wearer’s distinct, and unique, personal style. Our philosophy today honors Amsale’s lifelong pursuit of enduring style that evokes feeling and connection—an indelible legacy that is felt in every design.


Ellen via Amsale

Pantora Bridal

From the brand: At Pantora Bridal we understand the complexities of looking for the perfect wedding dress. It’s tied to a once in a life time experience. Our mission is to not just provide amazing fashion forward bridal options but to pair it with a feel good experience. It is our sincere belief  that luxury does not need to be delivered with a pinky up but can also be packaged in a friendly and inviting way. Each bride gets to shine,  we are inclusive in our mission to deliver the service and understanding that has traditionally been lacking within the bridal industry.


Glory via Pantora Bridal

Rita Colson

From the brand: Rita Colson is a London based fashion designer in the heart of West London, specialising in Bridal Couture and Eveningwear. Her unique style uses vintage lace and silk to create contemporary and bespoke pieces with an ethical twist. All materials are sourced ethically and sustainably, creating pieces fit for a variety of occasions. Over the years, Rita has worked for a number of private clients and her freelance and consultancy work has seen her style and design bespoke pieces for a number of high profile clients. Through her work, she has developed a contemporary aesthetic that effortlessly reflects the elegance and style and grace of the fashion forward bride. Inspired by her love of art, music, dance and theatre her designs have a life of their own.


Abriella, Aimee, and Leia via Rita Colson

CUSHNIE

From the brand: Clean, sculptural, and feminine, the CUSHNIE Bridal Collection features an assortment of gowns, suiting, jumpsuits and separates designed to carry a woman through any aspect of her wedding.


photo via CUSHNIE

Felisiti Greis

From the brand: Felisiti Greis designs and creates exquisite bespoke garments and bridal wear with a luxury finish. We fuse creativity, style and modern aesthetics to give you an exquisite finish with a timeless look. We take on board your vision, along with your unique individuality and infuse it with our own design aesthetics to create a custom gown just for you. We design and create for discerning women and girls, who cherish individuality and prefer the luxurious exclusivity of a custom-made garment.


photo via Felisiti Greis

Curvaceous Couture

From the brand: Curvaceous Couture believes every woman deserves a joyful and fulfilling experience when shopping for her wedding dress, but the curvier bride too often faces disheartening challenges. Not Anymore! Located in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, just a short drive from BWI airport, Curvaceous Couture is the first designer bridal boutique to feature a complete collection of full-figured and one-of-a-kind wedding gowns from all over the world in sizes 16-32W. Our bridal stylists are committed to personalized service and attention to detail, giving our brides the very best experience. We treat everyone like family!


photo via Curvaceous Couture

Jean-Ralph Thurin

From the brand: A graduate of the prestigious Parsons School of Design, Jean-Ralph Thurin became enthralled by the fashion history of top Haute Couture Houses of Dior, Givenchy and Oscar De La Renta. Growing up, Jean-Ralph learned to sew by watching his grandmother. He was fascinated by her ability to make clothes with little more than fabric remnants and thread. In high school, although he was not yet formally trained, Jean-Ralph followed in his grandmother’s footsteps as he fulfilled the multiple requests from classmates to make their prom dresses and so began his career in fashion.


photo via Jean-Ralph Thurin

Naomi Deru Bridal

From the brand: Naomi Deru Bridal was created for the contemporary and fashion forward bride. I am dedicated to providing an exception customer experience and every single piece bearing the Naomi Deru label is handcrafted from scratch using high quality laces and silks in my design atelier in Rochester, Kent. Each wedding gown is impeccably tailored, showcasing a flattering fit, perfectly executed hand embroideries, shimmering embellishments, and beautiful details.

 

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Julie Harris Designs

From the brand: Julie Harris Designs helps brides-to-be express their personal style with classic, romantic and whimsical bridal veils & accessories. I want your guests to ooh and aah as you glide down the aisle. The veil creates the magic!


Pearl Wedding Veil via Julie Harris Designs​

Underthing

New brand coming soon!

MEN’S FASHION

Kabiru Abu

From the brand: We tailor exquisite bespoke suits that are perfect for every need and occasion. From weddings suits and tuxedos to everyday casual blazers, shirts and work suits, we strive to work with you to make all of your Kabiru Abu masterpieces tailored to fit every occasion.


photo via Kabiru Abu

Kingsley Leather

From the brand: What inspired me to take up leatherworking in particular was that I have always admired leather goods and how they gain character as they age, think old leather suitcases and satchels etc. However the cheap mass-produced imports never seemed to last as long as I expected – I was changing my wallet every 6 months for example! I decided that I could kill 2 birds with 1 stone: create the quality leather goods that I desired for myself and pursue a new non-computer based hobby.

After a couple of months of practicing, my work began to get noticed by friends and family and this led to my first set of ‘commissions’. After creating a leather satchel for my girlfriend, a wallet for my brother, and plenty of belts, I soon decided to begin accepting orders from the wider (and paying!) public. I now run Kingsley Leather full-time and have never looked back – follow me as my journey continues.


Personalized Leather Cufflinks via Kingsley Leather

JEWELRY

Valerie Madison

From the brand: Valerie is the sole designer who founded her company is 2014. As a Black Latina woman in the fine jewelry industry, she’s proud to be changing the scene. She earned her degree in Environmental Science & Resource Management from the University of Washington before discovering her love of jewelry design and has found ways of applying environmental responsibility on this new path.

Our vision is to create beautiful jewelry that quietly listens to modern trends but more importantly, feels classic and is well-made to become future heirlooms.


Dainty Diamond Weave Band via Valerie Madison

OMA The Label

From the brand: OMA the label is a brand focused on challenging homogenous industry standards, while creating quality and affordable pieces for the everyday woman.

The brand was created by Neumi Anekhe, a new york based fashion stylist that started the brand in 2018, because she saw a need for more brands representing people of color. She wanted to help diversify the markets, change the imagery and predominant representation that we see in fashion today.

OMA the label, creates pieces for the woman that is intentional about the choices she makes and wants to wear pieces that make her feel empowered and confident.


OBI HOOP via OMA The Label

Beads Byaree

From the brand: Beads Byaree is an innovative hand crafted jewelry line. All Beads Byaree pieces a created out of the whimsy of designer Areeayl Goodwin’s imagination. Areeayl enjoys creating pieces in real life that have only been in her dreams. Therefore, she’s literally making her dreams a reality. Areeayl encourages her supporters and the world to do the same.


MONSTA QUEEN Choker via Beads Byaree

STATIONERY + SIGNAGE

Amanda Reid Designs

From the brand: Amanda Reid Designs is a design studio offering calligraphy services for the modern bride, luxury brands, and businesses in Austin, Texas. ARD specializes in custom wedding/event signage and banners, and on-site calligraphy for businesses and brands. Amanda Reid Designs also hosts a variety of fun, interactive workshops to teach others the unique skill of lettering and modern calligraphy.


photo via Amanda Reid Designs

Chloe Ainsley Creative

From the brand: Chloe Ainsley Creative is a modern, design studio based in Kent. All artwork is designed and hand finished by me. The Studio was birthed out of my love of being experimental and desire to break out of the mould of working within the confines of a set of brand guidelines every now and again! My passion lies in abstract art and the narratives that can be created through the use of layers, colours, shapes, textures and patterns.


photo via Chloe Ainsley Creative 

Ivelisse Designs

From the brand: I am a calligrapher and artist locally based in Austin, TX but serving nationwide. I started calligraphy as a hobby and slowly became captivated by it. After 3 weeks of practicing every day, I decided to open a business. I created Ivelisse Designs as a way to allow myself to live more creatively. For many who know me, this art business came of no surprise.


Hexagon place cards via Ivelisse Designs

Lepenn Designs

From the brand: Lepenn Designs is an award winning, full service Invitation and stationery design studio that offers the creativity, knowledge and skills necessary to create the perfect invitation or design.  Based in Metro Detroit, Michigan we work with clients locally, throughout the United States and Internationally. We believe that catering your design to your individuality, vision and desires is key to a successful design experience and final product.  Our most important goal is to help you express your distinct style by providing you with our knowledge of the printing and paper industry and helpful planning advice for your stationery and design needs.


photo via Lepenn Designs

Mademoiselle D

From the brand: Mademoiselle D strives to brand, design, and conceptualize a detailed flow for your event. From inviting your beloved guests, welcoming them the day of and assigning them to their seats, giving them a customized menu, and much more, we will make your guests remember your event for years to come.


photo via Mademoiselle D

Robbin’s Nest Design Studio

From the brand: Robbin’s Nest Design Studio is a full-service stationery Atelier, specializing in the “All Things Paper.” Robbin Henley, founder and creative director is an Award-winning designer and innovator in both the Apparel & Graphic Design industries. “For us, it’s all about the detail & design elements. Whether choosing a traditional or contemporary invitation suite, this collection is sure to make a lasting first impression with your guests and set the tone for an unforgettable event.” says Henley.


photo via Robbin’s Nest Design Studio

Studio Oudizo

From the brand: We’re a boutique wedding stationery, modern calligraphy and design studio with bases in Cheltenham, UK and Dublin, Ireland, creating modern luxe paper goodness for clients all over the world. We work with couples to set the tone for their celebrations, and help creative businesses tell the world who they are with beautiful branding. Our focus is bespoke design, which means whatever we create will incorporate your personality and be completely unique to you. You’re an original, and your stationery will be too!  You won’t find any lace or diamante here, but you will find gorgeous design with a focus on typography, professionally printed on high quality materials (paper, acrylic, wood, metal…).


photo via Studio Oudizo

Morning Joy Co

From the brand: The inspiration and heartbeat of our shop comes from a place of sorrow turned into joy. After learning that we couldn’t have birth children, we had a deep desire to make something beautiful, together. And so we started Morning Joy Co.! And we’ve been making signs and home decor together ever since!


Custom Name Sign via Morning Joy Co

BEAUTY

Mented Cosmetics

From the brand: We created Mented Cosmetics because we believe every woman should be able to find herself in the world of beauty, no matter her skin tone. We know you’ll love being put first – because when it comes to beauty, no one deserves to be an afterthought. From our original nude lipsticks to eyeshadow palettes to blushes, each of our makeup products is perfectly pigMented to match your skin tones. We want all women, from light to tan to dark skin tones, to feel like they have makeup that actually works for their complexions, so we’ve created the shades to help accomplish that.


Gloss for Grown Ups Collection via Mented

KNC Beauty

From the brand: Kristen Noel Crawley was strolling through Don Quijote in Tokyo, when….BAM, love at first sight. A wall of lip masks caught her eye, and she became OBSESSED with the idea of perfect, kissable lips. When she discovered there were no natural lip masks on the market, the solution was obvious: she had to create her own. Two years and countless trials later, Kristen created the first all-natural, collagen-infused lip mask.


All-Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask via KNC Beauty

Beauty Bakerie

From the brand: A near-death experience taught me that nothing is more important in this life than the moments that are gone too fast. Having long-lasting, smudge-free makeup may seem like a simple novelty to one person, but to me, the 8-15 times I would have spent touching up my makeup today are now the 8-15 opportunities I have to be in the moment. There is no more conflict about kissing my loved one or protecting the 55 minutes of makeup I worked on. I don’t have to choose any longer between my looks and the precious moments that pass us by. I can have my cake and eat it too.


301 N Instabake Aqua Glass Foundation photo via Beauty Bakerie

The Lip Bar

From the brand: The Lip Bar is a vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand that exists to help change the way you think about beauty.  Every day people are being told how to be beautiful – so we’re here to remind you that you don’t have to change. You Are Enough!


Deep Lip Lover Bundle via The Lip Bar

Juvia’s Place

From the brand: Africa is not only the birthplace of humanity, it’s the birthplace of all beauty. Juvia’s Place was created to celebrate the rebels, rulers and queens of the African kingdoms of long ago, who emulated and honored beauty through their soulful and innovative techniques that the top beauty gurus still use today. Inspired by the queens before us, Juvia’s Place offers the richest, most vibrantly-pigmented essentials for the eyes, face and lips to take you from the office, to the Caribbean islands, and everywhere inbetween!


Shade Sticks via Juvia’s Place

Know more black-owned wedding brands? We’d love to hear from you! Read about our commitment to inclusive representation and showcasing Black love.


photo by Love Bears

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Effortlessly Beautiful Waterfall Elopement in Bali

June 9, 2020 | brooke

We can’t imagine anything more intimate and romantic than saying your vows with a Bali waterfall behind you. Anna and Igor’s effortlessly beautiful waterfall elopement in Bali has captivated our hearts! We’re absolutely blown away by the beauty of their ceremony backdrop both the florals WedBali created for a perfect circle arch to the natural beauty of the water flowing behind them. This couple’s style also fit the day so perfectly with Anna looking stunning in a boho Rara Avis gown with hints of color and Igor’s all-white casual groom style. If you’ve ever dreamed of an adventure elopement somewhere picturesque, these photos by Borodenok Olga & Vladimir will drive you wild!

The Couple:

Anna & Igor

The Wedding:

Tibumana Waterfall, Bali, Indonesia

We couldn’t have imagined it better. Ceremony at the waterfall around the jungle birds singing water noise, an insanely beautiful arch of fresh flowers in the background, the whole atmosphere, the color in which we plunged, it is simply impossible to express in words. It was a magical day for us.

The most important thing about wedding planning for us was to choose the right wedding agency. Now we understand this more than ever, because the subsequent choice of the location of the ceremony, the photographer and videographer took place with their direct participation. Thanks to the advice and professional opinion of WedBali, we were able to choose the best photographers and videographer for our wedding. Despite the distance of 10000 kilometers, completely trusting WedBali, on the day of the wedding ceremony, everything was organized to the smallest detail.

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Working with the organizer Alice was a pleasure, despite the time difference, she was always in touch, helped, advised, and always told us, “Trust our agency, we will make a celebration for you that you will remember for a lifetime, we were required to relax and enjoy the process.” And we fully trusted the organizer and the team of real professionals. We did not regret for a second that we applied to this agency, on the day of the ceremony we only enjoyed the fairy tale created for us. We had two photographers Vladimir and Olga, we are delighted with them, great guys and super professionals, it was a pleasure to work with them. And we can not fail to mention our videographer Alexander, only his work hooked us more than all of the proposed videographers in Bali. He has a certain style in his work. We were hooked. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Borodenok Olga & Vladimir
Event Planning & Floral Design – WedBali
Ceremony Venue – Tibumana Waterfall
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Valeriya Kudryashova
Wedding Dress – Rara Avis
Rings – DimKaGifts

 

Congratulations, Anna and Igor, and many thanks to WedBali for sharing their elopement with us!

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Everything You Need for a Cozy Facetime Photo Shoot

April 28, 2020 | nicole

photo by Brooke Taelor Photography

Ready to shake up your quarantine with something fun? Today we’re sharing all the tips and tricks you need for a successful Facetime photo shoot. What’s that? Facetime sessions are the latest trend in quarantine photography that allow you to safely commemorate this unique time in your relationship. In light of wanting to avoid front porch sessions, which can ultimately be dangerous, many wedding photographers are offering 30-minute photo shoots using Facetime. Whether you’re married, engaged, co-isolating, or even just want some solo photos (hello, boudoir shoot!), Facetime photos are a great way to capture your experience at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How does a Facetime photo shoot work?

Rather than a screenshot, Facetime has a feature that allows you to snap an actual photo of what you see on your screen. Photographers are using this technology to help them document your memories without having to even leave their house! Responsible and creative? We’re all about it!

Once you’re on the call, your photographer will ask you to do a quick tour of your home to get an idea of the space and lighting. From there, they will give you all the direction and posing guidance you need to take some seriously gorgeous and intimate photos — all through your phone! After your call, your photographer will edit the photos in their own style and deliver your gallery for you to share and cherish.

Facetime photos can be great for couples, families, or even just for you! We know this has been a difficult time, from cancelled plans to being apart from loved ones. Getting photos done not only gives you a way to look back on how you spent these uncertain days, but also gives you something to celebrate in the moment when it may feel like there’s not a lot to celebrate.

To help you feel prepared going into your virtual photo sesh, we’re walking you through everything you need to know about nailing your Facetime photo shoot at home!

P.S. Are you a photographer wanting to offer Facetime sessions but don’t know how to get started? This post is for you!

photo by By Mari Photography

1. Book your dream photographer

Is there a photographer you’ve always wanted to work with? With a Facetime session, you don’t have to worry about travel fees, so you can hire your favorite local photographer or your dream photographer who lives on the other side of the country — or the world! Need help choosing the right photographer fit? Check out our vendor directory of the best wedding photographers from around the world!

photo by Emily Kaar Photography

2. Ensure you’ve got great light

The key to great photos is great light. While your photographer would usually do the work of scouting out perfect light for your photos, you know your home best! Pay attention to the light in your home at different times throughout the day to see how the light changes in different rooms you want to use for your shoot. Schedule your session around when the light is best in your house or apartment — not every home is well lit at the same time!

Need a little extra help in the lighting department? A ring light can brighten your space with clean, even light that you can control depending on where you want to shoot! You may not be able to move the sun to shine into your favorite corner, but a ring light on a stand will do the trick!

SHOP RING LIGHTS: Ring Light Kit:18″/48cm ($89.99); 8″ Selfie Ring Light with Tripod Stand & Cell Phone Holder ($54.99); 10″ Selfie Ring Light with 50″ Extendable Tripod Stand & Flexible Phone Holder ($69.99)

photo by AB Stills Photography

3. Practice positioning your phone

With your photographer not physically present, you’re going to need a way to position your phone for them to take your photos. This is not a selfie situation, y’all! If you’ve always wanted to have one of those cool tripods for your iPhone, now is the perfect time to get one. (Our favorite options are linked below!)

Next, think about what you can set your phone or tripod on in your home to achieve different angles. Practice putting your phone on a shelf, coffee table, etc. to see what photos look like from a variety of perspectives. Sometimes a stack of books or shoebox can help you get the shot!

Bonus tip: Have you ever noticed that the quality of your selfies is lower if you use your front-facing camera? The same is true for photos taken in Facetime, so we recommend practicing photos using your phone’s main camera on the back of your phone. This will help your photographer get the best possible photos with the technology available!

SHOP PHONE TRIPODS: Flexible Phone Tripod with Wireless Remote Shutter ($19.99); 51″ Extendable Tripod Stand with Bluetooth Remote for iPhone & Android Phone ($29.99); 12 Inch Flexible Cell Phone Tripod Stand Holder with Wireless Remote Shutter & Universal Phone Mount ($23.99); Portable and Adjustable Camera Stand Holder with Wireless Remote and Universal Clip ($17.95); 50-inch Extendable and Lightweight Aluminum Tripod Stand with Bluetooth Remote Shutter and Phone Clip ($26.99)

photo by Hey Tay Photography

4. Curate a cozy backdrop

You are, of course, the star of your photos! But that doesn’t mean you can’t show off your personal style through the backdrops of your photos! Spice up your space with texture and color using art, shelving, plants, and more. Hanging some string lights adds a touch of magic to not only your room but the photos too! We recommend choosing 1-3 backdrops in your home — like the nook where you eat breakfast together, your favorite reading corner, or your bedroom — and styling a vignette in each that highlights your personality using some of your favorite things.

Looking for a few finishing touches to style your backdrop? Here’s some home decor we’re loving right now!

The Little Avocado Macrame Wall Hanging via Etsy

36″ x 10″ Artificial Snake Plant in Standing Planter via Target

Magical Thinking Woven Wall Mirror via Urban Outfitters

Round Pintuck Pillow via Urban Outfitters

Explicit Design Pinky Swear Art Print via Urban Outfitters

Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant via West Elm

Crescent Moon Wall Shelf via Urban Outfitters

LED Curtain String Light Warm White via Target

Curious Prints Vintage Cactus Illustration Pull Down Chart via Etsy

Willow Woven Base Hanging Planter via Target

RECOMMENDED READING: 17 Relationship Tips for Coming Out of Quarantine Stronger Than Ever

photo by Summer Leigha Photography

5. Dress for the occasion

Alright, it’s time to change out of last night’s pajamas into your cutest pair of sweats! Just kidding…unless? We think a great way to capture this unique time in your life is by leaning into your stay-at-home wardrobe and putting together an outfit that’s ultra-cozy and cute. If your current rotation of leggings and oversized tees could use a little boost, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite loungewear for her and for him below!

Of course, you can also get all dressed up for the occasion and rock the outfits you planned for your pre-COVID engagement session or get dressed to the nines in your fanciest attire for a cheeky juxtaposition with your setting. What’s most important is that you feel like yourself!

Bonus tip: keep in mind that you’ll be snuggling up in poses you’re maybe not used to having photographed, so be sure to check your outfit in the mirror both sitting and standing so you know you’ll feel confident in whatever you choose to wear.

For Her:

Show Off Set via Free People

Nightbird Burnout Kimono via Free People

FP One Adella Bralette via Free People

Aerie Play Pocket High-Waisted Legging via Aerie

Estelle Slate Blue Ribbed Lettuce Edge Romper via Lulu’s

Cropped Baby Bamboo Tee via Free People

Cashmere-Blend Shorts via H&M

For Him:

Slim Fit Round-neck T-shirt via H&M

Regular Fit Sweatshorts via H&M

Patterned Resort Shirt via H&M

Slim Fit Joggers via H&M

Slim Fit Henley Shirt via H&M

Basic Joggers via H&M

RECOMMENDED READING: Bridal Loungewear for Comfy Wedding Planning at Home

photo by Chelsea Hafner Photography

6. Give yourself something to do with your hands

Last but not least, give yourselves something to do! Lifestyle sessions are best when they capture you in your true state. Plus, if you’re doing something in your photos, you’re more likely to appear natural and be less worried about what to do with your hands!

Here’s a list of “prop” ideas based around your normal home activities:

  • Sip coffee from your favorite mugs
  • Make cocktails in pretty glassware
  • Read from the books on your nightstand
  • Share a bowl of cereal or ice cream
  • Bake cookies in your kitchen
  • Play a card game or put together a puzzle
  • Snuggle up with a blanket (or your pet!)
  • Put on a record and dance in your living room

Feeling stumped? Here’s a few products we’re loving for in-home photo sessions!

Cold Hand Ceramics White Speckled Mug via Etsy

Areaware Little Puzzle Thing via Urban Outfitters

Aden Tufted Throw Blanket via Urban Outfitters

Travel Backgammon Game via Anthropologie

Enjoy 10 oz Retro Mug via Urban Outfitters

Sunnylife Lucite Tic-Tac-Toe Game via Anthropologie

Looking for a soundtrack for your Facetime photo shoot? Check out our wedding planning playlist for something chill and energizing and our roundup of cocktail hour playlists for any mood!

photo by Irina Konkova

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10 Wedding Planning Tasks You Can Tackle from Home

April 1, 2020 | brooke


photo by Maggie Grace Photography

It’s no secret that couples around the world have been spending much more time at home lately due to the COVID-19 crisis.  While we hope you and your partner are enjoying lots of quality time together, game nights, and Netflix binges, we know you probably can’t help but think about wedding planning tasks right now. It’s not a bad idea—since you can officially plan your wedding “at work” without getting caught by your boss—but you didn’t hear it from us!

If you’re unsure of where to start, here are ten wedding planning tasks you can tackle from home:

  • Get Organized
  • Practice Mindfulness and Connection
  • Create Your Wedding Registry
  • DIY Something for Your Day
  • Try a Make-Up or Hair Tutorial
  • Online Shop for Attire and Decor
  • Work on Your Vows or Ceremony Readings
  • Write Letters to Your Guests
  • Practice Your First Dance (or Just Dance!)
  • Make a Reception Playlist

Get Organized

Wedding planning is no easy feat! Most of you probably have felt like it’s a part-time job at some point, and we feel you. With the extra time at home, it might be the perfect time to take a step back and get everything organized! Create a spreadsheet of all your vendors and their contact information, determine what your goals are, make a checklist—whatever will help keep you on-track, now is the time to put those systems in place.

RECOMMENDED READING: The Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide – A Free Step-by-Step Roadmap


photo by Lorenzo Accardi; venue Les Domaines de Patras; design and floral by Fleurs de fée; rentals from Jolibazaar; see more of this real wedding here!

Practice Mindfulness and Connection

Extra time at home with your person means more time to connect with each other. Use this time to talk about your wedding, your relationship, your dreams and goals as a couple. Notice your love languages and how you’re bonding during this time. When you’re laying on the couch, how do you snuggle together? These are not only sweet little things to notice and appreciate during this time, but they’ll help when it comes time to take wedding portraits or engagement photos!

RECOMMENDED READING: 10 Ways to be More Present on Your Wedding Day


photo by Alejandra Loaiza; see more of this wedding inspiration shoot here!

Create Your Wedding Registry

We know you might not be able to go to a store right now (and even if you can, we don’t recommend it), so take that registry shopping online! Your guests will also appreciate the convenience of online ordering and shipping. Plus, this is a fun project for both partners to work on together while dreaming of all the fun things to furnish their home, deck out their kitchen, and more!

Junebug’s wedding registry resources:


photo by Nicole Ashley Photography

DIY Something for Your Day

Even if you don’t feel like the most “crafty” bride, there’s always something you can DIY to add a little personal touch to your wedding decor! From signage to photo backdrops to tie-dye napkins, we know you and your person can get creative with do-it-yourself projects. There are even some online class sites, like Brit + Co that are offering select classes for free during the COVID-19 quarantine. Plus, we have tons of inspiration from our rockstar real brides!

Get inspired by these Junebug DIY real weddings:


photo by Catalina Jean Photography; see more of this real wedding here!

Try a Make-Up or Hair Tutorial

While you might not be planning on doing your hair and make-up on the big day, learning these skill can never hurt! Plus, it can be a ton of fun. There are many wedding hair and make-up artists offering virtual lessons, as well as Instagram stories and YouTube videos! Even if you don’t execute on the big day, it could be your rehearsal dinner or engagement photo look!

Get your hair and make-up inspiration here:


photo by Meg Brooke Photography, makeup by The Goddess Glow, wedding dress by One Day Bridal via En Blanc

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Online Shop For Attire and Decor

We love a good online shopping spree. And if you’re planning a wedding, you have lots to shop for! The Junebug team members are experts at finding the absolute best products—from wedding shoes to reception table decor—that you can shop for right from the comfort of home. Bonus: Send these links to your wedding party so they can join the hunt for decor, accessories, and dresses!

Junebug’s best online shopping resources: 


photo by Karra Leigh Photo; see more of this wedding inspiration shoot here!

Work on Your Vows or Ceremony Readings

If you’re feeling up for a more emotional activity, working on your vows or ceremony readings might be the perfect way to spend a few hours of your time. This is usually one of tasks couples wait until the last minute to plan, so you’ll be ahead of the game and can feel confident knowing you put a lot of thought into these important aspects of your wedding!

Junebug’s best ceremony resources:


photo by Jordan Voth

Write Letters to Your Guests

If you already have all your “essential” wedding planning done, now’s the time to add some extra elements! We love when couples write letters to their guests to include in welcome bags or on their dinner place settings.

Looking for the best stationary? Try looking on sites where you might also purchase wedding invitations.


photo by Imaj Gallery; stationary by Veronica Halim; see more of this real wedding here!

Practice Your First Dance (or Just Dance!) to Your First Dance Song

You and your partner may already be practicing all the latest Tik Tok dances—and if you’re not, we highly recommend it. Now is also the perfect time to practice your first dance together! Turn on that song and dance in your kitchen. Not only will it help you prepare for the big day, but it’s a super sweet little activity to do together. You’ll be surprised at how sentimental it might feel.


photo by Nikk Nguyen Photo; see more of this real wedding here!

Make a Reception Playlist full of Wedding Music

If you’re already dancing in the kitchen, why not just make it a full on party and find the songs that will get your guests on the dance floor? Start a playlist on Apple Music or Spotify with your favorite songs to dance to. Your DJ will likely also ask you for a list of songs you don’t want to play at the wedding, so it’s helpful to add those to a list, as well!

We hope these wedding planning tasks have sparked joy, excitement, and give you a little something to work on while you’re at home over these next few weeks (and beyond). Sending all of our love to you and yours!


photo by Maggie Grace Photography

 

 

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10 Things To Do Right After You Get Engaged

January 20, 2020 | riley

Image by Cedar & Pines

If you’re reading this it means that you’ve recently said “yes” to the person of your dreams. First things first–congratulations! While you may still be floating on cloud nine, we know that you’ve got work to do and we’re here to help make the most of your engagement. Below, you’ll find ten things to do right after saying “yes”—from spreading the news to finding your wedding vendors. Do these ten steps and you’ll be set up for wedding planning success.

1. Take The Time To Soak It All In

In a world full of social media, it’s very easy to get caught up in sharing your news with the world. Trust us, we know how tempting it may be to live stream your engagement. It’s hard not to want to scream it from the rooftops. Before you jump the gun, take the time to soak it in, just the two of you. You’re going to want to remember this love-drunk high. Pop a bottle of champagne or enjoy a celebratory dinner and dessert–do whatever makes you happy and revel in your love.

2. Tell Your Closest Friends And Family About Your Engagement

Unless you’re planning on keeping your engagement under wraps for a while, call your family and friends to let them know about the exciting news! They will be so happy you took the time to let them know before updating your social media. It can be helpful to make a list together of everyone who needs to know before the Internet does to avoid any hurt feelings.

3. Start Dreaming About Your Wedding

Image by Jen Menard

Before you start crossing things off of your wedding planning checklist, you’ve got some daydreaming to do. Maybe you’ve been planning your wedding your entire life, or maybe it has never crossed your mind. No matter which boat you are in, we recommend starting by creating a wedding mood board to help you nail down your style. You’ll get a better understanding of what color palettes you’re loving, what floral arrangements pique your interest, what decor you lean towards, etc.

Don’t stress if you’re not sure what your wedding style should be. Hiring a great wedding planner can help you have the wedding of your dreams, even if you’re not sure what that looks like yet. These important questions to ask before you start wedding planning will be a big help too.

4. Set Your Wedding Budget

Image by Heather K Purdy

Setting a budget may not sound like a lot of fun, but it’s an important step to cross off your list early in the wedding planning process. We know how overwhelming it can feel. That’s why we’ve created a budget tool that will get your finances in order for your special day.

While working on your budget, remember that there are most likely going to be unexpected wedding expenses that might take you by surprise. Plan for them early and you won’t have to worry about sacrificing your dream wedding reception or live music to make room in your budget for them.

Still unsure of how to tailor a budget that’s right for you? Check out our wedding budget guide for you and your partner. And if you’re curious about planning a destination wedding, here’s a budget breakdown of how much it costs to have a destination wedding.

5. Take Engagement Photos

Now the fun part begins–it’s engagement photo time. Take your engagement photos as early as possible so you can include a photo or two on your save the date cards. Hiring a professional photographer will help capture this special chapter of your lives–it’s over before you know it!

Hate the idea of being in front of the camera? We get it. These easy tips for nailing your engagement photos will help you feel more comfortable and ready to strike a pose. Bonus: our first tip is to wear an outfit that makes you feel confident.

6. Create A Guest List

After you set a wedding budget, it’s time to sit down and create your guest list. You will want this guest list prior to meeting with venues and caterers, as it will determine what you’ll be able to afford and what type of venue will work best for your guest count.

If once you’ve created your initial guest list, you need to trim it down, we’ve got you covered. Check out our handy tips for trimming your guest list—and see what the benefits to hosting a smaller wedding are. No matter what, never feel guilty about your guest list. It’s your special day and you want to surround yourself with the ones who matter most.

Once the list has been finalized, use our wedding guest list tool to keep track of everyone’s email address, home address, phone number, dietary restrictions, and more.

7. Choose A Venue And Set A Date

Now that you know your guest count and budget, start the venue search! Start by considering questions like whether or not you want a local or destination wedding. Do you want to be indoors or outdoors? Are you going to host your ceremony and reception in the same space? These are things you’ll need to consider yourselves before you begin searching.

Once you start touring venues, it’s very important that you ask the venues questions to ensure that you know what to expect at your wedding. A few questions that we think you can’t forget are:

  • Is the date of choice available? If not, are there surrounding dates available?
  • What’s the cancellation fee?
  • How many weddings do they host in a day?
  • What are the rates for different days of the week? (ex. Thursday vs. Friday)
  • What is the deposit? What’s the structure for the payment schedule?
  • Do they require the use of their approved list of vendors? If not, are there limitations on the vendors you’ll bring in?
  • Are there noise restrictions?
  • Are there decor restrictions?
  • How many restrooms are there for the guests?
  • Is there a food and beverage minimum? What are the consequences if it’s not met?
  • Can you source beer, wine, and liquor elsewhere?

Want to see wedding venues in your area? We’ve got a list of wedding venues around the world. Lastly, don’t forget to take photos while you’re on venue tours.

8. Build Your Vendor Team

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It’s important to select a dream team of wedding vendors as early as possible since many of the best professionals are booked out a year or two in advance. If you’re considering using a wedding planner, ask them for their vendor recommendations. Wedding planners work with other vendors all over and know which vendors will line up with your vision.

That being said, keep an eye out for any red flags that might come up while searching for or interviewing vendors. These range from poor communication, no reviews, and—of course—your gut instinct. The last thing you want is to get burned by a poor experience because you booked someone that was cheap.

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9. Say Yes To The Dress

Even though you just got engaged, finding your dream dress early is a must. It can take anywhere from six to nine months to get your wedding dress–and that doesn’t include the time it took to find the dress or alterations! We know, we were shocked when we first learned too.

It’s best to get this step out of the way as soon as possible just in case there are any last-minute hiccups. Before making your way to a boutique, check out these things to do before your first bridal appointment to help you feel your best when you zip into the gowns. The most important thing to remember is that bridal appointments are meant to be fun, and your dream dress should make you feel like a thousand bucks.

If you’d rather skip the bridal boutiques and try on gowns in the comfort of your home, you’re in luck. Because these ready-to-ship wedding dresses are available now and they’re also drop-dead gorgeous. Don’t want to wear a dress at all? You’ll love one of these bridal jumpsuits and pantsuits, too.

10. Stay Organized

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There are tons of ways to stay organized during the wedding planning process. In addition to our handy wedding planning checklist, we’ve got thousands of tools and tips to keep you organized and sane as you plan the most important day of your life.

From wedding planning tasks that you can tackle at home to the best wedding planning books, to the best wedding hashtags to follow on Instagram, we’re here to make wedding planning as easy as possible for you. Just don’t forget to blast this wedding planning playlist that will keep you motivated, either! And remember, wedding planning is meant to be fun, not stressful. So break out the wine and order a pizza and get to planning–you’ve got this!

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