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10 Things NOT to Do After You Get Engaged

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 18, 2014

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Congratulations on your engagement! Time to let the wedding planning fun begin. While being newly engaged is definitely an exciting time, many couples admit it can be easy to get ahead of yourself during those first planning stages. But don’t worry — avoid these eleven mistakes and you will be good to go. Happy planning!

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Beth and Drew were married at Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas on October 25. “Hotel Ella is a beautiful, old Southern mansion,” Beth said. “I loved the vintage, romantic look and feel to the structure with their new modern touches. It was the perfect mix of old meets new!” The bride wore a lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with capped sleeves and an illusion back, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled headpiece, and a pair of platform peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short and long dresses in various hues and carried bouquets of roses, seeded eucalyptus, and succulents. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the front porch. “The moment when the double doors opened to the ceremony with my father by my side was my favorite,” she said. “. . . and Drew waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It was magical, and I will never forget it.” The reception took place inside the ballroom hung with crystal chandeliers and draped with fabric. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall mercury glass candelabra centerpieces, and chalkboard-inspired numbers. Dinner was traditional fare, including jalapeno corn bisque and butter lettuce salad. The three-tiered cake was cut and served following the father-daughter and mother-son dances. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Enjoy the planning process,” Beth said. “The actual wedding day definitely flies by so try to enjoy that time with your family, friends, and husband-to-be while you are all working together to create your dream event.” At the end of the night, they jetted off on their honeymoon to Big Sur, Calif.

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Photography: Camera Talk Photography | Venue/Caterer: Hotel Ella | Event Planner: Kat Kinney | Dress Designer: Lillian West of Blue Bridal Boutique | Jewelry: Megan Thorne of Eliza Page Jewelry | Hair and Makeup Artist: Mandy Granado | Officiant: Linda Johnson | Floral Designer: Arthouse Austin | Cake: Coco Paloma Desserts 

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We’re nearing the end of 2014 (I know, we can’t believe it either!) and taking a look back at the year in weddings. One of the best ways to sum up 2014 is to look at the images and ideas that our Instagram followers loved the most – it’s a good representation of what was popular this year. From pretty decor details to fabulous fashion, romantic wedding moments to oh-so-sweet proposal stories, take a look at the most-liked photos on WeddingWire’s Instagram in 2014. And if you’re not already following us on Instagram, it’s time to get on that!

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Meg and Brandon were married at Vinewood Plantation in Newnane, Ga. on November 16. “The stables and grounds at Vinewood Plantation had that perfect relaxed charm we were looking for,” Meg said. “I knew the day would be beautiful, even if I had no money left to spend on the decor!” The bride wore a strapless a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair in an updo, fingertip-length veil, sash, and a pair of flats, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with striped tie. “I wore my great aunt Margaret’s earrings for my ‘something blue,'” she said. “She was my mom’s favorite aunt, and I was named for her. My mom gave me the earrings years ago — they were special then, but it meant so much to include them in my wedding.” Bridesmaids wore short patterened dresses they picked out themselves and carried bouquets of roses, ranunculuses, anemones, scabiosa pods, and succulents. “Our guests were greeted with hot apple cider upon arrival,” Meg said. “My mom made 150 felt coffee koozies and 150 of her famous caramels for cider stirrers. The handmade touches from our family and friends made us feel so loved and supported.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Of course, tears were shed! “I will never forget the look on Brandon’s face when we first saw each other,” she said. “It was such an emotional moment, even with our small audience standing 50 feet away. Planning a wedding is such a long and laborious process, but in that moment it was so clear why we were here. I was so full of joy (and relief) that the day had finally come.” The ceremony took place underneath a giant oak tree with everyone sitting in mix ‘n’ matched chairs. Afterwards, the reception was held inside the barn. Tables were decorated with burlap runners, vintage plates and goblets, and votive candles. Dinner was a traditional Southern fare, BBQ! “I loved having individual cakes on each table,” Meg said. “They served two purposes: table numbers and desserts. They were rum cakes, made using grandma Guynelle’s famous recipe. I made the bunting toppers and my mom scoured flea markets and goodwill stores for a year buying up cake stands.” For late-night snacks, s’mores could be roasted over an open fire too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Plan every last detail,” she said. “We loved Google docs to track everything. Then, turn it over to someone you trust and let it go.”

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Photography: LibbyPhoto | Videography: Chris Walker | Venue: Vinewood Plantation | Dress Designer: Vera Wang from David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dorothy Perkins | Jewelry: Tacori | Hair and Makeup Artist: Jaime Marsau | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: Sarah Erickson | Ceremony Musician: Danny Smith | Invitations: Studio Four Three | Floral Designer: Southern Stems | Rentals: Southern Vintage | Caterer: Fox Bros BBQ | Cake: A Taste For Homemade | Favors: Janet Lange | DJ: Amp’d Entertainment 

15 Budget-Friendly Engagement Party Gifts

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 16, 2014

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So. You’re headed to your first engagement party of the season. Hmmm—what to get the couple that hasn’t actually registered that won’t empty your bank account? We have a few ideas! From wines that say it all right on the label to funny books to give a bride- or groom-to-be, you’ll definitely want to bookmark this list of 15 engagement gifts under $50.

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