Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wedding Planning with Style

For a new bride, planning a wedding can seem overwhelming, time demanding, and very stressful. Today I would like to share a few fun resources to lighten the bride-to-be's load.

Is someone close to you newly engaged? Be the best Girlfriend/Maid of Honor/Mom/Future Mother-In-Law ever, and give the bride an indulgent gift, or better yet - a wedding planning basket full of all of these goodies!

Here are some great finds to help get you or your friend excited for the months ahead:

First and foremost, a cute agenda book to mark all those important dates and details will get her organized  and ready for some serious planning. This insanely adorable Lilly Pulizter agenda book claims to be filled with "frisky fun" and stickers. Yes, please!

Secondly, some great wedding mags are a must. I recommend picking up a local Austin Wedding Guide. These magazines are loaded with information and feature the best wedding vendors in the business. The Knot Texas is another publication filled with glossy goodness.

Side note: Don't forget about all the amazing online resources out there. and are priceless during the planning process. Here at The Allan House, our staff visits the ultimate wedding blog Style Me Pretty on a daily basis for inspiration. This blog is dedicated to posting everything from extravagant to budget friendly weddings - all of which are phenomenal. They also have a very helpful section of qualified wedding vendors they have chosen for their Little Black Book.

My next obsession which will insure smooth and stress-free planning is these tasty libations. Say "I do" to sparkling wine in a can! These Mini Pink Sofia Cans by Francis Coppola are compact and great for those "let's celebrate" impromptu moments. Bring a few for DIY night with the girls. Sit back, sip, and relax.

Another guaranteed winner is a gift certificate for a delicious meal. Having brunch with a few girlfriends is a great stress reliever during the planning process. And because everyone important is already gathered, it makes the perfect opportunity to dress shop or venue hop afterwards! Moonshine Patio Bar and Grill located in Austin has a tasty brunch option and a Bloody Mary Bar where you can concoct your own!

Next up: Stationary. Stationary is a really fantastic gift during the wedding process. Thank you notes are a must for brides because of all the help and gifts they will be receiving. Vera Bradley has flowered girly prints that you can order online.

Don't forget about beauty products! Every bride wants glowing skin on her wedding day, so give her your favorite. I personally love the brand Fresh. Their Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask just so happened to win Best Splurge in Allure's "Best of Beauty" awards given this year.

Not sure if any of these items will do the trick? The most surefire way to relieve the stress of planning and create a dream wedding is to hire a fab wedding planner. Need a recommendation? I heart BZ Events!

Trust me - with a little indulgence and a great mindset, the planning months ahead will be better than you ever expected!

1 comment:

Mary said...

Couldn't agree more! All great a wedding planner, I always recommend to my clients to keep a "look" book full of magazine clippings and printouts of photos of other weddings they absolutely LOVE to help us craft the look/feel that they are going for.

The more info, the it'll help us materialize your vision in every little detail down to the hand spun cotton candy bar or the cake ball station of your dreams!

A wedding planner can HELP tremendously!

Mary Baird-Wilcock
Owner/Senior Event Planner - The Simplifiers: Event Planning + Personal Concierge

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