5 Things Planning our Wedding Taught me

Hello, beautiful! I hope your week is going fabulous thus far. Monday I was able to play model for the day for Next on Scene Magazine's spring issue. I can't wait to see how the images come out. I was able to work with a group of fabulous boss babes. Anyway let's get to the bridal, shall we?

There is no secret that planning a wedding is not easy. It is truly bananas how much time goes into one event that goes by within a blink of an eye. Looking back on the planning of Ricky & I's wedding, we learned 5 valuable lessons.

1. Who our real friends are- Throughout planning & even after our wedding we found out who are true friends are. This isn't always the easiest lesson to learn & it is just a fact of life that friends will come & go but it was definitely eye opening. We are both extremely understanding people & always give others the benefit of the doubt but, any kind of relationship works two ways. 

2. You can't please everyone- You know that phrase, "You can be the juiciest peach but, not everyone likes peaches". It's true! I don't like peaches. But, really R & I tried hard to please everyone but, it got to the point where we stopped worrying about everyone else & planned our wedding for us. Yes, you want your guests to enjoy themselves but, at the end of the day we paid for our own wedding so it was going to be our way.

3. How well we work together under pressure- While planning our wedding as the big day approached we decided it would be a great idea to buy a house as well. (Hello stress) During this time we really learned how well (or not so well) we would work together. In our case we made a really great team. We kept open minds & communication. This just solidified our relationship even more than it already was.

4. Time management- Like I said R & I were crazy people by planning a wedding & buying a house simultaneously. We had to prioritize. I put blogging on the back seat for a couple of months to focus on our personal lives. We also tried to accomplish more tasks earlier rather than later so when we were looking at homes we had more time to put towards that. I made countless to do lists & was constantly re-prioritizing. This was so unlike me (when it comes to my personal life). I consider myself a "hot mess" (an organized hot mess) & save everything till last minute. This time in my life I couldn't do that.

5. Budgeting- As I mentioned prior R & I paid for our wedding by choice. We didn't want to complicate things for our family & if anyone wanted to contribute, we wanted them to contribute how they were willing & able. Having a $25,000 plus wedding & buying a house you can imagine that we had to get our finances in check. We stopped going out as much, every once of our disposable income went to our wedding fund. This was super beneficial in the long run as we have carried over these habits & we are comfortably able to pay our mortgage.

Well fash dolls these are a few valuable life lessons R & I learned while planning our wedding. It isn't an easy task but remember to breathe. Put it in perspective, this is just one day. It maybe one of the most important days in your life but your lifetime with your significant other means so much more than this day. Enjoy it as it only happens once. If you ever have questions please feel free to contact me thru social media or by email (check out the contact page). Till next time babes.

Stay Sassy & God Bless!

This one is for the Guys-Groomsmen Gifts

Hi Fash Dolls! We spoke bridesmaids gifts last week but we can't forget about the men!There is nothing quite like a bromance. Your fiancé's groomsmen are as special to him as your bridesmaids are to you. These are his boys. At this point you are probably able to laugh with them too! Not only does your man have a bond with his friends but I am sure you have swapped embarrassing stories about your guy, they have almost become your friends too. So don't forget to get them a little something something as a thank you for being apart of your  special day.

For our groomsmen gifts we bought the guys their shirt, tie, & pocket square to go with their suits. We hope that they will be able to use these items again or at least the shirt & tie. Check out a suggested list of other groomsmen gift ideas!

  1. Cuff Links- This is a pretty traditional gift but a great idea!
  2. Cigars- What guy doesn't love a good cigar?!
  3. Personalized Beer Mug- This is nice because it will defiantly get use & remind them of your special day.
  4. Flask- These can be personalized, leather, steel, etc!
  5. BBQ Grilling Set-Guys love cigars but they also love grilling.
  6. Personalized Cap Catcher Bottle Opener-I have seen a lot of these while getting ideas for our guys, it is a nice concept.

Well I hope that this has given you some groomsmen gift inspo! Discuss them over with your future hubby, I am sure he will be on board. Like I said last week Etsy is a great resource for your wedding, including bridal party gifts.

Till next time fash dolls. Happy Planning!

Stay Sassy + God Bless!

Gigi xo

A Complete List of our Wedding Vendors

June 24th, 2016 was the best day of life thus far, I married my best friend. The day went off without a hitch. This couldn't have been accomplished with out our amazing vendors! If you are in MA here is a complete list of vendors we used which I highly recommend.

The center pieces & decorations were found at Michael's & Christmas Tree Shop. I also got a few things from Hobby Lobby. Each one of our vendors was fabulous. I had been in sales for 6 years and nothing drives me more insane than an over bearing sales person. Each vendor was easy going & a pleasure to work with, a lot of them even texted which was extremely convenient.

If you are a bride to be pay one of these vendors a visit or phone call, you won't regret it. Know someone getting married feel free to share this list!

Till next time dolls.

Stay sassy + God Bless!

Gigi xo

 

Bridesmaids Dress Shopping

You got the man, you have a wedding date, you have your wedding dress, but what about your girls? Don't get me wrong the day is all about you & your other half but keep in mind you asked your bridesmaids to be apart of your special day they should look & feel good too!
We got our bridesmaids dresses at David's bridal. I had one out of state bridesmaid but it made it easy to get all the same color because they had a large variety to chose from. You could also go to any bridal salon to find your girls dresses. No matter how big or small your bridal party is there is a few concepts you can dress them in.
The first & most traditional is to have all your girls wear the same dress & color. This creates a unified look which is a positive. But keep in mind it is hard to find something that looks good on all different body types.
The second option would be to pick one color & have the bridesmaids pick which dress they would like (with your approval). This is the way I went. I wanted the girls to get something they would wear again & was unique to them. But if you would like a more unified symmetric look go the more traditional route.
Lastly a trend I've noticed is picking  a color & ombre the dresses meaning each dress is a shade of that color from light to dark. This is defiantly a unique concept but super cool.
I remember I wanted to get everyone to go together which could be difficult to coordinate with your bridesmaid depending on their schedule. Also keep in mind that you are with a group of girls & that is a lot of estrogen. Everyone has different opinions. Stay true to your vision but try to have some consideration for your friends & family.
Happy Planning! Till next time dolls!
Stay Sassy + God Bless.
xo Gigi

Real Wedding Ceremony Tunes

June 24th, 2016 was easily the best day of my life. I said "I do" & married my best friend. Over the past year & a half we put in a countless amount of time planning this special day. It went by in a flash. I thought I had my i's dotted & t's crossed when it dawned on me 2 weeks before the wedding I had no clue what I was going to be walking down the aisle to, oops.

In a panic I had begun to research ceremony songs. I emailed my DJ asking a million & 5 questions. I had an idea of what I wanted but 2 weeks away from the big day I had to figure it out! Generally you need 3 songs for a ceremony: one the bridal party & family walks down to, the bride's entrance, & the recessional for when the bride & groom accompanied by the bridal party & family exits the ceremony.

See below our song selection for our ceremony.

  1.  Bridal Party- Only in Time (Instrumental)-Enya
  2. Bride- Canon D-Pachelbel
  3. Recessional- Wedding March- Fleix Mendelssohn

These aren't the only options you have to chose from! If you are a bride-to-be use this for inspiration. We wanted something more classical for the ceremony but maybe you & your spouse are more modern or contemporary. This is a special time & your day should reflect your relationship. We had our DJ play at our ceremony maybe you want a string quartet. The beautiful thing about planning your wedding is that it is about what you want! Don't be afraid to ask questions either, your vendors are there to help you.

Well dolls till next time! Stay sassy & God bless.

Gigi xo

 

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

FullSizeRender Yes, I am the weirdo on the far left that had found the perfect dress for my fiancé and I's upcoming June 2016 wedding. I am accompanied by some of my lovely bridesmaids! Based on my wedding dress shopping experience here are my tips. Whether you have been dreaming of your ideal wedding since you were a little girl or are single I hope that you find these tips helpful for yourself or a friend.

Research!

When it comes to anything wedding related or making any major life purchase it is key to always do some research. I would first start by defining a budget. There is nothing worse than falling in love with something you can't afford. Next I would look to Pinterest for inspiration! Have an idea of what looks good on you and what style you are interested in. Look for particular designers you are fond of within your budget and the bridal shops that sell them.

Who Should you Bring?

Who and how many people you want to bring is entirely up to you! If you can handle a lot of different opinions open it up to your bridal party, sisters, mum, mother-in-law, and whoever else you want to bring. Maybe you would like a smaller entourage, your mum and sister(s) I feel like are always a must! It is what YOU are comfortable with, this should be a fun time.

Where Should I Go?

You remember that research you did? Use it! Set up appointments with bridal boutiques you found that carry the designers you are interested in. Maybe you want to go to "Say Yes to the Dress" NYC's salon Kleinfeld or maybe you want to stay local. It is your experience! I would suggest making at least 3 appointments with different salons. Avoid overwhelming yourself by only trying 8/10 max dresses for each appointment.

Keep an Open Mind!

Try to keep an open mind when you are shopping. I thought that I definitely needed buttons on my dress but, the gown I fell in love with didn't have buttons. Maybe you thought you had your heart set on a certain shape but, you might try another style that looks even better. You will know when you have found the dress.

Decide and Celebrate!

Say yes to the dress already! I literally found my dress at the first store that I had gone to. I went to another bridal salon after to try more and I still couldn't get my dress out of my head. Go with your gut and choose what makes you feel gorgeous! And of course don't forget to celebrate. Pop a bottle of bubbly and enjoy the fact you checked another big to do off of your list :)

I hope this helps! Till next time dolls. 

Stay Sassy + God Bless xo