Saw this helpful list today on the 10 things nearly every bride forgets on her wedding day, and, much like the 12 mistakes we hope to help you avoid, wanted to share this with the same intentions: Make yourself a list! And then share that list with other people, that your bride brain the morning of your wedding is not the only brain responsible for making sure these things come along.
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It’s all a part of the fairy-tale wedding dream: Girl meets boy, boy proposes to girl, girl and boy get married on the perfect day, with the perfect wedding, and that night they have perfect, magical, life-altering husband-and-wife sex before riding off into the sunset and living happily ever after.
Except that’s not what really happens—well, at least not the sex part. Because the thing is, you’re tired. Really tired. And maybe his groomsmen handed him one too many shots, and you have a headache from your updo, and you’ve both been awake for 18 hours straight, talking and crying and dancing and laughing, and everyone you know, including your grandparents, is sleeping on your hotel floor, right next door.
Point is, before the two of you close the door behind you at the end of your Big Day, we wanted you to know: If this particular aspect of your fairy tale is less than, well, magical, you’re not alone. Here, some Philly brides spill their stories on this little myth—and how it actually tends to go (or not go) down.
With product recs from a local makeup artist!
I think it’s safe to say that every girl has got her little list of items that can always, always, always be found in her purse, no matter where she’s heading. That list might include blotting papers or lip gloss or a hair tie—and when you rummage around in your bag for one of them and come up empty, panic ensues. You do not want this to happen on your wedding day.
No, on your wedding day, you want to have put some actual time and thought into what supplies will be in your presence—not in your beautiful little vintage clutch, of course, but rather, in some handy tote stashed somewhere out of the way but where you can always get to it, and in the charge of one of your bridesmaids.
This topic happened to come up this week when a friend asked me what she should be bringing along by way of a bridal emergency kit like this for her sister’s wedding. To help her out, I dug up something I wrote several issues ago that put together a pretty comprehensive list, which I’m going to share with you, now, too. (Though I have, since the below was written, added band-aids and Advil, after the lovely experience of toppling out of the trolley and onto my knees when the bridal party I was in stopped at the Museum of Art for pictures before my friend’s wedding. Ouch. And blood.)
Here it is. Go forth and be prepared.
And other topics covered in a recent Q&A.
New York mag recently sat down with Vera Wang after she debuted her Spring 2014 Bridal Collection (eee!) to chat about a few things, including her advice for the “modern” bride, her recent affinity for non-white bridal gowns (remember her all-red spring 2013 collection), how you should consider your wedding’s location when choosing your wedding gown, and then, my two fave parts: how you should still look like yourself on your wedding day, and that she’s never heard of this “trash the dress” thing.
Looking like yourself is one of my broken-record things about a bride on her wedding day—I think it’s one of the reasons I like brides with their hair down so much. You shouldn’t look like some other person on your wedding day—you should look like you, just a little amped. Vera says “Don’t disguise yourself,” and I say holla that.
And while part of me is a little disappointed that she’s not familiar with the trash-the-dress trend—because I feel like she’d not be a fan and I would have enjoyed whatever little snippet she had to offer (I’m not such a fan, either)—I also kind of enjoy it, because it’s just kind of a dismissal of the whole thing.
Read the whole thing here.
We love a good Buzzfeed roundup, and today we came across a pictorial list of some of the most funny and unique ways dudes have popped the question to their girlfriends, with each picture more giggle- or aw-worthy than the next.
If we have to choose our faves, we’re going to have to go with the personalized Ben and Jerry’s ice cream pint and the surprise proposal on the log flume ride. We love that she was clueless as to what was going on behind her until the picture popped out.
Did you receive an unusual proposal, or have you seen any other awesome ones to add to this list? Share your stories in the comments!
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It had been heard that country super star Blake Shelton was probably going to perform at Kelly Clarkson’s wedding to fiance Brandon Blackstock (remember the giant canary sparkler?)—which the singer recently confirmed. But what’s extra fun is that Mr. Shelton is also going to actually officiate the wedding ceremony! Apparently, it’s his thing, having done it before—and having more than Kelly’s wedding on the docket.
Here’s a video of her chatting about it with Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell:
Are you planning to have a close friend officiate at your wedding?
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We here at PW see a lot of wedding photos, as you can imagine, and one thing we have definitely noticed over the past few years is a giant uptick in the amount of styled or staged photos that are in the mix. (Like this or this.) Whether they involve just the bride and groom or the whole wedding party, they almost always seem to be worth the effort in the end, and end up being total framers.
Well today, you can thank BHLDN, Antho’s sister wedding brand, for these four very adorable ideas for staged wedding-day photo ops. (Click the diagram (or here!) to make it bigger—and shop their ideas!)
For the record, a) one of my friends did the save-the-date garland thing last year, and it is so stinking cute—and b) I am putting in the request now that if anyone does the tandem bicycle thing, that you please send that shot on in. How fun!
Are you planning on doing any styled or staged photos on your wedding day to go along with the portraits and candids? What are you going to do?
Just keeping up with our theme, here, after last week’s infographic depicting what 100 recent brides said they wish they had done differently with their weddings!
Here, we’ve got a slideshow from Refinery 29 concerning dos and don’ts that 22 recently married couples (including their wedding pictures!) would like to offer other couples who are about to tie the knot, that they might not make the same mistakes they did, and that they might think of a few things they otherwise might not have as they head into their Big Days.
No one can advise you better, we think, than other couples who have just gone through it, so take a look at what they’ve got to say! You may find yourself muttering ooh, didn’t think of that more than a few times, and your wedding day might be better—or at least, run a little more smoothly—because of it.
What advice have your recently married friends and family passed along that you’re glad to have heard?
Watch the video!
Remember the engagement contest we told you about a few weeks ago from the GPTMC? The one that’d use their clever “With Love, Philadelphia XOXO” marketing campaign to help a Philly guy surprise his Philly soon-to-be bride-to-be with a proposal somewhere in the city? Well, it went down yesterday without a hitch on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and now Jeremy Kaplan and Emily Schrag are engaged!
Jeremy won the contest with his entry about how important a role the city had played in his and Emily’s relationship, from reconnecting (they knew each other in high school) during their studies at Philadelphia grad schools at a concert one night for the West Philadelphia Orchestra at the Penn Museum, to nights out at Frankford Hall and Phillies games.
So yesterday, with a Philadelphia Trolley Works trolley in the background bearing the customized message of “Dear Emily, My friend Jeremy has a pretty important question to ask you. P.S. Say yes! With Love, Philadelphia XOXO,” Jeremy got down on one knee—completely flooring Emily—and proposed with the prize’s Hearts on Fire Acclaim ring from Bernie Robbins. Their families jumped off the trolley, surprising Emily even more, everyone celebrated, and then the couple spent the night away from their Fairmount home at the Hotel Monaco in Old City. Check out the video below to watch it all go down. And congrats to the happy couple!
Well, we told you we had a lot of brides in our office these days!
Remember how we showed you the most darling invitations ever the other week? The ones that used a personalized illustration of the bride and groom to customize the design? Well, they were the invites of Bridget, our managing editor, and Tom, her now husband, who tied the knot this past Saturday at Terrain at Styer’s in Glen Mills.
The weather could not have been more perfect for their gorgeous winter theme—ice skates and mittens! Hot cocoa and S’mores!—and between the beautiful personal touches everywhere, the laid back, yummy, family-style meal, and dance floor that was packed for hours on end, it was a wonderful night, and we here at PW could not be more happy for them!
We wish them a most fabulous honeymoon—even if Bridget’s empty office is making us miss her. Congrats, guys!