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First Wedding Planning Steps to Take After You Get Engaged

Friday, April 30th, 2021

You’re engaged! Now what? Our account executive, Quincy, is sharing her tips on the first wedding planning steps you should take!

Step One: Budget

When beginning your wedding planning process it is important to sit down with your partner, your parents, or whoever else may be helping you financially and set a budget! Before you are able to book any vendors you need to have a good idea of how much you are willing to spend. It is also important to take time with your partner and discuss which vendors and details are on the top of your list. Maybe you both really want a good DJ for your reception, make that a priority in the budget and then you can workout other vendors around it!

Step Two: Photographer/Videographer

Your photographer and videographer are vendors that you want to nail down early. They tend to book up quickly so the sooner you can find the perfect fit for you the more likely it is that they will be available! Finding your photographer early also allows you plenty of time to schedule engagement pictures for those save the dates and gives you time to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want! 

Step 3: Guest List

Creating your guest list can be a little daunting at first but don’t be afraid to start big. You can begin with a large list that allows you to narrow down your numbers to the people you really want to share your special day with! Invite the people who make you two feel loved and supported! Don’t forget that your wedding is a day to celebrate you two as a couple! Whether you want a small intimate wedding or a huge celebration, do what feels right for the two of you. Make sure to reference your budget when you have your list narrowed down to ensure that you can afford to accommodate the amount of people you plan to invite!

Step 4: Venue

Once you have a guest number in mind you can go look for the perfect venue! There are so many options from rustic barns, to ballrooms, to a fun destination! Know your vision for your dream day and begin to find spaces that bring that vision to life. Once you find a venue, you can lock-in a date for your wedding and begin planning all the other details around it!

Step 5: Other Key Vendors

Having your date set allows you to begin searching for and hiring other vendors. At this point you may begin looking for a wedding planner, florists, caterers, and even start looking for that perfect dress! This is the time where you can start bringing all the details of your wedding vision to life and working with vendors to create your dream day! Don’t be afraid to ask questions and use the experience and creativity of your vendors, they do know a thing or two about weddings!

Step 6: Relax and Enjoy

Wedding planning can be very busy, but don’t let it take away from celebrating your engagement! Take time to step away from planning and just enjoy this season of engagement with your partner! Use this sweet time of being engaged to celebrate, relax, and dream about life after the wedding day! 

How to Incorporate Pets Into Your Wedding

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Want to incorporate pets into your wedding?  Include your furry friend in your big day with these tips from our community manager and associate editor, Lauren!

There are so many fun ways to have your furry friend be a very special part of your wedding day! They can walk down the aisle as a “flower girl” or even come down the aisle with the bridesmaids and groomsmen! If you are wanting them a little less involved, they can always come sit by the parents… just know that they are as excited as you to have as little or as big of a part of your big day!

Another super unique way to incorporate your pets is to feature them in the details of the wedding! Putting your pet’s picture on the save the date or the invitation is such an adorable way to incorporate them into the smaller details of the wedding! If you’re worried about your pet getting in the way of your guests we have a solution for you! Getting a day-of pet attendant will keep you stress-free while your pet still gets to be a part of the day… what could be better than that?!

Your furry friend will also need to be dressed for the occasion! Tuxedos, flower crowns, flower collars, and dresses are all super cute ways to make sure your pet is dressed to the nines for the big day! Letting your pet’s personality show through their outfit will allow them and you to shine and feel your best at the wedding!

Get a Taste of Vintage Romance in this Shoot at Hudson Springs Events

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Full of vintage romance wedding inspiration perfectly suited to any season, this styled shoot planned by Harper Mae Events in and around the gorgeous property at Hudson Springs Events brings together a bright, cheery palette with organic touches – adding tons of natural nuptial flair. Whimsical and wild-edged centerpieces and installations by The Flower Shop Pryor had this affair decked out in florals from start to finish, characterized by big, bold blooms, springtime favorites like tulips, yellow billy balls, and plentiful greenery. A bride ready for the red carpet was styled by Tease to Please Hair and Makeup with a romantic, braided half-up style as well as natural bridal glam and a fun pop of scarlet lip! Her trumpet gown from The Bridal Boutique features a darling allover lace overlay as well as dainty strap details, making it an effortlessly elegant option for the day. But wait, there’s more. Think craft cocktails, custom calligraphy, and cake – oh my! A mustard yellow vintage rental catches our eye out of the many Borrowed & Bleu Co. décor pieces that adorn these wedding scenes and this couple sips their signature cocktails in style. Exquisite stationery by Eros Studios utilizes striking gold details in both place cards and menus, inviting your guests to try yummy dishes in the most tasteful way. And last but not least, a charming cake created and designed by Sweet Devotion Cakery shows of faux-embossed details as well as gorgeous fresh florals to mirror the others throughout this vintage romance wedding inspiration. Read on for a brief note from the florist about the color palettes used throughout. Cheers!

Photo // Hanna Taylor Photography

From the florist, Callie Schmidt of The Flower Shop Pryor: “This colorful garden styled shoot was so bright and fun! I loved the pops of coral and orange mixed in with the white backdrops of the venue.”

Still on the hunt for more gorgeous inspo? Check out all our styled shoots and curated wedding inspiration here.

5 Ways to Help Keep Your Wedding Guests Safe

Friday, April 9th, 2021

With vaccines rolling out and mandates being lifted, life may seem like it’s on its way back to – dare we say – normal? However, if you’re hosting a wedding anytime soon, precautions are still very necessary to help keep your wedding guests safe. Just no sense in taking a chance! Read on for five smart ways to celebrate safely and make sure your guests enjoy themselves while keeping risk factors as low as possible.

5 Ways to Help Keep Your Wedding Guests Safe

Photos // Paper + More, Aaron Snow Photography

1. Make Use of Outdoor + Open-Air Spaces

Taking your celebrations outside helps to keep air flow at a maximum and allows you to take advantage of tons of extra space for distancing. A win-win! If you haven’t considered a tented reception, we totally recommend looking into this option. From frame tents to structured tents to the whimsical sailcloth options, wedding tents have expanded in style, selection and more over the last decade. Tents allow your guests to have a constant source of fresh air and to spread out, even in the event of less-than-ideal weather.

If a tent isn’t an option, consider outdoor venues with usable lawn space to allow guests to move around safely.

2. Maintain Socially Distanced Seating Throughout the Day

This is where a seating chart becomes extra important. To help keep your wedding guests safe, you’ll want to carefully consider seating arrangements and make sure social distance is maintained throughout the day, from ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner and beyond. Work with your venue and your planner to make sure tables of people who aren’t from the same household are far enough apart, consider a few different lounge areas with seating spaced a smart distance apart and consider a VIP seating section for certain parts of the day for those guests who may be more high-risk.

3. Don’t Skimp on Germ Protection

Take a stand against infection risk by making sure you have plenty of individual hand sanitizers, masks and mini wipe packets conveniently available for guests in as many places as possible. Anti-bacterial stations placed strategically throughout your venue are always smart, as are individual items placed at each guest’s seat. Take the opportunity to add a punch of pizazz to these items by having them made custom to match the branded elements of your wedding! Whether you have a monogram or a distinct color scheme for your wedding, small items like these are perfect places to carry your wedding theme even further.

4. Serve Meals Safely

Cocktail hour and mealtime are two parts of your day where you’ll want to be extra mindful of your guests’ safety. Your bartenders and caterers should still be taking all necessary precautions to serve food and drinks safely. We definitely recommend individual dining options for cocktail hour, like personal snack boxes, individually wrapped hors d’oeuvres or if you do go with a buffet option, making sure sneeze screens are in place and that minimal servers make contact with the food before it’s passed on to each guest. Single-serve is the name of the game!

5. Consider On-Site Testing

If you want to go the extra mile and do the absolute most to ensure the safety of your family in friends in attendance, consider on-site testing. You could have designated temperature takers wearing gloves and masks, using a quick-scan digital thermometer to monitor guests’ temperatures as they enter, or you can even go as far as to offer on-site rapid Covid tests for your guests! RightNow Laboratory is a testing company based in Texas that provides rapid Covid tests for couples and their wedding guests, with two different options for results available in as little as ten minutes with an antigen test, or a molecular test version with results available in 30 minutes.

Bonus: Invest in a Planner’s Expertise

Planning a wedding is overwhelming no matter when you’re getting married, but add in the stress of a lasting pandemic and you have quite a few extra issues you’ll need to think through. A professional wedding planner is trained and experienced to consider all possible situations and come up with solutions that make the most sense for you, your guests and your budget. We can’t emphasize enough the importance of a planner’s expertise!

See our full Covid wedding guide here!

April Showers: What to Wear to your Upcoming Bridal Events

Thursday, April 8th, 2021


We love this time of year and know from personal experience that it’s a popular time for wedding showers! We thought we’d share some gorgeous looks featuring a few of our favorite fashion trends that are perfect for a spring shower (or any upcoming bridal events) for both the bride-to-be and her guests! Happy Spring Showers!

April Showers: What to Wear to your Upcoming Bridal Events1. Audrina Eyelet Mini Dress | 2. Gala Ready Ruffle Midi Dress | 3. All Is Love White Midi Dress | 4. Unending Love Cream Midi Dress | 5. Folklore Midi Dress | 6. Love Swept Midi Skater Dress | 7. Wonderful Whims Midi Dress | 8. Bouquet for You Midi Dress | 9. Briarwood Midi Dress

1. Bessie Baby Doll Dress | 2. Violet Mini Dress | 3. Front Ruffle Midi Dress | 4. Bonnie Smocked Midi Dress | 5. Tied With Love Dress | 6. Strolls with You Maxi Dress | 7. Embroidered Mini Dress | 8. Fresh Season Green Foral Print Tiered Mini Dress | 9. Frolic with Me Mustard Floral Print Maxi Dress

Shop our faves for all your upcoming bridal events via our LikeToKnow.it, plus check out the rest of our shoppable posts for carefully curated bridal must-haves!

This Moody Spring Rooftop Inspo is Filled with Organic Textures

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Organic textures and the raw, industrial setting that is The Venue at PLENTY Mercantile combine with a few fun florals in bright shades that remind us warmer days and weddings galore are just around the corner. This styled shoot is all about juxtaposition, planned and florally designed by Forever Borrowed to create a weddingscape that says “moody, but make it springtime.” Vintage and modern elements meet in the form of stunning rentals in the dreamiest lounge setup ever, making the perfect place for you to prop your feet up during cocktail hour or pose for a picture since it’s all so impeccably styled! This circular altar installation and centerpieces of romantic, garden-style florals are perfectly paired with plentiful, lush greenery by Forever Borrowed as well, and we are obsessed with their idea of a make-your-own bouquet bar allowing your wedding guests to bring home the prettiest party favors. This bride models a breathtaking yet effortless look that features a sweeping train with a beautifully beaded netting illusion down the entirety of the V-neck sheath gown from The Bridal Boutique. Between her gown, her emerald ring on an art deco sunburst setting from Jay’s Jewelry, and her flattering gown, this bride stands out assuring all eyes are on her – even in the middle of an overgrown oasis with so many organic textures like this one. Take it all in for yourself in the gallery down below. Cheers!

Still on the hunt for more gorgeous inspo? Check out all our styled shoots and curated wedding inspiration here.

A Luxe Gold + White Destination Wedding Fit for Royalty

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Ashton and Chad’s gold and white destination wedding in Ridgedale, Missouri, looked as if it was planned for royalty! This couple brought some of the best Oklahoma vendors to their not-so-far-away destination wedding. One of the bride’s most notable vendors was Poppy’s Garden, and we can understand why. There is absolutely no shortage of stunning florals, from grand gold and white floral centerpieces to a flowery rose petal path down the aisle to the boujee bouquet. The bride and groom began their fairytale of a wedding with white and gold calligraphy invitations from Laurel & Marie. Complete with ridged edges and a gold-foiled stamp, who wouldn’t assume these come from a palace? The ceremony took place in a small and charming stone chapel. Ashton, the beautiful bride, was undoubtedly the center of attention, despite all the natural beauty from this picturesque location with elegant features from Oklahoma’s very own vendors. MLB Artistry gave her a glowing makeup look that made her look like a real-life princess. The wedding party added to all the timeless elegance between the bridesmaid’s black and white gowns and the men’s tuxedos. After a ceremony, the party moved into the ballroom, where blooming blooms added a soft touch to this rustic industrial reception. Thankfully, you don’t have to visualize all this majestic magic because Emily Nicole Photo got all the goods on camera… get ready to pin your favorite details from this charming affair! We wish happily ever after to Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler!

From Ashton on her dream wedding maker: “All of my vendors were amazing, but my florist, Meagan Ferren with Poppy’s Garden helped me the most. Since I did not have a planner, she was so kind to help guide me and make suggestions during my planning process. She also referred me to several venders including Laurel & Marie and Emily Nicole Photo, who I selected for the big day. They were both excellent choices!”

Sweet Springtime Shades at Sparrow Beginnings

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Carli and Nathan held the sweetest ceremony full of springtime shades at Sparrow Beginnings. At every turn, there was a gorgeous glimpse of greenery and fresh, vibrant florals. Pops of pink, mustard, sage green and mauve made for a stunning spring scene. Outside the rustic venue, gold and white balloons formed a fun Pinterest-worthy arch, making the perfect entry for their guests! Party Perfect Event Rental + Design provided dainty decor with whimsical, cheers-worthy Estelle-colored glasses for the reception. In the chandelier-lit ballroom, round dining tables held a floral arrangement with fern, pink roses and carnations. A modern white and black seating chart led guests to their seats, where gold plates and scripted table arrangements were all the rave — making the perfect spot to enjoy one of their three cake options! After the celebration, the party spent a rest-assured night at The Mayo Hotel. For more on Mr. and Mrs. Wood, check out the eye-candy of a gallery below, courtesy of Mary Keen Photography. Cheers!

Photo // Mary Keen Photography

From the bride on her favorite detail: “My grandfather passed away suddenly in January 2020. He had been so excited for our wedding, and I was devastated that he wouldn’t be there. When we had to postpone our wedding celebration, we unknowingly rescheduled it for August 2nd, which is his birthday. He would have loved that. It was so special to honor him in that way.”

Tying the knot? Check out these rustic weddings for more inspiration!

Bridesmaids & Body Positivity: How Picking their Gown Makes a Difference

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

As you begin to think about the attire your bridesmaids will be wearing beside you on your big day, have you considered how what they will be wearing will shape their body positivity? Giving your girls the creative freedom to pick their own gown does so much more than just help you (and them) not break the bank, it also gives them a chance to showcase their own preferred style, let their own personality shine through and embrace their individuality. It’s amazing how something as simple as a gown style, fabric color or dress length makes all the difference in the confidence of your bridesmaids – and the more confident they are, the better off they’ll be in celebrating you! Scroll to read how letting your bridesmaids pick their own gown makes a difference in their body positivity. Cheers!

Bridesmaids & Body Positivity: How Picking their Gown Makes a Difference

Photo // Kristen Edwards Photography

Different dresses to match different body types

Everyone has a different body type and shape that is better showcased in one gown style over the other! Acknowledging that each of your bridesmaids has a different body type is a good starting point for helping them determine what type of gown they should wear for your celebration – one bridesmaid might love a strapless gown, while the other may love one with sleeves. A floor-length gown may look great on one of your girls, while another might love a short or high-low style. Asking these questions right from the beginning shows you are genuinely interested in the well-being of your girls and the gown styles that suite their body shape for better or for worse!

Work with skin tones and hair colors

Just like each girl has a different body type, each of your bridesmaids also has different skin tones and hair colors that go better with different colored dresses! Something as simple as taking your color palette into consideration and asking each girl how comfortable they will be with wearing a shade of a certain color makes all the difference. Your fair-skinned bridesmaid might not like to wear tan, white, cream or light blush because it makes them feel washed out or blend too well with their skin. One of your girls with red hair might not want to wear a bright pink dress. It all depends on your girls and their level of comfort with the colors you’re wanting to pursue!

Use a Bridal Consultant

A bridal consultant will be game for playing mix-and-match with you and your #bridetribe to get the most cohesive (and flattering) look across your bridal party. Local bridal salons come equipped with a collection of designer bridesmaid dresses that typically have a natural capsule-style line, as bridesmaids dresses typically debut in color-coordinating collections by season, with multiple neckline, bodice and skirt styles in the same color or fabric type. A consultant will easily be able to reference these looks and give you side-by-side visuals via gowns in store or via swatches, saving you the hours and hours of endlessly scrolling through your favorite online clothing stores and sending Pins back and forth. Shop locally in our favorite bridal salons here!

Happy bridesmaids, happy bride!

A mix of eclectic, yet cohesive, bridesmaids dresses is trending now more than ever – we absolutely love when we see them in weddings! Letting your bridesmaids pick out their own dresses allows a group of women with different bodies, style preferences and budgets to choose a look they truly love – embracing their own individuality in a beautiful way! It’s honestly in your best interest that your bridesmaids look and feel their best – if your bridesmaids can tell that you have their best interest in mind, they are more likely to have your best interest in mind throughout your whole wedding process. It’s all about creating a positive environment not just for you but also your bridesmaids – and it all starts from the second you ask them to stand up there with you! Plus, giving your bridesmaids a little trust that they’ll find the gown that’s right for them while respecting your desired colors takes a little bit of stress off of you – a win-win!

Look good, feel good: confidence is key!

The confidence of your bridesmaids is what makes them, them! Letting your bridesmaids choose their own gown lets them showcase their own preferred style and lets their own personality shine through. While you’ll know the majority of the people you’re standing in front of on your big day, your bridesmaids may not. It takes a lot of confidence to stand by your side in front of a lot of people they don’t know, so the more confident they are, the better they’ll be able to celebrate you! Wearing clothes that make you feel good about yourself in all aspects is a must – would you have chosen your wedding dress if you weren’t confident in it? But, also, confidence is SO much more than just the gown, hair, makeup and shoes – it’s what truly makes your girls beautiful, so make sure that their confidence shines in the gowns they wear!

You’re ready to find the bridal party attire perfect for each of your individual bridesmaids! Head to our local attire vendors’ page for locations on finding the perfect attire for your big day. Cheers! And read our guide on How to Pick Your Bridesmaids while planning all things bridesmaids! Happy planning!

Classic Meets Romantic in this Pastel Garden Wedding

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Classic meets romantic in Lacey and Ryan’s pastel garden wedding! Despite the pandemic, the couple was still able to have the wedding of their dreams! Their ceremony was held at the oh-so-beautiful Gaillardia Country Club in the cutest garden area with their closest loved ones! Beautiful white and blush florals from Poppy Lane Design stand at the altar and line the aisle creating the dreamiest atmosphere! Lacey’s flowy lace detailed gown from J. J. Kelly Bridal Salon was absolutely stunning paired with her simple yet elegant hair and makeup! After the ceremony, the couple was escorted to the reception in the most adorable vintage baby blue car! At the reception, tables were decorated with lace tablecloths, soft florals, candles and subtle gold details and served as an elegant and intimate setting for the guests to enjoy their meal! Photographer Amanda Watson captured all the romance and joy on this couple’s special day! Cheers to Lacey and Ryan!

From the bride:“My favorite moment would have to be a tie between Ryan and my’s first look, and when I walked outside to go down the aisle and realized that everyone had gone above and beyond to make our day so beautiful and special!”

Mountainous Scenery Completes This Bohemian Destination Wedding

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

Mountainous scenery completes this bohemian Estes Park wedding. Nikki and Rachael began their wedding day with the sunrise. The couple went to Lily Lakes for their first look. Just as the sun was coming up, they exchanged their vows. After soaking up the moment, the couple went back to the cabin to get ready with their bridesmaids and prepare for the day. That evening, Nikki and Rachael made their way to Boulder, Colorado, for the ceremony. They exchanged rings from Kelley Jewelers while surrounded by family and friends. Although the mountains served as a picture perfect backdrop, Tony Foss Flowers created beautiful floral elements that added the a bohemian touch to the already gorgeous wedding. Keep reading for Rachael’s favorite part from their bohemian destination wedding day! Cheers to the happy couple!

From Rachael: “My favorite memory is watching Nikki walk down the aisle and seeing her face light up when she saw her family and friends there to support us.”

Do you love this wedding? Check out more bohemian wedding inspo!

This Exquisite Styled Shoot Shows off the Most Romantic Bridal Couture

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

This romantic wedding inspiration is like a bridal couture fashion show in the most elegant setting possible! Three models showcasing different wedding gowns from Bella Rose Bridal Tulsa pose around the venue property and among exquisitely styled wedding scenes. A high neckline, a deep neckline and a mesh-covered illusion neckline are all on display so you can admire each style side by side. Color block peach and terra cotta invitations by Laurel & Marie are modern and oh-so-inviting, while copper flatware and natural ceramic grace a gauzy, organic tablescape accented with candlesticks, opulent crystal details and bentwood rentals from Party Pro Rents that could be set in any time period. A white wedding cake in unbelievable abstract ruffled design by Sweet Devotion Cakery opens up to reveal embossed floral details in warm, orangey shades that look too intricate to eat. This styled shoot has no shortage of tasteful, floral-filled details. Keep scrolling to take in all the beautiful details and haute bridal couture in this gallery, and in the killer video highlight filmed by Transform Visuals. Cheers!

Photo // Becca Louise Photography

Video // Transform Visuals

Still on the hunt for more gorgeous inspo? Check out all our styled shoots and curated wedding inspiration here.