Etiquette

Internet Roundup: Touchy Bridesmaid Topics, Budget-Friendly Bachelorette Party Planning, and More!

Hello hello belles, and welcome to the latest edition of what I’m loving around the Internet lately. All of today’s links feature bridesmaid-related topics. We’re talking bachelorette parties, prepping your gals for the big weekend, and more!

1. 10 Things All Brides Should Tell Their Bridesmaids Before the Wedding. You will have much less stress and confusion if everyone is on the same page!

10 Things All Brides Should Tell Their Bridesmaids Before the Wedding, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

via Brides

2. How to Plan the Ultimate Bachelorette Weekend. This is a great read for all the MOHs out there!

How to Plan the Ultimate Bachelorette Weekend, via Long Distance Loving - Wedding Belles Blog

via Long Distance Loving

3. How to Handle Those Touchy Bridesmaid Subjects. Here’s how to tactfully deal with everything from pregnancy to crazy hair cuts.

How to Handle Those Touchy Bridesmaid Subjects, via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

via Loverly

4. 7 Tips for Bachelorette Party Bashing on a Budget. This is great! Bachelorette parties have gotten to be quite spendy these days…and that’s okay if the attendees can all afford it. But if you’re a bunch of average Jills who may not have large savings accounts, these are some great tips to rein it in while still having a blast.

7 Tips for Bachelorette Party Bashing on a Budget, via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

via Loverly

What are y’all loving on the Internet lately?

xoxo Laura

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Internet Roundup: Etiquette Edition! Registry Sharing, Facebook No-No’s, and Crowdfunding Your Wedding

Who else loves all things etiquette? Am I the only person whose favorite section of the newspaper is the “Dear Abby” advice column? Am I a total grandma? Don’t care, love it anyway. Here are some of my favorite wedding etiquette articles that I’ve stumbled across on the Internet lately:

1. Facebook Status Updates No Bride Should Ever Make.

6 Facebook Status Updates No Bride Should Ever Make, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

via Brides

2. The Right and Wrong Ways to Share Your Wedding Registries.

The Right and Wrong Ways to Share Your Wedding Registry, via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

via Loverly

3. Why Crowdfunding Your Wedding is NOT Okay. So much yes.

Why Crowdfunding Your Wedding is NOT Okay, via The Knot - Wedding Belles Blog

via The Knot

Belles, feel free to share what you’re loving lately in the comments!

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: Wedding Dress Shopping Edition!

Today’s Internet roundup (aka the wedding-related articles I’m loving on the web lately) is all about saying yes to the dress! So many brides stress about wedding dress shopping, but I personally believe it has the opportunity to be the most fun part of wedding planning (it was for me!) if you do it right. Without further ado, here’s what I’m loving:

1. How to Brace Yourself For Wedding Dress Shopping – Okay, so I don’t think you necessarily need to brace yourself (you’re not walking into your boss’s office to get fired, people!), but these are great things to think about before you go so that you are mentally prepared and can strategically plan your shopping. This will make it much more enjoyable in the long run!

How to Brace Yourself for Wedding Dress Shopping via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

via Loverly

2. The Top 5 Things That Annoy Bridal Shop Consultants – Take note, ladies, because these are people you want to have on your side!

The Top 5 Things That Annoy Bridal Shop Consultants via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

via Brides

3. 9 Things NOT to Say at a Friend’s Wedding Dress Appointment – Yes. Yes. Yes. Have anyone who is accompanying you to your dress appointment read this first. So often, it’s the peanut gallery that ruins the dress shopping experience for the bride!

9 Things NOT to Say at a Friend's Wedding Dress Appointment via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

via Brides

Any other wedding (or tux, or jumpsuit, or whatever you’re planning to wear to your wedding) tips? Throw them out there in the comments section!

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: Bridesmaid Budget Guide, Money-Saving Wedding Tips, & the Perks of a Small Budget

Today’s Internet roundup is all about money, money, money…how to save it, how to budget it, how to make the most of what you’ve got when it comes to your wedding! Here are the articles I’ve been loving lately on the web:

1. The Ultimate Bridesmaid Budget Guide. Please read this if you think you might be a bridesmaid someday…really helpful info on who pays for what, average costs, etc. Being in a bridal party can be costly, and it helps to know ahead of time!

The Ultimate Bridesmaid Budget Guide via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

via Loverly

2. Lauren Conrad’s top 10 cost-saving tricks for brides on a budget. These are really good. I definitely did #3, #7, and #9 (the cushion is a must!).

Lauren Conrad's Top 10 Cost-Saving Tricks for Brides on a Budget - Wedding Belles Blog

via Lauren Conrad

3. Why it’s actually awesome to have a small wedding budget. Glass half full! There are some MAJOR perks to not throwing down thousands upon thousands of dollars on your wedding day.

Why It's Actually Awesome to Have a Small Wedding Budget via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

via Loverly

Belles, what are you loving on the Internet lately? Share with me!

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: Navigating Name Changes, Holidays, & Thank You Notes as Newlyweds

Today’s Internet roundup is all about what happens after the wedding. After all, a marriage is what the wedding is all about in the first place! Here’s what I’m loving lately:

1. The Newlywed’s Guide to Navigating the Holidays. Yup. This has been a challenge for me and Wes, simply because we love all of our family so much and wish we could be in 10 different places at once!

The Newlywed's Guide to Navigating the Holidays via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

via Loverly

2. Tips for Navigating the Holidays and In-Laws. Because this topic is important enough to read two different takes on it!

5 Tips for Holidays and In-Laws via mywedding - Wedding Belles Blog

via mywedding

3. Yours, Mine, Ours: Deciding Which Married Name Option Works for Your Relationship. Go ahead and talk about it NOW so you aren’t sitting around three months after your wedding still unsure about what the heck your name is…not pointing any fingers or anything…

Yours, Mine, Ours: Deciding Which Married Name Option Works for Your Relationship via mywedding - Wedding Belles Blog

via mywedding

4. 5 Wedding Thank You Note Tips. I’ve already shared my own thank you note tips, but I think these are worth a read, too! (Except don’t overthink tip #5…just go to TJ Maxx, buy some cute cards on sale, and call it a day).

5 Wedding Thank You Note Tips via mywedding - Wedding Belles Blog

via mywedding

Belles, what are you loving lately on the Internet? Share with me!

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: Little Mermaid Wedding, How to Nail Your MOH Speech, and More!

I’m loving so much on the interwebs lately! Without further ado:

1. How to Look Amazing in Your Wedding Photos: This is an oldie but goodie that I bookmarked awhile ago and came back to revisit this week.

2. Hipster Little Mermaid Wedding Inspiration: Love.

3. How to Give the Perfect Maid of Honor Speech: Great tips!

Belles, what are you loving on the Internet lately? Share with me!!

Internet Roundup: MOB Duties, Ways to Ruin a Wedding, and More!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done an Internet roundup, and I do have some fun/informative links to share. Without further ado, here’s what I’m loving on the Internet lately:

1. 5 Things Mothers of the Bride Can Take Off Their Daughter’s Plate – yes yes yes yes yes

5 Things Mothers of the Bride Can Take Off Their Daughter's Plate via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

via Brides

2. 3 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Dress – we’ve talked about #3 on the blog before, but the other two are new!

3. 10 Ways to Ruin a Wedding – mostly common sense, but apparently some people still do these things or we wouldn’t have to write an article about it…

4. Fun Group Activities to do Before Your Wedding Rehearsal – I LOVE the idea of #7. So unique!

Tell me belles…what have you been loving on the Internet lately? Found any inspiration or helpful tips? Share with me!

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: Groom Dances to One Direction, Tips on Being a Good Wedding Guest, and More!

Hello hello belles and beaus! Happy Saturday. I don’t know if it’s been the same for y’all, but my fall is turning out to be quite busy! Lots of good things, of course…friends visiting, college football, the upcoming state fair…but I do feel like the blog has taken a bit of a back seat lately. We have some fun posts planned for the near future, though, so be on the lookout!

Per usual, I have found several fun wedding-related things on the Interwebs lately that I must share. Without further ado, here’s what I’m loving:

1. This video of a groom surprising his bride with a choreographed dance to our favorite One Direction song.

2. This guide from Southern Living on how to be a perfectly Southern Wedding Guest. Yes yes.

How to Be the Perfect Southern Wedding Guest via Southern Living - Wedding Belles Blog

3. This list of things brides can do that normal people cannot. So true!

10 Things Brides Can Do That Normal People Cannot via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

 

Have y’all seen any good articles, videos, pictures, etc. lately? Share with me!

xoxo Laura

How to Write the Best Thank You Note

If you’re preparing to get married, chances are you’re going to be writing quite a few thank you notes in the near future. Today, we’re going to discuss how to write a sincere, gracious thank you that will leave both you and the recipient feeling warm and fuzzy inside!

For many people, the first step in writing an above-average thank you note is to reframe your thinking. If you are saying to yourself, “This is such a pain,” “Can’t I just text them?” or “This is a waste of my time because they’re just going to throw it in the trash anyway,” you’re approaching it all wrong. It is rare in this age of fast-paced technological frenzy that people actually take the time to genuinely express their gratitude to someone beyond a simple “thanks, Hannah!” And really, what makes you feel more loved: a hastily typed email in Times New Roman or a handwritten, thoughtful note on stationery handpicked by the writer that you can tuck in your drawer and pull out to read years later as memories come flooding back? I know I’m being a little melodramatic and romantic here (does this really surprise anyone?), but truly, thank you notes are an opportunity to connect with others on a more intimate and emotional level, not a chore.

Now that you’ve at least attempted to get in the right mindset, it’s time to begin writing! Date your note in the top right hand corner. Begin with “Dear ___,”.

I personally tend to cut straight to the point with my notes. My first line might be something like, “Thank you so much for the waffle maker.” Next, state why you love this particular item or what you might use it for. Be as specific and personal as possible. For example, “It reminds me of when I would spend the night at your house growing up and we would make delicious waffles the next morning. Wes and I can’t wait to try out the countdown timer feature!”

Feel free to be as lengthy as you’d like with the first section. Next comes the more general “thank you for being such a first-class friend/mother-in-law/random coworker of my father’s” section, which is really what will connect emotionally with the recipient. Thank the person for attending the shower/party/wedding (if applicable) and recall any poignant moments from the occasion. For example: “It was so nice to have you at shower—thank you for graciously greeting people as they arrived. ” Next, thank the person even more generally for what they mean to you. For example: “I am so glad that we have remained friends all these years and am appreciative of all of your support throughout the wedding planning process.”

Finally, point toward future good times that you are excited for. This is especially easy if you are writing a thank you for a shower or engagement party gift…simply tell them that you can’t wait to celebrate with them at the wedding! If it’s post-wedding, perhaps you can think of an upcoming occasion (i.e. 4th of July cookout, double date night, family Thanksgiving) that you’re looking forward to seeing them at, or you can do a more general “Let’s see each other again very soon!”

So, the outline for the note would be something like this:

  • Thank the person for the gift
  • Tell why you love the gift and what you’ll use it for
  • Thank them for coming to the occasion (if applicable)
  • Thank them for being such an awesome, supportive person in your life
  • Look to the future (if applicable)

Putting together the note fragments above, the full note would read:

 

Dear Roseanne,

Thank you so much for the waffle maker. It reminds me of when I would spend the night at your house growing up and we would make delicious waffles the next morning. Wes and I can’t wait to try out the countdown timer feature!

It was so nice to have you at the shower—thank you for graciously greeting people as they arrived. I am so glad that we have remained friends all these years and am appreciative of all of your support throughout the wedding planning process. I can’t wait to celebrate with you on the big day!

Love,

Laura

 

Don’t be afraid to be even more lengthy, and it’s also okay if it’s someone you don’t know all that well and the note needs to be a little shorter. Above all, be sure to write what you are truly feeling in your heart. Don’t be afraid to tell someone how much you love them or how thankful you are for them! And, don’t feel pushed to stick to a rigid outline…customize the above suggestions to what feels right to you. Your recipients might just get a little teary-eyed with how heartfelt and genuine your note is.

Feel free to comment below with other tips/tricks you have for writing thank you notes!

xoxo Laura

Internet Roundup: Barbie’s Wedding, the Most Awkward Engagement Photos Ever, and More!

Oh, y’all. This batch of links I’m loving lately is absolutely top notch. Without further ado:

1. Barbie and Ken’s wedding, complete with getting ready photos, a first look, and more.

Barbie and Ken's Wedding via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

 

2. 10 things you should NEVER say to a bride on her wedding day.

Things NOT to Say to a Bride, via Brides - Wedding Belles Blog

 

3. 25 incredibly awkward engagement photos. Butt nekkid fiances? Say no more…

Awkward Engagement Photos via Loverly - Wedding Belles Blog

 

Are y’all loving any links lately? Share with me!

xoxo Laura