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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WE HAVE MOVED!!

Hey Y'all!

Thanks for stopping by! I have moved everything over to a new site and I'd love to see you there!

Come and see the new Wordpress site: All Tulled Up. Listed there are all the old blog posts and the future home to many more, as well as new online wedding planning pricing and package information, free weekly email updates and more!

See you there!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Engagement Memories

"So here I am, waist-deep in wedding planning as I type this, and forcing myself to "come back to reality" with all the dreams I wrote down in my wedding notebook growing up. I flip through that square, pink book now and I chuckle a little. The girls I had planned on asking to be my bridesmaids have come and gone. The spectacular hotel I listed as the reception location is no longer. My lifelong vision of a new years eve wedding is not a desire of mine now. And every guy I thought-whether for 5 minutes or 5 years-would be the figure in the tux standing up at the altar kinda makes me concerned for my mental health. 

I look ahead to the following 365 days (plus a few more) with optimism, anticipation, and a smidge of anxiousness. I'm thrilled with the idea of trying on my dress and knowing it in an instant! My liver aches a little at the thought of all the drinks to be consumed at the bachelorette party with my bridal entourage. I couldn't be more ecstatic to begin receiving response cards from the 150 invitations we have yet to print, address, and send across the country. But more importantly, my eyes fill with tears at the idea of looking down the aisle of my childhood church and seeing my very best friend & soon-to-be husband at the other end."

While looking through my personal Facebook page this afternoon, I stumbled upon this note I wrote and shared on May 10, 2011. Reading through this now gives me the chills-stepping back into that moment and remembering the exact feelings, emotions and thoughts I experienced more than a year before my wedding day. I hadn't yet asked all of my bridesmaids, gone dress shopping or even finalized my color scheme. I had endless amounts of work to do, decisions to make and items to cross off my to-do list, but I wasn't thinking about that. I was thinking about the life I was planning with my husband and the impending celebration we would share with our friends and family. I wasn't scared, angry, stressed or even confused. I felt secure, empowered and excited.


engagement party cake
Our Engagement Party Cake
This isn't my typical style, content or focus. It's personal, deep and emotional, but I'm posting this because I want every bride to have that feeling I experienced almost two years ago now, and not just for one blissful evening, but for the duration of their engagement.

engagement pose

I've often wondered if my work is desirable to other brides and grooms, as any new business owner would, and after reading this and feeling that I have stepped back in time, I know that it is. I plan weddings for the women who have planned them since they can remember. Although the plans may have evolved with time, the little girl who will forever be a dreamer is still the same. And I want the experience of planning your wedding to be full of positive memories and exciting times, so that when you look back on it years from now, as I am, you'll feel that you enjoyed every minute of it. I love what I do and I am so very privileged to work with every.single.couple.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

5 Things I Would've Done Differently

If I could do it all over again...

Wedding Do-Over
  • I wouldn't have worried so much about numbers. My bridal party, for example, was uneven after a bridesmaid opted out. Instead of just letting it be that way, I asked my brother's girlfriend. Almost a year later, they've broken up and she will forever be in my wedding photos. All for the sake of keeping it even. 
  • I would've booked the best photographer available and adjusted my budget accordingly. (cautionary tale on wedding photography) I also would've compiled a list of shots I wanted from my photographer. I hate seeing adorable photos on Pinterest and wishing I had a similar one. 
  • I would've looked into hosting our ceremony and reception at the same location. It would've saved us the hassle of booking a limo, given us more time for pictures and allowed the guests time to relax instead of traveling in between.
  • I would've done a "first look" with my groom! Those shots are to die for and I love the idea of having that special moment alone, rather than in front of an audience.
first look bride and groom
Brooke G Images
bride and groom first look
Irish Eyes Photography
  • I would've hosted a morning-after brunch. Rather than leaving for our honeymoon first thing the next morning, I would've waited a few hours and spent some time with all of our out of town guests at a small breakfast. It would've allowed us to spend more quality time with family and not be rushing to the airport.
What types of things do you imagine you'll regret if you don't do them?
Or if you're already married, what are the things you'd do over if you could? Comment below and tell me your thoughts!

Also, please take a moment to complete this short survey I've compiled to better serve my future brides and grooms. All results are anonymous, so please be honest! Thank you in advance!

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Wedding Budget: Affordable Floral Options

When it comes to booking the florist for your wedding, it's very common for couples to experience some serious sticker shock. From corsages and boutonnieres to altar arrangements and reception centerpieces, the tally adds up quickly, leaving some brides to rethink their dream bouquet. Wedding budgets are serious business and keeping your purchases within them can be tricky. While there are many ways to save money on your wedding as well as wedding budget cuts you should avoid, finding cost-effective alternatives to your ideal flowers may not be as obvious.

But, wait! You don't have to cut arrangements or shrink their sizes. All you have to do is be a little creative, think outside the box and know your stuff before meeting with a professional.

save money on wedding flowers

While in your wedding floral dreams, you may picture thousands upon thousands of exotic flowers making their appearance in every inch of the day, it's likely that your budget just doesn't allow for it. And trust me when I tell you, that's okay! Two of my favorite cost-cutting options are quickly being recognized for their tiny price tag as well as their undiscovered elegance: carnations and baby's breath.

Baby's breath? YES! I know what you're thinking, but stay with me here and tell me these photos aren't gorgeous...baby's breath or not!

baby's breath decor
WeddingBee
baby's breath wedding centerpeice
Elevage Events
And for all my ladies hosting a rustic wedding, you honestly couldn't find a better floral option than baby's breath, as it meshes so perfectly with burlap and lace.

baby's breath wedding wreath
Snippet and Ink
baby's breath wedding decor
Sara Jane Blog
baby's breath wedding bouquet
Once Wedd
Okay, so maybe I haven't convinced you with the baby's breath option. I know we don't typically think of carnations as wedding flowers, but we really should! When bunched together and arranged in bulk, they have the look of expensive and over-the-top for a fraction of the cost!

carnation wedding bouquet
Martha Stewart Weddings
carnation wedding
carnation wedding cake
Gimme Some Sugar
carnation wedding centerpiece
Bella Wedding Flowers
When you go to meet with prospective florists (yes, that's plural. Always meet with 3 vendors in each category before choosing one!!), do a little research beforehand about the average costs of the flowers you most prefer, so you're not blown away by the quote they give you. Don't be afraid to ask them about look-alike options that may save your pennies. (ex: ranuculus in place of peonies) Make sure you have a number in your head before going in and let them know what the budget they have to work with will be. You can always compromise by using fillers and affordable flowers with the more expensive ones. 

What flowers do you plan to have in your bouquet or centerpieces? Or are you doing non-floral options? Tell me about your ideas below! And if you're looking for more original and affordable floral options for your wedding, email me with any questions and I'll do my best to help!

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Giveaway Winner & Bridesmaid Tips

Last week, we celebrated 100 likes on our Facebook page with a stylish giveaway. Since then, our likes have doubled and we've gained some more lovely readers. 
The winner of the $50 Kiki La'Rue gift card is Amanda Kiebler! Congratulations, Amanda!

Thank you all for entering! And if you are still dying for some KLR goodies, make sure you like them on Facebook, because they are always hosting their own giveaways. In fact, they will be giving away $250 in gift cards when they reach 10,000 likes, so share, share, share (the photo below) for your chance to grab some freebies. 

Kiki La'Rue giveaway

And now for today's post, I want to focus on something that doesn't get a lot of attention on the blog: the bridal party. No one wants to be the bothersome bridesmaid, so today I'm sharing with you tips on how to not only avoid that, but blow the bride away with your fabulous bridesmaid abilities!

Best Bridesmaid

Until you've experienced it once, the responsibilities you take on when you agree to be in a wedding may not be exactly clear...er followed. Being a bridesmaid isn't just about getting the bride drunk one night, gifting a few items from her registry and showing up in the dress she chose for you. And sometimes those extra responsibilities are either overlooked entirely or just unknown.

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From beginning to end, this is what the timeline of a bridesmaid will look like:
  • Get fitted for and order your dress. (Hint: Try not to be this girl...)
  • Coordinate shower plans with the other bridesmaids and maid of honor
  • Purchase gifts (either off the registry or something you're SURE she wants) for the shower, engagement and wedding
  • Purchase shoes and accessories for wedding day, with the bride's approval
  • Assist bride with wedding errands, projects and decisions when she asks
  • Attend rehearsal and dinner
  • Arrive on wedding-morning on time (or early) and stand by the bride as she marries the man of her dreams!
And if you really want to be super-bridesmaid, and trust me, you'll want to stay on the brides' good side, because her emotions will be crazy (and you can't blame her)! Here's some tips:
  • Don't offer your opinion unless asked. Remember this is not your day!
  • Don't complain to the bride about anything wedding-related. If you're having an issue with something minor, figure it out on your own or talk to someone else who can help.
  • Keep the bride's wishes in mind. Keep her likes and dislikes in mind when making shower and bachelorette party plans.
  • Work as a team with the other members of the bridal party. Do not argue, try to take over or dismiss thoughts and opinions of the other girls. 
  • Offer often to help with wedding plans
  • Be thoughtful. Friendships and relationships can change a lot during an engagement. The little things you do for her during this time will be remembered always!
  • Be patient with her! She's got a lot on her mind and a to-do list that seemingly never ends. Keep that in mind when she's slow to return your call or text.
  • And on the flip-side of that, keep her in check! Don't let her entire life be taken over by the wedding and remind her the world is still moving outside of wedding plans. She will thank you for it later, if not immediately!
  • Be a friend, a support-system and a sister. Stand proudly next to her as she says "I do" and celebrate excitedly with her all night and send her off to a wonderful honeymoon with her new hubby!
Would you add any other items to the list? Comment below and tell me what you think are the best and worst traits or actions of a bridesmaid.
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Friday, March 1, 2013

Chevron Wedding Inspiration

As you can see, in lieu of a photo post today, we are going to delve into the infinite world of wedding inspiration! If the background on this blog is any indication, I am obsessed with all things chevron and I love being inspired by current trends in fashion and bringing them to the wedding world. I love the idea of taking a pattern and using it to create the theme for any party, and especially a wedding. So if you're looking for some chevron wedding inspiration, you've arrived at the right destination!

chevron wedding inspiration tips

  • As with any theme, the first glimpse of your wedding will be in the wedding invitation. Be sure to include your chevron in all of your wedding stationary! Be creative, without being overpowering. You still want your guests to read the invitation wording! Chevron your envelopes or seal with a chevron sticker. Use chevron labels or create custom chevron postage stamps!
Chevron Wedding Invitations
KXO Design
Chevron Wedding Labels
Oh So Beautiful Paper
  • Y'all know I love me some pretty table decor and whatever your theme/ color scheme, it belongs on the guest tables! Use table runners, chair sashes, extra details and centerpieces to accent the color scheme with your pattern. Keep the patterned items to a maximum of one of two per table to avoid looking too busy.
Chevron Wedding Inspiration
  • Patterned and themed cakes are a perfect way to implement chevron into your wedding design at your reception! Again, don't overwhelm your cake design, but keep most of it simple (read: white or solid color), allowing you to feature the chevron as well as your wedding colors on one or two tiers.
Chevron Wedding Cakes

Chevron Wedding Cake with Flower
  • Once you've covered all of these categories, you'll want to add little bits of chevron here and there in the details. Think about your ceremony pews or chair decoration, bridal party accessories (pocket squares, ties, bouquet ribbon, jewelry, etc.) and any other extra items you may be including.
Chevron Wedding Bouquet

Chevron Wedding Favors

Any time you plan to incorporate a pattern into a wedding, remember to keep it simple! Whether it's the beloved and popular chevron, stripes or polka dots, any pattern can quickly become overwhelming and overdone. Choose a few items to deck out in your theme, while keeping everything else simple in solid colors. If you think it's too much, it probably is. 

What are your favorite wedding themes or patterns? Would you like to see more wedding pattern/ color inspiration? Let me know in the comment section below! And don't forget to enter the Kiki La'Rue giveaway!
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fitness Guest Post: Kelli from The Turquoise Piano

We all know one of the first things to be added to the wedding to-do list is to get your engaged booty to the gym! And whether you're trying to lose a few pounds or just tone up what you already got, we all want to look our very best on our wedding day!

Well, since I am no fitness expert, I have invited one of my new favorite bloggers to talk a little about getting in shape for your big day. Take it away, Kelli...



"First of all, thanks Meaghan for letting me guest today.  I love meeting new bloggers and their friends!

Hey y'all!  My name is Kelli.  I'm a mom of two little girls trying to lose the baby weight and I actually never really say y'all out loud.  I'm from Utah.  It's just not in our vocab (but I say it in my head all the time).  I blog over at The Turquoise Piano about fitness, DIY, decor, real estate, and some kid stuff.  Basically whatever I have to say, I say it there.


Today I want to talk about weight loss before your wedding (or your friend's wedding).  I know you want to look your best on your wedding day.  I did.  But between the stress of planning the wedding and spending enough quality time with the people who matter, we often struggle with how to get there.  I did the Atkins diet for a few weeks before.  Worst. Diet. Ever. For me.  It's basically all fat and protein and zero carbs.  I had no energy and felt sick.  And the worst thing is that even if I did lose weight, I gained it all back plus more that quickly.

Fast forward a year and I lost my job and started a new one as a nutrition and exercise consultant because I had a bachelors degree in exercise science.  My new job was where I learned how to be healthy.

The first thing you need to know is to never eat below 1200 calories.  Your body will lose weight, but as much as it loses fat it will lose muscle and you'll be the same body fat percentage.  Not lean.  I suggest eating  5-7 small meals per day with 200-400 calories in each meal.  That way your metabolism stays high and burns fatty fat fat.

The second is that lifting weights will not make you bulky.  You're not going to look like you're a weight lifter on steroids -- unless you are on steroids.  Lifting weights is important to burn calories and become lean, which is what you want.  I suggest lifting 2-5 times per week.

Cardio is also important.  I suggest at least walking 4-5 times a week for at least 30 minutes.  Doing so burns your fat storage and you also get leaner.

It's all about becoming lean.  It's not all about losing weight.  Please do it the right way.  You can come over to The Turquoise Piano for my workouts, meal plans, and more suggestions.  Leave comments, email me with questions, whatever!  I'm here to help."

Thank you, Kelli, for sharing your fitness insights today! If you like what you read today, get yourself over to her blog and check out more. Also be sure to leave Kelli some comment love below!

And if you haven't yet, make sure you enter the Kiki La'Rue giveaway before it ends on Monday.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Kiki La'Rue Giveaway!

Thanks to all of my lovely readers, I have finally reached and passed my goal of 100 Facebook likes! And y'all know what that means...it's finally giveaway time!

After years of wrestling with the idea of wedding planning as a career, this year, I finally took the plunge and with every small goal accomplished, I am reassured that I am on the right path. My dreams of becoming an online wedding planner are slowly but surely coming true! Thank you to all of you for reading, commenting and following. Thank you for sharing this journey with me!

When I first announced the impending giveaway at the beginning of the year, I knew, without a doubt, it had to be Kiki La'Rue. If you don't know about KLR yet, you are seriously missing out! I can't help but order new pieces left and right...their stuff really is that addicting! And honestly, as a wedding planning website, I can't think of a more fitting clothing store. Whether you're the bride shopping for the perfect shower dress or honeymoon attire or a bridesmaid searching for adorable outfits for pre-wedding festivities, you've found the perfect destination.

Check out some of my new favorite pieces:

Egyptian Queen Dress
Fan of your Game Dress
Natalie Dress
Fade into me Dress (also comes in Plus)


a Rafflecopter giveaway

After you've entered, head over to KLR's website to see what you would get with your $50 gift card and then comment on this post and tell me! Good Luck!
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Autumn Rustic Wedding: Lisa & Kenny

Happy Friday! If you're a regular on the blog, then you know I have a soft spot for rustic weddings. I love the simplicity and the natural elements that combine to create a stunning backdrop for the event. I'm a sucker for all things burlap, mismatched bridal party attire, haybail seating and handmade centerpieces. Rustic weddings may be the trend of right now, but they are nothing new won't be on their way out any time soon!

Lisa & Kenny were married on November 3, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Parish in O'Fallon, Missouri. In between ceremony and celebration, they stopped at Faust Park for some lovely outdoor shots, complete with the freshly fallen autumn leaves.  The couple combined soft, muted pinks, touches of gold and the perfect amount of nature to create a romantic feel. And no rustic wedding is complete without plenty of cowboy boots! 

rustic wedding sign

rustic wedding ring shot

rustic wedding bridesmaid dresses

rustic wedding bridesmaids

rustic wedding boots

rustic wedding groomsmen shot

bride bouquet shot

wedding program shot

bride groom first kiss
fall bride groom

rustic wedding bride and groom

romantic bride groom

rustic wedding bridal party

bride groom outdoors

rustic wedding outdoor kiss

Thanks to Kelly Adler at Irish Eyes Photography LLC, Lisa & Kenny for sharing this gorgeous rustic wedding with my readers and myself today. I have been gushing over these images for weeks waiting to post them for you all to see. Head over to their Facebook page (linked above) and check out their work. If you're interested in more information, me or Irish Eyes and tell them I sent you! Also be sure to check out Kelly's first featured wedding on my blog here.

If you'd like your own rustic wedding featured on All Tulled Up, contact me for more info!

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