The advantage of having an outdoor wedding is that you can leverage your surrounding gardens. In the Bay Area, the best time of year to have a wedding is September-October, when the temperature is in the 70s and 80s. It's also right before harvest so the leaves on the vines are still aplenty and starting to turn yellow, and flowers are still out everywhere - in essence, spring and fall are happening at the same time!
Planning your wedding these days is not just about the day itself. From the moment you say "yes!" there will be engagement parties, wedding showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, save the dates, and invitations going out in the mail... A lot happens before the wedding which provides many opportunities to engage and get your guests feeling excited too! A great way to achieve this is by creating a cohesive experience leading up to the big day.
Traditionally, the groom and groomsmen wear the same suits, with the groom wearing a different tie, boutonniere, or pocket square (just to name a few examples) from his groomsmen. The bride, in contrast, is very much noticed in her white dress while her bridesmaids will be in pretty shades matching the wedding colors.
I started out searching for lacy dress with capped sleeves, thinking it would suit me perfectly. But after trying on several dresses, I learned it didn’t suit my petite frame and was just too much fabric. I definitely recommend looking at 2-3 different styles from the start.
The guest list is a tricky and sensitive topic. You have probably heard and can imagine the stories brides and grooms can share. To help minimize the family drama, here's a guide to creating your list and checking it twice...
Once my husband and I got engaged, it was natural to be excited and start sifting through Pinterest boards of beautiful dresses, pretty decor, and gorgeous flowers... I certainly got inspiration, but looming was the worry of how much all of this was going to cost. I wanted my fairytale wedding, but I didn't want to get attached to a certain idea and then find out we couldn't achieve the wedding of our dreams.
My husband and I got married in October 2016 in the heart of Sonoma. Any brides this year looking to get married in wine country? I will break down how we planned it all into a series of blog posts and provide tips on the most pivotal aspects…