Holiday Weekend Weddings. Good Idea or Bad?

If you’re from Utah then you are well aware that we’re famous for a high number of brides with short engagement times. Three to four months is a very normal engagement around here which means brides are starting to think about their Holiday Season weddings.

With the holidays come long weekends and semester breaks. For students getting married it means a convenient time to tie the knot without taking time off from school. for large families it means hitting two birds with one stone: family holiday and family wedding.

But, its a double edged sword.

Pros:
  • Yes, all of your family is already there and you don’t have to ask people to make a second trip.
  • You probably will get more attendees since its become a double-affair (maybe this is a con – you tell me, I don’t know your family)
  • Reception venues are generally cheaper since the holiday season is the wedding off-season.
  • Decorations are on sale,

 

Cons:
  • You’re wedding is in fact piggy-backed on the holiday and is no longer the main attraction. Which also affects your anniversary.
  • You won’t get to enjoy the holidays with your family because you will a) be prepping for your wedding or b) be on your honeymoon.
  • If you have piggy-backed on a major holiday such as Christmas then you only compound the stress and  financial strain. Not only are you hosting a wedding but you have to buy presents and hostess gifts for holiday parties.

Making the decision really depends on what is the most important to you. But, my two cents?

Big wedding? Don’t do it!

Intimate wedding? Go for it!

If the event itself is very important to you and you want to spend time with your family doing wedding-related things, then I suggest having it at a dedicated time when it won’t be overshadowed by a holiday. Give your family plenty of notice. If the have to fly in then set the date a reasonable amount of time after the last date they are expected to be in town.

But, if you’re having a smaller wedding and don’t care as much about the dedicated weekend,  a holiday wedding could be a great option. That way you’ll only have people there for the actual “I Do’s” but  won’t have to do more elaborate wedding weekend.

Speaking of holiday season weddings… how awesome is this snow bunny shoot? See it on Wedding Chicks.

 

Photographers: KC Photography Utah, Stephanie Lorraine
Models: Michael Barton, Heather Paxman
Dresses: Idella and Blanche from Kelly by Kelly Faetanini
HMUA: Red Scarlett Makeup, Heather Shelton MUA
Florist: Peaches and Peonies - now Intertwined Floral


9 Things to Consider When Planning a Destination Wedding

Hello Gorgeous!

Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular.  They are appealing for may reasons including their ability to be less stressful.  However, planning the event from a distance can quickly turn into a nightmare if you start forgetting things. So, here are 9 keys to keep in mind when planning your destination wedding.

1- The Dress:

Photo: Stephanie Lorraine

More than the look of the dress needs to fit your wedding. If your setting is 100 degrees. You do not want to be in a satin mermaid gown.

Just the same, if you are getting married in a castle setting in England in the winter… you may want to pick a heavier gown, maybe with sleeves so you can take pictures outside without having to wear a coat.  If your perfect gown is sleeveless or sheer then find an awesome coat to wear outside.

2- Hair:

Photo: Mary Jessica

Finding a stylists from afar can be daunting so rely heavily on reviews and referrals.

If you are doing your own hair then be sure to think about how your hair responds to different climates (ie humidity) and prepare for that well in advance.

3- Travel:

Cheap plane tickets are not the place to try to save money. Your plane rides are the bookends of your trip- don’t make them awful.

Make travel plans idiot proof for your guests as well. Make sure everyone knows the right airport and how to get to and from all of the relevant locations at your destination.

4- Tourists

Remember that the best weather in popular destinations also coincides with a heavy flow of tourists which might throw a wrench in your plans and usually drives up prices.

5- Marriage Legality

Photo: Carla Boecklin

Marriage laws can be drastically different in different countries and states. You will need to check into requirements for a marriage license in your destination i.e. blood tests or minimum age.

Also take into account that marriages may not be recognized between countries and you may need to actually be married before you leave or get married again once you arrive back in your home country.

6- Warn Family and Friends

Photo: Carla Boecklin

Give your loved ones plenty of time to arrange their lives and finances.

Make it clear ahead of time, that you are having a destination affair, to anyone you are asking to be in your bridal party before you ask them. This way they can politely decline if they are unable to make the trip.

7- People will Complain

Whether they are going and don’t want to travel or aren’t going and wish they could; people are going to complain that you are having a destination wedding. To quote every pop and rap singer in the last 5 years “haters gonna hate” just ignore them. This is your wedding.

8- “No” RSVPs

Travel and accommodations can be costly so you will get a lot of people who cannot attend. Some will probably disappoint you or be unexpected but you need to be ready for that if you are traveling for your wedding.

9- Visit Your Destination or Make Peace with Surprises

Photo: Summer J Photography

Pictures and descriptions are great but have been posted by people in marketing. If your pictures are all you care about or you aren’t that worried about how things look then this may not be a huge deal. But, I HIGHLY recommend visiting your destination and seeing your venue before your wedding so you can plan accordingly and not be surprised on your wedding day.

Have you had a destination wedding or are you planning one now? Share any tips of your own below.

Until next time,

Becca

 

 

Blushing Valentines Day Bride

Yona’s rose-blush tone is enough to make a girl swoon.

Hello Gorgeous!

Happy Valentines Day! At a bridal shop VDay means lots of pictures of our brides’ themed nuptials and participating in Valentines style shoots.  One of my all-time favorite shoots took place at Thanksgiving Point and is perfect inspiration for a Valentines Day wedding.  If you are considering getting married on or around
February 14th in the future, these pictures featuring our Kelly Faentanini gown, Yona,  are a great place to start.

Inspiration

I can’t decide if I prefer the up-do or the flowing curls with this gown. They’re both GORGEOUS! Thoughts??

You don’t need over the top decor for a VDay soiree. Flowing linens and flowers in hues of red and pink will do the trick nicely.

The Dress

Kelly Faentanini is an ulta chic designer who has been taking the industry by storm since 2012. She is a Bitsy favorite because she adds amazing modern
twists to the classic feminine silhouettes. Her designs are dreamy and elegant. Yona, with her layers of soft tulle and petal detailing on the waist, is no exception. Kelly Faentanini even has a large collection of pink gowns.  Perfect for a Valentines Day bride.

I love how all of the
elements in this shoot compliment the gown (as it should be! It is YOUR day after all).

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flowers pull outthe deeper hues in the dress. The draping of the tent is a nod to the whimsy of Yona’s tapered ballgown silhouette. Even
the cobblestone throughout the entire venue, with it’s vintage charm, seems to be made specially for this shoot. As I sit
here writing, I keep getting distracted by the photos because they are absolutely perfect.
#WeddingGoals

To see more from this shoot, check us out on Strictly Weddings and Utah Valley Bride.

Dress: Yona by Kelly Faentanini
Photography: KC Photography 
Hair: Styling with Meg
MUA: Red Scarlett Makeup Artistry
Florals: Sticks & Stems
Venue: Thanksgiving Point
Model: Summer Telesco