Paper. Cotton. Wood. Whatever! Throw out everything you think you know about wedding anniversary traditions (and the gifts that go with them), and take a few pointers from Emily and Michael Rand's method of annual love-and-marriage celebration!
A wedding invitation isn't just a ticket to free cake for your guests (although, there is that). It's also a signifier that there are parties to attend, gifts to purchase, and—in the case of destination weddings—plane tickets to reserve, rooms to book, and travel plans to finalize. With these things in mind, if you will be hosting a destination wedding, it's a great idea to acknowledge this effort by welcoming guests with a little gift of your own!
Yes, Taylor and I planned our wedding in 4.5 months—but just because we were on board shortening our engagement didn't mean that we were okay with compromising the quality of our wedding. And when I say quality, I'm not necessarily talking about the bells and whistles (i.e. the flowers and cake—although, yeah, we wanted those to be beautiful/delicious too). I'm really talking about the emotional and spiritual aspects of our wedding day.
Scratch that. The title should actually read, 6 Tips for Finding a Wedding Dress YOU LOVE in 6 Months or Less. You heard it here first, ladies. Planning a wedding in 6 months or lessdoesn't mean that you have to settle for a wedding gown that's just so-so.
I'm excited to be sharing words of wisdom from a very special guest blogger today: my mom, Ann! I LOVE my mom and we're very close. Naturally, she played a huge part in the planning process for my wedding—the "I couldn't have done it without her" statement definitely applies. With that said, my 4.5 month engagement was not without its share of ups, downs, and disagreements over the practicality of sending guests home with starfish-shaped bookmarks. I'd go into further detail, but my mom's already got it covered below. ;) Read on for HER thoughts about the most appropriate role for the mother of the bride + her top tips for working with your mom to plan a wedding (no arguments required)!
Hi, I'm Karley—former speedy bride, current happy wife, and author of How to Plan Your Wedding in Six Months or Less. My husband and I planned our wedding in just 4.5 months, and we love helping other couples navigate through the speedy wedding planning process. We believe in short engagements and forever marriages, and credit our love story to 1 John 4:19. Happy planning!