This is a story about a girl named Lucky. Kidding. Actually, it's about the complete opposite: how I accidentally gave myself the worst acne of my life, and what I did to get my skin back under control after figuring out the problem.
While you might be tempted to think that planning a wedding quickly gives you a pass to forgo hiring a wedding planner, I personally think that a shorter engagement makes a wedding planner all the more essential. Here are a few of the many reasons why!
Tim Tebow is recently engaged, and with everything I've got, I'm betting that he and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters are going to say "I do" to a short engagement! He's been waiting to find the right woman to date for a long time—much less marry—and now that he's found her, I have NO doubt that these two will make things officially-official as soon as possible.
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!
This is an interesting topic because there are so many factors at play when you're in your late 20s. You aren't in your teens anymore, but acne is still a concern. You're not in your 40s yet, but wrinkle-fighting is definitely creeping onto your radar. And let's not forget about melasma and discoloration—AKA, the enemy of every 20-something who loves the sun (or is pregnant, or on birth control). Acne, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation are mostly definitely the Mean Girls of your late 20s and early 30s.
Welcome to our Newlywed Nesting series! Rebuilding our ENTIRE household from scratch was like registering for a wedding, but without the benefit of having other people pay for everything. (lol, but seriously.) With that said, our move to Hawaii caused me to consider what's truly essential when beginning a life together, which also caused me to rethink + rewrite the registry section of our eBook, How to Plan Your Wedding in Six Months or Less.
I came across Dana's original postabout her Christ-centered love story and wedding day while scrolling Pinterest one night, and wrote her an email requesting an interview immediately afterward. Her words so beautifully reflect the heartbeat of what Taylor and I want A Short Engagement to be—a space that believes in "immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine" love stories written by a God who knows us better than we know ourselves; that celebrates alternative timelines and encourages couples through the quick wedding planning process; that shares continual reminders that the purpose of the planning isn't a party that's over and done with in 24 hours...it's a marriage that's meant to last a lifetime.
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!