What to Include in a Welcome Gift for a Destination Wedding

What to Include in a Welcome Gift for a Destination Wedding
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!

Complete Guide to Skincare in Your Late 20s: My Routine for Fighting Acne, Fine Lines, and Discoloration

Complete Guide to Skincare in Your Late 20s: My Routine for Fighting Acne, Fine Lines, and Discoloration
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.  

Newlywed Nesting: How We're Furnishing a Small Home on an Even Smaller Budget!

Newlywed Nesting: How We're Furnishing a Small Home on an Even Smaller Budget!
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.

Dana + Tanner's 2.5-month engagement and Christ-centered wedding

Dana + Tanner's 2.5-month engagement and Christ-centered wedding
I came across Dana's original post about 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. 

Ideas for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows (plus a free sample script!)

Ideas for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows (plus a free sample script!)
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. 

6 Tips for Finding a Wedding Dress in 6 Months or Less

6 Tips for Finding a Wedding Dress in 6 Months or Less
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 less doesn't mean that you have to settle for a wedding gown that's just so-so.

How to Get Along With Your Mom When Planning Your Wedding

How to Get Along With Your Mom When Planning Your Wedding
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)!

Introducing I Said Yasss T-Shirts for Engaged Gals!

Introducing I Said Yasss T-Shirts for Engaged Gals!

Because "yes" just doesn't cut it anymore. (#amiright) I’m not gonna lie, “yaaasss” or any iteration thereof has been hovering around number two on my list of “Instagram-isms I most want to ban” for awhile now—narrowly edged out from the number one spot by “tribe,” closely followed by “I literally can’t even.” But with that said...I really love these cheeky + on-fleeky t-shirts for brides-to-be, y'all. 

The Vitamin C Serum That Helped Reverse My Melasma (plus a sunscreen that you don't want, you NEED)

The Vitamin C Serum That Helped Reverse My Melasma (plus a sunscreen that you don't want, you NEED)
Y'all, that title isn't clickbait. The Vitamin C serum I'm talking about for this week's edition of Bridal Beauty really did help reverse my Melasma, which I had previously read wasn't possible without some type of hormonal change. To which I now say, boo-yah, Web MD. 

Short Engagement Story: Christine and Matthew's 7-Month Engagement

Short Engagement Story: Christine and Matthew's 7-Month Engagement
Every time I read a short engagement story, I'm reminded of why I'm such a big fan of saying "I do" sooner rather than later. Christine and Matthew...

How to Navigate a Short Engagement When Your Fiancé is Deployed

How to Navigate a Short Engagement When Your Fiancé is Deployed
I'm so excited to be featuring an interview with our friends Allison and Thomas today! We met through a church life group, and Taylor and I have w...

The All-Natural DIY Brown Sugar and Sake Scrub That Transformed My Skin

The All-Natural DIY Brown Sugar and Sake Scrub That Transformed My Skin

Today's post marks the first installment of our new Bridal Beauty series! I polled you guys on Instagram and—insert Praise Hands Emoji here—beauty + skincare was the topic y'all wanted to focus on first. (Even before speedy dress shopping, which we WILL get around to.) At a dinner party, I was once asked: "What would you spend the majority of your expendable income on if you were crazy rich?" Obviously, if given the opportunity I would have said providing clean drinking water for all or something equally noble, but before I could answer my husband chimed in with, "Beauty products." He knows me so well. So let's kick this series off with THE treatment that has made the biggest impact on my skin as of late: an All-Natural DIY Brown Sugar + Sake Scrub. 

Karley

Meet & Greet

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!

Instagram: @ashortengagement


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