What to Put On Your Wedding Registry

Hey lovelies! With David and I getting married in a few months, we decided it was time to put together a wedding registry that we could include in our wedding invitation packet for everyone we’re inviting. It’s so funny how you can be out and about and see a million things you want but then when it comes time to actually list out the things you’d like, you’re totally stumped! When we went to add things to the registry, we had a hard time figuring out what we actually needed! We have basically everything after having lived together for 3 years and also being in our mid twenties.

So we came up with a few things that would be nice to have and put them on our registry. If you’re looking for registry items and are stuck like we were, here are some ideas!

wedding registry ideas

  1. Eiffel Tower Sheets
  2. Utensil Holder
  3. Wedding Cake Christmas Ornament
  4. Flower Arrangement
  5. Gold Silverware
  6. Blue Bench
  7. Recipe Box
  8. Marble Plates (they come in several colors!)
  9. Champagne Bucket
  10. Euro Pillows
  11. Ceramic Jar

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Wedding Assumptions Tag

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Hey everyone! I saw one of my favorite bloggers, Krista of Covering the Bases, posted a fun blog post all about wedding assumptions people have had about her wedding. After searching Instagram for #weddingassumptions, lots of people are sharing the funny assumptions people have had about their weddings! So I’m sharing some about our wedding in the fall!

assumptions and wedding spoilers

You’re getting married in Dallas. Yes! We’re getting married at the Warwick Melrose Hotel! Its an old 1920s apartment building that was turned into a hotel. It has all the classic charm I’ve always wanted but just friendly enough to make us feel at home.

Your parents paid for the whole thing. No. They were gracious enough to pay for my wedding dress! But David and I wanted to pay for the wedding ourselves and we’re so proud of how hard we’ve worked to have our dream wedding!

You have your reception menu all planned out. Nope! Not even close! We have an idea of what we’d like to serve but we still have to have our menu tasting! Hint: anything with cheese is fair game!

You’re dieting for the wedding. Yep! I’ve lost 10 lbs since the beginning of the year but when you don’t have much to lose in the first place, weight loss is kind of hard! I’m hitting the calorie counting hard in the coming months!

You’re having a bachelorette party. Yes! My best friend and Maid of Honor is hosting it in Denver this August! I’m so excited!

Your taking a honeymoon after the wedding. Yep! David and I are getting married on a Saturday and are flying out early Monday morning to a gorgeous island, which I will announce later!

You have a small wedding party. Nope! David has 8 guys on his side and I have 8 gals on my side. So 16 people! It’s a lot.

You’re having a big wedding. No. David and I are both from other places so most of our guest list is from outside Dallas. We don’t expect more than about 85 people at our wedding and we’re totally ok with that!

Your wedding color is obviously pink. Nope! Pink didn’t make it into the color palette even though its my favorite color! Navy blue is our main color.

You’re not doing a first look. Correct! We wanted the first moment of seeing each other to be when I walk down the aisle. I can’t wait!

Your dad is walking you down the aisle. Yes! I joked with my dad that he should wear his dress blues from the Navy and he said “I highly doubt those fit anymore.” That was the end of that. He’s wearing a tux instead!

You’re writing your own vows. Yes! I was kind of nervous about it but David really wanted to so we are!

Leave me a comment with any assumptions you have or someone else had for your own wedding!

 

Sneak Peek at My Wedding Shoes and How to Choose Yours!

Hey everyone! I debated on whether I should share my wedding shoes with you guys yet, but I can’t keep a secret for long so I figured I’d give you a little look! These sparkly babies are by Michael Kors (affiliate link) and I got a great deal on them! Seriously, I found them on Poshmark for $20! You can’t beat that.

So I’ll be totally honest and say I’m not 10000% sure I’ll wear these on my wedding day. I noticed with everything wedding-related, I change my mind a million times. But these are the ones I have for now! If something else I like more catches my eye, then I’ll have another contender. There’s nothing wrong with options!

sparkly heels and tan legs

Ok, yes I realize how white my feet are compared to my legs. Major self-tanning fail! I’m sitting here giggling at my feet right now! But I loved the contrast between my tan legs and the sparkles on my kitten heels! They’re just so pretty!

How to choose the right wedding shoes

So I wanted to explain why I chose the shoes I did. Someone asked me why I didn’t choose a higher heel and to be honest, I don’t like high heels. At all. I’ve rolled my ankles enough times to know they just aren’t for me! I love kitten heels because they’re so easy to walk in but still give you that little confidence boost you often need on important days.

If you’re shopping for wedding shoes at the moment, I have a few suggestions on how to choose the right ones!

  • Shop within your budget. Seriously. Your wedding day is important but sticking to a budget is also vital. When I was initially thinking about wedding shoes, I had dreams of $800 Christian Louboutins for my big day. Ummm no? I’d never spend that on shoes on a normal day so that budget mentality also needs to extend into my wedding budget. If you’re set on designer shoes, look on Poshmark and other luxury re-sell apps to save a chunk of change.
  • Choose something you’re confident in. If you’re confident in sky high heels, then wear them! If you feel better in something more manageable, then wear that. Flats? Go for it! Sandals? Wear em! Buy something you can walk in and feel beautiful.
  • Consider your wedding day schedule. Weddings are practically all day affairs. Even if your wedding starts at 5pm, you’re still going to be ready to go about 2 hours prior. And by the time the night ends, it’ll be at the earliest 11pm. That’s a lot of time in a pair of shoes. Make sure they’re comfortable enough to wear for a long period of time! Break them in and see how they feel after a few hours. The last thing you want is blisters and numb feet on your wedding day.

I’ll get off my wedding planning soap box now. But really, these are all things I considered when I was picking my shoes! I’m actually wearing my shoes to an event this week to see how I feel in them after a few hours. Here’s hoping they stay comfy all day!

 

Shhh! This isn’t a Feeling You Should Have: Wedding Planning Depression

flippen park engagementI’ve always promised myself (and you!) that I’d be totally honest about my mental health struggles. So I thought it was important to admit and talk about how wedding planning can actually be a bit depressing for the anxiety and depression-prone gal!

How are you not super happy?!

I am super happy about marrying David, the best man in the world! I can’t wait to begin the next chapter of our lives! It’s not that I’m not happy to get married and be a bride, it’s that the other little things that lead up to that change give me so much to worry about it!

I think people see depression as a black and white mental state. You’re either happy or you’re not. But I think it’s so much more complex with tons of gray areas!

A wedding is a big deal with tons of emotions involved that can be on totally different ends of the spectrum. For example, I get so excited going to our venue with David, but it also makes me sad that my mom can’t be here for any of the fun wedding planning. Ugh.

What Else Could be Dragging you Down?

So many little things that add up. People that haven’t suffered with long term depression often think it’s a choice and you can “snap out of it.” Ehhh not that easy. Sometimes it’s a chemical imbalance in your brain and other times it’s an event that’s upset you. For me, it’s the chemical imbalance and little things that freak me right on out.

The hardest part about being a bride and planning a wedding (in my experience) is how out of control your thoughts can be. Worrying about paying vendors, what guests will think of your wedding, or choosing small details can cause so many irrational thoughts to occur. One of my biggest worries right now is how I’ll look on my wedding day. Will I look bad in my dress? Will I have acne pop up all the sudden? Yikes! So many crazy thoughts that add to my depression and anxiety.

What do you do about it?

That’s what I’m trying to figure out. Being depressed and anxious while planning a wedding isn’t something a bride *should* be feeling but sometimes you do! And in my opinion, that’s ok. I asked my future sister in law how she felt when she was planning her wedding a few years ago and she voiced similar things. The most important thing is that you balance it out with the happy feelings too!

I’ve found that going to our venue (its an old hotel in Dallas!) and just walking around picturing everything gives me so much joy! Updating my bridesmaids in a Facebook group chat we have going gets me excited too because I can share the big and little details with them. Listening to music options for my wedding is also a favorite of mine!

Finally, I think talking to a doctor is one of the best things you can do when you’re feeling depressed. I routinely see a mental health counselor to help me cope and it’s been very helpful. I still have my down in the dumps days but I can make sense of them now.

Anyway, if you’re getting married and have a similar experience, please leave me a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

 

What’s Left on Our Wedding Planning To-Do List

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Oh my goodness! Only 220-something days until David and I get married! It’s coming so fast but it’s taking sooo long at the same time. We’ve been busy saving all of our pennies and planning every detail of our wedding so that it’s everything we’ve dreamed of! I’m trying to savor every minute of the planning but it’s so easy to get caught up in the logistics of everything.

There’s quite a few things left on my to-do list, so I won’t bore you with the small details but there’s some pretty big ones I thought I’d share!

choosing the dinner menu

Our venue has a delicious restaurant on-site that will provide the catering for our reception. We still haven’t tasted any of our options yet, but we’re so excited! The options are really endless as the Landmark Restaurant tries to cater to every couple’s personal tastes. We’re doing our tasting in August!

First dance music

Oh goodness. This one will be tough. David and I love to dance (even though we can’t) and have  a blast on the dance floor at every wedding! But at our own, we don’t know what our first dance song should be! David wants a country song, I want a Nat King Cole song. So combining our taste in music should be interesting. Either way, that first dance will be so special!

Dress alterations

My dress is absolutely everything I ever wanted… but its way too big on me! I need to have it altered but the seamstress suggested I wait until the summer. That’s honestly perfect because I’m trying to drop a pound or ten (haha!) before getting it altered. I also need to choose a veil, shoes, and jewelry to compliment my dress so having all that taken care of by then will be perfect!

Choosing Bridesmaids Dresses

I’m so excited for this! I have a few dresses in mind that I’ll be sharing with my bridesmaids in a month. It’s difficult when you have a huge bridal party (8 girls!) and you have 8 different body types to dress. No one has the same body and making my bridesmaids feel comfortable in what they’re wearing is important to me!

I can’t wait to share more details with you in the coming months! I’m trying not to giveaway the entire wedding before it even happens (trust me, it’s so hard!) but I’ll share what I can!