September 5, 2013

Wedding Week Guest Post: Leslie

Hello wonderful loves! Today kicks off my "Wedding Week" guest post series. I am thrilled to have some wonderful ladies and friends post here while I am away preparing for my wedding and away on my mini-moon.

First up we have one of my favorite bloggers [and blog crush] Leslie from A Blonde Ambition. She is a super sweet, southern gal with a flair for fashion and also the host of the weekly 'Confession Fridays' linkup. I love reading her blog because she is honest, funny, and has a beautiful heart and soul to her writing. I am still pinching myself that she agreed to guest post over here in pink land. :) Thank you so much for posting Leslie!

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Hi, girls – Leslie from A Blonde Ambition here! First off, I’m really excited to be posting on Pink Persistence today while Miss Pinky is off becoming Mrs. Pinky.

I married my best friend (and soon-to-be baby daddy!) Stephen in 2011 and we had a blast planning our wedding. I’m not a pro, but I thought I’d share a few tips that helped us stay organized and cover all our bases for the Big Day:

I call the first part of the process the “Big Three”. The “Big Three” is composed of three important decisions: The ceremony venue, the reception venue and the dress. Things book up fast, so you’ll want to nab your favorite locales pronto!

The Wedding Venue

For us, the decision on where we wanted the ceremony was easy. Our church is stunning and grand, the type of venue we were seeking. The architecture, the stained glass, the multi-level stage and alter…it truly is one of the prettiest churches in Northwest Arkansas. Stephen and I are both traditionalists and we always wanted to get married in a church. (Maybe we’re old fashioned, but for us, this was the best option.) And since we were members, it just made sense.

A few tips for choosing a ceremony venue

When deciding on your wedding venue, be sure to ask the venue coordinator (even if it is a church) the following:
  • Will we be allowed to set up the day before and take down the day after?
  • Do you allow real petals to be tossed onto the aisle?
  • What is the seating capacity?
  • Will there be someone to operate sound/lighting/etc.? (Most churches provide this.)
  • Will our musicians be able to utilize the instruments at the venue? (Piano, etc.)
  • Are there rooms for the bridal party to change and get ready prior to the ceremony?
  • Do you allow real candles?
The Reception Venue 

Secondly, grab a reception hall. For me, I wanted something that could be decorated beautifully, but that was equally impressive on it’s own accord. We both also wanted somewhere that reflected the Southern theme of the wedding.


We had looked at a ton of reception venues, but none really knocked our socks off. Until we ventured over to a nearby country club. It had a richly Southern feel and exquisite lighting, (another mucho important component for this bride!) The ceilings were really tall and there was plenty of room for guests to dance, drink and eat, as well as a second ballroom for quiet sitting in front of the floor to ceiling fireplace.

Sold!

A few tips for choosing a reception venune
  • Does the venue require you use their caterer?
  • How much of a deposit is required to secure the venue? (Most require about 25%.)
  • Does your venue allow adult beverages? Do you provide a bartender?
  • Do you allow the use of real candles?
  • What is the maximum capacity of the venue?
  • Will the set-up and tear down of tables, food service, etc. be executed by a staff?
  • Does the venue have adequate space for a dance floor and D.J.?
  • How far from the site of the wedding is the reception venue? (According to many of the magazines we looked at, 30 minutes is the maximum time you should require guests to drive.)
The Dress

Surprisingly, the easiest part of the process was deciding on a dress. I knew I wanted something that hugged my waistline and created a nice, form-fitting silhouette. I think ball gowns are beautiful, but I’m pretty petite and knew that I needed something more body-con. After all, you wear the dress. Not the other way around. I also loved the one-shoulder look and wanted something with a little bit of sparkly detail.


The dress I ended up buying was actually the first one I tried on. Of course I tried on a few others too, just to make sure, but in the end, I knew it was the right dress for me.

A few tips for choosing a dress
  • Does it make you look like the best version of yourself?
  • Is it slimming, particularly around the waistline? You'll like your pics thismuchmore if you like your waist...promise.
  • Does the dress need to be ordered from the design house? If so, how long will it take? (This is the case 80% of the time. It took a month for mine to come in, which is really pretty good.)
  • What style and theme of wedding will you have? Our "theme" was Southern Chic, so a form fitting yet classic dress fit well.
  • Where are you getting married? 55 lb Ball gown + Sandy Beach = Potential Disaster. Pick your dress according to where you plan to wed.
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Alright, that’s all I’ve got. Until next time, you blushing brides…

Be blessed, lovelies-

Leslie

3 comments:

KRISTIN said...

such great tips!

Carolyn said...

These are all great tips!!! :)

Janna Renee said...

She is a breathtaking bride!