One of the best things about being a bride is coming up with any excuse to wrangle up your gals. But let’s face it, sometimes we’ve got to celebrate on a budget. There are so many easy ways to save a little cash along the way, and today we’re sharing how to throw that fabulous bachelorette weekend without forcing your bridesmaids into bankruptcy.
Keep it local
From college roomies to primary school BFFs, we all have those close girlfriends from all over the globe. Pick a spot that’s convenient for the majority of your girl gang to avoid $500 flights to Vegas and a hotel tab to match. Trust me, they will be so grateful! If you are planning a jet-setting party, try to chip in where possible; pick up the tab at the bar one night or surprise your bridesmaids with a limo to dinner as a fun thank you.
Spread out the fun!
Plan a few easy events throughout the weekend so if someone can’t make it to the dinner on Friday night, they can meet you for mimosas and manis Saturday afternoon! This is also an easy way to avoid the intense fifty-six email chain between your bridesmaids to pick the perfect evening date.
The more the merrier
If you have lots of friends from every stage of your life (middle school, college, that old waitressing gig) inviting the same gals to your bridal shower as your bachelorette party will make everyone feel comfortable and welcome. Your wedding is also about bringing different groups of friends and family together, and it’s such a blast to see them have fun together!
Check, please – headache free
Find all-inclusive deals such as Prix Fixe menus and $20 bottomless to avoid the dreaded group check payments. It will guarantee your transition from dinner to dancing goes off without a hitch!
Chances are your girl gang knows you better than you think they do. They are excited to celebrate with you, so create a fun hashtag to document your shenanigans, do what makes you laugh and celebrate in style. The most important tip is to have fun and do not forgot those Thank You notes!
If you were a guest at Dana and Edaan’s wedding, not only would you enjoy the design magic of Moonmilk Event Studio, but you’d be indulging in a carefully curated menu of jalepeño margaritas and pomegranate mojitos alongside eats like braised tacos and sashimi. These two foodies wanted a wedding that gave their people a party to remember, and Nicole Clarey photographed all the fun.
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From Moonmilk Event Studio… Upon meeting with Dana and Edaan, we knew that we wanted to design a wedding that was reflective of their fun and youthful energy. We decided on a summer wedding with the beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch as the backdrop for the nuptials. Taking cues from the surrounding landscape, we opted to include an abundance of bougainvillea throughout the wedding to compliment the various event spaces and add to the color palette. After entering the ranch, guests sipped on jalepeño margaritas and pomegranate mojitos as they surrounded the outdoor pool which was decorated with rose petals in bright hues and candles placed in floating bamboo trays.
Dana and Edaan are both self-confessed foodies so we curated a menu that included fun elements like a braised taco station and a sashimi station to keep guests intrigued during the cocktail hour. For the reception, we came up with the idea of incorporating wood arbors above the dining tables to create a more intimate space for guests to enjoy dinner al fresco. Each wood arbor was adorned with climbing roses, flowering jasmine, and bougainvillea to give guests the impression that the arbors were permanent structures on the lawn.
Guests danced the night away on a seamless dark burgundy dance floor as the custom D and E marquee sign glowed in the background. The festivities continued until the wee hours of the night and concluded with a late night visit by an In-N-Out Truck to make sure guests had the perfect ending to this memorable event under the stars.
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography | Cinematography: Noteworthy Weddings | Wedding Dress: Custom Design by Elihav Sasson | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Catering: Foodheart Catering | Hair + Makeup: Yaniv Katzav | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch | Bride's Earrings: Keren Wolf | Dance Floor: Barker Decor Service | Event Design + Coordination: Moonmilk Event Studio | Photography Assistance: Camryn Clair Photography | Rentals + Lighting: A Rental Connection | Sound: Cosmos Cound
It’s official. I want to steal everything about the bride, Britta’s style. The Gossamer blush gown. The Miu Miu peep-toe shoes. And the vintage gold crown fit for a princess. “Obsessed” is putting it lightly and thanks to the dream team of Lindsey Brunk on design and Brett Heidebrecht behind the lens, we have the entire celebration right at your fingertips.
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From Lindsey Brunk…Britta and Reeve’s intimate backyard wedding was held at their home in Oklahoma City on a perfect summer evening. They wanted a simple wedding with live music, delicious drinks and personal details.
Guests were invited to gather for pre ceremony cocktails while the bride and groom enjoyed a first look and a private toast of their own upstairs, overlooking the festivities. The band paused and Reeve walked his bride down the aisle to exchange their vows under a gorgeous tree adorned with string lights. The ceremony was framed by fresh lavender bushes the bride and groom had planted with their wedding in mind, and after saying “I do” guests tossed fresh lavender in celebration.
Britta wore a blush vintage gown and crown by Gossamer and carried a stunning bouquet created by Yellow Rose Co. Other details of the day included a whimsical Rifle Paper Co. Invitation suite, elegant Anthropologie glassware and an after party at the nearby Aloft hotel.
Photography: Brett Heidebrecht Photography | Floral Design: Yellow Rose Co. | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Cake: Raspberries And Creme | Invitations: Paperless Post | Ring: Lewis Jewlers | Catering: Raspberries And Creme | Makeup: Chelsey Ann Artistry | Hair: Ali Earnheart | Calligraphy: Kelsey Smith | Band: Empty Bottles | Groom's Attire: The Wardrobe | Event Planning + Styling: Lindsey Brunk | Groom's Tie: ByBird | Rentals: Marianne's Rentails | Rentals: Ruby's Vintage Rentals | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Wedding Crown: Gossamer
Best news you’ll hear all week? Allure has just launched their newest bridal collection and not only is it insanely beautiful (as they do), but it’s also MIX AND MATCH. Yes, mix and match, aka, everything you’ve ever dreamed with a never-ending lineup of flawless skirts + tops that will have you creating that custom wedding day look in no time at all. This is sooo happening, lovelies.
So we all know that the team over at Allure is genius with gorgeous gowns that have been making us drool for basically ever. So when they told us they were launching a Mix and Match Collection that would allow YOU to play with endless pairings of skirts + tops for a look like no one else, it made our hearts happy. Think a stunning ceremony look that will WOW all of your friends and family, then a total switch-up with a new skirt or top for a completely different look for the reception. It’s sooo beautiful and sooo fun to play with.
Ready to learn more about mixing and matching your very own bridal style? Contact Allure today to create that dress of your dreams… and be sure to soak in all of the Allure gorgeousness captured by Sposto Photography in the full gallery.
Photography: Sposto Photography | Floral Design: Lavenders Flowers | Wedding Dresses: Allure Bridal | Makeup and Hair: Jess Wilcox | Backdrops: Drop It MODERN | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Ribbon: Tono & Co