Bride Backwards Blogging our wedding from the honeymoon to the proposal!

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DIY Starfish Boutonnieres

While the girls were getting hair & makeup done over at Fashion Island… the boys were still asleep! Haha, there was no need to wake them up as early as the girls. Matt got in some time at the hotel gym & spa before everyone woke up, and then met up with the rest of the guys a little later. We used my mom’s hotel room as their “getting ready” area, because my mom was with us and that room was empty. That gave us a place to have the boys get some pictures together! One of my favorite pieces...

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Hair & Makeup: Inexpensive Ways to Get Yourself & the Girls Beautified

The whole hair and makeup thing is tough with weddings. First of all, people want to charge you an arm and a leg… and I get it, it is hard to work weddings. There’s also the issue of time. Having one person come in to do each lady up takes hours, which can really cut into your day! I have to get my hair and makeup done for events semi-frequently. So, I was already a seasoned customer of both DryBar and Blushington. I love their work, they aren’t too pricey, and they provide a really fun experience. As luck would...

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Boy Things: Finding Unique Gifts & Accessories for The Guys

Let’s face it, weddings are mostly about the ladies. We get the giant dresses and the pretty flowers and the diamonds. It is an industry built for women… and unfortunately that makes it easy to forget that getting married is just as big a deal for the groom and the boys in the wedding party. We wanted to find unique and special things for the guys, and to be honest doing that was a little difficult! Most of the gifts for groomsmen (and even for grooms!) are pretty much out of the same categories. We looked for a long time to find...

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Fuel, Jitters, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

A few weeks before the wedding one of my good friends and I were joking about turning my wedding ceremony into a reenactment of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical. As you may have guessed based on the name of our new puppy, I’m a big BtVS-aholic. I even wrote my college application essays on Buffy (and I got in, so there’s that.) Obviously we weren’t going to turn the ceremony into a musical…even though I did walk down the aisle to an iconic-moment-from-the-series-song, Wild Horses. but I did decide that it should be playing as the girls and I got ready...

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DIY Bridal Emergency Kit

There are a zillion adorably-packaged bridal/bridesmaid emergency kits online which may be perfectly suitable for your needs. I wanted to make my own, mostly because I couldn’t find one that included absolutely everything I might need. I am a fairly anxious person by nature (I joke about it, but anyone with anxiety knows that in reality it blows.) Let’s just say that I spent a good part of the year worrying constantly that there would be an earthquake/tsunami during our wedding ceremony and that in 20 years they would make a sequel to Titanic about my wedding. Titanic is easily my least favorite movie of all...

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Getting Dressed (It Takes a Village)

Tie it Up I waited to get into my dress until the last moment, as getting that pretty baby on is quite an ordeal. I’m really happy I went with a corset for a variety of reasons (top of that list? No alterations needed.) However, those things are not easy to get on. Thank god for my friend Sam, who is a master at both being good at everything and also keeping other people calm. She told some jokes while lacing me up, which was great! Even though Sam was doing most of the heavy-lifting, we made sure to get...

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With Love, The Bride

I had a ton of fun choosing gifts for my parents and the ladies of the wedding party. Just a great opportunity to give back to everyone who had been so sweet and helpful to us… and to people who’ve been a huge part of our lives in general. I’m big into presents to begin with, so putting these together was extra fun. For the Bridesmaids I wanted a nice piece of jewelry that all of the girls could keep, because that’s something I’ve personally enjoyed getting as a gift when I’ve been a bridesmaid in the past. I still...

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Hiding Behind an Elevator

The moments between when the bridesmaids and I all got dressed to head down to the fountain for first looks and the actual first looks were without a doubt the most stressful portion of my day. (Now, if someone had told me about the robbery which I still haven’t really detailed on the blog then that would have been absolutely the most stressful part… thank the lord for great friends.) I had said something offhandedly to one of our vendors about getting ready to setup for the first looks, and no I’m not going to name names but I will say that...

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Wedding Letters in a Photo Book

I wrote a few months ago about putting together a hardcover photo book of some of our favorite wedding cards that we got from friends & family, as well as scanned versions of the paper games we had scattered all over the top floor of the yacht during the wedding. As I mentioned before, these are some of the most meaningful memories that we have from the day. We wanted to protect and keep them, and in the event that the large box of cards we have ever gets lost or destroyed we will now have them in both hardcopy book and digital form...

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A First Look Surprise

When I was still trying on wedding dresses, one shop owner tried to convince me that we shouldn’t have a flower girl and ring bearers because, she said, “kids always steal the spotlight from the bride!” That is one of the top quotes on my list of crazy-things-people-said-to-me-while-wedding-planning. I could not have felt more differently about this than that lady did. I actually, in all seriousness, tried to come up with a way that I, myself, could already have walked down the aisle before the kids so that I would get to watch their total cuteness. My bridesmaids smartly advised me that this...