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

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DIY Decorating a Perfect Beachy Shower

As I mentioned a few posts ago, my girlfriends did such an amazing job with the shower decorations. One really lovely bonus of having lots of friends who work in creative career fields is that you’ll never be lacking for innovative party ideas! Four different girls were all working on different parts of the shower-planning, so to pull everything together they told me that they had a shared Pinterest board with ideas. Such a great idea to keep things organized without having to meet up amidst everyone’s hectic schedules. What I honestly loved most about what they put together was...

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DIY Creative Shower Games & Favors

A lot of shower games are of the “let’s make everyone feel awkward” variety. I wasn’t worried about this with my girlfriends, though, they are the classiest and kindest. They came up with some really cute things, and we also had plenty of time to just relax and chat with each other! Gift Opening Exclamations This is a great way to have someone writing down all of your gifts and who they were from for thank you card purposes… while also playing a game! My hostess-with-the-mostess, April, pretended that she was just writing down the names/gifts on a paper. She was...

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A Low-Key Shower

I wasn’t planning on having a bridal shower, to be honest. Most of my bridal party, and all of my family, lives across-the-country and I adamently did not want anyone to travel more than they needed to. When I decided on Vegas for the bachelorette, I made sure the girls knew that would be the only “trip” involved besides the actual wedding. The Decemeber before our wedding, a close girlfriend of mine who wasn’t able to make the bachelorette offered to throw a shower… and I surprised myself by saying yes. I am the kind of person who will refuse...

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Welcome Wagon & Creating a Schedule

I was so thrilled when we got to our hotel the Wednesday before our wedding. After spending the month prior having nightmares about various potential family arguments, crashing our car on the way to Newport Beach, guests not showing up… just finally getting the weekend started was a real joy. Once things are happening, and there is so much happiness around you, it is almost impossible to continue stressing. We filled two bell carts with our various attire, wedding decorations, and gifts for friends & family. I had been told that we would get a room upgrade, and we actually...

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Busy Bees

This fall has been so wonderful, and also so busy. My husband starred in a Disney music video (playing Scar from The Lion King) that was released last week. It has been viewed millions of times and was covered on everything  from E! News, to Billboard Magazine, to Perez Hilton. I’m super proud, he has been so close to things like this for so long—to finally see it start happening is amazing! You can check out the video as well as other things he’s up to on his website. As if that didn’t make last week exciting enough, we also...

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Throwing A Pre-Wedding Spa Day for Your Bridesmaids

I had a little daydream once, about two years before we even got engaged. Matt had taken me to Newport Beach for my birthday, and we were staying in the hotel we would eventually use for our wedding guests. Coincidentally, the hotel left chocolate covered strawberries in our room as a birthday gift for me, with a note wishing “Mrs. Drago” a happy birthday… a little foreshadowing, I guess! The hotel has one of the most beautiful spas I have ever seen. The space is huge, a large steam room, a sauna, a little hot tub, a huge “getting ready”...

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Rehearsing Your Wedding

I think the rehearsal is one of the most fun parts of a wedding weekend. It is usually the first time that everyone from the wedding party comes together, and is usually when it “sets in” that you’re really about to get married! I also love the general confusion that happens with bridal parties (some of my favorite pictures from my BFF’s wedding are those where myself and the other ‘maids are looking totally confused at the rehearsal, so funny) even though we all basically know how wedding ceremonies work. It is good to remember, also, that some people aren’t used to...

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Family Photo Shoot

When we got Buffy, we knew we needed to get some great pictures of her while she was at her littlest puppy stage. Our wonderful wedding photographer came up for a day and we got some great shots! Matt had a commercial shoot earlier on this day, so I spent the morning organizing our outfits for the shoot. I pulled some new fall pieces, and even fit in a little nod to our coral/teal wedding colors with my outfit (which is from Nordstrom, if you’re looking for the dress and shoes!) As you can probably tell from the style boards on...

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Flash Forward: More Money Merging

Since I find this to be the biggest “step” post-marriage, I decided to do an update on my previous post about merging finances. Also, because talking about money is such a touchy subject… but it shouldn’t be in a relationship! I’m sure that for every couple this works differently (especially in households where only one spouse works.) Because we’ve been together for such a long time, and living together for almost half of the time we’ve been together and splitting everything 50/50 for all that time, actually merging accounts and having everything be “ours” is actually a pretty big adjustment....

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Rehearsal Cocktail Hour

We spent way more time debating our rehearsal dinner venue than we did our wedding reception’s venue. Because so many of our guests were from out of town, we really had almost half of the wedding guest list on the list for the rehearsal, too, so it was a large group. We considered doing things a bit more “on the cheap” by going to a chain restaurant at the mall across the street from our hotel, and that was sort of the long-term plan that we weren’t super thrilled about but were willing to go with. We still wanted to do the...