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If you’re looking for the best mountain wedding ideas, look no further! Whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding near the Smokey Mountains or a huge soiree with stunning Rocky Mountain views, you’ll find some of the most creative ceremony spaces, reception decor, favors, gifts ideas, and more right here. We’ve rounded up over fifty amazing mountain wedding ideas to inspire the Best Day Ever, all mountainside! So, grab a cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired…
Now, before you get started, you’ll want to tie in your wedding theme with a perfect invitation. It will set the tone for your entire event and tie it all together. Here are some we love, including save the date cards:
Want to get to your wedding on time? Follow these tips and you’ll be good as gold. Oh, and be sure to follow along or you might miss other helpful tips like this.
One of the biggest things to avoid on your wedding day is being late, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re the bride, the groom, father, mother, best man, maid of honor, bridesmaid or groomsman; being late is stressful. Even guests and wedding vendors worry about being on time for the ceremony. There’s a reason why this song from My Fair Lady was such a hit. It’s not just about being punctual, either; being on time for your wedding will give you peace of mind all day and keep you stress-free. We want you to be a happy bride, not one who is stressed out, sweating, and freaking out as she’s traveling to her ceremony site. And that’s why we’re here to help you out.
See? You can spend less time stressing + more time snapping photos that are happy & carefree, like this (if you’re doing a first look):
Today we’re sharing seven helpful tips to be on time for your wedding. And hey, it may not be the sexiest or the most exciting topic, but it certainly is important. We’ll even let you in on the number one time-waster that happens to nearly every bride — but you can totally avoid it. Read on to get started…
Tips to Be on Time for Your Wedding
1. Don’t leave any projects or last-minute tasks for the day before or day of the wedding.
As tempting as it sounds to say, oh I’ll get to that tomorrow, you don’t want to be running around to finish a project or deliver favors to the reception site or do anything but be pampered on the day of the wedding. I recommend avoiding anything non-pamper-y the week of the wedding, simply because you’ll be busy enough as it is with the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, and packing for your honeymoon. Oh, and you know, BEING EXCITED FOR THE BEST DAY EVER. You don’t have time to worry about to-dos at this point! It’s time to relax.
2. Set two alarms for yourself.
Make sure you’re up way ahead of schedule, too. Get up earlier than you think you would need to. And set two alarms in case one fails (or, you’re like me, and in your sleep still manage to hit ‘snooze’.) It also helps to have someone make sure you’re up by coming over or a simple phone call.
And it never hurts to have an actual watch. We rely so much on technology and, if you’re like me, you lose your phone every two minutes.
Gather up all of those things you’ll need the day of the wedding the week before. (Pssst… here are some tips on what to pack in your bag.) You’ll want to include what you’ll wear while getting ready, your wedding photo list, your makeup, touch-up lipstick, wedding emergency kit, nylons, lingerie, heels, etc. If you have everything ready to go one week ahead of time, you’ll still be able to add to it when you inevitably think of things you forgot (like these for the reception, or your checklist of things not to forget at your wedding). Other things to remember are tip money for vendors, gifts for your wedding party, and a small notebook with the numbers of all of your vendors in case you need to reach them. Also, a spare phone charger is absolutely necessary.
4. Have a back-up plan.
What’s your plan B if your hairstylist doesn’t show? Or if your car breaks down? Or if your gown is wrinkled? Have someone reliable you can count on who may be able to help, just in case. Elect one of your bridesmaids to help you style your hair. And, bring a travel garment steamer — for SURE. You’ll need it for eliminating wrinkles on your gown and bridesmaid dresses.
5. Provide a itinerary for your entire wedding party, parents, and vendors.
An itinerary is crucial to keep everyone on schedule. And plan the times a little earlier than you would think: it’s surprising how fast time goes by and you’ll want to allow plenty of extra time for getting ready and travel.
Also… delegate someone to be in charge of the schedule. Pick someone who is incessantly punctual, whether that is your Maid of Honor, bridesmaid, or mom. And make sure it’s someone who takes charge and speaks up, so they can keep everyone in line and on schedule.
6. Schedule your hair appointment at least one hour earlier than you would think.
It goes by too fast — and you can always use a little extra time, just in case.
And the number-one time waster…
7. Don’t schedule everyone’s hair and makeup at the same time and location.
This is a big one! As tempting as it is to have your entire crew get their hair and makeup and nails done at the same time and location, it can really put you behind schedule. Here’s what we recommend instead:
o get ready at a salon with a team of dedicated stylists (plural), hired for the whole crew
Or, if you’d prefer to get ready at your hotel, resort, or somewhere else…
o have bridesmaids arrive with hair and makeup done
They can still join in on the getting-ready festivities (and photo-ops) and put on their dress, shoes, and accessories then, without the added stress of getting everyone’s hair and makeup completed while the clock is ticking.
Nothing is worse than running late AND hurrying on your hair and makeup.
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And, keep in mind… sometimes it happens. Being late won’t ruin your wedding! Being on time makes it less stressful, but don’t let something small irk or get in the way of your perfect day. These things happen.
Now it’s your turn…
What tips to be on time would you add to the list?
There is one huge mistake most brides make after the wedding, and it’s totally avoidable. So, what is it? It’s more about what brides aren’t doing that is the mistake. Brides are letting their wedding photos go by the wayside, sitting on a hard drive or flash drive, never to be looked at again. Waiting to print out your photos and assemble them in an album is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. And it’s scary because you could lose those memories forever, if something were to happen to your hard drive, flash drive, or your computer gets a virus. I (Emma here!) know first-hand because something similar almost happened to me. I had a bunch of photos on a hard drive for years, photos of Andrew and I dating, photos of us in college, engaged, newly married… you know, just a TON of photo files sitting on a hard drive. Then one day, Andrew wanted to grab a few photos from a trip we took and print them out. But when he went to download them, the hard drive no longer worked; it was corrupted. It appeared as though no images existed. Just like that.
We searched on Google and found, to our dismay, that a corrupted hard drive could need to be reformatted, as in ERASED. Gone. No more. Memories erased in a heartbeat. And, luckily our wedding photos weren’t on there, but can you imagine? Well, we took our hard drive to a computer expert (shout-out to our local computer shop, Tech City Electronics who SAVED OUR HARD DRIVE!) and we got ALL of those photos back. Can you imagine if you weren’t so lucky? After that day, I learned an important lesson and I back up EVERYTHING. And I print those photos now. Every sweet Baby Andrew smile and video moment (there are thousands, and he’s just under a year!), every cat photo of them sleeping in boxes or drawers or on top of laundry heaps (again, thousands), every home project, family vacation, DIY project, holiday, birthday, and everything else. I mean, why risk it?
Anyways, we would hate for your wedding photos to go missing. So we’re here to help you with a discount and a giveaway so you can print out those photos and put them in a beautiful keepsake photo album. But first… check out some of the new photo album designs we spotted over at Indigo Album Design, one of our go-to sources for professional handmade (+ high quality) photo albums. These albums are incredible!
Are you thinking about buying an engagement ring online? Here’s what you need to know to do it right. Be sure to read the post below (and get on the list to stay in the loop).
Hi, loves! We’re curious: are you considering buying an engagement ring on Etsy, Big Cartel, Artfire, Amazon, or another retailer with an independent owner? Or, should you buy in-store because you are not sure that buying online is a good idea? Well, here’s the honest truth: buying an engagement ring online is just as good as in-store, as long as you take a few precautions. Since we’re The Handmade Wedding Blog, we’ve had the honor to work with handmade artisans on a regular basis, as well as couples on the search for handmade everything for their wedding — right down to the perfect engagement ring.
And along the way, we’ve learned how awesome it is to work with handmade artists. Plus, they offer so many custom options you’ll never find in-store (like band width, settings, diamond shape, size, pricing, style… just to name a few). You get to speak directly to the maker of the ring. And your ring is made, just for you (or your soon-to-be spouse). We think that’s pretty incredible.
So, if you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring online, don’t let fear get in the way. Instead, read these important tips so you can buy with confidence. Oh, and be sure to get the proposal on camera because we love when couples do that.
photo: jaclyn l photography
Ready to get started? Here are the top tips, along with a few of our favorite handmade engagement rings. And we want to know… would you buy a ring from Etsy / online? Why or why not?
When you are buying an engagement ring on Etsy or online, make sure you read PLENTY of reviews before you buy. An engagement ring is too important of a jewelry piece to leave to chance, so make sure others have dealt with the seller and have positive reviews.
2. Do your homework.
It’s great to see positive reviews, but make sure you look a little bit further. For instance, when you see five star reviews, read into it and see how many sales, how long the seller has been in business, and whether the reviews are legit. Some companies will have a 100% rating, but only three or less reviews in a short period of time (which leads us to believe the reviews could be fabricated). Look at the timestamps on the reviews, too. Many companies that are reputable won’t open a shop and have a ton of sales with 5-star reviews within days. You get the idea.
3. Check out their certifications.
A reputable jeweler will mention GIA certifications, what types of metals they use, gemstones, diamonds, etc. This is very important, since you’re most likely purchasing a diamond ring, since you don’t want to buy a faux diamond.
4. Get in touch with the seller first.
If you have any questions on particular pieces, custom designs, or need a rush order, make sure you get in touch with the seller directly. If you go to their ‘About’ page, or ‘Contact’ page, you can usually find an email address or phone number to speak with someone. Before you order anything, talk to the seller first.
5. Make sure you take accurate measurements.
Use a ring sizer to get an accurate size. (If you’re reading this and plan to propose as a surprise, use one of her rings with the ring sizer. It’s a sneaky way to get the right size without ruining the surprise.)
6. Find out about return policy / warranty.
Always read the fine print.
7. Save all of your paperwork and communication.
You may need to refer to warranty information, exchange information, or certification details in the future, so make sure you save those emails and statements.
Engagement Rings to Inspire You
Now that you know some tips to buying an engagement ring online, here are some beautiful options we’ve found!
P.S. See, when it comes to ordering custom rings, you’re not limited to traditional engagement rings alone. Since you can work one-on-one with the artist, you can custom create your perfect ring. It doesn’t even have to be a diamond, if you don’t want it to be. For instance, check out this topaz ring. It’s stunning, yes?