Our 5 Favorite Wedding Blogs

When it comes to wedding planning, everyone has an opinion.

This can be a good news/bad news scenario, depending on who is handing out the advice. (Your trusted best friend? Good. His eccentric aunt? Not so much.)

The good news is there are plenty of places to get great ideas and good advice, thanks to creative types who inspire and ease us into the fun of putting together our wedding day.

With hundreds of blogs for brides to befriend, we’ve cut through the content to share five of our favorites you just may want to follow.

Wedding Chicks

Besides their beautiful showcase of real weddings,  hair and makeup tips, floral suggestions and more, the Wedding Chicks blog is full of practical tips – yet doesn’t forget the fun, which is exactly how we hope our wedding planning experience will be: practical, and fun!

Green Wedding Shoes

With their hip sense of style and a love of breaking (in all the right ways) the sometimes-rigid rules of wedding planning, Green Wedding Shoes follows real weddings, focuses on DIY details and also highlights ways couples can keep things personal even when tradition is to be respected.

A Practical Wedding

‘Practical’ might typically be a bad word around the grandeur that goes into wedding planning for some brides, but we love the honest writing, thoughtful ideas and especially their advice column ‘Ask Team Practical” for all those pressing questions you need answers to (for example: Which of My Vendors Should I Tip?)

The Cinderella Project

Rest assured that while this blog is all about the happily ever after, it is intended for the modern bride (not a fairy-tale version.)  Full of beautiful images of gorgeous dresses, shoes, hairstyles and more, The Cinderella Project oozes romance and all the pretty elements of wedding fashion.

Sweet Emilia Jane

We haven’t met her, but we’re pretty sure Emilia Jane is as sweet as she promises if her wedding blog full of lovely and endearing images is any indication. Showcasing crafty concepts and ideas from weddings she planned herself or ideas that have inspired her, everything in her blog is in great taste.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things

Ask any bride married prior to 2011, and she’ll tell you there once was a way to plan a perfectly personalized wedding before Pinterest.

Thankfully, the rest of us will never know what that was like, since being inspired by other brides and their wedding day is one of the best parts of the photosharing site. We’ve been keeping track of some of our favorite ways couples have added their own touches, as pinned on Pinterest, and we’re sharing a few of them this week.

1) Every reception is unique, but after attending more than a few of them, you’d be forgiven for finding everything a little familiar. That is, until you’re greeted by this amusing, tongue-in-cheek guide to getting through a wedding.

2) Depending on your seating arrangement, and your circle of friends and family, the sit-down reception could be an experience in awkward conversation, for some. Give idle minds and hands something to do to help break the ice while leaving you with a  list of advice you may (or likely may not!) want to take.

3) We all want to carry the memory of that magical day with us, so we loved this idea of saving an (un-noticeable) segment of the dress or veil in a pendant, post-wedding day.

4) When you were falling in love, didn’t you take some things as a sign that you were destined to be together? Fitting then, to have an actual sign that greets your guests and says it all about your serious commitment to one another.

5) Put your foot down when it comes to the classic idea of ‘something blue’.  A burst of unexpected color can add a punch of pretty splendor anywhere you tread.

6) It’s easy to adore the idea of an outdoor wedding, especially when seated in a fashion that allows everyone a great vantage point while literally making them part of the much-anticipated walk down the aisle.

7) Falling in love, they say, is like imprinting your heart upon another. While that may be physically impossible, you can leave your mark – or should we say prints – on your thank you notes or seating cards, with this great idea that literally can’t be copied by anyone else. (The actual fingerprints anyway.)

We’d love to see your favorite Pins.  Add #PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com and we’ll repin and share your inspiration!


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A Sweet DIY Christmas Keepsake

There’s so much to look forward to when you begin creating your own traditions as a couple. Whether newly engaged or newly wed, the holidays are an exciting time to celebrate ‘firsts’.

Take that lovely holiday tree you have decorated and set up in your home. It’s a symbol of beauty, strength and the cycle of life. Inspiring, isn’t it?

When the time comes to take it down, before you throw away (or recycle) it, try this simple but sweet way to create your own everlasting memory for years to come:

You’ll Need
Tree Trunk
Sharpie Marker
Thin rope, twine, or ribbon

How To:
Make straight cut from the bottom of a small tree (perfect if you are discarding your holiday tree at the end of the month). About 1/2 inch thickness.

Allow it to completely dry (we recommend 3 weeks as tree trunks retain water for a while)

Write a commemorative message with a Sharpie,

Seal it with Verathane and let dry overnight

Once dry, if you wish to use it as an ornament or hanging keepsake, drill a small hole and loop wire, twine or ribbon through.

Keep Forever.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays and many merry adventures ahead, from all of us at PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com.

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Thanksgiving Inspiration

These delightful chair covers would be just perfect for a Thanksgiving wedding!

Photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty.


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