All About Bridesmaids

I was so lucky to have the best bridesmaids ever! I choose to only have family in my wedding party and looking back I am so glad that I did. It made everything for me so much easier!  But, before we get into this, make sure you check out all the other post about our wedding!

Our Rustic Wedding Shower – Best Gifts For Father of The Bride – Finding The Perfect Photographer – Alternative Wedding Bands

 

Bridesmaids

 

Having helpful bridesmaids is the key to having a perfect wedding! So meet my bridesmaids! Kelly, Kristen & Kristy. Kelly and Kristen are my older sisters, they both helped out so much and made my vision come true for my wedding! Kristy is Justin’s sister (my new sister-in-law.) She lives in Tennessee, so she couldn’t be here a lot, but she helped out so much! Kelly kept me going, she would set deadlines for me and, make sure that they get done!

 

 

The Tips To Keeping Happy BridesmaidsKeeping Happy Bridesmaids

First, let them know what to expect. Are you wanting your bridesmaids to get together multiple times or just a couple? Will they be planning the bachelorette party or the bridal shower? What will they have to pay for?  How much will their dresses be? There are so many answers you should give them when you first ask them to be in your wedding.

Check out how I asked my bridesmaids to be in my wedding – here.

The Bridesmaids Dresses

I knew I wanted all my bridesmaids to wear different dresses. So, I let them pick out their dresses. The only thing I knew I wanted was lace & either dark purple or navy. It was is easy on all of us. They were able to watch prices while looking at dresses! They actually found their dresses at JCrew. They ordered them online during their own time and it was the easiest thing! They found one collection that had six or seven different dresses, so they were all able to pick the exact one they wanted. Looking at their dresses, I don’t think that it could have gone any better!

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Another way to keep your bridesmaids happy are gifts! Who doesn’t love gifts? I got the cutest bags monogrammed from Posh Princess Bowtique. I was able to put them together a goodie bag to thank all of them! I couldn’t have gotten so much more from Posh Princess Bowtique. You guys have to check out her shop! They have the cutest things ever! In the bag, I gave them the sweatshirts we wore on my wedding day. (Check them out here.) I also put a coffee mug & wine! You can never go wrong with wine!

Check out Posh Princess Bowtique on Facebook & Instagram!

 

Your Bridesmaids Time

Remember, it’s your wedding! You will tell so many people that during the planning process, but Posh Princess Bowtiquesometimes I think you need to tell yourself that! You can’t make your bridesmaids put in all the time. If you are expecting them to put in massive amounts of time, fights are bound to happen! Luckily for me, my bridesmaids were family so they were able to put in massive amounts of time! I can never be thankful enough for all they did!

 

How did you make your bridesmaids happy?

 

 

 

 
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The Alternative Wedding Bands

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So you all know my husband Justin is a Sheriff Deputy, if not, you can read about it here, here, and here. Police officers have a different view on wedding rings. The alternative wedding bands are becoming very popular.



There are certain occupations where traditional wedding rings don’t always work. A police officer, firefighter, paramedics, doctor, nurse, contractors & so many more other occupations where tradition wedding rings just don’t work. So that is where the Fit Ring comes in!

Fit Ring is perfect for any male or female who wants to show their love to their significate other without being flashy, or wearing a traditional wedding band. For police officers, there are so many views from each side. Some police wives say that they don’t want their husband wearing a ring at all while on duty. They don’t anyone on the outside to know that they have a family. It sounds odd, I know. But trust me, being a police wife myself that sounds completely normal. Others don’t wear a traditional for the safety reasons. If for some reason they were injured you can’t easily cut it off. A traditional wedding band can get stuck and cause injury. The Fit Ring is safe, simple, convenient and very inexpensive.

 

Fit Ring Alternative Wedding Band

One tAlternative Wedding Bands police officerhe best things about Fit Ring is their commitment to first responders. The Arthletic Family has chosen to support our troops and law enforcement by donating a percentage of the proceeds from all thing blue line Fit Ring purchases to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This in itself makes me love this brand!

Alternative Wedding Bands Are Not Only For Men

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rings! More like obsessed with them! But I am always nervous to get it dirty, or ruin it somehow. Fit Ring is perfect for females as well! When working outside, or doing my DIY projects I always worry aboutThe alternative wedding bands for women getting my ring dirty. But, now I just switch rings and all my worries are gone!  They come in so many different colors and size, I know you can find one that is perfect for you or your significant other!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tips to Find The Perfect Wedding Photographer

Another Wedding Talk Tuesday is here again, and I’ll tell you my five tips to find the best wedding photographer. Check out the past couple weeks Our wedding shower and Gifts for the father of the bride. One thing I took very serious for my wedding was finding the right photographer for my wedding. Pictures are something that you can not get back, so it is important to find the right wedding photographer.

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Tips On Finding The Perfect Wedding Photographer

Simple Wedding PhotosDecide One or Two

I knew from the beginning that I wanted two photographers on my wedding day. I just felt more comfortable knowing that there were
going to be two people taking pictures! I am so glad that I went with my thoughts! With having two photographers one was able to be with the men while getting ready and one was with me! It made everything seamlessly.

 

 

Know Your Style

What kind of photos do you want? Elaborate, simple, clean? I knew that I wanted simple photos that didn’t look edited. It took a lot of Simple Rustic Wedding Themelooking through wedding photographers portfolios to find exactly what I was looking for. If you don’t like the style of photos in their portfolio, most likely you will not like your wedding photos.

Do you want a wedding video too?

I knew that I wanted a wedding video. But I also knew how expensive they were. It just wasn’t something that was in my budget. So, I asked my photographer if they knew any videographers. That was the best thing I did, they replied that they just started doing wedding videos! I was in luck, it was in my budget since I would be doing both photography & videography with them. So if you know that you want a wedding video, you might want to try a photographer who does both. I just might save you money in the long run!

Want to see my wedding video- Check it out here.

 

wedding shoesPrices + Packages

Set a round about price. Make sure you look into everything. What does the package include? 8 Hours of photography? Or only 6 hours? Does it include 100 edits, or only 5? Do you get the digital release to all the prints, or do you have to buy all the prints from your wedding photographer?  A couples weeks after our wedding we had a five-minute wedding video and over 900 amazing wedding photos! I was able to print any and all of the photos where ever I wanted to, and that I believe is the way to go!Simple Wedding Photos

Time Frame + Overtime

My wedding photographer helped me make a timeline, and that was so helpful! I knew exactly what was happening when! I knew that I wanted two photographers for 8 hours. That meant that we had to take pictures of hair and makeup because I had to figure out the right time that I needed my photographers. But, check with your wedding photographer to see if they will work over time? If you want them to stay an hour late, will they? The last thing you want is more pictures and no wedding photographer.



 

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The Best Gift For The Father Of The Bride

 

Welcome to Wedding Talk Tuesday! Did you miss last week’s post? Well, check it out here. I talked about the best rustic couple shower that you have ever seen! Now, I am talking about the best Father of the Bride Gift!

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The Best Wedding Gift For The Father of The Bride

If you know me at all you know that I am a daddy’s girl! I am so blessed to have such a good relationship with my Dad! He is always there for me and always supporting me! I knew that I had to get my dad a good gift for my wedding. He has a running joke that he is getting a raise since I am getting married! Of course, that is after the wedding when I am paying for my car insurance, health insurance and everything in between!

The best gift forthe father of thebride.

I was so excited to find a wonderful shop that would help me create such a fun gift to give to my father! You have to check out  Sweet Melodee, she did an amazing job! Sweet Melodee specializes in custom hand stamped findings! You all know that stamped metal is the in thing right now, so why not give it as a gift?

I gave this gift to my dad at my wedding shower! It was nice to take time and thank him for everything he as done in my life. I felt like it was a better idea to give it on the day of our wedding shower and not the day of the wedding. Looking back, I am so glad that I gave it to him then. The day of the wedding goes by so fast, I feel as if I would have forgotten to give it to him! Yes, my parents helped in the financial part of my wedding, & I could never thank them enough for helping us. Not only did they give so much of their time, but their financial aid was a huge stress reliever.  I know this isn’t a huge gift, but I know my father loved the gift! It was just a small way for me to say thank you to him!  

Now, on to Sweet Melodee, you guys have to go check her shop out! She honestly has some amazing things! Personalized gifts are in right now, and this is the perfect gift to give! Between money clips, guitar picks, fishing lures,  and hand stamped key chains, you can find the perfect gift for anyone!  (Maybe that’s why this is the best father’s gift).  Make sure you go check her out on Facebook.

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Our Rustic Couple Wedding Shower!

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Welcome to Wedding Talk Tuesday! I am so excited to finally be able to share my couple wedding shower with you all! It was amazing! My family did an amazing job throwing Justin & I the best couple wedding shower!

 

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Why We Had A Couple Wedding Shower?

My Answer? Why not? It was so much fun being able to have Justin be apart of all of the festivities! We were able to have all Justin’s friends there and all our groomsmen! Not only were we able to have Justin’s guy friends at the shower, we were able to have my Uncle’s and all my cousins!  It was more of a gathering than a shower! It was so nice being able to have everyone there!  Justin’s mom did throw me a traditional wedding shower, so lucky for me I was able to have the best of both worlds!

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My Advice For A Couple’s Wedding Shower

Assembly Line- What does that mean? Have an area where people walk in & you greet them right away. Greet them, thank them for taking time out of their day to come to your shower & then open your gift from them. It is a great way to make it personal. You can open everyone’s gift in front of them. ( Everyone know’s that is the most boring part of any wedding shower- watching them open gifts.) Well, with this way the only people who have to watch you open a gift are the people who gave you the gift! Also, I highly dislike becing the center of attetion, so this made it way less stressful for me!




Hire A Photographer- It makes it so much easier on everyone! If I didn’t hire a photographer, my mom or sister would have been worried the whole time about getting pictures! It makes it so much easier on everyone! Also, remember the “assembly line” I talked about above. That is a perfect time to make sure you get a picture with everyone who comes to your shower! (These are great pictures to add to your thank you notes to make your thank you notes more personalized!)couple wedding shower rustic

Open House- Making your couples shower an open house is such a good idea! For our shower, we had a starting time and that was it. That it made is super easy! People started coming around 4 pm and I don’t think some left til midnight! I tell you it was one amazing party! Having an open house makes it so easy for everyone! They don’t have to spend their whole day there. If some guest had things to do that night they could stop by and say hi, and not feel bad about having to leave early.

 

Have plenty of food and drinks- Trust me, no one wants to go to a shower that doesn’t have food and drinks! My family had that covered! Of course, we had a make a beer run (Justin’s friends really know how to drink.) My mom made some amazing food & I know that everyone loved all the food! So, my uncles may not have been too happy that they had to go to a wedding shower, but I know the great food and drinks made up for that!Couple Wedding Shower Rustic

 

 

 

 

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Wedding Talk Tuesday

I am so excited that you all are able to join me for Wedding Talk Tuesday! Whether you’re planning your dream wedding, you just got married, or have been married for years I urge you to join this link up & share your wedding details! 

My Wedding

For the first week I want to give you a little information about my wedding… I am married to Justin (Deputy Sheriff). We got engaged October 7, 2014, & married on October 10, 2015. You can read our whole engagement story here.  For my wedding, I knew exactly what I wanted! We had one year to make my dreams come true! My family helped me out so much, it would not have been the same wedding without them! The theam was “pretty rustic” everything turned out exactly as planned! Everyone was such a big help! I had such a wonderful time asking my bridesmaids, & Justin had a really neat way of asking his groomsmen!  Here are some topics to come in the near feature for Wedding Talk Tuesday, planning, the reception, decorations, gifts, wedding showers, and so much more!

Wedding Talk Tuesday

I am excited to link up with you all every week & see everyone’s wedding ideas! Make sure you leave your link below! Feel free to share the button with all your followers as well, so they know to come back every week and read more about your wedding.

 

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Here is also a chance to show off your wedding on Instagram use the #weddingtalktuesday so we can all mingle on Instagram. Can’t wait to see you all there!




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Everything Is About To Change

I hate change. You can see here & here. How much I dislike change. But for once I am so excited about change! I switched to Self-hosted WordPress!

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For awhile now I have thought about blogging. What I wanted to do, where did I want to take my blog? Did I want to quit blogging (the answer yes was thought about a lot.) It takes a lot of time, it takes a lot of thought. Did I want to keep on with this “hobby?” The answer I came up with is yes!

 

Yes, I know I hate change, but this is an amazing change. A chance for me to grow my blog and make it into the blog I always wanted it to be. A decision that took a lot of thought. Justin supported me, and told me to do what makes me happy, and I am so thankful for that.

 

Also, thank you, everyone, for sticking with me through this. I know it is a process, but I am so excited to see where this will take me. Also, thank you all for your support! You all are amazing, and the blogging community is full of wonderful people!

 

Kara

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Why You Don’t Need A No Spend Month

I’m sure you have all heard of this “no spend” month. Where you only spend money on the necessities, and nothing else! I sounds like a great idea! I was all for it, I told Justin how we were not going to spend any money in  January. How we were going to save so much money & be happy that we were saving so much money! People talk so highly of it, but I don’t see many people talk about it during and after the process. After thinking about it, I came up with more reason’s you shouldn’t have a no spend month than should.




It does not save money- So you don’t shop for a month, or you don’t go out to each for a month. Is that going to stop you next month? No… It won’t. You’ll spend just the same amount or even more the next couple months, so the whole saving money is out the window.

The miserable and boring part. You can’t go out and do anything, you can’t go out to eat. You can’t even order pizza! Life is supposed to be fun! We are supposed to be able to go out with friends. Yes, I know you are saying it is only one month.. But what if you have  friends getting married? Do you not spend any money on them? Or if a friend comes in from out of town, do you tell them you can’t go out with them? It just makes it hard. Things always come up in life. 

What do you consider necessities? If you as my husband that question and myself that question you will get two totally different answers. For me it would the wine, candy, and anything I really want in the grocery store. For him it would be tea and frozen pizzas. During the no spend month, I bet your necessities list grows long. So that doesn’t really help you save money.

So there are my three main reasons why you should not participate in a “No Spend Month.”

What do you think? Do you like or dislike the method of having a “No Spend Month?” 




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Goodbye Second Shift Blues

If you don’t know how much I hate Justin working second shift you can read here and  here.  Long story short, second shift sucked!

But, now Justin is on third shift! Which means he will work from 11 pm to 7 am. That means we will get to see each other every night! We have not seen each other for more than two nights a week since we got married ( and a year before that)! How crazy is that, actually we averaged seeing each other around 12 hours every week! Yes sad I know, but now it has completely changed!  We will eat dinner every night together! How amazing is that! I don’t think I have ever gotten to spend every night with Justin since we started dating! It is almost like I am not married to a police officer anymore! Kind of amazing! 
He has been with the sheriff department for almost two years! We have been waiting for him to get off second shift! And it happened! I couldn’t be more excited! 

Of course there are always a downside to life. This downside is, we don’t get to go to bed together.. except for two nights a week. Justin will get ready for work at 9 pm, and I’ll be getting ready to wind down for the night. It will be really different for a while, but that’s something little that we can get used to. ( I mean I am used to going to bed by myself, but not being by myself all night long.)

If you know me at all, I am not a quite person.. at all. And Justin will be sleeping during the days, so on the weekends, I will have to be extremely quiet! So, we will see how that goes! I need to find a quiet hobby to do! I think this will be the hardest thing to adjust to.

But, I can get over the downside, because I actually get to see my husband. We get to be real husband and wife! I am so excited!

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5 Ways To Reduce Your Dogs Energy

5 Ways To Reduce Your Dogs Energy

Walks/Runs – Taking your dog regularly on walks/runs can do great deals, when it comes to getting your dog tired. ( We really need to work on that). I am thinking when Justin switches to third, I will try to talk Fenix a lot more. So he does’t keep Justin up during the day.


Puzzles and Toys– Fenix & Penny both loves toys! But my new favorite thing to get them are puzzle toys. Not only do they enjoy playing with them, but it works their mind at the same time! Thanks to Chewy for sending us this great puzzle! Fenix loves it & even carries it around the house!

Want the puzzle that Fenix has, click here!

5 Ways To Reduce Your Dogs Energy
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Fenced In Yard  Getting a fence was our saving grace! I know not everyone has the means, or the yard for a fence. But if you can get a fenced in yard, I would highly recommend it! Fenix will stay outside and run around like crazy!


Dog Park  Fenix loves going to the dog park! And the best part for me? When we get home he sleeps for a couple hours straight! It is also great for him to be able to go out and play with other dogs, (other than the slobber part, I could do without that). When ever you ask Fenix if he wants to go to the dog park he goes crazy!


Standard Sleeping Schedule Keeping Fenix on a regular sleeping schedule is key for us! He knows when I go to bed, and then sleeps until Justin’s gets up. (I feel like his is like a human!) But, for us it works!

What do you do to get your dogs energy out?

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