Wedding Advice From Others

The Best Wedding Day Advice from Others

“I was so glad that I didn’t stress the small stuff on my wedding day. Once your wedding day rolls around you’ve been planning and stressing for weeks. Let it end before you go to bed the night before your wedding. If something goes wrong it’s not the end of the world. You just married the man of your dreams! Enjoy this day and keep all your memories positive.” —Rebekah

The whole day tends to fly by in a whirlwind of activities and people and details.  I wish my husband and I would have carved out some time right after the ceremony for the two of us to get away from it all, decompress and talk to each other for a few minutes in private.  I kept wanting to drag him away from everyone to have a moment to just ourselves, but we were both being pulled in a million different directions.  A personal private few minutes to reflect with each other before all the madness began would have been really nice.” —Sara

I wish I had invested more in my wedding — not
crazy amounts, but a few more things. You can always make more money, but you
only get one wedding. That being said though, invest more in your marriage than
you do a wedding. Have fun, and make it look nice — but it’s not the wedding
that is the most important detail, it’s everything after that day. 

“The best advice I have is kind of two part. Be sure to
take a moment where it’s just you and your husband and just take it all in –
you will be pulled every which way with people but just remember to take a
second just the two of you. Also it is your day – if you don’t get around to
everyone that’s ok. I spent my entire wedding trying to make sure I spoke to
everyone – this was an impossible task and as a result I was only able to dance
to thee songs outside of the first dance and daddy daughter. That is my biggest
regret – I wish I would’ve just danced and not been so concerned about everyone

“Take a few minutes throughout the ENTIRE
day to really enjoy and cherish the moments between you and your new husband.
Don’t regret anything. The day goes by so fast, and you want to remember
enjoying it and not worrying about the little details or mishaps (if any). Ask
a few friends to videograph/ some photos (If you don’t have videographer) The
wedpics app is awesome because ANYONE you invite can upload any photos/videos
that were taken  that day. So you
can get a different perspective and shots of everyone smile emoticon It’s fun to see what people end up
uploading and some favorite photos came from that!”– 
— Lisa

 I’m happy we did a first look! We got to take
most of our pictures before the ceremony! That left us with more time to enjoy
cocktail hour with our guests!” 

What is your best wedding day advice?  


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Happy Birthday Fenix!

Wow, this post should have been published months ago! Remember when I posted about Fenix’s Birthday Cake? Well this was supposed to be, the post that went up with it!

 ** This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links, all thoughts are my own ** 

Thanks to Fenix was able to get tons of birthday gifts! Not only do that have great deals on toys, that is where we order all the dogs food from! Free shipping, fast, and the cheapest we can find!

Mr. Fenix whas so lucky that his cousins were able to clelebrate his birthday with him!

 Once again, thanks to for helping us throw a wonderful 1st birthday party for Fenix!

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Shop South Boutique

I am so excited to share with you all one of my favorite decal stores! Check out South Boutique. They have monograms for all your needs!

Monogram with jacket wedding ring
This is a sponsored post, but once again all opinions are my own. 

I used Shop South Boutique for the monograms. I actually got the ones that you iron on. I was a little nervous about doing that myself. But, it was super easy! Actually, just like ironing your clothes! First, get yourself a jacket, then go to Shop South Boutique and get any decal! Heck, while your there get a couple extra! You can never have enough monograms! But, wait the best part.. South Boutique has more than just decals! South Boutique has the cutest clothes, scarves & jewelry! 
Check her out on facebook, to see everything she has! She also has the cutest Christmas bags for kids, so don’t forget to check her out! 
My sisters and I wearing our monogrammed jackets from South Boutique
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Recycling A Dress By Burke Does

Every girl knows the hassle it is to wear a dress you’ve already worn. If it’s a dress you love, you can want to wear it all the time, but you would all be lying if you don’t admit that there is a stigma. I don’t have a large wardrobe- and, frankly, I don’t want one- but that means I have to work that much harder to be creative with what I do wear.

This for example is one of my favorite dresses.

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1. I wore it for the first time when I met Casey’s mom (just realizing that was over a year and a half ago. Where is time going?!). I just gotten it from Forever 21 for $12 bucks and thought it would be perfect for the occasion as it was most feminine and modest.

2. This dress made an appearance at the Kappa National Convention in Houston (#kkghouston on social media) in June 2014. Here I am pictured taking a selfie with then-Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity President Julie Leshay.

3. Last Thanksgiving, I wore this dress for family dinner. My sister and I sure do look like sisters, don’t we? Also, she’s about three hair colors later now.

4. One of the perks of having a sister is that we get to share clothes, and this is a dress we’ve definitely shared. Here Laura is wearing the dress at Selaron Steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

I’ve worn this dress in many different places, with many different people, in different levels of formalities. This dress isn’t exhausted, though, and I’m not ready to just give it up. I want to keep wearing this dress, and not just with different crowds of people, so this week I brainstormed new ways I could recycle this dress.

When I looked into my closet, I saw this perfect wine/deep red sweater that I didn’t even know I owned! I don’t remember even seeing this sweater before!

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I put this sweater over the dress and now I went from having a dress, to having a dress and a sweater skirt combo. With earrings and a necklace, suddenly I’ve taken the outfit to another level and turned one dress into three outfits.

There is a real and legitimate value in being able to have flexible clothing pieces. I don’t like to accumulate things- I like to accumulate experiences, so I’d much rather not spending money on more clothes than I need.

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A flexible piece like this, too, can go from a casual day dress to appropriate for work. Being able to make multiple levels of formality out of one base outfit that can be customized in many different ways means I get the chance to expand my wardrobe with out taking up any additional closet space!

Do you have an outfit that you like to mix to look like a new outfit? I’d love to see some of yours too!

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Emilie is a recent Princeton University grad, currently living in Baltimore, MD. She is half of the brains behind, a lifestyle blog by the two sisters. Together, they write about the struggles of long-distance sisterhood, life management tips, their favorite art projects, and their obsession with food. She also makes to do lists at MyToDoList.Me. You can follow her around the web: Twitter. Instagram. Facebook. Pinterest. Bloglovin’

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Marriage Advice From Others

“You really do have to be equally yoked. Be on the same page. Don’t keep secrets from each other. Both husband and wife need to be giving 100% of their love and attention to each other and the marriage, it just makes life so much better.” —Justine

“I think our marriage is so strong because we encourage each other to have and pursue separate interests and spend time with our own friends.  Even now with kids and a family, I think it’s so important for us both to have hobbies and activities we like to do on our own and strong friendships to keep us connected to that person we fell in love with all those years ago.”–Sara

“Seriously, keep the spark alive. My husband and I got complacent in our relationship and it started to feel like I was just his roommate. Don’t stop kissing and cuddling or let things fall into a rut. Get dressed up, go out and court each other! Don’t hound each other about chores and responsibilities around the house all the time. There’s a time and a place for that but it doesn’t have to dominate your marriage.”– Rebekah

Keep communication lines open. You will go through hard times, but keep the communication lines open and stay committed to each other. It will require hard work at times, that’s okay! All good things do.” — Kara

stop having fun together! That doesn’t mean you have to spend tons of
money. Get a $5 pizza and hang out. Always put one another first. Don’t
ever stop!”– Carrie

Remember that you are on the same team. It isn’t wife vs. husband it’s husband & wife vs. the world.”– Teressa  

What is your best marriage advice?  


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Happiness Wherever

Hello everyone! While I am heading off to Mexico for my Honeymoon, I thought I would leave you with some amazing ideas from

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“Creative lifestyle blog with regular designer and TV series inspired DIYs. Along the way, I blog about what I use (Makeover Monday– beauty products), where I go (Wandering Wednesday: hapinesswithoutapassport), how I save money (Thrifty Thursday– up cycling), what I eat (Foodie Friday) and what I do ( Summary Saturday: week in review!)” 

Designer fashion is deliciously wearable but the price? Not so! Luckily we have these amazing designer inspired DIYs which are easy to make and easy to wear! A quick pop into your local bead shop (or online one!) and within 30 minutes, you can make yourself ALL 3 of these pieces that wouldn’t look amiss on the runway. 

The Stripe is one of my favourite DIY blogs because Grace is just so nice. She also comes up with really nice designer DIYs, such as this J Crew-esque bracelet! For full tutorial and photo credits, do visit:

I love Liberty’s for all its quirky designers, such as Astley Clarke, but at over 300 dollars  a bracelet, they’re sadly not on my affordable list. Thankfully they are super easy to DIY! 5 minutes & you should have made your own. For full tutorial and photo credits, do visit:
Anthropologie is one of the most hack-ed designer brands, so how could we leave it out of this list? Full tutorial and photo credit on:
For more designer inspired DIY hacks, do visit 
Thanks, for such a wonderful post! 
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Tomorrow I Walk Down the Isle

Tomorrow I walk down the isle to the man of my dreams. The day I met Justin, I knew I would marry him. Its true, I know he was meant for me, and I know I am lucky to find the one for me. It hard to believe a year of planning is over. All the long nights of craftying and “DIYing” are over, the picking out songs & wedding planning ends today.

A Letter to Justin, 

What ends today, makes the start of something beautiful. I can not wait, to be your partner for life. I will stand by you when times are easy, and when times are rough. I will always support you and your job. Although being a police officer is not always family friendly, I will always support you. I will be home waiting for you, when you have a hard shift, or when you get off 5 hours late. I will always be here for you. I can’t wait to marry you. I can’t wait to be your “partner in crime.” I love you to the moon & back! 

Love your future wife, 

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5 Things You Won’t See At My Wedding

ONE- I will not be walking down to the traditional wedding song! Actually my bridesmaids & myself are walking down the isle to the same song! I am excited to do something a little different. I spent a lot of time finding just the right song, so I can’t wait to share the music with you!

TWO- No bouquet or garter toss. I have never wanted to do that, so it is as simple as that. We will not make all the single ladies go in the middle of the dance floor and jump for flowers.

THREE- No grand entrance for the wedding party & the bride and groom. No thank you, I have seen it all, the funny dance moves, the spotlight attention. That is just not for me. We will be there greeting the guest as they come in & as soon as everyone is there, we will do our first dance!

FOUR- The same number of bridesmaids & groomsmen. You won’t see that at my wedding! Justin wanted four guys, and I just wanted family. So I have three girls, my two sisters, and Justin’s sisters. Since day way, I told Justin it does not matter if we have the same amount of people. We picked who we wanted to be in our wedding, because they are special to us, not because we needed a number.

Click here to see how we asked our wedding party. 
FIVE- A flower girl. Nope no flower girl at this wedding. We didn’t have anyone around the age of a flower girl, so we just decided that we would have a ring bearer. I know our little guy will steal the show, and make up for us not being able to have a flower girl.

Click here to see how we got our ring bearer.

I also want to add, these things won’t be in our wedding, because they don’t fit for us. But if you did have them in your wedding, or you will have them in your wedding, then it is perfect for you! That is one thing I learned about wedding planning, do what you want and what makes you happy! 
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