You're Engaged! Now What?

 

The moment you had been waiting for finally arrived when on that special night your man got down on one knee and asked you to marry him. Ecstatically you said yes. Hooray, you’re engaged! You must be thinking, now what? Figuring out where to start can be overwhelming, but Posh Petals and Pearls is here to give their best advice and expertise on where to start first in the planning process.

 

ONE

Celebrate your engagement! Call all your loved ones and share the big news. Don’t worry about diving into planning your wedding the second he pops the question. Take the time to revel in the fact that you are newly engaged, pop the bubbly, and throw yourself an engagement party to share your excitement with your closest friends and family.

 

TWO | 12+ months before

Sit down with your hubby-to-be and talk details just to get an idea of what you two would like. Talk about colors, food you love, if you want something traditional or rather something funky. Take this time to set a budget, as this will determine all of your other decisions. Go out and take engagement photos to commemorate this memory. Pick a venue, select a date, and then research vendors. If you are finding it stressful to make decisions on which vendor works best, then hire a wedding planner!

 

THREE | 9-12 months before

Nail down the little details. Make a list of what is most important for you to have on your wedding day, and navigate where you will spend more or decide to save. Here’s where you are going to want to book your photographer/videographer, band or DJ, and meet with caterers. Once you’ve booked your venue, go out and find your dress for the big day. If you need a break from the planning process plan a stress free day, and go out and start your wedding registry!

 

FOUR | 6-9 months before

Meet with a print shop or find a calligrapher to create your invitations, and then send out your save the dates. Plan a day to spend with your girlfriends, and help them find their bridesmaid dresses. Book your florist. Start researching where you’d like to spend your honeymoon too. Don’t forget to plan a date night to with your man to talk about something other than wedding details to reconnect!

 

FIVE | 4-6 months before

Help your groom plan a day to spend with the guys to get their attire figured out. Plan your rehearsal dinner and decide where you’d like to host it. Confirm all of your vendors at this time. Meet with your caterer for final tastings, and meet with a baker for tastings and designing your cake. If you don’t plan on doing your own hair and makeup start looking for a vendor, and start hair and makeup trials. Research some looks, so that you can give this to your stylist, so she can have a better idea of the look you want for your wedding day.

 

SIX | 3 months before

Send out your wedding invitations! Websites like Paperless Post has a dedicated wedding invitations page. If you, your bridal party, or family will need transportation confirm it at this time. Start planning what music you’d like to hear at the wedding, write your vows, and ask who you’d like to make a toast.

 

SEVEN | 2 months before

Go for your final dress fitting. Decide on which gifts you’d like to give to your parents and bridal party. At this point you should be working on finalizing all your wedding details.

 

EIGHT |1 month before

There’s no rule to when you can have your bachelorette party – just find a date that works for everyone in your bridal party. Apply for your marriage license, so you don’t get to your wedding day and forget this important detail!

 

NINE | 3 weeks before

Go through your RSVPs and confirm your final guest count to give to your caterer. Arrange for the rehearsal, so that the day of there is no confusion to where people walk in and stand for the wedding. Make a timeline to send out to all vendors and bridal party, so everyone is on time.

 

TEN | Day of

Get married and live happily ever after! Relax and enjoy your special day.

 

 

Real Wedding Wednesday: Piper & Lucas

 

Happy hump day belles! We are so excited for y’all to see these sweet pictures of Piper and Lucas. The two tied the knot over a year ago but we are still so in love with all of the precious moments that Erin Rene Photography captured.

Piper tells us a bit about her big day:

Wedding date:  April 13, 2013

Location: Statesboro, Georgia

Statesboro, Georgia is where I lived until I was 10 years old and I moved back to Statesboro to attend Georgia Southern University in 2000.  Most of my mother’s family lives in the area and Statesboro always felt like home.  The church in which we were married, Statesboro United Methodist Church, is the church I attended as a young girl.  It is a beautiful church, with gothic architecture, and I always wanted to get married in it.

The reception was held about 12 miles from Statesboro in Portal, Georgia on the bride’s grandparents’ farm.  A farm shelter and tent were used to cover the reception area but the weather was absolutely perfect for the entire evening. Ranco Tent Rentals provided the tent, tables, chairs and band stage.  JLK Lighting provided the lighting including lighted spheres over the dance floor and mason jar chandeliers over the bar.  Twinkle lights covered a pergola and lanterns and candles provided light around the reception area.

The Wedding Dress:

The Gown: purchased at Bridal’s by Jodi in Charleston, South Carolina

DesignerMori Lee

Personal Anecdotes:  The dress was an ivory, ruffle halter ballgown with pockets and it was the second dress I tried on. I wore cobalt heels by Glint purchased during a birthday trip to Vegas. They matched the bridesmaid’s dresses perfectly and served as my something blue! The garter I wore was made by a great-great aunt and every bride in my family has worn the garter since my mother in 1979.

How you and your spouse met:

We met through mutual friends over Labor Day Weekend 2010 in Beaufort, SC.

Wedding Style:

Wedding Colors: Cobalt blue/green/ivory

What inspired your wedding style? Cobalt blue is one of my favorite colors and the hydrangea is my favorite flower.  I wanted our wedding to be easy and relaxed for everyone, including the vendors. In order to accomplish this, out guests were met at the reception site with a signature cocktail of strawberry champagne punch served in mason jars with blue and white striped straws. Bevrick’s  Char House Grill of Metter catered the reception with food stations, passed Hors d’oeuvers, and late night snacks.  Food stations included our favorites of shrimp and grits, nacho and taco bar, and a carving station with fresh vegetables. Cheeseburger sliders and sausage wrapped with a pancake were served as a late night snack.  A hit at the reception was the sugar bacon as a passed hors d’oeuver.  Months later guests are still talking about the bacon! After eating, drinking, and dancing, we left the reception under an arch of sparklers held by our guests.

How you planned your wedding:

My mother and I planned the day mostly over the phone and times when she visited me.  We hired Posh Petals and Pearls to help us tie everything together. Hiring a wedding planner, who knows the area and could locate the vendors we needed, was the best thing that we did.  We met with Ashley (Posh Petals and Pearls) who gave us ideas of how things should go and checked over our plans and schedule several times to make sure we had it right.

We followed a southern tradition/superstition of burying a bottle of bourbon upside down at the reception sight exactly one month before the wedding to insure no rain on our wedding day.  It must have worked because the weather was perfect for our wedding and outdoor reception.

Photographer’s Contact Info:

Name:   Erin Rollins of Erin Rene Photography

 

 

Pick and Choose

 

Once you’re engaged you will naturally be flooded with a quickly growing list of to do items. It ranges from things like “take engagement photos” to “buy a wedding dress”. The list is long and some things are more important than others. There are tons of resources out there that will help you create the perfect “I do” timeline for you but let’s take a break from to do’s and talk vendors!

Vendors are the folks who are going to make your dreams come true. From florists and cake bakers to live musicians and paper stylists, you will collect yourself quite a few key people. In the next few weeks we are going to be helping you choose the right vendors that suit your needs, personality and budget. As all of our Posh brides have the luxury of working right along side our consultants as we build their perfect day, we take the guess work out of vendor hunting, one of the best parts of being a Posh bride!

So where do you start? Great question! As you are putting together your ideal day, start to make a list of all of your wishes and wants. Are you set on having a 12 piece band? Make sure to include that in your plans so that none of your wishes are sacrificed.

Here is a sample of some key vendors you will probably need to hire-

Planner 😉
Photographer
Videographer
Florist
Ceremony location
Officiant
Ceremony music
Reception
Reception music
Caterer
Bar tender
Lighting
Rentals such as chairs, tents, tables, china, etc.
Transportation
Hair
Make up
Cake
Favors
Attire

Stay tuned for our next post where we will cover all you need to know before you hire your photographer!

Sweating for the Wedding: Remix

 

As brides prepare for their big day, many adopt a more active lifestyle in hopes of squeezing into her perfect dress. Sweating for the wedding has caught on like wild-fire. Just open the Instagram of one of your engaged friends and you will are bound to find a slew of posts about her pre-wedding workouts.

I totally get it. As a recent bride myself I opted for my sneakers most days, always took the stairs and subscribed to just about every fitness blog out there. I went on long lunch-break walks and skipped that second scoop of ice cream for a few months. It’s not that I wanted to look different on my wedding day, it’s just that I wanted to look my best.

I have never been a super athletic person. Well, let’s be honest, I have never been athletic. As a kid I loathed my sports games, praying the ball would never come way. I wasn’t uncoordinated or unable, I was just the most noncompetitive person on this earth. Gyms have never been my thing. I get so grossed out by all the muscle heads in cut off tee’s and would seldom go. So when I knew I wanted to get into better shape I had to think out of the box, or I guess, out of the gym.

What I found was that I really do like, even sometimes enjoy, working out outside. Fresh air, green grass, hustle and bustle. No sticky sweaty gyms for me. So that is what I started doing. On my lunch breaks I would go for a run. After dinner the fiance and I would go for an evening stroll. On weekends we would do weight exercises in the park. And just like that, I felt better and looked better, and my wallet could not have been happier.

So as you think about the months ahead, don’t be afraid to go for an unconventional or ‘out of the gym’ approach. Try a new workout class in your area. Grab a friend and go for a long walk. Park at the back of the parking lot at the grocery. It’s not about killing yourself trying to get that bride body, it’s about having fun and looking good while doing so!

Fancy Meeting You, Tara!

 

We are thrilled to have you meet Tara, the second half of our fearless leader duo! Tara calls Savannah home and her husband Nathan and her are raising their two adorable children Jackson and Emerson. Their house is constantly buzzing with the two kiddos and two fur babies Brodie and Bailey.

Tara’s favorite thing about Savannah is that it‘s the perfect mix of everything you could want… the beach and marsh for summer fun, farm land with dirt roads and cotton fields in the fall, gorgeous moss draped parks and squares blooming with all kinds of pretty flowers for spring and tons of local activities and events to get you in the holiday spirit for the winter months. Our city really does have it all! She could never just pick one thing.

Tara’s ideal date night in the hostess city: My husband and I have been going to Garibaldi’s every year for our anniversary since we started dating 12 years ago:) I would say I am kind of biased that this is my favorite date night since it is pretty sentimental to us. The food is AMAZING! We also LOVE Lulu’s chocolate bar for a post dinner drink and dessert:)

In a different life Tara would be: Carrie Underwood (My current girl crush)… I mean… what’s not to love about her?!?! She’s GORGEOUS and can make any song sound good!

If Tara were a flavor at Leopold’s she would be: butter pecan because it reminds me of growing up and eating ice cream with my mimi and papa… they always LOVED butter pecan and got me hooked on it!

Tara’s favorite part of weddings: Seeing the Bride’s reaction after she finally see the months of planning and preparation all come together

Tara’s advice for the engaged couple: ENJOY the planning period… This is the fun time! Hire a planner and leave your worries to them;)

A day in the life of Tara: Weekdays I am up around 6am to hop in the shower, get dressed and ready for the day. I first let both dogs outside and then fill their food and water bowls. Next, I get both kids (Jackson, age 5 and Emerson, age 1) dressed, fed breakfast and loaded in the car to take Jackson to Pre-K. After drop-off, I come back to the house, lay Emerson day for her morning nap and then settle down at my computer for a little office work (returning emails, making phone calls, creating inspiration boards, updating social media, etc). Emerson wakes up from her nap around 11am, I feed her a quick snack before loading her back in the car to wait in carpool line to pick her brother up at noon. While in carpool line I make a few work phone calls to kill the time. After pick-up I head back to the house and feed both kids lunch. Most days, my mom or babysitter (depends on which day of the week) come over after lunch and watch my kids while I head out for afternoon meetings. Some days I have meetings all day so my mom takes over with carpool duty earlier in the day (I definitely couldn’t do it without her help)!! Once I get home from meetings we eat dinner as a family and get the kids in bed. Some days, though, I don’t end with meetings until 8-9pm and in that case my hubby is on his own for dinner and bedtime routine (he’s a trooper)! After getting home I sit back down to the computer and return more emails and do a little more work while watching my soap opera on DVR (yes… I watch a soap opera… General hospital 😉 ) I head to bed around midnight and then wake back up the next morning to start all over again! Owning a business is a never ending cycle but such a rewarding one! Yes, I can never turn work off but it does allow me the freedom to attend school plays, field trips and to stay home with my children for the most part. I wouldn’t trade it for the world!!!

All weddings should have…: Personal details that reflect the couple! One of my favorite weddings was when one of my couples chose to have the caterer incorporate family recipes into the menu throughout the night. They gave each of their guests mini cookbooks of the recipes served throughout the night and told which family member each of the recipes were from and what it meant to the bride and groom. Personal details are what set your wedding apart from the next!

Shrimp and grits or fried chicken: Fried chicken!

Photo credit Erin Rene Photography

Real Wedding Wednesday: Kate and Sheldon

 

Kate and Shelton said “I do” on Ocober 11, 2014 and the day could not have been more perfect. The two incorporated personal details that made their special day so meaningful. To top it off, the nuptials were captured by Mark Williams Studio who did a fantastic job! Enjoy!

Photographer: Mark Williams Studio
Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church
Reception: Westin
Hair and Make-up: Skinzin
Florist: Harvey Designs
Videographer: Haint Blue
Rentals: Savannah Special Events
Ceremony music: Perez Strings
Cocktail hour music: The Rosies
Reception music, lighting, and photo booth: All About You Entertainment
Cake: Sally Nicholson
Custom signs: J Leslie Wedding Decor
Transportation: Southern Comfort Limousine, Coastal Georgia Trailways

Wedding Dresses: The Shopping

 

So the time has finally come for your try on appointment, we are so excited for you! We bet you are almost bursting at the seems with anticipation and expectations. We know that with all this excitement also might come some nerves, which is completely normal. We have put together a list of some tried and true tips for you to read before you visit your bridal shop of choice.

  1. Bring some inspiration. Build a Pintrest board, rip out magazine pictures, snap some photos of gowns you like. Make sure to show these all to the consultant you will be working with so that she can pull some gowns that might interest you.
  2. Be adventurous! Just because you try on a gown does not mean you need to buy it, so try on all different styles and fits.
  3. Involve your audience. Ask those you brought along with you what they think of the dresses you are trying on. But remember that at the end of the day you must choose a dress that you love and you are not bound to buy something that everyone loves.
  4. Walk around. Take a stroll through the salon to make sure you can walk in whatever gowns are your front runners. You will be doing a lot of walking on the day of so you want to be positive you can walk in the dress.
  5. Sit down. To go with the previous point, make sure you can sit in the dress. Yes, the sample may feel a bit tight but ensure that you can sit in the darn thing.

Your shopping trip will be one of the most fun things that you do along your wedding planning journey so make the most out of it. If you are not ready to buy at the end of your appointment that is totally okay. Sometimes the best decisions are made after a good nights sleep, so take some time to think about it if you need to. You do not need to shop til’ you drop!

Happy wedding dress shopping belles!

Bridal Beauty: Hair

 

One of the most fun times during a wedding planning journey has got to be your hair and makeup trial. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love being pampered and getting all dolled up? This is usually one of the last things on your big to do list but it is certainly a crucial one.

When brainstorming ideas on what you want your bridal hair to look like I would definately recommend thinking about a few things before deciding. Some brides immediately know whether or not they want their up or down but if you are on the fence consider this; if you are tying the knot in full Savannah heat you might want to opt for an up-do so that your tresses will be stress free all day. You could also play around with fun half-dos or full down-dos if you aren’t worried about your curls falling throughout the day.

Some other things to consider are where your veil will go, if you are going to play with a fun flower crown or use a family heirloom to accent your style. I defiantly recommend putting together a Pinterest board, like ours below, and showing it to your hairstylist before your trial. This way they can see what you are envisioning and ensure you are happy. Whatever you choose, we know it will be beautiful!

  Follow Posh Petals & Pearls’s board Hair! on Pinterest.

Fancy Meeting You, Ashley!

 

We are so happy to have y’all meet Ashley Greene, our co-owner and a lead consultant. Ashley is from Milledgeville, GA and now lives in Charleston with her husband Scott, two kids Grace (7) and Zane (5) and fur baby Campbell.

Ashley’s favorite spot in Charleston: Strolling through Battery Park or through the Market downtown is definitely a must when you visit Charleston. My favorite place is Sullivan’s Island though. I LOVE the beach and Sullivan’s has the best restaurants to top it off!!

Ashley’s go-to date night: The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island & then walking on the beach afterwards.

In a different life Ashley would be: a crime scene investigator!

If Ashley were a flavor at Leopold’s she would be: Thin Mints & Cream…combining thin mints (Girl’s Scouts+Savannah go hand in hand) & ice cream seems like a no-brainer to me!!

Every wedding should have: a wedding planner…duh!

Ashley’s advice for the engaged couple: Remember that the wedding is about the two of you and what you want your guests to experience at your wedding. Sometimes couples start thinking about what other people expect and forget to focus on the wedding that they have dreamed of. Most of our weddings are destination clients so incorporating the guests into multiple events throughout the weekend really helps to create a wedding experience. Think about some of your favorite things to do in Savannah when planning the wedding weekend and find ways to incorporate them!!

A day in the life of Ashley looks like: Every morning, I wake up and get my kids ready & off to school. While they are in school, I try to work as much as I can for Posh Petals and Pearls. Some days it is a lot of phone calls & emails, and other days, I am in meetings with clients and vendors or doing site visits. For my wardrobe, right now, I am loving Stitch Fix!! I rarely have time to shop for myself so having someone do it for me and deliver clothes to my doorstep is genius!!

The best part about Ashley’s job: Getting to know my clients. I have been blessed to work with some amazing people, and at the end of the wedding, I am happy to say that we have not only created a beautiful wedding but also formed a friendship!

Cheerwine or sweet tea: Sweet tea

Favorite southern saying: “Bless her heart”

 

Photo credit: Erin Rene Photography

 

Real Wedding Wednesday: Amanda and Chris

 

Oh y’all we are just so excited to bring you the real wedding of Amanda and Chris. These two love birds tied the knot on May 2, 2015 and it was certainly a night to remember. Aren’t these images by Abri Kruger just stunning?

 

Planner: Posh Petals & Pearls
Photography: Abri Kruger
Florist: Amy Harvey, Harvey Designs
Cake: Low Country Confections
Makeup: Lauren Rossi
Hair: Salon Artistry
Rentals: A Tented Event for chairs and chargers, Linen Hero for napkins and linens
Videographer: Savannah Wedding Films
Lighting: All About You Entertainment
Band: Men of Distinction
Reception: Westin Savannah Harbor
Ceremony: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Vintage car: D.A. Martin
Transportation: Old Savannah Tours
Officiant: Father O’Neal
Custom signage: Ashley Rich Groover

A Day at BleuBelle

 

There is NO greater joy than trying on wedding dresses, y’all. Seriously. I don’t care if you are 8 or 80, when you slip on a fancy white gown your heart just skips a couple beats. Last week, Tara and I spent some time at BleuBell Bridal Boutique to try on a few dresses for an upcoming editorial shoot we have.  Let’s just say that thankfully we had a a few dresses in mind otherwise we would have been there the entire day!

BleuBelle Bridal is nestled into the Twelve Oaks shopping center in Savannah, GA. One side is full of jaw dropping bridal gowns and one side is stocked just about any party gown you would ever need. The boutique has an amazing selection of bridal gowns whether you are looking for a tulle ballgown or a sexy silk fit and flare. They simply have it all!

Carrying designers from Hayley Paige and Watters, Lazaro and Jenny Packham, BleuBelle most certainly has your gown. Their team of bridal consultants are seasoned and poised and will help you find the dress of your dreams. They also carry an array of mother of the bride or groom gowns and bridesmaids dresses to help your favorite ladies find their perfect dress.

Make sure to stop by BleuBell to say YES to the dress! And also make sure to tune in to our next blog post where we will discuss everything you need to know before you try on dresses.

Fancy Meeting You, Ashley Granum!

 

We are thrilled to bring you belles a new series called “Fancy Meeting You” in which you will get to know each of our fabulous consultants. We work together as such a great team and we are just delighted that you found us.

First up is Ashley Granum, our lead consultant heading up our Charlotte office! Ashley is from Warren, OH and now lives in Charlotte with her husband Chris, fur babies Ali and Lulu and their sweet bun in the oven Mason.

Ashley’s favorite thing about Charlotte is that it is always changing. There are always new places to explore and new restaurant to try. She says, “we are growing growing growing here!”

Best date night in Savannah: dinner on River Street and a carriage ride through the Historic District

In a different life I would be… one of my dogs. Lucky pups!

If I were a flavor at Leopold’s I would be: the seasonal flavor, always changing!

My favorite thing about weddings is… seeing the bride come down the aisle.

Best advice for a newly engaged couple: it’s never too early to start planning. The more items you can check off your list, the better. And there will ALWAYS be something to do.

A day in my life looks like: The pups are anxiously awaiting me outside my bedroom door every morning. They do their happy dance as I make my way to feed them and let them out. My goal is to tame the happy dance as we get closer to baby’s arrival…(it’s literally like the running of the bulls down the stairs in the morning). I grab a greek yogurt and a coffee (half-caff these days), and hit the laptop for emails. Sometimes the online shopping/ Facebook/ pinterest bug gets me and I end up spending more than my fair share of time on the laptop. Insert shower, meetings, baby G checkups and errands here. Eventually, I do the household chores and the occasional prenatal yoga session. Followed by a little trash-TV and usually more laptop time. Late night baby kicks and hopefully enough sleep to get me through the next day. 😉

All weddings should have: CAKE!

The best part of my job is that… no day is the same. I love the spontaneity of wedding planning. I would be miserable if I had to sit behind a desk all day… I know this from experience.

Boiled peanuts or cheese straws? cheese straws

 

 

Call Ashley for all your planning needs in Charlotte, she is definitely the resident expert and we love having her a part of our team! We also cannot wait to meet sweet Mason!

 

So You're Engaged

 

Engagement season is upon us belles, one of our favorite times of the year! There must be something about the holidays that makes folks want to get hitched. We see if every year, November and December roll around and all of a sudden everyone is engaged.

If you are among those newly engaged brides out there we bet your head is just spinning with to-do lists and your coffee table is littered with wedding magazine. You might be feeling a little overwhelmed and that is perfectly okay. Your life is about to change in a really awesome way and we are here with you every step of the way.

After the rose petals have settled and the champagne has been popped you might be wondering what to do next. To help you navigate the next few weeks here is a list of some things to act on, think about and celebrate:

  • Share the news! Call friends, family and loved ones and tell them personally that you’re engaged. We recommend telling those closest to you individually before anything is posted on social media. You also might want to tell those you share with first to not spread the news until you and your groom go public.
  • Make it FBO (Facebook official). Let’s face it ladies, we all know that you’re dying to put that ring of yours on social media just make sure you’ve told all the important people in your lives before you go social.
  • Get your bling insured. Your groom has spent a very pretty penny to give you the ring of your dreams and you certainly want to protect it.  Many times you can add it on to your home or renters insurance so call your insurance agent asap!
  • Let the fun begin! Brainstorm with your groom some very very preliminary details such as time of year you want to get hitched, if you’re eloping, and possibly a general location. Grab some bridal magazines and turn the channel to TLC and let your inner bride sing. But, seriously, know when to stop. Take it easy and go slow. Rome wasn’t built in a day and certainly no wedding was planned in a day either!
  • Have some important conversations with some important people. After you and your groom have a better idea of what you are wanting for your wedding it is time to talk money with all contributing parties. We know this isn’t fun but it is definitely necessary. Think about who will have a hand in contributing to the wedding; will it be only you and your groom, your family, his family, other friends or relatives? Sit down with all those people and talk numbers up front so that no one is left blindsided or upset later on down the road.
  • Spend time with your groom! The best part about wedding planning is that at the very end of it you have yourself a husband! With your head always occupied with guest counts and meal choices it is easy to forget to go on a date. Take some time away from planning, days even, and just be present with your groom. Go on a picnic, a run or another fun date. Chances are that wedding planning doesn’t excite him the way it does you so make sure to turn the wedding brain off sometimes.
  • Call Posh Petals and Pearls! An obvious but serious step, make sure to chat with us and see what we can do for you. We are thrilled to be a part of your big day and we can’t wait to meet you!

Bridal Beauty: Nails

 

Is any belle out there as obsessed with nail polish as I am? I firmly believe that you are never completely dressed without polish on your fingernails. Since my teen years I can count on one hand how many times I have left the house without polished nails.

From a very young age, I knew I loved my nails. My mom always joked that I got my nail bed from my dad’s side. My sweet poor momma has terrible nails. I quickly knew exactly what she meant. I grew to love my nails. Obsess over them even. I have never been a biter or picker. I am lover and a polisher and a manicurist. I grow my collection of hues as one would collect pressed pennies or antique spoons. While I partially blame my grandmother for instilling such a devotion to cosmetics I must admit that I certainly keep the devotion alive.

One thing that I think is often overlooked in the beauty planning process is a bridal nail look. Your nails will be in pictures ladies so be sure you choose a color that you love. Although I chose a very simple and classic hue for my own bridal nails, I can totally appreciate more adventurous brides who opt for bright tones and glitter. I would also personally highly recommend gel polish. It stays on your nails like none other and I don’t know about you but I certainly didn’t want chips on my wedding day.

To help get some creative juices flowing I have created a Pintrest board to help you style your look.

Follow Posh Petals & Pearls’s board Bridal Beauty: Nails on Pinterest.

Happy Mani Monday!

Fashion Friday: Fall Wedding Attire

 

With the weather cooling down, or in Savannah more or less staying the same (!), your wardrobe is bound to see an influx of chunky sweaters, warm tights and flannel scarves. I love fall, as I have said before, and I also love dressing for fall. While we can’t always look our cozy best without breaking a sweat here in the low country, temperatures are getting noticeably cooler in the evening. I welcome the cool temperature and changing colors; I am clearly living in the wrong climate!

Recently I attended two weddings up north that boasted some seriously chilly temperatures. As I packed for the weekend, and the outdoor affairs, I knew I would have to stay warm and also fashionable. This was a fun challenge for me as we don’t get those temps down here.

I will say that opting for tights was a lifesaver! Although the sun was out, the wind blew even harder and I was thanking my lucky stars for my thick Donna Karan go-to tights. I also wished that I had thought of packing some cute gloves. My poor little fingers were absolute icicles about five minutes in.

To help our wedding goer’s and brides who might be hosting a fall wedding here are some great ideas on what to wear to a fall wedding.

For the black tie fete:

Black tie fall wedding

Black tie fall wedding by poshpetalsandpearls featuring a blue purse

For semi-formal nuptials:

Semi formal fall wedding

Semi formal fall wedding by poshpetalsandpearls featuring a collar necklace

For the casual affair:

Casual fall wedding

Casual fall wedding by poshpetalsandpearls featuring Tory Burch

Destination Honeymoon

 

Hon·ey·moon ˈhənēˌmo͞on/ noun: a vacation spent together by a newly married couple, otherwise known as the calm after the storm!

If you and your groom have chosen to go on a honeymoon you may now be wondering where to spend it. There are millions of options for a vacation and I feel that a honeymoon needs to be exactly what you want it to be. It is so easy to become overwhelmed with all of the choices out there and really the honeymoon should be the fun part of the planning process, but sometimes it can bring more stress than relaxation.

When thinking of your dream honeymoon it is important for your groom and you to get on the same page. Ask yourselves some questions: beach or mountains, adventure or relaxation, city or rural. Some of these may seem silly but it is really important to talk through these.

Beach vs. mountains- obvious pros to each, a beach vacation being the more popular type of honeymoon we see. Think secluded islands and beaches for miles. But do you and your groom love to hike, ski and do outdoorsy things? A mountain vacay may be right for you! Think the French Alps or the Great Smoky Mountains.

Adventure vs. relaxation- are you two ready to not lift a finger for seven days or are your boots packed and you are ready to explore? Some folks (including my hubby and I) did not want to do a single thing but lay on the beach the entire time so when booking a resort the pool and the beach location were key to us. For adventure seekers ask about activity packages or even check Groupon.

City vs. rural- want to hit the town and party the night away? Maybe a city would be right for you. Think Honolulu, you get the beach and the city! For those who could go to an island population 2 look for something secluded and research relaxation packages.

All inclusive? This is critical to decide early on as it will impact the type of property you will book. Some pro’s to all inclusive are that you never really have to take your wallet or purse with you. You pay everything up front and generally stay within the property to reap the all inclusive benefits. Forgoing all inclusive allows you and your new hubby to explore the town, eat off property and maybe even save a little money. Both are great options!

Whatever you two decide make sure there is something for each of you. If he wants a round of golf and you want a mani/pedi make sure to make those happen- this is the time for you two to enjoy each other and bask in newly-wedded bliss!

Let's Get Real

 

Real weddings are near and dear and close to our hearts. As planners, we are honored to be charged with planning the most important day of your life. We pride ourselves on being up to date on the newest trends, knowing the best vendors in our area and assembling a rock star team. We meet with brides and they give us their list of questions, pour out their ideas and enlist their trust in us. Bring a bride is tough business and that is why we are here, prepared to answer all your questions, make [most] of your dreams come true and send you down the aisle.

One thing that makes working with brides so rewarding is helping alleviate necessary stress, and boy do brides have a wealth of that! It is one of our biggest joys to take the reigns and leave you feeling calm. After planning countless weddings it is pretty safe to say that we have experienced our fair share of pitfalls and triumphs. We learn from both, and go forward even more prepared.

I remember when I was a bride, my vision clouded with peonies and paper goods, my ring still sparkly and practicing my new signature. I remember I was beyond excited. I also remember one of the first meetings I had with our planner, and all the insane questions I flooded her with. Most brides sit in the same chair I sat, a huge looming to do list before them and no clue what to do next. And that’s where we come in!

Helping not only plan but also keep brides and grooms happy and calm it is important that we keep some key factors in mind when beginning the planning process. Here are some examples of some of the most important real life issues and topics we deal with-

  • Have the money talk early. Don’t write a single check or wait for any time to pass by before having “the talk” with all contributing parties. I know it is uncomfortable, but it is so incredibly necessary. After this is done you can move forward knowing exactly where you stand without breaking your budget. Remember, no budget is right or wrong, it’s just important that it fits your needs.
  • Enlist help! This is where we come in, the professionals. Whether you want to plan the entire day yourself and just want help along the way and on the day of or you want to hand everything over at the beginning, hire a professional! We are here to be your advocate, your expert and your worker bee.
  • Make time to not plan. While you are engaged you will be engrossed with all things wedding and it is important to know when to step away and spend some time with your hubby to be. Designate one night per week where you and your groom talk about anything but the upcoming wedding. This will help keep stress levels down and lighten the mood.
  • Exercise! In the immortal words of Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Exercise not to lose weight but to feel happier and less stressed. Find a fun workout class like TRX or Barre and make it a priority to go.
  • Remember that weddings are emotional. You and your groom may be the ones saying the “I do’s” but don’t forget that family and close friends can, and will, get super emotional during the planning process. You might not understand why mom and dad insist on inviting their neighbors from 1983 but try to remember that this is the day they have been waiting for too, and they still want to have an input.
  • Get extra cooks out of the kitchen. We all know the saying and we all have been in situations where there are just too many opinions flying around. Prepare to make decisions on who will be involved with what. Have 15 bridesmaids? It might not be the best decision to take them all bridesmaid dress shopping at the same time, holy drama! Staff your crew with the people who’s opinion you value most but never forget that this is your day and you and your groom have the final say.

Wedding planning is enjoyable but at times stressful. Remember not to forget why you are getting married in the first place, because you found love! Enjoy the ride and savor all the moments.

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