Choosing a Wedding Band: Bride Edition

To do lists. To do lists are my absolute favorite thing in the whole entire world. There is something about the smell of the new sticky note pad I often use to make these lists. When I check off an item I feel a rush of accomplishment. I feel productive and confident. My own to do list while planning my own recent wedding constantly grew larger day by day. I followed the timelines of so many different wedding bibles I loved.  I made sure I had checked off every big box and when I did I felt totally in control. As the months wore down and my big day inched closer my to do list seemed to shrink and this I completely welcomed. It wasn’t until I was chatting with a close friend over coffee one day that I realized I had forgotten something. A BIG thing. A really super duper important thing.

I didn’t have a wedding band.

And oh boy did panic ensue. I immediately called my calm, cool, collected fiance and word vomited this huge oversight. I couldn’t get the words out of my mouth fast enough. We needed to get my wedding band immediately, like yesterday. I was out of town at the time and begged him to go down to the local jewelry store to look. While he indulged my panicky plea I still felt unaccomplished. My control freak self wanted to be there to pick out the perfect addition to my engagement ring. What if what he picked didn’t match? What if the diamonds were too big (yes, I feared that!)? What if the band took away from the beauty of my engagement ring? So naturally, when I got back in town a few days later I took us on a mission to find my wedding band.

Now I would love to say that this shopping trip was one of the highlights of the wedding planning process but, sadly, it was not. We went from store to store, each time a little more disappointed. Nothing quite fit. Nothing really matched my setting, or personality. They weren’t what I envisioned myself wearing for the rest of my life. By the time we left the fifth store I was completely defeated. My poor sweet fiance felt helpless as he knew I would not rest until we (I) found the one. I felt annoyed and annoying. Why was this such a big deal to me? I should just pick one and call it a day. We decided to take reprieve and go grab a diet coke. While we were driving out of the parking lot I suddenly shouted, “wait, let’s try over there!” A jewelry store we hadn’t tried yet? I thought we looked everywhere.

Walking into the store with a massive chip on my shoulder I immediately asked the saleswoman two questions: 1) how long do wedding bands take to size (mind you this shopping trip was only weeks before our big day) and 2) do they carry platinum bands in the store (both my fiance and I had a hard fast rule that we only wanted one metal for both of my rings). Her answers were music to my ears. With a smile growing across my face I looked up to my fiance with a new found sparkle in my eye and exclaimed, “let’s look!” I showed the saleswoman my engagement ring so that she could show us some wedding bands that would coordinate. As she pulled out the first band and I slipped it on my finger I instantly knew. I had finally (at the sixth store) found my wedding band.

As you make your journey to find your perfect band remember these little nuggets of wisdom:

  • Shop around. Now while I wouldn’t recommend hitting up six jewelry stores in one afternoon, getting to try on different styles is important. This is the ring you will wear for the rest of your forever. Get a feel for what you truly want and kindly tell your fiance your preferences.
  • Planning on wearing a family heirloom? Make sure to get it properly sized well before the big day.
  • Don’t forget about the groom! Shop around for styles for him as well and make sure you know his ring size. Will the groom not wear a ring? See if he would like another piece of jewelry or memento to remember your union by.
  • Store both rings in a safe place until the big day arrives. Slip them into your boudoir or a safe if you have one. Give both rings a little cleaning a few days before the ceremony so both are in tip top condition.
  • Once the big day arrives place both rings in the safe keeping of a trusted friend, relative or member of the bridal party.

Here are a few bands that I love for all different types of brides

 

As we wrapped up our purchase at the store I felt a rush of adrenaline knowing that we were one step (one big step) closer to officially being married. It donned on me that I wasn’t being picky, I wasn’t being unruly or over demanding. I simply wanted the ring that I would wear, the symbol that legally and spiritually tied me to my husband, to be mine. When I finally found my ring I knew that it was not only an expression of the woman I am but also of the marriage we were going to build. It was the reminder of the covenant we were about to enter into. And that, I took very seriously.

With love and wedding bands,

HP

 

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Mother of the Bride

The mother of the bride is the closest guest to my heart.

Within weeks of my engagement my mom took on a multiple roles- mother of the bride (by birth), best friend (by choice) and stellar wedding planner (by love). The last role has been a challenge. While I do not exactly fit the criteria of a bridezilla, I am not the easiest, walk in the park type of bride. I am sometimes indecisive, lovingly laid back and quick to lose focus between all the embellished possibilities. There are too many options for invitation fonts, bridesmaids’ dresses, flower choices and bridal beauty styles. I needed mom!

To be honest, during most of my mom’s perfectly posh planning I was stuck in a bridal daydream.

Enter Ina. My mom is focused, ultra organized and incredibly invested in every detail. Since there were hearts on the programs, the MOTB ordered matching hearts for the cocktail napkins and menus. My mother knew that a flute makes all the difference during the procession. Apparently, the hospitality bags need to be packed with proper nutrition and a timeline for guests. Everything was planned with an extra touch of love and effort.

Brides often babble about bringing their bridesmaids for dress shopping, trials and various appointments. If possible, I suggest bringing along mom and cherishing the time you two have together. A mother knows her bride best.

Of course, there will be laughter, moments of stress and sporadic yet very happy tears.

Mom, remember when we picked dramatically different flowers on our first trip to the florist? Thankfully, I took your advice for the final arrangements.

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A stunning MOTB with impressive taste.

Remember when we left bridal boutique six out of seven feeling defeated? Would I ever find my dream dress?

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Despite minor frustrations, we always managed to capture the moment!

Of course, you must remember when I tried on the one? We both lit up. We had found the perfect Pnina.

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We said “Yes” to the dress!

With the big day just moments away, I will soon focus on meeting my groom at the end of the aisle. With that said, when I look back on my wedding, months and years down the road, I will remember the elegant belle behind every bow, pearl and sparkle. Thank you to my sweet mom for planning a beyond fairytale wedding. Thank you for devoting your time, heart and endless energy into our special day. Although we have shared many memories together throughout the years, wedding planning with you has been a very vivid reminder of why a mother is a girl’s best friend.

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I love you endlessly mom!

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Married to your Maiden name

Since I am just days away from becoming a “Mrs.” I’ve had to answer two questions like a broken record:

  1. Are you ready?
  2. Will you change your name?

In my mind, the first question is worthy of a quick and cheerful “yes!” I’ve been engaged for over a year. As much as I adore wedding planning, and documenting each decision, I’m completely ready to walk down the aisle. I’m even more excited and ready to reverse the runway as a married woman. The walk back with my groom means our marriage is official!

The second question, however, has required more thought and reflection. I’ve always loved being a “Drew.” I am forever proud of my grandparents who arrived at Ellis Island from Poland and courageously accepted a revised surname with the hope for a bright future. Diereczinski was far too long and complicated. From 1946 forward, my family embraced Drew as a way of life, rather than just a new name.

On June 20th, the Peterman’s will be smiling from the other side of the chuppah. Not long after I met the parents of my prince, John Benner Peterman II let me in on a little family memo. The Peterman’s are perfect and perfection is intimidating!

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Pretty soon I will be sharing everything with my groom.

But, will I choose to share his last name?

So what to do?

  1. Remain married to my maiden name…I do love Drew.
  2. Hyphenate?…Sarah Helen Drew-Peterman (a long, yet wholesome choice).
  3. Drop Drew?…The most common, conservative option, I suppose.

With nine days left and three options calling my name, I have realized that this question is worth careful consideration. Since writing is my passion, line of work and pride, I have considered the possibility of keeping Sarah Drew as my pen name. I know several women who maintain their maiden title for professional reasons, personal preferences, or a little bit of both. A last name does not define a strong, fruitful marriage.

Here’s my final thought: Don’t feel pressured to make a quick decision. Names can change, but hopefully the husband sticks.

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License to Wed

About one week ago, I headed to Town Hall with my fiancé to apply for our marriage license. While I’m used to renewing my driver’s license and updating my passport, I was completely clueless about the process. To make matters worse, the lady executing our paperwork did not share my wedding jitters and casual humor. When she asked whether or not the groom was also my cousin, I could hardly keep it together.

A Polish bride and Pennsylvania Dutch groom? We were surely far from family.

Rule 1: however ridiculous, answer each question with composure. Brides, bring your serious, commitment face.

Documents to say “I Do.”

Naturally, out of pure excitement, I failed to bring all of the necessary papers to our appointment. Although hard to admit, I just may need my wedding planner for everything bridal (mom knows best)!

I advise brides to read all rules specific to their Town Hall/City Hall before skipping through the doors. The bride and groom will most likely need to gather birth certificates, passports and proof of residency, among other obscure papers. These are the types of documents usually buried deep in safekeeping.

Timing is essential. 

Pay close attention to the timeline for applying and obtaining a marriage license. For example, my town requires registering no more than thirty days before the wedding date and no less than seven.

A basic bridal equation:

No marriage license= no marriage.

Bring a buddy- AKA the witness.

Pick a witness to oversee the process, initial several forms and take an oath. I suggest choosing someone of significance. After all, acknowledging a marriage is an honor. We asked my grandmother, Gladys, to sign our papers and act as the witness. While I laughed over a few of the questions, she cried tears of joy. We struck the perfect balance.

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a necessary selfie.

Brides, don’t forget to snap a quick picture with your memorable marriage receipt. It’s certainly the best $28 I have ever spent!

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Guest before Bride

I spent Sunday evening of Memorial Day Weekend attending my cousin’s fabulous wedding. Ashley and Keith became husband and wife at the very same venue where I will marry JB in just a few short weeks. My one night role reversal from bride to guest was surprisingly liberating. It was a much-needed break from wedding planning.

Since my hair will soon be flowing like the brides, with a sparkling veil, I decided to throw it up in the highest pony possible. I wanted to rock the farthest look from that of the bride.

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Mission accomplished with a slight Mohawk.

If at all possible, I suggest brides attend at least one wedding before tying the knot. On that note, it’s better to be just another guest so that you can observe the affair with zero responsibilities. Bridesmaids are busy.

Below are a few observations from the perspective of a guest, rather than that of a bride-to-be.

Cocktail hour is social hour!

The ceremony is intimate. The reception is where family and friends surround the happy couple with song, dance and champagne filled cheers. I recently learned that the cocktail hour, however, is intended for the pleasure of the guests. It’s roughly one hour where couples, families and the string of singles begin an evening of indulgence. From this hour forward they will be eating, drinking and mingling well past midnight.

At first, I was surprised to observe that the bride and groom were out of sight for most of cocktail hour. Apparently, I will be intentionally hidden too. Perhaps someone was busy helping Ashley bustle her dress. The bride and groom most likely snacked before greeting their guests. I’ve learned that newly married couples rarely enjoy their delicious cocktail hour. They are far too busy receiving congratulatory hugs and snapping pictures. Starring in your own show is hard work.

Solidify the details of special dances.

I’m not the type of bride who can cry on cue. Although moved, I kept dry eyes throughout Keith and Ashley’s beautiful ceremony. It was during the father/daughter dance, however, where I became emotional. While a familiar version of Rod Stewart’s “Have I Told You Lately” belted from the band, I looked over at my dad and imagined our dance together.

My father has always been my dancing partner. Whether we are at a family party, wedding, work dinner or just at home in the company of two rambunctious Chihuahuas, we never waste an opportunity to share a dance.

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It’s hard to make us sit still at events.

Direct the band before your big day.

The ride home from Ashley and Keith’s wedding was spent discussing music. JB contemplated a few songs for the dance he will share with his mom; he is currently deciding between the iconic Billy Joel and the adorable Jason Mraz. The band at my cousin’s wedding drew a joyful, energetic crowd to the dance floor. The beats were popular, playful and catered perfectly to both the friends of the bride and groom and those from a (dare I say) slightly older generation.

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#AshleyandKeith2015

Dedicated to the magnificent bride Ashley and my sweet cousin Keith. You two make a magical couple. Although I will soon swap places with the bride, I know we will both share the dance floor for the entire evening!

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Beyond the Bride

Throughout the planning process, I’ve been repeatedly told, “this day is about you and JB.” After all, everyone watches the bride as she takes her graceful last few steps as a single woman. With six weeks before our wedding, I have broadened my thoughts beyond the bride and groom.

I’ve also heard classic, “you should have eloped,” comment from those who catch me buried in bridal thoughts. Every bride-to-be should know that a little bit of stress is expected. Despite all the planning, plotting and layers of white tool, I’ve learned that there’s simply no wedding without the bride and groom’s family.

These last few months have been filled with valuable memories- the best of which have been with my parents and grandmothers. They have all taught me that marrying the one you love will be the most rewarding life decision.

In previous posts, I have conveyed shortened versions of two beautiful weddings remembered by each of my grandmothers. The first was a story of finding and savoring love amidst the agony of the Holocaust. Ultimately, my grandmother Esther and her beloved Martin surpassed immeasurable hardship and thrived with a very specific mindset: they would live for all the good in the world.

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49.5 years of pure happiness!

The other story, is one of tremendous love, promises of goodnight kisses and an incredibly fruitful marriage. My grandmother Gladys and sweet Selwyn filled their marriage with constant adventures, travels around the world, romantic surprises and contagious laughter.

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53 years of excitement!

Lastly, I am aware that our wedding falls on an incredibly special, family weekend- Father’s Day. Many people have jokingly said, “This Father’s day your Dad will be giving you away.” What an unfortunate point of view! I am honored to link arms with my greatest role model as I walk toward my groom. There’s no passing of the bride from one man to another. I am lucky to know that both relationships are mine forever.

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My strongest support as Sarah Drew and as the future Sarah Peterman.

As the RSVP’s continue to arrive, I check off each “yes” with growing excitement and gratitude. Although I love hearing stories about couples that have successfully eloped under the Eiffel tower or the starry skies of isolated beaches, I can’t imagine saying “I Do” without my family.

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The Rehearsal Dinner

The night before my cousin Lisa’s gorgeous wedding, the bridesmaids and groomsmen took a joyful walk down a flowerless aisle.

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practice makes perfect!

We spent about forty-five minutes reviewing the ceremony. People were everywhere, decorations were nowhere and the excitement for the upcoming day was palpable.

The next evening, when my cousin Jason and I received the cue, we walked arm in arm to our assigned spots just beside the beautiful chuppah. We were paving the way for a magnificent bride.

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What a difference from the night before!

Nearly four years later, and two months closer to walking down my own aisle, another rehearsal dinner is coming together. Much to my surprise, our dinner will not make use of a rehearsal. The wedding party will review all details of the aisle on the big day, rather than the night before. Apparently, I’m excused from the madness.

Our rehearsal dinner will take place at the hotel where our guests will stay, as opposed to the chateau. The short yet sweet evening will be filled with food, laughter and toasts. There will be no learning to line up. Leaving all instructions until an hour or so before the ceremony is a bit risky, right? I thought so too.

A couple things for brides to consider when planning a pre-wedding dinner:

Don’t make your wedding party rehearse speeches. 

I’ve learned that the rehearsal dinner is purposefully casual. However, the menu certainly requires careful selection. Perhaps there will be small flower arrangements on each table. When all planning is done, don’t be the bride who bosses the bridal party. They’ve been through enough. You’ve probably picked their dresses, hairstyles and seating arrangements. Let them live a little at this dinner. It’s their time to spill embarrassing stories without remorse. Essentially, the rehearsal dinner is a free pass.

Don’t overthink your glam plan.

Rehearsal dinners are intimate and calm. The wedding day is grand and pleasantly chaotic. Therefore, I have reconsidered wearing heels to the gathering. I may have my hair (professionally) thrown up with minimal makeup. While I still want to look like the bride, there is something special about saving the glitz for the white dress. The wow factor should be reserved for the wedding day.

Lastly, the bride has a bedtime.

When the final bite of dessert has been consumed, it’s the bride’s cue to say goodnight. Most likely, the groomsmen will just be beginning their night. It’s almost like a second bachelor party for the men. The bride, however, needs to prioritize beauty sleep over anything else remotely tempting.

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Rehearsal dinner = rest for the bride.

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“Happiness (is) only real when shared.”

Christopher McCandless from Into the Wild

Last Saturday, I spent two hours in traffic devoted to wedding planning instead of reflecting on the purpose of my destination: to celebrate Passover in the company of fifty plus family members.

Passover commemorates the liberation of Israelites from Egyptian slavery…

In other words, it’s not the appropriate time or place for wedding worries.

Apparently, the swatch for the bridesmaid dresses went missing. After giving the green light to send our invitation list to print, the mother of the bride caught several mistakes. Lastly, a specific flower that I have been admiring for the ballroom will be out of season come June. Three strikes?

And so, regretfully, I entered my annual Seder with wedding woes on the mind. Thankfully, hours later, with a full belly and a restored appreciation for the holiday, my exit appeared far less dramatic.

Since this past weekend was devoted to Passover and Easter celebrations, I thought it fitting to shift the focus from the bride to her family. Color coordination is ideal when walking down the aisle. Flawless invitations are well received. Beautiful flowers are picturesque. But what’s the wedding without the family?

Fortunately, religious gatherings serve as a reality check for every bride who has been distracted by wedding planning. This past Saturday was a sincere reminder that despite months of endless preparation, the wedding day will come and go. Family is forever.

Snapped on Saturday night:

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Four Generations of Drew’s- we are happiest when together.

Wedding traditions such as wearing “something blue” are exciting to embrace. Family traditions, however, are invaluable. I urge every bride to stop overthinking trivial details and instead, treasure those who will share in the happiness of the big day.

~Dedicated to my amazing Aunt Zindy. Thank you for always cooking the most delicious egg noodles and soup on Passover. Your warm heart and commitment to family traditions is admirable.~

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Aunt Zindy:

Queen of family feasts and fashion (what a fabulous combo)!

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Pondering programs.

My parents recently attended a gorgeous wedding in Palm Beach, Florida. From what I could see, my favorite detail was the big bow that cascaded down the back of the bride’s dress. I adore a bold bow! Since mom was both a guest and a wedding planner on a mission, I received a full recap of the dreamy affair with plenty of pictures. Visuals are key when planning.

With three months left until the big day, there’s not much time to spare for new inspiration. With that said, we are still debating the necessity of programs for our short, yet very sweet ceremony. The question of the week is as follows: Are programs just another piece of paper to bejewel before being tossed, or will guests be puzzled without paper?

Below is an image taken by mom just minutes before the ceremony commenced…

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Gaze across the aisle…

At first glance the romantic floating candles consumed my attention. If you look closely, however, you will spot a guest in a seafoam gown studying the program rather carefully.

Since our wedding will include an interfaith ceremony, it might be helpful to provide an explanation of blessings and rituals, both Jewish and Protestant.

The Jewish tradition of breaking the glass can definitely alarm guests if caught off guard!

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(My cousin Bryan and his beautiful bride Jamie are pictured above)

The program also included a list of people who walked down the aisle. It’s nice to introduce the entire entourage from the proud grandmas to the rambunctious best man. Stella, my two-pound Chihuahua, just might make an appearance down the aisle (escorted by the ring bearer) should I decide to include friends with paws.

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Bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes.

The program concluded with a small note of love and gratitude from the elated couple. It expressed appreciation for those who watched the ceremony with love from either side of the aisle.

After considering the information guests may wish to know, I am excited to map out a program for our wedding.

Below I have summarized my main reasons to push a program. Hopefully, some of these thoughts resonate with other brides-to-be:

  • If guests arrive early they will have engaging reading material
  • Religious blessings/traditions can be explained
  • Honorable members of the wedding party can be properly introduced
  • Guests will feel included in the intimate moments of the ceremony such as the vows

I am no longer indecisive when it comes to pondering a program.

~Dedicated to Bryan Drew. Thank you for breaking the glass which welcomed a true beauty (inside and out) to the family!~

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Embrace the Mistakes?

…maybe.

On my most recent flight home I spent much of the ride confiding in Leslie, a fellow bride who tied the knot a few months ago. She entertained my to-do list for the takeoff, before providing a piece of advice that no bride ever wants to hear. Apparently, the best thing a bride can do on the big day is maintain a smile, look pretty and “embrace the mistakes.” As my facial expressions suddenly shifted from happiness to horrified, Leslie chuckled and said, “You will thank me come June.”

Hold on posh brides-to-be. I’m the exception, right? I have spent countless hours carefully planning with the mother of the bride to ensure that every plan has a thoughtful back up. The stylists will be on call in case my hair wilts and my eye makeup runs. Even waterproof mascara has its flaws. Also, if the clouds do not cooperate, the ceremony will be moved into the ballroom. I’ve heard that exchanging “I do’s” on a rainy day is lucky. I’d prefer a charm bracelet or something.

Here’s what really happened to my plane buddy. On the day of Leslie’s wedding, one of her bubbly bridesmaids commented on the interesting choice of flower arrangements. A clash was evident. Unfortunately another wedding on the same day, which was already in progress, had swapped flowers. Leslie’s bridesmaids wore  red dresses while carrying bright yellow roses down the aisle. On the upside, the mishap was a conversation starter for guests during the reception!

Flash-forward about one hour: after the big reveal, as the groom approached the bride for intimate pictures, he caught his finger on the corner of a rustic, antique chair. A speck of red landed on the train of Leslie’s dress. Luckily the groom had nine other fingers. The bride made a semi-valid point: there’s just one dress.

As the flight attendants prepared the cabin for landing, I gazed across the aisle with envy. A part of me wished I had been seated one row up, next to an adorable elderly lady. I bet she would have loved the video of my proposal and the pictures from my most recent dress fitting. (I find myself sharing photos of gown with complete strangers. Do other brides-to-be do the same?) #bridalproblems

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Since I can’t show readers my dress (yet), here’s a picture from the shopping excursion.

Although Leslie had no filter, it was slightly refreshing to hear a dose of bridal reality. Here’s the moral: before, during and after the wedding there will be curveballs thrown at the bride. Imperfections are inevitable. Hopefully my florist will take note of multiple weddings on the same day. Since I am marrying my love on the longest the year, hopefully the sun will shine at its brightest and longest. However, if certain things do not go as planned, I will take Leslie’s advice and embrace the “mistakes.” Despite the trivial flower mishap and barely stained dress, Leslie is happily married and still feels as if she is on her honeymoon.

As I walked off the plane, my new acquaintance bid me farewell with the following thought, “Don’t worry, Sarah. Things could always be worse. Remember when Big left Carrie at the altar?”

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I’ll take yellow flowers over this disaster.

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The Big Day Before the Big Moment

When I was newly engaged, I used to dream about two specific moments at my future wedding:

  1. Walking down the aisle
  2. Waltzing into the ballroom as Mr. and Mrs. Peterman

Big reality check: there is an entire DAY before the MOMENT of exchanging “I Do’s.”

My mom called me yesterday to chat after she had met with Andrew, the head of the wedding venue. They gathered in New Jersey to discuss a general timeline for the day. There are appropriate time slots for everything and anything bridal: hair, makeup, snacking, pictures, the huge reveal and so forth. Actually, when all is said and done, there is an entire day before the wedding even begins. Timing is key.

Don’t stress, brides-to-be. Luckily, the wedding planner will handle each chapter of the day in collaboration with the venue. I just heard some unexpected news: apparently, in my case, the bride does not need to attend the rehearsal before the ceremony! Please refer to the ALL CAPS line in the e-mail I have copied below:

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Evidence of my pardon (reading this feels even better than being excused from jury duty!)

The best part of this e-mail, aside from the use of caps, is the following line: “It is her time to rest and a get a snack and fix makeup or whatever.” Clearly only the mother of the bride understands that her daughter will need a break to refresh and refuel before the ceremony. She may also need time to upload her very first wedding instagram with the appropriate hashtag: #meetthepetermans.

At first, I was slightly jealous that my groom and his groomsmen will have the morning off. They will most likely stay up late after the rehearsal dinner, sleep in, and hide away in the man cave at the venue. About one hour before pictures begin they will shower, shave and appear promptly looking better than ever.

After attending my makeup trial, however, I realized that the preparations for the big day are where most memories are made. Brides shouldn’t waste one minute of the day! I can already imagine wearing my silk robe with the crystal bride logo on the morning of the wedding. All my bridesmaids will be giggling in the bridal suite, listening to music, snapping pictures of our glowing faces and basking in the beauty of the BIG day.

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Doing my duties as a bridesmaid for Lisa, the beautiful bride.

(Lisa, now that you’re my bridesmaid, I’ll ask you to secure my jewels in the bridal suite 😉

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Real Wedding~Savannah, GA: Amy & Zach

We were thrilled when A Lowcountry Wedding picked up Amy & Zach’s wedding for the first issue of their magazine. It was such a gorgeous wedding, and the couple could not have been any sweeter!! Check out the spread below to see some of the gorgeous images that Mark Williams Studio captured. You can also go to A Lowcountry Wedding’s website to see the feature!!

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Photography: Mark Williams Studio  Planning & Design: Posh Petals & Pearls  Florist: Mark Williams Studio  DJ: DJ Geebo  Bridal Shop: Modern Bridal Shop (Orlando, FL)  Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid  (Jacksonville, FL)  Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse  Bar & Catering: Cape Creations Catering  Rentals: Savannah Special Events by Ranco  Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas  Cake: Publix  Hair & Makeup: Savannah Make-Up and Skincare Professionals by Lynn & Co.  Officiant: Rev. Joe Wadas  Rehearsal Dinner: 45 Bistro  Rings: International Diamond Center

 

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The First Fitting

After almost a full week home I received the text of the trip:

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The customer service line at Kleinfeld Bridal is exceptional; after learning that I am an out of state bride, they accommodated a next day fitting without hesitation.

My highly organized wedding planner (otherwise known as mom) was very pleased to see a lengthy e-mail from the Alterations Administrator, just minutes after confirming my appointment. Brides should be forewarned: despite the smooth sailing communication with the Kleinfeld team, there are prerequisites for attending the first fitting. My oversights will hopefully help future brides prepare for their fittings.

Three thoughts and things to keep in mind for fitting one:

  1. Wedding shoes (if you don’t have the shoe, determine the height)
  2. Proper undergarments (bring along the bra and underwear that will be worn on your day)
  3. Patience (Kleinfeld Bridal has a zero tolerance policy for bridezillas)

As I drove into the city with the enthusiastic MOTB, I experienced endless bridal butterflies. Would the gown fit based on measurements taken in July? Would I still adore the design of my dress after nearly six months of separation?

Tip 1: Bring the shoes, or heel height.

At the time of my fitting I had not yet purchased my wedding shoes. If brides are being fitted at Kleinfeld, I suggest stopping by early to browse their selection of shoes, jewelry and elaborate hairpieces. I was excited to learn that the designer of my wedding gown, Pnina Tornai, offers her own line of bridal accessories. Also, true to Kleinfeld’s instagram, they have a gorgeous selection of bridal Jimmy Choo shoes (sparkly flats and a range of heels).

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#jimmychooworld.

Even though I failed to find the right shoe at Kleinfeld, I did confirm the height of my prospective heel. I ended up purchasing the perfect wedding shoes one day later. Since my fitting was based on a two and a half inch heel, I had plenty of options.

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Downstairs at Kleinfeld– sparkly selection of shoes, jewels and bridal accessories.

Tip 2: Consider the role of undergarments.

I’ll spare my posh readers the personal details of this mishap. To keep it brief – wear nude underwear to your fitting and bring any undergarments suggested by your tailor. If your dress is a traditional white, consider visiting Victoria’s Secret to purchase a fabric that feels and looks as if you are commando. Apparently, VS also sells “tape” to ensure that everything pretty is in the proper place. Alterations can do quite a bit, and then there’s gravity.

Tip 3: Patience is a necessary virtue for every bride.

I clearly fixated on all the wrong thoughts for my first fitting. The most challenging aspect, by far, was standing still for over one hour while being pinned from every possible angle. A bridal fitting is the first time I have ever broken a sweat while standing in the same place. Thankfully the MOTB refreshed me with sips of water as the tailor worked her way from the straps of my dress to the intricate bustle. After fifty plus pins, my mom excused herself for a much needed coffee break. Mothers of the bride, please note: any liquids aside from water are banned from the bridal premise. Thankfully, the alterations department played dual roles during my appointment, as both the tailors and protectors of my Pnina.

My next fitting is scheduled for early April. Do not leave the first fitting without scheduling the second. Since I commute to my wedding planner, I tend to fit multiple appointments into one-week visits. Next month I will be attending fitting two, a follow-up with my hometown florist and finally meeting the band. At the end of the week I will have the opportunity to sit back, refrain from decision-making and relax during both my bachelorette and shower!

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Check out that gorgeous, elaborate veil in the Kleinfeld window!

~Thank you Mom for yet another memorable week of wedding bliss. It’s a great feeling to be productive while having a ball!~

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Real Wedding~Savannah, GA: Amanda & Bryan

Small+Intimate+Family Focused…..these are the three words that come to mind when we think back to Amanda & Bryan’s wedding in Lafayette Square. Dream Weaver did a fantastic job of capturing so many fun images with Amanda, Bryan and their families. Here are some images from the ceremony & the Savannah Riverboat Cruise that the guests were able to enjoy after the couple exchanged their “I Do’s” in Lafayette Square. I loved that the couple walked over from the Hamilton-Turner Inn together, and before getting to the altar, they tossed pennies into the fountain!!

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Photographer & Photo Booth: Dream Weaver Photos

Ceremony: Lafayette Square

Officiant: Tybee Jack

Rentals: Beachview Event Rentals

Hair & Make-Up: Salon Aqua

Accommodations: Hamilton-Turner Inn

Reception: Savannah Riverboat Cruises

Flowers: A to Zinnias

Wedding Cake: Lulucakes

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Real Wedding: Katherine & Chip

Back in September, we had the honor of bringing Katherine & Chip’s wedding dreams to reality. Katherine, Chip, & their entire families were so much fun to work with during the wedding planning process. Every time they would come to town for vendor meetings, we would have the best time. There was never a shortage on smiles and laughter during all of the meetings!! Hopkins Studios was there to capture the entire day and give the couple gorgeous photographs that they will be able to look back on with their grandchildren one day.

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How awesome is this shot of Katherine relaxing with her bridesmaids before the ceremony?!! This is exactly what we love to see….a bride relaxed and enjoying the day to the fullest.

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Katherine got ready with all of her girls by her side at the Mansion on Forsyth Park.

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The couple exchanged their vows in the gorgeous Trinity United Methodist, held the cocktail hour in Telfair Square below the gorgeous live oaks, and then moved their guests inside Telfair Academy.

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Once everyone was inside the Telfair, guests were able to enjoy the beautiful floral arrangements that the very talented ladies over at A to Zinnias created. Chef Nick Mueller & Co. went above & beyond as usual with his delicious menu, and the yummy cake by Delectable Designs was the perfect ending to the delicious meal. With such an amazing group of vendors, Katherine & Chip could not have asked for a better wedding day, and we were honored to be a part of it.

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After a night of dancing, guests sent Katherine & Chip away through a sparkler lit path!!

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We absolutely loved working with the entire family on this wedding!! A special thanks to Hopkins Studios for the gorgeous images. It was so much fun living the wedding day again as we browsed through them all!!

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Happy New Year!!

Wow, where did 2014 go?!! It was an amazing year for Posh Petals and Pearls. We are beyond thankful to all of our clients that entrusted us with their wedding day. We are looking forward to 2015 and doing great things in Savannah & Charleston!! Looking back at the year, here are a few of the weddings we were blessed to be a part of!!

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2014 blog review

Photography Provided By:

Becca Price Photography, By the Robinsons, Christine Hall Photography, Erin Rene Photography, Hopkins Studios, & Kelli Boyd Photography

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Walking Down the Garden

When I imagined my wedding as a young girl, I always closed my eyes and replayed my walk down the aisle. There is something magical about the moment when the bride walks toward the groom surrounded by her family, friends and escorted by her loving father.

In the upcoming months I will meet with my hometown florist to discuss the options for creating the aisle of my dreams. Since the ceremony will take place on the grounds just outside our venue (weather permitting), I plan on describing my vision to the florist as a white garden. I imagine crisp white petals with gold accents creating a trail down the aisle.

Below are a few images that have inspired my vision…

Option 1: White Wonderland 

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The first picture was taken from the elegant wedding planners at Posh Petals and Pearls who have fueled my passion for the bridal industry. I recently spotted this photo on their instagram account, and was immediately captivated by their use of simplistic white petals in combination with the flawless backdrop, specific to the charm of Savannah. The look, although subtle, is overwhelmingly beautiful. Since our wedding will be in New Jersey on June 20th, which is coincidently the longest day of the year, the natural nighttime backdrop is simply unattainable for the ceremony. With that said, I will remember the warming effect that soft white petals create when scattered throughout the aisle. If you don’t already follow @poshpetalsandpearls for wedding inspiration, what are you waiting for?

Option 2: White with a touch of Whimsical

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The second picture was captured at my wedding venue, the Pleasantdale Château. Since the aisle will be set on grass, for the sake of my heels and those of my bridesmaids, I know we will need a runway that is both sturdy and dainty. In the picture above I am drawn to the use of white cloth, not only for the aisle, but also as draping for the chairs.

Not an Option, but Dare to Dream? 

The third and final aisle inspiration might be more practical for the type of fairytale seen in films rather than everyday weddings. Although undeniably breathtaking, Sean Parker’s wedding took the elegance of a decorated aisle from a classic garden to that of a wild, untamed forest. Aside from the fairy-like costumes created by the “Lord of the Rings” designer, Ngila Dickson, I was particularly awed by the aisle, or should I say jungle?

Here’s a link like no other:

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I plan on taking the first two images from this post with me to the florist as points of inspiration. I believe the aisle, although definitely a place with fairytale potential, should remain practical for the bride, wedding party and the budget. I’ll be sure to keep posh brides-to-be posted on my plans to walk down the garden.

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