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    Tuesday
    May172016

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Bridey, It's Time to STOP Apologizing! Except When You do These 10 Things...

    I've stopped apologizing. Seriously. I'm done apologizing for stupid shit. Sure, if I make a mistake or if I owe somebody an apology, then I will apologize to them, but other than that? I'm all done. I'm done apologizing when it's unnecessary. And you know what, bridey? You should be too. Seriously, ever find yourself in somebody's way at the store and realize that your very first instinct is to say, "I'm sorry"? Have you ever stopped and wondered why? Because, are you really sorry for looking at the same t-shirt or cereal as somebody else at the same time? I'm not. But, we are wired to think that we are inconveniencing somebody somehow simply by standing where we're standing. And lately? If I'm not done looking at the t-shirt in question (or reading the cereal box), then I'm not moving, and I'm not sorry. Good for you BB, but... how is this relevant to wedding planning? Well, bridey, you do it all the time! You apologize unnecessarily, and then you don't apologize when it's necessary!

    Look, I promise to tell you when you need to apologize, but apologizing because you don't understand terms of a vendor contract or because you can't wrap your head around a service you are paying for? That's just silly! It's important for you to understand everything you are paying for and receiving, and frankly it's important for you not to apologize in the process.

    Bridey, I know that I have spent a lot of time busting your chops for your sometimes entitled bullshit behavior, but I've also made it a point to educate you and stand up for you while you plan your wedding. Because I understand that it's difficult to plan a wedding on top of the countless other responsibilities you are busy juggling. I understand that most of you haven't had the pleasure of wedding planning, and therefore you have a lot of questions. It's normal, and it's okay. So, rather than apologizing for it, own it! You're not supposed to have all of the answers. You're not supposed to know what makes "the industry" tick or how attrition works in regards to food and beverage or guest rooms, etc.. So, it's completely acceptable for you to ask questions and get answers. No apology necessary.

    When should you say you're sorry? Here are the top 10 moments when an apology is necessary: 

    1. Apologize when you're being an entitled bitch. We get it, you're getting married! It doesn't give you carte blanche to be mean.
    2. Apologize for getting pissed off because a vendor had the audacity to work on Saturday and couldn't meet you when you wanted them to.
    3. Apologize for not being flexible with your vendors (see #2).
    4. Apologize for being rude to your mom, sig other, MOH, etc. in front of your wedding vendors.
    5. Apologize for monopolizing all of my fucking time going over and over the flowers, décor, linens, etc., etc., etc., once we've already made a decision.
    6. Apologize for not being able to make a decision. Promptly.
    7. Apologize when you miss an appointment because you had to get to the gym. REALLY!?
    8. Apologize for keeping me waiting (see #7).
    9. Apologize when you say you need a "quick minute to chat", and an hour goes by.
    10. Apologize for paying your deposits, final payments, etc. late.

    Bridey, this list could be a hell of a lot longer, but what I'm hoping you'll take away from this article is knowing and understanding when you should apologize, and when you shouldn't. Got it? Good! Stay Bitchless! 

    Image via The Odyssey Online

    Friday
    May132016

    Fantasy Friday ~ A Kickass, Rock 'N' Roll, Destination Wedding

    Are you totally dying over this photograph? I mean... The kiss with the hands (OMG...So romantic!), the smiling bride as she kisses her groom, the tat, the sky?? Right? I love that this is real. You know what I mean, bridey? A real wedding photograph. Not a styled shoot. Not a magazine spread. A real, fucking cool wedding photograph! And, you know what? There are more where that came from! Because Lindsay and Dave are just that cool, so obvi their wedding is going to be cool too!

    The other thing that makes this wedding stand out to me is that the B+G are from Canada and decided to host a destination wedding in Mexico. Not only that, but these two crazy kids, and their wedding, are rockin' a whole bunch of red. Yup! RED! Everything from Lindsay's wedding dress, to Dave's bow tie to the flowers to the chairs and more! Okay, enough out of me! Time for you to go enjoy this kickass, rock 'n' roll, destination wedding!
    I LOVE the red. Like, seriously LOVE the super bright red!
    I always show the girls getting ready before the guys, so today, I thought I would show the boys first!
    Lindsay got dressed by herself and then surprised her bridesmaids... So fun!
    That bouquet is FAB!!
    Simply stunning. I am completely obsessed with the deep red décor against the blue ocean.
    Love how the guys are all wearing different bow ties. So cool!
    Probably one of may favorite pics to grace the "pages" of Bitchless Bride.
    Lindsay, you look amazing! Like, OMFG amazing!
    You know what they always say... A couple with matching shoes...
    Def going to steal this idea from the B+G! 
    Apparently, after the first dance, the music got loud, the people up and the dancing got crazy! 
    Thank you for sharing your cool destination wedding with Bitchless Bride!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: FineArt Studio Photography
    Venue: Grand Palladium Hotel

    Wednesday
    May112016

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Wedding at Elevated Heights... Meet the B+G Who Met in an Elevator & Love Their Dog

    Forget blind dates, match.com, bars or what have you, Nic and Nick met in an elevator! I know, right? Talk about speed dating... OMG! Sorry, I just couldn't help it! But, seriously! Nick lived on the same floor as Nicole's parents in downtown Denver, and apparently asked Nicole for a date several times before she finally agreed. Bridey, I love hearing crazy awesome stories like Nic & Nick's! Gives us all hope that fucking great things can happen at any time if we just allow them to... 

    Bridey, there are more than a few takeaways from this beautiful wedding at the Sundance Mountain Resort. First of all, both the B+G said that doing a first look was amongst the best decision they made for their wedding day. Scroll down to learn more about why. Also, I love love LOVE how they described the décor for day. (And, I love the cake, the dress, the ceremony, the dog, etc., etc., etc.!) I'm going to let Nicole take it from here! Enjoy!!
    OMG! Meet Trooper, Nic & Nick's doggy! I mean... So so so super cute!
    Nicole: There were three reasons why this dress was magic. My grandma, whom I love dearly and is no longer with us was named Meme. The dress has pockets! And N-sync, mega dorky I know, came on while trying it on and all of us got down at the a&be bridal shop, including Noah our bridal dress guide. It was a moment for sure… a little different from the ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ crying in a mirror moment. 

    Nicole: We decided to do a first look for two reasons: to have more time to party with our friends and family and the intimacy of the moment being for the two of us. (Nick – “we were both satisfied that we did the first look. Nothing felt more intimate and validated then seeing each other before our guests, and sharing our hearts and feelings with each other first. We wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”)

    Totally looks like Nick is asking Trooper if he's ready to walk down the aisle... "Ready, boy?"
    WOW! 
    Nicole: I don't know if anyone could top my dad in the way he loves and supports me and my mom. Plus he's hilarious and always has a big smile on the brink.
    Hip! Hip!
    Who do you think is going to win? Server or dog? Dude! Just put down the tray...
    Nicole: The idea was to bring the outside in, so the colors I wanted to use were green, white, yellow, and purple. The most important design element to us was to incorporate stories in what we used. The crystal (Meme’s crystal) that hung from the arbor (our friend Rusty created and built), was given to me by my grandma Meme when I turned 16 to hang from my rearview mirror. The ring bearer pillows were made by Nick’s mom Pat, out of his grandma Grace’s wedding dress. My aunt Becca who sang during the ceremony is also an artist and we had one of her oil paintings over the fireplace. For our centerpieces I had purple crystals on each table from my grandmother Margret’s collection. On the Welcome table I had a metal Jacquemard sign that used to hang and the bottom of my grandparents driveway. Nick’s uncle Frank who is a welder made a Greene sign to match. We both wanted to surround this wedding moments with stories about who we are because of the people who surround us. 

    Amazingly beautiful and warm...
    Nicole: Simple, round and all white with wood grain cover; three tiered. Three different flavors (almond, banana caramel (YUM!!), and chocolate. We can't tell you how many compliments we had about the texture and the taste of the cake.
    Nicole! I love your dress!!
    Thank you Nic and Nick for sharing your GORGE wedding with Bitchless Bride!!!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Logan Walker Photography
    Dress Store: a&be
    Tuxedo & Men's Attire: BLACK by Vera Wang
    Floral Designer: Foxglove Flowers & Gifts
    Officiant: Rev. Anita Gordon and Rev. Craig Gordon - Utah Wedding Minister
    Makeup Artist: Signaturebrides
    DJ: Snappy Little Numbers
    Reception Venue: Sundance Mountain Resort
    Cake Designer: The cake market
    Dress Designer: Wtoo Watters

    Tuesday
    May102016

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ ***FLASHBACK*** Bridey, Five Ways Not to be a Nightmare Disguised as a Daydream

    Yup, I totally just stole a line from Taylor Swift, but why come up with another awesome line when one already exists? Right? Anyway, the point is, right now, so many of you are recently engaged, and while I truly believe that you don't think you're a nightmare, inevitably, the majority of you? Yeah, you're going turn into a fucking nightmare, and totally think you're a dreamboat. The fix? Well, leave that to me. Here are five ways to avoid turning into your very own nightmare disguised as a daydream:

    1. Bridey, remember that just because you are getting married doesn't mean that everyone else is. All of your friends and family? Well, they're probably in different phases of their lives, and therefore it shouldn't be surprising to you that after the allotted "honeymoon" phase of your engagement, you will lose their undivided attention. Because some friends? Well, some are jealous of what you have, some are having babies, some are getting divorced, and some just don't give a shit about your wedding! So, bridey, remember that this is yourphase, and not everyone is in it with you. 

    2. Be a good listener. Those phases I just mentioned? Well, your friends and family will probably want/need some air time once you've finished talking about what's on your mind. Yes, bridey, you're newly engaged and dying to talk and obsess about every painstaking detail of your wedding day, but your friends have shit happening in their lives too. So, listen! And care! Give them the floor once in a while. Breathe. It's not about you all of the time...

    3. Uh-oh... The P word! Um, I'm talking about perspective!! Yup! You're wedding is one day out of your entire life, bridey. One.fucking.day. And there's a ton of shit you'll probably have to overcome with your partner after that one day. Personally? I dealt with nearly losing my hus to pulmonary embolisms (less than a year after we were married). And then there was the whole IVF journey. What a shitshow... (Yeah, you spend all of your 20s trying NOT to get pregnant, and when you're finally ready, you can't! WTF?) And then several ups and downs thereafter... So, while I look back at my wedding day fondly, I usually find myself reflecting on the marriage, and our concrete foundation, not the day.

    4. You don't know shit. You are new to this whole wedding planning bit, so quit pretending like you know everything. Do your research. And, no that doesn't mean "pin" your research, I mean really do your research, bridey. Research your wedding as if you're going to spend the equivalent of a down payment for a home on one day... Oh wait... You are! So, own it bridey! Own the shit out of your wedding! Know what you're getting yourself into. Make a point of understanding what things cost in the industry. Hire professionals to help you do so. Either way, educate yourself, and do it honestly! Act as though there was a price tag on every pin. 

    5. Be fucking nice... to everyone. Because, bridey, in my world? You are a nightmare first, and then, if you're lucky, you become my daydream. And, if you're nice and genuine? Then people (inside of the industry and out) will genuinely want to help you plan your wedding. They will care about the details, they will care how you feel about the linen or food or wedding cake, and most of all, they will care about you! But, if you treat everyone like crap, then you will get crap in return. 

    Got it?

    Image via magic4walls

    Friday
    May062016

    Fantasy Friday ~ Destination... Las Vegas! A Fun-Filled, Getting Down on the Dance Floor, Party Bus Riding, Las Vegas Wedding!

    Bridey, if you know me at all, then you know I love Las Vegas. I got married there, I gamble there, and I do bad things there! Just kidding! Well... Anyway, it's not about me... It's about the B+G,  Kate & Jake. They said "I do" at the Las Vegas Country Club, and considering that neither the bride or groom are from Vegas, it was a destination wedding! The best part? In true Vegas fashion, all of the wedding guests were taken to the Las Vegas sign in a wild party bus ride for a final photo. OMG! Right?

    The lowdown on Kate and Jake? Well, they met at a bar (just like my hus and me!). Jake had just gotten back from a tour in Spain, and needed a cocktail. Kate saw Jake from across the bar, and just had to say "hello", and the rest is history! Bridey, tons of inspiration in this FAB destination wedding! Enjoy!

    Could ya bust? That's Carly's (the B+G's daughter) amazing dress!
    OMG!!! SO cute! (And, I want to find me a pair!)
    Cheers!
    Awwwwwww....
    Damn girl. GORGE!
    HAHA!
    Wow. She's adorable! I love her transportation, too!
    Easy peasy.
    So beautiful!
    Stunning cake, and looks tasty too!
    Look how much fun everybody is having!!!
    Such a cool shot!
    Thank you for sharing your awesome wedding with Bitchless Bride!!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Fabio and Adri Photography
    Floral Designer: ACS Floral & Events
    Dress Store: David's Bridal
    DJ: Knight Sounds Entertainment
    Hair Stylist: stevee danielle hair and makeup salon
    Event Venue: The Las Vegas Country Club