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    Wednesday
    May042016

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Super Glamorous, Super Luxurious Australian Wedding

    Can I get a "OH MY GOD"? I mean... Just look at this photograph!! It's absolutely, insanely gorgeous! Right? I don't even know where to begin with what I love most about this stunning table and décor! Bridey, did you happen to see the wedding favors? Each guest got a bottle of Moët! Kinda beats a wedding cake shaped cookie, doesn't it?! Look, don't get me wrong, I love a good cookie wedding favor, but I love a delicious French champagne much, much more! Anyway, it was truly hard for me not to showcase every picture in the album, but, somehow I managed.

    Bridey, I can hardly put into words how I feel about the totally fucking GORGEOUS flowers (more than 2,000 individual flowers were used in Kristi & Steve's wedding) or the metallic gold wedding cake or the two wedding dresses Kristi wore or the black dance floor, or or or!!!! The list goes on and on!!! I will let Kristi, the cool and beautiful bride, tell you a little bit more about the inspiration for this A MAZ ING wedding. Enjoy!

    WOW! Look at those two dresses!
    D.A.M.N.
    Confetti.
    That is one hell of a train!
    Bridey, you know I am a sucker for how the B+G look at each other during the ceremony. And this is completely tear jerking! All the way from childhood sweethearts to the altar...
    Super sexy!!
    My dream car (although I really just picture it in the kickass chase scene in The Bourne Identity!)...
    Kristi: I wanted our guests to be blown away, by everything! With this in mind we really had no limits set; the more glitz the better! Thousands of flowers and hundreds of candles, we wanted every element of our wedding incomparable and unforgettable.
    Don't you love how the cake is reflecting the lighting?? Amazing!!
    Kristi: Our wedding was glamourous! The fact that I wore multiple different dresses on the day probably showcased that. We also focused our wedding décor around the contrast of gold and different shades of red. Our reception included over 2,000 individual flowers which really popped against our clear glass furniture and gold detailing. I really do think that glamourous is the best description.
    Um. OMotherFuckin'G!!! I can't... It's too good... W.O.W. FIVE layers of gold...
    I mean... Kristi! You look sensational! I can't keep my eyes off of your bum!

    Kristi: My dresses were very important to me; I couldn't decide between having a big princess dress, or having a more sexy, fitted dress... So in the end I decided to combine both! I also wanted to wow our guests with ANOTHER dress for the cutting of the cake, so I chose to literally match my dress with the cake and have gold detailing throughout. 
    Thank you Kristi and Steve for sharing your utterly breathtaking, glamorous wedding with Bitchless Bride!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Blumenthal Photography
    Wedding Dress: George Elsissa 
    Bridesmaids Dresses: Sweethearts Bridal
    Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
    Stationery: Adorn Wedding Invitations
    Flowers: Sydney Wedding Flowers
    Groom(smen)’s Suits: Hugo Boss  
    Jewellery: Nader Jewellers
    Cake: Sweet Passion
    Make Up & Hair: Natalie Anne Hair
    Film: Untitled Film Works
    Venue: Ivy Merivale

    Tuesday
    May032016

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Later to Launch? Why Couples Should Get Married Later...

    So, the other day, I felt like a total adult. Like, so adulty, that it made me feel uncomfortable. Why? Well, my hus and I took a long overdue trip to the attorney's office to sign our wills, health care proxies, and other important documents so that we could protect our kids from any additional anguish should the worst case scenario become a reality. Wouldn't you say that I am officially an adult? I know! Right? Ugh. It was a tough day, but necessary!

    The reason I'm writing about this? Well, Mr. Attorney said something to me that I couldn't shake in regards to when my kids should have access to their trusts (when we actually have $$ to give them!). He said that age 35 is the new 25. What does that mean? Well, depending on how my kids develop (and who they develop into), giving them access to a decent sum of money without a chaperone (the executor), could be a mistake. I mean... Who's to say that my future, 25 year-old daughter wouldn't blow it on shoes or, gulp, drugs, instead of a wedding or down payment??? Right? When I went to fight him on this point, he said that "kids these days are later to launch..." That phrase totally stopped me (and my argument) dead in my tracks. Why? Because he's right!

    I'm in my late 30s, and my parents and most of my friends' parents got married and had kids by 25(ish). Seems totally insane, right? Seriously, I couldn't even imagine having a kid in my 20s, let alone being responsible for his/her well-being! And, when you look at the trend as far as age in relation to weddings these days, people are getting married later in their lives because, they are later to launch! They are leaving their parents homes later, they are settling into their careers later, they are finding love later. So, it makes sense that they are getting married later. And later is better for a lot of reasons. Why?

    1. You're done weeding. Huh? You're done weeding out the bullshit. You've dated and dated, and now you know what you want. Gone are the days of sowing oats... Now, you're aged to perfection, and you only want one oat to sow.

    2. In the same way you know what you want in a partner, you have a better understanding of what your wedding will look like. More of what you want, less of what other people want, and most likely, more of your own money. You begin to think practically and take responsibility for that practicality.

    3. Perspective. Yup! My favorite word. You care more about the person you're going to marry, and your life after the wedding, than the wedding itself. I mean, you're excited about your wedding day, but it's not the only day you will look back on fondly... Especially when you have your whole lives to look forward to!

    4. It's not your parent's wedding, it's yours, and the people on the "A" list are on the only list. Not to mention, they actually want to be there. An added bonus? You know everybody who's coming. 

    5. You're used to yourself, and you like who you've become. No more "faking it until you make it". Or settling. You'd rather be alone than settle for the wrong dude (or lady).

    So, later to launch...? Okay Mr. Attorney, I understand what you're saying, and now that I've had time to let it marinate, I'm going to rest my case.

    Image via marie claire

    Friday
    Apr292016

    Fantasy Friday ~ Waterfalls, Ruins, and the Great Outdoors... It's Rustically Fantastic!!

    Doesn't the background look like an abandoned castle that Tanner and Rebecca are "dipping" in? Or, is my Game of Thrones-like imagination is getting the best of me? Either way, it's fantastic! Right? And, there are many, many more photographs like this one that will inspire you captured within this rustically fantastic wedding. I mean... There are just SO many details that I adore, I hardly know where to begin!

    For instance... The waterfall. It's incredible! And, it serves as a beautiful backdrop during the ceremony. Seriously... if we're honest, not many people can say that they were married with a waterfall glistening in behind the scenes, right?! Right! Well, Rebecca and Tanner can! Then there's Rebecca's heavenly wedding gown (OMG!), the first look, the delectable dessert table, the barn & décor, and the truly captivating photographs taken by Krisandra Evans Photography. Bride, go! Go scroll, and get inspired!
    Totally picturing the FAB photog laying on the floor underneath this stunning dress to capture this shot!!
    Nice bling!!
    A 'lil whiskey to get things started? Yes, please!
    I think it's fabulous how Rebecca is sneaking up the stairs for the first look!
    OMG! Totlly LOVE you guys! 
    WOW. Amazing dress. Amazing bouquet. Amazing shot.
    There's that castle again!
    The bridal party definitely has a good time together, that's for sure!!
    Look closely at the "wedding" sign... Yeah, it's a bedpost! L.O.V.E.
    So fun! Still with the castle! (Okay, okay! I'll get over it! But, I love it so much!)
    Tanner, you happen to be a great "dipper". Again, the veil shot and this one are fucking FAB!
    So, so, so AWES!
    YUMMY! 
    Sometimes I feel like cookies are totally underrated! They should grace many more dessert tables!
    Cheers! Thank you for sharing your rustically fantastic wedding with Bitchless Bride!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Krisandra Evans
    Event Venue: Hightower Falls

    Wednesday
    Apr272016

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ A Beautiful Vietnamese Wedding in San Diego's Japanese Friendship Garden

    The red, ornate dress, the beautiful toes and the purple laces... Oh my!!! Right? Bridey, just wait until you scroll down and see the full view of this fucking A MAZ ING dress. It's so stunningly magnificent that I cannot stop looking at all of the splendid detail! Anyway, the bride, Vi, is dressed in traditional Vietnamese ao dai, and she and Richard married in the lovely San Diego Japanese Friendship Garden. This wedding really has it all... Exquisite gowns (yes, gowns), beautiful grounds, a koi pond, a dog and much, much more!

    I love the way Vi and Richard tied their lives into the centerpieces, and made each and every guest feel valuable and loved simply by their escort cards. Bridey, if you're looking for cool ways to differentiate your wedding, take a cue from Vi and Richard. Enjoy!

    I love the emotion eminating from these photographs! I can tell from the back of Richard's head that he has a huge grin on his face!
    I'm a little obsessed with the bouquet Vi is holding. Great color and texture!
    Koi pond!
    See how all of the 'maids dresses are different? LOVE IT!
    GORGE.
    Such a great pic!
    Gotta have your pup walk you down the aisle!
    A ceremony full of love and laughter!
    Yay!!!!
    Costume change... WOW Vi! You look amazing!
    What an incredible idea for escort cards!!! WOW!
    Notice how Richard's feet are off of the ground? I love it!
    I love how the B+G incorporated their litle bits of their lives into the centerpieces.
    Cheers!!
    Um. Hi. Yum.
    Thank you Vi and Richard for sharing your gorgeous wedding with Bitchless Bride!!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: bycherry photography
    DJ: Choice Entertainment
    Makeup Artist: Glam Dolls
    Event Venue: Japanese Friendship Garden San Diego
    Bakery: Nomad Donuts
    Caterer: Ranch Catering
    Event Planner: Stephanie Rose Events

    Tuesday
    Apr262016

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ A Bride Without a Ring, and a Wedding Without a Date

    Bridey, have you heard the phrase, "No ring, no bring."? Usually this is in reference to whether or not one of your guests can bring a date to your wedding, but today, I am applying a new meaning to the phrase... How about, "No ring, no bring... YOUR ass in for an appointment. Because there is nothing I hate more than a "bride" without a ring. And, you know what? I'm not alone. Because all of us (your wedding vendors), have wasted a ton of time describing and selling our services, showcasing venue space, and bending over backwards for a "bride" without a ring. And guess what happens next? The "bride" doesn't get engaged, or the engagement is much further down the road than she thought, or the sig other wasn't "the one", blah blah blah...

    Look, I know it's exciting just thinking about getting engaged, but it really doesn't count unless one of you has done the asking and one of you has done the accepting. Right? So, making appointments (or... eeeek, just walking into a venue without an appointment) is actually rude. I mean, it's like test driving a car knowing that you have another year on your lease or house hunting without establishing your budget. Honestly? It's a fucking waste of time, and just like you, wedding vendors are busy. So, if you're a future bride-to-be, it's totally cool that you're starting to explore weddingy things, and weddingy blogs, and all things weddingy, etc. because you're exploring on your own time, but when it begins to spill over onto my watch? Well, that's when you've gone too far.

    Look, bridey-to-be, I'm not judging you, I swear! I get that you are excited about the next step in your life, and that you want to be prepared. It's a thrilling phase! And, planning a wedding is a huge undertaking, so why not get a head start? Right? And, depending on where you live, securing a venue and popular vendors can be brutal. But, as much as I am not judging you right now, I will start judging you the second you make start making arrangements for your wedding without a date, as a bride without a ring. For now? Stick to Pinterest!

    The worst part of this equation is that these bride-to-be wannabes are usually quite lovely, and are simply letting their anxiousness about getting engaged get the best of them. I know because I have met with these almost brides, and sadly, when I follow up with them, they're either still in a holding pattern or they've broken up. And as badly as I feel (particularly when it's the latter scenario), I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a little piece of me that would be pissed off upon hearing the news. Totally an involuntarily feeling, but often, the first thought to cross my mind following the conversation. Because, no matter the situation, nobody wants to feel as though their time has been wasted, especially when there are engaged brides out there willing to make a commitment.

    So, wannabe-bridey, thinking that your engagement is around the corner? Congratulations! But, hold the champagne, and the planning, until you've got a ring on it... Got it?

    Image via Genesis Diamonds