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    Tuesday
    Apr122016

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Whose Wedding is it Anyway?

    The other day, I received an email from a really cool, recently engaged bride. And as excited as she is about being engaged, she's totally lost and a bit discombobulated as she begins her wedding planning journey. Her main obstacles? Well, just like most newly engaged brides, she needs to find her bearings; she feels lost as to where to begin with the wedding plans. And, on top of that giant obstacle, she's missing her amazing mom (she passed away sometime ago) who, "... was a great visionary artistically and would have been so helpful and well, it is what it is. Not complaining, just a little anxious I guess." (OMG. Sniff. Sniff.) Finally, my girl is literally all over the map when it comes to a location for her wedding as she finds herself worrying about her guests making the trip. WOW. I can totally see why she's feeling overwhelmed. Did I mention that she wants a fall wedding. OF 2016?!! Oh dear God!

    Okay... So, let's take a deep breath and start at the beginning, shall we? You're engaged! YAY! It's so exciting, and overwhelming at the same time. In-between looking down at your ring every five minutes, and all of the congratulatory FaceBook notifications, it's awesome (but, in the frightening way). Seriously, with every admiration of that FAB engagement ring, inevitably the next question is, "When are you getting married?". Right? RIGHT. And, it feels like it should be so easy to plan a wedding because there is a shitload of advice and "how to's" out there about where to begin, right? Right. So, what's the problem? Well, not all of the advice out there is good advice, and considering that the majority of you are new to to wedding planning, it's tough to decipher what's good, and what's crap.

    It's funny to me, because you know what's missing from all of that "expert" wedding planning advice out there? The one BIG, yet extremely simple question whose answer will act as your wedding planning guide? Hold on... Allow me to step onto my soapbox... Ready? Ahem... "What is important to you (and your sig other), bridey?" PERIOD. Easy, right? I mean, whose wedding is it anyway? It's YOURS! So, own it like you would anything else in your life. Take a step back and ask yourself what's most important. We pretty much ask this question while tackling any other obstacle we take on in our lives, yes? So, start simply. Ask yourself what's most important, and you'd be amazed at how quickly the rest will fall into place. 

    Getting back to my overwhelmed, missing her mom, on the never ending road trip to finding the best wedding venue, bride? Obviously, I asked her what is most important to her (and her sig other), but I also suggested that she let go of the bullshit. Stop trying to please everybody because it never works. She and her man have been to several weddings, across the country (and world for that matter), so to get sidetracked on location because you are being considerate of your guests (is nice, but...) is a roadblock. So, get rid of it. You've traveled the world for your friends and family, and they will either do the same for you, or they won't. Of course, you hope that everybody on your list will attend your wedding (even in Timbuktu), or most everybody, but even if you had it in your backyard, bridey, there are no guarantees, so let yourself off of the hook.

    No matter how long your mom has been gone, planning a wedding without her still hurts. And, while there is nothing I can say to take that pain away, what I can do, is suggest is to subtly include her memory into your planning, and into your wedding day. Bridey, how you choose to do this is personal and will be different for each of you. Just be careful not to get overly indulgent, and remember that your mom would have wanted you to be happy while you plan and also on your wedding day.

    Bottom line? Planning a wedding is exciting and overwhelming. So, when in doubt, just ask yourself, "Whose wedding is it anyway?"

    Image via Little Vegas Wedding

    Friday
    Apr082016

    Fantasy Friday ~ An Extravagant, Super Glitzy, Truly Stunning Styled Shoot

    This striking styled shoot captures the elegance and opulence of an enchanting winter wedding, (yes, I know it's supposedly spring), but, you know what? I don't care! It's so fabulous and so glamorous, and frankly, it feels like fucking winter on the East coast, so why not post a GORGEOUS shoot to inspire my winter brides?!! Right? Anyway, this really is delicious. It's succulent and juicy, and easy on the eyes. And, OMG! Just wait until you see that stunning Ysa Makino wedding dress up close. You're totally going to freak!

    Bridey, if you can incorporate any of these details into your wedding, it will be superb! Perhaps you'd like to have the amazing dessert bar with the monogrammed cookies, or a glitterly wedding cake, or even the shimmrey wedding dress... Whatever it may be, bridey, this shoot really is something to behold! Enjoy!
    I love the black and white invites!
    One day (and probably soon), I am going to own those shoes!
    Um. WOW!
    So beautiful... Don't worry... There's more!!
    So glittery and gold! LOVE IT!
    Like... STFU with the dress... Right? I LOVE everything about it! I want to wear it right now!
    Even the cake is sparkling at us!
    The rose on the top of the cake is perfect finishing touch!
    Gimme! Gimme!
    OMG! So happy to share this truly amazing styled shoot on Bitchless Bride!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: B. Jones Photography//Equipment Rentals: AA Party Rentals//Floral Designer: Bella Fiori//Makeup Artist: Bridal Beauty Styling//Model: Fashion by Anita//Favors and Gifts: Flour Dusted Countertops//Hair Stylist: Hair By Leah Noel//Jewelry: Heidi Hull Designs//Event Planner: Manette Gracie Events//Dress Store: MeaMarie Bridal Atelier//Invitation Designer: Robinson Paperie//Equipment Rentals: Snohomish Rental Co//Apparel: The Black Tux//Reception Venue: The Fairmont Olympic Hotel//Cinema and Video: Traveling Light Pictures

    Wednesday
    Apr062016

    Real Wedding Wednesday ~ If Time Travel Were Possible... A Glamorous, Gorgeous and Vintage-y Wedding 

    Are you dying over Sarah's wedding dress? I know! Right? Absolutely amazing! Lovin' the one shoulder bit and how it's adorned with the floral detail. WOW! (Don't worry, there are plenty more pics for you to gaze at as you scroll!) Anyway... If time travel were possible, then I'm pretty sure Sarah and Josh's wedding would fit the bill. It's glamorous. It's gorgeous. It's vintage-y. And aside from a few details, if you were to stroll through time and attend this wedding, you'd really have to guess at the time period you arrived in...

    Bridey, if you're looking for a glam wedding with blush tones, a kickass dress and incredible details, then you've definitely found the right post. If not, then don't worry! There are plenty of details to inspire you! Enoy this truly beautiful wedding!

    WOW! Right? Totally gorge!
    SUCH a cute pic!
    I really could use a good flask... Just sayin'...
    I mean...
    Look at Sarah's dress! It's so fantastic! I really love everything about it! And, Sarah, this dress was totally made for you!!
    Heeeeeeeeeyyyyyyy!!!
    Seriously love it...
    Lanterns instead of bouquets... Classy.
    So so so lovely!
    Whaaaaaaa?!!!!!!
    Um. Nice Rolls...
    FAB!!
    Thank you Sarah and Josh for sharing your lovely wedding with Bitchless Bride!!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Plum Pretty Portraits by Jamie Lee
    Beauty: Salon Dimensions
    Event Venue: Swan Manor
    Floral Designer: Winona's Flowers & Gifts

    Tuesday
    Apr052016

    The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ ***FLASHBACK*** A Heartfelt Confession from Your Overly Dedicated Wedding Planner

    Sometimes I feel guilty when I post a FLASHBACK, but then I realize that if I already have a fantastic post, why reinvent the wheel? Right? I'm still getting my point across, and some of you haven't taken the time to go back and read everything I've ever written, so why the hell not? Anyway, bridey, absorb this one... This is like the worst thing you can do to a wedding planner, event manager (at a venue), etc. Everything worked out in the end (regarding my situation), but I still think back, and resent the hell out of the bride who asked me to jump through hoops when I was down for the count. Don't forget to check out the comments too!

    May 26, 2015:

    Perspective. There's that fucking word again. Ugh. Perspective. Sometimes even I hate that word because it really does shake the bullshit out of a situation and forces you to see the truth. And, as we all know, the truth really does hurt sometimes. Without giving too much away about myself, recently I went through somewhat of a difficult time, and although the dust has settled, I had the opportunity to reevaluate what's important in my life, and also, what's important your life too, bridey. Because as I was trying to get through my "situation", there was this one bride (who was aware of what I was up against), didn't care and nearly made me throw in the towel, quit wedding planning and search for what's next.

    The most fucked up part of the story? This chick was done. Finito! She was married! She had her wedding, came back from her honeymoon and was "checking in" with me. Lovely, right? Well... No. It should have been, but it wasn't. And the crazy thing, is that her wedding day kicked ass. Every detail was executed perfectly, the family dynamics we were concerned about did not present themselves, and she (and her sig other) were quite thrilled with how the day went. So, why was she torturing me? What the fuck did she want? Well, the venue misplaced a few items. SMALL items. Easily replaceable items. And of course, she wanted me to go hunting and fight the fight. 

    Really? You want ME to call the venue for you, and have them search for the cake knife and remaining ceremony programs (even though you have an extra box of them at your house)? Really? Bridey, you KNOW that I am in the middle of a personal crisis, and yet, you want me to follow up with the venue? WOW. Listen, I get that I orchestrated your event, handled all of the details and held your hand before sending you down the aisle. But, today, please... Either hold my fucking hand or call the chick at the venue yourself. It's not like you need me to get you thousands of dollars back for a shitty experience. You're asking me to care about a fucking cake knife, that you received as a gift... I mean... It's not a family heirloom, it's a gift from your registry. Deal with it... YOURSELF!

    It was all I could do not to lose my shit and say exactly what I was thinking without exercising self control and filtering the bitch out of my voice. But, I did. And it was hard. Because, bridey, I hate to say it, but half of you will end up in divorce court, and you'll want to use that fucking cake knife to stab your sig other in the balls. And the other half of you? Well, you'll have your fair share of shit to deal with too. Real shit. Life or death shit. And that cake knife? You think you will still care about that stupid fucking cake knife? No, you won't. You will care about each other. You'll fight for each other. You'll fight the fights that are worth fighting for. You'll sleep on a chair next to hospital bed, and pray. Or maybe you'll sleep in a hospital bed, and pray for a brighter future. You'll learn that anything can happen at any moment, so appreciate what you have TODAY. Right? Kinda puts things into perspective, doesn't it?

    Bridey, your wedding day is nothing more than a symbol of what's to come. I've thrown extravagant, over the top weddings, and I've thrown super simple weddings... And the ones I love the most? The weddings that represent the couple. The weddings that are heartfelt and see beyond the bullshit of "the day". These B+Gs get that their wedding day is only the first step towards whatever future they make of it together. Right?? So, now do you understand how little I care about that fucking cake knife? Can you see why that phone call had me thinking about what else I could possibly do with my life that didn't involve taking care of anybody else besides the people I love and myself?

    Bridey, please... Let my confession be food for thought when you find yourself stressing over the stupid shit. In the end? It really doesn't matter. All that matters are the two of you...

    Image via EngravingShop.com

    Friday
    Apr012016

    Fantasy Friday ~ A Stunning, Bohemian Brunch Inspired, Italian Villa Inspired, Super Romantic, Styled Shoot

    I know it's just the way the sun is hitting her face, but I love how it appears as though the bride has two different colored eyes (and like she's rockin' some seriously blue eyeliner!). SO fabulous! And, even though I know they're models, they really make a super hot couple! Right? And that flower crown she's wearing is absolutely spectacular!

    Anyway, bridey, if you're looking for some kickass wedding inspiration, be it a lovely bohemian brunch (with a delicious looking pancake wedding cake!!), Italian villa or undoubtedly romantic, then you've just hit the mother load. This styled shoot is just cool. Like, really, really cool with amazing details that are so good, you'll want to eat them!
    That invitation is exceptional! I love the chalkboardy feel, and the font!
    Who doesn't love a sunflower? Exquisite bouquet!
    Holy WOW!
    How cool would it be to actually sit and dine at this table celebrating a marriage?!!
    Okay. I think it's fair to say that I have a crush on the bride. Lovin' the makeup!!
    My mouth seriously just watered! I may have to go make some pancakes!!
    Don't cut it! Just pour the syrup together!
    Thank you for sharing this incredible styled shoot with Bitchless Bride!!!

    Industry Peeps:

    Photographer: Andie Freeman Photography
    Makeup Artist: Bombshell Creations
    Dresses: Charlotte Russe
    Favors and Gifts: Kate Aspen
    Equipment Rentals: Oconee Events, Inc.
    Invitation Designer: Southern Sophistication Designs
    Caterer: Southern Sophistication Designs
    Event Planner: Southern Sophistication Designs
    Event Venue: The Farm at High Shoals

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