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Another... The Truth DOESN'T Have to Hurt Tuesday ~ Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

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I have to admit, for as much as I know about wedding dresses, and wedding planning, I know practically nothing about flower girl dresses (except that I want to fall over every time I see an adorable little girl in a FAB dress). Is this a sponsored post? Yes. But, considering that I am on a mission to educate you, bridey, I thought you could actually learn a thing or two about these ADORBS dresses. Not too mention that these little cuties will find a place in your photo album, so I thought you should know a bit about choosing your flower girl dresses. 

From the masters at BLACKNBIANCO:

The old adage goes that little girls are made of sugar, spices and everything nice. Ah, but what are flower girls’ dresses made of? Well the short answer these days is, everything! Today’s flower girls come adorned in a vast variety of luxurious fabrics that gleam in both innocence and elegance; reflecting the variety of classic beauty that one would expect from wedding wear.

Silk. The classic dress fabric, silk stands as the primary ingredient in classic haute couture fashion. Smooth and luminous, a silk dress is the ultimate statement of beauty and class; so when planning any item of wedding wear (including the flower girl dress), it’s always safe to say it with silk.

Taffeta. Conventionally used to craft dresses worn at church events, tea parties, formals, ceremonies and dance events, shiny, taffeta is a fabric classically associated with girls’ dresses. The flower girl will feel like a little princess in her billowy taffeta frock!

Cotton. A vast variety of children’s clothing is culled from fabric, a soft, comfortable, and endlessly flexible fabric that stand as a cornerstone of traditional fashion. What’s better, today’s cotton dresses can be crafted to resemble works of fine silk, their fine-spun fabrics giving the impression of a haute couture gown.

Organdy. Silken and light, organdy is a lovely cloth traditionally associated with weddings, high-class parties, and other social events. Bridesmaids, flower girls and even brides are often adorned in organdy.

Lace. Many flower girls has been adorned in a gown of pure ivory lace; standing as the symbol of purity and grace at the most sacred ceremony of all. Lace is a material befitting of a queen; and, of course, of a little princess who brings both ebullient floral and endless charm to any wedding event.

Do yourself a favor, click on BLACKNBIANCO, and not only will you fall over due to the amazingly stunning blondie on the home page (don't get any ideas, brideys... one thing at a time... kids can come later!), but you will have some serious options available to you. Got it?!

The Truth Hurts Tuesday ~ Five Ways to Beat Wedding Dress Back Fat

When I look at the the Bitchless Bride stats, a common search that lands people on the site is "hiding back fat in a wedding dress" or "how to eliminate back fat in a wedding dress". The reason so many of you end up on BB while conducting these searches is because I wrote an article last April called, "From Strapless to Fabulous". And honestly, it pissed some of you off, but it seemed to resonate with most of you. So, let's call this a continuation of sorts... And again, some of you are gonna hate me, but today is all about the truth, so deal with it.
1. I'm a curvy girl. I have what they classify as "hour glass" figure.  I'm a size 8/10 with a little waist and a pretty fab rack. But, the price I pay for such a fine rack is occasional back fat. That's why, when given the choice, I don't usually go for a strapless dress. I would rather avoid the whole fatty back thing, and the whole pulling it up all night thing, and just choose something with a halter or some spaghetti straps, and move on. And if you feel like I do, then my advice? Just avoid the whole "I need a strapless dress for my wedding or I'm gonna die..." thing... Don't do it. Bat fat problem? GONE!! See how easy that was? Problem solved. Pick something else.

2. If you're completely hell bent on walking down the aisle in a strapless gown, then lose some weight. There, I said it. Sorry, but it's true.

Super SLIMEY Sunday ~ A Bride's Plea for Help

Hey BB!

Plea for help!

I had a pretty bad experience with our officiant at our wedding... 

We had spoken to him on the phone and felt really good about him, so we went ahead and booked. At that point, he sent us their "suggested ceremonies", none of which we liked at all. His "most popular" one was this weird thing about the 5 needs of men (a wife who puts out, always acts like she's into it, keeps the house nice and "wears her hair in a style that is pleasing to him") and the 5 needs of women (I can't remember any but that she wanted to be financially provided for and get cuddles... seriously).

After seeing that, we decided we'd probably do better to try and draft our own ceremony and ask him to follow it- he said that was totally cool, and actually complimented the ceremony when I first sent it via email as well as 2 weeks before the wedding when we did our sit down planning meeting. We went over the ceremony, he asked us to add some things, cut some things and allow him to improv specific parts, all of which we agreed to. We felt really good about everything when we left. 

However, the day of the wedding it felt like he hadn't looked at our ceremony again after that meeting. He messed up the name of one of my dead grandfathers (my grandmother was obviously pretty upset), included parts of the ceremony he'd wanted us to cut, and in general seemed very uncomfortable and lost (lots of awkward pauses and "umm"s). I'd made a point of explaining that I would be keeping my name and didn't want to be announced as Mr. and Mrs. X.

Why You Should Hire a Photographer AND a Videographer...

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A wedding day is a very special day in a couple’s life, which is why it is so important to have a video recording of the event! Through photographs and/or videos: tears, toasts and tantrums (hopefully there won’t be too many!), are captured and preserved so that couples can look back on the day when they proclaimed their love and commitment to each other.

If you have a big budget and can afford to hire both a photographer and videographer, then that’s awesome! As many couples have expressed their regrets after not hiring a wedding videographer.

Once considered a ‘luxury’, wedding videography is now becoming more and more common as we embrace the digital age with ferocity. This is happening despite the added cost of hiring both a videographer and photographer; but you really can’t go without either as they both offer different value when capturing your big day.

Wedding Planning: Create a Stress-Free Wedding Guest List

Hey peeps... SO... I know that today is Wednesday, and that I should be posting a Real Wedding, but I thought this guest post was so helpful that I wanted to share it with you immediately. Plus, after the brutal The Truth Hurts Tuesday from yesterday, I thought I should give back a little! But, I'm not the one giving today... Lindsey, from Melbourne, is! She's got an fantastic post about creating a wedding guest list without the bullshit. So, obviously, I love it, and I know you will too!

And you know what? This is NOT a sponsored post, I just like what this chick has to say!

XO,

BB

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So you recently got engaged and are now ready to start planning your wedding. Congratulations! Now that you’re engaged, you will face a whole new set of problems and issues that may make you regret the decision to have a wedding in the first place. 

Luckily, there are many guides and tips that can help reduce the stress of wedding planning. One of the first issues you will have to discuss is the size of the guest list. This is an important first step, because it will help you determine where to have the venue, how big the wedding budget will be, how much food to order, and many other details about the wedding.

Use these handy tips to help you determine who to invite to your special day:

The Big C... It's Not What You Think

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This post will make you angry. This post will upset you to your core (at least I hope it will). This post will piss you off. But, most of all this post will open your eyes to everything I have been saying since BB's inception... Brides can be a real bitch! Seriously brideys, if you feel nothing after reading this, then you are in desperate need some help and fast! I feel passionately that this story will move you, and help put your world of wedding planning into PERSPECTIVE! And if it doesn't, then please... lose my number.

With This Ring Thee Wed… BB’s Helpful Tips on How to Write Your Wedding Vows

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As you probably saw from my last piece on Huff Post Weddings, I eloped. And a huge part of that decision was because my husband wasn’t quite comfortable professing his undying love for me in front of 150 guests. But, more that than our vows were really personal, and he is very private (so am I… HA! There’s certainly nothing private about me!). Definitely not an ideal platform for him to promise to rub my feet following a long weekend of work, or to always open my car door, even though he knows I can do it myself, etc. So, we went a different route.

5 Important “Bridal Traits” I Learned from My Favorite Bride

As much as I attempt to educate you brideys with my anecdotes, crazy bitchy bride stories and a few nightmares, I think it’s only fair that I tell you a bit about one of my absolute favorite brides (like ever). Not only was she super cool, gorgeous and fun, but also really smart and trusting… of me, and the vendors we picked TOGETHER! She embraced the wedding planning process; the good the bad and the crazy, and walked around like she had a secret. Like a badass. You know that feeling… It’s like nobody can touch you, you feel almost invincible and awesome (TOTALLY the way I feel in Vegas!).

If it Ain't Awesome, Then Why Bother?

We're changing all the time. And frankly, sometimes change is scary. It's hard to break old habits, but if we don't grow and evolve then we stay stagnant; unmoving and boring. So I made the decision to change, to learn and to evolve. To better myself and to make Bitchless Bride live up to it's potential. So I am going back to school. Yup! But it's not just any kind of school, it's The Blogcademy taught by none other then the best in the blogging biz... Rock n Roll Bride, Gala Darling and Nubby Twiglet. Oh yeah!!