Win $25,000 For Your Dream Wedding from Fiverr

We know that weddings can be stressful, costly, and overwhelming. So today, with the support of Fiverr and an AMAZING contest they’re running, Save the Date by Fiverr, we thought we’d share our top tips for keeping your wedding on budget and stress-free!

1) Choose 2 or 3 aspects of your wedding that will your highest priorities, and spend more of your budget here. This will help to remind you that your lower priorities can be lower budget options!

2) Hire quality wedding professionals. Quick and courteous emails and phone calls, excellent referrals from past clients, and a professional portfolio are good signs that the vendor you are hiring will be the right person to trust. If you need some referrals, check out our Premium Vendors in your area!

3) Be flexible. You’ve selected a team of great wedding professionals, so trust them to do their jobs! They know the best ways to create the wedding you’re dreaming of at the budget that you can afford. Let them get creative, and they’ll create their best work for you!

And what happens when you find you need a little extra help with your wedding planning? Well, that’s where Fiverr comes in. Their online community offers a wide range of wedding planning services, from invitation design to a virtual wedding planning assistant!

Fiverr is all about creative solutions. The prize money from this content will be used to help bring the winner’s wedding vision to life, and while the winning couple will have oversight on their special day, the Fiverr community will get to take part by contributing ideas and opinions along the way. Furthermore, the planning journey will be filmed and documented, allowing the Fiverr community to come along for the ride.

How to Enter:

1) Share Your Story
Record a 1 minute (max) original video that tells Fiverr your love story and shares why you would like them to help plan your dream wedding. Whether you’re funny, sweet, serious, or anywhere in between — just be yourselves!

2) Upload Your Video
Upload your video to YouTube with the hashtag #FiverrSaveTheDate in the title and description. You won’t be judged on the video or editing quality.

3) Submit and Share
Submit your video story through Fiverr’s entry page and share it with your friends and family.

Entries close July 5, 2016 at 12 AM ET

#WedByFiverr #FiverrSaveTheDate

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06.10.16 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Natural Wedding Makeup Inspiration

Is there anything more romantic than a natural look on your wedding day? Not really. Makeup trends come and go, but your own natural beauty will never go out of style. That’s what we love about an understated look – it’s timeless and it works for everyone.

On the other hand, it’s your wedding day! You probably don’t want to look like you do every other day. So how can you create a look that is both understated and elevated for the occasion?

Here are some tips to achieve your natural look:

1) Highlight one feature:

Here’s the thing: natural makeup doesn’t have to mean no makeup. It doesn’t have to be uninteresting either. Achieving an understated look is more about playing up your natural features—selectively—without overpowering them. This might mean, for example, choosing a lipstick or gloss that is similar to but slightly more saturated than your own natural lip color. But if a bold lip is your signature – go for it! If your eyes are your favorite feature, play them up. Focus on one feature, and keep everything else subtle.

2) Get the Glow:

What makes a natural look especially alluring is the illusive ‘glow’. Having a healthy glow is as much about what you put on your skin before hand as it is about the makeup you use – especially during the months leading up to your wedding. Of course, everyone’s skin is different. So a few months before your wedding, try out a new natural product like coconut oil, vitamin C serum or rosewater toner. See if it makes a difference for you. Make sure you do this well ahead of time – you don’t want to try anything new within about six weeks of your wedding.

3) Make your health (and feeling good!) a priority:

Drinking lots of water, eating nutrient-rich whole foods, and doing detoxing exercises like running or yoga can make a world of difference. When it comes to your wedding day, exercise first thing – you will already be glowing!

4) Create a solid foundation:

On the morning of your wedding (after you’ve gotten in a quick run or yoga session) apply an emollient natural product that you know your skin loves and let it set in. Then, choose a base that illuminates and perfects your skin, but doesn’t cover it entirely. Use a bronzer, blush or highlighter with a bit of shimmer, but use it sparingly.

5) Embrace Your Natural Beauty:

Most importantly, do what that makes you feel comfortable and completely yourself. This way, your inner confidence, personality and beauty will shine through!

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06.10.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Intimate Family Portraits at Home

We celebrate weddings because they are an exciting time in our lives, filled with happiness, friendship, and love. Another such time is maternity, and we’re thrilled to share an intimate selection of images today depicting the early days of parenthood, of photographer Rylee Hitcher and her husband, Andrew, with their 3 month old (see their wedding here!)

Read on for more from Rylee, the mother:
“I have yet to find a word to describe the incredibly beautiful love you feel in motherhood. I keep saying “it’s romantic”, but that’s not quite it. It’s tender, sweet, adoring, kind, intense & unselfish, but there’s also a word that I just dont think exists to describe it. I’ve loved every minute of motherhood so far and love that the photos Meghan took of us represent everything it means to me. She captured just how we spent our days with our 3 month old. Now, even just a few months later, we spend them a little differently, and I’m glad we have those moments captured.”

Photography: M.K. Sadler | Dresses: Free People

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06.09.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Lilac Wedding Flower Inspiration

How we wish that lilacs bloomed all year long! But if they did, perhaps we wouldn’t love these delicate purple blooms quite as much as we do. If you’re lucky enough to wed during lilac season, we encourage you to use these fragrant branches anywhere and everywhere you can – your bridal bouquet, your centerpieces, even as inspiration for hand-painted invitations!

Read on for more from the floral designer, Poppy Design Co!
“I had just finished a month long harvest at our local lilac farm, Kilcoyne Farm, and the fleeting beauty of lilac season had us enraptured with scent and simplicity of their beautiful blooms. We were all inspired by them, their uniqueness and the magic of their short bloom season. We knew right away that they would become the focus and muse for this simplistic story. Sarah created a sweet Sunday morning feel as the subject roamed the blooming hills and returned home to create a lovely dinner setting. Pulling elements, details and moments that felt laid back and shared a beautiful story of a woman within her calm setting.”

Photography: Mariel Hannah | Design & Styling: Sarah Park | Floral: Poppy Design Co | Hair & Makeup: Nicole Johnson | Dress: Shop Gossamer | Model: Brookelynn Howard | Stationary: Poppy and Scooter | Lilacs: Kilcoyne Lilac Farm

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06.08.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog