This week, you will meet two very different brides Ashley and Danielle. Both ladies were recently married in two very different style weddings. These ladies have survived the trip down the aisle and were excited to share their advice with The SASsy Report.
Our first bride is Ashley, who had a beautiful wedding in June of this year.
SASsy: Hi Ashley, could you please share with us your favorite part of wedding planning?
SASsy: I believe you live in DC but your wedding was in Memphis. Was the long distance planning difficult, if so how so?
I thought the stress of wedding planning would be too much to do from a distance, and since I currently live in Memphis I wanted my friends and family to have the opportunity to see where I live now and what my new life is like.
SASsy: What criteria did you use when selecting vendors?
SASsy: What were the theme and colors of your wedding and how did you incorporate them throughout the wedding?
SASsy: When shopping for your gown, was there a specific style you were looking for?
I actually designed my gown myself. I knew what I wanted my wedding gown to look like but wasn’t sure if I would find it. My earliest criteria were sweetheart neckline and mermaid silhouette. On my first trip shopping I swooned over a Lazaro mermaid and a trumpet Pronovias.
On my second trip shopping, I drove to Atlanta from Memphis to go to several stores. However, the drive took longer than I expected and I missed all of my appointments except for one. My bridal consultant asked me what I wanted my dress to look like, and I pointed to three different parts of three different dresses.
They said they could make the dress how I wanted it and voila. I had found my dream dress. The final product was a sweetheart neckline, mermaid silhouette with tulle extending beyond the dress, with a low v-back.
SASsy: Was there one specific aspect of the wedding that was more important to you than others, if so what was it?
SASsy: I heard you came up gave out BBQ rub as a wedding favor. That’s one of the most creative favors I’ve heard of! How did you come up with that idea?
Memphis is known for its dry rub, I love to cook and my husband loves to eat BBQ. I figured it would be a cute idea and something people could actually get some use out of. I was able to get cute jars from Michael’s at a great price and a friend’s family owns a catering company that I got the rub from. It went over well with the guests and I’m really glad I did it.
SASsy: Did everything go according to plan, or were there a few unplanned moments that made the wedding even more enjoyable?
In the grand scheme of things, none of that impacted my day and things were wonderful. Just be prepared for problems to happen, but don’t let them detract you from the point of the day - starting a life with your spouse and the love of your friends and family.
SASsy: If you could do anything differently, what would it be and why?
SASsy: What advice you would you offer other brides to help them through the wedding planning process?
Give yourself enough time to plan so you don’t feel rushed and overwhelmed. The process can no doubt be overwhelming, but giving yourself time to savor the moments and made thoughtful decisions is important.
Also, wedding planning is a dictatorship. You are the dictator. That doesn’t mean you need to be a crazy bridezilla. It does mean that you are going to get a lot of input from everyone around you and it is important to remember that it is your day so do what you want.
I would like to thank Ashley for helping out with the blog this week. If you have any questions or topic suggestions, please leave comments and they could be featured in an upcoming edition. And be sure to check out Part II of our Ask A Bride series on Thursday!
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