5 Reasons to Get Married on New Year's Eve

Everyone thinks of June and September as the prime wedding months. While it's true that more weddings happen during these months than any other time of the year, that certainly doesn't mean they're the only good times to get married! As we prepare to welcome in the New Year, the team at WhereBridesGo.com thought it would be appropriate to share with you some of our top reasons to get married on New Year's Eve.


Reason #1: People Are Looking For Something Festive To Do

Getting married on or around most holidays can lower your attendance, because most of your guests have vacations or other events already planned. Most people don't plan any trips around New Year's, though, and they will probably be looking for something fun to do to celebrate. What could possibly be more festive and romantic than watching a couple begin their new life together?

Reason #2: Champagne, Champagne, Champagne!

It's no secret that champagne is the classic drink used to ring in the New Year. It's also an incredibly popular beverage at most weddings. Why not combine the two and get double the champagne?! It's a perfect excuse.

Reason #3: Sparklers Are Expected

Let's be honest... A wedding kiss surrounded by sparklers makes for some of the most romantic wedding photos of all time. Having your wedding on New Year's Eve gives you a great excuse to celebrate with sparklers galore.

Reason #4: No One Will Forget Your Anniversary

It's true! Days during other months can blend together, and people (even those in your bridal party) can have trouble remembering your specific anniversary date. Having a New Year's Eve wedding, on the other hand, is so momentous that very few people (if any) will forget your wedding day.

Reason #5: New Year's Eve Weddings Are The Most Fun

Ask anyone who has been to a wedding on New Year's Eve; most of them will say it was the most fun wedding they'd ever been to! There are lots of ways to make your New Year's Eve wedding really pop. For example, you can shower the dance floor in confetti at midnight, you can set up a big TV and watch the ball drop with all your family and friends, or you can even time it so that your wedding kiss happens at the stroke of midnight. No matter how you decide to celebrate, your New Year's Eve wedding is sure to be a big hit.

Happy New Year from WhereBridesGo.com!

Whether or not you're planning to say "I Do" on this awesome holiday, all of us at WhereBridesGo.com want to wish you and your family an absolutely magical New Year! 


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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What Is The Most Popular Marriage Proposal Date?

Merry Christmas from all of us at WhereBridesGo.com! Did you know...



More marriage proposals happen in December than any other month!

In honor of this holiday season (and marriage proposals), we thought we'd take a quick peek at some of the most popular dates for proposals.


December is the Most Popular Proposal Month

The jury is still out on what percentage of proposals happen during December. We found one source that said 16%, one that said 13%, and another on that said 26%! Despite these varying numbers, all of these sources have one thing in common: December is undoubtedly the most popular month for marriage proposals. It probably won't come as a surprise that there are two specific days in December that happen to be particularly popular proposal dates.

December 24th

You guessed it - Christmas Eve is the most popular day of the year for marriage proposals! Thanks to all the snow, the firelight, the candles, and the holiday cocktails, Christmas Eve is one of the most romantic days of the year. It's not surprising that many men (and women) decide to take advantage of it. When your sweetie hands you a small, wrapped box this Christmas Eve... Well, it might be fair to get your hopes up!

December 31st

New Year's Eve comes in as a close second for the most popular marriage proposal date. When the clock strikes twelve, men and women around the U.S. drop to one knee and ask their girlfriends and boyfriends to become their husbands and wives. Since the champagne is already poured and you two are about to begin a whole new year together, New Year's Eve is an absolutely wonderful time for a proposal.

What's Your Proposal Story?

There are lot of different ways couples get engaged over the holidays. Some sneak away for a romantic dinner or a glass of wine by the fireplace, and others choose to pop the question in the middle of family festivities. There's no right or wrong time to get engaged - it's all up to your priorities as a couple. 

Did you get engaged in December? We'd love to hear the story!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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6 Perks of Having a Winter Wedding

He finally popped the question, and now you're ready to finally completely immerse yourself in planning the wedding of your dreams. While you might find yourself tempted to jump straight into the "fun" stuff, such as picking out your dress or your shoes, there's a much bigger decision that must be made first:


When is the big day going to be?

There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding what day you want your wedding to be. If you're starting from ground zero, our previous blog about how to choose your wedding date has several tips and suggestions to help you get started on the right path! As you narrow in on a certain time of year, keep in mind that different seasons all come with different perks and challenges. For now, though, we thought we'd focus specifically on some of the unique perks associated with winter weddings. 



Perk #1:  Reserving Your Venue is Easier
Despite the cool allure of winter weddings, most couples choose to get married during the warmer months. The good news for couples who opt for a winter anniversary, then, is that you will probably have much better luck reserving your venue on the day of their choice (rather than being forced to use whatever date the venue still has available).

Perk #2:  You Have Better Control Over The Guest Count
If you're looking for ways to keep your guest count down without offending people, having a winter wedding could be the perfect solution. Thanks to unpredictable travel conditions, most people are less likely to attend winter weddings. On the flipside, it could also be easier to have a larger guest count in the winter because your guests are less likely to have scheduling conflicts.

Perk #3:  It's Cheaper
It's no secret that budgeting is one of the biggest stressors associated with planning a wedding. If you're not careful, wedding costs have a way of racking up very quickly. Since winter is the off-season for most wedding professionals, though, holding your wedding in the winter months is as easy save money. Venues, caterers, and photographers are more likely to have cheaper rates (and better availability) during the winter.


Perk #4:  You Get To Enjoy Fun, Wintry Themes
Do you have a soft spot for penguins? Did you and your soon-to-be-husband meet on the ski slopes? If you've ever had a particular affinity for wintry themes, a winter wedding could be perfect for you. From reindeer to penguins to snowmen, winter weddings certainly have their fair share of fun d├ęcor options!

Perk #5:  There's Nothing Like A Snowy Backdrop
This one hardly needs any explanation, because... well, let's be honest. There's nothing more romantic than snuggling up with your special someone on a cold, snowy afternoon! Why not infuse your wedding with that same wintry magic? As an added bonus, snow serves as a fabulous backdrop in wedding photos.

Perk #6:  You Get Special Accessories
When it comes to designing your perfect wedding look, picking out your dress is just the beginning. You also get to decide on your shoes and on a multitude of accessories, such as earrings, necklaces, veils, and bracelets. If you are getting married in winter, you also get to select a bridal wrap or shawl. How romantic is that?

What other perks do you think are associated with having a winter wedding? We'd love to hear your ideas!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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DIY Emergency Wedding Kit - 22 Must Have Items

No matter how many hours, days, weeks, months, or even years you've spent planning your wedding, you can't guarantee that everything will go perfectly. In fact, you can almost guarantee that something will go wrong at some point - the question is, how are you going to handle it when it does?


As the bride, you shouldn't have to handle most of the last-minute frustrations and stressors that will most likely arise on your wedding day. Delegate your wedding planner and any helpful friends/family (preferably those who volunteer their services in advance) as the ones who will be in charge of handling the day-of questions, such as where to put the extra wine bottles or how to signal to the DJ that it's time to begin the music. However, you should be concerned with any last-minute issues dealing with your or your bridesmaids' dresses, hair, makeup, shoes, etc.

In order to be properly prepared to handle any last-minute wardrobe or accessory malfunctions, we recommend you or one of your bridesmaids put together a "wedding day emergency kit." As your number one wedding planning resource, the team at BridesGo.com is here to help!


Here are all of the materials you need to complete your fail-safe wedding day emergency kit:



These personalized totes serve as a great
carrying case for your emergency kit!
 Hair pins / hair ties
 Toothpicks / dental floss
 Extra panty hose
 Eye drops
 Scotch tape
 Superglue
 Safety pins
 Static-cling spray
 Hairspray
 Tweezers
 Mouthwash
 Miniature sewing kit
 Chapstick
 Tampons
 Razors
 Tic Tacs
 Bottles of water
 Extra earring backs
 Extra nail polish
 Tissues
 Deoderant
 White chalk (to cover up last-minute stains)



Every bride's emergency kit is a little bit different, but this should get you started in the right direction. Feel free to add/subtract items from this list as you see fit! 

If you're looking for a convenient place to store all of the items in your emergency kit, WhereBridesGo.com has some adorable personalized totes to choose from!


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How To Change Your Name After Marriage - 6 Simple Steps

After months and months of cake tasting, color coordinating, dress fittings, and everything else that goes along with planning your wedding, your big day has finally come and gone! It probably seemed like this day would never come, and now that it has, you might not be sure what to do with yourself!

Though the wedding planning stage is over, you can be confident that there will be plenty of things for you to do. Thank you notes should always be one of the first things on that list. Brides technically have a three-month window to get their thank you notes sent out, but your guests will be happy (and grateful) to receive them sooner rather than later. 

Should you choose to do so, the next step on your to-do list as a newly married individual is to change your name. This is a big step in a woman's (or man's!) life. Our names are a huge part of our identity, and changing them should not be taken lightly. While the majority of married women still adopt their husband's last name, there are several alternative methods being used today. Some women choose to hyphenate their last name to include their maiden name and their husband's last name. Some men change their last names to match their wives'. Some women replace their current middle name with their maiden name and take their husband's last name.

Regardless of which name change route you choose, there are a few steps that must be taken to make your change name officially and legally. Here's the best way to do it.

Step 1 - Obtain Official Copies of Your Marriage License

Unfortunately, photocopying your copy of the marriage license won't be enough. You'll need to contact the county clerk's office where you applied for your marriage license in the first place in order to get official, certified copies of your marriage license. These certified copies will serve as legal proof of your marriage, which will make the rest of the name-changing process much simpler.

Step 2 - Update Your Social Security Card

The Social Security Administration should be the first organization you contact to update your name. This agency is the most important because discrepancies between your name and social security number can cause major problems with your taxes and retirement benefits. 

In order to update your name with the Social Security Administration, you'll need to fill out Form SS-5 and file it with your local social security office. You can obtain copies of this form at your local office, or you can save time by downloading it online here and filling it out ahead of time. You will also need to provide proof of your age, identity, and U.S. citizenship. Your birth certificate and your driver's license should suffice.

Step 3 - Get a New Driver's License

Because driver's licenses are such a common, easy way to prove your identify, most people recommend updating your license next. Having a new copy of your license will make it easier to change your name everywhere else. Different states require different pieces of evidence in order to update your license, so be prepared. When you visit your local DMV, we recommend bringing your old driver's license, an official copy of your marriage license, your new social security card, and proof of your new address (if you and your spouse moved after the wedding).


Step 4 - Inform Your Employer

This step is pretty self-explanatory. It's important to let your employer know when your name has legally changed so that your paychecks and benefits will be in your new name. Small businesses may handle this type of change differently than large ones do, so check with your boss to see how to best make this change happen.

Step 5 - Change Your Bank Accounts

If your employer is going to be writing checks to your new name, it's important that your bank and/or credit unions are in the loop as well! This will probably be most easily done by visiting your bank in person. Bring an official copy of your marriage certificate and your new driver's license. While visiting your bank, go ahead and request new checks, debit cards, and any credit cards associated with your bank.

Step 6 - Contact Everyone Else

Steps 1-5 will make sure you contact the most important individuals or agencies first. Now, all that's left is to fill in the cracks. Sometimes, women are surprised when they realize just how many other people or companies there are to inform! Examples of other people to contact are:
  • Post office
  • Lawyers (to update any legal documents)
  • Doctors
  • Club memberships
  • Voter registration board
  • Passport
  • Insurance companies
  • Vehicle registration
  • Alumni associations
  • Investment accounts
  • Cell phone company
  • Independent credit cards
  • Home utilities
  • Mortgage company or landlord

This may sound like a daunting process, but it's really not that bad. The hardest part (as with most tasks) is the act of getting started; once you get the ball rolling, however, the rest of the process follows pretty smoothly. If you don't feel up to changing your name yourself, there are several agencies that will take care of all the legalities for you (for a price, of course). Whether you want to change your name yourself or hire someone else to do it is completely up to you - there is no right or wrong answer!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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What Do Your Wedding Colors Say About You?

"What are your colors??"

This is often one of the very first questions brides get asked when they begin planning their weddings. Colors help establish the look and feel of the wedding day, and family and friends are eager to be let in the loop. We accept this eagerness as their way of expressing excitement and sharing in the wedding planning process, but did you know that their innate desire to know the wedding colors actually stems from an deeper, subconscious level?

Colors have been shown to have strong psychological impacts on our moods and our emotions. Colors seem to "suggest" certain behaviors or energies, helping evoke desired actions out of guests or customers. For example, the color red is prominently displayed in the logo for many fast food restaurants because it instills survival instincts, desire, passion, and hunger in their customers.

The colors you choose to surround yourself with on your wedding day will have a subtle but strong impact on you and your guests. You can use this effect to your advantage by taking some time to familiarize yourself with common colors and their emotional triggers. When you choose your wedding colors, you won't just be selecting the pretty colors that will pop the best in your wedding photos, you'll be choosing the emotional effect you want to have on your wedding party and your guests.


RED

As we just mentioned, red evokes passion, desire, and survival instincts from those around it. Red is the color of fire and blood, and it is often associated with strength, masculinity, power, danger, energy, sexuality, confidence, courage. People who are surrounded by a lot of red for a significant amount of time can become empowered or angered, depending on their preexisting emotional tendencies.

Red instills a confident, powerful energy in weddings. Dressing yourself, your groom, or your bridal party with red accents is a bold move, but it can be very effective.

YELLOW

Yellow in indisputably happy and cheerful - all of the time. Yellow is the color of sunshine and flowers, and it tends to exude happiness and enthusiasm wherever it goes. Yellow also inspires creativity, intellect, self-worth, excitement, impulsiveness, joy, enthusiasm, optimism, and spontaneity in those who surround themselves in it. Because of its constant quick, speedy energy, however, spending too much time around yellow can cause people to feel agitated or stressed.

Yellow can be very inviting as a wedding color because it evokes such positive feelings from those around it. If you're generally a spirited, happy individual, yellow could be a perfect wedding color for you.


ORANGE

The color orange is created by mixing red and yellow, so it follows that its emotional pull is a combination of the first two colors. It takes the flighty enthusiasm and excitement of yellow and grounds it with the strength and power of red, resulting in a warm and positive effect. Orange stimulates us on both a mental and physical level, inspiring us to move forward with focused enthusiasm. Orange also tends to stimulate the appetite, so it is sometimes used to advertise food products and services. Orange does not seem to play a large role in our current culture, so there is also a sense of novelty and uniqueness associated with it.

Orange is surprising and unexpected as a wedding color, but it can be very effective if used correctly. Its youthful optimism and positivity could be a great addition to your big day.

BLUE

As the color of the sky and the ocean, blue symbolizes depth, trustworthiness, and stability. Blue has an incredibly calming effect on those around it - it has even been shown to suppress appetite and slow human metabolism! It evokes feelings of quiet strength, honesty, self-expression, wisdom, loyalty, faithfulness, persistence, and idealism. Because of its steady consistency, however, being surrounded by too much of the color blue can make it difficult for people to adjust to new changes.

Blue serves as a wonderful wedding color because it evokes wonderful emotions that most people would love to embody as the enter into a new marriage. After all, who wouldn't love to surround their wedding with honesty, trust, and contentment?

GREEN

Green - the color found most prominently in nature. Green evokes wonderfully positive emotions in those around it, such as balance, healing, harmony, safety, love, and abundance. Green is made from a mixture of blue and green, so it combines the spirited enthusiasm of yellow with the calm serenity of blue. Green instills an excited but grounded happiness in everyone it surrounds.

Not surprisingly, green is another wonderfully popular wonderful wedding color. It can help you welcome in the new phase of your life with abundance, prosperity, and balance.

PURPLE

The color purple was traditionally worn by kings, queens, and other members of the royal courts. It is considered to be a very rich, prosperous, and regal color. It also stimulates the imagination and inspires spirituality in those around it. Purple is created by mixing red and blue, so it follows that purple inspires a powerful but quiet strength in those who wear it. 

Purple isn't a particularly common wedding color, but it can be extremely effective. You and your bridal party are sure to enjoy the quietly regal air purple accents can instill in you!

PINK

Pink represents delicacy, compassion, love, femininity, and innocence. Its quiet sophistication can please and impress those who encounter it. Pink is also associated with nurturing and mothering actions. It is gentle, soft, beautiful, calm, and good-natured. 

If you're not afraid to embrace your girly side, the youthful glow of the color pink can be a wonderfully delicate and feminine addition to your wedding decor.

WHITE and BLACK

White is the most traditional of all wedding colors. It symbolizes innocence, purity, goodness, virginity, cleanliness, and perfection. Brides traditionally wear white to symbolize their purity and their beautiful innocence. 

Black is the opposite of white, representing a sense of mystery and dark power. In the most negative connotations, black can imply evil and death, but it can also represent a classic elegance. When appropriately paired with white or another color, black can add a grounded power that can positively impact all who surround it.

Armed with the emotional and psychological impacts colors can have, you'll be much better equipped to choose your wedding colors! Based off your new knowledge, which colors do you think you'll choose for your big day? We'd love to hear your plans!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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Choosing Your Wedding Venue - 8 Mistakes

Congratulations! You and your groom-to-be have finally taken the plunge and gotten engaged. You're probably surrounded by family and friends congratulating you, oohing and ahhing over your ring, and begging you to tell them how he asked you "just one more time!!" 

Amidst this wave of congratulatory messages, it's time to begin making some practical decisions about your wedding - specifically, when and where. While the date and the venue often go hand-in-hand, initial decisions on each of these topics must be made independently. 

In this blog post, the WhereBridesGo team is here to help you choose your wedding venue easily and efficiently! We're going to outline some of the common mistakes people make when choosing their wedding venue and discuss ways to avoid making them yourself. (See our earlier blog post for help choosing your wedding date.)

Mistake #1: Waiting
Waiting (or, worse, procrastinating) is often the first mistake couples make in the process of selecting their wedding venue. It's easy to be fooled into thinking you have all the time in the world (especially if you're planning on being engaged for at least a year), but when it comes to reserving your wedding venue, that simply isn't the case. 

If you're looking at a popular wedding venue and you know you want to get married on the weekend, you'll most likely need to book your wedding venue at least 12-18 months in advance (if not longer). You'll be able to wait a little while if you're okay with getting married on a weekday, but even then, the rules remain the same: the sooner you can get your wedding date locked in with your wedding venue, the better off you'll be.

Mistake #2: Not Knowing Your Guest List
Obviously, no one expects you to have your guest list completed as soon as you get engaged. However, it's important to have a few realistic discussions about how many people you want to attend your wedding before you begin touring potential wedding locations. 

Wedding venues often advertise the approximate number of guests they are designed to accommodate. You want to be sure your venue is big enough to hold everyone you will want to invite, but at the same time, you also need to be sure that your venue won't be too big for your event. Having a small amount of guests in a big space can be overwhelming, or it can look like you were expecting many more people to come than those who actually did. Save yourself any awkwardness or embarrassment in the future by getting a realistic estimate of how many people will attend your wedding before you begin venue shopping.

Mistake #3: Not Timing Your Visit Right
You know you need to take a tour of your potential wedding venue before signing any contracts, but do you know how to make your initial visit really count? When visiting their prospective wedding venues, there are two common mistakes couples make:
  • Visiting during a different season, and
  • Visiting during a different time of day
Both of these mistakes can cause you to get an inaccurate impression of your potential wedding venue. It's no surprise that a venue's appearance can change drastically from season to season, but the differing times of day can have equally great effects on the venue's look and feel. In order to make sure you know exactly what you're booking, schedule a visit that reflects the time of day and the season of your actual wedding day.

Mistake #4: Not Having a Clear Idea of What You Want
Like all big decisions, choosing your wedding location is much easier if you have a clear understanding of what you do and do not want. Wedding venues come in so many different shapes and sizes that it's easy to get overwhelmed if you don't have a clear goal in mind. 

Save yourself time and energy by sitting down with your fiance and discussing your priorities. How many people do you need to be able to comfortably accommodate? How private do you want your location to be? Does it need to be close by someone or something? Having a strong grasp of your requirements ahead of time will allow you to keep your search much more focused and efficient.

Mistake #5: Not Knowing Your Budget
The wedding venue is often the first big financial commitment couples make as they begin planning their wedding. Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to know how much you can afford to spend on your venue if you don't know how much you plan to spend on your entire wedding. 

Before you begin seriously shopping wedding venues, take a thorough look at how much money you have to spend on your wedding and where it will be coming from. Will you and your fiance be funding your event yourselves, or will you have help from parents, grandparents, and/or other friends and family? It is not uncommon for brides and grooms to put off seriously addressing their wedding budget for as long as they can, but the sooner you have a clear view of your budget, the easier planning your wedding (and booking your venue) will be.

Mistake #6: Not Knowing Your Wedding "Style"
The venue will set the scene for your entire event. You can add music and decorations later, but nothing else will have as great an impact on the look and overall feel of your big day. It stands to reason, then, that you should have a clear understanding of what type of event you want your wedding to be before booking your venue. 

Do you want a religious ceremony? Do you want your decor theme to be rustic or formal? Do you want the ceremony and/or the reception to take place outdoors? Taking the time to answer these questions ahead of time will not only simplify your decision-making process, it will help ensure that you find the venue that best fit your needs and desires.

Mistake #7: Not Knowing the Rules
Your potential venue is, first and foremost, a business. As with all businesses, each venue has its own list of rules and requirements you and your guests will be expected to abide by, should you choose to hold your event there. 

Before signing any contracts, take the time to find out exactly what will be expected of you and your guests. What time will you need to be off the premises? Does the venue have contracts with any caterers or other wedding vendors that will require you to work with them if you host your event there? Will you be responsible for the cleanup? It's important to know exactly what you might be getting yourself into so you can be sure the venue is a good fit for your wedding.

Mistake #8: Not Asking the Right Questions
When you tour your potential venues, don't be afraid to ask questions. While you should obviously be polite, it's important to recognize the tour for what it really is - an interview. You're interviewing the venue in order to decide whether or not you want to "hire" it. 

You'll be paying your venue a decent amount of money to use the space, so you want to be completely confident that it will suit your needs, that you know what will be expected of you, and that it will be conducive to the type of wedding you want. Now is the time to ask the little questions. Does the venue supply cups, plates, and silverware? How many electricity outlets are available? What is included, and what will cost you extra? 

Choosing a wedding venue is a big decision, but being aware of these common mistakes will help you avoid falling victim to them yourself. What else do you think needs to be considered before deciding on your wedding location? We'd love to hear your thoughts!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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Choosing Wedding Flowers: A Month-By-Month Guide

No matter when or where you're getting married, flowers will always add a beautiful, natural radiance to your wedding ceremony. Thanks to their hundreds of different shapes, sizes, and colors, you can customize your wedding flowers to perfectly match your decor theme. Flowers have been used in weddings for literally hundreds of years, and we love seeing all of the different ways brides choose to incorporate them into their big days!


Choosing Wedding Flowers

Choosing the flowers for your wedding can be a big decision. You have to decide what colors you want, how much your wedding budget will allow you to spend, what types of floral displays you want, how many bouquets and vases to purchase, and what kinds of flowers you want to use. 

One of the challenges of choosing your wedding flowers is that each type of flower is only available during certain times of year. While we can't change when the flowers are in season, we can make your decision-making process a little bit easier! The team at WhereBridesGo.com did some research on which kinds of flowers are available during what times of year. Here's what we found.

January
  • Casa Blanca Lily
  • Peonies
  • Lotus
  • Daffodils
  • Garden Rose
February
  • Lillium Stargazer
  • Amaryllis
  • Rose Geranium
  • Rananculus
  • Nerines
March
  • Gardenias
  • Dahlias
  • Freesia
  • Carnations
  • Phalenopsis Orchids
April
  • Hydrangea
  • Lisianthus
  • Tulips
  • Julia Rose
  • Bouvardia
May
  • Peonies
  • Tuberose
  • Jonquil
  • Lilacs
  • Blushing Bride
June
  • Lupine
  • Iris
  • Gerbera
  • Sweetspire
  • Wisteria
July
  • Zinnia
  • St. John's Wort
  • Phlox
  • Daylilies
  • Sun Rose
August
  • Fuchsia
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Southern Magnolia
  • Daphne
  • Sunflower
September
  • Hyacinth
  • Daisies
  • Snowflakes - Leucojum
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Cherry Blossoms
October
  • Aster
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Delphinium
  • Dogwood - Cornis Florida
  • Lily of the Valley
November
  • Calla Lilly
  • African Violets
  • Flowering Eucalyptus
  • Skimmia
  • Lavender
December
  • Poppy
  • David Austin Rose
  • Poinsettia
  • Gloriosa
  • Sweatpea

We hope this month-by-month list of flowers will help make your wedding planning process easier! Which flowers will you choose for your wedding? We'd love to know! Tweet your flowers to @WhereBridesGo.

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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WonderFall Wedding Ideas!

Everyone thinks of spring and early summer as the most popular wedding months, but autumn is an equally (if not more!) beautiful time for weddings. For all you brides out there who are getting married this fall (or planning a fall wedding in the future) we put together some of our favorite tips, techniques, and ideas for planning a fall wedding that will all amaze and inspire all of your guests.

Fall-Themed Bouquet
Why not take full advantage of all the beautiful fall colors? A fall-themed wedding bouquet serves as a stunning statement that perfectly exemplifies everything you love about fall. The fall colors have a unique warmth about them, giving your bouquet a gentle autumn glow.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, and More Pumpkins
Nothing says fall like a bright, round pumpkin! Since they're usually affordably priced, pumpkins can be a great way to decorate and fill space without breaking your bank. 

Fall Centerpieces
Forget flower petals - brightly colored fall leaves serve as gorgeous table decorations, especially for rustic-themed weddings! Orange, red, or yellow flowers, wooden vases or candle holders, and red or orange tealights can create breathtaking centerpieces. Sprinkling fall leaves around the center of the table is the perfect finishing touch!

Autumn-Themed Cake
When it comes to autumn weddings, sometimes the perfect fall decoration is the icing on the cake - literally! Fake leaves and dark red flowers can give your cake a beautiful fall feel that looks good enough to eat.

Fall Wedding Favors
Encourage your guests to celebrate the season alongside you with adorable fall-themed wedding favors! WhereBridesGo.com has several unique wedding guest favors to choose from, including these adorable copper leaf bottle stoppers and burgundy leaves bookmarks

These ideas should help you get started planning the fall wedding of your dreams. You can also check out our Fall Weddings Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

What other ideas do you have for planning an autumn wedding? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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But Marriage is For Life - Strong Relationships, Part 2

The last few months leading up to your wedding date are guaranteed to be a complete and total whirlwind. No matter how far in advance you've planned ahead, there are always tons of last minute details that can't possibly be foreseen. After dedicating so much time to planning one singular event, what are you going to do when it's all over? Live happily ever after?

Hopefully, yes! In this case, "happily ever after" means building a marriage that will last a lifetime... but how do you do that?


Never fear! As promised, the team at WhereBridesGo.com is following up from the first in our two-part blog series, A Wedding Is Only One Day, with this week's topic: But Marriage is For Life. We've compiled the best tips, techniques, and strategies for you and your new husband to use as you build a strong relationship that will last a lifetime.

Say Thank You
This is a simple lesson we learn from a very young age, but we may underestimate its value as we begin to take certain things for granted. Your husband is supposed to fix the leaky faucet, right? He knows you appreciate him, so what does it matter if you forget to acknowledge that specific act? 

It can matter a lot. Everyone needs to feel valued and appreciated. Thanking each other for even - no, especially - the littlest tasks will go a long way towards building a strong, mutually supportive relationship.

Kiss Each Other Goodnight
As cheesy as it sounds, a simple goodnight kiss can be the key to a happy, lasting relationship. Jobs, kids, and household tasks can make married life busier and busier as it goes on; you may not have hours to dedicate to spending quality time with each other like you once did. A kiss goodnight can serve to bring you back together after a busy day, so you'll never have time to grow apart.


Have Fun
When you were dating, you probably spent most of your time together doing things you both enjoyed. Watching movies, playing games, going for walks... These classic "date" activities sometimes fall to the wayside once married life gets underway. Making time to revisit some of your favorite activities will help keep your marriage feeling fresh, fun, and exciting.

Be Trustworthy - And Trusting
Everyone knows that marriage is built on trust. Trust takes a long time to build, but it can be broken in an instant. When something goes wrong, it's easy to blame your partner. After all, they should have trusted you... Right? Wrong. As a dedicated spouse, it is not only your job to earn your partner's trust; it is also your job to trust your partner. Your partner may be the most trustworthy person alive, but it can put a serious strain on the relationship if he feels that his efforts are not appreciated. How do keep the loyalty strong in your relationship? By remembering one simple lesson:


Trust is a two-way street.

If you spend every day being trustworthy and trusting, having fun together, saying thank you, and kissing each other goodnight, you'll marriage will have a great chance of lasting a lifetime. Good luck, and congratulations!


~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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A Wedding Is Only One Day - Strong Relationships, Part 1

It's so easy to become completely wrapped up by the process of wedding planning. Many of us begin dreaming about our wedding day from a very young age, and several years of hopes, wishes, and plans can create some pretty high expectations. By the time we actually do get engaged, our minds are practically bursting with ideas for creating the perfect "big day." 




In the midst of all the dress shopping, the appointments with the florist, and the gift registries, it's important to set aside to think about what a wedding really signifies. By saying "I do," you're pledging your life to your future husband. As a married woman, your life will no longer be completely your own. Your career, your family, your home... Every major aspect of your life will in some way be impacted by your emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and legal ties to your new husband.

Being married will impact your life in more ways than you can possibly imagine. All your future major life decisions must forever be made in conjunction with another person - all because you said, "Yes!" 

A wedding is only one day, but marriage is for life. There's nothing wrong with taking countless trips to the bridal shop and spending hours on Pinterest shopping for the perfect unique bridesmaid gift, but it's important not to let this whirlwind distract you from the true portents of marriage. 

Of course you want your wedding day to be absolutely marvelous, but you have to remind yourself that ultimately, your wedding day is just that - a day. Marriage, on the other hand, will hopefully be for life. As you plan your wedding, don't forget to set aside time to continue developing and strengthening your relationship with your fiance. Your wedding day will always be a constant source of joyous memories, but only if you and your new husband can maintain a strong, healthy connection.

How do you do that, then? How do you make time for each other in the midst of all the craziness of wedding planning?

Never fear! The team at WhereBridesGo.com has plenty of great ideas for helping you to strengthen and solidify your relationship. Watch for the second of this two-part blog series: "But Marriage Is For Life - Strong Relationships, Part 2." We'll be doing an entire blog feature on tips for securing a long-lasting, supportive, healthy relationship. 

See you next week!



~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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