5 Steps to Completely Slaying Your Wedding Vows

 

You outsource things for your wedding like your makeup and floral design—would you ever outsource your vow writing to someone? Find out how we learned how to write the perfect wedding vows from a complete stranger!

We sat down to talk with Katelyn Stanis, a wedding vow and speech writing expert. She gave us the down low on all things custom vow writing.

Katelyn started her vow writing business, Wedding Words, in 2017 and has been penning couples vows from all over the world ever since. She also works with the maid of honor to write a speech that the bride will absolutely adore.

Here are her five tips to write the perfect wedding vows, personalized and all. Be sure to check out our recent episode with her to listen to all her juicy advice.

 

Step 1: Gathering material for your vows

Have a brainstorm by spending 20 minutes jotting down any memory or emotion that comes to mind. Then circle the concepts that you want to expand on for your vows.

You can also interview yourself by asking questions and recording your answers. Transcribe the audio and use this as the basis for your wedding vows.

 

Step 2: Identify themes

Once you’ve compiled some vow writing ideas and notes, start to identify themes.

What themes stand out in your notes? Do you talk a lot about your partner’s sense of humor or their thoughtfulness? Use these themes to anchor your vows and to move the vows forward from one story to the next.

 

Step 3: Write the first draft

Now that you have an idea of what you want to include in your vows, you can write the first draft. Be sure to start by addressing your fiancé.

Then communicate details about what you love about your partner and your relationship.

Next, detail out specific promises you want to make. Lastly, close with a love-filled sentence.

 

Step 4: Edit your vows

It’s time to edit your first draft. Start by removing any unnecessary words. If you can read a sentence and it has the same meaning with some of the words removed, go ahead and remove those words. You don’t want to include anything that doesn’t add meaning and impact to your vows.

Be sure to align with your fiancé on the sentiment and tone of your vows too. The last thing you want is for your vows to be full of sweet and sentimental thoughts and for your partner to focus on just having funny wedding vows.

 

Step 5: Practice reciting your vows

The final step is to practice reciting your wedding vows out loud. Video record yourself so you can watch yourself and make improvements or recite your vows in front of your maid of honor.

Be sure to also print your vows or use a vow booklet. Whatever you do—don’t read your vows from your phone!

 

Follow these five vow writing steps and you’ll be on your way to creating personalized and perfect wedding vows.

Written By: Katelyn Stanis

katelyn@weddingwords.us

www.weddingwords.us

IG: @weddingwords.us

 

We’ve all seen the movie paying homage to the (sometimes dreaded) bridesmaid dress shopping experience. Usually, the bride wants some unflattering cut on 5 different body shapes and in a color that no one would be caught dead in. Luckily, times have changed and the more modern bride is up for more of a challenge than matching dresses!

 

Typically, one of the bride’s first decisions made is the color scheme of the wedding. It pretty much sets the tone for what the vision of the wedding will be like. We’ve all see the mismatched color scheme with the same dress style or mismatched dress style with the same color dress, but what if we’re limiting ourselves from so many other options?!

 

Think about throwing in a couple of different floral prints in similar color palettes and mixing in a secondary color to keep things from looking busy! This will give everyone an option to choose from to highlight their personality and will be GORGEOUS and eye-catching in photos. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of our favorite print and color combos for you to take a peek at. Also, if you’re here as an upcoming wedding guest, keep your eyes peeled because some of these are a perfect option!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope we sparked something in you to go and dive into the floral dress filter on your favorite dress sites! It’s such a classic concept yet unexpected look for a bridal party. If you’re a bride or maid of honor reading this, you may be able to alleviate some stress and delegate some of the responsibilities of dress finding to the bridal party. Since the type of floral print will help tell what season it currently is, it will help highlight the gorgeous time of year that the wedding is taking place in when you look back at your wedding photos! So next time someone sarcastically mentions florals being “groundbreaking for spring,” tell Miranda Priestly you’re doing things your way!

 

Before we let you go, as always let us know which dress is your fave in the comments.

Behind every bride lies a great bridesmaid, and we believe those bridesmaids should look great too. Although we find beauty in just about every bridesmaid dress, our own personal style really reflects a sleek, simply stated kind of vibe. Yes, the bride is the star of the show, but your besties will thank you when they’re standing up on your day looking fabulous beside you. We like bridesmaid dresses that emulate what’s going on in the non-bridal fashion world–dresses that are fun, flirty, and a little bit different than your typical dress.

For this shoot, we had the absolute pleasure of partnering with White Runway to showcase our BTS style through bridesmaid attire. White Runway has a huge selection of dresses that will fit just about anyone’s style but we had the pleasure and privilege of choosing our favorites for this incredible styled shoot.

Take a look at this beautiful photos and let us know which dress is your favorite in the comments.

You’ve heard it time and time again, “NEVER WEAR WHITE TO A WEDDING.” That rule is in place for obvious reasons but in case you’re new to weddings, here is the tea: white is typically reserved for the bride. There are a few exceptions to this rule: (1) You can wear white if that’s the attire the bride and groom request of their guests; and (2) If the bride asks her bridesmaids to wear white–which brings us to why we are here.

A recent trend we wouldn’t mind seeing more of is white bridesmaid dresses. Let us go on the record and say, we are here for it! We love it. We think it’s a bold statement, reserved for brides who are not worried about being outshined by their best gals alongside her–also in white–a bride comfortable that she is still the star of the show. I mean, just look at Solange. She is the perfect example. If we’re being real, we’re not sure we would let our sister wear white to our wedding if our sister were Beyonce LOL. But back to Solange. Years later, we’re still obsessing over her cape, but also that her wedding party was in white. Remember this iconic photo?

Now, that’s no shade to any bride that doesn’t choose white for her bridesmaids. This is just to say that BTS has an affinity for a bride that is willing to push the envelope a bit. We’ve compiled a list of weddings, with bridesmaids in white, we’re obsessed with. Hopefully, if you take away anything from this week’s blog, it’s that white on your big day can be done and done really well. Take a look at some of this inspo, and let us know what you think in the comments.

 

Ladies, summer is here and so are its colors. During the months of June and July, I’m sure you’ve noticed an incredible amount of weddings on your timeline. That’s because it’s wedding season. If you’re a bride, that means it’s also the perfect time to capitalize on the style of dress your bridesmaids wear.  

If you’re having a summer wedding and are looking into bridesmaid dress color options, we’ve got you covered. Yellow has been on our radar for some time now, and we have yet to see a bride use it as her bridesmaid dress color. We’ll be honest, yellow is definitely a bold, statement color. But as you may know, we love when brides think out of the box with their wedding, especially when it comes to styling. What we love more is helping you with those bridal styling needs. This is why we compiled a list of our favorite yellow dresses for bridesmaids, perfect for a summer or spring wedding.

First up is an ACME dress, Privacy Please. You can find this beautiful number at Revolve. If flowy and boho is your thing, this dress is perfect for you.

Second is X NAVEN MARISSA dress NBD. You can also find this at Revolve. We’re obsessed with the slit and the cutout. It’s still very sexy but also covered up in the right places. We can totally see this gown worn at a modern, beach hotel wedding.

Third on our radar is from Fame and Partners. It is the Elisa Dress. What we love most about the Elisa dress is the high neckline and open back. High necklines are in, so stay on trend and incorporate it into your bridesmaid look.

Fourth on our list is the Verbena Dress from Reformation. It’s so boho. If you’re a bride that frequents Free People, this gown is perfect for your style. Not to mention, the off-the-shoulder, floor length dress with a ruffle-edged, slight sweetheart neckline will look great on your bridesmaids.

The final dress is also from Reformation, the Rosey Dress. This is a floor length wrap dress with a deep v neckline, is a statement. Wrap dresses are always flattering, so your bridesmaids will appreciate you for this one. We promise!

Many of these yellow gowns live in the same color pallet. What does this mean? Mixing and matching these gowns isn’t a bad idea Let us know in the comments which dress is your favorite! Be sure to email us at info@btseventmanagement.com for bridal styling inquiries.

On this week’s episode of the She Said Yes Podcast, we’re talking with Denys  Berestyuk, owner, and founder of the Miss to Mrs. Box, a bridal box subscription. This box, ladies, is the next best thing. Seriously. There’s literally nothing like it. It’s perfect for brides. This box is also our opportunity to help a sista out and plug this as the perfect gift a bridesmaid could give her bride! *hint, hint*

If you listen, to Episode 5 The Subscription Box Every Bride Must Have, you’ll hear us talk about bridal subscription boxes and tips for wedding dress shopping. Before we get to our recap of this week’s episode, be sure to follow us on Instagram, subscribe to our channel, and show us some love in the iTunes reviews.

Now back to why you are here. The best bridal subscription box in the game–Miss to Mrs. Box. The coolest part about the subscription box is that there is a theme for each step of the engagement process. Our favorite box is the Let’s Plan This box. It’s our favorite because it’s the first box you get and gets you right in the ‘I’m the Bride’ mood. Which is totally the mood you should be rockin’ the moment you put that ring on. For a more information on the themes, be sure to tune in to Episode 5. We bet there are a couple themes you could never have guessed would be included!

Finally, we touch on wedding dress shopping. Just like everything wedding planning related, there are some logistics you need to know before even stepping into a bridal boutique. While we won’t give away all the logistics here, below are some topics to consider, tune in to find out exactly why!

  • Budget
  • Who is invited
  • How much research to do
  • How much trust to put in the bridal stylist
  • Keep in mind venue, season, design
  • Trends
  • When to buy

Brides before we send you off, on SSYP we talk about Paris Hilton’s wedding. Did you hear the Paris Hilton’s wedding may be televised? We’re so here for this. She is, arguably, a reality TV revolutionary. Maybe we can call this the Royal Reality TV Wedding? We can even host a watch party! Listen to the podcast to hear our thoughts on the details on this Royal Reality TV Wedding speculation, and comment if you’ll come to our watch party.

XOXO,

BTS

On this week’s episode of the She Said Yes Podcast, we’re talking about the first thing you think about after getting engaged–popping the question to your bridesmaids. We were honored to have Curissa, soon-to-be Thompson, on the show to give us a rundown on how she popped the question to her best gal pals.

We know all too well that the decision on who to include in your bridal party can be a stressful one. As always, we want to make your life a little easier by helping you out with the part of the process where you ask your bridesmaids.

But before we get to our recap of what you should keep in mind when popping the question, be sure to follow us on Instagram, subscribe to our channel, and show us some love in the iTunes reviews.

As some of you may know, Curissa’s bridesmaid proposal went viral. For those of you who don’t know, check out her Instagram and see the recap, it’s adorable. Because everyone here at BTS was so obsessed with the way she popped the question, we brought her on the show to share the four things to consider when planning your bridesmaid proposal. Because we can’t spill all the beans here, you’ll have to listen to hear just how Curissa incorporated these four things into her bridesmaid proposal. We don’t like to leave you hanging, so in the meantime, these are the four things to keep in mind when popping the question:

  1. Find a theme and get creative.
  2. Figure out the element of surprise.
  3. Personalize the proposal. Let everyone know why you want them in the bridal party.
  4. Document the moment with a photographer or videographer.

Brides, before we send you off, here’s one tidbit of advice. Make this proposal about your bridesmaids. Thank them in advance for being part of your day and part of this huge journey you’re about to embark on. The supportive role these ladies will take on is a huge one, so helping them realize this will be beneficial to you and your sanity in the long run.

After you listen, let us know what you think about this week’s episode in the comments and what kind of proposal inspiration this episode gave you.

 

XOXO,

BTS

 

 

She Said Yes, Episode 6 Podcast Recap

 

Brides, are you trying to lose a little weight before the wedding? Well, the She Said Yes Podcast, Episode 6 is here to tell you how! But before we get to our recap, be sure to follow us on Instagram, subscribe to our channel, and show us some love in the iTunes reviews.

Now back to why you’re here. This episode is perfect for everyone in the bridal party–even wedding guests. We’re talking with one of the most elite trainers in Scottsdale, most notably known for his guide called, Thrivn with Ryan Read-12 Week Booty Workout & Nutrition Guide! This guide was a huge hit and has kinda gone viral, so you know we had to have him on to talk all things health and fitness.

Be sure to tune into yesterday’s episode to find out more about our collaboration with Ryan. Here’s a hint, I Do Thrive.

Let us know what you think of the episode. If you want us to touch on anything, in particular, let us know in the comments. We want our podcast to be perfect for you!

 

xoxo,

BTS!

We know. We hear it time and time again. All b’maid dresses look the same. The best part about working with so many weddings is we know just the right nontraditional, but also stylish, b’maid dresses brides can put their girls in and have them still looking fleeky. We’ve compiled a list of our four favorite nontraditional b’maid dresses. Scroll down to see which is your favorite.

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How exciting is it to find out that an all exclusive makeup only shop is opening up in your town by a couple of extremely determined entrepreneurs?  As wedding planners, we can answer that question quite easily for you – it’s AMAZING!  We are absolutely thrilled for our friends at The Sparkle Bar for not only the grand opening of their business but also for passing SB 1320—a bill that frees Arizona makeup artists to practice their craft without threat of being shut down or fined by the government.  Can you say determined?  We attended the grand opening of The Sparkle Bar a few weeks ago and it sure was a hit!  The entire place was packed with models, bloggers, prospective clients, supporters and many more.

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