Why Not Elope?

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Don’t want to fool with planning your wedding, or hiring someone else to plan it for you? Elope!

It is a lot more common that you think, and if you are looking for something more personal and cheap, eloping is perfect for you.

From Your Tango, I got the Top 10 Best Places to Elope.

1. Napa Valley, Calif.

2. Niagra Falls, N. Y.

3. Manitou Springs, Colo.

4. San Francisco

5. New Orleans

6. Ashford, Wash.

7. Nesbit, Miss.

8. Savannah, Ga.

9. Maui, HI

10. Nantucket, Mass.

Personally, out of this list I would choose to elope to Savannah, Ga. It is such a beautiful place.

If you are from Tennessee, like me, and don’t want to go too far to elope, here are a few suggestions:

In West Tennessee, the most popular places to get married are Graceland’s Chapel and The Veranda!

In Middle Tennesse, go to Nashville! Belmont Mansion, Carnton Plantation, Falcon Rest or Cheekwood are just some of the beautiful options!

In East Tennessee, go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge! Gatlinburg is referred to as “The Wedding Chapel of the South.” My parents went there to elope, and they loved it!

Belmont Mansion! 

There are many different reasons to get eloped. It costs less money, it is less to plan, you don’t have to worry about who to invite, and many other things. If you want something more personal with just the two of you, you could elope somewhere and then come back and have a small wedding with just your family! That way you make everyone happy.

I, myself plan on having a medium-sized wedding, but sometimes my dad tells me if I elope that he will buy me a house! Just for kicks: Why don’t you suggest that offer to your parents?

Let’s Get Some Shoes

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A girl can never have too many shoes, right? Well, that is because there are so many options that we can’t pick just a few pairs of shoes to have! The same goes for you wedding day. Do you wear heels or flats? High heels or short heels? TOMS or sandals? Cowboy boots or rain boots? No shoes? Then after that you have to decide on the color of the shoes you are wearing. Here are some unique and different styles shoes that I hope will help you to decide what you want.

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DIY sparkle shoes that are perfect for your “something blue.”

I feel like it used to be such an easy option on what shoes to wear for your wedding. Heels. Right now a big fad is to wear cowboy boots or TOMS. There are so many styles, and they are comfy and cute! My boyfriend’s sister said she is going to wear cowboy boots, and her bridesmaids are going to as well for her wedding.

Pinned Image Have you seen these before? They are all over Pinterest, but they were special edition, so they aren’t being sold any longer. I can’t even find them on eBay. If you can find them somewhere to buy, please let me know.

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Not wanting to spend a TON of money on a pair of cowboy boots? French’s Boots has a sale room in stores for really cheap boots. Also, a lot of boots stores are buy one pair, get three free. 

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Get something monogrammed on the bottom of your shoes for a special touch.

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There are many places that you can get wedding shoes that also have good deals! Try Off Broadway Shoes, David’s Bridal, or Payless!

Have fun shoe shopping!

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Finding All The Small Things

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There are MILLIONS of different things that you can do to decorate your wedding! You have to have table decorations, aisle decorations and  things all around to make your wedding adorable! Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

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Mason jars: A very popular decoration for weddings these days. There are a lot of things that you can do with them, some things pictured above. Mason Jars are very cheap and you can get them at most stores, such as Walmart, your local grocery store, or even a hardware store. If you are planning on putting candles in them, you do not have to go at this in an expensive way. Get them from Dollar General, or even Dollar Tree! These stores also have MANY other cheap things that you can buy for your wedding. I have seen multiple brides buying small things for their table settings in these stores!

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This is just an idea for you for a decoration! Easy to do!

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For these, all you need is cheap glasses or vases, rubber bands and frost spray paint!

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If you don’t like the Mason jars, but want lighting, these paper bags are just as cute! They make a great centerpiece for tables, or you can line them up on the ground somewhere!

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I think that this is a wonderful idea for an outside wedding! The bride and groom could have these as well! Great so that your heels don’t sink in!

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Lanterns are one of my favorite things to use for decorations. The flowers just add something really great to it, but they also look really good without the flowers. In the taller lantern I would use a taller candle, though.

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I have personally watched a friend of mine make these, and they are so cool!

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Lighting is the big thing to do at weddings, and this would make for a Hollywood glamour feel and would awe your guests!

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This is such an easy thing to do yourself at home. Go to your nearest craft store, buy your letters and some paint, and paint away! The yarn letter is a little more difficult, but so cute! There are also many different things you can shape the letters out of such as moss, flowers and twigs!

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Teeny Fairy Berries are tiny glowing white LED that fade on and off slowly. Collectively, they produce a moving firefly or fairy light effect that is absolutely unique. Float in water, too! Lay them all around the garden or indoors for a fairyland atmosphere. These must be ordered online.

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I think this is a very modern and different way to do lighting, but I love it! It is very cool and very easy to do! There are so many different things that you can do with old light bulbs!

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I LOVE this napkin bowtie. It is so adorable and adds a new twist to table decorations!

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I have never seen this before and it is beyond perfect for a beach wedding! And not too expensive, either!

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This is a great way to bring the church outside! If I decide not to get married in the church, I would do this!

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Here are some more wedding decoration ideas, in case you need a little more inspiration!

There are millions of more options of things you can do for your wedding! I hope that these gave you some ideas to go off of!

Want more ideas? Go to Pinterest, and start looking! There are millions of ideas, and I even have a board with hundreds of pictures with wedding decorations! 

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“You Don’t Go to College to Get a Degree, You Go to Find Your Bridesmaids.”

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If you are like me, you are going to have trouble picking the “select few” bridesmaids when it comes down to choosing them. You don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by leaving them out, don’t want anyone fussing at you, and you just want everyone to be happy so that your big day will go over smoothly. Or you can be like one of my best friends, who says, “I don’t care if anyone fusses at me over not picking them; it’s my day, and they will get over it.”

To get a married woman’s point of view of all things bridesmaids, I interviewed Beth, the woman that I babysit for. She has been married for over 10 years and has three kids. For just a preview of what her wedding was like, have you ever seen the movie 27 Dresses? If not, you should definitely watch it. If you have seen it, you will understand my comparison. Beth had 11 bridesmaids, and I automatically thought of that movie when she told me she had 11 of them. Here are the questions everyone has on how to work with your bridesmaids:

Q: Why/How did you choose 11 bridesmaids?

A: Well, some of them were my friends from home, the others I played ball with. I just chose who I felt closest with.

Q: Were any of them family? Your sisters or his?

A: I don’t have any sisters, and he has five. One of them was in the wedding.

Q: Were the rest of them mad about not being in it?

A: No. The one sister that was in it I played ball with, and she introduced us.

Q: Did you have a maid of honor? If so, how did you pick?

A: I had a matron of honor and a maid of honor. They were both my best friends since Kindergarten.

Beth seemed very sure about her decision in how she picked her bridesmaids. While I would probably put all five sisters in the wedding, I can understand while she didn’t, because she was not as close to the others as she was the one sister who she played ball with and introduced her and her husband. When picking your bridesmaids, just pick who you want. Don’t think about anyone’s feelings getting hurt, or whose wedding you have been in, etc. Just pick who you want to be by your side! If anyone gets upset at you for not picking them, then they are not worth worrying about. They should agree with YOUR decision for YOUR wedding.

Q: Bridesmaids’ dresses: Did you pick them, or did they?

A: I picked them. If I could go back, I would just throw them a piece of fabric and say, “Design your dress.”

I love it when bridesmaids have different styled dresses but all the same color or pattern, so that they get to pick what they like for their body type. I think that’s the best way to go to make sure that no one fusses over being unhappy with their dress. I think that Miranda Lambert did this the best.

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^ I also love this example of different styled bridesmaids dresses ^

Q: Were there 11 groomsmen as well?

A: Twelve;  his dad was his best man.

Q: Were there any catfights in your wedding party?

A: No. They all got along, we had the BEST wedding party. Now, the wedding was unneccessary but I had always wanted a big wedding. We invited 400-450 people, and only 200 showed. If I had to go back, I would go to Vegas or have a beach wedding.

Q: What did you do for bridesmaids’ gifts since you had to buy so many?

A: Well, this is kind of different, but I found them online. These razors, like to shave your legs with, shaped like different things. One of them was a rake, one was a dolphin.

Q: What did you all do for a bacherlorette party?

A: We went out to eat together, just a small thing.

Depending on your budget and how important your bachelorette party is to you, it should not be too big of a thing if your wedding party is this large. For a small bacheloretter party, you could have dinner, have a movie night together, just hang out at home and play games, etc. If you had a movie night, some fun bridesmaids-related movies to watch would be: Bridesmaids, 27 Dresses or Bride Wars. For a larger bachelorette party, you could go to a beautiful place for the weekend or go have fun in Vegas! Sometimes, websites will have chances to win a free weekend with your girls! There is a great bachelorette weekend giveaway on Green Wedding Shoes right now!

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Q: Did you take all of your bridesmaids with you to find your dress?

A: No. I just randomly found it. Two of my husband’s sisters and I just went out not thinking we would find it, and we found it.

Q: How did you order them in your wedding standing next to you?

A: Well, I had a lot of tall girls, so I ordered them by height.

Unless you just want drama in your wedding, you should NEVER order your girls in order of “importance.” It should be your maid of honor, then maybe your sister or sister-in-law, but you should not order your friends in order of importance. I think that ordering them by height looks the best if you care about your wedding party looking neatly lined up.

Q: Have you ever seen 27 Dresses? And did you feel like that was your wedding at the end?

A: Ha ha Yes, I have seen it but I did not feel like it was mine.

In 27 Dresses, the main character  was in 27 weddings, and at the end she gets married and has all 27 of the girls in her wedding, all of them wearing their own bridesmaids dress that she had to wear in their wedding.

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^ 11 bridesmaids just like Beth’s wedding!

If you have any further suggestions for brides-to-be out there about their bridesmaids, just comment on this post!

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