2019年11月7日星期四

Southern Weddings V7 Sneak Peek!


Our friends over at Southern Weddings are over the moon for their newest print edition of Southern Weddings. Featuring fresh content, including seventeen brand-new real weddings. as well as tons of gorgeous imagery and planning tips and advice, it’s easy to see why they’re all so excited.
Along with this fun bit of news, we also have a sneak peek from the issue! Prepare your eyes for loveliness!












Napa Valley Bachelorette Party Getaway Ideas from Online Bachelorette Party Planning Resource The Bach

Girls’ getaways are quickly becoming the popular go-to for brides planning their last few days of freedom, and if Vegas isn’t quite your style, think about getting away with the girls in Napa Valley! To get the skinny on one of the world’s top destinations for wine lovers, we’ve consulted with The Bach, an online bachelorette party planning resource that provides fun bachelorette party ideas, a carefully curated list of venue recommendations, and all the tools you need to simplify the planning process. Founder Joanne Barken and her team are spilling their top tips for the perfect girls’ getaway to Napa Valley, and let’s just say we might already have our suitcases packed!

Wine Tours in Napa Valley
There are so many ways to explore wine country during the day that it can be tough to choose what is best for your group. If the bride loves a bit of adventure, view the vineyards from above and start the day with a hot air balloon ride! With Balloons Above the Valley, you will launch early in the morning and catch the sunrise. After landing, your group can enjoy champagne and a huge brunch spread.
Napa Valley Bike Tours is the perfect option for an outdoorsy bride-to-be. At a casual pace you will bike through either Napa Valley or Sonoma, and make several stops at wineries. They will handle making appointments for your group, and will also provide lunch. 
Want something a little more traditional? Check out Platypus Tours for both private and group wine tours. They also offer an old fashioned wine train for a unique way to see the scenery.

Spa Locations in Napa Valley
Recover from a day of wine tasting by planning a spa day with the girls. There are plenty of luxurious venues that are perfect for a Napa Valley bachelorette party. Spa Terra is built entirely underground and is filled with steam grottos, soaking pools, treatment alcoves, waterfalls, and radiant heating. They offer massages, facials, aromatherapy, stone therapy, body scrubs, exfoliation, body wraps and more.
The Spa at Carneros Inn offers a truly unique experience. Nestled among vineyards and farmlands, you can enjoy scenic views of Napa Valley while lounging by the pool. Even if you are not staying at the inn, you can book a Day Spa pass and indulge in luxurious treatments and take advantage of a complimentary guest cottage while you are there.

Dining in Napa Valley
There is no shortage of great food in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Stop into Bouchon Bakery for some breakfast pastries and be sure to pick up some of their famous macarons to snack on later. For lunch you can’t go wrong with juicy burgers and creamy milkshakes from Gott’s Roadside. Want to picnic at a winery? Order gourmet sandwiches ahead from Oakville Grocery for a delicious lunch.
The upscale restaurant scene in Napa Valley creates the perfect opportunity to get dressed up with the girls. If your group is looking to splurge, FarmMorimoto Napa, and The French Laundry all provide exceptional service and unbelievable food. Want something a little more casual? La Condesoffers flavorful Mexican fare and a casual vibe for your next Napa Valley bachelorette party.Oenotri is also a great choice for Italian food and is known for their homemade pastas.




2019年10月30日星期三

Ask the Expert – Wedding Expenses: Who Pays for What?

Marisa Manna Ferrel, So Eventful’s owner and lead planner, recently experienced planning her own wedding. As a wedding & event planner herself with more than 300 + weddings to her name, Marisa understands both traditional expenses, as well as what she has seen her own couples (including herself) do when it comes to splitting the wedding bill. She’s here today to give us some tips and advice on how to organize your wedding finances. However, we would like to mention that everyone divvy’s up wedding expenses differently. These are not “rules”, just an explanation of how wedding expenses are traditionally divided – not to say there’s anything wrong with deviating from tradition!
The largest expenses for a wedding are:
  • Catering (i.e. food and beverage)
  • Transportation
  • Florals/Decor Elements
  • Band
From Marisa – “All of the above are traditionally expenses for the bride. Transportation is only a large expense if you plan on using shuttles for ALL guest transportation. If a bride is paying for the entire wedding and the groom’s family wants to contribute, this is a good one to hand off.”
Traditional expenses for the groom are:
  • The bride’s engagement and wedding rings
  • Marriage license
  • Groomsmen gifts
  • Rehearsal dinner costs
  • Honeymoon costs
  • Most of the transportation for his own party and family
  • The officiant’s fee
  • Liquor at the reception
Traditional expenses for the bride are:
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Bridesmaid gifts
  • The wedding gown and accessories
  • Invitations, save the dates, place cards, etc. (all paper goods)
  • The bridal shower
  • Transportation for the bridal part and bride’s guests
  • Ceremony and reception costs (this includes photography, videography, rentals, etc.)
  • Wedding planner
So Eventful even has a handy dandy worksheet for couples planning their wedding. While this is just a guide, and you don’t have to follow it precisely, it does help to have a starting point for planning your wedding expenses.
Marisa also mentions that flowers are a tricky element of the wedding. Traditionally, the groom pays for the bride’s bouquet, corsages, and boutonnieres for the groom’s side of the bridal party (including his father). The bride pays for the groom’s boutonniere, bridesmaid’s bouquets, and floral design surrounding the ceremony and reception spaces.
Once again, this is just an outline. Marisa says that people will offer to pay for certain costs of the wedding, and everyone’s situation is vastly different. To find someone like Marisa, who knows what he/she is talking about when it comes to weddings, check out our 5 Reasons to Hire an Expert Wedding Planner.
Thanks so much to So Eventful for filling us in on some much needed advice! cheap ball dresses auckland



Wedding Websites from Riley & Grey

Setting up a wedding website is a must in today’s digital world. However, finding a good website service that understands weddings is a little tricky. If you want your website to look and feel like the real deal, stay away from the free themes and templates, and upgrade to a website provider that understands aesthetics, weddings, and how to build websites that work flawlessly.
We are excited to announce our collaboration with Riley & Grey, a luxury wedding website service that offers couples easy-to-use and stylish websites. We are also super happy to announce that Riley & Grey is offering the first 100 Junebug readers who sign up a 50% discount on a Riley & Grey website using the discount code: JUNEBUGSEPT. If you’re a newly engaged couple in need of a beautiful website, head on over to Riley & Grey and sign up today. Make sure to use the code JUNEBUGSEPT to get your 50% discount. Now for some beautiful website designs from Riley & Grey:

With luxury, limited-edition wedding websites, inspired by fashion and interior design, Riley & Grey is all about finding inspiration in unusual places and helping couples reflect their personal style. Purchasing a Riley & Grey website means you will benefit from their hands-on customer service on top of owning a beautifully designed website, they’ll even walk you through the set-up of your site– how great is that?! Having recently added even more stylish designs to their collection, Riley & Grey is the mecca of modern, eye-catching wedding website designs.


 Completely mobile friendly, Riley & Grey websites can do just about anything, including collecting guest addresses and managing RSVPs.

Personalize your website to fit your wedding. We are loving this tropical theme for a beach/destination wedding. How cute?!

With an easy-to-use interface, setting up and personalizing your Riley & Grey website is a breeze!
Make sure to follow the Riley Grey blog for inspiration and fun design tips. You can also follow their stylish Instagram account (@rileyandgrey) for daily bits of inspiration and more!
Thanks Riley & Grey for giving couples the best option out their when it comes to wedding websites.






2019年10月22日星期二

Ask the Expert – Wedding Expenses: Who Pays for What?

Marisa Manna Ferrel, So Eventful’s owner and lead planner, recently experienced planning her own wedding. As a wedding & event planner herself with more than 300 + weddings to her name, Marisa understands both traditional expenses, as well as what she has seen her own couples (including herself) do when it comes to splitting the wedding bill. She’s here today to give us some tips and advice on how to organize your wedding finances. However, we would like to mention that everyone divvy’s up wedding expenses differently. These are not “rules”, just an explanation of how wedding expenses are traditionally divided – not to say there’s anything wrong with deviating from tradition!

The largest expenses for a wedding are:
  • Catering (i.e. food and beverage)
  • Transportation
  • Florals/Decor Elements
  • Band
From Marisa – “All of the above are traditionally expenses for the bride. Transportation is only a large expense if you plan on using shuttles for ALL guest transportation. If a bride is paying for the entire wedding and the groom’s family wants to contribute, this is a good one to hand off.”
Traditional expenses for the groom are:
  • The bride’s engagement and wedding rings
  • Marriage license
  • Groomsmen gifts
  • Rehearsal dinner costs
  • Honeymoon costs
  • Most of the transportation for his own party and family
  • The officiant’s fee
  • Liquor at the reception
Traditional expenses for the bride are:
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Bridesmaid gifts
  • The wedding gown and accessories
  • Invitations, save the dates, place cards, etc. (all paper goods)
  • The bridal shower
  • Transportation for the bridal part and bride’s guests
  • Ceremony and reception costs (this includes photography, videography, rentals, etc.)
  • Wedding planner
So Eventful even has a handy dandy worksheet for couples planning their wedding. While this is just a guide, and you don’t have to follow it precisely, it does help to have a starting point for planning your wedding expenses.
Marisa also mentions that flowers are a tricky element of the wedding. Traditionally, the groom pays for the bride’s bouquet, corsages, and boutonnieres for the groom’s side of the bridal party (including his father). The bride pays for the groom’s boutonniere, bridesmaid’s bouquets, and floral design surrounding the ceremony and reception spaces.
Once again, this is just an outline. Marisa says that people will offer to pay for certain costs of the wedding, and everyone’s situation is vastly different. To find someone like Marisa, who knows what he/she is talking about when it comes to weddings, cheap formal dresses australia



Wedding Planning 101 – How to Write Your Own Vows

Here at Junebug, we love featuring weddings with extra special personal touches that highlight the bride and groom on their wedding day. One of the most significant ways to express your unique love on your day is writing your own vows to share at your ceremony. The task of putting your whole relationship and all the love you promise for your future together into writing can be daunting, so we’re here to help you learn how to write your own vows.

Start Early. Starting a journal or list of ideas for your vows is a great way to build them over time. Keeping up with special memories and sweet sentiments will help your vows encompass your whole relationship leading up to the wedding day, as well as your future together. You wouldn’t wait until the last minute to plan your floral design or pick your dress, so give your vows the same importance.

Get on the Same Page. Even though you may feel like you and your soulmate are the only people in the room, your friends and family are watching the ceremony too! To make sure this personal part of your ceremony runs smoothly, it’s important to have a conversation with your partner about the tone, format, and time for your vows. Coming up with a composition for your vows keeps everything cohesive while also making it easier for you to write. Are you trying to make your guests laugh, or do you envision a more serious take on the tradition? Will you vow, promise, or pledge your love, for better or worse? Even if you want your vows to be a surprise on the big day, agreeing on key elements of your vows will ensure that your words have the attention they deserve.

Find a Balance. Some vows are cliché for a reason: I vow to always be supportive, I vow to always be your best friend, I vow to always take care of you when you are sick. These general ideas are significant sentiments to express. However, this day is special because it’s yours, so be sure to balance the customary vows with more personal promises you want to make to your partner. Whether you pledge to not complain about dirty socks or to always ask how their day was after work depends on what is meaningful to your unique relationship.

Don’t Forget to Practice! Some couples choose to memorize their vows, while others read them, but you should feel comfortable articulating them either way. Practice reciting your vows in front of your mirror, your maid of honor, or your mom so that your promises can be heard loud and clear during your ceremony.
Ultimately, sharing what’s true for you and your partner will be the most beautiful thing, so don’t worry about making your vows sound like someone else wrote them. Your wedding is a celebration of who you are as a couple, and there’s nothing more beautiful than that.






2019年10月16日星期三

Favorite Bridal Beauty Products from Los Angeles Makeup Artist Tammy Yi

We hope you enjoyed Tuesday’s article on beauty advice for brides – we had so much fun putting it together with Los Angeles makeup artist Tammy Yi. Today, in part 2 of her guest post series, Tammy is sharing some of her all-time favorite, must-have bridal beauty products, not to mention more fabulous advice for getting a glowing complexion and a radiant wedding look.


Tammy‘s decade of experience in the bridal beauty realm prove one thing beyond a shadow of a doubt – she knows her beauty products! Let’s hear from her why she never leaves her brides without these beauty essentials…
In the Primer of Life: Hydration and skin balance is key to how your makeup is going to wear. If your skin is too dry, it will eat up your makeup and if your skin is too oily, it will break up your makeup. There are so many great primers and moisturizers out there, so find what works best with your skin type. My suggestion is if you are oily try Hourglass – Veil Mineral Primer from Barneys New York, and if you are dry try Laura Mercier ‘Hydrating’ Foundation Primer from Nordstrom.
A Solid Foundation: Your foundation is so crucial to the overall look of your makeup. To look flawless, yet not over done, foundation plays a big part. I love Dior ‘Diorskin Airflash’ Spray Foundation from Nordstrom.
Beauty in the Blend: BeautyBlender ‘Pure’ Makeup Sponge Applicator & Cleanser from Nordstrom is a great tool for applying foundation and blending.

Matters of Contour: For a light contour you can use powder bronzers, but for serious contour you will need to use foundation sticks or concealer sticks. Pick one that is at least three shades darker then your skin tone and one that is at least three shades lighter than your skin tone for highlighting. I suggest Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick from Nordstrom.
Hitting the Highlights: A highlighting concealer is your best friend in your makeup bag. Use one that is light weight so it doesn’t crease around the eyes. It works as an eraser around the eyes and lips. I suggest Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touche Éclat’ Radiant Touch from Nordstrom.
We’re All Set: Use a setting powder that is light weight. You need to set your makeup before applying any pigment or color on your face to ensure wear power and blendability. I suggest NARS ‘Light Reflecting’ Loose Setting Powder or NARS ‘Light Reflecting’ Pressed Setting Powder both from Nordstrom. It is talc free and doesn’t matte you out too much.

Hey There Bright Eyes: A nude or flesh tone eyeliner in the inner rim of your eye will give a more open look to your eye. Try Chanel Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil from Nordstrom.
Raising a Few Brows: When filling in your brow, use a tone that matches the lightest tone in your hair. That will give a natural effect to your brows. Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wiz’ Mechanical Brow Pencil from Nordstrom has a good variety of colors.
Walk the Tight Line: Tight lining the eye is one of my favorite eye tricks. Fill in the liner at the root of the lashes – it will give you a natural line and a full lash look. Laura Mercier ‘Tightline’ Cake Eyeliner from Nordstrom works great for this.

A huge thank you to our beauty expert from the City of Angels – Tammy is beyond amazing and we love her incredible work!