My Sister is Getting Married

- Fashion, Shopping, Wedding

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Okay… so here it goes… a new “series” we will call it since I will be helping my sister plan her wedding in the upcoming months, I thought it would be fun to share the process (as well as some wedding planning budget tips)! I love weddings… I love to attend weddings, I love to read about weddings, I love to look at wedding inspiration and photography and Pin Wedding things even though I am not getting married. I mean seriously though, who doesn’t love weddings?!

I am so blessed to be able to be a part of two weddings this year, a bridesmaid in my good friend’s wedding who will be married in July and the maid of honor at my sister’s wedding in October. I thought I would share a bit of the process of helping with my sister’s wedding because I’m helping her plan and come up with new ideas!


My sister got engaged in November and we have been working with her to help make plans and finalize ideas for her wedding, which will take place here in Minneapolis!

After 4 months she has accomplished:

Engagement Photos (taken by my super duper awesome photographer):

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Choosing Wedding Colors: Navy and Yellow it is (super excellent for her fiance who is a graduate of Michigan)

(images via Meredith Perdue, Elizabeth Ann Designs, Bride on the Rocks)navy blue and yellow wedding

Bouquets made and complete

Wedding dress purchased (needs only ONE alteration): She was on a budget for finding her wedding dress… we found a style she liked and it was 50% off floor sample and fit her PERFECTLY… it seems like there is a wedding dress out there for everyone and everyone’s budget!)

Bridal party contacted and on board

Wedding Website complete, see it here

Now onto things I NEED to do/help out with…

Purchase a Bridesmaid Dress:

One Shoulder Bow Dress

 

This dress, available here

DONE! My dress was purchased the same day as her wedding dress.  I found a beautiful little number at the same store she got her dress at. She is letting us choose our own dresses (in navy) and I wanted to look at bridal boutiques because I was hoping to find something length-appropriate. I found a gorgeous one-shoulder bow strap navy dress.

 

Save the Date/Wedding Invitations:

images via Los Detalles de Alex, Zazzle

Save the dates

I am currently working on her Save the Date and Wedding Invitations. With her permission, I will share these with you at a later time. I am no graphic designer or artist, but I learned how to use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign in college and ENJOY designing. I have made a couple versions, and I am continuously inspired by what I’ve pinned to Pinterest.

Are you helping plan a wedding or planning your own wedding this year?! And another curious question, how many weddings do you have to attend this year? Always interesting to know how many others are going to… I will be attending 5 this year!

Our next venture is figuring out what to do for centerpieces that are affordable and cute. This will probably be my next post in the wedding series. Hope you enjoyed!

 

Today I’m linking up with Shanna over at Because Shanna Said So for Random Wednesday!


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    AJ
    February 27, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Congrats to your sister! My sis is getting married in September, I cannot wait! I’m MOH in her wedding and my best friend’s wedding in October, its going to be a crazy fall for me. I’m excited for your “series” on weddings :-)

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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    Rachelle
    February 27, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    Congrats to your sis, you guys are doing well with the planning.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

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    Rachel
    February 27, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Ah so much fun! I’m a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding this summer and I’m so excited. I love the color scheme of yellow and navy, too!

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    Sharon
    February 27, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    I had navy bridesmaid dresses too for my wedding :) Have fun helping her plan!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    ashley
    February 27, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    How exciting! Everything looks great so far, can’t wait to see more!

    xo Ashley
    http://www.ashnfashn.com

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    Alyssa
    February 27, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Congrats to your sister–so exciting for your family!

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    Bethie the Boo
    February 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    How fun! I wish I could go back and do my wedding all over again. All of my friends are pretty much married off too, I miss those days! We’re hoping my Sis-in-law will be getting married in the next year though, so that’s something to look forward to.

    Congrats to your sis!

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    molly @ still being molly
    February 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    yay! so exciting. weddings are so fun. congrats to your sister!

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    Jen
    February 27, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Aww congrats to your sister! This must be such an exciting time for both of you! I hope you cherish all the wonderful moments!

    xo jen

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    Amy
    February 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Congrats to your sister!! She is very lucky to have your talented self to help her with the process! I’m so glad you got my humor today, with the leopard plunge:):) You may have been the only one, but that’s okay. Makes me like you more than I already did!!!
    xoAmy
    http://www.dreamingincashmere.com

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    Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Congrats to your sister and the bridegroom! To be married is a really good thing and I believe like is much more better with a beloved partner <3.

    To be honest, although I married twice in my life, I´m not a really big fan of weddings. Maybe because my first marriage – which was celebrated very big – broke… The wedding with my second husband was a very small party, but I´m still perfectly married since nearly 14 years <3<3.

    Wish your sister and the bridegroom only the best!

    xx
    Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de/

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    Rena
    February 27, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Congrats to your sister and the bridegroom! To be married is a really good thing and I believe like is much more better with a beloved partner <3

    To be honest, although I married twice in my life, I´m not a really big fan of weddings. Maybe because my first marriage – which was celebrated very big – broke … The wedding with my second husband was a very small party, but I´m still perfectly married since nearly 14 years <3<3

    Wish your sister and the bridegroom only the best!

    xx
    Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de/

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      Rachel
      February 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Thank you! And yes… I feel like sometimes the focus is too much on the wedding and not the people getting married. So glad to hear you and your second husband have been happy together for almost 14 years! That’s amazing… congrats :)

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    Rena
    February 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Sorry for posting twice :)

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    Megan
    February 27, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Love that first photo! What a cute idea.

    And congratulations to your sister! I’m sure you two are going to have a blast with the planning :)

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    Ginny
    February 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    How exciting! It’s looks like you’ve already done a lot of great work! I love the blue and yellow for colors, and the bridesmaids dress is really pretty too!
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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    Sue
    February 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Congrats to your sister! I’m actually not attending any weddings/helping plan any this year. I’ve only been to one wedding in my life, when I was eight, and even though my roommate got engaged recently, she won’t be getting married any time soon, much less having a ceremony, as she dislikes the importance placed upon them. I’m sure I’ll have plenty of weddings to attend after I finish college, though! Planning them sounds exhausting… Good luck!

    xo
    Sue

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    annie
    February 27, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Such a fun new series! I’m maid of honor in my best friend’s wedding and I LOVE all the planning – so fun :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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    Always Maylee
    February 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    The first picture is SO cute, I love it! My best friend wants us (the bridesmaids) to wear navy dresses too, but she hasn’t been able to find any that she loves. Where did you get yours?

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    Rachael
    February 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Yay, I love weddings! She is so lucky to have an awesome sister to help her! That dress you chose is lovely! Last year seemed like the “year of weddings” for my group of friends! I went to so many! I will be going to three this year that I know of, and am HOPING my proposal will come this year too! :)

    xo Rachael
    homesweetharbor.blogspot.com

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      Rachel
      February 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      I think next year will be the year of weddings for my group of friends, we’ve had a few… but I am still waiting on like 6 of my close friends to get engaged! Also… yay for proposals! :) I hope it comes this year for you too!

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    ana
    February 27, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    ohh congratulations, lovely pics

    http://www.lessismoreblog.com

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    Jacy Tilton
    February 27, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Their photos are so cute! I love the bridesmaid dress you bought too! Classic, but cute :)

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    Jacy
    February 27, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Their photos are so cute! I love the bridesmaid dress you bought too! Classic, but cute :)

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    Meghan
    February 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Congrats to your sister , this will be an interesting series .

    xo Meg<3

    Meghan Silva’s Blog

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    lyddiegal
    February 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    congrats to you sister! you are clearly going to be an invaluable maid of honor.

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    stylishbynature
    February 28, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Congrats to your sis !! I just loved every single aspect of this post.

    ❤ StylishByNature.com

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    Heather
    February 28, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Great new series! I can’t wait to see how you help her plan everything – you are SUCH a good sister :) I love all of the ideas you have so far!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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    LittleRus
    February 28, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Congratulations and happy planning! I know it can be labor-intensive, but it’s also so much fun to do!
    x

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    love jenny xoxo
    February 28, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    looks like it is going to be a beautiful wedding! I love their photos so far! And yellow will be so lovely!

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    Anna
    February 28, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Yay! So exciting. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my latest outfit. xo

    http://www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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    Elena
    February 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    How exciting!!!!!! Congrats to your sister!!! My sister in low is getting married to, she would love these wedding preparation posts!
    http://dcinstyle.com/

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    Diana Marks
    February 28, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Congratulations to your sister! It’s a very interesting post!

    LA By Diana Live Magazine

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    Anonymous
    December 3, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    I think you guys are doing quite well in planning. In regards with bridesmaid dress preparation, I should say the one you have referred to is brilliant, and I have been searching dress of that kind for some time, and finally got these, pretty, huh?
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