Weekly Favorites

Written by Brittany. Posted in Event Planning, Living

Las Vegas engagement photo

Happy weekend, friends! I’m headed to Vegas today for a much needed friend-cation and am so ready to try some amazing restaurants, a Cirque show, and the Bellagio spa! We’ve toyed with the idea of doing a quick vow renewal at a little white chapel to celebrate our 8th anniversary. If we do it, it’ll be a spur of the moment decision so check back next week :) 

This weekend Solutions Bridal hosts an Oscar de la Renta trunk show! Make your appointments now, ladies!

As if I didn’t love it enough already, Colorado is the #4 happiest, healthiest state. Can’t wait to visit again this summer! 

A couple sides of the story when it comes to feeding your wedding vendors. This week Brides posted an article about Which Wedding Vendors You Have To Feed, and there sure was a lot of reaction from various professionals! Photographer Kayla Yestal shared her take on the matter here.

I must have summer on the brain because I am ready to order an Albion swimsuit, stat! Aren’t they the cutest?

My favorite lip crayon is perfect year round, if you like bright colors! I get compliments every single time I wear it.

A friend told me this is a must-read so it’s next on my list. Anyone have other books you couldn’t put down lately?

This marbled wedding cake (and really the entire editorial shoot) is just too good not to share.

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

Having Children In Your Wedding

Written by Brittany. Posted in Advice, Event Planning

Will You Have Children In Your Wedding?

Over the years we’ve been asked time and again whether a couple “has to” have a flower girl or ring bearer in their wedding. We always tell the couple that these details are personal preference. They certainly don’t HAVE to include children in the wedding if they prefer not to. Especially when there are no children who would be an obvious choice for flower girls or ring bearers (nieces, nephews, best friends’ children, etc), there is no reason why you need to include children in the ceremony. But why do we have flower girls and ring bearers anyway? According to Wikipedia, “a flower girl symbolizes the end of a bride’s innocence and her transition into the roles of mother and wife.” Centuries ago, flower girls often carried wheat and herbs to symbolize fertility and prosperity for the newlyweds. These days, I think we all accept a flower girl’s role of looking adorable and perhaps decorating the aisle with petals before the bride makes her entrance.

Flower Girls by LoveStorey Photography

Ring bearers, historically, traveled as a group down the aisle, with the older boys (called page boys) carrying the bride’s long heavy train and one ring bearer given the special job of carrying the rings on a pillow. These days we don’t see many ring bearers carrying the actual rings (though we do still see a lot of cute pillows!). There are so many other options for “ring bearers” too, including cute signs, pulling baby flower girls in wagons, and even something far quirkier like dressing as a ring BEAR, like at Cayla and Bill’s wedding:

Ringer bearer costume by Kristin Weaver Photography

When it comes to the niceties and avoiding hurt feelings regarding children at a wedding, your best bet is to be clear up front. If you prefer that the wedding be an adult-only affair, just say so from the get-go. Let close friends and family know up front that you’ve decided to keep the wedding day child-free. If you have families with younger children traveling in from afar, offer to provide a babysitting service at the hotel or at least give guests the contact information for a reputable sitting service in your area. While it’s not completely your responsibility to accommodate families if your event is only for adults, helping guests plan for childcare is always appreciated and should help you all alleviate some bit of stress during the wedding weekend.   

Many of our wedding groups opt to include children in the ceremony and then let an on-site sitter take over starting at cocktail hour. That way children are close by and can enjoy some of the fun but parents can also leave them for dancing and champagne knowing that they are supervised and on premises. So what are you planning? A child-free wedding or the more the merrier? We’d love to hear!

Weekly Favorites

Written by Brittany. Posted in Living

Geode beach wedding shoot | Photo By the Robinsons

Happy Friday! Does anyone have big plans this weekend? Aside from the usual kid chaos that is my life, I’ll be scheming up some new twists and projects for Tickled Pink. I’m ready to work on a site redesign (holy overwhelm) and a spruce up of the blog. Also in the works are some collaborative projects with various vendors, and did I mention the stunning weddings that are currently being planned by our team? This week we posted a few sneak peeks of Kristi’s latest editorial shoot on the Tickled Pink Instagram account. Hop on over and join us there, too! 

This week’s favorites:

Meet ups with other vendors who inspire me to grow and evolve, like Simone of Makeover Station and Amalie Orrange Photography.

Orlando-based DJ company Our DJ Rocks featured yours truly in the first of their new interview series.

I love geodes as decor and this ceremony backdrop rocked my world.

Scout’s Rocket Pocket tote is my number one bag lately for running around town. Between work, kids’ activities, Bible study, and everything else I can find to fit into it’s pockets and roomy interior, this is my go-to tote that’s always with me. I even gifted a few recently to new mamas and all around busy ladies who need it in their life!

Is Curiosity the Secret to an Extraordinary Life?

I’ve been trying to just say no to my sweet tooth, but the lemon olive oil cake from Fatto in Casa lured me in this week.

Have a sweet weekend! xo

Above photo By The Robinsons, styled by Brittany at Tickled Pink 

Your Wedding Stationery Checklist

Written by Brittany. Posted in Advice, Event Planning, Wedding Paper

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When you think about your wedding style and priorities, how does wedding stationery fit into the mix? Wedding paper goods have come so far and there are endless options to “brand” your wedding, though many couples still tend to overlook these details in the early planning stages and are hit with lots of decisions and cost late in the game as they add pieces like thank you cards, table numbers, programs and place cards that coordinate with the invitation suite.  Before you hit the ground running on this planning adventure, think ahead to the stationery you’ll use, it’s priority/value to you, and how it can work to make your wedding style cohesive.  When guests receive the invitation, they begin to see your  wedding style unfold, and the tone it sets will carry through the wedding day. So many couples are also sending save the dates now, which these days tend to double as a formal engagement announcement complete with a professional portrait of the bride and groom. Do you need save the dates? Not necessarily, but we do recommend them when many guests are traveling from afar and will need to book tickets and hotel rooms. If you are going to send save the dates, remember you need one per couple/household, not one per person.

When we create timelines for our clients, we always include stationery mailing reminders to keep brides on track. Here’s our recommended wedding stationery timeline:

  • 8 months from the wedding:
    • Order save the dates
    • Start shopping invitations
  • 6-7 months:
    • Send save the dates
  • 6 months:
    • Order invitation suite
    • Speak with a custom map designer if that is something you’re interested in having made
  • 8 weeks:
    • Mail invitations
    • We recommend your RSVP date be set at 3 weeks prior to the wedding, but check with your caterer and rental companies first to see when they need a confirmed headcount
  • 4 weeks:
    • Mail rehearsal dinner/day-after brunch invitations
    • Order programs, favor tags, menus, table numbers and place cards based on your headcount

We love using Wedding Paper Divas for stationery styles from letterpress to gold foiled to thermography. Until 1/26, the WHOLE SITE is 30% off using the code WINTERSALE at checkout.  They also have a printable Getting Started Wedding Checklist you can find here. Happy shopping!

*This post is sponsored by Wedding Paper Divas. We only partner with brands we know and love!

Weekly Favorites

Written by Brittany. Posted in Living

Coffee because I need it

What is everyone up to this weekend? We have two birthday parties to attend and my son starts soccer on Saturday morning so we’ll be bundled up in the chilly 50 degree weather with our hot coffee, cheering him on! My soon-to-be sister in law’s bridal shower is also this weekend, and flower girl Saylor is thrilled to be a part of the wedding party AND have special events to attend! Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend, and if you are having an outdoor wedding, don’t forget the heaters! 

Here are this week’s favorite things:

We just purchased a set of white Parachute sheets that are supposed to feel soft and lived in right out of the package. And they do!

I was given this Shiseido eye cream for Christmas and am loving it in the morning under my makeup.

Am I too late to the party on the over the knee boots? Hope not. I have a Vegas trip coming up and am searching for the right pair.

Podcasts are my absolute jam. I listen while I drive, run, and fold laundry. Some of my favorites podcasts at the moment are The Lively Show, Serial, Good Life Project, and The Mortified Podcast (which is one of the most hilarious things ever!) Are there any others I should be listening to?

This week I tried an acai bowl at Skybird and man, was it delicious! I’m planning on trying one at home with this recipe.

Have a great weekend! xo

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