A wise man once said: All you need is love. With a ballooning guest list, an overly involved MIL, and a laissez-faire groom, you respectfully disagree.
Take a deep breath. Love, love, love. It’s easy with these simple principles.
Find a Guru
With eleven years of bridal industry know-how, Gown Diva Consulting’s Liz Navarro counsels you on the right dress shape for your body; where to find designers in your price range and style; and helps with ordering, alterations, accessories, and more.
Be Here Now
Make playfulness the day’s theme by hosting your ceremony or reception among treetops at TreeHouse Point. A renovated church-turned-nonprofit arts center, The Fremont Abbey uses all proceeds from events to fund community arts outreach.
Face the Day
Get down to basics with a brow design and signature facial that’ll make you glow from Katrina Rising at Cake. Then keep shine at bay while preserving makeup with luxurious Tatcha Aburatorigami blotting papers.
Exhibit Outer Piece
Incorporating satin ribbons, shell, horn, and leather on gold-plated backings, Monsieur Cocarde’s (firstname.lastname@example.org) custom brooches, boutonnieres, shoe accessories, and pendants make special keepsakes for your wedding party.
Commune with Nature
Patti Bosket’s woodsy and wonderful floral creations cater to the bride’s personal style. The designer also offers ecofriendly seasonal foliage and flowers. And Dahlia Press’s 100 percent cotton, tree-free paper and 100-year-old press lovingly craft elegant invitations.
The Art of Giving
Register at countless stores and sites and get suggestions from experts and price comparisons at Seattle-based Wishpot.com. Then surprise guests with a wedding cake that resembles a work of art from Chocolaz Artisan Cakes.
Appreciate the Little Things
Custom engagement rings and wedding bands from T. Anthony Sholdt use the finest metals and precious stones to commemorate the spirit of your ceremony and unique affection.
Prepare to kiss single life goodbye.
That was Zen; this is Tao.
Looking for more on which to meditate? Check out DailyCandy Weddings and photo galleries. Then reflect on these inspiring honeymoon ideas.
Photos: Courtesy of Barbie Hull; Courtesy of TreeHouse Point; Courtesy of Monsieur Cocarde; Courtesy of Patti Bosket; Courtesy of T. Anthony Sholdt