First Look Before the Wedding: Yay or Nay

Seeing the Bride before the wedding is an old very important tradition to follow for many brides. But when did this all begin? The superstition dates back to the time of arranged marriages, when marriages were considered business deals, instead something romantic to declare your love. Many cultures believed that if the couple saw each other before the ceremony, it would give the bride or groom a chance to change their minds about the wedding. Times have changed though; the couple now chooses whom they marry. They’ve seen each other before, dated, and know each other deeply. So why not see each other before the ceremony!

Still not sure about what is best for your wedding? Take a look at the pros and cons of having a first look with your groom.


Enjoy few minutes together alone: Remember this day is about you two! There will be very little one-on-one time for each other, by the time you talk to all the guests. You end up being pulled left and right, so it might be nice to have a few minutes together alone before all the wedding day madness. You’re about to marry someone in front of potentially hundreds of other people, eyes are going to be on you all day/night. Seeing each other before the ceremony might help calm some of those wedding day jitters.

Photographs: Having your hair and makeup fresh is a nice touch to wedding photographs. You won’t have to worry about makeup touchups after the ceremony. It also gives the photographer another intimate moment to capture the grooms’ first look at his future wife. The photographer can also capture all of the bridal party and family photos. Most photographers actually prefer taking pictures before the ceremony.

Enjoy Cocktail Hour/Reception: Traditionally the photos are taken after the ceremony, which means the bride and groom are on a huge time crunch. Often times, the bride and groom do not get to enjoy their cocktail hour and reception because they spend most of the time mingling with guests. Save time by taking pictures before the ceremony and enjoy both the cocktail hour and reception.


Superstition: The bride/groom seeing each other before the wedding is a HUGE superstition. It is considered “bad luck” to see each other before the wedding! If you are superstitious, you might not want to break from typical tradition.

Breaking the tradition: The first look before the wedding is a modern trend right now; it is different and not common. Some brides may want the wedding to be traditional and follow all the common rules.

Disappoint guests/family expectations: Some guests want to view the groom’s first look and see his reaction, so it might disappoint some guests or family members when the groom has already seen the bride.

Perhaps you still aren’t sure what to do, but would like to experience the best of both. Consider doing something in the middle like blindfolding the groom or having each of you stand on one side of the door, but holding hands for a quick prayer together. There are many pros and cons to think about when considering seeing each other before the wedding, but ultimately it is up to you!

Whatever you choose for your wedding will be perfect, so smile and have a good time!



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9 Rose gold engagement rings to fall in love with

We’ve loved yellow gold; we’ve worn silver; been in awe of platinum; and even took a leap of faith with white gold. Selecting the perfect precious metal for your engagement ring is a big decision. Not only are there aesthetics to consider, but also the strength and longevity of your ring. Not all metals and alloys are created equal, so finding the right one for you should be an important topic to research prior to any purchase. If you have found yourself wandering down the fabulous path of a rose gold engagement ring, but aren’t 100% sure it’s where you need to be, don’t panic! Get inspired by these nine gorgeous rose gold rings and embrace something a little different!

Trends move on and rotate back again in cyclical yet re-inventive patterns that seem almost predicable but, what ever happened to our beloved rose gold? Is it the unique color that we have become afraid of? Maybe it’s the shear trendiness of it that worries future brides in fear of having a dated ring just a few years down the road? Can’t we all just take a deep breath and remember how fabulous rose gold is?

”When you’re not happy, what good is gold?”

We’ve probably all heard that old saying before, and while it holds a lot of truth, I firmly believe they left rose gold out on purpose.

Why are we loving rose gold so much right now? For starters, how often do we scan the pages of Pinterest looking for that “something different” kind of thing? The thing that you can’t wait to show off and revel in its uniqueness. The thing that makes everyone around you silent for a moment, because they are all secretly jealous that they hadn’t found/ thought of it first. A rose gold wedding ring is that thing! It’s different, it’s warm, and has a color completely unique and unto its own. When Blake Lively showed off her rock complete with a rose gold band in 2012, many were left speechless at shear gorgeousness.

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Take a look at these rose gold engagement rings to find some inspiration of your own! No matter what cut the diamond is when paired with a rose gold band and setting you’re sure to have a truly unique and on of a kind engagement ring.

Emerald Diamond

Cushion Diamond

Round Diamond

Oval Diamond 

Princess Diamond

Asscher Diamond

Pear Diamond

Marquise Diamond 

Radiant Diamond


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Why not sleeves?

Shopping for a unique wedding dress can be a stressful process right? With all the different shades of white starting to look the same, sometimes it is difficult to find a unique dress. Have you ever considered sleeves? Yes sleeves! They are a perfect and unique touch to add on your special day.

We’ve all seen Duchess Kate Middleton’s wedding dress with sleeves. You might have flashbacks of the puffy sleeves in the 80s early 90s, but there is no need to fear. Having sleeves is no longer for brides who just want to be modest. Having sleeves gives your wedding dress that extra charm and allows you look timeless.

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With different lengths, styles, fabrics, beading, even detachable sleeves, every sleeve is different and unique like every bride.

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Off the Shoulder

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Cap Sleeve

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Short Sleeve

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¾ Sleeve

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Long Sleeve

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Brides, you have UNLIMITED options when it comes to sleeves! Break from current tradition and go back to the traditional sleeves. When trying on dresses make sure to try on some sleeved dresses!





Rent a Bridesmaid Dress

Groomsmen rent tuxes, so why don’t bridesmaids rent dresses? Usually women get stuck paying for dresses they’ll probably never wear again. Let’s be honest with ourselves: how often have you worn that bridesmaid dress sitting in your closet? You know the one I’m talking about that you thought to yourself, “I’ll just get it shortened, so I can re-wear it.”

Chances are you never got the dress shortened, and it’s still hanging in the back of your closet. Maybe you didn’t like the color or the neckline wasn’t flattering. Whatever the reason is, Vow to be Chic is here to help! Vow to be Chic is a place you can rent designer bridesmaids dresses online saving you time, money, and energy.


Vow to be Chic helps brides pick out a dress or dresses for her bridesmaids online. Then, the bridesmaids send in their measurements. Then a few months before the wedding, the bridesmaids will get the dress in two sizes to try on. Once the fit is confirmed, both of the dresses get sent back to Vow to Be Chic, which will then send out the dress just before the nuptials.

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Revamped Radiant Orchid

When Pantone® revealed last December that the 2014 Color of the Year was Radiant Orchid, excitement filled the pages of nearly every bridal magazine and website. We loved seeing all the different ways brides incorporate this rich and vibrant color into their wedding décor.

With the complete transition to summer in full swing, I was interested in finding out how brides have transformed this color to fit the new season! Here are a few of our favorite finds — what we feel would work perfect in your Brazos Valley wedding.

We love the way these brides used Radiant Orchid as the main color choice in their bouquets.  The vibrant contrast between a white wedding dress and the flowers really allows the color to pop! This is a great idea for summer as brides with wedding and reception locations ranging from gardens to beaches.

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From simple to extravagant, any centerpiece can be made instantly more elegant through the use of incorporating Radiant Orchid color. Glass, gold, and iron all pair seamlessly with Radiant Orchid, making it the perfect choice for your ceremony décor.

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Create the perfect place setting by adding individual flowers in Radiant Orchid. Accent it with other complimentary shades, or simply let it stand alone to make the perfect color statement. Remember that this color can work great with both warm and cool color pallets!

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Visit any of the wonderful florist shops in the Brazos Valley to see what options are available for you and create your perfect Radiant Orchid wedding!


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