wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers.

I wasn’t sold on the idea of bridal showers. I understood the purpose. but was never much for the games. or sitting in front of the crowd opening gifts for hours. after being a bride + having two thrown for me, I have a completely different perspective.

6 reasons you need to have a bridal shower.

 1] you feel an overwhelming amount of love // both from the people who spent the time + money to plan your shower and those who took the time to be there with you.

2] all of your favorite people are in one place // you just want to take a time-out for a gigantic group hug. but don’t. or do, it’s up to you.

3] it’s a part of the wedding you just get to show up & enjoy // you don’t have to send out the invites, or stress about the planning + execution. you just arrive. it’s amazing!

4] you get to see your new last name up in lights // I don’t know about you, but I tend to get so caught up in the itty bitty details of the wedding, that sometimes I forget after all of this is said + done, I will be mrs. [J]. I love seeing it.

5] scrumptious food + cocktails // no explanation needed.

6] it’s often times the last hoorah before the wedding // as we hugged our friends + family goodbye at our last shower, we said “see you at the wedding”. we knew after that, we were ARE in the homestretch.

did I mention the overwhelming amount of love?

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o LLinaBC.com   wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o LLinaBC.com

wedding // 6 reasons for bridal showers c/o LLinaBC.com

now it’s only ..

27 days til “I do”.

we are in full-blown crunch time now. this is when a procrastinator thrives.

happy monday all.

wedding // bridal shower basket.

if there is one thing I’ve learned through the wedding planning process, it’s that planning a party is no easy task. once you have the large decisions made, there are never-ending details to attack.

as a soon-to-be bride, I have an unbelievable amount of love + support surrounding me. people who are willing to do so much to ensure I get the full “bridal experience”. it’s incredible. and truly eye-opening at just how lucky I am.

so I wanted to say thank you to those amazing people who hosted both of my bridal showers. and what better way than a sweet “party is over! now it’s time for you to relax” basket.

wedding // bridal shower basket c/o LLinaBC.com

the contents: aloe-infused slippers. / ‘thanks a windmillion’ nail polish. / champagne. / mason jar wine glass [that [J] made]. / chocolate. / bath soap.

in addition to the basket, [J] designed the greatest card to go along with it. [it’ll be posted on LLinaBC’s facebook page later today. it’s a must see].

I made three of these baskets. and do you think I could take the time to photograph them? nope. grrr!

I got the baskets at TJ Maxx. they have a really good selection. so start there.

happy thursday.

pictures from both of my bridal showers coming soon!

travels // chicago weekend.

courtesy of my telephone.

[J] & I packed our bags, loaded up the car, and headed east on friday. destination: Chicago, IL.

we were going to spend time with [J]’s family. and so I could attend his sister’s bridal shower. but whenever we make it to chicago, we cram as much as possible into our two short days. so there were strolls through the city, late night cocktails with friends, and early brunches. let’s just say I slept like a baby last night.

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

on our way home, we were quite literally driving into the heart of a massive thunderstorm. dodging tornadoes. not really my cup of tea. then we woke up to snow on the ground. which tends to put a damper on your already ‘monday’ morning. but I’m two cups of coffee in, and have high hopes for this week.

hope you all had the greatest weekend.

happy monday.