wedding // a stress-free day.

Hi! I’m Becky from over at Olives ‘n’ Wine – a blog where I share my passion for keeping a balanced life through eating well, tasting great wine, staying active, and traveling to new places – and I’m excited to be doing a guest post for Chelsea today while she’s off getting’ hitched :)

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Before I get into the post, I wanted to send a HUGE congratulations to Chelsea and her lucky, lucky groom. I cannot wait to see photos of your big day… and be slightly jealous of your time in paradise.

Since it’s all things wedding for Chelsea over the next few weeks, I thought I’d keep with the theme and share a few wedding day tips that helped keep my wedding day lighthearted and as stress-free as possible.

1. Remind your groom to send flowers while you’re getting ready… because sometimes they need that friendly, little reminder ;) Even if you know they’re coming, you will still be happily surprised and he will flatter his future MIL. A win-win, right?

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2. Make sure that the wedding party has plenty of snacks and at least one mimosa before the ceremony. A hangry bridesmaid (or bride or groom for that matter!) is a force to be reckoned with! Plus, snacks can be used for entertainment before the ceremony… Kyle and his friends turned seemingly innocent Goldfish crackers into a game of poker ;)

wedding // a stress-free day c/o olives 'n' wine.

3. Don’t worry if things go wrong, your day will still be perfect! The best part is, no one will notice the little details that aren’t exactly as you planned. At our wedding, the dad’s tuxedo vests were brown instead of silver (That looked great with black tuxes, ha!), the caterer put the wrong sauce on the chicken, I fell down the stairs during photos before the ceremony, and my bustle broke. But guess what, the day was still amazing and the open bar made up for the bad tasting chicken ;)

4. A late night pizza order post-reception is nothing to be ashamed of… and you better bet that Kyle and I ordered a big ol’ pizza to our room. Since we were chatting with so many people during dinner, we barely got a few bites in and realized that we were starving around midnight. Rehashing your day over pizza with your new husband is pretty fun too.

5. Finally, just enjoy your day. Don’t feel obligated to dance with everyone or talk with everyone or please everyone. The day is for you and your husband! If you’re relaxed and having a great time, everyone in attendance will be having a fabulous time as well :)

wedding // a stress-free day c/o olives 'n' wine.

I’m so excited and happy for you, Chelsea! Safe travels and the next time we hear from you, you’ll be a Mrs.!

If you’d like to read more about my wedding day… including additional photos of Goldfish poker!, you can find the details here:

Getting Ready/Ceremony


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Hey everyone!

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I am Caitlin Fore from Gussied Up Blog! And I was super excited when Chelsea asked me to guest post on her blog during all of her wedding festivities. I adore her blog and loved the thought of getting to share some of my wedding insight with all of y’all.

Let’s see, I married my college sweetheart a little over three and a half years ago (I still can’t believe that, it’s gone by fast) in Oklahoma City (my home town) at the church I grew up going to. We then had the reception at a great hotel ballroom close by. It really was the best day ever!!

We took a year to plan the wedding and here comes my first piece of advice, I’d do all it again, but in six months. By the first couple months into planning I had the dress, venues, flowers, and bridesmaid dresses. So by six months I was just ready to be married, ya know what I mean!?

I love pinterest in all, I mean I do have like 45 boards…anyways I just wouldn’t be obsessive with it. I think pinterest is a great tool to collect. But as a bride you have to know when to be flexible. Especially with flowers, I knew I wanted peonies super bad for my bouquets, and I was lucky they were in season (we got married on June 4, 2011). But say if you’re getting married in October – I’m not sure you can get peonies, but if you can it’s gonna be pricey. So just be aware of things that are naturally around during your wedding season and know that if it isn’t easily available – it’s gonna be pricey. And it’s totally your day – so live it up!!

I’d say pick three big things that mean the most to you and focus on making those the main focus of your budget. For me I’d have to say most of my budget went to my dress (so typical I know, but it really was perfect), photographer (make sure to practice your kiss to get the best pic ever), and reception (I was ready to throw the best party of our lives).

wedding // top three's c/o gussied up blog

wedding // top three's c/o gussied up blog

wedding // top three's c/o gussied up blog

wedding // top three's c/o gussied up blog

Oh and make sure to reach out to your friends and family to help with as much as possible. Not only because you are only one person, but because they love you they will want to help make your special day just perfect for you!

With that – congratulations to Chelsea and Jeff and their fabulous wedding in Punta Cana!

Xo ,


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[J] & I did a happy dance this weekend  – our Iowa wedding reception has a home!

we can now put the finishing touches on our invitations & hand them over to the postman.

but along with this new space comes more decisions to be made. how are we going to decorate it? who will cater it? what food will we serve? what traditional reception activities must we do ..bouquet toss? wedding party intro? should we hire a photographer? what dessert will we serve? how are we going to incorporate our destination wedding into our Iowa reception? I could go on for days. so while there are many decisions to be made & stress to be felt ..I am beyond excited. some genius part of my brain keeps reminding me to enjoy this time planning the wedding of our dreams. it’s going by so quickly.

I want all of you to come along with me throughout the process. and I need your help + input. for the above & below questions.

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for our Iowa reception: cupcakes or a traditional wedding cake?

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for our Iowa reception: simple or extravagant table centerpieces?

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I cannot get over this. and believe I could somehow re-create this for our venue. what do you think? DIY ceiling bouquet.

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and for our beach ceremony: rock TOMS or go barefoot?

8 months 14 days til ‘I do’.

happy tuesday!