Wedding Season

Bride

Previously, I shared with you all a “what to wear during wedding season” post and shared a few looks to wear as a guest. I recently came across these looks that I just had to share. From wedding dresses, to bridesmaids dresses, to Mother of the Bride (MOB) dresses, here are a few that I am just dying over.

Bridesmaids

Wedding Guest

Mother of the Bride

 

xo

 

SHOP THE LOOK:

 

What To Wear During Wedding Season

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Off to a bridal shower… just kidding, but how perfect is this two-piece to wear for a bridal shower, any shower, or a wedding even…?! I may not be attending a wedding anytime soon, but if I were, this two piece cutie would definitely be an option.

If you’ve got a wedding or bridal shower coming up, then look no further (I gotcha boo) because I’m sharing a few wedding appropriate looks to wear this season. Scroll through and click below…

SHOP THE LOOKS:

Windsor Two Piece Top & Bottoms | 2 Bandits Earrings | Call It Spring Mules

Wedding Tips, The Do’s and Don’ts and What I’ve Learned

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If you’re reading this, then we are officially in Puerto Vallarta celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary (cue the music/happy tears) woohoo!

Shut the front door?! Is this real life? Are we really celebrating our 1 year as husband and wife already? Where did the time go? WTF? OMG! This is CRAZY!… Pretty much what is happening inside my head right now as I’m drafting this post.

Wow, omg, where do I even begin… ummmm, let’s see. There’s just so much that is running through my head right now.

I recently watched my wedding video and went through my camera roll, and watched all the snapchat stories/videos our friends and family sent us. Not going to lie, I got a little teary eyed. The reason why I decided to draft a post around the topic: Wedding Tips, The Do’s and Don’ts and What I’ve Learned, is because so many thoughts were running through my head from what I would’ve done differently, the what ifs, if only – to the should’ve could’ve would’ve. I mean, obviously none of this really matters now and regardless, I have no regrets. BUT, I definitely wanted to share my thoughts on a few points in hopes this would somehow help a bride-to-be.

So here it is…

  • DO: Hire a wedding planner. I would’ve been lost without my dear friend/wedding planner Evelyn (@harlowplanning). She was seriously my wedding god-mother/therapist/EVERYTHING.
  • DON’T: This is where things get pricey because you steer away from what a wedding means, and start spending money on shit things you really don’t need just to please your guest. BIG Mistake. HUGE (in my Vivian voice from Pretty Woman)!
  • DO: Instead of gifts, have your guest contribute to your honeymoon. Create a honeymoon fund website. Obviously, this only applies to couples who already live together and don’t need housewarming gifts.
  • DON’T: Keep your wedding favors simple. Ask yourself, would you realistically use this (xyz) if it was gifted to you? Is it a waste of money? The majority of your guest end up leaving the favors behind, so try to get something that is practical to use or something fun/unique. I mean, there’s just so many wine openers a person can own, amirite or amirite?
  • DO: Make sure you hire a really good photographer and videographer. These two are probably the most important of them all and where I would put extra $$ because these are the memories you’ll forever have.  You can never re-do your wedding if you end up being disappointed with your photos and video. And make sure you give them inspiration to look at for the big day. You must be very specific as to what you want them to capture because once the moment is gone and has passed, it’s too late to recreate.
  • DON’T: Please, I repeat, please don’t be a bridezilla. I wasn’t quite a bridezilla, only probably during the time we were planning my bridal shower because I’m very particular aka like to have full control of everything so letting go of some of the responsibilities and pass them down to my bridesmaids was tough. Honestly if I knew then what I know now, then I would’ve been more chill about it, but that’s the thing, you won’t know until you experience it.
  • DO: Make sure you have a good DJ. Music is everything.
  • DO: Create a hashtag and a snapchat filter for your guest to use on social media.
  • DO: Photo Booths are so much fun so I would highly recommend having one at your wedding.
  • DO/DON’T: Do have an open bar (maybe just during cocktail hour), but don’t keep it open all night. Although you want everyone to have a good time, you also don’t want everyone do be s** faced at your wedding, ya know what I’m saying?
  • DO: Write your own wedding vows. I think it’s so special and more meaningful when couples do this.
  • If you’re planning a big wedding but are on a budget, still expect to pay a pretty large amount, because let’s be real, a wedding is so expensive even if you try to cut corners (I tried) or DIY your entire wedding (yup tried this, too). I don’t care what anyone says, it’s expensive planning a wedding. period. the end.
  • This is a no-brainer, but make sure you have an inspiration board or a vision of how you want your wedding to be. Create a Pinterest account if you don’t already have one. If you have no direction, then good lawd! You in trouble… just kidding! But seriously, it’s a MUST.
  • Remember, this is YOUR big day and the wedding should be filled with nothing but love and happiness. The importance of a wedding is that you (the bride and groom) are gathered around the people you love most, and are there to celebrate YOU. Often people forget the true meaning of a marriage. It is not a big party to host your friends and family. It is a time for your friends and family to join YOU to celebrate YOU, and your love together as a couple.

The most stressful part was the guest list. My gosh, I cannot even tell you how stressful this was. Who do we invite? Is it rude if we don’t give them a plus one? I mean, they’re not married so not giving them a plus one is fine, right? My wedding planner did say that 10-15% of your guest won’t show up even if they RSVP’d. When she told me this, I said “Yeah right! All of my guest who RSVP’d will show up.” But she was right. Which leads to the most expensive part of a wedding: the food. This was also a tough one to decide what food.

My wedding planner also did say that you end up losing friends along the way. Psshhhh, I laughed and rolled my eyes. Thought she was crazy, out of her mind. Again, she was right about this one, too. It’s unfortunate that this was true and that it happened, but like they say, “some people are only meant to be in your heart, not in your life.”

If I could re-do my wedding all over again, what changes would I make? Hmmm… I would do a destination wedding for sure. The original plan was to get married in Palm Springs or Hawaii. I knew I wanted a outdoor garden themed wedding, and don’t get me wrong, the location I had my wedding at fulfilled my garden-theme expectations/dreams, but I would definitely change the venue even if it were held again locally. Also, I probably would’ve had a second dress. I did, however have interchangeable sleeves for my dress – one for the ceremony and one for the reception.

Gosh, I’ve learned so much during and after planing my wedding. It was stressful, quite possibly one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve ever had to plan. Just thinking about it makes me feel like I need a drank. LOL!

I feel like I covered everything, unless I think of anything else, I’ll be sure to share on Instagram stories (@melrodstyle). If you’re interested to see more about my wedding, then head over to Instagram and type in our wedding hashtag #MandGtobe.

I really hope this information was somewhat helpful for some of you, and as always if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment down below or DM on instagram.

Stay tuned for next week’s post where I share a few fun facts about George and I, along with a fun video. 🙂

In case you missed last year’s video right before our wedding, here it is again.

Ok, now where was I?… Oh, yes soaking up the sun.

Excuse me señor, can I get another margarita, for favor?! Gracias. 

xo

M and G To Be

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So here we are, witnessing the aftermath of what was the best day of my life. Although there were thousands of photos to go through (that were just as amazing as these that didn’t make this post), I decided to share a few that I felt really captured those special moments.

Where do I begin to share about the most magical day of my entire life… The morning started off rather nerve-wrecking for me because of the weather, which I go in full detail on this post here.

The ceremony was short and sweet – exactly how we had pictured it to be. We really wanted a garden theme wedding, so having an outdoor wedding for both ceremony and reception was on the “must-have” list.

After our wedding photos, our wedding party including our parents held sparklers as we made our grand entrance into the reception. We walked into our first dance, followed by the traditional dances (FOB and MOG dance), to food, to speeches, to dancing, to cake cutting, to dancing some more, to taking photos in the photo booth, to more dancing, etc. We danced the entire night. I don’t think I even sat down for more than 5 minutes, which I am so happy about.

They say your wedding comes and goes before you know it. Enjoy it while you can because it goes so fast you don’t remember anything. Well, I beg to differ because both my husband and I remember every single part of our wedding and I cannot tell you how truly happy I am about that. That was so important for us – to remember every moment and to fully enjoy the night. And we sure did.

I was beyond blessed to have had my beautiful sisters (bridesmaids), mom, and of course the best wedding planner – Harlow Planning,  by my side to make sure this day was perfect. And it truly was. It was beautiful. My dream wedding really came to life. I cannot even put it into words how incredible this day was for me… for my husband. This day will forever be so sacred in my heart.

Photographer: Hailley Howard

Wedding Planner: Harlow Planning

Hair and Makeup: Valerie Star

Bridesmaids, MOB and MOG Dresses: David’s Bridal

Bride, Groom and Bridesmaid Shoes: Vince Camuto

Bride, Bridesmaids & Flower Girl Robes: Love Ophelia

Flowers: Florals By Isabelle

Cake and Desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop

Cake Topper and Table Numbers: NGO Creations

Rentals: Found Rentals

Caterer: Colette’s Catering & Events

Photo Booth: https://www.instagram.com/funkyfreshmo/

Fun facts about our wedding:

  • While it was raining during hair and makeup, the rain literally stopped the minute I walked down the aisle. It was magical.
  • My god daughter (8 years old) had written me a letter and read it while we were getting ready. I cried my eyes out.
  • George and I wrote our own vows.
  • I didn’t toss my bouquet.
  • My friend Enocha sang “Lean On Me” during the reception.
  • A lot of DIY went into our wedding – wedding favors, George made our alter, ceremony/reception signs, including the ‘here comes the bride’ sign.
  • I didn’t have two dresses, but I did have two different tops – one for the ceremony, which had some beading and the second for the reception, which was all lace to match the rest of my dress.
  • We took the after party to our house, which went on until 5:30 am.

xo

She said Yes!!!

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This year has been such an incredible year thus far. I got married to the love of my life, and now it’s my sister’s turn to marry her love!

We are showering the bride-to-be this weekend, and cannot be more excited for her… and then we are off to Vegas to celebrate her bachelorette party in a couple of weeks (woohoo)!

How adorable are these tanks from ESEFApparel?! Definitely taking these with us to Vegas!

If you are a bride-to-be or know someone who is, click link below to shop their customizable bachelorette party shirts.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ESEFApparel

xo

Simply Stylist x Dove Amazing Moments

I’ve partnered with Simply Stylist and Dove to share how sometimes the moments that make us sweat are the most amazing moments of all.

Dove recently released their new Amazing Moments campaign that puts Dove Clinical Protection Antiperspirant to the test during a real woman’s surprise proposal to the love of her life. Watching Dove’s Amazing Moments campaign video reminded me of how nerve-wracking and stressful it was leading up to and on my wedding day. I felt nervous, anxious, excited, happy… every emotion and feeling you can possibly think of, I felt them.

The big day was here. The moment that I had been waiting for was finally here. Although I was so happy and over the moon, I remembered feeling so emotional and flustered because of the weather forecast. It stated there was a 50% chance of rain. Throughout the morning, it rained and then stopped, and then rained some more. With my wedding venue being outdoor, my main concern was that the rain would ruin both the ceremony and reception. As one can only imagine, I was panicking. I was in full panic-mode during hair and makeup. Meanwhile, my bridesmaids were trying to keep me calm, and stay positive for me. “It won’t rain. It’ll be perfect. And even if it did rain, they say it’s good luck.” – they all said.

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photographer: Hailley Howard

I could hear the rain pouring down as we were on our way to the ceremony. I remembered taking a deep breath, thinking to myself that everything would be ok. As I stepped foot outside the limo, the rain literally stopped. It was pure magic. I realized at that point on that my bridesmaids were absolutely right. No matter what happened — rain or shine– the wedding would go on, and it would be beautiful. And it was. The rain made the wedding more beautiful, and I’m actually happy it did rain. My bridesmaids sure did help me get through this nerve-wracking moment.

Dove Clinical Protection offers undeniable wetness protection and has 1/4 moisturizer to care for skin, so you’re protected throughout life’s amazing moments.

 

 

Please visit Dove.com/DoveClinicalProtection to view the film.

Q&A With Bae: How Well We Know Each Other Before We Say ‘I Do’

 

 

Happy Monday everyone! I’m happy because the big day is FINALLY around the corner (eeek)!!!  I’m so nervous and excited at the same time.

I have been wanting to do a Q&A with George on how well we know each other before we say ‘I do’ – for a long time now, but wedding stuff has really taken up most of my time.  However, I recently discovered something new about my fiancé (I know right – you’d think I know everything about him after 14 years), and I literally looked at him and said, “ok, we are shooting this video right now. Start jotting down some questions.”

I mean, I am marrying this guy. 😉

I hope you enjoy this quick video I put together.

Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up, and subscribe to my channel. Oh, and I’ll be on my honeymoon next week, so be sure to follow me on Instagram (@melrodstyle) and snapchat: MELROD1206 to see where we’re headed!

The next time you see me, I’ll be a married woman! OMG!

xo

MelRod Bach

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I am off to a quick road trip with my girls for my bachelorette party today.

Follow me on instagram @melrodstyle and snapchat (melrod1206) for all the fun!

xo

Bridal Shower

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And just like that, I’m checking off the bridal shower. It’s true what they say “time flies when you’re having fun”. With less than two months away, it’s really starting to sink in. I’m so close to becoming a “Mrs.”, to officially changing my last name and becoming a wife to the love of my life. Oh my god, I am getting a knot in my throat as I’m writing this post. I’m getting so choked up just thinking about it all. Happy tears, I promise.

My bridesmaids threw me the most amazing bridal shower ever. I was beyond speechless. They absolutely captured my vision, and I am forever grateful for my girls. This wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my sisters and friend Evelyn.

My sisters received a lovely gift from my friends at Vince Camuto. They gifted all my bridesmaids, including myself, a pair of heels from their gorgeous collection to wear for the big day. My fiancé got a pair of moccasins as well… Doesn’t he look so handsome?! 🙂

It has been such a privilege to share this new chapter in my life with all of you. It’s so personal and such a special time in my life. I feel so much love, and I am so thankful and so happy to be surrounded by my close friends and family. I cannot wait to share more with you all.

#blessed

xo

Photographer: Hailley Howard

Shoes c/o Vince Camuto

Vintage Fan Bridal Shower Favors c/o BonFortune

Earrings c/o Jessica Elliot

Lucy Sui x MelRodStyle Giveaway

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Attention all brides-to-be! Great news! I’ve partnered with Lucy Sui to give away one of their amazing wedding books to make your wedding planning run smoothly, and this beautiful “xoxo” mug.

The rules are simple:

1. Follow Lucy Sui on instagram @lucysuisf

2. Tag 3 friends and leave a comment stating you have done the above

And done!

Winner will be announced via instagram Wednesday March 23rd.

P.S. if you don’t win, don’t worry because we’ve got a sweet discount code for 10% off entire website – coupon code: MELROD10

http://www.lucysui.com

Good luck! 🙂

xo