Q&A: Emily of Once Wed Talks Wedding Tips & Tricks

This week we’ve got more fab advice for our bebe brides-to-be, straight from the founder and editor of Once Wed, Emily Newman! Emily’s breathtaking blog is filled with amazing inspiration from real weddings, so we knew we could count on her for creative answers to some of our most pressing questions. From choosing a meaningful location to making the cake “you,” Emily has the lowdown on everything wedding.

Ready to start planning your gorgeous big day?

Photography by Jose Villa

STYLUST: Do you have any tips on picking a special and unique wedding location?

EMILY: When it comes to picking a special and unique place to celebrate your special day, it really just comes down to what is special and unique to you as a couple. A special place, venue or restaurant—places that are individually important to you and your fiancé usually make for the most special and unique of wedding venues. Always make sure to ask if a place hosts weddings. You might assume that locations and venues that are special and meaningful to you wouldn’t host a wedding. But always ask as these locations usually end up being the perfect wedding spots, and the venues are usually open to the idea of hosting.

STYLUST: What should be the most important thing on a bride-to-be’s beauty/health checklist to be radiant on her big day?

EMILY: Great skin by far and away is priority number one for any bride-to-be’s beauty regimen. Feeling comfortable in your skin is not just a saying, it’s a wedding day must! Every bride wants to feel beautiful, comfortable and perfectly photogenic, and it starts with the skin. Drinking lots of water and eating healthy are crucial during those stressful days leading up to the big day.

Photography by Jose Villa

STYLUST: What are some stunning bouquets that won’t break the bank?

EMILY: Getting creative while also thinking simply are the best ways to avoid breaking the bank when it comes to any wedding detail. When it comes to bouquet arrangements, single stem bouquets are the best way to go. You can make a big and beautiful statement by carrying a single stem bouquet such as a large Magnolia flower or King Protea.

STYLUST: What are some thoughtful bridal party gift ideas?

EMILY: As any bride knows, the backbone to a bride’s special day is her bridal party, and therefore it’s crucial that the bridal party gift be thoughtful and somewhat personal. I think the best way to say thanks and show your love is by giving a gift that all the girls can enjoy together. Taking everyone to get a treatment at the spa on the morning before the big day is the perfect way to treat the ladies you love while also spending some quality time with them. It’s certainly a win-win situation!

Photography by Jose Villa

STYLUST: What are some cool ways to personalize a wedding cake?

EMILY: Once Wed is a big fan of fresh flowers, and a unique way to add a personal touch to your special day is to garnish your wedding cake with a favorite flower. It adds a natural and personal touch to an already beautiful cake.

STYLUST: Any last wedding tips or tricks you’d like to share with our readers?

EMILY: Choose an amazing photographer! The images captured from your wedding day are yours forever, so spend a little more and get the photographer that really suits your needs. You’ll be so happy in 5 to 10 to 20 years when you look back and still love all of the timeless images and happily remember each and every lovely moment.

Want to see more chic wedding ideas? Be sure to check out Once Wed!

~ by bebe on April 30, 2012.

3 Responses to “Q&A: Emily of Once Wed Talks Wedding Tips & Tricks”

  1. loved it. I follow your blog fondly :) Cake is very cool too!

  2. I found this post very helpful. Thanks.

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  3. It will be hard to have a very large wedding in that price range- but if it is moeardte in size it is certainly possible. The biggest problem is that the wedding industry has gotten absurdly expensive. Some things make sense to be priced differently than they might be for other events because the needs are different for a wedding- but usually you are just being gouged because it’s a wedding.I had some friends get married outdoors in Colorado recently- sorry I don’t have experience with California- but the biggest thing is that you can call locations that rent out space for events and don’t tell them it is for a wedding. Depending on the restrictions for just having a social event or a party you can still usually have a small or medium sized wedding within the restrictions and it is almost always cheaper. Look for places that rent an area, not just do wedding packages.

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