Buckled With Love by Monika Witkowski

We’re falling in love with leather all over again and buckling up for good with Bluegrass Belts – a company in which handmade is an understatement. Quality, personalization, and did we mention the official belt of the Breeder’s Cup? A southern wedding or corporate events' dream come true – we’re fastened!

Bluegrass Belts founders Kyle Jameson and Eric Bunning have combined an all around feel for what the south is truly about. Inspired by preppy fashion and an equestrian lifestyle, each of their belts, bracelets, and key fobs are handcrafted in Lexington, Kentucky with saddle quality bridle leather, brass hardware, and of course with superior standards!

Whether it be a day at the races, meetings at the office, a golf outing, or just an average chill day, Bluegrass Belts have the ability to customize each product to match your personality with color options, machine milled nameplate engraving, and embroidery. We totally adore these three belt options as groomsmen gifts - talk about something really unique along side a bottle of Woodford!

Equis Pick Belt

Equis Pick Belt

Buffalo Hoof Pick Belt

Buffalo Hoof Pick Belt

Thoroughbred Belt

Thoroughbred Belt

Bluegrass Belts have also created a charming selection of handmade horse bit bracelets. Be the best bride ever with these customized bridesmaid gifts. These look great on their own, or stacked with multiple bracelets - A stunning fashion statement! 

Key fobs are perfect for corporate branding and social events! 

Receive 20% off your order upon entering coupon code always planned." All make for a fun gift or that once in a while self splurge. 

 

 

First Dance by Tiffani Sparks

The first dance is something you'll remember and reminisce about for the rest of your life, right? So you better choose a pretty great song! Here's a list of timeless love songs that we think you may fall in love with.     

  1. "A Kiss to Build a Dream On," Louis Armstrong
  2. "Baby, I Love You," Aretha Franklin
  3. "You're All I Need to Get By," Marvin Gaye, Tammy Terrell
  4. "L-O-V-E," Nat King Cole
  5. "How Long Will I Love You," Ellie Goulding
  6. "Lovesong," The Cure
  7. "Baby Love," The Supremes
  8. "Saving All My Love For You," Whitney Houston
  9. "Lovesong," Adele
  10. "Unforgettable," Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole
  11. "I Think of You," Rodriguez
  12. "So Into You," Atlanta Rhythm Section
  13. "Crazy Love," Van Morrison
  14. "I'll Be There," Jackson 5
  15. "Don't Worry, Baby," The Beach Boys
  16. "Somebody Loves You," Betty Who
  17. "We Belong," Pat Benatar
  18. "I Feel Love," Donna Summer
  19. "You And I, Part II," Fleetwood Mac
  20. "These Dreams of You," Van Morrison
  21. "The Way You Look Tonight," Frank Sinatra
  22. "All I Do Is Dream of You," Michael Bublé
  23. "Love Me Tender," Norah Jones, Adam Levy
  24. "More Love," Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  25. "At Last," Stevie Wonder

Wedding Day Makeup by Tiffani Sparks

Wedding makeup should some what be based on the season you choose, the time of day your ceremony is scheduled and most importantly, what makes you feel pretty! There are so many directions you can go with makeup, from natural to sultry and anywhere in between. You can even hire makeup artist now that do airbrush and face conturing. Whether you decide to go with a makeup artist or do it yourself there's plenty of blogs, how-to's and interest post that can steer you in the right direction. 

A great mauve/pink pallet for a lighter skin tone.

A great mauve/pink pallet for a lighter skin tone.

This is one of my favorite looks, with the dramatic eye yet natural face. http://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/bridal-beauty/top-10-wedding-makeup-mistakes-to-avoid  

This is one of my favorite looks, with the dramatic eye yet natural face.

http://www.topweddingsites.com/wedding-blog/bridal-beauty/top-10-wedding-makeup-mistakes-to-avoid

 

For those of you obsessed with the retro look.

For those of you obsessed with the retro look.

A pop of red never hurt anyone.

A pop of red never hurt anyone.

Perfect for a summer wedding! http://beautyhigh.com/10-summer-wedding-makeup-looks-that-last/#_a5y_p=713516

Perfect for a summer wedding!

http://beautyhigh.com/10-summer-wedding-makeup-looks-that-last/#_a5y_p=713516

Airbrushed makeup, as seen here, makes for a more flawless look and is usually applied by professionals. 

Airbrushed makeup, as seen here, makes for a more flawless look and is usually applied by professionals. 

Don't be intimidated by the endless world of makeup. Have fun and make it your own! You can combine what looks you like best or stick to one…whatever you do, we are sure it will look fantastic!

Choosing A Date by Tiffani Sparks

Your wedding date is one of the most important decisions you will make during the planning process. This date will impact every other aspect of your big day. You may have envisioned the details, but until you lock in a date you can't commit to anything else. You need to pick a date that works for everyone and is still special to you. Here you can find a basic outline of what to consider when making the single most important decision of your wedding.

The weather-  The most popular months to get married are June, September, and October because the weather is gorgeous and much more predictable than other months (based on previous weather recordings). Also, if you have a specific style of dress or color theme in mind it may influence the month you choose.

Consider off-season dates-  Getting married in January or March might cut your rental venue fee down. A Friday vs. Saturday wedding can also drastically change your venue fee--consider Fridays and Sundays if you are working with a modest budget.

Create a list of what you envision for your wedding day- If you want an outdoor rustic wedding you may want to stick to late summer/fall. If you'd like lots of lush flowers, spring may be the month for you. A winter wedding would work best for indoor weddings with seasonal colors.

 Major holiday weekend weddings? Christmas, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, religious holidays, major sporting events, Father's Day and other holidays of this nature may be a deciding factor whether certain guests will attend. You also want this date to be special to you--and you may not want to share it with an existing date.

Don't rush it! We have planned full weddings in just a few months and this can definitely be pulled off! However, the cost to ensure that the wedding can be executed this quickly greatly increases. Give yourself plenty of planning time so you can confirm all vendors are free, including the venue you'd like, at a reasonable costs.

We hope you take these guidelines into consideration in narrowing down the date for your big day!

Wedding Cake Alternatives by Tiffani Sparks

More and more couples are opting out of the traditional wedding cake. I for one am not a big fan of cake, but like the traditional aspect of the first task newlyweds execute together. However, their are several other options rather than an actual cake. From traditional and non traditional wedding cakes to individual pies and pastries you can maintain the symbolism of the "cake cutting."

Who doesn't like cake pops?

Who doesn't like cake pops?

Tiered fruit pies.

Tiered fruit pies.

Cheesecake is a nice…and delicious alternative!

Cheesecake is a nice…and delicious alternative!

One of our brides opted for individual fruit pies. Everyone LOVED them.

One of our brides opted for individual fruit pies. Everyone LOVED them.

Personalized macaroons to fit your wedding color scheme.

Personalized macaroons to fit your wedding color scheme.

Individual parfaits. 

Individual parfaits. 

Bundt cakes are a great choice for those wishing to stick to a shabby chic theme.

Bundt cakes are a great choice for those wishing to stick to a shabby chic theme.

Cannoli's to fit an italian wedding theme. 

Cannoli's to fit an italian wedding theme. 

These large, tiered macaroons would look great for a whimsical wedding.

These large, tiered macaroons would look great for a whimsical wedding.

And for those of you who simply don't like sweets…well fruit and cheeses, of course.

And for those of you who simply don't like sweets…well fruit and cheeses, of course.

As you can see, the "cake" is only limited by your imagination. If you'd like it to look more traditional simply throw in a tiered platform and voila! 

Engagement Pictures by Tiffani Sparks

If you're anything like me you feel a bit awkward posing for pictures…especially engagement pictures! Not only does the photography have to capture you looking stunning, but your fiancé as well. Here are a few cute, creative and fun poses that will make that awkwardness disappear.

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And remember…engagement pictures should represent you as a couple. These poses are totally customizable. Be yourself, have fun and enjoy your engagement!!

The Guest Book by Tiffani Sparks

Guest books used to be an essential part of any wedding, but have slowly faded away. Although you may not want a traditional guest book, that will sit on the shelf collecting dust, you may want to take a look at these cool alternatives! There are several options that make for great decor and even better memories. 

If you have a great vintage vinyl collection or just love music, this is a super creative idea for a guest book.

If you have a great vintage vinyl collection or just love music, this is a super creative idea for a guest book.

Perfect for weddings with world traveler guests! 

Perfect for weddings with world traveler guests! 

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/178009168/96-pieces-rustic-wedding-guest-book

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/178009168/96-pieces-rustic-wedding-guest-book

For all of you Kentucky natives this is a great option that can be purchased at one of the local distilleries!

For all of you Kentucky natives this is a great option that can be purchased at one of the local distilleries!

Great idea for book lovers and will make a great discussion piece for any room.

Great idea for book lovers and will make a great discussion piece for any room.

FUN FUN FUN! Break out the Polaroid and take pictures of your guest to sign and display. 

FUN FUN FUN! Break out the Polaroid and take pictures of your guest to sign and display. 

So don't get stuck on the traditiona guest book. Branch out and play into your interest for a fantastic piece you can display forever!

The Registry by Tiffani Sparks

Before tying the knot I thought that registering for gifts was going to be like a trip to Disney World…It's NOT! I suppose if you've lived with your spouse prior to getting married you may have already accumulated the essentials and can just register for things on your wish list. THAT WAS NOT US. We needed everything from plates and platters to a vacuum and shower curtain. Here's a handy little registry checklist you can use while trying to narrow down your selections.

Also, here are a few fun tips to remember before you go on your big venture!

Don’t register hungry- This may seem like an odd point to start with…but trust me on this, don’t do it. Registering takes a surprising amount of energy and if you aren’t well-feuled, it could be a less than pleasant experience.

Time to start new- Marriage is a new start, so why not start your household out on a new foot? Take this as a time to get matching dinnerware, glasses that aren’t foggy, and bedding that isn’t starting to fray. 

All price points- Some people have a smaller budget than others, and I think it’s nice to give a variety of products in different price points so people can buy something that they can afford.

Register for at least one gift per person- Many places will tell you to register for at least 2 gifts per person so they'll have options, but if you have a 300 person wedding…That's a LOT of gifts!

It doesn’t all have to be practical- Register for some board games, some cute decorations, or camping equipment! Things you would like, but might otherwise not buy.

Know the return policies- Not all stores have great return policies for gifts, especially if you don’t have the receipt. You may wonder why you would need to take back a gift that YOU registered for. Well, sometimes people do not buy them through your registry so you may get more than one of something…or you may just have not gotten that one thing you so desperately wanted so you sacrifice a gift less valued.