What to Do When a Friend is Copying Your Wedding Ideas

When it comes to planning a wedding, we all look for tips and advice anywhere we can find it. For some, this means “pinning” anything and everything we see on Pinterest and creating our very own dream wedding board. For others however, this means turning to the people we trust most: our friends and family. But what if one of the people you are sharing your thoughts and ideas with is actually getting married as well and you begin to notice that her wedding ideas are very similar to the ones you’ve expressed previously?

Dealing with a Friend Who’s Copycatting Your Wedding Planning | Brazos SpringsBelieve it or not, many women find themselves in situations where a friend has become quite the copycat wedding planner, and that can sting a little. Anyone who has ever needed to plan a wedding will tell you that the experience can be very stressful. You plan for months and months and put everything you have into personalizing your wedding to fit both your personality and your groom’s personality. Now what?

Well before you get too upset and end up saying something to your copycat that you may regret, look at things objectively; when you live in the same city and have the same friends, sometimes it’s not the fact that she’s taking your ideas, it’s just that this is what she’s always dreamed of as well and sometimes things overlap, unfortunately. However, if you’ve known each other for years and all of the decisions your copycat has made about her own wedding don’t really seem to reflect her personality or anything that you would ever picture for her wedding, there may be something else at play here.

According to relationship expert, Melanie Ross Mills, some women are just too afraid to break away from the norm of what everyone else is doing. “We’re fearful of stepping out and doing what we’d really like to do because we’re afraid it won’t be accepted or approved of.” Say your copycat friend has always said she’d want a black and purple theme at her wedding, but all of a sudden because you’ve expressed that you’d like to go with a champagne off-white theme and everyone else loved that idea, that’s now what she wants.

So instead of getting frustrated and losing friendships over this incident, maybe now is a good time to sit with your friend and ask her how she really pictures her dream wedding. It’s possible, and even likely, that she doesn’t even realize what she’s doing by copying you. By talking things through with her, you may be able to snap her back to reality and allow yourselves to both have your perfect, different weddings.

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These Things May End Up Ruining Your Wedding Photos

Months and months of careful planning come down to one special day – your wedding day. Before you know it, the day will be over and what you’ll have left are your fondest memories and those gorgeous photographs. That’s why hiring a quality wedding photographer is so important! However, keep in mind that there are also a number of little things that go into making sure that your wedding photos are picture perfect. Here’s a hint: they have nothing to do with the person behind the camera.

These Things May End Up Ruining Your Wedding Photos | Texas Old Town

Here are just a few things that could end up having a negative influence on your photos:

Brands and Logos – Wedding jitters keep you up until all hours of the night before the wedding? If you choose to battle the fatigue with a venti caramel macchiato from Starbucks, make sure that the cup is out of view when your photographer snaps photos of you in the makeup chair. Logos can be very distracting and actually take away from the beauty of the shot.

iPhone Photographers – Everyone has a camera phone and everyone is looking to get the best shot to post on social media. You’ve hired a wedding photographer for a reason; make sure your guests respect this. The last thing you want to see in your professional and otherwise gorgeous photos is Uncle Sal in the background, halfway leaned into the aisle with his cell phone, or worse – iPad.

Videographers and their Equipment – If you’ve chosen to hire both a photographer and a videographer, that’s great! Just keep in mind that as the two compete for the best shot, they may end up getting in each other’s way and the next thing you know, you’re left with photos of a videographer in the background. To avoid this, ask your photographer if he has any recommendations for a videographer he’s worked well with in the past.

You’ll be looking back on these photos for the rest of your life – make sure they are as perfect as your memories!

5 Must-Do Things for the Morning of Your Wedding

The morning that you wake up and realize that you will be getting married in just a few short hours will be one of the most exciting, nerve-wrecking and awe-striking moments of your life. While you know that your morning will already include getting your hair and makeup done, and primping with your bridesmaids before your walk down the aisle, there are quite a few other things to consider.5 Must-Do Things for the Morning of Your Wedding | Texas Old Town

Chances are, you have already made yourself aware of a few of the tasks below, but we would highly suggest writing them down so as not to forget when your mind is in a million different places on the morning of your wedding.

Eat Breakfast – You may think you’re too busy to sit down and enjoy a nice breakfast on the day of your wedding, but you should really think again – especially if you and your bridesmaids plan to enjoy a little bit of champagne. Once you walk down that aisle, you really won’t have any time to yourself. Take the time in the morning and have a healthy yet hearty breakfast that will give you the energy to make it through the day.

Double Check Your Bridal Bag – This is the easiest thing to forget, but probably one of the most important. Before leaving to get your hair and makeup done, remember to check your bag one last time and make sure that you have the essentials: shoes, accessories, perfume, blotting pads, etc.

Steal a Moment for Yourself – Traditionally, the bride and groom will have a gift or a letter sent to the other on the morning of the wedding. Take some time away from the chaos and the rest of the bridal party to open this up privately. This will be the moment that you remember why you’ve put yourself through all of the craziness and all the pre-wedding jitters will disappear.

Thank Your Parents – Our parents take a lot of the heat from our misplaced anger and frustrations and we’re sure that it has been on full blast during the wedding planning process. This day is big for you – but remember that it’s big for them, too. It’s the day that their little girl gets married, so don’t give them such a hard time. Instead, thank them for everything they’ve done to get you to this moment. They deserve it and you have no idea how much they’ll appreciate it.

Breathe – No really, breathe. Take a big breath and really process the fact that today is the day that you’ve been waiting for your entire life. Shake out the nerves and just jump around and scream and enjoy the moment because it’s here and you’re finally about to marry the love of your life!

Now take this list, write it down and tape it to the garment bag that contains your wedding dress so that you won’t forget it. If you need any more tips, check out an extended list on SheFinds.com!

Things to Remember When Having Your Wedding Dress Fitted

Besides making it to the altar and actually exchanging vows with the man that she loves, every bride would probably agree that one of the most important things about her wedding is her dress. Not only do you want to choose a dress that is designed to fit your individual style and personality, but you also want to make sure that it fits in a way that looks and feels amazing.

Things to Remember When Having Your Wedding Dress Fitted | Texas Old Town

This is why it is extremely important to familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of wedding dress alterations and fittings. Assuming that you have never been through this process before, here is just a little bit of advice:

Ask about the price of alterations before choosing your dress. Every bridal shop is different; while some will charge one flat rate, others will charge you based on the amount of work that needs to go into it. Remember that this isn’t always just about shorting the skirt and adjusting the waistline. If there are delicate details, such as lace or beading, there is going to be a lot more that goes into the process and out of your wallet.

You may require more than one fitting. In order to get everything absolutely perfect, it’s more than likely that you will have to have two, three or even four fittings before you’re completely satisfied. Relax – this is normal. Just make sure that each time that you return, you are wearing the appropriate bra, slip and especially shoes so that you can see where the hemline falls.

Make sure that it is short enough. The hem of your wedding dress should barely skim the front of your toes when you are wearing your heels. If it is too long, it will skim the floor instead, causing wrinkles to form. Even worse, a too-long dress could cause you to trip and fall when walking down the aisle. Nobody wants that.

Never underestimate how much of a difference a quality, properly-fitted gown can have on your overall wedding day look. Have any of your own gown fitting tips to add? Share them with us in the comments section below!

(Source: Brides.com)

Important Tips to Remember When Writing Your Own Vows

One of the most important aspects of a wedding has nothing to do with the dress, the flowers or the centerpieces. While all of those things are just that – things, it’s the words that you speak to one another while exchanging your vows that matter most. Now while many couples choose to stick to tradition and repeat their promises after the wedding officiant, there is an increasing number of couples who are choosing to write their own vows instead.

Important Tips to Remember When Writing Your Own Vows | Texas Old Town

If you and your future spouse have made the decision to go with the second option, you may be a bit nervous – which is normal. While thinking about the words you want to say, remember that this is a time to express how you feel in your own way. However, there are certain things that probably shouldn’t be said in front of your friends and family members. Check out these tips for exchanging vows:

Don’t make your vows too long. It’s understandable that in the moment, you will want to express anything and everything that you love about the person standing in front of you. Keep in mind however that you have a lifetime to show them how you feel. For now, try to keep your vows limited to one to three minutes long.

Keep the playfulness to a minimum. There should absolutely be some personal jokes and cuteness involved in your vow exchange, but it’s important to remember that your parents and grandparents will also be listening to these words. If it seems like it would be too intimate for anyone else’s ears and may offend someone, try to think of another way to express yourself.

Bring extra copies of the vows with you. You may be extremely confident speaking the words in an empty room but it may be a different story when you get in front of a crowd. This is especially true when you consider the fact that many couples get swept up in the moment, knowing that the moment they become husband and wife is actually happening. Grooms should have a copy of his vows in his own jacket and one in his best man’s pocket. Brides, keep your copy with the maid of honor.

For the most part, writing your own vows is a sort of “anything goes” situation and you should feel entitled to express yourself in your own way. Just make sure that the words you choose are appropriate for family members to hear and you should be good to go!

(Source: Brides.com)


Spotify’s List of Top 10 First Dance Wedding Songs

One of the first and most significant aspects of your wedding reception will be the moment you and your new spouse walk out to the center of the room and have your first dance as husband and wife. Now one of the strangest things about this moment is the fact that although all eyes are on you and cameras are flashing from every direction, most past brides and grooms would agree that at that moment, all they saw was each other.

For a perfect moment like this, you’ll certainly want to take your time in choosing the perfect song. Only problem is that there are about 10 billion different songs to choose from. Yikes!

To help you narrow your list down to some promising options, Spotify has gone ahead and analyzed over 30,000 wedding playlists in order to compile their own list of the top 10 first dance wedding songs.

Check out the playlist below to see if any of your favorites made the list! Anything you would add yourself? Let us know in the comments section below!


(Source: Mashable)


Mickey Mouse Brings the Magic in This Crazy Proposal Video!

In recent years, we’ve noticed that more and more men are stepping up to make their proposals as unique and memorable as possible. We’ve seen magic tricks, scavenger hunts, bungee jumps, etc. but every once in a while, we come across something that is so out of the box, we just can’t help ourselves from thinking, who comes up with something like that? This is one of those instances.

Now here at Texas Old Town, you may have noticed that if we can get a chance to share an epic groomsmen dance with our readers, we take it. However, it’s not very often that we come across a groom who sets the choreography bar at astronomical heights before he even says “I do”. Well that’s exactly what Jehan Ratnatunga did when it came time to propose to his girlfriend, Vish.

In an effort to combine everything that Vish loves into one epic proposal, Jehan and his team of backup dancers – dressed in full Mickey Mouse suits, may we add – broke it down in the middle of the street outside of Vish’s house to a mix of her all-time favorite music, from Bollywood to Beyoncé.

Sounds ridiculous, right? Maybe, but it is also amazing – and a must see! Check it out in the video below and let us know what you think!