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 You’re engaged and soon to be married. Planning an LDS wedding comes with its own unique challenges. With weddings, there’s so many things that need to be done before the big day. To help, we’ve put together this LDS wedding planning guide. And of course, we have accompanied the guide with some gorgeous photos of one of our Real LatterDayBrides, Haley, wearing the Jerica gown from Gateway Bridal, altered by a seamstress to add the long sleeves to make it modest!

LDS Wedding Planning Guide

LDS Wedding Planning Guide with bride wearing modest wedding dress 

At the Nine Month Mark

 LDS Bride Blog provides a wedding planning guide with a bride and groom at the Salt Flats

At nine months out, choose your color scheme and start looking for a photographer. This is the time to schedule a photo session for your engagement pictures. You’ll also want to begin shopping for a dress and a veil. Make sure that your dress is appropriate for the temple. If it isn’t, find a tailor who can alter it to make it temple ready. LatterDayBride has hundreds of modest wedding dresses to choose from!

LDS Wedding Planning Guide featuring modest wedding dresses 

When your wedding is about nine months away, you’ll want to start working on your guest lists for the reception and the temple ceremony. The bride, groom and both sides of the family should have a say in who is invited to come.

LDS wedding planning guide with modest wedding dresses by LatterDayBride 

Six Months Before the Wedding  

At the sixth month mark, choose a wedding date. This is also when you should consider hiring a wedding planner if you want one. Establish a budget and decide how the expenses will be handled. You’ll also need to decide which temple you want to get married in so that you can reserve the day.

If you don’t have a temple recommend, talk to your bishop about getting one about 6 months before your wedding day. When it comes to LDS weddings, you’ll need to schedule the endowment and make plans to purchase the proper temple attire. Six months before the wedding, choose a reception locale and select a florist.

 Salt Lake Temple with bride in a modest wedding dress by LatterDayBride

Four Months Before the Wedding

 Bride and Groom at the Salt Lake Temple

Four months before the wedding day is an especially fun time since this is when you get to sample wedding cake and order your party favors. You should also begin planning your reception decorations and start ordering or making them. Check the state’s marriage license laws and requirements. Also, begin shopping for your wedding rings and plan a few activities that your out-of-town guests will enjoy before and after the event.

Salt Lake Temple wedding photos  

The LDS Wedding of Your Dreams

Bride in modest wedding dress by LatterDayBride 

While preparations can seem monotonous, when you do them meticulously using this LDS wedding guide, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the big day once it arrives. Organization doesn’t always help you avoid every disaster, but it can prevent most of them. The proper planning can make the LDS wedding of your dreams come true.  

Bridal Photographer: Shaw Photography @shawphotographyut 

Wedding Day Photography: Kate Anne Photography @kateannephotography

Florist: Salt and Sagebrush @saltandsagebrush

 

Today on LDS Bride Blog we're featuring the cutest couple, Braiden and Paige, and their marriage in the Provo City Center Temple. Oh, and one of our dresses, too ;). Braiden and Paige were Married on July 7/7/17 in the Provo City Center Temple, and Paige was a dream in our "Palisade" gown. Here's their story!

 

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown

 

Paige is from Park City, UT, and Braiden is from Los Angeles, CA. They met while they were counselors at EFY, but things really started at the EFY retreat after the working season was over. During the ropes course, Braiden said "take my picture!" and watched as Paige tripped and fell flat on her face while on her way over to him. They say it's the first time she really "fell" for him. Hehe.

 

The proposal was very elaborately planned out. A snow shoeing trip around the Alpine Loop (where they had their first date), a fire with hot chocolate, flowers set up for when they got there... but as soon as they drove up the Forest Service said it was all closed. BOO! Everything seemed to start going wrong. There was nowhere to stop and snowshoe, and Braiden's roommate who was helping set up kept popping up around them. First Paige saw him driving by, and when they did finally find a place to snowshoe in a field he just walked right across the field in front of them, trying to act nonchalant. A valiant effort, I'm sure ;). Then, on the other side of the field his cousin was stomping a place in the snow to try and start the fire. Braiden finally gave up and said "Whatever, I'm just gonna do this..." and knelt down and asked. They laugh just talking about it. Definitely a unique proposal story, though!

 

After they were married in the Provo City Center Temple, they had their reception in a nice little backyard setting at her parents' house complete with dancing, outdoor games, and even a fire pit for making smores! They wanted guests to be able to relax and have fun.

 

Her florist was none other than her own Mom! She has always been in floral design or worked at floral shops ever since she was married. She's even been in magazines! Paige was always around her mom working, and growing up seeing her do weddings and seeing her style helped her to figure out what her own style was. They were able to collaborate together to make the perfect florals for her wedding, with Paige being very hands on on her bouquet. Pretty neat!

 

As far as her dress, she had found a picture online of what she liked, and had made a few dress appointments for the day. She showed up to her first appointment with us at LatterDayBride, and we were able to find her something similar, the Palisade. It was the first thing she tried on and loved it- she tried on a few more but couldn't stop thinking about the first dress. She put the down payment on the dress right there and cancelled the rest of her appointments for the day! (Not to toot our own horn but... Toot toot!) ;)

 

 

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Palisade Gown 

 

 

Florals: Inside out Design by Kristen Walton
Tux: Moss Bros (in London) Braiden served a mission in England, and Moss is a company he would frequent while there for his suits. He loved them and when it came time for a wedding suit he found them online again for a suit- and still buys from them today!
Photos: Clarity Lane
Couple: Paige and Braiden Green

Thanks for joining us today to adore this darling couple and to celebrate their marriage in the Provo City Center Temple! See you next time on LDS Bride Blog! XO

Today on LDS Bride Blog we are going to tell you all about Matt and Josie, their marriage in the Gila Valley Temple, and the sweet love story that started it all. Also some darling photos of our very own "Charleston" gown!

Gila Valley Temple | Charleston Gown

 

Matt and Josie met at a stake dance in August of 2012. Josie thought Matt was cute so she went and asked him to dance only, to find out he was 14. She was 17... so they didn't really hit it off. They remained friends on social media, though. When Josie graduated from high school she got into a relationship with a guy from the same little town as Matt, and it turned out that they were actually friends in high school! That's when Matt and Josie's friendship kicked into a higher gear. 

 
When that relationship ended, Josie's heart was broken and she was left way down in the dumps. Matt was the sweetest friend to her and helped her mend her heart, find her way in life, and come back to church. When Matt graduated and left on his mission, Josie was determined to be as good a friend as he'd been to her and to support him throughout his time away. Somewhere along the way in the midst of all of those emails and handwritten letters, they fell in love. When Matt came home they decided to give dating a try and, in their words, "we just worked too well to deny". 

They got engaged on November 18, 2017. After Josie got off work they were headed up to her grandparents' for an early Thanksgiving. As they were driving through one of the many tiny towns in Arizona, Matt suggested that they take a quick detour and drive past one of their favorite spots since it was on the way. They drove up to "their spot", which is just a cute little bench by the river in the middle of nowhere. They pulled up and the bench and little tree were lit up with fairy lights. Matt cracked a joke, "Oh, you think I have a ring in my pocket or something?" Josie just looked at him. Matt continued, "Well, these pants are pretty tight so I couldn't even hide a ring if I wanted to." Then... he got down on one knee. "But I could hide it in my boot." And there he asked Josie to be his wife, and she was smitten! (total heart eyes over here, not gonna lie) Smooth, Matt. We approve.
 
 
So, her dress. She had tried it on in a store in Mesa, AZ in December of 2016 when her best friend was buying her wedding dress. Josie didn't have a boyfriend at the time but she saw the dress and her friend (and friend's mom) basically forced her to try it on while they were there. It was the perfect dress! That was it. But, as she wasn't even dating anyone she didn't buy it and went on her way. Nearly a year later when she got engaged, she went back to that store and they no longer had the dress. She shopped around locally and online and couldn't find it anywhere. Josie was heartbroken. That was THE dress. Finally she found it on LatterDayBride online, and literally did happy dances with her mom. They ordered the Charleston and when it arrived it fit just as perfectly as the dress she'd tried on in Mesa! And well, it was her DREAM DRESS!
 
Matt and Josie were sealed in the Gila Valley Temple on March 10th. Josie said, "It was a cloudy and breezy day, but it made our pictures come out really nice! It was a beautiful day and I got so many compliments on my Charleston gown. It really was perfect and made me feel like a princess!" They did a first look and couple's session at Eastern Arizona College before their sealing, and then portraits at the Gila Valley Temple temple with their family afterwards. 
 
Following the sealing the two families joined together at a local barn, complete with a mason jar chandelier, where they celebrated and danced the evening away! 
 

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

We need to talk about this incredible bouquet wrap. It was handmade for her by her grandpa and featured their family brand on it! Also, Matt's parents did all the florals for the wedding. Amazing! 

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

Provo City Center Temple | Charleston Gown

 

Photographer: Marquette Laree 

Hair: OlliJeffs Hair

Makeup: Lacy Hatch 

 

Five Affordable Honeymoon Destinations for LDS Couples  

 

Getting married is an expensive endeavor, one that may not leave enough funds for a lavish honeymoon. Fortunately, this is one of those things that you can do on a budget. Here are five affordable honeymoon destinations for LDS couples.

 

Lake Tahoe

Five Affordable Honeymoon Destinations for LDS Couples

The nice thing about Lake Tahoe is that it’s a great year-round travel spot. If you go in the winter, you’ll be able to participate in activities like skiing and snowboarding while the spring and summer months offer biking and water sports. If you make Tahoe your honeymoon destination, you can stay in an excluded cabin to be alone with your sweetie or in a resort if you prefer to mix it up with other travelers.  

 

Moab

Five Affordable Honeymoon Destinations for LDS Couples

Moab is like an outdoor theme park with its abundance of hiking destinations and picturesque landscapes. While chain restaurants are available in Moab, the two of you should consider eating at some of the town’s local eateries, places like the Moab Burger Company or Fiesta Mexicana. Along with amazing hiking trails, Moab is a place where you can celebrate your marriage by taking a scenic flight or a horseback ride.

 

Huntington Beach

Five Affordable Honeymoon Destinations for LDS Couples

Affordable flights are often available to Huntington Beach, CA. Consider staying in one of the resorts located across the street from the beach. While these resorts cost a little more, they offer the convenience of being able to walk to the beach. Also, several provide beach equipment like lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels, making it easy to spend the entire day relaxing next to the ocean. You can eat at Ruby’s Diner on the pier or in one of the restaurants within your resort. If you decide to fly in and rent a car, drive down to Newport Beach or Seal Beach. Both feature quaint little shops that are fun to walk through.

 

Park City

Five Affordable Honeymoon Destinations for LDS Couples

While Park City has a reputation for being on the exclusive side, you can enjoy an affordable honeymoon there. You’ll spend less if you have your honeymoon during the summer than you will in the winter, but it is affordable year-round. When you’re ready to go out for a tour, head to Park City’s downtown area to wander through art galleries and charming shops. This part of town also features fun places to eat. You can get tasty Mexican cuisine at the Blue Iguana or traditional American fare at 501 on Main.

 

St. George

Five Affordable Honeymoon Destinations for LDS Couples

 

When it comes to affordable honeymoons, St. George is another inexpensive option, one that offers golfing, spas and outdoor adventures. You can stay at a resort, bed and breakfast or even an antique home if you want to stretch out. Restaurants in St George run the gamut from popular chains to quirky local dining establishments. There’s also plenty of shopping available.

 

Affordable Honeymoons

 

If your honeymoon budget is tight, don’t let it concern you. There are plenty of places to spend this time together without breaking the bank. The important thing is to enjoy it and celebrate choosing each other.

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