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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!) ;)
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!
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.
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!
Photographer: Marquette Laree
Hair: OlliJeffs Hair
Makeup: Lacy Hatch
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.