Tuesday, July 3, 2018


"You do want your friends to be there for your marriage, not just your wedding."
~ Aminatou Sow

One of my new favorite podcasts, Call Your Girlfriend (CYG), recently interviewed Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss about trials and tribulations of being a bridesmaid. Michelle and Caroline's new book, aptly titled Hey Ladies!, documents the planning of various wedding events through the fictitious emails of eight women. 

The underlying theme of the book is the cringe-worthy requests that brides and bridesmaids make of each other. As a bride, planning a wedding is exciting but rife with stress as various expectations are either met or dismissed. Being a bridesmaid is an honor but can be a major burden on time and finances. Understanding both perspectives would likely save many friendships. 

In the CYG episode also titled Hey Ladies!, Michelle, Caroline, and CYG creators Animatou Sow and Ann Friedman discuss some of the absurdity of the bridesmaid role. Listen to the podcast here and prepare to laugh, cringe, and get useful tips on how to navigate the tricky road of wedding planning and friendships. 

 And if you are planning a wedding, do your ladies a favor and buy Hey Ladies! for all of your bridesmaids instead of the monogrammed "bridesmaid" tank top. 

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Call Your Girlfriend

Friday, May 25, 2018

Have a Lovely (Long) Weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Hoping you all enjoy the long weekend and (hopefully) sunny weather. Here are a few fun links from around the web...enjoy!

The 50 most beautiful wedding venues in the Hudson Valley.

Having a party at home and want to be as eco-friendly as possible but not spend hours afterward washing dishing? Check our Brandless' eco-friendly, compost-able, disposable tableware.

Best two-player board games for a date night in.

The best bridal shower gifts at multiple price points from Penzeys Spice Company...truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Other royal weddings.

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Lizzie B, Hudson Valley Green...at Empire Farm Brewery in Cazenovia, NY. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Have a Wonderful Weekend...

Hello there! This weekend's roundup focuses on saving money on wedding events, either as a host or a guest. Enjoy!    

50 frugal tips for planning a wedding (or any event).

Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess created these cute (and easy!) glass planters using recycled yogurt containers. The planters would make great bridal shower or wedding favors.

Skip the airfare and honeymoon in the great state of New York!

Rather than an expensive floral bouquet, how about a veggie bouquet instead? 

And lastly...

According to EveryDollar, the average wedding guest spends over $1,000. Here is some advice for saving money as a guest!

Have a Wonderful Weekend and Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Stephanie Gardner for SayYes.com

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Thanks, It Has Pockets!

Nothing is better than a dress with pockets, so when I stumbled upon Celia Grace's wedding gowns, I was in love. Celia Grace's flowy dresses are ethically made using natural fibers and they have POCKETS. Need I say more? 

Visit Celia Grace for more beautiful gowns. 

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credit: Celia Grace

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Eco-Conscious Wedding Attire in NYC

Hi there! Hoping you are enjoying the sunshine after what seemed like weeks of snow. I recently received the spring/summer issue of New York Weddings...so much inspiration for the upcoming wedding season and I was pleased to see the "Listings" section of the issue now includes a new category: Ecofriendly. Certainly makes my heart go pitter-patter. 

I thought I would share some of the ecofriendly listings, all NYC-based, here. Let's start with attire, shall we? 

Ecofriendly Wedding Attire Resources

23 Howard Street, Manhattan
phone: 855.756.0560

Schone Bride
530 Third Avenue, Gowanus
phone: 718.788.3849

Our Story Bridal 
1239 Broadway, Manhattan
phone: 646.653.2672
HVG featured Our Story Bridal in July 2017...check it out here.

Nearly Newly Wed
Brooklyn-based Online Retailer

I'll be sharing more information from the recent New York Weddings issue in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. Have a lovely weekend...

Happy Planning, 

Photo Credits: Lizzie B., Hudson Valley Green