Staying Cool At A Summer Wedding

Staying Cool At A Summer Wedding

Hey! I don't know about y'all, but I feel like these temperatures belong in mid-August, not MAY! Let's look at some ways that we can all stay cool at summer weddings. 

FanThis one might seem a little outdated, but bring a folding fan! And if you are planning a summer wedding - consider printing your ceremony brochures onto cardstock fans! 

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Deodorant. This might seem very unnecessary to say, but IT IS NOT. Girl, put deodorant e v e r y w h e r e that is going to be sweating (be safe and hygienic about it please). The underarms, inner thighs (this also keeps them from chafing), and under your chest are all great places to apply deodorant. This ensures that you will not smell like B.O. and that you can dance all night long without worrying about sweat stains!

Flowy Dresses. I know that we all love to feel great in a LBD, but a summer wedding might not be the best place for that. Flowy, loose, airy dresses are your best bet to being able to take advantage of any wind that will be present. Just make sure to wear shorts underneath!! 

Fishing at Bright Star

We love showing people what is possible when they work with Bright Star, whether that be planning a wedding, a hunt, or fishing! Today we're showing you a peek at what fishing at Bright Star is like! Charlie was generous enough to film himself fishing this weekend and caught more than 60 bass in less than an hour!!! Check out some highlights

Engagement Rings

I know I know.. We're a wedding venue, if you're reading this then you probably already have an engagement ring!! BUT, some ladies don't and personally (unmarried lady here) I love seeing beautiful rings. So here's some of my favs from my own personal Pinterest board!

I'm super simplistic and so my Pinterest style really reflects that. My wedding board is filled with lots of greenery and neutral colors. When (if lols) I get married, I want my wedding to be centered around the love between myself and my honey. Let's look at some raaaangs!! 

I do not own any of these pictures, the original links can be found by clicking on each picture.

So You Got Invited To A Wedding...

So You Got Invited To A Wedding...

I'm going to a wedding this weekend and I cannot wait! There is something about being around a couple so purely in love that really warms my heart. 

Today I want to chat about some wedding guest etiquette that we should all keep in mind!

Do not wear white. Really the only person at a wedding that should be wearing any form of white should be the bride. You don't want to clash with the bride on her big day!

Do not intentionally coordinate with the bridesmaids. I feel like this really might be something that only happens in rom coms when a girl is offended that she didn't get asked to be a bridesmaid and still isn't over it by the time that the wedding rolls around. BUT if you're considering doing this, maybe don't. 

Do not be late. For all of my non-punctual friends, it is super awkward and uncomfy to walk in in the middle of the ceremony. Save yourself the embarrassment and schedule a little bit of extra travel time so that you can be sure to arrive on time.

Do boogie. A large concern for many brides is that their reception will be a bust. One way that you can help with this is by getting out on the dance floor and shaking what your momma gave you!

Don't overindulge. There's at least one at every wedding - the person that is a little too into the open bar. Try not to be that person. Have fun and let loose, just be aware!

Busy Busy Bees

Busy Busy Bees

Hey everyone! I know we've been a little bit absent from the blog for the past few weeks and I'm so sorry about that! We have been really getting into the swing of things with weddings almost every weekend at the ranch! One of my favorite things about Bright Star is seeing what all of our couples do with the venue. We worked so hard to create a fun and inviting space at Bright Star and I love seeing families come together in this beautiful space. 

Let's see, in the past few weeks, we've helped with Embassy RMS's Let Them Be Little Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive. After the devastation of Harvey left so many people without even the bare necessities, we wanted to do whatever we could to help even just a little bit. Embassy set up a donation drive for the BCS community to drop off items for children and families and we ended up filling a box truck!! Seeing the generosity of our community was so uplifting and great to see. Just to be able to volunteer to help sort donations was so great! We are continuing to pray for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma and all of the new ones that are still coming. 

That's it for this little update! We appreciate all of you so much and Bright Star just wouldn't be the same without each and every one of you. 

New Venue Pictures!!!

A few weeks ago, Joe at The Film District came out to the ranch to get some updated pictures for y'all! We're unveiling them today! Right now! On this blog post!! 

Joe also made us a video of the ranch for you to get a feel of how your wedding could be at Bright Star!! That last picture is from the video, check it out!

Hairstyles

Hairstyles

It's another one of those days where we're diving into the deep dark hole of my Pinterest!! 

Bachelorette Party Planning

Bachelorette Party Planning

Okay now ladiessssssss!!! Today we're going to take a look at some tips for planning your bestie's bachelorette party. Let's do this!

Basking In The Glow

Basking In The Glow

So I've been reading this book about finding joy and beauty in each and every situation that we're in. I love the idea of even in the most stressful times, there is some form of beauty to be unveiled.

I know how stressful, overwhelming and difficult it can be to plan a wedding. From the time your honey pops the question, you are immediately pressured to set a date and have the whole dang thing planned from the get go. I remember when my sister got engaged, we had a little celebration dinner that night with his family and ours. Y'all, they were asked if they had set a date THE DAY THEY GOT ENGAGED!!! I don't know about you, but I think that's a little bit of a ridiculous expectation.

Today I just want to encourage you. Take a break. Bask in this season of engagement. It won't come around again. This time is so precious, so take some time to enjoy it! Wedding planning should be fun, but it often times becomes this huge deal that becomes more of a burden.

I want to challenge all of my engaged ladies to take their honey on a date night and just focus on the two of you. Not on the wedding planning, not on any issues your bridesmaids or groomsmen are having. Just have a date night! It's so important to take a step back during this stressful planning period and just have a moment for the two of you and find the beauty. 

What To Expect From Bright Star Ranch

What To Expect From Bright Star Ranch

Howdy!! Today I want to give you a look at our facility and what you can expect when you book with us at Bright Star Ranch & Resort! Let's do this!!

Bright Star Ranch is in Franklin, Texas on a working ranch owned by the Mancuso Family. We are a fairly new venue (we just had our first wedding last month and it went great!!). Allison and Lee Kusak operate the venue and love to give tours and answer any questions you may have. In the picture above, you can see the reception hall, the chapel in the back (on the right side sticking out), and the lodge is attached to the reception hall on the end closest to you!

This is the chapel! We've gotten new doors since this photo was taken, but it features a ton of natural light and a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony! 

This is our reception hall! Your guests can walk straight from the chapel into the hall while you and your wedding party take photos! Our reception hall features a catering staging area, bridal and groom dressing rooms (pics of those coming up!!), and a beautiful setting for your first dance with your honey!

This is the groom's staging area/dressing room. This room was designed with comfort in mind. It features a big screen TV and plenty of room for the groom to relax before the ceremony!

This is my personal favorite room at Bright Star. This is the bridal suite! It features hair and makeup stations for you and your ladies to primp and a comfortable lounge area to sip champagne and reminisce on your single days before you get hitched!! 

 

Alright, that's it for today. If you want to see more pictures, check out the rest of our website! Next week I'll go through The Lodge, so come on back!

House Parties

House Parties

Yesterday my roommate came home and said that she was asked to be part of a house party for a wedding. None of us had no idea what that meant, so we did some research and I thought I would share with you!

Having a house party is a great way to avoid having a giant bridal party. House party members typically help with the bridal shower and bachelorette party just like the bridesmaids. On the day of the wedding, the house party is assigned tasks such as handing out programs, serving cake, and manning the guest book. The house party is still involved in wedding pictures, the only thing a house party traditionally does not do is stand at the altar with the bride — that spot is reserved for bridesmaids. House Party ladies can be seated in the first or second row, just behind family, and can be included in the wedding program.

Typically the bride will ask the house party to wear the same color as the bridesmaids or all coordinate with each other. You can also have them wear a different shade of the color your bridesmaids are wearing! 

Dream Weddings

Dream Weddings

Hey y'all! We all have dreams - things we want for ourselves or ways that we want certain things to play out. Most girls have some idea of what they want their wedding to be like, a dream wedding. Today I'm going to give you a little dose of reality and also maybe share some of my Pinterest ideas for my own dream wedding (bc yes, I have a whole board of things even though I'm not planning on having a wedding for myself anytime soon). 

Okay let's get the bad part over with. It's great to have dreams, but we also need to be realistic and understand that weddings can get hella expensive real quick and we may not be able to have some of the things that we want. So basically what I'm saying is have those dreams and have an overall vision for your wedding, and do what you can to achieve it realistically. 

Phew, glad that's over! Now lets look into my secret Pinterest board and you can get to know a little more about me! Also feel free to steal all of these ideas(: This Memorial Day weekend I was fortunate enough to spend time with my family at home and talk about the future and home building, weddings and everything that will happen a few years down the road. Now I'm back at work and just want these next few years to speed up so I can be living that dream future that I imagined this weekend!!!

I really don't have a "dream wedding", just a few things that are really important to me: a ridiculous amount of joy and love, tons of flowers, and for my hubby to be cute as heck (and maybe have a dog in the wedding? idk).

One of the things that always pulls me in about wedding pictures is the love that is so clear in how the newlyweds look at each other. Thinking about my "dream wedding" for me is more centered around joy and love and the affection between me and my honey. These are a few of my favorite Pins that really showcase that love. Hint: on all of these pics, you can click on them to get to the source!

Another big thing on my Pinterest board is arbors and FLOWERS. If you know me at all, you know that my favorite thing in the world is flowers. Giving them, receiving them, just looking at them, I LOVE THEM!! Here's some of my favs! 

The last little element I'm going to share is the dress. I have no idea what I want if I'm being honest, but here are some of my favorites that I've seen!! 

I can't wait for the future, but I'm also perfectly content with where I'm at in life right now! Let me know what your dream wedding is!!

Spray Tan Tips

Spray Tan Tips

Most of us have probably had a rough experience with spray tans. Today I'm going to do my best to save you from ending up streaky and orange and help you get the best spray tan possible!!

Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

Today we're going to look at some wedding traditions and where they came from. When my sister was planning her wedding last year, we got pretty into finding out where the more odd traditions came from, like not seeing the bride before the wedding, veils, and the Bridal Chorus.

Wedding Stationery

Wedding Stationery

I am obsessed, yes OBSESSED with wedding stationery. I have a Pinterest board for it on the Bright Star Ranch Pinterest and my own that are both overflowing with gorgeous ideas for everything from save the dates to thank you cards. Today I'm going to take you through a few of my favorites and explain the elements that really make stationery go from pretty to perfect. Let's get started!

For this design, I think that the best element is flow. Throughout each separate insert, and even into the envelope, the design aspects stay the same. If you click on the image, it will take you to the website where you can order these. A fun little addition to this design is that the background color is customizable! 

A lot of brides are going for a natural look (and I'm loving it) and this subtle floral design really adds to that theme in a great way!

 

 

This next design is made by @goodheartdesign on instagram. The overarching element that takes these invites up a notch is the dramatic colors. The design for these are so great because they found a way to incorporate colors that can sometimes be overwhelming and they made them complementary instead! 

Adding some darker colors into your inserts or invitation can give your stationery a more bold look and add some elegance to them!

 

 

Our final example today is a great example of how simple can still be great. This stationery set can be bought off of etsy and it's boldness comes in the calligraphy and the style. When stationery has a complex design, it is typically best to go with a simple font so as not to overwhelm the design. However with this monochromatic style, there is room for some creativity in the writing. Another feature that I love about this is the envelope calligraphy. I realize that this can be a real pain, but in my opinion it just adds some personality to each invitation and will make your guests feel very special.

I hope that this has given you some ideas for your own stationery set. If you need even more inspiration, check out our stationery Pinterest board!

Do Not Playlist

Do Not Playlist

Guess who’s back, back again… If you’re like me, you can get jammy to just about any kind of music. But if you are the type of person who has a particular taste in music, you should consider finishing reading this blog. I’m going to talk about reception music and how you can ensure that you feel jammy all night long at your reception by using a Do Not Playlist.

Hair Up or Hair Down??

Hair Up or Hair Down??

Today we’re going to focus on two hairstyles: updo’s and letting it flow down. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each and let you decide what’s best for your hair!

Planning A Destination Wedding

Planning A Destination Wedding

We’re going to be diving into the topic of destination weddings and some logistical things that you may not have though of!

5 Ways To Save On Alcohol

5 Ways To Save On Alcohol

Alcohol is one of those things that you have to decide if you really want at your wedding. It's expensive as heck but tends to make everyone more relaxed and the environment more fun. Should you decide to have alcohol at your reception, check out these 5 tips on saving money when it comes to wedding alcohol!