Your wedding day-of timeline is an essential part of your big day. It’s crucial that you not only make one, but distribute multiple copies to all vendors involved to ensure your day runs seamlessly. While some events may not seem worth adding to your timeline because they are only 5 minutes, think again. You don’t want to wing it on your wedding day! Here are 5 wedding day mishaps you can easily avoid.

5 WEDDING DAY MISHAPS YOU CAN EASILY AVOID

MAKING THE ASSUMPTION THAT IT WILL JUST HAPPEN

Moments like your father-daughter dance or the toasts may seem like they’ll just spontaneously arise whenever your DJ or band decides, but not inserting it into your timeline is a major mistake. Do yourself a HUGE favor and fine-tooth all these mini important events into your day-of timeline with your wedding planning. And don’t leave anything out! If you you want it to happen, put it on your timeline.

HAVING TOO LONG OF A COCKTAIL HOUR OR NOT ATTENDING YOUR COCKTAIL HOUR

Guests tend to get a little antsy if cocktail hour lasts longer than an hour. You also don’t want them overdoing it on the alcohol before they’ve put anything more substantial than appetizers in their stomachs. This is where a first look comes in handy–if you’re taking photos during cocktail hour, you’re going to feel way too rushed and miss out socializing with your guests. If you are not doing a first look, try to at least get done your formal shots with your bridesmaids and family before the ceremony. This way after the ceremony your photography shot list won’t be too long during cocktail hour.

NOT LEAVING ENOUGH TIME FOR HAIR AND MAKEUP

The last thing you want is to feel rushed the morning of your wedding day. Schedule your glam team for about an hour a person–so if you have four bridesmaids, yourself, and your mom with hair appointments, plan for six hours. And better yet, hire two people to cut the getting ready time in half. Bonus – each girl won’t have to keep checking in every hour. This will allot plenty of time to relax, drink a mimosa, and capture those getting ready pictures of you and your bridesmaids in their matching robes.

NOT CONSIDERING A FIRST LOOK

First looks are becoming more and more the norm, and it’s easy to see why. With a first look you save a ton of time by taking your formal shots beforehand. Your hair and makeup will still be flawless, you’ll be giddy with anticipation, and you won’t have to skip cocktail hour for snapshots.

HAVING A RECEIVING LINE

Receiving lines might ensure that you give everyone a brief hug, but consider skipping the line and heading straight to the party. That way, you’ll be able to spend actual time with each guest without feeling like you need to keep the line moving. Receiving lines take up a large chunk of time, create congestion in the venue, and don’t allow for much of an interaction.

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One of the sweetest parts of watching a couple’s wedding video is when they show the bride and the groom opening the gifts they got each other. I love watching the vows and the first dance too, but there’s something so sweet about watching them open something their partner selected just for them on their big day. If you’re searching for groom gifts, read on for five ideas that are worthy of your first present as husband and wife. What are you gifting your groom?

6 THOUGHTFUL GROOM GIFTS HE'LL LOVE

FOR THE GROOM ON THE GO

Gifting your groom something he can use time and time again on your travels together will be incredibly meaningful. Consider a quality luggage set or a leather duffel bag.

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COLLECTOR’S ITEM

Gifting your groom a watch has become almost a wedding tradition. It’s actually the most popular out of all the groom gifts! It’s timeless and something he will always have and treasure. But to keep this tradition alive and well, find a watch that is uniquely him, and one that will stand out in his collection. A special occasion watch he can wear to future events you attend together. Bonus – he’s sure to be on time for all your date nights! And if watch’s aren’t his thing, if he collects baseball cards, cuff links or something else, find a special addition to add to his collection. This doesn’t have to mean you have to break the bank. Scour flea and vintage markets until you find the perfect one.

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SOMETHING FOR THE TWO OF YOU

Get your groom excited for life after the wedding with lingerie for you and boxer briefs for him. You can’t go wrong with his and hers wrapped together in one box for him to open the morning before you say “I do.” And perfect to bring on your honeymoon!

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A SPECIAL SIPPER

Every guy has their go-to drink: bourbon, whiskey, gin, tequila, you name it! Head to a good liquor store and have them track down an old bottle or vintage he might have always wanted to try. Bonus points if it’s from the year you met or the year he was born!

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A HONEYMOON SURPRISE

If you’re headed right off on your honeymoon, surprise your hubby-to-be with a hotel suite upgrade, an adventure or special excursion just for him—think a round of golf at a hard-to-get-into course, a massage, or that hike he really wanted to go on. He’ll love that you took the imitative to plan what you know he’d truly love and in turn will make your honeymoon that much more special.

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CREATE AN ANNIVERSARY PRESENT

Today will one day be your ten year anniversary. If you are both really into wine, ask your favorite wine shop to recommend a bottle you can open on your ten year anniversary—you’ll need guidance to ensure the wine will age appropriately. Gifting him something you can share together ten years down the road is something you can look forward to together and cherish on that milestone.

With Christmas only a few weeks away I’m dreaming of a snowy winter wonderland with string lights, buffalo prints, cozy faux fur wraps and lots of winter greenery. Here are 10 of my favorite Christmas holiday themed posts. From engagements sessions, to weddings, styled shoots and more! This Christmas wedding inspo is sure to give you all the feels. Which one is your favorite?

THIS CHRISTMAS WEDDING INSPO WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE FEELS

STYLED CHRISTMAS WEDDING SHOOT

Is there anything more romantic than a styled table for two in the snowy woods? Click here for the post.

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS TO START THIS YEAR for a newly engaged couple

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS TO START THIS YEAR

Newly engaged? Here is the post for you! Start your annual traditions this holiday with a few of these great ideas!

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THE CUTEST CHRISTMAS WEDDING EVER

Ready to get mushy? See the cutest wedding ever on a Christmas Farm complete with all the trees glistening with string lights!

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CHRISTMAS ENGAGEMENT SESSION

This engagement session is sure to make you swoon!

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WINTER WONDERLAND WEDDING

This winter wonderland wedding pulled off being both glam and rustic. Totally digging the sequin linens and rustic venue. What do you love most about this wedding?

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MISTLETOE MOMENTS

You can’t have a Christmas wedding theme post without a touch of mistletoe can you?! Catch this incredibly adorable engagement shoot here.

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HOSTING TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST HOLIDAY TOGETHER

Is this your first holiday together? Here are a few tips on how to pull off your first holiday hosting together flawlessly. How cute are these wreaths on the back of the dining room chairs?!

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DALLAS GLAM BALLROOM WEDDING

A Dallas glam wedding with a modern take on a Christmas wedding.

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WINTER WEDDING SHOOT

The mostly beautifully styled rustic Christmas wedding shoot complete with the sweetest reindeer cake!

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COZY GLAM WEDDING

Obsessed with this cozy glam wedding complete with sequin bridesmaids dresses, faux fur wraps and oh, a gorgeous snowy winter backdrop! The groomsmen sweaters over there suits is a nice touch too!

This Beverly Hills celebration was filled with southern romance in the heart of Beverly Hills.  It feels as though it’s been transported straight from a Southern estate designed by La Fete with florals by Twig & Twine. Blue hues and filled with classic charm is exactly what you’ll find in these images captured by Luna de Mare Photography. And the cutest flower girls too! After dining, dancing & merriment, guests lined the courtyard and sent off the Newlyweds in a vintage car awaiting them, with a grand Sparkler exit and a Champagne toast. And the brides shoes are everythinnng! What do you love most about this wedding?

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VENDORS

PHOTOGRAPHER Luna de Mare Photography | VIDEOGRAPHER Artisan Production | EVENT DESIGN AND PLANNING La Fete | FLORIST Twig & Twine | WEDDING DRESS Monique Lhuillier | CAKE Sweet Lady Jane | INVITATIONS Mac & Murphy | SHOES Jimmy Choo | BAND West Coast Music | VINTAGE RENTAL CARS Classic Limos | PHOTO BOOTH Flip Booth | RENTALS Town And Country

Good morning and happy CYBER MONDAY sales day! I went through all of the retailers and updated all of the sales and discount codes – a ton of stores have marked down their items even more than Black Friday! I don’t know about you guys, but I plan to stay in my holiday PJs all morning and get everybody’s holiday shopping done – especially for some of my girlfriends that are soon to be bride-to-be’s! Have you seen? I mean, how cute is this dress?! (30% off with code SAYYES).

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TOP CYBER MONDAY SALES PICKS

FASHION

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Have you guys gotten all your holiday shopping done this year yet? For more sales, visit my gift guides.