Wedding Ring Photography Ideas

Photography is one of the most important parts of your entire wedding – at least it was to us! Without the perfect photos to remember the perfect day, you may forget small details. These wedding ring photos are all easy and simple enough to take yourself if you don’t get a chance to ask your photographer to take them.

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Wedding Ring Photography Ideas

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If you and your partner both have a passion for music, why not show off your rings and your passion in one picture? By placing your rings and bouquet on some vinyl, your personality shows and displays the love that your rings represent. You can take this same concept and use it for any of the hobbies or interests that you and your spouse share.

wedding rings on leaf

Your rings don’t have to be displayed on a table. These wedding rings are displayed on the leaf of a plant. It doesn’t have to be anything you’d normally think of. Get creative and pay attention to your surroundings. If you both like to hike or garden, look at what is around and find a fun and creative way to display your rings.

The key to wedding ring photography is to have fun with it! You can even use your phone – don’t worry about lugging the expensive camera around to find the perfect leaf. Most phones these days are well-equipped with a camera that is more than sufficient for your wedding ring photography.

succulent wedding ring

These rings look like they are hugging each other on top of this little plant. You can find any plant that is sturdy enough to hold the rings and display them proudly. Try putting the rings in different positions to find what works best for that specific background. Sometimes it can be tricky, if one ring is much larger than the other, or if both rings are close to the same size (like ours are!), but if you play around with it a little bit you’ll find the perfect angle to display both rings.

book wedding ring ideas

This one is our favorite! Displaying your rings on the page of a book can hold so many meanings. If you enjoy a certain book or genre, you can strategically place your rings on a page of that book. Maybe your marriage is faith-based and you would like to display the rings on a page of the Bible or near your favorite verse. You can get very creative when using a book as your backdrop.

wedding ring with book

This wedding ring photo is a different variation of a book as your backdrop. Instead of setting the rings on a page, use the spine to hold the rings standing straight up. Again, this can get as creative as you’d like, as you decide what type of book you would like to showcase in the back.

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In order to honor the most beautiful day of your life, place your wedding bands atop of your bouquet. This will give you a reminder of your beautiful day along with showcasing your rings. Having the photo taken close-up will show the beautiful flowers and their perfectly imperfect petals.

unique wedding rings

Showcase your wedding rings on a clean white cloth to have them really stand out and display their beauty. Placing flowers in the background but staying focused on the rings will create depth that will be eye-catching. If your rings have color in them, this is a fantastic way to bring out and feature their uniqueness.

wedding rings with moss

Utilizing something as simple as a piece of wood can make your wedding ring photo stunning. Nature has such a wide variety of items that you may not think of initially, but look around! Even a small piece of wood will be more than enough to hold your rings, and zooming in on them will make the piece look larger than it is.

wedding rings water

Please don’t place your rings in the pool or ocean, but you can still get the water effect. Using a black background, either a piece of plastic or something waterproof, put your rings in place and gently pour water around them. You can manipulate the water with a fan or simply have someone blow the water while you take the picture.

outdoor wedding rings

This wedding ring photo idea uses a pretty rock to display rings. Find a rock large enough to hold the rings and zoom in with your camera or phone. By creating a blur in the background, your rings stand out and the rock creates a rustic look. Most new phones are capable of creating that “blur” effect.

green wedding ring photos

Maybe you’re a chef, or your spouse is… or maybe they proposed at your favorite restaurant. This is a great way to showcase that memory or love of food. Your rings sitting on top of your favorite dish give a unique look into your passion. If you were proposed to via a dessert, this is a great way to remember that moment and the beginning of your lives together.

red rose wedding ring

Roses scream romance. Placing your beautiful ring inside of the petals of a rose gives such a dramatic look. You can focus the camera on the one rose that holds your ring(s) and blur the background. It doesn’t get much more romantic than this red rose picture. Don’t have roses at home? Use the ones at the grocery store. We went to pick up groceries one day and saw a bunch of flowers in pots. Took our rings off, and took photos right then and there. We thought we’d get weird looks but people actually thought it was a good idea! Maybe we can start a trend. 😉

wedding rings with dog

We love our furry friends. Our pets are a huge part of our lives and our relationships. Utilizing them in your ring photo is not only fun but a great way to make sure they know they’re part of the family.

wedding ring with succulent

A unique flower or plant makes the perfect background for your rings. You can strategically place your rings in the plant. If you’re able to find a unique colored plant or one with multiple colors, you can have a really exciting picture. Pay homage to your hometown by using a cactus if you’re from the Southwest, or do a photo in sand if you’re from the Coast.

wedding rings with shoes

Bouquets and shoes are very important at your wedding. Well, at most weddings – Sadie was barefoot when she walked down the aisle! Use these two things to create the backdrop for your ring pictures. The picture shown has the bride and groom in the background with the focus being on the rings, shoes, and bouquet.

unique wedding ring photos

Staging your rings around wedding decor and your invitations is a wonderful way to remember a little about the small things that made your wedding so special. You spend a lot of time planning out your wedding and putting together the details, this is the perfect way to remember them and create a beautiful picture.

wedding rings blurred background

Who knew that simply holding your ring could make such a pretty picture?  Photographers are talented folks and being able to only focus on your hand and ring, while the rest is a blur, creates an incredibly dramatic picture.  You won’t only show off your gorgeous ring, but also the special nails you had done for your wedding.

wedding rings with bible

The key components of your wedding ceremony can be creatively displayed to frame your wedding ring picture. Carefully place the flower girl’s basket (along with the petals), bridesmaid bouquets, wedding shoes, bouquet, and a book to create this picture. Incorporating as many of the little details creates not only a great picture but a fantastic way to remember all of these pieces of the wedding.

wedding ring photo sand

Many weddings are held on the beach. Use that destination to create a fun way to display your rings. Instead of creating a sandcastle, pick up the sand to hold your rings. 

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You don’t have to put a lot of work into your wedding ring picture. You don’t even have to take it out of the box!  Using your veil or wedding dress, place a piece of your wedding flowers and your ring still in the box to create this look. It is simple but oh so pretty.

simple wedding photos

You don’t need much to create an elegant picture of your rings. Simply place your rings on your wedding dress and zoom in. You will be able to see the detail of the lace in your dress while being focused on the rings.

flower wedding ring photos

One flower can create a very dramatic effect on your wedding ring picture. Place your ring in the center of a red rose to showcase the beautiful diamonds. A little baby breath helps to pull the picture together.

elegant wedding ring photo ideas

Create this picture by utilizing a mirrored tray as a stand for all of your items. Keep it simple while creating a statement.

simple wedding ring photo ideas

Earthy and natural is easy to create with a picture like this. Find a tree, bush or plant that has leaves you like. Lay them flat and allow your rings to sit on top. It’s easy but a gorgeous picture to frame in your home.

beach wedding ring photos

If you enjoy the beach or had a beach wedding, this is a great way to celebrate. A wooden box adds flair to the picture and the little bit of rope makes it look as if your ring was washed ashore.

You don’t have to use a lot of props or do anything over-the-top to create a stunning wedding ring photo. Place a piece of pretty fabric over a box so your rings may sit on top. Having the rings elevated will make them stand out on the fabric. This is probably the easiest to recreate and is extremely dramatic.

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Your bouquet is unique and full of gorgeous flowers, so why not use them to hold your rings for a classic wedding ring picture?  This was created by placing the rings on a carnation. The photographer focused on one flower and allowed the rest to blur. This makes the carnation and rings stand out against the others.

wedding ring photos

To create this picture you can use either a portion of your dress or any white fabric and ribbons. No one will know which white fabric you use, so get creative if you don’t want to use your dress. The ribbons can be extras that weren’t used for the bouquets or other decorations from your wedding.

wedding ring photo ideas

A blingy watch will add a unique element to the picture of your wedding rings. Kevin LOVES watches, so we wanted to do this one for sure. Place the rings on a table and zoom in to create a picture to remember the exact time you said “I do”.

At the end of the day, your wedding ring photography is about showcasing what you love about each other, your passions and hobbies, and of course the beautiful rings!

Smiley’s Wedding Playlist

Smiley’s Wedding Playlist

Sadie walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “A Whole New World” (Aladdin song). Aladdin is our favorite Disney movie, Kevin’s daughter’s name is Jasmine, and Jenelle’s name was almost Jasmine, too!

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If you’re looking for a wedding playlist that doesn’t require much (if any) work, look on Pandora or Spotify. We got a lot of our song ideas from those lists (as well as Google). The type of music you play depends on how you see your reception. Ours was a super chill brunch, so many of our songs are country and oldies. However, Sadie is obsessed with Five Finger Death Punch and Hanson, and we both love Hamilton, so several songs got mixed in that don’t really fit any “genre”. It’s your wedding, so pick songs you love! If you want folks to get up and dance, choose more upbeat songs. If you want them to sit and relax, choose relaxing music.

Smiley’s Wedding Playlist

We hit “shuffle” so these were all in random order. Our Queen of Honor isn’t much of a 5FDP fan, so he skipped those songs (and almost got beat up by Sadie) LOL

Marry Me – Train
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Your Man – Josh Turner
Meant to Be – Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line
Forever and Ever, Amen – Randy Travis
Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
Heaven – Kane Brown
The Champion – Carrie Underwood, Ludacris
Cruise (Remix) – Florida Georgia Line, Nelly
Pony – Ginuwine
Hurricane – Luke Combs
U Got It Bad – Usher
Bad Company – Five Finger Death Punch
Zombie – Bad Wolves
My Shot – Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)
Helpless – Phillipa Soo (Hamilton)
Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Always – Atlantic Starr
MMMBop – Hanson
I Was Born – Hanson
This Time Around – Hanson
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Twist and Shout – The Beatles
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Until the End of Time – Justin Timberlake, Beyonce
Lean on Me – Bill Withers
Drift Away – Dobie Gray
Pump Up the Jam – Technotronic
Diamonds and Pearls – Prince
Always and Forever – Heatwave (our first dance song!)
Is This Love – Bob Marley
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley
Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney

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Unique Date Ideas for Couples

Coming up with unique date ideas – especially when you’ve been married a while – can be tough. We love to come up with creative ways to date your spouse, so our goal today is to inspire you to go on a unique and fun date this weekend.

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Unique Date Ideas for Couples

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We started our #honeymoonforever at the Carnival of Illusions in Tucson, Arizona. This is a picture of Kevin up on stage. All the men had to draw their wives. Trust us when we say this is the best photo to show you, as none of the men on stage were artists LOL

cemetery date ideas

Cemetery Date Idea

This might sound creepy or a bit weird to many of you, but cemeteries are relaxing and can make for a great date. Go to FindAGrave.com and look up open requests. Find a Grave is a site where family members can request photos of their loved ones’ graves – maybe because they live too far away or are doing some genealogy research, and can’t get there. When you search local cemeteries on the site, you’ll see “OPEN” photo requests you can claim. Once you claim a request, you have 14 days to visit the cemetery and grab a photo of the plot/headstone. It’s like a scavenger hunt, so it’s fun… but it’s also helpful to strangers, which we both love.

food tour date idea

Food Tour

You can do a food tour date so many different ways; it’s crazy! If your partner loves chocolate, do a chocolate tasting tour. Look up all of the places that offer chocolate within a certain mile radius, and hop from place to place trying out something new. You could do a restaurant hop, where you visit one restaurant for an appetizer, another for the main course, and another for dessert. Dessert tour: visit different bakeries and split an item from each. Not only is this pretty affordable, but it’ll also be fun to get to know what each person likes and dislikes, and you get to spend some time driving or scootering to the next place. We love scooters, so any time we can go downtown and do a food tour of some sort, we do!

Scooters, Segways, and Bikes, Oh My!

Go downtown and take a ride on one of the many options available. We did a guided scooter tour in Old Town Scottsdale which was super fun, but there’s also scooters and bikes parked on every corner in most cities so that you can make your own tour. If you’re in charge of planning the date, plan out each spot you’d like to show your partner, so you aren’t just wandering aimlessly. Or, maybe you would both enjoy that. Either way, have fun!

Warning about this date: Your partner may fall in love, buy her own scooter, decide it’s not fast enough, and buy a Slingshot. Plan this date at your own risk! 😉

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{Our Sedona Scavenger Hunt Date – post coming soon!}

Scavenger Hunt

Is it obvious that we love scavenger hunts yet? Download the “Let’s Roam!” app to see if there are self-guided scavenger hunt tours available in your area. It cost us a few bucks for each one — I think it was $12 or $24 for 12 — and we have had so much fun doing these scavenger hunts. If we are visiting California, we find a new one to do each time. Back home, there are a few others available as well. If you live in a small town, consider taking a day trip to a bigger town and including a scavenger hunt. Want to do it for free? Use Yelp and TripAdvisor to put your scavenger hunt together!

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Roadside Attraction Date

Do you live on Route 66 or near any major highway that is known for being scenic? Chances are, you can find roadside attractions in your state. Add in some novelty museums (like the Museum of Death in Los Angeles) and you’ve got a unique date! Impress your date by looking these up ahead of time and mapping out your route.

Open House Dates

We enjoy looking at houses – not just because we are in the market for one, but because it’s neat to see other homes and how they’re staged. Use apps like OpenDoor to find Open Houses in your area. Realtors may not like this one, but at least they’re getting some bodies into their Open House, and it looks like folks are interested. Heck, you may be helping them make a sale. 😉

People Watching Date

Okay so we wouldn’t recommend making people watching the entire date, because that is a little creepy, but we like to play this game when we are out to eat or shopping or whatever. We make up stories for the people we see. Where did that couple meet? Oh, definitely at a Skynyrd concert. And what about that couple over there? At an AARP meetup. Making up stories for everyone is fun!

Rooftop Views

Find a rooftop bar/restaurant in your town (or in a neighboring city), and take your date up there to experience the most magical sunset of their life! You may need to make a reservation — call and ask if they will let you reserve a table with the best view. Even places that don’t usually make reservations may allow you if you tell them why. Tell them it’s part of your honeymoon. 😉

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Play Tourists

Look up local attractions (even if you’ve been 100 times) and play tourists in your city. See everything through fresh eyes. There are always new and exciting places to see and things to do.

International Cooking Date

Hit up your local International grocery store and grab the ingredients for a dish you found on Pinterest or got from a friend. Head back home and cook together. Or, if you want to keep it local, you could each prepare a dish from your hometown.

Volunteer Together

Find a shelter in your hometown or a “Dress for Success,” any VFW or American Legion. There are a ton of places you can volunteer at and donate some of your time to helping someone. The best gift you could ever give someone is your time because you are giving them something you will never get back. We both love helping people and have decided to donate our time in a few different ways. We always enjoy the time we spend together helping others.

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Palm Reading or Tarot Date

Get your palms read, or find a psychic that reads tarot cards. Sadie reads tarot cards so we can do this one from home! 🙂

Kiss Date

Your lips may be tired after this one, but try different types of kisses! French Kiss, Butterfly Kiss, Flavored Kiss, Fish Kiss, Ice Kiss, Firm Kiss, From Behind Kiss, Slow Motion Kiss, Woodpecker Kiss, Lady and the Tramp Kiss, Kiss on the Forehead. No idea what a Woodpecker Kiss is, but we’re gonna figure it out! 😉

Farm Date

Whether you go berry or apple picking, or you visit an organic garden and pick up 13 varieties of lettuce, visiting a farm can be a tasty experience. We have a local farm that has a petting zoo, an organic garden, and often has events that are free or inexpensive. If you have something like this in your area, take advantage!

Paintball Date

Kevin is going to win this one…BWAHAHAHHAHA. Find a paintball park near you and suit up. We recommend getting the right gear, so you are as protected as possible. Make sure all of your equipment is functioning properly and then go blast each other. Afterward, the winner takes the loser out for ice cream. A perfect ending to a fantastic day, she got chocolate ice cream by the way. 🙂

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Donate Blood Together

This may or may not sound like a fun idea to you, but we both donate blood regularly and turned this into a date! We don’t usually have a whole lot of downtime to play the word game we like, so we sat next to each other while donating blood and played the game together. Afterward, we grabbed lunch and walked around the park – a perfect afternoon!

Other date ideas on our list include:

Geocaching Date
Murder Mystery Dinner
A Year in Review Date
Ghost Tour
Escape Room

Leave your date ideas below!

Ways to Reconnect as a Couple

Ways to Reconnect as a Couple

Thinking about ways to reconnect as a couple can be difficult when you’re busy with work and/or kids, and just real life stuff that always gets thrown at married couples. It’s easy to see yourselves as “mom and dad” rather than “husband and wife”, and even easier to put the husband and wife labels on the back burner when you are tired. We get it, but we are here to talk about ways to keep that spark – or ways to get it back if you’ve lost it.

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Ways to Reconnect as a Couple

Maybe you’ve been married for some time now and have fallen into the “doldrums”, the everyday routines that we tend to fall into when we get married and settle down. Or, maybe you’re newlyweds and just preparing – making sure you don’t fall into a routine and drift apart. Either way, reconnecting with your spouse and kicking it up a notch is sure to make even the dullest marriage fun again.

Settling Down

What is settling down anyway? Why do we get married and settle down? We were having fun dating and going out and now that we are in a relationship we stop those things. You don’t have to! Start dating your spouse on a weekly basis just like you did when you met.

We know kids come into the picture, work is demanding more hours from you, and the stress level is higher. But you were working when you met and you still made time to date, right? The kids… well, hire a sitter or have a family member watch them for a night. Do what it takes to keep the marriage fresh and the relationship strong. There will be times when you just can’t for whatever reason but think back to when you were just dating and how you would overcome most obstacles to make sure you got to see your partner as often as possible. Use that type of thinking to come up with ideas to make time to date your spouse.

Make Your Spouse a Priority

Whether you started the relationship with children or you had them after getting married, you have to continue to make your spouse a priority in your life. We don’t mean to be crass, but the kids will grow up and move out and start lives of their own. Show them how they are supposed to make a relationship last. To do this, you have to continue to prioritize your own relationship.

Strengthen your bond and grow closer to each other at every opportunity. Your relationship deserves to be a priority. Work at it! Make sure you are putting in the time to advance in your relationship just like you are at your workplace. Remember how you felt about your spouse when you met, the butterflies? We always hear “you guys are new, wait until you have been together for some years.” That new feeling does wear off a bit… or it changes, at least, but you can recreate the butterflies and the feelings time and time again by taking your spouse on surprise dates. By putting in the effort, you’re already fighting against the dullness many couples run into a few years into their marriage. These little things go a long way to helping you to reconnect with your spouse and get that loving feeling back if you’ve been missing it.

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Date Your Spouse

Take your spouse on a movie date! Get dressed up leave the house early, come back half an hour later and pick your spouse up for the date. It may seem silly to leave and come back, but taking that extra step makes it even more special. Take the time to look and smell your best. Do the things you did in the beginning to win their affection.

Once you’re on the date, turn off your cell phone! At the very least, put your phone on “do not disturb” and let only the babysitter’s call through. Pay attention to what your spouse is talking about. Don’t talk about the kids or work if you can help it. Make it a point not to mention these topics, and if your spouse does, redirect the conversation as soon as possible. Again, it may seem silly to do little things like this but it makes a world of difference. You can talk about the kids and work any time. Make this date special. Sit close or even on the same side of the table. Kiss, cuddle, and hug often (if this is something your spouse will appreciate).

Look into their eyes not only when they are talking, but just because. Admire your spouse as they walk, talk, stand, sit… it doesn’t matter what they are doing, keep your eyes and hands on them. This is a show of affection and love and when you are trying to reconnect, you want to show that you are still in love with them. Dating is an excellent way to reconnect with your spouse. Know you spouse and what their Love Language is. Knowing this will dictate how you show them love. If your partner isn’t the touchy feely type, you’ll need to put a little more effort in to show them you’re paying attention and you are making them a priority.

Write a Love Letter

Writing love letters seems so old fashioned, but taking the time out to sit down, put your thoughts on paper and send them to your love one is an exceptional way to show how much you care and that you are thinking of them. If you are not that good at writing, look up some ideas online (but make sure you use your own words). Talk about the last date you went on that was special, or special moments you have had in the past. Talk about how much you love them and how you are looking forward to the future with them. Yes, even if you’ve been married for ten years. Talk about the future you want to have. Little things go a long way and professing your love in writing is another way to reconnect emotionally with your spouse. Letters make great keepsakes as well.

Show Affection

We are busy, busy people and making time seems to be harder and harder to do these days. A quick kiss on the lips that lingers longer than just a peck on the cheek is a way to show more intimacy and affection towards your lover. We hold hands in the store, kiss in public, look at each other as we are walking away. These things keep our relationship strong and our intimacy directed at each other. Again, it’s important to know your spouse’s Love Language. If they aren’t keen on physical touch, you may have better luck with words of affirmation. Telling your spouse you love them or that they look beautiful may be more meaningful to them. Make sure you’re communicating in their Love Language, not yours. It’s easy to make the mistake of communicating in your Love Language because that’s what comes natural to you, but it’s not as effective as communicating in theirs.

Put in the Effort

Reach out to your spouse and let them know you are thinking of them. A quick text, a phone call in the middle of the day, a quick note before leaving for work, all of these things let them know you’re on their mind. Reach out to your spouse and engage them in the loving process. Remember when you first got together and recreate the experiences, the dates, the dinners, the lunches. Remember how you made the time to date your spouse and do it again. It was fun and exciting for both of you and it will be again. We love going on dates and enjoying each others company. We love to love each other and if you are still in love with your spouse but feel like you need to reconnect, just take a moment and decide to make time for them and enjoy the moments anew.

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Other Ideas for Reconnecting With Your Spouse

In true Smiley fashion, it wouldn’t be a complete blog post without being as long-winded as possible. 😉 Sadie’s going to give you some more tips to help you reconnect with your partner.

Steal a moment. Or two. It can be tough to get any alone time when you have kids, or opposite work schedules, or whatever the road block may be. When the baby naps, head to the bedroom for a quickie. Don’t feel like having sex? That’s okay, too. A “quickie” can mean 15 minutes of alone time, together, talking about whatever you feel like talking about! It can mean cuddling, watching a TV show, or whatever else you want to spend your time doing. Instead of thinking about how you “don’t have any time”, figure out where you can squeeze in 5, 10, 15 minutes together. Put your phones away and just appreciate each other in the moment.

Look back. Chances are, you spent a small fortune on wedding photography. I mean, most of us did. If not, you still have wedding photos, right? Right. Get the wedding album out and go through it. Talk about what you loved about your wedding day. Look back on your wedding night. Then, look back on your first date. Your first kiss. Your proposal. Talk about the awkward times, if you had any. I always tease Kevin about how awkward our first kiss was, and we get to laugh and talk about our first date all over again. It’s a great way to connect with each other without being too sappy.

Find (new) common ground. Kevin is super into watches. Watches have never been my thing, but I figure if he loves them that much, I might as well listen when he talks about them. In the process, I’ve learned a little and have also taken an interest to get a watch (or two, or ten) myself. He was extremely excited when I told him he could start looking for watches for me. Are watches important to me? Definitely not. Is taking an interest in something he loves important to me? Absolutely. I know this isn’t always possible (don’t you dare try to get me interested in fishing), but if there’s something new you can find common ground on, do it. You may surprise yourself and find new interests together.

Listen. Oh man. I’m not a great listener… at all. I have to make a conscious effort on a regular basis to listen. Why? Because every time I listen, I learn something. And I know Kevin appreciates it when I listen, so it makes it worth it to me to put the effort in. Showing him that I’m willing to put effort into the relationship goes a long way (especially when I ask him to do the laundry). We both have similar Love Languages, so it’s fairly easy to put the effort in because it’s like second-nature. But on some things (like listening), it’s a little more difficult. When your spouse sees you are putting effort in, they’re more likely to return the favor. Obviously you shouldn’t do it just to get something in return, but a little effort goes a long way in reconnecting with your spouse.

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Ways to Reconnect as a Couple

Top 10 Floor-Length Bridesmaids Dresses Under $100

Top 10 Floor-Length Bridesmaids Dresses Under $100

Weddings are fun to talk about, fun to plan, and overall just spark joy for me. If you’re planning a wedding on a budget and looking for bridesmaid’s dresses, this list will help jumpstart your creative juices. I love these floor-length bridesmaids dresses that are all under $100!

Top 10 Floor-Length Bridesmaids Dresses Under $100

When choosing bridesmaids dresses, keep in mind that your bridesmaids don’t have to all wear the same exact dress. It’s fine if they choose different styles of the same dress (off the shoulder, halter, etc), but it’s best to make sure it’s the same fabric if nothing else. Also, it’s extremely important to make sure you keep budget in mind when choosing bridesmaids dresses.

Should You Buy Bridesmaid Dresses Online?

This is a popular question: should I buy my bridemaid’s dresses online? If your bridesmaids are comfortable doing so, it’s a great way to save some extra money. However, if you’re pressed for time and there’s no room for error, you may want to schedule an in-person appointment at a store like David’s Bridal. If you’re really tight on cash (or your bridesmaids are), Ross has dresses that are fit for bridesmaids, though you may not find the same dress (or even the same type of dress) in several sizes.

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Modest Satin Off-the-shoulder Mermaid Bridesmaid Dress

I love the mermaid style dress combined with an off-the-shoulder look. These dresses are elegant yet affordable. They don’t necessarily go with every body type, but it’s the perfect style for many. Ask your bridesmaids which styles they feel most comfortable in and go from there, being sure to accommodate each of them as much as possible (without getting too stressed out!).

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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Tulle & Chiffon Floor-length A-line Bridesmaid Dress

This bridesmaid dress comes with beaded lace appliques and a belt. It’s floor-length and beautiful! It features a jewel neckline, natural waistline, and full-length hem in an a-line silhouette, which is a flattering silhouette for many women. The dress is made of tulle and chiffon outside and stretch satin inside.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

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Pro tip: Buy more than one dress, and the individual dress price goes down!

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Tulle Sweetheart Neckline A-line Bridesmaid Dress

I’m a huge fan of sweetheart necklines. This bridesmaid dress is made of an outer layer of tulle, with satin inside. The sweetheart bodice is sleeveless and fitted. The waist with a belt decoration adds a touch of glam to it without going overboard.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

Pro tip: Order via the custom sizing option for a perfect fit.

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Lace & Chiffon Sweetheart Neckline Bridesmaid Dress

This floor-length dress is modest but elegant. It is made of chiffon and all-over lace outside and stretch satin inside. My favorite, a sweetheart neckline, with all-over lace on the bodice. The waist is adorned with a belt. I feel like this dress would flatter several body types.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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Chiffon One Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress With Belt & Pockets

It has pockets! Need I say more? POCKETS! Sold!

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

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V-Neck A-line Bridesmaid Dress

Yes, another A-Line dress, but honestly it’s such a flattering silhouette for almost everyone… I can’t help myself! The dress features a v-neck neckline and an a-line silhouette.

Colors: Color as pictured.

Sizes available: 4 – 16W

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Lace & Tulle V-neck Floor-length Bridesmaid Dress

This is probably my favorite bridesmaid dress! I love the lace and tulle, and I love the “spin” factor. If you want your bridesmaids to feel like royalty on your wedding day, this is the dress.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

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Chiffon Off-the-Shoulder Sheath Bridesmaid Dress

If you’re looking for a sheath or column silhouette, look no further! This dress is made of chiffon outside and stretch satin inside. The off-the-shoulder neckline bodice and the split create a unique bridesmaid dress that is sure to stand out.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

Where to buy: browse bridesmaid dresses

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Silk Chiffon V-neck Bridesmaid Dress

This dress only comes as pictured, but there are other dresses on the site that are similar. I love this color, though it wasn’t one of my wedding colors… it is my favorite color. 🙂 I like the chiffon fabric and feel like it’s forgiving no matter your body type.

Colors: Color as pictured

Sizes available: 4 – 16W

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Silk Chiffon V-neck Bridesmaid Dress

My bridesmaids requested dresses that were floor length, with high necklines. That’s the opposite of what I would want to wear, but it worked well with both of their body types. If you have a more modest bridesmaid or someone who doesn’t want to show as much skin, this is the neckline they may want.

Colors: With nearly 100 colors to choose from, you’ll have no problems matching your wedding colors. This dress is made-to-order so custom measurements are not an issue.

Sizes available: 2 – 26W

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How to Plan a Destination Wedding on a Budget

Figuring out how to plan a destination wedding on a budget can be stressful and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be! We have lots of great little tips we learned from experience as well as tons of stalking of wedding groups on Facebook (we can’t be the only ones addicted to these groups, right?) and we are happy to share them with you to help your destination wedding be as stress-free as possible.

Are you planning and paying for the wedding and honeymoon yourselves? Nowadays people are on their second or even third marriage (*raising our hands*) and are footing the bill for everything (*hands raised again*). Yes, you can stay within your budget and get the most for your money while getting the best locations and making this day the best day of your lives. But how?

Planning A Destination Wedding on a Budget

Just because you’re planning a destination wedding on a budget doesn’t mean it has to look like you’re on a budget. The little details are important and will make your wedding stand out to all of your guests. When you attend other weddings or are scouring Pinterest for ideas, start your own pin board or notepad full of ideas. There is always a way you can use another wedding for inspiration – maybe one that cost way more – but use some imagination to make it fit your budget.

A destination wedding means you can start your honeymoon right away with no more travel fees. It is also a vacation for your guests, and a chance to see somewhere they may never have traveled to otherwise.

Set A Budget

Set a firm budget for your destination wedding, then work to stay within it. One thing we see a LOT in wedding groups is that brides are going over their budgets every single day. There’s no reason to blow your budget. Be realistic and factor in everything you can before you begin the planning phase. Your budget has to include airfare, hotel stay, transportation, meals, and entertainment. This is the minimum that should be included when planning a destination wedding. With any wedding, you should count on 50% of your entire budget for the cost of the venue.

Debt

Don’t go into debt over your wedding. I know it is a significant day, but in the larger scheme of things, there are better ways to use the money. Investing, saving for a new house or car, the beginning of college for one of the kids, or even starting a new business venture, these are all very important also, and more sound investments. I am not saying don’t splurge a little but keep it within the budget you set. Couples who are just starting out or those who are on their second or third marriage need to be more conscious of the money they are spending and where the money is going. Let’s start on the right foot and not by going into debt.

The Planning Stages

Planning a wedding is stressful enough but a destination wedding as the added difficulty of getting everyone there, and planning from afar. Trusting someone else with the details is a scary prospect especially when it comes to one of the most important days of your life. Start as early as possible. We cannot stress this enough, the earlier you start the better the results and the more time you have to fix mistakes that will happen. We have created a spreadsheet to help you get from the planning stages to the wedding day without forgetting something. (Get the spreadsheet here for free.)

The Venue

Find a destination that is serviced from an airport near you. Destinations that require connecting flights tend to cost more. Make sure it is convenient for everyone to get from the airport to the wedding site. Some of your guests may arrive the day of and have to come straight to the location. Some venues have airport shuttles most hotels in popular vacation spots also have this service available. As we stated before 50% of your budget will be spent here so make sure you are getting the most for your dollar. Look for all-inclusive deals at hotels as well. Some places have lodging and will give you a discount or even free rooms if you have your wedding with them. I have seen one in Martinique that gives you 3 day stay to begin your honeymoon as part of the package. If you choose to go with an all-inclusive resort, you could end up paying significantly less overall than with a traditional venue because alcohol and food are included in the price.

Flights

This is truly a no-brainer the farther out you book the less expensive the flight. Check out websites like tripadvisor, Kayak, Cheapoair, as well as specific airline sites themselves to find the cheapest flight to your destination.

Legal Fees


Marriage licenses and other such fees are required and every county and state is different. So make sure you get this covered and allot between $50 and $150 for blood tests, the license itself, translation fees, notarized documents and filing fees. These are fees that we usually don’t think about but are incurred in the process. Leaving room for these will help you to stay within your budget. Make sure all of this is taken care of ahead of time so you don’t arrive at your destination without all of the proper paperwork. Going out of the country? Make sure to get your passports in order; it takes time to get these so don’t procrastinate.

Wedding Planner

We have seen in the marriage groups on Facebook and other social media sites that the day of coordinator is a must for the day of your wedding. When planning a destination wedding a wedding planner is priceless. The amount of work a wedding planner puts in to make the day perfect for you, and the coordination the day of, so you don’t have to worry about anything is worth spending the little extra it will cost to hire them. Factor into your budget about $1500 for a destination wedding planner. This will be money well spent.

Smaller Guest List

One of the benefits to a destination wedding is the smaller guest list. So instead of paying $75-100 or more per person for 250 of your closest strangers, you enjoy a few days in paradise with your true closest friends and family. You don’t have to invite your second and third cousins or your co-workers. If you do invite them, they probably won’t make the trip anyway.

Combined Honeymoon

Pick a spot to get married where you want to have your honeymoon and voila you are already there. This saves a ton on the cost of a marriage ceremony and then flying to a honeymoon destination. The best idea we have for you is to pick an all inclusive resort and have your wedding and honeymoon all in the same place.