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Local Bachelorette Party Idea: Pint Night at Angry Scotsman Brewing

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Looking for a fun, unique way to celebrate your local bachelorette party? Look no further than Angry Scotsman Brewing! Their super-trendy beer garden provides all the good vibes, so you only need to worry about bringing your best gals and your party pants! This ultra-cool hangout in Oklahoma City has both indoor and outdoor accommodations for events of any kind, and their variety of 24 taps of craft beer makes us want to try them all! With availability seven days a week, you can’t go wrong booking your bachelorette party or other events here. Gorgeous autumnal florals from The Medieval Garden are the cherry on top of this string-lit soiree and with a table laden with decor and rentals from Marianne’s Rentals Special Event Solutions, this whole local bachelorette party shoot is giving us major FOMO! Cheers!

Photos // Carsyn Abrams Photography 


For more bachelorette party ideas, check out some of our other amazing vendors here. Happy planning!

Bridal Buzz: The Wedding Industry’s Most Wanted Treats, Favors and Experiences

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Looking for top-notch vendors? We’ve rounded up some of the best in the business, delivering the latest and greatest trends! These specialty wedding vendors are here to make your dream wedding come true with their own unique services. From one-of-a-kind illustrations to a living champagne wall, this collection of wedding industry favorites is sure to make your “most wanted” list when it comes to planning! Cheers!

 

Amy Lee Illustration – Make your big day even more unforgettable with one of the hottest wedding trends — a custom illustration. With a background in fashion and a love of all things wedding, Amy Lee of Amy Lee Illustration creates one-of-a-kind designs filled with bright colors and dramatic details — not to mention fabulous hair! You can do more than just frame this artwork too. “I’ve created illustrations for everything from thank you cards to non-traditional guest books. It’s also beautiful to incorporate into wedding stationery,” says Amy. If you’re not only a creative bride, but one who wants to give her guests the star treatment, take it to the next level with live sketching. As guests start arriving to the reception for cocktail hour, Amy begins the non-stop live sketching. It’s a fast process so she can get artwork into as many hands as possible. Guests will leave your wedding with a beautiful piece of artwork too, and it’s so much fun for everyone!

Photo courtesy of Amy Lee Illustration

 

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Ride OKC Bike Tours – Are you a fun-loving bride looking for a unique adventure for your bachelorette party? We have you covered! Ride OKC is the perfect way to experience the best of the best in Oklahoma City. Tours range from two to four hours all at a leisurely pace so everyone can take in the surroundings. You’ll get insights into the city’s art and architecture as well as enjoy the best food and drink OKC has to offer. Their Bikes and Brews tour visits five breweries in three hours and includes a beer taster of your choice with a behind-the-scenes tour through downtown OKC. “Our customers are continuously surprised by how much they learn and experience on our tour,” says Ride OKC co-owner, Ryan Fogle. “Multiple guests have stated, ‘I have lived here my whole life and never knew these places existed.’ ” Enjoy some fun with your bride tribe on a Ride OKC tour and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Photo by Josh McCullock Photography

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Sparkling Tulips – Oklahoma brides, we have three words for you — living champagne wall. Imagine your friends and family spending cocktail hour enjoying endless chilled glasses of champagne from the most unique whitegloved “bartender” they’ve ever seen! It’s more than a way to serve champagne; it’s an experience. Guests can’t help themselves and end up having just as much fun taking selfies and interacting with the “servers.” This unique service is the brainchild of Jen Schukert of Sparkling Tulips after seeing how unforgettable this concept was while at an event with a similar experience. “I love giving my clients something unique to make their event even more memorable,” says Jen. While the living champagne wall is a show-stopper, Sparkling Tulips offers many different options for any kind of wedding or special event including a groom’s wall as well as backdrop walls. With styles in green boxwood or white hydrangea, they have something to please everyone!

Photo: Dani G. Photography

Bridal Buzz: The Wedding Industry’s Most Wanted Treats, Favors and Experiences

Les Bouquets – This French-inspired, prairie-based mobile flower cart and pop-up shop is what has been missing from your life! Les Bouquets specializes in providing beautiful, locally-sourced flowers for people and partygoers to build their own bouquets as an entertaining activity or a sweet party favor to snag as they exit. Flower types, colors and accoutrements like ribbons, twin, kraft paper and monogramming are optional and completely customizable. Equal parts Francophiles and OKC effcianados, owner Taylor Mauldin always loved having fresh flowers at home and her husband, Tom really loves a good project — the result is Les Bouquets, the sweetest little touch of Paris in Oklahoma. “Oklahoma City may seem to many like a far cry from Paris, but lately, not so much!” says Taylor. “With so many new restaurants, festivals, events and other experiences, there is rarely a dull moment around here—and we love being part of it.” Whether you want to utilize the cart as an activity station during the reception, shower or other event or simply want the cart at the entry or exit point where flowers could be handed to partygoers, Les Bouquets has you covered — with their lovely black and white umbrella.

Photo: Carsyn Abrams Photography

Mixed Sugar – Whether you’re doing a goodie bag for out-of-town guests, wanting a mouth-watering wedding favor, or anything in between, there’s a cookie for that! Mixed Sugar owner, Camden Cleveland loves creating customdesigned treats for brides—especially when she gets unique requests. “I love doing bridesmaid proposal cookies! I think this is such a unique and fun way to ask the special people in your life to be a part of your day,” says Camden. Bachelorette parties, wedding showers, and engagement parties are other wonderful ways to incorporate her cookies into your wedding planning. There’s no design too outlandish or idea too impossible for this baker extraordinaire. Clients can send examples of what they like or even invitations or fonts, etc., and she is able to replicate that for them!

Photo courtesy of Mixed Sugar

Cafe Disco – You found your perfect pairing, now let us introduce you to another one — macs and capps. Macarons and cappuccinos from Cafe Disco, that is. Like any great pairing, this one came from two people being passionate about something. Cafe Disco owners and real-life couple, Amanda is the French macaron expert and her husband, Spenser, is the self-professed coffee nerd. Make these tasty works of art part of your wedding festivities with a macaron tower or the tastiest wedding favors. And your event wouldn’t be complete without their onsite coffee catering. Don’t worry if you’re not a coffee drinker, there is also something for the tea drinkers! They offer local teas from Woodshed Tea including a highly recommended matcha with oat milk. The added bonus? You get to do some taste testing beforehand! Customize your order to complement your color palette and even add personalized laser engraving on the macarons.

Photo: Spencer Sakurai


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How to Change Your Name in Oklahoma After Your Wedding

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Maybe you wrote it in your middle-school notebooks or maybe it is an unexpected surprise, but you’re ready to be a Mrs. — and we’re here to help simplify the process of changing your name in Oklahoma. 

Whether you’re modern or traditional, there is something for everyone when it comes to name changes, from the simple switch to the hyphenated options, we’ve got all the deets on how to change your name. 

How to Change Your Name in Oklahoma After Your Wedding

Photo // Kayley Haulmark Photography

How to Change Your Name 

Each state has their own laws about changing your married name. Fortunately for Oklahoma brides, the state acknowledges a valid marriage certificate as proof of a name change. 

If you are hyphenating or switching your middle name to your maiden name, your process is slightly different. You will file a petition in a probate court in your county. (There are more details below.) 

 

How It Works

Fill in both your current legal name and the name you will be changing to after marriage on your Oklahoma marriage license application. 

 

Alternative Name Change Processes 

If you are hyphenating, blending or switching your middle name, you will go through a court-ordered name change process. You will need to file a name change petition in state court in the county you live in. Visit the county courthouse office during regular weekday business hours to get your form. 

 

Getting Your Wedding License in Oklahoma

Both you and your fiancé will need to go to the county clerk’s office during regular weekday business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Be sure to bring proof of identity and age, such as a birth certificate, driver’s license or passport. The standard fee is $50, but can be reduced to $5 if the couple can present a certificate by a religious institution or health professional — usually for pre-marriage counseling. 

There is no waiting period for couples above the age of 18. The marriage license does expire after 10 days if not used. 

 

Making it Official 

Once you officially say “I do” and it’s time to sign your marriage certificate, you will use your new married name. At that point your marriage certificate will be proof of your name change. You will want to request multiple copies (3 is a safe amount) of the certified marriage license to send to vendors like your insurance company and others that may require it.  

 

Cost to Change Your Name 

There are varying costs, but here are the general expenses you can expect. 

Marriage License — $50 (or $5 with counseling)

Certified Marriage License Copies — $3-$15 (based on county and copies)

Passport Update — $110

 

Things to Consider with Changing Your Name

There are other options when it comes to updating your name after your wedding and those include hyphenated names or keeping your maiden name as your middle or second middle name, which are the most common variations. (There is another option where you create an entirely new name.) The benefits of those two options can be in retaining a connection to your old name or even being easier to find on social media. 

 

Places You Need to Change Your Name

1. Social Security Card 

After your certified marriage license is sent to you (or you pick it up), you will want to apply for a name change on your social security card.

Download your application and get more information on this step here. 

 

2. Driver’s License

This will require a trip to the DMV, but you’re married to the love of your life, so it’s worth it! You will want to bring all the required forms of identification which include your current driver’s license, your updated security card and your certified marriage certificate.

 

3. Bank Accounts 

Whether you’re sharing accounts with your spouse or simply changing your own accounts, you’ll want to go into your local branch with your marriage certificate and your newly acquired driver’s license. You will want to request all new checks and/or debit cards with your married name. If you have a mortgage/loan out with this bank, take this opportunity to switch your name on those as well. 

 

4. IRS

A name change can impact your taxes, so it’s important to make sure your tax returns match your Social Security records. 

Find more information on how to change your name with the IRS here. 

Note that part of this process will also include making sure your employer/payroll records have your new name, so that it will be correct on your W-2 and other documents.

 

5. Voter Registration

This one doesn’t come up often, but you don’t want to miss out, so be sure to tackle this one right away. 

Click here to get your voter registration application

 

6. Passport

Fortunately, this is a very straightforward process similar to the IRS and voter registration. 

Click here to get detailed passport update instructions from the State Department. 

 

7. Post Office 

To be fair, this is more of a change of address than a change of name, but the likelihood is that you are moving, so let’s cover all our bases. The USPS has made this very simple with an easy online process. 

Click here to learn more. 

Bonus to updating your address? People start to send you amazing coupons because they think you’re new to the area. From Pottery Barn to Office Depot and the local car wash, you’re about to get special offers from all of them. 

We’ll talk about this in the pro tips later, but just a quick reminder that if you’re changing your name, make sure you take time to also update your address where appropriate. 

 

8. Credit Cards

First, you will need to have your name changed on your Social Security card and your driver’s license. Changing your name on your credit card(s) isn’t a difficult process, but it may be time consuming depending on how many cards you have. From typical credit cards like Via and MasterCard to store cards like Ann Taylor and Macy’s — each card issuer may have a slightly different process.

First you will want to look up the name change policy for each credit card. This can be found on their website. This is where you will get the list of required items such as new ID and legal documentation of your name change. Some may require your Social Security card update, which is why you need to tackle your government-issued ID documents first.

The good news is that for some cards, you can do this process entirely online or by mail. There are some unique cards, perhaps from your local bank,etc. that will require you going into a local branch. The best thing is to gather your cards and make a comprehensive list of their policies in advance.

 

Now that we’ve covered the most urgent places to update your name, it’s time to review the rest. There are many, many places your new name needs to be updated that will vary based on your current lifestyle. 

  • Insurance companies
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Car title and/or mortgage/landlord
  • School/university 
  • Professional or educational associations, clubs and organizations
  • Attorney’s offices
  • Airlines 
  • Electric and utility companies
  • Phone, cable and internet companies
  • Financial institutions
  • Online shopping sites
  • Other service providers
  • Social media accounts (That may be the most important — am I right?) 
  • Printed items like personalized stationary and business cards.

Last, but not least, be sure to update friends and family about your name change. 

 

Letting Friends and Family Know 

While your close friends and immediate family may know about your name change, there’s a lot of people that won’t — and it’s important to get the word out there. 

1. Announce it on social media. 

Update your name on your social media accounts. Even if your handle isn’t your name, the account is under your name. Then have fun and make a post about your new name with an “it’s official” post. Example: “I’m officially Katie Ann Smith now!” Let it reflect your personality, and mainly just have fun! 

The name update alone will help people start using your new moniker. But the post will help bring it to people’s attention as well as give you a reason to keep celebrating your love — bonus! 

2. Share your updated contact information via your phone. 

This is a super easy way to help people start updating their contact information and all you have to do is share it with your contacts after you update it on your phone. 

Here’s a quick tutorial video for the iphone users. 

3. Send out an official announcement — old-school style. 

It’s true! There was a time when it was common for newlywed couples to announce their marriage — including the bride’s name change — and their new location (i.e. what city they would reside in now). 

While you are still very welcome to announce it through your local newspaper, the more effective route would be sending out announcements. This could go to friends and family — especially those that may not have been at the wedding.

 

You have all the technical information to change your name now, but we’ve got some pro tips to make the process even easier. 

Pro Tips 

  • Use this guide to make your personalized name-change list and find out how many of these places will require a certified copy of your marriage license, so you will know how many to request. This saves having to order multiple times.
  • It’s recommended that you keep your old identification in case you need to prove your previous name. 
  • Double, triple, quadruple check the spelling before filing the new name! 
  • Don’t do things too early — that could cause logistical issues.
  • If you are moving too, be sure to use this opportunity to change your address on things like your driver’s license, insurance, credit card, etc. 
  • If you’re traveling internationally for your honeymoon, it’s recommended to keep your maiden name, so you don’t run into any issues with your ticket not matching your official name. 
  • Professional help is available if this task seems overwhelming. Companies like I’m a Mrs, HitchSwitch and even Legal Zoom can help you with the process! If you’re working with a planner, consider asking them for recommendations. 

Whether you’re just engaged or you’re planning your honeymoon, we’re here to simplify your search for great local vendors — and more! Click here to browse the talented vendors in your area.

How Our Team Members are Coping with Wedding Planning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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If there’s one thing we want you to hear from us this season, it’s WE FEEL YOU! We’ve heard from countless brides over the past two months who’ve had to postpone, cancel or alter their wedding plans – and a few of our Brides of Oklahoma teammates are among them. And while we count our blessings that we are group of gals (and one guy!) that love to celebrate life’s special moments together, it’s so disheartening to see their plans go to the wayside. Read on to see how our spring and fall 2020 brides-to-be, and even a summer 2021 bride, are coping with the corona-craziness and what advice they have on staying positive, keeping on track with the wedding planning, and making changes as needed.

How Our Team Members are Coping with Wedding Planning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Rachel Luetkemeyer 

  • Graphic Designer
  • Wedding date: originally set for March 21, 2020 // rescheduled for August 8, 2020

What events have you had to postpone or cancel?

When word spread that the NBA season had ended after a Jazz player (who was in Oklahoma City for a game) tested positive, I had a gut feeling that my wedding, scheduled for the next weekend, would need to be rescheduled. I just knew that things would only be getting worse, and I felt like at least a week and a half in advance was enough time to let all of my guests know not to travel.

I called my amazing wedding planner, Blair Sims, who had jokingly sent a text that morning saying, “We’re getting you married next week no matter what Corona says!” I said, as much as I would like that to be true, what would postponing the wedding look like? I just couldn’t imagine getting married without all of my friends and family there, while at the same time, I would NEVER want anyone to get sick at my wedding. I said the only sickness I wanted going around my wedding was boogie fever! She was quick to comfort me and tell me that she would do everything she could to help. I started by calling my mom, who then contacted our church and our venue to see if they would be okay with moving it. She also checked on dates available for both, and we found August 8th to be available! 

I called Blair and asked her to help me contact my vendors to see if they had August 8th available. As I called each of my vendors, my voice cracked and tears started flowing as I had to say the words, “We are going to have postpone the wedding.” Being the amazing people that they are, each and every one comforted me and told me they would do whatever they could to help. By some sort of miracle, EVERY one of my vendors had August 8th available and were incredibly helpful to shift my contracts to the new date. I know that I am beyond lucky to have found a new date that would work for all of my vendors, as so many brides and vendors are scrambling to reschedule now. 

It is such a tough time, not only on engaged couples, but on all the amazing wedding vendors who have worked so hard behind the scenes for months leading up to these events, only to have them all delayed. While it is heartbreaking all around, it has been amazing to see so many couples and the wedding industry coming together to help each other out to prove that weddings are truly about one thing: LOVE. Not only the love of happy couples, but the love of all the families and friends that come together to celebrate; the LOVE wedding vendors have for what they do, whether it’s capturing these special events in photos and video, or filling the receptions with the most beautiful flowers, making the most delicious cake, setting the scene with luxe table linens, or getting all the guests on the dance floor with the perfect song. Weddings are a celebration of LOVE. And hopefully once this is all over, we will all be able to go back to celebrating together!

My mom asked if I wanted to go ahead and get married on our original date, and then just have a reception down the road. I said no. I know people say that at the end of the day, a wedding is really just about you and your fiancé and the love you have for each other. This is true, but I feel like a wedding is much bigger than just two people – it’s about bringing a new family together. It’s about all the people in your lives who have shaped you into the person that you are, and in turn that have been a part of your love story in a way. I just couldn’t imagine getting married without everyone I loved there to witness that special moment. I also think a wedding is your one chance to have everyone you love, from different parts of your life, together in one room. It is a truly special moment, and I can’t imagine giving that up. I would happily marry my fiancé any day, but I’m looking forward to spending our wedding day with everyone we love.

How have your wedding plans changed?

Luckily, the only thing that has really had to change is the date. My amazing vendors were able to make the new date work, so we really are incredibly lucky. I’m currently preparing a digital save the date, but plan on sending out another printed invitation. I am planning on doing a digital RSVP through my wedding website this go round – it was so tough getting all of those reply cards back in the mail the first time. 

Also, I have 500 koozies and 500 cups with the wrong date printed on them, but I guess it will be an inside joke! I also had planned to have my dance floor filled with Irish/St. Patrick’s day themed flair (my fiancé’s name is Patrick, and our original date was just days after the holiday)… and I even went so far as to order custom shamrock hats with our names on them! So I guess it will all just represent how LUCKY we are that we are celebrating together! Haha!

How are you feeling during this time?

A few days after cancelling, I felt relief knowing that the decision had been made and that a new plan was in motion. The days leading up to my postponing, I had been nervously watching the news every day and staying up all night reading every news article. I was in a constant state of panic. I would have been such a wreck if we had gone through with the wedding. I know we made the right decision, and take so much comfort in knowing that we will have our day eventually.

How have you found positivity during this time?

I don’t know what I would have done without my amazing family through this all. My parents were supportive and comforting when I called in tears. They told me they wanted me to have the wedding I’ve always dreamed of, and that we would make that happen no matter when! 

My incredible friends sent amazing flowers letting me know they were thinking of me. On our wedding day, more flowers arrived from my future mother-in-law that matched our wedding palette perfectly. It was such a sweet gesture.

The day we were supposed to get married, I was very sad, but also so thankful for the support of all of my family and friends. I put on my veil from my bachelorette party and made my fiancé pose with me toasting with Corona beers! I posted it to social media, and received so many sweet messages from people all over, even people I hadn’t seen in years! It was so sweet to have so many people thinking of me and supporting us. 

How have you been able to stay productive in your wedding planning?

I have NOT been productive in keeping up my pre-wedding workouts, so that is something I will need to jump back on before August arrives.

What’s amazing is that everything was already planned and ready to go, so now there isn’t much left to do! It’s kind of nice feeling like it’s all set – just have to wait for the day! I do have to update programs and invitations, but those are both such small steps in the grand scheme of wedding planning! 


Madison Doornbos

  • Office Manager / Social Coordinator
  • Wedding date: May 16, 2020

What events have you had to postpone or cancel?

I was lucky enough to have family friends host a shower for me the week before the official CDC recommendations were released. Looking back, it was perfect timing that I was able to see so many people I loved before this indefinite period of isolation! There was a second shower scheduled for April 26th that had to be cancelled, which was especially disappointing, given it was a family event with most of my extended family whom I adore.

How have your wedding plans changed?

We made the decision to postpone our reception, but still get married on our original date. It feels so good to know exactly what our plan is, rather than to wait and call it at the last minute. 

For the reception, we’re trying to stick to the original plan as much as possible, using the same vendor team, bridal party attire and special detailing. I’ve been thinking of ways to create a vibe that makes guests feel as if they’ve entered our reception space after attending our ceremony just before. At the same time, we want people to feel more relaxed and casual. Coming up with new ideas has been fun!

Our wedding ceremony guests will include my fiancé’s parents, my parents and each of our siblings. It will be a very intimate ceremony size compared to our original 350 guest-count projection! At this time, my florist will still be able to create an installment for the ceremony and a bouquet for me to carry. Afterward, we’ll all have a home cooked meal together and maybe even swim in the pool! It may actually be better than what we had originally planned. We definitely won’t forget it!

How are you feeling during this time?

I’ve been trying not to get too attached to my plans or ideas with everything changing so fast. “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on Earth,” Colossians 3:2. The only thing that really matters to me is marrying Chase and starting our life together! Unless our health prevents us from doing so (or the courthouse closes – LOL), nothing will stop us from getting married!

What has been your biggest concern while planning during COVID-19?

My biggest concern is that our new reception date will still be in danger of getting cancelled due to regulations and laws. 

How have you found positivity during this time?

Finding gratefulness and contentedness in the new normal. We’re all living day-by-day now! Taking a walk with my family in the evenings, cooking a new recipe, starting a project and FaceTiming loved ones are all things I look forward to that normally wouldn’t have received so much hype. 

How have you been able to stay productive in your wedding planning?

I think most of us have more time in our day now, so I’ve been finding it much easier to hop on a quick call or send out emails. My planner is really the one to credit for everything that’s getting done – she has been working so hard!

photo: Mark Boatright Photo


Carsyn Abrams

  • Content Creator
  • Wedding date: October 24, 2020

What events have you had to postpone or cancel?

So far, I haven’t had to postpone anything except bridesmaids dress shopping with my girls. Praying that I won’t have to move my bachelorette party and showers in August! We are very hopeful this will all be over by October! 

How have your wedding plans changed?

So far we are relatively unaffected, but we are closely monitoring everything just in case the guest count restrictions are still in place in October.  

How are you feeling during this time?

I am feeling more stress as a wedding vendor than a bride (I also photograph weddings professionally). It breaks my heart to see so many couples loose all of the work they have put in over the past year. As a bride, I’m trying to focus on the positive and remember that so much can change in six months! 

What has been your biggest concern while planning during COVID-19?

My biggest concern is that my guests will feel unsafe at our wedding. My top priority is making sure our guests feel cared for and aren’t spending the evening wondering if they will get sick after our big day. 

How have you found positivity during this time?

I have had so much time to work on the small wedding details that I otherwise would have put off for months! I’ve found the perfect getting ready robes, my dream shoes, and am in the final stages of designing my invitation suite. There really is beauty in all this down time and having the time to put toward fun things like online shopping.

How have you been able to stay productive in your wedding planning?

I have made weekly to-do lists, not daily lists. I’m giving myself lots of grace during this season and know that it’s okay if I don’t accomplish everything in one day. I can make up for those less productive days on days that I have the energy to do lots at once. We are all learning during this time, so try different things and figure out what works for you! Time blocking, lists and accountability partners are all great things to start with! 

photo: Melanie Foster Photography


Hanna Smith

  • Wedding Editorial Director
  • Wedding date: November 21, 2020

What events have you had to postpone or cancel?

With my wedding being in the late fall, we really didn’t have anything major planned just yet. However we have paused all talk of planning showers until all of this passes, so basically as of now, we are at a stand-still with all wedding events. I was planning to go bridesmaid dress shopping in April with all of my girls, which won’t be happening in light of all going on, so now I’m just looking online and setting virtual meetings with dress shops. But thanks to technology, I’ll be able to have everyone on the call and it can still be fun – just different than I originally pictured! 

How have your wedding plans changed?

So far, nothing has changed! Fingers crossed it stays that way. 

How are you feeling during this time?

I do have to admit that I feel a little overwhelmed, but I’m just trying to trust that everything will work out! It is a little scary planning a large event in a time like this and just hoping that life will be back to normal. Because I’m so type A, I hate feeling like I’m at a standstill in the process – I just want to be able to go on meetings with vendors and keep the ball rolling with the planning process, so that’s definitely been a change, I’m just having to sit back and be patient, but I keep reminding myself that my wedding is still pretty far away and hopefully all of this will be over by then. 

What has been your biggest concern while planning during COVID-19?

I have been planning to get married in the fall from the beginning, but now that COVID-19 is a factor, it stresses me out that so many weddings are being rescheduled for the fall, and it makes me fearful that vendors that I am interested will be too booked to accommodate my wedding on top of their rescheduled weddings. I get really torn and feel selfish whenever I hope that I can get my top vendors booked, because I also want everyone who’s having to reschedule to have a more than perfect day because of everything they’ve been through, but selfishly I want my day to be just as I envisioned as well. It’s been hard being in the beginning stages of wedding planning during this time because I feel like everyone, vendors included, don’t know what to expect and how to move forward.

How have you found positivity during this time?

My fiancé typically travels a lot and is gone way more often than not, so it’s actually been really nice to have some time for him to be home. We’ve had more face-to-face time together in the last few weeks than we have in a long, long time! It’s also been nice to be forced to slow down the wedding planning process because we’ve had some time to just enjoy being engaged and soak it all in together.

How have you been able to stay productive in your wedding planning?

I’ve used this time at home to collect addresses for our Save the Dates, which has not only been productive, but it’s been nice to have an excuse to catch up with and check on so many of our loved ones during this crazy time! I’ve also been spending a lot of time working on our wedding website, designing Save the Dates, looking online for bridesmaid dresses, and pinning a lot of ideas and inspo to Pinterest! This has also been a good time to do some research on bands for our wedding reception, so we’ve spent a lot of time on YouTube watching performances to help us make our decision. 

photo: Emily Nicole Photo


Coping with Wedding Planning During COVID-19 Pandemic

Randi Foreman

  • Production Coordinator for Brides of North Texas
  • Wedding date: June 5, 2021

What events have you had to postpone or cancel?

Since I just recently got engaged (February 2020), I have only done a little here and there to begin planning for the big day! So far I’ve had to postpone our engagement party and engagement photo session that were happening in March and April. I’m truly thankful that out of my events, these are the only ones getting postponed. My heart goes out to the brides that are having to postpone so much more! 

How have your wedding plans changed?

Our current wedding plans haven’t changed! We set the date for June 5, 2021.

How are you feeling during this time?

I’m feeling hopeful. I’m hopeful we will come out of this soon. I’m also just wanting to give current brides a huge hug during this time. I truly cannot imagine what it feels like to have to postpone, but I’m just hopeful that their new date will be such a blessing. I hope during this time people will continue to celebrate those brides until their new date to keep the excitement going. It’s hard when there is no knowing when this is all going to end. The unknown is what’s stressful and scary, but I have major faith that we will come out of this soon! 

What has been your biggest concern while planning during COVID-19?

My biggest concern has been even though our wedding is in summer of 2021, I have been nervous that vendors are going to book really fast due to all of the postponing of 2020 weddings. Again, the unknown of it all is scary. Who’s to say when this is going to end. Who’s to say it won’t effect my wedding next year. 

How have you found positivity during this time?

I’ve just been constantly reminding myself that I still have over a year and actually letting myself be excited about every thing we’ve decided upon thus far. Anything can change in a month, two months or even a year. So just keeping the hope and knowing that I’m not alone in this! 

How have you been able to stay productive in your wedding planning?

I’ve been working on/focusing on booking the things that don’t require an in-person appointment. Luckily, we already had our venue picked out before the stay at home orders were in place, but I’ve since booked our photographer, videographer and planner! All have been so great chatting with over the phone or email. Sadly, I have to wait to do certain things like try on dresses, taste cakes and find catering, but all in all, I think focusing on the things that don’t require an in-person meeting have helped me be very productive! It’s definitely helped the planning process to move forward still. 

photo: Madison Katlin Photography


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You Have to See this Editorial Inspired by the Oklahoma Sunset

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We are all in when it comes to Oklahoma-inspired weddings. Hilary Tailored Events knocked this editorial out of the park with bright florals, a classic, timeless theme and beautiful details. The elegant, hidden – in plain sight – gem that is Civic Center Music Hall was the ideal backdrop for Hilary’s vision. With gilded molding and bright light pouring in from the floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s truly a dreamy location. Florals from The Medieval Garden emulated the colors of our favorite Oklahoma sunset – oranges, yellows, violets and plums – and we just can’t get enough. The head table was gracefully set with classic china by BC Clark Jewelers, atop lush linens from Mood Party Rentals. Amy Cakes provided the daintiest cake showcasing a subtle inlaid design that would never go unnoticed. The darling invitation suite featured hand-drawn designs, including a very special pet friend, thanks to Paper + More. We are living for this customized invitation trend! Thanks to Lauren Haley Whitlock from Royal Oak Salon & Spa, the model bride’s perfect pony and stunning makeup was on-point. The bride wore a stunning deep-V gown with lace detailing and low back from Prescott Bridal. Bonobos dressed the groom in a dashing, two-toned suite – whoever said black and navy don’t pair well? Topped off with stunning gems from BC Clark Jewelers, this couple dazzled in the “Oklahoma sunset.” Captured by Mary Keen Photography, with videography by Unveiled Media, this editorial came to life, and we’re bringing it straight to you! Scroll below to find serious inspiration!!!

Photos // Mary Keen Photography

Video // Unveiled Media

From the planner, Hilary Ganong of Hilary Tailored Events: “I believe that a wedding style should be timeless so that you still enjoy your photographs 50 years from now, but also making sure you include fun elements to capture your distinct personalities. This shoot was driven by a desire to use colors mimicking the Oklahoma sunset while keeping the traditional style of an elegant celebration. My vendors took my vision to the next level, and I could not be more proud of the result. I hope this shoot inspires brides to not be afraid of bold and bright colors.”