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Wedding Transportation for your Entrance, Exit and Everything in Between

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There are so many steps to planning a wedding. Some of the logistical details are easy to overlook! Planning wedding transportation to and from your ceremony and reception sites is one you can’t afford to miss. Guest parking is another. We’ve partnered with a few amazing local vendors to who are ready to provide the best service and ensure a smooth ride through your big day – Read on!

Wedding Transportation for your Entrance, Exit and Everything in Between

Photo // Amanda Watson Photography

Who needs transportation?

The first people to headcount for are you, your partner, the wedding party, and close family. Close family can include but isn’t limited to parents, grandparents, and siblings not in the wedding party. A limousine typically holds six people, a stretch limo holds around 10, and vans can hold anywhere between 8 to 20 people. We highly recommend not completely filling the car to accommodate for random wedding items and providing extra space for your party. An important person to not forget a spot for is your photographer! Trust us, you don’t want to miss out on those candid shots in the car.

While it is generous to provide transportation for your guests, this isn’t necessary. The most important thing that matters is ensuring your guests make it home safely that night. If you’re wanting to help your guests without booking additional transportation, include some travel tips on your website on the easiest ways to get to and from the ceremony and reception. Providing a cab company’s number or encouraging everyone to download a ride-sharing app can be the simplest ways to encourage your guests to travel safely. If transportation for guests is included in your budget, we recommend asking if the hotel or venue offers a shuttle service. If you’re wanting to take the unique route, rent a souped-up school bus for all your guests to pile into.

Where to and from?

Going to the chapel and you’re…running late! Plan to arrive at the ceremony location at least 25 minutes early so that even if you’re running late, you’ll still be on time. The couple typically travels separately from the accommodations or getting ready location to the ceremony with their respective party in tow. A third car can be rented for the couple’s close family and older relatives. If your budget allows, the wedding party and family can ride in the same cars to the reception location. Planning who rides in which car will eliminate any confusion beforehand and allow things to run more smoothly. When leaving the ceremony, you and your new spouse are going to want to have your own private ride. This will allow time to take pictures after the ceremony, relax and spend some alone time together before the reception!

Car Swag Ideas

Like all great rom coms, you and your partner need a noteworthy getaway! So maybe you’re not riding into the sunset on a lawn mower but your vehicle should still be your dream ride. Are you and your partner being carried away on a romantic horse and buggy? Or are you zipping away on a two-wheel ride? Whichever vehicle best suits you, car “swag” is an essential! Have you ever gotten a rush of joy when you saw someone drive by with a “Just Married” sign and tin cans trailing behind? Leave with a bang by using these unique decor ideas for an epic getaway:

  • Personalized signage
  • Floral swag
  • Custom bumper sticker
  • Balloons
  • Trail of streamers
  • Car paint
  • Just Married license plate

Valet Service

Parking situations for weddings are hardly ideal and most of the time overlooked. Consider having a valet service at your wedding to help your guests avoid unnecessary stress and long walks. This will (hopefully) help guests arrive on time or it can help avoid any parking mishaps. Valet services are all around easy for everyone!


Needing a florist to design a beautiful arrangement for your getaway car? See our list of favorite local Oklahoma wedding florists here.

This OKC Engagement Starts Barside and Ends in a Botanical Garden

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If a stunning downtown OKC engagement session is what you’re looking for, allow us to present Molly and Dominic’s gorgeous gallery, captured by Andi Bravo Photography, that starts formal and barside and ends in a flower-filled botanical garden. Talk about the best of both worlds! Molly and Dominic’s love story began when they first met in October of 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. ​Molly was attending graduate school at the University of Tennessee while Dominic was moving there for work. There was a wine bar across the street from his new condo that Molly and her girlfriends liked to meet up at, and they met very serendipitously outside his condo when Dominic was moving in and the movers hadn’t yet arrived with his things! How fun! Though they originally planned to be wed at the historic Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum on May 23, 2020COVID-19 had other plans. Molly and Dominic postponed their wedding plans two different times before deciding they would wait until May 15, 2021, to finally tie the knot – pandemic or otherwise! This couple can’t wait to get out of corona season to have the elegant, enchanted forest wedding of their dreams with help from vendors like Trochta’s Flowers and Garden Center, Marianne’s Rentals, and Brushed Salon and Makeup Studio to name just a few! We can’t wait for these lovebirds to be wed, or to see just how stunning their moody green wedding will be! From barside to botanical gardens, this engagement session has us swooning from start to finish! Read on for a note from the soon-to-be bride about how he first popped the question. Cheers to Molly and Dominic!

Photos // Andi Bravo Photography

From the bride: “​Dominic had planned a dinner date followed by drinks with friends to celebrate my birthday. Well, that’s what I thought we would be celebrating anyway. The staff at Vast were in on his plans, and after dinner, the manager came out and told us that our dessert wasn’t quite ready yet and offered to show us around while we were waiting. He offered to take our photo in front of a window with a beautiful view of downtown OKC. I turned to Dominic to pose for the photo and was caught completely by surprise when Dominic dropped to his knee and offered me a lifetime together.”


Plans to tie the knot soon yourself? Check out some of our favorite Oklahoma wedding vendors here to get the planning started! Cheers!

Get Out of Your Head and Make a Change of Scenery

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While the majority of your wedding planning duties during your engagement should be enjoyable, there are certainly times where the deadlines, budgeting and lists can become overwhelming. Life is a balancing act, and the weeks, months and/or years during your engagement season should also be treated as such. Don’t let wedding planning stress – or ANY kind of stress – rule your life. Take a BREAK! You need a vacation from wedding planning just as you do from work, school or any other stressor. Whether your Oklahoma vacation be a staycation, a weekend getaway or just a simple night on the town, nothing can rejuvenate your mental health quite like a change of scenery. Thanks to some of our amazing Oklahoma vendors, getting away is easier than ever!

Plan a Getaway With a Travel Agent

Get Out of Your Head and Make a Change of Scenery

If you’re already stressed about planning your wedding, you definitely don’t want to stress about planning your vacation – book a travel agent! These professionals take all the stress out of planning a vacation and, oftentimes, their services are free!

Under The Sun – This family owned travel agency specializes in romance. From honeymoons and anniversary trips to destination weddings – their team of professionals is on a mission to help couples plan a stress-free getaway!

Michelle’s Destinations – With over 20 years of experience planning destination weddings and honeymoons, Michelle’s destinations knows a thing or two about romantic getaways. They specialize in planning trips to magical locations like the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, and so many more!

Bentley Travel Design – The team at Bentley Travel Design believe that “a honeymoon is an opportunity to connect with one another and lose yourselves in blissful romance.” That’s why they’re thinking about every last detail in the vacay planning with this mantra in mind!

 

Have a Date Night

mickey mantle stress free

Photo // Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse, Picturesque Photos by Amanda

Get cleaned up, dressed up and, most importantly, put that wedding agenda away! Getting out of the house is a no-fail way to get rid of your wedding stress. Whether it be a nice dinner, a walk downtown or drinks at your favorite bar, taking an evening to relax is a great way to remedy stress. 

Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse – For a romantic date night, Mickey Mantle’s is your first choice for fine cuisine and excellent service! Who doesn’t love a fantastic meal in the company of a loved one?

Angry Scotsman Brewing – In the mood for something more casual? Located in downtown Oklahoma City with stunning views of the city skyline, Angry Scotsman offers the perfect setting for games, good conversation and quality brews. 

 

Friends Night Out

remington stress free

Photo // Remington Park

Sometimes you just need to spend some time with your best friends. Taking an evening out of your week or weekend to catch up, vent about wedding planning and have a little fun will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to get back to planning!

Parlor OKC – With multiple rooms on three different levels, Parlor OKC is your one-stop-shop for an amazing night out. The food hall hosts several different cuisines and dining options – making it the perfect place to bring a large group! 

Remington Park – Head off to the races with friends! This classy, derby-style space is the perfect place for a group soiree. With a casino floor, dining options and plenty of outdoor seating to watch a race, Remington should be on your list!

 

Staycation Your Stress Away

hard rock hotel stress free

Photo // Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

There are plenty of great hotels to spend a night at, but these romantic getaway spots are more than just a hotel! Get the true staycation experience and de-stress at a one-of-a-kind hotel!

Hard Rock Hotel and CasinoVoted Tulsa’s #1 wedding venue in 2019, the Hard Rock Hotel is sure to offer a fun getaway! Spend the weekend enjoying all the activities the hotel has to offer: casino games, concerts, a pool and amazing dining. 

21c Museum – Treat yourself to an artful experience at the 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Located inside historic Fred Jones Building, the update of this iconic industrial building includes 134 hotel rooms, over 14,000 square feet of exhibition and event space, a contemporary art museum, and a chef-driven restaurant.

 

Get Out of Town

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Photo // Chickasaw Retreat

Take away the tension with a weekend trip to one of Oklahoma’s prettiest places.

Chickasaw RetreatThe Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center is a beautiful venue located just an hour south of Oklahoma City in Sulphur, Oklahoma. The Retreat features breathtaking views, amazing outdoor activities and Oklahoma nature all around that is sure to help you create memories and get rid of wedding planning stress!


We hope our recommendations help you manage your wedding planning stress and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the big day! Need more ideas on how to keep your mental health in check while planning the wedding? See our full guide here!

You Deserve It: How to Treat Yo’Self in the Midst of Wedding Planning

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If you’re a bride-to-be who’s been looking for a reason to treat yourself, take this as your sign to go for it! You (yes, you!) deserve to treat yo’self, not just today, but every day. You’ve earned a break from wedding planning, and there’s no better way to utilize that time than filling it with things that bring you joy. Buy the flowers, eat the cookies and get that gift you’ve been wanting – making yourself a priority in any way is oh-so important, especially in this crazy time time we’re in. We’re taking major inspiration from Donna and Tom in Parks and Rec, as it’s time to “Treat Yo’Self” with some of the best vendors Oklahoma has to offer!

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Photo // Baked Cookie Co.

After changing your diet and workout plans leading up to the wedding, it’s safe to say you’re long overdue on satisfying your sweet tooth. Indulge in all (we won’t be keeping track) of the delectable treats from these “sweet” vendors! Remember: you deserve it!

Cafe DiscoCafe Disco lives for those quiet mornings where you can sit down with your cup of coffee and graze on delicious macaroons, all while catching up on that book you haven’t been able to read during wedding planning. As the ultimate treat yo’self location, Cafe Disco has 12 specialty macaroon flavors in store each day, along with being gluten friendly. Don’t worry about taking one of each flavor home with you – we’ve all been there, and it’s completely worth it!

Whimsy Cookie Co.: Nothing beats an ooey gooey, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie with an iced coffee for a treat yo’self snack (or breakfast, lunch, or dinner). Whimsy Cookie Co. definitely goes above and beyond on the delicious scale with their cookie bites, cookie cakes, and chocolate dipped oreos (you heard that right). Gluten free brides, they’ve even got you covered – there’s no wonder why Whimsy is definitely a must-have on any treat yo’self adventure!

Mixed Sugar: We’re pretty positive that cookies only taste as good as they look, and that’s why the sugar cookies from Mixed Sugar are always an 11/10 on our cookie-tasting scale! Remember what we said above about you deserving the cookies? Yep, we were definitely talking about the beautiful sugar cookies from this Oklahoma vendor. Treating yo’self isn’t complete until you’ve had two or three of these scrumptious treats!

Baked Cookie Co.: Honestly, who doesn’t love a good cookie? I know we do, and that’s why Baked Cookie Co. is always a go-to when we are needing fresh, sweet cookies ASAP! Treat yo’self and treat yo’soul with one of Baked Cookie Co’s indulgent cookies – from their spin on the classic chocolate chip cookie, to their fire roasted s’more cookie, you’ll always be wanting “s’more” of these delectable treat yo’self sweets!

Get Chu Some Blooms

Photo // The Wild Mother

You “grow” girl! Now that you’ve got the sweets, it’s time to brighten up your home with some gorgeous blooms that are just as lovely as you. Flowers are a universal sign for love, so it only makes sense to love yourself and treat yo’self with some of the prettiest blooms around. Remember: you deserve it!

The Wild Mother: Flowers bring so much into your life – the fresh smells, pops of color, and simple joy that comes along with having a beautiful bundle of flowers is unmatched. That’s why treating yourself with floral workshops from The Wild Mother will give you an excuse to never not have fresh bouquets of flowers around the house! Plus, you’ll become a floral expert yourself, and be able to treat yo’self whenever you please. The ultimate two-in-one!

Trochta’s Flowers and Garden Center: Think you need an occasion to get a bouquet of flowers from Trochta’s? Well, you’re in luck, as treating yourself counts as a holiday in our book! You simply can’t walk into Trochta’s without walking out with something – whether it’s a succulent for the plant lover who can’t seem to keep plants alive or a bright bouquet of sunflowers, these blooms are a must-have when it comes to treating yourself!

Retail Therapy (sorry, not sorry, bank account)

brides treat yourself

Photo // Plenty Mercantile 

You’ve got the sweets and the blooms, now it’s time for some retail therapy! Let’s just say that treating yourself has no monetary limits, because getting yourself that gift you’ve been wanting is completely priceless. Remember: you deserve it!

Bebe’s: Not only can Bebe’s help you curate an incredible wedding registry, it also serves as a place to get yourself some incredible gifts that may not have made it on that registry! Some of the things we suggest may be: the perfect accessory item to compliment your favorite outfit, some stylish office supplies to make your at-home work space functional and chic, a vase to house those new treat yo’self florals, or a cozy throw to snuggle in all night long – you honestly can’t go wrong when it comes to selecting items from their inventory. You’ll want all the goods from this treat yo’self location!

Plenty Mercantile: At the end of all the wedding planning and your big day, you’re definitely going to want to reminisce on those memories for a lifetime. The Plenty Mercantile has so many options when it comes to documenting those details, ranging from memory books or journals to record all of your adventures in. While you’re there, treat yo’self while also treating the environment with their endless options of sustainable goods or unique home decor pieces – you’ll definitely have a hard time leaving without something in hand!

Don’t forget about your groom!

Photo // Bonobos, Ashley Bosnick Photography

Yes, it’s been fun treating yourself, but you can’t forget about your groom! After helping you through the wedding planning process (as much or as little as it may be), he definitely deserves a little treat yo’self. Remember how you deserve it? Well, he does, too!

Bonobos: The perks of buying your guy clothes at Bonobos? Stealing all the comfy-cozy sweaters and shirts you get for him. We give you that permission! Stop by their store today to treat your groom to a brand new stylish polo, a fancy new tie, or some oversized sweatpants you steal along with his sweaters. Win for your groom, win for you!

Everyman: After quarantine, your groom could be looking a little scruffy. Drop a not-so-subtle hint by treating him to a day at Everyman, where they will have him looking as good as ever! Treat him to a day of getting pampered while sitting there sipping on a nice cup of coffee and looking through some of the most trendy menswear around – who says men don’t enjoy a good hair appointment and shopping?


Looking for more ways to ease your wedding planning stress? Check out planning tipsbridal fitness tips and beauty relaxation suggestions!

Look Good, Feel Better: Beauty Self Care Tips for Brides-To-Be

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Preparing for the wedding of your dreams is no joke, and large amounts of stress from wedding planning (especially in the middle of the train wreck that is 2020) can seriously take a toll on your mental health. Taking the time to treat yourself, no matter what that looks like for you, means that you will look and feel your best – and self care is so crucial to support mental health. We put together some wedding self care tips to help you remember to keep your own needs at the top of the priority list! Check out these luxurious and relaxation-focused Oklahoma beauty vendors and salons where you can be sure to treat yourself before your big day makes you feel like a big ball of stress. Read on to plan a spa day perfect for any bride-to-be!

Tousled Locks

wedding self care tips

Photo // Stag & Doe

Having someone else tame your mane is one of the most relaxing ways to treat yourself. Cute curls, beautiful braids, whimsical waves and so many more options await you, so have fun with it! You can even allow yourself to drift off into a little power nap while your hairstylist makes the magic happen (we promise we won’t tell).

Tease to Please Hair & Makeup – Becky called and she wants her good hair back! Whether you opt for a dreamy down-style or unique updo, the team at Tease to Please can do it all! Add a boho braid in for some extra fun and you will be feeling like a beautiful bride in no time. Plus, use your appointment to get inspiration and ideas for your wedding hair! Talk with any artist to determine what hairstyle will best suit your wedding gown’s neckline as well as your unique wedding style.

Muse Beauty Bar – The team at Muse Beauty Bar will take care of all your hair needs! Pop in for a pick-me-up blowout for gorgeous hair without ever lifting a finger or opt for a blowout and style for a little something extra! Let Muse take care of your lashes while you’re there – one less thing to worry about! You’ll be able to have gorgeous, full lashes without the daily maintenance. Self care savvy!

Stag & Doe – The team at Stag & Doe says their goal is for you to be empowered when you walk out of the salon with the knowledge and products for you to maintain the best version of yourself every day. They create the stuff of hair goal dreams through the use of high-quality, eco-friendly, cruelty-free options to enhance your own brand of beautiful.

Glowy Skin

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Photo // Carolyn F. Beauty

Facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasion can rejuvenate and freshen up your look before the big day! If your skin concerns require addressing sun damage, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, redness, or broken capillaries, then one of these services may be meant for you – they’re all focused on the preservation of healthy skin cells and protection and minimizing the visible signs of photodamaged skin.

Carolyn F. Beauty – Let Carolyn give you the facial of a lifetime so you’re as relaxed and glowing as possible! Focused on pure beauty in a tranquil environment, Carolyn offers an array of signature services to pamper and prep, and more targeted treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

Profile Beauty Nook – Check out the cutest beauty nook around and try out their variety of facials to relax and treat yourself! Their services have reviews as glowing as your skin will be, so book now and get wedding-ready in the process! Plus, Profile offers waxing and spray tanning services so from your head to your toes, you’ll be feeling your absolute best!

Salon Service

M salon

Photo // M Salon

Makeup takes so many forms in this day and age but one thing that will never change about it is how good it feels to put it on and look absolutely bomb! A makeover can change your life, and your whole attitude – just ask Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia.

Royal Oak Salon & Spa – Royal Oak proudly provides timeless, custom makeup for the glam look of your dreams! Allow a member of their detail-oriented team of professional artists to bring your personal makeup vision to life while performing at the highest level of sanitation!

M Salon – Head to M Salon for a gorgeous, glowing makeover – whether you have an event to head to afterward or not, a little sprucing up can make any bride-to-be feel brand new! 

Do-It-Yourself TLC

In the middle of a seemingly never-ending pandemic, it may be harder than usual to make some of these things happen. Everybody needs a little TLC so just know, we got you anyway! DIY self care at home has the potential to be even more rewarding and fun than treating yourself out and about because whether you’re painting your own toes or practicing mindful meditation, you are still getting to de-stress and spend relaxing and fulfilling time with your self, as well as your significant other. And that’s what your wedding is all about anyway! Shop our favorite beauty finds here!


Looking for even more Oklahoma health and beauty experts? Find some of the best in the business here! Cheers!