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Have Your Dream Proposal During COVID-19 With These Romantic Ideas

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To all those out there who are struggling to alter previous proposal plans to fit into quarantine restrictions, this is for you. Not all proposals have to big, grand gestures – as long as it comes from the heart, that’s all that truly matters! Below are some simple and romantic ideas anyone can pull off to ensure your girl or guy has the proposal of their dreams. Ladies, send this to your man to give him that little nudge of inspiration (and casually to drop a few hints, too)! Happy planning!

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Photo // Kayley Haulmark Photography

In the Backyard

Turn your backyard into a fairytale oasis, no matter how big or small! All you need are some twinkly lights, a comfy blanket, some candles and then wait for sunset. You can even add personal touches by buying a bouquet of her favorite flowers to give her or hanging pictures of you two around the area. When you’re done, you can cuddle up under the stars and stargaze together!

Have a Picnic

Social distancing in a quiet and secluded park definitely fits quarantine standards! Find a local park with gorgeous scenery, a lake or a photogenic gazebo to plop down to have a picnic together. Pack your favorite food or snacks to eat – and even bring his or her dog along to enjoy the day with. When the time is right, pop the big question and celebrate!

Propose with a Ring Pop

Wanting to propose soon but don’t have anywhere to buy a ring at now? Ring Pops are here to save the day! Not only is this a unique idea, it also makes for a good laugh and the best story down the road. Just make sure he or she knows you’re not messing with her!

Home Makeover

Whether they has a favorite destination, movie or coffee shop, pick that theme and turn your home into it! If she’s a Disney movie loving gal, wants to take a trip to the Bahamas, or enjoys sitting at her favorite cafe reading a book, take that and run with it. Alter everything you do coincide with what they love – from decor to food to how you pop the question!

Involve the Whole Family

If you’re lucky enough to be spending quarantine with your family, why not have them be there to witness this once-in-a-lifetime moment? They can simply be there to witness, or they can have more special roles such as taking photos or videoing! Either way, we guarantee you will not regret having them there to celebrate with!

Have a Board Game Night

This is a good and sneaky way to surprise her! You can make this work with any game – from simple card games to the more advanced Twister, and really anything in between. Write “Will you marry me?” on a card that she picks up and reads or a game with hints can be filled with wedding oriented ideas! The possibilities are endless!

At-home Spa Turned Proposal?

With nail salons being closed, she won’t be able to get her nails done before you pop the question! Treat her to an in-home spa, where you paint her nails (or get her space set-up for a self mani) to get ready for you to propose. Not only is this idea unique, it’s also super sweet and shows you care about the little details that go into a proposal! But, beware, she might constantly ask you to paint her nails again in the future!

Driving Scavenger Hunt Around Town

While quarantining, she can feel like she is being cooped up inside! Let her roam the town with a scavenger hunt all about your relationship! Destinations she can go to could include: where you first met, where you had your first date, where you had your first kiss, your favorite date night spot and anything else special to your relationship!

Movie Night – Starring You!

What better way to reminisce your memories as a couple than a home video? Compile together videos and photos to watch together before you pop the big question! Make the living room extra comfy with tons of pillows and blankets to lounge on while you watch the film. Lighting candles and hanging up lights makes the space even more dreamy and adds romantic touches that will be unforgettable. We can guarantee no movie theatre date will compare to this!

Team up with Local Vendors

There’s no better time than now to team up with local wedding vendors to help make your engagement so special! From ordering flowers from a local florist, a cake or sweets from a local bakery, or having your photos taken by a local photographer, they will be so willing and grateful to help you out!

Finish the Night with a Virtual Engagement Party!

Gather all your friends and family together virtually to celebrate! While it’s not ideal, it’s the best you can do now, and can hold you over until after quarantine! We know they will be so happy to celebrate with you, no matter the means to do it!

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5 Wedding Entertainment Vendors for a Nuptial Night You’ll Never Forget

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Choosing the right wedding entertainment vendors can seem pretty much impossible when there are so many options out there! From live bands and string quartets to on-site artists and mobile photo booths, there is truly something out there for every wedding style and crowd. To make it a little easier, we have compiled five of our fabulous favorites in Oklahoma wedding entertainment that are sure to make your nuptial night unforgettable. Read on to find the perfect vendor for you!

5 Wedding Entertainment Vendors for a Nuptial Night You’ll Never Forget

Royal Dukes BandIf a typical, cheesy wedding band doesn’t sound like your style, then the Royal Dukes Band is for you! The Royal Dukes Band not only plays a wide variety of styles tailored to your tastes, but they also play like no other band in town to personally ensure that your dance floor is jumping all night! They pride themselves on knowing just what to play, and when to play it. Every song from the start of the day until you drive away together as a married couple can be tailored especially for you, or leave it all up to them if you’d prefer.

Photo // Luxe Photography


Box Talent AgencyBox Talent has been helping couples select the perfect wedding bands, music, and entertainment for over two decades. Their wedding entertainment experts know the best, most-trusted bands available and can help you select the ideal entertainment for your wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. Box Talent provides the best wedding bands and entertainment in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas and the surrounding region. Likewise, the experienced disc jockeys at Box Talent provide equipment, lights, nonstop music, and can act as emcee to really keep the party moving. With music ranging from top 40, country, Jazz, R&B, and dinner music, their DJs help create an unforgettable celebration.

Photo // Aubrey Marie Photography


OKC Entertainment and EventsLooking for a fun, energetic and professional DJ or band for your upcoming event? OKC Entertainment and Events has you covered! Their team offers years of experience performing for crowds of all sizes and genres ranging from current top 40, country (new/old), to classic hits from the ’50s and ’60s. In addition to fulfilling your music needs, OKC Entertainment can also help with your lighting. What better way to get the dance floor filled them with fantastic music and lights to set the mood?

Photo // Caroline Eliza Photography


Memory Lane Booth & Co. – Finding the perfect photo booth rental has never been easier. Memory Lane’s Airstream photo booth is the perfect option. It has been redesigned with photography in mind and the booth can fit up to twelve people! The quaint look of a cute and homey Airstream makes for the perfect, unique backdrop. Book them for any occasion!

Photo // Loganna Photography


Studio on Site – With their photo booth’s small, modern design and fast digital pictures for immediate sharing, what’s not to love about Studio on Site? You can have high-resolution prints made by request, make your new monogram a watermark on pictures from your reception, and their great lighting makes for great quality images. You won’t be disappointed with Studio on Site at your wedding!

Still looking for more entertainment vendors to keep your wedding guests dancing all night long? Check out our full list of Oklahoma wedding entertainment vendors here! Happy planning!

#ShopLocal: Why It’s Important to Buy Your Wedding Gown Locally

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You’ve said yes to the ring and to your soulmate – now it’s time to say YES to the dress! In the age of the internet and social media, the wedding gown options are truly endless. When you spend hours scrolling and looking for your dream dress, thinking about purchasing a dress from an online retailer, a chain retailer or from a retailer outside of your home market may seem like a sensible direction to go. But before you type in a URL, head to a chain store or embark on a trip to a destination bridal boutique, we encourage you to consider shopping for your wedding gown from a locally owned boutique. Buying your dress from a local retailer is so important for a plethora of reasons. Scroll below to see why we’re all about the #ShopLocal movement when it comes to choosing the wedding dress of your dreams.

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Photo: Josh McCullock

Why Buy Your Wedding Gown Locally?

1. Take advantage of the boutique’s connections with other local vendors. Trust us: the local wedding community is extremely connected. Your wedding dress retailer may very well have great recommendations for vendors you’re searching for and can help point you in the right direction as you plan your special day.

2. Enjoy a personalized shopping experience. Make an event out of shopping for your dress with your closest friends and family. Locally owned wedding gown stores don’t have to follow any rules set by a corporate overseer, so they can typically offer a more relaxed appointment experience, more flexibility with orders and specifications, potentially faster order windows and often, many more customization options. If your local dress shop doesn’t have what you’re looking for, they can work to source exactly what you need and communicating those needs in person is always easier. Plus, you might even find a local or regional designer you never would have known about otherwise.

3. Easier alterations and help with last-minute issues. This one is extra important. More than any other piece of clothing you’ll ever wear, your wedding dress is meant to fit you like a glove. Nine times out of ten, wedding dresses require at least a few rounds of alterations to get the perfect fit, and that process is much easier if you’re able to easily attend fittings at the shop and meet with your seamstress in-person. In the event you find yourself with a last-minute issue (tears and stains happen), a local wedding dress shop will be able to help out more easily than somewhere requiring you to send your dress off for assistance.

4. Supporting small businesses and your local economy is always a good idea. This one’s a no-brainer! It’s incredibly important to shop small and support the businesses involved in your local economy. These wedding dress boutiques are typically family-owned, often women-owned businesses with a heart for supporting local initiatives and a passion for being a part of this special season of life with you. You’ve got a friend in them!

Lucky for you, we have a directory of incredible bridal boutiques right here in Oklahoma for you to explore. They carry many of the most popular designers, countless styles to fit any bride’s tastes, an array of accessories to complete your look and most importantly, items you won’t find anywhere else but in their stores. Make an appointment today to see the magic they can create!

Elopement 101: What You Should Know About Choosing to Elope

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With the landscape of weddings forever changed because of COVID-19, elopements in lieu of traditional weddings are gaining popularity. Even after this pandemic passes and its effects are mostly behind us, industry predictions point toward elopements remaining a viable, enticing option for couples ready to tie the knot. What is eloping all about, anyway? Why choose to elope rather than host a more traditional wedding? We’re covering all the elopement basics for you, below. Keep scrolling!

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Photo: Kailey Watson Photo

How is an elopement different than a wedding?

Technically, the term “eloping” means to “run away” and originally was used in the context of running away together for a secret wedding – not telling anyone you’re getting married. As times have changed, eloping has evolved to cover things like getting married just the two of you, having a small, intimate ceremony that may or may not be followed by a larger reception later, getting married without any guests (or very few guests) whether in a destination locale or locally, like at the courthouse – elopements can cover a variety of scenarios! While eloping often saves money in comparison to a traditional wedding because you’re not covering expenses like a large venue, catering, favors, entertainment and other guest-centered costs, couples can still opt for a “luxury elopement” with nice formalwear, a professional photographer and even custom decor. Most often, a couple will choose to elope with the goal of getting married in a specific timeframe, not having to worry about the logistics of inviting guests, saving money or some combination of the three.

Elopements take significantly less time and resources to plan than weddings because again, the guest count factor is all but removed. These ceremonies typically include only the couple, officiant, witnesses if necessary and fewer than ten guests. But whether you’re inviting zero people or a few of your very closest loved ones, couples who choose to elope do still need a marriage license and officiant, and certain venues do still require a waiting period or advanced reservation to host the ceremony, however small. It’s important to note common elopement etiquette includes foregoing a wedding registry since you’re not hosting an all-out affair for guests.

Can we still have a reception after eloping?

Absolutely! Many couples still choose to host a celebration after eloping, whether that’s a small get-together after they’ve returned from a destination elopement, a dinner party the same night as a local elopement or a larger reception with lots of friends and family weeks or even months after a private ceremony. However you choose to celebrate is really up to you – when, where, how many guests – but you definitely don’t have to have any sort of reception, either.

Where should we elope?

The beauty of eloping is that you can do it just about anywhere, with a few considerations, of course. Las Vegas’s no-wait marriage licenses and plethora of “walk-in” venues makes it a popular destination for elopements, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Your local courthouse is always an option for a no-fuss affair, but consider places like a romantic resort, a park, the beach, a rooftop venue, a mountainside – if it can accommodate you, your fiancé and your officiant, it’s probably an option! Just be sure to do your research and make necessary reservations. You can also check with your favorite venues, as many have elopement packages!

How do we get our families on board with an elopement?

Although not true for every family, many families, parents especially, may respond with shock or disagreement when you mention the idea of an elopement. It can be tough to please everyone, certainly when your plans don’t line up with family members’ assumptions or expectations (which may affirm your decision to elope and not deal with family drama at your wedding!). It’s important to reassure loved ones that your intention is not to hurt them by excluding guests – it’s simply to keep your focus on your fiancé and your marriage. Unless you are taking part in a true secret elopement for personal reasons, it’s best to give immediate and even extended family a heads up about your plans to elope and inform them of a celebration to follow or let them know a special way they can support you, despite not having a traditional wedding.

If a true elopement is just too extreme, consider hosting an intimate wedding, instead. With a slightly larger guest list but still a low-key approach in terms of vendors involved, costs and fanfare, this can be a great compromise between an elopement and a large wedding, and ensures the focus is kept on you and your love.

An elopement may be the perfect solution for you and your sweetheart, and no matter how you choose to go about it, we’re here to help! Check out our blog for inspiration and don’t forget about our catalog of wonderful local vendors.

Happy eloping!

Make Your Honeymoon The Best It Can Be With These Tips!

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Planning the trip of a lifetime with your sweetheart? We’re so thrilled for you! The honeymoon is such a fun trip to look forward to and a relaxing, rewarding way to cap off this season of your life. No matter where you’re headed for your post-wedding getaway, you’ll need to do some prepping beforehand to ensure your trip goes smoothly. These tips can help you make the most of your trip – read on for more!

Work On Your Fitness

Make Your Honeymoon the Best It Can Be

If you’ll be wearing a swimsuit for days on end (or a wedding dress for one day, for that matter), working on your fitness can be a great way to prepare both physically and mentally! Getting into a fitness routine can help establish healthier habits as you embark on a new life chapter.

Pure Barre Edmond & Pure Barre Tulsa Midtown – The fastest, most effective way to change your body. These low-impact, yet high intensity workouts targeting your seat, thighs, abs and arms are designed to not only deliver results but also foster an uplifting, fun and supportive workout environment.

Club Pilates Nichols Hills & Club Pilates Edmond – A low-impact, yet challenging workout that enhances your mind-body connection, Club Pilates uses the Pilates Reformer machine to focus on lengthening and strengthening your muscles, inclusive to every body. It’s a confidence booster in more ways than one!

FIIT Fitness Studio – Are group workout classes not your thing? No worries. FIIT is Focused Intense Interval Training, available in both group classes and personal one-on-one training sessions, to help you tone up along with personalized nutrition programs.

Book Your Trip

Make Your Honeymoon the Best It Can Be

Planning a wedding is stressful enough on its own. Take something off your plate and leave the honeymoon planning to a professional! Often, their entire services are free of cost because they get paid by the resorts, not by you. So leave the logistics to them and simply enjoy the benefits – what’s not to love!

Under the Sun – A family-owned award-winning travel agency specializing in the romantic side of travel. Their passion lies in adding the magic of romance to destination weddings, anniversary trips and of course, honeymoons! They’ll work with you to make your vision a reality.

Michelle’s Destinations – With decades of experience planning romantic getaways, Michelle specializes in tropical locales as well as Europe! She’s a preferred agency with many notable resorts and knows all the tips and tricks to get you the most bang for your traveling buck.

Up Your Beauty Routine

Make Your Honeymoon the Best It Can Be

Of course you want your skin to be glowing for the big day, but it’s great to feel the most confident in your skin for your honeymoon, too! These local beauty hot spots can help you take care of every last detail.

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.

Muse Beauty Bar – Let Muse take care of your lashes before the big trip – one less thing to worry about! You’ll be able to have gorgeous, full lashes without the daily maintenance. Winning!

Profile Beauty Nook – Before you leave for a sunny getaway, let Profile take care of you with waxing and spray tanning services. From your head to your toes, you’ll be feeling our absolute best!

Pack Your Bags

Make Your Honeymoon the Best It Can Be

Before you know it, it’ll be time to get your passport ready and pack your bags! Before you leave, stop by a few local shops to pick up a few helpful items you won’t regret adding to your collection.

Bebe’s – Not only can Bebe’s in Nichols Hills help you curate an incredible registry to get married life off on the right foot, they’ve got all sorts of items you’ll want to take along on your honeymoon and the luggage to pack it in, including Jon Hart travel accessories and more!

Plenty Mercantile – After all is said and done, your honeymoon is sure to be a trip to remember – and one you certainly don’t want to forget! Head to Plenty to pick up a few keepsakes to commemorate your new life together, like a journal or memory book to record all the best details from your vacation. Bon voyage!

We hope we could help in the honeymoon planning phase by introducing you to some fabulous local businesses with everything you could need to prep! No matter what you need before the big day, our trusted local wedding vendors are ready to help. Happy honeymooning!

Photos courtesy of Pure Barre Edmond, Unsplash, Karl Rouwhorst and Bebe’s