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From Brides, For Brides: Your Best Wedding Day Advice

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We asked, you answered! Last week, we asked our readers on Instagram to share one piece of wedding day advice they wish someone had told them. We received so many wonderful responses, it was hard to choose only a handful to share! We’re thrilled to pass along some of our favorite gems of wedding day advice from real Oklahoma brides. Remember, Brides of Oklahoma can be one of your best planning resources to help make sure your day is stress-free. We can recommend some of the best, most experienced Oklahoma wedding vendors to make your dreams for your special day come true. Scroll down to read some of the excellent advice these brides shared from their own experiences. Happy planning!

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Photo: Sarah Libby Photography

On hiring professional wedding vendors:

“Do NOT underestimate the necessity of an experienced wedding planner. I did everything myself and missed things that a professional wouldn’t have because I was too busy being a bride!” – Kayla R.

“Let someone else (a day-of planner) make your timeline. Just show up and be present!” – Paige K.

“Hire a day-of planner. Mine SAVED the day!” – Jes M.

On doing your own thing:

“Listen to others’ opinions. Go in with your compromises, but it’s okay to say no!” – Sky L.

“Make sure to soak in the moment. If you don’t greet all your guests, it will be okay.” – Ally R.

“This is YOUR wedding day, not everyone else’s! You can’t please everyone.” – Andrea S.

Other tips and tidbits:

“Hydrate (with water) and proteins (not sugars) the morning of!” – Sydney L.

“Practice your first kiss! We knew we were going to be nervous, so it was nice to have it already practiced!” – Taylor L.

“I wish we had a better getting ready schedule. It caused us to be late to family pics!” – Katelyn M.

“Designate someone to keep track of valuables (rings, vows, etc.). I lost my vows right before the first look and wish I had picked someone to always know where the important items were. It would’ve saved me about 45 minutes. I found them right where they should’ve been!” – Catherine H.

On not sweating the small stuff:

“Let the little things go. You won’t even remember the things you were so worried about.” – Kierstin N.

“Don’t sweat the little things. It won’t matter when you marry the man of your dreams!” – Elyse A.

Want even more valuable advice and gorgeous wedding inspiration from local Oklahoma brides? Order a copy of our latest mag!

5 Must-See Rural Wedding Venues West of Oklahoma City

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Today, we’re talking rural wedding venues! These five hot-spots absolutely need to be on your radar, and we’re here to break down each individual setting to highlight the characteristics that make them so unique. With the hope of making your search a little easier, we’ve selected luxe locations that have the potential to accommodate any bride’s desired wedding aesthetic. Whether you’re looking for a rustic-chic look or more along the lines of historic elegance, one of these rural wedding venues west of Oklahoma City is sure to be a perfect fit! Find even more venue inspo within the pages of our Fall/Winter 2018 issue, and make sure to follow us on Pinterest for the most up-to-date wedding trends! Cheers to these fabulous venues!

rural wedding venues west of Oklahoma city

rural wedding venues west of Oklahoma city

Festivities Event Center

Originally constructed in 1915 as a post office, the historic two-story Georgian-style building is located only 25 minutes west of Oklahoma City. In 2001, Festivities was privately purchased, and renovations began the same year with the restoration of the original hardwood floors, 10-foot windows, 16-foot ceilings, marble walls and tile floors. Using both the inside and the outside courtyard area, crowds of up to 400 can be accommodated for your big day!

Photos: Emily Nicole Photo

rural wedding venues west of Oklahoma city

rural wedding venues west of Oklahoma city

81 Ranch

Located in Enid, Oklahoma, 81 Ranch is a place where wedding dreams come true! With natural wood beams, a wide-open ceiling and tall windows, the chapel at 81 Ranch is breathtakingly exquisite. The venue also contains beautiful landscaped gardens overflowing with lush florals, a stunning banquet hall and a regal staircase that will transport your guests into a refreshing rustic affair.

Photos: Kevin Paul Photography

rural wedding venues west of Oklahoma city

The McGranahan Barn

The McGranahan Barn is an Oklahoma family heirloom that has been passed down through generations. The massive wooden barn is the crown jewel of the property, with its huge sliding doors, vaulted and beamed ceilings and spacious interior. The McGranahan Barn brings Oklahoma’s authentic, rustic beauty to life on acres and acres of gorgeous rolling plains.

Photo 1:Lauren Grigg Photography | Photo 2: Oh My Deer Photography

rural wedding venues west of Oklahoma city

rural wedding venues west of Oklahoma city

The Palace Event Center & The Chateau at the Palace Event Center 

With Old World style décor, large crystal chandeliers and rare architectural antiques, our elegant Oklahoma brides are sure to love the large space provided by the Palace Event Center. Inside the Palace, your guests will feel like they are being entertained in the middle of a European courtyard. The venue features an original 2,800 square foot floating dance floor with a custom 35’ bar, accommodating up to 500 guests. It’s sister venue, The Chateau, also located on site, is smaller and more intimate with a similar design aesthetic, accommodating up to 125 guests.

Photo 1: Kelsi Laine Photography | Photo 2: Rosie Cheeks Photography

rural wedding venues west of Oklahoma city

rural wedding venues west of Oklahoma city

Woodward Conference Center

Situated in Northwest Oklahoma overlooking Experiment Lake, the Woodward Conference Center can accommodate approximately 650 guests in the Exhibit Hall, and can be reduced to three smaller areas seating up to 150. Rooms for less than 100 guests are also available. The venue can accommodate outdoor weddings with a gorgeous patio overlooking the lake, or the enclosed atrium might be your ideal solution, seating 150 guests featuring floor to ceiling windows. The conference center’s experienced staff is able to assist the bridal party with everything from design to local vendors and are able to make your wedding day as stress-free as possible!

Spooky-Chic: Subtle Hints of Halloween to Mix into Your Fall Wedding

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‘Tis the season for ghosts, goblins and gorgeous holiday-themed inspo of course! We couldn’t stand to pass up the opportunity to celebrate Halloween on the blog, so today, we’ve compiled a vision board chock-full of different ways to subtly incorporate a little spooky-chic into your fall wedding. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be oh-so obsessed with these elegant hints of Halloween! For even more beautiful wedding inspiration, make sure to pick up our latest Fall/Winter 2018 issue. Happy haunting!

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Mishelle Handy Cakes | Leslie Herring Events | Josh McCullock Photography | Mood Party Rentals | Poppy Lane Design | Dresser Mansion

hints of Halloween

New Leaf Floral | Jordan Mobley Photography

hints of Halloween

Prim | Park House at Myriad Gardens | J.J. Kelley Bridal Salon | Holli B. Photography

hints of Halloween

Loni Jane Creative

hints of Halloween

Poppy Lane Design | Party Pro Rents | Blueberry Hill Events | Dresser Mansion | Anna Schroeder Visuals

hints of Halloween

Paper + More | Trochta’s Flowers and Garden Center | BC Clark Jewelers | Kristen Edwards Photography | Aisle Be With You

Sweet Devotion Cakery | Malyn Made Weddings | Party Pro Rents | Jordan Taylor Photography

hints of Halloween

J.J. Kelley Bridal Salon

hints of Halloween

Laurel & Marie | Leslie Herring Events | Josh McCullock Photography | Mood Party Rentals | Poppy Lane Design | Dresser Mansion

5 Delectable Favors Your Guests Will Love

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After the “I do’s” have been said, the toasts have been given and you’ve danced the Cupid Shuffle at least twice, you’ll want to leave your guests with a final farewell token of your appreciation. What could be better than delectable dessert favors from some of our very favorite local Oklahoma makers? From cake pops to cookies, you’re sure to find the perfect sweet treat to bid your guests adieu. Keep scrolling for the sugary inspo of your dreams!

Apple Tree Chocolate | Caroline ElizaBC Clark Jewelers

With chocolate as a passion, Apple Tree Chocolate has both classic and unconventional confections of all shapes and sizes, and we know you and your guests will love the delicious desserts they create. Their iconic apples come in a variety of flavors to choose from, but their menu also boasts a variety of treats including cute cake pops and chocolate-dipped s’mores. They even make their caramel and marshmallows from scratch! We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to feature their adorable treats!

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Gingersnaps | Kevin Paul Photography | June Sixteenth Events

Gingersnaps is a home-based bakery specializing in iced cookies and cake pops! They are the perfect treats for any event, and can be customized to each customer’s exact needs. Cookies and cake pops come in several different flavors and designs – the options are endless! We love the idea of incorporating your wedding’s floral design into these sweet treats to hand out as favors at the end of the evening or having a batch to serve at your bridal shower!

Sweet Devotion Cakery | Malyn Made Weddings | Spain Ranch | Hanna Taylor Photography

Tulsa native, Angela, from Sweet Devotion Cakery, makes everything homemade and handcrafted in her kitchen. She works with your ideas and favorite flavors (including gluten and dairy free) to create the perfect cake from the inside out! Angela’s specialty desserts are always as eye-catching as they are delicious, and are super easy to wrap up in a cute bow and hand out later, or even use as a focal point on your place settings at the reception!


All Things Cake

All Things Cake is family-owned and operated in Tulsa, OK. Since opening in 2010, All Things Cake has been a part of thousands of celebrations. Over the years, All Things Cake has earned the reputation of having the most talented decorators on its team. Each week they create one-of-a-kind cakes for all occasions and their knowledge of cake decorating techniques, tools and trends make All Things Cake a great resource for decorators.

Clauren Ridge Vineyard & Winery | Andrea Murphy Photography | Naifeh Fine Jewelry

Kick off cocktail hour with a glass of locally produced wine to celebrate the happiest day of your life or pop a bottle into your welcome bags for a truly unique greeting! From the grape to the bottle, Clauren Ridge actively participates in every step of the winemaking process ensuring your guests are enjoying a 100% local treat. With a selection of red, white and even a fruity Sweet Symphony Peach Watermelon (pictured above), you’re sure to find a flavor for each lady and gent in attendance.

12 Steps to Planning the Perfect Rehearsal Dinner

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The rehearsal dinner kick-starts your wedding weekend, and serves as the perfect opportunity for close friends and family members to gather and mingle the evening before your wedding. You’ve likely stressed enough over planning the perfect wedding day, so this is the time to sit back and relax before the chaos of the big day hits. With all of this in mind, we’ve compiled a step-by-step checklist of planning tips to throw the most fabulous rehearsal dinner! Make sure to check out even more inspirational wedding ideas in our latest Fall/Winter 2018 issue, as well as by following us on Pinterest! Happy planning!

ONE // Decide Who Will Host the Dinner

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Foolish Things Coffee Co

Typically, the rehearsal dinner is the groom’s parent’s time to shine, but if we’re being honest, anything goes these days. If the bride’s family paid for the ceremony, stick with tradition and let the groom’s side chip in. However, if both sides of the family contributed to the big day, maybe this is your and your fiancé’s chance to pay.

TWO // Pick Your Venue

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Broadway 10

Your venue will undoubtedly set the tone for your rehearsal dinner. Open floor plans like Broadway 10 are a great way to keep the evening more relaxed and casual in preparation for all of the exciting festivities to come the next day. It will also encourage your guests to mingle, as quite a few will likely be meeting for the first time.

THREE // Create the Guest List

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The Chalkboard

A rehearsal dinner guest list traditionally includes anyone with a role in your wedding, as well as close friends and family members. If you have any guests traveling, it’s courteous to invite them as well, considering how far they’ve come to celebrate this new chapter in your life! More on this next, but you’ll want to include the option to RSVP to the rehearsal with a ‘plus one’ to get a better headcount estimate.

FOUR // Send Out Invites

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Pepperoni Grill | Modern Love Photography

Your rehearsal dinner invitations should be sent out separately from your wedding invitations. They should include your venue’s address, the time of the dinner, the time and location of the rehearsal practice, RSVP contact and deadline info, a menu overview as well as suggested attire.

FIVE // Notify Those You Want to Give Toasts

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Cafe 501

The fathers of the bride and groom typically give toasts at the rehearsal dinner, but, as previously mentioned, anything goes in 2018. You’ll want to give whoever those special people are ample notice so that they’re able to collect their thoughts in full. Chances are, you have quite a few people who would love the opportunity to wish you and your honey-to-be well in front of a smaller, more intimate audience. Considering an open mic is a great option!

SIX // Exchange Gifts

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The rehearsal dinner is the perfect time to gift the members of your wedding party, especially if it involves something you’d like them to wear the next day for the ceremony. Also keep parents, grandparents and anyone else who has contributed to your wedding weekend in mind.

SEVEN // Create Your Menu

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Boulevard Steakhouse

Your menu is completely dependent on the tone you’d like to set for the evening! If you’re going for a more casual vibe, a buffet featuring gourmet pizza slices and a variety of salad options might be right for you. If you’re interested in a more formal evening, a steak and lobster dish as shown above from Boulevard Steakhouse could be the way to go!

EIGHT // Say Your Thank-Yous

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Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse

This should go without saying, but here we are, saying it anyways. SHOW GRATITUDE! It’s likely that your guests have supported you and your fiancé throughout your relationship, as well as gone out of their way in some form or fashion to be in attendance. Start the evening off with a word of thanks, possibly including an itinerary for the evening.

NINE // Schedule the Time Appropriately

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Harris Custom Catering | Picturesque Photos by Amanda

It’s possible that a portion of your rehearsal dinner guests may not be attending the rehearsal itself. You don’t want them waiting at the venue for too long, so make sure you map out travel time between your ceremony venue and dinner locale. Generally, a rehearsal practice shouldn’t require any longer than 30-45 minutes, so heading to dinner around 7:00 pm after a 5:30 pm rehearsal is fairly typical as far as timing goes.

TEN // Check with Vendors + Set Up Any Equipment Early

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Museum Cafe

If you have a wedding coordinator, you can ignore this step! Hooray! However, if you’ve chosen to take on the task of coordinating yourself, you’ll want to follow up with all of your vendors the morning of your rehearsal dinner to ensure that everything runs smoothly. If you have any equipment to set up, such as a projector for a slideshow or microphones and speakers, this is a great time to get that taken care of so you can avoid that hassle at the beginning of the dinner!

ELEVEN // Give Out Any Last-Minute Reminders

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Packard’s New American Kitchen

Toward the end of your rehearsal dinner, you may want to take advantage of everyone being seated in one place at one time, and give a few quick reminders of the time and location of your ceremony and reception. You may also include any details regarding transportation for guests, as well as arrival times for the wedding party.

TWELVE // Relax and Enjoy!

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Venue 7 @ Cafe 7 | Modern Love Photography

Last, but certainly not least, enjoy! Your rehearsal dinner is the calm before the storm, and a great opportunity to spend quality time with your closest friends and family before you take the plunge into wedding day chaos. Make sure you actually eat the food you’ve worked so hard to arrange for, and truly live in the moment!