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Destination Wedding Tips from Michelle’s Destinations Unlimted

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Navigate your destination wedding planning with ease with the help of travel expert Michelle Carbone of Michelle’s Destinations Unlimited. Her talented team makes planning from afar a breeze. Here are a few tips from the expert herself to kick off your destination wedding on the right foot.

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Give Notice

Give your guests ample notice. A year or more is ideal to allow guests to obtain passports and start tucking away money for the trip!

Stay Connected

Make sure to communicate with guests fairly regularly, especially those you don’t see in person a lot – if you use an agency like Michelle’s Destinations Unlimited, they keep a list of who all is booked and update their couples so you know who hasn’t booked yet!  They also make a wedding page for guests on their website with the details that can be updated anytime!

Make Photos a Priority

If there is one place you should never skimp, it’s photography! You’ll have these photos forever and they are sure to be the best keepsake from your day. Leave it to the professionals, whether you choose to bring one from home or hire a local professional!

Plan a Special Celebration

If you have more than 10 guests, plan to have a reception the evening of your wedding.  Many couples want to skip this at an all-inclusive resort and simply dine at one of the included restaurants, but guests have paid a lot of money to be there for your special day. Treat them to a private dinner on the beach or by the pool!

Set Deadlines

Set deadlines and stick to them! For the travel arrangements, having a date guests need to book by and telling them that booking is their RSVP, helps you know how many are attending, allows you flexibility if you’ve done blocked group space and ensures you don’t get any last minute guests who suddenly decide to come after you’ve already made plans for a smaller number of guests.

Skip the Traditional Rehearsal

Bypass a traditional rehearsal dinner – while you can choose to know that you’re not going to have a rehearsal in most cases, so a dinner isn’t a necessity. Many couples will have an informal gathering to welcome guests, but skip on paying for an additional group dinner. Think outside the box and set up a bonfire on the beach with s’mores (or other snacks, all up to you and your taste)!

Vintage Tropics Inspired Wedding by Tony Foss Flowers

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Photos by Randy Coleman Photography

Like a scene out of vintage Palm Springs, the wedding of local famed florist Tony Foss and longtime love DeWayne was a night full of dazzling details to be forever remembered! Aisle Be With You helped bring the couple’s vision to life in every element of the evening. Paper + More introduced the old Hollywood-inspired theme with a unmistakably classic black and white striped paper suite and scripted gold lettering. With punchy shades of hot pink, orange, bright purple and touches of red, the couple transformed the ballroom of the Colcord Hotel into a dreamy, old-fashioned tropical oasis. Gold chiavari chairs and black sequin-covered tables were provided by Mood Party Rentals, and Marianne’s Rentals set the mood with perfectly positioned lighting and drapery. Exotic and undeniably exquisite floral displays were created by none other than Tony Foss himself, with towering centerpiece arrangements, overflowing table displays and an orchid-draped trellis to frame the alter. Guests were treated to the most visually appealing (and tasty) four-layer, floral embellished cake from Mishelle Handy Cakes and danced the night away to Wade Towers of the Box Talent Agency. Fabulosity in every detail, we can’t get enough of this sweet couple’s perfectly thematic celebration! Cheers!

FEATURED VENDORS

Accommodations & Venue | Colcord Hotel

Wedding Planner | Aisle Be With You

Floral | Tony Foss Flowers

Rentals | Mood Party Rentals,

Lighting & Draping | Marianne’s Rentals

Cake | Mishelle Handy Cakes

Entertainment | Box Talent Agency

Invitations & Signage | Paper + More

Love Notes – A Romantic Collection of Wedding Invitation Suites

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We’ve teamed up with Oklahoma’s top wedding invitation pros to show you the most gorgeous and romantic wedding invitation suites from our Love Notes editorial in the most recent issue of Brides of Oklahoma! You’re going to love the darling marbling, calligraphy, floral and color in these fun-filled suites. From illustrations, maps, watercolor and more – these invitation designers and boutiques have you covered. Enjoy this collection of sweet snail mail captured by Kelsi Laine Photography!

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Paper + More

This traditional watercolor inspired invitation suite features illustrated Italian elements and is the perfect mix of European romance! The color palette is soft and sweet for a time-honored suite.

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Rachel Kathryn Designs

Rachel’s one-of-a-kind calligraphy paired with floral handmade elements makes this suite darling as ever. The deckled edges are on trend with the Love Notes concept, and we love the venue illustration on the enclosed map!

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Paper Girl

This monogrammed suite is inspired by cooler hues and timeless tradition. The shades of blue paired with something old, new and borrowed makes for the perfect mix!

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Prairie Letter Shop

This completely hand-lettered invitation suite by Prairie Letter Shop paired with a marble envelope liner is a modern take on nouveau romantics! Alex finished the suite with a copper wax seal and dip-dyed ribbon.

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Occasions

What’s more romantic than gold foil? The warm metallic mixed with the soft rose and dots pattern will set the tone for your romantic celebration!

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Modyen Design

We love the rock-and-roll edge on this invitation suite by Modyen Design. She captured a modern edge that is funky and bright!

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Loni Jane Creative

This floral watercolor suite is perfect for a romantic wedding inspired by fresh blooms. The modern typography paired with playful serifs makes for a great choice for the fun-loving bride!

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No Regrets

No Regrets designed an invitation suite inspired by sweeping curls and highlighting pink elements. Their custom heraldic symbol is traditional yet decked in unique handmade blooms. The marbled liner is icing on the cake!

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The Inviting Place

The Inviting Place created a rose print-lined envelope paired with hints of blue calligraphy on a textured watercolor paper for the most romantic combination. We also love the white calligraphy on the outer envelope – such a fun way to send a celebratory invitation!

Apply for our Summer Semester Internship Now!

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Interested in a internship with Brides of Oklahoma? We’re officially looking for graphic design and media interns to join our team during the summer semester! If you’ve ever dreamed about working for a beautiful magazine in the great state of Oklahoma, the opportunity has arrived! Applicants must be a college student majoring in PR, Advertising, Communications, Marketing, Online Media, Graphic or Web Design or a related field. We prefer seniors or juniors who are self-starters, full of creative ideas, love weddings and are organized. Those seeking to fill the media internship must be a strong writer. A knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign is a must for our graphic design intern. The internship is unpaid, but can be used for college credit. If you are interested in gaining tons of experience, working in an exciting, fast-paced environment, apply online here. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 20th.

With This Ring – Oklahoma Engagement Rings

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There is nothing like a little bling to make any girl look and feel fabulous! Today we are talking about the incredible Oklahoma jewelers who specialize in creating beautiful symbols of love through engagement rings. Feel free to let your jaw drop while viewing these dazzling diamonds captured by Tara Lokey Photography.

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BC Clark Jewelers specializes in diamonds and diamond jewelry. Each and every diamond showcased has been uniquely chosen and highly scrutinized so that they can offer customers a better selection of diamonds than anywhere in the state. BC Clark also specializes in fashion jewelry, staying on top of the latest trends and bringing many of the top jewelry designers in the world to Oklahoma. BC Clark is also known for its selection of fine Swiss watches, fine giftware and bridal registry services.

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Naifeh Fine Jewelry specializes in curating a unique and original collection of fine jewelry from designers all over north America and the world. For many of their designers, Naifeh Fine Jewelry is the only representation they have in Oklahoma and, sometimes, the entire south or Midwest. Although Naifeh is a full service jewelry store carrying a wide range of products including engagement rings and wedding bands, they feature unique offerings within each department.

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Brothers Glenn and Tim Lewis started Lewis Jewelers in 1976 and have made thousands of engagement and wedding rings since then. Today, they feature the largest selection of these rings in Oklahoma. They have the ability to custom make almost any style of ring in their own factory using 3D printing technology. Lewis Jewelers was invited to be the very first retail partner to offer Black Label Forevermark Diamonds. Only the top one percent of all diamonds can be a Forevermark, and Black Label diamonds represent the top one percent of all Forevermark Diamonds.