Bridechilla™ Tip #22

Tip #22 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ – Hashtag your wedding day!
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7018447cad096afca8d8f3caf39b6033It certainly is 2013 when we’re advising you to hashtag your own wedding, but you wouldn’t believe how awesome it can be when you’re looking back on the memories. Social media is really taking off and there are always new ways of making use of it. Not sure what a hashtag is? Let our friends at urbandictionary.com sum it up for you:

If you have been on Twitter, you may have seen a “hashtag.” To put it simply, a hash tag is simply a way for people to search for tweets (or instagrams!) that have a common topic and to begin a conversation. For example, if you search on #LOST (or #Lost or #lost, because it’s not case-sensitive), you’ll get a list of tweets related to the TV show. What you won’t get are tweets that say “I lost my wallet yesterday” because “lost” isn’t preceded by the hash tag.

By asking your guests to #hashtag their instagram photos and twitter posts, you can easily search the given hashtag and view all the tweets and instagram photos shared from your wedding -all taken by your guests! How cool would it be to have a ton of candid shots to look back on while you wait to leave on your honeymoon? Here are some great ways to show your guests how to capture the fun at your chill day.


Instagram-wedding-hashtag And of course chalkboards are a really easy way to get the word out about your hashtag, just make sure your guests see it as soon as they arrive.hashtagST_Instagram_Your_Wedding_1

What will your hashtag be?

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scpDOTW24(pp_w850_h566_m1304630901_a73_pBL)We think you get the idea…. #BETHECHILL

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Win a Free Bridechilla™ T-Shirt

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We are so excited to be giving one of our lucky Bridechilla™ fans a free t-shirt, and even more excited to announce how easy it is to enter this giveaway. We would love to award one lucky anti-bridezilla this chill t-shirt. So to our dear bridechillas-to-be, be thrilled when you find out how E A S Y it is to enter this giveaway!

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A little about the goods:
THE JENNINE  Bridechilla™ tee is a true classic. With a little bit edgy with a whole lot of style, it is manufactured by Alternative Apparel and features a ground collar, cap sleeves and a bottom hem for a distressed, worn-in look. Ribbed neckband and hems with blind stitching on collar and hems.

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ENTRANTS MUST:

  1. Like Bridechilla’s Facebook Fan Page OR get (1) Friend to like the page, in the case that you have already liked our page (right on!). Please leave a comment with your name and your friend’s names below so we can account for the likes you have.
  2. That’s it! The first 100 likes will be entered in a drawing to win this stylish piece of chill wear. Always remember you can purchase one anytime by visiting our store.

BRIDECHILLA™ GIVEAWAY Contest will be ending Monday, March 25th, 2013. The winner will be chosen using random.org.

How to Honor Lost Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

While browsing through Pinterest yesterday we came across this touching photo of a mantlepiece, decorated with photos of lost loved ones.

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Photo by Amanda K Photography

As lovely as this mantlepiece was as decor, it’s meaning was even more beautiful. At the bottom of the mantle were candles, and on the top there were quite a few tastefully mismatched frames carrying photos of lost loved ones. Many of us get to our big day and are unfortunately have already lost someone we wanted to be present at such a special event in our lives, and we find ourselves trying to think of ways to keep their memory there on a very important day.
You can remember your loved one by including them in your speech during the reception, including their favorite color in your bouquet, or even wearing something they wore on their wedding day. Here are some more ideas on how to keep their memory alive on a day you will miss them most:

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Antique bottles make great frames for old photos, and could even be placed at the welcome table or hang them from the tree with some lights.

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With every step down the aisle you can remember the one you lost.. loved this idea.

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Place their favorite flowers, or their favorite colors in a basket near the alter.

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Love this idea because it can be carried with you through the day and also kept as a keepsake after the wedding.

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It works with the groom as well!

Lastly, please hop on over to Sweet Paul to see this DIY that you can do with old photographs too, it would be perfect to hang on a tree or small plant. There are tons of ways to add a special touch like this to your chill day, and which ever way makes you feel closest to the guest that you miss most is up to you and your spouse. As long as their memory is present not only in your ceremony, but your heart.

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Bridechilla™ Tip #21

Tip #21 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ – Add unique details to your wedding. Nothing says chill like little touches.

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Your wedding day will be remembered by many, and there are tons of ways to make it even more chill in a personal way. By including small design elements that mean a lot to YOU in your chill day, this will make it even more memorable by you and your future spouse. It’s the simple things like the handwritten chalkboard signs and burlap wrapped bouquets that can make your wedding even more beautiful. Because what makes a chill atmosphere so perfect? The D E T A I L S. Everyone loves a small touch; even if it’s just a welcome sign with food favors for guests that have traveled from miles away or even a dog walking down the alter (you all know we love inviting them too). As a Bridechilla, you will never be the one stressing about the entire ceremony going well, you will be remembering the amazing little touches like the groom’s first look and riding a bike through wine country after the ceremony.

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Bridechilla Jennine and her husband Ian having a memorable moment after their wedding!

382196_10151472289803482_739389958_nP.S. Check out Niamah and Darren’s Off The Beaten Path wedding featured on Style Me Pretty to get a real good idea of what we mean by little details!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Floral Crown Inspiration For Brides

Well, it’s no secret that we’re in love with floral crowns as a veil alternative (Um, hello?! Have you seen our spring wedding inspiration board?!) and it’s about time we share some of our favorite looks for a chill spring wedding. Flowers in your hair are officially no longer limited to flower girls anymore, so let’s UNVEIL the chill that is hair adornments and accessories for brides.

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Having a floral crown instead of a veil adds a fairytale-esque feeling to your chill day, and it’s become something that you can even make on your own. Check out the DIY by Hello May by clicking the image below!

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If any of our Bridechillas take on this DIY we would love to see!

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floral haloNow, don’t get us wrong – veils will always be the definition of a classic bridal beauty, but you have to admit that the rose floral crowns above just add a sense of effortless and modern beauty. Just in case you aren’t DIY savvy, below we’ve shared a few great online shops where you can find some of this natural chill beauty for yourself.

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  1. Whimsical White Floral Crown by Gardens of Whimsy
  2. Rose Bloom Crown by Nasty Gal
  3. Cherry Blossom Crown by The Honey Comb
  4. Sakura Halo by BHLDN

See, even the pup’s got the idea 😉

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Go ahead Bridechillas, it’s time to be unveiled.

Credits: Photo 1 by Life in Still Photography  PHOTO 2 by jose villa
Photo 3 by Erin & Tara  Photo 4 by Kim Le Photography Photo 5 by Eric Boneske

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Bridechilla™ Tip #20

Tip #20 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ – Remind your groom to have some fun on the wedding day.

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So your chill day is finally here! And you and the chill gals might be staying at a hotel with plans to use the entire morning to get ready for the day. And of course, the guys only take a small percentage of the time you do to get ready and need something fun to occupy the rest of their time until the ceremony. Being the Bridechilla™ that you are, you want to make sure your groom has something planned to keep the boys enjoying their day while the girls get dolled up.

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Here are some chill ideas for groomsmen activities:

  • Of course, the most popular suggestion is to play golf. If your groom loves the game this would be a fun activity for them.
  • If they’re not golf fans, suggest a trip to the batting cages or a game of football… just make sure everyone comes back in one piece 🙂
  • A card game or a game of pool are also great suggestions (and are much safer too).
  • Brunch! Having a meal will keep their energy up for the big day ahead, and would also be a great way to relax.
  • On the morning of the wedding, have the boys go to a classic barber shop for a shave.
  • Take photos. This would be a perfect time to have your photographer get some shots of your groom and his groomsmen. If you need ideas for posing, there’s a few funny ones on our Pinterest!
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Boys just want to have fun!

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No matter what your grooms are up to on your chill day, it is important they are having FUN and enjoy the day from start to finish. Let the boys be boys and the girls will be girls. And everyone will be C H I L L.

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