What to wear to rehearsal dinner

Holy crap you guys. I AM GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW! The day I have been dreaming about my entire life…it’s finally here. It still doesn’t feel real quite yet but I am definitely feeling excited, anxious, emotional, and just all the feels! But with tonight being our rehearsal dinner, I thought I would take the time to whip out a quick blog post sharing some ideas of what to wear to YOUR rehearsal dinner. I know since I have gotten engaged some of you have started following me who are also fellow brides, and you want all the advice and help you can get! So, that’s what I’m here for :) And if you aren’t engaged yet, you can keep this post in your back pocket— or if you are know where close or already passed this, think of this as a white dress blog post for all of your Summer needs!

I have included dresses of all different types for you guys so you have a wide variety to browse through. All these dressers range from different price points depending on what you are wanting to spend, and different retailer like Amazon or Nordstrom depending how fancy or casual you want to be. I have decided to be somewhat casual for mine since the big day is such a rush! Also, dressing casual makes me a little more calm. Head on over to Instagram stories today to see me try on a few of the dresses I have linked and to follow along the bridal party!


Happy shopping, and if you have any questions feel free to DM, comment, or email. I may take longer to reply since…tomorrow is my wedding, lol! Happy Friday and I hope you all enjoy the weekend.

XO,

Danielle Alana

Wedding Diary #4 | Holy Shit, I'm Getting Married

Yes, you read the title of this correctly. I try not to use bad words on any of my social media pieces, but this time— it’s appropriate. Holy shit, I’m getting married. In three days! Last time I did a wedding diary (only 7 days ago), I poured my heart out. If you missed it, you can read it here. I talked about the stressful moments, the heart ache, and really just all of my feelings. Not to mention everything I said was going to happen, did! My bachelorette (a BLAST), ear wax removal surgery (so fun), and. Without further ado, here is the FINAL, wedding checklist…

Ha, only two things changed. My hair is ready to go and Tim’s outfit is picked up! The rest of what is left (honeymoon stuff, spa appointments) is all happening either June 7th or not until after the wedding. We waited a week in between the wedding and the honeymoon because we wanted to be here for Father’s Day, and not miss it completely by being on a long flight. All of my checklists compared back to back, you can see a huge jump between diary 2 and 3. I basically finished everything during that time period. When I visioned it from the start, I totally thought it was going to be done in more equal parts. Instead, I just kind of went into “let’s get finish everything” mode which left me two weeks out from the wedding with everything crossed off the checklist. Looking back, I wish I maybe spread it out more evenly so I wasn’t so flustered trying to cram everything in. On the other side though, being two weeks away from my wedding and having nothing to do…the best! It must have been all the horror stories about doing last minute things the night before your wedding that kicked me into gear. ;)

Since I got all the emotions out in last weeks wedding diary, this week is plain and simple, straight to the point. The big day is 3 days away. All I have left to do is enjoy myself at rehearsal dinner, enjoy girl time before then, and marry my best friend. Sounds like the best “all I have left to do” list I’ve ever heard! Really though, the whole point of me doing these wedding diaries was to let you all in on the wedding planning process. Not only that, but also for me to have something to look back on in the future to read and also (hopefully!) show my children one day. Now that this is the last diary, it does make me a little sad! I know some of you found me and my blog through wedding related stuff- whether it was a giveaway, my wedding dress try-on, or just on Instagram. I’ve said it before, but connecting with my followers and creating relationships with you guys truly is one of the best parts of doing this whole thing. If you aren’t engaged or not even close to it, I hope everything I’ve documented can someday help you in the future. If you’re engaged, I wish you the best of luck during your wedding planning process and hope you’ve had fun following along and going though the same steps together! If you’re already married, or have been for awhile, I hope all this wedding talk didn’t annoy you TOO much. And, I hope this brought back all the memories you had while you were in my shoes, and maybe you got to relive it a little.

Whatever step you are at in life, I hope all of this wedding talk benefitted you in one way or another. And, I thank you truly for letting me open up to you guys about everything in the past 9 months. For letting me talk your ear off, complain a little (ok maybe a lot), and sharing everything with you. It has been so much fun, and I can’t wait to share future seasons of life with you all.

Now, for the moment that has seemed so far away, but is somehow already here…so long, wedding diaries.

XO,

Danielle Alana

Wedding Diary #3 | Let the Countdown Begin

We are officially 10 DAYS AWAY FROM JUNE 8TH, 2019. I will be walking down the aisle to marry the love of my life in exactly ten days. All of the planning, stress and everything is leading up to this very monumental, life changing day. Last time I checked in with you guys with Wedding Diary #2, which you can read here, I was talking about how stressed I am. I’m still a little stressed, but I also have gotten a lot more emotional over the whole thing. Here is an update on the checklist before I dive into how I’m feeling:

Wedding Diary #2 Checklist:

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Wedding Diary #3 Checklist:

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As you can see comparing the checklists back to back, A LOT has been accomplished since I last checked in with you guys! This blog post is also getting up way later than I expected. Hence what I said in the beginning, these last couple months have been super stressful. If you’ve watched my Instagram stories you know I had two “oh shit” moments. One completely being my fault, and the other completely out of my control. A little recap in case you missed it: the one that was completely my fault, has been fixed! My hair stylists are coming from out of state and I bought them airline tickets, but I bought them BACKWARDS. So instead of Arizona to California, I bought them California to Arizona. Thank GOODNESS I realized this now instead of the day before the wedding, because that is when the tickets were bought for. American Airlines has been a huge help with their customer service and we got new tickets without any trouble. I was seriously SO lucky, and I honestly can’t believe I made that big of a mistake. The second “oh shit” moment was with my photo booth, that is still TBD. A couple of local brides have told me that this company has cancelled on them the day of the wedding. With only a few hours notice. Obviously, our wedding hasn’t happened yet, so I’m not sure what the outcome is going to be yet. I will say though, that I have finally gotten a response from them and am in contact with them. Every story has two sides, so referring to the wedding cancellations, I’m glad I got their side of the story. We are both on the same page for June 8th and are planning for it to be perfect! So fingers crossed it stays that way.

Now that I gave you a recap and an update, do you see this checklist?! Get ready for a huge bragging moment for a second. This whole wedding planning thing was A LOT harder than I thought. Towards the beginning I felt really on top of things, really organized, and really relaxed. The first part of our engagement was a dream come true. Mostly, all the fun things happened during that time. Our engagement party, our engagement photos, wedding dress shopping, the holidays, it was a blast. Not to mention my bridal showers and my bachelorette coming up this weekend, If I could relive these over and over again I would. But as most of you know, 2019 was a really, really, bumpy start.

My Dad’s health took a turn for the worse as soon as 2019 started, and he passed away early February. This put wedding planning on hold for a little, and I (as expected) haven’t been myself much lately. As we creep slowly towards the big day, I’m getting more emotional over swallowing the fact that he won’t be there. I know he will be there in spirit, and that the entire day will be perfect thanks to him watching over us… but it just won’t be the same. It’s really hard to explain, but all the stress from the wedding I have definitely worn as a shield. A shield to block the fact of how heart broken I am that my sweet daddy won’t be here to walk me down the aisle, or do my first dance. Before he passed away, his wish was that his brother walk me down the aisle and give me away. If you asked him, he would say his brother was his best friend. I know having him next to me at the ceremony will give me so much comfort, since I see so much of my Dad in him.

At the end of the day though, after it’s all said and done, this is the way it was meant to be. I trust in His plan, even through the dark times. Whenever I get into these moments of “no light at the end of the tunnel” when it comes to all of this, I try and sit back and reflect. I replay Tim proposing in my head, the feeling I had walking into my engagement party, the looks on our families faces when they saw us both, the parties, and most of all…saying yes to marrying the love of my life. The flowers, all the guests, yummy desserts—it’s all just a huge added bonus. The most important thing on this day will be Tim, and I, making a commitment to each other for the rest of our lives.

Talk about a roller coaster of events. Not to mention, everything I just went into detail on are not the only things that happened. I think highlighting what happened though, really allows me to give myself grace through all of this. I’m a total perfectionist, so obviously when it comes to one of the most important days of my life, I’m going to be even more so. Going off the checklist, the only things left to be done are next week or the day before the wedding. And boy does it feel good! Three wedding diaries down, only one more to go. Next time I write one of these it will be my last one, I’ll have gone to my bachelorette, AND had surgery. Woo! I hope you all have a great rest of your week and thanks for letting me take you along this process.

XO,

Danielle Alana

Shopping with the Groomsmen

This day was so exciting! From the very beginning I knew exactly what I wanted Tim and his groomsmen to look like dress wise. I had a vision that was so specific, but I seriously didn’t even know where to start. I’m one of those people that has a hard time putting into words what I’m looking for because I’m so visual. Before knowing who was going to dress the guys for this special day, I was starting to worry that I wasn’t going to find EXACTLY what I was looking for. And let’s be honest, I had never gone tux shopping with anyone before so I didn’t even know what to expect! Tim suggested going to Friar Tux from the beginning, but being a guy his reasoning was, “they’re close by”. Of course convenience is a plus, but I was also looking for more than just that. Now that shopping with the groomsmen has passed and the big day is almost here, here is why we went with Friar Tux for all of our needs and why we will never go anywhere else!

Personability

Being a bride alone is just plain stressful. There are so many decisions to make, and although a lot of them are fun, it can easily become overwhelming. When shopping for Tim’s look and his guys, it was important to me that the process be stress free and also have the process be personable. In order to grasp the idea of the big day, I wanted the stylist to be willing to sit and listen to my vision rather than just dressing them for any old wedding. During our appointment, it was so nice to be HEARD! Our stylist, Eric, made sure to ask important questions regarding color schemes, my vision, and also all of our requests. This made for a great first impression and immediately relieved my stress about it all.

Endless Options

I guess when I envisioned going tux shopping, I didn’t imagine having very many looks to choose from. If we’re being honest, I thought I would only have three to choose from. My naive brain told me tuxes were plain and simple! While waiting for our appointment (not long at all), I was shocked at how many tuxedo options there were to choose from. Lined along the wall as you will see in the photos below, your imagination can really go wild. My worry about not finding what I wanted immediately went away after browsing the store!

No Pressure

Tim’s first worry about this process was having to buy a tuxedo. I’m 100% the spender and he is the saver in this relationship, without a doubt. When I told him I wanted tuxedos to be the look and Black Tie to be our dress code, he panicked about the price. Guests shying away from buying one, his groomsmen not being able to get them, and the whole deal. After our appointment at Friar Tux, Tim was surprised to learn that there was no pressure to buy. Not only for him but for everyone! The rent option is so convenient for people who don’t want to fully commit to purchasing a tux. The main worry for people I think is buying a tuxedo and not having anywhere to wear it too, which I totally understand. So the rent option was a game changer for Tim and his groomsmen!

Convenience

Tim was right, convenience is pretty nice! But I’m not just talking about the location. Though on their website if you click HERE, they do have a store locator which is very helpful. Besides that, you can literally get the tux from anywhere— not just in the store! You can sit on the couch, do it on your phone, go in store, whatever you prefer. Besides the ordering process being a breeze, the pickup is fast too. As a bride, its one less thing to worry about for me since I know the groomsmen had the pick up date just the way they wanted it.

Sizing

Tim’s groomsmen sizes are literally all over the place. We have three who are super tall, some very short, and then in the middle. Not only different heights, but also different body sizes. When getting Tim fitted first for his tuxedo, we had to play around with some sizes. He has very long arms but a bit shorter (still super long) legs. So the standard size for Tim didn’t work. Thankfully Friar Tux takes this into consideration, and we had no problem mixing and matching his sizes to get the look perfect look. They took the time to make sure Tim was comfortable which was so nice!

So, if you couldn’t already tell, we fell in love and found our forever tux shop: Friar Tux! I’m so happy with how the looks turned out and I can’t wait to see them on the wedding day next to our bridesmaids. Not only that, but to see Tim just at this shopping day made me emotional! I’m pretty sure he’s supposed to cry when he sees me, but I already know I’m going to cry when I see him in just six weeks. Since I’m sure you are dying to see what the look is, without further ado, here is a sneak peak!

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Since only a few of his groomsmen were able to make it the same day as Tim, you’ll have to wait just a tad bit longer to see the whole group together! Friar Tux did an outstanding job and these looks really do pull together the whole bridal party for a very Spring black tie wedding. 45 days and counting…

Thank you to Friar Tux for sponsoring this post. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own.

XO,

Danielle Alana

My Brunch & Bubbly Bridal Shower

I’m so excited to share all the details of this special day with you all! My bridal shower with my closest girlfriends was seriously a dream come true. I truly a girly girl at heart— I love all things pink, feminine, and anything to do with dessert or brunch. This theme fit me perfectly and my Maid of Honor’s really did an outstanding job. I created a Pinterest board with all of these detail photos and everything, so if you would like Pin inspiration on your Pinterest you can follow the board HERE. Just simply re-pin to your own board and save ideas for the future or for a friend. Other than that, everything that I could possibly link is located at the bottom of this biog post! Also before I get questions, the location of my bridal shower was at a family friends house so unfortunately you cannot rent this location. Enjoy these photos and if you use any of these ideas please tag me! I would love to see.

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Location: Family Friend’s House

Outfit: Dress | Heels | Necklace

Glam: Makeup Artist | Hair by Me

Photographer: Sydney Bliss Photography

Food: Dessert | Donuts | Bubbly Bar (store bought) | Brunch

Rentals: Tables | Chairs | Umbrellas

Arch: Made by Tim’s Dad for our wedding ceremony | Schlueter Sign

Decorations: Hanging Decor (family friends) | Bubbly Bar Sign | Balloons | Flowers

Games: Would She Rather | Bridal Bingo

If I forgot to link anything please feel free to comment and ask or send me a message on here, Instagram or email.

XO,

Danielle Alana