Looking for a sure-fire way to make wedding planning more stressful? Of course you're not!
We ask all of the couples that we feature what surprised them most about wedding planning. The most common answer? How many decisions you have to make.
What's a couple to do?
There are some great apps and services that help keep you organized and stay on task, but one thing we have become huge fans of are the multi-service platforms. That's why we love Basic Invite so much.
If you're looking for the best wedding invitations online, you're in luck! Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options. So, you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it - down to the smallest detail.
With custom samples, thousands of invitation sets and a free address collection service, you pretty much can't go wrong.
We love a one stop shop and, in addition to everything else, they have free couple wedding websites.
So, just to recap - you can create your customized invitation suite, collect addresses, create a wedding website, send thank you's and you get a keepsake guest book. Check, check, check annnnnd check.
You can see some of the designs that they offer here, but the possibilities really are limitless!
See for yourself at Basic Invite!
Tell us your love story!
We met online in 2015 while living near DuPont Circle in DC. After chatting for a week and realizing we had mutual friends, our schedules finally aligned and we grabbed drinks. Date two followed shortly after and quickly we were meeting each other’s friends. We spent two years together in DC before moving down to Atlanta (Patrick’s hometown) and beginning to plan our life together here.
What about the proposal?
Patrick had indicated that he wanted to be the one to propose and got Richard a cuff bracelet as an engagement gift. Patrick planned a picnic in a scenic Atlanta location and after a bike ride in the August heat Patrick asked Richard to spend the rest of his life with him.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
As we hung out more we realized we had a lot in common both being very social people who valued our family and friends greatly. As our relationship progressed, our friend groups began to overlap and our parents met and got along we realized that we meshed perfectly.
Last week, we did an Instagram poll to ask you what type of vendor was the most difficult to chose as you are/were planning your wedding. We know is can be difficult for queer couples to constantly feel like they have to come out to their vendors and it makes the wedding planning process less enjoyable.
One response that we got a few times was hair and makeup. This seems to be one of the last facets of the wedding industry to get on board with being more inclusive. We took this opportunity to ask our friend Michelle (who is queer and owns Willow House Beauty) how she sees the beauty and grooming industry. You can see her answers below!
If you are interested in working with Willow House Beauty (we are soooo here for their badass inclusivity), you can fill out a contact form here or email them directly at email@example.com.
Why did you start Willow House Beauty? What makes you different than other hair and makeup artists?
I was a makeup artist working in the wedding industry for 12+ years and felt a lack of representation for all folks getting married. Every wedding beauty company had the same portfolios, with mostly straight white couples. I felt a responsibility as a LGBTQ+ person to break the mold. I wanted to create a space for all gender identities/expressions, backgrounds, ages, etc. Our difference is that we know beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and whats important to us is that you feel like your most beautiful self on your wedding day.
How do you break “bridal” stereotypes when you do hair and makeup?
I think by being our true selves and staying true to the Willow House brand. We pride ourselves on diversity and try to show in our portfolio that not every person getting married looks a certain way. Our clients know that they can come to us and we will deliver whether they’re looking for a natural aesthetic or something fun.
What would the new standard in the beauty and grooming industry look like if it were up to you?
The new standard would complete self love, it radiates from within! It kills me when I see a client pick themselves apart and pretty much wants to change themselves before their wedding. Over the years I truly believe we are moving closer and closer to getting it right.
What does the creative process look like if a couple hires you to do their hair/makeup for their wedding?
First we schedule a phone call to learn more about the client, their wedding, and the vision they have for their hair/makeup. Then we match the client with a hair stylist & makeup artist based on style & availability. The next step would be to schedule a trial to ensure we have a thorough run through of hair & makeup. It is absolutely recommended to do a trial before the wedding! You wouldn’t try on your wedding outfit for the first time on the morning of the wedding, so why would you do the same for hair & makeup? Then we are good to go for the wedding day!
Tell us about your favorite client or project you have ever worked on!
Recently I worked on a Pride styled shoot where every single vendor participating was queer, from the florist to the photographer. It was a dream to create something beautiful with folks in my community and to also give them a platform.
How do we change such a traditional industry?
Challenging them by doing what feels right to us. Slowly couples are moving away from the expectations we are given by tradition and going with what works for them.
What’s the best way to tell if a beauty + grooming professional is inclusive?
Sometimes it’s tricky. An artist can be inclusive but not have had the chance to work with a queer couple. I would look at their Instagram and get a sense of their brand and values. If you have already booked an inclusive vendor (planner, photographer, etc.) I would ask for recommendations. I encourage ALL wedding vendors to create welcoming space on their website/instagram/etc. for LGBTQ+ folks, whether it's on their bio or it's own section. One day we hopefully wont have to, but for now it is important for all folks to be seen.