MARRIAGE MATTERS || LOVE LANGUAGES

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MARRIAGE MATTERS || LOVE LANGUAGES

Marriage Matters: Love Languages

Hey sweet blog readers! It’s time for another installment in our Marriage Matters series. Today I’m discussing a tried and true topic: love languages. This concept comes from a book by Gary Chapman called, “The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts.” If you’ve never read it or heard of love languages, you can find more info here. I won’t re-write the book, so to speak, but rather share my own experiences. Below, I’ll discuss how knowing our love languages has impacted my marriage to Andrew.

Essentially, Chapman says there are five basic ways of giving and receiving love: physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, and giving/receiving gifts. Each one of us responds to these languages in different ways. In order for your spouse to feel loved, you have to speak to them in their love language. For example, one of Andrew’s top love languages is acts of service. It’s not really my love language at all, so it’s not my default, but I know that it means so much to Andrew. Once during our engagement, I had come up to visit Andrew for the weekend, but he was still in class. While I waited for him at his apartment, I washed his dishes. When he came home and saw the empty sink, you would have thought I had bought him a new car. He was so happy and grateful, and he brought it up for months afterward. When we speak to others in their love language, not only do we make them feel loved, but we receive love from them in return.

Now that we’re married, love languages play a role for us every day. We’ve also noticed that as we grow and change as people, our love languages grow and change. Case in point: one of my primary love languages used to be physical touch. However, physical touch is Andrew’s number one love language, so he constantly shows affection in that way. As a result of this, my love tank is pretty full in the physical touch department, and it has shifted further down the list for me. Andrew can tend to feel rejected by this, so I make sure to communicate my love in ways that makes sense to him. Whether that’s holding hands while we watch TV or placing a hand on his shoulder while we’re out in public, those simple gestures make him feel loved and seen. 

Love languages play a role in so much more than marriage, so even if you’re not married or engaged, these concepts can be a great teaching tool. Friendships, self-awareness, and professional relationships can also richly benefit from learning love languages. I encourage everyone to take a quiz to find out their love language. If you’re engaged or married, it would be great to sit down with your fiancé or spouse and discuss your results. As always, I hope sharing my experiences gives you a sense of community and helps you along the way. If there are other marriage topics you want to hear about, shoot us an email! We hope this Wednesday finds you in the midst of a great week, and that you have a wonderful weekend on the horizon! All photos in this post are by our dear friend Laura Bodnar Photography

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WHAT EVERY BRIDE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DRESS SHOPPING

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WHAT EVERY BRIDE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DRESS SHOPPING

WHAT EVERY BRIDE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DRESS SHOPPING

by Ashton Cude

Happy Friday! Just when I think I’ve exhausted all my bridal knowledge, I think back to my time as a bride and inspiration strikes. Today I’m sharing the things I wish I had known going in to wedding dress shopping. These are nuggets of wisdom I think every bride should munch on as she prepares to search for her gown. Keep these things in mind and you’ll save yourself the climb up the steep learning curve that is bridal styling.

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SIZING UP:

Bridal sizing runs on the European size chart. Brides who don’t know this handy little piece of information are often shocked by the size they’re wearing. Don’t fret, ladies! Think of it as the metric system versus the U.S. system. It’s a whole different conversion. Remember that size doesn’t define you Don’t let that little number on the tag worry you one bit. Special order bridal shops will measure you and make sure they order the size closest to what fits your body. The only thing that matters is that you feel beautiful in your dress, regardless of the size. 

 

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FORGET ABOUT PROM:

One of the things that will make a bridal consultant want to put her face in tulle and scream faster than you can say “Chantilly lace” is constant comparisons to prom. As a recent bride, I understand. Prom dress shopping is often the only other formal gown shopping experience girls have. But be careful about using prom as your frame of reference when wedding dress shopping. Prom and your wedding are two completely different events. While prom is a fun rite of passage that should be enjoyed, it is honestly irrelevant in comparison with your wedding. No one, and I mean NO ONE who is at your wedding is going to be thinking about what you wore to prom. No matter what you wore to prom, whether you loved it or hated it, when it comes to shopping for your wedding gown, you need to make like Queen Elsa and “Let it Go.” 

 

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IT'S NOT THAT DIFFICULT:

Like in many other aspects of life, reality TV has given us unrealistic expectations when it comes to dress shopping. I see so many brides find a dress they are clearly in love with at their first appointment and leave without it because they’re afraid it was too easy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it is not that hard to find your wedding dress. If you shop at a place with a good selection and have a consultant who’s good at her job, you stand a very good chance of finding a wedding dress you’ll never regret. Shopping for your gown is one of the most fun, joyful parts of the wedding planning process. But take it from me, shopping just for the sake of shopping stops being fun fast. Brides get overwhelmed and forget what they wanted in the first place. If you find your wedding dress shopping process has become stressful…stop. Take a step back and regroup. Finding your wedding dress should be a joy from beginning to end, so don’t make it harder on yourself than it has to be.

If these tips are rocking your world and you’d like to hear more about what I’ve learned by going from a bride to a bridal consultant, check out this post. We hope our blog tips educate and empower you to find the dress of your dreams! Have a great rest of the week, loves, and check back on Friday to see some of the new arrivals we’re fawning over. P.S. All of the photos in this post feature real Meant to Be Brides. What can we say? We like to show them off!

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || PRETTY IN PINK

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || PRETTY IN PINK

Friday Favorites: Pretty in Pink

By: Taylor Clark

Whew, y’all, we made it to the weekend (finally). I’m not sure what it is about three day weekends, but the proceeding weekdays seem to drag on forever! We had an exciting week at Meant To Be, and spent the majority of yesterday unpacking loads of new arrivals, some of which will be featured in next week’s Friday Favorites. As for this week’s topic, I’m addressing a major concern of some of our brides: blush gowns. Though not a new commodity, blush gowns still seem to intimidate some brides-to-be because they fear that they will photograph too pink. Though these gowns definitely don’t photograph white, as a traditional ivory gown would, they also do not photograph bright pink; their blush hue is subtle and sweet. We hope that these professional photos, taken by the lovely Laura Bodnar, help ease your anxiety about purchasing a blush gown! 


ALLURE 2900

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This sweet gown captured our hearts the moment we saw its tulle skirt and illusion cap sleeve bodice. Although pink may be intimidating to some, the ivory tulle overlay and floral lace appliques on this gown soften the otherwise striking color. Affectionately called “the pink dress” over here at MTB, we are absolutely smitten with every delicate detail of this dreamy gown and cannot wait for a bride to walk down the aisle in it!


MORI LEE 2805

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If you’re hoping to seriously wow on your wedding day, look no further. This Mori Lee ballgown features a soft blush color, a fun ruffle skirt, and a lace and beaded bodice that dazzles. All eyes will be on you in this organza and lace masterpiece. Your fantastically flirty personality will surely shine through in this bold bridal look! 


ALLURE C386

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Friday Favorites has never seen such a fierce gown as this Allure mermaid. The completely beaded bodice is offset by the almost petal-like organza ruffles of the skirt. The deep V-neck is super sassy and the illusion back is sophisticated glamour. If your wedding day is going to be an over-the-top affair, consider setting the tone with this feisty blush number!


Though blush isn’t the obvious choice for most brides, we do hope that this post has at least broadened your willingness to try on a blush gown in your pursuit of the dress. Although you may have always assumed you’d walk down the aisle in an ivory gown, you may find that a blush dress is more flattering for your skin tone. This is another reason why Ashton and I always recommend finding your dress first, before choosing bridesmaid dresses or color schemes, just in case a blush gown would conflict with either of these aspects of your wedding. It’s vital that you feel gorgeous and confident on your wedding day. If that means that you choose a somewhat untraditional blush gown, then strut your pretty in pink self right down the aisle, lovely lady! We’ll see all of you wonderful people here next week to unveil some of our favorite new arrivals. Until then, have a relaxing and safe weekend!

For wedding ideas to compliment these dresses, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-pretty-in-pink-allure-c386-mori-l/

 

Xo, Taylor

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FALL WEDDING IDEAS

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FALL WEDDING IDEAS

FALL WEDDING IDEAS

by Ashton Cude

Happy Thursday! I hope your Labor Day weekend was a sweet farewell to summer. I don’t know about you, but I’m a girl who lives for fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love each of the seasons for what they hold, but there is something so special about fall. Today I’m sharing with you some fall wedding inspiration. Here in Kentucky we have the most gorgeous fall weather, and brides are taking full advantage. Fall weddings are more popular now than ever. Keep reading for ideas on how to throw a fall wedding that will capture everything we love about pumpkin spice season!

The Backyard Wedding:

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Taylor and I are obsessed with the idea of a laid-back, outdoor wedding for fall. If the thought of planning a big, formal wedding gives you anxiety, skip the drama. Take your cues from “Father of the Bride” and throw a backyard celebration. If you don’t have a location that would work for that in the family, look for local farms who host weddings. I am so in love with the idea of picnic tables and hay bales, serving barbeque and home-style sides, and doing hay rides all evening. For dessert? Do a pie and cobbler bar with pumpkin, apple, and all the flavors of the season. Serve hot cider and cocoa, offer cozy blankets, roast s’mores, and play games until it’s time for the Mr. & Mrs. to make their exit. This type of wedding would work best for an intimate celebration, but if you wanted to go full out and have a larger number of guests, this relaxed atmosphere would be a crowd pleaser. For more backyard wedding inspo, visit this Pinterest board! (All photos via Pinterest)

The Country Club Wedding:

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If your wedding day vibe is more formal, fall is perfect for an elegant, indoor affair. It doesn’t have to be a country club, but if you’re planning for a larger number of guests and envision an indoor setting, say no more. Combine rich jewel tones with metallics, minimal yet impactful decorations, dinner and dancing, and you’ve got a fall soiree that won’t soon be forgotten by your family and friends. You can still incorporate the cozy aspects of the season in the details. My friend Kelsey gave out beautiful pashmina shawls as her bridesmaid gift for us to wrap up in and had a friend make homemade jam and apple butter as favors for her October wedding. Both were great ways to make her wedding personal and added a sweet touch of fall. For ideas on how to throw a formal fall celebration, check out our Pinterest board here.

The Woodland Wedding:

If the idea of a laid-back outdoor wedding appeals to you, but you’re more flower-child than Farmer Brown, consider a woodland wedding. A clearing surrounded by beautiful foliage would make a beautiful spot. Tour outdoor venues or family properties, just make sure your spot is accessible for all your guests. Fall-inspired flower crowns, luxe fabrics, and finger foods make for a perfect fall day. If you’re concerned about weather, have a Plan B indoor reception location. For woodland wedding inspo, check out our Pinterest board.

Hopefully these ideas have your wheels turning about your perfect fall wedding. Curl up with a pumpkin spice latte, a scented candle, and peruse those Pinterest boards! If you want fall wedding inspo featuring sleeved wedding gowns, check out Taylor’s Friday Favorites post here. We hope your fall season is full of warmth and love! All images via Pinterest.

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || NEW YORK, NEW YORK

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Friday Favorites: New York, New York

By: Taylor Clark

“One belongs to New York instantly; one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

– Tom Wolfe

Hey, y’all, it’s Taylor, and I’m back with another edition of Friday Favorites. Apologies for my week-long hiatus, but the start of a new school semester had me feeling all sorts of Friday Frazzled! But that extra week gave me plenty of time to come up with this week’s theme, which focuses on classic films and shows set in New York. I fell hopelessly in love with New York City after a weekend trip there a few years back, and I have felt homesick for its allure and energy ever since. I’ve chosen four iconic New York films and shows to channel some of that NYC glamour into the gowns in our little Kentucky shoppe. So y’all enjoy this southern girl’s infatuation with the city that never sleeps and have a spectacular weekend!


Nouvelle Amsale "Noelle"

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Spotted: A Nouvelle Amsale crepe gown with a lace illusion bodice and long sleeves that would impress even the Queen B herself. But with a gown this delicate and refined, it leaves one to wonder if Blair Waldorf could pull off something so elegant. Guess we’ll have to wait for a GG revival to see if she has changed her scheming ways.                                                                                                                                        Xoxo, Gossip Girl

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-new-york-new-york-nouvelle-amsale/


Justin Alexander: 8800

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Carrie Bradshaw may have thought that she would never be the woman with perfect hair who can wear white and not stain it, but that was before Justin Alexander created this tea-length number that channels Bradshaw’s signature tutu look. Now we suspect Carrie is traipsing around NYC in this gown (completely spotless and with well-kept hair) and Manolo Blahnik pumps on her way to renew her vows to Mr. Big.

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-new-york-new-york-justin-alexande/


Demetrios Bridal: 3207

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Have you ever wanted to look and feel like Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Well, darling, this gold gown with buttons all the way down the train from Demetrios Bridal is the dress for you. The simplicity and grace of this gown could soothe even Holly Golightly’s mean reds. This dress makes us divinely and utterly happy, and we can’t wait ‘til our very own Audrey Hepburn walks through MTB’s door.

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-new-york-new-york-demetrios-brida/


Bonny Bridal: 616

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If there’s one lesson to be learned from the classic RomCom Bride Wars, it’s that planning a wedding can be messy and vexing. But, if Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson taught us anything, it’s that you can still slay amidst all of that stress. This Bonny Bridal gown, which is an homage to Anne’s character’s dress, is a form fitting satin and tulle mermaid that zips off into a cocktail length party dress…perfect if you get the urge to tackle your friend in the middle of the ceremony. 

For wedding ideas to compliment this dress, follow this link to our Pinterest page:

https://www.pinterest.com/MTBboutique/friday-favorites-new-york-new-york-bonny-bridals-6/


New York will forever be an object of intrigue and invitation, and the lovely ladies who walk its streets in these iconic cinematic masterpieces continue to inspire our fashion taste. Whether you’re looking to channel the effortless class of Audrey Hepburn or the bold chicness of Sarah Jessica Parker, your wedding day is the perfect event for a New York vibe. If any of these gowns sparked your love for the Big Apple, please make an appointment with us today! And don’t forget to check out our Pinterest page for our up-to-date inventory and lots of fun boards to accompany each of our Friday Favorites posts.

Xo, Taylor

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