SGO Sunday: Attitude of Gratitude
Thanksgiving weekend has come and (almost) gone, and many of us are exhausted, stuffed to the brim and thankful to not have 17 family parties to go to now that a new week's about to begin. Everyone knows the holidays have everyone feeling extra lovey-dovey which means engagement season is upon us! Many recently engaged brides and grooms have lots to tackle this week (and every week when it comes to planning their big day). If you fall under that category, not to worry: best friends, parents, cousins and other loving family members are coming to the rescue. When the wedding's over, you'll be glad you had this crew by your side when you said your vows. Today we talked to three of SGO's brides who were married this year about how they said "thanks!" to their #BRIDESQUAD.
KATIE BETH - married March 2017
"As a bride I feel like the day is not just about you but it's about your family and friends and ensuring that everyone has a great day and is super relaxed. I paid for my bridesmaids and mom to get their hair and make up done for the wedding because I wanted everyone to feel like a beauty queen and not have to stress about doing it themselves. My mom and I also went dress shopping multiple times until we found the right dress. It just would not be right to do it without her. She's my best friend!"
Photo credit: June Hallowell Photography
LAUREN - married June 2017
"I knew along with my parents that I️ would have to pay for my wedding from the very beginning ... with this, my mom's only request was that she is able to have fun and enjoy the wedding day with me. I️ am a very type-A personality and she knows I️ like being in control, so this would fall on her shoulders the wedding morning. My mom requested that I️ have a wedding coordinator for the day of the wedding so she could enjoy the festivities with me and my bridesmaids. This simple request was the least I️ could do for my mom on my wedding day. She was able to get ready with us, watch me get into my wedding dress and have a first look with my dad. Grace made my mom’s only request possible and our trust was fulfilled when we walked into our venue!"
Photo credit: Lauren Muckler Photography
EMMA - married October 2017
"My husband Jeff and I wrote everyone involved a hand written thank you note. We believe that hand written letters are too special to be going out of style and that people really appreciate the time you took to write the letter of thanks, find a stamp, and send it via snail mail. My aunt also took care of just about everything when it came to the wedding - she hosted our reception at her restaurant Table 3, which she closed for the evening just for us. That was just the beginning - she handled the flowers, the design of the space for the party, the ceremony logistics and so much more. We got her a GPS golf watch and golf balls to show our thanks as well as a few other items (cough - alcohol - cough) hoping she takes a moment for herself to relax and unwind after all of the hard work she's done for us!"
Photo credit: Alex Nardulli, Photographer
This was fun! Showing your thanks doesn't have to mean a gift or huge expense on your end, but rather should show your crew just how much their love and support means to you. Past brides: do you have tips for soon-to-be newlyweds in this area? If so, hit the comments with what you did or plan to do!