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If you’re planning for your big day in the fall, the early spring (i.e. right now) is the perfect time of the year to start making preparations. 

If you can be sure of one thing in life, it’s that you can never have too much preparation time when planning a wedding

And with spring already upon us, it’s time to get fall wedding plans kicked into full gear!

Did you know that 40% of couples categorize wedding planning as ‘extremely stressful,’ with 71% describing it as ‘more nerve-wracking’ than other major life events?

Hey—we get it. It can be a lot to bite off. 

And if you’re looking at beginning your own wedding preparations, you probably understand these statistics better than anyone! 

So getting started early is important. It’ll help you to avoid some of that needless stress, and give you time to truly enjoy the wedding planning process. 

And to be honest, isn’t that what it’s really all about?

Getting Married Requires Plenty Of Preparation Time

You’ll need to make a game-plan, pick out invitations, choose a venue, decide on decorations and colors—and perhaps most importantly, begin the process of finding the perfect dress to really bring it all together. 

Remember—venues book up quickly, especially around key fall dates. 

Vendors also book fast. Finding the right caterers, photographers, videographers, etc. is only half of it. Booking them and securing their services on your wedding day is also something that you should do well in advance. 

If you’re not sure where to start, consider using a wedding checklist to help you bring it all together and make a plan of action.  

We love this checklist from Brides.com

If You’re Getting Married In The Fall, Get Your Dress Ordered In The Spring

The dress is most definitely a part of the ensemble that you’ll want to order early—as early as possible. 

In other words—if you plan to get married in the fall, it’s in your best interest to start thinking about your dress today

Here’s why. 

(Do you need some help picking out the perfect gown? Check out our options here.)

There Are Some Factors That Are Within Our Control…

Some matters pertaining to the ‘choosing and ordering of the dress’ are controllable—and thus, ordering early can help us to make sure that everything gets done sooner rather than later. 

For example, choosing your dress can actually take a bit of time. You may want to try on a few different options, show a few people what they look like, do some research, get some opinions, and even sleep on it (maybe more than once) before making your final choice.

The good thing about this part, though, is that nearly every dress we carry is actually represented on-hand, in the store. 

This is part of what makes MK Bridal a great choice, if you actually want to try on the dresses (which we absolutely recommend). 

Of course, once you find the perfect style, we’ll special-order the dress specifically tailored to your size.  

When the dress arrives, you’ll also probably need a few alterations. Thankfully, we also have staff on hand to speed that process up as well—but it’s always good to get started on those modifications as soon as possible, in order to avoid rushing to get them done right before the deadline for the wedding! 

As a bride-to-be, you’re probably already well aware of the fact that there’s plenty to be stressed out about as it is. 

Taking hurried time out of those final days before the wedding to alter the dress will just pile more stress on top of your already challenging wedding-day timeline. 

There Are Also Some Things That Just Aren’t Controllable…

We all know that this world is getting crazier by the day!

And unfortunately, this can also translate to longer shipping times for wedding dresses. 

We’re always striving to get our special-order dresses in as fast as possible, but it never hurts to start the process sooner, rather than later. 

Sometimes, we also see handling delays with manufacturers. This is partly due to the surge in demand. But it can also be caused by other variables.

We love the manufacturers we utilize for our wedding dresses. But sometimes, it’s important to understand that it can take some time to even get the dresses shipped! 

Supply chain issues can also sometimes cause ‘rifts’ in the wedding-dress shipping chain. 

This is unfortunate. But hey—we live in a world where it seems to get more difficult by the day to ship things quickly and on time!

So placing your order earlier gives you your best possible shot at making sure that your dress arrives on time and without issue. 

Conclusion

Hopefully, this post has inspired you to take action today to start looking for the perfect dress for your big day this fall. 

We love fall weddings! And we hate to admit that we’re a little biased—but we’re all about the bride here at MK Bridal. 

So let’s work together to make your upcoming fall wedding the perfect day that it deserves to be.

Not sure how to get started? Contact us today. We’d be happy to help you!

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One of the first decisions that you’ll need to make when planning a wedding is to choose the date.

And for weddings slated to fall at some point toward the beginning of the year, an obvious question will arise:

Should you get married on Valentine’s Day?

On one hand, there are a number of obvious advantages to such an idea. 

Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic days of the year. It’s literally a holiday based on the concepts of love, romance, flowers, the giving and receiving of gifts, etc. 

However, there are also some downsides to getting married on this most ‘romantic’ of days—and they can tend to make even the bravest wedding planners pause in consideration. 

  • Is it tacky?
  • Is it ‘overdone?’ 
  • Will your guests struggle to be able to RSVP to such an important event on a holiday that they’ve probably already made their own plans for?

These are some fairly obvious pros and cons. 

But the truth of the matter is that this is actually a pretty simple question to answer. 

So let’s do a deep dive and talk a little bit more about the specifics.

The Upsides To A Valentine’s Day Wedding 

There are some obvious upsides to scheduling your special day on February 14th.

First of all, Valentine’s Day is themed almost entirely around the concepts of love and romance

Even from an aesthetic perspective, the decorations for the holiday tend to fall really closely in line with the types of decorations you’d want at a beautiful wedding. 

Think reds and whites, ornate flower arrangements, hearts, etc. 

To be quite honest, there are few holidays that can give you as many beautiful built-in aesthetic benefits and themes for your wedding as Valentine’s Day.

Imagine large bouquets of white and red roses, beautiful floral wreaths adorned with red and white ribbons, and a flowing white wedding dress—trimmed with an exquisite red bow.

Imagine how much fun it would be to try on your gorgeous wedding gown with your friends and bridal party—choosing the absolute perfect dress to go along with all of those Pinterest pins, plans, cut-outs, and magazine clippings you’ve saved up to plan for this once-in-a-lifetime event—all while also knowing that your special day is going to fall directly on the most romantic day of the year! 

These are just a few examples of how a Valentines-themed wedding can be spectacular, and really help to build up anticipation to make the event as special as you’ve always dreamed it would be.

Plus, on another note, getting married on February 14th will also have an added benefit for your man—he’ll never be able to forget your wedding anniversary!   

The Downsides Of A Valentine’s Day Wedding 

Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the upsides, let’s also (in fairness) explore some of the downsides of making February 14th (or the weekend of it) your official wedding day. 

First off, some people may see it as being a bit tacky. 

However, it’s also true that proper planning and foresight can help to offset this risk.

Yes, designing a wedding theme based poorly around little Cupids and hearts could very well be written off as ‘less than traditionally tasteful.’ 

But there are also plenty of ways to portray the Valentine’s Day aesthetic while also keeping the overarching themes of your wedding classy and traditional. 

Secondly, Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday.

In fact, it’s so popular that some people worry that choosing it for a wedding date may actually prevent some people from being able to attend. 

It is, after all, a very widely celebrated mainstream holiday. 

There may be couples among your guest list who have already booked getaways or vacations over the Valentine’s Day weekend, who would thus be unable to make it to your special day as a result. 

There are also likely numerous other events (both local and abroad) that could even threaten to pull valued members of your wedding party in various different directions. 

In other words, date conflicts can arise.

Keep in mind though, that for the most part, if you give people plenty of notice, a wedding is easy to plan around. 

And honestly, that’s really the key. 

Let your potential guests know far enough in advance that they can make their own plans while still keeping your wedding on their calendar. 

Weddings are happy occasions. 

They represent the most monumental manifestation of love that humans are capable of—coming together in wedded matrimony to begin a new life and a brand new family.

And in regards to whether or not to schedule this blessed day on V-day—well, we’ll tell you the same thing we tell everyone.

When you’re tempted to fear that your wedding may conflict with other people’s plans, it’s also fair to remind yourself that weddings, by and large, are extremely important events to most people—and your wedding will be especially important to your friends, loved-ones, and family members. 

Therefore, you’re really only likely to run into scheduling conflicts if you try to schedule a Valentine’s Day wedding without enough advance notice.

In Conclusion

There are some obvious upsides and downsides to a Valentine’s Day wedding.

However, we’ve always been firm believers in the idea that the downsides can definitely be overcome with a few simple proactive measures. 

  • Firstly, make sure that your decor is aesthetically on point by minimizing some of the ‘tackier’ Valentine’s Day elements in favor of more traditional decor choices. 
  • And secondly, as long as you give your friends and loved ones enough advance notice to plan around it, scheduling really shouldn’t be a problem. 

In other words, we believe that Valentine’s Day is an amazing day for a wedding!

If you need some help planning it, please stop by to toss around your ideas. We’d love to hear them and help you out with the process.

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There’s nothing as amazing as a beautiful winter wedding. 

But here’s the thing. 

A wedding needs a theme, so that you can decorate it, plan it, and orchestrate it well. 

And choosing a theme isn’t always easy. 

So today, we’re going to look at 7 of our absolute favorite winter wedding themes that work especially well here in the Ozarks. 

If you’re busy planning your big day and need a bit of inspiration to get you to the next stage of the process—we’ve got you covered. 

Let’s dive in and explore it. 

7 Beautiful Ozark-Friendly Winter Wedding Themes

1. A Very Merry Christmas

Christmas is obviously a popular winter wedding theme, and for good reason. 

The decorations (usually white, green, red, and gold) are universally enjoyed and appreciated. 

Plus, you can make this type of wedding work almost anywhere. 

You could have it at a Church, at an event center, right at home in front of the family tree, etc. 

And since Christmas decorations are abundant in the winter, finding the perfect decor (and a wide variety of options to choose from) generally isn’t an issue. 

2. Pure Winter 

We love this winter wedding theme because it goes all-in on one particular aspect of the winter season—the snow

Decorations for this type of wedding generally include snowflakes, white candles, white ‘snow-globe’ type string lights—pretty much anything that’ll make your venue look like a veritable winter wonderland. 

With this theme, you’ll usually go with an all-white, traditional or modern dress style. 

The only thing that’ll contrast this will generally be his all-black tuxedo. 

We find that this looks beautiful!  

3. Rustic Farm

One thing about the Ozarks is that many of us grew up on the farm—and so, throwing back to those origins with this decor style can be an amazing way to tie the memorable past and tradition to the budding hope of new love and a bright future. 

Decorations for this one can be very individualistic. 

You may want to wear non-traditional clothing (think plaids or denim, with a prairie-core dress, or possibly even a simple traditional sundress-styled wedding dress instead of the usual gown), and you may want to ‘winterize’ the theme by decorating the inside of your family barn and putting down a dance-floor. 

4. A Winter Fairy Tale

Everyone loves fairy tales. 

And when it comes to winter wedding themes, this dreamy theme can really stand out as being unique. 

Consider choosing one popular fairy tale, and using elements of it to inspire the gown and decor. 

For example—a little red riding hood theme may call for a beautiful, flowing red gown as opposed to the traditional ‘white’ dress. 

Yes, it’s daring. But sometimes, this is exactly what the situation calls for! 

5. Fireside Glow

One decor element that often runs side-by-side with the traditional winter theme is the theme of a crackling, sparkling fireplace and the soft glow of candlelight

You may want to consider pursuing this direction for your wedding by first seeking out a venue with a beautiful fireplace. 

You can double down by decorating with enough candles to turn the entire event into a beautiful golden glow. 

If you’re worried about a fire hazard—just go for electronic candles. They look super real, but are also completely safe. 

6. Back To The Classics

For this wedding theme, consider getting a classic car to drive away in. You can also shop for wedding dresses that throw back to those ‘classic’ looks of the 1920s or 30s (think Great Gatsby era). 

You can even style your hair and decorate in these themes. 

This isn’t necessarily a decor style that most people are going to choose over more traditional options. But it’s really unique—and if you have a love for the classic themes of yesteryear, this may very well be the best way to go. 

7. Winter Traditional

Never underestimate the power of the traditional winter wedding

A modern or contemporary gown, tuxedos, white and red flowers, and plenty of beautiful lighting can really set a warm mood for a ceremony in this otherwise cold and dreary time of the year. 

Throw in some beautiful music, and perhaps some slightly modified wedding vows—and you may just find exactly the type of ‘vibe’ you’ve always hoped for for such an important occasion. 

In Conclusion

There you have it. 

7 of the most beautiful winter wedding themes that would tend to work wonderfully right here in the Ozarks. 

Of course, the only thing left to do now is to pick one out and start planning. 

Need some help? Make sure to stop by and check out our in-depth store of resources to help you get started on the right foot. 

We may be biased, but we love weddings! And we’d love to help you plan yours. 

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