Best Multifunctional Dresses & Rompers

That was the shortest title I could think of for today’s post. Maybe it’s the island air impacting my brain. I’m still in Belize on the island for a few more days hanging with my friends before heading home for Easter weekend. I will be sharing the full details of my trip later next week. (Stay tuned- it’s been quite an incredible adventure.)

I always keep my closet fully-stocked with Lilly dresses during the spring and summer months. I purchase most of my Lilly pieces during their twice-yearly sale. I find that I can wear my Lilly dresses and rompers for a wide-variety of occasions. Once I changed out of my bridesmaid’s dress, I wore one of them to the beach reception the other night. I was comfortable and cool dancing all night long.This spring, I am loving the “Sway this Way” print as it more subtle with blues and whites. The “Jessalyne Wrap Romper” is another favorite piece of mine. I wore my bright palm print romper to the rehearsal and felt like I fit in perfectly. There is nothing like blending in with your surroundings.

I am also sharing a few of my other favorite pieces that work for nearly any occasion, including, work. In the picture below, I’m carrying the most versatile and fabulous clutch from The Monogram Corner.

No-Stress Wedding Planning Tips

My exact words eight months ago, “I won’t get stressed at all during wedding planning. We’re pretty low-key. This should be fun and easy! What is there to stress about?”

I have come to learn that stress and wedding planning may go hand-in-hand, especially if you want things done right- aka ‘your way’. Both Ben and I are super-relaxed people with Type A personalities. (That’s not an oxymoron, right?) I am not one of those girls who envisioned my wedding as a five year-old girl. I never daydreamed about it actually. When Ben and I got engaged, we started creating the vision together. The more we talk about our big day, the more excited I get. I get teared up just thinking about all the incredible memories we will make that day. But wow, does that vision require quite a bit of research, planning, and organizing.

So, the past two weeks, I’ve started to feel my first bit of wedding stress. (Hence my lack of blog content) Then, I share my craziness with Ben and allow myself to breathe, take a step back, and reflect. When all is said and done, a wedding is about a promise, a marriage, and a lifetime- not a party. Regardless, I will probably still send a dozen emails about our macaroon tower and make fifteen trips to CVS to print photos. I may even have a hissy-fit if our Chiavari chairs don’t work at our venue. But, in that chaos, is so much excitement. I don’t want stress to put a damper on that excitement. At the end of the day, I am grateful- beyond grateful.

On top my Top 3 tips to minimize wedding planning stress…

Tip #1- Utilize AMAZON and ETSY

I seriously thought my mom was going to have a mild heart-attack when I told her I was ordering my shoes from Amazon and considering getting my veil off Etsy. Utilizing both sites is a great way to save money. I am a shoe-gal, and I appreciate a great designer shoe. (I did get a pair of Manolos as a graduation gift.) That being said, I wanted my wedding shoes to be comfortable and functional. I have always admired Badgley Mischka’s bridal shoes. I used Amazon Prime Wardrobe to order four pairs of bridal shoes. I ended up with a gorgeous pair of bridal wedges and saved about $70 off the original price.

We ordered both of our flower-girl dresses from Etsy. They are absolutely adorable, and were less than $60! I am still debating where I will get my veil, but I do have an Etsy one in my current shopping cart. (Mom, if you’re reading this, we can talk about it. Don’t worry.)

Tip #2- Make a master list

Ben made me sit down and write out all the things we had to do for the wedding. We put the list in order from urgent to last-minute details. As silly as it sounds, it has been so helpful to see the list. It feels much more manageable.

Tip #3- Book “The Big Things”

Whenever people ask how wedding-planning is going, I usually respond with, “We’re having a blast, but there is still so much to do!” To which people usually say, “Do you have a caterer? Band? Photographer/Videographer? Church?” I respond “Yes!” to all of those questions. They usually follow-up with something like, “You’re all set then!” The reality is, we already have the ‘big’ things booked. Once you have ‘the big things booked, you should breathe a sigh of relief.