Wedding Bells: Let’s Talk Carats & Cake!

For today’s edition of Wedding Bells, Lauren’s friend Jess weighs in with her best tips and shares her fabulous website, Carats & Cake, with you! Enjoy!

Wedding Bells: Let’s Talk Carats & Cake!

Hi! I’m Jess from Carats & Cake, the dedicated platform for brides and newlyweds to create and share dream weddings. Lauren asked me to be a guest blogger here on and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I started Carats & Cake because in a world full of inspiration it is too complicated to find exactly what you’re looking for, especially when it comes to weddings. How many times have you seen a photograph of something you had to have and not been able to figure out where to get it? At Carats & Cake we provide newlyweds with a place to celebrate their wedding day by sharing images, vendor details and advice. Brides-to-be and anyone who just loves weddings can not only save images but also connect directly with the vendors responsible for each part of these gorgeous events. One of the best things about what I do is having the opportunity to learn from so many amazing girls who share their experiences with us in an effort to help future brides-to-be make their dreams come true with ease. Below are a few of my favorite tips. And don’t worry if you haven’t found prince charming yet, put these in a safe place for when your day comes.

I hope you enjoy! 

  1. Just got engaged? Embrace the moment! So many couples rush into planning mode right away without taking the time to bask in the “just engaged glow”. Regardless of whether you are planning a 12 week or 12 month engagement, you have time and beginnings only happen once. So breathe.
  2. Set boundaries. When you do start the planning process it is important that you have a sit-down with all parties involved and discuss the big picture from responsibilities to budget. The biggest piece of advice I hear from brides everyday is that communication and organization are key. Not only does this help everyone get on the same page but also it avoids future conflicts.
  3. It’s all about you and your beloved. Period. Too many couples say they lose sight of this and get wrapped up in trying to make everyone else happy but themselves. Remember this is your wedding. As harsh as it sounds, you have to come to terms with the fact that you aren’t going to please everyone and setting boundaries as mentioned above can help.
  4. Prioritize. Make a list of the things that are important to you and rank them. Working on a limited budget? Splurge on the things that matter and figure out how to save with things that don’t. Obsessing over a designer dress? Then see if a friend can make you an amazing play list so you don’t have to pay for a DJ. A flower aficionado? Make sure your florist can re-use flowers from the ceremony in the reception.
  5. Photographs last a lifetime. Even though I said it’s all about you, arguably the third most important person at your wedding is the photographer. Choosing the right person to capture your special day can be daunting so make sure you not only ask to view multiple weddings they have shot but also ask for referrals. In addition, many girls recommend you meet your photographer before the big day so that the photographer gets a sense of you as a couple and knows what to look for. One more tip, make a list of the shots you absolutely want so nobody misses a thing.

Have you checked out Carats & Cake yet?


Image Photo Credit: Kim Fox Photography  
Categories: Party Planning, Wedding
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  • Sarah Heckle

    I agree with all of these! Wedding planning can be very stressful, but it’s important to keep things in perspective and focus on what’s really important: your marriage!

    Sarah – I baked macarons!

  • marry kelly

    It would be great if i add it on my collections.

  • Kelby Peachey

    So many cute, easy ways to stay organized and get ideas. A lot easier than it was 6 years ago when I got married.


  • Cassidy Short

    Love this! Great advice to pass along to my newly engaged friends :)


  • Rebecca Bliss

    I just got engaged and I’m so excited that you’re posting these!
    One thing I’m totally going to need help with is bridesmaids gifts, I feel like there are so many options and I want to get my girls something really nice.

  • My Style Diary

    I’m nowhere near getting engaged, but I loved this post! Great tips :)

  • Kate Noto

    I want a nice ring that’s not big or small. I also want a simple wedding nothing big.

  • Ashley
  • Leanne

    Such great tips. I can’t wait for this time in my life.

    Love from South Africa

  • Amandaleaou

    Great tips! I’m definitely trying to remember to stop & enjoy the moment instead of getting completely wrapped up in wedding planning!

  • hooleywithaz

    these are great tips! as someone who got married 9 months ago, another suggestion would be to not sweat the things that MIGHT go wrong…you can’t plan for everything, and all the things that happen on your big day make it how it was meant to be! xo.

  • Taylor Brown

    For those of us who aren’t getting married or don’t have any plans for it in the near future, could you do a post on wedding guests? I have 4 weddings to attend between March 2013 and August 2013! It’s really hard deciding what’s appropriate for the particular season and timing of the wedding. You know? The rules of afternoon casual vs. evening dressy and for spring …can you wear the same dress for the summer wedding? What about fall and winter? What colors would be best? What styles? What material? There are so many different things to consider when just being a guest! Plus, you want to look good and not out-do the bride! So what would be taking it too far?

    If y’all did a post on that in the near future, it would help a lot of wedding guests.
    Thanks for hearing me out! …If you read this :)

  • Lea

    I am a florist and have a profile on your website Jess!
    it’s a great website because it gives perspective brides a true look into the work of a vendor.
    this is for the bride that likes to ask for suggestions from previous friends that have gone through the fun yet overwhelming wedding process. This website gives you access to thousands of ‘friends’ that are willing to share objective
    tips and vendor information to get the perfect wedding!
    Great website! great service!
    Bella’s Flower Shop



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