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And the Bride Wore White

Today continues Bachelorette Week on Sincerely, Jennie. Read yesterday’s post for the story on my unexpected Charleston trip.

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I never thought I’d be that girl searching for every white dress or “bride” T-shirt once I got engaged. But as my bridal calendar started to fill up, I found myself also filling up online shopping carts with those things. Truly, I don’t have a lot of opportunities in life to wear a white dress (the last time I think I had one was for college graduation), so I was excited to wear white to signify that I was a bride-to-be. I used Rent the Runway Unlimited so that I could have access to many white dresses and bridal accessories. Paying a flat fee per month I thought I’d have a rotating closet, and not several white dresses hanging in my closet that I wouldn’t wear again. (For those who don’t use Rent the Runway, scroll to the bottom to see my round up of white dresses for bachelorette party events.)

white dresses for bachelorette party

Throughout my engagement I found myself using the Unlimited program differently than I’d planned. For two of my bridal showers I ended up choosing pink dresses. I chose those simply because pink is my signature color and the style of the dresses suited me better. I only found one white dress on the site that ended up being a great white dress for bachelorette party activities in Charleston. In the end, Unlimited came in handy because of their clutches fit for a bride, like this Kate Spade clutch that I would only ever carry during an engagement, and jewelry options for my wedding. Can’t wait to share wedding photos so you see what I rented for the big day!

white dresses for bachelorette party

In the end, I did purchase a white dress for my reception party dress because I wanted the option to alter it if needed. (Luckily, there was no need and it was a really affordable price for the party!) Friends got me fun T-shirts or accessories for a bride, and I purchased a few when I saw them on sale. I decided that I would be engaged for one fun year of my life, and I wanted to enjoy it by wearing any silly graphic T-shirts I wanted! Renting was an option I was happy to have at my fingertips, but I also liked purchasing some items for keeps.

white dresses for bachelorette partyThe shoes are sold out, but Banana Republic has the same style in an adorable polka dot fabric! | Lipstick – MAC Liptensity Claretcast | Kendra Scott earrings via Rocksbox {get one month free with code “SincerelyJennieXOXO} | similar Do Not Disturb hat 

Below are options I’ve rounded up for bachelorette activities, whatever you might be doing!

Bride’s Night Out

Bride Loungewear

Bride Accessories


Bachelorette Week: An Unexpected Charleston Bachelorette

Charleston Bachelorette PartyIt’s Sincerely, Jennie’s bachelorette week, betches! Haha, sorry for the enthusiastic start, but that’s how excited I was with each wedding festivity leading up to the big day. The excitement is coming back to me as I write about it.  I already talked a bit about my Charleston bachelorette party, and you can read about why I chose the city here. This week I want to share some bachelorette party tips, outfit ideas and musings about the people who are there for you to celebrate your special day.

I’ll start this week’s theme with a bit about my Charleston bachelorette party, and how it didn’t turn out like I thought. But, it’s just an example of how the wedding planning process isn’t always smooth. You’ve just gotta roll with the punches, because it will all lead up to something great if you let it!

P.S. If you are looking for a white dress, this one is no longer in stores but I’ll be sharing links to available dresses in tomorrow’s post. (more…)


Palm Print Dress

Palm Print Dress

I wasn’t planning to share honeymoon photos so soon, but I just had to let you know about this Asos palm print dress before it sells out! Recently, everything I’ve purchased on the site seems to be sold out within days of me pulling the trigger. But as I write this post, this cute midi pencil dress is still available in sizes 0-14 and sizes 12-24.

Asos palm print dress | Rent the Runway clutch | Kendra Scott earrings via Rocksbox {use code “SincerelyJennieXOXO” for your first month of the service free} | similar gold heels

Palm Print Dress

I actually searched out this dress and many other palm print dresses (more links below) after seeing Monica wear something similar on her blog. I knew palm print would be perfect for my honeymoon in Grenada, as well as for a cousin’s “fiesta” wedding later this summer. I hopped on Asos and typed in “palm print.” I was so excited about all of the options I found!  I ordered several dresses to try, since Asos has free shipping and returns. This little number was super comfortable (the fabric is stretchy and light for summer), feels so sexy with the off-the-shoulder straps, and is a reasonable price.

Palm Print Dress

The clutch I paired with the palm print dress is another piece borrowed from Rent the Runway. I originally restarted the service’s Unlimited program for my wedding, but I love having access to designer pieces so much that I’m continuing it (at least for a bit). It helped me get the perfect accessories for my wedding and, as you can see, for my honeymoon! Now that I’m back to normal life, I’m trying out Rent the Runway work wear options. Will report back later.

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This Weekend

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I’m finally back…and I’m married! I can’t believe that tomorrow Steve and I will have been married for two weeks. After more than a year of planning, our wedding day flew by. Just like everyone warned us it would. However, we did take everyone’s advice and tried to be present in the moment, as well as keep the party going! One of my favorite surprises of the day was that a lot of our family and friends came out to the after party. It was held at my favorite college bar, so I had thought only our college friends would want to join. But it seemed lots of people didn’t want the night to end, including Steve and me.

I have so much to share about the day: what I learned about planning a wedding from afar, tips for a DIY wedding and, of course, photos. I can’t wait to post it all, and will probably make Wedding Wednesday a permanent feature.  Feel free to shoot me a note if there is anything specific you’re interested in. I’d love to address any questions/issues you’re having, or just gush about the wedding some more with you all! Until then, there’s plenty else for me to share on here and catch up on in my newlywed life. Steve and I both marveled about how we hadn’t planned past the wedding, but our calendars are filling up quickly for the summer. This weekend, though, I plan to relax and hope you do, too. This weekend, why don’t you…

  1. Invite your besties over and queue up your favorite 90s chick flick (or ask your SO to join you, you know he wants to!). I’m embarrassed to say there are a few on this list that I need to see yet.
  2. Give your wallet a break and cook a favorite fast food meal at home. I found this Chipotle rice recipe and have been making it every night this week. Tastes like the real thing!
  3. Slip into skinny jeans and your favorite new sandals to celebrate summer. I was so happy to hear this style of pants isn’t dead!
  4. If you’re in Chicago, or visiting this weekend, check out Sarah’s tips for 24-hours’ worth of things to do. She visited in the fall, but most of the activities are perfect for now, too!
  5. Congratulate Lauren Conrad on the news that she’s having a boy! Any wagers on what Whitney Port’s baby may be?

Spring Wedding Options

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This year’s wedding season has a different meaning for Steve & me. Sure, we’re looking forward to our wedding, but we also have a few others before and after! We’re super excited to celebrate with our friends around such a big time for us, too. Planning for their weddings is giving me a great excuse to think about something other than our big day. It’s also an excuse to pick out my outfits, something I have so much fun doing!

You might be surprised to hear this, but while I own lots of dresses, I can wear very few to a spring wedding. (That’s one of the reasons I signed up for a Rent the Runway Unlimited subscription again.) I’ve gone through my closet to evaluate what could work for a formal event or cocktail hour.  Obviously this floral dress was on the top of my list, as were fun dancing shoes. While both of these items are no longer in stores, I rounded up similar products I found in case you’re also in need of ideas about what to wear to a spring wedding.

What to wear to a spring wedding?

I know, I know: floral for spring, groundbreaking. But there’s a reason this trend pops up year after year. Just how adorable are these floral dresses?

what to wear to a spring wedding

Wedding Guest Shoes

And of course we can’t forget a fun pair of shoes. I love a pair of fringe shoes I purchased last year from Banana Republic. The store has similar pairs this year, and there are plenty of options in all colors:

what to wear to a spring wedding

Whatever you wear, just be sure you can dance in it. You wouldn’t want an uncomfortable pair of shoes or tight dress to ruin your time as a guest at a wedding this spring!


Wedding Wednesday: Out of the Office

Charleston bachelorette partyImage via Gal Meets Glam

Well, I’m about to put up my “out of office” email and don my “do not disturb” hat. I’m so excited to be traveling to the East Coast tomorrow for my bachelorette party! I had a hard time choosing where I wanted to travel because there were just too many good choices! As much as my friends and I love Vegas, I decided it isn’t exactly the atmosphere I wanted for this girls trip. I loved Austin when I was there two years ago, and could see myself going back with friends but instead wanted somewhere new. In the end I chose to have a Charleston bachelorette party despite never having been to the city. From what I read, Charleston seems like the perfect combination of night life and charming daytime activities. And the weekend we have planned will reflect that.

I’m packing a bag for the range of activities and to fit into that cheery, preppy Southern vibe I gather Charleston has. Here are some of the items in my suitcase:


As for what all we’ll be doing, my five friends and I will end up all being in Charleston for a relatively short time. So we aren’t trying to cram too much into the trip. Instead, we have a few things planned but are keeping the rest of the time open to wander at will. Charleston is a super foodie town, and we were even too late making reservations two weeks in advance to the most popular spots. Thankfully there are a lot of options, and we did get a few good restaurants on the calendar.  And since everyone  suggests the carriage rides through historic Charleston, we purchased tickets for an afternoon. Other than that, a trip to the beach, a rooftop bar and perhaps a to-go coffee from the Butcher & Bee are on my list.

I hope you have exciting weekend planned. I myself am excited to get started on mine early with a Charleston bachelorette party!


Wedding Wednesday: Bridal Shower

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One of the best parts about being engaged (besides getting closer to Steve!) has been celebrating with our closest friends and family. A lot of our friends have witnessed the evolution of our relationship since the beginning. For example, at my friend Amanda’s wedding in November, a college friend and her husband were laughing remembering when Steve and I came to their Washington, D.C., wedding nearly four years ago. Steve and I had only been dating about four months. Apparently when I RSVP’ed they were like, “Who is this random Jennie is bringing to our wedding?” It turned out to be my future fiancé!

Pinterest Bridal Shower

While on that trip, Steve and I stayed with my friend Amanda (above). She lived in a studio apartment, and I shared her bed with her while Steve graciously slept on an air mattress. Amanda and I gossiped about our relationships late into the night. At one point, Steve called out through the dark, “You know I can hear you!” It’s happy memories like that at the beginning of our relationship that make celebrating our impending nuptials with the same people so fun! For today’s Wedding Wednesday I wanted to share photos from my friend bridal shower in Chicago. It was the perfect Pinterest bridal shower, as described by Amanda, the hostess with the mostess. Keep reading to see more amazing decor and bridal inspiration.
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Save the Date

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Monday marked three months until Steve’s and my wedding. Eek! One thing on our list that we’re currently executing are our invitations. The invites will be quite different from the save the dates we designed as a couple on Photoshop. Our invitations will take a traditional route, while Steve and I put our heads together to make what we felt was a creative save the date. We wanted something that showcased us as a couple. We also wanted it to involve social media.

Social media/our online presence played a large part in our relationship since the beginning. We met on OKCupid, moved our conversations to Gmail, then text, then to in-person. In the early flirtatious days we often commented on each other’s social posts. (This was back when writing on Facebook walls was cool. We cringe when some of our public messages show up on the site’s “On This Day” feature.) Now, between my blog and Steve’s job at a social media agency, there’s not a night that doesn’t go by that we’re not sharing social posts with each other on the couch. Therefore when it came time to make a creative save the date, we felt it was time to unveil our bitmojis in the form of a Snapchat mockup. We hired Steve’s coworker to do the art. I have to say, I like the artistic license she took with the flower in my hair.

Our friends caught on to the cards right away. Our parents, well, they just complimented us on such cute cartoon characters. We were really happy with our design turned out, and I like seeing that it sticks out on our refrigerator among all of the more traditional save the dates. The point of this Wedding Wednesday post is to share that you can bring your own personality into weddings. And it can begin with the first branded piece you share publicly with your guests. I’ve pulled some other creative save the date cards as inspiration. Continue after the jump to get your creative juices flowing.

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Wedding Wednesday: Being In the Wedding

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In continuing with my wedding Wednesday theme, I am writing about another aspect of weddings today. The aspect of being a bridesmaid. I’ve been in a few weddings, the most recent one being my friend {and former blog partner} Amanda’s Chicago wedding. The day was just so much fun and special – I was honored to be help her and Brian celebrate their love.

Going into their wedding day, I had the mindset that it was Amanda’s day. I tried to ignore all of my little concerns (would my curls stay? would Steve remember the gift?) to make sure all of the bride’s were addressed. In the end, I would like to think I succeeded! (I even took it upon myself to help Amanda in to her shoes, that’s me up top.) There are so many ways to be a good bridesmaid. As I’ve already learned from my bridesmaids, it’s not all about helping the bride into her dress. Today I’m sharing five tips on how to be a good bridesmaid, as well as some gorgeous photos from Amanda and Brian’s big day. Keep reading for both!

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Wedding Wednesday: Finding the Ring

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I was recently talking to a girlfriend who confided in me that she and her boyfriend looked at engagement rings (eeeee!). The conversation was so exciting, and it brought me back to almost a year ago when Steve and I started seriously looking at rings. We went to a very fancy jeweler in Lincoln Park simply because they carried rings by the designer that I thought I wanted. Steve and I each had a glass of champagne and picked out a favorite ring. But we left a little overwhelmed and knowing there was still more ring shopping to be done! Thankfully, with the help of experienced friends and a {different} jeweler, Steve surprised me with an amazing ring!  For today’s Wedding Wednesday, I thought I’d take you through some of things we found to be helpful when engagement ring shopping.

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  1. Shop together in-person. Some couples might agree that they want the ring to be a surprise and I think that’s great. But, I found a lot of value in trying on rings in-person with Steve. It helps to see the cuts and metals on your own hand to know if what you see in magazines will resonate with you on your finger day to day. Your partner can also take notes about what you like so you can still be surprised!
  2. Follow your instincts. As I mentioned, Steve and I went to a specific jewelry store first because it carried a certain designer. Although the salesperson there was perfectly nice, we didn’t really connect with her. Thankfully, we found someone else who patiently helped Steve better understand what to look for in engagement rings, was sure to invite us to a wedding ring Trunk Show, and has kept up with us via email so we can ask any questions we may have about my ring at any time. It’s great to feel as if we’re actually in control and can trust the person we’re working with.
  3. Do. your. research. Don’t just trust the first jeweler you meet to sell you the diamond and ring. Don’t commit before talking to your parents, your friends (who’ve been there), and reading up on your options. Going in feeling knowledgeable about the four C’s will help you be more confident in your purchase. (P.S. I found a lot of great infographics on Pinterest that break down the ring shopping process.)engagement ring shopping
  4. Don’t get caught up in designer names. In the end, you are going to look at your engagement ring everyday, so you – and probably your partner – are the only ones who should have an opinion. It doesn’t matter if the ring is by a well-known designer or just something you dreamed up and a local jewelry designer helped come to life. You just need to love it.
  5. Lastly, let people spoil you. As I’m enjoying finding out, people want to make you feel special during the engagement process. So have those glasses of champagne while ring shopping, gush to your friends about it, and don’t be afraid to celebrate once the engagement finally happens. It’s just the start of many more celebrations!

Photos by Hannah Drews Photography