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Hey everyone, we have been MIA for the past few months – but I am back and things are (obviously) a little different around here!

When the Lord first put this blog on my heart, I knew He had big plans for it. To be honest, when I couldn’t find the time to grow this resource I got super discouraged. I had so many plans and so much passion for helping Lake Area couples build beautiful marriages on a solid foundation and for a while, we even hired a writer to help keep up the blogging on a more consistent basis. But then I found myself back in a rut of inconsistent posting.

I was doing research a week or so ago, and starting thinking about how little I knew about Southwest Louisiana (although I have lived here my whole life). I have always had a love of Louisiana, the history, and how different and special this place we call home is from the rest of the United States. But instead of starting ANOTHER blog (when I wasn’t keeping up with this one as much as I wanted to begin with) I decided to focus The Louisiana Wedding more, making it more obviously local to Southwest Louisiana (which was my goal all along).

The LOVE is still there, and all things wedding planning specifically in Southwest Louisiana/the Lake Area is now the “Love” portion of SWLA: Live+Learn+Love. But now you can also find information about events and activities in the Lake Area in our LIVE section, and LEARN about Southwest Louisiana history from our “Learn” section.

I started The Louisiana Wedding blog in 2015, and since then I have realized that there is so much more to Southwest Louisiana than we give it credit for! This is such a special place to live and do life. I have so many exciting ideas, activities and plans up my sleeve to help SWLA folks and families really learn and enjoy what this great part of the Boot has to offer.

So please join me in celebrating the official birthday of SWLA: Live+Learn+Love!

Ahoy there Maties! It’s May and in Southwest Louisiana that means one thing: PIRATES!

Several of this month’s Date Night Ideas are pirate related…or rather, Pirate festival related. Of course, there’s lots of other stuff to do as well so let’s jump right in:

Louisiana Pirate Festival
Date: May 5-13, 2018
Time: Noon to 11:00pm daily
NO ADMISSION OR PARKING

The 61 year old celebration of pirates and contraband is rocking, as usual. Located at the Lake Charles Civic Center Grounds, there’s so much to do. Concerts, food, carnival rides and more!

Food Trucks Invade!
Date: May 10, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location: Crying Eagle Brewing – 1165 E McNeese Street

Food Trucks and music by LANE MACK! Food Truck Line-up:
Paul’s Rib Shack Barbecue & the Bishopofbbq
The Sloppy Taco
Voodoo Momma’s
The Velvet Pig
Dat Truck- Elevated Street Food
O’Neills Gluten Free Goodness

 

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 8:00pm
v 2550 Golden Nugget Boulevard, Lake Charles, LA

Sit back, relax and listen to the golden era of R&B and Doo Wop, brought to you by Golden Nugget and the smooth vocal styling of Frankie Valli. See Ticketmaster for pricing.

 

Dylan Scott Concert
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 8:00pm
Location: 900 Lakeshore Drive
337-433-0499

In conjunction with the Louisiana Pirate Festival, Dylan Scott will perfom at Lakeshore Landing! Go listen to some tunes and maybe even boogie a little with your other half.

 

Gator Grand Prix Go Kart Races
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: 900 Lakeshore Drive
337-433-0499

Anyone else have dreams of NASCAR? Rev up your engines. Or go-karts. Same thing, right? This event is also being held in conjunction with the Louisiana Pirate Festival.

 

Pirogue Building Contest
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: 900 Lakeshore Drive
337-433-0499

Told you guys…the pirates have all the fun in May. Yet another grand happening brought to you by the Louisiana Pirate Festival, go out and watch people build and test these old fashioned, yet always reliable rowing machines.

 

Southland Conference Softball Invitational
Location: 4017 Hodges St
337-475-5000

I personally cannot throw a ball to safe my life, but there’s nothing more exhilarating than watching the softballs roll off the hands of these amazing ladies and nothing more exciting then hearing the crack of the bat when they hit one out of the park. For more information, contact McNeese Softball.

 

McNeese Baseball v. Prarieview
Date: May 11 at 6:00 pm
May 12 at 3:00 pm
May 13 at 1:00 pm
Location: McNeese Baseball Complex (Common St./Contour Dr)
337-475-5000

The guys are getting in on the action, too. Three days worth of it in fact. Geaux Pokes!

 

Lake Area Runners Contraband 5 Miler
Date:May 12, 2018
Location: 900 Lakeshore Drive
337-274-3360 (call for registration info)
Walk, run….support the Lake Area runners. The Pirate Festival (once known as Contraband Days) brings a way for you to have fun and perhaps burn off some extra calories before your nuptials or anniversary. Of course, that’s only if you don’t stop by the funnel cake stand on your way out….

 

Patio Brunch with Wayne Dylan at Jack Daniel’s
Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 10:30am-2:00pm
Location: 777 Ave. Lauberge

Enjoy the Louisiana weather with some good food, great company and even better music.

 

It seems Mother’s Day weekend is a busy one in the Lake Area. I guess they figured we’d need the rest of the month to recuperate!
But our reoccurring local favorites are still on the schedule:

Sunday Brunch(with LIVE music)
Blue dog Café; 609 Ryan St Lake Charles, LA 70601

Zydeco Brunch
Sloppy’s Downtown; 329 Broad St Lake Charles , LA

Two Step Tuesdays
Sloppy’s Downtown; 329 Broad St Lake Charles , LA

Open Mic at Rikenjak’s
Rikenjak’s, 3716 Ryan St Lake Charles

As always….HAPPY DATING!


As you guys know, we post every month about outings and activities that you and your spouse (or spouse to be) can participate in. We are also going to start posting (again) about what some of these experiences are actually like in reality. You guessed it! Date Night Adventures has returned! In an effort to start off with a bang, I packed up my gear…ok, my iPhone….and headed out to Lake Charles, Louisiana’s first annual Pizza Fest!

I’ll admit, early on I was a bit skeptical about the premise of a pizza fest. We have a few pizzerias here that are local standards (here’s to you, Mr. Gatti’s) and I’ll admit I frequent some of the chains more than I should. So what would the hype even be? But it was Saturday and the beau and I needed to get out of the house. The weather wasn’t ideal for an outdoor event, but the rain held off. Despite the clouds and the slightly aggressive breeze (that kept trying to steal all my napkins), I didn’t need anything more than a light pullover. The event was held in the parking lot behind Sloppy’s Downtown and the shops in it’s vicinity. It was the perfect size for the ebb and flow of the event. It was open entry, but the food was available at different prices: $3 got you a slice of pizza, $10 got you a wristband that included 2 drinks and 5 slices, and adult beverages were available for $5. I had worked up an appetite so I sprung for the wristband.  I wasn’t going to be greedy alone so I got my other half a wristband too.

Available to try were choices from Sloppy’s, On the Rocks, Cici’s, and the newcomer Mellow Mushroom. Notably absent were Little Ceasar’s and Mr. Gatti’s. While the supply wasn’t bottomless and there were some long waits for fresh pizza to be brought back out, the selection was enough to make sure we didn’t go more than 30 minutes without some cheesy, gooey goodness to bite into. I didn’t realize until it was over, but there was actually a voting process on who’s pizza was the best. I was fully occupied and probably wouldn’t have been able to cast an unbiased vote anyway. It was all delicious if you ask me. The time went by pretty fast, as we were busy rocking out to all of the live bands and taking in art and jewelry from all the local vendors. There was a live mural painting (pizza themed, of coursed) as well as fun jumps and games for the little ones in attendance. I was so tickled by all the toddlers dancing that we’d been out there for about four hours!

All in all, I was thoroughly impressed with Pizza Fest. For a first year event it was great and I can’t wait to see what it grows into! My only problem is I think maybe it should be semi-annual. Or am I just being greedy again? Not quite sure, but make sure you check it out next year and see if Mellow Mushroom maintains the Pizza crown for the Lake Area!

He popped the question. You said “Of course!”
Now there is a wedding to be planned!

But who will you have beside you on this wedding planning journey? Your hubby-to-be? Yes, but he will probably only be interested in a few details of the day and all of the other decisions will be yours for the choosing….and that, my lady, is where your family and bridesmaids come into play. There are PLENTY of decisions to make while planning your wedding day, and you need a dependable squad to help keep you positive and be the tie-breaker when you love two different shades of blue just as much as the other.

So how do you select your ultimate Bridesmaid Squad? What is the difference between a Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor, and a Bridesmaid? And what are the bridesmaids responsibilities?

We are about to knock out each one of these questions in this one post (PLUS we have a few fun ideas for asking your gals to be part of your Bridesmaid Squad) – are you ready? Let’s do this!

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Question 1:What is the difference between a Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor, and a Bridesmaid?

The Maid of Honor is traditionally a sister or best friend of the bride. This person is the bride’s right hand throughout the wedding planning process. She is sort of the “captain” of the bridal party. She helps the bride corral the bridesmaids and keep them organized and on schedule. She often gives a speech at the rehearsal dinner or reception. It is a lofty title that comes with a lot of responsibility and this should be taken into account when selecting the person to fill the role. Will they have time to accompany you to things you need help with? Are they a good communicator? Is their regular life already too busy for them to fulfill the duties of this role?

A Matron of Honor either partakes in or shares the responsibility of the Maid of Honor, except the primary difference is in some circles, THIS person is an already married advisor. She’s been through this process before so she can provide some insight.

A Bridesmaid is a member of the wedding party as one of the bride’s close family members or friends. They lend a listening ear, give advice on décor and music. In some instances, they organize (and often foot the bill for) the bridal shower and/or bachelorette parties. They help with registries. Some of the best bridesmaids I’ve seen act as the Bride’s Ambassadors; they man the guestbook at the reception, they’re social, they guard the gift table, they dance with great Uncle Joe from the Groom’s family even if it’s out of reluctance. This role sometimes comes with considerable cost if they are going to be responsible for bridal showers and the like and this is also something that should be kept in mind before you pop the other big question.

Question 2: How do you select your ultimate Bridesmaid Squad?

The Bridal Party should be YOUR #squadgoals. It’s composition should consist of people who mean the most to you, have shaped who you are and been influential in your life or will be in your new family. Sisters, cousins, aunts, nieces, best friends, neighbors and the like should make up your bridal party. It’s also ok to ask people that are close to the groom that you love and respect as well (i.e. his sisters) if you feel comfortable. The other big thing to keep in mind in time and money. Will they have the time to make it to fittings? Are they close to a location of your chosen seamstress or dress shop or are they too far? Can they pay for their gown (if you aren’t footing the whole bill)? You don’t want to ask someone who more than likely can’t and put them in a situation that they’ll feel bad about having to decline your offer or put themselves in a bad spot trying to meet the obligations.

Question 3: What are a Bridesmaid’s Responsibilities?

While we did touch on some of the responsibilities when we explained the differences in each role, we want to go a little more into detail and stress the fact that this isn’t a one size fits all list. Just like every wedding is unique so is every bridal party and as such, so will be the responsibilities of those in it. In some wedding parties, those whose accept roles are not responsible for paying for their own attire, let alone any parties or showers. In some wedding parties, just the Maid of Honor pays for the Bachelorette party. It’s all really up to you, as the bride.

That said, typically, bridesmaids are responsible for helping pick their gowns and paying for them. They usually split the cost and organize the bridal shower (yes, this often means coming up with toilet paper dress games and that kind of thing. But don’t fret. It really is a blast). Your biggest responsibility as a bridesmaid, however, is to provide moral support to the bride. Be there when she needs you. Give advice, but remember this isn’t your wedding. Provide feedback and be honest but be mindful of the Bride’s feelings. When she gets frazzled, comfort her and offer to step in. Because that’s what friends are for and Bridesmaids are that and then some!

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BONUS: Fun Ideas on How to Ask!

  1. Store bought kits
    With the advent of “promposals”, Bridesmaid proposals weren’t far behind. A few retailers, like Bed, Bath & Beyond have jumped on the bandwagon and carry items like Kate Aspen’s boxed set that includes a cute mug, some sunglasses and lots of glitter. Of course, there are others out there, but the general idea is cutesy swag will always get an excited “yes!”

 

  1. Homemade Kits
    Like the store bought kits above, some brides choose to go the personalized route and make swag bags with things that they know their friends will like, novelties that hint at inside jokes, and more. It’s a customized twist on the above idea that may score you some extra squeals with that yes. Check our PINTEREST PAGE for some fun inspiration!

 

  1. Dinner Date
    Make your next girls’ night a little more to celebrate by asking your friends to play a vital role in the first day of the rest of your life. Nothing says “I want you to be in my wedding” like wining and dining.

 

  1. Special Delivery
    All of us like getting flowers and or candy out of the blue. The only way to make that sweeter is if its accompanied by an offer you can’t refuse, like standing behind your friend as she takes her beau’s last name! Send a bottle of wine with a glass that pops the question for you or maybe just a nice card with a half dozen of roses. With the myriad of delivery services available at the tips of our fingers today, this would be a breeze!

 

How did you ask YOUR bridesmaids, or what ideas do you have? Comment and let us know!

Spring has sprung! We think, anyway. The weather has been so back and forth in SWLA lately, but we think it should stay warm which is definitely a good thing! April kicks off some of the peak festival fun. And you know what that means – lots of date night ideas! A lot of these activities are centered around the local school Spring Break, but nevertheless, there’s a bit of fun for everyone!

Go get your two-step on at Walnut Grove with Rusty Metoyer! Zydeco is as much a part of spring as anything! April 5th, head out and Groove At the Grove.
Location: 1450 William St Lake Charles, LA
Cost: Free

 

One of my favorites is Adult Skate Night! Skate City makes room for just adults and spins tunes that are sure to take you back down memory lane as you glide across the hardwood. It sells out quickly so arrive early, and if you have your own skates, bring them on April 6th from 6:00pm-10:00pm.
Location: Skate City; 4720 Nelson Road Lake Charles, LA
Cost: $20 a person

 

After that is CyphaCon. Starting April 6th-8th, it is a sci-fi/gaming convention. If you’re the type of couple that likes to settle arguments by picking up the controllers, this is ideal. Every year it features some great local artisits selling commissioned art and costumes. They even have celebrity guests from sci-fi shows, movies, and animes! Don’t miss it.
Location: Lake Charles Civic Center
Cost:  At-The-Door Weekend (all 3 days ) Memberships for Children ages 7-13 are $15, Children 14+ & Adult are  $40. Single-day membership rates: Children 7-13 are $15; Children 14+ & Adults are: Friday, $20; Saturday, $35; and Sunday, $20. Children 6 and under attend free. Memberships can be purchased at Paper Heroes on Ryan Street in Lake Charles and on the CyPhaCon website via the Civic Center box office through Ticketmaster.

 

Next up is the Family Fishing Festival. You know what the Bible says! Teach a man to fish, right? Well here’s your chance. There will be open bass and catfish fishing in three different ponds! You have to have a fishing license to participate so make sure all your paperwork is in order. Otherwise, go reel ‘em in!

Dates: April 7, 2018
Cost: FREE
Location: Cameron Prairie Refuge 1328 Highway 27 Bell City, La 70630
(For more info, call 337-598-2216)

 

The best part of Date Night? Ok, well next to the bonding thing…FOOD! And this next Date Night suggestion has plenty of it. “Food Trucks Invade” is a new local favorite. All of the local food trucks park in one spot. Wall around and sample all the good stuff while in good company on April 6th, form 5:00pm-9:00pm.
Location: Crying Eagle Brewery; 1165 E. McNeese St. Lake Charles LA
Cost: whatever you buy from the trucks!

 

The Flying Tigers Car Show is back for a third year and is a great daytime date idea. April 7th, from 9am to 3pm, take in the sights of some beautiful machinery.
Location: SOWLEA 3820 Sen J. Bennett Johnson Ave Lake Charles LA
Cost: $5 per person

 

If quiet, more calm dates are your thing there are some stunning exhibits in the area this month:
Panopticon
Location: Historic City Hall, 1001 Ryan St Lake Charles, LA
Times: Thurs-Sat until May 26, 10am-5:00pm
Cost: FREE

Framing America
Location: Imperial Calcasieu Museum, 204 W Sallier St Lake Charles
Times: Tues-Fri, 10am-5:00pm; Sat 10am-2:00pm
Cost: Call 337-439-3797

Colors, Canvases & Crativity
Location: Black Heritage Gallery, 809 Kirby St Ste 207 Lake Charles, LA
Times: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, untl May 25
Cost: FREE

 

Of course it goes without saying our old favorites are still on the calendar:

Sunday Brunch(with LIVE music)
Blue dog Café; 609 Ryan St Lake Charles, LA 70601

Zydeco Brunch
Sloppy’s Downtown; 329 Broad St Lake Charles , LA

Two Step Tuesdays
Sloppy’s Downtown; 329 Broad St Lake Charles , LA

Open Mic at Rikenjak’s
Rikenjak’s, 3716 Ryan St Lake Charles

As usual this is only the tip of the iceberg, because SWLA is always a party and always a good time. For more information contact any of the places listed above, the SWLA Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Central School, and the Calcasieu Council of Arts and Humanities!

Happy Dating!

It’s a New Year and we are so excited for all we have planned over at The Louisiana Wedding for 2018!

AND we are excited because it’s that time again – to not only have date night, but to let the good times roll! January signals the start of Mardi Gras season in Southwest Louisiana, so there’s lots of local carnival activities to enjoy! Starting with Twelfth Night (on January 6th) the good times just keep coming.

Without further ado….

Twelfth Night
Dance, party and watch all the beautiful dressings of members of various Mardi Gras Krewes strut their stuff and kick off the start of Mardi Gras.

Date: January 6th, 2018
Location: Lake Charles Civic Center (Convention/Entertainment Center)
Address: 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: 337-425-8623
Admission: $6 in advance, $7 at the door. (Children under 5 are Free)

 

McNeese Women’s and Men’s Basketball
vs. New Orleans

This should be interesting! A double header against competition from the other end of the bottom of the boot. Geaux Pokes!

Date: January 6, 2018
Time: Women at 1:00 pm; Men at 3:30 pm
Location: Burton Complex – 7001 Gulf Hwy Lake Charles, LA 70607
Phone: (337) 562-4678
Admission: $8-$10

vs. Nicholls
Date:
January 10, 2018
Time: Women at 6:30 pm
Location: Burton Complex – 7001 Gulf Hwy Lake Charles, LA 70607
Phone: (337) 562-4678
Admission: $8-$10

 

Family Art Night
Go take an painting class, learn how to make pottery or one of the other many workshops offered at the Art Factory.

Date: January 9, 2018 – Recurring monthly on the 2nd Tuesday
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: The Art Factory – 1753 Common Street Lake Charles, LA 70607

 

Annual Louisiana Fur and Wildlife Festival
We are in Sportsman’s Paradise after all! Enjoy the pageants, gumbo cook offs, and more that come along with this annual fare of Louisiana outdoor culture.

Dates: January 12 & 13, 2018
Times: Friday – Noon to Midnight; Saturday – 9:00 am to Midnight
Location: Downtown Cameron – 513 Marshall Street Cameron, LA 70631
Phone: (337) 250-6322

 

Martin Luther King Festival
Starting with the MLK Breakfast and awarding of the MLK essay contest winners, this local favorite honoring the civil rights’ activist is full of music, food, and ways to help out in the community.

Dates: January 12-15, 2018
Times:Various
Phone: 337-491-9955
Location: Lake Charles Civic Center & Various Locations

 

Of course, we can’t forget our standing favorites like Trivia Nights at Luna Live, Zydeco Brunch at Sloppy Taco, the local Open Mic Nights also at Luna’s, and discounted movie days every Tuesday at both Cinemark at Prien Lake Mall and the Cinemark Bistro! But we figured we’d give you some out of the ordinary ideas as we head into carnival and festival season. For more information on any of the provided Date Night ideas, please contact the numbers listed.

Have a great date night this month and we will see you next month!

 


It’s that time again! I hope everyone gets as excited as I do about date nights! December makes it extra fun though, because it’s holiday season. You know what that means: Christmas lights, gingerbread houses, beautiful music and lots of happenings around the Lake area that make perfect bonding times for couples. The other great thing about these events is the vast majority of them are reoccurring so it’s not as hard to work one of these awesome ideas into your busy schedule. Let’s jump right into the merriment, shall we?

12 Days of Christmas
A great almost 2 week long event in Sulphur featuring carnivals, live music groups, theatre groups and even a live nativity event!

Dates: November 25, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Times: Times Vary
Phone: (337) 527-0357

 

Light Up The Lake
This all day event on December 2nd features a Gingerbread house contest, Santa’s Workshop, the Lake Charles Community Band, a Light Boat Parade and a beautiful fireworks display.

Location:
Lake Charles Civic Center
Address: 900 Lakeshore Drive Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 491-9159

 

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
This is a cool take on the classic Christmas story about George Bailey, a guy who’s feeling a bit down about life and Clarence the angel sent to help him through but – the play is actually a live radio broadcast!

December 1, 2017 – Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday until December 9, 2017
Times: December 1-2, 8-9 at 7:00 pm; Sunday December 3 at 2:00 pm
Location: Lake Charles Little Theatre
Address: 813 Enterprise Blvd Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 436-6275
Admission: $15 Adults; $10 Students

 

Shell Beach Carriage Christmas Light Tours
Christmas lights are one of the most awe-inspiring sights there are. No matter how old you get, it’s easy to be delighted by their twinkling charm. Add in a horse drawn carriage and you’ve got one of the most romantic date nights ever!

Dates: December 2, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Times: 5:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 8:30 PM
Phone: (337) 794-5591
Location: Vintage Carriage Company
Address: 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA Lake Charles

What’s a Cajun Christmas without Zydeco?

Two Step Tuesdays
Two-Step Tuesday occurs on the first Tuesday of every month. For $30 you get a craft meal and a zydeco lesson that can help you get the skills you need for future date nights, ma chere.

Dates: December 1, 2017
Times: From: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Admission: $30
Venue: Sloppy’s Downtown
Location: Sloppy’s Downtown
Address: 329 Broad Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601

My next suggestion may not be ideal for those of you set on losing some weight to fit into the gorgeous gown you picked, but I’d say go for it (just not EVERY week).

Crave Gourmet’s “Holiday Pairing & Sharing”
Head over to Crave for complimentary tastings of great wine, cheese and food. The experts at Crave will help you get the perfect finger foods for your holiday shindig AND maybe even come away with a few gift ideas! (Now if only they gave some workout tips!)

December 2, 2017 – Recurring weekly on Saturday until December 23, 2017
Times: From noon – 3 p.m.
Location: Crave
Address: 2801 Ryan Street, Suite 100 Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 421-0040
Admission: FREE

 

L’Auberge Lake Charles’ Annual Gingerbread House Display
Go check out the beautiful display of a life size gingerbread house that is actually edible. Just avoid actually trying to eat it. Not only will this date idea not help us fit into these gowns, but we don’t want any run-ins with security.

December 1, 2017 – Recurring daily until December 31, 2017
Location: L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
Address: 777 Avenue L’Auberge Lake Charles, LA 70601

 

Looking for a cozy at home date night this month? Here are a few more suggestions!

Decorate Your Christmas Tree Together
This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and spend some quality time together!

Plan it!: Before you get started, take some time to plan a theme you would like to go with for your Christmas tree decor. Pick a color, a sports team, or an overall theme like “vintage” (collect really old -or old looking- ornaments either from thrift stores or from family members) or “nostalgic” (collect those old ornaments you made when you were younger and decorate your tree with them!). Also – this is a good time to figure out a spot for your tree and measure to see what size tree will fit in your space. Check out our Pinterest Board for some fun Christmas tree decor ideas!

Get started!: Head to the store and purchase ornaments that fit your color scheme or theme. If you don’t have a tree already, make sure and grab a tree too! Some other things you will want to grab while you are out – a tree skirt to go at the bottom of your tree, a star or tree topper that fits your theme, look at the wrapping paper as well to see if you find any that would bring your overall Christmas tree look together, Christmas cookie mix, and stuff to make hot cocoa!

Deck those halls!: Head home and get decorating! Make some hot cocoa (crank up the AC if needed since chances are its 70 degrees outside – joys of Winter in Louisiana), pop some popcorn, or make Christmas cookies! Play some of your favorite Christmas songs, chat about your favorite Christmas memories, and make some super sweet new holiday memories together.

 

So there you have it! Of course that’s just the tip of the iceberg, but we are certain there’s a date night idea here to suit every couple’s taste. I like to think holiday date nights help you not only enjoy quality time, but help keep in perspective involving Christ in your relationship. After all, He is the reason for the season!

If you are anything like me, the cool in the air gets all the butterflies in your stomach going in anticipation for an exciting time of year – the holidays! I am normally a procrastinator of gift purchasing, but this year I am trying something different and trying to purchase gifts for our family early so I can spread out my spending over the next few weeks. Genius right? It’s taken how many years to figure this out?

To help you stay ahead of the game as well, I have created the ultimate Christmas gift guide to get presents for your favorite bride! Hand selected with brides in mind, this gift guide will not only help them prepare for their upcoming wedding, but also help them build a beautiful marriage. Enjoy!!

For Your Favorite Bride

1 – Southern Weddings Joyful Wedding Planner

The Southern Weddings Joyful Wedding Planner is one of the best wedding planning tools we have found to date! You can read our review of it here: Joyful Wedding Planner Review
Get yours here: Southern Weddings Joyful Wedding Planner

2 – Love Story Journal

If I had to recommend the top two gifts for your favorite bride, the Southern Weddings Joyful Wedding Planner is definitely number one, but number two is this baby! The Promptly Love Story Journal is one of the most treasured things I own. In it, couples document not only their wedding day, but when they met, memories from when they were dating, memories from the proposal, and then…ya’ll…memories every year after. You can update it over the course of the year or pull it out on your wedding anniversary and update it then.

I seriously can’t wait to do a proper review, but you can find out more (and order one for yourself or for a couple this holiday) here: Promptly Love Story Journal

3 – Val Marie Paper – Marriage Creed Journals
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These journals come in a set of two, one for him and one for her. They are such a special keepsake and would make a great stocking stuffer!

Order your set here: Val Marie Paper – Marriage Creed Journals

 

4 – Yearly Prayer Journal

This Yearly Prayer Journal is a great place to dig in and focus your prayer life in on what is most important to you and your family. This option includes a section for each month of 2018, as well as a few other goodies.

Order yours here: Val Marie Paper – Yearly Prayer Journal

5 – Wedding Day Journaloh-happy-day-wedding-journal-southernweddings

Similar to the Promptly Love Story Journal we shared above, this Wedding Day Journal from Southern Weddings, is a place to document wedding day memories. (This option does not cover as much as the Promptly Journal, but is more specific to the actual wedding day.)

Order one here: Southern Weddings – Wedding Day Journal

Stocking Stuffers

1 – Southern Weddings Magazine – Volume 10

This beautiful magazine is so much more than just a wedding magazine! You will find wedding inspiration as well as special tips for wedding planning and making not only your wedding beautiful, but your marriage focused and intentional.

Order yours here: Southern Weddings Magazine

2 – Womens Undated 6 month Prayer Journal
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This prayer journal is similar to the Yearly Prayer Journal by the same company, but covers only 6 months at a time and is undated for you to fill out as you go.

Order one (or a few for your favorite ladies – BRIDESMAID GIFT ALERT!!) here: Val Marie Paper – Women’s Undated 6 Month Prayer Journal

3 – Everyday I’m Sparkling’ Tote

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Order your tote here: Thimblepress – Everyday I’m Sparklin’ Tote

4 – Push Pop Confetti

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Order yours here: Thimblepress – Push Pop Confetti

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