For the last few months I have been working like a mad woman and I am so excited to be able to introduce you to … MarryThis!
I had the most fortunate opportunity to rejoin with my old college buddies to create beautiful wedding guides for brides. Our goal is to produce super simple and straight-forward guides to help engaged couples wade through the hassles of planning a wedding. We like to think of ourselves as the $40 wedding planner.
So what makes MarryThis! different from other wedding guides?
We all know that wedding planning is no small task. I mean, making the decision to commit yourself to one person for the rest of your life is big enough as it is … but SURPRISE, now you have to throw, and find a way to pay for, a big-ass party. Fun for some. Definitely not fun for all. We know you can google “how to plan a wedding” and get a BAJILLION hits, but believe me, if that was enough, Bridezillas just wouldn’t exist. We can only dream … but until that happens we’ll be here waiting.
Our guides are each based on a specifically styled wedding. We style a mock-wedding with all the gorgeous flowers, invitations and decorations. We give you the advice for what to listen to, wear, eat, and drink, and then provide you with prices. All you have to do is implement it.
Picture a menu of weddings. Pick the wedding you want, and we’ll give you every specific detail as to how to get that exact same wedding, no matter where you live or your budget (our budget saving options will blow your socks off!). We are still relatively new, but we will release a new guide every month, so if you don’t see a wedding that catches your fancy, come back soon and we will be sure to have one.
Our guides will act as lifesavers for couples who:
1. Care about design and style, but are not sure how to implement it
2. Would like to spend more on the wedding than on the wedding planner
3. Are busy and need specific directions on what to do and when to do it
Each of the MarryThis! guides will feature:
Budgets for 75, 150 and 300 guests: Real numbers can be scary. Seeing how much a wedding actually costs could literally destroy the institution of love. That’s why no one talks about it. MarryThis! features a full-disclosure budget to provide couples with a dose of reality. We also offer budget-saving tips (totaling up to $10,000!) for the conscious couple.
Timeline: Stay on track with our wedding planner timeline. Each timeline is tailored to the specific guide you have chosen. And they aren’t too shabby to look at either … just sayin’.
The Look: We’ll show you great tips on what styles of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, hair and makeup will match your wedding.
Color Schemes: Each guide fits within a specific color scheme. However, we know that while some may look at brown and think of rich dark chocolate, others look at brown and think of … well, you know … crap. But, no worries! We’ve got you covered. Each guide offers 3 additional color schemes that will look equally awesome with the guide you have chosen.
Flowers: Leave your green thumb at home. We have assembled GORGEOUS flower arrangements and provide you with the names for each flower. Just bring the photo to your florist and badda bing, badda boom, Mr. Soprano just got himself the perfect arrangement to make the wedding of his little mafia dreams come true.
Edibles: We love cake. We love food. We love to drink … er … in an appropriate, totally normal wouldn’t-look-at-us-twice kind of way. And don’t deny it, we know you love it too. We’ll show you the perfect cake to match your wedding decor, suggest great catering options, and maybe throw in a few cocktails along the way.
Visit MarryThis.com to view our current guides and check back every month for a new one! Interested in hearing more about us? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we add you to our e-mail list, or follow us on twitter or facebook.
Meet the MarryThis team!
Sara Gray is an editorial-style wedding photographer based in Portland, Ore., and the founder and publisher of MarryThis! She loves weddings (just ask her friends) and helping brides have the wedding of their dreams without freaking out from stress and overspending. She went to Washington State University, where she studied journalism, which helped launch this project in a roundabout way. Sara lives in Portland (where she grew up) with her husband, but no pets and nochildren (her businesses keep her plenty busy, thankyouverymuch!). Sara can be reached at email@example.com.
Allison Doty is a graphic designer in Boise, Idaho, who is obsessed with all things beautiful. She is the founder of Allison Doty Graphic Design and art director for MarryThis! Allison is an alumna of Sigma Kappa and Washington State University where she studied journalism and fine arts. While Allison wishes she could stick to one hobby, she is more of a hobby collector than an actual hobbyist. She is a self-proclaimed Oprah fanatic and considers it a life quest to become the best version of herself. Lucky for her, she has two very special friends/colleagues who help her do just that. Go Cougs! Allison can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Trang is a business writer based in Chicago and executive editor of MarryThis! Although she considers herself a “rational romantic,” Amy is addicted to romantic comedies, has a bookshelf stocked with cheesy romance novels and, when no one’s around, she will put her favorite love songs on repeat. A journalism graduate of Washington State University, Amy spent the majority of her college years chasing around stories as a reporter and editor at the student newspaper. She has lived in Reno, Louisville and St. Cloud, Minn., but considers Portland as her pseudo hometown. Amy can be reached at email@example.com.