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20 Father-Daughter Dance Songs

20 Father Daughter Dance Songs

Photo credit: Ashley Eiban Photography

A father and daughter have a special bond, and that is so evident on the wedding day. It’s hard for daddy to give his little girl away, which is one reason their dance is so special. Here are a few ideas for songs that are perfect for the father/daughter dance.

  1. A Song for My Daughter – Ray Allaire
  2. Ain’t That Love – Ray Charles
  3. Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  4. Daddy – Beyonce
  5. Daddy’s Baby Girl – Jimmy Needham
  6. Daddy Dance with Me – Krystal Keith
  7. Daddy’s Little Girl – Michael Buble
  8. Daughter – Loudon Wainwright
  9. Gracie – Ben Flowers
  10. I Wish You Love – Frank Sinatra
  11. I Loved Her First – Heartland
  12. It’s for My Dad – Nancy Sinatra
  13. My Darling – Wilco
  14. My Little Girl – Tim McGraw
  15. My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  16. Stealing Cinderella – Chuck Wicks
  17. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
  18. When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen
  19. Wildflowers – Tom Petty
  20. Zoe Jane – Staind

What will be your Father/Daughter dance song? Let us know in the comment section below.


Jennifer Prince blogs for brides at www.hillcitybride.com. She lives in VA with her husband and three kids, and her favorite type of music is from the 80s.


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6 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

6 Tips for Wedding Flowers

Photo by Laura’s Focus Photography, Florals by Stems & Whims

Flowers add so much to your wedding… pops of color and fragrant scents all help to set the tone of your day – not to mention that they are also beautiful and add softness to any event. I reached out to my friend and floral designer, Amy Thornburg of The Arrangement Company, and she offers 6 tips to consider with your wedding flowers.

  1. Think outside the color box. When choosing the palette for your wedding, don’t feel compelled to have it all match. Coordinate, yes, but matching isn’t a necessity. Multicolor combinations and contrasting colors can be a pleasant alternative to a monochromatic or two-tone approach. The Perfect Palette is a great resource to help you visualize different combinations.
  1. Choose seasonal flowers. Many brides desire a peony wedding in November, but for peonies, you are best to stick with April and May. Global growers and worldwide shipping provide peonies throughout the year, however the cost increases significantly. There are many other flowers that are similarly affected, but rejoice because there are always flowers in season. Keep an open mind, and make your choices practically.

Photo by Steven and Lily Photography, Florals by Irvington Spring Farm

Photo by Steven and Lily Photography, Florals by Irvington Spring Farm

  1. Hydrate your blooms. During pre-wedding photography keep in mind how long your bouquets are out of water. You don’t want to walk down the aisle with bouquets that have been tossed around and dehydrated for two hours prior. While you want the bouquets in your photos, consciously limit their time out of water, or perhaps the flower shots can be reserved for after the ceremony.
  1. Be aware of your budget. Not everyone has had to buy flowers in quantity like they do for their wedding. This can cause quite the “sticker shock” during planning. Be sure to enter each consultation with a figure in mind so your designer knows where to begin and how far they can go. A little research on wedding costs can prevent the surprise that can come with the quote and can save you time while easing your mind.

Photo by Maria Grace Photography, Florals by DIY Bridal Network

Photo by Maria Grace Photography, Florals by DIY Bridal Network

  1. Choose linens thoughtfully. Linens are an important piece of your table décor. The right choice can enhance and compliment the centerpiece, while the wrong choice can make the flowers appear washed out or dull. If colored linens are not an option, a simple change from white to off-white can make all the difference.
  1. Bring in the professionals. The most well executed event has more than likely had numerous behind the scenes challenges. Vases break, layouts change or linens can be the wrong size. In such times, experienced professionals are able to respond appropriately. They have the resources to resolve potential disasters, taking upon themselves the stress that you do not need in the days leading up to your wedding.

Jennifer Prince’s favorite flowers are peonies, and she provides inspiration to The Bride Box brides each month via an advice card and also through her wedding blog at www.hillcitybride.com


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30 First Dance Songs

A couple’s first dance is a classic “must” at a wedding reception, yet sometimes finding the right song can be difficult. Here are 30 first dance songs we love to get you steered in the right direction!

  1. At Last – Etta James
  2. Baby I’m Yours – The Arctic Monkeys
  3. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  4. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis
  5. Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
  6. Count on Me – Bruno Mars
  7. Crazy for You – Madonna
  8. Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  9. Faithfully – Journey
  10. God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
  11. How Deep Is Your Love – The Bee Gees
  12. I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  13. I Will – The Beatles
  14. I’ll Stand by You – The Pretenders
  15. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  16. In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
  17. It Had to Be You – Harry Connick, Jr.
  18. Last Night on Earth – Green Day
  19. Lost in Love – Air Supply
  20. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  21. Love Never Fails – Brandon Heath
  22. Lovesong – The Cure
  23. Marry Me – Train
  24. Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
  25. One in a Million You – Larry Graham
  26. True Companion – Marc Cohn
  27. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  28. We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong
  29. You and I – Stevie Wonder
  30. Your Song – Elton John

What will your first dance song be? Let us know in the comment section below.


Want more wedding ideas? Be sure to head to www.hillcitybride.com for more from VA based blogger Jennifer Prince, who still remembers her first dance with her husband – 22 years ago!


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9 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Colors

Photo Credit: CYork Photography

Let’s talk color! It’s definitely safe to say that whether we realize it or not, color has a big role in our lives – and I’m glad. After all, playing with hues is fun – especially when you are planning your wedding, and this is a time when you can definitely use some wedding color advice.

Before I get into the nitty gritty of talking about color, I want to stress one thing. This is YOUR wedding! I want to give you suggestions and guide you along the way, but the one thing I love about today’s bride is that she gets to use her creativity and stay true to herself. I’ve seen soft, lovely monochromatic weddings, yet there are also stunning events that use a whole rainbow’s worth of colors. So, keep in mind that this is your special day.

Ok, let’s chat about the “lovely” and other things to consider when you are choosing a color palette for your day with 9 tips for choosing your wedding colors:

Think About the Season

Some hues lend themselves to a season more easily than others. When I think of fall, browns, burnt orange, yellows and rusty reds come to mind, yet that is contrasted with spring, where soft pastels are more useful. The season – and flowers that may be in season at the time of your wedding – play a big part in your color scheme.

Assess Your Location

When you are getting married outdoors, pretty much any color can come into play – yet move things inside, and you truly need to assess your location. If your ballroom is dark or small, you may want to consider a lighter, brighter color palette to make the room seem larger and more spacious – especially when it comes to reception linens.

Determine the Personality of Your Event

Looking for a regal, upscale feel? Choose jewel tones, metallics or a monochromatic palette. Want a vintage vibe? Pastels and lighter colors will evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Be Thoughtful

Afraid of color? Use bold colors selectively. If you love magenta yet are afraid to utilize it full force, then use it as an accent – the writing on your invitations, the boutonnieres, floral ribbons and the like may be where you want to use those fun pops. If your bridesmaids are bold, have them wear a bright hue, which will look stunning!

Photo by CYork Photography

Photo credit: CYork Photography

Placement is Key

Your colors evoke a feeling, yet so does how you utilize them. If you are bold enough to go for orange, there is a big difference between having your bridesmaids decked out in the hue and having it in your bouquet vs. utilizing it for the main table linen color and uplighting. You can do it all, but careful color placement has a higher impact than overuse.

Trends? What Trends?

Don’t be afraid to buck the trends. There I said it! If I’m seeing a ton of a certain color wedding palette on Pinterest, my personal tendency would be to stay away. You shouldn’t feel pressured to utilize certain colors just because they happen to be en vogue at the time – again, this goes back to being true to yourself. If the hot hue is blush, then by all means don’t be afraid to deck your groomsmen out in red. We all love a great surprise.

Photo by Stephanie Leigh Photography

Photo credit: Stephanie Leigh Photography

Color Wheel

We all took art, but you don’t have to be an expert! A friendly glance at the color wheel can also help to blend colors. Honestly, I’m not a big fan of complementary colors, which are opposite on the wheel. Supposedly they go together well, but I’m not sure I’d want to have a bright purple and yellow wedding, yet softening the colors to a more pastel hue would work nicely.

Expect the Unexpected

Look in unexpected places for inspiration. When you are undecided, finding cues in your everyday may be the best thing. Does the floral pattern on your yearly planner bring you joy? Take note of the hues on the cover – maybe they could be translated into a wedding scheme. Going for a walk may even help. A budding flower garden may inspire you to combine colors that you didn’t even dream of! Perusing a local art gallery will provide ideas, too. Look at what pieces speak to you and draw inspiration from the artist’s color choices.

Photo by Franzi Photography

Photo credit: Franzi Photography

Neutral for the Win!

When in doubt go neutral or monochromatic. If you truly are unsure of yourself, going with a neutral, natural palette won’t steer you wrong. Neutrals include whites, browns, grays and greens. Yes, green is a neutral – after all have you ever seen a flower that didn’t match it’s stem? I dare say that blue – powder, denim, navy – is also a neutral. Think about the sky and your favorite pair of jeans. It’s hard to find something that doesn’t complement blue! Play around with different neutrals. If that doesn’t work, a monochromatic palette of your favorite color is also a lovely choice.

No matter your choice, your event will be a day to remember, and in the end you get to marry the love of your life. I’d be tickled pink over that… ha! Happy wedding planning!


Jennifer Prince is Virginia based wedding blogger who enjoys providing wedding inspiration at www.hillcitybride.com and in your Bride Box each month. She loves spending time with her husband and three children in the great outdoors.


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Bridal Jewelry Fit For a Queen

We like to think that choosing your bridal jewelry can be one of the most fun activities of the wedding planning storm. It’s your chance to be Holly Golightly, having breakfast at Tiffany’s or even just to pretend you’re picking pieces for a night at the Oscars. You’re most likely only going to wear them once, so don’t hold back and unleash your inner jewel goddess. Here are 10 pieces of bridal jewelry fit for a queen, and will hopefully get you inspired for the big day:
These lovely epaulettes that work for you whether your theme is 1920s vintage, bohemian, or just big and luxurious.
Bridal Jewelry Fit For a Queen

Photo credit: Etsy shop ADbrdal

This rhinestone & crystal gold hair comb that is as lovely as it is simple.

crystal gold hair comb

Photo credit: HairComesTheBride.com

This low-hanging back drop necklace is a beautiful choice for a bohemian and/or minimalist wedding look:

back drop necklace

Photo credit: Etsy seller HedgehogProject

These beautiful crystal leaf earrings are a wonderful, understated accent for your lovely ears:

crystal leaf earrings

Photo credit: NotOnTheHighStreet.com

This gorgeous Austrian crystal chain can drape across your forehead, or be pinned to the back of your hair to accent your wedding do:

bridal hairpiece

Photo credit: Etsy seller danani

These unique gray druzy necklaces are simple, rustic, and sure to fill that something blue requirement:

druzy necklace

Photo credit: Etsy seller TheRusticBohoChic

This striking headpiece by Ann McKavney of Eleventh Heaven highlights both the face and the updo:

bridal headpiece

Photo credit: Jeff Langhorne Photography

These pretty pink, olive, and clear rhinestones with antique gold detail would add the perfect touch to your bridal ears:
bridal earrings

Photo credit: BHLDN.com

Another pair of stunners from BHLDN; these earrings evoke a vintage feel, while still giving you that modern luxury feel:

BHLDN earrings

Photo credit: BHLDN.com

This couture headpiece by Viktoria Novak will show everyone that, as the bride, you elegantly rule over all:

couture bridal headpiece

Photo credit: Elanna Harlow Photography

What bridal jewelry are you planning to wear on your wedding day? Let us know in the comment section below this post.

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12 Perfect Wedding Dresses for Summer

How to choose a wedding dress is one of the most difficult decisions you can make while planning your wedding. What neckline will compliment your shoulders and arms? Which skirt style will bring out the full beauty of your body’s shape? There’s also the consideration of season and how it will play a part in your overall comfort. We think that having an open-back wedding dress is a great way to keep cool and let yourself breathe during your warm-season wedding. Here are 12 perfect wedding dresses for summer:

1. This gorgeous Stella York gown with floral sheer sleeves, and a sheer open back:
12 Perfect Wedding Dresses for Summer 

Photo credit: Stella York

2. This elegant yet sexy corset-style dress with a ballgown skirt:
Corset style wedding dress

Photo credit: Stella York

3. This Stella York dress with a sweetheart neckline and trumpet skirt:

wedding dress

Photo credit: Stella York

4. This amazing tea-length beauty by Alessandra Rinaudo with sheer bodice and floral cutouts:

short wedding dress

Photo credit: Alessandra Rinaudo

5. This wonderful Rinaudo gown with open back, trumpet skirt, and matching arm warmers:

Beautiful wedding dress trends

Photo credit: Alessandra Rinaudo

6. This V-back shaped gown by Alessandra Rinaudo that has a beautiful modified A-line skirt with luscious drape-like details:

Amazing wedding gown

Photo credit: Alessandra Rinaudo

7. This simple, lattice bodice with full, silk ballgown skirt by David Tutera:

Wedding Dress

Photo credit: David Tutera for Mon Cheri

8. This stunning Tutera gown with a full-open back and mermaid skirt:

2016 Wedding Dress

Photo credit: David Tutera for Mon Cheri

9. This sleeveless beauty designed by David Tutera has gorgeous floral details and a full, trumpet skirt:

Wedding Dress trends

Photo credit: David Tutera for Mon Cheri

10. This exquisite, beaded sheath dress by Lihi Hod that is perfect for the elegant bohemian bride:

Lihi Hod wedding dress

Photo credit: Lihi Hod

11. This lovely, sleeveless Elbeth Gillis trumpet design with lace bodice:

Elbeth Gillis from Wedding Inspirasi

Photo credit: Elbeth Gillis from Wedding Inspirasi

12. This Lihi Hod V-Backed beauty that will keep any beach bride cool:

Lihi Hod from Wedding Inspirasi wedding dress

Photo credit: Lihi Hod from Wedding Inspirasi

What style wedding dress have you chosen for your big day? Let us know in the comment section below this blog post.

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Laser-Cut Wedding Inspo

Intricate lace, complex patterns, and artsy shapes; these are a few ways that laser-cut details can wow your wedding guests and create that magical feeling on your big day. We have picked out some of our favorite laser-cut details from recent weddings in hopes they will give you some helpful laser-cut wedding inspo during your creative wedding planning process.

Table Signage

We love this Sweets & Treats table signage for your wedding dessert table.
Laser-Cut Wedding Inspo

Photo credit: Claire Thomson Photography

Bride & Groom Chair Signs

We absolutely adore these wedding chair signs made by Narwall on Etsy.
Bride and groom chair signs

Photo credit: Narwall.Etsy.com

Rustic Sign & Easel

Give your wedding guests clear direction on where to sign your guest book with this rustic signage.
Rustic wedding sign

Photo credit: StylineDesigns.etsy.com

Wedding Cake Topper

A beautiful glitter cake topper from The Bride Box featured vendor, ZCreateDesign.
Wedding cake toppers

Photo credit: ZCreateDesign

Black Laser-Cut Floral Invitations

Simply stunning laser-cut black floral wedding invitations.
Laser-Cut wedding invitations

Photo credit: ElegantWeddingInvites.com

Wine/Champagne Tags

These wine laser-cut tags make for a great gift for your wedding party!
Wine laser cut tags

Photo credit: SouthernFriedPaper.etsy.com

Save The Date Magnets

Send these save-the-date magnets out to your wedding guests to help them remember your big day is approaching.
Save the Date magnets

Photo credit:  CorkCountryCottage

To Have/To Hold Signage

Use this sign to take beautiful wedding pictures, as well as attach them to your sweetheart table.
To Have and To Hold Signage

Photo credit: bhldn.com

Cheers Fence Sign

Another lovely wedding sign to use at your bridal shower, engagement party, or even on your big day!
Cheers sign

Photo credit: The Nicholas

Colorful Floral Invitations

We’re in love with this laser-cut wedding invitation from ElegantWeddingInvites.com.
Colorful Floral Wedding Invitations

Photo credit: ElegantWeddingInvites.com

Which one of these laser-cute wedding ideas would you incorporate into your wedding? Let us know in the comment section below this blog post.

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12 Gorgeous Spring Wedding Manicures

Simple Pastel manicure

12 Gorgeous Spring Wedding Manicures

Your bridal manicure should be something that reflects your personal style, while at the same time complimenting the fashion, decor, and overall style and theme of your wedding. Whether you are going for simple monochrome or bedazzled flare, here are our favorite 12 gorgeous Spring wedding manicures to help you get inspired:

1. Spring Floral

Spring floral nails
[photo via http://pshiiit.com]

2. Barely There

12 Gorgeous Spring Wedding Manicures
[photo by bonbonniere_nail via Instagram]

3. Matte & Bedazzled

Matte And bedazzled nails
[photo by KatyStraw via Instagram]

4. Simple Pastel

Simple Pastel manicure
[photo via WeddingsOnline.com]

5. Typographic Sentiment

I Do embellished manicure
[photo via BeautyHihi.com]

6. Heart’s Desire

Heart manicure
[photo by a.lexsus via Instagram]

7. Silver Framed

Silver metallic manicure
[photo by Narina Chan]

8. Simple Peach

Simple peach manicure
[photo via BeautyHihi.com]

9. Mauve Maven

Mauve nails
[photo via Beauty There]

10. Taupe & Sparkle

Sparkly nails
[photo by ShoreToPleaseWeddings via Instagram]

11. Rose Quartz & Serenity

Rose Quartz & Serenity manicure
[Seen on realstylenetwork.com]

12. Radiant Ring Finger

Embellished manicure
[photo by Ricota Nao Derrete]

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How will you be doing your nails on your wedding day? Tell us all about it in the comment section below!

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9 Edgy Wedding Hairstyles

Striking Red

9 Edgy Wedding Hairstyles

Most wedding hairstyles are french twists, subtle curls, and luscious chignons. That’s all fine and dandy, but what about the rest of us who like to walk a bit more on the wild, hipster side? We need a little inspiration too. Something a bit less politician’s wife, and a bit more viking warrior goddess. Here are 9 edgy wedding hairstyles we love right now:

1. Slicked Back

Show off your high-fashion side with a classic, bold slicked back style
Slicked back wedding hair

[photo via Style Me Pretty]

2. Elegant Cornrows

Once a traditional African style of hair grooming, cornrows are being seen in more and more weddings:

9 Edgy Wedding Hairstyles

[photo: Valerie and Company Photographer]

3. Ponytail Quiff

Ponytails aren’t just for little girls anymore. Keep your neck cool this warm season with a soft quiff updo.

Ponytail Quiff

[photo via: Trendy-hairstyles-for-women.com]

4. Striking Red

They say you can’t wear red for your wedding, but that doesn’t mean you can’t infuse your locks with some daring scarlet.

Striking Red

[photo by: Sammy & Me Photography]

5. Single Braid

Braided updos are a dime a dozen. Show off your cool, bohemian side with a long, straight do with a single, chunky side braid.

Single Braid

[photo by: Amanda K Photography]

6. 50s Funny Lady

Try this gorgeous 50s updo that is both classic and modern edge at the same time.
50s Funny Lady

[photo via: Refinery 29]

7. Faux Hawk

Luckily, you don’t have to take the side-shave plunge when trying to achieve the mohawk look. This can be achieved with a few bobby pins, and a little bit of trickery.

Faux Hawk

[photo via: Yahoo.com]

8. Bold Bouffant

We don’t care what anyone says, you can pull off a punk blue bouffant without looking like Marge Simpson.

Bold Bouffant

[photo via Style Me Pretty]

9. Lagertha

Show off your viking warrior side with a beautiful viking-inspired faux hawk braid.

Lagertha hairstyle

[photo via: Twist Me Pretty]

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How will you be wearing your hair for your wedding day? Let us know in the comment section below this post.

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The Bride Box Featured Vendors

The Bride Box Featured Vendors

The Bride Box Featured Vendors

Hey there bride-to-be! We thought we’d take some time to tell you more about some of the amazing vendor partners that we have featured in The Bride Box – a monthly subscription box for brides!

The Bride Box Featured Vendors:

Z Create Design

Z Create Design is a manufacturer and retailer of handcrafted wedding/event decor, photo props and much more. Their products have been featured in Style Me Pretty, The Knot Magazine, Southern Weddings Magazine, as well as other publications and blogs throughout the US and internationally. From wedding tote bags to cake toppers, and pillowcases to wedding chair signs – they truly have everything you need for your big day!

The Bride Box Featured Vendors

Spruce & Fresh

Spruce & Fresh is a one-of-a-kind luxury gift shop, based out in San Francisco Bay Area, for luxury bath items and more. On their website, they feature luxurious bath bombs fit for queens with ingredients like lavender, eucalyptus, lemon and roses. Their famous whipped body scrubs will help you shave off the stress and dry skin of wedding planning. They also feature quality ceramic products, such as mini planters, jewelry dishes, and even ring cones to help you hold the most important jewel to your heart.

Spruce & Fresh

Tammy’s Great 4 Gifts

Tammy’s Great 4 Gifts is a one-of-a-kind shop that has unique, individually-designed gifts, made in the U.S. Tammy makes all her items with personality and character in mind. Visit TammysGreat4Gifts and you’ll find gorgeous coasters, tiles, trivets, compact mirrors and much more. Tammy is always excited to collaborate on a custom design for your wedding, reception, bachelorette party, or even gifts for your bridal party. So if you see something you like, and you want a custom design or sentiment, don’t hesitate to contact her at [email protected]

Tammy's Great 4 Gifts

The Handford Collection

The Handford Collection is a family business that creates beautiful, handmade items at affordable prices. Their specialization is wedding stationery that can be customized to your specific needs. Visit their website at HandfordCollection.yolasite.com and you’ll find beautifully-designed “love” tags, favor gift tags, and even His & Hers vow books. Some items can be directly downloaded onto your computer for future printing. Visit their Etsy page at etsy.com/shop/Handford1 and experience a world of gorgeous invitations and other paper goods that are sure to be perfect for your wedding.

the hanford collection

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8 Perfect Wedding Cocktail Pairings

tacos and margaritas

8 Perfect Wedding Cocktail Pairings

Ah, the wedding cocktail hour. This is the time you want to hold your guests over with scrumptious little morsels and light spritzers while your wedding party finishes up with photos. Or, maybe you want to serve sweeter pairings at the end of the evening. The 2016 trends are showing more and more couples choosing to serve food pairings instead of just the usual, separate cocktails and appetizers at their weddings. Here are some of our favorite combos right now. Hopefully they get your creative juices flowing!

8 Perfect Wedding Cocktail Pairings:

Before Dinner:

1. We can’t think of a better union for a spring/summer wedding than sliders and beer. Yummy!

sliders and beer[photo by: Olivia Leigh Photographie]

2. Keep their hearts, souls, and bellys warm with mini grilled-cheese sandwiches and shots of tomato soup; it’s mmm mmm good:

8 Perfect Wedding Cocktail Pairings

[photo by Bre Thurston]

3. Give your guests a down-to-the-pub feel with this pairing of fish-n-chips and cold beer:

fish and chips

[photo by Braedon Photography]

4. Find me a person who doesn’t love tacos and margaritas; I betcha can’t:

tacos and margaritas

[photo by Root Photography]

5. Keep your guest’s hunger at bay with fried-chicken-filled shells and adorable mini coke bottles:

fried-chicken-filled shells

[photo by Mel Barlow]

6. We love this simple pairing of champagne cocktail served only with blackberries, for guests who are dieting, or may not be hungry yet:

wedding cocktails

[photo by Eric Kelley]

7. This classic, elegant, shrimp cocktail served with a shotglass of cocktail sauce, is always a crowd satisfier, and perfect for a warm spring or summer wedding:

shrimp cocktail

[photo by: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography]

8. A different take on the mini tacos with margaritas, these mini fiestas are served on limes, and come with mini bottles of Patron:

mini tacos with margaritas

[photo via Style Me Pretty]

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What type of cocktails will you be serving on your big day? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Top 10 Spring 2016 Pantone Colors

Lilac Gray pantone color

Top 10 Spring 2016 Pantone Colors

Your wedding color scheme should reflect not only your personal style, but also set the tone and texture for the entire event. Some couples are afraid to try anything more adventurous than the usual pinks, white, and blues. If you and your husband-to-be like to think of yourselves as more creative than that, we’ve gathered some of our favorite inspiration in the form of Pantone’s very unique Top 10 Spring 2016 Pantone Colors:

1. Rose Quartz

These ladies are rockin’ that soft, subtle pink trend:

Top 10 Spring 2016 Pantone Colors

[photo cred: Rebecca Walker for Ira Lippke Studios]

2. Peach Echo

This lovely reception set-up complete with beautiful ribbon-wrapped chairs:

Peach Echo pantone color

[photo cred: Joseph Francis Photography]

3. Snorkel Blue

This luscious cake that looks like it’s fit for a king and queen:

Snorkel Blue pantone color

[photo from: InvitationsByAjalon.com]

4. Buttercup

We love these small and simple but charming centerpieces that makes perfect use of the buttercup color to add that pop:

Buttercup pantone color

[photo cred: Hilton Pittman Photography]

5. Limpet Shell

Why not make your guests eat your color inspiration in the form of limpet-shell macaroons? Yummy…

Limpet Shell

[photo cred: from DeerPealFlowers.com]

6. Lilac Gray

These ladies are proving that you don’t need to be wearing a bright color to stand out:

Lilac Gray pantone color

[photo cred: A Bryan Photo]

7. Fiesta

With a powerful pigment like Fiesta red, you don’t need a lot of it to make a statement. Try adding just one, big flower to your wedding cake:

Fiesta pantone color

[photo cred: from WeddingOMania.com]

8. Iced Coffee

These beauties are draped in various shades and strengths of iced coffee:

Iced Coffee pantone color

[photo cred: Manchik Photography]

9. Green Flash

This bohemian beauty rockin’ a floral crown with gorgeous flashes of green:

Green Flash pantone color

[photo cred: Christine Meintjes]

10. Serenity

This elegantly Serenity cloth draped over a vintage table is perfect for a Spring garden wedding:

Serenity pantone color

[Photo via: HappyWedd.com]

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What color scheme are you planning for your wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!

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10 Stunning Spring 2016 Wedding Invitations

10 Stunning Invitations for Your Spring 2016 Wedding

10 Stunning Spring 2016 Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations should entrance and excite your intended wedding guests. The spell should burst out of the envelope and work its magic on the recipient with the promise of good times on a crisp, spring day. These are just some of our favorite 10 stunning Spring 2016 wedding invitations:

1. These printable spring blossom invites will tease your guests with a floral peak into what’s in store for them at your wedding:

10 Stunning Spring 2016 Wedding Invitations[Photo via: LiaGriffith.com]

2. These lovely, romantic peach flower invites evoke a nostalgic, Victorian feel with its intricate, laser-cut lace:

romantic peach flower invites[photo via ElegantWeddingInvites.com]

3. These bold, richly-pigmented wonders will entice any ladies who see them into gladly attending your bridal shower:

bridal show invitation

[Photo via StellarDesignsPro.etsy.com]

4. These darling invites from Etsy seller VintageBellsAndCo reminds us of those quaint illustrations from books of the 60s and 70s:

Spring wedding invitation[photo via: VintageBellsAndCo.etsy.com]

5. Etsy seller ForLovePolkaDots knows that nothing says Spring more than the combination of bright yellow and elegant lace:

yellow and lace spring wedding invite[photo via: ForLovePolkaDots.etsy.com]

6. These succulent invites from Etsy seller EdenWeddingStudio will give your spring wedding the initial floral pop it needs:

succulent invites

[photo via: EdenWeddingStudio.etsy.com]

7. These exquisite, gold-glitter lined envelopes with glitter-band wrapped invites will give your guests the proper motivation:

gold-glitter lined envelopes[photo via: JustInviteMe.com]

8. This minimalist design that includes gold embossed lettering and a lovely Serenity-colored envelope are sure to impress:

gold embossed lettering[photo via: JustInviteMe.com]

9. Set a bohemian tone for your bohemian wedding with these beauties from Etsy seller PaperNPeonies:

bohemian wedding invitation[photo via: PaperNPeonies.etsy.com]

10. These soft and delightful invites will summon your guests with the power of Pantone’s colors of the year, Rose Quartz & Serenity:

Rose Quartz & Serenity wedding invitation[photo via: SwoonAtTheMoon.co.uk]

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What will your spring wedding invitations look like? Let us know in the comment section below.

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10 Reasons to Have a Kid Friendly Wedding

funny picture of kids

10 Reasons to Have a Kid Friendly Wedding

Kids are cuckoo. That’s just a fact. Some people choose to have a kid-free wedding, and with the wiled coyote antics of those little bundles of energy, it’s easy to sympathize. We invite you to consider the alternative of inviting those balls of sunshine to bask in your wedding bliss glow, and crank that reception into high gear.

Here are 10 Reasons to Have a Kid Friendly Wedding:

1. Little miss wedding and chill:
wedding dress and chill

(via Tumblr)

2. This adorableness with a monkey on his back:
10 Reasons to Have a Kid Friendly Wedding

(mark janzen photography)

3. This guy, who’s demonstrating his sweet crunch-style moves on the dance floor:
kid dancing

(via Mashable.com)

4. “I know you guys are trying to get married and everything, but Mickey says it’s time for swimming:”
funny flower girl photo

(Abby Photography)

5. Somebody crown this guy “King of the Dance Floor” already:

kid dancing at wedding

(via YouTube)

6. This guy who’s “breakin” hearts:

break dancing kids

(photo by Brett Maxwell)

7. This kid, doing his best happy dance:
kid dancing in photobooth

(Alante Photography)

8. This guy, who’s got a Saturday night fever…
Saturday Night Fever dancing

(via Evoke.ie)

9. “Um, I can’t marry you right now, I’m busy:”
funny picture of kids

(via Girlschannel.net)

10. These kids that are stayin alive, stayin alive, ah-ha-ah-ha….
funny picture of kids dancing

(Via TeamJimmyJoe.com)

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Planning on having a kid-friendly, or kid-free wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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10 Wedding Cakes That Give Us The Winter Feels

snowflake wedding cake

10 Wedding Cakes That Give Us The Winter Feels

From simple, naked rustic cakes adorned with berries, to super-frosted and snowflake covered towers of white snow, this winter season we’ve seen some of the most elegant and unique cakes. Below, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite 10 wedding cakes that give us the winter feels. We hope it inspires you to choose a delicious and stylish cake, not to reach for the sweets!

1. This luscious, 6-tier naked cake that’s layered with thick cream and uncut berries reminds us of our childhood homes getting snowed in for the holidays.
10 Wedding Cakes That Give Us The Winter Feels

[Cake: Chawna Dil of Sweet Marie’s; Photo: Dana Grant Photography]

2. This bold beauty reminds us of a Christmas tree with its nature-inspired etchings, gold dustings, and topping of a giant cherry nestled in some winter greenery.

wedding cake inspiration

[cake: The Sugar Lab; Photo: Arina Borodina]

3. This white wonder, wrapped in lace and dolloped with flowers and greenery transports us to a divine winter wonderland.
winter wedding cake

[Cake: Création Boule Argent; Photo: Genevieve Albert]

4. This quaint tower of cuteness that is designed like growth rings on a tree, and topped with baby owls makes us feel like a whimsical woodland creature gathering around a large wooden tree trunk for winter dinner.
winter wedding cake ideas

[Cake: Artisan Cake Comapny; Photo:  Hazelwood Photo]

5. This 2-tier concoction that is roughly frosted, topped with three small pinecones, and lightly dusted with “snow” reminds us how special simple holidays can be.
pinecone wedding cake

[Photo: Little White Dress]

6. This red velvet fortress, layered with sweet cream and sprinkled with candy canes makes us feel the tingly warmth that peppermint brings with the holiday season.
Candy cane wedding cake

[Photo: Kate Botwinski Photography]

7. This assortment of barely-frosted towers, surrounded by wreaths, trees, and set on an antique sled, makes us long for Christmas in the woods.
holiday inspired wedding cakes

[Photo: Jacque Lynn Photography]

8. This exquisite sculpture that’s decorated with holly berries, pine cones, and other fine winter elements, tricks us into thinking we are a wondrous snow queen, receiving a magnificent royal gift of sugar.
pinecone cake topper

[Cake:  Once Upon a Cake Co.; Photo: Amber Lynn Photography]

9. This richly-pigmented masterpiece is adorned with bits of snow, winter greenery, and silver-encrusted twigs in order to give us a starkly-modern, dramatic Yuletide sensation.
wedding cake

[Photo via Sortrature.com]

10. This snowy-white tower with an argyle pattern etched into the sides and strategically-placed silver snowflakes, makes us feel like Elsa, in her tower made of ice, letting it all go…including our wedding diet.
snowflake wedding cake

[Photo via: The Couture Cakery]

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Planning on a winter wedding? Tell us about your cake in the comment section.

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10 Favorite Bridesmaids Dresses

dusty blue mismatched bridesmaids dresses

10 Favorite Bridesmaids Dresses

Selecting your bridesmaid dresses is one of the most stressful endeavors you’ll undertake as a bride-to-be. You want your lovely ladies to be comfortable, stylish, AND complement the wedding theme. You also want to make sure that the style or styles will be flattering to all the different shapes and sizes in your bridal party. We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite bridesmaids dresses at the moment. We hope it helps you get inspired:

1. This bohemian ensemble, complete with a patterned maid of honor frock, and flanked by sea-green bridesmaids.

sea-green bridesmaid dresses

[dresses: Katie May; photo: Our Love is Loud]

2. This gorgeous, crepe-material “White by Vera Wang” gown that features a  long V neck and an open back. It also comes in a stunning “VW Champagne” color that is strikingly close to Pantone Color of the Year: Rose Quartz.
White by Vera Wang bridesmaid dress

[found on David’s Bridal]

3. Another vision in Rose Quartz, this “White by Vera Wang” Sleeveless Tulle over Lace Dress is an exercise in elegance.
White by Vera Wang Sleeveless Tulle over Lace Dress

[found on David’s Bridal]

4. These convertible, chiffon dresses by Jenny Woo that mixes light and dark purples shows that you don’t have to sacrifice elegance to have a lovely Boho wedding:
Our 10 Favorite Bridesmaids Dresses

[dresses: Jenny Woo; photo: This Modern Romance]

5. This brilliant idea of a sequined crop top paired with a chiffon maxi skirt.
sequined crop top with chiffon skirt

[found on Ok Bridal]

6. This rose quartz wavy cropped dress by Vera Wang gets our vote for most unique bridesmaid dress of the year:
rose quartz wavy cropped dress by Vera Wang

[from David’s Bridal]

7. These elegant beauties who are pulling off the mismatched dress trend like it ain’t no thing:
mismatched bridesmaids dresses

[photo: Love Like Weddings]

8. These dusty blue mismatched bridesmaids dresses compliment the pretty pop of white in the bridal bouquets:
dusty blue mismatched bridesmaids dresses

[photo: Marissa Lambert Photography]

9. These nude dresses that make good use of the pattern craze, with the added bonus of metallic sequins:
metallic sequin bridesmaid dresses

[photo: Our Labor of Love]

10. These blush-pink, open-back dresses that gleam and sparkle bright like diamonds:
open back bridesmaids dresses

[photo: Archetype Studio]

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What are some of your favorite bridesmaid dresses right now? Tell us about it in the comment section below
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10 Charming Ways to Surprise Your Groom

Tender Tie

10 Charming Ways to Surprise Your Groom

In modern society, it is a given that the guy is supposed to surprise the gal. Popping the big question at your favorite restaurant, throwing that surprise 30th-birthday party, showing up at your door with flowers and a chick flick when you’ve had a bad day, etc. Why not take the opportunity to turn the tables and surprise HIM on your big day? Show him that you too, are skilled in the art of the unexpected and shower him with a secret attack of sentiment. Here are 10 charming ways to surprise your groom:

1. Geek Garter

Surprise your sweetheart with a pop culture garter that is specific to his geeky passions like his favorite superhero, video game, tv show, or sports team.
10 Charming Ways to Surprise Your Groom
[photo: Something Blue Wedding Photography]

2. Love Letter

Tell him how much he means and how excited you are by crafting a quick, from-the-heart love note. Hide it in his dopp kit, or be extra cute and give it to the flower girl or the ring bearer to give to him when they reach the alter.
Love Letter
[photo: dnk Photography]

3. Message on a Fingernail

We love this clever, sneak attack of putting a tiny message on the polish of your ring finger. When he grabs your left hand and pulls it towards him, watch both his and your eyes well up.
Message on a Fingernail
[photo: Freshly Wed]

4. Lego Links

Everything is awesome indeed! Before the wedding, stash a pair of Lego cufflinks among his belongings. Or better yet, give them to his best man so he can help apply them.
Lego Links
[credit: Michelle Prunty Photography via WeddingsOnline.ie]

5. Tender Tie

If you are a crafty cat, you can try sewing or embroidering a secret tender message of love on the underside of his tie. He’ll find this as he’s getting dressed, and it’s 100% guaranteed to melt his heart.
Tender Tie
[Janae Shields Photography]

6. Groom Gear

We’ve all heard about wedding survival kits, but those mostly include items for the bride. Why not assemble a groom kit, complete with everything your guy’s gonna need like socks, mints, and maybe a wee bit of alcohol for nerves.
Groom Gear
[credit: ShadesOfPinkPaperBtq]

7. Sentimental Sway

Put together a kick-ass dance routine with your bridesmaids to show him how you move. Dance to some Uptown Funk, Single Ladies, or even a mash-up of some classic dance hits.
Sentimental Sway
[photo: Craig Warga Photography]

8. Emotional Engraving

Get his wedding band engraved on the down low. Write your own inscription, because it will be more special that way. Keep it short, simple, and from the heart.
Wedding Band Engraved
[photo: Susan Stripling]

9. Double Take Cake

We are willing to bet that your man is a Star Wars junkie, and that it’s probably at a fever pitch lately with the release of the new film. Have your baker hide a Star Wars design in the back of the cake, and watch his eyes gleam like lightsabers!
Star Wars Cake
[cake design: Julia Baker; photo: TierByTier.co.uk]

10. Lingerie

Nothing delightfully surprises a newly-wed groom more than a little something special on your wedding night. Wow him with some new lingerie that you think he would love and spoil yourself at the same time.
Lingerie
[photo: Claire Pettibone lingerie]
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How are you planning on surprising YOUR groom? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
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11 Reasons To Have a Bohemian Wedding

12 Reasons To Have a Bohemian Wedding

11 Reasons To Have a Bohemian Wedding

Delicate ribbon, furrowed creaky trees, crisp flower crowns and woven dream catchers. The rustic trend seems to be slowly evolving into a new, more free-spirited bohemian style. We’ll be seeing more and more of these hippie-chic weddings in the months to come. Here’s our list of 11 reasons to have a bohemian wedding:

11 Reasons To Have a Bohemian Wedding

[credit: Danelle Bohane via Rue de Seine]

1. These pretty pastel dream catchers, hanging from a simple wooden frame perfectly sets the tone for a beach boho wedding:
dream-catcher backdrop

[design: Petal Play Design & Violet and Pearl Vintage; photo: Olivia Leigh Photographie]

2. These gorgeous crystal leaf earrings by Erin Fader:
crystal leaf earrings

[photo credit: Whiskers and Willow Photography]

3. This flowing maxi-style dress topped with nature-inspired embroidery by Lihi Hod:
nature-inspired wedding dress

[credit: Eyal Nevo]

4. This lovely, off-white cake that is simple, smooth, and adorned with one, single strand of greenery:
off-white wedding cake

[cake: Windflower Cakes; photo: Maria Lamb Photography]

5. This super-natural, middle-parted hairstyle, topped with a beautiful floral crown:
natural wedding hairstyle

[flower design: Bows and Arrows; photo: Ryan Ray Photography]

6. This mountain-side, wooden-frame alter with antique glass, wildflowers, and vintage luggage transports us to another world:
wooden-frame alter

[event styling + florals: Laura Giuliani; photo: Wild Whim Design + Photography]

7. This untamed & colorful bouquet design by Pearl & Godvia:
colorful bouquet design

[photo: Paula O’Hara]

8. These fruit-infused water bins, set on an antique end table, that is sure to quench our thirst for boho style:
fruit-infused water bins

[photo: Alixann Loosle]

9. This dinner setting with gold candle votives and Moroccan-style tableware, surrounded by a utopia of hanging lanterns and rich greenery:
boho wedding decor

[design & florals: Knot Just Flowers; photo: Meghan Elise Photography]

10. This cake, sparsely decorated with wild flowers & baby’s breath, and just a hint of marble pattern:
Boho style wedding cake

[cake: Sweet Lydia’s of San Diego; photo: Whiskers and Willow Photography]

11. This exquisitely creative tent, made from twigs, is a beautiful idea for a fall or winter wedding:
Winter boho-inspired wedding ceremony

[design: Oleander; photo: Lauren Fair Photography]
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What elements are you including in your boho wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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10 Unique Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Cake

cookie shot glasses

10 Unique Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Cake

Newsflash: Not everyone likes cake. It sounds like blasphemy, but it’s true. Of course, you are welcome to stick with tradition and have the lovely cake of your heart’s desire, but these days, it’s not absolutely required. More and more couples are choosing to forgo the usual multi-tiered beast in favor of something that is more unique and fits their personality. Check out our top 10 Unique Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Cake:

These gorgeous pink and blue cotton-candy ice cream shots will be a highlight for guests and provide plenty of photographic inspiration:
cotton-candy ice cream shots

[credit: SugarAndCloth.com]

This charming cake that refrains from climbing into the usual multi-tiered style, and stays grounded with one layer and topped with plump, fresh berries:

10 Unique Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Cake

[photo credit: Lauren Michelle; cake by: Pasticceria Dolce Sosta in Pienza]

This pretty pink display that brings the joy of the ice cream social to a wedding:
ice cream sundae bar

[credit: Emily Clack Photography]

These creative shot glasses made from cookies, and filled with delicious, cold milk, that will make your guests instantly salivate:
cookie shot glasses

[food design: Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio; photo credit: Rennai Hoefer of Ten22 Studio]

This donut food truck that proves donuts are the new cupcakes, and will surely keep your guests sugared up for the night:
donut food truck

[credit: Laura Gordon Photography]

This mini waffle station, complete with toppings, that takes advantage of everyone’s love of breakfast for dessert.
mini waffle station

[credit: One Sweet Appetite]

This eloquent tree of mini pies, that will not only give your guests the sweetness they crave, but will also allow them to portion control:
tree of mini pies

[Pies by: Tara Guerard; photo: TaraGuerardSoiree.com]

This multi-tiered macaroon tower that will draw guests in with its lovely color:
multi-tiered macaroon tower

[credit: one love photo]

These rose-shaped beauties that are cut from apples, wrapped in puff pastry, and dusted with powdered sugar are sure to impress every guest at the wedding:

apples wrapped in puff pastry

[credit: Cooking With Manuela @ CookingWithManuela.blogspot.com]

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Are you forgoing the wedding cake in lieu of something more unique? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
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10 Ridiculously Fun Games for Your Wedding Guests to Play

flip cup

10 Ridiculously Fun Games for Your Wedding Guests to Play

Not everyone at your reception is going to be sweating on the dance floor. Whether they’re shy, don’t drink, or just not that active, you’re going to have guests that don’t like to dance. So, while the extroverts are jumping away to the DJ’s tunes, here’s some ideas for fun games for the rest of the crowd, or anyone looking to cool down in between songs:

Video Game Wall

How fun is this idea of setting up a giant video game display? Either make use of a big white wall or set up a projector screen and then let the dance dance revolution take over your reception.
10 Ridiculously Fun Games for Your Wedding Guests to Play
[credit: Jody Burnett and Shannon Belletti]

The Shoe Game

Call it The Newlywed Game with a twist. Sit back-to-back with your newly-minted husband, take off one of your shoes and trade him for one of his. Have your guests ask you questions about your relationship, and then you both hold up the shoe of the person you think best fits the answer.
The Shoe Game
[credit: Katelyn James Photography]

Stand Up Sit Down

Have every guest stand up at their table. One by one, eliminate people with certain criteria (i.e. If your birthday is the last day of the month, sit down.) The last person standing, gets a special prize!
wedding games to play
[credit: Melanie McLean]

Croquet

There’s nothing more quaint or classy than a nice & colorful wooden croquet set. Invite guests to the field, have them pick their color, and let the mallets fly.
outdoor wedding games
[credit: Apryl Ann Photography]

Big Kissing Wheel

We love this Price-Is-Right “spin” (see what we did there?) on the classic kissing game. If you don’t happen to have a giant wheel lying around, you can always use a spinner from an old board game.
wedding kissing wheel
[Credit: Ren Davis of Studio 29 Photography]

Flip Cup

Drink. flip. drink. flip. Bring everyone back to the fun-loving, all-flipping days of college, and they’re sure to have a blast.
flip cup
[credit: Jake and Necia Photography]

Instagram Contest

Have an Instagram contest that your guests can participate in, using a unique hashtag created just for your wedding. The winner can receive a prize, at the end of the night, or soon after, for the best/most unique photo taken at the wedding. Not only will guests have fun searching for that perfect snap, but it’s a great way to get more creative photos from your wedding.
wedding instagram hashtag
[credit: Faithfully Focused Photography]

Paper Fortune Teller

Place one of these decorative beauties at each table, and let your guests spend hours having fun while getting to know you and your fiance a little bit better.
fortune teller
[credit: Kat’s Krafts]

Icebreakers

As hard as you try to make sure that your guests are seated together by association, but you’re going to have to combine a few strangers no matter what. This icebreakers game is a great way to loosen everybody up with some fun instead of forced conversation.
wedding icebreakers
[credit: Ala Cortez Photography]

Put-A-Ring-On-It-Toss

This one gives your outdoor reception a good old fashioned carnival feel. Guests will “step right up” to prove they’ve got the best hand-eye coordination of all your friends. Plus, it’s fairly inexpensive to put together.
wedding game ideas
[credit: Instructables.com user Blipvert]
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What games are you planning on having at your reception? Tell us about it in the comment section below!