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.
A Song for My Daughter – Ray Allaire
Ain’t That Love – Ray Charles
Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
Daddy – Beyonce
Daddy’s Baby Girl – Jimmy Needham
Daddy Dance with Me – Krystal Keith
Daddy’s Little Girl – Michael Buble
Daughter – Loudon Wainwright
Gracie – Ben Flowers
I Wish You Love – Frank Sinatra
I Loved Her First – Heartland
It’s for My Dad – Nancy Sinatra
My Darling – Wilco
My Little Girl – Tim McGraw
My Wish – Rascal Flatts
Stealing Cinderella – Chuck Wicks
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen
Wildflowers – Tom Petty
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
At Last – Etta James
Baby I’m Yours – The Arctic Monkeys
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis
Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
Count on Me – Bruno Mars
Crazy for You – Madonna
Crazy Love – Van Morrison
Faithfully – Journey
God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
How Deep Is Your Love – The Bee Gees
I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner
I Will – The Beatles
I’ll Stand by You – The Pretenders
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
It Had to Be You – Harry Connick, Jr.
Last Night on Earth – Green Day
Lost in Love – Air Supply
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Love Never Fails – Brandon Heath
Lovesong – The Cure
Marry Me – Train
Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
One in a Million You – Larry Graham
True Companion – Marc Cohn
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong
You and I – Stevie Wonder
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
We love this Sweets & Treats table signage for your wedding dessert table.
Photo credit: Claire Thomson Photography
Bride & Groom Chair Signs
We absolutely adore these wedding chair signs made by Narwall on Etsy.
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:
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
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!
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.
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]
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.
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:
1. We can’t think of a better union for a spring/summer wedding than sliders and beer. Yummy!
[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:
[photo by Bre Thurston]
3. Give your guests a down-to-the-pub feel with this pairing of fish-n-chips and cold beer:
[photo by Braedon Photography]
4. Find me a person who doesn’t love tacos and margaritas; I betcha can’t:
[photo by Root Photography]
5. Keep your guest’s hunger at bay with fried-chicken-filled shells and adorable mini coke bottles:
[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:
[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:
[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:
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:
[photo cred: Rebecca Walker for Ira Lippke Studios]
2. Peach Echo
This lovely reception set-up complete with beautiful ribbon-wrapped chairs:
[photo cred: Joseph Francis Photography]
3. Snorkel Blue
This luscious cake that looks like it’s fit for a king and queen:
[photo from: InvitationsByAjalon.com]
We love these small and simple but charming centerpieces that makes perfect use of the buttercup color to add that pop:
[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…
[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:
[photo cred: A Bryan Photo]
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:
[photo cred: from WeddingOMania.com]
8. Iced Coffee
These beauties are draped in various shades and strengths of iced coffee:
[photo cred: Manchik Photography]
9. Green Flash
This bohemian beauty rockin’ a floral crown with gorgeous flashes of green:
[photo cred: Christine Meintjes]
This elegantly Serenity cloth draped over a vintage table is perfect for a Spring garden wedding:
[Photo via: HappyWedd.com]
What color scheme are you planning for your wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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:
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:
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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
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.
[Photo via: The Couture Cakery]
Planning on a winter wedding? Tell us about your cake in the comment section.
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.
[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.
[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.
[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:
[dresses: Jenny Woo; photo: This Modern Romance]
5. This brilliant idea of a sequined crop top paired with a chiffon maxi 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:
[from David’s Bridal]
7. These elegant beauties who are pulling off the mismatched dress trend like it ain’t no thing:
[photo: Love Like Weddings]
8. These dusty blue mismatched bridesmaids dresses compliment the pretty pop of white in the bridal bouquets:
[photo: Marissa Lambert Photography]
9. These nude dresses that make good use of the pattern craze, with the added bonus of metallic sequins:
[photo: Our Labor of Love]
10. These blush-pink, open-back dresses that gleam and sparkle bright like diamonds:
[photo: Archetype Studio]
What are some of your favorite bridesmaid dresses right now? Tell us about it in the comment section below
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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
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.
[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.
[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!
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.
[photo: Claire Pettibone lingerie]
How are you planning on surprising YOUR groom? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
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:
[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:
[design: Petal Play Design & Violet and Pearl Vintage; photo: Olivia Leigh Photographie]
2. These gorgeous crystal leaf earrings by Erin Fader:
[photo credit: Whiskers and Willow Photography]
3. This flowing maxi-style dress topped with nature-inspired embroidery by Lihi Hod:
[credit: Eyal Nevo]
4. This lovely, off-white cake that is simple, smooth, and adorned with one, single strand of greenery:
[cake: Windflower Cakes; photo: Maria Lamb Photography]
5. This super-natural, middle-parted hairstyle, topped with a beautiful floral crown:
[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:
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:
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 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.
[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.
[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!
[credit: Melanie McLean]
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.
[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.
[Credit: Ren Davis of Studio 29 Photography]
Drink. flip. drink. flip. Bring everyone back to the fun-loving, all-flipping days of college, and they’re sure to have a blast.
[credit: Jake and Necia Photography]
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.
[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.
[credit: Kat’s Krafts]
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.
[credit: Ala Cortez Photography]
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.
[credit: Instructables.com user Blipvert]
What games are you planning on having at your reception? Tell us about it in the comment section below!