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Rose Quartz and Serenity Pantone Wedding Inspo

Rose Quartz aisle markers

Rose Quartz and Serenity Pantone Wedding Inspo

In a turn of surprising events, Pantone have picked not one, but TWO colors of the year for 2016. According to their website, this is in order to strike a calming  balance between the soft and subtle Rose Quartz, and the cool, tranquil Serenity.

We personally think that the MARRIAGE (See what we did there?) of these two hues creates the perfect harmony for spring or summer 2016 wedding. Check out our Top 12 Rose Quartz and Serenity Pantone wedding inspo to get your creative juices flowing to plan your upcoming wedding:

1. These waxed-sealed envelopes that beg to be opened:
Rose Quartz and Serenity Pantone Wedding Inspo

Photo: Hanke Arkenbout Photography

2. These soft pink heels that will make your feet feel like a present waiting to be unwrapped.

wedding color trends

Photo: ERIKA GERDEMARK

3. This gorgeous pink and blue masterpiece that will make your eyes overdose on sugar:
colorful wedding cake

Photo: MICHELLE KIM PHOTOGRAPHY

4. This retro tulle beauty with matching ballet flats, that will add the perfect touch to a vintage/rockabilly wedding:
retro wedding inspo

Photo: Found on http://invitationsbyajalon.com/

5. This men’s tux with matching Boutonnière, that will show everyone how refined and classy your guy really is:
wedding tuxedo

Photo: Ben Yew Photography

6. These Rose Quartz cocktails that are sure to leave your guests Rose-cheeked.
wedding drinks

Photo: The Great Romance; Catering: The Girl & The Fig

7. These vintage-inspired shoes that will instantly transport you back the 50’s:
vintage wedding shoes

Photo: Emma Case Photography; Shoes: Rachel Simpson

8. This beautiful, layered, blooming gown by Vera Wang, that is the perfect design for Rose Quartz coloring:
rose colored wedding dress

Photo: via invitationsbyajalon.com

9. These Serenity-colored bridesmaid dresses that will keep your ladies serene and cool on your spring/summer wedding day:

Serenity-colored bridesmaid dresses

Photo: Lauren Jackson Photography

10. This bridal bouquet with Rose Quartz and Serenity elements mixed in, that is sure to keep you feeling tranquil as your walk towards your betrothed:
bridal bouquet

Photo: Ryan Ray Photography; Floral Design: Bows and Arrows

11. These lovely Rose Quartz aisle markers, that will infuse the air with amour:
Rose Quartz aisle markers

Photo: Pasha Belman Photography

12. This soothing table setting on the beach, that is the ultimate scene-in-serenity:
table setting on the beach

Photo: Courtesy of Gilded Lily Events

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Planning on having a Rose Quartz/Serenity wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!

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Top 12 Wedding Backdrop Ideas

door wedding backdrop

Top 12 Wedding Backdrop Ideas

A wedding backdrop is a great way to add flair to your wedding. Make it personal, make it fun, or create an ethereal scene worthy of a Lord of the Rings film set. This dynamic decor element can either hypnotize and entrance everyone as you say your “I dos,” or it can serve as a unique photo op for your guests, during the reception. Take a look at our Top 12 wedding backdrop ideas:

Indoor Ceremonies

1. This soft, elegant display made from paper streamers, that shows you don’t have to break the bank to create a stunning backdrop:
paper streamer backdrop
[source: Jemma Keech Photography]
2. This sweet and charming blue-painted slat wall with garland and bursts of fuchsia and white, that creates a Victorian, yet rustic feel:
slat wall backdrop
[source: Tru Studio Photography]
3. This festive, potted greenery backdrop that brings the outdoors in:
 Top 12 Wedding Backdrop Ideas
[source: The Weaver House Photography}
4. This amazing winter tree laced with pink and champagne streamers, and set in front of a beautiful brick wall:
tree backdrop
[photography: Kellie Kano]  [design: Elissa Keno]
5. This simple, yet modern chuppah, made from birch wood and laden with lush flowers, set in front of white drapery.
drapery backdrop
[source: Tasha Owen Photography]
6. These giant vases with pink flowers, baby’s breath and romantic votive candles that creates its own archway:
beautiful wedding backdrops

Outdoor Ceremonies

1. These quaint, free-standing white doors with a pop of pink and peach flowers on top:
door wedding backdrop
[photography: Katelyn James]  [design: Amanda Veronee]
2. This small archway draped in simple, off-white cloth, embellished with crisp, white flowers, and flanked by country barrels, that reminds us sometimes, less is more.
wedding backdrop idea
[source: Michael and Carina Photography]
3. This beautiful book-inspired backdrop that also doubles as a fairytale theme:
wedding fairytale backdrop idea
4. This old barn door that was recycled and set behind big white blooms, and an antique bird cage:
barn door wedding backdrop
[source: Photo: Jacqueline Campbell for Birds of a Feather]
5. This inexpensive and genius display of 1000 graceful little paper cranes:
paper cranes wedding backdrop
[source: Derek Martinez Photography]
6. This simple draping that reminds us that even though nature can be a bitch, sometimes, we can make her work FOR US:
tree backdrop idea
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What backdrop ideas do you have for YOUR weddings? Tell us about them in the comment section below!
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Fun Wedding Activities for Kids

wedding activity coloring book

Fun Wedding Activities for Kids

If you’re having a kid-friendly wedding, then you’re going to want to provide them with some fun. Check out our top 11 ways to entertain kids at your wedding, or those 5-minute long wedding toasts may put them to sleep, or make them stir crazy…and you don’t want that to happen:
kid
[source: dumpaday.com]

Indoor Receptions

Kids Cave

Children, much like cats, enjoy being enclosed in small spaces, where their mischievous imaginations can run wild. Give them a corner of the room and set up a space like a tent, tee-pee, or cave like this creative couple:
11 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained At Your Wedding

Activity Book

Giving the little darlings something to color and complete while at the table will keep them occupied and happy. Plus, who doesn’t love coloring these days? Check out these awesome activity books from Etsy seller BizzyHeartsWeddings:
wedding activity coloring book

Kids Coloring Table

A similar option could be to designate a kid’s table, cover it with inexpensive craft paper, provide crayons, and let the little Van Gogh’s go hog wild.
coloring
[source: misstweedle.com]

Legos

We love the idea of providing the kids with their own Lego table, filled with various pieces that will keep them busy for hours on end. Just make sure it’s in a sequestered area of the reception, or those colorful blocks of imagination will become little instruments of death when combined with spiked heels.
Legos

Teddy Toss

Keep the kiddies included in activities normally reserved for just the adults and they just might have a good time. Why not have a separate “Teddy Toss” before or after the bouquet toss?

Camera Scavenger Hunt

Provide each child with a disposable camera and a scavenger list of things to find and take pictures of. This not only entertains them, but provides you with more photographic evidence of the best night of your life.
Camera Scavenger Hunt

Outdoor Receptions

Lawn Twister

Not only will lawn twister occupy their minds, it will also give your little ones great exercise. It’s easy to set up too. Just buy a few cans of different colored water-based spray paint, cut a large hole in a cardboard box, and spray away!
Lawn Twister
[source: signs.com]

Bubble Station

Why not set up a little bubble competition with a bubble blowing station? Watch their eyes light up as iridescent soapy creations materialize in front of their adorable faces.
Bubble station
[source: Breelyn Bowe Photography]

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Turn those wee ones into miniature Lara Crofts and Indiana Jones’s and set them loose on the nature surrounding your outdoor reception. You can print adorable scavenger lists here:
Nature Scavenger Hunt
[source: tinyme.com]

Ring Toss

Have you met a child that didn’t like throwing things? I didn’t think so. Set up a good old-fashioned carnival-style ring toss, and watch them squeal with joy. We love this rustic-style version from Etsy seller (and featured vendor in our November Bride Box), DownInTheBoondocks:
Ring Toss

Hula Hoop Contest

Get those youths in a friendly little hula hoop competition. The winner can get a gift bag of treats. Plus, it’s a fact that kids love hula hooping. Just ask Hayley:
Hula Hoop Contest
[source: buzzfeed]
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What activities are you setting up for kids at your wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue

Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

In this country an old couplet directs that the bride shall wear:  “Something old, something new, Something borrowed, something blue.” – 1898 compilation of English folklore

It’s a saying/tradition we’re all familiar with. Some of us might not know that tradition comes from an Old English rhyme (“Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a sixpence in her shoe.”) These five objects each represent a different concept that the bride is supposed to carry on into her marriage. You certainly don’t have to abide by this tradition, especially if you are not superstitious. If you are going to participate, don’t let it overwhelm or stress you too much. These are usually little things that your family members bestow upon you so that you don’t have to think about it too much. Although, you can certainly gift them to yourself if you are so inclined.

Here’s a brief rundown of our favorite ideas for Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue:

Something Olde

Definitely the most sentimental of all the “somethings,” Something Old is supposed to represent continuity and tradition. A lot of mothers and grandmothers donate their old gems, broaches, gloves, or pearls for this portion. Obviously, you’ll want to work with your matriarchs to find the perfect, personal fit for you. We love this idea of tying an old photo from your parents or grandparents wedding day onto the bouquet from JunebugWeddings.com:
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue
[La Vie Photography]

Something New

Something new is supposed to represent optimism for the future. Some brides keep it simple and use their wedding ring or dress as their something new or assume they will have a new piece of jewelry gifted to them the day of the wedding. However, you can also have fun with it and let your creative juices flow. We like the idea of using your bridal shoes as your something new. Check out these Badgley Mischka ‘Rouge’ pumps, found on Nordstrom:
something new

Something Borrowed

Something borrowed is supposed to represent happiness. This is where you can start to think a bit outside the box. What you borrow, doesn’t necessarily have to be something you wear. You can borrow dishes for the reception, or even borrow a wedding theme from a family member, or even your parent’s or grandparent’s wedding song. We love the idea of borrowing old family photos from both sides to create table centerpieces (via The Wedding App):
something borrowed

Something Blue

Blue is most people’s favorite color for a reason. Among other things, blue represents purity, love, and fidelity; all concepts you want to infuse your marriage with. Some brides enjoy hiding their blue underneath the dress with blue shoes or a blue garter. Both are wonderful ideas, but if you’re looking to take a walk on the wild side, why not apply a temporary tattoo? We love this bold, floral tattoo from Etsy seller Siideways:
something blue
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What are YOU doing for Something old/new/borrowed/blue? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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2015 Winter Wedding Trends

hanging wedding elements

2015 Winter Wedding Trends

Greetings you beautiful brides! Here at The Bride Box, we’ve analyzed Pinterest, catalogs, and magazines, to bring you a rundown of the hottest trends for winter weddings this year. We hope this helps you in your quest for the ultimate wedding style!

Gorgeous Greenery

This trend is hot right now, and it’s also a budget saver. If you can incorporate more greenery into your wedding, then you’ll need fewer flowers, and therefore bring your overall cost down. If you don’t mind a splash of red in the center of your greenery, consider Holly. If you’re just sticking with the green, then pine, fir, cedar, and eucalyptus all look and smell like winter and will give your wedding that outdoor texture that ties it all together.
2015 Winter Wedding Trends
[Diana Marie Photography]

White, Silver & Blue

There is something about this divine color combination that lends itself so well to both vintage/classic style weddings and modern ones. White & silver in conjunction with light blues are nothing new to the winter wedding world, but we are seeing more and more brides starting to use dark blues in order to give those whites and silvers added pop. If you are planning a starry-night wedding, this works perfectly.
winter wedding trends
[Bespoke Events London]

Dramatic Crowns

2015 has been the year of the bridal crown, and winter will be no exception. We are starting to see brides go more over-the-top and dramatic with the look. This winter will show lots of winter-seasonal elements worked into the crown design. Wreath-style will be top dog, with either white and silver coloring or deep red blooms interlaced with lush winter greenery. We love this crown by Lace + Lilies:
dramatic floral crowns
[Candice Benjamin Photography]

Hanging Elements

From lights and flowers, to lamps and greenery, hanging elements are all the rage this winter. Not only does hanging decor create a soft, ethereal feel but also provides the added bonus of saving space. Outside, nighttime wedding ceremonies will showcase hanging string lights and quaint, vintage lanterns in order to evoke a fantasy-novel feel. As for receptions, we are seeing lots of that winter greenery hanging in baskets and fixtures over the tables.
hanging wedding elements
[Tim Coulson Photography]

Wool & Yarn Wrapped Bouquets

This winter will see a lot of yarn and warm-fabric (such as wool) wrapped bridal bouquets. This method keeps not only your bouquet warm and cozy, but also adds to the seasonal charm. Our Pinterest boards are flooded with photos of bouquets that are filled with white or neutral blooms, and wrapped with a splash of colored yarn such as blues and reds. We are also seeing bouquets that are cinched with a small amount of wool and clasped with quaint little buttons.
wool and yarn wrapped bouquets
[bouquet by Ann’s Flowers]  [Michelle Zerr Photography]

Twigs & Branches

What better way to elicit a winter spell than with twigs and branches? This is also a great money-saving trend, as filling out your decor with non-floral elements will cut the need for and cost of flowers. Silver spray-painted twigs made into elegant centerpieces will be popular, as will small branches with tiny string lights weaved into them. Some innovative caterers are also starting to embellish their minimalist cakes with twigs elements, like this one by Greg Marsh Designer Cakes:
twig and branch wedding elements
[photo taken from MarshCakes.com]
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What trends do you think will be popular this winter? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Rustic Honeybee Wedding

Honey-Theme-Wedding-Ideas

Rustic Honeybee Wedding

Looking for a specialized twist on the classic rustic chic wedding? Honey is a universal symbol for sweetness and love, so why not spread some of that joy to your guests? A fall date is a great time for an outdoor or tented honey themed wedding.

Colors

Depending on your area and what your local bees are feeding on, the honey you use can be a variety of colors. You therefore have a versatile color palette to work with including, light yellow, peach, gold, or deep amber. Any combination of these shades will be complimented by the greenery of the outdoors and your beautiful white or off white dress.
Rustic Honeybee Wedding

Decor

Try going for a base of rustic chic (wood, burlap, chalkboard, etc) and add your twist of honey on top. Try creating table centerpieces with bee pollen stalks inside mason jars, or tin tea canisters. If you are an artist or know someone who is, have them draw or paint bees and honeycombs on your chalkboards, or any wood structures. If you don’t know any artists or don’t have the time, use these stencils from Michaels with spray paint. Check out this wooden honeycomb backdrop designed by The Style Co.
Honey-Theme-Wedding-Ideas
[photo by Hikari Photography}

Fashion

Don’t agonize over your dress. Whatever style you have your eyes on and whatever color from the honey palette you choose, will probably look gorgeous. The key is in the accessories. There are many honeybee or honeycomb accented jewelry pieces out there to top of your look, from headbands, to broaches, and even bobby pins and bracelets. All you need is one perfect piece to give yourself that bee-kissed aura, like this exquisite Austrian crystal honeybee hair clip:
honey bee hair clip

Food

This is a unique opportunity to do something different from the normal served dinner. Of course, you’ll want to provide your guests with some sort of main course, such as roasted herb chicken or dinner ham. For an appetizer, try providing your guests (via buffet table or the guest tables) with platters made of aged cheeses, in-season fruits, and artisan breads. Make sure each table has a sampling of local honey for dipping.
wedding food ideas
[photo by Daniel Kim Photography]

Cake

You have several options here. You can have a simple, understated cake that would go well with any outdoor scheme, or you could go very playful with a full-on towering honeycomb design, complete with fondant bees, honeycombs, and hives. You’ll have to decide which style goes best with your overall wedding tone of course, but we happen to love this cake from Melissa & Matt’s rustic honey bee wedding, created by the bride herself!
honey bee wedding cake
[photo by Lisa Burgess]

Favors

As for wedding favors, tiny jars or vials of honey would be a safe and obvious choice. If you are feeling a little more inspired, then why not try some beeswax candles, or bundles of honey sticks wrapped with decorative fabric or twine (wonderful if you are on a tight budget.) We adore these Old Fashioned Double Filled Honey Candies from Etsy seller holyhoney:
etsy wedding ideas
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Are you planning on a honey themed wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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Winter Wonderland Wedding

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Ah winter. For some it is the bringer annoyances like extreme weather and being stuck in your driveway. For others, it is the most fantastic, magical season of the year, and brings wonderful things like snow, hot cocoa, holidays, and icicles. For those of you who have chosen a winter date wedding, why not choose a winter-wonderland theme?
Winter Wonderland Wedding
[photo by Jenny Hess]

Invitations

With your wedding invitations, the goal is to evoke not only your guest’s desire to attend, but also a warm feeling of winter magic. You don’t necessarily have to use white paper to achieve this effect. Consider black paper with white writing or embellishments. Alternatively, you can go with white or light blue paper with added crystals, sequins, lace, snowflakes, or trees. We love these invitations by Etsy seller ChristinaElizabethD:
Wedding theme wedding invitations

Dress

You’ve already decided on a rich and dramatic wedding theme, so your dress can be just as daring. This is a perfect opportunity to wear a wedding dress with long sleeves; practical and fitting for the theme. Thicker, more firm fabrics like tulle and satin would also be on point. Don’t be afraid to incorporate accessories into the finished product as well. Blusher veils, coats, stoles, and crystal headbands will all add the perfect touch to your look.
Winter wedding gown
[from the Temperley London Fall/Winter 2015 collection]

Food

The goal here is to keep your guests feeling warm and satiated, and nothing does that better than a first course of soup. Try a squash or root vegetable based concoction like potato leek or butternut squash. As for the main entree, comfort foods like a gourmet mac and cheese or a juicy fillet can really hit the spot. Try incorporating winter fruits such as cranberry chutney, baked apples, or pears into your side dishes. If you are providing sweet treats in addition to the cake, or if you are boxing up treats for to-go gifts, try this Charred Pear Sorbet with Goat Cheese “Snow” recipe.

Cake

Speaking of sweet treats, let’s talk about that cake. A multi-tiered white based cake can be a wonderful canvas for your caterer to create a snowy masterpiece. Try a sprinkling of edible snow with fondant ornaments and snowflakes, or even a cake adorned with silver “tinsel” or sugar-crafted roses. The possibilities here are endless. We love this elegant Jenna Rae wedding cake with silver sparkle layers and white winter flowers:
Jenna Rae wedding cake

Flowers

Lush and fluffy white roses or ranunculus can make the perfect wonderland statement. Dark blue hydrangeas or dark red tulips can add that dramatic splash of cold color to your mostly-white and silver affair. As for what accents to embellish your flowers with, try adding holly berries, pine cones, baby’s breath, or silver-painted twigs to your bouquets and centerpieces. Check out this winter bridal bouquet by Lydia Jane Floral Studio. Wrapped in wool roving (Wolf Ridge Lamb and Wool Co.) and made with hydrangea, ranunculus, berzillia baubles, and lilac.
winter bridal bouquet
[photo by Alison Lea Photography]

Decorations

The two main keywords here are: Sparkle and shine! Silver accents, crystals, blue lighting, or ice-blue ribbon accents, will all add to your wonderland spell. If your ceremony is going to be outdoors, utilize any trees nearby to add to your scheme. For the indoor reception, disperse twigs all throughout the area in order to bring that tree feel to the inside. Try scattering tiny decorative crystals over the tables at the reception for that “fresh snowfall” vibe. Lighting will also be key here. Make sure there are candles and lanterns aplenty, and try hanging white or blue string lights for an icicle feel.
winter wedding wonderland
[design by Preston Bailey]  [photo by John Labbe]
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What elements are you incorporating into your winter wonderland wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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Wedding Flowers: Real vs. Artificial

Artificial Flowers

Wedding Flowers: Real vs. Artificial

Should you use real or artificial flowers in your wedding? This is not a question easily answered, as there are pros and cons to both.  We have outlined what we believe to be the key points to wedding flowers: real vs. artificial, so that making an informed decision is a little easier for you.

Real Flowers

wedding-flowers

Pros

Some say there is nothing quite like the smell and appearance of real, fresh blooms at a wedding. The aromatic ambiance that a real flower creates is usually unmatched; a wonderful feast for the senses. If you are buying in season, they can also be relatively inexpensive, depending on the type of course. If you are using real flowers, it is generally assumed that you are going through a florist, so you will have the added bonus of a professional who is taking care of the nitty gritty so that you don’t have to.

Cons

Believe it or not, real wedding flowers can sometimes have a few downsides. The flowers of your dreams might have to be imported, which can obviously cause the price to spike a bit, due to shipping costs. The price can also go up if you are choosing blooms that are out of season. Also, that enchanting aroma that we were talking about earlier, can also be a con. If you have guests with strong allergies, (according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, roughly 7.8% of people 18 and over in the U.S. have hay fever), then this can cause your guests to be extremely uncomfortable, which is the exact opposite effect that you are trying to achieve.
Wedding Flowers Real vs. Artificial
[photo by Yuri Vaysgant]

Artificial Flowers

Artificial Flowers
[photo by Dotmoxee Photography]

Pros

There are actually upsides to using artificial flowers in your wedding. First off, if you are more of a DIY person, then artificial might be your thing. These flowers do not usually come with a florist who is behind the wheel, so you can get your control freak on! The most popular material for these kinds of arrangements is silk, which can look quite beautiful and feel quite soft. Another advantage is that you don’t have to preserve your artificial flowers until the big day, because there is no expiration date for these puppies. Some people don’t realize that you can also add lotions and perfumes to silk flowers to make them smell like the real thing.

Cons

Even if you are embellishing your flowers with lotions and perfumes, chances are it’s not going to smell like the real thing and that could be a deal breaker for you. Some of you may not be very creative, and therefore find it more stressful to DIY. If this is your case, then you’ll probably want to opt for real flowers with a florist in charge. Also, if you are choosing silk material and lots of it, then artificial can often times be MORE expensive than real flowers.
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Top 12 Unique Weddings Themes for 2016

Snow White wedding theme

Top 12 Unique Weddings Themes for 2016

Are you and your fiance fun, inventive, creative people? Are you looking for some inspiration for a unique wedding theme that is a little different from the usual rustic chic? Check out our top 12 unique wedding themes for 2016 and get inspired!

Star Wars

The upcoming release of The Force Awakens this December has brought Star Wars mania back to an all-time high. We think 2016 will see a lot of Star Wars-themed weddings. May the force be with you, in sickness and in health.
star wars themed wedding
[photo by Lisa Jane Photography via Rock N Roll Bride]

Game of Thrones

Why not theme your wedding around the world’s most popular television show? Make it a gallant, medieval-style celebration and feast, fit for a king. Just make sure it doesn’t turn out like the Red Wedding, am I right?
game of thrones wedding theme
[photo by Mollie Tobias Photography]

Mad Men

Who doesn’t love Mad Men? This is a great opportunity to showcase a very specific era (1960s) in the vintage wedding theme craze.
Top 12 Unique Weddings Themes for 2016
[photo by Esenses Photography]

Steampunk

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that utilizes elements of the technological and aesthetic designs of the Victorian era to create a look that is quirky, different, and is the very embodiment of geek chic.
steampunk wedding theme
[photo found on Tanis J Events.com]

Superhero

Today’s films and TV shows are flooded with superheros, and it’s because we can’t get enough of them. We love this photo of the bride and her bridesmaids, who took it one step further and got vintage with it!
Superhero wedding theme
[Cat Norman Photography]

Nintendo

From Duck Hunt all the way to Super Mario Galaxy, Nintendo has produced some of the most popular video games around and touched the hearts of many a nerd. We love these creative Nintendo cartridge wedding invites found on 72pins.com:
Nintendo wedding theme

Snow White

You’ve heard of a Cinderella wedding, sure, but how about a Snow White wedding? Enchant your guests with “poisoned” candied apples, vintage mirror-mirrors on the wall, and your lips, red as rose.
Snow White wedding theme
[photo by Claire Marika Photography]

Beauty and the Beast

Picture your wedding invitations reading “Be Our Guest” and you’ll have the spark of an idea for a Beauty and The Beast wedding. Make sure there are candlesticks, clocks, and teapots a plenty. Plus, it’s a good excuse for an over-the-top ball gown dress.
Beauty and the Beast wedding theme
[photo by Raiya Corsiglia]

Great Gatsby

Another unique twist on the vintage wedding. This 20s era masterpiece of literature is a great opportunity to show off your uniqueness and fashion prowess, complete with pearls, fringe, and feather headdresses.
The Great Gatsby wedding theme
[photo by Mike Larson] [Photographer’s website: http://mikelarson.com/]

Harry Potter

Did you think the Harry Potter fever had finally died down? Guess again. With the new release of an illustrated edition of the first book, the Pottermania is back in full force!

Harry Potter wedding theme

[photo by Chris Martin]  [Photographer’s website: http://www.photosbychrismartin.com/dinodigs/ ]

School Theme

This wonderfully delightful theme is adorable for any teachers, high-school/college sweethearts, or any people who just plain loved school (they must exist, right?)
School wedding theme
[photo by This Modern Romance ] [Photographer’s website: http://thismodernromance.com/main/ ]

Starry Night

If you’re having a winter wedding, why not make your theme starry night? This exotic and romantic atmosphere is achieved by having dark hues and undertones splashed with white lights and elements that sparkle.
Starry Night wedding theme
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We hope this helps you get creative and inspired! What unique theme are you planning for YOUR wedding? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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6 Common Wedding Flower Mistakes

wedding florists

6 Common Wedding Flower Mistakes

They say nobody’s perfect. That is especially true when it comes to planning and budgeting for your wedding flowers. This can be one of the most complicated elements to your wedding, so it’s only natural that some mistakes are made. Thankfully, there have been millions of brides who have made a million mistakes already so that you don’t have to. Check out our list for the top 6 common wedding flower mistakes:

Waiting Too Long to Book Your Florist

The high-quality florists tend to get booked up pretty early on in the season, and they have to limit the amount of weddings they take on, so you don’t want to wait too long to schedule your consultations. Plus, giving your florist plenty of time to plan, means that you’re more likely to get the blooms you want.
6 Common Wedding Flower Mistakes
[taken from nanzkraft.com]

Not Trusting Your Florist

As women, we tend to have a very strong sense of control. This is not always a bad thing, but if you don’t put enough trust into your florist and try to take on too much yourself, this can lead to head-butting and clashes in opinion, which can therefore lead to more stress. Try to relax and let them do what they do best.
wedding florists
[taken from waldimports.com]

Using Strongly Scented Flowers

We know that the temptation to woo your wedding guests with a bold, aromatic presence is strong. However, you need to consider the possibility that many, or at least some of your guests, might be prone to allergies. This will negate that romantic atmosphere you are trying to create.
strongly scented flowers
[taken from allergyzone.co.uk]

Not Taking Care of the Flowers

Many brides in the past have been disappointed with the looks of their blooms in photographs. This is because they did not consider the lifespan and needs of the specific flowers they chose. Some flowers are more fragile than others, and this should be taken into consideration when choosing which ones you desire for your wedding.
take care of your wedding flowers

Not Reusing Ceremony Flowers

You can file this mistake under “financial blunders.” The flowers you are using in your ceremony can be re-purposed for your reception. For example, the flowers you are using in the aisles and at the alter, can be moved to your reception buffet table, or even the guest tables. If you are ordering separate flowers for both events, this can add significantly to your expenses.
ceremony flowers
[taken from bestofflowers.com]

Ruling Out Expensive Flowers

Don’t let the high price tag of certain flowers scare you off. The more expensive the flowers, the bigger they are, and the bigger impact they can make. Orchids, hydrangeas, and peonies are all considered “statement” flowers, and you don’t need to buy too many in order to make that statement.
expensive wedding flowers
[taken from frugalflowers.com]
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That’s all for now brides. Stay tuned for the next part of our Wedding Flower series: Winter Wedding Flowers, coming soon! Do you have any wedding flower advice? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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What to Have in Your Wedding Emergency Kit

What to Have in Your Wedding Emergency Kit

What to Have in Your Wedding Emergency Kit

There’s a sudden rip in your pantyhose; the ring bearer spills his grape juice on your dress; you get teary-eyed, causing your eyeliner to run. All of these little scenarios might cause you to feel overwhelmed with anxiety, as though the world were ending. Fear not lovely brides! There is a secret weapon called a bridal emergency kit, that will arm you against any little wedding-day mishaps that might occur. Check out our list of what to have in your wedding emergency kit.

Medical/Health

What to Have in Your Wedding Emergency Kit
Painkillers/Allergy Pills: Don’t let that tension headache or allergy attack ruin your day.
Antacid: Because sometimes nerves can get the better of your tummy.
Tampons: Just in case!
Mini First Aid Kit: This is always good to have handy.

Food & Drink

Straws: Don’t ruin that perfectly-applied lipstick, brides!
Granola Bar & Floss: Quite possibly the only thing your stomach will be able to handle. You don’t want anything stuck in your teeth while taking wedding pictures!
Mints: Create that minty fresh magic for your first married kiss.
Alcohol: There is no shame in needing a little liquid relaxation for one of the most nerve-racking days of your life.

Cosmetics

wedding day prep
Hair Pins: What is it about stressful situations that makes your hair spike up and fly away? These will tame the little beasts.
Tissues: Your emotions are going to be running rampant, understandably. Make sure you always have some handy to gently blot away those water works.
Tweezers/Mini Scissors/Razor: Tweezers for any splinters (hey, if you’re having a rustic barn wedding, this is very likely to happen!); mini scissors for any facial hairs that you missed the previous night; and a razor for any leg hairs that devilishly decide to sprout up at the last minute.
Baby powder: A lot of brides say they didn’t realize that a certain part of their dress would cause chaffing until the day of the wedding, when they are walking around in it for hours. A little bit of baby powder can combat this.
Deodorant: Your nerves might cause you to sweat a little more than usual. It would NOT hurt to have some backup deodorant.
Lint Roller: This one speaks for itself. Do you wanna glide down the aisle covered in lint?
Make-Up Bag: Include a compact mirror (for last-minute make-up checks; nail file (for last minute nail snags), and concealer (for last minute zits – trust us, it’s a thing.)

Emergencies

wedding day emergencies
Small Sewing Kit: Make sure it is stocked with scissors, needles, thread, buttons, and safety pins for any last-minute clothing catastrophes.
Clear Nail Polish: For runs in stockings.
Crazy Glue: Just in case one of your heels breaks off, or you have some other embellishment disaster.
White Chalk: This is an age-old secret trick for brides. If you get a last-minute stain on your dress, cover it with a bit of white chalk.
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What items are you stocking in YOUR bridal emergency kit? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
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Buffet Style Vs. Plated Wedding Dinner

Buffet Style Vs. Plated Wedding Dinner

Buffet Style Vs. Plated Wedding Dinner

One of the first things you will deal with when planning your reception is the age-old dilemma of a buffet style vs. plated wedding dinner. Which is less likely to break the bank? Which one will make your guests jump with delight and make their glands salivate? Check out our blog for the pros and cons of both options!

Buffet Style

buffet style wedding

With a buffet style dinner, all courses are served on different tables, and guests are invited table by table to come up and serve themselves. There is usually no table plan at a buffet dinner.

Pros: Buffet style usually offers a wide variety of food for your guests so that there’s something for everyone (remember to include a vegetarian main course.) This option will save you a bit of money on the amount of service staff needed. A buffet also provides opportunities for your guests to mingle and warm up to each other before hitting the dance floor for some uptown funk action!

Cons: People usually think that buffets are cheaper than seated dinners with set menus, but that’s not always true. Usually, the caterer will make a lot more food than will be eaten so that it doesn’t run out. Because of this, buffet style dinners can create a lot of wasted food. This arrangement can also get a little crazy and people can end up waiting a while to eat if certain guests are slower at getting their food.

Tips: You can really up the elegance of this option by decorating each buffet table with intricate little details. Present each dish in unique, and beautiful serve-ware and serving utensils. Combine cold and hot dishes with finger food options. You can also include a fresh-cooked option, i.e. having a chef prepare sushi or wok dishes right at the table!

Plated/Served Dinner

Buffet Style Vs. Plated Wedding Dinner

The plated dinner is generally the most traditional of the different dining options for a reception. The Bride and Groom constructs a table plan which gives each guest a place at a particular table (usually denoted by specific associations or circles) and guests are served a 3 or 4 course set menu.

Pros: You will usually save money on the amount of food, because the caterer will know exactly how much to buy based on your numbers. Your guests won’t have to worry about finding a seat or people to sit with, because this is prearranged for them. Also, everyone will be fed around the same time, so hopefully you don’t have too many hungry guests!

Cons: The staff portion of your bill will be a bit higher, as you will need more servers per guests. Since there are fewer options with a pre-planned meal, you might have certain guests who won’t be able to eat everything and might go hungry.

Tips: Give guests at least a couple of options for the main course. Send out a meal choice option with their invitations, so you can get this info to your caterer long before the reception. Avoid any options that might be considered too exotic so you can be more safe.

That’s it for now brides! Are you planning on having a buffet style or plated dinner for your reception? Tell us about it in the comment section below!

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Fall 2015 Wedding Flower Trends

Fall 2015 Wedding Flower Trends

Fall 2015 Wedding Flower Trends

Is your wedding date somewhere between now and December 22nd? Then you have the distinction of planning a fall wedding! This 2015, fall weddings are going to be all about edibles, naturals, copper and crowns. Check out our fall 2015 wedding flower trends.

English Influence

Brides are choosing more softly-colored blooms that reflect the soft, lovely tones of the English garden and countryside. Pretty pastels, soft roses, and hanging wild flowers in bottles are all making bold statements this year. Add a touch of light dew, and you have yourself a perfect English garden wedding.
Fall 2015 Wedding Flower Trends
(found on 100layercake.com)

Copper Craze

Fall 2015 weddings are going to be saturated with the rustic sheen of copper.  From copper flower pots, to copper-dipped blooms in bouquets, this decorative metal is becoming all the rage for fall. We love this copper-flower adorned ivory cake found on PeterLovesJane.com:
copper-flower adorned ivory cake

Just Picked from the Woodland

If you’re having a fall wedding, we can’t think of anything more autumn-inspired than the woodland. Twigs, moss, leaves, or even acorns can be used to embellish your centerpieces, arch, and bridal bouquet to create this freshly-picked-from-the-wild feel. Thanks to the popular rustic trend that just doesn’t want to go anywhere, this woodland twist will be seen more and more towards the end of 2015.
woodland fall wedding trend

Wearables

Savvy brides are now relishing the wearable flower crown. Originally inspired by Grecian tradition to honor the gods at special occasions, modern flower crowns are worn at weddings to symbolize love, fertility, and celebration. The larger floral crowns of the past are turning into more understated, delicate floral headpieces in 2015. Flower-adorned hair combs, clips and pins are also starting to show up, and bloom-infused jewelry is taking over for the more traditional corsages and boutonnières.
wearable flower crown

Local/Seasonal

Martha Stewart Weddings had a recent feature on farmer-florists. Thanks to this and the rock-steady popularity of outdoor/rustic weddings, the farm-to-table trend is huge this year. This locally-grown mentality can not only influence the bridal bouquet, but also the arch and reception table centerpieces. This is the perfect trend for any eco-savvy couples or even couples who just want to give back to their community.
farmer-florists trend

Fall Fruits

Expect to see more decorators incorporating fall fruits to their pieces. Adding apples, squashes, and pumpkins to the buffet tables, or even using them as centerpiece elements can add that special touch of fall you’re looking for. Also, try adding a pomegranate and maybe some blueberries to the bridal bouquet to get that autumn feeling.
fruits and floral trend

Eucalyptus Greenery

This trend is taking fall 2015 by storm. Not only is it a beautiful filler to floral pieces, but it’s relatively inexpensive if you’re budget conscientious, and there are unique varieties to satisfy your needs. The seeded variety looks especially stunning when hanging and paired with darker, jewel-toned flowers like calla lilies or ranunculuses. The silver dollar variety is a gorgeous, dusty shade of green that pairs well with pinks, neutrals, or even looks good on its own, running down the center of a table.
Eucalyptus Greenery
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That’s all for now brides! Do you think there are any fall 2015 flower trends we might have missed? Please let us know in the comment section below!
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Five Ways to Save on Wedding Flowers

five ways to save on wedding flowers

Five Ways to Save on Wedding Flowers

Flowers can be one of the biggest expenses in your wedding budget. They are also one of the most important elements to your ceremony and reception, and they can make or break your style. How do you use the beautiful flowers you want while staying within your budget? Check out our five ways to save on wedding flowers so you don’t have to sacrifice the elegance.
five ways to save on wedding flowers

Cut Down on Your Wedding Party & Guest List

First and foremost, you need to whittle down that wedding party and guest list (see our previous blog: How to Narrow Down Your Wedding Guest List for ideas). Once you have those exact figures, including your table numbers, you’ll know how many centerpieces you need. The fewer the tables, the less money you’ll spend.

Cut Down on Large Centerpieces

We know you want to wow your guests with large, striking centerpiece arrangements. However, these centerpieces are the biggest portion of your flower budget, and if you can cut on the amount of them, it can save you tremendously. Try interweaving alternative centerpieces with the floral ones. Fruit, candles, or even stacks of books can make great substitutes.
Book Centerpieces

Consider Your Region and Season

Obviously if you’re buying flowers that are in season during your wedding month, then the cost will be cheaper. (See part 1 of our Wedding Flower Series: Wedding Flowers by Month.) Another thing to consider is your region and climate. If you’re using flowers that thrive in that area, they’ll be strong enough to be repurposed. For example, the bridal-party bouquet can make great decorations for the guest book table, cake table, wedding party table, etc.
bridal bouquet

Trust Your Florist

A lot of brides make the mistake of not trusting their florist and taking on too much DIY themselves. If you have decided to hire a florist you trust, then you should do exactly that. They will know where to get the best deals on buying in bulk. They will also know which cheaper flowers can be doppelgangers for others that are too expensive. Kick back a little, they got this.
wedding florist

Be Your Own Florist

If you have decided NOT to go with a professional and want to be your own florist, that’s fine. That will cut down on at least one hiring expense. In this case, we would HIGHLY recommend buying in bulk from local farmers. These farmers are more than willing to work with you when it comes to price negotiations, plus you are helping out your local agriculture and economy.
Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers is a wonderful site that can help you source local farms in your area.
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That’s all for now brides. Stay tuned for part 3 of our Wedding Flower series – coming soon! How are you saving money on your wedding flowers? Let us know in the comments section below.
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Wedding Flowers by Month

wedding flowers by month

Wedding Flowers by Month

Choosing the flowers for your wedding requires special attention. First, you want to decide on which colors and style your wedding will take on. Then, you can determine what flowers will best compliment that style. Season is also an important factor in this process. Check out the chart below and read our favorite choices for wedding flowers by month.
wedding flowers by season
(found on IvyHouseWeddings.com)

January:

If you’re getting married in January, tulips (meaning: love & passion) are a wonderful option. They are simple, smooth, elegant, and make for a beautiful bridal bouquet.

February:

Soft-headed, with delicate petals, Ranunculus (radiant charm) makes a wonderful wedding flower in February. The Persian buttercup variety features an enchanting, swirling bloom that will captivate you and your wedding guests.

March:

Usually coming in blue, white, or purple, irises could be the perfect choice for your March wedding. They have a message of faith and wisdom; perfect concepts for your new life together!

April:

Gerbera daisies (sharing your feelings) would make lovely displays in April. Not only are they an economical choice, but their warm color varieties and dynamic petals can add lots of happy charm to your special event.

May:

Native to Asia and Southern Europe, the peony flower (m: bashfulness) has a rich history of being used for medicinal purposes. We think these flowers and their soft, pretty colors will add a hint of Asian flavor to your May affair.

June:

Calla lilies are a great choice for a June wedding. With a meaning like “magnificent beauty” you can’t go wrong. These lightly fragrant flowers usually come in a deep, dark, Hot Chocolate color and will add a rich, tropical vibe to the party.

July:

If you’re having a rustic summer wedding, consider the sunflower. These striking, orange-yellow perennials can add the perfect punctuation to your day. They are also great on a budget, considering all that is needed for a bridal bouquet is one, single stem.

August:

Lilies are wonderful flowers that come in a large variety of classifications and spotted patterns. Usually associated with wealth, majesty, and honor, these classic fragrant flowers can add that touch of graceful design you’ve been looking for.

September:

Roses have always been the most popular choice for wedding flowers, and it’s easy to see why. Most associated with love & joy, roses comes in several pleasing and understated colors that are sure to compliment your wedding colors perfectly.

October:

The dahlia (blessings & inner grace) is a lovely option for your October day. The perfectly-symmetrical geometric design of the Ball and Pompon varieties make it perfect for a modern style wedding.

November:

Chrysanthemums are a nice, inexpensive, and not-so-over-done flower for your November wedding. These blooms carry meanings of abundance & truth, and they are sure to impress guests with their uniqueness.

December:

Hydrangeas (understanding) are a gorgeous option for a wedding in December. These thick, lush blooms come in a multitude of (usually) cool color tones, which are sure to mesmerize your guests.
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Thanks for listening brides! Stay tuned for the next part of our Wedding Flower series!
What flowers are you planning on for your wedding? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Wedding Party Roles and Responsibilities

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Wedding Party Roles and Responsibilities

In early Anglo-Saxon traditions, the men in the wedding party were referred to as the “Bride’s Knights” instead of the groomsmen. This was because they were responsible for being her protectors before, during, and after the ceremony. Today’s wedding party roles and responsibilities are a bit less…demanding, however, it can be a bit confusing with all the different wedding party roles. Which roles do you pick for your wedding, and who do you give them to?

Maid of Honor

Wedding Party Roles and Responsibilities

Assign your Maid of Honor as soon as possible. This should be someone extremely close to you. Responsible for the bridal shower and other various wedding day details, like helping the bride get dressed, looking out for the bride’s dress train, and toasting the bride at the reception, the Maid of Honor is probably the most crucial party member to you. She is like a second pair of eyes and hands for the bride, and there to provide you with the emotional support you will need to stay sane during this whole process.

Bridesmaids

bridesmaids

Typically the amount of bridesmaids you have will be determined by the size of your wedding. If you are having a large formal wedding, then up to twelve bridesmaids can be acceptable. A smaller, less formal wedding will constitute fewer. As for who you appoint in the bridesmaids positions, they should be your closest gal pals and should be willing and able to help with smaller wedding planning tasks such as stamping wedding invitations and crafting wedding centerpieces, etc.

Best Man

best man

Your hubby-to-be will want to appoint a Best Man. This role is typically responsible for acting as his right-hand guy, advisor, and aid throughout the process. He will most likely be the one responsible for planning the bachelor party,  paying the officiant’s fee, making sure the groom is on time for the ceremony, and of course, toasting!

Groomsmen

groomsmen

Just use your bridesmaids rules for choosing groomsmen; more for larger weddings, fewer for smaller weddings. However, the groomsmen can also double as ushers. This can be handy if you are trying to whittle the wedding party down.

Mothers & Father of the Bride

mother and father of the bride

Your mother can be responsible for as much or as little as you want. A lot of brides appoint these lovely ladies as their wedding-day contact so that they can relax knowing that “mama’s got it.” Your pops is responsible for footing most of the wedding bill, walking you down the aisle, and most importantly, the father/daughter dance.

Mother & Father of the Groom

mother and father of the groom

(Photo by: dparkphotography)

Once again, the mother of the groom can assume whatever role your man wants her to. She also has the privilege of dancing with her wonderful son during the reception. Your superhero father-in-law is usually responsible for footing the cost of the reception dinner, and trying not to tell every cheesy joke he knows.

Wedding Officiant

Wedding Officiant

This is pretty much non-negotiable. You will need an officiant to receive and witness your consent to marry each other so you can be, well…legal!

Other wedding party roles you can have but are certainly not required to fill include: Ushers, candle-lighters, flower girls, ring bearers, and pages (or train bearers.)

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Ok brides, that about wraps it up. How are you narrowing down your wedding party? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!
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Ways to Deal With Wedding Stress

Ways to Deal With Wedding Stress

Ways to Deal With Wedding Stress

Ladies, we know that planning your wedding can be one of the most stressful periods in your life. We are here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. If you can implement just a few new habits in your daily routine before you start planning, and keep some things in mind during the process, it can be a lot less stressful for you and your guy.

Sleep/Exercise

Ways to Deal With Wedding Stress

Get plenty of sleep and exercise! Doctors and sleep experts recommend you get 7-8 hours of sleep per night in order to maintain a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle. The exercise will help you burn off some of that stress steam, plus it will  help you fall asleep at the end of your day.

Meditate

meditation

Even with getting enough sleep and exercise, you’re still going to have some freak-out moments. This is completely normal when planning a wedding. A good way to combat this is to meditate for at least ten minutes a day. Studies show that meditation can decrease mind-wandering and stress. So, find a quiet place, put on some comfy clothes, sit down and relax. You can picture yourself on a beach in Maui, listening to the gentle crash of waves, or pretend you’re sitting on the dock of a crystal-clear lake in Maine, surrounded by Honeysuckle trees.

Organization

organizing

If organization isn’t your strongest skill, there are ways to develop it. Buy a dated planner/organizer and keep everything (receipts, ideas, names, and numbers) in it, so you don’t lose info or miss an appointment. There are also wedding planning apps such as The Knot Wedding Planner and Our Wedding Planner you can download that will help. The more organized you are, the less stressed you’ll be.

Wedding Day Contact

mother of the bride

One of the best things you can do to lift a huge chunk of stress off your chest, is appoint someone to be your wedding day contact. On the day of your wedding, your mind is not going to be capable of grasping such concepts as organization, planning, and scheduling. You will be off, floating in the clouds of another dimension, where new and different emotions are taking over. If you give a close friend or family member the authority to be the central contact person for venue employees, bakers, florists, etc., you will be able to focus on the one thing that matters at that point, which is marrying the man of your dreams.

Spoil Yourselves

couples massage

A lot of couples say that they felt distanced from each other during the planning process, and that this added to their overall stress. Take time out from the chaos every now and again and spoil yourselves. Continue to have date nights, go get a couple’s massage, get outside and ride your bikes. Or, if money is tight, just have a quiet night at home with all devices turned off, and reconnect. The next day, when the planning recommences, you’ll be thinking, “This is all worth it.”
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We hope this helps relieve some stress for you! What steps are you taking to ensure your wedding planning is as stress-free as possible? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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Best Places for a Destination Wedding

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Best Places for a Destination Wedding

At some point in your planning process, you may have decided to have a destination wedding. Not only is it a great excuse to limit the guest list, but you can also enjoy an exotic experience from ceremony to honeymoon, all in one place. Check out our best places for a destination wedding!

Kauai

If you want to be surrounded by a pristine beach, huge volcano, or romantic waterfall when you marry, then look no further than Kauai, Hawaii. Also known as The Garden Island, Kauai is one of the oldest and less populated islands in Hawaii, so it definitely exudes an old-timey, authentic feel.
best places for a destination wedding
(photo by Coconut Coast – Kauai Weddings & Photography)

Italy

Italy has been a hot spot for destination weddings for a long time. With such rich, diverse regions, it’s no wonder why. You can have your nuptials on the rocky Amalfi Coast, surrounded by the dazzling ancient ruins and art of Rome, or on a beautiful bridge in Venice. Either way, you’ll be livin la bella vita!
wedding in Italy
(photo by Cristiano Brizzi)

Costa Rica

If you want a tropical-vibe destination wedding with a little more affordability, you might want to consider Costa Rica. Lush rain forests, beautiful beaches, striking volcanoes, and some of the best eco lodges in the world have kept Costa Rica at the top of destination wedding lists.
Costa Rica wedding
(photo by a Brit and a Blonde photography)

Belize

With 78-degree weather year round, friendly locals, a great barrier reef, and ancient caves, Belize is a great choice. You can wed on the shores of Ambergris Caye by candlelight, and then explore Mayan ruins in Chiquibul Forest Reserve for your honeymoon. Plus, it’s just a quick 2 or 3 hour flight from most places in the U.S.
Belize wedding

Las Vegas

Everybody wants an excuse to go to Las Vegas. Have your wedding there and your guests will feel like they are getting away for the biggest party of the year. Say your vows against the backdrop of stunning canyons and rocky landscapes, and then head to the strip for swanky shopping amidst resplendent lights and energy.
Las Vegas wedding
(Seen on: 702wedding.com)

Aruba

Located in the southern Caribbean, Aruba is often called “the happy island.” What better place to start the happiest period of your life? Home to amazing, crystal-clear waters and intriguing shipwreck sights, Aruba provides the perfect backdrop to your special day. You and your guests can always party it up at one of many of the islands casinos in the days leading up to the wedding.
Aruba wedding
(Photo by Crooze Photography)

Jamaica

With 600 miles of gorgeous coastline and home to lots of wedding-friendly resorts and villas, Jamaica has always been a top destination wedding locale. Enjoy the frenetic nightlife of Negril, or tour a coffee farm in Brandon Hill. ‘Ey mon, it’s romantic!
Wedding in Jamaica
(photo by Tryall Club)

Bahamas

Picture your stunning, white wedding dress draped over soft pink sands. That little fantasy can be a reality if you wed in the Bahamas. This has always been one of the most popular wedding destinations thanks to it’s rich and friendly atmosphere. Consider having your wedding at the beautiful Versailles Gardens, located on Paradise Island.
Wedding in the Bahamas
(Seen on: OceanClub.com)
That about does it brides! Where is your wedding destination going to be? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
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How to Write Your Own Vows

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How to Write Your Own Vows

Greetings ladies! Are you planning on writing your own vows for your wedding? You might be a bit overwhelmed wondering where to start. Read on to get some tips and pointers on the fine art of vow creation.

how to write your own vows

Step 1: Get Inspired

How can you set about creating something unless you first get inspired? Use books and the internet to look at as many different examples as you can to get an idea of WHAT you want and HOW you want it to be. Create a new folder on your desktop labeled “Vow Inspiration” and start loading it up! Encourage your fiance to do the same and then you will both be imbued with the creative power of inspiration!

Step 2: Get on the Same Page

Once you both have a rough idea of the direction you want to go in, make sure that you and your fiance are on the same page. First, you’ll want to go over your plan with your wedding officiant. Different churches may have different rules when it comes to vows. Some might not allow DIY vows, and some may require you to recite some of the traditional vows. Once you have done this, you’ll then start the process of agreeing on HOW you will both set about writing the vows, and what tone you want to create: Funny, romantic, tear-jerking, etc.

vow writing ideas

Step 3: Brainstorm your Beloved

We know that sounds kinda funny. Normally you would brainstorm things like new job possibilities, or ideas for other kinds of creative projects. What we mean by “brainstorming” your beloved is: Grab a paper and pencil and jot down all the aspects of your relationship that are the most special to you. What kinds of moments do you want to share with your wedding guests? Where did you first meet? When did you know you were in love? What do you love about him? Write down anything and everything that comes to mind.

Step 4: Dare to Declare

We promise that if you give yourself enough time to do the brainstorming in step 3, and make sure you are thinking about those key moments and memories, it will make the process of declaring your vows much easier. “In sickness and in health, through the good times and the bad,” are traditional vows that go without saying. Why not declare something more personal, like, “I promise to let you play Call of Duty in peace for at least 2 hours when you have had a bad day.” He could vow something like, “I promise to give you and your gal pals the living room all to yourselves so you can drink wine and watch Leonardo Dicaprio movies, at least once a month.”

Step 5: Revise and Refine

Once you have all your vows written down, you’ll want to revise and refine it until it is ready for the big day. Try to make sure there’s nothing that is too personal. You want to make sure that your wedding guests can connect to and relate to what you’re saying, even a little bit. You’ll also want to try to cut it down so that it does not take forever to read aloud at the ceremony. A good rule of thumb is to keep it to one minute or less per person.

Step 6: Practice Makes Perfect

Nervous about reciting your vows in a room full of 100 + people? Practice, practice, practice. We cannot stress the importance of this step enough. A lot of couples want to surprise their future spouse by not revealing the vows until the ceremony and end up getting tongue tied and feeling regretful. Practice saying your vows aloud to each other over and over again until it feels comfortable. If you really need to surprise each other, write a separate set of vows and recite them to each other in a romantic, honeymoon setting.

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*Extra Credit!*

Create a Keepsake

Want to use your vows to create a special keepsake that will last forever? Why not create a frame-able piece of art with them? If minimal is your style, you could just frame your original vows that were written in pencil. Or if you’re handy with Adobe software, you could digitally render them onto a photograph of the two of you. The possibilities here are endless.

That’s it beautiful brides! Are you planning on writing your own wedding vows? Let us know what steps you’re taking and if you have any advice for your fellow future brides in the comments section below!

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2016 Wedding Dress Trends

illusion bodice wedding dress

2016 Wedding Dress Trends

Every girl fantasizes of wearing the perfect wedding dress on her fairytale wedding day. To walk down the aisle, all eyes on you, admiring your stunning display in white silk and satin, is the stuff dreams are made of. We’ve all combed through magazine after magazine of brides dresses, feverishly searching for that special, glittering gown. But, there are so many choices, it can be overwhelming. A good place to start is by narrowing it down to just a few upcoming trends, so that you can look not only gorgeous, but FRESH and ON POINT for your wedding. Here are some Spring 2016 wedding dress trends that have been setting the runways abuzz:

3D Floral Appliqué

Designed to elicit a garden-esque feel, the 3d floral appliqué trend has been steadily growing over the past few seasons. It made a big splash at the 2016 bridal runway shows, and we can see why. With blooms of Chantilly lace, or beautifully-detailed laser cut patterns, any bride who chooses a floral appliqué dress will feel like the queen of the garden.
 2016 wedding dress trends
[above dress by Marchesa Bridal]

Feathers

Wanting to create the illusion that you are fluttering through the day like a winged wonder on a sunny, picturesque day? Why not go for a feathered look? Feathers were all over the dresses in the latest bridal shows. Whether they are thick and dark on Vera Wang dresses, or soft and sparse on an Amsale, feathers are showing they are here to stay.
feather wedding dress

Illusion Bodice

If you don’t mind a bolder choice, try an illusion bodice. More designers are utilizing sheer fabrics in the bodice area this season to create a more sensual feel for 2016. Some designers even took it a step further and used the sheer fabric throughout the entire dress, and then strategically placed certain embellishments.
illusion bodice wedding dress
[above dress by Christos Costarellos]

Dipped V Neckline

Another fierce, bold trend we’ve seen this season, is the dramatic, dipped V neckline. This neckline goes lower than a sweetheart neckline, but is not quite as scandalous as a plunging neckline. This way you can show off your elegant femininity without showing too much skin.
dipped v wedding dress
[gown by Antonio Riva]

Tiered Skirts

The best thing about tiered skirts is their versatility, no matter what bridal dress design you have chosen. From skinny mermaid trumpets, to big tulle gowns, a tiered skirt can give you a luxurious, layered look. We love this beautiful blush pink tiered skirt.
wedding dress tired skirt trends
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Thigh High Slits

Want a touch of classy, Angelina Jolie-esque sophistication to your wedding gown? Try a dress with a thigh-high slit. Thanks to the black-velvet Versace gown that Angelina Jolie wore to the 2012 Oscars, this trend has been steadily growing over the last few years. The 2016 bridal runway shows were saturated with the look.
thigh high wedding dress
That’s it you gorgeous brides-to-be! We hope this helps you in your search for the perfect wedding dress! What style of wedding dress are YOU shopping for? Let us know in the comment section below.