The blush trend is here to stay, especially in the wedding world. All shades of this cheeky color will do your wedding and your ladies in waiting justice. Take a peek at some beautiful finds!

Blush Bridesmaids GownsA more traditional style, this dress will look wonderful on a variety of body types.

Blush Bridesmaids GownsThere’s an extra bit of special sewn into the top of this beautiful design.

Blush Bridesmaids GownsFor a more formal celebration, show off your ladies’ curves in this flattering gown.

Blush Bridesmaids GownsSophisticated and delicate, this tea-length beauty is so romantic!

Blush Bridesmaids GownsIf you’re looking for something a bit more flirty, try a dress like this. It’ll be great for dancing and showing off amazing pumps!

Blush Bridesmaids GownsDo you love the peplum trend? This little number is sure to get the party started.

Blush Bridesmaids GownsIf you’re on the hunt for something short and sweet, this is another dress that would be complimentary on a variety of figures.

Blush Bridesmaids GownsTurn the aisle into a runway with these stunning designs.

Blush Bridesmaids GownsSimple and sweet, create a clean palette with this beautiful hue.

watters-wedding-dresses-fall-2014-018We love the whimsy romance of this blushing, lace gown.

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Wedding planning is filled with excitement and anticipation, but it can also feel like an overwhelming full-time job. To help make the process more manageable, employ some outside help, and you’ll save yourself both time and stress.

Here are four wedding tasks you should consider outsourcing:

Wedding Vows – While some people may think this is an insincere way to develop custom wedding vows, it’s actually the complete opposite. Just as you would ask for advice/an opinion from a friend or family member, writing professionals like Perfectly Noted collaborate with brides, grooms and couples to help put the sentiments they would like to express into words. Seeking the help of a writing professional isn’t disingenuous, but rather, couples are making the extra effort to refine their spoken commitment to one another.

Wedding Website –  There are an array of wedding website platforms to choose from that make it simple to build a custom site. As easy as these website builders may be, it’s still a time-consuming process to include venue details, travel and accommodation information, photos, etc. Save this wedding planning time, and hire a website designer/builder to organize your information and develop a site that’s easy-to-access with a beautiful layout. Your website can be completed sooner (and for less money) than you anticipate.

Name Change – An important aspect for many brides to make their marriage official is changing their name on official documents. However, the process for changing your name on your driver’s license, Social Security, passport, voter registration, vehicle title and registration, insurance, etc. can quickly take up a chunk of your time. Employ services like missnowmrs.com, and for $29.95 they’ll save you over 13 hours of paperwork to change your name.

Guest and Honeymoon Accommodations – If your wedding includes any guests from out of town, you’ll be responsible for providing hotel recommendations and/or booking a block of rooms.  On top of the guest hotel arrangements, you still have to plan your honeymoon. Avoid navigating hotel and airline booking sites, and consider hiring a travel agent or TaskRabbit professional to assist in securing hotel, airfare and restaurant reservations.

Bonus: Bridesmaid – Apparently, bridesmaids are also something that can be outsourced. According to a recent Craigslist ad for a “professional bridesmaid,” you can hire her when “your fiancé has an extra groomsman and you’re looking to even things out so your pictures don’t look funny” as well as to catch the bouquet, ensure other bridesmaids purchase their dresses on time and to dance The Electric Slide.

Wow your guests and your groom with a beaded wedding gowns that makes a statement walking down the aisle. Shimmery shine, you’ll feel like a glamorous, bold bride in one of these beautiful designs.

Beaded Wedding GownsYou’ll sparkle down the aisle in this beautiful design.

Beaded Wedding GownsDramatic and bold, if you’re looking to make a statement, this is the dress for you!

Beaded Wedding GownsA bit on the sexy side, this gown incorporates classic satin and a risque bodice.

Beaded Wedding GownsWe love how this dress not only looks comfortable but glamorous too, it’s a win-win!

Beaded Wedding GownsExtremely flattering to a woman’s natural curves, the delicate bead work is also flawless.

Beaded Wedding GownsThis dress has a bit of a 20′s vibe sewn right in and we love it!

Beaded Wedding GownsFeel like a princess without all the tulle, this dress has a Victorian element with a beautiful, fashion-forward feel.

Beaded Wedding GownsNot only is the bead work on this incredible, but the color is a stunner too.

Beaded Wedding GownsShow off your figure and feel like a classic bombshell in this gorgeous, halter piece.

Beaded Wedding GownsFor a more romantic and subtle style, check out this white and frothy number with beaded roses.

Beaded Wedding GownsThis beaded overlay created more flow and texture, perfect for the dance floor!

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Learn how to create a paper flower backdrop for your reception and figure out how to customize your wedding invitation for a more unique look with these weeks roundup of the best wedding blog posts around!

 

Check out these tips on how to plan a bridal shower without breaking the bank! — Team Wedding

It’s one month until your wedding day, what are you forgetting to do? — Bridesmaid

A beautiful, paper flower backdrop in your reception hall could be just what you need! — Emmaline Bride

You’ve got to see this gorgeous, 1940′s-inspired engagement session. — Belle the Magazine

Stylish ways to incorporate succulents into your bridal bouquet. — Brides

We loved this cozy, quirky and comfy farm wedding style. — Festival Brides

This glamorous and rustic wedding spread is completely swoon-worthy. — RMW

Make your wedding invitations more unique and personal with these crafty ideas. — Team Wedding

Just a smidgen of flower canopy inspiration to enlighten your wedding plans. — I Love Farm Weddings

Romantic bridal portraits ideas with a whimsy, fairy-tale like spirit … get inspired now! — Once Wed

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As exciting as it is to be getting married, planning a wedding can get stressful fast. Short of hiring a wedding planner, what can you do to keep your planning from feeling like a full-time job? Here are some key tips to keep in mind so that you can enjoy the planning process and avoid getting overwhelmed!

  1. Set Weekly Goals and Daily Goals: Breaking down big tasks into smaller ones makes them more manageable and less intimidating. So, look at all your biggest projects (e.g., sending out invitations, decorating the reception, planning the honeymoon, etc.) and break them down into sub-goals that you can tackle one step at a time. Rather than trying to address all the invitations in one weekend, for example, make it a goal to address 10 a day, right when you get home from work. Rather than booking your honeymoon flights, hotel, rental car and activities all in one night, give yourself a week to look into each step. When you make your tasks doable, you build momentum checking one small goal off at a time.
  2. Delegate to Trusted Friends and Family: If you try to do everything on your own, you will wear yourself out. Instead, ask your friends and family for help. That’s why you have a maid of honor! Find items on your to-do list that you can delegate to these loved ones that you trust. Maybe your maid of honor can assemble the wedding favors or handle communicating with the bridal party about dresses. Maybe one of your bridesmaids can pick up the flowers on the day of the wedding or oversee the snacks for the bridal party before the ceremony, when you’re all getting ready. Most brides are surprised to find that their loved ones truly do want to help — so don’t be afraid to ask! Moving tasks off your own to-do list means reducing overall stress.
  3. Take Breaks: When you’re planning a wedding, it’s all too easy to get tunnel vision. Pretty soon all you think about are flowers and caterers and seating charts. The problem is that this sort of laser focus quickly leads to burnout. So give yourself breaks! Get away with your fiancé for an afternoon and don’t do anything wedding-related. Plan a fun lunch out with your girlfriends, and don’t discuss the wedding at all. Keep going to your yoga class or visiting the gym. These reprieves from wedding planning are crucial to keeping your mind calm and unstressed!
  4. Establish Boundaries: Part of what makes wedding planning stressful is when brides try to please everybody. It’s normal for parents and siblings and other relatives to have strong expectations for how your wedding should go, but remember that you cannot meet all of them. Set boundaries from the start that remind you to be true to yourself and to who you and your fiancé are as a couple. This way, you remove a lot of the pressure notorious for making wedding plans hard.
  5. Involve the Groom: Don’t forget you’re not the only one getting married, and your groom may have insight and opinions, too. In fact, he may be willing to get involved in aspects of the wedding that interest him, whether that means designing the invitations or choosing the caterer or picking the style and type of cake. When the two of you work together on tasks, you gain the benefit of a partner who takes part of the burden off you.

 

The thing to remember with wedding planning is that it is just a season, and eventually it will be over. So don’t let it get the best of you! Take the tips in this post to heart, and reduce the stressfulness of this busy, beautiful time.

Beautiful Backyard Blush Wedding

Imagine yourself in one of our picks of the most gorgeous of princess gowns and gush over some beautiful, real-life weddings with this week’s pick of the best of the best of the wedding blog world!

 

Beautiful ball gowns with princess pick-ups, get inspired! — Team Wedding

We are swooning over this sassy, whimsical backyard California wedding. — Style Me Pretty

A hot air balloon as your wedding photo backdrop? Yes, please! — Wedding Chicks

Check out this seasonal flower guide and learn a bit about summer’s best buds. — Green Wedding Shoes

Have a bit of a boho spirit? Check out this photo shoot that mixes that inspiration into a wedding scape. — Ruffled

A Japanese-themed wedding … held in Brazil? This is a must see! — Rock’N’Roll Bride

Bridal polka-dots are in … take a peek at the trend. — One Wed

The golden wedding gown in this modern celebration is absolutely gush-worthy. Hop over to see! — 100 Layer Cake

Rustic wedding bouquets with a lush an inviting spirit. — Rustic Wedding Chic

Beautiful and impressive, handkerchief-inspired wedding cakes. The details are incredible! — Martha Stewart Weddings

 

Don’t forget to check out our Top 10 Wedding Blogs list

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Your sister, niece, best friend or favorite co-worker just got engaged, and guess who’s been asked to host the bridal shower? After the first flush of excitement, you might be left wondering if you’re up to the task. No need to worry. Just follow these top bridal shower-hosting do’s and don’ts, and your shower is sure to be a smashing success.

Don’t involve the bride in background drama or bother her with too many details. She has enough on her plate already!
DO: Ask the bride her preferences. Find out what’s really important to her: does she want a big celebration or a small, intimate gathering? Formal traditions or a casual affair? Perhaps she would prefer a couple’s shower. It’s her day — be prepared to honor her wishes even if it’s not what you would choose.

Don’t invite guests to the shower who aren’t invited to the wedding. Hurt feelings dampen the fun. There are a few exceptions to this rule, though — these include office showers and courthouse weddings.
DO: Send out bridal shower invitations far enough in advance so guests can arrange to attend and shop for a gift.

Don’t use Facebook for your one and only invitation. For heaven’s sake, the bride-to-be deserves real paper invitations!
DO: Follow up with a Facebook event invite if you like to better keep track of who is planning to attend. However, be discreet about your bridal shower plans on Facebook, unless it’s a big shower that everyone’s invited to.

Don’t leave everything to the last minute. This is a special moment in your friend’s life. If you put everything together a week beforehand, the bride and guests will be able to tell.
DO: Decide on a venue first, and start planning at least six weeks in advance.

Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself. Remember, the bridesmaids and close friends should be happy and willing to help. If you need help, ask for it!
DO: Delegate tasks to bridesmaids to help. Put one bridesmaid in charge of decorations, one in charge of sending invitations, three in charge of food, etc. This will make your job much easier, and everyone will have more fun when they feel they’re a part of the event.

Don’t feel like you have to spend your month’s salary on this. Go for DIY projects and don’t be shy about asking friends and family to chip in!
DO: Set a reasonable budget and stick to it. Aim to spend about 90 percent of your budget, and keep a running tab of all your expenses to be sure you’re not going overboard. This will keep some funds in reserve for the inevitable last-minute necessities.

And the biggest DO of all: Have fun and enjoy the experience! Even though you’re the host, take a step back to enjoy the shower and all of your hard work!

But wait — one more thing! Even with the shower over, the bride-to-be happily laden with gifts, and the guests emoting about what a wonderful shower it was, you can’t just breathe a sigh of relief and get on with your life. You still have follow-up work to do!

Don’t forget to send thank-you notes!
DO: Purchase, address and stamp your thank-you notes before the big day. Print out a list of all the attendees and write down their gifts as they are opened. Then before the confetti settles, fill in a few personalized words of thanks on each one and drop them in the mail. Your thank-you notes will put the perfect finishing touch on the occasion — and start the bride’s married life on a wave of goodwill!


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Living Together Before Getting Married. What You Need To Know.

It’s really easy to get caught up in a new relationship and rush to get married, but by moving in together first you can test the waters and make sure that you still get along. You can also find out whether those little habits that you thought were cute are actually going to drive you mad! Here’s a look at some things to consider when you start your exciting new life together living under the same roof…

Expectations

It’s really important that you both have the same expectations from living together. If you’re already engaged then you’ll hopefully be on the same page – but if not it might be a bit more tricky. Whether you’re both thinking of living together as a step towards marriage or just to save money on rent, as long as you’re on the same page you’re setting yourselves up to have a great time. You also need to discuss how finances and possessions will work out, try this post on Home Let for some great tips.

Sharing Space

Living on your own, you’re in control of your own space, and your own mess. When you move in with a partner suddenly there’s this boy or girl there making mess too. He will probably leave his pants on the floor and other traits you won’t enjoy. But we all have bad habits and it’s about learning to live with each other’s and making sure that you make the effort to work on these. Both of you going home every day to someone you love will be really special, and most likely worth all of those little grumbles.

To ease this process make sure you have personal space and time apart as well as together. There will be times when he wants to read or watch TV alone, or when you want to read a magazine or have a bath without getting on each other’s nerves. It’s really no big deal – everyone needs space.

Décor

Finding the right décor for your home together can be a bit of trial and error but once you have it’ll be great to have a space that reflects you both together. In terms of choosing furniture and home accessories compromise is the key to success.

When you’re living together and have an argument you can feel a bit stuck because there’s nowhere to go. You can no longer get into one of those couple fights where you don’t talk for a few days, and you don’t want to make a hasty decision and move out. Fights come and go, but if you’re living together and considering marriage you probably love each other – remember that.

 


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Wedding Gift Ideas for The Couple Who Have Everything

Weddings are a wonderful day for everyone involved, but gift shopping for the big day isn’t always quite as fun. Buying a present for an occasion as important as someone’s wedding day can feel a tad overwhelming, especially if you are determined to get it spot on. Here are some ideas on what to buy the bride and groom, who you know have just about everything already. Or, for the couple who you just simply don’t know well enough!

Food and Drink Ideas

A food and drink hamper is an easy, affordable but greatly appreciated wedding present. You can fill the hamper full of the couple’s favourite indulgent items. You could even buy personalised bottles of wine, as there are so many companies who will let you add labels to bottles with their wedding date for example, “Hannah & Joe 14.05.2014”. You can give this gift knowing that no-one else will have put together the same hamper. Alternatively, have a look at the ‘Just Married’ hamper from www.funkyhampers.com.

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Experience Ideas

Experience-day gifts are perfect for the adventurous married couple. You can buy them a gift that way they can enjoy together in their new life and add to their memories. Let’s face it, after the wedding they will probably have too many possessions, that they don’t know what to do with, so make your investment in a present worthwhile. Send them on a hot air balloon ride, a day trip that can be used on their honeymoon, spa breaks or afternoon tea, something to suit their hobbies and lifestyle.

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Home Ideas

If everyone you know has already planned the more obvious practical home gift ideas for the bride and groom, then take the opportunity to look into unique and desirable items to avoid embarrassment when your friend ends up with five dinner sets.

Look into interior trends and flick through product pages for company products that catch your eye. For example, The French Bedroom Company have their new ‘LOVE’ letter lights, as seen in the Daily Express and HouseToHome.co.uk. Making the perfect and appropriate wedding present to remind the couple of their special day. They also have a great choice of other home accessories with popular shabby-chic and French style designs.

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As a simple rule of thumb, if you can find a luxury gift that will provide the couple with some form of memorabilia of their big day then you are definitely onto a winner.


The little one that makes way for the bride, with her rose petals or bubbles, needs to look stylish and ready to walk down the aisle too. A lot of times the bride dresses the flower girl in her eyes, but we also like little princesses dressed in beautiful colors. Take a peek!

Colorful Flower Girl DressesA dainty floral print is all this little one needed to steal everyone’s hearts.

Colorful Flower Girl DressesBright and vivacious, this dress is perfect for a harvest wedding.

Colorful Flower Girl DressesSometimes just a little color is needed to make a splash, like these lavender appliques.

  Colorful Flower Girl DressesThis hot pink design is perfect for a princess with personality!

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This dress screams spring and will make any little girl look like a beauty queen.

Colorful Flower Girl DressesLooking for something a bit more modern and preppy, try this blue patterned number.

Colorful Flower Girl DressesA dress doesn’t get any more beautiful than this blue, water-colored design.

Colorful Flower Girl DressesMake a scene with this beauty in red!

Colorful Flower Girl DressesSunny and full of playfulness, we are loving this simple yellow dress.

Colorful Flower Girl DressesFor something more romantic, try something a bit whimsical like this.

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Modern Chinese Wedding

Find a cocktail that fits your theme and style, swoon over a tea-party-themed engagement shoot and check out tips on buying a house with your beau – this week is full of fun and information!

 

How to find your signature drink and serve the perfect cocktail to your guests! — Team Wedding

You’ll be swooning over this quirky, tea party-themed engagement shoot. — Wedding Chicks

Think outside-the-box with this sharp, modern Chinese wedding – and pay extra attention to the beautiful photography. — 100 Layer Cake

Be wowed by this bride’s epic, beautiful flower crown – it’s the hairpiece of a goddess! — Ruffled

An easy, inspirational how-to on wedding makeup with a natural, “just you” finish. — A Practical Wedding

Tips on buying a house for your new married life – check them out! — Team Wedding

Saying, “I do,” this winter? Take a peek at this ice castle styled wedding shoot! — Artfully Wed

We are loving this colorful, upbeat California wedding – and the family style seating. — Style Me Pretty

You’ve got to see this J Mendel collection of architectural designs – gorgeous wedding gowns to show off gorgeous, womanly figures! — Inside the Lovely

This vibrant (and colorful) wedding will knock your socks off. Can you tell we’re inspired by all things vivacious this week? — Boho Wedding

 

More: Top Wedding Blogs of 2014


Bridal Beauty Tips & Advice

In the midst of all the wedding planning and festivities, it’s hard to remember simple tasks like taking care of your cuticles and getting rid of those circles under your eyes. But, as a bride, it’s important that leading up to the day you say, “I do,” that you’re also carving out time to prepare your hair, skin and nails for all of the photos and memories. And once prepared, there are certain must-do’s and plans you need to make in order to have a fun, care-free and beautiful day of being the blushing bride. Jot down our 5 musts for every bride to conquer before she walks down the aisle, in her beautiful gown, towards her handsome groom.

1. Get your eyebrows waxed.

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Even if you’re used to plucking your brows yourself, go for it. You don’t want any stray hairs popping up on the morning of and better yet, you won’t even have to pack a tweezers for the honeymoon. Your eyes are going to be the most important part of your bridal beauty. They’ll show every emotion in every photo and every glance at the groom, you want the frames (your eyebrows) to be ready for action! If you’re nervous, have them done for your bridal shower so you know what to expect and can figure out the best day to have them done before your date arrives.

2. Stay away from the sun.

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In the weeks leading up to the wedding, stay out of the sunshine. You aren’t going to love having funky tan lines or sunburn on this special day, when all eyes are on you. And if you go to the tanning bed, we urge you to stop, the extra bit of color is not worth the damage you’re doing to your skin. Instead embrace your natural coloring and figure out what foundation and blush makes you radiate. With the right swipe of the makeup brush you can always add a bit of a sun-kissed glow without the risk of skin cancer, think about it.

3. Go with faux lashes.

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Whether you have big eyes or almond-shaped, faux lashes are a must for every bride. They’ll open up your smile, they’ll pop in photos and you can find a variety of colors and sizes that make you feel comfortable. Make sure if you’re doing your makeup yourself that you have tons of practice before the big reveal and make sure you find lash glue that is waterproof (and dries clear). If you’re having a pro do your makeup, have them try on different styles and sizes so you know what to expect.

4. Make sure your hair is touchable.

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So long are the days of hard and tight updos. Even if you decide to tie up your locks, make sure there’s a soft, romantic and touchable nature about the style. Brides are meant to be beautiful and whimsical, not fierce and uninviting. Unless your dress calls for a ballet bun, stay away from tough hairsprays and severe designs. Your wedding day calls for you to be the best version of yourself, and that means you need to be comfortable too!

5. Buy a new perfume.

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You look the party, you feel the part .. well, you need to smell the part too! Splurge a little and buy yourself a brand new scent for your wedding day. Don’t use the same ole fragrance you’ve used since you started dating your fiance. Instead, surprise him with a new scent. You are his new wife, so it’s only natural you’ll want to debut a bit of newness as you walk down the aisle to say your vows.

 

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Planning a wedding takes time and patience. This is especially true if you’re planning a large affair, but is equally applicable if you’re only planning on inviting a handful of people. It’s often the case that as you get deeper into your wedding preparations you’ll uncover more things which need to be attended to, and more problems which need to be solved. But there’s an easy way to make sure that you’ve covered every little thing, and that’s to create a comprehensive wedding checklist.

Creating a wedding checklist doesn’t necessarily mean sitting down for hours to record absolutely every task and item you’ll need for your big day. Instead, think of your checklist as a way to make sure that you remember the essentials. Keeping your checklist manageable is a great way to make sure your wedding is too, and there’s no better way to do this than to divide your list into three separate parts.

The Primary List

The essentials are those things that no wedding could do without. Your shortlist should include:

  • Rings
  • Invitations
  • Venues for both the ceremony and reception
  • Outfits for both partners
  • Your vows, if you’ve decided to write your own
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The Secondary List

Your secondary checklist should include items that, whilst not ‘essential’, would certainly make your wedding day more enjoyable. Some of these may be dependent upon the choices you’ve made for your primary list.

  • Outfits for the wedding party: bridesmaids, groomsmen etc.
  • Music. People often like to have a DJ or band, but a sound system will do equally well if you’re on a budget
  • Decorations, for the reception venue and dinner tables
  • Food and drink, if your reception venue is not catered
  • Furniture, if your venues are sparsely or un-furnished. Fortune Woods is a great place to get dining sets if you need to kit out your reception venue.

The Tertiary List

Finally, you may wish to include some of these optional extras just to give your wedding a bit more sparkle. But remember, these things are not essential. Attend to your primary list first, and only spend time on these items if everything else is organised.

  • Wedding favours. You will need to order these early, get them on your list.
  • Seating arrangements. If you don’t allocate seating, sensible people will still manage to sit down.
  • The cake. You may want one, but your wedding will still be marvellous if you don’t have one.
  • The photographer. Everyday cameras are of such a high quality these days that shelling out for a professional photographer isn’t as important as it once was.

 

 

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Buying someone a present can be tiresome, but when you need to buy presents for potentially hundreds of people, this task can seem overwhelming. Unfortunately, when it comes to wedding favours, this is exactly what you are doing. In case planning a wedding wasn’t tricky enough, your wedding favors need to hit exactly the right note or you might worry that your guests will go away feeling a little underwhelmed.

Customising Gifts for a Small Party

So, how do you go about finding just the right wedding favours? Firstly, it’s important to remember that wedding favours don’t all have to be the same. Of course, finding individual favours is much easier when you’re planning a small wedding, so if you intend to invite more than 30 people this probably isn’t the right option for you. However, if you are only planning on inviting a few select people, matching the gift to the guest will be made substantially easier.

To keep your preparations in check, and to make sure any one guest won’t feel less favoured than another, make sure you allocate a sensible budget to each purchase. No more than £10 a head would probably be considered reasonable.

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Planning for a Larger Wedding

If you’re planning a larger wedding you’ll probably be hoping that you can select one type of gift that will be appropriate for every person who receives it. By doing so, you can buy in bulk and make valuable savings with regards to your wedding budget. In this case, you could choose one of two options.

Mix and Match

Firstly, consider selecting a gift type that you can purchase using a ‘mix and match’ process. This means you’ll be able to purchase 100 individual gifts that are all different varieties of the same type. For example, Just Miniatures sells a superb range of different types of popular spirits which come in cute little miniatures that are perfect for the table. If you select, say, 8 different types, you could place one of each on a table as favours and give your guests the option of swapping if they don’t like their gift

Sentimental Gifts

Secondly, you might consider selecting a gift that will hold sentimental value for each person who attends your wedding. These could potentially take any form, such as a keychain containing your engagement photo, a silver spoon engraved with the date of your big day, or even something as simple as a spray of dried flowers of the same sort carried by the bride. Whatever you choose, each one of your guests will love it – not because it’s been chosen for them, but because it’s been chosen by you.


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A simple braid can add a youthful, fashion-forward appeal to any hairdo on any and every bride. We’ve rounded up the chicest, the most artistic and the most beautiful bridal braids around to give you inspiration and ideas for your big walk down the aisle. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Braided Bridal Hair IdeasSimple and sweet, this braid can be a day or night do.

Braided Bridal Hair IdeasThen again, a complete wrap around braid makes for the perfect foundation for a flower or jewel accent.

Braided Bridal Hair IdeasThis vintage-inspired hair style is beautiful and quite unique, don’t you think?

Braided Bridal Hair IdeasA bit messy and youthful, we love the personality and garden-flair of this design.

Braided Bridal Hair IdeasIf you’re looking for a more bohemian vibe and have the length to do it, a sweet side braid may be the perfect choice!

Braided Bridal Hair IdeasThis style is so artistic and creative, perfect for a bride with outside-the-box style.

Braided Bridal Hair IdeasWe love how this small braid peeks out of the lush, volume of this beauty’s hair.

Braided Bridal Hair IdeasRomantic and delicate, this braided crown is the perfect treat for a 1920′s or hippie-esque wedding day.

Braided Bridal Hair IdeasJust a side-swept braid and a beautiful clasp, sometimes that’s all you need to make a statement.

Braided Bridal Hair IdeasAre you lucky enough to know how to fishtail braid? If you do, use it to your advantage like this bride did!

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Bachelorette Party Games

Looking for some fun that doesn’t include dirty jokes or phallic-shaped balloons? Instead of strippers and uncomfortable moments, it’s okay to plan a party with the girls that involve a classic sleepover, chick flicks and games that everyone can enjoy and participate in. Maybe you want your mom to join in on the fun or even your mother-in-law-to-be; we’ve compiled a list of fun games and activities that won’t make anyone feel embarrassed or excluded. Let’s take a look, shall we?

1. Do you know your groom?

You can buy this quiz book at your local Barnes & Noble or make up your own for the bride to fill out! Have the groom give you the answers before the party starts and then make the bride fill out the little test during the party – make the questions fun and silly, so everyone can enjoy!

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2. What’s in the bag?

Grab a big tote and fill it with random objects. Then walk around the room and let each lady put her hand inside and guess what all the items are. Mix in everything from tennis balls to hairbrushes! This one is sure to get a few giggles.

3. Sweet & Spicy.

Create notecards for everyone to scribble a memory on about the bride and groom. They should be either “sweet” or “spicy” – and you can theme the entire celebration around this idea – from decor to snacks!

Bachelorette Party Games

4. Mad “Groom” Libs.

Also known as “finish his sentences” – it’s like Mad Libs that everyone can play. Have the groom fill out sentences about the bride. Then have everyone guess what he “finished” out! This is another game that will cause lots of giggles and laughs, especially when everyone starts comparing their answers.

5. Guess the Wine.

For something a little “tastier,” have all the ladies bring a bottle of wine to the party – concealed in a paper bag. Everyone tastes each kind and votes on their favorite, guessing along the way what type, year and how much it costs.

Bachelorette Party Games

photos via Style Me Pretty

Southern Garden Wedding

Create your own custom monogram, check out some rad reversible bridesmaids and take in beautiful wedding inspiration with our guide to the best of the week!

 

A southern, garden wedding that will absolutely knock your socks off .. it’s a must-see! — Style Me Pretty

We are swooning over this peachy and creamy beautiful wedding, take a peek. — Ruffled

Not only was this wedding budget-friendly but colorful and fun too! — Rock’N’Roll Bride

Free People is one of our favorites in the fashion world and this inspirational spread lets us know they know what they’re talking about when it comes to weddings too! — 100 Layer Cake

Create  your own custom monogram with Wedding Chicks. — Wedding Chicks

Need some cake inspiration? Check out these delicious-looking, floral adorned favorites! — Rustic Wedding Chic

You’ve got to see this gorgeous Zazzle wedding invitationsu and stationery. – The Knotty Bride

This engagement session is stunning, romantic and like the title says, quite whimsical too. — Green Wedding Shoes

You’ve got to see these reversible bridesmaids dresses by Durga Kali. — One Wed

Dusty blue is in and this idea board will definitely get your wheels turning for what colors to choose for your big day! –The Perfect Palette

 

More: Top 10 Wedding Blogs for 2014

 

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Your wedding is supposed to be one of the best and most significant days of your life. Most women start dreaming from an early age of their special day and have a fairy-tale dream wedding in mind. It can also be one of the most stressful days in your life. But don’t worry. With meticulous planning, you, too can have that perfect day.

There are many factors to consider when planning a wedding: from choosing diamond engagement rings to arranging your reception.

  • Budget
  • Guest List
  • Venue
  • Clothing
  • Jewellery
  • Photographer
  • Catering
  • Flowers
  • Transport
  • Church/Registry Office

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Stretching your Money

One of the biggest hurdles that you have to overcome when planning a wedding is your limited funds. With so many things to take into account and plan for, the budget will soon get stretched and cuts will have to be made. The average wedding in the UK costs over £20,000.00, which is fairly a large amount of money. This means that you may have to come to a compromise when planning the special day.

Cut out the caviar or a few less boxes of wine or champagne – there are many ways that you can stretch your budget to get the most for your money, especially if you are willing to turn away from conventional wedding ideas. Instead of invitations being done at professional printers, you can get loads of templates on the internet and design your own wedding invitations. If you get some good quality card or paper, you should be able to print these on your printer at home and save yourself a bit of money.

The Guest List

This is an area that a lot of people struggle with as we want everyone who knows us to attend and celebrate our happy day. The amount of people attending the wedding party and reception can have a massive effect on the cost of a wedding.

For the wedding party, catering for 100 people is going to be a lot cheaper than catering for 200. If you can cut the amount of people attending during the day and invite them to the evening reception, you could save yourself a lot of money. It also makes the ceremony a lot more intimate with having only close family and friends.

Getting Dressed

One of the largest expenses tends to be the bride’s dress. Along with the hiring of the suits and bridesmaids dresses, this soon can eat into your ever dwindling budget. This is usually the hardest thing to get the bride to compromise on as well. Most dresses are tailor-made, so this does increase the cost somewhat.

If you can find a dress off the shelf, then you can also save yourself a bit of money. Instead of having four bridesmaids, have two instead. This may cause a few headaches as who to ask and who to leave out, but if you sit down and explain to the potential bridesmaids though, a compromise can be achieved.

Wedding Rings

Of course, you need to choose from a wide selection of rings. Rings are a part of your special day that should not be compromised on as you will be wearing this, hopefully, as a token of your love for the rest of your life.

Do not go buying these on a whim and make sure that you choose a retailer who has the proper accreditation. There are many clever ways to reduce cost, without compromising your ring designs. If a bride chooses a Platinum wedding ring, a matching groom’s wedding ring will no doubt be expensive in the same Platinum metal. Choosing 950 Palladium, with the same natural white finish as Platinum, will reduce your wedding ring budget significantly. Palladium wedding rings are now available in almost all plain wedding ring styles, regardless of the style or profile of the ring.

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Summary

All in all, it can be one of the most stressful days in our lives. Some people end up worrying so much about having the perfect wedding and that everyone else is enjoying themselves. They forget that it is their special day and that they are the ones who should be enjoying it. When you plan your wedding make sure you have a reasonable budget and do not go over the top too much. Alternatively, buy your loved one a Diamond ring and jet off on a plane and get married on a beach, it can work out a lot cheaper!


Mason Jar Wedding Decor

Mason jars are one of the most trendy pieces of decor in the entertainment world. From backyard BBQ’s to beautiful weddings, these versatile cuties are popping up everywhere. And we’re here to share several fun ideas on how to incorporate them into a part of your wedding festivities. From drinks to favors, they can do it all. Let’s see how!

Signature Drinks

Mason Jar Signature Cocktail Weddings

Dress up your signature cocktail of the day with a mason jar! Big or small, clear or blue – choose a style that fits your day and your sips! You can also coat your special mixes for the kiddos or non-alcoholic drinks with these pieces to make them easier to find. We love the personality and extra vintage or rustic style they can bring to food and drink portion of the day, which is a lot of time the most memorable!

Floral Centerpieces

Mason Jar Floral Wedding Centerpieces

Cover your jars in gold and decorate the reception! Use them as vases to show off your flower choices and spill them over the tables. Of course, they don’t have to be dipped in glitter, instead leave them bare for a more natural selection. They’re a charming, warm and inviting way to decorate the tables, don’t you think?

Shower Delights

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Don’t forget your bridal shower when thinking in terms of decor! Your drinks, your flowers, your favors, your lighting … even some of the games can be helped with a round of jars at your hands. You may even want to use them as place cards for your bridal brunch – whose sitting where is quite the important necessity.

Fun Favors

Wedding Favors Mason Jars

Cupcakes in a jar, ready-made recipes, filled with honey or homemade jam, mason jars are the perfect container to create the most perfect wedding favor for all of your guests to enjoy. There are endless possibilities and so many ways to get creative. Add this idea to your spring wedding, vintage-inspired celebration or casual, rustic party.

Romantic Lighting

Mason Jar Wedding Lighting

All you need are some tea lights to create this warm romance. Line the aisle for your evening ceremony, or dress the reception tables with these little cuties. Then again, making a lantern like this could be the perfect way to bring brightness to your reception area .. a barn, a garden, a cottage ….

all photos via Style Me Pretty

A ball gown will make you feel like a bride, but those with pick-ups lining the skirt will make your feel like a princess. And let’s be honest, what bride doesn’t want to feel at least a little bit like a princess on her big day?

Wedding Ball Gowns with Pick-up SkirtsThis ball gown will still throw off your beautiful shape!

Wedding Ball Gowns with Pick-up SkirtsLight and frothy, this gown’s pick-ups just add extra whimsy and volume.

Wedding Ball Gowns with Pick-up SkirtsDreaming of looking like royalty on your walk down the aisle? Try out this gown!

sabina-atelier-aimee-wedding-dress-primaryThere’s a certain artistic appeal to this dress, and we’re swooning over the lace underlay.

Wedding Ball Gowns with Pick-up SkirtsThe creaminess and richness of the satin is absolutely stunning.

Wedding Ball Gowns with Pick-up SkirtsA bit more youthful and refreshed, there’s a rogue princess vibe happening.

Wedding Ball Gowns with Pick-up SkirtsWe are loving the different textures that make up this gorgeous design.

Wedding Ball Gowns with Pick-up SkirtsMaybe you’re a bit more relaxed in your princess vision, how about one of a Greek goddess instead?

Wedding Ball Gowns with Pick-up SkirtsWe had to throw in a blush-toned beauty. Pick-ups made with flowers? There’s nothing more bridal than that!  9dfc40dfe89981fc4d255435ad27d217Another gown with a youthful trendy, the slight pick-ups here add the right amount of drama.

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Want to walk down the aisle to a super-romantic song for your vow renewal, but have no idea which song to pick? Check out our list of songs for a vow renewal and see which one inspires you the most!

Want more ideas? Check these out:

  • Everything I Do (I Do For You) – Bryan Adams
  • Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  • What a Wonderful World – Louie Armstrong
  • I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • Amazed – Lonestar
  • Save the Last Dance For Me – The Drifters
  • You’re Still the One – Shania Twain
  • The Rose – Bette Midler
  • Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney
  • Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers

Pick a song that speaks to your relationship and how much you still  love and cherish one another. Have fun picking out a song together!

 

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Every couple aspires to have a unique and memorable wedding day but many of us can get bogged down in expectations and customs, leading us to believe that there is little room for fun or individuality. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Summer weddings especially have the potential for a more fun and elegant atmosphere since the season is, by its very nature, warm and welcoming. A summer wedding presents many opportunities to be light-hearted while retaining an element of. Here are some top tips to help you celebrate your unique day in style.

Themed Weddings

Many brush off themed weddings as cheap and tacky but when done right, themed wedding days can appear beautifully coordinated and incredibly fun. Whether you hire a professional wedding planner or take on a more DIY approach, themed weddings provide lasting memories and are easy to pull off in summer since you can make good use of open outdoor spaces i.e. an Alice in Wonderland themed garden party in manor house grounds.

Serve a Seasonal Menu

Take advantage of the beautiful flavours of summertime at your wedding by swapping the traditional white icing wedding cake for something a little more seasonal. Summer is such a popular time of year for weddings it can be hard to appear original with your choice of menu, but it is possible if you take inspiration from the right sources.

Think of summery treats like strawberries and cream and fruit salads and maybe try to incorporate this in a citrus-infused wedding cheesecake or meringue. Guests will prefer something a little less heavy on a balmy summer’s night too so a fresh light dessert is perfect.

As for drinks, try and serve a summertime tipple that’s a bit out of the ordinary such as Wine Smoothies. Guests will not be expecting this gorgeous refreshing option as these make for a more personal and sophisticated alternative to say, margaritas and other ubiquitous summer cocktails.

The Natural Bride

As much as many brides will beg to differ on the biggest day of their lives, less is more when it comes to achieving an elegant look and opting for a more natural style with your dress and hair can actually make for a more laidback and relaxed mood. Grand hairstyles and overly-ornamental wedding dresses can obscure the bride’s natural beauty. Whilst opting for a minimal hairstyle and a chic dress instead, such as an A-line gown is perfect for summer and creates a graceful curve-hugging silhouette (whilst creating the illusion of elongated legs).

Ensure the male guests look equally fetching and elegant at your summer wedding too with the help of some stunning designer ties and cravats. Whether you go for classic bow ties or flamboyant silk scarves for your groomsmen, these provide the perfect finishing touch to any suit style – whatever wedding theme you opt for.


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Every couple wants their wedding day to be as unique as their relationship. Brides place a huge importance on getting an individually-designed gown, grooms may spend time choosing a special waistcoat, cummerbund or tie, and a wedding planner may be employed to make sure the design and décor of the event is unlike any other gone before.

One of the most essential aspects of any wedding is the wedding invitation. The invitations may, for some guests, be their first indication that a wedding is even on the cards. Many guests will also choose to keep their wedding invitations as a memento of the day, and some couples have theirs framed as a keepsake. For these reasons, and more, it’s therefore important that you ensure your wedding invitations are as beautiful and unique as the rest of your wedding day.

Envelopes

When it comes to envelopes, you will also have the choice of either making your own or buying them new. But bear in mind that the larger your guest list, the more time consuming crafting your own envelopes will be. Most brides find it simple enough to purchase envelopes in bulk and add their own unique touches to the design. Start by choosing the perfect colour for your envelopes by visiting www.allcolourenvelopes.co.uk. Matching the colour of the envelopes to the primary colour theme of your wedding is a clever idea that will give clues to your guests about the décor and design, and may give them some ideas for their outfits.

Include a Gift

Some couples go the extra mile by including a gift with their wedding invitations. It’s very common for these types of gifts to be engraved, as a personal touch that is sure to impress any guest. However, it’s more popular to place such keepsakes on the dining tables at the wedding reception, try including them in your invitations as a way to offer a unique and thoughtful gesture.

Make it About Your Relationship

The point of a wedding is, of course, for your friends and family to witness a declaration of love made between you and your partner. This event is all about you, therefore it wouldn’t be seen as too self-serving to include details of your relationship in the wedding invitation. Some choose to turn their invitations into a timeline; others use a map to illustrate all the important milestones they’ve reached together. Others simply choose to include their engagement photo, as a reminder of the love that’s being celebrated.

Use Unconventional Materials

Invitations don’t necessarily have to be made out of paper. Depending on your time and budgetary restrictions, there’s simply no limit on what you can make your invitations out of. Ideas include:

  • Word-of-Mouth (usually a phone call)
  • Digital (usually either a text or an email)
  • Napkins
  • Balloons
  • Embroidered Bags

The Finishing Touch

Finally, to make your wedding invitations totally unique, you could think about including a handwritten message to each of your guests. Doing so will not only show that you’ve put time and effort into your invitations, but that you care and respect each of the people you are inviting. Invest in a good ink pen and brush up on your calligraphy before personalising each and every invitation with a message from the heart.


It’s a sad but inescapable fact that, for many twenty- and thirty-something couples thinking of tying the knot, the financial burden of the big day can be weighty. The conflicting demands of striving for promotion and trying to get a foot on the property ladder, whilst trying to be responsible by putting any spare pennies away for a rainy day, all conspire to take their toll on the bank balance; and, well, weddings can get expensive. If you and your beloved are planning to make your commitment to one another in tighter times, here are a few suggestions for reducing some of the costs of the day:

1) Borrow as much stuff as you can

If your venue comes with everything included then this may not be possible, but if you’re starting from scratch then enlisting the help of everyone you know can save a heap of cash, as well as turning the big day into a fun collaborative effort. Chair and marquee hire, for example, will take a sizeable chunk out of your budget, and you won’t even have anything fun to show for it. Ask around your nearest and dearest (in plenty of time!) whether they have any spares you can borrow for the day; mismatched chic is a big wedding trend at the moment, after all…

2) Make yourselves an amazing wedding playlist

While the idea of having a live band or DJ at your ceremony is undoubtedly a lovely one, the associated expenses may leave you looking sorrowfully at your bank balance and wishing you hadn’t bothered. Making yourselves a wedding playlist of your own not only virtually eliminates the costs but can also be a fun activity for you and your fiancé to do together when you just can’t face looking at the guest list yet again. Even better, using an online music platform like Spotify will allow others to add to the playlist, so you could enlist help of the bridesmaids and groomsmen too. See our top wedding music guide for  inspiration.

3) Include stuff for the day on your wedding list

You might never need an ice bucket or podium again in your life, but serving dishes and a cake stand will be as useful at the wedding as they will be at home afterwards. Use every resource available to you by incorporating useful items for the big day into the gift list: this entrée paddle from The Great Gift Company, for example, is so beautiful and useful you’ll be sad you didn’t have it in time to use at the reception. Just make sure that your guests are aware of the timescale, and don’t rely on anything turning up on time until you’re absolutely certain!

 



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We recently wrote an article about how expensive it is to be a bridesmaid.  The cost of being part of perfect wedding can really add up and the bridal shower is a big expense.  So, In order to help you still meet all your responsibilities but not break the bank we have come up with a few things to consider when you throwing the bridal shower.

Location, Location, Location

Just like in realestate the location matter when it comes to price.  There are many and unique locations that are free to use so don’t spend the extra money on rental fees.

Shower Invitations

Bridal shower invitations can be as inexpensive as you would like them to be.  You can even do digital invites that are free if you are really looking to lower your costs. However, with that being said if you will do a search online you will be able to find many stationery companies where you will be able to get 25 – 50 invitations for less than a dollar a piece.

Décor

Just like with wedding traditions it is good to have something that is borrowed so don’t hesitate to reach out to the other bridesmaids to see what cute decorations they may have.  Once you have the main decorations items in place you can add balloons and other small accessories without spending too much.

Games

Games are great for your budget because many of them don’t cost a thing.  With a little preparation you can plan many games that will be a huge hit with your guest but not a big hit to your wallet.

Food

When it comes to saving on your food budget you will want to avoid hiring a caterer for the shower if possible.  Making the appetizers yourself may take a little longer but can save you a ton if you have the time.

Favors

A bridal shower budget can quickly be blown out of proportion when it comes to the party favors but if you use a little creativity you can make some adorable favors that are still in budget.

Winter Wedding Inspiration

This week we’ve compiled lots of great inspiration and advice for your upcoming wedding. From how to use your Pinterest boards to your advantage to a beautiful, eclectic winter wedding – take a peek at this week’s best of the best!

 

Do you have a vision of a beautiful, garden-themed wedding in mind for your big day? If so, take a look at these ideas to get the planning going! — Team Wedding

Check out this beautiful, eclectic winter wedding and snag some snazzy ideas and inspiration. – Rock’N’Roll Bride

Drool over this bridal shower inspiration complete with the most magical bout of poppies. — Style Me Pretty

Just in case you missed it, we had to feature this Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist – it’s a must print! — OnceWed

Inspiration is not replication. Read about real inspiration and how to use it. — Team Wedding

Create your own wedding flowers with Bloominous – easy and fun DIYs! — 100 Layer Cake

These Wexford wedding rings will absolutely blow your mind. They are gorgeous! — Offbeat Bride

A backyard wedding full of romance, whimsy and personal touches .. get inspired! — Ruffled

This collection by Galia Lahav is absolutely stunning. They have a sexy side and hit every curve in the most perfect way. — Wedding Chicks

We are  loving the uniqueness of this vintage, greenhouse wedding inspiration! — Green Wedding Shoes

 

If you’re looking to have your pooch make his or her debut on your big day, we say, “That’s A-Okay!” But, you need to do it right. And that’s why we’ve compiled some quick and charming inspiration. From how to dress your furry best friend to his or her place on the sidelines, here are some adorable ways to have your pet walk down the aisle too!

Dogs in WeddingsHave your pup get ready with the boys, with a bow tie of course.

Dogs in WeddingsOf course, the little guy can dress up like the groom too.

Dogs in WeddingsHave your pooches act as flower girls, tutus and all!

Dogs in WeddingsThis beautiful golden retriever is decked out in a gorgeous, green collar.

Dogs in WeddingsAnd this little cutie has a necklace on, just like the bridesmaids!

Dogs in WeddingsIt’s okay for your pup to make a debut just for pictures.

Dogs in WeddingsThen again, a little pink dress could be exactly what your pet needs to dawn on your big day.

Dogs in WeddingsOthers may have their dogs come out just for the party, after the I do’s have been said and it’s time to dance.

Dogs in WeddingsThe photo ops you can get by having your pet lounge around as the girls get ready, are far too adorable to be missed.

Dogs in WeddingsHave your flower girls and ring bearers take the reigns on taking care of the cute pooches!

all photos via Style Me Pretty

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Serving a great cocktail at a wedding is essential. Guests look forward to them and they become a part of the entire experience. From spicy lemonades to classic martinis all the way to delicious mocktails for non-alcohol drinkers and the kiddos, it’s not as easy as you may think to find the right “signature” drink of day. It not only has to fit your couple style and the wedding’s theme, but the bride and groom need to like it too! But, before you start tasting, it’s important to figure out what “style” to serve. Whether you have a modern wedding or a trendy, shabby chic affair, there are certain drinks that will fall under that umbrella. And we’ve narrowed them down to five categories – take a look!

Classic

If you’re wedding is shaping up to be a more traditional or modern celebration, you may want to serve up a couple of timeless, classic treats. From smooth vodka martinis with an olive garnish to a gin & tonic, the class and sophistication surrounding these drinks will certainly round out the theme. Of course, a classic mocktail for the kids has to be a Shirley Temple!

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Casual

Maybe you’re throwing together a shabby chic, vintage-styled wedding or deciding to say your I do’s under the oak trees, you need a cocktail that tastes delicious, but also has that laid-back, casual style as well. For a more relaxing sip, think about serving up a frozen lemonade & rum or a peach tea & rum combination. Then, for the little ones or those that don’t drink alcohol, a virgin Arnold Palmer is the perfect choice!

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Feminine

Who doesn’t love a fruity and sweet cocktail? Everyone does! Please the crowd and the bride with a cocktail that not only looks beautiful, but tastes like the best dessert you’ve ever had or tropical vacation you’ve ever been on. Think about serving up a chocolate martini or a white, fruity sangria. A raspberry lemonade can also be intertwined for a girlish, non-alcoholic addition.

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Fun

Cosmos, Sex on the Beach and Fuzzy Navels are fun, delicious crowd-pleasers that may not be appropriate for a more “classic” setting, but they are classic in taste. If you’re having a youthful, fun-loving celebration after the big walk down the aisle, try one of these lively drinks to start the night of dancing off right. For the kiddos, make sure you’ve got some mini milkshakes on hand.

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Creative 

If you’re not satisfied with anything, why not create your own cocktail? Have a taste-testing session at home or with the bartender, and then brainstorm on the names! For example, at my own wedding, we had cocktail served that were modeled after me and my husband’s favorite movie candies. So, we had the “Hot Tamale” and the “Junior Mint!” And then, get creative with a virgin sip as well. From, cotton candy “mocktinis” to dreamsicle shakes, get imaginative with this option too!

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Best of the Best Wedding World

Figure out how to pack everything you need for your honeymoon into your carry on and what it costs to be a bridesmaids in this week’s favorites roundup! Enjoy!

 

Were you asked by one of your gal pals to be a bridesmaid in her wedding? If so, check out exactly what it costs so you can plan and prep! — Team Wedding

Drool over this incredibly beautiful stationery from Alisa Bobzien. You’ll fall head over heels in love with the designs. — Grey Likes Weddings

This modern wedding popped right off the computer screen. Look at that bride, look at those chic details … — 100 Layer Cake

Grab some funky, fun platform show inspiration. If you’re thinking of an eclectically styled wedding, you’ve got to dress the party! — Offbeat Bride

Thinking about going with a bronzed look for your walk down the aisle? Peek at this tutorial for some help! — Wedding Chicks

Are you a mother of the bride and feeling like a speech should be made to support your daughter on her wedding day or even during her bridal shower? Take a look at this example speech to feel inspired. — Team Wedding

Need help packing for your honeymoon? Here’s how to do it right … — Style Me Pretty

This rustic, New Orleans wedding is sure to give your some beautiful, romantic inspiration. — Green Wedding Shoes

Youthful and edgy, check out this photoshoot from France for some bohemian-styled wedding ideas. — Rock’N’Roll Bride

Every bride needs one. Go and print off this Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist. — Once Wed

 

The DJ’s played the last record, the last dance has been danced, the honeymoon’s officially over, and the chaotic whirlwind of events has finally come to an end. What’s next on the agenda? Here’s some things to keep in mind when life goes back to normal.

Practice gratitude. Take some time to smell the roses, literally, and reflect on all of the fun filled events leading up to the your wedding day. Fish out the wedding gifts and figure out what will be actually be used and how many duplicates you’ll need to return. Ask your partner if you really need the gigantic home popcorn maker, and decide which gifts stay or go. There’s only so many crock pots, rice cookers and toaster ovens a family needs, right? Write out some personalized thank you notes for your family members and your friends. Let them know how much you appreciate all that they have done to make your wedding a success. You’ll feel lighter and happier for giving back in return for all you’ve been given. It’s also a perfect way to announce your new home address so you can stay in the loop with all your loved ones.

Sort through photos and decide if you’d like to create a digital or print photo album. This is a fun way to bond and reminisce over all of the joyous wedding festivities. Also, remember that many commercial photographers have specific rules on copyright information and deadlines for purchasing shots. Keep the communication lines open and be sure not to procrastinate, you’ll want to have those treasured moments for years to come. Other ideas include ordering a DVD of the wedding celebration, an easy, convenient choice to replay for future anniversaries. Don’t forget to make extra copies for Mum and Dad.

Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to put this, but you’ll have to buckle down and do some paperwork. It will definitely pay off in the long run, so don’t procrastinate on updating all of your personal identity information. Check the websites for printable forms or digital PDF documents that can be filled out online, saving you time and energy. Remember, this includes updating your name, address and phone number on your driver’s license, passport, social security card and credit card. Although it may seem time consuming, it will give you and your partner both peace of mind.

Schedule a meeting to sit down and discuss your financial and healthcare plans. Topics to be discussed include setting a weekly and monthly budget and choosing to decide on a joint bank account. Other vital things to be discussed include family healthcare plan options. You’ll need to review the costs and benefits of each plan to make sure it’s the right fit for you. Be sure to weigh out the pro’s and con’s of each choice, you’ll want to be on the same page as your partner to avoid any arguments. As you settle into the next phase of your life as a married couple, take it easy and roll with the changes. Stay in the loop and check out a site like ProlongLove.com for all the latest on relationship and sex info.

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Marriage is a celebrated event that offers so many exciting future prospects, a major one being settling down and raising a family. One of the first steps after tying the knot for many couples is to search for the perfect matrimonial home. Here’s a few special tips to keep in mind when scoping out prospective houses.

Goals

Decide on your long term goals. As a couple, communication is paramount, and taking the time to verbalize your long term goals as a married couple will help guide you in the right direction. Focused on building a family? Keep this goal in mind as you peruse houses and stay on the lookout for multi-bedroom homes that can sustain your ideal family size. Be wary of kitchen areas with sharp counter edges and old wooden flooring that could be hazardous children. If you or your partner has non-traditional work at home careers such as art or fitness, you will need to consider finding a space that has enough room to accommodate accordingly.

Consider Doing A Property Up

If you are really looking to make the best possible investment, and you or your partner has some basic DIY skills, it could be worth looking at a property that requires some work. With only a little bit of elbow grease one can relay carpet, repaint walls, and replace cabinets. Rewiring a building can raise the value of a property considerably if the current system is well out of date. Check out tips on selling homes for ideas on how to improve an investment via DIY.

Your career

Fine artists and digital artists alike will need the right environment to pursue their craft. Although every artist is different, usually the right studio space offers a calm haven from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Some unique ideas include searching for places with modern floor-to-ceiling windows, which allow ample light for some natural inspiration. Look for a space that has enough room to have shelving for supplies such as paints, brushes, canvases and more. Digital artists may need more room to shelf a large multi-tiered desk to house computer equipment. Usually a large monitor, drawing tablet, scanner and printer are used for many digital art tasks. Communicate your needs with your partner and together you are sure to find the best fit for you.

Fitness professionals such as personal trainers or pilates and yoga instructors will benefit immensely from having their own studio space. Giving clients the option of a personal one-on-one training session is often convenient for both parties. Home gym ideas include having a space that is detached from the main house, allowing for a quiet space to stay focused. A fitness space will vary depending on the expertise of the trainer, but a well-rounded fitness area will include cardio, flexibility and strength equipment. Audio equipment is also ideal for music and giving clear directions to a small class.

Hobbies

Always stay true to yourself and remember your personal hobbies, make time for cultivating those hobbies, whether it’s gardening, cooking or being an avid car enthusiast. Those with a green thumb will need to find a home with a large enough lot to have room for impeccable landscaping. Aspiring gourmet chefs will need an adequate kitchen space to slice and dice. In turn, car enthusiasts will definitely be on the lookout for a large garage, spacious enough to fit cars, storage solutions and tools for the hobby.

photo credit: Alex E. Proimos via photopin cc

photo credit: Alex E. Proimos via photopin cc

As newlyweds across the country begin to take the plunge, make sure to check your potential Rental Yield for up to date market research on the profitability of properties across the UK.

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In the past year, I’ve watched over 200 hours of wedding video footage. And I’ve loved every single second of it. I can honestly say that I never get tired of watching the same beautiful union, yet also appreciating the one-of-a-kind love story that precedes each marriage.

I’ve silent-laughed at tipsy dance floor moves, wiped away tears during father-daughter dances, been wowed by fire-dancers at engagement parties but mostly I’ve said “awww”  because wedding videos capture the emotion of the day in a way pictures miss.  So if you’re planning your own dream wedding or attending one in the near future, check out these adorably candid clips guaranteed to make you smile, as well as train your eye to capture the best candid wedding video footage!

1.  Sweet Wedding Day Gift from Bride

Sylvia gave Ryan an adorable gift right before they got married. If only it would open.

 

2. Bride’s Magic Wedding Dress Spin

A moment capturing the magic of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ without the crazy drama!

 

3. Groom REALLY Wants Some Wedding Cake

What do you think is sweeter – the cake or that kiss?

 

4.  Ringbearer Answers: When I Grow Up…..

Just imagine how cute this clip will be at this little guy’s wedding!

5. Ringbearer Shyly Says “I Love You” to Bride

Little James Bond is back with special (and bashful) video message to the bride

6. Groom and Groomsmen Serenade Bride

The just-wed groom and his bro’s sing “Sweet and Lovely” to the bride — barber shop quartet style!

7. Bride and Groom Pinky-Promise During Vows

A throwback to middle school has never been more adorable :)

8. Couple’s First Dance to “Wagon Wheel”

Country-cute and awesome dance moves? Why didn’t I think to do this!

9. Groom’s Sisters Sing “Count on Me” to New Sister-in-laws

How refreshing is it to see in-laws welcoming someone into the family? Props to these singing sisters!

10. Epic Couple Hi-Fives After Saying “I Dos”

Because, at the end of the day, your spouse is your best friend.

 

Claire Hawkes is the Social Media Director for WeddingMix by Storymix Media.  She loves helping couples create a one-of-a-kind, priceless wedding video memento when they use the WeddingMix app and HD rental cameras. Share your wonderful and wild wedding stories with her at claire@storymixmedia.com!

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While the basic wedding structure hasn’t changed much in decades, the invention of the Internet has allowed engaged couples to easily build websites dedicated exclusively to their wedding plans and big day. Also called “websites,” wedding websites allow you to add all that vital information that won’t fit on your invitations, such as registry and hotel info, directions, the ability to RSVP online, and even some backstory about how you met, how long you’ve been together, etc. With that in mind, let’s check out five of the top wedding website builders currently in existence and what makes them so gosh-darn cool:

1. AppyCouple

Shell out $28 big ones for this wedding app, the alternative to the wedding website! Most people are attached at the hand to their smartphones these days, and AppyCouple provides everything you need to create a custom wedding app featuring all that pertinent information about your nuptials. An added bonus? Lots of visually-pleasing themes to choose from!

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2. Glo

A free one-month trial is available for Glo, which costs between $19.99 and $34.99 per month if you decide to use it. Hailed as one of the most feature-tastic of all wedding website creators, it may be the most expensive, but you can understand why! Advanced options include matching online invites, guest list management, RSVPs, and tons of amazing-looking themes. You can even upload your own design to use on your site!

3. Wedding JoJo

Forget the clutter and confusion that accompany many wedding websites. Wedding JoJo is a clean, easy-to-navigate site complete with lovely templates, simple options, a planning kit, blog integration and so much more. Pick from the freebie or the paid option depending on what you want.

4. Weebly – Free

Weebly gives millions of people a surprisingly easy and affordable way to create a site that is as unique as they are. Weebly gives everyone the freedom to start a site, blog or online store that works brilliantly across computers, phones and tablets. While not strictly designed for weddings, it is so flexible and easy to use that it is perfect for your wedding website.

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5. eWedding

Start with the free two-month trial and pay $14.95 per month afterwards for this feature-rich options. eWedding’s premium option isn’t as expensive as its competitors and contains all the wonderful features you’d expect. Note that the free option includes ads, and the themes aren’t exactly up to proverbial snuff. However, it’s still a viable option for the budget-conscious couples of the world.

More Options

Check out these additional options:

  • Beside You Forever ($29) — One design and a few simple options complete with RSVP, email, photo and registry features.
  • Wix (Free) — A full website builder with an added wedding option — free and easy to use, it also contains flash options.
  • Nearlyweds ($14.99/mo or $99/yr) — Full featured with plenty of design options, although the designs are a bit stale.
  • Wedsite ($39/6mo, $49/yr, $69/2yrs, 7 day trial) — No ads and fairly nice designs, this option features unlimited photos and a music playlist option.
  • WeddingWindow (Free – $139/yr) — Another full featured option, it’s more expensive, however it offers both free and premium themes.
  • Momentville (Free – $49.95) — Not the prettiest wedsite option available.
  • WeddingDonkey (Free, $10/mo, $15/mo)
  • Weduary (Free, Optional Paid Themes)

Pick one you like and have fun!

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Garden Weddingvia

Garden weddings are one of the most popular, most beautiful and most romantic of themes. But, what kind of garden wedding would you want to plan? That question could pose a lot of problems to a lot of brides. In fact, there are many wedding ideas that have a “theme within a theme”  question you would need to work out. When it comes to vintage, what decade are you trying to pay homage to? When it comes to contemporary, are you going with an art decor style or artistic flair? And when it comes to a garden wedding, we’re here to break down 5 of the best themes and routes to take.


Garden Wedding Ideas & Themes

Victorian:

If you’re imagining a garden-styled wedding filled with vintage, Victorian touches, then all you need are the creamy neutrals to start your foundation. There’s something very Jane Austen about this setting and we’re loving the charm and sophistication piled up into this idea and tablescape.

Garden Wedding Ideas & Themes

Countryside:

For brides looking for something more casual and laid-back, go with a venue that meshes with your vision. A country field, mason jars and bouts and bouts of baby’s breath are all you need to start the planning. And, of course, a free-flowing gown, burlap and a bit of lace too.

Garden Wedding Ideas & Themes

Fall:

Who doesn’t love a beautiful, fall garden wedding? Harvest colors, gourds galore and the most beautiful, voluminous greenery you could ever imagine. It has quite the bohemian vibe too, which we find super photoesque and trendy. Not to mention, the weather during the autumn months can be absolute perfection.

Garden Wedding Ideas & Themes

Wildflowers:

If you’re looking for something a bit brighter, go for the wildflower look. With no rhyme or reason to the decor and the use of all and every vivacious color, you’ll have a wedding full of youthful inspiration and fun. Obviously, this theme fits well right into spring and summertime. And don’t forget your floral crown!

Garden Wedding Ideas & Themes

Romance:

More saturated tones and an evening setting make for a romantic flavor. Choose a venue with a beautiful home or big botanical garden to create the coziness, warmth and romance you’re looking for. My favorite pairings for a romantic, garden wedding? Soft midnight blues, blush tones, dusty miller and natural makeup.

all photos via Style Me Pretty

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Wedding blogs provide a wealth of helpful information, from dress ideas to venue advice to how to deal with annoying relatives and much, much more. We’ve rounded up a few of the very best wedding blogs from 2014, so feel free to check a few out the next time you reach a planning crossroad:

1) Wedding Chicks

Wedding Chicks is a site celebrated for its “pretty and fun style,” with the women behind the blog consistently posting inspiring ideas. Complete with a free printables section, you’ll find lots of stylish ideas here.

2) Style Me Pretty

Renowned for featuring “dreamy real weddings,” Style Me Pretty is ideal for the style-obsessed bride who loves a good visual. The locations shown on this blog are always gorgeous!

3) The Budget Savvy Bride

The average cost of weddings? $30K! It’s therefore no surprise that many couples are looking to save wherever possible, making The Budget Savvy Bride a great resource. Their Real Weddings section breaks down the budget of practically any wedding you can think so, so be sure to check it out on days when wedding-related stress is getting to you!

4) Belle the Magazine

A blog designed for the “sophisticated bride,” Belle the Magazine offers everything you need to know about the year’s hottest wedding trends. See what’s new and awesome in dresses, cakes, centerpieces and plenty more. The Dress of the Week feature is also super-nifty.

5) Ruffled

If you’re retro-obsessed and know your wedding will feature lots of vintage goodness, Ruffled is the blog for you! Find cool ideas, free printables and awesome DIY projects here.

6) Wedding Bee

Updated daily by over 20 real brides all over the country, Wedding Bee is another fabulous resource. It also features a very strong community, including active boards where brides ask and answer questions.

7) Every Last Detail

Created by a planner-turned-blogger named Lauren, Every Last Detail is chock-full of stunning images and lots of helpful information. The Wedding Planning section is especially helpful, and includes budget, wedding style and honeymoon tips among others. There’s also an “ask the expert” section in which you can ask Lauren your most burning wedding questions.

8) Offbeat Bride

An ideal blog for the “alternative” bride, Offbeat Bride features plenty of unusual and unique wedding ideas and tips.

9) The Knotty Bride

A hilarious and highly-entertaining wedding blog, The Knotty Bride offers an entire boudoir section among many other helpful tips and tricks. Find the best of the wedding industry here!

10) DIY Bride

Channel your inner Martha Stewart with DIY Bride, which features tons and tons of totally cool wedding crafting ideas. Learn how to make your own centerpieces and favors among other nifty stuff.

11) Brooklyn Bride

A chic, sleek blog for the modern bride, Brooklyn Bride’s editor is also an interior designer, and provides plenty of stylish ideas to inspire you.

Did your favorites make the cut? Any you swear by? Let us know!

 

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