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!


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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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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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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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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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 for all the latest on relationship and sex info.

matrimonial home

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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.


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.


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!

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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Let’s face it — the last thing you want to do after your wedding is the daunting task of writing thank-you notes. It’s not that you’re unappreciative … you’re incredibly thankful for all the gifts and well wishes you received. It’s just that after months of wedding planning, doing another wedding-related job seems overwhelming.

Fortunately, writing thank-you notes doesn’t have to be a difficult, headache-inducing task. By following these simple tips, you could actually enjoy writing your thank-you notes!

  • Realize this is your final responsibility: Here’s the best news: this is the last wedding-related task you have to complete. Once you get those thank-you cards in the mail, you can kick back and say goodbye to the stresses of wedding planning once and for all. The light is shining brightly at the end of the tunnel. You’re getting close. Just knock these thank-you notes out, and you’re done!
  • Be yourself: The great thing about writing thank-you notes is that you have the opportunity to be truly sincere. You don’t need to worry about being so formal as you do with wedding invitations and other wedding-related tasks. Just speak from the heart. Let the person know how grateful you are for their gift, and refer to how you’ll use it and benefit from it. When you get the chance to write from your heart, it’s a lot easier and lot more fun.
  • Get your spouse involved: Ready for more good news? You don’t have to write all the thank-you notes yourself! That’s right, your spouse can step in and help shoulder the burden. Working on this project together lightens the load and it gives you a chance to work side-by-side in harmony. You can divide it up however you wish, but the easiest way is to typically have each person write the thank-you notes to his or her friends and family.
  • Take your time: You don’t have to rush out of the ceremony and immediately start writing your thank-you notes. You have time to complete the task. Set it aside for a while and enjoy the start of your new life together with your partner. Etiquette dictates that you have two to three months after the wedding date to get your thank-you notes sent out. That’s plenty of time, so there’s no crazy rush.
  • Do a little at a time: You may have hundreds of thank-you notes to send out for your wedding, but don’t let that overwhelm you. Instead of trying to tackle that huge task all at once, set a goal of doing a small batch of thank-you cards each day. Doing a little at a time makes it much easier and less stressful, and it allows you to really devote your attention to each card you’re writing, ensuring it is personal and sincere.

See, writing thank-you notes isn’t so hard after all. With these tips, you can even have a little fun with it!

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Photos are a huge part of weddings. After all, when you put so much effort into planning the perfect day, isn’t it important to capture those memories and all of the little details that make them shine? As any married person will tell you, the day goes fast. When it’s over, you finally realize just how important quality photographs can be.

But wedding photography doesn’t have to be just about a good photographer capturing moments on one day. From bridal showers to photobooths, you won’t regret capturing your wedding day (or wedding months!) from every angle.

Get Silly with Photobooths

Photobooths have made a huge comeback, to the point that they’re now nearly ubiquitous at weddings. And why not? The photographer simply can’t capture everyone that’s there, and a photobooth gives your friends and family the chance to make their own memories and show the special couple just how much fun they’re having on their big day. And it’s not just adults that enjoy photobooths; they’re also a good way to keep children attending weddings occupied.

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However, photobooths do not have to appear only during the wedding reception. A photobooth is a perfect activity for a couple’s bridal shower. Guys will enjoy participating in something outside of opening gifts, and it’s a way for mutual friends that have just met to get to know each other better and interact. The photobooth should be open from the beginning of the party to also serve as an icebreaker.


It doesn’t take much to set up a photobooth in a home or venue. Simply set up a table of props with a sign and instructions for guests. Props could come from anywhere. If you hire a professional photobooth vendor, they typically come with a prop box. Otherwise, there are online sites that sell props of all sorts. But I encourage you to think outside the box!

Look inside your garage and around your house for items to use as props, and be creative!

For the couple that loves boating, fishing and the outdoors, they used products they had inside their own garage. And think beyond a standard black sheet as your backdrop. Hang sheets of burlap or fun patterns of fabric.

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Capturing Showers

A bridal shower or a bridesmaid’s luncheon is a great time to capture relaxed, genuine moments of the bride’s core group of friends enjoying time together. Recently, a bride I worked with hired a photographer to take professional shots of them having fun after their afternoon luncheon.




Having a professional capture this special time together will give the bride a lifetime of memories of the wedding events outside of just her ceremony and reception. And the photo session is a perfect start to creating a bridesmaids gift! The bride could make a photo book from the photography session for each of the girls, and then sign the inside of the book with a heartfelt thank you note for being part of her wedding.



Using Photos in the Wedding Décor

Using pictures from a bridal shower, engagement session or simply a happy vacation together, the bride and groom can create a photo book to use as a guest book at their wedding. Attendees will leave well wishes, words of marriage advise and encouragement to the couple, making for an invaluable memento that goes beyond just another photo album or a guest book filled only with words. If you use photos from a shower or a bachelor/bachelorette party, it’s also fun for the guests to see the finished pictures from the party and recap the good fun they had!

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Pictures of the special couple are a good way to decorate areas of a venue when you are trying to turn your attention away from dull or unsightly locations. At one wedding I recently worked, framed childhood pictures of the bride and groom were placed on these bland restroom doors in the reception venue. (Be very careful to use removable adhesive and get permission from the venues anytime you affix photos to walls and ceilings.)

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Couples oftentimes ask for ways to remember those family members that have passed away. One bride created a memory shadowbox of the groom’s late father and placed it on its own table with a framed letter that she wrote to him right before he died. The letter from the bride to her future father-in-law shared her love for his son and promises that she would take care of him throughout their marriage.

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There are also photographers who offer on-site editing of pictures that are taken during the getting ready process of the wedding and through the ceremony, and then replay the pictures in a slideshow during the reception.

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What other ways have you seen photos creatively used at a wedding or shower?

Leah McCarthy is a wedding planner and caterer based in coastal South Carolina. Inducted into The Knot’s hall of fame as a top 100 planner in the country, Leah regularly blogs about her experiences and insight in the industry for

wedding inspriration

Wedding blogs, sites, magazines, Pinterest…there’s plenty of wedding inspiration out there! Ideas on style, color, location, flowers, cakes, bridesmaids dresses and favors are all available via such resources to provide the inspiration you need. But let’s be clear: inspiration is not replication! While you can certainly use ideas from various resources, the key is to ensure your wedding is a reflection of you and your partner. You don’t want anything at your wedding that’s there “for the sake of” having it!

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Every Couple is Different

Remember, what you want for your wedding isn’t going to be the same as what others want/had. And that’s just fine. So don’t incorporate Scrabble pieces into your wedding if you don’t play because you saw it at a friend’s wedding, or opt for retro hairstyles on bridesmaids even though you’ve never really enjoyed them. Your wedding should be a reflection of you and your soon-to-be hubby, so if you want Star Wars favors or a ska band to perform at the reception, go for it.


Tips for Making Wedding Ideas “Your Own”

Rather than being a “copycat,” you can employ plenty of options for making ideas you see on assorted blogs and sites yours. Find a concept or two you love and challenge yourself–how can you put a new spin on it? What big or small things can you do differently? Another option is to combine elements from several ideas/resources to create something that’s uniquely you.

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Inspiration also comes when thinking about your personality, your groom’s personality, and what you’re like as a couple. Have the reception catered at the restaurant you went to on your first date, or play the song you heard the night of the proposal for your first dance. Throw a winter wedding because you both love to ski, or have a beach ceremony because neither of you can get enough sand and surf.

Do what’s right for you–it’s your wedding, after all! You don’t want to look back in a few years and wish you had stuck to what you liked rather than feeling the pressure of having a “cookie-cutter” wedding.

Remember, the idea is inspiration, not replication! Enjoy creating your dream wedding that friends and family will talk about for years to come.

What has your experience been finding wedding day inspiration? Leave a comment and share your tips!



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Unique Garden Weddings

Featuring an airbrush makeup how-to and some gorgeous, springtime weddings – this week had some great bits of advice and inspiration. Check out our favorites from this week’s wedding world!


Check out this fantastic list of bridesmaids’ gift ideas. Get inspired and see if one is right for your group of ladies! — Style Me Pretty

We are absolutely loving all of the details involved in this vintage-inspired reception. — Wedding Chicks

Take a look at this DIY Airbrush Makeup  How-To using Temptu makeup, our favorite. — Grey Likes Weddings

Isn’t this offbeat, unique garden wedding incredibly charming? And we’re dying for one of those mini cannolis! — Offbeat Bride

Don’t forget your nails when it comes to your day-of, bridal beauty. Check out these beautiful manicures for some unique ideas! — Team Wedding

Thinking about a destination wedding?  Hop on over and look at these beautiful ceremony spots in Jamaica. — Once Wed

This is not only a beautiful, rustic scene and inspirational wedding shoot – but the two grooms are gorgeous as well. — 100 Layer Cake

Or maybe you’re into something a bit more Southern, like this gorgeous celebration. — Ruffled

Why not wear garden roses in your hair, you’re the bride! And these DIYs will make you feel like one. — Wedding Chicks

Feeling like eloping in Hawaii? Well, after this bit of inspiration you certainly will. — Green Wedding Shoes



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mother of bride speech

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Trying to write your speech as the mother of a beautiful bride? Despite knowing how you feel about this upcoming special event, putting feelings into words is often a challenge. Take a look at the following example speech courtesy of Wendy Hayes and see if you aren’t inspired to write your own beautiful ode to your precious daughter, or make a few tweaks to this one:

It is with incredible love, joy and pride that I stand here today to wish my beautiful daughter, a blessed life, full of happiness, joy and much laughter.  And if there is any such thing as angels –[the bride] is one.

 [Bride] is the sunshine to all that know her and truly, as all children are, the most beautiful gift and blessing I have ever been given.

As a little girl [Bride] was always happy, always finding good in all creatures and her aura of gentleness was like honey to the bees, attracting everyone to her.

 [Bride] your kindness and generosity, your calmness and strength are inspirational. Your wisdom and maturity are beyond your years. These qualities permeate every aspect of your life. As a mother and as a partner you are a natural mum, giving my beautiful grandchildren a blessed life of love, fun and caring. You really are a mother goddess meant for a tribe of little ones around you and yes I believe a tribe you will have.

 [Bride] you have a beautiful partner in [Groom], and I am proud of you both. [Groom] I value the love, laughter and security that you give to my daughter. Together you both create a wonderful family. I know [Bride] loves you with all of her heart and that you are her true friend and true love.

You were both so very young when you first met eight years ago. You have weathered some tough storms together and stayed by each others side, and I respect you both for that. We only have to look at [children] to see how much love, security and ease there is in your family. Your love and respect for each other is reflected in your beautiful children- such exquisite little ones – you know how much I love them…to the moon and back!

 [Bride] I know there were times that were not easy for us, I remember the challenges we had in your teens and I know we have talked about this but I want you to know that sometimes as parents we don’t always get it right and that we have many lessons to learn. Children are the greatest gift and we gain so much and learn so much from our children, I am grateful that I have learned a great deal from you, my darling daughter. I am delighted with whom you have become and very proud of you, even if at times I did get in your way. All these memories add to the richness of our relationship and the treasured friendship I have with you, which makes me feel incredibly lucky and blessed to have you not only as my daughter but as my very best friend.

And now that you are grown I may not hold your hand each day but I will always hold onto your heart.

 [Bride and Groom] you have [my husband's] and my support and love for you as a couple, and as a family. May you both be blessed with much happiness, love and laughter and may today’s joy always stay with you. With all our heart we congratulate your commitment you have made to each other today. We love you.

Wendy suggests reading this speech out loud a few times to familiarize yourself with it and practice it in your speaking style. She also notes that it’s perfectly okay to cry, just have a little waterproof makeup on!

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destination wedding etiquette

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Throwing a destination wedding doesn’t mean you have to go without bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridal showers and other traditional events. These events provide friends and family with the opportunity to celebrate with you (and give you gifts). If you’re considering inviting people to these events who aren’t invited to the wedding, it’s a good idea to state that gifts are not expected on the invite. Many couples also choose to celebrate after they’ve gotten married, with such events including formal affairs or casual backyard barbecues. With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at a few etiquette tips for destination weddings:

Wedding Gift Etiquette

Since destination weddings present special challenges to those attending, many opt to send gifts directly to the bride and groom, or to the homes of their parents. This avoids dealing with gifts while flying or otherwise traveling. Gift certificates and cash gifts are usually brought to the wedding.

Another viable gift option is to purchase gifts from the couple’s honeymoon registry. If they’re working with a destination wedding specialist, it’s very likely they’ve created such a registry. This allows attendees to purchase fun things for the honeymoon, such as snorkeling activities, drinks on the beach, special dinners, spa treatments, etc.

While destination weddings are usually more causal, they’re no reason to ignore party etiquette.


Wedding Reception Etiquette

For the couple: let guests know what to expect, such as dress code, food and length of the reception. Do this before everyone leaves for the trip! Remember to seat guests of the same age together, and to dance! Don’t let the party get dull.

For guest: be agreeable! If you aren’t a fan of the meal, order room service afterwards. Remember not to be too drunk, too loud or too demanding. Make conversation with your fellow guests. Bring a gift or send it ahead of time.

Parents’ Duties

The idea that the bride’s parents have to cover all wedding expenses is long dead, as couples today often have their own income and are older in general. However, both sets of parents usually expect to contribute, which is fine. If either or both sets are paying for destination wedding expenses, they certainly don’t have to cover guest plane fare. It’s also essential that the parents help the wedding be as stress-free for the couple as possible, and provide them with plenty of time to spend together. This means occupying talkative family members among other things.

Guests’ Duties

The main duty of guests is to enjoy themselves, though all are expected to pay for all travel-related expenses. They still need to bring gifts as well, and if the gift is too big or otherwise doesn’t travel well, simply send it to the couple’s home. It’s also important to remember a destination wedding is usually a honeymoon as well, so guests should give the couple “alone time.”

Wedding Party Etiquette

It’s normal to want family and special friends as the wedding party, however it’s also good etiquette to ensure a destination wedding works for everyone. Wedding parties for destination weddings are usually much smaller, with a Maid of Honor and Best Man the only “party members.” The bride and groom generally pay for the travel expenses of the wedding party. This includes airfare, transportation, food and accommodations. Everything else is on the wedding party. It’s also important to give everyone enough notice to take time off work and make all necessary arrangements.

Reception Seating

If the destination wedding includes more than a few guests, it’s necessary to come up with a seating arrangement. A few tips include:

  • Seat guests with those whom they will feel comfortable around, such as seating co-workers together.
  • Seat couples together and children with at least one parent.
  • Alternate men and women around each table for more formal occasions.
  • The bride, groom and bridal party generally sit at a long table in the front of the room. No one should have their backs to the guests.
  • Have the couple’s closest friends and family seated as close to the front table as possible.
  • Use printed place cards to identify each seat.

Enjoy planning an amazing destination wedding! Expense aside, everyone involved will undoubtedly love the chosen location.


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It costs about $1,700 to be a bridesmaid, according to a 2010 survey. Among the biggest expenses are traveling to the wedding, the bachelorette party, and the bridal shower. Many bridesmaids don’t realize how quickly the expenses add up, says Amy Eisinger, the site’s associate editor.

“From the moment they announce the engagement, to the day your friend walks down the isle, if that’s a year and a half, you don’t realize that you’ve spent $1,600,” she said. Costs are also on the rise again.

“We saw the cost go down during the recession because brides were incredibly cost conscious in what they were asking their friends to do,” Eisinger said.

So what to do when you want to be in your best friend’s wedding, but can’t exactly afford everything that comes with it?

“Be honest up front,” says Jodi R.R. Smith, author of The Etiquette Book, which includes advice on all things ‘wedding.’

“If you try to be able to do it, then you end up maxing out your credit cards and going into debt,” Smith said. “You should never be going into debt for a friend’s wedding.”

Smith advises women to tell the bride-to-be that you can’t afford to be in her wedding in person, such as while getting coffee. Don’t do it at an event, such as a bridal shower, and don’t “throw a fit” about the expense, either.

“You are allowed to say, ‘Look, I’m just not going to be able to afford the $200 wedding dress and the trip to Mexico for the bachelorette party and the fact that it’s a destination wedding in Key West,’ ” she said.

Brides who want their friends with them at the ceremony will probably take on some of the expense, such as the dress or plane ticket.

“If it’s a choice between having somebody be in your wedding party or having them all wear designer bridesmaid dresses, I would choose the people and the cheaper bridesmaid dress,” Smith said.

Trying to figure out what bridesmaids can and cannot afford gets sticky, which is why making a spreadsheet with estimated costs is a great alternative. Unexpected surprises do occur, however, such as the Las Vegas bachelorette party in the movie Bridesmaids.

“Instead of the bachelorette party in Vegas, [if] you’re all East Coast people, have it in Atlantic City,” Smith says.

Budget-Friendly Tips for Bridesmaids

  1. Dress: If the dress costs $300, don’t be afraid to research and suggest cheaper alternatives. You can also suggest the bride name the color and allow everyone to pick their own dress. This is a big money-saver!
  2. Party: Having the bachelorette party and the bridal shower in the same weekend is ideal and saves on plane fare.
  3. Gifts: Group gifts are always a good idea for the bridal shower and the wedding.
  4. Accommodations: Staying in a hotel? Ask one of the other single bridesmaids if she wants to share a room, or any single friends that will be attending the wedding.
  5. Budget Balancing: Come up with a number of how much you want to spend, and keep a running tab throughout the planning and event process. This will help keep your spending in check, particularly if the wedding is spread out over the course of a year.
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While wedding websites and social media status updates have become commonplace for sharing wedding details, printed newspaper announcements are still considered special (especially if the newspaper is The New York Times). Announcement details vary from paper to paper, but it’s best to obtain the publication’s requirements like word limit, picture size, deadlines and associated fees before preparing your submission.

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Here are a few additional items to consider when submitting your wedding announcement:


Typically couples submit a wedding announcement to their local hometown paper and/or that of their spouse. Some couples also opt for a national newspaper or alumni newsletter/magazine.


Although many papers will not print wedding announcements until after the ceremony has taken place, confirm the newspaper’s publication deadlines so you allow ample time to complete your wedding announcement submission. As an FYI, The New York Times requests that announcements be received at least six weeks before the wedding.

Wedding Details  

Think of your announcement like a wedding invitation, and provide details like the date, location and your parents’ names. Also, include the city of residence for your parents as well as for you and your spouse once you’re married. The names of wedding attendants are often added too.

Education and Occupation

Give background information on you and your spouse such as where you went to school, your career and where you grew up.


Many newspapers will accept photos to accompany the wedding announcement, but be sure to ask about photo size and quality before submitting (e.g. black and white vs. color, pixel requirements, etc.). Most importantly, don’t submit original wedding photos as many publications don’t issue returns. Submit copies of photos with your name, wedding date and phone number on the back.

Contact Information

Include your phone number and email address with the announcement in case the editor has any questions or needs additional information.

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Perhaps your sister is getting married this summer, or you’re invited to a number of friends’ weddings in the span of a few months’ time. Whatever the case, there’s plenty of stuff to do as a wedding guest, even if you aren’t a member of the bridal party! Check out the ultimate list of what you need to know before you attend your next wedding, and remember, be gracious and have fun!


  • Do not, repeat, do not bring a guest unless the couple has indicated that you can do so on the invitation.
  • Be sure to double check that you wrote your name on the RSVP card.
  • Leave the kids at home unless they are part of the wedding party. It may not be mentioned in the invite, but that’s not a reason to bring them.
  • RSVP on time!

General Etiquette Tips

  • Don’t text or call the bride the day of the wedding to ask questions or discuss whatever issues you’re having–she has enough to do.
  • Be present! Put the phone and the camera down, and celebrate with the bride and groom!
  • The pretty sparkly plates at your place setting? Those are chargers. Do not use them as dinner plates.
  • Bring a gift, even if it’s a small one. If you are purchasing a gift, send it to the couples home instead of bringing it to the reception. Cards are always a nice touch.
  • Be there on time! Whatever the start time says on the invitation, show up at least 25 minutes beforehand.
  • Read all of the information on the accommodations card and wedding website so you don’t have to ask the bride or groom for anything in the days leading up to the ceremony.
  • Stay out of the gosh-darn aisle during the ceremony!
  • Avoiding grabbing items you find. This includes an umbrella covering the photographer’s equipment, candles, centerpieces, other people’s favors and jackets.
  • Don’t attempt to turn your friend’s wedding into your family photoshoot/reunion–this is not the time or the place.


  • Please remember the bride’s wishes. If the planner tells you that the reception space isn’t open until a certain time, don’t argue.
  • Know that the photographer will get the shots that the bride and groom want. It’s not on you to capture every moment.
  • Refrain from jumping in front of the photographer with your own camera during important events.
  • Avoid talking to the photographer during the ceremony.
  • Don’t take your own photos next to or near the photographer.
  • Remember that vendors involved with a wedding most likely know more about what’s happening when and why.
  • The couple hired a professional photographer for a reason! They don’t need you to do it, or any other guest. Just sit back and enjoy everything.


  • Dress according to the weather, and check the weather report before you leave. Sweaters and or umbrellas may be necessary.
  • Dress according to the setting. Use the invitation to determine the style of the wedding and recommended attire. If you can’t figure it out from that, ask fellow attendees, not the bride.
  • And while this is obvious, for goodness sake don’t wear white!


  • Please remember that the bride and groom (and perhaps their parents) are paying for you to eat and drink. Your job is to enjoy it!
  • The couple *really* wants you to dance and use the photo booth! Like, really.
  •  At the reception, don’t assume “extra” favors such as cameras, candies, centerpieces, bottles of champagne, etc. are yours to take! Unless the couple tells you to take what you want, don’t!
  •  Arrive at cocktail hour when it starts, and stay the entire time. The bride and groom likely have a plan for this event, so keep that in mind.
  • Don’t try to push and shove your way into the reception because you’re ready to sit down. Everyone else wants to sit down, too.

Every wedding is different, however these tips are pretty darn universal. Keep them in mind, and have fun!!


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Mother of the Bride & Groom Advice

Whether you’re the mother of the bride or the mother of the groom, it’s important that you look the part. But, it’s also important that you try not to outshine the your daughter, future daughter-in-law or act as one of the bridesmaids. From silhouettes to colors, it can be challenging finding a dress that not only fits your body, your personality, the style of the big day and goes along with the MOG & MOB rules. But, have no fear, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best colors to choose from if you’re at a loss of what to wear on you daughter or son’s wedding day!

Mother of the Bride & Groom Fashion Advice & Tips

A bit of sparkle is okay …

If your daughter or son is planning a formal, evening event, it’s okay to dawn of bit of sparkle. Nix the bold or dramatic colors and keep them discrete, but it’s okay for the mom’s to feel glamorous and beautiful too, in a tasteful way, of course. Soft golds and creams, powder silvers and even very pale, pastel blues and lavenders make for a great foundation to add a bit of shine to.

Mother of the Bride & Groom Fashion Advice & Tips

Try to stay away from black, but charcoal could be nice …

Personally, I’m not a fan of black for the moms. It doesn’t seem joyful enough on such a happy day. You don’t want guests to think you’re in mourning for your child’s wedding, instead, if you’re looking for something darker and always flattering, try out charcoal for a more romantic style.

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Why  not try some black & white prints …

If you really want to add a classic black into your ensemble, why not make it a print? This gown is not only age-appropriate but it’s gorgeous and lighthearted. The black doesn’t overpower the design and moms will still feel sophisticated, comfortable and fashionable. Also, this print will never outshine but blend into a wedding party full of gorgeous monochromatic tones.

Mother of the Bride & Groom Fashion Advice & Tips

Blue hues are the best …

I’m a huge advocate of blue tones for all moms. It’s good luck and you can find a shade of blue for every body type and skin tone. You can dress it up, dress it down and mix it well within any and every type of wedding and style theme. It’s also one of the easier tones to find when you’re shopping for gowns, let alone ones that are made for MOB’s & MOG’s!

Mother of the Bride & Groom Fashion Advice & Tips

 Creamy neutrals are always beautiful …

If you’re shopping for a spring or summer wedding, moms may want to go with something a bit lighter to pay homage to the season and to feel more comfortable because of the weather! Try out some creamy neutrals, from beige to tan or golden tones, mom will blend in with the wedding party but still look like a VIP of the day, which is essential.


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Are you a bride-to-be looking for a wedding gown that makes a statement? With a textured skirt you’ll not only have unique interest and artistic appeal, but drama as you walk down the aisle. Ruffles, pickups and patterns will help to create incredible pictures and help you feel like the beautiful, blushing bride you’re meant to be. Take a peek at our roundup of gorgeous, WOW! wedding gowns with textured skirts and grab some inspiration.

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Modern but quite fairy-tale like, between the volume and the stripes, you’ll definitely be the center of the show!

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With a 1920′s appeal, this glamorous, flapper-inspired gown is fun, flirty and quite glam.

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A bit more traditional, this textured, satin gown still has a sense of personality and sparkle.

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Luscious and fun, this fit and flair has a whole lot of posh and pizazz happening!

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We love how elegant and youthful this gown is, and still very bridal-worthy.

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A bit more contemporary and fashion-forward, this voluminous design is a stunner.

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These large lace decals make this dress one fantastic piece of art.

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Touchable crunch and volume … who knew that could translate into something this gorgeous?

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The delicate, flower motifs on this dress are absolutely charming, perfect for a garden wedding.

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There’s something very soft and cloud-like about this design. We love the ethereal air.

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A white rose bouquet hand-dipped in gold and sparkling hairpieces for every bride, this week was filled with gorgeous inspiration. Check out our weekly roundup of the best of the wedding world!

Wedding season is upon us! Figure out what to wear as a guest to the wedding with our easy guide. — Team Wedding

Make sure to have a looksie at these beautiful, vintage wedding invites! — Grey Likes Weddings

It’s time to drool over these gorgeous, delicate and uber feminine hairpieces by Jennifer Behr. — Style Me Pretty

At a loss for what gifts to get your groomsmen, check out this fun, unique list of ideas! — Green Wedding Shoes

Looking to put a pop of color into your summertime wedding, here are some wonderful pieces of inspiration. — Ruffled

Are you dreaming of a lush, garden wedding? Make sure you take a peek at this beautiful real-life celebration. — Once Wed

All you need are some drapes to completely transform your wedding day venue. — Ashley’s Bride Guide

Grab some honeymoon ideas from this beautiful Mexico vacation. — 100 Layer Cake

A white rose bouquet, hand-dipped in gold. This is a must-see! — Brenda’s Wedding Blog

Some Italian-inspired, a bit of rustic charm – this real wedding is welcoming and romantic. — Wedding Chicks


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Ring Bearer & Flower Girl Jobsvia

According to tradition, the ring bearer and flower girl are meant for much more than to simply look absolutely adorable and pose for hundreds of adorable photographs. In fact, there is a lot of meaning and description to their roles and responsibility. Yes, that cute little 4-year-old you are having throw rose petals down the aisle has a bigger job than you once thought. Let’s take a peek inside these little ones’ wedding day duties and quick tips for planners.

The Flower Girl 

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Once you’ve pick the little doll to do the dirty work. You’ll be picking out a fluffy dress and accessories in no time. But be sure to know exactly why she is doing what she’s doing and how to teach her to do it in the right ways.

  • Just before the maid of honor, the flower girl will make her debut. Bopping down the row with her petals in hand, she will scatter them along the path to the altar.
  • Starting in British tradition, flower girls used to carry sheaves of wheat and herbs to bless the couple with fertility and prosperity, of course the tradition has since evolved into something a bit more “stylish.” Although, tucking away from wheat and herbs inside the basket could only bring you more luck!
  • Typically, these tiny beauties wear mini versions of the wedding dress. Think about what you want this young lady to wear and make sure it’s age-appropriate.
  • It’s also important that the bride or groom, at the very least, offers to pay for the flower girls’ day of ensemble.
  • Include the flower girl into the rehearsal. If it makes her feel more comfortable use the buddy system by pairing her up with the ring bearer or an older bridesmaid!


The Ring Bearer

Ring Bearer Job Descriptions

Find a handsome little fellow to take the biggest piece of the ceremony down the aisle. Dimples, dirty hands and crooked smiles for days, tiny boys aren’t to be left out of the big day. But, make sure everyone knows what’s happening before the pillow is taken.

  • Sometimes ring bearers walk down with the flowers girl or they walk down themselves right before or right after the petals are tossed.
  • The ring bearer, traditionally, carries a pillow with the wedding bands attached atop. In actuality, most of the time, the best man already has them stowed away in his pocket for safe-keeping – just in case of any kiddo mishaps.
  • Some say the ring bearer started in Ancient Egypt, where prized jewels were carried on ornate pillows during wedding ceremonies.
  • Just like the little girls, the little boys should wear mini versions of the grooms or groomsmen – and, the bride and groom should offer to pay for his ensemble.
  • Again, include the small dude in your rehearsal and don’t be afraid to use the buddy system if he’s a bit rebellious or shy about walking down the aisle alone.


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From 1950′s glam to modern, posh appeal, polka-dots can wear a lot of different hats. And they’re all vivacious and fun! Let’s take a look inside several of our favorite polka-dot inspired, real-life wedding details and grab some ideas from each one!

Polka Dot Wedding DetailsDelicate and feminine, this is a casually romantic look for a tea time wedding.

Polka Dot Wedding DetailsWe are loving this trendy, hipster cake that has quite a contemporary edge.

Polka Dot Wedding DetailsYouthful and alive, this arrangement is the perfect topping to a summertime reception.

Polka Dot Wedding DetailsSuper fashion-forward and freeing, we love how eclectic and charming this tablescape is!

Polka Dot Wedding DetailsTake a look at this modern, edgy setup!

Polka Dot Wedding DetailsTake a look at this groom’s bow tie! Fun, memorable and totally photo-worthy!

Polka Dot Wedding DetailsThese 50′s infused peep-toes would surely help to transform a bride into a vintage beauty.

Polka Dot Wedding DetailsThen again, wrapping up the empanada favors into polkadot paper is definitely paying attention to the details!

Polka Dot Wedding DetailsThis bouquet has tons of personality, thanks to that simple addition of polka-dot ribbon!

stoke_house_wedding_photographer_20$!600xModern, timeless and sophisticated doesn’t mean it’s not fun too!

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Beautiful, healthy and glowing skin is every bride’s fantasy when it comes to their big day. When it’s your time to walk down the aisle, the last thing you want to worry about are dry spots, red marks or an awful outbreak. That’s why it’s imperative to start a new and healthy skin regimen months out from the celebration. But don’t fret, we’ve got the tips and tricks to help you get started and find out what works for you.

Beautiful Bridal Skin Advice

1. Change your diet.

Stay away from lots of processed foods and dive into fresh fruits. Watermelon and berries do not only help to hydrate your skin but replenish it too. Your skin yearns for water and foods high in water content are ideal. This will knock out any dullness you have quickly and efficiently. Also, drink lots and lots of water. The more hydrated your skin is, the healthier and prettier it will become. And don’t forget your vitamins!

2. Be gentle.

Nix the washcloths, loofahs and face washes with “cleansing beads.” All of these are too abrasive and hurt your skin, especially those with sensitivity. You may think you’re washing away the dullness or dry skin, but in actuality you’re just creating redness and irritation. And, sometimes, too much rough-handling will cause breakage. Not to mention washcloths used over and over again carry bacteria – EW!

Beautiful Bridal Skin Advice

4. Make your own masks.

Blend together some ingredients and create your own face masks to enjoy a couple of times a week. Fresh avocados, strawberries, olive oil and oatmeal are just some of the best ingredients to have on your skin. Not only is this the most fun part of preparing but it leaves out all of the excess chemicals that you’ll be getting from store bought brands.

5. Think about a facial.

We suggest getting a facial, far in advance from the big day. Try one out to see how your skin takes to it and then come back for a second round 1-2 weeks before your date. Never decide to get a facial on the days leading up to your big debut, you don’t want a negative reaction happening too closely to the wedding. But this could be an excellent way to refresh and revive your skin!

Beautiful Bridal Skin Advice

6. Use your salt and sugars.

Find a salt or sugar scrub you enjoy to soften your elbows and to brighten your decolletage, arms and shoulders. This will remove any dead skin and create a smooth, sparkling finish to all of your areas that are highlighted by the wedding gown. Little piece of advice, make sure if you’re set on using salt scrub that you find brands that use “dead sea salt” – those are the best!

7. Moisturize.

Make sure you are moisturizing at least twice a day with a skin-specific moisturizer. Whether you’re oily, dry or a combination, find the one that suits you and continue to use it. Dry skin will not help your blushing, glowing vision when it comes to the pictures of your wedding day. And be sure you’re staying away from fragrant products, this will take out the hydration and cause breakouts.

Beautiful Bridal Skin Advice

8. Stay out of the sun.

Not only is too much sun cancer-causing but it increases your chance for sun spots and early wrinkles. It also dries up your skin, which is the exact opposite of what you’ll be trying to fight against throughout the months leading up to the big day. If you do plan on going out and getting a little color onto your skin, don’t leave home without your sunscreen!

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If one more person answers “Kanye and Kim” we’ll probably kill them. Yes, we all know that the biggest celeb wedding this past weekend was Kim and Kanye. But, believe it or not, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding wasn’t the only star-studded celeb wedding. Two other celebrity couples tied the knot this Memorial Day weekend. So, who was it?

David Caspe & Casey Wilson
Did you know that this fab couple met on the set of Happy Endings? Wilson married the show’s creator at the Ojai Valley Inn in California on Sunday. Many of Wilson’s Happy Endings co-stars attended including Elisha Cuthbert, Eliza Coupe, Adam Pally, Zachary Knighton, Damon Wayans Jr., and guest star Abby Elliott. Wilson wore a stunning Monique Lhuillier wedding dress.

Emily Tuchscherer & Michael Stagliano
Offscreen dating proved much more successful for Stagliano than her two failed TV romance attempts. Michael married his girlfriend of two years in Chicago in front of several Bachelor/Bachelorette alums. According to tweets from wedding planners the bride and groom performed a choreographed dance for guests. “That was the best day of my life,”.

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DIY Bead Crown Style Me Pretty

It’s that time of the week again, where we share our favorites and what inspired us throughout the wedding world – all coming from the past few days. And this roundup is especially nice since it includes not only some stellar real weddings but DIYs too!

Learn how to make this DIY wire & bead crown for your walk down the aisle. It’s beautiful! — Style Me Pretty

Stressing about who to include in your wedding party? Check out a bit of our advice! — Team Wedding

This beautiful wedding used the trees as their big day backdrop. Get inspired with their gorgeous setup. — Wedding Chicks

How does a Brigitte Bardot inspired bridal brunch sound to you? Charming, beautiful and a bit sexy, right? — Ruffled

We were all choked up when we saw this story about Grandmas being flower girls. Take a look at it yourself. Bring a tissue. — Offbeat Bride

Need some hair inspiration? Check out these 20 do’s for spring and summer styles. — Style Me Pretty

Personally, I couldn’t resist all of the perfect, fairy-tale elements of this wedding. And it was doused in jewel stones. — Green Wedding Shoes

A blush bride from her head to her toes. This photoshoot is inspiring and drool-worthy. — Grey Likes Weddings

After you gush over the shoot above, take a peek here to learn how to make a blush gown work. — Once Wed

This modern, posh wedding is absolutely stunning. We’re loving the contemporary styles. — 100 Layer Cake

photo via Style Me Pretty

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We’ve rounded up some gorgeous, bridal-worthy manicures for your enjoyment. Although this choice may have been put on the backburner, it’s still something you need to think about! If your pre-wedding nail appointment is coming up, it’s time to get inspired and decide what finishes off your ensemble just right!

Nail Ideas for the BridePink is always bridal. And we love how the two shades were used in such a fun way here.

Nail Ideas for the BrideDipped them into something a little outside-the-box and, yet, timeless.

Nail Ideas for the BrideHow about something blue as you walk down the aisle?

Nail Ideas for the BrideOr how about a beautiful and bright orange hue for a fall celebration?

Nail Ideas for the BrideJust a hint of sparkle could really make you feel like a bride.

Nail Ideas for the BrideModern and edgy with a bout of black makes this bride stand out.

Nail Ideas for the BrideSometimes natural is the best way to go.

Nail Ideas for the BrideYou can always go with white and be a quintessential bride from your hands to your toes.

Nail Ideas for the BrideJewel tones could be exactly what you need to revive your winter wedding.

Nail Ideas for BridesTake neutral to a whole new level with a bit of ombre!

photos via Style Me Pretty & Pinterest

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wedding guest dress


Black tie, black tie optional, causal…what to wear to a wedding can get confusing fast, so remember to read the fine print on the invitation concerning what on earth you should don for your friend’s special day. If you are still having issues, allow us to break it down for you:

White Tie

“This is the “ultimate in formality,” says Jennie Ma, fashion editor at “Basically, you’re going to have wear a floor-length gown, you’re going to have to get dressed up. Just whip out the nicest dress you have.”

Black Tie

Black tie means just that–tuxedos for men, long dresses for women. However, “If you are going to wear a knee-length gown, make sure that it’s in a dark color, that it looks really fancy and formal, or it’s done up in a rich fabric so you have that formality still attached to it,” says Ma.

Black Tie Requested/Preferred

Don’t worry, this isn’t as complicated as you might think! When this description appears on your invite, it’s always good to “err on the side of caution.” Carmen Ordonez, resident arbiter of fashion at David’s Bridal, notes, “Guests are expected to attend in full formal attire.”

Black Tie Optional

While this wording does give you a choice, it generally still alludes to formal attire. Men can get away with dark suits, while women can opt for evening gowns or cocktail dresses. Ordonez says she suggests that women “wear what you would wear at a black-tie affair — but not necessarily red-carpet, couture material.”

“If you have a floor-length gown then go for it, or if you don’t, just wear something that’s on the fancy side,” adds Ma.

Beach Weddings

Sundresses and flip flops? Don’t let the sand and surf fool you, as it’s still important to dress to impress. Ordonez suggests women wear “delicate sundress” or a “chiffon gown that’s lightweight and can be paired with a solid pop of bright color or a feminine, floral print.” As for footwear, pretty flats or sandals with lovely embellishments are ideal.

Cocktail Attire

Rules are a bit more relaxed here–think little black dresses for women and suits and ties for men.

Ties Versus Bow Ties?

A regular suit and tie absolutely works for men going to “black tie optional” weddings. For black tie and black tie requested weddings, bow ties are much more appropriate. Ordonez suggests a bow tie with a “pop of color” for daytime weddings.

No Attire Mentioned

If nothing about attire is mentioned on the invite, it’s totally okay to ask the bride or groom about it, or some of their close friends. The bottom line? It’s always better to show up overdressed than underdressed.

Wedding No-No’s

“Don’t wear white unless directed,” said Elizabeth Graves, editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Weddings. “This is an unspoken rule. But a woman can certainly wear black.” It’s also a good idea to eschew anything in the off-white or tan family, as more and more brides opt for such hues.

Timing, Timing, Timing

Ordonez and Ma suggest wedding guests consider the season and time of day the wedding is occurring when choosing attire. For example, lighter and brighter colors always work for summer weddings, while dark and jewel tones are appropriate for evening weddings.

Need Ideas?

What celebs wear on the red carpet is always helpful in terms of ideas, and you can almost always find lookalike options for much cheaper prices.

Enjoy getting dressed up for the wedding of family and friends–after all, it’s like a prom for adults!




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Congratulations! You’re getting married! Right now, you’re planning for one of the biggest days of your life. It’s going to be an unforgettable celebration that you’ll get to share with your closest family and friends, and it’s a day you’ll always cherish. Of course, planning a wedding can certainly be stressful. There are a lot of details to manage and a lot of hard decisions that have to be made. Perhaps none is more difficult than the decision of whom to include (and exclude) in your wedding party.



When it comes to choosing your bridesmaids and groomsmen, you’ll probably have a lot of people you want to include — siblings, friends, cousins, you name it. But the fact is that you can’t include everybody. You’re going to have to make some tough cuts. The general rule of thumb is to have one groomsman and corresponding bridesmaid for every 50 guests. So for example, if you invited 250 people to your wedding, five groomsmen and five bridesmaids would be a good size for your wedding party.

With that in mind, here are some tips that can help you decide who should be in your bridal party:

Choose your maid of honor & best man responsibly

The maid of honor and best man are the two most coveted positions in the wedding party. In general, blood is thicker than water. So, ladies, if you’re trying to decide between a dear sister and a close friend, you should probably choose your sister. Guys, a brother or even your father could be a good choice. Of course, picking a best friend is quite acceptable for both positions, but remember, there’s a lot of responsibility for each of these attendants, so you need to choose someone who is reliable, organized, and that you can depend on to carry out their duties.

Don’t worry about family and friend politics

When choosing your wedding party, it can become very easy to get trapped into choosing people out of obligation. You don’t have to ask someone to be in your wedding party just because you were a member of their wedding party. And you don’t have to include some family member just because your mom is worried about family politics. As Rachel Hollis, founder of Chic Events says, “I think the key is to choose a bridal party based on who you’re closest to, not on who you feel etiquette requires you to ask.”

Don’t add stress to someone’s life

There are many responsibilities that come with being in a wedding party, especially for bridesmaids. It’s important to keep that in mind when making your selections. Is it really wise to ask your pregnant friend who is due around the time of your wedding to be a bridesmaid? Maybe not; she has a lot going on right now. As Liz Coopersmith of Silver Charm Events put it, “Don’t ask the person you’re not sure can swing it, whether they’re pregnant, taking the bar around the time of your wedding, just went through a bankruptcy/foreclosure, living in Outer Mongolia, whatever the reason. If you think your wedding is going to be a heavy pull for them, don’t add to the pressure, or to your own uncertainty.”

Less is often better

While it’s natural to want to include everyone in your wedding party, the truth is that the more people you include, the more complicated things can get. Getting everyone to agree to a specific bachelor or bachelorette party date, making sure everyone gets their suit or dress ordered, and other tasks can become enormous challenges with large wedding parties.

Find other assignments for those who miss the cut

Inevitably, someone you love isn’t going to make the cut for your wedding party, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be involved. There are many other positions you can give them. For example, you could appoint some to be ushers or to do readings in your ceremony.

Remember, the choice is always yours. This is all about you and your soon-to-be spouse celebrating the biggest moment of your lives. Don’t let these decisions stress you out. There is no right or wrong answer!


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Pink Rose Boutonniere

A miniature version of the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres need attention to details too! From ribbon to lace, just like the ladies’ florals, the men’s need to have the right kinds of prep, planning and outside-the-box thinking. That’s why we’ve decided to devote an entire day, lending a hand to our couples and wedding planners in the midst of making serious choices involving their celebration! Before you go to the florist, make sure you have an idea in mind for the boutonnieres too, from flower to embellishments .. and how to hold them together! Let’s take a look at some ideas on how to wrap those little decor pieces up and display them proudly.

1. Ribbon.

Ribbon Wrapped Boutonnieres

One of the more traditional routes to take, involves a simple ribbon. Always beautiful and timeless in style, a ribbon-wrapped boutonniere is a great choice. You can get ribbon in a variety of different textures and colors, and, if you’re lucky, patterns too. Choose ribbons that match the bridesmaids’ dresses or throw in a pop of color that you were too scared to spread too far around the reception!

2. TwineTwine Wrapped Boutonnieres


If you’re looking for something with a more rustic appeal and masculine style, try going for the twine choice. It has a more casual look but can still be paired with a variety of flowers without looking too out of place. Roses and cotton go quite nicely with this material, although, we advise you to stay away from cala lilies when choosing to wrap your florals in twine.

3. Feathers.

Feather Wrapped Boutonnieres

We love how unique and artistic this choice is. Modern brides and ones with an edgy, eclectic spirit, why not wrap up your man’s boutonniere with a feather? It’s ethereal, it’s romantic and it’s completely outside-the-box in wedding day style. Again, you can get feathers with pure white stems or those with more color like that of a peacock!

4. Lace.

Lace Wrapped Boutonnieres

There’s nothing as quintessentially bridal as lace. And there’s really no where to go wrong by using a beautiful piece to wrap your man’s boutonniere in. Again, you can find lace in a variety of creamy shades and sometimes blush too, and it bodes well with a variety of wedding style themes, from traditional to the newest sensation, shabby chic! We especially love the extra bit of texture a great piece of lace can add to the arrangement.

5. Burlap.

Burlap Wrapped Boutonnieres

For brides seeking a more organic, natural approach to her wedding day style, try going with burlap. It’s not just for rustic or country-inspired designs, instead it can also act as a neutral finish to a nature-focused, outdoor celebration. It’s worn well during the summer, around succulents, gerber daisies and just a bout of gorgeous, voluminous baby’s breath.

all photos via Style Me Pretty

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Nearly every girl, anywhere in the world, dreams of the day that her Prince Charming asks for her hand in marriage. Call it cultural conditioning, romantic expectation or an unnecessary tradition; it doesn’t change the fact that the love of your life will most likely want you to ask for her hand in marriage! It doesn’t matter whether you spend hundreds or thousands on a ring because it’s really about creating a special gesture and a moment in her life that she will remember forever.

If you’re ready to pop to question to your lovely lady, or looking to help out a friend or relative with his own proposal, here are four key ways that you’ll be guaranteed to get it right.

Something Out of the Ordinary

There is nothing worse than a girl finding out that someone else proposed to their girlfriend in exactly the way that you did. She wants you to make her feel like the only girl in the world, but how exactly do you do that you ask? Well, you do something unique and out of the ordinary. This doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant at all, in fact, simple is often more effective. Take her to a place she’s always wanted to go like a beautiful park or garden as nature is very romantic, especially in the summer months. Or do something together that you’ve never done, like sky-diving if you’re into adrenaline adventures!

Keep it Private

Research conducted by AA Cars show that in a survey of 17,000 men, 3% of them have proposed in a car. Might sound a bit boring but a car is actually the perfect private place. Not every girl wants to be stared at and congratulated by a crowd of people if you propose in public so keeping it private is often the best option. You could hire her favourite vintage car and go for a spin to a romantic spot before you get down on one knee. Don’t forget the picnic basket and be ready to pop the champagne (but don’t have much more than a sip or two as you wouldn’t want to collect a rather unromantic drink-drive offence on the way home)!

Be Personal

The crucial factor of a proposal is how personal it is. Any girl would be touched if you can show that you listen to her wants, needs and dreams and care enough about the important aspects of your relationship to incorporate them into your proposal. This doesn’t mean you have to customise a gallery with all the memorable pictures and items of your history (well, you can if you want) but just picking a key idea like her favourite kind of flower, colour or place to be would make it meaningful.

Think It Through

Every girl would love and appreciate that you’ve put time, effort, love and thought into your proposal. Many guys rush to ask the question when they’ve found the perfect ring but it’s worth waiting for the right time and think your plan through thoroughly. One idea could be to plan something that takes time to show like planting flowers in the garden to create a special message, this shows that you have patience and perseverance – the key ingredients in a relationship.

At the end of it all, your proposal doesn’t have to be a fifty-person flash mob so don’t over-think the gesture. Do something that fits your relationship and personality. As long as you show her how much you care in a heartfelt way, she’s bound to say ‘yes’. Good luck!

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If you have recently proposed to your significant other, you will no doubt find yourself lost in a haze of confusion, excitement and unmitigated terror. This is because marriage remains one of the most important cornerstones of a civilised society, despite the fact that British couples are spending less in pursuit of their ideal wedding. In many ways, the fact that UK consumers spent an average of £15,494 on their nuptials in 2013 is still something of an achievement, especially given the relatively unstable nature of the economy.


Shopping for a Wedding Ring: 3 Tips for Novice Consumers

The procurement of a wedding ring is arguably the single most important investment in preparation for your marriage, but it is also one of the most difficult to get right. This is especially true if it is your first time buying such a product, so you will need to consider the following before making a final decision: –


1. The Use of Materials

As a starting point, you will need to consider the material that your wedding ring is manufactured from. There is a growing range of options from which you can choose from in 2014, from traditional materials such as gold and platinum to more contemporary examples like white gold. Each of these materials has a different aesthetic and unique price point, so your ultimate choice must reflect both your design preferences and financial budget. If you want to learn more about the type of materials and products available, consider visiting an online resource such as to peruse a comprehensive range.

2. The Design and Style of your Ring

Although the variations may often be subtle, every wedding band boasts its own unique aesthetic and design ethos. Even seemingly plain bands are separated by at least a single feature, whether this is the core material used or the finish applied. It is therefore a good idea to have a predetermined idea of your preferred style before you hit the market, as this enables you to conduct research online and target a select few retailers and independent jewellers. Without this, you may find it hard to pinpoint a desired product in such a large market space.

3. Is there a Need for Matching Wedding Bands?

In the majority of case, an engaged couple are likely to select matching wedding bands to commemorate their nuptials. This creates an issue in the modern age, however, as men are increasingly fashion-conscious and therefore likely to have their own clearly defined tastes and preferences. So unless you select a decidedly plain pair of matching wedding bands, it can be difficult to find products that meet multiple needs. To negate this issue, discuss design ideas with your partner and apply these to the existing market, before identifying unique products that are unisex in their creation.


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Best Man Responsibilities

Everyone knows that the best man is an important part of the wedding and has three key roles; organising the stag do, keeping the rings on the big day and giving a killer speech. But with so much resting on the best man getting things right, how can you make sure that you make and not break the grooms day? Read on for some top tips on keeping cool and getting things right.

The Stag Do

The number one responsibility a best man has that everyone knows is key to preparing a bachelor for married life is delivering a really good stag do. But where to start when there are so many different options out there? It used to be just going into the local town on a massive pub crawl with a few laddish pranks thrown in for good measure but things aren’t that simple anymore. From activity days such as paint balling and go karting to package weekends away created by specialist companies such as The Stag and Hen Experience the options are seemingly endless.

Before you get overwhelmed with choice, have a really honest thing about what your mate likes to do. If they aren’t a big drinker than a planning a big bender might make some of the other lads happy but it’s not their day. Chose something that is important or really enjoyable to the groom and then you are guaranteed that they will have a good time and create many happy memories of their last night of freedom.

The Speech

Now this is another biggie. Don’t think you can pull this out of the bag the night before; to write a really good best man’s speech it has to be well thought out, honest, funny and moving. No pressure then! Ideally you want to share something with the rest of the room that lets them know what a good chap the groom is and how happy you are for the newly married couple. To get started, read some examples online and jot down some notes before trying to form an ordered speech.

The Rings

Make sure your suit has a suitable pocket to store the rings in and that there is not a hole in the lining; What could be worse than fishing round your suit lining exclaiming they are here somewhere as the bride and groom are waiting at the front of the chapel? Leave enough time before the service to collect the rings from the bride, and don’t forget to tell her how beautiful she looks and how she is going to have a fabulous day.

Job done, now enjoy the moment!

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Urban Wedding Offbeat Bridevia

I’m so excited about this amazing lists of our favorites and best of the week! From incredibly beautiful accessories, to picnic-style inspirations to real brides thinking outside-the-box and making bold decisions, everyone of these links are a “must click!”


Need to grab some inspiration for your wedding day venue? Check out these beautiful, rustic barns! — Team Wedding

Have you decided on your wedding colors yet? Take a look at this bit of inspiration for a beautiful idea! — Style Me Pretty

Fill your wedding with love and adventure. And drool over this dreamy, beautiful wedding. — Wedding Chicks

Add a bit of citrus to your summer celebration. Just take a look at this inspiration photo shoot for some ideas. –Grey Likes Weddings

Are you already nervous about your maid of honor speech? Have no fear, we’ve got the perfect running start already in the making for you. — Team Wedding

For casual brides and couples who love the outdoors, you’ve got to take a look at this adorable picnic spread. –Intimate Weddings

As much as we love vintage weddings, there’s something incredibly fashionable and sexy about super modern style. — Ruffled

You’ve got to sift through these beautiful headpieces by Klaire Van Elton. They’re stunning. — Love My Dress

Bohemian style and a beautiful bride dressed in … well, you’ll have to go see to find out. — Green Wedding Shoes

This eclectic, outside-the-box wedding is an absolute must-see. Check out the bride’s incredible dress! – Offbeat Bride

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