DIY Floral Ampersand

A gorgeous wedding dress and charming DIY, here’s our quick roundup of the best of the wedding world – in our eyes – from the past week!

Cocktails & mocktails for your Valentine’s Day celebration! — Top Wedding Sites

Check out this gorgeous, DIY tutorial on how to create your own floral ampersand! — Style Me Pretty

Here’s some beautiful, bohemian Valentine’s Day wedding inspiration! — Ruffled

This historical, theatre wedding has so much personality and special touches, we had to share. — Green Wedding Shoes

A Spanish palace wedding full of romance and cozy details, take a peek! — Intimate Weddings

Get inspired with this list of the BEST wedding venues in the world. — Junebug Weddings

Grab this free download for a charming Save the Date now! — Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

The only 5 things that need to be on your Save the Dates. — Kiss My Tulle

You’ve got to hop on over and see this new wedding gown from Watters! — Grey Likes Weddings

Valentine’s Day-inspired wedding gowns – from blush to glam! — Top Wedding Sites 

If you’re saying, “I do,” on February 14th then your bridesmaids should pay homage to the date just as much as you do! From pink hues to the most charming party dresses, we’re sharing some of the most perfect Valentine’s Day inspired bridesmaids gowns!

Valentine's Day Bridesmaids GownsRed and gorgeous, it’s obvious why this gown would be a great choice for your ladies to dawn on your V-day wedding day!

Valentine's Day Bridesmaids GownsOffset your own red or pink bridal gown with these sassy party dresses, they’ll sure look great on the dance floor!

Valentine's Day Bridesmaids GownsA beautiful gown for your beautiful bridesmaids, this classic silhouette will fit the bill of your formal and luxurious Valentine’s wedding day.

Valentine's Day Bridesmaids GownsIf you’re looking for a brighter color, look no further than this popping pink for your ladies to dawn.

Valentine's Day Bridesmaids GownsImagine these chic numbers lining your ceremony filled with Valentine’s Day nods and accents.

Valentine's Day Bridesmaids GownsSparkle is closely associated with the holiday of love, so why not have your girls sparkling?

Valentine's Day Bridesmaids GownsFull of fun and full of passion, this red-dipped beauty is the perfect choice for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Valentine's Day Bridesmaids GownsMake a bold statement by choosing this ombre selection for your ladies to wear. What better date to do it on?

Valentine's Day Bridesmaids GownsFull of movement and with a giant floral accent, we believe this gown screams Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Bridesmaids GownsTake a good look at this pretty piece and you’ll see roses all around. It’s definitely worthy of this holiday!

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If you’re having a wedding with a Valentine’s Day theme is mind, you’ve got to spread that style around to the entire wedding party! And that includes the flower girl. Take a peek at these dresses that would fit perfectly right into your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Valentine's Day Flower Girl DressesThe soft pink hue and silver detailed bodice makes for a romantic, delicate and beautifully Valentine’s Day-styled flower girl dress.

Valentine's Day Flower Girl DressesSprinkled with flower petals on the skirt, this dress is a great piece to wear when you’re scattering petals for the bride down the aisle.

Valentine's Day Flower Girl DressesWe are loving this pink beauty and the floral texture that surrounds the bottom hem.

Valentine's Day Flower Girl DressesThis bohemian, whimsical beauty sure fits into a romantic and ethereal Valentine’s Day theme.

Valentine's Day Flower Girl DressesIf you’re having a fairy-tale wedding on the official day of love, then take a second look at this Victorian number.

Valentine's Day Flower Girl DressesA high-low hemline will surely give off a princess vibe, and if the bride’s a princess on her wedding day, the flower girl may want to embrace that too!

Valentine's Day Flower Girl DressesA red sash and under-layer makes this lace dress a great fit for a Valentine theme.

Valentine's Day Flower Girl DressesChic and gorgeous, look at this beautiful, blushing hemline and see how it fits right into a February 14th celebration.

Valentine's Day Flower Girl DressesDo we really have to explain why this adorable design was made to be worn on Valentine’s Day?

Valentine's Day Flower Girl Dresses

This chic and clean dress is a great way to dress your little one is style while still be able to accessorize to your vision.

 

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Valentine’s Day is full of blushing pinks, sexy reds, textural princess style and swirling bouts of romance and glam. And that’s just what these wedding gowns all have in common. Let’s take a look at some dresses inspired by the day when you’re supposed to say, “I love you.”

Valentine's Day Wedding GownsA some pink, an elegant silhouette and a bit of Grace Kelley sewn right in, this whimsical gown will surely pay homage to the day devoted to love.

Valentine's Day is full of blushing pinks, sexy reds, texture princess style and swirling bouts of romance and glam. And that's just what these wedding gowns all have in common. Let's take a look at some dresses inspired by the day when you're supposed to say, "I love you." Pink hues round our this gorgeous tulle skirt and beaded bodice, fit for a princess bride!

Valentine's Day is full of blushing pinks, sexy reds, texture princess style and swirling bouts of romance and glam. And that's just what these wedding gowns all have in common. Let's take a look at some dresses inspired by the day when you're supposed to say, "I love you." Sexy and hypnotic, we love how this piece pays homage to all of those roses you’ll be receiving on February 14th.

Valentine's Day Inspired Wedding gownsThis gown is soft, delicate, flattering and would look amazing with some cherry red accents, don’t you think?

Valentine's Day Inspired Wedding gownsGo bold with this bridal beauty. The red print and the sexy silhouette definitely gives a nod to Valentine’s Day style.

Valentine's Day Inspired Wedding gownsSparkle down the aisle in this glamorous gown, topped with a sweetheart neckline and daring, slender shape.

Valentine's Day Inspired Wedding gownsA peachy punch makes this textural gown an absolute stunner in the wedding world.

Valentine's Day Inspired Wedding gownsAnother blushing beauty we had to feature, the soft pink makes this mermaid gown pop!

Valentine's Day Inspired Wedding gownsShow off your shape and your accessorizing talent with this pure and clean wedding gown. Notice the feathers on the skirt giving a bit of interesting texture and romantic appeal.

Valentine's Day Inspired Wedding gownsOne of the most romantic and ethereal of the bunch, this gown looks as if it was made to be seen on Valentine’s Day.

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With a Valentine’s Day wedding, you’ve got to get into the spirit of the festivity! From the color scheme to the favors for the guests, you’ve got to get creative and infuse the flavor and style of the day into your celebration. And with these signature cocktails and mocktails your guests will enjoy every bit of the holiday!

Cranberry-Citrus Mocktail w/ Mint

Valentine's Day Signature DrinksOf course you can jazz this up to make an easy cocktail, but we love how you can take these fun flavors and make them available for everyone to enjoy. And the color is perfection, don’t you think?

Heart-y Mix

Valentine's Day Signature DrinksIsn’t this cocktail beautiful? Your guests will swoon when their drinks land in their hands with a heart accent right atop! And to give you a hint at the flavor, lemon juice, an egg white and some gin are just three of the ingredients!

Cran-Raspberry Spritzer

Valentine's Day Signature DrinksGive your guests something “pretty in pink,” just like the recipe suggests! This is a great treat for non-drinkers, kids and the happy couple to sip all throughout the entire celebration.

Red Lemon

Valentine's Day Signature DrinksThis sexy cocktail is perfect for a late night celebration on the dance floor. Do you want to know what the secret ingredient is? Tequila!

Love Potion

Valentine's Day Signature DrinksVanilla vodka and raspberry syrup give this frothy beauty a life of its own. It’ll blend right into the day’s events and be a surprising taste for all your guests to try.

Raspberry Rose Fizz

Valentine's Day Signature DrinksRose-infused cocktails are always a wonderful addition and surprise for your guests. And it’s especially nice if you’re looking for something light, feminine and Valentine’s Day inspired!

Grapefruit & Pomegranate Soda

Valentine's Day Signature DrinksGive your non-alcoholic drinkers a zesty and spriteful taste with this delicious mocktail. Grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, sparkling mineral water and a few dashes of bitters make this mix work its magic.

Mini Red Velvet Milkshake

Valentine's Day Signature DrinksEveryone will be talking about your signature drink of the day when it involved dessert too! Besides, are these red velvet cuties not the most charming-looking treats?

Classic Shirley Temple

Valentine's Day Signature DrinksA classic Shirley Temple is the perfect sip to set the mood of February 14th, give the kiddos something fun to drink and a refreshing taste for guests that don’t dive into alcohol. You’ve got to have options!

Blood Orange Rosemary Spritzer

Valentine's Day Signature DrinksFor a more sophisticated, grown-up taste .. without the alcohol, take a peek at this recipe! It’s a classy take on the day’s events and stylish enough to fit in too.

Bronte Inspired Real Wedding

There are some great lists of inspiration on today’s roundup! Take a look at our favorites from this past week’s wedding world and grab some ideas!

 

A peek at 10 versatile and complimentary bridesmaids gowns – you can’t go wrong with any choice! — Top Wedding Sites

The wedding is a must-see, but so is the gorgeous pink wedding gown! — Ruffled

Take a look at this beautiful, springtime wedding inspiration with just the right amount of casual, relaxed style. — Green Wedding Shoes

Here are some of the best and most beautiful flower crowns for brides! — Rock’N’Roll Bride

18 wedding day bridal shoes to get your wheels turning for your day of ensemble. — Knots Villa

15 things to make sure you get done the week of your wedding! Don’t forget! — Top Wedding Sites

Some more great examples of destination wedding gowns that will WOW! — One Wed

This wedding was inspired by Bronte novels and romantic gestures, you’ve got to peruse the photos! — Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Dress your leading ladies with an art deco-inspired style and grab inspiration here! — Artfully Wed

Check out these 10 fabulous wedding cake ideas for the new year! — Top Wedding Sites

Use your February 14th  wedding to express your love for love and your other half! But also use it to express your personal style, like with these unique and festive bouquets and floral arrangements.

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersA bit dramatic and bold with all the sexiness Valentine’s Day has to offer, this bouquet is a knockout.

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersQuaint and modern, these little arrangement are the perfect addition to a more contemporary night.

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersLush and full and still very much a winter bouquet, the red roses don’t get lost or overwhelm in the design.

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersPink, gorgeous and a very simply beautiful, it’s perfect for those with a more subdued taste.

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersYou’ll still be saying hello to Valentine’s Day with this bouquet, but with a lot more interest and artistic design.

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersLight pink dahlias will blow in the wind and around the reception with such a delicate and dainty style.

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersHere’s another bold and beautiful bouquet, that still fits within a Valentine’s Day theme!

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersWe are loving the texture and interest that’s bound up in this unique bouquet, don’t you?

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersOn the family-style tables or by the cake, these voluminous and rich beauties are perfect for a wedding day with vibrant style.

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersWe are loving the wild-flower effect of this arrangement and it’s lush, natural styling.

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersThere’s something about these blood red and cranberry shades that create a very romantic and sensual atmosphere.

Valentine's Day Wedding Bouquets and FlowersBeautiful, delicate, textural and with all the most gorgeous shades of the holiday thrown in.

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An entire day devoted to the one you love and you get to say, “I do,” on the very date! February 14th is the perfect day to walk down the aisle, make it look like it too. Take a peek at all of these wonderful reception decor and table ideas that fit in with a Valentine’s Day theme – without being overly kitschy or predictable.

Valentine's Day Wedding ReceptionsA creamy blush foundation finished off with cranberry hues and warmer pinks, it’s the perfect February tablescape.

Valentine's Day Wedding ReceptionsFor a sexier and more evening style, add a bit of plum into the mix to make your pinks pop.

Valentine's Day Wedding ReceptionsMix the formality of a classic, cherry red with the traditional, rustic nature of the outdoors.

Valentine's Day Wedding ReceptionsIf you’re looking into an evening wedding full of great music and delicious food, start with a classic black and white foundation and finish with a Valentine’s Day red.

Valentine's Day Wedding ReceptionsCreams, blushes and metallic golds can easily set the scene for your holiday wedding, especially with its fun and youthful vibe.

Valentine's Day Wedding ReceptionsYou can always stay within the confines of the holiday without going for the obvious, like with this deep fuchsia choice.

Valentine's Day Wedding ReceptionsIf you’re looking for something more rustic, start with the basics of organic textures and greens. Then add your Valentine flavor in between.

Valentine's Day Wedding ReceptionsWe love this charming little floral arrangement for the tables. And the entire, laid-back design is great for an afternoon affair or brunch reception.

Valentine's Day Wedding ReceptionsSet in white and complimented by a sherbet shade of pink, this delicate design is gorgeous and eye-popping.

Valentine's Day Wedding ReceptionsYou could also go with a more peachy and coral vibe without straying away from the festivity of the day!

 

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13 awesome wedding songs

Need a few fresh ideas for your wedding playlist? Check out some of the hottest wedding songs of 2014 and enjoy creating a romantic soundtrack for your big day:

1) ‘All of Me,’ John Legend

A song written for the crooner’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, you’ll love lyrics such as “‘Cause all of me/Loves all of you/Love your curves and all your edges/All your perfect imperfections/Give your all to me/I’ll give my all to you.”

2) ‘Safe and Sound,’ Capital Cities

One of the more unusual romantic songs of late, ‘Safe and Sound’ lyrics include “You could be my luck/Even if the sky is falling down/I know that we’ll be safe and sound.”

3) ‘XO,’ Beyoncé

“Your face is all that I see/ I’ll give you everything,” Beyoncé sings on this romantic track.

4) ‘Treasure,’ Bruno Mars

Let your significant other know how much you treasure him or her with this upbeat tune from Mars!

5) ‘What Makes You Beautiful,’ One Direction

Never lost your love for boy bands? ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ is a peppy tune guaranteed to fill the dance floor.

6) ‘Birthday,’ Katy Perry

With lyrics such as “I’ll be your gift,” and “I know you like it sweet/So you can have your cake/Give you something good to celebrate,” the pop princess’s hit is a great addition to any wedding playlist.

7) ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love,’ Elvis Presley

This classic song is frequently seen on 2014 wedding playlists, and it’s no surprise why! Who doesn’t love lyrics such as “I can’t help falling in love with you”?

8) ‘I’m Yours,’ Jason Mraz

A song all about surrender and devotion, Mraz’s voice is no doubt heard at many weddings.

9) ‘Happy,’ Pharrell Williams

It’s basically impossible NOT to dance when you hear this tune, making it a welcome addition to your wedding song list.

10) ‘Same Love,’ Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Gay or straight, all love is the same–that’s the theme of this wonderful song about a connection that “keeps me warm.”

11) ‘Mirrors,’ Justin Timberlake

“It’s like you’re my mirror/My mirror staring back at me,” Timberlake sings in what is no doubt an ode to wife Jessica Biel.

12) ‘Best Day of My Life,’ American Authors

“This is the best day of my life,” are fitting lyrics for a wedding, yes?

13) ‘The Man,’ Aloe Blacc

A great song for the groom and his guys, enjoy watching them belt out lyrics such as ““Go ahead and tell everybody/ I’m the man, I’m the man, I’m the man.”

Have fun creating your own ultimate playlist!

2015 wedding dresses

Every girl dreams of a fairy tale wedding in which she is escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father, wearing the most beautiful gown imaginable. Although styles change from year to year, from generation to generation, she wants to be the most beautiful bride ever.

If you are on a limited budget, you may worry that you will not be able to afford that dress you always dreamed of. Perhaps you might need to make a few alterations to the dress you actually get to wear and the one you have been envisioning, but there is no reason why you can’t save money on your wedding dress without sacrificing style.

Something Old, Something New…

One of the most well loved wedding traditions is when the bride chooses to wear her mother or grandmother’s wedding gown at her own wedding. Not only can this save a lot of money but it can also warm the hearts of those who remember that wedding long ago.

Of course you may be a bit taller or a bit shorter than your mum, but a good seamstress can make the alterations needed in order to get a perfect fit. At the same time, he or she can make a few subtle changes in order to update the gown to current styles.

In the end, it can be much cheaper to employ a seamstress or tailor than it would have been to pay for a gown that could very well cost as much as £1,000 or more. According to Brides Magazine, the average cost of a wedding dress in 2014 was £1,340, which is a pretty hefty figure when combined with all the other costs involved.

Gowns for Hire

Whilst some ladies want to keep their wedding dress forever and ever, others aren’t all that sentimental and don’t really care if they keep their wedding dress or not. There are a number of shops that have gowns for hire that are in keeping with all the latest styles. These shops most often have a seamstress available to do a fitting to make sure the dress fits as it is supposed to do.

However, your choices in wedding dresses for hire are not limited to traditional wedding attire. It is currently fashionable for the bridal party to wear period costumes so that hiring them can greatly reduce the cost to the bride and groom as well as for the entire wedding party if they are to buy their own attire.

So then, whether you choose to arrive as an Edwardian bride or in the latest of wedding fashions, you don’t need to sacrifice style when choosing the perfect dress for your wedding. Take a bit of extra time to do some research online as well as brainstorming with close friends and family. UK wedding savings are easy to find once you have a plan to follow. It’s your day, so go as you want and save money at the same time.

Month by Month Wedding Planning Checklist

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Once the excitement from getting engaged simmers down a bit, it’s time to start planning the wedding! A solid wedding checklist is a godsend in such situations, so check out the following list and keep it with you as you plan your big day!

12 Months Prior

  • Announce your engagement to friends and family and plan your engagement party
  • Plan an announcement for your local paper
  • Devise a budget
  • Hire a wedding planner or purchase wedding planning software if desired
  • Choose a wedding date–have a few dates in mind in case your chosen venue is booked on your first choice
  • Choose a location and reserve your ceremony/reception sites
  • Start on the guest list and compile addresses
  • Decide on a bridal party, including Maid of Honor and Best Man
  • Start shopping for your wedding gown
  • Attend a local bridal show for inspiration. Bring a pen and paper!
  • Purchase a wedding organizer or wedding calendar to help you keep track of fittings and other important dates

Six to Nine Months Prior

  • Research and choose multiple bridal registries
  • Order your wedding gown and purchase the undergarments you’re going to wear with it–bring these to your fittings
  • Order bridal accessories, such as shoes, veil and gloves
  • Start shopping for bridesmaid dresses
  • Find an officiant
  • Research local vendors and book musicians, wedding band or DJ, florist, caterer, photographer and videographer

Four to Six Months Prior

  •  Select and order your wedding invites, invitation envelopes and thank-you cards
  • Hire a calligrapher if desired
  • Select and purchase wedding favors and wedding favor accessories
  • Purchase ceremony and reception accessories you need, such as a unity candle, aisle runner, vases, etc.
  • Start researching wedding cake ideas and local bakeries
  • Book your honeymoon and verify what travel documents you need
  • Book a room for your wedding night
  • Book hotel rooms/other accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Finalize the guest list and send save-the-date cards
  • Print directions to rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception and hotel for guests
  • Make a list of area information and attractions for out-of-town guests
  • Reserve transportation for you and your wedding party as well as bus or trolley if needed

Two to Four Months Prior

  • Find out your state’s marriage license requirements and get blood tests if necessary
  • Order tuxedos for the groom and groomsmen
  • Meet with the caterer to discuss menu options and bar/liquor needs
  • Meet with your officiant to discuss vows and other ceremony wording/details
  • Order your wedding cake
  • Choose wedding readings
  • Buy thank-you gifts for attendants, ring bearer and flower girl
  • Purchase a gift for your groom
  • Select and purchase wedding rings
  • Choose a rehearsal dinner location
  • Contact party rental companies regarding tents, arches, tables, etc.
  • Book other specialty services if applicable–photo booth, ice sculptures, etc.
  • Purchase luggage and other honeymoon travel necessities
  • Order/renew passports if applicable
  • Schedule a dentist appointment if you want your teeth cleaned/whitened

One to Two Months Prior

  •  Mail invitations at least eight weeks before wedding date
  • Complete name-change documents if applicable
  • Fill out change of address form, if applicable
  • Print ceremony programs
  • Purchase a guest book, pen, other wedding accessories such as toasting glasses, ring pillow, cake knife
  • Keep your wedding website updated with details and directions
  • Choose hair and makeup stylists and schedule trials; book wedding day hair and makeup appointments
  • Review insurance information with your groom to find out what requires updating once you’re legally wed

Two Weeks to One Month Prior

  • Create a seating chart for the reception, make table numbers and place cards
  • Contact your caterer with the final guest count
  • Print out an event timeline for your wedding party and vendors, and include all contact info
  • Meet with your photographer to finalize your wedding shot list
  • Contact your florist to confirm the final order
  • Finalize ceremony and reception music with your wedding band/DJ
  • Confirm lodging for out-of-town guests
  • Plan a wedding announcement in your local paper
  • Plan a bridal luncheon or dinner with the bridesmaids
  • Pick up wedding bands and ensure the fit
  • Schedule a final dress fitting
  • Apply for your marriage license
  • Write rehearsal dinner toasts

One Week Prior

  • Write out final checks to wedding vendors, place them in envelopes and have your wedding coordinator distribute them at the wedding
  • Pick up your wedding gown and marriage license
  • Confirm the limo or other travel arrangements
  • Have your post office hold your mail, if necessary
  • Treat yourself to a spa day!

The Day Before

  • Welcome out-of-town guests
  • Go for a walk or take a yoga class
  • Schedule a hair appointment before the rehearsal dinner
  • Attend and enjoy the rehearsal!

The Big Day

  • Wake up early and perform some easy exercises or go for a walk
  • Set aside time to present bridal party/family with gifts
  • Eat a big, healthy breakfast
  • Enjoy this magical, special, wonderful day!

 

wedding brain

With so much going on before a wedding, it’s easy to let one, two or six things slip through the proverbial cracks. Rather than succumbing to “wedding brain,” check out 10 things you might forget to do….and remember to do them! Use the following as a checklist to ensure everything goes off without a hitch (pun intended):

1) Bring Your Marriage License

Kinda important in terms of making things official, yes?? Check with the jurisdiction where your wedding is happening and make note of deadlines and anything else you have to do, such as take a blood test. For best results, compile the necessary documents early on so you have everything you need and aren’t scrambling when it comes time to get the license.

2) Feed the Vendors

The vendors need to eat, too!  After all, they are working hard to ensure your day is flawless, and all that work will make tummies rumble! Provide your caterer with the number of vendor meals needed; most caterers offer such meals for half price, so don’t forget anyone, whether it be the DJ, photographer, videographer…you get the idea.

3) Order Favors

Favors aren’t required, but they do provide a nice touch and a thank-you to those attending your wedding. Try making a bulk order two months in advance and personalizing them as desired.

4) Remember the Guestbook…and Pens

Guestbooks are always nice at weddings, as you can look through them once the craziness is over and enjoy reading everyone’s well wishes. You might consider purchasing a book that has to do with your wedding location and have everyone write in it throughout the night. And don’t forget the pens!

5) Photograph the Invitation Suite

Want a shot or two of your invitation suite? Add it to your list of wedding pictures and talk about it with the photographer. You’ll be glad you did!

6) Obtain Toasting Flutes and a Cake Knife

If you receive these as bridal shower gifts, great, if not, remember to buy or otherwise order them. You may also want to use the ones your parents did, but whatever you decide, make sure you bring them on your wedding day!

7) Pack the Chargers

Make certain you have the right chargers, whether using a DJ, band, or your own iPod. You don’t want the music to stop because a battery died! Additionally, charge your phone overnight so it’s ready to go for your honeymoon.

8) Pack the Passport and Identification, Too

Ensure your passport is up-to-date if honeymooning outside of the U.S., and don’t forget your driver’s license or other viable form of ID. Airport security will not let you on a plane with expired identification!

9) Write Thank-You Notes

After the wedding, you’ll need to write more than a few thank-you notes. Send them out no later than two months after the wedding…spend 15 minutes per day on them so you don’t feel overwhelmed!

10) Create Online Reviews

Show those who made your wedding a success some love! Write glowing reviews of how much you loved their services on Yelp and similar sites. Your vendors will love it!

You don’t hold it for long, so that’s why it has to be super special.

For the modern bride, the bouquet is not an afterthought, rather a reflection of her style, an extension of her gown and the focal point as she moves down the aisle. In 2014, we saw brides gravitate toward free-flowing, organic blooms, mixing textures, colors and materials. The “look” that was all the rage reminisced going to the garden and nonchalantly snipping a few fresh stems (right!). And we didn’t just see your go-to wedding blooms last year. We saw brides becoming fearless when it comes to flowers, incorporating broaches, succulents, ribbons, greenery and more.

Here are some of our favorite bouquets from 2014:

1. BLUSHING BRIDE: By far the most popular look of the year, brides paired soft mints and sages with peaches, pinks and blushes for nosegays that were dainty, flirty and oh-so-feminine. What could be a better complement to the blushing bride?

Bouquet: Peony + Rose + Lamb's Ear | Photography: Kelly Kollar

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2. BABY’S BREATH IS BREATHTAKING: Say it with us now: ‘filler flower no more!’ Baby’s breath may have been the trendiest flower of 2014, as brides clutched full spheres of the flower vs. interspersed sprigs. Light-as-air, these little clouds kill us with their charm and almost look like lace — simply gorgeous.

Baby's Breath with large leaf surround | Bridesmaid's Bouquets | See more of this wedding on Style Me Pretty here: http://www.StyleMePretty.com/2014/03/05/romantic-wedding-at-san-ysidro-ranch Photography: Elizabeth Messina | Floral Design: Camilla Svensson Burns

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3. SUCKERS FOR SUCCULENTS: Brides swooned for succulents in 2014, incorporating them into their bouquets for added interest, texture and color. Succulents aren’t your typical leafy greenery — they are playful and earthy, the perfect foil to delicate roses and peonies. Talk about a beautifully balanced bouquet!

#scabiosa-pod  Photography: Amanda McKinnon Photography - www.amandamckinnon.com  Read More: http://www.stylemepretty.com/little-black-book-blog/2014/09/12/rustic-glam-nipomo-wedding/

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4.CASCADE COMEBACK: While we love a mini Kate Middleton-inspired bouquet, in 2014, we saw several brides go BIG and carry cascading bouquets. Rest assured we’re not talking about 80s-inspired waterfalls of lillies; rather, whimsy at it’s finest — sprays of garden roses, ferns, wheat and ivy — nature bundled at brides’ fingertips. What’s even better than these bouquets on their own? Pairing them with matching halo wreaths (another huge trend of 2014).

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5. GAGA FOR GREENERY: No longer an accent or a background for blooms, greenery stood on its on two feet in 2014, and we loved it. Brides gathered olive branches, herbs, hydrangea leaves and other flora together for lush, foresty bouquets. Ethereal and earthy — can’t beat that.

Organic inspired #bouquet | Photography: Bethany Small Photography - bethanysmallphotography.com  Read More: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/04/28/handmade-rustic-barn-wedding/

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Cake Inspiration for 2015

Need some cake inspiration for your upcoming nuptials? Check out a few very-awesome ideas!

1) Amaretto Cream Wedding Cake

If you like the idea of hard liquor in your wedding cake, one made with Amaretto may be exactly what you want! Created with Amaretto batter, buttercream frosting and apricot glaze, try a cake inspired by “fine China” that includes frosting and fondant shaped to look like ribbons and bows. Delicious.

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2) Tiered Poppy Seed Wedding Cake

Ideal for at-home or otherwise small weddings, try stacking two layers for serving up to 25 guests! Use an upside-down candy dish to support said layers, and go for poppy seeds…or not!

3) Dogwood Blossom Wedding Cake

A cake made with white satin frosting and smooth blackberry filling, this cake also includes white fondant dogwood blossoms. An elegant option for a springtime reception, this cake is best made with pre-purchased white-rolled fondant. It’ll save you a lot of time!

4) Pansy Wedding Cake

If you love, love, love peaches, a pansy wedding cake is just what the wedding planner ordered. Think peach filling, yellow cake, American cream cheese frosting, and crystalized pansies. Use orange, yellow and white pansies, or whatever combination you like that goes with your wedding theme.

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5) Chocolate Velvet Groom’s Cake

While groom’s cakes aren’t always served at weddings, having an alternative to the bride’s cake is a nice touch. A chocolate cake with nut-tastic pecan filling is sure to wow guests.

6) Bridesmaids Baby Cakes

Small cakes personalized with each bridesmaid’s initials, this option is best with white-on-white frosting for formal weddings, or monochromatic hues. Contrasting colors are ideal for more casual affairs.

7) Peaches and Cream Wedding Cake

Add lovely fondant peach blossoms to a white cake for a beautiful look. If making this cake ahead of time, chill it for up to two days, or freeze it for up to two months.

8) Small Tiered Cluster Cakes

Think tiny, tiered treats with 3-inch rounded bases for an elegant, intimate engagement party, dinner or tea. Try cutting a baked layer cake into three graduated circles with cutters, then stack them on a wire rack and coat them with poured fondant. Beautiful.

9) Garden Bridal Cake

A stunning option for smaller, less-formal ceremonies, add a gorgeous bouquet of fresh flowers and blue or yellow ribbon for a delightfully-summery display.

10) Blue Rose Wedding Cake

Love the blue rose look? Add these specially-dyed flowers to a white cake for one amazing visual!

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What are your wedding cake ideas?

Choose a bridesmaids gown that will fit every one of your ladies with ease and style. From formal receptions to casual celebrations, there’s something for everyone in our compilation of favorites.  Take a peek at this list of versatile and complimentary bridesmaids gowns and grab some ideas!

Versatile Bridesmaids GownsA crumb-catcher top works for a variety of bust sizes and, of course, an A-line gown works with a variety of body shapes!

Versatile Bridesmaids GownsWhimsy and gorgeous, every one of your bridesmaids would love to celebrate your big day in this beautiful design.

Versatile Bridesmaids GownsA floral print will hide and disguise any insecurities your ladies may have while still allowing them to feel wedding-worthy and special.

Versatile Bridesmaids GownsCinch in your girls’ waists and allow them to dance at the reception with a skirt that moves and flows.

Versatile Bridesmaids GownsThis gown has a more Grecian vibe but a silhouette that will work with an array of sizes, shapes and problem areas.

Versatile Bridesmaids GownsNot every bridesmaids gown has to have every leg, shoulder and back baring. Instead, class up the bridal party with a gown that is all style and all sophistication.

Versatile Bridesmaids GownsA beautiful gown in a beautiful shade, this silhouette will also hide and disguise any problem areas for your ladies.

Versatile Bridesmaids GownsThis A-line gown has a romantic essence and formal presence that will work for a lot of women and a lot of different weddings.

Versatile Bridesmaids GownsThe rouching right under the bust will hide tummies and make every woman feel comfortable as they stand beside you at the altar.

Versatile Bridesmaids GownsBridesmaids gowns don’t have to be super short and uncomfortable. You can go with a tea-length choice and have all your bridesmaids feeling vibrant and secure.

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15 Things To Do Your Wedding Week

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The week before a wedding is usually pretty darn crazy, and it can be easy to forget one (or 10) tasks that still need finishing. Rather than freaking out as you get closer and closer to the big day, check out 15 things to do the week before your wedding. Breathe easy, friends!

1) Confirm

Confirm your wedding day beauty appointments, and don’t forget about your manicure and pedicure. For the mani/pedi, wait as long as you possibly can–one or two days before, and ensure you have the right polish hue for any touch-ups.

2) Get a Haircut (Groom)

The groom should get a haircut (if desired) about a week before the wedding. More than a week, it will look shaggy, less than a week, it will look all “I’m in 6th grade!!”

3) Pick Up the Dress/Tuxes

Pick up your dress, and make certain your groom gets his tux/suit/whatever. Do one last fitting before you leave the store with your dress.

4) Practice in Your Wedding Shoes

Practice walking and dancing in your wedding shoes!

5) Call Guests Who Missed the Deadline

Have guests who missed the RSVP deadline? Give them a ring to confirm whether or not they’re coming. You need a final headcount for your caterer and venue, after all!

6) Discuss the Wedding Day Schedule

Discuss the wedding day timeline with those assigned certain tasks, such as parents, bridal party, wedding planner, etc. A document featuring all call times is something to make copies of and hand out.

7) Make Final Payments

Place final payments and cash tips in marked envelopes for each vendor, and give them to a trusted friend or family member to hand out on the wedding day. Ask this person to greet each vendor and field questions.

8) Call and Reconfirm Vendor Services

Contact each vendor to reconfirm every little detail, including date, location and time. Ensure all vendors have the contact information of their designated point person for the day of, and check that your DJ has the song list, your photographer the shot list, and that the venue knows each vendor coming to set up.

9) Create a Seating Chart

Create a seating chart for the reception and share the final version with your caterer, reception host and hostess, venue manager, and wedding coordinator.

10) Make Escort Cards

Assuming you didn’t order them, it’s time to make the escort cards. You can always ask for help if needed.

11) Provide Drivers With Information

Provide drivers with a schedule and list of names, addresses and phone numbers for pick-up and drop-off.

12) Shop For the Honeymoon

Shop and pack for your honeymoon, including bikinis, sunblock and sun dresses.

13) Write Speeches

Write your vows, toasts or any other speeches planned for the big day.

14) Make an Emergency Kit

Make a wedding day emergency kit that includes fashion tape, band-aids, mints, safety pins, and a needle and thread that matches your dress.

15) Pack a Wedding Night Bag

Pack a bag for your wedding night, and have someone deliver it to your honeymoon suite.

 

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From scrumptious summer cakes to a bridal shower full of charm and elegance, we’ve got the scoop of what’s been happening in the wedding world! Take a look at our favorites!

 

A simple guide to choosing a wedding gown – take a peek! — Top Wedding Sites

This romantic wedding set in Australian – in a library no less – will knock your socks off! — Ruffled

You’ll find some incredible bridal gown inspiration from Paris spring, couture week here! — SMP

This tea party bridal shower is just too cute not to showcase. — DIY Bride

A gray and jade mixed wedding is relaxed, beautiful and quite whimisical, hop over to have a look! — The Perfect Palette

Here’s a vintage, inspired photoshoot that is sure to give you a few great ideas for your celebration. — 100 Layer Cake

10 ways to slash the guest list if you need to do some trimming. — Intimate Weddings

A mix of modern and shabby chic elements have come together to create this gorgeous wedding. — Wedding Chicks

Your wedding decor can be found at Home Depot, grab some of these great ideas! — Kiss My Tulle

Need some ideas for some summer-esque wedding cakes? Here’s your list! — Polka Dot Bride

4 Easy Things To Remember When Buying a Wedding Dress

As fun as shopping for a wedding dress is, it’s also a rather daunting task! However, a little time, a little patience and a little know-how help make the process as seamless as possible. Check out our ultimate guide to choosing a wedding gown and remember to have fun!

Dress For the Occasion

Yes, this seems a bit obvious, however it’s important to find a dress that matches the tone and style of your wedding. Are you incorporating cultural customs and traditions? Want something modest? What about the weather? Kimonos, saris, lace cap sleeves and fabulous sequined bibbed necklines…these are just some examples of what you can wear. If getting married in the middle of a sticky summer, ensure you won’t sweat to death in your dress, and if marrying in winter, consider a beautiful white coat to wear over your dress when en route to the ceremony and reception venues. Dresses should also match the tone of the affair, whether casual, formal or something in between.

Figure and Style

Whatever type of wedding you’re throwing, it’s essential your dress not only match your style, but flatter your figure. For example, if on the tall side, go for a dress that creates a stunning silhouette. If petite, opt for a trumpet-style dress. Fuller-figured? Try something curve-hugging yet sturdy, as loose fabrics will hang and otherwise look unflattering. Mermaid-style dresses are ideal for boyish figures, as they create an hourglass figure. Bodices with ruching at the bust make smaller chests look bigger, while strapless gowns tend to flatter every figure. And while this is a dress you’ll wear once in your life, it should match your overall style. In other words, don’t wear something you don’t like just because it’s trendy! Find a dress that truly speaks to you (well, not literally) so when looking at pictures you won’t go, “Why the heck did I pick that dress??”

Accessories

Do not, repeat, do not forget accessories! These are the details that make your wedding day look one-of-a-kind. For example, a formal dress looks great when paired with a tight updo and cathedral-length veil, while simpler dresses look amazing with birdcage veils for the ceremony and frilly feather headpieces for the reception. Accessories should always complement your gown, such as floral headbands or antique necklaces. Shoes are also essential, such as beautiful heels that highlight the legs when wearing short dresses. If you’re tall and don’t want to tower over your groom, ballet flats and jeweled sandals work. Shoes with elegant, tapered toes look great with floor-length dresses that hide footwear the majority of the time.

Budget

It’s also important to choose a dress that won’t max out one or multiple credit cards! Have a meeting with your parents and your groom to determine a budget for the wedding and your gown, and do your darnedest to stick to it! Discounted and vintage options always work, and remember to budget for two dresses if changing into something shorter for the reception. Remember, the money you save on your dress can be used for other aspects of your wedding!

Once you find your dream dress, enjoy the rest of your engagement! Envision floating down the aisle…the day will come quicker than you think!

 

How To Choose Your Bridesmaids

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Planning a wedding is all about making choices: the dress, the venue, the cake, the music, the décor…perhaps one of the biggest choices is who to have as your bridesmaids. If feeling a bit overwhelmed in terms of who to pick, check out the following five questions to ask yourself and make the decision easier:

1) How Big Will This Wedding Be?

Traditionally, the number of bridesmaids is contingent on the size and type of the wedding. Formal affairs generally call for more bridesmaids, while smaller weddings usually feature small parties, assuming there’s a party at all. While you don’t have to follow this rule exactly, it’s a good idea to keep the bridal party in line with the number of guests at the wedding.

2) What Does My Future Hubby Want?

Your groom is likely to have his own opinions on the wedding party, so talk to him about it as soon as possible. While it’s not a huge deal to have more bridesmaids than groomsmen, you will have to get creative regarding the processional.

3) Will We Be Friends in 10 or 20 Years?

It’s important to have only your closest friends and sisters up there with you, yes? So if debating about those you’ve only known for a short time, or have rocky relationships with anyway, just think long-term and go from there.

4) Is She Bridesmaid Material?

Okay, this question probably seems a bit harsh, however being a bridesmaid comes with responsibilities, and Maid of Honor even more. If she’s crazy-busy with work, is dealing with personal issues and otherwise seems unfit for the job, don’t add drama to your wedding by asking her to be a bridesmaid!

5) Does She Like the Groom?

Bridesmaids are there to be supportive of you on your wedding day and (traditionally) “hold you accountable” to the vows you’re making. This means the women you pick to be bridesmaids should be big fans of the groom! If she’s said over and over again how much she doesn’t care for him, it’s probably a good idea to leave her out of the bridal party.

Hope this helps, and good luck!

Bridesmaid Rental Websites

Picking the wedding dress that speaks for you isn’t an easy task, and trying to find dresses for each of your bridesmaids only adds to the confusion. Thankfully there’s a few dress rental websites that offer plenty of fabulous choices for bridal parties. Imagine dresses in every shade and silhouette, and prices that won’t make your wallet weep. Check them out:

Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway totally changed the online dress rental game when it introduced a “robust” bridal selection, including plenty of gorgeous gowns for bridesmaids. Simply search for and pick out what you want, book the dresses for four or eight days, wear them and love them, then return them in pre-paid envelopes, dry cleaning included. Brick-and-mortar stores are available in New York City and Las Vegas as well.

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Weddington Way

Offering super-cool social features, Weddington Way makes it easy for brides to compare and discuss their experiences. Register, then add any gowns you want to your favorites list. Compare designs side-by-side once you’ve made all your choices, and add bridal party members to the site. Vote for your favorites, add them to your virtual shopping cart, and be done! You can also visit the store’s location in the San Francisco Bay for a fitting, or enroll in their “Try Before You Buy” program.

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Vow to Be Chic

Affordable dresses on this site start at $50 and include selections from Nicole Miller, Jill Jill Stuart, Theia and Tadashi Shoji. Submit your measurements with your bridal crew, and the site will send two sizes of each dress to try on at home! Send back dresses you don’t want using pre-paid packaging, and return selections after you’ve worn them. The site now features a little white dresses section ideal for rehearsal dinners and the like.

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Check out these sites and enjoy browsing for awesome gowns! Have fun!

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Nothing is as on-trend right now in the wedding world as elaborate stationary suites. What was once a simple form of correspondence has transformed into color palettes, ribbons, embossing, envelope liners, monograms, custom typefaces and so on. Stationary is the thread that strings the entire wedding experience together — from the initial save the date to the invitations, programs, table numbers, itineraries and thank you notes. Amid a sea of planning details that feels random until the last minute, a well-designed stationary suite helps maintain order, consistency and theme to your big day.

While custom-designed stationary can be spendy, savvy sites like Wedding Paper Divas and Minted give brides options to tailor paper goods without breaking the bank. The best part about stationary? It’s distinct — like every wedding, like every couple.

Here’s a round-up of different looks we’d die to receive in the mailbox:

FORMAL/TRADITIONAL

WEEKEND INSPIRATION: Black, White, & Gold Wedding Invitations // www.jordanmcbride.com

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MODERN GEOMETRIC

grey, white, and bright wedding invitation, photo by Vue Photography http://ruffledblog.com/pattern-play-wedding-inspiration #weddinginvitations #invitations #stationery

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PRETTY SPRING PASTELS

Blush Pink and Gold Script Flower Garden Wedding Invitation on Etsy, $15.00

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ECO BOTANICAL CHIC

wooden wedding #invitations | Photography: Whitney Neal Photography - www.whitneynealphoto.com  Read More: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/04/04/mint-blue-whimsical-garden-wedding/

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DESTINATION I DOs

Destination Wedding Invitations featuring passport and boarding pass for Chelsea and John. By Two if by Sea Studios #Wedding #Invitations

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Ruffled - photo by http://www.annadelores.com/ - http://ruffledblog.com/garden-wedding-inspiration-with-antique-details

A spread of beautiful wedding invitations and a survival kit for going wedding dress shopping, let’s have a look at our favorite wedding-centric blog posts from the past seven days. Enjoy!

Find out what flowers are fit for your season of saying, “I do!” — Top Wedding Sites

Check out this charming DIY and figure out what goodies to put in you wedding dress shopping survival kit. — SMP

The 2015 Wedding Invitation Collection from Bella Figura is out and you need to see it. — Green Wedding Shoes

You’ve got to take a peek at this quirky, DIY-styled wedding. It’s full of personality! — Rock’N’Roll Bride

This garden wedding inspiration is full of beautiful details and antique accents. — Ruffled

Embellished bridesmaids gowns that are unique and your ladies will love! — The Perfect Palette 

Hop over and scroll through this lush, Hawaiian wedding full of romance and beautiful scenery. — DIY Bride

Are you thinking about a wedding on the beach or even a celebration full of boho ideas? Here is the perfect inspiration! — 100 Layer Cake

A pale green wedding dress that we’re gushing over is hiding out in this beautiful spread. Take a look! — Love My Dress

Getting married in fall, winter, spring or summer often means finding season-appropriate blooms for decorating your ceremony and reception halls. Check out a few great options for each season and enjoy planning a beautiful wedding:

Spring wedding flowers

A season all about growth and renewal, spring is always a fabulous season for weddings. Springtime in the Northern Hemisphere is between March and May, and between September and November in the Southern Hemisphere. Flowers that bloom in the spring include:

Agapanthus, Amaryllis, Anemone, Apple blossom, Bird of Paradise, Brodea, Calla lily, Cherry Blossom, Corn flower, Cosmose, Dahlia, Delphinium, Delwood, Forsythia, Freesia, Gardenia, Heather, Helleborus, Hollyhock, Hyacinth, Larkspur, Casa Blanca Lily, Gloriosa Lily, Stargazer, Liatrus, Lilac, Lisianthus, Narcissus, Orchid, Peach blossom, Peony, Phlox, Poppy, Protea, Pussy willow, Ranunculus, Rose, Seeded Eucalyptus, Solidago, Statice, Stephanotis, Stock, Sweet Pea, Tulip, Viburnum, Wax flower, Zinnia.

 

Summer wedding flowers

An optimal time for flower growth thanks to the warm weather, summer in the Northern Hemisphere is between June and August, and between December and February in the Southern Hemisphere. Blooming flowers of summer include:

Alchemilla, Allium, Alstromeria, Amaranthus, Baby’s Breath , Bird of Paradise, Calla lily, Campanula, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb, Cosmos, Dahlia, Delphinium, Dianthus, Didiscus, Euphorbia, Foxglove, Freesia, Gardenia, Genista, Ginger, Gladiolus, Hallaconia, Heather, Hydrangea, Hypericum, Iris, Kangaroo paw, Liatrus, Lilac, Casa Blanca Lily, Gloriosa Lily, Star Gazer, Lisianthus.

 

Fall wedding flowers

The primary harvest season, fall in the Northern Hemisphere is between September and November. It is the same in the Southern Hemisphere. Blooming flowers of fall include:

Acashia, Allium, Alstromeria, Amaranthus, Anemone, Baby’s Breath, Bittersweet, Carnation, China berry, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb, Cosmos, Echinops, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiolus, Hypericum, Iris, Juniper, Kangaroo paw, Kalancheo, Liatrus, Lily, Asiatic, Lily, Gloriosa, Misty Blue, Orchid, Pepper berry, Protea, Queen Ann’s Lace, Quince, Rover, Roses, Rowen berry, Salvia, Solidago, Statice, Star of Bethlehem, Sunflower, Yarrow, Zinnia.

 

Winter wedding flowers

Our world’s cold weather season, winter is between December and February in the Northern Hemisphere and June and August in the Southern Hemisphere. Flowers that bloom during this time include:

Acashia, Alstromeria, Amaryllis, Carnation, Chrysanthemums, Cyclamen, Evergreens, Gerbera Daisy, Ginger, Helleborus, Holly berry, Lily, Asiatic Lily, Casa Blanca Lily, Narcissus, Orchid, Pansy, Pepperberry, Phlox, Protea, Queen Ann’s Lace, Roses, Star of Bethlehem, Statice.

Enjoy creating beautiful floral displays using seasonal blooms!

 

romantic love quotes

Looking for a romantic quote to use in your wedding vows that won’t make you gag? Check out 52 so-romantic, not-too-cheesy love quotes and get inspired! Have fun!

  • “Happiness is anyone and anything at all, that’s loved by you.” -You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • “As You Wish.” -The Princess Bride
  • “And think not that you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.” -Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet
  • “Like you’re trying to fight gravity on a planet that insists that love is like falling and falling is like this” -Ani Difranco’s Falling Is Like This
  • “’cause I know there is strength in the differences between us and I know there is comfort where we overlap” -Ani Difranco’s Overlap
  • “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” -Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (and yes, Matthew 6:21, too)
  • “Who, being loved, is poor?” -Oscar Wilde
  • “Better never to have met you in my dream than to wake and reach for hands that are not there.” -Otomo No Yakamochi
  • “I love your feet because they have wandered over the earth and through the wind and water until they brought you to me.” -Pablo Neruda
  • “I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ” -Rita Rudner
  • “I love you. You annoy me more than I ever thought possible, but… I want to spend every irritating minute with you.” -Scrubs
  • “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus one day, so I never have to live without you. ” -Ernest H. Shephard (this is often erroneously attributed to A.A. Milne, but he never wrote these words)
  • “We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness.’” -Shall We Dance?
  • “The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
  • They’re in each other all along.” -The Essential Rumi
  • “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me.” -Roy Croft
  • “I love you right up to the moon — and back.” -Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You
  • “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” -Robert Fulghum
  • “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” -When Harry Met Sally
  • “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” -The Fellowship of the Ring
  • “No, I mean I like you very much. Just as you are.” -Bridget Jones Diary
  • “One plus one equals both.” -Gregory Maguire’s Son of a Witch
  • “Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.” -William Shakespeare
  • “No. No, you can’t… STOP. Please don’t go away. Please? No one’s ever stuck with me for so long before. And if you leave… if you leave… I just, I remember things better with you. I do, look. P. Sherman, forty-two… forty-two… I remember it, I do. It’s there, I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. And-and I look at you, and I… and I’m home. Please… I don’t want that to go away. I don’t want to forget.” -Finding Nemo
  • “You have made a place in my heart where I thought there was no room for anything else. You have made flowers grow where I cultivated dust and stones.” -Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time
  • “All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” -Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace
  • “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything.” -Katharine Hepburn
  • “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.” -Mother Teresa
  • “What will survive of us is love.” -Phillip Larkin’s An Arundel Tomb
  • “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” -Helen Keller
  • “Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.” -Henry David Thoreau
  • “To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.” -Robert Brault
  • “You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.” -George Moore
  • “We loved with a love that was more than love.” -Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabell Lee
  • “Love doesn’t sit there like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all of the time, made new.” -Ursula K. Le Guin
  • “He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.” -Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
  • “Love me and the world is mine.” -David Reed
  • “You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” -Dr. Seuss
  • “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” -Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights
  • “Love is like a friendship caught on fire.” -Jeremy Taylor
  • “True love stories never have endings.” -Richard Bach
  • “Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.” -Zelda Fitzgerald
  • “I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion — I have shudder’d at it — I shudder no more — I could be martyr’d for my Religion — Love is my religion — I could die for that — I could die for you.” -John Keats
  • “My Creed is Love and you are its only tenet.” -John Keat
  • “I don’t wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone.” -Javan
  • “Tell me who admires you and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.” -Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve
  • “The only thing that matters is what they feel, and how much they feel, for each other. And if it’s half of what we felt — that’s everything.” Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  • “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” -Mother Theresa
  • “Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.” -Swedish Proverb
  • “Gravitation can not be held responsible for people falling in love.” -Albert Einstein
  • “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
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Quotes for wedding vows

15 Awesome Quotes For Your Marriage Vows

Writing your own wedding vows, and want to include a quote or two? Check out 15 awesome options ranging from funny to sappy to spiritual to “extra cheesy.” Find one you love and use it your Big Day speech!

Funny Wedding Quotes

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love. — Robert Fulghum

It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. — Rita Rudner

When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. — Harry (Billy Crystal), When Harry Met Sally

Romantic Wedding Quotes

When I saw you, I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew. — Arrigo Boito

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. — A.A. Milne

I love you. Very, very simpl[y], very truly. You are the epitome of everything I have ever looked for in another human being… — Holden (Ben Affleck), Chasing Amy

The secret to having a good marriage is to understand that marriage must be total, it must be permanent, and it must be equal. — Frank Pittman

To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with. — Mark Twain

Spiritual Wedding Quotes

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. — Mother Teresa

Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy. — Dwight Moody

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. — Ephesians 4:2

Extra Cheesy Wedding Quotes

It’s an extraordinary thing to meet someone who you can bare your soul to, and who’ll accept you for what you are. — Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. — Aristotle

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. — Judy Garland

It’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day. — Noah (Ryan Gosling), The Notebook

Use these quotes and enjoy!

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Colorful Wedding

From beautiful and romantic real-weddings to engagement gift ideas and registry guides, this week we’ve got a special dose of everything to peek at. Let’s take a look at our favorites from the wedding world!

 

What do you need to bring when trying on wedding dresses? Check out our list! — Top Wedding Sites

10 unique engagement gift ideas that aren’t boring or predictable. — Rock’N’Roll Bride

Check out these colorful and charming LA Wedding – it’s full of inspiration! — Ruffled

How about a breakfast-filled bridal shower? Take a peek at this fun photo shoot for ideas! — Green Wedding Shoes

Stumped on how to word your wedding invites? Here are some great ways to send out the message. — Top Wedding Sites

Forgo the usual veil and try on a Juliet cap. It’ll give you a punch of old-age spirit and timeless beauty. — One Wed

Here’s a bunch of colorful, vintage floral inspiration that will absolutely knock your socks off. — 100 Layer Cake

This chic and soft fall wedding has such a romantic essence about every little detail; it’s a must see! — Wedding Chicks

Have you ever thought about using peach and green for your wedding day colors? If not, you’ve got to hop on over and take a look. — Rustic Wedding Chic

Are you registering anytime soon? Here’s Williams-Sonoma’s registry guide to get you started. — Style Me Pretty

 

 

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Where Will They Stay?

By Amy Green and Melanie Marconi, 

Although the happy newlyweds may be the stars of the day, it’s important to keep in mind the guests and their accommodations during the planning process. If you’re new to booking hotel rooms, it can be an intimidating notion, but the good news is that there are certain things that can be done to ensure the process runs smoothly. With ten years in the room block industry under our belt, we want to share our best tips and tricks.

The first step is to sit down with the couple to gather the essentials. This is where you’ll want all of your questions answered. How many out-of-town guests are they expecting? Are there any hotel preferences or room budgets? Will a hospitality suite be needed? Are there any “must-haves,” such as wireless Internet or accessibility to hotel shuttles? These answers will help guide your search for the right accommodations, suited to the needs of your client and their guests.

With this list in hand, it’s time to start researching and reviewing your options. The Internet is a great place to start, but keep in mind that many of your trusted industry colleagues may have referrals as well. After you settle on the perfect accommodations, the next step is to contact the respective sales teams of your desired hotels. Be sure you have kept track of any online prices you may have found – you want to be sure you’re getting the best deals available. Ideally, you will be offered better rates by consenting to a contract where you take financial responsibility for a number of rooms over a social block.

An essential step you mustn’t skip- reviewing the terms of your agreement and reaching out to your sales contact if you have questions. Look for additional fees and charges that may have been overlooked. Hopefully, you’ll come to a mutually beneficial agreement, but don’t be afraid to walk away if something simply isn’t the right fit.

So, no matter where your client has decided to tie the knot, whether in their hometown or halfway around the world, there is a strong likelihood that accommodations will needed for guests. Your clients will love you that much more for taking this off of their to-do list!

 

Amy Green and Melanie Marconi are the founders of BDI Events, a full-service event planning company based in Los Angeles, with offices in Portland.  They recently launched Where Will They Stay?,a free service which offers custom room block procurement for event planners and event venues.

Gone are the days of one-hairstyle-fits-all brides, and we can officially bid adieu to outdated tight up-dos with cascading curls. In 2014, more than anything, we saw brides push the envelope on weddding-day looks, playing with different styles and opting for soft, tousled locks, faux bobs, braids and more. 

Here are a few of our favorite looks from 2014:

1. BRAIDS WERE BIG: To the side, to the back, at the crown, at the nape of the neck. Whether incorporated into an up-do or nestled within flowing waves for added interest, braids were on brides’ brains last year. Ethereal and fairy-like, an outdoor wedding beckons for a billowing braid.

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2. FABULOUS FAUX BOB: The faux bob was bouncing around both Hollywood and bridal glamour last year. If you’re wanting the soft look of down hair but don’t want it blowing in the wind or weighing down your neck, this is the way to go. It has an old-time, Great Gatsby feel that begs for hair accessories. Expect this trend to get even hotter in 2015.

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3. SIDE-SWEPT CURLS: The asymmetry of this sweeping hairstyle is stunning. It feels regal, finished and classic — perfect if you want your hair down yet want to showcase the detail of the back of your gown.

Top 10 Stunning Bridal Hairstyles from Real Weddings of 2014 | Mine Forever

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4. SOFT HOLLYWOOD GLAM: Uber feminine and romantic, this old-Hollywood style screams elegant affair, making it a go-to look for both celebs and brides last year. (Jenny McCarthy rocked a similar do at her nuptials.) The smooth bends gently frame the face and call for a bold lip. Hello, black tie chic.

Classic, beautiful red lips for your wedding day bridal makeup. See the post at http://tulleandtwine.com/2013/10/22/perfect-red-pout

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5. LOW BUNS: Perhaps the most popular look of the year was (and continues to be) the low bun. Parted, teased, to the side, to the back, knotted, woven or loosely nested — no matter how you tie them, buns are the hairstyle to beat in 2015.

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Ballet flats, sandals, barefoot or in pumps … there are no official rules when it comes to what shoes to wear under your wedding gown. Whether you’re looking for the perfect cowboy boot or 6-inch heel, it’s your decision to make. And today, we’ve decided on a gorgeous, sexy hot pink pump. Let’s take a peek at some of our favorites!

Hot Pink Wedding Day Shoes

These kitten heels are the perfect way to top off a tea-length beauty or vintage inspired piece.

Hot Pink Wedding Day Shoes

These classic pumps are a great choice for almost any bride, from traditional to modern.

Hot Pink Wedding Day Shoes

Make a scene in this artistic and fun choice.

Hot Pink Wedding Day Shoes

Then again, this timeless shape will make any bride look that much more sophisticated and sexy.

Hot Pink Wedding Day Shoes

If you’re looking for something with a delicate, feminine touch – try out these Kate Spade cuties!

Hot Pink Wedding Day Shoes

Add a bit of sparkle and pizzazz with these adorable stunners.

Hot Pink Wedding Day Shoes

These Victorian beauties will make a bride with an old-age spirit shine.

Hot Pink Wedding Day Shoes

Another kitten heel full of fun style, but this time with an ombre effect.

Hot Pink Wedding Day Shoes

With a bit of red, these wedges are wonderfully unique.

Hot Pink Wedding Day Shoes

Shoe off your manicures toes in these bejeweled pumps!

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Wedding invites are way more than pretty pieces of paper–they’re chock full of essential information about your Big Day. If stuck for wording ideas, check out the following options to help you out. Keep in mind if the bride’s parents are hosting, it’s customary to leave the bride’s last name off the invitation. If the groom’s parents are hosting, include the bride’s last name.

Traditional

Wedding invitation wording in perhaps its simplest form:

Mr. and Mrs.[proper names of those hosting]
request the honor of your presence [request line]*
at the marriage of their daughter


    Mary Elizabeth [bride's first and middle names only]
    to Raymond Jenner Jones[groom's full name]
    Saturday the sixth of May [day of the week, day and month of wedding]
    at six o’clock in the evening [time of wedding and time of day]
    Garden Inn [name of the location of wedding]
    San Francisco, California[city and state where wedding will take place]
    Reception to follow [reception line]

    If One Set of Parents is Hosting

    Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Smith
    request the honor of your presence
    at the marriage of their daughter
    Mary Elizabeth
    and
    Raymond Jenner Jones

    If Both Sets of Parents Are Hosting

    Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Smith
    and
    Mr. and Mrs. Markus Edward Frank
    request the honor of your presence
    at the marriage of their children
    Mary Elizabeth
    and
    Raymond Jenner Jones

    If the Couple is Hosting

    Ms. Mary Elizabeth Smith
    and
    Mr. Raymond Jenner Jones
    request the honor of your presence
    at their marriage

    If Everyone is Hosting

    Ms. Mary Elizabeth Smith
    and
    Mr. Raymond Jenner Jones
    together with their parents
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Smith
    and
    Mr. and Mrs. Markus Edward Frank
    request the honor of your presence
    at their marriage

    Hope this helps! Have fun!

    See Also

     

    Show off those your toned and tanned arms by highlighting them. These one-shoulder wedding gowns bring the eyes up and are quite glamorous too!

    One Shoulder Wedding GownsDipped in a golden-cream tone, this plush number will make you feel like a dancing queen.

    One Shoulder Wedding GownsSophisticated with a bit of Cleopatra inspiration, this outside-the-box gown is quite the stunner.

    One Shoulder Wedding GownsA more traditionally-styled ball gown but with sparkle and crystal to make you fee like a princess, we’re in love with its charm.

    One Shoulder Wedding GownsSome lace, some sparkle and a womanly silhouette makes this design a showstopping piece.

    One Shoulder Wedding GownsWow your guests and your groom by walking down the aisle in this bold and beautiful selection.

    One Shoulder Wedding GownsShow off your curves and your loves of ruffles and delicate texture with a gown such as this!

    One Shoulder Wedding GownsThere’s something so wintery and refreshing about this gorgeous number, don’t you think?

    One Shoulder Wedding GownsThese ruffles and curls were made for the dance floor, just imagine your first round as husband and wife in this!

    One Shoulder Wedding GownsThe lace detail of this gown is absolutely stunning, with so many intricate lines.

    One Shoulder Wedding GownsTiers and ruching make this gown a great choice for a variety of sizes and shapes!

    all photos via Brides

    Destination Wedding Planning Checklist

    destination wedding planning checklist

    Destination Weddings are weddings that take place away from where the bride and groom live. They happen in some of the most exotic and wonderful places in the world. These types of non-traditional weddings provide the bride and groom with dreamy settings, while doubling as an opportunity for guests to experience a place they have never been before. But, because destination weddings mean traveling far away from home, the bridal couple and their guests may need additional time for all planning components. They must also apply a little more due diligence on research side then they would do for a traditional wedding.

    Following is a destination wedding timeline which can be modified to suit your individual destination wedding vision.

    12 Months or more

    • Create a wedding binder. Keep all ideas, swatches, photos, correspondence, etc. and keep it in an easily accessible place.
    • Set a budget and stick to it.
    • Consider purchasing wedding insurance to protect your special day.
    • Compile a reasonable guest list. Don’t over invite assuming guests won’t come because of travel. Invite anyone you want to have present (budget permitting) and allow the guest to decide if they can/want to travel.
    • If you are getting married outside of the country, consider hiring a wedding consultant who specializes in destination weddings.

     

    11 Months prior

    • Set up a profile of the type of destination wedding your want
    • Research, research, research locations before you book. Note distance from airport to hotel, weather, seasons and time of year (consider hurricanes) amenities, etc.
    • Settle on a wedding date.
    • Send save the date cards. (optional).
    • Verify marriage residency requirements.
    • Research travel and accommodation options for guests
    • Consider visiting the destination to be sure this is THE spot for you.

     

    10 months prior

    • Make destination wedding planning trip, if necessary
    • Set up meetings with any stateside wedding professional who may be traveling to your wedding locale.

     

    9 Months prior

    • Start putting together any legal documents required to marry at the destination wedding location.
    • Make travel arrangements to the destination wedding site, if possible.
    • Book the lodging accommodations for wedding attendants
    • Complete itinerary for tours or any other extra curricular activities for guests, if applicable
    • Make your own travel arrangements for the wedding

     

    8 Months prior

    • Register for gifts
    • Determine style, formality and colors of wedding
    • Consider style of stationery, invitations

     

    7 Months prior

    • Select your wedding gown
    • Choose and order bridesmaids wedding dresses
    • Order groom and groomsmen attire
    • Shop for wedding rings

     

    6 Months prior

    • Make final selections on wedding cake baker, florists and décor, and transportation necessary.
    • Work on ceremony details and buy any necessary items
    • Finalize menu and wedding cake order

     

    5 Months prior

    • Purchase fiancé’s gift (optional)
    • Order favors (optional)
    • Buy gifts for wedding attendants and parents

     

    4 Months prior

    • Finish addressing wedding invitations and mail out

     

    3 Months prior

    • Update your budget
    • Review contracts again and familiarize yourself with arrival times, etc.

     

    2 Months prior

    • Start creating seating charts. Yes, it is hard but it must be done.
    • Call guests who have not yet responded

     

    1 Month prior

    • Release any unnecessary rooms
    • Finalize all wedding day itineraries
    • Confirm travel arrangements with the hotel/resort

     

    3 Weeks prior

    • Send out emails to wedding providers who have been contracted to finalize the details.

     

    3 Days prior

    • Arrive at wedding destination
    • Meet with banquet manager
    • Go over details
    • Bridal beauty – manicure, pedicure – no change in facial products at this time. Any change in cleansers or makeup should be done at least one month prior to the wedding.

     

    The day of

    • Relax, say “I DO” and live happily ever after!

    Have your mom dress in a beautiful, blushing shade of pink on the day you say I do. It’s such a romantic and versatile color for a variety of skin tones. Take a peek at these gorgeous options!

    Blush Pink Mother of the Bride DressesA bit Grecian and full of movement, this is an affordable and elegant choice from ASOS.

    Blush Pink Mother of the Bride DressesThe elegance, the color and the butterfly sleeves are all perfect for a mother of the bride!

    Blush Pink Mother of the Bride DressesA one-shouldered beauty with a slit to match, the youth and sophistication of this dress is tangible.

    Blush Pink Mother of the Bride DressesA clean palette and a silhouette that works on a variety of shapes and sizes, this choice is easy to style and accessorize.

    Blush Pink Mother of the Bride DressesFor something a bit shorter and more contemporary, go with this ruffled beauty.

    Blush Pink Mother of the Bride DressesCinched at the waist with a flowing shawl to match, this is a beautiful and comforting blushing pick.

    Blush Pink Mother of the Bride DressesEither of your mothers would feel gorgeous and appropriate is this beautiful and complimentary design.

    ROMONA KEVEZA BRIDAL SHOWHave your mom a part of the day’s overall vision with this vintage, party piece!

    Blush Pink Mother of the Bride DressesOne of my personal favorites of the bunch, this silk stunner has gorgeous, illusive sleeve and a delicate charm.

    Blush Pink Mother of the Bride DressesThe ruffles outlining this dress make it such a fun and celebratory style that it at least deserves a try on!

    all photos via Brides

    Wedding Dress Shopping Tipsvia

    Prepare yourself and do your homework before making your way into all of those wedding gown boutiques. Of course you should be doing your homework and have some kind of idea in mind before you make your way into the heaps of lace, white and tulle – but more importantly have the essentials with you to make your experience stress-free with a flawless finish.  Have everything you need with you before you start shopping, and begin with our list of must-haves!

    Wedding Dress Shopping Tips via

    1. The posse: We believe you should take loved ones with you when shopping, but don’t make it a spectator sport. No more than 2-3 people are necessary to make this experience a fun and stress-less time. You don’t need unwanted opinions, but rather those that you trust to help you figure out what suits you, your body and your vision.
    2. A price point: Yes, bring a price point with you on your journey into the racks. You’ll regret trying on a dress that’s thousands of dollars outside your range when you fall in love with it. It’s important you only look at what you think you can handle.
    3. Some ideas: Scour the Internet and bridal magazines for some tangible ideas to take to the salons with you. It’ll make finding what you want a bit easier and your consultant will have a clear image in mind on what your personal style is.
    4. Strapless Bra: Even if you don’t want to wear it all day, make sure you have a strapless bra to help you try on some of the gowns. It’ll make the”end” vision and fit that much easier and more clear for you.
    5. Nude Underwear: We suggest you nix the thongs and pretty panties and come in comfortable, nude underwear. You don’t want to be bare-bottomed in front of the bridal consultant helping you get in and out of dresses and you don’t want black or printed panties distracted from all the gorgeous whites and creams that you’ll be dawning.
    6. Any Accessories: If you by chance already have the veil you’ll be wearing on the day of or the shoes, maybe you’re wearing your mother’s, go ahead and bring them along too. If you find a dress worthy enough, you may want to try on the entire ensemble together.
    7. A hair clip or pony holder: Whether you want to see what your hair looks like up with your dress or you just need to get your hair out of your face (trust us, wedding gown shopping can be quite the exercise), don’t forget these in your purse. You’ll thank us later.
    8. A bottle of water & snacks: You’ll more than likely be spending a couple of hours at larger salons, so grab a granola bar and bottles of water for yourself and your friends. Again, that bottle of water will come in handy if you get a bit too hot in the dressing room.

    Wedding Dress Shopping Tipsvia

    Plan your winter wedding with simplicity and romance in mind. Here’s a quick list of some beautiful and simple reception designs that pay homage to the season in the most gorgeous and subtle of ways.

    Winter Wedding ReceptionGolden, rustic and glittering this table is glowing with winter romance, don’t you think?

    Winter Wedding ReceptionA bit of icy flavor is welcoming throughout the cold weathered months, and this slick reception has it in heaps.

    Winter Wedding ReceptionThis modern reception is dressed in posh, crisp wedding white. It doesn’t get any more sophisticated and simple than this.

    Winter Wedding ReceptionThe venue of this reception is magical, but so is the family style seating and arrangement of the welcoming tables.

    Winter Wedding ReceptionYour day celebration can beat the cold inside but still get inspired by the crispness within your designs.

    53f74d38a32b6$!400xAnother bright white reception but this time set off by some gorgeous winter blues.

    Winter Wedding ReceptionThere’s something about winter that makes brides feel like a princess, and this magical reception style would do just that.

    Winter Wedding ReceptionWe love the organic and lush nature of the centerpieces  floating above the tables!

    Winter Wedding ReceptionIf you’re lucky enough to be able to still hold an outdoor reception during the winter months, we love this subdued tablescape as inspiration.

    Winter Wedding ReceptionFrom the tables to the ceiling, this reception pays homage to winter months in some beautiful ways.

    all photos via SMP