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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!
all photos via Brides
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.
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.
all photos via Brides
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.”
all photos via Brides
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!
Isn’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!
Give 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.
A 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!
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.
all photos via SMP
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.
all photos via SMP
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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):
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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!
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).
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.
Need some cake inspiration for your upcoming nuptials? Check out a few very-awesome ideas!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love the blue rose look? Add these specially-dyed flowers to a white cake for one amazing visual!
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!
all photos via Brides
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!
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.
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!!”
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.
Practice walking and dancing in your wedding shoes!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Create a seating chart for the reception and share the final version with your caterer, reception host and hostess, venue manager, and wedding coordinator.
Assuming you didn’t order them, it’s time to make the escort cards. You can always ask for help if needed.
Provide drivers with a schedule and list of names, addresses and phone numbers for pick-up and drop-off.
Shop and pack for your honeymoon, including bikinis, sunblock and sun dresses.
Write your vows, toasts or any other speeches planned for the big day.
Make a wedding day emergency kit that includes fashion tape, band-aids, mints, safety pins, and a needle and thread that matches your dress.
Pack a bag for your wedding night, and have someone deliver it to your honeymoon suite.
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
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??”
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
Check out these sites and enjoy browsing for awesome gowns! Have fun!
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:
PRETTY SPRING PASTELS
ECO BOTANICAL CHIC
DESTINATION I DOs
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
These kitten heels are the perfect way to top off a tea-length beauty or vintage inspired piece.
These classic pumps are a great choice for almost any bride, from traditional to modern.
Make a scene in this artistic and fun choice.
Then again, this timeless shape will make any bride look that much more sophisticated and sexy.
If you’re looking for something with a delicate, feminine touch – try out these Kate Spade cuties!
Add a bit of sparkle and pizzazz with these adorable stunners.
These Victorian beauties will make a bride with an old-age spirit shine.
Another kitten heel full of fun style, but this time with an ombre effect.
With a bit of red, these wedges are wonderfully unique.
Shoe off your manicures toes in these bejeweled pumps!
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.
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]
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Smith
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Raymond Jenner Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Markus Edward Frank
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their children
Raymond Jenner Jones
Ms. Mary Elizabeth Smith
Mr. Raymond Jenner Jones
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage
Ms. Mary Elizabeth Smith
Mr. Raymond Jenner Jones
together with their parents
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Markus Edward Frank
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage
Hope this helps! Have fun!
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!
all photos via Brides
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.
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!
all photos via Brides
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!
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.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to still hold an outdoor reception during the winter months, we love this subdued tablescape as inspiration.
all photos via SMP