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When it comes to setting the mood on your wedding day, nothing creates a “wow” factor like the perfect lighting. From candles to lanterns, twinkle lights and bistro lights, there are numerous creative lighting ideas to illuminate your love on your wedding day.
Check out these 10 whimsical lighting solutions, sure to give that special glow to your celebration:
TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR: Hundreds of strings of twinkle lights are only suitable for the couple with the twinkle in their eyes.
LOTS ‘O’ LANTERNS: Whether you go for all white or multicolored, we love the look of lit lanterns billowing in the wind.
BISTRO LOVE: Part vintage, part kitsch, bistro lights add subtle beams of light and charm to your reception space.
TIKI TORCHES: If a beachside bash is in your future, lines of tiki torches can set your party afire.
MOONLIGHT MUSE: If you can steal a few minutes later in the reception for a moonlight snapshot, it’ll be one of your favorites. We promise.
HELLO, SUNSHINE: If you’re planning to say “I do” around dusk, make sure to fit in a few sunset photos. They’re simply stunning.
CANDLELIGHT: Tapered, tea lights, pillar, scented — no matter what the shape or size, nothing says romance like candles.
FUN DANCE FLOOR: Guests will love gettin’ jiggy with it on a festive, lit-up dance floor.
FIREWORKS: The ultimate awe-inducing moment to celebrate the fireworks you’re feeling on the inside.
HEARTS ON FIRE: If your venue has a fireplace, light it! Nothing can achieve as much coziness as a roaring fire. A couple tips: 1) Consider the season — if it’s a warm August night, a hot fire is probably not the best idea; 2) If a full-fledged fire is too much for you, light varying heights of pillar candles in the fireplace for the same effect.
Lucky for you, more lingerie inspiration from Adore Me has arrived! In case you missed them, we showcased two different Adore Me looks already on the blog — coral and pale blue. Be sure to check ’em out.
Adore Me recently launched a new collection of sexy lingerie — bridal beauty at its best — featuring happy colors and flirty designs that make every woman look and feel her most beautiful. We’re sharing our “blushing bride” inspiration board below inspired by Adore Me’s blush lingerie duo. Blush wedding details are bountiful, as the color remains to be one of the most popular among couples. And we don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Go on, take a look — blushing is allowed.
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Watters Spring 2016 line of wedding gowns has been let loose and we’re showing off our favorite 13!
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Adore Me recently launched a new collection of sexy lingerie — perfect for brides — featuring flirty, bright colors and feminine designs that make every woman look and feel her best. Check out our “something blue” inspiration board below for a bouquet of the best blue wedding details we’ve seen around, all inspired by Adore Me’s luscious pale blue teddy.
And remember, no one said your “something blue” couldn’t be for the after party.
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From start to finish, planning a wedding can be a tiring and stressful task. And one of your first decisions you have to make is deciding on a theme for the big day. From ultra-modern to shabby-chic, there are so many varieties of wedding day style. Since the warmer months are creeping in, we’ve decided to shine a light on garden weddings and some of the key elements you need to create that very magical and romantic affair. Transform an average celebration into one filled with florals, beauty and a fairy-tale quality. For the most perfect garden wedding, you’ll want these 5 additions to help with the transformation.
A Floral Chuppah at the Ceremony.
Even if you’re saying your I do’s in front of a gorgeous field of flowers or in the midst of a botanical garden, bring those florals in closer and surround yourself with some colorful, lush favorites. A chuppah isn’t only for Jewish ceremonies, they can be used to stylizing purposes only too and for a more fairy-tale like quality, you’ll want something like this hovering over you and your groom.
A Floral Signature Cocktail at the Reception.
Take your theme full throttle and add it to you food and drink too. Every couple needs a signature cocktail to remember their day and when your day is all about the flowers then why not try out a rose or lavender-infused drink? It’s unique, they’re delicious and every guests will remember the detailing.
A Floral Cascade on your Wedding Cake.
Don’t forget to add some floral detailing to the cake either. Your guests should fill like they’re walking into a dream. If you’re envisioning a garden-theme wedding, then you’ll need to try and turn your entire celebration into your very own garden with your very own bridal style.
A Floral Crown for the Bride.
Top the bride off with a gorgeous and picturesque floral crown. It’s only appropriate that the lady at the center of it all be accented with some flowers too. Go big or just add a dainty arrangement to your look, either way this is a detail that mustn’t be missed!
A Boho Wedding Gown at the Center of it All.
When we envision a romantic garden wedding, we see the bride in a flowing, bohemian-inspired gown. There’s something soft and whimsical about these gowns which fit perfectly inside a garden and floral-dressed celebration. Explore colors and textures, but make sure you’re finding something that tangible and charming without being too stiff.
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Intricate details and pure femininity, you’ve got to check out Tony Ward’s designs exclusively for Kleinfeld’s in this Spring 2016 Line. Take a peek and get ready to swoon!
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Don’t be afraid to be bright on the big day.
With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, we’ve got citrus circulating in our minds. Whether lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit, the colors of the citrus rainbow are light and refreshing — a perfect palette for your wedding, provided by nature. We love how cheerful citrus colors are and can’t help but feel happy just glancing at them. From simple stacked fruit in clear hurricanes for centerpieces, to lemon place card holders, fresh limeade and an orange-adorned rustic cake, there are endless ways to brighten up your wedding celebration.
Check out these clever ways to infuse citrus into your big day. We can almost smell the sweet scent!
We know that it’s all about the dress. Now let’s talk about what’s underneath the dress.
We are swooning for Adore Me’s new collection of sexy lingerie, which features fresh, bright colors and dainty designs that make every woman look and feel her hottest. We were mused by the colors in Adore Me’s Stasia style to create an inspiration board of some of our favorite wedding details we’re currently crushing on. With coral, blush, orange and raspberry, this palette is hot, hot, hot for spring and summer I dos.
Stay tuned for more Adore Me lingerie wedding inspiration, coming soon.
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Finding the perfect wedding dress within your budget can be stressful, but the good news is, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, with a little planning, you can turn what could be a crazy, hectic experience into a wonderful one. To ensure that your experience is positive, here’s what you need to keep in mind about who to bring with you, what to wear when you’re shopping and more!
The reality is, planning a wedding is an exciting, joyful and celebratory time — as long as you don’t let stress get the best of you. Use the tips above to make the most of this season and to find just the right gown for you!
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Sons and daughter, nieces and nephews, cousins and even your best friends’ little cuties … are you at a loss in terms of how incorporate all of the kiddos in the big day’s festivities? Well, stress no longer as we’ve compiled a quick list of ideas and inspiration on how to make even the smallest of guests feel much more included, especially for those VIP friends and family.
Flower Girls & Ring Bearers
An obvious choice, but for those very special children you may want to incorporate them right into the ceremony and have them become a part of the ceremony. Give them responsibility based on their age and make sure they feel just as special and important as the bridesmaids! It’ll become a memory you’ll both cherish for years to come.
Give Em Props
“Walk this way,” or “Here comes the Bride,” signs can go a long way with the guests and the photographer, so why not have an adorable little gal or guy have the responsibility of holding it?
A lot of couple’s decide not to invite children to receptions, but if you have a lot of little ones in the family – you should just get creative. Set up an activity just for them that keeps them busy and entertained! Parents will love you for it and you won’t have any hurt feelings in the audience.
Hold A Unity Ceremony
If you and the groom already have children, or your combining families, a unity ceremony for everyone could be a very special and touching moment to incorporate into the celebration. Add extra candles for each child you need to represent.
Drinks Just for Them
Remember the kids when you’re creating your menu. Have kid-friendly treats and kid-friendly sips being passed around too. These “mocktails” could be anything from a refreshing lemonade to a Shirley Temple!
If you’re expecting plenty of kiddos running around the reception …. get a candy bouquet ready. Just like for the single ladies at the party, throw out this fun piece to all the children and allow them to have their very own, fun moment on the dance floor.
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Who doesn’t love a good Italian bite? There’s something extremely comforting about this European cuisine, which is why it’s such a fan-favorite. Delicious cheeses, sweet tomatoes, an array of pasta and the best bread around, our favorite ingredients come to play in this scrumptious genre. Let’s take a quick look at 5 yummy ideas that would be great for serving up before and during the big celebration.
Tangy and creamy, this flavor duo is the perfect quick bite to get everyone’s taste buds ready for the night. A crunchy crostini topped with a dollop of ricotta cheese and a roasted red pepper, it looks beautiful in presentation too. Just garnish with some fresh basil and cracked pepper!
An incredibly easy appetizer to pull together, this quick bite is full of flavor and Italian charm. You can even make this another vegetarian option by pulling the pepperoni and keeping with the traditional ingredients of a caprese salad.
A rich, creamy and satisfying taste, this unique combination of flavors will be the hit of the party. Add some cranberry inside for a sweet contrast and cover with some goat cheese fondue for a comforting punch.
Crisp and crunchy, this may be a bite your guests have had before, but they’ll still love every minute of it. Make sure you finish off the taste with some fresh Parmesan and also some marinara for a quick dip!
Everyone enjoys a good meatball, but everyone falls in love with a meatball stuffed with ooey gooey, melted mozzarella. And that’s what these little bites are, stuffed to perfection as a delicious Italian-styled treat.
Make them sway on the dance floor and flow down the aisle, ruffled wedding gowns are full of charm and girlish appeal. Let’s have a look at some favorites!
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Most people would like to get married at some point in their lives. It is a great way to start a long lasting union with the person who you have chosen to be the soul mate of your life. Of course, a wedding is not a simple thing to plan, and a lot of couples end up getting married at small chapels, at the courthouse just with close friends and family members as witnesses or even out in Las Vegas.
Now, let’s talk about the latter of these three options that we have listed. What would getting married in Las Vegas truly and really be like? You have probably seen people getting married in this famous and amazing city in movies and on TV. After all, you can get hitched in a matter of moments if you head out west to this town. It’s a simple place to go when you just make a spur of the moment decision and decide to go for it and sign the papers.
Las Vegas is one of the biggest cities in Nevada, and of course we all know it because it has the best gambling scene. Of course, with that being said, you can gamble any time you want—online or in person in places like Las Vegas. If you decide to do some gambling online, make sure that you get the $1,000 welcome package with your online gambling games. If you are out in Las Vegas looking to play some games at an actual brick and mortar casino, then you are going to want to read more about how to win at the games they offer there. It’s all up to you how you want to go and play it.
But there are definitely many advantages of getting married in a place like Las Vegas. For one thing, it is so much cheaper than getting married at home in a church where you have to buy the meals and pay for all of the decorations of your guests. This is not to mention the money you’ll spend on the cake, the certificate, the dress, the presents and the outfits. In addition, you can do this thing quickly. If you want to get hitched in a timely, quick manner, then get married in Las Vegas for sure! It’s the best way to not waste time and get right down to it. All in all, getting married in Las Vegas is in no way a cop out or anything like that. It is just a fun thing to do and it can save you money and time as well. You might even win big!
We like to inspire brides-to-be all around, but we get inspired too! We’re shining a light some of the spots we look to for ideas and advice. From local favorites around the country to popular sites brides dive into all around the world, we’ve sharing the best of the best in a whole new way. We’ve chatted with some of the bloggers, creators and founders of some wonderful wedding blogs and got the inside scoop!
Located in South West, England, I got to chat a bit with the creators and founds of Bespoke Bride, Jessica Turley & Emily Pettiford. And here is what I learned.
“We are Emily Pettiford & Jessica Turley, jolly good friends and founders of Bespoke Bride, which we founded in 2011 after a dabbling in our own startup wedding businesses. At Bespoke Bride we believe colour and creativity are a match made in heaven! We celebrate individuality with daily doses of stylish wedding loveliness and tutorials to inspire couples to create a wedding that is personal and unique. Whether it is Rustic or Retro, Backyard or Beach, DIY or DIT, all we ask is that you incorporate your superstar selves into your wedding in some way! In return we promise to provide you with plenty of fabulous inspiration as well as connecting you with the unique & creative businesses that can make it happen!
The blog was originally a great way to collate inspiration, chat about our own ideas and share our own products and images. Over time we realised we were beginning to spend more time blogging and as our own passion for our own independant wedding business fizzled out, the blog became our main focus. We wanted to create a platform where we could share the weddings we had come to love, those that were detailed, original, creative and innovative – those that reflected the true personality and character of the couples themselves!”
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Our favourite thing about blogging is how it’s never the same two days in a row, one day we could be photographing DIYs, the next out for lunch with other bloggers, the following day working from home and going through exciting submissions we’ve been sent! It’s so nice to work with such variety all the time! And the favourite thing about our blog has to be the colour and vibrancy of it, we both love everything colourful so are we really proud to be able toreflect that in our branding and throughout our content!
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These are the first seats you’ll take together as husband and wife; thus, they can’t be a couple of “any ol’ chairs.” Whether it’s a dainty spray of blooms, bouquet of ribbons, DIY banners or cheeky signs — decorating the newly coronated bride-groom thrones can be a fun, inexpensive task, which makes for one of the most photographed frames of the entire day. Seriously, how sweet are kisses stolen while noshing at the head table? A good photographer will capture that from the front and the back. Tip: *Make sure you put that request on your photographer’s shot list.
Check out these cute-as-can-be chairs for some ideas on how to dress up your love seats to make them worthy of receiving you, the newlyweds, at the reception:
With colorful wings fluttering through the air, we couldn’t help but be inspired by spring’s songstresses — birds. Whether you release doves at your ceremony, float hundreds of origami swans overhead or feature full-out feathery centerpieces at your reception, we’re seeing birds take flight as a popular wedding theme among couples. We love the departure from standard floral centerpieces to something more interesting like bird’s nests or cages (many of which are easy DIY projects). I attended a wedding of aviary aficionados who hand-collected abandoned bird’s nests for their centerpieces — and classified them according to species, naming the tables accordingly. It was so well thought-out and whimsical, but, more than anything, a reflection of the couple’s passion for birds.
We gathered a handful of wedding-day aviary inspiration for you — a cheerful, flying-high toast to the love birds.
We’re not saying your wedding is going to be boring (no way!), but guests love activities. It’s a fact. Avoid the before and after-dinner slump with fun, festive games for your guests to enjoy. From a simple “How well do you know the couple?” crossword, to an olympic sequence of lawn challenges, there are games suitable for every couple and every type of wedding.
Here’s a round-up of some I do-themed games for the big day:
WHAT’S 14-DOWN?: Got a printer? You’ve got a game! Use a free online crossword generator to create a custom crossword about you, the couple. It looks cute-as-can-be at each place setting and doubles as a natural conversation starter among table mates.
WED-LIBS: Also a DIY print job, WED-LIBS (the wedding take on Mad Libs) is a quirky conversation starter. Place them at each setting, or in a basket tied with coordinating writing utensils and twine like below.
HE SAID, SHE SAID: How well do your guests know you guys? You’re about to find out.
OLD-FASHIONED FUN: Probably not the best idea for a black tie affair, but if a down-home bash is in your future, guests will love getting involved in old-school sack races.
LAWN LOVE: Horseshoes, croquet, giant chess? Nothing gets guests involved quite like a little lawn competition.
WHEEL O’ GAMES: Our favorite game show gets a wedding makeover.
GIANT JENGA: A classic-turned-giant? Yes, please.
Make your guests green with envy with a wedding cake that stops the show. Green may not be the most popular color in the wedding world but it can sure make a scene with its organic and natural tones. Check out these cakes dressed in this rich and beautiful color!
Contemporary with a bit of preppiness mixed in, we’re in love with this charming design.
Don’t go the usual route, instead create a cake for your garden wedding that’s a bit outside-the-box!
There’s a bit of an Indian inspiration behind the intricate detail of these cakes, and they’re gorgeous!
A bit of rustic charm and ombre style a mixed into this minty beauty.
A pearly light green and billowing, cream flowers top of this gorgeous design.
There’s some mod, 60’s inspired style iced onto this wedding cake!
A personal favorite of the bunch, I’m smitten with this mint and gold design.
The purple florals compliment this green cake flawlessly and the golden vines pop right off the tiers.
When is the last time you saw a metallic green wedding cake? How can you not love this unique look?!
Here’s another slightly ombre style with feminine charm and romantic essence.
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Pink is a quintessential bridal color, so why not dress your cake in it too? From floral additions to beautiful designs, you can use this shade in so many wonderful ways. Let’s have a look at some cakes dressed pretty in pink!
Textural and light, we love this cake topped with a floral piece!
Who would of thought to have a cake with a print! This floral pattern would be a gorgeous addition to any wedding.
A very light, blushing hue, topped with candied floral details, this design is simple but o so sweet too!
Don’t be scared of adding fresh flowers to your cake, it can really make a gorgeous and unique style.
We’re swooning over this blushed, whipped masterpiece and its vintage charm.
Posh and sophisticated, the intricate detailing of this cake has so much artistic appeal and modern flair. It’s certainly a showstopper.
Similar to the one above, we’re in love with the varying shades of pink in this design.
A three-tiered cake with three beautiful shades, this one is a contemporary chic winner.
Blush and gold will always be a classic wedding day combination and we love the modern take on this cake.
photos via Brides
The days of the traditional guest book (with actual pages) are fading. The concept, however, isn’t going anywhere — just changing format. From date night suggestions to signed artwork for your walls, postcards and love locks, couples are making modern day “guest books” oh-so-personal and more clever than ever.
Here are 10 cool alternatives that’ll take you back to your special day for years:
LOCKED ON YOU: What better way to commemorate solidifying your love for each other than paying homage to the place where lovers from all over the world make wishes for their future, Paris’ Pont des Arts bridge (Paris’ love-lock bridge)?
ON TOP OF THE WORLD: We are seriously gushing over this global guest book. Have guests simply sign wherever, or have them sign in their favorite spot they’ve traveled, OR where they wish you will travel together as a couple. Then you are obligated to see them all, right?
SINGING THE RIGHT TUNE: Signing vinyls is a hip alternative for a music-loving duo.
A LIFE WELL BUILT: How adorable are these signed Jenga pieces? What fun you’ll have pulling out the game and rediscovering well wishes with every move for years down the road.
WARMED IN LOVE: When you’re fixin’ to cozy up on the couch together in the coming days, no doubt your guest book blankie will be your favorite throw to cuddle with.
FAMILY TREE: Check out Etsy for endless “family tree” esque murals and creations for a guest book option, all of which are relatively inexpensive.
COASTERS: We had these at our wedding, and I have to say, we love using them only to discover who they’re from from and what words of wisdom they impart.
POSTCARDS FROM PALS: Have your guests share greetings on postcards. Then, someone in your wedding party can mail them to you gradually throughout your first year of marriage. Who doesn’t die for love notes in the mail?
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: You’ll never be stumped for what to do on future date nights with countless ideas from your loved ones.
LOVE’S A HOME RUN: Are you two sports super fans? Set out your favorite equipment for your guests’ John Hancocks.
Top off the center of your reception with something unique. These creative wedding cake toppers could be the missing piece to your plans. From flowers to words, let’s have a peek, shall we?
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In honor of impending spring and those beautiful golden beams radiating from the sky, we’re spotlighting one of our favorite wedding hues: yellow. Whether it’s a shade of bright Meyer lemon or a buttery pastel, yellow is cheerful and happy — everything your wedding day should be about. Pair it with black, gray (yellow + gray = wildly popular right now), navy, green or really whatever — it complements endless colors. If yellow is on your mind, take cues from natural elements that are conveniently golden to incorporate into your big day; think overflowing bowls of lemons, bountiful bunches of sunflowers and guest favors of clover honey.
A word of advice: Stop perseverating over the weather, when you’ve got yellow in your palette, you’ll have a sunny wedding day, rain or shine.
Here’s some yellowspiration to get your creative juices flowing:
This is the happiest time in your life. Congratulations! We’re sure you are feeling the emotions and pressure of impending decisions. Have you set a date? Big/small? Where will it take place? When are you going dress shopping? And so on.
One of the first things you’ll do as a newly-engaged couple is an engagement photo session. Relax! This should be a fun day to experience with your new fiancé. After choosing a place and a photographer, perhaps the most important detail to coordinate is your attire. We’ve boiled it down into five tips that should make deciding on your duds as painless as possible.
Engagement Photo Attire Tips:
1) When selecting your clothing options, repeat after us: “Be yourself. Be natural. Be relaxed.” If you choose outfits that are out of your element, restricting or uncomfortable, it will show in pictures. This isn’t the time to pull out leather pants and leopard if your go-to style is a blouse and jeans.
2) Consider the weather and season. It is utterly charming to play into the season for your photo fashion — think of a flirty floral dress in the spring or a luscious coat and cable-knit scarf in the fall. The colors and cues of nature will support your look, whether you’re stomping in crisp leaves in a pair of chestnut boots or frolicking through the deep green forest in a flannel.
3) Be aware of your body type. You know yourself better than any photographer, designer, etc. — you know what looks awesome on you, what styles suit you, and you know your biggest insecurities. Be conscious of that when deciding what to wear. Choose clothes that you feel beautiful/handsome in.
4) Location, location, location. This goes hand-in-hand with tip #2. Look to your location for fashion inspiration and guidance. If you’re in love with the old red bench where he proposed and want to snap some shots there, choose a color that will complement that bright red hue. A pastel shade of green is probably not your best bet. If you’re at the beach, heels are probably not appropriate; barefoot would be better. You get the picture.
5) It takes two to tango. These are not solo glamour shots. Make sure your attire coordinates with your partner by choosing complementing patterns, colors and materials. Stay within the same color scheme and avoid clashing patterns and overly-busy designs. In a word — keep it simple.
6) Have fun!
No, it’s not just for drinking. It’s rich. It’s luxurious. It’s velvety. It’s marsala — the color Pantone dubbed the color of 2015 and a hue we’re completely crushing on for wedding palette perfection. We love when couples go bold and step outside of a muted scheme, opting for something deep, different and daring. Marsala is just that, and don’t think because of its bravado that it doesn’t have any friends — it pairs beautifully with several complimentary colors. And you’re not confined to featuring marsala exclusively for fall and wintertime celebrations. It’s appropriate any time of year, whether it’s coupled with denim for a down-home summery soiree, or dressed up with glittery gold for a festive bash around the holidays.
Drink up some marsala magic below. Delicious, huh?
While we love how wonderfully nostalgic throwing rice is after you’ve been pronounced ‘husband and wife,’ it’s fun to mix things up and choose something festive that suits the theme and feel of the wedding and you as a couple.
Here’s a round-up of some send-off ideas we love:
CONFETTI: Light, bright-colored confetti makes for a cheery celebration.
LAVENDER: Aromatic and a perfect shade of pastel purple, lavender is suited for a rustic, farm-inspired affair.
BEACH BALLS: If oceanside I dos are in your future, beach balls make a splash with guests to celebrate the new couple.
RIBBON WANDS: String together colored ribbons to make these whimsical wands, which look stunning flying through the air.
FEED THE BIRDS: For the eco-friendly love birds, throwing birdseed is a cool send-off sans guilt.
SPRINKLED WITH JOY: They’re on your favorites cookies, your favorite sundaes and now on your favorite day — multi-colored sprinkles are a sweet salute to your new marriage. And they’re photogenic!
UP, UP AND AWAY: There’s a childlike wonder in releasing balloons into the sky — fitting for the two kids in love.
GO WILD: Freshly-picked blooms are an earthy way to shower the newlyweds. How clever are these sheet music cones?
ALL THAT SPARKLES: If bling is your thing, flying glitter is just the ticket for your send-off.
WAVE ‘EM HIGH: Mini flags flying through the air couldn’t be any more charming. Fourth of July wedding, anybody?
As we mentioned in our recent post, mismatched bridesmaid fashion is what’s hot for 2015. You know we love this trend, so we recently got lost in Weddington Way‘s selection of scrumptious mix-and-match styles. With endless designs to choose from — short, long, structured, tailored, flowy, you name it — and an easy DIY showroom to compare styles side by side, it couldn’t be more simple to assemble your leading ladies’ coordinated look.
Don’t quite know how or where to start? We recommend starting with something that truly inspires you and growing the theme from there. For us, we fell in love with the rustic plum bouquet below, which served as the inspiration for our mix-and-match look. While we were tempted to toss in multiple colors (like a deep navy or girly blush), we decided to streamline color and length and make varying necklines the focus. If you attempt different necklines, lengths, fabrics and colors, it can get messy…fast. We’re picturing our styles — structured short frocks, each with its own neckline — accessorized with nude shoes, a luscious wrap and the plum bouquet below. Fall-time perfection, anyone? Enjoy.
Bringing your two names together is one of the most exciting effects of the entire wedding experience — and you can’t help but want those newly-joined initials glued, printed, stenciled and stitched on every knickknack and around every corner. (Aw.)
While monograms are not nouveau when it comes to wedding celebrations and decor, couples are finding sweet new ways to incorporate them throughout their festivities. Think outside of the typical monogrammed hanky (okay, you will probably still have this, and we don’t blame you — it’s darling) and more like monogram-shaped cupcake displays.
TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME: Corn hole has made a sudden resurgence as a go-to game at parties and weddings — guests love activities. A simple DIY project, personalized corn hole boards are a hit and will be a fun memento for years to come.
DAPPER DISPLAY: Cupcakes’ popularity has soared in the last five years or so; reinvent the trend by arranging the confections in a two-toned, sleek monogram arrangement.
CAKE TOPPER: Relatively inexpensive (and can even be an easy DIY project), a script monogram cake topper is stunning.
BRIDESMAID GIFTS: Expect a longer post on gifts for your gals in the near future. Until then, we love these modern monogrammed (yours or theirs) bracelets as a token of thanks for your leading ladies.
GUESTBOOK: A bold initial is a great alternative to a traditional guestbook — and can double as the first piece of art you own together. (Those walls are pretty bare in the early days!) Also, instead of your guests’ well wishes being tucked away in a book on a shelf somewhere, with a hanging initial, you’ll always be able to steal a glance as you walk by.
VEIL: We couldn’t help but include this adorable monogrammed veil. In this case, the new monogram doubles as a decorative touch and her “something new.”
These smooth and shining taffeta wedding gowns are perfect for a classic bride with a classic vision in mind. Taffeta may not be one of the most popular fabrics in the wedding world but it surely create a gorgeous foundation for your bridal look. Let’s have a peek!
photos via Brides
It’s undoubtedly the most romantic city in the world. Ah, Paris.
From the fashion to the florals, fine food and pastries, we can’t imagine anything more chic than Parisian-inspired nuptials. You may even be lucky enough to actually host a destination affair in the French capital. But if not, you can certainly plan a Parisian party that emits all the joie de vive the City of Light has to offer. Maybe you want to go all out with a full-fledged Paris theme; maybe you’d love to feature a French dinner menu; maybe you’re dying to recreate a classic patisserie for your dessert table. All are decadent options, and they don’t stop there — ideas are infinite when it comes to Paris, one of the most colorful, culturally-rich cities in the world.
Here’s some Parispiration that’ll transport you to France in a flash:
Have your ladies in waiting sparkling and shining in yellow this season! For your spring or summer wedding have your bridesmaids looking pretty in these yellow dresses. Let’s have a look, shall we?
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Every wedding deserves a signature cocktail. A sip that tastes like and represents the day’s theme and season all in one. We’re gathering the year’s best in flavors and sharing the look and ingredients of some of our favorites. And today’s it’s all about the refreshing and revitalized tastes of springtime. Take a look at these 6 spring-inspired signature cocktails and see if one catches your fancy or works for your celebration!
For a darker hue that works for evening, formal settings but still gives a flavor of spring, we love this Blackberry Smash made with a bit of whiskey. It’s great for older palettes or ones with some richer-loving taste buds. Garnish with some mint and a red plum slice for a dash of color.
A prettier and lighter treat for your wedding day would be this fun and flirty candied grapefruit cocktail. It packs a punch because, well, grapefruit itself can have that effect but it also exudes a beautiful, blushing tone and has that fruity nature everyone loves to have during the springtime. Made with gin, grapefruit juice, agave nectar and a dash of cayenne it’s definitely worth a taste.
What’s more springtime than a burst of blooming florals? And a cocktail that is infused with rose petals can surely make your party and its flavors stand out from the crowd. All you need is some rose syrup to get started while creating your own signature “rosey” drink that works with your taste buds and your big day.
For a fresh surprise, try a champagne cocktail garnished with a bit of something different. You’ll get a dash of green and a dash of your springtime garden mixed in with this yummy, sophisticated treat. Some champagne, orange bitters and apple citrus syrup (topped off with some fresh oregano) come together to create quite the unique sip.
This hot and vibrant cocktail is sure to get the party started and everyone loosened up on the dance floor. Combine some chocolate bitters, tequila, hops syrup and lime juice in this flavorful and surprising treat. And the color will mix well with a variety of bright and shining spring tones.
Not every drink at the reception has to be made with alcohol. You can easily have a signature mocktail too that everyone, of all ages and taste buds, can try! For an easy sip that tastes like spring but still packs a unique and fun punch, try lavender infused lemonade! So many people will love to try it as a first-timer and it pairs perfectly for garden-inspired celebrations.
Are you dreaming of a wedding in the springtime? Instead of simply picking out a color and trying to create a magical setting around that one-dimensional idea, try thinking about a theme and running with it. Be as unique or personal as you’d like, think about details and accents from the flowers to the signature cocktails swirling around throughout the reception. And we’re here to inspire you. Take a look at these unique takes on a classic, warm-weathered wedding with these themes!
The most obvious of the bunch, a garden-themed wedding is quintessentially spring. All the flowers are blooming and nature is coming back to life after a long winter. You can go as big or as small as you’d like with this theme. But any way you choose when your vision is floral, you’ll have the most romantic of views. Surround yourself with roses, tulips, carnations, peonies and more at both the ceremony and the reception.
It’s too hot to enjoy in the summer, but just right in the spring. Get creative and plan a fun, exciting and youthful day at a carnival! And while you’re there, why not tie the knot? From popcorn machines to silly games at the reception, there are so many different details and accents you can add when creating a carnival-themed wedding day. Go vintage, go modern … but go with a lot of fun!
Those first few months of slight, warmer weather make for the perfect time to throw a tea party for the girls … or even bring that light and whimsy theme into you wedding day. Whether it’s a vintage-inspired brunch time tea party or you bring Alice in Wonderland to life at your reception, there’s something so special about this fairy-tale like theme. The hidden nuances you can hide throughout the celebration can really make it extraordinary.
Whether it’s a soda pop theme or quirky 50’s prom, creating a retro celebration can be incredibly fun and youthful. It’ll be memorable, you can truly have fun with everyone’s attire for the big day and play with vibrant and contrasting colors. Think about how memorable these moments and photos will end up being! This is perfect for spring just because of the vivaciousness that the theme can bring out and, of course, the tea-length dresses!
Bohemian themes are truly able to be used all year long, but that’s why they’re so special. The carefree, natural spirit of a bohemian theme can transcend all seasons but also bring about the best in every one. Use flowers, use the outdoors, use the bright colors and flowing accents to create a springtime, boho celebration with all the bridal beauty in the world.
Be daring and be different … even when you’re a bride. You don’t always have to follow traditional rules when it comes to your wedding. Peek at these gorgeous, real-life brides who nixed the white and adorned themselves with blushing bridal gowns!
Brighten up the bride or the bridesmaids with a sunshine-inspired bouquet full of yellow florals or accents. Let’s have a look at some beautiful, yellow bride bouquets full of vivaciousness and life.
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These gowns would float down a springtime or summertime aisle with ease. Water-inspired, dipped in aqua shades, these bridesmaids dresses have a beautiful tone and plenty of versatile shapes.
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