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Don’t come to the wedding unprepared. As a bridesmaid, your job is to make the bride’s day run flawlessly and as stress-free as possible. When disaster strikes, don’t let it get you down and become chaotic. Instead, pack what you need for unforeseen events. For example, no bride wants a chip nail on her finger when she gets her new piece of jewelry. Make sure she has a backup plan. Have her bottle of nail polish on the front lines. And that’s where this awesome check-list from Gorgeous in Grey comes in. It includes everything you may need when something goes south.weddingDay_EmergencyKit

 

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We hear it all the time, “I want to feel like a princess when I walk down the aisle.” And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Infuse your day with bits of romanticism, fairy-tale style and a luxurious princess-inspired ball gown!

annika-atelier-aimee-wedding-dress-primaryA sprinkling of yellow and ruffles gives us a bit of a Bell from Beauty of the Beast’s experience.

2167-casablanca-bridal-wedding-dress-primaryHere’s a beautiful, classic princess-styled wedding with flowing skirt layers and a beaded neckline.

2873-demetrios-young-sophisticates-wedding-dress-primaryThere’s something so wintery and magical about this textural wedding gown.

3108_lazaro_wedding_dress_primaryPeach-colored with a floral belt, this is a sweet and youthful gown completed with a very fairy-tale punch.

3161_lazaro_wedding_dress_primaryA cluster of petals concluding this gown’s skirt, we’re in love with the interest and artistry of this gown.

3364-lazaro-wedding-dress-primaryThis princess gown is sewn with a lot of bohemian flavor and love. We’re also sure we’ve never seen an illusion neckline this beautiful before.

6413-hayley-paige-wedding-dress-primaryThe layers and movement of this gown are enough to make us all want to have a swing on the dance floor.

8315-jim-hjelm-wedding-dress-primaryLace in all the right places, this ball gown has a royal feel and very sophisticated and timeless presence.

9216_alvina_valenta_wedding_dress_primaryA wispier version of the classic, princess ball gown, we’re in love with this one-shoulder wraparound.

9450-alvina-valenta-wedding-dress-primaryTumbling ruffles are dramatic and sweet, this is a design where you’ll feel nothing less than a princess bride.

gardenia-giuseppe-papini-wedding-dress-primaryHere’s a ball gown that was made for a springtime affair with it’s flowing skirt and floral detailing.

215277-david-tutera-for-mon-cheri-wedding-dress-primaryA dash of pink and intricate details and layers, this gown is an absolute stunner.

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Setting the scene of your wedding and vow renewal doesn’t have to be within the confines of tradition. Instead, why not with a beautiful mountain view? We’ve compiled ten gorgeous, real wedding photos to inspire your venue and location of choice.

007.jbrynn$!900xJust think of how sweet your bridal party will look in the springtime up against a backdrop like this.

0521$!900xSay your I do’s when the leaves start to change. Each photo will look like a piece of artwork.

1540$!900xJust look how grandiose, yet ethereal a setting like this can do for your overall ambiance.

5328f613da81e$!900xThe contrast between formal wedding attire and nature’s greatness has such a beautiful, hightlighted effect.

5446b13c14c0a$!900xYou’d also be surprised how many spots there are with photo-op finishes that are perfect for newlywed couples to indulge in.

542361ca47c96$!900xGet your ceremony to be set for cliff-side for extra dramatics and awe.

bp_052$!900xRocks can certainly add a bout of texture and boho essence to your day, and if you find a creek or quarry as such, go for it!

daniellecapitophotography_261$!900xIn a golden field with a mountainous scenery, it doesn’t get much more romantic.

iselinwedding_1788_1$!900xDon’t worry, you can still feel like a princess surrounding by what Mother Nature has made.

twinlens_vegas-14$!900xIf you have the privilege of planning of mountainside wedding, don’t miss out on the change to have the most beautiful, natural backdrop to your celebration!

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If you are getting married, you already know that it’s a serious event that you and your soon to be spouse will never forget. Whether you are getting married at home on a country estate, downtown in a courthouse or in Las Vegas, this is an important day that you should spend a lot of time and energy planning and arranging so that it fits both of your needs and wants as a new couple.

Check Out Atlantic City for Your Wedding

We have talked about Las Vegas, a countryside wedding or just going to the courthouse, but what about heading out to Atlantic City for your wedding? This is a great place to get married because it is in a beautiful location, but it is also a fun place to go and spend time as well. Not only will you and your soon to be spouse have a grand time, but you can almost guarantee that your friends and close family members will have an amazing time as guests as well. Even if you decide not to go down to the casinos to place some of your own bets in person, you can still have a good time, eat great food and just Visit Red Flush Canada on the internet. It’s a great way to earn some extra cash to pay for those wedding bills.

All the Details Need to Be In Place

To be sure, there will be a lot to plan out for your Atlantic City wedding. It’s not too easy to do it all a few days beforehand, so make sure that you are planning long before the date has been set. Atlantic City can be seriously busy, so you’ll need to make sure that you figure out the venue as your first event. Find a place that fits the amount of guests that you will have.

Figure Out Your Reception

Many people like to have their reception in the same venue as their marriage if they are not going to be getting married in a church or other place of worship. This is a great idea because it allows you to keep everyone close at hand. You won’t have to worry about having your guests change parking or having to locate a new location for the reception in Atlantic City, which can be a sort of difficult city to navigate if you do not already know the area well.

Other Things to Plan

Of course, there are a few other things to plan too! You’ll need food for the reception, a dress for the bride and tux for the groom, a getaway car and then there’s the honeymoon! Make sure to get everything planned, and have a great wedding in beautiful Atlantic City!

Spruce up your summer shindig with some unique color combinations.  From the cakes to the flowers there are more than just the “traditional” ways of decorating and coloring your wedding day. And we’re here to share some wonderful shade duos that can really shine and “take the cake,” in terms of style, photographs and wowing your guests with something a bit more special than what they’re used to. Summertime is all about vibrancy and that theme can be spread throughout your wedding. Take a look at our color favorites and ideas for your big day! Hopefully, you’ll grab some inspiration and create something magical.

Seafoam & Blush

4-peach-and-sea-foam-wedding-cake-and-bouquetSoft and delicate but with a very refreshing and vibrant essence, we’re in love with the romance of this color pair. The blush creates a traditional, feminine feel while the seafoam adds a specific contrasts making it a bit more unique and edgier than the expected. We love the life these two tones bring to the party and love that they can coincide with so many different themes and style genres.

Fuchsia & OrangePink-and-Orange-Wedding-FlowersIf you really want to create magic and set the scene, go with something even more vivacious, like a brilliant shade of orange and a deep, sultry fuchsia. This is a gorgeous pick when you’re creating an evening celebration and even one with a more formal feel. It speaks of summer but with a much more sophisticated and revitalized personality.

Lavender & Mint

2012-03-15_014Here we have lavender and mint, two beautiful, cool-hued colors that refresh and cozy a room. This too has a definite sense of romanticism and even a touch of Jane Austen air floating around it’s coupling. Working well throughout daytime ceremonies or formal, evening events too, it’s another versatile choice!

Teal & Gold

0741_gallery-image_14640For a real show-stopper, add a rich teal and a glittering gold to your party. It’ll take your guests breath away while still adding that sunshiney, summertime liveliness to the celebration. This is definitely one of our more unique choices but it could really do wonders to your vintage reception or modern vision.

 

Coral & Yellow

 

bright-wedding-flowers-peonies-anemones-succulents-coral-yellow-baby-blue-silver-touches.originalFlirty and fun, here’s a color combination that is sure to stir up some summertime vibes. Instead of pink, take a good long look at adding coral to your celebration. It’s better on a variety of skin tones for your bridesmaids and there’s a wonderful selection of florals to match. Of course, yellow is an A+ accent as it highlights coral’s natural warmth and spirit.

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Signature Wedding Drinks: Winter Cocktails; Cranberry Vanilla Martini!

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WINTER SANGRIA

23 Yummy Signature Wedding Cocktails to Get the Party Started - Winter Sangria via Dishing Up the Dirt

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Fill up your reception with florals, of course, but why not add some seasonal fruits for extra interest and fun? Apples in the fall and lemons in the summer, you’d be surprised all the uniqueness and festivity you can add to the party. Take a peek at these fruit-filled centerpieces for inspiration.

0113$!400xA small, orange bouquet at your chic, white and ultra modern wedding gives the right pop, don’t you think?

525b6e75be6cd$!400xSome peaches, apples and grapes can help to create a beautiful display for you fall or winter wedding scape.

530ce22d55854$!400xHere’s a more rustic layout to choose from, with a bit of berries thrown in.

538f32d106cbe$!400xA bowl full of peaches could really highlight a springtime affair.

544ec9eebe80c$!400xFrosted fruit could be a beautiful way to accent your winter wonderland.

5391b6f846c4e$!400xLine the reception tables with fruit-filled garland as a way of creating interest, texture and more depth.

5464e530e48cd$!400xDon’t forget about pomegranates when creating the right kind of fall or winter adornment.

5464f583661c2$!400xGourds may not be fruit but they are in the realm of decorating outside the wedding norm, and we love this fall charm!

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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! 

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This budget-savvy blog is all about saving money on your wedding day. Jessica took us behind the scenes and shared a bit of the backstory…

The Budget Savvy Bride is a daily wedding blog sharing projects, tips and tricks to help you save money on your wedding. We feature real weddings on budgets of $25k or less, all of which include a full budget breakdown from the bride. It’s very helpful to see how other brides spend their money so you can glean some wisdom and tips from the real bride interviews. We also love sharing free printables and DIY projects that add personality to your day without doing too much damage on the wallet.

I started BSB back in the spring of 2008, shortly after my then-boyfriend popped the big question. When I was planning our budget wedding, there weren’t many resources out there for brides with a limited budget. I decided to keep a journal of my budget savvy wedding planning, but little did I know how useful my experiences, ideas and tips would be to so many other budget brides!

Since getting married in May 2009, I’ve continued sharing tips and tricks for how to save money on your big day with the help of our guest bride bloggers. We love to feature real budget weddings that show that it is possible to have a beautiful wedding no matter your budget! Our goal is to be a valuable resource for brides looking to have a fabulous wedding without breaking the bank!”

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Your favorite aspect about blogging and your favorite aspect about your blog specifically:

I love running The Budget Savvy Bride because it allows me to express my creative side. I love putting together tutorials and inspiration posts, and of course reading about love and the happiest day of someone’s life brings a smile to my face daily. The thing that makes it worth it for me is knowing how much my site helps other brides! Getting emails from readers expressing their gratitude truly warms my heart.

3 words that describe your blog: 

Savvy, Approachable, and Colorful!

Links to 3 of your favorite posts EVER: 

5 Tips to Create a Glam Wedding on a Small Bugdet / Bachelorette Party Survival Kit / Choose in Season Flowers

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About Weddings / The Every Last Detail / Something Turquoise

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While we have an ongoing love affair with tulle, we are also completely, head-over-heels in love with lace. Dainty, feminine and demure, lace has an old-world, timeless feel that we can’t get enough of. With endless cuts and styles available, there’s a look for everyone when it comes to lace.

Here are ten ways to lace your day with extra love:

LACY DRESS: A head-to-toe lace look is lust-worthy. If you’re planning to wear an all-lace gown, make sure you have an expert lined up to press your dress perfectly before the big day. The texture of the fabric can lay funny in certain places, and you want to ensure your gown falls just as it should.

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GIRLY GARTER: Just a hint of lace adds a sexy touch to tradition.

Put your garter on your cowboy boots for a great photo! #WesternWedding #CountryWedding #Garter

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WRAPPED UP: A boutiful bouquet is beautiful as-is, but add a wrapped lace detail, and it’s a homerun.

Vintage Lace Bouquet Wrap on http://www.StyleMePretty.com/2014/03/24/pink-maui-bridal-shoot/  Photography: Wendy Laurel - www.wendylaurel.com #SMP

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OVERARCHING LOVE: Canopies of airy lace are stunning billowing in the wind.

So pretty! Overhead white lace wedding decor

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RUN AWAY WITH ME: A lacy table runner down a distressed wooden table is classy, country and casual. Tip: Keep flowers simple and let the runner take the lead.

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VEILED IN LACE: There’s something utterly ethereal and princesslike about a delicate, lace-trimmed veil framing the bride’s face.

Cream wedding veil, Champagne  bridal veil, Cathedral lace veil Mantilla, Beaded Lace. $178.00, via Etsy.

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HOLY, HANKY: A lace-edged hankie is a tasteful way to dry your tears.

Embroidered Scalloped Lace Wedding Handkerchief | #exclusivelyweddings

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FANCY FOOTWEAR: After all, your feet want in on the lace lusciousness, too.

Laguna Beach Wedding from Sara and Rocky Photography + LaFleur Weddings  Read more - http://www.stylemepretty.com/california-weddings/2013/08/08/laguna-beach-wedding-from-sara-and-rocky-photography/

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LACE ILLUSION CAKE: If you’re seeking to add interest to your cake without over decorating, a white-on-white lace design might just be the ticket.

Wedding Cakes With Exceptional Details. To see more: http://www.modwedding.com/2014/06/20/wedding-cakes-exceptional-details/  #wedding #weddings #weddingcake Featured Wedding Cake: Cotton Crumbs

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SWEET STATIONARY: Just when you thought stationary couldn’t get any cuter. It does.

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Long gone are the days of brides sporting solely a string of pearls with matching studs. Rather, modern-day brides are opting for louder jewelry on the big day; and they’re wearing it in more than just the predictable places. Think chunky pieces and colored gems. Think jewelry draping on the forehead, hands and even feet. Remember Kim Kardashian’s famous forehead jewels? As we’ve mentioned before, the fashionable bride is owning her individuality, dressing to suit her personal taste rather than meet the bridal norm. She is interesting, daring and glamorous.

Let’s explore some of our favorite bold jewelry trends that we’re seeing brides sport this season.

BACK JEWELRY

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HAND JEWELRY

bling bling, jewllery, boho style, summer fashion, accessories

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STACKED BANGLES

I love a wrist full of bangles...and I love how it keeps the neck open in a lovely wedding gown neckline!

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CHANDELIER EARRINGS

I love this. Maybe ill do a very simple necklace with extravagant earrings!

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CHUNKY NECKLACES

Statement Bridal Necklaces - Read more on One Fab Day: http://onefabday.com/bridal-statement-necklaces/

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FOREHEAD JEWELRY

Boho Forehead Bands & Beautiful Halo Crowns. This model is stunning! | Bridal Style see more at http://www.wantthatwedding.co.uk/2014/11/04/boho-forehead-bands-halo-crowns/

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COLOR, COLOR, COLOR

Unique and bold bridal accessories that will make a real statement at your wedding! | Wedding Party

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CHEST/SHOULDER GLAM

Vintage Luxury wedding jewelry  long crystal necklace chain bridal shoulder strap body chain jewelry accessories

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You’re going to be running around talking to people all. day. long. Your guests, your family, your wedding party. The list is endless. But it’s important not to forget what the day is truly about — the two of you. Enter sweetheart tables.

We adore the idea of a traditional sweetheart table, a place where the two of you can snuggle up, connect and focus on each other. While many couples’ major woe is that they didn’t have time to eat at their reception, we highly recommend you take time to enjoy the food you spent months choosing, and the natural isolation of a sweetheart table will facilitate that. After all, you’ll need all the fuel you can get to keep you going all night long.

Whether you tuck your table in a private cove or place it at the center of the reception schematic, sweetheart tables can’t get any sweeter. Not to mention, a table-for-two is one of the cutest, most photogenic scenes of the entire day. Take cues from our ten favorites below with their garlands, tongue-and-cheek signage, flirty florals and more — all a toast to the new couple, the forever party of two.

Sweetheart settee for the newlyweds #reception | Photography: Jodi Miller Photography - www.jodimillerphotography.com  Read More: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/05/12/casual-southern-garden-wedding/

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Mint wedding theme peach wedding theme beach wedding sweetheart table www.LoveShineBridal.etsy.com

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A book lovers wedding with classic and intimate details! Captured by: Jono and Laynie Photography #weddingchicks http://www.weddingchicks.com/2014/08/01/classic-book-lovers-wedding/

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Wedding Decor Toronto Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design - Stylish wedding decor and flowers for Toronto

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Ruffled® | Picture 79833 « Page 10 « Technicolor Doris Day Themed Wedding

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Top 10 Floral Ideas to Make Your Wedding Bloom - The Wedding Scoop: Directory, Reviews and Blog for Singapore Weddings

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Sweetheart Table + Hand-lettered "decor" -- butcher paper? From Cedarwood Weddings @Cedarwood Weddings on SMP: http://stylemepretty.com/2013/04/25/nashville-wedding-from-kristyn-hogan-cedarwood-weddings/ Photography: Kristyn Hogan

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marquee lights + paper flower backdrop, photo by Onelove Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-handcrafted-by-the-groom #weddingideas #backdrops

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Lovely Pageo Lavender Farm Wedding - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/11/18/lovely-pageo-lavender-farm-wedding

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15 Sweetheart table ideas perfect for your reception! #weddingchicks

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The wedding dress is the dress of all dresses. But if you’re an engaged bride-to-be, you’ll soon come to realize that in the time leading up to the big day, you’ll wear many dresses — to bridal showers, brunches, engagement parties, lunches and the rehearsal dinner.

Rehearsal dinners were once simple affairs after the wedding rehearsal, but have since grown into a more all-inclusive, to-do event with pictures, speeches and pomp and circumstance.  Thus, you must dress the part! Traditionally, the bride wears white to the rehearsal dinner because, well, what other time in your life can you get away with so much white clothing? But really, it’s about your personal style and how you want to look as the bride-to-be. Don’t be afraid of color, pattern, pleats, sparkle or even jump suits.

Whether it’s a laid back picnic or a ritzy soiree, we’ve got you covered with some rehearsal dinner outfit inspiration.

Custom Claire Pettibone 'Brigitte' gown in red re-embroidered lace w/ gold silk lining & belt | Photo: Lindsay Madden Photography via the Elizabeth Messina 'A Lovely Workshop' | Floral: Amy Osaba

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nice idea for rehearsal dinner. silk shift instead of sleeves maybe. Pretty jewelry. Shirt must be sexy and light and skim curves though, not "professional"

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Perfect for a bridal shower

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Little white looks for a shower, rehearsal dinner, or city hall

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This chic look from Maje and Synderela is affordable and perfect for a City Hall wedding or rehearsal dinner! | Brides.com

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Be the Best Dressed Wedding Guest, Whatever Your Budget: With invites trickling in, wedding season will be in full swing before you have time to say "rehearsal dinner."

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I would need a little pin tuck above the waste for my shape, but I like the style. jg.

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36 Chic Rehearsal Dinner Outfits | HappyWedd.com

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The Happiest Girls are the Prettiest-Rehearsal Dinner outfit?

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Scallops. (Also bridal shower or wedding rehearsal dress idea + something blue ) More outfit ideas at www.extrapetite.com

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Dresses for the engagement party, wedding shower, bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner- all so pretty!!

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A huge trend we’re seeing pop up for weddings this year is patterns. Chevron, ikat, stripes and florals are taking form in table runners, envelope liners, fashion accessories and more. Among our favorite patterns for weddings? Polka dots! Playful, sophisticated and flirty all at once, polka dots are cute as can be — whether you use them as a bold lead for your wedding decoration or as a soft detail on your veil, cake or favors.

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, either. When done correctly, it’s to die for. Polka dots pair perfectly with stripes and florals, making for an interesting contrast of textures and colors to the eye. Did we mention how great bold patterns look in pictures? It’s harder to capture subtle nuances in soft colors and designs, but a bold dotted detail was born to be photographed.

See the inspiration below for ideas that we think hit it on the dot.

Pretty gold writing on pink polka dots for favor bags. I like this look for other paper projects too, like a scrapbook page.

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Polka Dot Tulle 1950s Dress Bride Bow Belt Vintage Tea Party Tipi Wedding  http://lovethatsmilephotography.com/

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navy and white wedding ideas menu design by inkprint letterpress

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polka dot wedding inspiration #polkadots http://weddings.momsmags.net/polka-dot-wedding-invitation-cards/

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Designer inspired wedding day.Captured By: Alicia Thurston Photography

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Polkadot veil ~ Bridal Accessories by Anna Campbell 2013 Collection | bellethemagazine.com

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polka dot wedding table + checkered napkin

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Outstanding Daily Wedding Cake Inspiration. To see more: http://www.modwedding.com/2014/07/07/daily-wedding-cake-inspiration-3/ #wedding #weddings #wedding_cake Featured Wedding Cake: Amelie’s Kitchen

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muted green bout and gray bow tie - photo by Shannen Natasha - http://ruffledblog.com/metropolitan-garden-wedding/

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39 Polka-Dot Wedding Inspirations - Apparel

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Black and gold place setting | Christa Elyce Photography and @twobewed | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/06/colorful-fun-kate-spade-wedding/ #katespade

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After attending dozens and dozens of weddings, it’s been our experience that banquet meals have these things in common: they’re boring, uninventive, often luke-warm and underwhelming. Yawn! Thus, we’re excited to see many couples thinking outside the box when it comes to the food they serve and how they serve it at their reception. Instead of traditional sit-down meals (which have mistakenly been regarded as the most elegant option — not true!), couples are choosing stations, buffets, family-style dining and food carts to serve local specialties and their personal favorites.

From sushi bars to low country boils, burgers and taco bars, here are 10 food station ideas that have us salivating. Wouldn’t you want to chow down on some of this grub? We know we would.

1. PIES ON DECK

Made to order pizza station at wedding reception. Captured By: Erica Chan Photography http://www.weddingchicks.com/2014/06/20/handcrafted-barn-wedding-2/

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2. PASTA BAR

If we cater ourselves, like the idea of different pastas--with sign!

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3. BUTTER MY BISCUITS

23 food station ideas. I like the pasta bar, French fry station and taco station, hope the caterers can do this

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4. BURGERS, BABY!

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5. SUSHI BAR

Sushi Bar. Could be a chunk of our appetizers- we could just pick it up that day and keep it cold till we serve - maybe avoid ones with raw fish if we don't serve it on ice

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6. FIESTA FARE

Looking for a different twist on your wedding meal, why not try a gourmet taco bar?... Sooo cool!

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7. ALL ABOUT SPUDS

spud bar table - love my taters!

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8. LOW COUNTRY BOIL

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9. TAPAS BAR

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10. OYSTER SHOOTERS

Yum! Oyster bar at nautical and secret garden inspired wedding on San Juan Island with photos by Laurel McConnell Photography | junebugweddings.com

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We’re sure that you’re up to your ears in checklists as the blushing bride-to-be. Countdowns, stationary dos and don’ts, proper etiquette tips, oh my! In life, it’s always good to have a gut check, and weddings are no exception.

Use this all-encompassing checklist as a general guide throughout the wedding-planning process, or as a final sweep a couple days before to confirm that you have everything in place. Nothing like last-minute organization and peace of mind for the bride. Checkmarks will never have felt so good. A calm, organized bride = a happy bride.

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Before the bride makes her grand entrance it’s the flower girl who captivates everyone’s eyes and hearts. I mean, how darling is she as she coyly makes her way to the altar with coaxing from guests along the way? She may dump all the petals in one spot, or she may manage to perfectly place them along the runner — either way, she’s too cute to care.

As with bridal fashion, we’re seeing the norm of flower girl dresses widening to include different styles, materials, fabrics, details and more. From mini-maxis to total tulle, here are some of our favorite flower girl looks for the modern little girl.

TULLED BEAUTY

“Alice” tulle layer tier dress with balloon sleeves in white, NELLY STELLA

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CASUAL CUTENESS

Gold Hearts Dress | Little girl dress from @girlinspired | White and gold dress

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baby maxi dress! dying of cuteness!!

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FLOWER CHILD

Scallop-Necked Dress | 41 Flower Girl Dresses That Are Better Than Grown-Up People Dresses

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RADIANT IN RUFFLES

This ruffled flower girl dress is a steal at less than $30.

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BOHO BABY

Bohemian Flowergirl Dresses: Tea Princess Ivory Wildflower Collection (instagram: the_lane)

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GARDEN GIRL

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20 Fashion-Forward Flower Girl Dresses via Brit + Co.  I WANT this beaded-top one.

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No matter how good of a memory you think you have, we can promise you that the big day will be a big blur. Thankfully, you’ve got reinforcements — photography and videography — to help you relive the special moments for the rest of your lives.

Hiring a photographer is the first crucial step. And hurry! They book up fast. Where to begin? Word of mouth. Recommendations from friends and other contacts are the best insurance on the market, in addition to a good look at his/her portfolio to make sure the style matches what you’ve envisioned.

Once you hire a photographer, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty. What’s included in the package? How does he/she like to work? How will the pictures be delivered? Don’t panic. We’ve gathered the must-ask, do-not-forget questions to ask your photog to get everyone on the same page for your wedding day — just print it out and bring it along to your consultation.

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Your guest book is a precious keepsake that you can intentionally have for years to come. Kind words and a record of friends and family in attendance on your big day, this piece of the wedding doesn’t have to be the most traditional of choices. We’ve shown you some unique choices and ideas before but we’re here again to show off wedding guest books and have you grab some alternative inspiration!

Wedding Guest BooksA book full of tiny envelopes with tiny letters inside from all your guests, it’ll be a great read after every anniversary rolls by.

Wedding Guest BooksDIY some artwork for your newlywed home, and have a spot for each of your loved ones to sign.

Wedding Guest BooksOf course, you could have everyone pin where they’re from to a world map for an extra personalized piece.

Wedding Guest BooksSign in using some vintage-inspired decorative pieces.

Wedding Guest BooksOr have your friends and family sign the matted frame from your favorite engagement photo.

Wedding Guest BooksA handful of postcards can turn into the most perfect guestbook experience, especially when there’s a mailbox to place them in.

Wedding Guest BooksHave your guests take selfies and then stick them inside a scrapbook, sign and seal it!

Wedding Guest BooksAdd a tip jar to the reception and have each guests include some of their own “tips” to live by.

Wedding Guest BooksYou could even have your guests answer personalized and unique questions. Their answers may surprise you!

Wedding Guest BooksGrab your new monogram and have your favorite people sign it with love. It’ll become an instant classic for your home!

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It’s decadent, rich, glamorous and earthy all at the same time. It’s emerald. And it’s gorgeous.

Just when you thought soft pinks and peaches ruled the wedding world, some brave, bold hues come onto the scene. Emerald green pairs with almost anything — navy, gold, silver, baby blue, orange. It can act as the neutral (think emerald as the new navy) accented by other colors, and can equally be the star of the show as say, the pop of color set against black and white neutrals.

Use it with lighter accents for spring and summer nuptials and alongside other deep jewel tones and metallics for fall and winter I dos. Either way, it’s equally dreamy. Here’s some inspiration that will make you go green with envy.

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Create a lush scene with a floral backdrop that will take your breath away. Your wedding photos will have their own unique spin and personalized touch! Show off your couple style with one of these creative designs that will make your party stand out and seem even more so picturesque.

Wedding Floral BackdropThis oversized, floral wreath most certainly creates a moment to capture a picture-perfect newlywed scene.

Wedding Floral BackdropDelicate drops of beautiful, seasonal floral arrangements, here’s a simple example of how beautiful your ceremony backdrop could be.

Wedding Floral BackdropIt doesn’t get anymore beautiful than this garden-inspired wall created to highlight the bride.

Wedding Floral BackdropThis backdrop of floating, cascading flowers set the scene to this whimsical ceremony quite nicely.

Wedding Floral BackdropEven more rustic tastes can have a sprinkling of fairy-tale, just look at the bride’s entrance to the party – and it easily turns into a photo-op for the happy couple for after the vows!

Wedding Floral BackdropOf course, you can also find wonderful ways to highlight the dessert tables or gift spot. Just check out this vintage-esque scene at the reception!

Wedding Floral Backdrop53432b63e6b28$!400xA floating arch of yellow-hued flowers can surely set off some fireworks for the bride’s beauty shots.

Wedding Floral BackdropHere’s a more traditional backdrop you can create. White always looks good on a wedding day.

Wedding Floral BackdropAnd here’s a more eclectic finish to try and replicate, make sure to add some greenery into the mix for an organic touch.

Wedding Floral BackdropOf course, some paper florals can create a scene just like the fresh do.

 

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After the adrenaline rush that is getting engaged, beginning the actual planning process for your wedding seems like a complete and utter drag. Choosing your venue is perhaps the most difficult of all, as your wedding location is the most crucial yet most back-breaking decision. There is little in life less exciting than sifting through miles of wedding venues guidebooks, reading meaningless specs and looking at retouched photos.

The only valuable way to evaluate wedding venues is to see them in person — but not every bride- and groom-to-be understands why and how site visits can be so worthwhile. To save time, energy, and money, and to find the wedding venue of your dreams, learn how to evaluate venues on-site.

Bring Tools

Merely seeing a venue in-person isn’t enough to tell you whether the space is right for your wedding. Only hard data will allow you to accurately compare different sites so you can choose the best option for you. In order to measure and record, you will need to prepare and bring along a bevy of tools you can pull out to ascertain and log your tour guide’s facts. At the bare minimum, you should have:

  • A reliable tape measure
  • A working pen
  • A sturdy notepad
  • Swatches of your colors
  • A fully charged camera

Take Your Own Pictures

Just like glossy photos of celebrities in magazines, the glamorous images of wedding venues on their websites are enhanced and edited. Venues want to put their best face forward. Wide-angle lenses make rooms look larger than they are, and special filters make lighting more pleasing. Some venues may represent themselves truthfully on the Web — like Anoush.com for wedding halls and catering — but more often, the rooms shown on venue websites look dramatically different than they do in real life.

Though you can use online images to narrow down your search before scheduling walkthroughs, during your tour, you should use your own faithful camera to snap pictures of the spaces. Then, you can judge for yourself how your own wedding photographs will look if you select the space.

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Ask Questions

Most venue guides are experienced employees, perhaps even managers and directors of the site, which means they know nearly everything there is to know about the rooms and services. However, just because they have this information doesn’t mean they’ll share it freely. You should be prepared to make a thorough investigation of the place by interrogating your guide with any and all pertinent questions. For example, you should at least ask:

  • How many hours are included in the rental?
  • Where are the entrances/exits and restrooms?
  • Where does catering set up?
  • Are there any restrictions on alcohol or noise?
  • Does the venue provide equipment?
  • How many events does the venue schedule in one day?

Discuss Logistics

You should let the venue know every minute detail of your big day. Obviously, they should know how many guests to expect and when your event will begin, but you should also explain seemingly insignificant design details so they understand exactly what you want the space to look like on your wedding day.

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For example, they should know how many extra tables need to be set up for cakes, guest books, pictures, and other décor. They should know the size of your table decorations. They should know when different wedding activities will take place, including the bouquet toss and the newlywed getaway. Though you might not be certain of every detail at this early stage of wedding planning, you should discuss as much as possible to ensure you don’t have to compromise on any of your ideas.

Haggle, Haggle, Haggle

Not many people realize that the quotes they receive from venues and other vendors aren’t necessarily set in stone. Many wedding vendors are willing to negotiate prices, as long as you remain reasonable. Negotiation seems to be a lost art, but if you endeavor to haggle with your potential venues (and even other vendors) you may be able to shave thousands off your wedding expenses. You will get the most value from negotiating with venues, which usually eat up a third to half of the entire wedding budget. As long as you practice sage negotiation tactics, you should leave with a comfortable compromise for you and your venue.

Clean edges, geometric prints and an air of sophistication all surround these modern beauties. Let see if any of these designs can round out your contemporary celebration.

best-wedding-cakes-2014-AK-Cake-DesignA chevron print filled with bright and trendy colors make this a knockout with its fashion-forward energy.

best-wedding-cakes-2014-eileen-mccarterSprinkles never looked so chic than on this clean and simple wedding cake.

Ivory-and-Rose-02Gilded leaflets were added to this chic cake and it created something so much more magical than a bride could dream.

Metallic-Wedding-Cakes-Melanie-DuerkoppMore golden modern designs are found throughout this interesting piece of art.

Metallic-Wedding-Cakes-Khaki-Bedford-PhotographyAlthough there’s a lot going on with this design, it’s still very chic and fashionable.

Metallic-Wedding-Cakes-Diana-McGregor-Sweet-n-Saucy-Shop-cakeIt’s like a contemporary piece of art hanging in your dining room was wrapped around your wedding cake. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Metallic-Wedding-Cakes-Esther-Sun-PhotographyEncrusting your wedding cake in gold truly seems like a great idea after seeing this beauty.

Metallic-Wedding-Cakes-Jill-Thomas-PhotographySimple stripes and your wedding date accented in Roman numerals, sophisticated and sweetly intimate.

Metallic-Wedding-Cakes-Karen-Buckle-Naturally-Beautiful-Wedding-PhotographyOf course, you can nix the numerals and go with just stripes for a smaller, more youthful design.

Spring-Wedding-Cakes-Lauren-Peele-PhotographyA trendy, geometric print and a small bout of florals make this cake the most in-style of the bunch.

 

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Extravagant, full of life or just plain interesting, these wedding cakes have so much creativity involved they’re a piece of art all on their own! Smooth, ruffles, sparkle, rossettes; there are so many possibilities when creating something so unique and personalized.

modern-wedding-cakes-dark-colors-coco-paloma-dessertsSmooth tiers, rose embellishments and a chevron addition, this cake has quite the mixture of styles.

modern-wedding-cakes-dark-colors-ak-cake-designThere’s no better texture to have than one of flowers, and we’re in love with this rich, deep blue tone.

Metallic-Wedding-Cakes-Rachel-Peters-PhotographyA rigid, glittering topping cascades into smooth buttercream in this bright and fairy-tale like design.

most-beautiful-cakes-yummy-cupcakes-and-cakesThis cake looks as if it’s wearing its own wedding dress, maybe it’s even reminiscent of the bride’s look!

JennaRaeCakesSmooth fondant, stripes, ruffles and glitter layers too, this piece couldn’t get any more beautiful.

winter-wedding-cakes-ak-cake-design-02Quite similar to its blue predecessor, this white cake is a stunner with its floral layer and smooth contrast.

winter-wedding-cakes-maggie-austin-cake-01This design is full of gray, ombre ruffles and edible pearl embellishments. What a stunner!

most-beautiful-cakes-miso-bakesCharming and quaint, this design looks as it’s perfect for a modern, cottage-esque celebration.

most-beautiful-cakes-nadia-and-coThere is so much going on within this blush design, it’s hard to look away. This is truly a work of “edible” art.

Spring-Wedding-Cakes-Jen-HuangVarying modern layers, we’re in love with this modern, textural beauty.

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After you cover the basics with your photographer, the next step photography-wise is creating a wedding shot list. This is a MUST-DO wedding task, so don’t put it off.

The last thing you want is to realize you’re missing a photo of your grandmother, rings, gown, etc. from the big day — and trust us, it happens. I, for example, was shocked to discover that I only had one picture with my mother in my wedding dress. What a huge regret (we didn’t have a shot list).

A wedding shot list ensures that there will be no surprises or holes when you get your wedding photos back — that everyone and everything you want photographed will be.

Check out our checklist of essential wedding-day photos below. Keep in mind that everyone is different, so you’ll want to double check that all of the shots you want are included. Nonetheless, it’s a great reference to get you started.

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You’ll remember your wedding day for the rest of your life. The memories will stay tucked away inside, safe and secure, so that all you need to do is close your eyes to see it all again.

Still, it’s nice to preserve some special mementoes. Over the years, memories can become a little hazy. They start to take on the same sepia tint as old photographs, losing some of the bright, shining brilliance of the days when they were newly made. They’re not gone but slightly faded, so it’s nice to have some prompts: to help restore their original gloss, and to allow you to share them with others as the years pass.

Here are three of the best ways to help preserve those special mementoes and ensure that your memories are always as fresh and bright as the day that they were made.

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Most women hold onto their wedding dresses long after the big day has come and gone, yet often they have little idea of what to do with them. They inevitably end up tucked away out of sight, folded in tissue paper and hidden away from the world. Most take up residence in attics or cellars, forgotten for years until someone unwittingly stumbles upon them. They’re opened for a moment, smiled at, and then hidden away again.

So why not do something a little more innovative? Some ladies choose to have their dresses framed instead, placed on display in a bespoke shadow box like this one. The perfect accessory for dressing rooms or your little girl’s bedroom, you get a beautiful new feature for your home and the opportunity to relive your wedding every time you look at it.

Immortal Bouquets

A favourite Victorian hobby was flower pressing, a pastime that’s recently experienced a revival in interest. Simple and cheap, all that it requires is flowers, and a pretty album or elegant frame to preserve them in. And what better blooms to save for eternity than the ones that you held on your wedding day? A growing number of brides are turning to flower pressing to immortalise their big day bouquets. Why not follow in their footsteps and create a sweet, simple memento that you can enjoy forever?

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Of course, no wedding day would be complete without an album to finish it. Although most people have their photos professionally done and any mementoes compiled by their photographers, it can be nice to claim this job for yourself. Spend some time perusing the stationary sections in your local shops, browsing the aisles for an album that’s pretty, elegant and perfect for preserving your wedding day. Once you have it, fill it with your favourite photos and mementoes, so that anytime those memories start to become a little blurred, all that you have to do is turn to the first page to relive them over and over again.

How will you choose to preserve your big day?

Get your hands dirty and create something for you wedding with your own two hands. And the wedding favors are a perfect place to start! Here are 10 ideas that are unique, memorable and easy to do too!

53f1624774384$!400x (1)Create little goody boxes filled with traditional Jordan almonds, for luck of course!

53ebbda9b70cb$!400xPut together a CD of your favorite songs as a couples for your entire guest party to enjoy!

53e7ebbcb1e4e$!400xClassic cokes in a bottle work great for retro weddings, just create some fun tags to go with them!

541707f019124$!400xCreating your own olive oil could be one of the most memorable gifts of all.

53eb4444dfbe2$!400xBags of homemade caramel popcorn could be right up your alley too, especially if its a favorite snack of the happy couple!

53e39190060e7$!400xDid you know that you can make your own candles? It’s quite a fun experience!

5397bd3ea8d92$!400xOr you can even make your own canisters of wildflower seeds for your loves ones to plant.

546f702a2f63c$!400xIf your reception is running a bit late, send your guests off with a bag of milk and cookies – made up from home!

545992f5c2f20$!400xLittle bits of homemade jam could be right up your alley.

542434fd5bc5e$!400xOr have fun setting up a candy buffet to where your party-goers can create their own grab bag to go!

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The dress is the detail of all details. And believe it or not, there are several points that you should consider BEFORE getting your gown. As you’ll come to find out shortly, trying on wedding dresses is at once the most exciting, stressful and overwhelming process, and you don’t want to wait to make important decisions until you’re standing in front of the mirrors at the bridal boutique under the influence of the dress of your dreams. What if it’s $2k over your max budget? What if it’s entirely inappropriate for your venue? It’s always best to have a game plan to reference to keep you on track — and we’re here to help!

From budget constraints, alterations and silhouettes, to trusting your instincts and learning how to stand up to your entourage, we’ve boiled it all down to 10 must-know tips before you say “yes” to the dress. Most importantly? Have fun!

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Create a warm, cozy and trendy wedding with some mason jar additions. Shabby chic fashion and rustic vibes will always need these essential pieces to make it com full circle. Check out our favorite ways to incorporate these cuties into the day’s decor!

stephanie_kelly_153$!600xHaving an outdoor wedding? Have the glasses a “grab and go” of sorts when dinner comes to call.

dsc_9826$!400xDip them in golden glitter and stuff them with gorgeous flowers.

52fa80917aae1$!400xAdd some lush florals and then line the walkways with these beautiful fixtures.

52fa8096583eb$!400xMix and match them on the reception tables for an eclectic centerpiece style.

5355407b91aca$!400xReally jazz them up with some gold, metallic flavors and sprinkle them around the celebration.

52cd9fc515921$!400xMark VIP seating with popping arrangements inside some of these easy-to-decorate with essentials.

533d87f34692d$!400xGuests can find them table, get their wedding favor and has their glass for signature cocktails all in one breath.

531d68f49cca7$!400xSpecialty drinks look so much more delicious in funky arrangements, don’t you think?

5278f27ecff57$!400xLine up family-style seating at your reception this gorgeous and creative way of utilizing classic mason jars.

531093d2a5253$!400xMason jars don’t have to be used just in the summertime, just look at how it blends in with winter scheme!

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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! 

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Located in Washington state, U.S.A, I got to chat with the creator behind the fabulous Love & Lavender blog, Meredith Shackleford. And here is what I learned.

“My husband and I got married in August, 2014 at a wonderful Victorian style mansion in Vancouver, Canada. On our beautiful wedding day everything came together just as I imagined it would. Now, I am able to infuse my wedding memories coupled with hundreds of real wedding photos and try to impart that energy and vision to brides all over the world.

I enjoy helping bride’s through their own unexpected wedding day hurdles and sharing my honest wedding advice. I sometimes receive compliments about a certain article that my audience found helpful, and I have to remind myself that I am genuinely helping brides plan the best day of their life. It is a great feeling to know that I helped in some way.

Love & Lavender is about all the eye catching decor details that makes your wedding day special. I like to feature the best outdoor weddings that have a rustic, vintage, whimsical, or DIY feel. Of course, I can easily be persuaded to feature an indoor wedding if it has amazing architecture or charm.

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Most of all I want to inspire brides to find a unique style and plan a memorable celebration.

Truth be told, I have only been blogging for about two years now. Although, I have been interested in event planning for a very long time – I even went to college for Event and Convention Management. I saw an opportunity to start an online store selling wedding veils in 2013, and then purchased Love & Lavender not too long after. The past year has been a steep learning curve for both my husband and I to run a successful wedding blog. It has been a lot of fun working together and creating a life for ourselves doing what we enjoy.”

Your favorite aspect about blogging and your favorite aspect about your blog specifically:

The most interesting part about wedding blogging for me is the fact that the wedding industry is so massive and there are endless creative opportunities. I connect both online and in person with business people from all over the world including photographers, wedding planners, vendors, and small business owners running their own piece of the pie in their part of the world.

I love that the wedding blogging industry is global. It doesn’t matter where you live, every culture has some type of wedding ceremony. That allows a degree of creative freedom to write articles that inform a variety of people from around the world.

I also enjoy being my own boss and the freedom that a location independent business allows. As long as I have the internet I can live anywhere in the world. In fact, my husband and I recently moved from our hometown of Vancouver, Canada to Ireland. Exploring and living in Europe is a wonderful opportunity that we likely would not have had if we chose a conventional career path!

One of the best things about my job is the fact that my husband and I get to work side-by-side to create a life for ourselves at our own pace.

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3 words that describe your blog: 

Outdoors, Honest, Lovely

Links to 3 of your favorite posts EVER: 

My Wedding Planning Checklist / How to Plan an Outdoor Wedding / Simple Tips to Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses

3 blogs you love to follow: 

One Fab Day / Smart Passive Income / What Courtney Wore

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One of the first things we always tell brides when their dress shopping day approaches is to keep an open mind. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been dog-earing dresses in bridal magazines for years. While your browsing in magazines is wonderful for inspiration, it’s important to remember that the women wearing these gowns are models. Spoiler Alert: Not all dresses you see will flatter all body types.

At the start of my dress search, I had already written off mermaid/trumpet styles. No way, not for me. And what did I end up getting? That very style. The point is, you don’t know how something will look until you try it on.

As we said, keep an open mind, but we’ve created the cheat sheet below to give you a head-start in finding the most flattering style for your body type. The bride that feels her best and most confident will radiate from the inside out.

Happy dress shopping!

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Whether you’re going short for the big day start to finish, planning a simple city hall ceremony, or wanting to change from your gown into something sexy for the reception, short white ensembles are a sure win. From cropped tulle skirts to lace sheaths above the knee, the modern bride is brave and bold enough to opt for something a little sassier than a cathedral-length train. And why shouldn’t she show off those gorgeous stems?

Here’s a round-up of some short looks we fancy:

HELLO, 60s: A bouffant hairstyle adds glam to this Audrey Hepburn-esque tulle ensemble.

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PEEP TOE: Maybe completely above the knee is a little riskier than what you’ve imagined. A high-low gown could be just the remedy. Make sure you shop for ultra-special shoes, as the silhouette provides a natural frame for fancy footwear.

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FLIRTY FASHION: From the tulle sleeves to the dreamy sash, sweeps and embellishment, this dress is to die for.

The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Short Wedding Dresses Simple, elegant, sassy, sexy yet modest at the same time!

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CITY HALL CHIC: The dainty sleeves of this classic sheath are modest yet sexy, especially with all that leg action happening below.

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VERY VINTAGE: Doesn’t this fabric allude to another time? Can’t get much more romantic than that.

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CUTE & CASUAL: Touseled waves, Wayfarers and three-quarter-length sleeves = home run.

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RUFFLED: If you’re looking for something sassy for the reception, go ruffly!

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ALL TIED UP: A patterned bow adds interest to this tulle, bell-shaped mini.

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PRETTY PARISIAN: We fell head over heels for this French style, which exudes sheer elegance.

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SWEET SCALLOPS: A sleek bun and nude pumps add a sophisticated sleekness to this charming courthouse look.

An Intimate London Elopement for a Valentino Bride... 60s style white Valentino short wedding dress with scalloped hem

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Spring is in full bloom! And so are the showers! …and we mean showers of love, happiness, and best wishes for the bride to be! If you are planning a bridal shower, make sure to have a checklist of the 7 things that every bridal shower needs!

1. A perfect shower starts with a perfect invitation! And your selection of bridal shower invitations will set the tone for the event! You will find a vast selection of exquisite designs at Creations by Leslie. Luscious patterns and fresh colors are combined to create designs that are as beautiful and unique as the bride herself!

Shower Time Bridal Invitations2. Don’t forget a bride-to-be banner! Banners are a top trend for adding a decorative touch to any bridal shower. You will find DIY pennants that can be hung just about anywhere, such as against a wall, along a fence, or above a door frame. Banners are the perfect way add a festive touch to any party!

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3. Make sure to have the tables set with pretty decorations. There is nothing more stunning than walking into a party room and seeing the tables beautifully staged. From the tablecloths, placemats, napkin rings, place card holders, and table runners, you are able to make an impressive statement as soon as guests walk into the room.

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4. There is nothing more elegant than using fresh flowers as table centerpieces. The flowers add color and beauty. And with such a large variety available, you are able to enhance your overall theme with the right combination of petals.

5. Tissue pom poms are perfect for livening up a room. These festive party decorations are inexpensive, and can be hung just about anywhere. And to enhance your overall theme, pom poms are available in many shapes, sizes and colors. Use a combination of different colors to add layers to the overall appeal.

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6. Sweeten up the dessert table with trendy accessories! Give the bridal shower cake a perfect finish with a decorative cake stand to enhance the theme of the party. Let guests sip in style with patterned paper straws and vintage mason jars. Label the treats with homemade signs. Adorn cupcakes with stylish toppers from Topper & Twine.

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7. And don’t forget the favors! Make sure to thank your guests with a little treat to take home! Cute wrappings and boxes can be used to house a favorite goody of your choice!

So if you are planning a bridal shower, make sure to have a checklist of all the things a bridal shower needs to turn an ordinary affair into an exquisite event that will reflect the beauty and the joy that a shower brings forth.

Okay, you’re engaged — yay! After setting a date, one of the first things you’ll do is register. And don’t feel like you’re jumping the gun by getting ahead. It’s important to register right away, as people will begin planning showers (which means including your registry information on the invitations), sending engagement gifts, etc. Also, registering in advance lets people take advantage of sales, holidays and other gift-giving occasions in the months leading up to your wedding.

After the china, crystal and silver (the glitz and glam), it’s the un-sexy but must-have kitchen utensils that are easy to forget and impossible to live without.

Check out our list of 20 must-haves to make sure you’re well equipped in the kitchen:

1. Corkscrew

Vintage-Style Corkscrew Wine Stoppers at Cost Plus World Market >> #WorldMarket Kitchen Decor, Home Decor, Tips

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2. Vegetable peeler

OXO® Good Grips Swivel Peeler in Prep Utensils | Crate and Barrel

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3. Whisk

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4. Can opener

KitchenAid Cook For The Cure Can Opener, Pink KitchenAid,http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009Y6N4O/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_NguEsb0KJAQ4JYCM

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5. Tongs

# Your Set Holiday Challenge  OXO® Large Stainless and Nylon Tongs in Cooking Utensils

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6. Rubber spatulas & ice cream scoop

Elena's Tea Room: Passion for Baking

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7. Kitchen shears

Purple Kitchen Shears

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8. Salad spinner

Must-have registry item: OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner

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9. Liquid measuring cups

Pyrex Measuring Cup Set 3 piece

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10. Measuring cups and spoons

stainless steel measuring cups and spoons  http://rstyle.me/n/ubyfipdpe

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12. Potato masher

World's Greatest Potato Masher  | Crate and Barrel   and a 40% discount too. BOO-YAH.

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13. Meat thermometer

This IKEA meat thermometer/timer is one of my favorite and most used things in the kitchen. So worth $6.99!

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14. Box grater

OXO® Box Grater  | Crate and Barrel Something like this I could really use.  Calliflower, or cheese...I like the catch at the bottom.  hopefully I could find one with different size holes...

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15. Juicer

Riviera Maison juicer (maybe my daughter wants the one I have???, cause this is lovely!)

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16. Footed colander

Footed Colander in Colanders, Salad Spinners | Crate and Barrel

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17. Wooden utensils

Where I Cook: Stylist Anne Parker Kitchen Tour | The Kitchn

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18. Stainless utensils

Stainless Steel Utensils in Cooking Utensils | Crate and Barrel

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19. Mixing bowls

Martha Stewart mixing bowls

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20. Spoon rest

Spoon rest...these colors would look so great in my kitchen. :) Would love to replace the one I currently have that is a little more "me". Love this! Update: have it and love it!!

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Orchids represent love, luxury, beauty and strength. Plus, they are absolutely stunning. *Fair warning: These aren’t the blooms for everyone. Orchids are one of the priciest varietals on the market, so if flowers are something you’re indifferent toward, skip these. Alternatively, if you’ve been dreaming about an orchid bouquet fluttering like butterflies as you walk down the aisle since you were a little girl, then we suggest setting aside a good chunk of your budget for florals. You’ll set this priority during your early budget talks, cutting back in other places (bye bye, open bar!). Another great option is to incorporate a few orchids here and there with some inexpensive (but still beautiful) buds instead of complete orchid overload ($$$$).

Here’s some of our favorite orchid wedding inspiration. Go ahead, ogling is allowed.

Could do the same thing with wine bottles of different sizes and candles

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Purple orchid Wedding - Orange, yellow and red floral arrangements hung on black chairs with purple drapery

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12 Stunning Wedding Bouquets - Part 16 - Belle the Magazine . The Wedding Blog For The Sophisticated Bride

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I love how this bouquet looks like a purse!! / Radiant Orchid Wedding Inspiration / Shawna Yamamoto Design / D. Park Photography  / Expressionary Events / via StyleUnveiled.com

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Not my exact flower colors, but I love the texture and shape....

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This Simple Orchid Topped Cake

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simple potted orchid for table centerpieces - can give away to guests OR keep for yourself

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22 Amazingly Beautiful Wedding Bouquet Ideas. To see more: http://www.modwedding.com/2014/01/19/22-amazingly-beautiful-wedding-bouquet-ideas/ #wedding #weddings

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58 Glamorously Designed Wedding Flower Ideas from Tantawan Bloom

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DIY Paper Orchid Flowers - Great instructions, and she includes the colored printables! Just print, cut out flower petals, glue and you're done!  Beautiful on a gift package for a wedding, or made up into long strings of orchid flowers that will move in the breeze.

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Platinum and Blush Old Hollywood Wedding in Atlanta - Munaluchi Bridal Magazine #receptiondecor #floralweddingdecor

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Orchids, mirrors and candle lit ~ Christian Oth Studio | bellethemagazine.com

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Vibrant and beautiful, coral wedding dresses are on trend and ultra feminine. Let’s take a peek at some gorgeous bridesmaids gowns dipped in this precious tone.

Coral Bridesmaids DressesSimple and understated, this is a perfect silhouette for a variety of shapes and accessorizing opportunities.

Coral Bridesmaids DressesA classic design dipped in a vibrant and gorgeous tone, we love how vivacious this dress is.

Coral Bridesmaids DressesWrapped around the waist, this gown accents your waistline and has a skirt that flows perfectly on the dance floor.

Coral Bridesmaids DressesGrecian-inspired and completely versatile and complimentary to nearly every woman, this gown is a winner in all aspects.

Coral Bridesmaids DressesFlowing and beautiful, the chiffon material is a favorite among wedding style and looks gorgeous flowing down the aisle.

Coral Bridesmaids DressesA more unique and sophisticated look, this layered beautiful has a very romantic appeal.

Coral Bridesmaids DressesA sweet little party dress, the layered skirt and cinched waist makes it a beautifully made and versatile piece.

Coral Bridesmaids DressesFor a springtime look, go with a dress that’s free and flirty but also the ability to stylize and personalize yourself.

Coral Bridesmaids DressesA gorgeous, one-shouldered twist this is another flirtatious and charming choice.

Coral Bridesmaids DressesModern and a bit sexy, show off your ladies curve in a sophisticated way with this ruched number.

photos via Nordstrom