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Winter Wedding CAkes

From wedding gown inspiration to lists of winter wedding ideas, this week’s best of the best has so much planning and brainstorming material that anyone prepping for their big day just has to take a peek!

This elopement has so many wonderful details, we had to feature it for you to see! — Love My Dress

The best wedding cakes of 2014 have been rounded up and ready for you to scroll through. — Martha Stewart Weddings

Here are 20 winter wedding bouquets that will absolutely knock your socks off. — Rustic Wedding Chic

Have you picked out your signature drink yet? Get inspired here. — One Wed

Check out these stunning, must-see wedding ball gowns! — Wedding Chicks

This DIY holiday wreath would be a stunning piece of decor for your ceremony chuppah or somewhere at the reception. — 100 Layer Cake

Your wedding day dilemmas have been solved. See if yours made the list! — Rock’N’Roll Bride

Looking for a wedding dress on a tight budget? Check out this list of bridal gowns under $1000! — Style Me Pretty

You have to see all this sparkle and shine for your New Year’s Wedding. Take a peek! — Green Wedding Shoes

Your southern, winter wedding just got the best real-life celebration to snag ideas from. — Style Me Pretty

Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

There is so much winter and holiday-inspired ideas on our best of the best list this week. From cakes to colors, let’s have a look at our favorites from the wedding world this week!

 

How to plan a successful and tasteful bachelor party …. check out our tips! — Top Wedding Sites

For some incredible inspiration, you’ll need to catch a glimpse at this edgy, romantic and beautiful bohemian wedding inspiration. — Ruffled

This is one of the most gorgeous and romantic real-weddings we’ve ever seen, so you’ve got to take a look! — Green Wedding Shoes

Just in time for the holiday season we’re showing off a charming and adorable engagement shoot set in a Christmas tree farm. — Artfully Wed

If you’re in need of some wedding color inspiration for your winter celebration, check out this holiday red color palette and grab some ideas. — The Bride’s Cafe

This site has some of the best budget-saving tips, and their #12 is a must-read. — The Budget Savvy Bride

Blush is one of the best wedding day colors, so when we find great inspiraiton we have to share it with you. — Style Unveiled

Winter wedding cakes that will wow and inspire you with some fabulous ideas. — Chic Vintage Brides

Are you planning a boudoir session with your photographer to surprise your groom with? Take a peek at these elegant and sexy ideas. — Once Wed

Take a peek at this beautiful list of engagement rings for a non-traditional bride. — Top Wedding Sites

Planning The Ultimate Bachelor Party

Bachelor parties and weddings could not be further apart in terms of what to expect. One is wild and raucous and unrestrained, and the other is organised, charming and dignified. Most everyone has a concept of what to expect at a bachelor party, and that’s probably why the groom cuts loose with his best buds in attendance. The bachelor party is essentially an opportunity for the groom and his groomsmen to pay homage to a life once lived and now relegated to the annals of history. For others, the bachelor party simply provides an opportunity for the boys to hang out and do their thing before the big day. All sorts of fun-filled activities typically pepper the evening at bachelor parties. Depending on who the characters are, the evening could include things like a night out at the movies, tenpin bowling, miniature golf, bars and strip clubs, and of course the thrills and spills of casino-style entertainment. It is the latter pastime that many folks have taken to, and with good reason!

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photo credit: lets.book via photopin cc

A Boys Night Out

Movies like The Hangover have really been instrumental in redefining the concept of a bachelor party. The premise is simple: a group of guys head off to Vegas in search of fun before the wedding. And so it is with many other guys seeking casino-style entertainment as the theme of their bachelor party. It makes sense: the hubbub of casino resorts in the iconic Las Vegas strip, or the Atlantic City boardwalk is incredible. There is action and entertainment 24/7, and the casino games are exceptional. In Atlantic City for example, Caesars Atlantic City recently launched an online casino known as Caesars Online Casino. Now, it’s possible to book your bachelor retreat at any of the Atlantic City casinos, enjoy a wild time on the casino floor and then relax in your room with CaesarsCasino.com. And the gaming selection is a marvel to behold: slots, blackjack, roulette, video poker, jackpot games and standard casino games abound.

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As an extra special treat to the groom and his groomsmen, CaesarsCasino.com even offers a generous first deposit bonus to players. You can claim a 100% welcome bonus up to $300 once you register and deposit at the casino. Among the many offerings is an impressive selection of no-download casino games, many of which feature all the wild and unrestrained action that bachelor parties typically thrive off. Online slots games like Big Vegas, Aladdin’s Legacy, Dam Rich, Star Trek and Street Fighter II abound. Of course the distinguished gentlemen also enjoy games of blackjack, and Vegas Blackjack, European Blackjack and Win Win Blackjack are all in attendance. With these online casino games, you don’t need to go out looking for the party; the party comes to you!

 

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Your girl isn’t like other girls. No, sir. She’s tough, sharp as a razor, and she’s got more ink than you do. She can drink wine with the girls and beer with the boys, and she doesn’t do pink. A traditional white diamond engagement ring for this lady would be appreciated, but it wouldn’t woo her how you want to woo her. For all the guys here in love with a woman who doesn’t do “girly”, these engagement ring suggestions are for you. You can pretty much mix and match these suggestions, too.

Coloured Diamonds

While white diamonds are time-honoured and conventional, coloured diamonds have been trending in recent years. Coloured diamonds have become a fashion-forward accessory on the red carpet, with celebrities including Carrie Underwood, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez sporting the coloured eye-candy.

Produced in every hue of the rainbow, red diamonds are the rarest of all coloured diamonds. The colour which graces these gemstones is produced from what the American Gem Society calls imperfections, however we don’t think many people view coloured diamonds that way.

For the extra-alternative diamond pick, black diamonds exist, too. And they’re cheaper to produce than white diamonds, probably because diamonds are valued based on their bright, vivid attributes.

Thunder-Chunk!

Another diamond trend that’s popular with more contemporary couples is massive gemstones –that can be seen from across a crowded street with the capacity to blind innocent bystanders.

Yes, popularized on the red carpet and trending among both traditional and non-traditional diamond aficionados; big booty on the ring finger is becoming a mainstay.

Not only are they adored for their girth, they’re appreciated for their value as an asset. Giant chunky diamonds only make up a small percentage of the overall diamonds produced globally, annually. In other words, they’re kind of rare –and their rareness makes a statement all on its own.

Scrap the Diamond Altogether

Birth stones and rare gems are making a comeback, with many engagement rings opting for the striking look that only some alternative gemstones can provide. Sapphires, moissanite, sunstone, opals, pearls, rhodolite, and tourmaline all make the cut in terms of grace and style, and our sure to impress your contemporary lady.

Shapely Curves

Diamonds and other gemstones cut into geometrical shapes are most commonly cut into the following shapes;

  • Round – The most popular shape for a diamond, comprising 75% of all diamonds on the market. Round cut diamonds are also the brightest cuts, due to their shape and the way it reflects light.
  • Princess Cut – Popular for engagement rings and versatile enough for any kind of ring, the princess cut was first engineered in 1980 and has been widely appreciated ever since.
  • Oval – Oval diamonds are a brilliant cut that’s been tweaked to have a very unique brilliance about it, almost like fire-light.

Beyond the latter top three gem stone cuts, other popular cuts include; marquise, cushion-cut, emerald cut, asscher cut, radiant, heart and pear shaped as well.

Is The Love Of Your Life Non-traditional

Some Advice

While selecting the right engagement ring for your lady friend is a top priority, how you select your engagement ring is equally important. A diamond is also an asset, and a liability if it isn’t properly valued and protected and diamond retailers are still businesses trying to make a buck. No matter how relatable and pleasant; a diamond sales person is not your best friend.

Common Pitch

Jewellers will often show two or three diamonds of various cuts or quality in an effort to sell you the best of the options shown. But that’s the thing –the best of the options they selected. They could be good, bad, and ugly for all you know, so be sure to compare based on repeatable metrics such as how deep and fancy the cut is, the true GIA colour grade, and carat weight.

The carat weight is typically rounded up in a fraction from a decimal, and deeper poorly cut diamonds are worth a little less per carat than finer cut diamonds.

Authenticity

Ensure that your jeweller can provide you with a certificate which speaks to the diamond’s quality called a GIA grading report. If they can’t provide one, it’s best to pass on that jeweller.

Fine Print

It is important to do a little research and take into account other factors such as warranty, colour grading, symmetry, depth of each cut, and so on. There are a lot of really great resources online which thoroughly break down each and every factor you need to consider when looking for beautiful diamond rings for sale. Make yourself familiar with exactly what is covered under your warranty beyond the usual free cleanings and regular inspections.

It is quite common for diamond warranties to not include coverage for theft or loss, so it is also suggested an insurance policy is purchased for your engagement ring. They only cost a small percentage of the cost of an engagement ring annually, and are much more affordable than the cost of replacing a misplaced or stolen engagement ring.

Word play is also quite common; there is a difference between a diamond that’s been certified by a GIA trained gemmologist and a GIA certified diamond, with the latter being more likely to follow proper grading protocols, and therefore be more accurately graded and appraised.

As with any large purchase, also be sure to get a second appraisal on your diamond ring at some point to confirm its value.

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photo credit: Bernice Sheppard via photopin cc

There are so many things to keep track of during wedding planning.  In the blur of cakes, gowns and caterers, don’t forget about your marriage license.  Without that important piece of paper you may say “I do” at your wedding, but it won’t be a legal marriage.

A marriage license is the legal document issued by your county clerk’s office that will be filed by your minister or officiant after your wedding ceremony to ensure that you are legally married.  After it is filed, a certified marriage certificate will be issued by the clerks office and mailed to you.  That document is your legal proof of marriage.

Every state and even each individual county can have different rules relating to filing for your marriage license.  It is imperative to research the rules of the county you are getting married in.  You should know if both you and your fiance need to file in person, how many days prior to your wedding you should file, how long your marriage license is good for, what the fee is and  if any blood test results or legal documents need to be presented when you file.

Does understanding the whole marriage license filing process seem overwhelming? MarriageLicenseNow was created as a simple online resource to provide brides with the exact information they need to know about acquiring a marriage license in their county!  No more sifting through endless government sites and hoping you get the process right the first time.  Everything you need is in one place and you can even read tips from brides in your county on the best ways to file for a marriage license based on their experiences!

Winter Wedding

From gift ideas to must-read proposal stories, this weeks’ roundup of the best of the best from the wedding world has some fun surprises hidden throughout!

 

Check out these incredible, must-read proposal stories. — Style Me Pretty

This winter wedding is exceptional, especially the bride’s outrageously beautiful gown. — Green Wedding Shoes

Take a look at this list of personalized gifts and get some ideas for your bridesmaids! — Rock N Roll Bride

Blush pink never looked so good in this gorgeous San Francisco wedding. — 100 Layer Cake

Here’s a unique color combination: purple and gold! Hop on over and check out the bridal shower that was dressed in this duo. — Wedding Chicks

Peek at these 15 ideas for planning your lakeside wedding. — Rustic Wedding Chic

A shoe list that will help you be comfortable and uniquely stylish on your wedding day, mid-height heels that will wow! — Offbeat Bride

22 winter cocktail and signature drinks ideas for your reception! – Martha Stewart Weddings

You’ll definitely want to skim this list of honeymoon destinations you’ll love if you’re still figuring out where to jet off to after the wedding! — Grey Likes Weddings

Are you dreaming of a yellow wedding? Check out this bit of inspiration then! — Boho Weddings

 

Colorful Alternative Wedding Gown

From a wedding dress that will wow and inspire to a simple and fun DIY project, this week’s best of the best is light and airy, just as your wedding planning should be!

 

Check out our tips and ideas on what to wear to a winter wedding. – Top Wedding Sites

This forest elopement Snoqualmie Falls can be summed up in one simple word: WOW! — Green Wedding Shoes

Check out this DIY rope table runner, perfect for classy, yet rustic, celebrations! — Ruffled

A Norwegian wedding with outside-the-box style and an amazing wedding gowns; it’s a must-see! – Rock’n’Roll Bride

Are you on a quest to find the perfect groom’s gift? Take a look at all of these fabulous ideas. — One Wed

A Chinese-inspired wedding full of color and a bit of 1920′s charm, it’s such a romantic and personal way to celebrate. – Love My Dress

Hop on over and take a look at these 5 money-saving methods of lowering your wedding expenses! — Offbeat Bride

19 Christmas wedding inspirations and ideas. This is a must see if you’re planning a holiday event! — Martha Stewart Weddings

Why not come or go from your big celebration in a gorgeous car? Check out our top picks! — Top Wedding Sites

A photoshoot that will inspire and ignite your floral and romantic senses, we love the delicate charm of this spread. — Grey Likes Weddings

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The wedding car is an important part of every wedding, no matter where you’re tying the knot. Be it in a church, hotel or Country Park, arriving in style adds that layer of class to proceedings and the right vehicle should be chosen for both of you.

Many will have shared the standard dream of arriving in a horse drawn carriage, ala Cinderella, but that’s not always practical and can be costly for such a short period of usage. Likewise, using a generic wedding car can be expensive and may not suit your style. There are many other options out there.

Classic Cars

Using a classic car to drive to and from your wedding in adds a unique touch. If the two of you have a passion for a particular model then it should be no problem to rent one, as long as it’s not a rare version. Browse the classic car section on Exchange & Mart to find ideas if you’re both struggling to agree.

You don’t just have to rent it either. Buying a classic car can be relatively cheap depending on the model, and you could even ask for it as a combined wedding present from guests. Just don’t ask for a Suzuki X-90.

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photo credit: Ed.ward via photopin cc

Sports Cars

More expensive than a classic car to buy, renting a sports car for weddings is becoming more common place. It’s your big day, so if being chauffeured round in a Ferrari has always been the dream then you may as well splash out that bit extra to make the occasion even more memorable.

Convertibles to 4X4s will help to make a grand entrance, though you’ll have to consider the colour to avoid any clashes with the dress. And deciding who’s going to drive it away at the end could prove the first test of newly married life.

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photo credit: MikeDixson via photopin cc

Other Vehicles

It doesn’t even have to be a car you use. A speedboat gives that feeling of power but is only useful if the wedding venue is near a river or lake. Tractors could be appropriate for countryside locations while motorbikes are great for the more daring couples. Even helicopters have been used by those with the finances.

It all depends on what you both have a passion for but any of these options will help create a far more unique wedding experience. They will also improve the photographs tenfold and ensure your special day really is that. Especially for the inner car fan.

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Roaring log fires, Christmas trees and a dusting of snow – who wouldn’t be excited for a winter wedding? More and more couples are choosing to hold their nuptials during the winter months so now’s the time to perfect your winter wedding guest style. Here are some tips to help you up your style credentials and be ready before that invitation even hits the doormat.

Channel the Duchess of Cambridge

Kate’s winter style is always impeccable, so take note and channel it into your own outfit. One surefire way to do this is a formal or dress coat, like this one from Jane Norman. You’ll instantly look totally put-together and polished, and it’s a great transitional piece to help you go from ceremony to reception. It’ll hide a party dress until you’re ready to whip it off – but make sure the dress is either the same or a coordinating colour as your coat to keep the look chic!

Layer, Layer, Layer

Weddings are long affairs, and even though you might not notice all the waiting around in the summer – you will in the winter. You will end up standing in the cold, be it waiting for the newlyweds to come out of the church so you can throw confetti or whilst being asked to pose for a boatload of photos. Turn this into a style opportunity; layer up with velvety tights and a soft snuggly cardigan. This one is a great call as it’s got a sumptuous faux fur collar so no need for fumbling with a scarf – plus it’s thin enough that you can layer a coat on top. You can always take them off later once you’re inside but trust me – you’ll look much better in the pics if you’re not shivering! It’s worth taking a slightly bigger handbag, like this satchel, so you’ll have room for all your wintery accessories, plus a cheeky dram of your favorite spirit or liqueur. There’s nothing like a bit of sloe gin or cherry brandy to warm the cockles. Keep it in a beautifully crafted hip flask from Aspinal and share it amongst your fellow guests.

Colour Conundrum

In spring and summer you know to head straight for the pretty prints and pastels when you receive a wedding invitation, but it’s a little trickier in winter. If you want to play it ultra safe, there are a lot of older or more traditional people at the wedding, or if you know the bride is generally superstitious then avoid black completely – it could be seen as bad luck, or your showing your disapproval of the wedding. However, if it’s a wedding with a younger vibe or an evening wedding a black dress can certainly be acceptable – match it with bright accessories and a coordinating statement lip to keep it wedding-y. Bright jewel tones are also a fantastic choice, especially as we march nearer to Christmas itself. If you go for a standout dress, keep accessories to a minimum and go for plain pumps – you don’t want to overdo it.

Hunger Games Wedding Inspiration

From Hunger Games to Aubrey Hepburn, there are some great bits of Hollywood inspiration thrown into our favorite wedding ideas this week. Take a look!

 

Chic, Audrey Hepburn-inspired wedding gowns that will knock your socks off! — Team Wedding

This beautiful, DIY wedding has so many charming details and accents that we had to show it off. — DIY Bride

37 of the best tips for a happy marriage … just a great read whether your already married or planning! — Emmaline

This DIY is gorgeous and totally doable, take a peek at how to create this luxurious winter floral centerpiece. — Rock My Wedding

Now this is some amazing inspiration that don’t fall under the “traditional” category … Wuthering Heights ideas, eat your heart out. — Ruffled

There’s a sophisticated and stylish new trend happening and there’s a list to peek: the shirtwaist! — One Wed

Learn how to recreate this modern and swanky reception tabletop. — The Perfect Palette

This is such a sweet and adorable favor idea, and easy to create too. S’mores in a jar … your guests will love them! — Wedding Chicks

What do you think about some Hunger Games wedding inspiration, take a look at this treat! — Rustic Wedding Chic

Plum is such a unique and bold color choice for weddings, so we’re showing off this colorboard to get your wheels turning. — 100 Layer Cake

 

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From stunning, jaw-dropping Italian-inspired weddings to naked wedding cakes that will have your head spinning, take a peek at our roundup of the best of the best of the wedding world!

 

Check out five of the best fall fabrics to flaunt during your fall wedding day. — Team Wedding

This beautiful, bohemian wedding will make you swoon, gush and finally … melt. — Rock’N’Roll Bride

25 stunning bouquets for autumn-loving brides …. such an inspirational list! — Bridal Musings

Including your pup into your wedding day and use some of these innovative ideas to make it happen seemlessly. — One Wed

Take notes maid of honor with this quick checklist of your ultimate responsibilities. – Team Wedding

This private wedding in Florence NEEDS to be seen. It’s one of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen! — Wedding Chicks

And here’s another Italian-inspired wedding that will make hearts melt, this is a must-see. — 100 Layer Cake

Hop on over and take a peek at these gorgeous and golden winter wedding ideas. — The Perfect Palette

Are you jetting off this winter to get married in the sand? Here are some destination wedding sandals that may work for you! — Offbeat Bride

Wedding Trend Alert: delicious and eclectic, naked wedding cakes! – Rustic Wedding Chic

 

 

Sophisticated and classy, Audrey Hepburn was and is one of the most stylish fashion icons in the history of, well, fashion! So, it’s only natural that designers have used her as a muse within their body of works. Let’s take a peek at some designs that mimic this beauty’s elegance and ease.

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Wedding gownsA classic Audrey silhouette with a modern belted middle, we love the chicness of this youthful design.

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Wedding gownsFlirty and fun for the dance floor, this gown has retro style and contemporary flair rolled in one.

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Wedding gownsThis gown gives a subtle, sweet nod to Audrey while keeping within the trendiness of today’s fashion.

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Wedding gownsTwirl and have a ball in this retro bridal gown, imagine how gorgeous and timeless your photos will be!

carolina-herrera-wedding-dresses-fall-2014-003Elegant lines and refreshing features, this dress is a beauty including a pop of unsuspecting color.

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Wedding gownsShow off your beautiful figure in this satin, luxurious piece with gorgeously refined shape.

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Wedding gownsThis gown is so elegant, so romantic and full of girlish charm, and we’re loving it.

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Wedding gownsThe black and white duo scream Audrey style, and we’re swooning over that fabulous train.

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Wedding gownsEven the styling on this gown is reminiscent of the retro icon, so chic, so elegant and completely bridal.

Audrey Hepburn Inspired Wedding gownsThe structure of this design is sheer perfection, don’t you think?

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Fall Wedding Dressesvia

Are you dreaming about the perfect autumn-inspired wedding gown? From the crunch of colorful leafs to the cool breeze in your hair, this is such a magical and romantic time of the year – especially when one’s wedding lands during the season. When you envision your wedding gown, start with the fabric. How do you want it to move, glisten or feel? Today we”re sharing five of the best fabrics to flaunt during fall, and a beautiful example of what your perfect dress may be for your walk down the aisle during a harvest moon.

Satin

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Satin is a great choice for weddings, no matter the season, as it’s a quintessential and classic bridal fabric. But what we love about satin is the crisp nature and modern tone that it brings. Imagine ducking out of the chapel into a chilled breeze as the wind rolls by in this dress, it’s a completely picturesque scene. And to really pay homemade to the season, go for satin in creamier or richer tones.

Golden Lace

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Golden lace has the hue of the season wrapped around its finger but it also has the romantic ethos the entirety of fall contains. It’s unique, it’s classic and it’s a timeless way to adorn yourself for autumn-time as you walk down the aisle. The texture helps to bring in the richness of this time of the year as well, with all the fun “touches” of the season from corn husks to hay.

Crinkle Chiffon

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Crinkle chiffon is soft and luxurious. It also moves well on the dance floor and has a certain amount of thickness that summer fabrics can’t handle. Take this Rosa Clara beauty for example, it will sway and flow on the dance floor unlike any other. Leading with the romantic theme of fall, this fabric has what it needs with the delicacy of what we love about dresses made for warmer months.

Silk

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Another soft fabric to help romanticize your day, is a much bolder choice for brides. Silk is sexy and, well, non-forgiving. Go with this more sensual look when you want something a bit simpler and outside-the-realm of traditional bridal styles. These fabrics can be very delicate to handle, but when styled right, worth every worry.

Tulle

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Just like satin, tulle is a classic wedding day fabric choice. And that makes it appropriate all year-round. Find a tulle gown that shimmies in the wind and have a golden or blush touch to help relay that fall, festive spirit. Whether that skirt is massive or toned-down, it’s all in the details of how you want to pay homage to the season.

 

maid of honor duties

 

At Team Wedding we’re guilty of occasionally making wedding planning checklists too long. Not this time.

Being Maid of Honor comes with a heck of a lot of responsibilities. If you’re a newly-minted Maid of Honor and don’t quite know where to begin, check out the following list to make the process easier on yourself. Have fun!

  • Plan the Shower: Decide when and where to have the shower, and don’t forget to plan a bachelorette party if the bride wants one!
  • Tell People: Inform family and friends where the bride and groom are registered–do this before the bridal shower!
  • Keep a Record: At the shower, write down the names of each gift and who presented them to the bride.
  • Do Some Dress Shopping: Go with the bride on all dress shopping occasions, and help her shop for bridesmaid dresses if she asks.
  • Coordinate: Coordinate duties with the bridesmaids so everyone has at least one assignment. Schedule dress fittings as well.
  • Be Her Rock: As Maid of Honor, it’s your job to be the bride’s emotional rock. It’s also important to help her where needed, whether it be with invitations, place cards, cake tastings, reception playlist…
  • Make a Toast: Write a short and sweet toast for the bride and groom. The rehearsal dinner is a great time to make your toast.

Happy planning!

Deep hues of rich purples, these bouquets have a elegance and sophistication that more delicate shades can’t live up to. Perfect for the fall season, plum shades are rich, sensual and completely unique to the wedding world. Let’s take a peek, shall we?

Purple Plum Bridal BouquetsThis bouquet has an array of plum shades, feminine touches and interesting textures.

Purple Plum Bridal BouquetsWe love how this arrangement may be a bit petite but its full of vibrancy and life.

Purple Plum Bridal BouquetsThese lush plum flowers match so well within this green, touchable design.

Purple Plum Bridal BouquetsDon’t be afraid to brighten up your plums in the fall with a blood orange pairing.

Purple Plum Bridal BouquetsFor something spectacularly bold, try some rich and warm calla lilies to make a statement.

Purple Plum Bridal BouquetsOf course, you don’t have to have your deep purples the star of the show but instead accents to set off lighter tones.

Purple Plum Bridal BouquetsWe love this incredibly artistic and full design, filled with the right amount of layers and textures.

Purple Plum Bridal BouquetsThis design too has enough texture to create an artistic vision, bold memory and bridal-worthy picture-op.

Purple Plum Bridal BouquetsSmall bouquets can still hold large mount of style, especially with colored in such amazing plum shades.

Purple Plum Bridal BouquetsSofter purples work well too by create a dainty nature but still an elegant twist.

all photos via SMP


short quotes for wedding toast

 

Writing a wedding toast is a challenge to many, and finding the right quote for the occasion is often equally challenging. Rather than (not literally) tearing your hair out over what you want to say, check out the following 10 quotes and get inspired! Remember, the toast doesn’t have to be long–like these quotes, keep it short and sweet!

1) “My heart is ever at your service.” –William Shakespeare

The Bard knew a thing or two about writing a romantic line, and this option is ideal for a bride or groom looking to toast their brand-new spouse. It manages to capture the optimism of the day and serve as a declaration of continued love, devotion and commitment. Beautiful.

2) “It is written, when children find true love, parents find true joy. Here’s to your joy and ours from this day forward.”–Unknown

An ideal quote for the father of the bride, this quote is the perfect way for Dad to end his toast. After all, the parents are just as emotional as their kiddies on this special day!

3) “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This quote works well as advice for the bride and groom so they may always enjoy wedded bliss. Marriage takes work, and this is a gentle reminder that a union is about having the same goals and growing old together.

4) “May she share everything with her husband, including the housework.” –Unknown

It’s pretty common these days for husbands and wives to share everything–including the dishes. This quote will surely get laughs, and also reminds everyone that this isn’t the 1950s, darnit!

5) “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.”-1 Corinthians 13:7

Another lovely message, a quote like this from the New Testament emphasizes the deep spiritual nature of this union. It’s ideal for a religious ceremony!

6) “By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” –Socrates

One of many quotes by the ultimate Greek philosopher, this is another quote sure to elicit laughs. The perfect balance of wit and wisdom, it’s a great option for parents, friends or the Best Man.

7) “Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades. But to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” –Joanne Woodward

The lovely Ms. Woodward was married to Paul Newman for four decades, and we all know the actor was one of the most beautiful men, well, ever. He famously said of her, “I have steak at home. Why go out for hamburger?” and their marriage is proof that even Hollywood unions can last. It’s a perfect quote for a bridesmaid toast.

8) There’s nothing more admirable than two people who see eye to eye keeping house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. –Homer

The Greek poet Homer penned (or spoke) these words some 3,000 years ago, and they remain as true today as they ever did. This quote works for anyone giving a toast, and speaks to what makes a happy marriage.

9) “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” -Mignon McLaughlin

This quote serves as a fantastic reminder that marriage takes persistence, and that you’re not going to be super-duper in love with the person every day. It works for anyone making a toast.

10) “Grow old with me. The best is yet to be — the last of life for which the first was made.” -Robert Browning

Borrow this poet’s quote and talk about how the best is yet to come! Children, shared goals, limitless possibilities…it’s all there.

Inspired yet??

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From sparkling wedding gowns to bold, statement earrings, this week’s roundup is all about bold beauty and wowing your guests! Take a look at our best of the best picks from the wedding world this week!

 

Grab some inspiration from some beautiful, sunset colored receptions that gave us some bright ideas! — Team Wedding

Stunning, glittering gowns full of sparkles and BLING … take a look and have your jaws drop. — One Wed

A beautiful, winter wedding needs the right kind of accessories … get inspired. — Inspired Bride

This whimsical, springtime wedding is just sweet enough and effortlessly charming. — Glamour & Grace

Your top bridesmaids’ beauty etiquette questions .. and answers. — Team Wedding

Wine colors for your fall wedding: this is incredible and bold inspiration! — Snippet & Ink 

Don’t be shy to wear big, statement pieces on your wedding day. Be daring, like these ladies in their bold earring selections. — Intimate Weddings

Check out this stunning, white garden wedding inspiration. It’s absolutely gorgeous and slightly boho in style. — 100 Layer Cake

This quirky, DIY wedding has smooth, subdued style and lots of vintage romanticism. We love it! — Grey Likes Weddings

Look here for some sexy, winter wedding dresses that will wow your guests and of course, your groom too! — Team Wedding

 

Do you envision sunset colors on the day you celebrate your I do’s? With orange and yellow sprinkles you can create a wedding reception full of romance and evening poise. Let’s get inspired!

Sunset Orange and Yellow Wedding Reception DecorOrange and yellow florals spilling from barrels around the reception, make for a youthful and playful scene.

Sunset Orange and Yellow Wedding Reception DecorSoft golden yellow and pink hues work too for setting delicate and organic styles.

Sunset Orange and Yellow Wedding Reception DecorHot pink meshes well with orange and yellow tones when you’re trying to create a romantic, sunset setting.

Sunset Orange and Yellow Wedding Reception DecorPops of sunshine work well in a evening, spring celebratory set-up.

Sunset Orange and Yellow Wedding Reception DecorThen again, fall is a great time to gather that orangey, harvest spirit right onto the reception tables.

Sunset Orange and Yellow Wedding Reception DecorMix a rustic essence with a robust centerpieces for a bridal feel and a natural touch.

Sunset Orange and Yellow Wedding Reception DecorOrange, yellow and shades of pink are elegantly feminine but also incredibly festive and fun.

Sunset Orange and Yellow Wedding Reception DecorJust a sprinkle of orange gerber daisies can help to create that sunset feel for a casual, evening event.

Sunset Orange and Yellow Wedding Reception DecorSetting the scene is essential for a reception with a vision, so you’ve got to pay attention to the nooks and crannies of the venue too.

Sunset Orange and Yellow Wedding Reception DecorThen again, sometimes the venue may help to set the scene for you. Bring in the colors of the location and use them to your advantage.

all photos via SMP

Three Important Bridesmaid Etiquette Questions Answered

Asking friends and family to be bridesmaids in your wedding is a big responsibility and comes with a laundry list of tasks, especially on the day of the wedding. And what is one of the main tasks on said wedding day? Hair and makeup! Check out the following wedding makeup etiquette questions and get the answers you need:

Can I Ask My Bridesmaids to Change Their Appearance?

When considering contenders for your bridal party, remember that you’re asking them to participate as they are. This means it’s totally not cool to request haircuts, dye jobs, etc. You know what else is not great? Asking bridesmaids to wait to alter their appearance till after your wedding day. So if you don’t want a bridesmaid featuring a half-sleeve tattoo, don’t ask her to be in your wedding!

Day-of hair and makeup should be decided beforehand. Even if you intend to pay for everyone to get their hair and makeup done, it isn’t awesome to force your bridesmaids to wear a look that makes them feel uncomfortable. And remember, your friends want to celebrate your special day with you, and of course want to look their best!

Should I Definitely Pay For Bridesmaids’ Hair and Makeup?

If you really want your bridesmaids to have professional hair and makeup, it’s always a nice gesture to pay for it. This doesn’t mean you have to, but since your bridal party is paying for their dresses as well as your bachelorette party and bridal shower, you may want to consider paying. However, if your budget just doesn’t allow it or you really don’t care about what your bridesmaids do regarding hair and makeup, it’s okay to have them primp on their own. Another idea? Giving a talented stylist friend a gift card for performing hair and makeup services.

What About Keeping Track of Everyone’s Appointments?

The responsibility of keeping track of appointments goes, it usually falls on the Maid of Honor. Give her a copy of the wedding timeline so she’s up-to-date on morning protocol. That way she can easily ensure everyone gets what they need done on time!

 

 

 

Covered up or showing just a bit of skin, even a cold, winter wedding can have just as much sex appeal as a hot July celebration. Take a peek at these sexy and elegant winter wedding dresses!

Sexy Winter Wedding GownsYou may not be showing off a lot of skin, but this dress is full of gorgeous, sensual illusion.

Sexy Winter Wedding GownsEvery womanly curve is complimented just right in this detailed and delicate design.

Sexy Winter Wedding GownsShow off a bit of your mid-drift with this bohemian, playful two-piece beauty.

Sexy Winter Wedding GownsA dress inspired by the snowfall with its feathered accents, this gown also gives a bit of a “side” show in a most sophisticated way.

Sexy Winter Wedding GownsGlistening like a winter sparkle with a bright red accent inspired by the holidays, this is a winter showstopper.

Sexy Winter Wedding GownsAnother gown with beautiful texture and illusion looks, you’re covered up for the cold weather but shows off every great part of your figure too.

Sexy Winter Wedding GownsThe neckline of this gown couldn’t get any hotter, could it? Still tasteful, you’ll wow your winter guests in this stunner.

Sexy Winter Wedding GownsA silky-satin gown that hits every part of your body in the most complimentary of ways, it also screams winter with its pure white tone.

theia-wedding-dresses-fall-2015_017This frosty blue evokes the spirit of the winter season while the texture only helps to expand the drama, and of course your mid-drift making a scene in an elegant way spruces up the sex appeal.

Dennis Basso For KleinfeldA dipping neckline gives a subtle sexiness that’s undeniable in this beautiful, sparkling ball gown.

all photos via Brides

 

As fun as weddings are, they’re expensive. Like, really expensive. However, it’s entirely possible to cut costs and avoid blowing your budget. Check out a few ideas:

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Reception

1) Trim the guest list–this saves on food, drinks, invitations, stamps, chair rentals….

2) Go off-season and save thousands!

3) Have the ceremony and the reception at the same location–this cuts travel time for vendors being paid by the hour.

4) Pick a day other than Saturday.

5) Use bigger tables and spend less on centerpieces and tablecloths.

6) Shop off-season for extra décor–purchase items after holiday and save big!

Flowers

7) Use more greenery than flowers.

8) Skip the expensive flowers–for example, peonies are often five times more expensive than roses!

9) Purchase in-season flowers.

10) Opt for one or two types of blooms only.

11) Go for non-florals, such as lanterns.

Food and Drink

12) Serve entrée duets.

13) Skip the main course and serve appetizers and drinks instead.

14) Provide beer, wine and a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.

15) Opt for comfort food such as chicken, corn and mac ‘n cheese. It’s both fun and cheap!

16) Forget the champagne toast.

Cake

17) Go simple with add-ons.

18) Order a small one or two-tiered cake and supplement it with a large sheet cake.

19) Use fresh instead of sugar flowers.

20) Don’t use exotic fillings such as mango and guava.

21) Reuse ceremony flowers on the cake table.

Stationary and Favors

22) Save on postage with single-page invites.

23) Provide one favor per couple.

24) Email save-the-dates.

25) Use your cake for favors.

26) Create your own menu cards, escort cards and wedding favor packaging.

Photos, Videos and Music

27) Know a photographer you really love? Inquire about an associate who will shoot your wedding for less.

28) Use a smaller band.

29) Create your own iPod playlist instead of hiring a band.

30) Hire a band/DJ to work the ceremony as well as the reception.

 

Are you saying, “I do,” during the crisp autumn months and want a sexy dress to show off your curves and wedding style? Take a peek at these breathtaking, flirtatious fall wedding gowns!

Sexy Fall Wedding GownsA classic ballgown silhouette mixed with a sexy corset design makes for one stunner of a wedding gown.

9104-allure-bridals-wedding-dress-primaryThe luxurious lace overlay and curve enhancing design of this dress is breathtaking, don’t you think?

Sexy Fall Wedding GownsThis gown has the perfect pairing of bridal traditions and womanly sex appeal, the gorgeous appliques don’t hurt either.

Sexy Fall Wedding GownsThe natural movement of this gown evokes the feeling of a windy fall day, and the way it can show off your gorgeous gams just makes it that much sexier.

Sexy Fall Wedding GownsFall is a time for fashion and peplums are still trending, Besides, it hits your hips just right setting off your sensual and womanly silhouette.

Sexy Fall Wedding GownsAutumn has a specific bohemian vibe and this sexy gown with a peek-a-book spirit is perfect for the season.

Sexy Fall Wedding GownsGolden hues and skimming lines makes this wedding gown a simple, yet sensual choice.

lazaro-wedding-dresses-fall-2015-001The bead work and detail of this gown makes us feel like fall but the sexy structure makes you feel like a flirtatious bride.

Sexy Fall Wedding GownsShow off some leg with this gorgeous, flowing piece of bridal beauty.

Sexy Fall Wedding GownsA bit of mid-drift and a bit of texture never looked so sexy and so bridal before!

all photos via Brides

 

Alright, so you have your playlist for the reception, which includes all your favorite hits from the ’70s through today, but what about a song for the wedding processional? What magic tune do you want to use as you make your way to your groom? If completely lost for ideas, check out these options and get inspired!

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  • ‘A Thousand Years’ by Cristina Perri: A song all about eternal love, it can definitely work as a wedding processional tune.
  • ‘Hallelujah’ by Jeff Buckley: Perhaps one of the most beautiful songs ever written, it makes a stunning soundtrack for walking down the aisle. The version by Rufus Wainwright is also ah-mazing.
  • ‘La Vie en Rose’ by Andrea Bocelli: Rather go the classical route? Mr. Bocelli is a great pick.
  • ‘I Was Married’ by Tegan and Sara: This offering by the indie pop twins is a modern classic.
  • “Hoppípolla” by Sigur Rós: A spare, piano-driven song, it provides a highly-romantic option.
  • ‘Magic’ by Colbie Caillat: Known for her laid-back tunes, Ms. Caillat’s breathy voice easily lends itself to wedding. This is one of her more romantic songs.

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More Possibilities:

  • ‘Wedding Song’ by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • ‘Everyday’ by Buddy Holly
  • ‘Canon in D’ by Pachelbel
  • ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Lily Allen
  • ‘Flightless Bird, American Mouth’ by Iron & Wine
  • ‘Love’ by Matt White
  • ‘Use Somebody’ by Vitamin String Quartet
  • ‘Heartbeats’ by Jose Gonzalez
  • ‘Sweet Disposition’ by the Temper Trap
  • ‘Real Love’ by Beach House
  • ‘I Will’ by The Beatles
  • ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Ingrid Michaelson
  • ‘Skinny Love’ by Bon Ivor
  • ‘All I Want is You’ by U2
  • ‘Wonderwall’ by Ryan Adams
  • ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ by The Mamas and the Papas
  • ‘Marry Song’ by Band of Horses
  • ‘Sea of Love’ by Cat Power
  • ‘Turning Page’ by Sleeping at Last
  • ‘Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space’ by Spiritualized
  • ‘Appalachia Waltz’ by Yo-Yo Ma
  • ‘Kiss Me’ by Ed Sheeran
  • ‘To Make You Feel My Love’ by Adele
  • ‘Angels’ by The XX
  • ‘Chapel of Love’ by the Dixie Cups
  • ‘Such Great Heights’ by Iron & Wine
  • ‘Marry Me’ by Train
  • ‘First Day of My Life’ by Bright Eyes
  • ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwoʻole
  • ‘Falling Slowly’ by The Swell Season
  • ‘Clair de Lune’ by Claude Debussy
  • ‘Your Song’ by Elton John
  • ‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree
  • ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ by The Beatles

Now you have plenty to pick from! Have fun!

See Also

 

She leads the way for the bride to come down, so it’s important that she looks the part. Flower girls pave the way for the bride to may her grand entrance and a lot of times, their dresses match the brides! Let’s take a peek at a few pieces that pick up the bridal spark!

Flower Girl White DressesA whimsical, princess ball gown can be the right fit for the flower girl too.

Flower Girl White DressesThe illusion neckline looks just as elegant and sophisticated on a little one as it would on a bride.

Flower Girl White DressesyA traditional and beautiful look, we also love the details on the top of this classic stunner.

Flower Girl White DressesThe petals she throws can match the gorgeous petal detail on her skirt and train!

Flower Girl White DressesLacey details and an A-line skirt, this special little girl will love wearing this beauty.

Flower Girl White DressesA bit more relaxed, this bohemian look can match your casual, destination wedding gown.

Flower Girl White DressesThis gorgeous dress looks couture enough for the runway but appropriate for your little girl to dawn as well.

Flower Girl White Dresses

A beautiful, whimsical choice, this gown sure would look good on the dance floor.

Flower Girl White DressesA tulle skirt and fluffy sleeves makes this girl feel like the belle of the ball.

Flower Girl White DressesWhat little girl wouldn’t want to wear some fairy-tale, princess pick-ups?

all photos via Brides

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Food bar idea for the reception, black bridesmaids gowns that will WOW and lots of fun inspiration to style your wedding with … check out this week’s roundup of the best of the best of the wedding world!

 

5 fun food bars that will liven up the wedding reception. — Team Wedding

Take a peek at how to make this gorgeous DIY pallet with a vertical garden, it’ll make for a great photo op! — Ruffled

These vintage and lace wedding invitations from For Love Polka Dots are absolutely charming. — The Knotty Bride

This Halloween wedding photo shoot set in an abandoned house sure brings up fun inspiration for next year, doesn’t it? — Rock’N’Roll Bride

Are you looking for a color palette perfect for the autumn season? Check out this pretty berry inspiration! — 100 Layer Cake

A 60′s inspired wedding shoot that will surely knock your socks off and give you outside-of-the-box ideas, it’s a must see. — Love My Dress

A small Charleston wedding, by the river with only the closest of family and friends …. so simple and beautiful. — Grey Likes Weddings

Absolutely gorgeous and unique black bridesmaids dresses that are far from boring. — One Fab Day

Some rocks and minerals may be just what you need to bring a new, textural element to your wedding day. Take a look! — Intimate Weddings

And finally, some beautiful and vintage-inspired picnic photos to conjure up some original wedding ideas. — Boho Weddings

With escalating wedding costs, you may wish to consider an at-home reception, which can be just as successful as those held in a hotel function room, and a lot more personal. In order to create and manage the perfect at-home reception, there are specific aspects you will need to consider, in addition to the usual planning checklist.

Space

Although obvious, you’ll need to calculate how much space you’ll actually need to accommodate your guests. If the outdoor space is large enough, a popular choice would be to hire a marquee and host all the activities in that, thus keeping disruption to the house minimal. If, however, both your house and garden are modestly sized, then you could consider a smaller pagoda outside, to give you an extra room to use however you need, such as to house the buffet table or disco. There is a wide variety of temporary outdoor structures for hire, such as those available from Neptunus. Consider putting any clutter or extra furniture into storage, to free up extra space.

Parking

For those who don’t come in taxis, you’ll need plenty of parking spaces. Guests will have to park on the street, or you could ask neighbours about renting their driveways or garage space.

Food and Drink

You may want a formal hot luncheon but is it the most practical option? Buffets can work just as well, and caterers can bring everything virtually ready to serve. An experienced firm should advise on wine too. Don’t be tempted to use friends and family for waiting staff. Serving food and wine requires skill, plus they can help clean up afterwards. Budget for it.

Weather

Weather needn’t put a damper on the reception, as if you’re hiring from a reputable company, marquees are waterproof, plus some can have doors fitted to keep out the wind. If it’s a particularly cold day, heating can also be arranged. Keep a good supply of umbrellas in stands in both the house and marquee in case it’s raining heavily.

And Don’t Forget

If you’re having 100 or more guests at home, your one or two toilets will not be enough, and do you really want people tramping through your bedroom to use the en-suite? You can hire very pleasant portable toilets that are a world away from those unsightly festival cubicles.

Don’t forget to let the neighbours know what’s happening. If you’re not inviting them, a slice of cake and bottle of fizz afterwards would be a nice gesture. Don’t write off having your reception at home; with a bit of careful planning, it could be the best way to celebrate your big day.

While you probably know not to show up to a wedding in flip flops and jeans, there’s still a few wedding guest etiquette tips to go over before attending your next wedding. Use the following “cheat sheet” to charm the heck out of the bride and groom and ensure your name is on all future guests lists:

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1) RSVP On Time

Wedding invites are sent six to eight weeks before the wedding. Respond four weeks before the date so the bride and groom can get a final head count. This is necessary for vendors catering the event, as well as seating arrangements. The sooner you reply, the happier the bride and groom will be.

2) Don’t Bring a Plus One

Unless the invite says you can bring a plus one, for God’s sake don’t do it! There won’t be enough food or seating, and you’ll just annoy everyone.

3) Don’t Bring Kids Either

As with an uninvited plus one, don’t assume children are allowed at the wedding. Arrange for a sitter unless the bride and groom specifically tell you it’s okay to bring spawn.

4) Alert the Right People About Diet Restrictions

Vegan? Vegetarian? Gluten-free? Peanut allergies? Whatever your diet restrictions, let the wedding party know sooner rather than later. It’s much easier to arrange an alternative meal for you if you tell the bride and groom about your dietary needs when you RSVP.

5) Get There On Time!

A wedding is not an event where being late is even remotely acceptable. Plan to be in your seat 30 minutes before the ceremony, and if you are late due to unforeseen issues such as traffic, wait until after the ceremony is over to make your entrance.

6) Dress the Part

Dress to impress! Your invitation should explain the dress code, and if not, ask a member of the wedding party. Whatever the theme, it’s still important to look polished.

7) Wait for Seating

Let the ushers show you where your seat is–the first few rows are usually for family, so unless you’re a member, let the ushers do their job.

8) Stay Respectful of the Bridal Suite

The room where the bride is preparing for her big day is off limits. This means resisting the urge to “pop in” for a quick hello, as there will be plenty of time after the ceremony to do so.

9) Don’t Use Your Phone

Whether taking pictures or anything else, you aren’t a member of the paparazzi, so don’t use your phone–or worse–your iPad–during the ceremony. Again, there will be plenty of time for pictures at the reception.

10) Stay Offline

Avoid posting pictures and videos from the wedding to assorted social media sites without asking the happy couple first.

11) Be a Team Player

Is there a coat check? Use it. Are you expected to dance the night away? Do it. You accepted the invitation, so be up for whatever’s going down!

12) Keep Speeches Short

Have you been asked to give a speech? Keep it short and sweet. No one is interested in you droning on for half an hour. And remember, keep it appropriate–this is not the time to talk about college keg stands.

13) Don’t Get Sloshed

Drink responsibly! Yes, an open bar is nice, but it’s not an excuse to get rip-roaring wasted, especially if you don’t know how you’re getting home. It’s dangerous and just makes you look terrible.

14) Be Considerate of the Venue

Remember, you’re on rented property! Be considerate as such. After all, you want the couple to get their deposit back, yes?

15) Mail the Gift

To prevent the bride and groom from having to haul tons of boxes back to their hotel or wherever they’re staying, mail your gift. They will definitely, definitely appreciate it!

Use these tips to be the perfect wedding guest! Have fun!

 

 

Receptions consist of two important details: the food and the dancing. Which means, the food has to be delicious and memorable and the DJ or band you’ve chosen needs to be entertaining and fun. Today, we’re focusing on the food, as it can be the most expensive part of the entire celebration, but also the most essential for your guests. But instead of buffets or sit-down dinners, let’s inspire your reception with something a bit outside-the-box, like a food bar. And here are 5 fun ones to try!

Pancake Wedding Reception Food Bar

Pancake Bar

If you’re having an early morning ceremony following by a brunch reception, or if your favorite meal includes a bit of bacon and eggs, this pancake bar may be exactly what you need. Have a chef whip up pancakes on the spot and then have lots of toppings for your guests to choose between. From flavored syrups to fruit spreads, butter and whipped creams … it’ll be fun adding to the bar and creating your very own stack.

Cookie Bar Wedding Reception

Cookie Bar

Grab all your favorite cookies and set them out for your guests! From lemon sugar snaps to oatmeal raisin, the more the merrier. Everyone can grab a bite whenever the mood strikes and this spread can also serve as your wedding favors. Have adorable treat bags set aside for guests to fill with their favorites before the celebration ends.

Mashed Potato Wedding Reception Food Bar

Mashed Potato Bar

Who doesn’t love a giant scoop of mashed potatoes with their dinner? This food bar idea took the wedding world by storm several years back and it’s still going strong. Again, have fun adding the right toppings to the spread and then indulge in a giant helps for yourself. The key? The mashed potatoes have to be delicious: milky, creamy and buttered up just right.

Biscuit Wedding Reception Food Bar

Biscuit Bar

This is another great idea for an early celebration around brunch time or in the evening (because it doesn’t matter when you eat a biscuit, as long as you get to, right?). Create a tablescape full of buttery, slight salty biscuits and add any topping you can imagine. Jellies, flavored butters, chocolate spreads, marmalade and even the right kind of syrup or honey can set off a biscuit.

Taco Wedding Reception Food Bar

Taco Bar

Your main course can even be the “bar” of the night. Have a taco station going up for everyone to grab hot soft or hard bites and then have all the toppings they need to create their perfect dish. From sour cream to black beans, you can get really creative with this idea …. it’s perfect for a summertime fiesta wedding celebration!

Berry and Gold Wedding

From creative Halloween-inspired wedding ideas to some beautiful bridal gowns that will knock your socks right off your feet, we have some fun in store for you this week! Take a look at the best of the best of the wedding world from the past week!

Check out what the maid of honor is really supposed to help out with and do during the wedding process. — Team Wedding

14 wedding dresses with gorgeous, detailed illusion necklines! — Style Me Pretty

Beautiful berry and gold color combinations, take a look at this gorgeous wedding-worthy duo. — Green Wedding Shoes

20 spooky ideas for your Halloween-inspired wedding – these are SUCH fun ideas! — Rock’N’Roll Bride

You’ve got to see this neatly detailed and romantically soft UK wedding, complete with blush pink bridesmaids! — 100 Layer Cake

Engagement rings ideas have hit the scene from Jared’s, they’re timeless, classic and posh pieces, don’t you think? — One Wed

Take a peek at Winnie Couture’s Fall 2015 line … it’s gorgeous! — Ruffled

Spotify’s top 10 first dance songs, get inspired and get ideas! — Team Wedding

Pink and gold is one of my favorite color combinations for a variety of events, this styled photoshoot is a must-see! — The Perfect Palette

Saja wedding gowns have hit the New York scene, you’ve got to hop over and take a look at these beauties. — Love My Dress



Acting as the Maid or Matron of Honor is a job that comes with a heck of a lot of responsibilities. Not only do you have to wrangle the bridesmaids, plan the bachelorette party and bridal shower, and stay on top of everything on the big day, you also have to act as the bride’s emotional rock. Let’s break down the duties in detail, shall we?

  • Bridesmaid “Leader”: You’re the leader of the pack! Direct the other ‘maids concerning their duties and ensure everyone gets their dresses, go to fittings, find the right jewelry, and so on. Act as the planner for the bachelorette party and bridal shower, and assign tasks to each bridesmaid as needed.
  • Dresses: Help the bride and the bridesmaid shop for dresses; go with the bride to fittings. You may need to learn how to bustle her dress among other things.
  • Pre-Wedding Tasks: Offer the bride your services concerning pre-wedding tasks, including choosing wedding colors, mailing invitations, helping with food planning, and more.
  • Registry: Let everyone know where the bride and groom are registered.
  • Clothing Changes: Help the bride out of her dress and into her honeymoon clothes, and don’t forget to remain in charge of the dress once the wedding is over. Arrange for storage while the bride enjoys her honeymoon.
  • Support: Lend the bride a supportive ear, whether it’s about annoying relatives, venue and catering problems, registry concerns or the marriage in general. Give her what she needs in terms of emotional support, no matter how much she talks about it.

 

  • Bridal Shower: You’ll want to host or co-host this event.
  • Pre-Wedding Parties: Attend all of them.
  • Bridesmaids: Make certain the bridesmaids get to the rehearsal dinner on time, which may include coordinating traffic. It’s also your responsibility to see they get their hair and makeup done on time for the wedding, have the correct bouquets, and get to the ceremony space.
  • Groom’s Ring: Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony. The best place for it? Your thumb.
  • Train: Arrange the bride’s train right before the ceremony and just after she arrives at the alter. Bustle as needed.
  • Bouquet: Hold the bride’s bouquet as the couple exchange vows.
  • Marriage License: Sign the marriage license as a witness along with the best man.
  • Hostess: Act as a hostess along with the other bridesmaids at the reception–help everyone figure out where they’re sitting, invite them to sign the guestbook, and so on.
  • Gift Envelopes: Collect gift envelopes and keep them in a safe place.
  • Food: Ensure the bride gets something to eat and drink–make her a plate of food, refresh her drink, instruct the wait staff to keep food warm for her.
  • Dance: Dance with the Best Man following the first formal dance sequence, as well as the other groomsmen and the groom.
  • Toast: Toast the couple after the best man.
  • Emotional Crises: Troubleshoot assorted emotional crises, which generally involve a lot of tissues, hugging and hair-smoothing. And remember to keep the bride laughing!

 

Having issues with your wedding invitation wording? Check out the following tips and sample invites to make the process waaaaay easier on yourself.

Invite Tips

  • Spell out words such as avenue, doctor and junior. If you’re short on space and dealing with long names, use abbreviations, but otherwise spell everything out.
  • Spell out middle names. If you are once again short on space, remove the middle name completely.
  • Write out dates and times, such as “the fifth of July.”
  • Use “honor of your presence” if having your ceremony in a religious house. If not, use “pleasure of your company.”
  • Give the word “and” its own separate line when using it to join bride and groom names.
  • Use the word “Miss” or “Ms.” only if desired.
  • Placing the parents’ names on the invite? Use the bride’s last name only if her last name is different from her parents.
  • Use the words “to” and “and” based on personal preference.

Sample Invites

Use these sample invites to write your own invitations!

Traditional Church Ceremony

Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Clark
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Sarah Jane
to
Mr. Colin Daniel Miller
Saturday, the seventh of June
Two thousand and fourteen
at half after five o’clock
Church of Christ
Chicago, Illinois

Roman Catholic

“Nuptial mass” is generally included in Roman Catholic wedding invitations.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Clark
request the honor of your presence
at the Nuptial Mass uniting their daughter
Sarah Jane
and
Mr. Colin Daniel Miller
in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
Saturday, the seventh of June
Two thousand and fourteen
at half after five o’clock
St. Pius Catholic Church
Chicago, Illinois

Bridal Couple as Hosts–Sample 1

The honor of your presence is requested
at the marriage of
Ms. Sarah Jane Clark
to
Mr. Colin Daniel Miller
Saturday, the seventh of June
Two thousand and fourteen
at half after five o’clock
Church of Christ
Chicago, Illinois

Bridal Couple as Hosts–Sample 2

Ms. Sarah Jane Clark
and
Mr. Colin Daniel Miller
request the honor of your presence
at their marriage
Saturday, the seventh of June
Two thousand and fourteen
at half after five o’clock
Church of Christ
Chicago, Illinois

Both Parents Hosting/Jewish Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Clark
Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Miller
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their children
Sarah Jane Clark
and
Colin Daniel Miller
Saturday, the fourth of January
Two thousand and fourteen
at half after six o’clock
City Club
Chicago, Illinois

Both Parents Hosting

Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Clark
Mrs. Caroline Butler Miller
Mr. John Michael Miller
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of
Sarah Jane Clark
to
Mr. Colin Daniel Miller
Saturday, the fourth of January
Two thousand and fourteen
at half after six o’clock
City Club
Chicago, Illinois

Parents of the Bride Hosting–Divorced Edition

Mrs. Linda Clark Williams
Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Clark
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Sarah Jane
to
Mr. Colin Daniel Miller
Saturday, the seventh of June
Two thousand and fourteen
at half after five o’clock
Church of Christ
Chicago, Illinois

One Parent Hosting

Mrs. Robert John Clark
requests the honor of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Sarah Jane
to
Mr. Colin Daniel Miller
Saturday, the seventh of June
Two thousand and fourteen
at half after five o’clock
Church of Christ
Chicago, Illinois

Invite That Includes Reception Wording

Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Clark
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Sarah Jane
to
Mr. Colin Daniel Miller
Saturday, the fourteenth of June
Two thousand and fourteen
at half after five o’clock
City Club
Chicago, Illinois
and afterwards at the reception

Reception Invite Only

Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Clark
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage reception of their daughter
Sarah Jane
and
Mr. Colin Daniel Miller
Saturday, the fourteenth of June
Two thousand and fourteen
at seven o’clock
City Club
Chicago, Illinois

Reception on a Later Date

Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Clark
request the pleasure of your company
at a reception
in honor of
Mr. and Mrs. Colin Daniel Miller
Saturday, the fourteenth of June
Two thousand and fourteen
at seven o’clock
City Club
Chicago, Illinois

Wedding at Home of Friends or Relatives

Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Clark
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Sarah Jane
to
Mr. Colin Daniel Miller
Saturday, the fourteenth of June
Two thousand and fourteen
at half after five o’clock
210 Sunset Drive
Chicago, Illinois
and afterwards at the reception

Wedding at Bride’s Parents’ House

Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Clark
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Sarah Jane
to
Mr. Colin Daniel Miller
Saturday, the fourteenth of June
Two thousand and fourteen
at half after five o’clock
723 Woodvale Drive
Chicago, Illinois
and afterwards at the reception

Second Wedding With Children Hosting

Mr. Jim Connor Adams
Miss Jennifer Krista Adams
Miss Carrie Anne Jones
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their parents
Kelly Denise Adams
and
Raymond Anderson Jones
Saturday, the fourteenth of June
Two thousand and five
at half after five o’clock
Church of Christ
Chicago, Illinois

 


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Why Get Married in Puerto Vallarta?

We’ve said it many times that Mexico is our favorite country for destination weddings. With its easy access from anywhere in the U.S, beautiful beaches, great service and lots of activities, it is the perfect destination wedding location. Mexico is big so we decided to help narrow down the choices for you by digging into some of our favorite Mexican cities in detail.

That’s where Puerto Vallarta comes in play. The locals are friendly, always smiling and speak great English. The old town charm is genuine and is miles away from the often maligned Mexican tourist town trap. A newly refurbished boardwalk along the ocean is perfect for a stroll and runs along shops, restaurants, and hotels. Speaking of hotel, the resorts in Puerto Vallarta are top notch and very modern which is great if you’re planning on having a destination wedding for guests who can be picky.

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It Isn’t Just About Weddings In Puerto Vallarta

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Puerto Vallarta is just how many ‘non-wedding’ related activities are available to you and your guests. Beachside watercraft opportunities abound at most hotels, jet ski and boat rentals are available and dolphin and turtle tours are really fun. You can also take a more relaxed approach and take an evening walk along the beach where you’ll catch the sparkling city lights.

The heart of the historic downtown Puerto Vallarta is really unique, with museums and art galleries and the traditional Mexican buildings that reflect the culture so perfectly. The town is great during the day, but it really comes to life at night with local restaurants, bars and night clubs that are open to the wee hours.

Awesome All Inclusive Hotels

Our friends at the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort (who have kindly sponsored this blog post) operated one of the most inviting and best rated hotels in the area. In the perfect location, the hotel has a gorgeous beach with all the water sports and activities you could ever want. Only ten minutes from the old town and five minutes from the Cruise Ship Terminal and Marina, it is situated perfectly to get out and enjoy all the other parts of Puerto Vallarta that make it unique amongst Mexican locations.

When we asked some guests who stayed at the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort what they loved about their stay, they were pretty universal in their response. Hilton’s focus on the guest is the core of everything they do. As an all-inclusive hotel guests said they were pleasantly surprised that the team looked after them and was very attentive. The spacious rooms and breathtaking views of the ocean were also a big hit amongst guests. For guests who were lucky enough to be in the hotel’s elegant suites, they couldn’t stop raving about the private balcony overlooking the Bandera’s Bay or beautiful gardens.

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Guests are able to stay active with a workout in the fitness center or jog some laps along the beach. For a more relaxing break, Spa Ki is perfect for getting the royal treatment with their various spa and beauty treatments.

Of course, no Puerto Vallarta trip is complete without having some amazing Mexican food and the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort doesn’t let you down with tasty international food and fresh local seafood at Sea Fire All Day Restaurant. There is even a top French restaurant that guests rave about. For those who prefer a liquid diet, poolside cocktails at The Beach Bar are always a wonderful afternoon treat

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This post is sponsored by: Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort

Aussie couples! Have you started shopping around to buy a diamond engagement ring in Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney? You’re ready to pop the question and, hopefully, spend the rest of your life with your beloved. You vow to make him or her as happy as they can be and cater to their every whim. Sounds ideal. But whose happiness is actually more important in the marriage? Surely it’s a 50-50 split when it comes to happiness?

Well, according to one study, when it comes to a long-term, happy union, it’s the guy’s attitude, health and happiness that matters the most. “If the wife is in poor health,” says the research, “there won’t be much difference in terms of the marriage’s quality for the husband.”

Study by the University of Chicago

The research done by the university has found that agreeability and good health on the husband’s part are essential to preventing relationship issues rising later on in the marriage. The study focused on couples who had been together for 10 years or longer.

During the study it was found that such characteristics in wives seem less important in preventing marital issues. This could be due to the different things men and women seem to believe build solid relationships.

Further Findings

Before you rush out to buy diamond engagement rings in Brisbane Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide, read the following tips.

The study found that wives tend to report more conflict if the husband is of poor health. But if the wife is in poor health, there doesn’t seem to be much difference in terms of the quality of the marriage for the man.

A Bit More About the Study

The study, “Marital Conflict in Older Couples: Positivity, Personality and Health” took its results from a national survey of nearly 1000 married couples of those living together. All the participants were between the ages of 63 and 90 and the average relationship length was 39 years. Characteristics of husbands were compared after interviews with the participants. During the interviews, the participants were asked to describe themselves.

What researchers found was gender differences when they examined the personality traits of conscientiousness, experience, agreeableness, extroversion and anxiety. Positivity was also included in terms of a person needing to be viewed in a positive light.

Wives whose husbands had higher levels of positivity tended to report less conflict. But wives’ positivity on the other hand had zero association with the husband’s report of conflict, it was found.

A Summary of the Research of Marital Conflict

A summary of the report found that problems in marital relationships tend to include spouses irritating one another, criticising one another or being too demanding.

What’s more, the research found that men who describe themselves as extraverts or neurotic seem to have wives who complain about the relationship. In contrast, men with seemingly neurotic wives deem worrying as gender-appropriate for the women. Overall, mean report more demands and criticism from women but also high levels of emotional support.

What About Previous Studies?

A few other studies have focused on the implications of marital status on health. The research has allowed those doing it to study individual marriages and not just married individuals. Reports were drawn on the quality of a marriage from each person, their own health and own personalities.

And researchers are saying the future studies need to examine whether or not low-conflict marriages involve a balance of emotional responsibilities between man and wife along with the absence of frustration factors like dismal health and negative attitudes.

One previous study conducted by the University of California found that wives seem to be better at keeping the peace than husbands. Wives are also better at calming down following nasty arguments.

Emotions like contempt and anger can be very threatening for couples. But the study suggests that is spouses, particularly wives, can calm themselves quickly, the marriage can continue to thrive.

There’s still hope

Don’t lose hope though, dear Aussies. Ultimately it’s all about give and take and 50-50 dedication and commitment to the relationship. So go out and buy diamond engagement rings in Brisbane, Sydney or wherever other city you are in. Australia has the best ones to offer. So continue to work on your relationship long after “I do”.

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Looking for that first dance wedding song sure to make everyone in attendance sniffle? Spotify analyzed some 30,000 wedding playlists to predict which songs couples pick for their first dance as hubby and wife. Check out what made the cut and get inspired!

10) ‘Make You Feel My Love,’ Adele

Penned by non other than Bob Dylan, ‘Make You Feel My Love’ is a classic covered by Billy Joel, Lea Michele and probably a few others in addition to Adele. The last track on her 19 album, this tune might be one of the most romantic songs ever written.

9) ‘Then,’ Brad Paisley

The country superstar’s ‘Then’ song is from his American Saturday Night album, and features lyrics such as “And I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl/ Like a river meets the sea, stronger than it’s ever been/ We’ve come so far since that day and I thought I loved you then.”

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8) ‘First Day of My Life,’ Bright Eyes

From the album I’m Wide Awake, ‘First Day of My Life’ is a Bright Eyes song with lyrics such as “I think I was blind before I met you/ Now I don’t know where I am/ Don’t know where I’ve been/ But I know where I want to go.”

7) ‘Everything,’ Michael Buble

Buble’s smoother-than-smooth voice is a welcome addition to any wedding playlist, and when’s he’s talking about how his girl is “everything,” you know there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

6) ‘A Thousand Years,’ Christina Perri

If you’re going to love your significant other “for a thousand years” and would have waited that long to be with the person, Perri’s song off the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack is ideal.

5) ‘Better Together,” Jack Johnson

Found on the barefooted singer-songwriter’s 2005 In Between Dreams album, ‘Better Together’ is all about being inspired by the person you love.

4) ‘All of Me,’ John Legend

A more recent wedding favorite, Legend’s slow, romantic song from his fourth studio album is dedicated to his wife, Chrissy Teigen.

3) ‘You Are the Best Thing,’ Ray LaMontagne

The first single off the folk singer’s 2008 album Gossip in the Grain, ‘You Are the Best Thing’ includes the lyrics, “Baby, we’ve come a long way, baby/ You know, I hope and I pray that you believe me/ When I say this love will never fade away.”

2) ‘I Won’t Give Up,’ Jason Mraz

From the album Love is a Four-Letter Word, ‘I Won’t Give Up’ is one of many romantic Mraz tunes. “When I look into your eyes/It’s like watching the night sky”? Nice!

1) ‘At Last,’ Etta James

The classic song by the one and only Etta topped Spotify’s list, and with good reason. If your love has come along “at last,” go with this iconic tune.

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