When we think of wintertime, one iconic pattern comes to mind: tartan. Tartan table cloths, throws, napkins and now, wedding decor. Warm, vibrant and colorful, tartan was originally produced from wool, but has since extended to different materials like paper, plastic and even fondant (talk about talent!).

Whether your family has Scottish roots, or you’re just a particular fan of the criss-crossed colorful bands, tartan makes for a warm winter design that adds major character to your big day.

Check out these tartan takes on wedding decor for a total treat.

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Planning a wedding, while exciting, can also be extremely stressful and overwhelming. There are so many things to consider, ranging from catering service to entertainment and beyond. Many people hire DJs to provide entertainment and music for their big day. If you want to hire a great DJ for your wedding, you should be very careful and diligent. The last thing you want to do is hire an inexperienced DJ who has no idea how to make your wedding the fun, enjoyable and memorable experience it’s supposed to be. Sophia from Hiresquare has recently been through the process of hiring a DJ for her wedding and shares some tips with us.

Get a Referral From Friends

Ask reliable people you know for strong recommendations. Chances are you know a few people who have had or who have been to weddings before. If they’ve had DJs work their weddings or seen a great DJ at somebody else’s wedding, ask them how their experiences were. If they rave about their DJs, get their contact information. When you’re planning a wedding and want everything to go smoothly, nothing beats the confidence of a personal recommendation. If possible, try to ask for recommendations from people who have similar musical preferences to you. Although many wedding DJs spin all kinds of tunes, some have their own niches, whether classic rock, modern pop, R&B or anything else.

Meet Face To Face

You should always make an appointment to meet the DJ face-to-face before agreeing to hire him or her for your wedding. Meeting someone in person can give you a good idea about his or her work style. You want to make sure in advance that the wedding DJ you hire is responsible and professional, after all. A meeting can provide you with some helpful clues, too. If the DJ shows up to your meeting early or on time and is polite and accommodating, then you know you’ve probably got someone great on your hands. If he or she is late, flaky and seemingly off in outer space for the duration of your entire meeting, then you know to probably look elsewhere. When you meet prospective DJs, you should find out about their experience levels, too. Find out how long they’ve been in the business. Find out the average number of weddings they work annually, as well. Knowledge truly is power! It is important that you feel confident and get a good feel for the person.

Have Examples Ready Of The Type of Music You Would Like To Hear

Discuss the type of music you want to be played at your wedding. Don’t forget, it is YOUR wedding, and thus you should be able to request what you want. If you don’t be clear about what you want, chances are the DJ will go off and play his own favorite tunes. Give the DJ examples of songs that you would like to hear so he/she knows what you are after and whether this is the type of music he/she will and can play. You can also ask the DJ to come up with some examples/provide a playlist of his own to get an idea of their portfolio. Also deliberate whether it is possible for the audience to requests songs once the party has started.

Can I Use The Mic?

Enquire if the DJ has a mic you can use. Quite often somebody has a speech prepared and wants to address the audience. If a DJ has a mic that you can use, this could save someone a lot of shouting. It is advisable to make sure there is a certain time slot where people can get up and use the mic and discuss this with the DJ so he/she is made aware of this.

Make a Formal Arrangement

If you meet a potential wedding DJ and determine that he or she is a contender, you should take the opportunity to ask about important details such as written contracts. The last thing you want, is get a no-show at the day of your wedding or unpleasant payment surprises. If a DJ has a written contract available, that’s often a good indication that he’s a consummate professional. It’s also often a good indication that he’s dependable and honest. Discuss terms of payments. It is okay to make a small down payment upfront, to give the DJ some security that you are serious to go ahead with him/her, but don’t pay the full fee until the service has been delivered.

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 Australia, Polka Dot Bride has inspiring brides all around the globe since the site was founded in 2007. Updated twice daily with all different parts of the planning experience, you can even find five specialty blogs inside the “dotted” umbrella: Groom, Wisdom, Weddings, Made & Honeymoons! And I got to chat a bit with Ms. Polka Dot herself all about the whimsical wonderings behind the blog!

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How & Why Did Your Get Started Blogging?
“I have always loved weddings, at 8 I’d borrow wedding magazines from the library and photocopy my favourite parts. I started Polka Dot Bride as a hobby one lazy day and it grew from there.”

Favorite Part about Blogging and about Your Polka Dot Bride? Quite simple I love love and I love that every day I’m able to tell stories of love and hope and have that story come alive with all kinds of beautiful things like beautiful gowns, amazing cakes, floral arrangements that are out of this world and so much more.

I love that Polka Dot Bride lives up to that tagline and the original mission – inspiring weddings. Both inspiring couples to create a day that is uniquely theirs, whether that’s in a paddock under a tepee with everyone dressed in a fancy dress, an industrial style occasion in a warehouse with a sequin wedding gown or a classic black tie occasion. But it also showcases inspiring weddings – couples who are truly doing it their way and honouring their own lives and stories together.”

3 words that describe your blog:  Australia. Cozy. Fun.

Links to 3 of your favorite blog posts EVER: Em and Max’s Modern City Wedding /3 Bridal Makeup Ideas / Jen Huang Workshop

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Handy Checklists & Guides That Will Help You Plan Your Wedding. The Ultimate List of Lists.

Before you start scrolling through this post, you might want to make sure you have some time to get lost in wedding planning bliss. We’ve pulled together all the top wedding guides, infographics and wedding planning checklists from over the years into one massive list. The idea is to try to pull things together in one place in order to make it really helpful. It’s a way to break down a lot of information into easy-to-follow chunks.

If you’re planning a wedding, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the task. From rings to cake, dresses to venues, there’s a whole lot of decision making ahead of you. The following checklist, ultimate wedding guides and infographics provide some guidance to help you wedding plan.

Every wedding topic from budgets, bridesmaids, picking a dress, cake options and bridal bouquets to guests, photographer questions and engagement photos. Between everything here, we’re pretty sure we can get you on your merry wedding planning way and answer all your wedding planning questions.

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Your complete wedding planning guide with wedding ideas, inspiration & wedding websites. Find wedding dresses, venues, cakes, invitations, photographers and much more. We have all the advice and inspiration you need to help plan the wedding you want. First step is to turn to our Ultimate Guides. These outline the Wedding Planning Basics for everything related to your wedding.

 

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A Simple To Follow Guide for Addressing Wedding Invitations Perfectly Every Time

We’ve talked a lot about how to word wedding invitations in our ultimate wedding invitation guide. It is often one of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding, so we decided to create a simple to follow chart that helps you get wedding invitations right. Your invites are communicating the necessary info to your friends and loved ones, so keep this in mind and read on for a few tips and tricks!

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Wedding Accessories. Know Your Earring & Necklace Styles

You’d be surprised just how many brides we talk to who don’t know the basics when it comes to a bridal necklace and wedding earrings. We’ve pulled together a simple infographic below that should help. Nothing too much to learn, but hopefully it can be useful.

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There’s a ring on your finger. Now what? It’s time to start planning your wedding, that’s what. Welcome to our comprehensive online guide for brides. There is a lot to do, but don’t freak out because the internet is a wonderful place for finding tools to make wedding planning easier. Definitely check out all the wedding planning guides we’ve created while you’re here. Take a look below at the top things we think are most important now that you’re in wedding planning mode. There are more, but this is a good start to lay the framework.

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Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Honeymoon

We talked to 2,000 married, engaged and single people to help you navigate the honeymoon planning process. We covered the honeymoon budget, the best destinations, things to do and even wild confessions. Here is a fun look at honeymoon planning.

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Wedding Budget. Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

Weddings reflect the individual personalities and priorities of the couple getting married. The focus of this special day need not be about how much was spent or saved. That’s easier said than done of course when the average cost of weddings running more than $27,000 nationally.

Weddings are expensive. But does it have to be this way? Nope. There is no need to spend tons of money on a wedding when the most important thing is to make it personal. You can cut costs all over the place.

Whether your budget is $500 or $5,000, these budget-savvy strategies can help you save money and still have an amazing special day.

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The Photos You Must Capture on Your Wedding Day

Putting together your wedding photo short list? Here are some pretty picture ideas you might want to include. A week or so before the ceremony, supply the photographer with a list of moments that are important to you.

Remember, your wedding photos shouldn’t just be beautiful — they should tell the story of your wedding day.

From the look on your guests’ faces as you walk down the aisle to your first dance, these insanely gorgeous photos will give you an idea of what we’re talking about.
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Your wedding rehearsal dinner is your opportunity to get everyone who will be involved in your wedding ceremony, from your parents to your young ring bearer, in the same place at the same time. You’ll be reviewing what every member of the wedding party has to do on your big day in order for everything to go perfectly, and you’ll then celebrate your upcoming event with a delicious dinner.

Are you wondering how you can go about planning the perfect rehearsal dinner? Then continue reading for a few tips.

Find The Ideal Venue

Even though tradition dictates that the groom’s family is in charge of hosting your rehearsal dinner, you don’t necessarily have to follow this rule if it doesn’t work for you. Even if the groom’s family is helping to host the dinner, it certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t have a say in where you’ll hold the event or what foods will be available.

Never feel as though you have to restrict yourself to booking your event at a plain old restaurant. If you’re planning on having your ceremony at a church or you can’t book the rehearsal dinner at your reception venue, you can certainly host your rehearsal dinner at a more formal venue like a fancy banquet hall in Los Angeles.

Hand Out Gifts
To show appreciation to everyone who’s going to be involved in your big day in some way, it’s a great idea to give them a small gift of thanks during your rehearsal dinner. These can even be gifts, such as jewelry, that your wedding party can wear for the ceremony and reception, though you can customize your gifts however you wish to suit every parent, grandparent, and important member of your upcoming wedding.

Consider Making the Event a Casual One
A lot of couples today are opting to make their rehearsal dinner casual, low-key, and relaxed instead of formal. Again, this is entirely up to you, but it’s an option that you should be aware of. If you want people to dress down a bit and take it easy before your super formal wedding day, this is a great way to bring everyone together to simply enjoy each other’s company and some great food and laughs.

To make your event casual, you can still book a more formal venue, but opt for a family-style or buffet style dinner rather than a sit-down dinner that has wait staff serving you. You can also opt for open seating instead of assigning people to their seats and tables. These little details might seem minor, but they can really transform a more formal rehearsal dinner into a more relaxed one.

Make Sure You Book Everything in Advance and Let Everyone Know
Book the venue for your rehearsal dinner months in advance in order to ensure that you can get the appropriate time for the event, and to ensure that you’re able to book the venue of your choice before its calendar gets filled with other requests.

You also want to develop your guest list far enough in advance. Even though you need everyone from your wedding party there, it’s entirely up to you if you want to invite extra people. And you definitely need to consider the spouses, fiancés, boyfriends, and girlfriends of anyone who’s in your wedding party, as you don’t want to leave them out. Therefore, come up with your guest list so you’ll know exactly how much room you need to reserve at the restaurant or banquet hall of your choice.

Once the guest list and venue are set into place, it’s time to let everyone know about the rehearsal dinner’s date, time, and place so they can put it into their schedules, and so they won’t forget about it. Remember, this is a really important event, so you need to be certain that everyone who needs to be there will definitely be there.

Set a Theme
Just as you can set a theme for your wedding, you can also set a theme for your rehearsal dinner. In fact, a lot of couples opt to make their wedding theme infuse their rehearsal dinner as well, so you can certainly add your wedding color scheme to the rehearsal dinner décor, as an example, or find other ways of slowly diving into all that your wedding will be about.

With these tips in mind, you can ensure that your rehearsal dinner will be planned perfectly and that it will be a memorable and fun event for everyone involved.

Spoil the bride and all of her ladies in waiting with a bridal brunch that’s delicious and cleverly adorable too. Whether it’s at the shower, bachelorette or the morning of the big day, take brunching to an entirely different level with a bit of the inspiration we found below! Take a peek at these 10 ideas!

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When Nana Betty, 89-year old grandmother to bride-to-be Christine Quinn, was asked to be a bridesmaid in her granddaughter’s wedding, she was shocked and even asked several times, “Are you sure?”

But when the day for I do’s came, Nana Betty became the life of the party and even told Christine, “You’re only as old as you feel and today I feel young!”

Memorable and special for both the bride and her grandmother, let this be a lesson to all that age truly is just a number and bucking tradition can be the best decision you can make when planning your wedding!

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Have you ever thought about what would happened if someone decided to crash your wedding? What if they were celebrities? More specifically, what if Maroon 5 decided to pop in and perform during your big celebration! Take a look and see how Adam Levine and his gang take the term “wedding crashers” to a whole new level!

Although when this video for their song “Sugar” was first released, everyone thought that the weddings were staged. But, in fact, the band surprised each and every one of the newlyweds!

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The bride, Andrea, didn’t anticipate having a father-daughter dance. Her father passed away just months before her wedding day but her brother took it upon himself to create a moment she would remember forever. He recorded a special song and coordinated to where Andrea would dance with all of the men in her family – starting with her grandfather, moving onto her brothers and finishing with her brand new father-in-law.

 

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These wedding gowns have stood the test of time. Some decades old in style and some are quite new, either way they all have a timeless and iconic sense about them – proving that the best of fashions will never run out.

Whether you want the photos to use for an engagement announcement in your local newspaper, on your Save-the-Dates or just as a great keepsake of this special moment in time, engagement photos are necessary but you’ll definitely regret not having at least a few in your memory box. But don’t go into the situation blindly. Try thinking about what you’d like the style and overall look to be, prepare yourselves and follow these quick and easy tid-bits before the day of the shoot arrives!

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Choose a theme. Whether casual, seasonal, right at home or retro-styled, make sure to prepare your theme in advance.

Choose outfits. And along with that theme you’ll need to prepare some coordinating outfits. No, you don’t have to be kitschy and match but straying away from clashing outfits or two totally different styles will be key.

Make a list. You may want to sit down with your partner and make a list of must-have photos you want taken. Ring shots, prop ideas, whatever is important for you to have, jot down and give it to your photographer.

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You can even find or make your very own checklist of poses to make sure to snag throughout the experience.

And it’s really all that simple. Do a bit of homework before the day of the photoshoot and you’ll be prepared for a day of fun that ends with a day of gorgeous memories to share with your family and friends!

The “Kim Kardashian” of China threw a $31 million dollar wedding! Known as Angelababy, Angela Yeung – singer, actress & model – married Haung Xiaoming, an actor as well, in October of 2015.

Her wedding ring alone is reported to be worth a whopping $1.5 million, she wore a custom Dior gown that took over 5 months to make, and each of her 2000 guests walked away with a bag full of gifts which included brand new cell phones – according to AOL.

They are symbolic of winter. They are rustic, whimsical, earthy and beautiful in the same breath. Pine cones. We love them, especially when incorporated into your winter-wedding decor.

Whether you bundle them into your bouquet or use them as place card holders, there are endless ways to use pine cones on your big day. Brown not your color? Spray paint them! We especially love pinecones in metallic hues of silver, gold and copper, and even white.

Perhaps our favorite use of pine cones is for homemade fire starters to give to your guests as favors. Inexpensive and useful — a win-win!

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Copper is a unique wedding color choice but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad one! It actually makes it quite the creative and gorgeous way to go! Check out these 10 inspiring ways to incorporate copper into your wedding day plans and decor now!

 

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Already one of the most festive evenings of the year, we’re seeing New Year’s Eve weddings pop up as a favorite date for couples to say “I do.” And if you’re the go-big-or-go-home type of couple, NYE is your chance to do just that — there’s nothing understated about it.

We can’t help but feel like a NYE wedding oozes a Great Gatsby-esque air of sophistication — from sparkly gowns to champagne fountains, streamers, confetti, masquerade masks and black tie attire. For the couple who loves to party, a NYE wedding is perfectly fitting, as you’ll dance the night away into the wee hours of the New Year.

When planning a NYE celebration, consider a couple things: 1) Your start time should be later, say 6 or 7 p.m., since your guests have to make it to midnight (and well beyond!); 2) The hours of operation of stores and services may be altered due to the holiday, so if you’re banking on picking up dry cleaning that day, you better do it the day before.

We’re drooling over these snaps of NYE-inspired nuptials. And remember, if Dec. 31 is your date of choice, you’ll always have more than one thing to celebrate. Cheers!

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Black and gold weddings are unique but they’re also quite timeless, modern and sophisticated too. Be bold in your planning and choose a color scheme that creates drama, speaks of your couple style and creates a memorable moment for you and your guests. In the meantime, check out some beautiful black and gold wedding inspiration to jumpstart your brainstorming.

 

 

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Full of romance, whimsy, vintage vibes and reminiscent of some of the most stunning designs that roamed the Titanic, Claire Pettibone’s “Romantique” collection will truly take your breath away. Here are some of our favorites and the most showstopping of picks.

Give your guests something different to bite into with one (or more) of these petite desserts. Mix and match your favorite flavors, create a theme, serve them with signature cocktails; the possibilities are endless! Let’s dive into some ideas!

 

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One look at these Juliet cap veils and you’ll be swooning and wishing you had your very own. Scroll through as you gather a bit of Shakespearean, vintage inspiration for your big walk down the aisle.

 

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Wintery, festive and abundant, using seasonal greenery in your winter wedding scape is sure to be a sweeping success. Something we constantly tell brides when they choose materials for their big day decor is to look for inspiration in seasonal elements. Spring flowers, certain greens and garden flowers would be a total miss for winter I dos. Instead, think of pine, cedar, balsam, juniper and eucalyptus as the perfect elements to create an aromatic scene harmonious with the holidays.

Whether you cascade it down your tables, use it to accent your wedding cake tiers, or as the main element of your bridal bouquet, winter greenery is stunning. And bonus — incorporating fragrant flora will emit that seasonal scent people pine for all year ‘round.

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Have you narrowed your list of gal pals that you need by your side when you walk down the aisle? Instead of texting or calling, make the moment special when you ask your special ladies to be your bridesmaids! Check out these ten unique ways to do it, with all the charm in the world!

 

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If you’re creating a cozy, rustic wedding then you may want to add just a few wooden pieces to the mix of ceremony and reception decor. From the dessert table to the aisle, there are plenty of eclectic, unique ways to incorporate the organic bits. And here are 10 of our absolute favorites!

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Silver, gold, bronze, rose gold and copper — whether you fancy just one, all or a handful in your winter wedding color scheme, metallics transform any look from ordinary to over-the-top gorgeous and glam. And long gone are the days when you had to identify yourself as “team silver” or “team gold” — mixing metallics is the trend that’s all the rage in fashion and weddings. So be bad, break the rules and use ’em all. 

Better yet, metallic hues beg to reflect roaring fires, candles and twinkle lights, creating a soft glow and sparkle that’s pure magic. Thus, go heavy in the candle game. Hundreds.

Also, don’t be afraid to suit your ladies up in metallics from head to toe, which is without a doubt one of our favorite wedding fashion trends of 2015.

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This bride was dumped on her wedding day, but what she did after the heartbreak shocked everyone!

Mere days before their walk down the aisle, Quinn Duane’s fiance decided he wasn’t ready to get married. Instead of canceling the reservation and leaving the planning and food to waste, the bride and her family invited Sacramento’s homeless to feast on the celebratory meal at the Citizen Hotel – with a $35,000 bill to boot.

It was estimated that 90 homeless families – including everyone from babies to grandparents – showed up to enjoy. Including salmon and gnocchi, these people not only got some home cooked sustenance but they got treated to a 4-star restaurant’s entrees. Duane ended up jetting off on her honeymoon, with her mom in tow. Well wishes to Quinn and her family for not only turning a bad memory into a blessing for so many others, but that she soon finds her Prince Charming – minus the very last minute cold feet.

 

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Buying a house is the biggest investment you’re probably ever going to make, and you can certainly make your budget stretch if you buy one that needs some extra loving care. Before you take the plunge for a fixer, though, some honest assessments are in order. There are no right or wrong answers to the following questions, but they’ll give you an idea of how to proceed:

Do You Have the DIY Skills to Tackle the Work?

If neither one of you has ever held a power tool or a pipe wrench, remodeling a kitchen or bathroom from the studs out isn’t the place to learn on the job no matter how many home improvement shows you’ve watched.

It might turn out that you’ve got untapped natural talents, but it’s a smart move to hire professionals for the big stuff. Electricity, gas, and plumbing are not things to fool around with. Not only will having the work professionally done be safer for life and limb, but it will save you money in the long run.

Do You Have the Time and Energy to Spend?

If you have demanding careers and all you’ve ever wanted to do on the weekends is catch up on laundry and sleep, a fixer isn’t for you. By the time you drag yourself around for a few Saturdays, you’ll begin putting things off and you’ll wind up with half-finished projects all over the place.

Not only does walking around raggedy piles of lumber and paint cans make for an uncomfortable living arrangement, but it tends to bring up resentment and other unattractive emotions that will not keep the honeymoon going.

Do You Have the Temperament to Work Together?

You’re in love and adore spending time together, but have you ever joined forces to complete a big task without squabbling over details large or small? If one of you is a slapdash speed demon and the other is a precise and careful snail, can you coordinate your work styles without coming to blows? Is compromise a concept you’re both familiar with and good at?

Married couples who have gone through renovation projects say that it’s one of the biggest stress-producers out there. That’s because it combines so many components that have the potential to create conflict — over money, individual preferences, and the myriad of decisions that have to be made about them.

Having said all that, if you decide you can put up with the noise, the mess, the stress, and the general chaos that’s bound to be part of the process, working together to remodel or refurbish your new house is going to be a great bonding experience that will give you a shared sense of pride in what you’ve accomplished.

If you’re able and willing to join forces and put some sweat equity into your new house, here are the easiest projects to tackle DIY:

Flooring

Vinyl flooring is a great budget-friendly alternative to other materials for rooms that get a lot of traffic and are subject to spills and moisture. Modern vinyl floors from BuildDirect.com are a far cry from what it was in your grandmother’s day. If you like the look of stone, you can find vinyl tiles that replicate the look of marble, travertine, and sandstone. If the look of wood is what you’re after, you can find vinyl in easy-to-install planks in finishes like rich oak and walnut, country-style distressed barn wood, and even a whitewash that would be right at home at the beach. Some vinyl flooring is embossed with texture that feels like the real thing.

Countertops

Installing granite in a kitchen or bathroom is best left to the pros, but it’s relatively simple — and much more cost effective — to DIY tile, seamless composites, concrete, butcher block, or reclaimed wood. Clever do-it-yourselfers have even made customized counters using self-leveling epoxy to encase and provide a durable surface over such things as coins, maps, or other flat items with personal meaning.

Cabinetry

If kitchen and bathroom cabinets are structurally sound, all you have to do is replace the doors and hardware to get a brand new look. Sometimes all you’ve got to do is paint or refinish them for the result you want. And replacing all or some of the upper cabinet doors with ones that have glass panes is another idea that’s easy and effective for changing the whole style of the room.

Paint

A new coat of paint freshens up a room more than almost anything else. It’s worth the time to study up on technique, but after that, it’s just a matter of selecting finishes and colors and you’re off to the races. Magazines and online sources show endless examples of ways to make your paint jobs extra-special by painting focal walls, adding contrasting trim to the woodwork, or highlighting nooks and other architectural details with colors that are lighter, darker, or entirely different than the rest of the room.

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In addition to the aforementioned plumbing and electrical work, unless you’re experienced at these specialized tasks don’t test your skills repairing a roof, replacing windows, repairing garage doors, or trimming large trees. You do want to be around for many anniversaries to come.

Strapless gowns have reigned the wedding world for so long now, but when it comes to winter nuptials, we say step aside, strapless, and hello, sleeves. Lace, tulle, beaded, embroidered  — however you sport ’em, they are equally to die for.

There is something completely elegant and captivating about baring less. Remember Kate Middleton’s sleeved gown? After all, showing less leaves more to the imagination.

And a sleeved frock is perfect for a winter wedding on a brisk day. The last thing you’ll want to think about is catching a chill.

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Selecting your wedding venue is one of the most challenging pieces of the wedding-planning process, as you consider capacity, catering options, budget and more. But if you’re planning on a fall or winter-time wedding, we suggest you add one criterion to your list: a fireplace. Homey, warm and as romantic as can be, a fireplace adds a certain whimsy and elegance that cannot be attained by anything else. Whether you have a roaring fire or tens of pillar candles instead, the charm is unchartable.

Check out these hearths with major heart.

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From mocha to chocolate, amber, caramel and walnut, hues of brown are back and more beautiful than ever. Whether the tone is the primary color of your wedding-day palette, or merely an accent color, brown sets a stunning stage for the rest of your I do decor. Think tweed suits, cowboy boots, chocolate confections, salvaged wood tables and smoky eyes, for starters.

While brown can play a part in a celebration in any season, we particularly love it for fall weddings, when nature’s bouquet of oranges, maroons and yellows fits perfectly with warm hues of brown.

Here are some snapshots of our favorite ways to incorporate the neutral into your big day.

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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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Whimsical Wonderland Weddings is an eclectic blog full of couples with heaps of love and personality that shines through. From love stories to stunning photography and a wide range of awesome suppliers WWW aims to give a wide range of fun and fresh wedding inspiration. Creator, Lou, likes to think that the blog is a friendly space where everyone feels welcome and at home. The blog is run by herself and her intern Anna came on board in May to join in the fun. She is a newly-wed and am a mummy to 2 little boys. She adores colour, craft, cardigan weather and smiles.

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How did you get started:  Whimsical Wonderland Weddings was founded by myself in April 2010, whilst planning my own wedding day. From personal musings and a place bookmark my wedding finds, it grew into a resource followed by couples. When devastatingly me and my (now) husband decided to cancel our wedding 6 weeks before hand (due to health problems), I could not bear to say goodbye to Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and the community I had established. So I continued in my quest to assist and inspire other couples and to promote the amazing UK wedding industry.

Your favorite aspect about blogging and your favorite aspect about your blog specifically: I love nothing more than hearing from the couples that use the blog to plan their day. Whether they have downloaded the free planning tools, connected with my features on mental health or just love reading the real weddings. It gives me a buzz every time. For me that’s what it’s all about, alongside connecting fantastic wedding suppliers with amazing brides and grooms. I love the wide ranging real weddings I am honoured to share and write about. I never take for granted the pleasure of sharing one of life’s most exciting moments and all the love that goes into each celebration. I also adore creating DIY tutorials for WWW, I do love getting my craft on.

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3 words that describe your blog:  Happy. Eclectic. Personal.

Links to 3 of your favorite blog posts EVER: We Got Married / Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration / Ethereal Woodland Wedding Ideas

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