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‘Tis the season for hauling out shovels, putting on gardening gloves and tending to your green thumb. Thus, we’re excited to bring you a little wedding-meets-planting inspiration!
If there’s one trend that’s hot, hot, hot in weddings right now, it’s pulling off that effortless, organic, just-out-of-the garden feel for your big day. From free-flowing bouquets to hair wreaths and plant favors — why not take the garden theme to the next level and incorporate planters into your floral arrangements? The result? Rustic elegance to the max.
Whether you choose moss and greenery, garden roses or a mix of both, you can’t go wrong with lining your tables with these super-cool centerpieces. If you’re feeling like using hundreds of cut flowers seems like a waste, plant flowers in your planters and enjoy them long after the sun sets on your wedding day. These would also make great gifts for family members!
Check out these planter-perfect arrangements.
Hello, hydrandeas. You’re beautiful, bountiful and we love you.
Blooming from early spring through fall, hydrangeas are around for half of the year, so take advantage of ’em! It’s sort of a no-brainer to incorporate hydrangeas into your wedding decor — they’re incredibly versatile — whether you use them as a filler flower or as the star of the show. They shine every time.
The biggest predicament you’ll face with hydrangeas is choosing a color. From deep purply greens for a fall fête to creamy whites, soft pinks and blues for spring, to vibrant purples for summer, there is no shortage of color options when it comes to hydrangeas. Gather hydrangeas into a bouquet, cascade them over your ceremony arch or bunch them on your cake — stunning every way.
Not every boutonniere or bouquet has to be filled to the gill with petals and lace. Instead, you can get really creative with their design, add some personal style and embellishments that fit the theme of the day. Check out these 10 unique boutonnieres that will add a special pop to the groom and inspire your own big celebration!
These whimsical and romantic Nurit Hen wedding gowns are flawless. Check out our favorites from the Spirit of Love collection.
These Paolo Sebastian wedding gowns will knock you right off of your feet and have you dreaming of your wedding day. Couture, luxurious, glamorous and show stopping, check out these stunning designs.
Elegant, timeless and feminine, pearls are the perfect addition to your big day. If you’re looking to bring a little sheen to your decor and wedding-day embellishments, pearls are the way to go. Perhaps what we love most about them is their understated quality — you won’t find pearls trying to steal the show like other types of “bling.” Rather, pearls are understated and classic with a luxe luminosity when set against the warm glow of candlelight.
We challenge you to think outside the studs and strand and incorporate pearls into your bouquet, stationary, hair piece, veil, cake, table decor and more — the options are endless. Take a look.
From creamy white and blush to bright fuchsia, yellow and orange, ranunculus come in all colors of the rainbow, and are absolutely ravishing for a wedding. Varying in sizes and accompanied by buds and thick green stems, ranunculus have that freshly-picked-from-the-garden organic feel that every trendy bride seeks.
With a whimsical round shape and endless layers of petals, ranunculus pair perfectly with garden roses and peonies. They’re practically made for each other.
Whether you tuck a stem into your napkins alongside flatware, nestle them between cake layers or bunch them for a centerpiece, ranunculus will wow your guests.
It’s in the back of every bride’s mind: “What if it rains on our wedding day? The day will be ruined, all plans will shift, it won’t be what I have always imagined” and so on. Relax.
Even if you picked the sunniest of sunny locales, there’s still always a chance of precipitation. Example? I got married in Mexico in December, where there was the lowest possibility of storms imaginable. We planned an entirely outdoor event under cabanas on the beach, with pictures, dinner and dancing all set to take place outside. Come the day of the wedding, gray clouds loomed over the beach, and at 1 p.m. (with a start time of 5 p.m.), I was waffling with my mom and wedding planner about what to do. I decided to stick to our original plan and hope for the best. “If it rains, it rains,” I told myself. And sure enough, the clouds parted and spared our outdoor soiree.
DON’T DO WHAT I DID and wait until the last minute to ambush your already overwhelmed and emotional self with decisions.
Here are five tips for you to make sure showers don’t rain on your wedding soiree:
1. MAKE A RAIN PLAN: As soon as you settle on your venue, discuss the rain game plan in length with the wedding planner and vendors. Decide on a tent, alternate on-site location, etc. Don’t leave any details left undiscussed! This ensures there will be no surprises on your wedding day, even if it’s your plan b.
2. RAINY ACCESSORIES: Grab some inexpensive matching umbrellas and rain boots for the bridal party so you’re prepared for wet weather in style.
3. TRUST THE PROFESSIONALS: Once your rain plan is put in place, trust the experts and relinquish control. They know what they’re doing, and it’ll be fabulous — we promise!
4. KEEP AN UP-DO ON THE BACK BURNER: We all know rainy, damp days = flat, scraggly hair. If you’re planning on wearing your hair down or half-down, it might be a good idea to have already tested and approved an up-do alternative with your stylist.
5. OWN IT, LOVE IT AND CAPTURE IT: Rain on the big day brings good luck, or so they say, so soak it up, Your day will be perfect no matter what. Also, rain makes for some of the most memorable wedding photos, so grab your groom, an umbrella and get out there! Check out these gorgeous rainy moments:
In order to keep you sane and help you make it through the almost overwhelming task of planning the perfect wedding, there are certain wedding planning must haves as well as some tried and tested tips and tricks to make the big day a big success. In this day and age, though, wedding websites are becoming a popular method of coordinating the big day.
What’s The Point of a Personal Wedding Website?
Quite simply because it makes everything 100% more efficient, easier to keep track of, and generally more fit for the 21st century. Plus, setting up your own site and managing the webspace isn’t nearly as complicated as it once was. Many web hosts, like 1&1 for example, offer entire packages for hosting and designing your own wedding website to your personal taste. I know efficiency and easier management doesn’t sound all that sexy and romantic to most, but trust me, you will want to include a wedding website among the rest of your wedding planning arsenal. Here’s why.
Your Wedding Website Checklist
Although the majority of people will still want to go with the traditional wedding invitation route, including this information on your website can help those few friends and family members who will inevitably lose the invitation. More generally, it keeps all the essential details of your wedding publicly and easily accessible to everyone you’ve shared the site with. This way, everybody’s on the same page.
One of the biggest benefits of the wedding website is allowing your guests to RSVP easily online instead of having to head out to the post box. Not only is this easier for your guests, but having everything come in online will also help you more quickly and easily tally up your guest list so you can finalize your seating plan.
About the Couple Section
This is practical because not everyone invited will know both the bride and groom equally well, or their love story, so this “About Us” section can help family and friends get to know the couple a little better and feel more included in the celebration of your love.
Another of the other most important aspects of a wedding website is the online gift registry. This allows guests who might like to contribute to the occasion with a present to do so online in a more orderly way. Vitally, it makes sure that people are looking into what you have already on your registry and cuts out a lot of the hassle involved with gift shopping in general. Or if physical gifts are not desired for whatever reason, this can also be identified here.
This all depends on the couple, but often guest contributions need to be fielded through whichever close friend or family member is in charge of the program. You can include a section on the website that allows friends and families to submit their desired contributions through a contact section, which then goes directly to the groomsman or bridesmaid responsible for the program. From your aunt who wants to sing at the reception, to your younger cousin’s crazy skit, or your sister’s slide show, everything can be easily organized through this section and make the program planning a lot easier for whoever is taking on this responsibility
This is any additional information that guests should know about the wedding itself. For example, if it is going to be outdoors on the grass and perhaps high heeled shoes wouldn’t be the best idea, or if there is going to be a cash bar. In the logistics section you would also include all of the basic details, like time, location, driving directions, lists of hotels in the area, etc. This allows you to be able to give your guests a whole bunch of information, a lot of which wouldn’t be included on the paper invitation, and maybe avoid a whole lot of phone calls and headaches closer to your special day.
The wedding registry has evolved quite a lot over the years. What you need on your wedding registry will be different for each couple, however. For some, the list will be pretty obvious, as starting off a new life from scratch can indeed require many essentials and some assistance. Others who already have everything they need can find it a little more difficult to narrow down, but it is still necessary to give your guests a little bit of guidance towards your taste and wishes.
Getting the Word Out
It should be general knowledge as wedding etiquette rule number one to never include registry cards in with the wedding invitation. This gives off the wrong message and is incredibly tacky. Directing your guests towards your own wedding website, however, that so happens to contain a registry – as well as all of the other details of your wedding – can be a little more tactful. Just include the domain URL to your wedding website on your invitations and let your guests do the rest. With the various list of new top level domains on the internet, you can even get creative and include your name and your fiancé’s name in the domain, with .wedding instead of .com or something else cute and to your taste. See here for available options if you’re interested in this idea.
You want to set up your registry early enough that people aren’t scrambling to buy a gift at the last minute. Normally 4-5 months before the wedding is a good enough amount of time to finalize your registry. If you do go the personal wedding website rout, which includes your registry, you will be able to add to or revise items at will, which can help aid the time constraint of seasonal items, as well as give you more freedom if something comes to mind or your wishes change.
It is important that you practice a little restraint here. If your guests visit your registry and see 20 different stores on it, they will most likely get overwhelmed by too many options. The general rule of thumb is to limit your store choices to a maximum of three, and don’t register for similar items at each store. If you choose stores that have a wide variety of products instead of incredibly specialized, you are more likely to cover all of your desired gift areas. On the other hand, if you already have all of the things that you need, you can easily set up a specialized registry for guests to give contributions to charities of your choice, or even set up a honeymoon registry so that guests can contribute to your honeymoon instead.
Ultimately, you should stick to a price range that you yourself are willing to pay at a friend or family member’s wedding. Or, if you do have “big ticket” items, then set it up in a way that more than one guest can contribute towards that gift. Also, stay away from anything that seems like a “gift grab.” Although you may want a hot tub or a plasma TV, you should include gift items on your registry that seem practical as well as romantic. After all, you really want your guests there to share the day with you, gifts themselves are a secondary kind gesture and not the reason for the invitation.
We’ve all seen (and have taken!) the staged wedding photos of families, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and ring bears lined up perfectly. Are these essential? Yes. Are they boring? Yes.
While those photos are necessary, no doubt, we guarantee that the pictures you’ll drool over are those fleeting candid moments that only a camera can capture in a flash. The stolen glances, ear-to-ear grins, boundless belly laughs, nose nuzzles, eskimo kisses, cake fights and more.
Candids tell the emotions of the day — you’ll want to remember how you felt, how you looked at your new spouse and how teary you were during the toasts, and candids will capture just that.
Tip: Ask your photographer for a mix of posed and candid moments when you’re compiling your shot list. You don’t want any surprises when you get your pics back post-wedding.
The cake. It’s the centerpiece of your entire wedding day, so it better be memorable.
We’ve seen several different cake decorating trends come and go — fondant, ruffles, naked, rough iced, pies even — but one cake take we’re really loving is painting. Instead of piping or cutting out fondant designs, elaborate decorations are painted directly onto fondant for a clean, intricate look that’s awe-inducing.
Nothing is off limits when it comes to designs, either. Think geometric, water color abstracts and, the most popular cake painting design we’re seeing — frilly, feminine florals. Can’t decide on one pattern? Mix and match correlating designs on alternating layers!
Check out these picture-perfect painted confections.
Home décor is important; it can have an effect on your self-image, stress levels, and overall mental health. If you’re moving in with your new spouse for the first time after the wedding, you’ll both have to determine how to combine two distinct styles. Taking the time to consider each other’s design ideas will ensure you have a cohesive cohabitation space during this exciting
transition time. From his to hers to a perfect combination of the two, these tips and tricks will help you create a unified home décor style that will appease both hubby and wife.
You both are likely coming into your new home with furniture, so a purge is going to be a necessity. This is your chance to get rid of items you might have been hanging onto unnecessarily, and throwing away or selling old pieces will give you more space to work with in your home and more reason to shop for new pieces you both might like. This is also your chance to sit down and talk about your non-negotiables on each side. You both need to be honest and open about the pieces that have meaning to you. Listening to each other’s concerns will make it easier to compromise on items you might not have been okay with before. For him, it might be the coffee table from his grandfather’s study, for her, a floral patterned couch she fell in love with the moment she saw it. Marriage is all about compromise after all, so consider this a crash course. You might find your pieces blend together perfectly with a few accents, so get to taking inventory and decide on the things you won’t be willing to part with.
The Thing About Clutter
A surefire way to have you both at each other’s throats over design? Clutter and chaos. One of the easiest ways to avoid clutter is to focus on modern clean lines, within your furniture and décor. Stay simple and experiment with different mediums. Wood, metal, and cement may sound like masculine materials, but with the right lines and sleek finishes, you’ll wind up with the perfect feminine touch to make the room appeal to both parties. Find art pieces with modern appeal that both husband and wife adore at a site like www.touchofmodern.com, keep shelves free of clutter by being extra selective with your décor, and take time every week to organize together.
Neutral Big Ticket Items
When it comes to furniture and appliances, your best bet is to go neutral and add individualized accessories. Stainless steel appliances in the kitchen will fit both styles with the addition of vibrant colors, a basic entertainment stand will be easily dressed up with smaller pieces that reflect both styles (but don’t expect the fights over what to watch to be easier to handle), and a neutral headboard and bed frame can be individualized by sheets and bedding.
His and Her Spaces
If you just can’t seem to agree on his sports posters or her penchant for pastel furniture, it might be in the best interest of your marriage to dedicate separate spaces for each spouse. A man cave for him, a woman cave for her, of sorts. That way he can hang up that beer sign he’s carried since his dorm days, and she can use all the chevron she wants on the walls. We all need alone time every once in a while, and this will give you both the chance to design a room exactly how you like. When compromise just won’t hack it, this is the route to take.
It’s going to be a slow process, and it may take months or even years to finally get to a place where you both feel like you have equal input on a space. If either of you have drastic or unique design ideas, give the other time to warm up to it. You can draw out your plans, allowing for better visualization, and slowly gather the pieces that will contribute to your overall vision. That way, neither of you will feel blindsided and both parties will be eased into your new cohesive living space.
With bachelor and bachelorette parties gradually becoming more tame, more couples are electing to throw co-ed, joint bachelor and bachelorette parties. If you and your betrothed aren’t looking to celebrate that cliché “last night of freedom” consider throwing a joint shindig that will serve as a wonderful party for you two and your friends before the wedding arrives. This is the perfect idea for the groom and bride who want to spend the evening together, and there are brilliant ideas that will keep everyone in high spirits.
A Camping Trip
If the groom and bride are the outdoorsy type of couple, what could be better than a weekend spent camping with all of their best friends? Rent out a cabin in the woods or bring along tents and sleeping bags to really rough it under the night sky. You can also play games that emphasize the battle of the sexes out in the great wild, like good old-fashioned tug of war, foot races, and all those “summer camp” games we secretly miss.
Twists and Turns
Harken back to the joys of childhood and take your crew to a local amusement park to hop on some rollercoasters with twists and turns, partake in that fried food that you can’t justify anywhere else, and nom on your fair share of cotton candy. A day filled with laughter can’t go wrong, and the happy couple will enjoy getting to sit side-by-side on all of the death-defying rides, not to mention all the hilarious pictures that will ensue.
A Party Bus
You might not be heading to the strip club or Sin City like the classic stories of bachelor and bachelorette parties, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your party on. Book a party bus and plan a pub crawl around your town. This assures no one will drive while under the influence, and you’ll have everyone you love shuttled around to the destinations of your choice. Pick a theme for the evening (anything from neon to Hawaiian shirts to pajama onesies), crank up some fun tunes, and enjoy the evening cruising around town.
For the Adventurous Couple
If the celebrating couple always seek out adrenaline-pumping feats, then you can’t go wrong with planning an experience style adventure. Check out Funsherpa.com. This awesome website will give you all the local options for a fun experience, including white water rafting, bungee jumping, skydiving, and even Ferrari racing. No matter what kind of adventure you choose, the happy couple is going to love getting their blood pumping and hearts racing.
A Scavenger Hunt
If you’re planning the party for your friends, consider putting together a scavenger hunt that will have you all running around the city hunting for clues. If you know them well enough, hide clues in areas that are special or particular to their relationship. It can be their first date spot, the place she told you they had their first kiss, or at the wedding venue for an early sneak peek at the festivities.
An Escape Room
Test the couple’s ability to work together—along with all of their friends—by taking part in an escape room game. These rooms are popping up in cities all over the world, and come in all types of themes. From escaping your worst fears to figuring out clues like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes and Watson duo, the happy couple will enjoy putting their heads together and discovering the mystery behind unlocking the door.
A Sports Game
If both the groom and bride are sports fans to the extreme, could there be a better party idea than attending a game they’ve both been looking forward to? Whether it’s baseball or football, taking the whole crew to the stadium to enjoy some hot dogs, pricy beer, and good old-fashioned game-playing is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.
The One Tradition That Stays
Going modern with the party doesn’t mean you can choose to forgo the sentimental gifts. Whether you’re the bride, groom, or a best friend looking to plan a fun bachelor/bachelorette party, make sure you grab gifts for him and her to commemorate the event. Personalized cufflinks will add a refined feel to his tux on the big day, while a customized charm bracelet will dangle from her wrist with grace.
Long gone are the days that grooms and brides-to-be must host stripper-filled bachelor parties and take part in drunk shenanigans. Shirk tradition and embrace the new trend of Jack and Jill combined bachelor/bachelorette parties. Keep the groom and bride together and laughing with all of their favorite loved ones for a day or evening of his and hers fun they’re both sure to enjoy.
Math has new meaning.
Modern, cool and on-trend, geometric styles, shapes and patterns are popping up in everything from interior design to fashion, art and now, weddings.
From hanging hexagonal flower arrangements to triangle-topped tiers and terrarium centerpieces, geometric-inspired weddings are the coolest — unique, hipster and chic all rolled into one. You can opt for a multi-colored spread of shapes for a fun spin, or keep it neutral with shapes in metallics and wood materials. Either way, we can’t get enough of the clean lines of geometric design.
Now go ahead, get lost in shapes.
Lush, abundant and the most decadent shade of green, fern-filled wedding-day decor is a look we’re mad about. Did we mention it’s an unconventional take on wedding foliage? While big, bountiful blooms are stunning, we can’t help but go gaga for a greened-out floral theme — unique, interesting and just as beautiful.
Baby ferns, big ferns, tall ferns, short ferns — they’re all equally amazing. Whether you cascade ferns down your reception tables, bunch them as a bouquet, or nestle them in between the layers of your cake, ferns create an ethereal, fairy-like feel that’s sure to add magic to your wedding day.
Here’s some of our favorite fern inspiration if you’re planning to go green!
The first signs of green are starting to bud as we transition out of winter — and with good ol’ St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner — thus, we are majorly crushing on the earthy hue, and expect it to be a big trend for spring and summer weddings.
Modern brides aren’t afraid to brush other colored blooms aside and embrace all things green. The trick to pulling off a greened-out event is to incorporate several different varieties of greenery in a similar hue. The end result? A monochromatic yet interesting look laced with texture and appeal.
Sage, mint, pistachio, emerald, lime, forest — whatever the tone, go green or go home.
Melbourne, being both dynamic and cosmopolitan, has become known as Australia’s hub of style and culture. This is why it is such a great destination to find the most stunning wedding rings in the country.
Just as with anything however, when there is a lot of choices, it can get tricky to spot the average from the amazing. When it comes down to jewellery stores, being able to differentiate the two is essential so you can walk away with something you can treasure for years to come.
When looking for a fine jewellery store in the Melbourne area, start by finding someone or a place you can trust. Simon West Jewellery offers the finest handmade diamond engagement rings around. With their personalized service and reputable track record, you can be confident when purchasing anything from their store.
If you want to know how to spot the best jewellery stores in any location, look out for the following signs and you will find it:
Do They Have a Good Reputation?
Sometimes it’s hard to tell this just by walking into a shop. That’s why online reviews and social media testimonials are so valuable these days. Even better, if you know someone who has had a positive experience in a store this will really boost your confidence.
It can be almost impossible to tell the quality and style of the perfect engagement ring you are looking for. Especially if you have never shopped for diamond rings before! So asking the right questions to the jeweller is essential to making a great purchase.
Simon West has a page especially dedicated to testimonials which instil you with confidence that they truly care about your purchase and experience. Click here to view details for more jewellery collections and discover what stunning handcrafted pieces they offer.
Spotting a Brilliant Jeweller
It really helps if you can build a relationship with them. Get to know them so you can form a bond of trust and this will really help the whole purchase go smoothly. You should be able to tell whether the seller is worth your time firstly by how well they listen to your needs. Knowing you are speaking to an observant and astute jeweller is key in the buying process. If they know what they are doing they should focus on the bride and her personal style whilst listening to you. Once they start going down their own route or getting too pushy, this is a red flag!
You Know They’re Good When They Offer Lots of Services
The more services they offer to help you choose the right engagement ring, the better. For example, a great engagement ring store may have a resident gemmologist or a bench jeweller. These trained and certified people can help you choose the right stones for your style and budget.
Now you know some key signs to look out for, you should be able to find the most exquisite jewellery stores in Melbourne.
It’s wedding season and that means it’s bridal shower season too! Celebrate with your gals or throw a beautiful event for your sister, best friend or college roommate! And while you’re planning, grab some inspiration with these ideas that are both unique and memorable.
These Rami Kadi wedding gowns will have your jaws dropping from every single stunning detail and innovative silhouette. Beading, whimsy and more come together to create a couture-inspired collection of beautiful, bride-worthy pieces of art. Take a look!
These floral wedding gowns will make your heart skip a beat and have you daydreaming about a springtime celebration in no time. Colors, prints, patterns and interest come together to make these gowns show-stopping numbers.
Check out these 10 Lela Rose Ready-To-Wear Wedding Gowns we’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with! There are so many styles and silhouettes to choose from – from formal to a bit more casual and free.
By Megan Velez, Destination Weddings Travel Group
From relaxing beachfront honeymoons to a mountainside stay for two, there is certainly a destination out there for everyone. As all-inclusive resorts continue to pop up in new locales and more countries are opening their arms to welcome same-sex couples, honeymoon options are virtually unlimited, allowing couples to truly personalize their vacation experience. While certain destinations are eternal favorites, there are quite a number of places that couples are flocking to for a more off-the-beaten-path feel, so let’s take a look at some new favorites:
A gem of the southern hemisphere, South Africa is filled with hidden spots to explore for any adventure-loving couple. Grab a pair of binoculars and take a safari. Catch some waves at high tide. With volunteer honeymoons on the rise as well, couples are loving the ability to give back during their trip, while also enjoying some of the luxuries of major cities like Cape Town.
Perfect for those seeking a private getaway, Bora Bora offers all there is in luxurious, intimate destinations. Book an over-water bungalow and wake up to a cool breeze before heading off to your morning massage. Newlyweds who seek a peaceful honeymoon away from the rest of the world will love the opportunities that await them on this gorgeous tropical island.
It’s hard to beat Queenstown, New Zealand when it comes to a thrilling honeymoon. Known as the adventure capital of the world, the city is home to numerous luxury accommodations and cuisines, as well as opportunities for everything from parasailing to mountaineering. Busy-body couples will love the chance to make memories from the numerous activities available in the region!
Hawai’i has always been a popular spot for honeymoons and for good reason! The Pacific archipelago is home to a number of different climates, allowing it to offer a wealth of exciting opportunities. Island-hopping is fun in itself, as each island boasts its own unique environment. From trekking through a tropical rainforest to snorkeling among the reefs to climbing a dormant volcano, Hawai’i will always be a hot destination for couples who want to spend their honeymoon in paradise.
One of the biggest draws of Europe is the ease of traveling between countries for a relatively low cost. This allows honeymooning couples to experience a diverse mix of cultures in a matter of days, from taking in the scenic Italian countryside to touring authentic Spanish cities. Perfect for any couple that values good food, beautiful scenery, and rich history, a trip through Europe is an incredible way to create memories that will last a lifetime.
You may not need to cross any oceans to have your dream honeymoon. On the western coast of Canada, British Columbia provides all that gorgeous scenery has to offer and more. Pairing pristine wilderness with charming small towns, this Canadian province is a great option for anyone looking for a mixed bag of activities. Spend the day ziplining or snowmobiling through the peaks, only to retire to the city for a night of great foods and drinks. Consider taking a day trip to Victoria, the capital city, by ferry to explore the quaint Victorian-style atmosphere.
No matter what a couple is after on their honeymoon, there’s certainly a perfect locale out there, if not more. Spend the days exploring one area or plan to take in as much as possible by traveling from place to place – whatever it is, a honeymoon should be planned with only the couple’s preferences in mind!
Megan Velez is the Vice President of Product at Destination Wedding Travel Group, the world’s leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. Destination Wedding Travel Group, which encompasses GayDestinationWeddings.com, DestinationWeddings.com and LuxuriousDestinationWeddings.com, has worked with over 20,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings around the world. For more information, visit DestinationWeddings.com.
Pay attention to every nook of your big day from the corners to the floor. And with these 10 floral reception ceilings, you’ll be rethinking the wedding decor immediately.
Add a bit of pink or mint pop to your bridal hair for when you hit the aisle. Long or short, infuse your look with your personality and don’t go with the flow of tradition if it doesn’t represent who you are. Don’t be afraid to rock colorful tresses on your big day!
Although themed weddings may not be your cup of tea, they can be great fun and very memorable. If you and your other half have wanted to run away to Vegas to get married but still want to be surrounded by your friends and family. Why not have a Las Vegas casino themed wedding and treat yourself to going to Las Vegas for your honeymoon? If you are thinking of having a Las Vegas theme wedding here are some ideas to make it a fun risk.
If you are looking to have a Las Vegas casino themed wedding why not look to a hotel as a possible venue. In most hotels you will be able to have the ceremony there as well as the reception. If you have the ceremony and reception at a hotel you only have to pay for transport to the hotel and you may be able to get a package deal saving you money too.
The reception for all weddings is a big deal. You can make your wedding reception a night you, your partner and all your guests will remember. Deck your wedding reception out like a casino; you could have show girls and magicians playing magic tricks that will keep the kids and adults entertained. As well as more importantly having lots of table games adults can play on. Table games like blackjack, roulette, baccarat would be the ultimate touch for your casino themed wedding.
Elvis Presley is king of entertainment and there are some very good Evils impersonators you can hire to perform at your Las Vegas casino themed wedding. Elvis is closely linked with Las Vegas due to his popular status in the city. If you don’t want to hire an Elvis Impersonator there are more cost effective and inventive ways to incorporate him into your wedding. If you hire a band or DJ ask them to play some of you and your partner’s favourite Elvis tracks as that will be a nice addition to your Las Vegas wedding.
Wedding favours are little gifts that are the perfect way for your guests to remember your big day and for you to say thank you. If you are having a Las Vegas casino themed wedding there are endless opportunities you could do for wedding favours including personalised playing cards or even personalised poker chips which can all be wrapped up in a box that is decorated like a dice.
Why Not Honeymoon in Las Vegas?
Weddings are known for being big events but there are ways you can still make it a special day that doesn’t have to be expensive. If you can make your wedding budget relatively small you will be able to spend a bit more money on having your ideal honeymoon. There is no reason to stop the Las Vegas casino theme at your wedding why not try and extend it to your honeymoon with going to Las Vegas? The great part about Las Vegas as well as the casinos is the sunny weather and lovely beaches you and your partner can relax on.
These 10 black wedding cakes will leave your mouth gaping open with WOW and have you rethinking the traditional fare for your big day! These tiered-creations are just as beautiful in this offbeat shade, just look at these deigns!
Spring Wedding Fever by Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering and L.A. Banquets!
Spring is upon us, which means so is wedding season! Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering, LA’s premier full-service catering company for weddings, screenings, parties, and more, and L.A. Banquets, home of the most luxurious event spaces in the Los Angeles area such as, Brandview, Glenoaks, Le Foyer and Galleria Ballrooms, believes that bringing family and friends together over great events to create memories should be a beautiful experience for the bride and all involved. What began as a small catering company over three decades ago has evolved into a full scale event planning business. The teams at both companies create exquisite cuisine experiences that fuse tradition with modernity, and in recognition of their 30–year anniversary, the company wants to share their favorite tips so your readers can throw their best wedding ever!
Below is a collection of their favorite tips and tricks of the trade. Please review the below offering about “Tips on Designing the Best Spring Wedding.”
Planning a wedding is never easy, so here are some tips on how to plan the perfect Spring wedding!
There are many color options that can be incorporated into the perfect spring wedding! You can never go wrong with the traditional pastel colors in pinks, greens and yellows to give your wedding ceremony a classic yet fresh look. If you’re feeling a little daring, adding pops of colors such as deep reds and oranges can help add that splash of color to your already sophisticated ceremony. Another bold color choice would be using earthy tones such as deep browns, sages, and ivory
Wedding Food – Light, Bright and Healthy
Planning meals for a Spring wedding is simple and easy with a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables to choose from. Some favorites include steamed asparagus, fresh snap peas, and salad greens. All of these choices drizzled with some dressing will make an excellent pairing with your main course. The main dish is where you can get creative and serve a wide variety of cooking styles for traditional meals. You can’t go wrong with grilled chicken, a rack of lamb or even a fresh fish fillet. No wedding is done right without dessert. Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate, or cheesecake topped with fresh fruit, or even lemon meringue tarts can be added to your dessert menu.
Popular flowers for spring weddings include fragrant lilies, tulips, daises, roses and hyacinths, which are all in full bloom for Spring 2016 season. They also all pair beautifully with each other and will create a beautiful and colorful arrangement.
It may not be hot enough for a Summer wedding so wearing a lightweight suit along with a vibrant pastel color is always in style for a spring wedding. Choose breathable fabrics like cotton, and stay away from wool or polyester. Pastel colors to think of when accenting your spring fashion would be; mint green, yellows and pinks.
Bring Nature In
Incorporate different shapes and sizes of centerpieces into the wedding by adding flowers and green plants to supplement your spring wedding. Furnish a small planter with long stemmed spring flowers.
Or, Host Outdoors
As mentioned above, you can bring the outdoors inside, but it’s spring, so why not just stay outdoors! An outdoor wedding is perfect for spring, like this L.A. Banquets location nestled on the Angeles National Forrest in the image above.
Lots of people are planning wedding services that are not entirely traditional today. Not everyone wants to have the formal church wedding that people all throughout Western society once had. Some individuals do not consider themselves religious, and a growing portion of society falls into that category. Some people see traditional wedding ceremonies as being less creative than the sorts of wedding ceremonies that they would have planned for themselves. Other people just want their weddings to be about self-expression. For some people, a casino style wedding is going to do the trick like no other.
Individuals who are regulars at places like casino are just the sort of people who would decide to plan a casino style wedding for themselves for various reasons. For one thing, many people now actually meet their significant others through such online casinos. Online casinos are quickly forming a community and a fandom. It is not surprising that a lot of people would start to meet through places like this today, since they are going to be united by common interested and gambling is the sort of activity that is going to create a lot of very strong emotions. For couples who met through online gambling in one way or another, a wedding that incorporates elements of casinos in some ways could be something of an expression of their romantic history and their very unique bond.
For other people, a casino style wedding may be romantic for other reasons. These people might associate casinos with the best parts of their dating years. They might have met each other in physical casinos. They may also have gone on great casino dates at certain points during their years as a couple before marriage, which means that there are going to be a lot of pleasant memories connected to those casinos for them.
Of course, for some people, the aesthetics connected to casinos are positive enough that they might want to add them into their wedding ceremonies anyway. A lot of people really love the look and feel of casinos. They like the flashy lights and colors. They like the very particular brand of luxury that casinos happen to offer their customers. They like the promise of better days that casinos are often going to be able to offer their customers in a way that is difficult to find in other places. All of these emotional associations can be great for the people who are planning on getting married, even if they have not spent a great deal of time in Las Vegas or Atlantic City personally, and even if they are not avid gamblers.
A casino style wedding can also end with a casino style reception. A lot of couples are going to want to enthusiastically add the trappings of casinos to their wedding receptions. Some people are going to dance the night away during wedding receptions. Other people are going to want to gamble the night away. People might plan all sorts of exciting activities for their wedding receptions if they are interested in casino style wedding receptions that follow their casino style weddings. They might have a reception that resembles a casino charity night. They might also have decorations that are highly reminiscent of what people would find in the usual casino outlets.
Naturally, the people who have weddings like this are also going to want to have honeymoons that will give them similar experiences. They might spend their honeymoons in casinos at the hotels. Or, they might gamble together playing Royal Vegas casino games at sites like Royal Vegas online casino. Either way, they’re doing something different.
A wedding theme is usually a reflection on the bride and groom’s tastes, it representssomething of great importance to them whether it’s related to their jobs, their favourite book or just a colour. This is why it’s important you choose the perfect wedding theme for you, and here’s how.
1. What do you and your partner consider special to you both?
A theme should be a joint effort, or if you have differing tastes, combining two isn’t an issue. She might be an avid Harry Potter fan and he might love vintage cars – both easy themes to subtly incorporate into a big day and that symbolise your love for something other than each other.
2. Will your engagement influence the theme?
Wedding themes can be influenced by something as small as the engagement ring picked up from 77Diamonds or where the question was popped. A Paris engagement could create a Parisian themed wedding, with Eiffel tower decorations on the tables, pastel-coloured macaroons as favours and red white and blue colours throughout. Think about how your engagement ties in with the big day and perhaps use it as a theme.
3. Do you want to be loud or subtle?
Themes don’t need to be in your face; subtle additions to your big day can create a theme that people will notice but they don’t necessarily run your day.
Let’s say you both have a huge love for Marvel comics, superhero cufflinks for the groom and groomsmen are easy to incorporate, while the table decorations could feature the colour schemes of your favourite superheroes or even just have tables named after them. You and your partner of course get the table with your favourite superhero name.
4. Don’t base your choice on Pinterest
While Pinterest is a fantastic source of inspiration, it should be used just for that. Don’t decide upon a theme that you saw executed perfectly on the pinning site, it won’t be as cheap nor as simple as it looks to carry off. We’ve all seen those Pinterest fail posts, don’t let your day turn into one of them because you wanted to copy a theme you found on Pinterest.
5. Do something different
Vintage, rustic, pastel are pretty but have all been done to death so why not make your theme something a little different? Of course, don’t choose something just to create an unusual wedding theme, or you could end up regretting it years later and not really enjoying yourself on the day. But if you’re passionate about something don’t hold back, feature it in your big day and try to avoid the usual cliché themes.
6. Think about the season
Whatever time of year you decide to have your wedding, it will have a big impact on your theme. A winter wedding isn’t going to feature summer florals while a summer wedding won’t include any fur capes or ice décor. The season you say ‘I do’ in is important to your theme, whether you’re planning a fun but tasteful Halloween wedding or creating your very own beach paradise in July.
Choose a theme that you and your partner feel passionate about and have fun with it!
Strapless, spaghetti straps, plunging v-neck, cropped, ball gown, a-line — no matter the neckline, shape or style, there’s always room for pockets.
For a while now, pockets have been finding their way into bridal couture designs; however, when they made their debut, they were seemingly always found on an a-line dress fashioned from heavier fabric. Not anymore! As you’ll see in the pics below, pockets are stepping out of the box and crawling into all styles of wedding gowns — even a lace fit and flare.
We adore how pockets bring a relaxed, casual vibe to even the most formal gowns, providing a spot to tuck your hanky or put your hands for a cute photo op.
Add some personalization and surprise to your wedding! Check out these 10 swoon-worthy, unique wedding details to get inspired by!
When it comes to impressive wedding destinations, there are few places which beat the sun and the sands of the Golden State of California. While some people will be naturally drawn to the appeal of a Disneyland wedding, there are plenty of places across the state where you can get married far cheaper. If you’re keen on staying in the area for your honeymoon, your friends and family can head back home once the ceremony is done, or head off on their respective holidays. Either way, if you want to make the most of your Californian wedding and honeymoon, here are a couple of things you need to take with you.
First things first – you need to make sure that you have the right documents in place before you leave your house in the UK. If you get to the airport and you haven’t remembered your passport of if you’ve forgotten to apply for your ESTA, you’re starting off the trip of a lifetime on the wrong foot. Make sure that you take care of all of this well in advance of actually travelling.
A Special Outfit For Your First Night
Since this is a trip to remember, you’re both going to want to bring the right outfit for your first night. Whether that’s a suit or a dress for your first dinner of the honeymoon or a special set of lingerie to make the night that little bit different, you’re both going to want to make an effort here. This will go a long way towards making your night one you will remember for the rest of your life together.
The Right Outfit(s) For the Rest of Your Honeymoon
The weather in California is fairly different to the weather you’ll come across here in the UK. Make sure that you not only have the right clothes for your time in the Golden State, but that you have the right clothes for the flight and the subsequent trip back home. As far as the Californian outfits go, a pair of shorts, a vest and a shirt will have you covered for the most part; it’s pretty warm over in California, and those shorts and vests are great up until a point. Just make sure you bring your sun screen and your after sun if you wish to avoid going lobster on your first day out as a married couple!
A Basic First Aid Kit
As with any holiday, you need to make sure that you’re prepared for the worst. You don’t want to spend your honeymoon being ill because you drank the wrong water – a small first aid kit with all the basic first aid you need can be the difference between the honeymoon you’ve always wanted and trying to spend a day on your honeymoon looking for a pharmacy which sells the meds your new spouse needs to make them healthy enough to leave the hotel room.
The Right Perfume
It has been proven that smell is one of the strongest memory triggers. Wear the same perfume or after shave that you wore on your wedding day throughout your honeymoon – this will help establish the strongest possible memories of your time in California. The next time you smell that particular perfume, whether you’re in the UK or anywhere else, your memories of your holiday will come flooding right back.
Warm up the party with these fun way to serve hot chocolate at your wedding! Winter months call for festive treats and this is one of the best! From a spread full of toppings to favors they’ll remember, let’s take a peek!
There’s almost nothing more gracious and charming than a backyard wedding on a sunny day. It’s much more personal than a reception at a hotel or other public space, and there are almost no rules about what you can or can’t do, including having your canine best friend be part of the party. But whether your style is rustic or sophisticated, and whether you’re going to have a small or large guest list, there are still a lot of things to consider. Here are some of them:
Is The Backyard Ready?
This is first on the list because a backyard wedding calls for your lawn and flower beds to be in their best condition, and that takes time. Hiring a professional lawn care service is the easiest and most effective way to level the ground so that tables and chairs don’t wobble, and to get the lush green grass you want without worrying over what products to use and how to use them.
As far in advance as you can, you also want to plant new flowers and prune the existing ones so they can bloom prettily in time for the reception. Have trees trimmed, too, to allow them time to grow out of that “new haircut” stage.
If you’re lucky enough to have been invited to use someone else’s backyard, giving them the gift of professional lawn and gardening services for the months leading to your wedding — and a touch-up visit afterward — would be a wonderful way to say thank you!
How Many People Will Fit?
The size of your guest list will be determined not only by the size of your backyard, but by the kind of event you have in mind. If the ceremony will be at home, too, you’ve got to decide how you’re going to set that up, as well as whether you can afford (in time or budget) to use the same chairs for dining after the ceremony. If you’re planning a simple reception with finger food and cake, you can accommodate more people than if you want a full-on seated meal because you can use smaller tables — but still, you should have seats for everyone and spots for them to settle their plates and glasses.
While you’re plotting the layout, remember that you’ve got to allow space for serving or buffet tables, the bar, musical entertainment, and somewhere to dance if that’s part of your plan.
What Will You Have to Rent?
If you’re serving a meal, the short answer is: almost everything. Even if you’re only having a cocktail buffet, you’re going to need a lot of things. Chairs and tables for sure. Linens, too. Silverware and serving pieces. Plates in several sizes for food and cake, as well as coffee mugs or cups and saucers. Wine, water, and bar glasses. Chafing dishes, pitchers, coffee urns, platters, and trays — the list goes on.
A full catered meal for a reception that exceeds the capacity of your kitchen will also require rental of a portable refrigeration unit, cooking equipment or hot boxes for food not cooked on site, and most likely a generator. Pay special attention to where the generator will go, because some hum quite noisily.
Your caterer can arrange for all cooking and serving-related rentals. But there’s more! Musicians may need rentals, too. Some groups own their own mics, amps, and speakers, and others may need you to supply them. Even DJs may require rented speakers, and they’ll generally also want you to supply a table or two. For dancing, if there’s no patio or other appropriate solid surface in the backyard, you can rent a dance floor in just about any size you’d like. These are all issues that would be taken care of for you in a hotel ballroom or other public venue; just be aware that you have to plan for them.
Where Will People Park?
If you’re having more than a few dozen guests, it’s a kindness to them and to your neighbors to hire a valet service. And do remember that your caterer will need to park cars and equipment close to the house.
What About the Neighbors?
Absolutely let them know in advance so they can plan their own day accordingly and not interfere with yours. You don’t want someone using a power drill all afternoon, for example. Ply them with treat bags, or invite them if you must, but make sure no one is surprised that a wedding is happening next door.
OMG What if it Rains?
Letting a smile be your umbrella may not be sufficient if the skies open up. Have a contingency plan you can put in place within a few days if the weather report isn’t promising. Just be prepared and then don’t sweat it. Some of the most memorable and loving celebrations have taken place under what might have seemed like the most dismal conditions.
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