Serve up some sophisticated, rich hors d’oeuvres that are full of savory flavors and sweetness. There is something about French-cuisine that feels timeless, luxurious and a bit exotic. Not everyone has had a true taste from this European, romantic fairy-tale, and if they have, they’ve already fallen in love. Ignite the night with some French-inspired hors d’oeuvres that will give every guests a memorable moment and a satisfied feeling in their stomach. Let’s have a look at 5 beautiful and delicious options that would be perfect to pass around during cocktail hour.

Mini Quiches

French hors d'oeuvres

Quiches are an absolute fan favorite. Go with ham and swiss, broccoli and cheddar or if you’re a bit more adventurous you could do a mushroom, goat cheese and rosemary combination. This will be one of the most popular treats on the trays being passed around as nearly everyone will want to have multiple servings.

Cheddar Gougeres

French Appetizers

These are like the French version of a cheesy biscuit, and everyone will fall in love with them. They have two ingredients that the vast majority of people can’t get enough of: cheese & carbs. You can’t really miss when serving up these delicious puffs.

Zucchini-Tomato Verrines

French Appetizers

As definition states, a verrine is a multi-textured or layered salad or dessert. And in this case it’s a zucchini and tomato salad that will start the night’s meal off in a light, taste and refreshing way. This salad design is garnished with a savory and salty piece of prosciutto, and even more luxurious bite!

Cranberry Brie Bites

French Appetizers

These are wonderful winter treat infused with French spirits. Sweet and creamy, who doesn’t love a silky slice of brie offset by a tangy, fruity taste? This is another lighter pass-around that can begin the night’s meal off with a bang and a satisfied front.

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Apple Tarts

French Appetizers

When it comes to French fare, there are numerous tart recipes, but this is a savory favorite. These 3-ingredients have hearty tendencies and comforting tastes. Of course, there are plenty of other delicious duos and trios you can fit in this little bucket of flavor.

With the farm-to-table ideology as on trend as ever, we can’t help but want to extend that to the weddingsphere, beyond what’s served on your guests’ plates. Try swapping flowers for alternatives like fruits, vegetables, cheese and nuts — you name it — the sky’s the limit. The end result is highly unique, memorable and individual centerpieces.

From cascading grapes to rustic cheese boards, earthy artichokes and sugared fruit, nature provides bountiful materials for a stunning tablescape, often times less expensive than their floral counterparts. When choosing edible centerpieces, it’s important to consider the season and location, just as you eat and buy seasonally at home. This will not only ensure the most appropriate nibbles for the time of year, but also the most aesthetically beautiful foods. Have you ever compared the color and size of winter vs. summer tomatoes? Exactly. Gourds and pumpkins clearly don’t work for a spring wedding (but, how perfect for fall-time nuptials?). You get the picture.

Something to be aware of is your venue’s policies — some may be touchy about edible centerpieces, especially if they are providing the food for the event. Their concerns range from allergies to pricing and set-up conflicts. Make sure to discuss the edible arrangement idea with your venue. Chances are they will want to work with you to provide it themselves for a small fee. Or, choose a venue where you know you’ll have complete freedom to serve what you want.

Below are some fruitful photos to get your imagination brewing.

Gorgeous table runner of fruit! photo by San Francisco wedding photographer Meg Smith via Junebug Weddings


Cheese and fruit spread with table numbers. Photography by, Event Design   Planning by, Floral Design by


vineyard wedding  //  emma jane photography


San Francisco Conservatory Wedding - instead of centerpieces they did meat & cheese trays.  that might be more my style but everything else on here looks cute!


Centrepiece perfection! Just add some floral arrangements


edible tablescape Photography By /




Tuscan the thought of an intimate wedding with just a couple of tables like these filled with nearest and dearest.


Now this is a centerpiece. Showcasing garden goodies such as vegetables and greens is a nice to way to beautify any tablescape.


Pineapple Centerpieces - simple (and edible!) then maybe add some fresh flowers in cans in between and shells


Can’t decide on coordinating colors for your wedding-day palette? Go back to basics with black and white — and you’ll be out of the gray area. There’s nothing more elegant than a black and white affair, hands down. It’s clean, sophisticated and timeless. Whether you opt for polka dots, crisp stripes, toile or a geometric pattern for your wedding decor, black and white looks sharp and interesting, no matter what.

We love when couples go for the bold contrast of black and white when seemingly everyone is gravitating toward muted tones for the big day. The back-to-basic palette also creates the perfect moment to add a pop (or pops) of color(s). We love touches of fuschia, gold, yellow or orange combined with black and white.

From fashion to cake decor, places settings and more, here are some black and white looks we love.

cake with wedding date on it #weddingcake #modernweddingcake #weddingchicks


This striped wedding cake is absolutely stunning. #watters #cake


Chic and Modern Black and White Wedding Inspiration with Brilliant Fuchsia | See More!


Black and white wedding cake with gold accents --| Image by Octavia und Klaus Oppermann


Wedding Color Combinations | Wedding Color Schemes from Loverly | Wedding Planning, Ideas ...


Photography: Heather Rowland Photography -  Read More:


.LOVE this converse "Man" black and white style, I know any guy would love to be able to rock his converse... maybe a white pair or matching for the bride to slip on for the reception


My Wedding: Black and white striped tablescape -- I like the way the runner is shaped at the lower edge.


Classic black and white. Natalie Grace Calligraphy Co. Photography: Shaun Menary Photography -  Read More:


Glam Black and White Striped Place Setting | Perez Photography | See More!


modern wedding invitations, photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography #weddinginvitations #stationery


Black & white party drinks. For ideas and inspiration from planning through to running an exceptional event like this, contact Effective Business Events -



Simple, sweet and timeless these little black dresses may be just what your bridesmaids need to adorn themselves for your big day. These are great choices for more modern wedding styles or even more traditional settings.

Little Black Bridesmaids DressLace sleeves and a womanly silhouette makes this a classy and sophisticated sexy choice.

Little Black Bridesmaids DressesThis is a beautiful choice for a summer wedding with a springtime, yet formal, vibe.

Little Black Bridesmaids DressesWe love the contrast of this design with its crisp, white underlay against the black lace detailing.

Little Black Bridesmaids DressesThere’s a bit of contemporary presence and sparkle infused within this design, and we’re in love!

Little Black Bridesmaids DressesThere’s a sweet, party-like feel involved in the makings and stylings of this dress, it’s great for youthful spirits!

Little Black Bridesmaids DressesClassy and complimentary for a variety of body types, this one is a winner for maids of honor and bridesmaids too.

Little Black Bridesmaids DressesThe contrasting textures in this pieces make it an interesting and fun choice for you ladies to try.

Little Black Bridesmaids DressesThere’s a charming, vintage flair wrapped up in this design and we think your bridesmaids would love to wear it!

Little Black Bridesmaids DressesHere’s a beautiful mix of formal spirits and boho style, the hi-lo hemline is a fun addition for ladies that are comfortable with this silhouette.

Little Black Bridesmaids DressesFlowing skirts and a gorgeous, black and white sash, we love the simplicity and classic style of this number.

all photos via Brides

Now that we’ve got the guys covered, let’s take care of your girls. Girls are pretty easy to shop for — think simple, sentimental and sweet — but they too, like groomsmen, would love something practical that they will actually use.

It’s important that you leave plenty of time when getting gifts for your gals — trust us, you won’t have any brain space left in the two weeks leading up to your wedding! Also, if you’re planning to customize or monogram any items, you’ll need to factor in extra lead time.

Here are 10 bridesmaid gifts they’ll love and will surely use again, that won’t break your bank.

1. Custom perfume scents

Perfume for your bridesmaids | Photography: Lexia Frank Photography -  View entire slideshow: 15 Gift Ideas For Your Bridesmaids on


2. Vera Bradley duffle bags — the only weekend bags they’ll ever need

Large Duffel in Midnight Blues; inspiration for a DIY duffle.


3. Metallic mugs

Use a metallic marker to upgrade a basic white mug.


4. Not your average beach towels

10 Best ::  Beach Towels


5. DIY spa and pampering kit

DIY spa bridesmaid gift package.


6. Floral kimono robes

Beautiful rose floral silk robes


7. Colorful water bottles

happy little lineup - Gorgeous re-usable glass water bottles! #livegreen


8. Custom bracelets

12 Monogrammed "Bridesmaid Gifts" They’ll Actually Love @weddings #bridesmaids #gifts @EmmalineBride


9. Sweat pants



10. Wristlets

What bridesmaid wouldn't love this? As an added bonus, you can create a 'bridesmaids survival kit' to be used on the wedding day!


Your guest book is a precious keepsake that you can intentionally have for years to come. Kind words and a record of friends and family in attendance on your big day, this piece of the wedding doesn’t have to be the most traditional of choices. Let’s take a look at some unique wedding guest book ideas and have you grab some alternative inspiration!

Unique Guest Book IdeasCreate a piece of art that your guests can sign and you can keep hanging in your house forever. We are loving this “family tree” style.

Unique Guest Book IdeasA couple of wine bottles can act as wonderful pieces of decor for your newlywed home, just have your guests sign the surface!

Unique Guest Book IdeasGarland can decorate the wedding reception but after it’s signed, it can become a part of your home afterwards!

Unique Guest Book IdeasCreate info cards and have your guests give you their updated contact information and the ability to leave a little note!

Unique Guest Book IdeasA basket full of wooden hearts can be used for a variety of ideas after the big day, but in the meantime your guests should each get a heart to write on and decorate!

Unique Guest Book Ideas

Sign a tag an tie it to the “family” tree and then this piece can be used to bring so many love and unique memories into the couple’s new home.

Unique Guest Book IdeasWine corks can be used for do many fun DIY projects and accents throughout your home and after your guests sign them, they become personalized and even more special.

Unique Guest Book IdeasA good quilt can be used for a lifetime, and when it’s sign by all those who love you – you’ll want to use it everyday!

Unique Guest Book IdeasSign the puzzle pieces and have the happy couple put the entire look together later for a 3-D piece of wall art.

Unique Guest Book IdeasA book full of envelopes can turn into a scrapbook of sorts for your guests to enjoy and add to!

photos via SMP

One deed that should never go undone is gifting the people who have been instrumental in your wedding and wedding planning process — most importantly, your wedding party. Girls are pretty easy to gift, but groomsmen on the other hand, can be a little trickier. We’re here to help! It’s important that you secure your gifts well in advance, as the last-minute wedding craziness takes on new life in the final moments, leaving little brain space for other details. Also, if you’re planning to customize or monogram any goods, you’ll need to factor in extra lead time. And don’t think you have to break the bank when it comes to presents for your pals. More than anything, a little token will show your groomsmen your gratitude and appreciation for standing by your side.

Here are 11 groomsmen gifts they’re sure to love, perfect for any budget:

1. Personalized highball glasses

Whiskey Glass Rocks Glass Engraved Glasses by EverythingDecorated, $10.50


2. Custom beer caddies — beer openers included!

Personalized Beer Caddy Groomsmen Gift


3. Minibar in a jar — an inexpensive, adorable option.

minibar in a jar (an easy gift idea)


4. Tailgating cooler

Personalized iPod Tailgating Cooler Bag- Groomsmen Gift


5. Travel case

Help your man stay organized with this super cool travel case.


6. Cool, copper flask

Great American Flask


7. Watch

Minimalist Bamboo Wooden Watch with Genuine Leather Strap ,mens watch, groomsmen gift, wood watch, men's watch WT007 by TreeHutDesign on Etsy


8. Neckwear — for the big day or just for fun!

Gifts for those involved in the wedding can sometimes be difficult to pick out- especially for those groomsmen! Here's a fun (and useful) gift idea.


9. Cufflinks

Gatsby 1920s Art Deco Monogram Cuff links - Custom Personalized Cufflinks Pair with 2 or 3 Vintage Initials for Men on Etsy, $39.00


10. Wallet

Personalized Fine Leather Groomsmen Baseball Flap Wallet


11. Weekend bag

Northwesterner Bag by Wood & Faulk



When it comes to setting the mood on your wedding day, nothing creates a “wow” factor like the perfect lighting. From candles to lanterns, twinkle lights and bistro lights, there are numerous creative lighting ideas to illuminate your love on your wedding day.

Check out these 10 whimsical lighting solutions, sure to give that special glow to your celebration:

TWINKLE, TWINKLE LITTLE STAR: Hundreds of strings of twinkle lights are only suitable for the couple with the twinkle in their eyes.

Great wedding backdrop idea...Use lights to create a whimsical wedding background


LOTS ‘O’ LANTERNS: Whether you go for all white or multicolored, we love the look of lit lanterns billowing in the wind.

Lanterns i would love this at my wedding!!


BISTRO LOVE: Part vintage, part kitsch, bistro lights add subtle beams of light and charm to your reception space.

If you have a large room or can still entertain outside bistro lighting adds the perfect amount of light to keep the party going all night long #bonappetit #roundthetable


TIKI TORCHES: If a beachside bash is in your future, lines of tiki torches can set your party afire.

beautiful for a night wedding


MOONLIGHT MUSE: If you can steal a few minutes later in the reception for a moonlight snapshot, it’ll be one of your favorites. We promise.

Wedding photography - Nirav Patel. #blackandwhite #weddingphotography


HELLO, SUNSHINE: If you’re planning to say “I do” around dusk, make sure to fit in a few sunset photos. They’re simply stunning.

If your ceremony is happening around sunset, use the light to your best advantage. Ask the photographer to scout out an area that'll allow the evening light to illuminate your dress and veil. Photo by Susan Stripling Photographer via Style Me Pretty


CANDLELIGHT: Tapered, tea lights, pillar, scented — no matter what the shape or size, nothing says romance like candles.

Candle light lines the walkway leading the guests to wedding events. Such a romantic look!


FUN DANCE FLOOR: Guests will love gettin’ jiggy with it on a festive, lit-up dance floor.

12 Ways to Customize Your Dance Floor


FIREWORKS: The ultimate awe-inducing moment to celebrate the fireworks you’re feeling on the inside.

Want to wow your wedding guests? How about holding a spectacular firework display!


HEARTS ON FIRE: If your venue has a fireplace, light it! Nothing can achieve as much coziness as a roaring fire. A couple tips: 1) Consider the season — if it’s a warm August night, a hot fire is probably not the best idea; 2) If a full-fledged fire is too much for you, light varying heights of pillar candles in the fireplace for the same effect.

Old Edwards Inn Highlands Wedding Venue | photography by



Lucky for you, more lingerie inspiration from Adore Me has arrived! In case you missed them, we showcased two different Adore Me looks already on the blog — coral and pale blue. Be sure to check ’em out.

Adore Me recently launched a new collection of sexy lingerie — bridal beauty at its best — featuring happy colors and flirty designs that make every woman look and feel her most beautiful. We’re sharing our “blushing bride” inspiration board below inspired by Adore Me’s blush lingerie duo. Blush wedding details are bountiful, as the color remains to be one of the most popular among couples. And we don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Go on, take a look — blushing is allowed.

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 Photo credits: Pinterest




Watters Spring 2016 line of wedding gowns has been let loose and we’re showing off our favorite 13!

Watters Spring 2016 LineWhimsical and sweet, the beigey tone of this gown is quite unique and romantic.

Watters Spring 2016 LineThe bodice of this gown speaks of Grace Kelly, and what bride doesn’t want to feel like that timeless beauty on her wedding day?

Watters Spring 2016 LineA sleeker silhouette, this skirt is lighter and friendly for summertime.

Watters Spring 2016 LineThis is a more subtle version of the classic, bridal princess gown and we love the illusion neckline.

Watters Spring 2016 LineThe bodice of this gown is so detailed-oriented and beautiful, every accent is perfection.

Watters Spring 2016 LineModern, shining and beaded with intricacy and beautiful, fall head-over-heels into this gorgeous design.

Watters Spring 2016 LineThe layers and two-toned nature of this gown has such a fairy-tale like quality, it’s hard not to, at the very least, try this stunner on.

Watters Spring 2016 LineThere’s a bohemian, princess quality surrounding this gown making it such an effortless choice.

Watters Spring 2016 LineThis floral-inspired bodice speaks greatly of springtime affairs, we love the dainty details!

Watters Spring 2016 LineThis chic gown has red-carpet worth written (and sewn) right into it.

Watters Spring 2016 LineThe color, the silhouette and the movement of this gown is unique, yet timeless.

Watters Spring 2016 LineThere’s so much to love about this gown, from the creamy tone to the detailed bodice.

photos via Brides

We’re bringing sexy back with more lingerie inspiration from Adore Me. In case you missed it, we kicked things off in this previous post.

Adore Me recently launched a new collection of sexy lingerie — perfect for brides — featuring flirty, bright colors and feminine designs that make every woman look and feel her best. Check out our “something blue” inspiration board below for a bouquet of the best blue wedding details we’ve seen around, all inspired by Adore Me’s luscious pale blue teddy.

And remember, no one said your “something blue” couldn’t be for the after party.

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Photo credits: Pinterest

From start to finish, planning a wedding can be a tiring and stressful task.  And one of your first decisions you have to make is deciding on a theme for the big day. From ultra-modern to shabby-chic, there are so many varieties of wedding day style. Since the warmer months are creeping in, we’ve decided to shine a light on garden weddings and some of the key elements you need to create that very magical and romantic affair. Transform an average celebration into one filled with florals, beauty and a fairy-tale quality. For the most perfect garden wedding, you’ll want these 5 additions to help with the transformation.

A Floral Chuppah at the Ceremony.

Floral Wedding Chuppah

Even if you’re saying your I do’s in front of a gorgeous field of flowers or in the midst of a botanical garden, bring those florals in closer and surround yourself with some colorful, lush favorites. A chuppah isn’t only for Jewish ceremonies, they can be used to stylizing purposes only too and for a more fairy-tale like quality, you’ll want something like this hovering over you and your groom.

A Floral Signature Cocktail at the Reception. 

Rose Signature Cocktails

Take your theme full throttle and add it to you food and drink too. Every couple needs a signature cocktail to remember their day and when your day is all about the flowers then why not try out a rose or lavender-infused drink? It’s unique, they’re delicious and every guests will remember the detailing.

A Floral Cascade on  your Wedding  Cake.

A Floral wedding cake

Don’t forget to add some floral detailing to the cake either. Your guests should fill like they’re walking into a dream. If you’re envisioning a garden-theme wedding, then you’ll need to try and turn your entire celebration into your very own garden with your very own bridal style.

A Floral Crown for the Bride. 

Floral wedding crown

Top the bride off with a gorgeous and picturesque floral crown. It’s only appropriate that the lady at the center of it all be accented with some flowers too. Go big or just add a dainty arrangement to your look, either way this is a detail that mustn’t be missed!

A Boho Wedding Gown at the Center of it All. 

Bohemian Wedding Gown

When we envision a romantic garden wedding, we see the bride in a flowing, bohemian-inspired gown. There’s something soft and whimsical about these gowns which fit perfectly inside a garden and floral-dressed celebration. Explore colors and textures, but make sure you’re finding something that tangible and charming without being too stiff.


photos via SMP

Intricate details and pure femininity, you’ve got to check out Tony Ward’s designs exclusively for Kleinfeld’s in this Spring 2016 Line. Take a peek and get ready to swoon!

tony-ward-for-kleinfeld-wedding-dresses-spring-2016-003From top to bottom this gorgeous dress has details fit for a queen … or a bride-to-be!

tony-ward-for-kleinfeld-wedding-dresses-spring-2016-005An A-line dress will almost be one of the most complimentary designs especially in this crisp white and sparkling bodice.

tony-ward-for-kleinfeld-wedding-dresses-spring-2016-006There’s a romantic quality about this dress that seems fitting for a bride with a fairy-tale vision.

tony-ward-for-kleinfeld-wedding-dresses-spring-2016-007Modern with a quite a posh appeal, this gown has a sleekness that’s rarely founds in designs of such feminine quality.

tony-ward-for-kleinfeld-wedding-dresses-spring-2016-008We love classic ball gowns, especially when they’re  accenting by extra ruffles and textural pieces.

tony-ward-for-kleinfeld-wedding-dresses-spring-2016-009Bold, daring and a walking piece of art, this gown may be meant for the catwalk but it would should be fierce walking down the aisle as well.

tony-ward-for-kleinfeld-wedding-dresses-spring-2016-004This gown is full of interest, full of texture and also full of youthful and girlish charm.

tony-ward-for-kleinfeld-wedding-dresses-spring-2016-001Sleek, sparkling and ready for the red carpet, there’s a sophisticated, Hollywood style sewn right into this design.

tony-ward-for-kleinfeld-wedding-dresses-spring-2016-002Illusion necklines are a beautiful accent, especially when paired with such a whimsical overall style.


photos via Brides

Don’t be afraid to be bright on the big day.

With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, we’ve got citrus circulating in our minds. Whether lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit, the colors of the citrus rainbow are light and refreshing — a perfect palette for your wedding, provided by nature. We love how cheerful citrus colors are and can’t help but feel happy just glancing at them. From simple stacked fruit in clear hurricanes for centerpieces, to lemon place card holders, fresh limeade and an orange-adorned rustic cake, there are endless ways to brighten up your wedding celebration.

Check out these clever ways to infuse citrus into your big day. We can almost smell the sweet scent!

Citrus Centerpieces - Photography By /, Floral Design By /


Peppy orange wedding tablescape {Photo by Tia & Claire Studio via Project Wedding via Project Wedding}


This is such a possibility!! Matt and I are getting married in Florida and I'm thinking about using the old Florida theme!


A citrus filled drink station #stand #cocktails #wedding


Julie Song Ink - Oh So Beautiful Paper


Lush Summer Citrus Place Setting | Michael Radford Photography | See More!




Our Muse - Elegant Orchard Wedding in Ojai - Be inspired by Elizabeth and Matthews rustic orchard wedding in Ojai, California - wedding, menus


citrus cake | Sarah Becker #wedding


Use fruit for a simple yet bright and fun look for place cards, this lemons adds a cheery sunny look! #placecards #wedding


Food Inspired Invitations  Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography -  Read More:


Photography: Stacy Able Photography -  Read More:


Positano, Italy Destination Wedding  Read more -


orange inspired escort cards with vintage postcards


2012 Spring Trends: Citrus Themed Wedding


We know that it’s all about the dress. Now let’s talk about what’s underneath the dress.

We are swooning for Adore Me’s new collection of sexy lingerie, which features fresh, bright colors and dainty designs that make every woman look and feel her hottest. We were mused by the colors in Adore Me’s Stasia style to create an inspiration board of some of our favorite wedding details we’re currently crushing on. With coral, blush, orange and raspberry, this palette is hot, hot, hot for spring and summer I dos.

Stay tuned for more Adore Me lingerie wedding inspiration, coming soon.

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Photo credits: Pinterest

Wedding gowns with ruffles

Finding the perfect wedding dress within your budget can be stressful, but the good news is, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, with a little planning, you can turn what could be a crazy, hectic experience into a wonderful one. To ensure that your experience is positive, here’s what you need to keep in mind about who to bring with you, what to wear when you’re shopping and more!

  1. Bring People Who Will Support You. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about your mom, your best friend or your mother-in-law: The best people to bring with you while you’re dress shopping are the people who will let you be you. Try to avoid bringing a crowd of individuals who all have strong opinions and different ideas about what you should wear; this will only make the dress-buying process more complicated. As the wedding planners at Completely Your Events advise, “Strong opinions can overshadow your own opinions and too many opinions can become confusing.”
  2. Wear Pretty Undergarments. You’ll be taking off your clothes repeatedly in the dress-trying process, facing yourself in full-length mirrors as you do. Make the experience a little more positive by wearing undergarments that make you feel pretty. What’s more, try to think about the kind of undergarments you’ll actually wear on your wedding day — a well-fitting strapless bra, for example — and have those on during your fitting.
  3. Go Early. When it comes to buying a wedding dress, the earlier you go, the better. This is true in terms of timelines for your wedding and in terms of what time of day you go to the shop. Going long before your wedding day means having plenty of time to order a dress and wait for it to arrive, cutting back on the stress of trying to accommodate for a pending date. Likewise, going to the shop early in the day means getting help from salespeople who are fresh and energetic, in a shop that isn’t too crowded. This is the same reason that finding a way to go on a weekday morning is usually better than going on a busy weekend.
  4. Know What You Like. Trying on hundreds of bridal dresses in a wide range of styles is a surefire way to get overwhelmed fast. Rather than going to the bridal store without any research, take some time to look at magazines, websites, blogs, etc., in order to get some idea of what you like. When you schedule a dress fitting with an idea of what you’re looking for, you’ll have a much easier time figuring out what you want.
  5. Don’t Panic about Sizes. Like it or not, bridal gowns are sized differently than typical female apparel. Just because you’re usually a size 6, for example, doesn’t mean you’ll still be that size in the bridal store. Try not to worry about the number of your size and focus instead on the fit. Likewise, pick a dress that fits your body as it is — not as you hope it will one day be. “As a stylist, I’m always telling brides that even if they’re planning on dropping 10 pounds before their wedding day, it’s always smarter to buy a dress that fits their body the way it is now,” says Zoey Gulmni at the Huffington Post. “It’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to have a dress taken in [than] to have your seamstress add fabric to it down the road.”
  6. Stick to Your Budget. If you already know you can’t spend $15,000 on your wedding dress and accessories, there’s no point in looking at options in that range. That’s why, according to The Knot, you’d be “better off zeroing in on your realistic price point so you can spend more time editing down the amazing options you can actually buy.” Likewise, don’t forget to think about a veil, shoes, jewelry and any other accessories you want to complement your look and factor them into your total costs.
  7. Think Long Term. There are few photos in your life that you’ll look back on as much as your wedding pictures — so think long term with your wedding style. That ultra-modern dress is trendy right now, but will you still like it 10 or 20 years from now? Will today’s hot style be tomorrow’s powder-blue tuxedo? Try to pick a gown that you’ll still enjoy looking back on well into the future.

The reality is, planning a wedding is an exciting, joyful and celebratory time — as long as you don’t let stress get the best of you. Use the tips above to make the most of this season and to find just the right gown for you!

About the author:

Alicia Martin is the owner of Penlorée L’Atelier in Cornelius, NC.

Incorporating Kids into the wedding day

Sons and daughter, nieces and nephews, cousins and even your best friends’ little cuties … are you at a loss in terms of how incorporate all of the kiddos in the big day’s festivities? Well, stress no longer as we’ve compiled a quick list of ideas and inspiration on how to make even the smallest of guests feel much more included, especially for those VIP friends and family. Incorporating Kids into the wedding day

Flower Girls & Ring Bearers

An obvious choice, but for those very special children you may want to incorporate them right into the ceremony and have them become a part of the ceremony. Give them responsibility based on their age and make sure they feel just as special and important as the bridesmaids! It’ll become a memory you’ll both cherish for years to come.

Give Em Props

“Walk this way,” or “Here comes the Bride,” signs can go a long way with the guests and the photographer, so why not have an adorable little gal or guy have the responsibility of holding it?

Incorporating Kids into the wedding day

Scavenger Hunts

A lot of couple’s decide not to invite children to receptions, but if you have a lot of little ones in the family – you should just get creative. Set up an activity just for them that keeps them busy and entertained! Parents will love you for it and you won’t have any hurt feelings in the audience.

Incorporating Kids into the wedding day

Hold A Unity Ceremony

If you and the groom already have children, or your combining families, a unity ceremony for everyone could be a very special and touching moment to incorporate into the celebration. Add extra candles for each child you need to represent.

Drinks Just for Them

Remember the kids when you’re creating your menu. Have kid-friendly treats and kid-friendly sips being passed around too. These “mocktails” could be anything from a refreshing lemonade to a Shirley Temple!

Incorporating Kids into the wedding day

Candy Bouquets

If you’re expecting plenty of kiddos running around the reception …. get a candy bouquet ready. Just like for the single ladies at the party, throw out this fun piece to all the children and allow them to have their very own, fun moment on the dance floor.

photos via SMP

Who doesn’t love a good Italian bite? There’s something extremely comforting about this European cuisine, which is why it’s such a fan-favorite. Delicious cheeses, sweet tomatoes, an array of pasta and the best bread around, our favorite ingredients come to play in this scrumptious genre. Let’s take a quick look at 5 yummy ideas that would be great for serving up before and during the big celebration.

Roasted Red Pepper & Ricotta Crostini 

Italian hors d'oeuvres

Tangy and creamy, this flavor duo is the perfect quick bite to get everyone’s taste buds ready for the night. A crunchy crostini topped with a dollop of ricotta cheese and a roasted red pepper, it looks beautiful in presentation too. Just garnish with some fresh basil and cracked pepper!

Pepperoni Caprese Bites

Italian Wedding Appetizers

An incredibly easy appetizer to pull together, this quick bite is full of flavor and Italian charm. You can even make this another vegetarian option by pulling the pepperoni and keeping with the traditional ingredients of a caprese salad.

Risotto Balls w/ Goat Cheese

Wedding Day Italian Appetizers

A rich, creamy and satisfying taste, this unique combination of flavors will be the hit of the party. Add some cranberry inside for a sweet contrast and cover with some goat cheese fondue for a comforting punch.

Fried Ravioli 

Wedding Italian Appetizer

Crisp and crunchy, this may be a bite your guests have had before, but they’ll still love every minute of it. Make sure you finish off the taste with some fresh Parmesan and also some marinara for a quick dip!

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Wedding Italian Appetizer


Everyone enjoys a good meatball, but everyone falls in love with a meatball stuffed with ooey gooey, melted mozzarella. And that’s what these little bites are, stuffed to perfection as a delicious Italian-styled treat.

Make them sway on the dance floor and flow down the aisle, ruffled wedding gowns are full of charm and girlish appeal. Let’s have a look at some favorites!

Wedding gowns with rufflesWe are loving the womanly silhouette this gown has and especially how the ruffled skirt will move on the dance floor.

Wedding gowns with rufflesHonestly, what could be more bridal than a gorgeous combination of blushing pinks and whimsical ruffles?

Wedding gowns with rufflesCascading ruffles filling this bride’s skirt with an intricate, lace bodice, this design is quite the showstopper.

Wedding gowns with rufflesTiered ruffles fill out this contemporary ball gown with ease, grace and a youthful spirit.

Wedding gowns with rufflesA gorgeous, feminine silhouette and a bit of a Spanish inspiration, this design was made to dance in.

Wedding gowns with rufflesThe ruffles in this design finish off the gown with such grace and timeless presence, it’s a must-try for all brides.

Wedding gowns with rufflesA fitted bodice and soft, touchable ruffles cascading down a gorgeous ballroom skirt, we’re head over heels in love.

Wedding gowns with rufflesThis peplum design if filled with ruffles. It’s trendy, it’s modern and it’s incredibly fun for a bridal-worthy celebration.

Wedding gowns with rufflesRuffles don’t have to be on your skirt. You can rock them around the neckline too for a bohemian, whimsy look!

photos via Brides

Most people would like to get married at some point in their lives. It is a great way to start a long lasting union with the person who you have chosen to be the soul mate of your life. Of course, a wedding is not a simple thing to plan, and a lot of couples end up getting married at small chapels, at the courthouse just with close friends and family members as witnesses or even out in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Marriages Are the Best

Now, let’s talk about the latter of these three options that we have listed. What would getting married in Las Vegas truly and really be like? You have probably seen people getting married in this famous and amazing city in movies and on TV. After all, you can get hitched in a matter of moments if you head out west to this town. It’s a simple place to go when you just make a spur of the moment decision and decide to go for it and sign the papers.

What Are the Advantages of Getting Married in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of the biggest cities in Nevada, and of course we all know it because it has the best gambling scene. Of course, with that being said, you can gamble any time you want—online or in person in places like Las Vegas. If you decide to do some gambling online, make sure that you get the $1,000 welcome package with your online gambling games. If you are out in Las Vegas looking to play some games at an actual brick and mortar casino, then you are going to want to read more about how to win at the games they offer there. It’s all up to you how you want to go and play it.

But there are definitely many advantages of getting married in a place like Las Vegas. For one thing, it is so much cheaper than getting married at home in a church where you have to buy the meals and pay for all of the decorations of your guests. This is not to mention the money you’ll spend on the cake, the certificate, the dress, the presents and the outfits. In addition, you can do this thing quickly. If you want to get hitched in a timely, quick manner, then get married in Las Vegas for sure! It’s the best way to not waste time and get right down to it. All in all, getting married in Las Vegas is in no way a cop out or anything like that. It is just a fun thing to do and it can save you money and time as well. You might even win big!

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We like to inspire brides-to-be all around, but we get inspired too! We’re shining a light some of the spots we look to for ideas and advice. From local favorites around the country to popular sites brides dive into all around the world, we’ve sharing the best of the best in a whole new way. We’ve chatted with some of the bloggers, creators and founders of some wonderful wedding blogs and got the inside scoop! 

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Located in South West, England, I got to chat a bit with the creators and founds of Bespoke Bride, Jessica Turley & Emily Pettiford. And here is what I learned.

“We are Emily Pettiford & Jessica Turley, jolly good friends and founders of Bespoke Bride, which we founded in 2011 after a dabbling in our own startup wedding businesses. At Bespoke Bride we believe colour and creativity are a match made in heaven! We celebrate individuality with daily doses of stylish wedding loveliness and tutorials to inspire couples to create a wedding that is personal and unique. Whether it is Rustic or Retro, Backyard or Beach, DIY or DIT, all we ask is that you incorporate your superstar selves into your wedding in some way! In return we promise to provide you with plenty of fabulous inspiration as well as connecting you with the unique & creative businesses that can make it happen!

The blog was originally a great way to collate inspiration, chat about our own ideas and share our own products and images. Over time we realised we were beginning to spend more time blogging and as our own passion for our own independant wedding business fizzled out, the blog became our main focus. We wanted to create a platform where we could share the weddings we had come to love, those that were detailed, original, creative and innovative – those that reflected the true personality and character of the couples themselves!”

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

Our favourite thing about blogging is how it’s never the same two days in a row, one day we could be photographing DIYs, the next out for lunch with other bloggers, the following day working from home and going through exciting submissions we’ve been sent! It’s so nice to work with such variety all the time! And the favourite thing about our blog has to be the colour and vibrancy of it, we both love everything colourful so are we really proud to be able toreflect that in our branding and throughout our content!

3 words that describe your blog: 

Modern, Colourful, Fun

Links to 3 of your favorite blog posts EVER:

Colour Block Test Tube Table / DIY Watercolour Headband / Giant Geometric Heart Backdrop

3 blogs you love to follow: 

A Beautiful Mess / Studio DIY / Rock’N’Roll Bride

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These are the first seats you’ll take together as husband and wife; thus, they can’t be a couple of “any ol’ chairs.” Whether it’s a dainty spray of  blooms, bouquet of ribbons, DIY banners or cheeky signs — decorating the newly coronated bride-groom thrones can be a fun, inexpensive task, which makes for one of the most photographed frames of the entire day. Seriously, how sweet are kisses stolen while noshing at the head table? A good photographer will capture that from the front and the back. Tip: *Make sure you put that request on your photographer’s shot list.

Check out these cute-as-can-be chairs for some ideas on how to dress up your love seats to make them worthy of receiving you, the newlyweds, at the reception:

Photography: Jana Williams Photography -  Read More:


lace chair swag, photo by Becca Borge #weddingideas #reception


Do they have Styrofoam hearts? Could wrap in twine and decorate with fabric flowers


peony garland chair decor


#ribbon #chair-decor Photography: Matt Edge Wedding Photography -, Planning by  Read More:


adorable sign for bride & groom chairs at the recption! // by hostandtoaststudio on Etsy $94.00


Ribbon and foliage garland mark the bride and groom chairs | Winter Wedding by Jessica Sloane and Tec Petaja


39 Bride and Groom Chair Ideas via Brit + Co.


A Saddle Rock Ranch Wedding | Steve Steinhardt |


Blush Pink Gold Wedding chair decor. Photography: Simply Bloom Photography


Simply Gorgeous Wedding Reception Ideas. To see more: #wedding #weddings #reception


With colorful wings fluttering through the air, we couldn’t help but be inspired by spring’s songstresses — birds. Whether you release doves at your ceremony, float hundreds of origami swans overhead or feature full-out feathery centerpieces at your reception, we’re seeing birds take flight as a popular wedding theme among couples. We love the departure from standard floral centerpieces to something more interesting like bird’s nests or cages (many of which are easy DIY projects). I attended a wedding of aviary aficionados who hand-collected abandoned bird’s nests for their centerpieces — and classified them according to species, naming the tables accordingly. It was so well thought-out and whimsical, but, more than anything, a reflection of the couple’s passion for birds.

We gathered a handful of wedding-day aviary inspiration for you — a cheerful, flying-high toast to the love birds.

fill your wedding with beautiful traditions// paper crane wedding ideas


50 best bird wedding ideas: #4 bird wedding invitations (by jen simpson design)


Birdseed Wedding Favor Hearts: Eco, Easy and Inexpensive DIY


24 DIY Love Birds Wedding Theme Ideas | Confetti Daydreams


Loooovvvveeee this idea! | Fun Wedding Ideas | The a Mindful Shopper #Wedding #Decor


Love Birds {DIY Tip} Gather a collection of different pretty cardboard or sturdy paper and using a stencil or bird template, cut out bird-shapes. Punch a hole in the shoulder area of each bird and string it along a line.


DIY Birdcage with baby's breath centrepiece | | Vintage, bridecage, decor | #wedding


Love Birds Wedding Theme Inspiration Board and Invitation from Bottle Your Brand


Wedding Cake Topper Love Birds Shabby Chic Wedding Decor (item P106031). $28.50, via Etsy.


This could be cute ... maybe ivory or pale pink fondant, minus the sticks, but with the love birds on top.



We’re not saying your wedding is going to be boring (no way!), but guests love activities. It’s a fact. Avoid the before and after-dinner slump with fun, festive games for your guests to enjoy. From a simple “How well do you know the couple?” crossword, to an olympic sequence of lawn challenges, there are games suitable for every couple and every type of wedding.

Here’s a round-up of some I do-themed games for the big day: 

WHAT’S 14-DOWN?: Got a printer? You’ve got a game! Use a free online crossword generator to create a custom crossword about you, the couple. It looks cute-as-can-be at each place setting and doubles as a natural conversation starter among table mates.

cute idea to keep your wedding guests entertained during dinner - wedding crossword. How well do you know Mr & Mrs....?


WED-LIBS: Also a DIY print job, WED-LIBS (the wedding take on Mad Libs) is a quirky conversation starter. Place them at each setting, or in a basket tied with coordinating writing utensils and twine like below.

Wedding Mad Libs!  Great way to entertain guests.  via Something Turquoise


HE SAID, SHE SAID: How well do your guests know you guys? You’re about to find out.

Perfect for a shower...He Said She Said Trivia Game Printable Custom by SplashOfSilver


OLD-FASHIONED FUN: Probably not the best idea for a black tie affair, but if a down-home bash is in your future, guests will love getting involved in old-school sack races.

giant game wedding reception | Save Your Budget with Fun and Quirky Wedding Party Games


LAWN LOVE: Horseshoes, croquet, giant chess?  Nothing gets guests involved quite like a little lawn competition.

Round-up of super fun and unique wedding lawn games! I think giant Jenga might be my fav!!! #diywedding #weddinggames


WHEEL O’ GAMES: Our favorite game show gets a wedding makeover.

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas. I don't even know who came up with this, but they are brilliant.


GIANT JENGA: A classic-turned-giant? Yes, please.

Yard Games: Jenga An oversized Jenga game is a cinch to create — all you need to do is take a trip to the hardware store for some lumber and have each cut to the same length (a traditional Jenga set uses 54 blocks).




Make your guests green with envy with a wedding cake that stops the show. Green may not be the most popular color in the wedding world but it can sure make a scene with its organic and natural tones. Check out these cakes dressed in this rich and beautiful color!

Green Wedding Cakes

Contemporary with a bit of preppiness mixed in, we’re in love with this charming design.

Green Wedding Cakes

Don’t go the usual route, instead create a cake for your garden wedding that’s a bit outside-the-box!

Green Wedding Cakes

There’s a bit of an Indian inspiration behind the intricate detail of these cakes, and they’re gorgeous!

Green Wedding Cakes

A bit of rustic charm and ombre style a mixed into this minty beauty.

Green Wedding Cakes

A pearly light green and billowing, cream flowers top of this gorgeous design.

Green Wedding Cakes

There’s some mod, 60’s inspired style iced onto this wedding cake!

Green Wedding Cakes

A personal favorite of the bunch, I’m smitten with this mint and gold design.

Green Wedding Cakes

The purple florals compliment this green cake flawlessly and the golden vines pop right off the tiers.

Green Wedding Cakes

When is the last time you saw a metallic green wedding cake? How can you not love this unique look?!

Green Wedding Cakes

Here’s another slightly ombre style with feminine charm and romantic essence.


photos via Brides

Pink is a quintessential bridal color, so why not dress your cake in it too? From floral additions to beautiful designs, you can use this shade in so many wonderful ways. Let’s have a look at some cakes dressed pretty in pink!

Pink Wedding Cakes

Textural and light, we love this cake topped with a floral piece!

Pink Wedding Cakes

Who would of thought to have a cake with a print! This floral pattern would be a gorgeous addition to any wedding.

Pink Wedding Cakes

A very light, blushing hue, topped with candied floral details, this design is simple but o so sweet too!

Pink Wedding Cakes

Don’t be scared of adding fresh flowers to your cake, it can really make a gorgeous and unique style.

Pink Wedding Cakes

We’re swooning over this blushed, whipped masterpiece and its vintage charm.

Pink Wedding Cakes

Posh and sophisticated, the intricate detailing of this cake has so much artistic appeal and modern flair. It’s certainly a showstopper.

Similar to the one above, we’re in love with the varying shades of pink in this design.

Pink Wedding Cake

A three-tiered cake with three beautiful shades, this one is a contemporary chic winner.

Pink Wedding Cakes

Blush and gold will always be a classic wedding day combination and we love the modern take on this cake.

photos via Brides

The days of the traditional guest book (with actual pages) are fading. The concept, however, isn’t going anywhere — just changing format. From date night suggestions to signed artwork for your walls, postcards and love locks, couples are making modern day “guest books” oh-so-personal and more clever than ever.

Here are 10 cool alternatives that’ll take you back to your special day for years:

LOCKED ON YOU: What better way to commemorate solidifying your love for each other than paying homage to the place where lovers from all over the world make wishes for their future, Paris’ Pont des Arts bridge (Paris’ love-lock bridge)?

Guest Book Alternative -- A spin on European Love Locks. On SMP: Jason Curescu Photography


ON TOP OF THE WORLD: We are seriously gushing over this global guest book. Have guests simply sign wherever, or have them sign in their favorite spot they’ve traveled, OR where they wish you will travel together as a couple. Then you are obligated to see them all, right?

Use a Globe as an Alternative to a Guest Book -- See the wedding on SMP: Erin McGinn Photography


SINGING THE RIGHT TUNE: Signing vinyls is a hip alternative for a music-loving duo.

vinyl records, an alternative to a guest book. #wedding. Good for scratched records.


A LIFE WELL BUILT: How adorable are these signed Jenga pieces? What fun you’ll have pulling out the game and rediscovering well wishes with every move for years down the road.

Jenga pieces as a wedding "guest book". LOVE!


WARMED IN LOVE: When you’re fixin’ to cozy up on the couch together in the coming days, no doubt your guest book blankie will be your favorite throw to cuddle with.

Wedding Quilt - Custom Wedding Guest Signature Quilt (Red OR Blue) - Anniversary Quilt.


FAMILY TREE: Check out Etsy for endless “family tree” esque murals and creations for a guest book option, all of which are relatively inexpensive.

I love this idea of a wedding tree as a keepsake for after the wedding.


COASTERS: We had these at our wedding, and I have to say, we love using them only to discover who they’re from from and what words of wisdom they impart. #Wedding Guest book alternative - wedding advice coasters | Top 10 Unique Wedding Styling IdeasTop 10 Unique Wedding Styling Ideas


POSTCARDS FROM PALS: Have your guests share greetings on postcards. Then, someone in your wedding party can mail them to you gradually throughout your first year of marriage. Who doesn’t die for love notes in the mail?

vintage postcard bar sign-in station for weddings via calder clark designs blog


MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: You’ll never be stumped for what to do on future date nights with countless ideas from your loved ones.

12 Honestly Brilliant Wedding Guestbook Ideas


LOVE’S A HOME RUN: Are you two sports super fans? Set out your favorite equipment for your guests’ John Hancocks.

Baseball Guestbook ... I really like these non traditional baseball wedding guestbooks.


Top off the center of your reception with something unique. These creative wedding cake toppers could be the missing piece to your plans. From flowers to words, let’s have a peek, shall we?

Unique Wedding Cake ToppersA golden, wire art piece may be what your traditional, yet gorgeous, wedding cake needs for personalization.

Unique Wedding Cake ToppersWinter white, topped with charming, beautiful deer for your outdoor ceremony, this is a beautiful setting.

Unique Wedding Cake ToppersAdd a bit of your own couple’s style with your topper choice, just check out this high-fiving set!

Unique Wedding Cake ToppersA phrase you both love and use all the time may be the unique touch you’ve been missing.

Unique Wedding Cake ToppersContemporary, personal and hipster too, this cake is topped with some DIY beauties that we’re in love with.

Unique Wedding Cake ToppersFlowers may not be the most unique topper choice but when they’re designed like this they are.

Unique Wedding Cake ToppersSimple and sweet, this “best day” topper has a charm and subtly that makes this dessert cake shine with style.

Unique Wedding Cake ToppersSilhouettes have been seen before but dancing ones are quite different and quirky, don’t you think?

Unique Wedding Cake ToppersModern and sophisticated … with a bit of an edge, these poppy additions are so offbeat and cool!

Unique Wedding Cake ToppersFor a super eclectic choice, choose your favorite animal and create a personalized feel – like these adorable critters.

photos via SMP

In honor of impending spring and those beautiful golden beams radiating from the sky, we’re spotlighting one of our favorite wedding hues: yellow. Whether it’s a shade of bright Meyer lemon or a buttery pastel, yellow is cheerful and happy — everything your wedding day should be about. Pair it with black, gray (yellow + gray = wildly popular right now), navy, green or really whatever — it complements endless colors. If yellow is on your mind, take cues from natural elements that are conveniently golden to incorporate into your big day; think overflowing bowls of lemons, bountiful bunches of sunflowers and guest favors of clover honey.

A word of advice: Stop perseverating over the weather, when you’ve got yellow in your palette, you’ll have a sunny wedding day, rain or shine.

Here’s some yellowspiration to get your creative juices flowing:

Food Inspired Invitations  Photography: Jessica Schmitt Photography -  Read More:


fluffy yellow cake // photo by // cake by


Fun and will work if we have a popcorn machine.  kettle corn wedding favors


rami kadi spring 2013 color wedding dress floral print yellow lime ball gown


Yellow boutonniere // Photographer: j.woodbery photography // see more:


wedding flowers by colour |


Wedding Color Schemes from Loverly | Wedding Planning, Ideas & Etiquette | Bridal Guide Magazine


"You Are My Sunshine" - See more of the wedding here: Photography: Lisa Poggi


33 Enchanted Romantic Wedding Centerpieces. To see more: #wedding #weddings #reception


ok, any girl that can rock a yellow birdcage veil and a smile like this and still look gorgeous is a winner in my book




ENGAGEMENT photos 101


This is the happiest time in your life. Congratulations! We’re sure you are feeling the emotions and pressure of impending decisions. Have you set a date? Big/small? Where will it take place? When are you going dress shopping? And so on.

One of the first things you’ll do as a newly-engaged couple is an engagement photo session. Relax! This should be a fun day to experience with your new fiancé. After choosing a place and a photographer, perhaps the most important detail to coordinate is your attire. We’ve boiled it down into five tips that should make deciding on your duds as painless as possible.

Engagement Photo Attire Tips:

1) When selecting your clothing options, repeat after us: “Be yourself. Be natural. Be relaxed.” If you choose outfits that are out of your element, restricting or uncomfortable, it will show in pictures. This isn’t the time to pull out leather pants and leopard if your go-to style is a blouse and jeans.

2) Consider the weather and season. It is utterly charming to play into the season for your photo fashion — think of a flirty floral dress in the spring or a luscious coat and cable-knit scarf in the fall. The colors and cues of nature will support your look, whether you’re stomping in crisp leaves in a pair of chestnut boots or frolicking through the deep green forest in a flannel.

3) Be aware of your body type. You know yourself better than any photographer, designer, etc. — you know what looks awesome on you, what styles suit you, and you know your biggest insecurities. Be conscious of that when deciding what to wear. Choose clothes that you feel beautiful/handsome in.

4) Location, location, location. This goes hand-in-hand with tip #2. Look to your location for fashion inspiration and guidance. If you’re in love with the old red bench where he proposed and want to snap some shots there, choose a color that will complement that bright red hue. A pastel shade of green is probably not your best bet. If you’re at the beach, heels are probably not appropriate; barefoot would be better. You get the picture.

5) It takes two to tango. These are not solo glamour shots. Make sure your attire coordinates with your partner by choosing complementing patterns, colors and materials. Stay within the same color scheme and avoid clashing patterns and overly-busy designs. In a word — keep it simple. 

6) Have fun! 

No, it’s not just for drinking. It’s rich. It’s luxurious. It’s velvety. It’s marsala — the color Pantone dubbed the color of 2015 and a hue we’re completely crushing on for wedding palette perfection. We love when couples go bold and step outside of a muted scheme, opting for something deep, different and daring. Marsala is just that, and don’t think because of its bravado that it doesn’t have any friends — it pairs beautifully with several complimentary colors. And you’re not confined to featuring marsala exclusively for fall and wintertime celebrations. It’s appropriate any time of year, whether it’s coupled with denim for a down-home summery soiree, or dressed up with glittery gold for a festive bash around the holidays.

Drink up some marsala magic below. Delicious, huh?

pantone color of the year 2015-marsala wedding color ideas


Romantic Wedding Inspiration on a Flower Farm | Green Wedding Shoes Wedding Blog | Wedding Trends for Stylish + Creative Brides


Marsala Wedding Inspiration | Bridal Musings Wedding Blog - Marsala is the anticipated wedding color of the upcoming year!


Marsala is Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015 | Fall Inspired Wedding Ideas | Mark Martinez Photography


Marsala is Pantone's Color of the Year for 2015 | Fall Inspired Wedding Ideas | Mark Martinez Photography


Gold calligraphy | Anastasiya Belik Photography |


Jaw-Dropping Gorgeous Wedding Flower Ideas - wedding invitations from Paper & Poste. Photo: VISUAL CRAVINGS; Via Wedluxe;


Oooh Marsala! We're loving the Pantone Colour of the Year 2015.  What do you think of our take on a Marsala Wedding Color Palette?


15 Pretty Perfect Marsala Wedding Inspiration --  Wedding Cake (Image by Casey Hendrickson Photography) #wedding #Pantone




While we love how wonderfully nostalgic throwing rice is after you’ve been pronounced ‘husband and wife,’ it’s fun to mix things up and choose something festive that suits the theme and feel of the wedding and you as a couple.

Here’s a round-up of some send-off ideas we love: 

CONFETTI: Light, bright-colored confetti makes for a cheery celebration.

Spring Wedding Trends 2014: Give your guests confetti, sprinkles, or glitter.. to throw instead of rice


LAVENDER: Aromatic and a perfect shade of pastel purple, lavender is suited for a rustic, farm-inspired affair.

cones of lavender to toss | see the wedding on #smp:  Wesley Nulens Photography


BEACH BALLS: If oceanside I dos are in your future, beach balls make a splash with guests to celebrate the new couple.

Many weddings have themes such as the colors and decor which help to make the wedding more unique and personable to the bride and groom. Rice throwing at the end of a wedding is a long standing tradition, but this does not mean it cannot also be unique. Personalize your wedding by throwing something different such as sequins, or paper airplanes!


RIBBON WANDS: String together colored ribbons to make these whimsical wands, which look stunning flying through the air.

Ribbon wands! Fun favor for a wedding or shower or just a fun thing for little girls!


FEED THE BIRDS: For the eco-friendly love birds, throwing birdseed is a cool send-off sans guilt.

DIY Birdseed Favor - toss some; take the rest to use at home. #rustic #chic #wedding


SPRINKLED WITH JOY: They’re on your favorites cookies, your favorite sundaes and now on your favorite day — multi-colored sprinkles are a sweet salute to your new marriage. And they’re photogenic!

Throwing sprinkles instead of rice at a wedding. Fun pictures! Planning on cupcakes so it would fit great!


UP, UP AND AWAY: There’s a childlike wonder in releasing balloons into the sky — fitting for the two kids in love.

Red balloon sendoff as an alternative? In absolute LOVE.


GO WILD: Freshly-picked blooms are an earthy way to shower the newlyweds. How clever are these sheet music cones?

Tubes of small flower petals...This would be great to hand to several guests sitting along the isle as the bride and groom pass! Very pretty and biodegradable and inexpensive..


ALL THAT SPARKLES: If bling is your thing, flying glitter is just the ticket for your send-off.

A glittery sendoff - wedding whimsy - - Angie Capri Photography, Styled by Amanda O'Shannessy of One True Love Vintage Rentals


WAVE ‘EM HIGH: Mini flags flying through the air couldn’t be any more charming. Fourth of July wedding, anybody?

Repurpose These 15 Backyard Barbecue Ideas At Your Wedding:  1. Hand out flags for a patriotic ceremony or reception exit.


As we mentioned in our recent post, mismatched bridesmaid fashion is what’s hot for 2015. You know we love this trend, so we recently got lost in Weddington Way‘s selection of scrumptious mix-and-match styles. With endless designs to choose from — short, long, structured, tailored, flowy, you name it — and an easy DIY showroom to compare styles side by side, it couldn’t be more simple to assemble your leading ladies’ coordinated look.

Don’t quite know how or where to start? We recommend starting with something that truly inspires you and growing the theme from there. For us, we fell in love with the rustic plum bouquet below, which served as the inspiration for our mix-and-match look. While we were tempted to toss in multiple colors (like a deep navy or girly blush), we decided to streamline color  and length and make varying necklines the focus. If you attempt different necklines, lengths, fabrics and colors, it can get messy…fast. We’re picturing our styles — structured short frocks, each with its own neckline — accessorized with nude shoes, a luscious wrap and the plum bouquet below. Fall-time perfection, anyone? Enjoy.

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Bringing your two names together is one of the most exciting effects of the entire wedding experience — and you can’t help but want those newly-joined initials glued, printed, stenciled and stitched on every knickknack and around every corner. (Aw.)

While monograms are not nouveau when it comes to wedding celebrations and decor, couples are finding sweet new ways to incorporate them throughout their festivities. Think outside of the typical monogrammed hanky (okay, you will probably still have this, and we don’t blame you — it’s darling) and more like monogram-shaped cupcake displays.

TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME: Corn hole has made a sudden resurgence as a go-to game at parties and weddings — guests love activities. A simple DIY project, personalized corn hole boards are a hit and will be a fun memento for years to come.

Photography By /,Wedding Planning   Design By /


DAPPER DISPLAY: Cupcakes’ popularity has soared in the last five years or so; reinvent the trend by arranging the confections in a two-toned, sleek monogram arrangement.

Cupcakes arranged with initials


CAKE TOPPER: Relatively inexpensive (and can even be an easy DIY project), a script monogram cake topper is stunning.

aqua wedding cake, photo by Chloe Giancola Photography #weddingcake #cakes


BRIDESMAID GIFTS: Expect a longer post on gifts for your gals in the near future. Until then, we love these modern monogrammed (yours or theirs) bracelets as a token of thanks for your leading ladies.

12 Monogrammed "Bridesmaid Gifts" They’ll Actually Love @weddings #bridesmaids #gifts @EmmalineBride


GUESTBOOK: A bold initial is a great alternative to a traditional guestbook — and can double as the first piece of art you own together. (Those walls are pretty bare in the early days!) Also, instead of your guests’ well wishes being tucked away in a book on a shelf somewhere, with a hanging initial, you’ll always be able to steal a glance as you walk by.

Such a cute idea! Have your guests sign the letter of your last name instead of a guest book!


VEIL: We couldn’t help but include this adorable monogrammed veil. In this case, the new monogram doubles as a decorative touch and her “something new.”

Add a monogram to your veil | 28 Creative And Meaningful Ways To Add A Personal Touch To Your Wedding


These smooth and shining taffeta wedding gowns are perfect for a classic bride with a classic vision in mind. Taffeta may not be one of the most popular fabrics in the wedding world but it surely create a gorgeous foundation for your bridal look. Let’s have a peek!

Taffeta Wedding Gowns A textural skirt, smooth surface and golden hue makes this gown an absolute showstopper.

Taffeta Wedding Gowns Hitting a woman’s curves at every beautiful point, this gown has a flawless silhouette and a gorgeous, flowing train.

Taffeta Wedding Gowns Blushing gowns are here for the long haul and this one has so many wonderful, versatile accents.

Taffeta Wedding Gowns A bit more of a casual style, this gown sets the tone for a variety of looks as its the perfect, clean palette to style to your liking.

Taffeta Wedding Gowns The details and beading of this beautiful number add a formality and bridal-worthy flair.

Taffeta Wedding Gowns The floral embellishments on this gown make it a one-of-a-kind look.

Taffeta Wedding Gowns Sophisticated and timeless, this design is beautiful and made for the quintessential bride.

Taffeta Wedding Gowns Here’s a flirty and feminine design with a youthful vibe and unique scalloped edging around the neckline.

Taffeta Wedding Gowns A complimentary silhouette and a textural bodice come together to create a sultry look for a beautiful bride-to-be.

Taffeta Wedding Gowns Simple and shining, this gown is perfect for accessorizing and making your own.

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