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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
2. Vera Bradley duffle bags — the only weekend bags they’ll ever need
3. Metallic mugs
4. Not your average beach towels
5. DIY spa and pampering kit
6. Floral kimono robes
7. Colorful water bottles
8. Custom bracelets
9. Sweat pants
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!
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.
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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
2. Custom beer caddies — beer openers included!
3. Minibar in a jar — an inexpensive, adorable option.
4. Tailgating cooler
5. Travel case
6. Cool, copper flask
8. Neckwear — for the big day or just for fun!
11. Weekend bag
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.
LOTS ‘O’ LANTERNS: Whether you go for all white or multicolored, we love the look of lit lanterns billowing in the wind.
BISTRO LOVE: Part vintage, part kitsch, bistro lights add subtle beams of light and charm to your reception space.
TIKI TORCHES: If a beachside bash is in your future, lines of tiki torches can set your party afire.
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.
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.
CANDLELIGHT: Tapered, tea lights, pillar, scented — no matter what the shape or size, nothing says romance like candles.
FUN DANCE FLOOR: Guests will love gettin’ jiggy with it on a festive, lit-up dance floor.
FIREWORKS: The ultimate awe-inducing moment to celebrate the fireworks you’re feeling on the inside.
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.
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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Watters Spring 2016 line of wedding gowns has been let loose and we’re showing off our favorite 13!
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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!
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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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!
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!
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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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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.
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.
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!
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!
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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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!
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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:
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.
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.
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.
HE SAID, SHE SAID: How well do your guests know you guys? You’re about to find out.
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.
LAWN LOVE: Horseshoes, croquet, giant chess? Nothing gets guests involved quite like a little lawn competition.
WHEEL O’ GAMES: Our favorite game show gets a wedding makeover.
GIANT JENGA: A classic-turned-giant? Yes, please.
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!
Contemporary with a bit of preppiness mixed in, we’re in love with this charming design.
Don’t go the usual route, instead create a cake for your garden wedding that’s a bit outside-the-box!
There’s a bit of an Indian inspiration behind the intricate detail of these cakes, and they’re gorgeous!
A bit of rustic charm and ombre style a mixed into this minty beauty.
A pearly light green and billowing, cream flowers top of this gorgeous design.
There’s some mod, 60’s inspired style iced onto this wedding cake!
A personal favorite of the bunch, I’m smitten with this mint and gold design.
The purple florals compliment this green cake flawlessly and the golden vines pop right off the tiers.
When is the last time you saw a metallic green wedding cake? How can you not love this unique look?!
Here’s another slightly ombre style with feminine charm and romantic essence.
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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!
Textural and light, we love this cake topped with a floral piece!
Who would of thought to have a cake with a print! This floral pattern would be a gorgeous addition to any wedding.
A very light, blushing hue, topped with candied floral details, this design is simple but o so sweet too!
Don’t be scared of adding fresh flowers to your cake, it can really make a gorgeous and unique style.
We’re swooning over this blushed, whipped masterpiece and its vintage charm.
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.
A three-tiered cake with three beautiful shades, this one is a contemporary chic winner.
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)?
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?
SINGING THE RIGHT TUNE: Signing vinyls is a hip alternative for a music-loving duo.
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.
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.
FAMILY TREE: Check out Etsy for endless “family tree” esque murals and creations for a guest book option, all of which are relatively inexpensive.
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.
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?
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: You’ll never be stumped for what to do on future date nights with countless ideas from your loved ones.
LOVE’S A HOME RUN: Are you two sports super fans? Set out your favorite equipment for your guests’ John Hancocks.
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?
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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:
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?
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.
LAVENDER: Aromatic and a perfect shade of pastel purple, lavender is suited for a rustic, farm-inspired affair.
BEACH BALLS: If oceanside I dos are in your future, beach balls make a splash with guests to celebrate the new couple.
RIBBON WANDS: String together colored ribbons to make these whimsical wands, which look stunning flying through the air.
FEED THE BIRDS: For the eco-friendly love birds, throwing birdseed is a cool send-off sans guilt.
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!
UP, UP AND AWAY: There’s a childlike wonder in releasing balloons into the sky — fitting for the two kids in love.
GO WILD: Freshly-picked blooms are an earthy way to shower the newlyweds. How clever are these sheet music cones?
ALL THAT SPARKLES: If bling is your thing, flying glitter is just the ticket for your send-off.
WAVE ‘EM HIGH: Mini flags flying through the air couldn’t be any more charming. Fourth of July wedding, anybody?
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.
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.
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.
CAKE TOPPER: Relatively inexpensive (and can even be an easy DIY project), a script monogram cake topper is stunning.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
photos via Brides