Add a bit of sparkle to your reception with one of these glittering centerpiece ideas! From DIYing your own to finding exactly what you need with the help from you wedding planner, we’ve compiled a quick list of sparkle pieces that are sure to make a shining focal point to your celebration!

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Black and white, black and gold, even a bit of black and pink can set the scene for not only a sophisticated and classy affair but a wedding full of romance too. Just check out some gorgeous examples of real-life celebrations that utilized the timeless shade in its overall design.

 

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Kiley Manulak got a text message less than a week before her wedding from her fiancé who delivered the news that he did not want to get married to her anymore. Manulak did the most epic things ever. She gathered her bridesmaids, went to the Color Fun Fest, sprayed her dress with colored cornstarch and while onstage she paraded her edited wedding dress creation in front of an adoring crowd.

“It was actually very liberating. I didn’t want to have a pity party, I just wanted to have fun with it,” she told NBC affiliate WFLA. Sometimes, the best way to heal a broken heart is to practice small acts of public destruction.

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So you’ve been dating for a while and you’re in love. You know it, your partner knows it, and likely everyone else, from your grandmother to the cashier at the corner store, knows it as well.

And as is usually the case, you’re waiting for your significant other to pop the question. It’s just a logical progression that stems from your undying love and immensely satisfying relationship, right? Of course, but it also brings up one very significant question. What about the ring?

Maybe you have your heart set on a princess-cut diamond set in platinum. Maybe you’re absolutely sure that you want a diamond that has been certified as conflict-free. Perhaps you don’t want a diamond at all and have your heart set on a fire opal or a stunning ruby.

Does your partner know this? Is it awkward to literally lay out your specific wishes in an engagement ring before the proposal has even been made? In short, should you just choose your own engagement ring?

More and more people are doing so these days, but does this deprive your partner of their choice in the matter? If you’re on the engagement ring fence, here are some reasons why it’s perfectly acceptable for you to choose your own ring, some reasons why you shouldn’t, and subtle ways to drop some hints.

Yes, Choose Your Own Ring  

A lot has changed when it comes to relationships and marriages. Both partners tend to feel that they are equally responsible for many aspects of the relationship and traditional roles are very different than they were even a generation ago.

If you’re comfortable in your relationship and with your partner and you have eschewed the idea of your partner choosing the ring alone, then by all means have a conversation. Discuss the engagement ring budget, your preferences, and visit jewelry stores together to see what works and what doesn’t. You could even make an event out of your ring shopping day and hire a photographer to accompany you.

An engagement ring is an important piece of jewelry and you want it to be exactly right.

No, Don’t Choose Your Own Ring

Imagine that you’re the one who’s going to propose. Imagine how nerve-wracking it must be, when every other day a video surfaces of yet another epic “will you marry me?” that probably makes most of those considering a marriage proposal quake in their boots. Frankly, it’s an intimidating time to be asking for someone’s hand in marriage.

If you trust your partner enough to get married, you should trust that they’ll do the right thing when it comes to choosing your engagement ring. Perhaps your partner will talk to your friends about your ring preference, and you know they know because you likely told them, many times. The internet is full of articles and information about engagements rings for the clueless.

Don’t deprive your partner of the experience of selecting your ring. It’s a meaningful moment and will likely be much more meaningful if you let it be a surprise.

Hints, Hints, and More Hints

Perhaps the best course of action when you know a proposal is imminent is to start leaving clues. As was previously mentioned, tell all of your friends about your dream engagement ring. To be on the safe side maybe you should also tell your grandmother and that cashier as well. The more people who know that you want that princess-cut diamond set in platinum, the better.

You can also take it a few steps further and make things pretty obvious. Find a photo of your favorite ring and make it the background photo on your laptop. Or make it the background photo on your partner’s laptop. Text a photo of the ring to your partner by accident, then make up something cute and clever as a distraction.

There are many different ways that you can hint and make your partner’s ring selection job a lot easier, and when time comes and your dream proposal happens, you’ll have your dream ring to go with it.

A marriage proposal is serious business, and a great deal of thought should go into the ring. However, just as your relationship is unique, so is the process of choosing that ring. Whether you decide that it should be something you do together, or you stay behind the scenes and let your partner make the choice, just remember that, in the end, it’s all about love.

And hints. Lots and lots of hints.

They first made their way on the scene in the 1920s and 1930s, and have since made a huge comeback in the name of bohemian chic. We seriously swoon for Juliet Cap Veils — they are majestic, feminine and reminiscent of a fairy tale.

Whether you pair it with a ball gown, a-line or form-fitting number, a Juliet Cap Veil is versatile, unique and one of the most photogenic wedding details we’ve ever seen.

Take a look, and you’ll see what we mean.

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They say don’t judge a book by its cover; however, you can judge a wedding by its invitations. Your save the dates and invitations are the first glimpses you’ll give your guests of your special day, so details matter. The font, design and layout communicate the formality, feel and theme of your nuptials. For this post, we’ll focus on font and what it says about you as a couple and your wedding. Are you formal and traditional? Free-spirited and adventurous? Dainty and proper?

SCRIPT: A script font oozes tradition and formality. Expect this to be a classy affair. And not all scripts are created equal, anymore. Playful variations of traditional cursive are majorly trending right now.

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SERIF: Again, tradition, tradition, tradition. When you see a serif font, think sit-down dinner and black tie.

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SANS SERIF/ALL CAPS: Modern and youthful, a sans serif font is indicative of a couple that is not afraid to be playful and make their own rules.

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HANDWRITTEN-ESQUE: The handwritten look is perhaps the hottest trend we’re seeing in wedding stationary, giving off a personalized, casual and friendly vibe.

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MIX OF SEVERAL FONTS: Expect this wedding to be part traditional, part modern and all fun.

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After a decade of happiness as Mr and Miss, my childhood sweetheart Mark finally popped the question at Christmas. As soon as I gave him a ‘yes’ I was so excited to tell my friends and family the good news and begin planning our dream wedding.

Everyone has their own idea of the perfect day, ranging from a lavish venue with hundreds of guests, right down to an intimate wedding with close friends and family. Mark and I very much favour the latter, and it’s a good job too because we don’t want to wed in the UK, we’re dreaming of getting married in Asia.

Before settling on Asia, we had to weigh up the pros and cons of marrying abroad. We were drawn to the idea of guaranteed sunshine, an exotic tropical setting in which to exchange our vows and combining the wedding and honeymoon into one memorable trip. Our only con was deciding who to invite, and ascertaining who would actually be able to come, as it is a lot to ask of people. We have a large family, and we can’t afford to ship every aunt, uncle and distant cousin to the other side of the world. And then there’s the grandparents. They would never cope with the long flight. We love our family dearly, but all we wanted was a small gathering. Although there were some serious setbacks, the pro list was far too tempting to resist.

So here we are, twelve weeks on from the pro and con meeting. We’ve researched the expanse of Asia and handpicked our dream destination: Bali. I could write an essay explaining why we chose this beautiful island. It ticked all our boxes on our search for intimacy, offering silent mountains, spiritual culture and stunning wildlife. Bali was top of our list, but after reading a guide I found about getting married abroad, I saw the most beautiful venue and we were completely sold on the idea! I loved the article, The Island of the Gods and how different religions which are incorporated into everyday life. I’m most interested in their Buddhist practices and we’re planning a honeymoon trip to the spiritual capital of Ubud to experience the healing powers of the land and explore the magical temples.

Luckily Mark and I are on the same page when it comes to organising the wedding. We’re only going to get married once so we’ve decided to invest in a wedding at the luxury hotel I found in the guide, called The Legian Bali. They have great experience in sorting out ceremonies, so we’ve decided to put our wedding in their hands and let a planner do all the hard work! They don’t just give you a venue at this hotel, it’s the full works! Yes, our wedding will be small, but our close family won’t forget it. Our lovely wedding planner has booked the hotel’s Sunset Garden for our ceremony. The pictures are just stunning, here’s one below. It looks through palm trees and out across the Indian Ocean – how romantic! We’ve also chosen Balinese flower girls, traditional music and a gourmet menu for our reception.

When the wedding is over, we’ll say goodbye to our families and start our honeymoon. We’ll be staying in one of the Legian’s luxury suites which overlook the ocean. We’re quite a way off finishing our itinerary but so far we’ve pencilled in a Balinese massage, scuba diving offshore, a tour through the rice paddies and tickets for a showing of their famous dance performance. I think you’ll agree, it’s quite the opposite of our modest ceremony, but when in Rome!

I can’t believe my dream of an intimate wedding in Asia is going to come true. With the help of the wonderful people of Bali, anything is possible!

Create magic throughout your wedding with the addition of some whimsical, charming hot air balloon accents. They’ll steal the show! From the dessert bar to the reception tables, there are so many unique ways to play up these adorable details. Take a peek at some of our favorites!

 

 

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Check out these sexy little black dresses and party dresses that are perfect an upcoming wedding. We’ve chosen 15 of our favorites.

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When Elvis’ “Jailhouse Rock” comes on, you just can’t help but to move your feet! And that’s exactly what this 2-year-old did, strutting his stuff and dancing the jive right in the middle of a wedding reception! Obviously, this little one is a born performer, and that’s no surprise seemingly as though that his parents are Latin championship dancers, Peter and Kristina Stokkebroe.

Check out the video below as you watch toddler, William Strokkebroe,  charm everyone and become the live of the party!

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Having that twinkly-eyed “say yes to the dress” moment can be hard. Sometimes, you think you’ve found “the one” with just the right amount of ruching and train—until your jaw drops at the price tag on the dress. But how do you find the perfect dress without shattering your financial dreams? Luckily there are plenty of ways to pinch a penny, but still find the perfect dress for your big day: 

Make it Low-Key

One way to cut corners in expenditures is to simply find a white gown that will double as your wedding dress. Especially if you’re having a more casual laid-back wedding at a beach or garden, many bridesmaid dresses or cream special occasion dresses will pass with flying colors. Opting for a more relaxed look will save you the trouble too of figuring out your size in numbers (0 or 2? 8 or 10?), and you can shop online with a relative guarantee a “Small” will fit just fine. Nobody will be able to tell the dress wasn’t “meant” to be a wedding dress, as long as you’re rocking the look with style.

Shop at the Right Time

Even if you’re getting married during wedding peak season, being strategic about when to put dress shopping on your planning timeline can make all the difference. Typically, bridal retailers want to clear out their inventory in winter and summer to prepare for the next batch of dresses, so keep open eyes for big sales then.

Think about Made-to-Measure

Alterations are half the battle with getting that just-perfect wedding dress (the only thing guaranteed to be featured in all of your pictures). It can be frustrating to figure out if you’re a “true to size” size 6, or if you’re top heavy with a slim waist (or the opposite!), and going back to the tailor after every tuck to find that happy equilibrium can be exhausting. Getting a made-to-measure dress may be worth the investment, and end up saving you money down the line—some even let you customize down to a T, including the type of lace and buttons you want down the back.

Look beyond the label…or go to a trunk show

With wedding dresses ranging from a grandmother’s repurposed original to elaborate princess gowns, the white wonders can be anything you dream, and in fact, not white (or new) at all! Plenty of off-runway designers will offer beaded, romantic ensembles or that hipster-chic satin you’ve been eyeing at another catwalk—so keep your mind (and web browsers) open to find look-alikes at comparable stores, or pre-owned dresses in good condition.

But when a girl’s just got to splurge on that dream Vivienne Westwood, trunk shows are the way to go. Pencil in the local trunk shows (or tow along your bridesmaids and make a mini road trip out of one!) for the upcoming months by looking them up on designers’ websites—many will have a section dedicated to their next pop-ups.

Trunk shows are an often-overlooked chance to see the latest collection runway collection (which might not be available yet online or in-store), and many will offer a day-of discount or throw in perks like waiving rush shipping, and adding in gown customizations with the order.

The good news is that there are plenty of great options for rocking that aisle without breaking the bank. Simply keep the above tips in mind as you search for, and say “I do” to, the perfect dress.

 

Alice Zhang is the spokesperson for Azazie, an online bridal boutique that specializes in a made-to-measure dress experience. At Azazie, dresses are designed in-house and wedding parties are provided with custom fitting for over 200 styles and 57 colors of bridesmaid dresses, wedding gowns, mother-of-the-bride dresses, as well as a wide selection of bridal accessories. 

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Planning a wedding is something that can be overwhelming. There is so much to consider, so much to take in and so many things that need your attention! As soon as you say ‘I do!’ – that’s when the whirlwind starts. You’ll get a million and one congratulations texts and messages, but you’ll also get a million and one questions about the wedding itself: Where are you having it (I know a great waterfront venue in Melbourne!), what season (Spring is divine), who’s coming (i.e. Can I come?), what are you wearing, can I bring my children/partner/Tinder date… It’s potentially exhausting. I can’t help you with the seating plan and with figuring out where to seat your cantankerous, meddling Aunt Susan so she doesn’t make anyone cry, but I can help you to nut out the details about how to choose the perfect venue for your nuptials. Sadly, the days of choosing the reception hall in your home town are all but gone (unless you’re going for a retro, ironic vibe – in which case, good for you!) and so you need to think a bit more creatively in order to make it only the wedding blogs du jour. Let’s take a look and figure out what venue to choose!

Rule One – know the movements and logistics of your event

It’s an exciting time, getting hitched. It’s easy for you to go and view a venue, to get all excited about the prospect of saying ‘I do’ under that super cute faux wooden portcullis in the Japanese gardens, but what about the rest of the venue? You need to think about your guest list and to think about who is coming. Are there a million and one steps and no lift? How will your elderly guests go with moving around? You need to do a rough guest count and then pick the venue. It’s not the easiest thing to do; counting up the attendees a week after you’ve agreed to spend the rest of your lives together, but it will make things a lot easier. Have a rough size, whether it’s 10, 60 or 100 guests, and then work from there. You can cross off venues based purely on the guest count and that will make things a lot easier.

If you know what season you want to get married in, that will help a lot as well – and many venues will be unsuited for certain climates. So cross them off too. Many venues may showcase shots from their reception area in the best season – but it might not work for your big day, so know when you want to have the wedding and ask appropriate questions. If it might rain, ask if they have a wet weather contingency space. If it’s a Winter wedding, ensure that there’s sufficient heating and lighting for the event.

Rule Two – Check out the venue at the time your wedding will be

While it seems a bit obvious, check out the venue you’re considering at the time of day you want to hold your wedding. You need to see everything, from the light and the space to how it looks in the evening as well, if you’re considering a night-time event.

Rule Three – Find out if the venue is full service or not

Full service means that the venue has everything from table and chair rental, to linens and catering. A non full service venue means that they offer the space, and everything else is up to you. You will have to book all of the extra stuff, from furniture to bands to heaters. Some venues have preferred vendors, and it’s worth having a chat to the different spots and asking what they offer.

Rule Four – Figure out your wedding style and feel

Are you after a romantic wedding, an elegant wedding, or a modern wedding? You need to plan the wedding and choose your space accordingly, as it’s far easier to set the tone of your event when the space matches it.

Rule Five – Ask a LOT of questions

Make a big list of your question and then ask them all. You need to know who you’re dealing with and to have a big list of all of the things you’re doing. Important things you might not think to ask are, ‘how many weddings do you hold here?, and ‘who will help me on the day of my wedding?’ It also helps for peace of mind to get things in writing! That way, you are safe. Happy planning!

Peek at these stunning, delicate pearl-accented wedding cakes that would be the perfect topping on your whimsical wedding day vision. Whether you’re going for a classic, modern or complete fairy-tale vision, there’s something for every bride-to-be to grab inspiration from below.

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Little girls dream of meeting their Prince Charming from the time they can wrap their heads around the concept. And some lucky ladies and gents have made those fairytales their reality, living the dream and marrying into royalty.

The whole world waited with baited breath as Kate Middleton stepped out of the car to unveil her perfect Alexander McQueen gown, and it is with that same affection that we can’t help but lose ourselves in all the royal weddings of the world.

Royal bridal fashion is the epitome of elegance, class, grace and beauty. No one is trying to be edgy or risque, but rather perfectly poised and princess-like.

Here’s a handful of some of our favorite royal wedding dresses:

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Princess Charlene, Monaco

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Princess Letizia, Spain

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Princess Marie, Denmark

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Princess Sofia, Sweden

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Princess Victoria, Sweden

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Lush, garden roses can create a dreamy, fairy-tale bouquet for the bride-to-be. Coming in a variety of colors and slightly different sizes, on their own or mixed with others, these petals are sure to accent the day with the perfect amount of charm. Check out our favorite picks!

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   Newlyweds, Leah and Chris, had no idea that they were about to get the surprise of a lifetime when they prepared to take their vows and become husband and wife. Before that exchange happened and even before the exchange of the rings, the priest performing their ceremony decided to wow everyone with a personalized (and quite beautiful) rendition of “Hallelujah.”

   The wedding took place in Oldcastle Church in Meathe, Ireland and we’re sure that this couple won’t forget a single line from this memorable wedding gift. Watch as the entire audience is stunned by Father Ray Kelly with an absolutely unbelievable version of the popular Leonard Cohen song around the 1 minute mark below!

Ronald Joyce makes extra special wedding gowns, and here are just a few of our favorites. Wrapped in traditional bridal spirit, these contemporary designs are full of style and envy. And make sure to check out part 1 of the most swoon-worthy of RJ gowns!

Ronald Joyce makes extra special wedding gowns, and here are just a few of our favorites. Wrapped in traditional bridal spirit, these contemporary designs are full of style and envy.

Take those sparkly, fun bits and incorporate them into your big day. From decor to exiting the celebrations, let’s see how in 10 beautiful, wonderful ways!

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Donating Wedding floWERS

From flowers lining the aisle and adorning the arch to those decorating tables and accenting the bridal party — it took hundreds, if not thousands, of blooms to make your day memorable. You carefully selected each floral in the name of love, and the florist assembled them with the utmost care. Have you ever looked around at a wedding reception and thought to yourself “what happens to all these flowers?” Sadly, more often than not, they wilt away at the reception venue or — worse — are discarded that night.

Why not share the love? With help available from several organizations, you can donate your wedding flowers to the elderly, terminally ill and more.

Because flowers have a short shelf life, you’ll need to select a cause close to your venue. With a little research and a few phone calls, you’ll find the perfect place to spread the love from your special day. There may even be a flower donation service in the area that will assist in the process, similar to Petals With Purpose (in Florida).

Here are some ideas for where to donate:

  • Retirement homes
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Women’s shelters
  • Local hospice facilities

 

 

 

Take a peek at these gorgeous party dresses that would be a show-stopping, picture-perfect piece to your big celebration! Walk down the aisle in a gown and then walk into the reception to enjoy and dance the night away with your family, friends and brand new partner in crime!

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Ribbon tails. They seem to be flying from every bride and bridesmaid bouquet these days. Feminine, dainty and whimsical, we love the look of long strands of ribbons falling from a beautiful bunch of flowers. Dare we say this is currently the hottest trend when it comes to bouquet style? We think so.

Whether you choose satin, lace or even burlap, select neutral tones or a statement color, tails flying in a delicate breeze is simply stunning and very photogenic.

Take a look at these too-cute tailed bouquets.

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People ask all the time “how do I make my wedding day special?” It’s simple, really. Details — hundreds of ’em that add up to a sublime sum of perfection. Take place cards for your reception seating, for example. They, too, can have an added touch of a little something to make them more than your average name bearers.

Look to your theme and the season for inspiration on how to spruce up/hold name tags. And don’t break the bank on these details. Keep it simple. This is also the perfect DIY project to put out-of-town guests to work on (because they will always offer!) in the final days leading up to the big day.

We’ve gathered a few ideas perfectly fitting for a fall-time fête. Apples, pumpkins and leaves? Yes, please.

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    Instead of toasting the happy couple, this father of the bride took the tradition to an entirely different level of sap-loving joy. Nicole Cortez, the blushing bride (the daughter of the man you see below), posted this video on YouTube after her dad melted the hearts of everyone that came to celebrate her big day.

    Watch as Nicole’s dad serenades the crowd with a beautiful version of the song, “I Loved Her First,” as he signs along with the lyrics. And no, Nicole isn’t deaf, but she is a sign language interpreter, which meant that her dad took a year out of his life to learn how to perform and sign the special song. Personalized and sweet, make sure to watch til the very end, where you see this protective father sign a special message to his new son-in-law. Surely, without a dry eye in the house, this is a beautiful example of how a dad isn’t only a special part of the bride’s walk down the aisle but an important part of their entire life. Grab a tissue and enjoy!

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James Bond is a British icon like no other. With the 24th Bond film being released in October 2015, Bond is an icon which has been played by no less than six incredible actors since 007’s 1962 debut, Dr. No. With this in mind, it makes sense that people around the world are thinking about throwing their very own James Bond styled weddings and parties. While parties can be fairly low key, if you’re throwing a Bond themed wedding, it’s important that you do it right. Here’s the recipe for the perfect James Bond themed wedding.

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First things first, the bride and groom need to pick their favourite Bond and Bond Girls. If the groom is showing up as Sean Connery’s Bond, it wouldn’t be ideal to have 6 other Connerys waltzing around the dancefloor looking for Pussy Galore. While the bride and groom are deciding who they want to be, make sure they decide whether or not the Bond villains are invited.

Props
The beautiful thing about there being 24 Bond films to choose from is that there are no shortage of props to add to your wedding. Whether you’re looking for a Jaws themed bottle opener for the bar, a couple of golden mannequins or even just a private casino for your guests to try their luck at, there is a lot for you to source from here. If nothing else, it’s a great excuse for a Bond marathon.

Transport
Bond travels everywhere in style. Whether he’s HALO jumping like in Tomorrow Never Dies, a luxury yacht like in From Russia With Love, or even his iconic Aston Martin DB5 which has appeared in no less than 7 Bond movies (there are 12 Bond movies to date with have Bond in an Aston Martin – he just loves the DB5), Bond does it in style.

Unfortunately, the DB5 isn’t quite built for weddings. With this in mind, no Bond themed wedding would be complete without the bride and groom arriving and departing in a Rolls Royce Phantom, with the help of their London chauffeur. This stunning car isn’t just topical, it’s also a beauty to look at.

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Of course, a big part of capturing your memories of the day lies in photographing the entire event. Choose a photographer who knows Bond, who knows Goldfinger from The Man with the Golden Gun, and what they had in common other than the titular metal. For the record, they both featured the Rolls Royce Phantom. With a photographer who knows their stuff, you’ll be able to get the themed shots you’d want from your wedding, from the iconic barrel of the gun shots, to shots of the cars, the guests in character and any Bond themed food or drink you have out for your guests.

Speeches
The last thing you need to be sure of is that the wedding speech is perfect. Not just any speech will do – the best man will need to sum up why the groom is awesome, why the couple are perfect for each other, say something about how diamonds are forever and fit in any other topical references that might elicit a chuckle, without going overboard. We won’t give you any more tips on the speech other than that the groom and the best man can probably use it as a great excuse for one last Bond marathon before the big day.

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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Burnett’s Boards provides new and exciting wedding inspiration daily and I instantly fell in love with the site’s whimsical spirit and drive to push bride’s into creating something memorable. We got to chat a bit with the lady behind the blog, Sara Burnett, and she gave us some insight on all of its inter-workings!tablescapeplace setting

 “Burnett’s Boards is updated daily with wedding inspiration boardsstyled shootsbridal fashion, and event design & styling articles. I find great joy in bringing the very best in creative design to both brides and industry professionals around the world and like to think of this blog as a book – each chapter contributing to the greater whole: a resource of wedding inspiration. I aim to give the editorial a personal touch without making the blog about me & foster the blog’s community through social media and an industry-supportive mindset.

I was working for Modern Weddings Hawaii and Morgan Childs of Moana Events and decided to start my own blog. It grew from there. It was a bit of a fluke really but I fell in love with blogging and my passion shined through, gaining me quite a following.”

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Your favorite aspect about blogging and your favorite aspect about your blog specifically: My favorite aspect about blogging is the wedding blogging community and the wedding industry in general. Everyone is lovely, there are lovely things to look at, and it doesn’t ever feel like competition. There are definitely enough brides to go around! I’ve formed some fabulous friendships with other bloggers and we’ve even started a group business with 40 of us – The Aisle Society.

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Links to 3 of your favorite blog posts EVER:  This one was inspired BY the blog to celebrate it’s three year anniversary. / Cathedral length veil made of fresh orchids. Need I say more? / Flower mohawk. An idea I was dying to see brought to life and we finally did!

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No doubt we love soft, dainty makeup for the blushing bride — but we’re big fans of drama, too. And fall-time nuptials provide a darker, more colorful backdrop for a bride to break out the deep plum lips and smoky ash eyes. There’s something beautifully dramatic about the juxtaposition of a white gown against autumnal hues.

Check out these fall-inspired makeup looks we are crushing on:

SMOKE & NUDE: An ash eye paired with a nude lip is a winning combination.

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WE’RE WATCHING YOU: Feathery lashes and a bold lip make for subtle drama.

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VERY BERRY: A bright berry lip steals the show.

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NATURALLY AUTUMN: Rust lips set against a pale complection is naturally stunning.

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PICTURE PERFECT: Soft ringlets provide a picturesque frame for neutral colors on the face.

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BEAUTY, OUTLINED: Black-lined lids are sophisticated and elegant.

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BRONZED BABE: A bronzed glow illuminates an already-glowing bride.

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By Megan Velez, DestinationWeddings.com

The date has been set, the arrangements made and now the RSVP’s are starting to pour in. The beauty of having a destination wedding is that a destination wedding specialist can assist you with many of the logistics. There will be, however, a few things you and your partner will have to handle on your own.

So what should you officially add to your to do list?

The Not-So-Pretty Stuff

Before pulling out your suitcases, devote an afternoon to consolidating all necessary documentation into a single file (perhaps a pretty folder to brighten up this step!). Check in with your destination wedding specialist to determine what you’ll need in addition to your passport – if you’re getting legally married on site, certain places may require birth certificates or, if you’ve been married before, proof of dissolution of the previous marriage (whether divorce decrees or death certificates).

Include photocopies of all important documents in the file, as well as vendor contracts, reservation information, insurance policies, and even your vows (hey, they’re just as important!). Additionally, you may need to arrive early to the location if you plan to marry legally at the wedding so research this well in advance of making your reservations to avoid having to change anything later.

What to Bring

With all of the paperwork behind you, it’s time to get packing. For many, the wedding gown is the most important item to transport, so include it in your carry-on list. Reach out to your airline to discuss the possibilities for delicate carry-ons – you may be allowed to hang it up in an onboard coat closet.

In a separate carry-on bag, pack all of your flight essentials (including that fun novel you’ve been saving!), as well as anything you’ll need immediately on the other side – such as the file of documents you created. Keep it as light as possible, as you won’t want to disembark the plane in paradise while heaving an overstuffed bag and your wedding dress.

For checked luggage, you’ll want to sit down and make a list of every event planned for your celebration abroad, as well as what clothes you’ll need to wear. Planning an early morning mountain trek? Be sure to pack accordingly! Include toiletries and sunblock as well, as their prices tend to increase in tourist areas and on-site resort stores.

Another List?

That’s right – this time, it’s your guest list you’ll want to have on hand. Luckily, with the help of your RSVPs, this should be quite a cinch. As you’re compiling your guest list, do remember that some friends and family members may not be able to attend due to budgetary reasons or other obligations. Don’t take it personally – if anything, set a date to meet up when you return back home! Gather a list of those who aren’t attending while you’re at it and consider getting each of them a souvenir as a kind token. You could also Facetime with close family members just prior to the ceremony so they can have their own official “sneak peek.” More resorts are also offering livestreaming options so your loved ones can feel like they are right there with you. Nothing says ‘wish you were here’ like a thoughtful gesture!

There are a few extra considerations when preparing for your Big Day away from home but we promise you, the efforts will be well worth it!

 

Megan Velez is the Vice President of Product at DestinationWeddings.com, the world’s leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. DestinationWeddings.com has worked with over 20,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings. For more information, visit DestinationWeddings.com.

 

Crunchy, colorful and crisp like the autumn air, fall leaves give us warm fuzzies on the inside. Sigh. Whether you incorporate them into a bountiful bouquet, outline the aisle you’ll walk down, or simply use them as a backdrop for your wedding-day festivities, we can’t get our fill of using fall leaves in big day decor.

Now, go ahead and fall in love with this festive, fall-time leaf wedding inspiration:

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With harvest in full swing and bounty at your fingertips, there isn’t a more beautiful time of year to build a wedding bouquet. From rich colors to earthy grass, wheat, moss, succulents and leaves, the options go beyond your average blooms for your bridal bouquet.

Perhaps what’s most charming about the 10 inspiring bouquets below is their organic format — while some are tightly gathered and cinched, and others are free-flowing sprays, the blooms themselves feel ethereal and fall-like, bundled just how you’d find them in nature.

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Plump, seasonal and iconic of autumn, we can’t enough of pumpkins, especially when used in fall-time nuptials. From helping you announce your day in a “save the date” to holding place cards, rings and flowers, there are countless ways to incorporate the lovable gourd into your wedding scheme.

Not sure how to get started? Check out this perfect pumpkinspiration to get your creative juices flowing:

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Remember when we explored Union Station for easy, breezy bridesmaid rentals? Don’t worry, guys, we haven’t forgotten about you. With friends spread all over the world and different body types making achieving “the perfect fit” a challenge, it’s daunting to outfit the groomsmen.

Enter The Black Tux, a cool rental service that has partnered directly with one of the finest suit-makers in the world to deliver high-quality tuxedos and suits right to your doorstop. Did we mention that shipping is free? And these aren’t your average boxy, shapeless and ill-fitting ensembles that we’ve come to expect from rental companies, either. These are sharp. We mean really sharp.

Here’s how it works:

1. SELECT A STYLE: Choose from a stylist pre-curated look, or build your own custom outfit.

2. MEASURE ONLINE: Work with a certified Fit Specialist to determine the right size.

3. TRY ON YOUR SUIT: Your suit will arrive one week prior to your event so you can try it on. If it doesn’t fit just right, let a Fit Specialist know within 48 hours of receiving your order, and TBT will ship you a replacement item for free.

4. RETURN IT: Return shipping of your suit is FREE. Place the return label on the original box and send it on its way.

You’re done!

While the bridal market is saturated with thousands of fabulous designers and stores, we can’t help but play favorite to a few. Topping our list? Pronovias. As we begin previewing bridal fashion for the coming year, we have fallen head over heels for the Spanish designer’s 2016 collection. From illusion necklines, boat necks and deep Vs, to three-quarter-length sleeves, pockets, lace and ruffles, we see it all in Pronovias’ latest designs.

Perhaps what we adore most about Pronovias is how “bridal” the fashions are. In a wedding world where styles are becoming more unconventional and cutting edge, it’s refreshing to see dessert-like tulle and lace confections abundant on the runway.

Here are some pretty picks from Pronovias’ 2016 collection:

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Check out 10 funky ways to display your photo booth props throughout your reception! Themed, organized and super stylish, grab some inspiration on how to give your guests a chance to strike a pose!

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This quaint little table is a great addition to a smaller reception space, especially if you’re using an Instax polaroid!

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You can always keep things minimal and uniformed like this outdoor table.

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Of course you don’t have to have bunches of props, instead just one could make the right kind of scene.

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Use a vintage trunk to store and display the fun for your guests in a neat and stylish way.

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Theme your props and then display them using that same vision!

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We’re in love with this chic, vintage-flavor box and funny little props.

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Baskets work too and we love this outside-the-box thinking .. in the literal sense!

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If you’re having a rustic wedding, you can theme your photo booth around that same idea!

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We’re in love with the “directions” at this station: “Grab a little sparkle and let loose in the photo booth!”

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Here’s another beautiful example of a photo booth that doesn’t need any props, because it is one itself!

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The rose is a special flower that is not going to be old fashioned ever…. It’s a special flower, with a special odor and it’s suitable in every situation, being really elegant in the same time. Even from the most remote times people have had a great passion for these types of flowers.

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