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Isabelle Armstrong wedding gowns are gorgeous and ultra feminine. And we’ve chosen 10 of our favorite designs from their Spring 2017 collection to show off and feature all of the delicate details.
When it comes time to decide on wedding invitations, one can get seriously overwhelmed. Color choices, font styles and themes become the cause of a lot of stress and confusion. But when you’ve got trust in the makers behind the invites, things can be more enjoyable and less worrisome. And that’s what we’ve got here; 5 of our favorite wedding invitation sites that you can completely trust and order your Save-the-Dates, reception cards and actual invitations with the click of a few buttons!
Wedding Paper Divas: This site has a great mix of invite styles from girlishly vintage to crisp and modern. You’ll find a ton of great inspiration too especially if you’re looking to find a design that’s on-trend and influenced by the fashions of the present time. You can even request free samples and an entire kit to try tangible see and feel what you’re ordering and interested in.
Minted: Precision, tradition and complete quintessential bridal spirits are found here. You’ll find foil-printed, letter-pressed and even minibook designs that will wow each and every one of your guests. We love this classic, minimalistic “Someone Like You” design which encompasses how chic and sophisticated this site is when delivering up the perfect invitation for your vision. And look at this “Wed In Type” design as well – modern, contemporary and forward-thinking when it comes to fonts!
Tiny Prints: They may not have strictly wedding invitations but they have a generalized section that you can personalize and make work for your big day. And we love it because their designs are incredibly lively, unique and fun! Sifting through these quirky invites you’ll find everything from chic appeals to artistic vibes.
Mixbook: If you’re looking for a spot to get a fully customized look, then this is the place to peruse. From words to photos to colors, you can truly create your own work of art for every guests to have and to hold until the big day arrives. Just check out this “Delicate Overlay” finish that will have you all swooning in delight. Plus, those engagement photos will come in handy quite nicely.
Shutterfly: And finally, if you didn’t know about Shutterfly already, you’ll thank us immensely later. Here too you can make a more personalized and customized design. Although, they have some trendy, ready-made designs waiting for your to sift through as well. They’re great at mixing photos and moments with gorgeous overlays and accents. Take a peek now!
Rings are probably one of the most important aspects of the wedding (sorry ladies – not even a wedding dress is that important!). After all, you are going to carry these symbols of your eternal love for a rest of your life, so it is crucial to choose your weddings rings right.
But how to make a good decision and how to choose the best rings you can? Follow these few rules we are going to share today and enjoy stress-free shopping for sure!
Nothing can help you more to find those two perfect rings than starting your search early. Ideally, you should start looking for rings about two or three months before the big day. This way you will get the best opportunity to discover really what you want; check the price ranges and visit a few different jewelry stores too. Plus, keep in mind that creating a custom set of rings takes even more time. So, for instance, if you are looking for engraved rings, give it three to four months for the search.
Budget, budget, budget!
Surely, another thing you should really take care of before heading to the jewelry store is your budget. Keep in mind that in many cases rings costs vary from very little, to very big, and it is always healthy to have a strict budget in mind. A plain gold ring can start at $330; while plain platinum one can cost almost twice as much as gold one. Not to forget additional decorative elements like diamonds or other precious stones, also engraving, that will increase prices even more. You can also try skipping expensive jewelry stores and even choose to get your rings (if you are really on a strict budget) at regular retail stores like Kohls. With some discount codes and coupons from ChameleonJohn, you can purchase those rings even cheaper.
Another aspect you should consider is your style and your lifestyle. If you usually wear simple and plain clothing, an expensive all diamonds covered wedding ring might be super impractical and not matching at all. Wedding ring will be with you no matter the occasion and the dress code, so primarily the best style should be pure and simple (that will reflect on prices too – so that is good!). Also, rings should feel comfortable as well, because you don’t really don’t want to feel that ring on your all the time. Besides, if you work with your hands, better choose a streamlined ring with little to no frills.
Plan the future
Surely, then you are getting married, you are planning a long term future with your spouse, but we should also remind you this before you are searching for your wedding rings. It is always okay to be trendy, but you should also remember that you are going to wear that ring for a rest of your life. This means that after 40 years that super trendy ring you bought in 2016 might look a bit odd. The best choice here is the undying classic ring styles which can be upgraded with diamonds in the future if needed, engraved and decorated as much as you want.
And, as mentioned before, you should really consider the size of the ring too. You are going to wear that ring during all season of the year, during pregnancies and weight loss or gains, and that perfect ring should fit you during all these stages of life. So, to get the actual right size for you, do your final fitting only then your body’s temperature is normal, it is not too hot or cold, and you are calm. You should also avoid fitting rings in the morning. It might be difficult to fit all these conditions, but that is the only way how you can get the right size which will stay with you forever.
You don’t have to have a huge diamond sitting on your finger to feel the love or impress other with its beauty. These smaller, more delicate engagement rings are full of storybook romance and gorgeous detailing.
Swoon with us over these stunning dahlia-filled bridal bouquets. There are options for all seasons; winter, spring, summer or fall, find the designs you love below!
Brides often ask us, “where should we look for inspiration?”
We say look no further than the season of your wedding, and voila! inspiration!
Now let’s focus on florals. If a springtime soiree is in your future, we urge you to select foliage that’s in season to ensure you’ll get the most vibrant blooms. Lucky for you, it’s the best time of year for flowers. Peonies, roses, sweet peas, lilacs, ranunculus and tulips are all in season, so take advantage of ‘em! And it’s these varieties that make for that rustic, just-picked-from-the-garden look that’s so hot with brides right now.
We’re smitten with these sweet springtime bouquets:
Orange isn’t mutually exclusive with black.
We’re charging you to think outside the Halloween box and see orange in a new light. Bright, fun and cheery, orange has to be the happiest color in the rainbow. So why not bring a little extra “happy” to the big day? Whether you go with tangerine, apricot, carrot or true orange as the central color in your palette, orange overall is perfectly fitting for summer and spring weddings. It’s bold, brave and will leave an impression on your guests.
Take the orange theme to the next level and serve orange-infused signature cocktails, and incorporate the actual fruit into your design elements for a pop of color and fragrance. Arranging simple oranges in a cool vessel is just as beautiful as the most dramatic floral centerpieces.
From vintage botanical prints for invitations to bloomified table linens and even flower-filled bridal gowns, florals are on-trend for spring and summer wedding decor and fashion.
There’s something incredibly chic about featuring florals front and center in your wedding design elements. And don’t think florals can’t be subtle, either. Softer patterns and colors make for a sweet hint of interest without being over the top. We are majorly crushing on floral patterns on table linens, painted onto fondant-covered cakes and even on ties and shirts for men’s fashion.
If you’re as mad about floral prints as we are, we charge you to think beyond the bouquet and incorporate blooms into every nook and cranny of the big day.
Purple is absolutely perfect. But lavender? Even better. We’re head over heels for the light shade of purple that steals the show in wedding-day palettes. Lavender is feminine but not over-the-top girly, so you can accomplish that soft look without turning off your groom. Pair lavender with sage green and mint for decadent hue harmony.
Take the lavender theme a step further and incorporate the actual herb for a Provençal-themed day that’s sure to be unforgettable.
And now, for some luscious lavender looks:
The special day is drawing near, and you’re beginning to get antsy with anticipation to watch your bride walk down the aisle and officially become your wife. This is such an exciting milestone, and if you want to make sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch (no pun intended), it’s all about the details. Find the perfect gift for your bride and start your new life together in the best way possible.
A Special Performance
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the happy grooms and brides who have jumped on the trend of performing a special show for their significant other at their wedding reception. If you’ve got any bit of rhythm and don’t mind getting out on the dance floor to shake it for your new bride, plan a special performance. You can get your bridal party in on the fun and choreograph a big group number that will have your bride and the rest of your wedding guests looking on in delight.
Engrave the Wedding Ring
She’s got the engagement ring on, but it’s up to the groom to make sure the wedding bands get there the day of the nuptials, so you have the upper hand on this one. Take your precious cargo to a jeweler and have a special message inscribed on the inside. Once you’ve said your “I do’s” and you’re enjoying yourself at the reception or in the honeymoon suite, instruct your bride to slip the ring off her finger and see the special message hidden on the inside of its band. It’s an extra special touch to an already wonderful moment, and she’ll be sure to love it.
A Shoe with a Kick
She’ll likely have picked out a special pair of bridal shoes for her walk down the aisle, and by enlisting the help of your friends, you can hide a special message on them to include along with her “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”. Once you have her shoes in hand, take a permanent marker or pen and write a heartfelt message on the bottom of the sole. It might be something as simple as “I Love You” or it could be lines from a favorite love poem. Ask her bridesmaids or mother to take the shoes back to her when she’s getting ready—she’ll cry happy tears at your thoughtfulness and you’ll be there with her every step of the way down the aisle.
A Spa Treatment
You’re both probably experiencing your fair share of nerves before the big day, and that’s to be expected. Make sure she takes a moment to relax by orchestrating a surprise massage or facial before she begins getting ready for your ceremony. You can hire a masseuse to come straight to where she’s getting ready at the venue or plan ahead and have them show up at the house long before she’s scheduled to depart. If you think she’ll be too busy on the day of, you can always elect to plan the treatment for the day beforehand, or even the weekend prior.
A Sweet Treat
She and her bridesmaids will be buzzing with excitement as they get ready, and she might be experiencing some pre-wedding jitters. Help her kick back and relax by having some chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of special champagne sent to her prep room. A little gesture like this will make her heart soar, and she’ll have a little something to nibble on while she waits for the most important walk of her life.
Something Just for Her
If you want to make a present special, tailor it specifically to her. Browse a collection of items that you can personalize, like Personal Creations wedding gifts. It could be a beautiful charm bracelet with both of your initials inscribed on the back, a special wall hanging emblazoned with your names, or a special customized photo frame. What matters is that you take the time to make it specific to her and your relationship. The extra effort is sure to be appreciated, and you’ll have a new addition to your home together that reminds you both of your wedding day—what is likely to be the best day of your life so far.
We’ve already talked about how braids are all the rage, but we’re currently swooning on a specific type. Meet fishtails. Whimsical, ethereal and over-the-top gorgeous, fishtails are über popular with the daring brides who aren’t afraid to opt for a different hairdo on the big day.
With bangs, to the side, teased, neat, messy — however you style them, fishtails always stun. And since your hair will be pulled away from your face, we recommend wearing a pair of chandelier earrings to add drama to the look. Are you a flower girl? Tuck a bloom into your tail for some extra flirty fun.
Naeem Khan knows how to make a scene, in the most beautiful of ways. Have everyone weak at the knees by wearing one of these gorgeous wedding gown designs. With a bit of color or a lot of drama, these dresses are bound to make you swoon.
Are you torn between the big ball gown and something more flirty and fun? Why not say ‘yes’ to two dresses? It’s becoming more and more commonplace for brides to ditch the big gown and change into a party dress after they walk down the aisle. They want to be free to dance, make the rounds and party at the reception — can you blame them?
If you’re planning to pull a quick change, don’t be afraid to think outside the bridal box. Opt for something beaded or sparkly, a fun color, or a completely different design like a jumpsuit. Your groom and guests will love the drama.
One tip: Don’t change too early. Make sure to capture photographs in your main dress. There will be plenty of snapshots of you dancing the night away in dress number two.
Both of these Pantone colors of the year will rock your 2016 wedding. Rose quartz and serenity are quite the magical duo. These specific shades of blush and blue are a surefire way to win the hearts of your guests and create a storybook celebration.
From fashion to home decor, geometric prints and patterns are hot, hot, hot.
Colorful, playful and relatively inexpensive, we love the idea of using tiles for table numbers, place cards and seating cards at a wedding reception. Even cooler? Line them in a row to make a table runner on your reception tables or group them together in a square pattern to make a custom charger beneath dinner plates. The options are endless. And tiles serve a dual purpose — they double as wedding favors for your guests to use as coasters at home. Can’t beat a two-for-one deal.
Tiles are cheap and DIY-friendly, too. Head to your local home improvement store or scrap lot to find them, then enlist the help of a couple friends or family members to write the names or numbers. Easy, peasy!
Your wedding is going to be one of the most important milestones of your life. It’s a milestone that a lot of us get to appreciate and look forward to. For that reason, however, it can be tricky business trying to make your wedding stand out from the rest and really evoke your individuality. We’ve compiled our top 8 ways to personalise your wedding, so your special day will be remembered for years to come.
1. Creative vows
Having heartfelt, original vows is one of the best ways to accurately express how much the wedding means to you, whilst also reinforcing to your guests why they are there. A well-crafted vow can bring down the house, and make both women and men cry. They don’t have to be handwritten or flashy, you just have to mean them. Draw inspiration from your favourite lyrics, books and poems to help you communicate just how much you love your partner.
2. Cake toppers
Don’t listen to what anyone says, cake toppers are back! Cake toppers are a timeless, classic method of personalising a cake. These days, there are a huge range of cake toppers that you can choose from and personalise. From wooden script cake toppers featuring your names, to Mr. & Mrs., to monograms, or even lyrics for your first dance song!
3. Customised drinks
Serve drinks that reflect you as a couple. Perhaps you’re favourite wine is rosé, and your favourite cocktail is an Aperol Spritz? Serve both alongside other non-alcoholic refreshments so your guests can get a palatable taste of who you are and what you enjoy. Not only can you customise the drinks your guests will be sipping, but you can also personalise the vessels they’re sipping out off! Monogram glasses or plastic cups with the initials of the bride and groom to add that special touch to your special day.
4. Personalised photo booth strips
One of the best ways to ensure your wedding is remembered long after it is over, is to extend the life of the day by having a photo booth. These days, there are a wide range of photo booth hire services on the Gold Coast, that will enable you to customise your photo booth to personally represent you and your partner. One way to do this is to have personalised photo booth strips serve as a memento of your big day.
5. Cater the food to your tastes
Do you have a sweet tooth? Why not eat dessert first? Perhaps you’re more of a savoury fiend? What about stacked cheese wheels instead of a wedding cake? Whatever you decide, remember that this is your day. You are projecting who you and your partner are to the world, and the more personalised the event is, the more special it will be for both you and your guests.
So whatever your tastes or desires, make sure that they are communicated as best you can with all the tools your wedding can provide you with. Personalise the drinks and food, write original, meaningful vows and design a unique and entertaining cake topper. Once all this is done, ensure your day is remembered forever by hiring a personalised photo booth to capture each and every moment. Most of all – enjoy yourselves!
Create a personal, unique wedding without bursting the seams of your wallet. Check out these budget-friendly wedding ideas and transform the day into something magical.
Thanks to fashionista Whitney Port sporting the style for her wedding to Tim Rosenman, high-low dresses are flying high in bridal couture.
If you’re waffling between a short and long style, a high-low dress is the best of both worlds, varying from just a dip to a full-out mini front. This type of dress is flattering to many different body types, from curvy to boyish and everything in between.
One thing’s for certain — if you opt for a high-low gown, you’ll need to spurge on special shoes — with a short front, they’ll be the stars of the show. Most important? You won’t be tripping over heavy fabric walking around or dancing your first dance!
Dress your summertime wedding in a tropical, funky style. Add some pineapple pieces into your wedding reception or ceremony decor!
Naturally, spring weddings call for lighter, brighter wedding color palettes than, say, fall or winter weddings. From blush flowers to soft-hued table linens, it’s all about achieving that sunny garden feel. And the light color palette doesn’t just apply to decor, either. It’s equally applicable to fashion. Natural makeup, neutral and pastel bridesmaid dresses and gray groom and groomsmen attire is what’s in step for spring.
Now let’s focus on gray for the guys.
Why gray, you ask? Black is harsh for a springtime affair, but gray is oh-so-fitting. Set against budding florals, a gray getup for the guys will blend with pastel or floral bridesmaid dresses seamlessly. If you’re going gray, accessorize with a brown belt and shoes for a modern combo.
Dip into a non-traditional color as you make your way down the aisle in a minty-hued beauty. Check out these green wedding gowns that will have you swooning with Mother Nature herself!
Fill your warm-weathered event with tons of fun details and inspiration. Dive into these unique summer wedding ideas and create a memorable event!
Peek into the magic of MuMu and a get a taste of their beautiful bridesmaids dresses. From prints to solids they’re perfect for all kinds of women of all kinds of shapes, sizes and skin tones.
These stunning Eve of Milady wedding gowns will take the breath away of every in site. But their drama and bold designs will have you rethinking the way of traditional bridal style.
Some mistakenly envision a vow renewal as an intricate reason to throw a party, but this milestone moment is so much more than that. Motivations for a vow renewal are vast, but the outcome is the same—a wonderful day that focuses on the love between two people. From songs to rings, your vow renewal ceremony can be as simple or extravagant as you like—after all, it should be a day all about the two of you and your love.
When to Renew
Choosing to renew your vows is based on individual experiences, and very personal to the couple in question, so the timeline can vary immensely. Sometimes a renewal comes when a couple has recommitted to each other after a rough patch in their marriage; other times, it’s many happy years down the road and used to reaffirm the strong love that has grown and blossomed since their original wedding day.
What Should You Wear?
Renewal ceremonies tend to be more casual affairs, so a sundress and bare feet might fit the occasion perfectly. However, if you’re planning a vow renewal because your original wedding day wasn’t the dream occasion you’d always wanted, don’t be shy about wearing a wedding dress. You also have your pick of vow renewal dresses, so pick what fits your style and rock it—this day is all about your preferences, no one else’s.
Writing Your Vows
Will you again recite your original vows? Most couples find that they need to add on; years together highlight the different ways love and life can affect a relationship, and this should be reflected in your words to each other. If you still have a copy of the words you said to each other on your first trip down the aisle, take them individually and make addendums or alterations as you see fit. This will make your ceremony much more meaningful and your words will become the perfect tribute to your marriage up until this point.
Who Should You Invite?
Some choose to invite all of their family members and friends to this joyous occasion, but other couples consider a renewal to be more of a private experience. As always, the more people you invite, the more expensive the day will be. If you have children, ensure they are in attendance, as this is a monumental day not just for the two of you, but for your entire family.
New Rings or Old?
Couples sometimes choose to purchase new rings for their vow renewal, but others choose to exchange the same wedding rings for the second time—it’s completely up to you. If you’re looking at your vow renewal as a way to start over, than it’s a wonderful idea to start fresh, and that includes rings. You can take a look at inexpensive moissanite engagement rings, add a band to your existing ring, or choose to forgo rings altogether. Consider your budget and your reasoning for new rings before heading out to purchase.
Presence Not Presents
If you do choose to invite loved ones to your vow renewal ceremony, keep in mind that etiquette for this occasion is much different than it would have been back on your wedding day. Don’t expect presents from guests—that means a wedding registry is a definite no-no. If you have family or friend who truly want to share in your joy, ask them to give something to your preferred charitable organization. Your renewal should focus on the two of you, and while it is a wonderful event to exult, don’t let celebration planning get in the way of the true reason for the day.
If you and your spouse are considering a vow renewal ceremony, sit down and discuss what you want the day to be about. Whether it’s a private affair or a full blown family-and-friends celebration, the second time around is a chance to truly focus on each other. Reflect on all the things you’ve been through together: good times, bad times, moments that helped you reaffirm your love. There’s never a bad time or reason to celebrate love, and renewing your vows could be the perfect homage to your life together so far.
Net-A-Porter is a fashionista’s dream spot, especially when it comes to unique bridal day looks. Below we’ve gather 10 of our favorites that will melt your knees buckle and heart stop. Take a look!
Weddings are tough to plan, with a variety of factors going into making sure the day of your dreams is everything you’d hoped for. Orchestrating your nuptials is a tough task, and requires strict attention to detail to ensure everything goes off without a hitch—no pun intended. Keep these unique tips in mind as your wedding day approaches.
Give Your Feet a Break
In all the hustle and bustle of picking out the dress and shoes for your walk down the aisle, it’s easy to forget you’ll be on your feet for hours after the ceremony. Make sure you bring along a pair of comfy flats that will complement your dress but give your feet a necessary break from the painful heels you’re probably sporting for your vows. If you’re not completely devoted to wearing heels down the aisle, consider wearing flats from the beginning—you’ll be a lot more comfortable.
Drop Off an Overnight Bag
Few couples actually head out on their honeymoon mere hours after celebrating their vows, but most do tend to stay in a hotel or special venue for their wedding night. Instead of having to head home after to get a change of clothes and all of your toiletries, have a bag packed and ready to go. If you can, ask a friend to take the bags over to the hotel room to ensure it’s waiting for you when you finally check in that night.
Keep Snacks On Hand
The nerves are going to be in fine form on your wedding day, and that’s to be expected. If you find your nervousness makes it hard for you to eat real meals, make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand that are easy to pop into your mouth. Even if you’re not feeling hungry, you’ll need your energy—the last thing you want is to faint on your way down the aisle. You can order a delivery of fresh fruit for you and your bridesmaids to snack on in the hours it takes to get ready, or grab a few protein bars and keep them handy in case hunger starts to gnaw at your tummy.
A Smoke Free Ceremony
One thing we don’t tend to plan for in weddings is the presence of smokers, but it’s likely you know a few. If you have friends or family that are avid smokers and you don’t want acrid clouds of smoke filling up your wedding reception (and wreaking havoc on your skin!), section off an area out of the way where relatives and friends can smoke without affecting you and other guests. You may also request that they use electronic alternatives instead of normal options, like NJOY e-cigarettes. These don’t put off smoke and are often odorless, so there’s no chance of disgusting secondhand smoke ruining your day.
Taking the Wedding Cargo Home
After your wedding reception ends, you’ll be saddled with a lot of new cargo; from mementos to décor you’d like to save to all the wedding gifts piled on the table. The last thing you’ll want to do after the final song plays and the last guest leaves is spend your first night of marriage hauling all of these items back home. Before the night begins, enlist a friend or family member to be in charge of taking your things back to your house after reception. You can provide them with reusable moving boxes rented from BungoBox.com to make the transport quick and easy.
The Legal Nitty Gritty
While reciting your vows and kissing your new spouse signifies the start of your married life together, the marriage isn’t truly official and complete until you sign the paperwork. Stay abreast of all of the legal requirements and keep the necessary documents in order. In most states, you must sign the marriage license at least 24 hours before your ceremony, so find out the local regulations and follow them to a “T” to make sure you start off on the right foot.
As your wedding day draws closer, keep these essential wedding tips in your arsenal to ensure you and your beloved have the wonderful day you’ve always imagined.
Everybody loves a good wedding, and after the engagement period is over and you’ve decided to set a date thus begins the very serious task of planning you and your partner’s ideal wedding. More and more couples each year take to breaking conventions with throwing a themed wedding with traits of tradition mixed in. Themed weddings are also a great way for you and your partner to show off your own personalities and identities. Whichever theme you decide on, your big day will be something you, your partner and guests will never forget.
Once you have set a date for the big day, if you’re undecided on a theme why not stick to the time of year the date you’ve chosen falls under. As there are plenty of different ideas depending whether your wedding is in spring, summer, autumn or winter. If you have chosen a particular season then each season will have their own colour palate as well as in season foods that you can base your wedding and the setting, food and everything else around, which saves you a lot of hassle you will only need to choose the smaller details of your big day.
When it comes to a vintage wedding theme the beauty is that there are so many decades to choose from. This year’s most popular decades being 1920’s Gatsby-eques party theme or a more refined make do and mend 50’s theme. With vintage weddings, setting is one of the key things to consider if you do go for a traditional Gatsby 1920’s theme then a hotel would be the perfect destination especially one with a grand staircase and chandeliers.
If you are considering a classic 1950’s theme think Jubilee street party style if you don’t want to brave the outdoors opt for a massive party tent to keep you, your partner and all your guests warm and dry. A party tent or even an outside setting for a 50’s theme can easily be decorated with lots of fairy lights and bun tin, to create the ultimate vintage look.
Some couples have chosen to have more entertainment based weddings which could include a casino or Las Vegas style wedding. Or if you and your significant other are looking for a more intimate ceremony you could even elope to Las Vegas and get married at one of the most popular wedding chapels located on the Vegas strip. If you end up eloping you can always surprise friends and family and have an official reception when you get back.
If you both want a more traditional wedding you could always have the reception decked out like a casino, as there are lots of classic table games that could be a part of the fun. To find inspiration why not try looking at games on best deal casinos, as you could earn some winnings playing some games and put that money towards the wedding or the honeymoon. Little touches like creating personalised chips or playing cards with you and your partner details could be a great idea for wedding favours for your guests.
If you and your other half have a rather quirky style and have a favourite superhero why not try that as a theme? If you don’t want to go all out you can have subtle nods to the theme like having a bouquet made from comic book pages which will not only be an accessory but one that you get to keep forever and the groom could even have superhero cufflinks. As a favour to the guests, if you really wanted to splash out you could have your own comic book created and printed about you and your partner. There are plenty of ways to incorporate the theme in a big way through outfits, reception, setting, wedding favours, or you can have subtle ways like capes and disguises just for fun pictures with guests.
No matter what theme you and your other half choose, the best way to get ideas and inspiration is to search through wedding websites, magazines and even read about previous weddings with a similar theme. You will also be able to accommodate your budget to whichever theme you have decided on.
Fill up your wedding day centerpieces with storybooks and florals. It’s unique, you can personalize it and it’s so much more fun than the traditional candle or two. From eclectic to romance, this idea can blend within a variety of themes. Let’s have a look!
There are many things to think about when you’re planning a wedding. Food, drinks, guest, table plans, venue hire, equipment hire; the list goes on! A great way to to add style and class to your wedding is to hire a marquee. Whether you’re hiring a marquee for a backup plan or it’s your first preference, it’s important you know how to utilise the space to its full potential. We’ve come up with our top 10 tips for how to perfectly style a marquee wedding. Read on to create the most magical wedding experience you can.
1. An exciting entrance
This is your big day, so emphasise this by creating a grand entrance for you and your guests. This also gives the space some structure and direction. Treat the space as you would your home, and create a personalised, homely entrance. Have one opening of the marquee decorated with flowers and lights, so guests feel a warm welcome as they enter the space.
Lighting is an essential part of styling a marquee wedding. Most marquees come with uplighters, but it’s common practice to add your own personal touch of lighting to create the atmosphere you desire. Fairy lights placed over the dancefloor, or even the entire ceiling, give off a beautiful, delicate twinkling effect that is sure to enhance the magic of your special day.
3. Create specific areas
Because a marquee is a blank canvas of a space you can work with, it’s important to signify and section off certain areas. For example, a great way to personalise the bar area is to create hand made signs in your wedding colours, stamping your names and wedding date on the signs to make the space your own.
4. Hanging decorations
The huge space that marquees have is just crying out to be decorated. There are many ways you can decorate your marquee ceiling to add ambience and atmosphere to the space. Large, colourful flower arrangements offset by greenery are a gorgeous way to emphasise the space. For something a little unique, you can choose to create rustic candelabra, which can be suspended from a marquee ceiling at different heights.
Some marquee hire companies, such as Marquee Monkeys, offer flooring as an option. Depending on the season, grass floors can add texture and enhance the space. However, in cooler months you may want to consider hiring some carpet to warm up the area and add an air of luxury.
Each and every wedding reception is going to come with it’s own organisational and decor challenges. Marquees can look somewhat empty if they aren’t styled the right way. However, when the space is utilised to its maximum potential, a marquee wedding is a magical and memorable sight to behold. A grand entrance, alongside beautiful lighting and decorations will make the space sparkle. Think about an appropriate flooring option for the weather, and ensure the guests are well aware of the specific areas of the marquee. If you stick to these 5 marquee wedding tips, you can be sure that your wedding will be the most magical it can be.
Add a certain pop to your groomsmen with texture and color that’s a bit outside-the-box. With these berry boutonnieres, you’ll give them a unique spin on the tradition of the day!
Sweetness and a bout of tartness can infuse your celebration with fun and flavors that guests will love. Serve up one … or two … of these raspberry cocktails at your reception!
There are literally hundreds of articles out there on cutting wedding costs or getting the perfect wedding day look on a budget, but not a lot that focus on the costs after “I do.” It goes without saying that starting a life together comes with its own expenses. Not to mention that when you add in the costs of the wedding and the honeymoon, and for some those looming student loans that still aren’t out of the picture, that first year can feel pretty strapped and like all of your money is going out of the window to pay for the past instead of your future. That’s not to say that you should regret the money you invested in your wedding; absolutely not, it is a memory to last a lifetime! However, there are a few ways to cut the costs and reduce the constraints after the big day has come and gone, and they involve thinking practically about your wedding registry.
I know the word ‘practical’ may sound like a threat to burst the beautiful bubble around your dream wedding plans, but I promise you it doesn’t have to be. Being a little practical can go a long way to making your first year of marriage a dream as well. Maybe you think that a the fancy gifts and jewelry are the most relevant things on your wedding registry, but swapping luxury items that you can survive without for something that meets your needs as newlyweds, can help with the costs in the aftermath. For example, adding practical “big ticket” items that you need to check off, like a good mattress, dining room set or cooking equipment. These options certainly don’t have to be mundane though – a beautiful matching set of cutlery or a plush new memory foam mattress, like one from Eve, are both practical and exciting additions to your wedding registry. These items that guests can pitch in to buy can go a long way to help you save the money you would have to invest in it yourself, especially for when you are just starting out.
Once the honeymoon is over, though, you still have to come home and settle back into reality. This can be a really exciting time, but as you settle back into life in your rented apartment and the day to day grind, that dreamy novelty of all of that can wear off a little. One of the most intelligent wedding registry options we’ve seen, which is starting to appear more and more, is asking guests to put money into an investment account to go towards a down payment for a house. To most this type of registry probably sounds pretty unromantic at first, but keep in mind that getting you one step closer to crossing the threshold of your own home is getting you one step closer to ‘happily ever after’. Buying a house is probably one of the biggest investments that most newlyweds will make, so adding this to the registry not only helps you achieve this goal faster, but it keeps you looking forward to and excited about the future, giving you something to strive after and a new focus of anticipation.
Your wedding is an incredibly special time in your life, so we understand that every single detail matters to you. You pick a color scheme and a theme and put an incredible amount of effort in, hoping for it to be your perfect day and that your guests will enjoy the occasion as well. One of the ways that you can convey your taste and theme to your guests, as well as to get them excited about the event and to know a little of what to expect on the day, is to put it right there in the wedding invitation with your own personal style.
We came across this destination wedding invitation idea and thought that it was as cool as a tropical drink in your hand. To amp up the destination appeal, the invitations were printed to look like flight boarding passes. We found this idea to be simple but fantastic because it gets your guests in an excited pre-travel mood that makes them start counting down the days before your wedding.
Obviously since everyone knows about the engagement, they expect a wedding invitation in the mail as the days go by. But this neat idea got us thinking quite a bit about personalization and going beyond print. The printed invitation was only a card with a website URL, and nothing else. The guests had to go and visit the website URL to see what this whole thing was about. Once they did, they were directed towards an incredibly beautifully designed and extraordinarily personal wedding website. This hosted not only the invitation details and allowed the guests to RSVP, but they could also sign up to do something as part of the wedding program, could browse the wedding registry, and had opportunities to leave comments and funny stories about the bride and groom, as well as browse through a large selection of pictures of the couple.
All of this clicking through gets your guests incredibly involved in the whole invitation process, and it ensures that no one can really “lose” their invitation. With so many beautiful templates out there to choose from, this type of invitation is incredibly easy to make and is always unique and personal. See here to get started if this is your type of idea. Of course an attention-grabbing invitation is just one of the many ways to make your wedding more memorable, but we think it can be a pretty effective one if done right.
Nude is having a major moment in the makeup world right now. Barely-there shadows, blush, bronzer, lip stick, liner and gloss are at the heart of every beauty line out there. And brides are jumping on the bandwagon!
Nude is neutral, easy to wear and versatile — fitting for the bride who wants a more au naturel look on the big day. Remember: it’s easy to look washed out with a nude lip, which would be a complete disaster for wedding pictures! Avoid the white-washed effect by playing up your eyes with smoky shadows, liner, defined brows and, of course, false eyelashes. Voilà! Natural drama with ideal blend and balance. Now, go knock ’em dead, gorgeous.