4 tips for planning a retro themed wedding

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A retro wedding theme is one of the most romantic and popular themes lately. The bygone era of the 1920s, 40s, and 60s has a whole lot of inspiration for couples wanting to make their wedding day even more special. From intricately designed tea cups to vintage, soft-lace bridal wear, each element of the timeless retro theme can add color, class, and appeal to your wedding day.  Here are 4 classic, retro wedding ideas that are apt for this wedding season!

1. Retro-Inspired Wedding Stationery
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The wedding stationery you use will be the first element that will inform your guests about your theme. Make sure your invitation card is retro-styled with old-fashioned fonts, design, and paper. Use vintage stamps on the envelopes to add an extra retro appeal.  In addition, ensure that your wedding escort cards, the guest book, and the thank you cards use matching fonts to further your theme.

2. Picking the Perfect Gown, Accessories, and Jewelrydress-white-decoration-silver
A variety of retro bridal dresses can be found at specialist vintage boutiques and online wedding sites. To get that romantic retro feel, a bride can try using accessories like a crown/tiara, retro-style shoes, and a softly hued bunch of fresh flowers for the bridal bouquet. For jewelry, look for artistic pieces of ornaments or intricately designed filigree rings, art deco bracelets and earrings, or mod styles. One can also try a retro hairdo (think fingerwave curls or hippie-chic braids) for the brides and the bridesmaids.

The groom has several retro options too! Long gone are the days when a morning suit or a tuxedo accessorized with cuff links were the only options to style a man the retro way. Besides a tuxedo, a groom can opt for a waistcoat or suspenders and use accessories like bow ties, cravats, hats, brogues, and a pocket watch. Using old-world fabrics like tweeds, houndstooth, and plaid can also give the groom a retro swagger. The above coupled with a partly gelled hairstyle is sure to raise countless eyebrows on this important day.

3. Your Wedding Transportation
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Move around in style by choosing a wedding car that comes with a retro appeal like a vintage Rolls Royce, Cabriolet, or Mustang. You can also use an old car or a scooter, or even a bicycle to pull out the romanticism of this dramatic era.

4. Hire a Retro Photo Booth
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There are lots of options for renting tintype photo booths, photo booths in VW buses, or old-timey photo strip photo booths for a fun, added bit of flair to your wedding!

Swara Segal is a freelance writer and blogger based in Mumbai, India. She is immersed in the fashion industry and is the go-to-person for trend tips. She has an excellent know-how of various fashion jewelry designs & patterns and the perfect gemstones to go with them. In her free time, she loves to cook for family & friends, and enjoys photographing nature.

10 Types of Wedding Photos That Make Great Canvas Prints

There’s no denying the lasting power of a good photo, especially on your monumental wedding day. Your wedding photographer will capture all the classic moments but candid photos capture all the emotions a staged photo might not and help you remember all the small details and memories from your big day long after it’s over.

And the best part is that your wedding guests can snap some of the most memorable photos of your wedding that you’ll want to enjoy as canvas prints at home or just scroll back through after the big day because the best photos aren’t always the ones taken by a photographer (even though those photos are pretty great). Whether you’re going to a wedding as a guest or getting married yourself, be sure to check out these 10 types of photos that make great canvas prints!

 1.  The silly wedding party
Is there anything better than a funny picture with the people you love most? Absolutely not.
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Photo Credit:  Micah Bowerbank Photography

 2. The wild cousins
Because you have to admit—they’re definitely the life of the party. And they’ll give you lots of chances to take a hilarious and candid photo as they show off all their moves on the dance floor.
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Photo Credit: Jason Hudson Photography

 3. The happy grandparents letting loose
Grandparents add a little flair everywhere they go. Make sure someone snaps a good pic of the most adorable guests while the night is young!
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Photo Credit: Jonathan David Photography

 4. The one with your pet
Let’s be honest–pets make everything better, even wedding photos.
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Photo Credit: Stacey Lee Photography

5. A photo of the beautiful flowers
Don’t forget to get a photo of the bride’s beautiful bouquet. They’re works of art worth remembering!
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Photo Credit: Rylee Hitchner

6. One with the playful backdrop
Your ceremony backdrop is the place where you became a spouse! The moment you got married is the perfect one to turn into a canvas print to hang up at home.
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Photo Credit: Erin Trimble

7. A cute pic of the tiniest wedding guests
File this photo in the “things that make you go ‘awwww’” category.
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Photo Credit: Dark Roux Photography

8. A sentimental photo with family
Do you really need an explanation for this? It’s one of those photos you’ll love to look at over and over again. And hint hint–it also makes an amazing canvas prints gift idea for family members!
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Photo Credit: Brandy Angel Photography

9. One with a chalkboard sign
Photos of you and your new spouse holding a chalkboard sign are trendy for a reason. They’re a great opportunity to get a jump start on your thank you notes or holiday cards, too!

10. The amazing getaway
Let’s not forget the moment they happy couple drives off into the sunset. It marks the end of the night but the beginning of a many more adventures together!
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Photo Credit: Onelove Photography

 

 

The Guest’s Guide to Modern Wedding Registry Gift Giving

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Blenders and china and towels, oh my! When it comes to wedding registries, couples don’t hold back. They’re ready to stock their house and and start showcasing their inner Chip & Joanna Gaines. We know building a registry is one of the best parts about getting married for a couple, but what about how easy it makes it for the guests to find great gifts? From contributing to the honeymoon to group-gifting, online wedding registries have taken gift giving to the next level! We’ve mapped out our go-to gifting hacks to make sure you can relax and enjoy celebrating with the newlyweds.


Live by the Registry
We know you love the couple and want to get them something unique, but if they didn’t register for it, DON’T BUY IT. That’s it. Hard and fast rule. If you just can’t control yourself and see something you know would be perfect, be sure to pair it with an item you purchased off the registry. This way, the couple can appreciate your thoughtfulness, while also knowing that you paid attention to their wishes. Hate everything on their registry? Don’t worry, it’s 2017, now you can register to contribute to someone’s honeymoon, new house, or even a romantic dinner!

Don’t be Scared of a Good Deal
See something on a couple’s registry for cheaper elsewhere? Awesome! Snag it up. The couple doesn’t mind where you purchase the item from, as long as it’s what they asked for. Don’t worry if the item is less than on the registry; your friends don’t care about how much you spend, just that you were thoughtful enough to give a gift in the first place. Be sure to head back to their online registry and mark the item as “purchased,” because nobody needs two KitchenAid mixers (unless you’re a pro baker, in which case, please invite us to your wedding).

Go Big with a Group Gift
Want to make a big impression without breaking the bank? Grab your friends and take out your credit cards! It’s the new-age of wedding registries, and that means that those super expensive gifts can now be covered by a group of friends. What better way to make a big impression than by giving a big group gift? The couple will love you and your friends will think you’re a rockstar for coming up with such a great gift idea!

Let your Postal Worker do the Work
So now that you’ve decided on what exactly to get the new couple, how is your gift going to get there? Between destination weddings and multi-location celebrations, the logistics of getting your gift to the couple can be a nightmare. Luckily, that’s where the glory of the registry steps in. Purchase the item from their online registry and have it shipped directly to their home! You don’t have to lug it around, they don’t have to worry about transporting it home, and best of all, no one has to lose a finger trying to wrap an awkwardly shaped box. While we’re all about the ease of this new-age gift giving, be sure to sprinkle a bit of tradition on the day and pick up a card for the big day!

There you have it, a great gift purchased and delivered without ever leaving your couch. Feeling relieved from the gift giving pressure? Great, now that you’re done stressing over the gift, you can worry about the fun stuff, like what you’re going to wear (and no, you still can’t wear white)!

Wooden Groomsmen Gifts for a Good Cause!

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been struggling to find a groom or groomsmen gift that the guys will actually want AND that you can feel good about purchasing.  We recently discovered a company that provides a wide assortment of awesome wooden groomsmen gifts for a good cause!  For each watch, bow tie, or pair of sunglasses that Rusticlub sells, a tree is planted through the National Forest Foundation.  We love this idea and we are excited to share their products with you! Read More