Wedding Party http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog Inspiration & ideas for your big day Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:41:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Building your wedding wardrobe, one fall trend at a time http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/29/wedding-wardrobe-fall-trends-bride-style/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/29/wedding-wardrobe-fall-trends-bride-style/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30927 Brooklyn Blonde Have your wedding look planned to a tee? Awesome – now it’s time to put together outfits for the festivities ahead! Just think about the inch-thick September issues for style inspiration and the best of fall fashion at your fingertips. Why not double up on seasonal trends and make them work for your […]

The post Building your wedding wardrobe, one fall trend at a time appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
Brooklyn Blonde Sweater and Sequin Skirt Trend

Brooklyn Blonde

Have your wedding look planned to a tee? Awesome – now it’s time to put together outfits for the festivities ahead! Just think about the inch-thick September issues for style inspiration and the best of fall fashion at your fingertips. Why not double up on seasonal trends and make them work for your bachelorette party, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner? Not only will you look fabulous as the guest of honor, but you’ll wear these pieces all season long! (See, you can save as you spend…Don’t think about it too hard.) Here are just a few ideas for incorporating fall trends into your wedding wardrobe.

The Bachelorette

A girls’ night out calls for something equally wild, and animal print is everywhere this season. From leopard to snakeskin, you can be sure to start this party off with a roar.

collage_01

Equipment Dress | Forever 21 Heels | Old Navy Crossbody | Express Cuff | Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in Deepest Cherry

Style Now, Style Later: For the bachelorette party, think edgy: sexy cage sandals or barely-there pumps, serious hardware, and a pop of red. A bold lip or cat eye keeps it flirty and fun for your last fling before the ring. Swapping your stilettos for peep-toe booties or a classic heel will instantly transform your look for the office later on.

Cupcakes and Cashmere Leopard Trend

Cupcakes and Cashmere

Love Fashion Life Life Leopard Print Trend

lovefashion | livelife

The Bridal Shower

The bridal shower is the perfect time to wear fall’s feminine pieces. I’m loving the eclectic mix of textures and pattern, as well as the unexpected pops of pastel this season.

collage_02

BB Dakota Coat | J.Crew Sweater | Express Skirt | BaubleBar Earrings | Steve Madden Pumps

Style Now, Style Later: There’s nothing chicer than the juxtaposition of a cozy knit with a sequined skirt, topped with a beautiful statement coat. Balance this feminine pairing with a pearl statement piece and ankle-strap pump. Not only is this a pretty look for many dressy occasions, but when worn separately, the style options are endless: try your coat with fall’s slouchy joggers, or throw on an oversized sweater over a leather mini. Your closet will thank you.

Prosecco and Plaid Tee and Sequin Midi Skirt Trend

Prosecco and Plaid

Alexa Chung Sweater and Sequin Skirt Trend

Glam Radar

The Rehearsal Dinner

The big day is almost here! Start the celebrations early in a romantic floral print.

collage_03a

Anthropologie Dress

collage_03bJ.Crew Heels | Old Navy Clutch | Kate Spade New York Earrings

Style Now, Style Later: Dark moody florals make me feel like a heroine in a 19th-century English novel. The rich jewel tones and heavier fabrics feel feminine, yet strong; this isn’t your wimpy garden variety here. Keep the focus on the print and your accessories minimal; fall florals get a modern update with a sleek bootie for day and a chunky suede heel for evening. A striking statement earring will add a little sparkle to any occasion, and I will forever love these gumdrop studs from kate spade new york. (12 pairs and counting.)

Atlantic Pacific Fall Floral Dress Trend

Atlantic-Pacific

Leprettystellar Fall Floral Dress Trend

Leprettystellar

And for those truly committed to the style cause, why stop there? The fall trends above will elevate wedding day accessories and find their way into your wardrobe long after the last dance. My seasonal favorites for the bride-to-be:

collage_01

Kate Spade Charm Heels | Steve Madden Earrings | BaubleBar Necklace and Cuff | Ted Baker London Crossbody Bag | Natasha Couture Clutch

Getting married this season? Would love to hear how you’re incorporating fall trends into your big day! Send me a note at the style letters, Twitter (@styleletters), or Facebook.

 

mariamcnamaraAbout Maria: With over ten years’ experience in the fashion industry, Maria MacNamara has styled women all over the world, from Jimmy Choo and Brown Thomas in Ireland to J.Crew and kate spade new york in the United States. An accomplished writer and editor, she has been featured in ELLE, Redbook, and InStyle. As a blogger, she has worked with major brands, as well as local designers and boutiques. Follow Maria’s style adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

The post Building your wedding wardrobe, one fall trend at a time appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/29/wedding-wardrobe-fall-trends-bride-style/feed/ 0
An Australian Winery Wedding by Izo Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/26/australian-winery-wedding-izo-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/26/australian-winery-wedding-izo-photography/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30179 Ready for another does of gorgeousness to round out your week? We have yet another gorgeous wedding by Izo Photography, which takes place among the vineyards and verdant rain forests of Australia. Nicole & Peter were married on the jaw-dropping grounds of Wise Winery. Their ceremony was intimate, their reception details were DIY, and we must […]

The post An Australian Winery Wedding by Izo Photography appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
Australian Winery Wedding

Ready for another does of gorgeousness to round out your week? We have yet another gorgeous wedding by Izo Photography, which takes place among the vineyards and verdant rain forests of Australia. Nicole & Peter were married on the jaw-dropping grounds of Wise Winery. Their ceremony was intimate, their reception details were DIY, and we must say, Nicole’s bouquet was stunning.

Need we say more? Read on to see more of this totally perfect Australian winery wedding and amazing photos by Izo Photo!

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Australian Winery Wedding

Well brides, what do you think? A perfectly gorgeous wedding day, right? Congrats to Nicole and Peter, and thanks to Izo Photography for the lovely images!

Vendors:

Photography: Izo Photography | Makeup: Jenna Italiano | Hairdresser: Rachael Novak | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Wise Winery | Dress: Etsy/ handmade | Flowers: Laura Harridge of True Love Floral Design | Decor and table centrepieces: DIY | Hire Car: Australia’s Own FJ Holden Limousine and Sedans | Entertainment: Nick Fielding from Top Shelf Music | Cake: Cheese from Blue Cow

The post An Australian Winery Wedding by Izo Photography appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/26/australian-winery-wedding-izo-photography/feed/ 0
Lauren Conrad’s wedding photos are here! You’re welcome. http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/25/lauren-conrad-wedding-photos-william-tell/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/25/lauren-conrad-wedding-photos-william-tell/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 03:26:31 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30909 They’re here! They’re here! It feels like Christmas. We’re clearly obsessed with Lauren Conrad and if you aren’t already, you will be after seeing her beautiful wedding photos. Okay, we’ll shut up now so you can move on to Lauren Conrad’s wedding photos. Prepare yourself for lots of pinning! We can’t handle these pics. Why does […]

The post Lauren Conrad’s wedding photos are here! You’re welcome. appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
lauren-conrad-wedding

They’re here! They’re here! It feels like Christmas. We’re clearly obsessed with Lauren Conrad and if you aren’t already, you will be after seeing her beautiful wedding photos. Okay, we’ll shut up now so you can move on to Lauren Conrad’s wedding photos. Prepare yourself for lots of pinning!

lauren-conrad-bridesmaid-wedding

lauren-conrad-first-dance

lauren-conrad-wedding-bouquet

lauren-conrad-wedding-dress

lauren-conrad-wedding-dress1

lauren-conrad-wedding-photo

lauren-conrad-wedding-veil

lauren-conrad-wedding3

lauren-conrad-william-tell-wedding

We can’t handle these pics. Why does she have to be so perfect? Congrats to the lovely couple!

Photography by Elizabeth Messina (via Us WeeklyCosmopolitan)

The post Lauren Conrad’s wedding photos are here! You’re welcome. appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/25/lauren-conrad-wedding-photos-william-tell/feed/ 0
Should you really hire a wedding planner? 4 questions every bride should ask before hiring a planner http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/25/should-you-hire-wedding-planner-questions-bride/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/25/should-you-hire-wedding-planner-questions-bride/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30699 Jacqui Cole Photography on Elizabeth Anne Designs When I got married, I was most definitely not in the market for a wedding planner. I had barely been to any weddings, so I really didn’t know what I was getting into, and I’m fairly certain there were no wedding planners in the greater central Maine area. […]

The post Should you really hire a wedding planner? 4 questions every bride should ask before hiring a planner appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
hire a wedding planner

Jacqui Cole Photography on Elizabeth Anne Designs

When I got married, I was most definitely not in the market for a wedding planner. I had barely been to any weddings, so I really didn’t know what I was getting into, and I’m fairly certain there were no wedding planners in the greater central Maine area. But if I was to get married today? I’m fairly certain I would at least want help on the day and here’s why.

On our wedding day, the morning wasn’t terribly relaxed. It wasn’t overly stressful, but the morning’s focus wasn’t on spending time with my family. Instead, we all had jobs and so were separated until right before I walked down the aisle. You can absolutely plan a wedding without a wedding planner – I did, and it was fine! But there’s a lot to be said for spending the day of your wedding just enjoying the company of the people you love.

I’m curious what you all think – do you really need to hire a wedding planner? Here are a few questions to help you decide.

What kind of bride are you?

I think this is the most key question. Are you the kind of bride who needs and wants to be in charge of the whole wedding process? Are you super organised and excited about making and crossing off to-do lists for the next several months? Some people are, I was just that kind of bride, too. And if that’s the kind of bride you are, you might not need a wedding planner.

hire a wedding planner

Sarah DiCicco via Junebug

But if you aren’t, there’s no shame in knowing your strengths and weaknesses and adjusting accordingly. Some brides have more time or interest in the wedding planning process, and some have less. If you’re on the less end of the spectrum, you might consider a wedding planner to cover those bases for you.

What help do you have from family and friends?

In the days and weeks leading up to your wedding, you’ll have a lot of tasks that need to be accomplished. Do you have friends and family who are excited and available to help with projects and tasks? If you do, consider delegating a few tasks to cut down on your to-do list just a little.

On your wedding day, you might have aunts or cousins who can help set up tables and who can make sure the decor is looking just the way you want it. If not, you might consider having a wedding planner take on the responsibility of the pre-wedding tasks and the overseeing on the day of the wedding.

Keep in mind, you might want to make sure your friends and family aren’t so consumed with wedding jobs they can’t enjoy themselves. Some families love those kinds of preparations, and some families would rather relax with a mimosa on your wedding day!

How involved or complicated will your wedding be?

Of course, all weddings are somewhat complicated, but some are much more than others. For instance, if you’re having your wedding at a venue where the tables, linens, food and service are all included, that’s a heck of a lot less complicated than if you’re planning a wedding in a field where you need to bring in a giant tent, electricity for lighting and cooking, tables, chairs and a dance floor. True?

If your wedding is fairly contained in one place, and a lot of the elements are provided for you in that space, you may not need a wedding coordinator. Venues that regularly cater to weddings usually function like a well-oiled machine when it comes to setting up tables and making sure guests are fed. On the other hand, if you are building your wedding venue from scratch, you may want a wedding planner to be the point of contact for all of those vendors you need to bring in on the last few days leading up to the wedding – and on the day.

hire a wedding planner

Nancy Neil from Snippet & Ink

How involved do you want to be on your wedding day?

I think it’s important to take a minute and envision your wedding day. There are a few options for how it might go. You might envision having a leisurely breakfast before joining your bridesmaids for a few hours of hair and makeup, chatting about the day and what your future husband may be up to. Maybe you can’t wait to slip on your dress and have a moment with your mom before a portrait session with your photographer. If you envision preparing for your wedding to be peaceful and calm, you might consider hiring a wedding planner, or at least an on-the-day coordinator.

hire a wedding planner

Aly Carroll via Style Me Pretty

Realistically, if you’re the point of contact for the florist and the caterer and the officiant and the band, you’re likely to get texts and calls with last minute questions on the day of the wedding. You’ll be surprised how quickly those little questions and interruptions can add to the stress level of your wedding day. You can ask a responsible and organised friend or family member to be the on-the-day coordinator for your wedding, but keep in mind, it’s a big ask. I’ve done this for a few weddings for family members and it’s a lot of pressure and means you don’t get to enjoy the wedding like a regular guest, so make sure your friend knows what they’re getting themselves into!

So, what do you think? Have I convinced you one way or the other? Let’s have a vote: To hire a wedding planner or not, that is the question!
em_westbrooks_175Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland’s top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!

The post Should you really hire a wedding planner? 4 questions every bride should ask before hiring a planner appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/25/should-you-hire-wedding-planner-questions-bride/feed/ 0
10 Best Shopping Resources to Buy DIY Wedding Supplies http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/25/10-best-shopping-resources-diy-wedding-supplies/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/25/10-best-shopping-resources-diy-wedding-supplies/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30158 Image courtesy of: Something Turquoise Paper trimmer? Check. Apothecary jars? Check. Twine? Check. There is nothing better than planning and carefully crafting a unique DIY wedding, at least in my opinion. But the task of finding those absolutely perfect items to create your special day can get daunting. Especially if you have a very specific theme […]

The post 10 Best Shopping Resources to Buy DIY Wedding Supplies appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
DIY wedding shopping guide
Image courtesy of: Something Turquoise

Paper trimmer? Check. Apothecary jars? Check. Twine? Check.

There is nothing better than planning and carefully crafting a unique DIY wedding, at least in my opinion. But the task of finding those absolutely perfect items to create your special day can get daunting. Especially if you have a very specific theme or color scheme. So today I am sharing a list of my 10 best shopping resources for DIY wedding supplies. Some stores sell the same or similar items, but part of being a DIY bride is shopping them all and finding the best deal or the easiest way to get those items. Shop one or shop them all, hopefully the list below will help you find something you’ve been looking for!

1. Amazon

Yes, Amazon. Because you will be buying so many different things – always check Amazon first. You never know if that paper trimmer you need or the watch you wanted to give your fiancé as a wedding gift might just be a little cheaper. If you have Prime it’s even better. $99 a year for free two-day shipping on most items and so much more. Before you buy – check Amazon first just to see. Especially if you don’t need it ‘today’.

2. Etsy

The craftiest place to shop. Did you know that Etsy is the largest marketplace devoted to handmade sellers of all kinds? The items sold on Etsy actually have to be handmade, vintage or supplies for handmade – isn’t that cool? What’s terrific about Etsy is that shops that sell supplies will often make specialized listings just for you. Let’s say you were looking for 75 wooden spoons instead of 50 or 100, you can contact the seller and most times they’ll work with you. But that goes for so many different types of listings, from custom bridesmaids gowns (wedding gowns even!) bow ties, personalized jewelry, unique wedding stationary, amazing wedding decor – and loads more. Sometimes being a “DIY bride” means being smart with your time. If you want that handmade look – or something ultra personalized but don’t have time to make it; have someone on Etsy make it for you. One of my absolute favorite wedding items for sale on Etsy are inexpensive printable designs. Purchase a printable design and print on anything you want! From wedding invitations to favor tags – there are so many options. Check it out.

3. Save-on-Crafts.com

Think of Save-on-Crafts.com as your discount (but not lame) craft warehouse. From chandeliers and candy bar jars to tree bark, paper lanterns and loads of candle holders – they almost have too many things, and they are all at discounted prices. The amount of faux flowers is mind blowing. You’ll just have to stop by to see what I mean.

4. CuteTape.com

Visit CuteTape.com for all your cutesy needs. Darling washi tapes, little patterned paper bags, adorable stamps, a rainbow of bakers twine and more. They have awesome on trend supplies that are perfect for your favors, escort cards and more.

5. InkScissorsPaper.com

Their tagline is ‘simply beautiful packaging’ and they are so right. InkScissorsPaper.com has packaging for everything! Tubes, boxes, bottles, cups, and everything you’d need to tie up a super sweet package. Great for hotel welcome gifts, food favors, bars of all kinds (coffee, candy, dessert) and everything else you want to wrap up. You can also shop by color – which of course when you are planning a wedding is very important!

6. Paper Source

Ohh, my absolute favorite. If you are lucky enough to have a Paper Source store nearby you have to go, period. This is a stationary lovers dream come true! If you are making your own wedding invitations this is the place for you. Their color options are on point. Their paper quality is unbeatable. And their in-store help is terrific. No matter your skill level, they will help you create unique one of a kind stationary items for your wedding day. From printing on your computer, hand stamping, and more. They will even print and make your invitations for you, for a pretty penny – but you don’t need that right?

7. KoyalWholesale.com

Another awesome wholesale event website. Since Koyal Wholesale designs, manufacture and distribute all the products they sell – they can keep the prices low. They are similar to Save on Crafts but have a much different style. They follow trends and sell just about everything you’d need to plan your wedding start to finish.

8. LinenTablecloth.com

High quality tablecloths, runners, napkins and more that you actually purchase – not rent – and they are SO inexpensive. I have several of their tablecloths and I cannot believe what great quality they are for the price. For some brides, purchasing linens might be cheaper and easier than renting and dealing with logistics.

9. FiftyFlowers.com

Wholesale flowers shipped to your door in 2 days. If you are considering DIY-ing some of your florals, you need to check out Fifty Flowers’ services. From centerpieces bundles and bouquet bunches, to color and style themed kits – they have you covered. But it’s their customer service that really shines. They truly care about your event and will help you with every aspect of your flower order to ensure your happiness.

10. Your local craft store!

As a DIY bride I’m sure that you are already familiar with your local craft store but you might want to take a second look. You will most likely be purchasing and making things you’ve never made before, so you might not know exactly what they have to offer. And there are certain items that are just better bought in person. So make sure to save on shipping by checking your local craft store first. Don’t forget to look for coupons!

11. Bonus tip!

Flea markets, thrift and antique stores! Ohh… but you already knew that right? As a DIY bride I’m sure you’ve already been. But did you know that many stores do discount days (like senior discount Tuesday) ‘happy hour’ sales? Make sure to ask before you buy (and bring Grandma if you need to!), just in case you can save!

Wishing you all happy shopping and happy crafting!

jencarreirobioJen Carreiro is the turquoise crazed, master crafter and editor behind SomethingTurquoise.com, a creative wedding blog that truly embraces the DIY bride. Known for her detailed wedding DIY tutorials, Jen is hoping to rid the wedding crafting world of the term ‘craft fail’, and hopes to share techniques that will ensure ‘craft wins’ for you every single time. Follow her and her trail of turquoise into wedding crafting heaven. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

The post 10 Best Shopping Resources to Buy DIY Wedding Supplies appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/25/10-best-shopping-resources-diy-wedding-supplies/feed/ 1
A Bright Bohemian Wedding by Chaz Cruz Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/24/chaz-cruz-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/24/chaz-cruz-photography/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30336 While the fall season is upon us, that doesn’t mean we can’t look back to the summer and relish in the summer sunshine and flower-filled wedding days that make it one of our favorite times of the year! Today’s wedding, captured beautifully by Chaz Cruz Photography, is one last lovely look back to summertime with […]

The post A Bright Bohemian Wedding by Chaz Cruz Photography appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
Chaz Cruz Photography

While the fall season is upon us, that doesn’t mean we can’t look back to the summer and relish in the summer sunshine and flower-filled wedding days that make it one of our favorite times of the year! Today’s wedding, captured beautifully by Chaz Cruz Photography, is one last lovely look back to summertime with a stunningly bright and bohemian wedding celebration. Jessie and Mike were married in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in an intimate, tear-jerking ceremony surrounded by family and friends (we’re not kidding…wait till you see even the groomsmen wiping away tears!). Decorated with bright summer flowers and featuring a one-of-a-kind beaded wedding dress, Jessie and Mike’s reception in the garden’s Palm House was filled with laughter and TONS of dancing.

Read on to see more of their special day!

140629_Goodman_001

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

140629_Goodman_047

ccruz4

Chaz Cruz Photography

140629_Goodman_057

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

ccruz5

Chaz Cruz Photography

ccruz7

Chaz Cruz Photography

ccruz8

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

140629_Goodman_507

Chaz Cruz Photography

140629_Goodman_532

140629_Goodman_584

ccruz10

140629_Goodman_574

Chaz Cruz Photography

140629_Goodman_632

140629_Goodman_643

140629_Goodman_648

140629_Goodman_664

140629_Goodman_652

Chaz Cruz Photography

https://vimeo.com/104677620

Bonus round: you can even see snippets of Jessie and Mike’s amazing wedding for yourself with their wedding video (above)! Well brides and grooms, what was your favorite part of this gorgeous couple’s celebration? Let us know in the comments! Congrats to Jessie and Mike, and big thanks to Chaz Cruz for sharing his awesome photos with us!

Vendors:

Photographer: Chaz Cruz | Florist: Opalia Flowers | Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Palm House | Officiant: Kim Kirkley | Invitations and Day of Materials: Inspired Goodness | Day of Coordinator: Christine Viola from Exquisite Affairs Production | Music: Scratch Weddings | Make up: Raychel Wade from CheektoChic | Suits: Jcrew and Men’s Warehouse | Bridesmaid Dresses: Here Comes the Bridesmaids and The Collection Bridal | Hair: Brian Zinno from Antonio Prieto Salon | Bride’s dress: Lazaro (bought from Kleinfelds) | 2nd Photographer: Shannon Sturgis | Videographer: Dan Fredo

The post A Bright Bohemian Wedding by Chaz Cruz Photography appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/24/chaz-cruz-photography/feed/ 1
The 8 DOs and DON’Ts of Bridal Accessories http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/24/dos-donts-bridal-accessories/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/24/dos-donts-bridal-accessories/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29861 Erich McVey Photography In my experience as a designer of handmade bridal accessories, accessorizing is often one of the last things a bride has on her mind when planning a wedding. The venue, flowers, and dress are often the earliest items checked off the to-do list, but I can’t even count how many times I’ve […]

The post The 8 DOs and DON’Ts of Bridal Accessories appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
Bridal Accessories

Erich McVey Photography

In my experience as a designer of handmade bridal accessories, accessorizing is often one of the last things a bride has on her mind when planning a wedding.

The venue, flowers, and dress are often the earliest items checked off the to-do list, but I can’t even count how many times I’ve received a frantic message from a bride saying, “My wedding is next week; how quickly can you ship?”

We LOVE our last minute brides, and fortunately, we have tons of gorgeous pieces already made and ready to go. But, thinking about accessories just a little sooner might save you some stress.

Not sure where to start? Here are just a few do’s and don’ts for big day accessorizing.

DO try a belt on a simpler dress

This can really take your look up a notch, and make the dress entirely your own. Plus, a dress without embellishment may be less expensive up front, saving you cash you can use on accessories or other essentials!

Bridal Accessories

Jill’s Boutique

DO feel free to mix and match metals

While this is being embraced more and more in everyday fashion, it can also hold true on your special day! A platinum engagement ring with fabulous gold earrings? No problem. Think how far apart your hand and ears are — they don’t need to match perfectly. Plus, it gives you an opportunity to get creative in how you tie it all together.

bridal accessories

Jill’s Boutique via Moments by A Photography

DO wear something old

It’s easy to find vintage jewelry, but not everyone has a treasured family heirloom. If you have a grandmother’s vintage brooch, you’re one lucky lady. Pin it to your bouquet, purse, or shawl. Were you given a great-aunt’s earrings, but they’re not totally your style? Why not create a custom hair comb that incorporates them somehow?

Bridal Accessories

One Wed

DO shop on Etsy for something super unique.

Not only can you score something one-of-a-kind, you’ll be supporting a local business instead of chains and large conglomerates, many of which sell products made outside the USA. Plus, you’ll probably get a better deal than the boutique where you purchased your dress.

DO be open to a veil!

You don’t need to be super traditional or even religious to rock a veil. You can always ditch it at the reception! There are so many styles, from birdcage to cathedral–this guide is super handy.

Bridal Accessories

Craig & Eva Sanders Photography

DON’T shy away from the sparkle

Bridal Accessories

Hello Studios

You’re the bride! This is your chance to turn up the glam, and your guests will always be able to spot you (as if the white dress won’t give you away). ;-) Insider tip: try a rhinestone chapeau! At the same time…

DON’T overdo it

There’s a fine line between sparkly and gaudy. While this is certainly your day to shine, take care not to go overboard with a combo like chandelier earrings, a big statement necklace, a belt, AND a bracelet.

Bridal Accessories

IMDB

Choose one focal piece, and complement it with minimal, subtle accents.

DON’T go too trendy

You know how your mom and dad’s wedding photos are just oozing 1970s groovy? That white tux and big hair, while fabulous for the era, look like a mistake by today’s standards. We all want to be on trend, but when in doubt, stick to timeless! You’ll save yourself embarrassment when your kids (or grandkids!) ask you to pull out the wedding album one day.

So, there you have it: 8 do’s and don’ts of big day accessorizing. To be certain, the possibilities are endless, and the most important thing is to be true to yourself. Pinterest and wedding blogs may set the trends, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

Do you have any tips to add? Let me know in the comments section!

 

JillProfileJill Kruidenier works full-time in online marketing, studies part-time for a Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications, minds her Etsy shop, Jill’s Boutique, and blogs about weddings, weekends, and whatever comes to mind. Oh, and she also fits in time with her family, friends, and studly hubby. Check out her personal blog, With Love from Jill!

The post The 8 DOs and DON’Ts of Bridal Accessories appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/24/dos-donts-bridal-accessories/feed/ 3
DIY Photobooth Backdrop: Entertain Guests with a Budget-Friendly Photobooth http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/23/diy-photobooth-backdrop-entertain-guests-budget-friendly/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/23/diy-photobooth-backdrop-entertain-guests-budget-friendly/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29863 There’s just something about a photo backdrop and props that make people say three words with the utmost confidence: “Let’s do this.” This is why, at my wedding, a mandatory for décor was a photo backdrop. As an actual photo booth not in the cards (our budget was quickly tightening toward the end of planning), […]

The post DIY Photobooth Backdrop: Entertain Guests with a Budget-Friendly Photobooth appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
DIY Photo Backdrop

There’s just something about a photo backdrop and props that make people say three words with the utmost confidence: “Let’s do this.” This is why, at my wedding, a mandatory for décor was a photo backdrop. As an actual photo booth not in the cards (our budget was quickly tightening toward the end of planning), a DIY photobooth backdrop option was the way to go, which turned out to be an adorable decoration addition while also providing the perfect opportunity to “Strike A Pose.”

DIY Photo Backdrop

Want to make one of your own? Here are the simple step-by-step instructions. Now all you have to do is practice that smile!

Materials Needed:

  • Wood board for the top of the backdrop
  • 4 colors of fabric
  • White paint
  • Paint brush
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1. Cut wood board to the desired length of your photo backdrop.

The board I used was from a reclaimed wood store, which was cut to approximately 3 ft. Paint the lettering for the top of the backdrop first and let it dry immediately afterwards.

DIY Photo Backdrop

DIY Photo Backdrop

2. Cut the fabric it into long pieces that are approximately 5 ft. in length and 2 – 3 inches in width.

Cut all fabric pieces at once.

DIY Photo Backdrop

DIY Photo Backdrop

3. Take 2 – 5 pieces of cut fabric and bring together.

Position the middle of the pile onto the board and nail in securely. Repeat until the entire board is filled with multi-colored fabric hanging from it.

DIY Photo Backdrop

4. When finished filling the entire wood board, secure any loose pieces of fabric to the back of the board with hot glue or additional nails.

Hold the board upright to gauge how the fabric hangs. Cut the ends of the fabric to be the same length.

DIY Photo Backdrop

5. For the props, simply cut out your desired shapes from construction paper.

Secure with tape to a stick and place into a vase to hold them.

DIY Photo Backdrop

…And there you have it! A darling photo backdrop that is sure to be the hit of your wedding. Besides you and your groom, of course!

All photos courtesy of Emily Charron / Isn’t That Charming

Emily Vanderbeek_Headshot _150Emily Charron lives, works and plays in the skyscrapers of Chicago. By day she’s a digital advertising professional and by night she blogs at Isn’t That Charming, where she documents *Inspiration for a charmed life*. Follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

The post DIY Photobooth Backdrop: Entertain Guests with a Budget-Friendly Photobooth appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/23/diy-photobooth-backdrop-entertain-guests-budget-friendly/feed/ 0
Three Ways to Incorporate Fabulous Wedding Flower Decor Into Your Big Day http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/23/three-ways-fabulous-wedding-flower-decor-big-day/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/23/three-ways-fabulous-wedding-flower-decor-big-day/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29301 Harwell Photography via Belle the Magazine We’re saying bye-bye to the traditional take on wedding flowers. Whether faux or real, flowers can play a big role in a wedding! They can set the tone for your wedding to be fun, exciting, chic, rustic or lavish and be an integral part of your color scheme. Some of the […]

The post Three Ways to Incorporate Fabulous Wedding Flower Decor Into Your Big Day appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
Wedding Flower Decor

Harwell Photography via Belle the Magazine

We’re saying bye-bye to the traditional take on wedding flowers. Whether faux or real, flowers can play a big role in a wedding! They can set the tone for your wedding to be fun, exciting, chic, rustic or lavish and be an integral part of your color scheme. Some of the more recent trends include using flowers as if they are an art installation and incorporating them into your ceremony and/or reception! It’s up to you where you want the statement for your wedding to be made – but rest assured if  you choose any of these options the outcome will be nothing short of gorgeous!

FOR THE CEREMONY

Use the flowers to be a statement at the altar. They can be the focal point behind you as you take your vows, surround you underneath a canopy or help you walk down the aisle to your love.

Wedding Flower Decor

Kristin La Voie Photography via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Flower Decor

Kamme June via Wedding Chicks

Wedding Flower Decor

Elizabeth Messina via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Flower Decor

Luna Photo via Mazel Moments 

Wedding Flower Decor

Ceci New York

Wedding Flower Decor

Michael Segal  via Bridal Bar

Budget Saving Option: If the florist you’re working with charges too much for loose flower petals you can always purchase them at wholesale prices from large big box stores and also grocery stores! Just make sure you properly store them so they are fresh for the wedding day!!

IN THE RECEPTION

Gone are the days that reception flowers are only allowed at the table. Incorporate beautiful stems behind your sweetheart table, dessert set-up or entertainment! You don’t have to have an unlimited budget to showcase the flair!  You’ll notice that the paper flowers are not only large but add a different look to your reception.

Wedding Flower Decor

 Jasmine Star via The Bridal Detective

Wedding Flower Decor

Liz Banfield via Todd Events

Wedding Flower Decor

Luv Rox Photography

Wedding Flower Decor

Liz Banfield via Todd Events

Wedding Flower Decor

Robert & Kathleen Photography via The Blush Blog

Budget Saving Option: Use flowers that are not only in season but are full so that you can make a bigger statement with less product. Hydrangeas and carnations are more cost effective than peonies and roses.

WORKED INTO THE DESSERT

Of all the ways to incorporate flowers into your wedding, adding them to your dessert table or cake can be the most interesting and easiest. Whether they cascade down the front of your cake or are worked in between layers, each flower adds another dimension to your wedding day look.

Wedding Flower Decor

Flowers by Brian

Wedding Flower Decor

Heline Bekker Photography via Vintage Floral Design 

Wedding Flower Decor

Lisa Lefkowitz via Brides

Wedding Flower Decor

Red On Blonde Photography via Love My Dress

Wedding Flower Decor

Made From Scratch via Aisle Perfect

Wedding Flower Decor

Jeff Loves Jessica Photography

Budget Saving Option: Just as with using them in your reception – stick with flowers that are in season. This is a great way to cut the cost of your wedding cake since you can add the illusion of having a bigger cake with the flowers in the middle as faux layers. If you’re using baby’s breath in any part of your wedding, this great filler flower gives you a lot of volume for little cost!

As a former bride there aren’t many things I would have changed in the planning process, but using the flowers as more of a backdrop would have been visually beautiful, especially for the ceremony. I think in general more emphasis gets put into planning the reception than the ceremony since you and your guests will be spending more time there.

Do you think these fancy stems add another element to your wedding? Would you consider foregoing centerpieces in order to have a fabulous display in another part of your reception?

 

bianaperezBiana Perez is a twenty-something newlywed that is quite simply giddy over weddings. Read along as she writes about food, fashion & fitness (and lots more in between) on her blog, Bloved Boston, and follow her @blovedboston on Twitter!

The post Three Ways to Incorporate Fabulous Wedding Flower Decor Into Your Big Day appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/23/three-ways-fabulous-wedding-flower-decor-big-day/feed/ 5
What to Expect From Your First Year of Marriage: Three Tips of Real Advice from a Newlywed http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/22/expect-first-year-of-marriage-three-tips-real-advice-newlywed/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/22/expect-first-year-of-marriage-three-tips-real-advice-newlywed/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30287 MoAE Story Photography via Style Me Pretty You’ve spent months planning your big day. The wedding comes and goes in a blink of an eye, and you jet set off into the sunset on your dream honeymoon. Before you know it, you’re back home with your new spouse, settling into everyday normal life. There are […]

The post What to Expect From Your First Year of Marriage: Three Tips of Real Advice from a Newlywed appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
first year newlywed advice

MoAE Story Photography via Style Me Pretty

You’ve spent months planning your big day. The wedding comes and goes in a blink of an eye, and you jet set off into the sunset on your dream honeymoon.

Before you know it, you’re back home with your new spouse, settling into everyday normal life. There are no more distractions or wedding planning chaos, and you catch yourself thinking “now what?!”

As I’m about to celebrate my one-year wedding anniversary, it is true when people tell you that the honeymoon phase doesn’t last forever. It’s time to focus on what’s important – your marriage and all the big decisions that come along with it!

The first year as newlyweds is a crucial time for you and your spouse to decide what works best for both of you in certain situations, and it can establish the overall tone of how you handle new experiences as a married couple.

After reflecting on my first year of marriage, there were three significant situations and hurdles that my husband and I had to overcome, and I’m fairly certain that our experience is similar to those of other newlyweds. I am by no means a marriage expert, but who better to offer advice to a newly-married couple than someone who just went through it?!

first year newlywed advice

Cristina G Photography via Style Me Pretty

1. Finances: Find What Works Best for You

Do not – I repeat, do not – ask for others opinions or advice when it comes to how you and your spouse should handle your finances. Find a system that works best for you! You don’t need to follow tradition and combine all your finances into one account; instead, you may consider retaining your individual accounts and opening a joint account that is solely used for joint finances, such as mortgage or rent payments, utilities, and so on. Just remember that a key to a happy and successful marriage is honesty and that includes open communication about money. Even if you decide to retain separate personal accounts, both you and your spouse should be aware of how much money is available and what money is coming in and out. Mint Financial is a helpful and beneficial online program that can help you both be on the same page and stay on track with your finances.

2. In-laws: Set Boundaries and Let Your Spouse Handle It

Just as you’re adjusting to being married, your in-laws also probably are adjusting to having a new member in their family. Since it’s more an exception than the norm that both families come together as best friends, balancing time and managing expectations between each side can be difficult. It’s imperative that you and your spouse establish boundaries, such as that you’re not going to be available every weekend for family dinners or that you need at least 24 hours’ notice before your in-laws plan to stop by. I also advise that you let your spouse handle any sort of miscommunication or conflict on their side of the family; you’ve only been a member of the family for a short period of time, so you may not handle these situations the same and your actions may be misconstrued.

first year newlywed advice

Jen Huang Photography via Style Me Pretty

3. Marriage is a Partnership, Not a Hierarchy

Although traditional husband and wife duties seem to be a thing of the past, you will find yourself assuming a role and position within your marriage shortly after the wedding, whether that be the one who provides the primary household income or the one who manages things around the house, such as paying bills, laundry, cleaning, etc. Because of this, it is easy for one of you to constantly feel like you do everything with little to no help. Don’t’ let this happen! Your spouse is not a mind reader, and if you need help, ask for it. You entered into your marriage as a team, and that’s exactly what you should be.

Above all else, don’t forget that being married means that you now have someone to stand by your side, through good times and bad, for the rest of your life. The first year of marriage may not always be easy, but it always should be fun and filled with laughter, commitment and love.

If you’re a newlywed in your first year of marriage, we want to hear about your experience and any advice you can share with our newlywed couples!

karlyandersonbioKarly Anderson is a born and raised Midwest girl currently residing outside Milwaukee, Wis. Her blog, Miss in the Midwest, chronicles her take on beauty, life and style in the Heartland. Catch up with Karly on InstagramFacebook and Twitter

The post What to Expect From Your First Year of Marriage: Three Tips of Real Advice from a Newlywed appeared first on Wedding Party.

]]>
http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/22/expect-first-year-of-marriage-three-tips-real-advice-newlywed/feed/ 1