Wedding Party http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog Inspiration & ideas for your big day Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:14:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 An Elegant Mountainside Wedding by Erin Kate Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/19/elegant-mountainside-wedding-erin-kate-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/19/elegant-mountainside-wedding-erin-kate-photography/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30334 A wedding is of course never effortless (if you plan a wedding, you know!), but every now and again we see a wedding that seems so blissful and serene, it’s hard to imagine weddings being a source of stress at all! Today’s wedding is one of those effortless-looking celebrations. Between the natural elegance that Zoë and Bradley […]

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A wedding is of course never effortless (if you plan a wedding, you know!), but every now and again we see a wedding that seems so blissful and serene, it’s hard to imagine weddings being a source of stress at all! Today’s wedding is one of those effortless-looking celebrations. Between the natural elegance that Zoë and Bradley incorporated to the wedding day and the breathtaking mountainside wedding venue, everything about this wedding is just right. The bride and groom seem relaxed, the guests are smiling, and everything was photographed beautifully by Erin Kate Photography.

Another little fun fact — Zoë and Brad’s big day was also featured in Martha Stewart Weddings! So you know this one is definitely going to be good. Ready to take a peek? Read on to see more of this very special mountainside wedding!

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So brides and grooms, what do you think? I personally cannot get enough of Zoë’s totally elegant gown with the crumb-catcher (yes, that’s what it’s really called) detailing. And the scenery is just too pretty! Leave your thoughts in the comments. Congrats to the bride and groom, and thanks to Erin for sharing these gorgeous images!

Vendors:

Photography: Erin Kate Photography | Venue: Red Pine Lodge, Canyons Resort | Flowers: Sarah Winward, Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Gown: Amy Kuschel – Alta Moda Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom BP | Bridesmaids Dresses: Chose their own! | Hair: Enizio | Makeup: Heidi Johnson | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Officiant: Catherine Putnam-Netto | Caterer: Canyons Resort | Cake: Carrie’s Cakes | Invitations: Tabula Rasa | DJ: Jake Russell | Honeymoon:  Belize

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5 Best Venue Ideas for a Vintage Inspired Wedding http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/19/best-venue-ideas-vintage-inspired-wedding/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/19/best-venue-ideas-vintage-inspired-wedding/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29966  Nancy Cohn Photography A vintage inspired wedding can mean anything from 1970’s kitsch with rust orange and mustard yellow floral patterned plates to 1950’s midcentury modern with Old Fashioneds served from silver rimmed glasses and bridesmaids in tea length a-line dresses. Deciding where in the realm of “vintage” the wedding will land is the first step. After […]

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A vintage inspired wedding can mean anything from 1970’s kitsch with rust orange and mustard yellow floral patterned plates to 1950’s midcentury modern with Old Fashioneds served from silver rimmed glasses and bridesmaids in tea length a-line dresses. Deciding where in the realm of “vintage” the wedding will land is the first step. After that, choosing an appropriate venue can help set the scene, helping you reflect the era chosen to evoke.

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Museums

While they may not always advertise it, many museums will allow their space to be used as a wedding venue. Visit local museums and see if they are hosting an exhibition over the next year that fits into the era you’ve selected. Museums host everything from modern art to classics, such as Degas’s ballerinas, to larger than life sculptures in a private garden.

Libraries

Often times, a library will be one of the oldest buildings remaining in a town. I think there is something wildly romantic about libraries, especially ones that have been preserved to maintain their original architecture and fixtures. Admit it, being surrounded by classic tales of love when you say, “I do”, is pretty dreamy.

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Barns

For the rustic vintage bride, barns offer a customizable backdrop that is warm and filled with the air of a simple time. Choosing a barn as the venue does not limit the wedding’s theme to a campfire hoedown. Rather, barn venues lend themselves perfectly to bohemian and overgrown bouquets, vases filled with wild flowers, moments of rustic elegance, casual and formal affairs, and even deer skulls.

Historic Homes

Historic homes and mansions immediately transport you to a specific time and place. Their grounds are typically representative of the year they were built and their facades have generally remained untouched structurally. Historic homes allow you to have the backyard wedding of your dreams and explore the interior as well as the exterior with your photographer. Many historic homes will also house furniture that is either original to the home, or furniture of the time, making for some pretty vintage-filled photographs.

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Historic Hotels

Like historic homes, historic hotels usually embrace their era. The upside to choosing a hotel is a full staff, a kitchen, rooms for guests, and suites for wedding day prepping, while easily accommodating larger parties.

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My sister and brother-in-law recently hosted their wedding at The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach. It’s decor and architecture offered the perfect backdrop to their 1930’s inspired black tie affair.

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Choosing the venue was one of my favorite moments of our own wedding planning adventure. My fiancé and I will be exchanging vows in the garden of a historic home, the Moffatt Ladd House located in Portsmouth, NH.

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The home was built in 1760- talk about historic- and features an expansive multi-level garden perfect for our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. A small barn is also located on the grounds and will serve as the location for our cake cutting and dance floor. Before I saw the venue in person with my fiancé I wasn’t completely sold. However, once we left the grounds all we could think about was getting married on that patch of grass overlooking the water and a gorgeous piece of history.

Keep in mind, a venue may seem like the perfect option online, but always visit the location and make sure the vintage charm is everything you hoped it would be.

 

jennyprestonJenny Preston grew up in Delray Beach, FL in a home filled with unique pieces from other eras and dreaming of wedding planning. She now owns her own wedding planning and vintage rental company, Jenny Does Weddings, with her fiancé, where she offers brides and grooms advice with a look into her own wedding planning and styling adventures. Follow Jenny Does Weddings on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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6 awesome coverups for fall brides to stay stylish and warm http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/18/6-awesome-coverups-for-fall-brides-stay-stylish-warm/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/18/6-awesome-coverups-for-fall-brides-stay-stylish-warm/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30510 Juan Maclean via Green Wedding Shoes The cooler weather brings a number of things — changing colors, shorter days, and cooler weather, just to name a few! If you’re a bride who’s opted for a fall wedding, then congrats! You’re getting married during one of the most romantic times of the year (at least, in […]

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The cooler weather brings a number of things — changing colors, shorter days, and cooler weather, just to name a few! If you’re a bride who’s opted for a fall wedding, then congrats! You’re getting married during one of the most romantic times of the year (at least, in my opinion).

With cooler weather comes a number of considerations that fall brides need to think about. There are a few too many to name, so today we’re going to focus just on bridal style. While fall brides might opt for a long sleeve wedding dress to help stay warm during the wedding day, there are a number of coverups for fall brides to wear, and each one brings it’s own unique style to the bride’s wedding day look. Which one is perfect for you?

For the Edgy Bride: Leather Jackets

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For the Girly Bride: Cardigans

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For the Indie Bride: Denim Jackets

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For the Classic Bride: Blazers


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For the Luxe Bride: Fur Coats

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For the Rustic Bride: Plaid Shirt

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Well fall brides, which look was your favorite? I think I’m personally smitten with the leather jacket look (leather jackets always make everything look cooler, right?), but I think that every single look has its own stylish charm. Tell us what you would pick as a wedding day coverup in the comments!

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Fresh Fall Wedding Bouquets for the Romantic Bride http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/18/fresh-fall-wedding-bouquets-romantic-bride/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/18/fresh-fall-wedding-bouquets-romantic-bride/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30468 Zipporah Photography Ladies and gents, autumn is upon us! With the changing weather and changing leaves come a change in seasonal florals, and subsequently, wedding bouquets. Typically, when I imagine fall wedding bouquets, I imagine some combination of the usual suspects: orange or purple calla lillies, warm-hued roses, wide-faced sunflowers, and gerbera daisies. These arrangements […]

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Ladies and gents, autumn is upon us! With the changing weather and changing leaves come a change in seasonal florals, and subsequently, wedding bouquets. Typically, when I imagine fall wedding bouquets, I imagine some combination of the usual suspects: orange or purple calla lillies, warm-hued roses, wide-faced sunflowers, and gerbera daisies.

These arrangements can be lovely, but in the last few years I have noticed a significant influx of  nearly homogenous floral designs. Of course, the best way to make an arrangement uniquely your own is to use a combination of your own favorite seasonal blooms. In the meantime, here are a few components to add to put a fresh twist on your fall bridal bouquet!

1. ADD COLOR:

Use the colors of the season! No other season has such a vibrant natural palette. Crimson, eggplant, marigold, sage – the colors that fill the trees and line sidewalks are yours for the taking! Combine them to make an entirely warm palette (pomegranate, tangerine, and marigold) or mix and match pastels with rich winter colors (burgundy, mauve, fig).

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2. ADD SHRUBS (or other non-flowering vegetation):

Shrubs and non-flowering plants add texture and depth to your arrangements. Use succulents, cones, seed pods, or herbs to make a statement or just to mix up an otherwise classic design. Moreover, shrubs add seasonal flavor! (Disclaimer: I am not well-versed in botany and plant classification. If a plant below is technically considered a bloom, please share your knowledge in the comments below!)

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3. ADD LEAVES:

Take advantage of one of the loveliest parts of the season. Similar to adding non-flowering shrubs, adding a few leaves provides depth and texture to your bouquet. Adding a larger quantity of leaves or even vines and branches is a financially savvy decision. Seasonally sourced leaves cost significantly less than blooms and pay homage to the season. Now that’s what I call a win, win.

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4. ADD FRUIT:

Blackberries, artichokes, cranberries, figs, crab apples, nandina… Fall harvests yield plentiful options for the bride looking to add atypical (edible) bouquet content. Add a little for a bit of texture; add a lot to make your bouquet really pop! Bonus: if you find yourself with hunger pangs on your wedding day, you can snack straight from your bouquet. (Kidding! Don’t try that at home.)

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 Readers, what do you think? What would your fresh, romantic fall bouquet include? Any favorite blooms, shrubs, or fruit that I excluded in my list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

laurenmillerbioLauren Miller is a northern born, southern bred girl planning a January wedding. She lives in Memphis with her fiancé, Mitch, and their two dogs, Bosco and Cassidy. She loves dogs, traveling, and fresh food. Check back for regular updates on her adventures in wedding planning, detailed how-to guides, and design inspiration! You can also follow her on Pinterest.

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Giveaway: Win over $2000 in wedding goodies for you + your bridesmaids! http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/17/giveaway-win-2000-wedding-goodies-bridesmaids/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/17/giveaway-win-2000-wedding-goodies-bridesmaids/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30476 Brett Heidebrecht Your engagement is an amazing time in your life — not only are you planning for your most major life event, but you also are spending tons of time with the people you love most: family, friends, and of course, your fiancé(e). Your bridal party will be there to support you through this process, […]

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Your engagement is an amazing time in your life — not only are you planning for your most major life event, but you also are spending tons of time with the people you love most: family, friends, and of course, your fiancé(e). Your bridal party will be there to support you through this process, and it’s only natural that as a bride and a friend, you’ll want to share your appreciation with them! Well, we’re here to help you make your bridesmaids smile, and make you the coolest bride ever in their eyes!

How, you ask? Well, by showering you and your bridesmaids with wedding goodies, of course! We’ll be giving one lucky bride an amazing sweepstakes package with over $2000 for bridesmaids dresses, wedding stationery, bridesmaids gifts, and MORE. Intrigued? Of course you are. Read on to learn about what you and your bridesmaids can win from us and our amazing sweepstakes partners…

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Are you looking for the perfect bridesmaids dresses for your ladies, but getting hung up on all the logistical difficulties with coordinating between your ‘maids and their preferences? Weddington Way  is here to help! It’s the one stop shop for you and your bridesmaids to come together online and pick beautiful dresses that everyone will love. With a selection of over 1,000 designer bridesmaid dresses to choose from, it’ll make the bridesmaid dress shopping completely seamless and simple.

The lucky winner of this prize package will get $500 to shop Weddington Way Collection bridesmaid dresses with her bridesmaids!

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Ah, wedding stationery. There’s nothing that puts an extra spring in our step that pretty wedding paper! Wedding Paper Divas is a must-visit for any bride who is looking for the perfect wedding stationery suite, party decor, and more! From the first wedding announcement you send (save the dates, anyone?) to those heartfelt thank-you notes for your wedding guests, Wedding Paper Divas is there to make your journey to wedded bliss absolutely effortless.

The lucky winner will get $500 from Wedding Paper Divas for all her stationery needs!

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Think POPSUGAR is just for cutting-edge pop culture news & style advice? Think again. POPSUGAR curates some of the most amazing subscription boxes out there with their Must-Have Box! Their newest offering, the POPSUGAR Must-Have Bridesmaid Box, is the perfect gift for all your bridesmaids. Hand-curated by the POPSUGAR editors, it includes tons of luxurious and unique items that your bridesmaids are sure to love.

The lucky winner will get 10 POPSUGAR Must-Have Bridesmaid Boxes ($750 value!) to gift her bridesmaids!

Last but not least, you need a little extra cash to make ends meet, right? We’re adding a $350 Visa Gift Card to the mix, for all those extra little expenses that are sure to creep up as you plan your perfect day.

By now, you’re probably wondering what the heck you need to do to enter our sweepstakes, right? Well here you go…

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Better hurry up and enter soon, and don’t forget to tell your bridesmaids to enter too! Our sweepstakes only lasts until Wednesday, October 1st and that time is going to fly by before you know it. We’ll be announcing the winner right here on this blog post on Monday, October 6th.

Of course, don’t forget to visit Weddington Way, Wedding Paper Divas and POPSUGAR to learn more about their amazing products for bridesmaids and bridesmaids. Good luck!

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A Romantic Wedding at the Biltmore by Lime Green Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/17/romantic-wedding-biltmore-lime-green-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/17/romantic-wedding-biltmore-lime-green-photography/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29935 There are so many ways to describe today’s wedding photographed by Megan Gielow of Lime Green Photography. Romantic and gorgeous just doesn’t seem to cut it. From the first moment I saw the bride’s dress, to the gorgeous dramatic veil, to the gorgeous and intimate ceremony that only The Biltmore could provide, I was ooh-ing and ahh-ing at […]

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There are so many ways to describe today’s wedding photographed by Megan Gielow of Lime Green Photography. Romantic and gorgeous just doesn’t seem to cut it. From the first moment I saw the bride’s dress, to the gorgeous dramatic veil, to the gorgeous and intimate ceremony that only The Biltmore could provide, I was ooh-ing and ahh-ing at every. Single. Glimpse.

The bride and groom, Mandy and Josh, had a completely gorgeous day that was 1) not without unique flair (love those sombreros at the reception!), and 2) wasn’t totally perfect, but was perfect in its imperfections. Photographer Megan describes little snags here and there — from the bride’s veil catching as she walked down the aisle, to various other glitches. But you know what? Those are the things that makes a wedding memorable, coupled with all the things that DID go right, like the beautiful weather and the amazing love between Mandy and Josh. Read on to see more amazing photography and prepare to get inspired!

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Tell us what you think about Mandy and Josh’s favorite day, and Pin your favorite moment to your Pinterest board! I have to say, I’m about to share and bookmark Mandy’s gorgeous dress… it’s just TOO amazing to keep to yourself, right? Thanks to Megan of Lime Green Photography for sharing, and congrats to the happy couple!

Vendors:

Photography: Lime Green Photography (second shooting by Natalie Schram) | Catering & Cake: Biltmore Catering | Dress Designer: Anna Maier/Ulla Maija | Bridesmaid dresses: Amsale & Jenny Yoo | Florist: Flora (worked with Tyler Rogero) | Weekend coordinator: Michelle Nelsen from Occasions by Emily | Linens: Classic Event Rental | Band: West End String Band | Officiant: Rev. Susie Greene | DJ: Spintastic Sounds | Hair: Amanda at Adorn Salon

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Our Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Pick for 2014: Puerto Vallarta http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/16/destination-wedding-honeymoon-pick-2014-puerto-vallarta/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/16/destination-wedding-honeymoon-pick-2014-puerto-vallarta/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29270 Ah, summer. The sunny skies, sparkling sands, and clear blue ocean that surround you as you’re lounging on the beach is the quintessential summer experience. Even though summer is officially over (thanks a lot, Labor Day), that doesn’t mean you can’t find eternal summer in other hidden gems around the globe. If you were hoping […]

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Ah, summer. The sunny skies, sparkling sands, and clear blue ocean that surround you as you’re lounging on the beach is the quintessential summer experience. Even though summer is officially over (thanks a lot, Labor Day), that doesn’t mean you can’t find eternal summer in other hidden gems around the globe. If you were hoping to get married in the summer, but are opting for a fall date, then a destination wedding in such a place is the perfect solution. Our choice? Puerto Vallarta, of course!

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Think about it. Mexico isn’t a far flight from the States, but its pristine beaches and year-round summery weather make it a perfect and popular destination wedding spot. Puerto Vallarta in particular is special: nestled between the Pacific ocean and the majestic beauty of the Sierra Madre mountains, weddings held in Puerto Vallarta get the best of everything Mexico has to offer newlyweds. I personally love how it feels so local and authentic, and escapes the tourist-trappy feel of other popular Mexican Destinations like Cabo. It’s great for couples looking for a low key celebration that not only celebrates their love, but the beauty and culture of the country they’ve chosen to be married in.

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Can’t make it to Mexico for your wedding day celebration? Well, that my friends is what a honeymoon is for. If Puerto Vallarta isn’t a possibility for your wedding day, a honeymoon in this pristine Mexican town will be the perfect way to unwind from your wedding day whirlwind. With tons of luxurious all-inclusive resorts and many of exciting adventures to be had, Puerto Vallarta is the best place to go to start the beginning of your marriage.

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Now that you’re fantasizing about the sandy beaches and romantic shores of Puerto Vallarta, we’ve got great news for you. You and your favorite person could win a 4 day/3 night stay to Puerto Vallarta! Everything is covered, from airfare to the all-inclusive stay at one of the town’s most luxurious resorts. The entire vacation package is completed with an awesome excursion activity with Vallarta Adventures and a dolphin experience from Dolphin Discovery. You have the wonderful sponsors, Hilton Puerto Vallarta and Cafe des Artistes to thank for such an amazing vacay opportunity. How’s that for paradise?

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Bohemian Romance: Paper Crown Bridesmaid Style With Lauren Conrad http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/16/bohemian-romance-paper-crown-bridesmaid-style-lauren-conrad/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/16/bohemian-romance-paper-crown-bridesmaid-style-lauren-conrad/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29862 Image via Martha Stewart Weddings Monochromatic looks and identical updos, step aside: The days of the Stepford bridesmaid are long gone. It’s time to break all the rules, starting with those dyed shoes of weddings past. Personal style trumps tradition these days, and bride-to-be Lauren Conrad’s collection of bridesmaid dresses for Paper Crown is the […]

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Monochromatic looks and identical updos, step aside: The days of the Stepford bridesmaid are long gone. It’s time to break all the rules, starting with those dyed shoes of weddings past. Personal style trumps tradition these days, and bride-to-be Lauren Conrad’s collection of bridesmaid dresses for Paper Crown is the prettiest example around.

Reasonably priced at $220 – 325, the 12-gown collection ranges from knee-length styles to floor-length gowns. And ladies, we’re talking seriously swoonworthy here. (I’m actively seeking bridesmaid duties in the hope I get to wear one soon.) No one does romantic bohemian better than Conrad, and she offers a variety of flattering silhouettes for every shape with the Paper Crown bridesmaid collection. Beautiful draping and flowy fabrics give this collection a relaxed elegance; it’s feminine without the fuss. Best of all? Muted shades of pale nude, blush rose, slate blue, warm ivory, dove gray, and dusty aqua make these dresses wearable long after the reception’s last dance.

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And while color and style are important, the perfect fit for every shape will ensure everyone looks and feels their best on the big day.

“It’s too difficult to take a group of girls and put them in the same color and silhouette; everyone has their own personal style. An eclectic mix looks more special,” Conrad explains in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. “Again, I think that weddings are about celebrating, and you want everyone to feel comfortable, so I think it’s about whatever is going to make them feel pretty.”

How To Style: These dresses are so ethereal, they almost beg for flower crowns. That said, I recommend sticking to soft and simple for the wedding day. Think loose beach waves with a center part, glowing skin, coral cheeks, and a sheer lip.

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Metallic accessories complement pastel hues and warm neutrals, so add a thin rose gold bangle and cushion-cut drops, or layer delicate gold necklaces for a more modern look. Throw in a strappy pump and vintage-inspired clutch, and you’re ready to celebrate.

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Completely smitten? Thought so. Shop the charming Paper Crown bridesmaid collection here:

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Maura Dress, $325 and Jillian Dress, $250

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Hannah Dress, $298 and Lauren Dress, $298

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Would love to hear your favorites from the collection. Send me a note on Twitter (@styleletters) and follow my style adventures on Facebook and Instagram!

 

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 editor of the style letters, she has worked with major brands, as well as local designers and boutiques. Follow Maria’s style adventures on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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A Mint and Blush Winery Wedding by Izo Wedding Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/15/mint-blush-winery-izo-wedding-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/15/mint-blush-winery-izo-wedding-photography/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29684 You know that giddy feeling you get when you see a completely gorgeous wedding? When all the colors, themes, and the venue is just right? We know it all too well! Katie and Allan’s special day is one such wedding, and you do NOT want to miss out on it! Photographed by Izo Photography, Katie and […]

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You know that giddy feeling you get when you see a completely gorgeous wedding? When all the colors, themes, and the venue is just right? We know it all too well! Katie and Allan’s special day is one such wedding, and you do NOT want to miss out on it!

Photographed by Izo Photography, Katie and Allan’s wedding took place in a breathtaking church filled with light and love. Their reception afterwards at the Darlington Estate Winery had gorgeous shades of mint and blush decor, lovely lighting, and tons of laughter. And let’s talk about Katie’s dress for a second — that mermaid gown is AMAZE! See for yourself and enjoy taking in the details of this very special day!

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Is this winery wedding just fab or what? I personally LOVE the lighting and how Izo Photography captured those first dance photos — a little bit of great lighting can go a long way in making those wedding photos completely magical! Let us know what you love about Katie and Allan’s wedding day in the comments.

Vendors:

Makeup and Hair: Doo Wop Hair, Fremantle | Ceremony: St Andrew’s Church, Subiaco | Reception: Darlington Estate Winery, Darlington | Celebrant: Fr Peter Manuel | Dress: Madeline Gardner NY Alessandra from Di Kelli, Melbourne | Decor: DIY, hand made by Katie, and Etsy-sourced | Flowers: Ruth Walker and Amalie Schreurs | Transport: Humpy’s Vintage Car Hire and Kool Kombis | Cake: Cheese tower by Darlington Estate

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The wedding day timeline: everything you ever needed to know http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/12/wedding-day-timeline-everything-ever-needed-know/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/12/wedding-day-timeline-everything-ever-needed-know/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=30148 Joseba Sandoval Everyone always says that something will go wrong on your wedding day. No matter how much you plan, something will go awry and you should just be prepared for it. So I was ready. I resigned myself to the fact that my wedding would not be a seamless social event and even practiced […]

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Everyone always says that something will go wrong on your wedding day. No matter how much you plan, something will go awry and you should just be prepared for it. So I was ready. I resigned myself to the fact that my wedding would not be a seamless social event and even practiced my most gracious, nonchalant facial expressions for the moment I would need to say something like, “oh, the florist forgot my bouquet? No worries, I’ll just grab some of these wildflowers over here and call it good.”

But the florist didn’t forget my bouquet. In fact, nothing went wrong. No one was late, no one forgot anything, we didn’t get off schedule and the DJ played exactly what we wanted to hear. And to what do I attribute this? A wedding timeline. Now I’m not going to sit here in my comfy chair with my almond milk latte and tell you that a wedding day timeline will make your wedding perfect, but what it will do is guarantee that you’ve communicated with all parties involved and taken every precaution to ensure that your day (or entire wedding weekend) is as smooth as this latte.

If you’re sitting there saying, “but I’m such a laid back person, I don’t have time for this bulls***.” I get it. Think of it this way though: If you have a timeline and everyone is on the same page, your wedding day will run itself and you can continue on with your breezy, laissez faire attitude. Also, having planned several events for my job, I can tell you that no good event is pulled off without the proper organization and scheduling. EVERY event needs a run of show. So even if you think you don’t need one, take a couple hours and get ‘er done. Then watch it all unfold effortlessly around you on your wedding day.

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There are many ways to create a timeline – you can make up your own or download a template like the ones available over at A Practical Wedding. I created a simple document in Google Docs, which is free and allows you to create a live document that others can view, comment on, edit (if you want to give them the power) and print. It’s a live document which means that anytime someone visits it, they’re seeing the most up-to-date version (read: NO emailing multiple versions back and forth). The other bonus is that it’s viewable on a smart phone – no hard copies needed!

Whatever medium you use (Word, Excel, Google, a binder, a stone tablet), here’s how to organize it:

1. Create one timeline for everyone.

Trust me, you don’t have time to make one timeline for your bridal party, another for your family and another for your DJ and photographer. Keep it simple and put everything in one spot. It’s okay if your DJ sees that you had your hair done at 1pm. He (or she) is probably smart enough to skip ahead to the 7:00 pm reception kickoff that you’ve so painstakingly noted on your timeline. When it comes to most things in life, I find it’s always better to KISS (keep it simple, stupid).

2. List important contacts.

It doesn’t matter where in your timeline you do this, but list everyone that may need to be reached throughout your weekend or day. This includes all vendors, a coordinator if you have one, a few trusty friends, and anyone you would prefer receive a phone call in lieu of you or your groom. Your phone will be blowing up enough with congratulatory messages; let your best gal pal deal with the caterer’s questions and relay anything super important to you if needed.

3. Provide a weekend overview.

If your wedding is one day and there are no events or obligations preceding it, skip to #4. Otherwise keep reading.

If you have a rehearsal or maybe a bridal party outing planned in the days leading up to your wedding, you’ll want to list all of this on your timeline. It’s okay if you’re sharing your timeline with other people who may not need this level of detail. Just keep it simple and have everything in one spot. Make sure to list every activity and its corresponding location, plus transportation details and who is involved. Here’s what mine looked like:

WEEKEND OVERVIEW

FRIDAY NIGHT – 8/29

Meet & Greet (optional)

When: 5:30-9:30 PM

Where: Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery – 610 W. Grove St. Boise

Who: All wedding guests

Details: Apps provided; dinner/drinks on your own

SATURDAY – 8/30

Quick rehearsal at Berryhill

When: 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Who: Bride, groom, bridal party, day-of coordinator

Nails and lunch

When: 12:00 – 2:00 PM

Where: Polish Day Spa – 2408 S. Broadway Ave. Boise (Gina to pick up people at hotel at 11:45 AM)

Who: Bride, bride’s mom, sister-in-law, bridal party

Details: Lunch provided

Groom’s Dinner

When: 6:00 PM

Where: Solid Bar & Grill – 405 S. 8th St. #100, Boise (walking distance from hotel)

Who: Bride and Groom’s families

Details: Dinner provided by the Groom’s parents

4. Schedule out your entire wedding day

From the time you wake up until the time you close the party down, put it on your timeline. Having your whole day in writing will not only ease stress for you but will help everyone involved know where they should be and when. You shouldn’t have to orchestrate a single thing the day of your wedding.

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Claire Eliza

My timeline became the butt of a lot of jokes because it was so ridiculously specific, but in the end it was a lifesaver. When the best man couldn’t remember where to meet us for pictures, his lovely wife (who had a copy of the timeline) was able to get him where he needed to go. Family members, the bridal party, vendors and a few close friends all had access to the same info. Here’s what mine looked like:
11:30 AM – Alix pick up wedding decor at Bride’s house; bring deli order to Bride’s room at hotel

1:00 PM – Bridal party and friends gather in Bride’s suite to get ready

1:30 PM – Photographer arrives to Bride’s suite

1:30 PM – Groom and groomsmen meet in best man’s room

3:15 PM – Photographer heads to Groom’s room

Getting ready photos

3:00 PM – Coordinator arrives at venue for setup

3:00 PM – Bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages delivered to bridal suite at hotel (Mary Armstrong, florist)

3:30 PM – Flowers delivered to venue 

Will include 5 bunches carnations, 7 bunches trachelium, 16 hydrangea stems

3:45 PM – Bride and groom need to be ready

4:00 PM – Bride/groom arrive at venue for photos

Matt will go at 3:50 with photographer; Gina to follow for “first look” photo, getting out of the limo in front of venue

4:30 PM – Treasure Valley Photo Booth arrives to set up photo booth

5:00 PM – Bridal party arrives at venue for photos

Be ready a few min. before 5, take limo from hotel to venue

5:30 PM – Bridal party and bride/groom head back to hotel in limo

5:30 PM – DJ setup at venue

5:30 PM – Cupcakes delivered to venue

50 cupcakes – 20 Carrot Cake, 20 Chocolate salted caramel, 10 Vegan

5:30 PM – FAMILY SHOULD BE READY FOR PHOTOS

5:45 PM – 6:15 PM – Family photos on 4th floor outdoor Terrace at hotel. **Please arrive early so we can start photos on time. Claudia, Lynn, Meg, Nate, Mer, Gerald, Holly, Joyce, Jerry and Corny will receive wrist corsages and/or boutonnieres to put on prior to photos**

  • Group family photos (extended and immediate)
  • Immediate family photos (bride, groom and their parents/siblings; spouses in some photos)

6:15 PM – Limo begins taking family members from hotel to venue (Gina, Kelli and Ashley will stay behind and be the last group dropped off, about 7:10 PM)

6:30 PM – Cocktail hour starts

7:10 PM – Bride and bridal party head to venue in limo

7:15 PM – Bridal party toast in East room at venue

7:15 PM – DJ announce that ceremony is 15 min. away

Everyone should grab a drink and find a cocktail or patio table, or stand. Ten reserved seats in front are for immediate family (bride and groom’s parents, siblings and their significant others, and Bride’s grandma).

7:25 PM – DJ give 5 minute warning for ceremony (**PARENTS of bride/groom need to be in venue lobby near elevators**)

7:30 PM – Ceremony

Family and Bridal Party Processional – Into the Mystic, by Van Morrison

  • Matt seats his parents
  • Bridal party walks out (Kelli/Spencer, then Ashley/Kyle)

Bride Processional – Crazy Love, by Van Morrison

  • Bride walks with parents

Ceremony

  • Officiated by Phil Bear
  • Reading by Groom’s sister, “I Like You” from the children’s book by Sandol Stoddard Warburg

Recessional – I Was Made to Love Her, by Stevie Wonder

  • Start playing the music right after the kiss
  • Bride, groom, bridal party walk back to East Room for another toast

8:00 PM – DJ kicks off the reception

DJ announce that there will be toasts and dances in a few minutes. Bar is open, food is to be enjoyed all evening. Beer, wine and champagne are hosted – guests should grab one prior to toasts

8:15 PM - DJ announce bride and groom / toasts / dances

Announcement

  • Mr. and Mrs. Matt and Gina Borud (bore-rude)
    *Note to DJ: play Off the Wall, Michael Jackson

Toasts

  • Matt/Gina to start it off and welcome everyone
  • Best Man speech
  • Maid of Honor speech
  • Father of the bride

Dances

  • Bride/Groom: Nothing Can Change This Love, by Sam Cooke
  • Family Dance
    In My Life, by The Beatles (DJ to announce this)

8:40(ish) NO MORE SCHEDULE – PARTY TIME!

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4. Communicate your timeline and expectations

Having a timeline is all well and good, but it’s not enough if no one reads it. Communicate the information to all parties involved and then communicate more. You not only need to send the information but follow up to make sure it was received and READ. Bring copies of it to any events before your wedding, and reference it during the rehearsal. Yes you may get endlessly ridiculed for saying “please refer to your wedding timeline” a few too many times, but it’s all in good fun and ultimately the people who love you don’t want to let you down and probably appreciate your diligence. By the way, should I be embarrassed that the best man mentioned my highly organized timeline in his speech? Hrmph.

Obviously there is always a chance that you’ll get off schedule or something will go wrong, but you can mitigate some of those issues by being communicative and organized. In the end you’ll know that you took every measure to ensure your day ran like a well-oiled machine. So map out your weekend or your day, get it in the right hands, then sit back and enjoy what’s most important – being a bride!

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Gina Borud is a newlywed from Boise, Idaho and has been blogging about her experience as a bride (and now wife!) since April. She owns her own graphic design and consulting business (www.designscribble.com) and works to help individuals, small businesses, nonprofits and startups with their marketing and communication needs. Gina enjoys perfecting her crab cake recipe, drinking wine and playing cribbage with her husband, Matt, and playing outside in the great Idaho outdoors. She’s an avid swimmer, runner, gardener and reality TV junkie.

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A Fantastic Mr. Fox Themed Wedding by Laura Izumikawa Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/12/fantastic-mr-fox-themed-wedding-laura-izumikawa-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/12/fantastic-mr-fox-themed-wedding-laura-izumikawa-photography/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29683 I’m always stunned by how creative brides and grooms are about their wedding day. There are times when I think I’ve seen it all…then another wedding comes across my desk that proves totally, completely 100% wrong. In a good way, of course! Today’s wedding is one of those unique celebrations that I couldn’t have dreamed […]

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I’m always stunned by how creative brides and grooms are about their wedding day. There are times when I think I’ve seen it all…then another wedding comes across my desk that proves totally, completely 100% wrong. In a good way, of course!

Today’s wedding is one of those unique celebrations that I couldn’t have dreamed up myself in a million years. But once you see it,  you’ll be slapping your forehead, wondering why someone hasn’t had a wedding just like it before! Matthew and Cassandra had — get this — a Fantastic Mr. Fox themed wedding. YES! Filled with whimsical woodland details (adorable fox masks for the photo booth are SO on point) while also being sophisticated and stylish, Matthew and Cassandra had a truly one of a kind celebration.

Captured expertly by Laura Izumikawa, this has to be one of the most unique but sweet weddings we’ve featured in a while. Cozy up and have yourself a cup of tea — you’ll want to stick around for this wedding day!

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Oh, and did we mention that In-N-Out food truck before? If not, that HAS to be one of the highlights for us…I mean, who doesn’t want to gorge themselves on delicious burgers and then dance their face off at a wedding? Anyways, leave comments on what you loved about the big day. Congrats to Cassandra and Matthew, and thanks to Laura Izumikawa for sharing!

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How to take an engagement ring selfie: 10 simple rules for the perfect shot http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/11/how-to-take-an-engagement-ring-selfie-10-simple-rules/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/11/how-to-take-an-engagement-ring-selfie-10-simple-rules/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29938 Lauren Conrad So he or she got down on one knee, you said yes, hugs and kisses were had, and now you’ve got a new ring. Sounds like a pretty awesome sequence of events, right? But now that you’ve become engaged, how will you tell the world? For close friends and family you might immediately […]

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So he or she got down on one knee, you said yes, hugs and kisses were had, and now you’ve got a new ring. Sounds like a pretty awesome sequence of events, right? But now that you’ve become engaged, how will you tell the world? For close friends and family you might immediately spend the next three hours making calls and sharing squeals of excitement, but for everyone else you’re connected to, there’s one simple answer to quickly sharing the engagement news — a ring selfie.

I don’t think there’s doubt in anyone’s mind that the engagement ring selfie is yet another new ritual introduced to the engagement process by technology. And come on now — it’s awesome. What’s better than flipping through Instagram and seeing oodles of pretty new engagement ring pictures? However, you can’t just snap any old photo and call it a day. Nope — this is THE picture that will let everyone know you’re engaged while also showing off how absolutely gorgeous and perfect your ring is. The bar is high, my friends.

We can’t take the perfect engagement ring selfie for you (sorry!), but we certainly can give you pointers on how to approach taking this momentous Instagram pic so it looks amazing. With your ring as the star of the show and these ring selfie rules, we guarantee you’ll get a photo that’ll make their jaws drop.

1. Look for bright, natural lighting

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Being outside or near a well-lit window works best. Avoid being indoors under fluorescent lamps — you’ll get dark and/or yellowy photos. NOT what you want!

2. Make sure your nails are done (duh)

Nuff said.

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3. Choose a clutter-free background

The main point of focus in this photo is your new bling, so choose something simple for your photo background. Something too busy can clutter the photo and detract from the beauty of your new bauble.

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4. Accessorize

When in doubt, add in some fun accessories to liven up the photo. Adding more jewelry or a glimpse of your clutch can make the photo look more natural.

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5. Beware where you crop the photo

This may be a personal pet peeve, but I hate how a ring selfie looks when the photo is cropped in a way that you can’t see the top or bottom of the woman’s fingers. Part of what’s amazing about your new ring is how it looks on your whole hand, so show it off in all it’s glory!

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6. Skip the flash

You’ll end up with a supernova on your ring finger. Cool, but not what you were going for, probably.

7. Camera zoom? Just say no.

Using the zoom on your phone’s camera will make your photo look more pixellated and blurry. Instead, try moving your entire phone closer or farther away to get the right depth.

8. Try striking a (natural) pose

If you’re not into the straight-fingered whole hand pose (we get it, it’s not for everyone), try a natural-looking pose. Something as simple as holding a mug of coffee or holding your clutch could work well. Try to keep it classy though and avoid the fake-middle-finger pose or the unnatural fist pump.

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9. Stick to just one photo

We get it, your ring is gorgeous. So let it speak for itself with one stunning photo. No collages needed!

10. Include your man (or woman)

Hey, there’s two people in this equation, right? Include your new spouse-to-be in the photo. These adorable examples are sure to convince you.

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If all else fails, there’s always filters, my friends. Instagram and VSCO can work wonders for taking your photo to the next level. Any engagement ring selfies you’re particularly proud of, or that inspire you? Share them with us in the comments! And don’t forget to check out even MORE engagement ring selfie inspiration on our Pinterest boards.

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Calling all you brides-to-be – this post is for you! Now that you’ve asked your sister, cousins and/or closest friends to be your bridesmaids and they all said yes, you might be wondering what you can get them to thank them for all of their help leading up to your wedding and for standing by you on your big day. Because I know how busy and stressful the wedding process can be, I want to help you out by taking the bridesmaid gift brainstorming off of your plates so you have one less thing to worry about! I’ve created a modern bridesmaid gift guide with some affordable and thoughtful options that are sure to suit all of your closest girlfriends!

1. Kate Spade New York ‘Bridesmaid’ and ‘Maid of Honor’ idiom bangles – $58 each.

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From far away they look like simple gold, silver or rose gold bangles, but these pretty bracelets are inscribed with fun phrases like “perfect pair”, “two of a kind”, “birds of a feather”, “peas in a pod”, “partners in crime”, “the hocus to my pocus” and “the riff to my raff.” They also have hidden messages on the inside – “best friend forever” for the bridesmaids and “you and me” for the maid of honor. Because they’re so versatile, your girlfriends can wear them with their bridesmaid dresses to your wedding and beyond!

2. Dogeared ‘One in a Million’ necklace – $48 each

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Remind the girls you love why you chose them to stand beside you on the biggest day of your life with this pretty pearl necklace. I love the message on the card, don’t you?

3. GiGi New York monogrammed ‘All in One’ clutch – $120 each

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These leather clutches which can be monogrammed with 3 gold initials are totally on trend right now! Choose one color that they can wear with their bridesmaid dresses at the wedding or give them each their favorite color so you know they’ll use the clutch for years to come.

4. ‘Thank You for Being My Bridesmaid’ Custom Wine Labels – $26 for a set of 6

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Looking for a super budget friendly gift? Buy each of your girls their favorite bottle of wine and affix one of these customized wine labels to each one. They can save the bottle even after they’ve finished the wine and use it as a pretty single flower vase! :)

5. BHLDN ‘Painted Petal’ robe – $65 each

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I don’t know about you, but I love having a pretty yet comfy robe to wear around the house – it just makes me feel better than wearing old sweats! This robe comes in 4 different colors and can be worn by your bridesmaids on your wedding day since they’ll photograph so beautifully while you’re all getting ready and beyond.

6. Henri Bendel ‘West 57th Cosmetic Bag Trio’ – $78 per set.

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Upgrade your bridesmaids’ makeup routines with this pretty pastel colored set of bags that have feminine scalloped edges and satin lining inside. They’ll think of you each time they pack up their makeup and can use them for your bachelorette party and wedding too!

7. Jonathan Adler ‘I-Scream’ Vase – $68 each.

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Want to gift your girls with something a little less traditional but perfectly whimsical and fun? Get them this adorable ice cream vase – I guarantee they don’t have anything like it and it will become a total statement piece in their homes or on their desks at work!

So, now that you have a bunch of choices for your bridesmaids gifts, which ones are you going to pick for your girls? Are there any great gift ideas you think I’ve left off the list that I should have included? Let me know which gift ideas you like best in the comments below.

About Amy: Amy Breckenridge lives in the beautiful city of Boston and loves being creative and making new things. Cupcakes & Couture features a bit of everything: recipes, outfit photos, DIY projects, gift guides, style inspiration, interior design, shopping lists, photos and quotes. Read more about her on her blog, and follow her on Twitter for everyday inspiration!

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A Stylish and Contemporary Wedding by Adam Lowe Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/10/stylish-and-contemporary-wedding-by-adam-lowe-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/10/stylish-and-contemporary-wedding-by-adam-lowe-photography/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29666 It’s a beautiful thing when two people decide to commit to one another for life with a marriage; but it’s even MORE beautiful when those two people have an impeccable sense of taste! Today’s happy couple, Dan and Michael, were married in one of the most stylish and contemporary wedding days we’ve seen… possibly ever! […]

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It’s a beautiful thing when two people decide to commit to one another for life with a marriage; but it’s even MORE beautiful when those two people have an impeccable sense of taste! Today’s happy couple, Dan and Michael, were married in one of the most stylish and contemporary wedding days we’ve seen… possibly ever! From their couture tuxes to the breathtaking ceremony and reception museum venue at the Columbus Museum of Art, they sure did know how to throw a perfect and personal wedding day.

Take notes, brides and grooms — you’re about to have a lovely visual lesson in style, design, and most of all, true love! Scroll on to see more gorgeous photos take by Adam Lowe Photography!

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Well readers, what do you think about Dan and Michael’s big day? It could be a while before you see another wedding with this much style, so soak it in while you can! Thanks again to Adam Lowe for sharing these photos, and congrats to the happy couple!

Vendors:

Phototography: Adam Lowe Photography | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Columbus Museum Of Art (CMA) | Flowers: Flowers On Orchard Lane | Catering: Barcelona Catering | Live Music: Fermata Music | DJ: Encore Entertainment | Cake: Suisse Shop | Tuxes: Tom Ford / Privato Bespoke  | Rings: Diamond Cellar/ Les Crago Jewelers | Shoes: Hugo Boss | Bridesmaid dresses: Lazaro Noir, Jim Hjelm, Le Jeune Mariee | Groomsmen Tuxes: Vera Wang

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Jewel toned bridesmaid dresses: fall’s must-have wedding look http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/09/jewel-toned-bridesmaid-dresses-falls-must-wedding-look/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/09/jewel-toned-bridesmaid-dresses-falls-must-wedding-look/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29832 ZADesignz via Swooned As we move into the fall season, the weddings aren’t going to be slowing down (did you think your mailbox would stop receiving wedding invites? Ha!). But, they are going to start having completely different looks and themes. Where the summer months are all about bright colors, flowers, and beachy pastels, fall […]

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As we move into the fall season, the weddings aren’t going to be slowing down (did you think your mailbox would stop receiving wedding invites? Ha!). But, they are going to start having completely different looks and themes. Where the summer months are all about bright colors, flowers, and beachy pastels, fall weddings are all about drama. We’re talking rich colors, long sleeves, and stately outdoor and indoor venues.

If you’re looking for the perfect bridesmaid look to complement your autumn wedding, consider jewel toned bridesmaid dresses. These deep hues are perfect for the colors of the season, and look stunning on longer dress lengths. Our four favorite jewel toned bridesmaid dress colors are below — which is your favorite?

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Well brides, which of these will look amazing on your own bridesmaids? Answer: all of them! But, it’s up to you to decide. Tell us what colors your fall bridesmaids will be wearing down the aisle!

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Modern Options for Mother and Son Dance Songs http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/09/modern-options-mother-and-son-dance-songs/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/09/modern-options-mother-and-son-dance-songs/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29680 Octavia Hunter Photography Let’s all level set for a moment. Finding a song for the mother/son dance is actually pretty hard. Sure, there are the lovely and always classic options of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” or “God Only Knows”, but most love songs strongly veer toward the romantic variety, particularly when looking at modern day options. […]

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Let’s all level set for a moment. Finding a song for the mother/son dance is actually pretty hard. Sure, there are the lovely and always classic options of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” or “God Only Knows”, but most love songs strongly veer toward the romantic variety, particularly when looking at modern day options.

But fear not, grooms to be. You’ve come to the right place to find inspiration for your mother/son first dance choice. You see, there are actually a lot of options if you listen hard enough. Many love songs can serve a dual purpose. From teachings about love itself, to a reminder that your mom will always be there for you, below are some mother and son dance songs that would work perfectly. We’ve even added in accompanying “notable lyrics” to help paint the picture further.

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  • Build Me Up From Bones by Sarah Jarosz
    • I held every inch of you // I wrote every line for you // I made time when time was all but gone // You’re the love I’ve always known.
  • Dreamer by Isbells 
    • Dreamer, every time you star gaze // The whole world is lying at your feet // Well, your prayers will be heard // The moment you start believing // Cherish every single day // When fortune is showing you the way // Well your prayers will be heard // Angel will come to sing // The moment you start believing.

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  • Just To See You Smile by Tim McGraw 
    • Just to see you smile, I’d do anything that you wanted me to. // When all is said and done, I’d never count the cost // It’s worth all that’s lost // Just to see you smile.
  • My Wish by Rascal Flatts
    • My wish for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to // Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small // You never need to carry more than you can hold // And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to // I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too
  • God’s Been Good To Me by Keith Urban
    • Oh the sun is shinin’ on down in Tennessee // And right now I’m right where I want to be // I’ve never felt so loves, so peaceful and so free // Hey there ain’t no doubt that God’s been good to me

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  • Love Is A Verb by John Mayer
    • Love is a verb // It ain’t a thing // It’s not something you own, it’s not something you scream // When you show me love, I don’t need your words // Yeah love ain’t a thing // Love is a verb
  • Keep Your Head Up by Ben Howard
    • Keep your head up, keep your heart strong // Keep your mind set, keep your hair long // Keep your head up, keep your heart strong // Keep your mind set in your ways, keep your heart strong.
  • 93 Million Miles by Jason Mraz 
    • Oh, my my how beautiful, oh my beautiful mother // She told me, “Son in life you’re gonna go far, and if you do it right you’ll love where you are. // Just know, that wherever you go, you can always come home.”

ACOUSTIC VERSIONS OF CLASSICS

  • Sweet Child O Mine by Taken By Trees 
    • She’s got a smile that it seems to me // Reminds me of childhood memories // Where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky
  • True Colors by Ane Brun
    • I see your true colors shining through // I see your true colors, that’s why I love you. // I see your true colors // And that’s why I love you // So don’t be afraid to let them show // Your true colors are beautiful like a rainbow

Of course, in a list of new songs to peruse, we’d be remiss to leave out a few modern day songs that you absolutely should never consider as a mother & groom dance song. Ever.

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  • Fancy by Iggy Azalea
    • We know you’re the “realest”, but your mom won’t know how to pronounce Iggy’s name, much less do the crib walk on the dance floor.
  • XO by Beyonce
    • Okay, yes, you love your mom like “XO”. Hugs and kisses aside, any song that mentions turning the lights down low is completely off limits.
  • Happy by Pharrell
    • We know, you’re really happy. We’re happy for you. Just do everyone a favor and save this tune for later in the when everyone can clap along with you. Or else it’ll get a bit awkward.

Readers – we want to hear your input! What other modern song suggestions do you think would make great mother/son dance songs at a wedding? Comment below to share your ideas!

Emily Vanderbeek_Headshot _150About Emily: Emily 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!

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Whether or not you wear makeup on a daily basis, it is crucial that every bride-to-be wear makeup on her wedding day to ensure her natural features are enhanced and captured in photos.

Lots of brides choose to have their makeup applied by a professional the morning of their wedding to eliminate any pressure or stress of making sure the makeup goes on correctly and to avoid any timing issues and scheduling conflicts. However, thanks to our favorite princess Kate Middleton, brides also are seeking out a lesson or two from a professional in order to gain enough confidence to purchase the correct products and apply them themselves on their wedding day.

Regardless if you choose the professional or do-it-yourself makeup route, there are five essential wedding day beauty products that all brides need to ensure an all-day flawless face.

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1. Loose Setting Powder

A must for brides with combination-to-oily skin type, setting powder will help keep the oil at bay and from appearing shiny in photographs. Although there are skin tone-colored powders to add additional coverage, it is recommended to use a translucent setting powder to avoid your face from looking cakey or mismatched color to your skin tone.

High-end pick: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

Drugstore pick: e.l.f. High Definition Translucent Powder

2. Setting Spray

Similar to loose setting powder, a setting spray also will help extend the wear of a bride’s makeup from morning to evening. It also will help to blend together all the products on your face, and you can spray it on multiple times throughout the day for a refresher. There are multiple versions available, from matte to dewy, to suite every bride’s skin needs.

High-end pick: Urban Decay All-Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Drugstore pick: NYX Makeup Setting Spray

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3. Eye Primer

Most brides choose to play up their eyes with their wedding day makeup, so an eye primer is a must to keep shadows intact and crease-free throughout the day. Use a colorless primer if you plan to layer several shadows, or use one with a bit of color to hide any veins or discoloration on your lids.

High-end pick: Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Drugstore pick: NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer

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4. Eyebrow Pencil

Eyebrows play such an important part in enhancing a bride’s facial features. Defined, filled-in brows help properly frame the face and eye area and keep a bride from looking washed out in photos. A pencil provides the easiest and most natural application.

High-end pick: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Drugstore pick: Maybelline Define-a-Brow Eyebrow Pencil

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5. Waterproof Volumizing Mascara

Whether you plan to cry or not on your wedding day, a waterproof volumizing mascara is a must. A waterproof formula not only prevents black streaks down your face in the event of happy tears, but it also doesn’t flake and holds a curl much longer than a standard formula.

High-end pick: Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara

Drugstore pick: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara

Don’t forget to pack these essential items in a small travel cosmetic bag to have on-hand for touchups throughout your wedding day. With your makeup dream team assembled, you are sure to look and feel fabulous from morning to night.

We’d love to hear our brides-to-be thoughts: do you plan to have your makeup done by a professional, or are you going the DIY route? What are your must-have beauty products?

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

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A Farm to Table Wedding by Andria Lo Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/08/farm-to-table-wedding-andria-lo-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/08/farm-to-table-wedding-andria-lo-photography/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29665 There’s a vision involved with every wedding — from the color scheme to the theme to the details, there’s a cohesive idea that brings the whole day together for a bride and groom. Today’s happy couple, Bridgett and Chris, both wanted to get married in a location where the food and flowers were grown locally on premise. […]

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There’s a vision involved with every wedding — from the color scheme to the theme to the details, there’s a cohesive idea that brings the whole day together for a bride and groom. Today’s happy couple, Bridgett and Chris, both wanted to get married in a location where the food and flowers were grown locally on premise. Enter Full Belly Farm, a breathtaking and rustic setting for the picture-perfect farm to table wedding.

From the first glimpse of the yurt where Bridgett gets ready to the intimate reception under the night sky, Bridgett and Chris’ special day is a gorgeous farm to table wedding to remember. Read on to see more of this gorgeous wedding, captured by Andria Lo!

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So pretty, right brides?! We love that final shot of the reception underneath the fantastic and fairytale-like outdoor lighting. Congrats to Bridgett and Chris, and thanks to Andria Lo for the fantastic photos!

Photography: Andria Lo | Venue: Full Belly Farm

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Why am I having a wedding again?! 4 reasons a wedding is worthwhile (even when it’s stressful!) http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/05/contributor-kira/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/05/contributor-kira/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29261 Exhibit Emotions via Bridal Musings This is a guest post by our friend and couples coach Kira Asatryan! If you know me (and you do now because you’re reading my article YAY) you probably know that I had an amazingly stressful few days before my wedding. Wildfires forced us to move locations, re-route all vendors… […]

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This is a guest post by our friend and couples coach Kira Asatryan!

If you know me (and you do now because you’re reading my article YAY) you probably know that I had an amazingly stressful few days before my wedding. Wildfires forced us to move locations, re-route all vendors… you can imagine. My now husband & I comforted ourselves by suggesting, when things got overwhelming, that “It’s not too late to run off to Vegas!” Of course we didn’t (and our wedding turned out perfect anyway) but I definitely found a relief in the idea of throwing wedding stress to the wind.

I’d bet, if you’re in the process of planning a wedding, you’ve had your own “Screw this – we’re going to Vegas!” moment as well. It’s so easy to think – isn’t it basically the same thing to buy a beautiful off-the-rack dress, go down to city hall, get the deed done & call it a day?

Turns out it’s not. A new study published by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia found that couples who had a wedding reported more happiness in their marriage years after the big day, as compared to those who eloped or didn’t celebrate the occasion at all. Now this is simply correlation, and my first thought when I read it was, “That could just be because people who can afford a wedding are probably better financially off.” And there are pretty obvious reasons why financially better off couples have easier marriages in general.

But it turns out this finding was still true even after the study corrected for income levels. Financial status being the same – those that had weddings were still happier than those that hadn’t.

This got me thinking. Weddings must have some actual importance… beyond the undeniable prettiness. It’s true we tend to put weddings on a pedestal – much more than any other celebrations in our lives. Why is that? Do we subconsciously know that weddings have more psychological value than birthday parties, anniversaries, or graduations?

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Here are, in my opinion, four aspects unique to weddings that have the potential to create tangible, long-lasting value:

The wedding marks your life transition in a thoughtful way

This first point is also supported by the National Marriage Project study, which found that couples who put deliberate thought into their transitions from one relationship stage to the next (from dating to exclusivity, exclusivity to cohabitating, and cohabitating to getting engaged) were happier than those who slid from one stage to the next without acknowledging the change.

And there’s really nothing more acknowledge-y than a wedding, if you ask me. Not only does the bride & groom make promises out loud, perform age-old traditions, and sign legal documents (can you spell ACK-NOW-LEDGE), they also prove to everyone around them that they’ve put thought into this life transition. There’s thoughtfulness in the choice of location, in the rings, in the flowers, and in all the personalized details. These things are not trivial, it turns out. They represent your desire to honor the moment, the transition, the marriage that’s being made – and each other.

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The wedding is likely your first big project as a couple

You may have dated for 10 years before getting engaged. You may already live together. You may even work at the same company. But more often than not, your wedding will be the first big project you undertake together. It requires planning, compromise, forethought, and reflection. It requires financial planning, navigating familial waters, and ensuring your partner is satisfied. In other words, it’s practice for a marriage.

This big project is also an awesome rehearsal for marriage in another way – it’s a window into your partner’s values. Is he all about making sure the families are honored at the wedding? Is he focused on making sure everyone gets drunk & has fun? Does he want the ceremony to make everyone cry – really feel the feels? These are all indicators of what he values, not just in the wedding, but in life. As my dad says, “People tell you who they are all the time. You just have to listen.” Start listening!

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The wedding tightens bonds with everyone around you

Multiple longevity studies have shown that overall life happiness is largely related to the happiness of one’s relationships. This extends beyond one’s primary romantic relationship – social support is more important than we think. A wedding is arguably the best occasion in one’s whole life (aside from maybe having a baby) to enlist the support of friends and family.

Enlisting social support in the context of a wedding is doubly awesome because it goes both ways. It’s totally appropriate to ask for help – practical help as well as emotional support – and it’s totally appropriate to show your thanks (through gifts, acknowledgements, maybe a shout-out at the wedding). Bonds between people tend to grow strongest when one person asks another for help and then explicitly shows them gratitude. If this isn’t a great thing to practice during wedding planning, I don’t know what is.

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If you know me (and you do now because you’ve read almost a whole article by me!) you know two things: 1) my wedding had wildfires 2) I’m obsessed with  positive sentiment override.

What is positive sentiment override? It’s a term coined by clinical researcher – and one of my favorite people in the whole world – John Gottman, who found that the longest-lasting happily married couples were not the couples who never fought, or the ones who had resolved all their differences. They were the ones who liked each other more often than they disliked each other, AKA positive sentiment override.

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The theory around PSO is that couples have a much easier time making it through difficult times if they have a large store of happy, loving feelings for each other. And what fills you up with happy, loving feelings for each other? A WEDDING, I’D SAY. It may be the case that a wedding is so full of love – so full of happy moments & cherished memories – that it can actually soften marital difficulties down the road. That’s worth the extra trip to the flower market, isn’t it?

Try to keep in mind these special benefits of a wedding when you find yourself unconsciously looking at maps of Vegas. It’ll be worth it in the end!

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About Kira: Kira is a San Francisco-based couples coach who specializes in helping newlywed & engaged couples lay the foundation for a fantastic marriage. Her mission is to build upon the stellar aspects of a relationship while improving any less-than-satisfying parts. She received her training from the pre-eminent life coaching school – The Coaches Training Institute – and her reason for doing this work is simple: she just loves love! Visit her website to learn more about her coaching programs and pre-marital courses!

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A Classic and Elegant Wedding by Izo Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/05/classic-elegant-wedding-izo-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/05/classic-elegant-wedding-izo-photography/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29663 Oh, we love a good love story — and Bree and Ben not only have a beautiful love story, but they also have a beautiful wedding day. It was totally classic and elegant affair in every way. From Bree’s gorgeous topknot to her elegant strapless gown and the couple’s understated yet stunning ceremony, Bree and […]

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Oh, we love a good love story — and Bree and Ben not only have a beautiful love story, but they also have a beautiful wedding day. It was totally classic and elegant affair in every way. From Bree’s gorgeous topknot to her elegant strapless gown and the couple’s understated yet stunning ceremony, Bree and Ben had the picture-perfect wedding day celebration

Captured flawlessly by IZO Photography, this is one wedding we’re going to be gawking again. And again. And again. Read on to see more!

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Seeing such a classically elegant and simple wedding is SO refreshing in so many ways. What do you think, brides?

Thanks to IZO Photography for capturing the stunning day, and congrats to Bree and Ben!

Vendors:

Photography: IZO Photography | Makeup: Elsie Tan Makeup Artistry | Hairdresser: Yasmin Blair | Ceremony: Private federation-style home | Reception: Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club | Celebrant: Sally Riemann | Dress: Pallas Couture | Flowers and table centerpieces: Eufloria | Ceremony Chairs: Hire Society | Tiffany chairs: Cameron / Dunsborough Wedding Co | Feature Banquet Table: Villa Kula | Hire Car: Belle Classic & Kuste Kombis | Entertainment: Road Show Entertainment | Videographer: Orriss Films | Cake: Rochelle Adonis

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Win luxe + personalized candy bar wrappers for wedding favors from Sweet Paper Shop http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/04/giveaway-sweet-paper-shop/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/04/giveaway-sweet-paper-shop/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28732 ***This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Brittani Mousouleas!*** Ah, wedding favors. If you’ve planned a wedding or are in the process of planning one, you’ll know this is one of those small reception details that you can spend days agonizing over. Questions like “Do I even need favors?” and “What favors will my guests actually like?” […]

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***This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Brittani Mousouleas!***

Ah, wedding favors. If you’ve planned a wedding or are in the process of planning one, you’ll know this is one of those small reception details that you can spend days agonizing over. Questions like “Do I even need favors?” and “What favors will my guests actually like?” often arise, and many brides these days opt to skip favors in favor (no pun intended) of using that money for other parts of the wedding.

Well, I’m here to say it once and for all: Brides, don’t skip the favors. Really.

While the wrong favors can certainly be a waste of money, the right favors will not only be a sweet token of thanks to your guests, but will be the last impression your guests will have of your wedding day. The trick is to find something with that wow-factor. Luckily for you, we’ve seen our share of wedding favors and know EXACTLY what will pack a memorable punch.

Candy is truly one a no-fail favor for your guests. Not only is it a sweet end-of-the-evening treat, but it’s guaranteed that by the time the bar closes and your guests are being ushered out the door, they’ll want something delicious to snack on. We love the idea of personalizing your candy favors in a fun way to bring together the entire look and feel of your wedding in this last little impression of the big day. Don’t worry if this is starting to sound a little complicated — because it’s actually not! All you need is personalized candy bar wrappers for your favors from Sweet Paper Shop!

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Sweet Paper Shop is an online boutique that provides unique and custom candy bar wrappers in a variety of colors, designs, and fonts at a surprisingly affordable cost. How does it work? Sweet Paper Shop provides you with your custom paper and foil wrappers, and you supply the Hershey’s chocolate bars. The paper comes with double-sided adhesive, so all you have to do is wrap up the candy and voila — your instant wedding favors! Best of all, the makers behind Sweet Paper Shop are real people who take care of each and every one of their customers, so the candy bar wrappers are picture-perfect for each celebration.

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And now for the kicker — one bride can win $75 to Sweet Paper Shop for her own personalized candy bar wrappers for wedding favors! Here’s how to win:

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Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

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2. Comment on this post & tell us why you want to win custom candy bar wrappers from Sweet Paper Shop!

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Want to see more of Sweet Paper Shop’s custom candy wrapper creations? Make sure to visit their boutique, and follow them on Pinterest and Facebook for the inside scoop and latest news.

Don’t wait to enter this giveaway — as always, it closes in one week, so you have until next Thursday, Sept. 11. We’ll announce the winner that Friday the 12th, so stay tuned and check up on this post to see if you are the lucky winner! Good luck!

Giveaway terms are here, ya curious animal. All photos c/o Sweet Paper Shop.

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Throwback Thursday: Vintage Bridal Gowns for Today’s Bride http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/04/throwback-thursday-enchanting-vintage-bridal-gowns-modern-bride/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/04/throwback-thursday-enchanting-vintage-bridal-gowns-modern-bride/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29217 Duston Todd  It’s Thursday. If your social media newsfeeds look anything like mine, they are full of Throwback Thursday posts. Everyone has a few favorite moments they like to share: classic portraits, cherished candids, and nostalgic recollections of times gone by. Many brides and grooms choose to pay tribute to years past by tying in time-honored traditions, celebrating […]

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It’s Thursday. If your social media newsfeeds look anything like mine, they are full of Throwback Thursday posts. Everyone has a few favorite moments they like to share: classic portraits, cherished candids, and nostalgic recollections of times gone by. Many brides and grooms choose to pay tribute to years past by tying in time-honored traditions, celebrating loved ones both living and deceased, and incorporating family heirlooms. One great way to make your day a timeless event is to rock a vintage bridal gown in a classic cut on the day of your nuptials. Alternatively, you could style your wedding day to be a blast from the past with an era-specific gown.

There are a multitude of upsides to wearing a vintage gown. First, they are unique! It’s easier to style a totally individual wedding look when you’re looking for a dress outside of the last five years’ design. Next, they are often less expensive than retail gowns. (Many of the gowns below are available for less than $1,000.) Translation: you can choose to spend less money overall OR spend the same amount for a better quality fabric. Speaking of fabrics, it’s much easier to find vintage gowns in a variety of fabrics. To start, take a look at historically popular wedding gown styles by decade to find a style you love for less.

When looking to find a vintage gown, start by looking for gowns saved from family members’ past weddings. Ideally, you’ll find a family member (a mother, grandmother, etc.) who had their dress cleaned after their big day. I had visions of wearing my mother’s dress with alterations (sorry, those 80s power sleeves don’t do it for me). Regrettably, she never had her dress cleaned… which means that a night of sweat has had more than twenty five years to yellow and stain the gown. Cleaning an antique or vintage gown can be challenging because you need to rigorously clean the gown without damaging the integrity of the fabric. If you’ll be cleaning or restoring a vintage gown, find a professional cleaner you trust implicitly. The biggest challenge in finding a vintage wedding dress is handling cleaning and alterations without damaging the gown.

Vintage gowns are not for everyone but they are a fabulous option for those seeking unique bridal wear, those throwing an era-inspired event, or those who want to honor a close friend or family member. If you’re purchasing a vintage gown from an online retailer, here’s a short and sweet guide to purchasing a vintage gown. In the meantime, check out the following gorgeous vintage options for a modern bride.

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For sourcing your own fabulous vintage bridal finds, try the above vendors or check out any of the following: OnceWed, Millcrest Vintage, Vintageous, Retro Vintage Weddings, or Trove Vintage Boutique.

Brides, do any of you plan to wear a vintage gown? Does it have sentimental value or familial significance? Alternatively, does anyone have any recommendations for online vintage bridal boutiques? Share your experiences in the comments below!

laurenmillerbioLauren Miller is a northern born, southern bred girl planning a January wedding. She lives in Memphis with her fiancé, Mitch, and their two dogs, Bosco and Cassidy. She loves dogs, traveling, and fresh food. Check back for regular updates on her adventures in wedding planning, detailed how-to guides, and design inspiration! You can also follow her on Pinterest.

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5 wedding rules you can break, according to the experts http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/03/wedding-rules-you-can-break/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/03/wedding-rules-you-can-break/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29212 Katch Silva You know what they say — rules were meant to be broken! As a bride that might be a little hard to feel okay about; after all, many wedding traditions have been around for centuries, and some more “proper” guests and family members might not be on board with ditching traditions that they find […]

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You know what they say — rules were meant to be broken! As a bride that might be a little hard to feel okay about; after all, many wedding traditions have been around for centuries, and some more “proper” guests and family members might not be on board with ditching traditions that they find essential to a wedding. But you know what, brides? It’s time to break some rules and blaze new wedding trails. Especially when in the scheme of things, many wedding traditions can be quite trivial. Who will really care and remember if you had five bridesmaids and three groomsmen? And we promise, Aunt May won’t keel over and die if you don’t freeze the top layer of your wedding cake for the anniversary.

Lauren Conrad, who’s positioned to be the modern girl’s new Emily Post, has a few thoughts about wedding rules you can break for the big day. With her wedding in the works, you can bet that her fete will be a completely classy wedding, sprinkled with modern touches. And we totally agree with her most recent post on the 5 wedding rules that are okay to break.

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What do you think of ditching these 5 traditions for your own day? Which rules will you follow and which rules (if any) will you break that are not highlighted here?

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Simple Wedding DIY: Watercolor Table Numbers http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/03/simple-wedding-diy-watercolor-table-numbers/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/03/simple-wedding-diy-watercolor-table-numbers/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29220 Wedding table numbers are one of my favorite ways to add personality and color easily and inexpensively. These watercolor table numbers are just about the easiest and the most inexpensive version of table numbers. The idea of painting with watercolors can sound intimidating, but I have a few tricks for taking any of that fear […]

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Wedding table numbers are one of my favorite ways to add personality and color easily and inexpensively. These watercolor table numbers are just about the easiest and the most inexpensive version of table numbers. The idea of painting with watercolors can sound intimidating, but I have a few tricks for taking any of that fear away.

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Materials:

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First, buy a few tubes of gouache paints, they’re like watercolor paints but they’re just a little less translucent so you’ll have more control with the colors. And because they’re a little stronger, they’ll stand out on your tables more.

Second, invest in a nice thin paintbrush. Paying just a few dollars for a good quality paint brush means your strokes will be smooth – and this is half the battle!

You’ll also need water color paper, and for this version I framed the finished numbers in white Ikea frames surrounded by this pretty Liberty print fabric and embellished with polka dot washi tape. But you could easily get away with just making the numbers – the water color paper is thick enough that it will stand up on its own, so you can lean it against your flower arrangement or slide it into one of those metal table number stands that most hotels or venues have on hand.

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Now, one of the keys is to practice your numbers before taking a shot at the real thing. Get a feel for how the paint moves and how much water you’ll need to use to get a smooth stroke. I also like to look up fonts with pretty numbers for a little inspiration.

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Here’s my trick for making numbers look fancy with very little work. Start with a slightly swoopy number that takes up most of the page.

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Then simply add dots to either end of the number and make one or two stretches just a little thicker. You can see above what I mean.

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To make these wedding table numbers just a little more special, I covered a piece of board with Liberty print fabric and then used a little polka dot washi tape to stick the number to the fabric. To be safe, I added a few dots of hot glue to the number because sometimes washi tape, while beautiful, is a little unreliable!

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I love the way the table numbers easily stand out for your guests, but they also add a little personality and a lot of elegance. And once you get in a groove, these will take about five minutes per number for the painting. Super simple!

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!

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45 Long Sleeved Wedding Dresses for Fall Brides http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/02/45-long-sleeved-wedding-dresses-for-fall-brides/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/02/45-long-sleeved-wedding-dresses-for-fall-brides/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29599 Joseph Willis Photography via The Lane Well, it’s official. Summer is over and the seasons are turning, so it’s time to start celebrating the cooler weather and new autumn colors! If you’re a fall bride, you’ve got a few different things to worry about than your summer counterparts: the main one being keeping warm! With […]

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Well, it’s official. Summer is over and the seasons are turning, so it’s time to start celebrating the cooler weather and new autumn colors! If you’re a fall bride, you’ve got a few different things to worry about than your summer counterparts: the main one being keeping warm! With unpredictable temperatures, a skimpier wedding dress might not be your perfect look… but that’s more than okay!

Why, you ask? SLEEVES! As an autumn bride, you’re lucky enough to be married during the perfect time to wear a long sleeved wedding dress. The weather will be cool enough so that you won’t be sweltering with the extra fabric, and you’ll look oh-so-pretty among the falling leaves. Here’s our 45 favorite picks for long sleeved wedding dresses… which are your favorites?

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So fall brides, have you found your wedding dress yet? I might have…like, 45 times over. They’re all just too pretty! Let us know if you’ll be rocking a long sleeved wedding dress in the comments.

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A Romantic Farmhouse Wedding by Diana Lupu Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/01/romantic-farmhouse-wedding-diana-lupu-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/09/01/romantic-farmhouse-wedding-diana-lupu-photography/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29514 There’s something about farmhouse weddings that will always give them a special place in our hearts — the rustic beauty of the venue coupled with the sweet romance of a wedding is a no-fail recipe for gorgeousness! Today’s beautifully romantic farmhouse wedding shot by Diana Lupu is no differet. Angali and Scott tied the knot in […]

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There’s something about farmhouse weddings that will always give them a special place in our hearts — the rustic beauty of the venue coupled with the sweet romance of a wedding is a no-fail recipe for gorgeousness! Today’s beautifully romantic farmhouse wedding shot by Diana Lupu is no differet. Angali and Scott tied the knot in an intimate celebration among the trees, sky, and of course, a sweet red barn!

Some words about the special day from the photographer, Diana Lupu:

“Angali and Scott were married at The Farmhouse Inn, under the most perfect oak tree at sunset, with lanterns hanging from the branches. There were roosters and hens roaming the grounds and over 100 acres of fruit and vegetable trees, and perfectly manicured lawns. Their day was perfect from start to finish, with every detail so meticulously planned out and created by the beautiful Angali, herself. Not only is this couple the sweetest around, but their love was such a joy to capture. I adored them, their family, and that adorable red barn so very much.”

Read on to see more amazing photography of Angali and Scott’s special day!

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Just too romantic, right brides and grooms? Tell us your favorite bit about Angali and Scott’s special day in the comments. Congratulations to the happy couple, and thanks to Diana for sharing her wonderful photography with us today!

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Photography: Diana Lupu Photography | Venue: The Farmhouse Inn

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Bride & bridesmaid style deals: 6 awesome labor day sales http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/31/bride-bridesmaid-style-steals-6-awesome-labor-day-sales/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/31/bride-bridesmaid-style-steals-6-awesome-labor-day-sales/#comments Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29441 Brooke Stapleton Probably the only good thing about summer officially coming to an end is the Labor Day weekend sales — and if you’re a bride or bridesmaid on the budget, this is the type to scoop up your style for a steal. Whether you’re looking for a bridesmaid dress, statement bridal necklace or the […]

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Probably the only good thing about summer officially coming to an end is the Labor Day weekend sales — and if you’re a bride or bridesmaid on the budget, this is the type to scoop up your style for a steal. Whether you’re looking for a bridesmaid dress, statement bridal necklace or the perfect wedding day shoes, here are 6 sales you’ll need to check out.

We’ve even included secret discount codes from our style sources, so make sure to use them at checkout if you see anything that catches your eye! The majority of these sales are only going to last until Monday evening, so if you’re planning on shopping, it’s time to get out that plastic and prepare for some major savings.

1. J. Crew

A favorite in weddings for classic and elegant bridesmaids dresses, J. Crew’s sale this weekend is the perfect time for bridesmaids to buy that bridesmaid dress they’ve been putting off. You could get 40% off already on-sale items with code: WEEKEND. Oh, and did we mention it’s free shipping until Monday?

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2. NastyGal

Brides, as soon as you get engaged you’ll notice the distinct lack of little white dresses in your closet — which, of course, you’ll need to remedy for all those upcoming bridal occasions! The NastyGal Labor Day sale is the answer to your LWD dreams, with tons of cute options for every bride. And, make sure to look in their 30% off, 50% off, and 60% off sales!

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3. Rent the Runway

Need some couture style in a pinch? Rent The Runways is the perfect place for all brides, bridesmaids, and wedding guests to rent designer dresses, jewelry, handbags, and more. And just for you: get 30% off orders of $100 or more with code: LDW2014. Ends Monday, so shop soon!

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4. Sole Society

OMG SHOES. We can’t get enough of Sole Society, one of our favorite new places to find great deals on designer-like shoes and handbags. If you and/or your bridesmaids are looking for wedding day shoe solution, definitely check them out. Just this weekend, you can find select styles that are up to 70% off!

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5. Birchbox

Looking for a great gift, or want to find the right makeup look for your big day? Birchbox is one of the go-to retailers online for beauty. We love their monthly subscriptions (how did anyone ever find their favorite beauty products before?!) but also love ogling their beauty shop for fab deals on beauty steals. This weekend, you can get 50 extra Birchbox points with a purchase of $35 or more — just use the code: WEEKEND. It’s good till Tuesday, so don’t snooze on this one!

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6. Baublebar

Beautiful, chic jewelry for jaw-droppingly affordable prices? Um, yes please! Find the perfect bauble to tie your bridal or bridesmaid look together with the ridiculously pretty and affordable jewelry from Baublebar. This weekend, they’ve got jewelry styles starting at 50% off.

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Alright ladies, start your engines and get shopping! I know I’ve already got my eye on a couple items from each store…

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Dogs at weddings: 35 furry friends that are SO into your wedding day http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/29/dogs-at-weddings-35-furry-friends/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/29/dogs-at-weddings-35-furry-friends/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29443 Skye Blu Photography via Style Me Pretty We’ve all seen them — the photos of adorable pups on a wedding day, cavorting down the aisle with a ring sewn to their collars or a flower crown atop their ears. There’s no denying that dogs at weddings are just too. Darn. Cute. If you’re thinking of […]

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We’ve all seen them — the photos of adorable pups on a wedding day, cavorting down the aisle with a ring sewn to their collars or a flower crown atop their ears. There’s no denying that dogs at weddings are just too. Darn. Cute.

If you’re thinking of bringing your pup to your wedding day though, there’s a few things to keep in mind:

  • Does your venue (ceremony and reception) allow pets?
  • If you’re bringing your dog, what do you need to pack for them to get through the wedding? (Think a leash, food, treats, any medication, etc.)
  • How well-behaved is your pup? Is there a chance he could start barking during there ceremony, or steal the show in some other not-so-desirable way?
  • Who will be your default dog-sitter during the wedding ceremony and even the reception? (Your wedding day is such a whirlwind, you won’t have time to remember if Fido is hungry or needs to go out!)
  • How will your pet get home, if you’re doing a special getaway or spending the night elsewhere?

Once you figure out the above questions, you’ll get a clearer sense of whether or not having your fur baby at your wedding day is actually right for you. If your dog will be attending, it’s safe to say you’ll they’ll be TOTALLY excited to watch you tie the knot, just like these 35 furry friends below!

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Nessa K. Photography via All Sorts Of Pretty

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Anna Delores Photography via Acute Designs

And now, for the one wedding cat (who, I have to say, is WAY less into the whole wedding thing than dogs)…

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That guy still looks pretty handsome, though! Well, brides, what do you think? Could you take your dog to your wedding ceremony and reception… or is that too risky for you? Let us know in the comments!

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6 Notable Etsy Wedding Invitation Designers http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/29/6-notable-etsy-wedding-invitation-designers/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/29/6-notable-etsy-wedding-invitation-designers/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29299 Mikkel Paige Everyone loves snail mail. There’s just something about opening your mailbox to find a hand-addressed envelope with your name on it, beckoning your eager eyes. Personally, when I get a letter in the mail, I practically trip up the stairs while hurrying to put my things down, find a comfortable seat, and delicately […]

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Everyone loves snail mail. There’s just something about opening your mailbox to find a hand-addressed envelope with your name on it, beckoning your eager eyes. Personally, when I get a letter in the mail, I practically trip up the stairs while hurrying to put my things down, find a comfortable seat, and delicately open my little treat. Obviously, when that treat includes a wedding invite, that excitement gets multiplied by a million. And when that invite is so stinking adorable that it deserves a spot on the fridge? Well, that’s like winning the jackpot.

The wedding industry is vast and there is option after option available when picking invitations, but since the universe blessed us with Etsy, we all have more unique and creative picks than ever before.  Why go with Etsy for your wedding print needs? Not only are you supporting independent businesses, but you’re sure to find absolutely unique, personable, and creative options with the click of a button. To help my fellow Etsy-lovers with their invitation search, I’ve rounded up some notable designers worth diving into.

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SHOP NAME: Harken Press

NOTE-WORTHY ATTRIBUTES: Creative invitation suites that include everything from menus to guest reply cards.

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SHOP NAME: Digibuddha Paperie

NOTE-WORTHY ATTRIBUTES: Rustic? Glam? Romantic? Whatever vibe you’re looking for, this shop has it all.

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SHOP NAME: Chalkboard Design

NOTE-WORTHY ATTRIBUTES: It’s all in the name. This shop is for the crafty chalkboard-lover found in every single one of us.

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SHOP NAME: Wide Eyes Paper Co

NOTE-WORTHY ATTRIBUTES: Design and letterpress studio that specializes in rustic, unique invitation suites full of character.

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SHOP NAME: Whimsy B Designs

NOTE-WORTHY ATTRIBUTES: Into the regal look? Then this shop is for you. Kate Middleton approves.

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SHOP NAME: Olive Juice Stationary

NOTE-WORTHY ATTRIBUTES: Featured in Brides magazine, this impressive design shop has everything from colorful, attention grabbing touches to simple save the dates.

Go ahead, dive head first and get lost in the world of design with these fabulous shops. You never know, one just may have the invites that are “The one!”

Emily Vanderbeek_Headshot _150About Emily: Emily 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!

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Win a custom hand stamped necklace by Junghwa http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/28/giveaway-junghwa-jewelry/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/28/giveaway-junghwa-jewelry/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=27035   ***This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our giveaway winner Alex Burnstein!*** So you’ve walked down the aisle, got hitched, went on your honeymoon. Now what? Well, after your wedding is over I have to admit the planning advice and tips we can give you are a little more limited (I mean, you’re not […]

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***This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our giveaway winner Alex Burnstein!***

So you’ve walked down the aisle, got hitched, went on your honeymoon. Now what? Well, after your wedding is over I have to admit the planning advice and tips we can give you are a little more limited (I mean, you’re not planning a wedding anymore!), but we can show you amazing ways to commemorate and celebrate your wedding day.

One of our favorite ways brides can commemorate their wedding day is by wearing a small token for their new initials or wedding date. Well, today’s giveaway features probably one of the most adorable ways we’ve seen to do just that! Amy Stewart of Junghwa on Etsy creates gorgeous pieces of jewelry, from pretty delicate earrings to custom hand stamped necklaces.

One lucky bride today can WIN one of our favorite hand stamped necklace designs from Junghwa, pictured above! Reading “MR & MRS, EST. 20xx” (or whenever your wedding year was!), this pretty piece is the perfect subtle way to always keep your wedding memories close. Want to learn how you could win it?

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Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

1. Repin your favorite image from this Pinterest board

2. Comment on this post & tell us why you want to win this necklace

3. That’s it — you’re entered!

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It’s so hard to pick a favorite necklace from Junghwa, because the entire boutique on Etsy is filled with beautifully simple and swoon-worthy jewelry. Want to see more of Amy’s awesome creations? Read on!

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Totally gorgeous, right? If you can’t get enough of beautiful jewelry from Junghwa, the solution is simple: enter our giveaway, and follow Junghwa on Instagram and Facebook to get updated on their latest and greatest!

Hurry up and enter though — our giveaway is only open until next Thursday, September 4th! And stay tuned, as the winner will be announced here on Friday the 5th.  Good luck, brides!

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Etsy wedding dress guide: 8 amazing Etsy boutiques for brides http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/28/etsy-wedding-dress-guide-boutique-brides/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/28/etsy-wedding-dress-guide-boutique-brides/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29215 Grace Loves Lace When starting the search for the perfect wedding dress, most brides round up the ladies, make sure the strapless bra is on, and start hitting the bridal boutiques. While the initial excitement of trying on wedding dresses is a given, after you try on that 17th wedding dress… you can start to imagine […]

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When starting the search for the perfect wedding dress, most brides round up the ladies, make sure the strapless bra is on, and start hitting the bridal boutiques. While the initial excitement of trying on wedding dresses is a given, after you try on that 17th wedding dress… you can start to imagine how it could get old really quickly.

Well brides, it’s the 21st century and we have the technology to make this process better. How? Shopping for your wedding dress online. Yes, it’s possible and it’s actually awesome. Not does shopping for your wedding dress online mean you can stay at home in your slippers with a mug of tea (YES!), but it also means you’ll have a wider array of dresses to browse.

One of the best online places to shop for your wedding dress (or anything wedding-related!) is Etsy, but with so many boutiques and dresses on this artisan, indie e-tailer, it can be hard to find the true wedding dress gems. But never fear! We’ve put together this handy Etsy wedding dress guide so you can stop searching and start shopping for that perfect gown.

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Leanimal designer Leanne Marshall keeps brides looking classic and girly, while still keeping her dresses fresh and not too traditional. From hand-beaded details to lovely lace accents and pin-tucked bodices, brides are sure to love Leanimal’s pretty gowns.

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Ouma

If you’re a bride who is looking for beautiful gown with an edgy attitude, Ouma may be the boutique of your dreams. Designer Monique Sandoval mixes tulle and sequins, and loves playing with unexpected details like leather and ombre.

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Jillian Fellers

There’s something about Jillian Fellers‘ designs that conjure up visions of a romantic Victorian-era love story. With delicate silk, chiffon and crepe dresses that are cut and draped with a vintage vibe, a wedding dress from Jillian Fellers is the stuff every hopeless romantic dreams of.

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Rebecca Shoneveld

The Art Deco wedding trend isn’t even close to being over — and for good reason! Gorgeous vintage-style dresses like the ones designed by Rebecca Shoneveld continually breathe new life (and extreme prettiness) into this chic wedding style. That hand-beaded lace gown below? We die.

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Dark Pony Designs

If your bridal look will be all about the tulle skirt and your favorite top, look no further than Dark Pony Designs. Specializing in tulle skirts of every length and color, Dark Pony Designs is the place to complete your unique bridal look.

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The Flower Bride

Surprising, exciting and always 100% chic, wedding dresses from The Flower Bride are perfect for brides who want to do something different and fashion-forward. Details like peplum, boho cotton lace and silk rosettes all make an appearance in her current selection of wedding dresses, and they look so good.

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Grace Loves Lace

A wedding community crowd favorite, Grace Loves Lace is an amazing boutique filled with breathtaking dresses that feature (you guessed it!) lots o’ lace. Brides rave about GLL’s fresh and modern approach to lace wedding gowns, which breathes new life into the traditional wedding style.

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Truvelle

One of our newest Etsy obsessions? Truvelle! Designer Gaby Bayona’s modern designs effortlessly combine stunning simplicity with a bit of whimsy. The result? Blush sequins, long romantic ribbons, understated and pretty lace… we could go on and on.

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And if you’re not convinced yet that Etsy is truly one of the best wedding dress shopping destinations yet, then consider this: most of these gorgeous dresses run for less than $2k. Yes, you heard us right. For a fraction of what you would pay at a traditional wedding dress boutique, you could get a handmade, one-of-a-kind wedding gown that you’ll not only love on your wedding day, but you’ll also love looking back on.

Would you buy a wedding dress from Etsy? If you’re an Etsy bride, what was your experience like? We’d love for you to share your thoughts with other brides in the comments!

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A woodsy and romantic wedding by Bethany Jeffery Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/27/earthy-romantic-wedding-bethany-jeffery-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/27/earthy-romantic-wedding-bethany-jeffery-photography/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:30:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29213 Max and Cambria got married amongst the trees in an intimate ceremony. A small group of their closest friends and family were there to witness their vows and celebrate at their fun, totally unique reception. Captured spectacularly by Bethany Jeffrey Photography, Max and Cambria’s woodsy and romantic wedding day is the perfect dose of prettiness  and […]

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Max and Cambria got married amongst the trees in an intimate ceremony. A small group of their closest friends and family were there to witness their vows and celebrate at their fun, totally unique reception. Captured spectacularly by Bethany Jeffrey Photography, Max and Cambria’s woodsy and romantic wedding day is the perfect dose of prettiness  and is sure to leave you with a smile on your face.

Read on for more gorgeous photos (the groomsmen’s outfits are SPOT ON)!

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Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

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Woodsy romantic wedding Bethany Jeffrey Photography

Totally lovely, right brides? Congrats to Max and Cambria, and thanks to Bethany Jeffrey Photography for sharing!

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5 reasons NOT to do a first look on your wedding day http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/27/reasons-first-look-wedding-day/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/27/reasons-first-look-wedding-day/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28861 Erich McVey via OnceWed Imagine your fiance seeing you for the first time in your beautiful gown on your wedding day. In your mind, is this happening before or during the ceremony? In other words, will you do a “first look”? It seems like almost all couples now participate in this trend, which involves a […]

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Imagine your fiance seeing you for the first time in your beautiful gown on your wedding day. In your mind, is this happening before or during the ceremony? In other words, will you do a “first look”? It seems like almost all couples now participate in this trend, which involves a private or semi-private pre-ceremony meeting between the couple–primarily for the photo opp. Drama included.

If I’m being polite, I’d say, Do what feels right to you and your fiancé. But if I’m being honest? Wait until the ceremony. Here are 5 reasons NOT to do a first look:

5. You can stay in bed a little longer. Just think about it: you were up late at the rehearsal dinner the night before, you probably didn’t have the best sleep to begin with, and you have salon appointments scheduled from 9 til noon (or later!). Knowing you’re meeting your groom a few hours before the ceremony just cuts into your beauty rest and regimen, not to mention the time you’ll have to get ready with your best gals!

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4. Your dress will be pristine for the ceremony. Many couples who do a first look choose a scenic, outdoor locale for the big reveal–understandably so. Unfortunately, that means an increased likelihood you’ll be dragging your train through the elements (read: mud, grass, or dusty sidewalks). If you forego the first look, you don’t have to worry about your dress, shoes, or veil getting soiled before the ceremony. Once the ceremony ends, the party begins, so you can feel free to get down and dirty (and I mean that in the classiest of ways).

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3. Your guests get to be a part of that emotional moment when you make your grand entrance. One of the reasons you have a wedding instead of opting for an elopement or the courthouse is so that your friends and family can share in the joy and celebration of your union. Amiright?

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So, why not include them in one of the most memorable parts of the whole day? It’s like a gift you give your guests: their smiles and tears as they look back and forth between you and him as you near the end of the aisle will be so worth it.

2. You’ll ACTUALLY be married when you pose for your first photos together. While I know some might disagree, that kind of distinct joy on your faces just can’t be replicated. Also, both of you–but most noticeably, your groom–will be wearing a wedding band in the pics, and trust me, those are the ones you’re going to frame.

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1. In the words of singer/songwriter, Carly Simon…Anticipation, anticipation! I’m not crazy about surprises, nor am I super traditional or superstitious. But when I kissed my man goodnight after our rehearsal dinner, knowing it would be our last kiss until we said, “I do,” I don’t think I’ve ever felt more giddy. I know others have argued there is so much pressure on your big day, that seeing each other alone beforehand will ease your nerves. But if you’re an anxious person and don’t enjoy being the center of attention, the walk down the aisle (and, let’s face it: the entire day) might still be nerve-wracking for you. So why not make it a little more fun by prolonging the mystique? The anticipation is palpable in the best kind of way.

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So, whether you’re planning a church, hotel, loft, outdoor, or destination wedding, at least consider the above before deciding to do a first look. Photographers may tell you about the clients who were sooo glad they did it, but remember extra hours equal extra $$$ and you have to decide what’s right for you without feeling pressure from anyone (mom, sister, friend, or even me!). Just know that your guests will wait, happily, if you do decide to take pictures between the ceremony and reception.

All Jill’s wedding photos are courtesy of Life on Prints Photography

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. 24 hours is not nearly enough time in one day, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Check out her personal blog, With Love from Jill!

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10 unique DIY wedding guest escort cards and seating charts http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/26/10-unique-diy-wedding-guest-escort-cards-seating-charts/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/26/10-unique-diy-wedding-guest-escort-cards-seating-charts/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29214 Les Loups Pictures & Songs via 100 Layer Cake When it comes to wedding details, there’s no better place to showcase your unique personality AND your DIY skills than with details at the wedding reception. One of our favorite ways for brides and grooms to delight with details is with unique DIY wedding guest escort cards and […]

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When it comes to wedding details, there’s no better place to showcase your unique personality AND your DIY skills than with details at the wedding reception. One of our favorite ways for brides and grooms to delight with details is with unique DIY wedding guest escort cards and seating charts. As one of the first things your guests see at the reception, it’s important for your escort cards or seating chart to make a statement and convey your wedding theme and feel. (No pressure or anything, right?)

Luckily, these wedding details are fairly easy for brides and grooms to DIY. We’ve rounded up our 10 favorite DIY wedding guest escort cards and seating charts from real weddings to inspire your own special day. Read on for totally gorgeous details (and totally easy DIY tutorials too)!

Escort cards:

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This DIY escort card idea is easy! Just get paint swatches from your local hardware store and a white sharpie, and you’re in business!

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Seating charts:

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Love these DIY chalkboard seating chart ideas? Learn how to make your own chalkboard sign like the ones below with this tutorial from Camp Makery!

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Paper doilies + an old picture frame + your favorite fabric = your new seating chart!

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All you need for this is butcher paper, an old doorframe, and a branch or rod of some sort. Pretty smart, huh?

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An alternative option to a chalkboard sign — just overlay picture frame glass with butcher paper, grab a sharpie, and you’ve got a seating chart!

Feeling inspired yet? With all the endlessly adorable options for DIYing your escort cards or seating chart, you’re sure to find a way to incorporate your own flair into these fun wedding details. Let us know if you’re opting for escort cards or a seating chart, and whether you’ll be DIYing them yourself in the comments!

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Budget wedding decor: 3 ways to style your wedding with thrift store finds http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/26/budget-wedding-decor-style-wedding-thrift-store-finds/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/26/budget-wedding-decor-style-wedding-thrift-store-finds/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=29265 Michael and Anna Costa Photography This is a guest post by our wedding planner and friend Jenny Preston! Read on to learn more about her unique tips & wedding know-how. We’ve all seen them: those gorgeous weddings that are bursting with originality and details from another era. While you may run into many of these […]

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This is a guest post by our wedding planner and friend Jenny Preston! Read on to learn more about her unique tips & wedding know-how.

We’ve all seen them: those gorgeous weddings that are bursting with originality and details from another era. While you may run into many of these items in your local thrift store, there is a common misconception that it is easy and affordable to style your wedding with thrift store finds. I grew up stomping the dusty grounds of antique fairs and flea markets, watching my mom and grandma bargain with vendors. Over the years they have taught me what to look for and when it is time to walk away. Knowing your budget, having a goal, and staying true to your style will help you determine which budget wedding decor thrift store finds are worth the time and money AND also make the biggest visual impact.

1. China

Pros:

Half of a reception is spent eating and sitting at the table, and serving your meal on unique pieces of china is a great way to create a special experience for guests while they dine. China will also make a major impact on your tablescape design. The added bonus being that after the wedding, you and your new husband or wife now have your very own set of wedding china completely unique to you! No need to include that classic on your registry…

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Cons:

If you are planning a large wedding of 100 or more guests, it can leave you wondering what to do with the collection of plates at the end of the day. In this case, consider looking for local rental companies that supply vintage pieces.

Wedding Planner Tip:

Make sure your caterer is wiling to serve on the plates you plan to provide. Many caterers are also happy to pack up the dirty plates at the end of the event, wash them, and have them available for pickup later that week.

Average Price: $1.00 – $5.00 per plate

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Pros:

Between the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, there are plenty of opportunities to pull in unique vintage seating arrangements. Choosing to feature vintage seating makes a statement while also bringing rich textures and intricate details to your photographs.

Planning on purchasing a new home? One of my brides has decided to purchase, refinish, and reupholster seating for their cocktail hour, and plans to use a majority of her finds in their new home!

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Cons:

Storage. Trying to decide where your seating purchases will stay until the day of the wedding and how they will make their way to the venue can be a bit of a challenge.

Average Price: $5.00 – $75.00 per chair

Wedding Planner Tip:

Stick to using the reclaimed chairs during one part of the event, and opt for more practical rentals for the remainder of the occasion. For instance, at my own wedding I will rent simple seating for the ceremony, with the reception featuring more unique seating arrangements mixed with rented high tops to accommodate more guests and encourage mingling.

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Pros:

Thrift stores are abounding with affordable glass, tin, silver, ceramic and even metal vessels. Select vessels that can hold candles and flowers, while providing height differences and maintaining the overall style of your wedding. With a collection of unique vessels, you may even find that your budget for the florist decreases (yay!).

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Cons:

Other than finding a convenient place to store the pieces, there are not many cons to this option. They are much easier to store and transport to the venue, and your future dinner parties will always have beautifully styled tables.

Price: $0.50 – $10.00

Wedding Planner Tip:

Don’t limit yourself to thrift stores! You can often find even better prices at auctions. Many items are sold in “lots” and you can walk away with a deal like 20 bud vases for $10.

As overwhelming as it may seem, remember to have fun with the styling of your wedding. Keep your budget in mind and make an afternoon date with your fiancé, bridesmaid, or groomsman at a local thrift store. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to shop owners and ask if they would consider renting pieces out to you. Sometimes all it takes is a little faith, trust, and vintage dust to create the vintage-inspired wedding of your dreams.

 

jennyprestonJenny Preston grew up in Delray Beach, FL in a home filled with unique pieces from other eras and dreaming of wedding planning. She now owns her own wedding planning and vintage rental company, Jenny Does Weddings, with her fiancé, where she offers brides and grooms advice with a look into her own wedding planning and styling adventures. Follow Jenny Does Weddings on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Autumn is around the corner, and that means that if you’re a wedding guest, you’re going to need to trade in the short skirts for longer hem lengths and layers. While dressing for a summer wedding is fairly straightforward, fall wedding guest style is a little trickier to get right. However, you can be warm, chic, and just formal enough if you know what trends will work best for the changing season! Here are a few looks we love, inspired by our favorite fashion bloggers!

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One way to stay warmer? Opt for longer hem lengths (duh)! Added benefit: you don’t really need to shave your legs when you’re going for the longer skirts. Mix and match your favorite skirt with a cute sweater, jacket or blouse for a chic day-to-evening look.

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Bold Midi Skirts

Not as dramatic as it’s cousin the maxi skirt, your summertime midi skirts are going to transition well from warmer weather to cooler weather. We especially love midi skirts in bold colors and prints for a fun statement.

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Throw your favorite autumn jacket over that A-line dress you’ve been obsessed with this summer, and you’ve got your perfect fall wedding guest look. Or, opt for an A-line dress with longer sleeves to keep it streamlined and chic.

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Pattern + Color Play

Cooler weather means more layers — and more layers are a great opportunity to mix and match those bold colors and prints you’ve been rocking all summer (but haven’t yet worn together). Stripes and florals? Sequins and metallics? Game on!

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Well wedding guests, what summer looks will you be working into your fall wedding guest wear? What are your favorite looks here? Let us know in the comments!

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Imagine this: while dancing the night away at your friends’ wedding reception, you realize that you need to touch up your makeup with blotting papers and apply a little extra hairspray to your ‘do. However, you didn’t bring either of these products with you. In an attempt to find someone that potentially did pack emergency items, you head straight to the ladies room and much to your surprise, there is a basket full of amenities sitting on the vanity with a note from the bride and groom that says to help yourself to whatever you need. What a thoughtful and night-saving gesture, right?

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At nearly every wedding, guests often need some must-have products that they forgot to pack or cannot bring along to the reception. Putting together his and hers bathroom essentials baskets will not only be helpful to your guests, but it also is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to acknowledge your guests that have traveled near and far to celebrate your big day and to make them feel welcome and taken care-of.

So, what products should you include in the baskets? Consider anything that you and your guests may want in an emergency or in a pinch to quickly freshen up before dinner or during a night of dancing. Don’t forget to purchase two of each product to include in both the men’s and ladies basket.

For the budget-savvy bride, include only these essential toiletry items, all of which can be purchased at your local dollar store or in the travel section of a major retailer, such as Target or Wal-Mart:

  • Ibuprofen, $1
  • Tums, $1
  • Band-Aids, $1
  • Contact lens solution, $3
  • Aerosol deodorant (aerosol is best since multiple people potentially could use it!), $1
  • Hand lotion, $1
  • Colgate Wisps (disposable toothbrushes), $3
  • Floss, $1
  • Q-tips, $1
  • Hairspray, $1
  • Safety pins, $1
  • Shout wipes or Tide-to-Go pen, $1
  • Lint brush, $1
  • Mints, $1

Total per basket: $18

There are endless possibilities and products that you can choose to include or not include in the baskets. If you are working with a bigger budget, consider pampering your female guests and include these nice-to-have items in the ladies basket:

  • Feminine hygiene products (tampons, pads, etc.), $4
  • Hair comb or brush, $1
  • Hair elastics, $1
  • Bobby pins, $1
  • Nail file, $1
  • Travel manicure kit, $1
  • Nail polish remover, $2
  • Blotting papers, $2
  • Makeup remover wipes, $4

Total for ladies basket add-ons: $17

As a finishing touch, add a thank you note from the newlyweds or a cute poem to go with the baskets. It will pull the whole project together and will be fun for your guests to read and enjoy.

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There are several poem templates available online that you can use word-for-word or personally cater to fit your wedding theme and the contents of your baskets. After you decide on what wording you’d like to use, you can type it up in Microsoft Word and print the sign on regular computer paper or printer-friendly cardstock using your own printer. Then, simply cut the sign down to the size of the photo frame you’ve decided to use and ta-dah! You’ve created a simple, but effective treat that will make your guests feel like a million bucks.

 

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

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A Romantic Handmade Wedding by Lara Hotz Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/22/romantic-handmade-wedding-lara-hotz-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/22/romantic-handmade-wedding-lara-hotz-photography/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28683 Well, Lara Hotz has done it again! You might remember the lovely eclectic barn wedding we featured just a few weeks ago by Ms. Hotz, which was such a delight to share that we had to share another! Today’s romantic handmade wedding in Sydney has so many lovely DIY details that showcase the bride and […]

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Well, Lara Hotz has done it again! You might remember the lovely eclectic barn wedding we featured just a few weeks ago by Ms. Hotz, which was such a delight to share that we had to share another! Today’s romantic handmade wedding in Sydney has so many lovely DIY details that showcase the bride and groom’s personalities perfectly. From the first moment we see Electra’s handmade (yes ladies, it’s custom) blush and polka-dotted dress to the incredible reception (just wait till you see it!), this is one wedding we are going to remember and cherish for a LONG time.

Electra and James, the bride and groom, have an incredible story to share on top of it all. Originally high school sweethearts (they started dating at 15 years old), James and Electra were together for 12 years before they got engaged. And as for the proposal story…well, you’ll have to read on yourself to find out how James asked! Ready to see more of this amazing couple’s love story?

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Tell us a little about the proposal and the lead up to the wedding?

James proposed in 2011 on a small island in Indonesia, he did the whole down on one knee thing…Electra laughed thinking he was kidding. Once she realized he wasn’t and his leg started to cramp she then gave him the following three conditions for acceptance: 1) No shared bank accounts until he finished medical school, 2) they still had to keep their roommate, and 3) nothing changes. Since then, apart from losing their roommate, nothing has changed. The lead up to the wedding was fantastic; the bride and groom were not stressed and were constantly surrounded by family and friends. Despite organizing so much of the wedding themselves they really enjoyed the week leading into the big day

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What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme / vibe?

We wanted it to feel like our guests were over at our place having a BBQ in the backyard. Kind of like a mid-summer’s night feast!

Favourite detail and/or moment of the day (besides becoming husband and wife of course!!!)?

Probably the Hora (Jewish dancing) after the ceremony, it really set the tone of the night and people of all cultures and religions got involved…it was lovely.

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Any advice for brides and grooms planning a wedding?

  • Always listen to your mothers (this goes for life as much as it does for weddings) and try to keep both mums happy. This usually means a lot of compromising but saves a LOT of hassle!!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We had so much help from all our family members and friends from the decorations, the wedding cake and schlepping things across the city, and we couldn’t have done it without them.
  • If your mother is going to make your dress and she’s not a professional seamstress allow at least 6 months (psst — the bride’s mother made the gown after she fell in love with a Valentino look-alike!)

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So, that’s probably the MOST incredible reception I’ve ever seen. How amazing and crazy is all that dancing? Getting married is wonderful enough, but to be able to dance the night away like that with all their family and friends…let’s just say James and Electra had one amazing wedding day! Congrats to the happy couple, and thanks again to Lara Hotz for sharing!

Vendors:

Photography: Lara Hotz Photography | Dress: Handmade by the bride’s mother | Veil / hair piece: Handmade by the bride’s mother | Shoes: Miu Miu | Flowers: DIY with flowers from the Sydney Flower Markets | Rings: Family heirloom | Bridesmaids dresses: Zimmermann and Joanie loves Chachi | Grooms Tux / Shirt: P Johnson Tailors | Grooms Shoes: Vintage Balenciaga from Groom’s Grandfather | Ceremony & reception venue: Sun Studios | Catering: Cherie from The Cook and Baker | Cake: DIY | Lighting: Peter Glass of Bespoke Audio, Stationery: DIY by the Bride and Groom | Hair: Melissa Cauchi Hair | Music: Glitch Jukebox | Celebrant: Nicky Solomon

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Win adorable throw pillow covers for you & your sweetheart from Zana Products! http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/21/giveaway-zana/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/21/giveaway-zana/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=27051 ***This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner of our giveaway, Stephanie M!*** One of the most exciting parts of getting married is building a home for you and your new spouse to begin your new life! Whether you’ve lived together previously or are just moving in, after you get married you’ll find that investing in […]

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***This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner of our giveaway, Stephanie M!***

One of the most exciting parts of getting married is building a home for you and your new spouse to begin your new life! Whether you’ve lived together previously or are just moving in, after you get married you’ll find that investing in your home is a special way to start the journey. While you might be able to partially furnish your home through wedding gifts, there’s just something so delightful about one-of-a-kind, fun pieces for the home that you just can’t find on a registry. If you’re looking for unique decor to help build your new (or current) home, then you’ll love our giveaway today!

Zana Products on Etsy specializes in adorable throw pillow covers and textiles for the home — whether you’re looking for modern patterns or a fun touch, Zana Products is our new go-to for plush and pretty pillow covers! Their selection of his & hers pillow covers are the perfect touch for a newlywed’s home, and come in a variety of sweet sayings. Their most popular pair of his & hers pillow covers (pictured below!) is our favorite! AND, one of you lucky brides can win this pair of pillow covers for your home!

Want to learn how to win?

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2. Comment on this post & tell us why you want to win these pillow covers!

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Want to see more of Zana Products’ super-cute pillow covers? Our favorites are below, and there are many more his & hers options to ooh and aah over in their shop!

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Too cute! We can’t win these pillow covers for ourselves (*sob*) but one of you lovely brides can…so make sure to enter before our giveaway closes next Thursday, August 28 at 12pm PDT! And check out more of Zana Products’ swoon-worthy designs on their Etsy shop here. Good luck!

All photos courtesy of Zana Products. Read our giveaway terms here.

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Dancing in the Rain: How to Prepare for a Rainy Day Wedding http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/21/rainy-days-ahead-prepare-rainy-day-wedding/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/21/rainy-days-ahead-prepare-rainy-day-wedding/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28750 Carla Ten Eyck via Style Me Pretty As some of you might recall, I am a big fan of inclement weather. No sun? No problem! A Tennessee winter is relatively mild, yes, but I am still planning for low temperatures and some form of precipitation. That said, rain, sleet, or snow can cause some major issues for […]

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As some of you might recall, I am a big fan of inclement weather. No sun? No problem! A Tennessee winter is relatively mild, yes, but I am still planning for low temperatures and some form of precipitation. That said, rain, sleet, or snow can cause some major issues for your upcoming wedding day. Here are a few tips to help you plan your wedding day weather-contingency plan!

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For the bride: Think waterproof makeup and a no-panic approach to what you cannot control. You can hope for the best but prepare for what you can. If you’re worried about rain, make sure you bring your favorite water-repellent outerwear.

If you’re worried about snow, grab a cozy knit sweater or your favorite pea coat. Either way, I’d recommend sporting waterproof cosmetics. A spontaneous photoshoot + rain + mascara + your gorgeous white dress could quickly become a less than photogenic affair.

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For the wedding party: Help prepare them for the upcoming inclement exposure with rainboots and umbrellas. If you have the funds, you might consider supplying your nearest and dearest with individual articles of brightly colored rain gear. You can purchase umbrellas for less than $3 apiece at Amazon.com or IKEA.

Alternatively, it’s a pretty safe assumption that the majority of your bridesmaids and groomsmen own (or can borrow) a basic black umbrella for the day. Either way, you will be showing your wedding party you care and simultaneously might get some visually stunning photographs. Win, win!

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For your wedding guests: Give them as much advance notice as possible! Use your wedding website to emphasize your location (particularly if it is an outdoor location). Provide a link to real-time weather updates. Ask your wedding party to provide a heads up and/or friendly reminders by word-of-mouth. Some guests will inevitably come ill-prepared but you can still offer due-diligence on the front end.

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For your photographers/videographers: The greatest gift you can offer is your flexibility. Yes, a great photographer or videographer is going to come with a rain plan set. No, chances are really good that you won’t get those outdoor photographs if you’d be stepping into the rainstorm remnants of a hurricane. But if the sun peeks out, you might consider temporarily vacating your perfectly planned timeline to take a few photographs that won’t leave everyone involved soaked and soggy. Alternatively, you could consider scouting out locations on site that offer natural light while still providing overhead cover.

For the indoor ceremony and reception: You’ll have a bit easier time planning for your weather what-ifs. Create a space where people can rid themselves of their water repellent attire: a coat check for rain-soaked overcoats or a few racks for umbrellas sporting a large population of raindrops. A stylish coffee bar will help warm up even the coldest of rainy days.

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For the outdoor ceremony/reception: A covered area is imperative. You may be able to get away with oversized umbrellas for a drizzly ceremony. However, for your reception, plan to move the party to a fully covered and enclosed area. A nearby building and/or a tent (preferably with sides and a flooring option) would work nicely. If you’re planning an outdoor soiree, ask your venue how they usually approach rainy day events.

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If you are independently wealthy or are having an intimate gathering, you might consider offering each guest an umbrella, poncho, or blanket. (This would be a rather pricy endeavor but I imagine it would make for a useful and appreciated gesture.) Additionally, plan on bringing several old towels during the day. You can use them to wipe up water on benches, puddles on the edges of the dance floor, or collected water in an entranceway.

With inclement weather a near-guarantee for me, I am planning for precipitation on the front end. Do I have any readers who have experienced great (or not so great) rainy day wedding events? Please share in the comments below!

laurenmillerbioLauren Miller is a northern born, southern bred girl planning a January wedding. She lives in Memphis with her fiancé, Mitch, and their two dogs, Bosco and Cassidy. She loves dogs, traveling, and fresh food. Check back for regular updates on her adventures in wedding planning, detailed how-to guides, and design inspiration! You can also follow her on Pinterest.

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Totally unique getting ready attire that you and your bridesmaids will love http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/20/totally-unique-getting-ready-attire-bridesmaids-love/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/20/totally-unique-getting-ready-attire-bridesmaids-love/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:30:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28754 Jill Thomas Photography via Style Me Pretty The mimosas will be flowing and you’ll be surrounded by your best friends. These girls have been by your side through the best times and it makes sense that your most exciting moment leading up to the aisle will be with them by your side. Part of the […]

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The mimosas will be flowing and you’ll be surrounded by your best friends. These girls have been by your side through the best times and it makes sense that your most exciting moment leading up to the aisle will be with them by your side. Part of the wedding morning most brides leave until the last few weeks is what they’ll wear when they are getting ready. Not only can beautiful and unique attire make for some stunning photos, but it’s another way to bring cohesion into your wedding day. The key to any getting ready attire is to make sure the hair that you’ve just had done doesn’t get messed up! So what are your options?!

1. Let’s talk robes!

One of the best gifts to yourself and bridesmaids is a robe that can be worn again after your wedding. I’ve been in two weddings as a bridesmaid and the bride gifted all the girls a robe to fit our personality! So even though the robes were different, there was still a uniform look that brought us all together. From Plum Pretty Sugar to Etsy shops – you’re sure to find some great deals!

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2. Monograms.

These days we all love monograms and what’s better than a regular old monogram – the new one that you’ll be sporting with your new initials. Not only will this be one of the first items that you have with your new name, but it’s a great keepsake. Your girls will also enjoy having their something special monogrammed. Put it on the sleeve of a men’s shirt, pajama set or even on a robe, either way it’s great for a photo-op and not to mention so comfortable!

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3. Spell it out.

What’s bride without her bridal party? Even though your girls will not forget what part they played in your wedding, it’s always fun to give them a little something that spells out their duties. Not to mention very few occasions call for a “bride” robe, so you may as well milk it, unless you’re like me and still wear it because it’s that soft and lovely. Not only is Etsy the perfect place to get these “sets” but Victoria Secret’s Bridal Boutique offers a great “bridal collection”

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4.  Be Unique.

If you’re looking for something a little different  for the morning of, there are plenty of options including rompers, custom sweats, sports jerseys and spa robes, just to name a few.

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A personal favorite of mine has become the “I Can’t Keep Calm, I’m Getting Married” racer- back tank that can be purchased from Etsy! On my wedding day I chose a romper for the salon and then changed into my bridal robe for the pictures in the suite. As I mentioned, I still like to wear my bride robe because as my husband likes to say, I’ll always be his bride! One thing I wish I would have done is gotten the ladies something that they could have gotten ready in – mostly because it would have been another keepsake to make the day just as special for them.

So brides and bridesmaids, what would you like to get ready for the wedding in? What getting ready look do you like for the girls?

bianaperezThis post was written by Biana of Bloved Boston. Biana 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!

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Five Tips for Styling Wedding Tables http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/20/five-tips-styling-wedding-tables/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/20/five-tips-styling-wedding-tables/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28747 Brosnan Photographic Last year, I spent the day observing internationally acclaimed stylists Pearl & Godiva set up for a beautiful wedding in an old Irish estate (in that gorgeous image above!). I arrived earlier on the morning of the wedding and lent a hand while everything for the wedding tables was being unpacked and unwrapped. […]

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Last year, I spent the day observing internationally acclaimed stylists Pearl & Godiva set up for a beautiful wedding in an old Irish estate (in that gorgeous image above!). I arrived earlier on the morning of the wedding and lent a hand while everything for the wedding tables was being unpacked and unwrapped. Just that phase felt like it took forever! And it did, in part because it was a large wedding with lots of tables to set, but also because the stylists at Pearl & Godiva are masters of their craft. It was such a treat to watch them work and I tried to pick up as many tips for styling wedding tables as I could throughout the day.

As you’re planning your wedding, you’re probably scanning photo after photo of beautiful tables, like the ones in this post. But you might be finding it difficult to figure out exactly why a table’s style works so well. Well, I’ve broken down five tips for styling wedding tables that will make your planning process a little simpler. Let’s look at what makes the most beautiful wedding tables so you’ll know what to look for in yours!

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Layers

If there’s one thing I learned watching the pros, it’s that the most beautiful wedding tables are built with layers – I thought the stylists were finished styling when these tables were only half finished. But when they were done, I realized that’s the difference between a good and a great table. They started with a clean, blank canvas, and they began layering various textiles that complemented each other, metals that reflected when the candles were lit, and everything at different levels to create interest. They also, however, know where to stop. Too many things on a table can make it seem cluttered, so you’ll want to take a step back and make sure you haven’t gone over board.

One of the best tips I can recommend if you’re planning and styling your own tables is to set one full table as fully as you can ahead of time so you can see roughly how it will look.

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Height

Another key to amazing wedding tables is getting the height right. I’ve been to too many weddings where the flower arrangement was giant and exactly at eye level, making conversation across the table completely impossible. You want your guests to be able to enjoy each other’s company, so keep your flower arrangements just below average eye level.

Do, however, mix in different height arrangements and accessories. If everything decorating the table is the same height – low or high – the table will look flat and static. You can also mix up the heights of arrangements from table to table, so each table has a different feel as you look out across the room. This can also help guests find their tables when they’re coming off the dance floor later in the evening!

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You can never have too many candles, especially at a wedding. But just like the height of your arrangements and accessories, mix up your candles. Tea lights and pillar candles are inexpensive and can add so much ambiance to your table arrangements. Stock up somewhere like Ikea or a wholesale supplier – any extras you might have can be used on window sills and in entryways to give added glow to those areas.

You can add height with candelabras, but beware of the bare silver candlestick look. Make sure to soften the look by draping bunting, beads or even ivy around the candlesticks. My brother-in-law recently got married and the hotel provided silver candelabras for each table. We were shocked at the difference adding a little wild ivy made to the look of the entire room. It went from stark and a little tacky to rustic and inviting in a snap.

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Textures

Part of your layering should involve adding in different textures, with fabrics, accessories or even stationery. You want a few things to stand out on the table and pull your guests in to look closer. Textiles and fabrics instantly add a warmer texture and can also be an easy and inexpensive way to add color to a plain old white tablecloth. At my wedding, we found patterned fabric and used it to make sort of large square table runners in the center of the round tables. It added cheerful color as a base to layer candles and flower arrangements onto.

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The last layer of the equation involves the little details that can add that last bit of personality to your wedding tables. Like the pinecones in the image above, you can continue to tie in any theme you might have with smaller details on your wedding tables. Your table numbers can add that detail, whether they’re in frames or sitting up on their own (like these). Or adding little favors at each plate adds a unique detail as well.

So what do you think, have we demystified the art of styling wedding tables just a little for you? Are you ready to try out your own to practice for your big day – or even an upcoming dinner party?

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!

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5 things every bride must know about choosing wedding colors http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/19/choosing-wedding-colors-anns-bridal-bargains/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/19/choosing-wedding-colors-anns-bridal-bargains/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:30:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28396 Kimberly Chau Photography Picking your wedding colors is never an easy task. After all, the colors you pick are going to be the ones that appear and reappear throughout your wedding day, so you’ve got to love them! But how is a bride to decide, with all the pretty hues out there? And how will […]

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Picking your wedding colors is never an easy task. After all, the colors you pick are going to be the ones that appear and reappear throughout your wedding day, so you’ve got to love them! But how is a bride to decide, with all the pretty hues out there? And how will you know which colors to pick and pair together? Here are some of our tips:

  • What does your venue look like? Are you having an outdoor ceremony or an indoor ceremony? There might be some colors in the venue’s natural scenery that might inspire you — think dark plums for a vineyard wedding, or blues for the beach.
  • What season will you be married in? Warm, muted autumn colors might look strange in a springtime ceremony, and those springtime pastels might be out of place in your fall wedding.
  • Think about your bridesmaids. What colors do you see them in? Many brides actually choose their wedding colors after picking out their bridesmaids dresses.
  • Look for inspiration everywhere. I’ve seen weddings whose colors have been inspired by the smallest things — the colors in a favorite patterned blazer, or the hues of a bouquet.
  • Create an inspiration board on Pinterest — however, be very picky with what you Pin. Pinning indiscriminately is fun, but at the end of the day you’ll have a board without a cohesive look or feel. Choose a Pin that you absolutely love, and build a board around the colors, textures, and lighting in that one photo.

One of our favorite looks is sunshine yellow paired with dusty, elegant gray. This color combination is bright and cheery without coming off too bold, as the gray gives the look a more muted feel. Perfect for the springtime throughout the summer, yellow and gray works well with nearly every venue. However, we particularly love the look for weddings taking place in country clubs, backyards, and modern, white reception spaces.

See more of this beautiful wedding day look with the inspiration board below!

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Isn’t this color combination just so smart? In this particular board, we started with the perfect yellow and gray Damask Arches Invitation by Ann’s Bridal Bargains in the Canary color, and built around it. The regal damask print and the colors of the invitation served as the perfect inspiration to create this sophisticated spring time look.

How will you discover your wedding day colors? If you’re just starting out, look for that one wedding day must-have and build your inspiration board around it, like we did above with the wedding invitation from Ann’s Bridal Bargains.

Love the idea of building your wedding colors around an invitation? Check out Ann’s Bridal Bargains and see if there’s an invite out there with your perfect wedding colors. Even better? Wedding Party readers can use the promo code: WEDDINGPARTY15 to get 15% off wedding invitations! Hurry though; the offer’s only good until Sept. 30, 2014, so snap up those invites you’re eyeing ASAP!

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A Chic Outdoor DIY Wedding by Cottonwood Road Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/19/chic-outdoor-diy-wedding-cottonwood-road-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/19/chic-outdoor-diy-wedding-cottonwood-road-photography/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28731 There’s always something wonderful about a bride and groom who have killer smiles — everything about their wedding photos seem to light up more and come to life. Today’s couple, Katy and Ian, not only have amazing smiles, but they also have a VERY chic outdoor DIY wedding that we’re totally in love with. From […]

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There’s always something wonderful about a bride and groom who have killer smiles — everything about their wedding photos seem to light up more and come to life. Today’s couple, Katy and Ian, not only have amazing smiles, but they also have a VERY chic outdoor DIY wedding that we’re totally in love with. From the handmade paper flower decor to Katy’s gorgeous updo, we’re just smitten with all the special touches to the happy couple’s special day.

And can we talk about those gorgeous wedding photographs taken perfectly at magic hour by Cottonwood Road Photography? Well, let’s just say they don’t call it magic hour for nothing. Read on for more wedding gorgeousness — you’ll want to catch every last detail!

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Photography: Cottonwood Road Photography | Venue: Winfrey Point | Caterer: Blue Mesa | Rentals: Gold Dust Vintage Rentals | Music: Travis & Kristie Lawrence

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4 ways to personalize your wedding day decor http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/19/4-ways-personalize-wedding-day-decor/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/19/4-ways-personalize-wedding-day-decor/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28862 Natalie Franke Photography Have you ever attended a wedding that was beautiful, had great food, a killer DJ, but zero personal touches? As in, the wedding could have been anyone’s wedding. Nothing stood out. Ever had that happen? It’s kind-of sad. The best part about planning a wedding is sharing what makes you unique with […]

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Have you ever attended a wedding that was beautiful, had great food, a killer DJ, but zero personal touches? As in, the wedding could have been anyone’s wedding. Nothing stood out. Ever had that happen? It’s kind-of sad. The best part about planning a wedding is sharing what makes you unique with your friends and family. If you’re taking the time to read a wedding blog, my guess is you want your wedding day decor to be awesome and reflect you and your fiancé’s personalities. At my wedding, I want people to walk in and go, “this is totally Matt and Gina.”

Don’t worry, I’m not about to go into some elaborate step-by-step DIY project. You don’t have to be a DIY maven to find ways to add personal touches to your wedding day. And I don’t care if you have a wedding planner or are doing everything yourself, you need to think about this stuff. Here are a couple tips on how to let your personality shine on your big day.

1. Add Stuff You Like.

I always get complimented on the décor at my house, which is funny to me because it’s literally just full of stuff I like (plus a lot of Matt’s college sh**). There’s no organized look, but what makes it work is the mix of complementary colors, a variety of textures, and things that mean something to us. Keep this in mind when it comes to your wedding. If you feel confined by a theme or set of colors, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to let your personality shine. So what do you like? Photos, flowers, antique vases, art prints, typography, books, Americana, stripes, wine corks? Figure out what you like and then find a way to incorporate that stuff.

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Cluster picture frames together (hint: it’s better if they don’t match), grab memorable items from your house to have on display, or make a collage of things you’ve done together as a couple (saved concert tickets, postcards, photo booth strips…you get the idea). At our wedding, the “stuff we like” includes: wine bottles we’ve saved over the years that have been cut into flower vases; engagement photos; large “M” and “G” letters, some wine boxes including one we got the day of our engagement; and we’re having people sign wine corks we’ve collected over the years instead of a guest book.

2. Repurpose Things.

Decorating for a wedding can get expensive. Why not use things you already have and love? As I mentioned above, our centerpieces are cut wine bottles, labels still on and everything. These bottles have fond memories for us of late nights on the patio sharing wine with friends and family. What perfect centerpieces, right? I also repurposed a few picture frames from around the house, plus a bulletin board and some flower vases. And I’m using a wine box given to me years ago by my dad as a card box. If you’re worried about things being a little too mix-and-match or eclectic, get yourself some good spray paint and paint items to match your colors.

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Seriously, spray painting is something you absolutely cannot mess up. Shake, spray, let dry, spray again. Grab stuff from your house (see “stuff you like”) and use it as décor at your guest book table, food table or even as part of your centerpieces. Ideas include: stacks of your favorite books, childhood toys or mementos, travel trinkets, candles and candle pillars, hurricanes, lamps, figurines, pottery – the sky’s the limit!

3.  Commission Friends and Family

Your loved ones play a big role in who you are, so why not incorporate them into your décor? For instance, my mom makes handmade soap, so she’s making soap with customized labels in our wedding colors (normally I’m vehemently against wedding favors but come on, who wouldn’t want a bar of handmade soap?!). If you have an artsy friend or family member, have them make signs, programs or create some artwork that match the wedding theme.

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My dad is pretty handy when it comes to building things, so he built some decorative flower planters that I intend to put flowers in (I’ve still got two weeks, people) to add some décor to the outdoor area of our wedding. My point is: you don’t have to come up with this stuff all on your own. Play to the strengths of those around you and add décor that means something to you. We’ve all seen a million Pottery Barn-inspired weddings. Make this unique to you!

4. Color, Texture, Pattern, Shine

If you’ve ever watched TLC’s “What Not to Wear” you totally know what I’m referring to.  Just like with your wardrobe, your wedding décor needs to have some visual interest and variety. It’s easy to get caught up in being matchy matchy, but don’t go so overboard on your color scheme that your wedding ends up looking like prom circa 1999. My recommendation is to pick one main color, one accent color and a neutral (ivory, gray, taupe, silver, gold, etc.)  Then add visual interest by mixing in texture, pattern and shine. You don’t have to have all of these things going on at once, but make sure you incorporate at least one or two. Don’t be afraid to mix stripes and dots, floral and burlap, or sparkly with matte. Also, keep in mind that shades of the same color add a lot of visual interest.

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Our wedding color scheme is navy (main), shades of green (accent) and ivory/gold (neutral). You’ll find navy in the picture frames, soap labels, signs, bridesmaid dresses and the bouquet ribbons. You’ll see shades of green in the flower arrangements, vases, the fabric lining the wine boxes and bulletin board, and in the groom’s tie. The neutral colors come into play in everything so that you don’t walk in and just see a sea of color. We have both floral and striped fabrics, a slight gold shimmer to the votives, and picture frames with a variety of textures. If you’re still confused, head to TLC.com and view some back episodes of “What Not to Wear.” Your wedding and your wardrobe will thank you!

These are just some general parameters meant to help you in your path to creating a unique, personalized wedding environment. Don’t feel like you have to buy a bunch of matching, cookie-cutter wedding decorations. Instead, think about what you love, what personifies you, what you already have and who you know. Your wedding will be beautiful because it represents you!

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Gina Borud is a newlywed from Boise, Idaho and has been blogging about her experience as a bride (and now wife!) since April. She owns her own graphic design and consulting business (www.designscribble.com) and works to help individuals, small businesses, nonprofits and startups with their marketing and communication needs. Gina enjoys perfecting her crab cake recipe, drinking wine and playing cribbage with her husband, Matt, and playing outside in the great Idaho outdoors. She’s an avid swimmer, runner, gardener and reality TV junkie.

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Brides-to-be: Steal Lauren Conrad’s perfect wedding-worthy bridal updo! http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/18/brides-steal-lauren-conrads-perfect-wedding-worthy-bridal-updo/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/18/brides-steal-lauren-conrads-perfect-wedding-worthy-bridal-updo/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28962 Kristen Ess Did you see?! Lauren Conrad has done it yet again in the hair department, proving she’s on track to be one of THE most chic brides of all time (move over, Kate!). This weekend the style maven sported what can only be described as the most perfect wedding-worthy bridal updo, pretty much ever […]

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Did you see?! Lauren Conrad has done it yet again in the hair department, proving she’s on track to be one of THE most chic brides of all time (move over, Kate!). This weekend the style maven sported what can only be described as the most perfect wedding-worthy bridal updo, pretty much ever (above).

Could this be a preview of her wedding-hair-to-be? If it is, I have to say it’s stunning, and totally perfect for a bride. With a gorgeous, chunky braid accenting the loose pretty updo put together by Kristin Ess of the Beauty Department, it’s a winner. Let’s take another look at the ‘do from the back…

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Yep, I’m in love. If you’re digging Lauren’s hair but are looking for some specifically wedding-y variations, don’t worry — we’ve dug around on Pinterest for looks on real brides that pretty much hit the mark.

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And finally, this elegant updo by Anne Sage comes not only with a pretty picture, but with a tutorial as well! Time to roll up your sleeves, get out the bobby pins, and get to it!

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So, what do you think brides? Which of these looks is your favorite — or, will you try to emulate the queen bee herself and go for Lauren Conrad’s do by Kristin Ess? Let us know your wedding hair plans in the comments!

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A playful New York wedding by Joseph Delgado Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/18/playful-new-york-wedding-joseph-delgado/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/18/playful-new-york-wedding-joseph-delgado/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:45:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28729 Weddings are already beautiful by nature, but what happens when you add in a breathtaking view of New York City as your ceremony backdrop? Well, we’re sure you can imagine that it’s pure magic, by why imagine when you could see the photos of such a wedding yourself? Michael and Kristine’s special day took place in […]

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Weddings are already beautiful by nature, but what happens when you add in a breathtaking view of New York City as your ceremony backdrop? Well, we’re sure you can imagine that it’s pure magic, by why imagine when you could see the photos of such a wedding yourself? Michael and Kristine’s special day took place in a picturesque, sunny park with (you guessed it!) a killer view of Manhattan. Le sigh. Could this ceremony be any more perfect?

Not only was the venue totally on point, but Kristine looks like a fairy tale princess and combined with her groom, Michael, this couple has the BEST series first-look photos we’ve seen in a while. A perfectly playful and romantic special day captured artfully Joseph Delgado, this is one magical New York wedding you can’t miss!

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What a fun wedding! Congrats to Michael and Kristine, and thanks again to Joseph Delgado for sharing his masterful photos!

Vendors:

Photographer: Joseph Delgado | Videographer: Dave Marion, Creative Video Concepts | Florist: Flowerful Events | Wedding Cake: Carlo’s Bakery | DJ: Austin John | Hair and Makeup: Mia Crivaro | Dress: Maggie Sottero | Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

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An Enchanting Winter Wedding by Cavanagh Photography http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/15/enchanting-winter-wedding-cavanagh-photography/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/15/enchanting-winter-wedding-cavanagh-photography/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28727 It’s about that time of the year when we start thinking to the cooler months ahead, and wedding season begins to wind down. Unless, of course, you’ve got some winter weddings on the calendar! Although you won’t be prancing about receptions in sundresses, winter weddings have their own charm — cozy receptions and chic cold […]

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It’s about that time of the year when we start thinking to the cooler months ahead, and wedding season begins to wind down. Unless, of course, you’ve got some winter weddings on the calendar! Although you won’t be prancing about receptions in sundresses, winter weddings have their own charm — cozy receptions and chic cold weather bridal looks are always delightful!

Today’s wedding is one such celebration which took place in the wintry wonderland of Thredbo, Australia. Sarah and Andrew were married in a cozy chapel and later partied with guests at a fun-filled reception in their favorite ski resort. In between, with their magical photographer Adam Cavanagh of Cavanagh Photography, the couple posed for stunning photos atop the snowy mountains of Thredbo.

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Well brides, isn’t Sarah and Andrew’s special day just the quintessential winter wedding? We can’t get enough of those photos atop Thredbo, and how lovely Sarah looks as a bundled winter bride! Let us know if you’re having a winter wedding in the comments!

Vendors:

Photography: Cavanagh Photography | Ceremony: Mary MacKillop Chapel | Accommodation & Reception: The Denman Hotel & Spa | Hair: Lee Bergner | Make up: Jennifer Ratcliffe (Mary Kay) | Dress: Demetrios | Florist: Cecilia Larkin (groom’s mother) | Cake: Janette Warren (close family friend) | DJ: Ardanien Entertainment

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The 411 On Buying an Awesome Wedding Band http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/15/buy-wedding-bands/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/15/buy-wedding-bands/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=27818 Taylor Lord Photography I guess I must be pretty clueless because for the longest time, I didn’t realize there was actually a separate wedding band involved in the whole wedding . I just assumed that the groom put the original engagement ring on the bride, and the bride put a ring on the groom because it would be […]

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I guess I must be pretty clueless because for the longest time, I didn’t realize there was actually a separate wedding band involved in the whole wedding . I just assumed that the groom put the original engagement ring on the bride, and the bride put a ring on the groom because it would be totally unfair if he didn’t get one too! Maybe I was so blinded and bedazzled by the carats of diamonds that I failed to notice its less-blinged out counterpart.

However, the wedding band is of considerable significance to your wedding ceremony. Not only is it a sort of pledge of everlasting love, but is anyone really going to complain about the aesthetics or ceremonial pomp and celebration behind putting a ring on it? Nope, zilch, nada. Here’s my run-down on the nitty-gritty of wedding bands.

Keep it Simple

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The point of a wedding band (besides to signify your everlasting love for your spouse) is to complement your engagement ring, not clash with it. As such, depending on how dazzling your stone is, you’ll want to match your wedding band to look like an extension of your engagement ring.

Sometimes, brides have unusually shaped stones (with twists or large solitaire jewels). If that’s the case, it might be worth looking into getting a band custom-made to fit your engagement ring. However, retailers such as Kay Jewelers and Blue Nile should have an extensive collection of wedding bands styles. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, than try out Etsy or your local jeweler — you never know what great pieces you’ll find.

How expensive is expensive?

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Well, it depends on what quality you want your wedding band to be. Since wedding bands tend to be less extravagant than engagement rings, they tend to be not as expensive — however, it doesn’t prevent costs spiking up to as high as a grand for a simple band.

Costs are pretty dependent on what type of jewelry metal you purchase your ring as. White gold and platinum tend to be very expensive but look very elegant by themselves. Yellow gold can be a little harsh, so it would really be a matter of trial-and-error to see if it matches with your engagement ring. Tungsten and titanium are a popular choice for more durable wedding bands, especially since they seem to be less prone to nicks and dings during  intensive manual work — men in particular especially seem to like these metals. Overall, I’d say that wedding bands can range from $20-$850+, depending on how detailed you want your wedding band to be.

Additionally, any extra embellishments such as embedding small stones into your band can alter the cost as well. Simple pave bands are a popular choice for adding some extra shine to your engagement ring, but keep in mind that the cost of those stones will drive up overall costs. You can also customize your wedding band to your own liking, whether it be giving the rings an inscription or carving a pattern into them.

For me, I purchased a very simple 3 mm sterling silver band from Eve’s Addiction for around $20, and it serves its purpose quite well as a beautiful complementary piece to my more detailed Bali style ring. It just goes to show that you don’t have to pull out the big bucks to find a ring that suits your purpose.

Mix and Match

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While  I generally tend to pair my jewelry with similar metals, sometimes having jewelry of the same tone unexpectedly clashes. And it’s not a cardinal sin to mix the metals of your rings either. Often times, it can create a beautifully hued and stunning look.

However, it can be difficult to mix metals because how good good metals look largely depends on your skin. People with pale skin or cool skin tones tend to look best with more white/silver jewelry metals whereas people with richer, earth-toned skins tend to look best with warm metals such as gold or rose gold. Hence, the best way to decide whether or not you should mix or match your ring metals is to experiment. If gold washes your skin out and makes you look sickly pale, you’ll probably want to avoid using that jewelry metal in general. However, very unorthodox and unique combinations can be made, so don’t be afraid to go to a local jeweler and shop around.

A crowd favorite does seem to be white gold though — it has enough of a goldish hue to keep it warm, but its likelihood of having rhodium plating keeps it on the cooler side as well. It’s the best of both worlds.

Do I have to wear the engagement ring with the wedding band?

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While it’s nice to have your wedding band match and complement your engagement ring, you don’t actually have to wear them both together. It’s wholly up to you and your lifestyle.

If you’re a professional chef who is constantly shifting her hands around, you definitely don’t want to accidentally snap off the rock off of your engagement ring and have it hurtle down a sink. In this case, it would be appropriate to have a wedding band and buy a wedding band that can stand on its own as a functional ring. If you have a ring that has curved edges or unique setting and need your ring to match it, consider how often you would actually wear your engagement ring to merit the purchase of buying a customized wedding band. If you don’t plan to wear your engagement ring very often but prefer a simpler band instead, it might be useful just investing in a wedding band that looks good on its own.

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For the adventurous couple who thinks that nicks and dings just add to the beauty of things, maybe the perfect wedding bands are the ones that you make yourself. There are plenty of classes taught by master jewelers who will teach you and your beloved fiancee to forge, sweat, and bang away until you make the most awesome wedding bands ever.

Go to local jewelry stores and ask if they offer any classes or know of any other jewelers that offer those sort of custom-forging classes. You can also check Google or Yelp for reviews on any local classes to see which option is best.


Now I’m super curious — what wedding bands did you buy to best complement your engagement ring? Why’d you choose that one specifically? Comment below!

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7 Clever Ways to Mix Up Your Wedding Bar http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/15/clever-ways-mix-up-wedding-bar/ http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/2014/08/15/clever-ways-mix-up-wedding-bar/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.weddingpartyapp.com/blog/?p=28101 Stephanie Rose Photography This is a gust post by our friend Brett Konen of the Twine Living blog. Let’s be honest: The first question a lot of people ask upon opening a wedding invitation is, “Will there be an open bar?” The bar is epicentral to the reception revelry, melting away awkwardness and helping fill up the […]

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This is a gust post by our friend Brett Konen of the Twine Living blog.

Let’s be honest: The first question a lot of people ask upon opening a wedding invitation is, “Will there be an open bar?” The bar is epicentral to the reception revelry, melting away awkwardness and helping fill up the dance floor. As such, it makes sense to put a little extra effort into it!

In my opinion, it’s worth saving the well rum and cokes for any other Friday night and giving your wedding bar a unique style and selection. That doesn’t mean blowing your budget on top-shelf liquors or agonizing for weeks over cocktail development – it simply means using a little creativity! Below are seven fun and simple tips for mixing up your wedding bar.

1.Eschew the everyday.

You spend months planning out a memorable wedding, so your cocktails should be memorable too. Nix the vodka-crans and try something unconventional. This summer’s hottest trends? Boozy popsicles, sorbet-champagne floats and barrel-aged cocktails.

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2. Go local.

For instance, is your wedding in the Pacific Northwest? Highlight local flavors like gourmet apple cider and Douglas Fir Liqueur. This is especially fun when you’re hosting out-of-town guests, who may not get these ingredients in their area. And if you and your spouse are from different regions, develop a signature cocktail that marries flavors from both!

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3. Watch out for stains.

Before mixing up a big batch of red wine sangria, think ahead to how this could affect your wedding dress – or guests’ teeth in photos. Both are things you’re going to want to keep forever, so choose a drink that won’t jeopardize them. Whatever libation you choose, it’s not a bad idea to keep Wine Wipes or a couple Tide To-Go pens nearby.

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4. Make it a game.

We love the idea of playing ring toss for bottles rather than just doling them out. Set up a station with bottles of various sizes and shapes, from Champagne to wine to swing-top carafes of cider and fancy beer. Guests who ring a bottle get to take it back to their table and pop it open. (And guests who’ve had enough to drink are going to have a hard time ringing another bottle!)

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5. Pre-mix your cocktails…

In Mason jars! Setting out a massive tub full of ice and jars filled with pre-made mixed drinks averts a line for the bar and saves money you’d otherwise spend on a bartender. Put those savings toward the quality of the cocktails themselves – or save a little more for your honeymoon.

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6. Keep non-drinkers happy, too.

Allocate an array of juices, sparkling sodas, fruit, herbs and bitters for those who aren’t drinking alcohol. Mocktails can be just as classy (and tasty!) as their boozy cousins, and designated drivers won’t feel left out. And if you’re going to have a lot of kids running around, keep them happy with their own beer garden – stocked with root beer!

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7. Save the day.

Set out a pretty holder to save all the wine corks from bottles consumed on your special day. By the end of the evening you’ll have a lovely décor piece for your new home, and a container full of happy memories.

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Brett150 Brett Konen works in Product Development for Twine by True Fabrications, a wine and bar accessory company where among other things she runs the Twine Living blog. Based in Seattle, Brett also freelances for Sip Northwest Magazine and dedicates any time left over to all of the fun things the Emerald City has to offer.

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