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Budget Wedding Planning: DIY Ideas That Will Save You Money

If you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, you know for sure that they can be extremely expensive. Luckily, there are a ton of ways to save money! Most couples like to hire a wedding planner or various vendors to help them with the organizing. Instead of hiring a professional for every detail, why not do a few things on your own? This way you can put your own personal touch on things while keeping some money in your pocket.

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If you’re not one to be too crafty, that’s okay! These great DIY wedding ideas are simple enough for the beginners out there, and who knows, maybe you will enjoy it and end up becoming a master at crafts! Take a look at these helpful suggestions to get you started:

Invitations and Save the Dates
A huge part of your planning process, and one of the first things you will be working on is your invitations and save the dates. This will be the way your friends and relatives will find out all about your big day. Invites can get pretty pricey so why not go with something more personal by creating your own? If you’re computer savvy or know someone who is, you can make them on a computer software program and add your own touch so they come out exactly how you’d like! As for the save the dates, they can be made the same way, complete with a nice photo of the bride and groom.

Centerpieces
With some time and a couple of flowers and other great centerpiece items, you can create a beautiful set up for the center of your tables. Whatever you have in mind, purchase the items at a local craft store and get started! Dollar stores carry different shaped vases and mason jars that can be used as the main part of the centerpiece. Then fill them up with some seasonal flower arrangements and water. Set the mood by surrounding the piece with candles to help give the table some soft lighting. If you aren’t interested in using flowers and candles, so many other centerpieces can be made up to your liking that will match your theme perfectly. So, whatever your theme is, think outside the box and design a centerpiece to flow nicely with the rest of your wedding decor.

Favors
Your guests will surely appreciate a favor that was put together with your blood, sweat and tears! It’s a personal way to say thank you to each of your wedding guests for joining in on your celebration. Make favors to go with your theme or purchase items such as personalized bottle openers, lighters, mints or candies and then wrap them in festive paper and ribbon to go with your wedding colors. This way, the item itself doesn’t have to represent your theme but the decorative paper or box still will!

While these ideas will take some time and effort to put together, they will also help not break the bank. Along with the suggestions, here’s a plus for the couples who have friends that specialize in a certain skill, such as hair and makeup, photography or DJing… ask them to give you a special rate and see if they will assist in helping you save some money. If you’re close enough friends, you could even ask them to give their services to you as your wedding gift!

Great Groomsmen Gifts – What to Give the Men in your Wedding Party

When it comes to planning a wedding, there are many small details that need to be handled. Once your planning eases up, gift ideas are in mind for your wedding party. Those in your party play a huge role in the process and a lot of their time and effort is put into helping to make sure your day goes smoothly.

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To make your planning a bit easier, we have put together a list of gift options that can be given to each of your groomsmen. While planning a wedding, it is difficult at times to focus on what is needed. So take a look at these suggestions in hopes to make your gift giving a breeze!

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Pocket Watch
A pocketwatch is a thoughtful and classy gift for your groomsmen that they will be able to put to use and keep for years to come! Create a more personal feel by engraving the pocket watch or monogramming it with your friends name on it. You can also engrave the wedding date if you’d like. Most men like to wear watches, but pocket watches are a neat idea for when they are headed to a more formal event where their shirts get in the way of wearing a wrist watch. If one of your buddies isn’t much into wearing watches at all, it is still a wonderful keepsake of a memorable evening.

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Flask
A flask is a great gift for any man, so why not give them out as gifts to your closest buddies? This gift idea will come in handy for your friends and if one of them isn’t much of a drinker, it’s a cool item to keep in the office as decor. You can also personalize the flasks and engrave a different saying on the back for each of your buddies. Your friends will appreciate the time and thought put into each note and it will make the gift much more personal as well!

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Knife
Knives are a popular collectible item and a lot of men like to keep a bunch for all sorts of reasons. Some like to hang them up and show them off, while others keep a collection just for themselves. Purchase beautiful wooden knives that give off an elegant, yet masculine touch. Engrave each groomsmen’s name into the knives and hand them out to each of your buddies on the morning of your wedding.

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Money Clip
You can’t go wrong with the simple gift of a money clip, perfect for men who don’t like to carry around bulky wallets. Engrave each guys initials into the clip and wrap each one in festive paper with colors that match your wedding theme. You can give them this token of appreciation on your wedding day or ahead of time at the bachelor party! Giving them these gifts at the party will assure that their money stays in a safe place during a wild evening!

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Basket Full of Goodies
A wonderful idea is to create personalized gift baskets for each of your friends. Put everything and anything inside that a man needs and wants. This can include a couple of small bottles of liquor, or one large bottle of your friends favorite drink. With the liquor, give out monogrammed beer glasses or shot glasses, or both! Throw some cigars into the basket too and complete it with a nice lighter that you can personalize as well. Since you’re the one who knows your friends the best, put some other items in each basket to match each guys personality. One might like sports and another may be into cars, so find a variety of items to place inside each basket to go with what interests them the most.

Along with these helpful suggestions, check out our article on bridesmaids gifts as well. This will help you figure out the perfect gift for the ladies of your wedding party!

Say Thank You to your Bridesmaids with these Thoughtful Gift Ideas!

Along with the honorary title of being a bridesmaid, it also comes with a lot of work. They don’t just get to wear a beautiful dress on your wedding day while smiling in all your photos, a lot of the planning is done by the bridesmaids!

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Let your bridal party know how thankful you are for them by giving them a generous gift on your wedding day. While everyone is doing hair and makeup, hand out one of these gift ideas to let them know how much you appreciate their time and effort.

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Jewelry
You can never go wrong with jewelry, after all, diamonds are a girls best friend! Give each of your bridesmaids something gorgeous they can wear for years to come. You can even choose something that will match their dresses so they can wear it on your wedding day. If you know one friend likes bracelets more than necklaces, switch it up a bit and purchase a different piece of jewelry for each girl. This is a great way of personalizing your gift without engraving it.

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Spa Day
After all the planning and partying, your bridesmaids will be thrilled to open a gift certificate to a peaceful spa. Give them each a day of relaxation to unwind after your big day, you can even join them! Make sure to go all out – facials, manicures, pedicures, massages, delicious treats and wine! This idea is also a great idea to do before the wedding as well, or even as part of the bachelorette party. They’ll be pleasantly surprised to know you thought of them on a weekend created to celebrate the bride!

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Something Personalized
Giving each of the ladies something personalized is always a great idea. It is something that will make as a great souvenir when they look back on this time you all shared. You can put your own personal touch on any item, it can be anything from a watch, to a makeup bag with a special note sewn on the inside. Something more simple would be a beach or tote bag with their first initial embroidered onto the side. These can be found online and each bridesmaid can receive the color that suits them perfectly!

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Post-Wedding Survival Kit
Put together a post-wedding survival kit for your bridal party for them to enjoy once the big day is over. They will be as tired as you and will need a pick-me-up the next day! Get creative with this gift and add a bunch of items you know they’ll love and need. Some suggestions include a water bottle, tylenol, lipstick, perfume, mints and a pair of flip flops. These will come in handy while leaving the party when their feet are cramping up! One last item to add to the kit is a gift card to a delicious breakfast place nearby. They will thank you the next morning when they want to indulge in a great meal after a long night. Any items you desire can be added to the kits, depending on what you believe each girl will like best.

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Wine Basket
Wine is not only delicious but it helps relieve stress and is a great way to unwind after a long day. Purchase two or three bottles for each bride and place them in a basket with personalized wine glasses. Also include a corkscrew so they’ll have everything they need! Another thoughtful addition is a wine stopper to keep their wine nice and fresh. Set up each basket to match each girl’s personality and get as creative as you want with the decorating!

If you like all these gift suggestions, you can even mix some of them with the others and really give your bridal party something extra special! These suggestions are not limited to after the wedding either, you can give the ladies gifts while asking them to be your bridesmaids, at your bachelorette party or any other occasion before your big day.

Got Wine? Your Guide to Planning the Wine Styled Wedding of Your Dreams!

This great theme is for all you wine lovers out there! A popular venue to have your wedding during the summertime are beautiful, picturesque vineyards. There are beautiful views, gorgeous landscapes and an enormous amount of space to turn your ideas into a reality.

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To go with your location, have a wine theme for your big day! The ideas for this theme are truly endless and you can even do a lot of the ideas on your own to help keep some money in your pocket. Take a look at these suggestions to help begin the planning process!

Save The Dates and Invitations
For your save the dates, send out a cork magnet with your wedding date on it! It is simple but makes a large statement and the magnet will be a reminder for your guests. You can add a bit more to the cork, like the names of the bride and groom or just the first initials of each name to help save room since corks are not too big in size. As for the invitations, there are a bunch of great ideas that include wine! You can send out an invite in the shape of a wine glass, or you can have each one “stained” from the bottom of a glass. This will add a cool effect to the invite and it still represents your theme.

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Guest Book
Rather than taking the traditional route when it comes to a guest book, think outside the box! You can use a large wine bottle or two for your guests to write their wishes or set up a jar filled with corks for each guest to write on. You can later on use this jar filled of corks as decor in your home and as a reminder of your special day. Another cool idea is to have all your guests sign a wine barrel that you can put in your backyard and use for parties!

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Centerpieces
The centerpieces are an item you can save some money on by putting them together yourself! You can do something as simple as a painted wine bottle with flowers coming out of it that match your colors. A fun idea is to paint the wine bottle with chalkboard paint which allows you to put the table number right on the bottle! This will not only look great but it will help save some room on the table. Painting the bottles with black chalkboard paint will give you the option to use multiple different colors for flowers or candles that can be set up nearby. To dress it up a bit, add a ribbon around the neck of the bottle so it hangs elegantly above the table number. Another great centerpiece idea is a wooden wine box! Set it up in the center of the table and fill it up with anything you desire! It can be flowers, candles or a wine bottle. Fill it up with all these items if you’d like! It adds a bit of a rustic feel and is more unique than the traditional floral centerpiece.

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Decor
Your wedding decor will make a lasting impression on your guests so you want every detail to be absolutely stunning! You want the decor to flow nicely and go along with your theme, and with a vineyard location this gives you more than enough room to do as you please with the space. Most vineyard weddings are held outside which also makes planning quite easier since you aren’t limited to a one size room. Set up a bunch of wine barrels throughout the party, even at the end of the aisle! Stick some floral arrangements on the top of them to add a pop of color to the wooden barrel. You can also use the barrels to set up a dessert bar or wine station by simply placing a piece of polished and stained wood across them! Hang some greenery from the trees or from the tent if you’re having one, along with bunches of fake grapes. You can use red or green grapes depending on which suits your color scheme better.

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Favors
Wine corks are a popular item that people have been starting to save and use for different types of projects. What a great idea to use corks as a keychain and send your guests home with them! This is something you can purchase or another way to save money is to make them yourself. Save a bunch of corks from all your wine bottles and attach a key ring to it, and there you have it! If you don’t think you’ll be able to save enough corks within a couple of months, have friends and family give you theirs as well. If you would like to take it a step further, have your wedding date engraved into the cork!

We hope you get the chance to incorporate these wonderful ideas into your big day to create the wedding you’ve always dreamed of! Add your own twist to things and remember, make some of the items on your own and see how they come out first before paying big bucks for something! Either way, the evening will be one that both you and your guests will talk about for years to come!

Say “I Do” at a Carnival Style Wedding!

Interested in having a fun and unique wedding but can’t think of a great theme? What better way to show your fun side than to have a carnival themed celebration? This theme choice gives you the opportunity to let your imagination run wild and also bring out the child in you!

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A carnival themed wedding has everything from cotton candy machines down to fun games for your guests to play. When planning your big day, envision yourself at a carnival and think of all the things they have on display. You will want to incorporate some of these things to help complete the themes look.

Invitations
Send your guests a fun and lighthearted invite tucked away in a mini red and white striped popcorn bag. Along with the popcorn bag, attach a couple of “admit one” raffle tickets to the popcorn bag using a ribbon. These can be used as their “tickets” into your carnival wedding!

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Seating Cards
For your seating cards, set up a board at the entrance of your party that has different colored escort cards on it. Each card will have the guests name and table number if you’re having a seating chart. Attach the cards to the board using multi-colored darts to keep them in place. The darts will be a nice touch rather than just putting them up with thumb tacks.

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Centerpieces
An out-of-the-ordinary centerpiece idea includes a stack of raffle tickets atop one another, with a beautiful bouquet of flowers sticking out of them. This centerpiece has a fun feel to it all while having the traditional wedding feel as well. An additional unique idea is to have mini ferris wheels on each table, complete with treats in each seat! You can switch up the centerpieces and have both if you’d like or you can make them all the same. These ideas will be a huge hit and will be a memorable detail of your big day!

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Food
One of the best parts of a carnival is the delicious food you can get from the vendors. Set up your own vendor style food station fully loaded with all the carnival essentials. This includes hot dogs, curly fries, macaroni & cheese, sausage & pepper heroes, pulled pork and corn dogs. Of course you can add any other delights you desire to your menu, but these are some main carnival foods that your guests will surely enjoy. Along with the food vendors, set up some snack stations as well! These stations can include a bunch of tasty treats that both the adults and kids can indulge in such as candy apples, peanuts, popcorn, funnel cakes, zeppolis and snow cones. Another great addition to the party would be a cotton candy stand for your guests to snack on throughout the night.

Decor
The decorations are an important part of any wedding, especially one with a carnival theme! You want your guests to feel like they have just entered into a world of entertainment. Be sure to include a large assortment of games suitable for all your guests, along with fun and flashy lighting to brighten up the night. The games can include a ring or bean bag toss, balloon darts, and mini golf. Along with the games, stand up a couple of funny cut-outs for your friends and family to pose in!

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Photo booths are becoming more and more popular for weddings, so set up a carnival style one for your guests to take funny pictures in and then have them drop the photos into a box for you to look at once the party is over. It will be so great to look back on the evening and get to see everyone having such a wonderful time! Another fun photo location can be set up outside of the photo booth, with different colored ribbon hanging to make for a cool backdrop.

Have entertainment set up all over the place, a magician for the kids, a fire breather to amaze your guests and a clown to create a night full of laughter. If you’re interested in having an outdoor wedding, which most like to do during the summer months, go all out by having your celebration under a red and yellow circus tent!

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Favors
Here’s a fun-loving and budget friendly favor idea, sweet pinwheel lollipops! You can’t go wrong with a delicious treat for your guests to enjoy, and it shows off your theme as well. Attach a ribbon to the lollipop stick with your wedding date and last name on it. This favor idea is especially great for the kids! A more unique suggestion is to have a caricaturist set up a drawing station and send your guests home with a photo of themselves at the end of the night. You can even hire more than one so all your guests get a photo drawn in a timely fashion!

This amusing theme is sure to create a lasting impression on you and your loved ones. It will truly bring out the fun side of the bride and groom and will help your guests let loose, as well! The celebration will be like no other and the photos will come out bold and spectacular!

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Planning a Classy Vintage Tea Party Wedding!

Independence day has recently passed and America has celebrated to the fullest, but why stop after the 4th? Back in the day, the settings were vintage and the clothes were lacy and full of class. If you’re having a July wedding but want to go a different route besides the classic red, white and blue celebration, choose a vintage tea party theme for your big day!

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A vintage tea party theme sets up the perfect setting for an elegant evening for you and your guests. When thinking of a color scheme to go with, soft tones are the best way to go. This can include a lot of neutral colors and light pinks. Another popular vintage item is lace, many weddings with this theme incorporate it into both major and minor details including the wedding dress down to the napkins. If you need some suggestions to begin your planning, check out these inspiring ideas!

Invitations
Once you choose a color scheme, your wedding invitations are one of the first things you will pick out. Remember to use the charmful soft tones and set it off with a teacup at the top of the invitation, with the wedding information written in an elegant font beneath it. If you are interested in going a step further, send out teacup shaped invites or ones shaped as a kettle! This is a unique idea that will show off your theme.

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Guest Book
This guest book idea will have your guests talking about it for years to come! Set up a typewriter station for your guests to sign in and write their well wishes. Back in the day, there were no computers and if people wanted something typed, they put those old typewriters to use! Along with the typewriter, set up a stack of floral vintage paper for them to use. This idea is quite unique and it will surely be a memorable detail from your wedding.

Seating Cards
Instead of just using rectangular cards to tell your guests where to be seated, purchase some mini tea cups and attach the card to the handle! Set up a board that requires you to hang up your items and place each tea cup on a different hook. You can mix and match the cups or you can have a few different colors that go nicely with your vintage theme. Once your guests find their seats, they can then use the tea cups to drink their coffee or tea with their tower treats!

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Centerpieces
For your centerpiece, do something out of the usual and make the center of your tables a spot for a tower of mini sandwich delights! Most use floral arrangements or candles as centerpieces, but these towers of delicious bites will be a huge hit. Decorate the towers in pearls and lace so it emphasizes your theme and fill them up with tiny sandwiches, cookies and cakes. Your guests will be sure to notice these towers as soon as they walk in the door! They’ll especially be happy when they see they get to snack on some treats before the dinner gets served.

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Decor
While planning out all of your wedding decor, remember to stick to the soft colors but have some details that will make a statement. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, which is popular in the summertime, a cute idea is to hang up tea cups with flowers stuffed inside of them. You can hang them from the fence or from tree branches that surround your party. If you’re having your celebration under a tent, you can even set up something so you can hang them in there, too!

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As your guests enter, have a floral banner delicately hanging in the doorway with your theme colors. You can personalize it if you wish, or you can leave it the way it is, either idea will be a nice addition to your decor. For your tables, decorate them in lots of beautiful lace and even add some to the back of the chairs! You can tie a bow or let it drape down to the floor.

What vintage tea party wedding would be complete without a coffee and tea station? This won’t be any ordinary station either, set up a couple of gold food carts throughout your party instead of having just one station! Decorate the carts with vintage styled kettles, tea cups, saucers and colorful dollies. Place pearls on the cart and have mini signs reading “Tea time!” This wonderful idea will truly set the Victorian-style tea party setting!

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Favors
For your favors, purchase some small mason jars at a local store (they are quite inexpensive) and fill them up with some tea party essentials. Inside, place some different flavored tea bags with a tiny jar of honey. Another fun way to give out your favors is to put everything in a mug rather than a mason jar. Any wedding favor that your guest can put to use and really enjoy is a wonderful way to go! If you want to personalize your favors, some cute tea party sayings for the couple include: “love is brewing” or “the perfect blend.” You can also use a more general saying such as “drink me!”

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These vintage styled suggestions will help you throw an amazing tea party wedding and are sure to make an impact on your guests. The photos will look gorgeous and your details will absolutely stand out and make a lasting impression!

Sail Away with these Nautical Style Wedding Ideas!

With summer right around the corner and the warm weather finally here to stay, what better way to celebrate your wedding than to have a nautical style theme? A nautical themed wedding is perfect for you water and beach lovers out there who would like to incorporate their hobbies into their wedding planning!

When planning a nautical wedding, the must have colors are navy and white. You can also add a third color, such as hot pink or yellow to make it pop a bit more. Another nautical must are anchors and ropes. They can be used as anything from the details in your decor to the tables as centerpieces. One last popular nautical style, stripes! Add these elements to your planning and you’ll be on the right track. Now that you have the theme basics, check out these planning suggestions to help you pull off the ideal maritime wedding:Image

Invitations
You can dress up your invitations as much or as little as you’d like. You can be simple and create a white and navy invite and then add some decor to it with a ribbon or bow. If you’re interested in something more extravagant, add some gold anchors to the invitation or have a small one dangle from the ribbon! You can even go all out and create an anchor shaped invite!

Guest Book
Most go the traditional route when it comes to a guest book, but there are so many unique ideas that can be turned into a fun place for your guests to sign their wishes. Set up one or two large wooden paddles for your guests to sign, number depending on how many guests you plan on having. Not only is it a different idea but it can be used as decoration in your home after the wedding!

Decor
Your wedding decor speaks volumes! Be sure to let your theme flow nicely by using the same colors and adding hints of color where necessary. For seating and mingling, set up cocktail tables with navy blue linens that drape all the way to the floor. Let them hang loosely or tie a long rope around it and let that hang to the floor as well. You can do the same navy color for the regular round tables as well, or you can switch it up and use white linens with a navy blue overlay. Overlays are a nice way to go since you can use more than one color on a table! Set up a large anchor behind the bride and groom table, not only will it look wonderful during your party, but, it will stand out beautifully in photos, too!

Centerpieces
Create a “message in a bottle” type centerpiece for each of your tables. You can put any message you’d like in them, such as your wedding date, the bride and groom’s names, or both! You can even stick the table numbers inside the bottles to save some room on the table! Another fun centerpiece idea is to create mini navy and white lighthouses. Set up some tea light candles around the lighthouse to set off a soft glowing atmosphere for your guests. This is an extremely unique idea that will definitely be a hit on your big day! Another idea that is more simple, set up metal pails with a white and navy ribbon around it and feel it up with blooming flowers. You can never go wrong with a gorgeous floral arrangement as a centerpiece!

Favors
End the night off right by sending your guests home with some navy flip flops or starfish wine bottle stoppers as favors. Favors are a kind gesture and are a great way to say thank you to your guests for celebrating your special day with you! If you don’t want the favor itself to be nautical related, you can always give them whatever you’d like and then wrap it up in colors to match your theme!

We hope these suggestions help you and your guests have a wonderful and memorable time. And remember, a nautical style wedding doesn’t necessarily have to be narrowed down to using just anchors and ropes. Add a twist to things by using mini sailboats, starfish, seashells, fish and rafts to help decorate your maritime setting. Also, don’t forget to add a pop of color if you wish! Navy and white look great against other colors besides themselves.

 

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Signature Spring Flowers Add the Perfect Seasonal Accent to Your Wedding!

Still deciding on what kind of flowers to have at your wedding? Check out these seasonal suggestions!

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Spring is the ultimate season for flowers and there are so many options to choose from to help plan the wedding you have always desired. Most spring time weddings consist of lots of flowers; they complete the look and create a great seasonal feel for you and your guests to enjoy!

Since it is hard to choose a theme and flowers to go along with it, we have put together some inspirational suggestions that can be quite helpful during your planning process. Flowers can get quite expensive, and if you’re going for a floral wedding, you will need a lot of them! So, we have suggested some flower ideas that will surely give you your money’s worth!  Image

Tulips
Tulips are a beautiful spring time flower that makes for wonderful bouquets when pieced together properly. Choose a color to match your theme or put together a multi-colored bouquet for some more color. If you decide to go with the multi-color, try to stick with no more than three colors so it isn’t too over the top. Tulips will produce a nice soft touch to any detail in your wedding. You can use them as centerpiecea as well, making for a nice hint of spring as your guests eat, drink and mingle!

Sunflowers
Who doesn’t love sunflowers?! Incorporating them into your special day will give your wedding a nice, seasonal feel and will also add a bright touch of color. Sunflowers are a great idea if you want to have a casual wedding with some pops of color here and there. The sunflowers bright yellow color along with a white wedding gown would make for some amazing photos! Another fun idea – stick some of the flowers in your hair or wear a floral crown filled with the tiny sunflowers to go perfectly with your veil.

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Hydrangeas
If you’re interested in choosing a flower that has an extravagant bloom to it, hydrangeas are a wonderful choice. They will fill up the room with a refreshing scent and will look beautiful standing alone or in a bunch along with some other flowers. Choose whichever color goes along with your theme, popular hydrangea colors are white, light blue and purple. You can mix and match colors as well, putting a color you desire along with a white one to set it off perfectly!

Daisies
Daisies give off a similar style as the sunflower, creating a bright and casual feel. These are a great choice for that subtle pop of color or you can use some Gerbera daisies for a more colorful evening. You can add daisies to the tables as centerpieces or you can decorate with daisy wreaths all around for an outdoor wedding!
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Lilies
Lilies are an elegant choice for a spring time wedding, they look absolutely gorgeous by themselves and in a bouquet with roses! Mix and match a bit for the perfect floral combination. A fun and lively color combo is orange and peach, perfect for the season and would look great against a beautiful white gown! If you’re interested in choosing colors that are a bit more darker and vivid, another popular color combo is purple and white. This is where the white roses come in, setting off your floral decor flawlessly!Image

We hope these stunning flower choices will help in making your day extra special and memorable. Choose a floral setting that you will be able to look back on and feel as great as you did that very day!

Make Your Wedding Stand Out – Incorporate Unique Details Into Your Big Day!

Check out these fun ideas on how to make your wedding ceremony different from the rest!

Most brides strive to have a truly stand out, special, and unique wedding they can think of all while keeping the traditional touch at the same time. You may think most people will only remember the big things about your wedding, such as the dress, the cake or the delicious food. Most people don’t realize how important the small details are. The tiny unique additions to your wedding will make quite the impression and will most definitely be memorable.

For the couples out there who have yet to decide on their wedding details, we have come up with some out of the ordinary ideas that will help make your special day shine differently than the others! We will discuss details from your grand entrance all the way down to the table settings.

Wedding Day Program
Personalize your wedding by having a “Wedding Day Program” that will be given out to all your guests. This is a thoughtful detail that will help your guests follow along during the ceremony. It can also come in handy if there are any traditions that they may not be familiar with. Not sure what to add to your program? Here are a few ideas:

  • The order of events during the ceremony
  • Names of those in your bridal party
  • Your wedding song
  • A list of any religious traditions or rituals and the importance of them
  • Brief overview of the menu
  • Thank you note to your guests

Arrive In Style
Make your entrance a grand one by showing up to your wedding in an old-fashioned car or horse and buggy. This will add a unique twist to the celebration, instead of showing up in a traditional limousine. The old-fashioned car is a great choice if you’re having a classic style theme to represent the old days. Choose a horse and buggy for an elegant touch to your royal party!

Activities at Each Table
Not everyone likes to dance and mingle at weddings, so leave some activities at the tables for those who stay seated most of the time. Suggest that your guests write down future baby names and take guesses on if your first born will be a boy or a girl. The baby name suggestions will come in handy one day when you’re trying to decide on one.

Another fun idea is to have them write down 10 year predictions. Will the couple have children? How many children will they have? Will they have their own home? Will they have a new pet? At the end of the night, have each guest place their predictions in a box that you both can open later in the night or the next day.

Creative Wedding Guest Book
Having a wedding guest book is a great addition to a wedding party. It allows you to look back whenever you’d like to see the well wishes your guests wrote to you. It’s a part of your wedding day that you get to keep forever. Instead of using an actual book, there are some other cool ideas for your guests’ wishes:

  • Use a large wooden letter of your new last name. Make sure it is large enough for your guests to sign. You can leave the rustic look or paint it to match your wedding colors. Add a white bow to it to make it stand out even more.
  • Have your guests sign little wooden hearts or wine corks and drop them into a shadow box. This is a creative idea and can be used as decoration in your bedroom.
  • Tell each guest to use the photo booth and print out pictures to glue to a photo album. Have them sign at the bottom of their print. It’s hard to mingle with every single person at your wedding, so these photos will show you just how much fun everyone was having!

Party Favors They’ll Put to Use
Give your guests something to take home that they can enjoy and put to use. A unique wedding favor that is sure to be a hit is some colored margarita salt in a tin.  Put your wedding date on it with both bride and grooms names. Choose colors to match your theme, for the outside of the tin and for the salt on the inside, too! Your guests will love this cool idea and will think of you the next time they’re sipping on their colorful margarita!

We hope these imaginative ideas make your wedding day stand out just the way you wanted! Your guests will be impressed, along with yourself; on how great a job you did planning!

Honor Your Heritage With a Beautiful Irish Theme Wedding!

Need some ideas on a theme for your big day? Check out these elegant Irish theme wedding ideas!

Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life, so it should be planned exactly the way you want it! We know it is difficult for a couple to narrow it down to a specific theme since there are so many ideas out there. Make your special day a unique one by honoring your heritage with an Irish style wedding. This means lots of Emerald, shamrocks and some traditional Irish music!

March is a popular time for Irish theme weddings, since St. Patrick’s Day events are celebrated throughout the entire month. Whether you’re planning an Irish theme wedding for next year or are putting some finishing touches on this month’s celebration, here are some exclusive Irish wedding ideas:

“Lucky in Love” Invitations
Go all out with your Irish theme by adding some luck of the Irish to your invitations! Use green font to make it pop and have “Lucky in Love” written across the top with an accent shamrock. You can make it a 3-D invitation by gluing a shamrock to the top or you can have your vendor draw it in. If you really would like to get creative, make your entire invitation the shape of a shamrock!

DIY Mini Four-Leaf Clovers
Decorate the tables with tiny four-leaf clovers, without breaking the bank! Purchase some fake flowers from a local craft store, ones with plenty of green leaves, along with a four-leaf clover punch out. If you can’t find this at a store, check some websites to purchase them. Punch out your clovers using the fake green leaves, making as many as you need for your big day.

Use Plenty of Emerald Accents
If you are interested in an Irish theme but don’t wish to go over the top, simply add minor green accents to wedding décor.

  • Hang colorful, yet classy shamrocks from the ceiling and add a shamrock shaped or emerald colored straw to each champagne glass.
  • Wrap the party favors in emerald packaging and place at each table setting.
  • Place a large emerald bow on the back of each chair, or an emerald colored sash.
  • As the bride, wear emerald heels under your dress for a festive but still subtle look.
  • Incorporate the Irish color into your centerpieces, using decorative items such as beads or some white and green flowers.

Elegant Emerald Wedding Cake
The wedding cake will be one of the main attractions at your celebration, and the great thing about it is you can customize it any way you’d like! Create an Emerald shamrock layer at the bottom of your cake, decorating the next few layers with celtic style designs. Top it off with a “top hat” layer to symbolize a leprechaun hat! Another fun idea is for a separate groom’s cake, a green Heineken bottle! This is a great manly touch for your significant other and the color will even match your theme! As for the menu, indulge in some corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread or other traditional Irish sweets for dessert.

Celtic Styled Wedding Party
Incorporate your theme while planning the details for your wedding party. Choose an emerald color for your bridesmaid dresses, or have them wear an emerald colored lace or ribbon somewhere on their dresses. If you don’t want too much color in the dresses, the ladies can wear something in their hair to show a pop of color. For the groom’s side, have his best man and wedding party wear emerald ties, giving off a nice subtle touch.

Irish Entertainment
To complete the perfect Irish wedding, you can’t forget about the traditional music! To really make your guests feel like they’re in Ireland, have bagpipers and fiddlers play at your wedding. This tops off your night perfectly, along with a live Irish band or a DJ spinning your classic favorites. While the music is playing, hand out fun party favors for your guests, including leprechaun hats, green beads to wear around their necks and funky shamrock sunglasses.

Put all these inspirational ideas together and you will have an exceptional wedding day! Incorporate anything else you’d like to really make your heritage stand out, maybe some family heirlooms or your grandmother’s jewelry. It is your day, show pride in your culture and turn it into a dream come true!