Winter Wedding

Summer and Spring are the most popular times for weddings but maybe you’re wanting something different! A winter wedding can be just as magical as any other time of year. Your ceremony and reception will likely be forced indoors but you can create a dazzling setting inside with out weather worries.

You can do the tried and true snowy themed landscape to red flowers for a winter wedding. Think beautiful pine trees covered with snow or cozy lodge theme. Your winter wedding will not be a holiday party – it will be a chic, glamorous  event with your own style!

Even if you are in a location that doesn’t get those snowy winters be assured you can create one! It’s a great way to stand out among most weddings. You can bring the snow and chill to your venue with lights, decorations and ice sculptures. You can also have your invites created with your winter wedding theme with a little sprig of evergreen or rustic element that reminds people of being warm and in love!

Another way to stylize your winter wedding is to have a Christmas Tree with guests table place cards on. If you’re not into the religious theme then maybe think about a crystal candelabra or evergreen wreath! We love the idea of a softly lit tree – it doesn’t have to be Christmas – with festive ribbons.

A fun way to do the “get away car” is no car at all. Try a sleigh ride instead! We love the picturesque scene of a beautiful horse and your bridal part all around you! However you decide to do your winter wedding we suggest having fun. Winter weddings can stand out among so many summer colors. Who doesn’t love a good cup of hot chocolate and a celebration of love?

What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

Now that the autumn season is upon us the big question is: what do you wear to a fall wedding? The weather can be very tricky this time of year depending on where you live or where the wedding takes place. One day it could be 80 and sunny and the next stormy and 64. So, we have some great options for you to think about if you’re attending a fall wedding!

A lot of brides pick this season because it’s beautiful and the cooler temperatures don’t hurt either. For a fall wedding it’s great to wear layers. That way you can be comfortable during all parts of the day. We also recommend looking at the invitation to get an idea of the color scheme of the wedding. Or, if you know someone in the bridal party just ask what colors the bridesmaids are wearing. You wouldn’t to clash with them either.

Let’s take a look at some cheaper dress options if you are on a budget. Or, you might have more than one fall wedding to attend and you wouldn’t want to wear the same thing four times, would you?

First dress is lovely crimson colored dress with lace sleeves. This is a comfortable fit for most body types and it’s a striking color! The lace gives it a nice feminine touch as well.

A second option would be to go to the Rent the Runway site. You can rent high quality dresses for as little as $3o.  You get the option of a 4 day or 8 day rental. The downside is you don’t get to keep the dress but who needs the maintenance of a high end dress anyway?  Just be sure to take lots of pictures!

Whatever your taste is for a fall wedding you’ll do it in style! Let’s not forget that old little black dress in your closet either. That is perfectly fine to wear to a fall wedding – just glam it up with accessories and amazing shoes!

Fall Wedding Ideas

The weather should be changing any moment and we’ve got fall wedding ideas for you! You might not be a fall bride but here are some things to consider. The weather is cooler so you won’t be baking in that gorgeous gown if you’re taking pictures outside. The brilliant foliage this time of year is perfect for photos. And, warm spices and comfort food recipes lend themselves favorably to cocktail hours and reception food!

  1. Apple Bin escort cards. What’s not to love about a cute bin full of apples (real or fake) with your guests names and table numbers on them? We love the rustic accent that is so popular this year and it provides a necessary purpose.

2.  Another fall wedding idea is velvet. Normally, this heavier material isn’t utilized but it’s perfect for a fall wedding! A velvet sash, shoes or bows can make your wedding pop. Many think it’s an old fashioned material but velvet can give your big day the glam you want. Your bridesmaids can also rock velvet dresses since they won’t die in the heat of summer. Or your groom can wear a velvet jacket. You can have lots of fun deciding what accents would look great in the soft, plush material.

3. Seasonal welcome snacks are a great way to have a fall wedding! Most people enjoy apple cider donuts, warm spiced cider and pumpkin pie. You can use these delicious treats as cocktail hour snacks or desserts at the reception. You could have a caramel apple bar with different caramels to dip slices into or even bags of candy for children. Get your guests into the brisk fun of fall right away with seasonal food.

 

Our fall wedding ideas are just things to keep in mind if you’re aiming for an autumn wedding!

 

5 Ways to Decorate Tables

Hello Brides! We have 5 ways to decorate tables this week. Tables at your reception leave an impression and will be where your guests reside for a lot of the evening. You want to make sure to decorate tables in the style you want but that is also fun.

  1. If you’re a Disney aficionado why not try to decorate tables with some Mickey Mouse ears or fairy tale items!You can have each guests name on the hats or items as well to make it another way to personalize the tables. It’s a fun way to give your guests both a table place holder and something to take home.

    2. Mirrored glass vases. We love to decorate tables with mirrored glass vases because they’re elegant and also create the illusion of more space. The mirrors catch the light in a romantic way and you can put candles in the vases for even more light. Or you can put flowers and greenery in the vases.

     

    3.  Speaking of lighting we love the decoration scheme using three forms of light. You can use the table center pieces, floor lights and chandeliers from the ceiling to create the ambiance you want. The cool thing about floor lights is you can usually choose the color and have it change periodically!

     

    4. You can decorate tables with cute menu bags as well. The bag can contain a baguette or chocolate and on the bag you can put the menu for the reception or a beloved recipe! Guests will love having the course menu as well as the treat inside.

     

    5.  Lastly, we love to decorate tables with two tier pieces. They are grand and elegant but are also elevated enough that guests won’t have to try to look at each other through the center pieces. No one wants to constantly be shifting the table decor.

     

     

Winter Wedding

A winter wedding isn’t what most brides think of as ideal but we have a few ideas that might change your mind! Or perhaps you are a bride who loves the cold weather, the boots, jackets and best of all snow. There’s no working around super hot and sticky weather and you can get gorgeous pictures in winter time too.

For your color palette try not to over do the red and green or your winter wedding may end up more Holiday themed than you want. We love subtle accents of glitter like sliver and gold. You could do a white velvet runner up the aisle or satin is very elegant. Accents of plum and darker colors also really compliment a winter wedding theme. Your bridesmaids dresses don’t have to be heavy or covered up either – try having them wear cute mittens in the out doors photos or boots for snow!

For your winter wedding flowers you don’t need to stick the regular roses or calla lillies. Instead, try fuller flowers like hydrangeas or ranunculuses. They provide a still romantic feel but also add depth to your bouquet. These flowers are also perfect for dressing up with a simple white ribbon or greenery. You could try crystals as well for that frosted look.

Another thing to keep in mind for a winter wedding is the escort cards. If you’d rather not include holiday themes like sleighs or bells, try elegant hand calligraphed cards in silver or gold ink. You can decorate the entire table in glitter and snow accents to make them stand out! Also try hanging them from a crystal chandelier center piece.

A final great thing for a winter wedding is the cocktail hour! Instead of the usual foods you  think of like mini steaks or personalized drinks you can serve egg nog and white chocolate drinks. You can of course off the comfort drinks of warm apple cider and regular hot chocolate. Or why not have a hot chocolate drink bar so guests can make their own? If you’re a winter bride then don’t sweat the popularity of a June wedding – you get the amazing backdrop of snow and holiday magic!

 

Alaskan Wedding

For you unusual, nature loving and perhaps a bit daring brides we love the Alaskan Wedding! The heat is boiling right now so why not think about a cool getaway? If snow and mountains are your thing then consider a destination to Alaska.

Alaska has been nicknamed the last frontier and it’s one of the last places you can truly get the rustic/nature experience. An Alaskan Wedding can be for those native to the area or if you simply have fallen in love with the mountain peaks and lakes. Wedding venues can be elaborate as huge log cabins with giant fireplaces and views of the mountains or a more simple outdoor setting.

You can embrace the ancient traditions of the Alaskan people as well which is a fun way to deviate from the normal traditional wedding! A lot of brides like to arrive to the ceremony in a kayak or boat rather than walking down an aisle. Additionally, you may want to opt for a ceremony in a large hut with a bonfire or outdoor venue. What’s more romantic than a fire and lanterns? An Alaskan wedding wouldn’t be complete without the stunning scenery. We are loving the unusual backdrop that you can find in Alaska. Many retreats or lodges offer great venues for both the ceremony and reception. We can’t think of anything more amazing than getting wedding photos under the Aurora Borealis.

For the fashion conscious bride strapless dresses are probably not a great option in an Alaskan Wedding. But never fear, there are plenty of great warm couture pieces to help with the cold. It will depend on the time of year you go to Alaska but most of the year prepare for colder than average temperatures. If you want a strapless dress then you can pick out a fabulous wrap or faux fur shrug to go over your shoulders. Even ankle boots are perfectly acceptable at an Alaskan wedding!

 

 

Metallic Wedding

Hello Brides! We are loving the Metallic wedding accents and breezy metallic dress silhouettes this year. Metallics can range from gold, silver and all the shades inbetween. You will love the sparkle and glimmer they can add to a wedding!

Sparkly gold and silver gowns with metallic beading are gorgeous. They’re great for all seasons too. Metallic wedding accents can brighten up a winter wedding or add mystery to a fall wedding. A summer wedding wouldn’t be the same without sparkle! We also love the off the shoulder trend that is hot right now for wedding gowns!

Breezy skirts and flowing, airy material like organza and tulle are also great for a metallic wedding accent. They are the essence of a summer evening elegance. They are also materials that lend themselves nicely to a destination wedding since they pack up a little better than a full ball gown. Metallic wedding dresses are also great for a second look for the reception if you’d like more dazzle on your big day! They can be a little more informal but still glamorous.

Another way to incorporate metallic wedding accents is on your cake. We love the naked cake this year and a way to dress that up is to have metallic sheen on it!

 

The cake is the centerpiece at your reception so why not make it sparkle even more? The best part of metallic wedding accents is they go with any color scheme. The pop of silver or gold can really take your little details into suave and gorgeous. What other day is it perfectly appropriate to be over the top anyway? We love adding metallics to shoes, bridesmaid dresses or the food!

 

Destination Wedding

For those bride and grooms who want a smaller, intimate venue and a breathtaking backdrop, then the destination wedding is for you! Some couples prefer to leave the hum drum of their home towns and go someplace new. There’s nothing wrong with wanting your wedding photos to include snow capped mountains, beaches or quaint European villages.

There are a few things to think about when planning a destination wedding. First, if you’re thinking of tropical be aware of the Zika virus threat. For anyone pregnant or trying to get pregnant this is a serious health hazard and they will not be able to go. Keep an eye on the places with Zika warnings. A lot of couples are having their destination wedding in Hawaii or Laguna Beach, California. Hawaii is a longer distance to travel but worth the no worries. Laguna Beach has all the perks of being tropical but with perhaps a shorter flight.

If you and your significant other don’t want sand in your clothes than how about someplace like Iceland or the Canadian Rockies? There are plenty of venues that accommodate wedding parties and have amazing views! You’d be asking your bridal party to go further if you plan a destination wedding in another country but maybe they could turn it into a mini vacation too. A lot of couples work with smaller resorts for a destination wedding. The resorts offer more customization and accommodation that will make your wedding easy!

Another touch for a destination wedding you can do is make a map and give out welcome bags! Your guests have traveled varying distances so give them a great welcome bag filled with fun stuff and essentials like Advil, band aids, Pepto or brochures for things they can do around the area. Your custom map can also help with that. If you know the area well you can point out spots for kid friendly activities and adult fun.

Chinese Wedding

Chinese Wedding

A culture clash doesn’t have to happen at a Chinese wedding! We have a few tips for those who don’t know how a Chinese wedding proceeds or don’t want to be surprised when they go. No one wants to embarrass themselves or the happy couple on their big day. You may be very familiar with Chinese traditions and it’s never impolite to help that person looking “lost” in the corner!

First, you may be expecting to go to a traditional ceremony and watch the bride and groom take vows. In a Chinese wedding this does not happen in front of people. The couple will do their vows at a local governmental office before the wedding and have the paperwork done there. So, you are attending the celebration of their marriage at this point.

Second, in a Chinese wedding tradition pictures are usually done before the celebration. The bride and groom will likely take pictures around their venue, in the city, or popular sites. The wedding album doesn’t usually contain actual photos of the ceremony. These pictures are taken in advance so they can be displayed at the wedding breakfast! This is a great idea since it takes the pressure off the actual wedding day and guests can see the happy couple’s photos all over the reception area.

The third thing you’ll most likely notice is a different color scheme than other weddings. Red is the color of fortune, fertility, love, loyalty and honor. It is used liberally in a Chinese wedding theme and the decorations and bride’s dress are usually red.

Gold is another color you’ll see in a Chinese wedding. This color represents fortune and wealth. White is a color not used in a Chinese wedding because it is associated with funerals. Dark colors such as black, gray or blue are also not usually used because they are considered unlucky.

A Chinese Wedding can be a lot of fun and something totally different from the “traditional” American wedding. Have an open mind and enjoy all the beautiful colors and culture!

 

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Stay Sober At Parties

Helping Others (And Yourself) Stay Sober At Parties.

It’s been a long, hard fight getting (and staying) sober. It took a lot just to realize you had a problem and needed to make a change. But you did, and now you are walking that straight edge and staying clean.

But this isn’t a light switch. It’s not like you just flipped something to “sober” and you’re fine for the rest of your life. Instead, you’re going to face temptations and challenges as someone in addiction recovery. Things get harder when you’re at a party where there are plenty of people using, so how are you supposed to avoid temptation?

That depends on the kind of party you’re talking about, but it can be done — and more importantly, it should be done.
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Holiday Parties

When it comes to avoiding temptation, holiday parties and weddings can be among the most challenging times. Many of your friends who rarely drink or get high can go crazy at weddings, 4th of July, Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, etc. How can you navigate through these parties?

First, make sure you’re going to one run by a good host. That means someone offering non-alcoholic drinks like mocktails, not just a dusty 2-liter of soda. It also helps to have something to do at these parties, as being bored is always the enemy of anyone in addiction recovery.

Make sure there’s a friend or close family member who will stay sober with you. Not only can they lend support to help you avoid temptation, but just seeing someone staying clean will encourage you to do the same.

If you’re traveling on vacation around the holidays, look for the triggers that can knock you down. There will likely be parties at bars and clubs, so try to avoid these. Instead, plan plenty of activities for that vacation so you don’t need to hit parties to socialize.

Backyard And Smaller Parties

Sometimes, you can more easily avoid temptation when you’re on vacation or at a holiday party. It’s unusual, so it’s easier to remember why you entered addiction recovery in the first place. But there’s a different kind of temptation at the small parties. Backyard barbecues, watching the game at a friend’s place, or just hitting a club to catch a band can be rough.

That’s why you need a sober plan. Literally practice turning people down. Once you know what to say, you’ll be more likely to say no to whatever they’re offering. Keep in mind when you had your last drink, and how proud you’ve felt with staying sober. Order yourself something like water or soda, and keep that drink in your hand.

And since these are small parties, there’s nothing wrong with leaving early, right? Be prepared to head out should things get too much to bear.

Creating Your Own Parties

If an abundance of parties is starting to take its toll and you’re finding it hard to avoid temptation, why not take control of the situation and start throwing your own parties? This way, you can make sure there are plenty of things to do while staying sober.

Here are some tips to ensure these are successful:

  • Make sure any invitation (formal or just a text) clearly explains that this is alcohol- and drug-free. You don’t want people showing up with a case of beer.
  • Hold the party earlier than normal. If people have to drink that night, end your event so there’s still time for them to leave and go somewhere else. That can help get more people to come to your party.
  • Have plenty of things to do. A movie is good, but games are better.

You Can Stay Sober At Parties

Like any part of addiction recovery, staying sober at a party is not always going to be easy. But by following these tips, you can avoid temptation and stay sober — just like you should.