Autumn Wedding Attire

It’s that time of year again – the autumn wedding! We’re taking a look at what attire to wear to this seasonal event.

For the daytime autumn wedding, we like a cocktail type dress with darker tones. A daytime wedding usually isn’t as formal as an evening one, but you should still make an effort to appear polished. Jewel tones like burgundy, emerald, sapphire mixed with elegant black are always a classic for autumn. You could even re-use a dress in your closet and spice it up with a new pair of heels or cute jacket.

For a later afternoon or evening autumn wedding we suggest simple and elegant. We love a splashy pair of earrings to make a statement or bold necklace. We like looking for dresses than can be dressed up or down. Some people are confused at a later afternoon wedding if they should be more black tie or daytime attire.  You can stash a fun jacket and bold earrings in your purse for the evening reception. Think of it like dating – a day to night outfit change without having to completely switch clothes!

Lastly, we’ve got the festive autumn wedding attire. If your going to a wedding that’s themed and the bride and groom have okayed wacky outfits like costumes, then this is your chance to play! We’ve heard of Halloween themed weddings and as long as your costume is tasteful we love the idea. Even if you don’t want to wear a full on costume, there are plenty of ways to dress up for the occasion. Try a gothic type dress, black lace or high boots!

 

Small Wedding Party

As a new bride it’s tempting to rush out and tell everyone and invite all your friends to the big day but we’re giving away tips on how a smaller wedding party can make your life easier! Just because some friends are not IN the wedding doesn’t mean they can’t have a good time or enjoy the celebration with you.

We aren’t just talking about bridesmaids and groomsmen either. Having a small wedding party in terms of guests will help cut down costs. The average cost per guest for a wedding is $100 so multiply that by 100 guests and it adds up. Keeping your guest list limited is the first way to cut costs.

However, let’s address the small wedding party itself. Keeping your bridesmaids to three or four close friends will save you a lot of headache. For one, it’ll make things easier to stay organized. It’s hard enough to plan an entire wedding so be sure your bridal party makes things easy for you.

It’s easier to take photos after the wedding ceremony as well with a smaller wedding party. You can fit everyone in the same frame and have time to try fun pictures like goofy shots or even use props. Along with photo taking a smaller wedding party allows you to let your bridesmaids have more flexibility with their choice of dresses. If you are comfortable letting your girls pick their own styles the less people makes the “mix and match” look classy instead of messy. You could also give them the option to rent a dress instead of buy. Happy bridesmaids make for great photos!

A small wedding party will both cut costs and allow you more control over your big day!

 

Spring Wedding

We have some good reasons for you to choose a Spring wedding! Not only is this time of year ripe with flowers but it also is not terribly hot yet for those brides who want a wedding outside.

First reason we love a Spring wedding is the flowers. After winter we’re all ready for that splash of bright color. A lot of popular flowers are in bloom like peonies, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Nature can also provide a great back drop for your ceremony or reception. Trees start to bloom, grass becomes green and cherry blossoms, dogwood and moss are in this year. You can use them all to decorate your centerpieces or use as accents.

A second reason we love the Spring wedding is flexibility. The longer days make a midday wedding or evening wedding a piece of cake. You also don’t have to worry too much about scorching your guests at an outdoor venue. The bonfires and rustic theme go very well in a Spring wedding because the weather is cool but not bitter. Your guests can enjoy dressing in layers or even changing for the nighttime event!

Now, there are a few set backs to a Spring wedding as well. You should keep in mind holidays like Easter and breaks like Spring Break. This might leave a few weekends unavailable. But, there are plenty of ways to work around them. Just be sure to send out save the dates at least nine months in advance and check with your close family and friends to find a weekend that works for everyone.

If you’re planning on a Spring wedding destination then be aware of popular Spring break places. Your heart is set on say, Cabo, then just be sure to check in with the hotels and venue as early as possible. Or, let’s say you want a great honeymoon at a Spring break place – we suggest delaying it a week or contact the hotel/bed and breakfast to make sure there won’t be any crazy college kids shenanigans going on.

A Spring wedding is a great way to celebrate your marriage and the season! You don’t have to worry about

Daytime Weddings

While it’s typical to have a Saturday afternoon/evening wedding there’s nothing wrong with having a daytime wedding either. If you’re an early bird bride and think an 11am service is for you then check out our tips!

The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your bridal party is on board and those alarms are set. A daytime wedding will usually require a much earlier start. A daytime wedding is also a great option because lunches are usually cheaper than dinners. After the ceremony, your guests can go straight to the reception venue where lunch could be served as soon as noon. You can still cut the cake, have dancing, mingling and speeches like an evening wedding. The only difference is the time.

Guests should be finishing their meals around 1pm. What should you serve? Most people do lighter fare like chicken or fish with a vegetable and starch. But going with the traditional beef option is up to you. Some couples love to do brunch for a daytime wedding! You can get fun and creative with festive drinks, waffle bars and juice bars.

As far as entertainment goes, the daytime wedding typically only lasts until 2:45 or 4:30pm. What happens after that? You and your groom can spend time alone or go to a spa for some couples time. If you’d still like to hang out with your guests suggest local activities like zoo’s, museums or games that you could all participate in. You can also limit this gathering to only close friends and family for a more intimate celebration.

For the daytime wedding it’s also a bit more casual. For men think morning coats or a lighter color like gray or navy rather than a full tuxedo. For the bride, you can still opt for the glamorous wedding gown but perhaps with a few less bells and whistles. But it’s your day and you get to wear the dress of your dreams! A daytime wedding can be a lot of fun and a little more casual so that you can enjoy the rest of the big day.

Simple Weddings

For the simple wedding we are loving a limited guest list! This can take some of the pressure off of who to invite. You get to limit the list to family only with a few friends or even limiting extended family. We know you don’t want to leave out people for your big day but sometimes due to budget or time constraints its just better to go simple. Simple weddings are also great for those who don’t want a long engagement because they are easier to plan!

What are advantages to the small, simple wedding? First, the food. Likely, the food you serve will be a big focal point since you can afford to expand the menu or higher quality plates. You can also custom make the menu. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to work with a personal chef and have food made that it’s significant to you and your partner?  You can have dishes that reflect your personalities or traditional cultural food.

Another benefit of a simple wedding is the seating. Your guests will get to be in a more intimate setting which will allow for great conversations and people actually getting to know each other (if they don’t already)! The decor for a simple wedding can still be luxurious and glam. The fewer tables you need center pieces for equal perhaps bigger center pieces. Guests will get to feel like they are dining at a 5 star gourmet restaurant. The wait staff also won’t be over taxed and will be able to be attentive to your guests.

 

A key factor to a simple wedding is having the ceremony and reception at the same place. This way you don’t have travel constraints. You do want to be sure to pick a place that is where you’d want a lot of pictures taken. An inn or bed and breakfast make for cozy, romantic spaces that may also have amazing natural back drops. No matter what you choose just remember that a simple wedding is supposed to be that – simple! Don’t stress too much over finer details because in the end, your guests just want to celebrate you!

 

 

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?

Surprises before the Wedding

You think you’ve prepared everything – the catering, DJ, guest list, venue, dress, bridal party and even a plan B if the weather is bad. But there are some surprises before the wedding that you may not have thought about. Let’s take a look at a few of them so you can be as prepared as possible!

  1. One of the surprises before the wedding is that the ten minutes before the ceremony are the most nerve wracking. You have spent so much time getting ready, having a few drinks (or not) and having a lot of fun with your bridesmaids. It’s easy to forget sometimes that now you have to walk down the aisle in front of family and friends! But, not to worry, just remember your better half is waiting for you and this is a day to celebrate. You might be anxious you’ll step on your dress or say the wrong thing but those are what make ceremonies memorable and personal.

2 . A second thing to consider as surprises before the wedding is that you may want some time alone. You’d think that this day is meant to be shared with everyone and you are obligated to greet and thank all your guests. That’s not wrong but you also might want to carve out just a few minutes for you and your new partner. You both have made a serious, life long commitment and it can be nice to just be alone for a moment.

3. Lastly, something that you already know but we want to mention is that it will never go exactly as planned. You can prepare for all contingencies but life is unexpected and chaotic. That’s what makes it beautiful too! So, if you embrace it and go with the flow we promise you’ll be happier. Ask yourself, is can this be solved easily? Does this affect my guests? Am I still having fun? If the answers are pretty to fix then just go ahead and enjoy your big day!

 

Pets in your Wedding

You’ve got the fiance, you’ve got the venue and dress but what about pets in your wedding? Most of us have that special animal or animals in our lives that we just couldn’t live without. We’d love to include pets in our weddings if possible so here a few ways you can!

  1. Include pets in your wedding ceremony! Thousands of people have done it and what’s cuter than your dog all dressed up with a bow-tie walking down the aisle towards you with the rings? You’ll have to keep in mind how your dog does with large crowds but if Fido is a brave guy or gal then why not have him or her in your ceremony? You can also accessorize them appropriately or just leave them plain with a nice collar and bath beforehand!

 

2. The Farm wedding. If you’re having a rustic wedding out at a barn why not include your donkey? Even the most odd pets can be included in your wedding day. You can make it more romantic or glamorous with a fun flower crown too!

3. Photo ops! You can include your pets in your wedding in the photo opportunities as well. Maybe they can’t handle the stress of walking down an aisle but someone could be holding them for the photos afterwards! You can have great candid shots with your pets whether it’s a bird, dog, cat, guinea pig or llama! Your bridal party can get in on the action too and it’ll make for great pictures!

Dog photo bomb

No matter how you decide to involve pets in your wedding be sure they are comfortable with it! You don’t want to be worried about their safety and comfort on your big day. If you’re lucky enough to have someone trusted take care of them during the day that’s great! And if you think your pets will be disruptive then just opt for taking photos with them instead!

Ceremony Backdrop

The ceremony backdrop is an often overlooked detail in planning a wedding! How do you envision yourself standing with your significant other? Are there flowers behind you, lights, fish tanks or arbor arches? The ceremony backdrop isn’t exactly the main thing brides need to focus on right away. First, you should pick out your venue where you’ll have the ceremony and go from there. If the space you chose allows props to be put up behind you that’s great! We have a few ideas that you might have thought of.

First, if you’re doing a winter wedding but don’t want the hassle of the cold try a projection of a winter wonderland behind you! It’s great for the ambiance of bare trees and snow.

You and your spouse might be travel enthusiasts and what better way to add that flare to your ceremony space with a world map? You can also add paper decorations like planes or cars. We love making a unique space that people haven’t seen before and that says something about you two as a couple.

Or, perhaps you are more of a fairy tale bride! A great ceremony back drop that adds great flare could be an open story book that starts with “once upon a time”. You can add greenery and glitter to make it sparkle.

Finally, maybe the ceremony backdrop is already gorgeous. Sometimes picking a venue is as much for space accommodation as it is aesthetics. If the space if gorgeous and already has the style you love then why change it? You could spice it up with ribbons and greenery if you want too but remember it’ll save you money if you don’t need to decorate the ceremony space and the reception space!

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!