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Pinterest Pins of the Week

Pinterest Pins of the Week

Flower girl portrait: Let’s put aside for a second the fact that this little girl is just too cute for words, and her perfectly coifed bouffant hairdo is beyond perfection. The idea of having your littlest attendant sit for a portrait style shot is a great idea. For one, it’s timeless and is actually a nod to the days when brides and their wedding party sat for a painted portrait instead of all day photo shoots during the wedding. A few quick shots of just your flower girl is a classic and lovely way to mark the day and in just a few years ( or way down the road) when they are all grown up, it will make a perfect memento to always remember their part in your marriage. We LOVE this idea so much and we hope to see some serious little lady poses in future weddings to come!

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Natalia Zakonova Photography

Rustic Wedding Charm:  We may sound like a broken record at this point when it comes to our love of rustic, natural elegance for weddings.  This stunning display features wooden rounds that look freshly cut from the woods to create a warm, natural feel perfect for so many types of weddings. This look could enhance a winter-white wedding or a summer soiree that brings the outdoors in.  You can even carry the theme through with wooden coasters, menus created on thin slabs of wood, and rustic farm tables with no linens just maybe a burlap runner down the middle.

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 Colin Cowie Weddings

Champagne Fountains: What ever happened to the champagne fountain? It used to go hand in hand with high-class weddings and events ( hello, haven’t you seen The Great Gatsby or even a single episode of Downton Abbey?)  SO yes, we are declaring the champagne fountain is officially back. And whether you look at it as a throwback, or a really fun and chic way to explore your love of champagne, the look just screams “Time to celebrate!” And we , of course, are all about that! For an added touch of nostalia, try seeing if your venue will serve other drinks in fun champagne coups. It really does make everything taste so much better!

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 One And Only Paris Photography

Pajama Party for the Bachelorette!

Could this quite possibly be the most adorable idea for a Bachelorette party ever? Long have we associated the infamous “ last night out” as an event filled with debauchery, alcohol, and crazy hangovers.  But it seems for more and more brides, and their girlfriends, when it comes to celebrating the bride in her all-girls glory, the tide seems to have turned to a new, more civilized celebration. We are still seeing Vegas getaways and crazy nights out, but it’s nice to know there’s a more subdued alternative like spa days, wine tastings, and luxe sleepovers. This girls-only fete is the ultimate in sleepover chic and we just had to share.

Pj party

Cassandra, the host of this soiree, is the editor of the fabulous blog, cocokelley.com.  She brings lovely interiors, housewares, and fashions to her readers daily and some days you can find some super inspiring wedding details that can translate to all kinds of events. Like everything she does, this ladies night was full of whimsy, fun and thoughtful details that are perfect for honoring the bride-to- be! Take a look at our favorite elements and take notes for your next girl’s night in!

custom pj

Customized pajamas? Yes, please! These girls were surprised with custom monogram pajama sets from the ultra chic line, Eberjey.  You can find similar ones at Target and can easily find a screen printing company locally to add a monogram. Nothing says special like a personalized gift or favor that lets your guests know you thought enough of them to create something just for them that they will be able to take home with them!  We couldn’t be more in love with this idea and think it’s perfect for all kind of occasion and gifts.

masks

The sleep theme gets a major makeover with an interactive sleep mask decorating station. Complete with sequins, glue, paint, markers and other adorable sew-ons, each girl can goof around or make something truly gorgeous to wear for the night. It gives your guests something fun to do without taking any one activity too seriously. Remember, this is a grown- ups night but that doesn’t mean you can’t go old-school with crafts when it comes to your theme!

food

No sleepover would be complete without the plethora of junk food and beverages. In this case, the quintessential popcorn and candy is abundant in chic bowls, but this time the drink of choice is champagne.  Feel free to think beyond these staples to fun and female friendly trays of sushi, fancy cheeses, and gourmet pizzas to pair with your bubbly! Also consider a mini chocolate bar or tiny desserts you can pick up and nibble on throughout the night! Bachelorette party of not, it sounds like a great way to spend time with your girls and enjoy the joys of just being a girl!

Photos by Sunshine Charlie

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Vase + Twine.  It seems likes couples are getting more and more creative these days when it comes to DIY décor.  From centerpieces to florals, we love to see how couples turn everyday items into special accessories.  It’s often the simplest of pairings that creates the showstoppers, and this vase plus twine combination is the perfect example.  You can mix and match any glass canisters, filling the finished vases with beautiful vibrant greenery or exotic flowers.

Metallic Cake.  Metallics never seem to go out of style or out of season, but something about the temperature change and the promise of fall has us loving anything and everything shiny.  And this pin, well, it takes the cake!  We love that this metallic cake combines simplicity with a touch of the wow factor, leaving guests curious about their dessert.  If this cake tastes half as good as it looks, then guests are definitely in luck!

Vicky Starz Photography

Attendant Pavers.  We love when couples opt to celebrate their love with Mother Nature, though we know that the outdoors often comes with its own set of challenges.  One of the most common concerns we hear involves the old grass meets heels dilemma.  No one wants to be sinking into the grass all ceremony.  Thankfully, this pin offers the simplest solution…pavers!  The simple shaped concrete blocks allow each woman to stand sink-free, letting go of any fears or worries about the grass/heels combo.  These pavers offer another bonus as well, as they tell attendants exactly where to stand, so that they remain perfectly placed throughout the ceremony.

Danielle Daigle Photography

Fun Ways to “Propose” to Your Bridesmaids

Most little girls dream of the day the man of their dreams pops the big question, and just as many women look forward to the day their best friends and siblings will ask just as important of a question: will you be in my wedding?

Despite what some people will lead you to believe, wedding planning will go quickly. Before you know it, you will be reminiscing the days of your engagement and wondering where the time went. To make the most of this special time, make every moment memorable. Rather than simply asking your favorite ladies to stand next to you during your ceremony as bridesmaids, treat each one like its own personal proposal. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Give Her the Ring of Her Dreams

Rumor has it women want a huge rock when they get proposed to; make your favorite lady’s dream come true by popping the question with a huge ring pop. She will love the humorous gesture.

Surprise Her with a Locket

We love the cute saying in this locket: I couldn’t say “I do” without you. Plus, you can put a special message inside. Every time she wears the necklace, she will think of you (and your wedding, of course).

Write It Down

Another great way to let your favorite ladies know how much they mean to you is to write them a personal note asking them to be your bridesmaids. They will love that you took the time to make them feel special.

Getting Started

Congratulations! You’re engaged! Now, what are you are supposed to do? The wedding planning has officially begun, but deciding where to start can be overwhelming. Here are 7 big things to consider in order to get the wedding plans started…

Choosing Your Wedding Date: How long of an engagement period do you want? What time of year do you want to say “I do?” Are there any major family events, vacations, or milestones already on the calendar that you’ll need to avoid? Ask yourself these questions as you begin considering what day you’d like to have your wedding. Setting a date is probably the most important decision you’ll make as it will determine what venues are available and how the season will influence your style, color, and flower choices.

Dress: It’s never too early to begin shopping for a wedding dress! Choosing the right gown takes a lot of time and patience so get started early to ensure you have ample time to have a dress ordered, shipped, and tailored. Custom wedding gowns take even longer than purchasing a dress off the rack, so begin scheduling appointments with designers and boutiques to guarantee you’ll have the perfect dress.

Style: Do you want a cozy, rustic affair or something elegant and glamorous? Start collecting ideas from bridal magazines and websites to determine your wedding style. Deciding what you want early on will save you the stress and cost that comes from changing your mind along the way.

Size: It’s never too early to begin working on a wedding guest list. Put together a preliminary idea of invitees to gauge just how large or small your wedding will be. The number of guests affects everything from the venue size to the catering costs, so be sure to get a ballpark figure before you start making any major decisions.

Attendants: How large do you want your bridal party to be? Do you want an intimate gathering of immediate family or a large parade of cousins, coworkers, and friends? Talk to your fiancé about the ideal size of the wedding party before you begin asking friends to be bridesmaids. Once you settle on a number, go ahead and ask your guys and gals to make sure they can save the date.

Budget: There’s nothing less fun than setting a wedding budget, but it’s a crucial responsibility that should be attended to as soon as possible. Figuring out how much money you have to work with will help direct your wedding plans and determine how elaborate or simplistic the day’s festivities will be.

Photos: Celebrate your engagement with a photo shoot! Wedding photographers often offer packages that include an engagement session, providing you with great prints to capture this exciting season of life. As an added bonus, engagement photos can be used for save-the-date cards, wedding announcements, or invitations.

 

4 Unique Wedding Gift Ideas

You need wedding gift ideas for your bridal party, family, and fiancé, but you’re tired of the same-old-same-old engraved flask and make-up bags. Get ready to be tempted to go shopping after you read this.

Prevent Cold Feet

We love these adorable “In case you get cold feet” socks on Wanelo. This humorous gift is sure to ease any fears your guy may be having.

Hang with Style

For your bridesmaids (and self, of course), get these adorable personalized hangers. This keepsake can be reused for years and years after the wedding.

Wrap Them in Love

Buy pretty robes for your bridesmaids to wear while you girls get ready on the big day. They will feel like stars as they spend the day getting pampered.

Show You Future Hubby Some Love

Some guys worry that life after the wedding won’t be as great as it was when you were dating. Prove him wrong with this unique gift idea: Plan and prepay for a date for each month of the year. Put the information in envelopes labeled for each month. Throughout the year, you and your guy can enjoy these fun dates together.

When picking out gifts for your bridal party, family, and fiancé, think outside the box. You don’t have to buy gifts from those wedding catalogs you keep getting in the mail. Consider the personalities of each person and buy something you know they’ll love.

 

How to Be a Great Maid of Honor

Being a friend’s Maid of Honor is both flattering and intimidating. On one hand, the bride wants you standing next to her on the biggest day of her life. On the other, you may be nervous about your duties and skills as her #2 in command. Don’t tie yourself up in tulle knots; review the tips below and rise to the occasion.

Be the go-to girl. Mean it when you say, “I’m here for whatever you need.” The wedding planning process is chaotic in the final weeks, so make sure the bride and groom know you are willing to take on any assignment they give you. Don’t sacrifice every moment of your day, but be empathetic to the details swirling around the bride’s head. Be as involved as you can be, and remind your friends you are there for support.

Play tough. Be a contender when it comes to supporting your friend on her wedding day. If two bridesmaids don’t get along, tell them to zip it for the sake of the bride. Tell the caterer your friend can’t discuss tipping the wait staff until after the reception. Bottom line: whatever the circumstance, respect the bride and groom’s day of happiness, and make sure others do too.

Minimize stress. A bride’s wedding marks the happiest day of her life; unfortunately, it can also be the most stressful. Help your friend to keep her cool by:

  • Offering to take care of last-minute details, like picking up her dress from the tailor or calling to confirm the cake delivery time
  • Ensuring out-of-town guests are settled and comfortable. Offer your cell phone number to those in need of directions or other info
  • Keep your eye on the clock and coordinate arrival times with the minister and Best Man.
  • Make sure the bride has enough to eat and drink before the ceremony. Low blood sugar will only worsen edgy nerves.

Make the special moments count. As Maid of Honor, you are obviously an important person in the bride’s life. Make sure she knows how much you mean to her as well. Write a toast that encapsulates your friendship and feelings for her. She will be moved by the gesture and will remember it for the rest of her life.

Bridesmaids 101