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Make a Statement.  We did a complete double take when we saw this image.  This bride is absolutely breath-taking, no doubt about it.  The statement headpiece, the slightly vintage inspired dress, the bold peach blush, the ruffled sweetheart necklace…it all works.  The look is elegant, special, and unique, a perfect combination for any bride on her wedding day!  However, we know the headpiece is a bit of a bold choice, so we’re curious; how many of you would embrace this look for your special day?

Austin Warnock Photography

Simple SeatingPlace cards are one of our most favorite parts of wedding receptions.  Perhaps because they’re a small expression of love, perhaps because they show a special touch of personality; we love to see how couples recognize their beloved guests.  We recently spotted this pin on Style Me Pretty, and we love the seasonal simplicity of it.  A simple linen, a small piece of greenery, a piece of twine, and a simple font makes for a delightful place card, certain to make any guest feel right at home.  And if you’re wedding isn’t for a few months, may we suggest trying this look at your Thanksgiving dinner?

Jillian Mitchell Photography

An Oh-Sew-Cool Cake Table.  Pardon our pun, but is this cake table not one of the coolest cake tables you’ve seen in a while?  It manages to look effortlessly cool, combining old and new, gilded and natural, glass and fire.  The florals add the perfect pop of color, while keeping the focus on the real star of the show, the cake.  Want to recreate this look on your own?  Scour thrift stores, garage sales, and attics for long lost treasures.  And don’t worry about finding a machine that’s in perfect condition; it’s the flaws that give it real character!  Mix it with an oversized metallic frame, a few glass canisters, and some mismatched florals, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous DIY cake table!

Tiny Water Photography

Rustic Charm

As we predicted in our earlier post about 2012 wedding trends, rustic-themed weddings continue to be a popular choice among brides. Add a little rustic charm to your upcoming summer wedding with these simple ideas:

Mason Jars: Whether you use them for drinks, décor, or favors, mason jars are a cute and inexpensive way to create a laid-back vibe at your wedding. Load various sized jars with flowers or candles and lay them out across tables or hang them from tree branches for an outdoor gala. Or, fill them with homemade jams or dry baking ingredients for a super cute favor. When all else fails, fill ‘em up with beverages and top them with fun straws for a simple, yet rustic, touch.

Vitalic Photography

Hand-Painted Signs: Grab some reclaimed wood and repurpose it in as an adorable wedding sign. Label various food stations, create signs for directional purposes, or simply paint sweet sayings atop boards for decorative uses.

Kraft Paper: Brown kraft paper adds a note of relaxed charm to any gathering. Use it to print invitations, menus, and programs; craft it into paper cones to hold snacks or rose petals for throwing; or, wrap small bands of it around bottles and vases to add a countrified touch to décor.

Tree Trunks: Rely on nature to add a rustic flare to your event by utilizing tree trunks. Larger stumps make great, casual seating options for outdoor receptions and cocktail hours, while thin trunk slices are a perfect way to display food and desserts, hold table numbers, or—when carved with your initials—act as a cute centerpiece.

JK Photography

Wildflowers: Add some color while maintaining a homey feel by using wildflowers and grasses. Wildflowers can be fashioned into a chic arrangement for bouquets or assembled in small glass bottles, jars, or tin cans for simple and sweet centerpieces.

Hay Bales: Nothing says rustic charm like incorporating hay bales into your affair. Use bales of hay as seating during a laid-back outdoor ceremony, as a place to stack presents or favors, or simply as a way to mark off designated areas at your reception (i.e. the dance floor or buffet line). To glam them up a bit, consider draping them with vintage lace, pretty fabrics, or old quilts.

Clothespins: Clothespins are an inexpensive and practical accessory that can be used in a wide variety of ways. Use them to hang photos of you and your spouse along a ribbon at the reception, affix place cards to string outside of the reception, or clip table numbers or food labels along serving tables.

Chalkboards: Not only do chalkboards add a laid back whimsy to your event, they’re incredibly easy to make yourself. Buy a gallon of chalkboard paint at a local hardware store and start creating signs of different sizes to use as table numbers, props for photos, directional signs, or place cards.

Wedding DIY Pros and Cons

DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is a common buzz word among brides-to-be. Some brides associate DIY projects with savings and individuality. Other brides associate the trend with cheap quality and lots of headaches. Both brides have defendable cases. Here is why.

The Pros of DIY

There are lots of reasons that DIY projects have become so popular. Those reasons include:

Low Costs – Typically, DIY projects are cheaper than store bought versions. For instance, invitations printed on your home computer may be least 50% cheaper than stationary ordered from a traditional printer.

Personalization – The modern couple wants a wedding that is all about them. They want a wedding that showcases their personalities and interests. DIY projects allow you to create wedding accessories and essentials that are 100% unique. No other bride (or groom) will create the exact same DIY project. This is especially true for wedding day accessories such cake toppers or wedding jewelry.

A Fun Experience – Besides the shower and bachelorette party, most bridesmaids have very few responsibilities. DIY projects are a fun way to include the bridal party (and family) in the wedding planning. You can have a girls’ night that involves food, wine, and DIY projects. These little moments are what make wedding planning fun.

A Sense of Accomplishment – When you walk in to your reception, you want to think Wow, I did this. You and your fiancé (and possibly the bridal party and family) created this magical day. That sense of accomplishment is amplified when you can say you physically created something whether it is as small as seating card or as big the centerpieces.

The Cons of DIY

As the old cliché goes, there are two sides to every story. While DIY projects have a variety of perks, there are also some downfalls.

Costs – Depending on the complexity of the project, some DIY projects are more expensive than store bought or professional versions. For projects that require a lot of materials, add up the costs of all materials and compare the costs to a store bought version.

Time – While you may save money on DIY projects, you won’t save time. Many DIY projects can be very time consuming. If the project is going to make your life too stressful, it may be wise to spend a little more money. You have to consider opportunity costs. Would you rather spend the month before your wedding playing Martha Stewart or would you rather be shopping for the honeymoon, getting your nails done with your maid of honor, and enjoying a bachelorette party? Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time for you to do everything.

Mistakes – If a professional messes up, they fix it. You can simply send the product back, and sometimes they compensate you with a discount for the trouble. If you mess up a DIY project, you have wasted time and money, and you still have to fix the project, which means more time or money. Always consider the level of expertise a project requires. If a project requires sewing and you’ve never touched a thread and needle, the month before your wedding probably isn’t the best time to learn. Don’t be afraid to leave some things to the professionals.

Like all wedding decisions, you have to choose if DIY is right for you. The best way to incorporate DIY into your wedding is to pick and choose which projects are important to you. Decide where you’d like to spend the most money and where you would like to save. Also, consider where your talents lie and how much time you have to complete projects. Wedding planning should be enjoyable, so choose projects that seem fun and splurge on the projects that would drive you insane.

Indie Rock

Many customers mention the genre “Indie Rock” in several different contexts. This article will help you define the undefinable – Indie Rock.

Indie stems from the word independent. The music isn’t attached to a major record label so there is some purity. It’s not about selling a product; it’s about producing good songs. Labels like Matador, Subpop, Saddlecreek Records, and Dfarecords are just a few choice examples of independent music producers. Notable bands include: Interpol, Belle & Sebastian, Bright Eyes, The Rapture, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, The Shins, Rilo Kiley, PJ Harvey, and Elliot Smith. In general, Indie followers love obscurity. Indie music has also evolved into an entire subculture of “hipsters,” a group of people who listen to Indie music, and have no tolerance for poseurs and the main stream. The lines between indie and mainstream music is really not clear and often a subject of debate.

Please keep in mind, some bands that have spent most of their careers on major labels are still occasionally referred to by the press as indie rock because of their sound or aesthetic, such as Radiohead.

A variety of musical genres and subgenres with varying degrees of overlap are associated with indie rock. Some of these include lo-fi, post-rock, sadcore, C86, math rock, shoegaze/dream pop, indie pop, noise rock, noise pop, riot grrrl, post-hardcore, twee pop, alt-country, post-punk revival, garage rock revival, dance-punk, indie folk, baroque pop, new prog, and indietronica.

The roots of modern indie rock are often traced back to The Velvet Underground‘s self-titled debut album, released in 1967, which was ranked #7 on Blender’s list of the 100 greatest indie rock albums.[2] Allmusic notes that every “left-of-center rock movement owes an audible debt” to this album.[3] The Beach Boys‘ 1966 album Pet Sounds is also commonly listed as a highly influential starting point.[4] Later, the punk movement of the 1970s had a direct impact on the DIY aesthetic that later became a cornerstone of indie rock.