A Touch of Gold on Your Wedding Day

A Touch of Gold on Your Wedding Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to get your green outfits and enjoy the party! We’ve all heard the Irish tale that there’s a pot of gold waiting at the end of a rainbow, and whether you believe this or not, it never hurts to try and bring all the luck you can into your life, especially if you’re getting married!

SimplyBridal’s St. Patrick’s Day infographic is all about the color gold and how you can incorporate it into your big day, from selecting gold wedding bands to adding gold to your wedding reception… the options are endless! The trick is to try not to go too overboard and only add a few touches of gold, such as having gold centerpieces and candles. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!


A Touch of Gold on Your Wedding Day 

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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

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this week we’re sharing our favorite “green” pins!

Succulent Centerpiece.  We’re used to seeing centerpieces bursting with color from various floral elements, but we love the approach below which features a centerpiece composed of different succulents.  Mix in various varieties, shapes, and sizes, and you’ve got yourself a fabulously green focal point.  Succulents are fairly easy to care for, so if you’re going the DIY approach, you’ve got plenty of time to collect them ahead of time.  And for that extra bang for your buck, give succulents to guests as favors as they leave!

Minty Green Cake Stand
.  We love all shades of green, but if bright isn’t your thing, go minty!  We love the shade of this cake stand and how it makes the pale pink cake shine a little bit brighter.  Mint green is the perfect compliment to so many shades of pink, yellow, blue, and cream, and there are so many ways to infuse the minty color into your big day!

Let Guests Take Away Green.  Don’t let your love for green end after the reception; keep the green theme going by giving your guests green favors!  We love these matchbook seed favors, because they embrace the green theme in color and in environmental love.  What better way to honor the color green than to give guests a way to beautify the planet?

Alternative Centerpiece Ideas

When most people think of reception centerpieces, they think of flowers. But there are plenty of fun centerpiece ideas that don’t involve flowers. Here are just a few to get you inspired.

Old Bird Cages – These are perfect for a vintage wedding.

Lanterns – Candle light is a great way to set romantic mood.

Seashells – This is perfect for a beach or summer wedding.

Ornaments – This is perfect for a winter wedding. Filling a glass vase with ornaments is a festive and inexpensive décor idea.

Fruit and/or Vegetables – Since produce comes in a variety of colors, it is easy to find options that coordinate with your wedding flowers and theme.

Gourds – This is perfect for a fall wedding.

Wine bottles – This is classic and sophisticated. It would be perfect a wedding at a winery.

Candy – You can make a boutique out of lollipops or fill cute dishes with bit size candy.

Potted herbs – After the wedding, you can send home the herbs with your guests.

Cakes or Cupcakes – Individual desserts as a centerpiece are a great way to save money on centerpieces and your cake. These desserts are typically cheaper than wedding cakes.

When choosing an alternative centerpiece idea, always remember to consider your theme, style and budget. Don’t feel obligated to use classic centerpieces if you want something more unique. There are plenty of fun centerpiece ideas; you  just have to let yourself be creative.

Wedding Floral Fumbles

Flowers can help define your wedding style by adding a touch of drama, elegance, or whimsy. With thousands of buds to choose from, selecting the right wedding flowers for your ceremony and reception is no small feat. It also helps explain why so many people fumble when it comes to flowers. Here are a few floral foibles to avoid on your wedding day:

Waiting too long to book a florist: Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today, especially when it comes to selecting a wedding florist. Many blooms need to be ordered in advance and shipped overseas, requiring ample lead-time. Picking a florist early in the wedding planning process not only ensures that you’ll get the flowers you love, but it can also help you make other wedding-related decisions that affect the theme and feel of the day.

Being difficult, close-minded, or uncooperative: A florist is a flower expert so their opinion and wisdom should be trusted. If a florist discourages the use of a certain type of flower (even if you have your heart set on it) or color scheme, you should listen to them. Communicate your preferences and trust the professional to bring your vision to life.

Communicating poorly or not at all: If you expect your florist to create arrangements to your taste, you need to communicate clearly with them. Gather photographs and bookmark websites featuring buds you really love to show your florist. This will give her a clear picture of what you’re looking for and eliminate the chance of an unsatisfactory finished product.

Ignoring the budget: Like every other part of the wedding, flowers need to be budgeted. Blooms can be pricey, depending on the type or number you plan to include, so be sure to carve out a reasonable spot in the budget to accommodate the cost. Once you have a figure in mind, stick to it, even if it means sacrificing in some areas. Having a clearly defined budget upfront will help the florist accommodate you, while still choosing beautiful blooms for your wedding.

Forgetting the other details: Flowers can be stunning on their own, but you need to keep the big picture in mind when selecting wedding centerpieces and bouquets. Think about the dresses that you and the bridesmaids will be wearing, the other colors prominently featured in the ceremony site or reception hall, and the table linens that will be holding the centerpieces. All of these details, as small as they might seem, can drastically influence the way your flowers are seen.

Refusing to reuse: Don’t be afraid to make your flowers multitask! You can get the most out of buds, and your wedding budget, by using the same arrangements for the ceremony and reception. Altar arrangements can be recycled on the head table or buffet table at the reception, while aisle flowers can make beautiful centerpieces.

Wedding Flowers by Season

Personalizing Your Wedding

Everyone wants their wedding day to be unique and memorable, but more often than not, brides and grooms fall into a traditional rut that makes their day forgettable. Create a day that people will remember by infusing your personality into the wedding details. Here are a few clever ways to personalize your day:

Food: What’s your favorite food? What did you eat on your first date? Where are you going on your honeymoon? What’s your family’s heritage? There are a number of ways to spice up the food at your wedding and make it representative of your relationship. Wedding fare can often be bland and boring. Make it memorable by serving up ethnic dishes that have some significance to you and your fiancé.




Location: As grand and lavish as a hotel ballroom can be, it can also be void of personal sentiment or meaning. Pick a spot that will get people talking. If you’re art lovers, why not get hitched in a museum? Sports fans can rent out a local stadium, while animal lovers can tie the knot at the zoo. Most local attractions and hot spots are available for private functions so get creative and find a place that represents you.

Transportation: Add some charm to the wedding day with a unique getaway vehicle. Ride off from the wedding on a tandem bicycle to showcase your love for being active, or cruise away in a vintage car to highlight your eclectic taste. Whatever your preferences, pick a vehicle that expresses a little personality. Wedding Transportation.

Dessert: Who says wedding cake is the only dessert that can be served at your reception? Give guests something original to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings. How about an ice cream sundae bar, a crepe station, or a buffet of pastries? If homemade baked goods are more your style, why not ask some close friends and family members to whip up a few of your faves, giving guests a wide variety of sweet treats to choose from.

Centerpieces: Floral centerpieces are stunning, but can run the risk of looking like every other wedding reception’s decor. Crafting one-of-a-kind centerpieces relying on your interests or hobbies can be a great way to infuse your personality. Try using original artwork, travel mementos, symbols of your relationship, or equipment used for a favorite pastime (i.e. reading, films, gardening, traveling, or hiking). The centerpieces will not only be beautiful and unique, they’ll make for great conversation starters, as well.

Favorable Centerpieces

Buying centerpieces for the wedding reception can put a serious dent in your budget, while personalized favors can do the same. Why not combine the two? Make favors serve double duty as the table centerpieces. Here are some classy and creative ways to turn favors into beautiful arrangements:

1. Candles: Offer guests a practical memento from the wedding with personalized or stamped glass candle holders. Arrange a variety of sizes and shapes across tables to create a beautiful, elegant ambiance during the reception.

2. Potted plants: Small potted plants or flowers are a gift that keeps on giving. When arranged artfully, the plants can make a lush and gorgeous centerpiece that will garnish guests’ homes for months or years to come.

3. Boxed gifts: Provide guests with tasty treats, carefully housed in matching boxes adorned with ribbons or flowers. Stack the boxes in tiers to create a clever collection on each table.

4. Fruits/Veggies: Add charm to a rustic wedding with baskets of fresh fruit or vegetables on each table. Adorn baskets with ribbons or bows in wedding colors or pick food in complementary colors.

5. Paper cones: Homemade paper cones are not only cost effective, they ‘re also adorable, creative, and colorful. Use scrapbook paper or craft paper to create cones to hold flowers or candy and position them upright in a tray in the middle of each table for guests to admire and enjoy.

6. Flowers: Create individual flower bouquets for guests to take home. Tie together small bundles of flowers with string or ribbon and arrange them together in a giant vase or in several smaller glass bottles or containers.

7. Trees: Give a starter tree to guests at your wedding to signify the continued growth of your love and marriage. Combine the seedlings in the center of the table for a rustic and charming centerpiece.

8. Themed Gift: Lump together a collection of seasonal/themed favors to wow guests. Anything from jars of jam to gingerbread cookies to ornaments will suffice as an appropriate favor and beautiful showpiece.