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Best Wedding Flowers

When it comes to the best wedding flowers there are quite a lot of choices for you! Which ones do you gravitate towards – roses, lilies, daisies, plumeria, dogwood or lilacs?

This year, we are seeing a lot of orange and butter yellow shades. These flowers compliment both summer and fall weddings. You can use Peonies, Icelandic poppies, Juliet roses, chrysanthemums, carnations, and ranunculus to make a beautiful bouquet or bouquets for your bridesmaids. Add a delicate chandelier and you’ve got a very romantic space.

Another trend we are loving this year is moss! Who would have thought this greenery would replace the lush leaves we’ve been seeing for years? Moss adds a fabulous fairy tale element to your wedding space. Technically moss isn’t a flower, but you can add flowers to it to make it gorgeous.  You can use a moss wall as an indoor ceremony backdrop or place it as a runner down the center of a long banquet table. Different flowers can be placed in the moss to add a great splash of color.

Another flower we love is the arthurium. It appears like a tropical flower but can be placed with more traditional flowers like tulips, roses, celosias, calla lilies and mini gerberas. The arthurium gives your bouquet a very unique look. This flower is especially fun for both summer and fall due to the range of colors it comes in.

Setting Your Wedding Budget

Setting Your Wedding Budget

Setting Your Wedding Budget

One of the first and most important tasks in your wedding planning is creating the budget. Studies show that the biggest fights between bride and groom are caused by money concerns. Avoid the heartache and hassle by mapping out your wedding budget with these easy steps…

Step 1: Figure Out Who’s Footing The Bill

Before you can go any further with your budget, you need to establish who will be paying for what. Tradition states that the bride’s parents will cover the wedding costs, but nowadays that can vary from couple to couple. Have a discussion with all parties involved (parents, grandparents, step-parents, etc) to determine what each family’s contributions, if any, will be. Who pays for what in a wedding?

Step 2: Assess the Funds

Now that you know who’s footing the bill, you need to figure out exactly how much cash you have to spend. Tally up the monetary gifts contributed by each family and then, have an honest discussion with your fiancé about how much money, if any, the two of you want to spend out of your own savings. Once you’ve got a firm number, you can move on to step 3.

Step 3: Allocate the Funds

It’s up to you to determine how and where you want to spend your wedding money. Typically, wedding budgets are divided as so: Reception (48-50%), Ceremony (2-3%), Attire (8-10%), Flowers (8-10%), Chicago Wedding DJ (8-10%), Photography/Videography (10-12%), Stationery (2-3%), Wedding Rings (2-3%), Parking/Transportation (2-3%), Miscellaneous (8%). Remember this is just an average and meant to be used as a rough guide. You may choose to put more money into one area than another, which is totally fine. Just make sure you don’t underestimate the costs in any one area.

Step 4: Prioritize

The budget estimate above is just that, an estimate. You and your soon-to-be spouse need to determine exactly how each dollar is spent. If your dream invitations end up costing 5% of the budget, figure out a way to cut expenses somewhere else. Planning a wedding is a lot like marriage: it’s all about compromise. If you go over budget on the reception site rental, try to lower the expenses on food or flowers.

Step 5: Save, save, save

Just because you have X amount of dollars to spend, doesn’t mean you have to spend it all. Try to be budget-conscious whenever possible and cut costs. Wedding can be incredibly costly affairs and often there are unexpected expenses that pop up at the last minute. Plan a brainstorming meeting with your fiancé to discuss ways you can save money. Got a friend who is a great photographer/graphics designer/florist/baker? Ask him/her to take pictures, creative invitations, assemble bouquets, or make your wedding cake. And don’t forget to scour the Internet for DIY wedding ideas. You’d be amazed how many stunning details you can create yourself at a fraction of the cost.

Step 6: Reevaluate

The wedding budget isn’t something that’s meant to be created and then ignored. You should constantly be reevaluating the budget as you make decisions about the wedding. Create a spreadsheet that can easily be altered as things are purchased or booked. Plug in the numbers and tweak the budget as you go to ensure that everything is covered and you never go into the red.

New Age Bohemian

Welcome to 2018 brides! We are taking a look at a trend for the new year: New Age Bohemian. This may sound like hippie nonsense but give it a try. The Bohemian look is going to replace all the rustic wedding trends we saw last year.

What entails a New Age Bohemian wedding? First, let’s look at where your guests will start – the invitations. Bohemian is all about florals, romance and non-fussy. We love a touch of elegant flower on your invitations to set the mood. You can set the tone you want depending on which flowers you choose and the color scheme. Romantic doesn’t have to mean all pinks or reds. If you’re a more dramatic bride you can incorporate plenty of dark greens and blues.

Let’s not forget where flowers are also a big hit – on a hair piece! The New Age Bohemian look is perfect if you are a bride who wants to wear flowers in her hair and dance barefoot. You can put together a lovely crown of flowers with greenery for both you and your bridesmaids.

The most important aspect, to go with this crown of flowers, is your dress. There are hundreds of Bohemian style dresses out there and we’ve picked out a top few! As an added bonus, the flowy, lacy dresses also look quite comfortable to wear.

Feel free to go all into the Bohemian wedding trend this year! We love that it is fun, elegant and romantic.

Get Your Craft On

Get your Craft On

Get Your Craft On

Calling all Martha Stewart wanna-be’s! This is your time to embrace your inner crafts(wo)men and tackle your wedding one delightful little detail at a time. Do it yourself most commonly known as DIY is the art of creating, replicating, etc. goods. With the right tools, a little creativity, and some patience you can practically recreate anything out there!

Want to learn how to emboss? Take a quick tutorial here: http://lovelylittledetails.com/2011/11/30/lovely-little-diy-embossing-101-lld-video-tutorial/

Get Your Craft On

Want to learn how to make fun little décor such as pomanders check out this fun step-by-step guide: http://ruffledblog.com/do-it-yourself-tissue-paper-pomanders/

Get Your Craft On

How about fun votive candle favors for your bridal shower. Check! http://www.heygorg.com/2011/07/diy-vintage-teacup-candles.html

Get Your Craft On

Want to create an aisle runner with your monogram? Or how about a unity candle? http://diyweddingplanner.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Make-A-Monogrammed-Aisle-Runner-For-Your-Wedding

Get Your Craft On

There are so many wedding planners, designers, and the like that are dabbling in Marthaville-type projects that the possibilities are seemingly endless! Just think of all the fun projects you can learn to do and save some green while doing so.

If you have a Michaels, Archiver’s, Joann Fabrics, or Hobby Lobby in your neck of the woods…well you are in luck! These crafty spots always seem to have great prices, sales, and even coupons! Who doesn’t like 30-50% off?! In the long-run, every little discount, sale, or coupon can add up to save for your bottom line.

Of course, Martha is the queen of crafting, and her site is an unbelievable resource for all wedding things related, but especially DIY. Still seeking more inspiration? Check out Pinterest- http://pinterest.com/. Pinterest seems to be taking over the (wedding) world one pin at a time. With Pinterest you can search by the interest, look, design, or desired project such as “paper flowers.” By golly, you’re in luck. You can find the picture that peaks your interest, click, and away you go to learn how to master that craft.

Be bold and creative, save some money honey, and get your craft on!

British Themed Wedding

British Themed Wedding

Brides, listen up for the next hot thing in 2015! As always there are options for you to customize your day but we’re loving the British Themed Wedding.

Who doesn’t love Princess Kate’s flawless style and elegance? Downtown Abbey is also making quite the splash in the U.S. To get this royal look it’s all about simple: tables bare or covered in vintage lace and think about trying floral decorations hanging. Now your guests won’t have to head bob around the centerpieces to see each other. You can use flowers that are in season to save money and you’ll also save money because the centerpieces should be natural and flowing.

British Themed Wedding

For your wedding hair we’re liking the loose, wild moor waves brides are sporting. You can add pieces like flowers or jewels to highlight.
British Themed Wedding

The English tea theme can’t be taken too far and it’s not just for the bridal shower! You can use this to tastefully decorate your entire wedding reception. From big bows to striped chair decorations, you can create the illusion of being in a castle garden. Also, how about using lanterns to further that illusion of being in a fairy ring or in the old highlands. They are easy to assemble, some don’t even require real candles so the fire hazard aspect is taken out.

Whatever your vision for a British invasion on your wedding, let your imagination take over. You can do upper London elegance or go for a more rustic, Celtic magic theme.

Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage

Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage

Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage

Vendor Spotlight The Flower CottageThis week we’re spotlighting a delightful local flower shop in Frankfort! The Flower Cottage is filled with charming arrangements from Valentine’s day wreaths to Sympathy garlands. However, their wedding arrangements are the big deal there and they go to great lengths to create the floral designs of your dreams. They have been in business over 20 years and personally deliver to Chicago and over 100 other suburbs. The owner is very knowledgeable and the staff is experienced designers who create what you envision on your wedding day.

The customer service is very personalized and they ask detailed questions to create your vision on your wedding day. The Flower Cottage has great sample books brides may look through and customize bits and pieces for their own design. They don’t even mind putting crystals inside the flower bouquets for that extra sparkle on your big day! It really glams up a bouquet and then when it’s dried (if you’re keeping it) the crystals keep it beautiful.

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Vendor Spotlight The Flower Cottage Vendor Spotlight The Flower CottageThe Flower Cottage will design anything from center pieces, head table arrangements, bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres, unity pieces and arrangements for mothers of the bride and other special family. The arrangements are professionally put together so they do not fall apart on the big day!

 

Celebrity Wedding Advice

Celebrity Wedding Advice

Celebrity Wedding Advice

Don’t worry. You’re not the only ones still scratching your heads over the recent “ Conscious Uncoupling” of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow.  If Hollywood marriages age in dog years, then we shouldn’t be surprised that the Celeb elite are now coming up with a more chic way to say “We’re splitting up”.

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Celebrity Wedding AdviceFrom Perez Hilton

So it comes as a welcome refreshing breath of air when someone in the limelight seems so unaffected by it and offers up realistic and of course, ultra stylish advice. Enter Lauren Conrad- teen reality star turned do-gooder with her lovely Kohl’s clothing line, book series, and very smart website appropriately named, www.laurenconrad.com where she appeals to the every-girl. And now that she is a bride-to-be, we love following her every move and getting to the bottom of her super sweet and fashionable tips for brides. Here are a few of our faves:

Celebrity Wedding Advice

Always do a trial run: Who doesn’t want to look insanely glamorous on their wedding day? But don’t forget that you should look like YOU. NO surprises, no new makeup or hair trends, just the best version of yourself with styles that accentuate and compliment your unique look. Lauren is a self proclaimed purist- always knowing what looks good on her. She even swears “you’ll never see her with short hair.” Reason being? While we are certain she can rock just about any look especially a super chic bob, she just doesn’t feel as confident with short hair and feels that it isn’t her best look. Instead, from time to time she opts for a faux bob by pinning her hair up loosely and playing with the look for a night. Another great tip for undecided brides who may want that look for the ceremony but want their signature long hair on display for the reception.

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Celebrity Wedding Advice

Don’t ask your groom about things he doesn’t want to know about: For Lauren, she wanted her groom to see sketches of her dress. He refused and wanted a traditional reveal on their actual wedding day. “ I ask him, is it a good time?” And she very quickly gives him a rundown of the must-know details to get his thoughts. Flowers, centerpieces, and décor are left totally up to her ( since of course that is her forte!) and wedding music ( he is a musician) is the element he wanted to solely focus on.  Dividing and conquering and putting your own personal seal on the things that matter most is the best way to avoid fights and end up with  a wedding that is a perfect mix of you and your groom.

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Celebrity Wedding Advicevia Instagram

 

Alternatives to the Traditional Bouquet

As we are nearing the end of April, we hope that this month of showers will bring beautiful flowers next month. As the pollen levels rise and for those who will be living off anti-histamines the next few months and would prefer not to hold pollinating plants so close to themselves, we’ve got just the thing for you. This week the SimplyBridal creative team has put together a list of great alternatives to the traditional flower bouquet.  There are so many to choose from, which one is right for you?

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Types of Traditional Bouquets

It’s the month of April, and SimplyBridal is celebrating flowers this season! Last week we enlightened you on the meaning behind flowers and what the flowers choose say about you. This week we’ve researched and compiled a list of different types of bouquets. If your going for the boho styled wedding, perhaps the basket bouquet would be the most suitable. Rustic wedding? Go with the cascade or shower bouquet. There are so many options to the classic flower bouquet, so check out this infographic to see which is the best for you.

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The Meaning Behind Flowers by SimplyBridal

For the month of April SimplyBridal is all about flowers! This week we are helping you increase your knowledge about the flowers you choose and what they say about you. Flowers are more than colors and smells; each has a special meaning behind it.

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