Warm Things Up with these Must Have Beach Wedding Decorations.

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courtesy of jillianmitchell.net

If you’re a bride planning a beach or destination, then you’re in the right place, my little chick-a-dee! Because this is a post featuring all the latest and greatest beach decor this (& that!) side of the Miss’ippi!

Now if we’re being honest, we should probably just call a spade a spade and say up front that having your wedding day on the beach could almost be decoration enough. In fact, it’s more than likely the reason you and yours chose it in the first place!

With that being said, howevs, there are still a lot of fun, inspiring and DIY ideas that will really make a splash (pun intended) with your beach wedding celebration. Below are a few of the top trending picks:

Prevent Guests from getting Blinded by Love & Provide Shades. So, if you’re getting married on a beach, you’ll more than likely have / want a sunny day. OBVS, there are exceptions to every rule, but in most cases, all destination brides are going for super sunny; so, make sure to deck out your guests with their own set of sunglasses! A love so bright, the gotta wear shades! 

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courtesy of figlewiczphotography.com

& Speaking of Shades, don’t forget THEE Shade. That’s right, brides-to-be. While sunshine is something we consider going hand and hand with beach weddings; so is warm weather! So, don’t be afraid to bedeck the guests their very own wedding decor, color coordinated parasol! I mean just look at how awesomesauce they look!

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courtesy of truephotography.com

“On this Spot” ceremony rugs. Blending trend with ceremonial tradition, these ultra sentimental accessories will allow you to always keep the day you said “I do” with you (literally!) long after the day is done! Created originally with the intent for brides and grooms to stand atop while saying their vows, the on-this-spot creations can be just about anything y’all fancy as a couple – a rug, a blanket, a favorite cloth or fabric, anything – that you will stand on and take with after. That way, you’ll always have the spot you became man and wife with always. How AMAZE is that?

courtesy of ruffledblog.com

courtesy of ruffledblog.com

Consider a Colorful Canopy. While not required for a destination celebration, canopies covered in fabric and flowers can really razzle dazzle on the beach! Not kidding. Google it. If your jaw doesn’t drop, there’s something wrong :)

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courtesy of viweddingphotos.blogspot.com

Finally, really Feel the Love with Flower Petals. Flower petals, flower petals, and what? Oh yes, MORE flower petals, please! These softly scented sprinklers can be added just about anywhere; and not only do they look and smell great, but they are 100% biodegradable! So, it won’t matter how many blow away, and there’ll be no need for clean up! it’s a win / win!

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courtesy of heatherparker.com

Wedding Decorations Checklist

From super gaudy and over-the-top to simple and sophisticated, every bride – probably from the time she was a little girl – has been planning and changing every last detail of her wedding day until it’s been perfected for just her.

But since we all can’t be Monica Geller… who remembers homegirl’s ultimate wedding planner book?

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courtesy of livingyourcreative.com

It was something out of every bride’s dream, and every groom’s worst nightmare :) But alas, I digress because we all can’t be so lucky with such vision and organization. Some of us are a little less motivated and – let’s be real – no one is that organized!

So, it’s nice to have a place to start :) Below is a checklist for your wedding decorations to be sign, sealed and celebrated! Now, please know that this is simply a jumping off point. You’ll need to adjust in order to accommodate your ceremony and reception sites, but here’s a place to begin:

Ceremony

  • Archway
  • Aisle Runner
  • Altar Decor
  • Pew Bows
  • Entry & Exit Decor
  • Any Directional or Informative Signs (ie. guest book location)

Also consider if you’ll have something for your guests to partake in when you exit the ceremony: rose petals, bubbles, bird seed, sparklers, etc.

Reception

  • Lighting
  • Layout
  • Centerpieces (head table, guest tables, cake, card and / or buffet tables)
  • Table Cloths
  • Chair Covers
  • Backdrops, ceiling canopies, wall decor, etc. *this one will definitely be dependent upon your venue
  • Entry & Exit Decor
  • Any Directional or Informative Signs (ie. signature cocktail)

Miscellaneous

  • Car Decorations
  • “Just Married” Sign

**And don’t forget** to decorate your people! Bridal party members – including, but not limited to – bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, flower girls, ring bearers, parents, grandparents, etc. will all become part of your decor, as well. Bouquets and boutonnieres will also add to overall aesthetic of your big day; so, make sure to mark down the ones you want!

Lastly, enjoy! It’s fun making the world a prettier place :)

 

Shower Power: 4 Fabulously Fun Decoration Ideas

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courtesy of noimpactbride.com

Ladies and well, ladies ;)… start your DIY engines and rev into some of today’s most fun wedding shower decoration ideas! (& yes, I’m totally talking in exclamation point, because I want y’all to be just as hype as me about some of these ahhh(to the)mazing decorating ideas!

Now, we all know, it part of the obligatory duties for a bride-to-be to have a shower. Whether its thrown by a favorite cousin, a fancy bridesmaid, a mom (be it by relation or soon to be marriage) or otherwise, it’s always fun to dress – in the case of a shower, your space! – to impress!

OBVS, depending on where the shower is thrown, it’s key to keep the room – be it someone’s home or some place rented – in the forefront of consideration for decorating. That disclaimer aside, let’s look at these 5 Decorating Dreams below :)

1 | It’s all about air… Balloons, that it! So, I recently attended a bridal shower and absolutely fell in la-Louvre with their OVERfilled, OVERabundant use of balloons. It was fabulous incarnate. Legit, the place was floor to ceiling balloons, and it looked all kinds of incredible! But not only did they achieve an awesome look, but they were more than happy brag about the cost! Balloons are Peep-styled cheap, ladies; so, pending a rental fee on a helium tank… you can get some serious bang for your buck with these festive floaters :)

collage courtesy of mph.ie

collage courtesy of mph.ie

2 | Monochromatic Marvel. Pick a color… any color… and then??? Go absolutely NUTS with it! Like really go nuts with it! And don’t just use one shade of it — use all of them, haha! It really creates for a dramatic look :) Now, while it’s best to pick one of the bride-to-be’s wedding colors, but again, if the space doesn’t allot for any kind of coordination, it’s always safe and easy to go neutral and still make a place pop :) Thinks crisp whites, creamy linens, sparkling silvers and  tawny taupes. Are you picturing it? Good, now picture it everywhere and fall in love!

collage courtesy of theweddingspecialists.net

collage courtesy of theweddingspecialists.net

OR…

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collage courtesy of ashleyholmgren.blogspot.com

3 | Have an Issue? Here’s a Tissue. (& lots of it!!) Just like the balloons above, tissue paper is a super cheap way to be a decorating diva! If you’re a lady who loves to DIY, there’s no better decorating companion than this thinly sliced paper! From poms and flowers to table runners and ceiling danglers, tissue paper is fun, easy and low cost way to make ‘em go “Ooh lala!”

collage courtesy of thai.alibaba.com

collage courtesy of thai.alibaba.com

4 | Be a Theme Queen. Is the bride really into 1920′s glam? Or mayhaps superheroes are her thing? Does she gaga for Lady Gaga? Absolutely ape over all things royal? If your lady in waiting is really into something – be it an era, a book, a way of life, etc. – give her a really memorable shower and decorate it around her interest. Not only will this narrow down your options, it’ll create a whole lot of fun in the process too!

collage courtesy of burnettsboards.com

collage courtesy of burnettsboards.com

 

7 Unique Bridal Shower Ideas She’ll Love

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courtesy of woodlandsbride.com

Alright, ladies, everyone knows being a bridesmaid isn’t cheap. Being that I’ve been one a schmilly times over (#truestory); at the very least, find comfort in knowing you’re in good company ;)

But alas, I digress, because even if you’re a real life 27 dresses like this fine piece of real estate or a bridal party rookie, throwing an awesomesauce shower for your bride-to-be is simply one of the many responsibilities of the ‘maids. After all, <fingers crossed> she’s only gonna get to do this once; so, as amazeballs bridesmaids, we wanna make sure it counts.

Mae West put it best, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Substitute “live” with “marry,” and I believe you have all the reason you need to make sure her shower is nothing short of spectacular! Below are 7 Ideas to help inspire just that :)

1 | Dress in Theme. There are very few times in one’s life when it is socially acceptable to wear white head to toe, and being a bride, you own that right. So, in the case of the shower, let the bride bedazzle everyone in a hot-to-trot white dress; while the rest of you whip out your best little black dress. I mean, hello?? Win / Win! Bride in white and everyone else rockin’ out LBD style!

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courtesy of fabulousarizona.com

2 | Bling It Out w/ Ring Pops. Everyone knows the baby shower clothespin game (say “baby” and give up the pin), but in the case of the wedding shower, swap “baby” for “bride” and give out Ring Pops instead! It’s a tasty twist to a traditional engagement and will keep your guests engaged the entire time!

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courtesy of chrismoncusphoto.com

3 | Ensure the Use of NEW Utensils. Consider your wedding registry; if you haven’t ever had one, consider what you’ve bought in the past… Pots, Pans and Blenders, oh my! That’s right. So much kitchen gear! So, why not ensure she’ll get good use of them by having guests RSVP with their favorite recipes?! Then, you can compile them in a special keepsake cookbook for the bride-to-be to take with her when she goes!

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courtesy of muchmorethanthebirds.blogspot.com

4 | Mmm Mmm Mimosas. Whether you’re throwing an early morning brunch crunch or late afternoon shindig, consider setting up a mimosa bar for guests to enjoy! Not only will the drinks look beautiful and taste yummy, but they will also help keep the guests loose and in good conversation. It’s all about mixing, mingling and making friends, people!

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courtesy of kojo-designs.com

5 | Creative Cakes FTW. And speaking of things looking beautiful and tasting yummy, don’t be afraid to have fun with the dessert! Whether you DIY it yourself and put it on order for someone else, coming up with a super tasty treat that double as decor, is always a crowd pleaser!

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courtesy of thepartydress.net

6 | Involve the Groom. Alright, so everyone KNOWS it’s the bride’s day ;), but she wouldn’t have her day, if it weren’t for the man waiting at the end of the aisle; so, why not involve him in the shower? (Dudes, don’t worry, I’m not asking you to come! Haha!) But you could do a newlywed game show inspired shower game. Ask the groom questions about their relationship beforehand and see how many his lady-in-waiting can answer! It’s also a great way for people who maybe don’t know the couple that well to get to know them :)

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courtesy of lisahadleystudios.wordpress.com

7 | Don’t Forget to Bow the Rehearsal Bouquet. As the bride opens her ribbon covered gifts, don’t forget to have one of the ‘maids use a paper, plastic or whatever plate is available (!!!) to gather them altogether and create a bouquet that she’ll be able to use at the rehearsal. *Also, don’t forget that for every ribbon she breaks = one future child! This is especially fun for the grandmas-to-be :)

courtesy of whitmeyerphotography.blogspot.com

courtesy of whitmeyerphotography.blogspot.com

Budgeting Brides: 8 Ways to Save (& Not Do) on Your Wedding Day

Let’s face it, we all can’t be DIY’ers. For some, it’s simply not in the cards to be crafty, but with DIY weddings being all the rage these days, it’s easy to see where the (I don’t wanna!) do-it-myself’er might feel a little at a loss… mayhaps even inadequate and left out.

But before you go and shame it a whole roll of Oreo’s after spending hours on Pinterest, I’m here to tell you…

  • A) you’re not alone.
  • B) there are so many things YOU’RE better at.
  • C) you can still save without DIY.
  • & D) if you’re gonna smash a whole box of Oreo’s… at least share them with me! *They’re my faves ;)

So, if you’re brides on a budget but are have no idea how save by doing-it-yourself, here’s 8 ways just for you :)

1| Start early and prioritize the important. Let’s be honest, there are all things we could do without or easily forget about after the “I do’s.” Talk to your already married friends, and ask what they would’ve / could’ve done without. If it’s not something you’re worried about either, cross that bad boy off your list, and open your budget to the things you find most valuable.

 

2| Avoid Saturdays. Going with a non-traditional wedding day can save you some SERIOUS moolah, as all vendors, locations and prices can be signifacantly less when they’re not centered around Saturdays. For example, I have two friends getting married on a Sunday in New York because one is currently working on Broadway (wad up, Rory!) and Sundays are his only days off. So, if NYC’ers can save, everyone else can too ;)

 

3| Know what you can get Local. With the price of gas and transportation being such a hefty blow, finding local resources who can get you what you can be a HUGE chunk of savings! Plus, *BONUS* you’d also be supporting your local community, and doing your part to build a better one :)

 

4| Know what’s Seasonal. Sounds silly, but it’s oh so true! If you’re dead set on a particular food, flower or otherwise, planning a time around when they’re in season will make a BIG difference on how much you’ll have spend on each, which is awesome.

 

5| *Speaking of Flowers* Try choosing only one. Only picking one flower, especially if its seasonal will def help you save. And for the more adnturous bride, you could even do paper flowers or pin together a bunch of brooches found from second hand shops. You’ll dazzle like nobody’s business.

 

6| Really consider the buy / rent debate. For example, there are so many things you’ll never have a need to own: 600 chair covers, one bajallion twinkle lights, 1000 napkin rings, etc. Find out the areas you can save by simply renting, and go for it!

*Side Note* This also works arguably just as well for owning too, in certain cases. For instance, my younger brother is in a wedding this June, and the bride and groom opted for all the groomsman to purchase a grey suit, rather than rent a traditional black tux. The cost difference between the tuxes they wanted and the brand new suits was only $25! AND they now all have new suits for life, not just a day! Boom.

 

7| Forgo the favors and give up the decor. If I’m being honest, of all the 203498029570 weddings I’ve been to, I maybe recall one or two of the wedding favors I ever received… and that could be stretching it. So, rather than stress and spend on something that’ll easily be forgotten, offer to have your guests take home centerpieces, flowers, balloons, sparklers, whatevs! This not only will have you saving money, but time on clean up, as well.

 

8| Hire music students for the ceremony. Let’s be real, your music and entertainment bills will be some of your biggest; so, why not save (plus, give priceless experience points) to music students. They’ll most likely work harder and do better because you’re providing them with the perfect kind of practice… plus saving a large sum on price. It’s a win | win for everyone.

 

In the end, it’s all about you and what you consider important; just remember, even the least crafty DIY brides can save too :) And you wanna know why?? Well…

Snapchat Styled Reception: Speed Photos with the Newlyweds for the WIN!

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courtesy of mashable.com

A few weekend’s back, I had the honor and privilege to attend my cousin’s (wad up, Cort!) wedding in Arizona. Set on the beautiful grounds of Carefree Resort right outside of Phoenix, it was my first time seeing the desert… and it absolutely blew me away.

Now, I’m not saying I could handle the 120+ dry heat in the summertime, but warm 80′s and cool breezes or March?  Bring it.  Haha!

But for cereal, the backdrop of the entire evening was sweeping views of sunset, desert and scenery… took homegirl’s breath away.  I might even go as far to say, it was one of the prettiest weddings I’ve ever seen… that’s right, SEEN!  As in real life, reality TV or otherwise.  I’m telling you… s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g.  (Sadly, I was a fail, and only managed to take #selfies – woofiest; so, please enjoy these promotional shots from their website, haha!)

courtesy of carefree-resort.com

courtesy of carefree-resort.com

 

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courtesy of carefree-resort.com

courtesy of carefree-resort.com

courtesy of carefree-resort.com

Seriously.Dead.From.All.The.Colors.

But stunning ceremony aside, my favorite part of the evening came right after dinner when the DJ announced that everyone needed to return to their seats for at least the next two and half minutes… Two and a half minutes?? Say whhhhaaaaa?? 

Then, the master of ceremonies’ emcee continued on by telling us just how much the bride – my cuz – and groom – her Daniel ;) – truly appreciated everyone for being there.  The newlywed Kennedys wanted to make sure to remember each guest who was a part of their big day, and in order to do this, they needed a picture with each and every one of us!

So, while Aram Khachaturian’s The Sabre Dance (trust me, you know the nightmare) played over the loudspeakers, Cortney and Daniel – followed freakishly quickly and closely by their photographer - ran frantically from table to table posing with each group of people.

Some of the shots were funny.  Some of them were serious.  Some – especially by the tables who had obviously been previously forewarned – were well planned out, while others were thrown together haphazardly and hilariously… But no matter what the outcome of the actual shot was… all of them were definitely 100% authentic and 100% amazing.

And what a great way to make instant memories and set the tone for the rest evening!!  Love love loved it and would love to see it at more receptions!!

Love is in the Air: Pink + Red Valentine’s Day Themed Weddings

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collage courtesy of burnettsboards.com

Happy Valentine’s Day to all those who love!  Whether you’re in it, out of it, just starting to wade through it, or simply trying to avoid it (haha!), there is no doubt that love truly is all around us, and there’s no better day to exploit, er, I mean celebrate it than February 14th!  **RE: exploit.  But for cereal, everyone knows that Vday – while rooted in the works of the real life St. Valentine – has developed into the biggest Hallmark Holiday under the sun :)

But even knowing that, I still can’t help but get wrapped up in all the fun!  Regardless of consumerism, it’s nice to have a holiday dedicated to the most beautiful thing in the world… love!

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of the big V-day… even during my most single and sullen of days, I learned quickly to appreciate the holiday as one to simply celebrate love – in all its forms.  The love I have for that someone special.  The love I have for family.  The love I have for friends, etc.  Heck, if nothing else, it’s a day to simply celebrate the fact that mailboxes are a little more full with pink and red cards and stomachs with pink and red cupcakes.  Can anybody else say, “Yumm-MAY!?!”

And with all the pink and red being displayed – from store front to home front - I couldn’t help but think about two-toned weddings and just how b.e.a.uuuutiful they can be — and in today’s Cupid themed case, just how b.e.a.uuuuutiful Pink + Red can be!  It’s also a little cotton candy’esque, which only doubles my pleasure of this love themed gem!

Feel free to check out the images below, but also feel freer to take some time and spread the love tomorrow (and ever day after!!  After all, it is in giving that we receive :)

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courtesy of merrimentevents.com

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courtesy of weddbook.com

photos courtesy of (left to right, top to bottom) lovefromtheoven.com, halterneckwedding.onsugar.com, jessicalewisphoto.com, blog.celeb16.com, colorsareblushandbashful.blogspot.com, thestylishbloom.com, blog.paper-source.com, etsy.com, sophistimom.com and flickr.com

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collage courtesy of burnettsboards.com

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courtesy of greenweddingshoes.com

 

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6 Preparations to Kick-Off Engagement Season

To all the disappointed ladies out there who feel like their men didn’t get the hint that they were ready for a ring on it, please know engagement season has really just begun! Think about it: the holidays are over and springtime ahead. Let’s be honest – love is in the air! Valentine’s is just around the corner, and you better believe he’s got it on his mind. To kick off engagement season we thought we’d bring you 6 big preps that’ll give your guy the hint you’re ready for your happy ever after. Just in case you’re pushing the envelope and need a healthy heart-to-heart, we’ve also got some major “don’t you dares” as well.

  1. If you really feel like your just moments away from proposal, why not make now the time to try out all those Pinterest pins for nails, hair, and new make-up tricks!? Sure, he might catch you looking not your best, but who knows? Maybe you’ll be exceptionally dolled up with a new mani/pedi. For the record, even booted up feet deserve a pedi every once in a while. Whatever you do this engagement season, don’t neglect YOU!
    Bride Applying Makeup

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  2. Warning! Do your best not to spoil it! Don’t be one of those girls who snoops through his texts, or asks him what he’s planning ahead of time. Although it’s probably the hardest thing ever, do your best to just enjoy the anticipation! And, that leads to #3.

    Snooping Bride

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  3. Trust that he’s planned the best possible way to ask you! If you can’t trust him to know you, and what you’d like, then maybe we should be reconsidering. More than likely he’s spent a lot of time on your engagement, and deserves a little extra lovin’ for all he does.
  4. Another don’t: there is literally no bigger threat to a guy than laying down an ultimatum. Maybe he really is working hard on his career [for you!], and maybe he really doesn’t have the moo-lah right now. Whatever the case may be, you aren’t helping yours by laying down the law. Instead, be honest about where you’re at in your relationship and ASK him where he sees the two of you going.
  5. The last big don’t for this engagement season is this: no matter how much you want to talk about marriage and wedding plans, DO NOT be that girl that can’t stop. It’s a big turn-off to a guy to let the brewing bridezilla loose by actually proposing!

    Bridezilla

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Wedding Notes: Ceremony Music to Set the ‘I do’ Mood

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courtesy of washingtonvirtuosi.com

If you’re a bride elbows deep in wedding planning, and you find yourself being just as nervous about choosing the music and entertainment as you are about picking the perfect dress, it’s important for you to know something… You.Are.Not.Alone.  For cereal, every bride – even the most calm, laid back ones – will know doubt have at least one “AHH!” / freakout moment during her planning.

I like to think it’s because – deep down – we’re all still little girls planning our perfect day, and even less deeper down, we all want the same thing — our wedding day to be a flawless celebration of love, laughter and whole lot of GET DOWN.  Duh!

Which is why it’s so important to set the mood from the start!

Because musical styles are as varied as snowflakes, it’s vital for couples to narrow down their tastes and choose accordingly.  By carefully integrating both you and your beau-to-be’s musical preferences with the overall vision of the big day, you have the opportunity to create the perfect combination of sights and sounds that will have guests ooh la la’ing long after the day is done.

For instance, if you’re envisioning a stately and dignified wedding, chances are a hip hop artist or punk rock band aren’t the best choices to set the musical mood for your ceremony. While their look, dress and lyrical styling’s are just what you and your guests might need to drop it like it’s hot at the reception, the wedding itself would be more suited for a softer sound.  Maybe try a string quartet, a chamber orchestra (for larger weddings) or a classical pianist.  All of these will lend an air of sophistication to the affair, which can seamlessly be transitioned from one part of the ceremony to the next.

If you’re hoping to set a quiet, ethereal, romantic mood, you might prefer to go with a harpist, rather than a high-powered blues band.  Not that blues isn’t AMAZE in its own right, it just may not be the best fit for “ethereal.”  You could also try a jazz ensemble to help maintain the quiet momentum of a mellower ceremony, as well as a classical or easy listening guitarist… since these would all tend to lend a lighter, calmer, “cooler” air to your wedding festivities.

Other than choosing a musical style and performer(s) that you and your guests will enjoy, the most important consideration is to integrate the music into the overall ceremony in such a way that it provides the perfect tonal backdrop against which your marriage ceremony may unfold.  (Golly I sound professional, don’t I?  Haha!)

In fact, the right music will provide an accompaniment that can blend so beautifully, it will simply become a part of the ceremony, rather than standing out on its own.  And who can’t appreciate that?

Just be sure to take time and really pick ceremony music that fits you and your mood.  After all, your ceremony is really what the day is all about; so, why not start it on the perfect note?  (Haha, musical joke!)

Winter Wedding Reception Trend Alert: Bring the Outside In

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courtesy of christianothstudio.com

This past weekend I attended a grand wedding (congrats again, Joey and Megs!) at the Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.  Part of the historical Union Station, this black tie optional, evening event was nothing short of opulent and amazing!  Truly, it was a dream :)

I could go on and on with things I found interesting and appealing, but rather than bore the blogosphere with my rampant ramblings, I’ll focus on one trend that really stood and has been supported by the likes of David Tutera and Martha Stewart… and that’s to bring the outside world into your indoor celebration!

With outdoor and rustic weddings becoming more and more popular with each coming year, it’s no wonder that this kind of decorating detail is nothing short of HUH-UGE to winter wedding settings.  Sure, every one loves the extravagance of crystal chandeliers and dazzling icicle designs for winter’s wedded bliss, but there is a warmth and richness that comes from bringing in the beauty of nature to your big day!

While the Crowne Plaza in Union Station – a majestically reformed old train station – is already a ahhh(to the)mazing setting in and of itself… see for yourselves below :)

courtesy of seanmolin.com

courtesy of seanmolin.com

Joey and Megan did a spectacular job at bringing the outside in with grand scaled centerpieces and rustic details, which paried perfectly with the old train station charm.  It was the kind of eye-catching beautiful that you would normally see in the movies.  And I mean that in the most literal sense possible: my eyes were caught and feverishly dancing from detail to detail in mad procession.

While J & M decided to bring the outside in with rustically matched decor, that’s not the only way winter brides can exploit this trend!

Consider dangling icicle lights to create either an outdoor crystallizing effect or rather, a wintery starlit sky, like below…

courtesy of afaeryorchardproject.blogspot.com

courtesy of afaeryorchardproject.blogspot.com

Bring in branches, and create a look that has storybook fairytale written all over it.  You can even do it in HD color like a David Tutera dream…

courtesy of davidtutera.com

courtesy of davidtutera.com

…orrr keep it simple, sleek and chic in all white…

courtesy of bridalguide.com, marzime.hubpages.com and celebritystyleweddings.com

courtesy of bridalguide.com, marzime.hubpages.com and celebritystyleweddings.com

Combine one of the looks above with lots and LOTS of candles, and you’ll create a wintery look that is both merry, bright and bound to delight!

courtesy of onewed.com

courtesy of onewed.com

Fill your space wisely with snowflake lighting that not only looks spectacular, but also functions seamlessly:

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But no matter what you do, just be sure to have fun with it!