Warm Things Up with these Must Have Beach Wedding Decorations.

courtesy of jillianmitchell.net

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! 

courtesy of figlewiczphotography.com

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!

courtesy of truephotography.com

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 :)

courtesy of viweddingphotos.blogspot.com

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!

courtesy of heatherparker.com

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?

courtesy of livingyourcreative.com

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 :)

 

Dreaming of a Destination Wedding?: You Name the Price, They Do the Work

Because who wouldn't want this has their backdrop? (courtesy of truephotography.com)

Because who wouldn’t want this has their backdrop? (courtesy of truephotography.com)

Brides looking to do destination weddings on a budget have one more reason to cheer… for Paradise Maui Weddings is here!  Recently, a girlfriend went through this very same site to book her nautical nuptials , I couldn’t be happier with how smoothly everything has gone.  And while her actual day – October 12, 2013 – has yet to arrive, all the prep work has been a dream!

“So far, so good.  Everyone I’ve worked with has been super friendly, and super helpful.  I like the whole ‘name your own price tool.’  It always reminds me of Flo from Priceline… and I’ve always liked her, haha!” (Abby, Indianapolis, IN)

All joking aside, however, Paradise Maui Weddings is the self-proclaimed, very first “name your own price” wedding company that is looking to create a once in a lifetime experience for all of their once in a lifetime brides.

With wedding packages starting as low as $400 and ranging to as high as your budget will allow, there’s really no limit to what you can do with your destination wedding besides the ones set by yourselves.  Their packages include everything from in room hair and makeup professionals, authentic Hawaiian floral bouquet and lei arrangements, professionally edited photos and videos, as well as limousine services, pre-wedding planning, in-cred-i-ble ceremony locations and on-site assistance.

Seems pretty much perfect, right?  It’s no wonder this type of event planning is more appropriate than ever!  Even though our country may still be in a recessed state, destination weddings have continued to remain on the rise the past few years.  While most couples think of destination weddings as an expensive splurge, it’s not always the case.

In fact, brides and grooms doing the destination scene more often than not report they actually save on overseas excursions!  Because both the guest list, as well as the bottom line details are often cut for destination weddings, the final pricing can be significantly lower than the more traditional, hometown honey “do’s.”  And according to “not-from-around-here” newlyweds it’s easier and more fiscally responsible to travel for nuptials than to stay at home and throw a big friends and family bash.

You know what?  I’ll take their word on it, because Maui seems like a more than ahhhmazing place to set your wedding scene!  So, if any of my beautimous brides-to-be out there are planning on diving head first into one of these destination dreams, don’t forget where you got the idea… and feel free to send said inspiration station an invite!  I love Maui!  Haha :)

And don’t forget, here at Marilyn’s Keepsakes, we have all the perfect Beach & Destination Wedding Finishing Touches to really make your day a dream come true!

Because You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile: Teeth Whitening Remedies for Brides

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courtesy of greenweddingshoes.com

If – in fact – a wedding day is the happiest day of a young woman’s life, she’ll no doubt be smiling from ear to ear from start to finish.  So, she’ll for sure want to be sporting nothing but a beautifully bright, beautifully white set of chompers whilst doing so!

While photographers have tools, such as Photoshop (thank the good Lord!) that can most certainly enhance even the least envious to most envious, they won’t have access to everyone’s film and surely not to your actual teeth (weird!) the day of!

So, what’s a bride to do when her whites aren’t at their brightest coming wedding time?  Well, I’m so glad you asked!

Sure, there are the over-the-counter Crest (or otherwise) white strips available at pretty much every local and national drug store chain, and yes, while these work like a dream – just ask my bf, Bre, and her almost glowing, not-in-the-least-bit pearly, ultra white smile…

Bre (left, clearly!) and me in Vegas for a girl's trip :)

Bre (left, clearly!) and me in Vegas for a girl’s trip :)

…they can get pricey and aren’t always suitable for sensitive teeth.  Take me, for instance, I have SUPER sensitive teeth and have never been able to use any of the dentally supported, store bought products.  For cereal, both times I’ve tried, it ended up feeling like screaming in my mouth.  Not pretty and not fun :(

However, I still – like every other woman on the planet – would like to smile bright in shining white, but because of my toothy rejection to whitening remedies, always fell a little short.  Boo.  In the past, I was forced to where red lipstick (yes! that TOTALLY helps!) or simply smile with less teeth showing.  Double boo.

But I’m happy to report, this is no longer the case!

Below are two Teeth Whitening Remedies that I know from personal experience work FAMOUSLY for even the most sensitive teeth, and cost next to nothing!  Feel free to pick your best fit, ladies, and be fully dressed with the brightest, whitest smile on your wedding day celebration!

Teeth Whitening Remedy #1

courtesy of Christina Lovelace Nair via pinterest.com

courtesy of Christina Lovelace Nair via pinterest.com

What you’ll need:

  • Toothpaste (of your choice!)
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Water
  • & Toothbrush

What you’ll do:

  • In a small cup, mix one teaspoon of baking soda with one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and half a teaspoon of water.  Put in a tiny bit of toothpaste for flavoring and mix until completely dissolved.
  • Then, brush your teeth for two (2) minutes using the mixture in its entirety.
  • Do once (1) a week until personal level of whiteness is reached.  Then, limit to using treatment once a month or once every other month.

Teeth Whitening Remedy #2

This was given by Dr. Oz on one of his DIY, self-health shows.

What you’ll need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Juice (from an actual lemon!)

What you’ll do:

  • Using 1/4 cup of baking soda, squeeze the juice from half a lemon and mix thoroughly.  The solution will begin to bubble.
  • Dip a cotton ball or Q-Tip into the mixture and apply all over teeth and let it sit for around one (1) minute.
  • Brush your teeth to remove acid. Rinse. & Enjoy!

Hope these help save you money and give your brightest, whitest wedding smile ever :)

 

The Bridal Votes Are In + 2013′s Wedding Flower of the Year is… The Peony!

courtesy of weheartit.com and weddingchicks.com

courtesy of weheartit.com and weddingchicks.com

I have a confession, ladies and gents.  That’s right. Here amongst friends, I need to admit something I’m not 100% proud of, and because everyone knows a public blog forum is the most discreet place to make an admission, I’m sure that’s where this will remain, right?  Ooookkkkaaaay, here goes.  I love peonies!  Okay, well, that’s not the confession, but it’s important for establishing the premise of what will be noted as such :)  But see, so pretty…

courtesy of Next Exit Photography

courtesy of Next Exit Photography

Alas, I digress.  It was in my youth that my original obsession with the peony started.  As I would ride my bike around the neighborhood, I was always drawn to the overgrown, bushy plant that began to bloom every spring in Mrs. Brown’s front yard.  Because of the size of the plant, it would often grow outward and onto the sidewalk.  It was in the moments of early summer, that my confession comes into play.

The plant – as you may have well guessed – was that of the beautiful blooming peony.  Now, because the plant would sometimes end up a little on the sidewalk, I couldn’t help but run into it every now and again.  So, if my bike “accidentally” (on purpose) veered toward the bush and knocked off a peony head or two, it would’ve been wrong of me NOT to take them home and enjoy them the way pretty flowers like the peony deserve to enjoyed, right?  Yes?  No?  Maybe?  Is this thing on?

*Hangs head in shame*  I knew it!  To you all, and most especially to you, Mrs. Brown, I am eternally sorry for my youthful thievery, but please know it was done out of love and they were appreciated to the fullest extent! <insert giant, sweet smile>

And now that I have that off my chest and more than likely worried some of you reading this – especially if Mrs. Brown ever comes across this blog, haha! – I’d like to move onto the real meat ‘n’ potatoes of the post, which is – of course! – the peony itself!

couresy of weddingchicks.com

courtesy of weddingchicks.com

According to the Bridal Guide and brides the world over, the peony is the go-to flower for bouquets looking to create the most gusto!  And it’s no wonder why!  Comprised with deeply lobed leaves with large, bulbous and often fragrant flower blooms, the peony is available in just about every color under the sun!  It’s petals – decorated in everything from reds and yellows to shades of whites and pinks – this beautimous blossom can be incorporated into every wedding color and theme there is :)

Great as a stand alone flower, paired in a bouquet of nothing but its own blooms OR accompanied by others equally as exquisite, the pretty peony is surely one standout flower that will have heads turning and breaths catching.  Check out below and see what I mean for yourself :)

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Top Way to Avoid Pre-Wedding Stress: Prepare for the Worst, Plan for the BEST

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courtesy of hdw.eweb4.com

The day of my wedding, I was eerily calm.  I suppose the wedding coordinator at the church was more accustomed to bridal flip outs and freak outs, however, because she just kept repeating very calming mantras over and over again as we all waited to walk down the aisle.

Not one to rain on anyone’s parade, I just let her do her thing, and was incredibly grateful I did.  When it was just my dad and I and her left behind the double doors she uttered the following words, which left me forever grateful I never shushed or shut her out:

“Bottom line, there’s a lot that could go wrong today, but no matter what those things are, no matter how big they seem, just remember – at the end of the day – you’ll still be married and get to spend the rest of your days being a wife to a husband who’s so happy you said yes… that’s what the day is all about anyway.”

While I wasn’t stressed in the very least, I could totally understand how this could calm down even the most nervous of brides.  Seems silly to be stressing over the details when the main event will still be yours to have and to hold, to love and to cherish, etc. for as long as you both shall live.  And knowing this will happen regardless if the napkins are folded at 90 degree angles and / or the flower girl makes it down the aisle without a meltdown should be enough, right?

Welllllll, I’ve been involved in enough weddings to know that this is not always the case.  Sometimes all the calming words in the world won’t bring a bride down from her inevitable meltdown.  So, what’s one to do in preventing this?  Well, my pretty ladies in waiting, the answer is simple: plan, Plan and PLAN.

Just like in sports where practice makes perfect, when it comes to wedding day bliss… planning will always be the most important ingredient.  The more you plan, the better your chances of having everything go smoothly will be.  Therefore, don’t leave everything to chance and last minute scramble.  Start early.  Finish earlier and breath easy. One of the best guidelines – I use the term “guideline” here because that’s precisely what they are… a guide, a jumping off point, if you will, to set you on your way… was created by wedding planner Dewey Beene along with Dolly Lewis.

Check out below and let the wedding planning begin!

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12 – 16 Months Before the Wedding

  • Choose wedding date
  • Start a wedding file
  • Discuss and choose style and formality of wedding
  • Put engagement announcement in local paper
  • Decide on wedding budget
  • Select ceremony location
  • Select reception site
  • Start shopping for wedding dress – yay!

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8 – 10 Months Before the Wedding

  • Select bridal party
  • Secure wedding officiant
  • Hire reception caterer
  • Find and contract out photographer and videographer
  • Book band or DJ
  • Decide on bridesmaids’ dresses
  • Start compiling names and addresses for guest list
  • Sign up for gift registry
  • Plan and have an engagement party

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5 – 7 Months Before the Wedding

  • Finalize guest list
  • Send out Save the Dates, if applicable
  • Shop for wedding stationery
  • Arrange accommodations
  • Select wedding cake
  • Begin preparations for honeymoon – including ordering passports, if applicable

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4 Months Before the Wedding

  • Book florist
  • Shop for wedding bands

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3 Months Before the Wedding

  • Send out invitations
  • Select tuxedos
  • Arrange for rental of items
  • Discuss finalized menu options and costs with caterer
  • Arrange transportation / limousine service
  • Order wedding favors
  • Shop for bridal party gifts
  • Begin any necessary counseling sessions with wedding officiant

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2 Months Before the Wedding

  • Choose wedding music
  • Select location for rehearsal dinner
  • Confirm with formal wear shop
  • Schedule alterations
  • Schedule fittings for bridesmaids and flower girl
  • Order address labels with couple’s new names and address *adds a personalized touch when sending out thank you cards
  • Confirm order with florist

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1 Month Before the Wedding

  • Design wedding programs
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Have final gown fitting
  • Choose all wedding accessories
  • Visit hair stylist
  • Visit makeup artist
  • Get hair and makeup done and have formal bridal portraits done, if applicable
  • Discuss and finalize details with wedding service providers

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2 Weeks Before the Wedding

  • Call any non-RSVP guests
  • Give caterer finalized head count
  • Pick up marriage license
  • Give DJ or band list of songs
  • Confirm rehearsal plans
  • Obtain any legal information
  • Complete floor and seating plan
  • Confirm all rental and floral delivery dates and times
  • Confirm arrival time for all attendants
  • Check parking arrangements

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1 Week Before the Wedding

  • Make any last minute seating arrangements / adjustments
  • Organize wedding day attire
  • Confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Confirm reservations for out of town guests
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Pick up passports, if applicable
  • Gather all necessary documents for travel
  • Confirm rehearsal plans with attendants
  • Confirm reservations for rehearsal dinner
  • Pick up formal wear

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1 Day Before the Wedding

  • Go through list of things to do and make sure all bases are covered
  • Pack wedding day emergency kit
  • Get manicure and pedicure
  • Put wedding attire and accessories together
  • Give rings to best man
  • Try to get a good night’s sleep – haha!

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Wedding Day

  • Eat something – try not to overload on sugar or caffeine
  • Get hair and makeup done
  • Have someone check reception site
  • Dress for wedding
  • Have candid photos taken with family

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After the Honeymoon

  • Have your wedding gown, flowers, etc. preserved
  • Write thank yous
  • Change your name
  • & live happily ever after :)

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Wedding Day Fruit & Veggie Bouquets: Taking Edible Arrangements to a Whole New Level

photo courtesy of eventsbyshelly.blogspot.com

photo courtesy of eventsbyshelly.blogspot.com

During the month of February, I can’t help but get a little case of cabin fever.  Sick of the never-ending winter weather and over eager for spring to FINALLY arrive, it seems like every year, the shortest month of the year inevitably becomes the llloooooonnnnggggeeessssttt one on record.

And I feel horrible to even be mildly annoyed with it.  It is – after all – the month that harbors the holiday for lovers AND both my parent’s birthday… I know.  I’m an awful daughter, haha!  But alas, it’s true.  I’m sick of the gray, bleak, blustering days and smudged snow edging every road!

I’m ready for a warm up and a change of scenery.

With that said, I came across this wedding trend the other day, and I couldn’t help but get even more pumped for the season just around the corner and all the promise it holds!  That’s right, ladies and gents, nothing quite says “Spring has Sprung!” quite like blooming fields of flowers and mouthwatering fruits and veggies.

Florals – of course – fit hand in hand with wedding bouquets.  And now, so do fruits and vegetables!  Don’t roll your eyes at me… I’m serious!

I know.  I know.  It sounds crazy, right?  But when you see how it can be put in the works, I know you’ll have no choice but to agree!  Not only are the colors of V8’s finest plush and vibrant, but the texture can be equally as incredible.  And did I mention the cost??  Talk about a significant slim down on the cost of the more traditional blooms!  Especially if they’re seasonal, you can save more than a pretty penny of your budget by incorporating these tasteful treats into your arrangements!

On the Fruitier Side of Fun:  Take for instance, the apple.  Available in a variety of sizes and colors, the apple can create an ideal pop of color and is fun for a spring, summer and even fall weddings.  Then, there’s the strawberry.  Richly hued in deep red, petite in size and topped with its own greenery, this deliciously seeded fruit even has all the elements to be a fantastic floral :)

There’s also grapes, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, lemons and limes!  All proportionately sized and brightly colored, they can add just that extra pop of delectable whimsy!

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And what about the Vivacious Veggies:  Hmm, where to even start?  Firstly, not only are so many vegetables brilliantly colored, but their texture is a force all on their own!  Sure, broccoli and cauliflower were never any child’s favorite growing up, but pair them with calla lilies and roses, and you have a killer combo of epic proportions.

Some veggie tales even come equipped with flowers!  Hello!? Ever seen an artichoke in full bloom?  Ahhhmazing!  Heck, I could probably dedicate a whole post to the awesomeness that is the artichoke bouquet.  I won’t.  But I’m just saying :)  Pair with carrots.  Turn up the turnips and even pepper with peppers, and these textured vegetable bouquets have me sprouting all kinds of love. *Pun intended.

photos courtesy of (top to bottom, left to right) onewed.com, blueprintaffairs.blogspot.com, abbeyhepner.com, dmagazine.com, brides.com, crosspollinationfloral.blogspot.com, weddingwindow.com, elizabethannedesigns.com and beccadilley.com

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And it’s not even a trend that is secluded simply to the bouquet; any of these ideas can be intertwined into so many other aspects of the big day celebration: centerpieces, main table décor and even boutonnieres! Check it :)

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photos courtesy of eastonevents.com, pinkposhphotography.blogspot.com (insert), onewed.com, mywedding.com (insert) and bridalcookie.com

Introducing the 2013 Dream Team: New Year, New You, New Us & New Excitement

So, after a slight hiatus (so sorry to have been gone so long, loves!!), I’m super PUMPED to announce Marilyn’s Keepsakes is back to blogging and embracing all kinds of business boosting changes!!

That’s right, my fellow blog-a-teers and bride-to-be’ers, MK is gearing up for the New Year in a completely New Way!!!!!  And if the ultra ecstatic wording and excess use of exclamation points haven’t set your SQUEEE levels to the appropriate setting, please take into consideration the dancing doll-baby below!!!!! Haha!

^^Yep. That pretty much sums up my excitement level right now!^^

Firstly, the Blog is Back!! And will return to its former glory with dual weekly postings every Tuesday and Thursdays! So, mark your calenders, pretty ladies, and start your eCommerce loving engines.. because our journey back to awesome starts today!

“Why the sudden return to the bi-weekly awesomeness known as MK’s blog?” one might ask.

Well, that’s do entirely to the even bigger awesomeness that we are now under new management, ownership and overall ahhh(to the)mazing direction…  <enter stage right> Amy Furrow!!

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No stranger to shooting for the stars and making big things happen, Ms. Furrow – our fearless leader and your new favorite retailer specialist! – has now set her sights on her growing passion for growing business… and the best part?  It’s all for you!

So, keep your eyes peeled, ears open and excitement levels engaged for all that’s in store!  And in the mean time, feel free to take a gander at our new digs, ya dig?

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Old Soles & Young Love: How the Wedding Shoe is Changing

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Like everything else in today’s modern weddings, the shoe selection has also taken on a less traditional approach.  No longer are the days of white and ivory pumps and black tuxedo shoes –  oh no, my friends!

Today’s modern brides and grooms are opting on the side of trendy and leaning towards shoes that showcase their personalities.  Sure, sure, everyone knows that wedding shoes with color have been around for a minute, but I’m not just talking about color.  I’m talking about e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g from color and comfort to crazy and charismatic.

Chuck Taylors are now the new fashion forward flats.  Cowboy boots are the edgier Manolo Blahniks, and trojan sandles are the cutting edge of slip-on’s. 

I’m telling you what, there just doesn’t seem to be a limit to what brides and grooms will wear… and I la-LOUVRE it!!  While I was all over the idea of colored shoes years ago, I can’t help but smile when I see this trend put into action.  Don’t believe me??  Just check below and see what I mean :)

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Wedding Trend Alert: Tie the Knot in Style with Ribbons

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Drape them on your chairs.  Tie them up in trees.  Dangle them from ceilings.  Cinch them in bouquets or simply let them fly free… but no matter what, be sure your big day celebration gets some serious use out of do-it-yourself ribbons!

According to the founder of Style Me Pretty, Abby Larson, “Ribbon details are huge right now.”  She says, “Draped off the back of Chiavari chairs or hanging in a colorful line from a dessert table, ribbon is a cheap and gorgeous way to add that pop of color.”  (glo.msn.com)  And we couldn’t agree more!

With their cheap cost and whimsical appeal, brides and grooms everywhere are learning just how beautiful ribbon decorating can be!  And because they come with such a punch of DIY status, you’ll really have fun seeing what kind of decor you can come up with next :)

It can be as monumental as canopying the entire ceiling of your reception hall with their silky goodness or as simple as creating small ribbon wands for guests to wave… truly the choice is up to you.  See some inspiration below:  

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