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Rustic Country Backyard Wedding Ideas

Regardless of the season, a rustic outdoor wedding is always dreamy and memorable. What makes rustic style so popular among newlyweds is its charmingly romantic appeal. What’s even better is the fact that this type of wedding allows you to express your own creativity through numerous DIY opportunities. Whether you opt for a lush summer bash or a celebration with a touch of winter magic, a rustic wedding will be the one you’ve always dreamt of.

It all starts with a venue

Outdoor wedding

The very idea of a country backyard wedding narrows down your choices when it comes to your venue. If you have a family house in the country, you won’t have to look for a different location. However, if you still need to choose a venue, you can opt for a place by a charming lake or a magical forest for a truly authentic, nature-inspired atmosphere. Barns are also a popular choice for rustic weddings due to their enticing appeal. You can even go with your own lush garden if it meets your needs.
Nonetheless, the venue should be big enough for your entire wedding party, seating arrangements and the ceremony spot. When choosing a venue, you should also consider its surroundings and see how the environment may affect your photographic opportunities. Finally, make sure that the venue you choose has enough restroom facilities, electrical plug points, etc.

Colour it romantically

married couple

The colour scheme for your rustic backyard wedding should be in tune with your venue and the season. A summer wedding can be embellished with lively hues while an autumn one can feature a more understated palette of earthy tones. You shouldn’t go with more than three hues – you can choose a dominant colour and one or two accent shades. Since you want a rustic wedding, wood will be the most dominant material, bringing its warm tones. Beige and white are a subtle combination for a rustic outdoor wedding, along with soft, muted tones. Pastel champagne hues, wheat-inspired yellows and minty greens are also beautiful choices that can accentuate nature’s palette.

Create a comfortable alfresco experience

Backyard weddings are quite relaxed and easy-going, exuding peacefulness and tranquillity. However, you need to provide your guests with maximum comfort, so that both you and they can truly enjoy yourselves. And since you’re hosting your wedding ceremony and reception outside, you should make sure that your venue is appropriately equipped for different weather conditions. Thus, you need to provide enough shade against the sun or possibly rain. You can go with a large tent, but if you want to try something more authentic, you can install modern and functional rotating cantilever umbrella for a cosier vibe. This will enable you to arrange tables and chairs in circles, which will create a more intimate atmosphere at your wedding. Each table can have its own umbrella that can be easily adjusted and re-positioned depending on the sun.

Set up the tables

wedding decoration

When it comes to the table and seating design, there are plenty of inspiring ideas that will help you capture the rustic spirit. Wooden tables and chairs are the most appropriate option while hay bales can be used to create cosy lounge areas for relaxation. You can go with a vintage design that will truly bring authenticity to your wedding. Antique wooden chairs can be paired with a simple, yet elegant white tablecloth embellished with rustic details. You can introduce centrepieces and decorations appropriate for the specific season and theme. From lush, soft flowers and flickering candles to wheat-inspired decorations, branches and garlands, you can truly bring life to your tables. Leaving your tables bare without any cloth will allow their rustic wood finish to come into focus. Embroidered napkins, wheat-inspired table numbers, antique details and dinnerware with vintage motifs will be in tune with your rustic backyard wedding.

Use lighting for a dreamy effect

married couple 2

After the fiery colours of sunset have passed, you’ll need to turn the lights on. With appropriate lighting, you’ll be able to create a cosy, romantic atmosphere. However, lighting will also provide you with an opportunity to be creative and authentic. You can place candles in mason jars on the tables, use magical string lights in trees or even create chandeliers using wheat or mason jars. Another great idea that will create a whimsical effect is placing fairy lights under a table dressed in a lacy cloth. This is a stunning idea for the bride’s and groom’s table that will stand out as a focal point. Paper lanterns featuring your chosen colours can also illuminate your wedding magically while elegantly floating in the air.

Design an inspiring wedding backdrop

Your wedding ceremony will be the highlight of your wedding and the beginning of your new life. Therefore, it should definitely be magical, memorable and inspiring. You should make sure to design the perfect spot where you and your loved one will say your vows. You can design a rustic ceremony arch using wooden arbour. Embellishing it with simple, yet charming linen, string lights and flowers can give it a rustic vibe. You can also create your own wedding backdrop using a flower-adorned piece of linen. You can simply attach lovely flowers using T-pins or embellish it with other inspiring decorations. Garlands of wheat can also be used to create an ethereal effect while old wooden doors can be used as a backdrop for your ceremony.

Don’t forget all things tasty

Bringing the rustic theme to your wedding treats, cake and drinks is surprisingly easy. You should keep in mind that you’ll be spending the entire day outside, so you should opt for alfresco-friendly food and a seasonal menu. If you’re having a summer wedding, you should serve refreshments regularly – cold juice, champagne and iced cocktails are a perfect choice. Winter, on the other hand, requires you to keep your guests warm and cosy using hot chocolate, cocoa, coffee, warm apple cider, etc. As for your wedding cake, you can place it on a piece of wood, use simple glazing and surround it with natural accessories. Cupcakes, finger foods with tasty dips and other treats can be displayed and served on wooden cut-outs and shelving.

Designing a rustic outdoor wedding in a magical country backyard will provide you and your guests with a truly memorable experience. Most importantly, this style will enable you to express your own creativity and taste through amazing DIY projects.

 

First things to do soon after you are engaged

Your engagement is indeed a special, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Days after the proposal, the bright engagement ring on your finger may still seem surreal and you will be reeling from the excitement of the proposal.

Enjoy every moment of this phase! Nevertheless, there are certain tasks you cannot put aside for later. The wedding planning experts at Best for Bride, Canada tell us what they are.

Inform your family and close friends

The social media announcements can wait. Your family and close friends deserve to know the happy news first. Inform both sets of parents first and then the rest of your family and friends. Do this over the phone or through a private message and they are sure to appreciate it. Once you have informed the people who are closest to you, let the rest of the world know.

Discuss your wedding dreams

Family and friends will want to know all about your wedding plans. Before you speak to them, discuss your wedding day ideas with your fiancé. Try to understand each other’s vision of the perfect wedding and come to a compromise on when and where your wedding will be. This can also help with venue and facilities planning.

Celebrate the big event

Your engagement calls for a celebration, and you get to decide how big or small it is. You can go all out and have a big bash with all your friends and family or keep it small and intimate with just the two of you. Nevertheless, make sure you have a special celebration on this account. This post on the Brides website has valuable advice for newly engaged couples to plan a great engagement party.

Fix a tentative date

Wedding planning is a momentous task. The earlier you start it, the better your chances of having all the wedding details you want. Start with just the wedding date. If not a specific date, at least decide upon the time of year to have your wedding. Everyone you know will also want to know when the wedding is, when you announce your engagement. Therefore, having an idea will allow you to give your well-wishers a little direction.

Work on the budget

Prepare your wedding budget and take the stress out of wedding planning. It may not be possible to figure out the exact distribution of funds at this stage. However, you can find out how much each of you can contribute. This will help you decide how big or small you want your wedding to be. It will also help with research on venue, vendors and other wedding planning aspects. For all the factors to consider when making your wedding budget, visit this post on the Knot website.

Sign up for an engagement photo shoot

As you celebrate this special phase in your life, document memories with stunning engagement photos. A pre-wedding photography session by a professional wedding photographer will help you gear up for actual wedding photography. It will allow you to get comfortable with your photographer’s style of working. Capture some beautiful glimpses into your life at a meaningful spot, in your unique style with this photography session. You can also use these photos in your save-the-date cards, invitations or favors. Check out this post on the Bridal Guide for inspiration on planning your engagement photos.

Begin a wedding planning board

A wedding planning board will help you with research and getting your ideas organized. There are plenty of options to consider. You can create a Pinterest board to compile images of your favorite elements for inspiration. On the other hand, make a folder on your computer with images; excel sheets and to-do lists for overall organization of ideas. Mood boards will help you compile all your ideas in one place and add or remove ideas as your vision develops.

Explore wedding planning apps

Digital tools make wedding planning much easier. There are several mobile applications to organize and simplify every part of the planning from the attire, vendor co-ordination, décor ideas and documentation. The best part of using these tools is that you can do your wedding planning anywhere and at any time. All data will be available in one place, so you can simply pick up from where you last left off. Since each tool is different, it is best to explore your options and find one that suits your style. Learn more about the many options available on this guide on the Brides website.

Start the search for sales and trunk shows

Trunk shows are a terrific way to score brand new designer dresses at bargain prices. Wedding shops host trunk shows once or twice a year. Enquire about the schedule of the next one at the bridal shops near you and plan your wedding dress shopping at that time. Also, subscribe to social media channels and newsletters of bridal boutiques carrying your favorite designer to receive prompt alerts of upcoming trunk shows and discount sales.

Do something fun

Before you dive into detailed wedding planning, take some time to unwind and enjoy your new-found relationship status. Go away for the weekend, have a fancy dinner, or return to the place where you first met to just relax and relive happy memories. Enjoy each other’s company and discuss your goals and future. This will prep you for the tedious wedding planning that lies ahead.

Author Bio: The modern bride’s all-in-one wedding destination, Best for Bride is Canada’s leading wedding dress chain. Apart from wedding dresses, bridal accessories, and wedding day services, they also stock bridal party dress collections and dresses for special occasions. Learn about their extensive collections and services by visiting the Best for Bride website.

Wedding Gift Ideas The Bride And Groom Will Love

A celebration of someone’s love – there are so many things to be excited about. You have to choose a dress or suit, shoes, gift… Wait, gift?! Two families work so hard arranging the event, so the couple deserves the perfect gift. While you are choosing what to wear, you have to think about the couple’s wishes and choose a gift that they will appreciate the most. Yes, you can always give them money, but maybe you can try with something more unique, personalized, something that will make a real impression. If you want to give them a thoughtful gift that the couple will show off to their friends, or that will stay in their heart as a nice memory, follow our suggestions and get inspired!

A gift for travelers

The couple is starting their marriage journey, so you can compare it with traveling. Which country did they go to, and where do they want to travel? Buy them a globe with corks so they can easily track their travels and explorations. This can be a great reminder of their goals and wishes. Also, you can buy them matching travel bags with their last name, or even with a Mr. and Mrs. tags as an accessory.  

Personalized gift

At weddings, everything is about the couple. If you know them well, you can find a nice photo of them and print it on any decorative item, such as a photo frame, photo collage, throw pillows, or even a lamp. Moreover, you can think about their first Christmas together and put their names on a nice ornament or an embroidered stocking. This kind of gift they would not only cherish themselves, but they would also love to show off to others. Also, this will show them that you’re thoughtful and that you celebrate their love yourself.

Surprise gift basket

If you want to surprise your dear friends, you have to be creative. We’ll give you a little hint – buy all these small decorative things you know the couple will like and put them in a basket. For example, you can find a magazine holder, carpets, candlesticks, a jewelry box, ice bucket, table lamp, tray, or anything that suits their home decoration the best. If you like this idea, you can always take a look at some beautiful Karavan homewares and accessories. Next, you have to think about gift decoration. When you pack all of these things in a basket, put their favorite flowers and chocolate in it. This will bring a surprise effect, so when they remove the flowers, they will find all these things they love.  

Tickets to a class

What does the couple have in common? If they are passionate about cooking, dancing, history, culture, or anything else, you can buy them tickets for a class or course. If you want to be funny, you can even buy them tickets for a lap dance class. They will probably get a lot of items for their home from other guests, so this gift can be something different and priceless. They will get out of the house and enjoy each other’s company. After they finish the course, they will both have a skill that will stay in the family forever.

Kitchen appliances

For most families, the breakfast is their favorite time. They are sharing their troubles and expectations and discussing them while preparing for a long day. So, think about buying a coffee or a sandwich maker built for two. These things can make their mornings easier and give them time for chatting.   

Something useful

What if they’re not a romantic couple? The truth is that not everyone likes the matching towels or pillows. If the couple is practical and they like to do things on their own, you can always buy them a tool set. For a couple that has just started living together, this can be extremely helpful. This set can last forever, and they can even get creative and try to make things on their own. Moreover, you can add an inspiring note such as “build your life together”.

 

You have so many exciting options, so which one would you choose for your wedding? Think about the couple and you will know which suggestion is the best for your gift.

A Guide to Planning a Backyard Wedding at Home

A Guide to Planning a Backyard Wedding at Home

“A copy is worse than nothing,” Frank Herbert wrote, and his words have never rung more true. Today, being original has become the ultimate challenge. While it’s definitely easier to go with, than against the stream, there is also the fact that we are immersed in trends to the point of sensory overload.

It is no wonder then that most couples decide to go for the obvious – a generic wedding: renting a venue, deciding on a menu and sending invitations sounds like a no-brainer. But if you’re one of those lucky people with a nice garden or a backyard and would prefer your wedding to have a more intimate, more romantic feel, organising a backyard wedding might be a great idea.

Think of the possibilities

Having a wedding at home has many advantages, but most importantly, it will give you the freedom of being in control of every single detail, from picking the date and creating a fully customised menu to decorating and using the space to its full potential.

Since it offers a lot of convenience and flexibility, this could be a perfect solution for couples on a budget who are feeling creative and like to be in control of things.

Plan well beforehand

You will need to start planning at least six months in advance, the most obvious reason being thorough preparation of your backyard. If your backyard is already in great shape, all the better, but if not, you will want to consider preparing the lawn: sowing grass and planting takes time. Flooring one part of your backyard might also be a good idea – it will even the terrain and prevent sticky situations in case of rain.

Also, you will need to check your insurance coverage, obtain a party permit if necessary, consider parking capacities for your guests, and, of course, check with the neighbours to see if they’d object to the noise.

Be prepared for anything

Once you’ve made sure your backyard will be able to accommodate your guests, carefully consider the furniture and the amenities that you plan to use and make an outline of where to place them. You will have to provide an adequate number of tables, chairs, benches, lounges and other seating to make everyone comfortable.

Portable bathrooms or toilets and washing stations are a must. Since at least one toilet for every thirty or so guests will be necessary, you might want to check the plumbing beforehand so as to avoid unpleasant accidents. Provide generators for powering the lights, the music, outdoor refrigerators, and other electricity-dependant equipment.

The weather is also an important factor in planning, as no matter the forecast, surprises are always possible. To protect your guests from both the sun and the rain, think about renting a quick-assembly tent or canopies, umbrellas, and parasols. Depending on the time of the year, try and include fans or outdoor heaters and blankets, especially if you’re planning to party far into the night.

Get personal

Probably one of the biggest advantages of having a wedding at home is the ability to decide on the decorations in detail. Once you’ve picked a theme, you can start your search for decorations and other objects to give a personal touch to the setting.

For example, trees can be used to hang banners, string lights, lanterns or glass jars with candles. Walls can be painted or, even better, covered with amazing outdoor wall art which is more durable, more weather-resistant, and easier to apply. The best thing is, it can grace your walls for many years to come.

Rustic-style wooden tables are a great choice if you don’t want to worry about dirtying the linens. Use tree stumps to place all the extra lightning, food or tableware that otherwise wouldn’t fit on the tables. And, to make it easier for your guests, you can put up signposts to point them in the direction of the amenities.

Reconsider your options

Making full use of the setting will require some well-thought-out planning. On one hand, you will want to include all that is necessary to accommodate your guests, store the food and drinks and provide maximum comfort. On the other hand, you will also want to avoid the space getting overcrowded and people being unable to move freely.

If your space allows it, having a bar would be a great idea, and if you’re keen on preparing the food by yourself, you can also include grills and roasters, or even a small outdoor kitchen. Otherwise, you will have to rely on caterers, in which case you’ll need to carefully plan the timing – you don’t want your wedding cake and other desserts to melt into a puddle of goo in the heat.

Enjoy the benefits

Organising a backyard wedding can be demanding, but it’s also very rewarding. In addition to the intimate, relaxed feel, it will also give you the opportunity to get exactly what you want at a relatively small expense. From chairs and tables to grills, tableware and decorations, you can use what you have, and what you don’t, you can always borrow or rent. Food can be prepared at home or catered, and if you don’t want to hire staff, you can ask your family and friends for help.

Finally, and I’m sure you’ll agree, there’s no better way to start a life together than bonding over organising your own wedding with a joint effort.

Wedding Accessories – what are the latest trends?

The big news is that colour is in!

The traditional pure white wedding dress is being replaced with contemporary colours especially beige & antique rose & deep red.

Simplicity is the name of the game with the latest hot designs looking great from all angles with as much attention to detail focused on the back of the dress as at the front. For those with the figure & tan to match bare back dresses.

Lace & Tulle are the materials of choice for next year too, with ruffles making a big return predominantly on the dress from the waist down accentuating the modern sophisticated look.

The wedding dress & wedding accessory designers are focusing on romance & femininity the end result we will see the fairytale look mixed with Hollywood glamour coming through loud & clear.

Wedding Hair Accessories

We have hunted down some wonderful wedding tiaras & bridal headbands, the perfect wedding accessories to match the Fairytale / Hollywood wedding theme. Think regal wedding accessories, tiaras with style & timeless elegance whether pearl or diamante crystals are your bead of choice we are confident that we can find the perfect hair accessory for you. So to tempt you how about these gorgeous designs.

large diamante wedding headband with veil

And if you are looking for a gold tiara to match your wedding dress & accessories you are sure to love these stunning designs.

gold wedding tiaras

These wedding tiara headbands simply ooze sophistication & femininity.  We think they are absolute winners & hope you agree!

Wedding Veils can add a touch of class & mystique to your look – available in a range of lengths & modern designs they are a real must for the bride who is wishing to create a contemporary Fairytale or Hollywood Glamour look & feel for her wedding.

We have chosen these two designs from our extensive range to showcase

long length wedding veil

Jewellery Wedding Accessories

If colour is in for your wedding dress then so it should be for your wedding jewellery too! Whether you are looking for a wedding necklace, bridal bracelet or bridesmaids earrings these hot wedding accessories in pale blue, navy blue & red are wedding fashion leaders for 2013 – but don’t just take our word for it go & have a look for yourself!

Those Finishing Touches Wedding Accessories

And for the final splash of colour these fabulous wedding handbags are lovingly handmade in the UK just for you. Each one is beautifully finished to the highest quality & will last a lifetime.

We have a collection to suit every bride, bridesmaid, Mother or Mother-in-Law of the Bride, too many to include in this blog post hopefully these delicious bridal bags will inspire you

coloured wedding handbags

 

We are going to be naughty here & tease you with words as opposed to pictures!

Wedding Garters, Bridal Ring Cushions, Grooms Cufflinks & Wedding Umbrellas ………. yes you have guessed it they all come in a variety of colours & we can match the 2013 hot trends with bashful blue & racy red.

Fashion will change, trends will come & go but whether you are going with the modern coloured wedding dress or sticking with the traditional white then no Bride wants to be without her ‘something blue’ on her special day. So to bring this blog post to a fitting end we thought that we should honour wedding custom & practice by adding in these lovely little wedding good luck charms.

lucky sixpence for a wedding gift

That’s all from us, we hope our blog will have inspired you with ideas for your perfect wedding accessories.

 

7 Wedding Beauty Essentials for Every Bride

   7 Wedding Beauty Essentials for Every Bride

 

Every woman wants to look beautiful on her wedding day as it is the most important day of her life. In order to look beautiful and appealing on your wedding day, you should have the perfect makeup. The beautiful makeup and the flawless skin are the most important things that make the bride beautiful and attractive. To ensure the beautiful look on the wedding, and after the wedding, you have to make sure that you have beautiful skin, hair, and makeup. The more you put effort into your skin the more it will be radiant. Most brides hire a professional makeup artist for their wedding makeup on other days like pre-wedding and post-wedding parties you have to be on your own. There are certain things which every bride should carry in her vanity box these things will help her in looking beautiful and flawless on the wedding day and after the wedding day. Some of the essential beauty products that must be present in every bride’s vanity box are as follows.

 

 

  1. Foundation:

Foundation is the most significant and important facet of makeup. The endurance of your makeup depends on the foundation. If you will apply the perfect foundation on your face your makeup will be flawless. The flaky and crinkly foundation can ruin your whole make. If you want to look beautiful in all the post-wedding parties also then you should carry the foundation in your makeup kit. The foundation hides all the imperfections like scars, marks, dark spots, depressions, pigmented areas etc. It also protects your face from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Therefore, it is obligatory and mandatory for every bride to have the best foundation in the makeup kit. You can carry any foundation like liquid, cream or stick foundation whatever suits your skin.

 2. Moisturizers and Lotions:

The moisturizer makes your skin glowing even without makeup. Therefore, every bride should make sure that she has moisturizer and lotion in her beauty box. The moisturizer deters your skin from getting dry and dull. The brides take cosmetic services which provide the perfect glow and shine on their face. In order to maintain the glow, shine, and radiance on your face you should moisturize your face daily at night before going to bed. The moisturizer protects your skin from the harmful rays and pollution by holding the water in the outermost layer of the skin. All the women who moisturize their skin daily have amazing shine and freshness on their face. The moisturizer enhances your skin tone and texture of your skin. Therefore, it is obligatory for every bride to carry moisturizing lotion with her.

6 Smart Makeup Tips for your Wedding

 

3.Mascara:

If you want to look fresh, bright, young and beautiful every day then mascara will be your savior. If someone asks you to pick one item from your makeup bag then you will definitely pick mascara. You don’t need mascara anything else after applying mascara on your eyes as it enhances the beauty of the eyes by making them prominent and attractive. It is mandatory for all the brides to carry mascara in their vanity box. Even if you do nothing but apply mascara on your eyes, it is more than enough to make you look enchanting. People sometimes prefer fake lashes over mascara which is also a very good idea in order to look beautiful. While buying mascara for you, you have to make sure that it is high quality and standard mascara. Otherwise, low-quality mascara will ruin your whole look.

4. Blush:

Pink and rosy cheeks are very flattering for everyone. Every woman wants to have pink and plump cheeks. If you don’t have pink and rosy cheeks naturally then you should apply blush on your cheekbones. Blush is a very significant facet of makeup. The main objective of blush is to add the warmth and attractiveness to your makeup. When you don’t apply blush on your cheeks you feel that there is something missing. The blush is the most important factor which helps in imitating natural and innocent look. The application of blush is a very tricky task. You should know that where you have to apply it. If you are buying makeup for your wedding then you have to make it certain that you buy the top quality blush in order to look fresh, young, attractive, and beautiful.

5.  Compact Powder:

One thing which ensures you that your makeup will last until the end of the event is the compact powder. After application of the makeup, you should never forget to apply the compact powder. The compact powder will settle your makeup and don’t allow your makeup to remove the sweat. In order to make your makeup beautiful and subtle you should have compact powder in your makeup kit. It is the important constituent in the makeup. It reduces the unwanted shine and excessive oil from your face and does not allow the makeup to spread. You can carry loose powder also as it will do the same function. Every bride should carry compact powder in her makeup kit to look beautiful and stunning.

6. Essential Oil:

The essential oil is the significant beauty product which helps you in maintaining the perfect glow and shine on the face. Every bride should carry essential oil with her in order to prevent the skin from dryness and dullness. The anti-aging, anti-septic anti-bacterial essential oils protect your skin from bacteria and viruses and help in rejuvenating your skin. The jojoba oil, lavender oil, clove oil and coconut oil are very healthy for the skin. Therefore, every bride should have at least one essential oil in her beauty box.

7. Lipstick:

The most significant facet of makeup which determines your overall look is lipstick. It is obligatory for every bride to carry beautiful shades of lipsticks in order to look beautiful in all the post-wedding parties. You should have a wide range of lipstick colors including nude and exotic colors. Even if you don’t apply anything else with lipstick you will look beautiful and aesthetic.

Author bio:

Sania is a student of accounts and finance. She enjoys shopping, trying out skincare remedies and blogging about anything that is related to beauty and self-care. Her love for pets, tea and travelling is eternal. She ritually posts at The Smart Women Blog.

 

The Perfect 2018 Color Guide For Your Wedding Day

With so many colour and style wedding trends, it can be difficult to nail one down.  Wedding industry experts, Adorn Invitations have put together a style guide, based on the season in which you will host your big day, to help give you some inspiration.

 

Summertime Soiree

Take advantage of having your wedding in the sunshine with a soft summer palette and botanical theme. Feel inspired by nature and enhance the décor with greenery and gentle summer blooms such as peonies, roses, water lilies and even fragrant lavender. A beach wedding is always a beautiful summer option, with stunning outdoor settings and informal footwear, your guests can really let their hair down!

Autumn Warmth

Consider a unique and classy colour palette in deep burgundy, marsala and dark blue shades with a hint of gold.  Classy and elegant, with the autumn leaves as the perfect backdrop, this rich and luxurious blend of colors will not disappoint. Bridesmaids can perfectly complement your white with deep marsala shades, and even gold shoes to bring the colour scheme together. With this bold and striking colour palette, this wedding exudes sheer decadence to bedazzle your guests.

 

Spring Romance

Romance is in the air, so take advantage of this beautiful pastel and whimsical colour theme.  Enjoy floaty fabrics, soft pink and grey blue hues, and touches of rose gold for a modern edge. Don’t forget to add rich greenery throughout to really set the contrast and balance out such blushing and light colours.

 

Winter Wedding Glamour

Perfect for the modern bride who dares to be different, this charcoal, gold and ivory palette is drama drama drama! Oozing a luxurious 1920’s feel, use depth and dimension in your table settings, including candelabras and mirrors to reflect the light and gold accents and create atmosphere.

5 Non-Traditional Wedding Dress Ideas For Brides Who Don’t Want To Wear White

“Mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, listen. On my wedding, I’m going to wear… wait for it… pink.”

It wouldn’t be surprising to see your whole family, including your dog, glaring at you for saying this. Tradition suggests (enforces, rather) that every bride must wear white on her wedding day. When asked why, people will instinctively say, “white symbolizes purity of the soul.” But history explains that it is Queen Victoria who should be blamed for starting the whole white wedding dress bandwagon. In 1840, the queen wore a momentous white wedding gown. The wedding pictures were widely published and being a trendsetter during her reign, many other brides opted for white too. The norm has stuck ever since.

Most brides choose to follow, while some brides refuse to let tradition dictate their wedding fashion. If you have a solid style statement, here are some ways you can use a non-traditional wedding dress without taking away the “bridal” feel.

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8 Things You Need on Your Wedding Registry

One of most fun things about planning a wedding is registering for your gifts. The wedding registry process is exciting and fun, because it brings up conversations about your future home and life together. However, with all of the excitement can come a lot of confusion.

Walk into any store to register, and it quickly becomes overwhelming. There are no shortage of things to add to your registry, and it often times brings up larger questions between you and your future spouse.

While it’s impossible to predict everything you will want and need once you start your married life together, here are eight often forgotten things to add to your registry. You might not think you need these, but our experience says they are essentials to add!

 

  1. Crock Pot

The crock pot is the single most used appliance in our household. Prior to getting married, this amazing tool is not often used, and thus not necessarily added to the list. Crock pots do well when cooking a lot of food, and when single this isn’t something you do often.

A crock pot works like this. In essence, you can put pretty much anything in at the start of the day, turn it on low and forget about it for 8 hours, and come back to an amazing meal. Frozen chicken? Throw it in. A cheap pork shoulder? It’ll be amazing after 8 hours of slow cooking.

Not only will a slow cooker work amazing for a busy lifestyle, but you’ll have a lot of leftovers. Crock pot recipes are simple, easy to make, and don’t cost much. A true win/win.

 

  1. Serving Platter

Getting dishware is typically a priority for newlyweds, but often times a serving platter is the first thing to get eliminated. It seems very unimportant in the grand scheme of things. Its easy to add it to the list of things “we’ll get later.”

Well, one of the first things most married couples love to do is host other couples. It might not be something you did as much when you were dating, but it is the thing to do when you’re married. And, having a nice serving platter is a go-to for every dinner party. Don’t leave this off the list – you’ll be wanting one within months of getting married if you do.

 

  1. Multiple sets of nice sheets

Getting one nice set of sheets is a no brainer, but multiple sets? Yes. It will make your life so much easier. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck pulling the sheets off the bed, getting the laundry done, and remaking the bed all in one day. While not impossible, it won’t be long before you miss the mark on that.

Two sets of sheets means you can change the bed and not have to stress about getting everything done same day. Chances are, your schedule is going to get busier with marriage, not slower. You’ll appreciate having the time to get that laundry done.

 

  1. Spice Rack

Inevitably, you’ll probably start cooking some recipes that are more advanced than ramen and macaroni and cheese. If you haven’t already started cooking together, it’s a wonderful way to connect with your spouse and enjoy each other’s company. And, there are a set of staple spices you’ll need for the majority of meals you make.

No need to go out and buy all of the exotic spices, like saffron and turmeric. A simple spice rack with the essentials will allow you to cook the majority of the recipes you find, without having to make an emergency store run.

 

  1. Salad Spinner

When single, a salad spinner seemed like a bit of a luxury. Why doe one need dry lettuce leaves to have a decent salad?

Salads make the perfect compliment to so many meals, and a good salad spinner is worth its weight in gold. Doing the same actions by hand takes some time. And you’ll get a lot of mileage out of a salad spinner.

 

  1. Stick Vacuum

Big, upright vacuums with all of the bells and whistles are expensive, bulky, and heavy. Chances are, when you are first getting married, you’ll be living in an apartment, condo, or small home. You don’t need a huge vacuum, and instead could benefit from a stick vacuum.

A stick vacuum is lightweight and portable. Many are cordless, with batteries that last 20-40 minutes, more than enough time to cover your new living quarters. Today’s stick vacuum’s have plenty of suction power, and will do a great job on your carpet, hardwood floors, and upholstery. And, you’ll save a bunch of money by not going after the expensive upright vacuums.

 

  1. Pyrex dishes

Pyrex dishes range from glass cookware to food storage containers. Having a good assortment of these pyrex dishes will serve you really well.

You’ll be amazed at how valuable it will be to have several pyrex dish pans of several sizes. Some of the common and popular sizes are 9×13 and 10×15, for example. You can cook casserole’s and vegetables in the oven, or bake brownies or cake. Having several of these will serve you well.

You can also store food in pyrex storage containers. Yes, you can always buy some of the plastic versions instead, but having a set of glass storage containers is much better.

 

  1. Food Processor

A food processor is a luxury, but it is a very functional luxury. A food process helps you blend, grind, chop, dice, or puree pretty much anything you want. Unlike having to chop all of it by hand, you can stick everything whole into the food processor, press a button, and stand back.

Food processor’s are a life saver when you’re throwing a dinner party, or making food in bulk. Dicing several onions is now only a matter of peeling the onions and throwing them in the processor, whereas prior that process could take 10-15 minutes.

There are some many things you can add to your wedding registry. You’ll learn more and more about eachother, and what you need, as the years go by. In the meantime, hopefully you’ll see the value in a few of these wedding registry essentials.

8 Mistakes Engaged Couples Make When Picking Their Wedding Colors

Have you ever gone to a wedding reception and felt like something was off? The couple’s poor choice of wedding colors is probably to blame.

The color scheme is one integral aspect in wedding planning. Colors have the power to create the mood and complement the particular theme or unique aesthetic you envisioned. Like the choice of fabrics, decorations, and venue, the colors that have to be mixed and matched have to be planned and situated well. They have to be cohesive. They have to suit your personality. They have to be able to evoke the right emotions. And most importantly, they have to please the eye.

Unfortunately, it’s easy for couples to mess up their wedding décor with the wrong choice of wedding colors. Here are eight ways you’re making wedding color mistakes and some ways to avoid them.

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