Brides: want a guest book alternative? Meet the small talk guest book! Instead of a traditional book where guests sign their names, the small talk guest book by Nostalgic Imprints invites guests to share their memories. Find out more after the jump…
The cover of the book reads, “I knew the bride and groom would be together forever when…” Inside the book (on either lined or unlined paper, your choice), guests then answer the question. When did they know you’d be together forever? How did they know? This is sure to spark conversation among guests and will be a delight to read on your honeymoon. What do you think?
We spotted this unique Martha Stewart Weddings casting call for brides-to-be and it sounds like an awesome opportunity! One lucky bride-to-be will receive free professional teeth straightening for her big day, be a regular blogger at Martha Stewart Weddings, and appear in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine to share her experience.
Meet Ashlee and Steve! Their Salt Lake City engagement session this past summer was flirtatious and fun. The photo session in downtown has Ashlee and Steve showing their love for one another in some must-see photos. Their engagement photographer Tara from Winsor Photography tells us more after the click…
Salt Lake City Engagement Session
Tara tells us, “This couple is one of the most genuine couples I’ve ever met. They travel the world offering education to those around the world who don’t have easy access to it. We got to know each other in downtown Salt Lake City, and I instantly fell in love with them.”
Today we’re talking about the first dance at your wedding, a topic not discussed very often. However, we feel it is an important part of your reception: it is, after all, your first official dance and the song you pick will be your song. So, today we’re sharing seven first dance mistakes to avoid to ensure yours goes off without a hitch. Also, tell us: what song have you picked for your first dance?
I’ll let you in on a little secret: when A & I originally picked our first dance song, it was EIGHT minutes long. Mind you, we were slightly kidding when we mentioned it to our DJ, but thankfully he was totally against it. He (gently) told us to, um, maybe scale back a bit. (Can you really imagine dancing for eight minutes straight?) Me & A’s first dance song was The Other Half of Me by Bobby Darin, one of our all-time favorites. Our Bobby Darin number came in at a sweet two minutes and twenty-nine seconds. And, come to think of it, it was the perfect amount of time. If your song is too long, guests will start to get bored; I mean, you’re really just twirling for minutes on end. They can really only watch for so long. Likewise, if your song is too short, you’ll feel cheated out of the moment. Pick something in-between and it will be just right.
The first dance is usually held immediately after dinner and ‘kicks off’ the dancing portion of the evening. Don’t wait too long after dinner or guests will be eager to dance and will have to wait.
MISTAKE #3: The Awkwardly Slow Song.
If you and your spouse-to-be aren’t slow dancers, don’t pick a slow song. Instead, pick a song that you feel comfortable dancing to. Also, super-slow songs can be really hard to dance to anyway. Make a list of at least three songs and give them a try before the big day.
MISTAKE #4: Forgetting to practice.
As mentioned in #3, you’ll want to practice your first dance before the big day. It doesn’t have to be a big to-do… just play some music in your living room and dance along to it. You’ll know right away if the song is too fast, too slow, or just right. If you can’t dance, be sure to take dance lessons before the big day.
MISTAKE #5: Forgetting to test the shoes.
And, while you’re at it, be sure to practice in the shoes you’ll be wearing at your wedding. It makes all the difference. If you’re nervous about wearing heels and being able to dance, bring along a pair of flats.
Before you finalize your song, read over the lyrics carefully. There are so many songs I’ve heard that people think are perfect for a first dance, but once you really read the lyrics it turns out the song isn’t romantic at all! Do your homework first just in case.
MISTAKE #7: Trying too hard.
Don’t try so hard! Just relax, focus on your spouse, and enjoy the moment in the spotlight.
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Don’t Forget to Commemorate It
Once your first dance song becomes ‘your song’, you should commemorate it. A piece of art for your home is one such idea. For instance, you can have one of your favorite wedding photos turned into a canvas with the song lyrics in the background. We love these! (By Geezees).
Can you believe it’s already March? That means two things: winter is finally almost over and spring wedding season is underway! If you’re wondering what the hottest new wedding stationery trends for 2014 are, you’ve come to the right place! Today we’re warming you up with hot new prints, patterns, trends, and ideas for 2014 to inspire your upcoming wedding. Read on to get started…
Wedding Stationery Trends 2014
1. Floral Elements
One of the biggest wedding invitation trends for 2014 is the use of floral elements, especially for the spring and summer season.
We've talked about watercolor as one of the leading wedding invitation trends in 2013, but it’s growing in popularity this year! Watercolors provide colors which are reminiscent of sunshine, warmth, and happiness.
3. Faux Shimmer, Shine + Foil
Look for faux applications like shimmer and foil designs for weddings in all four seasons.
4. Vintage Botanicals
Vintage romance is a popular trend for spring and summer weddings. Just add vintage botanicals and you have a look that’s feminine, romantic, and elegant, infused with a modern twist.
If you liked what you’ve seen here, you’ll love the entire collection over at Wedding Paper Divas!
We’re so excited to share a brand new DIY with you today! Like many of you, I (Emma here!) love flowers, but I’m no floral designer. However, when we met the folks at Bloominous and they told us about their kits, we were eager to give it a go. This weekend, surrounded by protea, roses, safari sunsets, liatris, spray roses, succulents, and more, we rolled up or sleeves and tackled our very own DIY boho wedding bouquet (and centerpiece) to prove just how easy it really is. Read on see how it’s done!
We created this DIY boho wedding bouquet thanks to our friends over at Bloominous, who graciously sent us a Bohemian Desert kit to share our experience with you. The kit comes with everything you need to make a DIY boho wedding bouquet and one coordinating boho wedding centerpiece. I have to say, the entire process was fun (who doesn’t love receiving a huge box of flowers on your doorstep?) to + informative (the included instructions were straightforward and easy to follow). Here’s how it went down!
DIY Boho Wedding Bouquet
1. Open the Kit.
Once you receive the kit, open it and you’ll find an assortment of wrapped flowers, greenery, step-by-step instructions, and supplies. Everything you need to make a DIY boho wedding bouquet and boho centerpiece is included! You’ll even receive a darling vase for the centerpiece. You’ll also receive a succulent kit, which includes a succulent, wire, rod, and floral tape so you can include one succulent stem inside your boho wedding bouquet.
There’s a “5 Easy Steps to Get Started” instruction sheet that tells you to hydrate the flowers right away. We hydrated ours overnight, since it says to hydrate for at least 4 hours (optimal 12 hours). It is recommended to arrange flowers two days before the event.
3. Lay out the flowers you’ll be using.
Once the flowers are hydrated, you’ll want to gather the flowers you’ll be using and lay them out flat on a table. (Wire the succulent prior to this step.)
4. Build the foundation with greenery.
You’ll want to create a base for your bouquet with greenery: combine assorted greens and limonium. To keep this bouquet looking boho inspired, you’ll want to make sure some greenery is longer than others.
5. Tuck in additional flowers.
You’ll be adding focal flowers such as the protea, rose, succulent, and safari sunset, tucking them into the foundation you had built. Then, add accent flowers such as the liatris and scabiosa pods.
6. Bind, cut to length, and tie.
You’ll want to bind the bouquet with a rubber band and trim the stems according to your personal preference. Place the bouquet on top of the black ribbon; wrap and secure with pins. Finish with a bow, crafted from the black and white ribbon given.
Looking good now! Here’s the finished bouquet:
Lovely (+ easy to do!)
DIY Boho Wedding Centerpiece
In the kit, you also receive everything you need to make a boho wedding centerpiece. Again, you’ll want to hydrate the flowers, build the foundation of greenery, and insert the focal flowers. The focal flower for the centerpiece is the protea and rose. You’ll also be adding the liatris — at different heights — and safari sunset, scabiosa pods, delphinium, spray roses, and aster. Here’s what the completed centerpiece looked like:
This was a really fun DIY to create and we thought it was so easy to do, especially if you know very little about floral design. The instruction sheets make it really easy and the flowers were super gorgeous (and very beautiful upon delivery). We definitely recommend Bloominous to brides looking to DIY their wedding bouquets and centerpieces! You can see the entire Desert Rose kit collection here.
Brides: do you love hair crowns but you need a little nudging (and inspiration)? This post is for you! We love seeing brides wearing a hair crown as their wedding hair accessory, whether in place of a veil or as an after-ceremony style. In today’s post, we’ll show you a handful of gorgeous hair crown ideas (worn by Real Brides), along with three tips for wearing a hair crown. And, we want to know: will you be wearing a hair crown at your wedding? Tell us with a comment after the post!
Lovely, aren’t they? Now check out three key tips for wearing a hair crown.
3 Tips for Wearing a Hair Crown
1. Pick one in season.
Bridal hair crowns come in a variety of materials, sizes, and colors. Be sure to pick a hair crown that ties into your wedding season perfectly. For instance, in the spring and summer, pick flowers in pastel or brightly-hued blooms. This coral pink hair crown by KimArt is one of my favorites…
Wondering how to wear a hair crown? Most brides wear one near their forehead with a casual, hair down hairstyle. We’ve also seen brides wear a hair crown with their hair pulled back in a more casual hairstyle, with wispy bangs near the front.
Likewise, a hair crown fits in best with a more casual wedding (and dress).
3. Try the look before the big day.
If you’re wearing a hair crown on your wedding day, be sure to bring your hair crown to your hairstylist as you try out wedding day styles… and see if you like the way the hair crown looks before you make your decision.
Also, wearing a bridal hair crown doesn’t mean you can’t wear a veil: some brides wear a veil during the ceremony and reserve the hair crown for the reception (or solely for photos with the groom). Other brides pair the crown with a veil.