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How to Plan an Irish Wedding Theme

October 10, 2014 1 Comment

How to Plan an Irish Wedding Theme

Are you planning a Celtic or Irish wedding theme? Want to tie in some traditional Celtic wedding ideas into your ceremony and reception? If so, you’ve come to the right place! It’s many moons until St. Patrick’s Day and all things irish wedding theme related, but that’s precisely why we’re sharing them now: you need time to gather it all up if you’re planning an Irish wedding theme in March (or any time of the year). In this feature, you’ll find charming Irish wedding theme ideas including wedding invitations, wedding programs, a garter, wedding ring, locket, Irish cuff links, and more. Plus, a groom in a kilt, which is pretty much a requirement, no? Enjoy!

Irish Wedding Theme Ideas

A themed wedding favor, like these Celtic knot coasters, is a must-have for this theme. We spotted them at My Little Chickadee Creations.

celtic wedding celtic knot coasters - How to Plan an Irish Wedding Theme

For an Irish wedding theme, skip a veil and wear a celtic knot headpiece instead! This headband is one of our favorite sparkly finds (from Ivory and Lace Bridal). Add a charming Celtic inspired engagement ring and this theme starts off on the right track (from Moonkist Designs.

Can you imagine an Irish wedding theme complete with tying the knot in a Scottish CASTLE? The Drumtochty Castle is an amazing, one-of-a-kind wedding venue.

craig and eva sanders via style me pretty

For any wedding theme, handmade details make your day more memorable. For groomsmen, give these custom Celtic beer mugs from Brad Goodell Weddings, a Claddagh ring (from Ascheron), a Celtic knot locket from Plasticouture for your bridesmaids, Ireland cuff links from White Truffle Studio, a Celtic knot ring pillow from Laura Stark, and an Irish wedding garter from Natalie Briggs. A boutonniere like the one shown below by Meadowbelle is perfect for this theme. For paper goods, wedding programs from Echo Letter Press feature a Celtic knot, while Irish wedding theme invitations from Mallory Hope Design set the tone and theme of your big day. Claddagh place cards are another charming touch (via Laura’s Paper Creations). See all of these below along with some Real Wedding ideas.

celtic wedding inspiration groom in kilt

sources (full sources above in text) //
irish wedding – groom in kilt (two photos) | via style me pretty
handfasting ceremony | photo: one and only paris photography via style me pretty
soul mate necklace | piccola custom jewelry
celtic wedding band | lamoredesign
celtic wedding cake, escort card inspiration | via elizabeth anne designs, photo: love is a big deal

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Carved Rustic Diamond Ring

October 10, 2014 1 Comment

Hi, loves! Wow, Friday already… the week positively flew on by! We’re kicking off this beautiful autumnal morning with a carved rustic diamond ring. If you’re popping the question soon, know someone who is, or want to leave this screen open on your computer to, you know, leave a hint or two, this is the ring for you! This unique rustic diamond ring and is hand carved in wax and cast in recycled Sterling Silver. It’s handmade with a whole lotta love by Andrea Bonelli and it’s one of our favorite newly added items in her shop. I think that diamond in the center is gorgeous; and, talk about those side diamonds, too!

Rustic Diamond Ring

You can find this rustic diamond ring at Andrea Bonelli, Featured Artist in The Marketplace.


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Elevator Wedding Kiss >> Photo of the Day

October 9, 2014 Leave a Comment

bride groom elevator wedding kiss Kate Miller Photography-Emmaline-Bride

This elevator wedding kiss photo is photographed by Kate Miller Photography. Kate captured this bride and groom kissing just as the elevator door was closing at the end of the wedding night. We just couldn’t help it and needed to share this romantic and cute elevator wedding kiss photo!

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Bridesmaid Corsage: A Chic, Money-Saving Alternative

October 9, 2014 2 Comments

bridesmaid corsage instead of bouquet

Think a corsage is too old-fashioned? Think again! We love the trend of a bridesmaid corsage instead of bouquet, especially when the corsages are tastefully crafted with bold on-theme colors and styles. Plus, it will save you money along the way, since a bridesmaid corsage instead of a full bouquet requires less blooms. A bridesmaid corsage also leaves her hands free to carry something more unique down the aisle, such as a lantern, book, candle, or a clutch purse for her essentials.

bridesmaid corsage instead of bouquet

bridesmaid corsage instead of bouquet

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hot pink corsage | photo: evelyn slava via wedding chicks
three ivory bridesmaid corsages | photo: edyta szyszlo
bridesmaid corsages (purple dresses) | photo: beautiful moments
four bridesmaid corsages in hot pink | via festival brides
bridesmaid corsages with pearls | photo: chantel marie
bridesmaid corsages worn at shoulder | photo: our love is loud via ruffled blog
diy bridesmaid corsages | martha stewart weddings

Tell us: will you be using a bridesmaid corsage instead of bouquet?

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Vintage Ring Pillows: What to Look For

October 9, 2014 Leave a Comment

burlap and lace vintage ring pillows

When it comes to planning your vintage wedding, you may feel inundated with so many vintage ring pillows out there. How do you know what to look for? Here are a few tips to help. To pick the perfect vintage ring pillow for you, you’ll want to find accnets or embellishments that align with your personal style and decor. For instance, a burlap and lace ring pillow (pictured above) is the ideal choice if your wedding has a vintage theme with a hint of rustic flair. If your vintage wedding touches on a specific decade, browse ring pillows that use re-purposed fabrics from salvaged skirts or dresses of the era (browse thrift or resale shops, or look on Etsy or Ebay). An antique (passed-down) handkerchief can be sewn on top of a classic four-square ring pillow to integrate an old-fashioned feel; if you need to borrow it just for the day, use safety pins which can be removed after the wedding without any damage. Alternatively, an antique brooch or strand of pearls can also be used as a focal point of a standard, otherwise simple ring pillow. Check out these nine vintage ring pillows for your ceremony to give you an idea of what to look for. Oh, and remember: as a rule of thumb, the perfect ring pillow is the one that tugs at your heartstrings.

L – twining vines, R – weddings and such, B – rustic beach chic

twining vines

enrich by mellie

L – leela purse, R – blessed in love

laura stark

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Milk Bottles: The New Mason Jar?

October 9, 2014 1 Comment

milk bottle wedding decor

Are milk bottles the new mason jar? Yes — but don’t go kicking those sweet canning jars to the curb just yet. Instead, we think milk bottle wedding decor AND mason jars can blend in handcrafted harmony. While we project milk bottles to be a leader in wedding decor trends of 2015 (especially for vintage wedding themes), mason jars will continue to steal the hearts of brides forevermore. But, I digress. Today we’re showing you how to use milk bottle wedding ideas throughout your decor, from centerpieces to drinking glasses to favors. A milk bottle can be used as an eclectic centerpiece, with a lantern, glass votive candle, and mason jar filled with fresh fragrant blooms. Or, you can hang milk bottles from shepherd’s hooks along your aisle way with twine, or suspend them from trees and place a bloom inside each bottle as a miniature vase. Milk bottle wedding favors are on the rise: fill these with your favorite candy (mine? skittles. what’s yours?) and add a label and a ribbon. Another option is to use milk bottles as makeshift vases or candle holders throughout your space, everywhere from your head table to your wedding cake table. The beautiful thing about these bottles is their unique shape and natural, elegant simplicity. Here are a few visuals to jump start your creativity.

milk bottle wedding decor | sources //
1 via one fab day | 2 via beach blues | 3 via style me pretty | 4 via style me pretty | 5 via fab you bliss | 6 via confetti daydreams | 7 milk bottles filled with lemonade | bottle menagerie | 8 via whimsical wonderland weddings | 9 via style me pretty | 10 via home shopping spy | 11 via sarah kate photo | 12 via annie mcelwain | 13 via hwtm

Where to Buy Milk Bottle Wedding Sets

You can buy milk bottles here. Or grab a set of milk bottles in a vintage-inspired caddy here. For chic gold painted milk bottles like the ones you saw in this post, head over to Beach Blues — Missy is AMAZING.

What do you think of the milk bottle wedding trend? Will you be using these bottles in your decor? Are you still a fan of mason jars? Tell us below with a comment! We’d love to hear from you.


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The Handcrafted Wedding Bride: Photo of the Day

October 8, 2014 Leave a Comment

bride getting married holds her favorite wedding book, The Handcrafted Wedding

Planning your wedding? The book, “The Handcrafted Wedding” is being held up by this bride on her wedding day as today’s photo pick. The photo was captured by Michelle Gardella Photography and is just one from this Americana Inspired Wedding. The Handcrafted Wedding is described as, “Bursting with creativity and fun! The Handcrafted Wedding is an idea book with more than 340 concepts, ideas, styles, and projects to take your wedding day from mundane to magnificent. The details are the heart of a wedding and in The Handcrafted Wedding you’ll discover how to incorporate the romantic details of your unique story into an event that captures the essence of your relationship.” By author Emma Arendoski, Editor of Emmaline Bride. Buy the Book Here!

The Handcrafted Wedding Bride

Find more real brides and see their weddings in our Real Weddings Section.


17 Amazing Wedding Marquee Lights

October 8, 2014 1 Comment

Get ready to light up your wedding in the most memorable way possible! Hi loves, Emma here and I am positively loving this trend. Marquee lights have been in the wedding spotlight for awhile now, but this is a trend we don’t see going by the wayside anytime soon.

You can use marquee lights in so many interesting ways: light up your bar with a fun cocktails sign or use it to illuminate your wedding date.

wedding date marquee lights

I especially love the use of marquee lights to deck out your ceremony space, like this…

And these signs are pretty amazing, too. Hello, coffee bar sign. It’s perfect for your coffee themed wedding.

Add marquee lights to your barn wedding decor, like this.

barn wedding marquee lights

Here are some additional lovely lights to inspire you.

Make your own wedding marquee lights

We spotted this A M A Z I N G do it yourself project over at Evan & Katelyn for making your own wedding marquee lights. They used ‘LOVE’ as their sign, but you can customize this project in anything you choose. Only have patience for one letter? Just make one for your new last name. Want one for each of you? Make two, one with your initial and one with your love’s. Want to go all out? J U S T M A R R I E D or T H E B E S T D A Y E V E R would take awhile, but more power to ya.

They made their own for their big day… and here’s the finished product, too!

Oh, and this totally reminds me of A + I. One of our cats would totally photobomb our DIY photo, I just know it.

Make your own wedding marquee lights by heading over here!

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t heart e | via wedding chicks
heart sign with dessert table | photo: katie vowels for anna mcelwain photography via style me pretty
wedding date in marquee lights | via dimples and tangles
j & m wedding marquee lights in barn | photo: annie mcelwain via 100layercake
h & k ceremony wedding marquee lights | photo: ungano & agriodimas via brooklyn blonde
heart | vintage marquee letters
a & n yellow wedding marquee lights | patent pending project
vintage love dessert bar sign | photo: mariel & joey
coffee marquee sign | photo: annie mcelwain via 100layercake
you & me | photo: bayly and moore via green wedding shoes
LOVE wedding marquee lights against sign | leah lee photography via style me pretty
P & R blue wedding marquee lights | patent pending project
mr & mrs wedding marquee lights (couple leaning in for kiss) | photo: by the robinsons
bar sign | photo: aneta MAK
hashtag | intimate weddings
cocktails marquee sign | photo: paige winn photo


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17 Amazing Wedding Marquee Lights

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Which of these is your favorite? Are you using marquee lights at your wedding?


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