Category: ceremony

Ribbon Wands with Bells → Ceremony Toss Alternative

[A]fter the ceremony, guests like to toss something at the newlyweds as they make their grand exit. We’ve shared some of our favorite ceremony tossing ideas in the past, but happens when your venue says you can’t toss anything? Some venues are doing so, since rice and petals require too much cleanup afterward. So, we recommend these ribbon wands with bells instead. We love them because they’re colorful (and custom to coordinate with your palette), they are lovely noisemakers, which makes them festive; and they’re mess-free! You can’t get much better than that! Check out a few of our favorite ribbon wands below, all handpicked from the lovely Kate Kate NYC, ribbon wand extraordinaire!

Ribbon Wands with Bells

by kate kate nyc

ribbon wands with bells

by kate kate nyc

orange pink ribbon wands with bells

by kate kate nyc

This next one is my favorite…

Modern Air Plant Wedding Decor

I love when wedding decor can be re-used as home decor. Loooove it. So when I (Emma here!) spotted these modern hanging air plant holders over at Handmade Sam Made, I couldn’t resist sharing their geometric awesomeness with you. But first, what is an air plant, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you!

What is an Air Plant?

These is an air plant? Here’s what it looks like:

Air Plant Wedding Decor |

by handmade sam made

An air plant — aka Tillandsia, if you want to get technical — is a sometimes rootless tropical plant with grasslike leaves, according to Google. Water and airborne nutrients are absorbed through its leaves.

Air Plant Wedding Decor

An air plant makes an exceptionally lovely flower alternative for wedding decor, especially for a modern wedding because it offers a minimalist look (similar to the succulent). If you want to decorate your wedding with air plants, we recommend using them as centerpieces, like so:

Air Plant Wedding Decor |

by handmade sam made

Air Plant Wedding Decor |

by handmade sam made

Or in a vase:

Air Plant Wedding Decor |

by handmade sam made

Another way to use air plants as decor is to hang them, whether from trees, rafters, or displayed on a back wall as a sconce or plant holder. These brass Himmeli designs are some of the prettiest I’ve seen yet…

50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas

Mountain wedding ideas await you in this post! But first, do you crave daily wedding inspiration like this? Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post!

[I]f you’re looking for the best mountain wedding ideas, look no further! Whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding near the Smokey Mountains or a huge soiree with stunning Rocky Mountain views, you’ll find some of the most creative ceremony spaces, reception decor, favors, gifts ideas, and more right here. We’ve rounded up over fifty amazing mountain wedding ideas to inspire the Best Day Ever, all mountainside! So, grab a cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired…

happily ever after starts here | 50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas


Note: if you’re reading this on the homepage, it’s a VERY image-intensive post, so we’ve split it in two. You’ll want to click ‘keep reading’ to see the full article.

Mountain Wedding Ideas

First, let’s dream up a breathtaking ceremony space, like this:

mountain wedding ceremony |

photo: bwright photovia style me pretty

Ahhh, so pretty.

You can plan a mountain wedding in any season. In the spring or summer, deck out your ceremony space with an arch, like this:

mountain wedding ceremony arch |
photo: christina kiffney photography

Or plan an elegant fall or winter wedding:

left: venue, via harpers bazaar | right: via style me pretty, photo: cory ryan, venue: stein lodge

Imagine a nighttime reception with mountain views and pretty lights…

mountain wedding |

photo: bwright photo, via style me pretty

… or a see-through tent at night so you don’t miss the views, even when it’s chilly outside.

elegant tent for mountain wedding |

via style me pretty
, photo: allyson wiley

Here’s a sweetheart table that’s pure perfection…

sweetheart table mountain wedding |

photo: boonetown story via ruffled

And this reception setup is gorgeous:

mountain wedding reception |

photo: logan walker via fab you bliss

If possible, travel by ski lift…

bride groom on ski lift |

photo: allyson wiley via style me pretty

… wedding party included!

groomsmen ski lift wedding |

photo: inphotography

bridesmaids ski lift | 50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas
photo: our labor of love

Now, before you get started, you’ll want to tie in your wedding theme with a perfect invitation. It will set the tone for your entire event and tie it all together. Here are some we love, including save the date cards:

mountain save the date |

by starboard press

And these!

mountainous save the date |

by starboard press

Or these cute hang tags:

mountain save the date tags marova |

by mavora art and design

And some invitations…

mountain wedding invitations sparkvites |

by sparkvites

by starboard press

Have guests find their seats in a really creative way, like these ‘lift ticket’ cards…

lift ticket escort cards |

by four13designs

See the full post here.

7 Reasons to Get Married in The Outer Banks

[I]f you’ve ever considered a beach or destination wedding, I (Emma here!) recommend The Outer Banks for your destination. I can say that whole-heartedly because I’ve been there — multiple times! — on family vacations in the past, so I have seen first-hand what it has to offer. While vacationing, I’ve seen actual weddings taking place on the beach. I’ve also seen hundreds of wedding photographs of couples who got married in The Outer Banks. It is truly a gorgeous place to wed. The Outer Banks has some of the most beautiful beaches, stunning landscape, and some of the coolest beach houses I’ve ever seen. OBX, as it’s often referred to, boasts dozens of amenities for couples choosing to wed here. Today we’re sharing seven reasons why a beach wedding in The Outer Banks is a match made in heaven. Read on to find out more…



The Outer Banks Weddings

1. It’s a destination wedding spot — without the passport.

If you’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding, here’s your chance — and guests don’t even have to travel out of the country! No passport needed here, and yet you still get to enjoy total beach wedding heaven.

2. It’s family-friendly.

The Outer Banks offers anything you could need while at your wedding nearby for guests of all ages. Families with children will find restaurants that are kid-friendly, along with convenience stores for anything they could need (and beach stores with all of those extras they maybe forgot to bring). There are also tons of kid-friendly activities nearby that children will enjoy, like learning about the history of flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, or learn about The Lost Colony. This means while guests arrive and get settled in, you can rest assured that everyone is having fun and staying busy before the wedding day arrives.

3. The beach houses are amazing.

The beach houses you can rent for lodging are incredible! Many of the houses are very large with multiple bedrooms (with sleeping for 10+ people) so a whole crew can stay in one house. There are also small houses for smaller groups or individual families. The beach houses and resorts are also ideal for a beach reception (provided this is outlined in your rental agreement). You can see some of the beautiful houses and resorts here… and many of them are a short walk from the beach. Which also means (#4)…

4. You can have a ceremony and reception at one location.

Save yourself the hassle of travel between venues! You can have a ceremony on the beach and a reception at a beach house, just a short walk away.

5. It offers some of the most amazing oceanic views.

Every location offers a stunning, picturesque view. And at night, the sunset over the ocean is incredible!

6. There are activities for you and guests to enjoy.

There are endless things to do right there for you and guests to enjoy all throughout Dare County, from Jockey’s Ridge for sand dune climbing or kite flying, to climbing the tallest lighthouse in America at Cape Hatteras, to paddle-boarding or sailing or golfing on some of the country’s most beautiful golf courses. Or, you can just relax on the beach. There are amazing restaurants, historical landmarks, places to bike and run, fish, and one of my most favorite places in the world is just a drive away: The Elizabethan Gardens. This place is purely magical. If you go to The Outer Banks, you must go here.

7. You can honeymoon right there.

After the wedding, you won’t want to leave… and who says you have to? You can honeymoon right there on The Outer Banks and save yourself the extra time and hassle of more travel.

Don’t just take our word for it: check out some more reasons why The Outer Banks weddings are amazing! You can also get up-to-date information with their e-newsletter and their travel guide. You can also check out more on the official OBX website.

Here are some photos taken from Real Outer Banks Weddings:

It’s a really beautiful place! If I was planning a beach wedding for a friend, this would be the first place I’d recommend!

This is a sponsored post by The Outer Banks.

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Giveaway: Flower Confetti for Ceremony Toss

[W]hat will your guests toss or do to celebrate their excitement as you make your grand ceremony exit? Will they throw rice? Blow bubbles? Use noisemakers? Ring bells? Wave these festive signs? Or maybe toss freshly dried flower confetti? If you win this fabulous giveaway, guests can toss freshly dried flower confetti (aka Flowerfetti), an eco-friendly option! Read on to see how you can win this wonderful prize for tossing at your grand exit…

Wedding Toss with Flower Confetti | photo: brett symes photography | via

photo: brett symes photography via want that wedding; confetti cones by flowerfetti

We’ve teamed up with the lovely Alice of Flowerfetti to give away ten cups of eco flower confetti to one lucky bride. Once the winner redeems her prize, she’ll ship the confetti one month before the wedding for freshness. You can use this flower confetti for tossing, to sprinkle on tables, or for your flower girl to sprinkle down the path before you. The wildflower confetti consists of dried flowers, rose petals, hydrangea petals, daisies and small pansies, and is fabric safe, eco-friendly, and photographs beautifully. If you wish, you can order petal cones like these, too, for placing your flower confetti.

flowerfetti petal cone
by flowerfetti

The winner’s confetti will look similar to this:

by flowerfetti

Giveaway: Win Flower Confetti for Ceremony Toss

Here’s the full scoop:

o Enter between 4/15/15-4/21/15 (11:59pm EST).
o Prize: Flower confetti | 10 cups to serve approx. 30 guests or sprinkle on up to ten tables. Includes dried flowers, rose petals, hydrangea petals, daisies and small pansies. By Flowerfetti.
o FREE shipping to the U.S.
o Petal cones not included (but are available for purchase)
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to winning email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to use prize | flower confetti will be shipped one month before wedding for freshness
o Prize value: $45 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

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How to Pick a Rustic Flower Girl Basket

[H]appy Friday, loves! Do you have any big plans this weekend? Maybe crossing off some to-do’s from your wedding list? My weekend involves crossing things off of my to-do list, mostly home projects. Then maybe some extra sleep. Ah, one can dream! Today we’re sharing rustic flower girl baskets from the oh-so-lovely Michele’s Cottage. Maybe you’re hoping to cross off flower girl basket from your list… or maybe you’re not sure what to look for when it comes to picking the perfect rustically-inspired one. Either way, we’ll show you which details to look for and share some handpicked finds. Which of these baskets is your favorite?

Rustic Flower Girl Baskets – Round-Up

So, what makes these flower girl baskets rustic? For this theme, you’ll want to look for details like wood, birch bark, grapevine, moss, and wood-carved initials, just to name a few. Take a look at these baskets — you’ll find something rustic-inspired about each of them.

basket with burlap flower girl | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets

by michele’s cottage

by michele’s cottage

rustic birch flower girl basket | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets

by michele’s cottage

by michele’s cottage

shabby chic rustic flower girl basket | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets

by michele’s cottage

moss and branch flower girl basket | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets

by michele’s cottage

by michele’s cottage

moss basket | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets
by michele’s cottage

here comes the bride birch basket | Rustic Flower Girl Baskets

by michele’s cottage

My favorite flower girl basket is the grapevine with moss! Although, to be honest, they are all pretty amazing! You can find even more rustic wedding finds right here.


10 NEW Something Blue Ideas (PHOTOS)
(+ Giveaway!)

Want new something blue ideas that haven’t been done millions of times before? You’ve found ten of them right here! But wait, are you on the list yet? Do it or you’ll be out of the loop on future posts like these.

[H]i, loves! Emma here and I’m curious to know what you’ve picked for your Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and most of all, Something Blue. Because, let me tell you, many brides are skipping this tradition altogether and that’s really not too surprising. I mean, adding one more thing to your list of wedding planning to-do’s can seem a little daunting… but it doesn’t have to be. Of all the SOSNSBSB ideas, Something Blue is the most fun of them all, don’t you think? Guests are wondering, where did she hide the blue? I’ll bet she’s wearing a blue garter. Or has one of those hems. Or she put those stickers on her shoes. But we’re ready for a twist on the old tradition. We’re craving modern, NEW Something Blue ideas. We want yours to be something that haven’t been done over and over again. To inspire you, we’re sharing a list of fresh, inspiring new something blue ideas you may not have considered before. And, also, we think that any ‘blue’ rules should fly out the window. For instance, we don’t think the item has to be worn by the bride to “count”. We say, if you incorporate something blue somewhere in your day, you’re good. Because, let’s be honest, some of us don’t want a blue sash over their perfect white dress that never really needed a sash in the first place. You know?

And… to make this round-up even sweeter, the lovely Laura Stark is giving away the beautiful blue necklace shown in #1 to one lucky reader! I wish I could win this one myself, loves. So, do us proud and enter (and share it with all of your friends) because it really is a stunning piece. The full details are at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

New Something Blue Ideas

1. This beautiful blue gemstone necklace

Wear this gorgeous gemstone necklace…

blue gemstone necklace | via 10 NEW Something Blue Ideas |

via laura stark

Ooh, and these earrings:

matching earrings | via 10 NEW Something Blue Ideas |
via laura stark

2. A button-down shirt with your monogram, in blue

Wear it before the wedding while getting ready.

monogrammed bride button down shirt | via 10 NEW Something Blue Ideas |

via elegant monograms

3. A dress hanger with ‘Bride’ in blue wire

Hang your dress on this personalized hanger.

bride dress hanger | via 10 NEW Something Blue Ideas |

via deighan design

4. These nail wraps

Make your nails your something blue with these fun + modern prints.

via so gloss

5. These sparkly something blue heels

Sparkle down the aisle in a pretty shade of blue! I love these.

something blue shoes | via 10 NEW Something Blue Ideas |

via ammie joyce

6. Have the rings carried in this blue box

This is so cute!

something blue ring box | via 10 NEW Something Blue Ideas |

via montana snow

7. Lead guests the way to the ceremony with this pop of blue

Hang this sign at your ceremony space. It counts, we say!

blue ceremony sign | via 10 NEW Something Blue Ideas |

via host and toast studio

8. Decorate your ceremony with these hidden blue photo frames

I love these frames and that hidden splash of blue. You could make a really pretty photo frame display with wedding photos of your parents and grandparents.

something blue frames | via 10 NEW Something Blue Ideas |
via host and toast studio

9. These ribbon wands for your grand exit

Have guests be responsible for something blue by waving these after you’re officially married. P.S. I love this aqua paired with gold sequins.

aqua and gold sequin ceremony wands | via 10 NEW Something Blue Ideas |

via kate kate nyc

10. Sew this patch on the groom’s tie

i do tie patch | via 10 NEW Something Blue Ideas |
via shannah j smith

Creative Something Blue… Giveaway!

Win this blue gemstone necklace by Laura Stark! Enter below:

gemstone necklace | via 10 NEW Something Blue Ideas |

o Enter between 4/3/15-4/9/15 (11:59pm EST).
o Prize: Chevron Wedding Necklace by Laura Stark

+ Crystal Quartz. Pearls. 24K Gold Vermeil Chevron. 14K Gold Filled Chain & Lobster Clasp.
+ Necklace is 18 inches in length