Brides: your wedding day allows for plenty of sweet, thoughtful ways to surprise the groom. Giving the groom a gift is one way to shower him with affection on your wedding day, but we’ve found some other awe-inspiring ideas we know he will love. To inspire you, we’ve hand-picked ten of our favorite ways to surprise the groom before the ceremony and during the reception. There’s a first look, a love note, and a mascot, just to name a few. People like to say the wedding day is all about the bride, but we think that’s outdated: it’s time for the groom to share some of the spotlight, too! Which of these serendipitous ideas seems to suit your groom best?
1. Surprise the Groom with… a First Look
When you surprise him with a first look, he gets the opportunity to see his Bride, all dressed up and for his eyes only. He’ll love it; make sure your photographer is ready to snap those candid smiles.
Hello, loves! Happy Monday! We hope you had an incredible weekend. We’re kicking off a brand new week of handmade wedding goodness and we couldn’t be more excited about the week ahead! Today, we’re sharing the top five new wedding details we’re loving which includes a little bit of everything from the web. We found a killer wedding up-do hairstyle, an easy to DIY personalized wedding vase, a gorgeous ring (you may require immediately), and more! So, grab that first cup of coffee for the week (I’ve got mine right here in all of its mocha-flavored goodness) and get ready as we unleash five wedding details you’re sure to love. Enjoy!
Top 5 Wedding Details This Week
We love wedding hairstyle inspiration! This incredible bridal updo hairstyle is perfect for a vintage wedding! Great job by Hair and Makeup by Steph and photographer Lindsey Shaun (+ beautiful bride Jenaya!)
Gorgeous Wedding Up-do
Give guests the gift of plantable succulents! Succulents are easy plants for guests to maintain because they are hardy, retain plenty of water, and can withstand colder temperatures than other plants. These easy-to-DIY succulent wedding favors (which double as place cards, too!) are placed in tea cups ready for guests to plant. Since they are “planted” into whimsical tea cups, guests get two gifts in one! Gather plenty of vintage tea cups from places like thrift shops, garage sales, or estate sales – the more mismatched, the better. Each guests will have a one-of-a-kind planter piece to cherish for years.
We love to find unique, multi-functional finds for both wedding day and ever after. How many brides can say they were able to reuse their rustic wedding centerpieces in their love nest after the big day? That’s why we love these log bowls by Loyal Loot Collective. They are handmade and offer the rustic look of trees in their natural state – but with a twist. Each bowl is made from reclaimed trees and contains a high-floss finish in a variety of colors. We think they will complement your rustic wedding beautifully.
Jeny and Colby’s green DIY wedding features so many beautiful details at the premier Mildale Farms. The details from this Kansas wedding were so well crafted by the bride and groom. Most of the DIY wedding details by the bride included handmade centerpiece boxes covered in green moss and wrapped in deep plum ribbon. Jeny also created green ornamental moss balls of different sizes and scattered them across the tables. You’ll see in the pictures below the beautiful green moss covered monogram hanging above the wedding party table and the two grapevine chandeliers with hanging candles in the center of the room. Other great DIY wedding details include the painted antique windows and an arbor made by the groom for the ceremony. The couple’s love and DIY wedding details were well captured by Kansas wedding photographer Melissa from Melissa Rieke Photography.
Today we’re showcasing this dreamy backyard wedding style shoot! This inspiring photography shoot by Izzy Hudgins from Izzy Hudgins Photography is absolutely perfect for brides looking to take a break, relax, and look inward for their own intimate backyard wedding style. Izzy explains what wedding style details this shoot entails and how you can be inspired for your backyard wedding.
Need wedding inspiration boards by color? Looking to coordinate with your wedding’s color scheme? We’ve got ‘em! Chrissy Ott, editor of The Perfect Palette, sent us these incredible inspiration boards which combine our love for handmade and her expertise in color palettes. And, since it is easier to find an accessory first (rather than find one to match your palette later) Chrissy used a handmade clutch as the focal point for each board. We are also excited to add that each handmade clutch used below is from The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride, where you can find tons of handmade loveliness from the best artisans on the planet. Get inspired with color AND a handmade accessory to match!
Wedding Inspiration Boards by Color
1 – Blues
Today we are sharing with you an incredible rustic real wedding with tons of handmade elements and a rustic, homespun flair. We love to hear the details directly from the bride, so take it away, Kendel!
She tells us, “Country, rustic, charming, antique, old-fashion, warm, fun and intimate. Just a few words I would use to describe our wedding day, August 14th, 2010. If I had to describe it in one sentence it would be: The most amazing day that I got to marry my best friend while surrounded by the charming handiwork of my friends and family who all came together to make our day really special and memorable.
Our wedding took place at Balls Falls Conservation Area in Jordan ON. During the reception we had a slide show and several games throughout the evening including the shoe game and the newly wed game, which were a lot of fun. We ended the night with a few fireworks and our car drove through two large fountain style fireworks as our exit.
Our wedding was truly a DIY wedding and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. If it wasn’t something I made personally then it was an item made by a friend or family member, and together everything came out looking great, and it was even nicer knowing it was made with love and hard work from those involved in the day.
We worked with a relatively small budget and yet everything was exactly what I wanted. I hope the images of our wedding inspire other couples to really consider DIY as well as the power of asking friends and family members for their expertise when it comes to planning a wedding. You don’t always have to rely on the ‘experts’ when there are experts all around you amongst your friends and family!