Friday
Jul272012

C is for Cookie

I love cookies and so I love this idea for bringing a unique and personal touch  to your bridal shower. Cookies are inexpensive bridal party favors, that can be customized to go with your bridal party color scheme, and they are so fun. Besides, this way you get a favor and a dessert in one! 

C is for Cake- What could be better than a cookie in the shape of a cake? This adorable favor will look great served on any dessert table. 

D is for Dress- The wedding is all about the dress, especially if it is one made of cookies. 

M is or Monogram- This cookie favor would be a great wedding favor, and celebrates the brides new initials.

image source American Bridal

There are lots of places you can find cookie favors. Get creative and choose flavors, cookie shapes, and color combinations that reflect your personality as a couple. Your guests are guaranteed to love them. It is hard not to love an edible wedding favor. You can rest assured these cookies won't be gathering dust on a shelf. 

Thursday
Jul262012

10 DIY wedding backdrops 

10 DIY wedding backdrops. Here is another example of something I wish i had paid a little more attention to before the wedding. Wedding backdrops are amazing, they look so fun in pictures and they double as beautiful wedding decor. You can use backdrops behind the cake table, for the reception, the ceremony or even for a photobooth. Anyway you look at it having a wedding backdrop is a good idea. Here are 10 wedding backdrops that you can make. 

1. Lovely Lights - How stunning is this picture? I love the strings of white lights that make up this wedding backdrop. This picture is a perfect reason to hang onto your holiday lights. 

2. Regal RibbonRibbon backdrops are so pretty and best of all they are a cinch to do. All you need is ribbon, and something to tie the ribbon to, like a pipe, clothesline, tree or even just a long string.


3. Fantastic Frames This backdrop is a collection of vintage picture frames hung with string or fishing wire. And the result is pretty fun. You can always rent frames from a vendor like The Ritzy Rose, which is actually where these frames are from. 

4. Perfect Paper - I love this backdrop because not only is it so creative it can fully be customized. All you need is an oversized canvas, such as butcher paper,drawing paper etc. And then use ink to write your favorite quotes, your vows, whatever you like.

5. Feeling Flags. Flag banners are very in right now. String a couple together and voila perfect wedding backdrop. You can check out this tutorial from Offbeat Bride for your DIY flag banner 

6. Lady Lace- Lace is back. Lace wedding dresses are huge as are lace bridesmaid dresses. Hang a few pieces of lacy material, even lace tablecloths (like my grandmother used to have) and make a soft sweet lacey wedding backdrop. 

7. Stunning Streamers- Streamers have never looked so good. Want to get this wedding backdrop? 100 layer cake has a great DIY tutorial for DIY streamer wedding backdrops

8. Fabulous Fabric. How soft and romantic is this fabric wedding backdrop made from tied pieces of fabric. Sarah hearts has a DIY fabric wedding backdrop or if you'd rather not DIY you can always order it from Etsy vendor wedding lush

9. Binding Books- Even pages of old books all modge podged together makes for a fun wedding backdrop. And it is a great way to recycle vintage books. 


10. Charming Chalkboards - Ah how i love chalkboards. I'm sure it has to do with my teaching days. This custom chalk creation is by Dana Tanamachi. Pretty amazing right?

sources, 1. Lovely Lights by Mastin Studio, 2. Regal Ribbon by Jose Villa , 3. Fabulous Frames by Lauren Larsen, 4. Perfect Paper by Tammy Horton Photography , 5. Flag Banners by Katrina Louise , 6. Lace Backdrops by Sarah Ainsworth Photography , 7. Stunning Streamers by Fresh in Love Photography, 8. Fabulous Fabric , 9. Binding Books by Michael Thomas Photography, 10. Charming Chalkboards by Jenny Jimenez

 

 

Thursday
Jul192012

Lovely Lace Wedding Dresses

Lace wedding dresses are making a comeback. If I had to do it all over again, I'd do it in lace. I can hear my husband cringing at the thought of doing it all over again. :) 

There is something so gentle and sophisticated about a lace wedding dress. 

Here are 5 affordable lace wedding dress favorites. 

1. Sparse lace embellishments - for those of us who don't wanna go full lace. A soft modern twist. 

2. Lace and Chiffon so happy together.  

3. Mermaid lace

4. Lace and ruffles

5. Lace wedding dress with sleeves. 

Images via david's bridal 

Lace dresses are also popping up everywhere as a bridesmaid dress trend.

 

Tuesday
Jul172012

10 Reasons to have a First Look

A growing trend is for the bride and groom to see each other before the wedding in a 'first look.'  While many couples still prefer the more traditional route of not seeing each other before the ceremony the first look trend has grown immensely in popularity. Why you ask? These 10 first look photos should answer all your questions. 

1. The moment before the first look is magical. Your heart is racing and you are all smiles. How cute is this couple filled with the anticiption of seeing each other? It gives you butterflies. PS. I love this bride's shoes. 

2. Get emotional. This private moment between the two of you can get teary. I love how the bride wipes her groom's tears. So touching. 

3. Be creative. Why not. It is your first look it should reflect your couple. Hide behind balloons, trees, a corner, a door etc... I love how this groom anxiously waits to see what is behind those balloons. 

4. Sneak up on your groom. Ok probably not for real. But this picture with the shushing bride is adorable. 

5. Capture happiness. I love this photo, not only can you see how emmotional a moment it was but you can see the sheer happiness in the couple. 

 

6. The sneak peak- I love how this couple both decided to just peak around the door for their first look. 

7. Surprise- You never know how the bride or groom will react to seeing the other for the first time. And the nice thing about keeping this moment private is you are free not to hold back. This could be my favorite first look.

8. It is about the groom- traditionally a first look was fom the perspective of the groom. I love how this picture captures exactly that. 

9. Take a first look without looking- You can choose to do what this couple did and use blindfolds to set up this moment. This picture is pretty sweet.

10. The moment after the first look. Some of the most tender and beautiful wedding pictures have happened just moments after a couple sees each other for the first time. 

And this is our first look. It was such a beautiful and private moment and I wouldn't have wanted to share it any other way. 

Will you or did you have a first look? 

sources: 

1. moment before first look photo by Sam Ciurdar, 2. first look get emotional photo by Aric + Casey Photography, 3. Be creative first look with balloons photo by {Fresh in Love Photography}, 4. Sneak up first look by True Photography Weddings, 5. Capture hapiness first look photo by Weeno Photography, 6. Sneak peak first look photo by  Erin Jean Photography, 7. Surprise first look photo by Jasmine Star, 8. About the groom first look photo by Mastin Studio,  9. Take a first look without looking photo by Clayton Austin, 10. The moment after a first look photo by Amelia Lyon, our first look picture is by Mastin Studio

 

Friday
Jul132012

5 Bridesmaid Dress Trends

5 Bridesmaid dress Trends. When you think bridesmaid dresses consider these 5 fun bridesmaid dress trends. And get your girls a bridesmaid dress they won't want to take off. Perfect for mix and match bridesmaids and a more traditional bridesmaid look. 

1. Two Tones- Bright and pale colors look stunning when paired with a solid color bodice. So go on choose two tones for your bridesmaids. 


2. Embellishments- Bridesmaid dresses with embellishments are poppping up everywhere. A few embellishments can go a long way. 

3. Sequins. Welcome back Sequins, whether you like a little or a lot -sequin bridesmaid dresses just pop. 

4. Cutwork. Bridesmaid dresses with cut outs are modern and fun. Not to mention stunning.  

5. Lace. Lace is also back. You can ruffle it, layer it, or use it to cover a cut out. Show a little skin and a whole lot of lace. 

And the great thing about these bridesmaid dresses is they can easily be dressed up or down and can even be worn as wedding guest dresses. Wedding guest dresses from ASOS are an affordable option for your girls. Your bridesmaids can get the maximum wear out of their dress.  

Real Bridesmaids- picture sources: Two tone bridesmaid dresses, bridesmaid dresses with embellishments, sequined bridesmaid dresses, bridesmaid dresses with cutwork, lace bridesmaid dresses