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if I have posted a picture and not given credit where it is due. I will do my best to make sure I include sources from now on, but up to this point I have saved a lot of pics and don't remember where they all came from. If you know (or are!) the source, please tell me immediately!
While I love some of the unique color palattes I have seen lately and would love to do something with a lot of color, I just can't pull away from the classic all-white wedding. I hope it won't be boring for my guests, but I'm thinking predominantly white with hints of ivory, champagne, soft pink, and maybe silver. For awhile I really wanted to incorporate red, but then I'm worried it's too candy cane-ish for the holiday season. The red and white weddings I've been seeing really tempt me though!
The white and silver parts of these pictures are what I'm focusing on:
As for the reception, I'd really like a lot of candles to create that "glow". I still am having the internal debate between flowers and branches.
I want chandeliers!!! I have no idea how to recreate this indoors. What a lovely wedding!
When it comes to flowers and weddings, there are days when I want a ton (inspiration from my mother), and then there are days when I feel it is so expensive and I'm just being wasteful (it might seem silly, but I feel bad for the flowers). What to do?
I just love the idea of a full bouquet of creamy, white roses wrapped in ivory ribbon:
(The first one I know is Kohler's. I absolutely love it!)
For winter brides: I just love the look of these. I thought they could be used for a send-off since they'd be a little easier to deal with than sparklers. However, I'm starting to think they could be a cute alternative to guests "clinking" on their glasses to have us kiss. Perfect for the holidays!
Oh, I just adore these pics though...maybe we could do this??? The heart pic I love because FI and I did that with glow sticks once!
When it comes to chairs, I'm hoping the chairs our venue will have are lovely on their own, however if I need covers, I like these:
If we do chivari chairs (I hate to think of the extra cost), I like this look:
TI'd really like to DIY all the signs, stationary, and extras that I can. Here is a list of what I think I'll need:
- Invites for engagement party, bridesmaids tea, rehearsal, welcome dinner, ceremony/reception, brunch.
- Card with our website on it
- Save the dates
- Door signs (Gentlemen's Quarters and Bridal Suite)
- Chair markers for ceremony and reception
- Table numbers
- Seating chart
- Tears of joy packets
- Signs for the bathroom baskets
- Signs for the guestbook table, photo station, s'more table, wish table (if we have one)
- BM newsletter
- Scavenger hunt for cocktail hour
- "Will you be my Bridesmaid/MOH/Flower Girl/Ring Bearer" cards
- OOT info: map, info
- Coloring book for the kiddies
- Day of timeline for bridal party, vendors, DOC
- Thank you cards for bridal party and parents
- Tip envelopes
- Valet tags
- Maps to be handed out after ceremony to reception
- Sparkler tags
- Dancing socks tags
- As for RSVP cards and menus, I think I'd like to have my guests respond through our website in an effort to save some paper.
These invitations I really love and I think I could make something similar when I find the perfect stamp and embossing powder:
Some more ideas I adore:
This is the layout I am thinking would work the best for us:
I like this wording too:
Just saw this...so cute. A CD invite! Good the environment and people can load it on the computer. I'd be a little worried about the older guests trying to use it though:
Envelope for the invite:
As for save the dates, I really like this first idea, but I think HMM's idea is so cute, would be a little easier to do, and incorporates the website so well. Plus, this would be our chance to have a little fun with them and include our doggy too...given he cooperates of course. The last one is so cute with the timeline!
(Kohler's on the right. I'd like to recreate that amazing bow)
Oh, and I just adore Jackieg's labels:
I think we'd like to have a wedding website to prevent paper waste so people can RSVP. JDweddingday included these and I love the simplicity:
Maybe a wishing tree could be fun. I think it would be a fun little extra, but I don't know what I'd do with the cards after. I guess create a little book with them?
These are such cute napkins that someone made with their gocco. I don't know if I'll use this, but it sure is a nice touch!
Table number decoration idea:
Dancing socks tags:
Update: No longer using this since we're having a summer wedding, but hopefully winter brides can use this!
For our guestbook I have been looking for alternatives from the traditional. I love the blurb books that people have made, the vases, signed objects such as guitars, and matted pics. However, I think that I would like to use this idea I saw on theknot.com where they used ornaments. Hopefully I can find some that are unique and durable after the next Christmas or so (clearance sales!). While I don't want our wedding to be focused on Christmas, this is my favorite holiday and I think it would be neat to pull these out each year:
Perhaps we could use these that I saw on Restoration Hardware:
Although, maybe finding a bunch of cute random ones would be fun and let people choose one based on what they like would be an entertaining alternative as well.
I think it would be cute to hang the ornaments on a metal tree or something similar. However, the ones I found at cristalier.com are a little pricey. I'll keep looking...
Update: FI just told me he likes the Blurb book idea the best, so we'll see.
Update: nixed this idea since FI doesn't like it, but I'll leave it here for those who might like the inspiration.
I saw these and just thought they were so creative. They aren't too expensive and our guests won't be stuck with something random at the end of the night. I'd like to put the names of each guest on the envelope so they can double as place cards as well. Inside will be a penny so they can scratch their ticket and a little note about how lucky we are.
I'd also like to include information about the charity we'd like to donate to in lieu of an expensive favor. Sharing the love with others is a way to say thanks for the blessings we have encountered. We'd like to contribute to a group that helps give the soldiers overseas phone calls home or calling cards since we both remember how hard it is to communicate from so far away. Here are some ideas:
Of course, they may be home by the time we're ready to prepare these, so we'll have to see (:
I wonder if we could have them tucked into the napkin like this:
For our wedding, we'd like to have either an antique limo or the real dream would be a white luxury car such as a Bentley...Something unique and different that will make for great pics.
So, I love the idea of providing alternate footwear to rest those tired, swollen feet while your guests keep dancing. When planning for winter previously, I thought that soft, non-skid socks would be a fun alternative to flip flops.
(These are from urbanboundaries.com)
I need to make a sign for these and find a cute basket to lay them in until they find an owner (:
Update: Just had a vision that the girls might not be keen on wearing socks with their dresses. So maybe I'll do both flip flops and socks!
Note on the tags:
If your feet get tired and sore
Grab a pair and dance some more!
As for me, I'd like some more comfortable shoes as well. Perhaps something like this:
Another great tip came from a friend who was just in a wedding. I'd like to have inexpensive flip flops on hand or ask them to bring their own for picture taking before the ceremony. Hopefully this will prevent too much foot pain when they head down the aisle!
I know a lot of people don't want kids at their wedding, and I can 100% see where they're coming from. However, we have so many little cousins and young family friends and I can't imagine our day without them. Thus, I am hoping to create an atmosphere that allows for kids to have fun and give their parents some time to enjoy their night out as well.
I'd love to have an area for the kids to hang out in or provide a little pack/box of entertainment at their seats.
When I was at a wedding watching some kids, they loved seeing their families, but speeches and waiting for their meal was a killer. I'd like to make sure there is a kid friendly meal, but also provide some snacks, coloring books, and other non-noisy items to keep them entertained.
I'm considering booking a room and some sitters as well so they can go to bed if needed.