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Can't decide on just one color palette for your wedding or party? Include a rainbow of colors via polka dots! This happy fun sparkly polka dot invitation paper was the perfect inspiration.
To create this look, you can wrap long skinny glass vases in polka dot paper. Wrap your silverware in coordinating polka dot ribbon. Then fill the long skinny vases with huge dot cookies on a stick!
For your cake decor, bake your round sugar cookies and decide what colors work for you. Decorate the cake accordingly - and then you can eat any leftover cookies!
Images courtesy: i am baker
Your wedding cake will be the star of the reception and the centerpiece of many, many photographs – no wonder so much importance is placed on choosing the right one! There’s much more to the perfect cake than the number of tiers and the topper though – imagine the guests’ disappointment when the most gorgeous wedding cake they’ve seen is also the most horrible tasting!
Photo by Punam Bean Photography
Thankfully, most bakers that specialize in wedding cakes offer cake testing to assure you that your cake will taste as good as it looks. Before you head out to the local bakeries for an all-day cake sampling adventure, there are a few tips that will make your decision easier without wasting valuable time.
What Would You Like?
It’s good to rely on the expertise of a wedding cake creator –but if you have no idea what type of cake you want, the baker can’t be much help. Before you visit the bakery, have a general idea of your dream cake. Do you want a traditional tiered wedding cake or something contemporary? Is there a particular style you really like or don’t like? This sort of input will help the baker suggest the perfect cake.
Round One - Choosing a Baker
Save yourself some footwork by narrowing down the number of bakeries you visit. Search the internet for wedding cake designers in your area. Some will have websites where you can gather most of the information you need aside from tasting. Others may require a phone call before you decide to make an appointment. Ask your friends and family for recommendations as well – word of mouth is usually the most reliable form of advertising.
Visit cake shops that:Create the style of cake you have in mind. Allow you to browse photos of cakes they’ve designed. Offer samples of various frostings and cakes to help you choose the best flavor. Bake the cake fresh just before the wedding rather than freezing beforehand.
Round Two - Choosing a Baker
Make appointments with three or four of your favorite cake designers. Browse their portfolios and listen to their ideas for your special day. Taste different types of cakes and icings available and discuss the best flavors for your location – some frostings may begin to melt if your reception is outdoors. Finally, discuss prices, options, and payment policies before heading home to make your final decision.
Round Three – The Final Decision
You’ve met with the bakers and have a good idea of what each can offer for your wedding cake. You’ll also want to consider your budget and eliminate any designers that are not realistic. If you’re still having trouble making a decision – whether it’s the type of cake or the baker to create it – schedule one more visit to test the cakes once again.
Bringing along the groom-to-be or your maid of honor can be a big help in choosing the best flavors. Some bakeries offer a test cake, a smaller version of the cake you’re considering, to help your decision. Choose a cake that’s moist with a flavor that will appeal to most of your guests, without overlooking the style you’ve been dreaming about.
To Wear: We dressed our bride in a clever, interchangeable ensemble from Elizabeth Dye. The exquisite, structured top is made from silk satin. Multiple skirt options make sure you are dressed right for the day's festivities. For the ceremony, we added a soft tulle skirt, dyed to just the right "ballerina pink" hue. A large handmade flower completes the look with a sweet silk flower in her hair as well. For the after party, consider this adorable green silk organza skirt! Paired with some killer high heels, it will ensure you have lots of fun at your party. A fluff of handmade poppies and roses embellish the waistline.Our bride rocked two hair styles. A soft, side chignon and a sweet and flirty side braid. Both created by Madeline Roosevelt.
To Decorate: Our deceptively elegant table is really quite budget friendly. We started with basic rentals: ivory linen cloth (to the floor) and gold Chivari chairs. Homemade linen napkins and thrifted plates and utensils make up the place settings. For the centerpiece, we gathered inexpensive gold candlesticks from thrift stores (around $1 each). The gorgeous, tall candles are from our favorite candle company, Creative Candles. They have a wide array of colors so you can find the perfect hue for your table. Two sweet flower pots of peony stems complete the look. For fun, we added some gold swans! Two thrifted swans (less than $5 at a thrift store) were added to the table. We also decorated the room with a few larger gold swans filled with peonies.
To Eat: Instead of a traditional wedding cake, consider a croquembouche! A croquembouche is French dessert made from a tower of cream puffs and is dressed with caramel. Not only is it delicious, but it's gorgeous and festive as well! Ours is from Portland-based La Provence Bakery.
Enjoy implementing these playful but elegant touches to your wedding!
Credits + Sources:
Photography: Lisa Warninger. Dresses + wardrobe styling: Elizabeth Dye. Hair and Makeup: Madeline Roosevelt. Prop and floral styling: Chelsea Fuss.Model: Hannah Osborn. Assistants: Lauren Willhite and Amber Johnstun. Headband: Twigs and Honey. Additional flowers: The English Dept. Table card holder: Cabin 7. Large gold swans: Fish Bone Deco. Croquembouche: La Provence Bakery. Candles: Creative Candles.
You’ve spent lots of time choosing the right music for your wedding and reception. After all that planning, the last thing you want to hear is a song you hate. Create a ‘do not play’ list for your band or DJ and you’ll never have to regret your reception music later.
Photo by Geoff White Photography
What is a ‘Do Not Play’ List?
Like the name implies, your ‘do not play’ list is a collection of the songs or types of music that you would rather not hear during your reception. Your DJ may request a ‘do not play’ list before the wedding; if not, just include it along with your traditional dance selections and the DJ will honor it.
How to Create Your List
My normal wedding planning advice applies to your ‘do not play’ list as well – it’s your day so it’s what you want! Your list may include specific songs or entire types of music; the most commonly included do not play requests are usually:Hard to dance to; Outdated; Overplayed; Or carry the wrong message.
Some brides prefer to leave line dances and cliché party songs out of the line-up, others may ask the DJ not to play any house or club tunes. Your ‘do not play’ list can include songs you hate, songs that may make your guests feel uncomfortable, or songs that make you cry – whatever tune that would make you cringe if you heard it at your reception!
Some DJs have created their own ‘do not play’ list for weddings, based on the preferences of other brides. There are also a few that allow you to create your play list and do not play list online, choosing from a selection of available tracks. It’s best to ask your DJ about these options early so that you’ll have plenty of time to get your list together.
Top 10 ‘Do Not Play’ Wedding SongsThe Macarena – along with all those other cheesy organized dance songs (Electric Slide, Chicken Dance, YMCA, Hokey Pokey, etc.). Celebration White Wedding Lips of an Angel by Hinder – and other cheating, breakup, or death-related songs, including Jesse’s Girl, Tears in Heaven, and I Will Survive. The Humpty Dance Love Shack Brick House Who Let the Dogs Out Hot, Hot, Hot Tainted Love – or any ‘bad’ love song.
The music will have a big influence on the mood of your reception, as well as your guests’ memories of your special day. Get started on your ‘do not play’ list now so nothing is overlooked!
Without a marriage license, your wedding will be nothing more than an expensive party. The license is the document that will make your vows legal and official. The requirements are not the same everywhere – some states may require blood tests first and some may call for a waiting period before the license is valid - so now is the time to learn all you need to know about obtaining yours.
Marriage License Basics
The county where the wedding will take place, typically at the local city hall or possibly the office of the clerk, must issue the marriage license. Usually, you and your fiancé will both have to apply for the license and in some areas an appointment may be needed. Timing is very important. A marriage license is only good for a specific number of days, depending on the state, and you’ll need plenty of time to gather all the necessary documents.
Getting Married in the US
In most states, a marriage license is good for 30 to 90 days and medical exams are generally not needed. A few states still require blood tests and most need parental consent for applicants under the age of 18. In some cases, a waiting period may have to be observed but most states have done away with this to encourage wedding tourism. Both you and your fiancé will typically need:Driver’s license or picture ID. Birth certificate to verify age. Proof of dissolution for any previous marriages. Some states may also require a social security number and a second photo ID.
A marriage license in the US costs between $20 and $90 in most areas. You can usually get married in any state, regardless of residency, but you may pay a little more if your wedding takes place out of town. Be sure to check the requirements ahead of time for your particular state.
Outside the US
If you’ll be getting married outside of the US, you will still need a marriage license. Again, the requirements vary depending on the location but most countries ask for the above documents as well as your passport. Some areas may need an official copy of your birth certificate, translated into the native language.
Residency requirements are much more varied outside of the US. You may need copies of boarding passes and receipts that verify your date of arrival and in some countries, you will need to be in the area for a specific number of days before you can apply for a marriage license. Review the application process carefully before the wedding date so there are no surprises that could ruin your special day.
Once your marriage license is ready, keep it in a safe place until your wedding day. Once the ceremony is over, the license will be signed by your officiate and he will forward it to the appropriate office. Give yourself plenty of time to get copies of the necessary documents and keep waiting periods in mind when you schedule an appointment to get your marriage license.
We’ve all heard the horror tales of Bridezilla and most of us have made promises to never become that unbearable bride ourselves. Now that your big day is almost here and you’re in the middle of planning the biggest event of your life – have you found yourself wondering how you’ll keep that promise and hide the Bridezilla that seems to be within us all?
Who is Bridezilla?
Some people believe that Bridezilla is a spoiled princess who’s every demand has always been met. The truth is, every single bride-to-be has the potential to become this dreaded wedding monster. The only thing on her mind is the wedding and she’s ready to destroy anything that stands in the way of her perfect day.
How is Bridezilla Born?
It usually starts with a little disorganization and the realization that time is moving much faster than the wedding planning. Once this happens, usually a few months before the big day, it won’t take much to create a new Bridezilla. The stress of planning a wedding is usually the real reason so many sweet and loving brides transform into monsters within a matter of minutes.
A few things that can trigger Bridezilla behavior:A delay at the printer that holds up the invitations. Learning that your bridesmaid dress is only available in certain sizes – none of the ones you need. Asking the groom-to-be for his portion of the guest list that still isn’t done.
As the big day gets closer, it will take even less to bring out Bridezilla. If the early warnings go unnoticed and nothing is done, a big wedding disaster could be in the future. I don’t know of any girl that has made it her goal to become Bridezilla, yet it happens everyday.
Bridezilla Doesn’t Have to be You
The first thing to remember is that there will never be a perfect wedding, but new brides usually never care once the day is over and most guests never even notice. The other – a bride-to-be cannot live on planning alone. Don’t neglect your friends, family, and loved ones for the sake of the wedding and don’t let the planning consume you!
You can’t hold back the appearance of Bridezilla on your own so communicate with your fiancé, parents, and bridal party and enlist their support. Warn your groom-to-be of the Bridezilla warning signs and let him know his importance in the planning. Finally, when you become wedding-crazed and can’t seem to think about anything else – take a day off. No planning, no browsing, don’t even look through a wedding magazine, and definitely don’t talk about the wedding. The most important thing is to manage your stress and don’t obsess over perfection – take time for yourself and you’ll avoid the curse of Bridezilla.
It’s quite common for brides and grooms-to-be to want to share their wedding with their closest friends and family. However, many want to invite others as well – such as business partners, old high-school or college acquaintances and even important people within the community. While it’s charming to want to include all of these people, one important part of wedding planning is to create realistic guest lists. Here are some things to consider when creating your guest list.
Invitation by: The Claremont Collection
If you’ve chosen a beautiful, intimate location for your wedding – such as your church, a small ballroom or garden – inviting a ton of people might not be practical. You will need to consider whether there is enough room for guests to move around comfortably, mingle and enjoy themselves. The last thing you want to do is pack your guests into your wedding and reception like sardines in a can!
If you’ve chosen a very large location for your wedding and reception in anticipation of a great number of guests, you will have more liberties with your guest list. Just a few larger-scale locations include a rented mansion, beachside wedding location or a hotel large enough to accommodate many guests. You may want to ask for the capacity before booking a hotel or mansion.
When considering realistic guest lists, the wedding budget is the first thing that comes to mind. It will certainly be affected by the number of guests you invite. It’s important to remember that as the guest number increases, so do your wedding costs. Just a few things that will be pricier for a large amount of guests include:
If you have a very large budget or unlimited funds available for your wedding, it may be alright to invite a slew of guests. However, most brides-to-be must budget carefully in order to stay out of debt while planning their weddings. Thinking of the most realistic guest lists is one important way to do this.
It’s also worth mentioning that if someone else is paying for your wedding, such as your parents or the groom’s parents – you may want to keep it affordable for them. By taking a close look at the location and your wedding budget, you can come up with a few different scenarios for realistic guest lists and then choose the final number of guests that will attend your wedding!
Teal is a deep and beautiful color which signifies trustworthiness and devotion – a perfect color for a wedding! If you plan on using the color teal for your wedding, there are many possibilities for décor and accessories. It’s also a bright, attractive color that will liven up your wedding in any season or time of day.
Photo by Taylor Lord Photography, Flowers by Petals and Stems
Flowers for a Teal Color Palette
There are many different kinds of flowers that look beautiful against teal décor. Try flowers which contain traces of teal or blue, such as teal-colored hydrangeas. If there will be teal trim on your wedding dress, this will look particularly stunning. Another option is to choose a contrasting flower with teal-colored greenery. Many different flowers contrast well with teal, including:Calla Lilies Pale Pink, White or Cream-Colored Roses White or Pink Peonies, Carnations, Hydrangeas or Dahlias
Teal Wedding Décor
Once you’ve chosen the appropriate flowers for the bouquet and centerpieces, you will need to focus on other décor ideas. This is a popular wedding color, so you should have no problem finding all the necessities. Teal organza and tulle are available for chair and aisle décor. Try beautiful teal colored candles surrounded by multi-colored river rocks for your centerpieces. This is a lovely look and the supplies are inexpensive. Just a few of the colors which work very well with teal include:Gray Pale Pink or Coral White Cream
Teal is especially lovely when paired with crisp white for a winter themed wedding and becomes warmer when paired with cream colored accents. For summer and spring, teal is beautiful with pale pink and coral.
Extras for Your Teal Wedding
There are so many options when it comes to extras for your teal weddings. Try lovely favors, such as teal Jordan almonds, personalized favor tins and teal-tinted confections. Guest books, ring-bearer pillows and other accessories are available in all shades of teal. For your reception, try dark teal place mats and napkins paired with antique, cream colored dishes.
The possibilities are endless when you choose teal as one of your wedding colors! Use these ideas for your wedding or allow them to inspire you to come up with something completely different for your teal wedding.
A bridal shower is a lot of fun – not only for the bride-to-be, but the special women who get to share in her joy and excitement. Besides gifts and chattering about the upcoming wedding, bridal showers are known for their fun, humorous and sentimental games. With all the ideas out there, it can be difficult to decide on bridal shower games for your shower.
For a little extra help, here are some things to consider when deciding which bridal shower games you will choose.
What Are Your ‘Girls’ Like?
Typically, bridal shower games are made fun by the unique personalities of the women present. One way to determine great bridal shower games is by thinking about your friends and family members and what their personalities are like. Do most of your friends enjoy watching movies and keeping up with Hollywood romances? Maybe they are all suckers for a good love story. If so, you could play the famous couples bridal shower game.
For this game, you simply write one half of a famous couple on a sheet of paper – then call the name out during the game. The guests try to determine the other half of the couple. If you have a themed bridal shower, you can choose couples who fit your theme. For example:
Romeo and Juliet
King Arthur and Gwenevere
Hagbard and Signy
This is sure to be a great bridal shower game that your girls will have a lot of fun with!
Will You Be Having a Destination Bridal Shower?
If you will be having a destination bridal shower, there are many bridal shower games you could play. Think of bridal shower games which would integrate into the destination. Will you be exploring the nightlife, spending time at a spa or having an adventure with your girls? Consider games that allow you to continue playing while you’re traveling from one place to another.
For instance, the ‘memory lane’ game would be great for a destination wedding. Each guest is given a task of finding one thing that reminds them of the bride and groom before the night is over. At the end of the night, each guest will produce their object and tell the story of why it reminds them of the couple. This is one of the best destination bridal shower games and with the mix of funny and sentimental stories that are sure to be told – there won’t be a dry eye or a frown in the whole group!
Bridal shower games are not only a way to have fun at the bridal shower. They are a great way for the bride and her friends and family to bond, celebrate the upcoming wedding and have a great time. When you’re planning your bridal shower games, keep this in mind and you’ll do fine!
While a lot of focus is placed on the bride’s wedding attire, there are a lot of decisions to be made for the groom as well – such as, what will the groom wear? Most people think ‘tuxedo’ or ‘suit,’ but there are a slew of ideas when it comes to what the groom will wear. Here are a few things you should consider when planning your soon-to-be husband’s wedding attire.
Photo by Shaun & Skyla Walton, Groom's Attire by Express Men
Will the Wedding be Formal or Informal?
One of the most important factors in deciding what the groom will wear is whether the wedding will be formal or informal, and to what degree. For instance, if your wedding will be very formal, your groom should probably go all out, including:Tuxedo Tie or Bowtie (depending upon personal taste) Vest Cufflinks
This ensemble provides a nice, formal style without creating the stiff look that many grooms are opposed to. By choosing colors for the vest and tie which complement the bride’s gown, the look can be very stylish and dapper.
If the wedding is more informal, but you want your groom to stand out from his groomsmen and still appear very stylish and charming, you can mix it up a bit. For instance, rather than wearing a tuxedo, your groom can go with a formal suit and tie. With or without the vest, this look can be very charming.
What Will the Groom Wear for a Destination Wedding?
Destination weddings and informal weddings are a lot of fun because you can break away from the traditional. For instance, for a destination wedding to Hawaii or Jamaica the groom may be able to wear very informal clothing which still looks handsome and proper. For this situation, you may want to mix up the beach and tropical elements with dressy clothing. Here are a few ideas:Dress Slacks or Khakis Short-Sleeve, Collared, Button-Up Shirt Bare Feet or Sandals Tropical or Hawaiian Shirt
If you will be wearing a beautiful but more casual dress, your groom can get away with the short-sleeved or tropical shirts and khakis. Bare feet are wonderful for a beach wedding, but this is a matter of your personal preference and taste.
What Will the Groom Wear for a Themed Wedding?
For a themed wedding, deciding what the groom will wear can be a lot of fun! Sometimes, working around a specific theme can make the decision a lot easier. For instance, if you will be having a fairytale wedding, the groom can wear a classic black tuxedo with a buttoned, collared shirt, vest and gloves. Or, he can don a handsome velvet jacket to marry his princess!
Spend some time with your groom, determining what he’s willing to wear and what he’s definitely opposed to. By considering these questions and looking at different groom attire online and in magazines, you can find something that both you and your groom will love!