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  • A champagne reception is a sweet and budget-friendly way to celebrate your day! Before weddings became a billion-dollar industry, champagne and cake receptions were the norm for most newlyweds.  If the stress and cost of planning a dinner reception isn't for you, take a cue from yesteryear and put together a lovely, low-key champagne and dessert reception that your guests will love.

     

     



    We covered a buffet table with a simple white tablecloth and stocked it with champagne and sweet treats.  To keep the look cohesive, we chose food with a similar color palette (pink, gold, and green).  Goodies like chocolate, shortbread cookies, fruit, tarts, and small pastries are easy for guests to eat using only a cocktail napkin, so silverware and plates are optional. 

     

     

     

     



    Strawberries poked with flag-topped bamboo skewers make fun drink stirrers, and tying name tags to each champagne flute ensures that guests won't misplace their glass during the party. 

    And with a spread this pretty, there's no need for fussy florals -- we finished off the table simply by filling three vases with single-stem tulips, for a look that's both simple and fresh.

    Cake stands from Farmhouse Wares

    Images courtesy: Mary Swenson

     

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  • 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

     

    Location 

    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.

     

    Wedding Budget

    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:

     

    The food served at the reception. Wedding favor costs. Drinks - if you plan on having an open bar. Invitation costs. Catering, servers and wedding planning fees.

    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!

     

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  • Couples planning a wedding can make their celebration particularly memorable by considering unusual wedding venues. Anyone can have a beautiful ceremony and reception in a catering hall or hotel - unusual wedding venues like historical buildings, funky restaurants or out-of-the-way country inns will be remembered by celebrants and guests long after the "I do's" have been said. Unusual Wedding Venues - a few options!

    When couples share a hobby or interest, that activity can sometimes provide inspiration and ideas for unusual wedding venues. If they're both runners, they can ask for permission to use the track at the local high school - but don't expect the bride to be running laps in her wedding gown! Vows have been exchanged underwater by scuba enthusiasts, while sky diving and in hot air balloons. (These unusual wedding venues aren't just a modern-day discovery: the first hot-air balloon wedding took place in 1874, when a couple exchanged their vows while drifting in the sky above Cincinnati, Ohio.) Of course, some of these more unusual wedding venues limit the number of guests who can be there for the ceremony, but everyone can join in the celebration afterwards.

    Most couples take a more down-to-earth approach, even when opting for unusual wedding venues. The spot where the bride and groom met or had their first date always has special significance for the couple and sometimes can be turned into an unusual wedding venue, particularly if it's an accessible place like a restaurant, library, sports arena or other public spot. And couples who met at college might want to go back to school to get married - college and university campuses often have lovely chapels and other buildings that are available to alumni.

    Zoos and amusement parks are popular choices for unusual wedding venues. The location can become part of the event if, for example, the couple exchanges their vows at the top of the roller coaster. Other unusual wedding venues that take advantage of outdoor settings are racetracks (which often have indoor dining facilities), boardwalks and fairgrounds.

    Older movie theaters and other performance spaces can "act" as unusual wedding venues. Check around for local theaters that are between productions or available for rental on dark nights when there's no performance. These unusual wedding venues sometimes have several spaces that can be adapted for private events. Before-ceremony cocktails can be served in the lobby, and, depending on the size of the theater, the stage might be big enough for both the ceremony and reception.

     

    Many museums have garden spaces or interior halls that can be hired as unusual wedding venues, and after-hours access to exhibits and galleries is often available for wedding guests. Private tours for guests can sometimes be an added bonus. Choosing museums as unusual wedding venues can have added meaning if a nearby museum reflects a personal interest of the bride or groom, such as cars or crafts or a specific ethnic culture. If museum rental is out of a couple's price range, local art galleries can often be booked for private events and are another good choice for unusual wedding venues.

     

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  • 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.

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  • Determining the best wording for your wedding invitations or save the date magnets can be a stressful task. While the design and layout of your invitations reflect the vibe of the event and the personalities of the couple, the wording needs to both inform guests of wedding-day logistics and include hosting and family information. The latter can be tricky, so consult below for traditional wording examples in some common scenarios.

    Photo by JaneCane Photography

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Bride's Parents Host

    Traditionally, if the bride's parents are hosting the wedding, their names appear first and the groom's parents are not mentioned.

     

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James Brown

    Saturday, the fourteenth of August, 2025

     

    If you choose to include the groom's parents when the bride's parents are hosting, list them below his name:

     

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Both Sets of Parents Host

    If both parents are hosting, the bride's parents are listed first, followed by the groom's parents on a second line. The children are then listed in the same order as above, only with the groom's surname omitted.

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe &

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their children

    Anne Marie and Timothy James...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom Host

    In the case of the bride and groom hosting their own wedding, exclude parents' names altogether and begin with the bride's name.

     

    Ms. Anne Marie Doe and Mr. Timothy James Brown

    request the pleasure of your company at their marriage...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorced or Single Parent Hosts

    In the case of a single parent hosting the wedding, word the invitation as you would if two parents were hosting, but with a single name.

     

    Mr. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of his daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorced Parent Hosts with New Spouse

    If a divorced parent is hosting, but has a new spouse, include both names but specify with pronouns that the bride (in this example) is the daughter of the woman, not both of them. Generally, when a bride's parents are divorced, the parent who raised her sends the invitation. If the bride has a different surname than the divorced parent, you might choose to indicate this on the invite to negate confusion.

     

    Ellen and Christopher Andrews

    request the pleasure of your company

    at the marriage of her daughter

    Anne Marie Doe

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorces Parents Host Together

    Often, divorced parents will come together to jointly host their child's wedding. If this is the case, list the mother first.

     

    Mrs. Ellen Andrews and Mr. John Doe

    request the pleasure of your company

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    If divorced parents are remarried, include each set of parents on their own line.

    It's often wisest to consult with parents before sending out the invitations to ensure that all parties are happy with the wording.

     

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  • 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:

     

    Fairytale Theme

    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! 

     

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  • As springtime arrives, we put together an inspirational story for a greenhouse wedding picnic. What could be lovelier than celebrating with a few close family and friends, surrounded by orange blossoms and gorgeous greens? It's a perfect idea for those who love the outdoors but are unsure of the forecast for their springtime nuptials. With a glass roof overhead, you can enjoy the great outdoors, regardless of the weather.

     

     

     

     

     

    The details: The bride wore a simple tea-length gown made from cotton piqué and just for the picnic, she added a playful gingham linen pinafore (both from Elizabeth Dye). Wellies kept her feet dry! She carried a wild bouquet of narcissus, forget-me-nots, grape hyacinth and snowdrops. The groom wore khakis and a white shirt with a floral tie (from Fieldguided) and a straw boater hat. 

     

     

     

     

    A simple greenhouse filled with maidenhair ferns, lily of the valley, orange blossoms, and myrtle set the scene. We simply added a cafe table and chairs, a few wild arrangements of springtime blossoms, and a spread of easy seasonal bites. 

     

     

     

     

    We made cucumber sandwiches with goat cheese on homemade rosemary sea salt baguettes. A salad of fresh peas and fennel was combined with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. French bottles were filled with basil-infused lemonade! The recipes were simple but seasonally appropriate and they also matched the color scheme!

     

     

     

     

    For favors, we created seed packets filled with forget-me-not seeds and designed with the bride and groom's name. The delicate illustrations on the favors coordinate with the hand-drawn invitations (from Nisee Made). 

    We hope this sweet springtime celebration will inspire your own projects and decorations!

    Credits: Photography: Lisa Warninger. Dress: Elizabeth Dye. Tie: Fieldguided. Hair and Makeup: Madeline Roosevelt. Invitations and favors: Nisee Made. Food: Elizabeth Fuss. Antique plant trough, plant markers, cloches, drinking glasses, white bowl, radish salt and pepper shakers: Terrain. Plant rental: Cornell Farms. Additional plants: Sammy's Flowers. Farm table: Thea's Interiors. Location provided by: Atelier Design Group. Models: Andrina Kaupert and Ashton Macaulay from Option Model Management.

     

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  • 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!

     

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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

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  • Flowers are a beautiful addition to any wedding – creating color, detail and composing a huge part of the entire wedding décor. In fact, most brides devote between 10% and 15% of their wedding budgets to the flowers. Your florist can be a huge help to you as you make the decisions about how many flowers you need, what kind and how much to spend. Here are some important questions to ask the florist before the wedding.

     

    Photo by Jen Huang, Flowers by Sarah Winward

     

    What Flowers Will Be In Season at the Time of My Wedding?

    This is one of the first questions to ask the florist you’re considering hiring for the wedding. Not only will it allow you to gauge the experience of the florist, but also using ‘in season’ flowers will save you a lot of money. Let your florist know what colors you want and see if he or she can suggest in-season flowers in the colors you’ve chosen.

     

    What Can We Do with My Budget?

    Your florist should be able to provide you with as many flowers as possible for your budget. You will probably need flowers for the centerpieces, décor, bouquets, flower girls, boutonniere and more. Let your florist know what your flower budget is and everything you need flowers for so he or she can help you order the flowers you need without overspending.

     

    Can I See Samples of Your Past Work?

    This is another one of the most important questions to ask the florist. You want to know how knowledgeable he or she is and what sorts of things they can do with floral arrangements. Ask to see pictures of past weddings and the flowers used. If your florist has done weddings in the past at your ceremony or reception location, that’s even better! Ask to see those pictures – not only will it give you an idea of their experience and talent, but it may give you some ideas on how to decorate for your own reception or wedding.

     


    Photo by Rebecca Amber Photography

     

    What Flowers Are Best for the Time of Year I Will be Married?

    Since many delicate flowers wilt quickly in hot weather, it’s important that you know which flowers will last if you’ll be married in summer. Keep in mind that many flowers wilt quickly regardless of the temperature and you don’t want a wedding full of withered flowers. Be sure to mark this on your list of questions to ask the florist well in advance so you can plan accordingly.

     

    Don’t be shy when asking your florist questions. You’re essentially hiring a florist and most people conduct an interview before hiring, right? Create a list of questions to ask the florist so you don’t forget anything. By carefully listening to the answers you receive, you can determine whether or not to hire a particular florist for your wedding.

     

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  • A champagne reception is a sweet and budget-friendly way to celebrate your day! Before weddings became a billion-dollar industry, champagne and cake receptions were the norm for most newlyweds.  If the stress and cost of planning a dinner reception isn't for you, take a cue from yesteryear and put together a lovely, low-key champagne and dessert reception that your guests will love.

     

     



    We covered a buffet table with a simple white tablecloth and stocked it with champagne and sweet treats.  To keep the look cohesive, we chose food with a similar color palette (pink, gold, and green).  Goodies like chocolate, shortbread cookies, fruit, tarts, and small pastries are easy for guests to eat using only a cocktail napkin, so silverware and plates are optional. 

     

     

     

     



    Strawberries poked with flag-topped bamboo skewers make fun drink stirrers, and tying name tags to each champagne flute ensures that guests won't misplace their glass during the party. 

    And with a spread this pretty, there's no need for fussy florals -- we finished off the table simply by filling three vases with single-stem tulips, for a look that's both simple and fresh.

    Cake stands from Farmhouse Wares

    Images courtesy: Mary Swenson

     

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  • 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

     

    Location 

    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.

     

    Wedding Budget

    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:

     

    The food served at the reception. Wedding favor costs. Drinks - if you plan on having an open bar. Invitation costs. Catering, servers and wedding planning fees.

    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!

     

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  • Couples planning a wedding can make their celebration particularly memorable by considering unusual wedding venues. Anyone can have a beautiful ceremony and reception in a catering hall or hotel - unusual wedding venues like historical buildings, funky restaurants or out-of-the-way country inns will be remembered by celebrants and guests long after the "I do's" have been said. Unusual Wedding Venues - a few options!

    When couples share a hobby or interest, that activity can sometimes provide inspiration and ideas for unusual wedding venues. If they're both runners, they can ask for permission to use the track at the local high school - but don't expect the bride to be running laps in her wedding gown! Vows have been exchanged underwater by scuba enthusiasts, while sky diving and in hot air balloons. (These unusual wedding venues aren't just a modern-day discovery: the first hot-air balloon wedding took place in 1874, when a couple exchanged their vows while drifting in the sky above Cincinnati, Ohio.) Of course, some of these more unusual wedding venues limit the number of guests who can be there for the ceremony, but everyone can join in the celebration afterwards.

    Most couples take a more down-to-earth approach, even when opting for unusual wedding venues. The spot where the bride and groom met or had their first date always has special significance for the couple and sometimes can be turned into an unusual wedding venue, particularly if it's an accessible place like a restaurant, library, sports arena or other public spot. And couples who met at college might want to go back to school to get married - college and university campuses often have lovely chapels and other buildings that are available to alumni.

    Zoos and amusement parks are popular choices for unusual wedding venues. The location can become part of the event if, for example, the couple exchanges their vows at the top of the roller coaster. Other unusual wedding venues that take advantage of outdoor settings are racetracks (which often have indoor dining facilities), boardwalks and fairgrounds.

    Older movie theaters and other performance spaces can "act" as unusual wedding venues. Check around for local theaters that are between productions or available for rental on dark nights when there's no performance. These unusual wedding venues sometimes have several spaces that can be adapted for private events. Before-ceremony cocktails can be served in the lobby, and, depending on the size of the theater, the stage might be big enough for both the ceremony and reception.

     

    Many museums have garden spaces or interior halls that can be hired as unusual wedding venues, and after-hours access to exhibits and galleries is often available for wedding guests. Private tours for guests can sometimes be an added bonus. Choosing museums as unusual wedding venues can have added meaning if a nearby museum reflects a personal interest of the bride or groom, such as cars or crafts or a specific ethnic culture. If museum rental is out of a couple's price range, local art galleries can often be booked for private events and are another good choice for unusual wedding venues.

     

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  • 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.

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  • Determining the best wording for your wedding invitations or save the date magnets can be a stressful task. While the design and layout of your invitations reflect the vibe of the event and the personalities of the couple, the wording needs to both inform guests of wedding-day logistics and include hosting and family information. The latter can be tricky, so consult below for traditional wording examples in some common scenarios.

    Photo by JaneCane Photography

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Bride's Parents Host

    Traditionally, if the bride's parents are hosting the wedding, their names appear first and the groom's parents are not mentioned.

     

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James Brown

    Saturday, the fourteenth of August, 2025

     

    If you choose to include the groom's parents when the bride's parents are hosting, list them below his name:

     

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Both Sets of Parents Host

    If both parents are hosting, the bride's parents are listed first, followed by the groom's parents on a second line. The children are then listed in the same order as above, only with the groom's surname omitted.

    Mr. and Mrs. John Doe &

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of their children

    Anne Marie and Timothy James...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom Host

    In the case of the bride and groom hosting their own wedding, exclude parents' names altogether and begin with the bride's name.

     

    Ms. Anne Marie Doe and Mr. Timothy James Brown

    request the pleasure of your company at their marriage...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorced or Single Parent Hosts

    In the case of a single parent hosting the wedding, word the invitation as you would if two parents were hosting, but with a single name.

     

    Mr. John Doe

    request the honor of your presence

    at the marriage of his daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorced Parent Hosts with New Spouse

    If a divorced parent is hosting, but has a new spouse, include both names but specify with pronouns that the bride (in this example) is the daughter of the woman, not both of them. Generally, when a bride's parents are divorced, the parent who raised her sends the invitation. If the bride has a different surname than the divorced parent, you might choose to indicate this on the invite to negate confusion.

     

    Ellen and Christopher Andrews

    request the pleasure of your company

    at the marriage of her daughter

    Anne Marie Doe

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    Wording for Wedding Invitations: Divorces Parents Host Together

    Often, divorced parents will come together to jointly host their child's wedding. If this is the case, list the mother first.

     

    Mrs. Ellen Andrews and Mr. John Doe

    request the pleasure of your company

    at the marriage of their daughter

    Anne Marie

    to

    Timothy James

    son of

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brown...

     

    If divorced parents are remarried, include each set of parents on their own line.

    It's often wisest to consult with parents before sending out the invitations to ensure that all parties are happy with the wording.

     

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  • 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:

     

    Fairytale Theme

    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! 

     

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  • As springtime arrives, we put together an inspirational story for a greenhouse wedding picnic. What could be lovelier than celebrating with a few close family and friends, surrounded by orange blossoms and gorgeous greens? It's a perfect idea for those who love the outdoors but are unsure of the forecast for their springtime nuptials. With a glass roof overhead, you can enjoy the great outdoors, regardless of the weather.

     

     

     

     

     

    The details: The bride wore a simple tea-length gown made from cotton piqué and just for the picnic, she added a playful gingham linen pinafore (both from Elizabeth Dye). Wellies kept her feet dry! She carried a wild bouquet of narcissus, forget-me-nots, grape hyacinth and snowdrops. The groom wore khakis and a white shirt with a floral tie (from Fieldguided) and a straw boater hat. 

     

     

     

     

    A simple greenhouse filled with maidenhair ferns, lily of the valley, orange blossoms, and myrtle set the scene. We simply added a cafe table and chairs, a few wild arrangements of springtime blossoms, and a spread of easy seasonal bites. 

     

     

     

     

    We made cucumber sandwiches with goat cheese on homemade rosemary sea salt baguettes. A salad of fresh peas and fennel was combined with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. French bottles were filled with basil-infused lemonade! The recipes were simple but seasonally appropriate and they also matched the color scheme!

     

     

     

     

    For favors, we created seed packets filled with forget-me-not seeds and designed with the bride and groom's name. The delicate illustrations on the favors coordinate with the hand-drawn invitations (from Nisee Made). 

    We hope this sweet springtime celebration will inspire your own projects and decorations!

    Credits: Photography: Lisa Warninger. Dress: Elizabeth Dye. Tie: Fieldguided. Hair and Makeup: Madeline Roosevelt. Invitations and favors: Nisee Made. Food: Elizabeth Fuss. Antique plant trough, plant markers, cloches, drinking glasses, white bowl, radish salt and pepper shakers: Terrain. Plant rental: Cornell Farms. Additional plants: Sammy's Flowers. Farm table: Thea's Interiors. Location provided by: Atelier Design Group. Models: Andrina Kaupert and Ashton Macaulay from Option Model Management.

     

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  • 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!

     

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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

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  • Flowers are a beautiful addition to any wedding – creating color, detail and composing a huge part of the entire wedding décor. In fact, most brides devote between 10% and 15% of their wedding budgets to the flowers. Your florist can be a huge help to you as you make the decisions about how many flowers you need, what kind and how much to spend. Here are some important questions to ask the florist before the wedding.

     

    Photo by Jen Huang, Flowers by Sarah Winward

     

    What Flowers Will Be In Season at the Time of My Wedding?

    This is one of the first questions to ask the florist you’re considering hiring for the wedding. Not only will it allow you to gauge the experience of the florist, but also using ‘in season’ flowers will save you a lot of money. Let your florist know what colors you want and see if he or she can suggest in-season flowers in the colors you’ve chosen.

     

    What Can We Do with My Budget?

    Your florist should be able to provide you with as many flowers as possible for your budget. You will probably need flowers for the centerpieces, décor, bouquets, flower girls, boutonniere and more. Let your florist know what your flower budget is and everything you need flowers for so he or she can help you order the flowers you need without overspending.

     

    Can I See Samples of Your Past Work?

    This is another one of the most important questions to ask the florist. You want to know how knowledgeable he or she is and what sorts of things they can do with floral arrangements. Ask to see pictures of past weddings and the flowers used. If your florist has done weddings in the past at your ceremony or reception location, that’s even better! Ask to see those pictures – not only will it give you an idea of their experience and talent, but it may give you some ideas on how to decorate for your own reception or wedding.

     


    Photo by Rebecca Amber Photography

     

    What Flowers Are Best for the Time of Year I Will be Married?

    Since many delicate flowers wilt quickly in hot weather, it’s important that you know which flowers will last if you’ll be married in summer. Keep in mind that many flowers wilt quickly regardless of the temperature and you don’t want a wedding full of withered flowers. Be sure to mark this on your list of questions to ask the florist well in advance so you can plan accordingly.

     

    Don’t be shy when asking your florist questions. You’re essentially hiring a florist and most people conduct an interview before hiring, right? Create a list of questions to ask the florist so you don’t forget anything. By carefully listening to the answers you receive, you can determine whether or not to hire a particular florist for your wedding.

     

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