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Photo: Troy Grover Photographers
Of course, you want your wedding cake to not only taste delicious but also look delicious without breaking the bank. Am I right? Before you order, consider these myths to make your experience just as sweet:
1. Buttercream is less expensive than fondant. This statement may be true, but most cake bakers prefer to decorate with fondant instead of buttercream. Therefore, there might be an extra fee for that rich, buttery flavor.
2. Order fake tiers in order to serve sheet cakes. A fake tier would be a decorated piece of styrofoam or rice krispies treats. Sheet cakes would then supplement the fake tiers. In reality, the cake baker is actually doing the same (or more) amount of work it would take to make a real tier.
3. Decorate with fresh florals not sugar flowers. Fresh florals can make your guests sick. Why? Because, unless organically grown, florals are often times sprayed with pesticides and not properly sanitized.
4. Make your own wedding cake. They're expensive to buy and make. Consider all the ingredients, tools, equipment, and time! It's too labor-extensive.
5. Choose a flavor that your guests will like. Choose a flavor that YOU want for one tier (like lemon) and then choose a mainstream flavor (like vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet) for the remaining two tiers.
6. Save the top of your wedding cake for your first anniversary. Tradition is out, so you think. You can still save the cake, but often times cake bakers also give a free mini cake.
The perfect pink palette begins with your favorite shade of pink. This particular board encompasses both vibrant and soft pink colors. You can achieve a more modern look if you incoporate ombre elements, but for this particular palette we like the idea of the softer pink being the accent color. For an evening or more elegant affair, add a darker hue like deep plum, or even black. Make sure to use dark colors sparingly, as you don't want to take away from your beautiful pinks.
Dress by Amsale, Photo by Dan Lecca
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Bouquet Photo by: Presshaus LA
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Centerpiece Photo by Calynn Berry, Event Coordinator: Courtney for Petals Planning Company
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Invitation Photo by Jemma Keech
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Green and yellow wedding color palettes are perfect for classic, vintage, or rustic weddings. These colors work perfectly with gold or ivory accents, and can be used seamlessly in flowers, dresses, cocktails, and invitations. We can't get enough of this beautiful combination, as it's truly timeless. Incorporate patterns throughout to give your decor some texture, but keep things on the simpler side. As for the dress - we suggest something loose with an empire waist, or a fitted lace gown that gives you the vintage feel.
Reception Photo courtesy of XOXO Bride
Invitation by: Momental Designs via Swoon Over It Studio
Bridesmaid Dresses Photo courtesy of Absolutely Events
Bouquet Photo courtesy of Floral and Bloom Designs
Cake by: Flour and Flower Designs via Rachel Thurston
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Romantic red! This is another timeless color that we see at all times of the year. More popular in the fall and winter, we've pulled together ideas that would be perfect for an autumn wedding. Add a bit of rustic with classic details to create this theme:
Bridesmaid Dresses: Photo by Caroline Tran | Save Photo
Ceremony Program: Photo by Emilia Jane Photography | Save Photo
Bridal Bouquet: Photo by Abby Jiu Photography, Florals by Sidra Forman | Save Photo
Jar Favors: Photos by Gideon Photography | Save Photo
Shoes: Photos by Jennifer Kloss Photography | Save Photo
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By: Jeffra Trumpower
Feeling lucky? How about this lovely shade of green for your wedding inspiration? We love this hue for a spring and summer wedding. A subtle color palette that looks beautiful against a vineyard, garden, or backyard setting. Ensure your reception and ceremony location doesn't have any other strong accent colors, as this light pastel will fade away quickly. Make sure to include other pretty pastels such as pinks, yellows, and oranges. For this combination we decided to pair it with citrus hues, including lime, orange, and grapefruit, oh my!
Shoes Photo by Oz Visuals | Save Photo
Bridesmaids Photo by KT Merry | Save Photo
Paper Lantern Decor Photo by Anushe Low | Save Photo
Wreath Design by Beauty in the Making | Save Photo
Bouquet Photo by Amy Arrington | Save Photo
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By: Jeffra Trumpower
Pretty, pretty pink palettes! Pale Pink wedding themes are typically seen in classic, modern, and shabby chic styled weddings. You'll often see them in a spectrum of hues, or accented by muted grays, blues, and lavender. If you are looking for a romantic look, than a pale pink color palette is for you! See below for some of our favorite pale pink color combination ideas.
Pale Pink & Lavender Weddings ~
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Winter
Accent Colors: Muted grays, Blues, Lavender
Style: Classic, Modern, Shabby Chic
Reception Photo by KT Merry | Save Photo
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Ranunculus Flowers Photo by Landon Jacob, Floral Design by Fern Studio | Save Photo
Invitation Photo by NBarrett Photography, Stationery by Southern Fried Paper | Save Photo
Pale Pink, Mint Green & Gray Weddings ~
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Early Fall
Accent Colors: Muted Grays and Greens
Style: Classic, Shabby Chic, Rustic Chic
Ribbon Chair Decor Photo by Ryan Ray | Save Photo
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Bouquet Photo by Desi Baytan | Save Photo
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Photo by Jack Looney Photography
For some couples, choosing a first dance song is super-easy. Maybe you have a song you danced to in high school or a tune you always blast in the car. But for other couples, choosing a first dance song can be a little more complicated. So we looked at our recent real weddings on Project Wedding to see which songs were resonating with couples to provide some inspiration.“Better Together” by Jack Johnson “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Buble “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore “All of Me” by John Legend “Marry Me” by Train “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Ingrid Michaelson “Then” by Brad Paisley “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young “At Last” by Etta James “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran “The Book of Love” by Magnetic Fields “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (Adele cover) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder
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Celebrating your wedding day without a family member or friend who has passed on can feel bittersweet, but there are several ways to make sure his or her presence is felt throughout the day. Here are a few ideas.
Include His or Her Photo in Your Bouquet
A locket or pendant featuring a photo of a loved one can make a unique and lovely addition to your floral arrangement.
Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography
Carry an Heirloom
Whether it’s a handkerchief or a religious element like a rosary or Bible, you can carry a special possession that belonged to your late family member or friend as you walk down the aisle.
Photos by Erin Leigh and onelove photography
Heirloom rings provide a memory that you’ll wear every day.
Photo by Emily Alt Photography
Wear Jewelry and Accessories
From necklaces to brooches, veils to hair combs, there are lots of ways to incorporate heirloom accessories into your wedding-day look.
Photo by J. Masciana Photography
Add a Note to the Programs
Honor loved ones by including their names and a special message in your ceremony programs.
Photo by Crystal Satriano Photography
Save a Seat
Reserve a seat at the ceremony and place your family member or friend’s favorite flower on the chair as you walk down the aisle.
Photo by Caroline + Ben Photography
Play Special Music
Whether it’s walking down the aisle to his or her favorite song or playing a beloved tune during the reception, appropriate music can be a subtle but poignant reminder of your family member or friend.
Photo by The Nichols
Share photos of your loved ones (perhaps alongside candles) during the reception.
Photo by Arte de Vie
Make a Donation
In lieu of or in addition to favors, you may wish to make a donation to a cause that was meaningful to your family member or friend.
Photo by Kate Harrison Photography
Add Vintage Décor
If appropriate, you can utilize your loved ones’ favorite items in your wedding reception décor. We love how this bride used her grandfather’s film projector, among other items.
Photo by Marie Skerl Photography
Share a Favorite Hobby or Activity
If you and your grandmother loved to bake cookies together, why not serve her famous recipe as favors? Another idea from a real wedding: This bride shared her late father’s favorite cigars with her guests.
Photo by Michael Moss
Looking for more sentimental touches to add to your wedding day? Check out this inspiration board full of great ideas!
Yes, we love candy, koozies, and potted succulents as much as the next wedding fanatic, but sometimes you just need to think outside of the box. Here are a few wedding favor ideas that truly break the mold.
Condiments and Spices
Olive oil is a popular wedding favor these days, but if there’s a condiment that you and your spouse love, share it with your guests! We’ve seen ketchup, mustard, Tabasco, as well as various seasonings (Old Bay, BBQ rubs, etc.).
Photo by Anjuli
Yeah, it’s a little offbeat, but it’s certainly hip and will get your guests talking. Offer up an array of temporary tats for your guests to enjoy. Who knows, maybe your Grandma will partake (can you imagine that photo?).
Photos by (from left): Liz Chrisman Photography, Emily Alt Photography
This might be a little labor-intensive, but we love the idea of picking out a book for each guest (or couple) to take home. Handwriting a personalized note inside is a great touch. What an amazing keepsake for your nearest and dearest!
Photo by Diana M. Lott
These are pretty quirky, but adorable, too! Offer your guests a selection of pins to affix to their attire and take home.
Photos by (from left): Katelyn James Photography, Shelly Kroeger Photography
Pottery or Handmade Crafts
We love how this bride used her pottery-making skills to create ceramic bowls for all of her guests. If you have crafting or cooking skills, use them to create gifts for your guests (but don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on a too-huge task!).
Photo by Maggie Fortson Photography
Cotton Candy in a Box
Fact: Guests love sweet treats. But instead of cookies or candy, try something a bit more whimsical with cotton candy stored in a takeout box. What a fun treat for guests of all ages!
Photo by Jenny DeMarco Photography
Give your favors a healthful touch by providing your guests with fresh fruit. From berries to pineapples, peaches to apples, think seasonal and local when it comes to picking your produce.
Photo by Dear Darling Photography
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A few simple steps to do it up right (expert advice)
photo by Purple Peony Couture
By Lisa Butterworth for our sponsor, Etsy Weddings
What do you do when one of your best friends gets engaged? If you’re like me, beyond the excited squeals and enthusiastic hugging — you have no idea.
I met my friend Jeanette when we were five years old. Five! And when one of your best friends gets engaged — as Jeanette recently did — it's time to celebrate her. Here’s a helpful breakdown of the party-planning process — so when it comes time to throw your best girl a bridal shower, you can honor her in style.
Photo & Invite Design by Erin Mowry
1. Pick Invites
We’re going the simple, eco-friendly route and sending email invites through PaperlessPost.com, but there are a ton of adorable, tangible shower invite designs on Etsy, as well as download-and-print options.
Clockwise from top left: Light shower invitation by Youngwanderlust; Hydrangea invitation by Digibuddhapaperie; Whimsy invitation by Yellowbrickgraphics; Love is sweet invitation by Pinkcreativeinvites; Coed shower invitations by Cadencepaige; I Do couples shower invitations by Minkcards. See more shower invites...
This is where a theme comes in handy. If you have a specific vibe, you can decorate accordingly. If your party doesn’t have a theme, pick a color scheme to bring it all together. A few areas you’ll want to decorate: serving buffet, bar area, gift table, activities area, table for favors. Don't forget about centerpieces, string lights, hanging decorations, banners, and food markers for added flair.
Clockwise from top left: Poppy hanging flowers by Whimsypie; Engagement ring cookies by Peapodsnyc; Bride-to-be banner by Fancyflamingo; Mossy pot place cards by Fairyfolk; Corset cookies by Pastrytartbakery; Mr. and Mrs. chair banner by Purplepeonycouture; Candy heart tree by Astylishdesign; Something blue wedding cake cookies by Lindasedibleart. Browse more décor...
3. Plan a Menu
Plan your menu according to the theme of your party or the time of day. If you’re intimidated by all that kitchen prep, make the shower a potluck and have everyone bring copies of their dish’s recipe (here are a couple of adorable, (1) free downloadable (2) recipe cards for such an occasion).
Photo by Erin Mowry
4. Snag Fun Favors
It’s the hostess’s job to send all the party-goers home with a little favor. To go with our beachy, West Coast theme, we’re making friendship bracelets for all of the ladies. Make sure your favor is small but meaningful and tie it in with the theme of your party as best you can.
Clockwise from top left: Personalized seed bomb favors by Visualingual; Pinwheels by Pickledparlor; Personalized honey jar labels by Elsiej; Succulent favors by Tobieanne; Personalized photo sleeve by Myonesweetdaydotcom; Unicorn farts lip balm by Longwintersoapco; Gin and tonic soap by Aromaholic. Shop for favors on etsy...
5. Shower Her with Gifts
The bride-to-be is almost certainly registered with at least one department store, but often it’s more fun to shop off-list, especially for a shower present. Kitchenware and home décor are excellent go-to gift genres, but a sassy piece of lingerie will always be welcome, too.
Clockwise from top left: Bride panties from Bridalbooties; Chill pill soap by Kcsoapsnmore; Vintage clock from Ethanollie; A Guineafowl Gathering painting by Unitedthread; Ceramic salad bowls by Blueskypotteryco; Dry rub spice trio from Craigsmarket; Customized rubber stamp by Housethatlarsbuilt; Personalized wood initials ring by Braggingbags; Vintage ceramic teapot from Hindsvik; Wood ampersand by Hindsvik. See more gift ideas for the bride-to-be...
Whew! That’s a lot of steps. The most important thing to keep in mind is to create an environment that will allow your guests to have fun, even if the cupcake frosting isn’t perfect or the décor doesn’t totally come together. As long as it’s memorable, and the guest of honor feels loved, you’ve done an amazing job.
Lisa Butterworth is a writer and editor soaking up the eternal sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not on the hunt for the latest and greatest in girl culture as the West Coast editor of BUST magazine, she's flea marketing, taco trucking, and generally raising a ruckus.