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Not sure which wedding style you want? If you’re searching for a venue with opulence — ballroom , castle, or museum — our Style Editor’s ultimate glamorous wedding guide is just for you:
From the Stationery Editor – A formal black and gold letterpress invitation suite for New Year’s Eve, perhaps?
Photo: Jupiter and Juno
From the Fashion Editor - Bejeweled shoes — the perfect compliment to body-hugging bombshell wedding dresses. See more glittery gold and silver pairs here.
Photos (from left to right): Cage & Aquarium Photography and Kurt Boomer Photo
From the Beauty Editor - Long, lush lashes are a crucial component of glam wedding makeup. Learn how to apply falsies yourself with this must-read tutorial.
Photo: Woodland Fields Photography
From the Jewelry Editor - One big rock paired with a simple diamond band–does it get more quintessentially glam than this? See more real engagement rings here.
Photo: Joy Marie Photography
From the Favors Editor - A dance-all-evening affair should end in not one, but two indulgences: decadent dessert and a nightcap. See more edible wedding favors here.
Photo: Studio Carmen Photography
From the Flowers Editor - Blanket your aisle with pretty petals, elevate your ceremony flowers with pillars, and display densely-packed arrangements in towering vases for a dramatic effect.
Photos (from left to right): Birds of a Feather and Caroline Tran
From the Decor Editor - Create the ultimate glam decor scheme with sequins, bold patterns, lavish draping, and statement lighting.
Photos (from left to right): Franciscan Gardens and Lisa Lefkowitz
From the Cakes Editor – Go for the gold and silver! Choose these metallic tones for your three-tiered sweet confection. See more gold wedding cakes here.
Photos (from left to right): Katelyn James Photography and Sweet & Saucy Shop
Sharing information and requests with your guests with some pretty signage has become commonplace at weddings these days. But we love when couples take a whimsical and sometimes cheeky twist by using some poetry skills. Rhyming phases are not only cute, but they also stick in guests’ memories! Here are a few favorite examples:
At the Ceremony
Encourage your guests to sit wherever they like with a sign that reads: “Family and friends of the bride and groom, sit together, there’s plenty of room!”
Photo by Kim Schepperley Photography
On the Guest Book Table
A sweet and creative poem will delight your guests as they sign your guest book, and give them a little something to read if there’s a wait.
Photo by Arte de Vie
At the Bar
If you’re giving your guests glasses to keep with them for the entire night, let them know with a rhyming sign!
Photo by Kim Schepperley Photography
On the Escort Card Table
A little rhyme to make your guests smile as they look for their escort cards and table assignments
Photo by Jason Burns Photography
On Your Favors
Your wedding favor packaging is a great opportunity to include a little rhyme – and its even better when you can use your names for an added personal touch.
Photo by Danny K Photography
Check out this board for even more wedding sign ideas »
A Short Wedding Dress
Show off those legs! Bonnie stayed cool in a custom knee-length frock by Nina Dinh of Susan European Dressmaker for her Los Angeles wedding.
Related: 16 Short Wedding Dresses
Bright Bridesmaid Dresses
Sun-kissed skin looks best against bold colors, so let your girls stand out in saccharine shades. We love the bright orange and coral looks from Katie and Jacob's Menlo Park wedding.
Katie & Jacob's Colorful Summer Wedding
Mint Honey Favors
Place a vial of mint-infused honey at each place setting—the easy-to-make favor tastes yummy when drizzled on all sorts of desserts.
Mint Honey Favor DIY
Nothing brings us back to childhood summers quite like freezy pops. This nostalgia-inducing treat will be a big hit at any hot weather reception, guaranteed.
Tara & Harris's Crafty Summer Wedding
One of our favorite summer wedding hacks is also one of the easiest to create. Amy and Kenn attached popsicle sticks to their card stock ceremony programs, and voila! Instant fan for each guest, which was absolutely necessary for their hot Virgin Islands nuptials.
Amy & Kenn's Tropical Wedding
Picnic Rehearsal Dinner
Daisies and gingham are always appropriate additions to a picnic bench meal. See more tips for decorating a rehearsal dinner in the park in our full tutorial.
Summertime Picnic Decor Tutorial
Infused Water Table Numbers
Indoors or out, warm-weather weddings call for plenty of liquids for your guests. Keep everyone hydrated by placing bottles of flavor-infused water (we like mint, strawberry, and cucumber) at each table. They can also double as your table numbers!
View the Complete DIY
Floating floral arrangements are a great way to extend a decor theme into the parts of your reception venue that may be otherwise untouchable. We love the arrangements Petal Flower Design created for Lindsay and Luke's private residence wedding in Massachusetts.
Lindsay & Luke's Backyard Wedding
Miniature versions of this griller's favorite make the perfect passed appetizer for a summertime cocktail reception.
Zoe & John's Preppy Summer Wedding
A Drink Stand
Who doesn't love lemonade and sweet tea on a hot summer day? Set up a table exclusively dedicated to cold drinks, and designate someone to make sure the containers are always full. Everyone working up a sweat on the dance floor will be grateful!
More Drink Photos
Idea By: Sarah Zlotnick
Photos (clockwise from top left): Squaresville Studios, KT Merry, This Modern Romance, Jodi Miller Photography, and Union Photography
Need inspiration for a summer wedding? A few of our editors share their favorites below:
From the Stationery Editor – Get creative with your invitation wording! Instead of “Mr. and Mrs. (parent’s names) request the honor of your presence,” use “the pleasure of your company” or “together with our families.” Check out more colorful wedding invitations here.
From the Fashion Editor – Choose a bridesmaid dress color that’s bright — coral, hot pink, aqua blue or royal blue. Check out Rachel and Craig’s, Amira and Mike’s, or Marbella and Frank’s bridesmaid dresses for more inspiration.
From the Flowers Editor – Bouquets of hydrangeas, baby’s breath, sunflowers, craspedia balls, poppies, and lavender are a must-have. Check out more summer bouquets here.
From the Decor Editor – Add a whimsical touch to your ceremony arch or arbor with crepe paper honeycombs or streamers and patterned linens on your reception tables. Check out more tablescapesand place settings here.
From the Favors Editor – Customize buttons for your guests to take home as keepsakes. Check out Kaylie and Noah’s and Allison and Mark’s. (Can you guess which couple had lips and mustaches on theirs?)
Inspiration from your wedding can come from anywhere – even from your favorite film! If there’s a movie that you and your future spouse watch all the time, think of ways that you can incorporate it into your wedding day. Even the most unexpected touches can be lots of fun. Check out these ideas from Project Wedding real weddings:
Ashley walked down the aisle to “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Ray, the theme song to the 2013 The Great Gatsby movie. See more of Ashley and Devin’s California wedding here »
Photo by Rebecca Yale Portraits
"Ever since I saw the Sex & the City movie, I knew that I wanted black bridesmaid dresses with bright fuschia flowers," says bride Lauren. See more of Lauren and Mike’s Michigan wedding here »
Photo by Calynn Berry
Juliet and Stuart love the movie Fantastic Mr. Fox, so Stuart created a fox cake topper! See more of Juliet and Stuart’s Utah wedding here »
Photo by Meg Ruth Photo
Use cute signs to display your favorite movie quotes throughout your ceremony. Clare and Bryce featured a quote from The Princess Bride, while Courtney and Cory showcased their favorite quotes from Doctor Who.
Photos (left to right) by Dan and Melissa Photography and Catie Bartlett Photography
Jen and James projected Jen’s favorite Fred Astaire film, Top Hat, on a screen during their reception. See more of Jen and James’s New York wedding here »
Photo by Robert Sukrachand Photography
Be sure to follow our Décor Editor for even more creative wedding ideas »
Start saving those bottles!
By: Sarah Zlotnick
1. As a table number
This DIY table marker from Tara and Harris's Virginia Winery wedding is super easy to make—simply print out colorful numbers and glue them on! Photo by Aaron Watson Photography.
2. As a table number holder
We'd recreate this sweet idea from Christie and David's winery wedding by cutting table numbers out of foam board and painting them. From there you could use chicken wire or glue to attach them to the wine bottle. Photo by Michelle Warren.
3. Use corks as escort card holders
Stole this idea from Paige and Zach's Austin wedding—Cut a slit down the long side of a cork, slice a section off the bottom, and voila! The perfect escort card holder for a vineyard wedding costs almsot nothing to make. Photo by Q Weddings.
4. Let it be the backdrop
Who needs to build a fancy photo backdrop when your reception is at a winery? We love the way Jen and Loreal threaded a string light through wine barrels—the effect is simple yet stunning. Photo by Andrew Pielage Photography.
5. As whimsical centerpieces
All it takes is some paint and a sponge to create these whimsical flower vases. Photos by Danyelle Matthews.
6. Create a cork monogram!
In her DIY winery wedding, Tara's uncle used hudreds of corks gathered from friends, family, local wine bars, and even Whole Foods to create a commemorative "M", which stands for the couple's shared last name and now sits in their new home. Talk about wedding decor that will last a lifetime—we love it! Photo by Aaron Watson Photography.
7. As unique window decor
We love the way Rachel and Craig covered each of these empty wine bottles in a special design. The collection looks especially charming with the hot Texas sun streaming through. Photo by Taylor Lord Photography.
8. As the wedding favor
Print custom wine labels that match your wedding decor and hand out the bottles as favors at the end of the night. Guests will remember the good times they had when they're drinking from them later on!
9. As Lighting
Fill empty wine bottles with bunched up string lights for a romantic effect. This Wit + Whistle DIY project teaches you how to do it safely. Photos by Amanda Wright.
Not sure which wedding style you want? If you’re searching for venue near the water — country club, yacht club, resort, or restaurant — our Style Editor’s ultimate preppy wedding guide is just for you:
From the Stationery Editor – Add a feminine touch to your preppy navy blue and pink invitation suite with a floral pattern or bow.
Photo: Annabella Charles Photography Invitation: Mrs. Post Stationery
From the Fashion Editor - Amsale’s Fall 2013 collection is full of simple, beautiful ball gowns with bateau or scoop necklines. See the entire collection here.
Photos: Dan Lecca
From the Beauty Editor - Elegant and timeless, a ballerina bun is the perfect compliment to a preppy wedding dress. See more updos here.
Photos: Emily Steffen Photography
From the Jewelry Editor - For the preppy bride with a bit of quirk, we love the idea of pairing a bold statement necklace with a t-shirt style wedding dress. See more jewelry and neckline pairings here.
Photos (from left to right): J.Crew and Elva Fields
From the Favors Editor - Does it get any more preppy than a monogram? See our top 8 monogram bridesmaid gifts right here–many of which ring in under $50!
Photos (from left to right): Design Darling and Olive Yew
From the Flowers Editor – Choose a bouquet filled with pastel peonies and a succulent boutonniere wrapped in striped ribbon.
Photos (from left to right): Ulmer Studios and Annabella Charles Photography
From the Decor Editor – Anchors aweigh! Adorn your chair with “Mr.” and “Mrs.” life rings and lay lace doilies on your tables along with mason jar centerpieces.
Photos (from left to right): Abby Jiu and Ulmer Studios
From the Cakes Editor – Since you’ll be “tying the knot” on your wedding day, wrap one around your wedding cake too. See more nautical wedding cakes here.
Photos (from left to right): Jenna Rae Cakes and Shannon Lee Images Cake (right): Cake Goodness
Not only are postcards budget-friendly, but they can provide a shout-out to your hometown, the city where you’re marrying, or even places you’ve traveled and loved. Vintage postcards (available at flea markets or on eBay) provide a nostalgic touch, but really any type of postcard will do! Check out these five ways to incorporate postcards into your wedding.
Instead of numbering your reception tables, name them after places you’ve traveled or landmarks in your home city or state. Use postcards as signs to mark each table.
Photo by Fresh in Love Photography
Save-the-Dates and/or Reply Cards
You’ll save money on stamps by using postcards instead of card-and-envelope sets. You can even personalize the postcards by creating ones with your engagement photo as the main image.
Photo by Lovely and Light
In lieu of a traditional guest book, ask your guests to write their well-wishes on postcards. You can then store the completed postcards in a fun vessel in your home.
Photos (left to right) by Jodi Miller Photography and Dan and Melissa Photography
Love this idea! Write your guests’ names in the “address” section of a postcard, their table number where the stamp would go, and a sweet thank-you message in the body of the card. Then string the postcards up on clotheslines and get ready to wow your guests!
Photo by Stephen Ludwig Photography
Postcards can help create a unique tablescape for your reception. Whether you put one at each place setting, or scatter them on the tables for a vintage-inspired touch, they are a fun addition to a travel-themed celebration.
Photo by Tikko Weddings
For more creative wedding décor ideas, be sure follow AlexandraDecorEditor!
Photo by Jose Villa Photography
Including your pet in your wedding party has become a popular trend these days. Who doesn’t “ooh” and “aah” at the sight of a furry friend wagging its tail down the aisle? But before you decide to have man's (or woman's) best friend by your side, here are some thoughts to consider:
1. Is your pet well-behaved?
2. Does your venue allow pets?
3. Which part of the wedding day will your pet attend?
4. Are any of your guests allergic?
5. Who will be the handler?
6. What will your pet wear?
Photos (clockwise from top left): Jessica Lorren Organic Photography, Jennifer Kloss Photography, White Loft Studio, Katie Osgood Photography, The Nichols, Sarah Hasstedt Photography
Need inspiration for a winter wedding? A few of our editors share their favorites below:
From the Fashion Editor – Accessorize your wedding gown with a fur bolero jacket and your bridesmaids’ dresses with pashmina shawls. Don’t forget a pair of red stiletto pumps.
From the Flowers Editor – Bouquets of evergreens, poinsettias, roses, amaryllis, and stephanotis are a must-have. Maybe hang some mistletoe too? Check out more winter bouquets here.
From the Decor Editor – Fill your centerpiece vases with holly berries and surround with candles to create ambiance.
From the Favors Editor – Warm chocolate chip cookies and a cold glass of milk, gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies, gumdrops, miniature pine trees, you’ll be making your guests spirits merry and bright.