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Planning Wedding Ideas

  • 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 

     

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  • 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:

    Ceremony Music

    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

    Bridesmaid Style

    "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

     

    Cake Topper
    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

     

    Signage

    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  

     

    Screening
    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 »

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  • 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

     

    Fla-Vor-Ice!



    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

     

    Double-Duty Programs



    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

     

    Pool Decor



    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

     

    Bite-Sized Burgers



    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

     

     

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  • 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?)

       

     

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  • 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.

    Table Names

    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

     

    Guest Books

    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

     

    Escort Cards

    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

     

    Easy Décor

    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!

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  • 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. 

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  • 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

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  • Using fruit in your wedding décor can be a unique (and tasty!) idea. However, it’s important to make sure you’re using the right produce. It’s important to pick the hardiest types of fruit to ensure that there won’t be any rotting or unfortunate odors during the wedding. Here are five of our favorite fruits to use in wedding décor.

    Apples

    Apples are strong and firm fruit, meaning they can be used throughout your wedding décor, from centerpieces to escort cards and more. And because they are available in many colors, they can work with a variety of palettes.


    Photo by Richard Bell Photography

     

    Citrus

    Lemons, limes and orange are also quite versatile. Fill a clear centerpiece vase with whole fruit, or line a vase with slices. 


    Photos by (from left): Brandy and Beau, KLK Photography

     

    Pineapple

    What could be more ideal for a tropical wedding? Pineapples are certainly unique and modern, and can also be a little offbeat and edgy. We love seeing them used whole in centerpieces.


    Photos by (from left) Ali Harper, Rachel Robertson Photography

     

    Peaches

    This sweet fruit can add a lot of Southern charm to a wedding reception. Place a single peach on each place setting or a whole bunch in wooden boxes for a rustic (and budget-friendly!) centerpiece. 


    Photos by (from left) onelove photography, Daniel Kim Photography

     

    Plums

    We love the deep purple hue of a plum! Scatter them on the escort card table, or place a single fruit on each place setting for a detail that’s both lovely and totally edible.


    Photos by (from left): Aaron Watson Photography, Gina & Ryan Photography

    For more unique decor ideas, be sure to follow AlexandraDecorEditor »

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    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?

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  • 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.

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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 

     

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  • 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:

    Ceremony Music

    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

    Bridesmaid Style

    "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

     

    Cake Topper
    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

     

    Signage

    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  

     

    Screening
    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 »

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  • 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

     

    Fla-Vor-Ice!



    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

     

    Double-Duty Programs



    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

     

    Pool Decor



    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

     

    Bite-Sized Burgers



    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

     

     

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  • 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?)

       

     

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  • 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.

    Table Names

    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

     

    Guest Books

    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

     

    Escort Cards

    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

     

    Easy Décor

    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!

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  • 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. 

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  • 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

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  • Using fruit in your wedding décor can be a unique (and tasty!) idea. However, it’s important to make sure you’re using the right produce. It’s important to pick the hardiest types of fruit to ensure that there won’t be any rotting or unfortunate odors during the wedding. Here are five of our favorite fruits to use in wedding décor.

    Apples

    Apples are strong and firm fruit, meaning they can be used throughout your wedding décor, from centerpieces to escort cards and more. And because they are available in many colors, they can work with a variety of palettes.


    Photo by Richard Bell Photography

     

    Citrus

    Lemons, limes and orange are also quite versatile. Fill a clear centerpiece vase with whole fruit, or line a vase with slices. 


    Photos by (from left): Brandy and Beau, KLK Photography

     

    Pineapple

    What could be more ideal for a tropical wedding? Pineapples are certainly unique and modern, and can also be a little offbeat and edgy. We love seeing them used whole in centerpieces.


    Photos by (from left) Ali Harper, Rachel Robertson Photography

     

    Peaches

    This sweet fruit can add a lot of Southern charm to a wedding reception. Place a single peach on each place setting or a whole bunch in wooden boxes for a rustic (and budget-friendly!) centerpiece. 


    Photos by (from left) onelove photography, Daniel Kim Photography

     

    Plums

    We love the deep purple hue of a plum! Scatter them on the escort card table, or place a single fruit on each place setting for a detail that’s both lovely and totally edible.


    Photos by (from left): Aaron Watson Photography, Gina & Ryan Photography

    For more unique decor ideas, be sure to follow AlexandraDecorEditor »

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    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?

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    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.

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