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  • Chandelier earrings on your big day? So predictable. So to mix things up we've compiled a list of our favorite, anything-but-average studs -- and they'll all cost you less than $75.

    You Might Also Like:  Mint Earrings We Adore | 10 Bridal Accessories Under $100

    1. For the retro bride who can't resist a bit of glitz.

    Maharaja Ice Earrings, $36 at Baublebar.

    2. For the Classic Bride.

    Lauren Ralph Lauren Glass Stud Earrings, $32 at Bloomingdale's.

    3. For the contemporary bride who still loves her sparkle.

    Nadri Open Work Stud Earrings, $70 at Bloomingdale's.

    4. For the glamorous bride-to-be. 

    B. Brilliant Sterling Silver and Cubic Zirconia Pave Stud Earrings, $70 at Macy's.

    5. For the nautical bride.  

     Giani Bernini Sterling Silver Twist Knot Earrings, $60 at Macy's.

    6. For the winter bride. 

     

    Kenneth Cole New York Silver Tone Pave Round Stud Earrings, $24 at Macy's.

    7. For the garden bride. 

    Betsey Johnson Rose Bud Stud Earrings, $25 at Macy's.

    8. For the bride that's cute as a (pearl) button.

    kate spade new york Skinny Mini Bow Stud Earrings, $48 at Bloomingdale's.

    9. For the traditional bride. 

    RJ Gaziano Holiday Stud Earrings, $30 at Bloomingdale's.

    10. For the edgy bride. 

    Rebecca Minkoff Long Bar Stud Earrings, $58 at Nordstrom.

    11. For the boho bride. 

    House of Harlow 1960 Pave Leather Sunburst Stud Earrings, $55 at Nordstrom.

    12. For the ready-to-be-married bride. 

    kate spade ny "Say Yes - Mrs." Stud Earrings, $48 at Nordstrom.

    13. For the beach bride. 

    Bling Jewelry CZ Starfish Pave 925 Sterling Silver Stud Earrings, $71 on Amazon.

    13. For the princess (Di) bride. 

    Beaux Bijoux Sterling Silver Oval Blue Sapphire and CZ Princess Diana/Kate Middleton Earrings, $70 on Amazon.

     15. For the holiday bride. 

    Bling Jewelry Winter Snowflake Micro Pave CZ Sterling Silver Stud Earrings, $30 on Amazon.

    16. For the blushing bride. 

    Crystal Fan Earrings, $38 at C. Wonder.

    17. For the glam bride on a budget. 

    Croft & Barrow Simulated Pearl & Simulated Crystal Stud Earrings, $12 at Kohl's. 

    18. For the vintage bride. 

    Crystal Trumpet Drops, $22 at Jeweliq.

    19. For the preppy bride.

    Gem Pearl Earrings, $55 at J.Crew.

    20. For the whimsical bride.

    Reach for the Moonflower Earrings, $12 on ModCloth. (PS -- Click here for 8 more mint wedding earrings we adore.) 

    21. For the romantic bride. 

    Patterned CZ Studs, $17 from The Dessy Group.

    22. For the downtown bride. 

     

    Kenneth Cole New York "Marquis Stone" Faceted Gem Stud Earrings, $24 on Amazon.

    23. For the old Hollywood bride. 

    Emerald Astro Studs, $28 on BaubleBar.

    24. For the Flower Child bride.  

     

    Freshwater Girl Earrings, $11 on ModCloth.

    25. For the Rock 'n' Roll bride. 

    Vince Camuto Rose Gold and Crystal Pave Stud Earrings, $28 on Amazon.

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  • As the year comes to a close, we can't help but think back on all the amazing, creative wedding details we've seen throughout 2013. The Project Wedding editors rounded up our 20 favorite ideas from this year's real weddings to inspire your planning process! 

    1. Love Flowers

    Hello, creative use of floral decor! Such a cool focal point for a reception.

    Photo by Carmen Salazar Photography, from Sera and Jacob: Walnut Grove, CA

    2. Social Media Signs

    Instagram hashtags are the new disposable-cameras-on-reception-tables as a means to collect guests' images. Displaying your custom hashtag on a sign is a must.

    Photo by Jackie Cooper Photo, from Katy and Brian: Wichita, Kansas

    3. Metallics

    We're so happy to see Art Deco-inspired metallics popping up in real weddings, and look forward to seeing more of this trend in 2014.

    Photo by JaneCane Photography, from Victoria and Matthew: Chaska, Minnesota

    4. Hanging Paper Lantern Clusters

    We've seen paper lanterns at weddings a million times, but this dramatic hanging cluster feels so fresh and contemporary. 

    Photo by My Life Photography, from Ally and Jason: Altanta, Georgia

    5. Escort Card Puzzle Display

    This escort card display felt more like an art installation! We love how the couple incorporated their engagement photo in such a unique and modern way. 

    Photo by Sarah Maren Photography, from Megan and Chris: Placerville, CA

    6. Braids

    This 'do will never go unnoticed, and there's so many options: fishtail, french, or crown.

    Photo by Alixann Loosle, from Abigail and Ralph: Salt Lake City, Utah

    7. Sequinned Bridesmaid Dresses

    Let your bridesmaids sparkle on your wedding day too! After all, they are your nearest and dearest.

    Photo by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography, from Emily and Ray: Brooklyn, New York

    8. Handkerchief Invitations

    Ask guests to please bring this hankie to in case they cry and to bid the couple a fond goodbye.

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography, from Kaylie and Noah: Lexington, Virginia

    9. Mixing Chandeliers with Hanging Branches

    Andie and Andrew hung string lights, branches, and vintage chandeliers from the cieling of their venue, and the effect was equal parts romantic and unforgettable. 

    Photos by Jeff Loves Jessica, from Andie and Andrew: Stillwater, Minnesota

    10. Polka-Dot Flower Girls (& Ring Bearers!)

    Thanks to Abigail and Ralph for giving us this simple yet striking fashion statement for the youngest members of the wedding party. 

    Photo by Alixann Loosle, from Abigail and Ralph: Salt Lake City, Utah

    11. Biscuit Bar

    Loving this fun, Southern-style reception treat from Alex and Tim's Texas wedding. 

    Photos by Taylor Lord Photography, from Alex and Tim: Cleburne, Texas

    12. Fairground Food

    Sno Cones! Crepes! Freezie Pops! Favorite childhood treats made their way into wedding reception food in a big way this year, and we guarantee guests loved the stroll down memory lane. 

    Photos (clockwise from top left): Viera Photographics, Tara Welch Photography, and Aaron Watson Photography

    13. Monogrammed Oxfords

    We saw this adorable bridesmaid gift everywhere this year, but that doesn't make it any less adorable. 

    Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography, from Julie and Pete: Marblehead, MA

    14. Marquee Signs

    These bold, illuminated letters look fantastic hung above the dessert display, accenting the cocktail lounge, or propped against the head table! 

    Photo by Maxwell Monty Photography, from Kelley and Tyler: Happy Valley, Oregon

    15. Personalized Cake Toppers

    Loving the contemporary look of this typographic topper, and what a great keepsake for the happy couple!

    Photos by Amelia Lyon, from Susan and Sean: Los Angeles, CA

    16. Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses

    Each bridesmaid gets to show a little personality with mix-and-match dresses, while the pastel palette brings everything together. 

    Photo by Shaun and Skyla Walton, from Jasmine and Corey: Camarillo, CA

    17. Floating Arrangements

    What a lovely idea for a backyard reception! The flowers add fun pops of color and the candles add to the romantic atmosphere once the sun goes down. 

    Photo by Stacey Hedman, from Lindsay and Luke: Massachusetts

    18. Mirrored Signs

    This is such a chic, elegant way to display important info!

    Photos by Pasha Belman, from Stephanie and Ben: Battle Creek, MI

    19. Alternative Send Offs

    Instead of lighting sparklers or wish lanters, why not toss some love (aka lavender buds).

    Photo by Austin Gros, from June and Gabe: Nashville, Tennessee

    20. Swanky Cocktail Lounges

    A chic place to mingle, just in case guests need a quick break from the dance floor!

    Photo by Q Weddings, from Amanda and John: Austin, Texas

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  • Having a delightful daytime affair is the perfect opportunity for you to serve brunch as your reception food. Why? Because it's budget-savvy. They're often shorter, have lighter fare, and hello, mimosas! Forget the cake, here are a few of our favorite dessert alternatives: 

    Pancakes - Stack fluffy tiers with layers of maple syrup buttercream in between. Then, dust with powdered sugar. 

    Photo: Austin Gros 

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts - Serve only the best -- original hot glazed. 

    Photo: Austin Gros 

    Cinnamon Buns - Instead of cake pops, place mini cinnamon buns full of ooey-gooey goodness on sticks. 

    Photo: Austin Gros 

     

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  • Beautiful as a wedding dress might look coming down the runway, something magical happens when a real girl puts one on. Here's 10 of our favorite real Project Wedding bride looks from the year, presented in no particular order. Enjoy! 

    Related:  The Top 10 Bridesmaid Dresses of 2013 

    1. Helen's Beaded Cap Sleeves 

    Photo by Jamie Delaine Photography 

    The beaded cap sleeves on Helen's Lilien Collection gown from Bisou Bridal feel dainty and romantic -- and provide just the right amount of coverage for a more demure bride. Check out more shots in her pretty blush Vancouver wedding. 

    2. Kendall's Made-for-Dancing Skirt 

    Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography 

    The skirt of this Saison Blanche gown was made for twirling! And the beaded bodice fits right in with this wedding's glam Gatsby-inspired decor. 

    3. Tina's Pink Perfection 

    Photo by Kristine Marie Photography

    This blush organza Maggie Sottero stunner really wowed us --  and Tina's glam taste is evident in every other aspect of her sparkly California wedding! 

    4. Hannah's Textured Cream Gown 

    Photo by Anni Cee Photography 

    The extra-large rosettes on this cream Watters gown bring a dose of modernity to the classic ball gown silhouette -- and it fits right in with Hannah and Joe's autumn-inspired Windy City wedding. 

    5. Sandy's Southern Charm 

    Photo by Woodland Fields Photography

    For a sophisticated preppy look, this Southern Belle added a custom ruffled collar to her Jim Hjelm halter gown -- and it looked mighty gorgeous against her mix 'n' match bridesmaids. 

    6. Melanie's Kate Spade Cuteness 

    Photo by Abby Jiu Photography 

    Though technically Melanie's reception dress, this short Kate Spade number is perfect for a City Hall wedding! Check out her winter DC nuptials to see her equally gorgeous Rivini gown. 

    7. Kalista's Unforgettable Jenny Packham Moment 

    Photo by Sequins and Candy

    Look at those sheer epaulet sleeves! Nine months later and we are still swooning over this gorgeous Jenny Packham gown -- not to mention the DIY details and rustic decor of the rest of the wedding. 

    8. Madiha: A Vision in Red 

    Photo by Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers 

    Does a bride get any more beautiful than this? From her bold lipstick to the ornate jewels, Madiha left no detail overlooked for her Nashville nuptials. 

    9. Lauren's Rustic Ruffles 

    Photo by Stacey Bishop Photography

    Half-sleeves and a layered skirt, all trimmed in lace. No doubt about it -- this bride's custom Paula Nelson Hart dress fit right into her vintage-inspired backyard nuptials. 

    10. Lori's Retro Lace Look 

    Photo by Matushek Photography 

    How fun is this tea-length gown? The birdcage veil and satin heels make it just a touch sassy -- perfect for a bride who wanted "personal touches with doses of personality" for her modern loft wedding. 

    Related: Real Bridal Style We Love | Swoon-Worthy Dress Details

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  • Photo by Kurt Boomer

    You’re probably stressed out enough about your wedding going according to plan. Add in all of the wedding day superstitions that some say will cause “bad luck” on your wedding day and you’re bound to lose it. Check out these wedding superstitions

    Superstition #1: Seeing each other before the ceremony is bad luck.
    We say: There is a certain magic about couples seeing each other for the first time as one walks down the aisle, but for many couples, waiting until the ceremony doesn’t work with their wedding-day timeline or style. A “first look” photo shoot pre-ceremony can be just as magical, and we promise, it’s not bad luck at all.

    Superstition #2: Looking at yourself in the mirror when you’re fully dressed in your bridal attire is bad luck.
    We say: Um, hello? Clearly you want to look at yourself in all of your wedding-day gorgeousness before you head down the aisle – so this superstition is clearly outdated. But if the mirror breaks? Well, that’s another story (just kidding!).

    Superstition #3: You must wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something  blue.
    We say: Sure, this is a fun tradition, but if finding the requisite items is causing you stress, you don’t have to do it. Check out these ideas for easy ways you can incorporate something old, new, borrowed and blue!

    Superstition #4: The bride must be carried over the threshold when you arrive home for the first time after the wedding.  
    We say: Sure, it’s a cute tradition, but don’t freak out if you forget. You’ll probably be exhausted right after the wedding anyway!

    Superstition #5: Getting married on a date that includes the number 13 is bad luck.
    We say: Ask anyone who got married in the year 2013 (or Taylor Swift) – the number 13 can totally be good luck, so flip this superstition on its head and get married any day you desire!

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  • Photo: Lisa Lefkowitz 

    Out of all the things newlyweds could save from their reception, what would it be? The cake! But in case you don't want to follow in the tradition of storing (aka freezing) it for your first anniversary, here are some leftover alternatives: 

    1. Baby's Christening - Follow in Kate Middleton's foosteps. She had the top tier of the royal cake preserved almost two years later for baby George's christening. 

    2. Newly-Purchased House or -Rented Apartment - Celebrate the purchase of your new home or rental of your new apartment with dessert for dinner. Only after you carry your significant other over the threshold. 

    3. Parent Offering - Offer the cake to your parents to eat on their upcoming silver (25th) or golden (50th) anniversaries. Let them decide! 

    4. Signing, Sealing, & Delivering Thank-You Notes - Give yourselves a pat on the back after completeing 150+ thank-you notes with a bottle of bubbly. 

    5. Double as Favors - Take it off your plates and let guests take home an extra slice or two. 

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  • Hi everyone! I am getting married in may 2014 and I am absolutely in love with the Maggie sottero Ambrosia dress. Im hoping to purchase a used one. If anyone has one any size between 0-6. Preferably white or diamond white but color not a huge deal. Please let me know :)
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  • With the holidays right around the corner, we can't help but be a bit fixated on shimmer and sparkle! As far as we're concerned, adding a little glitz to your big day is a good idea no matter what the season. After all, it is a celebration! Here are our top 10 ways to set a sparkly scene on your wedding day.

    Photo: Leslee Mitchell

    1. Sparkly Stationery

    Photos (from left): Apryl Ann, Harwell Photography

    Pretty up your paper products with shiny metallic borders!

    2. Tinsel Backdrops

    Photo: Rylee Hitchner

    Use tinsel and crepe paper to DIY a fun photobooth wall or a festive background for your beverage and dessert displays.

    3. Glittery Table Numbers

    Photos (from left): Jeff Loves Jessica, Nine Photography

    Coat three-dimensional table numbers in glitter to add instant glamour to your tablescapes. 

    4. Glimmering Place Settings

    Photos (from left): Scott Andrew Studio, Kristyn Hogan

    Welcome guests to the table with a playful pop of bling. 

    5. Glitzy Chair Signs 

    Photos (from left): Kristyn Hogan, Captured Photography by Jenny

    Adorn the happy couple's dining chairs with celebratory cutout signs. 

    6. Twinkling Candles

    Photos (from left): Alea Lovely, Scott Lawrence

    Give your candlelight a little extra glow! 

    7. Shimmery Vases

    Photos: Nine Photography

    We love the way these shimmery gold vases liven up simple, monochromatic arrangements. 

    8. Dazzling Dance Floor

    Photos (from left): Leslee Mitchell, Joielala Photographie

    That first dance is sure to be even more magical with a little shimmer underfoot.

    9. Spangled Drink Stirrers

    Photos (from left): Erich McVey, Jessica Lorren

    Jazz up those signature cocktails and say cheers!

    10. Glistening Cake Toppers

    Photos (from left): White Loft Studio, Daniel Lateulade

    Embellish your wedding cake with a sparkly saying for a pretty, personal touch.

    Can't get enough shimmer? There's plenty more where that came from on our Glam Wedding Decor Board!

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  • There's no better way to symbolize your marriage than with a unity ceremony. Why? Because after all, it's about two significant others becoming one and two families being blended together. Here are a few of our favorite sentimental ideas: 

    Photo: Maxwell Monty Photography

    1. Tree Watering - Ask each guest in attendance to water a sapling as a sign of their committment to your marriage. See more of Kelley and Tyler's wedding here.

    Photo: Katelyn James

    2. Foot Washing - Display your devotion by washing each other's feet. See more of Kiersten and Trey's wedding here. 

    Photo: Melissa Copeland Photography

    3. Candles - Allow parents on each respective side to light a candle stick, one for the bride and one for the groom. Then, together, light a larger pillar candle located in the center.

    Photo: Ryan Ray 

    4. Sand - Similar to a salt ceremony, a bride and groom pour grains of sand from individual vessels into one larger vessel acknowledging that their marriage can never be broken because one would never be able to identify their grains of sand (unless they were colored). 

    Photo: Emilia Jane Photography

    5. Tying Ribbons - Provide guests with a piece of ribbon and instruct them to tie it to the person sitting next to them, ultimately binding together. See more of Sarah and Hoss' wedding here. 

    Photo: Jonathan Young Weddings

    6. Wine - Write handwritten love letters to each other and lock inside a box with a bottle of wine to be opened on your 5th, 10th, 15th, or 25th anniversary. 

     

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  • Chandelier earrings on your big day? So predictable. So to mix things up we've compiled a list of our favorite, anything-but-average studs -- and they'll all cost you less than $75.

    You Might Also Like:  Mint Earrings We Adore | 10 Bridal Accessories Under $100

    1. For the retro bride who can't resist a bit of glitz.

    Maharaja Ice Earrings, $36 at Baublebar.

    2. For the Classic Bride.

    Lauren Ralph Lauren Glass Stud Earrings, $32 at Bloomingdale's.

    3. For the contemporary bride who still loves her sparkle.

    Nadri Open Work Stud Earrings, $70 at Bloomingdale's.

    4. For the glamorous bride-to-be. 

    B. Brilliant Sterling Silver and Cubic Zirconia Pave Stud Earrings, $70 at Macy's.

    5. For the nautical bride.  

     Giani Bernini Sterling Silver Twist Knot Earrings, $60 at Macy's.

    6. For the winter bride. 

     

    Kenneth Cole New York Silver Tone Pave Round Stud Earrings, $24 at Macy's.

    7. For the garden bride. 

    Betsey Johnson Rose Bud Stud Earrings, $25 at Macy's.

    8. For the bride that's cute as a (pearl) button.

    kate spade new york Skinny Mini Bow Stud Earrings, $48 at Bloomingdale's.

    9. For the traditional bride. 

    RJ Gaziano Holiday Stud Earrings, $30 at Bloomingdale's.

    10. For the edgy bride. 

    Rebecca Minkoff Long Bar Stud Earrings, $58 at Nordstrom.

    11. For the boho bride. 

    House of Harlow 1960 Pave Leather Sunburst Stud Earrings, $55 at Nordstrom.

    12. For the ready-to-be-married bride. 

    kate spade ny "Say Yes - Mrs." Stud Earrings, $48 at Nordstrom.

    13. For the beach bride. 

    Bling Jewelry CZ Starfish Pave 925 Sterling Silver Stud Earrings, $71 on Amazon.

    13. For the princess (Di) bride. 

    Beaux Bijoux Sterling Silver Oval Blue Sapphire and CZ Princess Diana/Kate Middleton Earrings, $70 on Amazon.

     15. For the holiday bride. 

    Bling Jewelry Winter Snowflake Micro Pave CZ Sterling Silver Stud Earrings, $30 on Amazon.

    16. For the blushing bride. 

    Crystal Fan Earrings, $38 at C. Wonder.

    17. For the glam bride on a budget. 

    Croft & Barrow Simulated Pearl & Simulated Crystal Stud Earrings, $12 at Kohl's. 

    18. For the vintage bride. 

    Crystal Trumpet Drops, $22 at Jeweliq.

    19. For the preppy bride.

    Gem Pearl Earrings, $55 at J.Crew.

    20. For the whimsical bride.

    Reach for the Moonflower Earrings, $12 on ModCloth. (PS -- Click here for 8 more mint wedding earrings we adore.) 

    21. For the romantic bride. 

    Patterned CZ Studs, $17 from The Dessy Group.

    22. For the downtown bride. 

     

    Kenneth Cole New York "Marquis Stone" Faceted Gem Stud Earrings, $24 on Amazon.

    23. For the old Hollywood bride. 

    Emerald Astro Studs, $28 on BaubleBar.

    24. For the Flower Child bride.  

     

    Freshwater Girl Earrings, $11 on ModCloth.

    25. For the Rock 'n' Roll bride. 

    Vince Camuto Rose Gold and Crystal Pave Stud Earrings, $28 on Amazon.

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  • As the year comes to a close, we can't help but think back on all the amazing, creative wedding details we've seen throughout 2013. The Project Wedding editors rounded up our 20 favorite ideas from this year's real weddings to inspire your planning process! 

    1. Love Flowers

    Hello, creative use of floral decor! Such a cool focal point for a reception.

    Photo by Carmen Salazar Photography, from Sera and Jacob: Walnut Grove, CA

    2. Social Media Signs

    Instagram hashtags are the new disposable-cameras-on-reception-tables as a means to collect guests' images. Displaying your custom hashtag on a sign is a must.

    Photo by Jackie Cooper Photo, from Katy and Brian: Wichita, Kansas

    3. Metallics

    We're so happy to see Art Deco-inspired metallics popping up in real weddings, and look forward to seeing more of this trend in 2014.

    Photo by JaneCane Photography, from Victoria and Matthew: Chaska, Minnesota

    4. Hanging Paper Lantern Clusters

    We've seen paper lanterns at weddings a million times, but this dramatic hanging cluster feels so fresh and contemporary. 

    Photo by My Life Photography, from Ally and Jason: Altanta, Georgia

    5. Escort Card Puzzle Display

    This escort card display felt more like an art installation! We love how the couple incorporated their engagement photo in such a unique and modern way. 

    Photo by Sarah Maren Photography, from Megan and Chris: Placerville, CA

    6. Braids

    This 'do will never go unnoticed, and there's so many options: fishtail, french, or crown.

    Photo by Alixann Loosle, from Abigail and Ralph: Salt Lake City, Utah

    7. Sequinned Bridesmaid Dresses

    Let your bridesmaids sparkle on your wedding day too! After all, they are your nearest and dearest.

    Photo by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography, from Emily and Ray: Brooklyn, New York

    8. Handkerchief Invitations

    Ask guests to please bring this hankie to in case they cry and to bid the couple a fond goodbye.

    Photo by Katelyn James Photography, from Kaylie and Noah: Lexington, Virginia

    9. Mixing Chandeliers with Hanging Branches

    Andie and Andrew hung string lights, branches, and vintage chandeliers from the cieling of their venue, and the effect was equal parts romantic and unforgettable. 

    Photos by Jeff Loves Jessica, from Andie and Andrew: Stillwater, Minnesota

    10. Polka-Dot Flower Girls (& Ring Bearers!)

    Thanks to Abigail and Ralph for giving us this simple yet striking fashion statement for the youngest members of the wedding party. 

    Photo by Alixann Loosle, from Abigail and Ralph: Salt Lake City, Utah

    11. Biscuit Bar

    Loving this fun, Southern-style reception treat from Alex and Tim's Texas wedding. 

    Photos by Taylor Lord Photography, from Alex and Tim: Cleburne, Texas

    12. Fairground Food

    Sno Cones! Crepes! Freezie Pops! Favorite childhood treats made their way into wedding reception food in a big way this year, and we guarantee guests loved the stroll down memory lane. 

    Photos (clockwise from top left): Viera Photographics, Tara Welch Photography, and Aaron Watson Photography

    13. Monogrammed Oxfords

    We saw this adorable bridesmaid gift everywhere this year, but that doesn't make it any less adorable. 

    Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography, from Julie and Pete: Marblehead, MA

    14. Marquee Signs

    These bold, illuminated letters look fantastic hung above the dessert display, accenting the cocktail lounge, or propped against the head table! 

    Photo by Maxwell Monty Photography, from Kelley and Tyler: Happy Valley, Oregon

    15. Personalized Cake Toppers

    Loving the contemporary look of this typographic topper, and what a great keepsake for the happy couple!

    Photos by Amelia Lyon, from Susan and Sean: Los Angeles, CA

    16. Pastel Bridesmaid Dresses

    Each bridesmaid gets to show a little personality with mix-and-match dresses, while the pastel palette brings everything together. 

    Photo by Shaun and Skyla Walton, from Jasmine and Corey: Camarillo, CA

    17. Floating Arrangements

    What a lovely idea for a backyard reception! The flowers add fun pops of color and the candles add to the romantic atmosphere once the sun goes down. 

    Photo by Stacey Hedman, from Lindsay and Luke: Massachusetts

    18. Mirrored Signs

    This is such a chic, elegant way to display important info!

    Photos by Pasha Belman, from Stephanie and Ben: Battle Creek, MI

    19. Alternative Send Offs

    Instead of lighting sparklers or wish lanters, why not toss some love (aka lavender buds).

    Photo by Austin Gros, from June and Gabe: Nashville, Tennessee

    20. Swanky Cocktail Lounges

    A chic place to mingle, just in case guests need a quick break from the dance floor!

    Photo by Q Weddings, from Amanda and John: Austin, Texas

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  • Having a delightful daytime affair is the perfect opportunity for you to serve brunch as your reception food. Why? Because it's budget-savvy. They're often shorter, have lighter fare, and hello, mimosas! Forget the cake, here are a few of our favorite dessert alternatives: 

    Pancakes - Stack fluffy tiers with layers of maple syrup buttercream in between. Then, dust with powdered sugar. 

    Photo: Austin Gros 

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts - Serve only the best -- original hot glazed. 

    Photo: Austin Gros 

    Cinnamon Buns - Instead of cake pops, place mini cinnamon buns full of ooey-gooey goodness on sticks. 

    Photo: Austin Gros 

     

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  • Beautiful as a wedding dress might look coming down the runway, something magical happens when a real girl puts one on. Here's 10 of our favorite real Project Wedding bride looks from the year, presented in no particular order. Enjoy! 

    Related:  The Top 10 Bridesmaid Dresses of 2013 

    1. Helen's Beaded Cap Sleeves 

    Photo by Jamie Delaine Photography 

    The beaded cap sleeves on Helen's Lilien Collection gown from Bisou Bridal feel dainty and romantic -- and provide just the right amount of coverage for a more demure bride. Check out more shots in her pretty blush Vancouver wedding. 

    2. Kendall's Made-for-Dancing Skirt 

    Photo by Caroline and Ben Photography 

    The skirt of this Saison Blanche gown was made for twirling! And the beaded bodice fits right in with this wedding's glam Gatsby-inspired decor. 

    3. Tina's Pink Perfection 

    Photo by Kristine Marie Photography

    This blush organza Maggie Sottero stunner really wowed us --  and Tina's glam taste is evident in every other aspect of her sparkly California wedding! 

    4. Hannah's Textured Cream Gown 

    Photo by Anni Cee Photography 

    The extra-large rosettes on this cream Watters gown bring a dose of modernity to the classic ball gown silhouette -- and it fits right in with Hannah and Joe's autumn-inspired Windy City wedding. 

    5. Sandy's Southern Charm 

    Photo by Woodland Fields Photography

    For a sophisticated preppy look, this Southern Belle added a custom ruffled collar to her Jim Hjelm halter gown -- and it looked mighty gorgeous against her mix 'n' match bridesmaids. 

    6. Melanie's Kate Spade Cuteness 

    Photo by Abby Jiu Photography 

    Though technically Melanie's reception dress, this short Kate Spade number is perfect for a City Hall wedding! Check out her winter DC nuptials to see her equally gorgeous Rivini gown. 

    7. Kalista's Unforgettable Jenny Packham Moment 

    Photo by Sequins and Candy

    Look at those sheer epaulet sleeves! Nine months later and we are still swooning over this gorgeous Jenny Packham gown -- not to mention the DIY details and rustic decor of the rest of the wedding. 

    8. Madiha: A Vision in Red 

    Photo by Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers 

    Does a bride get any more beautiful than this? From her bold lipstick to the ornate jewels, Madiha left no detail overlooked for her Nashville nuptials. 

    9. Lauren's Rustic Ruffles 

    Photo by Stacey Bishop Photography

    Half-sleeves and a layered skirt, all trimmed in lace. No doubt about it -- this bride's custom Paula Nelson Hart dress fit right into her vintage-inspired backyard nuptials. 

    10. Lori's Retro Lace Look 

    Photo by Matushek Photography 

    How fun is this tea-length gown? The birdcage veil and satin heels make it just a touch sassy -- perfect for a bride who wanted "personal touches with doses of personality" for her modern loft wedding. 

    Related: Real Bridal Style We Love | Swoon-Worthy Dress Details

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  • Photo by Kurt Boomer

    You’re probably stressed out enough about your wedding going according to plan. Add in all of the wedding day superstitions that some say will cause “bad luck” on your wedding day and you’re bound to lose it. Check out these wedding superstitions

    Superstition #1: Seeing each other before the ceremony is bad luck.
    We say: There is a certain magic about couples seeing each other for the first time as one walks down the aisle, but for many couples, waiting until the ceremony doesn’t work with their wedding-day timeline or style. A “first look” photo shoot pre-ceremony can be just as magical, and we promise, it’s not bad luck at all.

    Superstition #2: Looking at yourself in the mirror when you’re fully dressed in your bridal attire is bad luck.
    We say: Um, hello? Clearly you want to look at yourself in all of your wedding-day gorgeousness before you head down the aisle – so this superstition is clearly outdated. But if the mirror breaks? Well, that’s another story (just kidding!).

    Superstition #3: You must wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something  blue.
    We say: Sure, this is a fun tradition, but if finding the requisite items is causing you stress, you don’t have to do it. Check out these ideas for easy ways you can incorporate something old, new, borrowed and blue!

    Superstition #4: The bride must be carried over the threshold when you arrive home for the first time after the wedding.  
    We say: Sure, it’s a cute tradition, but don’t freak out if you forget. You’ll probably be exhausted right after the wedding anyway!

    Superstition #5: Getting married on a date that includes the number 13 is bad luck.
    We say: Ask anyone who got married in the year 2013 (or Taylor Swift) – the number 13 can totally be good luck, so flip this superstition on its head and get married any day you desire!

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  • Photo: Lisa Lefkowitz 

    Out of all the things newlyweds could save from their reception, what would it be? The cake! But in case you don't want to follow in the tradition of storing (aka freezing) it for your first anniversary, here are some leftover alternatives: 

    1. Baby's Christening - Follow in Kate Middleton's foosteps. She had the top tier of the royal cake preserved almost two years later for baby George's christening. 

    2. Newly-Purchased House or -Rented Apartment - Celebrate the purchase of your new home or rental of your new apartment with dessert for dinner. Only after you carry your significant other over the threshold. 

    3. Parent Offering - Offer the cake to your parents to eat on their upcoming silver (25th) or golden (50th) anniversaries. Let them decide! 

    4. Signing, Sealing, & Delivering Thank-You Notes - Give yourselves a pat on the back after completeing 150+ thank-you notes with a bottle of bubbly. 

    5. Double as Favors - Take it off your plates and let guests take home an extra slice or two. 

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  • Hi everyone! I am getting married in may 2014 and I am absolutely in love with the Maggie sottero Ambrosia dress. Im hoping to purchase a used one. If anyone has one any size between 0-6. Preferably white or diamond white but color not a huge deal. Please let me know :)
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  • With the holidays right around the corner, we can't help but be a bit fixated on shimmer and sparkle! As far as we're concerned, adding a little glitz to your big day is a good idea no matter what the season. After all, it is a celebration! Here are our top 10 ways to set a sparkly scene on your wedding day.

    Photo: Leslee Mitchell

    1. Sparkly Stationery

    Photos (from left): Apryl Ann, Harwell Photography

    Pretty up your paper products with shiny metallic borders!

    2. Tinsel Backdrops

    Photo: Rylee Hitchner

    Use tinsel and crepe paper to DIY a fun photobooth wall or a festive background for your beverage and dessert displays.

    3. Glittery Table Numbers

    Photos (from left): Jeff Loves Jessica, Nine Photography

    Coat three-dimensional table numbers in glitter to add instant glamour to your tablescapes. 

    4. Glimmering Place Settings

    Photos (from left): Scott Andrew Studio, Kristyn Hogan

    Welcome guests to the table with a playful pop of bling. 

    5. Glitzy Chair Signs 

    Photos (from left): Kristyn Hogan, Captured Photography by Jenny

    Adorn the happy couple's dining chairs with celebratory cutout signs. 

    6. Twinkling Candles

    Photos (from left): Alea Lovely, Scott Lawrence

    Give your candlelight a little extra glow! 

    7. Shimmery Vases

    Photos: Nine Photography

    We love the way these shimmery gold vases liven up simple, monochromatic arrangements. 

    8. Dazzling Dance Floor

    Photos (from left): Leslee Mitchell, Joielala Photographie

    That first dance is sure to be even more magical with a little shimmer underfoot.

    9. Spangled Drink Stirrers

    Photos (from left): Erich McVey, Jessica Lorren

    Jazz up those signature cocktails and say cheers!

    10. Glistening Cake Toppers

    Photos (from left): White Loft Studio, Daniel Lateulade

    Embellish your wedding cake with a sparkly saying for a pretty, personal touch.

    Can't get enough shimmer? There's plenty more where that came from on our Glam Wedding Decor Board!

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  • There's no better way to symbolize your marriage than with a unity ceremony. Why? Because after all, it's about two significant others becoming one and two families being blended together. Here are a few of our favorite sentimental ideas: 

    Photo: Maxwell Monty Photography

    1. Tree Watering - Ask each guest in attendance to water a sapling as a sign of their committment to your marriage. See more of Kelley and Tyler's wedding here.

    Photo: Katelyn James

    2. Foot Washing - Display your devotion by washing each other's feet. See more of Kiersten and Trey's wedding here. 

    Photo: Melissa Copeland Photography

    3. Candles - Allow parents on each respective side to light a candle stick, one for the bride and one for the groom. Then, together, light a larger pillar candle located in the center.

    Photo: Ryan Ray 

    4. Sand - Similar to a salt ceremony, a bride and groom pour grains of sand from individual vessels into one larger vessel acknowledging that their marriage can never be broken because one would never be able to identify their grains of sand (unless they were colored). 

    Photo: Emilia Jane Photography

    5. Tying Ribbons - Provide guests with a piece of ribbon and instruct them to tie it to the person sitting next to them, ultimately binding together. See more of Sarah and Hoss' wedding here. 

    Photo: Jonathan Young Weddings

    6. Wine - Write handwritten love letters to each other and lock inside a box with a bottle of wine to be opened on your 5th, 10th, 15th, or 25th anniversary. 

     

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