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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!0
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.0
Ah, the flask. Does it get any more classic when it comes to gifts for the groomsmen? Good thing traditional doesn't have to automatically equate to boring. Here's 15 clever, stylish options the boys are guaranteed to appreciate.
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1. Rounded Pewter Hip Flask
We appreciate the simplistic beauty of this pewter design, and we think your classy groomsmen will, too. $76 at Mark and Graham.
2. That's Entertainment Two Piece Flask Set
Forget all the frill and fuss of gift-wrapping -- this set wraps itself! $39.99 at Bloomingdale's.
3. Flask Tie
In case you think they'll need a little something extra to get through the ceremony. $30 at Urban Outfitters.
4. The Great American Flask in Pure Copper
Made in historically accurate fashion, this flask is handcrafted in pure copper, preserving the untainted taste of your fine whiskey, scotches, and tequilas as well as tradition. $200 from Jacob Bromwell.
5. In the Spirit of Surprise Flask
For the sneaky groomsman. Or the nerdy one. Or both? $16 at ModCloth.
6. Lux Flask
Basketweave calfskin leather and chrome finish metal for the refined groomsman. $100 at Neiman Marcus.
7. Groomsman Ribbon Customizable Flask
Perfect for engraving, this design exemplifies the fun, adult version of a labelled lunchbox. $28 at Flask.com.
8. Il Bisonte OnTheRoad Flask
Il Bisonte is known for its meticulously handpicked cowhides and this flask design is no exception. The beautifully tanned leather wrapped around a traditional glass flask just gets better with age. $190 from Il Bisonte.
9. Cathy's Concepts Personalized Glass Flask
Pick from all the letters of alphabet, $38 from Nordstrom.
10. Pick Your Poison Custom Engraved Beard Tonic Flask
These awesome designs from Pick Your Poison are handmade to order. $22.50 on Etsy.
11. Ralph Lauren Art Deco Sterling Silver Flask
Re-released just in time for the decadent holidays, this model is an ultra-rare Art Deco antique that Ralph Lauren plucked from its past for us today. $2400 from the Ralph Lauren Gift Vault.
12. The Mustache Flask
Three words: must-have mustache. $15 on Amazon.
13. The Original Shot Flask
It doesn't get much more convenient than this. $25 on Amazon.
14. Tommy Bahama Pick Stitch Flask
We think this clean, solid design will work for a diverse group of groomsmen. $50 at Nordstrom.
15. Philippi Churchill Twin Flask Purse
Show twice the appreciation with two times the alcohol capacity. Double flasks bound in leather, $59 at Beyond Half.0
Last week Pantone revealed Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year, and all eyes have been on this vibrant purple "it" color ever since! For the bride looking to incorporate the hot new hue into her wedding decor, here are five stunning Radiant Orchid -based palettes to consider.
Photo by onelove Photography
1. Radiant Orchid + Turquoise
Photos by Stephanie Yonce
2. Radiant Orchid + Peach
Photos by (clockwise from top left): Michael and Anna Costa, Tamara Gruner, Mike Larson, Katie Osgood
3. Radiant Orchid + Raspberry
Photos by (clockwise from top left): Anna K Photography, Natasja Kremers, onelove Photography
4. Radiant Orchid + Gold
Photos by (clockwise from top left): Joielala Photographie, Katelyn James, Dina Chmut, Clean Plate Pictures
5. Radiant Orchid + Spring Green
Photos by: Volatile Photography (top row), Ian Grant Photography1
Photo: Paige Winn Photo
1. Red Velvet - The perfect compromise if the bride likes vanilla, but the groom likes chocolate. Why? Because it's a good in-between option guests will love as long as you don't forget the cream cheese frosting!
2. Chocolate Devil's Food - Do you consider yourself a "chocoholic?" If so, go big or go home with chocolate devil's food cake layered with chocolate ganache, mocha mousse, or even fudge filling.
3. Lemon Cake - Since wedding season is at its busiest during the summer months of June through August, it's no wonder that a citrus-flavored cake is the most refreshing on guests' palettes. Adding fresh fruit like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or cherries are always a nice complement too.
4. Yellow Butter Cake - You can't go wrong with the most traditional of them all. This basic flavor is paired best with a light, cream filling.
5. Coconut Cake - Having a destination wedding? Instead of sippin' on tropical cocktails, give your guests an oh-so recognizable flavor textured onto each tier.
6. Champagne Cake - Ask your cake baker to add some bubbly to the batter instead of water to create a showstopping statement piece of wedding cake.
7. Spice Cake - A harvest pick (combined with apples and caramel, of course) is perfect for a fall wedding set inside a rustic venue like a barn, farm, or ranch.
8. Carrot Cake - If you're having a multitude of assorted cakes on your dessert display, opt for an unexpected flavor like this one.
9. Banana Walnut Cake - A brunch reception isn't complete without this wake-me-up favorite.
10. Funfetti Cake - Get whimsical with a non-frosted wedding cake that showcases sprinkles galore!0
From the fashion to the favors, planning a winter wedding is a unique process. And while you can always gift your bridesmaids something monogrammed or something to help her primp, why not take advantage of the season to thank her with something snuggly? Our favorite ideas follow below!
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1. Furry Gloves
Does it get any more decadent than faux fur mittens? Nope, we didn't think so. Lux fur mitten, $36 at Topshop.
2. Sparkly Infinity Scarf
This wear-everywhere wool infinity scarf is guaranteed to match. Betsey Johnson Pearls of Wisdom Infinity Scarf, $38 at Nordstrom.
3. Luxe Earmuffs
Simply designed and in the right shade of cream, there's something downright glam about these earmuffs. Natasha Faur Fur Ear Muffs, $40 at Coldwater Creek.
4. A Step Up From Socks
How cute will your getting ready photos look with everyone prancing around in matching slipper boots? Muk Luks Angie Slipper, $35 at Nordstrom.
5. Gloves With Flair
The girliest bridesmaid of the group will flip over the ruffle detail on these wool gloves. Glove on Top In Pink, $25 at ModCloth.
6. Warm 'n' Fuzzy at Home
A faux fur throw for under $25? Yes please! She'll snuggle under this for every movie night going forward. Threshold Faux Fur Throw, $20 at Target.
7. Winter Handbag
Perfect for the ski bunny bridesmaid who craves a touch of warmth on every accessory. Suede and Faux Fur Crossbody Handbag, $128 at C. Wonder.0
This has been the great cake debate for years now -- sugar vs. fresh flowers. What are the pros and cons? Ultimately, both provide a wow factor, but we'll let you decide based on our detailed breakdown:
Photos (from left to right): Jenna Rae Cakes
PROSEdible Pesticide-free Available despite the season Wilt-free Since most are made from gum paste, they can be saved as keepsakes Fragrance-free
CONSMore labor extensive Custom-made into the exact shape, size, and color may mean more costly Susceptible to breakages
Photos (from left to right): Sweet & Suacy Shop
PROSLess labor extensive Budet-savvy, which means you have more freedom to spend on your cake budget (i.e. adding a tier, filling, flavor) Fragrant
CONSNot edible Must be pesticide-free and santizied properly Depending on the season, only certain flowers will be available, unless imported After being cut from the stem, will wilt quickly Will have to put your cake baker and florist in contact with each other to coordinate May change the taste of the cake
For more inspiration, check out our floral wedding cakes board.0
Photo by 52Forty Photography
Most couples want their weddings to be unique and personal, so why not try these twists on tradition to keep things interesting. They’re not so out-of-the-box that you’ll confuse or upset your guests, but they’ll make your wedding super memorable.
Have Cocktail Hour Before the Ceremony
If you’re hosting your ceremony and reception in the same place, consider offering cocktail hour before the ceremony. It might sound totally weird, but look at the positives – your guests won’t be famished post-ceremony, and it will pretty much guarantee that everyone is on time for your walk down the aisle – even if someone arrives late to the cocktail hour, they’ll still be in their seats by the time the ceremony rolls around.
Offer Other Entertainment
From photo booths to caricature artists to lawn games and cigar bars and more, provide your guests with an alternative to dancing – especially if your crowd isn’t into dancing. Just make sure that whatever activities you provide, they fit your personal style and work within your wedding venue! For more wedding entertainment ideas, click here!
Serve Dinner Cocktail or Family-Style
Instead of serving a sit-down or buffet-style dinner, why not do a small plates menu featuring different stations so that guests can get up and move around throughout the reception – a great way for everyone to mix and mingle. Another idea: Serve dinner family style. Passing and sharing food will get everyone chatting and provide a light-hearted and relaxed feel. Click here for more creative catering ideas.
Don’t Assign Seats
This works especially well if you’re having a smaller wedding and your guests all know each other well. Skip the escort cards and allow your guests to sit wherever they like. Again, this is another nice idea for a more casual and relaxed wedding.
Skip the Traditions
Bouquet toss, garter toss, long speeches – all of these “interruptions” might pause the flow of your wedding reception. Let your guests enjoy the party and keep the music going throughout the night. Keep the speeches to a minimum (save the long ones for the rehearsal dinner), and feel free to skip the bouquet and garter toss (for some alternative to the bouquet toss, click here!).0
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography This wreath is perfect display at your wedding. You can use it on the church doors, at the reception venue, and a bonus is that you can take them home to display on your front door. You can also add additional floral and a ribbon if you like. Ingredients: Wreath Frame (purchased at the craft store) 3 Bunches of Seeded Eucalyptus Floral Wire Scissors Instructions: Step One: Start the design by taking 3-4 clippings of the seeded eucalyptus and place them on the wreath frame. Step Two: Secure the clippings in place with the floral wire. Step Three: Clip the stems of the clippings and continue the previous steps, adding more clippings. Layer the clippings over the wire to hide the mechanics and layer the clippings in the same direction as you continue the process. There you have it! A lovely seeded eucalyptus wreath for your special day!1
Photo by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography
Tossing the bouquet is a tradition that has been around for decades. Usually, all the single ladies gather around, the bride tosses her bouquet, and whoever catches it will be the next to wed. While it’s certainly a fun tradition, some feel that it’s a little outdated. If you’re looking for an alternative to the bouquet toss, try one of these ideas.
Anniversary Dance Instead of making a spectacle of all of the single gals, why not celebrate the couple who’s been married the longest? Have your DJ play a slow and romantic song (“Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole is a good choice) and then call out numbers of years that a couple could be married. As he/she announces the years, couples who have been married for that long must leave the dance floor. The couple who has been married the longest receives the bride’s bouquet as a prize!
Give an Incentive Attach a fun prize to your bouquet before tossing, and then invite all of the ladies, not just the single ones, to participate. A gift card to a favorite store or restaurant is a popular choice.
Split it Up Honor the important women in your life by giving your mother, new mother-in-law, grandmother, and/or any other close female relatives a single stem from your bouquet. Don’t forget to save a stem for yourself to preserve if you so desire.
For the Kids Got a flower girl who simply idolizes you? Surprise her by allowing her to keep your bouquet to decorate her room. She’ll be so honored and excited – the look on her face will be reward enough for you!
Use it as Décor Your bridal bouquet can do double-duty, serving as a reception table centerpiece or to decorate the escort card or cake table. It’s a great money-saver!
Just Skip It There’s no rule that says you must have a bouquet toss. If you feel that it will break up the flow of your reception and you don’t want your guests leaving the dance floor, then feel free to just forget the whole thing and party on!
Want more ideas for your bridal bouquet? Check out the hundreds of ideas here!2