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Your ceremony is the most meaningful part of your wedding day. Depending on how traditional your ceremony will be, there are ways to personalize your nuptials to ensure that the experience feels true to you and your future spouse. Check out some of our favorite ways to personalize your wedding ceremony.
Check with your ceremony venue to see if you can incorporate non-classical music into your ceremony playlist. Whether it’s an instrumental version of your favorite pop ballad during the prelude or a cheeky pop tune as a recessional, selecting music that you love will give your ceremony a personal touch.
Depending on your ceremony traditions, you may be able to include a few readings into your ceremony. From Shakespeare to religious texts to more modern-day literature, pick a few passages that speak to you. You can ask close friends or family members who would feel comfortable speaking in front of a crowd to perform the readings.
Many couples prefer to write their own vows. Work with your officiant to come up with a general template to help you get started.
Include personal touches to your ceremony program. Design the program using colors and fonts that you like, and write a note thanking your guests for attending. Check out some of our favorite ceremony programs here.
Be sure to meet with your officiant several times before your ceremony. It’s important that your officiant gets to know you as a couple, so that he or she can create a ceremony that includes anecdotes and details about your relationship.
Incoporate flowers and other decor items that are meaningful to you - whether it's including your grandmother's favorite flower in your altar arrangements or including a family quilt in your chuppah or ceremony canopy. Find more ceremony decor here.0
Don't forget about your digits on your wedding day! Pretty and feminine, pink is a can't-miss nail polish shade for brides -- and it's guaranteed to look gorgeous in those ring photos. Here's 12 of our favorite lacquers, dutifully broken down according to style.
Related: The Best Eyeshadow Shades for your Eye Color0
Romantic red! This is another timeless color that we see at all times of the year. More popular in the fall and winter, we've pulled together ideas that would be perfect for an autumn wedding. Add a bit of rustic with classic details to create this theme:
Bridesmaid Dresses: Photo by Caroline Tran | Save Photo
Ceremony Program: Photo by Emilia Jane Photography | Save Photo
Bridal Bouquet: Photo by Abby Jiu Photography, Florals by Sidra Forman | Save Photo
Jar Favors: Photos by Gideon Photography | Save Photo
Shoes: Photos by Jennifer Kloss Photography | Save Photo
See more of our favorite romantic red wedding ideas!0
Photo: Sweet & Saucy Shop
Everyone loves grandma's secret recipe to her chocolate chip cookies or a box of double-stuffed oreos, right? Well, why not have it as your wedding cake! Here are our three favorite wedding cake alternatives (grab a glass of wine, milk, or orange juice, cause you'll need it) for more inspiration:
1. Cheese - Perfect for a vineyard wedding, stack wheels of parmesan, asiago, brie, feta, and gouda on top of each other.
Photos (from left to right): As Sweet As Images and I Heart Weddings
2. Croquembouche - A cream puff tower bound with threads of caramel and spun sugar.
Photos (from left to right): Tealily Photography and Anne Routh Photography
3. Pancakes - Calling all breakfast lovers, this stack of buttermilk pancakes is drizzled with syrup, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and topped with fresh fruit.
Photos (from left to right): Sara Lucero and KT Merry0
Photo by Taylor Lord Photography Your girls worked hard to help you prepare for your wedding day -- now it's their turn to get ready! Indulge them while they prep for your I Do's with a thoughtful gift they can use on your wedding day and beyond. Five of our favorite ideas follow below. Stories You Might Also Like: Monogram Bridesmaid Gifts and Bow Gifts for Bridesmaids. 1. Pretty Robes Matching putting-on-your-making ensembles is a fun way to bond the morning of your wedding. Our current favorite places to find pretty, feminine robes: Plum Pretty Sugar, Love Ophelia, and Journelle. 2. Monogrammed Oxfords Oversized oxford button downs are another fun morning-of wardrobe option -- and they'll make for comfy sleepwear for your maids further down the road. Shop the men's section of department stores for a matching set, then take them to your local monogram shop to have them personalized. There's also several Etsy Vendors that will take care of the whole process for you -- we like the looks of Pretty Personal Gifts, Fine Thread Art, and Shop Mememto. 3. Garment Bags She needs something to store her bridesmaid gown in, but a nice piece of luggage to use on business trips wouldn't hurt either. Equal parts stylish and chic, the options at Jen Darling Bags are fun choice. 4. Cosmetic Pouches Gift each girl a roomy nylon or vinyl pouch to store their beauty supplies. The C. Wonder Monogram shop has some nice options, and Stephanie Johnson is our go-to for a plethora of on-trend sizes and styles. 5. Tube Socks Don't have the budget to splurge on oxfords or robes? No worries -- cute pink-accented tube socks are a fun (and more affordable!) clothing option. We love the set over on Before The I Do's.2
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 Goodness0
Photo: Troy Grover Photographers
1. Don't choose an inedible color. Reds, royal blues, purples, and hot pinks are least favorites. They will stain guests' lips and tongues, and even worse, if the groom smashes cake in the bride's face, it can permananetly stain her wedding gown! A safer option is to use those colors in other ways like fabric riboon or the flowers.
2. Don'f ask a friend to bake the cake. We said it before, and we'll say it again, it's better to politely decline the offer than be disappointed with the cake later. Plus, do you really want someone who is uninsured, unlicensed, and uninspected?
3. Don't choose a traditional cake topper. Unless you want to incorporate you mom and dad's or grandparent's bride and groom cake topper as your "something old," avoid it. Gather inspiration for your piece of art from our board here.
4. Don't pick up the cake yourself. It may be more budget-savvy to pick it up yourself, but leave it to your cake baker that way he/she has the appropriate boxes, packing materials, and tools for touch-ups.
5. Don't overlook the cake stand and table. It's not just about the cake, it's how the cake is presented. Be sure to designate an area in your reception space. Gather more inspiration for your dessert display from our board here.
6. Don't forget to schedule a time to cut your cake. Normally, the cake is cut an hour before the reception ends, but if you don't want to interrupt the dance floor, cut the cake at the beginning of the reception after you make your grand entrance while all eyes are still on you.
7. Don't forget to eat your cake! After you've made your rounds of thank you's, it's important to take some time to sit down enjoy your dinner and a drink (or two) as well as a slice of cake.0
Purple is a color we continue to find popular every year. This is a timeless hue can work in any style or season. Our inspiration for this particular palette came from the bouquets below. We love this combination for summer or fall.
These particular beauties are a mixture of deep plum with lavender, maroon, and a hint of fuscia.
Photo by Briana Marie Photography | Photo by Meg Smith Photography
We wanted to bring it down a notch and incorporate a vintage aspect to this style idea with bottles, burlap, and ivory.
Want more inspiration? Discover all purple wedding ideas!
Escort Cards: Ashley Rose Photography | Bouquet: Photo courtesy of Fleurology | Cake: Sweet & Saucy Shop | Hanging Bottles: Photo by Kristyn Hogan | Invitation Photo by Green Tree Photography1
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography
Here's how to create a colorful, textured fall bouquet in a few simple steps.
Ingredients:Cleosia, also known as Coxcomb Ranunculus Sunflowers (I removed the yellow petals) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins
Step One: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate. For this bouquet, I pulled the petals off the sunflowers to give the bouquet added texture.
Step Two: Begin the design by crisscrossing the celosia, the ranunculus and the sunflowers. Begin turning the bouquet after each fourth flower and once you have the bouquet designed to the size and look that you want, add a few stems of seeded eucalyptus to “cuff” the bouquet.
Step Three: Tape the stems to secure the bouquet in place.Step Four: Cut the stems to your desired length. Step Five: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin. Step Six: Next, take extra ribbon and tie around the handle. Step Seven: Secure the ribbon in place with 3 pearl pins and cut the ribbon ends at a diagonal. Enjoy your gorgeous fall bouquet!0