March 11, 2013

Comfortable weather, fresh flowers, bright sun and clear skies... 

It's that time of the year...it's SPRING! Here's to new beginnings! If you're planning a spring wedding, then congradulations! For this exciting time of year, you have a huge collection of choices to choose from to make it your perfect day.

Choices for color are absolutely endless. There are so many shades and pastels to choose from during this time of the year; pinks, purples, oranges, yellows, greens, and blues! Contrasting these colors against a solid white, like a fancy table cloth, will make them pop even more.

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Just like chosing a color theme, there are plenty of flower choices in spring: Magnolias, Primroses, Daffodils, Freesias, Gardenias, Hyacinths, Lilacs, Gerberas, Narcissi, Peonies, Irises, Jasmines, Lilies, Sweet peas, and Tulips. (Note: if you're having a wedding in a church and want to save some money, speak to them about their Easter decorations!)

Spring wedding ideas for food

For food, there is the option for fresher fruits and vegetables. Here's where you can go all out with floral cakes and appetizers to match all of your decorations (or bouquet!). Consider a creative spread of bite-sized fruits with flowery toothpicks. You can always match your array of fruit with a fun cheese platter and sweetened walnuts or almonds. For a main course, marinated chicken or lamb, with a side of fresh garden vegetables, like red potatoes or baby asparagus, are always delicious.

There are plenty of styles for a wedding dress; a short or long length will work here if the weather is still teetering on the edge of cool and warm! This is also the best time to consider a hint of color on your dress. You can work with shashes or embrodieries, or simply go all out and find a softly colored, non-traditional dress. If you're sticking with a sleeveless dress, find wraps or shawls to have just in case it does get chilly or damp!

If you're planning your wedding close to Easter, you can subtly add a touch of the holiday to your party favors. Consider giving away little birdhouses (run to your nearest craft store for these), ceramic bird nests/eggs, or perhaps a bundle of edible chocolate eggs! If you want to keep away from an Easter feeling, decorate your silverware or goodie bags with flowers or feather butterflies.

Spring wedding ideas for goodie bags

images/ideas from Martha Stewart.

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March 5, 2013

Shoes. They are a girl's best friend, or total nightmare when it comes to finding that special pair! Trying to match your wedding dress? Or a particular shade of blue at the reception? Look no further, brides and bridesmaids. Today we spoke with Kate from Design Your Pedestal. She's been designing since 2007 and specializes in customizing wedding shoes! Take a look below to hear more about her and take a look at her beautiful creations!

How did you get started on bridal shoes?

I originally started doing custom designed everyday wear shoes for women, but then I found that working on wedding shoes and incorporating each bride's theme into her shoes was a lot more fun!

When did you start designing for weddings?

I've been doing wedding shoe designs since May 2011. I now also do sashes, handbags and hair accessories.

What are your favorite materials to work with?

Rhinestones and lace! Definitely! I love softer romantic looks that sparkle.

Whatís the craziest project youíve been asked to design?

I'm not sure I'd call either of these crazy, but I did have one bride that was getting married in an old library and she wanted "book pages" incorporated into her shoes. So, I found some fabric that had print on it and I used it to make the leaves of the flowers of her shoes. Then, I had another brides whose mother had passed when she was a teenager. Her mother's veil was pink thule and she wanted to somehow incorporate it into her wedding, so we used pieces if it for her shoes. (The ivory shoes with maroon flowers and book leaves and the pink wedges with pink flowers).

What do you love most about your work?

Being creative and being my own boss. It's a perfect combination. I get to play with pretty things all day!

What do you recommend to a bride looking for bridal shoes?

You have to feel confident, so it's a matter of defining your style and then expressing it. It's fun to watch it come together. I ask for a lot of details so I can help brides with their designs.

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February 27, 2013

Thinking about managing a budget friendly wedding? It might be a smart thing to consider if you haven't thought of it yet. Consider this; the average cost of a wedding is close to $26,000! That’s one too many zeros for me and I haven't even planned mine yet. Below are a few ways to keep to your budget and still plan a memorable wedding!

 

Timing:

First and foremost, you’ll want to avoid the crowds. May through October is the most popular time to schedule a ceremony, which means these months will be the most expensive. Choosing a slower month means that the caterers, reception halls, and vendors are more likely to offer better pricing. Avoid a busy weekday like Saturday. For caterers, buffets can be fun and help avoid the costs for a sit-down dinner. You can also skip the wedding cake too, and find yourself a tower of cupcakes, cookies, bars, brownies, cheesecake, pies, or tarts for everyone to enjoy. Stick with the budget even more by serving only beer and wine.

 

Priorities:

Choose to focus on the aspects that will be the most important on your big day. A photographer plays a huge part when it comes to preserving your precious moments through photos and videos. Pay a little extra to get that perfect photographer who will work with you to make it special. Invitations and flowers can be pricey, so skim on those to opt for personal hand-made invitations (think postcards! Also limit the number of invitations by sending out to households, not the total number of guests) and stick with seasonal blooms. You can ditch the bouquet altogether and carry a fan, a small parasol, or even a fancy clutch or evening bag. Or if you want to stick with the bouquet, make one out of feathers, crystals, candy, antique buttons, or origami.

 

The Dress:

Bridal shops are costly, and that dress of your dreams might not even be in there! Search department stores, prom dress shops, or online retailers. Don't give up. You can even borrow a dress (because just maybe that beautiful, timeless wedding gown your mother wore could quite possible fit you! You can't even put a price tag on that sentimental value), rent a gown, or buy a bridesmaid’s dress in white, cream, or ivory. For the groom, consider finding a new suit that he can wear again.

 

Take a look at this For Dummies cheat sheet to further stick with your budget!

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February 26, 2013

Photographers want us to get a special feeling when we see their pictures. For those who are planning a wedding, you'll want to have photos that always bring you back to that special moment. Today we spoke with Photography by Megan. Megan has ten years of photography experience, and has been as far as Mexico to get that perfect wedding picture! She has even covered some celebrity weddings! We hope you enjoy the feature.

What initially interested you into photography?

It all started when I was sixteen and I got my first camera. Once it was in my hands, it never left! I loved taking pictures of everything from my friends to the wheat fields beyond our farmyard. Back then everything was still on film, and I loved the thrill of opening up afresh package of pictures to see what I had captured. I then spent my college years studying photo journalism and design, learning everything I could about photography from the inside out, spending hours in the darkroom. I graduated in 2004, and In 2005, I launched my official business just as I was starting to break into the digital world. By the summer of 2007, I was able to resign from my day job to focus on myphotography full time, which was a dream come true!

How long have you been professionally shooting?

I guess I kind of answered that above... total would be almost 10 years! (My first wedding was shot in 2004)

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

This is a tough one, because I love each and every wedding for so many different reasons. The most memorable weddings have been my destination weddings (I've photographed in Mexico, Florida, and Arizonato name a few!) and some 'celebrity' weddings, including country music singers Ashlee Hewitt's wedding to Jesse Whitley (the son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley) and professional snowmobile racer and X Games gold medalist Levi LaVallee.

What is your photographic style - traditional, photojournalistic,etc.?

I would say a mix of both. I love posing people, however I try to do it in the most natural way possible. I want people to look relaxed and happy, not stiff and uncomfortable. At the same time, I try to capture those candid moments like the father of the bride wiping away a tear before he walks his daughter down the aisle, or the look on a groom's face when he first sees his bride in her wedding dress.

Do you shoot in mostly color, black and white, or both?

I prefer color, and love BRIGHT colors!

What is your weapon/camera of choice?

I shoot with a Nikon D3s--LOVE Nikon and their lenses!

Film or Digital?

Definitely digital, but I love that I was able to learn on film. You truly appreciate the art of photography and all that goes into a photograph and where it all started from when you have to spend hours developing negatives and working with enlargers in a darkroom. My very first camera was even manual focus! I still shoot manual to this day with the exception of focus, in order to shoot quickly during the fast pace of a wedding day. I love having complete control over the image.

If you could work along side any one photographer who would it be?

Too many to count! If I had to narrow it down, maybe Jessica Claire. She's a wonderful photographer and entrepreneur, plus she has two little boys almost the same age as mine, so we'd have lots to talk about. :)

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Pick a great photographer that you love, even if you have to save up for them--they will be capturing your wedding day and some of those details would be lost if not for the pictures that are captured. It's good to start looking for a photographer as soon as you get engaged, too, because some of them book up fast and the summer months seem to bethe first to go, with fall a close second. Most of all, be sure to pick someone you "click" with (pun intended!) that has a great personality and can make sure your wedding day memories are captured forever! 

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February 20, 2013

Accessories are an important part of a bride’s big day. It’s a must to have that perfect wedding bouquet from the moment it accompanies you all the way down the aisle to the final toss as a gift to the lucky bridesmaid. To Vala from Parsi Flowers, flowers are one of the most beautiful creations and they have to be the perfect reminder of life and love for a bride. We spoke with her about her lovely creations! Enjoy.

 

How did you get started on wedding bouquets/favors etc.?

I love arranging flowers and it took me to the path of designing family members' and friends' wedding bouquets and center pieces. Later I learned about clay flowers and started to make flowers out of clay, first for favors and later for wedding bouquets, traditional Persian wedding tables and center pieces.

When did you start designing for weddings?

Almost 15 years ago I started accepting orders for weddings.

What are your favorite materials to work with?

Clay and beads.

What do you love most about your work?

I love that I always have to deal with flowers which are one of the most beautiful creations in the world.

What do you recommend to a bride looking for wedding bouquets/favors?

To look into her heart and see what flowers inspire her for a good and happy life and remind her of her love. Disregard of trends and what market forces brides. For favors I always like the multipurpose ideas. Like when they can use favors as part of the wedding decorations as well.

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February 13, 2013

Are you looking for gorgeous elegant and timeless accessories? Look no further, because today we have a vendor feature with Serephine! Serephine creates exquisite bridal sashes, hair flowers, head bands, hats, and more. We were lucky to get a chance to ask Serephine's founder, Erin, some questions about her gorgeous work and some advice about choosing a bridal accessory. Enjoy!

 

How did you get started on bridal accessories etc.?

I started my company shortly after my own wedding. My cousin was getting married a few months later, and she asked me to borrow the headpiece I had worn. I had had trouble finding my own wedding headpiece and ended up ordering a lovely one all the way from Australia, which worked great, but the craftsmanship was somewhat lacking and I wasn't sure it would last another wedding. I was a classical dancer for nearly 20 years and am quite familiar with accessories and costuming, so I decided to make my cousin a really special piece for her special day, myself. I did a LOT of research on high quality feathers, adhesives and found some gorgeous, claw-set vintage rhinestone jewelry and some French veiling, and got started. Since then, in the last 2.5 years, I have continued to grow my techniques and I have moved toward using more fabrics instead of mainly feathers, have begun using a millinery petal press, and I love mixing textures and materials.

When did you start designing for weddings?

After I made my cousin's piece, I got a lot of support from my husband, family and friends that my work was great, and decided to start a little online shop just to see. I then incorporated an etsy store as well and I'm still going strong 2.5 years later!

What are your favorite materials to work with?

I love using organza, silk organza, tulle, veiling, rhinestones, and ostrich feathers.

What’s the craziest project you’ve been asked to design?

I haven't really been asked to design anything crazy. I did have a bride send me her mother's beautiful, cathedral length wedding veil to repurpose into a very bold style for her, and I absolutely loved working on that special project.

What do you love most about your work?

I love having a creative outlet and getting to design beautiful things. I love more that I get to work closely with my brides and make them happy, and that I get to be a small part of such an important day in their lives. I also love the many, many talented wedding vendors I've gotten to know and work with. There is a LOT of talent and creativity in this industry and it's wonderful.

What do you recommend to a bride looking for bridal accessories?

I think it's important to look for quality and craftsmanship. Make sure the item is made with the best materials, and that it is going to be durable enough to last the length of your day, and beyond. Also, the style is very important. Pick a piece that reflects you and compliments your gown. You want something that speaks to your personality, so if you're bold and fun, maybe go with something a little riskier such as a larger piece, or one with some fun color accents. If you want a subtle, pretty touch, go with something that matches the shade of your gown, and is a bit on the smaller side. Also, I think its nice to pick something that you could see yourself wearing again for special events, and that you could see yourself passing to a sister or a cousin, or even your own child someday, to borrow for her special day as well.  

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February 11, 2013

Thinking about putting some color into your big wedding day? For us, we're thinking of the color GREEN!

Just think about it. It's a gorgeous color. Green is bright and full of life. It's a reminder of new beginnings, a promise for growth, and a wealth of oportunities. What better choice could there be? For those who have doubts, green doesn't have to be an obnoxious neon green, there are so many elegant shades to this color!


First and foremost: INVITATIONS. Because we love wedding invites, take a look at these:

Green Vine Wedding Invitations

Design by BeaconLane.

Green Lovebirds Wedding Invites

Design by Paperswithanedge.

Just a hint of color peeking out from under your ruffling white skirts can make you and the dress stand out.

Green Wedding Shoes

Shoes By Design Your Pedestal.

Just think about it: against the soft white/cream of your gown, a lushous green on your bridesmaids can create a really gorgeous effect. There are plenty of styles to choose from that can make this color look elegant and fun. If you can't decide on one style, have your bridesmaids choose they style they want! A variety of dress styles can really make this a great color choice.

Green Bridesmaids Dresses for Green Wedding

Courtesy of WhiteAzalea.

Can't forget wedding bouquets! 

Green Wedding Bouquet

Green Bouquet by TheWhiteBouquet.

Green Bridesmaids Dresses

Lastly, but certainly not least, reception/party favors!

Green Wedding Party Favors

Ribbon Wands by HandmadeByHeather4U.

Green Wedding Gift Box

Glitter Token Gift Box by WeddingAmbience.

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February 7, 2013

It's that time of the year for L.O.V.E. Valentine's Day is approuching fast! We can't exactly give away chocolates and flowers, as much as we would love to! Instead, we're choosing to give you the next best thing.

Take 25% OFF your wedding website purchase through the month of February!

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Be sure to take advantage of this deal before it disappears!

Wishing you and yours a Happy (early) Valentine's Day!

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February 5, 2013

Thinking about a handmade and extremely personalized-themed wedding? We have a special wedding feature today, Molly and Ozzie!

Molly and Ozzie held their wedding at a beautiful venue in downtown Wilmington, NC at Saint Thomas Preservation Hall. The place is a gorgeous historic building that was formerly a Catholic church, but over the years has been transformed into an event space. There were stunning stained-glass windows, exposed brick, and lots of space. Both their ceremony and reception were held there. 

There were close to about 160 guests; plenty of family and friends. Molly got her dress at David's Bridal. She found a gorgeous beaded lace tea-length dress, and knew immediately that it was hers! For shoes, Molly had ivory pumps with a teal heel, and a beautiful peacock feather painted on the sides.

All of Molly and Ozzie’s ceremony music was played on the organ by Molly’s Uncle Steve. She didn't want traditional wedding music, so instead she picked some of their favorite Beatles songs. They featured songs like “Let It Be,” "With a little help from my friends," "Here Comes the Sun," and of course, "All You Need is Love." The guests enjoyed hearing familiar music that they could sing along to.

Molly’s ceremony included a dedication to those who had passed: her maternal grandparents, her paternal grandparents’, her maternal grandfather, and her sister Emily. They set up a special alter of photos and candles. In memory of her sister, Molly had a special bouquet made for her, signifying her as an honorary bridesmaid.

Molly’s other bouquets and boutonnieres were very unique. She wanted to have something that would last forever, and that was fun and different and playful. She searched Etsy to find paper bouquets and boutonnieres, made from sheet music (courtesy of "Dana's Paper Flowers"). And not just any sheet music, but the music of "In My Life" by the Beatles, which also happens to be the couple’s song and the song that was played for their first dance.

Molly and Ozzie also wrote their own vows. Their wedding programs were specially created by Ozzie's mother. She is a talented stationery designer and wedding invitation specialist at a local shop. She also created their Save the Dates, invitations, and programs.

As for wedding themes, Molly wanted to center it around their names: Ozzie's real name is Chris, but she met him as Ozzie, a name used by close friends. Together they chose a celebrity couple name, "Mozzie," and it became a very "Mozzie" wedding! The two love the color purple and are both are proud graduates of UNC-Wilmington, who's main school color is teal. They decided to play off of those colors and stick with purple, teal, ivory, and burlap brown.

Molly’s mother played a huge part on the creative side of the wedding. She made hair clips for all of the bridesmaids and flower girls to wear; burlap, lace, and tool flowers glued to hair clips. She also made the ring bearer's pillow; a burlap pillow with lace sewed around it with ribbon and a flower. The table centerpieces were also hand done, mason jars with burlap, lace, raffia, and peacock feathers fastened around the jars. Her mother also made paper medallions to put into each jar. Each was unique and full of bright and beautiful colors to mimic a peacock feather. There were straw wreaths in a canvas fabric, and personalized to display the first letter of our the couple’s names to hang from the wreaths. Last but not least, Molly’s mother created adorable bird cake toppers and stamped Molly and Ozzie’s initials in it.

The wedding had a special guestbook; a fingerprint guestbook. It was hand painted with a tree and two little birds in the branches. All of the guests stamped their fingers and signed their names. There was plenty more decoration to the party: there were candy jars and favor bags, "MOZZIE" cocktail napkins, mason jar drinking glasses, striped paper straws, cupcakes and cake made by a dear friend, and to top it off the get-away truck was decorated by their dear friends!

A big congratulation to the happy couple!

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If you would like to view more photos of this amazing wedding check out Manda's post about the wedding!

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January 8, 2013

How did you get started on bridal accessories?

I started in bridal 30 years ago fresh out of college with my fashion arts diploma in hand. I started mainly making gowns for brides as my first job and fell in love with the bridal business, it wasn't until 15 years ago that I started making accessories for the bride. I was looking at the accessories & jewelry brides were bringing in to go with the gowns, and what bridal stores were selling and always thought I could offer something more style wise, so I started to design.

What are your favorite materials/weapon of choice?

I love delicate french laces, silk fabrics, freshwater pearls and of course lots of crystal, with Swarovski being my crystal of choice. I also love vintage and love to incorporate little touches of vintage into my designs through the use of vintage jewelry, lace, & tulle. I love to imagine what the story is behind every little vintage piece I find.

What do you love the most about your work?

I love to make a bride feel pretty for her wedding day. I only sell on-line these days so I don't often see the brides wearing my designs, and when a bride sends me a photo of herself on her wedding day I am so thrilled. It is such an honour to be a part of one of the most important days in a women's life.

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