Inspiration Board: A Great Day for A Blue Wedding

My inspiration for this board came from the striking blue sky that glows behind party-goers while they admire a newly married couple in their first dance together as husband and wife.

A Great Day for A Blue Wedding

Credits: Suthi Picotte, Suthi Picotte

If you wanted to employ a color scheme like this one for your wedding, I would suggest detailing the wedding in soft baby blues and warm purples (here, the baby blue is in the programs on the lower left, which have been placed inside of a simple woven basket; the purple paints one of a pair of cute little birdies).

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Cake Toppers: Tacky or Tasteful?

There are a lot of opinions out there regarding the issue of to top or not to top, but one thing’s for sure: when we saw this vintage cake topper spread from project wedding, we fell in love all over again with the idea…

Soft and pretty pastels combine with vintage cake toppers

Those pretty pastels, alone, draw me in and don’t let go… maybe that’s what’s got me on the side of toppers, today? Hmm, I think that means the jury’s still out, friends.

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Inspiration Board: Chocolate Bars Make It Better

I admit, my favorite thing about this gathering is the inclusion of chocolate chunks. Want to rope us in? Show us a creative way to infuse something chocolate into your wedding, and we’ll bite.

Inspired by Up!

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Inspiration Board: Pretty Sure About Pink

Like yourself a blush pink palette? Get inspired with this masterpiece:

Romantic Wedding

Credits: Karlisch, Karen Wise, Jose Villa, Lisa Lefkowitz, Meg Baisden Photography, Byron Hoffman and Lasting Images, Sweet Monday Photography, Suthi Picotte

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Inspiration Board: Tiffany Blue and Radiant Red

Tiffany blue, one of the most popular picks of brides across the country, pairs with radiant reds to bring about an exciting and unique elegance for the somewhat daring bride…

TiffanyRed

Credits: Mark Brooke, Lisa Lefkowitz, Meg Perotti

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Need Some Inspiration?

Here’s a lovely palette for a late Spring wedding, courtesy of a creative mother in Colorado:

Late Spring Wedding

Credits: Penny Silvia, Millie Holloman Photography, Lisa Lefkowitz (2), Raya Carlisle Photography, Love Life Images

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Inspiration Boards: Blue & Red

Absolutely love, love, LOVE the colors in this stunning aqua and red themed inspiration board by Heather Ham:

Red & Aqua

Now that’s what I call inspiration! Go forth and plan, my pretties!

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Finding your dream dress… for less!

… and doing it without EVER having to stand on line at 6 o’clock in the morning, or dashing from dress to dress among other discount divas in a sea of last year’s not so sought after sample styles…

At discount sales, animal instinct prevails.

Step 1 is likely complete: you’ve found your dress; it’s THE ONE, no doubt about it. But it’s also way out of your price range. Well, let’s look at the facts. Your wedding day will likely be the most photographed day of your life. To be honest, unless you are photographed for a living, this is the best you’re ever going to look. So, I’m going to assume that you’d like to look really good, maybe even HOT, on that one-of-a-kind day, am I right? Of course I’m right. And that, my dear friends, requires, at the very least, a very nice, very flattering, and, potentially, very expensive dress. That dress is called THE DRESS, and we want you to have it. So, all that’s left is acquiring it without breaking your budget…

Like this? It's Reem Acra

Well guess what? I did it. For about 60% off the retail price. And I’m no banker’s daughter. So that means you can do it, too.

All it takes is a little bit of legwork. Did I say legwork? Fingerwork is more like it. Here are the simple steps to getting that dream dress for less:

~ Step 2: visit sites that boast gently or once-used wedding dresses. Here are some strong examples:

preownedweddingdresses.com, woreitonce.com, bridepower.com, oncewed.com/used-wedding-dresses

Tip: unless the seller states upfront that she isn’t willing to budge on the price listed, don’t hesitate to negotiate. Email her with a reasonable offer, and see what happens. It’s very likely that it’ll work out in your favor!

~ Step 3: this one’s obvious, but google the designer and style name/# of your dress. Who knows, maybe you’ll have the fortune of finding it on the web page of a charming little boutique somewhere nearby, or maybe across the country. If you find the dress, it doesn’t matter where it’s located, just pick up the phone, pronto! Most shops are happy to accomodate you over the phone or via email. Most wedding shop owners are in the business because of their undying love for it, and that means they take pride and joy in helping a bride LIKE YOU find her dream dress. It’s a win-win, for you and for them. Example: I just HAD to have a certain Melissa Sweet dress (I can’t tell you which one yet, as the hubby-to-be wants it to be a surprise and will be uber-upset if he finds out via this blog. Believe me, it’s very important to him, and they ask for so few things, we’ve got to honor them. Even though I’m DYING TO POST photos of my dress. But I can wait, I can. I can do this.) Ok so back to the story…

I tried on countless other dresses that were in my price range, but always found myself comparing it to the dream. That’s when I decided to buckle down and search the world for it. Low and behold, I found my super pricey, HUGELY DISCOUNTED dress within a day or two! … in Scottsdale, Arizona. And I’m in NY. Fortunately, it didn’t matter! The whole experience, from the first email and phone calls to the moment I received my boxed dress in the mail, was one I wouldn’t trade for anything. It was so thrilling, so heartwarming and so easy! I came away not only with a dress, but a pretty great friend in the boutique owner. She was the absolute kindest person, and better yet, it’s a lovely story I can think back on when I’m older, tummy swollen after multiple births, knitting some kind of blanket and talking to myself on the porch while my husband pretends to listen and then goes inside to turn on the game. (He doesn’t do that yet, but it’s comin’. Yeah you KNOW it’s comin’.) Ah yes. But at least I’ll have my stories… right?

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Inspiration Board: Red & White Wedding

The shoes, alone, have my heart pumping faster.

red/white wedding inspiration

I found this loveliness on Santa Barbara wedding planner Kelly Oshiro’s site, which I encourage you to visit if you love what you see here… which would have to be the bouquet and shoes at the very least, photographed by Michele Waite and Jasmine Star, respectively.

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Love chocolate? Love desserts? Love your GF guests?

To all you brides out there who have special needs guests eatin’ at your wedding, I found a yummy little treat that could be exactly what the gluten free doctor ordered. First, take a look (we heart eye candy over here):

tasty gluten free dessert shell

Isn’t it lovely? Isn’t it wonderful? You can fill it with berries, or mousse, or whatever you want. How adorable…

Look at these, too… and if you’re interested, here’s how you can make ‘em! ~DIY dessert cups~

ghirardelli dessert cups fo' yo' weddin'

ghirardelli dessert cups fo' yo' weddin'

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Planning a gluten free wedding?

Need your wedding to be a little or a lot gluten free? Check out how one wedded young lady handled it, from start to finish…
gluten free wedding gal

… For most people, a wedding reception isn’t that much to get excited about – and if you follow a special diet for health reasons, like I do, you’re likely to assume you must eat before you arrive at the venue, so you don’t starve when there’s not one thing you can eat there. So when a gluten free friend of mine explained that most of the food at her upcoming swanky wedding reception at Swan Coach House, was going to be gluten free, I was thrilled for her. …

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Create Your Very Own Bridal Avatar… You’ll Swoon Over Your Cartoon!

Do you consider yourself an animated individual? Well then consider going all the way with it… by turning your fine bride self into a cartoon! Check out this fun little tool after you browse theknot‘s extensive library of cartoon women in white, made by lovely brides just like you!  It’s called “My Inner Bride,” and I truly, truly heart this.

My Inner Bride on theknot.com

Seriously, go try it out.  It’s too much fun.

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