Backyard Wedding Bliss

Looking for a intimate setting for your wedding day? A backyard can be the perfect location!  It offers a special place for the bride and groom to say “I do” and allows flexibility in an environment you control.

Keep in mind that the amount of people on your guest list will depend on the size of your backyard space as well.  You don’t want your guests to feel confined or restricted.

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If you have the room, we suggest you rent an elegant tent so that there is somewhere to go if it begins to rain. You don’t want your guests running to your house for shelter!

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Long tables work perfectly for a larger guest list and they really bring everyone together for a traditional, “family style” celebration. We also recommend using the outdoors to your advantage. Use the trees to string up bistro lights to set a romantic ambiance for your guests.

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Have a swimming pool? Dress it up with floating candles or flower petals.

Since you saved your money by using your backyard as the wedding venue, consider spending on a fantastic live band and delicious catering. A great party should always have excellent music to dance to and food good enough to ask for seconds.

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When it comes time to consider where your wedding will take place, remember that a backyard wedding doesn’t always have to be casual or rustic. Depending on the decor, any theme can be pulled off. With the flexibility of a backyard wedding, you don’t have to add too much because nature serves as a beautiful backdrop.

DIY: Bird Cage Veil

Want to go for that vintage feel on your wedding day? A bird cage veil would be the perfect touch. Instead of spending your money on a custom made veil, we suggest you make it! Its a simple, inexpensive project that has a stunning finished look.

What you’ll need:

  1. A metal hair comb
  2. Needle and white thread
  3. Scissors
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Fine mesh tulle cut 1×28″ (or lace ribbon)
  6. French netting 9×25″ or more to be safe!

Once you’ve gathered all your supplies, it’s time to get started.

Step 1:

To measure how much french netting you’ll need, simply wrap it around your head and pinch where the two sides meet and cut. Then, lay the netting flat and fold over so both sides meet. Measure up 5 inches and cut inward on a diagonal.

Step 2:

Open the netting up and lay it flat. Thread your needle (make sure you give yourself enough thread) and make a nice knot at the end. Starting from the bottom corner and thread the needle through each “diamond” shaped dot on the netting all the way to the other side.

Step 3:

Once you get to the end, pull all the netting down to the end where you started. All the netting should be gathered and you should have the extra thread off to the side.

Step 4:

Put the netting to the side for now. Take the 1×28′ tulle and make a knot around the top part of the metal hair comb. Begin to wrap the tulle around the top between each comb “tooth.” At the end, make a knot.

Step 5:

Almost done! Now, take the needle and start a simple stitch (over and under) through the tulle you attached to the comb. Make sure when you begin stitching, the comb is facing the correct way (netting on the bottom and the comb placed on top, lined up with the gathered part and curved side down). Go back and forth with the stitching as many times as you want to make it secure.

Step 6:

Make another knot when you’re done sewing, cut off all the loose threads and you’re finished!

With six easy steps, you have yourself a vintage inspired bird cage veil! To make it more unique, we suggest clipping in a beautiful white flower by the comb.

*Note: If you choose a fancy, detailed hair comb it will become more difficult when wrapping the tulle, but it’s still doable.

Good Luck!

Veils and Bridal Headpieces: What Will You Wear?

As soon as they find their perfect dress, most brides are on the hunt for their veil. Will it be a bird cage or a bouffant style? Will you add a blusher to your veil? Or maybe you’re looking for something more dramatic, like a chapel or cathedral veil. Sometimes brides go with no veil and choose a stunning headpiece instead. Which style will you choose?

To make the hunt easier, we suggest you pick your head-ware based off of the theme or style of your wedding!

For the trendy vintage style wedding, a birdcage veil would be perfect. Immerse yourself in this theme by wearing your hair in pin curls and applying your favorite shade of red to your lips!

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For the hippy-chic wedding, forget the veil and wear a beautiful floral crown. Have the flowers match your wedding colors or to keep it simple, wear a daisy chain crown.

 

 

 

 

 

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If you’re looking for elegance and romance, then the long, dramatic cathedral veil is for you! Of course, if you find the cathedral veil to be too long, the chapel style veil will still provide the drama you’re looking for but feel more manageable with a shorter length.

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Feeling retro? The bouffant style veil was quite popular in the eighties but it’s making a comeback! With it’s multiple layers, this veil gives volume and can work for a fun, playful bride.

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And finally, if you’re looking to simply show off your amazing hairstyle, we recommend the fashion forward look of a headband.

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Whichever you choose, you want it to be comfortable and feel “right” so try on several styles . But most importantly, your veil or headpiece is like “the icing on the cake”, and the ultimate finishing touch to your perfect bridal look so don’t be afraid to try on as many styles as possible WHILE trying on your dress of choice. Chances are the right one will be an obvious choice!

Inspired & Simple Wedding Favor Ideas

So you’ve found your perfect dress,  booked all the vendors and the bridal party has everything they need to look great by your side. But what about the guest favors? If your wedding day is creeping up and you still have no idea how to thank your guests here are some simple favor ideas we thought you might like!

The key is to pick something that wont just collect dust. Choose something that can be reusable or practical, but is still memorable. Still lost? Start thinking about how many people are on your guest list and what they might enjoy or appreciate. Trust us…they do not need nor want a 2″x2″ mini picture frame!

Edibles are always a good choice but think outside of the box…of traditional sweet treats that is!  Why not local jars of honey accompanied by a sampling of your favorite tea or fresh roasted coffee beans for guests? They will think of you every time they pour a cup!

 

 

 

 

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For the eco-friendly bride, small succulent plants potted in recycled tins or jars with your guests seating assignments creatively displayed can double as favors and place cards!

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For the crafty DIY bride who is inclined to do it herself we found these sweet little “seed bombs.”

For easy directions and ingredients, visit  offbeatbride.com/2012/07/diy-seed-bomb-favors. Or if you don’t have as much time as you thought, Etsy.com can provide them for you (the seed bombs above are from www.etsy.com/au/listing/123723835/elegant-plantable-paper-seed-bomb).

Be creative and always remember that whichever favor you choose, its a gesture of thanks and a memento of your beautiful day!

A Beautiful Burlap Wedding

 Lace, satin, chiffon, and…burlap?  You heard right, burlap may not be a traditional fabric seen in a wedding but burlap details are on trend.  The neutral color works with any color theme, and it creates a DIY feel perfect for a rustic wedding.  Anywhere you would put ribbon or another fabric is a great place to incorporate burlap.  Have fun with it!

Where To Find Inspiration For Your Wedding

Even the most creative people need some assistance when it comes to creating an event.  Ideas and party plans are created once they are inspired by something, and it could be anything!  If you’re stumped on where to start looking for your dream wedding let us help you discover different places to search for that planning mojo.

 

Fashion

Fashion is an amazing place to look for colors and décor ideas. It’s perfect for trendy brides who want their wedding to be modern and in style.  This season trends include black and white, lace, and bold stripes.  All are perfectly suited for wedding inspirations, plus it’s a perfect excuse for window shopping or taking time to flip through the latest Vogue.

Nature

Pick your favorite season, or most beloved outdoor space and re-create it.  You can choose a winter wonderland, with crystals and a hot cocoa bar.  Think a cozy fall wedding with gold and crisp oranges, reminiscent of the leaves decorating  the ground.
You don’t need a specific season, if colorful peonies fill your imagination have them fill the up the centerpieces.  If an old willow tree makes you want a green and enchanted looking wedding straight out of a story book, go with it!  Nature offers so many gorgeous and creative ideas.

Famous Weddings

If you’re someone who needs more straight-forward wedding like inspiration then how about take a gander at some previous weddings? Celebrity weddings are the best for  this. Do you want a royal affair like the Prince and Duchess of Cambridge or maybe something country like honey boo-boo’s mom June…uhhhh okay we’re hoping you
stick to the first one.  However, that just proves the range of famous weddings you can chose from!

Locations

Hop in your private jet and see the world for inspiration… or for most of our budgets just spin the globe and place your finger.  Cities, towns, countries and even buildings can all serve as perfect inspirations for your dream wedding.  How about a romantic wedding that makes all your guests feel as if they’re strolling the streets of Paris?  Get married at a local vineyard for a Tuscan celebration. Throw a New York City wedding, whether
you can be there or not think the Plaza Hotel, horse drawn carriages, and sophisticated
cocktails.

Art

Take a walk around a museum, a piece of art can inspire your weddings mood, or colors.  Perhaps  a statue of a Greek god makes you want a wedding fit for a goddess, I’m imagining pillars, ivory and lots of marble. If that’s not your style maybe Van Gough’s famous starry night gives you the perfect blue and yellow color theme.

 

You can find inspiration anyplace anywhere!  Keep your mind open and you’ll be amazed at what you may find.

Suit & Tie

Who says brides are the only ones who can have fun with their wedding day style? These days grooms and groomsmen aren’t just picking out a suit, there’s so much more to it!

 

If you’re afraid to be too bold try basic black with some patterned ties.  It’s a nice subtle twist to an original look.  These mismatched white textured ties look crisp and fresh.

Have fun with unexpected colors!

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[Pink washed Oxford shirt, Bonobos suit, Good Heavens tie, Suede desert shoes]

Who needs a Jacket? Especially during warm summer months! Suspenders create a cool, effortless vintage look.

[Isabelle Selby Photography]

Go super casual and lose the suit and tie all together.

[Taylor Lee Photography]

Change it up with some funky cardigans or plaid shirts.

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There’s a million ways to get creative with boutonnieres! Pick something unexpected!

And of course there’s one of our favorite looks…the forever trendy bow tie!As Justine Timberlake would say…

“As long as I got my suit and tie
I’ma leave it all on the floor tonight”

Go get em’ boys!

 

I Want Candy!

Did you know that June is “National Candy Month”? What better way to celebrate than having a candy themed wedding!? Here we have plenty of ideas that will help you create a candy-wonderland for your guests.

There is always the beloved candy bar where you can fill a table with sweet treats for guests to take home.  This candy bar was at a party by ABE featuring the party girl’s favorite candies!

LOVE this beautiful lollipop accented bouquet for the bride.

Set off the party right by greeting your guests with these lemon drop placement cards.

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Have sweets ready to snack and sip on as soon as people sit down.

This candyland theme wedding by Martha Stewert Weddings is elegant and a perfect way to take on the theme without having a candy overload.

Have guests spin their own cotton candy. Delicious and fun!

No wedding would be complete without a cake, continue the theme with a candy decorated confection.

Finally, say your goodbyes in the sweetest way: with some yummy personalized treats.

Your Wedding, Your Way!

Personalizing your wedding is a fun way to give your guests a glimpse into the life you are starting with your new spouse.  Adding little details allows your wedding to be unique while showing everyone who the bride and groom really are.

Share your favorite wine or his favorite beer decorated with a cute saying.

Display maps and pictures of where you met, where you got engaged, and where you are saying “I do”.
Take these home with you after!

Don’t be afraid to include that other special someone in your wedding day…

Send home guests with something special like your favorite cappuccino mix, some candy, or a tasty treat from a local bakery.  Wrap them in a special package.

 

Rain, Rain, Go Away.

When nursery rhymes and desperate wishes don’t stop the wet weather from pouring down on your wedding day, it’s time to embrace mother nature for whatever she brings.

But first, there are a couple of important tips to remember when you face the chance of rainy weather.  ALWAYS have a back up plan.  Have plan b’s for your location, your guests, your pictures, and whatever else that may have to be altered.  Don’t take chances. Buy those umbrellas and tents so no one has to run around making last minute plans the day of.  Another important thing is to make the decision early on.  It can be a hard decision to make but your vendors need the time to make the day just as perfect as it would be without the weather change.  Trust your vendors’ advice, they’ve done this before!

And our final advice… get excited! Maybe it won’t be the wedding you imagined, but there are so many ways to make a rainy wedding the wedding of your dreams.  And ABE is here to show you how…

Tents can be beautiful.  Lots of lights will make it glow and give you a fun party space.

Get some rain boots to keep dry in style.

Umbrellas! For you and your guests. Go with vintage white…

…or color to match your theme…

…or how about this gorgeous clear umbrella from Etsy.com with your new initials.

Finally, make it a photo op!