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!

 

 

 

 

Photos from Wedding Clan and bellethemagazine.blogspot.com

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!

Photo from vanessaboer.com

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!

Beat the Heat With Our Fresh “Watermelon Wedding” Ideas!

 

Planning for a late summer wedding? Looking for a fun, fresh theme? Well, August 3rd was National Watermelon Day and to stay in the spirit, why not keep cool with a few of our refreshing “melon” ideas!  Pink is a universally flattering color for most to wear so why not have your ladies decked out in subtle pink dresses with funky complimentary green accents or shoes. Does your MOH  really want to stand out? If the color works with her skin tone put her in a crisp green dress and remember, a textured dress is unique and trendy this season. Once the girls are all set it’s time to carry it through to the guys! You could dress the boys up with some polka dot bow ties or pocket squares, or  pink socks for just a touch of fun.

Mix and match these thirst quenching colors throughout your event & for an added personalized touch we suggest creating a signature watermelon themed cocktail.

Photo by Because Im Addicted blog

It’s summer after all and a perfect time to keep it cool, calm and crisp!

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.

Dreaming of a White Wedding…

“White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black.”
Chesterton, Gilbert K.

The color white is supposed to represent new beginings, so isn’t it the perfect color for marriage and weddings!? White is normally seen in little details throughout ceremonies and receptions but what about an all out white affair??
All white parties are becoming more and more popular. Most people know the unspoken rule “you can’t wear white to a wedding”. However, now some brides are asking you to go ahead and wear that white dress!

This gorgeous white table decor creates a look that is luxurious, pristine, and even magical.

There are so many little white details to make a gorgeous and affordable white wedding day.

One of the trickier choices may be deciding your bridesmaids’ dresses. You want to stick to your one color theme but still have yourself stand out on your big day.
These are some great styles to chose from to help you do just that!

(http://www.weddingchicks.com/2011/08/25/whitebridesmaid-dresses/)

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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[KimJMartin Photography]

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!

 

Beat the Heat with these Cool Summer Wedding Dresses.

Don’t let the summer weather limit your dress selection.  Even if you have a wedding planned for the middle of the season where 90 degrees and humidity are strong possibilities you still have so many options to find a dress that’s unique and ready to keep you cool!

This Jenny Yoo design has chiffon and tulle fabrics that create a perfect pretty yet functional wedding day attire.

 Spaghetti straps, light fabric, and pockets!? This simplistic design is gorgeous and one of the hot new trends. Perfect for beach or garden weddings, just dress it up with a pretty head piece like the model below.  Find this fun gown by Pure MagnoliaCouture at Etsy.com.

This is for all our girly-girls looking for their summer princess gown.  Charlotte Balbier designed a gown with the full princess look that’s perfect for warm months.  While the floral details add a soft feminine touch, the one shoulder look keeps fabric minimum at the top to have you looking hot without feeling hot!

 When you’re focusing on light fabrics and simple dresses to keep you from burning up put some of that extra drama and detail in the back! Detailed backs are one of the hottest (or coolest ;)) trends of 2013.  This champagne colored dress by Retro Vintage Weddings is simply breathtaking!

 Or you can always just go backless! Sometimes the less fabric the better right?  This Lihi Hod design incorporates so many elements from the elegant buttons in the back to the textured details all over you don’t need a back on it!

 Don’t forget there is always the option of going short! 2013 brought so many amazing short styles on the runway it makes it hard to decide between long or hemmed wedding dresses. One thing is for sure though, you’re guaranteed to look and feel cool in this adorable design by Lyn Ashworth. 

Keep Tradition and Still Get Those Perfect Pictures!

Photos, photos, and more photos! We just can’t get enough! Probably our favorite type of pictures are pre-wedding photos strategically taken so you don’t see your soon to be spouse.  These pictures are captured prior to the ceremony and are for couples who choose to follow the tradition of not seeing each other before the bride takes her steps down the aisle  These are so special because they show such raw emotions.  You can really see the excitement, the anxiousness, and the love for one another in these photos.

This photo by Infused Studios is gorgeous. It is a beautiful portrayal of the couples final individual moments alone as they look forward to their time together forever.

The hand holding behind walls in these next two pictures portray the romantic and tender emotions felt by both groom and bride moments before their ceremony.

(Kate Photography)

 (Priscila Valentina Photography)

The next photo captured by Gina Leigh Photography is self explanatory. So magical and sincere.