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Decor Details

The practical planner side of me is not usually in favor of anything that gets thrown away or will not serve a purpose later. If you don’t know what you’ll do with it after the event, then I usually say skip it. Of course all of this is null and void if you have an unlimited budget. Now, do cocktail napkins cost a ton, no, of course not, you can probably fit them into your budget, but these little details add up. Cocktail napkins here, a cake topper there, some signage for a table, a chair, you catch my drift. All of that being said, I cannot deny how cute all of these things can be and I love them. The practical side of me just has a hard time telling you you “need” them. But let’s pretend you do need them, these are adorable! I’m particularly in love with the few that serve a dual purpose (a thank you, a hash tag, a warning not to touch your drink). Those pass my test of serving a purpose. Love it.

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Posted: July 28, 2014  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , ,   • Comments (0)

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

As promised last week, here’s the next installment in the fairytale-inspired wedding series: Beauty and the Beast!

In this tale as old as time, the rose plays a prominent role and symbolizes unconditional love regardless of a person’s outward appearance. There are many ways to incorporate this romantic flower into your wedding, such as:

 

Cupcakes with rose-shaped frosting on top – pretty and yummy! | Flickr

 

 

Rose ice cubes to keep your drinks cool that also make for an easy DIY project (instructions here)

 

 

Or keep true to the Disney classic by creating a statement centerpiece with the iconic red rose covered in a glass dome | Style Me Pretty

 

 

Just how gorgeous is this rose gold rose-shaped diamond ring from Piaget?!

 

 

A single rose bloom in a glass of champagne is a timeless classic | Style Me Pretty

 

If you’re not a big fan of roses, don’t worry! There are other ways to incorporate the classic love of Beauty and the Beast into your wedding:

 

This beautiful ball gown wedding dress with cap sleeves pays tribute to Belle’s golden gown in the Disney film | Bupop

 

The color of this bridesmaid dress alludes to the color of Belle’s gown in the Disney interpretation of the fairytale; the sheath silhouette of this gown provides a nice contrast to the ball gown silhouette of the bride’s dress

 

Also, candles are a must (can’t forget Lumiere!):

 

 

 

Magical Wedding in the Enchanted Forest

Do you believe in magic? If you do (and you’re a Once Upon a Time fan like me), you’re going to love the series of fairytale-inspired posts I have planned for the coming weeks! If you don’t, allow me to convince you:

Bouquet

I just love the whispy greenery in this gorgeous cascade bouquet! Style Me Pretty

 

Cake 2

This delicate petal cake is almost too pretty to eat! Hey Pretty Wedding

 

Bridesmaids

Add a dreamy vibe to your wedding with these beautiful ombre bridesmaid dresses | Sweet Tea and Mimosas

 

Cake

If you’re going to get married in the Enchanted Forest, you simply must have this cake! | Wedding Inspirations

 

Decor

These decorative lanterns may not float in midair, but they’re magical nonetheless | Tigerlily Weddings

 

Dress 2

The only thing missing from this picture is a unicorn, because this dress by Leila Hafzi is truly magical!

 

Dress 3

There’s no such thing as too many flowers, especially if it creates a dress as breathtaking as this one – sometimes, more is more! | Claire Pettibone

 

Decor 2

When you’re getting married in the woods, it helps to have a focal point for your guests – and this romantic altar setup does exactly that

 

Decor 4

Dining under the stars and the twinkling chandelier lights – what could be more magical?

 

P.S. If you’re a more witches-and-wizards kind of person, check out last week’s Harry Potter-themed wedding post here!

Posted: July 11, 2014  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Chapter Eight – The Wedding

Happy Fourth of July!!!

 

You know what this means – in just four more days, the new expansion to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando opens to the public! So to prepare ourselves, here’s some inspiration for a very Harry wedding:

 

Chapter 8

The inspiration for this post’s title

 

Fleur Delacour's wedding dress in the film features two phoenixes coming together

Fleur Delacour’s wedding dress in the film features two phoenixes coming together | Harry Potter Wiki

 

For the Slytherin bride (or bridesmaid!)

For the Slytherin bride (or bridesmaid!) | The Fab Blog

 

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good": wedding invitations in the style of the Marauder's Map

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good”: wedding invitations in the style of the Marauder’s Map | One Little M

 

The "floating" candles in the gorgeous venue whisk guests back to the iconic Hogwarts great hall; the centerpieces include a brief description of Harry Potter need-to-know for guests

The “floating” candles in this gorgeous venue whisk guests back to the iconic Hogwarts great hall; the centerpieces include a brief description of Harry Potter need-to-know for guests | Pixies in the Cellar

 

Wand-shaped cocktail stirs, anyone?

Wand-shaped cocktail stirs, anyone? | We Heart It

 

Luckily for your guests, these golden snitches are stationary!

Luckily for your guests, these golden snitches are stationary! | Offbeat Bride

 

Love, for always and forever

Love, for always and forever | Etsy

 

Have a wonderful (and safe) weekend!

Posted: July 4, 2014  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: ,   • Comments (0)

4th Fete

4th of July weekend is upon us, how do  you like to celebrate? The 4th makes me think of barbeques, pools, backyards and casual fun. However you celebrate, have fun and try some of these adorable ideas for your party.

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Posted: July 2, 2014  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Pagani Huayra-Inspired Wedding

As you may have noticed, I’m a bit obsessed when it comes to cars – especially when they’re as beautifully crafted as the Pagani Huayra, one of my all-time favorite driving machines. So for this week’s post, I decided to have some fun and see if I could do a Pagani Huayra-inspired wedding – here goes:

 

Interior

A driver’s-eye view of the Huayra’s modern Victorian interior (this is also the photo that inspired this post!) | CNET

 

And here's another look at the exquisite interior | CNET

And here’s another look at the exquisite interior that blends old Victorian elegance with modern technology – I especially love the contrast between all the different textures: the luxurious leather, the metallic instruments and the carbon fiber | CNET

 

Cooper Estate

The Cooper Estate – with its dark wood, chandeliers, and studded leather chairs – brings to mind old world elegance| Jason Webster Photography

 

A more detailed view of the textured tablecloth | Jason Webster Photography

A more detailed view of the textured tablecloth | Jason Webster Photography

 

This bouquet is playfully modern and echoes the purple and teal colors found in the Huayra's lit-up display | Wedding Bee

This playfully modern bouquet echoes the purple and teal colors found in the Huayra’s light-up display | Wedding Bee

 

The gray tones in this modern cake reference the carbon fiber used in the Huayra's interior

The gray tones in this modern cake reference the carbon fiber used in the Huayra’s interior

 

A modern reinterpretation of the vintage lace dress | Zuhair Murad

A modern reinterpretation of the vintage lace dress | Zuhair Murad

Posted: June 27, 2014  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Vintage English Garden Weddings

When my sister first told me that she wanted a “vintage English garden” style wedding, I thought to myself, Huh? Is that even a thing? A quick search on Google told me that yes, there is such a style as vintage English garden (for example, this beautiful wedding shoot on Style Me Pretty); however, when I showed the link to my sister, she told me that she wanted soft pastel hues of pink and lavender instead of the vibrant blue and pink used in the SMP shoot. So with that in mind, here is my response:

 

1. The Dress

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Lace is not only a timeless material but it also provides an instant vintage feel to a wedding dress; the embellishment at the waist of this fit-and-flare gown is unobtrusive enough to not detract from the intricate lace details while also making sure the bride gets the attention she deserves | Kleinfeld

 

Dress 3

While this dress does not have the all-over lace detailing of the previous one, it still gives off a vintage feel with the sheer sleeves finished with lace appliqués and the empire waist accentuated with beautiful beadwork | Raining Blossoms

 

2. The Bouquets

Bridal Bouquet

A slightly darker-hued version of the pastel pink and lavender color palette, tied together with a lavender ribbon, would work well for the bridal bouquet (tip: since this particular bouquet features peonies – which can cost up to 5 times more than roses – you can achieve a similar and more budget-friendly effect by substituting peonies with roses) | The Flower Magician

 

Bridesmaids and Bouquets 2

For the bridesmaids’ bouquets, a slightly smaller, lighter-hued version of the bridal bouquet tied together with a pink ribbon | One Fab Day

 

3. The Centerpieces

I’ve always taken a less-is-more approach to wedding decor, and I definitely think that smaller centerpieces featuring roses would go well with the vintage English garden style. Depending on how formal you would like your wedding, I think any one of these centerpieces would work:

Centerpiece 4

This centerpiece is definitely the most formal of the series; the staggered candles provide romantic lighting for a sit-down dinner | Love Lux

 

Centerpiece 3

The lighter shade of pink and embellished crystal vase makes this centerpiece slightly less formal than the first one, but still suitable for either a fully formal affair or a more relaxed one | Style Me Pretty

 

Centerpiece 5

This simple rustic centerpiece, made up of mason jars wrapped in twine and tied with a ribbon, lends itself to an easy DIY project

 

Centerpiece 2

Similar to the previous centerpiece, this one also features mason jars. Unlike the previous one however, the flowers are all different shades of the same color. Maybe it’s the lace and the pearls, but this centerpiece feels the most aged | The House in the Roses

 

Centerpiece

This is perhaps my favorite centerpiece of the group – the beautifully decorated tea container provides a simple yet still stunning “vase” for the delicate rose blooms; the books add to the vintage feel and provide added height and attention to the centerpiece | Wedding Chicks

 

4. Favors and More

Programs

As was mentioned in last week’s post, guests can keep cool using ceremony programs that double as fans; this doily wedding program fan echoes the lace detail on the first wedding dress and sells for $3 each on Etsy

 

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Send your guests home with an adorable container of tea – I just love the cute catchphrase! – this particular favor sells for $60 per every order of 20 on Etsy

 

Favors 3

These colorful teacup candles can pull double duty as both escort cards and favors for guests, saving money without sacrificing style | Etsy

 

As always, I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful – see you next week!

Posted: June 20, 2014  • Category: Inspiration, Uncategorized • Tags: , , , , , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Summertime Weddings

Now that summer’s upon us, it’s time for a few friendly reminders – the following tips will help make your wedding the hottest of the year (in a good way)!

 

The Joy of the Great Outdoors

As the saying goes, if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain. Or do you? To make sure you’re not caught by surprise on the day of your wedding, always have a backup plan in place – make preparations for a tent, because you never know if you might need it. This way, should rain make an appearance on the big day, it is not an unexpected guest.

Unfortunately, sometimes the great outdoors brings another unwelcome guest: mosquitoes! To ward off these pests, you can place lanterns treated with insect repellent at each table:

 

Drinks

Make sure to have plenty of cold refreshments available to your guests to keep them happy and hydrated:

This self-serve beverage bar featuring the couple's signature drinks is a wonderful idea!  Martha Stewart Weddings

This beautifully decorated self-serve beverage bar features the couple’s signature drinks 
Martha Stewart Weddings

 

You can also have a team of servers pass around a tray of signature drinks for a more formal outdoor affair. Style Me Pretty

You can also have a team of servers pass around a tray of signature drinks for a more formal outdoor affair
Style Me Pretty

 

Whatever floats your boat (sorry, I couldn't resist)! Martha Stewart Weddings

Whatever floats your boat (sorry, I couldn’t resist)!
Martha Stewart Weddings

 

Staying in the Shade

Give your guests relief from the hot summer sun by providing them with mini bottles of broad-spectrum sunscreen before the wedding starts, so they have time to apply. Here are some more ideas for keeping cool:

Programs can serve double duty as fans, helping guests beat the heat Wistful Weddings

Programs can serve double duty as fans, helping guests beat the heat
Wistful Weddings

 

Large umbrellas provide guests with partial coverage during the ceremony Bridal Guide

Large umbrellas provide guests with partial coverage during the ceremony
Bridal Guide

 

Alternatively, you can provide guests with individual umbrellas to help shield them from the sun Elizabeth Anne Designs

Alternatively, you can provide guests with individual umbrellas to help shield them from the sun
Elizabeth Anne Designs

 

No Wilting Allowed

Work with your florist and choose blooms that are in season – this will help prevent your beautiful bouquets and centerpieces from wilting in the summer heat. Or you can skip the flowers altogether and go for a brooch bouquet that definitely won’t wilt:

 

The bottom line for outdoor weddings is this: keep cool and hydrated, and enjoy your day!

Posted: June 13, 2014  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: ,   • Comments (0)

Cute as a Button

I like buttons. Is that a weird thing to like? They are cute, they can be really decorative and pretty and they  are useful. So why not make a theme out of them?

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Posted: June 9, 2014  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , , ,   • Comments (0)

Let’s Get Married at the Ballpark!

Nationals Park

Nationals Park has a capacity for over 41,000 baseball fans (just look at that huge crowd!), so you know it’s definitely up to the task of hosting your big day. With 17 unique event spaces, Nationals Park makes for a unique – and most importantly, versatile – venue for your wedding. Because of the wide variety in the types of spaces offered, it allows you to hold your ceremony and reception (not to mention bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner!) at one location. The stadium also provides ease of mind – the venue conveniently comes with its own team of event professionals, such as in-house caterers (you can see the entire delicious offerings in PDF format here). Besides, what other venue offers batting practice included with your rental?

 

Posted: June 6, 2014  • Category: Inspiration • Tags: , , ,   • Comments (0)

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