It's the end of an era - brides are no longer looking for matchy-matchy bridesmaid dresses that has the exact hue of the flowers or the exact shade of the groomsmen vests. Instead, the new trend is patterned gowns that have real personality!
Lately, I've been seeing a ton of family pets in the wedding party, and I think it's a cute touch. It's the same thing as including a niece or nephew to be your flowergirl/ringbearer...kids and dogs just bring adorableness into the picture. I haven't seen any cats or turtles make their way down the aisle yet, but if you can train them to...why not? They're a part of the family too!
SarahSeven on Etsy has been an inspiration to me ever since I first found out about her. She's an independent Portland designer, who says "Old Hollywood Glamour, pearls, recycled fabrics, romance, nature, lace... are some of the things that inspire me."
Her customized silk dresses might be a little on the pricey side for a bridesmaid (most of her creations are on the $300-400 range), but if I could do it again, I would buy one of her whimsical beauties to wear at my wedding reception. The short length and whispy nature of the fabric make for great dancing gear!
Also, 5% of all purchase made go to support her favorite charities:
2% to Compassion, to feed unsponsored children
3% to International Justice Mission. IJM fights to free slaves and to hold the slave keepers accountable for their actions
Placecards are a fun detail of the wedding reception, especially since it personalizes the party for guests and gives them something to take home to remember the lovely couple and the great time they had. If you love wine and want to incorporate that into your big fancy party, Mint can show you one way to do it! It's good ol' do-it-yourself, so if you're looking to save a few pennies - this is quite an idea!
Martha Stewart Weddings has some beautiful ideas as well! They have a new DIY section where they have links to free templates, clip art, etc.
So you want your bridesmaids to have beautiful hair AND not look like cloned drones. However it isn't in your price range to have your hair stylist create an updo for each of your 7 BFFs.
A great alternative - customizing a hair clip or headband for each one of your bridesmaids with PetalMix, an Etsy shop that specializes in beautiful silk flowers and hair accessories that look formal enough to wear on the big day. The average price of each is $20, and you could have your bridesmaids style their own hair, which will give them an opportunity to bring out their personalities =)
The Wedding Company is sponsoring The Wedding Show, a boutique-inspired event held in the freezing but beautiful city of Toronto. This year, they're hosting a competition to select 20 Etsy sellers to display their goods and products at their Handmade Stand. Not only would this be an awesome opportunity to get your ideas and products out there, but it would be a fun way to get yourself on the Wedding Company blog!
With the exception of figuring out who to invite to your wedding, table seatings is (without a doubt) the hardest part of wedding planning. For instance, Cousin Bill can't sit next to Aunt Kathy because they got into a heated argument last thanksgiving and haven't spoken since. Friend Mary and Best Friend James can't sit at the same table because they used to date and had a bad break up.
Obviously, your wedding is still YOUR wedding and theoretically, everyone will put their issues aside to celebrate YOUR big day. But just for simple etiquette and to prevent any unnecessary drama at your wedding, make sure your table seatings work to your advantage.
Perfect Table Plan is a new tool to help you figure that out...and trust me, if I had heard about it before my wedding, I would've used it.
So when I was planning my wedding, I wasn't super picky about our wedding cake. We didn't need it to look super fancy (though I loved looking at Ron Ben Israel's cakes), we really just wanted it to be super tasty and also super affordable. But that didn't stop me from doing what I could to make our cake representative of us, so I perused Etsy like crazy to find some cute cake toppers.
Unfortunately all of these cost around $100-200, and as cute as they were, they just didn't fit our budget. But we didn't want to lack personality on our cake, so we ended up picking up a bride & groom rubber ducky pair from City Hall and voila:
One of the brides on Weddingbee is offering free wedding/engagement/pet photography in the Philadelphia area! If you're not in the Philly area - she'll still work for free as long as costs of travel are covered. This is a GREAT deal, given that wedding photography usually cost an average of $3-4 thousand dollars for 4 hours of shooting.
Bakerella is the queen of mini-desserts, and she has just given us another reason to drool...how cute would these be as wedding favors? as much as I would like to say that I could DIY these with my baking skills...I imagine these take some nimble fingers!
Also...it's too bad that I'm already married and already have an awesome engagement story...but for those of you men out there still looking for ideas to propose:
Marshall Alexander, a Dutch paper engineer, has free pdf downloads of templates so that you can make your own! Head over to his site to find more. In case you're hosting a birthday party or just a fun halloween get-together - these would make awesome party decorations. Here's a couple more of his fun characters!
It seems like I have an affinity for all sorts of paper goods and products, doesn't it?
Speaking of which, I can't wait to go check out this new paper design collection, called Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Art & Design.
I was inspired by Style Me Pretty to find some good deals on bridesmaid jewelry, after Abby of SMP put up some frugal yet beautiful finds that would be great gifts for your bridesmaid...and totally wearable for just a nice evening out.
The below are all great deals from the sale section at JCrew for under $40!
In honor of her mother, Liz at Linda & Harriettis giving away beautifully designed note cards to anyone who wants them, so that you can send it to someone special - just because.
Directions: just email lindaandharriett(at)gmail.com before noon EST tomorrow, October 19th and you'll receive a note card + envelope to send to a loved one. OR if you live in the great nyc, go visit her at the Blue Sky Bakery tomorrow from 10am till 1pm! She'll be giving away cards and stamps...and you can go enjoy their amazing pumpkin banana walnut muffins.
So when the two of us were working on our invitations, we got into a debate over whether our invitation should be classy, fun, or bold...and then there was the decision of what kind of font to use and what words we wanted to display. It was a lot of decision-making! And it wasn't an easy decision because I felt like it was how we were transcribing our love to our guests...and it better be representative of who we are. But how we can we possibly represent ourselves in one single paragraph?
Then we remembered...a picture is worth a thousand words.
Our awesome friend, Grace Li, offered to help us design something truly personal. Take a look below!
And yes - that actually looks like us =) why the nike shoes? it seems random - but it's a shared love, and niketown is the place where we went on our first date AND got engaged. My friends accuse me for shamelessly plugging the brand...but hey, I'm a fan!
I love how Grace made it personal and yet it's simple and practical - we didn't even include an rsvp card or an inner envelope (all of our guests rsvp'd online at our wedding website!) This ended up saving us a couple dollars on each invitation and when you invite 260 people...those savings add up!
Having done the whole wedding planning thing myself, I fell in love with the beauty and inspiration of weddings.
What's not to love? It's most likely the only event in your entire life when all your friends & family will join together to celebrate you & your spouse. The problem is when you go overboard and focus too much on the perfection of details instead of how joyful the experience should be.
My mission for this blog is to inspire you with style, and yet keep it sensible so that you remember that 1) love is not based on perfection but reality and 2) the bigger picture is marriage.
Hopefully when you look back at your wedding pictures, you'll be able to see the joy and not the flaws (because hey - things will go wrong, but the big day is about sooo much more than that)