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Wedding Flowers for the Spring Season

Wedding Flowers for the Spring Season

Let's take a look at wedding flower's that are in season for our spring brides!
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3 Tips for Bridal Bouquet Design

3 Tips for Bridal Bouquet Design

Here are a few tips to help you choose your flowers and build your bridal bouquet!
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What to Look for in a Wedding Florist

What to Look for in a Wedding Florist

You need someone who can handle flowers for an entire event, including centerpieces, boutonnieres, bouquets and more.
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5 Spring Cake Topper Favorites

5 Spring Cake Topper Favorites

Spring is probably the most popular wedding season. Whether you're getting married this spring and searching for those last minute details, or planning your wedding for next year, these spring cake topper favorites will help you check one thing off your shopping list!

D-ovely & Dramatic Spring Cake Topper

While not the traditional bride and groom cake topper, this dove cake topper is still perfect for the traditional spring wedding. As one of our spring cake topper favorites, this dove cake topper features a contemporary design mixed with a little bit of frill in it's floral base. We see this working well in a garden or simple barn wedding style. Spring cake topper

Adorable Leg Pop Spring Cake Topper

Second up we have this adorable leg popping kiss cake topper. Really, I think this cake topper might just be our favorite for spring forever. The tea length wedding dress, matched with the simple pearls and flower base is simply perfect for your spring wedding! Ultimately, we like this for weddings with a vintage vibe, playing with a cool and airy color palettes. Fairy Spring Cake Topper

Fairy Wedding Cake Topper for Spring

There is something about flowers in full bloom, gentle breezes through the trees, and the warm sun on your skin that makes you think that maybe...just maybe the magic you believed in in your childhood is real. This fairy princess and knight cake topper is a fun, fantasy filled option for your spring cake topper. Plus, this cake topper would go perfectly with our moody spring wedding colors. Love Bird Spring Cake Topper

Rustic Love Birds Spring Cake Topper

Next is another easy favorite for spring, this farmhouse style cake topper is ready for your spring wedding. It's simple design will complement any color scheme or style. Plus, it's hand engraved! This is one truly special wedding cake topper. Spring Cake Topper

Indie Style Wedding Cake Topper for Spring

In our blog, Spring Wedding Style Favoriteswe talked about how gorgeous a desert landscape inspired wedding was for our spring, bohemian brides. Well, this is THE cake topper for that desert wedding style!
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Unique Wedding Dresses for Spring Weddings

Unique Wedding Dresses for Spring Weddings

Every bride wants to feel special and unique on her wedding day. Getting married is a momentous occasion, and depending on your culture and upbringing, it can be a right of passage. Designing a wedding that is uniquely yours among all the traditions that go into a wedding ceremony and reception can feel difficult. Especially if you're not one to want to throw out all the wedding traditions all together. One simple way to ensure that your wedding day feels like it's truly a representation of who you are as a person and as a couple is to take some liberties in the style and design of your wedding dress. Wedding dresses are traditionally white, somewhat princess like, and usually floor length. A lot of brides have been playing with the style and color of their wedding dress to fit their personalities and preferences and the results are spectacular. Take a look at these unique wedding dresses for your spring wedding and see if we just might help you find a dress that will make your heart sing!

Unique Wedding Dresses for One of a Kind Brides

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MY BELOVED WHITE LACE MAXI DRESS from LULUS - $66

This simple white dress offers a unique look that's perfect for a warm spring wedding. The short underskirt, with the long over-lay is dramatic and sexy. This is perfect for the bride that is happy to show off some leg on her wedding day. Plus, at $66, it's THE dress for a bride wanting a unique wedding dress with a low wedding budget.
Unique Wedding Dresses for glam wedding

SLINK AND WINK MATTE ROSE GOLD SEQUIN MAXI DRESS from LULUS$80

Another low budget option from Lulus is this sexy rose gold sequin gown. This glam style dress would look so gorgeous in a very natural garden wedding style. This contrast will make it a stand out and it will elevate the rest of the wedding.
unique wedding dresses for spring

LACE  HOLLOW BOHEMIA WEDDING DRESS from OSHOPLIVE $199.99

We LOVE this Bohemia Wedding Dress. It's simple, but totally unique. It would be perfect for a wedding with a desert setting like we featured in our blog here.

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SWEEP TRAIN PRINCESS WEDDING DRESS from LalaMira$211.00

This romantic, blush wedding gown is perfect for any spring wedding. It pairs nicely with natural greenery tones or as a soft backdrop for a dramatic color pop. Wear a simple pearl comb in a princess-esk updo and you'll have the perfect bridal look. We love this gown because it has enough traditional style but is still one great option for unique wedding dresses.
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ARTISTIC WEDDING DRESS From ChrissyWaiching - $1,575.00

Now, is you're truly have your heart on only looking at unique wedding dresses to find the one then you should take a look at Chrissy WaiChing. She hand makes each dress to order. This is a surefire way to get the unique wedding gown your heart desires. We love this particular wedding dress because of it's soft ombre skirt that's design is truly unique. It can work into nearly any wedding style and you'll walk down the aisle feeling like your wedding day is truly one of a kind. 
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Wistful Wedding Colors for Spring

What makes for wistful wedding colors to use this spring?

Wistful wedding colors. Wistful. Synonymous with yearning and longing. It's definitively an atmosphere fit for a romantic, so in love, wedding. Since we tend to connect colors with emotions, to create a romantic wedding filled with dramatic longing you'll want to start by picking wistful wedding colors. If you're planning on having one main color paired with white or other neutrals, you'll want to look for light, possibly muted colors. If you want a color combo, you'll want one color to have a dramatic impact that still fits nicely in the light and airy vibe. Pulling bold color inspiration from nature is always a good idea and natural elements done right can really amp up the wistful atmosphere you're working towards. Check out some of our favorite wistful wedding colors!

Wistful Wedding Colors You'll Love this Spring

Wistful Wedding Colors | Poppy and Blush

Poppy and Blush

These wistful wedding colors make for a powerfully romantic combination. The bold poppy color creates a bold statement next to the light and airy blush. Together you've a look that will be unforgettable. This color combo is especially excellent if you plan on using poppy's as part of your wedding bouquet. Wistful Wedding Colors | Dusk Blue

Dusk Blue

A lot of people think of this dusky blue of being perfect for winter weddings. However, it's a definite favorite for the spring. Particularly if you're interested in wistful wedding colors. This cool color paired with light and airy wedding flowers create a relaxed and romantic atmosphere.   Wistful Wedding Colors | Black with Wildflowers

Black with Wildflowers

Black for spring and summer?? YES. When you pair a clean black with wildflowers at your wedding, you create a moody romantic vibe that is to die for. So if you're looking for some drama with an air of pride and prejudice declarations of love, black paired with colorful wildflowers is perfect for you!
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Spring Wedding Style Favorites

Spring Wedding Style Favorites

Spring runs from March 20th to June 21st and with it comes some of the most beautiful weddings. Between the weather and the atmosphere that comes with spring, it's no wonder that the June wedding is such sought after wedding. This year, there seems to be a pull towards the ethereal and romantic, the airy and dramatic. Check out our spring wedding style favorites list for your spring wedding inspiration. romantic spring wedding style favorites

A Moody Vibe

Typically, when people think of spring they think of pastels and flowers. Black isn't really on the table. But, this spring, shades of black are being used to make for moody and dramatic settings and has definitely become one of our spring wedding style favorites. Spring wedding style favorites

Desert Landscape

Honestly, there's something ethereal about a desert scene. So, couples are playing it up in their wedding decor and theme. Thus, you'll find wedding's pulling on the light desert colors and playing with the coachella desert vibe using prickly pear cocktails and wearing flower wreaths in their hair. Spring wedding style favorites

Purple-hue

Thirdly, purples in all shades and hues are all over for spring 2019. You'll find purple-hue weddings as one of the more popular spring wedding style favorites as the purple color can be done featuring a single tone or be done in a purple monotone. Truly, we love the purple-hue wedding shown above as the blue-based purples act as a soft background to the color-pop fuchsia . spring wedding theme favorites

Soft and Romantic

  Finally, our spring wedding style favorites list ends in a soft romantic look. So, it's going to be powdered blues, wildflowers, light weight fabrics, and dramatic candle settings. Additionally, when set on a stage of natural woods, you've got a spring wedding style that will be ageless.

Would you ever use black as your anchor color for a spring wedding?

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Keeping Tradition While Keeping a Budget

Keeping Tradition While Keeping a Budget

Keeping Tradition Can be Expensive

There are a lot of traditions and costs that go into your wedding. However, you need to find a way to prioritize them in case your budget gets tight! Take a look at some of the biggest and oldest wedding traditions that most bride's choose to include in their wedding. Keeping tradition isn't a requirement of getting married, but it sure can be a lot of fun. So, think about which wedding traditions are important to you and then be sure to prioritize them as you make your budget.

Wedding Dress

The traditional white wedding dress was born the day that Queen Victoria of England wore one on her wedding day in 1840. Today, the average cost of a traditional white wedding dress is between $400 and $1,700.

Wedding Cake

Wedding cakes as a wedding tradition date bake to medieval times when they were essentially bread and a symbol of fertility and prosperity. Now, the wedding cake is much more extravagant and typically costs between $300 and $690

The Bridal Bouquet

The wedding bouquet started as mostly herbs and a way to ward off evil spirits. It was also believed to prevent the plague. A flower bouquet for the bride now costs between $150-$350.

The Garter Toss

Celtic Charm Bridal Garter The garter toss was born from a couple different traditions. One of which of believing that getting a piece of the bride's wedding dress would bring you good luck. So while most see the garter toss as a flirty and innuendo type of tradition today, it was started as a way to ward off eager guests from essentially ripping the the bride's dress a part. A garter typically costs around $35 to $75. Though, many guests use a cheaper one for the toss and keep the nicer one for themselves.

Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

This wedding traditional is a whole lot of superstition. Kind of like an athlete who doesn't wash his socks all season. To uphold this tradition you need:
  • something old that represents your past life before marriage,
  • then, something new to represent you new married life,
  • something borrowed from someone with a happy marriage,
  • and something blue as a symbol of faithfulness.
The exact cost of this tradition depends entirely on what you use as each item.  
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So Who Pays for the Wedding?

So Who Pays for the Wedding?

The average wedding costs, $30,000.00. In most circle's that's a decent amount of money. Since it's 2019 there may be some question as to who exactly is meant to pay that cost.

Traditionally, Who Pays for the Wedding?

Wedding Pay: Who pays for the Wedding? Traditionally Speaking, the Bride's parent's or family would pay for almost everything to do with your wedding. If you're going the traditional route the bride's family can be assumed to pay for everything to do with the wedding ceremony and reception. So this would be the catering, a wedding planner, flowers, the wedding dress, photography, the wedding cake, and any and all of those little wedding accessories. Then, if you're having them the bride's family can also be anticipated to pay for the engagement party and the day-after brunch. The groom's family may not be assumed to pay for a majority of the actual wedding costs, however, traditionally they would be expected to pay for the Rehearsal dinner, the couples's honeymoon, and any alcohol at the reception.

What About the Bride and Groom?

Even in a traditional set up the bride and groom are still expected to front some of the costs for their wedding day. While these may differ depending on the couple and some parents may actually decide help cover these costs, the bride and groom often cover expenses that have more to do with their relationships. For example, the groom would pay for and acquire:
  • the marriage license,
  • officiant,
  • bride's rings,
  • his own attire,
  • and a wedding day gift for the bride and a thank you to his parents.
He might also be expected to pay and set up the wedding night accommodations assuming they aren't whisking away to their honeymoon straight from the reception. Then, the bride will be paying for:
  • the groom's wedding band,
  • bridesmaid gifts,
  • as well as gifts for the groom and her parents.
  • Her and her bridesmaid's hair and make up.

But, it's 2019 and Traditions Tend to Run a Little Lose

While wedding's are still rich in tradition, who pays for the wedding isn't one that is so set in stone. Nowadays, the wedding costs are divided up more naturally to what works for the couple's and their families. Many couples opt to pay for their wedding themselves. When expenses are high, they simply have a longer engagement to fund everything easily. Needless to say, who pays for the wedding is going to be a conversation you need to have right away.  
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The Wedding Accessories Brides Forget to Budget

The Wedding Accessories Brides Forget to Budget

There are so many little details and wedding accessories that go into creating your dream wedding. Wedding Collectibles is a shop dedicated to those little details and one thing we've learned being in the wedding industry is that it's these wedding accessories that brides forget to think about when planning their wedding budget. To give you a snapshot of how quickly these perfect touch accessories can add up, we went shopping. Where? Wedding Collectibles of course! One of the highest trending wedding styles this past year has been the simple barn wedding. So, we're shopping for the wedding accessories that will help create that look. This means clean, not overly adorned, and somewhat rustic.

Our Wedding Accessories Haul

In building the simple barn wedding look using accessories for every aspect of your wedding, we ended up adding 21 items to our Wedding Collectibles shopping cart.  Items for wedding favors and thank you notes we added enough for a guest list of 300, which is typical for the average to large wedding.

Our Absolute Favorite Simple Barn Wedding Accessories

One: Leg Pop Kissing Couple Wedding Cake Topper

Simple Barn Wedding Accessories A simple cake topper great for spring and summer weddings.

Two: Here Comes The Bride Flower Girl SignSimple Barn Wedding Accessories

This would be perfect for a flower girl that's a little too young to handle not dumping flower petals in one clump!

Three: Can't Wait to Grow Old With You Wedding Handkerchief

Wedding Accessories A wedding tradition that you should be able to keep personal! There's something romantic of this handwritten style love note hankie.

Four: Rustic Wooden Wedding Ring Bearer Pillow

Wedding Accessories We really liked this alternative look to a classic tradition.

Five: Scattered Flower Veil

Wedding Accessories This simple bridal veil really is perfect for a romantic barn wedding.

Six: Mini Wedding Bells

Wedding Bells If you're planning on doing wedding favors, there's something about using these wedding bells for a simple barn wedding that just rings true.

Our Full Wedding Accessory Shopping List:

  1. Leg Pop Kissing Couple Wedding Cake Topper
  2. Here Comes the Bride Flower Girl Sign
  3. Can't Wait to Grow Old With You Wedding Handkerchief 
  4. Rustic Wooden Wedding Ring Bearer Pillow
  5. Scattered Flower Veil
  6. Mini Wedding Bells
  7. Personalized From the Bride to Her Father Handkerchief
  8. Vintage Style White Purse
  9. Mrs. Cosmetic Bag
  10. Rustic Wooden Heart Table Decor Confetti 
  11. White and Silver Thank You Cards
  12. Floral Applique Wedding Garter
  13. Personalized Burlap Runner
  14. 17 Inch Wedding Sparklers
  15. Rosebud Wedding Guest Book & Pen Set
  16. Faux Birch Log Card Holders
  17. Custom Wedding Table Sign
  18. Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Chair Signs
  19. Contemporary Champagne Flutes
  20. Silver Oval Cuff Links
  21. Foundations Wedding Cake Knife and Server Set

Total Cost for this Wedding Accessories Haul

Wedding Accessories Costs   This might not be your exact wedding accessory shopping list, but you can see how quickly these types of wedding accessories can add up! The takeaway? Don't forget to budget for your wedding accessory musts!
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How Much Do Weddings Cost?

How Much Do Weddings Cost?

Weddings cost money. It doesn't matter if you're planning the biggest wedding of the year or if you're doing a courthouse wedding and going out with your closest friends for dinner to celebrate after. It costs roughly $75 to get married at your local courthouse. Add in $15 dollars for your marriage licence, maybe $50 for a simple nice dress, and $100 for dinner and you're looking at a wedding coming under $250.00. Courthouse Weddings Cost Photo by: Michelle Walker Photography   If you're looking to spend as little as humanely possible on your wedding, a courthouse wedding is a good place to start. However, everyone's dream wedding is different and come with different budgets.

How Much Do Average Weddings Cost?

Average Cost of:
  • Wedding Venue: $12,343.00
  • Wedding Officiant: $300.00
  • Limo Service: $800.00
  • Live Wedding Band: $3,500.00
  • Wedding Photographer: $2,559.00
  • Wedding Dress: $1,357.00
  • Groom's Tux: $197.00
  • Wedding Cake: $450.00
  • Wedding Flowers: $2,141.00
  • Hair & Make Up: $300.00
  • Wedding Invitations (including all the trimmings): $750.00
  • Wedding Caterer: $7,000.00
The total average cost of a wedding: $31,697.00 

The Low Budget Wedding

Low end cost of:
  • Wedding Venue: $640.00
  • Wedding Officiant: $100.00
  • Limo Service: $220.00
  • Live Wedding Band: $450.00
  • Wedding Photographer: $323.00
  • Wedding Dress: $120.00
  • Groom's Tux: $120.00
  • Wedding Cake: $125.00
  • Wedding Flowers: $189.00
  • Hair & Make Up: $60.00
  • Wedding Invitations (including all the trimmings): $150.00
  • Wedding Caterer: $400.00
The total cost of a typical low budget wedding: $2,897

The Pull No Punches Wedding

Weddings Cost Glam High end cost of:
  • Wedding Venue: $20,000.00
  • Wedding Officiant: $650.00
  • Limo Service: $1,800.00
  • Live Wedding Band: $9,750.00
  • Wedding Photographer: $4,500.00
  • Wedding Dress: $2,600.00
  • Groom's Tux: $2,600.00
  • Wedding Cake: $1,000.00
  • Wedding Flowers: $4,200.00
  • Hair & Make Up: $1,050.00
  • Wedding Invitations (including all the trimmings): $1,300.00
  • Wedding Caterer: $13,000.00
The total cost of typical high budget wedding: $62,450.00

Plan Within Your Budget

While these numbers come from various bride surveys and market trends, remember that they represent the typical and average. You can make more room in your budget by forgoing some of these items or if you have personal connections to vendors, you might find yourself a deal. A lot of couples looking to save may even have an outdoor, backyard reception, forgoing any venue costs. Additionally, keep in mind that there a million little small details to account for. For example, wedding accessories like cake toppers, wedding garters, and table center pieces, while not big purchases will still add to you total costs. Whatever your dream wedding is just remember that a wedding that stays within budget is always going to be less stressful.  
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What Should Be on Your Wedding Planning Checklist?

What Should Be on Your Wedding Planning Checklist?

A lot of wedding planning checklists have these extensive and detailed timelines of what you should do in month 12, 8, 5,2....etc. But what about our brides that get engaged and plan a wedding three months out? Looking at what you "should have done" 9 months ago isn't exactly going to help the wedding stress. So here is a straight wedding planning checklist that that will help any bride or groom plan for their wedding day!

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A Wedding Planning Checklist

  • Announce engagement.
  • Review finances
  • Prepare wedding budget
  • Create a wedding binder (actual or digital) to track planning and receipts
  • Hire a wedding planner
  • Create a guest list and be open to revision
  • Decide upon a wedding design and style
  • Choose wedding colors
  • Decide on who you want in your bridal party
  • Buy Bridal Party gifts
  • Determine Bridal Party Assignments, if any
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  • Extend Bridal Party Invitations
  • Review and Select a venue
  • Review and secure a caterer
  • Create song lists
  • Review and secure a band or DJ
  • Review and hire a florist
  • Go cake tasting and order your wedding cake
  • Buy wedding cake topper
  • Review and hire a photographer
  • Take Engagement Photos
  • Make a wedding website
  • Select Invitations and set a deadline for when to send them out
  • Send out save the dates
  • Buy your wedding dress
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  • Pick out what the bridal party is wearing. Make sure this is done early enough for everyone to get fittings!
  • Create ceremony schedule
  • Create reception schedule
  • Decide and book luncheon and rehearsal dinner locations
  • Secure officiant
  • Determine hair and make up
  • Buy rehearsal and luncheon dresses
  • Buy guest favors
  • Book any extra vendors for activities at your wedding, such as photo booths, archery, ax throwing. You know, the typical stuff.
  • Write wedding vows
  • Decide on what you want said at your wedding
  • Invite those you want to give toasts to do so
  • Plan and purchase any decorative accessories for your wedding and reception that goes beyond flowers
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  • Create mock ups of table settings, floral elements, etc
  • Get your marriage licence
  • Book Honeymoon
  • Create a seating chart based on RSVP
  • Put tips for vendors and services in envelopes, ready to go
  • Pay in full all vendors and venues
  • Arrange all travel vehicles for guests, the bride and groom, and bridal parties as needed
  • Book block of rooms for out of town guests
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Get a pedicure and manicure, and maybe a massage
The size and location of your wedding will determine what on this wedding planning checklist is applicable. Though, in general, this is what you're looking at needing to get done. A wedding planner isn't 100% always a necessity, but can definitely help a lot! Especially, if you're easily overwhelmed or have a hard time keeping life organized.
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