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Wedding Woes that can Wait

Planning a wedding seems to happen all at once - all of the decisions feel equally important and relevant when you're first engaged and you're caught in a flurry of congratulations and furious planning. Before you drive yourself crazy with details and dahlias, what tasks can be delegated down or saved for later? Here's a short list of tasks and tribulations that you can put on the backburner:   Picking the Bridal Party
Many a retrospective and once-overly-enthusiastic bride will tell you this: don't pick your bridal party too early. If you're still more than a year away from the wedding, keep your #1 pick for Maid of Honor and Flower Girl under wraps. Relationships change, people move away or begin doctorate programs. While your bridal party has only one responsibility - showing up and wearing nice, pre-selected clothes - you want to be sure that the men and women in your line are the friends and family you really want behind you on your wedding day. There's no harm in just waiting it out! Snapping Engagement Photos
Even though they're called "engagement photo shoots" they don't have to be planned and finished within the first few weeks of your engagement. The point of an engagement photo shoot is to showcase your relationship in an environment in which you feel comfortable during a particularly happy time in your life. Some couples choose to use these photos in their "save the dates" or wedding invitations, but by no means is that a requirement. If you're already overburdened with other wedding woes, don't feel that you have to squeeze an engagement photo shoot in as well. Then again, if you could really use an afternoon of looking pretty and exploring your favorite museum or tide pool with your puppy and fiancé, go right ahead!   Selecting Wedding Gifts
Gifts are fun, and pre-planning gifts for your wedding can be just as enjoyable, but it can also take a lot out of you. Registering takes way more energy than you might think, and registering too early can spell disaster for your "early bird" wedding planning ideals. If you register more than a few months ahead of when your invitations go out, you run the risk of items being discontinued and matching dish sets being broken up. My advice is to go through retailers' websites, mark items that you're interested in, and put that list aside for later. Save the physical registration process for just a few months before the big day to save an even bigger hassle later.
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Concerns for the Newly Engaged

A good friend and colleague of mine got engaged over the weekend, and was full of questions when she was back to work. Most of them built up to one bigger concern – where should she even start? If you have a tentative wedding date in mind as soon as you’re engaged, there are a few things you should consider before you start looking through specific details for your day. Before you start picking out centerpieces and trying on dresses, jot these down in a newly purchased wedding planner:   Figure out a guest list
You won’t need a set-in-stone guest list until you send your save-the-dates or invites before your wedding, but all of your other decisions depend on at least a fuzzy picture of who you expect to be attending your big day. A guest list of 50 versus 100 will change the way you spend your $5,000 budget. Much like the earlier budget decision, your thoughts on your guest list composition will color the picture you’ll start to craft of your ideal wedding. This decision is best left for after determining your budget. You can always scale your budget down, but it’s harder to do that with a guest list once you have your heart set on the friends and family you hope to see on your wedding day.   Figure out a budget
It’s easy to get swept up in the romance of a new engagement, but making decisions, even small ones like linens and candles, without a budget can really throw a wrench into the wedding experience. If you get your heart set on a venue or guest list without first figuring out what you can afford, you’ll find yourself disappointed way ahead of time. Even if your wedding is far off in the future, or you know that you’ll need to save up a bit before you start committing to definite plans, know what your end goal is before searching for inspiration online. Have a dollar amount in mind so you aren’t reaching for the moon during your preemptive planning. Weddings can be spectacular on any budget, so don’t fret!   Enjoy the moment!
For the moment, stop planning and start enjoying being engaged. Take your nose out of Pinterest and enjoy some time to yourselves. This is especially important now, as relatives and friends will likely be asking about wedding plans in droves. A simple “we really haven’t started thinking about it yet” will allow some time to digest your ideal plans in favor of some more realistic ones before you start leaking details. Let it settle, enjoy the enthusiasm around you, and start seriously planning a few months down the road.

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Preparing the Perfect Christmas Wedding Favors

Making Christmas Wedding Favors

Christmas Wedding Favors

While we’ll never recommend planning your wedding for Christmas morning, holding a wedding during the Christmas season is a great way to get your family together to celebrate both your marriage and the reason for the season. Thank your guests for participating in this time of togetherness and appreciation with a few special Christmas wedding favors. Even if your winter wedding has not a scrap of holly about it, Christmas wedding favors are an always-appreciated treat during the cold winter months. So what works well for Christmas wedding favors? As a general rule, wedding guests love something they can eat. Indulge that desire with Christmas wedding favors like hot cocoa kits and peppermint bark. If you want to make your special seasonal treats from scratch, transform them into elegant Christmas wedding favors by packaging them professionally. A simple tag and a clean white box takes normal Christmas goodies and turns them into beautiful Christmas wedding favors. Snowflakes, ornaments, and gingerbread man kits also make wonderful Christmas wedding favors. Get creative!
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Old and New: Vintage Wedding Accessory Set

Have it Both Ways with a Vintage Wedding Accessory Set

Vintage Wedding Accessory Set

Finding a vintage guest book or set of toasting glasses on your own is a mean feat. The chances of finding a vintage lace garter (that isn’t yellow and crumbling away at the ties) that you can wear to your chic vintage wedding is just as unlikely. So what are you to do? You’ve got the doily centerpieces and upcycled bath tub of ice and refreshments – how will you manage to scrape together a vintage wedding accessory set? Well, the trick is to get one fresh and new. There is a lot of appeal in old things with their own bit of history, but a vintage wedding accessory set is the time to skip authenticity in favor of aesthetics. Find a vintage wedding accessory set that fits the look and feel of your wedding – there’s no need to find every bit of your wedding in the corner of an antique store. A wedding is a combination of “something old” and “something new”; a time to start a new chapter in your life as a unit with your one-and-only. Your guestbook, your flower girl basket, your toasting glasses, your garter – these are all parts of a vintage wedding accessory set that can be purchased fresh and new: symbols of both your love of vintage appeal and the new part of your life. A vintage wedding accessory set can be both!
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Nerdy Wedding Details

  Nerds, by definition, are lovers. Be it a mutual love of J.R.R. Tolkein, Star Wars Novelizations, linguistics, The Martian Chronicles, Legos, literature, or otherwise, nerdy love breeds some downright beautiful wedding details. Cakes, stationary, centerpieces, rings, and everything in between all have the opportunity to be nerdified in a spectacular and unique fashion.   Non-nerds have it all wrong. They think we hide behind our imagined universes in order to avoid reality. Quite the contrary – we help to build and expand these universes to make our own reality more awesome. Bring that to your wedding with pride.   But if you’re not 100% ready to come to your wedding dressed in full Renaissance Faire gear, you might want to consider a few more subtle nods to your favorite things on your wedding day:  
As save-the-dates are usually much less formal than wedding invitations, nerds the world over have been having fun designing them for their own purposes. From mock comic book covers to stop-motion lego YouTube videos, save-the-dates open up a world of creative possibilities for nerdy couples. Skilled brides, grooms, and bridegrooms build these STDs from scratch, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Artists on sites such as Etsy or Geekvites are more than happy to create unique wedding stationary for your friends and family.  

Wedding cakes are my favorite part of a wedding reception, and it’s the centerpiece that most guests will flock to and admire immediately. Nerdy wedding cakes are very “in” right now, and even in a completely traditional reception space, “TARDIS” cakes don’t stand out as too outlandishly weird. It’s expected that couples express their mutual love for Star Trek or crossword puzzles via a two-foot-high dessert showpiece, so this would be a great opportunity to build something unique and completely “you” in the nerdiest way possible.  

As this is a personal garment that will only be flashed to the general public for a moment, so it’s a great little accessory for the more closeted nerd. Want to flaunt your Gryffindor or Captain America pride without dominating your ceremony with over-the-top replicas and character actors? Strap your love to your leg like a true fan. Fans of Harry Potter and the Marvel universe will find it especially easy to find sexy accessories that feature their favorite universes.  

The Rings
Your wedding rings are forever. Unlike the rest of your wedding details, you’ll carry them with your for the entirety of your wedded life. A true nerd embraces their culture, and nothing shouts that pride louder or clearer than the piece of jewelry you’ll carry around with you long after your wedding day. While most nerdy wedding rings will have to be custom-made, don’t let that deter you. Some nerdy rings are nerdy due just to the material they’re made of, such as meteorite… or kryptonite.

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Complimenting a Bridal Toe Ring

Fabrics and Venues that work with a Bridal Toe Ring

Bridal Toe Ring

  A bridal toe ring is a fun and flirty piece of jewelry that you can wear on your wedding day that will add a subtle sparkle to your look. A bridal toe ring is a popular piece of sparkling jewelry for beach (or just barefoot!) brides, as it adds some flair and class to otherwise bare (though probably pedicured) feet. If you’re planning on rocking bare feet for your wedding day, you won’t just need a bridal toe ring to make your look come together in a fancy free fashion – your dress choice is just as (if not more) important. Compliment your bridal toe ring with one of two of our favorite barefoot dress options: Flowing Free
A long, flowing, airy material is a must for barefoot brides who love a good bridal toe ring. This dress option will fit your venue (a beach, garden, etc) better than a heavier ball gown. If you want to look casual enough for a bridal toe ring, yet still feminine and bridal, stick to something long and sheer.   Short and Sweet
The other gown that perfectly complements a bridal toe ring is something short and cute. Hippie brides and brides of the beach will love a tea-length cotton dress of any style. Again, like with the longer gown, you want to avoid heavy materials and excessive beading. You want your gown to work with your bridal toe ring, just like you want your bridal toe ring to work with you!
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The Practicality and Aesthetic of Wedding Favor Cards

Beautiful (And Useful!) Wedding Favor Cards

Wedding Favor Cards

If you’re making your own favors, be it jarring jams or packaging chocolates or crafting miniature birdhouses, you need a way to dress up your gifts for your guests. Wedding favor cards are a great way to add a professional and charming touch to your handmade (or just hand-packaged) wedding favors. Finding the right wedding favor cards isn’t difficult if you know what you’re looking for. Do you want to add a vintage feel to your favors? A southern charm? Wedding favor cards will unify your aesthetic and drive home your theme. The material and/or design of wedding favor cards will vary for your purposes – you just have to start hunting! You should always consider using wedding favor cards if you’re making your own favors, especially if it won’t be initially obvious that your offerings are for guests to take home with them. The last thing you want is to be stuck with over a hundred measuring spoons or miniature buckets of cheese popcorn. Okay, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, but you still want your guests to enjoy the favors too. Wedding favor cards can work for individual guest names or might just be labeled with a simple “thank you.” Either way, wedding favor cards are classy and stylish way to make it exceedingly obvious that the favors are up for grabs.
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Literary Wedding Inspiration

Theme weddings have a habit of borrowing from literature. While finding inspiration in great novels, plays, and poems can be a fun way to personalize your wedding day, it’s easy to go over the top. That’s why, if you don’t want a theme wedding, many people simply don’t bother. Here are some low-key ideas inspired by some of my favorite authors (without stepping into the bounds of “theme-y”: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald was the author of the famous American novel The Great Gatsby, and his career was absolutely saturated with stories of high society in the 1920s. Though his stories were timely critical comments on excess and wealth, his worlds still serve as inspiration for weddings the world over.   Keep it Simple with: Mint Juleps, Martinis, and Bubbly
and Feathers, White Dinner Jackets, and Low Waists.   J. R. R. Tolkien I’ve never met anyone who wouldn’t drop everything for the chance to live in J.R.R. Tolkien’s pastoral domicile: the humble Hobbit hole. The Shire, the mythical serene landscape within Tolkien’s Middle Earth, is perfect in every way. Weddings in the Shire employ the gratuitous use of flowers and the outdoors, plenty of ale, and a plethora of pastels.   Keep it Simple with: Beer and Ale and More Beer
Bright Colors, Flowers, and Airy Fabrics. Edgar Allen Poe
Poe was the author of such famous short horror stories as “The Black Cat” and “The Premature Burial” and poems such as “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee.” Chilling and weirdly romantic, his works have haunted our hearts and minds for decades. While few associate his stories with uplifting happy endings, fans of his enchanting language know exactly why he inspires light and dark weddings everywhere.   Keep it Simple with: Wed Wine and Cognac, Red Wine
Lace, Red Roses, and Buttery Silk.

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Setting Up Bridal Shower Decorations

Designing Cohesive and Cost-Effective Bridal Shower Decorations

Bridal Shower Decorations

Hosting a bridal shower can sometimes become as stressful and difficult as planning a wedding. There’s guest lists, catering, planning, and – of course – decorating. Bridal shower decorations don’t get nearly as much spotlight as wedding decorations, but the aesthetics and ambiance of a bridal shower can’t be overlooked or ignored. The trick to beautiful bridal shower decorations is simplicity and consistency. It doesn’t matter how much you spend or how much you saturate your venue in tissue paper – your bridal shower decorations should be cohesive and minimal. Paper bridal shower decorations are my personal favorite; they’re easy and they always look great. Think about paper bunting, confetti, and classy table numbers to tie your bridal shower decorations together. There’s no need to go crazy buying any and all bridal shower decorations you can. Find a theme and stick to it, but don’t go overboard. For bridal shower decorations, it’s all about beauty in simplicity.   The bride will love her bridal shower as long as she’s surrounded by the women who love her, but that doesn’t mean you should skip the bridal shower decorations! Photos from this event will be stacked next to the ones from the wedding itself – let your bridal shower decorations speak to the quality of the event!
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Beer and You: A Classy Affair

There are some who believe that a bride has no place slinging beers at her wedding. The picture of a sparkling bride in white handling a bottle of PBR just doesn’t sit well with some critics. Beer can have a place within a wedding – it just has to be handled classily and correctly. Should you be knocking back Buds from the bottle for six straight hours during your reception? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make beer classy.   Try adding… Beer Samplers
The simple allure of a stacked and colorful beer sampler has always caught my attention at high-class breweries. A group of six 8-ounce glasses of assorted microbrews (sometimes mixed with fresh fruit!) is a delicacy that many restaurants implore within their catering services – just ask! This is a more stylish way to imbibe without the threat of ugly half-finished bottles cluttering your tables. And for beer snobs like myself, a sampler per table gives me the opportunity to show my friends and relatives a world outside of Miller Light. You can finish the one you love and ignore the rest – much like a husband. Local Brews
By offering up a beer- only hosted bar, you set yourself up to save a lot of money, but not all couples are gung-ho about the idea. Full bars are expensive, but a beer-specific bar doesn’t have to be bland and insipid. Try experimenting with hosting local and seasonal brews – without the bottle, if you please. Spring for the right glasses. You aren’t shackled to champagne, so try to experiment with something new, full, and exciting if you’re going for beer.   Favors A fun addition to your brewed wedding could be a little something delicious for your guests to take home with them – a fermented favor, if you will. If you plan on offering seasonal and/or local brews during your reception, offer bottled versions for later consumption as guests exit. Good beers tend to be bottled in attractive receptacles, and it’s likely that the addition of a bottle at every place setting – or at a display as guests exit – will add to rather than detract from your décor. For younger guests, offer fancy bottled soda as an “I’m Sorry You’re Not 21” consolation favor.

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The Shapes and Sizes of Stylish Wedding Favor Boxes

My Favorite Stylish Wedding Favor Boxes

Stylish Wedding Favor Boxes

Making your own favors is a fun but laborious experience that often involves a lot more work than you think it will. Even if you’re just combining store bought goodies or putting together a candy bar, you soon realize that you have nothing to present to your guests at their place settings. Instead of dumping the goodies into a pile on their chargers, I recommend a good solid set of stylish wedding favor boxes. Instead of regular folded containers or simple paper bags, stylish wedding favor boxes offer a variety of choices for your favor storing needs. My favorite stylish wedding favor boxes have a window cut right into the top or side so that guests can take a peek at the goodness to come. Of that category, the stylish wedding favor boxes with heart-shaped windows are my favorite. If straight-up boxes aren’t your thing (or you don’t think your favor will fit into a cube), consider stylish wedding favor boxes that come in a tent shape. These stylish wedding favor boxes are good for lollypops, other strangely-shaped favors, or even just more of the same! It isn’t hard to find stylish wedding favor boxes that fit your style and your purposes.
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Bridal Shower Bingo: A Rowdy Afternoon of Frolic

Fun Times with Bridal Shower Bingo

Bridal Shower Bingo

Bridal shower games are probably my favorite part of the wedding marathon that brides subject themselves to in the months leading up to their big day. They’re inexpensive, fun, and provide a great bonding opportunity for the women closest to you. You don’t really know your Great Aunt Sally until you’ve seen her viciously plotting against your Maid of Honor in a lively round of bridal shower bingo. Bridal shower bingo really brings out the competitive side in many women you wouldn’t expect it from – even a poised afternoon tea can get a little rowdy with the addition of a few cutesy prizes. The competition inspired by bridal shower bingo isn’t negative, however: quite the contrary. Bridal shower bingo is fun, and it breathes life into an ordinary celebratory bridal get-together. The multiple winners and excitable participants keep any hard feelings at bay (unlike strategic and cutthroat gaming scenarios like family “Risk” or “Monopoly” night). Finding great bridal shower bingo games isn’t too difficult, but you might want to skip trying to make them yourself. A few hours struggling with clip art and Microsoft word functions will leave you frustrated (and sporting an inferior product). Bridal shower bingo is just what your shower needs for an unforgettable afternoon.
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