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Don't Make These 7 Wedding Trend Mistakes

Don't Make These 7 Wedding Trend Mistakes

We’ve been talking a lot about trends this month and it’s time to get into the things NOT to do this year if you want to avoid your wedding being on the “been there done that” list. So, let's take alook at these 7 wedding trend mistakes!

An overly Instagramed wedding!

Wedding trend mistakes Your guests are there to celebrate with you right? Invite guests to put away their phones, by providing a professional photographer that will capture all the candid moments you are all craving. Stay off your phones and immerse yourselves in the beautiful event you worked so hard to create. Don’t let cell phones and hashtags and selfies get in the way of you and your friends making fun memories out on the dance floor or a meaningful conversation with your grandmother. The most cherished keepsakes from your wedding day are the special moments you share as a couple with your friends and family.  

Wedding favor or junk drawer contender? Don't fall into one of these wedding trend mistakes!

Wedding trend mistakesWhat’s the truth about the cute bauble you picked out as a favor for all your wedding guests? You know the little decorative trinket you spent money on? Unfortunately most of these get left behind at the wedding or placed in your guest’s junk drawer when they get home. Forget about the wedding favor and put the money towards something that people care more about, like being witness to a beautiful well-thought out wedding ceremony. Put more focus on your precious nuptials.

#badhashtag

Wedding trend mistakes Hashtags are a supertrend that aren’t just going to go away. However try to avoid making a creative and probably confusing hashtag. You may induce serious eye-rolls with your oh so cute hashtag creation. We advise keeping it simple and genuine by just using your names.

Can I monogram that?

Wedding trend mistakes Please stop putting your monogram on EVERYTHING!! It’s important to use this sparingly or else it just looks tacky! Put your monogram on the invitation and use it in one design element at the reception. Keep it off your dance floor. Don’t put it on napkins, signs, or table cloths. Just keep it simple and sophisticated.

A sea of gray… I’m bored

Wedding trend mistakes One of the biggest wedding trend mistakes to ditch this year is the monochromatic bridesmaid look. Minimalism is still in, but with a flair! You can stick with a complementary palette but then let your bridal party wear varying patterns, hues, designers, and styles that show off individuality and helps them feel good too!

Geometric ceremonies are too trendy

Wedding trend mistakes While we will see more art installments in wedding receptions this year, avoid using geometric backdrops at your wedding ceremony. It had it’s fifteen minutes of fame last year, but this trend is not one that will last. You will be looking at your wedding photos forever, a geometric backdrop will seriously date your wedding, making it a wedding trend mistake you'll want to avoid. Another thing to watch out for are asymmetrical designs. The look tends to draw the eye into a particular direction, away from the couple; it’s distracting. When it comes to your ceremony backdrop, choose elements that are symmetrical, chic, and timeless.  
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Tips From Real Life Proposal Stories

How to ask one of the most important questions of your life:

Secret Cliffside Proposal in Big Sur Lynn Lewis Asking someone to marry you is a big deal. It shouldn't be done for the heck of it, nor should it be a last ditch effort to save a crumbling relationship. Marriage is a wonderful and hard thing. The proposal is the first step. Take a look at these real life stories to figure out the secret of the perfect proposal.

Real Life Proposals

Melissa B.: Spent all day at our favorite place, Disneyland. At night when the Sleeping Beauty Castle was lit, he proposed to me surrounded by family and park-goers and it was perfect! One of my favorite memories is noticing his hand fidgeting in mine as we approached the castle. I loved finding out that it was because he was about to propose!

Steve M.: I asked Kim to marry me via an Easter egg hunt. She had to spell out will you marry me and the ring was in a big plastic gold egg.
Ashley K.Zach proposed to me in the evening at home in our pajamas. We had just watched a show, and he left the room, came back, and said he was happiest at home with me and the cats. Then, as formal as you can be wearing pajamas, he got on one knee and proposed. I said yes and he put my ring on. Then he nearly passed out from being too overwhelmed lol. He's sweet.
Christine M.We had just moved into our first apartment as a couple (we lived with 4-5 roommates prior). It was late, and we both had a long day at work. We were hanging out in our little kitchen, and I was sitting on the counter. We were surrounded by stacks of boxes waiting to be unpacked. However, we just wanted to have a drink, hang out, laugh together, and just soak in the newness of our place. That’s when he proposed. It was so simple, but it was genuine and beautiful. It wasn’t over the top, but it was us. Apparently he was holding onto the ring for a while and was waiting for “the moment”. He couldn’t have had better timing.

Are you getting the big idea behind the wedding proposal yet?

Proposal at Sunset Cliffs Weddings by Lex
Cameo My husband waited until 1 am to write a huge complex math equation on the chalkboard at our study lounge in college and then asked me to help him solve it. I said no which led to an argument that ended with him writing the answer to the problem, which was "will you marry me?" and him throwing the ring at me and storming out. I quickly followed after him and asked him if we could start over. After he helped me solve the math equation and I said yes, we went and got slurpees to celebrate.
Mike M.: Made her dinner at her place before she got home. Had the first clue for a scavenger hunt under her plate. When she was done eating I removed her plate and the hunt began. I wrote all the clues. The last clue said, “I hate it when there’s rocks in my shoe!” It led her to her closet where I had planted her ring in one of her shoes. When she came out of her closet I was on a knee and asked for her hand in marriage. This June will be 23 years! 😍😍
Jill S.:  I came back to my hometown to cheer my high school homecoming game the October after graduating (I was a cheerleader in high school and alumni are invited to cheer at homecoming every year). During half time, my boyfriend came down and asked me to introduce him to the coach. So we walk over and he shakes his hand and the coach asks him, “are you ready?” My boyfriend says yes... And I say ready for what? Then the coach asks for everyone’s attention at the sideline and Jason drops to a knee and proposes in front of a full football stadium! We have been married 19 years!

Who knows the secret?

Courtney H.: Tyler took me on a nice date and then when we came back to my parents house he took me to the room/spot where we had talked about getting married. He had the ring in his pocket and got down in one knee and said a bunch of nice things and proposed to me. I think that how it went. It was late.... Ha ha
Jessica P.: Deric took me to a park in Idaho next to a river where my sister and Andrew set up a computer and rose petals. When we got to the bench, Deric sat me down and played a slideshow video full of pictures of us to Beautiful Soul (cheesy I know but I loved it!). He then took me to where the rose petals where arranged in a heart and knelt down! Got it all on video too.
Travis S.: Proposed at Anime Expo while she was in cosplay! And on July 4th! Lol!  Stephanie F.:  My husband took me to one of our church's temples. We spent the day inside and then we walked around the gardens outside. We sat down on a bench and we were just talking. Well sort of. I had a feeling he was about to propose and so we were both kind of nervous. I was wearing a promise ring he had given me in high school and he started playing with it and took it off. He swapped it with my engagement ring and slipped it on my finger and went down on one knee. This is where it gets kind of fuzzy because I literally cannot remember him saying "will you marry me" or me saying "yes" but I know it happened. It is kind of funny how sometimes that moment you have been day dreaming ends up being a blur of just pure happiness.

How do you want to propose?

Christin R.: Ooohhhh I have a real good one! Including missing 2 flights, my grandma nearly missing the whole thing, a male dog with a bow, and disguised birthday surprise for my mom she actually knew about to try and surprise me (it worked) and me not seeing the ring for nearly 6 mins.
Daryl K.: Mike came over to my house and we were trying to decide what to do for the day. I had my back turned to him looking something up on the computer and he says, "I know what we can do". I turned around and he's down on one knee and says, "We can get married! Will you marry me?!" He later told me he had wanted to propose at the beach where we spent our first date, but earlier that day he had picked up my ring and just couldn't wait any longer!! It was So sweet! He could have proposed in Taco Bell for all I care!! ♥️
Stephanie S.: It was a Saturday and I had to work some overtime. He was anxious for me to get to his parents house and kept calling to see where I was. He wanted to have a picnic lunch in the park. When I got there we drove over to a park. He took me to a beautiful spot that overlooked the town and an orange grove. Then, he had some pomegranate seeds and began relying the story of Hades and Persephone. He told me that he wanted me to be with him forever and asked me to marry him

The big secret?

The how doesn't matter so much. You know who your proposing. Think about them and how much you love them. Be real. Nothing else matters.

Share your real life proposal stories below!

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A Photo Booth as a Guest Book

Wedding Photo BoothA wedding photo booth is perfect for your fun and flirty wedding! Photo booths are a great way to encourage your guests to document their memories for you on your special day. Many brides and grooms will even use a photo booth in lieu of a guestbook!

How it works:

A photographer with a Polaroid camera snaps a picture of your guests as they come in or throughout the night in front of your backdrop. Then, your guests sign their picture and slip it in a photo album or hang it on a clothes line display!

Why people love it:

It really is a great way to capture who was at your wedding; keeping the name to the face of that distant relative that you don't know too well. Plus, guests have the opportunity to have some fun with it, making the picture silly or more personal than their name scribbled down in a book. Add in some props and your guests will not be able to help but have fun with it!

Top Three Photo Booths

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Check out all our photo booth back drops here and tell us which are your favorites in the comment section! 

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Cake Decorating Ideas That Are Meant to Help Brides

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Cake Decorating Ideas That Are Meant to Help Brides Weddings come in all shapes and sizes, as do the pieces that build them up: centerpieces, wedding dresses, favors, and wedding cakes. The wedding cake, being one of the those must items, can be done in so many different ways and it can sometimes be hard to sort through all of the cake decorating ideas. An important thing to remember is that they are ideas, suggestions, and simply possibilities and not really rules. Of course, the cake decorating ideas that you are likely to encounter are going to be based on both tradition and the way cakes have been decorated in the past and on ways in which you can push on those traditions. As you sort through these decoration ideas, you can pick and choose between traditional and non-traditional designs. Some brides prefer pulling from the more traditional wedding cake decorating ideas because it can be a more sentimental route. However, adhering to a tradition does not mean it has to be in a traditional way. For example, wedding cake toppers are a traditional aspect of wedding cake decorations -that bride and groom at the top of the cake have been there since before you were born- but that doesn't mean you can't put a fun twist to the design. Unique Cake Toppers as a Twist on Traditional Wedding Cake Decorating Ideas

  1. Unique Animal Wedding Cake Toppers - Seal it with a kiss with this Seal Wedding Cake TopperUnique Cake Decorating Idea A lot of bride's will choose to have a beach wedding this summer and along with that you will find plenty of beach themed wedding cake toppers with seashells and feet in the sand (see: "Beach Get Away"  and "Beach Romance") which can be unique in there more natural and casual design's, but how many wedding cakes have you found with seals on top? Animal wedding cake toppers may not be every bride's cup of tea, but you can be assured that it would be an adorable and unique cake decorating idea.
  2. Take a look at a more Stylized Design for a Twist on the TraditionalStylized Cake Decorating Ideas More stylized and artistic designs can also give you a different look, but keep you in the realm of tradition. There is something beautiful about the ease of these romantic wedding cake decorations.
Other Areas of Cake Decorating to Consider Along with using unique wedding cake toppers you should take a look at mixing up the wedding cake shape, colors, and even the cake-y-ness.
  • You have choices in the shape of your cake from its height to its form. Will you choose a round cake or square? Or will you go way out of the box and create your own shape? Will you have three tiers or two? Or Will you use cupcakes?
  • Another area people are branching out are in the color of their cake. Typically, people choose a white frosted cake as its base color, but why not mix it up?
  • Do you need cake? Some couples are pushing through this tradition by using pies and other desert options in place of the traditional wedding cake. Keep in mind that choosing pies would limit your decorating options (though there are some great "Monogram" cake toppers that are great for wedding pies!)
As you go through the many cake decoration ideas that are out there, it may be overwhelming, but one of the best parts of not being the first woman to ever get married is that the many brides before you have figured out a little bit about what works and what doesn't. Be sure to take your time in deciding on who will make your cake and browse through the many cake decorating designs that are available. And there are a lot. Trust me, we would know! We specialize in wedding cake toppers!

Take a look at our Cake Toppers and Let us Know Which Cake Decorations You Like Best!

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The Grand Exit: A Sparkling Send Off

The Grand Exit: A Sparkling Send Off

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The Send Off Trends

Brides everywhere are jumping to create a send off that screams style and sizzle. Why? Not only does the bride and groom need a grand entrance, they need a grand exit. For the wedding the bride walks up that aisle, music is playing, all eyes are on her or are peaking to try to glimpse the priceless expression on the grooms when he sees his bride in her wedding dress. It is a a turning the heads of the crowd moment that is tailor made into the wedding. You really don't have to do anything. It will be spectacular. Just don't fall. But, for the nights end, when the bride and groom leave their honeymoon to embark on their honeymoon and journey as a husband and wife, there are a lot more ways to make it a wow moment. Traditionally, guests would line the exit, wave goodbye, and throw rice as the couple walked out smiles all around. Then it started where people blew bubbles and now the big thing is to distribute sparklers and have a gilded exit. Personally, I hope this doesn't go out of trend.

Two Things to Consider

1) Will you have a big line or small one?

If you are having a small wedding and will therefore have a small send off, the line of sparklers may not be your best bet. Part of what makes the sparkler send off so amazing is that the sizzling lights become overwhelming and truly represent the love and excitement of the people there. If you have  a group of fifteen people, it just won't have the same effect.  

2) Make sure the guests know the game plan.

It is important to help your guests to know where you need them to be and when. This can be as simple as having a sign posted with the sparklers or having one or two people coordinate and instruct people where to go. The thing with sparklers is that timing will need to be perfect. What happens if the guests light there sparklers up before you make your exit? You leave on awkward "oopsies", laughs, and small streams of smoke. One of the best things you can do is to line everyone up first, then have a crew hand out the sparklers, then when you are ready, that same crew will go down the line and light everyone's sparklers and then whoever you have coordinating the timing will tell you when to go. You can have the crew lighting everything light every other (or so on) and then have the guests light each others from there. Also have a set plan for how your guest are to throw away their sparkler once it is out. One simple and cute way to do this is to have tin or decorate buckets that have a few inches of water on the bottom available. This would be especially perfect for any country vintage, or shabby chic  wedding style.

 

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Three Fun and Corny Date Ideas

Always Date Each other

You're in love and you're getting married. That is the end goal for the relationship right? We grow up playing barbies, ken and barbie date and then once we have decided they are in love they get married and that's that. Every Disney princess movie ends in that fairy tale wedding, happily every after, the end ( at least until they make a sequel that makes you cringe). In real life relationships there will be moments that you will be caught up in the romance and butterfly feeling that will move your love story right along to the wedding bell ending, but that is just the thing, that decision to get married and being married does not end the necessity to court and woo one another. So, here are some light hearted date ideas to help remind each other the point of the five page wedding planning check list. 

 

Ice Skating Around the World

1: Rollerblading or Ice skating.
This is an especially fun one if neither of you are very coordinated. With this date you can hold on to each other, or if one of you is rollerblading adept, one can help the other, and this will keep you physically close throughout the night. Then, with the very real possibility of falling over and looking ridiculous, you open yourself up to be a little vulnerable. If being vulnerable together is something you have a hard time with, this date would be a perfect exercise or way of tricking yourself into letting your guard down a little more. Plus, there is bound to be a photo booth at your local roller rink that you can squeeze on into and take those silly and cute photos that are designed especially for making memories.

"GROOM (under new management)" Wedding Transfer2: Make a Bet.
Let us explain. Buy coordinated Bride and Groom t-shirts or iron-ons and go out to the mall, a theme park, or otherwise crowded place. Before leaving, each of you place a bet on the number of times someone asks you about your wedding, openly stares, gives you a "I'm a stranger, but I am happy for you" smile. Then, simply keep a small notepad in your pocket or purse and as you go throughout the day mark down the responses. The one whose guess was closest can receive a "prize" of whatever sort you decide upon before heading out. You can, and should, of course do date-like things while the bet is going on, but this can add an extra twist and inside laugh for the day for you and your groom.

A Weekly Fangirl Discussion: A Couple That Plays Together Stays Together3: Geek Out.
Rent your favorite two player video game - be it a childhood favorite or your current weekend unwind. This can be fun because it can bring out the competitive nature of the most tame person. You may want to establish a "I am actually really frustrated by this game" safety word, but otherwise enjoy some junk food, and see how creative you can get with your smack talk.

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Preparing for Pet Wedding Outfits

Get Ready for Pet Wedding Outfits

Pet Wedding Outfits

More and more couples are opting to include their furry friends into their big day. Even if you don’t think your pet would make the best ring bearer, there are plenty of ways to incorporate your favorite pet wedding outfits into the general wedding festivities. You can dress your pet (be it dog or cat) into some fancy pet wedding outfits and take your invitation, save-the-date, or engagement photos in a spot that reflects your identity as a family, or stay at home for a comfortable homey photo shoot. Pet wedding outfits work indoor and out, but if you’re dressing up a feline or a particularly skittish puppy, it’s best not to introduce too many unfamiliar stimuli at once. Speaking of which, if you plan to use pet wedding outfits on the big day, make sure your pet is plenty familiar with the look, feel, and smell of their new duds ahead of time. Let your pet wander around for a few days in their various pet wedding outfits before you try and trot down the aisle. You don’t want fluffy to start ripping it to shreds with their teeth as you say your “I dos”. Well-behaved animals look good no matter what pet wedding outfits you dress them up in.
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