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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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Elopement Etiquette | What you need to know!

Is there such a thing as Elopement Etiquette?

Planning a wedding today takes a lot of time and money. Which tends to equal stress. The average cost of a traditional wedding is upwards of $20,000! This rules out the budget of a lot of newly engaged couples. Pamela Paul, author of The Starter Marriage and Future of Matrimony, says "They're sort of thinking it's either $25,000 on a wedding or $25,000 on a down payment.” So it makes sense that couples are choosing to elope more now than ever before and are asking if there really is an elopement etiquette. Traditional or not, Elopements are in! Elopement Etiquette Eloping has had a negative connotation in the past. However, it’s not about rebellious teenage courthouse hitchings anymore. Instead, it's couples choosing intimacy and affordability. A typical elopement today is more defined by simplicity, a beautiful destination, and a short guest list. This turn from the rebellious to being a type of wedding means that you have some elopement etiquette that you can use to guide your wedding planning.

Elopement Planning

First off, spending a little time planning will make your small wedding personalized, less stressful, and more memorable. Actually, businesses are starting up around the country to help! For example, “Flora Pop” is a traveling pop-up elopement company offering planning services for small ceremonies of 15 people or less.

Elopement Etiquette

Whether you wait until after the deed is done or you’re inviting them to attend, let your family know! A personal invite over the phone or even sending a formal card works fine. Do what makes the most sense for you!
Are you a wanderlust bride?
Avoid unpleasant surprises by taking into account questions like these when planning your destination ceremony:
  • Is there a waiting period after your marriage license application?
  • What documentation is required (drivers license, birth certificate, divorce decree from former marriage, etc.)?
  • What is the cost of a marriage license?
  • How much does the pastor or judge charge to perform the ceremony?
  • How much does it cost to hold the wedding at the venue of your choice?

Next, Consider the No-Brainers of a Traditional Wedding for your Elopement

Send marriage announcements!
Let your friends and family celebrate with you even if they couldn't be there on your special day! After some enough time has passed for them to receive the announcement, try sending them an email with photos of your wedding and honeymoon! Why?They’ll get a sense of involvement this way and will enjoy hearing about your adventures. Plus, you may not want a big wedding, but that doesn't mean you don't want to share the best day of your life with all the people you love. This is a great way to do just that.
To register or not to register?
Go for it, especially if you are having a small post-marriage reception! Really, it's a good idea to let your loved ones support you. Plus, it's never a bad thing to let them shower you with gifts as you start your life as a married couple. You can always add your registry to your marriage announcement. Although, you don’t want to forget to send thank you cards out as soon as possible!
What other considerations would you recommend taking for a small elopement ceremony?

Share with us in the comments below or comment #wedcollectibles on social media with your ideas.

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Wedding Traditions Can be all About You!

Old new borrowed blue wedding tradition for you Photo by Taylor Harding

Old. New. Borrowed. Blue.

We’ve learned that the happiest brides are ones that find ways to make conventional wedding traditions represent their personal style, their family, and their personality. One of our favorite traditions that any bride can have fun with is wearing “something borrowed and something blue”. This English tradition has been bringing brides good luck and fortune since the 1800s. The original rhyme is “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe”. However, what began as a way to bless the bride with good luck and fidelity is now also a way to create timeless keepsakes and show some creativity.

How real brides are making traditions their own!

In Hawaii, one bride went beach-combing before her sunset wedding. On the beach she found a white rock and decided to use it as her something borrowed.  She placed the small rock in her bouquet for the ceremony. Then, before she left she tossed it back to the sea. Wedding Traditions for You Jessica Belew of Bremerton, WA, had some precious items as her good luck charms. She wrapped a handkerchief around her bouquet that “had [her] name and wedding date embroidered in blue [and] had the appliques from [her] mom’s veil stitched on.” It is now a treasured family heirloom that she hopes her daughter will use one day. Another more unconventional bride made her family and friends’ smiles widen when she walked down the aisle with a borrowed tennis racket from her new mother-in-law in her bouquet. That’s one way to show a family’s history of sports!  

Whatever you do, make wedding traditions you!

Culture, family, personality, and religion can all play a big part in the wedding planning process. While juggling it all can be stressful, we hope you’ll remember to have fun and look for unique ideas that make your wedding day memorable. Whether it is a nerdy groom’s cake, a sapphire ribbon sewn into your dress, skydiving in your wedding attire, or memorable thank you cards there is a variety of options to make your special day less conventional.

Check out more Old. New. Borrowed. Blue. Ideas here!

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Review: Wedding Wire's Color Palette Generator

Picking your wedding colors can be a daunting task, so when we find something that might make that a little bit easier for our brides, we want to share it! Wedding Wire ( an Wedding Planning sight with access to vendors, inspiration, and planning tools) has recently come out with a color palette generator. How exciting is that?  

How to Use It

The tool is super easy. You start by clicking on if you want spring, summer, fall or winter colors. They even have cute little icons to go with it. With summer coming up, we chose summer.   Step two takes you to four primary color options. This is the base or main color for your wedding. Whether you use this tool or not, we recommend choosing a base color and one or two accent colors. This will help you create a cohesive look.   After you select your primary color the tool will then prompt you to create an account in order to see your generated color palettes. This is pretty typical of free tools like this and it 100% doesn't hurt. Your already planning your wedding, might as well get access to other planning tools to help you along the way. Once you make your account, the tool will take you to six color combo options. This is when you pick your favorite to act as the jumping point for your whole wedding look!   We selected the navy, mint, and coral combo. And that's it. The generator give you the option to print your color palette, but otherwise you're done! Unless you want to start over and start again!

What We Think About It

The generator is still in it's beta stage. This is encouraging because while we LOVE the concept and the ease of the tool, but there is something left to be desired in the color options. However, we do believe that even the basic options can be a good launch to hone your vision. Since Wedding Wire also features wedding inspirations, we also think it would be great if they linked in wedding inspirations in your chosen color palette. This way you can see it really come to life. It may be the direction they plan to go, but it does seem like it could be tricky to make a reality. Overall, we think the tool is a fun idea and are hopeful!

Do you think a Color Palette Generator could be helpful for your wedding planning? 

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How to Plan Your Wedding Without Stress

Wedding Stress got you down? Check out Exquisite Bride If we are all being honest here, we know that there is a certain level of stress to be expected in planning an event like a wedding. Below are five strategies to help you keep that stress level down, if not get rid of stress entirely!

Hire a Wedding Planner that you Trust

A wedding planner can truly be a godsend when getting ready for your wedding day. Which is why hiring one is on our de-stress list! Your planner takes the brunt of the work while you point, say yes, no, and describe your dream wedding. We have one recommendation though: make sure the wedding planner you hire is the right fit before you dive deep! You may hear every once in awhile a horror story about a wedding planner that "ruined" the wedding day. This is why it is important to hire someone after you have met with a few different planners and been able to sift through a few reviews. Then, when you do hire someone, make sure communication is easy, open, and clear. Often these horror story wedding planners come more from a miscommunication of expectations, rather than complete incompetence.

Give Yourself Enough Time

If you are planning a big wedding, you have to know that you will need a big timeline. A time crunch is often one of the biggest stresses of wedding planning. Do yourself a favor and pick a wedding date far enough out to actually accomplish the creation of your dream wedding. With that being said, you also have to stay on the ball and not procrastinate your planning! Give yourself time and you will give yourself peace!

Go on a Mini-Vacation

If you feel the stress mounting, take a break. Go on a weekend getaway and forget about wedding plans for a few days. OR if you don't feel you can take a weekend, enjoy a spa day or doing something you truly enjoy and leave that wedding planning binder at home!

Don't Take it too Seriously

Your wedding is meant to be enjoyed. It doesn't matter if you are going for an elegant affair or playing it up with a Shrek Fairy tale theme. If you can't let go and see that in the long run, something going wrong on the wedding day isn't the end of the world. Well...let's just say that the chances that everything is exactly perfect for the entire processes is slim and you should be enjoying your last days while you can.

Journal Therapy

This one is easy. Unless you absolutely hate writing, but even then, you can modify it to your needs. Journal writing (venting) is a great way to release your pent up stress, sort through your feelings, and gain perspective. Keep a wedding journal to help you manage your stress AND document memories of the days leading up to that magical "I Do".
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3 Ways to Make your Bridal Shower Fun

    Bride to Be! Molly of Luminaire Images When we say fun - we mean FUN! Bridal showers are a perfect example of how you can either feel more stressed or more like you are enjoying being engaged. SO if you are thinking about trying to have an out of the box bridal shower, take a look at these three tips!  

How to Make it FUN

Consider Co-ed

A great way to inject a more playful vibe is to open up the guest list to both men and women. This is especially nice because it means the groom get's to participate. Plus, it creates opportunities for more game ideas that are bound to get some laughs. There's just something about having both genders in attendance that makes people more competitive come game time!  Also, can you imagine the silliness that will ensue when you dad is the one being wrapped in his toilet paper wedding dress?

Think of YOU

Loving this Harry Potter-themed bridal shower Greg Obierek Photography If you want to have a fun bridal shower, then make the bridal shower about things you like. If you want a super formal bridal shower, that's great. But if you want people laughing and a little activity running around, infusing your unique interests into the PARTY can make it AMAZING. For example, if you and your fiance are avid football fans, take your bridal shower outdoors and actually play football! Serve burgers and hot dogs, and just enjoy the sweaty fun. Or if you don't have an active group attending, just go all out with a fun theme that inspires everything from decor to games to food. You're a Harry Potter nerd? Why not serve butter beer and have a magical time?

Let it go!

Can we PLEASE do "Pin the lips on Ryan Reynolds"? lol - 10 unique bridal shower ideas that bring the fun factor! - Wedding Party Connie Whitlock Photo Weddings and all the surrounding planning and sub events can be so so stressful. So this tip really goes for everything, but can be applied to making your bridal shower more fun. LET GO! You will plan and coordinate and budget, but on the day of any of these wedding events, the moment it starts all those logistics are no longer your problem. If your worried about running out of food ruining your good mood, put someone else in charge of worrying about it for you! Your maid of honor is perfect for this.Or an even planner can take the job on! Either way, on the day of, that stuff just isn't your problem!
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The Best Marriage Advice You'll Ever Hear...

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The Best Marriage Advice You'll Ever Hear...

For today's blog, we decided to ask a question of as many people as we could possible connect with to hopefully give our brides easy access to what real brides, real couples, have found to be the truly best marriage advice they have ever heard. Check Out Wedding Collectibles on Facebook!   Earlier in the week, we shared on our Facebook page what some of us at Weddingcollectibles.com have found to be the best advice, but we thought our brides and grooms deserved a much larger sample size! The thing is, a lot of relationship and marriage advice will end up contradicting itself. This is because every person and relationship is a little bit different (that and people love to spout cliches for the heck of it as they sign your guest book). So this list represents what we saw popping up the most and we quoted who we think really said it best! The top 10 advice from the thick of it: 
  1. "I just saw a video clip from Will Smith lately. He says that it is not our partners job to make us happy, it is our own responsibility. Once you remove the expectation of your partner to make you happy you can enjoy them for who they are." - Tiffany
  2. "Listen.. don’t just hear! " - Carin
  3. "You have to want to be kind more than you want to be right." -Heidi
  4. "As cliche as it sounds, it is definitely true! “Never go to bed angry”. My husband and I have been together 6 years, married for 2, and have a 9.5 month old. We do disagree sometimes and get in the bed angry, but we always talk it out and work it out right before we fall asleep. Definitely has helped us!" - Maria
  5. " 'Always fight naked because then your problems just won't seem that important anymore'. I always write this in couple's guest books when they want a little note. Someone wrote it in mind and it just stuck with me. It was kind of a joke, but when you think about it, it's kind of cool. When you are both hands down vulnerable with each other, it's a lot easy to get over being mad." - Kim
  6. "Don't ever stop dating and getting to know each other. People always talk about growing apart, but if you keep getting to know one another as you go through life, it's a lot easier to still know and love each other." - Debbie
  7. "Do the opposite of "It's better to ask for forgiveness, than permission". That line just doesn't work in a marriage" - Kevin
  8. "Limit money talk to small daily check ins. You've got to both know what's up and be on the same page, but leaving it till you've got problems or talking about it for hours is just going to create frustration." -Kayla
  9. "Play hooky. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the day to day things. Be sure to break it up and be spontaneous. Have some silly fun!" -Cheri
  10. "Say I love you in your spouses love language. Some people just need to hear, other's need gestures, and other's physical contact...whatever it is, figure out your spouses love language and say I love you every day" -Demi
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8 Ideas for Your Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

8 Ideas for Your Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue

Something Old

Image result for this is us kate wedding 1. When deciding on something old, first look to those in your family that are important to you. This became such an apparent reason behind why something old became part of this wedding tradition as we all (if your not you should) watch This is Us's Kaite-girl trying to find something of her dad's to walk down the aisle with her on her wedding day. For Kate Pearson, it might have been a case of finding balance in feeling grief and letting go, but it's more than understandable to want her something old to stand in for her dad. So if someone is missing from your wedding, maybe this little tradition can help fill that gap (at least a little bit). 2. Another great option is a family heirloom. Many families even pass down specific things for their brides to wear. It can be something big like the wedding dress, or small like a bracelet or a tiara. Either way, it fits the bill of something old, and with a lot of meaning behind it!

Something New

For your something new, you will want to think about the new family you are creating. It's not just, "oh I bought this dress new or this hair clip is new". Really, that's just no fun and not in the spirit of the tradition! 3. A great ideas would be to have a monogrammed handkerchief with the initials of your new name. You can find a great one here! 4. Or if you aren't changing your name, then you could do something like have a brand new key made of your first home together as a married couple that could be added to your bouquet or even sown into your dress.

Something Borrowed

This is another one that you can have some sentimental fun with. 5. A bride with a group of best gal friends or sisters might share an item from each of their weddings as their something borrowed. 6. Borrow something from a person or couple whose relationship you admire. This could be something from their wedding or something they consider special to their relationship. For example, you could "borrow" their song for your wedding dance!

Something Blue

something blue heart on back of dress Now, something blue is supposed to represent the purity of the marriage and the promise of fidelity. While anything could be your blue item, choosing something that really works with what it is symbolizing actually will add more meaning to your wedding. 7. A great option for this would be to add it to your wedding ring. Of course if you are dead set against colored gemstones in your wedding rings, then this won't work. But if not, it really is a very meaningful option. Many jewelers will even inlay a gemstone on the inside of the wedding band. Depending on how thing your band is, this could be an amazing something blue! 8. Another way to go would be to add the blue to your wedding dress! Some brides might make it a real focal point, but one of our favorites is when it is used as stitching to add in a message on the bodice or train of the dress. Some brides have done hearts or names, other's quotes or a line of their vows. No matter what you choose, it tends to be pretty special
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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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Add a Little Embroidery in Your Wedding

Wedding Bird Embroidery by Pixiecraft Handmade, via Flickr

An Embroidery Wedding

Embroidery. It can be something done over the top and artsy or can be really delicate and just lovely. Either way, we at wedding collectibles are kind of falling in love with embroidery on your wedding day. If your like what? That stuff on my grandmother's pillow? That can't be pretty at a wedding. Let's just say - and we mean this in the nicest way possible - you are just dead wrong. Take a look. You won't be disappointed!

The Wedding Dress

Meadow Bustier Wedding Gown... women boho by jadadreaming on Etsy Even with the embroidery on this dress being more traditional in style and patch worked ,it looks like it is exactly the way it was meant to be. You could actually probably do something similar with your bridal handkerchief. With this style, it would be easy to include a little something old, borrowed, new and even blue! One thing we love, is while the embroidery definitely makes this dress different, it doesn't overpower the dress and it is still very bridal. For example, this dress was posted in the Jadadreaming etsy shop, whose designer Jada, makes custom pieces. If you like this dress, her work might just be the perfect fit for you! A Splash of Colour | the Embellishment Bridal Fashion Trend Next, the embroidery in this gown flows so perfectly, the dress just wouldn't exist without it. Again, a gown with embroidery like this really just adds a little personality and beauty. It is like the cherry on top to a gown that says, "I am getting married. I am in love." This gown was the jewel of a western-inspired wedding featured on bride.com and is a Needle and Thread gown from Net-A-Porter.

The Wedding Cake

65 Loveliest Lavender Wedding Ideas You Will Love | http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/65-loveliest-lavender-wedding-ideas-you-will-love/ A lace and embroidery styled wedding cake isn't a brand new idea, but it is a pretty one. What's great is it opens the door to having a very traditional wedding cake without it being the traditional all white. #Mexican #Embroidery #WeddingCake Another great opportunity embroidery offers is bringing in a touch of culture - like this Mexican inspired embroidery cake from Sweet Art Cakes.

The Groom

The bride isn't the only one that can create an embroidery wedding look! Ayumi Embroidery Works makes this particular bow tie.

The Decor

Even if you don’t like embroidering, you can still take embroidery hoops and use them for cool wedding decor. Attach lace to them and hang... Embroidery hoop table number - Melbourne Wedding from Milk Photography Even if you don’t like embroidering, you can still take embroidery hoops and use them for cool wedding decor. Attach lace to them and hang... A lot of blogs suggest an embroidery wedding as part of a boho wedding theme, which we are sure works great, but it isn't the only style it works for. In fact, with the large variety of styles open, embroidery really can be infused into any wedding! Whether its a backdrop or table numbers, a touch of embroidery can really add some whimsy.

Kind of like it captures the idea of wish...

   
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Managing Kids at your Wedding

small flowergirl drinking hershey's milk at a wedding ceremony You love kids. You have kids. Your sister has six kids. Everyone has kids. You are totally cool with everyone bringing their kids to your wedding. BUT Image result for kids at wedding Weddings tend to be formal events and even if you are not a super formal gal, you probably don't want your nephews having an epic sword fight during your first dance. (If I am super off base and you totally would love this, you can find some great play swords here.) flowergirl dancing on the dance floor in wedding reception at xcaret To prevent the adorable chaos that can turn into the kind of chaos that leads to wedding fails, there are a few measures you can take if you are going to allow kids at your wedding.

Here are three to get you going!

  1. Set the expectation that the parents of the kids are in charge of their own kids. This may seem silly, but it isn't a bad idea to spread the word that while their kids our welcome, parents should remember to keep an eye on their own kids. A lot of parents have limited nights out and may want to take advantage of not having to pay a babysitter and having so many adults that can be their eyes while they relax a little.
  2. In the same breath, hire a sitter or find a volunteer or two to run kid activities during the reception. These people will be less in charge of the kids as they are in charge of manning the kid tables or and games you have for the kids to play. You don't need a ton, just a few to keep those little hands busy and safe while your dad gives a toast or two. Think craft table and bean bag games!
  3. Have a mini kid menu. Don't waste the delicious and expensive food on little tummies that won't touch it. Have some mac and cheese and chicken nugget option specific for the kids.
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How to Avoid the Overdone Wedding Trend

Avoiding the Overdone Wedding Trend Just like there are blogs -like ours- that share wedding ideas, hoping to inspire new brides to create and enjoy their dream wedding, there are also those that hate on every wedding trend that has every existed. Like every one. Sure, trends change. Some can be "overdone" and other's end up not being functional and need to change.

What to do when your Dream Wedding Ends up on a Wedding Trend Don't List

Who the EFF cares what "they" think?! Whether it is friends or a blogger on GQ, what matters most when it comes to planning your wedding is what you like and what you want your wedding to look like. For example, if you want to use mason jars as part of your centerpieces or have a photo booth with props for your guests to take pictures, then go for it! Don't let your best friend tell you she thinks mason jars are sooooo over and definitely don't let a blogger talk you out of it. (Though, Jessie Mooney does bring up a good point in her blog 9 Trends Wedding Planners Hate as Much as You Do that photo booths can create a bottle neck. Instead of nixing them completely, maybe make a plan on how to avoid the problem!).

Ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What do you want your wedding to be like? Pin the pins, create your vision boards, read the bridal magazines and determine what your want.
  2. Why do you want it to be that way? Then decide where your motivation comes from. Is it because you think it is beautiful or fun? Or is it because you are determined to be in style and on trend? If it is the latter, than having your wedding plans touted as being out dated matters. If it is because it is what you love, then others not liking it doesn't really matter.
  3. Will it work? Is it functional? If yes, roll with it. If not, then maybe rethink the idea!
Trends change and you are probably planning on only having one wedding, so you might as well do what it is that you like. So how do you avoid over done wedding trends? By not caring what people that aren't you think!  
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