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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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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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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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Do You Really Need a Wedding Planner?

Do You Really Need a Wedding Planner?

If you're asking this question, chances are you're leaning towards not, but are feeling some pressure to do so. A lot of the time deciding not to hire a wedding planner is either because you don't have the budget for one or because you don't want someone else planning a day you've been dreaming about for years. We get it. To answer you're question simply: No, you don't really need a wedding planner. However, wedding planners can be a huge asset, especially if you've planning a large or destination wedding. Plus, wedding planners come in many different shapes and sizes. So you'll likely find a wedding planner that fits your wants and needs, while also fitting a budget.

How to know if you should hire a wedding planner.destination wedding planner

If you can say yes to the one or more of the following, a wedding planner may be exactly what you need:
  1. There are too many people providing or insisting upon conflicting input on how the wedding should be.
  2. You're having a destination wedding.
  3. You don't have any reliable sources to find quality wedding vendors.
  4. You don't have any outside help from family or friends to get everything done.
  5. You and or your future spouse are unable to meet with vendors during the week.

What type of wedding planner should you hire?

Whether you are concerned about your budget or about having more control and involvement in the process, the good news is that you have a lot of different options that go beyond the traditional, full-service wedding planner. For example, a budget friendly option is an À La Carte Planner. This would be a planner that works with you part-time and on a need basis. Usually they charge an hourly rate or flat fee for the specific services and projects you want them to help you with. wedding planner Another budget friendly option that works for brides that want to be in complete control of the wedding planning, but to sit back and enjoy the wedding day is a Day-of Coordinator. This type of wedding planner simply coordinates everything on the day of your wedding. They'll be working with the vendors, keeping everything on schedule, and organizing any post wedding clean ups. Then, if you have no idea what you want your wedding to look like or have a very big and unique vision, you might consider an event designer. This is someone that would work alongside you or a more traditional wedding planner. They don't handle any of the logistics or budget tracking. They are focused on coordinating with vendors only to create the vision and design. A full service wedding planner, of course, does everything. They handle the bringing the vision to life through design and logistics. This doesn't mean they take over and you don't get a say. It simply means that you have an expert to help make what you want happen and that knows what the best options really are. Plus, anything you don't want to deal with can be completely handled by the wedding planner.

But, do you HAVE to hire a wedding planner?? Like, really?

Do you have to hire a wedding planner for your big day to be wonderful? Of course not. Can it make it easier to enjoy the process and prevent any hiccups along the way? Definitely. Ultimately, and as always, the decision is yours!
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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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Pros and Cons of an Autumn Wedding

Pros and Cons of an Autumn Wedding

With pumpkin spice season upon us, we wanted to get into some of the pros and cons of having an Autumn wedding. From amazing color combinations to budget friendly receptions that are dripping in romance, you’ll fall in love with these ideas for an Autumn wedding!

First, let’s talk about the pros of an autumn wedding!

Autumn weddings are typically easier on your wallet!
Because it is the off-season for a lot of companies, getting married in October or November will help you save money on everything from the ceremony and reception venues to the DJ you hire.
Best Season for the Rustic Chic Bride
Also, it's the perfect season to utilize a more rustic and DIY style for decor and guest favors. Whether you actually make your decor or use a DIY kit, the fall is the time to do it! Be sure to check out some of our DIY wedding cake toppers! You can build your own custom cake topper that is uniquely you!!  
It' Great for Romantic Themed Photo Shoots
One way to have fun in the beginning stage of wedding planning is to  hire a photographer and do a fun engagement shoot. The fall is open to a lot of warm and fun themes, like fall festivals, harvests, and if you want to really get into it Halloween!  If you're having a fall wedding, be sure to have fun with your engagement announcement with an autumn themed shoot!
Oh! The Wonderful FOODautumn wedding food ideas
The Fall season is rich with color, scents, and textures that can be applied to everything at your wedding from the decor to the FOOD. Imagine an amazing scent of fresh apples, baked mini pies, and hot chocolate filling the room! That sound like the coziest wedding reception ever! We found lots of ideas for food and wedding decor from Elegant wedding Invites. We love the elegant but cozy s’mores bar!

Okay some of the "cons"…

autumn wedding Seattle
Rain. Rain. Go. Away.
While we hope you won’t let rain deter you from having an Autumn wedding, it's a possibility, and something you should consider when selecting your venue. No one wants to be rained out on their wedding day! There are however a lot of ways to work around the weather. Look at this couples fall Seattle wedding where it rains all the time! Just know that if you are set on hosting an outdoor wedding, then you need to be sure any out of town guest are aware of appropriate attire for the season. Plus, you may need to budget for tents or guest umbrellas too for your ceremony and reception.
Holiday Traffic Jam
You may also be dealing with the holidays. Whether you celebrate holidays or not, they can effect the planning of your wedding.  For example, this can be a more expensive time of year for out of town guests to travel. You’ll want to send them save-the-dates early to give them plenty of time to coordinate time off and to book their travel. You should also expect a few “no-shows” since it is a busy time of the year for people and they may not be able to take the extra time off for your wedding.

In case you couldn't tell...

We'd say the pros have it! Fall is an amazing time for your special day! With the rich colors, textures, and yummy flavors of the season, your guests will be swept away with the spirit of romance and festivity.    
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Plus Size Brides | How to Find the Perfect Dress | Part One

Plus Size wedding dress Image Source Let's be real. Shopping for a wedding dress can be stressful. It becomes more stressful when you find yourself looking at a rack of dresses that just don't even come close to hitting your size. Gone are the days that it's somehow expected that every woman should be the same size. However, the trickle of growth is slow and it can still be a challenge for plus size brides to really have the dream wedding dress shopping experience. Below are a few tips to help you not only get your dream wedding dress, but the best shopping experience!

Go to Bridal shops that you know carry plus-size gowns!

A big frustration full-figure have when shopping for clothes (not just the dream wedding dress) is that clothes in typical shops don't seem to be made for their bodies. This leads to leaving stores tired and frustrated! This is not the experience you want to have when shopping for your wedding dress! So before you start shopping boutiques, do a little research. A quick call to ask what sizes they carry in store and available to order, along with how they handle fittings will save you some frustration of realizing the cute shop you thought you would love only carries sizes up to 10 and calls it good.

Try on sizes known to work well with full-figure body types!

Similar to tip one, the idea here is to set yourself up for finding something you really love minus the frustration of having to kiss too many frogs that just don't fit. Below we have three wedding gown styles that are some of our favorites for plus size brides. Sheath wedding dresses plus size Image Source Sheath: Sheath wedding gowns are perfect for our plus size brides because they offer simple structure with clean lines. Plus size drop waist wedding dresses Image Source Drop Waist: This is perfect for the curvy bride that wants to accentuate her shape. This style will offer a clear waistline, while accenting the natural curves of the body. Mermaid wedding dresses plus size Image Source Mermaid: Mermaid wedding gowns for plus size brides are a dream come true! The mermaid wedding dress will give you a look of long legs, an accentuated waistline, and curves to envy.

Be Sure to Check in for Part Two Coming soon! 

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How to Go Bold Without Falling into Tacky

There has been a bit of a journey of color over the years in the wedding industry. It seems, though, that every season and every decade, there is a desire to leave behind soft hues and go for something BOLD. We've all seen weddings with bright and bold colors that take our breath away, but when someone says they are using a color like orange in their wedding palette, we can't help but hold are breath hoping it won't be awful. Bold colors can be really hard to pull off. turquoise, cobalt blue, fuchsia, orange...all gorgeous colors that done wrong, can make for a very tacky wedding. Below we will go over three simple tips on how to avoid the tacky wedding while embracing the bold!

Tip One: Pair the bold with something taming. 

If you want to use fuchsia as you main wedding color, we so GO FOR IT. A lot of people say that the bold color should only be the accent. Like wearing bright shoes with a neutral outfit. However, we think that the bold color can be center stage, you just need to frame it with something neutral and soft. Taupe, Grey, Greiges, are all colors that can pretty quickly create a feel of sophistication. Fuchsia and taupe wedding: Bold Wedding Color Combo So let your fuchsia be bold and beautiful with a neutral backdrop to tame it down a tad.

Tip Two: Let Nature Build Your Bold

Flowers are a perfect way to implement your bold colors and still look classy. This doesn't mean dying flowers the colors you want, but using flowers that naturally have your bold color of choice. Along with flowers, you can look at gemstones too! Nature is full of fun, vibrant colors. Use it to your advantage.

Tip Three: Look at the Little Details

Monochrome and color pop wedding inspiration with a Kate Spade twist | www.onefabday.com Remember to take advantage of all the ways color can come into play with your wedding accessories. Everything from your wedding invitations to your bouquet to your table numbers can really establish your color scheme, showing off your bold color choices.

The biggest thing you need to do as you work with your wedding planner, is to be sure to think about the big picture and color on purpose!

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