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Must Have Wedding Photos: The Enveloping Bridal Veil

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Brides wearing wedding veils take note! This is one of my favorite romantic wedding photo ideas. All you need is you, your veil, and the love of your life. A little wind can turn a veil into something more like a personal shroud for two in two seconds flat, but before you extricate yourselves have your photog snap a few pics. The results? Gorgeous. See for yourself:

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Ideas We Love: Wedding Cake from the Supermarket!

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Right off the bat, I can understand that you might be a little skeptical to hear you can get a gorgeous wedding cake from the supermarket. But understand I am not talking about Entenmann’s here. The supermarket is one of the best kept secrets most brides never hear about. It might really surprise you to learn that some grocery store chains have entire catalogs of wedding cake designs that are actually quite lovely and tasty, too. Oh, and fully customizable.

“There are so many variables that go into selecting a wedding cake, such as the number of people you plan to feed, the amount of decorator detail, the type of cake, filling vs. fondant, etc.,” Brenda Reid, a media relations representative of Publix, told Equally Wed. “Each cake can be customized to fit the customer’s needs.”

What kind of savings are you looking at? According to one Wall Street Journal Article, couples who order their wedding cakes from shops like Publix will spend about $200-400. Compare that to the average cost of a wedding cake in 2014, which started at $466 for the country as a whole, with prices being more like $1,000 in major metro areas.

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DIY wedding cake is a scary concept and frankly, I’d never recommend a bride-to-be bake her own tiered confection as a money-saver. Baking can be hard and better to spend the cash than end up cutting into a giant trifle that was a wedding cake that collapsed in on itself. BUT you can DIY cake or even just DIY the decorations.

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How cute was Jordan Ferney‘s spread? So what if it doesn’t look like the stereotypical wedding cake? “Most couture cakes are small,” Ramona Osirka, owner of Perfect Wedding Cake in Marietta, Georgia, told HuffPo. So go small! Not a baker? No worries. Design can be its own DIY.

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A Practical Wedding created an amazing guide to turning supermarket bakery cakes into wedding cakes here. It’s amazing how much impact a few flowers and a trio of cake stands can have. (The key is scraping of the grocery’s decorations or just asking for a plain cake.) Not a fan of your local chain’s baked goods? Pick your favorite indy bakery and place an order for four or five plain or simply decorated cakes.

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Would you ever DIY your wedding cake?

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Ten 2015 Wedding Trends That You Need to Know About

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1. Back to basics! Not every wedding has to be a production fit for the pages of the Rue Magazine wedding issue but you wouldn’t know that because Pinterest lies. And when I say consider having a simple wedding I don’t mean a wedding fit for the pages of Real Simple, either.

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2. Pearls! This mainstay of bridal fashion is back in a big way – possibly because brides-to-be really are going back to basics. Are pearls and pearl wedding accessories a wedding trend? I say they’re timeless.

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3. Simple ceremonies! Do we really all need the same rituals to feel wed? I do, you do, we do and we’re done – whether that includes your own vows or the standard vows of your people (whoever they may be) your guests will thank you for jumping on this wedding ceremony trend.

4. And simple wedding photos! The days of the overly processed wedding pics are numbered. Seriously, trends come and go but your wedding photos are forever. Trust me when I say it’s nice to look back at wedding photos in which you will look like you and not some filtered version of you.

5. Wedding cake! Like, just wedding cake. While it’s nice to offer guests options when it comes to edibles the idea that couples need to provide full-on buffets is pretty ludicrous. Have wedding cake alternatives or a full spread of sweets if you want, but don’t feel obligated. And candy bars? They’re a great way to end up with lots of leftover candy.

6. Personal hashtags! Wedding photo booths were definitely cute but all the pics of guests with faux mustaches are starting to look a little derivative. You’ll get more personal, more meaningful shots by snagging your loved ones’ IG pics thanks to your hashtag. Share it on your wedding invite and wedding website so guests know to tag pics from the ceremony and reception.

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7. Cinder blocks! DIYing your reception with pallets and rusty old bathtubs is way five minutes ago. The cool new DIY material can be found in the contractor aisle at Home Depot. Or check Craigslist for freebies.

8. Industrial weddings! Barns are out, factories are in. I’m so done with burlap and lace and mason jars – if that’s your absolutely favorite look great but if your goal is to be on trend then leave the farm to the chickens.

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9. Vibrant colors! Muted palettes were all the rage a while back and were nice but when I got to a wedding I want to be wowed. We’re loving bright yellows, raspberry, navy, rose gold, and tangerine on bridesmaids, on tables, in bouquets, and even on brides.

10. Bubbles! Wedding sparklers for reception send-offs were big but frankly always made me nervous. That many people with sparks around a wedding gown? Yikes, right? Meanwhile bubbles are fun for all ages (making them great for weddings that include kids), won’t hurt anything or anyone, and maybe most importantly ARE NOT ON FIRE.

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Industrial Wedding Inspiration We Love

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Trust me when I say that industrial weddings are going to be big in 2015. From wedding venues that were once active-duty factories to classic Tolix cafe chairs, all things gritty will be hot. Love the idea of saying your vows in high industrial style? Then keep scrolling for some amazing industrial wedding inspiration plus advice on how to take this trend and make it your own.

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Everything about this ceremony space is perfection, but who could imagine mylar balloons would fit right in? And yet there they are spelling out every bride’s favorite word! No bare brick interiors in your local venues? Municipal spaces may offer the same feel.

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Luxury and industry go hand in hand in this contemporary bridal headband that’s glamorous, gorgeous, and will fit right into an industrial theme. If you want to take your look to the next level, look for similar bridal headbands that keep the metal scroll work but ditch the pearls.

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How can you NOT love this neon sign for a industrial ceremony or a reception? Best part, it’s the kind of decor piece that you can keep forever and actually display.

a27c19b782ecfd4b1f8f502b061c8f3bKeep wedding guests cool with the kind of fans that make factory floors tolerable in the warmer months. Or if yours is the opposite problem because you’re a wintertime bride, rent the metal stand-up heaters that the sidewalk cafes use. Either way, you’re adding to the atmosphere.

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Need more light than one neon sign can offer? Brighten up your reception with scaled down flood lights (find them cheap at IKEA) and marquee lighting. If you can rent, do it but consider that you may be able to resell lighting that’s only available for sale.

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You’re probably not going to wear a princess dress to an industrial inspired wedding (though you’ll never hear me tell you not to). Look for ethereal bridal gowns featuring layers upon layers of thin materials that make you feel not like a princess, but like an urban angel.

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When it comes to industrial wedding guest book ideas, this is one that is truly alternative. Have guests tag a canvas already painted with your names and the date. This is another amazing keepsake you’ll actually want to keep – and display!

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Love that ladder, those square matte vases, and the romantic touch in the form of photos of the bride and groom… in black & white, of course. This would be such an easy DIY for the tables and the hanging piece.

industrial wedding locationAs noted above, the space you choose for your wedding goes a long way toward making your wedding look and feel industrial but explore alternative spaces that offer the same vibe when possible.

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While I’m not going to suggest that you start collecting cinderblocks, they actually could stand in nicely for the square vase centerpieces above. You just turn them on their sides and place flowers arranged in small glasses in the holes. See?

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Simply Beautiful: Baby’s Breath Bridal Bouquets (and More)

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Baby’s breath is more than just a bouquet filler. This lovely and delicate bedding plant is a beauty in its own right. Light and elegant, it looks like nothing so much as little fluffy clouds when used well. It makes an airy addition to place cards, a bridal headpiece, or boutonnieres, and a fresh, modern, and feminine bridal bouquet when used all on its own or with a few other blooms. What’s not to love?

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How simple would this bouquet be to DIY? And yet the results are so gorgeous!

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Love how this next bride’s bouquet has become a part of her bridal accessories thanks to a pretty bouquet charm!

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Are you thinking of using baby’s breath in your bouquet or centerpieces as something other than a filler? Let’s hear your best ideas!

 

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Yet Another Trend Alert: Blush Metallics

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Rose gold? We’re sold! Remember how in our last post we said we were kind of so over pink? There’s a caveat. Merge pink with the metallics trend and you’ve suddenly got something that’s not only gorgeous, but also elegant. Blush metallics are the grownup answer to pink. A little daring. A little surprising. And a lot of wow.

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Who says the bride has to have a white wedding? A oh-so-light rose gold gown looks amazing next to deeper blush metallics on bridesmaids.

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Of course, if you’ve been dreaming of wearing white since you were a little girl your bridal shoes can be your pop of blush.

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Or your wedding accessories – we love this blush and gold side comb featuring hand wired enamel flowers in the softest of pinks.

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Don’t forget your bridesmaids! Pick blush bridesmaids dresses that have a ton of sparkle or just a tad. Either way, your girls are going to love you.

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How amazing is this table? Seriously.

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Or this one! (Just make sure if you outfit your reception cocktail hour tables in over the top blush metallics you don’t inadvertently have your ‘maids in matching dresses. No one likes walking into a space and realizing they look like a table.

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Not finding rose gold centerpieces that knock your socks off? How about making your own? All it takes is some pretty old bottles and a whole lot of blush metallic paint plus some candles. Too easy.

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And finally, when you’re outfitting yourself and your bridesmaids and your venue, don’t forget the cake! Rose gold looks gorgeous on wedding cake, too; especially if you can do something like edible gold foil. Très chic!

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Trend Alert: Pastel Bridesmaids Dresses

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Looks like pretty in pink is giving way to pastels from periwinkle to lavender and beyond, and that’s just fine by us. Not that there’s anything wrong with pink – it’s still one of our faves, as this selection of After Six Bridesmaid dresses shows. It’s just that pastels are back in a big way – expect to see them at plenty of 2015 weddings – and we’re in love with how brides are using them.

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While nothing says spring wedding like a bunch of bridesmaids dressed all in shades of post-winter blossoms there’s no reason not to explore pastels for winter weddings or in the summertime. Mint and peach both have grownup appeal – an important disclaimer for anyone worried that pastels are best left to newborn layettes.

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From beach to garden or even indoors, pastel bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous. Especially when brides and their girls mix it up a little! Pastels are so warm and inviting every shade above harmonizes beautifully with the bride’s gold wedding gown.

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Though the pastels worn by these bridesmaids look just as beautiful next to a more traditional white wedding gown.

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Even wedding accessories like shoes can get into the game!

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We just can’t get enough of how this brilliant bride coordinated her ‘maids and the simple flower arrangements they’re carrying!

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Alternate idea: put the flower girl in her very own shade of pastel dress. That way, she’s more likely to be able to use it again – trust us when we say her parents will thank you.

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And one more set of beautiful bridesmaids wearing pastel dresses, just because!

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Will your bridesmaids be wearing pastels?

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How to Look Like Kate Middelton on Your Wedding Day

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Who wouldn’t want to look like Kate Middleton, anyway? No matter what, you’ll feel like a princess on your wedding day but if you want to look like a princess – well, Duchess – our founder and bridal stylist Dareth Colburn has some tips!

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Beach Wedding Ideas for Every Couple

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A beach theme wedding can certainly be a lot of fun but it’s no easier planning a beach wedding than it is planning any other wedding. It’s simply an opportunity to take advantage of the romance of the ocean and the fun of the sandy shore. You can have a formal wedding beach side at a cabana or at a beach side garden. Or you can have an informal beach wedding right on the sand. Here are just some ideas to get you started:

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Weddings on a sandy beach are beautiful with a white arch covered in flowers and ribbons. Even if you don’t have your wedding at the beach, you can use these ideas to convey the same feeling in a landlocked locale!

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Start with your invitations. Traditional invitations in a color scheme inspired by the sea will set the stage early for your beach theme. Have chairs set up for your guests, or even ask them to bring their own chair or towel (for more casual affairs). Remember to consider how you will get less mobile guests to the seating area – walking on sand isn’t easy for everyone.

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Decorate your reception and ceremony sites with sea shells and candles in beachy colors. Tiny sea shells sprinkled on tables or placed in colorful bowls will attract attention.

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Add shells, pearls, and other beachy stuff to your flower arrangements and your tables. Decorating with what Mother Nature provides can be a real money saver for the budget bride.

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Consider having a clam bake or lobster reception – or go all out with Hawaiian shirts and surf shorts. If you relax, your guests will, too! That said, there’s no reason a catered clambake has to be too casual. It’s all in the presentation.

Visit tourist shops near beaches for special items that will help set the mood.

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Bright coral-inspired colors, beach towels with summery designs, and scallop shell decor can evoke happy memories of lazy days on the beach. Don’t go overboard unless you really want to – after all, you’re already AT the beach so there’s no need to belabor the point!

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Add white chocolate sea shells to your wedding cake. Use a lighthouse or starfish as a cake topper. Don’t feel like you have to make your whole wedding cake into a beach scene, though. Pay homage to the sea with the colors you choose and a few well-placed embellishments.

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Don’t forget your wedding accessories! Ditch the shoes in favor of something that makes walking down a sandy aisle easier and choose beachy accessories like starfish hair pins and even a starfish bridal garter!

For favors, do guests a favor (ahem) and pass out small bottles of sunscreen tied with a ribbon. You can also have a bucket of sunglasses ready for guests as they arrive at the ceremony because so many of the people you care about will probably have forgotten sun protection.

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Brides, Roll with the Punches

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The backstory: This couple was posing for their wedding photog when they were photobombed by a random gent. And the bride and groom are still smiling. Maybe even smiling bigger because that one photo has a little more flavor for the weirdness of the moment.

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Is every wedding misstep or mishap cause for celebration? Of course not. But no wedding is perfect. Not ours, not yours, no bride’s. You can get pretty close to perfect – if you’re lucky. Luck plays so much into it, honestly. Consider the weather.

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You can’t do anything about it if you’re planning to say your vows outdoors. Just like you can’t do anything about your mouthy Aunt Edna who says whatever comes into her head, come what may. Some things? You can control. You pick your bridal jewelry. You pick your wedding dress – which isn’t to say that something horrid can’t happen along the way because it can. But you can’t help moments like this one.

Point being, there’s no sense in getting incensed when the inevitable happens and something goes amiss. Bad things happen and as much as you’d like to plan for every wedding day emergency, you can’t. Maybe you open your garment bag and your gorgeous gown has a stain that came from who knows where but it’s there now. Maybe the best man never shows. The caterer delivers a sit down meal for half as many guests as you actually have.

Maybe the dock where you were taking pics sinks out from under your wedding party’s feet.

Or maybe it’s something as simple as a photobomb.

How you react to wedding day disasters big and small may just set the stage for how you react to the kind of everyday disasters every married couple has to deal with. The fridge goes bust. There’s a leak coming from inside a wall. Or you’re arguing about the dishes. Again. Make your wedding day a day where you practice a skill you’ll need for the rest of your life. Bad things happen; it’s how you deal with them that matters, now and for the rest of your marriage!

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