Tips: Overcoming Wedding Planning Frustrations

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Look familiar?

If you’ve ever had to plan a wedding, you’ve likely had a similar expression form on your face at some point during the process. Confusion, anxiety, stress…it’s all part of making your special day perfect.

For all of our brides-to-be out there looking to embark on your own wedding planning adventure (and yes, I use the word ‘adventure’ lightly), I asked the advice of our veteran brides for a little insight. Here’s what they told us:

When asked on a recent Facebook poll what the most challenging and frustrating part about planning a wedding was, Staying on budget came in as problem number one with 42% of the votes.

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Summer Theme: Pump Up the Color

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According to a poll I recently posted on the Weddingstar Facebook page, the most popular color palette for summer weddings is bright and lively.

Nearly 40% of you who voted said that you want to see fuchsia, orange or turquoise incorporated into summer wedding themes. Subtle but vibrant accent colors — like adding bright pink stilettos to your wedding day attire — are a great way to add a touch of color — and sass — to your wedding day.

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Heather and Brendan: Retro Chic Fairytale

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Immaculate cathedral meets funky socks – that’s the theme of this couple’s eye-catching retro chic fairytale wedding. These charming photos were submitted to us by the talented Joy Marie Photography, and am I ever glad they were. This is one of the most spectacular and well-put-together weddings I have ever seen!

Romantic, dreamlike, trendy and even sexy – this bride captured it all on her big day. From the breathtaking cathedral ceremony to the brilliant colors of the reception decor, this wedding really brought the wow factor.

Heather Metz and Brendan Dragann were married Aug. 7, 2010 in beautiful Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.

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Our New Bottle Tags: How to Incorporate them into your Dream Day

So you’ve gotten the groom on board, the date set and even the venue booked — great start! Those are some of the most important wedding planning stuff you can proudly scratch off your list. But now it’s time for all the other details, the stuff that will help bring your special day to life. So let the planning begin!

What’s your theme going be? Your color palette? How many guests will you have? Do you envision yourself as a princess or more of a laid-back bride? What about the cake? Guest favors? — the details really start to add up quick.

Through it all though, just keep in mind that it’s your wedding, your dream day, and you should have a little fun with it. After all, like many of my married friends have told me, those six months, year, year and a half or however long you’re giving yourself to plan will fly by fast.

OK we’re here to talk about bottle tags, and I’m going to guess that you’ve probably never given these things much thought, if any. But these are one of those wedding planning details I was talking about. They’re a small but crowd-pleasing addition to almost all wedding decor and will help you achieve the overall theme of your special day.

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Today’s Bride: You’re Sexier, Choosier and More Unconventional than Your Mother

You’re showing off your curves, your cleavage, and even running barefoot in the ocean in your one-of-a-kind white dress. After all, it’s your wedding day — the biggest day of your life — and you can celebrate it any way you want.

We’ve all done it. Ever since we were old enough to wrap the living room drapes around our head and escort our favorite doll down a makeshift aisle assembled between the couch cushions, we have dreamt of our wedding day.

The groom, the venue, the flowers and, most importantly, the dress — it’s all been strategically planned out in all of our bride-to-be minds throughout the years.

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A Wedding Day Fit for Sisters

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For many of us, our wedding is our day. It’s one of the only times in our human existence when all eyes are on us; we are the center of attention. We get pampered, congratulated and even admired – just a few of the many perks that come with being a bride.

Now imagine sharing your wedding day with another couple. Think you could do it?

Well, that’s exactly what these sisters and their grooms did for their destination weddings down in beautiful Isla Mujeres, Mexico last winter. The two couples decided to indulge in a few post-weddings photo opts with photographer Paul Retherford to capture their memories in the picturesque Mexican sunset. Continue reading

Designer Spotlight: Insider Tips to Creating Themes

Hello Wedding enthusiasts, my name is Rita. I’m one of two new additions to Weddingstar’s creative department. My role here is in Graphic Design and Product Development, and I’m very excited to be a part of the Weddingstar Blog.

Being immersed daily in Wedding culture I am lucky enough to have the scoop on current trends in the world of wedding receptions. Currently I’m noticing a gravitation towards weddings with distinctive themes, and I can see why.  A wedding is an event to be reminisced for years to come, a rare chance for families and extended families to celebrate all together. Themes can really amplify everyone’s enjoyment of events by adding a touch of whimsy and promoting a more memorable atmosphere. That being said I am going to use this opportunity to share with you some insider tricks to creating a theme.

Weddingstar's original Vintage Typewritter Card Holders and Cards

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Wedding arbor: A must-have for any summer ceremony

The results are in! A recent Facebook poll revealed that most brides think having something to stand under, hand-in-hand with their groom is the number one must-have at any outdoor summer wedding. The winner with 63% of the vote is the romantic wedding arbor or arch.

~ Maybe it’s the fairytale-like ambiance that comes with having the natural frame of a wedding arbor embracing a happy couple while they say their vows that make them so popular for outdoor ceremonies. ~ Continue reading

Alyn and Kevin: Summer Bliss

Welcome back, readers! Here is a real treat for all of you who gush over couples in love. Joy Marie Photography submitted a collection of photos from Alyn Kim and Kevin Zen’s summery wedding day. Her dress was elegant, and the rustic venue and splash of color in the decor really captured the feeling of summer bliss.

The happy couple was married in Simi Valley, California on June 26, 2010.

This couple really knows how to showcase the romance. With her looking sophisticated yet pretty in her figure-flattering dress and him looking dapper in his tux, the two really showed off their love for one another in style. Continue reading