Top 10 Mistakes Brides Make When Planning Their Wedding

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We are surrounded by the most beautiful couples and weddings all year long, and after more than 30 years in the business we’ve learned a few things along the way! This top 10 list is a must read and a must share for brides who are beginning to plan their wedding.

1. Announcing the engagement too soon

Technology and social media make it very tempting to spill the beans early on, but it might be a good idea to resist the urge. Telling your close friends and family in person and seeing each of their reactions can be the most exciting part. Not only is it more fun for you and your husband-to-be, but your inner circle will really appreciate that you took the time to tell them personally.

2. Choosing bridesmaids out of obligation

There are many reasons why as a bride you may choose certain people to be a part of your big day. Make sure that you pick yours for the right reasons. Logic like, “She asked me to be a part of her wedding first” or “I just don’t want to hurt her feelings by not asking her” might cause you some regret down the road. Do what makes you happy first and foremost.

3. Choosing the venue before considering your guest list

In the excitement of the initial wedding planning, it is easy to forget some of the finer details. Remember that your venue has to fit your circle of friends and family that will be celebrating with you. Jot down a rough list of names you are considering inviting. That will give you a rough idea of the size of venue you will require.

4. Not confirming your wedding plans with your vendors

Make sure you touch base with all your vendors before the big day. Confirm addresses, times and package details with them to make sure everyone is on the same page. This could help prevent mishaps and mix-ups on the big day!

5. Having a closed mind when dress shopping

It is always great to go into your dress appointment with a few ideas, but don’t count anything out just yet. Ask your bridal consultant for some suggestions and try on as many styles as you can. You just might be surprised about what style fits your body type best.

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6. Forgetting to leave wiggle room in your budget

Try as you might, it can be hard to stay true to your budget. Hidden costs and last minute things are very likely to sneak up on you. Leave a miscellaneous costs column in your budget for some of these details. This way you can make sure all your vendors are paid on time and you won’t be filled with that dreadful feeling in your stomach wondering how you will ever pay for it all.

7. Forgetting to schedule time to visit with guests

Your wedding day is going to be a busy one, but it is important to set some time aside for a receiving line or to visit each table. Even a short visit will mean a lot to your guests. After all, they did come to celebrate with you!

8. Ruling out the idea of a wedding planner of day of coordinator

It is easy to tell yourself, “I can do it all myself” or “I would never be able to afford one”, but don’t rule it out too quickly. Do you find that you get stressed easily? Are you organized enough to handle all the details? Are there a lot of elements that will need to come together? Does my venue have an on-site coordinator? Answering these questions will help you decide if you need a little extra help. These professionals will often help keep things running smooth and create an enjoyable, stress-free experience.

9. Failing to loop everyone in

Your bridal party and parents are going to play a big part in how smoothly or how chaotic your wedding weekend goes. If you fill them in on any important changes, locations and information, you will save yourself the headache. Jot down a few of the important details and send a document to everyone a few weeks before the wedding. Include addresses, phone numbers and important point people. This will ensure everyone gets to where they need to be, when they need to be there and that any important jobs you have assigned are clear.

10. Forgetting to eat

With all the butterflies and excitement, food and water are likely to be the last thing on your mind. But make sure your force yourself to have a few light snacks throughout the morning. Also consider having a few snack platters prepared for your bridal party after the ceremony. It is easy to get caught up in the fun and photos, but the afternoon will be much more enjoyable if everyone is well fed and happy.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Welcome Fall with a Happy Harvest

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It seems like just the other day that we were kicking off the start of summer with our summer party essentials post {see it here if you missed it the first time around}, but somehow almost three months have passed since and we are on the verge of welcoming the fall season. Whether you’re holding on to the last days of summer, kicking and screaming and refusing to let them go, or you’re ready to turn in your flip flops for knee highs and warm sweaters, there’s no denying that autumn brings with it a bounty of lovely that’s hard to resist. We’re somewhere between gutted and gleeful to be greeting the seasonal change, and we’re softening the blow by playing with some of our favorite fall comforts, all as pretty as they are delicious. Here’s our take on all you need to create your own happy harvest.

Best of the Season

Nothing says fall like a crisp juicy apple. Serve them up in style as your signature sipper, complete with an authentic drink dispenser and personalized glassware, for the ultimate seasonally inspired treat.

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Share the Harvest

Harvest is about plenty, and plenty is meant to be shared. Send them home warm and fuzzy with a delicious homemade treat, in a ready to go format.

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xoxo.

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Style Spotlight: Inspired By Travel

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Looking for the perfect way to combine your passion for travel into your wedding décor? Our Ambassador, Leona Morelock has done just that. She takes travel inspired wedding decor to a whole new level in this shoot. Use Leona’s suggested … Continue reading 

Personalized Gift Ideas We Love

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Whether you’re looking for a gift for your bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, or a special someone, we have amazing personalized gift ideas for everyone. We want to share with you some of our favorite gift ideas that all have that added personal touch. Personalization will make your gifts just that much more special!

Personalized Gifts For Her

Bliss Striped Tote

One of our favorite gift ideas and one that your girls will love are these colorful Bliss Striped Tote Bags. Pick their fave color and make the bag truly one-of-a-kind by adding their name or monogram.

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Double Heart Necklace & Jewelry Tray

Because jewelry really is a girl’s best friend! This silver, double heart necklace is a show stopper that can be engraved on the back. Pair it with a sparkly card and give it as a bridesmaid’s gift when you ask your girls to be a part of your special day.

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Featured above: Crystal Double Swing Heart Necklace-Gold

And don’t forget the jewelry tray! Personalize with a special message or name to make this gift extra special.

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Featured above: Vegan Leather Jewelry Tray:Custom Emboss / Vegan Leather Jewelry Tray: Hello Gorgeous Emboss

On The Go Cooler Bag

This next gift is a perfect one for the summer! We love this pink cooler bag, and your girls will too. Perfect for a day at the beach or a girls road trip! Personalize with a monogram for a gift that will be used over and over again.

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Cosmetic Bag & Compact Mirror

Because every girl could use a stylish place to store all of her must-have cosmetics and a trendy compact mirror for last minute touch ups! Perfect for a bridesmaid gift to carry along on the big day. Personalize with each girl’s initials for an added touch.

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Featured above: Colorblock Large Zip Pouch-Black / Gold Compact Mirror

Personalized Gifts For Him

Personalized Double Walled Beer Glass

This beer glass is a perfect gift for the boys!  A fun groomsmen gift that can be personalized with their names or monogram.

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Featured above: Personalized Double Walled Beer Glass: “Beer Me” Print

Personalized Tanned Leather Travel Bag

This leather travel bag is a great gift that the boys can use for travel or for use at home and can be personalized with their initials. It’s a perfect groomsmen gift for a destination wedding!

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Featured above: Personalized Tanned Genuine Leather Travel Bag

Personalized Tanned Genuine Leather Money Clip

This handsome leather money clip with magnetic clasp makes a great gift for guys who don’t want to lug around their wallet with them. The addition of their initials make this truly personal.

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Featured above: Personalized Tanned Genuine Leather Money Clip

Personalized gifts are a great way to show your bridal party and others on your shopping list how much you really care. These are just a few of our many gift ideas. Happy shopping!

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Celebrate Your Birthday In Style

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If you were ever under the impression that birthday parties should be reserved for the little ones in your life, today’s post is about to turn that notion on its head. Complete with plenty of grown up fun, after seeing the details of this setup we’re pretty sure you’ll be planning your very own sophisticated celebration for your next  B-Day. And if your big day is too far away, then we suggest applying any (or all) of these ideas into any soiree you may have up and coming…think bridal shower, engagement party, etc. Happy Styling!

Gift It All, Big and Small

Nothing says birthday like the perfect gift. Thank them for celebrating you by flipping the gift giving onto them. Whether it’s a sweet favor treat or a something a bit more substantial, this spread has you covered.

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Served Up in Style

Bevies are basically a must at any ‘big girl’ bash. Serve yours up in serious style with personalized glassware displayed on sleek theme approved trays.

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acrylic tray with personalized insert (coming soon)

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Details Make All The Difference

Just like with any other event, details make all the difference. From decorative touches to chic signage, there’s no such thing as too much.

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Candy Bar

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Looking for something sweet to treat your guests with? Candy bars are a great way to help celebrate your big day. The pop of color, design and of course the tasty treats make it a fun addition to any wedding. They are also a great way to add a personal touch to your reception. Use these tips to help create your own Candy Bar that your guests are sure to enjoy!

Stage Your Candy Bar!

It is all about presentation! Stage your table with containers of various heights, tallest at the back for easy access to all items on the table. By using large, clear jars to display your candy, it makes it effortless for your guests to scoop the sweet treats. Trays for smaller candy can be put in front to vary your Candy Bar décor and give it that extra little touch.

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Pick Your Treats!

Choose a variety of candy types such as bulk and individually packaged candy. Have grab n’ go items available. Some of our favorite options are filled mini gumball machines and chocolate bars. Want to make it your own? Pick candy colors and types to match your theme or personality.

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Takeaways

Having favor boxes or containers available is a must! This allows your guests to take as much or as little candy as they want. Your guests can also take a treat home for later to remember the occasion. Make it even more special by customizing the container with a personalized label or tag.

It’s All In The Details!

Incorporating signage on your table can help your guests pick and choose with ease. Don’t forget the scoops and napkins to avoid those sticky fingers. Personalize the napkins with a unique message to your guests.

Use these sweet tips and you’re sure to create a personalized Candy Bar that your guests will love!

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How To Create The Look: Industrial Chic

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Exposed beams and bricks along with textured finishes make a great starting space. By applying a modern aesthetic to an industrial setting you can reinvent any space for the ultimate industrial chic look. Just let your creativity flow; play with … Continue reading 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Succulent Mini Mason Jar Favors

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Today marks our first DIY post of the summer season and its definitely got us channeling our inner garden goddesses. With our green thumbs covered in soil we’re showing you how to create some of the sweetest “sun-spired” party and wedding favors around. And to top off these ultra cute giveaways we’re pairing them with simple wooden stake place markers, making them a super smart concept too. So get out your  garden gloves ladies, and get ready to make pretty!

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: using any variety of grey spray paint, give your jar a base layer of grey paint. Don’t worry about a perfectly even application. You just need a thin base, concentrated on the pressed letters of your jar.

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Step 2: using alternating vertical, horizontal and angular strokes, coat the jar with your vintage paint. To ensure that vintage finish, avoid a perfectly even application, allowing your grey base to come through in some spots.

Step 3: without allowing the paint to dry, using a cloth or just your finger, gently rub the paint off the pressed letters, and in any additional spots on the jar where you want more grey to peek through.

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Step 4: fill your jar with potting soil and then transfer your succulent into the jar, such that just the top is level with the opening.

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Step 5: complete the look with a stake place marker and a thank you tag.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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How-To Personalize Your Wedding: Part 2

Back in May we shared with you some of our favorite ways to add personalized details to your wedding ceremony, reception and favors. If you missed it, make sure you check it out here. We have so many ideas on how to make your big day truly unique that today we are bringing you part two on how to personalize your wedding. This time we will take a look at adding personal touches to your bridal party gifts and décor!

Personalizing Your Décor

Personalized Signage

Incorporating signage into your wedding décor is a great way to leave personalized messages for your guests.  Customize it by adding your names or match it to your wedding design & colors. You can use multiple signs throughout your venue.

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Featured above: Wooden Sign:Antique Finish / Table Sign: Geo Marble Square

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Featured above: Table Sign: Geo Marble / Stationery Holder: Ornamental Wire

Table Runners

Take your table runners to the next level by adding a monogram!

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Featured above: Table Runner: Geo Marble Personalized Burlap / Place Card: Geo Marble / Utensil Set: Eco Wood / Pinch Pots: Miniature

Stickers & Labels

Stickers and labels are a great way to add that extra personal touch to your wedding day décor. Use labels to leave sweet messages on décor items, or to create your own personalized wine and water bottle labels!

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Featured above: Corkscrew Opener: Wine Bottle Shaped / Rectangular Label: Sparkle

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Featured above: Sticker: Ikat Small / Salt and Pepper Set: Miniature Candy Jar

Personalize Your Bridal Party Gifts

There are tons of gift options out there for your bridal party. We love the idea of personalizing your gifts for your fave guys & gals to make them even more special. Personalize your gifts with their first names…

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Featured above: Tote: Bliss Striped / Silky Kimono Robe: Watercolor Floral/ Sunglasses

A monogram….

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Featured above: Luggage Tag: Personalized Leather / Weekender Bag: Black

Or even their initials. The options are endless and with these personalized details your gifts will truly be one-of-a-kind.

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Featured above: Bracelet: Matte Gold Toggle Charm

Use these personalizing “how-to” tips as inspiration for adding personal touches to your wedding day!

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Summer Party Essentials

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The official start of summer is just less than a week away (enter excited squeal here) and we know exactly how to pass the time between now and the first day of our absolute favourite season…spend every second planning and preparing to make sure we’re summer party ready! We’re organizing our fun in the sun sippers, polishing our sunnies, and lining up our absolute must-have summertime soiree accessories.  And each and every one of them is spot on perfect for just about any al fresco affair. Here’s the rundown of our sunny season party essentials.

1. Let’s Party

Let your signage say it all. Clever personalized and printed accessories let your guests know exactly what’s on the agenda.

2. Bottom’s Up

Refreshments are key at any summer soiree. And so are super cute printed glasses, striped straws in the perfect shade of pink, and vintage glass bottles {tucked away in pretty cooler bags} that keep the refills coming.

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3. Fun in the Sun Gotta Haves

They’re sun-smart. They’re cute. They’re everything you need to have fun in the sun safely.

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xoxo.

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