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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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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Featured above: Bliss Striped Tote

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: 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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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: Unique & Creative Guest Book Options

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Today’s blog is all about picking the right guest book to match your style.  There are so many options for unique guest books and wishing wells, all of which can be customized to match your wedding theme and design.

Modern Guest Book Ideas

If you are wanting to stick with the traditional guest book concept but with a modern flair, we have some great ideas! Guest Books that use modern materials such as acrylic and wood take the traditional concept to the next level. Here are a few that we love!

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Featured above: Clear Acrylic Guest Book:Modern Fairytale Etching 

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Featured above: Wooden Guest Book: Personalized Woodland Pretty

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Featured above:  White Acrylic Guestbook: Monogram Simplicity Personalized

Guest Book Alternatives

There are so many guest book alternative options to choose from. Guest book alternates allow for creative and customized options to match your wedding theme.  Here are some of our favorites!

Personalized Shadow Box

A Shadow Box is a unique alternative that you can cherish for years to come after your wedding day. Guests can leave personalized notes on wishing well cards, which can be collected in the bottom portion of the box. This new take on a shadow box allows you to capture the memories made on and before your wedding day.

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Featured above: Personalized Shadow Box: Bistro Bliss  / Clips: Miniature Hinged / Wish Scrolls: Bistro Bliss

Decorative Birdcages

Decorative Birdcages make for fun and unique wishing wells that will be sure to impress your guests. You can dress them up by painting them to match your wedding colors and adding decorative elements such as ribbon and flowers.

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Featured above: Decorative Birdcage: Classic Round / Ribbon: White

Metal Decorative Urn

This Metal Decorative Urn is another unique way to collect wishing well cards from your guests and is a perfect match to most wedding themes.

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Featured above: Urn: Metal Decorative / Well Wishing Cards: Modern Fairytale 

Mini Suitcase Wishing Well

A mini decorative suitcase is a perfect wishing well idea for the travel inspired or vintage themed wedding. It is a perfect container for notes and well wishes from your guests.

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Featured above: Wishing Well: Mini Suitcase / Wishing Well Stationery Set: Paper Airplane

Natural Wood Keepsake Box

This unique wishing well is intricately designed and can be personalized with your initials and a custom message. The custom wishing well cards designed to complement this box and will fit perfectly in the interior compartments. This makes for a great decorative keepsake for your home after your wedding day.

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Featured above: Keepsake Box: Cubist Laser Cut Natural Wood / Embossed Stationery: Cubist Laser / Decorative Tray: Rustic Wood

Decorative Glass Box

A decorative glass box is another fun and unique idea for a wishing well.  Use it as a recipe box by providing your guests with recipe cards and have them write their well wishes or “Recipes of The Heart”.

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Featured above: Decorative Box: Glass With Mirror Base / Recipe Cards: Garden Party

Whether you are looking for a modern guest book or an alternative wishing well, there are so many unique options that we know you will love!

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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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How-To Personalize Your Wedding

You’re in full wedding planning mode and of course you want to make your big day as unique and special as possible.  What better way to achieve this than by adding personalized details throughout your wedding?  Today we are excited to share with you Part 1 of 2 on how-to personalize your wedding, where we will look at adding those personal touches to your ceremony, reception and favors. There are so many options that we couldn’t fit them all into one post! Be sure to check back for Part 2, coming soon.

Personalizing Your Ceremony

Aisle Runner

Walking down the aisle is a major moment. Rolling out a monogrammed aisle runner and backdrop will up the ‘wow’ factor without blowing your budget out of the water.

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Featured above: Aisle Runner: Monogram Simplicity Personalized / Backdrop: Floral Dreams Personalized

Unity Sand Ceremony

The sand ceremony is a timeless tradition that makes for your own personalized unity ceremony. Customize the colors to match your wedding design and add a monogram to the vase to take it to the next level. The vase set can become a keepsake in your home as a reminder of your union.

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Featured above: Sand Ceremony Set: Free Spirit Personalized

 

Personalizing Your Reception

Personalized Napkins

Personalized paper napkins are a great way to add that extra touch to your wedding reception.  The options are endless with the ability to choose a custom logo, color, and personalized message.  It’s these dazzling little details that will make for a completely coordinated experience for your guests.

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Featured above: Printed Napkins: Best Day Ever Personalized

Personalized Glassware

Glassware is everything! The perfect combination of function and favor. This year’s trend is personalized wedding day glassware that can double as a unique favor for your guests!

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Personalizing Your Favors

Personalized Matches

Matches have been a favorite for decades, but we’ve made them cool again. Put your personal spin on this popular favor with just the right logo and message to complement your big day.

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Featured above: Matchboxes:Personalized / Matchbooks:Personalized

Personalized Mason Jars

The oh-so-popular mason jar is a favorite! With a personalized printed design you are taking a favor and adding so much more meaning. Some top trends for goodies to fill the jar with include jam, candies, bath salts and hot cocoa and….

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Featured Above: Mason Jar: Gold Solid Lid / Twine: Metallic Gold / Place Card: Lace Medley

For finishing touches think about adding those extra details to your favors.  Stickers,tags and personalized ribbon will take your look and really make it personal.

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Featured above: Bottle Stopper: Dainty Gold Bow / Ribbon: White / Tag: Celebration Small Rectangular

So, You’re A Bridesmaid! Check Out Our Top 5 Cost Sharing Tips

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Your friend just got engaged and in turn has popped the question, Will you be my bridesmaid?”, wanting you to be part of her wedding day. You’re flattered (of course) and excited to be a part of her special day, but you start to stress out a bit when you begin adding up the costs. Being a bridesmaid can definitely be pricey, but there are some things you can do to help save some cash.

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We’ve got some great tips to relieve you and the other bridesmaids!

1. Group Gift

On top of all the other wedding expenses, including the dress and shoes and throwing parties typically a bridesmaid is still expected to give the new couple a gift.  Wedding gifts can definitely be a hit to your bank account, but why not lessen the cost a bit? Go in on a gift for the couple as a group with the other bridesmaids. This way you can chip in together on a higher priced item from the registry rather than trying to figure out something less expensive or spending more than you can afford on a gift.

2. Share a Suite

Hotel rooms can be expensive, especially if you need to stay for more than one night. Split the cost with the other bridesmaids by booking a suite that sleeps four people.

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3. Car Pool

If it’s not quite a destination wedding, but you and the other girls live outside of the location that the wedding is being held at, arrange to share a ride! Road trips are fun and is a great way to bond, especially if you are just getting to know a couple of the gals. You’ll save money on gas and have a great time!

4. Share Travel Costs

If you’re attending an upcoming destination wedding, consider group travel. Most airlines offer group discounts that could save you hundreds of dollars. Coordinating group travel might take some extra effort, but if it saves you some cash in the end, it’s definitely worth it!

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Featured above: Bathrobes: Mr & Mrs / Towels: Mr & Mrs / Sandals: Just Married

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5. Group DIY Projects

DIY projects are a fun way to help give every shower you throw the look of a high budget, meanwhile it’s a great excuse to get all the bridesmaids together and save a little cash! Enjoy some wine and snacks and whip up some amazing favors and décor. We’ve included some DIY projects that we think you’ll love! For décor we have tons of DIY ideas for adding gold and glitter to to glam things up. We also have some great favor ideas like Ombre Dip Dyed Favor Bags and Mini Mason Jar Favors.

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Can being a bridesmaid be pricey? Yes. But we hope these tips will help you out a bit and save you some cash.

New Ceremony Must-Have: The Wedding Wand

Today we are excited to feature a product that is a ceremony must have! The Wedding Wand is a beautiful addition to your ceremony ritual and is an alternative to the sand ceremony or unity candle. It is a beautiful way to hold on to all that is important now and for your future together. It is about the love two people share and the desire to never let go of the precious gift they have found together.

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During the ceremony the couple will each hold their end of the wand as the officiant speaks.

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The Wedding Wand comes complete with a stand, allowing you to put it on display for all to see. This wonderful item will be a permanent decorative piece in your home. Not only to encase your marriage certificate, but as a daily reminder of the importance of the vows that were spoke on that unforgettable day.

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Engraved in the wand you will find words that may be contained in real vows. There is also a spot for personalization to be added, with the bride and groom’s initials or monogram.

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The vow certificate can be stored in the wedding wand after the ceremony.

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Featured here: Personalized Backdrop: Floral Dreams / Wedding Wand

FROM THE CREATOR OF THE WEDDING WAND

The Wedding Wand is a must-have for any ceremony, regardless of religion or background. It is about the love two people share and the desire to never let go of the precious gift they have found together. Created by a woman to immortalize a wonderful love and honor the memory of her late spouse, this ceremony addition touches the very heart of what is most important, the unending love between two people. This wonderful item will be a permanent decorative piece in your home. Not only to encase your marriage certificate, but as a daily reminder of the importance of the vows that were spoken on that unforgettable day. The Wedding Wand is a beautiful way to hold on to all that is important now and for your future together.

Style Spotlight: Garden Party

Spring is in the air! Today we are excited to share our Garden Party photoshoot that was featured in the 2016 Weddingstar magazine! With spring nearing closer every day, this is a great time to start prepping for your own garden party. It is a perfect setting for an Easter tea or a spring inspired bridal party get together. From stunning floral arrangements to personalized floral inspired stationary and favors, here is some inspiration to recreate your own outdoor party.

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Loose Leaf Tea Wedding Bridal Shower Favors Vintage Inspired Creamer Set

Add some loose tea to these mini clear glass bottles with a cork, it’s the perfect favor for your guests.

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Featured above: Lights: White Lace Lanterns / Goblets: Vintage Pressed Glass / Pitcher: French Provencal Style / Ornate Box: Vintage Inspired  / Creamer Set: Vintage Inspired / Bottles: Mini Glass with Cork / Tag: Garden Party Small /  Basket: Rectangular Wire

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These personalized Garden Party Notepads and vintage boxes are favors that your girls will love!

Featured above: Notepad: Garden Party /Favor Box: Decorative Vintage / Place Card: Garden Party

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Make the bride feel important by decorating a chair just for her. Set out a drink dispenser with infused water served in pretty glassware. Add a pop of color to your tablescapes with fresh, spring floral arrangements.

Featured above: Chair Sign: Garden Party Bride To Be / Décor Flower: Paper Peony / Beverage Dispenser: Decorative Apothecary  / Cling: Garden Party / Napkin Ring: Vintage Floral / Chalkboard: Mini Framed / Dishes: Butterfly / Bucket: Galvanized Flower Market

Vintage Inspired Rustic Frame with Seed Paper Favors

This rustic frame is a fantastic display prop that can be used to highlight photos and cards. Attach personalized natural seed paper favor cards for your guests to plant in their own garden.

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