Wedding Reception Tips: 7 Must See Custom Seating Displays

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There are seating plans, a must do at every wedding, and then there are inspired displays of creativity that just so happen to also guide guests to where they need to go. And it’s the latter that bring to an … Continue reading 

Wedding Planning Essentials: Outdoor Ceremony How-To

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No one loves an outdoor wedding ceremony more than I do. Natural light, a warm summer breeze, sweet smells of distant wildflowers, all come together to create something simply magical. If you’re an outdoor ceremony lover like me and are planning one for your own wedding, here’s the rundown of what you need to consider to pull it off to perfection. Happy Planning!

How-To Tip #1: Frame Your Area

It’s not called the great outdoors for nothing! An outdoor ceremony space is generally a big one. Create an intimate setting by creatively framing off your area with some ceremony staples. Consider an aisle runner for a pretty direct pathway to the top of your site. Greet the eye when it gets there with a unique Unity Ceremony setup, complete with an unexpected decorative touch like a lantern overhang.

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featured here: mini lanterns (hangers removed) and purple satin ribbon

How-To Tip #2: Less is More

Take advantage of all the natural beauty that surrounds an outdoor space and go with subtle complimentary decorative accents to finish off the look. Using simple design tactics like specialty ceremony seating, think Cocoa Chiavari Chairs, and gorgeously simple aisle markers, think birch and cotton bud diy arrangements, provides for a ton of impact without overpowering what’s already there.

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featured here: glass cylinder vase

How-To Tip #3: All About the Details

You went for something out of the ordinary for your ceremony location, now keep the feeling of exceptional going with unique day of accessories that compliment your wedding day design. From a custom Welcome display to a lovely ring pillow alternative, the attention to detail will not go unnoticed.

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How-To Tip #4: First Comes Comfort

Having an outdoor ceremony means taking on the powerful sun. Do it successfully by keeping your guests comfortable. Beyond the most obvious necessities, like hydrating beverages and sunscreen, consider providing your guests with something both practical and pretty, like shade providing paper parasols. As an added bonus, think of all the great picture opps you’ll get out of them!

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featured here: paper parasols accented with purple satin ribbon

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How-To Tip #5: Plan B

You simply cannot plan an outdoor ceremony without an indoor back up. Full stop. Before committing to your outdoor venue, ensure that there is an indoor option available. If you’re having your outdoor ceremony on the same property as your indoor reception, try to avoid using the area where you’ll be hosting your dinner as your Plan B. It makes for difficult logistics and impacts the experience your guests have moving from one great space to another during the ceremony to reception transition. Be open to creative Plan B alternatives, even something at another nearby location. And plan for an atmosphere just as lovely as that of your original space to ensure you and your guests don’t miss out on any part of the experience you planned for.

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Need More Ceremony Advice?

Come back and visit the blog this coming Monday when we outline the essentials to pulling together a Ceremony Program.

xoxo.

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3 Easy Steps to a Simple {and Enjoyable} Wedding Planning Experience

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If wedding statistics are correct and December is in fact the most popular month to get engaged, I have a feeling there are a lot of brides out there right now, iPads in hand, magazines laid out, and brows furrowed, not knowing where to begin the oh so daunting wedding planning process. If you’re one of those brides then this post should not be missed! What follows is a breakdown of the planning process into three key steps, paving the way for an easy and enjoyable wedding planning experience.

Wedding Planning – Step 1: Start with You.

The best place to begin your planning journey is with you (and your groom of course!). Consider your personal styles and the things that appeal to you most. From fashion, to favourite colors, even your home décor, basing your wedding design on who you are will make the planning process a natural one.

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Wedding Planning – Step 2: Go Big. Then Get Serious!  

The start of the planning process is where you want to take the opportunity to soak in all the possibilities. Start with the big picture and using all available wedding planning resources, print magazines, Pinterest, even other brides, pull together every single idea that catches your eye. But only allow yourself to do so for a few weeks. Then it’s time to get serious!

Pouring over all the options you’ll very quickly find repeating design concepts and color palettes. When you do, commit to the things that pull you in most and set aside those that, although lovely, muddle things up. It’s a big world of inspiration out there, with plenty of options. Committing to your wedding design early on avoids a lot of unnecessary stress.

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Wedding Planning – Step 3: Refine and Personalize.  

Now that you know what you want there’s nothing stopping you from going after all the little details you need to pull your wedding design together. Start the sourcing, booking and buying early on. It’s the details that infuse you and your hubby-to-be into the event. They personalize your wedding in such a way that it can only be yours. The last thing you want to do is leave these essential details to the end of your planning process.

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That’s it. It’s really that simple. No Step 4! That doesn’t mean that the planning process isn’t a big time investment that requires commitment. But if you approach it the right way from the start, your wedding planning journey is guaranteed to be an incredible one.

If you love what you’ve seen here and want to make it yours, visit the vintage theme section of the Weddingstar website to shop the entire look.

xoxo.
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Fashion Friday: Saving Your Skin with Gina Marí

Today is another glorious Fashion Friday – and do I have a treat for you! Today I am so pleased to introduce special guest blogger, and skin savoir, Gina Marí. With her cutting edge salon in the heart of Los Angeles, Gina and her team are prized as some of the best in the biz to keep skin looking younger – and who doesn’t want that?? With a clientele base that spans everyone from suburban housewives to A-list celebrities, Gina has seen (and treated!) it all. And, today I am beyond excited to share her tips on how to make your skin look its’ best on your big day! Enjoy!

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Fashion Friday: Flirty Fifties

Whoopee! It’s finally another Fashion Friday!! And today’s is very near and dear to my heart – Flirty Fifties Fashion!! Not only do I love the bold styles of the 50′s, but I’ve been absolutely enamored with all the amazing modern brides that are rocking a retro look at their wedding. From fun pops of color with a petticoat or sash to the bombshell vibes of a bold red lip and cat eye combination, today I’m rounding up my favorite ideas for a Fifties Fabulous bridal style! Throw on the Elvis and get ready to shake your hips a little as we take a trip back in time and look at the best ways to get a real fifties look on your big day! Enjoy!

{ By Connolly Ads circa 1950 }

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