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 

8 Things I Wish I Knew While Planning My Wedding

We all know that the more often we do something, the better we get. But when it comes to planning a wedding, you only get one shot to get it right. A wedding is a once in a lifetime event, afterall! After the dust has settled from the big day, we want every bride to walk away saying “that was everything I dreamed of” and have no regrets. That is why we asked everyone here at Weddingstar to tell us something they wished they knew while planning their own wedding. Here are 8 things we learned that we think every bride should know.

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1. Who does what?

Your fiancé might not be as involved as you would like him to be. BUT, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t care as much about the wedding or that he isn’t as excited as you are to be married. It just means that floral choices and backdrops are not his top priority. The important thing is not to stress about it. Find out which parts of the wedding are most important to him. Chances are that if he is a foodie or loves music, he will show much more interest in planning the dinner or creating the perfect wedding playlist. Don’t be afraid to ask him what he is looking forward to the most. His answer might just surprise you!

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2. Recruit a coordinator

Even if you DIY your entire wedding up to the day, having a day-of coordinator might be worth it. Having someone to handle the running around and setting up for you is much less stressful. It still allows you to coordinate every detail while being able to enjoy all your hard work on the day of. It is also less costly than hiring a wedding planner!

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3. Schedule some alone time

Remember to set some time aside. Even if it is just a few minutes to be alone with your sweetie on your wedding day. The day will come and go by so fast. It is important to cherish a moment (or two) with each other and remember why this is all happening in the first place. Some good times to do this are often between photos and cocktails, or after the speeches are over.

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4. Have a plan B.

This one might be a given, but it is often overlooked. We often dream of our wedding day being sunny and beautiful. But we all know that Mother Nature isn’t always kind. If you are planning to have your ceremony outside and there is a torrential downpour, a backup plan will prevent stress, worry and chaos. Make sure that your parents, wedding planner/coordinator and bridal party are all aware of the plan if the weather turns. Also, remember to pick a few indoor photo shoot locations.

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5. Acquire proper permits

If you are planning to have alcohol at your wedding, it is important to educate yourself on rules and permits. Often different venues will have their own set of rules in regards to alcohol. Make sure you speak with your venue and are clear on what their guidelines are. Is the bar included in your venue rental? Does this include a bartender? Is the permit a part of the package? When are we required to stop serving drinks? Are we able to purchase and serve our own wine or do we need to use your bottle service? These are all very important questions to ask when booking your venue.

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6. Make your guest list first

Picking a venue is one of the very first things you will do when planning your wedding. BUT, there is one more very important step you need to take before signing that contract. Make a rough guest list. This in no way needs to be finalized, but it is so important to have a rough idea of numbers before you book. The last thing you want is to book a venue that only holds 100 and find out that your guest list is actually 150.

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7. Consider extra costs beyond the dress

Remember to budget for alterations when picking your wedding dress. Lace applique, beading and other details can often be costly to alter. Before saying “yes” to the dress, talk to your bridal consultant about an alteration estimate.

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8. Maximize your photographer’s time (and your budget!)

Photographers and videographers are so important to a wedding, but they can also be very hard on your wedding budget. If your budget does not allow for a full day wedding package, there is still a way to capture all the important moments. Don’t be afraid to play with the traditional reception program. Who said that the bouquet toss and cake cutting have to be at the end of the night? Kick off your reception with the first dance, cut the cake after dinner, and then toss the bouquet. This will allow you to shave a few hours from your photography package while still capturing all those big moments.

Have you been married? Or maybe you’re in the midst of planning a wedding? What is it you wish you knew when going through the process? Tell us below!

Morgan

Designer Wedding Gowns: The Ines Di Santo Collections

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featured here: dama – spring / summer 2013 collection

There are wedding dresses and then there are showstopping designer gowns that make you feel like a goddess. The Ines Di Santo bridal collections fall into group #2. Made to fit a woman’s body to perfection, hugging every curve in the most flattering way, each and every handmade gown can only be described as pure luxury. Collection after collection the designs, made using the most lavish textiles available, consistently blend pure elegance and just the right amount of sexy, oozing femininity and beauty. Walking down ceremony aisles and red carpets, the collections have received global praise and attention. But I’m clearly preaching to the converted because one of the most frequently asked questions we receive on the blog ask for details about the Di Santo gowns we’ve featured in the Weddingstar lookbooks and the print magazine over the last two years. Given the popularity of the request we’ve decided to pull together a quick reference guide for you, which just happens to be both practical and extremely easy on the eyes. Enjoy!

ines di santo - liberta

featured here: liberta – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - candide

featured here: candide – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - marghera

featured here: marghera – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - murano

featured here: murano – spring / summer 2013 collection

ines di santo - neige

featured here: neige – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - rialto

featured here: rialto with peplum – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - malfi

featured here: malfi – fall 2011 / winter 2012

ines di santo - jacomina

featured here: jacomina – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - millie

featured here: millie – spring 2014

ines di santo - istria

featured here: istria – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - matthia

featured here: matthia – spring / summer 2013

ines di santo - papillon

featured here: papillon – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - emmy

featured here: emmy – spring 2012

ines di santo - nuit

featured here: nuit – fall 2012 / winter 2013

ines di santo - swan

featured here: swan – spring 2012

Want More?

To see more Ines Di Santo stunners pick up a copy of the next issue of the Weddingstar in print magazine, hitting stands this coming December.

xoxo.

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Bridal Inspiration: In the Orchard

Hi everyone, Happy Monday! Today I am changing things up a little with this beautiful styled photo shoot to inspire all of you. Inside today’s post you’ll find great photos to help you plan some looks you might like to see in your wedding album (or even in your engagement photos!). Shot in a blooming orchard in Kentucky, you’ll be transfixed by each of these amazingly delicate and romantic poses from Arielle Elise Photography. So sit back, relax and grab your Monday morning helping of wedding inspiration!

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Emily + Brett: A Wedding at Walden Woods

Happy Friday everyone! Today I have a beautiful treat to share with all of you – a special real wedding feature! When I opened my emails this week I was touched by the incredible photos and story that lie behind this breath-taking wedding. Not only did I have the pleasure of chatting with Emily + Brett’s close friend and photographer, Dayna Mae, but I had the rare opportunity to get the bride’s perspective on her special day as well (make sure to scroll down and see it for yourself – but be ready to feel a tug on your heartstrings!). It was so wonderful that I knew it would be the perfect end to the week, and give all of our brides and grooms-to-be some fabulous inspiration for your own upcoming weddings. Be ready to be enthralled with Emily’s gorgeous wedding style, be captivated by their heartfelt “I Do’s” and most of all, feel the love. Enjoy!

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Carol + Josh: California Bliss

 

Carol and Josh had a fantastic wedding this past May in their local California surroundings. With lush backdrops all around and their reception right in Carol’s mother backyard, their wedding photos capture a perfect fusion of nature and modern architecture that makes for a truly stunning wedding album. I am especially in love with their color scheme: sea foam green, blush and lavender – three amazing colors that they combined effortlessly. If you look close enough, you can even see a hint of blush color in Carol’s amazing dress (not to mention lace that’s absolutely to die for!). Congrats you guys, it looks like a blast! Enjoy! Continue reading

Tips from the Pros: How to Rent A Wedding Dress

I have the great pleasure of sharing a fabulous pro tip with all you guys today from wedding fashion writer extraordinaire, Brittany Moodie herself. Blogger and founder of The Wedding Dress Guide, Brittany is sharing all of her tips to get a fashionable dress at a steal of a deal with an option many of us probably never considered – renting!

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Collette + Guy: Pretty in Perth

Collette + Guy had an amazing wedding in Perth, Australia this past February. Surrounded with colorful bouquets and breathtaking scenery, their wedding design really pops! I especially love the vibrant purple of the bridesmaid dresses! Congratulations Collette + Guy, your wedding was truly a color dream!

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Tips From the Pros: How to Pull Off Mismatched Bridesmaids with Weddington Way

Today I am excited to share a new guest blog with you guys from Weddington Way. With their abundance of fashion genius, they’re giving all the details on how to pull off the new trend of mismatched bridesmaids without ending up with a bridal party that looks like a jumble! With tips and tricks to help you get the look for your wedding, read (and look!) on for lots of inspiration. Enjoy!

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