10 Wedding Decor Trends That Haven’t Jumped The Shark

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FAIRY LIGHTS

Edison bulbs had their moment, but they’re a teeny tiny bit played out at this point. A better plan: Bring back the good ol’ fairy lights and string them lightly in areas that might need a little extra ambiance. Just make sure they’re an accent, not a focal point.

GREENERY VOTIVES

Call us romantics, but there’s something so delicate and lovely about lining your reception tables with pretty buds in mismatched vases in lieu of over-the-top floral centerpieces.

MIRROR PROGRAMS

Forget chalkboards–instead, pen the details of your big day on a mirror and watch guests literally reflect on the major moment that’s about to go down.

CASCADING BOUQUETS

Look, we love a good peony cluster as much as the next gal, but walking down the aisle with a dramatic arrangement that drapes as much as your dress is still a pretty epic idea.

RELATED: The 10 Biggest Trends in Wedding Flowers Right Now

BUTCHER PAPER

OK, so you’ve likely seen this all over Pinterest. But how many have you seen IRL? Be the person who bucks beige napkins and gold chargers in favor of a creative, down-to-earth place setting.

HERB PLACECARDS

Swap succulents for mini bundles of herbs with name cards attached. Bonus: They not only double as greenery votives (mentioned above) that guests can carry to the table themselves, but they also work as adorable take-home favors.

LETTER BALLOONS

Proof you don’t have to break the bank to pull off Instagram-worthy décor. Use them to spell out common phrases (like “XO” or “LOVE”) or to personalize your wedding. (Hello, your hashtag would look extra awesome spelled out in supersized balloons.)

NON-CAKE “CAKES”

Sure, a cupcake tower may be o-v-e-r, but dessert in different forms (pies, doughnuts, macarons) is completely acceptable…and still surprising.

WEDDING KARAOKE

In lieu of a wedding singer, give your guests the chance to take the mic. Just wait until after dinner when plenty of champagne (aka liquid courage) has been consumed.

YAY FLAGS

If you can’t throw confetti (for real–a lot of venues restrict it because of the clean up), these DIY flags are still a pretty colorful way to end the ceremony in style.

The One Thing a Groom Must Remember On His Wedding Day

LDP_5756Once again a great post from Sandy Malone and Brides Magazine. Listen up guys… this Bud’s for you. I love the first one “You can’t behave lie one of the Wedding Guests”. If you want to see more stories like this, but also want to see great videos, pictures, articles and maybe lots of crazy pet videos… Please “Like” our Facebook Page.

 

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Some brides and grooms plan every detail of their big day together. Sometimes, the bride does the bulk of the planning work, but the groom participates in making big decisions. Every once awhile, the groom has no clue what the bride has planned for their wedding weekend until it arrives, and they’re both just fine with that.

In fact, as long as the bride and groom are comfortable, it doesn’t matter if the groom has a single clue of what’s going to happen once the wedding festivities start. It’s okay if he has the “tell me where to be and when” philosophy if the bride’s agreed to that. It means she can plan whatever she wants, no questions asked. The only time it becomes a problem is when the wedding festivities begin, and the groom continues to behave as though he were a guest instead of the host.

Grooms: You cannot behave like a wedding guest. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Wedding Costs You Should Actually Splurge On

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SPLURGE: YOUR DRESS

It’s the major “wow” moment of the whole entire affair. We’re not saying you should shell out 25K, but your white number should make you feel like your version of Cinderella whether that puts you in a poofy strapless number…or a jumpsuit. Don’t forget, alterations are also part of this “splurge”–a good bridal tailor is everything. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Tips to Writing Killer Wedding Vows

Jaimie Schoen

Writing your own vows is an incredible way to personalize your wedding ceremony. It’s a chance to tell your story, give guests a peek into what makes your relationship tick, and to share meaningful, sweet words with the person you love. It can also be a pretty challenging task because it’s so intimate — you’re really baring your heart to your fiancé, and you’re doing so in front of your family and friends. The hardest part? Getting started! Thankfully, JP Reynolds, M.Div., celebrity officiant (you might recognize the name from BRIDES Live Wedding), counselor, and author of Ever Thine, Ever Mine, Ever Ours: Choosing the Right Words for Your Vows, is an all-around ceremony expert, and has shared a few tips for putting together vows that are deep, poignant, and from the heart. Read the rest of this entry »

Sperry Tents of The Seacoast and The Inn at Diamond Cove Portland Maine

Sperry Tents Diamond Isle. CAM00099Take a look at the 46’x 105′ Sail Cloth tent we installed for the Summer season at The Inn at Diamond Cove in Portland, Maine. What a great place to hold your next outdoor event under the most beautiful tent you will ever see.

7 Wedding Traditions That Have Disappeared Over the Past Century

Emilie Le Beau Lucches

Almost a century ago, an Illinois bride cracked open her wedding diary. The thin, white-cloth covered book had empty pages where a bride could record the details of her nuptials. There was a page to describe how the couple met, another to note the engagement, and several to paste in the engagement announcements.

The bride, 18-year-old Marjorie Gotthart, was seemingly unimpressed with the book. She completed only one page – a form designed to resemble a marriage certificate. In big, loopy cursive, she recorded who she married, when, and where. The rest of the pages were empty.

Marjorie’s slight wedding diary was typical for brides of her time. The book did not devote any pages to receptions or pre-nuptial parties. There was no space for a bride to describe her reception venue, the music played by the band, or the meal served. Couples of that era most often married in their parents’ home, usually on a weekday. The lavish affairs that are now de rigueur didn’t become popular until the 1970s.

This means the customs we now call “traditions” are fairly recent. The Saturday evening affair with dinner, dancing, centerpieces, and party favors is not a long-standing tradition. For most modern wedding guests, a “traditional” American wedding would be totally unrecognizable. Here are seven traditions that have changed the most over the years.

  1. Traditional weddings were on weekdays.

More than a century ago, there was a rhyme that helped brides pick a date. Mondays were for wealth and Tuesdays for health. “Wednesday the best day of all, Thursdays for crosses, Fridays for losses, and Saturday for no luck at all.” The 1903 White House Etiquette guide reminded young, society women of the rhyme and also noted that in addition to bringing terrible luck, Saturday weddings were terribly unfashionable.

  1. Weddings were early.

“High noon,” assured the White House Etiquette guide, was the most fashionable time to get married. Lunchtime weddings were modeled after English tradition, and demanded more effort than the late afternoon nuptial, which only required a reception.

  1. Receptions were optional.

As late as the early 1960s, many couples were forgoing receptions, even if they had a church wedding. The practice was common enough that the popular 1961 guide, Check List for a Perfect Wedding, detailed how the receiving line should be ordered “if there was to be no reception.”

For many couples, the wedding took place at home with only a few family members and witnesses present. The 1879 guide, Wedding Etiquette and Usages of Polite Society,reminded couples marrying at home that no procession was expected. The couple entered the room and faced the wedding official together. Refreshments were typically served afterward, but few families hosted an elaborate meal.

  1. Receptions were simple.

For couples who did host a post-nuptial celebration, receptions were typically limited to cake and punch. There were no passed hors d’oeuvres, circulating wine stewards, or dessert bars. Society pages in newspapers reported these simple events but treated them as elaborate affairs. At one 1961 North Carolina reception, for example, the local newspaper reported that guests were served cake and punch “from a crystal bowl,” a detail that was clearly noteworthy. The story even noted how the ice-cubes in the punch were shaped like hearts.

  1. The day was DIY and inexpensive.

At most cake and punch or breakfast receptions, family members were put to work serving guests. This practice was so common that newspaper wedding announcements even listed which family members doubled as staff. At one New Hampshire wedding in 1951, for example, the paper noted how the bride’s aunt and cousins served breakfast to all the guests. The guest list was notably large – 200 people – and the bride recruited six aunts and five cousins to serve the crowd.

  1. Parents didn’t always pay.

Etiquette books such as the White House guide clearly stated the bride’s parents were responsible for most of the expenses. And while such was the standard among many marrying couples, there were many cultural communities who had other practices. Well through the 1920s, Italian-American grooms, for example, were responsible for paying for the reception, securing a home, and furnishing the new property. Some brides were able to pick the furniture for the new home and send their fiancés the bill.

  1. The honeymoon and home took precedent.

Many modern couples spend significant money on rings and receptions, but neither expense is long-standing tradition. The 1909 Sears Catalog, for example, had pages of rings, including “baby rings” that one purchased for fashionable infants. For ladies, there were rings with pearls, rubies, sapphires and diamonds, but none were designated as engagement or wedding rings. A standard wedding ring was a band of gold, according to the 1879 guide, Wedding Etiquette and Usages of Polite Society, which claimed to be on top of the elite bridal trends.

Without a reception or ring to eat up costs, couples put their money toward their honeymoons and post-wedding residences. Marjorie’s wedding diary reflected this value. The little book had several pages to record honeymoon memories and paste photographs. The following section was her place to describe the couple’s new home and include a photograph. Marjorie, however, chose not to do either. It seems the only thing that mattered was that she and Samuel Bowers were married.

 

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Disney Announces Weddings Inside the Magic Kingdom

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Is marriage on your horizon? Do you love the Disney theme parks almost as much as you love your fiancé? Imagine this fantasy scenario: It’s your wedding day, and you ride up Main Street U.S.A. in Cinderella’s horse-drawn carriage accompanied by bewigged, royal coachmen. A vintage jitney has already deposited your husband-to-be at the Magic Kingdom’s hub. Trumpeters herald your arrival, and your wedding guests stand. You make your way to the altar in a lush garden with the majestic Cinderella Castle rising behind you.

It’s not a fantasy. But it is Fantasyland. Florida’s Disney World has announced that couples can now plan their wedding ceremonies inside the Magic Kingdom at the park’s new East Plaza Garden. Read the rest of this entry »

8 Signs Your Relationship is Headed for Marriage

Jillian Kramer

If you think there’s no sign short of a diamond ring that can point to whether you’re headed for marriage or not, think again. Our experts are here to share eight ways you can tell if your relationship will last a lifetime.

  1. YOUR PARTNER ISN’T AFRAID TO CHALLENGE YOU.

Constantly butting heads could mean you’re headed for a breakup. But, if your partner is willing to kindly voice his or her views in order to challenge you to change yours, psychotherapist and relationship expert Rhonda Richards-Smith says you could be headed for marriage. “If your partner is comfortable enough with you to lovingly call you out privately when they feel you are wrong,” says Richards-Smith, “chances are you are in the right relationship.” Read the rest of this entry »

6 Signs Your Marriage Will Last a Lifetime

 

 

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Anna Davies

 

 

  1. When something weird happens, my guy is always the first one I want to text.” Erin W., Highlands Ranch, CO

Seeing your guy as your person – the one you want to share gossip or funny observations with – is essential, say Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz, psychotherapists and authors ofBuilding a Love That Lasts. “Good couples tend to view their partner as their best friend,” says Charles. “Having inside jokes and stories is part of what builds that bond.” That’s why it’s key to share funny anecdotes about your day, even if they’re as minor as your coworker freaking out because someone stole her Diet Coke from the communal fridge. Read the rest of this entry »