5 Fabulous Bachelorette Bash Ideas

Sure, the proposal, engagement ring selfies, and saying yes to the dress are all fun – but every bride and her ‘maids look forward to the

BACHELORETTE PARTY

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It’s one of the few chances you have to kick up (or off) your heels, let your hair down and partay with your bride tribe! Dancing, drinking & laughing with your besties are mandatory activities. Whether you’re risking it all in Vegas, jamming all weekend long in Nashville or having a barre class bash, here are the cutest Bachelorette party themes of Summer 2017:

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A TROPICAL TWIST

I’m obsessed with pineapples (who isn’t!?) This is such an easy, fabulous theme for any summer bachelorette party!

FAVOR: PINEAPPLE BOTTLE OPENERS

DRINK: FIZZY PINEAPPLE PUNCH

GAME: BOWLING FOR PINEAPPLES

 

THE FINAL FLAMINGLE

Can it get any more girly? The perfect theme for a mid-July pool party with your flock!

FAVOR: Flocked Up Koozie

DRINK: The Pink Flamingo

GAME: Flamingo Ring Toss

 

THE BRIDE’S LAST SPLASH

This theme is so glam. Sequins, luminous colors and so many festive, nautical party favors. Toast to your (mer)maids – you’re trading in the tail for the veil!

FAVOR: Mermaid Cover Up

DRINK: Mermaid Lemonade 

GAME: Floating Pool Pong

 

THE FINAL FIESTA

Margaritas. Build your own burrito bar. Monogrammed sombreros. Need I go on?

FAVOR: Fiesta Hair Ties

DRINK: Skinny Champagne Margarita

GAME: Booze Filled Piñata

BACHELLA

YAAAAAS GIRL.

We’re talking flower crowns, tons of jams, mimosa bars, a temporary tattoo station & a food truck! All the fun of the festival (without the passed out hipsters.)

FAVOR: Temporary Tatts

DRINK: Blackberry Lavender Champagne

GAME: Music Trivia Printables

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WHATEV THEME YOU CHOOSE: THANK YOUR GALS, GIVE A TOAST & ENJOY THE LAST HOORAH WITH YOUR “I DO” CREW

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10 Reasons to Fall in Love with Overhead Florals

What’s the worst centerpiece you’ve ever seen?

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An obnoxiously bulky ornate vase vomiting feathers? A weird fish bowl filled with ~violet~ pebbles and two belly up goldfish? Maybe a mixture of both like the monstrosity above?

I’ve seen some uggo’s. But regardless of clashing colors (or weird concepts) the most annoying thing a centerpiece can do is block a guest’s view! Holding convos, maintaining eye contact, snapping pics of the newlyweds and even enjoying dinner can be a pain – so instead of crowding the table, consider my favorite trend:

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There are SO many reasons to love these beauties. They look stunning & effortless – at the same time! If your venue is strict on hanging decor, freshen up the antique chandeliers or wrought iron candle holder with bursts of greenery. Dimension + hiding the ever accumulating dust? Win!

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Even if you’re going for a super simple ambiance, a light banner of foliage will add that personal touch you’ve been pining for.

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Suspended florals are functionally elegant. You can enjoy sweet scents, a conversation with your date (and the pan-seared strip steak) all at once. No batting weeds out of your line of vision!

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You can fill the air with flowers or let a few budding strands dangle; hanging florals are the perfect way to incorporate more of your color pallet into that tricky reception venue.

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Centerpieces are often just that – the center of attention. But why showcase recycled wine bottles filled with roses when guests can’t keep their eyes off that dress, or the cake! Elevate, y’all.

Get creative with added accessories: string lights, lace, silk threads, even supporting flower pots!


It may look expensive & complicated, but that’s only cause they’re so spectacular. This is a decor element that can easily be put together using a slab of wood, rope, extra florals and a little love! Make it a DIY project for you and the father of the bride – or a bridesmaids activity (just add wine.)

There’s something extra whimsical about suspending individual flowers upside down – i’m getting Alice in Wonderland/backyard Garden Party vibes!

Remember when we discussed how trendy wreaths were this year? Instead of hanging them vertically, suspend a wreath horizontally and attach hanging roses. Did you just get goosebumps or just me?!


Tulle isn’t the only “in” material for garland and ceiling decor. Mark off certain areas, set up a natural photo booth background or offset a beautiful barn wedding with hanging florals!

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Fun & Fab Place Card Ideas

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Place cards are essential to your reception for two reasons: they let guests know where they’ll be seated for the duration of your wedding & they set the scene for a very cute, personalized Instagram pic! The wedding industry has made millions off the simple fact that guests appreciate details. Customization and personalization has become the new norm for invitations, favors and everything in between! As much as we love a good little index card with each guest’s name scrawled out in classic calligraphy, it’s become (no offense) an expected snooze fest. Planning on wowing your friends and fam when they take their seats? Browse these trendy place card ideas:

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Laser Cut

Love love love love the idea of laser cut names! The material is wood, which can be dyed to match your personal color palette, and this is definitely something that guests can take with them to decorate their homes or office with! It’s sweet, simple and elegant.

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Sea Glass

Sea glass stones bask in their beautiful natural color and act as the perfect flat surface for a calligrapher to print your guests’ name. If you’re having a beach wedding, this is a no brainer! You and your fiancé can spend a morning collecting the sea glass and by providing the materials, you’re saving some serious $$$!

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Paper Pop Ups

This is the perfect opportunity to include your pup (or your college mascot/favorite animal/etc.) into your wedding details! JonNi Paper Goods creates these adorable pop up place cards in a variety of shapes and colors so you can truly make them special. I’m obsessed with these cream french bulldogs!

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Potted Cacti

These fab succulent and cacti plants are minimalistic, chic and double as place cards and favors! They’re a great choice for a nature loving couple and how sweet is the symbolism behind gifting your guests a plant to let love grow?

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Pineapples

Wood, watercolors, laser cut shapes – are you seeing a pattern here? These presh little pineapples are so cute! Adorn them with metallic calligraphy and your bold wedding colors.

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Geodes

Geodes took 2016 by storm – and in 2017 they’re still increasing the good vibes & impressing your guests! With such an array of colors, each guest can walk away with a personal geode picked especially for them. They’re known for dissolving bad energy and attracting good energy, so adding them to your big day means less in-law arguments and more money towards your honeymoon fund (maybe.)

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Cake Pops

Listen y’all – weddings are exhausting, for guests and couples alike. A quick bite before the dinner and following the last dance are always appreciated! Your crew will definitely enjoy a cake pop or macaroon assisting them in finding their table.

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Floral Details

A fun and trendy aesthetic? 3D Florals! So in for spring and sure to give your place settings the eye-catching “pop” it so desperately needs!

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Escort cards don’t have to be expensive, intimidating or plain! Make them unique and make them your own by adding dimension, color & your personal touch!

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Trendiest Florals of 2017

It’s March Y’all! April showers bring may flowers & spring is right around the corner. 2017’s trendiest florals are ceremony show stoppers! With bright bulbs, unique stems and lush leaves, you’re sure to find the perfect piece for your bouquet in this roundup:

WHITE ANEMONE

Hands down my FAVORITE floral of this year (& maybe ever) the White Anemone is a fun little floral adored for its crips white petals and attention grabbing dark pistil. This flower is available October through May and pairs well with practically every other stem! Make them the star of your centerpieces or add a few for dramatic flair into your cascading bouquet.

ECHEVERIA DUSTY ROSE

You remember the year of the Succulent (2015) right? The gorgeous pops of dusty green adorned cakes, headpieces and bouquets alike. Brides haven’t completely ditched the natural trend, but this year it’s all about the Echeveria Dusty Rose succulent, a flowering cacti with a hint of pink at the center.

HYPERICUM

This year, berries are BIG. They offer a sweet little feminine touch to any floral arrangement and add some visual aesthetic as a filler, standing apart from flowering petals. Hypericum is available in a huge variety of colors and sizes so that you can enhance your bouquets, boutonnières and place settings.

GLADIOLAS

It only sounds like a human body part. This gorgeous perennial is from the Iris family and stands tall in any arrangement! Gladiolas are known for their striking colors and towering height and these stems are a fabulous option for a hand-tied bouquet or aisle accessory.

MONSTERA LEAVES

Monstera leaves are MAJOR. This fanned out floral has such a fun, tropical vibe that it’s popping up in bouquets and centerpieces everywhere! Fun fact: these leaves are also referred to as the “swiss cheese plant.” They make a great backdrop for colorful flowers & an appealing umbrella style table arrangement.

PIN CUSHION PROTEA

For the bride seeking a floral as bold as she is.

The Pincushion Protea has a spiky appearance that contrasts beautifully with it’s salmon coloring, making for a super elegant option. They also pair well with every seasonal bouquet, so choose this fun texture for your big day!

JULIET ROSE

A super soft and sophisticated style – the Juliet Rose is a top tier style among the ever popular rose bouquet. Florists praise this flower as it’s cup shaped appearance seems mid-bloom and perfect for a spring wedding!

CYMBIDIUM ORCHID

Classic, modern & chic – what else can a bride ask for!? Cymbidium Orchids are a basic bulb featuring light white petals and a preppy yellow center. They pair gorgeously with greenery and make stunning corsages. These are known for being an early-summer stem!

ENHANCE YOUR BOUQUET, CENTERPIECES AND FLORAL ACCENTS WITH ONE OF THE TRENDIEST FLOWERS OF 2017. COMMENT YOUR FAVORITES BELOW!

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Signed • Sealed • Delivered: Rustic Signage Inspo

Informative, fun & the perfect rustic decor accents – wedding signage does it all! Incorporate this elegant element into your big day in the following ways:

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Announce the big day {and confirm that your guests have arrived at the right venue} with a welcome sign! You can include your dates or a fun little quip leading up to the ceremony.

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Serving custom cocktails? Display the drink options on a gorgeous rustic sign accented with florals, making it easy for guests to read and order their favorite drinks. I’m obsessed with this “drunk in love” bar signage! In an outdoor reception venue, it’s always nice to declare exactly where your guests can find the booze.

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Again, outdoor venues are fabulous because there’s no shortage of dance floor – but if your big day takes place at a vineyard, a seaside beach house or a farm, point your guests in the right direction of your ceremony, reception, bar and the restrooms!

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We’ve all been in that slightly awk situation mid-reception, when the newlyweds finish their first dance, the drinks have been served, and nobody really knows what’s going on. With a few signs that list the order of events, everyone will know what’s expected at what time.

“Ah, so I have 2 and a half hours to cut the rug before the cake! Nice to know!” – Your dad, probably.

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Y’all know how prevalent social media is these days. First, decide if you want an unplugged ceremony or what your perfect wedding #hashtag will be. Let guests know that you’d prefer them to keep their phones at bay until the reception starts, or that they’re welcome to share any photos with your custom hashtag! At the end of the night, you and your groom can browse the gallery and relive the absolute best moments of your best day.

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Have you decided how you’ll seat your guests? Display the seating chart on a big sign at the front of your reception area or let them know that after you say “I do!” the entire party is one big happy family, so choose a seat – not a side!

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DECORATE YOUR VENUE & INFORM YOUR GUESTS WITH THESE CLASSIC RUSTIC-CHIC WEDDING SIGNS! CUSTOMIZE & GET YOUR OWN AT SALVAGED CHIC MARKET OR ETSY.COM

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Not Your Average Joe: Distinctive Boutonniere Ideas

Grooms don’t have the opportunity to pick out a veil, consider drop earrings or studs, or pick out an incredible cascading bouquet – the one accessory they can focus on is the bold {or blended} boutonniere!

See some unique ideas below, based on what kind of groom you are:

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A STARFISH FOR THE BEACH BEAU

Seashells are sure to be sprinkled throughout your beachside ceremony, pick something unique – like a mini starfish, to accessorize your boutonniere.

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A MINI PINEAPPLE, IF YOU’RE A TROPICAL TRAVELER

Original & super sweet – this looks incredible paired with a classic black tux.

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IF YOU’RE TYING THE KNOT WITH YOUR FIRST MATE

Navy seal or yacht lover? You need this sailor styled pin!

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A BULLETPROOF IDEA THAT’S WORTH A SHOT

We love the hint of chrome added with a shotgun bullet.

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PICK A PINECONE, IF YOU’RE AN ORIGINAL OUTDOORSMEN

Perfect for a winter wedding or a woodland venue.

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BOTTOMS UP FOR BOTTLE CAPS

Passionate about your favorite brew? Spice up your accessory with the top from your favorite German craft beer.

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A SUCCULENT, FOR A SERENE CEREMONY

Fresh, fashion forward & fabulous.

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A CLASSIC BOUTONNIERE WITH A TWIST

If you want a traditional look with a small spin, ask your florist to use patterned ribbon – just make sure it matches your tie!

 

Something Blue: Chic Ideas for Cool Tones

Something Old, Something New

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Everyone knows that age old ritual that is believed to give the bride lasting prosperity, fertility and a disaster-free wedding day! Family heirlooms and special mementos make great pieces for “old” & “borrowed;” the gown may check the “new” box, but it’s the “blue” that brides often have a hard time incorporating. Let’s go beyond a random navy dress sash or a stray cobalt carnation in the bouquet! Here are some fabulous, trending & traditional ideas for adding a unique bit of blues to the big day:

DRESS DETAILS

Add just a touch of blue to your gown with embroidery! Ideas include stitching your wedding date into the slip, appending a sweet phrase like “and they lived happily ever after” to the bottom of your train, or attaching a secret heart appliqué to your bodice {the heart shown above was originally material taken from the bride’s late father’s button-down shirt, so it was extra sentimental!}

INTIMATE ACCESSORIES

You don’t have to parade your “something blue” around – in fact, you can save it for the groom’s eyes only! Gorgeous light blue lingerie is a fresh & sexy take on such an old tradition – check out this Betsey Johnson set. You can also wear a blue garter or carry an embroidered hanky – no mascara tears, no ugly crying, ya’ll!

HIDDEN HUES

These details are tiny, but will leave a big impact on your ceremony! You can add blue to your mani – the photo above comes from a bride who specifically painted a pale baby blue heart on her ring finger so her nervous groom would easily know where to place the ring at the altar! Add a bouquet charm – any significant charm symbol, or a miniature framed photo of a late loved one. You could even choose to write your vows on blue paper or in blue ink.

FASHIONABLE FINDS

A pair of simple, elegant & stunning blue earrings can hide behind cascading curls or steal the show against a chignon. Who says the bride has to knock out all 4 tiers of this tradition on her own? Divvy up the responsibility by pinning a cool-toned boutonniere on your hubby-to-be. My least favorite wedding trend has to be “cutesy” custom {atrocious} tennis shoes, but changing into a pair of turquoise flats or mint sandals for the reception is a smart way to change up your look and give your dogs a break from the Badgley Mischkas!

IN ANY WEDDING, A POP OF COLOR IS A FUN WAY TO ELEVATE THE AESTHETICS. TRY THESE TRENDING SOMETHING BLUE SCHEMES FOR A FRESH TAKE ON AN OLD TRADITION.

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It’s Poppin: Balloon Decor

If you’re the type of bride to wear a short wedding dress, forgo a traditional cake for a DIY ice-cream sundae bar or you simply want to elevate your reception decor, add balloons to your big day!

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Venue Garland

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Hot Air Balloon Centerpieces

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Gold Foil Table Numbers

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Latex + Tassel Archway

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Bar / Dessert Table Marker

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Balloon Release Ceremony Celebration

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Photo Props

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Hot Air Balloon Photobooth Station

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Outdoor Tent Accents

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Flower Girl Petal Alternative

With so many creative options, it’s easy to get inspired with balloon features – update & inflate your wedding day decor with a little latex & a lot of love!

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To Have & To Hold: The Mrs. Box

I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to post about these beautiful ring boxes, and after hundreds of couples got engaged on Independence Day (thanks, Facebook) I’d love ya’ll to meet the charmingly colorful

Mrs. Box

The Mrs. Box is such a stunning way to present your engagement ring (take notes, grooms-to-be!) The box is made with fine velvet and every heirloom is hand-stamped with a gold foil monogram available in a variety of fonts. The added customization of your future monogram or last initial makes these that much more obsession-worthy.

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The collection includes a large variety of elegant colors – pastels, watercolors & bold, bright boxes so you can choose the perfect one to hold your new gem.

Choose your color based on your favorite hue, your wedding colors or alma mater

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The boxes alone are $75, adding a monogram is an extra $25-30. My favorite combination is the Nouvelle box with silver script – so delicate & special. Pair jewel tones with flashy gold script and lighter tones with crisp silver calligraphy.

You should always take your ring off when swimming, cleaning, working out & moisturizing: store it in the most beautiful box that will always take you back to the moment you said “yes!”

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Hooked on Headpieces

Team work makes the dream work

That’s something that’s not often said (but so totally true) about ensembles. The most important ensemble of your life is undoubtedly your wedding dress – but with the perfect gown comes the need for equally perfect accessories!

Whether you plan to adorn your veil or go the boho-glam route with an all natural flower crown, add a touch of elegance with a trending headpiece will absolutely elevate your overall look. Let’s find your unique piece with BHLDN’s stunning summer collection:

DELICATE: the capucine hairpins add just a touch of whimsy

CLASSIC: bejewel your bun with a chic rosina hair comb

FLORAL: from coachella to the aisle, flower crowns rule the world

ELEGANT: Enhance even the most simple of hairstyles with the petal wreath

PLAYFUL: Going for a gorgeous braid? Encrust it with the Sakura Halo

MODERN: The stylish new take on a headband – with added sophistication

ROMANTIC: So 1920’s, so fab. Upgrade your chignon with the Pearly halo

ENDEARING: Can’t choose between a sleek diamond headpiece or a rustic array of flowers? Gilt Wire Wreath has you covered (in charm)

Headpieces are trending because they’re incredibly versatile – the added bling is appropriate for virtually any season or theme! They accentuate any given gown style, especially those with simpler silhouettes. Just as you would with your bouquet and shoe selection, try out a couple different headpieces (with hairstyle & comfort in mind) before you accessorize your noggin.

Which headpiece has you head over heels? Share in the comments!