Just Say No: Wedding Trends That Gotta Go

Hey Y’all! This is my first post since I joined you fellow brides-to-be & *wedding planners of America*

Following the engagement, I was surprised at the amount of people who asked for the date & location (hours after I said yes) – many people assume that because I blog weddings that I’ve got mine all figured out. NOPE! It’s so different when you’re planning your own wedding. You only get one shot (unless Gehrig realizes just how many homeless dogs I plan on bringing home..then he might jump ship – but) you want every detail to be perfect. The only details that have been set in stone so far are

1. I will be wearing a Hayley Paige gown

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2. Our boys (the dogs) will be wearing navy tuxedos to match their dad

The major deets are still TBA, but as I continue researching the cutest wedding ideas, themes and decor, I can’t help but make mental notes of what I don’t want! Here are some trends that I’m so over:

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transparent corset gowns

{à la Pnina Tornai}

*insert retching sounds*

If y’all have ever watched an episode of Say Yes to the Dress, you’ll know that Pnina Tornai is a coveted designer who creates intricate couture gowns. Brides are always fawning over see-through bodices and seeking out her sexy details. Personally, I’ve never understood the want to feel overly ~sexy~ on your wedding day – I mean you’re celebrating your commitment to one person in front of your family and friends! BTW – after digging into that delicious buffet, who wants their stomach on full display? Yes to feeling beautiful, but no to oddly placed cut-outs, plunging v-necks and transparent corset gowns.

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geode cakes

My question is: who overlooked this design & allowed it to be photographed? Geodes have been in for like two years now, the gorgeous jewel tones & good vibes that accompany these pretty little rock formations have made them a big influence on 2016 wedding decor – however, the cake design? Eeeek. I’m not getting a tranquil, earthy vibe, I’m getting a gynecologist appointment vibe.

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sequin bridesmaids dresses

Didn’t we agree to leave sequins back in 2015? Sequin bridesmaids dresses were a huge hit as metallic palettes had their moment, but please – no more disco ball bridesmaids. If you want your gals to stand out, use patterns or mismatched dresses instead!

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DIY candy bars

“After six mixed drinks & four hours of dancing, I love grabbing a nice cellophane bag full of Peach Rings to satisfy my hunger!”

– Said no one ever.

Listen friends – your guests don’t want a customized paper brown bag filled with Jordan almonds and lemon heads. Skip the overdone candy bar trend and treat your guests to an assortment of mini desserts! Red velvet cupcakes > rock candy – I promise.

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brooch bouquets

I am so annoyed at whoever told thousands of brides that a pile of mismatched, vintage BROOCHES was a better choice than a bouquet of fresh flowers. First off, how dare you. Second off, how heavy does that look!? Third – c’mon. Tacky + gaudy don’t even begin to cover it.

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massive bridal parties

Omg enough with the 28 bridesmaids + groomsmen! Bridal parties should be your closest friends and family – not your twelve sorority sisters, your great grand little, your fiance’s brother’s girlfriend, your friend from summer camp, and your new neighbor. This is a special position reserved for those you hold near and dear to your heart. Am I just jealous that I only have 2.5 friends? Maybe. But everyone invited to your wedding should feel honored that they were picked to share this moment with you – you don’t need an excessive amount of ‘maids.

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weird choreographed swing dance numbers

You know what’s awesome? Intimate, slow & smiley first dances. Also adored? Hilarious attempts at line dancing with your sweaty family members and kids. Weird and awkward for everyone to watch? Those overly choreographed random dance numbers that some brides and grooms decide to throw in to *impress* their guests. I’ve seen a few dance routines that ended in fumbling feet, missteps and angry whispering in one another’s ears while two very obvious untalented dancers try to blow their guests away. The only result is a lot of cringing and sympathy applause.

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koozie favors

Maybe it’s just because my fiancé & I aren’t big drinkers, but i’m not into these. A koozie favor has a 5% chance of living longer than 3 months before it meets it’s ultimate demise {in the dumpster} Go for something edible, unique or skip it all together.

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To each their own – what’s your least fav current wedding trend? Comment below!

{IMAGES: The Knot, Style Me Pretty Vault, Julie Paisley Photography}

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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!

{IMAGES: PINTEREST + ETSY}

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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The MMW Guide to Garters

You (awkwardly) wore one to prom and you’ll pick one out for your big day – but what’s the deal with those little frilly thigh accessories?

ORIGIN

The little piece of lace dates back hundreds of years ago to those good ‘ol ancient superstitions (and pretty much any bride’s worst nightmare.) It was believed that owning a piece of the wedding gown was lucky and would bring wealth. This would incentivize guests to tackle the bride and rip off a piece of the dress! Brides wised up and began carrying a piece of their gowns to gift a lucky guest instead of waiting to be attacked at the reception. This turned into the delicate little accessory we see today.

Now, the groom is the only one who should remove the garter from the bride. When she tosses the bouquet, he throws the garter and the enthused recipients will be the next to marry (not necessarily each other, but hey…ya never know!)

HOW TO STYLE

The original reason for wearing a garter was to hold up stockings. Garters are usually sold in sets so that a bride can wear one on each leg and choose to keep one and allow the groom to throw one. There’s no set rule as to which leg gets to rock the garter, but brides usually choose to wear it on their dominate side. Place your garter just above the knee, not too high (avoid my naive prom-going self from 2010, I hiked it up to my hip not knowing what it was for then gawked at my friends taking photos with theirs since I had no idea what it was for..eek.)

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Picking your Garter

Garters have become waaay more elegant over the past couple decades. Many designers make custom garters depending on what the bride wants. Do you want it to match your gown, show off your personality or be your “something blue?” While satin was once a popular design, lace, tulle and silver gemstones have taken over as the popular garter fabrics.

Keep in mind that you’ll be wearing this throughout your wedding day – for photos and the traditional take-off, so pick whatever you’ll feel most comfortable in!

MY FAVS

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SIMPLE LACE – RAGGED DIAMOND $23.99

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DELICATE DECOR – MELINDA ROSE $85

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MONOGRAMMED DETAIL – SOUTHERN EVER AFTER $25

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ENCRUSTED ELEGANCE – GARTER QUEEN $60

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LIGHTLY LAYERED – DAVIE AND CHIYO $22

THE TOSS

Okay y’all – as an adolescent wedding guest (and even now) I cringe at the weird, mildly drunk “sexy dance” that grooms often engage in while taking off the garter. Imagine your new husband sulking underneath your gown in front of your family, friends and grandparents while Wild Thang plays in the background!?

*dry heaves*

 You can forgo the whole “removing” part and just hand your groom the garter to fling to a lucky groomsmen. After you toss the bouquet, award the winning recipients with their own custom bottles of wine or beer – SO much better than a pre-owned sweaty piece of lace. My absolute favorite garter toss idea?

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Yeah I’m kind of biased, but send the garter off with a NFL football! A fun activity, a more accurate toss and a cool souvenir.

AS WITH ANY WEDDING FACET, CHOOSING YOUR GARTER IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO INFUSE YOUR PERSONALITY & STYLE INTO A FUN ACCESSORY! AWKWARD OR AWESOME, ENJOY YOUR GARTER TOSS AS ONE OF THE LIGHTER MOMENTS OF THE DAY.

{PHOTOGRAPHY: Caroline Lima, Thecablokkfotolab, Lauren Fair, Marissa Lambert, Amalie Orrange}

 

Honoring Your Late Loved Ones

“The ones we love don’t go away, they walk behind us every day. Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed & very dear.”

Many brides can attest to the painful realization that at least one of their loved ones will not be able to attend the wedding. On your big day, you can focus on the happiness surrounding you and your husband-to-be and honor your late loved ones – who will without a doubt help celebrate in spirit. Read on to find sentimental inspiration for honoring your angels:

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Dress Details

Have your alterations specialist stitch a piece of your loved one’s clothing on the inside of your gown. This will ensure that you have them with you every step down the aisle. Bonus: your “something borrowed” is extra special.

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Reserved & Remembered

Seat a framed photo of your loved one with a bouquet of their favorite flowers front and center at your ceremony – their presence will be felt and honored respectively.

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In Memory & Celebration

Similar to the framed photo, you can reserve a front row seat with a sign and a special object that meant a lot to the person.

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A Sentimental Accessory

The groom can pay homage to a late loved one by framing their photo and attaching it to his boutonniere. What could be more special than having them close to his heart?

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Charming Memories

The bride can also bring her late loved ones to the ceremony by securing her bouquet with black and white framed photo charms. Many brides have used this idea to walk with their dads down the aisle.

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A Balloon Release

Following the ceremony, after the reception or during a scheduled moment of your wedding day, release balloons (or butterflies) as a special expression of love and gratitude towards your guests in heaven.

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A Sweet Shrine

Dedicate a special area or table to your loved ones by placing framed photos, flowers and candles. If your late loved ones played a large role in your life, your immediate family will definitely appreciate the gesture and enjoy taking a moment to remember their family or friends.

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A Lantern Lighting

A burning candle or lantern can be lit in memory of your loved one – it’s an endearing symbol of their presence and love living on and attending your big day.

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Dedicated Donations

I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll say it again – many guests would appreciate a donation to the charity of your choice over a refrigerator magnet or another customized koozie. You can donate the money you would’ve used for favors to a charity that represents your loved ones or helped them through a difficult time.

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A Commemorative Toast

My favorite! Some couples have asked that guests take a shot, share a cigar or enjoy a special dessert in honor of their late loved ones. This is a such a sweet way to highlight an element of your loved one’s personality and their favorite things. It also allows all your guests to participate, even if they didn’t know your loved one, they can still take part in a respective moment of remembrance.

Forever with you, always in your heart. Honor them by celebrating their life and your love.

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{Photography: Sawyer Baird Photography}

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:

welcome signs

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

{Photography: Etsy, Pinterest, Laura Ivanova Photography, Sawyer Baird Photography, Elisabeth Millay Photography, SMP Vault}

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Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

A new year = a fresh take on color schemes for your wedding! Marsala & accented pink tones are a thing of the past – this year, it’s all about

GREENERY

& COOL JEWEL HUES

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You can check out Pantone’s entire collection {featuring Greenery} here, but of the 10 palettes, I’m forecasting “Fathomless” colors to make their debut in weddings across the nation this Spring. These versatile shades go perfectly with metallic accents or black and white staple colors. Considering “Fathomless” for your color scheme? Check out this array of natural-colored inspiration!

PERFECT FOR A MOUNTAINSIDE WEDDING OR SPRING NUPTIALS – ADD SOME NATURAL BRIGHTS TO YOUR BIG DAY!

{PHOTOS BY: ROC, SAWYER BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY, A VINTAGE AFFAIR, MICHELLE LANG PHOTOGRAPHY, SIX SENS, JOSE VILLA, CHARLA STOREY, AMY OSABA}

Reception Style: Dessert Display Inspo

After the I Do’s, the first dance and the speeches, everyone’s looking forward to the sweet treat waiting for them at the end of the night! Go beyond the slice of cake – check out these dessert displays!

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A S’MORES STAND

This is essential for a backyard/lakeside reception – especially a venue with a gorgeous fire pit. Allow your guests to enjoy their favorite outdoor dessert!

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How fun and whimsical is this? Stock up on the bride & groom’s favorite ice cream flavors for cocktail hour or following a garden-party buffet!

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THE CANDY BAR

A classic candy bar lets your guests fill up on their favorite sweets and doubles as the perfect favor to send them home with. Add customized mason jars or monogrammed canvas pouches for added charm.

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A MILK & COOKIES STAND

Conclude your reception with an all American classic – the chocolate chip cookie! With glasses of milk (strawberry, chocolate & 2%) to pair, this is one fresh & flavorful option.

piebarA PIE BAR

A pie bar is the perfect complement to a mid-summer wedding or a rustic-chic barn bash. Give your guests an array of goodness by displaying them on vintage pie stands! You can ask your groom-to-be, your bridal party and your parents for pie flavor suggestions.

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A DONUT WALL

One of my favorite early 2017 trends – a wall of glorious donuts. When you’re out on the dance floor, the last thing you want to do is try to juggle a piece of cake and a plastic fork. Your guest will love being able to pick their flavors right off the display and keep the party going!

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DIY ICE CREAM SANDWICH STATION

Cookies + (Ice) Cream = 

If you prefer your guests stay seated during dinner & dessert, consider passing out individual ice cream sandwich stations! Provide cookies, toppings and pre-cut ice cream slices so guests can get creative with their sweets.

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A COFFEE BAR

Are you and your significant other a pair of latte lovin’ baristas? A super cute way to top off your reception dinner is with a decorated coffee bar! K-cups, creamer and sweeteners can be stocked – along with custom favor mugs or to-go cups.

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CUPCAKE TIERS

Everyone loves cupcakes – you can’t go wrong with these delectable minis. You can ask your bakery to include a variety of popular flavors so everyone’s sweet tooth is satisfied. The display possibilities are virtually endless so it’s a perfect dessert option for any theme or venue!

cakepopcastleA CAKE POP COLLECTION

Another super functional way to pass out sugar! Aside from cake pops being being so frickin’ cute, they are fabulous because they’re so easy to eat and guests won’t need extra plates/utensils/napkins to enjoy them. Less waste + less clean up + more money to put towards other things (like shoes) = one happy bride.

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DESSERT IS A MAJOR HIGHLIGHT OF THE RECEPTION – SERVE IT UP IN STYLE &

TREAT YO SELF.

{Photo by: Christine Farah Photography}

You, Me & Unity: Trendy Ceremony Ideas

The entire reason for your wedding ceremony is to come together and officiate two lives becoming one.

In traditional ceremonies, the couple would take two tapered candle sticks and light a unity candle to represent their vows of commitment. Thanks to Pinterest, new brides and grooms have taken this opportunity to make their unity ceremonies unique to their own love story. Check out some of my favorite ideas that envision a trendy take on this tradition:

TYING THE KNOT

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Planning some nautical nuptials? Consider tying a fisherman’s knot with your beau-to-be. It represents two beings uniting & being able to weather any storm. The idea goes beyond two pieces of material coming together, though – knots become even stronger under pressure. The rope itself would break before the fisherman’s knot comes undone, symbolizing your love and strength through any trial or tribulation. Frame or hang your knot in your home to always remind you of the promise you made.

You’ll Need: Knot-Tying Knowledge + Fisherman’s Rope

 

PLANNING A TREE PLANTING

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This tradition is so sweet. The couple may pot a plant, or  (a safer option for that beautiful white gown) simply water a tree that will later be planted in their backyard. They say “life without love is like a tree without blossoms.” By conjoining your love and effort, something beautiful will grow. This is perfect for nature lovers and eco-friendly minded couples alike! Will you plant an orange tree or a fir? Pot your tree in soil from your hometowns or your favorite places in the world.

You’ll Need: A Tree of Your Choice + Soil + A Pot + Watering Can

 

YOUR SAND IN MARRIAGE

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Merging sands is a touching unity ceremony alternative with a special focus on family. By pouring in two different colors of sand, you’re symbolizing blending into one another’s families and creating your own. Choose your favorite colors or sand from your favorite beaches and pour two separate vials into a glass photo frame or a larger vase. This is ideal for a beach-side big day!

You’ll Need: Three Vases + Two Vials of Sand

 

WINE BLENDING BLISS

fall vineyard elopement inspiration by sarahlyn.com

A super unique new unity trend involves blending red and white wines! This is a sentimental ceremony for a couple that is living proof of the opposites attract phenomenon. The bride and groom each choose a wine {red + white} with some sort of significance – maybe the year, vineyard or simply the taste. By blending the wines, it would be impossible for either liquid to go back to their original color or taste. This represents an unbreakable bond between two individuals that are now eternally one.

*Getting to drink mid-ceremony is just a tiny bonus

You’ll Need: Red Wine + White Wine + A Wine Decanter

 

Letters of Love

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What’s sweeter than white wine? The heartfelt words from your soul mate. During a love letter ceremony, the bride and groom write each other letters to open during their first argument. They each hammer a nail into a customized box that contains their love letters. The officiant advises the couple to open the box any time the newlyweds doubt their marriage and take time to reflect on what brought them together. It’s an ensuring way to seal your love into the ceremony and allow your written vows to outlast the day.

You’ll Need: Bride’s Love Letter + Groom’s Love Letter + A Box + Hammer + Nails

YOUR CEREMONY CAN BALANCE BETWEEN TRENDY & TRADITIONAL – NO MATTER WHAT UNITY CEREMONY YOU CHOOSE, YOUR LOVE AND LOYALTY FOR ONE ANOTHER WILL LIGHT THE WAY INTO A HAPPY MARRIAGE.

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{Photography: Sarah Jayne Photography, Hudson Couture, Pinterest}

Keeping the Kids Busy: & The Funnest Wedding Ever

One decision you’ll have to make as you narrow down your guest list: will your big day be child-friendly? Or should parents leave their little nose pickers at home?

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I kid. Get it?

You probably attended a wedding as a child and it probably felt like the longest day of your life. Dancing, cake & running a muck with your distant cousins? Awesome. But all that other “forever in matrimony” jazz? Not so much. As an adult, I’m sure you’ve had the pleasure of sitting one pew behind someone’s kid who either won’t stop staring at you or won’t stop wailing as the poor priest attempts to mutter through his lines – and God forbid a bride’s “I do!” moment is interrupted by the Minecraft theme song blaring through the church from a sticky iPad. These days, entertaining kiddos is easy and just as fun for you as it is for them! Jot down some ideas from this kid-friendly wedding day timeline. An engaged child is a happy child (who isn’t sticking their fingers in your cake!)

pre-ceremony

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Their mom already made them throw on an itchy suit or last year’s frilly Easter dress, so treat the kids from the get-go. Have them step up to the confetti bar and create their own masterpiece to toss in celebration as you exit the church!

during the ceremony

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During the ceremony, all you can ask for is silence. Create your own custom coloring book for the kids complete with a “decorate your own cake” page and “find the difference” activities. The only wailing and sniffling you’ll hear will be coming from your Mother-In-Law.

arriving at the reception

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Two words: bounce house.

This is such a fun way to allow the kids to exert some energy with their pals and the bride and groom! It also makes for some adorable photos. Photo-booth station 2.0!

reception activities

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Set up some carnivalesque games like a sack race, classic corn-hole, a hula hoop contest or ring toss that’s sure to keep the kids entertained (and most likely the groomsmen, too!)

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Wedding Piñata. YASSSSSSS.

Allow the youngsters to destroy THIS cake – fill it with the bride and groom’s favorite candy.

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Set aside a “kids only” zone featuring their very own teepee, tent or secluded area just for them to be as wild as they want! Picture an outdoor movie screening on a projector with a popcorn machine – you just turned YOUR best day ever into THEIR best day ever! Consider hiring a babysitter for the kids zone so that you (and their parents) can truly let loose and enjoy the festivities.

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THIS IS LIKE MY 24 YEAR OLD RECEPTION DREAM COME TRUE.

A video game station featuring DDR (or whatever the kids play these days) – this is a necessity for my future wedding as my nephews love themselves some gaming. You may want to roll this out later in the evening so the kids are still somewhat present during the reception.

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Feature a kid-friendly milk & cookies toast, waaay classier than the overdone non-alcoholic Shirley Temples.  A lot of these ideas are meant to separate the kids from the adults, but they still want to be included in parts of your wedding!

the send off

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Top off the night with a candy bar*! Include an eye-popping assortment of gum-balls, gummies, chocolates and rock candy. Sure, they might be going home bouncing off the walls, but their parents will be a little loopy too right?!

kids are the key to a light, fun & fabulous big day. by keeping them entertained, you’re ensuring an incredible wedding experience for you, them and their parents.

*meg’s modern weddings is not responsible for the actions and/or consequences of 6 year olds & sugar consumption