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Innovative ideas for your fall wedding

 

Romantic, soothing, with just a light brush of nostalgia, fall is one of the most popular wedding seasons. The crisp but not overly cold weather creates the perfect atmosphere for both indoors and outdoors wedding alike. Several couples chose to innovate and introduce new albeit different ideas that will take their special day from ordinary to wonderful. After all, it’s not a bad idea to make the most out of this season and introduce a few touches of fall on your wedding day.

Candied pumpkins for guests

Unfortunately, the one mistake that most couples seem to make is drown their wedding decorating scheme in a furious and rather tacky avalanche of orange. Understandably, this is the fall color by excellence and yes, you should certainly integrate this color within your decorating pattern, but, it’s best to be a bit more innovative and go for a really vibrant palette. Indeed, this is one of the rare seasons that’s brimming with a plethora of hues so don’t hesitate to mix and match different combinations, even if they do contrast. Purple, for example, looks stunning against a backdrop of orange, brown and gold.

Contrasting fall colors with bright purple

Every fall wedding seems to have a large bowl filled with dried red leaves at the very center of the table. So, to add an innovative twist to this decor, why don’t you gather a bunch of fall flowers and place them in a flat vase as a centerpiece for each table? This will not only look stunning but it will also bring a rather fresh feel to your wedding reception. Alternatively you can also ask your groom to tuck a single fall flower in the pocket of his tux.

Fall flowers in vase as table centerpieces

Fall is also a great time to have an outdoors wedding. However, remember that it’s best to go for an evening ceremony because this is when the sweet fall scent is more pungent. If you can afford it, don’t hesitate to hire a flowery spot of land or private field to tie the knot. Lakesides and forests are other great venues for your autumn wedding. As far as the guests go, don’t hesitate to really pamper them by giving them some fall-related albeit inexpensive tokens to mark both your wedding and the season. Jars of fall potpourri or candied pumpkins are the type of gifts that are bound to delight just about anyone. By the same token try to favor fall-related dishes for your reception: think thick slices of pumpkin pies, individual apple pies and other such treats.

Holding fall wedding outside in the evening

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Theme for your Winter Wedding

Charming and magical, with stunning scenery and colors, Disney’s ‘Frozen’ movie is considered as one of the best animated films of the year. The costumes and hues are so absolutely wonderful that more and more brides are choosing to integrate this theme in their special day. In fact, a ‘Frozen’ theme is absolutely perfect for colder weathers, given the winter backdrop that lingers through the entire movie. Best of all, this theme is quite a versatile one and can be tweaked to your liking.

Married couple in the snow

To begin with, it’s important to decide whether you want to go for a traditional white dress or adopt Princess Elsa’s iconic frock from the movie: an ice blue shimmery mermaid gown with a fishtail, this ‘Frozen’ inspired costume has captured the hearts of brides from all over the world, which means that it’s quite easy to find it in bridal stores these days. Alternatively, you can also find this dress online. Of course, let’s not forget that unlike Disney’s animated Princess Elsa, we do happen to be non-animated which means that you’ll certainly need something to cover up and keep warm if you chose to don this dress during winter. A blue glittery shawl or a snowflake-printed coat will work wonders with your Disney ‘Frozen’ wedding dress.

Frozen Inspired Costumes

Winter themed snowflake cupcake as wedding favor

Another dominant theme in the movie is the color blue to represent the ever-lasting winter. So, be sure to really lay this color on thick for your wedding day but don’t go for any shade of blue: toss aside cherry turquoises and dark blues in favor of grayish and pale blues. You can very easily include this color in your blue wedding cake. Also, remember that snowflakes are present in nearly every scene of the ‘Frozen’ movie, so, be sure to include this as well. For examples, a blue-iced cupcake with a sugared snowflake would make a wonderful wedding favor without distracting from the overall theme of the day.

Frozen inspired wedding cake

Don’t hesitate to play with a few ideas until you find the best décor for your ‘Frozen’ themed winter wedding. For instance, to keep in line with the natural palette that winter often brings, you may even add some blue food coloring to your cocktails and garnish the glass with a plastic or iced chocolate snowflake. Of course, brides and grooms should also make the most out of the natural winter setting as well: the snow, for example, provides a stunning backdrop for pictures and will certainly enhance your ‘Frozen’ theme. Another easy way to achieve this purpose is to go for ice sculptures or maybe even some ‘Frozen’ inspired Pyramid-shaped vases for your flowers and centerpieces.

Ice blue drinks

Frozen inspired glass pyramid vases as centerpiece

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Colorful scheme for a spring wedding

One of the most- if not the most- coveted wedding season, spring radiates health, color and beauty. If you want to have a spring themed wedding, there are a few color schemes that you should follow to emphasize the stunning beauty that is usually associated with this season. After all, let’s not forget that some of the greatest poems of this century were centered around this time of year, so, as a Spring Bride, it’s your duty to do justice to this exquisitely stunning season.

Colorful spring wedding

When drafting your color palette for spring, the one thing that you should remember is to steer clear from any dark and drab hue, no matter how appealing the combination is. Granted, black and red provide a marvelous contrast, but is this really how you’d like to portray your spring wedding? These types of combinations can be found in any other wedding so it’s quite crucial to highlight the particular season that you’ve chosen to tie the knot. Above all, your spring wedding ought to be colorful, even if the hues don’t match in a conventional manner.

Lanterns hanging from trees

Bridesmaids, for example, can wear purple dresses with green sashes around the waist. Or, failing that, they can each hold a green parasol to complement their outfits, especially if you’re having an outdoors wedding. For an evening wedding, don’t hesitate to string several lanterns together and allow them to hang from trees for a more pronounced effect. The soft flickering of the yellow flames, mingled with the balmy spring night air will undoubtedly highlight the special theme of the day. In fact, you may even take the extra step and string colorful lanterns or fairy lights instead of traditional yellow and white ones.

Pastel colors

Pastel colors are your main allies if you’re having a spring wedding. Having said that, it’s important to properly select your combination of pastels to avoid a washed-out look. Pales and pales should never, ever match. Instead, always try to balance out a pale hue by another darker pastel color. Bright canary yellow with a more toned down turquoise always works. Other spring-like color schemes include the occasional touch of orange, lime green and yellow, brown and gold, turquoise and pink and the likes. An easy way to incorporate these combinations in your wedding would be through the bouquet and cake. For example, a bright pink bridal bouquet with a turquoise and pink wedding cake will leave no doubt in your guests’ minds that this certainly is a spring wedding.

Orange touches

Pink bridal bouquet

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Posted in Seasonal Theme WeddingsSpring Theme Weddings on Dec 15th,2014
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A lively color palette for your spring wedding

Spring wedding collage

The most popular wedding season, spring certainly does provide the perfect weather conditions for the big day. The warm breeze, the sunshine and the general air of calmness and serenity will most definitely enhance your wedding. So, if you’re planning on having a spring wedding, read on to learn more about the liveliest color palettes which will make the grand day even more special.

Spring wedding collage 2

For example, keep in mind that you should absolutely avoid anything with cool undertones. Pale, icy blue, frigid green or somber black should exclusively be used in winter or fall weddings. This is spring after all so be sure to indulge in some lively pastels. An absolutely stunning spring color palette, for example, is the ultimate blend of sunny yellow and lime green. If you’re bold enough, never hesitate to go for a yellow wedding dress which you can accessorize with a lime green veil, shoes and bouquet. Yes, it may seem over the top and overly untraditional but if you don’t care about tradition and if you want to leave a sophisticated, rather imposing and spring-like presence on your wedding day, this certainly is the way to go.

Yellow and lime green palette

Of course, if you’re not that daring, you may stick to the white gown and go for lime green shoes and maybe a pretty yellow hairband to accessorize. Another sublime color palette for spring is turquoise and white. Guaranteed to liven up just about any gathering, this palette will instantly infuse life into your special day. An easy way to infuse this combination in your wedding is through the cake. If you’re having a tiered wedding cake, ask your baker to layer each tier according to this specific color combination. Another really original way to use this palette would be to go for a smallish turquoise wedding cake and surround it by white and turquoise cupcakes.

Turquoise and white wedding cupcakes

And of course, it wouldn’t be a spring wedding without a hefty dose of pink. Pink wedding gowns are increasingly growing in popularity so you can be sure to find one in your local store. For a more traditional look, consider wearing a crown of cream and pink flowers instead of the customary bridal tiara. Brides who are ready to go all the way for a pronounced spring-like effect might even include all these different combinations in their bridal bouquet. Yellow, red, white, purple, orange and green flowers, with some bright pink, sparkly ribbons will most certainly bring some extra kick to your overall attire.

Lively pink wedding dress

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Unique locations for a winter wedding

There’s no denying it: winter weddings are absolutely stunning in terms of backgrounds and settings. After all, the snow, the rain and the overall dark, misty atmosphere that comes with winter are undeniably romantic, which maybe accounts for the fact that weddings usually escalate during winter time. Whether you choose a typical winter wonderland theme or a wilder one amidst the snow and the cold, you can be sure that you’re in for a treat.

winter wedding

The one important thing, however, is to select the perfect location that will do justice to your winter wedding. It would be entirely pointless to throw a fantastic winter-themed wedding in a shoddy-looking venue. On a more positive note, however, there certainly isn’t a lack of winter wedding locations that’s bound to suit both your budget and your personal needs. If you want a Destination ceremony, for example, don’t hesitate to check out places such as Lapland.

Wedding venue in lapland

The winter destination by excellence, Lapland is home to one of the most stunning wedding venues in the world. Whether you want to rent an expensive chalet or a more affordable hall, you can be sure that Lapland will provide you with exactly what you’re looking for. Several companies even offer special wedding packages that cover everything from the seating arrangements to the catering and even the band. However, it is extremely important to book these places in advance because they’re always in high demand. Couples who can’t afford to spend too much might even rent a venue and book a dinner package in a nearby restaurant for the after-party.

Ice sculpture wedding buffet at Lapland venue

If you can afford it, some high-end winter weddings venue- such as Lapland, Greenland or even Iceland- are happy to offer a few perks such as an ice sculpture buffet table to take your overall decor up to the next level. Speaking of Greenland, few people are aware of it, but, it’s entirely possible to get married at the very edge of a glacier. Perfect for adventurous couples, glacier weddings are entirely safe and usually accompanied by highly experienced tour guides.

Glacier wedding

Some companies even offer special packages that will allow couples to get married under the glowing Northern lights. Yes, you do have to fly yourselves and the entire bridal party up North for that, but honestly, it’s completely worth it. If you’re on a restricted budget, however, you may simply set up a small gazebo in a snow, decorate it with some dried flowers and fairy-lights and you’ve got yourself the coziest, homeliest winter wedding venue ever!

Wedding under gazebo in the snow

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Posted in Seasonal Theme WeddingsWinter Theme Weddings on May 24th,2014
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Fall wedding buffet

One of the easiest themes to pull off, a fall themed wedding is, without doubt, filled with the special type of coziness and merriment that only the withering autumn leaves can bring. With the alluring scent of Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s no wonder that everyone is in a celebratory mood, hence resulting in quite a spike of ‘Save the Dates’ during this highly poetic season.

Fall wedding

Best of all, this season provides you with one of the easiest catering options. Indeed, fall wedding buffets are practically brimming with an array of homely and highly cozy dishes that will make just about any guest feel welcome and at home. The first rule of the thumb, however, is to avoid any of the typical wedding meals. Filo pastries, tartlets, light cucumber sandwiches and other such finger wedding food are absolute No’s for your fall wedding buffet. Instead, you should stick to heartier meals that will reflect the overall fall mood and spirit.

Serving pumpkin pie as dessert

Therefore, it’s never a bad idea to stick to the traditional Thanksgiving feast for your wedding reception- even if you do happen to be weeks away from Thanksgiving. This will instantly put your guests into a merry mood, hence taking the fun factor up by another notch. Think golden, crackling roast chicken or turkey, yams, mashed potatoes and cranberry dressing. Otherwise, you might even go for the traditional roasted honey and clove turkey alongside jacket potatoes and a nice coleslaw. These dishes will look particularly wonderful on your buffet table if you’re having a rustic or vintage wedding.

Filling and hearty dishes

Dessert-wise, there certainly won’t be a lack of options for you to choose from. Slices of pumpkin or sweet potato pies will bring a pronounced fall theme to your wedding reception. To make your guests feel even more special, consider placing a pumpkin-flavored lollipop next to each table card. Don’t neglect the importance of a properly-themed decor either: this will bring a pronounced fall feel to your buffet table, even if you don’t go for the traditional meals.

Pumpkin flavored sweets

Small pumpkins, dried fall leaves and other such ornaments can be placed all over the buffet table for some added panache. If you can’t find such ornaments, fret not. You can very easily dress up your buffet table in some fall-related color palette. Orange, brown and cream napkins and matching tablecloths will largely draw attention to the overall theme of the day.

Fall wedding decoration

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A touch of freshness for your summer wedding

Summer’s definitely the time when the flowers bloom, the birds chirp and everyone strolls out to enjoy the Great Outdoors. This is also one of the most popular seasons for weddings. Indeed, summer brings with it a sort of poetic joy and sense of contentment which no other season can bring.

Summer wedding collage

However, the downside is that summer also rhymes with sweat. This is why it’s extremely important to take your guests’ comfort into consideration and add a pronounced touch of freshness to your summer wedding. After all, you want them to enjoy the ceremony and not melt into a puddle while you’re saying the vows. So, be sure to provide a lively summer wedding buffet which you can decorate with colorful touches and accents. Your buffet can contain a variety of light dishes and snacks such as garden salads, smoked fish, cookies, chicken salad and the likes.

Lively summer wedding buffet

As far as the dessert goes, steer clear from overly heavy and creamy dishes which will bring an uncomfortable overly full sensation to your guests. In fact, if you want to take the freshness factor up a notch, consider going for cooler treats such as frozen yogurt, ice cream, or even maybe some shaved ice. The caterers can take the cool desserts out of the kitchen in several batches to keep it from melting. If you’re not comfortable with these desserts, why not go for flans, chilled chocolate brownies or even cold chocolate mousse.

Serving shaved ice at the reception

Bear in mind that alcoholic beverages tend to provide a slight warming effect as it goes down. Of course, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t serve wines, champagnes or liqueurs at the reception, but, it’s also a great idea to provide your guests with several types of non-alcoholic drinks that will keep them cool and fresh. Mint coolers, virgin coladas, milkshakes or even virgin mojitos are fantastic options for your teetotal drink list.

refreshing non alcoholic beverages

To take things up by another notch, be sure to place some self-serve juice bars all around the reception area. If you’re holding your wedding during tea-time, why not serve some iced Frappuccino, iced coffee or maybe a tall glass of perfectly chilled ice tea to your guests? Don’t neglect the buckets of ice cubes either: to really make an impression, you may even freeze some cubes of juice which will add extra flavor to the drinks. If you’re having an outdoors summer wedding, it’s also important to provide several bottles of mineral water for anyone who gets dehydrated.

outdoor summer wedding

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The best wedding favors for a fall wedding

Fall weddings are not unlike romantic Disney weddings: the golden sprinkling of leaves, the spicy, nutty and pumpkin scents in the air…this season is undoubtedly one of the most sensual parts of the year. This is why it’s so easy to present your guests with various types of fall wedding favors. From pine nuts potpourri or even packed slices of pumpkin pies, you certainly have quite a few choices to pick from.

Fall wedding

So, scroll down to familiarize yourself with some of the best wedding favors that will reap quite a few happy guests.

Fall Wedding favor

Candles
Nothing screams falls more than the classic scents of dried leaves and pumpkin. And there’s no easier way to immortalize these fragrances than to present each guest with a fall-scented candle. Favor scents such as cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, nutmeg or even dried autumn leaves. For a more striking effect, try to go for candles that offer combined fragrances like chocolate and cinnamon or even orange and pumpkin.

Fall scents candles

Home wares
Everybody needs home wares. From vases to bowls, plates, kettles or even jars, you can definitely find an extended array of home wares which will reflect the nostalgic mood and colors that usually accompany fall. A small pumpkin-shaped jar, for example, is bound to be useful in just about any household.
Similarly, you may even present your guests with any home ware that bears the typical fall hues of orange, green, dark red, yellow, or brown. For a more special touch, consider handing each guest a jar of spiced apple cake prior to the ceremony.

Fall gift box

Fall gift box
If you’re not sure what to give your guests, why not go for a fall gift box? This can contain several different items such as spiced apple soap, candied maple leaves, sachets of hot chocolate and cinnamon mix and other such items.

Spiced apple cake in jar

Of course, you should absolutely pay close attention to the packaging. Bear in mind that your fall wedding gift favors won’t stand out as much if they’re wrapped in those typically shiny wraps. Be sure to select flowery papers in pale orange, brown or green. If you can afford it, you can even tuck a small fall bouquet with the gift box.

Mini pumpkin shaped jars

While it certainly is a nice touch to add some fall souvenirs to your wedding favors, don’t forget that you can obviously go for traditional gifts as well. A mini bottle of red wine paired with a small individual pumpkin pie will satisfy any guest!

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Posted in Fall Theme WeddingsSeasonal Theme Weddings on Mar 17th,2014
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Pulling off a successful outdoors winter wedding

If you’ve always dreamt of having an outdoors wedding, but if you’re getting married during the winter, don’t panic: contrary to what most people believe, it’s not such a difficult task to pull off a successful outdoors wedding during the winter.

Outdoor wedding in winter

It does, however, require quite a fair amount of planning and arrangement to make sure that both your you and your guests are as comfortable as can be. For starters, know your limits: you might have always wanted to have an outdoors wedding but a below zero temperature might put most of your guests off the wedding. No one wants to sit outside during an ice storm, no matter how close they are to the bride and groom. In fact, if you’re reckless about hosting an outdoors winter wedding, you might even end up losing most of your wedding vendors, especially the videographer, cameraman or even DJ.

Bride and Bridesmaids in faux fur

Having said that, if the weather conditions aren’t too hostile, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t hold a great outdoors winter wedding. For example, you can have ushers pass on new complementary scarves and gloves for each guest to wear during the ceremony. Think about your bridesmaids as well: instead of imposing your dress choice on them, allow them to pick out their own dresses and see which outfit they would feel more comfortable in. Faux fur coats and shrugs are fantastic options for both the bride and her bridesmaids. By that same token, the groom and groomsmen can don thick, floor-length coats over their suits.

Gazebo for outdoors winter wedding

Winter often rhymes with strong winds or maybe even gales. This is why it’s also important to invest in a sturdy gazebo or tent to host the reception. This can be quite an advantage because it will allow you to string some fairy lights, hence adding some extra decor. In fact, there’s no reason why you can’t hold the actual ceremony right under the gazebo, especially if there’s chances of snow.

Serving hot chocolate during or after ceremony

To show your guests that you really appreciate their presence, be sure to hire an usher to pass around mugs of hot cocoa prior to the ceremony. After all, everyone loves hot chocolate, right? You may even have a tea, hot chocolate and coffee station at the reception. Similarly, skip the light wedding nibbles in favor of hot and filling dishes which will bring some added warmth to your guests after the ceremony. Think fried chicken, baked or whipped potatoes, macaroni and cheese and the likes. These may not be the type of dishes that you’ll typically find on wedding buffet tables, but, they’re definitely the sort of food that anyone would appreciate during winter.

Hot and cosy food for reception

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Best wedding venue for couples who love spring

The most sought-after wedding season, spring certainly has everything to make one happy: between the blooming trees and the delightful chirping of the birds, this season is certainly brimming with joy and merriment. Understandably, most couples choose to hold their spring theme wedding in the great outdoors. However, if you can afford it, it certainly pays off to look into some of the most recommended venues for your spring wedding.

Spring wedding

For example, while Las Vegas is internationally reputed for its impulsive, often alcohol-infused night weddings, few people realize that there are quite a few picturesque locations in the gambling city.

Vegas Spring wedding

Nevada looks absolutely stunning in spring and its glorious lakes can provide quite a wonderful backdrop to your special day. Alternatively Las Vegas also offers several elegant wedding packages that include champagne, wedding cake and the likes. If you want to skip the Vegas chapel in favor of an outdoors spring wedding, you can check out a few of the numerous hotels or resorts that would be happy to accommodate the bridal party.

Nevada Spring Wedding

Couples who want a spring wedding in front of the sea, but who wish to avoid the hassle of sand and sea-breeze can also check out Mackinac Island in Michigan. With a deep, Victorian-like character, this island is oozing with flowers and sunshine in spring and best of all, since cars aren’t allowed on the island, your guests will get the chance to travel by horse and buggy. In fact, Mackinac Island is a firm favorite among couples who wish to infuse a fairytale-like character to their wedding day. This picturesque place offers several wedding venues including inns, outdoor gardens or romantic resorts.

Spring wedding Mackinac Island

If you’re looking for something a little more tropical, bear in mind that nothing screams spring and romance as much as those tiny Hawaiian islands. With their never-ending stretch of gloriously white sand and sparkling ocean, it’s no wonder that during spring, couples often flock to Hawaii to tie the knot. Since it’s such a popular wedding destination, you can very easily give up the planning and seating arrangements in favor of an all-inclusive wedding package. A spring wedding in Hawaii also has its perks since you can stay on the island for your honeymoon as well, instead of flying to a different location. For financial reasons, however, it is recommended to have a rather smallish ceremony since it can be quite cost-inducing to fly over a hundred guests to the island, unless of course, you’re not on a restricted budget.

Spring wedding Hawaii

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Posted in Seasonal Theme WeddingsSpring Theme Weddings on Feb 10th,2014