Love Lost at Sea

Who doesn't love a good love story anyway? When planning our summer shoot we knew we wanted to design and capture that perfect story of love, loss, being reunited and committing to a life together.

We knew that our backdrop for this romantic story had to be the ocean. Just like love, the ocean is an integral part of life, one that is powerful but serene. The human response to the ocean has been expressed in various forms of art, literature and music, and this is our expression.

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Our vision for this shoot was to capture balance in all things.
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We created a soft design with hues of creams, greys and blues, a palette that connected our story to the ocean. We balanced our design details to capture movement and softness to warm the harshness of the ocean's rough waves and boulders.

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Our bride was styled in two Cathy Telle gowns with beautiful accessories. Each dress created elegance in their simplistic style, the lace a-line dress's color of jade connected our bride to the cool ocean tones and our bridal dress gave soft details of lavender embroidered flowers. Her hair was simply done with wind blown waves and a touch of texture from a fishtail braid, the look completed with her soft makeup, with a hint of pink

Each dress created elegance in their simplistic style, the lace a-line dress’s color of jade connected our bride to the cool ocean tones and our bridal dress gave soft details of lavender embroidered flowers.
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We wanted the floral accents to look as though the bride was able to scavenge them herself from her island. Justine, of Flowers by Justine, was able to capture both movement and texture in these beautiful pieces.

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The surroundings and the details helped us tell this story of connection, resilience and commitment to what we know is true love.

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Throwing a Jack and Jill The Everyday Girl Way

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Image Source: Wedding Chicks

Weddings are already a major hit to the budget, but once you factor in all the extra traditional events - engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelor parties, you name it - it’s easy to overspend. That’s why our favorite new trend in the wedding scene is going the non-traditional route. Skip all the extra planning, and condense all your pre-wedding celebrations into one big event with a Jack and Jill wedding shower! Jack and Jills are unique because they don’t leave anyone out; think of them as a bridal shower, but for the bride and the groom - and yes, men are invited! Tons of brides nowadays are opting for a combined, single celebration that brings all their loved ones together, and we’ve got the low-down on how to throw a fantastic Jack and Jill party under even the tightest of budgets!

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Image Source: Brit + Co.

First thing’s first: the guest list. Jack and Jills will inevitably have more guests than a bridal shower would, as both the bride and the groom get to invite their friends and family. The best piece of advice for a bride planning on a budget is to keep your guest list small! Don’t over-invite guests just because you feel like you have to - they can always make an appearance on the big day. Make your Jack and Jill a small and intimate celebration with the people closest to you and your soon-to-be hubby! Less people means more personal mingling, less food and drinks to pay for, and it gives you the freedom to play fun trivia games or pass out adorable favors to every guest. Our favorite favor idea is super simple and easy: create DIY pressed flower coasters. We love the idea of picking out some of the same florals you plan on using at your ceremony and tying those into fun arrangements for each coaster.

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Image Source: Curb Alert Blog

With a Jack and Jill party comes one major obstacle: most bridal showers just have finger food and tea time since they’re traditionally elegant and feminine events. Amping up your guest list to include men may seem a bit intimidating, since they’re likely to eat a good dozen of each of the hors d'oeuvre you spent hours slaving over. Consider approaching your menu differently to save time and money. An outdoor venue is not only free - backyards make a gorgeous event space, and you can play up the greenery and incorporate it into a beautiful spring party - but they’re also the perfect excuse for a classic barbecue! Make a packed topping bar, grill up some burgers and veggie skewers, and serve classic cookout food for a casual and relaxed event.

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Image Source: Martha Stewart Weddings

If you’re looking to save even more money and your gathering is on the smaller side, ask each guest to bring their best family recipe and style the event as a potluck. You’ll just be responsible for the drinks, and you can focus your energy on less daunting parts of the planning! We love the idea of creating one signature, personalized cocktail to serve up for guests and having a little bit of beer and wine available on the side. This cuts down the cost of alcohol substantially, and adds a touch of creativity and originality!

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Image Source: Wedding Wire

The key to decorating for a Jack and Jill on a budget is making sure there’s some personalization involved. Grab some customized disposable dishes with you and your hubby’s initials, search for some old thrifted picture frames and fill them with photos of you and your fiance, and incorporate your wedding colors into the decor. Romantic touches like a customizable date mason jar add some adorable decor, but they also function as a fun way for your guests to get involved! Have each guest suggest a date night and toss it in to reference when you’re inevitably stuck somewhere down the line, or even incorporate some classic trivia. Because both the bride and groom’s loved ones are involved, couple’s trivia is even more personal and is sure to be entertainment for everyone!

The everyday bride doesn’t have to settle for less just because she’s working with a smaller budget. With a Jack and Jill party, you can actually have more for less. It’s economical, easy to plan, and it’s so much more memorable to get all the guys and girls together to celebrate! The key is to set a budget, leave room for expenses, and stick to it. No one ever said a bridal shower had to be an exclusive, ritzy event, so make it more your style, involve more of your loved ones, and save some money while you’re at it!

Trend Alert: Spring Wedding Dresses

Wedding season is here and we are loving this year’s new bridal trends! Our top two picks? Long-sleeved gowns and bold, dark accents.

We absolutely adore a long-sleeved lace-y gown. We’ve seen deep v cuts, both in the front and the back, more modest necklines, and completely backless dresses and really love them all. A classic smooth long-sleeve dress is a beautiful option if you’re not as big of a fan of lace as we are! We love that long-sleeve gowns are sticking around all year round instead of just debuting for the fall and winter seasons. This beautiful style has a soft, timeless look to it that any bride can rock!

For those looking to make a bold statement, we’re seeing an increase in bold, black accents in a bride’s gown. While we weren’t sure how we felt about it at first, if done properly, we absolutely love this look as well! Whether it’s through subtle beading, tulle, ribbons, or even black lace, this look certainly steps out of the traditional box in a bold way. We’re excited to see what new ways brides will come up with to further incorporate this daring trend into their big days!

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This past fall, Lauren and Evan married at the beautiful Glastonbury Boathouse in Glastonbury, CT. This swoon-worthy wedding had a soft and romantic feel on the quiet waterfront that any couple would love! We asked Lauren a few questions about their big day and the planning process.

Where did you get your inspiration for your wedding?: I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us. I got my dress pretty early on and based a lot of things on that. I wanted it to be really romantic and soft.

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What area of your wedding did the bulk of your budget go to?: The catering and photographer were our biggest expenses, but we were lucky enough to have our parents help us out.

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Was there any part of your wedding day that wasn’t worth the cost?: I bought me and my bridesmaids robes to get ready in that none of us wound up wearing because we were hot in the hotel room getting hair and makeup done. Other than that, I tried really hard not to make frivolous purchases.

I wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us.
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Did you hire a wedding planner? If so, how did they help?: I did not hire a wedding planner. I'm a music teacher, so I'm used to planning and organizing things myself.

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What is your best advice for future brides and grooms on their big day?: Keep it about you and your partner. Don't let other people's opinions bother you or deter you from the choices you want to make. It's YOUR wedding, not theirs. Also, it's easy to get caught up and stressed out about every little detail. People won't remember what color the napkins were. They're going to remember the love in the room and the open bar.

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People won’t remember what color the napkins were. They’re going to remember the love in the room and the open bar.
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What moment do you cherish the most about your wedding day?: Our ceremony was amazing. My husband's sister performed it for us and made it so personal. If that wasn't enough, a bunch of our musician friends surprised us with a choral performance of "This Marriage" by Eric Whitacre before we processed out. It was so special.

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Venue: The Glastonbury Boathouse Glastonbury, CT
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Instagram: @glastonburyboathouse

Photographer: Jennifer Sullivan Photography
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http://jennifersullivanphotography.com/
Instagram: @jennifersullivanphotography

David Alan Catering
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Instagram: @davidalancatering


Make up: Jackie Tanguay
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Flowers: Laylock Cottage Designs West Hartford ct

Center pieces/signs were all DIY between bride, MOH, and friends

Invitations: Cat Ficht
https://www.cathleenficht.com/
Instagram: @catfightpress

Dress: BHLDN
https://www.bhldn.com/
Instagram: @BHLDN
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brides maids: https://www.weddingtonway.com/
groomsmen: menswearhouse.com

DJ: Mike at Upbeat City Entertainment
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https://www.facebook.com/upbeatcityentertainment/
Instagram: @upbeatcityent

Trending Now: Extravagant Capes

It’s every bride’s struggle when picking a wedding gown - you want to look timeless and chic, but you don’t want to play it safe, either. 2018’s bridal fashion game has been out of this world so far, but our favorite trend is a simple add-on that can take your wedding day look to the next level: a cape!

And we’re not talking superhero capes, either. Beautiful beaded pieces have been trailing down runways and aisles this season and their impact is unmistakable. They’re effortless but elegant, perfect for an extra layer of coverage for a church ceremony or a little layer of warmth for an outdoor wedding on a chilly fall day. It’s a great way to add some variety to your look on your big day without ditching that expensive gown for a second reception dress! For a more casual look, a short, lace capelet adds a touch of whimsy and romance. Play with color and incorporate a gold or blush-toned piece! True, floor-length capes are also popping up all over the bridal scene in place of longer veils, and we love the dramatic statement that an intricately beaded one makes.

This high-fashion look doesn’t have to come with a couture price tag, either. Etsy offers tons of handmade capes and capelets at a fraction of the price. The one-of-a-kind beading will completely elevate your look, and you’ll be dazzling your guests without breaking the bank!

Get on Trend with Your Florals

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Whether it be chandeliers, beaded backdrops, hanging florals or decorated natural structures why not take your floral design ideas to the next level… or I should say a higher level!!

One of 2018's most interesting floral trends is the idea of thinking in terms of  “keeping your eye to the sky.”

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Image Source: Judith Rae Photography

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Image Source: Michelle Lange Photography

With that thought in mind, brides are now concentrating more on what you see above in their venues than what you see on the table. Why not make your wedding venue dazzle with unique ideas that are suspended from above! Nothing makes your guests more impressed than when they walk in and see something magnificent hanging from a ceiling, chandelier, rafter or beam. Having an aerial focal point not only gives your guests that “ta-da moment” as they enter your dream reception, but will be the crowning jewel of all your design elements coming together.

Brides need not be intimidated by the size or magnitude of what they choose because as always you have control with regards to the amount of money that you are comfortable spending. Always try to see what you have available to begin with and start there. Choosing seasonal flowers and using structures that are available in your venue room are the best ways to begin.

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Image Source: Style Me Pretty

Always remember your greatest tool is to start with what you ALREADY have and build on that.  If you're outside, use what nature has provided to you, whether it be a tree branch, archway or overhang. Using lots of greenery and minimal flowers is one way to help keep costs down. Be open to new and imaginative  ideas whenever possible and the sky will be your limit!

Bring Your Wedding Home: Coffee Table Albums

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Image Source: Artifact Uprising

Your big day has come and gone, you’re married! Now it’s time to incorporate various elements and memories from your wedding into your home. One of our favorite ways? Creating a beautiful wedding album to keep on your coffee table! There are so many different platforms out there, but today we’re going to look at our three favorites to preserve your memories for a lifetime.

Shutterfly

Shutterfly offers two base options, The Keep it Simple, which starts at $29.99, and the Premium Wedding Albums, which are more pricer and start at $114.99. Our pick has to be the Premium options. There are so many options for customization available! With five size options and six cover options, you truly can create an album that reflects and encapsulates your day. The pages are double-thick with a satin finish and are a deluxe flatlay, meaning they give seamless displays over the spread! Upload your photos to Shutterfly directly, or import from Facebook, Instagram, or Google Photos.

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Image Source: Shutterfly

Blurb

Blurb offers a variety of format options and features. There are six sizes, ranging from 5x5 inches to 13x11 inches. There are also six different paper types for you to choose from, but it’s guaranteed that all photo books are printed with “the richest blacks, the most saturated colors, and clearest details.” On top of that, you also get your choice of three cover types! Another cool feature of Blurb is the design process. You can either create your book with this free design tool, or you can create and upload your own PDF for printing in the book!

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Image Source: Blurb

Artifact Uprising

Artifact Uprising also offers a variety of options for size, style, and design of your photobook. Our favorite is their Layflat Photo Album. It comes with 5 size options, from 8.5x8.5 inches to 14x11 inches. A different style, you get to select both the fabric color of the cover, as well as the foil detail color. There are ten fabric options and four foil options. Additionally, you get your selection between two paper finishes. We love the clean, classic look of these albums to store your memories while adding great conversation piece to your home!

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Image Source: Artifact Uprising

How to Choose Your Invitation Suite with Basic Invite

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Recently engaged or planning on hitting that milestone soon? We're so excited to share with you a step-by-step timeline and guide to selecting your wedding invitation suite with Basic Invite! Learn more about what sets their company apart from the rest, and what they see as up-and-coming trends for the 2018 season!

Who is Basic Invite?

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PI: How was Basic Invite started?

BI: Basic Invite was started after the owner was shopping for wedding invitations for his own wedding. It was during this process that he realized the options were very limited and were available as is - meaning no customization options. So, he decided he wanted to change that and began the online stationery design company now known as Basic Invite.

...we strive for perfection and always stay ahead of the trend curve. We are consistently adding new designs and updating our system to work as effectively and user-friendly as possible.

PI: What sets Basic Invite apart from the competition?

BI: We have quite a few features that set us about from our competition. Our range of color choices is one of our biggest draws. We offer 180 custom colors on every single design! Other companies allows color customization, but only offer certain colors on certain designs and just a handful of options per card. So, we pride ourselves on that.

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Currently, we are the only online stationery company that offers clear wedding invitations and save the dates. Our clear collection is new and wildly popular with brides. These are made from clear vinyl card stock and printed with bright white ink. We offer this line in both clear and frosted.

In addition to that, we strive for perfection and always stay ahead of the trend curve. We are consistently adding new designs and updating our system to work as effectively and user-friendly as possible.

PI: You offer so many different styles and designs, where does your creative team draw its inspiration from?

BI: We partner with freelance designers from all over the globe. So, we are always adding new design trends that may not even be trending in the US. Our designers are great at trend spotting and often use design trends happening in other creative areas as inspiration for their designs.

Some of our most unique and popular looks are our watercolor washes, geode and agate, and of course our plethora of floral designs.

Our most popular product is definitely our wedding invitations. That’s what Basic Invite is built on and what we are best known for.
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PI: Do you have any tips or suggestions on the etiquette a couple should follow in terms of wording on their invitations?

BI: Of course! In fact, we have an entire page dedicated to etiquette. To learn more click here. Etiquette has definitely taken a turn toward the less formal approach. With modern families and a vast variety of situations, proper etiquette isn’t as vital as it used to be. With that said, being clear with your information and correct in who you are addressing to is most important.

PI: What do you suggest as a timeline for sending Save the Date cards and the formal wedding invitation suite?

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BI: At 6+ months, order your save the dates. Send them out 4+ months prior to the big day. For wedding invitations, we suggest starting to shop for designs and order samples at about 8+ months. Finally, placing your order at 4+ months and sending them at about 3+ months. That’s based on a one-year engagement, so if you’re planning a quicker walk down the aisle we would suggest getting right down to business and sending save the dates no longer than three months prior and invites shortly thereafter.

PI: What is your most popular or favorite product?

BI: Our most popular product is definitely our wedding invitations. That’s what Basic Invite is built on and what we are best known for. Personally, I love our personal and business stationery. It’s completely customizable just like our other products and it’s just too cute! Foil is always essential too!

The Selection Process

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When a couple gets engaged, a long list of to do’s automatically comes along with it. Guest lists, venues, menus… the list goes on eventually making its way to wedding invitations. That’s where Basic Invite comes into play. Being an online stationery design company, couples often start “window shopping” for inspiration and inquiring about the process before they are actually ready to order. With that said, they do have an average timeline laid out for couples to help them stay on track with the process and help ensure their wedding invitations are perfection.

Brides-to-be tend to start looking for their save the dates right away. More so out of excitement than necessity as a date isn’t always set immediately. And that’s something Basic Invite encourages because the sooner you get started with design ideas and the better couples familiarize themselves with the website, the smoother the process will go.

Now, to break it down! Based on a one-year timeline, below is a checklist of what the experts at Basic Invite have found works best.

8+ months: Choose your colors and order a custom sample

  • Basic Invite offers 180 colors and all of their designs are completely customizable, so picking your colors is a great place to start! That way you aren’t overwhelmed when the time comes to place your order.
  • Order a custom sample. This way couples have a chance to experience the entire ordering process from start to finish. And seeing the product first hand will help ensure that the couple knows that the products are as high-quality as they imagine them to be. Also, who doesn’t love a good sample?!

6+ months: Order your save the dates.

  • This will leave plenty of time to design, order, and receive your save the dates and enough time to get them into their envelopes, addressed, and sent out without feeling rushed.

4+ months: Send your save the dates and order your wedding invitations

  • By this time you have your save the dates ready to go and it's time to move on to the main course. Here is a couple’s chance to really choose the wedding suite of their dreams. Sticking with the same design as your save the date is a common theme, but with over 800 wedding invitation designs, choosing a fresh look is never a bad idea! Try channeling your wedding day aesthetic to give your guests a peek into your wedding style and start the excitement early!

3+ months: Send out your invitations and order your wedding day stationery

  • Basic Invite always suggests utilizing their address printing services. This way you don’t have to hand address hundreds of envelopes yourself and also will make for a clean crisp look right off the bat.
  • Wedding day stationery includes programs, menus, wedding guestbooks, and thank you notes.

A couple of extra tips:

  • A rule of thumb is to send out thank you notes about two weeks post-wedding. That way your memories are fresh in your mind and will make your thank you's that much more personal. Wedding guests will expect appreciation and will love receiving custom thank you cards.
  • If a couple is planning a shorter engagement, adjust the timeline accordingly. Skipping save the dates and going straight to the wedding invitations is one suggestion. Or including your save the dates within a wedding suite is another.

2018 Trends

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Before any of you newly engaged couples head over to Basic Invite, let’s talk 2018 wedding invite trends!

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Watercolor Washes

In the 2017 season we saw watercolor washes flood the design gates and so far we aren’t anticipating any changes there. Watercolor wedding invitations are such a sweet and romantic choice and you can make them work for almost any wedding style and definitely during any season of the year.

 
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Rose Gold Foil

Of course the classic gold and silver foil options are timeless trends, but we are seeing a rise in rose gold foil for the upcoming wedding season. Rose gold is trending in general and brides are going to go crazy over this come the new year. Foil is available in flat or raised and adds a chic touch to any invitation.

 
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Geode and Agate

Modern and artsy. Think art deco, rich gemstone color schemes, and marble patterns. One of Basic Invite's personal favorite upcoming trends! This is a great choice for the modern bride or a couple who likes an edgier yet dreamy look.

 
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All Inclusive

Wedding suites are great when you house them in one of Basic Invite's pocket envelopes because it keeps each piece stacked nicely in place and makes for a clean and organized look for your guests. But next year, Basic Invite is predicting that all inclusive seal-and-send wedding invitations will be the new pocket envelopes. These will be so nice because of their all-in-one convenience. Guests will love having to only keep track of a single wedding invitation with all of the vital details enclosed rather than holding onto multiple pieces that may get lost along the way. Stay tuned for more!

 

This post was sponsored by Basic Invite. Interested in your own sponsored post? Email us at editorial@parsimonyvintage.com for more information.

Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue for Him

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We all know the classic wedding tradition that a bride should have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue for her big day… but what about the groom? We think that it’s just as important for him to have some special traditions for the wedding day too! Not sure what items are best suited for the male counterpart? We’re sharing our top picks for each with you today!

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Image Source: Grey Likes Weddings

Getting married can be expensive. There’s no need to go out and replace everything you already own just for the big day! Save yourself a little bit of money and use a tie clip you already own. While it may not be a bank-breaking purchase for a new one, every penny counts and chances are you already own a handful with no need to continue to add to the collection! Plus, wearing your favorite tie clip on the big day will make it even more special for future use.

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We all know that your groom will be counting down the minutes until he gets to marry the love of his life, so make sure he’s prepared with a new watch! A great gift he can use regularly and be reminded of your special day. If it’s in the budget, we love the idea of having a special message engraved in the back of the face, even if it’s something as simple as your wedding date!

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Image Source: Easy Weddings AU

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We love hearing stories of treasured family heirlooms that are passed down or shared for the big day. You don’t frequently sport a tuxedo in everyday life? Instead of going out and buying all the essential tux accessories, borrow some! Does your dad or grandfather have a special set of cufflinks with sentimental value? Perfect. We love the idea of bringing your family down the aisle with you.

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Image Source: Off the Beaten Path

Recently, many brides have been getting a special, short love note sewn into the back of their groom’s tie. We think this is the absolute sweetest idea! Tie it into the tradition by opting for a blue thread. It will create a long-lasting memory that you can cherish for years to come.

Thanksgiving Wedding Inspiration Board

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Combining the festivities? Thanksgiving and your wedding are both times to gather with those you love, so we see the appeal! For your special day, stick with warm, earthy tones. Think burnt oranges, warm yellow, deep red, and maybe even some dark forest green for a pop. Stick with the holiday favorites, or Thanksgiving-inspired food for your main meal! As Thanksgiving is a time to be with family, consider serving your meal just like that -- family style at one big table where everyone can interact. For dessert, try something nontraditional and enjoy a delicious pie bar! You can have a variety of flavors for your guests to choose from, or even opt for a whole bunch on personal sized pies. Whatever you choose, we hope you have a wonderful, special day surrounded by those who mean most to you!

2017 Fall Wedding Inspiration

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You can take your fall wedding in so many different directions. You can pick a bright and bold look by incorporating all the natural colors and elements of the season, or a more muted look with deep, rich colors. But, our pick for the 2017 season has to be a lovely rustic, neutral theme. White pumpkins, grey-blue tones, and maybe just a hint of maroon or orange sets the stage for a beautiful day. Achieve your rustic look by including natural wood elements and holding the event at a gorgeous barn or even in an open field with a stunning vantage point.

Offer caramel apples in personalized boxes as favors, and leave out blankets for guests to grab if you opt for an outdoor ceremony. We love the idea of having a hot chocolate or cider bar to give everyone a yummy treat to help them warm up! Set an intimate, cozy feel by incorporating lots of candles and warm colors. Your invitation suite and bridesmaid dresses give you the opportunity to decide how much of your accent colors you want to include. Opt for a more bold and colorful invitation suite to show off your color palette a bit more, or stick to a more subdued palette and let your florals do the talking!

Even within a rustic, neutral theme, there are still so many ways that this concept can go. We love how versatile it is and how you’re really able to make it our own!

Wedding Day Survival Kit Checklist

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The last thing you want on your big day is to forget one of your most important items. Set yourself up for success by gathering everything the day before, or even earlier if possible so you can go out and purchase any last minute necessities. Not sure what should be included on your survival checklist? Here’s ours below!

 
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  • Face wash
  • Face moisturizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Chap stick
  • Razor
  • Shaving Cream
  • Body lotion
  • Deodorant
  • All makeup (if doing own)
  • Makeup remover
  • Translucent powder
  • Makeup setting spray
  • All hair products and styling tools (if doing own)
  • Compact mirror
  • Tissues
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (if outside)
  • Gum/Breath mints
  • Blotting papers

  • Eye drops
  • Contacts & solution (if applicable)
  • Glasses (if applicable)
  • Pain reliever
  • Antacid
  • Tampons
  • Band Aids
  • Water
  • Snack
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  • Clear polish
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick/gloss
  • Hairspray
  • Tweezers
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair elastics
  • Cotton swabs
  • Super glue
  • Safety pins
  • Small sewing kit
  • Stain remover pen
  • Extra earring backs
  • Lint roller
  • Clear tape

Download a PDF of our list to take with you to your next wedding!

Wedding Hair Accessories

An important decision that relates to your wedding hairstyle is deciding what, if any, hair accessories you want. There are numerous options for hair accessories, from simple barrettes to long veils, and most accessories look great with whichever hairstyle you get for your big day

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The classic hairpiece for your wedding day is wearing a veil. Veils are very traditional at weddings, and go with almost all wedding gowns and hairstyles!

 

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image courtesy of: stylish wife

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image courtesy of: usa bride

Feel like an absolute princess on your wedding day by wearing your own tiara! Go with the classic tiara, or opt for a more fun and whimsical one with different shapes!

 

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image courtesy of: my wedding

Be creative and match your hair with your own bouquet! With greenery being a big trend in weddings this year, why not add some fun greenery to your hairstyle as well?!

Pets and Weddings

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Image Credit:  Huffington Post

Image Credit: Huffington Post

Your wedding day is a day filled with love and being surrounded by your loved ones. With that being said…why not include your favorite furry friend into your wedding day?! From fun portraits to walking down the aisle, you’ll love sharing this special day with your pet!

In addition to pet portraits while getting ready on your wedding day, another fun idea is to incorporate your pet into your engagement pictures! 

 
Image Credit:  Wedding Included

Image Credit: Wedding Included

 

One way to incorporate your pet into your wedding day is during the ceremony. If you can train your pet, it can stand in place of the flower girl or ring bearer. Another alternative is to have your pet at the alter with you and your loved one while you say “I do!”

 
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Image Credit:  Deer Pearl Flowers

Image Credit: Deer Pearl Flowers

If the venue you picked is not pet-friendly, you can still include your furry friend in your day! Have the photographer document moments with you and your pet while you get ready for your wedding! 

 

You're engaged! Now what?

You're engaged! Now what?

Question popped.  They said yes! So exciting, congratulations! After you have stopped crying and called your mom, here are the first few things to jump start your wedding planning process.

Step One- Get the Word Out! 

In the era of social media, we think you should pause before making it Facebook official. This is such a big and personal moment of your life, we think it requires a real human connection to share it. So depending on who you want to tell and where they live, either pick up the phone, stop by for coffee or start your Skype video. These moments of real connection only add to the special feeling that the engagement brings. Once you have shared the news with all your close loved ones, time to start posting, Tweeting and Instagramming. 

Step Two- What season speaks to you?

Close your eyes and envision you and your partner on your wedding day. What do you see? Snow covered mountains? Crisp air and falling leaves? Sand under your feet? Or trees budding with the smell of dew in the air? This will let you know if you are a winter, fall, spring or summer couple. From experience, this is the easiest decision to make.  A lot of the time the season you pick will influence your design. Once you know your season, pick a date and start planning!

Step Three- Draft Your Guest List 

This daunting task rates as one of the hardest parts about planning a wedding. While a standard approach is to draft a budget and then a guest list, we like to switch it up. We find that couples have an easier time starting with their big wish list and then once a budget is established, whittling it down based on their established per person costs. It makes taking people off the list a little more logical than emotional. 

We suggest making a spreadsheet and have a tab for "A" and a tab for "B."  The "A" list should consist of close family members, close friends and any other must haves. The "B" list should consist of anyone that you would love to have there but don't have the budget for. 

Be strategic when sending out your invites! The standard is to mail out the invitations 6-8 weeks before your wedding date. We suggest mailing to your "A" list 10 weeks out. This will give you an extra two weeks to send out invitations to your "B" list as you receive regrets from the "A" list. Not everyone will be able to join, so if you stay on top of the RSVP list you will be able to supplement from your "B" list and end up having the exact guest list that you were hoping for!  

Step Four- Let's Talk Budget! 

Whether you want a lavish affair or an intimate backyard wedding, you need to have a budget that works for you and helps you make informed decisions as you go through the planning process.

The first step in budget planning is to have honest conversations with yourself, your partner and any family members that might be contributing to the wedding. We suggest talking with each family separately. This allows the conversation to be honest and private. If there are family members that are going to contribute, ask them to commit to a certain dollar amount so you know what you should be adding to your overall budget. 

As you will come to understand your budget is a fluid thing, you will adjust it as you go. For your reference here is a standard breakdown of how your budget should be allocated but make it work for you and your wants and needs

Reception: 48%-50%
Ceremony: 2%-3%
Attire: 8%-10%
Flowers: 8%-10%
Entertainment/Music: 8%-10%
Photography/Videography: 10%-12%
Stationery: 2%-3%
Wedding Rings: 2%-3%
Parking/Transportation: 2%-3%
Gifts: 2%-3%
Miscellaneous: 8%

With these first few steps you will be on your way to planning an amazing and meaningful day for both you and your guests! Have any questions or other concerns? Comment below and we will do our best to answer them!