April 18, 2014
If you are a wine-lover and want a wine themed wedding, this is the post for you! We put together our favorite DIY wine cork decorations you can do to liven up your reception. Grab a glass of wine while you scroll through our ideas!
1. Ceremony Decor
Here's an idea for your aisle runner at the ceremony. Sheppard hooks, ribbon, and wine corks- easy and beautiful!
2. Wedding Signs
If you want to place one at the bar, or on your guest table, these signs are cute idea to have around!
3. Make escort card holders with wine corks using this
4. Create a monogram out of wine corks
After displaying at your wedding, you can bring this home and display it there. You can use a metal wine holder or pick up a wooden letter at a fabric/craft store.
5. Create your table numbers with wine corks
Pick up cheap picture frames from the dollar store, paint the glass of the picture frame with black chalkboard paint, line the frame with wine corks, and pick up small wooden numbers from a craft store. Put it all together and you have this! You can use this same idea and create Bar Signage for what you are hosting at your wedding!
6. Wine Cork Party Favors
Give your guests a simple and easy party favor!
7. Centerpiece Ideas
Whether if you put them in a Lantern or a Vase, we will love it either way!
What ideas do you love? Please share!
April 3, 2014
You imagine your wedding day to be absolutely perfect. You may think you won't need those emergency items, but, it's always better to be prepared for those unplanned hiccups. To help you prepare for those hiccups, we have put together a list for your "his" and "her" wedding day survival kits.
So where's the best place to get these items? Anywhere you can find the travel sized items in Target, or any other similar store. Altering your kit based off the time of year and location is also something you can do. What else would you recommend to include in the "his" and "hers" wedding day survival kits?
March 27, 2014
After many, long hours you have finally found the perfect venue to have your wedding. You now have the answer to the most popular question asked “When is the wedding?!” It is now time to give your family and friends an update! Sending a wedding save-the-date card is a pre-invitation mailing that announces your wedding date. Save-the-dates let your guests know that they will be invited to the party. We have put together etiquette tips to follow when creating your Save-the-dates.
1. Show Your Personality
Be creative. Your save-the-date should reflect you and your significant other. Whether it’s telling the story of how you met, you’re favorite colors, if it’s informal or formal, etc.
2. Keep Track of All Your Guests Addresses
If you haven’t already, gather your guests addresses. If you do not have them off hand, allow a couple weeks to scavenge them up. We recommend the website Postable for keeping track of all of your addresses. The website is a secure and user-friendly way to keep all of your addresses at your fingertips!
3. Enclose a Magnet
What’s more annoying than trying to find that save-the-date card you got 3 months ago in a pile of papers? Brides these days are enclosing a magnet with their save-the-dates, so your guests can stick it right on their refrigerator! While it serves as a nice gesture, it keeps your guests organized as well!
4. Have the Right Information
Just having the date is not enough. Make sure you are putting the most important details on your save-the-dates. Include the wedding location such as your hometown or a destination wedding locale, along with the date so that guests can make travel plans. Guests need to know how far they will need to travel, and if they need to take off work.
5. When to Send Them
If you are having a local wedding, we recommend sending your save-the-dates 6 months prior to your ceremony. If you are having a destination wedding, we recommend 8 months. This is a common-courtesy to your wedding guests. It allows them to book their travel, save some cash, and ask for days off. If you send it any later, it might as well be an invitation.
March 12, 2014
Picking the perfect wedding venue for your ceremony and/or reception is one of the most important decisions you will need to make. Finding that perfect place will give you and your guests memories that will never be forgotten. However, a lot of brides and grooms arn't quite sure what to ask when you go in for the interview. We have provided 12 questions that are crucial to ask everytime you visit a venue! Everything adds up fast, so make sure you sit down and discuss every question thorougly!
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March 6, 2014
The wedding season is approaching us fast. Brides are looking for the finest way to have their wedding day perfect without having a “break-the-bank” budget. Wedding gowns are one area where you can significantly watch your budget. These days, brides have many resources when trying to find an affordable, yet elegant wedding gown.
Here are our ways to get an affordable wedding gown:
1. Explore Online
The web has an endless count of online shopping stores such as bridal retailers, discount stores, Amazon, Macy's, and The Wedding Outlet. The majority of brides still shop in-store; however, after a few visits to the bridal shops, they get exhausted. More and more brides are looking towards the internet to get their shopping done!
eBay is also another place you may want to keep an eye on for an affordable wedding gown. eBay offers a “Buy it Now” or an auction format. Not everything is used on eBay, a large number of retail stores are set up on eBay. Make sure you look carefully at the buyer’s feedback rating, if the seller has provided photos, and always ask questions you may have before buying!
2. Consider Borrowing or Buying a Used Gown
You may not ever consider using someone else’s already used dress; however, it was only used once. Feel free to take it to the dry cleaners, or even adding your own personal touch to it will make it feel as if it has never been used! When you buy or borrow a used dress make sure you ask questions! Here are a couple of examples of questions to ask:
- Was the dress cleaned after use? How? Did the original wearer get anything on it?
- Ask if you can Skype with the seller
- What are the measurements? Nearly every wedding dress is altered, and a previously-altered dress won’t match the size label. If it's a sample size, they tend to run smaller than street sizes.
3. Consider Buying a White, Ivory, or Champagne Bridesmaids Dress
It may not be a true wedding gown, but, you can find one for less than $200! There are many sites online and bridal retailers that sell accessories that you can embellish your dress with a wrap, sash, ribbons and/or sequins.
4. Make It Fit!
Finding a dress that is a size or two bigger than your measurements, could save you money! Finding an excellent tailor is key to your success for this tip. When looking for a larger gown, find the size of your largest measurement, as it is easier to take in!
5. Visit Trunk Shows and Sale Racks
Visit your local department stores and bridal salons for their trunk shows and sale racks. Brides Against Breast Cancer hosts trunk shows around the country that sell new and used donated wedding gowns. All the proceeds fulfill wishes for terminal breast cancer patients. The next show in the Twin Cities Area will be in November of 2014 at the Millenium Hotel in Minneapolis, MN.
Photography by Cari Dugan