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Of all the traditional features of western weddings, the winner of “Most Improved” must go to the wedding cake. Think of the staid cakes of yesteryear. Predictable, decorative white icing, (most likely roses or scalloped sea shells) covering three tiers of inedible styrofoam. Looking as petrified and dusty as the sample cakes in the bakery display window! But no longer.
We love how this version of the traditional wedding cake takes all those old-fashioned elements- the white icing, the ruffles, the layers, and transforms them into a stunning modern creation. Large rosette ruffles have been seen on designer handbags and clothing in recent years, and are now all the rage in cake décor. We think you can’t go wrong with this elegant cake. It would be the perfect centerpiece for any style of wedding.
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In the past, wedding cakes were often fake, with the bride and groom pretending to make the ceremonial first slice and then offering guests a pre-wrapped morsel to take home and put under their pillow. Quaint? Maybe, but why not make that all-important nuptial desert a feast for the eyes and the taste buds? Your guests will rave about this tower of cupcakes. The handwritten signs inviting you to try all the sumptuous flavors add a lovely personal touch.
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Shoes, dresses, bouquets….. many a bride has spent hours dreaming and designing these elements of her wedding costume. Yet some women hesitate when it comes to choosing a veil. Are veils too old fashioned? Too conservative and stuffy? Not at all!
Veils have been worn by women in many cultures throughout history as a sign of status, ceremony or separateness. All three of these aspects are still symbolized in the traditional wedding veil, as two people celebrate forever their new status as a married couple, no longer separate souls. This lovely, long veil would be perfect for a cathedral wedding. What could be more romantic?
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If your vision of bridal perfection is more fashion-forward than traditional, short veils and fascinators offer a glamorous alternative to a longer veil. So in style, and so many shapes and fabrics too choose from! From netting to lace, glittering to floral, the opportunities to make a statement are endless. We love the sophistication of this stylish head piece by Jennifer Behr.
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The idea of a bridal veil still feel too formal? Or maybe you just don’t think a veil would suit you. Fear not- there are plenty of options for crowning your wedding ensemble without hiding your lovely locks. This exquisite handmade comb, available at BHLDN, would set you apart as uniquely beautiful bride.
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Spring and summer mean gorgeous opportunities to adorn your wedding day with flowers. But formal flower arrangements and bouquets can easily run thousands of dollars, and have many brides frustrated that the images so lavishly photographed in wedding magazines are simply not within their budget. The solution? Approach your wedding flowers with fresh eyes!
Got friends with gardens? Ask them to donate! If you don’t limit yourself by imposing a color scheme, you will likely wind up with more blooms than you can handle. As for arrangements- mismatched mason jars and glass vases can be found in the back of your Aunt Maude’s kitchen cupboards, and create a lovely vintage country look that is both charming and romantic.
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Keep the rustic theme going and do your bouquets yourself (or get your bridesmaids to help). Visit the flower shop the morning of your wedding, choose what is fresh, pretty (and of course reasonably priced) and wrap the stems in rafia and twine. A simple, monochromatic bunch such as this creates quite a refined look, while wildflowers and grasses would suggest innocence and purity.
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And for him? There are dozens of creative DIY boutonniere ideas online, but we think the traditional floral ones are still the most romantic. This elegant white rose wrapped in brown twine would be easy to make, whether you enlist your girls to help, or lovingly create it yourself.
And with all the money you save by forgoing expensive flower arrangements, you can afford to give him a romantic, elegant wedding ring.
Ahhhh, spring, and a young woman’s fancy turns to….. weddings! What are the advantages of nuptials in the spring? The symbols of love and new life are everywhere, from the budding blossoms to baby ducklings. There is truly something wonderful about love in springtime- the air is fresh and our hearts are open. Want to look fresh as a spring flower on your wedding day? Try this vintage look- the short skirt paired with the light, yet traditional veil just seems to sing “young love.”
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There are so many beautiful blooms to chose from in April and May. Spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and cherry blossoms will give your celebration the sweet ambience of joyful innocence. They are also widely available and quite affordable, so staying away from hothouse flowers at this time of year and choosing what is in season for your bouquets and center-pieces could save you money. No need to hire a florist- spring flowers show best in simple glass vases or jars. These perfect white tulips would make a delightful display.
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The one disadvantage to a spring wedding, particularly in northern climes, is the unpredictable weather. If hail, thunderstorms and high winds are not your idea of creating a romantic atmosphere, it may be best to plan for the majority of your event to take place indoors. If the weather is lovely, the guest can venture out and enjoy the spring sunshine. And if spring rain falls on your photo shoot? Be prepared with an attractive umbrella, and capture the moment!
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Think wedding? Think white. Right? Not so, these days! While white may still be the go- to color for brides, wedding color is blooming like a spring garden, and popping up in so many exciting places! Brides have always loved “choosing their colors,” but in the past this was limited to bridesmaid’s dresses and flowers. Now the princess of the day can choose from a dazzling array of wedding gown possibilities. And forgoing white does not mean abandoning tradition for garish hues- hot trends for colored wedding gowns include stylish silver and grey, lovely soft pastels and deep vintage tones.
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Not sure about “going all the way” with color when it comes to the all-important dress? A fun flirty trend we love is the colored underskirt. Some are designed to drop down below the white hem for a more dramatic two-toned look, while others only peek out when the bride kicks up her heels. Whether you go subtle with a soft peach petticoat, or make a statement with layers of fuchsia tulle- we think this is a wonderful way to infuse your wedding with romantic, joyful color!
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Love color but have your heart set on a pure white gown? Maybe it’s the influence of “Sex in the City”- who can forget Carrie and her blue Manalo Bhlaniks? Or maybe its just our growing love for fabulous footwear, but the plain-white satin wedding shoe is becoming a thing of the past. A trend that started with gold and silver strappy heels appearing beneath long white gowns has now opened up a paint box of possibilities, from red cowboy boots to these elegant azure blue pumps. And did you know that blue is a symbol of purity? What a lovely way to I say “I do!”
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Got a case of the January blahs? What could be a better cure than planning a blissfully warm, tropical vacation wedding? With destination weddings becoming more and more common, there are plenty of ideas and resources available to help you make all the sumptuous, exotic arrangements.
While many automatically think of Hawaii or the Caribbean as nuptial hotspots, we suggest you consider traveling somewhere truly extraordinary- like Bali. Balinese culture envelops you in its fiery beauty- what better place to start your honeymoon? Your guests would never forget this once in a lifetime experience of exploring this truly unique Indonesian island and many resorts specialize in making your wedding day breathtakingly perfect:
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Wedding dresses that must pack into a suitcase are no problem at all, as there are plenty of styles and fabrics that can stow away safely. We advise not fussing with stiff, formal gowns- a beach wedding amongst the palms is time to experiment with lighter, filmier materials that will float on the breeze- imagine saying “I do” wrapped in romantic, flowing white. Or, get inspired by your surroundings- the deep turquoise of the sea, the vivid reds and yellows of local flora and fauna- and break with traditional white all together. After all, traveling to the tropics to wed means passion, and passion means COLOR. An adventurous, passionate bride would look stunning on a sandy shore in this sea-foam and tangerine gown.
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But what if a destination wedding is simply out of reach? Bring the fun and color of the tropics to your wedding and make your special day feel like a journey to a far off paradise by choosing tropical flowers for your bouquets and decor. This bridal bouquet of vibrant, contrasting blooms seems to burst with joy, like your love- something truly out of the ordinary.
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Engaged recently? Spring and Summer seem far too soon to create the wedding of your dreams? If you think winter is too chilly a time of year to celebrate your nuptials, think again. Winter Weddings offer every thing you could wish for in terms of lovely and creative options for theme, decor, and romantic detail.
You may wonder how to reconcile an indoor wedding with those all-important outdoor wedding photo ops. It may be a winter wonderland at the local park- so pretty with the snow-covered ground and glittering icicles hanging from the trees- but doesn’t the bride look, well, frozen stiff, in her designer strapless wedding gown? Fear not! An exquisite gown like this one from Rosa Clara will keep you from turning blue, and make you the stunning center of all that winter splendor.
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Warming up to a winter wedding day? Start treasure hunting now! After Christmas is a wonderful time to find bargains on icy, silvery baubles to adorn your wedding hall, feast table or wedding favors. Tastefully chosen and creatively adapted by you, christmas lights and tree ornaments could add twinkle and shine to your special day. Just be sure to stick to a color theme while shopping – to keep your wedding from looking “too Christmassy,” we suggest collecting pearly or or neutral shades contrasted with blue or rich brown.
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Getting married in December or January doesn’t mean you need to miss out on seasonal flowers. Poinsettias, a tropical plant that have become associated with Christmas, are both widely available and very economical mid-winter, and make a bold yet graceful floral statement. You could line the aisle with dozens, or top each table with one of these graceful plants, and if red seems too obvious a choice for the season, they are available in other shades- including pink and pale green. We think an all-white poinsettia display would be winter elegance itself.
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While the cynical among us may associate weddings with excess and throw-away extravagance- a wonderful new trend in how we celebrate our nuptials could align your special day with Mother Earth. And we’re not just talking about installing recycling bins by the bar or composting the cake. Eco-chic brides infuse nature-inspired style into everything: from the gowns, to the location, to the decor. Gorgeous wedding gowns can be made out of an array of earth-friendly fabrics, including organic cotton and hemp silk. This exquisite feather-adorned wedding gown from puremagnolia.ca illustrates how going a little wild can be a beautiful thing.
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The location for your wedding can be an endorsement for the earth itself- how about saying your vows in a National Park? There are so many lovely settings- and by choosing a park close to home you not only reduce the carbon footprint for your guests in getting to and from the event, but your wedding venue becomes an advertisement for the local ecology. You may need a special use permit- so check out the park website well in advance. Imagine your day surrounded by the regal beauty of Sequoia National Park.
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And what about those party favors? With a little thought, you can send your guests home with not only an elegant souvenir of your wedding, but a gift that will grow through the years, like your love. Flower, fruit or vegetable seed packets could be easily customized to suit your wedding style, or how about a small potted tree, complete with re-planting instructions? Have a look at givetreegifts.com. What a perfectly positive way to unite the beauty of nature with the day you say “I do!”
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While many automatically select July and August as the season to tie the knot, nothing celebrates the bounty of your love’s harvest like a September Wedding. As summer’s green turns to gold, the possibilities for reaping a beautiful wedding day are everywhere you turn- how about this simple yet yet glorious sunflower bouquet? These bold and robust flowers seem to declare that the love you and your groom share is as large and golden as the sun.
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And while white is the go-to color for most, golden tones can adorn the September bride in harvest splendor. The champagne lace on this gorgeously designed bridal gown from puresomething.com is rich in organic detail, and I adore the chic sash across the waist. Wouldn’t you look stunning in this dress as the late summer sun sets behind the panorama of your wedding day?
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All in all, the chance to treat your guests to the splendor of a September wedding is irresistible. Who wouldn’t want to share the joy of the most golden time of your life by reveling in natures’ most sumptuous season? This wedding feast, laid out beneath the trees, beckons your close friends and family to step into a magical realm of glowing lights and harvest delights.
The leaf engraving wrapped around this gorgeous yellow gold wedding ring promises a love that will grow with every season, and glow with the warmth of gold.
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