5 Things To DIY Instead of Buy For Your Wedding

Planning a wedding can totally consume you with excitement, yet it can very quickly become very stressful. Any way you look at it, DIY (Do It Yourself) started way before someone came up with the actual concept and marketed it. Today, DIY weddings are all the rage and the main purpose of doing a DIY wedding, is to add some beauty without breaking the bank. Here are 5 things that you can do on your own,instead of spending money on.

5. Framed Blackboard Wedding Program

One of the reasons to do this is because paper programs are often thrown away. Having a chalkboard in the lobby, at the door of the church, or reception, adds fun, charm, and it’s a great communication tool.

4. Ribbon-Tied Chairs

You don’t need to break the bank on having all the chairs in the reception or ceremony decorated. With the selection at a craft store to chose from, all you need to do is purchase colors that your bridal party of wearing and tie the ribbon to each chair where the ribbon will flow in the back of each chair.

3. Place Cards

Today, place cards don’t need to be so fancy. You create the template, and you create the style in which you would like to use. For example, it can be as simple as a cardstock piece of paper, or as creative as using Instagram photos of your guests. The point is, it’s up to you to get creative and you can save money on this part of the budget.

2. Welcome Bags

Whether you have out of townees or family/bridal party staying over at the hotel, the welcome bags are easy to make and won’t cost you an arm and a leg to make either! You can chose from paper gift bags, to cloth bags, to even plastic tote bags, the choices are endless. With dollar stores springing up everywhere, picking up soap, shampoo, advil, etc, to fill the bags won’t cost you a bunch either.

1. Photo Albums

There is no need for you to have photographer put together the photo albums for your parents, in-laws, and your memories anymore. With sites online such as, Shutterfly, Smugmug, and Snapfish, putting together the priceless moments, has become easy, painless, and less costly.

Written by: Stephanie Dolce (Sassygirlpr.com)

Incorporate Sapphire Jewelry as Your Something Blue! (reblogged)

Incorporate Sapphire Jewelry as Your Something Blue!

What could be a more classy way to wear your something blue than incorporating sparkling sapphires into your bridaljewelry? With so many gorgeous options out there, from rings to bracelets to stunning earrings, you really can not go wrong by choosing the timeless stone as your something blue. Browse below to see some of our favorite pieces that you could wear on your wedding day, and be sure to add your favorites to your Something Blue Ideabook!

Something Blue Sapphire Rings:
Be it a wedding band, engagement ring, or just another blingy ring for your right hand, there are so many divine options to decorate your fingers with!

Something Blue Sapphire Necklaces:

The contrast between blue sapphires at your neck and your lovely white gown is truly beautiful.

Something Blue Sapphire Earrings:

A glint of sapphire on your ear lobes is a perfectly stunning something blue.

Something Blue Sapphire Bracelets:

Adorn your arm with the beautiful blue!

Art Deco Sapphire Bracelet

 

17 Rainy Day Wedding Photos You’ll Love

17 Rainy Day Wedding Photos You’ll Love

Heather Walrath

BY ON AUGUST 10, 2014

Alanis Morissette got it wrong, y’all. Rain on your wedding day doesn’t have to be a bummer. In fact, we think it can make for some of the most gorgeous, truly unforgettable pictures. Need inspiration? Check out the 17 photos below, and don’t be surprised if you have a sudden urge to bust out an umbrella and galoshes along with that beautiful white dress of yours.

1. Gathering Clouds: Hiding inside as storm clouds gather? Don’t! As seen here, rain on the horizon only brings even more natural beauty to a rustic, romantic affair. (viaBrit + Co)

2. Sweet Smooch: For rainy day romance at its best, nothing beats an under-the-umbrella smooch. (via Ruffled)

3. Colorful Umbrellas: A collection of colorful umbrellas makes for tons of unique photo ops, including this fun twist on the traditional bridal portrait. (via Bridal Guide)

4. Whimsical Wellies: Galoshes, wellies, rain boots… whatever you call them, these fun and functional beauties are available in an endless array of colors andpatterns and will help protect your feet in style. (via Love + Lavender)

5. Jumping for Joy: Whether you’re jumping in puddles or just jumping for joy, a rainy day in the city is sure to be spectacular. (via Cassidy Parker Smith)

6. British Beauty: Head on down to London town for heaps of rainy day wedding inspiration, from rocking a pretty white parasol outdoors to taking cover inside a classic red telephone booth. (via London Bride)

7. Bright Boots: Who needs heels? Bright red boots add the perfect pop of color. (viaLove My Dress)

8. Beneath the Veil: Skip the umbrella and cover your heads with a pretty polka dotveil instead. And don’t forget to leave your shoes behind. (via The WedCafé)

9. On the Water: This adventurous couple didn’t let a little (okay, A LOT of) rain keep them landlocked. Capture the spirit by setting sail after you’re done saying “I do.” (via Inspired by This)

10. Dock of the Bay: Not looking to leave dry land? No worries! You can easily capture plenty of amazing pictures shore-side. (via Wedding Dash)

11. Simple + Intimate: From the vibrant umbrella to the bride’s dreamy dress andcurls, this intimate wedding has completely stolen our hearts. (via Little Black Book)

12. Crystal Clear: Stay dry without hiding from view by toting a clear, see-through umbrella. (via Ruffled)

13. Dancing Droplets: No umbrellas needed! When you’re capturing a photo this beautiful, getting soaked seems well worth it. (via The WedCafé)

14. Hay Bales + Umbrellas: Getting married at a farm or other rustic venue? Channel the country vibe by posing on top of hay bales, umbrellas in hand. (via Junebug Weddings)

15. Glistening Raindrops: As simple as it is stunning, this magical photo forever changes the way we’ll look at raindrops. (via The Lou’s)

16. Misty Window: Shots of the bride arriving and the newlyweds leaving are wedding day musts, especially when they’re taken through a misty, rain-coveredwindow. (via Easton Events)

17. Rainbow Connection: The only thing prettier than a rain shower? The beautifulrainbow that follows. (via Wedding Chicks)

What are your thoughts about rain on your wedding day? Are there any cool photo ops we’ve forgotten? Share your ideas below! 

EXPERT WEDDING PLANNING TIPS FOR NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLES

Wedding Planning Tips

When you first start on the road to wedding planning it can feel a little bit of a minefield so in this series of posts I want to share some helpful tips in key areas to make it a little less daunting.

  photo by Jana Williams Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

 Getting Started….

You’ve had the proposal, you’ve accepted and now you’re officially engaged, what next? Well, before you start choosing the colour of your confetti there are some big questions you both need to sit down and answer before you get carried away with all the details.

 What kind wedding do you want? 

Have you always imagined having a big white wedding with all the traditional trimmings, or a formal, black tie affair?

Do you see yourselves wanting a good ol’ knees up or a laid back get together?

Think about the kind of feeling or vibe you want for your day. Also consider whether you want a church wedding, a non-religious civil ceremony (which will give you a lot more flexibility in venue choice) or, for complete freedom, to be married by an independent celebrant.

It’s your wedding, don’t be swayed by what you think is the right thing to do; you want it to be a personal reflection of you as a couple.

Wedding planning by Always Andri Wedding Design | photo by Olivia Leigh

photo by Marianne Taylor Photography | Wedding Planning & Design by Always Andri Wedding Design

 Who to invite?

Make a provisional guest list as soon as you can, there’s no point looking for venues if you’ve no idea who’s coming.

Split your list into groups, family, friends- school, university, work, and within each group list in importance. Ultimately you want to share your day with people that mean the most to you both so don’t feel like you need to invite everyone you’ve ever met. (Grouping at this stage will also help if you eventually decide to do a seating plan.)

This is also a good time to decide who you want to play key roles such the best man and chief bridesmaid; your bridal party will play an important role not only on the day of the wedding but also in the planning so consider  how supportive they can be when choosing them.

 When to marry? 

Is there a time of year that holds a special significance? An anniversary of an important date in your relationship or do you want a summer or winter wedding?

Your wedding budget may have a big effect on when you choose to get married because if you have to save you will need to give yourself long enough to do so. If the budget’s tight you may also want to consider getting married out of season i.e. not in the summer or think about a mid week wedding.

Unless you’re having the most intimate of weddings or are willing to be incredibly flexible with dates you should ideally give yourselves at least a year to plan the wedding.

photo by Marianne Taylor Photography | Wedding Planning & Design by Always Andri Wedding Design

 Where to marry?

Do you want to marry close to where you both live now? Or perhaps you’ve always imagined returning to where you grew up to marry? You may even want to consider a destination wedding; by making a holiday of it you’ll get to spend a lot more time with your nearest and dearest.

 What’s important to you?

Decide together what aspects of your wedding will have the most importance. Do you both love good restaurants and want the food & drink to be at the top of your list? Maybe you met at a music concert and feel the entertainment is key. Your home is covered in photos of friends and family so you know the photography on the day will be something you want to look back on for years after.

If it helps, make a big list of all the things you think should be at and you want at your wedding then number it by importance to you both and don’t be afraid to cross some things out completely.

By knowing your priorities it will help you decide where you want to spend time and money on when planning your wedding.

 photo by Olivia Leigh | wedding planning and design by Always Andri Wedding Design

 What’s your budget?

Another final question you need to consider is how much will it all cost but I’m going to go into a little more detail on this in my next post on ‘The Wedding Budget‘.

And here’s your ‘pinnable’ image with all the key tips from this post to pin onto yourwedding planning board on Pinterest.

Or, if you’re more old school, you can print it, cut it out and tape it to your fridge/into your wedding Filofax!

Tips For Newly Engaged Couples by Always Andri Wedding Design

Thanks so much to Andri of Always Andri Wedding Design for sharing these fab tips on getting started with wedding planning.

(Of course, nothing beats working one on one with a talented wedding planner, such as Andri, but these tips are a great place to start!)

How are your plans going? Please do let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter if you have any wedding planning questions, or tips of your own to share that have worked for you. We’d love to hear from you.

More Expert Wedding Planning Tips

Be sure to check out Katherine Ashdown Photography‘s engagement shoot tips and bridal dress consultant Sama, of The Utter Blog‘s insider knowledge on choosing your wedding dress too!

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Southern Florida Wedding Inspiration

Southern Florida Wedding Inspiration

What could ever be more classic than blush pink and gold? Kati Rosado Photography and Emily Grace Designrecently brought this charming color palette to new sophisticated heights with their styled shoot on the Florida coast. Don’t you just love those macaron favors that double as escort cards?

Southern Florida wedding inspiration - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

From the stylist, Emily of Emily Grace Design: The inspiration behind this shoot was really to bring in the classics of romantic style and combine them with intimate personal touches and details that we love our brides to take pride in. We think personal details make a huge impact on the design of a wedding whether it be a unique pop of something unexpected on the tables or a touch of comfort and familiarity with your favorite blooms or specialty china. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to shoot at Up the Creek Farms and their new Boathouse venue as our backdrop. This stunning location was the perfect complement to the style we were going for.

glitter wedding invitations - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

bride getting ready - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

Southern Florida wedding inspiration - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

bride wearing pink - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

gold place setting - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

We are just loving the blush and gold color palette that is popular right now, and we thought this would be a great way to showcase how to put your own unique twist on this classic look. One of my favorite details of the day was our escort card display that gives guests a sweet treat to enjoy while they find their seat. Not only were the macarons just absolutely delicious, but the shimmer of the sequined fabric made this set-up a gorgeous focal point for a wedding entry. We were thrilled with how everything came together, and just loved the mix of classic details with modern twists in patterns, textures, and design.

Southern Florida wedding inspiration - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

Southern Florida wedding inspiration - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

pink wedding themes - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

Southern Florida wedding inspiration - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

romantic wedding receptions - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

macaron escort cards - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

macaron escort cards - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

romantic wedding details - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

wedding decor ideas - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

From the photographer, Kati Rosado Photography: I have always loved the romantic and feminine color scheme of pink and gold. Emily Grace Design did an amazing job of taking my initial idea and making every detail cohesive and beautiful. We are so pleased with how everything turned out and we hope that this shoot inspires brides to have a pretty and classy wedding! I am so honored to have been able to be a part of such a talented group of vendors.

wedding inspiration - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

gold wedding cakes - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

champagne toasts - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

wedding inspiration shoot - photo by Kati Rosado Photography http://ruffledblog.com/southern-florida-wedding-inspiration

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Valkaria, FL / Photographer and Shoot Concept: Kati Rosado Photography / Event Design and Styling: Emily Grace Design / Florist: Julie Miner Events / Venue: Up the Creek Farms / Wedding Dress: “Sydney” by Watters via L.A. Bridal / Shoes: J. Crew / Headpiece: Lysa Creation / Earrings: Petite Delights / Sequin Jacket: Calvin Klein / Hair: Jessica Schultz / Makeup: Patrick Starrr / Groom’s Attire: H&M / Wedding Cake: Creative Cakes & Candies / Macarons: Two Sweets Bake Shop / Gold Sequin Hanger: Oh Deer Creative / Rentals: Crystal and Crates / Chiavari Chairs: A Chair Affair / Models: Cassidy Roney of Willhelmina Modelsand Ethan Brewington / Stationery: Dogwood Blossom Stationery and Invitation Studio

31 ALTERNATIVES TO THE CLASSIC WEDDING CAKE

Had To Share This!

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: a traditional wedding cake will never go out of style. But why settle for a classic white confection when your wedding day should be an event that is uniquely yours? After all, you’ve customized every aspect of your day, starting with a meaningful ceremony and ending with a handpicked playlist of your favorite tunes. And yet when it comes to the wedding cake,

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