Although you may be having a rustic, whimsical or vintage themed wedding this year, it’s no surprise that women and brides alike still enjoy a little sparkle from time to time. Below are 5 ways in which you can incorporate sparkle into your big day!
1) The Linens
Brooke Mayo Photography via Southern Weddings
2) Your Bridal Party
Jen & Chis Creed Photographers
3) Your Invitation Suite
Jupiter + Juno
4) Your Cake
5) The Table Decor (Table Numbers)
Ruffled Blooms on ETSY
How do you plan on adding some sparkle to your big day?
One way a bride can really get creative and add a small touch of personality to her reception decor is through table numbers. These numbers don’t have to be the dry, run-of-the-mill ways to merely get your guests to their table destination. Use your imagination, the sky is the limit in utilizing a number of objects and ideas to tie in your wedding theme in a unique way. We’ve collected a few of our favorites below to get your imagination flowing!
Brides past, present and future all seem know what the “4 C’s” are- and if not, this term is used to describe the characteristics of a diamond: Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat Weight. However, what you may not know that there are also (unofficially) “4 C’s” to consider when picking out your day-of footwear as well! Sometimes picking out your shoes can be more difficult than picking out your dress, but if you take time to consider the “4 C’s” of shoes – choosing the shoe style that best represents your style will be a walk in the park (no pun).
Glint – ’Radiance’ Pump | Enzo Angiolini – ‘Savoye’ Pump
Menbur – Slingback Pump | Kate Spade New York – ‘Shalyn’ Pump
Toms – ‘Classic’ Crochet Slip-On | Toms – ‘Classic-Glitter’ Slip On
Betsey Johnson – Blue by Betsey Johnson ‘Dance’ Flat | Ugg Australia - ‘Bailey Button – I do’ Boot
Nina – ‘Electra’ Sandal | Nine West – ‘Jusskippy’ Sandal
Nina – ‘Elizia’ Sandal | Glint – ‘Devyn’ Sandal
B Brian Atwood – ‘Cassiane’ High Sandal – BCBGMAXAXRIA – ‘Peacock’ Pump
Jeffrey Campbell – ‘Koons’ Pump | Valentino – ‘Microstud’ Mary Jane Pump
Which shoe style is your favorite? Or better yet, who wants to go shopping?
Coming up with unique, fun, and personalized details to add to your wedding is something every bride should embrace. From your dress, to your accessories, from you transportation to your venue, there are endless ways to make your day as special and unique as you – including the cake! We’ve seen candy bars and cupcakes, now here are 4 more alternatives to consider for your big day.
1) Cinnamon Roll Cake
photo via Cake Central
2) “Fruit” Cake
Photo via Chic Vintage Brides
3) Doughnut Cake
Photo via Glitter Weddings
4) “Cheese” Cake
Photo via It’s Your Big Day
These cakes are definitely on the less traditional side – do you plan on having a wedding cake alternative served for your reception?
A return to formal is something the wedding industry has seen come back full force in 2012 and it seems to be staying strong in 2013. From chandeliers to plated dinners, brides are bringing back formality and pomp to their celebrations. One aspect of this comeback I am swooning over is how brides are incorporating formal chinaware. Whether their grandmother’s vintage set or mismatched cups and plates as centerpieces, we’re seeing these adorable and beautiful pieces being utilized in such creative ways! We’ve collected a few pieces below for inspiration:
Last six images: Style Me Pretty
What are some ways you would incorporate chinaware into your celebration? Would you be a stickler for matching or crave mismatching sets? Would you utilize it as centerpiece inspiration only?
Where would you go hunting for pieces, do you have a favorite antique store?
Brides are making bolder choices to personalize their weddings these days, and one big way they’re doing it is through patterns; and one pattern scheme that seems to be really exploding right now is geometric patterns. Everything from jewelry to table decor can have a hint of geometric goodness. If paired with bold colors, it makes an even bigger punch of personality. It really gives a clean modern feel to any celebration. We’ve gathered a few things to inspire you on how to incorporate it into your big day:
How would you incorporate geometric patterns into your celebration? Are you more of a neutral pattern fan or do you like the bolder color choices?
Anyone following the wedding industry knows that vintage is so in right now. From decor to dresses, brides are incorporating touches of the classic to quirky from all decades into their celebrations. One particular vintage-inspired trend that I completely adore are birdcage veils. They add such a sweet touch to a bride’s decor in any style a bride chooses for her big day. We’ve collected a few of our favorites here below:
1. This veil is 20s inspired, and the feathers add such a fun touch.
2. Handmade in a London Studio, this former costume maker creates gorgeous veils that would make any bride look like she just stepped off a red carpet.
3. This sweet bow-topped veil would be perfect for a garden or outdoor locale.
4. This photo shows the perfect balance of floral and tulle for a bride wanting to utilize both trends on her big day.
6 . And for a little touch of off-beat, this European-designer adds a punch of fun into her pierces that give brides a chance to show a little of their own quirk and something out-of-the-ordinary.
What type of birdcage veils are your favorite? Plain, flamboyant with color, rhinestone clad?
Last week I showcased some beautiful outdoor and lakeside venue’s in Minnesota, this week we look at some of the most beautiful, elaborate, and magnificent mansions the Midwest has to offer. These historical masterpieces are stunning backdrops to your wedding day. From the detailed structure of the exterior, to the sophistication of the rooms inside, these venues are truly one of a kind.
Joliet, Illinois – The Patrick C. Haley Mansion
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Pabst Mansion
M Three Studio
St. Louis, Missouri – The Lemp Mansion
Tom & Jerry – Schmidt Photo
Carmel, Indiana – The Mansion at Oak Hill
Nate Crouch Photography
Golden, Colorado – Boettcher Mansion
Stephanie A. Smith Photography
The Midwest and Mountain West have so many beautiful wedding venues to choose from, so you tell us, are you a lakeside or a mansion type of bride?
Investing effort into designing place settings is something a lot of people don’t think to do or don’t find important because they use the rentals that come included with their venue or caterer. While it isn’t necessary to choose uniquely designed place settings, they can really bring a lot to the table, literally. The table is often the place the majority of guests spend the most of their time during the reception, so if you have the option to dress it up a little, it’s a good investment.
1: Photo by Jill Thomas, via Inspired by This 2: Photo by Trent Bailey, designed by Desiree Spinner, stationery by Cherish Paperie via Inspired by This 3: Photo by Sarah Yates, design by Sitting In a Tree 4: Photo by: Jillian Rose Photography via A Charming Occasion 5: Photo by Kim Le Photography via SMP 6: Jose Villa via Design Sponge 7: Photo by Swoon Over It Photography, design, styling and stationary by Momental Designs via GWS 8: Photo by Jeanna Hayes, design by: Amy Atlas Designs via The Sweetest Occasion 9: Photo by: Daniel Mast, design by: Events by Sarah Elizabeth via Wedding Chicks 10: Photo by: Marisa Holmes Photography via Canvas & Canopy Events
I love statement pieces, especially when they are incorporated into a wedding. From rings and bracelets, to necklaces and earrings, these beautiful pieces are a great way to not only show off your personal taste and style, but they can truly transform your look from the ceremony to the reception. These pieces will make a statement on your wedding day and will continue to for years to come.
Alicia Swedenborg via Pretty Chic Blog
necklace: The Crystal Rose on ETSY
necklace: Ezza Exclusive on ETSY
Tec Petaja Photography
Brooke Courtney Photography via Postcards and Pretties
Austin Gros via The Wedding Chicks
Paul Morse Photographs
Sedona Bride via Style Me Pretty | Erich McVey Photography via Style Me Pretty
Docuvitae via Lovellabridal
necklace: All Things Tinsel on ETSY featured on Style Me Pretty by Jasmine Star Photography | Gabriel Ryan Photography via Style Me Pretty
Katherine Stinnett Photography
White Rabbit Studios
Michelle Lindsay Photography
Will you or your bridesmaids be making a ‘statement’ on your wedding day?!