Our Favorite Top Trends for the Upcoming Wedding Season

Woodsy is the New Rustic

Mason jars and burlap is out, but don’t worry, strung garden lanterns and natural wood décor is SO in, and you’re going to love it. Think cozy log cabin décor dropped in an enchanted forest – an especially perfect look for outdoor ceremonies. While there’s nothing wrong with pops of color, using more greenery in your centerpieces and bouquets will help your wedding have a classic appeal for years to come. Neutral greens and natural earth tones will look stunning when paired with a few lit candles, and more importantly, won’t be the main focal point of all of your photos like a bright floral bouquet might (and we can’t have ANYTHING stealing your thunder right?)

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Unique Bridesmaid Dresses

Everyone’s heard it before: “You can TOTALLY wear the $300 bridesmaid dress I picked out to another event!” And with this new trend of slightly more casual, two-toned and printed dresses, your girls just might actually be able to pull that off. No more traditional stiff dresses with thick material or loads of tulle. Instead, opt for a long but lightweight material, with understated floral prints…or even go with a two-piece! This look will make for the perfect accent that your bridesmaids will love, especially for spring and summertime I do’s.

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Fun Bridesmaid Proposals

Sisters, cousins, middle school besties, freshman year roommates…most likely, you had your girls by your side long before your man was around. And now that you have a ring, your bridesmaids need some bling too! But don’t just surprise them with regular bracelet or necklace – have it personalized to show how much you truly care for each one of them. Pair your gift with a hand-written note and a bottle of champagne (which you should pop immediately!) for the perfect bridesmaid proposal that you can celebrate over a nice long brunch. Exclusively Weddings has a wide variety of stylish choices that are super easy to personalize – cards, bags and boxes too!

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Ditch the Standard Menu

While a filet or crab cake is always tasty, gone are the days of the standard buffet. Spice up the offering with something unique: think brick oven pizza, a taco bar or even a sushi chef! Remember, while the day is TOTALLY about you and your fiancé, you definitely want your guests to have a fun time too. And serving awesome, delicious food is one way to easily accomplish that. Does your venue require you use their own catering service? Don’t fret – you can totally achieve the same effect with an ice cream sundae bar – or take the quirkiness up a notch with an actual ice cream truck waiting outside as your guests leave!

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Your Wedding, Your Way: Every Detail Counts

How many weddings did you attend last year that were exactly like the rest? Probably a few, considering 2.3 million couples in the United States get married every year. Using your creativity to put individual, unique touches can go a long way towards making your big day stand out – and we just don’t mean coming up with a clever #brangelina style hashtag. Let your personality really shine through with these tips:

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Don’t Be Cookie Cutter (with the Cake!)

Gone are the days of your standard white wedding cake. There are so many emerging trends this year that really push the limits of tradition (even black wedding cakes!) and will get your ideas (and sweet tooth) rolling. Naked cakes have paved the way for our new favorite, the drip cake, and the emergence of crystals and their healing powers enters the wedding desserts world with an assortment of geode-themed cakes. The detail that goes into hand-painted and textured cakes is breathtaking and will really wow your guests.

Your cake topper is also a great opportunity to throw tradition to the wind and add a unique, personalized touch. Replace the old-fashioned arm-in-arm bride and groom with something that shows off your personality. Unlike some other smaller décor details of your reception, the cake topper is sure to make a prominent appearance in all of your cake cutting pictures! Need some inspiration? We’re just in love with this rustic (yet timeless!) We Do topper. Looking for a more contemporary look: you’ll love our Modern Acrylic Square topper.

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You’ve Got a New Last Name – Why Not Flaunt It?!

One of the craziest parts of getting married is your name change (if you decide to go that route, of course). No doubt you’ll have a full-blown freak out (in a good way!) the first time you see your new name written down. And if you’re anything like us, your closet is stocked full of monogrammed gear, so your wardrobe is going to need some serious updating. Our personalized white sun hats are a fan favorite, and the perfect accessory to rock on the beach during your bachelorette party too!

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DIY Done Right

If you’re the creative type, crafting can be a super enjoyable part of the wedding planning process. Who wouldn’t love to have your girls over, pop a bottle of Prosecco, and whip out the hot glue gun? Now, we don’t mean your entire venue needs to look like a Pinterest board IRL. But, some small handmade touches, such as our hand-painted table numbers or scrapbook-style photo displays can add legit personality to your venue. Just don’t wait until the last minute, since every DIY project in the history of DIY projects has always taken longer than expected.

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Bridesmaid Appreciation Day

Over the past few months, your bridesmaids have worked their butts off planning your shower and your bachelorette extravaganza, all the while keeping an eye on your nutty Aunt Sandra. Show them some appreciation for keeping you sane by giving a meaningful, hand-picked gift. Most brides do give something day-of to their maids, but many end up giving the same bulk gift to each bridesmaid. Go a step above by personalizing each gift for your girls. Our engraved cocktail shakers are always a huge hit. And no surprise there – who isn’t ready for a stiff drink after all of this planning?!

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Three Things We Can Learn from Meghan and Harry

The time leading up to your wedding day should be the happiest time of your life. The stress of planning, however, can easily put a damper on the romance of your big day. Don’t let it get to the point where you spend more time with your to-do list than your fiancé — take a page out of the newly-official Royal Couple’s book in order to enjoy every moment leading up to your day.

Okay, so you may not *officially* be becoming a princess, but you should totally still feel like one. And when was the last time the Duchess of Cambridge was stressed out? I mean, they all get a butler, right?

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  1. Don’t Worry about Anyone Else

There won’t be any topping of William and Kate’s 2011 nuptials, nor should there be. Harry and Meghan’s wedding will be unique to their relationship, just as you and your future hubby’s own wedding should be. Even with the massive pressure Harry and Meghan will be facing to keep all of the Royal Family traditions, there’s no doubt there will still be a few special, personal touches added to the day – possibly as quirky as a banana flavored wedding cake, Prince Harry’s personal favorite flavor! And don’t feel pressured to match the extravagance or size of a someone else’s wedding, either. Try to keep it intimate – not only will a smaller guest list save you money, but you also won’t feel like you only got to spend a split second of your reception with each of your 350 guests.

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  1. Sacrifices Will Be Inevitable

The soon-to-be princess can also teach us to never lose sight of the bigger picture. Yes, your wedding day will be the best day of your lives, but you’re also beginning a lifelong commitment to marriage. By accepting Harry’s proposal, not only has Meghan decided to give up her career, but she’s also agreed to live a life forever in the public eye. Now, some might say it’s a no-brainer to trade off some privacy in order to marry into the Royal Family. But being in the constant public eye is NOT easy, and Meghan’s status is going to be elevated beyond just that of a celebrity. Harry’s public message from 2016 pleading with the media to give them space goes to show exactly the type of challenges the soon-to-be newlyweds will continue to face for the rest of their lives. What’s this mean for you? Yes, centerpieces are important. But not as important as committing to move for the other when that job promotion takes you to the opposite coast, or realizing that yeahhh, he really is allergic to dogs and your future pet scene may involve aquariums instead.

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  1. Don’t Let Family Drama Stress You Out

If anyone tells you they don’t have family drama, they are lying (even if they are royalty!). Samantha Markle has been very vocal about her newly engaged half-sister’s relationship with their family, and certainly hasn’t sugarcoated it. Even more, William and Kate’s newest addition could easily make its first public appearance on May 19th and steal quite a bit of attention from the bride and groom – sometimes it just happens that way. And just like any wedding, there will also be much scrutiny (and probably even some bickering) in regard to the guest list and seating arrangements. So, keep in mind that even with a seemingly unlimited budget and resources like Meghan and Harry have, there’s still no avoiding family stress and drama for your big day.

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Wedding Planning: Let’s Get Down to Business

Way down the road into your happily ever after, you and your spouse will both look back at your wedding and reminisce – and not just about the big day, but also about all of the big moments leading up to it. So why not get this year started off with a bang of productivity in order to reduce last minute stress and allow yourself to enjoy every second?

Nail Down the Weekend-Of Logistics

You’ve already made major headway into planning – dress? Check. Honeymoon? Booked. Obviously, you tackled the fun stuff first. But now is the time to discuss the general flow of the day with your hubby-to-be. For example, deciding whether or not you’d like to do a first look or not may seriously impact the day’s timeline, and could mean you need fewer (or more!) hours for the limo rental and photographer. Will you have a lot of out of town guests? If so, keep in mind that for some venues, securing a block of hotel rooms nearby can be surprisingly difficult, so make sure to get on top of that pronto.

Start a Journal (if you haven’t already!)

With every decision comes ten more nitty-gritty details too. Feel like you’re forgetting everything? Find a small journal or notepad you can carry around in your purse for the next few months. That way, when you’re out for drinks with a girlfriend and the perfect phrase for your bachelorette t-shirts strikes, you can jot it down. You can also keep important dates and vendor phone numbers all in one place without having to dig four months back into your email’s inbox. Check out this Kate Spade bride2be notebook – it’s absolutely adorable, and you won’t believe how cheap it is!

Figure Out Your Money Sitch Now

Do chardonnay and a calculator go together? They do now. Grab both, and set aside a few hours to really wrap your head around all of your wedding expenses. Getting on top of your finances early is so important. For example, knowing that you’re going to have to pay both the photographer’s deposit AND the balance of your dress in the same week could save you lots of stress when it comes down to crunch time. This Wedding Cost Estimator can be a really helpful tool – and eye-opening if you’re still in the early stages of planning.

Of course, weddings are insanely expensive (especially if you and the fiancé are paying for most of it yourselves), but make sure you can stomach the amount you’re charging on your credit card. Otherwise, maybe consider rolling back a few add-ons. Meaning, do you really need the “ultra-deluxe lighting package” from the DJ when your venue is already stunning on its own? Also, vendors that let you order samples before shelling out any major cash are a huge plus. You can order a variety of free samples of Save the Dates and Invitations from Exclusively Weddings here.

Checklists, Calendars and More Checklists

Now, we don’t want to steal the spotlight from your big day, but chances are that you probably have *at least* one or two other weddings this year to attend besides your own. That’s a few weekends that you can kiss goodbye to using for planning your own wedding, especially if you’re involved in throwing the bridal shower or attending the bachelorette too. Did your wedding just get once month closer in terms of planning? Don’t freak out! You’re going to accomplish SO much during the next few weeks, remember?

Our tips:

  • As long as you set mini-milestones for each month, you’ll totally be fine and motivated to keep making progress
  • Post a calendar just for wedding planning on your fridge as a visual reminder you’ll see every day in order to stay on top or your tasks
  • Don’t leave anything you can do ahead of time for the 30 days leading up to your wedding. Stuffing welcome bags for hotel guests? Addressing envelopes for invitations? Who cares if the wedding is still eight months away, get that stuff done now! That way, when your dress finally comes in and you need (surprise!) three extra fittings and more alterations than you expected (hey, just being realistic here), you’ll be glad to have all of the easy minutiae done with way ahead of time

Still feeling overwhelmed? Get our free wedding countdown planner checklist here to help keep you on track.

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Ringing in 2018…with Wedding Bells

The good news: The stress of the holidays is over – phew, time to relax. The bad news The amazing news In other news…you’re getting married this year! And if you’re like most brides, January brings a sudden onset of panic that you’ve fallen way behind in planning and/or are wondering where to start.

That’s where we come in. First, don’t fret – even if you’re having a spring wedding, there’s still plenty of time to get everything done. Even more important, there’s nothing more powerful than a productive, can-do mindset. Try these tips to tackle January and get the best year of your life started off on the right foot!

Focus on Yourself

This year is going to inevitably be a roller coaster of stress and excitement – so why not get your mental health in as best shape as possible to start? Even taking fifteen minutes to pamper yourself every night can go a long way in boosting your mood, reducing stress, and feeling energized. After a busy day of planning, unwind by lighting some candles, putting on some cozy socks and throwing on a facemask. Personally, we can’t get enough of this pore clearing charcoal mask by Origins. Don’t forget, every bride feels overwhelmed at some point during the wedding planning process. So, when you feel like running for the hills, try running a hot bath instead.

Detox a Little Bit of Everything

There’s nothing less productive than setting unrealistic resolutions you’ll break six days in. Instead, try slowly cutting back on things out that will in turn make you feel refreshed, healthy, and happy in the long run. That extra glass of wine after dinner? Opt for a large glass of water before bed instead. Headed to brunch with your MOH? Fill up on some fruit before jumping into the breakfast casserole. Many Pure Barre and Orangetheory locations are running awesome deals for new members for the New Year. And we don’t just mean cutting out alcohol and calories – try to detox the negativity in your life, too. That girl from high school that you loathe who is (of course) getting married two weeks before you? Unfollow!

Cross that One Thing You’re Dreading Off Your List

January is the perfect time to check that pesky task you’ve been avoiding off your to-do list. The cold weather makes for less temptation for plans (hibernation, anyone?), so you may find a few free weekends on your hands. Even if your big day is still nine or ten months away, take advantage and get those time-consuming DIY crafts started, or get dress shopping with your impossible-to-please mother-in-law checked off your list now. Still haven’t ordered your invitations? Check out our elegant Pearl Pleasure embossed invites and check that off your list too!

Make Time for Date Night with the Fiancé

Remember, as stressful and expensive as planning a wedding can be, you should still enjoy the process. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a weekend off from planning completely and grab dinner and drinks at your favorite local spot with the fiancé! This is the only (and brief) time in your lives that you’ll be engaged, so make sure to celebrate the anticipation of the big day that’s just around the corner.

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10 Tips for Surviving Your First Year of Marriage

The idea of “surviving” your first year of marriage may seem strange. “Of course, we’ll survive!” you’re probably thinking. “Not only survive, but it’s going to be awesome!” And the truth is that you are absolutely right. Your first year of marriage is absolutely incredible, filled with so many more “firsts”, so many adventures, so much love. Most couples do make it through their first year of marriage, and they do so without a hitch. That doesn’t, however, mean that the first year is unimportant. And that doesn’t mean that it’s always easy.

The first year of marriage is the foundation for the rest of your marriage. And while most couples do fine, they miss out on opportunities to create a relationship that will get them through those harder times down the road. So many couples find themselves so busy their first year of marriage, with careers, home hunting, family planning, etc., that they overlook key things. And these things are what can mean the difference from a long, happy marriage and one that is short, unhappy, or both.

10 tips for surviving first year of marriage

These ten tips are what help separate the couples that last from the couples that don’t. While some seem obvious, especially at the beginning, towards the middle and end of the first year they start to be overlooked – or just not thought of as being that important. But remember, they are important. And by doing them you will find yourself not only surviving your first year, but decades more to come too.

1. Learn To Communicate What You Want

Throughout your marriage you’ll discover that communication is key. In fact, you’ve probably already heard people tell you this and have learned it from past relationships too. But knowing you should communicate and actually doing it on a daily basis are two entirely different things. Men and women speak a different language. Here’s a simple example: A woman might say, “Gosh, the trash has gotten so full in the kitchen,” meaning, “Hey, husband of mine, take out the trash.” The man, on the other hand, only hears, “The trash is full,” and looking over will agree, totally missing the message to actually do something about it.

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This doesn’t mean your husband is a bad guy – it just means it didn’t get what you wanted him to do. Cut to the chase ladies and say what you want, “Take out the trash.” It will save you both a lot of frustration.

And, this works for everything. Want to go on a date? Tell him! Want to try that new restaurant? Tell him! Want more flowers on the table when you get home? Tell him!

2. Continue Dating

Some couples feel that once they’ve sealed the deal, they no longer have to worry about dating. But dating is what keeps the magic alive when you’re married. Now that you are both seeing each other all the time, some of the spark starts to fade. Continuing to date give you both a reason to get dressed up and to get out of the house. Some of the happiest couples are the ones that manage to work in weekly date nights, no matter how busy life is. They make it a priority to make each other feel special. Don’t underestimate the power of having something fun to look forward to on a regular basis.

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3. Learn Each Other’s Love Language

There are numerous books and blogs out there about the concept of “love languages”. And while some may come across as cheesy, the basic message behind it is super important. Everyone receives love differently and has a natural tendency to give love differently as well. When you know each other’s love language, you are better equipped at knowing what “little” things will make a big difference. 

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For example, your wife might receive love through gifts, which means that bringing home small tokens of your affection (flowers, coffee, a book) regularly will keep her feeling loved (i.e. happy). If her love language is gifts, chances are she will give you lots of gifts herself. But if that’s not your love language, you might start to feel like you’re not getting what you need – like physical touch or words of affirmation.

Knowing from the beginning how your partner best receives love is a sure-fire way to keep you both feeling good (and can help get you out of trouble when you find yourself in a hole). Not sure what your love language is, take this quiz to find out!

4. Talk About Long-Term Goals

Most couples, long before marriage, have discussed their long-term goals, hopefully as individuals and as a couple. But not all of this registers the same way until you are married. Your husband might have told you years ago that he wanted a big family, something you found endearing on that date. “Aww, what a sweet family man!” But now that you recognize you would be the one having those five children, it might not seem so wonderful. Or maybe it does! The point is that the sooner you get on the same page about the big things (where you see yourself in five years, ten years in your family, your career, etc.), the better prepared you both will be when it’s time to actually make those decisions.

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5. Don’t Take Mistakes Too Seriously

It’s easy to blow things out of proportion, but it’s important to remember that your marriage is just beginning. There is a lot to learn in this first year, which means lots of mistakes will be made by you both. And while it’s crucial that you communicate about how you feel, try to remember that you have a lifetime together to get things right. Give your partner the benefit of the doubt, laugh about what happened, and start fresh the next day. Life’s too short to waste your time holding grudges or feeling upset. Take a deep breath, tell them what they did wrong, and move on.

6. See The Romance Behind The Little Things 

When you spend a good portion of every day together, when you’re starting to take on those daily roles of cleaning the house, grocery shopping, cooking, etc., it’s easy to overlook the little things. But these little things are reminders of how much you love one another and of the commitment you have made. Instead of finding yourself complaining about your partner not doing extravagant things to show their love to you, take a step back and look at all of the little things they are doing to help keep your day-to-day life happy.

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7. Have Lots of Sex Good Sex

This, hopefully, is a no-brainer, but it’s actually fairly shocking how many couples stop having (good) sex within that first year of marriage. Sex for many couples suddenly turns into an expectation, something to check off their to-do list (Each other? Check!). But that’s not what marriage (or sex) is all about. Good sex should be about making sure the other person gets what they need while simultaneously making sure you are getting what you need. Your sex life should be fulfilling and exciting for both of you. The second it isn’t, you need to hop on a cruise, order champagne service, and remind yourself.

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8. Learn Something New Together

Looking for a way to take care of date nights and lots of good sex? Learning something new together is another staple behind relationships that last. Try taking dance lessons or learning a new language. Start a garden or read the same book together. Learn about wine or motorcycles or weather patterns! Find cooking classes to go to together. Seriously, learning anything new together is fun. And the best part is that it ensures you’re spending time together (perhaps laughing at each other) – and that’s a big part of a happy, successful marriage.

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9. Take Trips Together To New Places

Whether it’s Spain or Cincinnati, traveling together is important. It gets you out of what can become your daily rut (wake up, work, eat, go to bed) and gives you both something to look forward to. So many couples only travel when they feel like they can do something big, which itself is a big mistake. Don’t overestimate the power of the day trip or the weekend getaway. Go explore your town together. Hop in the car and eat the world’s best cheeseburger. Go to local festivals. Go to … wherever!

The big picture behind this is that not only will you be making memories together, but you’ll be experiencing new things (a la dating), and spending time together (which, in case you haven’t been paying attention, is kind of key to having a successful marriage!)

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10. Don’t Neglect Your Life 

Yes, you love your partner. And we’re sure you want to do everything you can to make sure your marriage works. But you absolutely cannot forget to neglect the things that are important to you – your friends, your family, your passions. So many couples, in the name of love, forget to take time for themselves, especially in the first year. Don’t miss out on girl’s nights or guy’s nights. Don’t feel bad about taking a day to yourself to go do something you love. Yes, sacrifice is part of marriage, but the second you start to feel unhappy, chances are, your partner is unhappy too.

Schedule time each week for you both to do something on your own that you love. Just make sure that, when you see each other later, the sex is really, really good.

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5 Things Every Bride Should Do On Her Wedding Day

No, this isn’t a list of the things you are already planning on doing, like getting your hair done, getting pictures taken, showing up … Most brides have their big days planned months in advance, being sure that all of the major must-dos are taken care of. And while each bride is planning to ensure that everything will go accordingly to plan (with only one “hitch!”), in hindsight, many look back, wishing that they would have done some things a little bit differently.

The main moral of the story: How YOU are feeling is the most important part of the entire day.

So many brides are so absorbed in their to-do lists, wanting to be a part of each and every detail, that they miss out on the big stuff.

These five things (yes, add them ALL to your list), will help you not only enjoy your big day, but will make sure that, when you look back on it, it was as special and magical as you had hoped for.

  1. Wake Up Early: Before you start lamenting and saying, “It’s my wedding day! Why in the world would I want to wake up early!”, let’s think about it for just a minute. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life – why would you want to take a minute from it? Waking up early allows you extra time to relax and to soak up each and every moment. Those quiet moments in the early morning, whether by yourself or with the people that mean the most to you, will be the most reflective, peaceful moments of your entire day. Have a cup of coffee (or a mimosa!) and take e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g in.

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  1. Don’t Worry: Let’s try that again. Don’ worry, too much. You will worry. You’ll worry about the big things and the little things, the things you can control and those that you can’t. But there are some things on your wedding day that you just have to let go of. There are so many moments where you should take advantage of just being present, rather than worrying about if the drinks are being served on time, if your aunt has arrived yet, and if anyone is signing the guest book. As much as you can, take a deep breath, remind yourself of how happy you are, and let other people do the worrying for you!

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  1. Do Something Extra Special: “I’m getting married! Isn’t that special enough?” Yes! Of course it is! But those little extra special things before you say “I do” can help make it even more memorable – and they can help you relax too! What is something you love? What is something you’ve always wanted to do? Things like getting a massage in the morning, having a private yoga class for you and your bridal party, finally trying that breakfast or brunch place everyone has been talking about can help you get in the mindset that, yes, this is an extraordinary day.

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  1. Find Ways to Say Thank You: No wedding can happen without people. From your parents to your family, your wedding planner to your best friend, your wedding is the culmination of amazing relationships. While no one is arguing that it isn’t your big day, saying “thank you” to those you love and appreciate is a great way to make everyone happy. Try writing thank you cards in advance, letters, or arranging for a small token of appreciation (like flowers) to show up on doorsteps and hotel rooms (hint: we also have wedding favors your guests will love).

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  1. Don’t Miss It: This isn’t referring to a Runaway Bride situation. In fact, this is far more common than that. So many brides, so caught up in the day’s schedule and the goal of attaining perfection, completely miss out on their day. They miss out on really seeing how beautiful the flowers ended up looking, how good the cake tasted, how spectacular they looked, how amazing their now-to-be husbands are. Remind yourself to take deep breaths. Remind yourself to pause and look around. Remind yourself that, yes, today really is just that fabulous.

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Ideas for Your Vintage Rustic Wedding

A stunning field of lavender was the backdrop for the spectacular wedding of Lauren and Chris in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia.

The wedding theme was “vintage rustic” and the beautiful wedding photos will give you lots of great ideas that you can incorporate in to your own wedding.

When asked how she chose the vintage rustic theme, Lauren says, “Chris and I are both very laid back people who love spending time outdoors! If given the choice we would always choose vintage and wood over modern and glitz. When we look at lifestyle, from our clothing to the interior in our apartment, we knew that a vintage/rustic theme would best reflect our personality as a couple. We wanted to have a wedding that we wouldn’t look back at photos of in 50 years and cringe at our decoration choices; therefore neutral, natural and vintage elements were all used to hopefully produce a timeless wedding.”

The setting is gorgeous!
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Lauren’s lovely all-white bouquet is made of peonies and accented with cameos, to give it a personal touch.
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The bridesmaids’ bouquets are complementary to the bride’s but use soft pink peonies instead of white.
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The aisle décor is perfect for the wedding style and the tree decorated with flowers is an unexpected and creative touch!
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The display at the beverage station shows how to take something from average to exceptional. The addition of the fruit at the base of the dispensers adds a decorator’s touch.
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The display of flowers hung from the ceiling is breathtaking!
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The all-white cake uses lots of texture to create a stunning creation.
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The yummy dessert bar offers little bags so guests can take goodies home with them.
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Milk and cookies is a great way to end the evening in a gracious show of hospitality.
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The lavender field is the perfect backdrop for romantic photos.
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More details from the bride, Lauren:

How did you select your wedding dress?
Much like our wedding theme, I wanted something elegant and timeless! I have never been the biggest fan of giant princess dresses… They’re just not me… So from day one I was always trying on fitted or lightly flowing gowns. Suzanne Hardward has always been an inspiration for me; the garments they produce are absolutely stunning! I had seen footage of a Suzanne Hardward runway show, showcasing their newest wedding dress designs, and the coloured ribbon used on this gown immediately caught my eye. When I tried it on for the first time my mum bawled her eyes out, I guess that was the reaction I was aiming for (happy tears of course).

Tell us about your reception:
Our reception was full of laughter and tears, but it was absolutely perfect! The décor blew me away, our whole set up looked even more beautiful than I could have imagined! By the time our reception started the sun began to set yet the weather was still nice and warm. Our guests were constantly commenting on how stunning everything looked, how delicious all of the food was, and how happy we both looked. Our speeches had us both in stitches; I’ve never laughed and cried so hard at the same time in my life! My bridesmaids had to fix my makeup multiple times, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

What was the highlight of your day?
Apart from the obvious (marrying Chris), I think the fun that everyone had dancing and singing together after the speeches at our reception really topped off our night! This was probably the first time that we had all of the people who really mean the most to us, in the one venue, and everyone was just so happy. I really didn’t want the night to end even though I was absolutely exhausted! Thinking about all of our friends and family goofing around together; age differences between people, and whether they actually knew each other or not meant nothing to anyone, because we were all celebrating the same thing together. Thinking about our entire day still brings a smile to my face every time!

Wedding Photographer: Blumenthal Photography – blumenthalphotography.com.au

Vendors:
Venue:
Sault – Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
Event Styling & Planning: A Lavish Affair
Wedding Gown: Suzanne Harward
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: White Runway
Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang
Groomsmen Attire: Raffaele Ciuca
Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw
Cake: Cake Face (Call Me Cakeface)
Rings: Just Me Jewellery

Editor’s Pick – The 3 Best Bridal Boots for a Snowy Winter Wedding

thumbnail uggsIf you are planning a winter wedding, there is always the chance of snow and it’s best to be prepared, just in case. Yes, you have your lovely wedding shoes but you will probably be thankful to have a pair of warm boots, too!

I think that when it is snowy outside, a pair of boots somehow just looks more at one with the weather than dainty shoes! If you plan to wear boots at some point on your wedding day, there are three styles of boots that I think work really well for brides and they are  ….
Lace-Up
Uggs
Hunter Wellies

[I have provided links below for the boots featured in the collages.]

Lace-Up Boots:
Lace-Up Boots have the look of ice skates and a feminine vibe to them. They are not overly “clunky” and I think they pair really well with a wedding gown in an outdoor scenario. If this is the style you want, you probably won’t have any trouble finding lots of choices, including styles with fur trim and pom poms.
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Ugg Boots: A few years ago Ugg Australia introduced a line of bridal boots but they quit offering them not too long ago. Luckily, there are some stores that still have them (see links below). If you think you want Uggs from their bridal collection, my advice is to get them now. The supply is dwindling. Of course, the regular Ugg boots are plentiful and you can even design your own. The beige pair on the last row below was created using the “Ugg-By-You” feature. Since Uggs come in a variety of colors, it will be easy to coordinate with your bridesmaids, so that you are wearing the same basic style of boots.The_3_Best_Bridal_Boots_for_a_Snowy_Winter_Wedding_-_Ugg Boots

Hunter Wellies: Hunter boots are most well-known as rain boots, but they work well in snow, also. They are a good choice if you want a boot that comes in lots of fun colors. Porcelain Blue Hunter BootsI love their Porcelain Blue color. It has a bridal look to me and can be your “something blue”. Or you may want to wear boots that match the color of your bridesmaids’ dresses. You have lots of choices with Hunter boots.

Oh, in case you wonder why boots in this style are called “Wellies” … They have a long history, having been made popular in the 1800s by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and they became “the” boot for outdoor wear by British aristocracy.
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Collages created by Sher Silver.

Where to find the featured boots:
Collage 1 – Lace-Up: [Row 1] Two versions of the same boot – Ugg Australia [Row 2] ZulilyZulily – Collage 2 – Ugg Australia: [Row 2] Neiman-Marcus [Row 3] Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus [Row 4] Ugg Australia (Design Your Own), Zappos – Collage 3 – Hunter Wellies: Zappos

Photo credits for wedding photos:Collage Photo Credits

The Secret to a Perfect Moscow Mule Cocktail

bride with moscow muleEven though the Moscow Mule cocktail first became popular in the 1940s and was the “it drink” for many years, it eventually lost its popularity. However, the Moscow Mule has made a comeback in a big way!

Soooo, you may be wondering  what’s the “secret” that is mentioned in my title. Well here it is… The “secret” to making the perfect Moscow Mule is the copper mug that has been associated with the cocktail since its inception. While the Moscow Mule is a delicious combination of vodka mixed with fizzy ginger beer (non-alcoholic) and tart lime, the use of a copper mug makes this great cocktail even better!

One reason the copper mug is such a great complement to the Moscow Mule is that copper becomes cool very quickly and your yummy cocktail will be extra-frosty! Just keep your hands away from the wall of the mug and it will stay icy cold.

And not only does the copper mug keep your cocktail perfectly chilled, it also makes a great presentation. And after all, when it comes to cocktails, the presentation is key. The signature copper mug takes the Moscow Mule to another level!

The Moscow Mule copper mug makes a great bridesmaid and groomsmen gift and you also might want to consider having this distinctive drink as your “signature wedding cocktail”. Exclusively Weddings added the traditional Moscow Mule mug (shown in photos here) to our product selection this year. There are two types of copper mugs: lined and unlined. Most of the best manufacturers line the interior of their mugs with a protective, food-safe nickel interior and that is the high-quality version that Exclusively Weddings sells. Moscow Mule at Exclusively Weddings.

Here is the recipe for you below. Some recipes call for a little more or little less of this or that but this recipe is my favorite. You can have fun experimenting.

moscow-mule-roundMoscow Mule Recipe:
Ingredients:
2 oz. vodka, 4 oz. ginger beer, 1/2 oz. lime juice, 1 lime wedge and 1 copper mug.

Preparation:
Add the lime juice and vodka to a Moscow Mule mug.  Fill the mug with ice cubes. Add the ginger beer. Stir. Garnish with the lime wedge. Tip: All ingredients should be cold. Chill the mug, also.

Below are images I created to make it easy for you to save the recipe to your Pinterest board or your computer. Enjoy!

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Photo of bride: Carrie Patterson Photography

How the Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire Help Create Your Perfect Wedding Theme

groomThe overall look of the wedding is most apparent in two places: One is the processional and the image that the bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen create as they walk down the aisle and participate in the ceremony. And the other is in the photos of the wedding party.

The attire that the wedding party wears plays big part in creating a beautiful vision in this once-in-a-lifetime event. When thinking of wedding party attire, it is usually the bridesmaid dresses that come to mind. But the groom’s and groomsmen’s attire are just as important.

When choosing attire for the men, it is best to have the groom’s attire slightly different from the groomsmen’s. Examples of this can be seen in the three weddings featured below. In the first one, the groom wears a different suit and tie from his groomsmen but they blend perfectly. In the second one, the groom wears a white tie, pocket square and boutonnière while the groomsmen wear red. In the third one, the groom wears a jacket while the groomsmen wear vests. His tie is different also. These subtle differences are perfectly executed and allow the groom to stand out from the other men in the wedding party, yet create a visually appealing look.

The formality of the men’s attire should match the formality of the wedding. If you are having a black-tie (or white-tie) wedding, it really makes it easier because most everything in their attire is already established. However, if the style of your wedding means that the men will wear suits, you and your groom have lots of decisions to make!

Take a look at the pictures below and you can see how perfectly the men’s attire complements the bridesmaids’ dresses and what a beautiful vision they create together. A cohesive look as seen below gives the most impact, helps create gorgeous wedding photos and makes wedding guests say “wow”!

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Check out our Pinterest board: Groom and Groomsmen Wedding Attire

Blog posts on Bridesmaids dresses:
Bridesmaid Dresses – Eight Awesome Options
10 Things You Must Know About Long Bridesmaid Dresses
10 Mistakes to Avoid With Short Bridesmaid Dresses

Add Glamour to Your Wedding with Sequin Bridesmaid Dresses

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If you want to add glamour to your wedding, consider having your bridesmaids wear dresses with sequins. Your first thought might be that you don’t want your bridesmaids to outshine the bride. And you also might be thinking that sequins could take away from the elegant and tasteful look you want to achieve for your ceremony. Those certainly are legitimate concerns but with a few simple guidelines, you can definitely pull off having your bridesmaids sparkle!

Tips for Sequin Bridesmaids Dresses:
1.  Choose a dress with sleeves.
2.  Choose a neutral color.
3.  Keep the style simple.
4.  Consider mixing sequins with fabric, especially if using a color.

With sequins you have to be careful that your bridesmaids don’t look like they are going partying! Having them wear dresses with sleeves will really help in that regard. Sleeves with sequins creates a chic and tasteful overall look for your bridesmaids.
Sequin Bridesmaid Dresses with Sleeves

You may want to consider having your bridesmaids mix and match to have sequins only on the top or bottom. The look achieved by the bridesmaids in the first photo below is one that really makes sequins work to perfection.  This is also a good choice if your bridesmaids are wearing sequins in a non-neutral color. It will help tone down the whole effect.

As shown in the second photo, pairing sequins with a tailored, short dress achieves instant sophistication. The simple, straight-lined skirt creates an elegant look.
Tailored Bridesmaid Dresses with Sequins

Sequin bridesmaid dresses look best when they are in a neutral color — that is what makes them work so well. Choose beige, rose gold, gold, silver, pewter and other similar neutrals and you can’t go wrong. The bridesmaids below look amazing in their neutral, sequined dresses.

Bridesmaid Dresses with Sequins

You may be wondering how sequin bridesmaid dresses would look in an actual wedding. Here is a link to the wedding pictured above. This is a really gorgeous wedding and having the bridesmaids wearing sequins makes it even better.
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See our Bridesmaids Pinterest Board for lots of ideas for bridesmaid dresses. We have over 125 boards full of photos and ideas for everything wedding related:
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Add Chevron to Your Wedding Decor for Instant Pizzazz

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As you are planning your wedding and thinking about your wedding decor, you may want to consider using a pop of pattern rather than all solids. If so, you may want to consider using chevron.

We all have seen our fair share of polka dots and stripes, but if you want a design that is on trend, consider adding chevron to some aspect of your wedding decor. You can use chevron for your wedding cake, centerpieces, table decor, wedding invitations and even your bridesmaids gifts. Chevron has such a fresh and modern look to it and it will really add pizzazz to whatever you add it to.

I’ve put together some ideas for you so you can see how well chevron can fit in to your wedding.

Chevron Wedding Cake: Chevron is a “natural” for wedding cakes. The pattern can add a new dimension to your solid-color cake. It can work wonderfully on all styles of cakes as shown below …. from rustic to glam!
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Chevron Table Decor: If you want to add instant sophistication and a decorator’s touch to your reception tables, add chevron! A chevron table runner, centerpiece, napkins or chair decorations will take your decor up a notch. The key is to just use it once or maybe twice at the most. Too much chevron is not good! As you can see below, these gorgeous tables use chevron aisle runners to tie all the elements of the tables together. If you are using chevron on large tables, you will get the most impact using a bold chevron design.
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Exclusively Weddings loves chevron! Your wedding invitations in a chevron design can be the bridge that ties your theme together. Go a step further and give your bridesmaids gifts that incorporate chevron, too! Have fun with this playful pattern!
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Our Chevron Pinterest Board has lots more ideas from Exclusively Weddings.
Our Chevron Wedding Cake and Decor board has more ideas, too!

Photo Credits: Cakes – [1]The Red Dirt Bride/ByCherry Photography [2]Glow Weddings & Events [Sweet and Saucy Shop [3]Cake Chooser[4] The Little Umbrella/Alecia Lauren Photoraphy – Decor – [1]100 Layer Cake/Sandy Tam Photography [2] A Low Country Wedding [3] Wedding Chicks/Mark Brooke Photography [4]Project Wedding/Kristina Cipolla Photography [5] Storyboard Wedding/BSG Photography

Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don’t Want to Miss

Your wedding photos will be treasured mementos of your wedding day for the rest of your life.  In most cases, your photographer will chronicle the day and you’ll have a photo of just about every detail as it unfolded. Some photographers do staged “fun” shots of the couple and/or bridesmaids. but I wonder how much those shots will really be treasured. To be honest, some can look a bit “cheesy” and they take a lot of time to organize, photograph, etc. And is the result really something that you will treasure?

When you meet with your photographer, you should have the opportunity to go over the shots that you want included, the special people you want photographed, etc. To help you narrow down the shots that will mean something to you long after the wedding, I want to share 5 photos that aren’t to be missed …  that aren’t “cheesy” and that will hold up over time … that will serve you now and for years to come.

1. Bridesmaid’s relation to bride
2. Bridesmaids in their “getting ready” spa robes
3. The couple with their pet
4. The guests forming a heart
5. An artistic photo of the couple

And the most important aspect of these photos is that they are perfect for framing … either in a typical 5″ x 7″ or 8″ x 10″ size but even bigger on canvas!

Bridesmaid’s relation to bride. I’m not much for gimmicky photos but I really think this is cute. The boards will indicate when the bride and bridesmaid met. Some add the date to the board, as well. Just be sure that it is shot in non-glaring light so that the words can be easily read.  I think this is a fun photo idea, but not cheesy!
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Bridesmaids in their “getting ready” spa robes. Another bridesmaids’ shot that shouldn’t be missed is of your bridesmaids getting ready for the ceremony in their spa robes. This is a chance for your girls to be in a relaxed pose, having fun, yet not be wearing their bridesmaids dresses. I do like the technique used in the photo below of having the bridesmaids dresses in the photo, but not being worn.
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The couple with their pet. If you have a pet that means a lot to you as a couple, having him or her as part of your wedding in some way is a must! Here is a photo idea that will mean the world to you over the years.
Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don't Want to Miss - Dog Paw

The guests forming a heart. Most photographers don’t try to get a shot of all wedding guests together! But if done as shown below, you have a great view of all your guests and a keepsake photo that is worthy of being framed. I’ve seen this type of shot done from all sorts of angles. Some are from very high up and while the heart shape does look good, the guests themselves don’t show up very well. I think there is a happy medium such as shown below. The heart is still visible but yet most of the guests can be  identified. Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don't Want to Miss - Guests in Shape of a Heart

An artistic photo of the couple. And while you are looking your best and have a photographer at hand, why not do a once-in-a-lifetime artistic shot of the two of you. A keepsake that you will enlarge to a huge size and hang on the wall to be a lasting memento of your big day and serve as a work of art, as well. To be truly artistic and evoke emotion it needs a special touch and if you have a great photographer they should be able to capture this for you. This is not just a photo of the two you but one that has the right setting and the right emotional appeal.  It’s hard to explain what makes an artistic shot, but you will know it when you see it! And to describe it in one word: “EMOTION”!

We have a Pinterest board, Artistic Wedding Photos of the Bride and Groom for lots more ideas.
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Festive Cocktails For Your Winter Wedding

If you are having a winter wedding, you might want to consider having a signature cocktail that reflects the season. If not for your wedding, then maybe for your rehearsal dinner, shower or for holiday entertaining in your home.

Adding a seasonal embellishment to the cocktail immediately gives it a festive air. There are three embellishments that automatically make one think of winter:

Candy Canes
Pomegrantes
Cranberries
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Embellishing a simple cocktail with a candy cane, pomegranates or cranberries immediately makes it say “winter”!

Candy Canes can be added to your cocktail by dipping the glass rim in to crushed candy canes. Dip the rim of the glass in to marshmallow topping or something similar first to help hold the crushed candy cane in place. And you can add a whole candy cane to the glass, as well.
Candy Cane Cocktails

Pomegranates are another element that can be added to “winterize” your cocktails! They are easy to add as an embellishment as shown below.
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Cranberry juice or cranberry cocktail can easily be the base for your signature drink. Cranberries look especially nice when paired with fresh rosemary as an embellishment (as shown below). Just putting cranberries on a decorative toothpick takes your cocktail up a notch!
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More Winter Wedding Cocktails and Wedding Cocktails on Exclusively Weddings’
Pinterest boards.

Collages created by Sher Silver.

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Photo Sources:  Savor Home (Peppermint Piña Colada); The Hopeless Housewife (Madison’s Peppermint Candy Cane Shake) – Pomegranate: Watson’s Catering (Reindeer Bubbles Cocktail); Ring Finger Tan Line (Christmas Tree Cocktail); Self Magazine (Recipe: Pomegranate Cocktail by Patrick Reynolds and POM Wonderful – Cranberries: Gimme Some Oven (Cranberry Margaritas); Food.com (Christmas Cosmopolitan); Creative Culinary (Cranberry Ginger Fizz)

Cozy Wedding Wraps – 5 Stylish Choices to Keep You Warm

If you are having a fall or winter wedding you may want to consider adding a wrap to  your wedding attire. It can create a new dimension to your overall look and at the same time will keep you cozy and warm.

There are quite a few wedding wrap options. Here are 5 great choices for you:

Shawl
Shrug
Cardigan Sweater
Cape
Stole

The style of your wrap should complement your gown and the formality of your wedding. For example, a fur stole would not be the best choice for a casual backyard wedding, but a vintage shawl would be perfect.

And don’t be afraid to add color as seen in many of the photos below. Coordinating the color of your wrap with your flowers creates a beautiful vision.

One way to create a unique look is to look in vintage shops for a wrap that will add a special touch. The last shawl in the first collage below is vintage.

When looking for photos for this post I came across a lot of Etsy sellers who make wedding wraps, so you may want to look in to that option, as well.

Take a look at the collages I created for you below and find the wrap that is perfect for you! There are more choices on our Pinterest board.

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Cozy_Wedding_Wraps_5_Styles_to_Keep_You_Warm_Sweater

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Our Pinterest boards have lots of Autumn and Winter Wedding Ideas.

Collages created by Sher Silver.

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Photo Sources: Shawls: [1]Amber Sue Photography & Design [2]Peonies and  Polaroids Wedding Photography [3]Style Me Pretty/James Christianson Photography – Shrugs: [1] LuvinglyMade Etsy Shop [2]NA [3]BHLDN [4]Style Me Pretty/Carla Ten Eyck Photography – Sweaters: [1]Glamour and Grace/Woodbery Photography [2]NA [3[NA [4]Wedding Chicks [5]Style Me Pretty/Tina Wiebe Photography [6]Ruffled Blog/Haley Sheffield Photography – Capes: [1] Wedding Bee [2]Offbeat Bride [3]Avenia Bridal – Stoles: [1] Project Wedding [2] & [3]]Ruffled Blog/Laura Fair Photography [4]Grace Ormonde Wedding Style

Five Theme Ideas for Your Wonderful Winter Wedding Cake

If you are having a winter wedding, you may be thinking about your cake. Do you want a wedding cake that doesn’t take the season in to consideration at all or do you want to embrace the season and have a cake that will be “at one” with it? If the latter sounds good to you, I have five wonderful winter theme ideas to share with you for your winter wedding cake design:

Winter Wedding  Cake Themes:

Sparkly
Snowman and Snow woman

Gingerbread
Nature
Snowflakes

If you are having an evening wedding, a sparkly wedding cake might be a good choice to capture the season and be appropriate for your level of formality. Silver and clear crystals are especially appropriate for winter as they seem to echo ice, snow and all things wintry more than other metals.
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The snow couple cake works well for an informal winter wedding or if you just like the idea of a snow couple. This type of cake can be whimsical and add a lighthearted touch to your cake.
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Gingerbread is a traditional winter treat and a gingerbread wedding cake can go from simple to sensational. There is no limit to the amount of detail you can include.
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The beautiful berries, pine cones, pine branches, etc. that are prevalent in winter are perfect additions to your wedding cake. If you have a plain cake you can give it a wintry theme by adding decorations from Mother Nature and voilà … you have a winter wedding cake!
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Snowflakes are magical and beautiful and are a perfect addition to your winter wedding cake. They lend themselves to some sparkles, if you want sparkly snowflakes!
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More winter inspiration can be found on our Winter Wedding Cakes and Cupcakes Pinterest Board and Winter Wedding Ideas Pinterest Board. And our popular blog post: Five Must-Have for Your Winter Wedding.

If you’re having a fall wedding you might enjoy Wedding Cake Ideas for Your Fall Wedding.

Collages created by Sher Silver.

Click collage for large view and click again for an even larger view!

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Photo Sources: Sparkly: [1]The Cake Blog, Jenna Rae Cakes, Victoria Anne
Photography [2]Wedding Bee [3]Raise the Cake [4]The Cake Guys [5] The Pastry Studio – Photography by Sherri Meyers – Snow Couple: [1] Little Miss Cake Maker [2] Jacques Pastries [3]dawn.nixon1 Flickr [4] Jacques Pastries – Gingerbread: [1] Inspired by This [2[Wedding Wire [3]My Cake Art by Margi Chambers – Nature: [1]Cakes Decor [2]  – Wedding Chicks [3]The Cocoa Cakery/Photographed by Samantha Erin – Snowflakes: [1]Carlo’s Bakery [2]Pink Cake Box [3]Kelly Ann’s Cake/Flickr

 

Wedding Cake Ideas for Your Fall Wedding

If you are having a wedding in autumn you may want to consider a wedding cake that fits the season. Even if your wedding isn’t a fall-themed event, you may still want to have a wedding cake that reflects the season.

As you decide what you want your fall-themed wedding cake to look like, you may want to consider one of these three themes for your special cake.

Pumpkin Theme
Woodsy Theme
Fall Foliage Theme

The pumpkin is a quintessential fall symbol. As shown below, there are many ways you can incorporate pumpkins in to your wedding cake from making them the centerpiece of the cake to having them serve as a cake topper. Pumpkin-themed cakes often include fall foliage as well.
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If you don’t want a wedding cake that “screams” fall but yet want one that fits the season, you might want to consider a woodsy-themed wedding cake. A woodsy-themed cake uses natural elements such as various ferns and acorns along with colorful leaves. As you can see in the first cake on the second row, there are fall leaves with acorns along with woodsy elements. And while this cake definitely works perfectly for autumn, it is a subtle approach to the season.
Wedding Cake Ideas for Your Fall Wedding - Woodsy

Fall foliage is a natural for a wedding cake. And it combines perfectly with flowers, as shown in the second photo on the top row. There are many ways you can use seasonal foliage/leaves in a fall-themed wedding cake, as shown in the collage below.
Wedding Cake Ideas for Your Fall Wedding - Folliage

 

Collages created by Sher Silver.

Other Exclusively Weddings’ blog posts to help you with your fall wedding are Let Mother Nature Decorate Your Fall Wedding, Orange Color Combinations For Your Fall Wedding, White Pumpkins for Fall Wedding Decor, and Autumn Wedding Decor.

More fall wedding ideas on our Pinterest Board – Fall Wedding Ideas

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Photo Credits: Pumpkin – Nicole Benitez Photography, The Knot, Tasty Fusion, NA, Lovin Oven Cakery – Woodsy – Rustic Wedding Chic, NA, Cake Central, Wedding Clan – Foliage – NA, NA, Brides.com/Mike’s Amazing Cakes/Joshua Gene Photography, Bridal Guide

Your Wedding Colors – Pair Pink With a Neutral for a Groom-Friendly Palette

Ahh Pink! All little girls love pink and lots of big girls do too! It is a classic wedding color that creates a beautiful wedding palette. But let’s face it … pink can be considered a bit too “girly” by your groom and he may not feel the love for it. After all, even for babies …. pink is for girls and blue is for boys.

So, if you love pink and have always dreamed of a pink wedding, consider adding a neutral color to make it more “groom-friendly”.  The addition of a neutral such as gray, silver, brown, black or gold can make a pink wedding color more pleasing to your groom.

Pink and Gray Wedding Colors: I have to admit, I think pink and gray is a gorgeous combination! The gray really brings out the best in pink! It is especially appealing when a soft tone of pink is used, as shown below. This combination is versatile and works just about any time of year and in most all settings.
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Pink and Silver Wedding Colors: If you love pink and gray but want to glam it up a bit, then use silver instead of gray. And you can always mix the two neutrals and use a pop of silver here and there with gray. I especially like pink and silver for winter weddings.
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Pink and Brown Wedding Colors: Pink and brown is another combination that can work in any season and in most all venues … for formal and informal weddings. This combination also looks best with a softer shade of pink to add contrast with the brown. I think it may be the most “groom-friendly” of all the combinations.
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Pink and Black Wedding Colors: There is a somewhat dressy vibe with this combination and I think it works particularly well for evening weddings and for fall and winter weddings. Be sure and add white with it to help the pink and black pop!
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Pink and Gold Wedding Colors: The addition of gold with pink definitely makes the color palette more formal and elegant. This combination looks wonderful for an evening wedding. It can work in all seasons but I think it makes for a fresh palette for a winter wedding, too.
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For more ideas see our Pink Wedding Ideas Pinterest board with over 200 photos and Pink From Exclusively Weddings Pinterest board.

Collages created by Sher Silver.

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Photo Sources: Pink & Gray: Style Me Pretty/JAC Photography, Modernly Wed, Style Me Pretty/Captured Photography by Jenny, Style Me Pretty/Millie Holloman Photography and Salt Harbor Designs, Belle the Magazine, Project Wedding – Pink & Silver: Christina Marie Events & Floral, Etsy, BRIDE’S, Vintage Cupcake Co., Cotton & Crumbs, Fuscia Designs –  Pink & Brown: Wedding by Color, Nice Wedding Gallery, two peas & their pod, Little Boutique Bakery – Pink & Black/White:  Brayola, Amazing Cakes by Vanessa, Etsy, Rachelle’s, Perfect Wedding Guide z – Pink and Gold: KT Merry Photography, Sweet and Saucy Shop, Martha Stewart Weddings,Wedding Chicks, 100layercake.com

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Your Wedding Color – Pair With a Metallic for Stunning Shine

If you want to add something “extra” to your wedding color palette, consider adding a metallic color such as gold, silver or copper. Metallic colors work especially well in winter months and in evening weddings. However, if you were to use a metallic color outdoors on a hot, sunny day, you would have reflections off the metal and it would just add to the intensity of the heat.

Tip: The time of day for the wedding, season and venue need to be considered when choosing your wedding colors.

Pink and Gold Wedding & Pink and Silver Wedding – If you want to add sophistication to pink, consider adding a metallic. Pink can come off as a girly color that may not appeal to your groom; but if you add silver or gold to it, it takes it to a new level, as you can see in the two collages below.
Pink_and_Gold_Wedding
Pink and Silver Wedding

Purple and Gold Wedding & Purple and Silver Wedding – Purple is a popular wedding color that looks gorgeous when paired with a metallic. Purple already is associated with royalty and when paired with gold, it has an especially regal look. When paired with silver, it looks very fresh and modern.
Purple_and_Gold_Wedding
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Mint and Gold Wedding – Mint is a luscious color and it is often paired with soft pink or powder blue. But when you put mint and gold together you have a combination that is unexpected and sophisticated.
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Royal Blue and Silver Wedding – Royal Blue is a color that has universal appeal and one that your groom is likely to feel comfortable with. When you add silver with royal blue, you have a combination that works beautifully … especially for a winter wedding.
Royal Blue and Silver Wedding

Teal and Copper Wedding – There was a time when the only metallics we saw in weddings were gold and silver but now copper has become quite popular. However, I think copper can be a little more challenging to work with because it is not as easy to find accessories that are made of copper or are copper colored. Copper can add a fresh look to your wedding colors, though, and may be worth a try!
Teal_and_Copper_Wedding_Colors

Collages created by Sher Silver.

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Photo Credits: Pink and Silver: Bobbette & Belle,  Purity Bride Blog, Twiggi, Boston Avenue Photo Co., Weddingbee – Pink and Gold: KT Merry Photography, Sweet adn Saucy Shop, Martha Stewart Weddings,Wedding Chicks, 100 Layer Cake – Purple and Gold: Wedding Wire, Every Last Detail/Sarah Bray Photography, Country Club Flower Shop, Tim Chin Photography, Tim Chin Photography, Rebecca Hansen Weddings, Every Last Detail  – Purple and Silver: Sweet Element, Christine Chang Photography, Jill Thomas Photography, Off Beat Bride, NA, Pizzazzerie, NA, eindeloos-events.nl, Bakerella – Mint and Gold: Magnolia Rouge, 100 Layer Cake, White Cakery Co.-A Division of Connie Cupcake, Ruffled Blog, The Merry Bride, Ruffled Blog/Peter Nix Photography, Every Last Detail – Royal Blue and Silver: Meredith, Etsy, Flickr, Divine Design Cake Boutique, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Flowers & Receptions, Project Wedding, Net-a-porter – Teal and Copper: Ice Maiden Cakes, Dorothy Huynh Photography, NA, Style Me Pretty/Lisa Lefkowitz Photography, NA, Chelsea Nicole

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Your Wedding Cake – Six Trends You Don’t Want to Overlook

Your wedding cake is one of the main attractions at your reception. Not so long ago brides were opting for cupcakes instead of a wedding cake; but if the large amount of wedding cakes on Pinterest is an indication, brides are still loving having a “real” wedding cake.

I have to admit that I am a big fan of wedding cakes. One reason is that you can buy cupcakes throughout your life, but when will you ever have an occasion as special as a wedding to choose a spectacular and special cake!

In looking at our Colorful Wedding Cakes Pinterest Board and its over 600 photos and looking on Pinterest in general,  I noticed that there are six trends in wedding cake styles.  There are a lot more options, of course, than the categories below; but these are the styles that are trending. I hope this blog post will help you narrow down what you are looking for and help you find “the cake of a lifetime!”

  • Six Wedding Cake Trends:
    Metallic
    Sequined
    Ruffled
    Ombré
    Black
    Unfrosted
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Metallic Wedding Cake:
  Metallic cakes can be gold or silver …. or even copper! They have a dressy look so they are probably best for an evening or more formal wedding. Some in the collage below are almost all metallic, while others have just one or two metallic layers.
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Sequined Wedding Cake: Another dressy cake that is on-trend is one with icing that looks like sequins. If, in general, you love things that sparkle … why not have a wedding cake that sparkles!
Sequined_Wedding_Cake

Ruffled Wedding Cake: Ruffles are girly and fun and this cake style can work with just about any wedding.  This look offers lots of options such as small ruffles all the way to really large ones. I have examples of each style in the collage below. Ruffles work wonderfully for ombré cakes, as you can see in the collage below this one.
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Ombré Wedding Cake: Ombré colors are ones that go from one shade to another from dark to light or light to dark. As mentioned, above, the ruffled style works really well for the ombré style.
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Black Wedding Cake: A very dramatic looking wedding cake can be accomplished using black icing. A black cake can easily look goth and unless that is what you are going for, be sure to have lighter elements on the cake as shown in the collage.  And if you love the last cake in the collage below, here is an interesting blog post about the baker’s inspiration for the cake and how she created it.
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Unfrosted – Naked – Wedding Cake: Unfrosted wedding cakes (also called naked wedding cakes) are a rather new style. Unfrosted cakes work really well for rustic weddings because they have such a natural look. Some brides are afraid of this style because they are worried that the cake could dry out because it doesn’t have frosting. If you want more information on cake #4 below or unfrosted cakes in general, The Cake Blog features this cake and shares some tips from the baker at Carried Away Cuisine. One tip is how to keep the cake from drying out: “She coats the cake itself with a clear-drying citrus glaze before torting and filling. This protects the outside edge without changing the overall appearance.”
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Click collages to see them full size.

Collages created by Sher Silver.

Photo Sources: Metallic: [1]Rosalind Miller Luxury Wedding Cakes [2]Cloudberry Bakery [3]Cake Maison – Photography by Danni Beach [4]The Cake Parlour [5]Bride’s [6]Sugar Coutour [7]Rosalind Miller Luxury Wedding Cakes – Sequined: [1]Photography by In Design Imagery [2]Connnie Cupcake/White Cakery Co./Wedding Bells Magazine [3]Cotton & Crumbs [4]Sweet Element [5]Cotton & Crumbs – Ruffled: [1]Style Me Pretty [2]Le Torte di Renato [3]Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal [4]Maggie Austin [5]NA – Ombre: [1]NA [2]Wedding Chicks/Patty Cakes/Kristyn Hogan Photographer [3]Matt Montalvo Photography [4]Style Me Pretty/Wings of Glory Photography [5]Style Me Pretty/Anna Routh Photography [6]Renee Sprink Photography – Black: [1]Cake Central [2]Bride’s [3]Bride’s [4]The Wedding Cake Shoppe [5]Wild Orchid Baking Company/Mark Davidson Photography – Unfrosted: [1]Style Me Pretty/Naomi Kenton Photography [2]Southern Weddings/CynKain Photography [3]A Piece o’ Cake/Kelly Braman Photography [4]Carried Away Cuisine/Natalie Bell Photography [5]Bride’s/Preston Bailey [6]Green Wedding Shoes/Katherine O’Brien Photography

 

Let Mother Nature Decorate Your Fall Wedding

Autumn is a great time to have a wedding! And one of the reasons I am a fan of autumn weddings is that it is so easy to gather items from nature to use in your wedding décor. You can get a lot of “bang for your buck” as the saying goes.

For example, something as simple as apples can be turned in to clever décor and cups for beverages. As shown in the collage below, apples can be used for a wide range of things such as chair décor, to hold apple cider, as a placecard holder, and for cleverly designed mini candy apples. Also, in the 2nd to last photo, the apples are simply stacked at the beverage bar but they add a lot of color and design interest.
Apples for Autumn Wedding Decor

Of course, pumpkins are quintessentially fall! They add a seasonal flare and a cozy feel to any décor. If you don’t like orange pumpkins, consider white ones instead. Our Pinterest Board – White Pumpkins for Wedding Décor has over 100 carefully chosen photos to help you with ideas and inspiration.
Pumpkins for autumn wedding decor

Leaves are easily available just about everywhere in the fall! You can use them in table arrangements, as placecards, to decorate candles and more. You can use them “au naturel” or paint them as shown in the photo below. The colors can be really luscious and they certainly are easy enough to gather up! Of course, you can buy specially preserved leaves, as well, to use alone or mixed with fresh ones.
Leaves for Autumn Wedding Decor

I’ve written a few other blog posts on fall weddings that might also be helpful such as Autumn Wedding DecorWhite Pumpkins for Fall Wedding Decor, and An Orange Color Combination for Your Fall Wedding.

For more Fall Wedding Ideas, visit our Pinterest board – Fall Wedding Ideas – with over 150 photos.

Click images for full-size versions.

Collages created by Sher Silver.

Photo Sources:
Apples: [1]Meg Smith Photography [2]Kate Holstein | Photographer [3]Wedding Wire [4]Southern Weddings – Paige Reaux Photography [5] Love & Whimsy
Pumpkins: [1]Charlotte Geary Photography [2]Little Shamrocks [3]Taste of Home [4]Bridal Guide [5]NA [6]Grey Likes Weddings
Leaves: [1]Arabella Bridal – Don Mears Photography [2]Canvas Events [3]Better Homes & Gardens [4]Colin Cowie Weddings [5] Good Housekeeping

 

 

 

Don’t Rule Out Neutral Wedding Colors

As you decide on your wedding colors, you may want to give some thought to a neutral wedding color palette. Neutral colors are those that don’t show up on the color wheel: white, gray and black. There are advantages to neutral colors; such as, it is much easier to choose items for your décor. When using neutrals, you won’t have to worry about trying to match up colors, shades, and tones.

Also, it is likely that your groom will feel more comfortable with a neutral color. If he is a guy who just can’t handle color, consider neutrals. Another reason to use neutral colors is if your venue is very colorful. For example if you are getting married in a large church with lots of red carpet, yet you want to use pink, you may want to just go with a neutral color instead. Or if the reception venue you want to use has very distinctive décor, you may be better off not trying to compete with it.

White Wedding Color. An all-white wedding can be very beautiful. A lot of white can create quite an impression! My only caveat is to make sure that your wedding dress is different enough from your bridesmaids, so there is no question who the bride is! Wearing a veil can help in this regard, also.
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Gray Wedding Color. Gray is a somewhat new color for weddings. I think it is a very sophisticated choice. Including plenty of white with it will make it pop and keep it from looking dreary.
Gray-Wedding-Color

Black and White Wedding Colors: Black and white is a combination with a lot of impact! With this combo your decorating will be so much easier. Put black and white together and you have an immediate “wow”! For example, look at the balloons in the photo collage below. While any other combination of colors would look really nice, black and white creates a special vision that no other combination can match.
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Click on photos once for large versions and twice for humongous versions.

Collages created by Sher Silver.

Exclusively Weddings’ Pinterest boards offer more great ideas:
Black and White Wedding and Black and White from Exclusively Weddings
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Photo Sources: White: [1]Meghan Kemp [2]Sweet and Saucy Shop [3]Jennelise Rose [4]Lani Elias Fine Art Photography [5]Bayly + Moore [6]Dulce de Leche [7]Indulgy [9]Charlotte Geary Photography – Gray: [2]The Rolling Pin [3]FabYouBliss [4]The Caketress [5]J.Scott Catering [6]Enchanted Events & Design – Black and White: [1]Darin Fong Photography [3]Martha Stewart [4]Joshua Albanese Photography [5]Mirror Mirror inc. [6]One and Only Paris Photography [7]Ms B’s Cakery [8]Paris Couture Antiques

Your Wedding Color – 4 Reasons To Be In Sync With Your Wedding Season and Venue

Choosing your wedding color(s) is an important and often difficult wedding decision. So how do you choose? Your first instinct may be to go with your favorite color, your groom’s favorite color or the latest color trend. But there is one consideration that you may not have thought of and that is to choose your color based on the season in which you are getting married and the natural seasonal elements of your venue.

There are several reasons why it is a good idea for your colors to be “in sync” with your wedding season and venue:

(1) You can create a beautiful scene outdoors thanks to Mother Nature. If you are having an outdoor wedding, the natural foliage at the venue can be a backdrop for your wedding. Perhaps the venue will have lots of flowering trees in pink or lavender at the time of your wedding.  Or if your wedding is in the fall, you will likely have a backdrop of leaves in luscious reds, golds, and yellows. Use nature’s colors as your wedding colors for a totally coordinated look with the season and scenery.

(2) You can create gorgeous outdoor photos. When your wedding colors fit the season and venue you can create amazing wedding photos, as seen in the photos below.

(3) You can use natural elements in your decor.  In the winter you can use branches with red berries and pine tree branches in your décor. If you use a soft pink wedding color in December, there really won’t be many natural elements that would work. If, instead, you use rich, saturated colors you will find lots of inexpensive and easy-to-obtain items for your winter décor.  Or in the fall you can use colorful leaves and branches for decoration, but only if they coordinate with your colors. If you make sure your colors will work with natural elements, you can save money by using them.

(4) You can create a more cohesive look. You want your wedding to be beautiful and one thing that will help in that regard is for it to have a coordinated palette and to be “in sync” with the season and surroundings. For example, if you use soft, baby blue for a fall wedding it will be at odds with what is going on in the environment. Your guests will be in to saturated colors, the leaves will be turning (in most areas of the country) and there will be a chill in the air. Beachy colors, for example, will be at odds with what is going on around you. You will be more in sync if you don’t have spring décor during the fall season and vice versa.

The photo of a spring/summer wedding below shows how perfectly the wedding colors fit in with the seasonal scenery and allows for a gorgeous photograph. If the wedding colors had been orange or red, this photo just wouldn’t have the impact that it does.
Spring Weddings - 4 Reasons to be in Sync With Your Wedding Season

You can tell the wedding below is in winter without even seeing the snow. The bouquet’s colors and foliage are “at one” with the season.
Winter Wedding - 4 Reasons To Be In Sync With Your Wedding Season

The photos of the wedding below shows how perfectly colors can be coordinated with the season and venue. The yellow wedding color works perfectly with the gorgeous scenery to create a vision that is drool worthy! You can see more gorgeous pictures from this fall wedding at the photographer’s blog.
Fall Wedding - 4 Reasons To Be In Sync With Your Wedding Season

Visit us on Pinterest for lots of great ideas and inspiration in our over 12,000 carefully chosen photos within 124 boards.

 

Coral Wedding Color – Combination Options You Don’t Want to Overlook

This past winter I posted The 10 All-Time Most Popular Wedding Colors and the  coral wedding color, of course, was on the list. This post will go in to a little more detail about coral, so you an see some of its possibilities. It is a classic wedding color and depending on what color it is paired it, it can work with a wedding of just about any style.

Coral, a pinkish orange, is one of those colors that seems to work best in spring and summer, since it has a warm-weather vibe to it. But I think the darker hue of the color can work quite well for fall weddings.

Coral can range from a deep, saturated color to a soft pastel as shown in the chart below.
Coral Shades in Swatches

Coral Wedding Color – Coral is shown here without being paired with another color except for white. White is a good choice to pair with coral (or any other color) if you want the color to stand out. When choosing coral bridesmaid dresses be sure and take each girl’s coloring in to consideration. The softer shades of coral can easily “wash” your girls out, so you may want to go with at least a mid-tone hue for their dresses, as shown in the collage below.
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Coral and Gray Wedding Color – Coral and gray is a fabulous combination to use for wedding colors. It is perfect for fall for a totally unexpected palette. This combination is also “groom friendly” … what I mean by that is that it is not a particularly girly combination and it is likely to appeal to your groom.
Coral_and_Gray_Wedding

Coral and Navy Wedding Colors – This combination is versatile and works with many wedding styles such as preppy, nautical, rustic and more! In this collage, the bridesmaids are wearing navy and bringing in the coral with their flowers. This can be a great choice, if the bridesmaids have darker complexions/hair as shown below.
Coral_and_Navy_Wedding

Coral and Turquoise Wedding Colors – As they say, “What’s not to like”! This combination is gorgeous and brings out the very best in both colors. This combination is perfection for a beach wedding, yet it would also work for a rustic or garden wedding, too.
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Collages created by Sher Silver.

Click each photo to see the full-size image.

More coral ideas are on our Coral Pinterest board.

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Photo Credits: Coral:  [2]Deborah Zoe Photography [3]The Pastry Studio [5]HonestlyYUM [6]Chic Details [7]Citrus and Orange –  Coral: Confections of a Foodie Bride, Colin Cowie Weddings, Maggie Stolzberg Photography, Colin Cowie Weddings, Connie Cupcake, Colin Cowie Weddings, Society Bride – Coral & Gray: The Wedding Chicks, Cordele Photography, Project Wedding, True Photography Weddings, Sugar City Sweets, Amelia Johnson Photography, Cupcake, Lane Dittoe, Yvonne Wong, Style Me Pretty, Confectioner’s Counter – Coral and Navy: Vanilla Bake Shop, Zest Floral/Powers Studios, Abby Grace Photography, The Fairmount Bride, Tim Duncan Events, The Knot, Kate Parker Designs – Coral and Turquoise: La Vida Creations Photography, RubyJu, Tumblr, Object:Splendor, Sugar Bloom Cupcakes, The Knot