Articles Tagged 'wedding inspiration'

February 16, 2017

The Sweetheart Table

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Celebrating your big day with family and friends while being close to your newlywed is what makes the day so magical and fires up the romance of it all. As we know, wedding days can get a little hectic amongst the greetings, pictures, dancing and toasts. It can appear to fly by in the blink of an eye! We know how special this day is, how much planning goes into it and, at the end of the day, the bride and groom’s main purpose is to be with one another. At your wedding reception, having a special place for the two of you to catch up and enjoy each other during the excitement is something we find extremely special and essential. Creating a ‘Sweetheart Table’ for two is a great way to find your alone time while still being involved with guests and adored by all. This not only makes the sweetheart table a great concept, but it also adds another decorative feature to your venue. We have a few great tips and tricks on making your sweetheart table one to be admired by all and adding an extra touch of enchantment to your special day.

 

Sweetheart Table - Modern Style - Garden Party via Style Me Pretty

Sweetheart Table – Modern Style – Garden Party via Style Me Pretty

 

The first thing to decipher in the process of building your perfect sweetheart table is its type or shape. This tends to be the focal point of the room, as it is separated from the other guests’ tables. Sometimes, it is positioned across the dance floor, and other times it’s placed at the head of the room. There are many options to choose from and couples mostly lean towards a single round table or a rectangular shape for two. Many couples use their imagination to come up with outside-the-box ideas like a wine barrel or mirrored tables. While this is preference-based, we find that both shapes work well for specific styles and venues. Round silhouette works great in an indoor venue, one that’s romantic, classic and more ornamental. Rectangular tables work beautifully for an outdoor wedding environment due to their symmetry with nature, while also having a rustic or authentic look to them.

After choosing your table structure, the next step is to pick complementary seating. This is where you can really get creative and have some fun! There are many options, whether it’s two single chairs, a bench, a loveseat couch or even floor cushions. Depending on your wedding theme, using a funky seating arrangement can add that innovative feature and be a focal point statement. For example, if you’re having a vintage décor inspired wedding, incorporating two old-fashioned tufted velour chairs is a gorgeous option to play into the style. Yet, for a black tie modern affair, incorporating two straight lined black and white chairs would emphasize the sleekness and the ambiance. It is important to remember that these are your seats for the entire night and even though you want them to stand out as part of the overall design, you need to make sure they are comfortable enough for you and your loved one.

 

 

Since the first steps of choosing the table and chairs are now complete, it’s time to add the décor. The physical table is a design element on its own, yet incorporating details like linens, flowers, signage and candles can really make it pop! Deciding whether you would like to cover the table with linens or simply leave the wood or glass uncovered can create a design detail on its own. Many like to use luscious creams and white linens, while some add glitter, sequins or colorful options to make a statement. Having a wooden table is a beautiful feature for themed weddings and ties in charmingly with an outside setting. While thinking of adding florals to the piece, it is popular to feature one large arrangement at the front of the sweetheart table that sits perfectly between the two place settings. It is also common to use a floral or greenery garland that drapes from one side of the table to the other, often hanging onto the floor for a whimsical touch. If you feel like you would rather keep the table looking a little bit cleaner, adding flower arrangements to the bottom of the table and around the perimeter is another beautiful option. After flowers are all set, candles complete the look! Many don’t realize the vast variety of candles that can be used in wedding design. Including elements such as mercury glass votive, ornate candlesticks, raw candles and crystals always dresses up the table. For most weddings, mood lighting sets the tone, and this is a way to achieve a private romantic ambiance. A few other small touches include signage that reads “Mr. & Mrs.” or possibly a monogram or quotes. It’s a cute touch that makes it fun while adding personal flare.

 

 

Lastly, now that the table and décor have been decided, it is extremely important to choose your sweetheart table’s backdrop. For some venues, this is an easy fix as they have a gorgeous mantle to be decorated behind you or floor-to-ceiling windows with a water view. Sometimes, this is a perfect final touch without taking away from the design of your table. In other cases, if you’re having your wedding in a raw space, there may not be a pretty wall to line up along, so we have a few ideas for creating your own sweetheart table backdrop. One of our favorites here at Bride and Blossom is a flower wall behind the table. You can stick to neutrals or add pops of color for an enchanting scene. If you are looking for a country approach, building a shiplap wood wall with pictures and greenery could be the best route to take. Some more creative ideas include large hanging picture frames, flowered altars and handmade folding doors. Getting creative will ensure a picturesque scene for everyone to remember. Another small trick to finishing your complete look is placing the table on a small lift so that all of your guests can see exactly where you are and you get a better view of your reception.

 

 

Remembering that it is your day and making time for each other is our most important tip! Enjoy the company, laugh together and be swept away with the romantic ambiance of your perfect sweetheart table.

 

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February 8, 2017

DIY Wedding Inspiration Boards

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Though we’re past the holiday craze and have already rung in the new year, it is still the season of romance, proposals, and new beginnings. For all of you newly engaged brides and grooms, it is the time to bring your excitement to life and start planning the wedding of your dreams. Many brides have years of ideas stored in the back of their heads; pictures ripped out of magazines or pinned on Pinterest. A wedding is the most beautiful and elegant day of your life, and here at Bride & Blossom we believe that it should be nothing less than perfectly fashioned for you.

For brides looking to pull all their ideas together, we love to suggest a good old fashioned inspiration board.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, inspiration boards are a literal board or digital platform for you to collect images, fabrics, magazine articles, online catalogs and even personal pictures, in one place. This may include ideas for your theme, celebrity inspiration images, possible color schemes, décor that speaks to you, dresses of your dreams and more! Building an inspiration or “vision board” is an important step in the planning process because it helps you organize ideas and ensures your concepts are brought to life by you, your venue and your vendors. Today, we look at some of the most efficient and effective ways of building an inspiration board that will help you hone in on your wedding goals and communicate your ideas to vendors when the time comes.

 

Wedding Inspiration Board via Southbound Bride

Wedding Inspiration Board via Southbound Bride

 

The first thing to remember while putting your board together is it is not a shopping list! Yes, you may pull pictures of items which you will later purchase, but this is ultimately an exercise in gathering ideas freely to later curate into a fresh and organic look that is personalized just for you.

Here are a few of the first steps to get you started:

Step 1. Find a platform to create your board.

Step 2. Decide what the board will consist of.

Step 3. Find images, materials and color schemes that bring your vision to life.

Step 4. Organize, add and remove until the board flows exactly how you would like.

Step 5. Work with vendors, bridal party and your venue to make your hard work and vision a reality!

You might prefer to create one board or break it up into categories such as reception, ceremony, flowers and dresses. This makes it super convenient to relate back to and work directly with the products in question. Adding color swatches, flower types, and sample pictures of weddings at your desired venue makes for a much easier first meeting with your vendors. Photoshop is a great tool to use as you can create, cut, crop and blend clips together to have a full image in front of you. This is also a great tool as you can print them out for physical copies, or send them as documents to your florist, venue and other vendors in order to ensure that everyone has the same mental image and is prepared to work towards the same aesthetic. We find this to be a particularly useful method because you can swap images as your change your mind, save old boards and have fun creating and mixing up themes, styles, colors and ideas!

 

 

For you old fashioned, DIY brides out there, you may prefer to pull images from magazines or catalogs and pin them on a cork board, blank wall, poster, or in a binder. This method is fun in that it allows you to pull from all sorts of sources. Mix and match, tape and pin until you have created the complete collage for you. This can include images from bridal magazines, recipes for cocktails, pieces of fabric, handwritten notes, whatever you want! Some people work better when they can feel the fabric of their bridesmaid dresses or physically hold color swatches next to each other to really envision their wedding reception or ceremony. This is a fun and creative way to design anything from your centerpieces to your invitations, plus it’s something you will always have to remember the beautiful characteristics you first dreamed of and then made a reality.

 

 

If you’re tech-savvy and eager to work fast and furiously, there are several options for online platforms to help facilitate your digital board.

 

Pinterest

Pinterest is a media platform that allows you to search and save – or “pin” – images, videos, DIY ideas, recipes, etc. that link directly back to their original source. When you see an image you like, you simply click “Pin it!” and that image is added to your personal compilation or “pin board.”

One of the biggest advantages of Pinterest is that images are catalogued by keywords and descriptive tags, allowing you to search for highly specific images. A search for “Bohemian wedding flowers,” for example, could be followed by a search for “Bohemian wedding flowers purple bridal bouquet.”

On your own Pinterest profile, you can create a private folder that allows you to mix and match and save images to refer back to later. Pinterest is a great tool for people who need general inspiration or want ideas to add to their existing plans. It’s helpful, creative and fun (and addictive!) to browse past weddings, staged shoots, historical images, and magazine articles under one URL. Compile your favorites and then make those fabulous ideas your own.

 

SampleBoard

SampleBoard is a fantastic tool that is popular in the interior design and wedding industries. It allows you to create, expand, and share vision boards by searching the web or uploading external images, and organizing them into an inspiration board. Its intuitive, drag & drop design makes it a fast, sleek, and user-friendly option for brides and designers alike.

 

Styleboard (by The Dessy Group)

This online tool is part of The Dessy Group. The Dessy Group is primarily a wedding retailer, but they also provide a great vision board builder, Styleboard, on their website. Styleboard provides a blank slate and many add-in features such as an Instagram search within the app, as well as pictures from a variety of categories like food & beverage, décor, cakes and jewelry.

 

 

Whichever method you choose, inspiration boards are a great way to get your creative juices flowing and help you get motivated to plan your big day. We hope that while creating your inspiration boards you not only feel inspired to get down to planning every last detail, but you also have fun, enjoy looking at spectacular weddings and piece by piece, build your dream wedding before your very eyes.

 

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January 2, 2017

5 New Year’s Resolutions For Every Bride and Groom

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As the new year rolls in and the ball drops at midnight, we are all hoping for a smooth transition into 2017 and cannot wait to see the excitement that is to come. As brides and grooms, the new year can mean it’s finally here, the most exciting, but also stressful, time of your lives. Where to begin the planning process, what needs to be accomplished and what are the steps to take so the big day goes off with a bang? Every new year, we discuss and promise our resolutions, but when the new year is the year of your wedding, those resolutions may change, and we have found five perfect resolutions that will help keep your year on track to ensure successful wedding preparations before the happiest day of your life!

1. Keep a Wedding To-Do List

The best way to keep yourself on track is to create a wedding to-do list. Once you have your wedding date confirmed, making a timeline leading up to the date is a huge help. I find that while creating timelines for any type of event, it is beneficial to add deadlines for when you want certain tasks to be completed. This keeps your planning process organized and secure. Add in aspects like your wedding dress (including payments, fittings, pickup), groom’s tuxedo, bridesmaids’ dresses, photographer, invitation send-outs, booking your florals and everything else in between.  Having this information written out, whether you make yourself a wedding binder or use your email calendar, helps you to stay focused and check marks off of your list to make sure everything is completed in time for your big day!

Wedding Planning Checklist by MarryThis - via MODWEDDING

Wedding Planning Checklist by MarryThis – via MODWEDDING

2. Create an Inspiration Board

This is one of my favorite resolutions for brides and grooms, and the one which I truly believe is the most helpful. Many have dreamed of their wedding, yet when it comes down to choosing a theme, color scheme, accents, florals and overall décor, it is hard to narrow it down to one idea. Keeping an inspiration board from the beginning of the year helps to embody all of the ideas you love as they appear to you. Maybe it’s a picture of centerpieces from a wedding catalog or florals from Pinterest. Whatever it may be, clipping the picture or keeping a file on your computer is a great way to create the perfect vision for which you have always been longing. A wedding inspiration board is a seamless way to guarantee that your vision comes to life and a handy tool to bring to meetings with your florist and designer. It can also assist as a reference for your own DIY projects. Inspiration boards provide all of your ideas at your fingertips; you can mix and match until you have created your perfect wedding fantasy.

3. Take Time When Choosing Wedding Florals

Another resolution for a bride and groom is to take your time and research flowers for your wedding. Here at Bride and Blossom, we know how important it is to have a good idea of the types of florals you would like to use and have a few tips to help you pick flowers to add the most beautiful organic touch. No matter what you choose, florals can make the room feel light, vibrant and romantic, but picking flowers that are in season can help stay on budget. For example, if you’re having a winter wedding, it’s great to go with warm color tones like burgundies, plums and reds. Adding greens to your bouquets and arrangements gives a wintery feeling and using flowers like roses, brunia balls and dark-colored carnations ensures a rich winter ambiance that creates the perfect touch. If you’re getting married in the summer, a color scheme that revolves around creams and whites, with subtle pops of blush, peach and yellow, gives off airy sensations. Adding in accents like baby’s breath and softer flowers like garden roses, ranunculus and lilies creates a whimsical feeling that gracefully complements the spring and summer months. I think it’s really important to devote time and effort to choosing the flowers for your wedding because they bring the magic and passion to the day — make sure not to take them for granted!

4. Make This a Healthy Year

Once you have your wedding agenda set up and have picked your theme and ambiance, it’s time to focus on you. It is extremely easy to forget to take care of yourself during this crazy and hectic planning process, and we want you to remember to always take care of yourself first! Let’s make this year a healthy one! Focusing on exercising, whether that involves cardio, yoga or anything else to get the body moving, and overall nutritional and mental health will help you feel like a better you. It can get away from you in the few months of planning, but sticking to your healthy resolution will help you feel vibrant and beautiful for your big day.

12 Months to a Healthier Life - via Beach Body Blog

12 Months to a Healthier Life – via Beach Body Blog

5. Reduce Stress and Have More Fun

Our last resolution for planning your wedding is to ease up on yourself and have more fun! It is easy to get caught up in a world full of shopping, ordering and the chaos of planning. It is also easy to lose the enjoyment of your wedding. Planning your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we really want to make sure that you enjoy it to the fullest. Take it one step at a time, ask for help and follow our wedding planning resolutions for an enjoyable and memorable experience that you will never forget.

Happy New Year - via Kaartje2go

Happy New Year – via Kaartje2go

 

Have a wonderful 2017 and a joyous wedding season!

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October 18, 2016

#TechTuesday Wedding Tech Update

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With tech rapidly expanding the ways we design, capture, and connect with our weddings and our guests, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. From fantastically futuristic décor to mind-blowing ways of capturing memories, we gathered a few newcomers to the uncharted merging of weddings and technology.

 

Go-Pro Bridal Bouquet

This bride looks like she’s having so much fun steering her bouquet through the day to capture the best footage! Ask to leave some space for a small camera in your bouquet for a totally unique perspective to preserve forever.

 

3D Cake Decorations

Personalized cake toppers are sweeping the wedding scene. But if you’re not so into having you and your partner replicated in 3D, check out these intricate printed sugar decorations.  One glance will have your imagination running wild. No matter your theme or color scheme, it doesn’t get more custom than this!

3D Printed Wedding Cake Decor via 3D Systems

3D Printed Wedding Cake Decor via 3D Systems

 

Bridal Stream

 

Even when you have guests traveling from far and wide, there are always a few who just can’t make it.  Bridal Stream is here to insure those loved ones can still be included.  After setting up a personalized wedding site for you and your partner, Bridal Stream sends a representative on-site to livestream the ceremony. Friends and family from afar can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show – if so inclined, they can even comment and chat with other guests.

 

Light Projections For Your Wedding Cake

Disney unveiled this idea with their line of Fairytale Wedding Cakes with digital mapping in 2014.  Now, more and more talented lighting designers are making it possible for you to project anything you like on your cake – from floral prints to old photos to animated pictures.


Crowd-Sourced Wedding Video

Want a wedding video made for you and your friends by you and your friends? Wedding Mix will send you multiple HD video cameras to hand out to your most trusted friends.  After they gather the footage only your loved ones can from your bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, receptions, you name it – pick the footage you want to keep, a title and a soundtrack, then pop the cameras back in the mail, and Wedding Mix will edit a beautiful wedding video from the provided footage.

 

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October 10, 2016

Festive Fall Cocktails

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As the changing leaves and brisk winds have us reaching for our favorite sweaters and jackets, we’re also warming up our palette with delicious autumnal flavors.  And if you’re planning a fall wedding, no doubt your cocktails will include some seasonal favorites. Need some inspiration? You’re in the right place.  We rounded up five fall cocktails perfect for an autumn celebration – be that your reception, your bachelorette party, or simply a Friday afternoon with friends.

The Apple Cider Mimosa

What’s not to love about mimosas?  Simple, sparkling, and now – seasonal! Turns out apple cider and champagne most definitely mix.  This recipe from The Cookie Rookie includes an adorable glittering rim and apple slice garnish.

Apple Cider Mimosa The Cookie Rookie

Apple Cider Mimosa via The Cookie Rookie

 

Full recipe can be found here.

 

Spiced Red Wine Sangria

Not quite ready to stop sipping that summer sangria? Fear not – spice it up and slip seamlessly into the next season.  Starting with a spicy fall wine infused with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, stir in brandy, apple cider, and sliced apples for an instant fall favorite.

Spiced Red Wine Sangria via The Nest

Spiced Red Wine Sangria via The Nest

 

Full recipe can be found here.

 

The Southern Lady

A simple and satisfying delight for all you Southerners out there. This cocktail combines classic sweet tea with pecan infused vodka by Jackson Mississippi distillery Cathead, garnished with fresh peach slices.

The Southern Lady via Beth Cakes

The Southern Lady via Beth Cakes

 

Full recipe can be found here.

 

Fall Manhattan

This elegant beauty from Martha Stewart Weddings packs in a whole slew of flavors, beginning with applejack, a beverage made from freeze-distilled cider and used as currency to pay road construction crews in colonial times.  Shake it up with rye, maple syrup, orange bitters, and champagne, garnish with a blood-orange rind, and you’ve got yourself a Manhattan like you’ve never tasted before.

Fall Manhattan : Martha Stewart Weddings

Fall Manhattan via Martha Stewart Weddings

 

Full recipe can be found here.

 

The Apple Cider Margarita

An autumnal margarita might sound like a stretch at first, but this sweet concoction is the perfect drink to carry you over from summer into the new season.  Tequila and Grand Marnier are mixed with apple cider and orange juice, then garnished with generous cinnamon sticks, pumpkin spice, sugar, and fresh oranges and apples for a festive sweet & spicy treat.

The Apple Cider Margarita via The Nest

The Apple Cider Margarita via The Nest

 

Full recipe can be found here.

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August 4, 2016

Wedding Trends: Geode Cakes

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It doesn’t take more than a quick Pinterest search to see that wedding cakes are getting more and more spectacular.  From intricate sugar flowers, to 3D printed cake toppers, to candied frosting so shiny you can see your reflection, there’s no denying today’s cakes are true works of art.

Geode Cake by MJ Cakes

Geode Cake by MJ Cakes

 

Meet the geode cake – the latest dessert craze that imitates a crystallized gemstone to create a show-stopping spectacle, straight out of a fantasy film.

Geode Cake by Whisk Cake Company

Geode Cake by Whisk Cake Company

 

Geode Cake by A Squad Cake Shop

Geode Cake by A Squad Cake Shop

 

The geode is composed of three different sizes of rock candy and granulated sugar to create a sense of layering and natural texture.  Modeling chocolate is then used to hold the geode in place and blend it into the fondant icing.  All in all, a geode cake can take up to 2 weeks to complete.

Geode Cake by Three Tiers for Cake

Geode Cake by Three Tiers for Cake

 

This mineral-inspired trend began as an experiment by Denver-based baker Rachael Teufel, owner of Intricate Icings Cake Design, for a friend’s opening of a new wedding venue.  She posted a photo of the cake on the company’s website and quickly gained 60,000 followers overnight.  Pretty soon, the trend caught on, and bakers across the country began showing off these stunning geode cut-outs.

Geode Cake by Dhanya's Delights

Geode Cake by Dhanya’s Delights

 

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