c ongrats! You’ve said yes to a life of love. Now you’re expected to say yes to a year of planning, shopping, re-planning and taste testing. Even if you can get on board with the free shrimp balls, all that checking and double-checking can seem pretty daunting. Fortunately, with a dash of help and a twinge of organization, you can breeze right on past all that pre-wedding stress and on to the good stuff. After all, a wedding is a celebration of commitment and love – you should focus on the goal and enjoy the ride. the engagement party - breathe in ...
l ocate your love back to where it all began or where you’ve always hoped it’d end up. Whatever you choose to wed in, around, amongst, should reflect your personality and what characterizes you as a couple. Weddings held in medieval castles, euro-chic celebrations at the Ritz, and intimate backyard ceremonies all make different statements and set different standards. Once you’ve made the crucial decision, all the other tulle-tied pieces will follow suit in terms of theme, mood and budget, so when choosing a location, choose gracefully. symbolic locations
g et back to your creative roots with homemade favors for your most beloved, because doing wedding-things yourself is (chicken-soup-kind-of-) good for the soul. For those who see every spreadsheet as potential paper-doll overalls, each memo a jet plane-in-waiting, AC forever an acronym for Arts & Crafts - this is your perfect fix. make them do-it-themselves
f or the more adventuresome bride, a destination wedding can seem like the perfect way to combine two breath-taking passions: travel and the lucky guy on her arm. Truth is, with an unlimited selection of destinations- everything from a Caribbean beach to an intimate restaurant in Paris, to a theme park in the States- it can be a perfect day. Moreover, the fact that it will so effortlessly transform into the perfect honeymoon is just the icing on the wedding cake. Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Destination weddings do come with certain drawbacks to take into consideration (though the
i n the age of DIY, brides are shying away from that which is cookie-cutter and embracing all the off-kilter details they can get their turquoise-polished nails on. This includes the esteemed centerpiece, a stand-out chap but too-frequent frequenter of the flower and candle crowd. Leave the old depenables for the bedroom, and instead, opt for something a little less expected.
i f our paper dolls taught us anything (and they taught us a lot), it’s that discrepantly, the flimsiest materials can be the most malleable. Incorporate paper of the tissue, cardstock and rice variety into your wedding and watch the décor blossom like an accordion-folded crepe flower held open by waxed dental floss. on the paper trail
a ny wed-vice article worth its weight in straight talk will tell you: your big day won’t be without its little blunders. Even when it feels thisclose to perfection, an emergency kit is still in order. Because glutting a purse full of high-priority bridal trappings is a fun but tricky art, its best to break it down by bag size. The roomier the clutch/fanny pack/rucksack, the more secondary accessories permitted. Build up accordingly.
t his is the place card’s moment in the spotlight. They’ve got more airtime on indie wedding blogs than cupcakes, they’re every bit as edible and DIY as the favors – and they’re looking cuter than baby shoes. Get sweet on these place non-cards as they put mini grilled cheese and chocolate fortune cookies to shame. suspend your dis
y ou’ve found a darling spot to host your commingling, be it a snug maritime inn, dreamy uptown terrace or big-ticket hotel, but before signing your savings away, set up a little Q and A session with your site of choice. Know your needs going into the meeting, shedding all remnants of a flighty bride, sure of your desire for a band, open bar or set of twinklers. Flexibility and realism is still essential, but the fewer unforeseen bottlenecks, the fewer bottles of aspirin needed. Here are some questions worth dragging along to that quintessential appointment.
r enaissance cathedrals, damselflies on the wing, dollops of jam, and napoleon ice-cream – these are the things that jewel-toned dreams are made of. If a bride-scape of white just happens to be too clinically cold for your passionate liking, warm the palette of your faceted desires with shades of Indian ruby, Persian turquoise, Red Sea peridot and Colombian emerald. These eye-popping spectral visions may be incorporated ever so sparingly or splashed upon the whole crown jeweled affair – whichever makes your heartstrings sparkle with glee.