Friday, September 12, 2014

Activities for Young Wedding Guests

If you've invited little ones to your wedding and are looking for some simple ways to keep them entertained during the ceremony and all those speeches, take a look at the super cute activities Wedding in a Teacup (UK based) offers. I found them while perusing the interwebs (no affiliation) and wanted to share their creative, cute, and affordable products. Especially the favors for young guests because you can never have too many well-behaved children at your wedding. :)

My favorites:

For girls
Color-in Fairy Wings Set
For boys
Color-in Super Hero Cape Set

For both
Vintage Heads & Tails Card Game

Saturday, September 6, 2014

How to Throw a 5 Senses Bridal Shower

Photo by: Dave Richards Photography
I was inspired by the idea of a five senses bridal shower when I saw the lovely one created by Carolyn Chen featured on the Hostess with the Mostess blog. The luxe party theme included something tantalizing for each of the senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell. If you'd like to re-create the five senses theme, here are some ideas.

Sight - focus on beautiful decor and an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere
Sound - have music playing in the background; match the genre to the sub-theme, if you have one (i.e. retro or classical music for a vintage theme)
Touch - different textures for linens and decor
Taste - a delicious menu, of course (appetizers, entree, dessert, drinks)
Smell - a scented party favor, like a candle or custom perfumes the guests make for themselves

A flower arranging class is the perfect activity to satisfy the "smell" category. Fill bowls with fresh flowers and supply guests with pruning shears, twine, vases, and whatever else they might need to create a lovely bouquet. Call in a professional if you need guidance or teach the class yourself with a little help from the internet.
Photo by: Melanie Grizzel via Snippet and Ink

Mmm...what's more tantalizing on the taste buds than coffee and donuts? Set up a coffee bar and stock it with syrups, milk, sugar, creamer, stirrers, napkins, and a decadent mix of donuts.
Photo by: Jessica Fey Photography via Shower Belle

I love the idea of having someone play the harp during the bridal shower. If that's not your cup of tea there's always guitar, flute, piano...
Photo source: Daily Mail

I'm pretty sure these glitter-dipped cake pops satisfy all the senses.
Photo by: Bollinger Images via The Bride Link / Cake Pops by: Queen's Sweets

The sky's the limit when it comes to decor. You can hang mason jars, dye your own linens, or add surprising touches to everyday objects. 
Photo source: My Fabuless Life

Friday, August 29, 2014

Creative Wedding Guestbook Ideas

Although a classic wedding guestbook is always a beautiful way to capture inspiration from guests, there are also a ton of creative ways to save the memories sans paper and binding. Here are a few.

I love this idea for a seaside or beach-themed wedding: writing well wishes on seashells.

Creative Wedding Guestbook Ideas
Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Blake Ramsey

A vintage typewriter beckons the poet in everyone to leave a loving note.

Photo: Bespoke Bride

Collect postcards for guests to write on, then put the collection in an album. You'll enjoy revisiting the messages 10 years from now.

Photo: You Look Nice Today Photography

A library card catalog holder (remember those?) is the most organized way to collect well wishes and good advice.

Larks and Cake, $80

Have guests sign tiles that, when put together, reveal a wedding, engagement, or any photo of your choosing.

CF Original, $120

This one's perfect for an autumn wedding. Gorgeous handmade paper tags you can hang from tree branches or set next to an autumn display. 

Moon Flower Nature Art, $35

This little box full of wooden hearts is the epitome of rustic romance. After the wedding celebrations, set it on the coffee table as a conversation starter.

Arcina, $68

Forget the guestbook...have a guest box! A suitcase holds all kinds of treasures for guests to write on and you'll have a lovely keepsake for years to come.

Shabby Scrap

Monday, August 18, 2014

"Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" 5 Unique Ways to Pop the Question

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Unique Ways to Pop the Question
Bride illustration by: toblindfoldher
So your loveboat popped the question and you said yes. Now it's your turn to get creative and think of ways to pop your own question to the lucky ladies you'd like to have in your bridal party. You can keep it simple and sweet or totally spoil them - either way you'll want that important question, "Will you be my bridesmaid?" wrapped up in a unique, heart-soaked way. 

Let them know how much you'd like them to be on your team with these ideas.

Crafty Cards
Take it Personally by M, $6 per card
Cards are always a nice gesture, but take it one step further with these super cute bridesmaid dress cards wrapped with a pretty sash and embellished with a faux pearl. The poem reads:
This isn't just a dress
as you can clearly see.
It's a way for me to say
you mean the world to me.
On my wedding day
I can think of no one but you
to stand with me when I say, "I do!"
Will you be my bridesmaid?
Vintage Jewelry 
Pedoozle, $27.50
This one's for the ladies who have a heart for vintage. A hand-stamped satin bag holds a secret key necklace and a message for the holder.

HBS Designs, $9.50
Three gifts in one! First she can burn the candle, then she can use the glass in her kitchen and grow flowers and herbs from the label.

Secret Message
Petite 25, $14
A seashell secret message is perfect for a beach wedding theme. 

Bottled Gift
Pedoozle, $35
Give a girl a gemstone and she's sure to say yes. Each mini bottle is wrapped with a tag that says, "I treasure you more than will you be my bridesmaid?" and holds a stone of your choice: Amethyst, Peridot, Garnet, Topaz, Chrome Diopside, Iolite, Aquamarine, Apatite, Citrine, Opal, Morganite, Tanzanite, Tourmaline, Spinel, Amatrine.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Autumn Wedding Inspiration

There's something so magical about autumn: the mid-afternoon light, the rich colors, the way the wind carries that crisp coolness. And even though I live on a tropical island I can still feel the energy from all those autumns I spent in the U.S. When I took the dog for a walk in the cool, rainy air this morning, I was reminded of fall and inspired to create a little autumn wedding inspiration for you.

The Setting: A rustic backdrop of warm colors, natural elements, lanterns and candles, farm tables

The Menu: Turkish Delight, pumpkin pie, naked cake, seasonal produce (apples, figs, carrots, beets, rosemary, mushrooms, lemongrass, parsnips, pears, sweet potatoes), walnut loaves, spiced tea and hot chocolate

Farm table: Anthem Photography via One Fab Day | Vintage lace dress: Meghan Christine Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic | Autumn bouquet: Frenzel Studios via Wedding Chicks | Hot chocolate: The Natural Wedding Company | Autumn dessert table: Nakalan McKay Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

6 Things Happy Brides Don't Do

Photo Credit: MFer Photography via photopin cc

If you're in the process of planning your wedding you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. So much to do, so little time! But I want you to stop for a moment, take a deep breath, and let it out sloooooowly. Relax your shoulders. Now that you've loosened up a bit, forget your to-do list for a little while and study up on how to be the happiest bride you can be. And how do you do that? By NOT doing these six things!

Starve Yourself
It's understandable that you want to look your absolute best on your wedding day, but remember this: your hubs-to-be already thinks you're beautiful, and his opinion is what counts. There's nothing wrong with getting in a few workout sessions and eating healthier, but do it for long-term results, not because you have to fit into a certain size come wedding day. And going on some crazy carrot and water diet that leaves you feeling hungry and angry will only lead you to bridezilla ville, and nobody has time for that. Just eat, sweet pea! A happy bride is a healthy bride.

Try to do Everything on Your Own
You have a bridal party for a reason. Not only are they there to support you as friends, they're there to help you with all those little and big to-dos on your list. Instead of trying to take on all the work, reach out to your friends and family for help. And don't forget about your partner. He may not care as much about color schemes and bouquet selections, but you're in this together. Have him make calls, set up appointments, lick envelopes, etc. I know you're superwoman, but even super women need a little help sometimes.

Have High Expectations
Things might go wrong. I repeat, things might go wrong, or at least not how you imagined, and that's okay. If you're obsessing about every little detail, you won't have time to enjoy the process, much less the actual wedding day. Have a vision for your wedding, but don't get caught up in the details. More importantly, focus on feeling happy and grateful and getting to experience a beautiful moment with your significant other and family and friends. A wedding is a celebration of love, not how perfect everything looks or how smoothly the ceremony goes. A wedding only lasts a day, but your love will last a lifetime, so in the grand scheme of things, if something does go wrong, you'll probably laugh about it a year down the road.

Speed Through the Engagement
On my journal cover is a pretty blue bicycle with a basket of flowers. Written above is "Enjoy the ride." Your engagement is that pretty bicycle. Hop on and enjoy a leisurely ride. Soak up the journey for all it's worth. If not, the whole experience will just be a whirlwind of planning and trying to "get to the destination." It's all a journey to be cherished, so walk (or ride) slowly and mindfully so you don't miss a thing.

Try to Please Everyone
Everyone's going to have an opinion, but a happy bride doesn't have to agree with them all. In the end, it's you and your partner's decision to create a wedding you'll both enjoy. Sure, you have to consider your guests to an extent, but when family and friends try to take over because "they know best" just smile and nod. Tell them you'll consider their advice, but don't in any way feel obligated to do something because you want to try and please everyone. It's not possible.

Imagine the Worst
What if it rains? What if I don't fit into my dress? What if no one shows up? What if, what if, what if? Need some reasons why you shouldn't worry about these things? I've got you covered.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Beach Babe Beauty for Seaside Weddings

Hello bride-to-be summer goddesses! Are you planning a beach wedding? Whether you'll be overlooking the ocean on your big day or actually walking down a sandy seaside aisle, you'll definitely want to keep these beauty tips in mind. Also good to know for ocean-bound honeymooners!

Let's talk dresses first. You'll want to wear something light, airy, reminiscent of a wave or ocean breeze. All of these fit the bill: a high-low number to beat the heat and show off those legs, a plunging neckline, pleats for easy movement, and floor-grazing gowns in case you want to go barefoot.

From top left: Halston Heritage Pleated Chiffon Gown | Bebe Crossover Dress | Nicole Miller Gown | Ivy & Aster | J. Crew Silk Chiffon Whitney Gown

When thinking about accessories keep in mind how you'll be wearing your hair (up-do, mermaid waves, long & straight, etc) so you can choose the perfect accent. Crocheted "sandals" are perfect for the barefoot goddess. And don't forget the groom! Pin a starfish on his lapel.

From top left: Sea Treasure Bobby Pins | Starfish Bobby Pins | Sugar Starfish Boutineers | Seashell Crown | Barefoot Sandals

Beauty Tips

Yes, you must slather on the sunscreen.
Okay, I can't make you, but think 10 years into the future. Your skin may look fresh as a daisy now, but at some point the sunspots will appear and the wrinkles will form. I've had my fair share of horrible sunburns, and now at nearly 32, starting to see those little brown spots on my face. Ugh. And I'll spare you the cancer talk because I know you know. An SPF of 30 should do it. 50 means nothing, by the way.

BB Cream.
If you don't want to sunscreen your face, consider a BB cream with sunscreen built in.

Faux tan.
For the golden glow, get a professional faux tan a few days before the wedding or use a bronzer with a slight shimmer. But remember to try any beauty products at least a week before the wedding in case something goes horribly wrong.

Photo by: Bryan N. Miller via Bride Club Me

Stick to lipstick.
Forget gloss. Just imagine a windy day and your hair strands sticking to your lips. Annoying!

Surfer girl waves.
Want those lovely beach babe waves in your hair? Spritz your locks with a sea salt spray like Not Your Mother's Texturizing Spray or concoct your own using Free People's DIY mermaid sea salt spray recipe.

Coconut Miracle.
Use coconut oil as a conditioner to keep your hair hydrated while you're soaking up the sun and salty air. You can also use it as a lip balm, facial scrub, and makeup remover.