NYE Wedding

New Year's Eve weddings are special, shining and very cheerful. That’s why the cake and desserts should also be original and New Year themed. New Year is a sparkling time, so don’t hesitate to choose gold and silver wedding cakes and desserts, those decorated with confetti and pearls.
Lighting is very important for the budget bride and it can create plenty sparkle for little money. Champagne is one of the most traditional drink at New Year, and you can incorporate it in your desserts: make champagne jello shots, decorated with various tasty things and with strawberry inside. Go for creative cupcake and cake toppers: sparkling, clock-themed, confetti-inspired, with stars, pearls and snowflakes.
What wedding gown to wear for a New Year's Eve wedding? That is entirely up to you and your venue. Your options are limitless. Wear what you love to party with your Love!
More inspiration Here, Here & Here.

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Silver Wedding

Planning a winter wedding? Don’t know what theme to choose? The hottest winter color is Silver and you can create a winter fairy-tale. Your wedding will not only be very beautiful but just unforgettable! Use silvered pine cones in the table setting, order a winter silver cake, don’t hesitate to use Christmas ornaments and fir trees if you wedding is in December.
Silver is a very beautiful shining color to use in your wedding décor, and it’s easy to combine . . .with white, grey, blue, red, green and black.
You can choose a sparkling silver dress and accessories, create a fantastic glowing tablescape and add glitter wedding favors, and sparkling snow outside will continue the décor. If you don’t want too many silver things, take just some details like shoes, jewelry, centerpieces, a boutonniere and maybe your bouquet, and all the rest can be of any color you like.
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Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom and Pale Pinks never go out of style for modern Brides and is a favorite for Weddings in the Spring & Summer.
The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years.  In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It's a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. When the cherry blossom trees bloom for a short time each year in brilliant force, they serve as a visual reminder of how precious and how precarious life is.

Yes, the life span of cherry blossoms is short, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider them for your wedding motif.  There are several DIY projects that you can make with silk flowers that can make your day just beautiful. For more inspiration go Here.

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Gift Registry

Years ago the first thing a couple did when they got engaged is work on a Gift registry for items they think they need but just want. Most times these registries have too many items that are not affordable for the average guest. So, why bother.
Recently more millennial couples are asking their guests to consider holding the gravy ladles and shelving the dishes in favor of gifts of a very different sort. Young couples are opting instead to register for CASH, home-repair gift cards and lavish honeymoon experiences.

“Five or six years ago, I thought asking for money or lavish honeymoon experiences was tacky,” said Xochitl Gonzalez, owner of AaB Creates in New York, a wedding-planning company. “But couples today don’t need kitchen stuff, and most don’t entertain formally. So they don’t need a $200 place setting. Why not give them the honeymoon experience they want instead of cluttering their house with a gift they won’t use?”

Etiquette advisers agree, it is better to write a check, buy a gift certificate or give the bride and groom something they desire, even the latest technological gadgets, rather than stuff their apartments with kitchen gadgets. Older couples who have lived on their own and need no bed, bath or baking items, opt to set up a registry for donations at Honeymoon Wishes for Resorts & cruiselines;  Honeyfund for honeymoon, home improvements & even fertility treatments. Others sign up with Hatch My House or similar registries, geared toward a down payment on a home or aid in fixing one up. Of course some of these sites charge a fee for their services -  Honeyfund, charges a fee of 2.8 percent when a credit card is used, and report wedding guests spending about $115 per gift.

Therefore, forget about wrapping that Microwave with 15 sheets of paper and dragging that blender from the car to the reception. These couples do not want it. Ask them what they want and if it is out of your budget, write them a check towards the reception costs (at least the cost of the meal) and enjoy their event.
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DIY TableSkirt

Saving money on your wedding is important in this economical climate and many Brides are looking for easy DIY ideas. You may have seen those tulle sweetheart & cake tables at a wedding and thought "How expensive is that"? 
Well, you can make one for your wedding even if you have never used a needle & thread.
Just follow this step by step video from HGTV and make one in your colors just they way you like it for less.
How easy was that?


Say Yes. .

While watching one of my favorite shows TLC "Say Yes to the Dress" I saw a woman (Let's call her Frenchy) shopping for her wedding dress. She stood out because she was quick to tell her consultant, that she had been with her guy more than 8 years and that he finally got it right. She further elaborated, that he asked her to marry him 4 years ago and she said No.  The reason for the "NO" - he was not financially able to get her the engagement ring she wanted nor his ability to fund the wedding of her dreams at that time. Then she started to show off a magnificent ring to her consultant. She loved her man but she was not going to settle for just any ole ring, it had to be "Frenchy's Ring".
Now, that he was able to purchase the ring she said "YES" to his second proposal and she needed to find "Frenchy's Dress", not just any dress available but the dress that she would be proud to wear. I know that these TLC shows are embellished and borders on being fictional. But, there are many Frenchy's out there in this world and they are all about the $$. As a part time bridal consultant I have encountered a "Frenchy" or two. . .

1. Frenchy is in love with the wedding. Not the man.
2. Cubic Zirconias are much improved and if you keep it clean, only your Jeweler knows for sure.
3. Frenchy has some insecurities & has something to prove to someone.

Needless to say, I changed the channel & didn't find out how much she was willing to spend on her dress or if she even found one. It was clear to me that she was not in it for the long haul and it was all subsequential. She was also not a very young woman, in fact she could have been in her late thirties & she should know better. I have seen so many brides saying "Yes to the Wedding", caught up in "princess for the day" and "the dress up" only to crumble under the heavy weight of a marriage. How will you and I know if the ring she is wearing is genuine? And, who gives a shit if her gown is custom/designer made?  Certainly not the many attendees,who have to endure a long awaited wedding with all the pomp & circumstance of a royal family. How many times have you heard "he/she is not the marrying kind" or "see me & live with me is two different things" etc.etc.  What say you?

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Going Naked

The traditional wedding cake is typically frosted with white icing, but if a new trend takes hold, it's about to get a serious make-under. Naked cakes are the newest trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  'Going Naked'. . without any fondant or frostings these cakes are not the prettiest, but they may be the tastiest.
While the idea behind them is the same (slice, serve and eat!) there's a few important details that are different from a cake that's frosted. Naked cakes tend to have a more natural and organic feel, which means that ornate sugar or gum paste flowers won't exactly mesh. Fillings & toppings are most certainly part of the beauty to the naked cake, adding to the over all aesthetic and elegance of their appearance. Whether things are kept clean and precise in between the layers or muddled throughout, there is no wrong way to go about creating the naked wedding cake.
Got a cake with fresh fruit throughout, create an area around the cake that looks as if you had just whipped it up on the spot and your elements of baking are still left around!  An easy alternative are fresh flowers. Brooklyn-based baker Alana Jones-Mann loves to style her naked cakes with seasonal fruit and preserves. We all know how striking the hues of berries, fresh flowers in the bridal colors, even cool apple skins make for some food photography heaven, take that styling right with you into your wedding day.  For some Inspiration, go Here!

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Marsala Wedding

The colors of wine, terracotta & Marsala the Pantone color of 2015 makes a grand entrance for a rich colorful wedding. This earthy red has wine and a very warm brown underneath, which gives the feeling of groundedness, strength, and confidence,” says Leatrice Eisman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute. 
Pair this color with bronze and mixed metals for a unique wedding. Instead of a white bridal gown, think a rich wine color and dress your bridesmaids in shades of pink & browns. Dark orchids and tuberose adds a vintage look and your on your way to a one of a kind wedding that will be the talk of the town. For more inspiration go Here.

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Mellow Yellow

Yellow has been a color for weddings since the beginning of time and is still a favorite of brides today. This color can stand on its own in shades as vibrant as you want.
The Bride can now wear a Yellow gown and the bridesmaids can dress in any of the citrus colors -  lime, orange, white or any shade of lemon.
Planning a Spring wedding?  If you love this color, you have a variety of shades to choose from. For your bouquet and table decor you can go wild with all things citrus as well as the paper goods and groomsmen apparel. For more yellow wedding themes go Here!

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DIY Tablescape

Another easy peasy DIY arrangement for your reception guest tables.
:: You Need ::
Mirror toppers (square or round)
Flowers in your color scheme (silk or fresh)
Water Goblets (3 different sizes)
Tea Lights or Candle Holders
Candles (white, silver or gold)
Turn the water goblets upside down and use the base to hold your candle. If you are having a holiday wedding you can also use glass ornaments instead of flowers. Make a sample at least 5 months before, so you can tweak the arrangement to suit your taste. Then, spend the money you save on your Honeymoon.