The Best Summer Wedding Colors

When it comes to styling and decorating your wedding, one of the first decisions you are going to need to make is to choose your wedding colors. Summer can sometimes be a bit of a tricky season to pick wedding colors for, especially if you prefer a darker tone ( burgundy, dark brown, navy, etc), but the key to summer wedding colors seems to be finding a balance. In other words, choose a color scheme that will have a solid foundation – like a deep blue or purple – with a pop of something bright – like orange or teal – followed by something light – like pale yellow or sky blue. For summer, it is less about having a specific color that is the best for summer, but having the perfect color balance.

If you are planning a summer wedding, then you should take a look at these color schemes that are sure to capture the romance of summer.

Summer Wedding Colors

Photo: The Knot – New Wedding Color Combinations for 2014!

Colors: Magenta, Beige, Lime, Maroon

This is a great color palette for any warm summer night wedding. It has a great base with the maroon that is lighted up by a wedding color basic, beige, and brightened up with the pizzazz of magenta and lime. In this particular color scheme, depending on what tone of lime you choose, the lime also acts as a cool and light color. The overall effect is warm, inviting, with a touch of excitement – a.k.a romantic.

Summer wedding colors

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Colors: Succulent Green, Scarlet Red, Lavender

The constant for this color scheme is the warm succulent or moss green. The punch of red adds a heavier tone that is warm, powerful, and even passionate, while the lavender adds a sense of whimsy or summer breeze.

Bright Summer Wedding Colors

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Colors: Magenta, Antique White, Tangerine, Aqua.

We love this color scheme from theknot.com for a seaside summer wedding. The antique white acts as a perfect back drop to the color pops of magenta, tangerine, and aqua. The key with working with this many bright colors is to use them in your wedding accessories as accents (To find great summer and beach themed accessories, follow the link here). For example, as pictured above the table cloth is done in the white versus it being in the bright aqua. This lets each bright color shine and add its flavor without being overwhelming and without competing with one another.

Gold Summer Wedding

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Colors: Mint, Baby Pink, Gold, Fuchsia

Instead of having a dark color as your base, try using  multiple soft colors like the mint and baby pink to set the stage for your dominant fuchsia. The warm gold adds warmth and really helps bring the colors together, rather than the bright colors just jumping off the page. Plus, glitter and shimmer is always a great for a summer wedding.

For more ideas for your summer wedding, check out the following Wedding Collectibles Blogs!

How to Deal with Summer Heat on your Wedding Day

Summer Wedding Inspiration Boards

Destination Hawaii Real Wedding Feature – Melissa & Cameron

 

Top 10 Wedding Guestbooks

Top 10 Wedding Guestbooks

One of the funnest ways to look back on your wedding, that moment when you find yourself looking through pictures and wanting to watch the ceremony video, is to read through the sweet and funny messages guests write as they sign in, or even just reading through the names of who was there of a more traditional guest book. Guest books offer a perfect opportunity to capture the memory of the love and joy that surrounds your wedding day with friends and family. No matter how much you try to stay in the moment, that special day is going to fly by and chances are, you are not going to remember hardly anyone or what they said that added to your happiness. That is what is so great about guest books that give your guests the chance to write you sweet notes for you to remember years from now.

These guest books in our top ten offer unique, fun, and beautiful options to suite your wedding accessory needs.

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How to Deal with Summer Heat on your Wedding Day

Summer brings in wedding season, sunshine, and blue skies – as well as heat, sweat, smeared make up, and bad tempers. If you are having a gorgeous, outdoor summer wedding, you may be worried about how you are going to make it through in your floor length ball gown or how your grandma will do sitting in the sun so long.

Here are 10 quick tips for  surviving the heat on your wedding day:

Summer Wedding Dress

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1) Wear a slip to take tulle off legs and skin

No matter what kind of wedding dress you are wearing, even if it is strapless,chances are it is going to be hot. There are just so many layers, and layers that cling. It might seem counterproductive to add another layer to your onsomble, but by wearing a silk or light weight slip underneath you can keep the tulle – major heat maker – off your legs and from clinging to your skin.

2) Get ready and dressed in a cold room – keep that AC going!

Have you ever gone from a freezing room and then out into 100 degree weather and felt: “awww that feels nice”? Well, that is the goal here. If you get ready in a cold room it will make it so it takes longer for the heat to take it’s toll. Plus, it will give your make up a chance to set and encourage a good attitude and feeling beautiful (think trying to get your skinny jeans on in a hot humid room versus during winter when everything is nice and cool).

3) Make sure any car or transportation is completely cooled before you get in.

This is a similar concept as getting ready in a cool room with the added detail of avoiding irritation if the car is crammed and not giving your make up the opportunity to sweat off before you even reach your summer ceremony.

4) Keep some blotting papers ready to help your face stay matte

On your wedding day, you are going to sweat and chances are your face is going to get shiny – and I don’t mean the bridal glow. The best and easiest way to handle this is stocking up on some blotting papers. Perhaps have your maid of honor carry them for you, or keep them in your bridal purse.

5) Use Primers and Waterproof Mascara

While we are talking about make up, another tip to help it survive the heat is to use primers for you face and eyelids and then also use a waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascara has improved leaps and bounds, so you don’t need to worry about it being flaky.

6) Provide accessories that will help keep guests cool

Now, to look beyond the bride. Provide cute little umbrellas or fans is a great way to help your guests enjoy the ceremony and not complain about the heat. To take things cuter, you can create a fan program. There are a lot of great DIY templates available and it will create a cute keepsake, rather than a crumpled make shift fan.

7) Schedule your ceremony for the late afternoon or early evening and reception at night.

This may seem simple, but…well…it is. This is a great option to avoid the heat if you don’t mind planning around that burning sun. If you are having an outdoor wedding it may be well worth it to schedule it so that you don’t have to worry about getting sunburnt or anyone getting hit stroke. Plus there are very few times of year that are more romantic than summer nights. 

8) Have a portion indoors

If you don’t want to plan the time around the sun, than perhaps just plan the where around the sun. This way you and you guests are not outside in the heat of the day for the entire celebration. Having that beautiful outdoor ceremony followed by and indoor reception may be that perfect compromise. Plus, if your venue allows it, you could still have some outdoor options at the reception, but have the primary party inside.

9) Keep the Ceremony Brief

If you are determined to have an outdoor ceremony, try keeping it short (like 20 mins) to avoid having to stand -and your guests sit- in the harsh sunlight for a long period of time.

10) Serve cold water and keep the wedding party hydrated

Really, this should almost be number one. When it comes to summer hit, it is not just discomfort that is a concern. There is a very real safety issue: heat stroke. So be sure to have lots of water available and keep yourself, your wedding party, and your guests plenty hydrated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Vintage Wedding Accessories

If you are pulling together a vintage wedding, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. Sometimes when people think vintage, they think really old or of the types of things you find in the nooks and crannies that will turn out to be that golden treasure. The problem with that is that those treasures that will be perfect for your wedding are going to far and few between when you are only looking in vintage and thrift shops, especially on the scale of a wedding.

That is why the key is to find vintage styled accessories. Of course, it is highly encouraged to have a few key items that are actually vintage that can act as a centerpieces to your wedding theme. But, to fill in all those other wedding accessory needs, you are going to need a few somethings like the vintage accessories in this top 10 list.

1) Porcelain Book Vase Set

Vintage Book Wedding accessory

2) Square Bridal Tapestry Wedding Ceremony Ring Bearer Pillow

Lace Pillow

3) Vintage Cake Server SetVintage Cake Server

4) Vintage Blue Lace Garter Blue Lace Garter

5) Vintage First Kiss Wedding Cake Topper

Vintage Cake Topper

6) Vintage Inspired Taper Candle Holder

Vintage Candle Holder 7) Ivory Vintage Floral Favor Cards

Vintage Favors 8) Vintage Style Wedding Cake Topper

Vintage Cake Topper 9) Antique Filigree Base Wedding Pen Set

Vintage Pen Set

10) Vintage Style Evening Bag

Vintage Bridal Bag

Vintage Real Wedding with President and Jackie Kennedy

JFK Wedding Day

As we approach Independence day, we would like to pay homage to and feature the wedding of one of the most loved presidential couples in our history as a country: President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Jackie). Known for being a socialite and having impeccable, classy style, it is a wonderful privilege to be able to take a peak into Jackie Kennedy’s wedding day and to celebrate a time in their lives that was full of hope and promises.

Vintage Wedding Entering the Church escorted by her step father, with a look of absolute thrill.

President Wedding Ceremony The church and ceremony

bridal party  The wedding party.

Keeping Wedding Traditions

As a country, the U.S. is full of traditions as a part of the foundation of who we are. The fact that most of the country will be attending holiday parades, park events, and fire work shows in honor of those who have served and in celebration of the independence of this country is a demonstration of our love for (and need of) tradition. There seems to be a security or reassurance in tradition. That is probably why we uphold them and why it is so comforting -and even exciting- to see that in the lives of our Presidents traditions are kept. JFK and Jackie Kennedy upheld many wedding traditions, including but not limited to the first dance and cutting the cake.

Kennedy first dance The First Dance.

Jackie Kennedy's Wedding Veil Is that wedding veil not insanely gorgeous?

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

President Wedding TraditionThey look like the kind of couple that would smash the cake in each other’s faces (under extreme punishment if he got any on her dress, of course).

Having so many glimpses into their wedding, knowing where their future led, emphasizes the wonderful nature of the wedding day. It is a snap shot, and captured moment of simple joy, complete love, and the promise of many days of happiness.

As you approach your wedding day, don’t forget it’s significance goes beyond the table settings and the reception decorations. Have your goal for the day to have the same look of joy on your face as the Kennedy’s do on their wedding day.

 

4th of July Wedding Inspirations and Tips

July Wedding Ideas

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July brides will be faced with the decision of themeing their wedding after independence day or avoiding it completely, and that may feel a little bit annoying. However, no matter when you get married, their will be some sort of convention or expectation in that month. For example, in her wedding feature, bride Dani indicated that she wanted bright colors for her wedding, but had to work with something warmer and darker to fit the fall season (To see Dani’s November wedding follow this link). Here is the thing, no matter what month it is or what season or holiday is around it, you get the final say – you don’t have to have a 4th of July theme or color scheme if you don’t want to.

That being said, an independence day wedding can be a lot of fun and very pretty. Plus, it cuts the worry of the color scheme out immediately.

Why Use an Independence Day Theme?

  • This theme is great for couples who are or are from families that have served in the military or are police officers or fire fighters.
  • It is also great for couples highly involved in their community or politics.
  • It is a great for the summer season, drawing on traditions of BBQs, fireworks, the joining together of people.
  • It has a simple color palette that can be tweaked easily to fit your tastes (there are about a gazillion shades of red and blue!)
  • People are more likely to have fun with it

Tips for Using This Theme

Unless you are a fan of the bright colors, it will be easier to keep the wedding theme more subtle or less like a parade threw up on it if you use warmer or softer versions of the United State’s red white and blue. Also, you can draw on more than just the literal American flag. Think about important moments in history, symbols of unity in the country, and more personal memories you have surrounding Independence day celebrations. For example, if you family always throws fire crackers on the 4th, you could give them out as your wedding favors or if you love the fireworks show, you could do a sparkler send off (Find great sparklers for your grand exit here or at The Wedding Sparkler Store). It may even be cool to throw fire crackers and have sparklers for your grand exit. If you have the budget and make the appropriate plans, you could even have actual fireworks go off! Additionally, you may want to consider keeping the dress code more casual; think summer dresses and sandals.

Everything together will unmistakably create a night of excitement.

 

A Guide to Cake Size

Cake Infographic

Infographic Source: weddingbells.ca

A Guide to Cake Size: Infographics and other helpful hints

This wedding infographic is extraordinarily helpful as you plan one of your center stage details for your wedding.

Here’s why:

The typical sizes of a wedding cake range from as large a base as 14 inches in diameter to as small as 4 inches in diameter. As you decide on a wedding cake topper (or the lack of one) you need to keep in mind the size of your top tier. In other words, you will want to keep the size of your wedding cake topper proportionate to your tier size and the over all height of your cake.

Cake topper size

Aside from the aesthetics, another very important detail is the serving size. Ask yourself these questions three:

  • How many guests will you have?
  • Are you serving other deserts?
  • Will you serve a sheet cake version of your cake and get a smaller “display” size?”

It is a matter of balancing how much cake you want to serve, how much cake will be eaten, and how you want your cake to look. If you have always dreamed of a 6 layer cake, you may not need to serve any other deserts. Also, keep in mind if you are going to keep the tradition of saving the top tier for your 1 year anniversary, as this will decrease the serving size of your cake.

A lot of couples will get a simple and small two tier cake that’s main purpose is to keep traditions: cutting the cake and saving the cake top. Remember, small sizes will also often mean smaller prices. So if you are on a budget, you may want to consider just getting a small cake with sheet cake to serve or other deserts.

 

Return Policies for Wedding Accessories

Return Policies for Wedding Accessories

Product Returns

Photo: Urban Moxy

As you go about your wedding day shopping you may be finding that wedding shops have tight return policies. It may be frustrating, but for wedding stores to stay open and provide you with all the wonderful wedding accessories and needs, it is a necessity.

Avoid the Returns Headache

When you make a purchase on Weddingcollectibles.com – or any wedding accessory store – be sure to read through the return policy. Return policies may vary, but in the wedding industry, you can expect a few consistencies.

  • Wedding Date is Too Late. Most places, including Wedding Collectibles, will not allow returns past your wedding date. Doing so is like encouraging shoppers to keep the tags on their dresses and return them after they have used them.
  • Quick Turn Around. Along side not allowing returns after the wedding date, a lot of shops will have a small window for you to initiate your return. Wedding Collectibles allows returns within 5 days of receipt. So once you receive your product, open it, inspect it, and either keep it or return it.
  • Personalized Items are Non-refundable/returnable. If you have put your initials or name on your product, it cannot be resold, so it cannot be returned. However, a lot of shops – not just wedding, but any store with personalized items – returns are allowed if there is an error that the store made. It wouldn’t exactly be fare for us to mess up your order and not fix it, just as it is not fair for us to take responsibility for any typos entered by the customer. Always review, triple check, any personalization.

While these are likely consistencies, be sure to review the return policies of any store you buy from, as they may differ. To view Wedding Collectible’s full return policy click here.

 

Top 10 Toasting Glasses

Top 10 Toasting Glasses

toasting glasses
One of the more intimate wedding traditions are the wedding toasts, whether it be the maid of honor sharing sweet memories, the best man telling inappropriate stories, or the father of the bride tearing up. These unique bride and groom (and whoever else you would like to have them) are a perfect addition to your wedding. There are so many styles, there is no doubt that you will find one that fits your wedding tone.

If you are having a particularly small wedding, it may be a good idea to get these unique toasting glasses for each of your guests – minus the bride and groom etchings. Or, they would also work great at an engagement party and some even at a bridal shower. Whatever the event, you have some superb options.

1) Mr. & Mrs. Stemless Champagne Toasting Flutes
stemless wedding flutes These stemless champagne flutes are a summer wedding favorite. They offer a unique and more casual style without sacrificing the elegance of the moment.

2) Contemporary Champagne Flutes
Mr and Mr toast glassesThese more contemporary toasting glasses are great for any modern or contemporary wedding. We love their sleek and crisp design!

3) Contemporary Double-walled Champagne Flutes
wedding champagne flutesTimelessness mixed with modern, these champagne flutes offer a one of a kind feel. They even look somewhat like an hour glass and can easily be mixed with both modern and vintage wedding styles.
4) Dangling Jewel Toasting Glasses
heart toasting fluteThese curvy sweetheart champagne flutes are beautiful. They serve as being a more traditional option with some added bling.
5) Firelight Platinum Signature Crystal Flutes – Lenox
toasting glassThis simple set is high quality, sophisticated, and meant to be a part of a high class wedding.

6) Bird of Paradise Etched Champagne Flute Set

etched toasting fluteThere are a few different etched glass options when it comes to toasting glasses. This bird of paradise design is great for summer and beach wedding themes. It is a symbol of relaxation of fun.

8) Elegant Calligraphy Champ Glasses
bride and groom glass

These toasting glasses offer a different tone than the traditional champagne flute that is both lighthearted and sweet.

9) Monogram Cream Sash Toasting Glasses
Monogram Toasting GlassMonograms are a great thing for weddings. The bride and groom are joining together to make their new family and their wedding monogram is a symbol of that. That is only a small part of what makes this long stemmed flute a great option and a part of our top 10.

10) Lusterware Stein
wedding bear mug  If you want something spunky, look no farther. These are great for casual weddings or even just bachelor parties.