Pros and Cons of a Naked Wedding Cake

Annie and Julius' stunning botanical inspired wedding by Sara and Rocky | www.onefabday.com

Naked cakes came into the wedding scene and has seemed to steal the show of wedding cakes. They are defiantly trendy and despite their nakedness there is a lot of room for creativity. BUT, are they “practically perfect in every way?” Not necessarily.

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How to Get Started on Your Wedding Vows

Volcano Elopement

“A Smokin’ Hot Elopement at a Volcanic Crater” : Green Wedding Shoes 10/27/2017

Writing your wedding vows can be intimidating. That is in part that writing itself can be hard as you try to put into words ideas that often do not yet have a language. Then you add in trying to express the love you have for someone you want to spend the rest of your life with and you have yourself a true writers block, stage fright, how on earth do I do this nightmare!

So let’s see if we can help!

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Managing Kids at your Wedding

small flowergirl drinking hershey's milk at a wedding ceremony

CUTEST KIDS AT WEDDINGS: Del Sol Photography

You love kids. You have kids. Your sister has six kids. Everyone has kids. You are totally cool with everyone bringing their kids to your wedding.

BUT

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Onyx Wedding Inspiration

Breaking free from being a black and white wedding, focusing on the gemstone, onyx, your wedding will not only feel classy, but have so much more meaning behind it!

Meanings and Connections to the Onyx Gemstone for your Onyx Wedding

Onyx has a somewhat strange story behind it’s “mythical” creation: It is said that Cupid cut the fingernails from the goddess Venus while she slept, leaving the fingernail clippings in the sand. Then the fates turned them into stones. Now if your’re thinking of your grooms gross clippings left in the family room, don’t. This story shows how highly the stones were respected as coming from part of a goddess.  Another interesting little detail about Onyx is that if you dream about onyx, it is supposed to symbolize a happy life with your perfect match (aka happily ever after). It is also supposed to be a protection against dark forces and remove negativity out of your life.

The stories and meanings connected to Onyx may not be quickly seen as romantic, however starting a marriage without negativity and being each other’s perfect match in the presence of a goddess’s nail clippings (okay maybe not the nail clippings part) is pretty romantic!

Styling your Onyx Wedding

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All of this aside, Onyx ( not just black! Use the stone!) creates a great texture for your decor. In order to stay away from it just being black, it is a good idea to have elements of the raw stone in your decor. Also, playing with geometric shapes can create a modern and earthy vibe. Ultimately, it is the perfect look for any contemporary couple.

An Onyx Opportunity

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If you want to be truly unique, be daring at try a black wedding dress! Black wedding dresses are not just for the girl who only wears black. It is as classy and beautiful as white – maybe just don’t pair it with black eye shadow and black lipstick! Take it further and find a Grecian goddess styled gown to connect with Onyx’s Venus roots!

How to Avoid the Overdone Wedding Trend

Avoiding the Overdone Wedding Trend

“9 Trends Wedding Planners Hate as Much as You Do” By Jessie Mooney 6/27/2017

Just like there are blogs -like ours- that share wedding ideas, hoping to inspire new brides to create and enjoy their dream wedding, there are also those that hate on every wedding trend that has every existed. Like every one. Sure, trends change. Some can be “overdone” and other’s end up not being functional and need to change.

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The Perfect Bridesmaid Gift

The Perfect Bridesmaid Gift

Bridesmaids do a lot for their bride, and sometimes even end up spending a lot of money. They are often responsible for planning and throwing bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and depending on their bride will pay for their own no-negotiations bridesmaid dress. Even though wedding planning is stressful, it is important to remember that a little thank you can go a long way in making your ladies feel appreciated. That’s where Wedding Collectibles comes in!

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7 Strange Wedding Traditions

Fun and somewhat strange wedding traditions

Weddings are full of tradition, but where do these traditions come from? Are they the same everywhere you go? Really, weddings look as different on one side of the world than the other as they do from one time period than another. This is important to keep in mind when you are planning your wedding. Following tradition is great, but there are so many different traditions out there, that if you wanted to pull a bit from each you would end up with a non-traditional traditional wedding!

Let’s take a look at some different and somewhat strange wedding traditions across the world and throughout history:

1) In parts of Africa the parents of the bride and groom bring fire from each of their hearths to light the hearth of the newlyweds. What a neat way to show a blessing on a marriage and the continuation of their families!

2) The tradition to have tiered cakes came from a game where a bride and groom tried to kiss over their cake (some tried to make it really challenging!) without knocking it over. This seems like a tradition that needs to be brought back!

3) Speaking of wedding cakes, they started way back when in ancient Rome when Romans would break a loaf of bread over the brides head to ensure fertility!

4) The month of June is a popular month for weddings. Heck there are even movies about it! But do you know why?  It all stemmed from the goddess Juno because she is the ruler over marriage, home, and childbirth!

5) In Denmark it was tradition for the bride and groom to cross dress as a way of confusing evil spirits. Quite a different image than the little girl one day dreaming of her wedding dress!

6) Unlike many western brides who work to shed weight to look their “best” on their wedding days, Mauritania brides are actually sent to “fat farms” to ensure that they have stomach rolls, stretch marks, and touching thighs. It is supposed to represent that their new husband is wealthy enough to keep her luxuriously fed.

7) In India, women who are born as Mangliks (something to do with the location of Mars and Saturn) are thought to be cursed. The curse would cause an early death for her husband. So, to break the curse she must first be married to a tree that is then cut down.

Which strange wedding traditions would you try and which do you find the most strange?

Have you Tried Attending a Big Fake Wedding?

What is the Big Fake Wedding event?

Big Fake Wedding Event - Seattle

Looking for a fun way to explore wedding vendors and get a taste of what you want your wedding to not only look like in pieces, but together as a whole? Try attending a Big Fake Wedding event! It is exactly what it sounds like – a fake wedding put together with real vendors. It is attended by brides and designed to connect you to exactly what it is that you want. Right from the horses mouth, The Big Fake Wedding is a “a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional vow renewal ceremony, light bites, and a dance-party reception”. Doesn’t that sound so fun?

Before attending the event, you can look at their inspiration board. This will help to get a feel of if it is a style you would be interested in. What’s more is tickets to attend the events are only $25. So, you don’t have to spend a lot to get connected to vendors your love!

Custom Wedding Cake Topper for your Big REAL Wedding!

Even if you prefer the ease of shopping online, attending an even like this is a great way to get a better idea of what it is you want. This is an especially good idea if you haven’t attended a lot of weddings. It can be a little scary to just order items for your wedding online, especially when you see online shopping fails turned into memes. Once you’ve seen in person what it is you like, it will be less overwhelming looking through cake toppers online.

The Big Fake Wedding

A great thing about these events is you can find them in most states. Click here to see a list of upcoming Big Fake Weddings near you.

Prefer shopping online? Let weddingcollectibles.com offer you the perfect wedding cake topper here!

Ruby Wedding Inspiration

Four Things to Consider for your Ruby Wedding

Ruby Wedding Idea Board

Center of Attention or Background?

Ruby, as a gemstone and as a wedding color, is most definitely the center of attention. This means that any other colors you have aside the Ruby should be chosen to enhance its beauty and meaning. Being bold should not mean you can’t play it up.  For example, you may choose it to be a pop of color – steal drawing attention – like in the bouquet of our inspiration collage. Or, it can be dramatically center stage like in the sequin bridesmaid dresses. Ruby has a warmth to it that undercuts the hardness or loudness that can sometime accompany red.  This means you really can have Ruby sequin dress with it looking romantic and luxurious and not Vegas show girl.

Meaningful Connections

As a gemstone, Rubies are known to evoke passion and romance. According to crystalvaults.com “ruby has always been associated with love, especially faithful passionate commitment and closeness” and were in fact once thought to be the perfect wedding stone.  Really, the only thing a young couple wants more than to live happily ever after is to live passionately ever after.

Food for thought: Have you ever heard of the joke tradition to put a marble in a jar every time.. eh hem…in your first year of marriage and to take a marble out every time *cough* in the years after and even 50 years later you’ll still not have emptied the jar? So, maybe using a Ruby as the center stone of your wedding and maybe even your wedding ring will prevent that from being you!

Wedding Themes Connected to Ruby

  • Royal
  • Love/ Sweethearts
  • Fantasy
  • Bohemian
  • Winery
  • Rustic
  • Harvest

Complementing Colors for your Ruby Wedding

  • Charcoal
  • Gold
  • Rose Gold
  • Cream
  • Blush
  • Emerald
  • Jewel Tones ( as in you use several different jewel tones as your color scheme)

Check Out our Emerald Wedding Inspiration Board Here.

A Fun Wedding Tradition to Break

The Wedding Dress: White or not to White

It is traditional in many cultures to wear a white wedding dress. Surprise! Okay, so that isn’t a big shocker. For the most part it has to do with representing purity or in some cultures, virginity.  Either way when someone says wedding dress, people think white.  Wedding dresses have grown in styles, but the traditional white is still the most dominant and breaking the trend of the white wedding dress is often the most statement making veer from tradition.  So if you run in a more traditional crowed – grandpa will have a heart attack if you walk down the aisle in a gorgeous ruby gown – be prepared for possible back lash. However, for those wanting a unique wedding dress, this can be one of the funnest wedding traditions to break

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Really this could be any bold color, but jeweled tones are one hundred percent on trend this year. A jewel toned wedding dress would be keeping with top trends, but also be a huge step out of tradition! The key to still keeping the bridal look will be in all the styling. Imagine this unique wedding dress with an emerald lace veil and a bouquet of all white flowers. Can you say show stopper?  Continue reading