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Top 12 Fall Cake Toppers

Since it’s Fall we decided to put together a list of our top 12 favorite fall cake toppers and figurines for this season! Your cake is the main centerpiece at your wedding reception which is why you should meet with designers to create something that is personal, stylized, and creative. When it comes time to add the cake topper the one thing you don’t want to do is pick something generic or distracting! The cake topper should compliment the cake’s design, and it’s one more way to tell your love story or the theme during the reception.

So what kind of cake topper should you pick? When you decide on the cake topper you’ll want to consider your overall theme, the design, and the shape of the cake. There are five basic categories for cake toppers:

Cake topper types

When selecting a cake topper you should consider things you love, look outside the traditional wedding themes, and find something that truly represents you. We love some of the offbeat choices during the Fall season.

Top 12 Wedding Fall Cake Toppers

Traditional and seasonally influenced is a no brainer!

Our favorite this season is the couple kissing under the umbrella. It’s the traditional bride and groom but it is customizable, and it’s a unique pose that tells us a story. We love the little detail of her rain boots under her dress. It captures the romantic nature of Autumn with a kiss in the rain.

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Add charm and warmth to any wedding cake with a rustic topper!

A popular theme during the Fall for weddings is the warm and rustic theme, which typically feature elements inspired by nature. This is the perfect opportunity to utilize your creativity and DIY skills. If you don’t have a crafty hand, there are some amazing craftsman out there with ready-made toppers with customizable rustic flair options.

Wedding Collectibles 5 Star Reviews! Personalized Rustic Cake Topper I did receive my package and it is perfect! Love the smell of the wood too. 09-27-2018 by Katherine Johnson

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Cake toppers with spunk!

Everyone enjoys a quirky bride that goes with her gut and takes advantage of this season to choose a more offbeat wedding theme! We love this classic script cake topper with the quirky saying. Perhaps our favorite thing about cake toppers is that it gives you a romantic keepsake to bring home after the big day. These cake toppers will all be great in a frame or on a shelf as a reminder of your wedding and the “mutual weirdness” that makes your relationship so fun!

Halloween fall cake toppers

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Depending on your style and design of the cake, you may opt out of a cake topper entirely. Or, you may want to go with something more fresh or natural for the season. Whatever the case, couples that choose fall cake toppers that are unique to them are the ones that are most memorable. Head over to Wedding Collectibles to start your search for the perfect cake topper today!

Top Three Autumn Wedding Themes in 2018

Inspiration abounds for wedding planning when the days are shorter, there’s a chill in the air, and the trees change from hues of green to gold and rust.It’s Autumn; and wedding designers and brides are falling in love with three popular autumn wedding themes that really shine during this festive season.

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Top Three Autumn Wedding Themes in 2018

  • “Fall in Love” Theme – Traditional but dynamic, this theme works great for backyard budget weddings!
  • “Let Love Grow” Theme – This Fall cactus theme is trending in the wedding-sphere. It is unique and opens up a warm desert color palette to play with.
  • “Perfect “Pear”‘ Theme – Earthy and sweet this is another trending theme for brides-to-be.
“Fall in Love” Wedding Theme

This one is a long time favorite for Fall weddings. The falling leaves, festivities of the season, and chill in the air are all great inspiration for a cozy intimate wedding and reception. The soft beiges, browns, and oranges are timeless and perfectly festive for this time of the year.

For creative and budget conscious couples, utilizing pumpkins and fallen leaves in DIY decor can turn out spectacular at your reception.

Must Have: One of our favorite trends for this theme is the dessert bar or party favors. S’mores are a really fun and tasty treat to give your guests as a thank you for attending! Or why not have a s’more bar at the dessert table?

Links: Flowers | Photography | Cake | Cake Topper | Smores Favors

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“Love Grows Here” Wedding Theme

Let’s face it, we don’t always think of that green spiky succulent when planning the decor for a wedding, but it’s actually a totally romantic wedding theme! This hearty succulent is the perfect depiction of love that thrives despite the “dry times” in life. And, it’s trendy!

The cactus theme is taking over the design industry, and it’s hit the wedding-sphere! It looks beautiful when paired with a rust, copper, and teal color palette.

Must Have:  Desert weddings lend themselves to some pretty spectacular sunsets and clear night skies. What is more romantic than a reception with stargazing?! Don’t forget to provide some warm blankets and hot drinks for your guests!

Links: Flowers | Photography | Cake | Cake Topper | Cactus Favors

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Perfect “Pear” Wedding Theme

Pears are the royalty of the fruit kingdom making this wedding theme as sophisticated as it is sweet. It’s no wonder it’s made it as one of the top three autumn wedding themes. One of our favorite color palettes includes the deep rich hues of purple and crimson accented by the marigold coloring of the pear. It’s also a no brainer on what to give your guests as favors: a delicious dessert pear! 

Must Have: It was the Greek poet Homer who called pears a “gift of the gods.” Pears are celebrated around the world when paired with cheese and wine. Consider hosting your guests to a pear and wine tasting the week of your wedding!

Links: Flowers | Photography | Cake | Cake Topper | Pear Favors

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Pros and Cons of an Autumn Wedding

With pumpkin spice season upon us, we wanted to get into some of the pros and cons of having an Autumn wedding. From amazing color combinations to budget friendly receptions that are dripping in romance, you’ll fall in love with these ideas for an Autumn wedding!

First, let’s talk about the pros of an autumn wedding!

Autumn weddings are typically easier on your wallet!

Because it is the off-season for a lot of companies, getting married in October or November will help you save money on everything from the ceremony and reception venues to the DJ you hire.

Best Season for the Rustic Chic Bride

Also, it’s the perfect season to utilize a more rustic and DIY style for decor and guest favors. Whether you actually make your decor or use a DIY kit, the fall is the time to do it!

Be sure to check out some of our DIY wedding cake toppers! You can build your own custom cake topper that is uniquely you!!

 

It’ Great for Romantic Themed Photo Shoots

One way to have fun in the beginning stage of wedding planning is to 

hire a photographer and do a fun engagement shoot. The fall is open to a lot of warm and fun themes, like fall festivals, harvests, and if you want to really get into it Halloween! 

If you’re having a fall wedding, be sure to have fun with your engagement announcement with an autumn themed shoot!

Oh! The Wonderful FOODautumn wedding food ideas

The Fall season is rich with color, scents, and textures that can be applied to everything at your wedding from the decor to the FOOD. Imagine an amazing scent of fresh apples, baked mini pies, and hot chocolate filling the room!

That sound like the coziest wedding reception ever! We found lots of ideas for food and wedding decor from Elegant wedding Invites. We love the elegant but cozy s’mores bar!

Okay some of the “cons”…

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Rain. Rain. Go. Away.

While we hope you won’t let rain deter you from having an Autumn wedding, it’s a possibility, and something you should consider when selecting your venue. No one wants to be rained out on their wedding day!

There are however a lot of ways to work around the weather. Look at this couples fall Seattle wedding where it rains all the time!

Just know that if you are set on hosting an outdoor wedding, then you need to be sure any out of town guest are aware of appropriate attire for the season.

Plus, you may need to budget for tents or guest umbrellas too for your ceremony and reception.

Holiday Traffic Jam

You may also be dealing with the holidays. Whether you celebrate holidays or not, they can effect the planning of your wedding. 

For example, this can be a more expensive time of year for out of town guests to travel. You’ll want to send them save-the-dates early to give them plenty of time to coordinate time off and to book their travel.

You should also expect a few “no-shows” since it is a busy time of the year for people and they may not be able to take the extra time off for your wedding.

In case you couldn’t tell…

We’d say the pros have it! Fall is an amazing time for your special day! With the rich colors, textures, and yummy flavors of the season, your guests will be swept away with the spirit of romance and festivity.

 

 

Top 7 Elopement Venues

Elopement venues to die for!

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When you elope today, it’s all about the location and Y-O-U!

While some family members may be offended with your decision to elope, it really is more about you and your future as a married couple that matters. So, make sure you have some fun shopping around elopement venues that will be best for you!

In an interview with “Intimate Weddings” writer Gaelen, a newly wed couple shared their thoughts on the best part of eloping.

They said, “Daron and I got to spend the entire day together. Honestly, it was the most romantic day – and our photographer and videographer were there to capture it all. We had a blast and didn’t have to worry about pleasing anyone else.”

Wedding venues around the world are opening up to couples looking for these intimate, and totally instagrammable, ceremonies!

Forget Las Vegas! Couples are exchanging vows all over the world in some of the most beautiful places on earth; and they are bringing their photographer friends with them!

Tip! Having a wedding video and lots of pictures to share from your adventure will help ease some family members hurt feelings of not being invited to attend your intimate wedding.

For example, these seven wedding elopement venues from around the world will provide the coveted snaps and humble bragging rights you’ve been looking for!

Tip! Keep in mind that even though you’re having a small ceremony, hiring a travel and event planner is important when choosing to marry outside of the country.

Here are our picks for the top seven elopement venues for eloping couples – there’s one for every continent!

First, Australia:

If you are looking for nuptials that perhaps conclude with surfing on the gold coast or exploring an ancient rainforest, check out Wildhearted and Hitched. They are a wedding planning business based in Queensland and specialize in small weddings.

Next up, Africa!

Dreaming of Africa? Mahali Mzuri has wedding event specialists ready to plan an exquisite Safari wedding for the two of you and up to 24 guests (if you choose to invite them!)

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South America:

Get married at one of the New Seven Wonders of the World! Belmond Hotel. Machu Picchu. Really, enough said.

North America:

Next, channel your inner “wild man” and explore these unique treehouses in Washington state as an option for your secret nuptials.

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Asia:

You really can’t beat a tropical beach wedding. Check out the Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. Truly, it’s beautiful and an an award winning luxury hotel specializing in ceremonies large and small.

Next, Head Over to Europe:

Try on your glass slippers Cinderella because your perfect wedding destination is in France! For example, Peach Perfect Wedding planners have work romantic Chateaus and mansions, and other beautiful locations all over the country bringing you the fairy tale wedding you have been dreaming about.

Finally, take a look at Antarctica:

Looking for ultimate wedding bragging rights? Then, why not get married on a glacier in the Antarctic? Aurora Expeditions has hosted adventures couples getting engaged, married, or for their vow renewals!

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Your Elopement Wedding | What to Wear

What to Wear Elopement Ideas

More and more couples are opting for small elopement ceremonies that make sense for their budget and lifestyle. We’ve been talking a lot about eloping this month, and now we want to discuss “what to wear when you elope”. Having strong fashion sense and style helps you look and feel confident everyday. This holds true on your wedding day too and these days brides have some wonderfully diverse dress options.

For those that have some time to plan their small ceremony, especially if it’s a destination wedding, a traditional gown is commonly worn. Let’s talk, though, about how to feel amazing and what to wear when you have a quick elopement ceremony at the courthouse.

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Elopement Etiquette | What you need to know!

Is there such a thing as Elopement Etiquette?

Planning a wedding today takes a lot of time and money. Which tends to equal stress. The average cost of a traditional wedding is upwards of $20,000! This rules out the budget of a lot of newly engaged couples.

Pamela Paul, author of The Starter Marriage and Future of Matrimony, says “They’re sort of thinking it’s either $25,000 on a wedding or $25,000 on a down payment.”

So it makes sense that couples are choosing to elope more now than ever before and are asking if there really is an elopement etiquette.

Traditional or not, Elopements are in! Elopement Etiquette

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Eloping has had a negative connotation in the past. However, it’s not about rebellious teenage courthouse hitchings anymore. Instead, it’s couples choosing intimacy and affordability.

A typical elopement today is more defined by simplicity, a beautiful destination, and a short guest list. This turn from the rebellious to being a type of wedding means that you have some elopement etiquette that you can use to guide your wedding planning.

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Wedding Traditions Can be all About You!

Old new borrowed blue wedding tradition for you

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Old. New. Borrowed. Blue.

We’ve learned that the happiest brides are ones that find ways to make conventional wedding traditions represent their personal style, their family, and their personality. One of our favorite traditions that any bride can have fun with is wearing “something borrowed and something blue”.

This English tradition has been bringing brides good luck and fortune since the 1800s. The original rhyme is “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe”. However, what began as a way to bless the bride with good luck and fidelity is now also a way to create timeless keepsakes and show some creativity.

How real brides are making traditions their own!

In Hawaii, one bride went beach-combing before her sunset wedding. On the beach she found a white rock and decided to use it as her something borrowed.  She placed the small rock in her bouquet for the ceremony. Then, before she left she tossed it back to the sea.

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Jessica Belew of Bremerton, WA, had some precious items as her good luck charms. She wrapped a handkerchief around her bouquet that “had [her] name and wedding date embroidered in blue [and] had the appliques from [her] mom’s veil stitched on.” It is now a treasured family heirloom that she hopes her daughter will use one day.

Another more unconventional bride made her family and friends’ smiles widen when she walked down the aisle with a borrowed tennis racket from her new mother-in-law in her bouquet. That’s one way to show a family’s history of sports!  

Whatever you do, make wedding traditions you!

Culture, family, personality, and religion can all play a big part in the wedding planning process. While juggling it all can be stressful, we hope you’ll remember to have fun and look for unique ideas that make your wedding day memorable.

Whether it is a nerdy groom’s cake, a sapphire ribbon sewn into your dress, skydiving in your wedding attire, or memorable thank you cards there is a variety of options to make your special day less conventional.

Check out more Old. New. Borrowed. Blue. Ideas here!

Plus Size Brides | What to look for in a wedding dress | Part Two

Plus size brides may find themselves getting frustrated trying on wedding dresses in bridal shops that just don’t seem to be catered to them. It may take a little time and a few deep breaths, but you can and will find your dream wedding dress! Here are a few things to look for to help you along the way!

Material Matters:

One of the first things you should look for is a dress made of a thicker and sturdier material. Thin materials might seem like a good idea for a summer wedding or a “light” feel, but you need a material that will hold it’s shape! Avoid the skim the body fabrics and go for materials like taffeta, organza, lace, and duchess satin.

Remember, you are not LIMITED on what your wedding dress should and can be. There are so many options out there, but some will be better for a curv-licious body type.

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10 Wedding Dresses from around the world

Be Inspired by these Wedding Dresses from Around the World

When you are planning your wedding and finding yourself a little stuck, it’s always a good idea to take a look at the traditions of other cultures. Not to steal their traditions, but to recognize the beauty and power behind the traditions. This will pretty much guarantee a break out of your funk as you get inspired by the symbolism of color and the relationship of clothing to the wedding ceremony.

So this week, we went hunting to find gorgeous and inspiring wedding dresses from around the world. We stumbled across Fashion Wanderer’s top 50 and narrowed down our favorites to 10! If you would like to see the full list, check it out here.

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Nigerian Bride

Brides from Nigeria will most likely be found in a brightly colored traditional Igbo wedding gown. For Nigerian brides, bright colors are always better!

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Plus Size Brides | How to Find the Perfect Dress | Part One

Let’s be real. Shopping for a wedding dress can be stressful. It becomes more stressful when you find yourself looking at a rack of dresses that just don’t even come close to hitting your size. Gone are the days that it’s somehow expected that every woman should be the same size. However, the trickle of growth is slow and it can still be a challenge for plus size brides to really have the dream wedding dress shopping experience.

Below are a few tips to help you not only get your dream wedding dress, but the best shopping experience!

Go to Bridal shops that you know carry plus-size gowns!

A big frustration full-figure have when shopping for clothes (not just the dream wedding dress) is that clothes in typical shops don’t seem to be made for their bodies. This leads to leaving stores tired and frustrated! This is not the experience you want to have when shopping for your wedding dress!

So before you start shopping boutiques, do a little research. A quick call to ask what sizes they carry in store and available to order, along with how they handle fittings will save you some frustration of realizing the cute shop you thought you would love only carries sizes up to 10 and calls it good.

Try on sizes known to work well with full-figure body types!

Similar to tip one, the idea here is to set yourself up for finding something you really love minus the frustration of having to kiss too many frogs that just don’t fit.

Below we have three wedding gown styles that are some of our favorites for plus size brides.

Sheath: Sheath wedding gowns are perfect for our plus size brides because they offer simple structure with clean lines.

Drop Waist: This is perfect for the curvy bride that wants to accentuate her shape. This style will offer a clear waistline, while accenting the natural curves of the body.

Mermaid: Mermaid wedding gowns for plus size brides are a dream come true! The mermaid wedding dress will give you a look of long legs, an accentuated waistline, and curves to envy.

Be Sure to Check in for Part Two Coming soon!