Category Archives: Customized Weddings

A Photo Booth as a Guest Book

Wedding Photo BoothA wedding photo booth is perfect for your fun and flirty wedding! Photo booths are a great way to encourage your guests to document their memories for you on your special day. Many brides and grooms will even use a photo booth in lieu of a guestbook!

How it works:

A photographer with a Polaroid camera snaps a picture of your guests as they come in or throughout the night in front of your backdrop. Then, your guests sign their picture and slip it in a photo album or hang it on a clothes line display!

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The Perfect Pick: Cake Topper

This is THE perfect Wedding Cake Topper for 2017

Whimsical Cake Topper

This gorgeous topper is perfect for your wedding!

Wedding cake trends are always changing, and yet they all involve the word beautiful. Whether you prefer something more traditional or you like to break boundaries, this will always be the same. To highlight the creme of the crop, let’s take a look at what 2017 has to offer! This weeks perfect pick is this delightful, light feather wedding cake topper.

Why we love it:

First, this whimsy white feather porcelain cake topper with a personalized veneer disc, while a mouthful, is simply beautiful. It will meld right in with everything from a simplistic wedding theme to a farmhouse home decor, making it a wonderful wedding collectible. It is unique, with a delicate, yet modern design and it’s personalizing options make it one of a kind!  Also, there are font options as well as an option to get the feather cake topper without the veneer disc. Furthermore, it can be used both as a cake accessory and as a figurine on display.

Wedding Themes It Matches:

This lovely topper will coordinate with all of the following wedding themes:

  • rustic
  • simplistic
  • bohemian
  • coastal
  • garden
  • whimsical
  • Anything surrounding the idea that “love gives you wings”.

Where to get it:

Next, this wedding cake accessory can be found under Rustic Weddings in our Wedding Themes section along with other similar option that you can peruse or click here for this exact product!

More Wedding Collectible Favorites:

Now, to take a look at more wedding accessory favorites, take a look at our our blogs  “7 Wedding Decor Trends of 2017” and “Ideas for your Autumn Wedding“. Here, you will find great ideas for your upcoming wedding, as well as tips on what top products will suite your needs!

4 Tips for Choosing Your Dream Wedding Cake

wedding cake topper

⦁ Determine the Number of Guests and Budget

Before we start talking about colors and frosting, the first aspect that needs attention is logistics. If there are going to be over 500 guests in attendance AND the wedding cake is THE dessert being served, you will need to select a cake with an appropriate amount of layers or plan on having sheet cake ready to serve alongside you cute and dainty two-layer cake.

⦁ Choose the Flavors You Like

This is one of the fun parts of choosing a wedding cake. Set up a tasting – with an idea of what you are looking for – and try out the flavors that are going to be best for you. This is your wedding, so don’t worry if Aunt Suzy doesn’t like chocolate! What do you want to be eating (or getting smashed in your face…) at your wedding?

⦁ Consider Your Wedding Style

Sometimes we come up with the best tasting, largest cake, but the colors of the frosting or the filling style just does not match up with that relaxed beach vibe you want for your reception. Your wedding style is going to be something you will want to consider when you select that gorgeous triple chocolate wedding cake.

⦁ Match Your Cake Topper

The heart wants what the heart wants, but it is a good idea to try and coordinate with your all-important cake topper. If your heart is set on a sweet and romantic cake topper, but is also in love with an ornate cake design that does not leave room for a wedding cake topper, it may be time to take a step back and rethink your wedding cake choice.

6 Rustic Wedding Ideas for Country Weddings

Rustic Wedding Ideas for your Country Wedding

Rustic weddings are more popular than ever, but not every city or location is equipped with a Rustic Wedding venue. Besides a venue, here are 6 rustic wedding ideas you can use to incorporate a little country into your big day.

Bluegrass Whiskey Barrels
Rustic Wedding Ideas

These whiskey barrels are a unique way to add some country flair. Use them as drink dispensers at your wedding rehearsal dinner or reception, as a decor piece on your guest book table or bar, or they can double as gifts for your groomsmen or your father of the bride/groom! Available in 1oz, 2oz, or 3oz sizes and can be customized with initials or two lines of text. A fun idea your wedding guests will love!
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Beach Wedding Ideas | Part I

Beach Wedding Ideas

Bring the beach theme to your big day! We have compiled our list of a variety of items perfect for any destination beach wedding.

One of our favorite beach wedding ideas is to incorporate seashells any way that you can. We are in love with these adorable seashell placecard holders! Each dainty, shiny shell holds a placecard and doubles as a wedding favor – guests can later use these keepsake shells to hold their own photos! A must have for any beach wedding.

Beach Wedding Ideas

Next up, a unique idea to add some flare to your toes. Instead of being barefoot, consider adding fun foot jewelry for you and your bridesmaids. These are decorated with a mixture of pearls and shiny rhinestones, and are available in a variety of colors and stones. The perfect way to add that extra touch!

Beach Wedding Ideas

A staple in wedding traditions, we have the perfect seashell garter for your beach wedding. This ivory satin and chiffon garter features a chiffon bow and seashell accents, perfect to keep or throw to all your single groomsmen.

Beach Wedding Ideas

Another favorite way to thank your guests for coming is with this seashell bottle opener favor! Each bottle opener is presented in an elegant gift box with a clear top and a raffia tie. A designer tag that reads “Thank you for sharing this day” is included on each favor as well. Consider giving them to all guests, or to your immediate wedding party and family as a special thank you for all they’ve done.

Beach Wedding Ideas

What cake table would be complete with a touch of beach? This seashell wedding cake topper is perfect for any beach theme wedding.

Beach Wedding Ideas

Lastly, add one more tiny touch of seashells to your beach theme wedding with this wedding cake serving set. This set includes one 12″ long cake knife and one 9.5″ long cake server. Both are made of stainless steel with ivory acrylic handles.

Beach Wedding Ideas

No matter what beach you choose, we have all the beach wedding ideas you need to keep your day special. Stay tuned for part 2 with additional items perfect for the beach!

Weddings from the World: Chinese Weddings

Photography: Brandon Kidd http://greenweddingshoes.com/real-wedding-erin-bens-hong-kong-wedding/

Photography: Brandon Kidd
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As we have seen these last weeks, marriage ceremonies throughout the world are so different that you will never see exactly the same celebration on any. Each country has different customs and traditions that make their weddings unique. This week, we will be learning about the picturesque Chinese weddings.

Before the process of the wedding starts, an intermediary takes care of all the formalities of the proposal. First they will give one gift to the parents of the bride and the groom and also get the birth information of her so they can investigate. An expert will decide if their marriage will be viable based on astrology. If it is, the groom’s parents will provide details about their son to do the same and compare their astrological chart. If everything goes well, both families will meet and evaluate the agreement.

Once the marriage is decided, they start exchanging gifts between the two families. The parents of the bride are in charge of choosing the date of the wedding. This whole process can take even up to two years.

To prepare for the wedding, the bride will be in a secluded room with her closest friends. During that time, they will sing to cry over the loss of her family. In the meantime, the groom will get the bridal bed installed the day before the wedding. However, they are usually helped by someone who has a lot of children since that is considered to give them luck.

Something very typical about Chinese weddings is color red. Red for them symbolizes love and prosperity. Therefore, it is used in the bride and groom’s gowns, decorations, gifts and much more. The bride, dress in red, will get her hair arranged as a symbol of the initiation of adulthood. Also, she will get a red veil to cover her face and she is taken to her parents as a gratitude sign.  Once she is ready, there will be a procession to take her to her future husband’s house. The groom, also in red, will undergo some ceremonies at the altar.

They will the go to enjoy dinner at the bride’s house and at this point, the veil is taken off the bride’s face which, after a series of rituals, represents that the couple is now married. Then, the couple will offer a cup of tea to their respective parents-in-law to signify they have become one family. After that, the bride receives her wedding gift. A red envelope with money.

Finally, the wedding celebration ends with a huge feast accompanied with fireworks, cigars and confetti.

A Spooky Wedding

Photographer: Meghan Elise Photography http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2015/10/29/moody-halloween-wedding-inspiration/

Photographer: Meghan Elise Photography
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Many couples love the idea of getting married on Halloween. It is the opportunity not only to have fun and let your inner child come out but also to show off your creativity and ability to scare all your guest through original and creepy decoration and details. From pumpkins, witches and ghosts to terrifying scenarios, there is a lot of material for a really scary and unique Halloween themed wedding.Boyka: Undisputed IV movie

If you are going to celebrate your wedding on Halloween, you will need a lot of great ideas to make it the spooky wedding of the year, we will gladly help you with that, so take note on the below ideas and plan a spectacular Halloween wedding.

  • Castles have always been surrounded by mystery and horror; therefore, they become the perfect scenario for your Halloween wedding. Do your homework and search for the scariest. If you have the resources, you can even look for a castle abroad.
  • Pumpkins are definitely the main characters when we talk about Halloween, so you cannot miss them on your wedding. There are many ways in which you can incorporate them: as centerpieces, as lamps to light the corridor where you will walk to the altar or in the floor, as decoration and of course as part of the menu!
  • Your Halloween party must of course include terrifying elements. Thus, why not decorating every corner of the venue with them. Use skeletons, witches, zombies, insects, heads and much more to make the place as scary as possible. You can decorate the ceiling, the tables, chairs, walls and a lot more with them. You can even do a photo booth with the creepiest figures!
  • Your dress may become the protagonist! Not by wearing a black dress or one that looks like a costume but, instead, you can prepare it to look awesome by adding any details you wish. It may be spider web, insects, wearing a creepy veil or even adding a vampire-like coat.
  • People love disguises, so you should take advantage of the holiday and ask your guests to wear costumes to your party. To make sure it goes as planned, include instructions in the invitation to make sure everybody wears a cool disguise. If you want to make it even more interesting, you can offer a prize for the best costume.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but you could definitely come up with more and have the best Halloween-themed wedding ever!

Weddings from the World: Armenian Weddings

Continuing with our series about Weddings from the World, this week we have chosen to talk about Armenian marriages.  Armenian weddings are full of personality thanks to its wide variety of traditions, customs, dances and music which makes them exceptionally different to what we are accustomed to.

Before the wedding, the future husband’s family will house the future wife and ask her father for permission to let the relationship continue. Once they get permission, the future groom gives the future bride the engagement ring. To celebrate, they toast with Armenian cognac and they even hold an engagement party hosted by the girl’s parents.

Unlike other cultures, in Armenian, the family of the groom are the ones in charge of paying the wedding costs. The celebration will start will a lot of rituals the evening before the religious wedding, let’s go through them:

  • Late at night, the groom, family and friends will go to the bride’s house to deliver the veil she will wear during the wedding. They will play music, dance and bring gifts. While they are celebrating, they steal the shoes that the bride will wear on the wedding ceremony which symbolizes how the girl will be taken away from her family. To recover the shoes, the best man and maid of honor must pay a ransom.
  • The day of the wedding, the groom and his family will take the wedding dress to the bride and will ask the father permission for her to wear it.
  • The brother or the closest male to the bride, will put her shoes on and place money inside to wish her luck and fortune.
  • Before putting her veil on, the bride will pass it over the bridesmaids head to wish them luck in finding good husbands. Then, a happily married woman will put her the veil on to have good luck.
  • Since the bridesmaids are single, the wedding day they will write their names on the right sole of the bride’s shoe. Once the party is over, the bride will check her sole and that name which can still be read, will be the next to get married.
  • Green and red ribbons are placed by his mom on the groom’s jacket to symbolize happiness, promises, health and wellness.

The Religious Wedding

During the ceremony, the priest will bless the rings and then put the hands of the couple together to represent their union.  The couples make their vows and promise to support and commit to each other. The best man will lift a cross over their heads to legitimize their union. After that, the priest puts their forehands together to represent that even if they might have different opinions, they must agree based on trust, love and solidarity. Also, the couple gets crowned to symbolize their power and authority while taking the lead in their home. Finally, the priest will pray, they drink a glass of blessed wine and commit to live their lives as one.

  • When they leave the church, two doves are released to wish the, happiness and love. In the meantime, guests will throw flowers and petals to the couple.
  • Before celebrating, the couple will break decorated plates at the entrance of the venue. This ward off evil spirits as well as negative energies. They also do it before they enter their new home.
  • When they enter, the go under an arch made of flowers which symbolizes happiness and prosperity.
  • To welcome the couple, the guests will have colored scarves (usually red and green as the groom’s ribbons) and they will wave them while dancing.
  • Finally, we have the shabash which consist on throwing money and coins to the couple to wish them fortune, wealth and good luck.

Weddings from World: Italian Wedding

Photography:Darya Kamalova of Thecablookfotolab http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/3342414

Photography:Darya Kamalova of Thecablookfotolab
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We continue with our articles about the different rituals and traditions of weddings around the world. Today, we will talk about Italian weddings. Italians focus more on the ceremony than on the party and they have some other believes before the marriage that we will talk about.  

Before the Wedding

Before the marriage, they start celebrating with what they call “La Promessa” which is a list of questions that the pastor asks the couple at the same church where they will get married. After that, he will give them the certificate to get married which they will take to the town hall. There, they will sing the legal marriage license application which is published for 8 days before the civil marriage is signed.

Few days before the wedding, “fa ill letto” (the bed is made) in the future house of the couple. Friends and family get together to decorate the couple’s bedroom. The couple’s moms make the bed and then they place chocolates, candies, flowers and money on it.

The Wedding

The day of the wedding, family and friends divide to get to the house of the groom and bride. They toast and greet and then, in a caravan, they head to the church behind the couple’s car. The religious ceremony is basically a catholic ceremony; it may have some modifications but it is in essence the same. After the ceremony comes the best part, the party!

As you may already know, Italians have an obsession with food and weddings are not an exception. There is one rule, eat as much as possible. Therefore, once the ceremony ends, the couple go out to take the pictures as the guests enter the venue.

The party starts and the guests have a snack while the couple is out. Once the couple returns, everybody goes to the main room.  There, guests can see the huge menu which is usually really assorted. Two appetizers, two main courses, two garnishes and of course desserts. After that, they serve coffee, fruit, candies and amaro (liqueur) for digestion.

Once everybody eats and have full bellies, the bride and groom stand next to the souvenirs so guests give them money because gifts are no longer in vogue. In the meantime, people go to the disco part of the room and dance!

 

Weddings from the World: Buddhist Weddings

Photography: Alison Mayfield Photography Studio http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/621797

Photography: Alison Mayfield Photography Studio
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We have been learning about weddings from the world, their different customs, traditions and much more. This time, we will talk about Buddhist weddings.  When we think on a Buddhist wedding, we might imagine the bride with a super colorful wedding dress and a priest that looks like Dalai Lama. However, our perception and believes of other culture weddings are usually based on what we have seen on movies or TV shows and the reality is nothing similar to that.

When discussing marriage in the Buddhist religion, it is important to take into account that they do not have a specific wedding ritual or ceremony because they do not consider marriage a religious event; therefore, when they celebrate a wedding, what they do is the called couple’s blessing. Even if they take different traditions and symbols from other religion weddings, the ceremony is not as stiff as a Muslim or catholic wedding.

Buddhists give a great deal of importance to astrology, that’s why everything related to commitment and weddings is dictated by the monks who, beforehand, prepare and interpret the couple’s astrological chart. Based on those, they determine different aspects such as the time and date of the wedding.

They marry in front of an altar that has the Buddha. It is usually decorated with flowers and other elements chosen by the couple. Friends and family will be behind the couple and the Buddhist monk will usually be standing higher than the rest of the people.

During the wedding ceremony, the couple must be together in a posture known as the Wai, which is gesture of respect, before receiving the Buddhist monk’s blessing. Then, the monks will start the ceremony with a sermon and once he finishes sharing his thoughts, he will lead the vow interchange which is a vital part of a Buddhist wedding.

Once done, to express their gratitude, the couple offers food to the monks and Buddha and the monks will chant the wedding prayer and then will eat. Only after they finish eating, the senior monk will bless the couple and all the guests with holy water.

The celebration after the wedding ceremony is a traditional wedding party with food, music and dancing. The type of food will depend on the country where the couple is from but it usually includes pork, beef, rice and other traditional dishes.