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How to Get What You Want for Your Wedding

How to Get What You Want for Your Wedding

Beautiful Wedding

Photo: Ruffledblog.com “Dallas Arboretum Wedding”

Saying “no” while planning your wedding may seem like a natural reflex to some brides, but may actually prove difficult to others who cannot seem to be comfortable with asserting what they want when it comes in conflict  with someone else’s wants. Which is really a more complicated way of saying they are people pleasers and can’t give up on their people pleasing way. Really, it can be a good thing to be so aware of other people, but sometimes that awareness can turn into substituting anything you need and want to providing the needs and wants to other people. One of the biggest times in a people pleaser’s life where they are going to not want to compromise what they want for other people is their wedding day.

Your wedding day is suppose to be all about you and to help you celebrate your love. So when it comes to planning this special day, you need to go with the mindset that yes, there is an “I” in “Team”.

How to Assert What You Want – No Matter What

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How to Choose the Perfect Ring for Your Sweetheart

Keeping on the topic of Engagement Rings and Proposals, we wanted to share this helpful engagement ring infographic! We have already talked about how much a ring costs, but how about how to know what ring is the right ring for your soon-to-be bride. Buying an engagement ring is a big decision and getting that girl of your dreams the perfect ring holds a lot of pressure. This is the one piece of jewelry that a girl plans on wearing for the rest of her life, so it is important to get it right.

Tip to women: Even if you don’t like your ring, know that he tried! You can of course be honest with him, but try to soften the blow.

Tip to the men: If she is not overly excited about the ring you chose, know that it is not the proposal and prospect of marrying you that she is exchanging! It may even be a good idea after the dust has settled after the big proposal, to see how she feels about the ring and offer to exchange it. Chances are she will say no, but remember, she plans on wearing this forever!!

To help avoid any disliking or exchanging of rings, the following infographic breaks down which styles tend to suit which kind of girl, as well as what all goes into picking out a ring. Yes, this is a simplification, but not overly so.

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Fall Wedding Inspirations and Tips

Fall wedding boardAs we enter into the month of September with summer closing down, we can be excited about at least one thing: Fall weddings are gorgeous! With fall weddings you can use rich and warm colors. A step in the rustic direction -which is a very popular trend – is never a wrong move in the fall. Plus, it is the season of change, making it the perfect choice for a wedding.

Fall Wedding Flowers

Photo: Ruffled Blog – “Chagrin Falls Wedding”

With fall weddings, your flowers can be bigger and darker with natural tones taking the lead. This is, however, a season where those popular succulent flower choices look a little less at home.

The desired look or feeling is comparable to how you would feel looking up into the bronze and gold leaves -with that hint of green – watching the sunlight trickle through. Rich reds, purples, and oranges of the burnt orange variety are great color choices when using those changing leaves as an inspiration. Also, when deciding on your wedding colors,  keep in mind that gold accents will amp up this season’s natural beauty.

Rustic Cake Topper

Photo: Wedding Collectibles – Personalized Wood Veneer Sign

For your wedding accessories, items like burlap table runners, wedding sparklers, and rustic wedding cake toppers will really fit into this season. If you are wanting to do a unity candle or sand vase as part of your ceremony, for fall, the candle is more ideal. Also, leaf designs done right can really make your fall wedding look absolutely perfect; you probably just don’t want everything to have that big maple leaf on it!

 

Top 10 Wedding Themes

When deciding how to decorate for your wedding, the perfect first stop is deciding on a wedding theme or style. What better start than perusing our top 10 with recommendations for accessories! These popular themes can be made unique to your wedding theme with just a few quick snaps.

1) Rustic Weddings

 Rustic Wedding

Ruffled Blog: Bishop Farm Wedding

Rustic: This rustic wedding theme is extremely popular. It is a wedding theme that is full of earth tones, the little touches, and works in for every season. It is an ideal wedding theme for outdoor ceremonies and receptions and really opens you up to keeping that tradition of something blue, borrowed, old and new in a creative way. Try using wedding accessories like our “Precious Moments Rustic Wedding Cake Topper” or one of our burlap aisle runners.

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First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes…Life

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes…Life

Romantic Wedding

Greenweddingshoes.com: “20′S-INSPIRED CARONDELET HOUSE WEDDING: MICHELE + ADDISON”

Getting married is a wonderful moment in someone’s life. The wedding ceremony is full of love, promise, and hope. The bride and groom are standing before all of their friends and family, sharing their love with each other. Truly, it is a beautiful thing. However, the wedding and marriage are two separate things. Your wedding day is a sweet memory you can lock up in boxes, pictures, and sentiment. Marriage can be equally sweet, but is out in the open, experienced day in and day out, and comes with a lot of responsibility. Both are beautiful, but the later requires everlasting effort and isn’t done in a day, though you may find that life still runs by in a blur.

Because of this day in and out experience with your loved one, it is easy to lose a little bit of your wedding day spark between the toe nail clippings and the mouth guards. The days of waking up to your husband’s mysteriously minty fresh breath and your wife’s seemingly naturally smooth and hairless legs are over. But does this mean you love each other less? Of course not! Does this mean you can’t still get butterflies when he smiles? No! But sometimes you may need to remind each other of just how crazy in love you are with one another.

3 Tips for Keeping the Romance Alive:

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Date Ideas to Celebrate Your 1st Anniversary

Photo: Ruffled Blog, “Puck’s Farm Wedding”

Your first wedding anniversary is a special one. You are still all extra lovey-dovey, you have made it through the first year of adjustment, and you are looking forward excitedly toward the future. So, how are you going to celebrate?

Start the date out by getting ready is separate rooms. Have your sweet husband “pick you up” either at the front door or even at your bedroom door. Sometimes being married means that romance will get shuffled to the side, so it can be fun to encourage the night with the butterflies of anticipation.

Romantic Boat Cruise

Photo: Sharmsmile.com

What you go and do, is going to depend on you and your tastes, but I would suggest going out somewhere you either have never been or don’t usually go to. This could be an expensive restaurant, something thrilling like rock climbing, renting out a boat and taking the romantic evening out to sea, or a weekend get away. The important thing is to do something that will break routines.

Next, something else to make the night special is to fill it with surprises. This goes along with the idea to go do something different and fun, but adds in a sprinkle of gifts. You can do a series of small gifts throughout the night, or you can just give one (it doesn’t even have to be expensive). As we discussed earlier this week, the traditional gift for the first anniversary is paper. To see ideas of how to get creative with this gift read our blog, “1st Wedding Anniversary Traditions“.

Wedding Cake

Photo: Ruffled Blog, “NotWedding New Orleans”

End the night by keeping with tradition and share that top layer of your wedding cake. If you looked ahead and saved your top tier for your anniversary, you will surely be rewarded with deliciousness and sentimentality (ie. lovey-dovey-ness). If you didn’t save it, try and see if you can get a small cake like your wedding cake by the baker that worked your wedding. Some bakers actually offer making you a cake on your 1st anniversary as a part of your original purchase.

 

1st Wedding Anniversary Traditions

 

Wedding Anniversary

Photo: Ruffled Blog, “Riverdale Manor Wedding”

The Paper Anniversary

If you didn’t know yet, your first wedding anniversary is also known as the paper anniversary. Wedding anniversaries are known after what gift it is traditional to give your spouse, so the first anniversary is the paper anniversary because it is customary to gift each other with a paper gift. No, this does not mean hand your spouse a piece of printer paper and be done with it!

The first year of marriage is considered the adjustment year. You are adjusting to living together, sharing bank accounts, responsibilities, budgets, etc. You may or may not be financially secure. The paper gift plays off of all of this. It may seem limiting, but this is where creativity can blossom…and it can help your better-half who may or may not have a clue what to do!

A Few Gift Ideas…

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Navy, Gold, and Silver: An Elegant Wedding Theme

Wedding ColorsHave you been dreaming of your wedding since you were just a little kid? Have you pictured chandeliers, fresh flowers, a full course meal, and pulling out all the wedding traditions? If this is you, then you deserve and should strive for an elegant traditional wedding. Navy, gold, and silver on their own push a wedding in a more decadent direction, but together, they are a force to be reckoned with.

What is more, is that you can manipulate this color scheme for any wedding season. Navy is a dark color, but that doesn’t mean it has to be avoided in the spring and summer. As demonstrated in the picture above with the peacock feather, you can add splashes of other bright colors and light colors to switch up the tone. This allows you some wiggle room, but keeps you in the classy zone.

Gold and silver work great together as traditional colors, but as you mix and match metals and tones, you can really create a contemporary style.  And remember, contemporary doesn’t always mean casual. You can even put an elegant twist on the fun emerging trends like photo booths with backgrounds like the one in the above collage (upper right!). Furthermore, you can keep in classy, while adding things that are unique to you and your groom, like accessorizing your canine with a navy scarf to join your bridal party. The key is the small touches.

Truly, this color scheme cannot go wrong. It can be manipulated into creating a wide range of atmospheres, while still keeping its elegant core.

Be sure to not only check out the wedding accessories in this color theme collage, but also our other unique wedding accessories here at weddingcollectibles.com!!

How To Cut Your Wedding Cake

Cutting the Wedding Cake

On your wedding day, not only are you going to marry your best friend, but you are also going to get the opportunity to participate in wedding traditions that have been practiced by millions of people from all walks of life. Really, one of the things that makes the tradition of a wedding so special is its creation of community, its link through generations and for some traditions even continents. It really is a beautiful thing.

If you don’t have someone to show you the ropes, you might feel at a loss when approaching these time old traditions. So, lets take a look at some of the things that you should do when cutting your wedding cake.

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