If we are all being honest here, we know that there is a certain level of stress to be expected in planning an event like a wedding. Below are five strategies to help you keep that stress level down, if not get rid of stress entirely!
Wedding Theme: Alice in Wonderland Wedding
A great way to infuse your wedding with playfulness is to let your design be inspired by a theme. Of course, you want to avoid your wedding theme causing a look of an 8 year old’s birthday party, but done right, a wedding theme can lead to some of the most spectacular wedding styles.
Today we are looking at the classic and whimsical tale of Alice in Wonderland. This story may not be a romantic story, but it’s magical whimsy really captures the feeling that is falling in love!
For this wedding theme, we encourage brides to be INSPIRED versus directly pulling exact images from the classic tale.
What do we mean by this?
The Best Marriage Advice You’ll Ever Hear…
For today’s blog, we decided to ask a question of as many people as we could possible connect with to hopefully give our brides easy access to what real brides, real couples, have found to be the truly best marriage advice they have ever heard.
Earlier in the week, we shared on our Facebook page what some of us at Weddingcollectibles.com have found to be the best advice, but we thought our brides and grooms deserved a much larger sample size! The thing is, a lot of relationship and marriage advice will end up contradicting itself. This is because every person and relationship is a little bit different (that and people love to spout cliches for the heck of it as they sign your guest book). So this list represents what we saw popping up the most and we quoted who we think really said it best!
The top 10 advice from the thick of it:
- “I just saw a video clip from Will Smith lately. He says that it is not our partners job to make us happy, it is our own responsibility. Once you remove the expectation of your partner to make you happy you can enjoy them for who they are.” – Tiffany
- “Listen.. don’t just hear! ” – Carin
- “You have to want to be kind more than you want to be right.” -Heidi
- “As cliche as it sounds, it is definitely true! “Never go to bed angry”. My husband and I have been together 6 years, married for 2, and have a 9.5 month old. We do disagree sometimes and get in the bed angry, but we always talk it out and work it out right before we fall asleep. Definitely has helped us!” – Maria
- ” ‘Always fight naked because then your problems just won’t seem that important anymore’. I always write this in couple’s guest books when they want a little note. Someone wrote it in mind and it just stuck with me. It was kind of a joke, but when you think about it, it’s kind of cool. When you are both hands down vulnerable with each other, it’s a lot easy to get over being mad.” – Kim
- “Don’t ever stop dating and getting to know each other. People always talk about growing apart, but if you keep getting to know one another as you go through life, it’s a lot easier to still know and love each other.” – Debbie
- “Do the opposite of “It’s better to ask for forgiveness, than permission”. That line just doesn’t work in a marriage” – Kevin
- “Limit money talk to small daily check ins. You’ve got to both know what’s up and be on the same page, but leaving it till you’ve got problems or talking about it for hours is just going to create frustration.” -Kayla
- “Play hooky. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day things. Be sure to break it up and be spontaneous. Have some silly fun!” -Cheri
- “Say I love you in your spouses love language. Some people just need to hear, other’s need gestures, and other’s physical contact…whatever it is, figure out your spouses love language and say I love you every day” -Demi
8 Ideas for Your Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue
An Embroidery Wedding
Embroidery. It can be something done over the top and artsy or can be really delicate and just lovely. Either way, we at wedding collectibles are kind of falling in love with embroidery on your wedding day. If your like what? That stuff on my grandmother’s pillow? That can’t be pretty at a wedding. Let’s just say – and we mean this in the nicest way possible – you are just dead wrong.
Take a look. You won’t be disappointed!
One: A Winter wonderland
A classic for winter weddings for sure with icy blues, prim whites and every shade of grey. Winter wonderland weddings can be full of fantasy and magic and pretty easily accomplished with a simple color scheme, barren branches, and anything that shimmers! That may be over simplifying it, but it does tend to be the bread and butter of any winter wonderland wedding.
Two: Light and Airy Winter Wedding
Winter weddings bring with it the brisk air, cool colors, and a white blanket of change. Even if you don’t live where it snows, there is an undeniable sense that everything is just different. This theme is more of a feeling than anything. It is captured by using a pale and somewhat monochromatic wedding colors, modern accessories, and simple styling.
Not everyone celebrates the Christmas holiday and not everyone loves it, BUT for those that do, it can be the perfect touch of magic for your winter wedding. The nice thing about a Christmas theme wedding is that it really lets you play up to the idea of magic, wishes coming true, hope, giving…I could go on and on (SPOILER: I love Christmas).
One trick pony?
Plus, there are many different variations of what a Christmas wedding could look like ranging on focusing on the nativity to Christmas from different cultures to Rudolph the red nose reindeer. All of which can be done without being over done – giving you a classy, magically, pure joy filled kind of day.
Four: New Years for a Winter Wedding
Another holiday to use to bring some age old holiday magic to your wedding, New Years! This is great if you want glitz, glam, and a bit of a party-like atmosphere. And as the above picture shows, the New Years look doesn’t have to be cheap party hats and music makers (though we think those can be totally fun party favors!). What’s more is that you can only really have a new years themed wedding on or pretty dang close to New years.
Five: Cabin in the Woods
There is something warm about the sight of a log cabin, blanket by snow. It makes people think of snuggling by they fire, drinking hot chocolate, and reading their favorite book. It is the kind of image that just works well with the dream to grow old together, laughing with the grand kids running around. This makes it a perfect winter wedding theme (and venue!),
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.
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!
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.