Category Archives: Wedding Themes

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: Buddhist Weddings

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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.

 

A Wedding into the Woods

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Lucy Munoz Photography
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We have been writing about fall-inspired weddings these last weeks and today is not the exception. Even if fall is almost done to give room to spring, there are still ideas we can implement if you are getting married in this beautiful and magic season. There is nothing that resembles more a fairy tale than weddings in the woods; therefore, if you have always dreamed with a fairy tale like wedding, this is the perfect opportunity for you to make your dreams come true.

The woods are full of magic, leafy trees and bucolic floral nature. You will be delighted by an explosion of intense colors thanks to the beautiful peonies and the most perfect moss rug that give color and softness to the environment and combined with a rustic decoration makes the whole thing look like taken out of a tale.

Autumn is so hard to resist because wedding ceremonies during this amazing time of the year are full of tastes and exquisite colors which makes it a perfect time to celebrate without the heat of summer and allowing you to take advantage of the natural landscapes that bloom during this season.

A perfect way to take advantage of all that nature gives us during autumn is to celebrate your wedding in the woods. These weddings are full of magic and are usually very intimate ceremonies with a reduced number of guests and a really simple decoration because, why would you need a super elaborate decoration when nature in its maximum majesty is the protagonist of the decoration? Just let nature express itself and your wedding will be stunning.

The details of weddings in the woods are usually obtained by using fruits, vegetables and flowers of the season such as grapes, mushrooms, pumpkin, squash, berries, lilies, sunflowers and much more. Combine them with decorative elements that match and you will have a dream wedding!

 

 

Weddings from the World: Gypsy Weddings

Wedding FamilyWe have been visiting different cultures for the last weeks so you know more about how wedding traditions are in other places of the world and in case you want to theme your wedding based on a culture. This week, it is the turn of gypsies. Gipsy weddings are unique, full of color, celebration and fun, let’s learn more about them.

First of all, you should know that if the bride is not a virgin, she cannot get married unless she finds a man who is not married and wants to marry her despite that. To determine if the bride is a virgin, she has to pass the “test of the handkerchief” which consists of getting the bride into a private room and extract blood from her hymen. The “ajuntaora” uses a handkerchief and it must show three roses to prove her virginity, otherwise, the girl cannot get married. Once they pass the test, the wedding celebration starts. All guests will break their shirts to show joy. The couple will be raised over shoulders and everyone will throw caramelized almonds while singing.

The wedding dress is actually two dresses. One is pink and goes under representing femininity and the other one, white, represents purity. The dress must always be new and purchased by the bride’s father. The groom wears a conventional suit.

Usually the religious ceremony is Christian; however, some gypsies are married at the Roma rite and by the Catholic or evangelistic church while others are just married by the Roma rite. The bridesmaid and best man are usually the same of baptism and some other times, uncles. The pastor usually invites the “church’s elderly man” who, out loud, recites a mix of prayers and petitions for the couple.

Gypsy weddings usually last for several days and they have a huge feast. This may also vary from the region where the gypsies are settled. The gypsy wedding ceremony is all full with hymns or spiritual songs played by guitars and other instruments. Everybody sings in unison so it is basically a chorus coordinated by a director. They are always sung in groups, preventing them individually. So they enjoy a chorus that will be coordinated by a director.

Ideas for your Autumn Wedding

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Photography:Bellamint Photography
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Autumn is here, and with it comes the cool wind, dry leaves and awesome colors such as copper and gold. It is such a lovely season that many brides choose to celebrate their wedding during it. It offers a lot of possibilities and of course, beautiful landscapes for the pictures! If your wedding is going to be held in this season, take a look at these ideas to use autumn as part of your ceremony and have a magical fall wedding.

Decoration

A very original and nice idea is to use a lot of candles and lanterns everywhere to highlight the beauty of autumn’s colors. You can use little candles inside of mason jars previously decorated with ribbons or acorns. Talking about acorns, they look amazing in deco, take advantage of them and also use pumpkins in different sizes, you won’t regret it!

Wedding Dress

Autumn has the perfect weather to wear a long sleeve wedding dress. Lace, nice and warm fabrics, elegant and long cuts. You will look stunning!

Bouquet

Take advantage of the beautiful flowers that bloom during fall and use them for your bridal bouquet in combination with warm colors. Use roses, peonies, Choose flowers for your bridal bouquet in warm colors and contrasts with mint leaves in tone. You can create a bouquet with cream roses, peonies, chrysanthemums, dry leaves and even seasonal fruits and nuts such as artichokes and apples.

Bridesmaids Dresses

Use autumn colors in the bridesmaids’ dresses. The best color shades are wine, gold, purple or mustard shades. Also, you can use Marsala, the color of the year according to Pantone, as we learned last week.

Desserts

Autumn offers a wide variety of nuts and fruits you can implement to offer the greatest fall themed wedding dessert table. Use rustic wooden tables of tree trunks instead of regular tables. Serve desserts made with pumpkin, apple, nuts and berries. Your guests will not stop talking about it!

There are so many great ideas for autumn weddings that you will want to use them all. Make sure your wedding is unforgettable to all your invitees!

Weddings from the World: Orthodox Weddings

 

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Photography:Whitney Rae Photography
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Wedding ceremonies around the world are varied and really interesting. Through these weeks, we will be learning about the different rituals, customs and traditions of different weddings ceremonies such as the Muslim, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and others. Today, let’s talk about Orthodox wedding ceremonies.

The Orthodox ceremony is very meaningful rite that has been celebrated for centuries. It is full of symbolism which marriage. For instance, love, mutual respect, equality and sacrifice. Everything that happens on it has a special meaning, especially the repetition of most ritual three times to represent and invoke the presence of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity.

The rings used in the ceremony are blessed by the priest beforehand. Then, he will hold the rings while pressing three times the forehead of the groom and bride. Once done, the rings are exchanged and placed on the third finger of the right hand.

After the rings are exchanged, the priest gives the couple lit candles that represent the couple’s purification and their willingness to receive God in their lives. Then, comes the crowning which is the main ritual of Orthodox weddings. The crowns represent the couples as they are the kings of their new home. The crowns are swapped in their heads three times.watch The Belko Experiment movie online now

When the crowning has ended, the couple is guided by the priest in circles around the altar together with the godparents that will guide them through the marriage steps. The will walk three times around the altar with the Bible and the Cross.

Finally, the priest gives his blessing for the couple to have a long, happy and fruitful life together. The rest of the celebration such as the entrance to the church, the party and the dress code is very similar to a catholic wedding.

 

The Perfect Color for Fall Weddings

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Photography: Jose Villa
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Since fall starts this month, we will be sharing some tips with you related to weddings held in this beautiful season of the year. Our objective is to give you inspiration to have the best fall wedding ever!

Today, we will be discussing the color of the year according to Pantone—the authority on color—, the Marsala. This red wine family color is warm, vital, sensual and romantic, perfect for a Glam wedding. Therefore, it has been an inspiration for many brides worldwide and it is projected that it will be the best color for autumn weddings in 2015.

If you are not sure how this color would fit your wedding, you just need to visit Pinterest and write “marsala” and you will get a huge load of images to get inspiration and decorate your wedding using all shades of this cousin of wine.

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Photography: The hearts haven
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Marsala is perfect for decorating in the autumn, not only because it is within the ocher hues, but also because it is within the palette of colors exhibited by nature during this colorful season. It combines perfectly with subtle and neutral colors, therefore, you can highlight it essence without undermining other colors.

The best colors to combine it with are gold, light pink, olive green beige and cooper. You can use them in your flowers, centerpieces, candles, menu, invitations, and why not, the cake, it looks simply stunning!

Photography: Nicole Berret Photography  http://www.100layercake.com/wedding-ideas/marsala/131402/marsala-and-floral-wedding-cake

Photography: Nicole Berret Photography
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If you want to include it in your bride’s apparel, you can use marsala shoes with your white wedding dress, lipstick, nails, earrings. Also you can have your bridesmaids wear marsala dresses. Use it in your bouquet and for the boldest brides, wear a marsala wedding dress! The outcome is fabulous.

Give marsala a shot, we bet you will not be dissapointed!

Photography: Jose VIlla  http://www.stylemepretty.com/collection/873/picture/1032436/

Photography: Jose VIlla
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Weddings from the World: Muslim Weddings

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Photographer: Marisa Holmes
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If you have been invited to a Muslim wedding and you are not sure what to expect, keep reading this comprehensive guide to avoid any surprise. Find below the most important facts:

  • Muslim weddings are held in a Mosque and before the Imam (religious and sometimes political leader). The tradition dictates that all preparations related to the bride’s wedding day, such as clothing or accessories, should not be seen by the groom before the wedding ceremony or it will be bad luck.
  • Islam allows men to marry Christian or Jewish women because those religions have a holy book, however, Muslim women are not allowed to marry a man who is not Muslim.
  • The marriage contract has to be certified by the groom and his tutor—known as Wali—and at the ceremony, the Wali dedicates some words to the couple.
  • The provisions and laws are contained in their holy book called the Koran which is read during the ceremony.
  • The traditional dowry is not what most people believe. It is a gift from the future husband to his wife-to-be; for instance, an engagement ring, earrings, among others.
  • The couple must appear before the “sheikh” (a kind of Islamic magistrate) with three witnesses to perform the marriage contract.
  • According to Islamic law, after the ceremony, the couple is legally and spiritually bound; nevertheless, the bride returns home to plan the wedding celebration which happens one or two weeks after.
  • A Muslim wedding usually lasts from three days to a week.
  • The first night’s celebration is exclusive for women. The bride wears a kaftan and has henna marks on her hands and feet to keep the evil spirits away. Each symbol drawn has a meaning. The bride also enjoys a Hamman which is a relaxing steam bath that purifies her. That night, she is escorted by other women with candles, incense, chants and dances that allude to her beauty and to the process she is about to experience.
  • The mother of the groom, hands a tray with keys, bread and milk. The key represents the welcoming to the new family and the food represents abundance.
  • From the second night and on, there is a festival for all family and friends. The celebration depicts all the Muslim tradition and folklore.
  • Unlike other religions, in Muslim weddings, women open the dance!

 

 

 

Ideas to Decorate the Aisle

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Photography: Max Wanger
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If you have already thought of decorating every single space in your wedding such as the banquets, tables, chairs, roof, and so on. One more pace you should take into account is the aisle… the way to the altar. Walk to the man of your dreams through a magical passage.

When people think about decorating, they usually forget about the floor, or, they use a red carpet for the aisle; however, more and more couples are now choosing to decorate the floor with cute, original and unique ideas perfect for any bride. Some ideas would suit especially well if the ceremony is outdoors, some others to decorate the church hall and others are versatile. Let’s check them out!

Carpets

The safest choice for the aisle is the traditional red carpet, but why not risking and getting away from the conventional by being bold and using other colors. What about white, green, pink, blue… the color you want to use will be just perfect. Analyze the decoration of your wedding and the theme so the color matches. If you want something even more innovative, you may print your names or initials in the carpet or you could build a road with using carpet for the path to the altar, choose to print the names or initials of the couple in it or you could even build a road with different kilim rugs if you are holding a boho wedding.

Petals and more Petals

Embellishing the aisle using petals is the trendiest option these years. There are so many different options in which you can decorate the way to the altar by using petals and create a magical atmosphere that you will be awed by the results. You can choose to scatter petals without a specific order. Try a monochromatic style or combine different colors as well as types of flowers.

Now, if you prefer a more organized style, fill the hall with petals of the same color or create a drawing if you want a slightly more orderly style, chooses to completely fill the hall with petals of a single color or create a degraded drawing with them. Petals are super flexible for decoration because they allow you to create beautiful figures and make your way to the altar a fairylike experience.

The Edges of the Hall

If you are not attracted to the idea of walking on petals, you can also use them for the roadside or play with different types of floral arrangements and place them on the floor. If what you want is to light the road, use beautiful lamps or candles inside cages and place them on the sides of the aisle.  This idea will be super cute if you are getting married at night.

The edges could also be decorated in accordance to your wedding’s theme. Use straw or bales for a rustic theme; palms and exotic flowers for a beach team or incredible floral arrangements for an elegant and chic wedding.

There are so many options to decorate the aisle, choose the one you like the most so you feel in heaven when you give the expected “I do.”

10 Instrumental Songs for Walking Down the Aisle

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Jonathan Ong Photography greenweddingshoes.com

The wedding entrance where the ceremony is held at, is undoubtedly the most anticipated moment of a wedding and it definitely creates a romantic atmosphere while fills the guests expectation; therefore, it is important to take your time and carefully choose the perfect song for that moment when all eyes will be on you.  

Choosing the wedding ceremony music may simple; yet, it is not. Our recommendation is not to wait until the last moment to decide for a song or you might end up regretting your choice. Without a doubt, walking down the aisle is a tremendously special and emotional moment, which is why it is so important to identify what music you want to be played. We have created a list of 10 instrumental songs that are perfect for that unique moment:

  • The first proposal is the classic Felix Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” in C major. It may be too classic for some people. However, it may be dreamy—and a must—for some other.
  • We continue with another classic: Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. It is a very suitable melody for the wedding entrance due to its romantic and delicate nature. It is very used in religious weddings.
  • A very emotional song is “The Moment” by saxophonist Kenny G. It makes of any wedding ceremony a magic and passionate event.
  • A song that really gives Goosebumps from start to end is the instrumental version of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.
  • “May it be” by Enya in its instrumental variety is another song that will perfectly suit your entrance. It is much more emotional when played with flute.
  • A song that works perfectly to walk down the aisle is “The Rose” by Amanda McBroom but in its instrumental version. There is a great one played by violinist Andre Rieu.

Soundtracks are a great choice for wedding ceremonies. Usually they are instrumental and appropriate for the entrance since they are emotional and inspiring. Here are our favorite ones:

  • “The Main Title” of The Cider House Rules is a sweet, slow paced and romantic song.
  • “The Ludlows” of Legends of the Fall. Who didn’t fall in love with the movie and that song?
  •  A very emotional song is “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” of the Lion King Movie. Especially when performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London.
  • Finally, a romantic, emotional and inspiring song is “Married Life” from Up.

What do you think? Which one do you like the most?