How to Deal with Summer Heat on your Wedding Day

Summer brings in wedding season, sunshine, and blue skies – as well as heat, sweat, smeared make up, and bad tempers. If you are having a gorgeous, outdoor summer wedding, you may be worried about how you are going to make it through in your floor length ball gown or how your grandma will do sitting in the sun so long.

Here are 10 quick tips for  surviving the heat on your wedding day:

Summer Wedding Dress

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1) Wear a slip to take tulle off legs and skin

No matter what kind of wedding dress you are wearing, even if it is strapless,chances are it is going to be hot. There are just so many layers, and layers that cling. It might seem counterproductive to add another layer to your onsomble, but by wearing a silk or light weight slip underneath you can keep the tulle – major heat maker – off your legs and from clinging to your skin.

2) Get ready and dressed in a cold room – keep that AC going!

Have you ever gone from a freezing room and then out into 100 degree weather and felt: “awww that feels nice”? Well, that is the goal here. If you get ready in a cold room it will make it so it takes longer for the heat to take it’s toll. Plus, it will give your make up a chance to set and encourage a good attitude and feeling beautiful (think trying to get your skinny jeans on in a hot humid room versus during winter when everything is nice and cool).

3) Make sure any car or transportation is completely cooled before you get in.

This is a similar concept as getting ready in a cool room with the added detail of avoiding irritation if the car is crammed and not giving your make up the opportunity to sweat off before you even reach your summer ceremony.

4) Keep some blotting papers ready to help your face stay matte

On your wedding day, you are going to sweat and chances are your face is going to get shiny – and I don’t mean the bridal glow. The best and easiest way to handle this is stocking up on some blotting papers. Perhaps have your maid of honor carry them for you, or keep them in your bridal purse.

5) Use Primers and Waterproof Mascara

While we are talking about make up, another tip to help it survive the heat is to use primers for you face and eyelids and then also use a waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascara has improved leaps and bounds, so you don’t need to worry about it being flaky.

6) Provide accessories that will help keep guests cool

Now, to look beyond the bride. Provide cute little umbrellas or fans is a great way to help your guests enjoy the ceremony and not complain about the heat. To take things cuter, you can create a fan program. There are a lot of great DIY templates available and it will create a cute keepsake, rather than a crumpled make shift fan.

7) Schedule your ceremony for the late afternoon or early evening and reception at night.

This may seem simple, but…well…it is. This is a great option to avoid the heat if you don’t mind planning around that burning sun. If you are having an outdoor wedding it may be well worth it to schedule it so that you don’t have to worry about getting sunburnt or anyone getting hit stroke. Plus there are very few times of year that are more romantic than summer nights. 

8) Have a portion indoors

If you don’t want to plan the time around the sun, than perhaps just plan the where around the sun. This way you and you guests are not outside in the heat of the day for the entire celebration. Having that beautiful outdoor ceremony followed by and indoor reception may be that perfect compromise. Plus, if your venue allows it, you could still have some outdoor options at the reception, but have the primary party inside.

9) Keep the Ceremony Brief

If you are determined to have an outdoor ceremony, try keeping it short (like 20 mins) to avoid having to stand -and your guests sit- in the harsh sunlight for a long period of time.

10) Serve cold water and keep the wedding party hydrated

Really, this should almost be number one. When it comes to summer hit, it is not just discomfort that is a concern. There is a very real safety issue: heat stroke. So be sure to have lots of water available and keep yourself, your wedding party, and your guests plenty hydrated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Real Wedding with President and Jackie Kennedy

JFK Wedding Day

As we approach Independence day, we would like to pay homage to and feature the wedding of one of the most loved presidential couples in our history as a country: President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (Jackie). Known for being a socialite and having impeccable, classy style, it is a wonderful privilege to be able to take a peak into Jackie Kennedy’s wedding day and to celebrate a time in their lives that was full of hope and promises.

Vintage Wedding Entering the Church escorted by her step father, with a look of absolute thrill.

President Wedding Ceremony The church and ceremony

bridal party  The wedding party.

Keeping Wedding Traditions

As a country, the U.S. is full of traditions as a part of the foundation of who we are. The fact that most of the country will be attending holiday parades, park events, and fire work shows in honor of those who have served and in celebration of the independence of this country is a demonstration of our love for (and need of) tradition. There seems to be a security or reassurance in tradition. That is probably why we uphold them and why it is so comforting -and even exciting- to see that in the lives of our Presidents traditions are kept. JFK and Jackie Kennedy upheld many wedding traditions, including but not limited to the first dance and cutting the cake.

Kennedy first dance The First Dance.

Jackie Kennedy's Wedding Veil Is that wedding veil not insanely gorgeous?

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

President Wedding TraditionThey look like the kind of couple that would smash the cake in each other’s faces (under extreme punishment if he got any on her dress, of course).

Having so many glimpses into their wedding, knowing where their future led, emphasizes the wonderful nature of the wedding day. It is a snap shot, and captured moment of simple joy, complete love, and the promise of many days of happiness.

As you approach your wedding day, don’t forget it’s significance goes beyond the table settings and the reception decorations. Have your goal for the day to have the same look of joy on your face as the Kennedy’s do on their wedding day.

 

A Guide to Cake Size

Cake Infographic

Infographic Source: weddingbells.ca

A Guide to Cake Size: Infographics and other helpful hints

This wedding infographic is extraordinarily helpful as you plan one of your center stage details for your wedding.

Here’s why:

The typical sizes of a wedding cake range from as large a base as 14 inches in diameter to as small as 4 inches in diameter. As you decide on a wedding cake topper (or the lack of one) you need to keep in mind the size of your top tier. In other words, you will want to keep the size of your wedding cake topper proportionate to your tier size and the over all height of your cake.

Cake topper size

Aside from the aesthetics, another very important detail is the serving size. Ask yourself these questions three:

  • How many guests will you have?
  • Are you serving other deserts?
  • Will you serve a sheet cake version of your cake and get a smaller “display” size?”

It is a matter of balancing how much cake you want to serve, how much cake will be eaten, and how you want your cake to look. If you have always dreamed of a 6 layer cake, you may not need to serve any other deserts. Also, keep in mind if you are going to keep the tradition of saving the top tier for your 1 year anniversary, as this will decrease the serving size of your cake.

A lot of couples will get a simple and small two tier cake that’s main purpose is to keep traditions: cutting the cake and saving the cake top. Remember, small sizes will also often mean smaller prices. So if you are on a budget, you may want to consider just getting a small cake with sheet cake to serve or other deserts.

 

Return Policies for Wedding Accessories

Return Policies for Wedding Accessories

Product Returns

Photo: Urban Moxy

As you go about your wedding day shopping you may be finding that wedding shops have tight return policies. It may be frustrating, but for wedding stores to stay open and provide you with all the wonderful wedding accessories and needs, it is a necessity.

Avoid the Returns Headache

When you make a purchase on Weddingcollectibles.com – or any wedding accessory store – be sure to read through the return policy. Return policies may vary, but in the wedding industry, you can expect a few consistencies.

  • Wedding Date is Too Late. Most places, including Wedding Collectibles, will not allow returns past your wedding date. Doing so is like encouraging shoppers to keep the tags on their dresses and return them after they have used them.
  • Quick Turn Around. Along side not allowing returns after the wedding date, a lot of shops will have a small window for you to initiate your return. Wedding Collectibles allows returns within 5 days of receipt. So once you receive your product, open it, inspect it, and either keep it or return it.
  • Personalized Items are Non-refundable/returnable. If you have put your initials or name on your product, it cannot be resold, so it cannot be returned. However, a lot of shops – not just wedding, but any store with personalized items – returns are allowed if there is an error that the store made. It wouldn’t exactly be fare for us to mess up your order and not fix it, just as it is not fair for us to take responsibility for any typos entered by the customer. Always review, triple check, any personalization.

While these are likely consistencies, be sure to review the return policies of any store you buy from, as they may differ. To view Wedding Collectible’s full return policy click here.

 

Top 10 Toasting Glasses

Top 10 Toasting Glasses

toasting glasses
One of the more intimate wedding traditions are the wedding toasts, whether it be the maid of honor sharing sweet memories, the best man telling inappropriate stories, or the father of the bride tearing up. These unique bride and groom (and whoever else you would like to have them) are a perfect addition to your wedding. There are so many styles, there is no doubt that you will find one that fits your wedding tone.

If you are having a particularly small wedding, it may be a good idea to get these unique toasting glasses for each of your guests — minus the bride and groom etchings. Or, they would also work great at an engagement party and some even at a bridal shower. Whatever the event, you have some superb options.Review Android Smartphone

1) Mr. & Mrs. Stemless Champagne Toasting Flutes
stemless wedding flutes These stemless champagne flutes are a summer wedding favorite. They offer a unique and more casual style without sacrificing the elegance of the moment.

2) Contemporary Champagne Flutes
Mr and Mr toast glassesThese more contemporary toasting glasses are great for any modern or contemporary wedding. We love their sleek and crisp design!

3) Contemporary Double-walled Champagne Flutes
wedding champagne flutesTimelessness mixed with modern, these champagne flutes offer a one of a kind feel. They even look somewhat like an hour glass and can easily be mixed with both modern and vintage wedding styles.
4) Dangling Jewel Toasting Glasses
heart toasting fluteThese curvy sweetheart champagne flutes are beautiful. They serve as being a more traditional option with some added bling.
5) Firelight Platinum Signature Crystal Flutes — Lenox
toasting glassThis simple set is high quality, sophisticated, and meant to be a part of a high class wedding.

6) Bird of Paradise Etched Champagne Flute Set

etched toasting fluteThere are a few different etched glass options when it comes to toasting glasses. This bird of paradise design is great for summer and beach wedding themes. It is a symbol of relaxation of fun.

8) Elegant Calligraphy Champ Glasses
bride and groom glass

These toasting glasses offer a different tone than the traditional champagne flute that is both lighthearted and sweet.

9) Monogram Cream Sash Toasting Glasses
Monogram Toasting GlassMonograms are a great thing for weddings. The bride and groom are joining together to make their new family and their wedding monogram is a symbol of that. That is only a small part of what makes this long stemmed flute a great option and a part of our top 10.

10) Lusterware Stein
wedding bear mug  If you want something spunky, look no farther. These are great for casual weddings or even just bachelor parties.

Use Real Weddings While Planning Your Wedding

real wedding inspiration

We are having so much fun receiving and sharing your weddings! Real weddings are the absolute best source for ideas and inspiration because they are doable and have a much wider variety. If you are a new bride beginning your planning, read through and check out real weddings before your search through a catalog. Features are great because they often come with advice from the bride and groom that can help you avoid the same complications. All in all, it is a great starting point for before you make any purchases and even set a date. It is like window shopping!

4 Things to Look For

  1. Location: Try and find weddings local to your area so that if you like their vendor or venue you may actually be able to use it.
  2. Vendors: Pay attention to links to who their photographer was and where they got their dress. It is always so much more useful to know exactly where you can get a cake like the one in the picture because you will know who made it!
  3. DIY: If the real wedding you are looking at was pretty crafty it will be easy to find wedding accessories and decorations that you can make yourself on your budget.
  4. Tips and Tricks: These couples have been through exactly what you are doing. It can’t hurt to head their advice!

Real Weddings Featured on Wedding Collectibles 

sunflower wedding

For a country rustic themed wedding take a peak at McKenna & Vince’s Tiffany Blue Wedding.

gay wedding

For ideas on how to pull of an elegant and traditional same sex wedding check out Josh & Jason’s Real Wedding

hawaii wedding

If you are looking to have a destination wedding, Melissa & Cameron’s wedding has a lot of good ideas to keep it on budget.

Check out more weddings in the real wedding category of our blog!

Don’t Forget to Submit Your Wedding

We absolutely love our brides and grooms. It is our hope that their stories and weddings can help new brides in their own wedding planning. If you are a bride or groom that want to share the beauty of your wedding day or are a wedding photographer or planner that wishes to submit a wedding you have recently worked on, be sure to submit a wedding feature application by following this link!

Thank you to all of you that have submitted to us already; we are looking forward to publishing your feature!

Fun Bridal Shower Game

Fun Bridal Shower Game

Bridal Shower Guest Book

When planning a bridal shower it can be kind of tricky figuring out what to do other than watch the bride open gifts and eat cake, but there are a ton of fun activities that work great for a bridal shower. One of the tried and true games is the newlywed questionnaire. This bridal shower game has a ton of variations and can be completely catered to the bride and groom – this is probably why it is so successful.

The main idea of this game is for the bride and groom to answer a set of questions about their relationship, each other, and marriage and then to see how well – or not! – their answers line up.

Warning: This can be a lot of fun and is suppose to be silly, so try not to push too hard or make the bride feel dumb for not knowing the answers. Also, pay attention to the audience or don’t ask inappropriate questions that will embarrass the bride or is none of anyone’s business.

Below we have two versions that have been shared with us by our wedding collectible brides during their interview to be featured on our blog (To see our real wedding features click here and to submit for your wedding to be featured click here.)

Behind the Scenes

Bridal Shower Question Game

The behind the scenes version of this game is for showers that have the rule of “no men allowed” or the groom cannot be present. The person planning the shower or planning the games would need to set up a time to interview the groom with a set of questions that the bride and groom should probably know about each other or questions about who is going to be doing what in their marriage (ie. who is going to be doing the dishes?). It is fun if you can get the interview on tape and then play his answers after the bride has made her guess, but if you cannot do that, the host or host of the game can read off his responses. This game is easy and can bring in a lot of laughs.

Barbie and Ken

fun bridal shower game

This version is great for co-ed showers or for a bridal shower where the groom can pop in for an hour. In this version of the game the bride and groom are seated back to back and are asked questions that all of answers of him or her. Examples would be, who said I love you first or who is the better dancer. To answer each question the bride and groom will hold up either a barbie (bride) or a ken doll (ken). If you don’t have barbie dolls accessible, then any “girl toy” and “boy toy” can work or you could even use shoes.

Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 2: The Big Day)

Engagement Photography

 

Meet the couple and and read about pre-wedding set up, mishaps, fixes, and planning by clicking Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor: Part 1

 

 

Real Wedding with Dani and Taylor (Part 2: The Big Day)

Beach Wedding

Wedding Photography by Dorritt Solesbee

Their California wedding was styled simply but with precise elegance. Her colors were navy, peach and creme. She decided on these colors because she desperately wanted a bright wedding, but didn’t want to use summer colors during the fall. So she used the navy to bring in a deeper tone and allow the peach to pop out. She, Taylor, their relationship and their wedding are absolutely breathtaking.

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How to Judge Quality When Shopping Online

When shopping online there is often a fear that what you see is not what you are going to get. This can be particularly stressful when you are shopping for accessories for one of the biggest days of your life: your wedding. Wedding Collectibles works to provide the best quality and a variety of choices, but we also look to provide items that will work for a variety of budgets. We’ve come up with 3 tips that should help you buy exactly what you are looking for.

Flower Basket

  1. A great rule of thumb when shopping for anything in your wedding is that you are going to get what you pay for. So if a flower basket is under $10, then it is going to be worth under $10 (unless there is some sort of mega sale). This does not mean it won’t be pretty and nice or that you shouldn’t buy it, but that it  does mean that it will not be the same type of product as if you were buying a basket worth $60.
  2. Working off of the first point, it is important to read the product descriptions, paying special attention to size and material. For example, the flower basket above is $7.95 with a 4.9 star rating. That is a great price for a beautiful and simple flower basket. However, as read in the product description, this basket is also 7 inches tall. So, while this may be perfect for your 3 year old flower girl, it may seem dwarfish in the hands of anyone over the age of 8. Imagine if you hadn’t read the description and expected it to be larger; you might find yourself frustrated and thinking it was poor quality.
  3. The final tip for judging the quality of a product online is to read the reviews. By paying attention to star ratings and comments other shoppers have made, you can get an idea of what exactly you are buying. When doing this, be sure to look at both positive and negative reviews because what is bothersome to one person, may go unnoiticed to another.

How to Create an Intimate Atmosphere at Your Wedding

How to Create an Intimate Atmosphere at Your Wedding

Whether you are having a big wedding or a small wedding, you are going to want to have an intimate atmosphere in order to amplify feelings of love and genuine happiness. Here are four suggestions to help you bring your family and friends closer together as you celebrate your new marriage.

Unplugged Wedding

  1. Personalized Name Cards If you are having place cards for assigned seats, personalize the cards to your guests. If you have a large guest list, this can be time consuming, but it may be worth it to make your guests feel special and like you wanted them specifically to be there. A personalized place card can be as simple as their name in that person’s favorite color and can even include an icon or image that represents something about them. Or, to take it even further, you can have a personalized message to them on the back or under their name.
  2. Ask everyone to unplug – We have seen rounds of weddings that have created their own wedding hashtag for their guests to link photo’s to, but now we are seeing couples opt to “ban” cell phones and social media from their wedding. The goal is to get people off their phones and pull them into the moment of the wedding. Some are even including a “phone check” (like a coat check) as a way of making it fun, but also enforcing it. By keeping everyone in the moment, your guests will become more a part of your wedding and even be a key part in building an intimate atmosphere.
  3. Use a warm color scheme – Warm colors absorb light and bring a room closer together. Even the description of warm pulls to a more intimate feeling. Warm and full of love. So choosing a warm color scheme for your wedding can definitely help you bring a closer feel to your wedding.
  4. Don’t just greet, mingle and interact – Greeting lines are great for insuring that you get face time with each of your guests, but sometimes that cane be overly formal if you want to have a more intimate vibe. Instead, or along side it, try to take a moment with each of your guests (not necessarily one on one). This can be going around to each table to greet and talk with your guests, but also includes having things like money dances or opportunities for your guests to take turns to dance with you and your groom.