Sprucing Up the Aisle Runner

Sprucing Up the Aisle Runner

1) Personalization

Personalized Burlap Aisle Runner with Equestrian Monogram

Wedding Collectibles Personalized Burlap Aisle Runner with Equestrian Monogram

Making the aisle you walk down personal to you for your wedding day is a great way to really make that ceremony all about you and your love. Some couples may feel a little lost in all of the traditions, so adding personal touches really are key to making something as traditional as walking down the aisle a completely unique to you experience. Some ways to do this is to order a runner with your names or initials on it, or to even write out your love story from the first day you met all the way down to “I Do”. However you choose to do it, be sure to pay attention to the tone of your wedding. For example, a hand written -though adorable- love story may not hold up its own in a more formal environment. Continue reading

Why Wedding Emergency Kits are a Necessity

Pros and Cons of Buying a Wedding Emergency Kit or Making One

Minimergency Kit for Bridesmaids - Champagne Glitter

Whether you buy a pre-made kit or create your own, a wedding emergency kit is definitely a must have for the wedding day. If you are putting together your own, you will need to have a worst-case-scenario session in which you make a list of all of the emergency items you will need. This could end up inducing stress and will also most likely lead to leaving out a lot of essentials. Buying an Wedding Emergency Kit can end up being more convenient, will ease the stress of that worst case scenario, and could end up leading to some fun! I guess a con could be that it would be less customizable to you and your particular concerns, but you can often find kits specific to your role in the wedding (ie. bride, groom, bridesmaid, mother, etc) and can at the very least be a great place to start. Plus, they are really really cute! Continue reading

Say “I Do” Everyday Forever

 Say “I Do” Everyday Forever

Marriage is a commitment. Whether you see it as death till you part or for time and all eternity, marriage is a commitment of love, loyalty, sacrifice, forgiveness, compassion, and trust. While the wedding day is a huge and special event (as it creates a huge industry of wedding products and services), it is only the beginning. This realization is something many new brides relish in theory. It adds to the lofty romance. However, it creates a different kind of romance for couples that have been married for 15,25, and 50 years. Once you have been together for that long, and have lived that commitment, marriage and the promise of marriage takes a new meaning. Couples should never stop realizing how much they love each other and should never stop celebrating the life they have together. That is why Wedding Collectibles provides beautiful products for not only soon-to-be brides, but also for wedding anniversaries for those couples that are choosing to celebrate their love once again.

50th Pearl Rose Cake Top

Just like for newlyweds, there is a large selection of anniversary wedding cake toppers that can please any celebrating couple. The above is the “50th Pearl Rose Cake Topper” and it helps create that romantic and classy look that easily represents the kind of timeless love a couple of 50 years would recognize. Continue reading

Why You Need Bridal Bouquet Accessories

Why You Need Bridal Bouquet Accessories

Purple Handmade California Wedding

Ruffled – Purple Handmade California Wedding

1) Flowers are great, but do they glitter? -Okay, so that might seem ridiculous, but there is an important point to be made here. Flowers are beautiful and if your wedding is focusing on simple decor, then you probably won’t want any accessories that will be very showy, but adding small accessories or a little bit of dazzle to your bouquet can add a dimension that will personalize your wedding bouquet and look great in your wedding photos.

French Bistro Inspired Wedding at Prairie Productions

Style Me Pretty – French Bistro Inspired Wedding at Prairie Productions

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Special Touch Flower Girl Baskets

 

 Special Touch Flower Girl BasketsStern Grove Wedding

As one of the first to walk down the aisle, the flower girl is one of the first introductions to your wedding party look, so what you put your flower girl in can work to help set the tone. Flower girl dresses can be made to look like mini versions of the bridesmaid dresses, the wedding dress, or can be its own unique design that is in those wedding colors or wedding theme. One accessory that a flower girl can’t go without is her flower basket! Like her dress, there are a variety of different designs you can choose from, but don’t let yourself get too locked in to a typical flower basket and have some fun with it!

Flower Girl Basket with Embroidered Sheer Trim & Bows

So, what are some options?

Taupe Pleated Silk Flower Basket

This flower basket (Taupe Pleated Silk Flower Basket) is not one that is necessarily out of the basket thinking, but it offers a put together look that will add style to your wedding. Continue reading

How to Include Your Canine in Your Wedding

How to Include Your Canine in Your Wedding

How to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding

Your getting married. You are inviting another person to be your partner in life. Side by side, through thick and thin, ups, downs, happily ever after. BUT, you already have a handsome gentlemen growler or little lady yapper that has snuggled into your heart and you want him or her to be apart of your big wedding day! No big deal, go for it, but think it through!

First off, ask yourself some questions:

  • How well trained is your pup?
  • Will he or she be easily distracted by people, ribbons flying in the wind, or flower petals on the floor?
  • If you want your pup to be a part of your ceremony, can you trust the dog to not relieve him or herself or bark during the ceremony or say on the aisle way? Would it be a devastating or just a funny story if it did?

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Eco Friendly Wedding Guestbooks

Spring and summer weddings are great for embodying renewal, exuberance, and passion and one thing you may be passionate about that will add to this embodiment is using environmentally friendly materials in your daily life (and now your wedding). There are a lot of things you can do to create an Eco friendly wedding, but one small place you can start is with that paper filled guestbook that may one day sit on a shelf or in a box somewhere in your home.

For a Spring Eco-Friendly Wedding

Wedding Collectibles - Tiger Lily Bouquet Natural Paper Wedding Guestbook

Spring time is one season that people tend to be more aware of their environment: We see trees regrowing, flowers blossoming, and there is just that vibe in the air that tells that everything is new. Not only is this a great concept to have alongside a wedding where you are entering excitedly into a new life as a married woman, but it also openly invites an Eco friendly wedding focus. Additionally, you will find a lot of Eco friendly products featuring floral or earthy tones that tend to fit best with a spring wedding.

Peach Rose Natural Paper Wedding Guestbook

Floral Eco friendly guestbooks and pens like the one featured above will help you help the environment and create that blossoming wedding of your dreams

If you are looking for a more summery look or a beach theme Wedding Collectibles also has beach themed Eco friendly guestbooks and pens!

Hawaiian Beach Ocean Themed Natural Paper Wedding Guestbook

 

The above wonderfully unique beach themed and Eco friendly guest book is perfect for a summer beach themed wedding. The natural Thai mulberry (Saa) paper coloring is even reminiscent of those soft sandy shores.

Beach Palm Tree Natural Paper Wedding Pen- Yellow

And to top off that beachy and Eco friendly look, you can include a handmade palm tree pen made out of the same Eco friendly products as your guestbook. You could even include these cute palm tree pens as part of your wedding favors!

3 Easy Ways to Create a Frog Prince Wedding

A Frog Prince Wedding

A Frog Prince Wedding

What is the Story of The Frog Prince and Why is it Perfect for a Wedding?

The story of The Frog Prince has be told and retold for many generations creating many versions that all end the same “Happily Ever After”. No matter which version the general story includes a prince that is turned into a frog by some evil character, whether it be out of jealousy or punishment for his judgmental or harsh behavior, and he must find a princess that will love him and kiss him (and in some cases as specific as eating off a plate sleeping in her bed for a designated number of days). The story line is quite similar to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and is revamped in Disney’s Princess and the Frog. This truly is a perfect love story to feature or theme your wedding after if you feel your relationship has transformed each other. Often, when we are in love with the right person, that person will not force us to change or be something we are not, but somehow they will make us want to be better. This seems to be what is behind The Frog Prince love story: Acceptance, growing together, and wanting the best for each other. What could be more perfect to create a wedding theme of true love?

Suggestions for creating your Frog Prince wedding

 

1. Engagement photos, Announcements, and  Wedding Invitations

Dream Box - Frog Prince

A great place to start to establish your wedding theme is to incorporate it in your engagement photos, announcements, and invitations. You can go as far as using a real frog as a prop in your photos or keep it simple and have your groom where a green colored shirt. If you wear read lipstick and plant some red lips on his cheek it could make a cute pic that keeps with the theme!

2. Venue

Avanti Fountain Place

This theme would work great with an outdoor venue, preferably one with a water feature. Like with any theme, you do not have to be literal in every aspect, but having an outdoor venue with water present, will help create the atmosphere that is The Frog Prince. 

3. Accessorize Your Wedding

Princess Bride Kissing Frog Prince Figurine

The Frog Prince wedding theme is going to be popular enough that you will be able to find on theme unique wedding accessories that will help you add that extra touch.

Enameled Champagne Toasting Flutes

Also, as you select your various wedding musts that you don’t want to necessarily have a green frog on, choose items that are fit for a princess! Items like the beautiful toasting glasses above will really add to your Frog Prince theme, helping to create elegance, and a message of dreams coming true.

Musts for a Beach Themed Wedding

 

 Musts for a Beach Themed WeddingWhy a Beach Wedding is an Affordable Option

Summer is just around the corner, and if you are living in sunny California, it may even feel like summer now! If you are newly engaged and planning for a Summer wedding, you may be considering a romantic wedding on the beach. Even though the beach wedding style is often considered laid back and relaxed, there is still a lot of planning and careful touches from how to do your hair for that beach humidity to keeping those centerpieces from looking like a tourist shop ( unless that is the way you want to go!) that you will need to pay attention too. Here are some items to help you keep your beach wedding theme cohesive, classy, and full of that summer love’n!

1. Lets start with you!

Wedding Collectibles - Aqua Bead Foot Jewelry

When a lot of brides dream up a beach wedding they think of effortless curls, soft flowing bridal gowns, and their bare feet in the sand. Now, think back to the last time you were at the beach. What did you feet look like at the end of the day?? Not exactly the cleanest look? There are three things we would like to suggest for your barefoot wedding plans. First, get a a pedicure! Might as well start with your absolute best foot forward and start off with clean, manicured toes. Second, have wet wipes available . This way after the ceremony and before your reception you can wipe down your feet. This would be particularly important if you do not have a lot of time in-between the ceremony and reception.IMPORTANT: Don’t wipe you feet down and then stick them directly back into the sand: You need to wait till they are completely dry again or else you will just have sand stuck to your feet! And lastly, bare feet does not necessarily mean you feet must be 100% bare. In other words, accessorize with some bling! Foot jewelry works wonderfully with a beach themed wedding because it adds to that easy beauty and almost bohemian tone that the soft waves and sand invite. The foot jewelry pictured above, our “Pearl and Rhinestone“, or our “Shell” foot jewelry would be a perfect addition to your beach wedding.

2. For the Ceremony:

Wedding Collectibles - Beautiful Mother of Pearl Shell Ring Pillow

You won’t need too much beach decor if you are having your wedding ceremony at the beach because ….welll…what more do you need than the rolling waves, soft sands, and sunset in the background? What you can do is use beach themed items for the ceremony. For example you can have sea shells or smooth rocks line your aisle way instead of flower petals and starfish will always add a unique and romantic touch. Also, you can add a seaside touch to the traditional items in a ceremony such as the ring bearer pillow, the unity candle, or for the sand pouring.

3. At the Reception:

Wedding Collectibles - Tropical Breeze Cake Topper

There are going to be a lot of ways to incorporate your seaside wedding theme at your wedding reception, but one that you really cant skip on is the wedding cake and wedding cake topper. If you have a beach theme running throughout and then you have a plain Jane wedding cake with a traditional wedding cake topper it will have the similar look as if someone wore a business suit to go to enjoy the beach. Plus, a beach theme provides you with a fun opportunity to get creative with your wedding cake topper.

 

 

 

3 Tips for Staying on Budget

3 Tips for Staying on Budget

1. Designate 2-3 items that you are not willing to cut corners on, price them out, and adjust budget to match.

Ann's Classic Affairs - Bridal Gown: Farrah

If you know you are not going to want to pass up the perfect wedding dress because it would take over the budget for the wedding invitations, then set that dress as a no compromise item. Doing this does require you to do some preliminary browsing and research, but it helps you set a budget that gets you the most of what you want. For example, if you would rather spend more money on your wedding dress or wedding cake and topper, than you might choose to forgo sending out wedding announcements and would instead announce online or in person and then just send out invitations. Or if you still want to do both, then look at options for making your own announcements and invitations. DIY can not only help you save money, but it allows you to control everything that goes into it!

2. Get Organized

GSS Wedding Planning Tools :: Tips to Get and Stay Organized!

One key to getting organized is to make sure everyone is on the same page. If two people spend the same designated money on different things then you are going to run into problems. So, alongside creating a wedding binder or using online wedding planning tools, be sure to create an easy and open method of communication. For example, uploading your budget sheet onto Google drive and then sharing it with anyone planning the wedding so that everyone can see updates and update the budget as you check off wedding to dos.  You also may want to create a group chat whether it be on Google hangout or on Facebook.

3. Shop Sales

Wedding Collectibles Sale

Sales are going to be your new best friend. When you walk into a wedding shop or hit a wedding website, start with the sale section. You will make your life so much easier if you put yourself in the position to fall in love with an item that is half off, before you see the way over budget perfect veil, garter, centerpiece, or wedding cake topper. A lot of the time if you find a sale item you love first, and then a full price item you love as well, it will make it easier for you to go with the sale item and keep in budget. Alongside sales, check the clearance section! Clearance and sales are often two different things. Sales will be temporary and will take a certain percentage off a full price item. Clearance will be items that the shop is trying to move out and will then be marked down significantly without the intention that it will soon be marked up again. You may even be able to find a clearance item that is also on sale. This doesn’t mean it will be the “ugly” leftovers. You can see this happen a lot at places like Target where the same lamp in two different colors will be two different prices. Most of the time the cheaper item will be the simpler item, and when it comes to wedding accessories, simple is often better!