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The Only Engagement Ring Guide You Will Ever Need: Top Secrets You Need To Know

Guys, this article is for you. Unless you’ve decided you will both pick the ring. Then this engagement ring guide is for her too. We’ll cover how to pick a ring that fits her style, the anatomy of an engagement ring and a few tips to get the best value for your buck!

Spectacular halo engagement rings... not just beautiful... they look larger at a lower cost by Reverie.

Spectacular halo engagement rings… not just beautiful… they look larger at a lower cost by Reverie.

Who invented the engagement ring, anyways?  It is believed that the tradition started in ancient Rome where wives wore rings attached to small keys, indicating they had a husband. Many centuries later, the Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave the first diamond engagement ring to his fiancée, Mary of Burgundy. Back in 1930, an ad campaign by De Beers, made the diamond engagement ring a wedding tradition. Nowadays, three-quarters of American brides wear a diamond engagement ring, which now costs an average of $4,000. But fear not! On this engagement ring guide we will share some tips to help you stay within budget and still knock her socks off!

How To Pick An Engagement Ring That Fits Her Style

What type of engagement ring suits her best? This doesn’t need to be a guessing game and even though there are no surefire rules for this, the following guidelines will help you pick a ring she will say yes to!

Consider this advice from our wedding engagement ring guide to find the ring that fits her style. If she’s classy go for a solitaire. If she’s refined start looking for a Pavé, A modern bride will be enticed by the Channel set while the bold bride will fall for a side-stone. if your girl is traditional, a three-stone will be a great match. If she’s artsy go for a Tension ring. For the extroverted one, a Halo (swoon!), and a Vintage engagement ring for the romantic one,

Define your diamond engagement ring style with this engagement ring guide.

Define your diamond engagement ring style with this engagement ring guide.

Now, let’s tackle the 3 not-so-simple steps (as you will discover on this engagement ring guide) to create your engagement ring: Choose your diamond, choose your setting & complete your ring!

Engagement Ring Guide: The Anatomy Of An Engagement Ring

We’ve got something special in store for you today! There seem to be a billion different kinds of engagement rings – all with different qualities, different advantages and, yes, different price tags. Trying to shuffle through them is quite confusing – but it doesn’t have to be.

Handcrafted in California over a period of up to 20 hours, each Danhov engagement ring marries precision with art. Greenwich St. Jewelers.

Handcrafted in California over a period of up to 20 hours, each Danhov engagement ring marries precision with art. Greenwich St. Jewelers.

We put together this engagement ring guide, so you’ll end up with the diamond ring of your dreams! Besides, the more you learn, the harder it will be for anyone to swindle you when purchasing your diamond engagement ring online or offline. Are you ready? Great!

Let’s start with the anatomy of the engagement ring, that is, all of its pieces. Each piece can be customized to your liking. Are we getting the idea? 😉

The ring has two main parts and the jewelers will probably refer to them quite often. These are the center stone and the setting. The center stone or simply the stone goes on top and is mounted on the setting, which is the rest of the ring and includes the filigree accents, side stones, engagement ring engraving, or other work along the band, such as a stunning pave setting.

Discover all you need to know about engagement rings on this engagement ring guide!

Discover all you need to know about engagement rings on this engagement ring guide!

We can also divide the ring into two other pieces. The head, which is the most obvious part because it encompasses the jewel or stone, the side stones and the prongs where the main stone is encased. And the second part, that is the shank or the band itself.

Each one of these parts and its components can be customized and the shank can even be filigreed and engraved (which is done inside the shank usually) to achieve a most unique look. Whether it’s choosing the setting of the center stone (6 prongs? 4? Bar set?) or the style of the shank itself (Traditional? Euro-style? Criss-cross?). You can also choose various other features to embellish the ring, by maybe adding a surprise diamond on the band itself, or adorning it with patterns engravings or rope.

Elegant and affordable 2.50 CT round cut halo engagement ring.

Elegant and affordable 2.50 CT round cut halo engagement ring. Get it here!

The Engagement Ring Guide To Diamond or Center Stone Shapes

Sometimes the shape and the cut of the stone is just as important as the type of gem itself. And even though the traditional engagement ring carries a diamond, mossianite, sapphires, and other precious gemstones are really in fashion.

The gemstone cuts vary from brilliant cut, emerald cut, round cut, square cut, triangle cut, rose cut, baguette cut, trilliant or trillion cut, marquise cut, heart cut, gemstone cut cabochon, octagon cut, cushion cut, oval cut, princess cut, radiant cut and briolette cut. Let’s take a look at a few of these to discover the difference.

Gorgeous 1ct. Forever One Moissanite surrounded by diamonds Halo engagement ring with round cut center gem. Certificate of Authenticity Ships worldwide from Atlanta, GA.

Gorgeous 1ct. Forever One Moissanite surrounded by diamonds Halo engagement ring with round cut center gem. Certificate of Authenticity Ships worldwide from Atlanta, GA.

Round cut also known as “brilliant cut” because its shape maximizes the amount of light return from the top of the gemstone. The better quality diamonds will look even better on top of elevated prongs as they will showcase even more light. If the diamond has imperfections or inclusions, you’ll be better off with a metal setting to cover them up.

The Princess cut is the second most popular shape. For those who prefer square to round shapes and designed for maximum brilliance. Make sure the setting protects the pointed corners.

Pear shaped Moissanite engagement ring with pave diamonds in 14K white gold.

Pear shaped Moissanite engagement ring with pave diamonds in 14K white gold.

The Radiant cut is a square or rectangular cut with cropped, round corners combines the elegance of the emerald shape gem with the brilliance of the round, and its 70 facets maximize the effect of its color refraction. It creates a non-traditional yet still brilliant gemstone.

Cushion cut, also known as “pillow-cut”, is an antique style of cut that looks like a cross between an Old Mine Cut (a deep cut with large facets) and a modern oval cut very romantic looking.

Princess cut engagement ring with 3 views of the classic tapered diamond pave setting by Vatche for Whiteflash.

Princess cut engagement ring with 3 views of the classic tapered diamond pave setting by Vatche for Whiteflash.

The Heart cut is the most romantic of all the shapes and it’s best set on a Bezel or 3-prong setting.

The oval cut is an even, perfectly symmetrical elongated shape design popular among women with small hands or short fingers. Its gives a flattering illusion of length to the hand.

Fine vine oval cut engagement ring with white sapphire and diamonds.

Fine vine oval cut engagement ring with white sapphire and diamonds. Get it here!

This bridal wedding ring set showcases a 7x7mm cushion cut Certified Charles & Colvard forever brilliant moissanite engagement ring set in a solid 14k rose gold halo diamond ring setting. To complete the gorgeous look, a gorgeous scalloped diamond wedding band is created to be paired with this stunning moissanite ring!

This bridal wedding ring set showcases a 7x7mm cushion cut Certified Charles & Colvard forever brilliant moissanite engagement ring set in a solid 14k rose gold halo diamond ring setting. To complete the gorgeous look, a gorgeous scalloped diamond wedding band is created to be paired with this stunning moissanite ring! Here!

The emerald cut, named as such because it originally was only used on emerald stones, is known for its sleek, elegant and sophisticated long and precise lines. You can use it surrounded by accompanying stones as Halo, or as a baguette with two emerald shaped side stones or as a magnificent solitaire.

A classic shape for diamond engagement rings is the Marquise cut. With a long, narrow surface that resembles a boat it gives the illusion of a greater size.

The Asscher shape must be reserved for absolutely perfect stones (especially diamonds that must be flawless) as any imperfection of inclusion will be obvious to the naked eye. This shape is perfect for vintage-style brides that love square-cut gemstones. Recommendation: Go either Halo or solitaire with the Asscher shape.

Beautiful vintage style Asscher diamond ring. It is surrounded by sixteen brilliant diamonds. A fleur-de-lis design and triple wire shank add to the delicacy of this ring. The ring has a GIA certification.

Beautiful vintage style Asscher diamond ring. It is surrounded by sixteen brilliant diamonds. A fleur-de-lis design and triple wire shank add to the delicacy of this ring. The ring has a GIA certification. Check it out!

Trillion cut is a spectacular slice of brittle fire. The exact design can vary depending on a particular gem’s natural characteristics and the cutter’s personal preferences. It may be a traditional triangular shape with pointed corners or a more rounded triangular shape with a polished girdle. It is definitely for the adventurous.

The Engagement Ring Guide To The Shank Or Band

As if this weren’t enough choices to personalize your engagement ring, it’s time to pick what the band around her finger will look like. We will go over the shank, the side gemstones, the accent stones and the embellishments!

A unique diamond sits atop in breathtaking detail. This art deco bridal ring set also includes a diamond encrusted wedding band that fits within the design for a seamless look when worn.

A unique diamond sits atop in breathtaking detail. This art deco bridal ring set also includes a diamond encrusted wedding band that fits within the design for a seamless look when worn. See it here!

We have a few choices for the shank. The ring itself can be fully round or traditional, with more weight on the base or euro-style, or elevated on top or cathedral style. When looking at the ring from above, we can have a straight, tapered (wider as it gets closer to the stone) or reverse tapered shank. Finally, the shank can also be split (looking at it from the top, the band splits in two parallel lines), bypass (it looks like it’s hugging the center stone), tension (love this one because the stone looks like it’s floating between the two ends of the band), or criss-cross.

Scarlet red garnet with diamonds in a classically styled, elegant engagement ring.

Scarlet red garnet with diamonds in a classically styled, elegant engagement ring. Here!

Champagne sapphire engagement ring 14k by EidelPrecious.

Champagne sapphire engagement ring 14k by EidelPrecious.

I love side gemstones! They provide an economical way to add more gemstone surface area across the finger than putting the same dollars into the center stone. Nice trick, huh? The color of the side stones should be within one color grade of the center stone. This also allows for saving a few bucks as lower color grades are always cheaper than clearer diamonds. The following gemstone shapes are used primarily as matched side gems for rings. Step cut straight baguettes, tapered baguettes, straight baguettes step cut, trapezoids, half moons, step cut bullets, kite shapes and tapered bullets.

One more addition to the shank that makes it look even more stunning are the accent stones. They are set alongside the band in different ways. Some are packed tighter together like the pavé, channel, surface and shared prong and some are set a bit further apart or separated by metal like the bezel, the bar and the gypsy flush.

This bridal wedding ring set showcases a floral engagement ring with a cushion cut set in a solid white gold scalloped diamond band.

This bridal wedding ring set showcases a floral engagement ring with a cushion cut set in a solid white gold scalloped diamond band. Check it out here!

Engagement ring guide: The Anatomy Of An Engagement Ring. Princess cut diamond engagement ring. Swooning over this ring, Ask her to marry you with this stunning pave, halo, diamond engagement ring! Here! Brilliant Moissanite ring in rose gold. Here!

Engagement ring guide: The Anatomy Of An Engagement Ring. Princess cut diamond engagement ring. Swooning over this ring, Ask her to marry you with this stunning pave, halo, diamond engagement ring! Here! Brilliant Moissanite ring in rose gold. Here!

Ooops! We are not done yet! This engagement ring guide would not be complete if we failed to mention the embellishments. If you want to add more uniqueness and fancy to the ring think about engraving it, or adding a filigree, piercing it or even a surprise diamond – that is a smaller stone on the side of the shank.

Engagement Ring Guide: Let’s Look At Colors

Now that you have an idea of all the shapes and sizes, it’s time to decide what color you want your diamond to be. Options range from colorless, nearly colorless, faint color, to very light yellow, light yellow, and fancy yellow.

How To Pick An Engagement Ring That Fits Her Style. Cushion swiss blue topaz ring set in white gold half diamond eternity band. Here | Unique and unusual creation, motivated by high fashion design by jewelice | Rose gold aquamarine ring

How To Pick An Engagement Ring That Fits Her Style. Cushion swiss blue topaz ring set in white gold half diamond eternity band. Here | Unique and unusual creation, motivated by high fashion design by jewelice | Rose gold aquamarine ring get it here!

For engagement rings, it’s better to stay with the colorless or nearly colorless diamond categories as is tradition. Or you can go with the latest craze on engagement rings and choose a sapphire or a different gemstone surrounded with diamonds.

Engagement Ring Guide: Clarity

More important than the carat, the clarity speaks about a diamond’s quality. The less inclusions or impurities, the more flawless the stone. Imperfections are natural in diamonds but they will reduce their bling level.

Simple engagement rings for girls who love classics. Discover how to pick an engagement ring that fits her style.

Simple engagement rings for girls who love classics. Discover how to pick an engagement ring that fits her style.

Engagement Ring Guide: Carat

Finally, the Carat is the next on the list of choices! Basically, the carat refers to the overall size of the stone.

Congratulations… You’ve just assembled your ideal wedding ring and we are ready to dig into the last part of this engagement ring guide.

Handmade engagement ring with diamonds in flower buds and leafs on vine motif .

Handmade engagement ring with diamonds in flower buds and leafs on vine motif. Check it out!

Stunning feminine and romantic! This aquamarine ring is crafted in white gold with a round shaped aquamarine set into a gorgeous floral basket setting on top of a diamond pebble band. Breathtakingly elegant and beautiful.

Stunning feminine and romantic! This aquamarine ring is crafted in white gold with a round shaped aquamarine set into a gorgeous floral basket setting on top of a diamond pebble band. Breathtakingly elegant and beautiful. Here!

How to Save Beaucoup of Bucks on the Engagement Ring

The last part of this engagement ring guide is dedicated to provide you a few tips to save on your engagement ring purchase.

  • Buy your ring during the summer months. Most people buy their engagement rings in fall, winter and even during the spring. But as most people are busy getting married during the summer months, engagement ring sales drop and you can find yourself some pretty sweet deals. Basically, we can add this as another advantage to getting married in the winter or to longer engagements if you are still set on getting married in the summer!
  • What’s trending on engagement rings that makes them cheaper and more original? Sapphires, of course! Feel free to surround it with accent diamonds like on the Halo ring and go for an even more unique gemstone.
Princess cut Halo engagement ring with split shank in white gold with micropave diamonds.

Princess cut Halo engagement ring with split shank in white gold with micropave diamonds. Check it out!

  • Avoid round numbers in carats and save a lot of money. Most people will not notice if it’s a 1.95 carat or a 2.00 carat ring.
  • Another tip to save on your engagement ring. Adding side stones. It will make the ring look larger at a much lower price. Check out the paragraph where we talk about side stones and their options.
  • Play with clarity and color. There are some settings where clarity is paramount but other settings allow for a slightly included diamond. It will cost less than one with top-notch clarity—but the difference is hardly visible to the eye. The same goes for color, as it is very difficult to tell between a G or an F color and the G will cost you much less.
  • How about the metal the ring is made from? If you don’t mind going for a 14K gold ring, you will save money versus an 18K gold ring. Rose gold is gorgeous and an alloy of gold and copper, making rose gold more affordable. This is a bonus for your wallet if you happen to be on a budget.
  • People think that a custom ring will cost them way more, but there are some great deals out there. Why go with a major brand name and a mass-produced ring? Make your ring a one of a kind just like your love.

If this engagement ring guide was useful to you, share it with others or leave us a message below. It is always appreciated. 🙂

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The engagement ring guide to diamond or center stone shapes. Light pink diamond pear shaped engagement ring with double halo.

The engagement ring guide to diamond or center stone shapes. Light pink diamond pear shaped engagement ring with double halo.

Even though the traditional engagement ring carries a diamond, mossianite, sapphires, and other precious gemstones are really in fashion. Gorgeous sapphire engagement rings.

Even though the traditional engagement ring carries a diamond, mossianite, sapphires, and other precious gemstones are really in fashion. Gorgeous sapphire engagement rings.

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Simple engagement rings are back in fashion because a massive, impressive engagement ring isn’t for everyone.

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A cool photoshoot for an original engagement ring.

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French Wedding Ideas, Trending and Fabulously Chic

Check out these awesome French wedding ideas and say ‘oui oui!’ to this 2017 wedding trend!

So, what's not to love about French weddings? Beautiful locations, all night partying and family and friends coming together over lots and lots of champagne.

So, what’s not to love about French weddings? Beautiful locations, all night partying and family and friends coming together over lots and lots of champagne.

Don’t you just love France? I mean really, who doesn’t… But having your wedding in France is a hassle and an outrageously expensive one to boot! That’s why we decided to help bring France to you! From Parisian style weddings to French country wedding theme all the way to the glamorous French Château wedding, French cuisine and a few French customs! Allons-y!

Some Typical French Wedding Traditions

Feel free to incorporate some of these French wedding usages and traditions for the extra French touch to your special day.

Switch your bridesmaids and best men for “temoins” or witnesses. This is a legal requirement for civil ceremonies which are the only way to be legally married in France. Religious ceremonies are optional.

This is a pretty cute French wedding tradition called “La noce”. Nowadays, the guests follow the couple’s car all about town making as much noise as possible.

If you want to stay within budget, adopt the cocktail reception o vin d’honneur tradition. Treat all your guests with mini-foods or canapés and drinks. The true reception dinner is held later just for family and for your closest friends.

Drageés or sugary coated almonds as wedding favors. Also a custom in Italy. A traditional treat of five white almonds symbolizing five wishes for the bride and groom. includes tag with traditional wedding wish: “Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat Reminds us that life is both bitter and sweet. Five wishes for the new husband and wife: Health, wealth, happiness, children, and long life!”

French château weddings, timeless romance. Photography: magnolia rouge.

French château weddings, timeless romance. Photography: magnolia rouge.

Modern French wedding ideas. Photo wedding invitation with foil-stamped gold lettering Get it here!

Modern French wedding ideas. Photo wedding invitation with foil-stamped gold lettering. Get them here!

Onion soup or soupe a l’onion is at the core of French cuisine, no wonder that on the wedding day (wedding night is more accurate) it takes a special place. It is served in the early hours of the morning to help recover from a long night of partying, as French weddings tend to finish around 5-7am!

The Modern Romance of Parisian style weddings

To achieve a Parisian styled wedding the key is choosing romantic details. Keep it chic and simple, city-like and lovely vintage decor like distressed birdcages filled with fresh blooms for your centerpieces. To go the whole way on your Parisian-themed wedding, just any tableware won’t do. Make sure you use real silverware, as well as classic french porcelain plates! Add a touch of glam with flimsy gold fabrics and delicate chandeliers and voilá!

The elegance and simplicity of a Parisian wedding reflected on the bride's veil.

The elegance and simplicity of a Parisian wedding reflected on the bride’s veil.

Romantic Parisian styled wedding theme in rose blush and gold.

Romantic Parisian styled wedding theme in rose blush and gold.

French Wedding Ideas: French Country Wedding Theme Decor

European elegance weaved in homespun comfort give birth to the rustic French wedding decor. The French Country wedding theme is soft and simple, elegant, sweet, warm, and loving. It has gorgeous details such as wooden reception tables, freshly cut flowers, olive branches natural burlap, large hurricane candles, tea lights, and signage calligraphed in French. Of course, you score bonus points if the venue has brick walls, red tiled roofs and old-style French furniture.

Fabulously chic French wedding ideas. This backdrop is perfect for wedding photos. Ooh! lala! indeed.

Fabulously chic French wedding ideas. This backdrop is perfect for wedding photos. Ooh! lala! indeed.

A fresh green summer wedding on the French Riviera. A perfect place to enjoy your celebration with family and friends. Photography: Greg Finck | Wedding Photographer Provence, French Riviera, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Ibiza, Formentera.

A fresh green summer wedding on the French Riviera. A perfect place to enjoy your celebration with family and friends. Photography: Greg Finck | Wedding Photographer Provence, French Riviera, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Ibiza, Formentera.

Glamorous French Château Weddings

If you are a bride that dreams of a fairytale wedding, nothing beats French Château weddings! If you want to incorporate this look into your wedding but are missing the Château, you can still add some details to make your fairytale come true. Decorate the backs of your chairs with bows, sashes, flowers, or faux jewels. Rich reds, gold and browns will enhance the warm and rustic look of a château-themed wedding. Think candlesticks, floral tapestries on walls or as table runners to finish the look.

Fairytales are made of this..wedding in a château in France.

Fairytales are made of this..wedding in a château in France.

Dreamy destination wedding at Château de Varennes. Photo credit: Amy Faith Photography.

Dreamy destination wedding at Château de Varennes. Photo credit: Amy Faith Photography.

French wedding delicacies: Madeleines, Macarons, and More!

I’m biased on this one, I must admit… I love madeleines, and if I could eat them every day you’d never see me out of the nearest bakery again! These delicious baked goods are absolutely essential to any French-themed wedding and they scream sophistication! And while you’re at it, make sure you serve macarons as well – this increasingly popular and delicious little treats are a staple for anything French-inspired!

Decorative and yummylicious tower of madeleines. Photography: monikahibbs.

Decorative and yummylicious tower of madeleines. Photography: monikahibbs.

Macaron wedding cake at a French Château wedding. France is a popular wedding destination with beautiful wedding venue, lovely weather, romantic location, and delicious food.

Macaron wedding cake at a French Château wedding. France is a popular wedding destination with beautiful wedding venue, lovely weather, romantic location, and delicious food.

Check out these 30+ Ways to Serve French Macarons To Dazzle Your Guests

A French Wedding Tradition: Champagne Fountains

Ohhh yes! No French wedding can officially hold that title without a champagne fountain. The champagne is poured into the top glass and from there fills all the glasses below. Avoid the flutes… Aside from being a logistical nightmare, they’re a relatively recent addition to the table. Opt instead for the classic, elegant and always reliable coupe glasses!

La fontaine à champagne or champagne tower. Whether planning a wedding in France or looking for French wedding ideas, our guide to top French wedding traditions will help you add you favorite French wedding touch.

La fontaine à champagne or champagne tower. Whether planning a wedding in France or looking for French wedding ideas, our guide to top French wedding traditions will help you add you favorite French wedding touch.

French Wedding Ideas That Will Get You Hooked: Profiteroles o Croquembouche

Yes, yes, this could fit in the French baked goods recommendation above, but we felt this merited it’s very own honorable mention. If you’ve ever had a profiterole you’d know why! Those delicious little pastries are comparable to eclairs: drizzled in chocolate, these sweet dough balls are filled with either cheese or cream and are totally edible in one bite or less! You can even make a cake by piling them up on top of one another in a circular pyramid and then drizzling melted chocolate onto the entire thing. It’s the traditional French wedding cake and it’s guaranteed to get your guests hooked – so use with care!

Croquembouche or tower of profiteroles with pink and white flowers for a shabby chic vintage style wedding.

Croquembouche or tower of profiteroles with pink and white flowers for a shabby chic vintage style wedding.

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Cheese and Charcuterie

Last but not least, this wouldn’t be a French event without an abundant variety of cheeses and meats. Instead of finger-foods and hors-d’oeuvres, go for a large platter of charcuterie. For some extra brownie points, try to pair the platter with corresponding wines – something even the snobbiest of Parisians will applaud you for!

Last but not least, this wouldn’t be a French event without an abundant variety of cheeses and meats Wine, cheese and everything French!

Last but not least, this wouldn’t be a French event without an abundant variety of cheeses and meats Wine, cheese and everything French!

Photo Gallery of Ultra Romantic French Wedding Ideas

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    French themed weddings
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    Classic and elegant French wedding ideas. Photography: Paul Francis Photography.
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    French-themed New England wedding in white gold and filled with greenery.
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    French vintage wedding inspiration
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    French wedding ideas trending and fabulously chic
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So what’s not to love about French weddings? Beautiful locations, all night partying and family and friends coming together over lots and lots of champagne. We hope these French wedding ideas have will help you throw the French wedding of your dreams!

Channeling old world charm right in the heart of Hollywood, this elegant and romantic wedding features luscious ivory blooms, gold cutlery and pastel tones.

Channeling old world charm right in the heart of Hollywood, this elegant and romantic wedding features luscious ivory blooms, gold cutlery and pastel tones.

Marco Maria bridal gown Spring 2017.

Marco Maria bridal gown Spring 2017.

Simply gorgeous by swisschicboutique.

Simply gorgeous by swisschicboutique.

Sophia Tolli Bridal Spring 2017.

Sophia Tolli Bridal Spring 2017.

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Las Vegas Weddings: A Guide To Getting Married in Vegas Part I

Drive-thru chapels, luxurious hotels, lavish ceremonies but above everything else, Las Vegas weddings spell fun! Let’s discover what getting married in Vegas could look like!

Poker chips, gold and fun on this wedding cake by Las Vegas custom cakes in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Poker chips, gold and fun on this wedding cake by Las Vegas custom cakes in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From elopements to the full blown wedding affair, getting married in Vegas can turn any dream into a reality (yes, including getting married in Paris Vegas!). From the beauty of the Bellagio, the uniqueness of the Little White Chapel drive thru windows (includes tux rental on site), the opulence of the Cosmopolitan and the Wynn Hotels, the unsurmountable romantic environment of the Red Rocky Country Club, Sin City truly has it all.

Are Vegas Weddings Legal?

Yes! They are totally legit. Clark County, where Vegas is situated, issues thousands and thousands of marriage licenses each year.

Las Vegas weddings are easy, thus partially lending to the myth that the weddings are not real. Also, Las Vegas weddings have been portrayed as off the cuff decisions that occur when heavy drinking or gambling highs are involved. Plus the likelihood of equally fast wedding annulments. Getting married in Vegas is 100% legal and binding. This is a case where “what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas.”

Planning a Las Vegas Wedding: Marriage License and Other Requisites

There are several things to consider when planning how to get married in Las Vegas. Yes, planning and Las Vegas weddings do belong in the same sentence!

The first thing you will need to do is to apply for a marriage license. In order to get a marriage license in the state of Nevada you must be over the age of 18, and either be unmarried or legally divorced in the state of your marriage. You will be required to show proof of your age and eligibility for a new license. Bring a government issued photo ID, birth certificate or social security card, and paperwork showing your divorce decree if applicable.

For those young lovers, you can marry in Vegas if you are under the age of 18. In this instance, you must have a guardian give consent in person at the time of application.

So much rockabilly on Las Vegas weddings. Red crinoline for her and matching chucks and tie for him, doesn't it blow your mind?

So much rockabilly on Las Vegas weddings. Red crinoline for her and matching chucks and tie for him, doesn’t it blow your mind?

You can get started on the marriage license application online. Marriage licenses in Clark County do not require a blood test or a waiting period. This makes it easier to elope. The licenses are good for one year. And here is an interesting tip, the county office where licenses are issued is open 8 am to midnight 365 days a year!

A dip at the Las Vegas sign. A must for your Las Vegas wedding photography. Do it at night when the lights are quite Vegas lit up. Photo credit: sceniclasvegasweddings.

A dip at the Las Vegas sign. A must for your Las Vegas wedding photography. Do it at night when the lights are quite Vegas lit up. Photo credit: sceniclasvegasweddings.

Address stamp for Las Vegas weddings sign, great for Save the Dates & wedding invitations!

Address stamp for Las Vegas weddings sign, great for Save the Dates & wedding invitations. Get it here!

Las Vegas Weddings: Time To Pick A Chapel & A Hotel!

Now it is time to think about where to get married (or eloped) and where to stay. The only thing challenging about both decisions is which place to choose. There are hundreds of wedding venues that include getting hitched by Elvis, locations with scenic views, the clerk’s office, glamorous hotels, and traditional churches.

When in Vegas, you may get married in a helicopter, have a true western wedding on the edge of the Grand Canyon and so much more. This is a personal decision that you will need to base on your style, amenities, and price.

A winery-inspired wedding at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas. Pick the theme of your dreams and head out to Vegas baby!

A winery-inspired wedding at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas. Pick the theme of your dreams and head out to Vegas baby!

Get married in Las Vegas vintage-style. Photo credit: TSL Photography wedding photographer.

Get married in Las Vegas vintage-style. Photo credit: TSL Photography wedding photographer.

To help you narrow down the choice of where to get married, here is a partial list of the best chapels to get married in Vegas.

Graceland Chapel

If your dream to be given away by the King, the Graceland Chapel (619 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101) is the place for you. They offer traditional Elvis wedding ceremonies and vow renewal services. Don’t forget the pink Cadillac rental to make it complete!

Chapel in the Clouds at the Stratosphere Tower

The most adventurous couples will probably want to get married 1,000 ft above the Vegas strip with a 360 degree view in the Chapel in the Clouds (2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104) atop the Stratosphere Tower. A wedding that will never be forgotten!

Las Vegas Strip elopement, the latest rage in weddings today! Photo Credit: exceedphotography Las Vegas Event and Wedding Photographer.

Las Vegas Strip elopement, the latest rage in weddings today! Photo Credit: exceedphotography Las Vegas Event and Wedding Photographer.

Special Memory Wedding Chapel

Located in the arts district of Las Vegas, Nevada, the Special Memory Wedding Chapel offers several options to get hitched in Sin City, the cheapest alternative being their famous drive-thru wedding that starts at US$199.

The uniqueness of the Little White Chapel drive thru windows includes tux rental on site. Thank You Cards for Las Vegas weddings.

The uniqueness of the Little White Chapel drive thru windows includes tux rental on site. Thank You Cards for Las Vegas weddings. Get them here!

The Little Church of the West

According to Wikipedia, The Little Church of the West “is a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada that is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.” They opened in 1942, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret got married here in the movie “Viva Las Vegas” but the Chapel has also witnessed the weddings of Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford, Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie and so many more. Not bad as the backdrop for the most memorable elopement, right?

Stunning red, white and very rockabilly wedding at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas photographed by Vitamin C.

Stunning red, white and very rockabilly wedding at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas photographed by Vitamin C.

Viva Las Vegas Chapel

Viva Las Vegas, one of the best wedding chapels in Nevada, has 50 wedding themes to choose from that range from Elvis to the vampires, pirates, gladiators, and Old West among many others. We are sure you will find the theme that fits you best.

Another Vegas wedding location, Mandalay Bay, an MGM Resort with a classy high-end island feeling. You may also choose the Excalibur for a renaissance experience in Las Vegas weddings.

Another Vegas wedding location, Mandalay Bay, an MGM Resort with a classy high-end island feeling. You may also choose the Excalibur for a renaissance experience in Las Vegas weddings.

For those that have more of the traditional reception in mind, there are a plethora of choices both on the Vegas strip and off the beaten path. Hot pink wedding at the Flamingo Las Vegas Chapel from Bently and Wilson Photography Little Vegas Wedding.

For those that have more of the traditional reception in mind, there are a plethora of choices both on the Vegas strip and off the beaten path. Hot pink wedding at the Flamingo Las Vegas Chapel from Bently and Wilson Photography Little Vegas Wedding.

Paris Las Vegas

If you dreamt of getting married in the city of lights but your wedding budget does not allow it, Vegas offers you choices. Get transported to France at the French-themed hotel and casino Paris Las Vegas to the magnificent Eiffel Tower.

Get transported to France at the French-themed hotel and casino Paris Las Vegas to the magnificent Eiffel Tower.

Get transported to France at the French-themed hotel and casino Paris Las Vegas to the magnificent Eiffel Tower.

With nearly 300 hotel options in Vegas, and some of the hotels have chapels, the only way to narrow down your options is to make of list of items that are important to you.

A Guide To Getting Married in Vegas Part I

A Guide To Getting Married in Vegas Part I

After-Party Las Vegas-Style or Traditional Wedding Reception?

And finally the last decision to make is what to do after your Sin-City wedding. Do you party it up Las Vegas Style, or have a more traditional reception? For those couples going the elopement route, very on-trend right now, a Vegas after party might make the most sense so you can skip the planning details and just spend time with your sweetie and closest friends.

For those that have more of the traditional reception in mind, there are a plethora of choices both on the Vegas strip and off the beaten path. Reception venues include country clubs, art galleries, rooftop venues, banquet halls, outdoor venues, mansions, gardens and anything else you can dream up!

Wedding after-party Vegas-style, baby! Fun guest favor idea if your reception will be at or near a casino! Your guests will not leave with empty pockets when you give them personalized poker chips wedding favors.

Wedding after-party Vegas-style, baby!

Dice made out of white boxes. great idea for centerpieces too! A perfect way to display your utensils for Las Vegas Casino themed pool party. Fun guest favor idea if your reception will be at or near a casino! Your guests will not leave with empty pockets when you give them personalized poker chips wedding favors. A Vegas wedding cannot miss its wedding cake. Do you think you could play one of the cupcakes at the roulette tables? Las Vegas wedding at The Palms, by Chrisman Studios.

Las Vegas weddings cake toppers are awesome!

Las Vegas weddings cake toppers are awesome!

Here are a few places you may want to check out and incorporate into your wedding celebration to make it, if possible, even more unique. The Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, the Flamingo Hotel, the Caesar’s Palace. The Artisan Hotel, the oh-so-famous Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, The Mirage Hotel (featuring a dolphin habitat), the Fremont Street experience and the Heart Attack Grill where diners don hospital gowns before indulging in heart attack-inducing fare such as the bypass burger.

This is what I would call build your Bloody Mary. Not only do you have a choice of premium vodkas, you can have them infused with flavor – like bacon - and the toppings are out of this world. Todd English Pub at Las Vegas.

This is what I would call build your Bloody Mary. Not only do you have a choice of premium vodkas, you can have them infused with flavor – like bacon – and the toppings are out of this world. Todd English Pub at Las Vegas.

With more than 300 sunny days each year (and a whole lotta booze) it’s no surprise Las Vegas is known as the ‘wedding capital of the world’. Bellagio Las Vegas weddings.

With more than 300 sunny days each year (and a whole lotta booze) it’s no surprise Las Vegas is known as the ‘wedding capital of the world’. Bellagio Las Vegas weddings.

No matter whether you choose a Vegas-style after party or a traditional reception, with so many unique options, it is bound to be a day you’ll never forget!

From elopements to the full blown wedding affair, getting married in Vegas can turn any dream into a reality. Las Vegas weddings place cards. 'Bet on Love' bridal bouquet. Casino dice Las Vegas theme favor boxes.

From elopements to the full blown wedding affair, getting married in Vegas can turn any dream into a reality. Las Vegas weddings place cards. ‘Bet on Love’ bridal bouquet. Casino dice Las Vegas theme favor boxes.

A cute engagement against the colorful backdrop of The Smith Center by 1000 Word Photography via Little Vegas Weddings.

A cute engagement against the colorful backdrop of The Smith Center by 1000 Word Photography via Little Vegas Weddings.

There are several things to consider when planning how to get married in Las Vegas. Yes, planning and Las Vegas weddings do belong in the same sentence! Check them out! Photography: JetFete

There are several things to consider when planning how to get married in Las Vegas. Yes, planning and Las Vegas weddings do belong in the same sentence! Check them out! Photography: JetFete

Lady luck will be on your side with these Sin City-themed original wedding centerpieces designed by Every Little Detail Event Planning and Design.

Lady luck will be on your side with these Sin City-themed original wedding centerpieces designed by Every Little Detail Event Planning and Design.

Love the wedding set, the map idea with the rings, and also the location. Read this guide on how to get married in Vegas!

Love the wedding set, the map idea with the rings, and also the location.

Classic Las Vegas weddings. Let's start with this Las Vegas engagement pic and let’s discover what getting married in Vegas could look like!

Let’s start with this Las Vegas engagement pic and let’s discover what getting married in Vegas could look like!

Las Vegas wedding invitations in black, white and gold glitter in pocket fold style.

Las Vegas wedding invitations in black, white and gold glitter in pocket fold style. Get them here!

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19 Irresistible and Original Wedding ideas (And How To Make Them Happen)

Tired of the same old black and white weddings and willing to mix it up a bit? Here’s a simple list of 19 original wedding ideas you need to make your dream day stand out!

Whether with candles or lanterns, it’s easy to get innovative with lighting. Original wedding ideas.

Whether with candles or lanterns, it’s easy to get innovative with lighting.

Many brides regret not implementing at least a couple of original wedding ideas on their receptions. We understand that many times you are not in 100% charge of how to spend the budget but these original wedding ideas can be implemented no matter what the wedding budget!

Stunning And Budget-Friendly Dream Wedding Decor

Sometimes a couple of statement pieces is all we need to make our dream wedding decor come true.

1Is there a set of stairs? Just add a row of candles on both sides and your wedding will look like a million bucks. Feel free to use large candles or tea lights, they’ll look absolutely stunning!

Wedding reception idea using candles to light up a flight of stairs by Todd Events.

Wedding reception idea using candles to light up a flight of stairs by Todd Events.

2Pick your favorite song or love quote and add it to the bride and groom’s chair decor.

Austin wedding cutest chair decor with the lyrics from The Proclaimers from The Nouveau Romantics + Caroline Joy Photography.

Austin wedding cutest chair decor with the lyrics from The Proclaimers from The Nouveau Romantics + Caroline Joy Photography.

3Make your wedding reception entrance truly memorable for you and for your guests!

This is what I call an entrance! Fabric, flowers and a delicate chandelier make the difference. The Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina.

This is what I call an entrance! Fabric, flowers and a delicate chandelier make the difference. The Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina.

4A creative way of thanking your guests for attending your party and a dream wedding decor piece as well. 🙂

A wedding sign idea that you can easily incorporate into your ceremony or reception decor!

A wedding sign idea that you can easily incorporate into your ceremony or reception decor!

5For all of you book lovers, one of the most original ideas for your ceremony backdrop.

Gorgeous and original wedding ceremony book backdrop. Photography: kachergina on Flickr.

Gorgeous and original wedding ceremony book backdrop. Photography: kachergina on Flickr.

Original Wedding Ideas You Can DIY In Minutes!

Nothing more budget-friendly than DIY when we know how to do them. 😉 Therefore, here are a few original wedding ideas and tutorials to guide you on this quest.

6Unique ’to go boxes’: Forget the candy-wrapped almonds – this isn’t 1860 England. Opt instead for a unique ‘to go box’ for the guests to take home a slice of your delicious wedding cake! Throw in some on-theme patterns to the box, and a crafted letter and your party-favor woes are long behind you!

Unique togo boxes. This is an idea you don't want to miss or it will make you say "I wish I did that at my wedding!"

Unique togo boxes. This is an idea you don’t want to miss or it will make you say “I wish I did that at my wedding!”

7Like at any party, people misplace their drinks. Here is an original idea that will help them find their glass and save on your drinks wedding budget.

All we need are clothespins, which are dirt cheap, and a fine point sharpie! Or if there are too many to make order them here.

All we need are clothespins, which are dirt cheap, and a fine point sharpie! Or if there are too many to make order them here.

8Keep your loved ones close to your heart on your special day. You may pin photos of your grandparents to the inside of the groom’s suit or add them as charms to the bride’s bouquet. For more ideas on how to remember loved ones at your wedding, check out these unique wedding memorial ideas.

Original wedding memorial ideas: groom with grandparents' photo pinned to inside of suit. Photography: Shea Christine Photography.

Original wedding memorial ideas: groom with grandparents’ photo pinned to inside of suit. Photography: Shea Christine Photography.

9A low budget alternative for candleholders you can easily DIY out of soda cans.

A soda can turned candleholder in a few simple steps. Check it out!

A soda can turned candleholder in a few simple steps.

10Replace the light bulbs in an old chandelier with inexpensive solar lights. Hang it from a tree branch. You’ll have gorgeous outdoor lighting without having to provide electricity.

Build a solar lit chandelier for your dream wedding. Check out the steps here.

Build a solar lit chandelier for your dream wedding.

Cute And Original Wedding Ideas That Will Surprise Your Guests

You gotta keep those unsuspecting guests on their toes. Steal these ideas before they become standard wedding fare.

11Arm your ring bearer with an adorable personalized briefcase. He or she will definitely make quite an entrance!!

Doesn't the ring bearer look smashing with his cute personalized briefcase? Definitely something to add to your list of wedding ideas. Get it here!

Doesn’t the ring bearer look smashing with his cute personalized briefcase? Definitely something to add to your list of wedding ideas. Get it here!

12Ask your guests to come dressed in black and hand them over Phantom of the Opera masks. It will account for terrific wedding photography. I’m sure you can come up with even more original ideas for your dream wedding!

Love this masquerade ball theme for a dream wedding. Check out how to do it on the site. Bride and Bridal Party Photo by J Clay on Fivehundredpx.

Love this masquerade ball theme for a dream wedding. Bride and Bridal Party Photo by J Clay on Fivehundredpx.

13Be creative with your wedding signs and make them a talking point that will help your guests break the ice. 😉

Original wedding ideas you will not want to miss!

Original wedding ideas you will not want to miss!

14Stream your wedding from your social media accounts! It’s almost 2017 folks and weddings are a celebratory event… let’s mix it up and let your friends and honored guests enjoy going crazy and sharing those wacky moments with the world!

I was at a friend’s wedding a few weeks ago, and when I walked into the reception hall, I noticed that they had huge flat-screen TVs adorning every corner of the room! It didn’t take long before I understood what they were for… Because within about 10 minutes, pictures of the guests kept popping up all over the place with the hashtag written on our wedding invites! What a brilliant idea!

Stream your wedding from your social media accounts with slide some.

Stream your wedding from your social media accounts with slide some.

15Vintage or wanderlust wedding anyone? A memorable table plan fit for the occasion.

Lovely and original wedding DIY for a table plan.

Lovely and original wedding DIY for a table plan.

16Childhood pictures. Still on theme with pictures here, but this one might be a little cuter! We highly recommend adding a picture of the bride and groom at the age corresponding with the table number assigned to the guests. In that way, each table shares in the telling of your unique story – as well as a few embarrassing haircuts! This also lessens the blandness of table numbers.

This couple incorporated fun facts about their relationship into their table numbers.

This couple incorporated fun facts about their relationship into their table numbers.

17An unconventional but totally awesome wedding idea is a piñata cake!

How does a piñata cake sound instead of the classic cake cutting ceremony?

How does a piñata cake sound instead of the classic cake cutting ceremony?

18Add interactive activities to create an intimate wedding feel even if you have a large guest list.

How can you bring everyone together to celebrate your love story? That’s the key to an intimate wedding. Photography: Tandem Tree Photography.

How can you bring everyone together to celebrate your love story? That’s the key to an intimate wedding. Photography: Tandem Tree Photography.

19An adorned reception bathroom.

An adorned reception bathroom. Add some fabric and voila! Check out the rest of the 19 original wedding ideas.

An adorned reception bathroom. Add some fabric and voila!

Try some (or all) out and let us know how the big day went! Or keep on reading about the trends for 2017 weddings!

19 Irresistible and Original Wedding ideas (And How To Make Them Happen)

19 Irresistible and Original Wedding ideas (And How To Make Them Happen)

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7 Gorgeous & Original Texas Wedding Venues You Must Check Out

We have found some fabulous Texas wedding venues sure to please even the most unique brides! Check out these gems!

Timeless, traditional and purely Texan - an elegant affair captured by Archetype Studio at the San Fernando Cathedral. Texas wedding venues.

Timeless, traditional and purely Texan – an elegant affair captured by Archetype Studio at the San Fernando Cathedral. Texas wedding venues.

If you live in or are planning to get married in Texas, you may be considering several wedding venues. But if you are looking for a very unusual place that will knock the socks off your guests, then check out our pick of these 7 gorgeous and original Texas wedding venues.

Austin, Texas Wedding Venues: The Barr Mansion

The Barr Mansion is the perfect blend of ornamental and edible landscape design, space and luxury.  The venue features “farm to table” menus supported by a production kitchen and farm.  This Texas Wedding Venue’s star feature is the graciously appointed, Artisan Ballroom standing tall an opulent against the garden backdrop.

The Barr Mansion and Artisan Ballroom Austin

Address: 10463 Sprinkle Rd, Austin, TX 78754

Telephone: (512) 926-6907

Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom at night in Austin, TX. Photography by Bloom Photography.

Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom at night in Austin, TX. Photography by Bloom Photography.

Austin, Texas wedding venues: The Barr Mansion. A wedding under the pecan tree. Photo credit: Katherine O'Brien Photography & Bloom Photography.

Austin, Texas wedding venues: The Barr Mansion. A wedding under the pecan tree. Photo credit: Katherine O’Brien Photography & Bloom Photography.

Blue ombre wedding cake by the Barr Mansion.

Blue ombre wedding cake by the Barr Mansion.

Dallas, Texas Wedding Venues: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Dallas Arboretum offers brides flexibility on their special day.  Brides choosing this Texas Wedding Venue can opt for the wedding ceremony only or both the ceremony and reception to be held among the colors of the season.  Between the Rosine Hall, the Alex Camp House and the ever popular DeGolyer Estate there is no shortage of flowering beds, water features, or stunning views.

Dallas Arboretum

Address: 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218

Telephone: (214) 515-6513

Let the Dallas Arboretum create the perfect wedding atmosphere and memories to last a lifetime. Photo Benfield Photography.

Let the Dallas Arboretum create the perfect wedding atmosphere and memories to last a lifetime. Photo Benfield Photography.

Arboretum Dallas, Texas wedding venues. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Engagement Featuring Gorgeous Foxglove Groves. Photograph by blue elephant photography. | So romantic! Photo by Jennefer Wilson Photography.

Arboretum Dallas, Texas wedding venues. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Engagement Featuring Gorgeous Foxglove Groves. Photograph by blue elephant photography. | So romantic! Photo by Jennefer Wilson Photography.

Blush toned Dallas Arboretum wedding by Tracy Enoch, one of the most unique Texas wedding venues.

Blush toned Dallas Arboretum wedding by Tracy Enoch, one of the most unique Texas wedding venues.

Choose the Texas wedding venue that fits you most. Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Dallas, TX.

Choose the Texas wedding venue that fits you most. Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Dallas, TX.

Dreamy and romantic Dallas garden wedding in shades of pink at the Dallas Arboretum. Photography: Apryl Ann.

Dreamy and romantic Dallas garden wedding in shades of pink at the Dallas Arboretum. Photography: Apryl Ann.

Dripping Springs, Texas Wedding Venues: Vista West Ranch and The Creek Haus

If you are looking for a wedding venue where bohemian chic meets industrial flair, look no further than the offerings at Vista West Ranch.  Though both sites offer a country wedding retreat, each reverberates with its own personality. Vista West Ranch’s aged tin is a lovely juxtaposition to the romantic florals while the Creek Haus’s industrial vibe provides the perfect open air shelter among the stars.

Vista West Ranch Dripping Springs

Address: 4505 McGregor Ln, Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Telephone: (512) 894.3500

Charming and original Vista West Ranch in Texas.

Charming and original Vista West Ranch in Texas.

The Vista West Ranch was built from the ground up to provide couples with a unique experience you could only find in Texas. Picturesque outdoor aisle at Vista West Ranch.

The Vista West Ranch was built from the ground up to provide couples with a unique experience you could only find in Texas. Picturesque outdoor aisle at Vista West Ranch.

Vista West Ranch, one of the most original Texas wedding venues located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Photo Austin Wedding Photographer Jennifer Weems Photography.

Vista West Ranch, one of the most original Texas wedding venues located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Photo Austin Wedding Photographer Jennifer Weems Photography.

El Paso, Texas Wedding Venues: 150 Sunset

Touted as El Paso’s top venue, it is easy to see why when you step into the spacious Main Room with its dramatic ceilings or stroll out to steal a kiss from your sweetie in a more cozy area known as The Pergola. The Event Center, Kitchen, and Nursery offer a creative venue with beautiful water features and great food options.

150 Sunset Event Center El Paso

Address: 150 E Sunset Rd, El Paso, TX 79922

Telephone: (915) 585-0801

150 Sunset provides wedding ceremony & reception venue, wedding rehearsal dinner location in El Paso, Texas. Wedding Photo by Stephane Lemaire Photography.

150 Sunset provides wedding ceremony & reception venue, wedding rehearsal dinner location in El Paso, Texas. Wedding Photo by Stephane Lemaire Photography.

Hanging photo frame for an elegant photobooth at 150 Sunset. Photography by Fabio Lopez Photography.

Hanging photo frame for an elegant photobooth at 150 Sunset. Photography by Fabio Lopez Photography.

First Original Houston, Texas Original Wedding Venues: The Houston Zoo

Though the Houston Zoo may seem like an odd choice for a Texas Wedding Venue, many of the zoo’s pavilions and habitats can be transformed into an exotic and unforgettable event. Brides can choose from a number of ways to create the ceremony and reception of their dreams among jaguars, sea lions, and reflection pools to name a few.

Houston Zoo

Address: 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Telephone: (713) 533-6833

A pink and grey-themed wedding at the Houston Zoo with a gray table runner trimmed with lace and pretty white flowers. Photo: Brides.

A pink and grey-themed wedding at the Houston Zoo with a gray table runner trimmed with lace and pretty white flowers. Photo: Brides.

Pastel, bright and whimsical Houston Zoo wedding. Photography: Awake Photography.

Pastel, bright and whimsical Houston Zoo wedding. Photography: Awake Photography.

Houston Zoo wedding venue: Romantic wedding reception at the naturally wild Houston Zoo wedding venue. Photo: 100layercake.

Houston Zoo wedding venue: Romantic wedding reception at the naturally wild Houston Zoo wedding venue. Photo: 100layercake.

Wedding at St Joseph's Chapel Houston Zoo.

Wedding at St Joseph’s Chapel Houston Zoo.

Second Original Houston, Texas Original Wedding Venues: The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

A dusty old library might not seem like the wedding venue of your dreams, however, with a 7 million dollar renovation, this library proves to be anything but! The historic Clayton Library covers two city blocks and stands tall and proud in the heart of the Houston Museum District.

The Clayton House (Library) Houston

Address: 5300 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004

Telephone: (832) 393-2600

DIY handcrafted Texas wedding at the Clayton Library in Houston.

DIY handcrafted Texas wedding at the Clayton Library in Houston.

San Antonio, Texas Wedding Venues: San Fernando Cathedral

The San Fernando Cathedral is a historic Roman Catholic Church located downtown in San Antonio Texas.  The Church was originally built in the 1700s and has undergone renovations to maintain its structure and magnificent beauty. Visitors flock from far and wide to see the unique architecture and laser light shows. Brides can choose between the San Fernando Hall’s Mediterranean feel and the Cathedral Centre Cafe’s bright and cheery windows for reception sites.

San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio

Address: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

Telephone: (210) 227-1297

A stunning wedding ceremony at the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest church in Texas, in San Antonio, Texas. Photo: benthelight & Billy Calzada /San Antonio Express-News.

A stunning wedding ceremony at the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest church in Texas, in San Antonio, Texas. Photo: benthelight & Billy Calzada /San Antonio Express-News.

Want to make your wedding memorable? The 18th-century San Fernando Cathedral is the first church built in San Antonio, the oldest standing church in Texas, and one of the oldest cathedrals in the US Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Want to make your wedding memorable? The 18th-century San Fernando Cathedral is the first church built in San Antonio, the oldest standing church in Texas, and one of the oldest cathedrals in the US Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bride and groom wedding day photos at San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio. Wedding Photographer: Vanja D Photography.

Bride and groom wedding day photos at San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio. Wedding Photographer: Vanja D Photography.

Imagine your wedding at the historic San Fernando Cathedral, a dream come true! Photo credit: nomadic pursuits

Imagine your wedding at the historic San Fernando Cathedral, a dream come true! Photo credit: nomadic pursuits

A bride with a gorgeous ombre veil at her Catholic wedding at the San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas.

A bride with a gorgeous ombre veil at her Catholic wedding at the San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas.

Texas wedding venues: Cathedral of San Fernando, San Antonio a historic 1738 church once occupied by General Santa Ana. Photo by wmcaldera on Flickr.

Texas wedding venues: Cathedral of San Fernando, San Antonio a historic 1738 church once occupied by General Santa Ana. Photo by wmcaldera on Flickr.

San Antonio Cathedral light show by French artist Xavier De Richemont, in which lights projected onto the Cathedral tell the story of San Antonio from its beginning to today.

San Antonio Cathedral light show by French artist Xavier De Richemont, in which lights projected onto the Cathedral tell the story of San Antonio from its beginning to today.

With so many gorgeous Texas wedding venues available, today’s bride can easily find the perfect place to begin her happily ever after!

7 Gorgeous & Original Texas Wedding Venues You Must Check Out!

7 Gorgeous & Original Texas Wedding Venues You Must Check Out!

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Fun and Naughty Bachelorette Party Ideas: Let the Great Times Begin!

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If you are in charge of organizing your friend’s bachelorette party, you’ll love these ideas for a fun and naughty bachelorette party. Fun! Fun! Fun!

Fun and naughty bachelorette party décor ideas. ;)

Fun and naughty bachelorette party décor ideas. 😉

When planning a bachelorette party we must always respect the wishes of the bride. And if the bride has no objection to the kind of celebration you host, you have an open book! Organize a fun and naughty bachelorette party inspired by some of these terrific ideas. From a full weekend in Vegas, risqué toys, all the way up to a visit to the local boys’ strip club.

The important thing is to have fun and get the most from this special occasion; from how to organize and decorate the celebration, to game ideas to enjoy with friends. We share some ideas for organizing a fun and naughty bachelorette party!

How to Organize a Fun and Naughty Bachelorette Party

Undoubtedly, the bachelorette party is one of the most anticipated events of the wedding for friends and family of the bride. Check out these ideas on how to organize a fun and memorable party!

Naughty Bachelorette Party Ideas for Brides who will Stop at Nothing! 😉

Games are always a great addition to add fun to bachelorette parties. If the bride is daring, you can choose a variety of spicy games.

Bra pong bachelorette game: All guests give a bra for the board. Take turns throwing a ping pong ball into a bra. Whoever scores the highest wins!

Bra pong bachelorette game: All guests give a bra for the board. Take turns throwing a ping pong ball into a bra. Whoever scores the highest wins!

Are you good at keeping secrets? Because after an evening with this bachelorette party game, there will be some things that are better kept to yourselves! ;)

Are you good at keeping secrets? Because after an evening with this bachelorette party game, there will be some things that are better kept to yourselves! 😉 @ Before She Says I Do

A great game is “Bra Pong”. Each guest will donate a bra to set up the game. Hook the bras onto a wall or a board and take turns trying to score by getting the balls inside the bras. Great, simple, fun and just a tad naughty!

Bachelorette party "Guess the Panties" game. Everyone brings one pair, drops them in. Pull each panty out one at a time and everybody has to guess who the panty belongs to.

Bachelorette party “Guess the Panties” game. Everyone brings one pair, drops them in. Pull each panty out one at a time and everybody has to guess who the panty belongs to.

Bachelorette party Paris themed decorative box for the guessing game "Drop Your Panties"! Super cute!!!

Bachelorette party Paris themed decorative box for the guessing game “Drop Your Panties”! by Classy Fab Charm. Super cute!!!

“Guess the Panties.” Here’s another fun game. Have each girl leave a panty inside a box. Pull each panty out one at a time and everybody has to guess who the panty belongs to.

Let’s play dress up! If your friends enjoy having fun, they will certainly love costumes and dressing up! Have them dress up in sexy costumes, and if you dare, choose a different costume that you believe matches their personality. Do not forget the selfies!!!

Organize a bachelorette party with a trip to a bar or a disco and arrange for a naughty treasure hunt!

Organize a bachelorette party with a trip to a bar or a disco and arrange for a naughty treasure hunt!

Organize a bachelorette party with a trip to a bar or a disco and arrange for a naughty treasure hunt! Here is a printable you can deliver to each one of the attendees. The one who earns the most points wins!!!

What do you get when you mix Musical Chairs with Hot Potato? Well… “Pass the Vibrator”!! An embarrassing game where it is interesting to see who is the last one holding the vibrator!

Bachelorette party mug shots game is a super-fun game to play out at the bar. This game is full of dirty bachelorette trivia, and dares that will have you snorting with laughter!

Bachelorette party mug shots game is a super-fun game to play out at the bar. This game is full of dirty bachelorette trivia, and dares that will have you snorting with laughter @ Bachelorette

Read out different scenarios about the bride and groom making whoopee or in compromising positions 😉 and then request the Bride-to-be to complete the scenario. A fun ice-breaker to get everyone to relax and have a good laugh.

Another naughty bachelorette party idea. Organize a pole dancing class for the bride-to-be and all her friends!

Hilarious and raunchy Bride-To-Be spin book

Hilarious and raunchy Bride-To-Be spin book @ Bachelorette

Decorating Ideas for a Fun and Naughty Bachelorette Party

The booze-fest is usually a big part of a bachelorette party. Give it a twist and make it interactive. Put together some mini liquor bottles, some mixers and some containers with fresh fruit, and let each attendee mix their own personalized drinks!

Custom made bachelorette party name tags.

Custom made bachelorette party name tags by Paper Sweets Crafts.

Fill a large grocery bag with lots of fun things – they can be everyday items to naughty things. Hand them out as party favors!

Make sure you have a bachelorette party ‘First Aid Kit’ to alleviate the effects of so much fun and to keep the party going. A table with water bottles, aspirin, mints and anything else you can think of that will help to not ruin the party.

Make sure you have a bachelorette party ‘First Aid Kit’ to alleviate the effects of so much fun and to keep the party going. Instead of tums, pedialyte packets? instead of cleansing towels, makeup remover?

Make sure you have a bachelorette party ‘First Aid Kit’ to alleviate the effects of so much fun and to keep the party going. Instead of tums, pedialyte packets? instead of cleansing towels, makeup remover?

Put these great ideas together for a fun and naughty bachelorette party and turn this occasion into an unforgettable evening, filled with fun and laughter! And don’t forget to add a penis piñata!! 😉

Naughty bachelorette party ideas: Bachelorette Party Kit with attire, candy, straws, decorations and more @ Bachelorette | Naughty bachelorette party snacks for an unforgettable hen night | Bachelorette party lollipops Rated R.

Naughty bachelorette party ideas: Bachelorette Party Kit with attire, candy, straws, decorations and more @ Bachelorette | Naughty bachelorette party snacks for an unforgettable hen night | Bachelorette party lollipops Rated R.

Bachelorette party ideas to perfectly suit your personality. Vodka Gummy Bear Shots.

Bachelorette party ideas to perfectly suit your personality. Vodka Gummy Bear Shots.

Fun and naughty bachelorette party gift ideas.

Fun and naughty bachelorette party gift ideas.

Bachelorette hair tie favor To Have and To Hold.

Bachelorette hair tie favor To Have and To Hold by Love Mia Co.

These adorable glittered bachelorette shirts are perfect to get your party started!

These adorable glittered bachelorette shirts are perfect to get your party started!

Make it an interactive mimosa bar! Let each attendee mix their own personalized drinks.

Make it an interactive mimosa bar! Let each attendee mix their own personalized drinks.

Note her missing shoe! Barbie bachelorette cake with easy chocolate ganache.

Note her missing shoe! Barbie bachelorette cake with easy chocolate ganache.

Setting items up at a station would be cheaper & easier than individual hangover kits. Case of water, ginger ale, box of nature valley bars, advil, tums, gum, lifesaver mints, brown paper barf bags.

Setting items up at a station would be cheaper & easier than individual hangover kits. Case of water, ginger ale, box of nature valley bars, advil, tums, gum, lifesaver mints, brown paper barf bags.

Who would have thought Gummy bears could be soaked in champagne? By The Skinny Fork.

Who would have thought Gummy bears could be soaked in champagne? By The Skinny Fork.

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Why Do People Think Sustainable Catering for Weddings is a Good Idea?

Let’s find out more about sustainable catering for weddings, and discover if you could contribute at least a bit to the health of our planet!

We share tips for planning a sustainable, locally sourced menu. Photography: Chaz Cruz. Purslane Catering.

We share tips for planning a sustainable, locally sourced menu. Photography: Chaz Cruz. Purslane Catering.

Global warming. Carbon footprint. We are all concerned with Earth’s future. Couples can do their part by employing sustainable catering at their weddings. Discover what sustainable catering is and how it works.

Why Sustainable Catering for Weddings?

Food and beverage consumption are a crucial part of a wedding, and depending on how food is prepared, served and disposed of can have a significant impact on the environment.

Energy Consumption

Preparing food and beverages requires of a large amount of energy and water. Therefore, any discarded food or drink represents a waste of the energy and water that has already generated an unnecessary environmental impact.

Packaging Disposal

We also have to consider the amount of packaging that was used to deliver the food to the catering kitchen, as this can generate significant waste. Individual wrapping increases your carbon footprint, as this requires more disposable material.

A 1920s Art Deco inspired, ehically sourced, sustainable wedding Victoria sponge and fresh fruit wedding cake. Photography: Alice Whitby.

A 1920s Art Deco inspired, ehically sourced, sustainable wedding Victoria sponge and fresh fruit wedding cake. Photography: Alice Whitby.

Make sure the type of fish or fruits of your choosing are available at the time of your wedding. If you are going to serve game at your reception, make sure it’s not closed season. San Diego wedding.

Make sure the type of fish or fruits of your choosing are available at the time of your wedding. If you are going to serve game at your reception, make sure it’s not closed season. San Diego wedding.

Food Origin

There are three important aspects to consider regarding the origin of food and beverages in sustainable catering:

  1. Seasonality: If we choose to include out of season food on our sustainable catering menu, it will be necessary to import this food from other parts of the world, which means that it will ‘earn’ a larger ecological footprint due to the extra fuel for transport, for example, adding cherries to the winter wedding menu. Fresh and seasonal foods are a good choice for sustainable catering.
  2. Geographical origin: The further away the source of the food, the more fuel is required for transport, which increases the impact on the atmosphere. For this reason, there is a big difference between purchasing beef produced within 25 miles compared with buying from another country.
  3. The agro-industrial origin: Not all food and beverages are produced under the same conditions of environmental quality. Some farmers are much better than others in terms of showing environmental respect by their agricultural or industrial practices.
Curried lentil soup for winter weddings served family style by Naked Bite.

Curried lentil soup for winter weddings served family style by Naked Bite.

Choosing a farm to table caterer, will help you make the right decisions on sustainable catering. Wedding and event planning by Main Event Catering.

Choosing a farm to table caterer, will help you make the right decisions on sustainable catering. Wedding and event planning by Main Event Catering.

Go local with your wedding food by Purslane Catering. Photography: Kate Ignatowski.

Go local with your wedding food by Purslane Catering. Photography: Kate Ignatowski.

 

 

How to make your wedding more environmentally sound

Obviously, you will want a caterer who serves meals made with organic and/or locally sourced ingredients. But there are additional things to consider. If you have a responsible eco attitude, you should consider sustainable catering for your wedding. We recommend using creativity, synergy and solutions close to your location. Here are a few ideas for sustainable catering for weddings.

Farm to table catering: Fresh and seasonal foods are a good choice for sustainable catering. Summer crostini- bruschetta with blistered heirloom cherry tomatoes + aged balsamic; fresh Mission figs with caramelized onions, ricotta + Gorgonzola. Jennifer Pope Photography. | Purslane Catering | Appetizers Katie White Photography | South Eleventh photo

Farm to table catering: Fresh and seasonal foods are a good choice for sustainable catering. Summer crostini- bruschetta with blistered heirloom cherry tomatoes + aged balsamic; fresh Mission figs with caramelized onions, ricotta + Gorgonzola. Jennifer Pope Photography. | Purslane Catering | Appetizers Katie White Photography | South Eleventh photo

Make a realistic estimate of the quantity of food to be prepared. Ask yourself, how many guests will attend the wedding and who are the guests? Remember that men tend to eat more than women, and usually, women eat more than children.

Always take into consideration the seasonality of the menu items. Make sure the type of fish or fruits that you choose are available at the time of your wedding. If you are going to serve game at your reception, make sure it’s not a closed season.

Sustainable catering for weddings by Beverly, MA (Boston) Chive Events. Organic and sustainable fare is an undeniable food trend and many brides are looking to find a way to make sure their wedding menus follow suit.

Sustainable catering for weddings by Beverly, MA (Boston) Chive Events. Organic and sustainable fare is an undeniable food trend and many brides are looking to find a way to make sure their wedding menus follow suit.

Roasted pig with chimichurri and assorted grilled vegetables by Purslane Catering, Brooklyn, NY. Photography: Belathee Photography.

Roasted pig with chimichurri and assorted grilled vegetables by Purslane Catering, Brooklyn, NY. Photography: Belathee Photography.

Try to avoid frozen products. A frozen product needs extra energy to be frozen, and that creates a greater carbon footprint. Choosing a farm-to-table caterer, will help you make the right decisions.

Promote the use of locally sourced food and drinks. In addition, locally sourced food fosters socio-economic growth, so the local economy benefits from your spending. A wonderful idea is to feature a local gastro experience showcasing the local origin of the food. A gastronomic tour of sorts, we could say. 😉

  • Butternut squash soup shooters, crostini with fresh Mission figs + caramelized onions, and a selections of California cheese by Farm to Table Catering.

    Butternut squash soup shooters, crostini with fresh Mission figs + caramelized onions, and a selections of California cheese by Farm to Table Catering.
  • Chicken n’ waffles with maple gastrique on recyclable palm leaf plates by Purslane Catering.

    Chicken n' waffles with maple gastrique on recyclable palm leaf plates by Purslane Catering.
  • Chocolate, Raspberry + Chia Slice all in season!

    Chocolate, Raspberry + Chia Slice all in season!
  • Late summer sips gazpacho soup shooters by Farm to Table Catering. Photography: Donna Beck Photography.

    Late summer sips gazpacho soup shooters by Farm to Table Catering. Photography: Donna Beck Photography.
  • Let’s find out more about sustainable catering for weddings and discover if you could contribute at least a bit to the health of our planet! The Naked Bite. Miami & Austin!

    Let’s find out more about sustainable catering for weddings and discover if you could contribute at least a bit to the health of our planet! The Naked Bite. Miami & Austin!
Sustainable catering: Using organic and locally sourced food will continue to be important as more and more couples are making the environment a priority with their catering. Lindsay & Heather, LVL Weddings & Events.

Sustainable catering: Using organic and locally sourced food will continue to be important as more and more couples are making the environment a priority with their catering. Lindsay & Heather, LVL Weddings & Events.

Use eco-labeled products. This indicates that the environment was respected during production.

Use reusable utensils (glass, ceramics, etc.), and if they are disposable, be sure that they are compostable. And recycle!!!! Thus less waste will be generated.

Another great idea to avoid wasting food is to send your guests home with paper doggy bags.

Eco friendly palm leaf plates and wooden cutlery. Photo: Mandy Owens Photography

Eco friendly palm leaf plates and wooden cutlery. Photo: Mandy Owens Photography

 

 

Rosemary roasted nuts and an artisanal California cheese board with Italian dried meats by Farm to Table Catering, Nevada County, serving Nevada City, Grass Valley, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, and the Gold Country of Northern California.

Rosemary roasted nuts and an artisanal California cheese board with Italian dried meats by Farm to Table Catering, Nevada County, serving Nevada City, Grass Valley, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, and the Gold Country of Northern California.

Drinking water is very popular but also a very expensive natural resource to obtain. So in sustainable catering it is necessary to avoid excessive consumption of water and make sure all the water used is necessary and adds value. In the preparation of menus for sustainable catering, low water footprint food and beverages should be selected, trying to reduce the consumption of meat as much as possible, meat being one of the foods that has the largest water footprint.

Here, top New York City caterer Cleaverco offers dish ideas for all seasons. Green wedding menus.

Here, top New York City caterer Cleaverco offers dish ideas for all seasons. Green wedding menus.

Raw chocolate bark, quick, clean and naughty all at the same time ;) by Naked Bite Catering.

Raw chocolate bark, quick, clean and naughty all at the same time 😉 by Naked Bite Catering.

Do expect a bigger sticker price for sustainable catering, as a caterer who uses local, organic and sustainable ingredients will usually charge from $145 – $250 per head, depending on where you are geographically located.

We hope you enjoyed this mini-guide to sustainable catering for weddings. Leave us your comments at the bottom of this page!!!

Family-style reception dinners are friendlier to the environment.

Family-style reception dinners are friendlier to the environment.

Los Angeles sustainable wedding catering company Eco-Caters, All organic, green sustainable buffet wedding ideas. Photography: Rachel and Sarah Take Pictures.

Los Angeles sustainable wedding catering company Eco-Caters, All organic, green sustainable buffet wedding ideas. Photography: Rachel and Sarah Take Pictures.

Love the originality of sustainable catering. Instead of presenting individual servings, a centerpiece with ethically sourced delicacies.

Love the originality of sustainable catering. Instead of presenting individual servings, a centerpiece with ethically sourced delicacies.

Farm to Table inspirations: rustic cheese and fruit display.

Farm to Table inspirations: rustic cheese and fruit display.

Wedding sustainable catering: love the mini tacos! Chef Valdez from The Naked Bite. Austin, Texas & Miami, Florida.

Wedding sustainable catering: love the mini tacos! Chef Valdez from The Naked Bite. Austin, Texas & Miami, Florida.

Love the summery eco-conscious decoration for this wedding cake by Purslane Catering. Photography by Lassara Photography.

Love the summery eco-conscious decoration for this wedding cake by Purslane Catering. Photography by Lassara Photography.

Root beer braised pork tacos and oysters & cracked crab claws. Photography Unique Lapin. Fresh asparagus & radishes Photo: Kate Ignatowski. Catering: Purslane Catering, Brooklyn, NY.

Root beer braised pork tacos and oysters & cracked crab claws. Photography Unique Lapin. Fresh asparagus & radishes Photo: Kate Ignatowski. Catering: Purslane Catering, Brooklyn, NY.

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Unique Bridesmaid Gifts To Show Your BFFs How Much You Appreciate Them

We rounded up a collection of bridesmaid gifts for all brides and budgets. Check out these fun, fabulous, special & pretty gift ideas to thank your bridesmaids for being there for you.

They have done so much for you. They have been there on the happy and on the stressful times. It’s time to show them a token of your appreciation. It’s so important to let these girls know how much they mean to you — and how much you appreciate their willingness to help you. We hope these ideas will help you choose the perfect bridesmaid gifts for your BFFs.

Lovely gifts for the bridesmaids. We rounded up a collection of bridesmaid gifts for all budgets. Check out these fun, fabulous, special & pretty gift ideas to thank your bridesmaids.

Lovely gifts for the bridesmaids.

 

 

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas for the Ladies in Your Wedding Party to Wear at the Reception

On this day and age, it is very common for bridesmaids to wear mismatched outfits. This is a bridesmaid gift that will tie the look of your helpful bunch. Your bridesmaids can show this sterling silver friendship necklace with an infinity charm off at the wedding and for many years after.

Sterling silver friendship necklace with an infinity charm as bridesmaid gifts.

Sterling silver friendship necklace with an infinity charm as bridesmaid gifts.(US$21.00)

If you are hosting a boho wedding, these bohemian style mint green, blue and gold chandelier earrings could fit the occasion. Made from metal alloy, opals, rhinestones and pearls, it is 1.97” in length. US$24.00 (SALE!)

Bridesmaid gift ideas. If you are hosting a boho wedding, these bohemian style mint green, blue and gold chandelier earrings could fit the occasion.

Bohemian style mint green gold chandelier earrings. US$24.00

Or how about a gold leaf hair accessory for your bridesmaids?

Romantic or vintage wedding? How about a gold leaf hair accessory for your bridesmaids?

Romantic or vintage wedding? How about a gold leaf hair accessory for your bridesmaids? (US$30.00 two clips per set)

Dancing all night becomes more fun when your feet are comfy in a pair of bridesmaid’s flats!!!

The perfect treat for your bridesmaids' feet.

The perfect treat for your bridesmaids’ feet.

We are loving the fun pops of bright yellow on these personalized converse sneakers in this awesome wedding DIY. Photo credit: Ryan Nicole Photography.

We are loving the fun pops of bright yellow on these personalized converse sneakers in this awesome wedding DIY. Photo credit: Ryan Nicole Photography.

Personalized Bridesmaid Gifts (or not!) to Surprise Your BFFs

We are in love with these bracelets! Write a note to your bridesmaids and it will be reproduced on a bracelet with your own handwriting and doodles! They come in silver, 925 sterling silver and 18K gold filled – basically, the stuff real jewelry is made of. 😉 What better way to show appreciation than super personalized bridesmaid gifts? AshleeArtis store – Te quiero bracelet photo. Starts at US$47.00 each.

What better way to show appreciation than a super personalized bridesmaid gift?

What better way to show appreciation than a super personalized bridesmaid gift? Starts at US$47.00 each.

Kimonos, robes, anything silk will be a favorite. Check out these incredibly soft bridesmaid robe sets. Free shipping worldwide!!

Bridesmaids' gift ideas: robes!!

Bridesmaids’ gift ideas: robes!!

If your budget allows for these alpaca throws from Swell Forever, go ahead and indulge! And get one more, just for you! Personalized messages stitched into every blanket. Starts at $85 ($240 for the one the picture)

The Alpaca Forever Blanket Collection from Swell Forever. American made and it supports adoption.

The Alpaca Forever Blanket Collection from Swell Forever. American made and it supports adoption.

Personalized hangers always come in handy on wedding preparations. Why not give your bridesmaids their own personalized hangers?

Personalized hangers. Personalized bridesmaid hangers engraved by DelovelyDetails. Using lush ribbon and sparkly sequin trim - Photo Gillian Ellis Photography. Keep track of your bridesmaids dresses by giving them a cute personalized hanger.

Personalized hangers. Personalized bridesmaid hangers engraved by DelovelyDetails. Using lush ribbon and sparkly sequin trim – Photo Gillian Ellis Photography. Keep track of your bridesmaids dresses by giving them a cute personalized hanger.

 

 

Who doesn’t love a hoodie? This monogrammed hoodie ($29.99) is absolutely adorable as a bridesmaid gift (or for just the two of you). Choose the color for the hoodie and drawstring separately, here is where you can leverage your wedding colors, and add your very own monogram design. It comes in most sizes: from XS to XL. Dog not included 😉

Who doesn’t love a monogrammed hoodie?

Who doesn’t love a monogrammed hoodie?

Personalized bridesmaid gifts DIY ideas. Because you don’t always have to break the bank, especially if you are on the crafty side.

A cute shirt and a Clorox bleach gel pen is all you will need to make a bleach bride t-shirt. Why not make one for each of your bridesmaids?

A cute shirt and a Clorox bleach gel pen is all you will need to make a bleach bride t-shirt. Why not make one for each of your bridesmaids?

Easy DIY idea on how to make your bridesmaids these darling mini-crate gifts of mini-wine bottles!

Easy DIY idea on how to make your bridesmaids these darling mini-crate gifts of mini-wine bottles!

DIY for the bridesmaids, cause I know some mine are going to want these.

DIY for the bridesmaids, cause I know some mine are going to want these.

Easy way to personalize totes for your bridesmaids.

Easy way to personalize totes for your bridesmaids.

Adorable Gifts to Help you Propose to your Bridesmaids

Ok, so you haven’t asked your friends to be your bridesmaids yet. No problem. Here are some of our favorite creative ideas to help you propose to your bridesmaids and share a special moment while at it!

Original bridesmaid gifts in a box. These small diorama boxes will do the job for you. They are so very cute you will have a hard time giving them away as planned. ($20.42)

Will you be my bridesmaid box. Sweet and adorable!

Will you be my bridesmaid box. Sweet and adorable!

How about this “Will you be my bridesmaid” handkerchief to help them dry out their tears of joy? ($18.15)

Will you be my bridesmaid handkerchief.

Will you be my bridesmaid handkerchief.

Scratch but not sniff adorable will you be my bridesmaid card ($5.11)

Scratch but not sniff adorable will you be my bridesmaid card.

Scratch but not sniff adorable will you be my bridesmaid card.

Fun and delightful ways to ask your BFFs to be your bridesmaids!

A beautiful way to present your bridesmaids' jewelry gifts.

A beautiful way to present your bridesmaids’ jewelry gifts.

Creative ways to propose to your bridesmaids. Wrap a candle with your question!

Creative ways to propose to your bridesmaids. Wrap a candle with your question!

How to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids or MOH.

How to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids or MOH.

Pop the question to your BFFs with this fun mug.

Pop the question to your BFFs with this fun mug.

Cute and aww-worthy ways to ask your BFFs to be your bridesmaids! The classic “Will you be my bridesmaid?” box! Get inspired by these creative ideas and make your very own.

Bridesmaid gifts box ideas. Champagne included!

Bridesmaid gifts box ideas. Champagne included!

Bridesmaids gift boxes: Fun, fabulous, special & pretty gift ideas to thank your bridesmaids!

Bridesmaids gift boxes: Fun, fabulous, special & pretty gift ideas to thank your bridesmaids!

Bridesmaid invitation boxes you can do yourself. Just pick your favorite makeup, lotions, moisturizers and nail polish!

Bridesmaid invitation boxes you can do yourself. Just pick your favorite makeup, lotions, moisturizers and nail polish!

DIY glitter champagne bridesmaid proposal box! Are you ready to pop the question?

DIY glitter champagne bridesmaid proposal box! Are you ready to pop the question?

Unique bridesmaid gifts. How about making your very own "Will You Be My Bridesmaid" boxes?

Unique bridesmaid gifts. How about making your very own “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” boxes?

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift Ideas!

Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift Ideas!

Gather your girls together for a fun gift-giving party or deliver them individually. We wish that these unique bridesmaid gifts will help you make the moment even more meaningful!

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Wedding Reception Seating: How to Seat Guests for a Lively Celebration

Choosing who sits with whom is no easy task. Let’s look into the planning of wedding reception seating to host a lively and fun celebration.

The serpentine table layout is the latest rage in weddings.

The serpentine table layout is the latest rage in weddings.

One of the most difficult moments when we are planning our wedding reception is coming up with the seating chart. These tips will help with the wedding reception seating arrangements, so your guests feel comfortable and enjoy your wedding to the fullest!

Before assigning seats, make sure you have the maximum possible number of RSVPs so last minute RSVPs or guest additions do not interfere with your planning. When creating your wedding seating chart, plan for contingencies. Therefore, the wedding reception seating chart is one of the last things you should plan for your wedding.

Why you should avoid open wedding reception seating plans

Unless you are catering a cocktail wedding, you will want to assign guests to tables. Otherwise, people’s feelings tend to get hurt if they are seated at the “wrong” table. By the same token, as people tend to seat with people they already know they often end up not actively participating in the wedding reception.

Amazing lighting canopy above a perfect seating layout on this Bali wedding. The head table at the top facing the long rectangular tables for the guests provides ample circulation space between them.

Amazing lighting canopy above a perfect seating layout on this Bali wedding. The head table at the top facing the long rectangular tables for the guests provides ample circulation space between them.

 

 

Another drawback is that the environment will be excessively polarized: there will be a lively area and quiet one. Younger and noisy guests will sit together, while older and quiet ones will be somewhere else. Thus, when there are many people wanting to party, no one keeps the volume of conversation in check, and it rises and gradually the party becomes quite wild. Conversely, if the most serious people do not sit close to others with little extra pop, the reception will turn into a bore. For a fun and pleasant reception try to balance both these attitudes. Last but not least, people tend to want to know where to go.

Wow-za! Unexpected wedding reception seating ideas.

Wow-za! Unexpected wedding reception seating ideas.

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How to seat guests at a wedding reception: the head table

Many couples choose a long rectangular table or a round table as their “presidential” or head table. The bride and groom should face the room and their table usually has some type of special decoration, such as flowers or personalized signs hung on the bride’s and groom’s chairs. This makes them stand out from the other tables.

Traditionally, the bride sits at the groom’s right, with the maid of honor on his left and the best man on the bride’s right. You may sit their “plus ones” at a different table and include both your parents or fit the best man and maid of honor, along with their significant others at your table, then seat remaining attendants and their partners at another table. Everything will depend on how much you want people to share the first meal as husband and wife.

This modern nautical Newport wedding features a large rectangular head table and round tables for the guests.

This modern nautical Newport wedding features a large rectangular head table and round tables for the guests.

If your wedding is less formal, you can choose to sit with your parents, siblings, some close relatives or even friends.

The head table needs to be placed where it can be seen by the largest possible number of guests. Remember, that you, as the bride and groom are the protagonists of this celebration, and everyone will want to have you close by.

Unique wedding reception seating arrangement Ideas by Liberty Party Rentals.

Unique wedding reception seating arrangement Ideas by Liberty Party Rentals.

 

 

Unique Wedding Reception Seating Arrangement Ideas: A Photo Gallery

Wedding reception seating: Some guidelines to help you get started

  • Begin by grouping guests according to how you know them: family members, friends and acquaintances.
  • Try to seat your closest friends or family at the tables near yours.
  • Seat younger guests closer to the speakers and dance floor and older guests a little further away.
  • Use your wedding reception seating plan to introduce people with similar interests and backgrounds. Try to introduce them in advance during cocktails, sharing with them the reason you thought they should meet.
  • Try to make your guests feel comfortable by offering a mix of familiar and new faces at each table. Not even your most gregarious friends will want to sit at a table full of complete strangers, so put acquaintances together when you can.
  • Mix and match lively and serious guests to balance the atmosphere of the wedding. Joy is contagious!
  • Avoid seating people together who do not get along. Otherwise, we guarantee conflicts will arise during the reception.
  • Resist the urge to designate a “singles” table, because it really does feel like you are “singling” them out.
  • If there are guests that do not seem to fit with any group of people, think about what their interests or hobbies are and seat them accordingly.
  • If you have several children at your wedding, seat them together at a separate kids’ table. If there are only a couple of kids present, seat them with their parents.

Remember that a stitch in time saves nine! Think carefully on how to seat your guests at the wedding reception, and also consider your table layout. Use common sense – it never fails. Breathe deeply and enjoy your wedding planning! We are sure you will do a marvelous job!

How to seat guests at a wedding. Create zones: the key to a lively celebration!

Create zones: the key to a lively celebration!

Wedding reception seating: how to seat guests for a lively celebration.

Wedding reception seating: how to seat guests for a lively celebration.

Gorgeous lavender magenta wedding and examples of wedding reception seating arrangements for round tables.

Gorgeous lavender magenta wedding and examples of wedding reception seating arrangements for round tables.

How to seat guests at a wedding reception Harry Potter style. Hawaii wedding venue | Haiku Mill.

How to seat guests at a wedding reception Harry Potter style. Hawaii wedding venue | Haiku Mill.

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Original reception seating ideas. There’s something about an all white wedding, right?

Original reception seating ideas. There’s something about an all white wedding, right?

Oregon wedding with a U-shaped table.

Oregon wedding with a U-shaped table.

Add a natural touch to your wedding decor for an eco-friendly flare at the welcome table!

Add a natural touch to your wedding decor for an eco-friendly flare at the welcome table!

A wonderful idea for economic and cute place card holders. A rose on a wine cork.

A wonderful idea for economic and cute place card holders. A rose on a wine cork.

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Butterfly Wedding Ideas That Will Make Your Heart Skip a Beat

A butterfly wedding is romantic, beautiful and graceful. Weave in these magical and breathtaking butterfly wedding ideas on your wedding gown, on your reception decor, and even on your cake!

Make your day into a truly signature one with these outstanding butterfly wedding ideas!

Make your day into a truly signature one with these outstanding butterfly wedding ideas!

The butterfly is a symbol of change, joy and color. The exquisite butterfly was considered a miracle of transformation and resurrection in life. The butterfly teaches the magic of believing. A butterfly wedding is one of the most magical and romantic wedding themes ever.

Many brides choose them as the protagonist of their wedding decor. If you’re one of them, here are some inspiring butterfly wedding ideas for your big day.

Butterfly Wedding Decor Ideas That Will Set Your Heart Aflutter

Include them in your butterfly wedding decor by hanging them from threads. Here’s a simple DIY. Craft paper butterflies cutting them with scissors or with a scrapbooking butterfly punch. Glue them to a thread and hang them at different heights from the venue’s ceiling. If you are not very crafty, you may buy plastic or silk butterflies in bulk. It will save you time and money in the end. 😉

Adorable flutes for a butterfly themed wedding.

Adorable flutes for a butterfly themed wedding.

 

 

Butterflies will look amazing on top of your floral wedding centerpieces or table numbers. Use thick card stock to cut a large butterfly figurine. Print the table number and hold it with thin wire. Twist the wire to form the base and presto!

For your centerpieces combine butterflies with branches or flowers and some candles.

Add butterfly-shaped napkin holders guests can take home as wedding favors to the table. How cool is that for your butterfly-themed wedding? How about some butterfly-shaped confetti?

butterfly wedding decor ideas: Butterfly wedding seat cards | DIY butterfly guest sign-in cards | Purple butterfly confetti by FreshlyCutCrafts | Cake topper puzzle piece with butterflies by FreshlyCutCrafts

butterfly wedding decor ideas: Butterfly wedding seat cards | DIY butterfly guest sign-in cards | Purple butterfly confetti by FreshlyCutCrafts | Cake topper puzzle piece with butterflies by FreshlyCutCrafts

Butterfly wedding ideas: Want a butterfly wedding theme? | Butterfly wedding theme style decoration ideas | Butterfly wedding ring bearer pillow in cream and gold

Butterfly wedding ideas: Want a butterfly wedding theme? | Butterfly wedding theme style decoration ideas | Butterfly wedding ring bearer pillow in cream and gold

Butterfly wedding cakes: Swoon!

Butterflies can decorate your wedding cake or rest atop the cupcakes at the dessert table. Would you like to truly surprise your guests? Ask your baker to make them edible! Don’t be afraid to add some colorful artificial butterflies to the serving trays or to the plates.

Romantic butterfly wedding cake ideas.

Romantic butterfly wedding cake ideas.

Add some mauve butterflies for cakes and decorations.

Mauve butterflies for cakes and decorations.

Romantic Butterfly Wedding Invitations That Will Make Your Heart Skip a Beat

What would a butterfly wedding be without its incredibly romantic butterfly wedding invitations? And don’t forget to sprinkle some magic butterfly dust to your thank you notes.

Laser cut butterfly wedding invitations in sweet lilac.

Laser cut butterfly wedding invitations in sweet lilac by Wedding Paraphernalia.

Romantic butterfly wedding invitations that will make your heart skip a beat.

Romantic butterfly wedding invitations that will make your heart skip a beat (as low as USD $2.09 laser cut – BYWS117)

Glue some glitter butterflies to your reception cards to spice them up.

Glue some glitter butterflies to your reception cards to spice them up via LillyThings.

 

 

Butterfly Wedding Ideas for the Bridal Look

Here are a few enchanting butterfly wedding ideas that will inspire you weave the butterfly look into your wedding attire. Look stunning with a wedding gown, a bridal bouquet, a groom’s boutonniere and a hair style to match!

Choose a wedding dress with butterflies embroidered on its sexy sheer back and a bridal bouquet covered in jeweled butterflies. Or you can just add a butterfly to your hairdo or to your wedding veil. Fabulous!

Butterfly wedding ideas for the bridal look. Add some silk organza butterfly hairpins.

Butterfly wedding ideas for the bridal look. Add some silk organza butterfly hairpins via AnnaMarguerite.

Butterfly wedding ideas for brides: Trimmed butterfly wedding bouquet captured by Confetti on Flickr | Ruche | Purple silk lisianthus and silver butterfly boutonniere | Butterfly details

Butterfly wedding ideas for brides: Trimmed butterfly wedding bouquet captured by Confetti on Flickr | Ruche | Purple silk lisianthus and silver butterfly boutonniere | Butterfly details

A Live Butterfly Release to Crown the Most Stunning Butterfly Weddings

Butterfly weddings and live butterflies releases go hand in hand. A live butterfly release does make the wedding more memorable. We promise to cover all there is to know about this romantic wedding addition on a future article.

Instead of releasing doves, couples can release butterflies.

Instead of releasing doves, couples can release butterflies.

Get inspired by the gorgeous butterfly wedding ideas below and get some butterflies for your big day!

Butterfly wedding ideas photo gallery: enjoy!

Bridesmaids...How pretty!

Bridesmaids…How pretty!

Butterfly wedding cakes

Butterfly wedding cakes

Butterfly wedding ideas: glorious centerpieces.

Butterfly wedding ideas: glorious centerpieces.

Lace chair cover with chiffon drape & butterfly crystal brooch for your wedding reception.

Lace chair cover with chiffon drape & butterfly crystal brooch for your wedding reception by ArcadiaWeddingDesign.

Purple pom poms and paper lanterns radiant orchid with hand-painted butterflies.

Purple pom poms and paper lanterns radiant orchid with hand-painted butterflies by DellaCartaDecor.

Green butterfly wedding invitation.

Green butterfly wedding invitation.

Create the wedding of your dreams with these DIY centerpieces.

Create the wedding of your dreams with these DIY centerpieces.

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