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The Cuban-Inspired Wedding: A 2017 Tropical Trend with Lots of Sabor

Throw the perfect Cuban-inspired wedding bash with these easy tips and must haves featuring Havana cigars, Señoritas and mojitos!

Imagine your wedding. Hanging greenery, colorful flowers as centerpieces, candles in pink votives over a rustic wood table with wooden folding chairs. Parrot optional.

Imagine your wedding. Hanging greenery, colorful flowers as centerpieces, candles in pink votives over a rustic wood table with wooden folding chairs. Parrot optional.

Mix vintage deco, retro and abundantly lush greenery together and your fantastic Cuban-inspired wedding theme is almost ready.

The renewed interest in Cuban culture, with its bright and tropical colors coupled with fluid flamenco-style bridal gowns, has become a trend in this year’s weddings. Their color palette of deep purples, turquoise, tangy mandarin, bright corals, sunny yellows, playful fuchsias and greenery (Pantone’s color of the year) has all the ingredients for a fun and carefree wedding. Complete the Cuban-inspired wedding theme with Latin food and drinks and delicious rum infused cocktails.

Cuban-Inspired Wedding Decor: The Kingdom of Art Deco

Cuba is an exotic place brimming with passion. A Cuban-inspired wedding will reflect the couple’s passionate love for each other. With a fusion of Spanish, African and Caribbean cultures, Cuba offers ample inspiration for the reception’s food, music and attire.

The wedding decor will be the final touch that will complete the illusion of a Cuban adventure for guests. One only has to imagine Havana in the twenties to paint the scene at the house of an “hacendado” on a tobacco or sugar plantation. Carved wood with floral motifs, voluptuous palm trees and ferns, broad cane chairs and a wedding palette with brushstrokes of brown, turquoise, orange, ivory and of course the Pantone color of the year, greenery in the centerpieces, and on the tableware and cushions.

Have some antiques handy? Decorate the room with them. Take advantage of old Cuban cigar boxes if you have any, or use rum bottles to save on creative centerpieces with tropical flowers such as heliconias, birds of paradise or orchids. Place a cigar with a personalized label as a wedding favor on each plate. Now we are getting fancy!

Accompany the Cuban-inspired wedding decor with an exotic menu and cocktails with a defined Cuban accent. So bring out the rum. It’s time to have fun in an elegant way!

Lily gold and amber over topaz slate at The Ebell Club in Long Beach. Wedding photographer: Suzy Van Dyke.

Lily gold and amber over topaz slate at The Ebell Club in Long Beach. Wedding photographer: Suzy Van Dyke.

Bring Cuba into your wedding and your backyard with these succulent centerpiece ideas.

Bring Cuba into your wedding and your backyard with these succulent centerpiece ideas.

Tropical Cuban-Inspired Weddings with Cuban “Sabor”: Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Mojitos are the perfect cocktail for Cuban-inspired weddings. Accompany them with tempting meat pies or “empanadas” and crispy tostones. Among other drinks, you can serve Cuba Libre, which is a mixture of rum, Coca-Cola and lime juice, or mojitos with non-traditional flavors such as peach, cherry or pineapple. Do not forget to add some Cuban-inspired non-alcoholic beverages such as guava, coconut, or lime flavored water.

Here is a very ingenious idea for a mojito bar. Use fresh mint to make unique ice cubes. Take a little mint, put it in each of the ice tray spaces and then fill it with water. Let the water turn into ice and there you have it. Great idea for a summer wedding.

The Blushing Cuban passionfruit raspberry cocktail is a vibrant & exotic blend of fresh passionfruit, raspberries and Cuban rum.

The Blushing Cuban passionfruit raspberry cocktail is a vibrant & exotic blend of fresh passionfruit, raspberries and Cuban rum.

Cuba is famous for its meat dishes. Some of the main course choices for your party might be “Ropa Vieja”, “Masitas de Puerco” or marinated fried pork, oxtail stew or grilled ribs. For a lighter meal, you can offer “sandwich medianoche” that can be served either hot or cold, hence its name since you can eat them after a night of painting the town red. And where will you find more merriment than at a Cuban wedding? The midnight sandwich has grilled or fried pork slices with cheese pressed between toasted French bread slices with butter on both sides (and well pressed).

Add a fresh and colorful Cuban salad. You will only need tomatoes, onions and radish slices sprinkled with olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice. Or a chickpea salad with green and red peppers and sweet yellow onions with a dressing made from fresh lime juice, olive oil, and a pinch of cumin. Yummylicious!

A delicious Cuban-Rican recipe: Sofrito salsa and tostones.

A delicious Cuban-Rican recipe: Sofrito salsa and tostones.

Blueberry lavender mojito, refreshing and pretty.

Blueberry lavender mojito, refreshing and pretty.

It’s time for Desserts!

Pick some of these delicious temptations to complete your wedding menu. Flan served in individual cups and sprinkled with a little cinnamon or nutmeg, or “merenguitos” (mini meringues) made of egg whites beaten with sugar and then baked.

You also have arroz con leche topped with cinnamon and juicy raisins. Then, for some pastry or cake options, there are señoritas, pastelitos and capuchinos. Señoritas are confectionary made with layers of puff pastry filled with custard cream, served in a variety of vanilla or chocolate flavors. They are very similar to the Napoleon. Pastelitos are small pastry buns stuffed with guava, cream cheese, or shredded coconut drizzled with syrup. And the Cuban capuchinos and cabezotes are small cakes shaped like a yellow cone, soaked in a syrup made with cinnamon, orange and lemon peel, and anise. You will want to lick your fingers! (Just not at the wedding … do it in the kitchen) 😉

For the dessert table you may present sweet coconut candy, guava candy, more merenguitos or nougat.

Cuban domino cookies by the Cookie Connection.

Cuban domino cookies by the Cookie Connection.

Adorable and original memory of your wedding. Mint mojito flavored lollipop.

Adorable and original memory of your wedding. Mint mojito flavored lollipop. Get them here!

Cuban-Inspired Wedding Photo Gallery

Cuban Wedding Traditions

Let’s take a look at a couple of Cuban wedding traditions and feel free to incorporate something beyond the Cuban decor to your wedding!

Money is Always Welcome at the Onset of a New Lifetime Adventure

The money dance is another very old tradition at Cuban weddings. Guests would dance with the bride and pin money on her dress to help the couple off to a great start.

Usually, the bride’s family pays for the wedding, and both the bride and groom’s parents give an important gift to the newlyweds, like money or a house. Nice tradition, right? 😉

Cuban-inpired wedding cake surrounded by coral flowers. Dreamy! Wedding photographer: Jose Villa Photography.

Cuban-inpired wedding cake surrounded by coral flowers. Dreamy! Wedding photographer: Jose Villa Photography.

Cuban Wedding Favors

Another Cuban tradition is for the couple to thank their guests by giving them a small handmade gift or some personalized ribbons with their names on them. If the wedding calls for it, the favor becomes a good Cuban cigar to celebrate the union.

Proper Cuban-Inspired Wedding Attire for The Couple and Guests

Cuban wedding dresses are stunningly beautiful and white (if the bride is a virgin). If she’s not, tradition dictates her dress should be red. Fortunately this tradition is almost gone and a bride can wear a red wedding dress just because she wants to!

With so much dancing, delicious food and drinks to look forward to, dressing comfortably and elegantly is a must. Ladies may wear summer cocktail dresses, while gentlemen can wear linen guayaberas, shirts with tropical motifs and elegant fedora hats. Everything should remind you of old Havana and a tropical paradise.

These 1940s iconic and adorable navy blue suede heel pumps are a classic and will match a vintage theme to perfection.

These 1940s iconic and adorable navy blue suede heel pumps are a classic and will match a vintage theme to perfection. Get them here!

Original bridesmaid dress for a Cuban-inspired wedding. Wedding photographer: Jose Villa Photography.

Original bridesmaid dress for a Cuban-inspired wedding. Wedding photographer: Jose Villa Photography.

We hope these ideas will help you organize your Cuban-inspired wedding reception. Make sure to check more wedding inspiration ideas on our Pinterest boards!

Fabulous Cuban-Inspired Wedding Ideas Photo Gallery

Decor and details for Cuban-inspired weddings.

Decor and details for Cuban-inspired weddings. Cuban Party Photobooth Props by PureSimpleThings. Custom Printable Cigar Band Napkin Ring by BSideArt.

Hibiscus and palm leaves decorating ideas for a tropical wedding. Wedding photograper: Krista Jones Photography.

Hibiscus and palm leaves decorating ideas for a tropical wedding. Wedding photograper: Krista Jones Photography.

Ultra original Cuban tile invitations. Photography by Heatherjeany on Flickr.

Ultra original Cuban tile invitations. Photography by Heatherjeany on Flickr.

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Photography credits: nousDECOR, Brit + Co, mydomaine, indulgy, popsugar, Style Me pretty.

Original and Best Wedding Wishes to Write on a Wedding Card

We’ve rounded up a collection of the best wedding wishes to write on your wedding card! Get inspired or copy away!

Put your gorgeous engagement portraits to good use with this easy multisided card box that lends itself well to any wedding style.

Put your gorgeous engagement portraits to good use with this easy multisided card box that lends itself well to any wedding style.

Engagement season is in full swing so it’s time to brush up on all the wedding wishes you’ll need to write inside those wedding cards soon. From casual wedding greetings to religious wedding wishes, we have your wedding cards covered.

How to Congratulate the Soon-To-Be Married Couple

It can be difficult to come up with something original to write on a wedding card that hasn’t been said a thousand times before. The old rule of thumb used to be “congratulate” the groom and offer the bride “best wishes.” Today, either one works, or you can choose a different sentiment that fits your relationship to the couple instead.

Whether you’re attending the wedding or not, it’s customary to send your well wishes to the soon-to-be married couple. If you’re attending the wedding, you can bring a card with you even if you already sent a gift in advance, or you can send a card before or after the wedding date.

Otherwise, you can mail it directly to the happy couple or hand it over in person on any occasion before the wedding.

What to Write on a Wedding Card

While there are no carved in stone rules for what needs to go on the card, there are some basic etiquette rules you can follow.

The most meaningful inscriptions are ones that were customized for the couple based on your personal relationship with them. Use or gather inspiration from these wedding wishes to ensure that your wedding card is heartfelt and treasured for years to come.

Remember that what you write in the wedding card will depend on your style, how well you know the couple and what your relationship with them is.

Wedding messages. What to write on a wedding card. A step-by-step simple plan for writing the perfect wedding wishes.

Wedding messages. What to write on a wedding card. A step-by-step simple plan for writing the perfect wedding wishes.

Formal Wedding Congratulations

For a couple you aren’t personally close with, more traditional wedding wishes are in order. There are still plenty of ways to make your formal greeting stand out. These are some great ideas for traditional wishes that are perfect for sweet and formal wedding cards.

  • “Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness.”
  • “Congratulations on your marriage.”
  • “Wishing you all the best as you begin your new lives together.”
  • May today be just the beginning of a lifetime of happiness together.

Best Casual Wishes to Write on a Wedding Card

Wedding card messages for family, friends, and close work associates are often more casual and allow you to express your feelings more freely.

You may have spent years of your life with this couple, and you’re as happy for them as they are with each other. This wedding card will mean a lot to them, so it is important to properly convey your emotions. Here are a few ways to show them how truly happy you are for them as they start a new chapter in their lives.

  • “So happy for you two!”
  • “Cheers to a fantastic couple!”
  • “All our best as you begin your marriage!”
  • You are two amazing people. Or, maybe I should say, one amazing couple. Congrats!
  • We’re so happy for you! May your lives be enriched by each other.
  • Congratulations! And thank you for letting us be part of your special day.
  • May you celebrate every day together the way you have celebrated today.
How to write a wedding card. And so the adventure begins....

How to write a wedding card. And so the adventure begins…. (get the card here)

How to Write Funny Wedding Wishes

Weddings aren’t all serious business. Funny wedding messages are appropriate as long as they’re in good taste and you know the couple’s sense of humor! A funny wedding greeting could even make your card stand out.

Funny wedding wishes are a great way to add your own personal style to the wedding card. Keep things light with these witty phrases perfect for a laid-back couple!

  • “Finally!”
  • “Congratulations and remember Happy Wife, Happy Life!”
  • There’s no backing out now! (I have a getaway car outside if you change your mind.)”
  • Here’s to limiting your options: ’til death do us part.’
  • Did you know sequoia trees live 1,300 years? If your marriage ever gets old, just be glad you’re not sequoias.

What to Write on a Wedding Card to a Close Family Member

When writing a wedding card for a close family member, go personal! Unless your relationship is tense, in which case you may want to go with a more general message. If you are the best of friends, let those feelings show. Mention some joyful memory from the past, something you admire in them, or quote one of their sayings! But above it all, don’t forget their better half!

  • From a parent – “This is a day we’ve been thinking of since you were just a little girl/boy. We’re thrilled you have a wonderful person like _______ to spend the rest of your life with.”
  • To a brother- or sister-in-law – “You’re the brother/sister I never had. Welcome to the family! We love you!”
  • The only thing that could make us more excited now is grandchildren!
Recipe for joyful living by torrie t. asai.

Recipe for joyful living by torrie t. asai.

How to Write the Best Wedding Wishes for a Friend

Wedding card greetings for a friend are more personal tone. Still, it’s best not to go overboard. Express your feelings, share a memory or go with a casual wedding wish but keep it classy! This is a keepsake!

  • “We’ve been friends our whole lives, and I’ve never been happier for you. Congratulations to you both!”
  • “I’ve watched my dear friend fall in love with a wonderful (man or woman), and I’m honored to stand with you today as you become husband and wife.”
  • We hope your wedding bliss fills you with as much happiness as it has for us. We love you both very much and congratulations.

When to Write a Religious Wedding Card

Not all couples are religious, but if you know religion is very important to the bride and groom, you may want to write a religious wedding card. Especially if you are religious too as it will sound more sincere and heart-felt.

  • “May God bless your marriage and your lives together.”
  • “Mazel Tov!”
  • Blessed is the one who created human beings. Bless the two of you. May you know it all–joy and struggle, beauty and sorrow, sweat, tears, solitude, companionship, laughter and ecstasy. May your marriage be strong enough to support you to experience whatever you must as you come to know yourselves and each other and to discover the entire range of your humanity in the process of soul making. (the Sheva Brachot)
  • You two are truly blessed. May the blessings continue for both of you. Congratulations on your wedding!
  • The strongest marriages are built on the strong foundation of our Lord.
  • We are praying that God guides you in your new adventure. May God pour out blessings on you both.
Two are better than one Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

Two are better than one Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

Original Wedding Wishes on Social Media Posts

If a card isn’t your style or you’ve already sent ahead a gift, posting on their social media timeline is a fun way to go. Social media well wishes can go from a simple “best wishes” to posting a memorable picture on their wall. Remember la abuela may be reading the post!

Best Belated Wedding Wishes

Forgetfulness happens to the best of us, especially if we cannot make the wedding. It’s late but send a card anyway for them to read after their honeymoon. You’ll get bonus points if you include a gift card!

  • “We’re sorry to have missed your special day, but we wish you a lifetime of happiness!”
  • “It’s never too late to congratulate you on your wedding and send our wishes for a happy life together!”

Funny engagement or wedding card by Nuts4Stampin. Congratulations card by AMTaylorArt.

Unique Wedding Wishes to Write on a Wedding Card

Combine some of the ideas above to your own inspiration to write the most unique wedding wish. If you’re still searching for that perfect congratulatory note, here are more wedding card ideas to help you get those creative juices flowing.

  • Marriage defies the rules of mathematics because one plus one equals one.
  • “Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” –Franklin P. Jones
  • “Husbands are like puppies… they need to be loved (and housebroken).”–Blake Flannery

In the end, there is no perfect formula for wishing the best to the people we care about. Be genuine, add your personal touch and we are certain it will be the best wedding card ever!

What to Write on a Wedding Card to a Daughter or Son.

What to Write on a Wedding Card to a Daughter or Son.

Wedding congratulations card. You tied the knot by PrintSmitten. Funny wedding card, Two is better than one and hand drawn wedding wishes by LoveNCreativity. Please, leave your wishes for the new Mr & Mrs wedding sign by oldecountrystrokes.

Best wedding wishes ever!

Best wedding wishes ever!

Charming cards for wedding wishes. Personalized stationary, cute cards and more...

Charming cards for wedding wishes. Personalized stationary, cute cards and more…

Congrats! Best Wishes! Enjoy!

Congrats! Best Wishes! Enjoy!

Funny wedding wishes for close friends.

Funny wedding wishes for close friends.

Original wedding wishes. Cute rustic wooden box to collect your wedding cards | Happily ever after and to my mom cards

Original wedding wishes. Cute rustic wooden box to collect your wedding cards by CountryBarnBabe | Happily ever after and to my mom cards by DevonDesignCo.

Funny wedding wishes: Chocolate Card | Congratulations card with Soy Sauce

Funny wedding wishes: Chocolate Card by WhatACardCards | Congratulations card with Soy Sauce by Nuts4Stampin.

The Apache Wedding blessing.

The Apache Wedding blessing.

Watercolor Card for wedding wishes!

Watercolor Card for wedding wishes! By ShelbyNickelDesigns.

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The Groom’s Tie: How to Choose the Right Color and Style for the Big Day

Discover how to choose the right color and style for the groom’s tie and have him look picture perfect on your big day!

Floral groom's tie, perfect for a modern or boho wedding.

Floral groom’s tie, perfect for a modern or boho wedding.

There is a fair amount of time spent picking out what the bride will be wearing on the big day, but it is important not to overlook the groom’s style. Let’s be honest, we know the bride is going to get the majority of the attention here, but the groom is going to want to look and feel great too, after all.

How To Choose the Right Color and Style for the Big Day

Sorry guys, when it comes down to the color of your tie, I’m sure the bride will have a say. But if your wedding palette has two colors, the groom can wear one of the shades while the rest of the guys wear the other.

Now that the color has been decided, let’s move on to picking the right groom’s tie. Many grooms email us asking about the fabric of a particular tie so I decided I could give a little rundown of the most common fabrics for ties.

The Groom’s Tie: How to Pick the Fabric

It’s best to start with the month the wedding will be held. Fabrics like cotton and linen who are light and breezy are perfect for summery weddings. Other fabrics like wool, tweed, cashmere and different wool blends are more suited for the winter.

Rayon, polyester and silk wear well all year round. But buyer beware when it comes down to silk neckties! There are many kinds of silk out there and the quality varies. The most commonly used for men’s ties are doupioni silk (its threads are uneven and irregular), shantung (very smooth and has hardly any slubs), silk linen (it actually has the look of linen) and satin which is glossy and smooth on one side and matte on the other.

Peach textured groom's tie. Always consider the collar width before picking the tie style! Photographer: Kristen Weaver.

Peach textured groom’s tie. Always consider the collar width before picking the tie style! Photographer: Kristen Weaver.

Blue tie fit for a civil ceremony, a daytime wedding or an elopement by zeusfactor

Blue tie fit for a civil ceremony, a daytime wedding or an elopement by zeusfactor

The Groom’s Tie: Let’s Get To Know Their Styles

What to wear? What to wear? Depending on the formality of the affair, you may want to take your pick of the following types and styles of groom’s ties. But you must also consider the collar style and width before picking the tie! Let’s review some of the groom’s tie styles.

The Necktie

A classic. This is the long tie most commonly associated with working in an office. But, that’s not to say it should not be worn for a wedding. Match the tie to the wedding colors to give a splash of color and fun to the groom’s look.

Love this handmade cotton floral tie for the civil ceremony. The groom will look so modern!

Love this handmade cotton floral tie for the civil ceremony. The groom will look so modern! (Get it here)

The Ascot

If your groom has been searching his entire life for an excuse to wear an Ascot, now is the time. An ascot is much more formal and is a folded tie that is wider than a necktie and usually won with a stickpin or tie tack. Typically, Ascots are a patterned material, but they can be neutral, think blacks or grays, or the wedding colors to match the décor.

Bow Tie

Bow ties are a symmetrical ribbon of fabric that tie together to form two loops that sit at the collar of the groom’s dress shirt. Most commonly, bow ties are worn with tuxedos, but fun, patterned bow ties also pair well with suits. Grooms can wear black bow ties for very formal looks or match the bridesmaid’s dresses when wearing a tuxedo.

Modern black suit with velvet bow tie, shawl collar, and "crown folded" pocket square.

Modern black suit with velvet bow tie, shawl collar, and “crown folded” pocket square.

The Euro Tie is a middle ground between the necktie and the Ascot. Gold orange paisley silk cravat.

The Euro Tie is a middle ground between the necktie and the Ascot. Gold orange paisley silk cravat.

Euro Tie or Cravat

The Euro Tie is a middle ground between necktie and Ascot. It’s a long tie with a square bottom, knotted at the beck and worn with a spread collar shirt. It’s formal but not quite Ascot-level formal.

Here is a great tip for grooms to look great on your big day. Make sure the widest part of your tie matches the width of the lapel chosen for your wedding.

Photo Gallery to Help you Pick your Most Fabulous Groom’s Tie

How to “Tie The Knot”: The Half-Windsor Knot

There are many ways to tie a knot (pun intended) 😉 but today we will share how to tie the Half-Windsor knot! Medium to light thickness for ties are this year’s trend. Therefore, the half-Windsor is easier and more fitting. It is also nice and symmetrical but not quite as bulky as the Windsor knot.

Modern groom's tie in gray with a Half-Windsor knot. Brooklyn Wedding by Lauren Balingit Photography.

Modern groom’s tie in gray with a Half-Windsor knot. Brooklyn Wedding by Lauren Balingit Photography.

Remember that your body type matters when picking a tie. The half-Windsor is narrower and longer and looks best on slimmer taller guys.

  1. Lay the tie around your neck and stand in front of a mirror. The wide end should be on your right and the small or narrow end should be on your left when looking into the mirror. The wider end should hang about 12 inches lower than the smaller end.
  2. In front of you, cross the wide end over the narrow end, making an “X.”
  3. Still holding the wide end, go under the small end and to the right
  4. Now, pull the wide end up to the center towards the necktie
  5. Bring the wide end through the neck loop from the front towards the back and left.
  6. Cross the wide end over the narrow end to the right
  7. Now bring it upwards again, this time from beneath the neck loop
  8. Pull it through the loop you just created in the front and then straight down
  9. Use both hands to adjust the tie until it sits tight under your collar.
  10. You look terrific!! 🙂

Grooms now is your time to shine as brightly as the bride. Ok, maybe not as brightly, but don’t miss this chance to show off your personal style when picking your tie! Most of the groom’s ties can be found and shipped worldwide at Dessy. Check them out! Now back to the brides! Discover these Timeless, Elegant and Sexy Wedding Dresses for the Modern Bride!

How good are you at tying the knot? Discover how to tie a half windsor knot! (Don't worry, this is not it) ;) Wearing a tie makes you look confident.

How good are you at tying the knot? Discover how to tie a half windsor knot! (Don’t worry, this is not it) 😉 Wearing a tie makes you look confident.

Match the tie to the wedding palette to give a splash of color and fun to the groom’s look. Wedding photography: Claryphoto.

Match the tie to the wedding palette to give a splash of color and fun to the groom’s look. Wedding photography: Claryphoto.

Matte satin bow tie and pocket square.

Matte satin bow tie and pocket square. Dessy.

There are so many ways to wear a tie... Check out this Cat Greek Ascot by Boris Mocka.

There are so many ways to wear a tie… Check out this Cat Greek Ascot by Boris Mocka.

The tie patch is a wonderful keepsake that will add to the love, happiness, and remembrance of your big wedding day!

The tie patch is a wonderful keepsake that will add to the love, happiness, and remembrance of your big wedding day! (Get yours here!)

Men's neck ties in Dupioni silk.

Men’s neck ties in Dupioni silk. Dessy.

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Wedding Photography Credits: Borrowed & Blue Weddings, Bows n Ties, Dessy

Nine Must-See Industrial Wedding Venues in New York

Check out these nine swoon-worthy industrial wedding venues in New York and start booking yours! They go fast!

The glam of Galia Lahav intertwined with the charm of the city and nine swoon-worthy industrial wedding venues in New York that you will want to check out asap! :)

The glam of Galia Lahav intertwined with the charm of the city and nine swoon-worthy industrial wedding venues in New York that you will want to check out asap! 🙂

You have a tentative date and guest count and it’s time to look for the perfect space for your wedding. Break the mold from the traditional hotel wedding venue and choose a unique space with a story to tell and a cool and intimate vibe.

Most industrial wedding venues can be rented as raw spaces. This means, you can decorate it as little or as much as you wish – as long as you meet construction codes, of course. Quite the opposite of the traditional venue where you gotta, gotta take the chairs!! 😉

We’ve rounded up nine industrial wedding venues in New York that will make your guests’ jaws drop as they celebrate your happily ever after. From Brooklyn to Queens to Upstate New York, any of these spaces are sure to provide the flexibility of color, personality and decor any modern couple looks for on this day and age.

Industrial Wedding Venues in Brooklyn That Will Take Your Breath Away

Brooklyn happens to be “the” place in New York where you will find most of the industrial wedding venues. The number of refurbished spaces that started out as foundries, piers, steel factories and other manufacturers gave way through its gentrification to some of the most breathtakingly unique industrial wedding venues in New York.

The Green Building, Brooklyn, NY

The Green Building was built in 1889 as a brass foundry. Today it serves as 6,000 square foot event venue with indoor and outdoor space. This building will compliment wedding décor with exposed brick walls, chandeliers, wood-beamed ceilings and a private courtyard.

Location: 452 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Website: http://www.thegreenbuildingnyc.com/weddings/

Capacity: up to 250 guests for a cocktail party or 160 for a sit-down dinner with room for a dance floor

From: $16,000 (elopements can be more affordable, just ask!)

Industrial wedding venues in Brooklyn that will take your breath away The Green Building, Brooklyn, NY. Photos by Matt of Our Labor of Love.

Industrial wedding venues in Brooklyn that will take your breath away The Green Building, Brooklyn, NY. Photos by Matt of Our Labor of Love.

New York City wedding at The Green Building in Brooklyn built in 1889 as a brass foundry.

New York City wedding at The Green Building in Brooklyn built in 1889 as a brass foundry.

Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn, NY

When in New York, there’s no need to head out all the way to Napa Valley! Host your guests in a romantic, vintage-inspired space at the Brooklyn Winery. Guests can enjoy drinking the wine made on site while celebrating the happy couple’s joyful event in an intimate, candlelit space. No matter how big your event, guests will be able to feel a personal connection to the space and the couple saying “I do.”

Location: 213 N. 8th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Website: http://bkwinery.com

Capacity: depends on the season

From: $39,000

Modern winter wedding ceremony at the Brooklyn Winery. Photography: Ashley Caroline.

Modern winter wedding ceremony at the Brooklyn Winery. Photography: Ashley Caroline.

Beauty and old world charm at this industrial style Brooklyn Winery wedding.

Beauty and old world charm at this industrial style Brooklyn Winery wedding.

Love this table setting! Industrial wedding venues in New York. Photo of the Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn, New York.

Love this table setting! Industrial wedding venues in New York. Photo of the Brooklyn Winery, Brooklyn, New York.

Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, NY

Give your wedding an early 1900s feel at the Wythe Hotel. If the exposed brick, steel window frames, and wood floors don’t make and impression, then the terraces overlooking Manhattan surely will. This venue is perfect for small weddings or those with up to 250 guests.

Location: 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Website: http://wythehotel.com/

Capacity: 250

From: $37,000

Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn: This venue is perfect for small weddings or those with up to 250 guests. Photography: Belathée Photography.

Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn: This venue is perfect for small weddings or those with up to 250 guests. Photography: Belathée Photography.

A garden-inspired industrial wedding in New York at The Wythe's patio, complete with exposed beams and strings of café lights.

A garden-inspired industrial wedding in New York at The Wythe’s patio, complete with exposed beams and strings of café lights.

Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY

Host your wedding with Statue of Liberty, Verrazano Bridge and riverfront views at the Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn. Ceremonies can be held indoor or outdoor. Sure, exposed brick is nice but your guests will be left with an unforgettable night as the dance floor is illuminated with light reflecting from the Hudson. This venue is better suited for larger events as they have a 175 guest minimum on Saturday nights.

Location: 260 Conover St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Website: http://www.thelibertywarehouse.com/

Capacity: 400 for a sit-down dinner and 1500 for a cocktail dinner

From: $47,000

A waterfront view to die for at The Liberty Warehouse. Nine industrial wedding venues in New York that will take your breath away. Photography: Levi Stolove Photography, NY wedding photographers.

A waterfront view to die for at The Liberty Warehouse. Nine industrial wedding venues in New York that will take your breath away. Photography: Levi Stolove Photography, NY wedding photographers.

The liberty warehouse is a unique industrial wedding venue in Brooklyn, NY. Don't you agree? Photography: a guy + a girl photography – New York wedding photography – Los Angeles wedding photography.

The liberty warehouse is a unique industrial wedding venue in Brooklyn, NY. Don’t you agree? Photography: a guy + a girl photography – New York wedding photography – Los Angeles wedding photography.

Greenpoint Loft, Brooklyn, NY

Greenpoint Loft is a pre-war rope warehouse turned chic event space. Let history intertwine with your wedding day as you experience the building’s timelessly effervescent vibes. This space also has rooftop views of the Manhattan Skyline which are sure to leave your guests speechless.

Location: 67 West St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Website: http://www.greenpointloft.com

Capacity: 185

From: $7,000

Greenpoint Loft industrial inspo tablesetting. Amber glass bud vase arrangements with pale peach and spray roses, ranunculus, echinacea and wildflower accents on a kraft paper runner, accented with mirror glass candles. Swoon!

Greenpoint Loft industrial inspo tablesetting. Swoon!

The Greenpoint Loft is one of the best industrial wedding venues in New York.

The Greenpoint Loft is one of the best industrial wedding venues in New York.

Stunning Industrial Wedding Venues in Queens, New York

According to USA Today, Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world. This means, you will be able to find the most varied caterers for your special day within a few miles-range. Exposed brick, metal and geometric patterns are some of the characteristics of industrial wedding venues, Let’s explore a couple of venues in Queens, NY that definitely caught our eye!

Knockdown Center in Queens, New York

For a funky, artsy vibe look no further than the Knockdown Center in Queens, NY. Brooklyn is not the only place that can offer an unforgettable venue. The Knockdown Center is known for hosting music and art events but don’t write them off for weddings. Their century=old building used to host a glass factory and, years later, a door factory (hence its name) Book this venue for its 40-foot ceilings,  their built-in archway made of brick, wood and steel and its eclectic vibe.

Location: 52-19 Flushing Ave., at 54th St.; Maspeth, Queens

Website: http://knockdown.center

Capacity: 300

From: $12,000

Industrial wedding venues in New York: Knockdown Center. Photography: Carolina Sandretto and Denueva Photo.

Industrial wedding venues in New York: Knockdown Center. Photography: Carolina Sandretto and Denueva Photo.

Out of all of the fabulous industrial wedding venues in New York we fell in love with the Knockdown Center, an industrial glass factory.

Out of all of the fabulous industrial wedding venues in New York we fell in love with the Knockdown Center, an industrial glass factory.

The Foundry, Long Island City, New York

The Foundry is the place to go if you want a Brooklyn-vibe in Queens. Exposed brick, steel beams, and antique bulbs will add charm to your wedding day. Needless to say, the gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline will add to its charm and it will allow for some amazing photo-ops. The best part of the building might be the Greenhouse, where vines climb the brick and window panes fill the space with natural light. If you are looking for a smaller space to host an intimate wedding, ask for The Albra Room. You will fall in love with its arched walkways and clean lines. Check out the outdoor area. It’s truly magnificent!

Location: 42-38 Ninth Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

Website: http://www.thefoundry.info

Capacity: 120 to 180

From: $16,000

The Foundry is the place to go if you want a Brooklyn-vibe in Queens.

The Foundry is the place to go if you want a Brooklyn-vibe in Queens.

The Foundry is a 19th Century building that has been meticulously restored to showcase its industrial character and stunning proportions. Photography: Pink.

The Foundry is a 19th Century building that has been meticulously restored to showcase its industrial character and stunning proportions. Photography: Pink.

Charming Industrial Wedding Venues in Upstate New York

If you prefer the calm of the countryside mixed in with Brooklyn’s multifaceted and diverse atmosphere, these industrial wedding venues in New York are a must-see. Add them to your list because you may not want to miss out on these spaces!

The Cracker Factory in Upstate NY

If you are heading upstate for your big day, consider The Cracker Factory. You will be awe-struck by the floor-to-ceiling windows. They will allow you to feel you are outdoors even if it’s a bit too cold for that kind of thing. To say this straight-razor factory turned wedding venue has charm is an understatement.

Location: 35 Lehigh St, Geneva, NY 14456

Website: thecrackerfactory.org

Capacity: 340

From: $2,250

Charming industrial wedding venues in Upstate New York. The Cracker Factory.

Charming industrial wedding venues in Upstate New York. The Cracker Factory.

Digging all these chic industrial vibes. Photo: Ebersole Photography.

Digging all these chic industrial vibes. Photo: Ebersole Photography.

Basilica Hudson in Upstate NY

Located in the history city of Hudson, Basilica Hudson is a reclaimed industrial space originally built in the 1880s. When renting the Basilica, you get access to the building and grounds for the entire weekend, from Noon Friday to Noon Sunday. The space draws on inspiration from its local surroundings with a mission to be a platform for unconventional art experiences. Especially for larger events, this space will leave a remarkable impression, one that your guests will not soon forget.

Location: 110 S. Front St Hudson, NY 12534

Website: basilicahudson.org

Capacity: 325 seated guests in the Main Hall

From: $3,500 (take note winter brides as this starting price is for off season!)

We promise to cover more about this magical venue on an upcoming article.

Basilica Hudson an idyllic industrial wedding venue in Upstate New York. Photography: James Autery, New York photographer.

Basilica Hudson an idyllic industrial wedding venue in Upstate New York. Photography: James Autery, New York photographer.

Basilica Hudson weddings in NY. The industrial feel of the building shows on its exposed brick walls, an incredible old steel truss system and a massive terracotta ceiling.

The industrial feel of the building shows on its exposed brick walls, an incredible old steel truss system and a massive terracotta ceiling.

Swoon-Worthy Industrial Wedding Venues in New York Photo Gallery

  • Modern industrial New York Wedding at Basilica Hudson.

    Romantic and modern industrial New York Wedding at Basilica Hudson a restored factory venue in Hudson, New York.
  • Simple and modern industrial wedding invitation.

    Simple and modern industrial wedding invitation for a fantastic shindig at the Brooklyn Winery. Photography: Bia Sampaio.
  • Raw space: Greenpoint Loft wedding in Brooklyn, NY

    Raw space: Greenpoint Loft wedding in Brooklyn, NY by lindseymevents and Therese Winberg Photography.
  • Industrial wedding venue in New York, the Greenpoint Loft.

    The perfect ambiance for an industrial wedding venue in New York at the Greenpoint Loft. Photo: Khaki Bedford Photography.
  • Candlelit wedding reception Liberty Warehouse.

    A chic candlelit wedding reception held within an industrial wedding venue in Brooklyn, NY at Liberty Warehouse. Photography: Levi Stolove Photography.
  • Classic urban New York wedding The Foundry

    Classic urban New York wedding from Firefly Events at The Foundry.
  • The Foundry wedding decor.

    Romantic table numbers and pink floral decor at The Foundry. Photography: Emily Delamater.

Are you still looking for the perfect space for your perfect day? Or did our nine must-see industrial wedding venues in New York fill up your list?

Check out these nine swoon-worthy industrial wedding venues in New York and start booking yours! They go fast! The Foundry. Photography: Christina Szczupak.

Check out these nine swoon-worthy industrial wedding venues in New York and start booking yours! They go fast! The Foundry. Photography: Christina Szczupak.

Floral garland and candle lanterns down the stairs of a modern industrial fall wedding. Photo: Albert Bardina Photography.

Floral garland and candle lanterns down the stairs of a modern industrial fall wedding. Photo: Albert Bardina Photography.

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Timeless, Elegant and Sexy Wedding Dresses for the Modern Bride

Sexy wedding dresses are a synonym of beauty, elegance plus a touch of dare. Look stunningly attractive by baring just a little bit of skin with one of these gorgeous sexy wedding gowns!

What’s more sexy and romantic than a long sleeved vintage lace wedding dress? By Sortra.

What’s more sexy and romantic than a long sleeved vintage lace wedding dress? By Sortra.

Picking the right amount of sexy on a wedding dress can be tricky. You want to feel attractive and confident. But you also want to be able to look at your grandparents in the eye without immediately running for the nearest closet.

We’ve rounded up a collection of sexy wedding dresses by some of the top bridal gown designers by body area that bare a little or a lot! There are many styles of sexy wedding dresses to choose from that will help you achieve that perfect mix of elegant and alluring, but it will always boil down to what feels right for you. We hope these glorious gowns will help you nail your perfect (and scintillating) bridal look.

Elegant & Backless Sexy Wedding Dresses

Nothing makes a statement like a wedding dress with an open back. While having a gown with a plunging neckline may be a little too bold for some brides, a backless dress will offer the perfect balance between sexy and sophisticated. And backless sexy dresses paired up with a trumpet skirts are perfect for the bride who is willing to flaunt what her momma gave her. For a more casual, romantic and wistful look, backless gowns can be accompanied with a fuller skirt. Whichever way they choose to go, brides are sure to leave a lasting impression on their grooms with one of these elegant and seductive backless wedding dresses.

Galia Lahav "Gala" 2017 bridal. Sleeveless deep plunging V-neck fully embellished with elegant, sexy backless lace fit and flare sheath wedding dress with chapel train.

Galia Lahav “Gala” 2017 bridal. Sleeveless deep plunging V-neck fully embellished with elegant, sexy backless lace fit and flare sheath wedding dress with chapel train.

Bows, bows, and more bows!

Bows, bows, and more bows!

From the Berta Bridal fall 2017 collection let's admire this sexy and elegant long sleeved illusion jewel neckline embellished lace fit and flare wedding dress with a low back chapel train.

From the Berta Bridal fall 2017 collection let’s admire this sexy and elegant long sleeved illusion jewel neckline embellished lace fit and flare wedding dress with a low back chapel train.

Sexy backless lace bridal gown.

Sexy backless lace bridal gown.

Sexy wedding dresses by Galia Lahav Spring 2017 Collection: Le Secret Royal.

Sexy wedding dresses by Galia Lahav Spring 2017 Collection: Le Secret Royal.

Vintage Lace Wedding Gowns: Ethereal and Alluring

Who ever said lace couldn’t be sexy? These vintage-inspired creations are nothing like those lace dresses your grandma used to wear back in the day. Lace can be used to strategically cover (or to show) parts of your body. June brides that would rather not show off their arms, could consider a long sleeved lace wedding dress, light and airy. If you are shy about showing off some bare skin, allow lace to barely cover it and still tap into your inner sexy bride. If you are not, use and abuse lace to highlight your figure while surrounded in one of the most romantic and alluring of fabrics. 😉

Pair up a sheer lace top with a ball gown skirt for a sexy and, at the same time, demure bridal look. Alessandra Rinaudo Wedding Dresses 2017.

Pair up a sheer lace top with a ball gown skirt for a sexy and, at the same time, demure bridal look. Alessandra Rinaudo Wedding Dresses 2017.

Milla Nova Bridal 2017 Wedding Dresses "Dina".

Milla Nova Bridal 2017 Wedding Dresses “Dina”.

Glamorous and sexy wedding dresses by Idan Cohen 2017 bridal collection.

Glamorous and sexy wedding dresses by Idan Cohen 2017 bridal collection.

Vintage dress with an illusion buttoned up back by Jasmine Bridal Couture Spring 2017.

Vintage dress with an illusion buttoned up back by Jasmine Bridal Couture Spring 2017.

Luxury, lace, and sexiness on Berta Bridal wedding dresses.

Luxury, lace, and sexiness on Berta Bridal wedding dresses.

Limor rosen 2017 bridal. Off the shoulder, sweetheart neckline, heavily embellished lace bodice with a sexy side split A-line wedding dress.

Limor rosen 2017 bridal. Off the shoulder, sweetheart neckline, heavily embellished lace bodice with a sexy side split A-line wedding dress.

For the Center-Stage Brides: Sexy Wedding Dresses with Lots of Bling

A little bling never hurt anyone. Strategically placed bling can allow brides to emphasize their best, ahem, assets. It’s your wedding day, after all. All eyes should be on you when you walk down that aisle and later as you dance the night away. Even if you’ve always considered yourself to be reserved in the fashion department, a sexy wedding dress with a some Swarovski crystals or a beaded bodice can make you feel like the sexy princess you are. Check out David Tutera’s 2017 collection and you’ll see what we mean. You are free to go overboard and daring as well if you like. Like we said earlier. It’s your day after all!

Sexy wedding dresses with bling. A creation by Berta Bridal worn perfectly by model and jewelry designer Magdalena Frackowiak.

Sexy wedding dresses with bling. A creation by Berta Bridal worn perfectly by model and jewelry designer Magdalena Frackowiak.

Make a statement with your back on your big day as you walk down the aisle by Jenny Packham.

Make a statement with your back on your big day as you walk down the aisle by Jenny Packham.

A delicate trumpet wedding gown with a little bling is a sexy choice for a bride looking to show off her figure on her wedding day.

A delicate trumpet wedding gown with a little bling is a sexy choice for a bride looking to show off her figure on her wedding day.

Low back with embellished criss-crossed straps.

Low back with embellished criss-crossed straps.

Sexy and demure creation by Paolo Sebastian couture.

Sexy and demure creation by Paolo Sebastian couture.

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Romantic and Sexy Wedding Dresses

For the understated sexy bride, classically romantic wedding dresses may be the perfect look for your perfect day. Sweetheart necklines are perfect for brides that want to show a little cleavage. A strapless wedding dress showing off your arms and shoulders is a sexy way to show skin. There is no need to overemphasize your curves. Even showing a little skin can make you feel sexy and confident on your big day. Two of our favorites wedding gown designers, Maggie Sottero and Morilee by Madeline Gardner have mastered the art of the romantic and sexy wedding dresses for their 2017 gown collections.

Amelia Sposa, has taken the wedding world by storm with its bridal fashion filled with romantic lace and bits of vintage loveliness.

Amelia Sposa, has taken the wedding world by storm with its bridal fashion filled with romantic lace and bits of vintage loveliness.

Romantic and sexy bridal strapless a line wedding dress with an embroidered bodice, tulle skirt and chapel train by Galia Lahav 2017.

Romantic and sexy bridal strapless a line wedding dress with an embroidered bodice, tulle skirt and chapel train by Galia Lahav 2017.

Romantic and sexy wedding dresses for gorgeous garden weddings.

Romantic and sexy wedding dresses for gorgeous garden weddings.

Wedding dress by Sophia Tolli Spring 2017 Bridal Collection.

Wedding dress by Sophia Tolli Spring 2017 Bridal Collection.

Stunningly beautiful backless dress with a cathedral train by Italian designer Alessandra Rinaudo from her 2017 bridal collection.

Stunningly beautiful backless dress with a cathedral train by Italian designer Alessandra Rinaudo from her 2017 bridal collection.

Plus Sized Sexy Wedding Dresses for the Modern & Curvy Bride

Most plus size brides’ initial thoughts are to cover up any areas of their body they do not feel comfortable with. It’s important for modern curvy brides to remember that their bodies are beautiful and enticing. Elegant sexiness can be achieved by picking the part of your body you are most proud of and highlighting it in a classy way. If you have great cleavage, try out a high waistline and low neckline dress. If your bum is your pride and joy, consider a mermaid or trumpet skirt. Check out these deliciously sexy wedding dresses we handpicked for plus-sized brides! It’s your day after all, and the more confident you feel, the sexier your light will shine.

Love the Julietta collection by Mori Lee for the plus size bride!

Love the Julietta collection by Mori Lee for the plus size bride!

A classy and sexy lace creation for the plus size bride. By David Tutera for David's Bridal Spring Collection.

A classy and sexy lace creation for the plus size bride. By David Tutera for David’s Bridal Spring Collection.

Gorgeous classy and sexy plus sized bride goes to show you how you can show off your curves and look radiant on your wedding day

Gorgeous classy and sexy plus sized bride goes to show you how you can show off your curves and look radiant on your wedding day.

Sexy Wedding Dresses Sizzling Photo Gallery!

  • Delicate lace bodice dress by Julie Vino.

    Delicate lace bodice dress by Julie Vino.
  • Sexy lace ball gown.

    Dramatic and sexy sweetheart lace with embellished crystals ball gown.
  • Dreamy and romantic wedding dress from Riki Dalal

    Dreamy and romantic wedding dress from Riki Dalal's 'Mayfair Collection' for fall and winter 2017.
  • 2017 Milla Nova Bridal Collection

    Elegant and sexy wedding dresses from the 2017 Milla Nova Bridal Collection.
  • Eddy K Couture 2017 sexy wedding dress

    Feel free to cover yourself in bling with this Eddy K Couture 2017 sexy wedding dress.
  • 2017 bridal collection by Julie Vino

    From the Napoli fall 2017 bridal collection by Julie Vino. An elegant and sexy long sleeve deep plunging back sheath wedding dress with low back chapel train. Wow! That's a mouthful!
  • A-line ruched lace up sexy wedding gown.

    Ivory sweetheart plus size satin A-line ruched lace up sexy wedding gown.
  • Sexy V-neck from Morilee by Madeline Gardner

    Modern sheath wedding dress that hugs your curves with a sexy V-neck from Morilee by Madeline Gardner.
  • Perfect for a beach wedding.

    Sexy wedding dresses: backless with criss cross straps, pleated trumpet skirt by Gardeniadh. Perfect for a beach wedding.
  • Sheer illusion lace sleeves were spotted on the Reem Acra runway

    Sheer illusion lace sleeves were spotted on the Reem Acra runway. Photography: MCV photo.
This sexy Boho gown has an illusion crew neck with sexy, lace, deep V-neck that meets at a natural waist with satin tie. The back is also illusion framed in lace.

This sexy Boho gown has an illusion crew neck with sexy, lace, deep V-neck that meets at a natural waist with satin tie. The back is also illusion framed in lace.

The epithome of sexy wedding dresses come from the sposa group australia. Lace backless heart shaped bodice and trumpet figure.

The epithome of sexy wedding dresses come from the sposa group australia. Lace backless heart shaped bodice and trumpet figure.

We hope you enjoyed our round-up of sexy wedding dresses. Most of the photos are designer gowns and you can visit their sites directly to inquire about their prices and availability. And don’t forget to visit our new Shop! We will be adding more products and Vendors soon!! 🙂

Grace your vintage wedding with elegant and sexy wedding dresses in lace chiffon and long sleeves.

Grace your vintage wedding with elegant and sexy wedding dresses in lace chiffon and long sleeves.

Sexy wedding dresses with illusion sleeves and pluging necklines.

Sexy wedding dresses with illusion sleeves and pluging necklines.

Tony Chaaya bridal.

Tony Chaaya bridal.

For the most daring brides an Elie Saab Spring 2017 dress.

For the most daring brides an Elie Saab Spring 2017 dress.

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How Not Having a Wedding Planning Timeline Makes You a Rookie

What would brides do without a wedding planning timeline and a checklist of all that needs to be done to organize a wedding? Arm yourself with these lists and plan away!

Ecaille hair. Make hair and makeup appointments.

Ecaille hair. Make hair and makeup appointments.

Congratulations, you’ve set your wedding date! Now, what? Planning a wedding is not a task for the faint of heart. After all, it is a big event. So, unless you can afford to hire a wedding planner, organizing the whole shindig will fall completely on your shoulders. Do not despair, though! We are here to support you and remind you of details you may not have thought of with a wedding planning timeline we put together just for you!

Not all couples plan their wedding within the same timeframe. Although most of them fall in the 16-month, 12-month and 6-month wedding planning timeline. Therefore, we compiled wedding planning checklist for all of these timelines. If your wedding is, say, 8.5 months away, you may need to merge a few tasks into a shorter timeframe to come up with your very own planning checklist! 😉

Breaking your wedding planning down into concrete deadlines will help you make important decisions in time to ensure everything gets done on time and with minimal pre-wedding stress! Find out what needs to be done and when depending on how much time you have before the big day!!

The 16-Month Wedding Planning Timeline: Taking it Easy

Sixteen months sounds like plenty of time to plan everything, but you won’t want to waste any time getting organized, as venues, caterers, DJs, and photographers book well in advance. The first thing you will want to do is to start a wedding binder. Then follow the yellow brick road outlined on this 16-month wedding planning timeline and hit your deliverables like the best of planners!

The most complete wedding planning timeline ever! Photography: Sara Winward.

The most complete wedding planning timeline ever! Photography: Sara Winward.

16-months before the wedding

  • Announce your engagement.
  • Discuss your wedding ideas.
  • Decide on the wedding budget. Who’s paying for the wedding? Find out exactly what you have to work with before you start looking at venues and vendors.
  • Start saving for the big day.
  • Start a fitness plan if you intend to lose weight.
  • Set a date.
  • Start a wedding file.
  • Look at venues.
  • Hire a wedding consultant or day of coordinator.
  • Select ceremony location.
  • Start compiling names and addresses for the guest list. Having a rough idea of how many people to expect is critical when choosing a venue.
  • Insure the engagement ring.
  • Take engagement photos.
Prepare and send out your Save-The-Dates.

Prepare and send out your Save-The-Dates.

12-months before the wedding

  • Book your venue.
  • Pick your wedding theme, colors and style.
  • Hire a photographer and videographer.
  • Send out your Save-The-Dates.
  • Decide who will be in your wedding party. Maid of Honor, bridesmaids, best man and groomsmen.
  • Look at dresses with your bridesmaids.
  • Discuss initial wedding ideas.
  • Sign up for wedding registry. If you haven’t already had an engagement party, now’s the time.
  • Finalize guest list.
  • List family traditions to incorporate.
  • Book officiant.
  • Make wedding map.
Light grey and green wedding ceremony decoration ideas.

Light grey and green wedding ceremony decoration ideas.

Check out How To Choose Your Wedding Style: What To Take Into Account

At 9 months out

  • Order wedding invitations & on the day stationery.
  • Find a caterer, if your venue doesn’t offer one.
  • Book the caterer, florist, transport and band/DJ.
  • Order your wedding dress. One year out allows ample time for fittings and alterations.
  • Order the wedding cake.
  • Book your honeymoon.
  • Decide on bridesmaid’s dresses.
  • Find and order veil.
  • Find shoes for bride and bridesmaids.
  • Create a wedding website.
  • Consider other entertainment options. Go and see them perform. Book them.
Vintage snowflake diamond ring to show off at your engagement party.

Vintage snowflake diamond ring to show off at your engagement party.

6-months before the wedding

  • Mail out your wedding invitations and RSVP’s.
  • Buy the wedding party attire.
  • Have a wedding dress fitting. select your readings for on the day.
  • Visit physician.
  • Select tuxedos.
  • Arrange for rental items (linens, tables, etc.) if needed.
  • Discuss menu options with caterer. order alcohol.
  • Find wedding night lingerie & garter.
  • Finalize ceremony in writing with the wedding officiant.
  • Confirm delivery details with wedding dessert provider.
  • Finalize wedding decor, backdrops and photobooths.
What would brides do without a wedding planning timeline and a checklist of all that needs to be done to organize a wedding?

What would brides do without a wedding planning timeline and a checklist of all that needs to be done to organize a wedding? Rustic Wedding Guest Book. Rustic boutonniere. Wedding Table Numbers.

At three months out

  • Confirm wording for all on the day stationery.
  • Buy the wedding rings and favors.
  • Create a seating table plan.
  • Think about your table decorations.
  • Arrange transportation/limousine service.
  • Begin any necessary counseling with wedding officiant.
  • Purchase the wedding guestbook, cake knife, cake stand, cake topper.
  • Assemble welcome bags.
Have you just started to plan your wedding? Begin looking at wedding gowns asap!

Have you just started to plan your wedding? Begin looking at wedding gowns asap!

Two months before the wedding

  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms or other accommodations for out of town guests.
  • Finalize the seating and order the table plan.
  • Order you thank you cards.
  • Confirm the menu with your caterer.
  • Confirm with the registrar.
  • Choose your music for the day.
  • Buy gifts for all the wedding party members.
  • Select a location for rehearsal dinner.
  • Confirm with formal wear shop.
  • Schedule alterations.
  • Schedule fittings for the bridesmaids and flower girl.
  • Order address labels with couple’s new names and new address for thank you cards.
  • Confirm order with the florist.
  • Apply for marriage license after the 90 day mark.
  • Decide on centerpieces and bouquets.
  • Pick your wedding arch, if you choose to have one.
  • Buy shoes for groom and groomsmen.
  • Meet with venue to finalize details.

Rose gold glitter printable wedding invitation & RSVP.

Rose gold glitter printable wedding invitation & RSVP by GlamPrettyWeddings.

One month before the big day

  • Copy supplier contracts and give them to the venue.
  • Have your bachelorette and bachelor parties.
  • Final dress fitting.
  • Indulge in a few spa treatments.
  • Design wedding programs.
  • Choose all wedding accessories.
  • Get hair (get final haircuts) and makeup done and have formal bridal portraits done.
  • Discuss and finalize details with wedding service providers.
  • Write ceremony vows.
  • Prepare toasts.
  • Create place settings.
  • Find something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
Wedding planning timeline: At nine months out, order your wedding cake. De la Creme Creative Studio.

Wedding planning timeline: At nine months out, order your wedding cake. De la Creme Creative Studio.

Two weeks before the wedding planning timeline

  • Pack honeymoon clothes, buy sunscreen etc.
  • Relax with your fiancé.
  • Call any non rsvp guests.
  • Give caterer finalized head count.
  • Pick up your marriage license.
  • Give the DJ or band a list of songs.
  • Confirm rehearsal plans.
  • Obtain any legal information.
  • Complete floor and seating plan.
  • Confirm all rental and floral delivery dates and times.
  • Confirm arrival time for all attendants.
  • Check parking arrangements.
  • Confirm final payment with all vendors.
  • Put together tip envelopes and designate someone to hand them out.
  • Break in the wedding shoes.
Gorgeous bridesmaids robes.

Gorgeous bridesmaids robes. Check them out here!

1 week to go! Here’s the checklist!

  • Final honeymoon checks such as flights and gather all necessary documents for travel.
  • Re-confirm numbers with venue/caterer.
  • Hold a wedding rehearsal at the venue.
  • Arrange delivery times for florist and cake, etc.
  • Make any last minute seating arrangements/adjustments.
  • Organize wedding attire.
  • Confirm reservations for out of town guests.
  • Pick up formalwear.
  • Delegate tasks to the wedding party.

Read more: How to seat guests at your wedding for a lively celebration

The day before the wedding! Wow!

  • Get a manicure/pedicure with your maids.
  • Have your luggage ready at the hotel/venue.
  • Relax and don’t drink too much champagne.
  • Go through the things to do and make sure all bases are covered.
  • Park wedding-day emergency kit.
  • Give the rings to the best man.
  • Make sure all wedding accessories and decor have been dropped off.
  • Clean the engagement ring.
  • Have a good night’s sleep.
Love the gypsophila down the aisle and the white rose petals.

Love the gypsophila down the aisle and the white rose petals.

On the wedding day

  • Eat something – avoid sugars, salt and caffeine. The last thing you want is to be bloated or jittery.
  • Get hair and makeup done.
  • Have someone check the reception site.
  • Dress for the wedding.
  • Have candid photos taken with family.
  • Get married!

After the Honeymoon (it’s not over yet!)

  • Have your wedding gown and bouquet preserved.
  • Write thank you notes.
  • Change your name, if you so desire.
  • Check on outstanding registry items.
Order your wedding dress at least 9 months out. One year out allows ample time for fittings and alterations. Seriously stunning wedding dresses Aire Barcelona.

Order your wedding dress at least 9 months out. One year out allows ample time for fittings and alterations. Seriously stunning wedding dresses Aire Barcelona.

How to Prepare a 12-month Wedding Planning Checklist

To help get your wedding planning organized, develop a 12-month wedding planning checklist by adding the 16-months tasks to the 12-months one. This will comprise everything you need to plan your wedding. These no-nonsense tips will help you organize your wedding like a pro.

Remember that if you’re set on a particular date, you may need to be flexible with your venue. If you know exactly where you want to get married, you might have to pick from the dates they have available. Decide if the ceremony and reception will be at the same location or if you need to secure two different venues.

Don’t forget to dream about your honeymoon and apply for or renew passports if needed!

6-months before the wedding mail out your wedding invitations and RSVPs. Eco Kraft pocket fold floral antler wedding invitation.

6-months before the wedding mail out your wedding invitations and RSVPs. Eco Kraft pocket fold floral antler wedding invitation.

The 6-Month Wedding Planning Timeline

If you only have 6 months or less to plan your wedding, consider having a Las Vegas wedding or an adorable civil ceremony followed by the coolest of brunch weddings! Or even the latest trend, skipping the whole thing and elope!

Add some lavender confetti cones to your wedding planning checklist if you are hosting a French style wedding.

Add some lavender confetti cones to your wedding planning checklist if you are hosting a French style wedding.

But if you still want to have it all, you’ll have to work extra hard but you can do it. Here’s a 6-month wedding planning timeline for you to download!

Original beach wedding cake by CakesDecor.

Original beach wedding cake by CakesDecor.

With careful planning in the months leading up to the ceremony, you’ll be able to get hitched without a hitch!

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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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    Oval engagement ring with a four prong setting and 14K gold band.
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1ct brilliant Moissanite engagement ring set

1ct brilliant Moissanite engagement ring set by LaMoreDesign.

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.

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

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

A cool photoshoot for an original engagement ring.

A cool photoshoot for an original engagement ring.

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2017 Weddings: 10 Trends You Cannot Afford To Miss Out On

A new year is fast approaching and with it the new trends for 2017 weddings. Check out these wedding trend ideas because on 2017 you should let your personality shine in more ways than one!

Due to the tremendous success in readership of our 2016 wedding trends article we decided to pick 10 wedding trends you cannot afford to miss out on the 2017 wedding season! This list will help you find some wedding planning inspiration and it is by no means an exhaustive list. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

1The Vintage Comeback

When it comes down to vintage weddings you are able to pick from both extremes: super romantic or ultra glam, as French-themed weddings and those inspired i the roaring ‘20s bring back a mix of vintage, romance and glam styles.

Romantic vintage wedding invitation suite.

Romantic vintage wedding invitation suite by A Vintage Obsession.

Vintage card box suitcase wedding.

Vintage card box suitcase wedding by Rustic Glam Designs.

22017 Bridal Gown Trends

Layers of lace, British embroidery, bohemian flowers … The dresses of the season take on bohemian and vintage airs, as if imbued by a nostalgic desire for Hamiltonian romanticism, thus evoking young brides surrounded by fresh new blooms.

On the other hand, off-the-shoulder wedding dresses, ruffled skirts, champagne, lilac and blush wedding dresses, and plunging necklines dominated the bridal trends on the 2017 runways.

Therefore in 2017, brides can choose what suits them best. What kind of bride are you? Romantic or avant-garde?

The new Laura de Sagazan collection. Delicate tops in British embroidery with simple pristine skirts, flowing wedding dresses with backs stitched with lace, but also a short dresses Sixties inspired, worn with derbies for a small boyish touch.

The new Laura de Sagazan collection. Delicate tops in British embroidery with simple pristine skirts, flowing wedding dresses with backs stitched with lace, but also a short dresses Sixties inspired, worn with derbies for a small boyish touch.

Marchesa spring 2017 bridal collection.

Marchesa spring 2017 bridal collection.

32017 Weddings: French-Inspired Receptions

French-inspired and Cuban themed weddings are two lovely reception themes trending for 2017 weddings. The French theme will set the tone for 2017 weddings with its glam and romantic vintage touches in shades of blue, green and gold. To implement a French-inspired reception for your big day, choose from a sweet, romantic and modern Parisian motif, the luxury and elegance of a French Chateau or the simplicity of the French countryside. Oh, la! la!

Check out this article filled with French Wedding Ideas, Trending and Fabulously Chic

The French theme will set the tone for 2017 weddings with its glam and romantic vintage touches. Photography: Christina Brosnan.

The French theme will set the tone for 2017 weddings with its glam and romantic vintage touches. Photography: Christina Brosnan.

Relaxed, chic and welcoming modern french wedding lounge.

Relaxed, chic and welcoming modern french wedding lounge.

4Cuban-Themed Weddings: A Refreshing Pop of Color

With so much foliage, green and fuchsia, it is not surprising that Cuban-themed weddings are another trend in 2017 weddings. Let this original, lush and cheerful wedding theme inspire you!

Blueberry sage and ginger mojitos for a Cuban wedding.

Blueberry sage and ginger mojitos for a Cuban wedding.

Cuban-inspired and handmade wedding invitations 2017.

Cuban-inspired and handmade wedding invitations 2017.

5Maid of Honor’s Dresses Will Stand Out On 2017 Weddings

This year we saw a big change on the traditional bridesmaid dress with the mismatched look. In 2017 we will see the MOH’s dress differ entirely from the rest of the ladies! Outdoor and daytime weddings now demand cotton fabrics with gingham or floral prints for a romantic look and luxurious brocades and lots of shine will accompany a glam or evening wedding on the MOH’s dress.

Maid of honor’s dresses will stand out on 2017 weddings. The Mumu Wedding Collection.

Maid of honor’s dresses will stand out on 2017 weddings. The Mumu Wedding Collection.

Mix and match bridesmaid dresses in tulle, beading, blush pink and champagne. Everything tied together with a common color theme.

Mix and match bridesmaid dresses in tulle, beading, blush pink and champagne. Everything tied together with a common color theme.

6Goodbye Flowers! Hello Minimalistic Greenery!

A welcomed addition to weddings since foliage is way cheaper than flowers (especially if they are not in season) But this doesn’t mean that flowers disappear altogether from weddings, they just add a little touch of color onto the abundant greenery decor. Take advantage of this trend by leveraging ecological, French or Cuban weddings!! 🙂

Modern minimalist inspiration.

Modern minimalist inspiration.

Foliage is the new flowers in 2017.

Foliage is the new flowers in 2017.

7Care For Our Planet with Sustainable Catering & Ecological Weddings

Ecological awareness on weddings has now gone far beyond wedding favors with plants or seeds. The wedding trend for 2017 gives way to sustainable catering and ecological events. Read all about implementing sustainable catering on your wedding on this article.

For a more ecological wedding leaf "Confetti" toss Use leaves as a natural, eco-friendly confetti that can also add a seasonal flair to your wedding exit.

For a more ecological wedding leaf “Confetti” toss Use leaves as a natural, eco-friendly confetti that can also add a seasonal flair to your wedding exit.

8Breakfast Weddings: The Yummiest Of Them All!

It’s your wedding and if your favorite meal of the day is breakfast, go ahead and include it on your menu! We are seeing more and more couples incorporating donut cakes, piles of brownies, crepes and towers of macarons instead of the traditional wedding cake on today’s receptions. For those couples who plan on a courthouse wedding and get married early in the day, the 2017 trend of the brunch wedding is perfect. Economical, fun and intimate, the brunch wedding is a delicious (and budget-friendly) way to celebrate your love. Check it out!

Pastel-inspired beach wedding at the Kitty Hawk Pier by Elizabeth Henson Photos.

Pastel-inspired beach wedding at the Kitty Hawk Pier by Elizabeth Henson Photos.

Doughnuts can be served at your wedding, too! Choose your favorite flavors and decorate with flowers.

Doughnuts can be served at your wedding, too! Choose your favorite flavors and decorate with flowers.

92017 Wedding Color Trends: Love The New Metallic Accents!

Metallics are not new but what changed this year is the metallic hue. Metallics no longer have the brightness of pure gold, they trend now is copper, pewter, brass and rose gold. Perfect for vintage and French-themed weddings. Although Pantone announces its color of the year in the month of December, there are many that forecast green Kale will be the chosen one. It actually makes a lot of sense since it has already been incorporated on many designer collections and is a perfect match with the themes on trend for 2017!

Dreamy crystal cake by Alana Jones-Mann.

Dreamy crystal cake by Alana Jones-Mann.

Blue gold foil agate slice wedding invitation.

Blue gold foil agate slice wedding invitation.

10Sayonara Social Media: The birth Of Unplugged Weddings

A little social media is not bad but a wedding’s intimate moments are meant for the couple, their family and friends. Needless to say, a social media invasion means that on every photo that your photographer takes there will be cell phones instead of your guests’ faces! And for couples who prefer social sharing during the reception but not at the religious ceremony, check out these sweet and printable Unplugged wedding signs. 😉

Ensure that your wedding guests are present at your ceremony by unplugging cellphones on your wedding.

Ensure that your wedding guests are present at your ceremony by unplugging cellphones on your wedding. Printable by GothamPops. Sign by Woot and Wooks. Chalkboard sign by Adore Paper Co.

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    2017 bridal fashion trends.
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    Alberta Ferretti was inspired by the 1920s. Immaculate dress, with a low waist and edged fringes in the purest spirit of the roaring 20s.
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    Art deco wedding ideas.
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    Buttermint haze beach wedding colors for 2017.
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    Hayley Paige Spring 2017 wedding dresses.
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    Gray palette 2017 wedding colors.
  • Modern boho glam wedding ideas.

    Modern boho glam wedding ideas.
  • Silhouette of vestal inspiration by Dior.

    Silhouette of vestal inspiration by Dior.
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    Stunning cake reveals an edible Amethyst geode beneath its surface by My Modern Met.
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    The best bridal fashion and wedding dresses from Bridal Week Spring 2017 by Carolina Herrera.
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    Touches of gold and amethist for table decor in 2017 weddings.
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    Urban loft style wedding venue with authentic Seattle atmosphere.
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    Wedding colors for 2017.

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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.

 

 

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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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How To Choose Your Wedding Style: What To Take Into Account

Before blowing your budget on a dress, venue, and centerpieces that aren’t you, take a look at these tips to help you choose a wedding style that is truly you.

White and gold glam wedding style. Before blowing your budget on a dress, venue, and centerpieces that aren’t you, take a look at these tips to help you choose a wedding style that is truly you.

White and gold glam wedding style.

In recent years we have seen how the world of weddings has evolved with things like photography, video, personalization, etc. More and more couples want their wedding to reflect who they are. Their goal is to make such an impression that their guests will know that theirs is the perfect wedding because it reflects who they are. Today I will cover some key concepts for you to consider when selecting your wedding style so that you will be able to have that effect on your guests.

Once the style is defined, it is much easier to think about what each aspect of the wedding should look like, such as the invitations, centerpieces, decorating style, photographs and video. To define the style of your wedding you must consider the following:

How to choose your wedding style: Remember previous weddings

We all have attended weddings that delighted us, and weddings where we liked almost nothing at all. Think about why you liked some and disliked others. See if you can identify those things that made those weddings special, and apply them to yours. For example, if you liked the different lounge or the snack areas at a friend’s wedding, maybe you could have a decorated living room at your wedding.

Pink florals wedding style. How to choose your wedding style: Remember previous weddings

Pink florals wedding style.

 

 

How to choose your wedding style: Consider the venue

When you choose your wedding style consider the venue’s characteristics and restrictions. Even before zeroing in on your space, close your eyes and imagine your wedding. If you envision your wedding on a New York rooftop or in an art gallery, chances are your wedding style leans more towards modern and elegant. If you envision a cabin in the woods, then a woodland setting or rustic boho wedding may be more to your liking. If outdoors in a garden, your style may fall more towards vintage and romantic.

Now consider this. You have already reserved a venue because of its rustic woodland charm, but your dream wedding has a shade of green that clashes with the deep red color of the carpet. Maybe now we need to choose a different wedding style. Another thing to take into account is the venue’s capacity. Small venues will lead to a more intimate wedding style.

How to choose your wedding style: Think about your hobbies, what makes you unique, what you like and how you dress. A ceremony in both Italy and Belgium | If your makeup case has a gold colored palette, why not go for a gold wedding? | Tying The Knot Banner by Banner Cheer | Bohemian Chic Country wedding at Mali Brae captured by Holly Prins

How to choose your wedding style: A ceremony in both Italy and Belgium | If your makeup case has a gold colored palette, why not go for a gold wedding? | Tying The Knot Banner by Banner Cheer | Bohemian Chic Country wedding at Mali Brae captured by Holly Prins

If you already have the space reserved for the banquet and even paid a deposit on it. You love the place as one of its greatest features is that it is very rustic. But maybe it’s time to choose a different wedding style if you imagine your dream wedding in a shade of green that clashes with the deep red color of the carpet. Another thing to consider is the venue’s capacity. Small venues will lead to a more intimate wedding style.

An incredible wedding bash in New York's Cipriani 42nd Street.

An incredible wedding bash in New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street.

How to choose your wedding style: Research online

If you don’t have a clear idea of the different wedding styles, let the internet be your ally. Find out what vintage-inspired, industrial or boho weddings are all about. Identify what appeals to you and don’t be afraid to mix it up. You can find a lot of inspiration and ideas for your wedding on Pinterest.

Bohemian rustic spring flower glittery gold laser cut invitations.

Bohemian rustic spring flower glittery gold laser cut invitations (EWWS085)

How to choose your wedding style: Be true to yourselves

As I said earlier, this is one of the main aspects that must be taken into account when choosing your wedding style. Try to have your big day reflect both your personalities. Think about your hobbies, what makes you unique, what you like and how you dress. These things can give you unique ideas to incorporate in your wedding. For example, if you like music, sports or books, these can be woven into your wedding theme or can even become the wedding theme itself. If your closet is full of modern, clean lines or packed with romantic and frilly outfits, you can explore similar fabrics and styles in bridal wear.

 

 

Crazy inspirational photo gallery to help you choose your wedding style

I hope this article has given you a few ideas and helped you in choosing your wedding style. I know it’s not a simple task but as soon as you find it, everything will start falling into place. And if you need more help creating the style of your dreams, you can always seek the assistance of professional wedding planners.

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Laser cut folded vintage lace wedding invitations with rsvp and printed envelope.

Laser cut folded vintage lace wedding invitations with rsvp and printed envelope. (EWWS011)

Laser cut wedding invites in gold.

Laser cut wedding invites in gold. (EWWS011)

Are sports your thing? How about this tandem bike wedding guest book?

Are sports your thing? How about this tandem bike wedding guest book? By WeddingTreeGuestbook.

Stunning wedding venue made with tree decorations; fairy lights and fireplace focal point using wood and stones.

Stunning wedding venue made with tree decorations; fairy lights and fireplace focal point using wood and stones.

Beautiful Boho bridal gown.

Beautiful Boho bridal gown.

A Zac Posen creation for Claire Danes that glows in a Cinderella-like gown lined with fiber optics.

A Zac Posen creation for Claire Danes that glows in a Cinderella-like gown lined with fiber optics.

How to choose your wedding style: How about an elegant wedding decor?

How to choose your wedding style: How about an elegant wedding decor?

Fairytale-like lights as wedding decor.

Fairytale-like lights as wedding decor.

Mad Hatter tea party Alice in Wonderland wedding theme. Inspiration galore!

Mad Hatter tea party Alice in Wonderland wedding theme.

Monique L'huillier sunday rose.

Monique L’huillier sunday rose.

Romanticism is back on 2017. Galia Lahav collection: Le Secret Royal 2017.

Romanticism is back on 2017. Galia Lahav collection: Le Secret Royal 2017.

Wedding colors for 2017: slate and dusty blue.

Wedding colors for 2017: slate and dusty blue.

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