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September 2018

Your Wedding Invitations by Color

Picking a color for your wedding invitation can be a difficult decision. Colors that are pleasing to you, time of year and other wedding accent colors can all impact the hues you choose for your invitations. Find out what your favorite color might be saying to your guests and put everyone in the right mood.


Brown is a down-to-earth color that can be both calming and stimulating. Pair brown with a bright pink or blue is not only pleasing to the eye, but can actually stimulate the appetite. Brown is a great fall color but can just as easily be used year round


The exact shade of blue can have many different meanings. Robin’s egg blue is soft and delicate while royal blue is bright and strong. As a ‘cool’ color, blue is said to be calming. Imagine a sky blue or ocean blue on your wedding invitation for a breezy and soothing look.


Everyone knows that red is the color of passion; just perfect for your wedding invitation. But in other cultures red can convey power, purity, joy and celebration – all good fits for a wedding celebration. And since red is considered a ‘hot’ color, it can bring out the fiery side of your wedding guests with your red-hot wedding invitation.


Another ‘hot’ color, orange is also associated with energy. Pick an orange accented wedding invitation to get your guests mentally stimulated as well as in a more sociable state of mind. Orange is at home with right autumn hues and with bright summer and citrus colors.


The increasing popularity of green can be attributed to eco-friendly movement. Consider using the color green to highlight your environmentally friendly wedding choices. But green can also symbolize growth and renewal making it ideal for a wedding invitation.


Often considered the color of royalty, purple is a perfect combination of red-hot and cool blue. A deep purple is said to evoke passion; just right for your wedding day. A soft purple, like lavender is romantic and delicate.


Yellow is an undeniable happy color. Your guests will be reminded of sunshine and summery citrus shades. Yellow is also a joyful and cheerful color – a great choice for your joyful wedding day.

Black and white

One never goes out of style and the other is most often used to express purity. Together, black and white are unmistakably formal. Use black and white for your wedding invitation and you not only announce an elegant and smart affair, but you’re also keeping your style clean and crisp.

Using Props to Decorate Your Wedding

Flowers are gorgeous, but they are far from the only option for wedding decorations. These days, a lot of couples are including interesting props in their ceremony and reception decor. Take a look at all of the great ways that unique items can be used to decorate your wedding.

Lighting has become a really big deal in wedding design over the last several years. Interesting lighting can be one way to use props to add style to your reception. Instead of traditional floral centerpieces, place small lamps on the centers of the reception tables to give the space an intimate bistro inspired atmosphere. Clear crystal or glass lamp bases with architectural interest and ice blue silk shades are great for making your tables look like something from the Art Deco period. Or choose very swanky lamps made from rich bronze colored bases with beaded fringe shades for a very opulent effect. They are a great way to cast a warm glow and add style to your reception at the same time.

Theme related props can be a marvelous way to bring your design inspiration to life. For a travel theme celebration, stack cool old vintage suitcases in the corners of the reception space. Set wooden model sailboats on the reception tables as part of the centerpieces for a nautical wedding. Making the boats could be a fun project for the groom, if he is into that sort of thing; after all, it’s not only brides who can bring their diy skills to a wedding. Having a literary theme celebration? How about acquiring a retired wooden card catalog to use as a prop to hold escort cards? There are endless possibilities.

Antiques are another great addition to a wedding. They can be used for virtually anything, and need not be precious or perfectly restored – sometimes “shabby chic” items are the best ones of all. Use an old painted dresser as a guest book table. Line a hallway with an assortment of vintage mirrors in an eclectic array of frames. Don’t forget about the antiques you may already have in your family. Old family photos of your parents (with your mom in her wedding gown and pearl earrings), the bride and groom as kids, and even black and whites of beloved childhood pets can add that great personal touch to your wedding.

Props make great vessels for centerpieces and ceremony flowers as well. Let’s say that you were planning an informal afternoon garden wedding and wearing a white chiffon dress with dainty pearl earrings. Play up the garden idea by using watering cans to hold loose arrangements of fresh cut blossoms for centerpieces or to decorate the food tables. A potting bench would be a great place to display the escort cards or set the guest book; you could even stack up a bunch of old ceramic pots underneath it. Wooden vessels also look wonderful for flower arrangements. A wooden fruit crate or a rough-hewn wood box would make a clever alternative to a traditional vase for a wedding with a rustic flavor.

There are plenty more great ways to use props in your wedding decorations. Hay bales around a barn, decorative birdbaths filled with blossoms, or elegant Victorian terrariums would all be examples of how interesting objects can be incorporated into your wedding. Unique props are an easy way to add character to your celebration.

The Day Of Your Dreams In Style

Your wedding reception will be one of the most remembered events of your life – a commemoration of love and happiness to share with those most dear to you. It’s a time of celebration and crescendo of months of careful planning and anxious anticipation. Whether you are planning an elaborate event with many guests or an intimate dinner for only family and close friends, remember, this is your moment, your chance to create the day of your dreams.

After you set a wedding date, one of the most crucial decisions you must make is what type of reception you will have. Do you want a traditional wedding reception with many guests and a formal receiving line? Or would you prefer a more informal open house? You my decide that a small gathering for a formal dinner, in lieu of a traditional reception, is better suited to your tastes and style. Many brides have a reception in the bride’s hometown and an open house given by the parents of the groom one to three weeks later.

The location for your celebration will greatly influence the type of reception you choose to have. Some brides have their receptions in historic homes or churches; others opt for a quaint garden setting or a romantic gathering on a beach. Even a family backyard can be transformed into an elegant setting that reflects your individuality. Each of these sites lends itself to a different kind of wedding reception. As you determine the type of reception you’d like, consider how many people you want to invite, the number of people you want to include in the wedding party, the kind and amount of food you want to serve, what type of music you prefer, if there will be dancing, and so on.

Once you have decided on the type of reception you want and have reserved your location, it’s time to move on the style or theme of your event. Selecting a style or theme for your reception may seem as elusive as finding the perfect pair of shoes for your wedding gown. It is, however, an important part of creating a beautiful, cohesive reception. A number of things can serve as the starting point for determining your wedding theme, from the style of your gown to your favorite variety of flowers to the season in which you will marry. But it is of overriding importance once you have established a theme or style to keep the rest of your reception in harmony with this decision. The style or theme you select will help dictate other choices, such as which type of flowers you carry, how formal your announcements should be, what your bridesmaids will wear, and so on.

The style of your wedding should reflect your personality and preferences. And remember, even though some of these decisions will seem overwhelming or insignificant – and everyone from your own mother to your soon-to-be sister-in-law will have their own ideas – these are happy decisions. This is your opportunity to personalize your wedding and thus make it the event you always dreamed it would be.

Picking the Right Style for Your Wedding

Weddings are so personal and unique these days that there is no one best way to do it. With so many possibilities, some brides cannot even figure out where to begin! Should you have a beach wedding, a church ceremony, a loft reception, a backyard barbeque, or something else entirely? This handy guide to wedding styles will help you narrow it down to the type of wedding which will be just right for you and your fiance.

Your everyday lifestyle is always a good place to begin when thinking about the ideal style for your wedding celebration. If you are the sort of woman who favors twinsets with color coordinated shoes, you will probably be most at home in a classic location, such as a country club. Wear a white silk strapless A-line gown, carry a bouquet of pink peonies, and dance to a big band. Other options for brides with classic tastes can include yacht clubs or formal tented weddings.

A chic loft wedding will be perfect for you if you are the ultimate city girl. If you are the one who is in the know about the coolest restaurants, the best clubs, and the latest art events, you will feel right at tome in a loft. The wide open space is ideal for a modern wedding, and the blank canvas will allow your creative side to run wild. Modern minimalist or retro-chic are two great design schemes for a loft reception. An alternative to a loft is a wedding held in an art gallery, or other non-traditional space. You may need a wedding planner to help you track down some of the off-the-beaten path venues which can host your cool and unique urban wedding.

Many brides fantasize about being married on the beach. The natural beauty of a beach location is certainly beyond compare, but there is a certain lack of control which is inherent in this type of wedding. You will be happiest with a beach wedding if you are willing to put up with a bit of uncertainty or imperfections. Before committing to a ceremony on the beach, be sure that you will be comfortable with getting your wedding dress sandy or having your bridal veil being blown into your face by the wind during the vow exchange. Beach weddings are fantastic for sun-worshipers, couples who love the great outdoors, and brides who can be flexible. A short wedding dress worn with handmade beach theme wedding jewelry is terrific for a wedding on the sand.

Church weddings can run the range from formal to low-key, but in general they are fairly traditional. The number one reason to choose a church wedding is indeed tradition, as well as your religious beliefs. If you envision a formal wedding, a church ceremony is a great way to start. Feel free to choose a wedding gown with a long train, crystal beading, or ornate embroidery for a church wedding. Add all the trimmings, such as a veil, beautiful headpiece, and handmade pearl and crystal wedding jewelry. Follow a traditional church service with a reception in an equally traditional venue, like a hotel ballroom, country club, or an historic mansion.

Very casual brides and grooms will enjoy an outdoor wedding in a site like a park, forest, or backyard. This is a terrific option for anyone who likes very relaxed entertaining, as well as for the DIY bride. A casual outdoor wedding is for you if you picture reception tables decorated with oilcloth and pitchers of wildflowers, on which guests can dine on upscale comfort foods. As long as you plan the style of wedding which best suits your taste and lifestyle, it is sure to be a wonderful celebration.