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Crystal Design Wedding Dresses 2016

02 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Dresses

We fall in love at first sight with exclusive Wedding Dresses by “Crystal Design”. The “Crystal Design” brand is manufactured of feminine and luxury wedding gowns of variety styles. Their Dresses are stylish and modern, they include different types of fabrics, such as atlas, chiffon, tulle and lace. Crystal Design’s designers put not only talent,but also their soul into creating the bridal gowns. As a result we have amazing dresses with a combination of different handmade decorations and elements. Crystal Design Wedding Dresses for brides who wants to feel like a princess on their big day.

Lace Ball Gowns & A-line Wedding Dresses

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Luxury Sheath Bridal Gowns

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Crystal Design Wedding Dresses With Long & Cap Sleeves

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Classic and Intimate Wedding on Long Beach Island – Sarah DiCicco

02 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Kelly and Joe’s intimate wedding on Long Beach Island was equal parts glamour and relaxation. With champagne toasts in the morning, a brunch featuring colorful macaroons, the bride in a breezy silver beaded gown by Dennis Basso and portraits on the beach at sunset with Sarah DiCicco, everything about the day flowed naturally and fabulously. See for yourself how relaxed these two lovebirds look; they sure know how to do a wedding right!

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

The Couple: Kelly and Joe

The Wedding: 8.10.13 – Spray Beach Chapel and Private Residence, Long Beach Island, New Jersey

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

The Goals: There were two major priorities for us. 1) Keep it simple — uncomplicated and enjoyable. While this day represents “a big deal” we did not want or need this event be a big deal. 2) Honor the legacy of our grandmother (and grandmother-in-law), Louise, whose refined and gracious nature has helped shape our approach and outlook as a couple.

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

The Moments: As the youngest generation of a family with a rich history on a small island, we are blessed to be surrounded by a community of friends. Although we had fewer than a dozen guests, it was an unexpected surprise to be greeted by our extended network of friends throughout the day. When we walked out of the chapel we were met with applause from the crowd that gathered to watch and wish us well (cried). When we arrived to our home from the chapel all of our neighbors cheered Joe on and came over to shake his hand (cried). And throughout the day we welcomed many to our front steps where my grandmother welcomed them in for food and drink, and paused along our travels to the beach to share well-wishes (more crying). So much unexpected cheering from so many around us…it was really special.

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

The Design: Life at the beach is extremely easy-going: the speed limit is 25 per mph, champagne is uncorked at breakfast, time is measured only by the sun, and one always seems finds oneself outdoors. Our home, built by a member of the family over a century ago, is rich with tradition: our house is always playing host, our stories are aplenty and are told often, we show respect by dressing for dinner (which extend well into the evening), and enjoyment is the task of the day. Naturally, we wanted this sense of leisure and personality to extend to our nuptials.

We had the great fortune to work with several expert professionals who helped us achieve this sense of easy sophistication and casual elegance. We gave minimal direction and were open to suggestions. Having established relationships with several of our vendors was key, and we trusted them to handle the details. Our custom invitations were produced on thick cream stock with scalloped edges trimmed in gold. Each piece was hand-calligraphed in a dusty brown ink, and personalized for each guest, as we wanted to add a hint of uniqueness to these keepsakes. We asked our floral designer to work within a palette of light pinks, creams, and light yellows, and encouraged her to keep things “leafy” and natural-looking. Garlands and wreaths complimented the cottage style of our home and the chapel.

Having photographs to remember our day was essential, but we left the artistic direction to our talented photographer, Sarah DiCicco. She helped us to create a proper timeline, and scouted out all of the picture locations herself. We just enjoyed having quiet moments to ourselves hanging out while she snapped away. It was perfect.

Our brunch menu was created and executed by our favorite duo, the owners of Pearl Street Market, a staple of island living. The meal was served true to form as family (and photographers) were seated on one long table bedecked in gold-toned china, surrounded by family photographs, and old mismatched chairs. The family enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and brunch fare that was representative of the food we spoil ourselves with at the beach. Guests enjoyed homemade key-lime pie for dessert and authentic macaroons – an excellent accompaniment to champagne.

Our family shared a plethora of advice, and many stories were swapped, which certainly was a fitting way to begin this next phase as a married couple.

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

The Look: Neither Joe nor I had a specific look in mind. Nor did we feel strongly about what our family wore. We wanted them to look and feel great…which they certainly all achieved! My sister and I shopped for my dress together, and my emphasis was placed on this experience rather than a type of dress I had in mind. However, I knew I did not want to wear a Wedding Dress. We went to Manhattan and bopped around with a very patient driver. I tried on every gown (long and short) that was suggested by my sister. We happened to pass by the Dennis Basso show room on Madison, and before you knew it, I had found THE ONE. It just felt lovely…like something that should be framed and put up on a wall. That was all I needed.

My trusted makeup and hair artists know my aesthetic all too well, and they really took my approach from description to reality. My makeup was fresh and minimal, and my hair was swept sweetly off of my face into a loose bun.

It goes without saying, Joe always looks great in a suit, so our approach was that this ensemble was to be a tad more celebratory to commemorate the day. We picked a summer inspired windowpane suit that Joe matched with a crisp white shirt, brown belt and shoes. We purchased a blue bow tie and white pocket square, and topped everything off with heirloom cuff links and belt buckle.

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

The Advice: Don’t fret the small stuff…there is no “right way” to get married, so make of it whatever you want. Be sure to set aside time during your wedding/reception to take it all in and spend time with your spouse.

intimate New Jersey wedding at Haven Beach, photos by Sarah DiCicco Photography

25 Ideas for a Mickey and Minnie Inspired Disney Themed Wedding

01 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

If you are a Disney fan or crazy about mickey mouse, you are might interested in having a cutie Disney wedding inspired by mickey and minnie. So, what better way to add some Disney magic to your wedding, scroll down and find several inspirational ideas below.

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Photo Credits: via Inspired By Dis/via Disney Weddings/via Magical Day Weddings/via Disney Parks

via The Best Wedding Idea/via Brides/via Cake Decor

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10 Trending Wedding Theme Ideas for 2016

01 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

After talking about wedding color trends for 2016, it’s wedding themes this time. Brides are getting exotic, food will be served from trucks, and weddings are frequently returing to the beautiful nature, these are what the year 2016 will share. From a mountain of research over the past few months, we’ve put together our list of the 10 biggest wedding theme trends this year. Some are pretty surprising. Some are really exciting. The question is: are any of these going to be at your wedding?

top 10 wedding theme ideas for 2016 wedding trends

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Greenery

We’ll see more lush wedding decorations in 2016 and those big events are returning to the beautiful nature, like greenery table runners and wedding arches.

2016 trending greenery natural lush wedding ideas

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Vintage

Vintage is one of the most popular wedding tehmes every year. For 2016, sequins, lace and pearl will rock your big day. Try using some metallic/sequins colors for your decoration and Bridesmaid dresses.

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Sarah McEvoy and Jenn Hadley via Chic Vintage Brides/Cake-Courtney Bowlden Photography via Burnett’s Board/

Bohemian

If you’d like to have a more casual event, boho themed wedding will be a great and in choice. Flowers and tassels can effortlessly express your personal style.

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Twilight Forest

When we say returning to nature, we’ll also see these stunning wedding venues with ceremony at twilight.

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Fairytale

These’re what dreams are made of, just like a fairy tale.

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Pastel Colors

Rose Quartz and Serenity combination has been released as the color of the year 2016 by Pantone, and we’ll see more pastel colors used in wedding events as well.

Rose Quartz and Serenity pastel wedding color ideas for 2016 trends

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Garden Wedding
The natural elegance of a garden wedding paired with a modern, glamorous style make for a wedding that is absolutely breathtaking!

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Wedding Trends to Watch for in 2016

01 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

2015 was a big year for this little ol’ blog. We launched an editor-curated database filled to the brim with millions of beautiful images (a.k.a. The Vault), published more real weddings than we could dare count, and shared your very own love stories that left us inspired every single day. And 2016 is bound to be bigger and better than ever. We’ve got so many fun projects in the works, but today let’s stop and talk new trends we’re predicting will soon grace our pages. From florals to design, dresses to furry friends, here’s the top wedding trends we expect to see in the coming year.

ROSE GOLD + COPPER
Rose gold and copper will be the metallics of choice in 2016 according to Laurie Arons and Erin McLean. And after seeing so many stunning rose gold engagement rings in 2015, we can’t wait to see everything through rose (gold) colored glasses in the new year!

BOLD LIGHTING
When it comes to lighting in 2016, Erin McLean says it’s all about being bold. Whether you make a statement with mix and match chandeliers or fill your venue with an abundance of candles, make lighting a priority in the 2016 for a really WOW design.

MIX + MATCH STYLE
“Gone are the days when a Bride and Groom had to choose just one style for their wedding day. A modern garden fête? Go for it. Rustic-meets-glam? Why not? In 2016, we’re going to see dynamic designs mixing and matching different styles to create weddings that are unexpected, bold and completely gorgeous.” – Gabrielle

PATTERN!
“In event design, we are seeing a shift toward patterns in linens, plates, invitation suites – color has been coming back but pattern is taking it to the next level.” – Lynn Easton of Easton Events

BOUDOIR SESSIONS

Boudoir sessions are fun way to surprise your new hubs with a little something sexy. But instead of opting for a totally separate photo shoot, Laurie Arons says more Brides will be choosing to do mini-boudoir sessions while getting for her big day.

LOOSE, ORGANIC FLORALS
“We saw the loose floral trend start this year, but I think it’s only going to get bigger in 2016. Brides want their weddings to be elegant but unfussy, and a less structured floral design perfectly reflects that.” – Stephanie

 Wedding Dress SEPARATES

“We’ll be seeing more and more brides foregoing traditional one piece dresses and opting for fashion-forward two piece stunners and/or removable skirts. These looks are modern, chic and a bit sexy in the most elegant way.” – Melissa

PRE-CEREMONY COCKTAILS
“The traditional prelude prior to a ceremony has given way to the new ‘pre-ceremony’ cocktail. Couples want to welcome their guests and kick off the festivities before guests take their seats.” – Lynn Easton of Easton Events

CANINE COMPANIONS
This is a trend we can definitely get behind: “More often than not, we’re going to see the couple’s pet dogs take part in the wedding,” says Laurie Arons.

ORGANIC ELEMENTS
We saw loose, wildly romantic florals in 2015, and we’re going to see a lot more in the coming year, but according to Erin of Erin McLean Events, we’re also going to see a movement towards organic elements outside of florals—think feathers, agate and lots of greenery.

COLOR PALETTES ACCENTED WITH A RICH HUE
“While weddings will always have a special spot for beautiful blush, we’re seeing more and more brides incorporate rich colors and jewel tones into their celebrations. From deep reds and maroons to dark greens and blues, these colors amp up the elegance and this modern approach to color has us excited to see more in 2016.” – Elizabeth


SO LONG, STRAPLESS
“Even during the warmest months, brides are opting to cover their shoulders and designers are creating gorgeous gowns that do just that!” – Lynn Easton of Easton Events


INTIMATE WEDDINGS + ELOPEMENTS
“While we love a grand wedding, it’s those intimate celebrations that really pull at our heartstrings. From an intimate waterfall elopement, to whisking the ones you love to a far off land, 2016 is the year we’re envisioning an uptick in smaller sized ceremonies. Perfect for the private couple who wants their special day to be significant by sharing it with those who truly love and know you as a couple, this is the ultimate trend for you.” – Michelle

 VINTAGE-INSPIRED ENGAGEMENT RINGS

“When it comes to sparkle, more and more brides are looking to decades past. Whether it’s saying ‘I Do’ to a heirloom ring, or a new ring inspired by a vintage design, it’s a trend that’s certain to stay strong in 2016.” – Stephanie

 CALLIGRAPHY EVERYWHERE

“We’ve always loved beautiful hand-written calligraphy, so we’re really excited to see it everywhere in 2016—not just on paper goods. From laser cut cake toppers to leaf place cards, we’re going to see calligraphy anywhere and everywhere!” – Gabrielle

LOW-KEY CEREMONY READINGS
As weddings get smaller, we’re also going to see ceremonies become more intimate and inclusive. “Next year, we’re going to see ceremony readings done by multiple guests from their seats at the wedding, each taking a line of the reading,” predicts Laurie Arons.


THE RETURN TO HIGH FLORAL DESIGN
“We have been in an era of low lush floral, and now we are seeing inventive ways to bring high floral back to event design!” – Lynn Easton of Easton Events


AFTER PARTIES
“Couples are opting out of the traditional departure at the end of the reception to continue the party at the after-party!” – Lynn Easton of Easton Events

27 Wedding Dresses That Are So Sexy

01 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Dresses

Don’t want to look like white princess in your Wedding Dress on your big day? We collected for you some sexy elegant alternatives. Our Wedding Dresses keep balancing sexy with ceremony-appropriate look. The trick is to focus attention on one area; it may be low back, plunging neckline, over semi-opaque material, illusion panels or gown with a slit. If you combine couple of these elements you may give a concern to your future in-laws. If you want to feel like a goddess on your wedding day see our gallery for inspiration.

Source: Katie May

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Source: Miosa couture

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Source: Claire Pettibone

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Source: Liz Martinez

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31 Easy Ways to Put Your Hair Up That Aren’t a Ponytail

01 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Hair

For the first time in pretty much my whole life, I have long hair. And, you guys, it is hard work. With short hair, as long as you have a good cut, you can give it a quick blow-dry, throw in some product, and you’re good to go. But with long hair you have to actually do it. And since most days I simply don’t have time to straighten it or curl it, I end up throwing it into the—you guessed it—dreaded ponytail, and then feeling meh all day.

Well, no more! It turns out there are a bunch of ways to wear your hair that take just a few moments longer than the traditional ponytail and are adorable. Like the kind of adorable where people are convinced you must have a full-time staff in order to be leaving the house looking so put together and polished. I promise, though, none of them will take longer than five minutes, and even a long-hair newbie like me can make them happen.

 

The 9 Types Of Girls At Prom

30 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding News

Because judging people based on appearances is the point of prom. An elaborate and most oftentimes disappointing right of passage, prom is a chance to dress up and display your personality. Who were you?

1. The Good Girl

Elegant and modest, the good girl might not have the most eye-popping dress, but at least she won’t have a wardrobe malfunction in the middle of the Tootsie Roll.

2. Daddy’s Princess

Wearing a dress able to stand without outside support, Daddy’s Princess is living the dream tonight. Sure, she can’t sit down or go through doors without turning sideways, but that dress cost more than your car.

3. The Prom Queen

Sleek and sophisticated, this future pageant dress was bought to be an accessory for the crown she is sure to win tonight. However, on the off chance she loses, the convenient slit in the skirt gives ease of access for a petty brawl in the parking lot.

4. Prom Is A Wedding Dry Run

White, white and more white. This is dress might as well have been marketed as “Wedding Day Training Wheels.” All this girl wants is for this night to be magical and perfect and wonderful and other unattainable expectations.

5. The Slut

Oh I’m sorry? Were you expecting this fierce bitch to cover up her luscious curves with excess material? Try again buddy.

6. The Lush

The lush is one of the harder girls to spot. Usually her dress contains one or more of the following elements: dark colors or bold print to hide future vomit stains and a skirt that doesn’t hinder her stumbling attempts to stay upright.

7. The Prom-Is-Stupid Girl

Oh she’s here. But only because her friends already bought her ticket and cajoled her until she finally broke down. But she won’t enjoy it. To show her disdain, there is no dress, only ironic t-shirts and Chucks.

8. The Goth

Her dress is characterized by black fabric, black gloves, black lace, a black choker, black flowers in her hair and maybe a dash of color to placate her parents.

9. The Artsy Chick

Easy to spot, the Artsy Chick usually attends prom looking as if she got dressed in the dark or rolled around in paint before leaving the house. Just follow the trail of glitter.

34 Last-Minute Wedding Planning Tips You Can’t Forget

30 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Evening Dresses, Wedding Ideas

The big day is fast approaching! What is the countdown to? Two weeks? Two days? Two hours? It’s go time, baby!

You want everything to run as smoothly as possible. Feel like you might be forgetting something? No worries. We’ve got you covered.

34 Last-Minute Wedding Planning Tips:

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Gorgeous Photos by Whim Photography

One to Two Weeks Out:

In no particular order…

1. Confirm your arrangements with vendors. You have those contracts taken care of, but it doesn’t hurt to double check the details. Verify date, places, times, setup, take-down, etc. Make sure your venue’s closing time corresponds with your vendors’.

2. Finalize the payments. The last thing you want to worry about on your big day is the bills that you have to pay. Take care of this ahead of time so you don’t have to carry the checkbook around. Odds are it doesn’t accessorize well with your dress anyway.

3. On the topic of money… Create tip envelopes. Having these organized beforehand will make it easy to pay out the DJ, catering staff, etc. without having to dig through your purse for cash. This is a great job for a personal attendant.

4. The marriage license! In some states you can walk in and get your license, in others you have to make an appointment. Do you know what yours is? And do you know how many days in advance you can get it/how long it’s valid without signatures? Find out what documents you need and when you can get them before your nuptials.

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5. Having a signature drink? A cucumber-lemonade chiller, you say? Yum! Get that recipe written down (probably multiple times.) Have note cards ready for your bartenders so you don’t need to rack your brain for the concoction or go on a treasure hunt for the ingredients.

6. You and your soon-to-be-mister definitely have those songs you love and those songs you hate. Sit down together, pull up YouTube, and craft a “Do/Do Not Play” list for your DJ. Send this over early so that they can get a playlist queued up and ready to go for your night of dancing.

7. Time to chat with your photographer now, too! By giving them a list of must-have pics, you can enjoy the night knowing they got shots of relatives, friends, and snapped plenty of reception candids.

8. Craft a morning of itinerary. Having a schedule for you and your attendants will make you feel less like a chicken with its head cut off. Know what you want done and by what time, and it should be smooth sailing. (Always pencil in a few extra minutes for safe measure.)

9. Review your printed materials. Wouldn’t it be awful if it came time to walk down the aisle and you saw that your name was spelled wrong on the program? I’d cry (dramatic, but probably true). Save yourself the fear and check your table numbers, place cards, menus, and programs as soon as you get them, just in case you need to rush-order a new batch.

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10. Line up gifts for loved ones. This might be something that slips off your radar, but it is such a thoughtful touch. I attended a destination wedding earlier this summer and the bride hand-delivered little goodie bags to each room with all sorts of treats and beach necessities. It was so sweet! It doesn’t have to be something huge, but the intention behind it goes a long way. Let your guests know you’re thankful for them!

11. Arrange transportation home for your bridal party. You want your guys and gals to enjoy themselves throughout the night. Give them the leisure of knowing that they can have a few drinks, relax, boogie down, and still get back to the hotel or their homes safe and sound.

12. Plan meals! You need to eat breakfast and get at least one snack in before the ceremony. Depending on how many mouths you plan to feed, call ahead and order some grub for the gang. Depending on what you order, you may be able to complete this task the day before as well.

13. Do a little outfit run-through with your entire wedding party. Make sure everything is the color and size it should be. This may be challenging if your party is spread out, but a quick phone call, picture, or FaceTime session will give you some peace of mind. Don’t forget to ask about accessories if you gave them free reign!

14. Your ‘maids and men aren’t the only ones who should do an outfit check. It doesn’t hurt to slip on your gown(maybe with a little help from one of the girls) just to make sure things look right. Also, try on your accessories with the dress to verify that everything is as perfect as you pictured. Suggest this little pre-check to your man as well.

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15. Make sure a Bridesmaid knows how to bustle your dress, then practice! They can be really tricky, so I recommend bringing her along to the final fitting for a lesson.

16. Make sure your hair, makeup, nails, etc. are scheduled with plenty of time. Hopefully these appointments have been made, but call and confirm times and dates a week out just to be sure.

17. Schedule some alone time or girl time—no wedding agenda allowed. Give yourself a day to read a book, lay at the beach, lie in your bed, grab happy hour with the girls, whatever relaxing activities you have in mind. This will be good for your sanity.

18. Grooms: If you plan on getting your haircut, do not wait until 24-hours before. We all know that haircuts don’t always turn out like the pictures in magazines. Get this done with a week or so to spare, so you don’t look fresh out of the barber chair.

19. Sometimes shoes hurt. Practice walking in yours.

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20. Are you saying your own vows? Start writing AND practicing. Weddings are emotional events (for me at least.) With practice and preparation, you will have an easier time saying exactly what’s on your mind.

The same goes for any speeches. It is customary that the couple says a quick thank you to the guests at some point in the reception. Have an idea of what you want to say ahead of time, so you don’t accidentally choke on your words.

It’s also important to check in with your fiancé about these things. You don’t have to read each other your vows ahead of time (although this may help with nerves), but make sure they carry a similar tone. Are you going for sweet and sentimental or light-hearted and a little humorous? Get a vibe and be on the same page.

21. Practice your kiss! Seems odd doesn’t it? But you’re about to kiss in front of a lot of people, including parents, grandparents, and now in-laws. Enough said.

22. Following tradition? Don’t forget to have your “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” ready for your big day.

23. Delegate tasks to your VIP’s. This might be challenging for you if you are a DIY kind of girl, but it is in your best interest to pass some tasks along. Ask people to help ahead of time, and you’ll save everyone involved from a headache.

24. Leaving for your honeymoon shortly after the reception? Pack now! Even if you have a day or two in between your flight and the ceremony, this tip will allow you to get a jump on thank-you cards, spend more time with family while they’re in-town, or even just rest your feet a bit after all that reception dancing.

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The Day Before:

25. Don’t tote your overnight bags around on matrimony morning. Drop your bags off the night before or ask a friend/family member to bring them the morning of. Same goes for any supplies you want at the reception. Drop them off early and save yourself the hassle.

26. Do you have pets? Make sure they’ll be taken care of while you’re tying the knot!

27. Gown transportation: How is your gown getting to the site? Who is going to bring it? See if you can bring it a day early so you can get it out of the bag and breathing for tomorrow.

28. Get the limo/party bus driver’s number and share it with the bridal party. Likewise, give your driver the maid of honor and best man’s numbers (or possibly a list of the entire party.) Supply printed directions as well. Taking these extra precautions should get you to the right places on time—assuming you keep to the schedule as well.

29. Designate gift caretakers. Whether it be a Bridesmaid, groomsman, personal attendant, or just another good friend, ask nicely to have someone pick up your presents. Lots of guests are sending gifts straight to the couple’s home now, but for the few that do make their way to the reception, have someone ready to load them up for you at the end of the night.

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30. Find a responsible friend and put them in charge of legal documents. You’ll be all over the place throughout the day, and things tend to have a way of going missing in chaos.

31. Prep your “Big Day Emergency Kit.” By putting one of these together you’re saving yourself from the scary “what if’s” of wedding prep. Odds are you won’t need everything in it, but extra preparation can’t hurt.

32. Are you and your fiancé writing each other sweet notes to read as you get ready? You totally should. It’s precious. Opinion aside—this is not something you want to leave until the last minute. Sure, you don’t need days to write a note, but give yourself a reasonable amount of time to write something from the heart that your soon-to-be Mr. or Mrs. can cherish forever.

33. Plan a moment for just the two of you amidst the chaos and excitement of the big day. You will be constantly surrounded—seriously, I mean it—even when you go to the bathroom… So setting aside time, even just a few minutes, to be with your husband away from family, friends, and photographers, may be good for you both.

34. I don’t know if you’re like me, but I do not function well on just a few Z’s. You will absolutely have adrenaline kicking in, but it is important feel well-rested. And who wants bags under their eyes in pictures they have to look at forever, am I right? Start winding down early the night before, so you can calm your body and mind enough to get some good sleep on your last unmarried night.

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You’re finally ready for the big day!

There you have it. You are ready to tie the knot! Breathe easy and enjoy the time leading up to the event. Soak in every second of the day itself. Happy happily ever after, my friends!

65 DIY Wedding Food Bar Ideas

30 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

They’re the trendiest of trends in wedding food, the tastiest DIY project around, the most appetizing way to please your guests…what am I talking about?

Wedding food bars!

Delicious ideas have probably taken over your Pinterest feed, and it’s no wonder! They’re creative, adored by guests, and an easy way to personalize your reception meal.

I’m sure you’ve seen lots of s’mores, popcorn, and candy bars out there. As yummy as those may be, they’re just the tip of the iceberg. You can DIY a food station with just about any of your favorite things.

To prove it, here are 65 wedding food bar ideas you’ve probably never considered—but should.

65 Wedding Food Bar Ideas

Cassie Rosch Photography

Cassie Rosch Photography

Drinks

Okay, not exactly “food,” but these drink stations will definitely be a highlight of your reception.

1. Coffee: Provide them with sweeteners, cream, mocha powder, cinnamon…yum! Plus, the more caffeine you get into their system, the longer they’ll stay and party.

2. Champagne Infusion: Champagne is great by itself, but mix in fresh fruit or even popsicles and you can say “cheers” to one incredible cocktail.

3. Bloody Mary: Celery, beef jerky, pickles, horseradish, olives, jalapenos, hot sauce, buffalo wings, sliders, cilantro, bacon, peppers…can I keep going?

4. Beer Flight: Breweries have taken over the Twin Cities—what about your hometown? Check with local craft brewers to see if they cater weddings. Or buy kegs from a few of your favorites and serve flights to your guests.

Laurelyn Savannah Photography Whim Photography

Laurelyn Savannah Photography & Whim Photography

5. Martini: Liquor, vermouth, olives, lemon twists. Served straight up or on the rocks. “Shaken, not stirred.”

6. Margarita: Let them choose their flavor, salt or no salt, and garnish. Add tequila shot supplies for a real good time.

7. Lemonade: So sweet! Ideal for an outdoor, summer big day. The kids will love it too!

8. Mimosa: Serving brunch? Champagne with OJ is a must-have. Or set this up in the morning for hair and makeup refreshments.

9. Hot Chocolate: Warm up your friends and family with white, milk, and dark chocolate varieties. Garnish with peppermint sticks and marshmallows. Oh-so cozy…

spencer combs photography

Spencer Combs Photography

Appetizers & Finger Food

A nibble here and a nibble there…these apps will get them super excited

10. Salad: This doesn’t have to be boring! Fill dishes with incredible toppings like a variety of cheeses, seeds, veggies, fruits, dressings, proteins, and bacon—a really, really big bowl of bacon.

11. Mashed Potato: Serve the mashed spuds in martini glasses to class things up a bit. Then supply diners with toppings like bacon (yes, a very large bowl), peas, cheese, scallions, gravy, dressing, or whatever you love on this classic side.

12. Baked Potato: Same toppings, different potatoes.

13. Poutine: French fries topped with cheese curds and drowning in gravy? Count me in.

14. Spud: Offer every type of potato with all of the fixings mentioned above.

Brian Bossany Photography

Brian Bossany Photography

15. Chili: Homemade chili (red and white, perhaps?) with sour cream, cheese, hot peppers, scallions, lettuce, tortilla chips, and cornbread.

16. Bruschetta: I love this Italian station. Toast up a ton of crostini, and provide plenty of toppings. Since there are so many options, I found a list of recipes to try >>

17. Fondue: Oil, cheese, chocolate…three hot, wonderful things. Dip some meat, carbs, and fruit in them and you’ve got a successful wedding food bar.

18. Biscuit: Are you a southern belle? Do you dream of being one? Then build a biscuit bar! Serve with honeys and jams.

19. Cheese & Cracker: Easy and delicious.

20. Charcuterie: Lots of meat. Cheese optional. I recommend both—but, I love cheese.

21. Olive Oil: Fresh baked bread and a variety of delicious olive oils for dipping. Serve these at a station or on each table for easy access.

Tandem Tree Photography

Tandem Tree Photography

22. Fruit: Lots of fruit, obviously. Then provide dips, cool whip, or yogurt for a sweet pairing.

23. Oyster: Expensive, but delectable. Some love the taste of raw oysters, and some need lemon, Siracha, horseradish, or Mignonette sauce to make it work.

24. Soup: Cook up a variety of soups and toppings. You could even try soup shooters!

25. Pickle: Cool idea, right? And super easy. Just find a ton of different, delicious pickles and DIY some labels.

26. Trail Mix: Just purchase all of the fixings you like and let your guests mix! This can be an event app or your favor, depending on the dish you use.

27. Wings: I thought it would be cool to supply diners with plain wings, then bowls of unique sauces they can mix and match. Be prepared! This bar will be messy.

28. Popcorn: Popular for a reason! Seasonings, sweet mix-ins, and lots of butter. Serve at the reception or let your guests take some home in a simple paper bag.

Erin Johnson Photography

Erin Johnson Photography

Mexican

29. Chips & Salsa: Sort them from mild to spicy and watch everyone dig in.

30. Nacho: All the veggies. All the meat. All the cheese. All the greatness.

31. Taco: All the veggies. All the meat. All the ch—you get it. Save some cash and make them walking tacos! Small bags of Doritos, ground hamburger with taco seasoning, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream.

32 . Burrito: A bit trickier than the other Mexican options, but definitely doable. You just need an expert burrito roller on-hand.

Ray + Kelly Photography

Ray + Kelly Photography

Dinner

Finally, the main course!

33. Sushi & Saki: This one requires a sushi chef, unless you know how to whip up a good roll.

34. Grilled Cheese: Slice up a variety of unique cheeses and have a frying station. Or hand out mini grilled cheeses with tomato soup shots.

35. Pizza: Create a build your own bar with sauces, veggies, meat, and more, then grill or bake. You could do classic crust or even flatbreads!

Ray + Kelly Photography

Ray + Kelly Photography

36. Burger: I suggest a designated griller who whips up patties in bulk. Guests can grab a patty cooked to their liking and dress it up with any fixings you provide.

37. Pasta: Put out a variety of noodles, pitchers of tasty sauces, veggies, meats, and shredded cheese. Let your guests combine their favorites and create a personalized pasta dinner.

38. Sandwich: Class it up with unique, fresh breads, meats, cheeses, and more.

39. Slider: Like a burger bar, but smaller. Give them more meat options, like meatballs or chicken!

40. Hot Dog: Like a burger bar, but no burgers. Chili, anyone?

Kye Samuelson Photography

Kye Samuelson Photography

Breakfast

The most important meal of the day on your most important day ever.

41. Cereal: Large glass jars filled with your favorite, sugary cereals and pitchers of milk. So adorable.

42. Waffle: Leslie Knope would be proud…serve up stacks of hot waffles with whipped cream, fruit, and syrup.

43. Pancake: Quicker than waffles, but just as delicious.

44. Crepe: Parlez-vous Français? Thin pancakes with lots of fresh fruit, whipped cream, chocolate, and more folded inside.

45. Oatmeal: Crockpots of gooey oatmeal and dishes of the best mix-ins like brown sugar, cinnamon, and fresh fruit.

46. Omelette: These classic breakfast stations exist at your favorite hotels and brunch spots, so why can’t you have one at your big day?

47. All of the above: There’s nothing better than a breakfast buffet, right?

Cassie-Rosch-(4)

Cassie Rosch Photography

Dessert

Would one of these DIY desserts satisfy your sweet tooth?

48. Caramel Apple: Perfect for fall. Let them dip and decorate themselves! Candies, nuts, chocolate syrup, and lots of napkins should be provided.

49. Donut: “Glazed and delicious from the new Mr. & Mrs.” Pretty clever, huh? You can thank Pinterest for that one. Plate them pre-decorated or let them DIY. A donut tower serves as a great wedding cake, by the way.

50. Pie: Cherry, blueberry, apple, pecan, pumpkin…everyone loves pie! Serve this all-American dessert with a giant bowl of Cool Whip.

51. Cheesecake: Fruit, chocolate, peanut butter…there are so many sweet ways to dress up your cheesecake. Create bite size cheesecakes, or serve up slices.

The Freckled Key Photography

The Freckled Key Photography

52. S’more: Use Sterno lamps as mini fires and supply guests with the usual s’more materials. For set-up instructions, consult Pinterest.

53. Ice Cream: DIY sundaes, anyone? I know I’d scream for ice cream.

54. Milk & Cookie: Chocolate chip cookies are classic, but sugar means lots of fun decorating for your friends and family!

55. Candy: Fill a variety of clear vases, bowls, and jars with your favorite candies. Sweet-lovers can enjoy a handful at the reception or take a bag home as their favor.

56. Cake/Cupcake: People love options. Instead of making the impossible flavor decision, why not offer a few? Cupcakes make that easy, but you can do it with smaller cakes as well. My friend ordered hers from a local grocery store bakery and saved SO much money—but they still tasted incredible.

57. Chocolate Fountain: Pretty tasty and lookin’.

Jody Savage Photography

Jody Savage Photography

58. Fruit Pizza: A “healthy” alternative to your typical cookie station. All you need are soft sugar cookies, Cool Whip, and sliced fruit.

59. Churro: Cinnamon sugar, melted chocolate, hot caramel, and fruit sauces are just a few of the possible sides.

60. Milkshake: All you need is ice cream, candy, fruit, and a lot of blenders. Not to mention a few dozen cans of whipped cream. Plus, how cute will the photos be?

61. Root Beer Float: Root beer + ice cream = win.

62. Snow Cone: Talk about a summer classic! Help your guests cool off in a delectable way.

63. Oreo: Scatter them, stack them, build a tower of them…you won’t regret it.

Cassie-Rosch

Cassie Rosch Photography

For the DIY-Disabled:

Make your life a little easier by letting someone else do the work. I promise the food will still be delicious.

64. Fast Food: Save yourself some trouble and time—isn’t that what fast food is all about? One huge order of takeout from McDonalds, Taco Bell, or whatever joint you and your fiancé love will serve as the ideal late-night snack.

65. Food Truck: Lots of food trucks are catering weddings nowadays. Have them cater the whole big day or stop by for a mid-reception pick-me-up!

Did I miss a DIY wedding food station? Share it in a comment below!