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36 Cute Wedding Photo Ideas of Bride and Flower Girl

01 Mar 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

A wedding day is one the most anticipated and memorable days of a girl’s life. It starts with the Disney movies and the storybook romances seen on TV, that create a hope within us from the time we are first able to say the word ‘princess’.

Flower girls are little brides-in-training with an innocence and joy that is magnetic as they precede the bride on her wedding day.

Place a few of these photo pose ideas onto your must-have shot list so that your photographer captures all of the moments that you want! We promise, these shots will ensure loads of fun!  ♥ ♥ ♥

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Top 10 Mother of the Bride Dresses On Pinterest

29 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Mother of Bride

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knee length Mother of the Bride dress

Montage by Mon Cheri Spring 2015

Click here to buy Montage by Mon Cheri Spring 2015

Montage The Ivonne D Collection Fall 2015

Click here to buy Montage The Ivonne D Collection Fall 2015

Beige Dress for the Mother of the Groom.

Click here to buy Beige Dress for the Mother of the Groom. A gorgeous and neutral MOG dress styled for a wedding! This lace and beaded gown is an elegant mother of the bride dress!

Ronald Joyce - Mother of the Bride Dress

Click here to buy Ronald Joyce – Mother of the Bride Dress

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MODwedding Mother of the Bride Dresses

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I’m loving all these neutral-colored Mother of the Bride dresses! This lovely variety of dresses seems so modern and chic, but also beautifully modest.

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Click here to buy Top Selling Boat Neck Elegant Black Long Evening Dresses Mother Groom Dress Wedding Party Sheer Beaded Lace Bridal Mother Gowns

Montage The Ivonne D Collection Spring 2016

Lace and tulle slim trumpet gown with lace illusion short sleeves. Front and back scalloped V-necklines, dropped waist and inset sweep train.

Click here to buy Montage The Ivonne D Collection Spring 2016

30 Dogs Who Were In The Wedding

29 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Engagement Rings, Wedding Ideas

1. The only one paying attention to the photographer.

The only one paying attention to the photographer.

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2. A fancy suit.

A fancy suit.

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3. Flower dog!

Flower dog!

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4. Giving the happy couple some space.

Giving the happy couple some space.

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5. Reception dancin’.

Reception dancin'.

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6. Wedding Corgi!

Wedding Corgi!

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7. Bow-Wow tie.

Bow-Wow tie.

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8. Watching the ceremony.

Watching the ceremony.

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9. Precious pit bull.

Precious pit bull.

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10. Parents walking the dog down the aisle.

Parents walking the dog down the aisle.

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11. Big day cuddles.

Big day cuddles.

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12. Best Pug.

Best Pug.

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13. Fancy felt flower.

Fancy felt flower.

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14. Family portrait.

Family portrait.

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15. Happy family member.

Happy family member.

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16. You fancy, huh?

You fancy, huh?

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17. Smiling with the bride.

Smiling with the bride.

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18. A reward for being awesome.

A reward for being awesome.

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19. Ring-bulldog.

Ring-bulldog.

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20. He only LOOKS grumpy…

He only LOOKS grumpy...

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21. And now, you may kiss the bride.

And now, you may kiss the bride.

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22. Yellow and black.

Yellow and black.

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23. Bounding down the aisle.

Bounding down the aisle.

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24. Flower lei.

Flower lei.

Via rocknrollbride.com

25. A toast to a very important family member.

A toast to a very important family member.

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26. Another adorable family portrait.

Another adorable family portrait.

Via rockmywedding.co.uk

27. Happiness all around.

Happiness all around.

Flickr: phototam

28. Can’t even talk about how cute this is.

Can't even talk about how cute this is.

Flickr: kristacarolyng

29. Together forever.

Together forever.

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30. Peek-a-boo!

Peek-a-boo!

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25 Beautiful Mother Of The Bride Dresses

28 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Mother of Bride

Don’t forget about your parents on your big day – it’s their party, too! The Mother of the Bride is really a special person, she gave birth to the main heroine of this day. That’s why she should look perfect, and we’ve rounded up some elegant and trendy dresses for you to get inspired. The most popular model is a mid-length gown in any colors that you like – from ivory to navy blue. Don’t hesitate to rock lace, rhinestones and a low neck – the case is really special and worth it! A long dress is also a good option but we recommend darker shades for it to look slimmer. Get inspired by the ideas below and be the most stylish mom ever!

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Vintage Wedding Dresses with a Modern Spin

28 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Dresses

vintage-wedding-dresses-22-08132015-kyTime travel may not be your skill, but it is for the designers of these gorgeous vintage wedding dresses. Incorporating a contemporary twist, each one of our favorite wedding dress designers took an old-world approach and made it new again. Featuring intricate lace details, illusion necklines, and flattering silhouettes, these vintage style wedding dresses are a culmination of everything we love about bridal style: lace, luxe fabric, and wearability. See more fabulous ideas below!

Incorporating a contemporary twist, each one of our favorite designers took an old-world approach and made it new again.

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RELATED: Vintage Wedding Dresses: Catherine Deane

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How can you not be mesmerized by vintage Wedding Dresses with lucky blue beadwork and the softest tulle ever!? Inbal Dror has somehow perfected the vintage look, leveraging the feminine physique to create amazing form-fitting silhouettes with a subtle sexiness. Just fabulous!

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A second Wedding Dress is a great way to achieve the wow-factor twice in one night. Amaze your guests with a vintage party dress that sparkles and shines from head to toe. What’s hot right now? Neutral colored gowns with trumpet silhouettes, luxurious beading, and interesting necklines are totally in!

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RELATED: Claire Pettibone Vintage Wedding Dresses

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Okay, you’ve likely fallen all the way in love with a few of our favorite vintage Wedding Dresses. Great! Because there’s so much more where this came from.

10 Ways To Save On Your Wedding Flowers

27 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

10 Ways To Save On Flowers

Afraid flowers will bust your budget? Check out these clever tips to nip skyrocketing floral expenses in the bud:

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Research budget blooms
“Consider an affordable, year-round flower such as stock, which comes in many colors, including pink, red, and lavender,” says Michael Gaffney, founder of the New York School of Flower Design. Other picks: roses, chrysanthemums, and carnations.

Let them do double duty
Reuse your ceremony flowers at the reception—on an entrance table, perhaps, or in the ladies’ room.

Go Monobotanical
Use just one type of flower—roses, say—for all the centerpieces. The look is stunning and cost-effective. “You’ll get a better deal if [your florist] can purchase flowers in bulk,” says Dawn Kelly of New York’s Soirée Floral Event Design.

Use bigger blooms
In season, fluffy-headed blossoms like hydrangeas and peonies can stretch a budget, because you need only a few to nicely fill a vase.

Be flexible
“Don’t insist on specific flowers,” says Donna O’Brien of Beautiful Blooms in Philadelphia. “Instead, tell your florist the colors and the look you want.” Giving her a wider berth will allow her to consider the most budget-friendly options.

See what’s in stock
For the best deals, choose blooms that are available in your area.

Choose simple arrangements
Less labor equals more savings. A loose grouping of flowers is not as time-consuming to arrange as a centerpiece that involves wiring lots of individual stems.

Raid Grandma’s cabinets
Borrow teapots, water pitchers, silver bowls—anything that can be used in place of a traditional vase that you’d have to buy or rent.

Add flavor
Buy herbs—basil, sage, rosemary—from a garden center, place them in tiny terra-cotta pots, and group them as centerpieces.

Think filler
Greenery saves money and gives a centerpiece a big wow factor. “Greens are about one-third the price of most flowers,” says Gaffney. Eucalyptus, lemon leaf, or pittosporum can supplement flowers in centerpieces and bouquets, or act as filler in urns lining an aisle at the ceremony.

How do you plan to save on flowers for your wedding? Share your tips below!

9 Last Minute Wedding Details You Don’t Want to Forget

27 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

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In the hustle and bustle of all the day-of excitement, it’s very easy for even the most detail-oriented bride to forget to take care of some last minute wedding details, whether it be to make sure Aunt Vicky’s all-vegan, gluten-free dish with the special heirloom tomatoes is accounted for or to pop a couple of breath mints before the big kiss.  Heck, I know I would DEFINITELY forget something on my wedding day, if not multiple things.

Hence, I’ve made this list of what I think is most important of the last minute wedding details that threaten to ruin your big day (so sorry I can’t find an embroidered velvet pillow for Uncle Harry’s Shih Tzu). Here goes!

REMEMBER TO GET YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE

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Michael Kaal Photography

Without the license, you can’t get married. And your officiant can’t provide it for you, so you and your spouse are going to have to hop on over to city hall to apply to get married. This should take place approximately a week before your wedding. So, this task will be during one of the most stressful weeks of your life, but make sure it’s your top priority until you get it safely out of the way.

BRING SNACKS AND REFRESHMENTS!

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Spottswood Photography

I feel like this is a huge minor detail that people often overlook, but just because it’s your big wedding day and you feel like you can take on the world doesn’t mean that your biological systems can (no offense). In short, don’t let you or your wedding party become hangry!

When you’re getting ready with your Bridesmaids or groomsmen, make sure that there are finger foods and refreshments to snack on. No sense in making a huge mess while getting ready, but there’s no sense in allowing your stomach to go empty, especially since bridal parties start getting ready in the late morning or early afternoon.

PACK FOR YOUR HONEYMOON

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Anjuli

THIS. Your wedding is such a huge event that it’s probably blocking out the peripherals of your mind as well. But don’t leave it to the last minute to throw everything into one huge suitcase and hope for the best as you embark on your honeymoon! Research weather conditions and what attire you would need for activities in your honeymoon location, and try to pack ahead of time. You don’t have to cram packing all in one session — keep in mind that this is three hours of your time that could have been spread out in your spare time before the wedding. You don’t want to be spending precious honeymoon time choosing which pair of socks you should bring on your trip.

UPDATE YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE WITH DAY-OF INFORMATION

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Bliss and Bone

This can include anything from projected weather and traffic conditions to last-minute updates on wedding logistics if they seem to be changing. As much as we pray for it not to happen, there’s usually a hiccup or two waiting for you at the venue. If you need to relay information fast, make sure to distribute it to guests who are present and update the wedding website for those who aren’t. Most days, guests have a data plan and access to a smart phone — and word-of-mouth travels fastest.

HAVE PAYMENT AND TIP SORTED OUT BEFORE THE BIG DAY

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This means having paid the necessary deposits still need to fulfill or completing final payments if that’s within your power. Additionally, calculate tip and put the payment in separate envelopes that are labeled with the vendor’s name. That way, when your wedding is wrapping up, you can thank your vendor in person and give them tip without having to stress out about dealing with them after the fact.

WRITE YOUR THANK-YOU NOTES!

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A bit tedious, but it’ll save you time after the wedding as well! Be sure to write thank-you notes to your guests and vendors, especially since they’ve most likely bought you and your spouse a gift or did you a service. Even if they didn’t, write a thank-you note anyway because they took the time to attend your wedding and wish you and your spouse a happy marriage.

Plus, people just love receiving actual hand-written notes in the mail. Do this, and your level of awesomeness will automatically shoot up in people’s eyes (as if it wasn’t high enough already).

PREPARE GIFTS FOR THE WEDDING PARTY

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Je T’aime Beauty

Your party of friends have been with you through the wedding-planning process thick and thin. Express your thanks by preparing gifts for them! These gifts don’t have to be extravagant or anything, but it does mean a lot to the people in your wedding party when you show that you took the time to put some effort and meaning into making gifts that they will appreciate. Popular gifts for the ladies usually consist of beauty products or jewelry, and for the guys? Fancy cigars and razors.

PREPARE YOUR EMERGENCY DAY KIT

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Accidents happen all the time. Whether that’s tripping in your gigantic floofy ball gown and falling onto the grass or having some drunk guest accidentally slosh his wine on your front, you need to take a deep breath and say, “Accidents happen.” Good. Now you can prepare for it.

The bridal survival/emergency kit will have essentially all the little things that you need to fix things up, including Band-aids, wine-spot remover, chapstick, breath mints, and sewing needles and thread. While you might think to yourself that it’s really not necessary to prepare all of these things, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Otherwise, you might be mourning the loss of your beautiful vintage veil because you’ve accidentally torn it.

CONFIRM LOGISTICS WITH VENDORS (ESPECIALLY TRANSPORTATION AND LODGING)

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Jose Villa

While confirming times with vendors seems like a big DUH, do your best to confirm with all of them anyway, ESPECIALLY when it comes to logistics regarding your guests. For me, I feel very antsy about transportation just because it always seems that traffic or getting lost gets in the way, and you don’t want your guests to arrive late to your wedding. Additionally, be sure to check in with the hotel to make sure that all guests booking a room are accounted for. Nothing’s quite as awkward as having a guest show up to the check-in counter just to find out that her room hasn’t been reserved.

PREPARE A LIST OF MUST-HAVE SHOTS FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER

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Ashlee Raubach

Taking pictures is hard work for both the photographer AND the models. If the photographer has to spend extra time coming up with ideas and guiding you and your fiancee into poses that you could have figured out and practiced beforehand, it takes away time from taking more photos. Not a good deal.

Brainstorm a couple of ideas for what sort of poses and shots you want  your photographer to get and relay that information to your photographer. That way, the photographer will be able to approach the venue with an idea of where and how to get the best shots while still getting what you want out of the bargain.


What last minute wedding details are you terrified of forgetting? Be sure to comment below!

20 Style Tips On How To Wear Summer Hats

27 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

I am currently on the hunt for the perfect summer hat. I’ve seen so many girls rocking them that I can’t resist – I need one! Whether you’re into fedoras, trendy Panama hats, or wide-brim floppy hats, there is something for everyone. Any style is so great for the summer – a hat is an automatically cool accessory, it shades your face and eyes from the bright sun, and it helps protect your hair.

If you want one of your own, or you already have one and you’re just not sure how to style it, you’ve come to the right place. There is so much fashion inspiration out there on how to wear hats that I had to share with you guys. Here are 20 style tips on how to wear summer hats, no matter what style you’re into. Now go take advantage of the summer sales and find one you love!

 

1. Go for this classic, all-American look: a striped dress with a floppy hat. You can’t go wrong! 

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2. A light button-down shirt tucked into denim jeans with a panama hat is really summery, chic, and so easy to put together. 

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3. Make your hat your own by tying a fun ribbon around it. 

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4. Going to be by the beach all day? A large floppy hat looks so good with a cute cover-up and your bathing suit. 

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5. Wear a panama hat with a loose dress and a pretty kimono to look super on-trend. 

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6. Instead of a striped dress, pair a panama hat with a striped shirt and denim shorts. So easy and chic! 

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7. Kill two summer trends in one outfit by wearing a colorful floppy hat with a romper. 

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8. You can’t go wrong when pairing a summer hat with a bathing suit at the beach or the pool. It’s the perfect accessory. 

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9. A white dress with a jean jacket and a hat is one of the most perfect summer outfits. 

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10. Dress up a graphic tee and shorts by pairing it with a trendy hat and booties. 

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11. Go for a serious boho vibe by wearing a loose floral dress with a big floppy hat. 

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12. A panama hat keeps a baseball shirt and boyfriend jeans from being too casual and boring. 

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13. Running out quickly? Wear a simple tank, jeans and a cute hat. Voila! Instant outfit perfection. 

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14. A panama hat looks awesome with a crop top and fun bottoms. 

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15. A completely effortless look is a maxi dress with a cute hat. Add a jean jacket if it’s going to be chilly. 

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16. Make your panama hat more professional by pairing it with a pretty skirt and simple shirt. 

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17. One of my favorite pairings is a maxi skirt, a tank and a summer hat. So adorable! 

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18. Printed pants are everywhere this summer. Wear yours with a hat to look extra chic. 

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19. White jeans go great with a chambray shirt and a summer hat. Finish off the look with patterned sandals or sneakers. 

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20. Not into panama hats, fedoras, or floppy hats? Pair a cheeky fitted or baseball hat with a crop top, a statement necklace, and fun shorts. This is the coolest look ever. 

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Which of these looks is your favorite? Which style hat is your favorite: panama, floppy or fedora? What kind of style tips do you want to see? Tell me in the comments! 

 

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas

27 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas
Around here we love anything unique and unexpected.  But with weddings pouring in our inboxes day in and day out, it can be hard to get that Ah Ha moment.  What we really want to say is, Yeeees! That is so awesome! Can we have that at our make believe someday wedding, pretty pleeeease!  We scoured the web and can wholeheartedly say we have found the 21 greatest, insanely fun wedding ideas.  We think you will agree.
21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas
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1) Display Cue Cards at Your Ceremony

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Display Cue Cards at Your Ceremony

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Just plain funny.  Pros: Your guests will undoubtedly get a few laughs.  Cons: The focus may not be entirely on you and your fiance.
2) Have an Artist Paint Your Ceremony

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Have an artist paint your ceremony

Venue Safari
Wouldn’t the picture be great displayed in your home afterwards?  We also love the idea of having caricature sketches done.
3) Send Save the Dates that are a Little Cheeky

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Send Save the Dates that are a Little Cheeky

 Inspiring Pretty
4) Opt for an Anniversary Pinata instead of a Traditional Guest Book
21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Opt for an Anniversary Pinata instead of a Traditional Guest Book
 The Knot
How fun would this be to open on your one year anniversary?  Break open a bottle of bubbly and this pinata!
5) Instead of settling for just one angle, find your best side!

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Instead of settling for just one angle, find your best side!

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6) Give your groom a little something to keep those feet toasty warm

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Give your groom a little something to keep those feet toasty warm

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 7) And for the bride, a little something blue
21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - And for the bride, a little something blue
Southern Weddings
Such a sentimental and personal way to commemorate your wedding day.
8) Send Your Guests Mad Lib RSVP’s

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Send Your Guests Mad Lib RSVP's

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9) Who says flower girls have an age limit?

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Get your Grandmas to be your flower girls

Offbeat Bride
Get your Grandmas to toss the flower petals.  An adorable and fun way to include them in your wedding day!  Photography by  Genevieve Leiper
10) Provide entertainment for guests with nostalgic cootie catchers
21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Provide entertainment for guests with nostalgic cootie catchers
11) Or display word search napkins at the bar

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Display word search napkins at the bar

Found on The Knot.  You can also buy word search napkins here.
12) And better yet still, showcase a full size Price is Right Wheel
21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Showcase a full size Price is Right Wheel
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13) An old mailbox makes the perfect wedding card box

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - An old mailbox makes the perfect wedding card box

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14) Serve Your Food Family Style

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Serve Your Food Family Style

Intimate Weddings
This method of dining is making a comeback for wedding receptions because of its wonderfully intimate feel and budget friendly price tag.
Pros: Budget Friendly, Encourages conversation and interaction among guests, Great option for pot luck style weddings or self-catering bride and grooms.
Cons: Not all caterers offer this dining style so be sure to check beforehand.
15) Instead of a photo booth, set up photo stand-ins

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Instead of a photo booth, set up photo stand-ins

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16) Life-Size Jenga is the perfect lawn game

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Life-Size Jenga is the perfect lawn game

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17)  Give guests hangover helper kits filled with Gatorade, Tylenol, and coupons for McDonald’s breakfast

21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Give guests hangover helper kits filled with Gatorade, Tylenol, and coupons for McDonald's breakfast

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18) Have a Taco Bar at your reception. (Better yet, just have Chipotle cater your wedding)
21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Have a Taco Bar at your reception. (Better yet, just have Chipotle cater your wedding)
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According to their website, Chipotle can cater up to 200 people in all U.S. locations except New York.  Read more about their catering options here.  To satisfy even the pickiest eaters, we like the idea of setting up a variety of food stations and having an Around the World style menu.
19)  Pick a Side Buttons

 

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20)  Have a Food Truck at Your Reception
21 Insanely Fun Wedding Ideas - Have a Food Truck at Your Reception
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21) Give your leading ladies a quirky handkerchief (Don’t forget one for yourself!)

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10 Bridesmaid Questions Answered: Who To Ask, What To Expect And More

26 Feb 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

10 Bridesmaid Questions Answered: Who To Ask, What To Expect And More

It’s just not a wedding without Bridesmaids. Whether you have one or 10, they’re the ladies who are going to make sure you have an awesome bridal shower and a bachelorette party you, inadvertently, may not remember.

The bride/Bridesmaid relationship is a tricky one, though. You already have a solid relationship with these women, yet you are asking a lot of their time and resources in order to be in your wedding.

We found and answered 10 of the biggest questions about Bridesmaids. How many do you need? Who should even be one? Can you ask them to go tanning before the wedding? Everything you need to know is below.

1. Q. Who should I ask to be in my wedding?

Your wedding party should be made up of people who play an important role in your life: your sister, your old college roommate, etc. The party can be as big or as small as you like, just know you don’t have to ask your entire sorority pledge class, no matter what you promised 10 years ago.

2. Q. When should I ask people to be in my wedding?

You’ll first need to figure out the size of your event. If you’re having a small wedding, a large wedding party may seem off-balance. Once you have a date set, start asking people so they can block out the date.

Be sure to ask everyone around the same time, especially if the bridal party knows each other.

3. Q. I don’t really get along with my future sister-in-law. Do I have to ask her to be a Bridesmaid?

Depends on the wedding you’re having. While it’s good form to include her, etiquette dictates that you’re not obligated. If you’re having a small wedding party — just a maid of honor and a best man, then you don’t have to. Most people don’t mind not being in the wedding party. It’s one less thing they have to worry about. There will be plenty of other family photos that they will be in. You’re the bride and can design the wedding party however you like — with or without unlikable in-laws.

4. Q. I have two best friends – how do I choose my maid of honor?

You don’t have to! If you have two close friends — or even two sisters — they can both me maids/matrons of honor. This may even be an advantage since it’s helpful to have an extra person when planning bachelorette parties, organizing the shower, etc.

5. Q. My Bridesmaids are annoying me – can I demote them?!

Given that they are your Bridesmaids, you had a strong relationship with them before you got engaged and hopefully will have one afterwards. That said, think about specifically what it is about the Bridesmaids that is driving you crazy. Are they not buying the dress you asked them to? Are they slow to plan a shower? (Maybe it’s a surprise!) When you feel annoyed, single out what behavior is annoying you and then you can work on fixing that problem.

If you have frustrations, be sure to address them in person. Problem solving needs to happen over a conversation, not a barrage of e-mails and text messages.

Make sure you are not the problem. Are you making unrealistic demands, such as making everyone wear the same, expensive shoe or getting their hair done at a pricey salon? Check out our piece about how to get your Bridesmaid not to hate you. Sometimes little things, like overtly asking them not to get you a wedding gift or easing up on the hair requirement, goes a long way.

6. Q. What can I ask my Bridesmaids to do?

Don’t they know they have to fan you while feeding you grapes? In all seriousness, there’s lots that they can help you do that is completely reasonable:

Pre-wedding tasks: Things like stuffing envelopes, welcome bags, putting together favors, folding programs, etc. Ply them with some booze and it becomes a bonding experience.

Pay for the Bridesmaid ensemble:  This includes the dress, its alterations and accessories. Sometimes brides like to make a gift of the jewelry, which is a nice gesture. Be upfront if Bridesmaids will have to pay for their own hair appointments on the wedding day. If you can afford to pick up the tab, by all means do so.

Help plan or co-host the bridal shower and/or bachelorette party: This doesn’t necessarily mean they have to pay for theses events — sometimes the Mother of the Bride or another relative likes to pick up the tab for the shower — but they should offer to help in some way. Bachelorette parties are usually paid for by everyone who attends — both Bridesmaids and other non-wedding party attendants.

Attend the rehearsal dinner and rehearsal ceremony: They should also attend at least one shower, unless they live far away.

Be social, act as a defacto hostess: If you know a shy cousin will be coming, ask a Bridesmaid to chat him up and make him feel comfortable. Naturally they should all be polite to the other guests, be feel free to point out guests who may be coming alone, etc.

Run last-minute errands: Someone may have to go on a last minute run to Walgreen’s, and the bride is not that person. You can ask Bridesmaids to do last minute chores, or even to greet vendors the day of if you don’t have a wedding planner.

Hold your dress while you peeSomeone has to. Ask the Bridesmaid with the biggest sense of humor.

7. Q. My husband has more groomsmen than I have Bridesmaids, what should I do?

The wedding party should be made up of your nearest and dearest — even if that is an uneven number. Don’t worry if there are more on one side than the other. It’s much better than asking a random person to be in it to even out the numbers. You can sort out how to get everyone up and down the aisle at the rehearsal.

8. Q. I think one of Bridesmaids may not be able to afford the dress, etc.

No matter how well you think you know someone, never assume you know anything about their finances, no matter their lifestyle. Just because your grad student friends lives on Ramen noodles it doesn’t mean she can’t afford to be in your wedding. Maybe she just really likes Ramen?

Once you have your bridal party set, send an e-mail outlining the projected costs. ($200 for the dress, $50 for hair the day of, etc.) People appreciate understanding costs ahead of time. If they don’t think they can afford it, they will let you know. Encourage Bridesmaids to share hotel rooms, etc. Be sure to add a note that if anyone needs help to let you know. The cost of a quietly paying for a Bridesmaid dress for your grad student friend is tiny compared to everything else you’re paying for in the wedding.

9. Q. One of my friends has put on some weight. Can I ask her to lose it before the wedding?

Short answer? No. You can’t ask people to adopt different grooming or lifestyle habits such as losing weight, tanning or changing their hair for your wedding day. When you’re asking someone to be in your wedding party, you’re asking them the way they are. If your friend has let themselves go a little, perhaps being in someone’s wedding is exactly the motivation she needs to get back to her healthy, svelte self.

10. Q. I was in a friend’s wedding four years ago. We are not close anymore. Does she have to be in mine?

There is no quid pro quo when it comes to weddings. You don’t even have to invite someone to your wedding just because you went to theirs. Your friend is probably aware that you aren’t close anymore, either. Since she played an important part in your life before, be sure to invite her as a guest.