Beach wedding ceremony set up overlooking the ocean at El Mangroove
El Mangroove one of your top destination wedding choices.
Exquisite outdoor venues surrounded by natural beauty
Costa Rica is a country known for its stunning beaches, palm trees, and balmy weather. What sets El Mangroove apart from other properties here is its convenient location, and remarkable beachfront and mangrove forest setting. Located on the Gulf of Papagayo,El Mangroove is close to Costa Rica’s international airport. A quick 20-minute drive gets you from touchdown to the calm, idyllic atmosphere of this boutique resort.
Enchanting beachfront forest
Weddings at El Mangroove
Barefoot luxury for sophisticated couples
honeymoons at El Mangroove come with an air of barefoot luxury, meaning you’ll get the best of nature and relaxation. The stunning natural beauty of this resort – think gorgeous ocean views, lush forest greenery and warm tropical breeze — create the perfect backdrop for a dreamlike nuptial, while their top notch service and amenities ensure that you don’t have to compromise when it comes to modern luxuries and indulgences.
Say “I do” by the beach
If you’re planning a wedding at El Mangroove, an onsite team will be at hand to help you find the perfect setting within their celebrated wedding venues (take your pick from ocean view, beach terraces, gardens, beach forests or mangroves), and will work closely with you to see your vision come to life.
Wedding decor styles range from “Classic White” to “Tropical Chic”
Their bridal packages, which can be customized to fit your needs, include ceremony, bouquet, floral centerpieces and cones with petals for guests, acoustic music during ceremony, wedding cake, decoration (7 different styles are available), Polaroid camera with 80 films, appetizers and a plated dinner.
Floral centerpieces, wedding cake and bouquet for the bride are included in the Celebrating Love package
Apart from the outdoor venues, El Mangroove also offers beautiful indoor ballrooms overlooking the gardens, and two onsite restaurants. So, whether you are planning for a quiet elopement, an intimate ceremony with just a few of your closest loved ones, or a lavish banquet for up to 200 guests, the property can cater to your unique needs. Love a casual outdoor soiree under the moonlight, framed by majestic guanacaste trees, or a formal sit down in the ballroom? The choice is yours.
Romantic wedding dinner set-up surrounded by nature
Whether you’re planning for a wedding or the honeymoon, the perfect escape wouldn’t be complete without great food! El Mangroove prides itself for its sensorial gastronomy. A variety of delectable menus is available for rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions, plated dinners and brunches. Did we mention that one of the restaurants has a sand floor? Nothing says “beach vacay” quite like it!
Ocean view restaurant with sand floors
Unforgettable sunsets at Panama Beach
There are so many sights to see and activities to enjoy around the area: day trips to volcanoes, hot springs, beautiful beaches, water rafting and zip lines, and most are just a short drive away from El Mangroove. Or if you prefer, you could simply chill by the pool or relax at one of their outdoor spas set in Guanacaste’s famed forests and mangroves.
An incredible outdoor spa experience surrounded by forests
We’re loving the chic and contemporary vibes of their luxuriously appointed suites. Each suite features a living area with a couch or a hammock. Sweet!
Mangle Presidential Suite features a whirlpool
Ready to take the plunge and say “yes” to a wedding in a dreamy tropical paradise? Visit wedding packages.
From selecting the ideal bridal party to choosing THE dress – there are so many things to keep in mind when planning your wedding – after all, you don’t want to have any regrets! This advice is certain to be a bridal lifesaver!
Photo Credit: Cuded
You carefully selected the perfect place to say your ‘I do’s’ and celebrate with your loved ones. Choosing the venue is only part of the process – you need to decorate, plan and set up the space to accommodate your ceremony’s unique needs.
Don’t overpay for your centerpieces – while they’re fun to plan and beautiful to look at – People are not going to analyze these as much as you think! Focus your money on the more memorable aspects: food, music and booze!
Consider having DIY centerpieces! They’re beautiful, and a great budget saver!
Photo Credit: Vicki Grafton Photography
2. The Hot Seat
If you’re hosting outdoor ceremony or reception, your chairs are likely to get very hot in the sun. This creates an unpleasant experience for your guests, and no one wants that! You want your family and friends focused on the ceremony – not the seats! Simple seat covers or cushions can make a huge difference!
Photo Credit: Deer Pearl Flowers
3. Time to Tie the Knot
With an outdoor wedding, it’s important to plan your ceremony time according to the weather. If it’s going to be a very hot day, you probably don’t want to have your ceremony at 1 in the afternoon. Instead, perhaps opt for either an early morning event or a sunset celebration!
Kalyn and Marc’s Wedding
Speaking on sunset weddings – this couple’s beachfront wedding celebration is nothing short of stunning! Their sunset reception is completely unforgettable!
Friends and family of the bride and groom served as the videographers for the couple’s big day, using a WeddingMix package.
You deserve to feel glamorous at your wedding! You plan every details from that stunning manicure to THE dress that took your breath away. Be sure to capture every moment of your stunning debut with a WeddingMix wedding video!
4. Wrong Dress Type
Say you’re having an outdoor wedding and the sun is shining overhead. It’s hot and you find yourself questioning your thick fabric choice. Not an ideal situation. You’re going to want to stick with lighter fabrics, not just for you, but also your Bridesmaids!
Photo Credit: Melissa Barrick Photography
Your Wedding Dress is beautiful and you’ve spent TOO long waiting to wear it. However, when it comes down to it, the dress might not be the most comfortable outfit to wear all day! Consider having a lighter, more playful reception dress that will be easier to dance in.
Photo Credit: Choies
5. Online Dress Shopping
“If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.” There’s a lot of truth to this line. If you find an AMAZING deal on a designer dress from a discount store online – don’t put too much faith in it. A lot of the time these deals can be misleading, and there is no guarantee that what you see is what you’re going to get. Additionally, there’s always the fear it won’t fit properly.
Photo Credit: Daily Mail
6. Painful Pumps
There’s no denying those sky high designer heels look nice – but imagine the potential for pain and blisters by the time the reception rolls around. Keep it comfortable and practical – you’ll be wearing them all day! Flats and kitten heels can be just as bridal chic – and pain free!
Like with all new shoes, it’s also important to break in those bridal shoes! You know you’re excited to wear them, so take advantage of that around the house, you’ll be glad you did on the big day!
Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty
7. Makeup Woes
Many brides regret the decision to not have their bridal makeup professionally done. While this cost cutting option sounds appealing when you’re watching your budget, seeing your face looking red and shiny in all the pictures may offset that appeal.
Photo Credit: Elegant Wedding Invitations
With that being said, you’ll want to immortalize your stunning wedding look! With a DIY wedding video, you can see the gorgeous result from the perspective of the ones you love most – your guests!
8. Premature Purchase
Trends change and so does your personal taste. If you buy THE dress too early you run the risk of falling out of love with it. Some brides find they no longer like the dress they purchase a year later, but no longer have enough money to get a new one.
Photo Credit: J Scheer
9. Retouch, Retouch, Retouch
Don’t forget to retouch your bridal makeup! You may have cried during the ceremony and you certainly kissed the groom! Your makeup will get messed up throughout the day, make sure you have supplies to fix it throughout the day!
Photo Credit:Bride Hair Art
Food and Drinks
Summer weddings are beautiful – and a perfect opportunity for an outdoor ceremony. However, hot weather can harm your hard work if you do not plan for it – especially in terms of your food options!
10. Appropriate Appetizers
Make sure the appetizers you have planned can hold up to the heat or the cold – the last thing you want is for your hor’dourves to either melt or freeze! So perhaps nix the cheese dip in favor of something a little more solid – you’ll be grateful when it’s not melting on your dress!
Photo Credit: Happy Wedd
Photo Credit: Deer Pearl Flowers
11. Cake Insurance
Your wedding cake is one focal point of the reception space, and we know you want it to be BEAUTIFUL – so it’s important to consider the integrity of the frosting. Classic frosting is not equipped for intense temperatures. Consider having a fondant cake – they’re beautiful and have the strength to withstand the warm weather!
Photo Credit: The Wedding Scoop
The wedding cake is both gorgeous to look at – and occasionally a source of entertainment! Check out this WeddingMix couple’s hilarious cake cutting moment!
What a great moment to look back on! Want to immortalize your own celebration? Consider using the WeddingMix App and cameras – you can even make it a GoPro wedding!
12. Keep Guests Hydrated
Weddings are celebrations and we know you’ll be raising a few toasts throughout the day. However, booze dehydrates the body – combine that with the heat of a summer day and you might not be feeling too well by the end of the reception! Make sure to have hydration options available throughout the reception space for you and your guests!
15 Fresh Outdoor Wedding Ideas
13. Rehearsal Dinner Restraint
We know you want to get the party started at the rehearsal dinner – you’re excited that your day is just a night’s sleep away! Just remember not to get TOO into raising your glass, because no one wants to wake up on their wedding day with a hangover! You might want to remind the bridal party, too!
Photo Credit: Inspired By This
14. Cake Creation
Weddings are all about family – it makes sense that you want yours to be involved in your special day. However, there are some instances where you really will want stick with a professional. Having a family member make the cake is a very heartfelt choice, but may not lead to the ideal result.
Photo Credit: Kitchn
15. Eat Something
You’re running around trying to see all your guests – don’t forget to try the food you’re serving! It’s easy for brides to get mixed up in the excitement of the day and forget to eat. That bite of cake at the reception is not enough to go on when you’re dancing the night away! Since you’re probably drinking, it’s also better for your stomach in the long run.
You’re likely to be in high demand during the reception – so plan to eat something BEFORE making your grand entrance. Perhaps plan a small snack in the bridal suite with your husband while guests are enjoying appetizers – you get the added bonus of 15 minutes of alone time as a newlywed couple!
Photo Credit: Nicola Harger Photography
Considering cutting out a videographer from you wedding? We caution you to reconsider, as many brides cite this as a major regret! There’s something very powerful about being able to go back and watch your “I do’s”!
According to Brides Magazine, “77% of [wedding] guests are not afraid to take photos during the ceremony. And 25% always post a pic on social media.” Wouldn’t it be nice if you had access to all those photos and videos? With the WeddingMix app, gather all this media in one convenient place and our team of editors will create a one of a kind wedding video!
Check out WeddingMix couple Meaghan and Seth’s stunning wedding highlight video below, filmed using the WeddingMix app and cameras!
17. Screen the DJ
Make sure you’re all on the same page about what type of music is to be played.You make want to provide the DJ with a list of any songs/genres that you do NOT want to hear at your wedding. It’s your day, the you want the soundtrack to be perfect!
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You danced the night away, it was WONDERFUL …and now you’re waking up at 4a.m. for that flight to the Bahamas? Rough. Before you leave for the honeymoon, you might want aside a day to recover from the celebration! It’s better for your health – don’t want to be sick on your honeymoon!
Photo Credit: The Knot
19. Collect Sentimental Objects
There are so many personal things that go into setting up your ceremony – and in the excitement of the day you don’t want to risk forgetting things like the unity candle, family photos, or anything personal in your ceremony space! Assign a friend to gather these objects after the ceremony so you don’t forget them!
It’s important to choose people you want by your side, not people you feel obligated to include in your ceremony. The day is about YOU and your fiance, not the entire entourage! Having too many people can create unneeded drama and make it difficult to coordinate everyone.
Photo Credit: Chante Claire Farm
21. Return the Registry
Some brides will caution you against registering for only basic items. You’re going to end up with a lot of duplicates if you only register for things coffee makers and sets of sheets! Register for some fun things too! It’d keep you exciting opening everything and you won’t have to spend as long returning items after the wedding!
Photo Credit: Graphic Exchange
22. Take Pictures With Guests
Photo Credit: White Shutter Photography
Know of another bridal regret we’ve missed? Please share in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!
Draped in every shade of pink and a healthy dose of sparkle, this ballroom wedding in Michigan pulls out all the glamorous stops.
From the palest blush to the brightest fuchsia, this Michigan wedding is layered in every shade of pink. Now top that rosy color palette off with a healthy dose of sparkle and a ballroom dressed to the nines by All Grand Events along with imagery by Studio 41 Photography and you get one insanely glamorous celebration.
From the Bride… Scott and I were engaged for a year and half before we tied the knot. Living in Michigan, I had always known I wanted a summer wedding. It took us only one week to fall in love with our venue. We visited the Grosse Pointe War Memorial once before signing on the dotted line. It was everything we had dreamed of in a venue. It was unique, over looked the water, and had a beautiful landscape unlike any venue we had ever seen before. When it came to my vision, I had always dreamed of a princess fairytale wedding. I lack any and all creative genes and therefore knew the perfect person to hire; that is Emily Dawson with All Grand Events. I told her the colors I envisioned and she took care of the rest. Between the absolutely stunning centerpieces, the rose gold sequin table clothes, and the gorgeous floral bouquets, the décor was my dream come true.
The details left every guest stunned in amazement. Emily made it so easy, I never worried about a thing. Scott and I were left free to focus on what really mattered, our love for each other. The day was so magical I could not have asked for anything better. We had our marriage ceremony around 1PM with our family and friends. We took our bridal army (19 groomsmen and Bridesmaids to be exact) and spent the afternoon taking photos at some of our favorites spots around Detroit before ending up at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. One of my favorite moments of the day was taking photos with our amazing photographers/videographers from Studio 41 Photography. Majority of our photos were just of Scott and I and in the chaos of the day it was some alone time we had with each other to just take in the day and the moments.
My secondary favorite moment of the day was when the DJ finished playing his last song and our friends and family took it upon themselves to sing “Hey Jude” to Scott and I in synchronized fashion to keep the celebration going. It was such a magical day that I will never forget.
My advice for future brides is to take a deep breath and take in the excitement of the day. The day goes by so fast and things are likely to go wrong but at the end of the day none of the little things matter. I had always dreamed of doing a flying lantern release (like in the movie Tangled) at my wedding. I had everything ready to go, 50 lanterns in total. There happened to be a slight wind on the evening of the wedding and very few lanterns made it up in flight, and the ones that did caught trees on fire! At first I was disappointed things did not go as expected but it provided for some serious entertainment for the guests. I had 100+ guests chasing down these lanterns that were more so dangerous fireballs flying into trees and bushes. (For the record, no one was injured and all fires were quickly put out.) Most guests were laughing so hard they were in tears. It wasn’t the magical release I envisioned but it sure gave us all a laugh and still continues to this day. I wouldn’t have wanted any other way.
Backyard weddings are getting more and more popular because they are informal, simple,cozy, relaxing, and won’t require a big budget .The best part of having backyard wedding is that you can personalize it without any restrictions,cover the trees with lights and garlands or hang your family photos on them, use blooms around to advantage adding them excessively to your wedding decor. SO, ready to start backyard wedding planning? Click to see 30 of our favorite backyard wedding ideas.
One of the most wonderful things you can do post-wedding is protect or pass on precious items to the bride and groom. Many of us don’t get to re-live the magic of generations before us with heirloom gowns, suits, tiaras, rings and garters and instead have to make do with all those pretty memories captured in old photographs.
When I was due to be married, I had hoped to include something special from my own family – a bauble, an accessory, a trinket. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be…so I started my own collection.
After I wed my beloved husband, I made sure I put aside my Wedding Dress, wedding veil and bridal jewellery for my daughters to wear on their own special day. So often we forget to save meaningful things to pass on to our next of kin, which I think is a great shame.
Below you’ll find some brilliant ideas to kick-start the heirloom process yourself. Like the saying goes: “Something borrowed, something new” – a winning wedding day combination!
1. Bridal Veil
Bridal veils are timeless and have barely changed throughout the eras. A good example is the retro birdcage veil which is still popular today. Cathedral and mantilla veils are classic accessories that can be passed down through the generations. Just remember to wrap up all that delicate tulle and store away carefully!
Shop our French Chantilly Lace veil here – Photo by Jon Cu
2. Bridal headpieces
Stash that bridal headpiece away for your daughters, cousins or nieces. Better still, match a La Belle hair accessory like the Mae Chignon Hair Wrap or the Chloe Golden Bridal Comb with your grandmother’ precious antique brooch or earrings.
Shop our Chloe Gold bridal comb here– Photo by Jon Cu
From gifting engagement rings to bequeathing wedding bands, passing down jewellery is an emotional moment for all involved. Brides and grooms love to cherish special rings from passed-over loved ones, so make sure you keep yours clean and polished.
Image via The Mrs Box
If you aren’t lucky enough to own a ring from a long gone grandmother or grandfather, a vintage piece of gorgeous jewellery will always suffice! Think pearl necklaces, elegant chains, tie pins, and slender bracelets.
5. Silk Handkerchief
A delightful keepsake for your son, cousin or nephew, a silk handkerchief doubles as a pocketsquare and can easily be slipped into a suit jacket. Alternatively, gift to a favourite Bridesmaid to slip into a handbag.
6. Wedding Ribbon
Easy to store before passing down to younger generations, a wedding ribbon can be utilised in a number of ways including securing in the hair or tying around a wedding bouquet.
Hand dyed silk ribbon by Froufrou chic
Photography by: Jose Villa | Floral design: Kelly Kaufman | Wedding gown: Inbal Dror
7. Wedding Gown
Don’t underestimate the power of a vintage Wedding Dress! Not only will you save your daughter, cousin or niece a ton of hard earned dollars, they may absolutely love its cut, fit and colour! A retro dress allows a bride to carry on family tradition. What’s more, plenty of older gowns boast a beautiful bohemian vibe and incredible fabrics from yesteryear.
Inca Gown by Grace loves lace– Photography by Majesta Patterson
8. Ring Bearer Cushion
A lovely little hand-me-down for a child ring bearer at the altar. Wrap in plastic and store away for your next family wedding. Alternatively, a cherished family Bible also makes an ideal presentation platform. Leather-bound or gold-leaf trimmed – the older the book, the better!
9. Champagne Flutes
Rarely going out of style, the classic champagne flute is an heirloom for everybody. Bestowed to both men and women, it’s the unisex gift that keeps on giving!
Intimate, sentimental and ever so pretty, the traditional bridal garter is a perfect present for a special woman in the family. If your dress is not required, this timeless accessory surely will be. Brides simply love slipping on this good luck charm, which will then be tossed to the unwed male guests!
11. Wedding Favour
Passing on a secret recipe for delicate little wedding favours is a must for any bride and groom. Maybe you’re hiding a secret love heart cookie formula or better still – chocolate mousse! I bet your grandmother holds a treasure chest of tried and tested recipes. There may even be one for a wedding cake amongst the mix – ring her and ask her!
12. Wedding Vow
Book Carry on a time-old tradition by gifting romantic inscriptions in a wedding vow book. Generations can pen vows and musings on the pages as a continual living document!
Vow books by Seniman Calligraphy
Any other wedding heirlooms you think we’ve missed from the list? Be sure to jot down some more ideas for our readers in the comments box below.
Planning a wedding is notoriously incredibly stressful, and we can’t exactly say it tops our list of things we’re dying to do. Get married? Sure. Have an incredibly stylish wedding? Definitely. But plan it? Not so much.
However, we must confess: A quick scroll through our Instagram feeds has changed our tunes a bit. Beautiful bouquets, stunning gowns, dreamy table settings—there’s something irresistible about a beautiful wedding.
Keep scrolling to see some wedding Instagram photos that made us want to plan our own big day!
“Ah the dress and the shoes. Two of my favorite things. wedding in California and photo by @ethanyangphoto @allurastyle @nhumuon #eypwedding #eypbride #california #californiawedding #ritzcarlton”
“All in white pre-wedding party in Capri; chic vibes and picture perfect views are guaranteed! How are you guys celebrating your pre-wedding? #capriwedding #weddingcapri #sposiamovi #italywedding #destinationwedding #whiteparty #ig_amalficoast #capri”
“So much loveliness!! See more of this gorgeous wedding inspiration at Sawtooth Plantation on the Weddings Unveiled Blog today.”
“Los Angeles brides to be! Stop by the @moniquelhuillier Spring SAMPLE SALE this Sunday for 40% to 90% off bridal and ready to wear. 10am to 4pm @ 1201 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90015. First come, first served! Final sale. #mlbride #samplesale #moniquelhuillier”
The Bride’s Diary
“An amazing gown by @moniquelhuillierbride to start our Thursday morning”
The Modest Bride
“Who would’ve thought that a #mint#weddingdresswould look so good? It’s @moniquelhuillier of course…#regal#modestbride#moniquelhuillier”
“Even though I miss warm weather…sessions in my studio are a great way to help me cope during the winter. Dress: @gatewaybridal”
“Ever though of a flower chandelier ? Simply beautiful”
Coral Gables Bridal
“We have your dreamed gown waiting for you … make an appointment today and visit us at 3530 Coral Way! #CoralGablesBridals #perfect #wedding #bridal #dress #TieTheKnotTuesday”
Elle Nicole Events
“So #Thanksgiving, #Christmas, #NYE or #ValentinesDay bought you the #EngagementRing of your dreams! So You’re #Engaged…Now What?? Our #EngagedWithEN tip today is all about the Guest List! Before you do any bit of planning…sit back, relax and iron out that guest list…it doesn’t have to be an exact number starting off but you really want to have this conversation as early as possible about the roundabout”
Megan Burges Photography
“Micah & Pat”
Les Etoiles De La Mer
“Simple & Elegant by @itsallaboutcake”
Vintage Origami Weddings
“Heaven? Yes.. I think so. @vintage.origami.weddings loved decorating this wedding for a sweet couple who became our pals and #vintageorigami assistants this past summer. Such a rad couple but like always we lose the best to California. An amazing #winterwedding at @bottegakelowna #kelowna with stunning #florals on my birch arbour & rustic pillars by @anewleaffloraldesign & outrageously amazing ”
Walk Me Down the Aisle Weddings
“These #spring flowers add the right touch of charm to this #reception table. photo @katiegwebb. #wedding #weddingday #weddingideas #weddingphotos #weddingflowers #weddinginspiration #instawed #instabride #centerpiece”
Angie Capri Photography
“Super excited to be apart of the incredible Enchanted #wedding #event coming up in less than 2 weeks at one of my favorite venues in the #sanfrancisco #bayarea @lighthousegcm This one’s going to be totally different, new and refreshing so you’re definitely going to want to check it out if you’re a bride or a wedding professional who’d like to network with some awesome peeps! We’re teaming up with a super ”
Calvet Couture Bridal
“My favorite part of the wedding planning process is finally here!!! Cake tasting with the future hubby and @thesugarsuite #weddingcake #furtureMrsBrown #thesugarsuite #weddingwednesday”
“Looking forward to welcoming future brides this Sunday for the @WestminsterRO #Wedding open day! #WeddingWednesday”
They say that the colour plays a very important role in your wedding, and this is definitely the case when picking dresses, flowers, and the important features of your big day. Everything needs to complement each other, and that’s why shopping around for winter wedding Bridesmaids dresses is important. You need to find something that works with you and your dress, but also that works with the rest of the big day. It can be difficult to put the two side by side sometimes.
If you’re on the hunt for styles of Bridesmaids dresses that are elegant, modern, unique and yet still beautiful for a winter wedding, here are 17 ideas you should definitely take a peek at.
1. GRAY DRESSES + GRAY FAUX FUR WRAPS
Grey is a beautiful, and often overlooked, colour when it comes to winter weddings, and you can really get experimental with the designs of dresses when you have those beautiful faux-fur throws to put on over the top. If you didn’t have those, you might need to consider more of a cover-up dress to protect your girls from the cold weather. Remember they’ll need to brave the cold as much as you.
Black is quite a controlling and powerful look, and it’s often not used for winter wedding Bridesmaids dresses because of that. It’s quite a mysterious shade to go for, but an elegant one nevertheless, almost taking on a black-tie effect formal look, rather than a traditional wedding.
Instagram / emmaleafloral
3. RED DRESSES + GRAY KNIT COVER UPS
Red and grey work really well together, which might give you more options to pick from when it comes to those big cover-ups the girls will need when standing around in the cold with you. You might have wanted to go with white, or to match the shade of your dress, but if you’re struggling to make that work this grey shade works really well. Just as these beautiful Bridesmaids with their bride proudly show.
Instagram / georgestreetphoto
4. NAVY BLUE DRESSES + FLANNEL COVER UPS
Tartan or plaid is really great for winter wedding Bridesmaids dresses. It just looks warm, don’t you think? Perfect for when the sun is starting to set and the chilly weather is starting to set in. The dark blue works really well with that reddish tartan too. Has this given you some Bridesmaid style ideas for a winter wedding inspiration?
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5. PINK & SEQUIN DRESSES + WHITE FUR SHAWLS
White fur shawls go with pretty much everything. That’s what we reckon anyway. You could have the Bridesmaids at your wedding pick their own shade of pink with dresses such as these, and this is guaranteed to make everyone happy. They don’t all need to be wearing the same winter wedding Bridesmaids dresses. Sometimes it’s good to break from tradition.
Instagram / jmcburneyphotography
6. NUDE DRESSES + BROWN FUR SHAWLS
Nude is such an on-trend colour for right now, so why wouldn’t you look towards the idea of nude when it comes to Bridesmaid style ideas for a winter wedding. Those brown faux-fur shawls just go so well together with the nude shades too, so all round everyone is a winner.
Instagram / southernweddings
7. BLACK DRESSES + GREENERY WINTER BOUQUETS
Once upon a time, brides weren’t just there to plan the best bachelorette party ever, and to oversee that the groom actually turns up on time. They actually had a purpose. They were meant to ward off any evil spirits that might threaten to ruin your wedding day, or your life for that matter. We’re bet you’re glad you invited them along now, eh?
Instagram / erich.camping
8. NAVY BLUE DRESSES + WHITE FUR SHAWLS
You know the tradition where you’re meant to throw the bouquet at your Bridesmaids? Well, once upon a time you would actually throw a shoe at them, and whoever you hit would be then to get married yet. We’re sure glad they changed the old tradition to bouquet instead of shoe. We’d rather not get a black eye!
Instagram / georgestreetphoto
9. PLAID BLANKET SCARVES
We’re back to plaid again, and this just goes to show how versatile the look really is. We’ve seen it with the blue winter wedding Bridesmaids dresses, and now you can see it with red ones. It works just as brilliantly! The one thing you will want to ensure is that everyone is warm on the big day. You definitely don’t want people grumbling to you on what’s meant to be the most important day of your life!
Black is quite a mysterious colour, and red has some background when it comes to wedding day colours also. It’s a very stimulating and warm colour, and one that definitely brings about high energy. It also works as the perfect contrast against the black you wanted also. What do you think? Would you?
All nude, and still again with the warm blankets! We told you those blankets were a great idea. If you have them all matching, everyone’s a winner, and you could even have those throws custom-made especially for the event if your budget permits. You could even allow for more detailing at the bottom of those winter wedding Bridesmaids dresses to show when the blankets cover them over.
Instagram / purplesummerevents
12. NAVY AND PLAID STYLE
If you’re having a hard time finding the kind of winter wedding Bridesmaids dresses you want, why not have a good look around online before making your final decision. There is nothing to stop you from saying you like part A of one dress, Part B of another, and another feature from something else. There will always be someone who can create it for you, and the internet has definitely made that a lot easier.
Once upon a time, the entire bridal party would have worn white, the Bridesmaids included. These days that’s relatively unheard of, although this almost goes back to tradition, combining white with a lovely shade of pale grey. It was during the Victorian era that Bridesmaids were called upon to wear white, mostly because they were younger than the bride in most cases and still virgins themselves. These days the bride only wears white in a bid to stand out.
Instagram / maddiemaecreative
14. BLACK DRESSES + BLACK FUR COATS
Black is quite a conventional colour, so you’d expect black winter wedding Bridesmaids dresses to be quite elegant also. It’s a serious colour – dignified, sophisticated, grown-up. You will need to think about the other accessories for your wedding at the same time, however. Black flowers are quite hard to come by, and if you go too black, it might look like a gothic wedding even when you don’t want it to. The faux-fur coats definitely add an elegant edge, what do you think?
Instagram / nikkiryanphotography
15. GOLD SEQUIN DRESSES + BERRY CROWNS
Gold is an extravagant colour, so you’d definitely imagine winter wedding Bridesmaids dresses in a gold shade to be very luxurious dresses. This means beautiful fabrics, lovely seamwork, a wonderful shape to them … We’re getting carried away here, but there is something to be said with having gold as a colour on your wedding day. It’s the colour of luxury and exuberance. Isn’t that what you want for your biggest day?
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16. RED & FURRY
Red means so many things, but if you’re superstitious you might want to avoid red and white on your big day. These are said, in some stories, to represent blood and bandages – something you probably don’t want on your wedding day. A dark red stands for courage, something your Bridesmaids definitely have, and also passion and love. You’ll want passion with your partner, and everyone on your big day will want to share your love!
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17. COZY COVER-UPS
But above all, you will want to make sure that everyone is happy, whatever winter wedding Bridesmaids dresses you choose. This day is important for them too, perhaps not as important as it is for you, but still an important day nevertheless, for everyone involved.
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If everyone wants their own styles of dress, let them have their own style of dress, just make sure they’re all from the same colour palette. And make sure everyone is warm too. You’ll want the best winter wedding Bridesmaids dresses, but you’ll want relatively warm ones too!
Elements is the most recent collection of couture designs for Fall 2017 by artist, Blanka Matragi. Blanka used her concern for the environment and attention to the world around us, as inspiration for this 5 part ensemble. She spoke to the combination of the four elements of nature and how she allowed them to vitalize her creative juices and infuse their energy into this collection. She was inspired by the sometimes soothing yet alternating ferocity of water, the intricate stability of earth, the dreamy skies of sunsets and the way that the air and atmosphere beckon us to journey out into the unknown. Add to these the radiance of heat and passion of fire and her closeness to working with it in her glass workshops and then Love reveres and preserves them all and is the inspiration for the delicate bridal styles that complete this fabulous couture collection.
This entire collection took 10 months to complete with at times 12 people involved in the finishing of these intricate designs; embroiderers, and tailors as well as photographers and digital producers. The collection is divided into five parts, Water, Air, Earth and Fire, each dedicated to one of the basic elements. The fifth group, Love, includes wedding fashions.
For those who have already got their 2017 weddings on brain, we are now offering a first look into next year’s top 10 trends for wedding invitations. Our prediction for 2017 wedding invitations will be simple, natural, creative and playful, from easy DIY calligraphy invites to playful watercolor styles. What are you waiting for? Read on for more unique wedding inspiration.
I think it’s safe to say that 2017 is going to be a great year for simple greenery weddings, and illustrated green leaves invites is expected to become a huge trend.
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From soft-washed cakes to dipped invitations, watercolor wedding ideas of all kinds have been popping up and grabbing our attention. B.T.Y, there are a lot of super cool DIY wedding ideas that you can try in a watercolor wedding.
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Fancy Calligraphy Fonts
2017 is tending to be a year for personality and creations, Many Easy DIY invitations like illustrated, watercolor and simple calligraphy styles are all the range this year. Here we have collected 15 fancy fonts for crafty brides who are going to have their personal DIY invitations. Check on!
A huge trend in 2017 is calligraphy scripts, and there is nothing shows off Calligraphy better than minimalist designs, which focus more attention on the letters and words, rather than distracting images or colors.
Floral especially the giant floral designs on wedding invitations will be highly welcomed in 2017, awesome for boho and vintage theme weddings.
Gold , Silver, Bronze Foil Invites
Metallic trends in 2017 will appear on wedding invitations with Luxurious metallic touches such as foil pressed calligraphy, borders, polka dots, flourishes, or an envelope liner.
Tropical Palm Leaves
I’m falling in love with the tropical foliage trend. What could possibly be a more perfect application of this gorgeous motif than invitations for a wedding in Hawaii??
For those couples having a rustic themed wedding, using wooden tags ,lace band and burlap to tie up your cards will be the first choice.
Weddings are beautiful, traditional and classy affairs, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun! They are parties after all. While we know you want to have an event that will bring your grandmother to tears, make your parents proud and entertain all age groups, you should also incorporate some creative, out-of-the-box details that will make your wedding more fun than any other.
Need some ideas? Click through the slideshow for our best tips and tricks to ensure your big day is an unforgettable blast.
A great playlist. The key to a great wedding? Great music. It is one of the few things guests will remember long after their monogrammed cocktail napkins have been tossed. Need some help fine-tuning your playlist? Check out Time Out’s Top 100 Epic Party Songs. Sit down with your band or DJ and ensure they understand the vibe you are looking for (i.e. everyone jumping up and down belting out Katy Perry lyrics). [Photo Credit: Shutterstock]
A photo booth. This is hands-down the most popular rental at weddings right now. Why? Guests get super silly with props like mustaches behind that cloth window (pics your photographer can’t capture). Plus, it is a perfect memento for your guests to take home. [Photo Credit: Cathy David Photography]
Flip Flops For Dancing
Baskets of flip flops. Want to get your guests jumping up and down? Provide comfortable dancing shoes so they can kick off their uncomfortable shoes and let loose! It’s a subtle way to encourage raging dance parties. Plus, a great goody for your friends to take home! [Photo Credit: Etsy]
Party favors guests actually want. We have seen some pretty creative party favor ideas so don’t be afraid to get have fun with this. Lotto tickets are a really fun way to potentially give someone the gift of insane money or homemade jams for a yummy treat. Favors that relate to the place or venue are great ways to keep the memories alive. Everyone loves a good treat! [Photo Credit: Red Ribbon Studio]
Games at the wedding. No, we are not talking about board games, but the kind that will break the ice at the table and have your friends giggling with fun adjectives. Place Wedding Mad Libs at each place setting and watch what happens. Other gems we have seen are Wedding I Spy and Jenga guest books. Who knows? Your grandma might just have some hilarious adjectives for your _____ wedding! [Photo Credit: Etsy]
Personalized koozies. Nothing says married quite like Mr. and Mrs. Koozies. Hand these out during cocktail hour, especially for outdoor venues or summer weddings. You can make them just for the bride and groom or for everyone! They’re so adorable you’ll carry them long after the wedding day. [Photo Credit: Etsy]
Personalized sunglasses for the dance floor. You want to know the secret to getting everyone on the dance floor busting out their best moves? Sunglasses. Seriously, a little shade and all that shyness disappears. Customize them with your initials and/or wedding date and they double as a great party favor! Even your great Aunt Ethel will want in on this fun. [Photo Credit: Etsy]
Smoke machine! We are here to tell you that it is totally acceptable to have a smoke machine at your wedding. In fact, we encourage it. A smoke machine will instantly change the vibe of your wedding from chatting and cocktails to epic dance party. And just like the sunglasses, even the worst dancers feel okay about busting a move under the guise of smoke and lights. [Photo Credit: Cathy David Photography]
A candy bar. Deep down, we are all a bunch of kids and everyone loves a good candy bar. Whether you set up goody bags and have guests fill up on their way out or keep it open (and fully stocked) for the whole night (dancers looking for a break will beeline for the sugar high), it is a great way to add fun to the event. You can even color code and customize candy to match your wedding palette! [Photo Credit: Red Ribbon Studio]
Creative signature cocktails. Who doesn’t want to hold something sparkly and pink? Or muddled and green? When you and your fiancee pick out your signature cocktail (which you must have), there are tons of creative options so have fun with this! Need inspiration? Check out great choices by city! Guests can’t say no to something pretty. [Photo Credit: Etsy]
Sparklers for Guests
Sparklers for your departure. Want to make a grand exit with your new hubby? Do it amidst the glowing lights of sparklers held by your favorite people. Your guests will love playing with them and you’ll feel like a queen among the sparkles! [Photo Credit: Red Ribbon Studio]
Glow sticks for the after party. Want to get everyone in the mood for the after party? Easy. Hand out glow sticks! They are toys for adults and once the lights go down, nothing says dance party quite like a neon glow stick. Plus, the streaks of green, pink, and yellow lights make for awesome photos. The after-party is the acceptable place to turn the wedding into a semi-rave. [Photo Credit: Shutterstock]
Food trucks outside the venue. Instead of handing out post-party snacks on trays, why not have food trucks waiting outside as your guests leave? After all that dancing, talking, and drinking, the munchies usually follow so what better way to send guests home satiated? Think tacos, burgers or even ice cream. [Photo Credit: Shutterstock]