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Ultimate Guide To Wedding Dresses Everything You Need to Know

24 Oct 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

There’s no other tradition as synonymous with marriage as the white wedding gown. And for some brides the process started years ago. Are you the bride who started looking for your Wedding Dress before you were even engaged? You’re not alone. Most brides have thought about walking down the aisle in their Wedding Dress for years, probably envisioning the entire process of trying on dozens of dresses and falling in love with “the one”.
While the daydreams are nice, the reality is that wedding gown shopping can be a little overwhelming. We pulled together our ultimate guide the Wedding Dresses and our ongoing Wedding Dress blog posts as a way to help brides with their wedding planning process. When you think about what is involved in finding a Wedding Dress you can see how things quickly get stressful. You need to find out the basic cheat sheet for wedding gowns, understand the basic dress silhouettes and body types so you can understand how they flatter your figure and then you need to find a place to buy your Wedding Dress.

See Also: Top 10 Mother of the Bride Dresses On Pinterest

If you’re feeling pressure to find the Wedding Dress of your dreams then read this ultimate guide to Wedding Dresses and take your time. Don’t worry and don’t rush. We chatted with experts and brides who know exactly how you’re feeling, and we asked them to spill their tips for finding the perfect Wedding Dress. Read on, stress less and spend more time on the rest of your wedding planning to-do list.

Ultimate Guide To Wedding Dresses Everything You Need to Know

TOP Wedding Dress DO’S & DON’TS

10 Things to Know Before Buying a Wedding Dress

  • DO Learn the Wedding Dress shopping lingo: Know your “Gown Vocabulary” before you go to your appointment, so that you are sure you and the consultant are on the same page. Click here for Team Wedding’s ultimate list of Wedding Dress shopping lingo.
  • DON’T Bring a Huge Entourage: When was the last time a group of women were all in the same room and all agreed with each other? Never! Don’t have too many people with you when shopping for your Wedding Dress, it is going to be a real disaster. Read more.
  • DO Take Advantage of Bridal Consultants: Bridal consultants know what they’re doing. They know what they have in stock, they’ve seen every size and shape bride you can imagine, and they know how to flatter any body type. Read more.
  • DO Take Pictures: Take pictures of yourself in the Wedding Dresses to make sure they look the way you want. Don’t just take stand up photos either, you’re going to have to pose in the dress so move around. Read more.
  • DON’T Limit Yourself to One Style: A different silhouette or material may flatter you better so don’t box yourself with one style and potentially miss your dream dress. Try on styles  you’re unsure about, you never know. Read more.
  • DON’T Wear The Wrong Underwear: This is one most brides don’t even think about until it is embarrassingly too late. Simple rule is to make sure you wear nice underwear. The bridal consultant and likely your friends are going to see you in them, so make the effort. Read more.
  • DON’T Forget About The Extras: Ever bought a car and they add on extras till you look at the final tally and the price has almost doubled from the base price. Wedding gowns work the same way. The dress is just one part of the cost.  Read more.
  • DO Remember Your Budget, Always: This is a no brainer. Don’t try on dresses you can’t afford. The simple law of attraction says you’re going to fall in love with the dress you can’t have and then you’re only setting yourself up for failure. Don’t do it. Read more.
  • DO Move Around A Lot: You’re not going to just stand on a podium and look at your self in the mirror at your wedding. Between walking down the aisle, some photos, sitting down to eat and lots of dancing, you’re going to be moving around a lot.
  • DO Have Fun: This is a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t get stressed out about finding a dress. Enjoy yourself and have some fun.

18 Most Pinned Heart Wedding Photos

20 Oct 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Thinking of what to add to your photo checklist to be organized at your big day? We propose you to take a look on heart wedding photos. Everybody knows that heart is a symbol of true love, happiness and marriage. But how to nicely include it to photo composition? See our gallery of most popular and pinned wedding photos with heart and grab some awesome ideas!

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Source: Haute Tramp, Christine Choi Photography, Zach and Sarah photography

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Source: Kim J Martin Photography, Emma Lucy Photography, cestbeaubystephanie via Instagram

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Beautiful Floral Hearts

Source: carmenweddings via Instagram, adrionahh via Instagram, lejardindedelphine via Instagram

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Source: Patricia Hau Photography, Natasja Kremers Photography, Mark Tattersall Photography

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Marvelous Hearts In Your Hands

Source: Anna Kim Photography, Mirage Photography Studios, elenaherdtphotography via Instagram

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Source: Ashfall Mixed Media Inc., Alen Fetani photography, Bethany & Dan photography

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8 Things Brides Forget To Do After The Wedding Reception

09 Oct 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Most brides think that after they’ve made it down the aisle, said those fateful vows and capped it all off with a massive party that their wedding responsibilities come to an end. But no–you’re wrong. Your to-dos have not ended just because the last guest has come and gone. As a Mrs. there are several tasks you must tend to before you jet off on that magical honeymoon. Yes, we know you are exhausted from all the schmoozing, chatting, dancing, and smiling, but if you fail to take care of these last must-dos you’ll miss out on some true goodies down the road. So don’t go comotose on us yet!

8 Things Brides Forget To Do After The Wedding Reception

Drop Off Wedding Gown To Cleaner

Drop off wedding gown to be cleaned. It is going to be dirty–trust us. It has been dragged around a dance floor, through grass, across bathroom tiles, you name it. Any chance of preserving the gorgeous gown means getting it to a proper cleaning company ASAP. Unfortunately, they sometimes suggest you cut off the bottom if it is really bad. Just make this a number one task after the big event.
Drop Off Wedding Gown To Cleaner
Preserve Top Layer of Cake

Preserve the top layer of your wedding cake. Assign someone, like your mother-in-law or your coordinator, to save the top tier of your cake before the wedding. Right after, you will want to store it properly in a freezer. Properly means removing any edible flowers (they will rot) or other non-food details and wrap the box in Saran wrap followed by a layer of tinfoil. On your one-year anniversary, bust that bad boy out and enjoy with champagne!
Preserve Top Layer of Cake
Collect Your Gifts

Collect all gifts left at venue. Again, this task should be assigned to someone or a space should be set up to collect envelopes and gifts (yes, people may hand you actual gifts at the reception). Make sure these are scooped up post-wedding by either yourself or a family member or friend. Don’t you want that cold, hard cash?! We thought so. Plus, you’ll have thank you notes to write.
Collect Your Gifts

Collect Floral Decorations

Collect all floral arrangements and decor accessories. Many times, your florist will come back the next day to collect any vases, candle holders, etc. that they have provided. But sometimes, this task falls on you. Wedding venues tend to clean up very quickly, which means if you leave it, they will trash it. Make sure you get that nice cake cutter you brought or the church urns your coordinator brought to the reception for flowers.
Collect all floral arrangements and decor accessories.
Pick up lost goods

Pick up any lost goods. There will always be those guests who leave behind essentials (uncomfortable shoes, ties, suit jackets, etc), especially if the dance floor is cray. If your venue is near your hometown, do everyone the favor of collecting the lost goods and bring them home for owners to collect. Or have the venue keep them in a safe space until they can be picked up. Your guests will thank you. Plus, you or your hubby may leave things behind, too!
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Check For Damages

Check for any damage to property. This is super important. Most wedding venue contracts will have a clause relating to property damage caused during your event. And you can guess who that bill gets sent to. If you are too tired to do it the night of, make a quick stop there the next day to walk around and inspect. (This is also a good time to look for any lost items.)
Check for any damage to property

8 Ways To Surprise Your Groom On The Big Day: From Sweet Notes To Fireworks

07 Oct 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

When it comes to wedding planning, the groom oftentimes takes a backseat. Since the attention is mostly on the bride, it’s easy to overlook the guy — even though he’s kind of an important part of the day (you can’t have a wedding without him).

Remind your man that the day is as much about him as it is about you by throwing in a surprise or two. Click through the slideshow above for 8 ways to catch your man off guard (in a good way!), from sweet love notes to sexy boudoir photos, to renting sick getaway cars and fireworks.

Bridal Boudoir

Boudoir photos: While he is getting ready, deliver him an album of boudoir photos of yourself. You may want to time this to when you know he won’t have a gaggle of groomsmen around him.

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Engrave His Wedding Band: With your name, your wedding date or just a special saying.

Engrave His Wedding Band: With your name, your wedding date or just a special saying.
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Booze: Send over a stash of booze for the fellas to enjoy while they are getting ready. It’s a gift you know will be appreciated.
Send over a stash of booze for the fellas to enjoy while they are getting ready. It’s a gift you know will be appreciated.
Love Note

Love Note: Right before you walk down the aisle – when everyone is lined up in front and ready to go — have the flower girl hand your man a note from you. It could be something simple like, “I can’t wait to kiss you.” He certainly won’t be expecting it and his reaction will be photo worthy.
 Right before you walk down the aisle – when everyone is lined up in front and ready to go -- have the flower girl hand your man a note from you.

If you have a sense of humor, have a ring bearer walk down the aisle with a sign that says, “Run, [Groom’s Name], Run!” Your guests will get a kick out of it and it will make for some great photos.
If you have a sense of humor, have a ring bearer walk down the aisle with a sign that says, “Run, [Groom's Name], Run!”
Patron Shots

Give in to something you kiboshed during planning the wedding: Maybe you didn’t want to hand out shots of Patron at the reception because you didn’t want the party to get too rowdy. Arrange for them. Were you worried that a cigar bar may stink up the dance floor? Find a way to make it work. If he really wanted a groom’s cake with his sport team’s logo on it, give in.
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Getaway Car

Rent An Amazing Get Away Car: He’ll be expecting a limo or a town car. Surprise him with a Bentley, a Checkered Cab, or whatever would catch him off guard.
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Fireworks: Surprise everyone — guests and groom! — with a grand finale fireworks display as you dash off.
Fireworks: Surprise everyone -- guests and groom!

Heavenly Serenity Blue & Rose Quartz Wedding Inspiration

30 Sep 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Following on from our look at stunning colours for a Fall wedding, today we continue the colour theme with the most beautiful inspiration shoot – because I couldn’t let 2016 disappear without one last nod to the prettiest palette of all! Pantone’s picks for colour of the year, Serenity & Rose Quartz. And this could be the loveliest take on the duo yet, with exquisite styling, lush florals and a beaded blue Wedding Dress to die for, it’s the perfect way to showcase just how romantic this palette is…..

Romantic Serenity & Rose Quartz Wedding Inspiration

I know when Pantone first announced this darling duo, I wasn’t convinced – I envisaged weddings looking more like a gender reveal. But today’s exquisite shoot shows how to keep this colour combination chic. Against the backdrop of the charming RiverOaks Charleston Wendy Kay of Birds Of A Feather Events styled a tablescape with relaxed grandeur, pairing coloured glass with ornate silverware and linens in soft shades of pink and blue.

Ash & Co. created a natural, radiant look with a soft side braid for our ethereal bride in her elaborately beaded blue bridal gown from Gossamer – talk about heavenly! An organic asymmetrical bouquet in the delicate starring shades by  The Southern Table completed the look with an air of pure romance.

The elegant calligraphy that adorned the light, watercolor and marble stationery from Southern Fried Paper, added olde world elegance and was the perfect finishing touch….. this is one of those shoots you are definitely going to want to have your pinning finger ready for!

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Divine, don’t you think? A huge thankyou to the wonderful creative team behind this vision of loveliness, and especially to Charla Storey for capturing the whole thing so flawlessly. If you love her romantic fine art style of photography and want to see more of her work, make her website your next stop! You will find her over at and you can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest for daily inspiration.

And if this darling colour duo have stolen your heart, you can see more of these hues in this charming Spring elopement and here in a delicately dreamy bridal shoot. Oh and you won’t want to miss this exquisite Modern Renaissance inspired shoot!




Contributors & Credits

Photography ~ Charla Storey Photography // Styling ~ Birds Of A Feather Events // Floral Design ~ The Southern Table // Gown ~ Gossamer |// Wedding Invitations ~ Southern Fried Paper // Hair & Makeup ~ Ash & Co. // Ribbon ~ Silk & Willow // Venue ~ RiverOaks Charleston // Model ~ Directions USA // Photo Lab ~ Goodman Film Lab

20 Wedding Food Trends You’ll See in 2017

29 Sep 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Gone are the days of run-of-the-mill reception hall caterers! In lieu of choosing from a selection of basic surf and turf options, couples are opting for a more unique approach to their wedding day eats.

From food trucks to themed stations, the options for personalized grub choices are truly endless. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 2017’s go-to food trends—because let’s honest, when it comes to everyone’s favorite part of the day, the menu takes the cake!

20 Wedding Food Trends You’ll See in 2017

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1. Food on wheels

The only thing that can make your favorite comfort food better is if it’s served from the window of a truck. Commissioning a food truck is perfect for trendy couples that are looking for an economical (and delicious!) way to feed their guests. Pizza, tacos, and ice cream are swoon worthy options for a relaxed outdoor soiree, or jazz it up for a fancier ordeal with a lobster truck and fish and chips!

2. Gatsby theme

You’ve found the Gatsby to your Daisy, so showcase your love with a Roaring 20s themed meal! Serve “moonshine” in mason jars, shrimp cocktail appetizers, and pineapple upside down cake for dessert. Tea sandwiches and champagne cocktails are also a must to create an era-friendly menu!

Wedding Drink Ideas

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3. Carnival food

Cracker Jacks, funnel cakes, cotton candy—the whole shebang! Serve all of the go-to carnival necessities, but dressed up for your formal affair.

4. After dance snack

Between tearing up the dance floor and sipping on your specialty cocktails, your guests will be aching for a late night snack. Satisfy their munchies—and give them strength to keep dancing!—with mini donuts and coffee, grilled cheese dippers with tomato soup, cookie and milk shots, or a pizza bar!

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Brian Bossany Photography

5. Theme

Get creative with your menu by choosing a theme to work around. Maybe an ode to bread, chocolate, salt, or bacon! Pick your favorite foods and curate a menu using different variations of those ingredients.

6. A new take on cocktails

Raise a glass to a decked out signature cocktail! Curate a Bloody Mary bar with all of your favorite fixins or create a beer flight representative of your time as a couple! Have a killer IPA while skiing in Colorado? Maybe a summer shandy on the lake on your first date? Put it on the list! If you’re going the signature drink route, we recommend a tangy libation for a summer soiree, or a cozy hot toddy for a winter wedding. Cheers!

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7. Brinner

Did someone say breakfast for dinner? That’s something we can always get on board with! Flaunt your love for bacon and waffles by serving breakfast at your reception. To avoid it looking like a local pancake feed, jazz it up by serving skewered waffles with sausages alongside of a maple syrup shot. Yum!

8. Brunch

You can never have enough breakfast food! Opt for a mid-morning ceremony and serve your guests a fantastic brunch complete with sparkling mimosas, Bloody Marys, pastries, and a yogurt parfait bar!

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9. Unique to you!

Show your guests a slice of who you are by serving items that are unique to you! Can’t get enough cereal? Try a cereal bar with all of your favorite grains. French fry aficionado? Dish up your favorite spuds!

10. Mini-everything

Everything—and we mean everything—is cuter in miniature form. Serve up shooters for the appetizer, main course, and dessert! Options abound for this fabulous route. Try feta salad shooters alongside of miniature shrimp cocktails for an appetizer, small sandwiches and soup shots for your main course, and chocolate mouse and raspberry macaroons for dessert!

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11. Food stations: the best of both worlds

Can’t decide between serving Indian cuisine or BBQ pulled pork sliders? We’re here to give you permission to have both! Meal stations bring together the best of both worlds by enabling you to have as many cuisine variations as you like! Drink stations will also set you apart while keeping your guests quenched and satisfied. Mimosa bar? Hot chocolate station? Count us in!

12. DIY station

Kids can’t have all of the fun! Create an adult Do It Yourself food station to unleash your attendees’ creative sides. We love the idea of a colorful snow cone station or a fireside s’mores bar!

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13. Edible Wedding favors

Who says the party has to end after the wedding is over? Send your guests home with your favorite yummy treats. Macaroons, homemade honey, and truffles are both easy to transport and delicious!

14. Wedding Cake Stand-ins

Maybe you don’t love cake…or maybe you just love something else way more! There are tons of alternative cake options out there to satisfy your sweet tooth. Donut towers, cupcakes, and cheese wheel cakes (yes, we said cheese!) are some of the latest trendy desserts—our mouths are watering just thinking about it! For something more outside of the box, try something representative of your culture. Norweigian? Ask your Scandinavian grandma to bake you a traditional Kransekaka. Or serve a croquembouche and macaroons for your French wedding celebration!

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15. Lose the Fork

Finger food isn’t just for kids anymore! Eliminate the need for silverware with skewers ranging from fun to elegant. From fruit to salmon to mini pizzas—we think that anything can be served on a stick!

16. Pre-game cocktails

Because why not? Serve up your favorite cocktails and champagne before the ceremony so your guests can sip away as you say “I do.” We can raise a glass to that!

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17. Signature cocktails

Nothing will make your guests feel more special than a mixologist creating their very own specialty beverages. Send them home with recipes for their personalized concoctions for a unique and functional favor!

18. Get Crafty

Perfect for the hops aficionado: showcase your brewing skills by serving your homemade brews and libations! Economical and unique, handcrafted beer is just the personal touch you’re looking for.

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19. Edible escort cards

Don’t wait to start the party! Send your guests to their tables with a one-of-a-kind treat—edible escort cards!

20. Curated food and drink pairings

The only thing that could make those handcrafted sliders even better is a perfectly paired ale! Curate your favorite foods with a corresponding drink for an extra-special flair. Try fish tacos alongside of margaritas for a casual outdoor affair, or spice it up for a formal gathering with vodka and caviar.

As you can see, the options are truly endless for planning a unique wedding day menu that will impress your guests and leave them talking about your celebration for weeks to come.

What are you planning on eating on your big day? Let us know in the comments below! Oh, and save us some?

10 Things Your Wedding Guests Don’t Care About

29 Sep 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

It’s a universal truth – wedding planning is stressful. With an endless list of decisions to be made, from the décor to the dress to the catering and everything in between, the stress can pile on at lightning-fast speeds. One minute, you’re trying to choose between roses and ranunculus, and before you know it, you’ve fallen down the Pinterest hole, scrolling between 19 slightly different shades of pink petals while stress eating wedding cake samples.

That said, there are more than a few items on your wedding checklist that guests pay far less attention to than you think. Instead of driving yourself crazy over the teeniest details, save yourself the headache (and probably a few bucks, too) by knowing what really matters to your guests, and more importantly, what doesn’t.

See Also: Ultimate Guide To Wedding Dresses Everything You Need to Know

10 Things Your Wedding Guests Don’t Care About

Read on for our handy list of wedding details that guests just don’t care about – plus a few that they do!

1) The Invitations

I hate to break it to you, but these little suckers end up in the recycling bin faster than you can say, “I now pronounce you husband and wife.” Sure, it’s the very first introduction to your wedding, but a beautiful invitation is a beautiful invitation. No one is judging your choice of paper stock, ornamentation or font (just trust me on this one).


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2) The Programs

See: Invitations (but with a far shorter lifespan).

3) The Guest Book

Ah, the thumbprint tree. Such a creative idea in theory, but it can get real messy, real fast. The anniversary wine, the Polaroid station, the wishing tree… Super cute, but super unnecessary. Guest books can get pricey, and the cost can really skyrocket once you start piling on the works. Do yourself a favor and keep it simple, or go ahead and nix it altogether. Your guests won’t miss it, and in the age of digital photography, you’ll have tons of tons of snaps of your family and friends sharing your special day. If that doesn’t beat a scrawled name on a page (or a smudgy thumbprint), I don’t know what does.

4) The Flowers

Now don’t get me wrong; floral arrangements are almost always a welcome addition to your chosen venue, and can inject the space with a bit of your personal style. But while no one will argue that golden dip-dyed roses aren’t totally gorg, they’re also a total waste of time and money. Trust us, no one will notice the lack of designer blooms, and your artfully arranged farmer’s market flowers will be just as striking – at a fraction of the price. Guests will appreciate the thoughtful, fragrant flourishes no matter what, regardless of whether you’ve chosen exotic blooms from far-flung corner of the world or locally grown greenery.


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5) The Linens

As a wedding guest, I just don’t pay much mind to your tablecloths. As long as I don’t have to eat my halibut off of a dirty old burlap sack, I’ll be just fine, thank you very much. Specialty linens can get costly, so save yourself the buck and choose something simple and functional that blends seamlessly with your décor – no muss, no fuss.


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6) The Dress

This one may be a bit controversial, but personally, I think that blowing your bridal budget on a fancy-shmancy gown just to wear it once and never again is less than practical. It’s not what you wear but how you wear it, so as long as you’re comfortable and feel like your best, most beautiful self, well, that’s good enough for me. That’s not to say that guests won’t remember an outlandish or ill-fitting dress, but if the bride is rocking a beautifully tailored gown that makes her look and feel like the goddess she is, guests won’t bat an eyelash at the lack of designer label.


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7) The First Dance

Short of a live performance by Adele to provide the soundtrack, no one will remember your first dance. In fact, a nervous, shaky, overly choreographed routine may be what sticks with them. Instead of the weeks of rehearsal required to try and fix your two left feet, it’s more important to just be yourself and enjoy the moment. Tackle a few moves that you feel 100% comfortable performing, no matter how simple, and watch the pressure just melt away. Great for you, great for your guests and great for your wedding photos… Everyone wins!


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8) The Cake

Towering layers, handcrafted sugar paste designs, 24-carat gold motifs… The painstakingly detailed wedding cake is certainly gorgeous, but guests won’t miss those details if you opt for an elegantly simple confection instead. As long as it tastes delicious, you’ve got a guaranteed crowd pleaser (and let’s be honest, it will, because CAKE). Speaking of tasty treats, a dessert bar is a great option as well. Swap the cake for an array of equally delish (and comparatively affordable) cupcakes, macarons or ice cream sundaes, and guests will be just as pleased.

Another alterative? Get creative. I once attended a wedding that ended with DIY cake slices. To this day, I haven’t a clue whether I opted for yellow cake, chocolate icing or sprinkles. What I do remember is the fabulous time I had making my own unique spongy treat and sharing the fun with my dear friends – and all it took was a simple sheet cake and a couple of tubs of creamy frosting. However seemingly crazy the idea, don’t be afraid to shake things up!


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9) The Bouquet Toss

This tradition has become somewhat archaic in recent years, with many brides opting to skip it altogether. Do it or don’t do it – it all depends on your vision – but rest assured that if you opt out, it’s likely that no one will miss it. Besides, less time assembling the masses for the ceremonial pitch means more time on the dance floor!


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10) The Wedding Favors

An edible sweet treat that guests that can enjoy in the afterglow of the wedding as they share memories of your spectacular soirée – well, I can’t argue with you there. But engraved champagne flutes, customized candles and other novelty items are forgettable for guests and an added expense for the bride and groom. A fancy soap might seem like a great idea for the fancy soaping-loving couple, but for most of your guests it’s basically the adult equivalent of getting raisins on Halloween. One in 50 will love it; the other 49 will dump them on your lawn.

As an alternative, take the money you had set aside for favors and donate those dollars to your charity of choice. A sweet note will let guests know that a donation has been made in lieu of those takeaway tchotchkes, a gesture that any wedding guest would be thrilled to support.

With that, we hope to help alleviate some of the stress of wedding planning by helping you not sweat the small stuff.

So what do guests care most about?

1) The Ceremony:

It goes without saying that guests will be overjoyed to watch the happy couple proclaim their love and be joined in wedded bliss – I mean, it’s kind of the whole point – but the crowd may start to get restless during a long, drawn-out ceremony. One of the most common guest complaints is having to sit through a too-long production, so keep it short and sweet (roughly 30 minutes or less) for a happy clan.


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2) The Food:

Enjoying a decadent meal with loved ones is a treat for guests, so make sure your food choices are crowd pleasers. A fantastic meal will keep those good vibes going, but a bad one could really bring down the mood. In addition, be sure to offer options for vegetarians or those with common allergies, like gluten and nuts.

3) The Drinks:

Weddings and booze go together like peanut butter and jelly. Bottom line: Keep the drinks flowing, because there’s nothing that wedding guests hate more than the liquor well running dry. Forgoing the fully stocked bar is fine; an edited menu of Champagne, wine, beer and one or two specialty cocktails will keep guests in high spirits all night long.


Tandem Tree Photography

4) The Music:

The tunes will be going strong from the first arrivals through the last dance, so make sure your music list is on point, especially once guests start hitting the dance floor. Skip the chicken dance and opt for fun, contemporary tunes that everyone is sure to know and love to unite the crowd and get people moving.


Jessica Ranae Photography

5) The Venue:

Common sense is the key here. Skip the outdoor venue during the hottest, most humid days of summer, and likewise, choose an indoor spot during the fall and winter months when temps may be chilly. Outside of the climate, a unique venue is something they’ll also care about, particularly if the journey to your wedding is a trek for some of your far-flung guests. A seriously cool spot is much more of a draw than, say, Hotel Ballroom #3, don’t you think?

Hopefully this guide to what guests truly care about can seriously help refocus your energy during the planning process. When in doubt, take a breath, heed our advice, and above all else, remain calm!

This Couple Married 57 Years Did A Photo Shoot Inspired By “The Notebook”

18 Sep 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

This is Clemma and Sterling Elmore, and they’ve been married for a whopping 57 years. On Sept. 2, they did a ridiculously adorable photo shoot inspired by The Notebook, because that movie hasn’t made you cry enough already.

This is Clemma and Sterling Elmore, and they've been married for a whopping 57 years. On Sept. 2, they did a ridiculously adorable photo shoot inspired by The Notebook, because that movie hasn't made you cry enough already.

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The photographer, Stacy Welch-Christ, told BuzzFeed News that the Elmores did the shoot just because.

The photographer, Stacy Welch-Christ, told BuzzFeed News that the Elmores did the shoot just because.

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“This was a photo shoot for Clemma and Sterling and their family,” she said. “It started as an idea suggested by a friend to take photos of Clemma and Sterling. I then thought the Notebook theme would fit them perfectly because they have such sweet love. It makes my heart happy to be able to give them these memories.”

The Elmores, who will celebrate their 58th anniversary on Feb. 28, were “a little nervous” at the start of the shoot, Welch-Christ said. However, she said pretty soon, “they just fell right into love.”

The Elmores, who will celebrate their 58th anniversary on Feb. 28, were "a little nervous" at the start of the shoot, Welch-Christ said. However, she said pretty soon, "they just fell right into love."

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“I told them they were just to pretend they were movie stars and act like this was a movie and have fun. As soon as they walked out for that first pose, it was the most natural love I have ever photographed,” she said. “Once we started, they were completely natural…smooching and giggling when they’d get tickled. It was the sweetest thing to watch and be a part of.”

Bawling is an understatement.

Bawling is an understatement.

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They obviously had a few props inspired by the movie.

They obviously had a few props inspired by the movie.

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“I wrote you every day for a year!” — not Sterling to Clemma, because they don’t mess around like Noah and Allie did.

To top it all off, they brought along a book filled with old photos from their marriage and notes they’d written to each other for the occasion.

To top it all off, they brought along a book filled with old photos from their marriage and notes they'd written to each other for the occasion.

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The couple told ABC News that the secret to their success is putting God first in their lives and their marriage, working at their relationship, and respecting each other.

They added: “We never fail to tell each other, probably 10 times a day, ‘I love you.’”



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Welch-Christ said the Elmores really liked the idea of basing the photo shoot on The Notebook, a movie they have seen twice and love.

Welch-Christ said the Elmores really liked the idea of basing the photo shoot on The Notebook, a movie they have seen twice and love.

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In case these two aren’t cute enough, get this: it was Clemma who proposed to Sterling nearly six decades ago.

In case these two aren't cute enough, get this: it was Clemma who proposed to Sterling nearly six decades ago.

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The couple was listening to a man asking a woman to marry him on a radio show. Clemma then decided to repeat the question to Sterling, ABC News reported.

“And he says ‘yes.’ And I thought ‘Oh, did he mean that?’” she said. “I didn’t want to ask him. I wanted him to ask me.”

Not only did he mean it, they got married the next Saturday.

Welch-Christ posted some of the photos from the shoot to her Facebook page last week, where they’ve since gotten more than 47,000 shares.

Welch-Christ posted some of the photos from the shoot to her Facebook page last week, where they've since gotten more than 47,000 shares.

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“We are totally overwhelmed. It just has got us just – well, we’re just humbled by the comments,” Clemma said.

So if you’re in need of revising your definition of “couple goals,” look to these two.

So if you're in need of revising your definition of "couple goals," look to these two.

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9 Mistakes Brides Make On The Morning Of Their Wedding

14 Sep 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

The morning of your wedding day is filled with lots of excitement. To make sure you have the perfect day ahead, don’t make these nine mistakes.



Not eating.

It’s going to be a long day and it’s not a good idea to go through it on an empty stomach. While you might be so excited or nervous that a full meal is out of the question, be sure to have some small snacks on hand to enjoy while you’re getting married.


Drinking too much.

One mimosa or glass of bubbly to calm the nerves is fine–knocking back a few glasses is out of the question. You don’t want to be buzzed or wasted before walking down the aisle and reciting vows in front of your nearest and dearest.


Finish DIY projects.

Don’t plan on getting up early to arrange flowers, put together favors, print out place cards, etc. You’ll be starting off your wedding day severely stressed out.


Running off schedule.

Those brides who are an hour or more late for their ceremony? Not cool. While you are the center of attention and the ceremony can’t start without you, it is beyond rude to leave guests (not to mention your groom) waiting that long. Make a day-of schedule for getting ready and stick with it.


Deciding on a different style.

Hopefully you’ve had your hair and makeup trials and have decided on a style. So don’t decide to switch things up the morning of, which will only lead to stress for you and your stylists.


Stressing about the weather.

Checking your weather app or looking out the window every five minutes will drive you–and everyone around you–crazy. Remember, you can’t control Mother Nature, so it’s best to just roll with whatever weather comes your way.


Answering your phone.

Whether it’s questions for a vendor or a relative asking for last-minute directions, do not answer your cell phone the morning of the wedding. Hand over the reins to either your wedding planner or maid of honor.


Packing for the honeymoon.

You have enough on your plate, so don’t add any more to-dos. Pack for the trip in advance so you don’t have to deal with it right before the wedding.



Getting a massage or facial.

While it’s a great idea to relax on the morning of the big day, getting a spa treatment is probably not a wise decision. If you get a facial or wax, you risk a reaction. And a massage can often lead to sore muscles. So find another way to unwind before you say I Do, such as a relaxing bath or some gentle yoga.


10 Things To Do Before You Start Planning Your Wedding

14 Sep 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

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It’s day 2 of our New Bride Guide series, and today we’re tackling the very first steps in the planning process. The bridges you need to cross once you get that ring on your finger. This includes announcing your engagement (the right way!), the decisions you need to make regarding size, date, and venue (before you even pick a dress or meet with a vendor), and even the difficult budgeting decisions that need to be made day 1.

The good news is that you got the rock. You got the guy. Congratulations! Now, before you start planning the most perfect, magical wedding day ever, there are a few details (To-do’s! Already!) to take care of first:

Remember: if there are any terms you don’t understand, check out our wedding dictionary.

1) Announce your engagement to friends and family — the right way. When announcing your engagement, a blast to all your Facebook friends is just not appropriate. We recommend categorizing your friends, families and acquaintances  by level of intimacy, and then announce the news in that order:

First tier: These are the people you should tell first, such as your parents, siblings and closest friends. Make sure they hear it from you, in person,  and not on their newsfeed. If you think there are other people who might want to hear it directly from you, maybe chronically single friends, the person who set you up, or your ex (if you’re still friends), pick up the phone and tell them yourself before they catch wind of the news.

Second tier: There are many people that you only keep in touch with via e-mail or see sporadically at parties. For that group, consider a digital announcement.

Third tier: Eventually you will want to make the engagement official online. When is it to update your Facebook relationship status to “Engaged”? Once you’ve gotten in touch (in person, via phone or e-mail) with all of your friends and extended family, you can update your social media profiles. This may be a week or 2 after the proposal, so be patient.

As for posting a photo of the ring, it’s a personal decision. It is generally accepted that one tasteful photo of the ring is acceptable, as long as you don’t go into specifics such as carat size or anything that may sniff of bragging. Err on the side of modesty.

2) Pick a date and time for your wedding. After asking to see the ring, most people will ask if you’ve set a date. The Knot offers some great pointers for picking a date, which include:

Availability: When planning a wedding, often two venues, both the church or temple and the reception hall, have to be in sync. You may not want a huge gap in time between the ceremony and reception, and this may play into what day you book. Transport between the two venues should also be considered and worked into your budget.

Sentimentality: What if you could get married on anniversary of your first date? The anniversary of your engagement? If you’re a sucker for romance and want a date or month that is special to you and your groom, go for it, under the caveat that you mightbe limiting your options.

Season: If you’ve always wanted an outdoor, tented wedding, you’re looking at a summer wedding. If you like black tie opulence, go for a winter, evening wedding. It’s important to do a little soul searching about what kind of bride you want to be when considering a wedding date.

Budget: June, August, September, and October are the most popular months to get married and will therefore be more expensive. Winter months, such as January, February and March, less so. Consider a Friday evening wedding if you find yourself in a peak wedding month but no available weekend wedding dates. (Instant excuse for a black tie event!). Venues almost always have Friday nights free and they generally charge less for them.

Something else to consider: black out dates. The truth is, some dates just won’t work. Holiday weekends seem like an awesome, obvious choice, but keep in mind that people often plan family vacations during them and travel fares may be higher. There are other wedding dates to avoid, such as the week between Christmas and New Year’s, as well as Thanksgiving weekend.

3) Choose the style of your wedding. Weddings are all about personal style and the event itself should be a reflection of your taste. If you’re a jeans and T-shirt kind of gal, a formal wedding may not seem authentic. There are a handful of other considerations:

Formal: It’s all champagne wishes and caviar dreams! Well, not exactly, but think big gestures, such as a black tie dress code, formal seated dining, top shelf liquor, a big band, a ball gown for the bride and tuxedos for the groomsmen. Consideration: formal weddings often come with a hefty pricetag (although there are always ways to cut costs.)

Informal: You can still get married without the pomp and circumstance of a big, formal wedding.  Informal works well for small weddings, rustic or outdoor locations, couples on a budget (or where the parents aren’t contributing), destination weddings (barefoot on the beach), and are often less expensive than formal ones. Consideration: limit the number of attendants and encourage guests to come as they are (cocktail or casual attire).

Traditional: A traditional wedding reception starts with a spiritual ceremony at a church, temple or other house of God, then proceeds to a receiving line, cocktail hour, introduction of the couple, first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, toasts, seated dinner, cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss… phew, you still with me? Consideration: the most traditional of weddings require a planner (there are many parts and people to orchestrate!).

Destination: When members of both families are spread across the country, a destination wedding is a good idea, and can serve as neutral territory. Destination weddings can be held anywhere – the beach, mountains, wine country, foreign country, castle, cruise, the city where you met. Consideration: Match your decor, color scheme and theme to the locale. If you’re having a beach wedding, nautical invitations or a starfish centerpiece is fun.

Civil Ceremony: Just want to elope? All you’ll need is a civil ceremony, which is usually held at city hall or the local justice of the peace. Everyone — even if they are having the biggest bash known to man — has to pick up their marriage license at city hall anyway. Make a day of it.

4) Settle on a budget: It used to be traditional for the bride’s family to pay for the wedding, but it’s becoming more common for both sides to chip in. Talking about money is almost always awkward, and add in laws, a huge event like a wedding, and heightened emotions, and the whole process can feel like a root canal. In fact, dental work may even be preferred.

Some tips:

Be clear on what you and your fiance want: Before you start hitting up the family, map out what you and your fiance could afford on your own. That way, if neither side can offer you anything, you still have a an outline of a day you both like and can afford. Anything else will be an upgrade.

Know how much weddings cost in your area: Large metropolitan areas, such as New York City, will be more expensive than the suburbs. A little web research, as well as a few phone calls to vendors, can answer a lot of questions for you. Be sure to also check out our advice for easy ways to cut corners on everything for your wedding.

Attitude check: no one owes you a wedding. Other friends’ parents may have paid for their big days, but yours may not be able to. Keep expectations in check. Sit down and start by telling them that you do not want to assume that they are planning to pay for your wedding, but you need to know if they can so that you can create a budget. Your fiance should have a similar conversation with his family. These talks should happen separately. If either side is willing to contribute, be sure to involve them as much as you can. It’s their money you’re spending, after all.

Use an online budgeting tool — and stick with it: There are lots of budget calculators online and you should definitely use one. It will keep your spending in check. The temptation will always be to spend more or invite a few more people. Remember that your wedding is the first day of your new life together, so there’s no need to blow your life savings on one day where there are many more days ahead.

5) Estimate, roughly, the size of your guest list: Budget will most likely dictate the size of your guest list. A little arithmetic will tell you how many people you can invite. If you have $20,000 to spend on the reception, and the venue charges $100 a head, you can invite up to 200 people. Create lists of people you must invite, such as family members and very close friends, and find a cut off for everyone else. Easy ways to make cuts are people you haven’t spoken to in over a year, eliminating co-workers, second cousins, etc. Be sure to consult our list of people you should never invite to your wedding.

For more guest list tips, check out our list of 10 common guest list questions, which were answered by an actual etiquette expert. If invited guests start giving you trouble, we decoded the 10 most annoying wedding guests, and how to deal with them.

6) Determine the size of your bridal party and who will be in it: You may have a lot of friends, but they don’t all have to be in your wedding party. Most people would actually prefer to just be a guest. It’s even become trendy to not have a bridal party at all, shy of brothers or sisters who serve as best men or maids of honor. The more people you have in your wedding party the more complications will arise, so keep things simple. If you decide to include close friends as well as family members, read up on how to keep your Bridesmaids happy.

7) Decide whether you need a planner: It may seem like a luxury to hire someone to plan your wedding, but in the long run they can be worth every penny. If nothing else, consider hiring one for the big day to organize vendors and other details while you get ready. Destination weddings almost always require a local wedding planner, since they know local vendors and customs. Wedding planners have other bonuses, such as getting you deals you wouldn’t get otherwise. Check out our guide to what your wedding planner should be doing for you.

8) Narrow your venue options down to 3.  There are a lot of factors when it comes to choosing the venue. The bottom line will come down to how much you get for your money. Unexpected deal breakers can include whether you can or have to bring in your own food, and if there are approved food vendors. Bringing your own liquor can be less expensive, so be sure to ask about corkage fees. Be clear about the payment schedule before you sign anything.

There are, of course, places where you should never get married.

9) Research vendors: Referrals are some of the best preliminary research you can do. Ask your recently married friends who they used and start your research there. Pay attention to reviews on Facebook or Yelp. If there are more than a handful of bad reviews, keep looking. And yes, legitimate vendors will be completely covered in the web and social media space. Pick up a few local wedding magazines as well for more ideas.

Stay organized and download a list of vendors you’ll need to contact. Know what to ask them, too. Don’t forget to book an officiant — you can’t get married without one. We have a great cheat sheet for picking the right officiant.

10) Ask family members (in laws, parents and groom) for a preliminary guest list/guest size: If someone else is picking up the tab for your wedding, you may have to play a few of their reindeer games when it comes to the guest list.  If you start to wonder why you father’s dentist’s daughter is on the list, it’s time to tactfully pull a Will & Kate. When they didn’t recognize many of the names on the guest list that Buckingham Palace put together, they made the point that they wanted control. Chelsea Clinton and her husband did the same thing. The offending inviters will understand. Eventually.

Another way to control the size of the guest list is to consider the size of the venue. A room that seats 100 can’t hold 200, so blame the laws of physics when you have to make a case for cutting your mother’s tennis buddies.

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