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The 30 Things You Must Do In The 30 Days Before Your Wedding

20 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas


The month leading up to your wedding day is a busy one with lots of things to do. To make sure you don’t forget anything important, check out this list of 30 tasks you need to do in the 30 days before your I Dos.

1. Get a final head count. It’s a sad fact of life that many people simply don’t RSVP–even to a major event like a wedding. Once your deadline has passed, it’s time to start calling or emailing those people who haven’t sent back their response cards. You can ask your parents and maid of honor to help you out if it’s a large list.

2. Set your final fitting. Put those final touches on your wedding gown before the big day.

3. Decide on hair and makeup. You should have already booked your beauty pros, so it’s time to nail down how you’ll wear your hair and makeup when you walk down the aisle.

4. Make spa appointments. Book your mani and pedi–as well as any waxing, massage, etc.–appointments to make sure you get the time you want.

5. Get your marriage license. In many states, the license is only valid for a set amount of time. Check with your local town hall to find out what the requirements are where you’re getting hitched.

6. Meet with vendors. About two weeks before the big day, you’ll want to call all of your vendors to make sure they’re set for the wedding. Go over what time they need to arrive, what they’ll be doing, etc. If you have a wedding planner, you can delegate this task to her.

7. Create a wedding day timeline. Set a schedule for the wedding day–when hair and makeup starts, when the photographer should show up, etc.–and share it with your planner, vendors, bridal party, etc. to make sure the day runs smoothly and on time.

8. Pack your emergency kit. Hopefully, nothing will go wrong, but it’s best to be prepared. To find out what you need, check this out.

9. Figure out seating. This is one of the hardest wedding-related tasks, but it’s a necessity. Make it less stressful by looking at these tips.

10. Print out place cards. Once you’ve got the seating under control, you can print out place cards. This is something you can easily DIY if you want.

11. Put together favors. Finalize your favors (if they’re edible, you might want to order them a bit closer to the wedding date) and if they need to be packaged, ask your Bridesmaids for some help.

12. Create a wedding program. This is also something you can easily DIY using an online template and pretty stock paper bought at a craft store.

13. Make welcome baskets. If you have out-of-town guests, putting together welcome baskets for them is a nice touch.

14. Deliver final song list to band or DJ. Create a list of must-have songs for the reception, as well as important dances (first, parent, etc.)

15. Send shot list to photographer. You’ll also want to jot down a list of important shots you want your photographer to capture on the big day.

16. Check in on the groomsmen. Men can sometimes be forgetful, so send out a friendly reminder about sending in their measurements for tuxes, scheduling their fittings and pickup times.

17. Confirm transportation. Go over pickup times and locations for the day.

18. Buy gifts for bridal party. Wrap them and write out thank you cards for everyone participating in your special day.

19.Write a love note to your groom. With all of the business of planning the day, it can be easy to lose sight of why you’re even throwing this wedding. To make sure your groom knows what’s important to you, write him a love note to give him the night before the wedding.

20. Finalize the rehearsal dinner. Your future in-laws might be planning and paying for this, but you’ll still want to check in to make sure it’s going smoothly.

21. Check in on your Bridesmaids. Make sure everyone has their dresses fitted, accessories ready and they know where they have to be ad when.

22. Jot down a few words. Be prepared to say a few words at the rehearsal dinner–it’s a great chance to thank your parents, bridal party and your out-of-town guests.

23. Prep the dress. Have your dress pressed one last time before you put it on.

24. Go over the ceremony with your officiant. Include any important readings or anything you want him to speak about during the vows.

25. Practice your first dance. Whether you’ve taken lessons or not, you should do a run through with your groom before hitting the dance floor. Nervous? Look at these tips to wow your guests.

26. Confirm honeymoon plans. Check up on flights, hotel reservations, excursion plans and anything else honeymoon-related.

27. Make a honeymoon list. Write down everything you want to bring on your honeymoon so you don’t forget anything.

28. Pack. Don’t leave packing for the honeymoon until the last minute–you’ll have so much to do those few days before the wedding. So it’s best to do this in advance.

29. Deliver ceremony extras. The unity candle, programs, extra décor–drop all of this off to the locale a few days before the big day.

30. Take it all in. Try your best to stay stress-free and enjoy these last few weeks and days before you say I Do.

The Top 10 Biggest Wedding Guest Complaints

16 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Every couple wants their wedding to be an event to remember for their guests, but there are times when your day can be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Gross food? Too loud music? Getting lost on the way from the ceremony to the reception? While it’s pretty much impossible to make everyone happy (some people just love to gripe), you can easily avoid some of the most common complaint causers by following the no-fail advice from our panel of wedding experts. This will ensure your wedding is a good time for (almost) all.


No AC in the summer. While you might love the idea of getting hitched in that old church that doesn’t have air conditioning or an outdoor garden with no shade, sitting in the sweltering heat will only make your guests sweaty and miserable. Instead, try to find a compromise that will give you what you want without sacrificing your guests’ comfort, such as having the ceremony in a cool spot and taking photos in the other locations.



The venues are too far apart. When your ceremony and reception are being held in two separate locations, be sure you don’t make them too far away. “Anything more than a 30 minute drive is too far for guests to travel–especially if most guests are traveling from out of town to attend the wedding anyway,” says Taryn Blake. “If you can’t find a space that is all-inclusive, try to find two venues within relatively short distance from one another.” If having venues that are far apart is simply unavoidable, provide transportation for guests to get from one place to the other and then back to their cars.


Taking Pics

There’s too much time between events. After the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom and wedding party usually go to a separate location to take photos. The guests should have a designated place to go with food and beverages and entertainment while waiting for the bride and groom to join the reception. “This is the reason behind a cocktail hour, so the guests are fed and entertained while wedding party photos are being taken,” says Kristin Watkins. “Any longer than an hour is too long and your guests will start to get antsy.”



The music is too loud. “For whatever reason bands and DJ’s feel the louder they play the more guests enjoy the party–not true in my opinion,” says wedding planner Shawn A. Rabideau. “The music should be loud enough that guests can dance and have a good time. But also low enough that conversations can be had. Talk with your band or DJ and tell them on a scale of one to ten (ten being the loudest) you want music at a five or six. When the older guests start to leave later in the evening then you can go to a seven or eight. But anything higher is just way too much and unnecessary.”


Cash Bar

There’s no open bar. We know, it can be expensive to offer an open bar, but it’s what guests expect (and want). Save money by serving beer and wine, and then choose two cocktails that the bride and groom love to share with their guests, recommends Tristan Tilma, CEO/Founder of Stagsource. “This will be far cheaper than having an open bar, and give you a chance to share a little more about yourselves with your guests. And chances are not everyone is going to be a huge fan of the two cocktails you choose and thus you’ll save on alcohol!”


Reception Table

Having to sit at the “wrong” table. A young couple sitting at the senior table; exes having to endure having dinner with one another–and their new partners; your parents’ friends seated right near the DJ speakers. These are just a few seating faux pas that annoy guests and cause stress for couples. Tilma recommends using to arrange where your guests are going to sit to make sure it becomes a perfect night.


Wedding Food

Bad Food (or not enough).You expect the food you will receive as a guest, and the food ordered by the family, would be tasty. But what happens when the food is unsalted and the fish and meat are cooked to bricks? “You get frustrated and hungry guests, as well as unhappy parents of the bride/groom,” says Preeti Moberg. She suggests having a family member taste test the food before it goes out to the tables. You also need to make sure your venue and caterer has an accurate head count before the wedding day so there is enough food ordered and prepared for the event. The last thing you need is for guests to leave your reception still hungry and looking to make a fast food run on the way home.



Ignoring special requests or needs. This includes little things like making accommodations for guests with disabilities, accounting for children in the planning, providing ample numbers of highchairs, proper meal options (vegan options or kids’ meals). “More often than not, these are the “little” details that slip through the cracks when planning and are often overlooked, leaving guests feeling marginalized,” says Rob Farrow.

[Photo: Wedding Paper Divas]


Kids are running the show. Even if kids are included on the guest list, it’s important to remember this is an adult party, not a kids birthday, says Blake. “I often overhear guests saying kids are taking over the dance floor–and many times, I see their parents doing more, well, parenting, than actually enjoying the night!”


Thank You Notes

Not getting a thank you note. A guest could attend your wedding and think that it was the most beautiful event they have ever attended. However, if weeks or months go by and they don’t see a note from you recognizing their attendance, or worse yet their gift, they could end up with a sour taste in their mouth, says Caroline Kennedy. “Thank you notes are a personal and simple way to show guests that you appreciate their presence.”

[Photo: Minted]

How To Match Your Wedding Hairstyle To Your Wedding Gown

16 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Finding the perfect Wedding Dress is only the first step in putting together your look for the big day. You’ll also need accessories, makeup—and to figure out what to do with your hair. And certain gowns will look best with certain hair styles, says Marlene Montanez of Latest-Hairstyles. Here are some of their ideas for pairing your wedding day hair with your dress.


Backless Dress. Backless Wedding Dresses are on trend right now, and whether it’s completely open in the back, partially so or just the illusion of an open back with lace detailing, you’ll likely want to show that part of the dress off. Consider an updo for your wedding day hairstyle to give your back the spotlight. If you aren’t feeling an updo, but still want something that’s flattering, you can also try a longer hairstyle where your hair is pulled and styled to the front and side. Think an ultra-glamorous low side pony.


Strapless/Sweetheart Dress. Strapless and sweetheart-neck dresses are still some of the most popular Wedding Dress styles. The good news is, they not only flatter just about every figure, they work with just about any hairstyle, too! If you are having a church ceremony or concerned about showing too much skin, consider wearing your hair down–even in a sleek, straight style or long, loose curls, instead of a formal updo.

[Photo: Erich McVey]


The Ultra Glam Gown. A super dramatic dress with lots of embellishments needs a more sophisticated style. Whether you choose to embrace the glamour with a sleek updo or play the contrast game by going with a more loose, natural look, almost anything goes. But you’ll want to stay away from trendy dos like braids.


Boho or Beach Dresses. If you are having a beach wedding or a more casual affair, embrace the afternoon vibe with a non-fussy look. Long hair styled in beachy waves or even loose braids pulled back are perfect for beach weddings. And brides with long or short hair can experiment with some pretty bridal hair accessories, like flowers, headbands and even the new feather hair pieces.


The Understated Dress. If your dress is simple, sophisticated and elegant, you can play up the drama with your hair. For down hairstyles, that means lots of volume and for updos, that means pretty bridal hair accessories and glamorous styles that incorporate lots of curls.


One-Shoulder Gown. A one-shoulder gown is great for showing off fabulous arms and a little skin, so don’t want your hair covering that up. A half-up, half-down wedding hairstyle is a great way to balance off this asymmetrical look. If your wedding is a bit on the formal side, an updo works really well with this look, too.


The 10 Biggest Things All Brides Forget

16 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

With all the wedding planning you’re doing right now, it’s hard to imagine there’s any detail you haven’t thought of – but trust us, there are certain to-dos that somehow never make it to the top of list. Here are 10 essentials to keep front of mind:

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Image: Lucy Leonardi Photography


1) Making post-wedding plans

We’re not talking about the honeymoon here (who would forget to plan that?). We mean you need to decide what you’re doing immediately after your wedding. If you don’t want the party to end with the last dance, you should pick a late-night spot in or near one of the guest hotels. If privacy isn’t all that important, book your wedding night room in the same hotel as your guests. If you just want to get to bed, we strongly suggest you book a room elsewhere.

2) Bringing your overnight bag

If you’re allowed to check into your hotel room early — and you don’t personally need to be there to officially check in — pick someone to drop your overnight bag at your hotel before your ceremony starts. A guest who’s staying at the same place will more than likely be happy to do this for you, since they’re going to have to check in anyway! If your things can’t arrive sooner than you, ask a Bridesmaidto be responsible for bringing your bag to the wedding and finding a safe spot for it in the bridal suite. Even easier, if you’ll have the same car or limo for the entire day and night, opt to keep your stuff in the boot.

3) Picking someone to take your things home after the reception

Your gifts, mementos (think toasting flutes, cake topper, unity candle and guest book) and any leftover food, booze or cake need a trusty escort to get them home. Choose a person and let them know about their responsibility. And you may want to donate your centrepieces. Nursing homes typically accept flowers, but call at least a few days before the wedding to find out when someone can drop off the arrangements. If you’re changing out of your gown before you head to your hotel room, you’ll need a person to take it home, too— even if you have no plans to get it professionally preserved, you don’t want to leave it behind! Make sure there’s a hanger and a garment bag on hand (the one your dress came with will do!) so your gown stays in tip-top shape.

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Image: Lucy Leonardi Photography

4) Deciding where everything goes

Besides planning where all of your guests sit, you need to figure out where you’ll put programs, escort and place cards, menus (if you’re having them) and bomboniere. Once you’ve decided who’s going to set these out — your wedding coordinator, Bridesmaids and banquet managers are all good choices — give them clear instructions on where they should go (one bomboniere on every other plate at tables, for instance, if you want couples to share the takeaways, or all of them in two baskets by the exits if you want guests to pick them up on the way out). Also, if your venue’s staff will be setting out these items, find out when you can drop everything off — some venues want everything a couple of days before your wedding; others won’t take anything until the actual day.

5) Decorating the other areas

Of course, no guest will walk out of your wedding if the bathrooms and cocktail bar are left bare. But with all the energy that’s put into dressing up the reception and ceremony spaces, you might want to put in the small extra effort to give these spots the décor they deserve. A few candles will work.

6) Buying gifts for the wedding party

When gifts are constantly coming to your door, it’s hard to remember that you also need to dole some out! So who makes it on the gift list? Everyone who plays a role in your day — yes, your parents and future in-laws, too. You don’t need to make a big presentation.

7) Choosing how to gather the gifts

If you’re not having a wishing well, there are three times when guests are likely to thrust gifts at you: while they’re in the receiving line, during your table visits and when they leave for the night. Designate a person — one of your Bridesmaids, your mum or your groom’s mum — to collect envelopes, and have them by your side with a large but inconspicuous bag when you’re saying hello and goodbye to your guests. That person should also keep an eye out for guests who seem a little lost at the reception — they may be trying to figure out where they should put their gift! If you decide instead to have a wishing well, box or other stationary receptacle, add a cute sign and tell a few people to subtly spread the word around.

8) Figuring out your day-after plans

If you’re leaving for your honeymoon straight from your hotel, make advance arrangements for a car service to take you from the hotel to the airport, and be sure you bring any luggage you want with you on your trip (and a passport if you need it). If you’re not going on your honeymoon right away, then you need to know where you’re going the morning after your wedding (home, or your parents’ house?) and how you’re going to get there. Park your car at the hotel before your wedding if you’re allowed, or ask a friend to come pick you up and bring you where you want to go the next day. Don’t schedule your ride too early — you’ll probably be exhausted.

9) Bringing the legal documents

Signing your marriage certificate after the wedding ceremony is one of the most important aspects of your day; after all, it officialises the reason you threw a wedding in the first place! After all the hours of planning, you’re probably more focused on the party afterwards than the legal side of your nuptials, but without the paperwork, all the stress and money spent will be for nothing. Your celebrant should hopefully keep you on top of all the legal requirements, such as lodging your Notice of Intended Marriage at least one month prior to your wedding day, and bringing along three marriage certificates for you to sign on the day. Also, there is a ‘Declaration of No Legal Impediment to Marriage’ which you will need to sign close to, and prior to the marriage taking place. Check with them a few days before the wedding so you can have peace of mind.

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10) Making and confirming itineraries

Check in with every single supplier, from the limo driver to the linen rental company, one week before your wedding. Many of them will beat you to it, so be ready to go over times and locations whenever you get a call. Send out agendas to your Bridesmaids and groomsmen, too — how else will they know what time you’re taking photos? If someone in the bridal party is notorious for being late, start their schedule half an hour early just in case.

10 Things Brides Forget To Do After Their Wedding Ceremony

15 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Use the Bathroom

Use the bathroom. You’re going to be taking photos, greeting guests and preparing for your first dance as husband and wife, so it might be hard to find a lot of time to visit the restroom during the reception. Before you get back in that limo, be sure to take a bathroom break–and don’t forget to take a few Bridesmaids with you to help maneuver the dress while you pee.

Retouch Makeup

Retouch your makeup. You kissed your groom and maybe even shed a tear or two swapping your vows, so you’re definitely in need of a little retouching before moving on. Bring along a small purse that you can keep in the car (or have a friend or family member hold on it) that has everything you need–oil blotting papers, concealer, lip gloss, etc.–to make sure you look picture perfect all day.

Alone Time

Spend alone time with groom. You’re finally husband and wife, and there’s nothing rude about sneaking away for a few minutes for some alone time. It will give him time to gush over how gorgeous you look and for the both of you to reflect on the ceremony. In fact, in Jewish tradition, couples spend alone time in another room to signify their new status as husband and wife.


Eat Something

Eat something! One big bridal complaint: Many don’t get to sample the delicious food at their own wedding! You spent so much time agonizing over the menu, you deserve to enjoy it along with your guests. And since you’ll likely be drinking during the party, it’s best to do so on a full stomach anyway.

Comfortable Shoes

Slip into comfortable shoes. If you plan to take outdoor photos, you don’t want your heels sinking into the grass. Or at the very least, you’ll want to be able to dance during the reception. (Despite what Carrie Bradshaw might say, your feet will hurt once you spend a few hours in heels). Be sure to bring a pair of flats so you never have to go barefoot during the event (unless you’re getting hitched on the beach!).

Take Off Your Veil

Take off your veil. If you don’t want to wear it all night or for the first dance, it’s probably easiest to take it off right after the ceremony since you’ll have to be super careful not to ruin your ‘do during the process. This is a task you maid of honor or mom can help you with.

Engagement ring

Put your engagement ring back on.During the ceremony, you’ll want to leave your ring finger on your left hand free so your groom can slip on your wedding band. You can simply move your engagement ring to your right hand or have someone hold it for you until after your vows, when you can slip it back on for the reception. Remember: The band is usually worn closest to your heart on your left hand.


Check Out Your Ceremony Space

Check out your ceremony space. Another thing a bride forgets is to really see the ceremony space, says Mystique Latese, founder of Coordinator for a Day. “Often she is brought into the church or the ceremony location as part of a covert operation in order to keep her out of sight. The only moment she experiences the space is when she walks down the aisle.” Take the time to see the flowers and the décor, see the altar where you stood and the space


Thank Wedding Party

Thank your parents and bridal party. It’s a great time to also have a private moment where you express you gratitude for all they have done for you and your groom on this special day. It’s also an opportunity for these close friends and family members to have the bride and groom all to themselves for a final moment before they have to share you with the rest of the guests. “The next phase of the wedding day is a flurry of food and fun and after the ceremony is a perfect time for private moments such as these,” says Latese.

Collect Sentimental Items

Collect ceremony items. Don’t leave behind anything of value–sentimental or otherwise–at the ceremony space. Extra programs, the unity candle, the Ketubah, or family photos that might have been on the altar are things that can easily be forgotten during the excitement that occurs after your vows. Assign a friend or family member to gather everything and hold onto it for you until you get back from the honeymoon.

Who to Invite to your Wedding

04 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas
Found via Invitations by Dawn

I cannot even tell you how many times my clients were in an argument with their parents/grandparents/uncles/aunts/god parents/neighbor’s sister’s friend’s cat…. about who is invited to the wedding.

We think this graphic is perfect for solving that argument… just use the graph and you’ll be in the right every time.

Classic and Intimate Wedding on Long Beach Island – Sarah DiCicco

02 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

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

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

The Couple: Kelly and Joe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25 Ideas for a Mickey and Minnie Inspired Disney Themed Wedding

01 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

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

mickey and minnie inspired disney themed wedding ideas

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

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

cute mickey mouse floral for disney wedding aisle decor

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10 Trending Wedding Theme Ideas for 2016

01 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

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

top 10 wedding theme ideas for 2016 wedding trends

Christine Pienaar Photography via SMP


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

2016 trending greenery natural lush wedding ideas

Brian Tropiano via Green Wedding Shoes/Confetti Day Dreams/

Acres of Hope Photography via Mod Wedding/Loft Photographie LLC via SMP/


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

marsala and gold vintage themed wedding ideas for 2016

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


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

chic boho wedding theme ideas for 2016

Flower Cube-Tulle & Chantilly/Hang Decorations-Brenner Liana via Hello May/Bride-Lucinda May Photography 

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Twilight Forest

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

2016 trending twilight forest themed wedding ideas


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

fairytale themed wedding decoration ideas for 2016 trends

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Pastel Colors

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

Rose Quartz and Serenity pastel wedding color ideas for 2016 trends

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

garden themed wedding ideas for 2016 trends

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Wedding Trends to Watch for in 2016

01 Jul 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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