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

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

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

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

34 Last-Minute Wedding Planning Tips:


Gorgeous Photos by Whim Photography

One to Two Weeks Out:

In no particular order…

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

19. Sometimes shoes hurt. Practice walking in yours.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Day Before:

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


You’re finally ready for the big day!

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

65 DIY Wedding Food Bar Ideas

30 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

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

Wedding food bars!

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

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

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

65 Wedding Food Bar Ideas

Cassie Rosch Photography

Cassie Rosch Photography


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

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

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

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

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

Laurelyn Savannah Photography Whim Photography

Laurelyn Savannah Photography & Whim Photography

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

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

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

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

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

spencer combs photography

Spencer Combs Photography

Appetizers & Finger Food

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

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

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

12. Baked Potato: Same toppings, different potatoes.

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

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

Brian Bossany Photography

Brian Bossany Photography

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

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

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

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

19. Cheese & Cracker: Easy and delicious.

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

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

Tandem Tree Photography

Tandem Tree Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erin Johnson Photography

Erin Johnson Photography


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

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

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

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

Ray + Kelly Photography

Ray + Kelly Photography


Finally, the main course!

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

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

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

Ray + Kelly Photography

Ray + Kelly Photography

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

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

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

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

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

Kye Samuelson Photography

Kye Samuelson Photography


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cassie Rosch Photography


Would one of these DIY desserts satisfy your sweet tooth?

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

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

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

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

The Freckled Key Photography

The Freckled Key Photography

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

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

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

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

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

57. Chocolate Fountain: Pretty tasty and lookin’.

Jody Savage Photography

Jody Savage Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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


Cassie Rosch Photography

For the DIY-Disabled:

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

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

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

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

Bella Belle 2016 Wedding Shoes “Eternal” Lookbook

27 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas
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Well what do you know, it’s Friday! Today we invite you to kick back and enjoy this absolutely dreamy pictorial for Bella Belle’s 2016 bridal shoes collection. Bella Belle Shoes, founded by BFFs Erina and Veronyca, prides itself in producing small-scale, fully-handmade, high quality shoes that are exquisitely romantic. The light-filled “Eternal” lookbook, shot by Rachel May Photography, showcases Bella Belle’s stunning 2016 lineup that includes elegant lace peep-toes (there’s one in blush and another in gold… SQUEE!), pumps with embellished heels, regal flats and strappy destination wedding-ready sandals. You might want to savor these images slowly — they are filled with incredible, swoontastic details! Enjoy!

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23 Insanely Romantic Quotes You’ll Want To Include In Your Wedding Vows

25 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

We recently asked Our members to share what they included in their wedding vows. Here are some of the most inspiring submissions:

1. A tribute to the cosmos:

A tribute to the cosmos:

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

“Since my husband’s an atheist, but let us have our wedding in my family’s church, we snuck in a Carl Sagan quote.”

—Jessie Atwell, Facebook

2. This quote from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

“I paraphrased a line from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: ‘If ever two people were more meant for each other, we’ll just have to hunt them down, kill them, and bury them in the desert.’”

—Lynne Carpenter, Facebook

3. This lovely portion of an Anne Sexton poem:

“Our vows were part of an Anne Sexton poem, ‘Admonitions to a Special Person’:

‘Love? Be it man. Be it woman.
It must be a wave you want to glide in on,
give your body to it, give your laugh to it,
give, when the gravelly sand takes you,
your tears to the land. To love another is something
like prayer and can’t be planned, you just fall
into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief.’”


4. One of Amy Poehler’s greatest lines:

One of Amy Poehler's greatest lines:

“I quoted Amy Poehler from one of our favorite SNL skits.”


5. A celebration of all things Beetlejuice:

“In my wedding vows, I said, ‘I promise to not make you watch Beetlejuice more than twice in a month.’ It’s one of my favorite movies and I turn it on a lot of the time for background noise when we’re home. My husband also put Beetlejuice into his vows, saying that we could watch it once a week. Everyone in the congregation laughed and even asked us if we planned it that way, but we didn’t — it’s just more proof we’re meant to be.”


6. Joey’s handwritten ceremony from Friends:

“We had the Joey speech from Friends: ‘It is a love based on giving and receiving as well as having and sharing. And the love that they give and have is shared and received. And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and love and have…and receive.’”


7. A passage from a Dante Alighieri poem:

A passage from a Dante Alighieri poem:

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

“I promised my eternal love to the man who has held my hand through some of the most devastating moments of my life, who spent days on the other side of my bedroom door when I was suffering from depression. But I ended my vows with Dante Alighieri’s poem ‘La Vita Nuova.’”

—Stephanie Lisa-Marie Santos, Facebook

8. A Frozen moment that’ll melt your heart:

“Me: …and we will always finish each other’s…
Husband: …sandwiches!

“I didn’t tell him I was going to say it, but he knew exactly what to say when I did!”


9. A surprisingly sweet section of Hamlet:

“I’m an English teacher, and Hamlet is my favorite Shakespearean play. Although it ends in tragedy, I included lines from Hamlet’s letter to Ophelia:

‘Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun (changed this to earth for obvious reasons!) doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
I am ill at these numbers. I have not art to reckon my groans, but that I love you best, oh, most best, believe it.’”

—Christina K

10. The Fraser clan motto from Outlander:

The Fraser clan motto from Outlander:

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

“At the end of my vows, I added the Fraser clan motto from Outlander, which means ‘I am ready.’ I was pretty proud of my nerdy self for that one.”


11. Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope’s cutest promise:

“Our vows include Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope’s ‘I love you and I like you’ from Parks and Recreation. A great tribute to my absolute favorite TV show and some really inspirational characters.”

—Sarah Mosher, Facebook

12. A classic line from Toy Story:

“My husband and I used ‘To infinity and beyond’ from Toy Story.”


13. One of Kevin Smith’s most profound lines:

One of Kevin Smith's most profound lines:

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

“I quoted Chasing Amy. Thanks, Kevin Smith, for making my vows even better.”

—Blakely Catherine Lowery, Facebook

14. A classic quote from baseball history:

“We got married on a baseball field, so I recited the beginning of Lou Gehrig’s famous speech by saying, ‘Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.’”


15. A shout-out to Amy and Rory’s relationship on Doctor Who.

“Both of us are big Doctor Who fans, so I added a little tribute to Amy and Rory’s relationship with this quote: ‘You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they’re as dull as a brick? Then there’s other people, when you meet them you think, Not bad. They’re OK. And then you get to know them and…and their face just sort of becomes them. Like their personality’s written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful. Rory’s the most beautiful man I’ve ever met.’”


16. Or this more subtle reference:

Or this more subtle reference:

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

“I snuck in ‘Through all of time and space’ since I’m a huge Doctor Who fan.”


17. A reference to your favorite video game:

“We included references to the video game we play together, League of Legends. I play as his support and he plays the ADC (the main driving force or ‘carry’), so we included it. His are: ‘I need my support with me all the time. Even if I can’t carry all the time, I can count on you to pick me up and carry me through the hard times in life so I can get back up and carry us the rest of the way.’

“Mine are: ‘No matter where we may have to roam, I’ll always stand by your side. I’ll be here to make sure you’re fed, strong, and safe. I’ll be the one to watch your back and the one to jump to help you when you’re feeling weak. Whatever we find ourselves against, I know I can make it through anything when I’m with you.’”


18. Or quotes from several of your favorite movies:

Or quotes from several of your favorite movies:

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

“My husband and I had a movie-themed wedding. We got married in a movie theater and had the reception there too. To go along with the theme, our vows were movie quotes strung together. My husband even snuck in ‘Here’s to swimmin’ with bow-legged women’ from Jaws, his favorite movie.”

—Missy Bird, Facebook

19. A mathematical explanation of why you’re meant to be:

“My husband, being an electrical engineer, used math in his wedding vows. He explained, in lengthy detail, an equation that used the number of people on the Earth (about 7 billion), narrowing it down by how many were female, and then further by how many were in a respectable age for him to be with. I can’t remember the exact numbers but the final number ended up being roughly 500 million people that his one and only soulmate would be a part of. He said that with a 1 in 500 million chance of finding that one person, he considers himself the luckiest man in the world to have found me. That was the one and only time math made me cry in a happy way.”

—Jacquie Timm, Facebook

20. This eternally romantic line from Lord of the Rings:

This eternally romantic line from Lord of the Rings:

“My favorite part was Arwen’s quote [from Lord of the Rings], ‘I would rather spend one lifetime with you than face all of the ages of the world alone.’”

—Melanie Connell, Facebook

21. A reminder that love is finding someone as strange as you are:

“Something that was incorporated into many aspects of our wedding was the Brian Andreas quote ‘You’re the strangest person I ever met,’ she said. And I said, ‘You too. And we decided we’d know each other a long time.’

“It’s goofy and sweet, and so our vows started off, ‘You’re the strangest person I ever met…’ and included promises to attend softball games, spoil the dog, endlessly quote Friends together, and allow plenty of video game time.”


22. This sweet line from The Secret of NIMH:

This sweet line from The Secret of NIMH:

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“I quoted The Secret of NIMH in my vows. I loved that movie so much growing up that the phrase ‘lee of the stone’ represented safety and security. Since I had finally found that with my husband, I included it.”


23. And pretty much any Disney movie quote:

And pretty much any Disney movie quote:

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“My husband and I both included Disney movie quotes. I said, ‘Any day spent with you is my favorite day, so today is my new favorite day’ from Winnie the Pooh.”


A Bridesmaid Luncheon

25 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Imagine a late winter afternoon with your best girlfriends. Organic and carefree, playing dress up for a tea party just for the few of you. Special thanks to Mallory Joyce for her floral design and styling of this afternoon at Trump Winery.






Venue: Trump Winery | Creative Direction, Styling, and Floral Design: Mallory Joyce | Jewelry: Kira Kira | Hair and Makeup: Lora Kelley| Videography: Shaking Hands Productions | Gowns: Bella Rosa Bridal | Paper Suite and Calligraphy: Fishwick Design | Wholesale Roses: Fifty Flowers | Linen: Festive Fare | China, Crytal, and Flatware: Heirlooms

36 Must Take Wedding Photos With Your Bridesmaids

24 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Your Bridesmaids are your best friends, your sisters, your everyday supporters, so why not have a few photos with them in your wedding album. Our gallery of must-take photos has been created to help you pick a few creative moments to capture with your Bridesmaids.

From getting ready on wedding day morning and putting on the Wedding Dress, to the afterparty, we have collected amazing must-have photo ideas that you should share with your Bridesmaids and of course wedding photographer. Which one is our favourite? I guess you’ll have to keep reading and see…

Getting Ready On The Wedding Day Morning

Source: Makenzie Lynn photography, Clane Gessel, Ashley Shutter photography

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getting ready with bridesmaids party in the morning in silk robes
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Most brides agree that this is the best way to start you wedding day preparations. Instead of each Bridesmaid getting ready on her own, why not do it together. Hiring a makeup artist to one place will ensure everyone looks fabulous and doesn’t break the budget. Your wedding photographer will have plenty of opportunities to capture the fun moments.

Beautiful Back Details

Source: Vanilla photography, Fist Full of Bolts, Marisa Holmes photographer

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Wedding Dresses and Bridesmaid dresses have gorgeous back details, so why not photograph them! You can show off your matching bouquets or use photo props like giant balloons (get a pack of 6). This is also a perfect shot to capture the gorgeous Wedding Dress train.

A Little Bit Of Fun With Signs

Source: Vince And Carla Photography, Jennifer Noel photography, John Schnack photography

fun wedding photos with bridesmaids holding chalkboard signs
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Chalkboard signs are a fun way to capture your relationship to each of your Bridesmaids. You can DIY them or pick up a set of 6 from BloominBridal. These wedding photos would certainly bring special memories to your wedding album.

The First Look In The Mirror

Source: Bright photography, captured by Kate, Philter photography

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After long struggle of putting on the dress, this creative wedding photo captures the bride finally admiring the dress and the reaction of the Bridesmaids.

Elegant Bridesmaids

Source: Bradshaw photography,  The Lous, Anna Delores photography

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You and your Bridesmaids had spent a lot of time getting ready. Don’t forget to get a few wedding portraits with your gorgeous ladies.

Nothing Wrong With Acting A Little Silly

Source: Regina Richards photography, Rachwal Photography, Emily Heizer photography

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Now that portraits are done, you can act a little silly because this tensions isn’t good for anyone.

Hiding Behind Flowers

Source: Laura Jane photography, Caroline Tran, Leia Fae photography

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Just like the photo from the back, this is another popular idea. Showcase your matching bouquets and your gorgeous dresses.

The Shoes Deserve Some Attention Too

Source: Light Source photography, Elizabeth Birdwell, Anna Kinchen photography

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You shoes deserver some album space as well. This wedding photo is even more fun if you have a themed wedding and are all wearing cowboy boots.

Wedding Photos With Best Friends Ever

Source: Erin Johnson Photography, Elisabeth Carol Photography, Al Gawlik Photography

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Your maid of honor deserves a few pictures just with you. This idea captures the true feelings and the emotions between the bride and her MOH.

Jumping On The Bed

Source: clanegessel via Instagram, clanegessel via Instagram, Bre Thurston Photography

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Why not have some fun before the wedding? Your Bridesmaids will always support you in this desire.

Having Some Champagne

Source: Honeydew Events, clanegessel via Instagram, clanegessel via Instagram

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Its party time, so open of bottle of something sparkly and have lots of fun!

Seven Popular Rustic Wedding Invitation Styles for 2016 Spring & Summer Weddings

19 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Are you a fan of rustic and vintage weddings? Have you made your final decision on the type of wedding invitations for your rustic themed weddings? Not yet ? There you are. No matter where you are going to have your big day, what themed color you are deciding, day or night to have your wedding party, we have all here for you the most diversified rustic and vintage wedding invitations to match your rustic weddings, from pocket ,envelope, laser cut , fancy shape to barn , farm, costal , forest and bohemian. Go ahead and be ready to get inspired by both our wedding ideas and wedding invitations. Happy pinning always!

Wooden Rustic String Lights Wedding Invitations

country rustic wedding invitations for spring 2016 inspired by mason jars and string lights

Photo Credits : via Elegant Wedding Invites | via Philly Mag | via Deer Pearl Flowers|

via Elegant Wedding Invites | via Etsy | via Love My Dress

Laser Cut Pocket Rustic and Vintage Wedding Invitations

rustic laser cut and burlap wedding invitations with a touch of pink

Photo Credits : via Elegant Wedding Invites | photo 2,4,5 via Wedding Chicks  | via

Rustic Lace and Burlap Folded Wedding Invitations and gorgeous rustic lace wedding inspiration

lace brown rustic rustic wedding ideas and lace brown wedding invitations

Photo Credits : via Deer Pearl Flowers | via Ruffled Blog | via Etsy | via Apple Brides|

via Wedding Chicks | via Elegant Wedding Invites

Bright Color Lace Flower Pocket Wedding Invitations and Light Purple Wedding Ideas

exquisite purple watercolor flower lace pocket wedding invitations

Photo Credits : from Elegant Wedding Invites | via Colin Cowie Weddings| via Etsy | via Colin Cowie Weddings|

from Tulle and Chantilly | via Etsy | via  Yes Baby Daily

Boho Inspired Rustic Wedding Invitations

boho inspired chic rustic deer flower wedding invitations for 2016

Photo Credits : from Elegant Wedding Invites | via The Pretty Blog | via Deer Pearl Flowers|

via Bella Gala|via Happy Wedd | via Bella Gala | via Deer Pearl Flowers| via Life Work Media

Beach Theme Inspired Fancy Shape Wedding Invitations and Wedding Ideas For 2016

beach theme inspired bracket ombre blue watercolor rustic summer wedding invitations

Photo Credits : via Indeed Decor | via Happy Wedd | via Mod Wedding | via Etsy | via Emmaline Bride |

via Project Wedding | via Etsy | via Elegant Wedding Invites

Vintage Rustic Laser Cut Wedding Invitations and Dusty Blue  & Chocolate  Wedding Ideas For 2016

dusty blue & chocolate wedding inspiration and EWI dusty blue vintage laser cut wedding invitations

Photo Credits : Via  Elegant Wedding Invites | via Green Wedding Shoes | via Fab You Bliss |via Its Your Party Sc |

via Vintage Rose Garden | via Flickr | via Le Magnifique|via Wedding Sparrow|via Burnetts Boards

Ten Beautiful Fall Wedding Invitations To Match Your Wedding Colors

19 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Enjoy our latest fall wedding color combos, inspired by ten most popular fall wedding invitations from Elegant Wedding Invites, featuring warm autumn inspired colors like Burnt Orange,Burgundy and Win Red as well as several cold colors of late fall months.  Therefore , whether you are planning for a wedding at an early,mid or late fall month,  you will easily get some excellent color ideas bellow for your big day.

1. Colorful bohemian weddings and invitations

colorful bohemian fall and autumn wedding color ideas

Photo Credits: invites from Elegant Wedding Invites/via Mod Wedding/via  Hello May/via Mod Wedding/

via 100 Layer Cake /via Ruffled Blog


2. Wine red autumn wedding colors

wine red fall wedding color ideas with gorgeous rustic invitations

Photo Credits: Invitations from Elegant Wedding Invites/via Wedding Forward/via You Mean The World To Me /

via Project Wedding/via Chic Vintage Brides/via Pinterest/via Elizabeth Anne Designs

3. Brown and orange maple leaf rustic wedding invitations

brown and orange fall and autumn wedding ideas and invitations

Photo Credits: Invitations from Elegant Wedding Invites/via The Knot/via Ruffled Blog/

Mattramos Photography/via Pinterest/via Knots Villa

4. Bright orange maple fall wedding colors with maple leaf rustic wedding invites

maple leave fall wedding ideas and invitations with maple leave details

Photo Credits: Invitations from Elegant Wedding Invites/via Tumblr/via Style Caster/via Pinterest/

Mattramos Photography/via Wedding Wire/via Deer Pearl Flowers


5. Brown lace rustic wedding invitations

lace brown rustic rustic fall wedding ideas and lace brown wedding invitations

Photo Credits : via Deer Pearl Flowers /via Ruffled Blog/via Etsy /via Apple Brides/

via Wedding Chicks/ Invitation from  Elegant Wedding Invites


6. late fall vintage wedding ideas

elegant fall vintage wedding ideas and invitations

Photo Credits: Invitation from  Elegant Wedding Invites/via Green Wedding Shoes/via Pinterest/

via Deer Pearl Flowers/via Deer Pearl Flowers/via Wedding Wire/via Pinterest

7.Woodland fall wedding invitations

rustic woodland wedding ideas for fall weddings

Photo Credits: Invitations from Elegant Wedding Invites/via Green Wedding Shoes/via Pinterest/

via Burnetts Board/via Today/via Pinterest/via June Bug Weddings


Stunning Bright Pink Wedding Color Ideas with Invitations for Spring & Summer

19 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Hello, Brides! Today’s post is all about bright wedding color palette ideas for spring and summer seasons. Bright pink signify romance, love grace and happiness. From hot pink to watermelon pink, get inspired by our beautiful bright pink inspiration boards below. Click each image to get to the wedding invitation product page. Happy Pinning.

fuscia pink and gold wedding ideas and pink wedding invitations

Photo Credits: via  The Yes Girls /via Pinterest/ The Kitchn/ via SMP /via Toovia / via Mod Wedding/ 

invitation from  Elegant Wedding Invites

bright pink colorful wedding ideas and lovely pink wedding invitations

Photo Credits:via Wedding Chicks/via SMP/invitation from  Elegant Wedding Invites/via Mod Wedding/

via Mod Wedding/ via SMP/ via Pinterest/ via Rock My Wedding

elegant bright pink and yellow wedding inspiration

Photo Credits: via   >A Stylish Bride/ via Society Bride/via Knots Villa/via Maleenmac /via Aringa Lcious/

via Pizza Zzeria

gorgeous watermelon pink wedding ideas and wedding invitations

Photo Credits: via Mod Wedding/via SMP/via Tumblr/via Bash Please/ invitation from  Elegant Wedding Invites/

via Pinterest

hot pink and dark blue wedding ideas

Photo Credits:via Maharani Weddings/via Pinterest /Jenni Grace Photography/ via SMP/via Hwtm

 Frances Photography via Coweddings Mag/via Pinterest/ invitation from  Elegant Wedding Invites/via Pinterest

vibrant pink rustic wedding ideas and invitations

Photo Credits: Photo 1,2,5,6,7 via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings/ via SMP/ invitation from  Elegant Wedding Invites

2016 Wedding Color Ideas: Gorgeous Purple Wedding Color Palettes

18 Jun 2016 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Purple has been a popular and beloved wedding color for several decades. Purple is the color that is able to bring a great feeling of regal elegance and beauty to your wedding. If you are a bride who just loves purple, you’ll definitely want to pull inspiration from these gorgeous purple wedding color ideas. Enjoy!

dark purple wedding color inspiration and wedding invitations

 Photo Credits(from top left): via Tumblr / via Yum Sugar / via Deer Pearl Flowers /

via Famous Outfits / via Deer Pearl Flowers / via Elegant Wedding Invites / via Deer Pearl Flowers

light and dark purple wedding theme ideas

 Photo Credits(from top left): Photo 1,3 via Deer Pearl Flowers / via Pinterest / via Wedding Colors

/ via Etsy / via Colin Cowie Weddings

radiant orchid purple wedding color ideas and wedding invitations

 Photo Credits(from top left): via Wedd Book / via The Perfect Palette / via Pinterest  /

via Deer Pearl Flowers / via Livedan330 / via Elegant Wedding Invites

vintage purple and gold wedding color ideas

 Photo Credits(from top left): via Pinterest / via Wedding By Color / via Bowties and Bliss 

/ via Etsy / via Pinterest / via Elegant Wedding Invites / via Tumblr

purple and peach wedding color inspiration and lavendar wedding invitations

 Photo Credits(from top left): via Deer Pearl Flowers / via Pinterest / via SMP / via Pinterest / 

via Grey Likes Weddings / via Elegant Wedding Invites

light purple and bright yellow wedding ideas

 Photo Credits(from top left): via Mod Wedding / via SMP / via Angel He Blog / Elegant Wedding Invites / 

via SMP / via SMP / via Colin Cowie Weddings / via Paste Magazine /via  Love This Pic

watercolor purple wedding ideas and watercolor purple wedding invitations

 Photo Credits(from top left): via Elegant Wedding Invites / via Simply Stacie / via Wedding Inspirasi / 

via Deer Pearl Flowers / via The Knot / via Deer Pearl Flowers

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