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7 Best Wedding Ideas To Make Your Wedding Unique

19 Feb 2018 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

The wedding day is a very special day for every girl, something she’s been dreaming about for ages. It comes as no surprise that each bride wants to make this event as unique as possible. There are hundreds of boards on Pinterest, dedicated to wedding trends. And each year brings more and more ideas – creative, innovative, eye-catching. It might be something to make everyone gape in awe and set the right mood for the whole wedding. Although, it might be a tiny detail that brings a special charm and style to the whole ceremony.

Details are important, but of course, first of all, there are some major things to consider. (By the way, this is where our complete wedding checklist will be rather helpful!) But in the end, it is the details that matter. If you find yourself spending a lot of time browsing for the best wedding ideas, this article is for you!

Things To Consider Before You Get Started

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You have set the date, the venue, received a license (see how to get a marriage license) and are all set to get creative? Think which ideas would represent you as a couple and entertain the guests. Plus, choosing ideas for weddings includes creating the feeling of participation among guests. Your wedding is not only your union – this is the first time two families and two worlds come together. So, think about things that unite your party. Group projects, games, music background, Wedding Dress colors and elements of dress, flower bracelets and button-hole flowers… Everything is to make together very different people during this big day. Your inspiration should help you create the atmosphere you want. No matter it is a chilled backyard wedding or a luxury destination one. Don’t be too serious though – the event itself is quite a ‘grown-up’ step in your destiny.

Try to ease the formality of the moment with a bit of fun. Keep in mind that your wedding is a mirror of your attitude to life and relationships. For example, you might ask your friends and family to throw rose petals or to light sparklers as you enter the wedding reception or leave the church. If you belong to some ethnical group, you could consider some of the ethnical traditions to liven up your party. Ask your elders about their wedding ceremony and try to carry on a family tradition (or start your own!) to make your wedding more original.

Design Ideas To Style Up Your Wedding

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Each year brings new trends and design ideas never seen before. It might be non-standard bouquets, creative lighting, escort cards, guest books for wishes, signs etc. The styles and design change, accordingly with trendy styles, themes, and colors. For example, this year barnyard weddings are definitely on the rise – which influences everything. Old leather boots as vases for flowers, flower crowns for Bridesmaids, mossy and brownish tones of decorations, etc. Simplicity is very much the thing this year – with its plain ivy branches bouquets and hand-crafted guest books.

By the way, don’t forget that naming is extremely important. There are lots of situations where you have to keep it in mind. Heading of the guest book, carved wood decorations and a photo frame for guests… Would you call yourselves Mr&Mrs or Mr&Ms? This small detail is something you want to consider before you place the order. (By the way, you may want to look up the difference between mrs and ms here). The way you call yourselves will tell your nearest and dearest a lot about you as a couple. Print your names on champagne bottles to give as a wedding favor, or write your initials on napkins. Mare the birth of a new family by carved wooden letters. As a part of the celebration, you might want to give a name to a distant star and keep the certificate as the reminder of this wonderful day.

Source: Floressence Flowers via instagram, Adeline & Grace Photography, Nancy Liu Chin

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Music To Get Into The Mood

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Include the option when a groom sings a song for his bride at the ceremony or vice versa.The music is a perfect tool to create the right mood, but different people have different music tastes. It is also a source of inspiration for some creative wedding ideas.

For example, why don’t you ask each guest to share their favorite song title when replying to the invitation. It will make your wedding soundtrack more diverse, and add a feeling of common cause. It would also help to keep each guest satisfied with your music choice. You could also consider some wedding games with the songs: for example, guests might guess who ‘ordered’ which song.
Music is important on wedding timeline day of your party. If you can play music, you might want to include the option when the newlyweds sing for each other. You would make a most lovely duo! Can’t sing? Well, try dancing instead! Bridesmaids or groomsmen could help with that! You might even have a battle of sexes – either in singing or in dancing. Or both – in a classical Bollywood movie style!

Home Celebration Ideas

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Probably, you have already chosen the venue If you carefully follow our wedding checklist by months. It is possible that you want to celebrate your wedding quietly at home. Well, don’t worry – there are lots of home wedding ideas. If you have decided to invite only your closest friends and relatives, holding a wedding at home is a great option. It is much cheaper, and makes the ceremony cozier. The money you save on a venue means you will have more to spend on other things, like decor, catering, and honeymoon.

And! As a bonus, you will have your own little place to celebrate your anniversaries – right in your backyard! Isn’t it a great idea to do it exactly where you tied the knot? You could give a try to a ring warming ceremony when guests pass around wedding bands to share their wishes and love. Another example of small wedding ceremonies ideas is hand-made favors. It can be home-made jams, or a farm stand of fresh fruit and baskets to take them on the way our etc. Or you could print funny facts about you and your loved one on cocktail napkins – that would be fun!

The Tasty Part

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Probably the best wedding ideas concern the food. For example, for a relaxed atmosphere, you could rent an ice cream stand, or a cotton candy/popcorn machine. Or you could attach a recipe for any dish if it is a small family-type meal. Why don’t you choose some traditional dishes from local vendors, or include some traditional ethnical cuisine? Little cookies with your initials on the icing would add some romance to the atmosphere.

Non-Traditional Outfit Wedding Ideas

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To make your wedding less standard, you could use a range of non-traditional wedding ideas. For example, your flower girl could wear a blue dress as ‘something blue’ – or you might ask your grannies to be your flower girls.

Bridesmaids dresses might be of a different color but the same style, or vice versa – same color but different style. You could also change the suits and dresses in the mid of event to symbolize changing name after marriage. Another wedding ceremony idea would be to wear converse or leather boots instead of classic shoes etc. Literally, anything can be your source of wedding inspiration

Source: Rich Lander Photography, The Doll House Bridesmaids via instagram , Rich Lander Photography

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Entertainment For Partygoers

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As soon as you have said the words it’s time to relax a bit. This is your party, but it is also important to entertain your guests. (Speaking of guests, you might want to take a look at our wedding registry ideas list). You will definitely need some great wedding ideas to catch their attention. You can make them truly enjoy the event by making a trivia quiz about your couple. It would be great to see how well your friends and family know both of you. You could divide your guests into ‘team bride’ and ‘team groom’ and ask them to guess the answers.

Some more intimate wedding ideas include writing a letter to each other to read before the ceremony. You might also make a charity donation for every guest as a wedding favor. Why don’t you set up a photo booth for guests? Let them seize the moment in front of the camera! Or hire a photographer and send their photos with the thank-you cards. You could play some guessing games like trying to find whose childhood picture is where. It would be fun to set up stations for different lawn games. It is wonderful to give your guests some entertainment apart from mingling, especially if they don’t know each other well. All in all, remember that this is a party for your nearest and dearest. Nobody should feel lonely or forgotten at the wedding.

8 Things Brides Should Never Do at The Wedding Reception

18 Feb 2018 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Your wedding ceremony may be all about you and your groom, but let’s be honest: the reception is all about showing your guests a great time. Of course, it should be a celebration you remember, but it’s just as important that your guests enjoy themselves, too. So to ensure no guest leaves feeling like they had anything but the best of times, here are eight things you should definitely not to do at your wedding reception. Avoid them and we can all but guarantee that everyone has a great time.

Cash bar Sorry, but this cost is on you. Tempting as it may be to cut your spending in this area it’s totally tacky. Guests (who have already bought you a gift, dressed up for you and attended your ceremony) will most certainly not appreciate this added expense.

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Play offensive songs No matter what the 30-and-under set is listening to, wedding music should be clean and appropriate for everyone. Yes, you can play popular songs, but anything with vulgarities should be avoided. Older guests will not appreciate any dirty lyrics, and even if they’re ok with it – do you really want your special day associated with, say, somebody’s milkshake?

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Disappear for too long. Don’t rush through your visit to the bathroom (we know, it’s a little complicated when you have that big beautiful dress on), but otherwise, make it a point to stay visible. This is just plain common sense – everyone has gone out of their way to celebrate you, and it’s a bummer for everyone if you’re not there to bask in almost all of it.

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Get very, very drunk. Actually, let’s take out the verys. It’s ok to get buzzed, but try to stay in your right mind – you definitely don’t want to do anything you’ll regret – or worse, won’t remember – on this specialist of special nights. As the main attraction, it’s your responsibility to keep yourself in line.

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Argue with vendors. Leave any conflicts to your supporting cast (i.e. your mother or maid of honor). If you have a wedding planner, it’s his/her job to keep everything and everyone in line on event day. If something seems to be going awry, calmly do what you can to deal with it, and then move on. No party goes perfectly anyways, and you’ll only be frustrated if that’s what you’re focused on.

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Argue with guests. Do we even need to tell you why? This sort of follows the old adage of, “the customer is always right.” If a guest is doing or saying something truly offensive, ask your mother or maid of honor to deal with it–because nothing is uglier than an angry bride on her wedding day.

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Check out or open the presents Um, tacky! Save the ogling for the comfort of your own home. Your reception is not the time or place to shake presents, guess what they might be, or worse, actually open them. The spotlight’s on you, and greedy is never a good look.

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Get there late or leave early. It’s your party… so you better be there! A wedding reception can’t truly start without the bride, and effectively ends when she leaves. Keep this in mind when you’re planning photos and rides, and make sure you’ll be there for as much of the party as possible.

7 Ways Your Mother-In-Law Shouldn’t Interfere With Your Wedding Planning

03 Feb 2018 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

The wedding planning process can be incredibly stressful–and not necessarily because of the work involved, but because of the personal drama that arises. Everyone–from your groom to your parents to your in-laws–will have an opinion on how things should be. And if you’re a strong-willed bride (we would NEVER say ‘bridezilla’), that doesn’t always bode well. An over-bearing mother-in-law, for example, can be a recipe for disaster. It is YOUR wedding, afterall. Here’s how to know where to draw the line:

1. Go to her son behind your back.If your mother-in-law has a wedding-related request–say, that you invite her tennis partner to the wedding or that she be seated next to you at the reception–she needs to ask you to your face, woman to woman. She should absolutely not go behind your back to your fiance and ask him. That is conniving and only results in your fiance being stuck in the middle with his head on a swivel. It’s a recipe for all sorts of miscommunications. And most of all, it’s a sign that you won’t have the most honest mother-daughter relationship once you’re married. Nip the behavior in the butt by replying to her directly if a question comes through her son. Pick up the phone and call her directly when that happens.

2. Make a big deal out of nothing.Not every issue is worth picking a fight over. You know that, and your mother-in-law should, too. If you disagree about, say, the color of the boutonnieres (but white roses are classic!), she needs to know when to let it go. She can’t stay mad about every little thing you disagree on–in fact, it’s your wedding and your good or bad decisions to make. She should save her bargaining chips for bigger issues, like whether you get married by the family pastor or how many guests you’re having at the rehearsal dinner if she’s hosting.

 

3. Act like it’s her wedding. The problem with parents and in-laws is that they have the tendency to act like your wedding is *their* wedding. They are just so invested, and you should cut them some slack because they are likely just getting sentimental (“but it’s my first child getting married!”). But what you shouldn’t do is let them dictate your wedding.. You don’t have to make any concessions when it comes to your dream wedding, just because they feel so strongly about things like the venue, the church, the theme.

4. Judge how much you spend. Just like your personal finances once you’re married, your wedding budget is none of your mother-in-law’s business. If you want to splurge on $600 wedding shoes, so be it! If you want to have a more lavish wedding than the one she had 30 years ago, that’s perfectly normal and again, none of her business.

5. Ruin your big day. The LAST thing that your mother-in-law should do is actually ruin your big day by saying or doing something that upsets you. If she’s really getting on your last nerve as the wedding date approaches, ask one of your Bridesmaids to serve as a buffer and keep her away from the bridal suite. Ditto for the ceremony and reception–keep a close circle of friends and family between you and the meddling mother-in-law. You’ll have a whole lifetime to figure out how to get along better! But your wedding day isn’t the right time to test those boundaries.

6. Tell you that you look anything but perfect on your big day. This is not the time for her to tell you that you need to lose a little weight or that you’re wearing too much eye makeup. Mother-in-laws–keep your honest opinions to yourselves! Don’t be overly critical. Show support and love for your daughter-in-law by telling her that she looks perfect and that you wish her all the happiness in the world today.

7. Tell your vendors what to do. She can’t expect to have free reign over the vendors, even if she’s chipping in for them. It’s your wedding, your vision. Avoid this from happening by keeping her out of the loop when it comes to communicating with them. 

7 Tips for Throwing an Awesome Wedding Reception

03 Feb 2018 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

So you want to throw the best wedding reception your friends and family have ever seen-well, you’ve come to the right place!  This edition of Tuesday Tips is completely dedicated to most talked about part of the wedding.  While many people think a fantastic wedding reception just happens by chance, wedding coordinators know all too well that memorable wedding receptions are carefully crafted.  Thus, here are our tips for creating a memorable celebration.

1. Short and Sweet

When it comes to toasts, it’s really all about quality over quantity.  As meaningful and wonderful as toasts can be, it’s important that you don’t allow those toasting to drone on and on.  It’s also important to keep the number of toasts to a minimum.  Carefully select individuals who have been important in your life and then gently remind them to keep it short and sweet.

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2. Lounge Act

If at all possible, create a lounge-like area in your reception space like this stunning lounge area from this romantic Austin wedding.  Since people can get antsy sitting around the same dinner tables all night, a change of environment will promote conversation and keep even your non-dancing guests entertained.  Look into renting or borrowing couches, chairs, and other pieces of furniture that you can then stage with pillows and votive candles in your wedding colors.

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3. Surprise, Surprise

Sometimes the best parts of a reception are the things guests don’t see coming.  Surprise your guests with unexpected entertainment during the cocktail hour or reception, like a belly dancer, a mariachi band, or even a salsa dancer. Or create a whole unexpected theme for your wedding, like this circus-themed wedding.

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4. What Tradition?

If the thought of a making all of your single friends stand around you to catch your bouquet offends your senses or the image of your future husband sticking his head under your dress to “find” your garter makes you queasy, don’t do it!  Skip the standard traditions and incorporate reception activities that represent you and your future husband’s sense of tradition and style.  One popular trend we are seeing these days is incorporating lawn games into your reception, similar to this outdoor Austin wedding. Your guests will appreciate the departure from the norm.

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5. Photo Finish

Capture the spirit of the evening by renting or DIY-ing a photo booth.  Friends and family can really ham it up and create great keepsakes.  You and your husband will have the best time remembering the guests at your wedding through the photo booth pictures. Don’t forget silly props and and a social media hashtag, like this one from this fun-filled Fort Worth wedding.

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6. After the Party, It’s the After-Party

Keep the party going long after the formal reception ends.  Even if your reception venue shuts down your reception at a certain time, you can keep the party going by inviting your guests to an after-party.  Now this can be as fancy and formal as you like, but you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on an after-party.  You and your guests can gather in a hotel bar or restaurant lounge at no charge.

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7. Good Food, Good Drink and Good Music

No matter what you decide to incorporate into your wedding reception, keeping your guests happy will almost always ensure a memorable celebration.  And experience teaches that keeping guests happy hinges on executing the “happy guest trifecta” – good food, good drink and good music!  So make sure the food is hot and tasty, the drinks are plentiful and the music is constant and speaks to the sensibilities of the crowd.  Perfecting these elements will ensure a fabulous celebration!

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Happy Planning!

11 Biggest Wedding Mistakes You Can Avoid Planning

23 Jan 2018 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Wedding planning is a pretty unique experience, and it comes with a variety of ups and downs. It’s an exciting and happy time, but it can also be stressful and time-consuming. But it doesn’t have to be! To help decrease those stressful moments, I’ve put together 11 of the biggest wedding planning mistakes – and of course how to avoid them – plus some general tips that will make planning a breeze!

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1. Not saving that first ring selfie until after you’ve told important people

You just said yes to the love of your life, and after celebrating you obviously take some pictures to document the moment. You’re going to be excited to share pictures of your ring, but think before you post: have you told the important people in your life first?

Nothing is worse than finding out that your best friend or family member is engaged from social media before they even told you in person. It’s not fun to hear important news second hand, especially from an impersonal post. Whether it’s in-person, on the phone, or even over text, make sure you let important people in on the excitement before announcing it to the internet.

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2. Not assigning a wedding talk free night or day

Plan a date night – or a full day – that’s free from anything wedding related. Having this designated time every week allows you to focus back on each other. Especially if you and your fiancé are finding wedding planning to be stressful, this time-out from wedding talk will be relaxing and restorative.

Carry this same thought over to certain hangouts with your friends, as well. Though obviously they want to hear about the planning and help you, I’m sure they’ll appreciate a little breather from the pre-wedding mayhem and the chance to tell you about their lives. And I’m sure you will too!

3. Not getting ahead of your timeline when you can

It’s never too early to get a head start on certain tasks, especially DIY projects –they almost always take five times as long as you think they will. If you find yourself in between deadlines of booking venues and dress fittings, get a jump on other details even if they don’t necessarily need to be accomplished right then. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have the place cards and favors all ready to go and waiting in my closet than scrambling the day before to get everything done.

4. Making plans before setting a concrete budget

It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning a wedding – and why shouldn’t you, it’s exhilarating! But before you book anything, make sure you set a concrete budget. You don’t want to fall in love with an extravagant venue, only to realize later that it’s completely out of your reach. Sure, it’s not as glamorous as picking out a location and food, but sitting down with your fiancé and hammering out the budget (a realistic budget, mind you) will save a lot of stress later on.

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5. Booking before creating a guest list

Along the same lines, booking a venue and caterer after you solidify the number of guests will save a lot of headaches. You don’t want to cram your guests into a small venue, and you don’t want to spend money on guests who don’t actually come. Obviously, you can’t account for all RSVPs or last minute cancellations, but have a rough number of guests so you can make an informed booking.

6. Not having a contingency plan

A major wedding planning mistake is not planning ahead for all sorts of weather. If your special day involves any outdoor components, make sure you have contingency plans in case of inclement weather. For warm weather, have fans and sunscreen on hand for you and your guests, plus tents or shelter if there’s any chance it might rain. For colder months, provide blankets and cheap hand warmers. It doesn’t have to be excessive or extravagant or cost a lot of money. A little forethought about how to solve any weather issues will save a lot of headaches the week before the ceremony when the forecast is less than ideal. You will already have a plan!

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7. Writing cryptic wedding invites

Listen, I’m all about calligraphy, typography, and everything else that goes into making a stunning and unique save the date and wedding invite. However, make it as easy as possible for your guests to quickly find the time, date, and location of your ceremony and reception. Your guests don’t want to be confused about the specifics, and you don’t want to field questions from everyone about the venue address or time.

Also (and this is a personal aside) if you decide on an exotic vibe and want to write the date the European way (day/month/year) please just write out the actual month instead. No one wants to be confused about the day and month of the actual wedding!

8. Not asking for references from your caterer before booking

Sure, you’ve tasted the meal and cake and thought it was good, but have you checked with other satisfied customers? Respected establishments will be happy to provide references and recommendations from happy clients but check online as well. Food is one of the major components of any successful party, so make sure you know what you’re getting based on reviews and referrals. This will also clue you into how professional and efficient the company will be on the big day as well!

9. Not creating a schedule of events for your bridal party and parents

Spending a little time before the ceremony creating a timeline of events will save the headache of tracking everyone down for pictures, dances, cake cutting, and anything else you have planned. This will help everyone – including you! – stay relaxed on the big day, because they won’t be wondering what will happen next.

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10. Not being consistent with the plus one rules

Not only is it confusing for your guests, it can be a lot for you to keep track of if only certain people have plus ones. While you don’t want to exclude any significant others or not allow single friends to bring along someone to hang with, you should make a rule and stick with it. Give everyone a plus one or only those with serious relationships.  Regardless of what you choose, if you create one rule for everyone it’ll make it easier for you while planning, and it’ll be less confusing for your guests as well.

11. Planning a marathon event

With so many traditions and fun elements, it can be easy to accidentally plan a long event that turns from something fun to something tiring and arduous. The last thing you want is for your guests – and you and your husband – to feel like you’re stuck at a party with no end.

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Typically, five hours is the maximum amount of time you can expect your guests to take part in the festivities. Any longer than that and it’ll feel like it’s never ending. However, the five-hour rule isn’t hard and fast; you and your friends might dance the night away and have a ball. However, the key here is to allow your guests to make the choice to leave. Make sure you take care of any traditions early on in the reception, like cake cutting, dances, or anything else you choose to include, so they don’t feel like they have to wait. Allow the reception to breathe and your guests to have fun, and try not overschedule with activities.

Enchanting El Mangroove Say “I do” at this incredible beach + forest wedding venue

28 Nov 2017 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

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Beach wedding ceremony set up overlooking the ocean at El Mangroove

El Mangroove one of your top destination wedding choices.

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Exquisite outdoor venues surrounded by natural beauty

Costa Rica is a country known for its stunning beaches, palm trees, and balmy weather. What sets El Mangroove apart from other properties here is its convenient location, and remarkable beachfront and mangrove forest setting. Located on the Gulf of Papagayo, El Mangroove is close to Costa Rica’s international airport. A quick 20-minute drive gets you from touchdown to the calm, idyllic atmosphere of this boutique resort.

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Weddings at El Mangroove

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Barefoot luxury for sophisticated couples

honeymoons at El Mangroove come with an air of barefoot luxury, meaning you’ll get the best of nature and relaxation. The stunning natural beauty of this resort – think gorgeous ocean views, lush forest greenery and warm tropical breeze — create the perfect backdrop for a dreamlike nuptial, while their top notch service and amenities ensure that you don’t have to compromise when it comes to modern luxuries and indulgences.

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Say “I do” by the beach

If you’re planning a wedding at El Mangroove, an onsite team will be at hand to help you find the perfect setting within their celebrated wedding venues (take your pick from ocean view, beach terraces, gardens, beach forests or mangroves), and will work closely with you to see your vision come to life.

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Wedding decor styles range from “Classic White” to “Tropical Chic”

Their bridal packages, which can be customized to fit your needs, include ceremony, bouquet, floral centerpieces and cones with petals for guests, acoustic music during ceremony, wedding cake, decoration (7 different styles are available), Polaroid camera with 80 films, appetizers and a plated dinner.

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Floral centerpieces, wedding cake and bouquet for the bride are included in the Celebrating Love package

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Apart from the outdoor venues, El Mangroove also offers beautiful indoor ballrooms overlooking the gardens, and two onsite restaurants. So, whether you are planning for a quiet elopement, an intimate ceremony with just a few of your closest loved ones, or a lavish banquet for up to 200 guests, the property can cater to your unique needs. Love a casual outdoor soiree under the moonlight, framed by majestic guanacaste trees, or a formal sit down in the ballroom? The choice is yours.

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Romantic wedding dinner set-up surrounded by nature

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Whether you’re planning for a wedding or the honeymoon, the perfect escape wouldn’t be complete without great food! El Mangroove prides itself for its sensorial gastronomy. A variety of delectable menus is available for rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions, plated dinners and brunches. Did we mention that one of the restaurants has a sand floor? Nothing says “beach vacay” quite like it!

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Ocean view restaurant with sand floors

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Unforgettable sunsets at Panama Beach

There are so many sights to see and activities to enjoy around the area: day trips to volcanoes, hot springs, beautiful beaches, water rafting and zip lines, and most are just a short drive away from El Mangroove. Or if you prefer, you could simply chill by the pool or relax at one of their outdoor spas set in Guanacaste’s famed forests and mangroves.

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An incredible outdoor spa experience surrounded by forests

We’re loving the chic and contemporary vibes of their luxuriously appointed suites. Each suite features a living area with a couch or a hammock. Sweet!

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Bark Suite

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Mangle Presidential Suite features a whirlpool

Ready to take the plunge and say “yes” to a wedding in a dreamy tropical paradise? Visit wedding packages.

Avoid These 22 Wedding Regrets

26 Jul 2017 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

From selecting the ideal bridal party to choosing THE dress – there are so many things to keep in mind when planning your wedding – after all, you don’t want to have any regrets! This advice is certain to be a bridal lifesaver!

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Venue

You carefully selected the perfect place to say your ‘I do’s’ and celebrate with your loved ones. Choosing the venue is only part of the process – you need to decorate, plan and set up the space to accommodate your ceremony’s unique needs.

1. Centerpieces

Don’t overpay for your centerpieces – while they’re fun to plan and beautiful to look at – People are not going to analyze these as much as you think! Focus your money on the more memorable aspects: food, music and booze!

Consider having DIY centerpieces! They’re beautiful, and a great budget saver!

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2. The Hot Seat

If you’re hosting outdoor ceremony or reception, your chairs are likely to get very hot in the sun. This creates an unpleasant experience for your guests, and no one wants that! You want your family and friends focused on the ceremony – not the seats! Simple seat covers or cushions can make a huge difference!

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3. Time to Tie the Knot

With an outdoor wedding, it’s important to plan your ceremony time according to the weather. If it’s going to be a very hot day, you probably don’t want to have your ceremony at 1 in the afternoon. Instead, perhaps opt for either an early morning event or a sunset celebration!

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Kalyn and Marc’s Wedding

Speaking on sunset weddings – this couple’s beachfront wedding celebration is nothing short of stunning! Their sunset reception is completely unforgettable!

Friends and family of the bride and groom served as the videographers for the couple’s big day, using a WeddingMix package.

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You deserve to feel glamorous at your wedding! You plan every details from that stunning manicure to THE dress that took your breath away. Be sure to capture every moment of your stunning debut with a WeddingMix wedding video!

4. Wrong Dress Type

Say you’re having an outdoor wedding and the sun is shining overhead. It’s hot and you find yourself questioning your thick fabric choice. Not an ideal situation. You’re going to want to stick with lighter fabrics, not just for you, but also your Bridesmaids!

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Your Wedding Dress is beautiful and you’ve spent TOO long waiting to wear it. However, when it comes down to it, the dress might not be the most comfortable outfit to wear all day!  Consider having a lighter, more playful reception dress that will be easier to dance in.

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5. Online Dress Shopping

“If it sounds too good to be true – it probably is.” There’s a lot of truth to this line. If you find an AMAZING deal on a designer dress from a discount store online – don’t put too much faith in it. A lot of the time these deals can be misleading, and there is no guarantee that what you see is what you’re going to get. Additionally, there’s always the fear it won’t fit properly.

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6. Painful Pumps

There’s no denying those sky high designer heels look nice – but imagine the potential for pain and blisters by the time the reception rolls around. Keep it comfortable and practical – you’ll be wearing them all day! Flats and kitten heels can be just as bridal chic – and pain free!

Like with all new shoes, it’s also important to break in those bridal shoes! You know you’re excited to wear them, so take advantage of that around the house, you’ll be glad you did on the big day!

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7. Makeup Woes

Many brides regret the decision to not have their bridal makeup professionally done. While this cost cutting option sounds appealing when you’re watching your budget, seeing your face looking red and shiny in all the pictures may offset that appeal.

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With that being said, you’ll want to immortalize your stunning wedding look! With a DIY wedding video, you can see the gorgeous result from the perspective of the ones you love most – your guests!

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8. Premature Purchase

Trends change and so does your personal taste. If you buy THE dress too early you run the risk of falling out of love with it. Some brides find they no longer like the dress they purchase a year later, but no longer have enough money to get a new one.

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9. Retouch, Retouch, Retouch

Don’t forget to retouch your bridal makeup! You may have cried during the ceremony and you certainly kissed the groom! Your makeup will get messed up throughout the day, make sure you have supplies to fix it throughout the day!

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Food and Drinks

Summer weddings are beautiful – and a perfect opportunity for an outdoor ceremony. However, hot weather can harm your hard work if you do not plan for it – especially in terms of your food options!

10. Appropriate Appetizers

Make sure the appetizers you have planned can hold up to the heat or the cold – the last thing you want is for your hor’dourves to either melt or freeze! So perhaps nix the cheese dip in favor of something a little more solid – you’ll be grateful when it’s not melting on your dress!

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11. Cake Insurance

Your wedding cake is one focal point of the reception space, and we know you want it to be BEAUTIFUL – so it’s important to consider the integrity of the frosting. Classic frosting is not equipped for intense temperatures. Consider having a fondant cake – they’re beautiful and have the strength to withstand the warm weather!

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The wedding cake is both gorgeous to look at – and occasionally a source of entertainment! Check out this WeddingMix couple’s hilarious cake cutting moment!

What a great moment to look back on! Want to immortalize your own celebration? Consider using the WeddingMix App and cameras – you can even make it a GoPro wedding!

12. Keep Guests Hydrated

Weddings are celebrations and we know you’ll be raising a few toasts throughout the day. However, booze dehydrates the body – combine that with the heat of a summer day and you might not be feeling too well by the end of the reception! Make sure to have hydration options available throughout the reception space for you and your guests!

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13. Rehearsal Dinner Restraint

We know you want to get the party started at the rehearsal dinner – you’re excited that your day is just a night’s sleep away! Just remember not to get TOO into raising your glass, because no one wants to wake up on their wedding day with a hangover! You might want to remind the bridal party, too!

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14. Cake Creation

Weddings are all about family – it makes sense that you want yours to be involved in your special day. However, there are some instances where you really will want stick with a professional. Having a family member make the cake is a very heartfelt choice, but may not lead to the ideal result.

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15. Eat Something

You’re running around trying to see all your guests – don’t forget to try the food you’re serving! It’s easy for brides to get mixed up in the excitement of the day and forget to eat. That bite of cake at the reception is not enough to go on when you’re dancing the night away! Since you’re probably drinking, it’s also better for your stomach in the long run.

You’re likely to be in high demand during the reception – so plan to eat something BEFORE making your grand entrance. Perhaps plan a small snack in the bridal suite with your husband while guests are enjoying appetizers – you get the added bonus of 15 minutes of alone time as a newlywed couple!

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16. Videographers

Considering cutting out a videographer from you wedding? We caution you to reconsider, as many brides cite this as a major regret! There’s something very powerful about being able to go back and watch your “I do’s”!

According to Brides Magazine, “77% of [wedding] guests are not afraid to take photos during the ceremony. And 25% always post a pic on social media.” Wouldn’t it be nice if you had access to all those photos and videos? With the WeddingMix app, gather all this media in one convenient place and our team of editors will create a one of a kind wedding video!

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Check out WeddingMix couple Meaghan and Seth’s stunning wedding highlight video below, filmed using the WeddingMix app and cameras!

 

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17. Screen the DJ

Make sure you’re all on the same page about what type of music is to be played.You make want to provide the DJ with a list of any songs/genres that you do NOT want to hear at your wedding. It’s your day, the you want the soundtrack to be perfect!

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Miscellaneous

18.Recovery Day

You danced the night away, it was WONDERFUL …and now you’re waking up at 4a.m. for that flight to the Bahamas? Rough. Before you leave for the honeymoon, you might want aside a day to recover from the celebration! It’s better for your health – don’t want to be sick on your honeymoon!

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19. Collect Sentimental Objects

There are so many personal things that go into setting up your ceremony – and in the excitement of the day you don’t want to risk forgetting things like the unity candle, family photos, or anything personal in your ceremony space! Assign a friend to gather these objects after the ceremony so you don’t forget them!

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20. Too Many Bridesmaids!

It’s important to choose people you want by your side, not people you feel obligated to include in your ceremony. The day is about YOU and your fiance, not the entire entourage! Having too many people can create unneeded drama and make it difficult to coordinate everyone.

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21. Return the Registry

Some brides will caution you against registering for only basic items. You’re going to end up with a lot of duplicates if you only register for things coffee makers and sets of sheets! Register for some fun things too! It’d keep you exciting opening everything and you won’t have to spend as long returning items after the wedding!

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22. Take Pictures With Guests

 

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Know of another bridal regret we’ve missed? Please share in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!

All that Glitters is Pink with this Michigan Wedding

30 Jun 2017 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Draped in every shade of pink and a healthy dose of sparkle, this ballroom wedding in Michigan pulls out all the glamorous stops.

From the palest blush to the brightest fuchsia, this Michigan wedding is layered in every shade of pink. Now top that rosy color palette off with a healthy dose of sparkle and a ballroom dressed to the nines by All Grand Events along with imagery by Studio 41 Photography and you get one insanely glamorous celebration.

From the Bride… Scott and I were engaged for a year and half before we tied the knot. Living in Michigan, I had always known I wanted a summer wedding. It took us only one week to fall in love with our venue. We visited the Grosse Pointe War Memorial once before signing on the dotted line. It was everything we had dreamed of in a venue. It was unique, over looked the water, and had a beautiful landscape unlike any venue we had ever seen before. When it came to my vision, I had always dreamed of a princess fairytale wedding. I lack any and all creative genes and therefore knew the perfect person to hire; that is Emily Dawson with All Grand Events. I told her the colors I envisioned and she took care of the rest. Between the absolutely stunning centerpieces, the rose gold sequin table clothes, and the gorgeous floral bouquets, the décor was my dream come true.

The details left every guest stunned in amazement. Emily made it so easy, I never worried about a thing. Scott and I were left free to focus on what really mattered, our love for each other. The day was so magical I could not have asked for anything better. We had our marriage ceremony around 1PM with our family and friends. We took our bridal army (19 groomsmen and Bridesmaids to be exact) and spent the afternoon taking photos at some of our favorites spots around Detroit before ending up at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. One of my favorite moments of the day was taking photos with our amazing photographers/videographers from Studio 41 Photography. Majority of our photos were just of Scott and I and in the chaos of the day it was some alone time we had with each other to just take in the day and the moments.

My secondary favorite moment of the day was when the DJ finished playing his last song and our friends and family took it upon themselves to sing “Hey Jude” to Scott and I in synchronized fashion to keep the celebration going. It was such a magical day that I will never forget.

My advice for future brides is to take a deep breath and take in the excitement of the day. The day goes by so fast and things are likely to go wrong but at the end of the day none of the little things matter. I had always dreamed of doing a flying lantern release (like in the movie Tangled) at my wedding. I had everything ready to go, 50 lanterns in total. There happened to be a slight wind on the evening of the wedding and very few lanterns made it up in flight, and the ones that did caught trees on fire! At first I was disappointed things did not go as expected but it provided for some serious entertainment for the guests. I had 100+ guests chasing down these lanterns that were more so dangerous fireballs flying into trees and bushes. (For the record, no one was injured and all fires were quickly put out.) Most guests were laughing so hard they were in tears. It wasn’t the magical release I envisioned but it sure gave us all a laugh and still continues to this day. I wouldn’t have wanted any other way.

30 Sweet Ideas For Intimate Backyard Outdoor Weddings

25 Apr 2017 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Backyard weddings are getting more and more popular because they are informal, simple,cozy, relaxing, and won’t require a big budget .The best part of having backyard wedding is that you can personalize it without any restrictions,cover the trees with lights and garlands or hang your family photos on them, use blooms around to advantage adding them excessively to your wedding decor. SO, ready to start backyard wedding planning? Click to see 30 of our favorite backyard wedding ideas.

1. Wedding Reception

30 inspirational backyard wedding ideas

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awesome backyard wedding altar and arch ideas

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3. Dancing Floor

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24 Instagram Photos That Really Make Us Want to Plan a Wedding

14 Mar 2017 Posted by trubridal in Wedding Ideas

Planning a wedding is notoriously incredibly stressful, and we can’t exactly say it tops our list of things we’re dying to do. Get married? Sure. Have an incredibly stylish wedding? Definitely. But plan it? Not so much.

However, we must confess: A quick scroll through our Instagram feeds has changed our tunes a bit. Beautiful bouquets, stunning gowns, dreamy table settings—there’s something irresistible about a beautiful wedding.

Keep scrolling to see some wedding Instagram photos that made us want to plan our own big day!

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