12 Days of Weddings - 7 Swans a Swimming Wedding Inspiration Board

Bridal headband from Twigs and Honey
We've really outdone ourselves this week...going across the big pond for a little French influence.  Inspired by the 7th chapter in our 12 Days of Weddings, where we are presenting our favorite winter wedding inspiration for each of the 12 Days of Christmas.  This 7 swans a swimming inspiration board oozes romance combining romantic feathery accents with soft shades of French blue, pink, and gold.

The Swan Lake influences married together with the French provincial styling work flawlessly together, don't you think?

7 Swans a Swimming Wedding Inspiration Board
7 Swans a Swimming Wedding Inspiration Board
7 Swans a Swimming Wedding Inspiration Board

Walking in a Winter Wedding Land

Winter bride and groomIt is hard to contest that there's anything more magical than a winter wedding.  A romantic world covered in white is the perfect backdrop for a love story.  Glittering jewel drops, pine cone accents, and warm and cozy winter-wear make for the most inviting of gatherings. Whether your wedding will take place at a grand wintery lodge or a cozy cabin, the fluttering snow and rustic elements of nature will create a wonderland  that will take anyone's breath away. As the chill of the winter approaches and your wedding draws near, get inspired, cuddle up to your love and take a walk through our Winter Wedding Land.
Winter Wedding Land

...Walking in a Winter Wedding Land...

Image Credits: Bride and groom main image from Three Winks Studio, Covered Bridge, Pine cone skates and winter picnic from All the Beautiful Things by Loreta, Hay bale bride and groom from Sparkle and Hay wedding blog, Winter coat bride from the Perfect Palette, Pine cone name card holders, Bride and groom by cabin by Brinton Studios

12 Days of Weddings - Six Geese A Laying

six geese a laying Get ready for our sixth episode in our 12 Days of Weddings blog series based on the famous holiday carol, The 12 Days of Christmas. Whether you are planning a Christmas party or a fabulous holiday wedding, we hope you have been motivated to create a winter wonderland for your guests. With October coming to a close, the countdown to Christmas has really begun. There is only a short 60 day stretch of planning, parties and shopping left!

With that in mind, we've put together our favorite ideas to inspire you based on the sixth verse in the 12 Days of Christmas song. With six geese a laying there has to be feathers and also eggs, we prefer golden eggs - who wouldn't? We also love the look of pure white feathers. White on white makes for a modern and sophisticated winter wedding while the feathers provide the texture you need for contrast. A bit of silver and gold go a long way to add visual interest with a bit of sparkle and holiday shine. Some of our favorite details are the feathered fan in lieu of a bouquet and the egg like jordan almonds styled to form a monogram. Be sure to check them out below, along with the fabulous feathered covered dress and table setting.

Six Geese A Laying Wedding Inspiration

Image Credits: Feathered Fan from Rock My Wedding, Lazaro Wedding Dress via Imbue You I Do, White Dessert Table via Austin Wedding Blog, Feather Ring from Laonato on Etsy, Silver Nest Charm from Mootsie on Etsy, Jordan Almond Monogram Display from Martha Stewart, Cake Display from Austin Wedding Blog via Austin Wedding Blog, Feather Table from Weddings on the French Riviera.

Great Ideas for Inexpensive Wedding Centerpieces

Maple Tree Wedding Centerpiece
Choosing wedding centerpieces for your wedding can be an expensive undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We have come up with several fun and inexpensive wedding centerpiece ideas.

Bring the outside in: Using tree branches, leaves, pinecones and other natural elements from the outdoors doesn’t cost a thing and can be some of the most beautiful centerpieces. By adding limbs from a Japanese maple tree to a large glass vase you can create a breath taking fall wedding centerpiece design. Think seasonal of course when you are planning to use Mother Nature’s decorations. If you are having a spring wedding, cherry blossoms, summer wedding use olive branches or winter wedding, use birch. Remember you can also add spray paint, beads and lights to jazz up any centerpiece design.

Double Duty:  Another way to save money on your wedding centerpieces is to use them for more than one purpose. One way to do this is incorporating your desert table into your centerpieces. You can buy several inexpensive cupcake holders and bake your own cupcakes. By adding decorative cupcake liners and little bling you can create great cupcakes without paying a professional. Fill the holders with your cupcakes and set one on each table as the centerpiece. This will create a fun and yummy centerpiece that your guests are sure to love.

Less is more: Sometimes the simple things in life can be the most beautiful. If you are having a winter wedding try filling up vases with inexpensive Christmas tree bulbs. This makes a gorgeous center piece and can be very cost effective.  Another fabulous idea is to use taper candles. You can normally buy tapers very cheap and in many color combinations. Check out your local thrift stores and buy different size and color holders to make an eclectic and interesting centerpiece.

Lemon Wedding Centerpiece

Fruit instead of flowers: Fruit can also be a great centerpiece idea. By simple filling a glass vase with lemons you can create a masterpiece. This works for all seasons as well, use apples and pears for the fall, cranberries for winter and lemon, limes and oranges are perfect for summer and spring weddings. The wonderful thing about using fruit is the color palate you can create. Also, get creative, add candles or lights. Let your imagination work for you.

The most important tip is, do your homework and shop around to find what inspires you before you start planning your centerpieces.  Going in prepared will also save you money and time. Good Luck!

Image Credits: Maple tree, taper candle and citrus centerpiece from marthastewartweddings.com.  Cupcake centerpiece from http://dulcedesignscandy.com/.

Things We Love ~ Miniature Pie Favors

Pie Display

Inspired by the wonderful smells of holiday baking, we would like to share a creative idea for homemade favors for your wedding.  This is the time of year when family and friends gather to celebrate, while sharing delicious foods.  Cookies, fudge, brownies, and other holiday goodies are in high demand.  Holiday meals would not be complete without the enticing aroma of warm, fresh baked pies.  What could be better than giving your guests their own personal miniature homemade pies?

Give these favors to the guests at your country or rustic themed wedding, or any theme for that matter!  These adorable pies are a great gift for any event.  For your next family or holiday event, whip up some tiny pies with the recipe from Our Best Bites or improvise your own recipe! 

Miniature Pie Inspiration Board

Image Credits: Have Some Pie from Fort and Field, Raspberry Pies via Project Wedding, Yarn Wrapped Pie from Style Me Pretty, Pecan Pies via Martha Stewart, Pie in a Jar Packaging from Fort and Field, Christmas Pies via Our Best Bites, Apple Pies from At Home with Kim Vallee.

12 Days of Weddings - 5 Golden Rings

Diamond Wedding RingsThere is nothing more romantic than the combination of glittery silver and gold.  There is just something about this sparkling combination that evokes a feeling of sophistication, richness, and class.  And when combined with the candlelight glow at your reception, the sparkle of these two colors will look downright magical.

Inspired by our 5th installment of our 12 Days of Weddings, where we are showcasing holiday inspiration for the 12 days of Christmas, this sophisticated take on 5 Golden Rings couldn't be more dazzling.  Afterall, all that glitters is gold...and silver.
12 Days of Weddings - 5 Golden Rings
12 Days of Weddings - 5 Golden Rings
12 Days of Weddings - 5 Golden Rings
12 Days of Weddings - 5 Golden Rings

Royal Wedding Hats - For the Real World

White feather hair fascinator
While the Royal Wedding has come and gone and the coverage of the special event has been plastered over news stations, magazines, and books everywhere, there is still a genuine interest in the doings of the royalty we all  became so familiar with.  Everyone is keeping an eye on William and Kate and the up and coming Pippa, and everyone is still talking about and beginning to emulate the styles of the British royalty.  Many of the looks  seen and talked about during the royal wedding extravaganza were no doubt related to the royal wedding hats worn by many of the guests  attending the event.  While some looks were mocked and giggled at, others were admired and applauded.   Without question, the hat designs worn by the royal wedding guests were unique, over the top and downright eye catching!  Take a look at some of the most talked about royal wedding hats featuring flowers, feathers, sculptural effects and... butterflies!?
Royal wedding hats

Royal wedding hats

While these looks are certainly attention grabbing, they may be more fit for Lady Gaga than the everyday fashion follower.  Try toning down the look by translating royal wedding wear into your own wardrobe.  Fabulous hair accessories can dress up an everyday outfit, add  major wow factor to evening wear and prom  dresses or be that finishing touch to your wedding day ensemble. Choose hair fascinators with flowers, feathers, netting, and jewels for a look that any fashionista can pull off.  Check out these fashion forward hair fascinators and accessories that you can rock in the real world!

Hair fascinators and accessories

Let these looks inspire you to add a little flair to your favorite outfits.  For the DYI-er, hair fascinators and clips are great at home projects to showcase your creativity and designer skills. Your local craft or fabric store will have everything you need to create a one of a kind piece!
Photo Credits: Princess Beatrice's sculptural hat and butterfly hat, Victoria Beckham hat, Grey, red and blue royal wedding hats, Modern hair fascinators and accessories from MyWeddingReceptionIdeas.com

12 Days of Weddings - Four Calling Birds

Four Calling Birds Christmas Card
We are excited to reveal the newest edition in our 12 Days of Weddings blog series, featuring inspirations drawn from Day Four of the famous 12 Days of Christmas song. A fun little known fact about this verse is that it originally named four colly birds, not four calling birds. In other words, the original quartet of birdies consisted of simple blackbirds. While we love the cheeky little Christmas card (shown to the left) that plays off the more well-known phrasing of the song, our main set of images features colly bird silhouettes and vintage style in keeping with the original verse. Enjoy!

  Four Calling Birds Wedding Inspiration Board
Image Credits: Four Calling Birds Card from Paper-Source, Blackbird Sachets via Manolo Brides, Invitations from unknown source, Favor Bags from KcPaperWorks on Etsy, Cupcakes from Paper Scissors Cake on Etsy, Handmade First Christmas Ornament from Paloma's Nest, Feathered Head Piece from PeacockPixys on Etsy, Bouquet via Ideas In Blume, Vintage Limo from Limofan.net, Black and White Ornaments via The House of Brooke , Red Dress and Fur Shrug by MKPhoto.
Author's Name: Jenna

Mason Jar Masterpieces

Mason jars with floating tea lights
The simple elegance of a mason jar is not always recognized, but with a little time and a creative touch, you can turn a basic jar into a classy decoration for your wedding. Whether your reception is a summer soiree or a winter wonderland, you will surely be inspired by the gorgeous ideas in this blog.
With so many uses, where should we start? Pair a floating candle with lace or twine for a rustic, romantic feel. A cluster of different sized jars with only a small tea light can replace flower centerpieces and help light your reception venue. These dreamy decorations will make any girl swoon, and remind her of the enchanting wedding she has always dreamed of.

Another cute and practical idea is to use the mason jars as glasses to hold your guests’ choice of drink at the reception. Take this a step further and apply chalkboard contact paper to the jars. You can write the names of your guests and even their table number to direct them to their seats.
Mason jar wedding ideas
As you can see, mason jars can be used for aisle decorations, lighting, drinking glasses, and even place cards. So what are you waiting for? Head over to a local store in the canning section and decorate your heart out! If your wedding is too far away to wait, consider featuring these striking DIY projects at your holiday party.

Image Credits: Floating Tealight Mason Jars,  Candlelight Mason Jar Lighting, Chalkboard Contact Sheets on Mason Jars, Simple Centerpiece, Mason Jar Lemonade, Pink and White Flowers in Hanging JarAisle Decorations, Red and White Centerpiece, Mason Jars with Favor Tags

The Perfect Bridesmaid Gift...A Survival Kit

Personalized Bridesmaid Clutch with Survival Kit
Personalized Bridesmaid Clutch with Survival Kit
The perfect bridesmaid gift for you to give to your bridesmaids is a survival kit. What is a survival kit you ask? Bridesmaid survival kits are cosmetic bag or small purse filled with the essentials that all ladies need for emergency situations. Most survival kits come with band aids, bobby pins, towelette, sewing kit, breath mints and of course a pack of Kleenex. This is perfect for all those little things that can and will go wrong on an important day. A personalized clutch is a great gift for your bridesmaids and they can use the survival kit for more than just your wedding celebration but for all kinds of special occasions that will come up during her life.

It would also be a fun idea to make your own survival kits if you are the DIY kind of gal. You can buy an inexpensive cosmetic bag or use a personalized bag and add all the essentials to the bags. If you really want to have some fun, make up some survival kits for the groomsmen as well. Here are a few more items other than the ones listed above you may want to add or consider adding to an already made up survival kit:
Personalized Lime Green Quilted Cosmetic Bag
Personalized Lime Green Quilted Cosmetic Bag

For the Bridesmaids
  • Lip Gloss
  • Stain Remover Wipes
  • Nail File
  • Aspirin
  • Tampon
  • Safety Pins
  • Trail Size Hair Spray
  • Deodorant

Submit Your Own Artwork Custom Printed 8 x 5 x 10 Frosted Gift Bags
Custom Printed 8 x 5 x 10 Frosted Gift Bags
For the Groomsmen
  • Antacid
  • Satin Remover Wipes
  • Aspirin
  • Trail Size Shaving Cream
  • Disposable Razor
  • Black Socks
  • Safety Pins
  • Chap Stick
  • Deodorant

The above items can also be added to your wedding welcome bags that you are leaving for you hotel guests. This is a fun and inexpensive way to make your guests, bridesmaids and groomsmen feel appreciated and loved. Good Luck!

12 Days of Weddings...Three French Hens

12 Days of Wedding Inspiration...Three French Hens
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me... This holiday season we are showcasing must-see wedding ideas for each of the 12 Days of Christmas.  To keep the ball rolling, we are so excited about this third addition to our collection...(drum roll please)...we bring you a french holiday wedding inspired of course by...the 3 french hens.

Combining rustic tones of cranberry, navy blue, and camel, this charming wedding collection blends french country style with the charm of small town farm life.  Come on back next week to see more ideas from our 12 Days of Weddings.

12 Days of Wedding Inspiration...Three French Hens
12 Days of Wedding Inspiration...Three French Hens
12 Days of Wedding Inspiration...Three French Hens

Image Credits:  French hen Christmas cardEngagement photos of couple with hens, French country table setting, Letterpress rooster thank you cards, ViolinFrench hen favor tagsRooster table setting, Feather hair fascinator, Wedding dress and groom in suspenders, Burlap and toile table runner.

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