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2011 Wedding Reception Trends

Posted on October 26th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Brides are really shaking things up when planning their wedding receptions for spring of 2011. Creativity is king for the upcoming wedding season, so it’s time to put on your thinking caps and dream up some new ideas for your own special day.

Individual box wedding cakes in ivory with purple ribbon accents

Individual box shaped wedding cakes are another recently new trend.

One of the biggest changes our brides are making for next year is scrapping assigned seating. One way to do this is to set up your wedding reception in a lounge style rather than a formal dining room style. The lounge style reception hall is an excellent new wedding idea that offers a variety of seating areas where guests can easily mix and mingle without feeling tied to that one assigned seat. And you can really save your budget by cutting out those fancy, overpriced nameplates.

Those brides who are opting to stick with the traditional dining room for their wedding receptions are mixing things up by using tables in a variety of shapes and sizes paired with complementary, mismatched chairs, benches and stools.

If you want to cut some costs without ditching the nameplates, hold your wedding reception at brunch time. You can really turn the tables by serving brunch before the wedding ceremony instead of putting on a full-on night time reception with DJ and lighting. Brunch foods can be elegant without breaking the bank. Fill your guests’ tummies pre-ceremony, and serve up the cake afterward.

If you’re going to skip the evening wedding reception but would like guests to stick around for cake and mingling after the ceremony, set up a coffee bar and offer a variety of coffees to compliment your cake. After-parties are another hot wedding planning trend for 2011. Many wedding planning experts are suggesting cognac bars with personalized cigars offered in a semi-casual, yet elegant lounge setting.

For those who would like to stick with the traditional evening wedding reception, wedding planners are turning more and more to DJs rather than piano players or bands. And, many brides are purchasing a 2nd, more casual bridal gown to change into for the reception.

If you plan to spare no expense for your wedding, then this last wedding planning trend may be just the thing. More and more, brides and grooms are opting for the weekend long bridal extravaganza as opposed to limiting their wedding festivities to just one day. Read more »

Wedding Inspirations: A Wedding in Paris

Posted on October 8th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

A collage of romantic images from a Parisian themed wedding.What do you think of when you dream of Paris? The Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées? Maybe you dream of the pâtisserie or the aroma of fresh baked bread wafting from the boulangerie. Or, perhaps you imagine yourself a writer or an artist in the 1920s, meeting with your contemporaries at a street side cafe?

No matter what specific details come to mind when you think of this famous city, for most, Paris is the city of romance, the city of love. And what better way to plan a romantic wedding than with a Parisian theme?

The Bride

The birdcage veil pictured at right is one of the hottest trends for 2010 and is also the perfect choice for your Parisian Modern Chevron jewlery setwedding. Pair this with a retro 1920s or 30s style dress or glam it up with a modern couture sheath. If you choose a contemporary styled bridal gown, then you might like the Chevron Jewelry Set pictured at right. A retro gown would be better paired with vintage jewelry. Either choice would look beautiful and elegant with a strapless wedding dress. Complete the look with a simple handbag and couture shoes.

The Wedding Party

No bridesmaid wants to spend a fortune on yet another ugly dress to stuff in the back of her closet, never to be worn again. Instead, put your bridesmaids in a Chanel inspired ‘little black dress’ for your Parisian themed wedding. Better yet, let them each choose their own individual style and cut, and they will thank you for asking them to add this versatile piece to their wardrobe. Read more »

Wedding Inspirations: Brown and Ivory

Posted on September 13th, 2010 by Mandy Webster

Brown and Ivory wedding inspirations.Chocolate brown, cocoa, espresso: these are all shades of richness which you might expect to infuse into your brown and ivory wedding. There are so many creative ways you can incorporate these colors into your big day. And, what better excuse could you possibly find to enjoy a chocolate fountain and cups of rich, dark espresso on your wedding day?

Brown and Ivory are also elegant color choices for a fall wedding, especially if the rustic colors of fall leaves aren’t your thing. I just love the little flower girl at right in her beautiful ivory dress complete with white sash. And, the flower girl basket holds just the perfect little touch of autumnal offerings.

If you love this adorable flower girl, you may also like the elegant Tied With a Ribbon Guestbook and Ring Pillow set wrapped with a brown ribbon to match the flower girl’s sash.

The Bonnie Chocolate Satin evening shoe adds a unique touch under an ivory bridal gown or bridesmaid dresses. This adds just the right amount of color for your elegant fall wedding.

And, these brown and ivory wedding invitations will give your guests an idea of what to expect on your wedding day. These are perfect for the DIY Bride who wants to save both time and money by printing her own wedding invitations using this simple print-at-home kit.

But, brown and ivory are not just for fall. The Sparkling Entwined Wedding Garter is just beautiful in ivory and is another elegant addition to a vintage wedding. Ivory lace and vintage tablecloths can invoke the romance of days gone by when paired with the right shades of brown. Read more »


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