Bright & Colorful Florida Wedding

Waking up to this gorgeous Florida wedding with the prettiest details is the best way to kick off the week. We love the bright and beautiful colors which is making us smile so much our cheeks hurt. Everything from the stunning florals, the wedding cake, the bridesmaid’s gowns, the reception decor, and cocktail bar is beaming with color and joy. Brighten your day with the amazing images from Steven Miller Photography and enjoy every moment.

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From Steven Miller Photography

Leanne and Jason’s wedding day is definitely a day we’ll never forget! We captured their amazing wedding love story at the Danville Bed and Breakfast, out in Geneva, Florida! Wedding photographers Steven and Chris began the day capturing their preparations, with Wendy Phillips of Posh Hair Salon providing the bridal hair stylist services and Garden Gate Florals creating the beautiful bouquets, boutineers, and wedding floral arrangements. Once the two were ready, we setup Jason outside for their intimate first look, where Leanne walked up behind him, held his hand, and had him turn around to see his beautiful wife-to-be for the first time on their wedding day! We then took the couple and their bridal party around Danville for their personal portraits, then prepared for their outdoor wedding ceremony underneath Danville’s elegant gazebo, officiated by Rev. Bob Myers! Their ceremony included the passing of roses to family members, readings from the best man and maid of honor, and tying of a three chord knot. After their I-Do’s and the kiss, we prepared for their very unique reception introduction!! What’s awesome about Danville Bed and Breakfast is that an entire side of the building raises up like an airplane hangar!! After family and bridal party introductions, the door raised up in front of their guests, revealing Leanne and Jason, and an amazing and sweet dance routine themed to swing music! We were glad to work beside Lexoria Videography, who captured these awesome moments on video as well! Teh wedding cake was created by Cakes by Kim & Karen, and catering was provided by Creations Catering. DJ Chuck Johnson of Classic Disc Jockeys really rocked the reception with some fun music and games, making for an amazing party atmosphere. We were able to sneak away Leanne and Jason for a few minutes to snap some beautiful night shots around the property, honestly the perfect venue to do these!! Special thanks go out to Dan, Larrie May, and the rest of the Danville family for their help and wedding coordination throughout the day. They were truly a joy and a pleasure to work with! 

 

 

Vendors:

Photographer: Steven Miller Photography

Venue: Danville, A Celebration Destination

DJ: Chuck Johnnson

Caterer: Creations Catering

Florist: Garden Gate Florals

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Officiant: Orlando Wedding Chaplain

Hair Stylist: Posh Salon & Day Spa

Bridal Gown Designer: Stella York

Georgia Barn Wedding

I will always be a fan of the barn wedding. I am no country girl, but I love myself a barn wedding. This wedding’s venue is not the only detail I have fallen in love with. This couple is absolutely adorable! I can not handle how pretty the bride’s lace gown is, and those cowboy boots? Oh my goodness, just perfect compliment to the whole bridal look. I can not forget the groom, who is looking dapper in his tan blazer, dark jeans, and cowboy boots. Together, these two love birds are a perfect match. Oh, and I can not forget about that cookie cake. Its so cute! Monday never looked so pretty, and the photographs by Brandy Angel Photography are beautiful.

 

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From the bride…

We met on a plane…I was his flight attendant, he was headed to Texas to see some friends. Little did he know that’d be the trip of his lifetime! He tried to get my attention a few times, and I made casual conversation but was more focused on working. Finally when I had a break, I went to the back of the plane to sit down. He asked me to sit down and watch Duck Dynasty with him. So, I did, and that was it! 20 minutes later we were both smitten, and 2 weeks later he took me out on our first date. We just clicked and knew right off the bat this was “it”. 8 months later he proposed and 6 months after that we got married! What a wonderful whirlwind the past year & a half has been.

Our wedding was near Athens, Georgia in a cute barn. Antique Acres was the name of the venue. When planning our wedding we knew we needed to incorporate my favorite colors, our cowboy boots, and Seth’s beloved coca-cola! We added personal touches such as having cookie cakes because I have always preferred cookies to cake. Everything went together better than we could imagine and it turned out perfectly!

 

Vendors:

 

Venue: Antique Acres

Photography: Brandy Angel Photography

Wedding Planner: Ansley Ellington

Hair Stylist: Hailey Bridges

DJ: Nice Guys DJ

Floral Designer: Robin Hoover & Susan Rudder

Caterer: The Master’s Table

 

Intimate Outdoor Southern Wedding

Lace never gets old in my book. This pretty Southern wedding has all the lace that I love and more.  In addition to lace, this Southern bride  loves horses, and all things simple and Southern. This gorgeous couple share personal vows with their small guest count surrounded by lovely trees in a quaint  setting.  Then you have a photographer like Brandy Angel Photography who is there to capture all the lovely details. This wedding is just beautiful in every detail. I can go and on about this Southern wedding, but I think the stunning images speak for themselves. Enjoy!!

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A few words from the bride…

The Love story:  We met through a mutual acquaintance in 2009. I was in a relationship at the time so we were just friends for a year before we started dating. We would bump into each other everywhere throughout that year and Matt would tell his buddies that, “one day that girls gonna be my girlfriend.” So after numerous attempts of him asking me out and getting turned down he deleted my number from his phone. At the end of that year, when I became single again, I thought about Matt and decided to reach out to him. His response was,”who is this again?” Haha I knew I probably deserved that for all the neglect I had given him. Our first date was that night, I asked him out to a new fine dining restaurant called Three Forks. I quickly realized how much we had in common and that he had spent four summers on the lake I grew up on in Alabama which is rare to find when you are living 7 hours away from home. He asked me to go out of town with him that weekend to his families place in Crystal River and that’s where we both fell completely in love! He made me swim with manatees which was a real treat for a small town Alabama girl like me. That weekend is when we decided we were Lobsters, and would be soulmates for life. We even ironically found a wooden sign that says “Lobsters” that is still to this day hanging in our kitchen. I knew he would be my husband one day.

The Proposal: He proposed on November 8, 2013. I was about to renew another years lease on my apartment even though I spent most of my time at his house. I came straight to his house from work that day with a hope that was crushed. I desperately wanted him to propose but I had accepted that it wasn’t going to happen. He asked me to come sit on the back porch with him and watch the sunset which we did often. It’s one of our favorite spots overlooking dutton island. I told him about my day and rambled on as usual. He was pacing around, couldn’t sit still which was also usual so I didn’t think anything of it. Then he said,” I have a surprise for you little Susie.” (It’s a nickname) long story. I responded,” Oh please tell me it’s a garage door opener!” Haha the garage door had been broken for quite some time. He found that amusing and went along with it. He said I was right and he was gonna go get the opener to show me. When he came back he told me to close my eyes and he got down on one knee. He told me to open my eyes and simply asked,”I want to watch sunsets with you for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?”

The Wedding: We wanted to be engaged for a while. We knew we weren’t going to do a big wedding and even talked about eloping. About four days shy of one year later we decided on a private family wedding. Very small and quant, 17 people including the bride and groom. It was perfect timing.

 

Vendors:

Photography: Brandy Angel Photography

Venue: Five Star Lodge And Stables

Catering: Catering by Cindy

Wedding Cake:  Melissa’s Custom cakes and goodies

Flowers: The Flower Garden

Top Five Holiday Items for your Wedding

Happy Holidays! We’re almost done with Hanukkah, Christmas is just a few days away, and the holiday season is in full effect- are you feeling the cheer yet? For many of our readers, friends, and family this is their favorite time of the year. If it’s yours too, we’ve got some fun stuff you can stash away for your wedding that will keep the holiday spirit going. If you wait until December 26th, you can probably score these all at a discount, so plan ahead!

Fairy Lights

Putting up lights is always an easy win- be sure to stock up or hang on to yours for your big day! We love the white lights with white cords for weddings and the holidays- try to steer away from the rainbow or color lights. The white lights are neutral and work for all color schemes for your wedding (and for any color scheme you go for with holiday decor!). You can use this to light scenery, light pathways for night weddings, in selfie spots for wedding pictures, all sorts of decor!

Candles

We love candles, and they’re a fantastic staple for the holidays.  They’re really easy to find around the holidays, so this is the time to keep an eye out for some that you can use for your wedding. Bonus points if you can score some candle holders that flow with your wedding decor.We love white pillar candles for weddings and the holidays alike! If you got some for your celebrations, save them for the big day celebration as well. These don’t typically go on sale at a big discount after the holidays are over, so just keep your eyes peeled for any sort of discount or deal you can get on them.

Ribbon & Bows

Are you a hard core wrapper (see what we did there?)? We love bows and pretty ribbon, and you can make that work for your wedding too! Keep an eye out for your favorite ribbons and bows and you can use them throughout your wedding as decor, or to jazz up certain not so fancy things. Use the ribbon to tie your silverware into a bundle so it looks pretty and isn’t just folded. Use the bows on the backs of chairs, on name places, or anywhere you can think of that you’d like a little more festive fun.

Fun Foil Paper

It can be hard to gauge how much wrapping paper you’ll need- most of us end up with weird little scraps that aren’t big enough to use on anything else. Don’t immediately toss that into the recycling- look for places where you can use it again! We love getting foiled patterned or plain color wrapping paper that isn’t holiday or season specific because it’s easy to reuse. You can use them as name places or for directional signage (cut letters, table numbers, etc. out of the wrapping paper and stick it on black or white to pop). Start a pile, stick them all in a bag, and get creative when it’s time for some fun wedding DIY projects.

Gift Bags

If you’re doing wedding favors, be sure to pick up as many small gift bags as you can! Gift bags are one of those expenses that can get overlooked, but still come out of your wedding budget. Since there is an opportunity to pick up a bunch at a discount after the holidays, be sure to swoop in on that. If you find some that are great but have some small seasonal images or say something like “Happy Holidays” across it, don’t let that discourage you! You can always cover that with little labels or stickers with the guest’s name on it or your last names and the date. It’s an easy fix and overall, an easy win!

 

Five Fun Wedding Detail DIY Projects

Let’s face facts- weddings are expensive. You may want a Mercedes Benz wedding, but be on a Honda budget. That’s totally fine, you just have to know where you can save and where you should spend. If you’re doing your dream wedding on a budget, we can help you save a few dollars here and there. These five DIY projects for your wedding will help you save some cash and still make the big day special.

Custom Stationery

One big expense that can rack up faster than you realize? Stationery and mail-related products. There’s a quick way to get around the high costs of printing out certain things. You can download free templates online and create your own return labels or guest address labels. It’s quite cheap to get label stickers from any sort of customized label you’ll need. Return address labels and guest address labels are probably the easiest thing to make at home. They can be quite costly to custom print, so just do it at home!

Bridesmaid Bouquets

You may want to spring for an arrangement for your bouquet, but for your bridesmaids it’s easy to actually do at home. Do some research on pinterest or flower blogs and go downtown to buy some loose flowers the day before or the morning of. It’s best to task this to one of your bridesmaids. It may feel a bit tedious, but it can seriously save you some money. If you want to get super fancy, you can do boutonnieres for the groomsmen too!

Have Your Friends Marry You

It can be a surprise cost to hire someone to marry you- you may not realize it but there can be a cost associated with almost everything. It can save you some money and make it much more meaningful to have a friend or family member do the ceremony. It can be sweet to ask whoever set you up or aided in you two meeting, or whoever has known you two as a couple the longest. It can be pretty cheap to get certified to officiate weddings, so you can save a few dollars here.

Lower the Lights

Renting or buying big extravagant candles can be seriously pricey. Candles are so beautiful and romantic, so it’s kind of hard to skimp on them. One easy way to get around the cost of something too extravagant is to take the same concept and shrink it- literally. Skimp the huge pricey candles and buy a few packs of tealight candles. You can get a ton of these for seriously cheap. Arrange the tealights on different levels to create depth and a sense of flow or drop them in water to have floating candlelight. It’s super romantic, creates gorgeous lighting, and is cheaper than springing for huge candles.

Stencil Yourselves

A quick way to ‘brand’ your wedding favors is to create a stencil and paint it over blank favors such as cards and small gifts. If you’re thinking of doing a little favor such as a tote bag, a candle, a selfie stick, any sort of favor for your guests- it will almost always cost a little more to put your name and/or date on it. You can actually get discounts or better rates on items to get items that are blank or not marked yet. You can make your own stencil using cardstock and some creativity and brand everything at home. It’s a fun art project that can save you money!

 

Rustic Southern Wedding

This bride is after our wedding loving hearts with her Southern wedding which she designed all herself. We love when brides handcraft their own style and design into their wedding day. If you love rustic and vintage details as much as we do, then you will fall in love with this beautifully styled wedding. We can not help to notice that the venue location is the perfect match for this gorgeous couple and their rustic wedding.  All the lovely details are captured by Jarrett Hucks Photography, who is a new photographer featured on BHL. But for sure will not be the last time, as we are in love with the stunning images and want to share more! For now, start off your Monday with this super romantic wedding and see why we are so obsessed with this stylish bride’s DIY details.

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From Jarrett Hucks Photography...

Sydney, a fashion merchandiser and quite the creative person, took it upon herself to design and decorate all things surrounding the atmosphere of her ceremony and reception. Most everything was handcrafted or up-cycled for a very unique wedding experience. One of my favorite things that she had done herself, was an old Globe that she had repainted depicting different things in New York City where they were taking their honeymoon. The train depot itself has a very rustic vibe with plenty of elegance still to be had. Many of the original elements are still in playing at the train depot including the loading doors and ticket station. With hardwood floors and brick walls, it makes for a very dark interior without lighting, but the rafters being covered in twinkle lights helps create a very dreamy atmosphere without the heavily inflated prices of many venues with this type of character.

 

Photographer: Jarrett Hucks Photography

Venue: Myrtle Beach Train Depot, South Carolina

Top Five Repurposed Halloween Items for Your Wedding

 

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Halloween is sadly over, and we’re a little heartbroken. But there is always a silver lining- the best sale is going on right now! Post-Halloween sales are in full swing and only have a few more days before they’re all picked over and done. If you have time, swing by the store and pick up these five awesome items that you can use for your wedding. And hey, if you get a wedding task done you definitely deserve that bag of chocolate. Or that big bag of popcorn. Or the gigantic novelty sized rice crispy treat. Or… actually buy all the candy you want, just be sure to get at least one wedding task done.

Mints

This may be easier to find since Halloween is more of a sweet treat holiday. Look for big bags of mints and you can repurpose them to be adorable wedding favors or to be laid out in dishes for guests. If you have the time and maybe some creativity, create custom labels and stick those over the skeleton logos and all that spooky stuff. If you can’t get away with creating all new stickers for the mints (they may be a funny size), find little glass dishes or bowls to pour your mints into. Serve them after dessert so your guests are ready to mingle with fresh breath.

Tiny Toys

Some stores will carry tiny toys as Halloween treats. If you can spy any of these, pick up a bag to have to entertain any younger guests. They may need something to preoccupy themselves while the grown ups are dancing. Our pick has been the little tubs of Play Doh to tie over little ones. Fun all-ages toys like this are perfect and parent friendly. Plus if you get them this time of year, it’s a cheap way to keep kids from crawling away or getting into trouble.

Solid Chocolate

If you have some time or are at least adventurous, you can pick up lots of solid chocolate and do some dipped creations. You may not be able to have the time or means to dip chocolate strawberries for everyone, but you should be able to pick up a bag to do treats for the wedding party. Just be sure you have solid chocolate only- anything with extra ingredients will alter the texture and may not settle right. Microwave a bowl of chocolate for two minutes- 30 seconds at a time while stirring throughout. Add some solid chocolate to the hot bowl and your chocolate will get down to around 85 degrees, which is perfect for dipping fruit, cookies, pretzels, anything you want. It’s a great little gift that’s easy to do and will be the perfect personal touch for your wedding party.

Faux Fabulous Jewelry

Swing by the costume section and look for old flappers, divas, and princess jewels. One fantastic trend we’re seeing is mixed media in flowers- draping jewels or strands of beads throughout large floral arrangements. One easy way to pull this off is to get a ton of cheap necklaces and break them apart as decorations. One of our favorite no-fails is to do pearls through lilies. Long strands of pearls broken up and weaved throughout lilies is feminine, delicate, and totally trendy.

Long Lashes

Our favorite beauty pick from Halloween is long lashes. Halloween is a big day for wearing falsies and they often put out special lashes just for the occasion. Shop the sales for long lashes that you could use for your special occasion. There are a lot this season that are similar to cobwebs- and they’re totally more sultry than scary. Pick up a few pairs while they’re on sale- lashes are great for your bachelorette party, wedding, honeymoon, and every occasion to come.

 

Five DIY Wedding Secrets: You Can Do It Too

The whirl of engagement excitement is settling and now the reality of wedding planning is sinking in. There are so many different aspects to consider that weddings have the potential to get overwhelming really fast.  Not all of us have the $50,000 dollar budget we see on wedding shows, but it is very possible to have a wedding just as beautiful on half the budget.  The great thing about weddings is the Do-it-yourself or DIY options available to cut costs dramatically.  Here are five DIY tips for your dream wedding.

PLAN ACCORDINGLY

It’s never too early to start gathering ideas for your wedding.  When you’ve selected a date create a Pinterest account just for your wedding.  If you see something you like PIN it and make final decisions later.  Also, decide on a theme.  This will make adding details much easier and give the ceremony and reception a more cohesive look.  Finally, create a budget and a timeline to keep your various projects on track and your stress level down.

ASK FOR HELP

DIY wedding projects are a perfect opportunity to bond with family, friends and your future husband.  Get your bridal party together and make a party out of a DIY project.  This is a great time for everyone to get to know each other before the big day.  You can also create a special memory with both your mom and future mother-in-law.  DIY projects don’t have to be stressful at all.  You can do them in front of the TV with your fiance a few nights a week.  You’ll get tons of work done before you know it!

WEDDING COORDINATOR

Although it is totally possible, taking on the entire wedding process by yourself can be a daunting task.  If you don’t have the desire or the budget to hire a wedding coordinator for the entire process, consider contracting one for the wedding day only.  This way you are able to take care of all the arrangements yourself and on the wedding day have someone who will ensure the smooth facilitation of the ceremony and reception.  ENJOY YOUR DAY!

DIY DO

There are many opportunities for DIY at your wedding. Here are a few things you can make yourself to add character to your event:

Invites: You can make custom invites and menus for a fraction of professional costs.

Centerpieces: The great thing about centerpieces… they don’t have to include flowers!  Vintage bottles, candles, photos or anything that fits the theme of your wedding can be a centerpiece.  It also adds a personal touch if you include items you love or have significant meaning to you as a couple.

Bouquet: Making your own bouquet is an option for those who want a smaller bunch of flowers.  Since tradition mandates the bouquet toss during the reception, some may want to allocate that budget elsewhere.  Make the bouquet the day before to  maintain freshness.

Favors: Have some fun here, the options are endless!  This is your opportunity to really let your personality as a couple shine.

Place Settings: You can buy place settings at wholesale to save costs.  You also don’t have to have an extensive number of knifes, forks, plates, glasses, etc.  Simplicity is elegant as well.

DIY DON’T

Yes, you can technically make your entire wedding DIY but there are a few things that are better left to the professionals if only to help you keep your sanity.

Food: Attempting to make enough food for 100 guests can get messy fast. You will save some major headaches by leaving this detail to the professionals.  The good thing about food is that you can have a tasting session before your day to make sure it is up to your taste bud standards.

Photography:  Photography is of the utmost importance on your wedding day.  All your hard work and planning culminates on this one day so making sure you have a photographer who knows what he/she is doing is invaluable.  A professional will know what shots to take and when so you can be confident that your day will be well documented.

Flowers: Due to the delicate nature of florals it might be best to leave this one to the professionals.  True, flowers can get pricey but try choosing flowers that are in season.  You can cut costs dramatically this way and tie the ceremony together in a subtle way.

In many ways DIY projects are more fun than letting a professional plan everything for you.  You can still have that professional touch while incorporating the personal details that DIY allows.  Weigh your options and really look at your budget, see where DIY might be the better route. Remember, the most important thing about your wedding is to have fun and make it your own.

Top Five Fall Wedding Favor Ideas

Fall has always been my favorite season. I love the feel and smell of the clean and crisp air, drinking hot chocolate, and the long days of wearing anything cozy. Simply put, you can’t help but fall in love with fall. It is also the best time for weddings. The weather is ideal for an indoor or outdoor event. Plus, the treats that come along with it is even better. As much as I love summer season there’s something about the season and weddings during Autumn. Here are top five wedding favors to spice up and bring that fall aroma to your big day. The best part? They are easily doable on your own. So get ready and plan a DIY party with your bridesmaids. These are thoughtful, sweet and adorable gestures that everyone at your wedding will love!

Gourmet Candy Apple 

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I’m a big sweet tooth and candy apple treats are my weakness. I love any type of fruits to begin with but mixing apples with caramel, chocolate or glaze cinnamon? It’s the right kind of mixture of healthy and indulging at the same time. Talk about deliciousness!

Coffee Candles

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These are quintessential for any fall-themed wedding favors, especially if the candle wax is caramel or mocha scented. It will be like waking up in a coffee shop. I’m ready for my daily scent of cup-of-joe, please!

“Watch Our Love Grow” seeds

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Here comes fall, then spring. Your guest will not only be able to witness your perfect day, but they will also grow with your love over time. They’ll have a little plant that will continue to grow as a proof of your love. So adorable.

Sending you S’more love

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This is a thoughtful way to say thank you to everyone. The best part? You can definitely do-it-yourself. Just grab some marshmallows, Hershey’s chocolate, and graham crackers and put them all in a clear plastic bag. Have a custom tag “S’more love” or whatever your hear desires and put it around a raffia or baker’s twine.  Simple, thoughtful and a sweet treat!

Sweet-Tea bags

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When the weather starts to feel cooler and you need a little something warm, a tea will do. These are perfect to give to your guest because it will keep them extra cozy during the fall season. Plus, it is coming from you so it’s a sweet idea! It’s super easy to make it too. Interested in using this as your wedding favor? Here is a step-by-step DIY. Voila!

The basic materials you’ll be needing are:

  •  Muslin fabric–always look for natural & unbleached or pastel colors
  • Baker’s twine
  •  Loose leaf tea (Lupicia Tea Shoppe in LA is my favorite!)
  •  Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Tags
  • Little brown bag

Step-by-step procedure:

  • Cut the muslin into squares
  • Fill the middle of the square with 1-2 tablespoons of loose leaf
  • Fold one side of the fabric over the loose leaf tea.
  • Fold the other side of the fabric over (like a taco!)
  • Bring the two ends up together, and tap or move the tea around with your fingers so it’s at the bottom of your tea bag.
  • Cut the baker’s twine to any desired length, and proceed to tie a knot around your pouch down toward the loose leaf tea.
  • Finish by adding the tag around the end of the twine.

Voilà! Simple and inexpensive wedding favor ideas that everyone will love. They are all such sweet treats and no guest at your wedding will leave without sharing a smile.

Simple DIY Wedding Tips

Although you will be excited about planning your upcoming wedding, try and keep things in perspective so that the costs don’t get out of hand. You can have a beautiful and inexpensive wedding if you carefully plan a budget and stick to it. The advice in this article will help you to keep within your wedding budget, while still having an unforgettable day.

Purchasing your wedding gown on the internet can be a budget saver, cutting down your costs by hundreds of dollars. Make sure to order early so you have time for alterations if any need to be made. It is also important to realize that alterations can cost quite a bit of money. Make sure the costs are included in your budget.

It is obvious that that most important aspect to think about in a marriage is the one whom you will marry. Never rush into this decision that will change your life. Give this person’s habits a great deal of consideration.

If you’re one of the many people who don’t want to spend upward of a thousand dollars on a fat-and-sugar-laden wedding cake, check with local bakeries for lighter, individual-sized wedding pastry suggestions. Many bakeries offer beautiful cupcakes with a variety of healthy fillings.

Brides who want a look of luxury can embellish their wedding bouquets with something that sparkles, like rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, or even a tiny bit of diamonds. For example, incorporate vintage brooches, Swarovski crystals or costume jewelry into the design. For a consistent look, all of the stones should coordinate in terms of cut, color, and size.

It might be a friend or a family member. All that’s needed is someone who can happily carry your gear during the ceremony and photo sessions. They can also be of assistance in rounding everyone up for the group photographs, and this will make sure no one is left out.

Find out if the lights at your reception venue are the type that can be dimmed. You may not think this detail is important; however, consider the effect of low lights on parts of your reception. For example, you may want to dim the lights for your first dance or other important dances and brighten them when you want everyone to participate in dancing. Be sure to ask the if the venue has this feature before you commit to it.

A beautiful wedding on a budget is possible if you plan carefully and have realistic expectations. It is possible to have your dream wedding and keep your wallet full by choosing to follow the advice from this article.