November 23, 2011

Ask Wednesday

Dear Wednesday,
Our officiant is a really nice person and we like him a lot, but we only met him recently. We are paying for his services to officiate the ceremony. Do we have to invite him to the reception as well?

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The traditional etiquette is to invite the officiant to the reception dinner. That being said, he is probably used to receiving invitations and also used to politely declining. Since you have not known him for very long and do not have a close relationship with him, the chances are that he’ll either decline to attend the reception or stay for a short while during the cocktail hour. If he does accept, you should sit him at a table with the parents or close relatives.
– Wednesday
November 21, 2011

What About the ‘Maid?: Budget-friendly Bridal Shower

Planning a bridal shower can be stressful and can put a strain on your wallet, but there are great DIY and budget-friendly ways to throw (and host) a shower without breaking the bank. Here are some great tips to having a first class party in honor of the bride-to-be.

Location, Location, Location
Who says that a bridal shower has to be at a fancy hotel or boutique tearoom? Consider hosting it at your home or another bridesmaid’s home. Or if you have access to a community clubhouse, consider hosting the bridal shower there. You can save on any major rental fees that a hotel or restaurant may charge.

Good Eats
Think about having a potluck where each bridesmaid brings a dish or two to share. Simple DIY dishes like a cheese platter or a fruit tray with some of the bride’s favorite fruits is a great potluck dish. Want to add a fancy touch to the food? Try a simple recipe for creamy brie en croute, savory bacon wrapped dates or festive prosciutto wrapped breadsticks. Also, a potluck shower is a great way to share recipes with the bride – have each bridesmaid write down the recipe on a recipe card and have a recipe box as a gift for the bride.

Décor
You don’t need to spend hundreds to turn a room into a well-decorated space. DIY pom balls and paper canopy can add a festive touch!

Martha Stewart Weddings

November 18, 2011

Foto Friday

A sparkling exit (sealed with a kiss!) for these newlyweds..

Mathieu Photography

November 16, 2011

Ask Wednesday

Dear Wednesday,
My fiancé and I have large families and a lot of friends. How do we go about choosing who makes the guest list?

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Cutting the guest list is one of the most difficult part of planning a wedding. You don’t want to cause any unnecessary drama, but you don’t want to be forced to invite your third cousin John whom you’ve never met. Here’s a straight forward chart from Paper and Thread Studio that you can reference when trying to decide who to invite. – Wednesday
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November 15, 2011

Wedding for All Seasons: Fall Invitations

Looking for a creative way to capture that autumn feel? Invitations are your guests’ first glimpse of your fall wedding. Combine the color inspiration (phlox, cedar and coffee liqueur) with an autumn element (leaves) for an invitation suite saturated with rich and earthy tones.
Design by My Other Half
November 9, 2011

Ask Wednesday

Dear Wednesday,
If a guest isn’t able to make it to the wedding, should I expect a wedding gift in lieu of their attendance?

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Although it is proper etiquette for the invited to send a gift even if they’re not able to make it to the wedding, never assume or expect that they will do so. Remember, your wedding is a celebration of love, not a gift-receiving event.
– Wednesday
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November 7, 2011

Wedding for All Seasons: Fall Flowers

Celebrate autumn (and your big day!) by choosing flowers that are in season. During the summer and fall, flowers are in full bloom and the opportunities are endless for creating the perfect bouquet, stunning centerpieces and additional floral touches to your wedding day.

White/Ivory

Yellow/Orange

Pink/Red

Purple/Blue
 

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Photo Credits
Tuberose: Tulip World
Dahlia: Country Living
Aster: Wildflowers West
Sunflower: Swallowtail Garden Seeds
Chrysanthemum: Flowers Gallery
Marigold: Swallowtail Garden Seeds
Turtlehead: Grow Native
Red Spider Lily: Red Bubble
Zinnia: Flowers
Monkshood: Bloomingwriter
Colchicum: Nature @ WSU
Statice: Just Flower
November 4, 2011

Foto Friday

For better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, even if you grew a pair of antlers…

Nathaniel Wilder Photography

November 2, 2011

Ask Wednesday

Dear Wednesday,
I don’t want to have children at the wedding, but there are some kids that I am willing to invite, like my nieces and nephews. If I put “adults only” on the invitations, but guests see other children at the reception, it would seem unfair. How can I fix this situation?

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Address the invitation to the parents rather than the whole family on the outer and inner envelopes (Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jennings vs. The Jennings Family). Also, specify the number of guests that are invited on the RVSP (“x seats have been reserved in your honor”). You may still get some phone calls or emails asking if they can bring their children. Kindly let them know that you have very limited space at the venue and you are extending invitations to children for close family members only.
– Wednesday
October 31, 2011

Wedding for All Seasons: Dressing the Ladies

With Phlox, Cedar and Coffee Liqueur infused as your fall wedding colors, let’s dress the ladies! Don’t be afraid to go beyond the bridal salon to dress your party. Try off-the-rack styles from Macy’s, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor and J.Crew for a great selection that fit your autumn color scheme and everyone’s budget.

Here are our picks for dressing the party this fall!

Phlox

Cedar

Coffee Liqueur