Half Up Do Wedding Hair Styles

To wear your hair up or down on the wedding day, that is the question. Can’t decide?  Half up!  Today we’ve pulled a few stunning looks for wearing your hair half up with your wedding dress.  You can be sleek and sophisticated, boho bridal, romantically curled and even throw in a braid or two to keep the look youthful if you like!  Messy or clean, a half up do is a fabulous option for you and your maids!

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{Photos: Top Left: MSW, Right: We Heart It, Middle: Pinterest, Third Row Left: Mariah Nicole, Right: Sara Lucero via Wedding Chicks, Bottom Left: Pinterest, Right: Shima Hair}

Eco-Friendly Weddings

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In light of Earth Day today, I thought we’d talk about Eco-friendly weddings! Now don’t fret from having an eco-friendly wedding because all you can imagine are shades of green and brown! Eco-friendly products have come a long way in the past five years and can work to make your big day extra special. Here are some tips to help you with the planning process!

1. Shop Locally. Wherever your wedding ceremony and reception are located at, make sure to shop local! Whether you’re looking for flowers, or food for your reception, keeping it local will lower your carbon foot print since less traveling is involved.

2. Purchase Reusable Bridesmaid Dresses. Not only will your bridesmaids love you for it but it helps prevent from yards and yards of fabric ending up in a landfill. A figure flattering cocktail dress will live a lot longer than a bright orange, taffeta dress!

3. Wed Outdoors. Ditch the lights and head outside on your big day! Wedding outdoors will not only conserve energy but you also won’t need as much paper/ plastic decorations and florals since you’ll focus on the nature more! Pick a monument point (e.g. a mountain, or beach scenery) to focus on!

4. Support Eco-Friendly Hotels. If you’re family and friends are coming down for your wedding, point them to a hotel that practices sustainable principles for them to stay at. If you’re wedding happens to be at a hotel, ask your coordinator what kind of eco-friendly practices the hotel takes before making a decision.

5. Donate. Getting married somewhere that you just absolutely love? Why not give back by donating some money to help their efforts! Whether getting married in a state park or a sandy beach a little bit of money will go a long way!

6. Volunteer. Take some time out of your honeymoon to give back to your community. Getting married in a garden? Perhaps give back to that community by take your new spouse to plant some new greenery!

Family Tree Wedding Ideas

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{Photos: Left: Society Bride, Right: Etsy}

Getting married means you’re merging two families together and beginning or continuing the one you’re building.  It makes for a fabulous new family tree!  Today we’ve gathered a few fun ideas incorporating the ‘family tree’ into your big day decor.  The ever popular thumbprint guestbook tree is a great idea for cocktail hour.  Or why not display your escort cards in the shape of a tree?!  Even adorn your cake with beautiful leaves and branches and share your actual family tree on a tree using old photos!  Let your love of family inspire your wedding day details!

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{Photos: Top Left + Right: Bridal Guide, Middle Left: Sweet Tea Photography via The Knot, Right: Green Autumn Photography via The Bride’s Cafe, Bottom Left: Christy Tyler Photography via SMP, Right: F Yeah Wedding Ideas}

Gifts for Your Bridal Shower

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So we know the bridal shower isn’t all about the gifts, but let’s get real, it’s a lot about showing the bride with gifts!  So shop accordingly ladies!  Here are a few tips to making the most out of the shower presents for her and the hosts!

1.  Did you know that you can register for your wedding shower?  When you register, consider gifts appropriate for this time too!  Or send out a separate registry specific to this ladies (and/or gents) day.  It’s even appropriate to include this information on these invitations since traditionally the bride and/or groom is not the host.

2.  If you plan on playing games at this shower, small gifts or prizes for the winners are appropriate.  These can range from small value gift certificates to spa products, to items themed for the shower or wedding day’s theme.  If you’re hosting a destination wedding, consider gifts that guests can use on location!

3.  Since the wedding shower is typically two months before the wedding, be sure to send out thank you’s promptly – best within two weeks – to avoid your thank you arriving after your nuptials and adding to that much larger of a list of wedding gift notes to send.

4.  Don’t forget to gift the hosts!  Your hostess or hostesses should know how much you appreciate them and their efforts.  Bring a heartfelt gift (small or large) to the shower that says thanks!

5.  Bridal shower favors should be included, just like the wedding day.  Friends and family invested time and money to shower you with love and a small token of gratitude should be given.  If the shower is co-ed, be sure the gifts are appropriate for both (or select his and hers gifts)!

6.  If you’re wedding registry is already being bought up and you can’t think of what else you could possibly want, consider a themed gift shower.  Like his and her tools, an around-the-clock shower, or a lingerie event where each guest is asked to bring a gift reflective of the theme so you get exactly what it is you need and want and not more of the same from your registry.

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{Top: Becky Young Photography via South Bound Bride, Bottom: Jacquelyn Mae Photography via Ruffled Blog

How to Create the Perfect Dessert Bar

If you’re anything like me, your favorite course is dessert! Forget the margaritas bar, weddings are all about having the best dessert bars now-a-days, and honestly I’m not complaining! So, what should you do when creating a dessert bar? Well I’ve came up with five questions to ask yourself in order to have a fool proof dessert experience!

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1. Who’s coming to the wedding? You don’t want to serve anything your guests won’t enjoy as much as you do! If your guest list includes a plentiful of children you might want to include more kid friendly desserts like cake pops, suckers, and cookies. If you’re crowd consists of adults try out desserts like macaroons, cheesecakes, and eclairs. If your guest lists happens to be a mix of both, you can offer an array of both types of dessert or consider having a separate candy bar for the children.

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2. What is the theme? The fun part about your dessert bar is choosing the theme and how you will decorate it. The theme will be rather easy since it will be an extension of your overall wedding, and you definitely want to tie in details from your reception at the table. If you’re having a beach wedding consider tying that into the desserts like having caramel salted cake pops, or Krabby Patty inspired cakes. Play up your bar!

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3. What are you feeding your guests? Labeling is a crucial detail in creating a perfect dessert bar! Make sure your guests knows what there is to offer, you don’t want them sticking their hands into different plates and bowls to find out what everything is. Are there walnuts in your cookies? Make sure to label for guests who are allergic to nuts and for other common food allergies.

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4. How will you show off your personality? What’s going to make your dessert bar stand out from the pack? Add personal touches like quotes, photos, naming your desserts, or mixing in some of your favorite items like books or wine bottles. Whatever it is, have fun with it! A dessert bar is meant to be playful!

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5. What will you serve? So now that you have all the details down it’s time to decide what you will be serving. Make sure to have a finalized list of desserts with specific recipes to give to the baker.When it comes to a dessert bar you want to make sure you have a selection of desserts not  a buffet of sweets- don’t overwhelm your guests.

Enjoy!

{1: Cheryl McEwan Photography via South Bound Bride, 2L: Penelope-Photos, 2R: Chelsea Brown Photography via Love and Lavender, 3L: So-Eventful, 3R: Hostess with the Mostess, 4: Gabriel Ryan Photography via Green Wedding Shoes, 5+ 6: Flickr}

Promo Code for Wedding Websites by Appy Couple

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Easter Wedding Ideas

This weekend is Easter and Easter weddings are Spring weddings on a whole other level – think everything adorably pastel, pretty flowers, and of course a plethora of eggs and maybe even some bunnies. Families usually come together to celebrate Easter anyways, why not give them an even bigger reason to celebrate? Here are some fun ideas to spark your imagination.

Color Scheme. Invite family and friends to a bright, cheery and colorful Easter wedding.

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Decor. Incorporate Spring and Easter ideas together! Include tons of florals and plenty of nods to the Easter bunny.

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Florals. Spring is a time for blooming so plenty of florals is a must!

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Other Details. Make sure to include traditional Easter symbols like eggs, candy, and the Easter bunny himself.

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{Garland: Etsy, Pink Cake: Flickr, Mint Cake: Sugar and Cloth, Center Piece: Tulipina, Table Name: Casa Trend, Cupcakes: The Gunny Sack, Bridal Bouquet: Miss Renaissance, Chapel: Flickr, Centerpiece: Lauren Conrad, Egg Place: Southern Weddings Magazine, Rabbit Cake Top: Mira Uncut, Bunny: Flickr, Foil Eggs: Buzz Feed}

Thank You Note Rules for Your Wedding

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Saying thanks is a big part of the wedding planning process – both before and after the big day.  Show your loved ones how much you care about them and appreciate all they did for you and your new spouse with these five tips to saying thanks for the big day!

1.  Thank you notes should be sent within three months of when you received the gift.  Write thank you notes as gifts arrive to keep up on the workflow and give yourself an additional eight weeks to get out the rest post-wedding day.  Don’t wait until that three month mark.

2.  Yes, they need a thank you!  If you received a gift for your shower, engagement party, a check, any form of a gift for any of your wedding related events – a proper thank you should be promptly sent.  Even those that gave you the gift of time to help you with your wedding details should receive a personal note.

3.  Don’t forget to thank your wedding vendors!  It’s customary to offer a gratuity to your wedding vendors and if you loved their service or product, go the extra mile and include it inside a personal thank you note.

4.  Get creative and prepare a photo op (possibly with a sign) at your wedding day to turn into a thank you note.  The more personal, the more memorable!

5.  If guests traveled for your destination wedding, gift or not, send a thank you for making the journey.

Getaway Cars

Every bride and groom needs their perfect getaway car! Drive off in style and leave a lasting impression with you guests on your big day. A definite must do for a getaway car is to tie it into your wedding- so, if you’re having a beach wedding perhaps paddle off into the sunset on surf boards or if you’re having a ski lodge wedding take off in a ski lift like the couple below.  Or hey, going classic is always fabulous! Whichever car you decide to drive off in on your wedding night make sure it fits both of your personalities! Oh! and don’t forget your Just Married sign!

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{Classic: Jose Villa via Once Wed, Open Classic: SMP, Vespa + Carriage: Jessica Claire via Green Wedding Shoes, Vintage: Katie Stoops Photography via Inspired by This, VW: Jose Villa, Chevy Pick Up: Zank You, Ski Ride: Exquisite Weddings Magazine}

Something Blue Ideas

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Many brides get stumped when it comes to something blue ideas- especially when blue isn’t their favorite color. So how do you incorporate the good luck color in your wedding? Here are six of my favorite ideas!

1. Statement Necklace. Every strapless dress looks amazing when it’s paired with a great statement necklace. Your wedding dress is not different! Top off your gorgeous dress with a stunning sparkly necklace for a perfect big day ensemble.

2. Monogram Patch. As a monogram aficionado, this is one is definitely my favorite! This one is perfect for those who don’t like the color blue, since no one will see it but it’s still close to your heart. Plus it’s a perfect way to make use of your new last name!

3. Nail Polish. Add a pop of color to your wedding night outfit with some blue nails! Their trendy and look amazing on any skin tone!

4. Lingerie. A happy bride needs cute and comfortable under garments for her big day. So why not have them be your lucky charm and order them in blue? Don’t fret, the color won’t show through your dress as long as it’s lined!

5. Bouquet. You can always add a hint of blue into your bouquet. Whether you add a pop of color with florals like hydrangeas or you add a blue accent with a ribbon or broach on to the bouquet, it’s sure to look charming!

6. Shoes. For those who love blue, consider rocking some heels in your favorite color! They add a bold statement to your look and will be really fun to wear!

Have fun with choosing your something blue token! Always remember that blue comes in so many rich and beautiful shades you can choose from, don’t feel like you’re stuck with the same Crayola blue color. Happy Planning!

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{Cover Photo: Siri Jones Photography via Modernly Wed, Necklace: Something Turquoise, Monogram: Blue Grass Photography via Jet Fete, Nails:, Lingerie: Etsy, Bouquet: Anastasiya Abelik Photography via Burnett’s Board, Heels: Ugly Duckling Photography}

Destination Wedding Photography – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talked to Laura Grier from Beautiful Day Photography about traveling with your destination wedding photographer and great ideas for on location shoots, engagement styling and other ways to enhance the experience!

We also connected you to some great resources to for photographers who shoot on location, including the Westcott portable beauty dish, the Lowel GL-1 Gun Light, and  the MeFoto Q1

And for our cocktail, we shared one of Laura’s favorites from the Food Network, the Lychee Martini.

Here’s what you’ll need:

6oz of vodka

4 oz of lychee juice

a splash of vermouth

2 lychees for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, fill ice, vodka, lychee juice, and vermouth.  Shake until it’s chilled and pour into two martini glasses and simply garnish with a lychee in each!

Happy Friday and we’ll see you next week!  And don’t forget, if you missed the episode you can tune in anytime on demand here!

Color Palette Inspiration: Pastels

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It wouldn’t be Spring without a pastel wedding! Why does everyone love a pastel big day? Well look at these photos! They are absolutely gorgeous! For the simple and sweet Bride, this color palette will be just perfect! This color scheme is also great for anyone who wants to have tons of color at their wedding but is afraid of how it will turn out. Pastels are easy to work with and you can pretty much mix any color and it will look lovely! Take a look at that yummy macaroon tower, how adorable would that be for a dessert bar? Your bridesmaids are sure to look beautiful in a pastel colored dress, not to mention they can re-use it as a spring cocktail dress.  From food to decor, paint your wedding in pastels!

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{Cover Photo: Carmen & Ingo Photography via Burnett’s Boards, Macaroon Cake: Eating Yummy, Bridesmaids: Sweet Little Photographs, Pink Ruffled Cake: Bobbette & Belle Artisanal Pastries, Balloons:, Cookie Table: Melody Gibbs via SMP, Blue Ruffled Cake: Wild Orchid Baking Co., Cupcakes: Vanessa Voth Photography, Paper Details: MADfotos via Wedding Chicks, Bouquet: Valentina Glidden Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs}