Bridal Bar Radio Expands!

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Have you listened to Bridal Bar Radio before?  That’s right, we’ve got a talk radio show every week on iHeartRadio and you can listen on demand anytime!  We’ve had all your favorite celebrity wedding professionals on as guests over the past two years to help you plan your big day and now we’re offering you even more!  Bridal Bar Radio is expanding to two shows a week with an after the show episode with each guest!

That’s right, we’ve saved the best for last!  Subscribe here to our after the show content and you’ll not only get access to our weekly show, but a bonus interview with the expert guest only available here!  Each episode also comes complete with a downloadable tips sheet from our star studded guest lineup to help you better prepare for your big day, both on and off the air!  From expanded content to top ten lists and off the record but on the air interviews, subscribing to Bridal Bar Radio After the Show gives you even more great tools to say I do with style and a stress-free experience!

Check it out and tune in today!  Bridal Bar Radio is one more way we’re helping you plan for your big day – on the air, in a podcast, and all the time!

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All Photos by Robert Evans Studios

Home and Family TV Show: Wedding Projects and Tips

DIY wedding projects

Today we got a behind the scenes look at one of our favorite TV shows, Home & Family airing on the Hallmark Channel (which we’ve been on before!).  But today we got to be backstage guests learning a few new tips and tricks from the Home and Family team of DIY experts.  Bride-to-be and on-camera design expert, Paige Hemmis worked with resident DIY guru, Ken Wingard to create hanging luminaries and lights for her upcoming wedding reception (that will be airing on the show in June).  The episode we got a sneak peek of actually airs today so be sure to tune in at 10am ET/PST on the Hallmark Channel to see the entire how-to of the project!  And for those of you stuck at the office, we’ve got the guide to making your own mason jar tree lights and even their exact wine bottle chandeliers right here!

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To make this project at home, here’s what you’ll need: 1/4″ rope, mason jar, bailing wire, green moss, battery candle/tea light, wire cutters, scissors

Version One:

1) Wrap several lengths of bailing wire around lip of open mason jar. Slip a short length of wire through the wrapped lengths and create a curved hanging handle.

2) Loop rope around handle and tie off with wire.

3) Place some moss in jar, place candle in. Hang by rope.

Version Two:

1) Drill a small hole in lid of mason jar. Pull rope through and tie a knot.

2) Add moss and candle

3) Screw lid on and hang.

And when working with wine bottles:

1) Clean bottle and remove labels

2) Use glass cutter to score the bottle where you want it to separate

3) Dip in hot and then cold bath until glass separates

4) Sand rough edges

That’s it!  Pretty simple and fun, crafty idea for your wedding that you can work on long before your big day.

To watch this entire how-to and get tricks of the trade, be sure to tune into Home & Family, airing weekdays at 10 am ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.  This tutorial airs today and to watch the big wedding finale, be sure to check out Paige and Jason walk down the aisle on June 22 at 8 pm ET/PT on Hallmark Channel.

Home and Family wedding show

H&F Photo Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media Family Networks/Photographer: Jeremy Lee

Unique Wedding Ceremony Setup Ideas

Want to give your wedding guests a different point of view?  Consider sitting them in a ceremony structure all unique to you!  When you walk down the aisle, you don’t have to walk a straight line, consider swirling around a circular ceremony, or if you want a traditional aisle instead, allow your guests to cozy up on a couch while you say you “I do’s”.  Even ceremony pews in an outdoor setting make for spectacular seats at a wedding!   The position of the chairs can also enhance your day – and their view – by seating loved ones in the round, everyone gets the best seat in the house.  How will you design your wedding ceremony?

unique ceremony seating

{Photo: Pews: Archetype Studio Inc. via The Knot, Left Image Sofas: Steve Steinhardt via SMP, Right Image Sofas: Ryan Ray Photography via SMP, Yellow Ceremony: Social Tables, Bottom Ceremony: Simone Photography via Inside Weddings}

Wedding Popcorn Bars

You’ve probably seen a candy bar at a wedding right?  Maybe even a cookie or bakery bar in lieu of wedding favors at the guest’s seat.  Well, if you’re a lover of popcorn like we are, then why not celebrate with this sweet or savory treat at the end of the evening?!?  Send your guests home with a midnight snack perfect to fill their tummies after a cocktail or two!

wedding popcorn bars

{Photos: Top Row Left: Roots of Life via SMP, Right: Etsy, Second Row: Project Wedding, Third Row Left: New Jersey Bride, Right: Etsy, Bottom Row Left: Ace Photography, Right: Pen and Paper Flowers Studio + Design via Etsy}

Derby Inspired I Do’s

With the Kentucky Derby just days away, we were so inspired to share a few fun ideas for a bridal shower or wedding with a nod to the main event!  Whether you want to serve up a mint julep or dress the part as a wedding guest, these springtime inspirations give a nod to the races to come!

kentucky derby wedding ideas

{Photos: Invitation: Cambia Grace, Dresses: Lauren Conrad, Trophy Flowers: Every Bit Lovely, Wine Bottle: Brooke Courtney Photography via SMP, Bar: One Love Photography, Horse, Horse Head Table Number, Horseshoe: Caroline & Evan Photography via The Every Last Detail}

Registering for a Honeymoon with NewlyWish

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Today is an exciting day for anyone planning on taking a honeymoon!  Our friends over at NewlyWish (the most amazing wedding registry site out there), have just launched a honeymoon registry division!!  What does that mean?  Well, it means your guests can now gift you your honeymoon (or portions thereof)!  Our sister site, Jet Fete by Bridal Bar, was handpicked to curate their honeymoon content – so that you get the most amazing options out there around the world for newlyweds.  We took our vast travel experience and searched the globe for the best of the best for honeymooners and are now sharing that knowledge and those incredible locations with you on NewlyWish!

bora bora honeymoon

From The St. Regis Bora Bora overwater bungalow suites (pictured in this story) to the white sands of Seven Mile Beach at the Caribbean Club in the Cayman Islands, the resorts are to-die-for and the romantic offerings, amenities, and outings are those that you certainly won’t want to miss!  If you want to live like kings and queens for a week (or two or three), this is the way to make your dreams a true reality!  (We just can’t be to blame when you don’t want to come home!)

st regis bora bora

To plan your dream getaway is easy.  All you have to do is select where you want to go and what you want to do, sign up on NewlyWish and alert your guest list.  Then let them shop accordingly for you and when wedding day comes, you’ll be jetting off around the globe like the rockstars that you are (all expenses paid no less).  Honeymoon registries are no longer a rare option, instead, it’s how so many couples are planning their vacation in today’s wedding world.  So go for it!

For more information on the locales offered, be sure to check out NewlyWish and stay tuned for more amazing adventures, offerings and resorts to come soon!

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Aisle Treatment Ideas for your Wedding Ceremony

Unsure what to do with your aisle at an outdoor wedding?  Consider these soft, romantic touches to make walking to and from your “I do’s” that much more amazing!  From flowers under your feet to signs guiding your path, small touches at your ceremony will make a big impact.

wedding aisle treatments

{Photos: Top Row Left: Casar Casar, Right: Sara and Rocky, Middle Row Left: Elegant Wedding Invites, Right: Britt Rene via Ruffled, Bottom Row Left: Jenna Henderson via Wedding Chicks, Right: Aaron Courter via SMP}

Wedding Website Discount Deal for Our Readers

appy couple wedding website

‘Tis the season to share your wedding day details with those you love!  What better way to do that than through your wedding website?  Direct all your guests to this online hub for travel information, registry locations, dates and times of your soirees including directions and even fun stories and photos about the happy couple and their bridal parties too!  Appy Couple has over 500+ designs to choose from (these are a few of our fab faves) and each website comes with a matching smartphone app too!  But better yet, our friends over at Appy Couple hooked us up with a discount just for our readers.  Enter Promo Code BB25 at checkout and save on your purchase – whether you opt for a regular or premium site for your special day!

appy couple wedding websites

Did you know that we over here at The Bridal Bar even have our very own collection for you to choose from in Appy Couple’s array of offerings?!?!  That’s right!  Select from any one of our curated collection and share your big day details in style!  And don’t forget to use BB25 at checkout to save on any purchase you make!  Happy Shopping!

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Coral and Teal Wedding Palette

Coral and teal may not sound like a color combination match made in heaven, but come spring and summertime, we couldn’t disagree more!  This bold statement of color isn’t too masculine or feminine and screams celebration just enough for a big day design.  If you want to wed around a palette that’s a bit more bold, consider coral and teal this time of year!

coral and teal weddings

{Photos: Dress: Jessica Fray Photography, Earrings: Etsy, Flowers: A Creative Mint, Bags: Etsy, Chair Decor: Volatile Photography via SMP, Cake: Victoria Zoch via Mod Wedding}

The Bridal Bar Expands our Wedding Business Consulting!

bridal bar expands wedding business consulting

Did you know that The Bridal Bar has been in business for over a decade?  That’s right, eleven amazing years thanks to all of you out there!  And with all our years in business, we’ve focused our efforts primarily on growing brands (and helping couples) in Southern California – our own backyard.  We’ve also been busy creating the business that is Bridal Bar - a complimentary concierge with multiple locations for engaged couples.  We’ve got a national talk radio show on iHeartRadio, two popular wedding blogs,  a collection of wedding websites, a line of luxury registry products, oodles of celebrity clientele and press mentions and so much more.  So, we think we walk the walk, not just talk the talk.  And now it’s time to grow again.

Sorry brides and grooms, today’s post isn’t for you, but for the professional who is looking to better their new or old wedding business.  That’s right, The Bridal Bar is expanding its wedding business consulting services to support, help, grow, change and improve wedding companies around the world, even B2B brands!  If you’re in the luxury wedding market and are seeking to expand, change or create more buzz about your business, then drop us a line, give us a ring, and hit us up for more information.  We’ve helped expand and even start some of the most recognizable names in the wedding industry today and we’d love to help you too!  From strategic partnerships to press opportunities and even new streams of revenue; we’re in the wedding space, we’re experts at what we do, we’re creative and it’s time we got creative with you!

For more information, you can email Bridal Bar Founder, Harmony Walton at hello@bridalbar.com to chat.

…And now back to our regularly scheduled program.  Thanks for listening!  And thanks for 11 amazing years and counting!

Wedding Lawn Games

If you’re getting married outdoors, or your cocktail hour is at least outside, then consider entertaining your guests during drinks with a few fun lawn games.  Think bocce or lawn bowling to get the party started!  Even custom cornhole can be a great place to weave in your colors or theme.  Whatever his or her favorite childhood pastime, consider incorporating it into your event for a personal and playful touch…just like these ideas!

wedding lawn games

{Photos: Checkers: Melisa McKolay via Bridal Guide, J+A: Clay Austin Photography via Southern Weddings, Black/White Cornhole: Etsy, Tic Tac Toe: I Heart Weddings via SMP, Croquet: Shannon Rosan via SMP, Board: Paper Blog}

Wine Wedding Gifts

wine wedding boxes

Spring has sprung and that means if you’re a wedding guest, chances are it’s about time you started shopping for a gift.  Or perhaps you’re a bride or groom and need a nice wedding present for your fiance or thank you gift for your folks?  We at The Bridal Bar love something a little personal.  We also happy to love wine.  So we feel in love very quickly when we stumbled upon Wine for a Wedding – beautifully crafted custom engraved wooden wine boxes and crates, complete with wine if you’d like!  Give the couple a gift they can display in their home and then drink on their first, third, even fifth anniversary!  The gift of a future experience and heartfelt memory is more than most could ever ask for!  Wine for a Wedding has a variety of designs and wine offerings and we’ve grabbed a few of our favorites to hopefully give you an idea or two as you shop for the future newlyweds!

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All photos from Wine For A Wedding