Non-Floral Centerpiece Ideas for Your Wedding Reception

Let’s face it. When you think centerpieces, you think beautiful flowers and while we have seen some absolutely gorgeous floral centerpieces, we wanted to shake things up a bit here at The Bridal Bar! We’ve found some table decor so stunning that you won’t even miss having flowers to stare at. Well, flowers certainly have their home at your wedding, if you want something a little different for your shower or simply your reception tables, not using flowers gives you a fun, unique way to show off your personality and the theme of your big day. Or of course you can use flowers to accent another product – like pinwheels!  From whimsical to romantic, non-floral centerpieces can do no wrong if your venue won’t allow the live pretties in the place or you happen to have an allergy or two!

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{Photos: Pinwheels: Marianne + Joe of Marianne Wilson Photography via Wedding Chicks, Hot Air Balloon: Logan Cole Photography via Bridal Guide, Bottles: Just a Dream Photography via Fab You Bliss, Succulents: Country Home via The Stir, Cotton: Marianna Jamadi via Ruffled, Candelabra: Jean Smith Photography via Bridal Guide}

Sunflower Inspired Weddings

Looking for a way to brighten up your big day? Well nothing says summer wedding better than a ceremony covered in sunflowers! Let this festive flower be the inspiration behind the decor of your special day. Everyone loves a little splash of sunshine and sunflowers add the perfect pop of color to any ceremony. They can be included on your invitation or on a floral crown to make for a more rustic wedding day do. Sprinkle some sun down the aisle and throughout your centerpieces to add to the feel of your ceremony. Take a look at these sunflower inspired weddings that we’ve picked especially for you!

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{Photos: Invitation: Etsy, Headband: Etsy, Bouquet: Chyna Darner Photography via Wedding Chicks, Hanging Sunflowers: Chyna Darner Photography via Wedding Chicks, Boutonniere: Mandy Paige Photography via Fab You Bliss, Aisle Decor: Ulysses Photography via SMP, Table Decor: Photography by Valerie via Rustic Wedding Chic}

Wedding Lemonade Stands

With summer in full swing, you are bound to break a sweat at a Southern Cali wedding. There is no better way to quench your thirst than with a lemonade stand!  You can create an adult friendly lemonade bar complete with specialty spiked lemonades named after a bride or groom and still please the little ones with a classic stand, just make sure you keep track of which is which! You can even keep your flower girl busy during the reception by putting her in charge of the stand (there is nothing cuter than little kids and lemonade.) When life gives you lemons, am I right?

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{Photos: Top Left: Wings of Glory Photography via SMP, Top Right: Annie Gerber via 100 Layer Cake,  Middle Left: Nikki Mills via The Knot, Middle Right: Megan Elle Photography via Your Homebased Mom, Bottom: Alixann Loosle Photography via Lily & Iris}

Dressing Up Your Dog For Your Wedding

Don’t want to leave your furry friend out of your wedding ceremony? You don’t have to! Your dog can escort your flower girl down the aisle in a stylish flower collar or they can stand by your side at the alter showing off their “dog of honor” status. Whether you choose to use a sign for a photo opp or dress up your pup in a tux for the big day. It is always fun to incorporate a four legged friend into your ceremony! Just be sure the little guy or gal is properly potty trained, has an assigned handler on the day of, a place to go after the ceremony, and that your venue allows them on property. Then celebrate with your little loved one!

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 {Photos: Top Row Left: Etsy Right: Etsy Second Row Left: Alex Bee Photography via Off Beat Bride Right: Every Last Detail Third Row Left: Sarah Kate Photographer via SMP Right: Percy Handmade Fourth Row: Etsy}

Wedding Napkin Ideas

What do you have the most of at your reception?  Well, chairs, place settings and napkins typically!  So what the crowd sees is what stands out and often times that’s the thing in the largest volume.  So why not use this opportunity to make your decor pop with an essential you’ll have on the table anyway?  One quick, easy and even cost effective way to dress up a table with an otherwise muted or white linen is with a colorful napkin!  We’re not even talking napkin treatments today (like flowers, ribbons, paper bands and other accessories), we’re just talking about upgrading your napkins at each setting and create a whole new look for your reception space.  You can even mix and match the looks, collect vintage pieces, or print your menu right on the fabric!  Take a look at these eye catching ideas!

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{Photos: Bottom: Top Left: Birds of a Feather via GWS, Right: Pottery Barn, Second Row Right: Sarah McKenzie via Ruffled, Left: Archetype Studio via SMP, Third Row Left: Belathee via SMP, Right: Colin Cowie Weddings, Bottom: Lindsay Madden via Wedding Chicks}

Designing Your Wedding Theme – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talk to celebrity wedding planner and designer Jeff Brown of BROWNHOT Events.  He tells us how to create a picture perfect theme, from color palette to coordinating fashion for the location!  Tune in on demand anytime to check out this week’s episode!

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!

Sweet Sign Ideas for Your Wedding + Engagement Photos

Looking for a prop to style up your engagement shoot?  Or perhaps a great way to say thanks for coming to my big day?  Adding in a playful sign in your engagement photos or to use at your wedding reception is a great way to express all you want to say.  A picture is worth a thousand words, right?!?!  We found these fun ideas so share your love with your loved ones in photos.  How will you use a wedding sign to celebrate?

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{Photos: Top Row Left: Etsy, Right: Etsy, Middle Row Left: Etsy, Right: KT Merry via SMP, Bottom Row Left: Jana Williams via GWS, Right: Claire Marika via Wedding Chicks}

Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses Online

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We keep our eye out across the globe for bridal finds and fashions that you might want to know about, have on your radar or must-have for your big day.  Every once and a while we find something worth sharing!  So today we’re showing off the oh-so chic and even some vintage inspired bridesmaid dresses from Review Australia.  From short and sassy and vibrant red to pretty in pale purple, you’ll find something for every color palette you might be considering and a look each of your ladies will love.

Review bridesmaid dresses online also make it super easy to shop – simply select your color, look and size and ship!  It’s that simple!


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They’re even having a sale right now!  Some of these looks start as low as $99.00 – now that’s something else your favorite gal pals and bridesmaids will love!  But don’t just stop with your maids, Review also has looks for you (if you’re a fashion forward bride-to-be), and mother of the bride or groom, if you’re so inspired.  One-shoulder wedding guest looks, clutches to accessories your big day beauty, and even a bolero to keep you snug at those outdoor evening weddings are all in the collection.  Flattering for any age yet perfectly youthful and fitting for bridal parties, Review has a major fan base in Australia and now in the US too!  And from these six looks, we can see why!

For more about Review bridesmaid dresses, be sure to check out their site!

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Sweet Peas at Your Summer Weddings

Sweet peas are a sweet, delicate and romantic flower with playful colors and oodles of beauty (not unlike most flowers).  Sweet peas are summer and fall flowers and although they don’t love the heat, they make for great floral decor for your bridal shower or wedding day.  Give your bridesmaids sweet peas to carry, dress your cake accordingly, use the flower as inspiration for your invitation and even pepper the pretties into your centerpieces and you’ll have a sweet look for your summer wedding!

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{Photos: Invitation: Etsy, Bouquet: Erin Kate Photo via Brides, Cake: Brides UK, Table: MSW, Spool: Love My Dress, Three Bouquets: Wild at Heart}

Totally Unique Ring Box Ideas

Looking for a creative way to send your rings down the aisle?  Perhaps something that reflects your personality or something you’ll want to use on your nightstand when you get home?  We found a few fun ideas that really make those rocks stand out!  October wedding? Consider a coffin if you’ve got a sense of humor about it all.  Or if he has a love of baseball, deliver his ring in one!  You can turn almost any of your favorite things into a ring box for your ring bearer to carry to you at the ceremony (though consider fake rings down the aisle if the child is young…just for safety!).

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{Photos: Baseball: Cheezburger, Adventure Book: Etsy, Open Book: Weddingstar, Clear Box: via Snippet and Ink, Diamond: Etsy, His/Hers: via Wedding Chicks, Coffin: Etsy}

5 Reasons to Get Married in LA

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Image by Maya Myers

It’s tinseltown, Hollywood, red carpets and award shows, but Los Angeles is also a pretty great place not only to live but to visit.  Considering whether to get married at home or away in LA?  We’ve got five great reasons to say I do to the city of angels for your big day today!

1.  The beach!  Los Angeles may not have many places to say I do in the sand but there are countless amazing views peppering the California coastline for you to get the best view in the country when you wed.  From restaurant venues to rooftop hotel ballrooms and even a few state parks along the way, we’ve got beautiful beaches for your view and for your out-of-towners to enjoy!

2.  The talent!  People will brilliant creative minds move to LA to ‘break into the biz’ and a lot of times those talents get turned into wedding businesses.  There is a wonderful pool of incredible wedding professionals here in Los Angeles in every category you could imagine.  Check out our favorites here!

3.  The weather.  Okay, this might be an obvious one but really, who has better weather year round than Southern California?!?!  Want to get away from that winter in New York?  An off season wedding in LA will still give you a great season, great weather, get you out of town, and likely even save you a bit in the winter months without you compromising your big day!

4.  It is Hollywood after all!  If you’re planning a destination wedding or have a lot of out of town guests, LA is a great place to come and enjoy for more than just the day.  Your guests will never run out of things to do while in town – from theme parks to sitting in on a taping of a show to visiting a world class museum or even a night at the Hollywood Bowl, the options truly are endless!

5. The Bridal Bar of course!  The original Bridal Bar location is in Los Angeles, which means you’ve got a bestie in town already.  We’re here to help you find your dream team – from location to photographer, wedding planner, makeup artist and everything in between.  Our complimentary consultations will help you build an amazing group of wedding professionals to get you down the aisle in LA!

We hope to see you say I do in LALALand very soon!

Ice Cream at Your Wedding!

It’s summer, it’s your big day, and it might be a bit too hot to handle without something chilly to cool you down.  Why not ice cream!??!  It is after all National Ice Cream Month!  You can give your guests ice cream sandwiches during dessert, serve up a sundae bar buffet, or have waitstaff tray pass mini cones wrapped in your wedding colors.  Even ice cream is an opportunity to create a little custom decor (especially with these personalized wooden spoons)!  Yum and fun!

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{Photos: Couple: Andrea Sproxton Photography via SMP, Sign: Etsy, Cones: Utah Bride & Groom, Sandwiches: Flickr, Gold Cones: KT Merry, Spoons: Etsy}