Buying Your First Home as Newlyweds – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we chat with home mortgage banking expert, Bayo Ajigbotafe from American Financial Network, who shares with us all you need to know before you buy your first home!

And lucky for you, we’ve got an after the show special with more great insights and even a downloadable tips sheet over at our Bridal Bar Radio After Show.  Subscribe for even more access and assistance in planning your dream wedding!

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 and for more and exclusive content, here!

Custom Wedding Labels for Your Big Day

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Looking for something unique to serve up at your wedding or gift your guests in their welcome bags or as favors?  There’s nothing more unique than personalized bottles of wine on your wedding table!  “Brand” your own bottle with custom wedding wine labels from the folks at iCustomLabels.  They’ve got everything you need to update your favorite vintage and make it oh-so special for your very special day.

But that’s not all they have!  What about custom wedding water bottle labels for your favorite brand of H2O?  You can ensure your guests won’t get parched with these pretties, in just the design and palette that suits you!

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A great keepsake, gift, or element of decor for your big day are all the little details that reflect just the newlyweds.  And thanks to these custom wedding wine labels and wedding water bottle labels it’s never been easier (or more cost effective) to make it so!

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You could even ask your bridesmaids to be a part of your bridal party with these custom wedding wine labels!  The ideas are endless – from bridal shower to wedding day (and even a way to stay hydrated back home after the big day), how will you customize your I do details?

All Images via iCustomLabel

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San Francisco Weddings – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we chat with catering manager of the Omni San Francisco Hotel, Laura Campi (who’s also a bride-to-be!).  Laura teaches us about saying I do in a big city, working with a hotel for your wedding, and how to make your details oh-so San Francisco.

And lucky for you, we’ve got an after the show special with more great insights and even a downloadable tips sheet over at our Bridal Bar Radio After Show.  Subscribe for even more access and assistance in planning your dream wedding!

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 and for more and exclusive content, here!

Rose Gold Weddings

Today we’ve got a little inspiration from one of our absolute favorite colors – rose gold!  It’s not secret we obsess over pink around here at The Bridal Bar and rose gold gives just enough of that hue to a pop of metallic and sparkle and we just can’t get enough of it!  Great for jewelry, bridesmaid dresses, sparkling linens, even your wedding – rose gold really has it all!

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{Photos: Rings: Etsy, Maids: Ok Bridal, Shoes: GWS, Invitation: Maria Vicencio Photography via SMP, Tabletop: MunaLuchi Bride, Cake: Smitten Magazine}

Get a Deal on Your Wedding Website

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Our friends over at the amazing wedding website company, Appy Couple have brought us a very special deal for our readers!  If you’re looking for a chic wedding website design, check out Appy’s over 500+ templates and save big when you enter promo code BB25 at checkout!

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Looking for a chalkboard inspired motif?  They’ve got that!  What about a destination wedding design?  Tons to choose from!  And just about every color palette under the sun too.  Chances are, if you can dream it, Appy Couple has done it for you – including our very own collection of Bridal Bar curated wedding websites and apps!

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Shop, save, and share your wedding information with your world through Appy Couple’s incredible offerings for brides and grooms.  And when you find “the one” – be sure to save by entering promo code BB25 at checkout and get a discount on your purchase, no matter how big or small it is!  Happy shopping!

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Lollipop Weddings

Are you and your fiance kids at heart? Then lollipop wedding ideas are the way to go! Please your sweet tooth and your guest invites with a sweet surprise to go along with their wedding invitations. Add some whimsical lollipop decor amongst your affair or along the aisle in the indoors or outdoors. Trade in a floral bouquet for an variety of sugary treats that will make it difficult to not eat before the ceremony is done! Have a two in one special for a centerpiece. It will be a fun decoration for the tables and a yummy treat for the guests to sustain their sugar rush. Not a fan of cake? Have a lollipop tower cake instead. It is unique and is easy to transport for continuous socializing! You are your love can share a giant lollipop and have some fun with snapping creative shots. Guide your guests to their table number with lollipops! Who says you can’t have dessert before dinner? It’s your day!

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{Photos: Invites: Summer Jean Photography via Oh Lovely Day, Lollipop Forrest: Brett & Jessica Photography via Bridal Guide, Lollipop Bouquet: Chris Hinkle and Anthony French  via Off Beat Bride, Lollipop Centerpiece: Keepsake Memories Photography via The Knot, Lollipop Cake: Stephanie Parsley Photography via The Wedding Post, Lollipop Kiss:  Jamie Hammond Photography via Amorology, Lollipop Escort Cards: Lindsey Rae Photography via SMP}

Summer Wedding Trends + Tips: Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we chat with the owners, planners and designers of Gather Events, Sarah and Robin who share with us what’s hot for summer weddings!  From design ideas to what not to do in the heat, they’ve got you covered for the season!

And lucky for you, we’ve got an after the show special with more great insights and even a downloadable tips sheet over at our Bridal Bar Radio After Show.  Subscribe for even more access and assistance in planning your dream wedding!

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 and for more and exclusive content, here!

Father-Daughter Wedding Ideas

Make the first man you loved feel extra special on the day he gives you away with simple acts of love! Make his attire sentimental by having a custom embroidered message on the back of his tie to remind him that he was the first man that you admired. Getting ready is typically a female affair for the bride, but consider having your dad be a part of those special moments leading up. Have him slip on your shoes and capture an irreplaceable moment. Does your dad wear a lot of blue? Consider using one of his many blue dress shirts to sew onto your dress for your something blue. Make him feel important from head to toe with custom dress socks that share a message between the both of you, how sweet! Along with your groom’s first look, capture your father’s first look at his little girl before walking down the aisle. You can even spend some quality time together after this moment before he lets you go. The father-daughter dance is an unforgettable moment, so mix both of your personalities when choosing the song and style of dance. Put your dad in the spotlight while he shares this momentous occasion with you! Give him a sign to let everyone know that the father of the bride has his own special place at your wedding and in your heart.

Father Daughter Wedding Ideas

{Photos:  Tie:  Etsy, Getting Ready:  Jennifer Wilson Photography via Brit + Co, Blue Heart Dress: Sequins and Candy Photography via Bridal Guide, Custom Socks: Etsy, First look: Nyk + Cali Wedding Photographers, Dance: JW Wedding Life via SMP, Father of the Bride: Edyta Szyszlo Photography via SMP}

A Look Back at Engage!15: Nizuc (with Some Great Destination Wedding Ideas)

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Today we take a break from our typical wedding content to share with you some amazing destination wedding ideas from a recent wedding industry conference in Mexico.  Twice a year, the Engage Wedding Business Summit touches down in an exotic location to teach the best and the brightest of the industry how to better our businesses and learn from one another.  This time around, Engage!15 was at Nizuc, a fantastic luxury resort just outside of Cancun, Mexico.  I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world and this place was one giant WOW.  In every way possible.  If you’re entertaining a honeymoon or destination wedding in Mexico, be sure to put Nizuc at the top of your list.

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Engage features the amazing local talents of designers, florists, rental companies and more to bring the culture to life in locations like on this beautiful beach just out front on the Nizuc property.

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No detail is ever left undone – right down to pillows by local artisans reflecting the bright colors of Mexico!

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And of course, the authentic music which is always a fun surprise for wedding guests!

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Now I know you can even have a ‘taco’ sign on the sand at your destination wedding!  (Warning, the photos in front of the sign seem to get pretty entertaining as a late night event goes on!)

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But my favorite bit of decor from this kick off beach party had to be the working tequila bar!

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As the week goes on, the events get more and more formal, ending with a gorgeous gala to inspire us with new ideas to bring back to brides and grooms like you!  This year, the design was inspired by love, with floating hearts on the ceiling and even a surprise special appearance by musical act, Salt-N-Pepa!  Needless to say, we all had an amazing time!!

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And a special, big, heartfelt, and gratitude-filled thanks to the two women who produce these events every year – Kathryn and Rebecca from Engaging Concepts.  Their vision is what brings to life and to light so many of the amazing ideas and eventually, events, that this industry gets to create year after year.  Without Engage, our weddings (or our lives) wouldn’t be as bright!

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Oh, and we can’t forget the swag!  Great ideas for destination weddings – this year, in a gold and black palette to mimic the resort and infuse the look of the local ancient Mayan culture into the design.  Brilliant!

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I’m so lucky to get to be a part of and speak at Engage each year.  It has helped me better this business (and myself!) for so many years now.  And while this post certainly doesn’t come close to doing it justice, I hope a few of these ideas inspire your big day to come!


Photographers: Carla Ten Eyck, C10 Studios, Love Life Images, John Cain Photography, Tammy Swales Studio


Beach Party: Venue: Nizuc Resort & Spa, Sponsor: Mexico Tourism Board, Party Design + Decor: Canteiro Weddings, Tequila for Welcome Party: Jose Cuervo, Fireworks: Special Events Mexico/Pyrotech

Gala: Venue: Nizuc Resort & Spa, Vendors: Design: Elana Damy, Entertainment: Elan Artists, DJ Ray Jarrell, Escort Cards +Laser Cutwood Menu Chargers: Two Paperdolls, Event Support: Solen Group, Black Ghost Chairs + Crossback Chairs: Grupo Gama, Custom Linen: Nuage Designs, Gala Invitation: Gifts for the Good Life, Cocktail Area Lounge Seating: Archive Rentals-Mexico, Live Event Painting: Antologia}

Swag Products: Gifts for the Good Life 

Copper Wedding Detail Inspiration

Have you heard? Copper is a smokin’ trend for weddings right now! Think outside the box by adding copper details into your bouquet to add rich tones and elegance. When sending out invitations, give them a pop of color with copper envelope inserts for a lovely surprise! An alternative to the common flower girl basket is a copper basket filled to the brim with flowers. This unique idea will set you apart from all the other brides saying I do. Amplify your cocktail hour by serving Moscow Mules in a signature copper mug to add some class! If you’re looking for subtle touches of copper with a bold statement, consider using copper chairs for your ceremony or reception. A copper cake with a burst of color is just what you’ll need for your perfect copper shindig! Don’t hesitate to add this beautiful metal shine into your grand wedding day.

Copper Wedding Inspiration

{Photos: Bouquet: via Ruffled, Invitations: Carlie Statsky via Mod Wedding, Flower Girl: Cameron Ingalls via Ruffled, Copper Mug: Carrie Patterson Photography via A Coastal Bride, Chairs: Sara & Rocky Photography via Wedding Chicks, Cake: Sotiria McDonald via Cake Ink}

Print and Frame Your Wedding Photos From Social Media

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Wanting to decorate your new humble abode after tieing the knot? Pictli is just what you’ve been looking for! It’s easier than getting married! The breathtaking photos that are drifting around your wedding guest’s profiles need a special place to go, so why not use your hashtag to save and print! There are three steps to the process and you have yourself a beautifully framed memory. Step one is to choose your photo from your Facebook or Instagram account (iTunes app is available).  For step two you choose from an array of unique frames, drag your photo around to get your photo picture-perfect. Finally, they’ll assemble it for you, print, frame, and deliver it with an adorable ribbon and gift card! This is process is a cinch and you or your loved ones will recieve a thoughtful and effortless gift to always cherish.  Presents for weddings, bridal parties, anniversaries, or giving your first home some charming swag is just what Pictli can do for you!

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Eclectic Wedding Sign Ideas

Fill your wedding with an array of signs that will let your guests in on the fun! Welcome them to your ceremony with signs at the entrance of your ceremony. You can add personal touches by using wood or a chalkboard that will fit the feel of your wedding. At your ceremony walk down the aisle holding a sign for your dad telling him you’ll always be his little girl, adorable right?! Along with the flower girl and bearer have your special little ones carry a sign telling the groom that you’re about to make it down the aisle. Sweetheart chairs have so many possibilities! Consider these ideas with the clear chair or wooden sign to show your relationship’s personailty. Your reception is a wonderful time for your guests to unwind, wow them with a gorgeous mirror that displays the menu for easy access. You can also send messages to your guests at the bar with fun quotes or trends. Wedding signs are an ecletic part of your wedding day . Signs can keep your guests in the loop, entertain them or bring them to tears.

Eclectic Wedding Sign Ideas

{Photos: Wooden Sign: K Robinson Photography via Wedding Chicks, Chalk Board Sign: Jess Jackson via Ruffled, To Dad Sign:  Craig Photography via SMP, Here Comes the Bride: This Love of Yours via SMP, Sweeheart Left: Chantal Lachance-Gibson via  Brides, Sweetheart Right: Nicole Berret Photography via SMP, Mirror Menu: SMS Photography via SMP, Keep Calm: Craig Photography via SMP}