Grandparent Ideas for Your Wedding

All the times your grandparents have been there to sneak you candy or let you stay up late and watch a movie, they certainly deserve some love and appreciation on your wedding day! Celebrate your grandparents by incorporating them into your attire. Have a special boutonniere of a picture of the two of them to honor their love on your big day. If your grandma or grandpa cannot make it to your wedding, send them a hello to let them know that they are there in spirit! Want to honor your grandparent’s life? Save them a ceremony seat with their picture in loving memory. Add some special touches to your bouquet by adding a picture charm of them so they will be there with you as you walk down the aisle. Think your grandma has what it takes to be a flower girl? Let her have some fun and show everyone her petal tossing skills! Have sentimental decor by creating a “generations of love” table to honor your grandparent’s marriage, great grandparent’s, and beyond! Make the day unique and special towards the relationships you have with your loved ones to create everlasting memories on your day of love.

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{Photos: Photo Boutonniere: Johnny Miller via MSW, Hello Grandma Sign: Gertrude & Mabel Photography via MSW, Photo on Seat: Apetura via Glamour Weddings, Photo Charm Bouquet: Simply Jessie Photography via Bridal Musing, Grandma Flower Girls: Genevieve Leiper Photography via Offbeat Bride, Photo Table: Anne Brookshire via Wedding Chicks}

Late Night Munchie Ideas for your Wedding

When the party is in motion for your big day and the celebratory drinks are plentiful and delicious, the aftermath is sometimes forgotten. Keeping your guests and yourself safe and feeling well is a crucial component when planning. Sobering up doesn’t have to be a buzz kill! It can be absolutely indulging and fun for you & your guests. Coffee lovers, you know that a brewed cup of joe is the perfect way to sober up with ease, so have a coffee station at your wedding all throughout the reception. If you’re not a cake person, consider a waffle cake! This is ideal for soaking up the alcohol while enjoying a unexpected treat at your wedding. A simple but effective way of a smooth sailing night is a cheese & cracker table. You can have a lot of fun with the variety and your guests will definitely munch on these all night! Donuts anyone? Your favorite midnight treat can be your best friend at the end of a smashing night with all of your family & friends. This is a wonderful opportunity to have your favorite donut shop be a part of your big day. Although you’re deliberating over the perfect signature cocktail, you must also be organizing a plan of action to keep your guests hydrated. A water station will be a savior by preventing a disaster waiting to happen! Another beloved treat is bread, and lots of it! Mix & match different types of bread for an end of the night snack for your guests to take on the road. Don’t forget the butter! Send your loved ones to their hotels or home safely with a night to remember.

Ideas to Sober Up for your Wedding

{Photos: Coffee Bar: Kristyn Hogan via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Waffle Cake: Becca Rillo Photography via Frosted Petticoat Blog, Cheese + Crackers: Donna Von Bruening Photography via Brides, Donut Station: Troy Grover Photographers via SMP, Water Station: Ken Kienow via Wedding Chicks, Bread Station: Diana Marie Photography via SMP}

Wedding Bars You Will Wait in Line to See

The wedding bar might be one of the most popular spots at your reception (and depending on how long the line is, a place guests may spend a lot of time at).  So dress up your bar and give your friends and family something fun to look at while they wait for their libation with these fun, fabulous wedding bar ideas!  How will you alert your guests to where the bar is?

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{Photos: Top Left Side: So You’re Getting Married, Right: Sunny Slide Up, Second Row Left: Lisa Rigby Photography, Right: Refinery29, Third Row Left: Sweet Little Photographs, Right: Aneta Mak via London Bride, Bottom Row Left: Kelly Maughan Photography via Ruffled, Right: Gina & Ryan Photography}

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