Fun Photo Booth Ideas For Your Wedding

Everyone wants to be able to document their big day and what better (or more fun) way to do just that than with a photo booth?! Invite your guests to choose from a multitude of props and be silly in front of the camera! Trust me, these pics are so worth it (especially is a certain someone has had a few to many drinks). You can go with the classic booth and set up a tent for the pictures or hang a makeshift polaroid for your friends to pose with. You can even make the booth a bit more personal by adding your wedding date to the background or having props that show off your personality. Having a photo booth is a sure-fire way to get those million dollar pictures of the big day!

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{Photos: Sign: Etsy, Wood: Imago Vita Photography via SMP, Polaroid: Love Ala via SMP, Tent: The Rasers via Wedding Chicks, Board: Matthew Morgan Photography via 100 Layer Cake}

Wedding Planning for Grooms – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talk to author and co-founder of The Man Registry, Chris Easter, who gives us the 411 on wedding planning for guys!  We chat about everything from how to give a great toast to how to surprise her on your big day and get more involved in the planning process.  A groom’s guide to tying the knot!

And for our cocktail, we served up a Rye Manhattan.  Here’s what you need to make it:

2 oz of rye whiskey

1/2 oz of vermouth

2-3 bitters

cherry for garnish

Simply stir and serve with a cherry on top!

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!

Teal Wedding Inspiration

Looking for the perfect color to incorporate at your wedding? Look no further! Teal adds the perfect pop of color to a summer celebration and let’s not forget what a fun color it is! Imagine walking down the aisle with a beautiful bouquet full of teal and coral flowers! Plus, it is the perfect way to add your “something blue” to your wardrobe! (Just look at those shoes!) Your white dress will really stand out next to a sea of teal bridesmaids dresses.

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{Photos: Invitation: Etsy, Bouquet: Amalie Orrange via Wedding Chicks, Shoes: dna photographers via SMP, Chairs: Brea McDonald Photography via Belle the Magazine, Dresses: Rob Ingram Weddings via The Lovely Find}

Geometric Wedding Cake Designs

Looking for some sweet wedding cake inspiration for your big day?  If you’re a bit modern then consider geometrical patterns or shapes adorning your dessert for a gender-neutral design on your wedding cake!  We love this honeycomb ombre pattern below or even a modern spin on an old favorite – heart!  Whether these shapes are accents made of fondant, modern metal cake toppers, or painted on with edible icing, you can have your cake and eat it too with these wonderful wedding cakes!

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{Photos: Top Row Left: Emily Wren via GWS, Right: Pinterest, Middle Row Left: Papered Heart, Right: Happy Wedd, Bottom Row Left: Ceci New York, Right: Sweet and Saucy Shop}

Blush Pink Weddings

Us gals here at The Bridal Bar are big fans of pink!  Big fans (in case you haven’t noticed).  Today we’re showing a little love to our favorite color with some blush pink wedding inspiration.  A good pastel palette for spring or summer and a hue that is often not too overpowering for your groom.  From pink napkins, wedding signs, invitations and cakes, the options are endless!  You can even wear a pink wedding dress if your heart desires!  Think pink!

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{Photos: Bridesmaids: KT Merry, Wedding Dress + Napkin: Blueberry Photography via SMP, Signs: Swoon by Katie via Wedding Chicks, Bouquet: via SMP, Cakes: via Every Last Detail}

Day of Planning – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talk to wedding planner and designer, Xochitl Gonzalez from Just About Married and AAB Creates in New York City who talks us through the concept of day-of and month-of wedding planning.  Do you need a day-of wedding planner?  What do they do?  How do you select the right one?  All your questions answered here on today’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!

5 Ways to Maximize Your Photography Time on Your Wedding Day

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As your wedding day approaches, are you wondering what the flow with your wedding photographer will be like?  How do you make the most of your time with your wedding photographer as you run around on your big day?  Well, we asked Los Angeles wedding photographer, Maya Myers what she suggests to making the most out of your time with your team of experts.  You’ve hired a pro, now make sure you’re prepared to get those great shots!  Maya makes sure no shot is left forgotten and you get more time to celebrate with your loved ones when she shoots.  But how?  Check out her five top tips here!

1.  Go over the timeline thoroughly with your photographer to make sure they have ample time to shoot the most important moments.  Most people underestimate how much time it takes to for photos and often assume they are going to fly through certain parts of the day.  But remember, your serious VIPs on your wedding day and everyone will want “just a minute” with you.  Whenever possible, pad your schedule with some extra time so you can relax and enjoy the day!

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2.  Don’t lost track of time getting ready.  It takes longer to get ready than you think, and it is very important to stick to your morning schedule, especially with hair and makeup.  You’ll feel like you have all the time in the world to primp and prep with your girls, but getting behind at the beginning of the day will leave you (and us the photographers) rushing around all day long.  Set a solid timeline for the morning, and stick to it so the rest of the day isn’t affected!

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3.  Designate a guest to help organize family portraits. Have someone who knows most of the family be the one responsible for keeping everyone on task, and letting each person know it’s their turn for a photo with the happy couple!

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4.  After the ceremony, family and friends can be difficult to keep in one place and you don’t want to delay in time trying to find Uncle so-and-so.  Arrange ahead of time for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to come to them so that they stay put for portraits.  Send an email before the wedding telling family and friends exactly where they need to be and when for portraits, then remind them several times before the wedding (rehearsal dinner).  This lets them know how important they are to you (and that they are there and on time!).

5.  Connect all your wedding vendors.  Most planners will CC all vendors in email before the wedding day so they can communicate any important changes to the day.  Make sure your planner does this, and if you don’t have a planner send out an email yourself.  Clear communication between vendors allows all the behind the scenes action to run as smoothly as possible.

Thanks so much Maya for sharing with us today!

All Images by Maya Myers Photography.

Unique Ways To Tell Your Love Story at Your Wedding

We here at The Bridal Bar have always been suckers for a good love story and what better time to tell your tale than at your wedding?! There is no better way to tell your guests how you and your special someone came to be than to show them! You can set up a picture walk through of your relationship or leave your loved ones a bound booklet to keep them occupied as they wait for you to walk down the aisle. Speaking of aisles, how incredible would it be to walk down one that is a timeline of your love. Talk about a trip down memory lane! And what about a cake that shows your relationship on each tier?! That would be the icing on the cake to a great wedding, literally!

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{Photos: Year One: Joe+Kathrina via Wedding Chicks, Our story: Sarah Kate via SMP, Aisle: The Other Sister Photography via Oh Lovely Day, Invitation: Dasha Caffrey via Love My Dress, Chalkboard: Etsy, Glass: Prairie Californian,  Cake: Celine’s Cakery}

Wedding Website Deal

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Appy Couple is giving our readers another great deal on wedding websites – that’s right, custom wedding websites with matching apps to share all the info you could imagine with your friends and family for your big day!  Upload photos of your love story, tell funny stories about your bridal party, share travel information and wedding ceremony details, even link through to your wedding registry right from your very own wedding website and smartphone app!  Just enter promo code BB25 at checkout and save!

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Choose from over 400 designs in a variety of collections, including a collection of Bridal Bar curated sites too!  From bubbles and bubbly to martinis and maps for your destination I do, they’ve got a color palette and concept everyone will love!  Just simply shop, select, and enter promo code BB25 to save!  Building your wedding website is as easy as a click of a button with Appy Couple‘s easy to use forms (no coding required) and you’re good to go!  Happy shopping!

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A Rustic Wine Country Wedding at Relais Du Soleil

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Anna and Alex ventured outside of their home in San Francisco to say I do in Sonoma County at the beautiful private estate, Relais Du Soleil.  But this story began much further from California than that.  The pair are both originally from the former Soviet Union and came to the US as young refugees.  Cut to decades later, both are successful entrepreneurs in love!

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Once the couple’s courtship was in full swing, Alex proposed in front of her whole family at Central Kitchen in San Francisco and the rest was history!

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The lovebirds said I do under a chuppah made by their friends and dressed in garland to blend with the beautiful natural setting.

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Rustic wedding details were spotted throughout the event (as was the green garland to match the ceremony).  Keys tagged with escort card information welcomed guests to their seats for dinner!

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For the reception, the couple opted for a French country style vibe under a tent!

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One little touch of lavender dressed each place setting perfectly!

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The tables were also adorned with homemade vodka made by the bride’s father.

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The couple fell in love at Burning Man so as an homage to their past, they included large metal sculptures from Burning Man around the tented area.

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At the end of the night, a purple ombre cake was served up along with a picture perfect purple dessert bar!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Wedding Vendors: Photography: Elena Zhukova, Event Planning and Design: Milk & Honey Special Events, Catering: Elaine Bell Catering, Venue: Relais Du Soleil, Flowers: Huckleberry Karen Designs, Wedding Cake: Beaux Gateaux, Desserts: Bouchon Bakery, Mixology: Goose and Gander, Rentals: Hartmann Studio Rentals, Tent: Wine Country Party, Transportation: Pure Luxury

 

Personalizing Your Wedding – Bridal Bar Radio

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This week on Bridal Bar Radio we talk to wedding planner and designer, Xochitl Gonzalez from AAB Creates in New York City who shares with us her process to designing and creating a totally personalized big day – beginning with the location and weaving through all the five senses!

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!

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}