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DIY Edible Favors

Choosing a wedding favor when there are so many options is not an easy task. While there is no shortage of great ideas out there, one thing we know for sure is everybody loves an edible favor! After a long night of celebrating, a sweet treat is the perfect way to say goodnight! Here are some of our favorite DIY favors that your guests will thank you for. 

1. Shop local! Head to your local small business and grab something homemade in your town.  Whether it's a candy apple, locally made jam or even fresh made donuts wrapped in a pretty package, your guests will love a taste of your hometown. Add a custom label or tag for a personal touch. 

2. Grab a champagne glass from the dollar store and fill it with candy! Hershey Kisses work great especially since they are individually wrapped. Add a pretty ribbon and set it at every place setting and it adds a little style to your table-scape. 

3. Fill a mason jar with a tasty treat.  Jars are great for everything from layered desserts to snacks like caramel popcorn! Add a tag that serves as a place card so guests can find their seat and grab a tasty treat all in one. It also makes for a pretty sweet display as guests enter the reception. 

When Faux Flowers Are A Good Idea

Every bride wants beautiful flowers on her wedding day! So what’s a girl to do when those Cafe Au Lait Dahlias are DOA because, yes, they are that delicate and don’t last long out of water. Love the idea of lush peonies? I hope you’re getting married in May! Outdoor wedding? Yikes! Hydrangeas and heat do not get along! Planning on taking pics a few hours before the actual ceremony or in between the ceremony & reception? It’s unlikely your bouquets can withstand all of that action and still look picture perfect for your walk down the aisle. The good news is that silk flowers have come a long way. You’ll have a tough time guessing which blooms are the real deal and which one are faux.  So when is it best to make the shift? Here’s our guide to when faux flowers are a good idea.

1. You can’t beat the heat! Whether you’re a summer bride, live in a warm climate or you’re having an outdoor wedding, heat is a big factor when selecting the right flowers. Sometimes Faux is the way to go. Nothing is worse then a floppy, deflated hydrangea. A faux bouquet or centerpiece is a sure fire way to keep your flowers looking picture perfect for the duration of your wedding from start to finish.

2. Out of Season, Out of Luck! Dahlias, Peonies & Poppies oh my! There are certain blooms that always come up when talking flowers and unfortunately these varieties are extremely seasonal and often unpredictable. Same goes for a lot of unique greens, berries and things like Moonglow Pepper Chilis, Privet Berries and Scabiosa Pods. Opting to use a few faux stems of these blooms mixed in with fresh flowers is a great way to get the look you want, no matter what the time of year.

3. Extended Portrait Sessions. If you’re planning on taking photos a few hours before the ceremony or for a few hours in-between the ceremony and reception, chances are your bouquets and boutonnières are not going to go the distance. There is nothing worse than a bride and her bridesmaids walking down the aisle or into the reception with dead bouquets. The same goes for floral crowns and floral hair pieces.  Fresh blooms do not last long out of water and they are also extremely heavy and difficult to secure into your hair for a long period of time. As for the guys, they are known to be less than gentle with their flowers, and are often taking their jackets on and off and tossing them about. Faux blooms are the way to go.

5 Reasons Why You Should Have A Winter Wedding

Winter months are typically slow season when it comes to weddings. It’s cold and dreary and all the best flowers are available in the warmer months, right? Wrong! Winter weddings are full of beautiful blooms and warm and cozy details.  Check out our top reasons why winter weddings are oh so perfect!

1. The weather outside may be frightful but the fire & hot chocolate, are oh so delightful! Hot Chocolate Bar? S’mores Station? A Romantic Glow from a fire pit at your cocktail hour or fireplace at your reception? Yes Please! Now that you cannot do in July.

2. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Holiday season is a time for loved ones to gather & celebrate and every one is full of good cheer. The Halls are all Decked out and Everywhere you turn are warm glowing lights and cheerful holiday decor! Everything is merry and bright including your venue!

3. Baby it’s cold outside! How about a Bonfire After Party? Cozy up with friends and family around a warm fire. Sharing stories, warming your toes and making memories the will last a lifetime.

4. Over the River and through the woods…Forget the limo or bus, transport your guests by Horse & Buggy! What a sweet treat it would be to give your guests a little holiday tour of the city, park or small town where your wedding is taking place.

5. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…There are so many sweet wintery details that add the perfect touch of whimsy to your wedding day style. Pinecones, jingle bells & candy canes are just a few things that add character and charm to your decor. When it comes to fashion, fuzzy sweaters, leather boots and oh so cozy scarves are a sweet way to add an unexpected touch to your bridal look.

So make a list and check it twice because there may be more reasons then you think to say “I do” in the snowy season!

How To Snag A Gown For a Steal

You’ve been dreaming of the perfect wedding dress for as long as you can remember, but when the time comes to hit the dress shops there are so many things to consider. Trying to figure out your style, researching designers and figuring out your budget can be overwhelming. Often times a newly engaged gal has no idea that designer wedding gowns on average can range anywhere form $2,500 – $10,000. So what’s a budget savvy gal to do? Here are some tips for snagging the gown of your dreams for a steal!

Prom Gown Shops 

Yup, I know your cringing right now but this is a great option for budget conscience brides and destination brides! If you’re not worried about the designer label and definitely not into all the drama of the sample sales, head to your a local prom dress shop or hit the mall. You won’t believe what gorgeous gowns you can score for a fraction of the price of a wedding gown.

What you need to know:

The gowns in a Prom Dress Shop are often colorful and full of bling! Did you know that these gowns can be ordered in a bevy of colors including white?

Gown shops also offer alterations and alternative options for the gowns. You still get the same level of customizations  and attention to detail that you would get at a bridal salon.

Gowns can be ordered in just a few weeks to 3 months, a much shorter lead time then bridal gowns. This is perfect for elopements, destination weddings or for brides who don’t want to be engaged for a year or more.

The best part is you can still look glam and like a bridal beauty for just a few hundred bucks! Love the look featured in the images? Our Bride Becky scored this beauty for less then $500 at a local prom shop!

Trunk Shows

If you’ve done your research and find yourself being drawn to the same designer over and over again, a trunk show is perfect for you! Trunk shows give you the opportunity to shop a designers full collection before it hits the stores! Even better, you will have the opportunity to meet a representative of the design house and maybe event the designer themselves!

What you need to know: 

Trunk shows typically correspond with the release of a new line of gowns from a designer. They will be showcasing gowns that have only been seen on the runway or the pages of a magazine.

Trunk shows are held at local bridal salons who carry a sampling of the designers gowns. The full collection will be on display for clients to try on.

You can find dates listed on the websites of individual salons and designer websites well in advance so you should have no problem finding a show featuring your fave designer.

Trunk Shows are typically a 2 or 3 day event and do require an appointment as slots do fill up quickly.

Large groups are not advised as the salons and designers are looking to provide a personal one on one experience to their potential clients offering expert advice on fit, alterations and styling.

While a full display of the trunk show gowns will be front and center, most shops will allow you to try on other gowns during your appointment.

Have a good knowledge of the designer and the price point before your appointment. While trunk shows are not considered discount shopping events, you can often score incentives or special pricing if you decide to purchase at the event.

In Store Sample Sales

Samples Sales are another way to get your designer gown at a discount. The biggest difference is that you will be shopping last seasons gowns and if you’re really lucky a few current gowns will be available that may have been cancelled by other brides. At in store sample sales, you will be shopping the gowns that the store carries which means you already know the designers which is a bonus! The most important thing to know about shopping sample sales is that they are not a champagne and strawberries type of shopping experience. There will not be the level of personal service and attention that you would get from a typical bridal appointment.

What you need to know:

In store sample sales are held at the end of the season usually twice a year when a salon is looking to clear out inventory to make room for new incoming gowns.

Keep and eye out on the the shops website for the details and dates of the sample sales. They also often post lots of signage and adverting in the shop windows.

Sample sales are often crowded and appointments will be required and sell out quickly. You will also be restricted on the number of guests you are able to bring.

Your appointments will have strict time constraints and you are often only allowed to try on a limited number of gowns at one time.

Sample Gowns are as is and will range in size from 8 to 12, which is comparable to a 6 to 10 in regular dress sizes. You are buying off the rack at the time of the event.

It’s always a good idea to try on gowns at a regular bridal appointment prior to attending a bridal sample sale. This way you already have a strong opinion about what shape, size and style you love without the pressure and time constraints of the event.

Warehouse Sample Sales

Warehouse samples sales are large events often held in major cities. They are known to feature a bevy of high end designer gowns at even deeper discounts they any other type of sale. The product selection will be unknown and these sales are not well advertised. Typically they will be posted on blog and social media s 1 – 2 weeks prior and are mostly found out about via word of mouth. While there is some truth to our favorite Friends Episode where Monica is frantically hunting for a discounted gown like a lunatic amongst other Bridezillas, nowadays to protect the staff ( not the brides ) there are rules, regulations and even security. Most importantly, be ready to rough it. This is no walk in the park, especially since you’ll be lucky if there are toilettes and AC.

What you need to know:

You will need to wait in line in order to receive a numbered ticket. It is not uncommon that gals camp out overnight to be one of the firsts in line.

Only a select number of people are allowed into the facility at one time. As one shopper comes out, another is let in.

Expect no personal service and very little help. Most likely you will not even have a dressing room. In the best of circumstances you will be able to share a dressing “area” with other ladies. Leave your inhibitions at the door!

The selection of gowns and designers will be completely unknown. The gowns are coming from a bevy of sources including bridal shops, department stores, designers samples and PR Showroom samples.

Sizing at an event like this will differ from an in store sample sale. While the store samples will be the larger sizes typically on the racks in the shops, designer and PR samples are often a size 2 or 4.

This is an event where bringing a few extra helping hands will come in handy. Your team can run gowns in and out to aid in your quest to find the perfect dress!

Each event has a different set of rules which will typically be explained as you enter. One of which is often the number of gowns you can hoard at one time. This is where the security comes in.

While having a good knowledge of what type of gown you want, this is such a hectic environment that being prepared is tough. Luck has more to do with it then preparation.

Be realistic with your purchase. Don’t buy a gown that is way to big or way to small. The alterations that are required may completely alter the design of the gown.

Don’t be afraid to get creative! If you’re a budding designer or not afraid of doing some major alterations, buy a few gowns and tear them apart to make the perfect creation! It worked out for Molly Ringwald in Pretty In Pink.

These events are cash & carry so be prepared to buy!


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