Wedding Video Invitations: Skip the Paper

A relatively new idea when it comes to weddings is to skip paper invitations and give wedding video invitations to your friends and family members. If it sounds odd, you’re not alone. It’s not going to be found on any wedding etiquette list, but it may be a fun idea for you and your spouse, and there are some definite advantages.

How it’s Done

It’s rather simple, really. You and your future spouse create a fun and unique little video that invites friends and family members to your wedding. The video details the time, location, date, and all the other information you’d normally include on a wedding invitation. Then, you send the video electronically or place it on CDs and send those to the invited individuals.

Benefits

It’s a fun, cute and unique idea that you can really have fun with. It’s a great way to save money because you won’t have to order custom-made invitations. It’s also perfect for an eco-friendly couple, as you’re saving a ton of paper by eliminating paper invitations, stamps and envelopes. You can suggest that guests RSVP via your wedding website or email. You can also get a lot more information into the videos than you’d be able to get into a written invitation, and it’ll give your guests a nice snapshot into your life as a couple and what they’re going to expect from the wedding.

If you’re a non-traditional bride and groom who love doing unique things, this is a perfect way to invite friends and family members to your wedding.

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5 Essential First Steps for Planning Your Wedding

Congratulations! You’re engaged. Now it’s time to start planning your wedding. Most women aren’t even sure where to start and it can be a little overwhelming at first. By sticking to these simple steps, you can get the big stuff out of the way before worrying about the smaller details.

Engaged Couple

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Picking the Date

The first step is to choose the best date. Talk it over with your fiancé and choose a date that is special to both of you.

Create a List of Needs

While talking with your fiancé, create a list of the things you MUST have in order to get married. This will include things like the dress, the tuxedo, the officiant, a venue, etc. Remember that this list is only for the things that are absolutely necessary for getting married.

Wedding Dress

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Make a Budget

You probably already have a good idea of what you can afford to spend on your wedding. By creating a budget, you can plan your wedding without having to go into debt.

Plan Your Theme

Now that you’ve got your budget together, decide on a theme. Do you even want a particular theme? Many brides choose themes like these:

  • Victorian
  • Literary
  • Tropical
  • Rustic/Barn
Barn Wedding

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Create a Timeline

Creating a timeline will help you stay on target so you can have everything completed by the big day. On your timeline, you’ll want to list everything – from all of the dress fittings and makeup trials to the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, vendor meetings, etc.

By following these 5 steps, you can stay organized and ensure that everything’s covered without getting too overwhelmed to enjoy the process.

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4 Things You Probably Didn’t Think about Putting on Your Wedding Website

Your wedding website is a treasure trove of information that your guests need, and is a super convenient way for them to RSVP if you’ve chosen to allow it. Most brides put all the helpful information they can think of on the website to ensure that their guests have everything they need. However, most don’t think about putting the following 4 things, which can be very helpful:

RSVP on Wedding Website

A Phone Number for the Venues

If your guest has a question for a representative of the venue, they can find the number quickly and easily on your wedding website. This could include anything from more detailed directions to questions about special accommodations.

Discount Codes or Coupons for Nearby Hotels

This is a wonderful thing to add to your wedding website for out of town guests, and will enable them to save when booking a nearby hotel room. Be sure to include contact information for the hotels as well!

Information for Out of Town Guests

Vendor Information

Putting vendor information on your wedding website is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the people who have worked so hard for you and to give recommendations to friends and family members who might be planning their own wedding soon. From the shop where you bought your dress to the artist that made your bridal headband, you can include their websites and contact information on your wedding website.

Vendor Information on Wedding Website

Special Thank-Yous

For those who are absolutely priceless to you, especially during your wedding planning, why not put a special thank you on your wedding website? It’s a great way to show your gratitude for those people who go above and beyond for you!

Thank You Notes on Wedding Website

Along with all the other wonderful things you will put on your wedding website, add these in to ensure that guests have everything they need!

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DIY Vintage Wood Trick for Wedding Signs

If you’ve seen those cute DIY vintage wedding signs floating around Pinterest, you know how adorable they look at a rustic or even a shabby chic wedding. The great news is that they’re super easy to make, even if you don’t have any vintage wood lying around.

Vintage Wedding Signs

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • (1) 2 x 2 about 12 inches long
  • Coffee grounds (you can use the ones you brewed coffee with already)
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • Paint (to create the lettering on the sign)
  • 1 sign post
  • Steel wool

Start by adding the coffee grounds to the vinegar. Allow it to sit overnight until the vinegar soaks up the color of the grains. Once this is completed, you will use the steel wool to apply the vinegar mixture to the wood. Rub the steel wool against the wood in circular motions, allowing the vinegar to stain the wood. The result will be a deep, muted brown that looks like vintage varnished wood.

Once this is complete and you’ve covered the entire piece of wood, you will allow it to dry for 24 hours. Then, you can use the paint to apply the letters you want. Make sure you trace them out with pencil first so you can ensure a good fit. Then you will use wood staples to attach the wood to the sign post. You can even embellish the sign with ribbon or bows to make it more noticeable.

It’s just that easy – and your sign will have that same vintage look but without the years and years of aging. These signs are great for pointing out various parts of the wedding (food, restrooms, dancing, etc.) and are really impressive!

Vintage Wooden Wedding Sign

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Your Upcoming Wedding Day – Keeping Your Family and Friends in the Loop

When you’re right in the middle of planning a wedding, it’s often difficult to find time to hang out with your family and friends. This can leave those special people with more than a few questions, from what type of wedding gift you want to the type of wedding you’re planning to have. There are a few great ways to keep your friends and family in the loop while planning your wedding.

Bridal Registry

Registering for gift items is one of the best ways to keep your family and friends updated. This gives them the option to choose a gift for you that they love, but that you will truly appreciate. Remember to select a wide variety of items with different prices so guests have a range of gifts to choose from. So, you might register for a very nice and costly cookware set, but don’t forget to register for kitchen towels and pot holders as well. Finally, link to your bridal registry on your social media sites and in your email signature so family and friends can find it easily.

Wedding Registry Items

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Create a Wedding Website

One of the greatest ways to allow friends and family to follow your progress and stay in the loop is a wedding website. A wedding website typically tells a couple’s story from the moment they met to the decision to tie the knot. It may also include wedding event information and tips, as well as information on the process of planning the wedding. This can be a fun way to de-stress during your wedding planning, and let everyone else follow along with your planning.

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Rely on Your Maid of Honor

Your maid of honor traditionally has the role of planning and informing everyone as to how the wedding is coming along, what to expect, etc. Work with your maid of honor to make sure the proper save the date cards and invitations go out, to know who has RSVP’d, and to make sure your wedding day is all you want it to be.

Maid of Honor and Bride

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By taking these steps, you can ensure that your family and friends stay informed and that your day is every bit as special as you want it to be.

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Writing Your Vows: Literary Quotes

Are you having trouble writing your vows? If you’re a book nerd, why not take some inspiration from some of your favorite authors? Here are 10 beautiful literary quotes that may work perfectly within your vows.

From Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres

“When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are to become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No…don’t blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away.”

From Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.”

Les Miserables Poster

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From The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

“I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten.  But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.”

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

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From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Pride and Prejudice cover

From Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Soul meets soul on lover’s lips.”

From Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning

“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.”

Each of these beautiful quotes would fit very well within your self-written wedding vows! There are plenty of others, too so if you’re stuck, looking up literary quotes about love is a great starting point.

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Sweet Bridesmaid Gift Idea: Literary Art

Jewelry, makeup and chocolate are all popular bridesmaids gifts, but it can be difficult to find something truly unique to give your girls. This DIY project is inexpensive but absolutely beautiful and very touching. It’s simple to create, too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Dictionary or Other Meaningful Book
  • Heart-Shaped Paper Puncher
  • Glue
  • White (or colored) Cardstock
  • A Pretty Frame
  • Scrapbook Paper

How to Create It

You can use the dictionary if you want, or you can use your favorite book…whatever you wish. If you use the dictionary, use the heart paper puncher to punch out definitions that you feel describe the bridesmaid you’re creating the gift for. For instance, you could punch out part of the definitions kind, thoughtful, loving, caring, etc.

If you’re using a fictional book or another type of book, simply punch out whatever areas you want. You’ll attach these to the cardstock after making sure the cardstock will fit inside the frame you’ve chosen. You can do rows or a special design – whatever you’d like. Remember that this is a gift from you so it’s fine to be creative and put your own special touch on the gift. Also, you can cut hearts from colored scrapbook paper and place those in with the book pages as well.

DIY Bridesmaid Gift

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This is a fantastic and unique gift that is touching, and the fact that you created it makes it all the more special!

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5 Perfect Winter Wedding Color Palette Ideas

Winter weddings are magical, and the perfect wedding color palette can make it even more amazing. If you haven’t quite decided on the wedding color palette for your winter wedding, these 5 ideas should provide you with some inspiration.

Blush Pink, Silver and Gray

These colors are perfect for winter, as they have a certain “frosty” feel. They’re also great for the bride who wants a bit of a feminine feel for her wedding. The pink and silver colors also provide a lot of fantastic possibilities when it comes to bridesmaids’ dresses and décor.

Blush Pink, Silver and Gray Color Scheme

Gold, Teal and Ivory

This couple used a muted teal combined with pretty ivory and luxurious gold to create the perfect winter wedding color palette. The result of the color combination is a vintage feel that is really great for the winter season.

Gold, Teal and Ivory Wedding Colors

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Cranberry, Taupe and Gray

This wedding color palette is festive and beautiful; perfect for winter. The base colors, which are taupe and gray, provide a neutral foundation while the cranberry gives the perfect pop of rich color.

Cranberry, Taupe, and Gray Winter Wedding Colors

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Mocha, Blush and Sand

This color palette really brings some beautiful warmth to a winter wedding. It’s also perfect for finding adorable bridesmaids’ dresses. Because these are all neutral colors, they work well within any setting and with any theme you might choose.

Mocha, Blush, and Sand Color Palette

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Red and White

What says winter more than red and white? Red and white provide a very peppermint feeling to a wedding, which is excellent for winter. Plus, there is a lot  you can do with this color palette and décor items are easy to find!

Red and White Wedding Colors

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These are just a few winter wedding color palette ideas that will give you inspiration as you plan your own beautiful winter wedding.

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4 Stunning Flower Girl Dress Ideas

Your flower girl is your little princess for the day! Whether she’s a relative or the child of a very close friend, it’s important to make this day special for her as well. One of the highlights for the flower girl is wearing the elegant and beautiful dress. Here are 4 stunning flower girl dress ideas that might help you decide on the perfect style for your little flower girl.

The Little Wedding Dress

Many brides want their flower girls to wear a mini wedding dress for the big day. This can be absolutely adorable and very exciting for the flower girl. This with a mini bouquet makes for plenty of “awws,” and gorgeous pictures.

Flower girl Wedding Dress

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Sunday Best

If your wedding will be more laid back than most, then you may want to go with something a little downplayed for the flower girl dress. Something she’d wear for a very special church service would probably be along the perfect vein.

Flower Girl Dress

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Tons of Tulle

You can go with the latest trend and purchase (or make) your flower girl’s dress out of some satin and tons of tulle. These can be done in any color so it’s easy to find something that perfectly suits your wedding colors. They’re also very easy to embellish with whatever you’d like.

Tulle Flower Girl Tutu Dress

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Sleek and Pretty

A dress with a sash and jacket is great for your flower girl and looks very sleek and elegant. This is a great idea for older flower girls and looks fantastic.

Sleek and Stylish Flower Girl Dress

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These beautiful dresses are all perfect for the flower girl! Take some time to think about which would suit your own wedding best and which style your flower girl would love most.

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A Recycled Wedding: 5 DIY Ideas

So you’ve heard of these brides who end up creating everything themselves and getting married for $30 and throwing a reception for $12.50. Whether you’re trying to save money or you’re eco-conscious, you too can create some fantastic wedding items using recycled stuff. You may not get away with a free wedding, but you can certainly conserve. Here are 5 DIY ideas for a recycled wedding.

Recycled Invitations

Find your favorite homemade paper tutorial and create some beautiful recycled invitations. These are perfect for any theme and will lend an artistic feel to the invitations, impressing your guests. Plus, you won’t be contributing to paper waste.

Recycled Paper Wedding Invitation

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Recycled Centerpieces

Collect a bunch of glass containers and then spray-paint them all the same color. Use them to hold your wedding flowers or even as candleholders for your centerpieces.

Recycled Centerpieces with Glass Jars

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Recycled Lanterns

Your old glass jars can be cleaned and painted with whatever color paint you’d like. Then, use gold or silver puff paint to create filigree designs. Tie thin wire around the top and hang for a recycled lantern that is very boho-looking.

Recycled Lanterns with Mason Jars

Recycled Bouquet

Look through old clothes and even bedding to collect fabric. Then, find a high-quality fabric flower tutorial and use the fabric to create fabric bouquets. You can create an eco-friendly bouquet and get rid of some clothing clutter at the same time.

Recycled Fabric Bouquet

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Let these DIY eco-friendly wedding projects inspire you to come up with a way to recycle as many aspects of your wedding as possible.

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