Wedding Inspiration for the Fanciful Bride

Fun, unique, and unexpected is a great way to describe the fanciful style bride.  A chic unexpected location is ideal for a unique wedding, such as an aquarium, casino, amusement park, night club or sports stadium.  With a fanciful sensibility, you can blend and mix styles as you see fit.  An unfettered imagination is the best tool at your disposal if you’re dreaming of a fanciful wedding. Make your own rules, and you’ll find a style that no one else could have dreamed of.

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Just think of a couple tying the knot on the roller coaster they rode on their first date. Or what about life-long film buffs marrying at a movie theater. If the idea of an utterly whimsical wedding sets your heart racing, it will help to find your location first.

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If choose to get married at an aquarium, play up the water theme, and go for shimmering greens and blues. For a quirky wedding at a bowling alley, play up the retro style and indulge in 1956 ice-cream pastel tones.

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Instead of wedding invitations with ribbons or flower design, you might feature a strong emblem or motif that relates to your location. For a wedding being held at an aquarium, for example, a stylized illustration of an ocean creature could be letter pressed in the wedding stationary.

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All the details of the wedding should fit into the fanciful sensibility, including the dress. A dress with a bit of a personality would be a great addition to your style.

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Incorporating flowers that are less seen at traditional weddings is a great way to incorporate your unique style into your fanciful wedding.

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Incorporate stylish flower arrangement, lounge areas, and creative touches to fill out and balance the look of the space.

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The alter should be the most prominent area so you want to focus your attention their first. If you have chosen a location that has a strong backdrop such as an aquarium, amusement park, or sports stadium, use these elements and play off them to enhance the focal point.

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There are so many fanciful style details that can adorn the tables at your reception. Tables might be topped with colorful tablecloths, either in a color chosen from your palette or in a neutral and classic white, with centerpieces that echo the bridesmaids bouquets, tea light candles, and fun, unique glassware to keep with the overall feel.

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For many weddings, place settings often incorporate reception menus as an important element that adds beauty and style to the table design. Stick with the font your have chosen for you wedding invitations to have a cohesive look.

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Stick with your color palette and unique style to keep with the cohesive design of your wedding .

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The getaway is the final big moment with your family and friends, so make it special and unique. When your getaway aligns with your wedding style, there will be a natural progression from your reception to the moment you are cheered on your way. To keep to the fanciful style you might exit in a quirky old-school vehicle, or you might make a grand exit in a hot air balloon.

Choosing your wedding style should be a top decision you make before executing  other plans. Throughout the planning process, it will become a touchstone that you return to time and time again. There are so many options to consider and so many details to plan that you may find yourself fighting against your own best instincts, but make sure to stay on track and most importantly have fun with it!

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Choosing Your Bridal Gown Silhouette

Your choice of a ready-to-wear dress or a custom made gown will depend largely on your budget and time frame. Whatever dress style you choose, always think about your overall wedding style, making sure that your dress enhances and aligns with your vision of your wedding. Focusing on this will help you narrow your choices somewhat and also provide a more unified and stylish look to your wedding. Some brides like to choose their dress first, which then helps them define the rest of their wedding style. Take a look through these gorgeous gowns, as I have provided you with stylish tips that might help you narrow down your decisions.

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The smooth line of an A-line silhouette resembles its name. The fitted gown is narrow on top and the skirt extends in a triangular shape to a wider bottom. This classic style elongates the body’s shape and can help to minimize a fuller figure. It can be either elegant and dressy or informal in style.

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The ball gown, or princess silhouette, offers a classic style with a tightly fitted bodice and with either cascades of billowing netting, or silk fabric to create a very full skirt. Usually boasting gorgeous, long trains, these Cinderella-inspired dresses most frequently feature a natural or slightly dropped waistline. Flattering on a variety of figures, this is a great silhouette for a classic wedding.

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Popularized during the Empire period in France, the Empire waist gown is similar to an A-line silhouette but with hitting just under the bust line. This gown gives the illusion of a long torso and legs and gives overall height. It is an extremely popular style and a very flattering silhouette for most brides.

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This silhouette is dramatic and form-fitting as well as beautifully elongating. If you have the figure to wear this silhouette it can be extremely dramatic as it hugs the body and accentuates your curves. If you are having more conservative ceremony you may want to consider a fuller chapel or cathedral train that can flow behind you.

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The sheath silhouette is slim fitting gown. It can be cut straight up and down, or have a little kick or flair at the bottom. Sheaths can have an elegant flowing shape or hug every curve of the body. This silhouette works very well for more contemporary wedding styles, and is also perfect for those brides who look better in dresses with less fabric and who don’t want a bustle.

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This silhouette is similar to a ball gown but with an elongated bodice. The dropped waistline, at the hips or just below is a key focal point of this dress style and can be straight, asymmetrical, U-shaped, or a very flattering V-shape. Generally this gown is paired with a skirt, and appeals to many body types, and is also great if you want to draw the eye downward, or away from your bust line.

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Usually every town in America has a bridal boutique in one form or another. It is recommended to call ahead to schedule your appointment. Try to schedule your initial visit during the week, and if at all possible schedule a specific time. That way the salesperson can be completely available to help you try on and refine your bridal gown ideas.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

 

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Thinking Outside the Cake Box

The cake design should be collaboration between you and your cake maker. Consider the setting, the flavors you like, the meal you’re serving, and of course the cost. Your cake should look as if it belongs in its environment.  If a large cake doesn’t float your boat, take a look at some of these delightful and creative alternatives. But beware, while some can work in favor of an overstretched budget, other come with hefty price tags.

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Individualized table cakes are a charming cure for the overgrown wedding cake. The cakes can be supplemented by a minimalistic arrangement like mini-cake cups filed with a few blooms, they can actually serve as a centerpiece throughout the meal.

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Everyone seems to have rediscovered this childhood favorite in recent years. Cupcakes work out to be less expensive than a large cake, and they can be decorated with sugar paste flowers or monograms.

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Cupcakes can be displayed on a tiered dessert stand or passed around on silver trays. Since there’s no cake cutting involved, many reception venues won’t charge an extra fee.

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By far the most lavish and expensive option, individual cakes are commissioned for each guest. The process of decorating so many cakes is what drives up the price.

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Individual cakes can be served at the reception or sent home in favor boxes.

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Cluster several medium cakes together on cake stands to create an enchanting display. With a lace-tablecloth underneath, it will look like an ultra-elegant bake sales.

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A groom’s cake is usually much smaller than the central cake. The grooms cake is usually much more whimsical, reflecting a hobby, passion, or interest of the groom.

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Cakes bearing the logos and colors of professional or college sports teams are also favorites. If you’re not sold on a whole sports cake, then think about incorporating small detail into your main cake.

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If you’re tied to the idea of doing more than just cake, an assortment of fruit is a nice complement or alternative for your health-conscious guests.

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Plates of cookies, or an assortment of ice cream with a sundae station are popular choices for the bride who is looking for more than a cake.

 

Don’t forget that this is your cake, so be sure you have chosen your favorite flavors and fillings. If your taste runs wild, it’s a thoughtful alternative to have a cake with tiers of crowd-pleasing favorites. Ingredients that tend to inspire extremeness of emotion include coconut, bananas, and peanut butter, so if you’re using any of those, try to offer another choice as well. Also consider your menu before deciding on a cake flavor and style.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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Friday Floral – Viburnum

This garden worthy shrub blooms during the spring time and has a fresh fragrance you will enjoy showing your friends and neighbors. It also has a black, red, yellow, or blue berries that will pop out during the late summer or fall months. Most native to the North American region the flower has a similar look to the hydrangeas but will a smaller more concentrated flower head. Viburnum is a lovely addition to any floral decor plan and I want to show you the many different aspects this shrub can bring to your wedding day.

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Similar to the Hydrangea this flower can have a green tint or a snow white look. It also comes in cream and light pink.

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Here is an example of the berries that pop during the late summer and fall months. As you can see the branch can be a thick wood which is easy to place into floral foam or any bouquet.

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When you are working with thick woody stems it is important to have a strong angled cut so that they can absorb as much water as possible.

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This is a good example to show how this flower can work well in a neutral floral design bouquet. It can bring detail that is different from your Ranunculus or Rose.

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Here is a good example of how it can also be a basic color in a bright bouquet.

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For the snowball white viburnum during the spring months it is approximately $2.49 per stem. From September through December it is approximately $4.99 per stem. This price isn’t too bad considering some roses and hydrangeas are 10+ dollars per stem. Take this into consideration when budgeting your floral plan.

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To create different levels within one piece as shown above it is best to cut the stem at different heights.

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When viewing the affect the viburnum berry has on the bouquet to the right I like how this florist has decided to vary the heights from peeking out from the center of the bouquet to standing a half an inch taller than the other flowers.

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The way the berries were used in this bouquet is creating a wild flower look. You can use one stem to create the cluster shown above. Or you can trim the berries using a flower cutter to make it the shape you would like it to be.

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I love the way that this boutonniere and hair piece have white flowers and the berries make it pop! I also appreciate the ribbon on the right and how they have incorporated black and purple matching their selected flowers.

Viburnum is not only a beautiful addition to your garden but it is also an efficient flower based on cost and the volume it can take up in your arrangement. I think what I enjoy most is that while it can be bright white the light green is a refreshing switch up from your standard white hydrangea look. This is an excellent flower to consider during the spring months and a good berry to consider during the fall and winter months!

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How to Keep Kids Happy at Your Wedding

If you’re inviting children to the wedding, prepare age appropriate activity packs to keep them entertained at the reception. You’re never under obligations to invite children, however if you or the groom already have children, obviously you’ll make them a part of the wedding and perhaps extend the invitation to other families as well, so that you build a child friendly event. If you have the means, it’s a good idea to have special children’s goodie bags or a separate children’s room with baby sitters and activities. Here are some the best ways to keep children kids happy throughout your wedding.

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For the reception, if you have the budget, you can hire some kind of kid-friendly performer, such as a magician or balloon artist.

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If you’re expecting enough children create a separate kids’ table and plan a special menu for them. Adding a mini buffet with kid favorites such as chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, pasta, mini hamburgers and French fries would be a great idea.

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For the ceremony, provide kids with some sort of quiet activity like coloring books.

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Candy is also a great way to entertain kids during a ceremony. You might want a piece of candy that won’t make too much of a mess or make that much noise.  A lollipop can usually do the trick!

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Most likely the kids’ at your wedding will all range in age, so its good to make sure the goodies apply to their age group. There’s no sense in giving word search books to children who can barely hold a crayon, let alone read.

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Tote bags are a great way to hold all the goodies. You can buy a fabric pen and write each kids’ name on the bag to make sure they get the right one, especially if you’re making different ones for each age and gender.

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Make the activities you give the children pertain to your wedding such as, providing wedding coloring books or a I-spy wedding checklist.

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Offering babysitting at the venue is a generous gesture but not necessary. If you have guests who you know are bringing kids, you may want to discuss polling child-care options with them so they can plan ahead and designate a time when the kids will leave the reception.

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Don’t forget about fun gifts for the little ones in your wedding party. Dolls, bracelets, jewelry kits, or Lego sets might be a great gift for your flower girl. If you’re not familiar with the child’s likes and dislikes, as the parents or someone who has kids of the same age for guidance.

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Comic books, Lego sets, binoculars, video games, or sports memorabilia are good gift options for your ring bearer. It’s good to give the little ones in your wedding party some sort of a gift to show your appreciation, and well-chose gifts can help keep them occupied during your ceremony.

If you invite children to your wedding make sure to find some great fitting activities to keep them occupied. It always seems to be a challenge of finding age-appropriate gifts, but make sure to reach out to friends and family for advice if you’re having trouble. If you’re hesitant on inviting children you can always compromise by having them at the ceremony and cocktail hour,  but not the reception.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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