Bridezilla? Who? Me? Of course, most brides want to avoid being high-maintenance. But with all the pressure of planning a wedding, you’re bound to take some of it out on your bridesmaids or simply let things fall through the cracks. In order to be the best bride and friend you can be, we asked former bridesmaids to share their subtle – and sometimes obvious – wedding pet peeves. Here are eight things you didn’t realize were annoying your bridesmaids, plus practical tips for avoiding these mistakes. Continue reading
The question has been popped and so has a bottle of champagne! You’re engaged and your excitement level is knocking on the ceiling as you celebrate with family and friends. You start deciding when and where you’d like to get married, and process all the other small details that come along with your journey through the wedding adventure.
From familymoons and mini-moons to Jack ‘n Jills – the newest getaway trends.
By: Jenna Mahoney
In the days of yore the traditional American honeymoon meant about a week spent on a mountain or a beach vacation secreted away in the boom boom room. More globally, it was a time for the couple to set up their home and to get to know each other. In Jane Austen’s era, well-to-do newlyweds used that time to travel to see relatives who were unable to attend the ceremony. These days, the honeymoon is still a time to connect with each other — but in a variety of ways — and it (as with all wedding-related travel) has morphed to reflect a language all its own. Here we dissect the latest terms in the nuptial travel realm.
This is a great solution for those who don’t have enough vacation days, are hosting a destination wedding or are choosing to wed somewhere that isn’t home and still want a romantic getaway after the nuptial celebration. This quickie vacation is two to three nights and doesn’t preclude you from taking a longer, more formal honeymoon later. Get destination ideas here ► Continue reading
When it comes to weddings, there really is no place like home. Maybe your parents have an amazing lakeside house, or Grandma has that perfect country cottage. But odds are your childhood homestead isn’t quite prepared for 150 wedding guests, 75 cars, 20 waiters, 15 tables, and 1 happy couple. Although it may be more work (and more expensive) than you anticipated, you won’t regret saying your vows in the place that means the most to you. It’s all about being prepared for what it takes to throw a wedding in your very own backyard.
You Need Room to Say “I do”
Does your setup have enough space for all your guests? If not, you’ll have to start trimming the list. Don’t mistake overcrowded for cozy. If you plan to use a combination of indoor and outdoor space, know that if the weather takes a turn for the worst, everyone will need to fit indoors. Will there be enough space in, say, the living room, to set up white folding chairs with a wide enough aisle? The general rule is six to ten square-feet of floor space per guest for row-seating. Continue reading
By Simone Hill
If You’re Planning Your Wedding
Call your parents before pressing “post” or “tweet” to announce your engagement.
Your close friends and family will want to hear it straight from you first.
A Facebook status or tweet might be the most efficient way to get the news out, but it’s not the most personal. You know which friends and family members would appreciate to hear the news directly from you. Plus, it’s likely that older family members (like your grandparents) don’t have Facebook or Snapchat accounts and could miss the message altogether. Continue reading
By Isabel Hicks –
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for a wedding! If everyone comes together at this time of year, so why not make the most of it and celebrate your nuptials, too? We love a Christmas wedding here at Wedding Ideas, so here are some of our favorite theme ideas to get you in the festive spirit… Follow the link for the complete story.
Wedding Cake Flavor
For your winter wedding, pick a cake that tastes like winter. What does winter taste like, exactly? Think rich flavors — and don’t be afraid to stray from the traditional white cake. Consider a caramel spice cake filled with caramel and a buttercream frosting, or an orange chocolate cake with dark chocolate filling and decorated with flecks of orange. For a lighter cake with a taste that still reflects the season, go for a white cake with cranberry buttercream frosting and filling.
Wedding Cake Color
Color counts for every wedding cake, and nothing says “winter” better than a palette of whites, icy blues, and deep reds or rustic greens mixed with brown. Add a hint of winter color with a simple chocolate ganache-covered cake trimmed in light blue, or an ivory buttercream cake trimmed in red. Or let the winter colors pop with an ivory cake covered in red sugarberries and green sugar holly leaves. See what real brides chose as their winter wedding colors.
Wedding Cake Flowers
Match your wedding cake to your bridal bouquet by asking your baker to create sugar versions of your flowers. For a modern wedding, ask your baker to make a few large graphic sugar calla lilies for your cake tiers. If you’re going for a more classic look, find out whether your baker can “paint” small stephanotis flowers along your cake using an edible dye. Find your winter wedding flowers.
Wedding Cake Shapes and Add-ons
When it comes to a winter wedding cake, snowflakes, pinecones, and other winter elements made out of chocolate, sugar, or gum paste are an obvious choice. But you don’t have to go overboard with these add-ons to get a wintery look. Instead, you can order a white cake with subtle white sugar snowflakes. The tone-on-tone look will up the elegant factor and still give you the same seasonal effect. See more winter wedding ideas.
Wedding Cake Sides
Whether you’re already set on a wedding cake design or you’ve decided to take your wedding cake in a not-so-seasonal direction, consider serving a winter-inspired side with your wedding cake. Serve cake a la mode with black walnut ice cream; add a handful of starlight mints to each plate; or indulge comfort-food lovers with warm chocolate pudding.
Promises have been made and friends have been phoned. Now it is time to plan your wedding or other celebration, from family reunion to welcome-home party. When choosing a wedding venue the first step is the couple’s taste. Will this be a traditional, formal gathering at a Maine or Connecticut waterfront resort? A casual party at a converted barn or public gardens in Vermont or New Hampshire? Wedding vows on a yacht off the Massachusetts coast or in a hot air balloon above the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island? New England’s resorts, hotels, inns and other wedding venues are ready with the wedding planning expertise.
New England venues for wedding and celebrations can help you plan every detail: rehearsal dinners; lodgings for guests; buffet or sit-down dining in a ballroom or on a patio; exchange of vows in a garden or a chapel; and all the many other wedding details: music, food, flowers, photography, and on and on. They can find you a justice of the peace or offer the amenities for a quiet elopement, like wedding license, accommodations, an intimate dinner, flowers, and wine. They can help you plan your wedding budget.
The most fun of all this is imagining the glorious settings that New England can offer: an Oceanside resort in Martha’s Vineyard; a historic inn or high-rise luxury hotel in Boston; a storybook country setting in Litchfield, Connecticut, or the majestic mountains of New Hampshire. Plenty of options are listed at the link below. Find a location that stirs your heart and contact these wedding planning experts. They know what you need and how to make it happen. We work with many of the outside venues, hotels, parks and historical sites in Down East Maine, New Hampshire and Northern Mass. Producing elegant tenting, staging, flooring, tables and chairs along with outstanding assortments of table settings and linen supply. We can help direct you personally to the perfect out door wedding venue(s) for that special event.
YOU THINK YOUR SPOUSE IS BEING AN A-HOLE (AGAIN!) It feels good to vent to friends when your husband is driving you crazy. And a little complaining is fine, but once you convince friends that your husband is a jerk, they’re not going to forget it. You may make up or get over your “fight du jour,” but your friend may not be able to quite so easily.
Couples were asked what they learned about each other after their first year of marriage. Below are the answers to some interesting questions. We would like to hear from you about your first year observations so let us know below.
YOU’LL FEEL MORTGAGE AND/OR KIDS PRESSURE.
Cydney, 28, says, “I was well aware of the pressure to have children after marriage, but for me, the next big pressure is buying a house. And in an expensive real estate market like Washington, D.C., it’s hard to get friends and family back home in the Midwest to understand why I’m nearly 30 and still renting. My parents ask me weekly how my house hunting is doing.”