Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mason Jars :: Southern Rustic Charm

Now that summer is right around the corner and it is inevitable I will be spending more time outside, I keep thinking about mason jars. Drinking out of them, playing games with them, putting candles in them; there are so many uses for the mason jar at either a rustic spring or summer wedding. Enjoy some of the great picks and even if you are not using them at a wedding or event make a mojito, put it in a mason jar and sit outside and relax!

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Rain Rain Don't Go Away

Everyone dreads rain on their wedding day or day of pictures, but you can get some great, cute pictures and have a great time in the rain. Don't worry about a cloudy rainy day, take advantage of it! Below are some great pictures for rainy day inspiration!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Picture Perfect: Easy, Cheap Guest Book(s)

After meeting with a cute couple for a wedding walk through, at a old urban candy factory with great exposed walls and ceilings, it got me thinking. The couple was tech savvy, yet old school and I love the combo. They wanted a cute, not cheesy way to do a guest book. I had seen photo booths before, but i love the idea of using a Polaroid camera and having guests take pictures of each other  or have one person in charge of the photos with fun props and writing their love to the couple on the back. Then finding a photo album and putting all the Polaroids in the photo album so you can see the front and back. This idea is so cute and seems so easy. The only hard part may be finding the Polaroid camera, but that can be handled easily enough.
If you want more than that, I thought that getting a older video camera and having it planted in an area on a tripod with a good background. Then just have all your guests record their congratulations to the couple, and anything else they may have. Just make sure you have enough recordable videos! You can now easily have videos transfered to DVD and have a great guest book you can keep forever!
If you want something a little easier to set up, you can always rent a photo booth and have your guests take photos and put it into a cute book. Then they can write on the pages of the book next to their crazy photos! Most photo booths rented come with great props like crazy hats, wigs and glasses.

Hope all your pictures are perfect! No matter if you do something crazy or traditional, make sure it is something you can keep and remember!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Something Old, Something New

I am a young individual and have seen wedding ceremonies that are crazy traditional to crazy modern. I am in love with some new and creative wedding ceremony ideas that mixes the old and the new. Keep your mom and yourself happy with some of these great ceremony ideas. Not all of these ideas are for everyone and I am not in the least suggesting that going totally traditional or totally modern is bad on any level. You need to make your wedding ceremony about you and your better half. Choose what means the most to you and what will make you happy, don't be pressured to change things up because your friends or the latest wedding magazine tells you to. I hope some of these ideas will get you thinking and have fun with it! Your wedding ceremony is what you make it!

  • Think you have to use the bridal march to walk down the aisle? Choose a song that means the most to you and your partner. From rock to indie, any song can be made to walk to the aisle. Choose a guitar soloist or 2 part jazz band to play. Can't decide between songs choose 2 and have one play when you enter and one play when leaving!
  • Want to do something unique during your ceremony? Do the candle sharing ceremony but with unique items. Choose something that you both love like cooking or the outdoors and use different spices or rocks, sand and dirt to signify your love. I found this cute idea at the Knot. Put a bottle of wine and love notes in a box and lock it. Then have a pre-determined anniversary to open the box, you could have close family write notes as well for you love box.
  • Some other countries traditions are cute and fun, and can be used no matter where you are from. In Germany they have a large sheet with a heart drawn on it. The new bride and groom have to use little kids scissors to cut the heart out together and then the groom carries the bride through at the end of the ceremony. How cute and fun!
  • Serve something fun before and during the ceremony. Have cute crossword puzzles about the couple for guests to do before the ceremony starts. Or serve refreshments such as tea and lemonade in the summer and hot coco in the winter to guests. You can even have some cute food items for people to munch on. This way guests are content on waiting and you don't have to worry about rushing.
These are just some ideas to change up the traditional wedding ceremony. Your ceremony is a reflection of you and your partner. Make it however you have envisioned it. Don't be afraid to step out of the box and do something different, but make it what you want it to be. Have fun planning your ceremony and include your partner, they will appreciate having their opinion matter.

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