Advice from Down The Aisle: 5 Reasons You Don’t Need Wedding Programs

Advice from Down The Aisle: 5 Reasons You Don’t Need Wedding Programs

There is a question that Down The Aisle has received by almost every bride we’ve ever worked with – “Do I need wedding programs?” It’s a fabulous question and one that has been address many times over the years by the top wedding gurus in the business. Their answer?

For most of us who work in the world of weddings, the short answer is “no” or, “it depends.” We know it seems quite controversial to say this, but right off the bat, we came up with five reasons why you don’t need wedding programs. Here’s why:

1. They are just an extra expense 

If you’ve priced wedding programs lately, then you are well aware that they are a huge drain on your wedding budget. Even if you DIY, the material, ink, and construction process can begin to wear down your wallet and your patience as well. If you are trying to be conservative with your funds, then this is area where you can save and not have to be concerned with thoughts that you might be missing out on a very important wedding detail. The truth is, they cost way more than they are worth.

2. They usually end up in the trash 

It’s true that some guests keep the wedding program as a special memento of their attendance at your wedding day. Most people, however, leave them in their seat or toss them in the trash as soon as the ceremony is over. Why waste your time, energy, and most importantly money on something that your guests really won’t give a second thought? Plus, the trees will thank you!

3. It is easy to use an alternative 

If you want to have something that functions as a program, but doesn’t waste paper and your much-needed marriage reserve, then you can easily find thousands of wedding program alternatives at the click of a button. Thanks to sites like Pinterest, you can discover that a chalkboard sign, a upcycled mirror or even a printed tapestry can take the place of handing out programs to each individual guest.

 4. Guests are already familiar with the usual sequence of events 

Unless you are taking a more offbeat approach to your wedding ceremony and the events that happen therein, or you are having a very long and ornate religious wedding ceremony, there is no need to inform your guests what will happen from the time you walk down the aisle to the time you say “I do.” Your guests have been to enough weddings to be familiar with what will most likely occur, so don’t worry about them being lost. Plus, a great way to avoid any problems (should the unlikely event that they arise), you can simply have the officiant explain as you go. For example, perhaps you are including a sand ceremony in your day. At the moment this ceremony is to take place, simple have your officiant announce what you will be doing and why it’s special to you both.


5. They are another thing to worry about —

From agonizing over the exact wording (just like you did with the invitation) to appointing a person to make sure everyone received a wedding program, it becomes clear that having wedding programs at your day really just adds to you list of things to do and worry about. Take our advice, let them go and embrace the freedom of doing things your way!


Wedding programs are a wedding tradition that stills hands around for very few good reasons, so let’s change things up! Say goodbye to the wedding program for one and for all! And as always, if you have questions about how to plan your day or any of the ideas we’ve discuss, contact us for more details and all your wedding planning needs!

~Blog Contributed by Audra Jones

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Seating Layouts

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Seating Layouts

Weddings are becoming more than just a ceremony by which couples officially exchange vows; they are a way for a couple to share their story, their personality, and their personal style. With daily inspiration from a multitude of sources, it can be difficult to incorporate details that are unique to your personality. So with that in mind, Down The Aisle is here to bring a subtle way to spice up your outdoor ceremony seating that won’t cause visual or inspiration overload.

Suggestions for Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Seating Layouts:

The ceremony layout is a big part of the overall wedding decor that often doesn’t garner enough attention, especially since many brides opt for a wedding held in a chapel (where layout cannot be rearranged) or go for the traditional, evenly spaced rows of chairs. However, there are many alternative wedding ceremony layouts.


Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Seating Layouts

Here are a few ideas and details to consider:

Number of Guests

When looking for an alternative wedding ceremony layout option, it is always important to keep the number of guests and, therefore, seating in mind. Intimate, cozier seating works perfect for a smaller ceremony.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Seating Layouts

Photo By Britt Nielsen|Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Location & Sound

A common problem that guests complain about at weddings is unable to hear the exchange of vows. Believe it or not, guests do want to hear what is said and share the special moments of your ceremony. The inability to hear truly dampens the whole experience. So when considering an alternative wedding ceremony layout, consider your environment and check for placements that may decrease the chances of sound carrying. A circular arrangement can help improve sound issues and stand out for their gorgeous look.


The view is also a major concern for guests, and your photographer. It’s important to be aware of the sight line of each guest and especially of how the aisle may or may not limit the ability of your photographer to capture great photos. The layout to avoid? Anything with a column, pole, or even a huge flower arrangement will ruin the view (and photos). 

Photo by Illuminance | Attribution-2.0-Generic (CC-BY-2.0)

Wedding Party Size

When there is a large wedding party to consider, it may be difficult to opt for a more close and intimate chair arrangement without crowding. For a smaller wedding party, almost any outdoor wedding ceremony seating layout is possible, but for a larger group, a semi-circle or traditional formation may be more ideal.

As you see, there are many factors to consider when playing with layout details, but no need to fret we can help you with all your questions and needs. For more inspiration, check out our “Circle Ceremonies” and “Style For Your Aisle” boards on Pinterest.

~Blog contributed via Audra Jones



Tips from Down The Aisle: 7 Wedding Traditions That You Can Skip

Tips from Down The Aisle: 7 Wedding Traditions That You Can Skip

Don’t let this title let you think otherwise — we do love many of the classic wedding traditions, but we’re of the opinion that a couple should have their wedding day their way. So, if the bride and groom feel uncomfortable with the sometimes awkward (and, at worst, cheesy) traditions and superstitions that have become a mainstay for weddings throughout the years, like the garter removal and toss, the bouquet toss, the cake cutting, etc., then we think it’s A-okay to skip these ceremonial add-ons.

In fact, a lot of professionals and brides alike now share the opinion that many of these traditions of old have had their time and should be skipped if the couple of honor feel so inclined. And, if you’re worried about what your guests might think — don’t. Although they aren’t likely to admit it, most guests will welcome the absence, especially the single ladies and gents that get put on the spot.

So, if the idea of including any of these next 7 wedding traditions into your big day makes you feel uneasy or don’t really fit into the vision you have for your dream day, skip them. Oh, and don’t forget that you can pick and choose — keep the traditions you love and toss out the ones you don’t.

1. The Bouquet Toss

Not only does this wedding tradition put all your single friends on the spot, many feel awkward about gathering into a group and competing with other women for your flying bouquet. If you want to spare the single ladies in your life, skip it altogether or include come up with a plan to include all your female guests. Our favorite alternative is gifting your bouquet to the couple in the room who has been married for the longest amount of time or providing every woman in the room with a single stem flower.

Stuart Corbishley via Flickr

2. The Garter Toss

The garter toss is probably the most awkward of all wedding traditions, especially the part when the groom sticks his head under the bride’s dress to remove to garter. If you want to avoid potential embarrassment for you and your guests, go ahead and leave it out of your plans. The single men in the room definitely won’t mind.

3. The Cake Cutting

Cutting the wedding cake as a couple isn’t all that weird, but if you’re just not keen on the idea of including the tradition in your day, don’t feel like you have to. A fun alternative is to have the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom cut the cake instead. Or, if you don’t want to make a big deal about the cake at all, simply have your caterer cut and serve, do cupcakes instead, or you can always have just a photo of the two of you “cutting” the cake, but there’s no announcing of it. As long as there is cake or plenty of desserts, your guests won’t complain at all.

Photo by Neil Landino Photography

4. Having a Bride’s Side & Groom’s Side

Tradition states that the groom’s family is seated on the “right” while the bride’s is on the “left”. Why not shake things up (no one’s going to notice!) by having ushers escort guests to a “seat, not a side”, or have a cute sign to advise the guests?

5. Female-Only Bridal Party & Male-Only Groom Party

Although the bride’s wedding party usually consists of female-only bridesmaids and the groom’s wedding party usually consists of all-make groomsmen, this tradition is becoming less and less standard for modern brides and grooms. If you’ve got a guy bestie you want to include on your side, go for it! If he wants to include his sister on his side, don’t hold back! There’s no reason that the perspective “parties” have to be divvied up by gender, and we encourage you to do what works best for you, regardless of what others might think.

6. Not Seeing One Another Before The Ceremony

Over the past few years, we’ve seen many couples choose to forgo not seeing each other before the ceremony, and instead having a “first look”, where (often in private) you see each other for the first time, before the actual nuptials. We’ve seen parents/Dads too, join in this fun (new) tradition. Coming up with a creative way and place to meet each other, of course with your hired photographer ready to go, is half the fun!

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7. Wedding Favors For Guests

Wedding favors are a wonderful way to thank your guests for joining you on your big day, but there are many ways show your appreciation without spending a small fortune on traditional wedding favors that your guests may never use. Send-off snacks or making a donation in your guests’ honor works just as well. Or, if your budget can’t handle any more strain, let your cake be the favor instead.

Well, brides-to-be, what wedding traditions will you be leaving off your timeline? Share below or contact us for more tips about alternative solutions!

~Blog contributed by Audra Jones


Unique Wedding Details: A Ring Warming Ceremony

Unique Wedding Details: A Ring Warming Ceremony

Unity and blessing ceremonies are a hugely popular detail in the modern weddings we see today. However, after so many unity candle and sand ceremonies, the idea can seem overused and lose its unique quality. Sure, there are many other types of ceremonies that you can incorporate into your wedding ceremony, and they have their merits. And yes, there is usually something out there to fit the personality and style of each and every couple. So to mix things up a bit, we suggest trying a ring warming ceremony. If you are wondering what exactly that may be, let us explain. The idea is pretty simple really. Someone, usually the wedding officiant, makes a statement at the beginning of the wedding ceremony explaining that the wedding rings will be passed around to each guest and extends an invitation for each and every person present to hold the rings for a moment and send good thoughts, prayers, or wishes to the bride and groom for their marriage. With each and every person present having the opportunity to share in your joy and become an important part of your love, the ring warming ceremony is truly a beautiful and intimate detail to include. However, there are downsides to the ring warming ceremony. For example, couples are often afraid that the rings will be dropped while they are being passed around and sometimes it can take way too long for the rings to make it to each person before the ring exchange needs to happen. So how do you solve these problems? To avoid the traumatic and embarrassing “ring drop,” couples often tie the rings to a string, a pillow or box. This takes out all the risk of a mass ring search during the middle of the ceremony and adds another cute detail to this special moment. When it comes to the other potential faux pas, the answer isn’t such a quick fix. You can either leave out the ring warming ceremony if you are hosting a very large wedding or include it in another way. These days, many couples who decide to hold a ring warming ceremony often ask the guests to warm the rings before the ceremony even begins by displaying the rings near the guest book or at a ring warming station with an explanation for their display. The decision is up to you, but the sentimentality of the ceremony is a detail that we can’t get enough of these days! Check out some photos below!

ring warming ceremony

Bee the Buzz Event via Wedding Bells

For their ring warming ceremony, this couple had a string that looped around to each guest. Each person just simply had to slide the ring to the next person! No potential for a ring drop here!

ring warming ceremony before the wedding

Kandice Hadley via Flickr

ring warming ceremony

Elijah and Jackie Parker via Offbeat Bride

Looking for even more unique wedding details? Contact us and we’ll help you find details perfect for your special day!

~Blog contributed by Audra Jones

Summer Wedding Perfection: The Fruit Bouquet

Summer Wedding Perfection: The Fruit Bouquet

Looking for that one last detail to take your summer wedding to perfection? Then look no further because we’ve got you covered!
Nothing makes us think of summer more than fresh flowers and pops of vibrant, fresh fruit, so why not incorporate both into your wedding bouquet and rock a fabulous fruit bouquet?   These fruit bouquets are not only deliciously gorgeous, they are eco and budget friendly as well.

We absolutely love the idea of having fruit slices mixed in with the whole pieces in your fruit bouquet! This allows you to take advantage of the nice texture of fruit inside and out! The insides of those lemons look almost like flowers themselves, but with a surprising pop.

Flickr Photo by Lianne Nichols (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Flickr Photo by Lianne Nichols (CC BY-NC 2.0)


Oh, and did we mention that it makes your bouquet smell even more awesome? The combination of the fruits and the flowers is heavenly.

For your perfect fruit bouquet, simply pick out your favorite fruits and enjoy! For tips on choosing the best fruit bouquet for your summer wedding soiree, simply contact us!


~Blog contributed by Audra Jones

You’re Engaged! What’s Next?

You’re Engaged! What’s Next?

So, you’ve just changed your status and posted the pic with a spouse-to-be on your arm and a sparkler on your left hand, so now what? We’re sharing a how-to guide for what steps to take after you get in engaged. Yep, we’re serious — in our book, it’s always good to be proposal prepared!

Photo By Jason Loves Maggie

Photo By Jason Loves Maggie

1. Enjoy the moment together.

We know that you’re dying to post a ring selfie and announce to the word that you’re gonna be a Mrs., but trust us when we say that you’re life won’t end if you don’t immediate take to social media. After the proposal, take a few moments to just be with each other and revel in the moments. This is a time you’ll never be able to get back, so make sure to really soak up the memories while they’re unfolding before your eyes!

2. Call your close friends and family first.

Once you guys are ready, go ahead and make the big announcement to your closest friends and family. This doesn’t mean send a mass text or post a generic “for all the see” post on social media — this means calling those that are closest to you and personally letting them know. Or, better yet, sharing the new in person. Those that are near and dear to your hearts will appreciate the kind gesture and it will make them feel special that they didn’t find out that you’ve gotten engaged through a Facebook or Instagram post.

3. Announce on social media when you’re ready.

Then, when you’re ready, feel free to post the details, the ring picture, the post-proposal pictures, and all that jazz to all your social media sites. We promise that within seconds flat, you’ll have the most comments and likes you’ve ever received in your whole online-present life.

4. Get the ring insured.

Obviously, we don’t expect you to call up your insurance company immediate after he drops to one knee, but we are serious when we say that having your engagement ring ensured is a VERY good decision. The purchase was a big one for your spouse-to-be, so make sure the investment is covered should you lose your ring, drop it down the sink, etc. Yes, this kind of stuff happens all the time.

Photo By Candace Jeffrey Photography

5. Treat yourself to a manicure.

In the months after you get engaged, you better bet that everyone and their brother is going to want to see your new bling. Prepare your hands for their big performance by treating yourself to a gorgeous manicure!

6. Start looking at potential dates. 

As wedding planners, we know that the date is key when it comes to budget, snagging all the vendors you want, scoring a great local venue, etc. So, start talking about potential dates of your wedding early. Pick out 2-3 potentials and go from there. Usually, you’ll find over time that one date works out much better than all the others.

7. Start brainstorming & browsing ideas. 

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want your big day to do look like, so go ahead and browse on Pinterest, flipping through magazines, having brainstorming sessions with your fiancee and family, and envisioning what you want for your dream day! Having some idea of what you like early on will help guide you to the right vendors right off the bat, which is an amazing advantage to have when you’ve got a million details to figure out.

8. Set your wedding budget.

As soon as you and your fiancee are ready to start looking into booking a venue and hiring vendors for your wedding day, we suggest that you first sit down as establish a budget. Doing this will help narrow your search and will give you a realistic idea who and what you can afford to include in your day.

9. Hire a wedding planner.

Sure, we’re biased, but there are definitely real benefits to hiring a wedding planner as soon as you get engaged. First of all, it helps you figure out important details early and gives you immediate access to the planner’s recommendations for venues and vendors (we know what things cost to save you that research). Plus, hiring a wedding planner early in the game also helps you save money and have a stress-free experience all the way from “yes!” to “I do.”

10. Have an engagement party!

Finally, don’t forget to celebrate! If you aren’t the big engagement party type, keep things small – have an intimate backyard BBQ, invite your best friends and immediate family over for a dinner prepared by you and you fiancee, or go for cocktails as a group. Whatever you do, remember that getting engaged is a big deal — don’t get bogged down in wedding planning details and forget all about the reason for the ring.

There you have it, current and future brides-to-be! Are you looking for expert help to get you started, now that you’re engaged? Explore more about our services here


~Blog contributed by Audra Jones


8 Tips for Planning the Perfect Engagement Shoot

8 Tips for Planning the Perfect Engagement Shoot

There are literally so many directions you go when planning an engagement shoot that’s perfect for you and the love of your life. In fact, just the thought of all the themes, locations, styles, and outfits you can choose from kinda of makes our heads spin. So, when the option are limitless, how do you go about putting together an engagement shoot that you’ll love for years to come and that’ll really show off your story and your style as a couple? We won’t say the process is easy, but with these 7 planning tips up your sleeve, we’d definitely say the road from “yes!” to e-shoot can be a whole lot less bumpy. What’re you waiting for? Scroll down for our favorite tried and true methods for styling the engagement shoot of your wildest dreams!

Photo By Candace Jeffrey Photography


1. Choose A Photographer You Love: You can style everything about your engagement shoot just perfectly, but if you don’t hire the right photographer, then you’re in a for a whole world of trouble (e.g., photos can look awkward, you might feel comfortable during the shoot, you might not like the shooting style). Therefore, it’s essential to pick a photographer who you really adore on many levels, including price, shooting style, and personality, so you can feel comfortable in front of the camera and have piece of mind that you entrusted someone who shared your vision with this monumental task. A few great way to get started searching for a photographer who sends you head over heels is to ask for recommendations from friends and family members, browse blogs of local photographers, and most important, sit down face-to-face with your favorite photographers to go over everything before making a commitment to hire one who suits you best. Being comfortable with the person behind the camera is key to achieving beautiful, natural-looking photos!


Albert Palmer Photography via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

2. Select A Location That’s Special: Many couples really worry about what location(s) to choose for their engagement shoot and often turn to their photographer for help. But, as most photographers will tell you, picking out a location that’s special to you as a couple, that really captures your imagination, or that makes you feel at home is essential. Nothing else matters — it doesn’t matter if your backdrop is touristy, out of the norm, or even totally out of left field as long as it is special to you as a couple in some way. When you begin racking your brain for backdrop ideas, sit down together and make a list of places that you love around town, places that are significant to your relationship, and places that you’ve always wanted to visit. Then, go out and explore the town, revisit your old favorites, check out new places you’ve never seen before, walk down random alleys, etc. This is a fabulous way to discover uncharted territory and scout out a few places that really make your hearts go pitter-patter.

3. Create A Must-Have Photo List: Let’s make this clear now: Your photographer (even the best of the best) cannot read your mind. Therefore, it’s really essential to create a must-have shot list of your photographer before the big day of the engagement shoot begins. This will ensure that your photographer snags all the photos you really have your heart set on and will also clue him/her about the style you are really looking for in your photos. Clearly, this is a win-win situation and can help guarantee that you love, love, LOVE your engagement photos now and forever.

4. Put Together A Mood Board: If you really have no idea where to start, then putting together a mood board on Pinterest is an excellent way browse ideas and pull together engagement shoot themes or tones that really tickle your fancy. After a week of exploring and pinning, do an overview of your board. You might be surprised how easy it is to discover what you are really drawn to, whether it be a fun theme, vintage styling, or colorful outfit choices! Once you finally do decide on the look you’re going for, put together a whole new pin board that focuses on pulling together creative inspiration that goes right along with your approach. Oh, and don’t forget to share this board with your photographer… not only will it help give him/her direction, but it’s a great opportunity for him/her to suggest ideas you many no have considered.

5. Browse Lots Of Photography Blogs: Early on in your planning, be sure to browse lots of photography blogs! This will help you uncover great ideas, styles you love, and looks you’d like to channel in your very own engagement shoot.

6. Incorporate Individualized Props (If You’re Into That): Although they aren’t right of everyone, props are a really, really amazing way to add a little spunk to your engagement photos, show off a bit of your personality as a couple, bring in a theme and/or tell a story. If you do end up bringing in some props of your shoot, just make sure that they really reflect something special about the two of your and that they are used in moderation. Otherwise, the use of props can feel a bit forced and cheesy. Your photographer is a great person to consult for recommendations for prop rental companies and ideas that will really enhance your photos, too!


Shutterbug via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

7. Wear Outfits That Feel Right: In addition to location choices, outfit selections are definitely one of the most complicated parts of planning a perfect engagement shoot. Just like with the location, there are tons of options and directions you can take in terms of your clothing picks, so it becomes really difficult to narrow down your outfits to just a few selections. However, it can be done! Our best advice is to choose outfits you feel really comfortable in and that really make you feel your best — from there, themes and colors, etc. are just extra icing on the cake. But, a few tips to keep in mind: 1). Don’t overmatch with your fiancee. 2). Choose outfits that range in terms of formality (maybe start with casual looks and end with more formal attire). 3). If going with a theme, don’t be afraid to rock something out of the box! 4). Consider your environment (you’ll freeze in a sundress in the middle of winter and the backdrop/outfit selection will look really odd paired together).

8. Have Fun!: Finally, the biggest secret of having scoring engagement photos you love is to have fun! That means enjoying planning, embrace funky ideas, and just being yourself and really reveling in the love you share with your fiancee all the way from step one to the day of the shoot. When you’re having a great time — it’s pretty impossible to not love the photographs that result!


Gabriel Li via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Need some extra help putting together an engagement shoot style that’s right for you? Contact us and we’ll help you put together an engagement session plan that’s just perfect for you!

~Blog contributed by Audra Jones

4 Simple Ways to Save Big on Your Wedding Bar

4 Simple Ways to Save Big on Your Wedding Bar

Weddings are often costly. As wedding planners, it’s our job to do more than just help our brides-to-be create beautiful decor for her big day — it’s our business to make sure her dreams come true within the parameters of the available budget. In fact, we’d say that making sure our clients get the most (and the best) for their money is one of our top priorities, if not number one on our list.

We have a lot of experience working with all sorts of different budgets — from “the sky’s the limit” to “budget-friendly, please” — and we’ve faced many challenges over the years when it comes to making magic happen when the wallet doesn’t match the wish-list. That said, we’ve spent more hours than you can imagine whipping up nifty tricks for saving money in the most savvy ways possible. And, you’d be amazed to learn how cutting back in the least important areas of the budget (Keep in mind: Don’t ever skip on things that are important to you or vendors. Both are key to ensuring you love your day and have a stress-free experience!) can save you thousands in the end.

No, we aren’t advocating you ditch those amazing design plans or skip out on investments that are absolute must-haves (ahem… a great photographer), we’re saying that there are plenty of ways to save money on your wedding when you put your mind to it. One of our favorite methods for saving our brides a pretty penny? Scaling back at the bar. If we could see your face right now, you’re probably looking at your screen with a look of pure confusion on your face: “How can I throw an excellent reception without plenty of booze and bubbly?” Excellent question – scaling back on what you shell out for alcohol doesn’t equate to foregoing the bar altogether or limiting your guests to a one-glass-only reception, it means using the budget wisely to create a fabulous bar at a frugal price. Here’s our favorite inside secrets for doing just that:

1. Skip the Champagne Toast

For some reason, many brides are under the impression that you “must” have a champagne toast. That couldn’t be any more false. The decision to have a champagne toast with all of your guests is entirely up to you. If you don’t want to pass out glasses of champagne for a short toast, then let your guests toast with they hand in hand. Or, you can skip the toast altogether, it’s your call and your opinion on the matter is the only one that matters. However, if you do want to include a champagne toast in your wedding day, there’s another money-saving trick you can use. Instead of filling the glasses completely full or half-way full, have the catering staff fill the glasses 1/3 of the way. All the guests need is one sip, so this is a great way to enjoy the toast and drastically cut down on how many bottles of bubbly you buy!

2. Serve Only Signature Cocktails, Wine and Beer

Another common believe that we’ve encounter across the years? The only way to have a great reception is to host a ritzy, open bar stocked with every brand of wine, liquor, and beer on the market. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Open bars are great if you can afford to spare any expense, but if you’re not eager to spend a fortune on liquoring up your guests, then offer a bar that includes only the signature cocktails, wine, and beer of your choice. It’s great options to get the party going without breaking the bank, and it makes sure there are options for the liquor-lover, the wine-enthusiast, and the beer-guru!


3. Only Offer Liquor during the Cocktail Hour

Staggering what you serve throughout the wedding day is another excellent and discreet way to cut costs at the bar. At the cocktail hour, serve liquor, wine, and beer. But, when the reception and dinner rolls around, serve wine with dinner and break out the beer when it’s time to dance! This will ensure that you’ve given your guests plenty to sip on, but will tighten how much to ultimately spend on pricey liquor.

4. Shorten Your Open Bar Hours

Finally, there’s always the option of shortening the amount of time the bar is open. Not only will this guarantee that you save at least a few hundred dollars on alcohol, it will give you the certainty that your friends and family have plenty of time to sober up before leaving the wedding festivities!

Need more photo-happy Bar inspiration? Check our our Pinterest “bar” board….Interested in organizing your wedding bar needs and trimming back on your bar budget? Reach out to us — we’ve got tons of ideas to share! 


~Blog contributed by Audra Jones

Fabulous Bridesmaid Gift Ideas That We Love!

Fabulous Bridesmaid Gift Ideas That We Love!

Well, hello there, brides-to-be! We hope you’re excited because today we’re diving into a topic that’s not only near and dear to our hearts (as former bridesmaids many times over…and counting), but that tackles an age old question we’re constantly asked, “What should I do for bridesmaid gifts?” Over the years, we’ve seen tons and tons of ideas that we love, seen many bridesmaid gift fads come and go, and seen some brides seriously miss the mark when it came to giving her ‘maids presents they’d enjoy for years to come. That said, we thought it was about time that we put together our own collection of our personal favorite bridesmaid gift ideas.

As soon as we started brainstorming, we quickly realized why so many brides struggle with this task — it’s so difficult to choose when there are so many fabulous choices! But, we forced ourselves to narrow it down to just 8 bridesmaid gifts that we would personally love if we were bestowed the honor of being a bridesmaid anytime again soon. So, go on and check out the results of our week-long search to scout out the best bridesmaid gifts in the land — from personalized gifts that are always appreciated to gifts that just keep on giving, we think you’ll find that a bridesmaid gift idea you love for each and every girl on your list!


1. Personalized Tumblrs via Lone Star Decorated; 2. Customize Bridesmaid Clutches via Mod Dot Textiles; 3. Monogrammed Compact Mirrors via We Love To Create; 4. “Hello” perfume by Harvey Prince; 5. Engraved Flask via Magic Wood Shop; 6. Floral Print Personal Planner via Our Little Messes; 7. Customizable Nail Polishes via Pretty Please Nail Polish; 8. Monthly Makeup Subscription Box via Boxycharm

Need some extra help putting a personal touch on your bridesmaid gifts? Contact us for ideas, advice, and styling advice!

Colorful Wedding Inspiration Board: Pink, Mint & Gold Weddings

Colorful Wedding Inspiration Board: Pink, Mint & Gold Weddings

There is a wedding color trend that is topping the charts right now and must say that we are absolutely smitten. Feminine, glamorous, whimsical, and more, this color trio of pink, mint green, and gold is gorgeous to behold, especially you apply it to a fabulously styled wedding day. We love how perfectly these three hues complement each other and seem to just naturally belong side by side. The best part? It’s a stunning wedding palette for any season, but we are really swooning over the idea of using these colors for spring weddings! To show off just why we are so enchanted by these this pretty palette of colors, we’ve taken the oh-so-fun liberty of putting together and wedding inspiration board full of eye candy and many incredible ways to utilize pink, mint, and gold in your day!

We can’t wait to start incorporating these shades into our styling arsenal for Connecticut weddings this year!

We hope you enjoy our wedding inspiration board!


We don’t want to pat ourselves on the back, but isn’t this wedding inspiration board just to die for? If you like what you see and are bursting with ideas, reach out to us to share your plans and for help with your wedding planning journey!

~Blog contributed by Audra Jones

Photo Sources: Top Left: River Kiss Weddings via Etsy // Top Center: Twilia’s Photography via Every Last Detail // Top Right: Kristyn Hogan via 100 Layer Cake // Middle Left: Sara Lucero via Glamour and Grace // Middle Center: White Spark Photography via The Sweetest Occasion // Middle Right: Kelly Benton Photography via Ruffled // Bottom Left: Corinne Krogh Photography via Ruffled// Bottom Center: Taylor Lord Photography via Brides of North Texas // Bottom Right: via Cakes Decor