His and Hers Wedding Reception Cocktails

His and Hers Wedding Reception Cocktails

Should We Serve Alcohol?

The decision whether or not to serve alcohol at your wedding reception can be a difficult decision to make. And once you make up your mind, the more questions that follow: “Are we killing the fun of the reception?” “What kind of drink options should we serve?” “Can we afford a bar?” “What will the guests think?”

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via Lynne Brubaker Photography via Easton Events

His and Hers Wedding Reception Cocktails

Needless to say, making the call to serve alcohol is a tough one, but if you do make the decision to serve drinks at the reception, there are plenty of different options. A personal favorite of ours is to serve his and hers wedding reception cocktails. That’s right, your favorite cocktail and his favorite cocktail. Not only do you get to enjoy your favorite personal drink during the reception, the choice to serve only his and hers wedding reception cocktails can be beneficial in so many ways.

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Our Labor of Love Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Cut Down On Your Cost

As always, cost is a major factor in any wedding planning decision. Serving alcohol can be very expensive, especially when you offer many options or have a large wedding. Serving his and hers wedding reception cocktails can cut down on the expense by cutting the need for various types of alcohol and ingredients. With personalized cocktails, you can offer two options and cut down on cost without it being blatantly obvious that you wanted to limit the size and scope of the bar. Nobody will notice if it appears to be just a special element of the reception and it will help cut down on those guests that tend to over indulge.

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Joileala via 100 Layer Cake

 Show Your Personality

An additional benefit is that his and hers wedding reception cocktails give you another outlet for incorporating your personalities into the event. Guests will love that they can enjoy your favorite drink and learn more about each of you during the reception. Plus, his and her cocktails can allow you to get really creative! From adorable drink stations to delicious and surprising drink combinations, the room for adding creative details to your signature drink is endless.

So get creative, start experimenting, and find your signature cocktail for your wedding reception. There is only fun to be had in the process!  Can’t get your creative juices flowing? We can help! Contact Us for ideas!

~Blog contributed by Audra Jones

Trending: Bridal Cover Ups

Trending: Bridal Cover Ups

Fashionista brides of all seasons, not just the winter months, have been taking the lead on the trend of covering up with bridal cover ups such as boleros, shrugs, capes, even cardigans. Most of these trends have been around for decades (I remember wearing my white-fringed knitted cape over my Easter dresses), but they’ve slowly been modernized into bridal wear.

So want to catch the wave on the latest bridal cover up’s but are confused by all the technical lingo? For those who are seeking extra glamour, extra sparkle,  to make a statement, or to just keep warm, these descriptions and photos will entice you to explore the options in bridal cover ups. 

Bridal Cover Ups Revealed

Jacket – The jacket has long since been an endless choice in the world of bridal cover ups as it is fully functional.  This sheer lace and long-sleeved jacket makes this look light and airy, as if it’s part of the gown, but of course as a jacket, it’s completely removable.

Sophia Tolli Lace Jacket

 

Bolero – A short, tailored jacket, made famous by Kate.

Brida Cover Ups

Trending Bridal Cover Ups – Bolero

 

 

Cape – A cape is a sleeveless fabric garment that drapes over the shoulders and fastens around the neck (generally speaking, some have slits for the arms to come through, some don’t). The cape is also a great alternative for keeping warm as it doesn’t restrict your movement (and  in case you were wondering, a “cloak” is a longer cape…what Harry Potter wears.

Pronovias 2012 lace cape

 

Shawl -A loose piece of cloth, often triangular shaped, loosely worn over the shoulders and arms.

Bridal Shawl

 

Wraps/Stoles – A piece of fabric, similar to a shawl, that drapes over the shoulders and upper arms. A stole is a narrower, longer piece of fabric worn freely or sometimes tied in front of the bust.

Fur Bridal Gown Wrap

Lace Bridal Stole

 

Shrug – A shrug is a short or long-sleeved cardigan-style has a higher back, tight, and more tailored than a shawl.

Cap-sleeved Alencon Lace Shrug http://www.etsy.com/shop/Rohm

 

Dupioni Silk Blush Pink Shrug http://www.etsy.com/shop/Rohm

 

 

Cardigan – A modern trend in the bridal cover ups, the cardigan is an open-front sweater that can be buttoned, zipped or hooked closed.

Purple Cardigan Over Gown

Mint Sequined Cardigan

Ivory Cardigan

For a great resource and shopping experience, shop BHLDN’s line of bridal cover ups.  Read more about this bridal fashion trend on ABC’s Today’s “The Look” featured article.

Happy Planning!

 

Your Wedding Anniversary: 10 Ways To Keep Wedding Traditions Going After You Say “I Do”

Your Wedding Anniversary: 10 Ways To Keep Wedding Traditions Going After You Say “I Do”

Most modern couples today face many decisions when planning their wedding—whether to have a formal or less-casual affair, who to invite, what to spend, and which traditions to embrace or reject. With traditions, there’s really no right or wrong way—they’re there as guidance—but most couples let their personalities, style, and personal beliefs set them on the path to creating their own traditions. Sure, wedding traditions have been around for decades, but they’ve been created because of the shear fact that brides keep repeating them over and over.

So after all that planning, what will you do when it’s done? Some brides suffer from post-nuptial doldrums, or the “wedding blues” where newlyweds enter everyday life, no longer being the center of attention, and no way to re-direct that energy they used to plan. If you think you’re going to miss wedding planning after you say “I Do”, why not keep that in mind when planning your wedding, and think of unique and fresh traditions that you can repeat again after the wedding? Sure, the wedding is for one day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate the nostalgia of it months and even years afterwards. Your wedding anniversary will always be a day to remember (so THAT’S why he wanted the wedding date engraved in the ring!) so why not start your first anniversary with a tradition that you will plan on repeating each anniversary?

10 Ways ToKeep Wedding Traditions Going After You Say  “I Do”

 

Signture Drink Wedding Traditions1) Eat, Drink, and Be Married…Again

Some couples tell me they were having so much fun, they didn’t even eat the fare served at the wedding reception. Or the photos took so long, that they missed their cocktail hors d’oeuvres.  So why not have the chef recreate an entrée or hors d’oeuvres from your wedding day for the two of you to savor again? Serve the same wine or mix-up the same “signature drink” that was served from your wedding day. One thing I absolutely loved as far as fare from our wedding day, was our wedding cake. We had plenty more than just the top layer of the cake to take home, so that pleased me for a while, but each year, my hubby purchases a small “top layer” cake on our anniversary for us to enjoy (oh, and it gives us an excuse to re-use that cake serving set, too).

 

 

hair accessory2) The Wedding Bouquet

Remember the heavenly scent of your wedding bouquet? Relive it again by stopping by a local florist (or the same florist from your wedding), or farmer’s market and pick up some of the same flowers from your bouquet. Or instead of an arrangement, ask the florist to make a mini-wreath or something wearable, such as a hair accessory or corsage to wear on your date that evening.

 

 

 

unity candle3) What Do We Do With The Unity Candle, Anyway?

Some couples chose to light the unity candle during their wedding ceremony, signifying two individuals uniting together as one. When the ceremony is done, it will be boxed for the two of you to keep…so what do you do with it, afterwards? Allow it to become a part of your décor—display it on your dining room table or credenza, bedside table, or shelf, and light it from time to time. You can light it every month on the date you got married (so if you were married on the 2nd, light it each month on the 2nd),  you can light it for a particular reason you agree upon in advance, or you can light it on special occasions (I know a bride who lights hers to signify to her hubby that she’s feeling “frisky”). The point is, it can become a part of your day-to-day life, it doesn’t have to sit in the box, let it become a wedding tradition for you.

 

 

holding wedding pic4) Pose For A Photo The Same Way Each Year

Take a picture of the two of you together—mimicking the same pose—(i.e., sitting on the front steps holding a framed photo of your wedding picture in your hands) and then frame them or scrapbook them so you can see the side-by-side transition from year to year.

 

 

 

Lace Gown5)  Try Your Gown On Again

Reminisce about the beauty of the day—the day you were a Bride! If you didn’t have your gown preserved and are feeling daring, take it out and try it on! Don’t worry if it’s a bit snug or impossible to get on again, instead try on your veil, hair accessory or shoes you wore from your wedding day.

 

 

 

Southern-wedding-first-dance6)  Dance To Your Wedding Song

Surprise your finance by playing your wedding song, and dancing together, just the two of you without dozens of eyes staring at you. If you’re willing to take a risk, try serenading him or have a friend who plays guitar, offer to play your song acoustically.

 

 

 

 

cards7) Read Through Your Cards

In the fast-paced technology world we live in today, receiving cards on your wedding day is a tangible way to have others write their well wishes for the bride and groom, usually done ahead of time. While many couples may choose to look through their guest book, it might be fun to go back to read through your wedding cards that your guests were thoughtful enough to select or make for you.

 

 

 

wedding perfume8)  Your Wedding Day Perfume

Have you ever noticed that a particular smell can trigger certain memories? Scent can be a powerful memory trigger, which is why your perfume/scent you wore on the day you married, will instantly allow you to reminisce about your wedding day. Besides wearing it, take that scent with you by purchasing the lotion (slip it in your purse), thin it with water for an instant room spritzer, or create a candle of the scent. A great way to take a “bit of the day” with you, if you or hubby has to travel.

 

 

 

wedding video9) Watch You Wedding Video Or Look Through Your Wedding Album Together

Perhaps you have photos of the two of you all over your house or on your desk at work, but when was the last time you saw photos of yourself getting into your wedding dress? Or hearing each other taking your vows? One of the classic wedding traditions is seeing footage from your day by going through your wedding album, entire “proof” album, or wedding video. It’s one of the best, loving ways to reminisce together about the smallest details that made your day unique.

 

 

Where and when are important with proposals: it’s a romantic time. Plan well – and skip the experience of proposals gone wild.10) Celebrate The Day You Became Engaged

Not really a part of the wedding traditions per se, but celebrating the wedding anniversary doesn’t have to be the only date on the calendar for romance, there’s also the day you became engaged. Mark your calendar each year to be sure to celebrate with a momentous date—share a bottle of bubbly, reminisce about how you first met, and became engaged. Better yet, if possible, reconstruct parts of the proposal by having dinner with the same friends who were present when he popped the question, or return back to the same location where he proposed. This is the day that brought the two of you together where you are today.

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

Top Ways To Incorporate Mason Jars In Your Wedding

Top Ways To Incorporate Mason Jars In Your Wedding

Mason jars as wedding decor is a popular trend among brides. They are most desired among brides who love the rustic wedding themes and new vintage themes which also seem to be trending.

Here are a few top ways to incorporate mason jars in your wedding:

Photo by Sara Kelly Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

 

  • Mason Jars can be a fun DIY project you can work on with your bridesmaids, or family members. Mason jars are a great way to save, as they can be picked up at local craft stores, or online in bulk.
  • They can add a little bit of creativity to your wedding. It’s amazing how many ways mason jars can be used for beautiful decor at your wedding!
  • Use them at your ceremony or your reception, or both. They can be used at your ceremony or reception to light the aisle or room with candles, or to decorate the aisle or tables with flowers on fish hooks or hanging from ribbon.
  • The most obvious choice is to use them as a vase, especially at the end of the aisle. But they work great for candles or for straws.
    Top Ways To Incorporate Mason Jars In Your Wedding

    Photo Credit: Gwendolyn Pellegrino Photography

 

 

Mason jars as wedding decor provide countless options for every couple. Down The Aisle has endless suggestions on our Pinterest board, check them out!  

 

~Submitted by Emily Wagner, Intern/Assistant Coordinator

 

 

 

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

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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.

View

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

 

 

5 Wedding Budget Secrets From An Expert Wedding Planner

5 Wedding Budget Secrets From An Expert Wedding Planner

 

The Budget. It’s Painstaking. It’s no secret, that one of the most stressful steps is the wedding budget planning. If composing it weren’t challenging enough, then there’s sticking to it. Most likely, you’ve never had to sit and ponder a cost to feed 100 people. Or how to gauge the invitation envelope to be “lighter” to be mailed at a lower expense.

When working with couples, we always recommend  that the planning process should begin with the budget.

I know, not as fun and “pretty” as sitting for hours pouring over Pinterest. But wedding budget planning is difficult, and many choices that you make will of course affect your overall cost. 

Here, we share our 5 wedding budget secrets from an expert wedding planner:

Budget Secrets

Floral Design Credit: The Harwinton Florist

Expert Planner Secret #1: Have A Separate Account

Open a separate “wedding fund” checking or savings account. This not only streamlines the process, but also makes it easier to track what is available, and what is being spent. Plus, you can have both yourself and your fiancé’s name jointly on the account. After marriage, can have an already established account that just needs to have a name change (if applicable).

 

Expert Planner Secret #2: Discuss Ahead Of Time Who’s Paying For What

Tradition states that it is the bride’s family who should pay for the wedding; however, this is no longer the expectation. Today, contributions towards the wedding come from many different sources, but don’t just expect it to be this way. We worked with a bride who “thought” her mother was handling the centerpieces, only to realize that was not the case, and we had to choose another path for the centerpieces—thankfully with us on her side, we caught this early-on, and were able to-work the budget to compensate. I know it’s a tender topic, but you will really need to have this financial discussion with your family members, and more precisely, spell-it-out on a spreadsheet who is contributing for what.

 

Personalized Wedding Budget by Down The Aisle

Personalized Wedding Budget by Down The Aisle

 

Expert Planner Secret #3: Don’t Follow The Magazine’s Budget Advice

I hate to be the bearer of this, but please don’t follow those “pie-charts” or lists from the wedding magazines that advise allotting a certain amount or percentage for your wedding budget planning. Not only are they not realistic, but they aren’t specific to the region that you’re planning in, nor are they compensating for the time of year or day of the week, i.e., a Friday , Sunday or even a weekday wedding will be less expensive.

 

Expert Planner Secret #4: Stay True To Yourself

Focus your wedding budget planning around the things that matter most to you, and you’ll never go wrong. Don’t feel bad if you don’t have a fortune to spend on your wedding—leave the extravagance to the celebrities, and infuse your celebration with creativity and simplicity that represent your personal togetherness. This not only alleviates a lot of stress in the wedding planning budget, but we apply this with our couples, and all of them report post-wedding how “wowed” their guests were, from the most simplest of things. Trust me, your guests will remember a hand-written personal note, a DIY-crafted cake topper, or a well-crafted speech over any lavish floral display.

 

Photo by www.jasonlovesmaggie.com/

Photo by Jasonlovesmaggie

Expert Planner Secret #5: Hire The Best Professionals Within Your Budget

A wedding is not only a celebration, but it is an experience to be lived and enjoyed. It is not possible to have the day you envision just by selecting the “cheapest” service professionals. Ask friends, family or co-coworkers for recommendations, or consider working with a wedding planner who is skilled in knowing the a variety of wedding professionals who are competent within your budget;not only are they familiar with the regional demographic,  they can help you in deciding on your priorities so that you don’t overspend in one area, and not have enough in another area.

Remember: focus the wedding budget around the things that matter most to you. Does planning the wedding budget overwhelm and keep you up at night, not knowing what things cost, or how to compose a budget. Look no further, we can help!

 

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