Unique Wedding Details

More and more these days we are seeing bigger and much more extravagant weddings! The average cost of a wedding these days starts around $25,000 and ranges upward from there.

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Photo Credit: Sarah Kathleen

Of course there are ways to budget and save, but it isn’t easy with the amount of details that brides have been using lately.

One of the trends that we will be seeing in weddings this year, that I’ve not really covered much, is adding elegance to an outdoor rustic setting. Brides are picking more outdoor venues such as farms and barns and adding touches like crystal chandeliers and glassware as well. It really creates a unique look adding elegance to the outdoors and makes a fairly formal wedding feel more relaxed but still beautiful.

Photo-booths have become very popular with these types of elegant yet laid back weddings and are a main attraction for many of the guests. This is a fun way to get your friends and family to really start relaxing and enjoy themselves, as well as allowing them to leave you with an adorable (or hilarious) image of themselves having a blast at your wedding. These are great when it comes time to send out thank you cards later. You can really personalize your thank you note by sending a 4×6 image from the photo booth of you and the person you are thanking. (or just the wedding if you didn’t get one in the booth together)

Unique details are also popping up rather quickly and I love what some of the brides are coming up with to use in their weddings!

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Superhero Wedding

There is an image floating around Pinterest of guys in a wedding party with button-down shirts, being held open by the bridesmaids, exposing a Super Hero shirt underneath. I think that is such a fabulous idea and a great way to incorporate a very unique detail into your wedding. If you want to do something different and fun but think this might just be a little too over the top for you, consider having the groomsmen wear bow ties. It brings a lot of fun to the sophisticated look and there are tons of fun patterns out there to pick from!

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KPW Bow ties

You can save money by avoiding big department stores, and buying these types of custom-made items from local merchants. Kyle Patrick from New Hampshire, makes handmade bow ties with a few different materials and in a several different designs. My favorite of the bow ties is this Green Seersucker one, I can definitely imagine a Southern Spring wedding with the groomsmen sporting these!

What unique details would you want to use in your wedding? Would you go daring and try to top these fun little details? Or do you prefer to have a more traditional and conservative wedding? Please leave feedback because I would love to hear!

Going Green in 2013

I’ve recently noticed green showing up all over the place in makeup magazines, bikinis, and nail color! I’ve noticed it so much that I decided I should probably find out why. PANTONE® has officially dubbed Emerald Green the color of the year! I am so excited to see this beautiful color start popping up everywhere, especially at weddings! According to PANTONE® the color is

“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

This is great news because we will be seeing much more elegant weddings this year, along with a more eclectic approach of combining the outdoors and natural beauty with more glamor and grace. And let’s not forget, LACE is extremely trendy right now too!Dessy Bridesmaid Style 2794

Now, I don’t know much about PANTONE®. I actually had to ask my fiance who or what they were! (Apparently I’ve been living under a rock.) So I don’t know how they go about deciding the color of the year or even when they make those decisions, but one has to think that the premiere of the new OZ movie this year might have had some influence.

Whatever the influence was, I am eager to see it being incorporated into weddings this year! I have actually heard from at least two brides recently that are planning on using green in their wedding. If I didn’t already have my colors picked out, I might even be tempted to use Emerald Green in my wedding and put my bridesmaids in it! greenshoes

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Alicia and Me

Another wedding trend that I absolutely love is brides wearing colored shoes. I think the touch of color hiding under the dress is such a fabulous detail and really brings attention to the bride’s entire ensemble. Imagine how cute green colored heels would look with a shorter reception dress, if you picked one out. My sister was married in 2010 and her colors were green and purple. She chose to wear an ADORABLE pair of purple shoes under her super cute ball gown style wedding dress and I’ve been madly in love with the trend since. Alicia, my sister,  did also happen to be one of those brides that chose to wear a different shorter dress for her reception, probably to show off those super cute shoes. Too bad they probably spent more time getting passed around the bridal party than on her own feet!

Photo Source Mister Guy Photography

Photo Source Mister Guy Photography

Okay, we’ve covered the easy territory of dresses and shoes but what about favors and decorations? Well, as I’ve mentioned a few times, lace is super trendy this year. You can purchase colored lace and jazz up just about anything to create a simple yet beautiful decoration. You could wrap it around clear glass candle holders for centerpieces. OR if you opt out of a giant wedding cake and go with cupcakes instead, you could glue a little of the lace to the cupcake wrappers and give them a little character!

It may seem a little tough at first to use green as one of your wedding colors, but to me the possibilities are endless. If you need a little inspiration, check out Pinterest. There are plenty of Green wedding boards out there that you can get some great ideas from.