Call us picky, but a winter down parka and your beat up snow boots does not a bridal wardrobe make – particularly if you’re as chic and fabulous as some of the winter brides we’ve been crossing paths with this season! Who wants to spend arguably the most glittering day of their adult life in the same old winter coat – or worse: shivering without one?! We’ve curated a series of the best bridal accessories for the holiday season here, and we hope they keep you warm and wintery on your big day. In the cold months, when the weather is dreary, cold, and occasionally impractical, your accessories don’t have to be!
Spring is out in full force, with summer lingering just around the corner – and its got us thinking about tropical destination weddings! Our whole team has been traveling to warm locales recently, and we agree that there is nothing quite like a beach wedding to ring in the beginning of a sunny and wonderful marriage.
Here are our top five tropical destination considerations and inspirations for your spring or summer wedding:
Consideration #1: Destination location – the place you choose to get married will affect a number of other wedding particulars (like local cuisine, weather, florals), so be sure to do your research when deciding between destinations like Hawaii, Mexico, and the Bahamas.
Consideration #2: Wedding size and matching venue – are you more the small bespoke event or full family affair type? Either way, there is a beach or garden lawn in paradise that is perfectly tailored to your needs and wedding party, from 1 guest to 500+!
Consideration #3: Attire and dress code – if you’re having a beach wedding, you have an opportunity to play with color, silhouette, and your overall wedding day look! Opt for lighter weight fabrics or shorter dresses in humid climates, and remember that the comfort of your guests should be high on your list of priorities.
Consideration #4: Locally sourced and appropriate décor – the tropics are known for bright colors, abundant flora and fauna, and breathtaking landscapes, so take advantage! A bright bridal bouquet sporting both succulents and local flowers is a great way to incorporate the destination into the décor, and create a seamless wedding look. Your photographer should be experienced in outdoor photography, your caterer should offer destination-infused fare, and your wedding should reflect your location and style as a couple.
Consideration #5: Tiny details – use these to make the wedding your own! Not into fiesta colors or tacos + tapas? Choose a resort theme or make your décor scheme flamingo pink with hints of palm! This cake topper pulls the look together, and takes a standard naked cake to next-level tropical paradise!
Consideration #6: Guest experience – they have travelled across land, sea and maybe even continents to join you in the celebration of your marriage. Guests often tend to do less research and planning when traveling for a wedding than they would for their own personal vacation, so be sure to set them up for a smooth experience. It’s all in the details: sending your save the date well before the typical 6 month deadline, welcome bags with thoughtful details like a clear itinerary of the wedding events, things to do in the area and maps with instructions on getting to the wedding (don’t expect them to rely on google)!
When you think of St. Patrick’s Day, the luck of the Irish, and four leaf clovers, it’s rare that you might associate those things with a styled event – but that’s exactly what many wedding couples are doing this month. Holiday-centric events can sometimes be theme-y and cheesy – but if done right, the Irish background can be subtle and deeply meaningful. The trick is in the execution, and the minor details that help hint (not SHOUT) that the event has a special tie to this internationally recognized Irish day of celebration.
When an engaged couple starts to think about their wedding, and the things that make their relationship unique, a certain time or place can recollect special memories or mile mark a particular moment in their love story.
We love the idea of St. Patrick’s Day serving as wedding inspiration – perhaps the bride’s family is Irish, or the groom bought his fiancé her first cocktail (from him) at a St. Patrick’s day soiree. One can even be so bold as to borrow from the Irish when coming up with a color palette or ceremony backdrop. Whatever the meaning, emerald green and gold accents are a delightful combination for an early spring wedding, and we can’t help but gush over the real weddings and photo shoots that we found to inspire this collection of inspiring images. Imagine lush green ferns, emerald satin bridesmaids dresses, and pops of gilded flatware and votive candles as far as the eye can see – Erin go Bragh!
1. The PERFCT emerald engagement ring, set against antique lace and a neutral bridal look.
4. Homegrown details (like the artichoke escort cards in this display styled by our very own Kaella Wilson) and a modern motif linen paired with tall taper candles keep the table from feeling too stuffy.
Around Valentine’s day, pinks and reds abound, flowers are being delivered left right and center, candy hearts become a fun type of social currency, and the theme of the month is love and affection. As the biggest floral holiday of the year, it’s no wonder that blooms are everywhere – from pink peonies, to red roses, to crimson dahlias. ‘Love is in the Air’, as they say, and with it comes a whole bunch of seasonal inspiration for weddings that are as beautiful as they are colorful! Many brides choose February weddings for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which is the built-in love theme – but how do you keep the event from seeming overdone or tacky?
Here, our 5 favorite tips to pull off the look, and let love bloom:
1. Incorporate an ombre pink color scheme into a major decor piece, such as your ceremony backdrop
Still not sure what to do for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, Kaella has you covered. Here are some last-minute creative ideas to show your love to your someone special.
Even when this lady was single, she was a firm believer that Valentine’s day wasn’t just for couples. As I mentioned in last week’s post, it’s a day to celebrate love, and that includes the family and friends you love, right?! That’s why I love this idea, because it can work for everyone. We’re talking about having a coffee or hot cocoa date to show someone just how much you care about them. Add some heart shaped marshmallows to give the hot drinks a special Valentine’s Day treatment!
These are some simple, but creative DIY cards any procrastinator can make for Valentine’s Day. On the left, you just need a book of matches (tear the matches out until just two remain), past it to a plain card, write the message “we’re a perfect match” and voila!, you have yourself a card for your Valentine. On the right, is a cute way to use an existing photo, add some graphics and text. Then print for a Valentine’s Day card you can send anybody!
Now we’ve all heard the saying, “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” so why not bake a Valentine’s Day cake or make him breakfast with a loving inspired twist?!
These two DIY projects make simple and sweet gifts. Create custom heart-shaped labels to attach to your favorite tea bags. Or bake heart shaped cookies and wrap in a cute box or bag. You may even want to throw a tea party for your friends and combine the two!
Send a message. Leave a banner note for your sweetie. Or deliver a heart attack! Yeah – you heard me, a heart attack! Find out how to make this awesome DIY idea on The House That Lars Built blog, as fantastic site for creative inspiration! She also did a heart attack for the door, which is perfect for a person who lives near you.
Sources for all the images in this post are available on my Holiday pinterest board, where you will find more Valentine’s Day inspiration.