The Ambiance of Autumn

Summer has ended and fall brides everywhere are finishing their final fall wedding details. Think wedding season ends in September? Think again, here are our favorite features of fall weddings!

Venue: One of the obvious charms of fall are the rich, warm colors it provides. This scheme sets a cozy tone, and many brides take advantage of this seasonal element. Fall is the prime season for outdoor weddings because of the rich shades of amber and red that will surround an outdoor venue. Apple orchards and wine vineyards are always popular choices. However, many brides choose to have indoor ceremonies while still embracing the rustic characteristic that fall offers. Indoor ceremonies that take place at historic inns, quaint yet elegant churches or a venue that has dark, rich woods will add to the ambiance.

Flowers: Fall bouquets offer a variety of textures and colors. Many brides choose to include traditional fall colors in their bouquets. These are typically red, yellow, orange, and even deep purple tones. Fall weddings occuring in 2011 are likely to have primarily white bouquets, only adding hints of a more traditional fall color. One of my favorite elements of fall wedding flowers, is the flexibility to add texture and unique seasonal elements. Adding crab apples, ornamental cabbage or even physalis fruit is a great way to make a one of a kind bouquet.

Cakes: Many fall brides choose to incorporate fall elements into their wedding cakes. This can be done through flavor and/or decoration. One of the easiest ways to embrace the season through your cake is by adding fall inspired accents. Decorating with fall foliage, miniature pumpkins or red apples is a perfect way to add a pop of color while remaining seasonally appropriate. Another tasty idea we found is decorating your cake in caramel covered grapes. Not only is this idea delicious, it also acts as a way to add texture.Choosing a cake flavor is always a difficult task, and fall only complicates this decision by offering an abundance of palate pleasers. Hazelnut, cherry, and dark chocolate are some of the most common fall flavors. Espresso and French vanilla are also unique alternatives that allow you to reflect on the season. Fall also provides icing flexibility. Chocolate ganache, fondant and buttercream are perfect options for fall cakes that can’t always withstand summer heat.

Favors: Some great ideas for fall wedding favors include: small jars of jam, spice cookies, or small potted mums. We loved this miniature pie idea!

Halloween: Many couples chose to incorporate a Halloween theme into their wedding. This unlikely anniversary is becoming an increasingly popular date for couples to tie the knot, and this theme goes far beyond an orange and black color scheme. Below are some of our favorite spooky ideas for your special day.

Save-the-Date: In our previous post, we discussed save-the-date ideas. Save-the-date cards are extremely important because they reveal the first details of your wedding. Dishing out decked out Halloween save-the-date cards will indicate your ghoulish inspired ceremony to your guests. They’re also a great way to get creative with your theme.

Favors: Forget finger sandwiches! Get out the caramel apples and candy corn! These Halloween inspired treats act as great wedding favors and adorable deserts. Here were some of our favorite ideas!

Venue: Choosing an older venue like a historic church or Victorian mansion will also add to the ambiance of an All Hallows Eve ceremony.

And with fall upon us, and Halloween right around the corner, don’t forget to order your custom fall bridal apparel when planning your fall nuptials!

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Save-the-Date Ideas!

You may already be aware of the protocol for sending wedding invitations, however, “Save-the-Date” options can be a little more tricky. You want to make sure your friends and family are in the loop when it comes to your wedding, and sending a save-the-date is a great way to do this. Typically a save-the-date is sent approximately six months prior to the ceremony. Your save-the-date will be the first glimpse of your wedding, so it’s important for it to reflect the style of your ceremony. Below we have listed several ideas to help you brainstorm.

A Save-the-Date Calendar: Many brides-to-be are creating cards that look like a mini calendar month with the date of the wedding circled or decorated.

The Photo Strip: A cute, classic idea is to use a photo strip from a photo booth (similar to those seen on the boardwalk, or in a mall) with cute pictures, revealing the wedding date. One or our favorite ideas, is to have information regarding your wedding in each of the photos. In each of the four pictures hold up a sign or chalk board that says 1.) We’re getting married 2.) Save the Date 3.) July 30th 4.) Be There!

Customizable Refrigerator Magnets: You can customize a magnet with your names and the date in a unique design. It’s simple, and your guests will have their reminder right on the fridge! Check out our templates here!

Pretty and Unique: We like the idea of using pretty save-the-date designs on a fan or pinwheel!

Cookies: Some brides like the idea of a save-the-date cookie. If you choose this option it might be a good idea to send out a second reminder in case some of your friends have a sweet tooth and accidentally snack on it before writing down the date!

Color-Coodinate the Graphics: Including graphics or colors that coordinate with the season or location is always a great idea. Including pink and red flowers if you plan to marry in the springtime in a rose garden, or a card tied up with a piece of twine for an autumn soiree are simple ways to indicate details to your guests about your ceremony.

Stickers: We love the idea of save-the-date stickers that will fit in those tiny boxes in appointment books or desktop calendars! Or, check out some larger stickers to customize like we have here!

Love is in Bloom: You can also send your save-the-date on a personalized plantable seed card. This unique idea is not only eco-friendly, it’s also super affordable, averaging only $1.25 per card. This is perfect for spring weddings, and by the time it blooms it will be time to celebrate!

Mark the Date: A personalized bookmark with all the necessary save-the-date details can be made easily and inexpensively with a laser printer. You can punch a hole in them and add your own tassel and mail them off in a glassine envelope. This way, your guests can save the page, and your date!

Save-the-date options are endless, and a great way for your to get creative about your big day. So have fun, browse around and find an idea that best suits you!

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Custom Bridal Sweatsuits

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Custom bridal apparel is becoming one of the most popular must haves before your big day. One trend that continues to grow in popularity, especially among celebs, is customizing sweatsuits. These sweatsuits have become essentials in elite weddings, and have transformed ordinary lounge wear into iconic fashion. Some would hold Juicy Couture responsible for this trend, but many brides are opting for more affordable alternatives. What was once limited to celebrities is now becoming a wedding staple for all brides.

One of the most memorable weddings featuring custom sweatsuits was the union of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. The ceremony sparking this trend, took place on September 18, 2004. These one of a kind pieces weren’t limited to only the bride and groom. Both Britney and Kevin’s wedding entourages were spotted wearing custom suits.

Pink custom sweatsuits were also seen at the wedding of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott. Tori’s bridesmaids wore this custom apparel on May 7, 2006.

The trend has also become increasingly popular among reality television stars. Bethenny Frankel’s custom bridal sweatsuit resulted in some of the most memorable photographs taken of the glowing bride before her ceremony. Bethenny’s suit debuted the morning of her big day, outside of the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City on March 3, 2010.

Reality moguls Kim and Khloe Kardashian have also added to the sweatsuit craze after including custom bridal wear in both of their multimillion dollar weddings. Khole Kardashian who married Lamar Odom of the LA Lakers, provided her bridesmaids with purple custom sweatsuits. Hers can even function as game day attire!

And in most recent marital bliss, Kim Kardashian was seen wearing her custom bridal sweatsuit before her wedding to Kris Humphries, this past August.

Fashion designer 22-year-old Petra Ecclestone – whose father is billionaire Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone, who is worth a cool $4 billion – married James Stunt at Odescalchi Castle in Italy on August 27, 2011. The wedding is thought to have cost around $7 million. Petra’s sister, 27-year-old Tamara Ecclestone, customized a bridal sweatsuit for her and her little sister and then tweeted her creation. Super cute and super inexpensive (even though I don’t think they really cared about the price!)

Luckily, this is one comfortable trend for brides that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. They’re customized, comfortable, and make getting ready for your big day a breeze. They also make great gifts for your bridal party. So visit our site and customize your personal bridal sweatsuit today!

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