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The Heat is On

Along with the beautiful colors and relaxation of summer comes warmer weather that can create some potentially uncomfortable situations for both you and your guests. Below are a few clever and fun ways to ensure everyone has the most enjoyable experience possible.

Minimize the heat with savory treats. Rather than (or in addition to) a traditional cake, consider ice cream sandwiches. The options for the ice cream (sorbet or gelato if you choose) and cookies are virtually endless. You can even have a little fun and offer various flavors, colors and make them in a signature shape.

If you are having a cake, perhaps a “naked” one is the way to go. Instead of being covered in icing or fondant, the bare layers are held together with cream cheese or fluffy buttercream. Juicy, moisturizing berries and fresh flowers will make the lack of icing go unnoticed.

Sometimes, perception is reality. Use thin, airy fabrics to decorate your ceremony and reception spaces. Tulle, silk, ribbon, tassels and even paper are great options for any venue. When things appear breezy and light, your guests will be less likely to notice the temperature.

Your comfort is most important as all eyes will be on you. Don’t shy away from a tea length dress that can be embellished and made appropriate for even formal venues. Lightweight make up and updos also help keep you looking fresh and reduce the warmth.

Unfortunately, some degree of heat is unavoidable mid-year. With a little thought and creativity however, it is possible to keep your food, desserts, guests and subsequently you from having meltdowns!

Trickle Down Effect

Your bridal experience is likely limited to attending weddings and, even if you have been in a bridal party, you are probably unaware of the scope of work planning requires. Therefore, what should be a fun, exciting time often becomes overwhelming and sometimes even dreaded. A great way to avoid this is by figuring out the single aspect most important to you and, surprisingly, everything else will fall into place with much more ease and less stress. A few examples follow:

Dress: Perhaps you can’t get a very casual, informal gown that could double as date night dress out of your mind. From that, without even knowing, you have made the rest of your planning infinitely simpler. It has lessened the likelihood of formal venues, fancy stemware, over-the-top decorations and many of the formalities that go along with ornate, unduly embellished ball gowns.

Flowers: If, for example, you are determined to surround yourself with blush peonies, you have automatically narrowed down the time of year (as they have limited availability) and homed in on a range of complementary colors for both your wedding party and decorations. Also, you have unofficially set a welcoming and familial tone.

Venue: Most important may be exchanging vows in the large, gilded cathedral you were raised in. Accordingly, gone are the less formal dressing options, bohemian style details and whimsical, DIY additions many brides who opt for less formal/less expensive weddings include.

There are exceptions to everything. You may decide to mix and match a bit of everything and, of course, it will come together flawlessly. However, choosing a focal point from which to branch out is a method to save time, energy and help you enjoy the planning process as much as possible.

Never(tr)ending Ideas

Every year (and often each season), new and creative styles and ideas for your wedding day emerge as the notion of what is acceptable or expected continues to evolve. These allow every bride, from the most conservative to the extraordinarily eclectic, have some fresh ideas in their stockpile from which to choose.

Sometimes two is better than one (pieces that is). More and more brides are opting for gowns consisting of a top and separate skirt. Doing so opens up the door to infinite options by letting you mix and match fabrics, styles and even colors. Additionally, you will have fun designing your own dress and know that it will truly be one of a kind.

Having a friend or loved one perform your ceremony is also growing in popularity although it requires research as well as time and effort. The person you select must be willing to go through the necessary steps to become ordained and the laws regarding officiants vary depending on location. On the upside, doing so gives you the chance to work together on the ceremony script, making it highly personalized.

Flowers, whether for bouquets, boutonnieres or table decorations, are being taken over by berry-accented greenery, moss, ivy and succulents. Doing so can be pulled off in a very elegant, unexpected and surprising (not to mention cost-effective) manner.

It was typically expected that your wedding would be filled with bright and cheerful colors as a symbol of your marriage. As options expand, there is an increase in those who opt for neutrals, whether all white, ecru, tan or similar shades with very few accents. Surprisingly, rather than appearing drab, such tones radiate while creating a sense of elegance.

You can step outside the box and experiment with what is new and modern without doing so in ways that will make you look back at your wedding photos and wonder what you were thinking. Do not be afraid of the word “trend” as it don’t not have to be synonymous with blatant or over the top.

Minimal Assistants


It goes without saying that, as a bride, you likely have a plan (or at least a clear vision) in place regarding most of your wedding day details. Making your ideas come to life may be challenging for many reasons leaving you wishing for sole responsibility over every component. Unfortunately, that is an impossibility as outside help, whether from friends and family or hired professionals, is required. However, every decision including the amount of assistance you want or need and from whom it comes is yours to make.

Remember that the period leading up to your special day is not just exciting for you but for those close to you as well. Many will offer their time, advice and skills to ease your burden and lower your stress level. While usually successful, occasionally their good intentions lead to uncomfortable situations and hurt feelings.

One objective of your wedding is for your guests to enjoy themselves which includes being able to take in everything going on around them. If someone offers to provide their services on the day of for something other than what you want, kindly pointing out some of the special things they would miss is a great way to decline the offer while avoiding being offensive.

Unsolicited offers will not just come for your ceremony and reception but may arise throughout the planning process too. Fortunately, those are easier to handle. During this time, you can include the individual(s) in different yet equally meaningful ways making it seem as if you are not being dismissive. For example, if your mom is determined for you to wear her veil and your heart is set on a birdcage, invite her to help you choose just the right one and offer to sew a piece of the veil inside your gown or to use it as a wrap around your bouquet.

All intentions are good when those who love you offer a lending hand as difficult as that may periodically be to keep in mind. However, it is the one day that all attention is on you and your future husband. Therefore, while always doing so kindly and with consideration, you should not feel guilty for ensuring that what you envisioned is exactly what materializes.

I’d Rather be Apart from You

Each guest at your wedding realizes their meaning solely based on having been invited (even those who are plus ones). A kind gesture is to take it a step further to both demonstrate your personalities and uniquely individualizes your union from any other.

  1. As each person arrives, have a fresh flower pin or hair clip for women and miniature boutonniere for the men each with a personalized name tag. Doing so shows thoughtfulness and creates a sense of congruency for group photos.
  2. Rather than a rose or sand ceremony, plant the seeds of your favorite flower together during your ceremony. It’s a fantastic recognition of the new journey you are embarking on and will serve as a reminder as you watch it grow and flourish.
  3. Provide a variety of colored pennant flags as your guests enter along with markers so as to write a single word on. It will fill the gap prior to the ceremony beginning but, more importantly, while you typically imagine leaving the venue to flower petals or rice, your married life will begin with waving of personalized and handwritten wishes.
  4. Rather than opting for typical banners, consider making your own. While needing to know the dimensions in order to hang them, the options are limitless in terms of what they could show. You could create collages of images with all of those you invited to make them feel appreciated or solely two of special moments with your fiancé.

When you start to plan your wedding, your mind goes immediately to what you’ve seen on TV, what you grew up dreaming of etc., but there are so many ways you can blend both tradition and personalization in ways that not only make it feel like your special day but also as if a very special day for each of your invitees.

Of Course I Hue

Colors are one of the most exciting decisions when planning your wedding as they typically draw everything together. Your first inclination may be bits of everything so as to create a bright, cheerful and vibrant atmosphere. If you opt to streamline things while maintaining variety, a couple of complementary colors are popular to avoid appearing bland or stale. Consider choosing a single color however (which doesn’t mean just that) as there is beauty in simplicity and keeps the focus on you.

Favorite colors are usually labeled as red, yellow or green rather than cobalt, lilac etc. Each have so many variations which make the mundane magnificent and allow you to completely transform yours by using different shades.

If you select a homogeneous theme, everything can elegantly be drawn together in a subtle way that doesn’t take the spotlight off you. Perhaps you’re obsessed with all things pink for example. That doesn’t mean your floral arrangements, bridesmaids dresses, bouquet and everything at the reception etc. must look like Pepto-Bismol.

Your bouquet can be a combination of Flamingo, Pastel and Rose while your wedding party wears a mixture of Cherry Blossom, Raspberry, Blush and Carnation. The same goes for any color as there are so many different tones of each that may never even cross your mind but can easily be found.

Often times, an individual color will simplify your decisions (therefore reducing your stress level) but also create a unique and different atmosphere as well as be another way to decrease your overall costs.

Can You Ador(n) me?

Every bride wants to feel as beautiful and put together as possible as they walk down the aisle. You want your hair to be perfect, gown to be gorgeous, makeup to be flawless etc. One aspect that is often exciting but possibly stressful is selecting the right jewelry as several things factor in to your decision. For some, it is a no-brainer and for others it is one of the most difficult facets of the entire planning process.

Jewelry should complement your gown without overshadowing it. Sometimes, less is more and, while there may be countless pieces you would love to wear, they can easily become a distraction from what is most important. Overly ornate items, for example, can distract all eyes from being on you, especially if your dress is classic and simple.

It goes without saying that if you have items with special meaning or are gifts, it makes no difference whether they are in accordance with the decor, ambiance, match your dress or anything else. After all, your wedding is all about the things and people who are most enjoyable and important to you. However, you need to make sure they are clean and looking as beautiful as their meaning is.

If you don’t have anything of particular importance, a good idea is to select items that match your dress and are fitting with the venue. Say that if your dress is beaded, tiered, elaborate etc., minimalistic adornments are the best idea. If you have a plunging neckline or a strapless gown, it is appropriate to select something more glittery and showy as, otherwise, it is easy to appear as there is a lot of empty space.

Most people believe that, on your wedding day, every element must be either white or in a very near shade. However, your adornments don’t have to be diamonds and are not restricted to any color palette at all. If you want to wear ruby earrings or a sapphire necklace, for example, it is perfectly acceptable to do so even if there is no sentimental or particular value behind them.

You selected your gown for a reason and would never want anything to detract from either the reason you chose it or how you look wearing it. Jewelry is meant to be an accent and not a diversion. After all, what you want everyone to focus on is the love between your fiancé and yourself, the vows you recite and the fact that you are joining yourself together for the rest of your lives.