50’s Inspired Wedding

If you are having a 50’s inspired wedding or love vintage weddings then you have to take a look at this inspiration board!

Jillian and Scott Mason knew they wanted an outside wedding and that’s one of the reasons the couple chose Glendalough Manor.  They knew it would be the perfect backdrop for their 50’s themed wedding.   Jillian wore a 50’s inspired gown from Etain Bridal Boutique and a birdcage veil.  I thought the best part about her bridal attire was her white gloves. Perfect for her theme!  The bride carried a bouquet of dark red callalilys and roses accented with white feathers. The bridesmaids wore black wiggle dresses and completed their look with red flowers in their hair.  The groomsmen wore black traditional tuxes with red bowties and dark red calla lilys accented their tuxes.

The bride told me she dreamed of having a vintage car at her wedding and was so happy she was able to have one their for photographs.  I thought the bride and groom next to the car was some of the best pictures!

The couple chose black and gold lace linens for the reception with black satin napkins.  The table centerpeices were candelabras and vintage bird cages both adorned with red roses.  They also used the aisle arrangements again as centerepices….a great way to save money on flowers!

Jillian and Scott said it was a perfect day and they wished they could do it all over again!

If you are having a 50’s inspired wedding or a themed wedding we would love to hear about it!

Happy Planning!

Sources: www.glendaloughmanor.com, www.etain-llc.com, All photography by Stephanie Hamlet Photography

Aisle Runners: To have or not to have?

Aisle runners are a great way to make a bold statement at your wedding without having to spend a lot of money.  I saw these aisle runners in Inside Weddings Magazine and couldn’t wait to share them with you!  Inside Weddings featured a beautiful damask patterned aisle runner made by Original Runners that comes in six different colors and it has a shimmer sheen to it. Just gorgeous!!   If you don’t like the damask pattern, Original Runners will create a beautiful one of a kind aisle runner for your special day…just like they did for Kim Kardashian’s wedding!

If you are thinking about having an aisle runner there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you make your decision.  Make sure to purchase an aisle runner with a non slip backing. The last thing you want is for anyone to trip as they are walking!

Also, make sure to consider your ceremony space before investing in an aisle runner.  If the aisle is not straight or you have a beautiful pathway already an aisle runner is not needed.  However if you are getting married on a grassy lawn, on the beach, or you just want to dress up your ceremony location an aisle runner is the perfect solution for you! I always try and suggest them to brides getting married on a grassy lawn so your heels don’t sink!

This aisle runner (below) by Customized Wedding Creations is made of burlap!  Perfect for an outside wedding.

For all my crafty brides, custom aisle runners can be a DIY project.  With some muslin and a stencil you can make your own aisle runner.  Do It Yourself Weddings shows the step by step process on how to create your own aisle runner.  I love the idea they give to also reuse the runner by cutting it after the wedding and use it as a wall hanging…genius!

Whether you let the pros make the aisle runner or DIY, they can be the perfect inexpensive way to make your ceremony stand out.

Happy Planning!

Sources: www.insideweddings.com, www.originalrunners.com, www.do-it-yourself-weddings.com, www.customizedweddingcreations.com

Simple Ways to Save Money on Wedding Flowers

Unless you are one of the lucky few, most brides are looking for ways to save money and stay within budget.   Even though you want to save money, you don’t want to sacrifice your vision.  Flowers, to me, are an essential part of a wedding but as long as you are smart with your choices you can get the look you want without having to break the bank to get it!

  1. My first suggestion is to choose flowers in season.  If you are getting married in the fall you may want to think twice before you choose the color pink as your wedding color; red and orange flowers will be easier to find in the fall making them less expensive.  There are some flowers that are in season year round including roses, lilies, and gerber daises and all three flowers are usually very cost effective.  If you are on a limited budget, peonies, tropical’s, and some varieties of orchids are usually more expensive so be careful when choosing these flowers.  Many florists can order these for you at a premium cost but I would suggest only using them in your bridal bouquet to cut down costs.

 2. Use non-floral embellishments in bouquets and centerpieces. This is one of the easiest ways to create large bouquets and centerpieces without using as many costly flowers.  You can use leaves, berries, jewelry (brooches), or seashells as fillers between the flowers.  I love the idea of fruit being incorporated to give color, size and texture to your centerpieces and bouquets.  I have seen artichokes incorporated in a bouquet that was stunning as well as limes and lemons used as table décor in centerpieces.

3. Another thing to keep in mind is the number of bridesmaids in your wedding.   A full size bouquet will cost anywhere from $60-80+ for each bouquet.   If you have a
large bridal party, this can add up very quickly….if this is not in your budget don’t panic.  There are ways to keep your costs down and still keep a large bridal party. One way is to have the bridesmaids carry a posy which is a very small bouquet usually consisting of 5-8 stems of flowers.  This will reduce the cost to approximately $35-40 per posy.  I have also had brides carry a purse with a corsage attached to it…very cute and practical.

 4. Keep it Simple!  Candles are a great way to keep things simple and elegant on your guest tables.  My favorite idea is to use water in assorted vases with floating candles.  It is such a classic look that can be dressed up with rose petals around the base and you have created a beautiful centerpiece for less.  If you don’t have an evening wedding or don’t like candles you can use a cluster of bud vases with one stem of flowers and is a great DIY centerpiece (although I would have someone in charge of doing this for you so you don’t have to worry about that on your wedding day)!

5. Re-Use!  Re-use as much as you can especially with the ceremony arrangements.  They can be reused as table centerpieces or buffet centerpieces.  Another idea is to ask the florist to make the bridesmaids bouquets bigger and re-use them as centerpieces.

If you have any other ideas to save money on flowers I would love to hear about it!!

Sources: www.glendaloughmanor.com, www.hamletphotography.com, www.basketofroses.com, www.rainflowercompany.com, www.weddingwindow.com, www.marryyoume.com, www.w-weddingflowers.com, www.elizabethannedesigns.com,www.floraldesignbyjacquelineahne.wordpress.com,