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10 Gorgeous Sparkler Send-Offs

Posted by Kim on Jul 05, 2013

To get you geared up for the holiday weekend, we wanted to share some of our favorite sparkler send-offs from recent real weddings. It’s a great nod to the Fourth that makes a fun and exciting ending to a celebration at any time of the year. And photos of sparkler send-offs are always among our favorites! Here are a few gorgeous sparkler images to inspire you. Have a great weekend!

colette-mruk-photographyPhoto by Colette Mruk Photography. To view the rest of Erin and Jason’s South Carolina wedding, click here.

Bridal Shower Picnic Style Shoot in North Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 14, 2013

We often forget about the events leading up to the wedding, especially the bridal shower. Why? Because you’re not supposed to plan it! You get to be the guest of honor as your closest female friends and family gather to girl-talk, eat and lavish you with gifts. Lately though, brides have been steering away from the age-old tradition and choosing their own steal-worthy theme. We love how this bridal shower is an interactive picnic. Guests were able to pick their blanket to sit on and basket to place their food in. It almost makes us want to take a trip down the rabbit hole from Alice in Wonderland. Grab a cup of tea, point your pinky and join this charming celebration:

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Top 10 Out-of-the-Box Bachelorette Ideas

Posted by Caitlin on May 16, 2013

Bachelorette parties don’t have to center around bar crawls and embarrassing charades. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to try something new! Check out some of these unique bachelorette party ideas:

1. Back to School – Tailgate at your old stomping grounds (a.k.a university or college) for a sporting event.

2. Train for a Marathon/Triathlon – Every bride wants to eat healthy and exercise before the wedding. Register for a 5k like the Color Run or 3-day (60 miles) Susan B. Comen race to end breast cancer.

3. Skydive – This adrenaline adventure in the sky will get any bride’s heart pumping.

4. Whitewater Rafting – If the bride is more of the outdoorsy type, consider getting wet and wild down river rapids.

5. RV Cross Country – Take a week’s vacation and rent an RV with your besties. Road trip across U.S. major cities such as: New York City, Washington, D.C., Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

6. Pottery Making – Be a ceramic potter for a day. Ask each bridesmaid to create a piece of artwork for the bride’s home.

7. Cruise the Countryside – No, not in a car, but bikes. Choose a destination that has plenty of sight-seeing and good eats to take pit stops at.

8. Trapeze Class – Fly high before you take the plunge.

9. Boating – Hire a captain and sail the open sea.

10. Photo Shoot – Choose a theme and have a everyone dress accordingly.

Which idea would you choose? Let us know in the comments below!

Are You Having An Engagement Party?

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 09, 2013

Photo: Cotto Valley Country Club

Soon after your engagement, not only is it common to have an intimate party to formally announce your upcoming wedding, but it also signifies the official start of your wedding countdown! Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the event, but it’s not uncommon that the groom’s parents, relatives or friends will want to host an engagement party as well. In that case, you might opt to have two or more parties. One with your family that’s more formal and one with your friends that’s a bit casual.

Keep in mind that your guest list should be considerably shorter than who you plan on inviting to the wedding. In addition, plan on doing a lot of talking. Each guest will want to congratulate you on your engagement once the party starts, so take time to speak with them. Of course, there should also be a toast from the bride’s father and your fiance.And don’t forget to toast your host! Gifts are not required from guests, but as a token of appreciation, the bride and groom should give a gift to the host at the end of the party. 

Are you having an engagement party? If so, who is your host? Let us know in the poll below.

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Engagement Party Dress Ideas

Posted by Kim on Jan 08, 2013

Dresses by (clockwise from top left), Jim Hjelm, Encore by Watters, Theia, and David’s Bridal. All photos by Dan Lecca

If you’re having an engagement party, you’re probably scouring your closet, the mall, or your favorite shopping websites for an appropriate outfit. Depending on your engagement party’s venue and theme, there are several different types of ensembles you could wear, but we think the short, white dress is a safe bet. The four (brand-new!) dresses pictured above are some of our favorites.

Jim Hjelm: We love this style for an engagement fete at your family’s favorite restaurant. The lace, bow, and flouncy silhouette keep things feminine, but the beading ups the glam factor.

Encore by Watters: This dress would look gorgeous at an outdoor, waterside celebration. We love the sweet lace paired with the form-fitting silhouette and neckline.

David’s Bridal: Are your friends throwing you a fiesta at your favorite nightclub? Try this sparkly style with its open sleeve detail – so chic and glam!

Theia: For an outdoor backyard event, try this super-girly lace dress with a fun retro feel.

Which of these dresses would you wear to your engagement bash? Let us know in the comments!

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