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Happy 8th Birthday to WeddingWire!

Posted by Alexandra on May 01, 2015

Today marks eight years since the launch of WeddingWire—and that’s certainly cause for celebration! In honor of the occasion, we thought it would be fun to look back at the some of the wedding trends we’ve seen and loved over the past eight years. Let’s take a walk down memory lane…

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Photo Courtesy of The Pastry Studio

2007: Marie Antoinette Inspired Details – This trend was influenced, we suspect, by the eponymous movie premiered previous year. Chateaus and historic mansions were the venues of choice in 2007, and brides accessorized with cameo jewelry and layered pearls. Decor was all about shabby chic china, Baroque tabletop accents, neoclassical furniture, opulent feathers, and feminine pastels mixed with lots of gold. For dessert, gilded fondant cakes or French confections like macarons, petits fours, and croquembouche were a must.

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Gown by Maggie Sottero

2008: Gowns with Pick Up Skirts – The glam ballroom style was huge in 2008, and pick ups were a perfect way to give wedding gowns that full, fairytale look brides were after. Pick up detailing works beautifully with satin and taffeta, two favored fabrics that year.

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Photo Courtesy of Pop the Cork Designs

2009: Eco-Friendly Details – Environmentally conscious weddings certainly haven’t gone out of style (and we hope they never do!), but they were especially hot in 2009. Couples used recycled paper for their stationery, decorated with repurposed objects (think glass bottle vases and newspaper poms), incorporated moss, succulents, herbs, and greenery into their arrangements, and thanked their guests with plantable seed favors.

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2010: Birdcage Veils – The vintage wedding trend came into the spotlight in 2010, and brides everywhere seemed to be swapping traditional lengths of tulle and lace for crops of Russian netting. These statement pieces were typically embellished with feather fascinators or beaded appliques for an extra shot of retro glam.

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Photo Courtesy of The Sunday Sweet

2011: Rosettes – This pretty three-dimensional design adorned everything from bridal gowns, shoes, and sashes to boutonnieres, table linens, and buttercream cakes! The sculptural, floral-inspired swirls added instant romance and texture.

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Photo by Riverland Studios

2012: Creative Catering – Mini foods were a huge deal in 2012. Everything from tacos and pizzas to ice cream cones and pies were downsized and to cute, bite-size versions of themselves. Soup shooters, shrunken sliders, grilled cheese finger sandwiches, petite salad cups. Interactive food stations (make your own s’mores, build your own crostinis), food trucks, treat cones, elaborate dessert bars, and candy displays were all the rage. And don’t forget cocktails! The signature beverage trend also hit an all-time high around this time.

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Photo by Swanky Fine Art Weddings

2013: Rustic Chic Details – As barns, farms, and ranches became more popular settings for weddings, it only made sense that organic decor and country chic details came into play. Natural materials like burlap, birch bark, barn wood, and grapevine took center stage. We saw lots brides carrying colorful wildflower bouquets, bridesmaids rocking cowboy boots, and guests sipping cocktails from mason jars. Haystacks took the place of traditional ceremony seats and everyone went crazy for chalkboard signs.

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2014: Unstructured Bouquets – Big, lush, garden style bouquets took over last year and we don’t see them going anywhere soon. Brides are loving that romantic, unpolished, free-spirited look. Symmetry and perfection is out; texture and creativity is in!

Photo Courtesy of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers Ltd.

 

Top Wedding Ideas From This Week {April 29th, 2015}

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 29, 2015

Are you in need of some wedding inspiration this hump day? Our Editorial Team is busy writing content for our newly-launched Ideas Section! Each week, they’ll share their favorite articles and slideshows on Wednesdays at noon. Check out this round-up below:

12 Popular Spring Wedding Color Schemes From Real Couples – Our Real Wedding Editor shares with us some popular palettes. Below, periwinkle and pink!

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Photo: Elevate Photography

10 Famous Quotes That Perfectly Describe Wedding Planning - To keep you level-headed throughout the process, we found some famous quotes such as: “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”

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Design: Melissa Brody

20 Fresh Floral Accessories That You Need Now-  Certain style elements work best during this warmer-weather season, especially flowers. Opt to include one (or two) into your bridal beauty look!

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Photo: Donna Cheung Photography

11 Cool Ways To Dress Up An Industrial SpaceHaving your ceremony or reception in a loft? Transform your raw space with these decor tips.

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Photo courtesy of: Whimsy Weddings – Event Planning and Design

What’s Your Wedding Dress IQ? – Let’s see how well you know your fabrics, necklines, and silhouettes? Take the quiz!

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Photos (from left to right): Dan Lecca

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We know. Not only is it tricky business to figure out your wedding budget, it’s perhaps even more difficult to stick to it. Not to fear, WeddingWire is here! In our latest SpringBook, we’ve rounded up our top budget advice to help alleviate your stress and enjoy the planning process. From tips from expert planners to money-saving advice for your honeymoon, even ways to help your bridesmaids save money, there lots to learn!

Create Your Own Wedding-Day Timeline

Posted by Kim on Mar 25, 2015

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Creating a timeline, or schedule, for your wedding day is one of the most important final steps of wedding planning. It can be a bit tedious (wedding planners can be excellent at helping you through the process), but WeddingWire is here to help! Check out this article in our brand-new SpringBook to learn more about working out your wedding-day timeline and then use our new timeline generator to create your own!

8 Things Your Groomsmen Do NOT Want to Hear

Posted by Kim on Mar 18, 2015

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Your groomsmen are important people to rely on throughout the wedding planning process—from throwing the bachelor party to assisting on the big day. While it’s okay to ask them to handle certain things for you, it’s important that you don’t abuse your power. Treat your groomsmen with respect and you’ll find that your friendships are even stronger after the wedding than they were before. Check out this list of things you shouldn’t say to your groomsmen.

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