Photos (from left to right): Two One Photography
Having a DJ that gets guests out on the dance floor is key to any fun wedding reception, but how else do you entertain? From photo booths with props to lawn games and coloring books and crayons to balloons for kids, here’s a photo gallery of a few of our favorite ideas.
Dress Designers (from left to right): Eve of Milady and Pnina Tornai
After years of belting out our fave “Miss Independent”-without-him and ”Since You Been Gone” break-up ballads, American Idol songstress Kelly Clarkson officially married talent manager Brandon Blackstock in an intimate Tennessee farm wedding on Oct. 20, 2013. She walked down the aisle wearing Temperley London’s ‘Jessamine’ gown and a Maria Elena headpiece. Not to mention a bouquet full of sunflowers and bluebonnets. Love her romantic meets rock-n-roll look? (We do too!) Here’s a photo gallery of 10 lookalikes you can wear to mimic her style.
Photo: Heather Brulez Photography
Happy Halloween! We celebrated yesterday at WW headquarters with an array of creative costumes from Care Bears to “What does the fox say?” and Snow White and the seven dwarfs to Breaking Bad, but there’s nothing more scary to engaged couples than their wedding planning going awry. Spooktacularly, our editors have come up with tips below to help you avoid being a wedding day horror story:
1. Do research before you hire vendors. Check out WeddingWire’s vendor reviews to find the perfect match based on your location and preferences. Once one is added to your team, check in and confirm, reiterate directions, emergency contact numbers, and day-of schedule. Prepare final payments and tips ahead of time that way you don’t have to remember what is owed to whom on your wedding day.
2. Develop a timeline with ample allowance. Build in enough cushion time for your vendors to set up before the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception begin that way if anything unexpected happens, no one will notice as long as you don’t keep guests waiting.
3. Organize your guest list. Create a no-expectations policy (significant others only if they’re engaged; no children under 18), if possible, in hopes that your guest list does not become larger than desired and use WeddingWire’s guest list tool to keep track of RSVPs.
4. Prepare for inclement weather. Mother Nature can be less-than-ideal — rain, thunderstorms, heat, snow — have a Plan B, especially if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Consider a venue with an indoor space or tent as backup. Provide fans that double as ceremony programs to keep guests cool or rent space heaters to keep guests warm.
5. Have an emergency kit on stand-by. Of course, you’ll need the essentials like bandaids, pain reliever, and deodorant, but what happens if you have a broken heel, stain, skin breakout, or fallen updo? Have a pair of spare shoes or invest in Shoe Goo for a broken heel, baby powder and rubbing alcohol or white chalk for stains, concealer for cover-up, and bobby pins and hair spray for a fallen updo.
6. Consider having an “unplugged” ceremony. Politely ask your guests and bridal party to turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, smart phones, and cameras and allow the professional photographers and videographers do their job. You wouldn’t want a bridesmaid to update her Facebook status, tweet, or Instagram a picture of you getting ready in your dress before the first look or walk down the aisle, it may ruin the surprise for the groom!
7. Indicate whether you’re having a cocktail, buffet, or plated dinner reception. Let’s be honest, you don’t want your guests’ stomachs to growl or your guests to have an allergic reaction to the food. Take note of those who do have special requests.
8. Monitor your speech-givers. Sometimes a toast needs to steer clear of sensitive topics such as exes, religion, or race. And if it’s an open bar, they might have calmed their nerves a little too much and could roast you to a crisp. Communicate that this is totally irrelevant and uncomfortable for not only you but your guests listening. A good rule of thumb is to keep it no longer than 5 minutes.
9. Create a playlist for the DJ or band. These songs are meant to be skipped: “Chicken Dance,” “Cha Cha Slide,” “YMCA,” “Macarena,” you get the idea.
10. Eat, drink, and be married. Don’t go through your wedding day on an empty stomach, pre-order oatmeal with chia seeds for breakfast, salad for lunch and an afternoon snack like trail mix. The oatmeal along with the chia seeds will keep your skin glowing from head to toe, the salad will diminish unnecessary bloating and the trail mix will cure your hunger in between the ceremony and reception dinner. Hydrate with water before you pop the bubbly!
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Photo: Carretto Studio
Sure, some seem pretty silly. But better safe than sorry, right?
1. Rain on Your Wedding Day Means Good Luck
Yes, it will smear your makeup. And totally ruin your updo. But more optimistic old wive’s tales say that a rainy wedding day can symbolize fertility, a fresh start, and the last tears a bride will cry—all necessary components of a long, healthy marriage.
2. So Does Finding a Spider in Your Dress
We know, we know—ick! But English superstition says the creepy crawlers are a good omen.
3. Get Carried Over the Threshold
Be it a honeymoon suite, your new home, or the apartment you’ve shared for years, have your spouse pick you up before you officially enter as a married couple—this ancient tradition supposedly protects from evil spirits “down below.”
4. Pick Any Day OTHER Than Saturday to Get Hitched
It goes against everyone’s everyone’s schedule, but English tradition dictates that this is the unluckiest day of the week for a wedding. At least you’ll save a bunch on venue fees.
5. Say Yes to the….Veil
Many modern day brides wrinkle their noses at the idea of being covered up during their walk down the aisle, but Romans believed veils protected the bride from evil spirits who might be jealous of her nuptials. And ain’t nobody got time for haters.
6. Pay Attention to Your Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue
This Victorian tradition supposedly brings luck to the bride by covering all her bases. The “something old” keeps the newlyweds connected to their past, the “something new” represents the new union of their marriage, the “something borrowed” is for the love and support of their community, and the something blue is an Israeli symbol of promise and constancy. Lesser known fact: the rhyme actually ends with “and a sixpence in her shoe,” which is supposed to bring fortune to the couple.
7. Avoid Nuns, Priests, and Funeral Processions
Crossing any of the above on your way to the cereremony will supposedly lead to a life of poverty and early death (#rough). But, in the opposite vein, encounter a rainbow, black cat, a policeman, or even a frog and good luck is yours for the taking (#random).
8. Pick a First Dance Song with “Luck” in the Title
OK, we admittedly made this last one one up. But couldn’t hurt, right? Especially because “Beginner’s Luck” by The Eels is such a rad wedding song.
Our final favorite summer color scheme of the week — nectarine and coral! This inspiration board is fit for an edgy bride planning a vintage-inspired wedding. Before the ceremony, serve an “Orange Crush” signature cocktail to keep your guests cool. Watch your bridesmaids walk down the aisle wearing mix and matched dresses and carrying bouquets filled with dahlias, sunflowers, and ranunculus. Tip: Continue the citrus theme that was on your invitations in your bridal bouquet as well. And end the night rocking out on the dance floor wearing a pair of bow tie pumps.
Photos (clockwise from top left): Julie Song Ink, Emily Takes Photos, Melissa McCrotty Photography, Elevate Photography, Sweet and Saucy Shop, Brooke Schultz Photography, and Emily Takes Photos
What was your color scheme? Let us know in the comments below!