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Planning a winter destination wedding

[caption id="attachment_1254" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo credit: Nicole Gatto[/caption] When most people picture a destination wedding, they imagine friends and family gathering in a warm, exotic location to celebrate together under clear and sunny skies. However, for the couple that loves all things winter -- be it the beauty of the snow, a love of winter sports, or fun memories from a cold-weather family vacation -- a winter destination wedding is an option worth considering. In this post, we will share some cold-weather destination wedding locations that will set the perfect backdrop for your very own winter wonderland. Create a Winter Fairytale in Finland The beautiful Lapland region of Finland will provide a magical, snow-filled backdrop for your winter nuptials that cannot be rivaled. Some recommendations from the experts at the Travel Channel include booking a reindeer-drawn sled to carry you to your wedding chapel and reserving an igloo (yes, you heard us right!) for your wedding night. Add a Touch of the Wild West to Your Wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming If you want to enjoy your winter destination wedding surrounded by beautiful snow covered mountains, in a bustling western town, Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the spot for you! Nestled between the majestic Teton Mountains and the Gros Ventre Mountain Range, this charming town has it all. Martha Stewart Weddings suggests booking a stay for you and your guests at the Alpine House -- a cozy inn that includes locally sourced breakfasts and an honor bar. Love to Ski? Think...

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Hosting a Winter Wedding

Due to shorter days, freezing temperatures, and snowstorms, winter is typically known as the “off-season” when it comes to wedding planning. However, although the colder months certainly don’t win the wedding season popularity contest, we think there is something magical about hosting a winter wedding. Below we share some ideas for turning your December, January or February wedding into a winter wonderland that will rival a warm-weather soiree any day! Keep Spirits High with Warm Drink Stations Winter is about indulging in all things warm and cozy, so why not offer guests seasonal beverages in place of traditional refreshments? Setting up DIY stations for friends and family to mix up hot toddies or gourmet hot cocoa will keep spirits high -- even on the chilliest nights of the year. Incorporate Seasonal Greens into your Decor Along with winter comes beautiful greenery -- be it a traditional Christmas tree, a pine wreath, or a simple sprig of holly. Instead of focusing on traditional flowers in your decor, why not embrace the season by opting for fresh greenery. This could mean using mistletoe as a fun photo prop, adding a sprig of evergreen to your escort cards, or adorning each place setting with a festive holly cutting.   Adjust your Attire Accordingly If you are hosting a winter wedding, it is important to make sure that you and your wedding party are comfortable and warm no matter how low the temperatures may dip. In lieu of sleeveless styles, you may want to...

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Thanksgiving ideas to make your celebration extra special

Can you believe that Thanksgiving Day is less than two weeks away? As you prepare to gather friends and family for a delicious feast, consider incorporating some of these fun ideas that will make this year’s Thanksgiving celebration extra special! 1. Mix things up with some new recipes When it comes to the Thanksgiving menu, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. We suggest mixing things up and refreshing your annual celebration by testing out some new seasonal recipes. Who knows? You may even end up stumbling upon a new family favorite. If you are in search of fresh Thanksgiving ideas, check out this list of 25 Unique Thanksgiving Recipes. 2. Keep kids (and adults) entertained with coloring placemats Getting your kids to stay seated throughout the entire Thanksgiving meal can be a challenge for even the most seasoned parent! That is why we love the idea of incorporating Thanksgiving-themed coloring placemats into your table settings. This is a fun and easy way to keep your kids entertained, and can even result in some pretty memorable artwork for your refrigerator door after the big day is over! 3. Spice things up with seasonal beverages Instead of sticking to the classic tea, water, beer and wine drink menu, why not mix things up this year with some seasonal cocktails (and mocktails for guests that don’t drink alcohol)? If it is going to be a chilly day, we love the idea of serving guests this warm mulled cider (bonus:...

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Festive ideas for your Thanksgiving wedding

[caption id="attachment_1237" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo credit: Christina Kenny[/caption] November is here, which means Halloween is over and it is officially Thanksgiving season. Focused on gratitude and gathering friends and family, what could be better than incorporating a little bit of this classic American holiday into your Thanksgiving wedding celebration? Below we share a few fun ways to add a touch of Thanksgiving to your November nuptials. Serve up pie instead of a traditional wedding cake When you think about Thanksgiving, chances are that pie is one of the first things to come to mind. Whether you prefer pumpkin, pecan, apple, or chocolate, it wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving wedding celebration without pie! So why not ditch the traditional wedding cake in favor of this beloved Thanksgiving tradition? If you aren’t sure how to pull it off, we love the idea of setting up a pie bar featuring a variety of popular pie flavors. You could even ask friends and family to contribute their favorite family recipes to the spread. Incorporate gratitude A Thanksgiving wedding is a wonderful opportunity to let those you love most know how grateful you are to have them in your lives as they are gather together to celebrate your love. Show guests how thankful you are by preparing thank you notes to add to their place settings or creating a thank you map that expresses your gratitude for the the time and money guests spent to be there on your special day. Mix up seasonal cocktails Cranberry...

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How to Plan a Spooktacular Halloween Bash

[caption id="attachment_1232" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo credit: Julia Dennebaum[/caption] Halloween is only a few days away, which means it is time to embrace your inner child and prepare to celebrate the spookiest holiday of them all. Whether this means having friends over to carve pumpkins, hosting a neighborhood block party, having family over to hand out candy, or boosting office morale with a post-work costume extravaganza, here are some fun ideas for hosting your very own spooktacular Halloween bash. Serve Guests Savory and Sweet Halloween Treats Hosting a Halloween party gives you the chance to get playful with your menu by incorporating all things creepy. Instead of serving a traditional cheese plate, why not opt for these cheesy eyeballs or a platter of goat cheese fingers? Looking for dessert ideas that go beyond candy corn and the candy you purchased for your trick-or-treaters? Delight your guests with these adorable white chocolate ghosts or these easy-to-make mummy cake pops. Add a Touch of Haunted House Style to your Home with DIY Decor One thing we love about decorating for Halloween is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Some fun and easy DIY ideas to set the mood for your Halloween bash include making these no-carve fanged pumpkins, creating a haunted front porch with this easy guide from HGTV, turning egg cartons into hangable bats decorations, or crafting these creepy drip candles. Plan Halloween Party Games No party is complete without entertainment, and Halloween-themed games are certain to delight both...

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4 Common Wedding Planning Mistakes Solved

[caption id="attachment_1227" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Andres Valenzuela Photos[/caption] When it comes to planning weddings, there are certain mistakes that we see time and time again. That’s why we decided to create a post on common wedding mistakes and gather the best advice on how to avoid these issues when it comes to planning your special day. Read on to learn about the top four wedding planning mistakes and the easy ways to avoid making them! 1. Going with the cheapest vendors without doing research Yes, sticking to your budget is one of the most important things you can do when planning a wedding; however, this doesn’t mean you should choose the cheapest options for everything without doing a little bit of research. They say you get what you pay for, and this is definitely true when it comes to choosing your wedding vendors. The Huffington Post suggests you choose wedding vendors as you would choose any other big-ticket purchase like a car, appliances, or a new phone: with lots of research. The internet is a great resource for learning more about your options, however, one of the best ways to ensure you choose wisely is to get recommendations from friends and industry insiders, as well as by meeting with the vendors one-on-one to see if you like their work. This may mean not opting for the cheapest option, but it will be worth it in the long run. 2. Lacking a backup plan for inclement weather Although a healthy...

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How to Plan a Holiday Wedding

If you are planning a wedding in late fall or early winter, your wedding is bound to coincide with the holiday season. Whether it is Halloween for October brides, Thanksgiving for November nuptials, or Hannukah and Christmas for December ceremonies, planning a wedding during this time of year gives you the chance to incorporate some of your favorite fall and winter holiday traditions into your big day! Below are some fun and easy ways to add a touch of holiday flair to your holiday wedding celebration including ideas for decor, food, drinks, and even your wedding send off. Add a Spooky Touch of Halloween to Your October Wedding For couples planning a wedding in October, adding in a touch of Halloween is a must. If you are not fans of the creepier sides of the holiday, you can focus on adding in some less spooky traditions. Some fun ideas include having Halloween Carnival activities, like pumpkin carving and bobbing for apples at your reception, trying out a masquerade theme, serving a Halloween-themed signature drink, or sending your guests home with trick-or-treat favors at the end of the night. Love the spookier side of Halloween? Some creative ways to incorporate this fall holiday into your wedding include sending creepy save the dates, like these, having an eerie candle-lit ceremony after sundown, and embracing the “Till Death do us Part” portion of the wedding vows, with this spooky ring holder or this dramatic display. Incorporate the Thanksgiving Harvest Theme into your November...

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Tips for planning a daytime wedding

There are many reasons to opt for a daytime wedding. Whether you are trying to save money, want to embrace the beautiful morning light, or are trying to keep your wedding casual, you can’t go wrong with a daytime wedding. Typically our posts are focused on planning evening weddings. However, in this post, we'll share some of our favorite pointers for planning a festive and fun daytime wedding. And in case you were wondering—you can still incorporate wedding sparklers into a daytime affair! Stick to a strict timeline One of the main differences between planning an evening wedding and planning a daytime wedding is the timeline. When planning an evening wedding, you have the entire day for last minute logistics, hair and makeup, and other wedding prep. However, if the ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m., it is important to plan accordingly so that you aren’t rushed. Brides.com suggests planning on an early wakeup call to ensure plenty of time for hair and makeup, lounging with your bridal party, and dealing with any last minute logistics. Consider serving brunch or lunch When planning a daytime wedding many couples are tempted to opt for light hors d'oeuvres instead of serving a traditional meal. However, this can result in hungry guests, who most likely ditched breakfast or lunch to attend your nuptials. Jyl Deering, a wedding planner for Chancey Charm suggests centering your reception around either brunch or lunch to ensure guests are well fed. If this simply isn’t in the budget, that's...

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Using Pumpkins in Fall Weddings

Fall is in full swing, and as always, this means that we cannot get enough of pumpkins! Whether we are burning our favorite pumpkin-scented candle, sipping on a pumpkin spice latte from our favorite coffee shop, or heading to the pumpkin patch with friends and family, pumpkins are eponymous with the fall season. So when it comes to planning a fall wedding, we think incorporating pumpkins into your wedding is a must. Read on to learn some of our favorite ideas for using pumpkins in fall weddings, culminating in a magical wedding send off. Decorate with Mr. & Mrs. Pumpkins How adorable are these Mr. & Mrs. pumpkins? You can easily make your own with some paint, appliques, and a creative friend or family member. They will look great on a guest book or gift table, and can even double as props for photos. Serve Pumpkin-Themed Appetizers Another way to use pumpkins in fall weddings? Use them in your menu! In addition to making the perfect fall decor, pumpkins are also delicious, and a great option for a fall-themed menu. We love the idea of these appetizers that use the pumpkin itself as a serving dish. Use Pumpkins as Aisle Markers If you are planning an outdoor wedding, you can’t go wrong with using pumpkins as aisle markers during your ceremony. This will add a fun festive touch to any fall wedding. We recommend opting for a variety of pumpkin sizes, shapes, and colors, to really make them stand out. Feeling...

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The Dos and Don’ts of Wedding Etiquette

Traditionally there have been pretty clear-cut rules when it comes to wedding etiquette. However, with the rise of technology and shifting cultural norms, many traditional wedding etiquette traditions have become outdated. Due to these constant shifts in what is and is not proper wedding etiquette, it can be tricky to plan your big day! In this post we will share some of the most important dos and don’ts, from using send offs such as wedding sparklers to alternatives for a receiving line, to take into consideration as you plan your wedding. DON’T send registry information with your invites Although it seems convenient, it is considered poor wedding etiquette to include information about where you are registered for wedding gifts with your wedding invitation. Fortunately, the ever-increasing popularity of wedding websites has made this wedding tradition easy to work around. Instead of including registry details in your invite, we suggest incorporating them into your wedding website, which you most definitely can include on your invite. Another workaround for the less tech-savvy? Give registry information to close friends and family, so that they can direct inquiring guests to your registry. DO ditch the receiving line According to Martha Stewart Weddings, it is no longer necessary to include a traditional receiving line in your wedding reception. "Traditionally, a newly-married couple, along with their parents and sometimes siblings, would line up after their ceremony to greet their guests and thank them for coming," wedding designer Jung Lee tells the magazine. However, he points out that...

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