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Why Do So Many Couples Skip the Wedding And Elope?

In recent years, young couples have dramatically changed the dynamic of traditional weddings. From outdoor ceremonies to themed weddings, more and more millennials are pursuing unique wedding experiences. However, this change has also coincided with rising wedding costs. Currently, the average cost of a wedding and reception is nearly $30,000. This is one reason many couples are choosing to elope instead of having a wedding ceremony. While eloping is definitely cheaper, couples should definitely weigh the pros and cons. A traditional wedding allows parents to participate, a wedding photographer to document the memories, and offers the reception. Nevertheless, eloping has plenty enticing advantages, and more and more couples are deciding to elope.

You Can Elope And Still Have A Party

Even if a couple decides on eloping, it is still possible to through a reception later. This can be tricky as some people feel hurt and left out since they were not able to participate in the ceremony. It is important to word post-elopement reception invitations carefully. The main goal is to invite friends and family to celebrate love and marriage. In order to do this successfully, be warm and inviting in a way that encourages other people to show up. This will help them feel like they are a part of the wedding, even if they didn’t attend the actual exchanging of the wedding rings. One tip is send invites to a Wedding Celebration instead of a party. While eloping will definitely save money on wedding costs, it should be noted that most couples do not receive wedding presents in the same manner after eloping.

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Be sure to have a professional photographer capture your elopement

Be Sure To Document Your Elopement

Even if you’ve decided to skip figuring out a guest list and ranking your friends to determine who should be the maid of honor, it is important to document an elopement. Whether you decide to hire a photographer for the moment or go all out with a wedding video, you will want to be able to share your wedding day with other people at some point. It may be something to give to your parents as a photo album, or it may be something you decide to show during a later celebration. Additionally, having the photos or videos to look back on will be a great way to spend future wedding anniversaries.

Deciding to elope can certainly save young couples a lot of money and avoid plenty of stress. However, keep in mind how friends and family will react, especially if you plan to have a reception later. Finally, even if eloping is more for a sense of privacy than saving money, be sure to have someone capture the moment so you can look back on your wedding day in the future.

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Surviving The Reception Means Surviving The Wedding Brunch

Getting married and enjoying the reception is an incredibly fun time. After making a public commitment to your soulmate, you probably partied late into the night. This celebration of your love with your best friends and closest family is a once in a lifetime chance. However, before getting to the absolute best part of the wedding– the honeymoon– you have one more duty: brunch. Although the morning after brunch is a newer tradition, brunch is the most popular millennial choice since rose gold engagement rings. Before setting off to the beach getaway of a lifetime, here are a couple helpful tips to survive your wedding brunch.

Invite Everyone to Brunch

Even before you have to worry about handling a hangover in public, make sure you have the brunch plans figured out ahead of time. The best way to do this is simply invite everyone. However, one thing you should not have to worry about is footing the bill for the wedding brunch. After the reception, consider yourself off the hook. The wedding brunch is simply a chance for everyone to catch up the morning after the wedding, and that means everyone pays their own way. Brunch will be way less hectic than the reception. First off, you’ll be seated the whole time instead of being in the handshake line. Additionally, you will actually get a chance to eat your food. To make the best of your wedding brunch, simply pick a location and show up.

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The wedding brunch is the last stop before your honeymoon

A Little Hair of the Dog Helps

If you spent your wedding night staying up too late, it’s okay. Whether it was the alcohol or the excitement, plan on being tired and hungover. To handle this, a little hair of the dog can help. Some people frown at putting booze in coffee or drinking a Bloody Mary with breakfast, but you just got married. Keep the party rolling, and let everyone come to your seat at the table. This way you can focus on getting some food in your stomach before getting on a plane to Cabo.

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10 Things Every Groom Should Do During Wedding Planning

Let’s face it, more brides dream about their perfect wedding than grooms do. However, that doesn’t mean the groom can simply hand the reigns over to his wife to be. When it comes to wedding planning, both parties need to be on the same page. Otherwise, the groom will be stressed about the plans, the cost, and the details of the wedding once it’s way too late. In order to help future husbands start their marriage off on the right foot, we’ve put together this quick guide of 10 things every groom should do during wedding planning.

10 Things Every Groom Should Do

  1. While your bride may love your choice of engagement ring, your job of helping decide on colors, bridesmaid dresses, and floral arrangements is probably not up to you. Instead, every groom should handle the details on booking an officiant, DJ, photographer. Also, you should handle booking the catering– including the baker! However, the good news is that means plenty of cake tasting, and hopefully a groom’s cake!
  2. In addition to chipping in on some of the planning tasks, perhaps the most important wedding planning task every groom should handle is assisting with the guest list and seating chart. Yes, this will be stressful, but it is important to provide input and stand your ground on not inviting every third cousin.
  3. Every groom must register for gifts, even if she’s filled the registry with cutlery you’ll never use. If you decide to defer, then no complaining about not receiving that perfect tailgating cooler!
  4. While you’re poking around the internet for gifts, be sure to buy your partner a gift, order the wedding rings, and purchase your groomsmen some gifts as well.
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    Every groom needs to handle at least these 10 things during wedding planning

    Speaking of groomsmen, it is your responsibility to dress them. Try and organize all your groomsmen to be fitted at once. This typically works best if you offer to pick up the tab on some wings and beer afterwards.

  6. One last thing about your groomsmen is you’ll have to survive your bachelor party. When selecting groomsmen, remember to pick your best and closest friends. It will help you survive the party and your wedding day.
  7. In preparing for the wedding day, it is the groom’s job to take care of booking hotel rooms for the wedding guests. While you’re at it, you should book a wedding suite for your wedding night.
  8. While booking that wedding suite, every groom should go ahead and book the honeymoon, too. Also, don’t forget to pack for your honeymoon while you’re at it.
  9. Before the wedding day, the groom should get a haircut and try on the suit. This gives you an idea of how you’ll look in the wedding photos you’ll be digging through later.
  10. Finally, every groom needs to write their vows as well as a speech for the reception. You can keep it short and sweet, but be sure to write something unique that honors your bride. Include some thank you’s to her parents, especially if they are helping to foot the bill.

Most men don’t care about picking out wedding details, but these things a future husband needs to get right. By following this guide, you’ll be certain to start your marriage off with happiness.

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Who Chooses The Wedding Bands?

Getting married is an exciting step, but with this excitement often comes a lot of stress. From deciding on a wedding venue to whittling down the invite list, there are tons of choices every couple must make. However, between cake tastings and tux fittings, sometimes the smaller details are overlooked. One of these smaller items, though, is the center of the ceremony itself: the wedding bands. When it comes to selecting wedding rings, there are tons of options available for both the bride and groom. Nevertheless, it is important to select the right rings. Not only do the rings symbolize the eternal love of marriage, they must match personalities of both the couple and the ceremony itself.

Who Chooses The Wedding Bands?

Traditionally, it is up to the groom to select an engagement ring as a lead up to the proposal. However, many brides-to-be are often involved in the selection of the engagement ring to some degree. With the popularity of social media sites, it is easier than ever to get an idea of what she might like on her hand. However, when it comes to choosing the wedding bands, the waters are a little murky. A bride may have her eyes on a matched set so that her wedding band will complement her engagement ring. On the other hand, the groom may not wear jewelry regularly, and it may be quite difficult to choose the wedding ring he’ll like best. If this is the case, the bride may do well to consider his everyday style and help him make a choice.

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Dual Band Men’s Wedding Ring in 14k White Gold

The safest answer is to have both the bride and groom select their own rings together. This will ensure both parties are happy with the ring they will wear for the rest of their married lives.

Who Pays For The Wedding Rings?

The cost of the average American wedding continues to grow higher, so sticking to a budget is very important. The cost of the wedding bands should be factored into this overall plan, but there are a number of ways to decide who pays for each ring. Historical examples suggest the bridge should purchase the groom’s ring and vice versa, but this is not always the case. In some instances, the parents of the bride or groom may step in to pick up the cost. More often, though, the cost of the wedding rings is part of the wedding budget. This allows for easier planning and payment.

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A 18k Rose Gold Pave Diamond Wedding Band

When deciding, keep in mind the style of the ceremony and the preferences of your partner. Also, it is important to remember that the rings themselves are symbols of everlasting love, but that does not mean they have to match exactly. A marriage is a union of two individuals, and each person is bound to have a style they like best. When picking out wedding rings together, discuss your likes and dislikes with your partner. It will help determine the perfect band for your new spouse.

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What Are New Bridal Trends for 2014?

Spring has sprung, which means wedding season is official open! Certain bridal trends are already emerging as the most popular for 2014.

Seasonal

Wedding planners are paying a lot of attention to which season and time of year of the wedding. For spring weddings, brides are choosing light colors, outdoor settings and citrus flavored cakes. For fall and winter weddings, brides are wearing fur capes and boots and serving deep flavor like chocolate with indoor décor which is rustic and candlelit.

Fall Wedding Inspiration
Fall Wedding Inspiration image via Rock My Wedding

Themes

Vintage continues to be an inspiration in many forms. Tea length dresses and sweet romantic details recalls mid-century celebrations while full-on gilded glamour references the Gatsby era. Weddings can also have a specific book, genre, or movie theme with everything from the music to the table decorations adhering to that idea.

Gatsby Color Scheme
Gatsby Color Scheme images via Green Wedding Shoes

 

 

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Spring Wedding Trends in 2013

Easter is this weekend, and Spring is finally here! We’re seeing a profusion of fantastic new wedding trends to be on the lookout for this year. We’ve compiled a short list of our favorite Spring Wedding Trends in 2013 to keep in mind when planning your wedding this year!

Going Gatsby

The Roaring 20’s have come roaring back, and not a moment too soon! Think deco-inspired designs, old Hollywood glamour, tweeds and tons of sweet details evoking that by-gone era…

Gatsby Glamour, image courtesy of love my dress.net
Gatsby Glamour, image courtesy of love my dress.net

Asscher, Asscher, Asscher

Art Deco Inspired Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring by Adiamor
Art Deco Inspired Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring by Adiamor

Continuing the Vintage love, some of the hottest diamonds right now are Asscher cuts; these distinctive diamonds feature it’s signature X in the center, and their tiered faceting creates a Hall of Mirrors effect that is simply irresistible! Adiamor recommends sticking with a high clarity grade when selecting an Asscher cut diamond engagement ring, as these cuts showcase the clarity and transparency of the diamond much like an Emerald cut.

 

 

Minty Sweet

Bella Cupcakes Mint Green Wedding Cake, Image courtesy of Bella Cupcakes
Bella Cupcakes Mint Green Wedding Cake, Image courtesy of Bella Cupcakes

 

From cakes to flowers, bridesmaid’s dresses and  more, we are totally, utterly in love with Mint this year. A fresh, romantic spin on Pantone’s color of the year, Emerald, the pastel shades of mint is perfect for Spring weddings, especially when paired with shades of pink and gold to provide a gorgeous contrast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rose By Any Other Name…

Rose gold is still going strong as a favorite engagement rings and wedding bands. A

Rose Gold and Diamond Pave Engagement Ring from Adiamor
Rose Gold and Diamond Pave Engagement Ring from Adiamor

gorgeous alternative to the traditional yellow and white gold and platinum metals couples usually select, rose gold glows with a distinctive luster and is a beautiful way to showcase your dazzling diamond!

 

 

 

 

 

The Bouquet

Bouquet with Vintage Brooch and Lace - Image Courtesy of Style me Pretty.com
Bouquet with Vintage Brooch and Lace – Image Courtesy of Style me Pretty.com

We’re seeing TONS of peonies as the bloom of choice to use this year, and brides are mixing it up in a big way by incorporating feathers, wheat, succulents and even kale into their bridal bouquets. The perfect finishing touch is wrapping your stems in ribbon or lace and finishing with a special charm such as an antique brooch, cameo or other item that has special significance.

Backdrops and Photobooths

Fabulous Fabric Backdrops - Image courtesy of weddings by lily.com
Fabulous Fabric Backdrops – Image courtesy of weddings by lily.com

Whether they’re DIY or made to order, these draping, fluttering backdrops add a dash of whimsy to an otherwise very formal occasion.

Love Birds

Love Birds - Image courtesy of online wedding help.com
Love Birds – Image courtesy of online wedding help.com

Birds are everywhere this Spring, and we couldn’t be happier to tweet about it! Details like feather headpieces, birdy cake toppers, invitations embossed with sweet silhouettes and more continue to pop up everywhere!

 

What do you think of the Spring Wedding Trends for 2013? Would you incorporate any of them into your wedding? If you could do your wedding all over again, which trend would you love to include? Leave a comment and let us know what you think! 🙂

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Weddings are for Brides; Proposals for Grooms

Once you become an adult, it seems like there are a lot less opportunities for truly spectacular events in your life. When you’re a kid you have birthdays, holidays, and breaks from school to look forward to. As an adult, it’s just day after day of going to work, cleaning the house, and hopefully getting some free time on the weekend for a little R&R. Birthdays and holidays lose their luster, melting together into a blur of feasting and gifting (except maybe when you enter a new decade and decide to do something cool, like take a cruise or host a huge party). So when it comes to preparing for a wedding, it is a big deal! It’s a celebration of love that will involve all of your family and friends, which is why it’s really too bad that the groom is largely left out of the planning process.

Let’s face it: women take over wedding plans. Maybe the groom wants to help and maybe he doesn’t, but the truth is that he probably won’t even get the chance. If he’s lucky, he’ll get to pick his own tux (as long as it matches the wedding colors) and the best man (as long as it isn’t someone the bride hates). In short, men are virtually excluded from participating in one of the biggest events in their adult lives. Somehow it doesn’t seem entirely fair.

Luckily, there is one portion of the process where the groom is allowed to shine, and that is during the proposal. You may not have much input after she says yes and dons the engagement ring, but the manner in which you choose to propose is entirely up to you, and you have the opportunity to make the event special and memorable. This means you should probably make a real effort rather than simply phoning it in with a nice dinner that ends with you on one knee.

Sporting events are popular, as are parties that allow you to propose in front of a massive group of friends and family (but you’d better be sure she’ll say yes if you go this route). You can also keep it between just the two of you. Has she always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower? Take her on a whirlwind trip to Paris and propose at the top of this iconic structure. The point is, make it your own and make it something she’ll love. Put some thought into your proposal because honestly, it’s your big moment in the marriage arena and you want to give it all you’ve got!

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Appropriate Jewelry for a Summer Wedding

Although diamonds and pearls are pretty standard fare at weddings, you’ll want to tailor your pieces specifically to a summer wedding style if you plan to say “I do” during the months of June, July, or August. But what does such a process entail? It’s really not too hard to figure out if you consider that wearing large or heavy accessories will almost certainly be uncomfortable in the heat of the season. Here are a few easy, breezy pieces you may want to consider.

For starters, you’ll have to figure out what you’re doing with your hair. If it’s up, as most summer brides prefer, you should opt to place the emphasis on your exposed earlobes with a pretty pair of pearl drops. Why not diamonds? There’s a method to the madness. While it’s nice to have a little sparkle near your face, a large pair of diamond studs could detract from your natural glow come photo time. So unless you want to take all your snapshots in the shade, go for some gorgeous pearls. If you want just a bit of glitz, get a pair that has diamond accents or opt for small diamond studs or hoops with inlaid stones.

If you opt for a half up-do instead, skip the earrings (or go for small pearl studs) and add some attention to your neckline. The look of the summer bride is often spare in the area of décolletage (as in lower necklines). Accentuate this look with a diamond pendant. Since it isn’t too close to your face, you can go a bit bigger on the stone. A strand of small pearls that falls just above the neckline of your dress is equally good (and sure to stay neutral in photos).

You may also want to go with a spare, bare neck to show off those gorgeous collar bones (you never know), in which case you could bring some glam to your ensemble with a beautiful diamond tennis bracelet. This is a great way to add some sparkle to your outfit without having it anywhere near your face. No matter what your personal style, a summer wedding demands that you tone down the jewelry. So opt for pieces that are smaller, and keep the stunners away from your face. You don’t want to spoil the photos with flashy jewelry and your groom should be blinded by your brilliant smile, not the glare from your accessories.

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5 Best Wedding Movies

Whether you’ll soon be hearing wedding bells or you’ve been wrapped in marital bliss for years, just about any woman can appreciate a good movie about matrimony (and not necessarily the kind that involves a hangover and a missing groom). Here are just a few you might want to add to your list on Netflix.

1. The Wedding Singer (1998). A laugh-out-loud throwback to the fashion, music, and overall excess of the ‘80s, this movie nonetheless delivers a sweet story of two people who are meant for each other, but unfortunately paired with other partners.

2. My Big, Fat Greek Wedding (2002). Anyone who has been sprayed with Windex and raised to marry within their community will understand the difficulties that main character Toula faces when she decides to hook up with a man who’s not only Greek, but (gasp) a protestant. Stereotyping certainly adds some spice and more than a few giggle-worthy moments to this film (a lamb roasting on a spit in the front yard, the old-world granny who keeps trying to escape, etc.), but at its core, this is a story about love, acceptance, and finding the one person who makes your life complete.

3. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997). Feuding between a bridesmaid and a bride is never so intense as when they both want the groom for themselves. And it’s made much prettier by the inclusion of Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. Don’t miss scene: terrible karaoke with Diaz’s Kimberly, who is apparently tone deaf (but sings with gusto anyway).

4. Father of the Bride (1991). Although the original featured a grumpy Spencer Tracy as the titular father forced to foot the bill for his daughter’s lavish wedding, it’s the Steve Martin remake you’ll want to see. Hilarity ensues as the wedding expenses spiral out of control, causing George to become more and more stressed out, but it by the time he hands his daughter over to the groom, musing that he’ll never again open the door to see his daughter at the top of the stairs waiting for him, everyone will be sobbing.

5. The Princess Bride (1987). So, there is actually no wedding in this movie, and in fact, most viewers hope that the wedding implied by the title never happens (since that would mean a union between the beautiful Buttercup and devious Prince Humperdinck, rather than her a lifetime spent with her sweet Westley).

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Royal Wedding Trends Emerge

With millions of people watching around the world, it should come as no surprise that the royal wedding has spawned a whole host of trends, from dresses and veils to flower, cakes, jewelry, and even venues (at least this time we won’t see the copycat trend of trains a mile long). But whether or not you were one of the many watching as William and Kate exchanged vows, you’re bound to witness many of the trends they’ve already made popular. Here are just a few to be on the lookout for in the coming months.

1. Retro dresses. The style of Kate’s Alexander McQueen dress (designed by Sarah Burton) was loosely based on the wedding gown worn by Grace Kelly (also married into a royal family – she became the Princess of Monaco). The lace bodice, sweetheart neckline, and full, flowing skirt are all decidedly classic and 100% flattering to just about every feminine silhouette, so don’t be surprised if you see a resurgence of this “retro” look.

2. Spare jewelry. It would be pretty hard to get your hands on an antique Cartier tiara, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of girls out there won’t go for the glittery replicas. And when you’re wearing that amount of bling on your head, you really don’t need too much in the way of other jewelry. Kate kept it simple with a pair of diamond and pearl drop earrings that were gorgeous and understated. Let’s hope this is one trend that takes off!

3. Bridesmaids in white. It has long been the tradition that only the bride wears this chaste color on her wedding day, but Kate flouted tradition by surrounding herself with a sea of white dresses. Traditional girls may not want to copy this risqué move, but it certainly does provide for some balanced photos (with black tuxes on one side and white dresses on the other).

4. Hats galore. This has more to do with the guest list than the wedding party, but after seeing so many high-society ladies donning hats for the ceremony, girls everywhere may be giddy to get to their local millinery (that’s a hat shop, for the uninformed or anyone under the age of 80). Let’s just hope they go for some of the softer, simpler sort (a la Joss Stone and Mrs. Beckham), rather than the ones that look like they’re about to attack your face (William’s cousins Eugenie, Beatrice, and the Spencers provide prime examples).

5. Outdoors indoors. Most people are content to line the pews with garlands or strategically place a couple of vases near the altar. But not William and Kate. With the royal gardens at their disposal, they lined Westminster Abbey with enough greenery to make it look like they were having an outdoor wedding, including not only flowers, but maple trees lining the aisle.