Practical Wedding Favors Guests Will Actually Use…

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Weddings are fun and recpetions are better but often bride and grooms overthink favors that guests end up throwing away. Careful planning and more attention to other details like reception entertainment and weather can keep guests comfortable and happy. This post has some favor ideas that will actually get used. I like the game station above. This could easily be for kids or adults who prefer to stay off the dance floor. Dollar Tree has board games like Checkers and 2-pack decks of cards and tons of puzzles for an inexpensive way to entertain. Just make sure you dont have too many options because you don’t want the reception to look like a boring bingo hall…

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Most women wear heels to weddings so you may want to keep a basket of cheap Old Navy flip flops so they can stay on the dance floor as long as they want. Maybe have one basket per size ( ex: a basket for size 7 & 7.5′s). This idea is also nice for beach weddings because you’re bound to have someone show up in inappropiate shoes…

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Paper wedding parasols offer shield from a sunny sky in an outdoor ceremony….

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Leaving shades on each seat is another way to ensure all guests are comfortable & if nothing else, they will make for a great photo op…

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Pairing fans with programs is a great way to keep guests cool in a hot venue…

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Who wouldn’t want a nice throw? Have some available in case the temperature drops at an outdoor evening reception…

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Tropical Wedding Inspiration

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Saw this image pinned and love thw details Jonathan Canlas captured with gis lens of Green Honolulu’s floral design. What a magical tropical setting. See more on style me pretty.

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Nothing cheesy or gimicky just pretty inspiration…

{images via wedding wire, Aaron Delesie,
Lisa Vorce, Mindy Rice, Style Art Life photography, Little Island Design & style me pretty }

Tiny Tot Thursday: babies in weddings

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By now we all heard about that foolishness of a bride with a baby sewn into her wedding train and dragged down the aisle. Well here are some classy ways to incorporate babies and toddlers in weddings: wedding wagons…

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I adore this domed Cinderella wagon so much…

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You could even have the kids in a wagon decorate the cans to really incorporate them…

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Know of a cool way to include a baby?

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As an alternative to traditional flower girl roles, have them hold signs…

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There are so many classy options for kids so don’t drag anymore babies down the aisle m’kay?

{Images via jordans portraits as seen on a day to remember, ashley rose photography as seen on green wedding shoes
& wedding wagons via mini wagons & wicker by design}

Tuesday’s Tips: budget friendly bed & breakfast wedding ceremonies

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Face it. Weddings cost a ton but that is no reason to start your marriage off in debt if you don’t have the means to pay for an elaborate affair. Having a small scaled wedding but want the details to remain elegant? Consider an intimate wedding gathering by booking a bed and breakfast.

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Book all the rooms to the house (which b&bs typically are……big ‘ol mansions) and if it’s picturesque enough (most have nice pretty yards), have the ceremony there. Depending on how far in advance you book, try to book all the rooms in the B&B so that the entire wedding party can stay. Arrange it where everyone stays overnight so that the morning of the wedding you won’t have to worry about rushing to the location site. You also will save money by not having to rent party buses or limos for the wedding party since you all will already be there.

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If the party is small and there are more rooms, consider booking a room for the hair stylist and makeup artist too since they play important roles in the wedding party look. You may want to eliminate any chance of them running into traffic the day of your wedding.

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As a thank you, host a Thank You brunch the morning after for everyone if it’s a destination or road trip. Otherwise a brunch for the wedding party is a nice parting gesture.

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Most B&B’s tend to have a fancier backyard and landscaping. Look for one with fountains, a gazebo, manicured landscaping, pool, rose bushes and flower gardens. The more flowers and already decorated, the less money you will need for the florist. Also if there are benches along the property, you will less likely need to rent additional lounge seating for “cocktail hour” or informal times during the reception.

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You can also look for a B&B located on a wine vineyard, rolling hills, polo ground (horse back riding would be amazing for picture taking or possibly a horse drawn carriage), ranch, along a golf course or lake. The more beautiful the surroundings, the better. It will make the guests stay that much more enjoyable too. If the B&B is a short road trip away, and the whole guest list is staying in the same place, arriving the day before, you may wish to do something with them as a welcome. You could arrange for various activities to get the families to mingle like horse back riding, golfing, chartering a boat ride or fishing.

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Magical Wedding Nights…

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Having celebrated my best friend’s wedding Saturday night, I’m in wedding planning mode. Not for myself but imaginery wedding clients. If I ever get to style for a reception again, here is what I’d suggest: chandeliers, white paper lanterns, tree … Continue reading

Color Schemes: Coral, peach, black & gray

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I haven’t contributed to this series in eons but when I came across this color scheme on Design Seeds, I knew I had to find more inspiration so here goes. The dark tones keeps it tailored and masculine but the peachy hues keeps it sweet. This can work well for a nursery, bridal party attire and tablescapes.

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{Images via Subtle Finish, Andrea is the VP of Merchandising for Design and Vintage sales at One Kings Lane via The Coveteur, Chicago Home and Garden, HGTV & Glamour}