Spring Color Schemes

Best Spring Wedding Color Schemes

A spring wedding calls for a color scheme that isn’t too dark or too light. Since many people see spring as the beginning of something new, some color schemes that work well for spring weddings include pink and bright yellow with some pistachio thrown in. Combing soft pink with pastel yellow creates a mood that seems to compliment the spring season. With the more muted pink and pistachio the pastel yellow makes for a great contrast.

For couples who want to include yellow in their spring wedding color scheme but don’t want the yellow to be too bright, bright green, sage and coral as well as a softer shade of yellow (think the shade of a lemon) can be an excellent choice. In this color scheme the most eye- catching is the coral because the soft yellow helps it stand out more.

Whether a couple is having a spring time wedding on the beach or they just want a muted color scheme, a combination of beige, a light shade of pink and a shade of green that resembles sea foam is more than appropriate for the season. Couples can have a wedding with a tropical feel to it, even if their wedding doesn’t take place anywhere near a beach.

Sea foam green can also be incorporated into a wedding color scheme that includes purple, orchid and lilac. This color scheme makes decorating easy as flowers, ribbons, streamers and other festive accessories often come in these shades. It is also easy to choose jewelry for the bride and her attendants when this color scheme is used.

Another option for a spring wedding color scheme for couples looking for something a little bolder is a combination of light and bright shades of pink with some navy blue thrown in. The lighter pink will balance out the navy blue and the bright pink adds a touch of excitement and energy to any wedding day.

Couples that enjoy being outdoors often choose to get married in the spring, as it is generally the season that is most conducive to outdoor weddings. One popular color scheme that compliments the day is light pink, strawberry red, putty and terracotta shades. The combination of these colors strikes a balance that seems to represent the spring season accurately. The earthiness of springtime is represented by the terracotta and putty shades will the lighter pink softens up the color scheme and is perfect for a spring wedding.

Though many couples associate the color orange with the fall season it can also be used in spring wedding color schemes. Rather than choosing a bright orange shade, a perfect choice is tangerine, along with bluish gray and green. The tangerine is still bold enough to balance out the lighter bluish gray shade.

Choosing a color scheme for a spring wedding usually involves striking an appropriate balance between bright colors and more muted ones. There are so many possible color schemes a couple can use in spring.

Wedding Flower Alternatives

Alternatives to Wedding Flowers

Wedding days don’t necessarily need to be filled with cut blooms by the boatload! These days, the traditional role of wedding flowers has been usurped by those things that are near and dear to the bride and groom’s hearts. Many couples are choosing features for centerpieces, bouquets and reception décor that have nothing to do with florals!

Centerpieces

Wedding table centerpieces are often flowers because they add visual interest and a sense of symmetry to an otherwise empty space. Fill that open space with something meaningful and lovely instead! Cake stands are great for adding height and can be topped with candles, books, framed photos, mementos or even something seasonally relevant, like dyed eggs, pine cones or sparkling branches.

Bouquets

Brides and bridesmaids alike usually carry bouquets, but they don’t have to be made of real flowers! You’ve seen ideas all over Pinterest for ways to make your bridal bouquet unique. Consider doing the same for each of your bridesmaids. Perhaps a quirky or mismatched look for the bridesmaid’s bouquets of fabric flowers, or a whimsical brooch bouquet. If you’re feeling crafty there are plenty of tutorials, but there are many places to buy them as well to save time!

Flower Girl

The role of a flower girl is a thoughtful way to include the little girl (or girls) you love in your wedding. Flower petals, however, can be expensive and impractical. If you’ve got the time and inclination, this easy tutorial for making fabric confetti is perfect to give her something to toss before you come down the aisle!

Groom’s Boutonniere

Finally, the men have a way to express their personalities as well! Usually, the gentleman wears one bloom on his lapel, but there are a ton of ideas for non-floral boutonnieres this year. You could even do something daring like incorporating LEDs into the boutonnieres, but it’s up to you how creative and unique you’d like to be.

AS you can see from the above examples, there are plenty of fun ways to do away with the traditional and expensive flowers on your wedding day. By doing something completely outside of the norm and finding fun alternatives to wedding flowers throughout your ceremony and reception, you can create lasting memories that you and your guests will cherish for many years to come.

Fall Wedding Venue

Choosing a Fall Wedding Venue

Choosing a venue for your fall wedding allows you the chance to be creative in your planning. Depending on where you live, scheduling a fall wedding in a venue such as an apple orchard or even a winery can help bring the feel of the season into your wedding day. In an apple orchard or winery you will likely have a beautiful backdrop of fall foliage to accompany you on your ceremony.

You can even have a fall wedding at an indoor venue and still bring some aspects of the season the wedding. A small, cozy venue with rich dark wood and a fireplace can help it feel like a crisp fall day without the need to be outside. The décor will make your indoor wedding perfect for the fall months.

If you live in Vermont or are willing to get married there, several venues lend themselves well to a fall wedding. An outdoor wedding in Vermont can include a breathtaking backdrop such as waterfalls, mountains and even covered bridges. The landscape and the foliage make any venue in Vermont a beautiful one.

A fall wedding in California calls for a ceremony in Yosemite National Park. Though you’ll need to schedule your wedding for September, and couples are encouraged to hold their wedding in the morning, the park offers several choices in venues for your wedding. These include the Lower Yosemite Fall Paved Trail, the Bridalveil Fall and Swinging Bridge, Cathedral and Sentinel Beach Picnic Areas. You’ll need to have your wedding in early fall to have it at one of these venues. You’ll also have to ensure your ceremony is no more than two hours long.

For an Atlanta wedding during the fall months you have several great choices of venues at your disposal. One of those venues is the Vecoma At The Yellow River, where you can have an indoor or outdoor wedding in September or the beginning of October. Located right off the water, it provides a beautiful backdrop for a fall wedding. You are limited to 250 guests at this venue.

Another great Atlanta venue for a fall wedding is The Piedmont Room & Garden When you hold your wedding here you will have a view of Piedmont Park during the day with the added bonus of the Midtown skyline after dark. Its Garden Tent allows you to have an outdoor wedding in the fall while keeping your guests out of the cool air.

The Peachtree Club is another Atlanta wedding venue that accommodates indoor and outdoor weddings in the fall. It is elevated 28 stories from the ground, providing spectacular views for your wedding ceremony and reception. Its terrace can accommodate a sit down dinner reception of 100 or a cocktail reception for 200. The outdoor areas can hold as many as 160 wedding guests.

These fall wedding venues will all help you make your big day even more memorable. The wedding venue you choose is always an important decision, so make sure you take your time to weigh out all of your options before you choose one for your fall wedding.

Grandfather's Pocket Watch

Wedding Ring Pillow Alternatives

With wedding themes going rustic romantic, beach breezy and a little country chic, you don’t have to be traditional and use a ring pillow. Think outside the box when it comes to putting the personal touches on your big day. Check out our list below on wedding ring pillow alternatives and complete your unity with a special ring presentation.

Wedding Ring Box

Little wooden boxes make adorable alternatives to traditional wedding ring pillows. Etch them with cute sayings like “With This Ring I Thee Wed” or “We Do”. Have your initials or wedding date printed as a keepsake for your big day.

Something Borrowed

One of the sweetest things you can use to hand over the wedding rings is a little something sentimental and borrowed. Rings can be specially transported down the aisle in something meaningful like your grandfather or father’s pocket watch, a small jewelry box that belonged to a favorite aunt or your grandmother, tied to a vintage cowbell or saucer that you have always admired in a loved one’s house.

Book of Love

Choose a book, and place the rings in a cut out heart in the middle. From the bible to a book you both love as a couple, or something that is a symbol of your love this idea makes for a nice photographic moment.

Something from the Sea

If your wedding is beach or nautical themed tie the rings to a seashell with a ribbon for a gorgeous alternative to a wedding ring pillow.

The Sweet Little Pocket and Sign

Sometimes your ring bearer might be too little to entrust with your precious rings, instead give your little guy a cute entrance with a sign that says something like “Here Comes Your Girl”, and tuck the rings safely in the Best Man’s pocket.

Fall Wedding Color Schemes

Best Fall Wedding Color Schemes

A fall wedding calls for an appropriate color scheme; especially if you want your wedding to look fab instead of drab! Many fall wedding colors can look dirty or depressing if not used properly, and choosing the best one can be difficult for some couples. When deciding on a color scheme couples need to look at when during the fall season their wedding will take place.

Towards the beginning of the fall season the best wedding color schemes include shades of red ranging from as bright as an apple to as dark as burgundy. Other acceptable color schemes for a fall wedding include a combination of green and cream white or marigold and pumpkin orange.

Any respectable fall wedding color scheme includes apple red because it has always been a symbol of the season. It can be used as the most prominent color in a wedding scheme or used simply to serve as an accent color. Any fall color scheme that includes red often includes various shades, which give a wedding a more textured look.

Green and marigold are often used in fall wedding color schemes because they are bright, warm colors that convey the mood of the season. While this is true, it is also true that marigold and green are colors that aren’t overwhelming to look at in large quantities. This is the simplest and most classic color scheme for a fall wedding.

When planning a wedding for the middle of the fall season the best color scheme is a combination of browns and metallic shades. Red can also be used for mid fall weddings because it pairs well with wisteria and sage green. Peach and burgundy are also popular colors for a fall wedding. One of the reasons why these are the preferred colors is that flowers in these colors can easily be acquired. These color schemes give any wedding a touch of class and a traditional feel.

Orange can be used as a base color for a fall wedding scheme when the event is being held at this time period between the beginning of the fall season and the end of it. For a softer feel, many couples choose peach and a color such as cream or sage green for their decorating scheme. Dusty red and pink colors can also be added in.

Combining gold, bronze and copper can also help create the ideal fall color scheme for any wedding. Any one of these colors also works well as an accent color. For couples on a budget that don’t want to have their wedding look like it was designed on a budget, metallic colors are an excellent choice for décor.

A wedding being held towards the end of the fall season calls for darker colors such as chocolate brown. Using cream and mocha colors in addition to chocolate brown is often the best choice in color schemes. Neutral colors and shades can enhance a late fall wedding. When combined with gold, neutral colors can help create an appropriate fall color scheme that will leave wedding guests dazzled by the sophisticated feel they experience throughout the day.

Artisan Tea

Frugal Wedding Favor Ideas

Wedding favors can be intimidating for couples because of their cost, but a small token of appreciation for your guest’s attendance does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Many couples choose to make their own favors but this can actually cost more if one is not careful. Here are some great frugal wedding favor ideas to suit all kinds of different wedding themes and locations.

Recipes and Ingredients

If you have a rustic theme to your wedding, recipes and ingredients is a thoughtful gift that your guests will appreciate. If you have a dish you consider your ‘specialty’ and aren’t afraid to tell everyone your secret, print up recipe cards and add an ingredient or two and package it up nicely.

Beach Items

For a beach wedding, consider filling small plastic pails with ‘beach-ish’ items, such as a small bottle of sunscreen, lip balm, themed soaps or bath fizzies and more. Your guests will certainly get some use out of them while they soak up the sun.

Artisan Teas

You can find many sellers online that craft their own tea, and many of them can print the bags of loose leaf tea with your wedding information. Choose different kinds to suit everyone’s different tastes, or go with a classic.

Coffee/Tea Cozy Sleeves

We live in a coffee nation and your guests likely enjoy having a beverage every so often from a take out place. Let them keep the wasteful cardboard sleeve because your guests will have a beautiful hand knit cozy sleeve that will not only beautifully decorate that boring take out cup, but will be something that they will use for a very long time. Even if you don’t knit, you can buy these online from a crafter and support and independent company.

As you can see, giving your guests an awesome wedding favor doesn’t need to be expensive. Just think about the things you’d enjoy in your own life and finding a frugal wedding favor for each guest can be a painless quest.

Fall Wedding Games

Fun Games for a Fall Wedding

When the sultry, sweltering days of summer give way to the cooler days of fall, the themes of weddings transform in exciting ways. In many places, the weather is still optimal for outdoor weddings, and even when the days become a little cloudier, the same fun celebrations can take place indoors. Keeping guests at your wedding entertained is top priority, and there are so many fun ideas for games at fall weddings!

A carnival-themed wedding is always a big hit, and can be dressed up in an elegant fashion or kept casual for a low-key reception. All the carnival games you remember can be set up for wedding reception entertainment either indoors or out.

Ring Toss is one game that everyone loves and is easy to play – and to DIY! Directions for how to make your own ring toss game can be found online, and it’s really easy to incorporate your wedding colors.

Another great game that tends to be a crowd favorite is Corn Hole. You can order customized boards on Etsy, but you can also build your own with fairly easy instructions and then paint them any design you like. Wedding colors or even perhaps the colors of the bride and grooms college teams would be perfect. Cornhole can be played indoors and outdoors, and the rules can be found at the official website (there is, in fact, an American Cornhole Association).

An outside-only throwing game that has been around for ages is Horseshoes, and a regulation set of them can be found on Amazon. Horseshoes may not be a game for a wedding with a lot of kids, but still really fun to play for a group of adults.

Balloon darts are always a fun and (mostly) safe choice for kids of all ages! Find darts that are not for an actual dart board – an inexpensive set is fine to use and won’t come with the puncture power that a real darts can have. Set them up with a curtain behind the board to prevent stray throws from losing the darts!

If you’re feeling up for a real challenge, you can rent inflatable obstacle courses to challenge guests young and old! It’s only been a feature at one wedding so far, but it was really exciting!

There’s no need to include prizes, since the joy of your wedding is what guests are there to celebrate. But if you were so inclined, there are a lot of choices for funny and wedding-themed trophies and ribbons that you can have customized to give your guests. Whatever games you choose to include in your fall wedding reception, they’re sure to be a hit!

Guest Book

Guest Book Table Decoration Ideas

There is one thing that can be found at nearly every wedding and that is a guest book. It is here that guests to the wedding can write their names and well wishes to the newlyweds, but many couples struggle with designing a guest book table that draws guests attention to the book so that they can sign it. We’ve compiled some helpful decorating tips to make sure that your table stands out for your guests.

Customize It

Whether you customize the table to match the overall theme of your wedding or just to make sure it stands out, your guests will love customized touches. For a rustic wedding, find some old picture frames and weather them, then fill the frames with a collage of photos of you and your partner. Many couples choose to show off photos of them as children as well and parents will always be more than happy to supply those.

Consider Lighting

Buy a set of string lights to brighten up the table for your guests. If you have the book in the reception hall, sometimes the lighting is too low for everyone to see. You can wrap the lights in tulle and the light fabric comes in a variety of colors to match the ones you’ve chosen for your wedding.

Save a Spot for the Favors

If you have a large table acting as the guest book table, there will be room to leave a basket full of favors. This would be instead of putting them out at every place setting and would encourage people to sign the book while they are picking up their favor, or vice versa. The basket of favors can also make the table look much more full and will attract guests to it.

Keep It Clutter-Free

While lots of decorations on the table are nice, some couples prefer to leave more room for people to sign the book. Keep it simple by adding a vase of flowers that match the ones the bridesmaids are carrying and perhaps a small picture frame. Consider that things like confetti or glitter may get all over the floor and are a pain to clean up afterwards.

Wedding Budget

The Basics of Creating a Wedding Budget

The moment you announce that you’re engaged, everyone you know (and their uncle, and their mother) will have opinions for you on what you should do. Before getting inundated with those, take some time alone; sit down with your future spouse and talk about what you envision your wedding being. Set clear expectations about who will be involved with making decisions and who will handle which tasks in the planning process. Here is a brief checklist you should be able to fill out before looking at dollar amounts:

What kind of event do you imagine your wedding to be?

  • Formal
  • Relaxed
  • Intimate
  • Large
  • Festive
  • Casual
  • Traditional
  • Elegant
  • Non-traditional
  • Themed
  • Ethnic
  • Religious

How many people would you like to invite?

  • Less than 50
  • 51 to 100
  • 101 to 200
  • More than 200

What time of year or season would you like to have your wedding in?

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Specific Month _________________________________

Don’t even worry about things like what colors you imagine the backdrop being and what the centerpieces should look like until you’ve got some parameters set. After you’ve filled out this checklist, the next thing you need to do is find out who is contributing.

  • What are the two of you able to contribute toward the wedding?
  • Are either of your parents (as a set or individually, depending on their marital status) able to contribute toward the overall budget? If yes, in what way: as a specific amount or by paying for a particular element of the wedding?
  • Is there anyone else who is planning to contribute or is able to contribute?

You should, at this time, have a solid idea of what your wedding budget amount is, and what you’re looking at spending it on. These are the absolute foundations for a wedding budget!

Wedding Gift Bags

Ideas for your Wedding Gift Bags

It has long been a tradition to gift small trinkets or gifts to your wedding guests, and typically this occurs at the wedding reception. Most couples give each guest a small item known as a wedding favor that is meant to commemorate the special day, and usually it is either a decorative piece or an item that the guests will use fairly often. However, many couples choose to do something a little more grandiose than just a single wedding favor for their guests, and that’s when a wedding gift bag is the ideal option.

A wedding gift bag is essentially a small kit of items that combine both something fun for the guests and something to mark the occasion. Wedding gift bags are particularly popular when you’re hosting a destination wedding because you can include a few items that your guests may need as well as a few items that will make their stay better. The more thought you put into your wedding gift bags, the more your guests will appreciate the gesture. Here are a few ideas for your wedding gift bags to get you started with their design.

Towels

One of the nicest gifts you can give your guests is some nice towels for their trip. Towels are perfect for wedding gift bags because they can be used during their trip as well as when they get home. You can even have your wedding date and your names embroidered into the towels to make them more commemorative, or you could optionally have your guest’s names or initials embroidered in instead. Either way, personalized towels will be the centerpiece of your glorious wedding gift bags.

Sunscreen or Lotion

If you’re headed to a tropical destination where your guests will be spending a lot of time on the beach, it’s probably a good idea to include some sunscreen in your wedding gift bags. Most of your guests will plan ahead, but it’s better to make sure they have everything they need just in case. If you’re going to a cooler climate, you should include some body lotion. Cooler places usually dry out the skin more, so giving your guests something to moisturize with can be very thoughtful and helpful.

Indulgent Soap

Lastly, you want to make sure you give your guests something that is indulgent and relaxing in their gift bags, and soap is the perfect item on all counts. Consider either making soap from scratch or buying some cold process soap from any one of the hundreds of online retailers serving this market. Your guests will have a pampered experience the night before your wedding, and they will show up feeling relaxed and happy to help you celebrate your wedding in style.

There’s no wrong way to put together your wedding gift bags, but being thoughtful can really go a long way towards making your guests feel welcomed and appreciated. Just make sure you include a good mix of thoughtful items and things just for them and your guests will remember their wedding gift bags for many years to come.