Ranunculus

These pretty blooms are the perfect fit for any style wedding you can imagine! They come in a variety of colors and pair beautifully with a variety of other flowers.

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Photo: Birds of a Feather

In season: Winter and spring

Available colors: White, pink, peach, red, orange, and yellow

How to care for these flowers: The stems of ranunculus plants are usually weak, so take your time when arranging them. Once the stems are cut, place them in a vase with warm water and plant food. These flowers will typically last four to five days. Side note – these flowers are poisonous when eaten, so make sure to keep any household pets away!

Average cost: About $2.50 per stem

Bite Sized and Delicious

Who says that bite-sized munchies can’t pack a punch when it comes to flavor? Here are a few of my favorite mini hors d’oeuvres that are sure to please even the pickiest of wedding guests =)

Buttermilk-fried chicken and waffle bites with black pepper gravy and scallions

Buttermilk Fried Chicken + Waffle Bites with Black Pepper Gravy + Scallions
Photo: Emma Mcintyre

Fried Mac n Cheese Bites with Truffle Salt

Fried Mac ‘n Cheese Bites with Truffle Salt
Photo: Jose Villa Photography

Mini Spaghetti + Meatballs

Mini Spaghetti + Meat balls
Photo: Mel Barlow Photography

Wedge Salad Bites

Wedge Salad Bites
Photo: Tony Brown

Crop Top Gowns

If you are all about being a trend setter, then crop top wedding gowns are certainly for you. This style is popping up all over the red carpet, and it’s slowly {but surely} making it’s way into the wedding world!

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Via: Etsy

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Via: Hayley Paige

Wedding Dress Woes

One of the worst things I can imagine happening to me on wedding day is spilling something on my dress. If you’ve got butter fingers like me, then these stain removing tips may just come in handy =)

  • Red Wine – gently dab the stain with a clean white cloth. Pour just a bit of water or club soda onto the cloth {NOT the dress} and dab some more.
  • Oily food – sprinkle talcum powder onto the stain and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then shake off the excess.
  • Ink – put a white cloth behind the stained fabric, then lightly spray some hairspray onto the stain. Wait a few minutes, then gently dab with a damp cloth. Side note: test the hairspray on an unseen part of the dress to make sure it won’t leave any kind of mark.
  • Lipstick – the best thing to do to remove lipstick is to cover the stain with baking soda or talcum powder.

All About Pie

Pies are a great dessert alternative if you want to veer away from the traditional wedding cake! They also make for fun late {and usually much needed} late night snacks =)

  • Midnight treats – have your catering staff serve warm pieces of pie with pre-packaged ice cream cups. A sugary treat is sure to keep your guests on the dance floor all night long!
  • Serve a groom’s pie – if you don’t want a typically groom’s cake, have your baker create a groom’s pie! Guests who aren’t a fan of pie will still have the option of eating cake.
  • Make it sentimental – pie and other desserts are a great way to incorporate family recipes into your wedding. Creating a fun display with hand-made signs to showcase all the pies your guests can try.

    Julie Paisley Photography

    Photo: Julie Paisley Photography

    KT Crabb Photography

    Photo: KT Crabb Photography

    Katie Stoops Photography

    Katie Stoops Photography

Swizzle Sticks

Swizzle sticks are those pretty little stirrers you see in all sorts of mixed drinks – they were originally created to stir up a cocktail called a “Rum Swizzle,” and glass swizzle sticks were created in the late 1800’s to help get rid of bubbles in champagne. Nowadays, I see these in just about any drink you can imagine {alcoholic or not}. Don’t they add just the perfect touch of sparkle!?

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Via: Etsy

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Via: The Perfect Palette

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Via: Miss Dixie

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Via: Lauren Conrad

Hosting a Couple’s Shower

Nowadays, it’s common to see couple’s showers in lieu of a bridal shower – it’s a fun way to get both sides of the family involved in wedding festivities, plus it’s just tons of fun! If you’re hosting a couple’s shower, here are a few of my favorite ideas to get the party going:

  • Keep the couple’s interests in mind – incorporate their favorite foods + elements of their favorite activities into the party.
  • Go interactive – skip the traditional shower games and come up with something creative! If they love live theater {thinks musicals, plays, etc.}, break up into teams and reenact how the couple met {don’t forget to include props}! Another fun option is to have each group write a song about how the couple met.
  • Showcase the food – now that you’re throwing guys into the mix, you’re going to need some hearty food! You don’t have to go overboard, but consider serving more than just finger sandwiches and fruit.

“Proposing” to Your Bridesmaids

I think the idea of “proposing” to your bridesmaids + maid of honor is so sweet! If you’re like me and live for crafting, then this is the perfect project for you. Put together a gift box for each bridesmaid with something fun and personal – things like color swatches to match your theme, a mini day-planner, and maybe even a custom hanger. You can even create a pretty hand made card to go with it =)

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This card made me laugh 😉
Via: Paper Etiquette

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Photo: Caroline Joy Photography

It’s Not Just a Wedding

As you and your fiance plan your {amazing} wedding, don’t forget that you’re planning for a marriage too. Putting together such a large scale event can put unneeded pressure on your relationship, so it’s always important to put your fiance’s feelings first.

  • Don’t stop dating each other – just because you’re married doesn’t mean you should stop dating. Try to plan on going out at least once a week. Oh, and don’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money on your date nights. An evening walk in the park {maybe with a romantic picnic planned} is just as good a date night as going to fancy restaurant =)
  • Remind your fiance {or spouse} how much you appreciate them – it can be really easy to fall into a routine when you’ve been a couple for so long. Everyone likes to feel appreciated, so remember to be thankful for the little things and try to help your fiance/spouse as much as you can {maybe by doing a chore that they really hate – like washing dishes}.
  • Always be honest – for example, if you’ve spent a bit too much on the wedding {or maybe you’ve maxed out a credit card}, don’t try to hide it from your fiance/spouse. Those bills will eventually see the light of day, and even if they seem small they can add up quickly. It’s better to be upfront with your fiance/spouse than to have something come back to bite you in the butt later.

The 411 on Goldenrods

These bright yellow buds are the perfect addition to any bridal bouquet or centerpiece! They’re dainty, add a pop of color, and are great flowers for drying =)

Goldenrod Bouquet

Photo: Rachel Moore Photography

Season: Summer + Fall

Available colors: Yellow

How to care for Goldenrods: These flowers should be placed in luke warm water after purchase. With enough water + sunlight, these blooms should last up to 10 days.

Average cost: $1.40/stem

Heirlume

Today’s post is for the guys – if you’re searching for a gift for your girlfriend, fiance, wife, etc. look no further than Heirlume! They offer so many amazingly unique pieces of jewelry! You’ll need to make an account before browsing their selection, but they make it super easy to find something perfect for your sweetie. Just answer a few questions {what’s her perfect date night, who’s celebrity style best matches hers, etc.} and you’re on your way to finding a gift she’ll love! I took the quiz just to see what they offer and I literally fell in love with so many pieces!

Crystal NecklaceLove Knot RingMonogrammed NecklacePyramid Studs