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Unique Table Number Inspiration

Seating arrangements might be one of the toughest parts of the planning your wedding. But the table numbers don’t have to be! In fact, in addition to centerpieces, floral arrangements, place-settings – table numbers are quickly becoming a feature decor piece of their own.  The unique way they can be integrated can be an added complement the rest […]

Seating arrangements might be one of the toughest parts of the planning your wedding. But the table numbers don’t have to be! In fact, in addition to centerpieces, floral arrangements, place-settings – table numbers are quickly becoming a feature decor piece of their own.  The unique way they can be integrated can be an added complement the rest of the table decorations.

Unique wedding table number

Use elements that incorporate the theme and style of your wedding, but also say something about you as a couple.

Unique wedding table number Number your tables up from 1 as usual, but include a picture of each of you at that age on the sign – great talking point! Similarly, you could name each table after a year, and have a picture of each of you in that year.

Unique Table Numbers

Using metal house numbers to create a rustic, vintage feel, is such a lovely addition to your table decor.

Unique wedding table number

A cute way to display table numbers and serve up a yummy treat at the same time!

Unique wedding table number

Paper dye-cut placed into a rustic log adds a chic element to this outdoor inspired table setting.

Unique wedding table number
Using classic and vintage books, utilizing the chapter for the table number.

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Thanksgiving Wedding Inspiration

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for an elegant, yet relaxed celebration, as the autumn holiday lends itself to natural settings, simple decor and comfort food. Thanksgiving presents an entirely different set of circumstances. Here are some creative ways to plan your Thanksgiving wedding in style.    

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for an elegant, yet relaxed celebration, as the autumn holiday lends itself to natural settings, simple decor and comfort food. Thanksgiving presents an entirely different set of circumstances. Here are some creative ways to plan your Thanksgiving wedding in style.

Thanksgiving Inspiration Board

 

Thanksgiving Inspiration Board

 

Thankful for Love

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Best Bridesmaids Gifts

There are so many brides who run into the question on what to get their bridesmaids as a thank you for being a part of their big day. Your bridesmaids deserve more than the usual keychain or strand of faux pearls.  Personalized bridesmaid gifts serve as a cherished reminder of your appreciation for their time […]

There are so many brides who run into the question on what to get their bridesmaids as a thank you for being a part of their big day. Your bridesmaids deserve more than the usual keychain or strand of faux pearls.  Personalized bridesmaid gifts serve as a cherished reminder of your appreciation for their time and attention well beyond your wedding day. Here are some of our favorite finds from around the web.

Monogram shirts and robes www.haydenoliviashop.com

Monogramed Robes and Oxford Shirts: Need we say more?!

Bridesmaids Gifts: Monogram Totes

Tote Bags: What girl couldn’t use another tote bag?! The perfect thing to fill with must haves for the wedding weekend.

Bridesmaids Gift: Jewelry www.haydenoliviashop.com

Jewels: Gorgeous stone necklace and earrings are always a safe bet

Bridesmaid's Gift: Dictionary Necklace

Vintage Dictionary Necklace: Choose a word that best suits each of your girls

Bridesmaid Gift: Makeup bag

Waffle Weave Spa Bag: Fill this personalized bag with goodies such as makeup, nail polish and lotions that they can use on the day of the wedding.

Bridesmaid's Gift: Personalized Bracelet

Initial Leather Bracelet: A gift your girls will wear over and over again

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Sports and Weddings

Two topics that do not typically go hand and hand – sports and weddings. But how often are the bride or groom a huge fan of some sort of sports team? And isn’t a wedding supposed to be a day to celebrate the couple?! There are unique and subtle (or not so subtle!) ways of incorporating your favorite […]

Two topics that do not typically go hand and hand – sports and weddings. But how often are the bride or groom a huge fan of some sort of sports team? And isn’t a wedding supposed to be a day to celebrate the couple?! There are unique and subtle (or not so subtle!) ways of incorporating your favorite sports into your big day and we wanted to share some of our favorites with you.

Kickoff Time

Loud and Proud: The flower girl and ring bearer don’t have to be so serious! What a great way to highlight the couple’s laid back demeanor and set a tone for the wedding day

Wedding Sports Decor

Classy Decor: We are not saying your wedding has to look like a sports bar, look how cute this hockey theme was integrated at the reception!

Wedding Sports Accessories

Hidden Bridal Accessories: A way to personalize your wedding without it interfering with other aspects of the day

Sport Ticket Save the Dates

Save the Date Tickets

Sports Cuff Links

Sports Cuff Links: What a personal touch for your groom and his men

Sports Wedding Accessories

Accessory Accents: Replace the traditional flowers for something a little more creative

Wedding Sports Photography

Sports Photography Inspiration: You don’t have to go full out in decor, maybe just a sport’s themed photo?

 

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#TBT: Enchanted Fairytale Bridal Shoot

Yep, we are doing a “throwback Thursday” blog post today! This takes us back to a time where Hayden Olivia Bridal was transformed into an enchanted forest! In the bridal industry, professionals will get together and collaborate on a styled shoot for their own artistic purposes. It is always such fun working with other wedding professionals […]

Yep, we are doing a “throwback Thursday” blog post today! This takes us back to a time where Hayden Olivia Bridal was transformed into an enchanted forest! In the bridal industry, professionals will get together and collaborate on a styled shoot for their own artistic purposes. It is always such fun working with other wedding professionals in such a creative aspect.

From Magnolia Events“Above the hustle and bustle of a busy city street, a chic bridal boutique was transformed into an enchanted forest.  It was easy to forget about the outside world when the creative minds of some of Charlotte’s finest wedding vendors collaborated to create this unique atmosphere.  The overall feel of the shoot was soft and romantic, while mixing the beautiful elements of nature and metallic metals...

This wonderful shoot was featured on The Lovely Find – and you can view the full blog post and photo gallery here.

Photos by Crystal Stokes Photography

 

Crystal Stokes Photography

 

Crystal Stokes Photography

 

Crystal Stokes Photography

Venue: Hayden Olivia | Hair: Rebekah McCann | Makeup: Erin Ashley Makeup | Accessories:Whitney Alyssa | Wedding Gown Boutique: Hayden Olivia | Event Planner: Magnolia Events | Floral Design + Rentals: Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist, Oakdale Greenhouses | Cake + Pastries: Sky’s The Limit! Custom Cakes and More | Stationery: Merry Invites | Calligraphy: Ruth Hand | Rentals:Mason Dixon Collection | Photography: Crystal Stokes Photography

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Wedding Color Trends

Having a hard time figuring out a wedding color palette? Well, here are some of our favorites, all which highlight a big trend in bridal right now – METALLICS! A soft color scheme can really be enhanced with a pop of copper, silver, or gold.  We love the idea of jazzing your color story with […]

Having a hard time figuring out a wedding color palette? Well, here are some of our favorites, all which highlight a big trend in bridal right now – METALLICS! A soft color scheme can really be enhanced with a pop of copper, silver, or gold.  We love the idea of jazzing your color story with a little sparkle!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Dreaming of Dusk: found on Love My Dress

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Blush Pink, Silver, and Grey Winter Wedding: found on Wedding Colors

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Shades of Lavender, Gold + Silver: found on The Perfect Palette

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Perfect Peach, Gold, Mint, Emerald Green: found on Wedding Chicks

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Baby Blue and Gold: found on Smitten on Paper

Color Palette Wedding Trends

Rose, Blush, and Gold: found on The Wedding Tea Room

 

 

 

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Will You Be My Bridesmaid?!

It is time to choose which of your closest friends and family members will be standing next to you as you say “I Do.”  Being a bridesmaid these days can be a significant time and financial commitment, so it is important to express how much these girls mean to you when you ask them to […]

It is time to choose which of your closest friends and family members will be standing next to you as you say “I Do.”  Being a bridesmaid these days can be a significant time and financial commitment, so it is important to express how much these girls mean to you when you ask them to be a part of your wedding.

Here are some creative and thoughtful do-it-yourself ways to ask your future ‘maids to play an important role on your big day.

Send a card: Write a sweet note expressing how much your friendship means to you before asking if she’d consider being a bridesmaid on your wedding day.

Bridesmaid Card

A Fun Surprise: Hide your question in a balloon along with confetti, attach a string with a tag and safety pin saying “pop me.”

Bridesmaid Balloon Surprise

Pop Up Message Box: This message box is sweet and simple, but shows how much you care from the effort you put in to ask her.

Bridesmaid Pop Up Box

Give a personalized bottle of wine: You’ve have spent countless evenings bonding over wine, so why not gift each girl with a customized bottle of vino? Choose their favorite bottle and replace the label with one of these custom wine labels from Personal Wine.

Bridesmaid Wine

Box of Goodies: Prep your bridesmaids for their duties by arming them with pretty wedding things (like a handkerchief for tears and color palette swatches for their input) plus sentimental photos and trinkets documenting your friendship.

Box of Goodies Bridesmaid

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Non-Traditional Bridal Bouquets

When you think of a bride walking down the aisle, you can imagine her in her gown, wearing her veil and carrying a bouquet. It has been a tradition to carry fresh flowers for generations, but has evolved into much more than just a floral arrangement. Choosing to do a non-traditional bouquet is a great […]

When you think of a bride walking down the aisle, you can imagine her in her gown, wearing her veil and carrying a bouquet. It has been a tradition to carry fresh flowers for generations, but has evolved into much more than just a floral arrangement. Choosing to do a non-traditional bouquet is a great way to highlight your personality and create something unforgettable. The variety of options to choose from is so diverse – so we scoured the web for some of our favorite ideas and inspiration.

Handmade Beaded Bouquet by Whitney Alyssa

 Handmade Beaded Bouquet by Whitney Alyssa

Succulent Bouquet

 Succulent Bouquet

Seashell Bouquet

 Seashell Bouquet

Pinecone and Cotton Bouquet

 Pinecone and Cotton Bouqet

Lavender Bunch Bouquet

 Bunch of Lavender Bouquet

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Repurpose Your Mom’s Wedding Dress

 So often we hear brides talk about the possibility of wearing their mother’s wedding gown – but let’s be honest, every girl wants to pick the dress of HER dreams! Times change, as do trends and fabrics, but there are so many unique ways to incorporate Mom’s dress without having to utilize it as your wedding […]

 So often we hear brides talk about the possibility of wearing their mother’s wedding gown – but let’s be honest, every girl wants to pick the dress of HER dreams! Times change, as do trends and fabrics, but there are so many unique ways to incorporate Mom’s dress without having to utilize it as your wedding gown. The thought of cutting up an heirloom seems so heartbreaking, but what other reason do you save something so special? Typically it is in the hopes that your daughter may one day want to use it – it may just not be in the way she was thinking! Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Wedding Dress Locket

 Lace Locket Necklace.

Taking a small piece of lace and inserting it in a locket necklace makes the perfect statement and something that you will be able to wear more than once. There are many artists on Etsy who will custom make one for you, you just have to send them your lace! This is also a way to keep your mother or grandmother’s gown intact, but still creating a special “something old”/”something new!”

Lace Hair Flower

 Make a hair accessory.

From the fabric/lace, make a sweet hair flower, or take a section of the lace and use it as a fascinator.

Wrap your bouquet with mom's dress

 Wrap your bouquet.

Use any type of fabric from the dress or veil to give it that special touch.

Ring Bearer Pillow made from mom's wedding dress

 Turn it into a ring bearer pillow.

That is something that could be passed down from generation to generation.

Update mom's wedding dress and make it your own

Rework it into a rehearsal dinner dress.

Maybe you don’t want to wear it walking down the aisle, but there are so many bridal events to attend that you could wear it to! We call our seamstress the miracle worker – she can rework a outdated wedding gown into a modern, little white dress. So don’t be afraid to take it in and see what you can work up with your alterations specialist!

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Friday Find: Kate Spade – Say Yes “Mrs”

Sometimes you come across little things that just make you smile. And these Kate Spade “Mrs” necklace and earrings do just that.  How cute would they be at brunch the morning after the wedding, walking through the airport with your new husband, or going out to dinner on your honeymoon?! They are the perfect accessory for […]

Sometimes you come across little things that just make you smile. And these Kate Spade “Mrs” necklace and earrings do just that.  How cute would they be at brunch the morning after the wedding, walking through the airport with your new husband, or going out to dinner on your honeymoon?! They are the perfect accessory for any bride-to-be  : )

Kate Spade "Mrs" Necklace and Earrings

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