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Friday Feature: Alternative Guest Book Idea

We love alternative guest book ideas so much, something a couple can take home after the wedding and treasure as a memento, rather than just gather dust in some cupboard. So today we’re highlighting to one of our favorite alternative wedding guest book ideas – The Fingerprint Tree! Fingerprint Trees are a large scale tree drawn with only […]

We love alternative guest book ideas so much, something a couple can take home after the wedding and treasure as a memento, rather than just gather dust in some cupboard. So today we’re highlighting to one of our favorite alternative wedding guest book ideas – The Fingerprint Tree!

Fingerprint Trees are a large scale tree drawn with only branches, and each guest is encouraged to stamp their thumbprint or fingerprint in ink and press it on a branch to act as a leaf.  By the end of the wedding, the tree is covered in little fingerprint leaves.

The result is a beautiful keepsake and piece of art that you can frame and hang on your wall as a constant reminder of a fabulous day.

Thumbprint Tree Guest Book Inspiration

How cute is adding the bride and groom’s fingerprints and drawing them as little love birds in the tree?!

Thumbprint Tree Inspiration

And who says they have to be just trees?!

Thumbprint Tree Inspiration

 

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All in the Details

With all the new engagements over the holidays, we are sure many of you will be hosting some fabulous parties and showers! We are loving the idea of personalizing these we a great refreshment station! And what is better than a mimosa bar?! Besides its stunning display, a mimosa bar lets guests design their own […]

With all the new engagements over the holidays, we are sure many of you will be hosting some fabulous parties and showers! We are loving the idea of personalizing these we a great refreshment station! And what is better than a mimosa bar?! Besides its stunning display, a mimosa bar lets guests design their own colorful cocktails while offering a low-maintenance serving option for the hostess. Juice and fruit bring so many beautiful colors to the table, the only decor you need is a few fresh-cut flowers!

Here are some great inspiration images – cheers!

Mimosa Bar Ideas

Mimosa Bar Ideas

Mimosa Bar Ideas

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Friday Find: His and Her Mugs

Everyone needs a little pick me up every once in awhile! These lovely mugs display custom lettering made for the adorable couple who enjoy the little details in life.  Now go ahead and sip away! By Saffron Avenue. You can get yours at Hayden Olivia Shop here!

Everyone needs a little pick me up every once in awhile! These lovely mugs display custom lettering made for the adorable couple who enjoy the little details in life.  Now go ahead and sip away! By Saffron Avenue.

You can get yours at Hayden Olivia Shop here!

His and Her Coffee Mugs by Saffron Avenue

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Friday Find: Festive Cake Toppers

Pinecones, snowmen, deer, snowflakes, ok so the list is endless and that’s what we love about a cool winter wedding – the endless choice of gorgeous cake toppers! How cute are these?! Orange Girl / Teale Photography via Ruffled Blog / EWI / Pinterest

Pinecones, snowmen, deer, snowflakes, ok so the list is endless and that’s what we love about a cool winter wedding – the endless choice of gorgeous cake toppers! How cute are these?!

Cake Toppers

Orange Girl / Teale Photography via Ruffled Blog / EWI / Pinterest

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Thoughtful Wedding Favors

Your wedding day is all about the two of you and beginning your life together, but you can’t forget about the many people who will be there to support you, often traveling hundreds of miles to get there! Although there is a lot to plan for your wedding, don’t forget the special touches that make […]

Your wedding day is all about the two of you and beginning your life together, but you can’t forget about the many people who will be there to support you, often traveling hundreds of miles to get there! Although there is a lot to plan for your wedding, don’t forget the special touches that make your guests feel welcome as well. We’ve pulled together our favorite wedding favors to make your wedding a truly memorable experience for everyone!

Apropos Roasters Local coffe beans wrapped in cute hand stamped bags, what’s not to love?! Apropos Roasters

Donut Wedding Favors Doughnuts for a late night snack or breakfast on the go!

savvysugar.comCustomized water bottles – you can never have enough of these! Matthew Moore Photography

Nut Bar Wedding FavorA fun take on the candy bar – nuts! Guests can make a bag of assorted nuts for their trip home!

Daniel J PhotographyWhat a sweet way to thank your guest! We know your guests will bee thrilled with these honey favors.

Love Travels FavorsFor a destination wedding, why not give your guests luggage tags. You can even have them personalized and use them as escort cards.

Mademoiselle Fiona PhotographyMini champagne bottles, complete with striped straws, will help keep the party going even once open bar closes.

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Websurfing Wednesday: Wedding Hair Flowers

More brides are opting for flowers in lieu of traditional headpieces. Hair flowers can be used to dress up your wedding hair, add a romantic flair, or even create a fun look among an otherwise formal event. There is so much inspiration all over the web, so we put a little collage together of some of […]

More brides are opting for flowers in lieu of traditional headpieces. Hair flowers can be used to dress up your wedding hair, add a romantic flair, or even create a fun look among an otherwise formal event. There is so much inspiration all over the web, so we put a little collage together of some of our favorites.

Wedding Hair Flowers

Wedding Hair Flowers

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Friday Find: Invitation Inspiration

We just adore coming across new artists who inspire us. And these invitation suites did just that. Each hand painted, each truly a piece of art. Here is a blurb from the designer herself. “Mix color, whimsy, and femininity – and that’s where you’ll always find me. On most days, my desk will have a […]

We just adore coming across new artists who inspire us. And these invitation suites did just that. Each hand painted, each truly a piece of art. Here is a blurb from the designer herself.

“Mix color, whimsy, and femininity – and that’s where you’ll always find me. On most days, my desk will have a simple vase of fresh flowers, a tear-sheet from Kate Spade’s latest collection, and perhaps a classic quote from Coco Chanel…add a snippet of double faced satin in a rich, bold red or pink and I’m a happy girl. I love drawing on all this beauty to creating my own unique lovelies and I’m proud to say it’s been my dream job for thirty years.”

You can check out her gorgeous work through her Etsy shop.

First Snow Fall Invitation Suite

 

First Snow Fall Invitation Suite

First Snow Fall Invitation Suite

First Snow Fall Invitation Suite

 

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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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