Winter Wedding Colors for 2012

If you are having (or thinking of having) a winter wedding in 2012, choosing wedding colors may be a hard decision.  There is no rule that your wedding colors must be red and green to have a winter wedding.  There are some really beautiful color schemes for winter that may surprise you.

One of my favorite color schemes is a simple all white/ivory wedding with hints of color to pull everything together.  An all white or ivory wedding can make a big statement and I love the idea of using a light blue or pink to highlight everything. You can use branches, pinecones, and ornaments (which can double as favors) as accents in your décor.

If you are a girl that loves bling then a winter wedding might be perfect for you!  Crystals and gems highlighted against a white or ivory backdrop is stunning.

Another untraditional color scheme for a winter wedding is teal, brown and silver.  Using all white flowers give a modern winter feeling.

Of course you can’t go wrong with using burgundy or red but that doesn’t mean your décor has to scream Christmas.  Small touches of red go long way and some brides are adding black for a modern, yet romantic feel. You can even add an aqua blue color to spice it up!

Just a tip… if you are planning a 2012 winter wedding wait until January to stock up on all of the leftover Christmas decorations.  It is inexpensive and if you are crafty you have plenty of time to create some wonderful centerpieces to give you a perfect Winter Wedding!

Sources: www.blog.heylook.fi, www.blog.bohoweddingsandevents.com, and www.frostyweddings.blogspot.com

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Consider a Mini-Moon

This is our last post in the honeymoon series this year. It’s been a great one!! If you haven’t had the chance, go back and check out all of the posts on honeymoon planning that all have great savings tips in each one. Enjoy!!


Every bridal couple needs some down time after the best (albeit busiest) day of their lives, but the state of the economy has inspired today’s newlyweds to ponder a mini-moon instead. An increasingly popular wedding industry buzzword, a mini-moon is simply an abbreviated getaway that lasts only 3-4 days in comparison to one or two weeks. It is usually a location that is drivable or a very short flight away.

While it may seem too short of a vacation for some, most couples are surprised to find that a mini-moon may be the most fun they have ever had on a holiday. No matter the reason, if your wallet, your work, or your weary credit line has you seconding guessing that debt-soaked sojourn through Tahiti, here are some reasons and benefits of booking a mini-moon.

Why Choose a Mini-Moon over a Maxi-Moon?

The reasons for choosing a mini-moon over a maxi-moon are plentiful – the first being, money. Put simply, some couples need a more affordable option than a hefty honeymoon package. Even all-inclusive resorts require international travel and those tickets alone can break the already fragile bank. For others, time off work is limited or they don’t like to travel (it’s okay to admit it).

Besides, if a couple has a family vacation spot at their disposal, why would they book an off-shore suite? A mini-moon is the perfect excuse to explore your great state or neighboring ones you’ve never been to. A Los Angeles couple that has always wanted to visit The Golden Gate Bridge or a Bostonian bride and groom who have never been to Cape Cod can take this opportunity to see what they’ve been missing. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that honeymoons have to take place in exotic locations; chances are (no matter where you live) there is a wonderful destination a few hours away.

Luxury and Low-Key: The Benefits of a Mini-Moon

A mini-moon can be so much more luxurious and low key than a traditional honeymoon. A honeymoon budget can quickly become stretched between plane fare, cab rides, and daily excursions. Contrarily, a mini-moon has already saved you your travel budget and can lend itself to an elegant honeymoon suite at a quaint B&B or the best-of-the-best spa treatments at a renowned day spa. You may be surprised to find that the quality of a mini-moon is much higher.

While a traditional beach honeymoon may sound relaxing and low key, there is nothing more romantic than having some privacy. Skipping over-run hotels and crowded beaches allows newlyweds that one-on-one time they’re craving. A small cottage for two or a riverside cabin with a deck hot-tub can make for the perfect climate of calm and togetherness.

A Mini-Moon is a Prelude to Paradise

Some couples do intend to take a honeymoon someday. The only problem is that they can’t afford to right now. A mini-moon can act as that prelude to paradise. Instead of running to the airport post-reception, this couple can enjoy the party (you know, the one they paid a pretty penny for) and then leisurely take a few days off. A mini-moon allows couples to begin their life together while saving up money for that dream vacation along the way.

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Gay-Friendly Honeymoon Destinations for Same Sex Couples

Choosing a gay-friendly honeymoon destination for same-sex couples may seem simple, but with so many European and Caribbean countries still restricting same-sex marriage, it can be a disappointment to feel uncomfortable on one of the happiest vacations of your life.

Instead, there are many welcoming and equality-minded honeymoon destination spots that can make your honeymoon as sweet as it should be

Gay-Friendly Honeymoon Hotspots in the U.S.

Las Vegas, NVLas Vegas is known for its amazing shows and luxurious accommodations. For the couple that loves to dance the night away, Vegas prides itself on having top-notch gay bars like Krave, Piranha, and Goodtime Bar & Nightclub. Aside from the clubbing and casinos, couples can take a helicopter ride over the strip or dine at some of the finest restaurants in the world. Best hotel? Mandalay Bay is very popular with same-sex couples.

Key West, FLFrom the gay and lesbian trolley tour to drag queens at one of the many avant garde theaters and downtown live music joints, Key West prides itself on being colorful and including every person into their “one-human family.” From snorkeling the coral reefs to sipping mojitos on Duval Street, Key West truly is a tropical getaway worthy of a few sun-kissed afternoons.

Best Gay-Friendly Relaxing Honeymoon Destinations

Napa Valley, CAFrom massages and mud baths at some of the best spas in the entire world to sipping Pinot among golden leaved vineyards, it doesn’t get any more romantic than Napa Valley. With quaint B&B’s and luxury hotels to choose from, this is an Italian-inspired honeymoon experience without the jet lag or the passport.

Gay-Friendly Honeymoon Spots Around the World

Argentina – For couples who want to see one of the Wonders of the World, Argentina has it. Iguazu Falls is one of the most breathtaking waterfalls. This jet-stream of water creates a natural border between Argentina and Brazil, making it a poetic point of division. Iguazu Grand Resort Spa & Casino is secluded and offers full-service accommodations from hotel restaurants to live cabaret in their posh cafe by night.

CuracaoKnown for their “live and let live” slogan, their website is one of the few that openly encourages same-sex couples to visit. From strolling the sherbet colored casitas of Willemstad to dining on freshly caught fish by some of the best local free-hand fisherman in the world, this below-the-hurricane-belt honeymoon spot has drinks to die for and year-round sun to soak up.

SabaThis may be the most private island you’ve never heard of. Twenty-eight miles east of St. Maarten, this island getaway isn’t overrun by tourists and instead serves seclusion with a side of exclusivity. Accommodations here are more like sprawling mansions in the Hollywood Hills and only allow for up to 18 guests to stay at a time.

If you want to get outdoors, be sure to hike Mount Scenery (need we say more) and frolic in the sapphire tinged sea while enjoying calling each other by your newly shared last name.

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Fall wedding flowers – Seasonal Flower Guide and Ideas

Fall wedding flowers are stunning and very romantic. Most fall flowers are very colorful and create instant strong impressions. If you are one of the lucky bride who is getting married in fall, this guide will help you choose the perfect fall flowers for your wedding and still stay within budget.
The colors of your flowers (in bouquets and other decorations) should match the colors of your themed weddings. Fall wedding colors are typically rich red, purple, brown, light yellow and orange. Thus fall flowers tend to be very warm and vibrant.

Fall wedding flowers in season

It is the best to buy local seasonal flowers for your wedding. It is not only cheaper but the flowers are also more readily available and easy to find. If you have a fall themed wedding, using flowers in season also accentuate more the fall feeling.

Sunflower

Sunflower is a popular wedding flower for summer and fall weddings. Their prime time is from July to October, when they look the best and also the cheapest. Sunflowers are vibrant and full of life and represents energy and happiness. They also come in different sizes, the small sized sunflowers could be used in a bouquet, while bigger ones could be incorporated in other wedding decorations.

sunflower autumn bouquets
Chrysanthemum (mums)

Chrysanthemums (often called mums) are available all year round, but fall / autumn is actually their main season. Chrysanthemums are very versatile wedding flowers as they have many different sizes and colors, which is suitable for many wedding themes. Their colors range from pink, white, green to yellow, orange, etc. Chrysanthemums are also top budget wedding flowers as they are often cheap, sturdy and you can even buy them from supermarkets or groceries stores without compromising their quality.

autumn wedding flowers mums

Marigold

Marigold comes in different colors but most commonly in vibrant orange and yellow. Marigold is also known for its strong scent, thus be careful not to use a lot of this flower in your table centerpieces.

 marigold fall wedding flowers

Dahlias

Dahlias is another popular fall wedding flower. For brides who like some dark color touches in their bouquet or centerpieces, dahlias can be for you. Their colors range from white to dark purple.

dahlia autumn wedding flowers

Zinnia

Zinnia is a not so popular fall wedding flower. They are big round blooms that are cheerfully colorful, their usual colors are pink, red and orange. As they are not used very popularly, having zinnias in your wedding will create an unusual but unique look and feel.

zinnia autumn wedding flowers

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are not actually in full blown in fall but they are still available. I love hydrangeas, especially in the vivid pink and the purplish blue. They create a dramatic look that instantly draws attention. They are also easy to work with and last for a long time. Maybe that’s why hydrangea is one of the most popular wedding flowers.

hydrangea autumn wedding flowers

Fall / autumn fruits

Fall is the season when fruits are ripe and hanging invitingly on the trees, the season when apples redden all the yards and gardens. With this inspiration, fruits are usually incorporated in fall wedding flowers design. You can use different types of berries and crab apples are lovely to add to your decorations and bouquets. They can be secured in place with a pin and mixed with flowers and greeneries.

fall wedding flowers berries

Fall leaves could make awesome ornaments to your decorations. You can mix them here and there in your bouquet or leave them on the table.

fall leaf decorations

If for some reason you cannot find seasonal fall flowers in your area, you can always use flowers that are available all year round, for example: roses, orchids, lilies and gerberas. These flowers come in many different colors, thus you can easily find the colors that are suitable for your fall wedding. These all-year flowers, especially for orchids and gerberas, also last a very long time. I used orchids in my wedding also and they lasted for nearly 2 weeks!

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Honeymoon Planning Advice ~ Humble Honeymoons

For many couples, planning a green wedding is an extension of everyday living. Eating local and organic foods, recycling, and conserving energy have become daily practices in hopes to contribute to a smaller overall carbon footprint. And it doesn’t stop at the wedding. Earth friendly honeymoons are becoming more popular as engaged couples continue to find ways to live a more eco-conscious life.

Below are tips for planning your green getaway:

Hire a green travel agent. If planning your own trip seems like too much to handle while planning your wedding, contact a travel agent who specializes in green, eco-friendly travel. They’ll take care of the details for you and you can rest assured that your trip will have minimal impact on the environment.

Go Ecotouring. Ecotourism is the term for planning a socially and environmentally conscious trip. The International Ecotourism Society says that ecotourism is: “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” These trips are organized by reputable tour groups whose best interest in improving the environment where you would like to travel. Your adventure will include volunteering and comprehensive interaction with the local people, culture and ecosystem. Groups like National Geographic organize everything for you-all you have to do is show up and be willing.

Stay at an eco-friendly hotel. Do your own research and find a hotel or other accommodations that practice eco-friendly hospitality. Hotel and resorts are answering the call of the many green consumers who want to walk the proverbial Earth-saving walk-without compromising comfort and luxury.

Find local & organic food. Before you go, research restaurants that serve local and organic fare and eat there. These haunts tend to serve the freshest food with a dose of local culture. If you have your own kitchen, shop at a local market and prepare a romantic dinner or breakfast in bed for two.

Rent an alternative mode of transportation. Check out hybrid car rentals, motorcycles, scooters, or even a bicycle! If you’re traveling through Europe, take advantage of the spectacular public transportation system available there.

Consider carbon offsets. Carbon offsets are a way for you to give back what you take. This controversial method of caring for Mother Earth, can at the very least curb any carbon overload guilt that you may have for flying all the way to Tahiti. Whether you agree or not, it’s not a bad idea to plant a couple of extras trees anyway.

Explore the world around you. Why not take advantage of this time you have after your marriage and explore your local community. We tend to save these excursions for when out-of-town guests come to visit, but why not enjoy them with your new spouse. Not only will you save resources, you’ll save money, time and stress by having to plan and pay for an exotic vacation. Another alternative is to rent a vacation home within driving distance and take. the. week. off. You deserve it.

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Wedding Flowers: DIY or Not DIY?

The wedding world is DIY crazy.  Do-It-Yourself wedding projects are a fabulous way to get the most out of your money and put personal touches on your special day.

DIY  wedding décor from the ceremony to the reception, wedding flower arrangements and bouquets, favors, menus and even your wedding cake or dessert option.  There are tons of ideas and inspiration for anything wedding DIY.

Great news, right?  But what if the idea of DIY petrifies you?  There is just so much to consider you don’t know where to start.  My advice is to find a good tutorial that will take you step by step through a DIY project. Pictures and instructions can show you if the project is on your level or above your head.

DIYbride.com’s recent blog post Bridal Bouquet DIY Tutorial gives great step by step with pictures on how to assemble a wedding flower bridal bouquet using wholesale wedding flowers.  “Making your own wedding flower bouquet does not have to be a difficult and scary project!  In fact, it should be exciting because you can save lots of money on bulk wedding flowers.”

Their arrangement consists of two colors of four rose stems, purple statice sprays, billy button sprays and greenery.  Step by step, the tutorial shows you how to lay out your wedding flowers and then the best tips to arrange them.  The tutorial ends with detailed instructions on how to pin ribbon to your floral tape to secure it in place and tie the whole look together.

DIY wedding projects are a great way to save and make your day more personalized, but don’t get stuck in over your head.  By using online resources you can search tutorials for DIY wedding projects and see if it’s something you can handle.  Once you’ve found your inspiration and researched your DIY wedding project, recruit your friends or family to help pitch in creating flower and décor arrangements for your special day.

If you’re still not convinced DIY is for you but your still looking to take in ways to save on your wedding flower budget consider pre-made silk wedding flower bouquets.  They will give you savings on your budget without the worries of putting together your own bouquet.  You can dress up pre-made bouquets with your own ribbon and bouquet accessories.  Combine two pre-made bouquets to create a larger bridal bouquet and use the smaller bouquets for bride’s maids.

To DIY or not DIY might be the question, but don’t forget you can always find ways to save on your wedding budget!

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Sample Timeline to Plan Your Wedding Stationery

Jessica from Odd Duck Press put together this post to make sure you stay on track when it comes to your wedding stationery. Thanks so much Jessica, your posts are so helpful!

Odd Duck Press WeddingInviteLoveGet the timeline after the jump…

10-12 months before the wedding:

If you know that you want to send out save the date cards and you want your entire suite to match, start researching invitation designers.

6-8 months before the wedding:

Send out save the date cards.  If you are not going to send out save the date cards, about 6 months before the wedding is a good time to start researching stationers.

4-6 months before the wedding:

During this time, you will choose your invitation design as well as any other enclosure cards.  If any of your day of items will need to be sent to a calligrapher (such as place cards) order these as well.  If you need help finding a calligrapher, your invitation designer can help.

3-5 months before the wedding:

Order any remaining day of items such as programs, menus or escort cards.  You may also want to order thank you cards now.

8-12 weeks before the wedding:

Address the invitation and reply card envelopes. Now is also the time to buy postage.  You may want to consider custom stamps.

6-10 weeks before the wedding:

Mail your invitations.

Within 3 months after the wedding:

Send out thank you cards. Live Happily Ever After!

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