He built a box, and she painted our last initial and their wedding date on it. They put in two unread love letters to each other about why they fell in love, a nice bottle of wine from the year they started dating, and nailed the lid on the box. They promised that if things ever get too hard and their love starts to fade, they will open the box, drink the wine, and read the letters they wrote to each other, reminding them of how much their love means and to never give up.
The rings are tied to a Bible instead of a pillow. Yes, yes, yes this is happening.
What?! I’m doing this. Idea = officially stolen.
New guestbook idea! I had previously talked about doing this…which I still might do…
but I saw this idea, aka a Engagement Photobook, to use as a guestbook which I thought was lovely!
I am not sure how badly I want to get engagement photos taken (extra money!!), but you could make a photo book out of any photos, really. It could have baby photos of the two people, and early snap shots from dating etc!
And of course making a photo book does cost more than a DIY job, but it becomes a keepsake!
This a new spin on the old favorite of putting disposable cameras on tables for guests to take pictures during the wedding reception. The idea is to have a selection of user friendly, yet more creative cameras, as an activity for guests.The “Snap Station” is also an alternative to the popular photo booth.
Where to get Cameras:
There are many different places to get old cameras (Ebay, Etsy, Craigslist), toy cameras (Urban Outfitters, Fred Flare) and so on. My guess is that if you ask friends and family, they likely have fun/vintage/cool cameras lying around their houses (think Aunt Dorthy’s attic). The Polaroid and Nikon I had. I found though that quite a few other friends had fun cameras lying around. Just be willing to pay for anything broken during the wedding (accidents do happen).
Other fun options are Fisheye Cameras, Fuji Intax Instant Camera (Fuji’s solution to the lack of polaroid film availablity) and Lomo Cameras (generally these take 4 pics at once).
Black and White single use cameras like the one found here can also be a great option. You can also give these single use Black and White cameras to the younger guests at your wedding, and that should keep them busy, minimally during cocktail hour!
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The Secrets for Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids (http://www.bellethemagazine.com/)
For the last few years, mismatch bridesmaid dresses has been one of the hottest trends on weddings. Everyday visiting my favorite blogs, I discover tons of style-savvy brides who find the most creative ways to follow this trend.
After all, I believe that allowing your bridesmaids to choose their dresses according to their budget, taste and type of body is a fabulous idea. If you decide to incorporate this plan to your wedding, just remember, the biggest secret of successful mismatching bridesmaids is to make your girls wear different dresses yet still look like your team… your bridal party. Bouquets, accessories and colors are elements that will help you achieve a chic mismatched bridesmaids look.
Here are some fabulous options for a successful mismatched bridesmaids look.
Option No. 1: Same color, different shades.
Neutrals, including grey, are so hot this year, especially when it comes to bridesmaid dresses. Neutrals give mismatched dresses a more unified look than any other color. Try them all in a short length to give you, the bride, a more distinctive look. Or for a more edgy approach mix long and short dresses.
For those brides that want their bridesmaids to match their wedding colors try using vibrant colors in the same length, same bouquet, patterned tights and same color shoes are the elements this bride used to bring together her bridal party look.
Option No. 2: Different colors, same style.
Some brides would like to follow this trend, but they still like to choose their bridesmaids’ dresses. Option number 2 is for them.
Pick the exact same dress in the different tones of your wedding color palette looks amazing and gives your bridal party a pop of color. You may also choose three or four different styles and colors and let your bridesmaids determine what fits them best, like bride number two. For a more eclectic appearance, choose the same patterned skirt with a different color top. Or follow the steps of bride number four by choosing a patterned dress and let your bridesmaids decide on the color.
Option No. 3: Same color, different style.
Give your bridesmaids the exact color or even the fabric you would like them to wear and let them came up with their own dress. Or pick two or three variations with the same dress.
Option No.4: Same dress, mismatched accessories.
For a more settle mix keep the same dress for all your girls and mismatched the accessories. You have an infinity amount of possibilities to play with. Earrings, shoes, cardigans, rings and necklaces are just some alternatives.
Option No. 4: Free Style
If you feel like your girls have a great sense of style give them the freedom to wear what they have on their closets. You can always provide some guidance about your wedding theme to keep the look together. For brides who are looking for a vintage feeling this first image is a great inspiration.
Many bloggers are going bananas with the idea of the rainbow bridesmaids, and I’m one of them. Isn’t it pretty? To accomplish this look make sure all your girls will wear different colors and that all the dresses have a simple and clean cut.
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Wedding Related Costs: An Infographic
Now this is absolutely adorable.
I love this! This makes me wish my FI had been willing to have a Harry Potter wedding.
Battlefield Themed Engagement Session
An alternative to the unity candle or sand ceremony…painting something together.
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