Ceremony and Reception


Hostess with the Mostess: More Wedding Ideas and Inspiration from Artfool Events

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess Back in February, I shared with you one of my favorite spots to draw decor inspiration for your big day- professional event design portfolios. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the folks at Artfool have a true flair for creating a stunning, cohesive, sophisticated atmosphere at the events they design. Their website, chock full of color palette, floral design, and centerpiece ideas, is one of my first stops when I'm feeling...

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How to Survive Your Father Daughter Wedding Dance

by Azure

In movies, the father/daughter dance always looks so beautiful: There are flashbacks and fuzzy camera work, everyone cries tears of joy. In reality though, it can be stressful, even if you don’t have a “complicated” family relationship. The truth is, most of us don’t have a lot of practice dancing with our dads, and a lot of dads don’t like to dance. Here are some tips on how to survive your father/daughter dance. 1) Talk to your dad Find out how your dad feels about...

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Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway- Put Your Wedding Cake on a Pedestal!

by Azure

About OneWed's Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway This week’s Savvy Steal is a gorgeous, antique white, 16’’ Victorian Frill handmade cake stand from Handmade Cake Stand. This gorgeous piece will become an heirloom for one lucky bride-to-be, and is valued at $250.00! Each cake stand from Handmade Cake Stand is made one at a time, using a potter’s wheel and a lump of porcelain clay. From start to finish, each stand takes 8 weeks to make, so much time and patience is put into...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Edgy Engagement Photo Shoot

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Engagement sessions. You either hate them or love them. Personally, I started off in the first camp but since being sent a million and one fabulous ones I have to say my mind has now been changed. A good engagement session will bring out the personalities of the couple and will be as far away from mediocre as possible. Holley & Jason score highly with their session by The Nichols... the cars, the tattoo, the glasses, the bright red dress... this is right up...

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Bubbly Bride: Early Morning Wedding

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Not every bride has dreams of her wedding lasting late into the night. Some morning brides love a delicious brunch served along with a desire for early morning vows. This is a great way to save money and some couples have traditions of brunch every Saturday or Sunday morning and want to share this with their friends and family. The menu will obviously offer much different fare with items such as eggs benedict and fancy french toast ending with a delicious...

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Savvy Steals Winner- Hand-Painted Wedding Stationery Designed by a True Artist goes to…

by Azure

Guess who is walking away with 75 custom-made, hand-painted wedding response cards and invitations from Momental Designs? The lucky winner is...(cue the drumroll)... MrsOlsen2B! This Savvy Scooper's hard work this week really paid off! Thanks to her smart, savvy comments on many blog posts this week, MrsOlsen2B will kick-off this most momental event (her wedding) with stunning, beautiful wedding stationery. Congrats, MrsOlsen2B!

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Ever After Wedding Market: Radiant Roses Wedding Ideas

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Roses are not strictly limited to your wedding bouquet! Our merchants demonstrate the wide variety of ways in which you can incorporate roses into your ceremony. Flowers always make a beautiful hair accessory and roses are no exception. The Floral Facinator from Ann Leslie Designs features an ivory rose embellished with Swarovski pearls and crystal with layers of French veiling between the petals. Agape Gifts has an equally elegant creation in the...

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Pre-Wedding Party Idea: A Wine Tasting

by Azure

Are you looking for a way to make some of your wedding planning decisions a little more fun? Why not involve your friends? When my friends Michael and Matthew were getting married they were lucky enough to have a venue (Chicago’s Newberry Library) that allowed them to provide their own bar. We’ve written about this idea before, because it’s a great way to save money. Michael and Matthew both like a nice glass of wine, but neither of them are exactly Alpana Singh. So, to...

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The Bespoke Bride: Hiring a Day Of Coordinator for a Stress-Free Wedding

by Azure

About The Bespoke Bride One of the first things I did once we started planning the wedding was to find a wedding planner, or rather, a day of coordinator (DOC). Given my Type A tendencies and event management career I knew that I wanted to plan my own wedding but I hadn’t any desire to look after the day of bits, nor did I want to task my family or friends with it. Partly because I envisioned a wedding day that involved sleeping in, getting a manicure and generally lazing about the...

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Be Savvy, Brides!  Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win 75 Wedding Invitations and Response Cards

by Azure

Hey ladies! Don't miss your chance to win 75 gorgeous, custom-made, hand-painted wedding invitations AND response cards from Momental Designs! Only 2 more days to comment your way to this week's Savvy Steal! For full details on this weeek's fab swag, and how to win it, click HERE!

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Wedding Color Palettes Inspired By Sexy Paint Colors

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing Go On, Grab Some Paint Chips... Choosing your wedding colors can be a frustrating task. You might have an idea as to what colors you like, but why not get some further inspiration by taking a walk down the... paint aisle? Yes! Let's take a walk, shall we? House Beautiful recently featured an article called "Sexy Paint Colors" for your home. Being wedding-obsessed, my brain automatically switched gears and the phrase for your home turned into for your...

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Bright, Vibrant Florals for your Modern Wedding by La Petite Fleur

by Azure

Special Floral Feature from Carra Otten ofLa Petite Fleur Gretchen and Tom's wedding ceremony was held at Gloria Dei in Saint Paul, a very large and ornate, but very warm and welcoming, Lutheran church. The reception was at the uber chic, modern and fabulous Graves 601 Hotel. For all you brides out there wanting a modern wedding full of bright, vibrant colors, I hope you find these photos inspiring!

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OneWed’s DIY Wedding Make-up Application Session at Bluemercury

by Azure

We already did a quick re-cap of our fabulous Bridal Board event at Bluemercury. But, the talented guys at Fred Fox Photography & Video put together this fun video with some of the highlights of the night. Enjoy!

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Your Wedding Colors: Pull Inspiration from Wedding Invitation Designs

by Azure

Special feature by Leah of1st Class Wedding Invitations Okay. I’ll admit it. I was stalking wedding blogs and wedding products online in the summer of 2008, long before a wedding proposal was even in the works. Little did I know I would be engaged just 5 months later. Imagine my shock when my longtime boyfriend proposed to me on our three year anniversary! On that Tuesday, I left my office to go pick up my future fiancé for dinner, but he instead surprised me with a ring before we...

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Savvy Steals Weekly Giveaway- 75 Invitations and Response Cards from Momental Designs!

by Azure

Capture the Momental with this week's Savvy Steal! A momental moment is one that is fleeting, yet profound; your wedding could be one of the most significant in your life. Our Savvy Steals winner this week will receive 75 custom-made, individually handpainted wedding invitations and response cards from Momental Designs. The owner, Kristy Rice, is an artist-turned-stationery designer, who in 2003, formed Momental Designs which features a collection of hand-painted wedding...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Get Messy with Trash the Dress!

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Trash the dress is a phenomenon that has been gaining momentum for a while now – no longer is it just the crazy brides who want to ‘trash their dress’ and in a way it’s becoming a lot more accepted as a part of the wedding process – get engaged, do engagement shoot – get married, have wedding pictures, married, trash your dress! It’s not all about setting yourself on fire or jumping in a muddy lake however, maybe you just want to get good and...

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WOW! This is the best wedding invitation you’ll see all day.

by Azure

Congratulations to this couple. Looks like it's going to be a fun marriage.

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Ever After Wedding Market: Precious Pastels

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Fill your celebration with pretty pastel treasures with this theme suggested by Nansglam. Carry a unique bouquet down the aisle with the Peonies and Hydrangeas handbag with fabric blooms and a stalk-like handle from The Other Sister. Mix and match fabrics for a customized cloth bound album cloth bound album from Flyleaf Books. The Midwest Modern fabrics from Amy Butler in this package feature a range of bright pastel colors with pink, orange,...

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Featured Wedding: Aaron and Neale

by Azure

Featured wedding by Danielle Murphy of Danielle Murphy Photography "Do what you want with us".....ahhhhhh music to a photographer's ears. I had the privlege of photographing Aaron and Neale's Wedding at Beacon Hill Golf course in Commerce, Michigan. I am eternally grateful that they allowed me to exercise creative control with their wedding images. I promised to get the standard formal shots and then I was free to take the fun shots. I am not sure who had more fun, Aaron and Neale or...

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The Bespoke Bride: What’s A Bespoke Wedding All About

by Azure

About Bespoke Bride I am so thrilled to be guest writing for OneWed and hope that you’ll enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy reading the Savvvy Blog. As this is my first post, I thought I would share a wee bit more information about myself and and my wedding to give you a sense of where I’m coming from. I promise not to make a habit of talking about myself. Promise! As someone who has a wedding blog and writes for two wedding websites, I find it amusing that I was...

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Top Tips: How to Hire and Work with Clergy and other Officiators

by Azure

You've thought about the dress, the food, the flowers... but what about the ceremony itself? Have you given any thought to who will perform your ceremony? Whether you're having a religious or a civil ceremony, you'll need someone to perform it for you. Check out our advice section for Ten Top Tips on Hiring and Working with Officiators.

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Send Out Cards offers personalized cards and announcements

by Azure

Have you ever found yourself spending waaaay too much time in a card or stationery store? You were just going to duck in for a few minutes, but then everything seems to be almost what you're looking for... but only almost. You love the image, but there's a dumb limerick inside that you can't stand. Or you love the sentiment (or the blankness), but the color scheme isn't quite right. Or everything seems perfectly fine, but it just isn't you. Give your poor brain a rest and check...

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