Ceremony and Reception


Great Wedding Idea: Bring the Wedding to the Guests

by Azure

Shortly before my wedding, one of my readers had a family tragedy and another reader lost his job (here’s a hint, if I ever ask you to read something, say no). We found replacement readers, but what really made me sad was that these people, who were so important to me, couldn’t be at the wedding. Well, today they could be. If you have family and friends who can’t come to the wedding due to money or illness, consider a live stream broadcast of your wedding. If just reading those...

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Save on Letterpress Wedding Invitations with Wedding Paper Divas!

by Azure

With so many fabulous wedding invite and stationery designers out there, it’s not always easy making your final invitation selection. What if I told you that you could get exclusive wedding invitations and announcements designed by some of the hottest artists in the industry for free? Would this help make your decision a bit easier? I thought so! The folks at Wedding Paper Divas are currently running a promotion unlike any other they have ever offered, and we wanted to let all of...

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Featured Wedding: Jeff and Angel

by Azure

Special Feature by Joseph Harris of JLH Photography Jeff and Angel's wedding at Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus was easily the most interesting wedding I shot in 2008. "Traditional" is certainly not a word that I would use to describe them. When I met with Angel the first time and saw that she had written the word "steampunk" in for the wedding's theme, I knew we would be making some remarkable images together. Steampunk is a style that is best understood as coming...

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Top Ten Tips for Hiring (and enjoying) Your Wedding Band

by Azure

Looking for advice on hiring a wedding band? Come on over to OneWed's advice section and check out bandleader Becca Kaufman's excellent top ten tips for hiring a wedding band.

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Hostess with the Mostess: Splash of Color with a Citrus Wedding

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess This beach-inspired orange and yellow color palette from Pacific Weddings is perfect for a summer wedding! If you’ve already chosen your wedding colors (or are having a fall or winter wedding), incorporate this fabulous citrus color palette into your bridal shower, bridesmaids luncheon, or any summertime bash. Whether or not you have the sand, shining sun, and crashing waves at your affair, incorporate a sunny splash of color with details...

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It’s A Jaime Thing: Throw An Iron Chef Themed Wedding Shower…

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing …And Prepare For A Battle Of The Sexes! Getting the groom to come to a shower is not always easy, but if he loves to show off in the kitchen, this idea will make him happy to attend! Host a couples shower for the bride and groom, with an “Iron Chef” theme, such as the one that Chicago wedding plannerMarina Birch helped create... “The idea”, says Birch, according to Chicago Home & Garden Magazine, ”is to have a cooking competition that will...

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Featured Wedding: Gen and Rob

by Azure

Special Feature by Bola Abodunde of Onada Photography Gen and Rob got married on January 24th, 2009. I photographed their engagement session last summer and it didn’t take long to see that they mean the world to each other and make a perfect match. Their ceremony took place at Rob’s childhood church - Park Avenue Christian Church - in South Orange, NJ and the reception was held at the Bridgewater Manor in Bridgewater, NJ. Their wedding details were unique and absolutely...

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Add some zing to your wedding party table

by Azure

You may have a few Swarovski crystals glittering away on your gown or in your hair, but don't you want to spread the sparkle? These Swarovski crystal tea lights will have your head table glowing. ...And it's not like anybody would exactly complain if these also showed up at your engagement party or future soirées. They're a bit of an investment, but when does shine go out of style?

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Introducing Hello!Lucky Free Wedding Website Designs!

by Azure

Hey Savvy Scoopers! Feeling lucky? Now that you're back in the swing of things on Monday, a special surprise for any recently engaged brides & grooms looking for fabulous FREE wedding website designs to tell their loved ones all the details of their upcoming wedding. We're thrilled to offer 20 design-color-combos for a free wedding website from Hello!Lucky and you can even match your website to your own wedding invitations! Get lucky!

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: MangoRED Wedding Photographers

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Recently I have been going crazy over the work of Filipino photographers MangoRED. So much so, that not only have I shared their work on Rock 'n Roll Bride, but on another site I have written for recently, Bridal Soup. And now, I want share it with you too. I really want to spread the word about these amazingly talented guys! Just call me their personal blogging PA! Their style and flair for light and texture is like nothing I’ve seen from any other...

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Bubbly Bride: Wedding Dress Dramatic Backs

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride When looking for a dress you hear a lot about the fabric type and shape of the dress. You hear about sweetheart necklines and A-line skirts. At the end of the day the part of the dress that your guests have spent the most time looking at is the back! Designers are realizing the desire for dramatic and eye-catching wedding dress backs, and creating artistic masterpieces! While you are standing in the front of the church, or slow dancing to your first song, your...

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Letterpress Wedding Invitations for Less

by Azure

Special Feature by Thuy Ha of Paper Chez 5 ways to keep the cost down on your letterpress wedding invitations Many brides are absolutely in love with letterpress but are afraid of the higher price tags they usually come with. For style-conscious brides who are looking for letterpress invitations that won’t break the bank, there are many ways to keep the cost down (without sacrificing style). Here are five ways to shop for letterpress invitations on a budget. 1) 1-color...

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Ever After Wedding Market: Something New

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market The selection of beautiful wedding creations in the Ever After Market has recently expanded with the offerings of several new shops! Pick the perfect spring or summer wedding invitations by combining popular colors fuchsia and chartreuse. The Cymbidium Orchid Invitation from Cheer Up Cherup uses a modern floral silhouette in chartreuse with crisp black text to make an eye-catching wedding invitation. Eden Invitations and Stationery offers an equally...

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Bride Chic: THE INTERCHANGABLE WEDDING GOWN

by Azure

About Bride Chic Wouldn't going straight from a wedding ceremony to the bash of your life be a radical transition? Few brides can do this without making some changes. Generally the most common adjustments are from head and hemline. After the ceremony, a bride usually removes the longest layer of veil or doffs it entirely save the headpiece. The train that looked so awesome on the walk down the aisle is bustled for dancing and moving about. Lately brides are taking time out between...

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Bridal Shower Cupcake Treat

by Azure

Maybe because it’s Passover, and I’m not allowed to eat certain things, but I’m drooling over these lingerie cupcakes from Two Parts Sugar. Have you ever seen anything more perfect for a bridal shower? Wedding cakes tend to be beautiful, classic, and classy, but a bridal shower cake (or cupcake) has room to be a little more original, and a little more personal. Let’s see, if I were designing cupcakes to represent me, I’d put tiny cups of coffee on top of each one. If I were...

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No Preacher at the Wedding?  No Problem.

by Azure

Special Feature by Jeff Haden of BlackBird Images No wedding goes perfectly – but some go less perfectly than others. Say you’re getting married on a beautiful hilltop situated 400 yards from the main house… and the best man forgot the rings. No problem – someone runs back to the house, you smile sheepishly, and everyone remembers how gracefully you handled the moment. (Plus it’s a story you can tell your grandkids.) But what happens if months of planning come...

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The one time it’s OK to bug each other at your wedding

by Azure

I'll admit it: I can't resist a good cake topper. These love bugs are such a fun, quirky blend of old-fashioned and modern that I immediately started wondering if I knew any engaged entomologists. ...Or, of course, you and your honey might prefer beebots instead. Because why not? I love how odd yet instantly appealing these are. They're definitely a great way to show you're a couple with love in your hearts and something different up your sleeves. Not into bugs but like the...

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Featured Wedding: Starlet and Tim

by Azure

Special Feature by Claire Copeland of Simple Treasures Photography. Q. Why did you choose a beach wedding? A. I have always wanted a beach wedding. I originally wanted to take a cruise and have the wedding in the Bahamas or Mexico, but Tim got orders to Iraq and has to leave in early June, so our time to save up money for our fabulous wedding in paradise was nixed. Tim’s sister called one day and said she and her husband and kids were going to St. Petersburg for vacation in March...

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Hostess with the Mostess: A Modern Spin on the Traditional White Wedding

by Azure

by Morgan Spenla - the Creative, DIY Bride! via Hostess with the Mostess.com The Vibe: This contemporary ‘White Wedding’ took a spin on the traditional to feature creative designs by a do-it-yourself bride. The goal was to create an atmosphere that captured a whimsical and romantic feel within the clean look of a contemporary celebration. The dreamy backyard venue featured an ideal garden setting and 360-degree view of the Pacific Ocean, rolling meadows and brilliantly green...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Glam’d Up Wedding

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Why hello, fancy seeing you here! How has everybody’s weekend been? Rock n Roll Bride has decided to go all glamorous this week – it’s not all about tattoos, pink hair and punk rock over here you know! I was sent a selection of amazing weddings shot by the fabulous Joy Marie this week. She knew how much I loved this (celebrity) wedding she photographed so was quick off the mark to send me a plethora of more of her amazing work! It was a tough...

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Bubbly Bride: The Morning After

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Trust me...I know the first thing you are thinking when the wedding and reception are over is get me on the Honeymoon! After a year of planning every detail of your wedding - so that your friends and family can fly from all over the country to come and join you celebrating, why be in such a rush? Between the wedding and the reception you rarely have a free moment to spend quality time with those you love. My suggestion is to relax and set aside the morning after...

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Ever After Wedding Market: Garden Party Inspiration Board

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Enjoy the budding plants and blooming flowers of spring with this garden theme suggested by Daisyblu. The beauty of nature is apparent in these wedding invitations and accessories. For your bridal shower, serve tea and sweet treats at a botanical garden. At the wedding, decorate your venue with brightly colored paper lanterns and spring flowers. Give small potted plants as favors or use packets of seeds as seating cards. Try decorating your cake with...

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Bride Chic: NEW DIRECTIONS IN HEAD CHIC

by Azure

About Bride Chic Here are some of the finest designers of head wear in the world and they're taking us down a new and exciting path to 2010 and beyond. Since bridal fashion is moving toward breaking tradition these days, alternatives to the veil are found everywhere. While veils are still in vogue and ever traditional, the new head options are definately worth checking out. Some brides bypassing the veil are going for wide brimmed hats, fresh flowers or jewels in their hair. The...

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Top 5 Reasons You Should do a Day-After Session

by Azure

Special Feature by Chris and Adrienne Scott of Chris & Adrienne Scott, Photographers Here's a quick list of reasons why, after your big day's over, there should still be one last thing to check off of your photography to-do list… 1. Location, Location, Location So, Aunt Mildred's backyard (while perfect for your intimate gathering of friends and family for your ceremony) didn't quite cut it for the full-on fashion shoot you had in mind, huh? A day-after session is your perfect...

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