Ceremony and Reception


Flower Girls and Ring Bearers: Give Them a Gift You’ll Both Enjoy

by Azure

You’ve probably given some thought to your bridesmaids’ gifts, or at least put it on your list of things to think about, but what about your littlest attendants? Do yourself a favor, get them a dual-purpose gift, something they’ll love and something to keep them busy at your reception. This is especially important if they’ll be the only kids at your wedding. I love Land of Nod’s “I’m not bored anymore art jar.” It has everything you need to keep a child busy at an...

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Hostess with the Mostess: Black & White Inspiration

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess During my time at The Special Event 2009 in San Diego back in January, I attended the “Wedding Lunch”, and was beyond inspired! With 16 different Black & White table looks throughout the room, all designed by different companies, there was always something new to discover. Seeing such creativity and over-the-top glamour really got my wheels spinning! Just as Bubbly Bride said in her “I Thought Black Was For Funerals?” Savvy Scoop post, black...

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Green Weddings: All the Fun, Half the Guilt

by Azure

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Here in Chicago, the holiday is a good excuse to turn everything green, from the river to the beer, to the way you feel around the gills the next morning. But, last month I had the chance to interview Wenona Napolitano, the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book and ever since then I’ve been stuck on green, as in environmentally helpful. Even if you wear a gown made of 100% organic hemp grown in your neighbor’s backyard and made on a solar-powered...

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A tasty way to make every penny work double-time!

by Azure

Special Feature from Forever Photography by Kylene This post is from my personal experience as a bride, as opposed to being a photographer. But I really think it’s a valuable tip and wanted to share! My husband and I had a 16-month engagement. This was for a lot of reasons, one of them being that we wanted a long stretch of time to come up with ideas, secure the right vendors, and have the money to pay for everything. One of the smartest things we did was to have our...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: RnR Bride part deux

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Hello and welcome to guest blogger RnR Bride part deux. I hope you enjoyed my first post and have been chomping at the bit for more…but if not then don’t tell me, I’ll only get upset. I am been a massive fan of Sloan Photographers. I love featuring their edgy, unique photographs on Rock 'n Roll Bride and I always check their blog for new and exciting weddings. When I stumbled across this little gem I knew it was the perfect wedding for my second...

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Bubbly Bride: Patterns full of Personality

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride Too often as we choose our dresses, linens and invitations we stick to traditional solid colors. When asked, "What are your wedding colors?", pattern is never mentioned. While most brides shy away from patterns, I think that adding patterns to your wedding day will bring out your personality. It will take your color scheme and add textures and dimensions that will WOW your guests! Become inspired by simple things around you and incorporate the patterns you see...

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Saving money on your reception menu

by Azure

Sure, your guests expect to eat at your reception, but they probably won’t be demanding Lobster Thermidore with a caviar chaser. If you remember to think in terms of satisfying your guests rather than impressing them and keep a sense of play in your planning, you can keep everyone happy without busting your budget. 1. Go loco. Locovore, that is. Choosing foods that are locally grown or raised and in season will cut your costs by a lot. Even better, your food will be fresher and...

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Always A Blogsmaid: Owning Vs. Renting!

by Azure

About Always A Blogsmaid Even if you are looking to trim your budget, you may not want to to scrimp on style. Lately, I've been advising my clients to consider working with your florist or decorator to supply some of your own materials. Sometimes buying your own votives, pillars, candelabras or even vases may enable you to get the look you want for less. It's not uncommon that you'll have to pay your florist a small handling fee for the items, but it's often a small price to pay to...

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Bring the celebration home with a tropical-themed party!

by Azure

Destination Weddings are a popular choice for couples-to-be, and while the concept of a big party “away from it all” is exciting, not everyone can make it. Luckily, there are many ways a bride and groom can celebrate with family and friends who couldn’t make it to the big event. To help bring the party home, throw a small celebration with a tropical theme! Three simple steps to bring the celebration home (without throwing off your budget): 1. Use backyard decorations but keep...

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Saving money on wedding decorations

by Azure

Your wedding décor is one of the areas where you can get really flexible with your budget. There’s very little that’s mandatory nowadays, so spend on what you love and toss the rest. Here are a few tips to get you started. 1. Go with the season. In-season flowers are much cheaper than anything that has to be grown in a hothouse or imported. There’s beauty all year round, so check with your florist and see what will be available locally – you may even be able to work your...

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To Trash or Not To Trash?

by Azure

Special Feature from Forever Photography by Kylene Your wedding is over. It was a huge success with lots of great memories, and you’ll see your proofs in a few weeks. Now what? What will you do with that beautiful wedding dress? You searched months to find the perfect one. You probably spent a good bit of money on it too. Will you preserve it with the hopes of your future daughter wearing it at her wedding? Will you donate it to charity? Will you sell it on eBay? Will you trash...

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A DIY Wedding… with Professional Flowers

by Azure

Sometimes, being a DIY bride isn’t as much of a money saver as you expect. After all, professionals have a little perk known as “wholesale prices.” Fiftyflowers.com gives you the best of both worlds. Their DIY packages let you purchase all the flowers you need to make your own bouquets and table arrangements at deeply discounted prices. Depending on the flowers you want, you could save $200-$300. Here’s the catch though, these are fresh flowers, so ideally you’d have them...

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Light up your Outdoor Wedding

by Azure

Your outdoor wedding just got even more gorgeous. These beautiful sea glass luminaries from Package Perfect are just the thing to light your way down the beach at sunset or illuminate the faces of your loved ones at the reception. And with their soft, frosted glass and beaded silver handles, your guests will be thrilled to get them as wedding favors. They come in sets of three, and there's even a discount for multiple orders. Heck, just dot them around the yard or your apartment and...

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Bubbly Bride: Welcoming your Guests in Style

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride When your friends and family fly in from around the country, it is always nice to have something to welcome them and let them know how grateful you are they came! This is especially important for destination weddings since most of your guests traveled further to attend. You want to introduce your guests to the city and let them know all of the fantastic sights and places to eat during their down time. Another great idea is to include an itinerary for the long...

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Lowering the Bar for Your Reception

by Azure

Alcohol is one of the big expenses of most wedding receptions. In most areas, your guests will expect an open bar, and costs can rack up faster than you think. Fortunately, your friendly former bartender is here to help. One of the most important things to know is that most mixed drinks do not need top-shelf alcohol. If you’re having a dry martini, in which only a tiny drop of vermouth (if any) is added, then, yes, you might want a high-quality gin or vodka. But if you’re having...

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Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Three-Ringed Circus-Themed Weddings!

by Azure

About Rock 'n Roll Bride Here we go then, my debut as not only a Savvy Scoop guest blogger but any guest blogger. I am super excited (and shh! a teeny bit nervous – please play nice with the new girl). Quite apart from the lengthy and wordy bio I’ve already shared with you (I’ve never been a girl short of words) there are a couple of things you should know about my blogging style over at Rock ‘n Roll Bride (or R’nR Bride as it is slowly becoming affectionately known...

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Ever After Wedding Market: Beautiful Bordeaux

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Whether you’re planning a wedding at a vineyard or simply love a fine vintage, this inspiration board is for you! Burgundy and gold are a beautiful color combination to pair with ornate and elegant details. Surprise your guests with a wine tasting or test your abilities as a sommelier by carefully selecting a wine for each course of your wedding dinner. Wine bottles have beautiful decorative labels and a favorite design might inspire your wedding...

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Bride Chic: BEYOND WHITE

by Azure

About Bride Chic Would you get married in black? Once upon a time most women did. In the 1800's brides wore everyday colors, mostly darker, somber ones. Today when we think black though, brides rarely come to mind. It's usually a shade reserved by society for widows and vamps. But times are a' changin' ladies. We're in the midst of an era where we're looking beyond the white philosophy that's defined wedding fashion for two centuries. No longer restricted to white on white, red, blue...

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The Worth of a Good Wedding Photographer

by Azure

Special Feature by Krista Guenin of Krista Photography Every once in a while, a bride will contact me about photographing her wedding and will find that I'm out of her price range. It always stinks to miss out on a potentially great wedding, but I've done my homework and know what I need to charge to make a living, and so I usually pass along the names of some other great photographers who might be a better fit for her budget (and who I know will do a great job). Not long ago,...

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Featured Wedding: How Amy Met Gabe

by Azure

Admittedly, I am a sucker for "how we met" stories. The tale of Amy & Gabe, below, is just one of those stories. How did you meet your sweetheart? I was staring into space as I waited to order my Potbelly’s sandwich in Midway Airport. My future husband thought I was “checking him out.” Little did I know that a tired gaze would lead to love! I proceeded through the line, bought my sandwich, and headed towards my gate. Meanwhile my future husband was contemplating...

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Wedding Cake or Work of Art?

by Azure

It seems like the wedding cake is taking a back seat these days. Cupcakes, chocolate fountains, sweet tables, they’re all wonderful, but there’s something truly special about a beautiful wedding cake. Maybe because it reminds us of childhood, there’s really no other chance to recapture the excitement of the unveiling of a birthday party cake. Well, if it’s excitement you’re looking for, check out these creations from Pink Cake Box. They’ll work with you to create a cake...

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A Wedding Budget That’s Gone to the Birds

by Azure

While most of today’s brides are looking for ways to cut back a little on expenses, the British are going all out. Check out this article about an owl that delivers wedding rings during the ceremony. For a little extra, you can also hire an eagle to serve as an usher! So, this makes me wonder, what’s the most ridiculous expense you’ve seen at a wedding? Wedding planners, what’s the most expensive request you’ve gotten?

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Hostess With The Mostess: Pomegranate Martini

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess If you’re looking for a yummy drink to serve at your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or wedding reception, try this simple Pomegranate Martini recipe! Pomegranates have been taking wedding menus by storm, and are a colorful addition (and healthy touch- full of antioxidants) to any event! Sit back, relax, and enjoy you big day while the bartender shakes up this refreshing concoction for all of your guests… What You’ll Need: 2 oz citrus...

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Bubbly Bride: Crystallized Weddings

by Azure

About Bubbly Bride When you want to add some “bling” to your wedding, Swarovski Crystals are a stunning way to create a luxurious feel to your big day. Drip your centerpieces in crystals and jazz up your details with some added sparkle that will scream delicate romance. In the first photo, from Allegro Photography,leading entertainment expert David Tutera designed this gorgeous blinged-out centerpiece! When these crystals are incorporated into your details, your guests will be...

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