Ceremony and Reception


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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It’s A Jaime Thing: Buds & Blossoms…

by Azure

About It's A Jaime Thing ...Less Is More With Affordable Decor! If you're looking for fun, affordable decor ideas for your wedding day, why not head over to cb2? They have an adorable array of bud vases to incorporate into your wedding or home! Cut down on your flower costs by using one stem for each vase. Bunch your vases in small groups of three at round tables or line them up in a row across longer tables, such as your head table. Perhaps alternate them between...

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Custom invitations to show off your inner designer

by Azure

Whether it's because you like things just so or just plain gorgeous, sometimes a girl's gotta design her own. Better yet, you can let a talented designer do the crafting to suit your exquisite taste while you sit back and approve. This custom-designed wedding stationery from Ink Umbrella comes in a zillion varieties of fantastic. Designer Jane Tomlinson works with you to make a beautiful, unified suite of wedding stationery - everything from save-the-date cards to parking...

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Wedding Flowers on a Budget

by Azure

Believe it or not, March 1st was the first day of meteorological spring. I don't really know what that means either, but at this point I'm desperate for any sign that winter will end. One of the best signs is the coming of spring flowers. Not only are they beautiful, but for brides getting married in the spring and summer they're a great way to save money! If you're looking for a painless and beautiful way to cut down your costs, choose in-season flowers for your bouquet,...

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Insider Tips for Creating a Green Wedding

by Azure

Special Feature by Brian Worley of YourBASH! and host of Party Monsters Cabo. These days, throwing green weddings and events is much easier than in the past and doesn't have to cost you much more, if anything, than a traditional wedding. The three key words to throwing a "green" or eco-friendly wedding are “recycle,”“reuse,” and “reduce”! 1. Rent the dress Grooms and groomsmen have been wearing rented tuxedos forever, so why not rent a wedding dress? I know it sounds...

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Finding Inspiration in a Williams-Sonoma Catalog

by Azure

Afternoon Savvy Scoopers! Last night I found a wedding delight in my favorite cook's catalog - Williams-Sonoma. Perhaps not the first place you go for wedding decor ideas, but WS knows how to dress and photograph a table! For a Sunday brunch Wedding or bridal shower consider these pastel treats:

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Ever After Wedding Market: Crystalline Glamour

by Azure

About Ever After Wedding Market Create a sophisticated celebration by combining the sparkle of crystal with white and silver accents. Delicate flowers and shimmering pearls are a perfect addition to this theme. Attach rhinestones to invitations or include a pinch of iridescent glitter. Carry a bouquet of white roses and wear a tiara as you walk down the aisle! In order from Top Left to Bottom Right: Daisyblu, Elaine Haydon Jewelry, Luv to Peek Bridal, Oh Faro!, Nina Renee Designs,...

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Bliss Unveils New Bliss Bridal Couture Line!

by Azure

There are few things in life I love more than a fabulous pair of shoes, and I have a serious weakness for anything that BLINGS! As if the existing collection from Bliss Bridal Shoes weren't tempting enough, Bliss has just rolled out its Couture Collection of Limited Edition Bridal Shoes! If you're looking for a sexy embellished sandal that glistens with beautiful pearls, or a peep-toe platform that sparkles with rhinestones, Bliss has got you covered!

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Hostess with the Mostess: Fabulous Event Inspiration from Artfool Events

by Azure

About Hostess with the Mostess If you’ve got a wedding to plan and love looking at gorgeous design to pull inspiration for your big day, professional event design portfolios are a great place to start! To gather ideas for floral design and color palettes, check out artfool events’ online portfolio! Artfool Events brings style and grace to each of its planning endeavors- for a website full of amazing inspiration Click Here! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here...

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The Man Registry: Groom’s Guide to Selecting Wedding Party Members

by Azure

About The Man Registry Selecting members of your wedding party can be a very overwhelming task. The more people you know, the harder it becomes. Obviously, you want to get these choices right and you want to convey how thankful you are to the lucky few that you choose. Asking someone to stand next to you on your wedding day is an honor that is hard to equal. Ideally, you want to make your decisions nine to 10 months before the wedding. The first thing you want to consider along with...

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