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Bubbly Bride: Discovering Wedding Inspiration and Ideas

About Bubbly Bride One of the biggest questions after you get engaged is... Where do I start? There are so many avenues today to find inspiration. I have listed a few below where I personally frequent often and I want to hear from you what helped you most while finalizing your wedding details. Blogs Thousands of wedding blogs are on the Internet just waiting to be googled. Experts in the industry are constantly updating their blogs with trends and advice for brides to read. They are blogging about everything from Rock and Roll to Classic and Chic and my personal favorite... Bubbly Celebration! Even a little something for the Grooms. Blogs are a great way to quickly google an idea and find tips and trends. For example, Jamie and her blog It's a Jamie Thing posts daily to bring you "inspiration and ideas to make your wedding one you won't forget... and your guests won't stop talking about." Also, you can follow blogs via RSS feeds and have all of your favorite blog posts gathered together for you without having to worry about visiting 20+ sites a day. The Internet has increased the flow of information and I would easily argue that blogs are now the number one place for brides to gather inspiration for their wedding and get the most up-to-date ideas and quick answers to any of their planning needs. Magazines One of the most exciting moments when I first got engaged is when one of my close friends went out and presented me with my first copy of Brides magazine. There is something about looking through a bridal magazine for the first time that makes the planning process real. Magazines are also great forms of wedding inspiration. What I love most about magazines is every time I look through them something different catches my eye. I probably could go through a year-old magazine and flip through it for the 50th time and find a dress design that a year ago I would have never considered to be my style, or a hair accessory that I passed right over the first 49 times. With magazines you can go through and tear out the different pages or specific items that caught your eye and build an inspiration board or binder. Once you see a cake design that you love, tear it out and give your bakery a visual of what you expect. Let your florist know what style of bouquet you are looking for by bringing in pictures, that way there will be no unanswered questions. Other magazines that I love to glance through are Southern Weddings, InStyle Weddings and Martha Stewart Weddings. Wedding Planners I think this inspiration source is highly under-utilized! These industry experts have coordinated and executed so many creative ideas, while working with a large variety of brides. Their knowledge spans across every detail of your planned day from the moment you wake up to the last dance at the reception. Use Twitter to ask questions and network with planners in your area. I promise if they can't personally help you out, they can quickly find an answer within their network! Friend's & Family Weddings Every wedding you attend is a great opportunity to get new ideas and actually see them played out. There is no question of if it will work, you are able to see the dress style or unity candle ceremony in action. If you see a friend who was inspired by something you did at your wedding, don't think "she is copying my original idea," think of it has a compliment from one bride to another. We all need help creating our special day and discovering new trends. Photographer's Websites These websites are full of ideas; you just have to take the time to look. Not only are you seeing pictures of real life weddings, but you are seeing them through the eyes of an artist. When you are looking at these sites don't only notice that the bridesmaids dresses were navy, or that the groom wore tennis shoes—take a close look at the perspective and lighting of the picture. Although your photographer will know a lot about wedding photo styles, if you see something that jumps out at you or a certain picture angle that you want, print it out and give your photographer ideas. They want you to love your pictures so let them know what you are expecting in your finished product. Find out if you hate formal pictures and love the photojounalist style—take notes while you browse! These are only a few of the many places you can find inspiration for colors, ideas and food for your big day. Where do you turn when you need the most up to date tips and trends?
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