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Add a Touch of Romance with Chandeliers

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I can’t get enough of these gorgeous chandeliers! My friends at CT Wedding Group just sent along these beautiful photos of a recent wedding at The Barns. The photographer did an amazing job capturing the beauty of them, they truly add a romantic look and feel to the venue, don’t you think? View more photos for this beautiful wedding here.

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Photos courtesy of Candice Jeffrey Photography and CT Wedding Group.

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Formal from Head-to-Toe

Once the prefect wedding gown is found, the search is on for a great pair of shoes.  Brides know how important the perfect pair of shoes is in creating their overall look but often times, not much thought is given to what the groom will wear on his feet.  It’s true that men’s formal shoes can sometimes be plain but that is definitely not the case with the new David Tutera men’s formal shoe collection.

The first pattern, Celebrity, is a patent shoe with a classic double –runner across the body of the shoe.   The double-runner is over-laid with a matching matte material adding contemporary flair.  The second pattern, Icon, is the flip-side version of Celebrity where the shoe is matte-based and the double-runner is patent. Both styles are super sharp and would look great on every groom.

Have you shopped for your groom’s shoes yet?  If so, what style are you getting?

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The Wedding Outlet accepts the #IceBucketChallenge

All of the staff here at The Wedding Outlet have been individually nominated to complete the #IceBucketChallenge to help #StrikeOutALS. We have decided to accept this challenge together as a team. The Wedding Outlet will be donating $200 to ALSA.org to help #strikeoutALS and continue to raise awareness for this terrible disease. In addition to our donation of $200 we will donate $1 for every “share” our video receives (up to $1000). We in turn nominate the following wedding friends to also donate and complete the ALS #icebucketchallenge – Party Dress Express, Vows Bridal Outlet, WeddingVibe.com, Maggie Sottero, and David Tutera. You have 24 hours!

Visit our Facebook Page to watch our #IceBucketChallenge

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DIY Flower Girl Tutu

When thinking about my nieces and what they would wear on our wedding day I knew I wanted it to be fun. They are little girls after all and what do little girls like to do – dress up! I decided on puffy flower girl tutus and thought this would make a fun DIY wedding project. I immediately checked YouTube and found helpful video tutorials offering tips and a visual guide.

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Here is what I used and instructions to make a no sew flower girl tulle skirt:

1. Spool of Satin Ribbon for the waistband. (Approx: $3-$5)
Measured 18″, tied a knot. (this is to tie in a bow at the end)
Measured 20″, tied a knot. (this is to wrap around the waist)
Measured 18″, cut the ribbon. (this is to tie in a box at the end)

2. Pick your tulle colors. (On Sale for $1 a yard)
Mocha Tulle (9 yrds)
Blush Pink Tulle (3 yrds)

3. Razor Cutter (Purchased with a coupon for $8)
Easiest way to cut even strips of tulle.

4. Sparkle Embellishments (Purchased on sale for $3)
A few glued throughout the skirt for a little sparkle.

5. Super Glue (Had some at home – $0)

You simply cut the stripes to your desired length and tie to the ribbon. Continue to push pieces together as you move along the ribbon. The more you fit on the ribbon the thicker the skirt. For a step by step tutorial visit YouTube.

I’ve decided I will pair the skirt with an ivory leotard, sparkly ballet flats and a brooch barrette for their hair. After the wedding the girls can play dress up in the skirts. What do you think?

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A Sweet Way to Pop the Question

I’m already married but I’ve just been proposed to!  My sister found such a cute and creative way to ask me to be in her bridal party that I had to share.

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Etsy Seller: Preston’s Event Planning

I was out with my sister when she handed me a gift bag and told me to open it.  Inside was a small square box wrapped in ribbon.  When I pulled off the ribbon and opened the box, I found a candy ring pop and a message written on the top inside lid of the box, “Will you be my matron of honor?”  The invitation wasn’t a surprise to me but the way she popped the question sure was.  I’ve been in many weddings but was never asked in such a fun way.

Can you think of any other creative ways to ask your family and friends to be in your wedding?

Nautical Wedding Inspiration

Planning a Nautical Wedding Theme? Find inspiration in this Nautical themed wedding inspiration board filled with top selling wedding accessories & favors for your wedding ceremony and reception.
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Featured Nautical Wedding Accessories:
Nautical Guest Book, Custom Nautical Table Runner, Anchors Away Luggage Tag, Anchor Photo Booth Backdrop, Anchor Burlap Favor Bags, Anchor Favor Bags, Nautical Rope Place Card Holders, Nautical Anchor Place Card Holder, Life is But a Dream Print.

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Custom Touches for your Save the Dates

After a few days of proofs and edits, our plantable stationery vendor helped create a custom Save the Date that is perfect for our theme. The style and colors help set the tone for our Rustic Wedding. In only a few days time they arrived at my door and it was time to get to work! This was one of the first big tasks we had to do for our wedding and we wasted no time getting prepared. As we waited for the Save the Dates to arrive we used our time wisely to make this process as easy as possible. Here are some helpful tasks that will prepare you to send save the dates:

Prepare your Guest List
We created an excel spreadsheet for our guest list. In this we listed a series of columns filled with important information {name, address, etc} and one column titled “Save the Date”. After stuffing and sealing the envelope for that guest, a tally would be marked in that column to signify a mailing. At the end the number in the spreadsheet would match the physical number being mailed. Just a nice way to ensure you don’t overlook anyone.

Format Address Labels
If you choosing not to handwrite or calligrapher addresses, printing labels is the next best thing. I pulled all the addresses from our guest list and formatted them in a word doc. I selected a font that matches my Save the Dates and my labels were ready to print. Since my envelopes are a latte color, I purchased clear labels from Staples so you could barely see the label itself. I plan to use these for all my thank you cards and invitations. (Note: The use of labels is still said to be a no no in terms of wedding etiquette and tradition so you may get some slack for this.)

Return Address Labels
Addressing your envelopes with your return address can be done with a label or handwritten. I found that adding another label to the envelope was a bit too much and handwriting our address over and over seemed daunting. What about a self-inking address stamp? I love this idea! You can use for your wedding invitations, thank you cards and for any other mailings long after the wedding is over. I stumbled upon Yellow Fish Paperie which offers so many pretty return address stamps. I choose a design that works with our stationery and one that can be used after the wedding. Here are some of my favorites from Yellow Fish Paperie:

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Purchase your Postage
Another expense that is not often thought about is postage. There are few wedding themed stamps available at USPS.com including white roses, wedding cake and a love stamp. While these stamps compliment almost any wedding theme , I didn’t really love any for our Save the Dates. After a little research I stumbled upon sites that offered Custom Wedding Postage. The variety of styles, themes and sizes are endless. I found an adorable stamp on Zazzle.com that was a perfect fit for our stationery. A rustic chalkboard style available with two custom text lines and a floral embellishment made this stamp a perfect match for our plantable save the dates. Here are a few of my favorites:

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What other small touches could you do to make your Save the Dates easier or more personal?

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David Tutera Tuxedos Available for Spring 2015

The International Formalwear Association’s annual convention and trade show takes place at the end of July.  Tuxedo suppliers, retailers and industry experts get together to preview the latest styles of tuxedos and men’s formal accessories that will be available for weddings for the upcoming year.

This year, a new brand name in rental tuxedos will premiere – David Tutera.  David is a WE TV star, celebrity wedding planner, and producer and star of the TV series, “My Fair Weddings.” The David Tutera spring 2015 collection will feature a black herringbone design and an ivory or black design, all in a light-weight wool style. This timeless, new line for men is designed to complement his bridal collection so couples can now have a totally Tutera wedding.

Would you be interested in checking out David’s new men’s formalwear line for your spring 2015 wedding?

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Save the Dates

Our first real wedding purchase aside from vendor services was our Save the Dates. There are so many great options available; from themed stationery to custom designs you really can get as creative (and expensive) as you want. To set the tone for our rustic wedding we wanted something with earthy beige tones with a splash of color, simple and practical for our guests and our budget.

Since this was the first piece of stationery our guests will be receiving or seeing I wanted to be sure that whatever style we choose for our Save the Dates that the Invitations, Thank You’s and other important stationery pieces were available and worked with our wedding. Some people may decide differently but I liked the idea of a set design for all our stationery pieces.

After searching many popular sites like Minted.com and WeddingPaperDivas.com I fell in love with a lot of their styles; from mason jars to burlap and lace – they offered great designs for Rustic Weddings. But I wanted something different, not something you see all the time and TheWeddingOutlet.com had just want I was looking for – Plantable Wedding Stationery.

Plantable Wedding Stationery is such a unique, fun idea – don’t you think? What I really love about this stationery besides that is a great way to do something green for our wedding is that guests will enjoy planting these save the dates in August once the receive them. Whether you choose herbs or wildflowers, guests simply insert the seed paper in a pot or outdoors and watch it grow.

Here are some styles I was considering for our summer rustic wedding:

floral-wreath Floral Wreath Seasons Plantable Stationery,

bloomBloom Flowers Plantable Stationery

ornate-floral and Ornate Floral Plantable Stationery (coming soon to The Wedding Outlet)

Visit MA Wedding Guide for tips on why Plantable Wedding Stationery is perfect for your wedding day!

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11 Month Countdown…

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I feel like the one year mark was just the other day, so yesterday being the 11 month countdown comes as a shock. Here is what we’ve been busy with…

We just got back from visiting CT to see our venue. The Barn looked amazing all glammed up for a summer Saturday night wedding. It was just the inspiration we were hoping for from our visit and certainly got us excited for our wedding. While visiting we scouted some places for our rehearsal dinner and really liked this one place – Esca Restaurant & Wine Bar. It had a lovely private function room and a delicious menu – both important for such a special intimate night with our family and closest friends.

Something about sending out the Save the Dates has me excited and anxious, it’s almost as if our wedding date just became official. We just ordered the Save the Dates from The Wedding Outlet which offers designs from Botantical Paperworks – one of my favorite vendors. I really love the concept behind plantable stationery. It’s a unique idea that is fun for the guests! Stay tuned – I’ll be sharing my designs soon.

We booked our Florist – Just for You Florist so I’ve created a Pinterest Board (typical bride move – right?) collecting all my centerpiece and bouquet ideas. I am really loving the look of wildflowers, peonies and succulents.

And lastly, the most exciting part of this month was finally finding “the dress”! After trying on many beautiful dresses I finally decided on the one. Party Dress Express was amazing to work especially Denise, she was so patience and helpful and it was her that suggested the dress I ultimately said yes to! I am so excited about this dress and can’t wait to share it – but you’ll have to wait!

On my agenda for this month…

Find a photographer – There are so many talented photographers available and so many types of packages that honestly I am a little overwhelmed by this decision. I’ve started to do my homework and visit blogs and websites so the list is coming along. Should I find a local photographer that travels or look for one in CT? Any helpful tips when selecting a photographer?

Finalize the Bridesmaid Dresses – I’ve decided on a mix and match theme and have my color shades selected but need to decide on a designer – Dessy, Alfred Angelo, Bill Levkoff and so many more to choose from.

Anything not on my list that should be?