Rustic Sand Ceremony Kits

The Wedding Outlet is excited to now be offering TWO NEW sand ceremony unity sets perfect for one of our most popular wedding themes – Rustic! Which one of these new arrivals do you think will be most popular?
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The Personalized Rustic Unity Sand Ceremony 4pc Set is the perfect way to blend your families together. With one large, featured vase and three smaller vases, this curvy set is a perfect way to involve children from a previous marriage or even a religious leader.

The Personalized Mason Jar Sand Ceremony Set is the perfect way to blend your families together. Set includes one large, featured mason jar and two smaller mason jars (comes complete with the lids shown in the picture).

Simply add sand of your choice (sand sold separately) to each of the smaller vases and give to each designated party. Just as the sand from the three vases are combined, never to be separated again… so shall your love be!

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Weekend Weddings

A trend that is growing in popularity is the Weekend Wedding! A Weekend Wedding extends the traditional wedding of ceremony, cocktail, dinner and dancing into a weekend long celebration! Not to be confused with a destination wedding that requires guests to travel far, a weekend wedding could be a location not far from where you live or work. Generally 1-3 hours away; an easy escape for friends and family.

Weekend Wedding venues, like at Essex Conference and Retreat Center in Cape Ann, Massachusetts, offers everything – from sleeping accommodations and games to wedding ceremony and reception area.

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Essex Conference Center & Retreat

Reasons to have a Wedding Weekend:

  • Ease stress of traveling the day of your wedding. You can wake up, feeling refreshed and not have to spend time traveling anywhere! Plus, your guests can enjoy the night without worries of driving.
  • More time to spend with family and friends. You don’t have to worry about greeting everyone in a short period during the reception – you have all weekend to talk to everyone!
  • Celebration is longer and more enjoyable, allowing you to bond with family and friends.


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#RingintheNewYear Contest

Congrats to all the couples that got engaged over the holidays! We know how excited a new bride is to show off her new bling… simply share your photo using #RINGintheNewYear & #TheWeddingOutlet and you could WIN a $250 gift certificate to shop for your upcoming wedding! Good Luck! Leave us a comment here with a link to your share. ring-in-the-new-year

First Kiss

With the strike of midnight hours away, it’s time to give thought to where you’ll have your New Year’s Eve kiss! Will you be swept up in the moment; or do you have a spot you’ll sneak away to kiss privately?!

Capturing your first kiss – or THE kiss – on your wedding day requires just as much thought. Your wedding photographer may have a few must have ‘posed’ ideas to capture a kiss; or perhaps s/he will catch you in a private moment.

Whether planned or not, we found some of our favorite shots from recent Massachusetts weddings:

After ‘I do’: the first kiss as husband and wife is a must have photo for your wedding album!

The First Dance: whether its a impromptu kiss during the dance or the final dip with a planned kiss, this is another must have image!

Cake Cutting: next to the couple, the cake is often a focal point to the wedding day. This kiss is expected by your guests and captures your wedding cake.

Your Venue: not only does this image capture the two of you, it also captures the place you celebrated!

Under the Lights: evening weddings allow for romantic, soft lighting. Whether a posed kiss or not, the image will be full of romance!

A few other favorites…

 

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Best of 2014 Wedding Trends & Fashions

Many couples embraced their sense of style in 2014! We predict this will grow even stronger in 2015. With that in  mind, don’t be too quick to say goodbye to these 5 popular wedding trends from 2014:

Wedding Reception DressesReception Dresses: Many brides are sticking with traditional gowns when saying ‘I do,’ but then slipping into a second style. From short and chic to long and lovely, brides are embracing fashion and the chance to wear two amazing styles! Options for a 2nd dress/style >

 

DIY WeddingsDIY Couples: couples are embracing their inner crafty side and getting hands on in wedding planning. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to DIY! Love to bake? Have a dessert table, baking your favorite treat and asking those closest to you to bring a dish you loved growing up. 8 DIY ideas that can save money while expressing yourself >

 

Engagement PhotographsEngagement Photos: location, location, location! Couples are picking locations that have meaning. From where they first met to their favorite past time, couples are bringing a personalized feel and memory to their photos, making the photos last a lifetime. 4 trends that will stand the test of time >

 

Fun Wedding IdeasFun Weddings: couples are not just having a ceremony, dinner and dancing – they are having entertainment, too! It could be as simple as guests’ writing a special memory or advice for the couple to including ethnic entertainment during the reception (think belly dancers or bagpipes) to games and activities for guests to play. 10 hot tips to create a fun wedding >

 

First LookFirst Look:  Couples are making the first look personal. No crowds – just the couple taking a moment before saying ‘i do’ (with their photographer capturing it all!) Ideas + alternatives to the first look >

 

 

Wedding Trends Today & Tomorrow

With the year coming to a close, I reviewed some wedding trends from 2014 and looked for the latest news and views on trends for 2015 weddings. Here are my picks for the best of 2014 and what I think will be the most exciting trend for your 2015 wedding.

If I had to pick my one favorite 2014 wedding trend, I’d have to say soft & romantic (ok, that’s two I guess.)  Gowns, decorations, flowers and even cake frosting took on natural colors, blushes and nudes creating soft, sexy looks that exuded elegance.

Now for my 2015 trend pick – There are many new trends on the horizon for 2015 weddings but the 2015 wedding trend I am most excited about is bridal gown styles.  Bridal gown colors are moving forward from blushes and ivory tones to blues, greys and even light greens and they’re featuring new contemporary designs like two-piece crop top and off-the-shoulder styles. Brides now have more options than ever when shopping for a wedding gown.  Yeah for brides!

Are you incorporating a 2015 wedding trend into your wedding?  If so, which one?

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LIQS Cocktail Shots: Fabulously Fun

Tis the season for holiday parties! You’ll find your usual cheers worthy beverages – including champagne, wine, winter brews and an array of festive concoctions – which are all perfect for a holiday occasion. However, there is something new on the scene! Just a few nights ago, I attended my first holiday party of the season and was excited to see a new colorful addition to the bar’s usual lineup. Guests were offered LIQS Cocktail Shots. These fun and fabulously flavored, perfectly packaged cocktail shots are delicious and had everyone wanting more.  I couldn’t help but think how fun these cocktail shots would be for wedding related occasions and gifts.

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We’ve all made Jello shots – tried to find the right container size, the right cooler to transport them – let’s face it: they can be a pain. LIQS Cocktail Shots are package perfectly for easy travel and their flavor choices are ones everyone will love.

Wedding Party Gifts
Most couples purchase personalized tote/duffle bags for their bridesmaid/groomsmen which means you’re going to need something to fill up those bags. Whether it’s a bottle or wine or their favorite bottle of bourbon add some colorful cocktail shots as an unexpected colorful party surprise.

Wedding Welcome Bags
Add 1 or 2 shots to your welcome bags along with a salty snack. Your guests will kick start your wedding weekend with a deliciously flavored cocktail shot that will have everyone ready to party and celebrate the newlyweds!

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LIQS Cocktail Shots come in a variety of four all-natural flavors: Which one do you think was my favorite?

Tequila Cinnamon Orange
Made with 99% agave tequila infused with a blend of subtle cinnamon and fresh orange to produce an irresistible balance of spicy and sweet (55 proof; 120 calories).

Vodka Cucumber Lime
A six-time distilled vodka shot with the cooling nature of cucumber combined with the citrus of lime (45 proof; 90 calories)

Vodka Kamikaze
An improvement on this nightlife staple with six-times distilled vodka infused with the finest citrus and a hint of natural vanilla (45 proof; 100 calories)

Vodka Lychee Grapefruit
A perfectly pink mix of six-times distilled vodka balanced with the citrus of grapefruit and the sweetness of lychee to create a fruit-forward option that is not cloying (45 proof; 90 calories).

Get to know them:
LIQS Cocktail Shot, the world’s first premium ready-to-drink “Cocktail Shot” brand. These portable shots combine top-shelf spirits with the high quality flavors seen in traditional craft cocktails to bring a potent, low calorie alternative with no preservatives or artificial flavors in a durable plastic shot glass. For more information on LIQS Cocktail Shot or to purchase for your next special occasion, please visit: www.LIQSshot.com.

“Deck the Halls” Pinterest Contest

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DECK THE HALLS Pinterest Contest! You could WIN a $500 gift card to shop for your upcoming wedding!

Simply follow these steps to enter:
1. Create a board titled: “Deck the Wedding Hall”
2. PIN your favorite wedding things from TheWeddingOutlet.com.
3. Leave a comment on our Pinterest Contest with a link to your board.

{Contest ends 1/4/15, winner announced 1/5/15.}

DIY Bridal Shower Decorations

I recently planned a bridal shower for my sister so I searched online to get some ideas and design inspiration.  I found a number of vendors with some great handmade products but being the crafter that I am, I decided to try and make some of the decorative items myself. Here are some of the DIY decorations that I created for the event.

Since we were having brunch at an Italian restaurant in the fall, I decided to go with a rustic Italian theme.  I used a color palette of ivory, mossy green and light brown.  I made table centerpieces using sunflowers, mums and hydrangeas arranged in empty colorfully labeled tomato cans.  To decorate the gift table, I made a large paper mache letter (the letter of her new last name) covered in silk flowers.   I trimmed both the gift and dessert tables with a fabric garland that I made from tying strips of burlap, ribbon and tulle onto twine.  The favors were Italian soaps wrapped in burlap with brown paper heart tags that were stamped with “Thank You” and displayed in a large sunflower print cardboard box.

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I shared my DIY decorations, now it’s your turn! Are you making anything fun and interesting for an upcoming shower or wedding?