Personalize your Ceremony Space

These popular Moss Letters are a perfect way to add a personal touch to your wedding ceremony décor or reception decor. We thought a great way to personalize our ceremony space was to hang our first name initials on our homemade ceremony doors. I decorated each letter with an ivory bow and some colored ribbons. These adorable letters can easily be used wherever you want to add a personalized touch. Consider displaying on your church doors, ceremony or reception entrance, hanging behind/in front of your head table, displayed over your candy buffet or a number of other places where a personal touch goes a long way

Here are some ways to use the moss letters:
- Couples First Name Initials (D & S) or (D S)
- Couples Monogram (D C S)
- Spell out a word (LOVE) (SWEET) (I DO)

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Real wedding photos taken at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills

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 >

 

 

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?

Make a Memorable Couple’s Gift

Looking for a unique wedding gift for your fiancé?  How about making him a piece of Memory Ware?  Memory Ware is created by gluing or cementing small pieces of every day objects onto a jewelry box, around a mirror or picture frame, on a cookie jar or even a flower pot.

Some items you can adhere to create a “couples” piece of Memory Ware might include:

- Shells from your first beach trip together

- Pieces of costume jewelry you maybe wore on a first date/special occasion

- Corks from a shared bottle of wine

- A key from your first place together

- Buttons from your favorite band or museum trip

Any small trinkets that have a sentimental value to you both. You can even use broken pieces of tableware, tile or pottery to construct hearts, flowers, a sun, your last name initial, or any object you like. There’s really no limit as to what you can include on your piece of Memory Ware.  Just be creative! If you’re short on time before the wedding and you can’t get this made as a gift, you can just work on it whenever you have free time.  It’d make a perfect addition to your new home as well. Be inspired by this creative Memory Ware Pinterest Board I stumbled upon featuring creative pieces.

Do you have any other ideas for Memory Ware materials?

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Build Wedding Welcome Bags with a Couple Clicks

Having a destination wedding or a wedding with a lot of out-of-town guests and stressing about making welcome bags and what to put in them?  I recently read about a company, Bow Tie Bags (TM), which sells customizable and personalized welcome bags for your wedding guests.

Simply visit their website and assemble your bags with a few clicks.  Choose your bag color, products like gum, chips, granola bars, mints, etc., and custom label, then notify your hotel when the bags will be arriving. They assemble the bags and deliver them!  It’s simple, stress-free, and seems like it saves a lot of time because you don’t have to run to multiple stores to pick up all the products and assemble all the bags.

Making your own wedding welcome bags?   What are you putting in them?

Wedding Symbols

Most people know that the wedding ring symbolizes unending love or that the white wedding gown symbolizes purity but have you ever wondered about the meaning of some other popularly used symbols? Below is some inspiration you’ll find from our Wedding Symbols Pinterest Board.

Wedding Themes - Symbolically Speaking
Wedding Symbols - Symbolically Speaking

Will you choose a symbol for your wedding? MAWeddingGuide.com has helpful ideas on popular wedding symbols for your MA wedding theme >

Creative Food Favors

Food favors are always a hit at bridal showers but I think bridesmaids are getting more creative than ever with the favors. Sure, everybody loves gourmet chocolates or custom cookies, but I just heard about a shower where the favor was a mason jar of home made fruit dip. I thought that was a great idea especially for a shower in spring or summer time when everyone’s eating fruit salad.

Here are a few more creative food favors I came across:

  • Bags of caramel corn
  • Cake or brownie pops
  • Spiced nuts
  • Smore’s kits
  • Lemonade/hot chocolate mixes

I would be very happy with any of these items. How about you?

Featured: Gran-OH-la in a Jar, Red Velvet Cupcakes in a Jar Blueberry Pie in a Jar.

Colorful DIY Invitation Kits

Looking for a DIY wedding project that is easy and an important part of your wedding day? Consider doing DIY wedding invitations. With so many fun colors and styles you’re sure to find one that suits your personal taste and wedding day scheme. With only a few simple steps, you can print these invitations on your home computer or at your local printer for only a few cents (will print on both ink jet and laser printers). Many kits include response cards, envelopes, instructions and more!



Featured: DIY Aqua Flourish Invitations Kit, DIY Cherry Blossom Invitations Kit, DIY Fuchsia Flower Invitations Kit, DIY Purple & Ivory Flourish Invitations Kit, DIY Teal Hibiscus Invitations Kit.

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Hot Trend: Fan Programs

These DIY wedding fan programs will help keep your guests cool throughout both the ceremony and reception.  Perfect for the do-it-yourself bride, these printable program fans are fun and easy. With only a few simple steps, you can print these program fans yourself on your home printer and select the style and colors that compliment your wedding theme.   Use the pre-defined templates or create your own fan design to match your wedding theme or colors. 

Holiday Table Settings

You can always rely on Martha for super cute decorating ideas especially during the holidays. Here are just a few adorable place settings I found while browsing through her site.

Evergreen Place Card Holders
Bring a snippet of your Christmas tree to the table and welcome guests to their seats. Learn how to DIY >

Peppermint-Candy Place Card
These feastive and easy to make place card candy treats will look perfect at your wedding or holiday table.
Learn how to DIY >

Yule Log Favor Boxes
These versions of the yule log, a quintessential symbol of the Christmas season, are actually favor boxes. Fill with your choice of goodies for the perfect favor for your guests.  Learn how to DIY >