Creating a Bridesmaid Color Palette

There is a lot to consider when creating your wedding color palette; season, venue, personality, atmosphere to name a few. When planning my color palette, like most brides, I started by selecting my bridesmaids’ dresses. I knew I wanted a color combination that blended to create a soft and romantic color palette. I chose Allure dresses in soft neutral, pink tones with a subtle touch of blue-ish green.

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I wanted to accessorize these dresses with something simple, feminine and complimented each of the colors. I found Shine Bridal Jewelry Shop on Etsy. I LOVED the style, color selection and design options available to create a true one of kind gift for my bridesmaids. They offer a wide selection of beautiful handmade stock pieces; or you may create your own custom design if you want to mix & match colors and shapes (which is what I did).  Each set was a perfect match – don’t you think!? The great thing about these earrings is that they are completely versatile – they can be worn at the wedding and everyday after! Each pair of bridesmaid’s earrings arrived beautifully package and ready for gifting in a small kraft colored box, wrapped in a pink satin bow. The girls loved them!

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Photos Courtesy of Rodeo & Co Photography | Bridesmaid Earrings: Shine Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses (Allure) : Party Dress Express | Bridal Gown (Maggie Sottero) : Party Dress Express | Flowers: Just for You Florist | Hair: Kevin Hadfield Beauty | Makeup: Beauty Entourage | Venue: The Barns at Wesleyan Hills

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)

Shop for your Moss Letter >

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Real wedding photos taken at The Barns at Wesleyan Hills

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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Wildfire Wedding

As I watched the season finale of Modern Family, in which Mitch and Cam needed to evacuate their wedding because of wildfires in the area, I thought how awful that would be for a couple if that really happened. Well in a case of life imitating art, this scenario did play out for a couple in Oregon recently. Michael Wolber and April Harley were faced with this very dilemma on their wedding day but before they left the scene of the ceremony, they took a few photographs. With smoke and flames raging in the background, the photos are quite dramatic, scary yet beautiful.

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Those photos, and the story that goes along with them, is sure to be one for the ages but I’m not sure I would have stayed around for photos, would you? Click to view entire story and wedding photos. { Photos courtesy of Action News.}

The countdown begins…

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Today marks the one year countdown to our wedding day. I feel so excited! I just hope this feeling stays. I am afraid that  now that the “countdown begins” the excitement will start to fade and stress and pressure will set in. I keep telling myself that as long as we stay on top of wedding planning and complete our checklist when advised we should be ok, right? Here is what we will be doing this month to stay on track:

- Visit The Barn at Wesleyan Hills for some inspiration. We’re excited to see the venue and outdoor space during a summer wedding. While visiting we will scout a place to host our rehearsal dinner and after party.

- Finalize DJ/Musician plans with Powerstation Events.

- Make decision on the ”The Dress”. {During my last visit to Party Dress Express I found a few more dresses, stay tuned I will be sharing my finds before making my final decision}

- Shopping for Save the Dates.

MA Wedding Guide has lots of helpful planning articles that’s helped keep me on track. We’ve already been thinking of our color scheme, men’s attire and décor options for our venue. I will be sharing the details on these soon.

Shopping for “The Dress”

After the wedding date and venue are set, it’s real. You immediately begin visualizing your wedding day. You imagine your family and friends gathered together, dream of your color palette and décor and envision yourself being twirled around on the dance floor in the most beautiful of gowns. That’s when most brides including myself begin the hunt for “the dress”.

What a fun, exciting part of wedding planning; a day(s) of shopping for the most exquisite (and expensive) dress you will ever wear. No pressure right? To be quite honest I wasn’t sure what to expect. People say “you’ll know you’ve found the one” but I wasn’t sure what that meant, or what that was supposed to feel like. I’ve been a witness to friends who’ve found the dress and each time different – excitement, tears or simply a great price. How would I know?

Like most mothers, mine was eager to start wedding dress shopping with her daughter. So I started making a few appointments at local bridal shops. Some were mom and pop shops, others bigger chain department stores. At my first few appointments I was picky, there were a lot of dresses that just didn’t interest me. I knew what I wanted; lace, straps, low back, a little bling but not over the top and something in a sheath fit. Was that too many requirements? Sometimes I felt that way but other times I thought I just haven’t found the one. So I took a different approach, I searched for “the dress” online which in turn would hopefully lead me to the right shop. By doing my research I was introduced to all the bridal designers and their unique styles. I felt more confident that “the dress” was out there and more knowledgeable as to wear to find it. {Be sure to pop over to MA Wedding Guide as I shared some of my helpful tips on shopping for your wedding dress.}

There are so many stunning dresses available but I was able to narrow down some styles by some of these brilliant designers; Allure, Casablanca, Stella York, Maggie Sottero. My google search on these dresses led me to Party Dress Express Bridal Shop. The best part is they were hosting an Allure Trunk Show and the following weekend a Stella York trunk show. Now I was excited, made my appointments and off I went. Here were two dresses I fell in love with at each show. What do you think, could one of these be “the dress”?

Love to hear your thoughts. Visit MA Wedding Guide’s Facebook page and vote >
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Photos Courtesy of Party Dress Express.
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We’ve set a Date!

I can’t believe I’ve been engaged for almost 5 months, time has certainly flown by. The excitement and giddiness that surrounds an engagement is amazing and truly a special time, I am so glad I was able to relish in that moment. (If you missed our engagement story, click here)

Wedding planning starts almost immediately though, doesn’t it? After the “Congratulations” the questions begin, “Did you set a date?” “Did you find a venue?” “Do you know what kind of dress you want?” It can be terrifying and overwhelming. I don’t want this experience to be like that and I believe it’s up to you as a couple to ensure wedding planning doesn’t consume you and stress you out. In an effort to get organized and stay stress free, my fiancé and I decided to take a weekend and brainstorm. We created an excel spreadsheet (nerdy?) and got organized. A tab was created for each important part of our wedding planning. We started from the beginning moments of our wedding weekend and worked our way to the end discussing all the different ideas we had, the do’s and don’ts, names of family and friends, our wish list splurges and our max budget. It was actually fun and quite freeing. We felt organized and in sync. It helped us visualize what our day should be like and prepare for our first big wedding decision… picking the venue.

Where will we celebrate such a wonderful occasion? There are so many things to consider as well as decisions and obstacles to work around. Each venue is unique and different in what they offer. We had a few requirements for our venue.

• accommodate approximately 130-150 guests
• offer an outdoor space for the ceremony
• most importantly, the reception site would need to be a barn

Our vision is to create an intimate rustic wedding day. So we began our hunt for the perfect New England wedding barn. There are so many great rustic venues to choose from but finding one that met our requirements and budget was difficult. That is until we stumbled upon CT Wedding Group and discovered their amazing venue, The Barn at Wesleyan Hills.

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After arranging a visit we knew this was our place. The staff was amazing and the venue incredible. The place sold itself and everything else – from the décor packages to the food – was a bonus. So with no hesitation we picked our date and venue and could not be more excited. On May 30th, 2015, we will be married at The Barn at Wesleyan Hills in Connecticut.

With years of working in the wedding industry for TheWeddingOutlet.com & MAWeddingGuide.com, I’ve been surrounded by wedding tips & trends, designer accessories and so much more wedding inspiration. I should have this whole wedding planning business done easy since I was a pro, right? I’m not too sure. Now that I am a bride, it will be interesting to see what my thoughts and ideas on wedding planning is from the driver seat. Stay tuned as I will continue to share my journey as a bride in the wedding business planning my dream Rustic Wedding.

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.

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

The Revealing

It’s a boy – or is it a girl?

Lindsay & Tim’s rustic wedding ceremony and reception are set in the beautiful
Essex Conference and Retreat Center in Essex, Massachusetts (45 minutes North of Boston). Their wedding celebrates more than just their vows and union; but reveals the gender of their upcoming addition to their family.

What we loved:

  • The groom and groomsmen’s strayed from traditional tuxedos and opted for khakis with pink striped ties. The groom stood out from wedding party by adorning a khaki colored vest.
  • The bride tossed tradition to the side, too, by opting for flowers instead of a veil.
  • Bridesmaids were right on trend by not wearing matchy-matchy bridesmaids dresses but rather wore peach dresses while the maid-of-honor wore khaki.
  • The Welcome Table included a basket for family and friends to offer name suggestions for their soon-to-be baby.
  • Tiny lights trimmed the reception tent giving a warm and inviting feel. Glow sticks and a campfire light the night as the reception continues into the evening.
  • Cake Cutting turned into more than just cutting and feeding each other. The guests and the couple find out the gender of the baby as they cut into the cake…will it be a pink cake or a blue cake?! Watch to find out…