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

DIY “Thank You” Goodie Bags

Say thank you to your guests by sending them home with a sweet treat! These adorable, easy to make goodie bags not only work well as favors but are perfect to sending guests home with after a post wedding breakfast. The morning after our Rustic Wedding we invited guests to a post wedding breakfast where we gave out yummy treats while we thanked and said goodbye to our guests. It was the perfect little snack to have on the road home. With just a few materials and some help from your hunny you can have these bags ready in no time! Here is what you will need:

Step 1. Goodie Bags; choose any color, design or size to match your theme.
Step 2. Stamp, Favor Tag or Sticker; embellish however you wish!
Step 3. Candy Favors: choose some customized candies like Hersey Kisses, Life Savers Candies ,Mints or delicious chocolate covered pretzels!
Step 4. Clip, Favor Charm or Clothespin; secures your bag and looks super cute!

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Step 5. Depending on your theme, find something to display your treats in. We choose an old vintage style suit case and added some wooden legs to make it a table – it was perfect for our Rustic Theme.

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{Above Photos courtesy of Rodeo & Co Photography}

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

Bridesmaid Inspiration

Choosing bridesmaid dresses can be a more difficult task than you anticipate. There are many designers all offering different dress styles, price points and color selection. I had an overall vision for my bridesmaids look; a soft mix and match palette of neutral tones, a simple style dress with a feminine and romantic feel. As most brides do, I spent some time browsing wedding blogs, Pinterest (of course) and read through helpful bridal fashion articles looking for ideas and inspiration on how to execute my vision.

The obvious next thing to do was head to the bridal shop. It was important for me to see it all in person before making my final decision. Kelly at Party Dress Express was amazing! Her experience, patience and knowledge of designers and colors was such an incredible help. She wasn’t sale-sy, distracted or annoyed by my questions and back and forth with colors. She truly felt like another bridesmaid, offering her opinion, making suggestions and allowing it all to be fun. The day was a success and led me to this beautiful wedding palette and gorgeous Allure {Style 1221} bridesmaid dress. What do you think?

TIP: Brides, allow bridal consultants to help you! They do this every day and chances are you vision or ideas are not far off from what another bride has done and their knowledge will save you time and stress.

bridesmaid-inspiration *PDE is offering 20% OFF Bridesmaid Dresses throughout the month of November! Love to be able to pass on some savings to my girls!

The girls will be holding a simple style bouquet made up of an oversize single flower with greens. I am excited to see what my florist {Just for You Weddings} will come up with. Stay tuned for some Groomsmen Inspiration!

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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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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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?

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!

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?

How to create Rustic Elegance?

When you think of Rustic Elegance in terms of wedding décor what do you think of? I imagine soft twinkling lights, soft color palette, draped linens and rustic wooden features. After picking The Barn at Wesleyan Hills as our wedding venue, I immediately started looking into their décor options. I am true believer that adding little personal touches and décor details goes along way. Especially wedding décor, these details help pull the whole room together and create the perfect atmosphere for your special day.chandeliers

The Barn at Wesleyan Hills offers a number of different décor packages including paper lanterns, string lights, fabric drapes and now chandeliers! Just when I thought I had my mind made up on string lights with fabric drapes I am now torn because what is more elegant then chandeliers?

What décor package do you like best? I wonder if I could do both?

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