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5 Fresh Spring Wedding Trends for 2017


Wedding season this spring is all about the details. Learn more about the best trends to try in 2017!

Every couple wants their wedding day to be unforgettable. Whether you’re planning a rustic outdoor wedding, a church wedding, a city hall affair, or jetting off to an exotic locale, it’s important to be on the lookout for ideas and inspiration that will make your special day reflect your unique style.

If you’re tying the knot this spring, we’ve collected a few of this spring’s hottest trends to make your wedding day gorgeous and memorable. From hanging greenery to vibrant colors, here’s a peek at what you can expect this season. Continue reading


Moll Anderson’s Tips for a Seductive Summer Bride

In my opinion, the romance of a lifetime deserves the wedding of your life. That doesn’t mean you have to break your (or your parents’) bank to make that happen, this day is a celebration of commitment and it should reflect you and your partner. Brides commonly get a bit carried away when planning their big day, so I’m going to provide a couple of suggestions to help you discover your dream wedding!

A.K. Vogel (2012)

As women, we all know that you just can’t have the perfect wedding without the perfect wedding dress. The seductive bride exudes sensuality, confidence and romance as she walks down the aisle toward the man of her dreams, the man she will cherish and love forever. Here are a few tips to finding your fantasy wedding dress!

  • Before commencing the wedding dress shopping, you need to set the time of year, time of day, and place of the wedding and reception. If not, you may choose a dress that is too casual, too big or too fancy for your venue.
  • Be sure to have price in mind that you feel comfortable paying—it would be tragic to fall in love with a gown that is out of your price range and trust me it happens!
  • White isn’t just white! There are many, many ranges of white gowns, so try on a few different colors to find the one that best complements your skin tone.
  • It’s important to trust your instincts when trying dresses, so don’t bring along a group of people that will bog you down with their opinions. There is only one opinion that truly counts—yours. Bring one trusted person.
  • A.K. Vogel (2012)

    Keep an open mind when looking at the various shapes of dresses: ball gown, empire waist, A-line, slip, sheath, mermaid—they all have very different silhouettes and it’s best to not judge a certain shape until you’ve taken it off the hanger and tried it on. Go with the one that makes you feel fabulous and sexy!

  • During the fitting process, your seamstress will be your new best friend. Communicate with her and let her know all the little problems you see so that on your big day, you feel your most comfortable and confident.

If you are like most women out there, you’ve probably given great thought and consideration to what you want that ring in your man’s box to look like once he gets down on his knee. Brides magazine gives us some fantastic tips on taking care of your engagement ring.

  • Keeping your left hand bling sparkling is easy to do with the proper cautious care. Bringing in your ring to a jeweler to be steamed cleaned is the best way to keep your gems looking good.
  • Take off your ring at home when using bleach and other harsh chemicals. These substances can dull and harm the finish of your ring.
  • A.K. Vogel (2012)

    Opt for the insurance and appraisal. The value of that precious ring is likely to rise over time, so in the unfortunate case that it is lost or stolen—you’ll be able to get the correct amount of money for replacement.

There are a lot of steps in planning a summer wedding so it would be helpful to create a bridal checklist! There are great magazines available that publish monthly and will aid in creating these checklists. Social sites such as Pinterest also serve as an inspiration and idea board to keep all your sites bookmarked and images cataloged.

You can create these boards privately or publicly, and maybe even make separate ones for all the separate categories—romantic flowers, sensual wedding dresses, entertaining ideas—the list goes on! But always remember the most important aspect of the wedding isn’t any of these things—it’s the marriage.

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This Summer’s Hottest Pinterest Wedding Trends

Pinterest Wedding Trends

Photo by Michael Miles Photography

Pinterest is where it’s at when it comes to wedding ideas. So whether you’re planning ahead or just about to walk down that aisle, here are 10 summer wedding trends popping up on Pinterest.

Have you succumbed to the all-too-addictive social media platform that is Pinterest? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Pinterest is a relatively new and highly interactive website that allows users to grab photos they like from the Internet and “pin” them to “boards” on their Pinterest page.

Pinterest users can also “repin” photos from their friends’ pages. In the end, what you have is one beautiful space in which you can organize things like “Home Decor,” “Must-Try Recipes” and “My Dream Wedding” all in one spot. Who wouldn’t get addicted to that?

More than anything, Pinterest has absolutely revolutionized the way brides plan and carry out their weddings. In an April 2012 article on USAToday.com, the newspaper cited Brides magazine Editor in Chief Anne Fulenwider as saying of the site, “It’s changing the industry,” adding that in the past few months the site “exploded and really changed the conversation.” The magazine had 55 boards of their own at the time of the interview, and one — “Couture-inspired wedding gowns” — had more than 10,000 followers.

That said, here are the Top 10 summer wedding trends we’re spotting on Pinterest for summer 2012. You can check out our Pinterest board for examples of each trend.

1. Bold Banners: Create a personalized “Just Married” banner to hold in photographs or adorn the back of your getaway car. Or, simply stitch together a simple but colorful banner to decorate your cake table or the head table at your reception.

2. Outdoor Venues: With the more vintage style taking over the wedding world, a beautiful outdoor venue makes for the perfect locale for your ceremony or reception. Get a bit of the Americana feel by saying your nuptial vows in a field or in a pittoresque old barn.

3. The Perfect Patchwork: Quilts have surely made a comeback. Use the patchwork beauties for extra seating in an outdoor venue, tablecloths or even hanging decorations.

4. Chalkboards: These are becoming increasingly popular since you can use them to send a personal message, label drinks or desserts, creatively display your wedding date or stage great photos in a photo booth.

5. Vests, Suspenders and Bow Ties: The traditional ties are taking a backseat this year as more grooms opt to have their groomsmen look dapper in vests, suspenders and bow ties — sometimes even choosing different colors for each groomsman.

6. Mismatched Maids: Unlike in the past, your bridesmaids don’t have to wear the same dress. In fact, they don’t even have to be wearing the same color. For a fun splash of summer color, let your maids choose their own sundress and just make sure they work together toward your overall theme.

7. Light or Khaki suits: If you go with the trend of an outdoor wedding, skip the tuxedos and let the fathers of the bride and groom wear light khaki suits to complement the summer ambiance. Pair these suits with a white shirt and gray or silver tie for a clean-cut, fatherly summer look.

8. The Program Fan: Not sure how hot your wedding will be? If you’re thinking of hosting it outside, create a program that doubles as a fan and gives your guests a little something extra to help keep cool.

9. Vintage Flair: Stage cake tables, guest tables and food tables with vintage pieces like old books, teacups, Ball jars and wildflowers. You can even work antique furniture into your decor by using old dresser drawers to hold dishes and cutlery.

10. Colors, Colors, Colors: More than anything, Pinterest-inspired weddings this season are full of fun colors, incorporating anything from wildflowers to sundresses to colorful shoes and mismatched dishes. You don’t have to stick with a two-color wedding scheme when there are so many choices!