7 Different Ways to Add a Unique Touch to Your Wedding

7 Different Ways to Add a Unique Touch to Your Wedding using locally sourced flowers and floral elements.

Flowers are a key component to any wedding décor.  The Color, Texture, and Smell – all combine to add to the intimacy of the day.   Yes, you and your bridesmaids will carry bouquets, but there are so many additional ways to add the romantic feel of flowers and nature to your event.  To keep the costs in line, look around you.  What is naturally growing in the park.  What is native to our area?  Moss and vines, river rock, ferns, berries and foliage in winter combined with other flowers and décor elements, can be super elegant and beautiful.  Here are some ideas that you might wish to incorporate in your décor.

  • Create a signature drink and add a small floral bloom.
  • Incorporate Garlands with draping and simple white bows to define an area.
  • Centerpieces can be more than just flower arrangements.  Add a touch of wood and/or light with lanterns to add a bit of glamour.
  • Make a Floral Backdrop for an outdoor wedding.
  • Use a floral garland to decorate your cake.
  • Decorate Your Head Table with a beautiful garland of flowers and candles.
  • Decorate a trellis to create a beautiful ceremony site. (This is great for outdoor weddings!)
  • And, one more, decorate the back of the Mr. & Mrs. Chair with more than a bow.

Good local flowers include Gerber Daisies, Roses, Peonies, Baby Breath, Statice, Asters, Mums and Sunflowers.  Be creative and let your imagination soar!

Pantone Color of the Year for 2017

 

A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.  Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.  A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

What does that mean for you as a bride?  The color can be incorporated into your wedding without busting your budget.  It’s great for bouquets, table runners, and it blends with so many other colors as well.  We think it’s perfect for a spring, garden wedding.  And every wedding can use of a dose of “greenery” for that natural element.

 

Create a Fun Seating Chart Using Old Photos

Here’s the overall plan: find a meaningful picture for each of your wedding guests and write their table number on the back. Display all the pictures at the wedding. Guests will find their picture, take it down, and know where they’re sitting, while having a ready-made conversation starter in the form of a picture of you and them.

It’s a way to have a photo display of every person at the wedding, but also serves as an opportunity to put up some pictures of friends and family.  Ideally, the picture is of one of you together with this guest.

  • Two poles
  • Twine
  • Clothespins
  • Labels (or a pen)
  • A picture of each of your guests (preferably posing with one of you)
  • An instructional sign

The first step is to source pictures of you with your guests. Choosing the pictures is the time-intensive part, so make sure to set aside enough time for that. Once you’ve chosen your pictures, you’ll need them to all be printed at the same size.  

Next, you’ll need to create labels for the backs of the photos. You can also write directly on the backs, but if you have a large guest list, computer-printed labels are the way to go. We used a label template to print our guests’ names, our wedding date, and the words “Table Number” on the back, leaving the actual number blank. We also chose to print out instructional signs to include in the display, letting people know that these were their table numbers.

Finally, setting up the actual photo display depends on your venue. We liked the idea of being able to walk around it—some of the pictures might not have been very recognizable to our guests—so we wanted to set up a freestanding display. But if you don’t have the option or space to create that, you could suspend this on a wall instead, and your guests could always just flip the pictures over.

To create our freestanding display, the wonderful owners of our venue found two pieces of rebar that were about two feet tall and stuck them in the ground. They covered these shorter pieces of rebar with seven-foot tall pieces of bamboo. The rebar provided a strong, sturdy base to the nicer looking bamboo.

The size of your guest list will determine the number of rows of twine and the distance of the poles. To hang 133 pictures plus three 8″ x 11″ instructional signs, we placed our poles ten feet apart and tied eight rows of twine. When you’re determining the width of the display, it’s important to leave enough space so the pictures aren’t crowded—wider is better. Also, we wanted people to be able to reach the pictures without having to crouch down or stretch up too high, so we took that into consideration when figuring out how large to make it.

 

 

The vast majority of the pictures were meaningful and sweet for us and each guest. The picture of my brother telling me a secret while I giggle my fool six-year-old head off. That picture of my fiancé’s grandmother giving him a kiss while he focuses on his bacon biscuit—she didn’t put it down all night.

Even if we didn’t get to discuss each picture with each guest the day of the wedding, we certainly thought about it in the weeks leading up to the wedding and people have brought it up now, post-wedding. This was also a great way for our moms to get involved and in the wedding mood. Looking back at old pictures of their friends, some of whom they had not seen in years, who would be attending the upcoming wedding was a good change of pace from predictably tense conversations about specific wedding logistics.

On the wedding day, I loved looking around at all our people and seeing the pictures as a conversation starter. Guests seated at tables with people they didn’t know could ask about the other person’s picture and immediately have a story to tell or a connection to explain.

Image Credit:  Jesse Kitt Photography

Wedding Trends for 2017

 

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We are just about to close the door on the month of October, and before you know it, 2017 will be here.  So, I thought it might be a good time to talk about the wedding trend predictions for you 2017 Brides.

  1. In 2017 brides will be making sleek, bold choices that are authentic, warm and romantic.  The new look is opulent, updated, and very individualized.    Rustic is out.  Every shade of gold is trending as well as lush linens.  You will see soft shades of champagne, blush and taupe highlighted with sequins and embroidered lace.
  2. A focus on family and heritage with a more minimalist décor will be incorporated into ceremonies and receptions. It’s a great year to pull out mom’s vintage dress, as gowns will be flowing and elegant.  Makeup will be more natural and hair will feature soft up-dos and loose hair that drapes down the neck and shoulders.
  3. More pops of color for flower girls. No longer just white dresses – but dresses of any color or white dresses accented with bold colorful flowers, ribbons, and details.banner1
  4. A big change in bridal bouquets – brides will be choosing large, loose unstructured bridal bouquets. And small plants and succulents will be used for name cards, favors, and guest tables.chandelle_anthony-453-235x235
  5. And finally, more couples are opting for adventure honeymoons that include things like hiking, rafting, zip lining, etc.
  6. Some of the bridal shops predict that bridal gowns for 2017 will be more elegant with longer trains, beautiful intricate beading. Ball gowns are also making their way back.
  7. And YES, more and more brides are finding BrideSTLouis.com to be their best source to plan their wedding!

Please feel free to share with our readers your wedding plans.

Designs Credit:

Dazzling Diva Designs, LLC
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Results of the American Wedding Study 2016 – Some Interesting Findings

Wedding Study 2016 presented by BrideStLouis.com

I thought it would be good to share with you the results of the American Wedding Study 2016 published by Conde Nast.  They have been conducting this American Wedding Study for over 20 years.

Their study shows that today’s couples are spending more of their own money to have the wedding they want and they are seeking ideas and inspiration at a greater scale than ever before.  Couples prioritize personalizing their wedding as they are choosing to spend more in details that demonstrate their style.  The average price of “the dress” is now $1517, up from $1380 in 2014.  Couples are scaling back in other areas such as the number of guests – down to 135 from 142 in 2014.

In addition, 73% or paying for or contributing to the cost and since couples are investing their money, they have the freedom to spend it how they want without as much pressure from parents and traditions.  Couples are also taking the honeymoon and mini-moon and sometime putting their own twist on it by inviting family and friends on the vacation for a “buddymoon”.  The practice of including a “man of honor” is also on the rise.

And something we have noticed, couples are not adhering to the traditional “marriage first, children second” timeline.  By the time they marry 33% already have children.

Here are their findings on Key Expenses:

Average Wedding Cost is $26,522.

Average Reception price tag is $11,380.

Engagement Rings $5135

Photography $2099

Video $1533

Reception Music $1508

Wedding Bands $1725

Wedding Cake $417

Additional – the majority of couples set a wedding budget but 35% spend more than intended.  To save money on their dream wedding more couples choose Friday and Sunday dates.

70% use social media (Like BrideStLouis) to find wedding inspiration and their wedding style.

So – what do you think?   Tell us how you are prioritizing your wedding and what is important to you.

Handmade and Personalized Wedding Décor

One of the easiest ways to personalize your wedding is to add some handmade personalized décor.  That can include anything from hand painted signs, unique table centerpieces or just lots of little details scatter around the reception area.

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Mason jars can get a quick new look with paint – add some flowers and you’re done!  You can also use the Mason Jars as lanterns.  And Rope words are easy to do.  I love signs that direct and large displays of personal photos of both the bride and groom.

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Just let your imagination flow.  Etsy is a great source of inspiration and ideas.  So, tell us – what are you planning to create for your wedding?

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