A Little Inspiration For Your Big Day

Ah Weddings! A wonderful thing, committing to spend the rest of your life with one person.  A day to share your love with your family and friends, or perhaps not.  There are loads of different ways to get married and not all of them need to cost you the earth.  We’ve pulled together three different weddings shared by three very different couples that will hopefully inspire you when choosing your special day.

The Slight Hitch

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Photo credit: Shorsec

 

Chris lived in Kabul, Afghanistan for 8 months of the year.  Whilst Nancy was based in the south of England.  The pair knew that they would need to plan their wedding around his breaks from Afghanistan.  Except Chris had a pretty epic idea for his stag do.  He wanted to ride home to the UK from Kabul on his motorbike. The only issue was the trip was going to be unpredictable when it came to timing.  So the two decided not to tell anyone else what they were up to and to head to Gretna Green where they could be more flexible with dates.  Chris made the 4000 mile journey on his motorbike for the charity Mission Motorsport.  He was delayed by 2 weeks at the Caspian Sea and arrived in Dover 24 hours before they were due to get married.  They jumped in a car and raced to Scotland.  Got married.  He returned to Kabul 3 days later.  The couple said the wedding cost them the grand total of £600 (£300 being the Christian Louboutin shoes Nancy bought to go with a £40 dress) and Chris raised £40,000 for the charity.  

 

The Home Stayers

Tom and Aisha both had a love for family and decided straight away that their family home was the perfect place to hold a very boho wedding.  The whole event was staged in their garden with Aisha wearing a vintage wedding dress which was the inspiration used when designing Caroline Bramley.  The guests sat on hay bales and the bride rode her beautiful white horse bareback down the aisle.  All food was produced from their own customised vintage catering van.  The couple said they spent less than £1000 on the whole wedding which was less than half what they spent on a month long honeymoon!

 

The Modern Couple

 

Ned and Pauline were based in Calgary, Canada.  They knew that a lot of members of their family wouldn’t be able to travel from Europe to share in their special day.  So instead of having guests, they nipped off on their work lunch break, to a stunning waterfall in the Rockies and set up a live feed for all their relatives at home.  It was winter and Pauline wore a dress borrowed from her mother whilst Ned opted for jeans and a shirt.  Both the bride and groom went back to work and spent their first night as a married couple at home doing exactly what they would normally do on a wednesday night.  The wedding cost them $300 and they both said it was the best $300 they have ever spent.  

 

Make your wedding completely unique for the two of you.  Because it is your love that matters.  That should come first.  

Design Your Own Wedding Ring with These Top Tips

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Photo credit: Kristyn Hogan

Your wedding ring is important. It is a symbol of the love and commitment you and your husband have for each other. You love is unique, and your wedding ring should be too. More couples than ever before are choosing to create their own wedding rings, rather than simply picking out something generic, which could be seen on the fingers of countless couples, from the store.

 

If you like the idea of designing your own custom wedding ring, but you don’t know where to start, take a look at these top tips for creating your own ring:

 

Keep Calm

 

The most important thing to remember when designing your own wedding ring is to keep calm. So many brides add to their already ample stress levels by worrying about their ability to create an attractive ring, but what they forget is that there are professionals who will help them create the ring – they are not alone in the process and neither will you be!

 

Seek Inspiration

 

If you do not come from a design background, then it stands to reason that you won’t be able to pluck a beautiful ring design out of thin air. You will need to look for inspiration. Luckily, inspiration is everywhere. It can be found in the shapes of nature, the jewellery of famous designers and on websites like Pinterest, which aggregates thousands of design pictures for you to peruse at your leisure or https://antwerpdiamonds.direct/ where you can find fabulous lose diamonds to use in your wedding ring designs.

 

Try Rings for Size

 

Just because you are planning to design your own wedding band, does not mean that you can’t try a whole bunch on. Looking at pictures and inspiration boards will only get you so far, you need to try the ring on for style to see if you really truly love a particular design, whether that be retro or minimalist, to see if you really love it.

 

Find a Designer

 

Finding a bespoke wedding ring designer who you click with and who listens to your ideas is a vital part of the process. Unfortunately, you will not get on with every ring designer, and some will specialise in certain styles that you are not interested in, so you need to do your homework and check out the portfolios of multiple designers before you settle on the one for you.

 

Check the Small Print

 

When you do find the right designer for you, it is imperative that you check the small print on any contract before you sign it because many designers will require various amounts of money at various times, whether in the form of deposits or final payments. Once you start the process, it is almost impossible to back out without losing money, so you need to be absolutely certain of what you are doing.

 

Cost

 

Another thing you will want to consider before designing your own wedding ring is the cost of doing so. When you’re creating your own design, costs can quickly spiral out of control, so you would do well to let your designer know that you have a firm budget in mind, which cannot under any circumstances be exceeded if you want to stick to your wedding budget.

 

Forget Trends

 

There is nothing wrong with being interested in the latest trends, but when it comes to wedding rings, do you really want to be a slave to them? After all, your wedding ring is going to be on your finger for the rest of your life, so choosing something which is classic, but which also speaks to your individual style is a much better idea than choosing a piece which is currently in fashion, but may not be quite so pleasing as you grow older.

 

Let Your Freak Flag Fly

 

That being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a design that most people would find strange, but which has personal meaning to you. For example, if you and your hubby to be have a special song, don’t be afraid to engrave the lyrics onto your ring. Some people have been known to have their favourite film quotes, scientific formulas and even Klingon messages on their wedding rings!

 

Bone Up on Stones

 

Whether you’re opting for a classic diamond or another stone, it is important that you are able to recognise the quality of stones. Stones can differ immensely in price depending on their condition, colour and appearance, with a very clear diamond costing several times as much as one with even a slight impurity, but as long as you know your stones, you will not be in danger of getting ripped off.

 

While we’re talking about stones, don’t be afraid to choose something a bit different, if you adore opals or have a passion for sapphires, don’t shy away from including them in your design just because it’s not traditional.

 

Study Metals

 

Of course, your wedding ring is likely to be made up of more metal than stone, which is why you should also get to know your precious metals. Sometimes, metals can cost more not because they look better or are more precious, but because they are heavier, and knowing this, for example, can help you to save money in the best possible way.

 

Plan Well in Advance

 

When you are having anything custom designed, you need to leave plenty of time before the date it is needed, not only because creating a ring from scratch takes time, but also because things can and do go wrong, and there so no guarantee that a ring will be ready on the day you need it. So, aim to leave at least eight weeks between your first design appointment and your wedding day, but ideally, you should be looking to have your ring created as soon as you start planning the wedding seriously to avoid any hiccups.
If you take note of these tips, put in some time to understanding the design process and the logistics of wedding rings, and you pour your heart and soul into creating something you will treasure forever, there is no way that you will ever be disappointed by your wedding ring.

Happy Wondrous Photo Wednesday Loves!

Spring Wedding Bouquet Inspiration

Spring is in the air! We are LOVING all of the spring bouquet ideas with lots of color! Check out this bright bouquet with succulents.

 

New Orleans meets Massachusetts Wedding

Erika wanted a New Orleans and her groom Mike made sure she felt like she got one!  Super excited to share this gorgeous wedding with you all and have a happy Friday! Hot Pink Brides

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Vendors: Photographer:  Nicole Chan Photography//Dress Store:David’s Bridal//DJ:Gorham Productions//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Men’s Wearhouse//Cake Designer: Montillio’s Baking Company//Reception Venue:Museum of Science//Makeup Artist:Sonia Biddle//Floral Designer:Vicky Biddle//Caterer:Wolfgang Puck Catering// Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Fresh Spring Styles!

Spring has been a symbol of new growth, warmth, blooming, and life itself – therefore a spring wedding embraces these meanings and incorporates them into the ritual of binding love. Seasoned wedding planners know that spring is the busiest wedding season. However, this does not mean that your wedding cannot be unique…in fact there are so many ways to make your wedding fun, fresh and memorable for everyone, especially with fashion!

The best way to pick a wedding dress is to choose one that reflects your personality – are you a little bit out of the box? Perhaps a wedding dress of shorter length would suit you most. If you want something a bit more untraditional, this spring many brides will be foregoing the customary white dress for dresses in shades such as blush, champagne, and even shades of blue. As for the details of the dress itself, there are some interesting new trends that are showing up in the world of wedding fashion. Laser-cut lace is a way to incorporate a traditional fabric with the modern technology of precision laser cutting. Other big trends you can expect to see include peplum style dresses, detailed backs, and vintage inspired styles.

Another great way to bring the spirit of spring into your ceremony is with your bridesmaid dresses. There are plenty of fresh, bright colors to choose from. Pantone, the world renowned authority on color, recently release their Spring 2013 Color Report based on the colors designers are using in their latest collections. If you need some ideas check out the below colors that will be big this spring, especially Emerald, which was announced as the 2013 Color of the Year.

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While many spring brides choose short styles for their bridesmaids, it is by no means unacceptable to go with a long gown. There are beautiful longer styles that have a fresh feel such as this chiffon dress from the White by Vera Wang line at David’s Bridal. Choosing a bright color in a light fabric such as chiffon will definitely get across the spring feel.

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When it comes to weddings in the spring, really the sky is the limit. Even though there are many weddings during the spring season, you can find plenty of ways to make yours stand out from the status quo. Take inspiration from the season around you and welcome your new life with a fresh perspective.

Lavender and pear wedding inspiration

Lavender pairs perfectly with pear green.  These soft, muted shades are classic and elegant, while the surprising color combination keeps this wedding modern. Pears are versatile decor and can be used as seating card holders or place settings. We also found delicious little pear-shaped favors, including candles and homemade jams. Accent this juicy color with soft shades of purple, like sprigs of lavender and chiffon bridesmaid dresses.  Serve icy drinks made with pear-infused vodka and mix roasted pears into the salad course.  Unexpected flower combinations are also a must: moss, white chrysanthemums, and desert succulents.  So pretty!

Wedding dress by Liancarlo.
All original images can be found here.
Find more lavender and pear inspiration on our Pinterest!

2012 Golden Globes wedding inspiration

Beautiful AND talented!  The leading ladies of the Golden Globes shined Sunday night, wearing gorgeous creations by today’s best designers.  The red carpet provides amazing sources of inspiration for wedding gowns, makeup, and hairstyles, and establishes the fashion trends we’ll see throughout the coming months.  Many of these designers also create breathtaking bridal collections.

The 2012 Golden Globes was full of sophisticated elegance, classic silhouettes, and lush fabrics.  Here are some of our favorites looks:

Charlize Theron in Dior and Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli

Emma Stone in Lanvin and Viola Davis in Emilio Pucci

Claire Danes in J. Mendel and Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham

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Amazing Photo Thursday

Mirror Mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all???  Ash Imagery gets my vote 🙂 I just love this image.  Happy Thursday everyone.

Tie the KNOT!

This wedding was sent in from Nakai Photography and I know I usually post more pictures of the ceremony, cake and flowers but really the wedding party pictures NEED special attention!  These are some of the best wedding party pictures I have EVER seen and with 22 people how did they do it.  Enjoy the yummy hot pinkness 🙂

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