Attention brides-to-be… for a lake, shore, beach, or island wedding, today we want to inspire via photography and there’s nothing better than a picture (or a few) on a boat after your romantic, on the water, ceremony.
With all the planning that goes into your wedding, I always find myself surprised at the lack of control over the photos being taken on your big day. You’re probably thinking to yourself “no not me” but I promise you, between your hair and makeup, the vows, the kiss, and the hype, the last thing you’re thinking of is how your photographer can snap the absolute best pictures for you to have forever. That’s their job right? Nope, not really. It’s your job! They’re your pictures, and you are the bride!
So in between picking your father-daughter dance, choosing a hairstyle and “wow” lipstick color (I know you’ve probably already done all three), choose a few essential photo ops for your pictures that you MUST HAVE and make sure your fabulous photographer knows what they are! And most importantly, if you are anywhere near a body of water, you best pick a few pictures on/with/around a boat! Because these are unforgettable!
There’s not much better than a bold pattern like gingham for a summer country wedding. Although it may evoke visions of picnic table cloths or Dorothy’s dress from the Wizard of Oz, don’t let that lead you astray! Gingham is cool and modern for a wedding in the summer (and in the country…please no city weddings ladies!)
While there may be many more “trendier” and maybe bolder patterns on the bridal market these days (think chevron), gingham will always give that classic feel and remains a perfect choice for an outdoor celebration. While I actually really like using the pattern on your tables (you can tone it down with the actual place settings and centerpieces you choose as well as dress it up by picking a high end fabric), there are plenty of other ways to incorporate a little pattern on your wedding day…. like what you may ask? Well the grooms wardrobe for starters; how about a checkered (gingham) tie or even bow tie for the more daring (see below photo). For the boldest of grooms, a full suit jacket also works (see below!) If you aren’t looking to dress your husband-to-be in assorted patterns and colors how about incorporating them into your invitations or just on a small accent table? As usual, there are always ways to incorporate the bits and pieces of colors and patterns that you love in your wedding day; it’s just about finding the right balance. And my number #1 rule with bold patterns; choose only one color… that will be enough! Blue is the gingham color of the day this time around…
Before we know it summer will be over and weekends at the beach will be coming to an end, but not before we cover ever beach related wedding must-know (or have) here on One to Wed! Check out our ideas for beach wedding ceremonies if you haven’t already planned yours, but if your ceremony and reception are already booked and you’re working on the final details, then it’s time to start thinking about favors!
No wedding should go without a small favor to leave your guests remembering your special day and there are so many fun, easy, and budget friendly favors that you can buy or make yourself! Today, it’s all about the beach wedding favors for those weddings in the hot summer months! For inspiration… sea shell tea light candles, little pails of chocolate covered raisins, nuts or anything else, beach-themed wine toppers, mini-shell chocolate treats (easy to make yourself), or messages in a bottle! Each of these favor ideas are budget-friendly or do-it-yourself proof so brides, there are no excuses this time! For your beach wedding, it’s time to start thinking favors!
Today I am SO excited for my very first golf course wedding ceremony and reception to celebrate two very special people! While I’ll be enjoying an amazing wedding tonight, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate in the meantime other than to write about it!
When I think of “the summer wedding”, the golf course is at least on my top 5 list of settings! It doesn’t get much better than a ceremony and reception overlooking beautiful greenery, calm countryside, and of course a few golfers here and there! A golf course can provide such a scenic backdrop that although you will still want to pick out all of the perfect details, you know that the scenery will do most of the talking! While you may not want to go overboard with the golf theme, it could be fun and fitting to incorporate golf into your day a bit (ideas below). As for the color palette, some may disagree but I am obsessed with the mix of green on green. A sage green is perfect to provide the much needed contrast but not be too much of a pop that everyone is watching the maids and not enjoying the scenery! With a balance of the right palette and fun themed details, your summer wedding on the golf course will be a big hit with your guests!!
For me, when I think bridesmaids, I think pink! Personally I have my pink preferences (blush over bright) but for most, any shade of pink as far as the bridesmaids dresses go seems to work. So for those of you brides-to-be struggling with the dress color, today I wanted to remind you why pink is so perfect!
Firstly, depending on the shade, it can go with any season. Winter? Yes please! Think I’m kidding.. nope not this time. I actually think that a very light blush pink (like in the first photo below) is perfect for a winter wedding. Please, we see enough of the eggplants and silvers that a little color for your winter wedding day isn’t going to kill anyone! Of course we know that pink works for the rest of the year; the magentas and corals are perfect for a spring or summer wedding and the light colors are better for the latter half of the year. You probably don’t want coral at your New Year’s Eve wedding.. you’ll have your guests wanting to transport themselves to an island instead of your reception.
Back to the point, why I love pink.. Aside from being right for any season, it’s practically perfect to pair with other colors. Maybe it won’t match with any color that you choose, but it certainly works with a lot of them. Moving on, pink is typically a non-controversial pick. With multiple girls in your party, you don’t want them hating the dresses you’ve picked (I know it’s your wedding day but these are your friends remember!) Pink is easy on the eyes and most girls like some shade of it. So when picking between pink and oh say lime green, I assure you the majority of the maids are going with pink. And finally, the right pink and the right dress can be reused! Tell me you’ve been a bridesmaid and been able to reuse your dress? Probably not because no one seems to pick normal dresses these days, but girls, it’s time! Pick one that everyone loves and you’ll see your maids wearing it at the next wedding they go to!