Aisle Runners – Do I Need One?

[Do I Need An Aisle Runner?]

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One common question brides ask is “Do I need an Aisle Runner” for their wedding ceremony. Like most things related to weddings, a simple “yes or no” answer won’t suffice, as there are many factors to consider when determining if an aisle runner is right for you.

Tradition and Symbolism
The tradition and symbolism behind using a runner is that the bride was considered ‘royalty’ on her wedding day and was not expected to walk on the same ground as the rest of the ‘commoners.’

While this reasoning is no longer considered in today’s society, there are several reasons for using an aisle runner (or not using one).

Benefits of an Aisle Runner
Sloppy Weather – One reason for using a runner is determined by when your wedding will take place. If it will be during the winter, or other sloppy weather season, you might want to have a runner so you won’t have to walk on a carpet/floor that has been dirtied by your guests shoes. However, if there is going to be good weather, then this won’t be a concern.

Downwplay Clashing Colors – Some brides choose to use an aisle runner because the carpet at the ceremony site clashes with her wedding colors. Others use one since it makes a lovely backdrop for the petals to be dropped by the flower girl.

Like How It Looks – However, the most common reason to use an aisle runner is because it fits the bride’s vision of her wedding ceremony. Simply put, she likes how it looks.

On the other hand, if you don’t like the look of an aisle runner, or really don’t want to use one, there is no reason to do so. There is no “rule” that says you have to have an aisle runner.

Close your eyes and quietly envision your wedding day. Do you “see” an aisle runner in the picture? Then you might want to use one. However, if you don’t, then my recommendation to you would be to not use a runner.

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How To Pull An Aisle Runner In Place
Aisle runners – if they are pulled out correctly AND secured at both ends with pins and/or tape – should not bunch. Aisle runners are actually very easy to properly pull out.

Here’s how:

    • It should be secured at the front of the aisle prior to the ceremony (your florist or wedding coordinator can take care of this for you).
    • The person(s) designated to pull the aisle runner should walk up the aisle together, each pick up the pull string/rope with one hand, and turn facing the way they will be walking (the back of the aisle).

Alternatives to the White Aisle Runner

  • This next step is very important. Have them look at the center of where they will be walking to (ie. the center of the doorway, the exit sign hanging above the door, etc.) and have them walk toward that point. The aisle runner should smoothly unroll behind them. They can glance back now and then to make sure it is straight, but they should NOT be looking behind them at the runner while unrolling it! That will make it go crooked and bunch up.
  • After the runner is completely rolled out, secure it with tape or pin

Aisle Runner Alternatives
Although a white runner remains the most popular choice, white is not the only option. Red carpets, in the fashion of Hollywood events, make a grand statement.

Also, many brides are opting for custom made aisle runners. These coordinate with the wedding colors and can incorporate the bride and groom’s names and wedding date, or a lovely monogram. After the wedding, this portion of the runner is carefully cleaned and displayed in the couple’s home.

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Outdoor Ceremony Concerns
Outdoor ceremonies pose a different set of criteria when considering the use of an aisle runner.

Will the aisle be on grass or on a sidewalk? If it’s a sidewalk, the runner can be easily, and safely, secured using duct tape (which comes in different colors now, including white).

However, if on grass, keep in mind that while you may be thinking about keeping the hemline of your gown grass-stain free, the ground itself probably isn’t level (which is usually the case). On unlevel ground, an aisle runner will quickly become a hazard, and the potential for tripping, and heels catching and tearing through increases. For safety’s sake, not only for you and your bridal party, but for all of your guests who will be exiting after the ceremony, forgo the use of an aisle runner on grass.

Even without an aisle runner, your aisle needn’t be bare. Small pots of flowers along the sides of the aisle is an easy and inexpensive way to add a bit of color, and is a wonderful option for indoor and outdoor ceremonies. For an outdoor ceremony, try lining the aisle with rose petals, or for something a bit more dramatic, have a complete rose petal “runner.” Looks fabulous, and if outdoors, clean-up is literally a breeze.

What are you thinking of using for your wedding ceremony – an aisle runner or something else?

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8 Ways To Save On Wedding Costs and Avoid Debt

Today’s blog post ‘8 Ways To Save On Wedding Costs, Avoid Debt’ comes from Dawn Papandrea and creditcards.com.

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We recently posted an article with tips for funding your wedding where the topic of using your credit card was briefly touched upon. The following article by Dawn Papandrea goes further in depth on what to look for (and what to avoid) if you do choose to pay for any of your wedding with a credit card, as well as other great money saving tips.

Ask any soon-to-be bride about her wedding plans, and she’ll pull up elaborate Pinterest boards on her smartphone. With so many amazing ideas accessible at your fingertips, it’s no wonder why today’s engaged couples are under pressure to spend more than ever on their big day.

According to The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, the average wedding in 2016 cost $35,329 (and that’s not counting the honeymoon!). Besides rising prices, part of the reason may be the desire for custom guest entertainment has more than tripled, from 11 percent to 41 percent since 2009, with couples adding special touches, such as photo booths (78 percent), games (18 percent), musical performances (12 percent) and even fireworks (8 percent) to their events.

With good planning and creativity, however, it’s still possible to have a Pin-worthy wedding without going into debt (or over the top), as these experts reveal.

Take a look at some frugal chic strategies to help you save money on your nuptials:

1. Say ‘I do’ to credit rewards.
If you’re a couple with strong credit, the pre-wedding period is the best time to open a rewards credit card . “If you don’t have a credit card that offers hotel discounts, airline miles or other rewards you should get one,” says Anne Chertoff, WeddingWire’s trends expert. “I signed up for a cash back card before I got married and put everything on it from lunches to bigger ticket items like my photographer,” she says.

Some things to keep in mind: You’ll need a good to excellent credit score to qualify for the most generous rewards credit cards. When comparing cards, look for ones that align with your spending style, and that have good sign-up bonuses (you’ll have to spend a certain amount within a time frame, such as $1,000 in three months, in order to get them banked). Then, figure out what type of redemption will benefit you the most. If you don’t travel much, look for a card with points that can be redeemed for anything from rental cars, hotels, airfare or gift cards instead of one just focused on airline miles.

Here’s an idea: “You can use points to purchase gift cards for stores that carry products and supplies you might need to create the centerpieces for your wedding reception, or to buy bridal party gifts,” says Dawn-Marie Joseph, president of Estate Planning and Preservation, and founder of Williamston is Your Wedding Destination, a group of wedding vendors in Williamston, Michigan.

Of course, rewards cards only benefit you if you don’t carry a balance month to month. Once you start paying finance charges on purchases, you’ll cancel out your earnings.

If you can’t pay off the balance right away, you or your intended may want to look into getting a card offering an extended 0 percent promotional rate on purchases; just be sure you have a repayment plan set up to get the balance paid off before the promotional rate expires.

2. Minimize wedding-day travel.
If you find a venue that provides space for both your ceremony and reception, you can save a lot, says Sharon Naylor, author of 35 wedding planning books including “1001 Ways to Save Money and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding.” “For instance, your floral designer will only need to travel to and from one location, so that cuts down on their travel charges,” she says.

It might also mean that your photographer and videographer will spend fewer hours with you. Also, paying for an officiant is often less pricey than ceremony fees in a house of worship. Plus, if it’s all in one place, you can reduce your limousine costs, or maybe not hire one at all.

3. Scale down the food.
You don’t want to risk your guests going home hungry, but you might be able to lower the menu price per head by working with your caterer, says Naylor.

“You can skip the raw bar and just have seafood accents on some dishes, such as a lobster topping for the mac and cheese station. Or, instead of offering a buffet bowl of shrimp cocktail, have shrimp cocktail hand-passed by servers,” says Naylor. You can also opt for noodles, salads, pastas and other lower-cost selections and reduce the number of meat-carving stations.

For your cake, stick with simpler designs and classic cake flavors and fillings. “Some cakes triple in price when you opt for specialty ingredients,” says Naylor.

4. Fine-tune your flower budget.
“The majority of people don’t know how much flowers cost,” says Joseph. While she recommends going online to get ideas about the bouquet shape and colors you like, don’t get hung up on particular types of flowers unless they have a special meaning to you.

In fact, ask your florist to recommend “nonwedding flowers,” says Naylor. “Gardenias, stephanotis, callas and some other traditional bridal blooms cost a bundle. Your floral expert can suggest some blooms that are not only in season and more affordable, but are super-pretty and can often be acquired in larger masses for more effect,” she says.

Bonus tip: Bridal bouquets can pull double duty as centerpieces or to decorate the head table when placed atop clear cylinder bases or pedestals, says Joseph, and florists often have these inexpensive items on hand.

5. When it makes sense, do it yourself.
“A lot of people think they can save with DIY, but test before you invest,” says Chertoff. She’s seen many brides attempt to do their own wedding accents, and end up paying for professionally designed items at the last minute.

Here are some DIY dos and don’ts:

Do consider DIY favors. If you have an idea that’s nonperishable or can be done well in advance of the event, go for it. Whether it’s creating a custom USB of music or packaging up food that will last (like chocolates), you can find discount supplies and enlist your bridesmaids to help you package them up, says Chertoff.

But don’t … try to DIY anything that needs to be done during wedding crunch time. Making baked goods or trying to create your own bouquets the day of the event can turn into a disaster.

Do a DIY photo booth. Guests will have a blast if you put up a backdrop poster, and set up a prop table with a few selfie sticks (Etsy.com has lots of customizable and affordable ideas). Then, you can ask guests to use a custom wedding hashtag when they post photos so you can see them.

But don’t … try to get away with not hiring a professional photographer or videographer, says Naylor. “Your wedding photos and video become so much more important in the years to come. Hire a reputable pro, even if prices are higher than some hobbyists you may see advertising out there,” she says.

Do create your own signage. There are lots of great ideas online to create customized table seating cards, table numbers, and ceremony and reception signs. If you’re crafty and have the time, you can pull these off with low-cost supplies.

But don’t … think that doing invitations or programs on your own will save you money. “You might not be aware of just how much ink goes into your invitation, program and other print items until you get started, and by then it’s too late,” says Naylor. Still, there are large price variations based on types of paper and print processes, costs for inserts, and whether you bundle your invitations with your programs, so shop around.

6. Don’t be a designer snob.
For many brides, it’s all about the dress, but finding one that flatters you is more important than the name that is on the label. “There’s nothing wrong with looking at stores like David’s Bridal. Dresses are totally affordable and fashion forward. And high-end designers are creating selections that are stunning,” says Chertoff.

She also recommends shopping sample sales, but only after going dress shopping to try on different styles and see what you like. Otherwise, you’ll end up settling for a gown you’re not crazy about, and cave in to buying a second dress you find later on.

Although it’s unconventional, Joseph says it’s possible to save a lot of money by considering a consignment dress purchase, which is sometimes offered in her boutique, The Wedding Gallery. “I just took in a $2,500 ballgown dress in perfect condition – there’s not one bead out of place,” says Joseph. If you can get past the fact that the dress was already worn – literally for a few hours – you can save a lot.

7. Learn how to manage extras.
Many couples go over their wedding budget by at least 10 percent, says Chertoff. To not have to rely on credit cards, she recommends putting $1,000 into a do-not-touch fund for last-minute surprise costs – such as having to buy large umbrellas if rain is in the forecast, or items for guest hospitality baskets in the restrooms.

Of course, don’t forget that extras are optional. “Your wedding is not the last party you’re ever going to throw,” says Chertoff.

8. Read your contracts carefully.
Another way to get in over your head with wedding spending is by ignoring the fine print. “Make sure you know what’s included, such as if you have to pay extra for valet service; what the payment schedule is; and if credit cards are OK, or do they charge a processing fee,” says Chertoff.

A bit of haggling can go a long way, too. “Ask for a discount if you pay in cash, or are buying in volume,” Joseph says.

There’s no getting around the fact that planning an elegant affair is expensive, but by employing some of these frugal tactics and sticking to your budget, you’ll start your new lives together with not only a grand celebration, but on the right financial footing.

I hope you found this information useful! To see the original article, or for more of Dawn’s credit card tips/suggestions go here.

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9 Tips to Help You get Started With Your Wedding Plans

While planning their wedding, many brides want to save money while making their dreams come true just like they imagined the day as little girls.

From choosing your venue to creating your decorations and invitations, there are several tasks to take care of. Find a few tips below on how to get started.

1. Announce Your Upcoming Wedding
Sure, you can have your announcement in the local paper. But won’t it be more personal if you create and send a simple card (you can get them printed at your local printers)? Choose a cute theme, color, and envelope, and send out the announcements to the people who matter.

Start with making a list and gathering addresses (you can later use these addresses when getting ready to send out your wedding invitations). Want something a little different and fun? How about an animated version of your wedding announcement card? If it’s created to be an invitation, share it only with those you want to invite, however if it is merely an announcement go ahead and share it on social media.

2. Pick Your Wedding Date
You’ve got a lot of things to take consider when choosing your wedding date, such as when you and your fiancé are free, when your desired venue is available, and (especially for outdoor events) seasonal weather patterns.

If you’re like some couples, you have a specific date (such as the anniversary of your first date). Other couples are more flexible, such as anytime in August, or wanting a Fall wedding.

You may want to make sure that your desired wedding date doesn’t fall into any type of “scheduling conflict” with your parents and other people who are so special to you that you can’t imaging them not being at your wedding. Just remember that this is YOUR wedding, and not lose control of choosing the date.

3. Find Your Venue
If you’re flexible with when to have your wedding, you may want to look for a venue before having a definite date chosen, then finalize your wedding date based on your selected venue.

During your venue search, don’t just pick one hotel or banquet hall to visit; interview several, and choose the one that offers not just the best price, but the one that has the best combination of price, service, amenities, and decor/look. A venue that has an exquisite ambiance may cost more to rent, but will need minimal decor, whereas a venue that is more “bare bones” and plain costs less, but you can end up spending more in decor to achieve the look you want.

Before you go venue-searching you’ll need to know the number of people you would like to invite (or at least a good estimate). This will help to calculate the cost, and you’ll avoid looking at venues that would be too small to accommodate all of your guests.

4. Create a Menu
Some couples find creating their wedding reception menu as one of the most challenging tasks. Others find it quick and easy.

Regardless of which one you fall under, there are still a few things to keep in mind. You probably know the tastes of your friends and family members, so you may want to consider offering an entree that is a known favorite. And be sure to see if any of them have any food allergies, preferences, or dietary needs. These days most caterers offer more vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free, and other types of menus.

You will also have a wedding cake to design and order. It’s possible that you have a friend or family member who can help in its creation, or recommend you a company that will offer you a customized service.

5. Select Your Dress

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You might already have an idea about what you want to wear on your wedding. From simple white dresses to elegant lace combined with diamonds from diamantes certificados, there are many designs that suit your wedding budget and style.

Instead of roaming the shops, you can look for designs online and in magazines and create a shortlist of designers, dress styles, and elements of dresses that appeal to you. When you do visit wedding dress shops tell them your dress budget right from the start. But if you happen to fall in love with a wedding dress that you can’t afford, check with a local dress maker or seamstress to see if they can recreate the look for less, if you provide the materials.

6. Choose Your Bridesmaids
The bridesmaids you choose will be your helpers for organizing your wedding, so you have to make sure that you pick capable and reliable people.

Even if you already have somebody in mind, you’ll need to sit down with them and have a chat, to make sure they have enough time (and finances) to spend helping you with your wedding, and other pre-wedding events.

7. Get Crafty and Create Your Decorations

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You can personalize your wedding by creating your own decorations. Whether you want to have a few simple rosebuds on the table or go full in and get chair covers and silk drapes to cover the windows, you will need to get creative. Visit your local DIY store for inspiration. Use paper and other fabrics or decorative materials, and get custom printed napkins to make your wedding personal and unique.

8. Send Invitations
Once you have the venue and catering arranged, the theme and style of your wedding will have taken shape. A few months before your wedding, don’t forget to get invitations. You can create your own wedding invitations and design them to fit your wedding theme and style. Designing them yourself can save you a few hundred dollars, and your guests will remember your date by adding a personal touch.

When sending your invitations, make sure that you ask for RSVP confirmation. You can include a separate card for people to return to you, or include your email address or phone number at the bottom of the invitation for potential guests.

Alternatively, set up a simple website where you feature all the information about the wedding and allow people to contact you, including a section for them to RSVP and even leave a personal message.

9. Arrange Transportation
You want to make sure that you and your guests can get to and from your wedding venue easily. You might want to book a limousine or party bus, or appoint drivers if you want to save money.

While you are not obligated to provide transportation for your guests, giving them options, particularly if your wedding venue is a more remote locale, is a generous and well appreciated gesture. You might hire a bus for all your guests to be picked up. When you pick your transport company, ask them about their hourly rates, tell them of all pick-up and drop-off points.

So it’s time to get started with your plan. List all the main elements you will need and want (venue, dress, flowers, etc.), and decide which elements are the most important to you. Also list the small details you’ll have to take care of. Delegate some tasks to other people, and allow yourself time to think through the different options you will have. Carefully research venues, catering companies, and florists, and all other types of vendors, to make sure your big day will the fun day you’ve imagines since you were a little girl.

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5 Tips For Getting Your Groom Ready For Your Wedding Day

[Groom’s Wedding Planning Tips]

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When it comes to wedding planning, it’s safe to say that you’re always going to have a lot going on. Even when you allow yourself plenty of time – years even, you can find that something will just creep up on you. And no matter how much time, attention, and effort you put into your wedding, there always seems to be something else to do. And even these days, a huge part of what needs to be done still seems to be focused toward the bride.

Because it’s your wedding day, you want to make sure that you look just right. But at the same time it’s his wedding too, so your husband-to-be looks needs to look the part too. Like some men (not all, but some) he may not really have a clue how to get himself ready for a wedding, particularly his wedding. And when you want him to look a certain way, you may need to help him keep on track.

Know Where His Stuff Is
It’s likely that you’re going to be picking out his suit and the rest of his attire with him, or at the very least have some input on what he and the men in the wedding party will be wearing. You’re definitely going to want to make sure it’s in line with your theme and color palette.

But when this is sorted, you’re not done. When you’ve got the suit for the groom and groomsmen, you then need to make sure you know where it is, and store it well until the big day. While you’re there, do the same with shirts, shoes, cufflinks, and everything else. You may even want to make sure he gives those shoes a fresh shine before the big day too, just in case.

Book A Hair Appointment
You can only hope that he will know this needs to be done himself, but you may just want to double check. First off, there’s the hair cut. Even if he’s never really fussed with his locks, now is the time to get them sorted – even a trim can freshen up his look. Book a hair appointment for the right time before the wedding, so he can sport a fresh cut. A few days before the wedding day is sufficient – you don’t want his hair cut to look too fresh.

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Consider Extra Grooming Too
But that’s not all, he may need some extra grooming measures. You could look into beard grooming, a pedicure, and even a massage to help him relax. Why not make that a couples massage? A pre-wedding pamper could be what you both need right now.

Hold On To Those Rings
We know that traditionally the best man holds the rings on the big day, but this doesn’t mean you can’t hold onto them until the last minute. If you want to make sure they’re safe and keep them in your possession, go for it.

Keep Him Calm
As much as you may be stressing right now, he probably is too. If not stressing, he’s bound to be nervous at the very least. So try to stick together. Remember that you’re both in the same boat and try to enjoy the experience together, rather than turning on one another when times are tough.

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4 Amazingly Easy Tips For Your Vintage Wedding

If you’re the type of person who loves a bit of vintage, and you’re also a person that is currently planning their wedding, then why not combine the two and plan a vintage wedding? Doing so will make your wedding more memorable, as all vintage things do, for all those attend, while making your wedding the day you’ve always dreamed of.

So, if you’re thinking about going vintage with your wedding, and check out the advice below.

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Select Invitations That Set The Vintage Tone
Carry your theme through right from the beginning with your invitations so they’ll set the tone of your wedding. So, with a vintage theme, you’ll want to have vintage inspired invitations. It’s very easy to achieve this. You can get in touch with a professional stationery designer who deals with a multitude of styles, including pre-designed and bespoke, or you can DIY them. Check out the easy step-by-step instructions here.

Go Grace Kelly With Your Flowers
Is there anything more stylish and vintage than the Princess of Monaco herself, Grace Kelly? No, there isn’t, so you simply have to include an air of her in your wedding plans to help make it a vintage day to remember!

Why not create this air with your floral arrangement choices? You can do so by buying bouquets from https://camelbackflowershop.com that are inspired by and named after Grace Kelly herself, (or talk with your local florist if you are out of their delivery area). Your flowers will be stunning and unrivaled by any wedding flower arrangements you will ever see again, that much is for certain!

Opt For Lace Decorations
What is one constant with vintage decor? Lace! So turn to lace decorations for your ceremony (such as chair decor down the aisle) and reception (try table runners or embellishments on vases). Depending on your tastes, you can use it in abundance or just a bit here and there.

What is another constant with vintage decor? Pearls!

Classic pearls, whether used in centerpieces or draped over a pretty candelabra instantly give any wedding decor a vintage feel. Use long strings of pearls, a la the Roaring Twenties (one of the most classy and vintage time periods of them all)!

Use Rustic Signs As Ways Of Direction
Rustic, while not the same as vintage (“vintage” is more of an era, where “rustic” is more of a locale), can be vintage. If your version of vintage also embodies rustic, you can incorporate items such as hobnail vases in your centerpieces, farm tables, and wooden signage to help direct your guests from A to B. Make fun escort cards using skeleton keys attached to tags with the guest’s name and table number.

As you can see, vintage weddings are achievable, you just have to have an eye and attention for detail in order to achieve them. And, if you follow the advice above and achieve the vintage wedding you were hoping for then, who knows, you might even outdo HRH Prince Harry and Megan Markle!

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Planning A Destination Wedding? 4 Accessories You’re Going To Need.

A destination wedding is becoming more popular as the costs of a wedding at home begin to rise. Destination weddings don’t just give you the wedding in the sunshine that you dream of, but a two for one deal with a built-in honeymoon.

It doesn’t matter how you came to the decision of a destination wedding: whether dreamed about or impulsive, you’re on your way to the beach to say your vows!

Planning a wedding can be hard regardless if you will have it at home or abroad, but if you pay attention to the smaller details, your bigger things to organize will all seem to fall together.

Finding the perfect wedding package is your first step, and for inspiration look at sweethawaiiwedding.com today. Once you’ve done that, you can focus on your dress so you’ll know the rest of the accessories that you will need.

So, what accessory details will you need to take into consideration for your destination wedding day, compared to the wedding that you could have had at home?

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1. Shoes
When you walk the aisle in your choice of venue at home, you can be pretty certain that the heels you’ve chosen for under your dress will keep you steady, as the surface you’re walking on is steady. Going abroad could mean a beach wedding or a wedding on grass. You’ll need sturdier shoes but want to keep them pretty. A pair of wedges like these could be the perfect footwear for an outside wedding – failing that, barefoot on the sand sounds pretty amazing to us! If you’re off somewhere cold, why not custom-design some Wellington boots such as these?

2. Jewelry
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Pearls are classic bridal jewelry, and they are never out of place at a beach wedding considering pearls come from the ocean. Go for silver or white gold or even platinum jewelry for a destination wedding; the sunlight will dance off of it and make your entire look shimmer.

3. Purse/Bag
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You don’t see many brides carrying a purse or bag at their wedding, but a small clutch for you and your bridesmaids to carry is the perfect accessory for any wedding. For a beach wedding, you’ll need to top up your sunscreen or keep sunglasses handy during the day, (and no matter where your wedding takes place, you’ll want some lip gloss handy). No need for a huge tote, a clutch is perfect.

And if you decorate yours with a blue flower or broach, you’ve got your “Something Blue”!

4. Bouquet
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It’s unlikely that the bridal bouquet that you had carefully crafted at a florist and paid good money will last the journey to the destination you are having your wedding. Instead, have an artificial bouquet made that you can easily box and fly over to where you are getting married. It will save you the trouble of needing to take the time to organize it when you arrive, and you’ll still have a hand in the design before you go.

A destination wedding doesn’t mean that you have to compromise the accessories that you have so long dreamed about. It just means you’ll need to make some adjustments to fit the surroundings, so your wedding can be as beautiful as you imagined.

Oh, these destination wedding accessories tips will still work great even if you’re having a non-destination wedding!

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Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitations & Other “Green” Tips

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Incorporating eco-friendly, green ideas into your wedding is easy and affordable. Check out theseeco-friendly wedding tips

This post was published in cooperation with Paperless Post.

Looking for eco-friendly wedding ideas that are wallet friendly too? Check out these eco-friendly and affordable wedding tips for your invitations and other areas of your wedding.

INVITATIONS AND OTHER PAPER PRODUCTS

• Like the idea of menu cards? Do only 2 or 3 per table instead of one for each person (your guests won’t miss having their own).

• Reduce the amount of paper used in your invitations by omitting the inner envelopes and using RSVP postcards instead of the traditional card and envelope.

• Or you can completely reduce the amount of paper for your invitations by going paperless.

Beautiful Wedding Invitation from Paperless Post

Our friends at PAPERLESS POST help you create online and paper stationery that reflects your individual style. You can choose, and customize, from hundreds of styles/designs for your wedding invitations, including gorgeous styles by world famous designers such as Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, and Vera Wang.

Beautiful Wedding Invitation from Paperless Post

Beautiful Wedding Invitation from Paperless Post

Benefits of Using Online Invitations

• It’s totally eco-friendly. No paper or inks at all.

• Easy for guests to RSVP. With a click of a button they can respond with their accepts or regrets. There’s even a button to remind them to RSVP later.

• It’s a breeze to include additional information for your guests’ convenience (ex. parking info, hotel info).

• Directions from their doorstep to your venue are at your guest’s fingertips with the click of a button.

• You can add a comment wall for guests to leave a personalized message.

• Are you giving your guests menu options (Beef or Chicken)? Add additional RSVP question for your guests to answer. Also great for song requests.

• Need to make a change to the time or place? Updating is easy.

• Easily track who has responded. Need to check in with those who haven’t RSVP’d? There’s a button for that too.

• There’s more than just Wedding invitations. Holiday cards, Birthday, Thinking of You, Graduation announcements, and personalized stationery are just some of what they offer.

• It’s affordable.

Choose a card design. Add your text. Change the font style and color. Add a motif or logo. Want to add your own motif, logo, or photo? It’s easily done, and just takes a few seconds.

Your invitation/card is saved and put into a draft folder until you’re ready to send. Then when you’re ready to send, you can either send it immediately or schedule it for a future date.

It really is that simple.

Disadvantages

Ok, gotta be real. There are a few disadvantages to using online wedding invitations.

• Lost E-Mail
Occasionally an online invitation will get lost in cyberspace, and not reach it’s recipient. (But hey, things can get lost with the regular mail too). If someone says they haven’t received your paperless invitation, make sure you’ve got the right email address, or that your guest hasn’t changed their email address.

• Not All Guests Have Email
These days, most people have email, (and if they’re like me, they check it several times throughout the day). However, some of your guests, usually older folks like grandparents or great aunts/uncles, may not.

• No Keepsake
Some couples, and their parents like to save the invitation for a lovely keepsake. You can print out the online invitation, but doing a ‘print screen’ is not the same as an invitation that’s actually been printed.

The good thing here is that Paperless Post offers all of their designs in paper form as well.

OTHER WAYS TO GO GREEN FOR YOUR WEDDING
Decor
We can all agree that candles provide a romantic ambience.

candle wedding decor
Photo credit: ekkarat / 123RF Stock Photo

But did you ever notice soot on the edges of the glass of the candleholder, or going into the air when a candle is blown out? For your wedding why not use soy or honeycomb candles? They’re much cleaner than regular wax candles, and like other candles, come in any size or color you’d want.

After a wedding reception when the room is being cleaned up, it is kind of sad watching those beautiful floral centerpieces being thrown away.
Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips - Potted Plants

Photo credit: annete / 123RF Stock Photo

Instead of using cut flowers, group potted flowers on tables as centerpieces. Then at the end of the evening, your guests can take them home. The potted flowers enjoy a new life (either appreciated in your guests’ homes, or replanted in their yard). Plus, this serves double-duty so you don’t have to get separate favors.

Favors

If you prefer offering favors for your guests, go with an edible treat.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips - Edible wedding favors

In reality, your guests often can’t use or don’t want the cute favors that are non-edible, and will either end up throwing the favor away, or leaving it at the reception. But if it’s something for them to nibble on – they’ll be snacking on them during your reception, and maybe even looking for more!

Food & Beverages
More and more caterers are thinking green

Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips - Organic, locally grown food

– using ingredients that are organic, and locally grown.

Why not include some green, eco-friendly choices for your wedding? They’re just as easy, and often either cost the same or less than non-green options.

Let us know what you think. Are/would you consider including some eco-friendly elements to your wedding?

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6 Tips For A Dream Wedding On A Tiny Budget

Getting married is something that many of us have dreamt of from an early age. We played wedding day dress up as kids and imagined ourselves marrying all of our childhood crushes.

Then, as we got older, we started secretly practicing signing our partners’ name and imagining what our wedding day would be like. None of these fantasies will have involved a budget. In your make-believe world, you had what you wanted without having to consider the cost.

6 Tips For A Dream Wedding on a Tiny BudgetPhoto Source: Pixabay

The reality is, unfortunately very different. The average wedding cost is around $35000, and the average wage for employed workers is only $44000. Weddings cost money.

The perfect dream wedding can cost an exorbitant amount of money. While it can be tempting to put wedding purchases on credit cards or take out a loan, it’s better not to. Ideally, you should wait and save before you get married, but who wants to do that when they are madly in love and desperate to tell the world?

The best option is sticking to a budget that you can afford, without sacrificing the wedding of your dreams. Here are 6 tips to help you get it right.

Prioritize
The first thing that you need to do is work out what you really want, and what you are willing to sacrifice. Sit down with your partner and write a list of everything involved in your wedding, a master list if you want, of everything that you can think of. Then, think about what you need. The things you’ve always dreamed of. If you know that you definitely want a live band, keep it, and cut something you’re not as bothered about.

Get Help
There’s plenty of articles and sites out there like Wedding intro that can offer you advice on planning your wedding. There are also real-life accounts from other brides on how they cut costs. Read as much as you can and write down things that can help you.

DIY
Pinterest is a fantastic resource when it comes to getting married on a budget. You can make so much yourself. This could include table centerpieces, stationery, decorations, bouquets, outfits, and food. Think about your talents and try something out.

Use People You Know
One of the biggest costs you’ll face is paying people for their skills. DJ’s, photographers, and caterers can be very expensive. So, instead think about people you know. Even if they are not professional, they may be able to help for a much smaller fee. Another option is contacting the local college and offering someone work experience.

Go Against Tradition
Your wedding doesn’t need to be the same as all the others you’ve been to. You don’t have to have music or a cake; you don’t need flowers or transportation. Keep things if you want them, but don’t spend a fortune on a wedding cake if you’d prefer a casual dessert buffet.

Do It At Home
If you’ve got a large garden, (or sufficient space inside if you are having a small, intimate gathering), getting married at home can be a wonderful solution. There’s no venue rental cost. You aren’t limited to the in-house or “preferred” caterers, so you can save a bundle on food. Same with alcohol – you can have your guests help themselves to beer, wine, and non-alcoholic options like iced tea. You can get talented friends and family members involved – using the talents of those who are awesome cooks, crafty folks, and musically inclined will save money and give you a unique wedding.

*This is a contributed post

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Funding For Your Wedding: Your Big Day On A Budget

Funding For Your Wedding: Your Big Day On A BudgetImage Source

Over the last couple of decades, weddings have been becoming more and more expensive affairs. In 2015, the average wedding in the USA ran up a bill of over $31,000, and some will have cost significantly more.

For some people, this is almost an entire year’s salary, making it easy to see why a lot of people would want to reduce the costs. But it can be hard to figure out where and how make budget cuts and find the necessary funding for your wedding. Here are some suggestions:

Shrinking Costs
Of course prices aren’t going to suddenly drop, but lower prices can be found if you are willing to work for them. Below, you can find some of the best ways to cut costs for your special event, though it could also be worth doing some research to maximize your savings.

Finding Deals:
Finding a deal in the modern world is often as simple as making a search on a service like Google. Nowadays, sales, coupon codes,and other ways to save money are used by businesses as a primary marketing technique. This makes it easy for you to save some money, while they are still able to provide the full service.

Compromise:
Along with looking for deals, being willing to make small compromises on your big day will also be a great way to save some money. From smaller floral centerpieces and guest lists, to a shorter bar package, or having your wedding during the “off” season, there are plenty of options to help fit your budget and making your wedding more affordable.

Finding Funds
Saving money is the most common way for couples to set aside the money needed to pay for the wedding they want, however it’s not unusual for couples to need some help to fund an event like this. There are a couple of good ways to do this, and you can find them below. Of course, though, like your savings, it can also be worth doing some of your own research to make sure you’re making the right choices.

Take Some Time:
For some people, getting a loan will be off the table, (no one wants to start a marriage with debt) and this leaves you with a very simple option to go from; saving. Putting money away and avoiding spending (keep driving past that Starbucks!) will be easy if you take the right approach. Your partner isn’t going anywhere, and saving for your big day will make it more satisfying.

Contributed Money:
More and more couples are paying for their own weddings these days, however parents are still offering to contribute to their child’s wedding. The extra money is helpful, as long as there are no strings attached. Make sure it’s clear how much they are willing to give, and what their expectations are.

Borrow:
While creating debt by borrowing money is not the ideal method, in some cases it may be the way to go. I highly recommend that if you use your credit card, to only charge an amount that you can pay off within a reasonable amount of time. If you’re considering taking out a loan, check out loans near me, and make sure to carefully research your local banks and other financial companies. This type of loan is sure to be big, and the right business will be needed to handle it.


Hopefully, with all of this in mind, it will start to become a lot easier to save and fund your wedding day without stress or concern. In the past, the families of the couple would cover the costs of the big event. This doesn’t always work out, though, and you could be completely on your own when it comes to making this come together.

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Prince Harry and Megan Markle: What Will We See At Their Wedding?

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

Soon it will be Royal Wedding time! No, I’m not talking about the awesome 1951 movie with Fred Astaire.

This is the Royal Wedding where His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle will .

The date has been set – Saturday, May 19, 2018, and like the previous royal weddings of recent – Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William to Kate Middleton; and his parents, Prince Charles and Diana Spencer – the world is already anxiously waiting and speculating on the details.

So, with all of the traditions and other details associated with royal weddings, which ones will Harry and Meghan follow, and which (if any) will they not?

We already know about:

The Proposal
The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 prescribed the conditions under which the royal family would marry. It states “that no descendant of King George II, male or female, other than the issue of princesses who had married or might thereafter marry into foreign families, could marry without the consent of the reigning monarch.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Harry has asked Her Majesty for her permission to wed Meghan Markle, and the Queen has given her blessing.

The Location
Prince Harry and Meghan will be wed in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

St. George's Chapel - Windsor Castle where the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place
St. George’s Chapel

In previous centuries, the traditional ceremony site was the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace. Queen Victoria, among several other royals, was wed in this small chapel (which seats 100).

As the weddings of royalty became more of a public spectacle, larger sites, most notably Westminster Abbey, which seats 2,000 (Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip); St. Paul’s Cathedral, which can hold 3,500 (Prince Charles and Diana); and although smaller in comparison, St. George’s Chapel, which seats about 800 (Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles).

And

The Cake
Traditionally, in Britain, the wedding cake for the royal couple is a fruitcake – a rich, dense cake made of a mix of candied or dried fruit, (such as cherries, pineapple, walnuts and raisins), nuts, and spices, that has been soaked in rum or brandy.

Queen Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten
queen elizabeth and philip mountbatten's wedding cake
The four-tiered wedding cake was nine feet tall and weighed 500 pounds. It was called ‘the 10,000 mile wedding cake’ because the ingredients used were brought in from South Africa and Australia.

Prince Charles and Diana Spencer
prince charles and lady diana's wedding cake
This five foot tall fruitcake with cream cheese frosting (yum!) was decorated with roses, lilies of the valley, and orchids, and the royal coat of arms.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
prince william and kate middleton's wedding cake
Their eight-tier fruitcake was decorated with hundreds of symbolic decorations including flowers representing the four nations of the United Kingdom – roses for England, thistle for Scotland, daffodils for Wales, and shamrocks for Ireland. They also went untraditional with a chocolate-cookie groom’s cake.

It’s been rumored that Harry and Meghan will choose a banana cake for their wedding. Apparently Harry and his brother William loved any type of banana flavored dessert. So will Harry and Meghan skip tradition altogether and only have banana cake? Or will they have two cakes – one the traditional fruitcake, with the second banana?

But . . .

. . . what about other aspects of their impending wedding?

The Wedding Party
Royal brides traditionally don’t have adult bridesmaids. Instead their bridesmaids are young girls around the age of 10 – 12. Queen Elizabeth had eight bridesmaids.

Diana had five.
charles and diana with their wedding party

Kate had four very young bridesmaids (two of them were aged 3). She and William broke wedding party tradition by having her sister Pippa as a maid of honor, and Harry as the best man (instead of a best man, they have a supporter).william and kate with their wedding party

It’s probably a safe bet that Harry will have his brother Prince William, and his nephew and niece Prince George and Princess Charlotte as their best man, page boy and bridesmaid. Will Kate also have a role?

The Bouquet
Will Meghan include a sprig of myrtle (the “Herb of Love”) in her bridal bouquet?

myrtle - a traditional flower in royal weddings in Britain

Every royal bride since Queen Victoria has done so. After her wedding, Victoria planted a myrtle shrub in her garden. Every royal bride since has carried a sprig taken from the same shrub.

Another bridal bouquet tradition, which was started by Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, (the Queen Mother), is to leave the bouquet at the grave of the Unknown Warrior after the wedding ceremony. The Queen Mum did so in memory of her brother who was killed in the First World War.

The Guest List
Perhaps the most asked question is “Who will Harry and Meghan invite?”

The guest list is important for any wedding. But when yours is one where guests typically are VIPS such as crown heads of Europe and other foreign royals, foreign leaders, church officials, diplomats and celebrities, as well as their family and friends, compiling the guest list is even more daunting and eclectic.

From her work in Hollywood, to his philanthropic endeavors – their “circle” includes several celebrities as close friends.

We won’t be surprised to see:

Meghan’s Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams, Sarah Rafferty, and Gina Torres
Harry’s school pals Eddie Redmayne and Arthur Landon
Former Army pal James Blunt (Will he sing?)
Sir Elton John (Will he sing? Please sing.)
Meghan’s good friends Serena Williams, Misha Nonoo, and Janina Gavankar
Dominic West (who helped Harry raise money for ‘Walking with the Wounded’)
Former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama (huge supporters of Harry’s Invictus Games)

What do you think we’ll be seeing at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

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Jean

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