Custom Wedding Gown Portraits by Diane Bronstein

I’ve seen many different ways brides remember their big day, from framing and mounting their wedding dresses to printing vows onto canvas. But if you’re looking for another super sweet option to commemorate your day, Custom Wedding Gown Portraits by Diane Brontein is the perfect option.

All Diane requires is a photo of the bride in her gown, (camera phone quality allowed!) and she can create beautiful keepsakes, like the one above. I love the softness of these paintings, they just seem so timeless. Click here to see more images. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Something Borrowed

This past weekend, my fiance and I attended a wedding in North Carolina of one of our close high school friends. This was our first wedding together as an engaged couple! Of course being a bride-to-be, I had many opinions and critiques. However, I loved walking into their reception room as the couple had an extremely dramatic lay out. I loved it! Their head table was large rectangle centered in the middle of the room. They sat at the head of the table with all of their bridal party and guest surrounding them. One one end was the carving stations while the other end had the dance floor. Below is a photo.

You can see in the picture the circular tables around the large head table. To add to the drama, they only had tall floral center pieces on the head table. I loved it! I didn’t think I would be one to steal an idea from another wedding, but I just may have to do this if Spiaggia’s floor plan permits!

Engagement Party

If you are having an engagement party this year, why not announce your wedding date with a custom silhouette print from Etsy shop Nelladesigns? I think this would look cute displayed at a party and then hung in your home.

Alternatively, the framed print could be used in lieu of a guest book at a wedding.

Photo Mingle

In the past couple years, photo booths have become popular at wedding receptions. It’s great fun for the guests and gives the bride and groom fun pictures. Along with photo booths, photography is always very important and something couples tend to value higher on their wedding priority list. To have all of these things combined into one at your reception, you should consider Photo Mingle.

Photo Mingle provides a kiosk like above to have at your wedding where guests can take pictures, make videos, and even write messages on their pictures. It can act as a guestbook, too. It is a touch screen and easy to use for all guest. Check out their website to watch a video that shows how Photo Mingle works!

Evernote is cool!

It’s like a big online scrapbook without the messy cutting & pasting!

Evernote allows you to clip things from different sites and compile them all into one easily viewable page – perfect for sharing with vendors, your wedding party, or taking with you on shopping trips. Just pull it up on your phone and you’re good to go! Now all your ideas and inspiration can be at hand at all times.

Check out a great example of shared notebook from Kasey Fleisher Hickey here to get inspiration. Happy clipping!

Steal this idea!

I adore gift tags.  Tags can be used on bridal party gifts, flip flops for guests, favors, or even as a substitute escort card.  I totally want to steal the idea behind this adorable tags.  They are perfect for a Fall wedding.  

However, I think that a crafty bride could take them and turn them into her own DIY project. Simply create a template and buy a stamp and ribbon that reflects your wedding decor plans.  I could see this tag re-created for a destination island wedding by using a beach blue ribbon with a starfish stamp.
I hope that you can use this idea!

Cake To Go

Candy Buffet.
Groom’s Cake.
Wedding Cake.
Edible Favors.
Sweets Table.

All our delish at the wedding… but there is nothing better than taking a slice of cake home from a wedding. As more brides are having more dessert options than just wedding cake, it might be a nice option to offer your guests.

It’s very simple: just buy some cake slice boxes and give to the venue staff to put into boxes. Most venues will do this free of charge.

For an extra touch, we decorate our boxes to keep with the groom’s cake theme. We purchased some plain round printable stickers from Labels by the Sheet.

Then, Denton printed the Colts logo. We applied three stickers to each box. It’s a fairly easy DIY project.

Wedding of S+K

This year, my dear fiance & I will have attended 8 weddings. Everyone is getting married in 2007. (Except for us!)

In August, we attended a wedding of a couple that my fiance knows from college. Held in Bay View, Michigan, the wedding was essentialy a destination wedding. The brides’ family vacationed there every summer. Since the bride loved the area, she wanted to get married there.

Here are some snapshots of the details from the weekend…

At the Rehearsal Dinner, the place cards were picture coasters. They were very cute.

Picture of our table at the rehearsal dinner

Most tables has cakes on them as the centerpieces. Since we were at one of the bridal party tables, we had 2 bridal party bouquets. Both are great ways to save money on decor.

The place cards at dinner had a strip of varying colored paper to identify our meal choice. I like that the paper matched the decor of the wedding. This same paper was used to frame the ceremony programs.