Brides who want to borrow the good cheer of the holiday season only need to have a Winter wedding. If you're planning to marry during the most wonderful time of the year, there are plenty of ways to incorporate the festive spirit without turning your wedding memories into an overdone green and red mess. From romantic wreaths to a one-horse open sleigh, follow these tips to have a very merry matrimony.
Good news for modern brides who prefer cooler temps over sunny Summer days: wedding season has broadened to include the Fall and Winter months. Just ask Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, who got married today, or Clueless actress Elisa Donovan and Charlie Bigelow, who got married last week. While it appears neither of these celebrity couples gave their big days any Halloween flair, there are actually many couples who do!
Graveyards, skulls, and jack-o'-lanterns aren't typically associated with a wedding, but if you're brave enough to go a little dark on your big day, a Halloween-themed bash is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The spooky holiday is coming up, so get in the spirit of All Hallows' Eve with these hauntingly fun and beautiful Halloween weddings!
If you and your spouse-to-be are devoted academics, high school sweethearts, or just nostalgic about your No. 2-pencil days, give your big day some scholastic charm with these creative ideas. Bookish accents, cheeky apple details, and library-themed decor will help you channel that academic vibe. Other gold star picks include chalkboard backdrops, fancy bulletin boards, and paper airplane details. Hoping to use school as your main inspiration? Learn how with these 34 bright ideas.
School's back in session for some pencil pushers this week, and we're feeling nostalgic for the scent of library books and the days of reading textbooks in coffee shops. We're not ashamed to admit we have a nerdy side, and we think book- and library-inspired details would make any engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding that much more of a page-turner. So if you're a bookworm like us, dive into these ideas for adding literary charm to your big-day celebrations.
The Olympics kick off in London today, and lately it seems it's been all about the Brits. We had the royal wedding and Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, and now athletes from around the world have gathered to compete in the country that brought us The Beatles, the Spice Girls, Harry Potter, and Twiggy. We've rounded up some wedding ideas inspired by the traditions, monuments, and pop culture of the UK, so don a fascinator and take a trip across the pond with us now!
We've been showing you how to add some history to your wedding with our weddings through the decades, beginning with the Victorian period of lace and silhouette portraits and ending with the era of neon, big hair, and mix tapes — the '80s. And then in the middle, we've got ideas for fans of Downton Abbey, Mad Men, and The Great Gatsby. If you're looking for some ways to incorporate the traditions, trends, and fashions of the past century, check out these weddings through the decades!
Following the free love of the '70s was the playful culture of the 1980s — a decade filled with neon shades, big hair, and pop music. WIth Nintendo, Pac-Man, the Brat Pack, New Kids on the Block, and the boombox, the '80s were all about bright colors and punchy energy. Hoping to bring some retro fun to your big day, or maybe your bachelorette party? From music-inspired accents to bold, bright decor, here are some unique ideas to spark your creativity.
Planning a wedding these days can be overwhelming, with more resources than you know what to do with at your fingertips. And if you're busy pulling ideas from Pinterest, wedding blogs, and bridal mags, then it can be easy to leave out the most important element of your big day: making it about you and your partner. I recently spoke with celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss about ways add some personality to your big day, and she shared a bit of her expert advice on how to make your wedding unmistakeably "you."
Mindy, who's worked with stars like Ellen DeGeneres and Nicole Richie, said it's incredibly important that guests know whose wedding they're at. When infusing you and your partner's personality into the wedding, ask yourself: what is something about the two of you that people would recognize as soon as they walk into the room — that would make them go, "Oh, this is definitely fill-in-the-blank's wedding"?
Here are some more ideas to help you out:
- Do you have any meaningful locations from your relationship? Mindy says, "I had a couple sit here for hours trying to think of something. I asked, 'Well where did you get engaged?' They said, 'In Napa.' I go, 'Well, there you go!' Let's bring Napa to LA. Let's bring that feeling. Obviously you chose that place for a reason. And then it could be, 'It all started here.'"
- Take the extra time and effort to write your own vows, and you won't regret adding that personal touch to your ceremony.
- Are your jobs a big part of your lives? For instance, if you work at a library or bookstore, then you could have a wedding with a book theme.
- A simple idea is to incorporate you and your partner's favorite colors into the wedding.
- What are your favorite songs? You could have the lyrics written down on cards at each table or use songs with sentimental meaning for the two of you as your first dance and procession music. You could even use a favorite singer as your wedding inspiration.
- Include hobbies or sports you enjoy like baseball in the theme. "I have a wedding next Sunday. They love to bicycle ride. That's their thing," Mindy says, "so it's 'a bicycle built for two.' That's the theme. We're bringing that into the whole look of the wedding. We didn't overdo it, but we did put that little logo in unexpected places, like little corners of napkins. And we're bringing it into the decor at the seating card table."
- Incorporate a favorite movie or favorite TV show (like Mad Men) into your wedding day with elements like photo booth props, save-the-date cards, or even by playing it on a big screen during the reception.
- Choose a decade you both feel a connection to — like the roaring '20s — to take your guests back in time with you.
- Incorporate significant numbers to the two of you, like the day of your first date, in your paper goods or save-the-dates.
- Pick wedding traditions that are unique to your and your partner's cultures and history, and ditch traditions you don't feel connected to.
- Do you have a favorite holiday? Was your first kiss on Halloween? Have your wedding on that meaningful holiday, and use it as a theme.
- Be inspired by asking other real brides how they personalized their weddings. And take mental notes when you attend other peoples' weddings.
Mindy warns that going overboard on a theme can make it cheesy. But don't be afraid to pick a wedding look that reflects you, no matter how strange it sounds. One of her recent celebrity weddings was Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean's dark and gothic nuptials to model Rochelle DeAnna Karidis, an event she called both challenging and fun.
"I love bringing in something to make it classy for wedding, which is a challenge," Mindy dishes about A.J. and Rochelle's goth-themed big day. "For cocktails, they wanted the tablecloth with blood dripping down it. On the save-the-date (by photographer Tyler Shields), they had a dagger going toward them; and so for the centerpieces I did hearts out of roses with a dagger in it. We get thrown some crazy things, but it's much more interesting to me. It was still very elegant."
Stay tuned for more from Mindy, including how you can give your wedding star quality — minus the paparazzi.
It's almost summertime, which means the kids will soon be flocking to the great outdoors to get some fresh air (and possibly a Summer crush) at camp. Who doesn't have fond memories of the warm days and nights spent among pine trees, at the mess hall, and around the campfire at Summer camp? Campgrounds harken back to a simpler time, making us sentimental in the process, so it's no wonder they have become a big trend for wedding locations. If you're planning an outdoor wedding, then having it at a Summer camp could be an affordable and fun option. The natural setting — be it redwood trees or a glistening lake — requires little more than some handpicked wildflowers to make it wedding-ready. But really, the sky's the limit. So check out these rustic camp ideas for your big day, and don't forget your canoe and binoculars!
In the wake of the conservative, buttoned-up 1950s came the flower power counterculture of the '60s: civil rights, the sexual revolution, and the women's liberation movement. While marriage held the utmost importance in the '50s, the role of women and wives began to change in the following decade. Along with Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique came the rise of feminism, which questioned women's position in society. Meanwhile, legendary musicians were at the top of the Billboard charts: The Beatles, The Supremes, Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan. Men started adopting the mop-top hairstyle, while women wore everything from beehives to Twiggy-inspired pixie cuts. Hoping to channel the '60s for your big day? From mod styles to daisy accents, these creative ideas will kick-start your inspiration.