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Picking the Right Attire

Not all bodies are created equal. It doesn’t mean they can’t look fabulous on their big day. Make sure you have the right team in place to help you choose the right style of dress for your body.  This is important for Brides, Grooms, Bridal Party and Moms of the Bride and Groom too….

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Wedding Website 4-1-1 – How to Create a Wedding Website That’ll Get Your Guests Excited for the Big Day

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Wedding websites can be a great way for couples to share info with wedding guests — especially in real time and with up-to-date info. Here some of the top resources for building free wedding websites and the information you should share on the site.

What to include – Short answer: Anything that you don’t want to be asked on the day of the wedding

A wedding website is the best way to  let your guests know the important details about your wedding, like where it is, and when, so that they don’t come and bug you for directions to the reception when they lose the invitation (cough, me). But don’t confuse informing with instructing. Informing means giving people all the important details they need to make an informed decision about how to approach your wedding (e.g., the grass is going to be like quicksand, so it might not be friendly for stilettos and other high-heeled shoes). Instructing is telling people how they should approach your wedding (e.g., we’re getting married outdoors, so no fancy shoes allowed). No matter how nicely you phrase it, or how helpful your intentions are, no one likes to be told what to do, especially older guests who have been going to weddings for longer than you’ve been alive. So think of your wedding website as this emoji: 💁. Not this one: 👮.

Here are my two favorites!

Photo courtesy of www.techadvisor.co.uk/

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Seasonal Trends

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall…all you have to do is call…Depending on the season, the theme and colors of your event can change…however the color of the year can be woven through each for a nice POP of color

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Top Ways to Recycle Wedding Items

There are plenty of ways to have an eco-friendly wedding, but what about all of the items that you have when the big day is over?!  For those gently used or leftover (and unused) wedding items, it can be beneficial for you as a new bride/groom and new couples that are following in your path.

Try Facebook Marketplace

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Behind the scenes

We’re usually posting the end result of our planning, but before the big day our team heads a detailed design process, during which we’re running around gathering inspiration, pulling samples, folding napkins, paper flowers…cutting. pasting, gluing, the works!

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New Month…New Goals

July isn’t exactly the month most of us think about setting goals. In fact, July is probably the time of the year when goals are farthest from our minds. After all, we’re a full six months past the goals we set in January and six months away from the goals we’ll set next January.

Not only is it not goal-setting season, it’s the middle of summer.
And summer means our lives are slowing down for a bit—especially since kids are out of school.

Maybe you’re slowing down the weekly routine in your personal life. You might be hanging out at the pool more, planning a trip to the beach, or leaving the office a little early to catch a baseball game.

Maybe things are slowing down professionally, too. Maybe Sunday morning attendance is sporadic at church..Whatever a “slow season” looks like for you, you’re probably in the middle of it. But a slow season doesn’t have to equal a wasted season.

Summer doesn’t have to be a season of “meh” Sundays, “I’ll do it tomorrow” Mondays, and “I’ll think about that in the fall” Fridays.
In fact, a slow season is often the best time to set goals, plan, and be intentional. If you think about it, in reality December and January are really difficult months to set goals. While the calendar reset in January is nice, those months are some of our busiest of the year. The holidays, family, friends, food…BUSY

But what does July look like for you? Have some downtime? If so, this might be the best time of the year to think about your goals and plans for the future—for yourself and your family.
Don’t waste this slower-paced season, embrace it. Are you going to relax? Of course. But relaxing doesn’t have to be a synonym for slacking. So . . .

What goals do you need to set for yourself this season or next season?

What goals have dropped off your radar since January that you need to pick back up?

Do it now!

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Ways to Honor Lost Loved Ones

During your special event you may want to honor some of your special loved ones who are no longer here to share in the joy and love of your wedding day.

Let’s discuss a few unique ways to honor your loved ones

Another common way is to leave a photo, flower or reserved sign at the ceremony to save a spot for them.

mark their seat with an item that was important to them, deceased loved ones at wedding | InkedWeddings.com

Rather than a flower or photo, use something meaningful to them such as a special baseball cap, a musical instrument that they played, or even a ball of yarn and crocheting needles – anything that will make you remember them.

balloon release in memory of deceased loved ones at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

A balloon release at the end of the ceremony is a special touch, release one for each loved one lost.

butterfly release to honor deceased loved ones at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

If balloons aren’t your thing, you could also have a butterfly release to honor them. Reserve a moment of silence as they flutter away.

honoring loved ones at your wedding: wind chimes during the ceremony | InkedWeddings.com

If you loved one was a member of the military or law enforcement (we salute them for their service), you can display their flag at your reception table.

honoring a loved one at your wedding: sharing a family recipe | InkedWeddings.com

Did grandma have a secret recipe? Why not share it with those at your wedding by whipping up a batch of her famous treats.

forget me not wedding favors | honoring a lost loved one | InkedWeddings.com

Give guests Forget Me Not seeds to plant in honor of your loved one. Great idea for favors for your wedding.

wedding programs with memorial tag | InkedWeddings.com

A simple way to remind your guests without making a fuss: memorial tags to tie onto your wedding programs

Photo charms are a charming way to have loved ones walk you down the aisle.  And if you like that idea, your groom can also incorporate photo charms in his wedding ensemble.

photo wall entrance to wedding ceremony | InkedWeddings.com

Up-cycle old wooden palettes to make a unique entrance to your outdoor wedding ceremony and line them with old photos.

wedding leis - honoring deceased loved ones at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

For a beach wedding, use leis to honor loved ones – give one to each guest as they enter the wedding ceremony.

a dance to honor a loved one at your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

If you’ve lost a parent or grandparent, dance with their spouse to a special song during your reception.

wear a loved one's jewelry to remember them on your wedding | InkedWeddings.com

Honor those you miss by wearing a piece of their jewelry for your wedding.

lantern floating ceremony | InkedWeddings.com

Have a Japanese lantern lighting ceremony if your venue is by a body of water.

Or if you’re landlocked, you could honor them with a Chinese lantern lighting ceremony

wedding toast to honor lost loved ones wedding | InkedWeddings.com

You can raise your glasses in a toast before the reception really starts, or have a toasting station. (Just keep the speech short and sweet).

cigar bar for honoring a deceased relative | InkedWeddings.com

Or share a favorite pastime with your guests such as having a cigar bar (or wine bar)

sew fabric into your dress to honor a deceased relative | InkedWeddings.com

You could sew a piece of fabric from your loved one into your wedding dress.

mendhi to honor deceased grandfather | InkedWeddings.com

This bride had Mehndi (Henna) put on her hands to honor her deceased Indian grandfather

garter made of lace from grandmothers dress | InkedWeddings.com

This bride had a garter made out of lacefrom her grandmother’s wedding dress

honoring deceased loved ones DIY wedding | InkedWeddings.com

Or with a bit of Modpodge, old photos and crystals you could make these DIY crystal family photo ornaments to hang from bouquets or centerpieces. Find the tutorial here

bride and groom at altar | InkedWeddings.com

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Finally, have a moment of silence to remember them before your ceremony begins. You don’t need to have a church wedding to observe a moment of reflection.

Finally, When you settle on a way to celebrate your loved ones, check with those closest to them to be sure they will be ok with what you chose. This can be a sensitive subject and you wouldn’t want to catch anyone off-guard during your big day.

If you are planning on honoring a deceased love one, tell me how you will be honoring them – I’d love to hear from you!