Wedding Date: August 2014
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: The Exquisite Bride

Adorable Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

Posted on April 18, 2014 by  Miss Artistic Bride   //   Comment

One of my favorite parts of a wedding is seeing the flower girl and ring bearer walk down the aisle. Here are my favorite flower girl and ring bearer photographs. They will make you smile when wedding planning seems overwhelming.

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Photo Credit: adorable1, adorable2, adorable3, adorable4, adorable5, adorable6


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Wedding Date: August 2014
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: House of JonLei Atelier

Stocking the Bar Part 2 – Beer and Wine

Posted on April 18, 2014 by  Miss Country Music Bride   //   Comment

Other than having a dry reception (no alcohol), your least expensive option will probably be serving beer and wine only. Limiting the selection to beer and wine also makes your job of stocking the bar much easier because you have fewer variables to take into account than if you’re stocking a full bar.

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[Picture by La Bella Vita Photography]

Before you head to the liquor store, you’ll want to do some calculations so you know what you’ll need. You can expect each adult guest to consume approximately one drink per hour.If you’re having 100 guests and a five hour reception, you should buy enough for 500 drinks.

100 guests x 5 hours = 500 drinks

You’ll want to allocate 20% of those drinks to beer, and 80% to wine. That means 100 beers and 400 glasses of wine.

500 drinks x 20% beer = 100 servings of beer

500 drinks x 80% wine – 400 glasses of wine

Obviously 1 bottle of beer is one serving, so that makes it easy. Unless you are having a very large wedding, a keg probably isn’t your best option because you won’t be able to return the unused portion for a refund. A keg holds approximately 165 beers, so that’s 50% more than the servings we calculated above, and you’ll be limited to one type of beer. A bottle of wine will yield about 5 servings, so you’ll need about 80 bottles of wine.

100 servings of beer x 1 bottle per serving = 100 bottles of beer

400 glasses of wine / 5 servings per bottle = 80 bottles of wine

At a minimum, you’ll want one light and one dark beer, and one red and one white wine. In general, you can just allocate your varieties evenly. You will normally get the lowest price when you buy cases (12 bottles) rather than individual bottles. For a 5 hour reception for 100 guests, you can expect to buy 5 12-packs each of light and dark beer, and 17 cases each of red and white wine. If your math doesn’t work evenly (like mine didn’t in this case), I recommend rounding up (better to have more than not enough!).

I put together a guide for quick reference (pin it now so you’ll have it when you need it!).

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Keep in mind that these are just guidelines. If you know the majority of your guests are beer drinkers, you should allocate a higher percentage of drinks to beer and a lower percentage to wine (say 30% beer, 70% wine). Although these calculations aren’t exact, they should provide you with a great starting point. If you have the luxury of returning your unopened bottles, definitely buy extra up front!

(If you need more details or information on stocking your bar, I highly recommend THIS article)


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Don’t Let the Sun Go Down

Posted on April 17, 2014 by  Erin   //   Comment

A perfect sunset can make for gorgeous photographs.  So why not take advantage of all that Mother Nature has to offer on your big day, and capture your love in front of a stunning backdrop.  Whether your wedding celebration takes place on a tropical beach or in a crowded city, romantic sunset photos are sure to be a welcome addition to your wedding album.

Don’t forget to step outside with your photographer as the sun begins to set, because these are pictures you definitely won’t want to miss!

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True Photography

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Tad Craig Photography

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Noah Hamilton Photography

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Photo Kisses

bride and groom view Seattle skyline at sunset

Red Box Pictures

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Tim Harris Photography

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Alec & T Photography

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Edmund Tham

Wedding photography of a small wedding at the Grand Canyon in Ar

Jared Platt


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Wedding Date: September 2014
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: The Perfect Dress

Sunflower & Burlap Inspiration

Posted on April 17, 2014 by  Miss Romantic Bride   //   Comment

Sunflowers happen to be one of my favorite flowers! They’re simple yet bold, and I believe they’d make a great statement bouquet for a wedding. A good friend of mine plans on incorporating them along with subtle hints of burlap and old fashioned whiskey and bourbon bottles for her own wedding decor next year. Take a look below at some inspiration!

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Sunflower Chair Bunch | Bouquet

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Burlap Twine Floral Wrap

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Sunflower Cake | Cookies | Cupcakes

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Burlap Table Runner

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Invitation | Boutonniere

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Sunflower Centerpiece

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Burlap Escort Card 1 | 2 | 3


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Wedding Date: December 2014
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Catherine Simms Bridal

The Perfect Dress – Why Choose Just One?!

Posted on April 16, 2014 by  Miss Fairytale Bride   //   Comment

Recently there’s been a spike in brides choosing to wear multiple gowns on their wedding day, typically one for the ceremony and one for the reception, but I’ve heard of some celebrities changing their dresses by the hour!

The Dress I found is my dream gown! I’m thinking I will have to literally be forced to take it off at the end of the night! You only have one day to wear this dress; I want to take advantage of every second of it! At the same time, I can understand why some brides choose to go a different route for their reception, the biggest reason is being more comfortable to dance and move around in!

Check out some of these fun dresses perfect to dance the night away in!

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Tony Bowlsdress 1 and dress 2

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Social Occasions by Mon Cheri:  dress 1 and dress 2

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Tony Bowls:  dress 1 :  dress 2 :  dress 3

 

 


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