Photography: @gilkesa


Square dancing? American flag decorated barn? Pre-wedding rodeo? Using America’s imagery lends a classic but ultra relaxed feel seems fresh right now. It’s great for a more gender-neutral wedding than feminine tones like blush and pink.



Photography: The Nichols


We still love a glam moment as much as the next girl, but lately we’ve been inspired by light of the stars rather than glitter and gold. Get a similar look with a letterpress invite from Minted.



Photography: Courtesy of SpeechBooth


Keep an eye on Speechbooth, where wedding guests can record personal messages for the couple. They can then edit the footage and send it to you in a high-quality HD video. It’s like an NPR Storycorps meets photo booth—and we’re into it.



Photography: @sally_england


With a revived interest in macramé and weaving, we predict an increase in ’70s-inspired fibers installations at weddings.



Photography: Anthony Luscia


Whether it’s tropical leaves, botanical vines, or fall foliage, brides are starting to skip the flowers all-together. Above photo was created with leaves, fall berries—and not a single bloom.



Photography: Suite One Studio


Vases and dinnerware with organic texture and subtle imperfections are on our wishlists. You can collect pieces from up-and-coming ceramicists by scouring Etsy and Ebay. Or treat your maid of honor to a fun ceramics class (yes—they have classes with wine!) to create a few of your own. Looking for inspiration? We love everything by Suite One Ceramics



Photography: Mike Krautter


That soft hit of color you get with dip-dye is amplified with marbling techniques. You can marble on paper and fabric—and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to DIY. (Get the how-to here.) If you’re not much of a crafty bride, there are plenty of great sources out there: Martha Stewart Wedding’s suggests Silk and Willow‘s soft subtle marbling and the colorful ribbon from Natalie Stopka. Pair it with marbled balloons and you’re halfway to a bridal shower.



Photography: Philip Ficks


Color and patterns are making a come back!




Article courtesy of: MarthaStewartWeddings

Honoring the bride-to-be is at the center of the bridal shower but when the games are planned with care, all guests will have a genuinely enjoyable time. Here, some of our favorite bridal shower games, from icebreakers to kick things off to post-meal festivities that will leave everyone wishing for more.



Also known as Celebrity, HedBanz, and Heads Up, this guessing game involves securing an index card with an iconic name to your forehead and receiving hints until you guess who or what you are. For a bridal twist, write the names of famous people, places, or things that have significance to the bride or groom on the backs of escort cards and tape or tie them to the guests’ foreheads as they arrive. No peeking!


Couples Quiz

Type up multiple-choice quizzes with trivia about the bride and groom. (Ask relatives for anecdotes from their childhood and teen years.) For example, “What is Steve’s all-time favorite cereal?” or “Which famously bad hairdo did Maggie sport at age 6?” Give each guest a quiz and a pencil. Reading the questions and answers aloud makes the game more entertaining. Whoever gets the most answers right wins.


How Old

Assemble a dozen or so photographs of the bride, showing her at different ages. Mix them up so they’re not in order. Give pencils and paper to everyone, pass the photos around or display them someplace where everyone can see, and have guests write down their guess as to how old the bride was in the picture (she has braces, so that must have been in junior high). A prize goes to the person who gets the most ages right.


famous couples

In keeping with the theme of “love,” come up with a list of iconic duos. Download, print, and cut out our heart cards. Write one name from each pair on either side of the heart and use decorative scissors to cut through the center to create two cards. Set a card at each seat and instruct the ladies to find their match. For a cute touch, have one of the couples be the bride and groom!



Some things get even better with age, like this whispering game that is a throwback to your elementary school days. Place an instruction card on one guest’s seat, which prompts her to initiate a toast (it could be anything from well wishes for the bride and groom to a funny story about the bride). This toast will travel from ear to ear until it makes its way back to the guest. She then announces her original toast, as well as the group’s mangled version of it. Take turns until each guest’s message is delivered.


mad libs

This Mad Libs-inspired bridal shower game is a playful way to gather both the names of attendees and their marital advice. Have each lady fill in a blank and write her name on the back of her card. Read the sentences—ranging from silly to serious—aloud and have the bride (or everyone!) guess from whom the words of wisdom came.



Learn more about the bride and the groom by playing a round (or two) of bridal shower love bingo.
1. Print grids of 16 squares onto card stock. Number squares randomly, 1 to 16.
2. For paddles, glue a craft stick between two card-stock rectangles; write the bride’s name on one side, the groom’s on the other.
3. Number 16 cards 1 through 16; on the back of each, write something about the bride or groom (“hates bugs” or “Madonna fan”). Each player gets a bingo board, paddle, and candy “chips.” The leader reads the cards; with the paddle, players indicate whom the statement is about. If correct, they place a chip on the square with the card’s number. Whoever gets four in a row first wins.


Shower Toast

Hand out pencils and slips of paper, and have guests sit in a circle. Ask each person to think of three facts or anecdotes that describe her relationship with the bride or groom—two true and one not. Have each guest tell her stories (while trying to keep a straight face). The others write down which statements they think are false. The guest who identifies the most tall tales, wins.

Article Courtesy of: Martha Stewart Weddings


Few things in life are as exciting as an engagement. You’ve just promised to commit yourself to the one you love—forever. And you never have to go on another bad date—yes! In this moment, life is oh so good. Suddenly, however, in the minutes after the ring is on the finger and your tears of joy have dried, thoughts begin to race feverishly and your existence for the next six months to a year flashes before your eyes. Here is just a glimpse of what’s probably running through your mind.

I need a manicure

The second that bling hits your finger, even if you’ve never had a manicure in your life, nubby, ragged, or chipped digits no longer will do. And neither will shades of crimson or fuchsia because they’ll compete and you don’t want to overshadow any sparkle whatsoever. Nudes and pale pinks are the only shades that work—ever again.

Is kale a food group?

It’s T-minus one-day-less until your wedding day and OMG you just ate three slices of pizza and your jeans are currently unbuttoned. Does walking to get the mail count as exercise because that’s all you’ve done, physically speaking, for months. Can Jillian Michaels make house calls—to real people?

Do we really need heat?

Maybe warming up over the stove would suffice? Winter really isn’t that long? Skipping it would save so much money. But then again, the S.O. tends to steal the blankets at night, and if you had no heat than you’d be very cold and very annoyed—to the point of maybe not wanting to marry him anymore. Perhaps clipping coupons would be less risky.

I really hope I don’t get invited to THAT wedding.

Now’s the time to take stock of those Facebook friends. Maybe only 50 are actual friends anyway—which is really a good thing because your guest list is growing in your head by the minute. And not getting invited to upcoming weddings is a win all around since that means you can cut more people from your list. You don’t have to invite anyone who doesn’t invite you, right?

While most of the focus for your big day is usually on your wedding dress, it’s important not to forget about the other parts of your wedding look, like your veil and hairstyle. Sure, there are lots of ways to wear a veil, but it can be tricky to find the perfect hairstyle that will look and feel great. Avoid that veil tangle and find a ‘do that’s totally you and totally beautiful. Whether you’re wearing an heirloom piece or going for something trendy and chic, you’re sure to stand out with these veil-and-hairstyle matches on your special day!


Photo via Connie Lyu Photography

1. Chignon: If you’re looking for a hairstyle for your wedding that is both elegant and modern, look no further than the classic chignon. It works for many wedding styles, and adding a veil can make it more personalized. This gorgeous ‘do looks very complex, but it’s super simple to recreate and is great for mid-length or floor-length veils.


Photo via GM Photographics

2. High Bun: Going for a more modern-ish look? Opt for a high bun with your veil. We’ve seen the trend on the streets lately, but this retro-style wedding hairstyle will maintain the wow factor you are going for.


Photo via Greg Finck Photography

3. Half Up: For a more stylish, girly look, try a half-up ‘do with your veil. This versatile style works well with most hair textures, and you’ll be able to use any type of veil your heart desires, whether it’s a birdcage veil, an add-on blusher, a chapel-length number or something completely new and innovative.


Photo via Joel Kennedy Photography

4. Loose Waves: Whether you’re going for a romantic, bohemian or beach-y look, soft, loose waves can be a fun DIY wedding hairstyle to create on your special day. For the perfect veil with loose waves, try the fingertip veil, which ends right at the ends of your hands when your arms are down by your side. This look will be darling, adding a bit of elegance without being as dramatic as an undo.


Photo via Rebecca Goddard Photography

5. Flower Crown: There’s something oh-so romantic about having flowers in your hair. Believe it or not, creating this look on your wedding day isn’t just for boho brides. With so many ways to add floral accessories to your hairstyle, it’s also easy to incorporate a veil as part of your overall style. And if you don’t want to do the flower-crown-and-veil combo, you could also opt for a veil during the ceremony and a floral crown for your reception to get the best of both worlds.


Photo via Tessa Kim/The Bride’s Diary

6. Short Hair: If you have short hair, try a birdcage veil and attach it using a simple, silk-wrapped headband. This short net or tulle piece covers only the bride’s eyes. You can also add a fascinator (read: fancy add-ons such as feathers and jewels) to your birdcage veil for a fancier twist.


Photo via Jen Huang Photography

7. Braid: Though it can often be overlooked, a braid-and-veil ‘do will take your look from casual to romantic in seconds. Try a milkmaid braid to get a cool, soft vibe on your wedding day. For a new twist on the milkmaid braid, tie loose knots in your hair until you run out of room and pin down. We promise you will love the results!


Article: Brit + Co

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