{Comfortable, Relaxed and Happy}

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{Photo: The McCartneys}

While getting pampered before our wedding at a modern, elegant art museum in my hometown of Milwaukee, beautiful robes and a champagne toast (or two) were the perfect way to thank my closest ladies for standing beside me on this special day and every day!  Every time I slip on this robe (which is more often than is probably appropriate), I am reminded of wonderful moments spent with family and friends before walking down the aisle.  Choosing gifts for my bridesmaids turned out to be one of the easiest wedding-related decisions thanks to Sara!  All brides deserve to feel this comfortable, relaxed and happy during their last hours as a single lady.

~ Elise C., married October 18, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

{ Tipi Weddings }

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As a fan of summer camp, glamping, and Moonrise Kingdom, there is something about a wedding tipi that appeals to me more than a wedding tent. Yes, tented wedding receptions are gorgeous and elegant, but wedding tipis have a bohemian air to them that feels carefree and chic, in a DYI way, even if you don’t do any of the details yourself.

Tipi Reception{Photo: Ammy Lam Photography}

Newby Hall vintage inspired wedding, north yorkshire{Photo: Via}

For those not wanting an entirely tented event, smaller tipis make great accent pieces for lounge areas, or a section for children.

 Tipi Area Reception{Photo: Aaron Delesie Photography}


{Photo: Katie Pritchard}

Traditional tipis have their roots in Native American culture, where it wasn’t only an efficient structure, but also a symbolic expression of humanity’s relations with the natural and spiritual worlds. Tipis, sometimes spelled teepees, were used as sacred places to hold ceremonies…and what’s more sacred than a wedding? It’s a perfect match.



{ Monogramming Your Wedding }

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Although monogramming has early Greek and Roman roots, and eventually came to represent royal origins, today monograms have become increasingly popular with weddings – as an identifying stamp for the new couple, or a way to personalize gifts.  In the past, a newly engaged couple may have excitedly debuted their new monogram on their save-the-date or wedding invitation. And while monograming may have formerly evoked a more conservative or preppy vibe, times have changed.  Now, with the rapid advances of technology and graphic design, monogramming has proliferated across all aspects of wedding planning, and has become yet another way for couples to showcase their creativity or personal style.

Monogram_Etsy{Via Etsy}

For the big day, brides and grooms may choose to monogram everything from cocktail napkins, table runners, and ceremony programs, to cookies, wedding cakes, and gift bags. On a smaller scale, crafty brides and grooms may paint a monogram on decorative items like rocks or shells used as place cards or table decorations. A true devotee may include a monogram on his or her wedding band. Gifts for the wedding party can also be personalized with each attendant’s monogram embossed or embellished on wine totes, coasters, koozies, or even dress shirts or robes. The possibilities are truly endless.

Monogrammed Cookies{Via Etsy}

For wedding gifts, monograms can, of course, be included on silver, linens, cutting boards, even doormats to grace the new couple’s first home together. Monogramming can be playful too: a recent trend includes monogramming games like corn hole that can be enjoyed with friends and family long after the big day. When bestowing a monogrammed gift, though, be aware that there is etiquette for the order of initials depending on the gift.

Though many monograms may be initially hand painted, couples now use a digitalized version of this image on all aspects of their life beyond the wedding: on stemware, clothing, even as decals for cars! Designers like Rhode Island School of Design graduate, Kearsley Lloyd, specialize in customizing weddings with original, personalized logos. Digitalized images like the one Llyod designs become a true representative image of a couple’s wedding, appearing everywhere from the postage stamps for the rsvp cards to the ties the groomsmen wear on the wedding day.



{Via: Kearsley Lloyd}

Whether you’re using a monogram traditionally or in a more modern whimsical way, it is a paragon for what a wedding ultimately represents: two interwoven images coming together to form one symbol – of love.


Liz Mathews is a Connecticut based mother, teacher, and freelance writer who blogs on children’s books and related topics at La La La. Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town and Country magazine, and Literary Mama.

{ Industrial Weddings }

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As weddings are becoming less traditional and more inventive, wedding venues are also becoming more diverse. Industrial wedding venues are trending and it’s easy to see why. There is something about exposed brick, iron light fixtures, and high ceilings that set the stage for a very hip party.

Industrial Wedding Tennesee{Venue: The Church on Main, Photographer: Jac & Heath}

Industrial spaces provide the perfect backdrop for live bands, signature cocktails, and some spaces like Washington DC’s Lost and Found, even allow food trucks for a more causal party.  One of Lost and Found’s Owners, Hilarey Leonard said that people “book the space for wedding after parties mostly, but also rehearsal dinners.” They have one booked now and the couple is bringing in catering
and having a blues band.  Another couple is eloping in Fiji are doing a post-nuptials party there for family and friends.

Lost and Found DC{Venue: Lost and Found, Photographer: White Room DC}

While Industrial weddings sometimes have a “hard edge,” it’s easy to soften up the space with flowers and lights. Some couples even bring in their own art or choose a space that has a gallery. These raw spaces are open to customization, and thats what makes them very unique. It’s easy for a couple to put their own unique spin on the place.

NY Industrial Wedding{Venue: NY Wedding, Photographer: Isabelle Selby}

From Brooklyn to LA, and everywhere in between, Industrial weddings are hot right now and finding a modern venue like this is easier than ever. Check out our Pinterest page for some ideas.

Industrial Wedding PA

{Venue: Urban Outfitters Headquarters, Photographer: Love Me Do Photography}

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{ Winter Weddings }

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Although summer seems to be the official season for weddings, winter weddings are a gorgeous alternative. Full of luxe fabrics, rich colors, and gorgeous snowy backdrops, winter weddings are often underrated. Below is a visual roundup of some beautiful winter weddings. Hopefully these photos will inspire some to tie the knot “off season.”


Bridesmaids Winter






Bridesmaid Snow


Kissing Snow





Today, even those friends and family members who couldn’t make it to the wedding can instantly enjoy special moments by simply pulling out their smart phones and opening a few apps. It now seems customary for couples to create a wedding hashtag (ex: #joanieloveschachi or #jackandjill2014). Since guests are usually alerted, via social media, to the carefully chosen hashtag, everyone near and far can instantly enjoy images of the event. Guests can laugh over memorable moments during brunch the next morning, and newlyweds can easily peruse the organized photos together on their honeymoon.

hashtag wedding

{Via Etsy}

As it is with technology and social media these days, the level of its presence at a wedding spans a wide spectrum. On one hand, some couples prefer not to look out and see all of their guests typing away on their phones all night. After all, there is something to be said for living in the moment and allowing the experts to take care of the photographing. And let’s not forget that we can’t always invite everyone we know; some uninvited guests will undoubtedly see these photos online.

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On the other end of the spectrum, some couples choose to include a program like Instaprint — basically a modern photo booth, which allows guests to print photos with the chosen wedding hashtag at the actual event. With all of this in mind, couples will need to decide how much or little social media they wish to have at their wedding and alert their guests of their preferences, in some unobtrusive way. A few things to keep in mind:

* Do a little research: make sure your chosen hashtag is not already in use.

* Decide how you will share the hashtag – in the save-the-date or invitation, at the entrance to the wedding, or maybe as part of the place cards.

* For those brides and grooms who relish the many opportunities these technologies afford us, give your guests a chance to play a game of I Spy. Create a list of moments you wish to have captured. See here for ideas.

* After the wedding has passed, remind the guests of how they can share their photos.

* If you prefer to not have hashtags and social media, kindly share this message – perhaps with an insert in the save-the-date.


Liz Mathews is a Connecticut based mother, teacher, and freelance writer who blogs on children’s books and related topics at La La La. Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town and Country magazine, and Literary Mama.

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