When else in your life will you get the excuse to dress up in a beautiful ballgown?  I love when brides opt for the traditional ballgown, not only will you feel like a beautiful princess, you will have your guests saying “now that’s a bride!”  Wedding dress designers sketch sweetheart necklines, a corset bodice and layers upon layers of tulle to create these beautiful wedding dresses. They are flattering on all body types and look like a dream in photos.  Rest assured, you will feel beautiful on your wedding day! What do you love about ballgowns?

Kaki and Jay arrived at their wedding in style in a vintage white car decorated with beautifully draped green reef.  Their large bridal party looked stunning in teal long gowns and classic black and white tuxes against the grand chapel.  I love the modern green and white striped linens and the white flowers boxes looked perfectly on top.  The couple arrived in style, so what better way to top their arrival than to exit under golf clubs and then back into their vintage car as Mr. and Mrs.?  What do you love about this wedding?
vintage white Chevrolet with the sign

silver wine glasses at a wedding

white bridesmaid bouquet and teal bridesmaid dresses

chapel wedding

bride and groom outside of chapel

bride and groom outside chapel

bride and groom kissing outside chapel

bridal party outside of large chapel

city view from wedding

warm towels handed out to wedding guests

deviled eggs handed out to wedding guests

hot appetizers handed out during cocktail hour

wedding cake surrounded by flowers

wedding cocktail tables with white and green striped linens

wedding tables with white and green striped linens

decrative moss ball at a wedding

Oh happy Day lit up on wedding dance floor

Wedding gelato bar

bride and groom wedding exit under golf clubs

VINTAGE CHEVROLET for bride and groom

Dessy Group bridesmaid dresses

I have been overly excited to write about this as I have been noticing so many new ways that brides are using lighting to illuminate their weddings.  Lighting has come a long way from simply lighting up a reception hall and video dance floor lighting. Today lighting is used to set the mood, to create that awe factor, to set a romantic setting and to show off the couples personality and theme.  I’m excited to hear which lighting theme you are using at your wedding!

1. Light Up Letters

You can get these trendy light up letters customized with your initials or words that describe you as a couple.

2. Christmas Lights

String lights don’t only have to be used at Christmas time!  String these lights around trees at your outdoor reception or hang them against a distressed brick wall to light up your ceremony decor.

3. Chandeliers

Grand, sophisticated and yet so unexpected!  Chandeliers are being used anywhere you can hang them, we see them!  From the alter to the cocktail hour and the reception, the stunning elegance of a chandelier becomes a focal point and a conversation piece.

4. Bistro Lighting

Perhaps the most popular trend in the growing popularity of outdoor receptions, the trendy bistro lighting is a charming twist on the standard string lights.

5. Up Lighting

This surely isn’t a new trend, but up lighting is most definitely a lasting trend!  Budget friendly warm up lights can completely transform a room.  Also try color bulbs to fit with your wedding colors.

6. Hanging Candles

Both visually pleasing and a thoughtful use of space, hanging candles are incredibly romantic and unique.

7. Pathway Lights

This way to happily ever after!  String Edison lights along the path or line the walkway with lighted candles in hurricane holders.

8. Hanging Outdoor Lights

Hung in no particular fashion, hanging outdoor lights can be accomplished with string lights.  Drape wide angle lights between trees to create an enchanted look or to create a waterfall or icicle effect.  You can also wrap string lights around a garden globe.

9. Edison Lighting

Edison lighting has been in home decor for a while and it didn’t take long until we saw the transition into weddings.  Perfect for an outdoor rustic, country or backyard wedding.

 

Wedding favors not only are a genuine thank you to your guests, they can also be functional and have a cute tongue-in-cheek message to go with them.  What you choose as your wedding favors will also determine when to give them out.  For example if you give them blankets, it would be nice to provide them when it’s cold outside during the ceremony.  Or if you are providing s’mores, display them on a table during the reception or at their reception seats for them to enjoy at the end of the evening. Another thing to consider before you dive into making 200 wedding favors is travel.  If you are having a destination wedding, it might be hard to bring 200 mason jars on the plane or even ship them to your venue.  Also, if your guests are traveling with your favor, will they be able to carry them on the plane according to the airplane liquid requirements?  Have enough to consider? Now let’s take a look at 16 of my favorite DIY wedding favors! 

1. Blankets

Keep your guests warm with a beautiful blanket, tie them up with ribbon and a handmade gift tag.

2. Luggage Tags

Perfect for a destination wedding, give your guests a name luggage tag to thank them for their travels.

3. Mason Jars

The immensely popular mason jar is a crowd-pleaser for your guests to use during and long after your wedding.

4. Jam Jars

Make homemade jam and seal these in little jars.  Dress them up with fabric and ribbon.

5. Hot Chocolate with Baileys

Fill jars with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows, then tie little bottles of baileys for your guests to enjoy and as a rich after dinner dink.

6. Popcorn

The gift tag saying goes hand in hand with this adorable jar of popcorn kernels.

7. Spices

Fill spice jars with cinnamon and put a Love Spice label on them.

8. Plants

Let love grow!  Plant small plants and succulents in small pots from Target.

9. S’mores

Sending you S’more Love is a delicious treat for your guests to take home with them and enjoy.  Have you ever had s’mores in a jar?  It is so yummy!!  I make them at home in the oven for an after dinner treat.

10. Champagne

Pop the champagne! Great for a weekend wedding for guests to enjoy at their leisure.  Tie a straw with a flag of your wedding date or the bride and grooms names.

11. Hangover Cure

Guests may not thank you tonight, but they will definitely thank you in the morning for this hangover kit!

12. Candles

Homemade candles or custom labels on store bought candles with the couples name and wedding date is a gift that guests will actually want and enjoy!

13. Hot Sauce

Spice things up!  Treat your guests to homemade hot sauce or put a custom label on little jars.

14. Cigars

A favor even the men will like!  Cigars with a custom labels with the bride and groom’s last name.

15. Honey

What better favor to show your love for one another than with honey!  Tie a gift tag that says Sweet as Honey or Meant to Bee!

16. Mints

Keep your guests fresh with these Mint to Be wedding favors.
BLANKETS  //   LUGGAGE TAGS or find custom on Etsy //  MASON JARS  //  JAM JARS  //  HOT CHOCOLATE, POPCORN AND S’MORES JARS  //  HOT CHOCOLATE TUBES  //  SPICE JARS  //  PLANT POTS  //  SMALL CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES  //  HANGOVER WATER  and CURE by Too Faced  //  CANDLES  //  HOT SAUCE  //  CIGARS  //  HONEY  //  MINTS  //  MORE WEDDING FAVORS

Mix textures and fabrics to get this neutral look.  The statement piece of this outfit is the leather skirt that meets style and sophistication.  Cover with a nude vest over a long sleeve top for warmth and added style.  Polish the look with a pop of a pattern like this sexy leopard heal by Sam Edelman.  What color combo’s are your favorites these days?
Bag: black Rebecca Minkoff via CUSP

Jacket: SW3 Bespoke via CUSP // Skirt: ElevenParis // Heels: Sam Edelman via CUSP // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff via CUSP  Glasses: Celine // Lips: YSL Glossy Shine #44

Jacket: SW3 Bespoke via CUSP // Skirt: ElevenParis // Heels: Sam Edelman via CUSP // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff via CUSP  Glasses: Celine // Lips: YSL Glossy Shine #44
Images via Pink Peonies