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Save Your Date, Creatively!

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful fall weather – I know I am! It’s so refreshing to walk outside and feel the crisp air, instead of a wall of humidity. ๐Ÿ™‚

When brides are planning their weddings, most have one or two items that are the most important to them. Whether it be the flowers, photography, or even the invitations. I tend to be somewhat of a paper snob, which I blame on my mom who is also one! While I love a gold foil embossed invitation, I think your Save The Date is a great way to show your fun, creative side! Here are some ideas I have seen floating around the internet:

Dog

Agh – this is so cute! I think we have established that I love my puppy, so obviously this idea makes me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

Calendar

Love the idea of this mini-calendar – so fun, but still really pretty!

Balloons

How fun are these balloons? I love this because it’s adorable and unique!

Knot

This is such a cute play on words! So creative!

Christmas Card

For those couples with a spring, summer wedding – why not kill two birds with one stone? If you were going to send Christmas cards anyway, add in your Save The Date! So fun!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Everything Is Better At The Beach

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I hope you all had a glorious weekend – mine was spent soaking in the sun at the beach! The weather was absolutely perfect, I couldn’t believe it was the end of October.

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Being at the beach obviously made me think of how fun it would be to decorate a wedding in the sand! Take a look at some ideas with me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Market Street Lights

This is so beautiful! I feel like the food would just taste better if you ate it off this table.

Cute Signs

How fun are these signs? Who doesn’t love the feeling of sand between their toes? ๐Ÿ™‚

Round Tables

I love the use of classic tables against the natural background. So pretty!

Ceremony Arch

Ceremony arches are usually romantic, but this one takes it over the top! Gorgeous!

Tent

Nothing screams wedding to me more than flowing white fabrics, beautiful flowers, and soft lighting. Love this!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Gifts, gifts, and more gifts!

Happy Thursday!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far! Erin and I have a wedding this weekend – should be fabulous! We also had one last weekend, which included an Italian wedding dance, a New Orleans second line band, and tons of fun. I still can’t get over how gorgeous the bride was … celebrity-status pretty!

So, while every wedding is unique in its own way, every wedding also has a lot of the same things. A ceremony, first dance, food and drink, andย gifts! People attending your special day love you and want to shower you with gifts. There needs to be a place to put them! Now, you can just put up a table, throw a linen on it, and call it a day OR you can come up with a super awesome designed gift table! There are so many cute ideas!

Carriage

I love this little carriage! What a fun way to expand on your theme – and a great place for your guests to put cards!

Thank You Sign

This little ‘Thank You’ sign takes this from a basic table, to a super cute one! Also, very appropriate!

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The gift table is a great place to display a ‘thank you’ to all of your guests! Write a sweet note and leave it out for everyone to see!

Mailbox

Um, how adorable is this mailbox?! I also love the string of photos above – so cute!

Trunk

This trunk is so pretty AND practical! At the end of the evening, you (or your wedding planner ;)) can just shut the trunk and put it in the car!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Winter Wonderland

Happyย Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

So, like most people, I like fall. The change in the weather is so refreshing and it’s fun seeing the colors change! But, I LOVE winter. I have a weird thing for jackets and coats, plus Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. Since we are looking ahead to this time of year (what?!), I thought we could look at some beautiful winter wedding gowns today!

Cap Sleeve

These cap sleeves are everything. I love how feminine this is, so pretty!!

Silver Sparkly

I love the silver detailing on this one! Winter definitely provides more opportunity to be fancy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Vintage

This vintage beauty is amazing. Obviously this would be pretty in any season, but I love the long sleeves for winter!

Sparkly long sleeve

Speaking of long sleeves, can we please all take a moment to appreciate this gorgeousness? Love.

Polka Dot

How fun are these sparkly polka dots? It’s fun, while still remaining beautiful.

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Show Your Groom Some Love

Hi there! I hope everyone had a great 3-day weekend! Erin and I spent Saturday helping a sweet couple get married on their family farm – it was beautiful! Check out the view on the drive in … gorgeous!

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While I love talking about some of the more feminine details of a wedding, I thought we should take a moment to appreciate our grooms! One way to spotlight your husband-to-be is to surprise him with an awesome groom’s cake. What a fun way to add a touch of him to your special day!

Fish

How cool is this fish cake?! So fun!

Golf

I love this golf cake! Plus, how good does that chocolate look? Yum!

Tool Box

This cake is so awesome – it looks so realistic! So perfect for those of you marrying handymen!

Hunting

If this cake doesn’t scream manly, I don’t know what does. I know my husband would be okay with this. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tar Heel

Obviously I had to include this one. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the idea of incorporating your man’s favorite sports team or his alma mater!

I hope everyone has a great,ย short, week! Thanks for reading!

Colleen

So Many Colors, So Many Choices

Hello there everyone! Can we take a second to talk about theย gorgeous weather we are experiencing here in Charlotte?? Starting to feel like fall. ๐Ÿ™‚ I spent the weekend playing on the lake with my husband and puppy – it was glorious. I hope your weekend was just as fabulous!

This fall-like weather has made me very excited for the upcoming season! Besides the amazing weather, my favorite aspect of fall events is the color selection. So many gorgeous options! Because I love these colors so much, I decided to create a few inspiration boards. It’s also no secret that I love gold, so I used that as my coordinating neutral, along with ivory.

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Plum and Gold Colors

How gorgeous is this color combination? Plum is such a pretty color, without being too feminine. I envision these colors in an outdoor setting – what a great way to dress up a rustic barn?

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Grey

Grey and Gold Colors

Anyone who has been to my house can attest to the fact that I love grey. A lot. So, obviously it had to be included in my color choices. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think this look would be beautiful for a fancy occasion, I’m picturing a country club or ballroom.

Grey and Gold Inspiration

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Emeraldย 

Green and Gold Colors

This fabulous color combo was inspired by our own Erin’s anniversary party earlier this year! She’s pretty creative, I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚ These colors spell F-U-N to me, so I think they would look best in a more out-of-the-box venue – maybe a rooftop party?

Green and Gold Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but these colors are definitely inspiring me to throw a great party this fall! I hope that they served as inspiration to you as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Feeding My Flower Obsession

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful weather! On Sunday, Matt and I worked in our backyard pretty much all day and got some much needed exterior painting done. Still have a ways to go, but it’s coming along. Oh the joys of home ownership ๐Ÿ™‚

On Saturday Erin and I had another beautiful wedding! Melanie from New Creations put together the most beautiful floral arrangements to dress up an already gorgeous location, Johnson Carriage House. My favorite piece of the day was a fabulous 20 foot long garland that adorned the head table.

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To die for, right?!

Since Saturday I have been thinking about how pretty garland is and it inspired me to look at some other ways to incorporate it into your decor!

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For those brides going for a more simplistic look, this baby’s breath is really pretty! This would be so easy to put up, but still looks so sweet!

chairs

Instead of garland on the table, why not put it on your chairs?? Love how this adds a simple but special touch!

door frame

Are your guests going to be walking in through a main door to either your ceremony or reception? Why not create a grand entrance?! Agh this is so pretty!

getaway car

This is so gorgeous! If you’re using garland somewhere during your event, move it to your getaway car at the end of the evening for a pretty awesome photo!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Not Your Ordinary Guestbook

Hello there! For anyone living in Charlotte, how tired are you of this gloomy weather?! Makes me want to snuggle up with my puppy and stay inside!

Okay, so I have said this onceย a million times, and I’ll say it a million more times … I love when a wedding or event includes personal touches throughout to make it your own! We’ve looked at a few ways to do this and today we will look at another – your guestbook! Obviously, you can always get your basic, but beautiful, book to look through years to come. But if you are looking for a more unique option, here are some fun ideas …

State Shaped

I love this state-shaped sign! You could make one out of the state you met in or where you are getting married. Cute, right?!

Polaroid

I love this idea!! Escort cards and guestbook in one! Like the sign says, have your guest find their name and replace it with a picture! Afterwards you could make an awesome collage of all the photos!

Thumb Print Tree

This is too cool! Leave out some stamp pads and let your guests create a pretty piece of art! Guests can stamp their thumb to form a leaf on the tree, then sign their name around their ‘leaf’. Love this!

Slip Us A Note

How fun is this?! Your guests can each leave you personalized note. You could even split them up to read a few on each milestone anniversary!

Bible

I think this is such a sweet idea. Have your guests pick out their favorite verse and sign their name by it! What a great thing to read through with your love later on! I’ve also seen this same idea used with a recipe book – cute!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

Images found on Pinterest

It’s Honeymoon Time!

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far. Erin and I have been busy working on some fun stuff for the NotWedding Bridal Show that’s happening this week! We have been folding and cutting lots of paper, hot gluing everything in sight, and giving each other lots of ‘good idea’ high fives! However, the highlight of this design process might be sitting on the floor in Walmart for a good 20 minutes picking out wooden letters. Can’t hide class people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In all seriousness though, we are super excited for Thursday – Check it out HEREย and we hope to see some of you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

On another note, the husband and I are going to the beach this weekend! We are looking forward to getting out of town for a few days – it’s nice to get away sometimes! When life gets really busy, it’s good to go away and turn everything off. Preparing for our trip got me thinking about all of the creative honeymoon ideas I have seen recently! There are a lot of fun places to go!

Tropical

Beach

Matt and I went to the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon, we sat by the pool all day and ate way too much food. It was amazing! Whether it’s an all inclusive resort in the Caribbean or a great hotel at a nearby beach, relaxing in the sun is always nice!

City

San Francisco

Atlanta

If sitting by the beach isn’t your thing, how about exploring a new city? Go see a Broadway show in New York or ride a trolley in San Francisco with your love!

Mountains

Mountains

There’s something so relaxing about the mountains! You can go hiking, visit a winery, or just sit on the porch and read a good book!

Over Seas

Greece

Paris

How awesome would a trip across the world be? Talk about getting away! I’ve always thought Greece or Paris would be really romantic!

Obviously there are plenty of options for a great trip away! Whether it be a honeymoon or a just trip away – being with the one you love is always the best part! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading!

Colleen

A Little State Lovin’ DIY Action

Well hello there! I hope that everyone is having a fabulous Wednesday!

Recently we have been looking at a lot of inspiring things and you know what … I felt inspired! So, today I am going to share a fun DIY project I did recently!

I love writing and receiving hand written notes. I also love North Carolina. Therefore, I decided to combine these two loves!

 

DIY North Carolina Notecard

Step 1: Print out the shape of North Carolina (or state of your choice) to use a stencil.

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1Step 2: Cut out the shape.

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Step 3: Pick out a piece of card stock or scrapbook paper to trace the state shape on to.

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Step 4: Trace shape and cut it out.

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*Note – obviously if you are using a lighter colored piece of paper, then you can print directly onto the paper and skip this tracing step.*

Step 5: Attach to blank notecard (I used double stick tape, but you could use hot glue, a glue stick, or my favorite, glue dots!).

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Step 6: Sit back and admire your work.

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Step 7: Make your card even sweeter by adding a tiny heart over your city!

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There you have it! Such an easy way to add a personal touch to your handwritten notes! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you decide to make your own, please share!!

Thanks for reading!

Colleen