01. 07. 11. 08:31 am ♥ 1

Wedding Trends: The Photo Booth

To have a photo booth or not? Here’s what you’ll missing out on if you don’t!

Now we’re moving to a fun part of the wedding. Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve a lot effort that you hope your guests will notice. It’s a simple and fun detail that all of your guests can enjoy. I’m talking about a photo booth. It’s an increasing trend becoming more and more popular across all types of weddings. If you are considering one, be aware that there are many different ways to you do it. Here I hope to help you discover some of those.

The most common photo booth at a wedding is a normal photo booth: a small booth with a curtain that you step inside for a printout of a few snapshots. This can be good if you want the least amount of hassle possible and are looking for an activity guests can do on their own. This is a splendid idea if you want the guests to leave you their own personal keepsake for your wedding and if you want them to have their own unique momento as well. This is because the traditional photo booth automatically prints two copies of the adorable photo strips. Also, if you want strips, this is the only option that allows for that.

Another cheaper and more homey possibility is using polaroid cameras. Some people see the use of polaroids as cheap while others see it as down to earth. In the end though, it’s just about fun and comfort for your guests. Even at an upscale wedding, it’s great fun to hand out polaroid cameras to your guests and see what sweet and whacky pictures they can take at your wedding. Polaroids are a great combination of disposable cameras and a photo booth. They allow your guests to take pictures anywhere and of anything like a disposable camera, but like a photo booth, allow them to take a photo home and leave one for you to remember them by. Polaroids haven’t been used in the past, because they haven’t been seen as elegant, but as the trend of of comfort and simplicity emerges, their use is becoming stylish.

The last choice is to have a photographer set up a ‘photo booth’. This is wide open for your imagination :-) The booth could simply be a sheet background, a separate room, an area outside or anything else you can think of. A cute and original idea is to hang a picture frame from a tree branch, ceiling or something similar and have guests pose inside it. This is a fun idea, because it allows guests to have somewhat of a personal photo shoot. Creativity and silliness will abound and you and your guests will have pictures to last a lifetime. The downside of this option is that it can be a bit pricey, as the photographer will probably be working for the entirety of the reception. Depending on your personality and motif though, it could be just the touch you’re looking for.

Having a photo booth is cool, but it can become bland almost like school pictures. To spice it up a bit, you can add a few props for your guests to play with. The most basic and versatile ones are wigs, hats, glasses and boas. I recommend having at least two of each and make them very contrasting. For example, buy a top hat and a straw hat or a cute blonde wig and a clown wig. If you want to add more, you might want to consider mustaches, a monocle and the always cool groucho glasses. For true originality, leave a chalkboard for your guests to write messages to show off in their photos. And for an artsy touch, have various picture frames lying around for people to work with in their poses.

No matter what, using a photo booth is guaranteed to add to the wedding festivities. Have a blast and be sure to leave many keepsakes for you and your guests to always remember your big day.

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02. 18. 11. 05:07 pm ♥ 2
06. 20. 11. 11:08 am ♥ 16

Unique Touches That Are Easy to Add to Your Wedding

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Rather than bringing you another installment of wedding trends, I thought I’d share with you a few unique ideas that I have stumbled across in different places. Many weddings are very ‘status quo’, very predictable and void of anything that sets it apart. I don’t like this, because it’s your big day! It should stand apart from other weddings and be memorable for years to come. Plus, it’s always cool to say “no one has ever done this before” or “you just never see that at a wedding”. So, here are a few very simple ideas relating to wedding that will hopefully help set your special apart from the rest.

Silver Tray Engraving as Guest Book

Instead of having your guests sign their name on paper, have them make a lasting impression. Rent or buy an engraving pen and have your guests leave there messages. It makes for a beautiful decoration in your home. It’s also a great visual reminder of your wedding, rather than a closed book with signatures and messages. You can also use a picture frame instead of a silver tray. It’s also a nice touch to a wedding photo. And lastly, it’s quite uncommon and is elegant, yet casual, which can add some fun to your wedding.

Picture Frame Drink Tray

For more casual and whimsical weddings, this is a great idea. Use an old picture or just picture frame as a drink tray. I personally love the vintage frames and I think it adds a very vintage, stylish and casual feel to the wedding. Best of all, you have so many options of pictures and frames to choose from. If you and your groom have a favorite painting, show if off here. Or, if a work of art inspired your theme, let it show here.

Ornament Chandelier

This is especially great for Christmas weddings, but you can use other types of ornaments to make a chandelier throughout the year as well. Just tie ribbon to the ornaments and group them together. The great thing is, you can make this as colorful as you want or you can make it match your wedding theme’s colors. It’s a very sweet and simple touch and is also chic and down to earth. It’s also very cool to see something so beautiful and interesting and know that it wasn’t something the bride and groom just ordered, but actually made themselves. This is one item where doing it yourself can really pay off.

Make Centerpieces Usable

This may seem a little odd and very informal, but it is to make the tables more fun for your guests. Just make the centerpieces usable in some way for your guests. This may mean making them edible, so they may pick at it with toothpicks, rather than having to get up for hors d’oeuvres (or in addition to hors d’oeuvres). Or, you could choose your favorite simple games such as Hungry, Hungry Hippos, Trivial Pursuit or anything else that doesn’t require too much of involvement or too many pieces. Or, a puzzle for each table could be a fun idea with a very cool reward for the table that finished theirs first. Just make sure it’s relatively simple like 100 pieces or so, because you don’t want this turning into a nerd convention or a church fair. You may also consider making a tree of cameras the centerpiece. It’s always fun to hand out disposable cameras at weddings to see what photos your guests can come up with. Making them the centerpiece will really encourage them from the very beginning of the reception to capture as many moments as possible. These may be informal ideas, but if done well, they can still be very beautiful as well.

Calendar Wrapping Paper

This is bit unorthodox but is a very good idea for a wedding for one reason. You can mark the special day on the calendar for the newlyweds and if they are sentimental at all, they will appreciate it very much and may possible want to keep it. Calendar days may be plain material to wrap with, but it shows a lot of thought and it will definitely make your gift stand out.

Polaroid Photo Guest Book

This is a neat combination of a cheap photo booth and a guest book. Have someone take a polaroid of each of your guests and in true Polaroid fashion, have a permanent marker available for them to write a message on the bottom white tab of the photo. It is a true throwback from the 80′s and early 90′s that will be great fun for everyone. Or, you can also just have them take a photo, then place in a book along with a message, creating a guest-made photo book with their lovely comments. Either way, this idea will go over big with your guests and you will get to laugh at all the different photos.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas or some inspiration. Do you have any unique wedding ideas or tips? Let us know below!

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10. 24. 11. 01:00 pm ♥ 54

12 Original Wedding Guestbooks

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From time to time, I take a break from wedding trends and bring you some advice on original things you can for wedding and it felt like it was time to do it again. The guestbook is standard at a wedding and has been done mostly only one way. But nowadays as people strive ot be more original in every element of their wedding, there are many ways to make your wedding unique, including the guestbook. Here are some very interesting ways that will make it memorable for you and your guests.

A Tree You can make this tree many ways. One way it to draw a bare tree with branches and have blank pieces of paper in the shape of a leaf, so guests can write a note and post it to the tree. Or, you could have paint available, so you guests can leave a thumbprint of a leaf on the tree branches along with their note. These make for lovely pieces of art to display in your home as newlyweds.

Furniture Having guests sign a piece of furniture to add to your home is a great way to begin your life together. It also makes for a sweet momento that you can actually use everyday for years to come. There’s nothing quite like sitting in the chair that is from your wedding to bring back the happiness of that day.

Notes for Each Anniversary Ask your guests to leave notes for you to read on each of your anniversaries according to their table number. For instance, guests at table 5 will leave you messages for your 5th anniversary. This makes for a sweet, memorable way to ring in each anniversary and it’s also something you can look forward to every year.

Bottle of Champagne Choose your favorite bottle of wine. Have guests sign it and keep it for a special anniversary. You can display it in your house until you break it open for you 10th, 25th or maybe even your 50th anniversary. Once it’s empty, you can still display it. Just add some sand to keep it weighted down.

Polaroid Guestbook You may have seen this in our other post. It’s a cool way to make guestbooks more fun for your guests and fun for you to go through as well. You’ll see how creative your guests truly are and you’ll have even more photos from your day to treasure.

Typewriter Guestbook Lindsey actually did this for her own wedding. It was fun writing a message with it, too. For a vintage wedding, bring back the classic typewriter for some fun for your guests and for something vintage to display in your house.

Calendar Have guests write a note on the date of their birthday in a calendar for the next year. So, the following year you will have a kind note at least once a week and you are guaranteed to never forget anyone’s birthday.

Puzzle Choose a large puzzle of a painting you both love or perhaps a photo of you two and have it made into a puzzle. Then, ask guests to sign a piece of the puzzle. You can then keep the pieces in a vase and use it as table decor or you can piece the puzzle together and frame it for wall art. You’ll have fun piecing it together or just picking a few out of the vase from time to time.

Engraved Photo Frame You may have also seen this one in my other post. If you want to show off your guestbook in your house, have guests engrave a message on a photo frame. Once you have your wedding photos, hang one up in the frame for a lovely reminder of your wedding day.

Postcards This one is especially great for a destination wedding. Ask guests to write their note for you on a postcard. You can easily put these in photo frames or just tie them up in a ribbon and bring them out on your anniversary. For even more fun, ask your guests to take one from the wedding and mail it to you sometime during the first year of your marriage.

Jenga Make this game even more fun by turning it into a guestbook. It will be your first game together as newlyweds and it will always bring fond memories and fun each time you play it.

Corks or Stones These are both easily signed by guests and makes for great vase fillers, so they can easily be used as decor. Like the puzzle pieces, you can also pick them out and read them whenever you feel like it.

If you want your wedding to be unique, make as many elements of your wedding as original as possible. Hopefully these ideas can give you some help and direction in the creative direction.

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02. 07. 11. 03:14 am

Wedding Trends: Drinks

Trending Flair and Flavor of Wedding Refreshments!

ontinuing with the edible side of the wedding, we’re moving onto drinks. Although there are some new twists on old favorite drinks, the major change taking place is the drink presentation. Also, as alcoholic drink choices don’t differ much besides signature drinks of the bride and groom, I’ll be dealing with non-alcoholic beverages. As the rest of the wedding turns away from modernism, so do the drinks. The trend is a return to old-fashioned, elegant simplicity. There are numerous ways to do it, but there are a few definitive ways.
The chief differing element which influences trends of drinks is the idea of self-service. Rather than having waiters bustle around guests, couples are opting for the simplicity of making beverages available for guests to serve themselves. With this, pitchers and drink dispensers are becoming more popular. They add a sweet, rustic touch to any wedding.
To add a rustic feel, jars are opted for over glasses. This can also be very sentimental if you are able to get jars with a brand you like or save various jars over time. It’s also the most unpretentious way for your guests to drink. Include jars with your dispensers and you have a sweet, simple yet elegant drink display.
Adding a touch to a drink isn’t new, but these design elements are changing. Instead of a plain straw, a whimsical, colorful detail is added by using striped straws. A flag can add a touch of decor as well as the ever-popular umbrella. A truly natural addition, and my personal favorite, is the use of flowers. Many flowers are edible and can truly enhance a drink’s look and flavor. If a whole flower is too much to you though, use petals. It’s simple, elegant and sweet all in one.
For drinks that aren’t mixed and don’t require a dispenser, such as soda pop, the fad is to make them look as old-fashioned as possible. This is done by using glass bottles and with the most vintage labels possible. To make it even more classic, keep them in a crate or to throw them in a metal tub of ice for an easy grab. A cute vintage feel can be done by adding an old-fashioned bottle opener and straws.
Lastly, the choice of drinks are trending as well. Here the aim is to be as original as possible, while still offering drinks that your guests won’t be timid to try. This is usually done by
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05. 24. 11. 02:38 pm ♥ 7

Wedding Trends: The Photo Booth

photo booths have changed and most importantly are affordable now!

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Posted by claire Posted on Jan - 06 - 2011

Wedding Trends: The Photo Booth

Now we’re moving to a fun part of the wedding. It doesn’t involve a lot effort and you don’t have to worry if your guests will be able to notice (because they’re sure to). It’s a simple and fun detail that all of your guests can enjoy. I think you know by now that I’m talking about a photo booth. It’s an increasing trend becoming more and more popular across all types of weddings. If you are considering one, know that there are many different ways to a set photo booth up. Here I hope to help you discover some of them.

The most common photo booth at a wedding is a normal photo booth: a small booth with a curtain that you step inside for a printout of a few snapshots. This can be good if you want the least amount of hassle possible and are looking for an activity guests can do on their own. It’s also splendid if you want the guests to leave you their own personal keepsake and if you want them to have their own unique momento as well. This is because the traditional photo booth automatically prints two copies of the classic photo strips. Also, if you want strips, this is the only option that allows for that.

Another cheaper and more homey possibility is to use polaroid cameras. Some people see the use of polaroids as cheap while others see it as more down to earth. In the end though, it’s just about fun and comfort for your guests. Even at an upscale wedding, it’s a fun touch to hand out polaroid cameras to your guests and see what sweet and whacky pictures they can come up with. Polaroids are unique, because they are a great combination of disposable cameras and a photo booth. They allow your guests to take pictures on their own of anywhere and anything like a disposable camera, but like a photo booth, they allow them to take a photo home and leave you one as well. Polaroids haven’t been used much in the past, because they haven’t been seen as elegant, but as the trend of of comfort and simplicity emerges in wedding, their use is becoming stylish.

The last option is to have a photographer run a ‘photo booth’. This choice is great because it is wide open to your imagination :-) The booth could simply be a sheet background, a separate room, an area outside or anything else you can conceive. A cute and original idea is to hang a picture frame from a tree branch, ceiling or something similar and have guests pose inside it. One of the great things about this choice is that it allows guests to have somewhat of their own personal photo shoot. Creativity and silliness will abound and you and your guests will have pictures to last a lifetime. The downside of this type of photo booth is that it can be a bit pricey, as the photographer will probably be working for the entirety of the reception. Depending on your wedding motif and desired entertainment though, it could be just the touch you’re looking for.

Having a photo booth is cool, but if not done well, it can become bland almost like school pictures. So, make sure that if you’re going to spend the money for this diversion, make it great! To spice it up a bit, you can add a few props for your guests to play with. The most basic and versatile ones are wigs, hats, glasses and boas. It’s best to have at least two of each and make them very contrasting. For example, buy a top hat and a straw hat or a cute blonde wig and a clown wig. If you want to add more, think of using mustaches, a monocle and the always amazing groucho glasses. For true originality, leave a chalkboard for your guests to write messages to show off in their photos. And for an artsy touch, have various picture frames lying around for people to work with in their poses.

No matter what, using a photo booth is guaranteed to greatly add to the wedding festivities. Have a blast and be sure to leave many keepsakes for you and your guests to always remember your big day.
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08. 27. 11. 06:46 am ♥ 16

Wedding of the Week: Patriotic Love

check out this American Revolution-themed wedding!

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This week, we pay tribute to the couple that paid tribute to their country with a Revolutionary theme on the day of their nuptials. I’ve seen a lot of interesting weddings themes, but I have never seen this one done before. The lovely bride and groom wed on the 3rd of July in all the grandeur and perfect timing for fireworks that is the celebration of our nation’s day of independence. To make this wedding even more American and something you have to love, the groom is also a military man fresh from West Point Academy. What a great way to pay homage to the love of their country, the groom’s service, the birth of our nation and their love all together!

couple wed where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where the American Revolution itself first began to stir: Philadelphia. The two were wed at Colonial Dames Headquarters of America, but it’s no surprise though, as the groom proposed in Independence Hall. The ceremony was also decorated with colonial American flags hand-stitched by the bride herself.
Guests weren’t divided into the bride and groom sides as is traditional, but into Loyalists and Patriots.

Even George Washington was there to make a speech to begin the reception and watch from afar. The ceremony was performed by the chaplain of West Point Academy as well.

 Guests drank Patriot Punch and Liber-Tea out of Freemason jars as the bride and groom took photos and guests awaited the reception.

 Each of the tables was named after an American hero from Revolutionary times and centerpieces were lanterns in admiration of Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride, which he signalled to ride by lanterns hanging on the church with the saying “One if by land, two if by sea“.

Sam Adams beer was the drink of choice and a sign with Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” hung nearby. They also enjoyed southern comfort food including fried chicken, pulled pork, mac and cheese and collard greens.

The cake was red velvet topped with vanilla buttercream frosting. Tea tins and strainers from the Boston Tea Company were also present. This is the very company which got it’s start with colonial defiantly salvaging crates of undamaged tea from Boston Harbor that had been thrown in during the Boston Tea Party in 1773.

For a guestbook, guests took polaroid photos with colonial props, such as tri-corner hats, bonnets, muskets, Ben Franklin glasses and much more.

I don’t think I’ve ever loved a wedding theme more or been more impressed on how well it was integrated with the splendor that of a wedding. Congratulations to the newlyweds on an unforgettable wedding and a long and happy marriage!

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