Tag Archives: Ideas

  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    In honor of upcoming summer breaks and beach vacations, we thought we’d take a look at some summer destination weddings for inspiration. If you’re planning your ceremony for next summer and love the seaside, consider a beach wedding to capture you and your partner’s personality and interests. In addition to providing a gorgeous backdrop for your wedding photos, beach weddings make honeymooning simple -- you’re already at your destination! Whether relaxing on the shore is in the cards for you on your big day, or you just like daydreaming about stunning destinations, take a look at some of our favorite beach wedding images.


    Images via Style Me Pretty: 1, 2, 3, 4

    Are you planning on a destination beach wedding or have you already said “I do” on the shore? We’d love to hear your beach wedding location of choice!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    You've carefully opened the invite you received in the mail to reveal dainty paper covered in swirling calligraphy announcing the joining of two of your nearest and dearest. Weddings are an amazing event- it is the chance to attend or throw a celebration completely unique to the engaged couple. All the details from the stationary of the invitation to the venue and food is chosen based on the couple's interests and taste, so shouldn't the gift you choose for their celebration reflect that as well? We've listed some of our favorite gifts for love birds with unique interests: the cooking couple, the art lovers, and the duo that loves to entertain!  

    For the couple that loves to cook, a book filled with recipes tailored to newlyweds is the perfect way to spark some culinary inspiration right after their nuptials. We also love the idea of storing the recipes the couple has perfected together and will eventually be passed down in a vintage-inspired recipe tin. Even something as simple as a tea towel makes a perfect addition to their kitchen adventures and will be a lovely reminder of the nights spent crafting a new dish each time they enter the kitchen.

    For the art lovers, we love the idea of gifting a book filled with inspiring images for them to bond over. Perfect for photographers, This Modern Romance is filled with enchanting engagement photos that can inspire any couple to capture the moments that matter. Books featuring travel photography or vintage images are also perfect for initiating deep conversations during mornings with coffee in hand. A book with an artistic purpose can evoke creativity and the imaginations of couples with an appreciation for many mediums of artwork. 

    For the duo that loves to entertain, we love the idea of gifting fun accessories for summer barbecues or cold weather wine and cheese parties. Colorful coasters or an adorable scalloped chalkboard banner complement an array of decorating styles, and are essentials for any soiree. A cheese plate and knife set (especially when it's heart shaped!) would be a staple in any couple that loves to entertain's home. From evening cocktail parties to a weekend brunch, we love these ideas for the couple that loves to host parties!

    Choosing a wedding gift can be difficult- you want to present them with a gift that not only will appeal to the couple's hobbies, but will allow them to grow and expand their interests together! By reflecting on their interests, you can easily find a wedding gift they will genuinely love and becomes an integral part of their home. For more inspiration, visit our collection of gifts! 

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    First things first: what exactly is a first look? A first look is an orchestrated, intimate moment when a couple sees each other before the wedding ceremony. We know what you’re thinking; that’s so untraditional! But it’s becoming more of a new tradition as couples opt to have a private moment together before the ceremony. The groom is usually led to a secluded, scenic spot, where the bride then taps him on the shoulder. He then turns around and sees her for the first time, and the reactions of the couple are captured by the photographer.

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    While there are a number of reasons first looks are a great idea, it’s ultimately a personal decision. If you’re on the fence about which decision is right for you, read on for five reasons you might want to do a first look.

    1. Time alone together on your wedding day:  The first look is often the only time a couple has alone during the wedding. Even if you saw each other the night before, there will be so much you want to say to each other on your big day! Having a first look allows you to take time to talk, laugh, and enjoy being alone before the whirlwind of friends and relatives. Relieving a bit of the nervousness and stress will also translate into beautiful, relaxed couple portraits.

    2. More couple portraits: Wedding photography is a big investment and your couple portraits are some of the most cherished photos you will decorate your home with. Doing a first look ensures that you won’t be rushed post-ceremony. By having more time, you give your photographer the chance to get more creative with compositions and settings, and to capture more of those candid sweet moments that happen in between poses. Between a possible schedule mishap or the need to get the reception, you might only end up with a quick twenty-minute portrait session after the ceremony.

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    3. A more relaxed photography timeline: If you do a first look, you can take most (if not all!) of your formal family pictures before the ceremony as well. As with couple photos, these family photos may feel more relaxed and joyful than pictures taken during the small window between the ceremony and reception. Instead of the wedding coordinator hovering over you during portraits to remind you of the fifteen minutes until your entrance, you can naturally transition from the first look into couple portraits and family photos. Once you’ve walked down the aisle, the remaining wedding party and family photos will be fun because no one is rushed.

    4. Cocktail hour fun: Even if you have a first look, that moment when you walk down the aisle will be just as special -- you’re joining your best friend in a life together, after all! But now, instead of seeing each other for the first time in front of 50 or 200 guests, you will have had that moment be intimate and private, preparing you for the festivities ahead. By the time you get the reception, you'll be free to just be with your guests, eat, dance, and enjoy the toasts, knowing what your partner was feeling earlier that day and with the reassurance that the photographer captured the pictures you wanted most.

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    5. In the event you cry: A final argument for the first look is both simple and sensible -- it could be the best choice for you if you’re someone who cries easily! If so, the first look can help for a couple of reasons. On one hand, the first look might allow you to get your tears out before the walk down the aisle, giving you time to fix your makeup and appear collected for the ceremony. On the other hand, if you don’t cry during the first look, you’ll be assured beautiful, tear-free photos with your future spouse, allowing you to feel free to cry all you need to during the ceremony itself.

    So Ruchettes, is the first look for you? Weigh the pros and cons of breaking from tradition, and go with the decision that best suits who you are as a couple. Whether or not you choose to see your future spouse before the ceremony, you’ll certainly have a beautiful wedding!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    We know that in your whirlwind of wedding plans, even the simplest decisions can become grounds for full-blown arguments and anxiety. Luckily, with a little help from us, choosing a location for you engagement photo session can be something you check of your list with ease.To help you narrow things down, we’ve come up with four factors you can look to in picking your engagement session location. Hone in on which factors matter to you most as a couple and you’ll be ready for the camera before you know it!

    1. Visual Style: Seek out places that match your taste in aesthetics and have a variety of backgrounds available for use. If you prefer an urban look, brainstorm local places with cool walls, brick surfaces, or artistic buildings that will lend to the ambience you’re trying to capture. If you prefer a rustic vibe, look to places with trails, trees, or open fields. You may want to find a place that exudes a feeling similar in theme to your wedding (vintage, rustic, urban) or something completely opposite to add variety to your photo album.

    2. Significance: Consider taking your engagement photos in a place that has significant meaning to your love story. Outside the cafe where you had your first date perhaps? Near the beach where you shared your first kiss? You can even revisit the place you got engaged to stir up those sentimental feelings. Being in an environment where a romantic milestone occurred will certainly infuse your engagement session with an added dimension of affection and meaning.

    3. Comfortability: Especially if you’re camera shy, make sure to find a place where you feel comfortable shooting your engagement photos. How comfortable you are will reflect in your photos, so if you’re in a new environment or someplace with curious onlookers, you might have difficulty flashing the camera your best smile. Opt for one of your favorite hangout spots as a couple, your friend’s gorgeous garden, an open field, or any place that makes you feel like you’re in your element.

    4. Personality:  Your choice of engagement session location should reflect your interests as a couple! If you’re an outdoorsy duo, find a natural park where you can take your photos. Love to collect art? Take your photos near your favorite museum. If you’re relaxed, head to the beach. If picnicking has become a regular thing for you, why not have a picnic-themed shoot? There are so many options, so pick the one that suits you as a couple the very best!

    We hope this list of engagement session location tips has brought a few ideas to mind! Remember, you don’t have to travel far or spend a lot to find a pretty and meaningful place to capture this stage in your new life together! For more bridal tips and to be the first to see our upcoming bridal collection, sign up for our bridal newsletter here.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    If wedding bells are in your future, we’re guessing you’re busy calling up vendors, daydreaming about the dress, and pinning to your Pinterest boards with sheer enthusiasm. While our favorite weddings have a timeless appeal, the loveliest nuptials also incorporate of the moment wedding trends, so we wanted to break down a few for you here! Trust us, even a vintage-inspired affair or the most classic of ceremonies can be infused with wedding trends for a chic, modern update. Whether you’re saying “I do” in a church or a rustic field, there is something in our list of 2014 wedding trends that is sure to inspire you. So without further ado, here are the 5 wedding trends for 2014 that we’re already swooning over.

    1. Art Deco: The 1920’s have long been a favorite era among vintage-loving brides, but the glamour and glitz is in full swing this year thanks to the release of the Baz Luhrmann film, The Great Gatsby. This 2014 wedding trend is all about beautifully incorporating the old Hollywood glamour of the period without making your wedding into a theme party. Expect to see crystals, feathers, chandeliers, fur wraps, flapper-inspired and cap sleeve gowns, and sparkly hair embellishments, not to mention a profusion of black, white, and gold!

    2. Rustic Romance: Just when you thought mason jars at weddings might be getting a little old, the rustic wedding trend got a romantic make-over! Blame it on our nation’s obsession with English export, Downton Abbey, but lace, frills, black tie formality, and all things Victorian elegance are shaking up rustic barnyard weddings like never before! Think pretty pastels, romantic florals, and Old World touches combined with the laidback outdoor ambiance and roughly-hewn wooden tables of a rustic setting.

    3. Out with Matchy-Matchy: Mismatched bridesmaid dresses has been a wedding trend for some time now, but it’s starting to pop up at more and more weddings (like these gorgeous grey gowns). And it makes sense! The girls in your bridal party may have many different body types, so finding one dress to suit them all can be quite difficult. While some brides opt for bridesmaid dresses in a similar style with variations in cut, others simply give their bridesmaids a range of hues and let them choose their own, which means your bridesmaids may actually get to wear their dress again long after the toasts and dancing!

    4. Digital Decisions: In the age of smartphones, couples have to decide which side of the wedding trend they want to be on. To be completely plugged in, some couples download photo-sharing apps or create a custom Instagram hashtag for their wedding, making all the Insta-snaps from guests easily searchable. Other couples are taking the radically opposite approach, opting for an unplugged wedding. This new wedding trend asks guests to be fully present throughout the day by turning off their phones or leaving them behind, trusting the professional photographer to take the wedding day photos so you can actually watch the day unfold without a phone in front of your face.

    5. Color me Pantone: The Pantone color of the year often finds colorful expression in fashion, interior design, and of course… wedding trends! Radiant orchid was recently tapped as the color of the year, and with its vibrant interplay of pink and purple, we’re sure the bride who loves bright hues will find a way to incorporate this color into her wedding! A whole range of purples, from lavender to richer shades, will be seen in bridal accessories, bouquets, wedding florals, accent lighting, and décor in 2014.

    We hope this 2014 wedding trends round-up inspires an afternoon of fun wedding planning and joyful Pinterest pinning! Will you be joining in on any of these trends?

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d showcase four adorable first looks shared between couples on their wedding day. We’re delighted that spring is on the way because (as the follow pictures show) spring is a wonderful time for a rustic wedding!

    This greenhouse setting provides an intimate, rustic atmosphere for the couple’s first looks! We love how the colorful blossoms pair perfectly with the bride’s ethereal wedding ensemble.

    We adore the forest setting this couple picked for their first looks! The bride’s elegant, white flower crown adds an extra hint of enchantment to the scene.

    A park is the perfect setting for this couple’s first glances! Their alternative, relaxed ensembles give the scene that heartfelt, rustic appeal we love.

    This garden proved to be the perfect spot for this couple to exchange first looks! We love the dappled sunlight and the bride’s embroidered, bohemian wedding gown.

    See all the weddings on Green Wedding Shoes: 1, 2, 3, 4.

    For more rustic inspiration, browse through our rustic clothing feature, or learn how to make a flower crown like the brides above with our fun DIY! And if you have a first look shoot you'd like to share with us, don’t hesitate to share with us here at Ruche. Email your submissions to blog@shopruche.com for your chance to be featured!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    We swoon when couples incorporate the charm of vintage eras in their wedding décor. One of our favorite wedding DIY’s is one that just takes a little patience and perseverance! Mismatched vintage dishes have been showing up in wedding place settings and every time we see it our hearts go pitter patter. Using mismatched dishes with different colors and patterns for your wedding is beautifully unique, because no two thrifted collections could ever be exactly the same. The advantage of using mismatched dishes goes beyond charm too— it can save up to half of the cost of renting dishes!

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    If you do decide that the input of time and energy in thrifting your wedding dishes is worth it for you, here are five essential tips to creating the perfect collection:

    1. Start early: As they say, the early bird gets the worm! It will take time and patience to amass a collection of thrifted wedding dishes. Count up how many dinner plates you will need, and chargers too if you decide to have both, as well as dessert plates. Mismatched vintage glassware can also be a beautiful addition to your table settings. Start your search up to 9 months in advance, that way you can slowly collect what you need without any last minute anxiety, and clearly label every box or container along the way so you remember what you have.

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    2. Create color or thematic rules: Even a collection of mismatched dishes should be unified by a central organizing element of some kind to tie them together, so you don’t veer from sweet DIY whimsy to hodge podge chaos! Take cues from the look and feel of your wedding for the appropriate design motif. Perhaps you will search for any patterns with colors that fit with your wedding, look for floral or bird motifs, or pick up dishes with the same embellishments, like gold rims. Victorian floral patterns work well for a garden wedding or rustic affair, while a 60’s retro look fits with a mod wedding.

    3. Make it fun: Thrifting your wedding dishes should be one of the most fun DIY’s you do! Turn every search at the Goodwill, Salvation Army, local flea market, or estate sales into a fun excursion. Grab a coffee and recruit your fiancé, friends, or bridesmaids to search for vintage gems with you on a weekend afternoon.

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    4. Be cost-conscious: If part of the reason you’re choosing to source your mismatched plates from thrift stores is to save on costs, be sure to have a per-plate budget in mind. Research the price of renting a plate, and then decide on a per-plate cost you’re happy with. Then when you score a major deal on one set, you can splurge on a really special find! Most thrift stores have sale days, so make a note of those! And keep in mind that you will often pay less for dishes that are no longer in complete sets. 

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    5. Buy the silverware: Plates and cups are one thing, but thrifted silverware? First, it can be a little more time intensive to find good pieces. Second, we’re not sure you can scrub the rust and crustiness in between the fork tines off, so just buy a new set on the cheap (there are even disposable cutlery sets that look like silver)!

    Remember, patience is a virtue when it comes to thrifting vintage dishes for your wedding. If you only want to showcase a few vintage plate finds, try this cute cake stand DIY that would be perfect for a pie table. Happy thrifting!

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    If you started planning your wedding around the time you were six, you probably envisioned that everything would be pink! Now that you’re all grown up, your wedding colors may have expanded beyond the cotton-candy hue you favored in childhood, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still bring the sweetest of romantic colors into your nuptials! Any self-confessed girly girl or hopeless romantic has her eyes on a pink wedding bouquet, but a pink wedding bouquet can be arranged for any wedding style and bridal look.

    Let’s start with the flowers. Some of the primary flowers to have in a pink wedding bouquet include: dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, and peonies. While those flowers take center stage in a pink wedding bouquet, some secondary plants and greenery to consider include: carnations, succulents, lamb’s ear, olive branches, dusty miller, delphinium, heather, hydrangea, lavender, lily of the valley, Queen Anne’s lace, and stock. Here are 5 ideas for pink wedding bouquets that show just how versatile this pretty floral hue can be!

    1. Dahlia delight: This pink wedding bouquet highlights one big pink dahlia, and then complements it with creams and red ranunculus for a modern and fresh aesthetic, perfect for an elegant affair or art gallery wedding! Take this idea by starting with a primary pink flower and creating color contrasts with a few different hues.

    2. Rustic pinks: The wild, gathered look of this pink wedding bouquet with pops of greenery and varied shades of pinks, oranges, and peach along with berries is perfect for a rustic ranch wedding. Use this idea for your own bouquet by pairing sweet pink florals with greenery big on rustic charm!

    3. Peony perfection: A bouquet bursting with pink peonies is 100% guaranteed to make us swoon. This is a modern classic, but peonies are only briefly in season, so if you get married outside their blooming time, swap for garden roses!

    4. Vintage elegance: The sweet prettiness of this pink wedding bouquet comes from the soft pastel palette of the florals, with blooming pink roses and cream hydrangeas creating a sense of profusion. A bouquet like this looks darling or a garden wedding or vintage-inspired day.

    5. Muted pinks: Since we’re crazy for peonies, we had to pick one more pink wedding bouquet that put this gorgeous bloom on display! With muted pinks and peachy hues paired with gentle creams, this delicate, whimsical bouquet is perfect for a glam outdoor soiree.

    With a profusion of blooming inspiration, we hope you start pinning your way to the perfect pink wedding bouquet! Don't just save pink strictly for wedding decor, add a pop of pink to your everyday ensemble by shopping our Shades of Pink collection!

    Happy wedding planning!

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    You know your guests are looking forward to the sweet last course, but that doesn’t have to mean tiers upon tiers of fondant. Wedding cake costs often come with sticker shock for many couples. The national average cake cost last year was $451, but cakes can run as high as $1,200, which doesn’t include the per-slice cake cutting fee your venue or caterer may charge. While a wedding cake alternative may seem like a break with tradition, it’s an opportunity to personalize the sweetest aspect of your wedding day. Modern couples want their weddings to reflect their personal style, and moving away from traditional tiers and sugar paste flowers is one way to do this. So here are 5 wedding cake alternatives that will satisfy each and every guest’s sweet tooth while saving a heap of money for the honeymoon!

    1. Think small: If a wedding cake alternative just isn’t classic enough for you, choose a smaller wedding cake to display and cut, and serve your guests from non-stacked sheet cakes. This can save around 50% from your cake bill, since the most expensive aspect of a wedding cake is the labor, not the ingredients. A smaller cake will take less time for your baker to create. And opting for buttercream over fondant can also be a big source of savings.

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    2. Rustic appeal: A pie table is perfect for a rustic wedding! Pies are an all-American wedding cake alternative that can be set out on cake stands of varying heights for a beautiful dessert station. You can either ask any of your wedding guests with culinary talents to bring a pie as their gift, or order them from a bakeshop. Take notes from this helpful how to and then let your guests happily decide between strawberry-rhubarb, apple, cherry, lemon, peach, and blueberry!

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    3. Glazed or jelly-filled: Imagine your guests walking into your reception venue, perusing the lovely centerpieces and looking around to find the cake…only to see a doughnut tower instead! Doughnuts are trending as a wedding cake alternative right now, on their way to surpassing cupcakes as a go-to handheld dessert. Cheaper than cupcakes, doughnuts have been having a renaissance in the foodie world. Not only are there lots of varieties, from cake doughnuts to crullers, malasadas to beignets, there are different ways to serve them too!

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    4. Pittsburgh Tradition: Cookie tables are a long-held tradition in Pittsburgh, where most brides can’t imagine their reception without plates piled high with linzers and biscotti. Cookie tables are filled with tons of varieties thanks to the efforts of moms, aunts, grandmothers, and friends, who bake and freeze in anticipation of the wedding day. Make this tradition your own with a DIY dessert table filled with all your favorites, like lemon tarts, peanut butter blossoms, thumbprints, and macarons. Be sure to get creative with your display and leave out little take-out boxes or bags to make the cookies pull double duty as your dessert and wedding favors.

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    5. Ice Cream Bar: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! An ice cream Sunday bar is perfect for a summer wedding. An assembly line for putting together ice cream sundaes will quickly banish any lingering thoughts of wedding cake. Have a few different ice cream flavors and a fruit sorbet on hand, and then display the toppings creatively, offering up sprinkles, chocolate shavings, berries, sliced bananas, nuts, shredded, coconut, crushed oreos, and anything else your heart desires. Let your guests top it off with hot fudge, caramel or whipped cream. You can even give it a vintage spin with these cute tips!

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    We’re sure you won’t miss the standard tall white cake (or the associated cost!) with these delicious and budget-friendly wedding cake alternatives.

    xo,
    Ruche


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  • Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Stop by Icing Designs, one of the cutest Etsy shops we've ever seen, for unique and handmade wedding details. Melissa and Kellie, the lovely ladies behind the shop, will print your personal photos, add a little glitz, and turn them into something truly special. The most popular items in their shop are their frosted photo cupcake flags, gift tags, invitations, and cards, which are perfect for weddings (decor, gifts, favors -- you name it!). Plus, they're a great conversation starter!

    "We absolutely love creating them. Each and everyone is so unique, because they are made from personal photos. They're really great for first birthday parties with photos of your little one's first year, anniversary parties with photos of a couple's life together, and weddings with a couple's engagement photos! Really, the possibilities are endless!"

     

    --Melissa and Kellie, of Icing Designs

     

     

    Stop by their shop, Facebook, Pinterest, and blog to see more!

     

    xo,

    Ruche

     


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