• Wednesday, March 4, 2015


    Images Via Style Me Pretty

    We'd certainly hope to look as romantic as this! Discover even more springtime inspiration by stopping by The Springtime List and check seasonal style essentials off your list and prepare your wardrobe for the spring days ahead. Don't forget to enjoy 15% off 3 items or less with code UNDER, or take 30% off 4 items or more with code OVER until Friday, 3/6 at 11:59 PM PT.



  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    Today we are so excited to share a beautiful story from Liana Östberg. We swooned over Jonatan's and Liana beautiful story of love that spanned across a few different countries, and now we are so excited to see them tie the knot! We love hearing wedding stories, but this story was particularly captivating because both Liana and her now-husband were able to pull off a surprise wedding! Fall in love with their amazing story and be inspired by their lovely, simplistic wedding complete with touches of floral, pink, and intimate settings. Here is her story:SONY DSC

    On December 29 my husband and I celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary and I still can hardly believe it. As the saying goes, “it feels like it was just yesterday.” What’s even harder for me to fathom is that we were actually able to pull it off. See, no one even knew we were getting married until five days before the ceremony. How crazy were we to plan a surprise wedding?! Did I mention it was at Christmas, I was living in Sweden and planning the wedding 6,000 miles away in California and that I even managed to sneak my wedding dresses (yes, I had two!) into my carry-on on the long flight from Sweden to California without anyone noticing?! 

    See, I’m from California, but for the past four years I’ve been living in Sweden. When my (now)husband (who is Swedish) and I decided we were ready to take the plunge, we were unsure of exactly how we wanted to do it. Being a bi-continental family, things can get complicated. Where would we have it? California? Sweden? Somewhere else? Who would we invite? Would everyone even be able to come? It became quite stressful and we almost decided not to do it at all. Well last year, as luck would have it, my husband’s family decided it would be fun to spend Christmas in California (to soak up some sun while Sweden is nothing but snow and darkness). Even better, my family was planning a mini-reunion with my aunts, uncles and cousins. So for the first time, both of our families would be all-together in one country at the same time. We jumped at the chance. SONY DSCSONY DSC

    Instead of making a big hype though and getting too many people involved, we decided to keep our plans secret. We really didn’t want to turn our wedding into too big of an event, and anyways, can you imagine everyone’s faces when we finally reveal to them what we are going to do? Two months before our trip to California we planned everything and did it completely online. I have to say, our wedding is a perfect example of the glories of the internet these days. We picked and organized our photographer, found a restaurant, scheduled my hair and makeup and even ordered my husband’s suit all completely online (I almost ordered my wedding dress online as well but got lucky on a shopping day here in Sweden). 

    The craziest part about all this is that no one even had a clue it was going to happen. This made absolutely no sense to me as our families have been asking us for years when we were going to finally tie the knot. SONY DSC

    It was for the best though, because the day we told them—Christmas Eve 2013—their reactions were priceless. First, we showed my diamond ring and announced our engagement. Then we said the cliffhanger, “We have another surprise…” I thought my dad was going to pass out! Luckily he didn't, but when we told everyone we would be going to the church in five days to say our vows, no one could believe it. “What?! WHAT?!” they kept screaming (or “Vad??” in Swedish). It was awesome. 

    While I was excited to give the news, I was equally nervous and scared. What if my parents were mad about us not telling them? My mom didn't go with me to find my dress—will she be heartbroken? Well I had nothing to worry about because everyone was ecstatic. And the best part—they all jumped on the band wagon and helped us put the finishing touches on our day to make it the best ever: my mom ordered us a gorgeous cake (something I hadn't even thought of), my dad got us a limo, my mother and sister-in-law got me gorgeous gifts at an impromptu bridal shower with my grandmother and best friend and on the day of the wedding, when my pre-ordered flower crown wilted into disarray, my mother banged on the door of the closest flower shop until they let her in and saved the day with a new crown and matching bouquet. 

    Some things are meant to be and sometimes timing just works. Our wedding was one of those times, and it was one of the best, most exhausting and amazing days of my life.SONY DSC

    Not only is Liana's wedding story amazing, we can't get enough of her vintage-inspired bridal gown and reception dress! The touches of pink and lovely use of flowers in her pink rose bouquet and crown are like the sprinkles on top of a cupcake. Want to see what Liana is up to today? You can learn more about Liana and her adventures on her blog

    Photography: Eva Baker Photography, Venue: Postino's Restaurant in Lafayette, CA and Gustafsbergs Badrestaurang in Swenden, Flowers: Forget Me Not Flowers, Cake: Cake, Liana's Dress: Aspera Alicja Eklow and Zara, Hair and Makeup: Juliette Grange-Piccolotti, Jonatan's Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt. 


    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

    Comments (0)
  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    If you've been following along, you've seen our Marketing Coordinator, Sam, take you through each and every step while planning her wedding, sharing her helpful hints and advice along the way. We've gushed over Sam's engagement ring, when she finally found the gown, and enjoyed hearing her hilarious anecdotes each step of the way. Sam was truly a vision on her wedding day, and the entire event was seamless and true to Sam's rustic aesthetic, interests, and style. Here is her final post with details on how to plan your wedding timeline. 

    In preparation for my wedding, creating a timeline was one of the hardest things to do - and it was not necessarily fun, but so necessary (think cake tasting without all the fun and frosting-filled parts)! I received lots of compliments from all my vendors about how I was the most organized I bride they had ever worked with. While of course this was a huge compliment, my thought process at the time was that if I can have everything planned out, to the point where no one should have any questions or doubts, everyone can do their job to the best of their ability. My Coordinator can do her best job, the vendors can do their best jobs, and I can have a relaxing and wonderful day - as it should be. The lesson I learned? The more you plan ahead, the less you'll have to do on the day of. Here are some things to take into consideration when planning your big day. 

    Logistical Points To Consider:
    1. How long do you need to get ready? (if you hired professional hair and makeup, consult with them to make sure they have time to do what you've hired them to do). 
    2. How long do you want your reception to be?
    3. If the ceremony and reception are in different locations, time the distance and then add time for people who might get lost or who take their time from the first location.
    4. Write down how long you hired each vendor for.
    5. How much time do you have at your venue? Be careful - some places are stricter than others! 
    6. Does the venue allotment time include setup and take down?
    7. What's the earliest your vendors can start setting up, and at what time do they need to depart?
    8. Just know that everything might not (or should not) go exactly to schedule. If there's a really great couple songs that everyone is dancing to, then you can/should delay your cake cutting by a bit. And if your ceremony cuts a bit into your cocktail hour - don't sweat it!
    9. Lastly, don't worry about any of this once your day comes. It will be your mother, maid of honor and Coordinator's job to keep the schedule going and flowing! Enjoy your day and all the hard work you put into it. Also, because I had such a thorough and detailed timeline, it left no room for doubt because everyone knew what they needed to be doing and where and when. The more work you put into the wedding before it starts, the easier it will make the big day!

    Creating The Timeline:
    When creating the timeline, I found that is was incredibly helpful to refer to all the vendors and help by both their first name and by their title, ex: Florist Kim, Coordinator Margie. That way when other vendors are looking at the list, my DJ knows that Margie is the Coordinator, or the Coordinator's name is Margie. It makes for an easier introduction and then they don't have to go asking who is doing what, or who the florist is.

    Determine who in your family and bridal party is capable of handling tasks that you can delegate. There were certain tasks while I was getting ready that I didn't have time to take care of alone and things the groomsmen needed that I couldn't be physically there for. Here's some of my small assignments that made the day easier for me (thanks again family and friends!): 
    Diann (mother-in-law): Breakfast, snacks and drinks for the guys' and girls' getting ready rooms!
    Rachel (sister-in-law): Help bridesmaids with their makeup (she's got a nack for makeup).
    Julie (bridesmaid): Gather valet tickets for girls' cars going to the venue and call the hotel's front desk to have them ready.
    Chris (groomsman): Gather valet tickets for guys' cars going to the venue and call the hotel's front desk to have them ready.

    Photos by Eyelet Images Photography & Flowers by Art With Nature

    My Wedding Weekend Timeline
    To share my thorough and detailed timeline with you, I went through and removed some details and transformed it into a template and left certain information that should help you create your own! Also, make sure to make your timeline easy to understand for everyone involved in your wedding. A helpful tip is to be sure to think of questions they might have and be sure not to use words like me, mine, I will .... use your name or your title, bride to make it a little easier on everyone! 

    << Access The Timeline Template Here >>

    After you've made a draft of your timeline that you're happy with, share it with all your vendors and ensure they have enough time for prep, setup, take down. Finally, double check that the time you have them on the timeline for is in line with what you agreed in your contract (and paid for)!

    Once your timeline is finalized, make sure all your vendors have a copy (I shared all mine to a Google Doc) and print up a few (I did 10) for the day of. I also gave copies to both parents at the rehearsal and to bridal party and family members who requested it. Also note that this is the timeline that worked for my wedding and it isn't a blanket template for every wedding out there. Other brides might have different traditions or needs for their wedding, but I hope this can at least help you think about key details and how to plan out the entire day or weekend. 

    Happy planning,
    ~ Sam, Marketing Coordinator

    Ready to see more of Sam's helpful wedding advice? Take a look at her Registry Recommendations, Wedding Website, Working With Your Vendors and The Music posts!


  • Saturday, January 3, 2015

    It may be the sparkle of twinkling lights that still hang in our local neighborhoods and downtown streets, but we're not ready to let go of the holidays quite yet. This romantic and rustic wedding shoot from Style Me Pretty featuring one of our vintage-inspired lace wedding gowns has us head over heels! We can practically feel the brisk mountain air and hear the crunching sound of fallen leaves when gazing upon these gorgeous images. Our floor-length lace Rosanna wedding gown looks stunning against a backdrop of bare branches and a wintery bouquet. The touches of pinecones, needles, and shades of red in the wedding table setting is the perfect balance of rustic charm and holiday cheer. ruche-bridal-dresswinter-weddingwinter-wedding-ideaswinter-wedding-pictureswedding-in-the-woodsweddings-in-winterwinter-centerpiecewinter-table-settingwinter-wedding-inspiration

    For even more bridal inspiration, stop by our Wedding tag or see our collection of vintage-inspired and affordable wedding dresses in our bridal collection


    Comments (0)
  • Monday, December 15, 2014

    We all know this moment - you've received your invite to a soiree, wedding, or work event in your mailbox or inbox. You excitedly open your invitation and scan the details of the party and your eyes suddenly halt - Cocktail attire? Dressy casual? You want to dress to impress, but these dress code terms are puzzling! Instead of fretting and avoiding making eye contact with your closet, decode the dress code with our handy guide! Whether your wedding invitation says semi-formal or your office suggests business formal, we've simplified the most common dress codes so you'll always know what to wear. If your soiree is fast-approaching and you're in a sartorial pinch, don't forget to stop by today's Style Steals and take 50% off over 200 dresses! Hurry - it ends tonight at 11:59 PM PT! 


    Business Formal: The key to business formal is tailoring. Whether it's a structured dress, pantsuit, or separates, it's important to keep your look clean and business-appropriate. Dresses or skirts can be paired with tights or a blazer, and finish off your outfit with a clutch and necklace

    Casual: Some may argue that when it comes to a casual dress code, anything goes, but even when the event dress code calls for casual, we still like to keep our ensembles polished by mixing casual and tailored pieces. Pair pants with a blouse and stay cozy in booties and a coat

    Cocktail attire: Cocktail attire is one of our favorites when it comes to dress codes! To dress appropriately, choose a dress that is party-ready. You can wear something with a little sparkle, or dress up a little black dress with a statement necklace or daring earrings. Don't forget pumps and a clutch

    Dressy Casual: Dressy casual is simple - it's a dressed up version of your casual attire! Trade your everyday flowy top or dress for a more structured blouse. We love playing with fun pieces with pops of color, like a mint skirt. To complete your look for the dressy casual dress code, keep it polished with accessories like a watch or pendant necklace

    Semi-Formal: a semi-formal outfit should be classy, but not overdone. Try a cocktail dress or little black dress paired with heels and a touch of sparkling jewelry for a look that's appropriate for an upscale event. A good rule of thumb is the later the event, the dressier you should be! 

    With holiday parties just around the corner, being able to decode any dress code is essential. We know that whether your event is filled with glitz and glam, or you need to impress at the next corporate event, your outfit will be stunning! 


    Comments (0)
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    The Wedding Chicks is one of our favorite online destinations for wedding inspiration! They have everything from ingenious DIY guest books to advice for finding a vendors to incredible party favor ideas. Needless to say, we were all smiles when this shoot was featured on their blog! If you're a lover of all things mod and vintage (which we're assuming you are!), prepare yourself for a tea party bridal shower straight out of our favorite style decades. Take a look at the positively radiant colors, calligraphy hand painted invitations, and our vintage inspired dresses below, and escape into a retro dream! 

    60smod_66160smod_41860smod_627 (1)60smod_45060smod_543

    We adore the way our St. Claire Embroidered Dress and Paulina Embroidered Dress act as a delightful complement to the mismatched china dishes. We love the darling patterns on each style, and the gorgeous hue of yellow and pops of pink. Both are perfectly retro with a fitted silhouette with a modest neckline, making this shoot something straight out of a vintage magazine!  60smod_62060smod_08160smod_62360smod_16160smod_755

    We can't help but swoon over the attention to detail in everything down to the darling jewelry and table settings. We love how full of lush floral touches this shoot it - from the embroidered blossoms on our dress to the colorful bouquet of roses. You can fall in even more love with our past shoots here

    A huge thanks to all the vendors who made this shoot happen!
    Photography: Fiona Melder, Concept + Styling: Mandy Forlenza Sticos, Vintage Rentals: Little Vintage Rentals, Calligraphy + Hand Painted Invitation: Fleur De Letters, Hair: Sabrina Gilbert, Make Up: Jha Villanueva, Cakes + Cupcakes: Made In Heaven Cakes, Clothing: Ruche, Hair Accessories: Esther Jean, Jewelry: Confetti By Annette, Flowers Provided By: Blooms By The Box, Assistant Stylist: Elle Bass


  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    A staple of any wedding? The music of course! In addition to the traditional "dun dun dah-dun" bridal chorus we all know, you have so many opportunities to customize your wedding with the perfect music. Choosing the music for your wedding is a way to showcase your personal taste in your wedding, but also share beautiful moments with your nearest and dearest. Some of our favorite wedding moments (the father and daughter dance get us every time!) are only enhanced by the soundtrack. Our Marketing Coordinator Sam is back with a little helpful advice for when you're ready to choose the music for your nuptials!

    Image via Style Me Pretty

    1. Determine Tone/Theme:
    The first step in choosing your wedding music is considering who will be at the wedding and the tone you want to set. You may love a certain band or genre but you want to make sure that the music you want people to associate with your most special and romantic day is what fills the atmosphere of you venue. For instance, my favorite music is 90's Rock Alternative and Country - but that is not what I want exclusively playing the whole night. There will only be touches of these styles when it's appropriate. Will you have lots of family and older guests or be mostly inviting your friends? Consider your guests because the wedding is something to be enjoyed by them too - especially when it comes time to hit the dance floor. You don't want your grandmother to leave early because she can't stand the blaring sounds from Nirvana! Balance is key. 

    2. Band, DJ or iPod?:
    Most of this decision will be determined by two thins: how much you value the music at your wedding and your budget. Live bands are beautiful and produce amazing sounds - but they can be very pricey. Don't fret! You have options. For example, you could also just hire live music for the ceremony or reception. DJs can also be expensive, but typically not as costly as a live group of musicians. Personally, I decided to go with a DJ because I wanted to have someone who could react to the guests - and change the music if needed. I didn't trust relying on an iPad or MP3 to play the right songs at the right time. In the end, if the music is not important to you or you don't have it in your budget for a band or DJ, an iPad is the next best option. You can always create your own playlist or download a premade one for your celebration! 

    3. Specify Your "Moment" Songs":
    Like we mentioned before, it's important to pay special attention to the songs you want to play during a special moment in your ceremony or reception. Here are some suggestions based on the "moments" I chose to have, but every wedding is different and you can tailor your wedding to include other moments or not include certain ones too! The other songs that I specified were for while the guests were arriving at the ceremony.

    Here's the standard "moment" songs that you need to pick specific music for:
    Processional Of The Family, Processional Of The Bridal Party, Processional Of The Bride, Recessional

    Grand Entrance, First Dance, Bride & Father, Groom & Mother, Cake Cutting, Bouquet Toss, Garter Toss, Grand Exit

    I found that the hardest songs for my fiance and I to pick were the ceremony ones. We didn't want to resort to the traditional wedding march, but it was difficult to find appropriate, romantic songs that matched the mood of a ceremony. Here's some suggestions I've found in a variety of genres:

    A Summer Song by Chad & Jeremy, And I Love Her by The Beatles, Ara Batur by Sigur Ros, Beautiful by Phil Wickham, Case Of You by Joni Mitchell, Clocks by Cold Play, Colours by Donovan, Crash by Dave Matthews Band, Dance Me To The End Of Love by Leonard Cohen, Down To The River To Pray by Alison Krauss, Dream A Little Dream by The Mamas + The Papas, Emer's Dream by Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Everlasting Light by The Black Keys, Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez, Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles, Hysteric by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I Will by The Beatles, La Vie En Rose + Sea Of Love, Lake Yarina by Josh Garrels, Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan, Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Pachelbel's Canon In D, Sea Of Love by Cat Power, Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez, Stoned Me by Van Morrison, Thank You by Led Zeppelin, The Ludlows by James Horner, Til Kingdom Come by Cold Play, Valium by Lisa Mitchell, Viva La Vida by Cold Play, We Are Going To Be Friends by The White Stripes, Where Is My Mind by Maxence Cyrin, Will Ye No Come Back Again, You’re The One That I Want by The Lennings

    All You Need Is Love by The Beatles, At Last by Etta James, Baby by Devendra Banhart, Crazy In Love by Beyonce and Jay Z, Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen, Good Life by Onerepublic, Happy by Pharrel, Heroes by David Bowie, Home by Edward Sharpes, I Want To Love You Madly by Cake, International Players Anthem by Ugk (Instrumental), Let My Love Open The Door by Pete Townshend, Making Time by The Creation, New Life by Jim James, On Top Of The World by Imagine Dragons, Perth by Bon Iver, Shenandoah by Tom Waits, Sleepy Time by Fialta, Smash The Windows, Tender by Blur, Today Is The Greatest by Smashing Pumpkins, Turning Pageby Sleeping At Last (Instrumental), You & I by Ingrid Michaelson, You Know Me by Air Traffic Controller, You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates

    First Dance
    Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground by The White Stripes, Excuses by Morning Benders , Friday I’m In Love by The Cure, Harvest Moon by Neil Young, Hysteric by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I Found You by Alabama Shakes, I Was Made For Loving You by Kiss, Isakov Morning Lady by Gregory Alan, Love by George Burns + Floyd Huddleston, Magic by Coldplay, Sea Of Love by Phill Phillips and The Twilights, Second Star To The Right by Doris Day & The Four Lads, Silent Spring by Massive Attack, Sing To Me by Walter Martin, Sleepwalk by Santo + Johnny, That's What's Up by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, This Winter by Cass Lowe, Today by Joshua Radin, You and Me by Penny & The Quarters, You On My Mind In My Sleep by Richard Ashcroft, You Send Me by Sam Cooke

     4. Cocktail Hour, Dinner & Dancing
    Cocktail hour, dinner and dancing. What is the flow of your wedding going to be like? Music plays a huge part of setting the tone and mood. Do you want the whole day to be upbeat, smooth and soothing or a mix of both? What do you want your cocktail hour feel like? I decided to make mine a little more classic by playing lots of big band and old school swing music. My dinner will have romantic songs, both modern and old,  and my dancing part will only feature upbeat music.

    In short: Start your evening off with songs that will be appreciated by all your guests. Older people will be the first to leave so start the night with music that wont have them begging to go home. Have your music progress throughout the night so that you have fun party dancing music for the last half. Don't forget your dancing shoes! 

    -- Sam, Marketing Coordinator

    Ready to see more of Sam's helpful wedding advice? Take a look at her Registry Recommendations, Wedding Website and Working With Your Vendors posts! 


  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    While many people refer to the warmer months as "wedding season," we can't help but love the rich and lush colors and blossoms autumn has to offer. Some accents, like succulents and stems of wild blossoms, add a romantic touch to any collection of flowers all year round, but we can't help but adore the rustic tones of a autumnal bouquet. Deep hues of blue, mustard yellows, and brick reds are the perfect accent to a fall wedding. For some harvest season bouquet inspiration, here are a few gorgeous floral arrangements we love!

    Florist: Art With Nature

    Florist: Twig & Twine

    Florist: The Oak & The Owl

    Which fall floral combinations are your favorite? For a dose wedding inspiration perfect for any season, visit here


    Comments (0)
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    One of the biggest anxieties when it comes to your big day is capturing it on film. Whether you choose photography or videography (or both!), making sure your celebration is memorialized exactly the way you've imagined is a difficult endeavor. Luckily, Sam and Sarah are back with a few helpful hints for ensuring the images from your wedding will stand the test of time, and always bring a smile to your face. 

    Image via Style Me Pretty

    1. Will you have a photographer? If so, who and how did you decide?

    Sam: Yes, we will most definitely be having a photographer along with a second shooter. To us, this was one of the most important decisions to make because after the wedding is over, all you will have left is your photos (and possibly frozen cake and dried out flowers). This is is the one vendor where I was willing to splurge a bit because I want to have beautiful photos to look back on. I had a few photographers I knew of (through work!) and I contacted a total of about 10. Whilst looking for a venue, I stumbled upon Eyelet Images and fell in love with her style. Her photography is very soft and romantic, but still punchy with the color. I decided to reach out to her for pricing and availability and she was very reasonable -- I expected her to be much more expensive. I immediately got a wonderful feeling from her over our email conversations, and when we met in person, we fell in love with her personality. She's truly just a great gal who is amazing behind the camera.

    Sarah: Yes, I have a photographer. My fiance and I looked through different portfolios and websites to find someone who’s photographs really seemed to embody the look and feel we were going for. We ended up going with Robby Cavanaugh, who is a friend as well.

    2. Will you have a videographer? If so, who and how did you decide?

    Sam: Yes, we will also be having a videographer. This was the easiest and quickest decision to make. Our media gal who puts together our lookbook videos is also my friend, and she had offered to do our videography. I already know her style and have shot videos with her so it was an easy answer -- YES!

    Sarah: We have not officially booked our videographer yet, but that is one of the things that is next on the list. We are going to meet with No One Knows whose wedding videography we absolutely love. We want that cinematic feel to our wedding video.

    3. Are there are many “must-have” photos on your list?

    Sam: Along with all the standard shots, we decided to go with the first look session before the wedding. For many reasons (see here), we just thought it would be more relaxed, more intimate and less intimating than to see each other for the first time at the altar. Plus, I really don't want to cry in front of an audience.

    Sarah: We aren't going to do a first look, so capturing that moment walking down the aisle is very important. Our reception venue has beautiful art deco architecture throughout, so we would like that highlighted as well. We both really want candid, non-posed photographs that really capture the emotion of the night. 

    4. What were the most important questions you asked your photographer?

    Sam: I had my list of standard questions for all the photographers, but most importantly, I wanted to make sure that we'd mesh. I wanted to make sure that we would feel comfortable with that person following us around for 10 hours. Some important questions we did ask was if a second shooter was available, what her style of photography was, how she approached weddings - if she liked taking control and posing everyone or being more of a fly on the wall. I also asked how she felt about having a videographer to make sure there wouldn't be any competition for getting the best shots. There's also a lot of great non-traditional questions in this previous post!

    Sarah: My fiance and I wanted to know things such as is a second shooter needed, and recommendations as far as day of schedule to ensure that what we want photographed can fit in the timeline.

    5. How far in advance should someone book the photographer and videographer?

    Sam: Along with the date and venue, the photographer is one of the most important vendors to select. I think as soon as you can, you should start looking and book one that you feel comfortable with as soon as possible.

    Sarah: I was told 9-12 months in advance for a  photographer and videographer. Our photographer was one of the first things we booked, besides the church and the reception venue. Depending on when you would like to take your engagement photos taken should be factored in as well, in regard to booking a photographer.

    Photography and videography are an essential on your wedding day, and we're so happy Sam and Sarah could share their experiences with us! See more of Sarah and Sam's advice leading up to walking down the aisle here


  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    A cute and fun way to personalize any get together, from bridal showers and weddings to a laid back backyard summer soiree, is with a custom place card holder. This little craft is an easy way to integrate the decor of your party into your table settings and is a thoughtful detail your guest will love. We simplified crafting these little paper beauties, so go ahead and get crafting! 

    1. Clothespin
    2. Construction paper
    3. Vellum paper (optional)
    4. Scissors
    5. Glue

    1. Draw and cut out two halves of a flower shape. You can also cut out and glue a few extra petals on top of the flower shape to add a layering effect.

    2. Glue one of the flower halves onto the top portion of your clothespin. Take the second flower piece and glue it to the bottom portion. Make sure that the two halves line up together when the clothespin is closed.

    3. Cut out a couple of leaves and glue them to the back side of the flower. We made our leaves out of green vellum paper, but you can easily use construction paper for this step as well!

    4. Insert your placeholder into the clothespin and then you’re done!

    We love how a table looks with an array of pretty plates, a bouquet of flowers, and place card holder at each seat. Not a fan of seating arrangements? You can arrange the place cards on a separate table and allow your guests to claim their seats right before hors d'oeuvres and drinks are served!  We love adding gracious details to our party spread to make guests feel right at home. 


    Have a DIY project that you are interested in sharing? We'd love to see it! Send your instructions and unedited photos to for a chance to join our Ruche Blogger Family and become published.

    Comments (0)

Items 1 to 10 of 283 total