Now & Forever

Time to Get Crafty

Looking for a way to add a special touch to your wedding? It is time to roll up your sleeves and get crafty!

For your ceremony recessional or send off, cut out pages from a copy of your favorite book, roll into a cone shape, and fill with flower petals of your choice. Wanting to add some extra sparkle to your wedding ensemble? Create a brooch bouquet out of your most treasured trinkets from your mother or grandmother’s jewelry box. One way to make your guests feel special is putting together welcome bags filled with an itinerary for the weekend, a map of the town highlighting restaurants and attractions, local goodies like a jar of honey or pecan pralines, and anything else you may think that your guests would enjoy. Need something to make your wedding day extra personal? Make unique place card holders out of unconventional items such as, tree branches or wine corks. Have fun getting crafty!

 

xoxo,

 

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Spread the Word & Save the Date

Who doesn’t love getting a save the date in the mail?! Many couples like to personalize their save the dates with a photograph. Not sure what to do? Here are some examples to create fun and special save the dates to send to your guests. Love your engagement ring? Showcase it in your save the dates! Or hit the outdoors and create a unique backdrop that will bring a smile to your guests’ faces.  The sky’s the limit — just try to create something that resonates with you and your fiancé. And of course be sure to have fun!

 

xoxo,

 

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A Twist on Typical Centerpieces

Not a big fan of flowers? There are many ways to style centerpieces without flowers that are just as visually appealing. You can bring a pop of color to your centerpieces by using different colored vintage bottles, variations of patinated candle sticks or a diverse collection of antiqued books. Do not want to completely eliminate the use of flowers? Consider using succulents or different types of greenery as an alternative that can add a natural touch to the  centerpieces. Candles can help add warmth to the reception that can be displayed with antique candle sticks or centered in a lantern or birdcage.

 

Overall, non-floral centerpieces can still be eye catching with varying heights of accessories and different textures and colors.  Have fun with styling the center of the tables for your reception and don’t forget to add any personal touches that will make your centerpieces even more special!

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Unique Guestbook Ideas

Looking for creative ways to remember the guests who attended your wedding? Here are a few ideas to commemorate your special day and the people who came to support you.

 

For the the artsy couple there are a couple of ways to create a guestbook. Make a quilt from individual fabric squares signed by each guest, and after the wedding the bride and groom put the lovely quilt on display by hanging it on a wall or using it as bedding for their guest room. Using a Polaroid camera, each guest snaps a picture of themselves and personalizes the photo by writing a message along the white border. These photos are placed in a scrapbook to preserve the memory of each wedding guest.

 

For the couple who loves to write, find an antique typewriter and guests type their words of advice for the bride and groom on archival paper. Then, place the inscribed paper in a scrapbook using photo corners to be enjoyed for years to come. For a winter wedding, guests can sign Christmas ornaments to be used in decorating the newly wedded couple’s Christmas tree. The music loving couple might provide old records from their favorite bands to be “autographed” by their guests and later framed or directly hung on walls at the couple’s home. Guests can also personalize Jenga game pieces and used during future game nights hosted by the bride and groom.

 

It’s fun to get creative with your guestbook! Your family and friends will love your DIY skills and it adds a personal touch to your wedding.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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Let’s Get Crafty!

What could be more satisfying than making your own party favors and gifts for your guests?  There are tons of fun and creative ideas you can implement to show your guests how grateful you are to have them by your side on your big day.  Food favors are incredibly popular and easy to personalize.  You can create anything from local marinated cheese, cupcakes in a jar, homemade pies, candy bags, to an apple roasting kit, which is ideal for a fall wedding.  If you’re feeling crafty there are plenty of fun and cute ways to impress your guests.  Make your own wedding crackers which can double as escort cards, custom matchbooks, pinwheels, coasters, or (for the food lovers) a personalized recipe book.  The sky’s the limit so roll up your sleeves and get crafty!

 

xoxo,

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Food Trend Friday: Food Truck Fun

Looking for a food idea off the beaten path?  Have a food truck at your reception! Food trucks are a fun and interesting twist to the buffet style wedding reception.  The best part about having a food truck at your wedding is you get to serve your favorite late night meals.  Tacos, burgers, hotdogs, pizza, and ice cream are a few of the most popular food truck choices.  The food truck option does not have to be your main source of food but it will definitely be the highlight of the reception with your guests.

 

xoxo,

From This Day Forward

 

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Food Trend Friday: Let’s Do Brunch!

Don’t skip out on the best meal of the day; instead share it with your loved ones on your special day.  A new food trend hitting the wedding scene is a brunch reception.  This is absolutely perfect for a daytime wedding with beverage stations like mimosas and bloody marys or even a smoothie bar.  For the food, get creative with an omelet or pancake station for your guests where they pick and choose any whatever suits their tastes – western, veggie, or something as simple as a ham and cheese omelet.  Pancakes make another great station offering up wheat, gluten free, and buttermilk pancakes.  Right beside your pancake station let your guest dress them up with fruit, whipped cream, chocolate chips, etc.  Brunch is an excellent reception choice! Not to mention it’s fun and different from your normal wedding food fare.

 

xoxo, 

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Wedding Inspiration: The Fall Wedding

On the first day of August every year, so much starts to change. It signals the beginning of school and the start of football season. It also makes brides start thinking about fall weddings and how lovely of a time autumn can be. Rich Earth hues mixed with vibrant jewel tones are the recipe to executing a lovely fall affair that all of your guests will love. Consider mixing glamorous browns, intense navy’s, and vivid mercury grey’s with the ever popular emerald,  bright fuchsia, or a lively red. Fall is the time when you can really play with bright colors and still have the great, deep colored neutrals to help balance everything out.

 

Outside of color, consider using flowers that are indicative of the season and are decidedly fall. Leaves and branches are also fun touches that would bring nature to you in a fun and sophisticated way. Consider using leaves around the cake, or gift table. Leaf rubbings or imprints could also make beautiful escort cards. Additionally, branches or even small trees can really anchor a space and make a dramatic statement. With a fall wedding, there are so many wonderful ways to make it fun and fabulous.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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It’s Tradition!

Weddings today are full and imbedded with traditions that often go unexplained. Many brides know they have to do something, like a garter toss, but have no idea about the real history behind the traditions. Today, we are shedding a little light on some of the most common wedding traditions and explaining why they live on.

 

1. The bride wore white

Queen Victoria was the first bride in the western world to make a point to wear white on her wedding day, prior to her all brides wore the best dress they already owned. Today, a white gown stands for virtue. Interestingly, it has become all the rage in recent years for the bride to wear anything but the color white. While an overwhelming majority of brides will choose to keep with tradition and don the white gown they have been dreaming of, more adventurous brides are choosing to step outside the norm and write their own rules.

 

2. The veil

The veil was first used to hide the bride’s face and protect her from any evil daemons or spirits that might be after her or try to curse her marriage. It served as a barrier to keep the bride safe, as well as an element of confusion. The spirits were said to be confused by the veil and would not bother the bride during the ceremony. Today, the veil is what really screams bride. Whether it’s being unveiled and letting the groom see you for the first time, or wearing something dramatic for the guests to gush over, the veil is definitely a tradition that will never go out of style.

 

3. The garter toss

The garter toss stems from a rather unfortunate history. In the past, wedding guests would swarm the bride after the ceremony to grab a piece of the wedding gown. Taking a piece of the dress was considered to be good luck. To keep the bride safe, the tradition of the garter toss was started. Rather than let each guest take a piece of the dress, the groom tosses the garter into the crowd. The man who catches it, of course, is rumored to be the next to wed.

 

4. The cake

The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Greece when a bride and groom would break bread to symbolize fertility. Eventually, the bread turned in to cake. Couples cut the cake together in hopes that it will bring them good fortune and children. Now, the cake has become so much more than a simple tradition. Cakes are a major part of the wedding reception as the focal point. Brides today are choosing to go taller, brighter, and more unique with their cakes than ever before.

 

5. Carrying the bride over the threshold

While it might seem like an incredibly romantic gesture today, the tradition of carrying the bride over the threshold to start the honeymoon was actually begun as a precaution. It was once believed that evil spirits would latch on to a bride in whatever means possible and cause problems in the marriage. To be safe, it became common for the groom to pick up the bride and carry her into their new home after the wedding. This prevented any evil spirits that might be clinging to her feet from gaining entrance into the home.

 

xoxo,

 

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Trend Report: The Reception Dress

Having a second dress for the wedding reception might seem a bit unnecessary, but it is becoming more and more common for brides to have two dresses. There is one for the wedding ceremony, and another for the reception or the grand exit. These dresses are usually white like the gown and have gotten the nickname “little white dresses.” These dresses definitely have there benefits. Many bridal gowns restrict mobility of the bride. While they look absolutely beautiful going down the aisle, these dresses might not be ideal for a reception dinner where a bride will be standing and sitting a lot throughout the night. Additionally, there is the concern of eating a meal or drinking cocktails in the dress. With so many people bustling around you, anything could happen to the dress of your dreams. For these 2 simple reasons, brides are electing to change into their reception dresses and enjoy the night without a care in the world.

 

xoxo,

 

From This Day Forward

 

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