5 Centerpiece Ideas That Aren’t Flowers

When people think of weddings, images of big, beautiful bouquets, elegant floral decorations, and roses down the aisle often come to mind. But from some brides, their big day doesn’t involve flowers in every nook and cranny (especially if a guest has sever allergies!). Consider some of these centerpiece ideas that don’t involve flowers for your wedding.

1. Books

Books may not come to mind immediately as wedding decor, but when stacked artfully, old books and books with beautiful covers can really work well as centerpieces. For a personal touch, incorporate some of your or your finance’s favorite books in the centerpieces, or design all of the pieces around your favorite genre.Books

2. Birdcages

Birdcages can really look beautiful and add a rustic touch to your wedding. Fill and decorate them with candles, ribbons, burlap, or lace, or let them stand on their own for a simple but tasteful look.

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3. Candles

Candles are elegant and create a great lighting for your reception. Bunch candles with different heights together to add dimension or place tealight candles in vases filled with water to give your reception a cool modern look. Candles are also a great addition to any centerpiece idea!Candle

4. Succulents

Succulents are all the rage these days and incorporating them into your wedding would add a soothing natural touch. You can buy succulents that have already been grouped together in a vase or you can build your own centerpieces by buying them separately and arranging them in wooden crates or deep glass fish bowls. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors and work well with almost any theme!

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5. Fruit

Using fruit as wedding decor may seem a little odd at first, but fruit works surprisingly well in centerpieces. It’s cheap, it takes up a lot of space, and it can work well with any color scheme and in any season. Make big fruit baskets of seasonal or local fruits to put in the middle of round tables or lay fruits such as grapes out like a table runner along with lush greenery on long, rectangular tables. You might be amazed at how great fruit can look in a wedding!

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4 Ways to Have a Beautiful Budget Wedding

Today, the average cost of a wedding is around $26,500, with many weddings approaching the $100,000 mark. But if you don’t feel like dishing out thousands of dollars for one day, consider these tips that will help you have a beautiful wedding on a tight budget. 

1. Manage your guest list

It’s easy to feel obligated to invite everyone you know to your wedding, but at the end of the day, the more people you add to your guest list, the more the cost of your wedding goes up. A wedding is a celebration, but it is also a day where the bride and groom share one of the most intimate moments of their relationship. Consider the people you truly want to share that moment with and who you would be happy to see on your wedding day. This will not only make your wedding day special and unforgettable, but will also help you save on the overall cost of the event.

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2. Be smart about decorations

Lots of flowers and fancy decorations may look nice in pictures, but overdoing decorations can be a budget nightmare. For flowers, considering buying them on the cheap yourself from a grocery store or local flower mart and recruiting friends to make the arrangements for centerpieces and other decorations. Look for inexpensive flowers such as Baby’s breath and Carnations, and use greenery to fill the empty space since it is much cheaper (and just as pretty) as flowers. Also, look for decorations such as books, vases, and lights in second-hand stores and online. There are many websites that buy decor from real weddings and sell it used at a fraction of the cost.

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3. Timing is everything 

The classic dinner party reception is tried and true, but it also expected and predictable. Having a brunch or lunch reception can be a fun way to change things up a bit, and can save you major cash on your reception bill. Also, think about not only the time of day but the day of the week you want to have your wedding. Typically, most venues have cheaper rates for weekday, Friday, and Sunday weddings. But the best way to save money is to have an off-season wedding. Venues will usually offer major discounts for brides who schedule their wedding in late fall or winter.  

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4. Save on your venue

Most ceremony and reception venues will take out a large chunk of your budget, but don’t settle for spaces that will cost you an arm and a leg. Many conventional, all-inclusive venues can give you the vision and feel you are looking for, but end up costing more than if you create the vision yourself. Consider having your ceremony outdoors and allowing nature to serve as your decor, then rent a simple space for your reception. Renting a space that is a blank slate gives you a lot of creative freedom, and with a little help from friends and family (and maybe Pinterest), a DIY wedding is easier to pull off than you think.

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Hopefully these tips will give you some ideas on how to slash your wedding budget and save a few bucks on your big day. Happy planning!

6 Sentimental Reception Table Name Tag Ideas

Want to put a cute twist to your reception? Creating sentimental table cards is a perfect way. Who said that your tables had to be numbers? These 6 table name themed ideas are a great way to celebrate and show off the cute stories of the couple’s relationship.

 

1. Childhood Pictures- Gather up some childhood pics of you and your guy for this cute table number idea. You can have the table number be the same as the age of the couple in the pictures.

 

2. Music/Record Lovers- Get your reception rocking and rolling with music themed table tags. You can name the tables by bands names or concerts and have the display for a record and concert ticket.

 

3. Jet Setters- Been to some cool places? Have your favorite places you and your other half has traveled together as your reception table names. Include pictures, place names or even postcards of places you’ve been to make it more personal, especially if you’re planning a bit of a travel themed wedding bash.

 

4. Movie Buffs- Name your tables after your favorite films (or after your favorite TV shows either!). You could pick the movies that you and your guy have seen together. If you want to jazz them up you could even include fun iconic images from the films.

 

5. Scrabble Pieces- You do not have to be a scrabble lover to incorporate this cute idea into your reception. You can spell out numbers, names, songs, whatever you want.

 

6. Favorite Memories/Milestones- This idea is similar to a regular table number card but with more sentimental value behind it. Give each number a meaning significant to their story such as a special date, event or even random fact. It’s a great way to share interesting facts with your guests.

 

 

5 Ways to Incorporate Gold in Your Wedding

Gold is all the rage for weddings right now, but if your confused about how to incorporate it on your big day, here are five ways to have a gorgeous, gold wedding.

1. Shoes

Although many brides opt for classic white or even blue shoes (for the’something blue’), gold wedding shoes can add a touch of glamour without overdoing it. For brides who find too much gold overbearing and gaudy, but still want the sparkle, this is a great option.

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2. Bridesmaids’ Dresses

For attire all your bridesmaids will love and look great in, choose gold dresses. They can be sparkly, muted, or even different shades, and the best part about gold dresses (besides the fact that your bridesmaids will actually want to wear them again!) is that they look great in pictures.

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3. Invitations

For eye-catching invites that will make your guests feel glamorous just looking at them, use gold card stock or lettering, or decorate your invitations with a gold ribbon or envelope. It’s sure to get your guests excited about your big day!

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4. Your Wedding Gown

If you want to sparkle every step of your walk down the aisle, look for gold when buying your wedding gown. You can add gold details, such as a glimmery belt or gold sequins, or for the bride who wants to shine all night long, go all out with a completely gold gown!

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5. Decor

This is for the bride who really loves the gold wedding trend. If you want every part of your wedding to shimmer, use gold decorations in the ceremony and the reception. For the first half of your wedding, walk down a gold aisle runner or say your vowels in front of a glamorous gold backdrop. Then serve dinner and dessert on gold plates and table cloths and give guests something beautiful to look at with gold centerpieces.

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10 Tips to Conquer a Bridal Show

So you have the man, the ring, and the biggest smile on your face…what else could you possibly need??

Well everything, of course. Luckily there is a one stop shop for all things wedding- the Annual Georgetown Bridal Show! It may sound overwhelming, but with these tips, you can walk out knowing that you have everything under control.

1. Pre-Register

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The link to our Bridal Show on February 22nd is http://georgetownbridalshow.com/register/ (You can also win prizes by registering early!)

2. Eat a Small Meal Beforehand

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You know you are in for a ton of samples, but have a small meal before you head out. That way you will know what really tastes good if you aren’t a ravenous beast!

3. Wear Comfy Shoes

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You will be doing a ton of walking. Save the heels for your big day! Comfort is key.

4. Bring a Friend

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You will want second (or maybe even third and fourth opinions) on each vendor you see. Of course the choice is all yours, but friends can be helpful to bounce ideas off of, and to cover more ground!

5. Make a Check-list

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Venues, caterers, cakes, honeymoon, decorations…the list seems to go on and on! But with a guideline, you know for sure you can hit all of the essentials.

6. Bring Business Cards

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Don’t waste time writing down your contact information at every booth! Have a supply of cards handy to make the info swap less of a hassle!

7. Bring a Color Swatch

Fabric swatches of your wedding colors can always come in handy if you come across and accessory booth, so you can find the perfect bridesmaid necklaces, or flower girl basket!

8. Have your planner or Calendar app handy

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You may need to set up other tastings and meetings with each vendor, so to be sure you don’t forget about all your obligations, use your calendar app or planner!

9. Leave Before You Can’t Take Anymore-

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Don’t leave wishing you never have to think about weddings again! It’s inevitable that you will need to sort through all of the brochures and handouts you collected once you get home. So shop around until you almost drop!

10. Demand a Foot Rub-

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You have had a long, successful and conquering day! The only thing you need now is a foot rub for a job well done.

Looking for a beautiful yet affordable wedding venue? Georgetown Event Center is the perfect place for you! We even have an area where you and your bridesmaids can relax and get in the zone! Located near Austin, Georgetown Event Center in Georgetown, TX is a great place to have your wedding reception. Find out more at www.GeorgetownEventCenter.com.

I Just Planned Your Whole Christmas Wedding…You’re Welcome

‘Tis the season to be married…

So maybe you haven’t even considered a holiday wedding. But what’s not to love? Lights, presents, snow (well if you aren’t from Texas)…your big day has the potential to be a Winter Wonderland. It’s the most magical time of the year, and lucky for you, I have done all the planning to make the magic happen. Read on to discover why your first dance may be “All I Want for Christmas is You!”

1. Your Dress

Top 8 Hot Wedding Dresses Styles for Winter Wonderland Weddings 2014 #tulleandchantilly

With three quarter lace sleeves, you will look elegant without having to show a lot of skin

2. Your Bridesmaids

Dessy - long wine colored bridesmaid gown

This deep red and flowy design will have them feeling ready for the red carpet, but not to upstage you, of course!

3. Your Flower Girl

Christmas Flower Girl dress trimmed in red - perfect

The adorable rose accents are so vibrant, you actually may have some competition for the spotlight!

4. The Groom and Groomsmen

Groom/Groomsmen- Black tuxedo for all the boys, groom wears white vest (to match bride), bestman wears purple vest (to match maid of honnor) and the other groomsmen wears charcoal gray best (to match other bridesmaids)

Simple yet classic, consider a dark grey tux as shown instead of the stereotypical black and red look!

5. Your Ring Bearer

Formal Boy Tuxedo Black with Red Cherry Vest for by carmiashop, $33.99

Just like the big boys, but with a bowtie!

6. Your Venue

Just the perfect little country church! Wouldn't this be a beautiful place for a small wedding?

Okay, even if little white chapels aren’t your thing, imagine the shots your photographer could get! But for a more modern look, check out the Georgetown Event Center! (Shameless plug)

7. Bouquets

Another wedding weekend over...another bouquet caught!! Is it bc I am tall and athletic or is the universe trying to tell me something??!! This crazy heffa will just have to wait and see.....;)

Add some unexpected lilies for something unique!

8. Reception Tables

Incredible red rose centerpiece for glamorous wedding at Hotel Bel Air, planning by Mindy Weiss, photos by Joy Marie Photography | junebugweddings.com

Notice how the mirrored table top adds extra dazzle to this sparkling tablescape!

9. Your Cake

Christmas Wedding Cakes And Christmas Cake Decorating Ideas

Now I could do without the greenery surround this beautiful cake, but the stacked presents look is sure to amaze!

10. Hot Cocoa Bar…Must

Adorable DIY hot cocoa bar #fall #autumn #hotcocoa

Consider skipping out on the rustic look by using sparkling crystal bowls instead!

 

So maybe I left out just a few things for you to take care of, but with this start, you may just want to get married this Christmas!

 

Looking for a beautiful yet affordable wedding venue? Georgetown Event Center is the perfect place for you! We even have an area where you and your bridesmaids can relax and get in the zone! Located near Austin, Georgetown Event Center in Georgetown, TX is a great place to have your wedding reception. Find out more at www.GeorgetownEventCenter.com.

Easter Wedding Inspiration

Easter, that wonderful time of year when an Easter bunny used to bring you eggs filled with chocolate. But Easter isn’t just kids! Easter can also be used as inspiration for your Spring wedding! From pastels to colored eggs, Easter can be the perfect inspiration for your wedding.

 

Simple Easter Decor: Ombre Egg Vase  from familycircle.com #easter  For more Easter decor ideas, head to familycircle,com

Ombre eggs in vases make gorgeous centerpieces, plus you can dye them to match your wedding colors!

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Pastel bridesmaid dresses scream Spring! You can either have your bridesmaids wear all the same color pastel or let each of them choose their own color!

This bunny wedding cake topper is just too cute for words!

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Macaroons are a lovely Easter treat, fluffy and sugary! The would be a great substitute for a wedding cake, a delightful dessert, or an amazing wedding favor!

Flowers set in eggshells on top of egg cups would make lovely centerpieces for an Easter time wedding!

 

Bouquets or centerpieces made with Easter Lilies are beautiful anytime of the year but best at Easter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ring bearer could carry your rings in a beautiful (Easter) nest complete with Mr. & Mrs. eggs!

Pastels, Easter eggs, bunnies, and macaroons! Nothing is off limits when it comes to Spring weddings!

Need a place to have your wedding and reception? Check out the Georgetown Event Center! Located outside of Austin in Georgetown, TX, the Georgetown Event Center is the perfect place to have your spring, summer, fall, or winter wedding!