Bear & Kati’s Real Wedding Story

Bear and Katiyana met one another in the desert at Burning Man on Kati’s birthday, and for Bear it was an instantaneous recognition of that which had been missing, the other half of his soul.

Bear + Kati spent years traveling the world (40+ countries and counting) together and fusing their respective professional lives to form a shared body of work that is…making the world a better place by re-imaging and building community.

This work and their commitment to serving the world and one another is alive and is palpable in both their presence and absence!

Their “official” marriage commenced in September of 2015 where it all began, Burning Man. At a sunrise ceremony surrounded by family that crowned an evening long celebration co-created in ritual, performance, song, dance and fire by their community members.

On May 14th, 2016 Bear + Kati celebrated their community with a one of a kind wedding weekend which drew on many ancient traditions and rituals.

Like the couple themselves, every aspect of this wedding was uniquely and thoughtfully crafted, and imbued with a particular depth of meaning that left a permanent imprint on the hearts of those in attendance. From the wooden amulets each guest received (designed and created by the best man to symbolize Bear + Kati’s union as well as the coming together of complementary forces: masculine and feminine), to the laser cut wooden candle boxes bearing the same unifying symbols as the amulets.

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Guests began arriving on Friday to participate in the creation of the sacred ceremonial space. They literally helped build the wedding from ground up, and many of them camped in tents on the property the entire weekend.

On Saturday as guests entered the communal property where the Bride grew up they were treated to a smudging ceremony, which is custom in Native American traditions to purify the spirit by washing the body in a cleansing smoke bath of burning sage or other sacred herbs.

Before the ceremony began, women and men gathered separately with the bride and groom respectively, for  ceremonial offerings of wisdom and love to the couple. The women gathered in the community medicine wheel, the same wheel Kati entered to pray for a partner when she was younger, to encircle the bride and shower her with blessings and insights for a happy marriage.  The men similarly gathered near the altar in tribal fashion to roar at the top of their lungs with the groom in celebration of his bliss, and to also share their insights for a wonderful marriage.

The wedding, which was held on the bride’s childhood community property in Sebastopol, CA, was a celebration that was decidedly community and ritual centric. Every moment, including the main ceremony, was a platform for deep engagement and connection!

Bear and Katiyana exchanged vows under a beautiful chuppah that was adorned with delicate Indian silks, flowers and Buddha statuettes, honoring both Bear’s Jewish lineage and the couples inclusive world view.  At the end of the aisle just before the chuppah, stood the beautiful maypole that had been spun with bright colored ribbons just days earlier in the community’s annual May Day celebration.

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Following the ceremony was a beautiful dinner catered by one of couple’s close friends, as 15 of the bride and groom’s friends and guests took turns providing musical entertainment.

The party lasted well into the wee hours of Sunday morning and featured the groom even serenading his wife and the party with a song he had written for her, and later that evening the bride gave a performance spinning poi that had been lit on fire.

To experience Bear + Kati’s magical wedding check out their wedding video here: Till The End of Time

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The bride and groom’s ceremonial robes were custom made in India, while their white reception wardrobe was styled by friends. Food was catered by Rebecca Jean Catering and Events (FB: /rebeccajeancatering, Twitter: @RebeccaJeanSF) Flowers by Carol Camacho. Photography by: Dawn Heumann Photography(FB/dawnheumannphotography, INSTA: @dawnheumann) Photography also by: Warwick Saint. Wedding Video by: Empact Labs (FB: /empactlabs)”

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Picking the Best Wedding Theme to Fit Your Personality

For a couple to find a wedding theme complementing their personalities, there is usually a lot of legwork and preparation involved. While you and your soon-to-be spouse might be on the same page about nearly everything, your personalities are not going to be identical. Although having a little bit of both you within the theme of your choice can take some savviness, it is far from impossible.

 

Consider a few of these pointers towards helping you find your focus. These will also narrow down your possibilities for that ideal theme that suits both of your personalities.

Finding A Starting Point

 

You can draw a lot of inspiration from each other when it comes to determining the kind of theme you use for your big day. Some of the most effective custom themes are designed based on key milestones that define your relationship. In some cases, it’s the common ground that has helped the two of you to grow closer and fall in love.

 

You may want to consider things like world cities you have been to, a shared adoration for a particular movie, or even something as precise as the moment that you both knew it was love. Take these embryonic ideas and develop them into tangible plans. And when possible, add color schemes and décor considerations.

 

Finding Services That Realize Your Vision

 

There may be plenty of wedding service companies out there, but in order to complete your theme, you can hire the services of a wedding planner or coordinator. They can provide different concepts that you and your partner would like to have.

 

Aside from a planner, you can also find a wedding photographer who can grasp your overall look and feel, bringing your concept in still shots. In most cases, photographers are pretty accommodating to what you are hoping to achieve. Best of all, they offer wedding photographer packages at more reasonable costs.

 

Secondary Factors That Can Cause Problems

 

Sometimes, it’s the seemingly insignificant factors that bring the best our of your wedding theme. In that regard, you should consider a few of the most common underrated factors that can cause problems for the overall concept of your choice.

 

  • Time of Year

 

Yes, the season, in which your wedding will happen, plays a significant role in the overall functionality of your big day. Let’s say you’re having an outdoor wedding/reception. While this may be a popular and trending choice, it is also going to limit your theming options because decorating becomes more challenging. Apart from that, you need to have a contingency plan in cases when bad weather threatens your plans.

 

  • The Venue

 

Where you have decided to hold the event is going to be dire when it comes to decorating. As you cycle through your potential theme options, you have to take the size of the room and the general rules of rental into account. It’s a lot of work, but if everything goes well, it will truly be worth it.

 

  • The Size of The Wedding/Reception

 

You may have an amazing wedding theme, but it may be unfeasible to accommodate a lot of people. As much as possible, choose a theme that doesn’t only fit your personalities but can also welcome the number of guests you want to come.

 

Getting Advice From Trusted Sources

 

There is really nothing wrong if you don’t have an idea. You don’t need a notebook full of wedding ideas and planning materials since that level of preparedness isn’t for everyone. But if you do find yourself stumped, then get sound advice from the trusted people. You certainly wouldn’t be the first couple who rely on the input of their trusted family and friends. While you may have known each other best, these other people have had a close and intimate look at what you two look like and love as a couple.

 

Those are just some brief guidelines that you can utilize in finding some focus as you select your wedding theme. When you want to take insight from both of your personalities, then try to compromise or reach a mutual agreement. You will both have to learn to work together to determine which of your mounting theme choices and options suit the two of you the best.

How To Design Your Amazing Wedding Invitations

Guest Post By: Crystal Roman

The wedding is one of the most exciting and happy days in every person’s life! At the same time, such event requires some serious preparation and this process can be quite stressful for both bride and groom.

Any preparation for the wedding, there can be no trifles! Every step is equally important and each small detail matters! Probably the first stage of every wedding’s planning process is choosing a date, defining the list of guests and, finally, sending out the invitations to everyone. In this article, we will tell you more about different opportunities that you can consider in order to select the best wedding card designs for your event!

How To Make Invitations?

Obviously, the easiest way is to buy invitation cards in a store. This is a perfect option for those who have a limited budget or simply don’t have enough time to spend it on selecting an individual design, but if you have some extra time, you should consider more interesting ideas!

Another option is to hire a designer who will do everything for you. In this case, you will be able to share your personal ideas and expectations with a professional who can later implement all of your dreams and make outstanding designs for your invitations. This way your cards will have an individual style that will contribute to the overall impression of your event, but such option can be rather expensive depending on the professionalism of the designer.

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Last option is to create your own design. Creating the invitation cards with your own hands takes more time, but has numerous benefits as this way, you are able to include into them some “hints” for your relatives and friends to understand that they were made specifically for them. Also, it is a perfect opportunity to create themed cards. For example, if your wedding is organized in Indian style, themed cards will be a great additional detail that will make your wedding’s design look complete! Besides, if you can engage in this process together with your better half, it can be a good pastime for you two that will even strengthen your relationships!

How To Create Invitations With Your Hands?

Creating cards on your own is not as difficult as it may seem. Luckily, today there are tons of different sources and tools that can help you transfer your ideas to paper fast and easily. Below you can find a few good ideas that can come in handy during such creative process:

Look for DIY kits in the nearest craft store – if this is the first time you are going to work on such project, you may need to purchase certain materials and tools. Getting an exclusive kit may be exactly what you need!

Find free wedding invitation templates. Look for some pictures with cool designs to kindle your interest, get some inspiration and ideas for your personal invitations. Even if you are not a very creative person, looking at a few good examples will help you to get a clearer idea of what you want to get the result.

Use online invitations maker. Many different sources allow users to create unique pictures and designs according to their needs and ideas, and one of such platforms can help you handle this stage of your wedding’s preparation easily! One of such sites is called Canva. Everything works really easy – you just need to choose a type of card that you want to get, choose one of a variety of designs, complete it with your personal pictures, text, and filters, and it is ready!

What To Include?

The content of the card is not less important than its appearance. Thus, you should devote special attention to what is inside the card – write a beautiful and exciting welcoming text and don’t forget to include all of the important details like the place and date, time, etc.

How to create a user-friendly content? You can search on the Internet, find a few ideas there, adjust them to your needs and apply to your cards; such option will work just well for the majority of you.

However, if you dream about having something more “personal” and can’t come up with good ideas yourself, there is another option that can suit your needs – you can either hire a writer or turn to a professional writing service! For example, one of such sites is EduBirdie. The experienced writers from such services will easily help you create a catchy and personalized text (or even a poem) that will add even more charm and definitely will drag more attention to your invitations!

9 Gorgeous Wedding Color Palettes for Autumn

Planning for a fall wedding? Here’s our favorite color palettes we’ve come across, perfect for your autumn wedding.

In keeping with our fall theme this week, we’ve put together nine inspiration boards showcasing wedding color combinations perfect for autumn.

Ready to see what we’ve come up with? Hope you’re prepared to swoon…

1 – Burgundy, Sage, Dusty Rose, and Midnight Blue

2 – Orange, Linen, and Green

Orange ivory green fall wedding colors

Source: Jose Villa

3 – Plum, Red, and Neon Coral

4 – Navy and Cream

Navy ivory and green fall wedding colors

Credit: Jose Villa

5 – Peach, Nude, and Succulent Green

6 – Emerald and Gold

7 – Burnt Orange, Peach, and Beige

8 – Wine, Burlap, Olive, and Cream

9 – Teal, Blue, Champagne, Fuchsia, and Grape

Pascale & Jean-Marc’s Real Wedding Story

How did you and your partner meet?

We met in 1998 when we were respectively 15 and 19 at a sport event through a common friend. Even though we were attracted to each other, nothing happened at that time. 10 years later we got in touch through social media, and one morning while we were on our way to work we came across each other. Later during the day, Jean-Marc sent me a message and asked me out.

From there, things happened very quickly. A year later we were married and moved to Australia. Our beautiful daughter Emily was born 3 years ago and that’s when we decided to plan our religious wedding ceremony. Finally, on the 10th August 2016, we got married in the ever-so beautiful Mauritius surrounded by our dearest family and friends.

 

How did your partner propose?

A few years ago we were on holidays and staying at a beautiful resort in Mauritius. Sitting by the pool, my partner randomly said that this would be a gorgeous place to get married.

Later, we went out for dinner and afterwards he suggested we walk on the beach to get back to our room. We got near the jetty and there stood 2 musicians waiting and as they saw us coming they started playing one of my favourite songs from The Turtles.

At the same time, he got down on one knee and asked if I would be willing to spend the rest of my life with him. I was surprised but delighted and said yes of course!

We decided to get married the following year but had to postponed for 2016 as we welcomed our daughter 10 months later.

 

How did you choose your wedding gown?

I wanted my wedding dress to be the most beautiful dress I’ll ever wear. After several trips to bridal shops in Melbourne and still no luck in finding what I really wanted for my wedding, I started looking online for a bridal gown designer to create a custom dress. I came across Leah Da Gloria’s designs and decided to book an appointment with her. A few weeks later I was flying to Sydney to meet Leah!

She showed me designs that she had made before and all of the delicate laces available. I remember leaving there and saying to myself, “She has to be the one creating my wedding gown.” Her designs were so modern and magical. From there, I took regular trips to Sydney for fittings and every single time I was left amazed at what she had done since our last meeting. She was so easy to work. She truly created my perfect dress.

 

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?

I knew from the beginning that I wanted something very glamorous – a wedding filled with lace and peonies. Unfortunately, peonies are not available in Mauritius, but thankfully, the beautiful Lexia who did our wedding cake and decorated the reception venue made sure we had them there on the day. She personally ordered them from Holland! We wanted the style to be very classy and with a color palette of blush, ivory and gold.

 

What was your favorite moment from the day?

My favourite moment from the day would have to be our first dance! We both took dancing lessons for about 3 months and had someone choreograph our first dance – it was the tango version of Sway, sung by Michael Buble.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?

Honestly… nothing. We had a ball planning our dream wedding and on the day itself, everything was just how we wanted it to be. We can look back and say that it was the perfect day.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Remember that it is your special day. Do the things that will make you happy and will give you beautiful memories to cherish.

Anything else?

Sadly, Jean-Marc’s dad passed away 6 weeks before the wedding, so we thought of cancelling the firework display we had initially planned. However, we decided to go on with it and it turned out to be the highlight of the party. Our guests were pleasantly surprised.

Vendors

 

Dress: Leah Da Gloria – https://www.leahdagloria.com/

Makeup: Valérie Lee make up – www.valerie-lee-makeup.com

Hair: Sasha Coiffure
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New
Grooms Suit: Germanicos Bespoke Tailors

Wedding Rings: Tiffany & Co

Accessories: Love On Jewellery – loveonjewellery.com.au
Photographer: Backlight Studio – www.backlight.mu
Stationery: Adorn Invitations – https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk
Cake: LexiaDelices – Cake & Wedding Designer
Cake topper: Glistening Occasions

Food: Citronella Restaurant,Sugar Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Mauritius
Flowers: Le Lys Doré – http://www.lelysdore.mu/
Ceremony Venue: Notre Dames des Anges Catholic Church

Pre-wedding reception: Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Wedding Reception: Sugar Beach Golf & Spa Resort, Mauritius –http://www.sugarbeachresort.com/en/

Website: www.adorninvitations.co.uk

Elyse & Joshua’s Real Wedding Story

The Details

How did you and your partner meet?

We are high school sweethearts! We met in biology class when we were 17 and were put next to each other on the seating chart. We went on to attend college together – and the rest is history!

How did he propose?

Josh took me back to the classroom where we met and proposed right next to our old desks. About 25 of our family and friends were hiding in the classroom closet and burst out to surprise us after I said yes!

 

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?

Love is more of an action than a feeling. The best way a couple can show love to one another is by consistently serving one another and putting the other before themselves. By doing this, you are creating a loving bond that will last a lifetime!

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:

I thought I wanted a wedding dress that was the exact replica of Kate Middleton’s, but when I put on a similar gown, I looked like my grandmother! When I tried on my dress, I absolutely loved the style and it just felt right for me, even though it wasn’t what I had originally envisioned. With the help of an amazing seamstress, I was even able to design a new illusion neckline on my dress that was reminiscent of Kate’s. I got my fairytale dress after all!

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?

My style was classic elegance with a hint of gold.

What was your favorite moment from the day?

My favorite moment from the day was being out on the dance floor with all our closest friends and family.

Any DIY décor elements?

I DIY’d most of the signs, the table numbers, and our programs.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?

If I could do it all over again, I would schedule in a few minutes after the ceremony for just the two of us to soak in the moment!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Have someone pack you extra cake and put it in your getaway car!

 

How many guests? 

Approximately 200.

The Team

Dress: Essense of Australia https://www.essensedesigns.com
Makeup: Adorne Artistry http://adorneartistry.com
Hair: Adorne Artistry
Shoes: David’s Bridal (Pearl and Crystal T-Strap Sandal) http://www.davidsbridal.com
Accessories:

Earrings – Kate Spade

Garter – BHLDN Rosalin Garter http://www.bhldn.com

Veil – La Reve Bridal Couture http://www.larevebridalcouture.com

Belt – Essense of Australia
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff https://www.billlevkoff.com

Flower Girl Dresses: Pink Princess http://www.pinkprincess.com
Grooms Suit: Joseph Abboud http://www.josephabboud.com/
Photographer: Mustard Seed Photography https://www.mustardseedphoto.com
Stationery: Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Cake: Edible Designs by Jesse http://www.edibledesignsbyjessie.com/
Food: The Bell Tower on 34th
Champagne Flutes: Z Gallerie

Cake and Knife Server: Z Gallerie http://www.zgallerie.com

Flowers: A Cut Above Floral https://www.acutabovefloralstudio.com/
Ceremony Venue: The Bell Tower on 34th http://thebelltoweron34th.com/

Reception Venue: Same as ceremony venue

5 Tips For Writing Thank You Notes

Guest Post By: Laura Buckler

As with every other detail of your wedding, you want to make your thank you notes flawless! But with the long list of more crucial tasks that need to be thought out and executed, this age-long wedding tradition has a tendency to be taken for granted and forgotten. Check out these five easy tips you can follow to get your post-wedding thank you’s done in a breeze!

1. Get creative!


Weddings can get expensive, so one thing you need to consider in creating thank you notes is the cost. Thank you cards do not have to be expensive. There are a lot of ways you can get creative without spending a dime! Look for DIY ideas on the Internet that are easy to follow. Martha Stewart Weddings has a list of cute thank you card inspirations that you might want to try out.

If you’re not one to get down with arts and crafts, one thing you can do to save on cost is to have the same supplier of your wedding paper needs make your cards for you! Most suppliers give discounts as you increase your orders, and this would give all your wedding paperies—invitations, place cards, wedding favor tags, and thank you notes, a nice uniformed look!

2. Organize your contacts and gifts ASAP.


To avoid embarrassing mix-ups between which guests sent you which gift, it’s best that you create a directory of your guests right from the start of your wedding preparations. 

Use this directory to take down the complete and correct spellings of names, mailing addresses, contact details, as well as their confirmation to your wedding, and the gifts they will give you. Maintaining a directory may seem like extra work to the already tedious process of planning and organizing a spotless wedding, but it could save you from a lot of trouble and confusion when it comes to creating your thank you notes.

There isn’t really a clear set of rules available when creating a wedding directory. If you are more of an old-fashion type, you may opt to do it the traditional way and jot all the details down in a journal. For tech-savvy brides and grooms to be, there are websites and apps that have helpful features like budget and schedule keeper, online RSVP, and guest list management such as Moposa.

3. Make it memorable.


As convenient as it may seem, printed or typewritten messages are still a major no-no when it comes to thank you cards. When making these, your goal is to make the recipients feel appreciated for their attendance to your wedding, or for the presents they sent you. Including photos of your guests during the wedding day is also a way to make each thank you card special.

When writing notes, sticking to a template gets the work done faster but it’s better to take time to make each note per recipient as spontaneous as possible. Take the extra mile to tell them how much you valued their presence at your special day, or if they sent you a gift, it’s admirable if you can cite briefly how you and your partner plan on using it. Still can’t figure out how to write one? Wedding Paper Divas offer some examples on how to write thank you notes for the different types of wedding guests.

4. Keep it concise and error-free!

Once you already made sure all names of guests are spelled correctly and are matched with the correct mailing address and gift details, your messages should be clear in thought and straight to the point. 

A thank you message doesn’t have to be formal or written in a stiff manner. The language style must be conversational and personal, as if you are talking face to face with the recipient. Your message doesn’t have to take more than a paragraph, and should take at most about 4-5 sentences only. 

Lastly, as much as possible, your notes must be checked for both typographical and grammatical errors. This could be hard to do when you have written too many cards already and you just want to get over everything. There are websites that offer affordable editing and writing services available online which you can tap for this specific task.

5. Set a deadline.

Be sure to set a timeline for yourself for accomplishing thank you notes. While it is totally understandable to have a certain ‘high’ after your wedding day that will leave you idling and dreaming for days, the reality is there are still a few tasks left waiting to be accomplished! 

Ideally, thank you cards must be sent out to guests immediately after the event. If you’re planning on creating personalized messages for each card, be sure to send them out not later than three months after the wedding. You can write your notes in batches (not in one sitting) to avoid burn out from all the writing and thinking.

The sooner you are done sending out your thank you cards, the sooner your guests will feel your genuine appreciation and gratitude.


BIO

Laura Buckler is graduate of Linguistic, writer and former organizer of student parties. She likes traveling and discovering new things, pool parties and weddings. Follow her on twitter

5 Must-Know Tips to Plan a Summer Engagement Party

Guest Post By: Maile Proctor

Chances are you or someone you know recently got engaged. There’s no better time for an engagement party than the summer. Whether you want to celebrate poolside with some beverages or want to have a casual backyard barbecue, the possibilities are endless.

Unlike a bridal shower, where friends and family lavish gifts on the bride (and sometimes the groom, too), the purpose of an engagement party is to bring the families of the engaged couple together in a comfortable, informal setting. Engagement parties have traditionally been left to the bride’s parents to host first, then the groom’s parents can follow if they wish. Sometimes both sets of parents want to co-host the event together. These days, however, more couples are tossing tradition aside and throwing the engagement party themselves. Whether you’re planning your own party or throwing one for someone else, these tips will help you plan a memorable summer celebration without breaking the bank.

Formal Invitations Aren’t Necessary

Between save-the-date cards and wedding invitations, you’ll be picking out designs and layouts for upcoming events. When it comes to the engagement party, however, printed invitations are really not necessary. “A formal, printed invite is not required. They are a lovely touch, but not necessary with social media working just fine for this casual get-together. If you need to cut your budget somewhere, this might be the place to do it, especially if your guest list is small,” says Sarah Pierce from mywedding.

Keep the Guest List Small

It’s natural to want to celebrate your engagement with all your family and friends, but a small guest list will give you the biggest bang for your buck if you’re trying to reduce costs. “The easiest way to save cash is to keep the head count to a minimum,” according to Elizabeth Mitchell from Brides. “That means don’t invite your second cousin that you rarely speak to or your mom’s best friend’s friend. The guest list should include close family and friends only.”

Fewer people to feed means big savings on the food budget, which is easily the biggest party expense you’ll encounter.

Order Supplies and Decorations Online

You can find almost everything you need online, especially if you start shopping early. There are often huge discounts when buying online, and everything gets delivered to your door. Shopping online can save you time and energy that you can put towards other party planning tasks. If you’re looking for unique and more personalized items, you can find a great variety on sites like Etsy.

You Don’t Need Elaborate Decorations

It’s easy to go overboard on decorations, especially when you can find a plethora of adorable party themes on Pinterest. Don’t give in to the temptation. “Decorations don’t have to be expensive to be beautiful. Clear glass vases and candles can be purchased very affordably at your local craft or dollar store,” says Justin McIntosh from HGTV. “You can also save money on buying flowers from a local wholesale florist and putting the arrangements together yourself.”

Plan a Simple Menu

Food is typically your biggest expense at an engagement party. You can have food as elaborate as a full sit-down dinner or more simple fare like appetizers only. Cutting down your guest list will help you save money on food, but you can also save if you plan your menu in advance. Summer events, like backyard barbecues and pool-side parties, are ideal for less-expensive menu options like burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. Check out Pinterest for more creative recipe ideas.

Follow these tips to plan the perfect summer engagement party. If you stick to your budget and shop around, you can shift your focus to what’s really important: celebrating love!

Hottest Wedding Trends for 2017

Hi, brides to be! It is time to start planning your wedding. Let us take you through a few of the latest wedding trends for 2017.

Here are some hottest wedding ideas in vogue this year. From colors, to food, to portrait booths, check out these awesome trends for your 2017 wedding.

Unique Invitations

Your wedding invitation is the first impression that you will make. Give your guests the best glimpse into your wedding style and color scheme. It is extremely important to choose an invitation design that speaks to you. This year wedding invitations are simple, natural, creative, and playful. From easy DIY calligraphy to playful watercolor styles your options are endless.

Once you finalize your wedding theme, select a color and look for shades of that color that look best for your invitations. Vendors usually provide multiple options to choose from. You can also customize your invitations to best suit your style & requirements.

Your Pet on Your Big Day

Our country is filled with animal lovers. We love our pets and they are an indispensable part of our everyday life. So when it comes to your big day, their “stylish” presence on the special occasion is a must. So whether it’s your darling dog, cat, or a pair of cute little bunnies, hire a pet grooming service first so your furry friend looks its best on your wedding day. Also don’t forget to take some pictures for a lifetime of memories.

Color Comeback

This wedding season neutrals and pastels have paved the way for a total return to color. Pantone, has named greenery the color of the year. Hence it is expected to be seen in everything from floral arrangements to colored linens for wedding arrangements this season. A greenery theme can be integrated in to every part of the big day from invites, to bouquets, to the cake, and of course the bridesmaids’ dresses!

Stunning Bridesmaids

Mix and match bridesmaid dresses has become the new wedding trend. Bridesmaid dresses in same color but different styles will never go out of fashion, but this new trend is becoming a fast favorite. This trend lets bridesmaids pick the shade and style that works best for their skin tone and body type. The key here is to choose either one color family (like different shades of blue), or stay within the same intensity of colors (like blush or jewel tones). This also allows for mixing of textures, prints, and fabrics. These trend will offer a timeless look to all the beauties at your wedding!

Translucent Wedding Cake

Translucent cakes are the next big thing in wedding cake design! Translucent cakes have just a sheer hint of frosting which lets the cake layers peak through. Basically, it’s similar to a naked cake but with a thin layer of icing. This provides a perfect amount of sweetness- sweet but not too much. These cakes are decorated with fresh flowers, or in-season fruits that often hint at the flavor of the cake filling. This confection would definitely be a memorable treat at any wedding celebration.

Food on Wheels

These days, food trucks are not limited to “grab a snack” joints. Instead, they are getting super popular and trendy as an option for wedding catering.

So if you’re going for a casual, urban feel for your wedding, having a great local food trucks cater your event is definitely the way to go. They offer food which is fresh, flavourful, and made with many local ingredients.

These days many popular restaurants are launching food trucks so choice of menu, taste, and quality of food is not a concern.

There are also amazing options for food trucks that serve dessert like donuts, cupcakes, ice cream, yogurt, and lots more. The best part of having a food truck at your wedding is that you can serve late night snacks to your guests. After all the ceremonies, drinking, mingling, and dancing who wouldn’t want a quick bite, or a delicious desserts.

Many vendors provide different styles of food trucks suiting your wedding decor.

 

Innovative Catering

Whether it’s with a fun food truck, or a themed food station, creative, fun, and unusual wedding catering is the “in-thing” this wedding season. With the help of your caterers not only you can plan custom menus but you can also come up with creative displays to fit into your wedding venue and compliment your wedding theme.

Dynamic Desserts

Traditional cakes always top the list for desserts, but if you want to kick it up a notch consider having a delicious dessert table at your reception. Dessert tables are the hottest new trend this wedding season. You can serve your guests a variety of delicious treats. There are so many options to choose from- cupcakes, s’mores, macarona, pies, cake pops, and of course everybody’s favorite- doughnuts. Dessert table will make your big day that extra bit sweeter.

 Portrait Studios

Another new popular trend is to having a portrait studio at your wedding. We think this is a great idea to capture the beauty of your wedding day on canvas forever. Your guests will also be highly entertained watching the painting of your wedding reception occur in real time.

A live event painting not only adds an entertaining and unique touch to your wedding day, but is also a gift to be treasured for generations. These portraits can often capture very special and intimate that a photograph cannot.

Gift Lounges

With so many different attendees with varying tastes and styles, it is tough to choose just one thank-you gift for everyone. This is where the idea of a gift lounge serves a great purpose. The idea is that your guests can pick out a selection of gifts from the ‘lounge’ to take home with them – from personalized cookies to candles, and flowers. We think its lovely idea.

Setting up a gift lounge is less work for you and more fun for your guests. It makes the guest experience more personalized and helps ensure that they’re leaving with what they want.

A Complete Wedding Checklist

Congratulations on your engagement!! Its time to start planning for your perfect wedding. Planning a wedding is super exciting but can get a little hectic sometimes. So to help you there, we have compiled a detailed wedding checklist for you to get going & plan your big day without any worries.

We all have envisioned our perfect wedding day for years.

And now when you are engaged.. its time to shape those ideas and plan you perfect wedding day.

Planning a wedding is so much fun & excitement but sometimes it might get a little rough with so many arrangements to be made.. But if you strategize the entire plan well in advance everything will fall in place to create the perfect magic on your big day.

Here is a step by step wedding checklist to help you plan your wedding without any stress and with perfection!

10-12 Months Before The Wedding

▢ Figure the contributions and Draw a budget for your wedding.

▢ Select your wedding date. Availability of venues & your special guests plays a very important role.

▢ Decide your wedding style and colors.

▢ Book your wedding venue, ceremony location & rehearsal time well in advance.

▢ Choose your wedding rings.

▢ Start preparing your guest list.

▢ If you wish, you can also choose to hire a wedding planner.

▢ Book officiant.

▢ If you are planning to opt some fitness routine, START!

Source: Bride’s Ring
Groom’s Ring

6-9 Months Before The Wedding

▢ Select & order your wedding gown

▢ Decide your wedding team- Maid of Honor / Best Man, Bridesmaids / Groomsmen, Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.

▢ Start planning your honeymoon

▢ Finalize your guest list

▢ Send out Save-The-Date Invitations

▢ Reserve guest accommodations

▢ Register for gifts

▢ Finalize your menu

▢ Book your photographer, videographer and wedding band or DJ.

▢ Depending on your venue, if you might need to rent stuffs like table – chairs, linens etc. Get in touch with rental companies to finalize the designs & quantities.

Source : Wedding Gown

4-5 Months Before The Wedding

▢ Make bookings for your honeymoon

▢ Reserve your caterer

▢ Schedule cake tastings and choose your wedding cake.

▢ Choose bouquets and flowers for your venue. Book your florist.

▢ Order bridesmaids / Groomsmen dresses

▢ Finalize & order wedding invitations

▢ Select the reader for your ceremony

 Source : Bridesmaid Dress

2-3 Months Before The Wedding

▢ Write your vows

▢ Apply for marriage license

▢ Send out wedding invitations

▢ Book make-up artist & hair stylist. Do the trials.

▢ Decide on “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

▢ Finalize & order accessories including veils & shoes.

▢ Purchase your lingerie / undergarments

▢ Hire your Limousine or any other transport required for the wedding day

▢ Rent the formal wear

▢ Purchase gifts for parents and attendants.

▢ Buy toasting flutes, serving pieces, guestbook, flower basket and ring bearer pillow.

 Source : Shoes

3-4 Weeks Before The Wedding

▢ Have trial & get done the final fittings your wedding gown / Tux.

▢ Get in touch with all your bridesmaids / Groomsmen & make sure their dresses are ready for the wedding day

▢ If planning for welcome baskets, order them.

▢ Review the RSVPs. Follow up with the guests who haven’t replied yet. Call for final confirmations.

▢ Pack for your honeymoon and confirm your bookings.   Source : Tux

1-2 Weeks Before The Wedding

▢ Give the final list of songs to the DJ or band. Do communicate to them if there are some further instructions or requests for the wedding day.

▢ Deliver the list of must-have shots / videos to the photographer & videographer.

▢ Give the final guest count to your caterer.

▢ Finalize the reception seating chart.

▢ Both bride & groom should get their haircuts.

▢ Print table cards & get the other stationary ready.

▢ Deliver your marriage license to the officiant.

Source : Wedding Photographers

2-3 Days Before The Wedding

▢ Have a blast at your bachelor/ette party.

▢ If needed get your wedding gown & tux ironed & steamed.

▢ Run final checks with the vendors regarding the wedding arrangements.

▢ Deliver table cards, place cards, cameras and other stuffs, needed for setting the table, to the site manager.

▢ If you have booked transport for some guests, provide their names & arrival timings to the transport agency

▢ Request & finalize someone to help with returning the rentals, tuxes etc.

▢ Write cheques or prepare payment envelops required for the wedding day.

           
           Source : Table Cards

The Day Before The Wedding

▢ Rehearse ceremony with your family, close friends and your officiant.

▢ Enjoy your rehearsal dinner.

▢ Make sure you have a handy list & contact details of all your vendors. Give a copy to your best man / maid of honor for any follow ups.

▢ Get the welcome baskets delivered to the hotel.

▢ Take a good night sleep for the big day.

      The Wedding Day

▢ Have a good breakfast.

▢ Assign a family or friend as a point of contact for photographer or videographer to understand who’s who.

▢ Give wedding rings and officiant fee to best man.

▢ Give wedding bands to best man & maid of honor.

▢ Handover presents to parents and attendants.

ITS YOUR BIG DAY.. RELAX & HAVE A LOT OF FUN

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                Post Wedding Day 

▢ Make a list of the gifts you have received and by whom.

▢ Write & send thank you notes to these guests.

▢ Return the rentals with the help of person you chose in advance.

▢ Get your wedding dress cleaned

▢ Meet photographers & videographers to finalize the photos for album & videos

All the best to the love birds out there for a magical wedding.

Do let us know if we have missed out on anything!