How to Incorporate Family Heirlooms in Your Wedding

Creative and Simple Ways to Create Meaningful Wedding Decor

 

Making your wedding unique is one of the many exciting challenges of planning your special day.  Take on the challenge by incorporating family heirlooms into your wedding, making your wedding day unique to you and your fiancé.  Here are five of the best ways to personalize your wedding using things you already have.

 

Use parts of your mother’s wedding dress in your own

 

Many vintage dresses have beautiful lace detailing that can be used to create a belt or a headpiece to pair with your wedding dress.  Ask your mother or grandmother if you can use a piece of lace from their gowns to incorporate into your own.  Creative seamstresses can find ways to do this.  Also, you can contact design company, LeFlowers, on etsy.com for a custom look.

 

If you want to do something a little bit different, use the lace from the vintage dress to make a necklace.  Create a fabric statement necklace with lace and ribbon.  For a subtler look, jewelry design company greengrassgifts on etsy.com will create handmade pendants with lace that you send them.

 

Wear family jewelry

 

Wear jewelry that has been passed down through the generations.  Borrow the earrings or the necklace that your mother wore on her wedding day.  You can even borrow from an aunt or your grandmother.  Combining pieces from different generations is a thoughtful way to honor your family and add interest to your outfit.  Vintage inspired jewelry is an increasingly popular trend.  Why not use actual vintage pieces?

 

Get creative with your ceremony

 

Consider including antique furniture that has been in the family for years when decorating your venue.  Antique chairs, benches, vases, and dressers are great for decorating the area where your ceremony will be taking place.  This tip is particularly helpful for outdoor weddings.  Bringing the indoors out is one way to make an outdoor space feel cozy and intimate.

 

Props and accessories add personality to your ceremony.  Take meaningful items and antiques that your family members have given to you over the years and place them around the venue.  According to Erica Rutan-Diverio, owner and creative director of Rustic Charm – Vintage Styled Events & Rentals in New Jersey, making an event personal is all about zeroing in on the personality of the couple to be wed.  “If I had to choose one prop that meant a lot to me – it’d have to be the bible my mom (and co-founder of Rustic Charm) uncovered for our big day. This tattered bible from the 1500s made for a sentimental and perfect piece for our ring bearer, my nephew, to carry down the aisle. We wrapped it in twine as the binding had come loose over time and added a few pieces of grain — while it held a stylistic element, it also held so much meaning to both my husband and me as we exchanged our vows.”

 

Including items given to you by family members adds meaning to your wedding decor.

 

A bouquet tribute

 

For your bridal bouquet, choose flowers that have been used in previous weddings in your family’s history.  For the rest of your wedding, choose whichever flowers you want.  Your bridal bouquet can include the “family flowers” in addition to what you’ve selected as a tribute to the past, present, and the future.

 

Decorate with family photos

 

Collect photos from your and your fiancé’s family members.  Include wedding photos from parents, grandparents, and even siblings.  Include one of your engagement photos as well.  Gather mason jars and insert the photos into the jars.  Display them around flower arrangements on table settings.  This is a great conversation piece for guests.

 

You can also set up a table in the back of the reception area with old and new family wedding photos displayed.  Scavenge for old frames at a local thrift shop. Paint them to match your color scheme and place the family photos inside. This is a beautiful and simple way to honor the union of your families.

 

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Emerald Everywhere

I found this photo on The Bride's Guide on marthastewartweddings.com - follow this link for more inspiration:http://thebridesguide.marthastewartweddings.com/2011/01/inspiration-emerald.html/emerald_green_wedding

I found this photo on The Bride’s Guide on marthastewartweddings.com – follow this link for more inspiration: http://thebridesguide.marthastewartweddings.com/2011/01/inspiration-emerald.html/emerald_green_wedding

I hope everyone had a wonderful time over the holidays and is excited for the start of a New Year!  After the end of a long semester, I decided to take a break from True Blue Wedding for a little while to spend time with family and friends.

There is no color us lovers of the outdoors cherish more than green (and blue of course)!  This year, Pantone named Emerald the color of the year for 2013.  Emerald is rich and bold and is one of the most flattering of jewel tones.

If you’re having an outdoor wedding, there will be tons of green all around you, so emerald on it’s own may not be what you’re looking for.  Luckily, there are so many combinations of colors that emerald works well with.  Here is a list to give you some creative inspiration!

Emerald and navy are classic and clean.

Emerald and other jewel tones.  Think magenta, midnight blue, or amber.

Emerald and peacock feathers.  Pull out colors from the peacock feathers to accent other factors of your reception.  The peacock theme will work well with invitations and centerpieces.

Emerald and other shades of green and yellow are a fun and bold combination.  Shades like chartreuse and lemon can bring out the beautiful colors in nature.

Emerald and white create fresh and clean elegance.

Emerald and lavender are simple and fresh.  Lavender looks great with any rustic decor as well.

 

 

5 Things to Consider When Choosing an Outdoor Venue

Location is everything when it comes to an outdoor wedding… well, almost everything!  When choosing a venue for your wedding, there are many factors to keep in mind.  Being from New Jersey, I know that weather is always a factor when planning to do anything outside!  Some of the most popular of outdoor venues include the beach, a field, a barn, park, or lakeside.  When choosing the right venue for you, consider the elements that come with each venue.

 What I love most about outdoor locations is the flexibility these spaces give you.  With a few decorative touches, you can make your venue unique to you.  However, you can plan everything down to the finest detail, and still find yourself dealing with uncontrollable elements the day of.  Here are some things to consider when choosing your venue.

1. Always visit the location.  Never trust photos.  Website designers will upload the most flattering photos of their venue, so it’s always best to go there in person and get your own first impression

2. Consider your guests.  Will a summer beach wedding be too hot or too humid?  Would an autumn field wedding be too cold?  It’s important that your guests are comfortable and able to enjoy the event, just as much as you will!

3. Weather is a huge factor.  It’s impossible to predict the weather a year in advance, but no matter where you are, bad weather is a potential threat to your outdoor event.  Choosing a venue with optional indoor space for the day of is a great way to create some reassurance.

4. Choose a season.  The best way to choose a venue is to first choose a season.  Having a vision of what you want your setting to look like will be helpful in choosing your venue.  Also, choosing a season will help determine which pests to prepare for.  Summer weddings are prone to issues with bugs like mosquitoes and birds.  Make sure that your venue takes precautionary measures.

5. Consider extra facilities.  You will want to make sure there is proper lighting for an evening event and restrooms for guests to use.  If there aren’t any on the premises, you will need to find outside vendors.

9 Ways to Decorate with Mason Jars

I love the look of a classic mason jar.  Lately, it seems like they are popping up everywhere!  They are really inexpensive and because the jar has such a simple design, there is really so much you can do with them.  Here are nine ways you can use a mason jar at your wedding; whatever the season!

1. Fill them with Christmas lights.  Take a mason jar and drill a whole in the bottom center.  Then, fill with lights and string them through the bottom to plug into an outlet.  It is a great way to add some soft lighting and interest to your décor. (You can try this with empty wine bottles too!)

2. Pour water inside of the jar and place flowers or candles on top of the water.  Cut flower heads and place them on top of the water.  Instead of flowers, you can also use tealight candles. They will float on top and create an ethereal effect.

3. Fill them with an arrangement.  They make great centerpieces!

4. Fill the jar halfway with sand.  Then, put a small candle in the sand and wrap a piece of twine or ribbon around the top of the jar.

5. I found this idea on Oh Lovely Day!  Place old family wedding photos and your engagement photos in the jars and place them around centerpieces.

6. Put a small colored glass votive inside of the mason jar.  A simple and creative way to add some color!

7. Use the jars as cups for drinks!  This is a really cute idea for summer weddings.

8. One of the newest trends for centerpieces I keep seeing is a plant submerged in water.  Here is a really beautiful idea I found on Better Homes and Gardens using cranberries, candles, and greenery.

9. Fill a mason jar with sand and place the head of a flower on top.  Pale pink roses look beautiful against the color of the sand.