Whether you’re trying to pull off a glam wedding or more of a rustic-style wedding, the key to achieving a look that goes beyond the basics is to throw in a few unexpected touches and textures. Enter feathers — sure, they’re not a new idea but some stationery designers and florists are finding all sorts of creative ways to use them. Take a hint from some of our favorite ideas below to find some feathery inspiration for your wedding day.
How about an envelope liner featuring elegant watercoloured feathers? Or, take a simple modern invitation, wrap it with a thick bellyband, and tuck a pretty decorative feather into each one to really make it pop.
The traditional centerpiece filled with peonies and hydrangeas goes from simple to totally glam with these oversize dark burgundy feathers. Coordinating candles and colored glassware just adds to the drama.
Feather Escort Cards
Take your escort cards up a notch by stringing them on gold-tipped white feathers. The best part? It’s also a super easy DIY project!
Give your guys some added texture by accessorizing their boutonnieres with small spotted feathers. Perfectly accent a dark, romantic calla lily or spruce up some stock flowers — it’s the perfect touch.
Feather Earrings and Hair Accessories
Add a little boho to your bridal look by braiding feathers into your hair or wearing long, dangling feather earrings on your wedding day.
Feather Welcome Decor
Adding a feather here and there to your welcome decor, or lounge decor adds a final touch without breaking the bank.
Feather Photo Booth Backdrops
Artfully stick feathers in different colors and patterns to a wooden fence or a wall for an adorably indie photo booth background. Dip the feathers in gold paint to add some extra color and depth.
Glitter isn’t just a crafting staple — we’re seeing it all over weddings too. The fun part is that you can translate and use glitter in lots of different ways. Whether you’re having a black tie ballroom wedding or you’re tying the knot in a rustic barn, there’s definitely a way to use glitter. You can add a little bit of sparkle and shine to anything from your invitations to your cake (yes, there is such a thing as edible glitter!). Below, 14 of our favorite sparkly new wedding ideas to inspire you.
Glitter Wedding Cocktail Stirrers
Add even more personality to your signature cocktails with these. You could DIY them, or you could pick some up on Etsy. Word to the wise though: Don’t decide to take on the task of making 500 glitter cocktail stirrers a month before your wedding. Think: 3-5 months before your wedding if you’re really serious about it. Get the look: Glitter heart cocktail stirrers, $8.36, Etsy.com
Glitter Tablecloths For Your Cocktail Hour
Who says your tablecloths can’t be covered in sparkles? You might not want to use glitter all over the reception but the cocktail hour is a great way to transition the party from serious ceremony to playful, lets-get-our-dance-on reception. Get the look: Sequin table cloth, $55, Etsy.com
Gold Glitter Wedding Clutch
Not only does a sparkly clutch make for a great wedding day photo op, it’s the perfect amount of glam to add to your ensemble. Get the look: Anya Hindmarch glitter fabric valorie II clutch in pale gold, $350.00, Stylebop.com
Mismatched Glitter Bridesmaid Dresses
How about a glittery dress for each of your favorite ladies? Let them choose the style and they’ll actually want to wear these again and again for years to come. Get the look: Vera Wang gold dress, $305.35, Nordstrom.com
Glitter Yay Sign
Mark your sweetheart table with an oversized glittery sign like these sparkly letters. Set aside a Saturday and make them yourself, or find them online. Get the look: Glitter letters, $37.33, Etsy.com
Blue Glitter Wedding Shoes
Your “something blue” shoes get one big upgrade with sequins and sparkles. Tip: Keep your look demure for the ceremony with white wedding shoes, and change into these for the first dance! Get the look: Kate Spade glitter heels, $382, Nordstrom.com
Silver Framed Glitter Wedding Menu Cards
Get guests to actually read the menu you worked so hard to create by framing it in glitter. Hint: You don’t need one at every place setting. Put it at the entrance or on each table if you have the space. Get the look: Glitter picture frame, $12, Amazon.com
Glitter Eye Shadow
Okay, it’s not for everyone but if you love to take beauty risks, ask your makeup artist about adding a little glitter to your eyelids for the wedding day. Worried mom won’t appreciate the idea? Save the sparkles for the reception or even the after-party. Get the look: Make Up Forever Glitter, $15, Sephora.com
Glitter Gold Wedding Food Sign
Cute signage like this one covered in gold glitter will help to highlight parts of your reception. Get the look: Glitter bar sign, $13, Etsy.com
Gold Glitter Chargers For The Reception Tables
Create a seriously Instagram-worthy wedding table with sparkly chargers tucked beneath your salad plates. Check your local rental companies or find them on Etsy. Get the look: Glitter charger, $17, Etsy.com
Glitter Table Numbers
Here’s a fun idea — use pieces of plexi glass to create glittery table number signs. It’s the perfect way to add a hint of glam to an otherwise modern reception. Get the look: Gold glitter table numbers, $30, Etsy.com
Silver Glitter Cake
We just can’t stop looking at this uber-glam cake with every other tier covered in edible silver glitter. A local cake baker from Atlanta made it but if you love it, you should ask your cake baker for ideas. Get the look: Deliciously Decadent Cake Design
Gold Glitter Invitations
Give your guests a sparkly surprise when they open their envelope with this glittery invite. Get the look: Glitter wedding invitations
Glitter Gold Calligraphed Escort Cards
Show everyone where they’re sitting with these fancy escort cards. Get the look: Glitter escort cards, $1.75, Etsy.com
Tell us Knotties, will you use glitter in your wedding?
We predicted that Lauren Conrad’s wedding dress would be simple and classic with a touch of glamour, and now we’ve seen the pics to prove it! Check out the inspiration board her dress designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka used to develop their beautiful creation (you can’t ever go wrong with Grace Kelly):
Lauren’s custom-made Badgley Mischka Couture ceremony gown was made from two-tone Chantilly and Alençon lace and covered with crystals, pearls and baby glass beads. It also had delicate buttons on the back and a stunning 10-foot train!
Even though the design duo created the wedding dress, Lauren was involved in the process too. “She had a really clear notion,” Mark told Us Weekly. “And she stuck to her guns.”
“I did a photo shoot, and there was a dress with a giant train,” Lauren said. “So I emailed them, ‘How do you feel about, like, a 10-foot train?’”
Lauren did some of the fittings in New York City, but it was at a fitting at her Beverly Hills home where she decided to nix the lace sleeves that were once on the dress.
“I felt like I couldn’t pull them off. I don’t have super long arms,” she said. So when the Badgley Mischka tailor didn’t jump at the idea of removing them, she definitely stuck to her guns. “I was like, ‘Sir, if you don’t cut them off, I’m going to use my kitchen scissors and cut them’.”
That situation didn’t eventuate, since as you can see, the sleeves were properly removed and Lauren looked absolutely lovely when she married William Tell on September 13. Here’s a design sketch of Lauren’s dress:
“I was so thrilled to have Mark and James work on my dress,” Lauren said in a press release. “Not only have I been a longtime fan of their designs and aesthetic, they are also the nicest guys. They were so sweet and made the process really enjoyable. I love my dress.”
“We were delighted when Lauren asked if we would design her wedding gown. Lauren embodies a young, modern, and sophisticated style that is the type of woman we love to design for,” Mark Badgley and James Mischka said. “She wanted a simple and classic yet glamorous gown which paired perfectly with the Old Hollywood element we love to put in each of our designs.”
What do you think of Lauren’s wedding dress, Knotties?
A surefire way to entertain guests while you take wedding photos is by hosting a cocktail hour. Serve up anything from craft beer to mimosas or, more simply, lemonade and sodas to refresh your guests pre-reception. Here, six ways to get creative with the presentation, from a rustic bar cart to a make-your-own drink station!
A Lemonade Stand
A Rolling Bar Cart
An Ice Bar and Luge
A Make-Your-Own Mimosa Bar
Bottled Beer In A Boat
Kegs in Rustic Barrels
Are you using any of these ideas for your cocktail hour?
Lauren Conrad and William Tell’s first official wedding photo is here! The newlyweds shared photos from their September 13 wedding day with Us Weekly. Their first gorgeous wedding photo is featured on the cover – check out the full cover pic here:
Image: US Weekly
The fashion designer said once before that it’s important to look like yourself on your wedding day, and it looks like she definitely took her own advice. Lauren wore her hair down in romantic waves and kept her makeup natural with her signature cat-eye and subtle pink lips. She also wore a delicate veil paired with Jennifer Behr‘s Arielle chignon wrap with double combs and a stunning custom lace Badgley Mischka wedding dress with a 10-foot train.
“I don’t know that I have ever been as happy as I was walking down that aisle,” Lauren said. “It was amazing!”
Do you love Lauren’s look, Knotties?
There are some truths you just don’t find out until you’ve done it — read on for an experienced legal-name-changer’s take on making it official.
Image: Adam Nyholt
1. You may be flipping through your wedding album before you have a new passport.
Changing your name is a marathon, not a sprint. Some things will be as easy as walking into your bank’s local branch while others will require the patience of a patron saint. It’s best to be over-prepared — keep a file of important documents at the ready and tote it along on each name-changing adventure (a woman at the RTA gave me proverbial gold stars for my organised dossier).
2. Your marriage certificate will get more views that a viral YouTube video.
Everyone — the phone company, the bank, the tax office — will demand to see your marriage certificate before making things official. Do yourself a favour and order a couple of certified copies and make a few more at your local printers. You may want to keep a copy on you at all times, because the second you leave it at home, someone will inevitably want to see it. Trust me.
3. Your new signature will look childish.
I’ve always prided myself on a legible signature. All of a sudden I was learning to write new letter combinations for the first time since primary school! An “r” that sat dangerously close to an “s” made my new last name look like a kid’s scrawl. Thank goodness there was no “z” or “q” to attempt! Full disclosure: it’s been almost a year and it still feels a little like forgery.
4. Your identity will be questioned.
With all the changes you’ll be making, it’s highly probable your new credit card may arrive before, say, your driver’s license. This might get awkward when you’re picking up a movie from the DVD store. Flash the ring and plead newlywed. Or show the salesperson that crumpled copy of your marriage certificate you’ve been toting around for months.
5. You may almost miss your doctor’s appointment.
It will take some time before you get used to hearing your new last name. You may sit in your doctor’s waiting room and listen to the receptionist call it several times before jumping out of your seat and apologising profusely. People will look at you like you’ve had a lobotomy. Don’t worry — you’ll adjust before your next checkup.
6. You’ll need to upgrade your stationery
This is one of the ‘perks’ of all the paper pushing — you’ll have a new monogram! This means out with the old and in with the new stationery, luggage tags, and anything else you’ve had stamped with your moniker. Word to the wise: before you start stamping your initials on everything, make sure they work together. If your new letters leave you with something like SUK or FAT, opt for a two-letter monogram or use your new last initial on its own.
7. You may lose your frequent-flyer points.
Okay, not really. But I left more points than I’d care to admit on the table. There are so many things you absolutely must change, from bank accounts to ID cards, that when you get to the ‘other’ stuff, you’re exhausted. Depending on the airline, you may have to place a phone call or send them copies of every piece of said identification (oh, and your marriage certificate) in order to have those points converted to the new you. Tired yet?
Tell us, Knotties, what do you want to know about changing your name?
Our eyes have been glued to Ashley Tisdale’s (ahem, Ashley Tisdale-French’s) Instagram feed lately, and with good reason. The newlywed actress has recently posted several photos of her rustic September 8 wedding, shot by Corbin Gurkin.
“Can’t believe it’s already been a week since I married my best friend Photo by @corbingurkin @moniquelhuillier @johnvarvatos,” she wrote.
While we’re not sure if her first cap-sleeved wedding dress (with a ballgown skirt) was made by Monique Lhuillier too, Ashley paired the same gorgeous boho flower crown with both gowns.
See her second wedding dress here:
And just because we’re obsessed, here’s another look at her first wedding dress:
Which dress do you like better, Knotties? Or would you wear them both?
When a team of wedding suppliers get together for a shoot and are given creative licence, gorgeous things can happen.
“I love how spring brings with it so much happiness. Flowers are happiness!” says Lina from Chanele Rose. “This shoot was a way for us to celebrate the beginning of picnics in the park, riding your bicycle, enjoying the sunshine, spring time flowers, delicious candy, sweet table scapes and pretty whimsical dresses.” We’ll second that!
Here’s some of our favourite shots from this “So Spring” photo shoot…
The wedding suppliers who contributed to this stunning shoot:
Photographer: Hannah Lundberg Photography
Florist & styling: Chanele Rose Flowers & Styling
Wedding dress: Souraya
Hair & Makeup: Helen Sotis
Cakes & sweet treats: Yummies
Venue: Mamre Homestead
Model: Andrijana Cica
How will you be celebrating the spring season at your wedding? What’s your spring colour palette?
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You’ve seen it all — from the classic hand calligraphed cards to mini potted succulents. To help make your wedding style stand out from the crowd, we’ve put together a list of 15 fun escort card ideas you haven’t seen at all of your other friends’ weddings.
Gold-Dipped Feather Escort Cards
DIY Thread Spool Escort Cards
Polaroid Escort Cards
Driftwood Sailboat Escort Cards
Fool’s Gold Escort Cards
Poker Chip Escort Cards
Bright Bud Vase Escort Cards
Honeycomb Escort Cards
Bottled Soda Escort Cards
Hand-Drawn Portrait Escort Cards
Sweet Treat Escort Cards
Beachy Coral Escort Cards
Miniature Bird Nest Escort Cards
Bundles of Fresh Herb Escort Cards
Personalised Cocktail Shaker Escort Cards
We’re sending a huge congrats to Lauren Conrad and her beau William Tell, who got married over the weekend! The fashion designer and former Something Corporate musician wed in an intimate ceremony surrounded by family and friends in California on Saturday, September 13.
There are no other reported details about their wedding as yet, but after doing a thorough Instagram search, here are some clues we’ve found so far:
Lauren’s brother Brandon posted a cute photobooth picture with his girlfriend Dani on the weekend, in which he was wearing a tuxedo…
… and if you look at Brandon in Dani’s photo, he’s also wearing a boutonniere, meaning he was possibly part of Lauren and William’s wedding party! And his boutonniere is a white flower that matches…
… the white flowers in this bouquet that Lauren’s florist friend Caitlyn Rylander made. She wrote, “pre-wedding mock up party” two days ago, making us think that this floral arrangement was in Lauren’s wedding!
Another one of Lauren’s friends posted this sweet photobooth snap, plus a confirmation that the wedding was in Santa Ynez, California.
But where in Santa Ynez? Another one of her pals took this photo and wrote, “Wedding weekend at the vineyard. So excited for Mr. & Mrs. Tell!”
Lauren’s BFF Jilly Hendrix confirmed that they were in wine country and wrote, “A lot of grapes here.”
Another wedding guest posted a photo (possibly showing that Lauren and William had bocce ball games at their reception!) that was taken at Sunstone Vineyards & Winery in Santa Ynez…
… and what do you know? Sunstone’s website shows that it was closed on Saturday, September 13.
So while we’re pretty sure the couple tied the knot there, we also think that there were lots of lovely pies at their wedding, since the bride’s baker friend Lauren Lowstan posted this snap two days ago and wrote, “Baking lots of pies right now with a whole lotta <3.”
Plus, we can’t ignore that Lauren’s Laguna Beach friends Dieter Schmitz and Trey Phillips hung out on Sunday, September 14.
We can’t wait to see official photos from Lauren and William’s wedding — especially of her wedding dress. Congratulations!
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What do you think of the pics so far, Knotties?