Whether you are hosting an event or having a casual date night in, a good cheese plate and a glass of wine is the perfect way to elevate any evening. While we love the classic charcuterie board, once you’ve mastered the basics it can be fun to get creative with interesting additions to the usual arrangement. By incorporating interesting pairings and unique flavor combinations, you can elevate the cheese board experience and impress guests when needed. If you’re looking for ideas for a creative charcuterie board, check out this guide from Shutterfly on five unique ways to make a cheese plate. Out personal favorite idea is the completely non-traditional spread, the Mexican-inspired board that includes guacamole and carnitas! However, there are so many great ideas that we know you’ll want to make more than one board! Next time you’re hosting a party, think about incorporating one or more of these snack spreads. Both you and your guests are guaranteed to love these ideas! Continue reading
Who says bellinis are only enjoyed in Italia? While bellinis originated in Italy, they have become vastly popular around the world! The best thing about a classic bellini is that it is delicious and refreshing, and it only takes a few ingredients to make. Whether you’re having an outdoor bridal shower, wedding reception or even just a Sunday brunch, a bellini bar is the perfect addition to any occasion. Gifts.com has put together the ultimate guide to creating a homemade bellini bar, including the essential ingredients needed, unique recipes, styling tips and a sugaring station for those of you with a sweet tooth! Get excited and create this unique and glam homemade bellini bar! Continue reading
The union of two people is a unique celebration worth raising a toast to. A walk down the aisle not only represents unconditional love, but two people coming together for a lifetime. You’ll want your ceremony to be true to the two of you and sometimes it’s the smallest details that make the greatest impact. Between the bridal shower, the bachelorette party and the walk down the aisle, it’s safe to say that you’ll have your hands full. Why not elevate these moments with something customizable?
Ever consider taking your wedding flowers to new heights? Flowers are a staple decor element for all of life’s greatest celebrations, weddings included! Between breathtaking centerpieces and fresh bridal bouquets, florals are yet another way to make your wedding day one-of-a-kind. One flower trend we’re obsessing over lately is the DIY flower chandelier. With an effortless look and statement-making design, this is one of those decor pieces your guests won’t be able to take their eyes off of. Continue reading
The world wide web is wonderful for giving information on any and every subject imaginable. Sometimes, that much information can be over whelming especially when it comes to planning your wedding. With thousands of options for everything from napkin colors and ribbons to types of aisle runners and envelope liners, there are almost too many choices. With the bridal party sometimes spread out over multiple cities, states, and even counties, online resources can be a great way to keep everyone involved and on the same page. Over the years we’ve developed a list of the websites we think are the most useful when planning your wedding. Let us know what you think!
Wedding Apparel + Accessories
Weddington Way – They have a fantastic variety of dresses that come in similar color lots for easy mix and match. Brides can invite their bridesmaids to join a virtual showroom where girls can suggest dresses and accessories, and even vote or comment on the ones they like best. This seemingly little feature allows for seamless communication between the bride and her girls.
BHLDN – With everything from bridal and bridesmaid gown to gifts and accessories, BHLDN is like an online bridal boutique with a little of everything. Their pieces are beautiful and timeless, there’s something for every bride.
My Glass Slipper – This shoe only site has every style and color you could hope for. They carry the big designers and known brand names along with some lesser known brands that just make amazing shoes. If you are looking for that special pair of shoes, this just might be what you’ve been looking for.
ModCloth – Known best for their quirky vintage style, ModCloth has a wide array of clothing, accessories, and shoes. Whether you are just looking for the perfect accessories or you want a non-traditional wedding dress, you should definitely peek around their website. With everything from tea length gowns and feathered fascinators to crystal clutches and glittering earrings, they have unique one of a kind pieces that are sure to stun guests and the groom alike.
Plum Pretty Sugar – Offering a discount version of all the most popular wedding accessories like floral robes for your the girls to get ready in and sweet little personalized gifts, Plum Pretty Sugar is the perfect spot to find gifts for your bridal party.
Fritts Rosenow – For the inventive and creative groom, these boutineers are made of everything but traditional fabrics. Their creative takes on the usual boutineer are fun and playful. They take custom orders so if you have an idea on improving one of their beautiful creations, let them know!
Invitations and Paper Goods
Minted – Minted has every kind of stationary from flat print on flat white to letterpress on pink flowered paper. Every step of customizable down to the exact color of the ink, envelope liners, even word placement. They also can address the envelopes for your so all you have to do is slap on a stamp. As an extra bonus, each design on Minted is created by an individual private designer who submitted their design to Minted. By purchasing through Minted you are supporting the local businesses of independent designers across the country. Many invitation designs also have a matching save the date or ceremony program layout for a cohesive feel from start to finish.
Wedding Paper Divas – Adorable, beautiful, and with lots and lots of options, Wedding Paper Divas is a bit more afforable than Minted but still has a wide array of options and customizable features. Many design suites have an array of wedding paper goods available from save the dates before, ceremony orders during, and thank you notes after.
Bella Figura – With eco friendly paper, vintage and modern designs, and everything from letterpress to foil, Bella Figura has a little bit of everything. They sort by design types like modern, vintage, metallic, beach, etc. making invitations easy to sort through.
Shop Sweet Lulu – Shop Sweet Lulu was born out of love of fun colorful boutique party planning materials. They carry everything from paper straws and cake toppers, to mini milk jugs and wedding favors. They carry quality products that are sure to wow your guests. They even do custom orders!
Save On Crafts – Prefect for the DIY bride, Save on Crafts offers discounted craft and crafting materials. Think Michaels but bigger and with better variety.
For Your Party – This site sells every party accessory you can think of from matchboxes and sparkler sleeves to cocktail napkins and drink stirrers. Everything can be personalized with your monogram or wedding hashtag.
Do you have a favorite online resource not listed here? Share in the comments below!
Most of us have an idea of what we want our wedding to look like. Not all of us have the pocketbooks to support our dreams. For some that means making cuts, for others it means it’s time to break out the DIY skills! Contrary to popular opinion, DIY doesn’t make your party less glamorous, it makes it more fabulous because you got to make everything exactly as you want it! Here are a few of our favorite DIY’s for the bid day. Which one is your favorite?
Envelope Liners can be expensive, Buckets and Bunches has a DIY tutorial!
Wedding Themed coffee sleeves from Something Turquoise
Paper English Rose tutorial by Jennies Barn
Polka Dot Confetti Bags from Martha Stewart Wedding
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