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Minimalist Wedding Flowers

Apr04

For those of you who live by minimalist standards, being that your goal is to live more without the clutter of material items, then you’ll want to choose floral wedding decorations that reflect that way of life. From your minimalist wedding table decorations, to your bouquet, how you choose your wedding day flowers should be an extension of your minimalistic ideal.

Since the model for living a minimalistic way of life begins with less, choose a wedding bouquet that includes only one varietal, and perhaps only one color. Use the following ideas as inspiration for your bouquets or wedding reception decorations:

A minimalist bouquet made of only roses would be lovely and simple. You can choose whichever color roses you’d like, however keep in mind that white is the most minimalistic color because it exudes a calming energy and looks simple. If you choose white roses as your reception centerpieces, then place them in a transparent vase with water. If you also use them for your bouquet, then place a white ribbon around them to secure the flowers together.

Another fantastic minimalist bouquet is one comprised of white tulips because this varietal encapsulates simplicity and sweetness. As with the aforementioned rose bouquet, you are welcome to choose a different color, just make sure you only use one varietal per bouquet or centerpiece.

A bouquet of hawthorn flowers in both pink and white is more complicated, but ideal for the minimalist who wants to add some spice to her simple wedding. The reason this bouquet is still considered to be minimalistic is because it is comprised of only one varietal. What makes it interesting is that hawthorn flowers come in different sizes, so you’re welcome to include flowers of varying size to create a bouquet that’s simple, yet interesting.

Figuring out what to tie your bouquets together with can be challenging because you don’t want to add too much. A simple ribbon is perfect, but if you want to go the green route, feel free to explore hemp ribbon or string. A strong vine is always a fantastic option—it’s natural, a simple mixture of brown and green, and pleasing to the eye.

An accessory that you’re welcome to use with your reception centerpieces is rock. Since rocks are calming, simple, and natural, you can use them to fill up transparent vases, bowls, or to help hold flowers in place. Rocks also add an extra special something to your wedding decor without having to spend more money than you planned.

Apply the aforementioned bouquet ideas to your flower girl bouquet, bridesmaid’s bouquets, and any flowers you might use as boutonnières or corsages. As long as you choose simple flowers that match your minimalistic ideals, then you're well on your way to having a wedding with less—but still has it all.

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Planning a Minimalist Wedding

Mar31

If you’re a minimalist, then less is more, even when it comes to planning your wedding. Fortunately, there are many ways for brides or wedding planners to adhere to the minimalist style of doing things. Your wedding planning checklist will look similar to any other bride’s, but your intentions will be focused on having a simple, organized, and modern day wedding.

Location
A great place to start is at your location. Be on the lookout for wedding venues that have a minimalistic look. Shy away from five star hotels, mansions, castles, and cathedrals, and focus more on simple, sleek, and small spaces that are just big enough to fit your wedding guests. Explore modern facilities that look simple and clean. You might consider art galleries, museums, lofts, or even your own home. Your venue is of the utmost importance considering you won’t have many extra decorations to make it look nicer than it actually is. Once you find a venue that looks beautiful on it’s own, without having to add any bells or whistles, then the rest of your minimalist wedding details will fall perfectly into place.

Color
When it comes to minimalism, color is crucial. If you pick colors that are too loud or distracting, like red, or fuchsia, then it could detract from your minimalist style and have an adverse effect on your wedding as a whole. Explore muted colors such as espresso, or olive green. Greens, blues, and white are the most popular and effective minimalistic colors. You want your wedding colors to calm, not excite. Keep this in mind when picking your wedding flowers, invitations, bridesmaids dresses, table linens, etc.

Gown
Your wedding gown is also a key player in your minimalistic wedding. This can be tricky because you might find dresses that you love, that don’t adhere to minimalism standards. The key is to stay focused when you’re shopping and if you find a dress that has frills and embellishments, don’t try it on and keep on looking. Explore wedding dresses that are simple, with clean lines and very little detail. Also be aware that your dress should fit you well. A loose, baggy gown could look frumpy and a bit too big. If you find a simple dress you love that is too big, then have it altered to fit your body perfectly. A gorgeous, yet clean and simple fabric to keep in mind is silk Mikado. If you choose a simple gown with this type of fabric you will find that it won’t need any embellishments or added details, such as embroidery or lace.

Accessories
When choosing your wedding accessories, like jewelry, less is more. Small diamond stud earrings, and perhaps a simple diamond pendant necklace are stunning choices that will shine brightly when paired with a simple gown. If you have your heart set on danglers or droplet earrings, then opt out of a necklace or bracelets. When choosing your jewelry also be aware of the fact that minimalism doesn’t mean a lack of style, so choose any style you love, just keep your final choices to a minimum.

Planning weddings can be stressful, but since you’re coming from a minimalist point of view you’ll find that your guidelines will simplify the process.

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4 Types of Wedding Planning Services

Jan05

Take the time to figure out what type of wedding planning services you’ll need. There are various types of wedding planning services to choose from. The services range in complexity, which gives you the option to choose what type of wedding planner fits your unique wedding.

  1. A la carte: If you only need help with a few specific areas of the planning process then you might only need to hire a planner for a few tasks. For example, you might need some help finding wedding venues or securing the perfect wedding band. If that sounds like it fits your needs then consider hiring a wedding planner to give you the extra help you need.
  2. Close to the date planning: If your wedding day is fast approaching and you need last minute help with moving things along, hire a planner for one week or one day.
  3. Part-time Planner: A part-time wedding planner is ideal for the bride who wants to be hands on throughout the entire wedding planning process, but with the help and guidance of a wedding professional.
  4. Full-time Planner: Hire a full-time wedding planner if you simply don’t have the time to do it yourself, or you’d rather just have everything taken care of, worry-free.


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3 Party Ideas for Large Rehearsal Dinners

Jun17

Modern wedding rehearsal dinner parties frequently expand beyond a small meal shared with the bridal party and bride and groom’s immediate family members. Give your guests more time to enjoy each other’s company by planning a larger, unique rehearsal dinner the day before your wedding. Here are some tips for entertaining a larger group:

Keep the Rehearsal Simple
Invite only the bridal party and immediate family members to the actual on-site rehearsal. Then arrange for everyone to meet immediately afterward at the rehearsal dinner location. If you’re opening the rehearsal dinner party to all of your guests, consider sending invitations or mentioning the event on your wedding invitations.

Don't Plan Alone
Avoid planning and organizing the rehearsal dinner on your own. Traditionally, the groom’s family plans and hosts the rehearsal. You will have plenty of responsibilities acting as the wedding organizer for the main event. See if a close relative or friend can help coordinate the rehearsal dinner details and decorating to save you time and sanity.

Find a Great Venue
Look into a unique venue where everyone can socialize after dinner. Try a bowling alley, a pool hall, a park or a restaurant with live music and dancing. You don’t want your guests to get too crazy before the wedding, but you do want to offer them the chance to spend time together—especially if you have guests from out of town.


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