by: Lauren

This is the last week of Fall, so I wanted to do one more fall inspired inspiration board! This combination of red and orange is so incredibly rustic and chic. The red and orange details pop beautifully against wood and the typical fall brown. A wedding with these colors is definitely going to be a lot of fun! Serve lemonade or cider (depending on the weather) before your ceremony. Have the reception in a large barn, just outside under the stars, or in a clearing between tress. How cool would it be to have lights strung from tree to tree?

Rustic Red and Orange Inspiration Board via TheELD.com

I just love the rustic feel of the red and orange flowers, combined with a lot of wood. And of course mason jars are my favorite. You simply can’t have a rustic wedding without mason jars! What do you think of these colors for a rustic wedding? Are there any other colors you would use for a rustic event that aren’t brown?



by: Lauren

I just realized that today marks 6 months since my husband, Schuyler, and I were married! It’s been a wonderful 6 months, and the time has FLOWN by! From making our house into a home, changing to the same last name, and a complete 360 change in my career path, it’s been an amazing start to our life together. I just wanted to mark this little milestone in our new life together and share a few of my favorite wedding photos!

It's Been 6 Months! via TheELD.com
It's Been 6 Months! via TheELD.com
It's Been 6 Months! via TheELD.comIt's Been 6 Months! via TheELD.com
All photos by CvB Photography

I wish we had more fun photos of the two of us, but thanks to Florida weather, we were rained out of our 3 hours of shooting time! You can see more details from our wedding in some of my very first blog posts. I can’t wait for what else is in store for us!


by: Lauren

This week officially starts the holiday season for many people, but it’s kind of hard for me to get in the “spirit” when it’s still 80 degrees outside! So, to start getting in the holiday spirit, I thought I would share this DIY piece of holiday decor that was found on iDIY.

Using grosgrain ribbon, some scissors, and a a foam wreath form, you can create a homemade wreath! The full materials needed and instructions can be found on the long thread, and step-by-step photos are here on Weddingbee. Use whatever color you want, or combine different colors to make a multicolored wreath. The wreath isn’t really exclusively holiday-ish, so you can even use a color that matches the decor in your house and have it hanging year-round!

If you’re looking to add some decor to your wedding, these are great for a rustic wedding! You can hang different sizes of these wreaths from trees or off of fence posts.

I’m going to be starting my holiday crafting this weekend while I’m at my parents’ for the holidays, and this wreath is at the top of my list. There will be more DIY holiday decor items to come…I’ve been accumulating them! Has anyone ever made any other type of holiday decor? Or used something like this in their wedding decor?



by: Lauren

I’ve been in contact with a few new brides lately, and I found myself giving them a great deal of advice. I then realized that it was basically what I didn’t know as a bride that I know now. I learned through reading blogs and working in the wedding industry, and basically just educating myself. However, as a new bride, the first thought usually isn’t to educate yourself…it’s to grab the newest wedding magazine and start flipping through it, marking the pages of things you like. That’s not a problem at all…revel in your engagement! You have to know what you like and what you want!

What I Didnt Know As a Bride That I Know Now via TheELD.com
Photo by Todd Pellowe

 

I was the first out of my friends to get married. There were so many times that I thought, “I wish I had some sort of warning or preparation so I could’ve known about this!” Therefore, I thought I would do a quick list of some of the major things that come to mind that I wish I had known when I was bride.

 

1. BLOGS! As I’ve said before, I had no clue about what wedding blogs were, how to find them, and what information they had! Photographers’ blogs, inspiration blogs, planners’ blogs are SUCH great resources! I found SO many great ideas and inspiration on blogs…the only drawback was that I found blogs too late in my planning and I couldn’t do half of the things that I wanted to. So you’re on a great start by reading a blog!

2. Weddings are expensive. Just know that and be prepared. There are ways to have a great wedding without “breaking the bank”, but definitely know the running price for services. Do your homework. I was in shock when I found out what the price of an average photography package was. And so were my parents. But that was because we had no idea about what photography (and everything else wedding related) entailed. When we met with other (much better) photographers and saw the difference in pricing, things started to make a bit more sense. Bottom line- do your homework. It’s okay to shop around, but know WHAT you’re shopping for and the quality of the product/service. (More details on this in another post later)

3. You can plan your own wedding AND have a wedding planner! I thought that I wouldn’t be able to put my own touch on my wedding if I had a planner. Then I realized that it was incredibly beneficial to have someone who knew the industry, knew vendors, and would be able to handle everything on the day of. You’re still planning your wedding. A wedding planner just helps you implement the plans! If ANYTHING, a day-of coordinator will be some of the best money you spend, because you will be able to avoid so much stress on your wedding day!

4. You aren’t limited to only using vendors that are local. I didn’t know this, so I only looked at vendors that were in the town that I was getting married in. Little did I know, most vendors are willing to travel! Of course it depends on how far they are traveling, but there is always a way. If there is a vendor that you want to work with who doesn’t work exclusively in your town, you can most likely still work with them! It never hurts to ask!

5. Custom paper goods. Having custom invitations made is the best thing ever. You can get invitations exactly how you want them, to match your theme, style, or color scheme, for the same price (if not better) as the ones out the big giant books. AND they look ten times better, are totally custom, and no one else will have ever received the same invitation previously (which has happened in a few occasions to my parents). There are SO MANY cool ways to have invitations made too! Why wouldn’t someone have custom invites made? Oh wait, if you’re me and find out about custom invitations the MONTH that invites are supposed to be ordered.

What I Didnt Know As a Bride That I Know Now via TheELD.com

Via Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

I learned about most of these things a little too late in my wedding planning process, which is why I felt the need to share them with you all. Of course there are more things that I wish I had known, but these are the major tidbits of information that I thought were crucial to share! My wedding was awesome, but I think it would have been even better if I had known about these things sooner!

I hope some of these tips can help you have the best wedding imaginable! Does anyone have anything else that you’ve learned along the way that you would like to add? Share it in the comments section!