by: Lauren

Today’s inspiration board is a little personal for me- it’s probably the most time I’ve ever spent on one! My best friend moved to Hawaii at the end of February, shortly after she got engaged. Since she has been so far away, she’s put the wedding planning on hold for the time being, but we have discussed a little bit of what she wants. She recently made a comment about wanting an inspiration board when the time comes to start planning, so I thought I would do a sort of “first draft” for her!

She wants an intimate beach wedding, with the reception ideally in the backyard of a home on or near the beach. Her vision is something clean, simple, and fun. The colors of aqua and white immediately came to my mind. Aqua and white are so very simple, and at the same time incredibly pretty and modern.

Inspiration Board: Aqua and White Backyard Beach Wedding via TheELD.com

I’m loving the simplicity and casual feel that the combination of aqua and white exudes! An intimate backyard reception will be so much fun- it’ll be like a big family dinner. I know that’s the feel she’s going for-spending her wedding day with those closest to her and her future husband.

Now I can’t wait, and I’m getting excited all over again! But I will be containing my excitement until she gives the “word”. Until then, I’ll have this inspiration board, and probably a few more! Hope you all enjoyed it!



by: Lauren

Since this is the last week of October, I thought I would end it with this pretty DIY project. Laurie Cinotto shared this craft with The Bride’s Cafe as an alternative to displaying family photos at a wedding. This fall family tree would make a wonderful piece of decor at a wedding, but it would also be incredibly functional as a piece of home decor!

DIY Monday: Fall Family Tree via TheELD.com
DIY Monday: Fall Family Tree via TheELD.comDIY Monday: Fall Family Tree via TheELD.com

It could even be revamped a little bit! The possibilities go on and on-small palm branches for a beach wedding, or willow branches for a spring wedding. Add some Christmas tree branches, different colors and shapes of ornaments, candy canes, or snowflakes, and voila- you have a new holiday decoration! Full instructions and more photos are on The Bride’s Cafe.

Using something like this would also be an excellent way to do escort cards! I see escort card displays being integrated into the decor of an event more and more, and I love it! Is anyone thinking of using something like this for their wedding or event?



by: Lauren

If you want an alternative option to bridesmaid bouquets, here’s a new take on them for you! I saw this earlier in the week through a link someone posted on Twitter, and I think it’s such a fun idea! You can give your bridesmaids colorful and fun pinwheel bouquets to carry instead of flower bouquets!

A New Take on Bridesmaid Bouquets via TheELD.com

Pinwheels would be such a fun theme for a wedding, bridal shower, or any party! The pinwheels could be part of the centerpieces and if you have an outdoor wedding, the aisle could be lined with them. For the sendoff, guests could hold pinwheels instead of sparklers! How fun!

A New Take on Bridesmaid Bouquets via TheELD.comA New Take on Bridesmaid Bouquets via TheELD.com

These photos are from a birthday party, via Hostess With The Mostess, but it’s a great portrayal of the use of pinwheels in an event! What are your thoughts on the pinwheels? I’m definitely envisioning an outdoor garden wedding with pinwheels abounding and guests having loads of fun!



by: Lauren

The iPhone keeps finding ways to make people’s lives more productive! BRIDES Magazine has launched Brides Dressing Room, an iPhone app that is the first digital shopping concierge for brides!

I had to download it to see how it works, and it’s probably going to cause a problem for my dress-loving self. For some reason I always have the urge to put on a wedding dress! You can browse through wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses from several popular designers. You can choose how to want to browse: by style, designer, details, or price. The photos are excellent, and you are even given a description and price range for each dress! When you find one that you like, you can email it to someone or yourself, or find it at a store near you! You can even schedule an appointment, but I didn’t experience that feature as there aren’t any stores near me. We’ll have to take their word for it I guess!

New iPhone App for Brides via TheELD.com

If you’re a bride, and you have an iPhone, there is no doubt about it that you should download this new app! It’s free, so there’s no reason not to. Even if you already have your dress, it will come in especially handy when looking for bridesmaid dresses! Wouldn’t it be great to show your bridesmaids the style you’re thinking of when you’re with them and get their opinions right away (instead of waiting on an email response from them)?

New iPhone App for Brides via TheELD.com

You can find it at the iPhone store by searching “brides”, or here on the internet. I hope some brides and bridesmaids will find this new app to come in handy! Enjoy!