The year 2013 has brought a hot color to attention, and it's been getting a lot of looks! This beautiful new color is emerald green! It's vibrant but not over the top, and it goes beautiful with nature. Emerald green is also a great color to use with an eco-friendly wedding, after all, it is one of earth's natural jewel tones.
The hottest new trend in wedding planning is using Pinterest. Professional wedding planners from across the country are using the online board to coordinate with their clients and vendors. The best use of the popular website is to establish a board that the wedding planner and bride having pinning privileges to during their initial meeting. The site works equally well for planners with brides that purchase pre-made decorations as well as the brides that are avid do-it-yourselfers. If the idea is pinned directly from the website that sells the item, the bride is only a few clicks away from purchasing making it very fast and easy to assemble all the decor needed for the big day. And some pins may have links to tutorials. For this article, a board for a “winter wonderland” wedding will be used as an example.
How To Use Pinterest Properly
When using Pinterest, it is important to manage the pins. The wedding board is there to help planners and brides effectively and easily convey their ideas. The result will be many great collaborations however there will also be a number of ideas that are rejected. The winter wonderland couple had 24 pins for different place card ideas that ranged from expensive snowflake themed holders to almost free do-it-yourself pine cones. The wedding planner was able to filter through the ideas to narrow down the selection. They converted some shiny Christmas ornaments, as the wedding was in December, into stylish place card holders that fit into the couples’ theme and color scheme. Removing those from the board or moving them to another board labeled “archived ideas” will eliminate having to scroll through dozens of pins before the wedding planner and bride finds the one they are looking for. The groom in the winter wonderland couple hand-made the centerpieces out of paper mache into a tree shape inspired by a pin on Manzanita branches draped with crystals.
The couple’s wedding planner was instrumental in bringing together a cohesive design from all the elements in the wedding. She recommended keeping most of the decorations white and silver. The tree centerpieces were hand-painted with three shades of brown for a realistic look. The table decor was all based on ideas from Pinterest. Acorns painted with chrome spray paint were scattered among snow-covered candles and yarn balls – all tutorials the bride used from Pinterest. The bride took a cue from another pin using rock candy on strings to adorn the tree. Another idea from the site was to paint the bride and grooms initials into their trees which gave the event a unique personal touch.
Coordinating Is Everything
The wedding planner also used Pinterest to help coordinate the vendors. Wedding Music Connecticut assisted the couple in choosing fantastic music to fit their theme. Once the DJ saw all the shiny chrome and found out the couple was a fan of big band music, he suggested songs by Frank Sinatra and other famous big band era musicians. The reception went off without a hitch and was a true winter wonderland.
Derek enjoys blogging about technology and social media. When he is not blogging, he enjoys doing the social media for a company outside of New York City. The article above is for Wedding Music Connecticut.
As a wedding guest, you know that you want to look and feel good throughout the day, and it’s also a safe bet that although the couple in question don’t want to be upstages, they also want their guests to look and feel good!
Luckily, fashion has never been so diverse and versatile. Many of the older fashions are back and dressing to suit your shape and age has never been easier. There’s also the new influx of technology which makes dressing and styling easier than ever so you can plan the perfect wedding guest outfit.
That might look like a spelling mistake but Pinterest is the hottest site on the web. In their own words, “Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.”
In addition to your own pinning, you can look at other people’s pin boards for inspiration for your own board or simply out of interest.
Use of Pinterest is by invite only and they have a list of rules and etiquette. They’re also pretty hot on suspending use for breaking their rules, so you know that you won’t be spammed or abused – you can just have fashionable fun in the safety and comfort of your own home.
When it comes to wedding dressing, Pinterest can be a godsend. Imagine being able to take the inspiration of your favourite styles, celebrities and designers and put them all together in one location?
Who uses Pinterest
One of the best features is that individual designers have their own Pinterest boards and these are designers that you might not find in the shops – so you can find a completely unique wedding guest outfit which you can guarantee nobody else will be wearing.
Furthermore, many designers use Pinterest as a way of showing their fans what they like and what they class as inspiration. Among notable pinners are fashion editor Nina Garcia and designer Michael Kors.
On the Go
The great thing about the web is that it’s available on the go – the majority of mobile phones have internet service so as you go about your shopping, you can use the pieces you put together on Pinterest as your inspiration
Whether you picked out a retro style, a rockabilly look or a touch of eighties glam, bringing your Pinterest with you is a great way of finding the perfect style for the perfect look.
What’s more, as well as your actual outfit, you might find examples of shoes, bags and accessories which could completely transform or make over any outfit you choose.
The right or wrong accessories could completely transform a dress from drab to fab, but it can often be the case that you can’t try on the entire ensemble until you’ve brought it.
The beauty of Pinterest is that it allows you to place outfit, shoes, accessories, bag and jewellery all in the same board to get a better idea of how the entire look will appear on the big day.
Alyson Goddard is a freelance writer and fashion blogger with an interest in technology and social media.
Imagine leaving the chapel with your new spouse and walking under an arch of sabers. There is no more dramatic and tear-inducing way to start a marriage! Military weddings do much more than offer pomp and circumstance and pageantry; they honor patriotism, sacrifice, and service. Men and women in the service vow to protect and serve their country; it is a very powerful and moving experience when they vow to love and honor their spouses as well. A military wedding is memorable for everyone on the guest list, so start planning now!
As you might expect, military weddings carry with them a great amount of tradition, ritual, rules, and regulations. But in many respects, planning a military ceremony is just like planning a “regular” one: you need to start early. Just as desired venues get scooped up fast, especially during peak seasons, military chapels and halls are also booked well in advance. It is advisable to book your chapel and reception venue a year in advance by applying to the chaplain’s office. Check to make sure you are eligible for a military wedding as some rules apply.
If the service is performed at a military chapel or on academy grounds, the chaplain charges no fee, but do plan on making a donation to the chapel. Some chapels allow another clergy person to co-officiate, so do ask if you would like to pursue that option – and you will have to pay that officiant’s fee. Your chaplain may require pre-wedding counseling as well.
Speak with your chaplain about proper seating as there are some guidelines to consider. Also ask about flowers and chapel decorations because rules vary. The Chapel Altar Guild does arrange the flowers, candelabra, and other décor, and this is the same for every wedding. You may have to provide your own reception decoration or even plan it yourself. Part of the appeal of military weddings is the sense of tradition, and this extends to every detail, down to the decorations. And don't forget to look into matching wedding accessories as well.
Military weddings are gorgeous, and a large part of that are the uniforms. Officers or enlisted personnel in the bridal party wear their uniforms (which may differ depending on the seasonal regulations or formality of the wedding). A black-tie affair, for instance, would require dinner or mess dress uniforms, while a white-tie and tails event would require evening dress uniforms. Non-commissioned officers wear dress blues or Army greens, and none of the uniformed service people wear a boutonniere. Guests who serve in the military can choose to wear their uniforms or civilian clothing.
What if the bride is an officer? Does she have to wear her uniform? She may, but she may also wear a bridal gown, if she chooses. Even the military knows not to mess with the dress.
There are also rules for the receiving line and reception. For example, if the groom is uniformed, he must be before the bride in the receiving line. Again, your chaplain is a great resource and can help you follow the regs – and have a great wedding!
The arch of the sabers (or swords, for the Navy) is optional, but it is often a highlight of the ceremony. Surprise; there are rules for this too! In the Army, for instance, the couple exits the church under the arch. In the Navy and Marines, the ushers usually form the saber detail, while in the Air Force, they cannot. Regardless of the branch of the military, it is a stunning tradition.
From seating and decorations to dress and cutting the cake, there are rituals and traditions in every detail of the ceremony and reception. The rules and regulations may seem overwhelming at first, but chaplains (and handy websites!) are there to guide you through your military wedding preparations.
You would think that the color pink would be used more in wedding color schemes but it's not always as popular as you think! As much as I love the soft pink and vintage colors, I have to admit that the hot pink is equally glam! I put together this little inspiration board below to show you how well hot pink can work with all the details of a wedding.
Of course the bridesmaid dresses will look adorable, because who doesn't look good in pink? Accent colors are a breeze as so many colors go along with hot pink. There's of course white and ivory, but don't forget baby pink, black, gray, brown, green, etc. No matter which complementary color you choose, it will look wonderful!
Use pink gerbera daisies in your centerpieces and really make the pink color pop at your wedding reception! Of course there are pink carnations and pink roses as well as perfectly acceptable substitutes.
What about your cake? Well there are a couple ideas above to get you started. But don't feel like you need to get too out of hand with the hot pink on everything. Keep it simple and use your accent color occasionally so that your guests don't feel like they've just stepped into the Barbie aisle at the toy store!
Who could forget the fun wedding favors that are just waiting for a hot pink wedding? There are so many fun choices, that this is almost my favorite part of choosing this color!
So what are your thoughts? Would you consider doing a hot pink wedding? Or maybe you already have had your wedding, was it pink?
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