Destination Weddings - a Cost Saver?

by Jenny Bryde 25. August 2014 00:51

Are you considering a destination wedding?  For various reasons, couples start to ponder a far off wedding, perhaps in a remote mountain location or in a tropical getaway.  

Be forewarned, couples, that a destination wedding does not equal a reduced wedding budget.  A recent study found that the cost of a destination wedding only cost the couple about $3000 less than a traditional wedding while at the same time asking your guests to shell out hundreds and maybe thousands of dollars to participate. 

Generally speaking, your guests will pay for their own transporation, hotel accomodations, and food/drink costs beyond your reception and not to mention what they'd like to spend on your wedding gift.  This could essentially cost them as much as what they would plan to spend on a vacation.  To some guests, your destination will feel like a vacation, and this won't be an issue.  To other guests, these costs are a deal breaker and mean that they cannot attend.  This cost for guests can also cause friction as some family members will be able to afford this investment while others won't.  

In the end, going with a destination wedding will most likely mean a smaller wedding, but maybe that's what a couple has in mind anyways.  Maybe a couple can budget to pay for a portion of their guests' expenses, making it easier for guests to make it to the event.  Shopping around for a deal will also help.  In a get away destination, there will be mulptiple resorts that offer wedding packages.

Just some food for thought for the non-traditional wedding planners!




Jenny Bryde

Non-Monotonous Monograms

by Jenny Bryde 25. August 2014 00:36

Everyone puts their letters stamped all over their weddings, right?  Well not really, but we certainly see a lot of initials.  After all, you're engaged for months and wondering if you're going to be Mrs. John Doe, Mrs. Jane Doe, Mrs. Jane Smith-Doe, right?  Check out these unique ways to incorporate your monogram into your wedding.



First off, you could hire a graphic designer to whip together a monogram or name graphic that matches your wedding colors and design.  You could then use the graphic to decorate many parts of your wedding including your invitations, napkins, etc.

Think about function as well as form.  The picture on below features a giant cut out of a couple's monograms where the guests were able to sign.  Later, this cutout was hung in their home as a unique wall decoration.

While this monogram won't last forever, the contrasting colors of the cupcakes really make a statement as your guests enter the reception area.


A relatively inexpensive add on to any alteration, getting your initials embroidered somewhere either on a dress, veil, or other item is a great way to incorporate your monogram!  Get your groom involved with an emboidered handkerchief or stamped cufflinks.  


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Black and White Beauty - a Monochromatic Wedding Palette

by Jenny Bryde 25. August 2014 00:26

When asked what their wedding colors will be, most couples will have some sort of vibrant hue thrown in.  Few couples stick with a black and white affair, although it makes for a striking color combination!  Black and white together are this universal combination that could be left alone in all their glory or combined with your favorite shade of any color to make an interesting combination.  For today, we keep it pure as we feature some images from black and white weddings for you to consider...


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Our Top 10 Favorite Wedding Movies!

by Jenny Bryde 11. August 2014 02:55

Are you gearing up for a girl's night in movie marathon?  Looking for a fun flick to watch with your fiance?  We have the top picks for our favorite wedding themed movies!  So sit back, gear up the Netflix, and push play!  What are your favorites?



Ballet Flats for Brides!

by Jenny Bryde 11. August 2014 02:09

As a tall woman, I was hesitant to don heels for our wedding.  I'm not the most graceful at times, I already had plenty of height, and I wanted my feet to be comfortable.  All three good reasons as to why I chose ballet flats for my feeties.  Today I wanted to feature some footwear for woman who share my plight.  You don't have to wear 6 inch heels in order to feel sexy or have beautiful peep toes.  Let's check out some of this seasons hottest and most affordable wedding flats that I'd recommend for any bride!


Aerin Brava - $137.99

Blue by Betsey Johnson Joy - $99.00

rsvp Felicitee - $47.99

Ted Baker Escinta - $61.99

Wanted Lario - $39.99


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Hi!  Welcome to the blog!  My name is Jenny, and I am a Quad Cities bride to be.  Our goal for this blog is to share information on all things wedding including local vendors, new trends, and amazing inspiration.  Let us know if there is something you'd like to see on here!  

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