A Heads Up for the Next Bride and Groom Garage Sale!

by Jenny Bryde 9. September 2014 01:15

Quite a few of you have asked, so I'm sharing our the details we know about our next Bride and Groom Garage Sale!  This is a super fun and useful event for anyone who is getting or has gotten married recently.  The idea is that recently married couples bring their gently used and new left over items from their wedding to sell.  Couples who are getting married can then come shop the sale to find great deals.  Sellers get rid of a lot of stuff that would only be in storage, plus they make some cash back!  Shoppers save a ton of money by not having to buy these items at full retail price.  

What kinds of things can you find at the sale?  Anything and everything!  Decor, vases, flowers, fabric, dresses, jewelry, beauty products, stationery, signs, and more!  

Our next sale is going to take place in April next year, so be on the look out both on QCWeddings.com and on our Facebook page for details once we approach that date.  If you're interested in being a seller, we will have information posted in January, so stay tuned!  We are so excited!!

 

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Beautiful Burlap!

by Jenny Bryde 8. September 2014 01:03

Burlap has typically been used for a functional and practical fabric as it's sturdy and cheaply made, but the last few years have seen a boom in burlap trends in all things wedding.  Whether you're getting married in a barn or in a ballroom, burlap details look lovely and add a nice texture.  Check out these great ways to use burlap for wedding decor!

 

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Get Creative With Your Ring Pillow!

by Jenny Bryde 8. September 2014 00:53

Stop!  Put the white satin pillow down!  While it's a lovely choice, you have so many options when it comes to today's ring pillow.  It can be something hand crafted, something whimsical, even something silly!  Check out these great examples.  Many are not even "pillows" but rather an alternate item that works well to carry the ring.  What do you think?

Whimsical felt appliques:

Simple burlap, twine, and a flower:

A twine wrapped heart:

A cut of a branch:

Seasonal gourds.  So cute for the fall:

A quilted flower:

Some adorable needlework:

A dazzling blinged out pillow:

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Embroidered Wedding Gowns

by Jenny Bryde 8. September 2014 00:36

You may hve seen the pictures of Angelina Jolie's wedding gown that has splashed the front pages of many major publications this last week.  Her gown is a classic wedding cut and shape, nothing over the top.  Upon closer inspection, you can see that there are embroidered pictures adorning the train and veil.  These are in fact drawings from all of her children which she had incorporated into the detail work for her dress.  My gut reaction - what an adorable way to both personalize her dress and to involve her children in the wedding process.  I think it's wonderful!  The dress has received some criticism from certain corners since this dress does NOT fit the cookie cutter design of what is acceptable for grace and elegance, but HELLO!  It's Angelina Jolie.  She can and will wear whatever she wants.  Her dress receives enthusiastic thumbs up from everyone at QCWeddings.com.

What about other more demure embroidered details for wedding dresses?  I love embroidery.  It's so timeless, and a good embroidery job speaks of craftsmanship.  You can incorporate your wedding colors, a family emblem, a favorite flower, etc.  Whether your dress comes fitted with embroidery work or if you go looking for a seamstress to add some details after the fact, you are free to think of your wedding gown as a starting point.  As a blank canvas.  

Here are a few examples of some lovely emboidery that I hope speaks to the masses.  

 

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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!

 

 

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Hi!  Welcome to the QCWeddings.com 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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