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 Picks for Wedding Updos for 2014!

by Jenny Bryde 28. July 2014 03:21

When it comes to wedding hair, it's your opportunity to step outside of the box and do something daring for your look.  The possibilities are endless, and in the end your hair can make as much of a statement as your dress.  Today we are focusing on updos, but not like we've ever seen them before.  After what seemed like a dry spell of all updos looking similar, hair stylists and brides are starting to show off their creative sides with some new amazing looks.  Let's take a look!  


Being daring doesn't mean having to be wild and messy.  We love this tailored hairstyle.  Classic and chic.  This would be great for many different face shapes, hair lengths, and bridal style.


The high bun is back!  The higher the better, and the options just get started with a good basic bun.  Imagine all the hair accessories and veil styles that would compliment this lovely look.


Look close as this hair style features sculpted hair, not a pinned in flower!  It's amazing what an artistic stylist armed with some heavy duty hair spray can do.  Wow!


We love this whimsical bowtie made of hair.  Sculpted yet fun, a great option!


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Fabulous Dress Options for the Mother of the Bride!

by Jenny Bryde 28. July 2014 03:06

The bride is the star of the show, of course, but along with the bridesmaids, the mother of the bride's attire will also be checked out.  Think of a daughter's wedding as an unofficial red carpet event with the guests being your paparazzi.  No pressure, of course!  There are wonderful options for mothers of the bride including anything from a full length formal gown to a tailored pant suit.  What the moms will want to do is consult with the bride.  What level of formality should the attire reflect?  What colors might the bride like to see on the family so that the formal pictures look cohesive?  Generally speaking, the mother of the groom will be waiting to hear what the mother of the bride is wearing so that she can pick a non-conflicting outfit.  

So let's get to it!  Today I'd like to feature a number of dresses that would look amazing and beautiful on the mother of the brides.  All of the dresses I picked for today's showcase are knee length dresses, and soon we will feature some other lengths and even more styles.  All of these dresses are available in multiple colors and can be found by clicking on the pictures to go directly to the purchasing site.  


Option 1: Embroidered Lace Sheath Dress - $238



Option 2: Cap Sleeve Lace Sheath Dress - $118


Option 3: Lace Sheath Dress - $228


Option 4: Lace and Faille Dress - $148


Option 5: Metallic Jacquard Jacket and Dress - $188

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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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