Glamping Wedding Theme Trend

Have you heard of glamping?  Glamping is a popular trend that takes the “roughing it”out of camping.  For those of us who like the idea of adventure but miss the amenities of home.

Trendy “glamorous camping” has made it’s way into the wedding world.  Glamping inspired wedding themes are popping up all over wedding blogs and pinterest boards. For this theme combine rustic, woodland settings and decor with elegant touches and personal, carefree elements that play off the idea of camping .  Shindigevents.org shared some inspiration for an upcoming wedding show event; creating their own take on the Glamping Wedding theme trend.  Check out their post and pinterest inspiration pins here.

Inspired by their fun glamping finds, I’ve put together some of my own.  I do have to note I had to re-post ShinDig’s pin from celebrationsathomeblog.com; that marshmellow chandelier is such a great statement piece that captures the fun nature of the trendy theme.

Glamping Wedding Theme; dessert bar- blog.amyatlas.com; outdoor band- theprettyblog.com; tent wedding rocknrollbride.com; wildflowers- weddingchicks.com; wine bottle lighting- boho-weddings.com

Glamping Wedding Theme; dessert bar- blog.amyatlas.com; outdoor band- theprettyblog.com; rustic signs- etsy.com seller trueconnections; tent wedding rocknrollbride.com; wildflowers- weddingchicks.com; wine bottle lighting- boho-weddings.com

Glamping wedding theme musts: to start with a fabulous outdoor or rustic setting.  Utilize tents or a spacious loft for an elegant reception.  Even if your glamping wedding takes place right in your local community or your own backyard make it feel like a destination wedding.

Mix decor with salvaged, rustic items like old jars, containers, hay bails and crates.  There is beauty in the ordinary; an assortment of wildflowers make a beautiful centerpiece and add a pop of color.  The uniqueness of this trend is to pair these rustic items with elegant table settings and romantic lighting.  Remember to bring the luxury of indoor amenities to your rustic locale.

Finally have fun with the wedding theme. Save with DIY items and salvaged or recycled pieces and splurge on a few luxury items.  A gourmet dessert bar or wine and cheese pairing before the meal would be something for everyone to enjoy.  Who knew camping could be so glamorous?

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The Finishing Touches: Wedding Chair Back Ideas

Chair backs are a wedding decor item not to be overlooked when planning your reception.  Chair backs can be simple or elaborate, designed just for the bridal party tables or the entire reception seating.

When you are subject to the mercy of what is available at your venue or rental chairs, a little dress up provided by a chair back idea can go a long way.  Trendy right now are Mr. & Mrs. chair back banners.  A fun photo op at the reception for the couple who recently traded “I dos”.

Ellinee.com blog posted a fabulously, fun and glittery DIY chair back banner wedding project idea.  Cash in on this trend at a great value using ribbon, foam board, glue and glitter. Lia from Ellinee.com shares, “what a perfect way to decorate the bride and groom chair with this DIY glitter Mr. & Mrs. chair banner. For these banners I used a very thin foam core so that I could easily glitter both sides of the letters. Just print out the template below onto an 11X17 paper and follow the tutorial below. Glitter on!”

Wedding Chair Back Ideas; stamped banner- proudtoplan.blogspot.com; Mr. & Mrs. ellinee.com; ribbon- emmalinebride.com; lace and floral- pinterest pinner Clair Cary; ribbon and bulbs- decorazione.tumblr.com; frames- greylikeswedding.com; wreathes- ruffledblog.com

Wedding Chair Back Ideas; stamped banner- proudtoplan.blogspot.com; Mr. & Mrs. ellinee.com; ribbon- emmalinebride.com; lace and floral- pinterest pinner Clair Cary; ribbon and bulbs- decorazione.tumblr.com; frames- greylikeswedding.com; wreathes- ruffledblog.com

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Wedding Color Combinations

Growing up did you ever have a mood ring?  If I remember right you would hold down a finger on your ring, as a color appeared that was your corresponding mood.  Now if only picking your wedding colors were that easy right?

While I don’t hold a magical ring that can tell you the right color combinations for your special day, I did come across a recent blog post on diyweddingplanner.hubpages.com. DIY Wedding Planner admits, “with so many, many decisions to be made, wedding planning can be completely overwhelming, not to mention frequently frustrating.”  But they go on to boast, “choosing your wedding colors can be the easiest part and after that, it’s pretty much all down hill.”

Their post, Color of the Year, let’s us in on ten different color combinations to keep an eye out for in 2013.  Out of their ten picks I’ve highlighted three that all speak to a different wedding day “mood”.

Rainbow wedding- bridalmusings.com; photo booth- theknot.com; rustic wedding- afloral.com; blush wedding- weddingbee.com

Rainbow wedding- bridalmusings.com; photo booth- theknot.com; rustic wedding- afloral.com; blush wedding- weddingbee.com

Blush and Pewter Gray.  Soft pinks, blushes, cream and greenery mixed with pewter gray are my pick for a hopelessly, romantic wedding.  Softly lit votive candles with vintage china and glassware for your tablescape will add to the timeless elegance with this color scheme.  Keep things traditional with a floral centerpiece and timeless wedding flowers like garden roses.  A great DIY wedding project suggested by diyweddingplanner.com is to use diamond mesh to wrap around votive candles on reception tables.

Over the rainbow.  diyweddingplanner.com asks, “why not try dressing them (bridal party) all in black, (groomsmen, too) with fun rainbow splashes of color in parasols, bouquets, shoes, socks, boutonnieres, and ties.”  This color scheme would fit fabulously with a fun, carefree and themed or destination wedding.  Remember the afloral.com Retro Wedding Theme, the photo shoot paired bright mixes of flowers with a fun amusement park setting.  DIY wedding project pick, make your own DIY photo booth for guests at the reception using fun props and message boards.

Olive green and topaz.  Create a fresh take on a rustic, woodland wedding theme with this color combination.  Utilize the best nature has to offer with natural elements like tree branches, moss and silk florals for decor.  Combine polished metals and rich woodwork for a touch of elegance.  DIY wedding project, afloral.com’s rustic centerpiece using natural branches, a moss table runner with flower heads and votive candles.  Find a step by step youtube video here.

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Customizing Your Wedding Day

Weddingblogs100.com‘s recent post, 2013 Wedding Trends, asked the predictions of 20 influential wedding bloggers for the top trends to watch for in 2013.  These top bloggers ran down their picks for what’s hot in the upcoming year of weddings; reception lounges to one venue settings, elegance and lace with twenties inspired bridal wear and decor, virtual guests to the trendy late night food trucks.

Australian wedding blog, polkadotbride.com, honed in on their country’s current trend which is custom details to personalize your day.  Ms. Polkadot states, “The hottest trend in Australia right now is customisation to create a truly personal wedding day.”  She goes on to reveal, “I’m predicting more and more couples opting for blank slates they can truly customise to their own style and vision.”

Customizing wedding decor can come from a wedding planner hired to style your wedding, an eager DIY savy bride and, or thoughtfully planned out special touches.  If you don’t have the luxury of someone to help you style your special day with personalized touches, get crafty and DIY yourself some custom decor touches.   And if you don’t possess a crafty thumb or the time for DIY wedding projects don’t fret just get thoughtful in your wedding planning.

Customized Wedding Decor; afloral.com silk & real flower bouquets; etsy.com cake topper- seller lovebridsgoods; polkadotbride.com bouquet charm; etsy.com toppers paperfrog seller

Customized Wedding Decor; afloral.com silk & real flower bouquets; etsy.com cake topper- seller lovebridsgoods; polkadotbride.com bouquet charm; etsy.com toppers paperfrog seller

Utilize sites like pinterest.com to catalog wedding decor ideas that can put the right touches on your special day and help you achieve that customized look.  Opt out of things like a DIY dessert bar that as tasty as it sounds could eat up a lot of time to bake all the delicious treats.  Instead pre-order bulk cupcakes or a simple tiered cake and purchase a unique topper from etsy.com sellers to add before the reception.

Polkadotbride.com highlights a great tutorial on how to create your own wedding bouquet charms.  If you’re looking to save on wedding florals but don’t have the time to create your own bouquet with silk wedding flowers, check out pre-made silk or real flower bouquets.  They will still offer you savings and brides can have the option to personalize with a simpler, less time consuming DIY project like the DIY bouquet charm.

In 2013 couples are looking for ways to make their mark on their wedding day and at the same time they are being a bit more relaxed in expected wedding day tradition.  Polkadotbride.com, “For Australian brides and grooms customising their wedding day, allows them to tell the wider world that as a couple, this is who we are.”

So what type of wedding decor speaks to you?  Can you pick out a few custom decor ideas that will help tell the story of the future Mr. & Mrs.?

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Dried & Preserved Wedding Flowers

Are you a bride torn between choosing real wedding flowers and silk wedding flowers? Both have their pros and cons.  Many brides find silk wedding flowers can literally afford them the right look at a fraction of the cost of real wedding flowers, additionally adding the benefit that silk flowers last forever.  On the other hand some brides cannot part with the idea of not having real flowers for their special day.

So what is a bride to do?  There may be hope, a third wedding flower option.  Dried or preserved wedding flowers are another versatile and affordable wedding flower option.

Preserved wedding flowers like afloral.com’s Shu Shu Rose in pink are real flowers that undergoes a delicate and intricate process of preservation with a glycerine-based solution.  Preserved wedding flower petals  feel as soft and silky as the day they were picked, and they are as flexible and easy to work with as a fresh flower.  Preserved flower heads are available in packages for under $24 with counts from nine to a dozen flowers, that breaks down to less than $2 a flower.

Dried wedding flowers, foliage and moss or branches are available in bundles.  From hydrangeas, wildflowers, lavender and natural items most bundles are under $12 and can be used for multiple arrangements.

Dried and preserved wedding flowers offer the affordability of silk wedding flowers while still giving you real flowers for your wedding day.  Dried and preserved wedding flowers are perfect for a rustic, country, vintage, garden or fall wedding.  Available in bulk and bundles they are ideal for DIY wedding projects, brides can choose a variety of dried or preserved flowers for their bouquet and centerpiece arrangements.  Use ribbon, raffia, jute or vintage handkerchiefs to tied and accent arrangements.

Creating fall wedding flower arrangements dried and preserved flowers are a perfect choice.  Incorporate other seasonal items like wheat, gourds and pumpkins to add a touch of color and texture.  Afloral.com’s autumn bundle is a great flower alternative for reception centerpieces, using dried wheat, oat, cattails and pineapple buttons, it captures the brilliant colors and intriguing textures of the fall season.  Dried and preserve wedding flowers are gaining popularity for wedding arrangements for their unique look and different take on a traditional floral arrangement.  Their affordability and the fact they last forever are added benefits that grabs any bride’s attention who wants to get the most for her money.

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