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By: KINSLEY JAMES COUTURE BRIDAL 

Coming up with wedding ideas and creating visions of your big day can be such a headache! We’ve compiled a list of our FAVORITE and most inspirational wedding blogs that will help steer you down the right path when you get stuck.

1. 100 LAYER CAKE

100 Layer Cake captures not only weddings, but other celebratory events like birthdays, baby showers, and more! They collaborate with talented creatives and supply their readers with DIY projects, wedding ideas, and showcase real, beautiful brides on their magical wedding days.

“Our uniquely curated content resonates deeply with our loyal audience of brides, industry professionals, and women who love a well-styled life.”

Real Bride Marianne

Real Bride Marianne

2. STYLE ME PRETTY

Style Me Pretty has become one of the main wedding blogs in recent years, featuring real brides, inspirational wedding themes, and even an advice section to help you plan through the details of your wedding. Abby Larson, editor and founder of Style Me Pretty, has a creative eye for spotting the most chic and style centric wedding inspirations. For all things wedding related, Style Me Pretty offers many resources for the bride-to-be, whether you’re just starting out or you’re finishing your last touches.

3. GREEN WEDDING SHOES

Green Wedding Shoes focuses on showcasing all different types and styles of weddings. “Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate wedding on a farm, a weekend camping adventure or a handmade wedding in a loft, we love them all!” The main goal of GWS is to showcase love–the foundation of the GWS blog itself. Jen and Jason founded GWS after they got married themselves and spotted a gap in the wedding blog industry. It is from this base that GWS is able to generate inspiration and insight on how to bring your dream wedding to life!

4. GREY LIKES WEDDINGS

Grey Likes Weddings is an inspirational wedding platform that will guide you through every step of the wedding planning process. From the beginning of your engagement to your honeymoon, Grey Likes has an abundance of tips, inspiration, and advice on how to create that image in your head! Lady Grey, stylist extraordinaire Summer Watkins has an eye for classic, sophisticated and timeless weddings that she compiles and blogs for the well-styled bride.

“In a world of muted tones and watercolor, the Grey Likes brand is a refreshing, fun, and unexpected approach to wedding inspiration!”

5. RUFFLED BLOG

Ruffled Blog is a must-see for the always-on-trend bride. Ruffled Blog showcases daily inspirations, wedding hacks, and a complete list of vendors by location. They blog many great ideas for throwing all your different wedding parties–engagement parties, bridal showers (see below), bachelor(ette) parties and more! Ruffled Blog also started their own wedding recycling program, Recycle Your Wedding, which allows newlyweds to buy and sell gently loved wedding decor right online!

Bridal Shower Brunch Ideas - Mimosa Bar!

Bridal Shower Brunch Ideas – Mimosa Bar!

6. THE BRIDAL THEORY

Saving the best for last, The Bridal Theory offers inspiration in all areas of the bridal industry–beauty, fashion, boudoir, florals, and much more! For DIY projects, creative engagement shoots, or inspiration boards, head on over to The Bridal Theory to gain a clear concept on all things wedding related.

“Our goal for couples is a beautiful and joyous experience planning their special day,  surrounded by top notch vendors and experts in the wedding industry.”


Written by Samantha Townsend

By: PETITE PETAL CO.

We helped create this terrarium to hold a gorgeous ring for a proposal a few weeks ago and love how it turned out! Congrats again @ps.jewelrydesigns 💕

By: MANGO MUSE EVENTS

When a heat wave hits like how it is right now in the Bay Area, you know that it’s officially summer! The sun is out and it is HOT.   And that means finding ways to stay cool, especially if you’re planning a wedding.

Summer is the most popular time of year to get married because the weather is great and everything is green.  You generally don’t have to worry about the rain which means you can have your outdoor wedding and not feel anxious.

But, let’s face it, it’s also fricken hot!  And you’re not getting married in shorts (although you could). You’re getting married in a tux/suit or a wedding dress. Which means you’re going to be sweating. And your wedding guests?  They’ll be sweating too.  So, here are 5 ways to stay cool at your summer wedding.

5 WAYS TO STAY COOL AT YOUR OUTDOOR SUMMER WEDDING

#1 – Air conditioning (or shade) is your best friend

For an outdoor summer wedding, you want to maximize your air conditioning time before the wedding starts.  It’s inevitable that you’ll be sweating at some point, but you want to look your freshest at the start.  So, make sure where ever you’re getting ready has air con.  Then stay there or in the car for as long as possible before the ceremony starts.

Now once the wedding starts, shade is going to be your best friend.  Make sure you have umbrellas, parasols, or a tent so guests (and you) don’t have to be in direct sunlight all the time. Otherwise, everyone will be melting.

Wedding reception set up at the Healdsburg Country Gardens planned by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Deborah Laver)

#2 – The joy of misters

You know those giant misters they have at theme parks?  Where it blows cool mist on you?  It’s lovely, but you probably can’t have those unless you’ve got extra cash in your wedding budget. And realistically, people don’t actually want to be wet.  They just want to feel cool.

Here to save the day are face misters! Before it was just really Evian that had a face mist, but now you can find tons of options in beauty stores.  They even make travel sized ones.  And while they aren’t technically cold when you mist your face, it does cool you down.  Buy a few for the bathrooms for guests to use or if you’ve got the budget, put one in everyone’s welcome bag.  And don’t forget to have one stashed for you as well.

Caudalie face mist for an outdoor summer wedding

#3 – Go old school with hankies

Ok, so hankies aren’t actually going to keep you cool at your outdoor summer wedding.  But it will help with the sweat factor.  Tissue doesn’t work as well because it leaves behind lint.  Going old school with hankies not only works better, but looks better too.

So, make sure you have some handy for the guys so they can stick it in their pocket and discreetly wipe their faces.  And then hand some out to your guests too.  A great time to do this is before the ceremony, then they can work for both tears and sweat.  And it’s a nice keepsake for you and for them.

Vintage hankies for a French chateau destination wedding by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Julia Winkler)

#4 – Serve a plethora of light, cold drinks

There is nothing like drinking something cold when you’re hot.  It has an immediate effect and cools you right down.  So, first of all, you’re going to want to make sure you have lots of ice.  Then make sure you have lots of cold drinks available for your guests.

Start with a refreshing pre-ceremony drink then pass a few cold drinks after the ceremony.  Have a water station that people can access to easily hydrate themselves.  Then make sure your bar is stocked with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.  The one key to remember is to try to pick light drinks (i.e. ones that don’t feel heavy) because that will help guests feel cool as well.  And don’t forget to hydrate yourself!

Champagne cocktail for a destination wedding by Destination Wedding Planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Kate Webber)

#5 – Give yourself lots of space

Imagine yourself in a crowded room like at a popular restaurant on Friday night or at a store during a sale.  The more people in the room, the hotter it is, right?  The same thing applies to your outdoor summer wedding.  The more people you try to cram into one space the hotter it will be.

So, space things out.  Make sure you space out your ceremony chairs to give people room to breathe.  Space out your reception tables so people don’t feel like they’re packed in.  And most importantly, space out the seats at each table.  I know it’s tempting to max out each table, but consider seating 8 instead of 10 or 10 instead of 12.  You’ll give everyone more room which will help keep them cool.

This same rule applies to your head table as well, give yourselves space.  You’ll naturally be the hottest ones with all the hugging and walking around you’ll be doing.  Give yourself room to breathe which will help you cool down too.

Wedding reception tent for a Hawaii wedding by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Marina Miller)

Outdoor summer weddings are great!  They’re beautiful and tons of fun.  But, don’t forget about the heat!  Make sure your guests feel comfortable and taken care of.  And don’t forget about yourselves too!  It’s just as important that you don’t faint as it is that your guests don’t sweat to death.  Use these 5 ways to stay cool at your outdoor summer wedding and you’ll be so much happier for it.

By: KINSLEY JAMES COUTURE BRIDAL

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By: ELAINE BELL CATERING

Fresh-baked Gougéres with an Apricot Truffle Mousse & Candied Apricot. Melt in your mouth delicious!

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Planner: Elise Events 
Ceremony Music: Avalanche Duo 
Reception Musician:  DJ Ryan Palmer 
Make-up: Bailey Valiant

By: KINSLEY JAMES COUTURE BRIDAL

Love this ultra fresh take on a wedding dress from @marchesafashion at #NYBFW.

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With wedding season in full swing, I’m happy to know that marble isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

By: MANGO MUSE EVENTS

When it comes to weddings, mothers typically get all the love and attention.  It’s partially because they care more and want to be involved.  But, your fathers are pretty awesome too!  And while they do tend to hang back and go with the flow, it’s nice to find ways to include your fathers and honor them in your wedding as well.

Father daughter dance at a destination wedding reception in Hawaii by Jamie Chang destination wedding planner of Mango Muse Events.

(Photo credit: Christie Pham Photography)

One area I think is particularly nice to honor your fathers is in your wedding ceremony.  Because it’s the most emotional, personal and meaningful part of your wedding day.  And one easy way to include your fathers is by having them escort you down the aisle.  Now, contrary to popular belief this isn’t just reserved for the brides, but for grooms as well.

There is a moment that you have when you’re standing and getting ready to walk down the aisle. You’re feeling anxious and excited.  You have butterflies and you lean into your dad to share this moment of excitement.  It’s special.  So, have your father walk by your side.  It’s a way to show your appreciation for all of his support and love.  And that you want him as a part of your new life.

But, if that doesn’t quite fit for you, there are other ways to include your father in your wedding ceremony.  One idea is you can have him be in your wedding party like this groom.

Wedding ceremony at a private estate in Hawaii by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Rachel Robertson Photography)

Or have him participate in your ceremony doing a reading or lighting a candle.  Or if he’s talented, he can sing a song for you like this father did.

Father of the bride singing a song for the bride and groom at a wedding ceremony in Healdsburg by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Deborah Laver Photography)

Now if you’re getting sad because your dad can’t physically be at your wedding, I understand that it can be hard.  But, there are still ways to honor him.  And you definitely should!  A few ideas are to carry something of his in your pocket, on your dress or in your bouquet.   This bride attached her father’s watch to her bouquet.

White wedding bouquet accented with the bride's mom's wedding dress and father's watch for a Hawaii destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Emily Piraino)

Another idea is to display a photo of your father at the ceremony.  He’ll be literally watching over you as you get married which is sweet.

A photo of the father of the groom as a special remembrance at a Indian wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Bethany Carlson Photography)

There are so many different things you can do.  You can use these ideas or you can come up with what makes sense for you, but it’s nice to honor your fathers at your wedding ceremony.  It’s the most emotional and meaningful part of your wedding day.  Having them there whether physically or spiritually will mean a lot not only to you, but to them as well.

By: MELANIE DUERKOPP PHOTOGRAPHY

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Event Planning & Design: Simone Lennon Events 
Videographer: Modern 8 Films 
Make-up & Hair:  Marissa Stacey 
Linens: La Tavola