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Neutral Holiday Themed Decorations

Decorating for a wedding close to the holidays can be difficult. You can’t ignore that everyone is in the full holiday spirit but you also don’t want your wedding to feel like just another holiday party. How do you decorate in that middle ground? This year West Elm stores are decked out in the perfect holiday décor so take some notes.

classy with a touch of holiday spirit

classy with a touch of holiday spirit

Steer clear of the obvious red, white, green and blue holiday color palettes and choose something neutral. Decorate in shades of cream, metallic and glitter. Try mixing paper flowers made from newsprint or book pages with silver plates and a shimmery table runner.
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And these glittery XOs play perfectly into a loving wedding theme. Simply cover some wooden letters in glue and glitter than hang from ribbons for the perfect reception decoration.

Custom Lined Wedding Invitation Envelopes

Pretty invitations deserve an equally pretty presentation: customized envelopes. Think about the amount of time and energy you spend on wedding invitations. You have to pick a design (which can include RSVP cards, event location maps, recommended lodging, and so on), select the language, get them printed and usually hand address each one. After all that effort they need gorgeous wrapping.

a great example of quality wedding invitation envelopes

a great example of quality wedding invitation envelopes

First pick thick, high quality envelopes in a color that complements your invitations. Stray away from traditional white envelopes if you can so that your wedding invitation stands out in your guests’ stack of mail. Then order custom envelope liners to add that extra special touch. They’re a relatively simple do-it-yourself addition that makes a huge impact on your presentation. Your wedding invitations set the tone for your wedding guests, so you better take the extra step to do it right.

Engraving Your Wedding Bands

So you’ve bought your wedding bands. You may think the decision making is over but not quite yet – what are you going to engrave on your ring? There are a number of things to consider when making this decision.

you also have to pick a font..

you also have to pick a font..

First, who is going to pick the message? Do you have the groom choose the message for the bride and vice versa? Or do you pick matching messages for the ring set? I like the idea of the couple engraving each other’s rings and keeping it a secret until the wedding day. It gives you just a tiny element of surprise and something to look forward to amongst all the chaos surrounding planning a wedding.

Then you must decided what message to engrave. I think the type of engraving you choose should be very personal and will definitely be a reflection on your style as a couple. It could be something sweet and simple: “Today, Tomorrow, Forever,” You have my heart” or “Our life begins – [date]”. Or it could be an inside joke or something funny: “Mine, all mine!” or “Put me back on!”. Or the messages could be read as a set: (ring one) “Take my hand and we’ll begin” (ring two) “And what we start will never end”. Do whatever feels most comfortable to you – plus no one else will ever see it!

Wedding Guest Cocktail Hour

Wedding photos are absolutely essential, but they can be kind of tricky to plan. In theory, you and your husband-to-be are not supposed to see each other before the ceremony on your big day. If you stick with that plan then when do you take wedding photos? After the reception seems too late, plus you and your wedding party will likely be slightly drunk and sweaty and who wants that moment captured. That leaves between the ceremony and the reception – but what do you do with all your guests?

the knot.com has some great suggestions to get started

the knot.com has some great suggestions to get started

A cocktail hour hosted in your reception location is the perfect solution. Since you won’t be there to entertain your guests personally, setting up an event that encourages mingling amongst your guests will keep them busy (and happy). Just be sure to plan this in an adjoining venue or room to your reception – you don’t want your guests to be drinking then driving.

of course martha has great cocktail suggestions

of course martha has great cocktail suggestions

And what is more appropriate at a wedding cocktail hour than signature drinks? Have a taste test of these suggested signature drink recipes and choose your favorite. Or meet with the venue bar tender and create your own recipe from scratch based on a few of your favorite ingredients. And don’t forget – your signature cocktail will need an equally customized name even if you choose a premade recipe. Examples include David & Marytini or Smith on the Rocks. Or just stick with the romantic names like Sealed with a Kiss or Blushing Bride.