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Cool Wedding-y Shizz Around the Web

Issue 3 of the gorgeous Love Inc. Mag just launched, and you can see the whole shebang here.

Valentine’s is still a little ways away, but The Big Fat Indian Wedding’s  heart-shaped cookies are so pretty.

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Aside from the stunning images, Wedding Sparrow is also great for DIY tutorials, such as a fabric dyeing how-to using nuts.

Kiss My Tulle rounded up a solid list of the best bridesmaids flats.

I want to cover my entire refrigerator with the magnets from this glittery DIY on The Budget Savvy Bride.

Tidewater & Tulle has a dreamy inspiration board focused on Pantone’s Color of the Year: Marsala.

Buzzfeed compiled a ridiculously swoonworthy collection of tattooed brides.

This microgarden would be the absolute coolest wedding present/bridal shower/Valentine’s Day present for you cooks.

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What cool things have you seen in wedding world, BABs?

 

Cool Wedding-y Shizz Around the Web

We’re sharing some of our favorite wedding-y things from around the Internetz. From inspiration shoots to style boards to DIY and planning tips, these are the things that catch our eye in other corners of the wedding Web.

Honeymooning in Paris, but don’t want to take a ton of luggage? Kiss My Tulle has a great chart for what to pack for 7 days in the City of Light and still have enough room for some shopping.

Budget Savvy Bride has been sharing awesome tips on how to throw a budget wedding, and Budget Wedding Tip No. 17 is no different.

Budget Savvy Bride Wedding Tips No. 17

This Bahamas wedding featured on Bajan Wed is visually swoonworthy, but the story will tug at your heart strings.

Add some color to your life during these grey days and get tips on how to make your own centerpieces with a winter flower recipe from A Coastal Bride.

Bright Winter Flower Recipe from Coastal Bride

Photo Credit: Gillian Ellis Photography

Disney die-hards will be pleased to know the new line of Alfred Angelo’s fairy tale wedding gowns has launched and Inspired By Dis has the full rundown on styles and prices.

Here at BAB, we tend to say wedding favors should be edible, drinkable or overall useful. Classic Bride has a recipe for spiced pecan wedding favors that definitely falls into the edible (and potentially useful — if you’re eating them after drinking all night) category.

Speaking of edible and useful favors, Tidewater and Tulle has a tutorial for how to make edible herb lollipop drink stirrers. And now I would like a mojito, thankyouverymuch.

DIY Herb Lollipop Drink Stirrers from Tidewater and Tulle

Photo credit: Caitlin Gerres Photography

BAB’s very own lady of wedding wisdom, Liz Coopersmith of Silver Charm Events, had one of her stunning gay weddings featured on Style Me Pretty.

 

What have you seen around the wonderful world of weddings on the Web, BABs?

Get Inspired: Charcoal Grey, Kelly Green and a Pop of Yellow

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BAB reader Beth was having a little trouble pulling together all the color elements of her kelly green and charcoal grey with daisy yellow accents, so, of course, like good little bloggers do … we came in and totally took the reins on this biatch. And let me tell you — it’s no easy feat finding a charcoal grey dress that either isn’t a sweater dress or isn’t a BAJILLION dollars. But find it I did, and I’m loving all of these colors together. Yellow and grey complement each other really well, and the green is a little bit of an unexpected twist, in the best way. Everything below, except for the wedding gown, comes in at under $100 … but even the gown is under $500!
Get Inspired Charcoal Grey, Kelly Green and a Pop of Yellow

Top Row, From left: Aquarelle Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each from Minted  || Big Top Circle Garlands, $20 for 12 from Minted || See the Starlight Lamp, $44.99 from ModCloth || Yellow 14-inch Honeycomb Paper Flower, $2.35 from Luna Bazaar || Rustic Charm Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each from Minted

Middle Row, from left: Kate Dress, $50 to rent from Little Borrowed Dress || Amy Dress by Susana Monaco, $77 (50% off) at ShopBop || Peau De Soie Dress, $450 from Dessy || Without Further Ado Green Maxi Dress, $52 from Lulu’s || Yale Fit and Flare Dress by BB Dakota, $93 from ShopBop

Bottom Row, from left: Cotton Voile Table Runner and Chair Sash, $19.95 from Luna Bazaar || Anywhere You Bow Flat, $34.99 from ModCloth || Sizzling Steps Heel, $64,99 from ModCloth || Country Charm Bridal Bouquet, $60 from Bloominous || Chamberlain Check Butterfly Bow Tie, $20 from Ties.com

 

 

 

Get Inspired: Classic Navy with Punchy Pink

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Navy is a great, classic color that isn’t so well, dark, as black but has a holy buttload of versatility as far as other colors you can pair with it. BAB Denise hollered at us on Facebook for some help with her navy blue and flamingo pink color scheme — and added that all of her centerpieces would be vintage milk girl, it sounds to me like you’ve got this all sorts of covered. Navy and pink pair really well together and white is the perfect accent to tone down the loudness of the pink but brighten up the dark navy and bring the whole shebang to a cohesive design. Assuming your dress will be white — which complements the centerpieces — you can go (almost) hog-wild with pink and navy.

Get Inspired Classic Navy with a Punchy Pink Twist

Top row, from left: Gold is another awesome accent for this palette. Gilded Romance Wedding Invitations, $229 for 100 | Cheap, easy and still super eye-catching. Pink Tissue Paper Pom-Poms, $10.69 for set of 5 | Protect yourself from the sun and have a super cute prop for your photos. Parasol, $7.95 | Alternate your milk glass with pink tea light candle holders, perhaps on navy linens. Colored Glass Candle Holder, $1.65 | Give your guests a bright and simple first impression with sleek-fonted invitations in your signature color. Pure Modern Wedding Invitations, $199 for 100

Second Row, from left: Bright, mod and slightly modest. Oasis Jacquard Tailored Dress, $94.75 | Any of your girls with a little endowment on the front are going to thank you for choosing a dress with wider straps. Outdoor Celebration Dress, $49.99 | Switch out your veil for a fun double headband to keep your hair out of your face as you dance the night away. Double Headband in Matte Satin, $9 | Light, airy and perfect for a beachside affair or casual wedding. Cute or Dare Fuchsia Dress, $36 | This sleek design has a fun twist with an illusion neckline and back. Crepe Trumpet Wedding Gown, $650 | Add some visual flare to your ladies’ garb with lace. Head over Heels Lace Dress, $13 | Winter, early spring and fall weddings call for longer sleeves and a scalloped design is on-trend. Tip the Scallops Dress, $46 | These Kate Spade earrings have been making the rounds, but when they come in blue, the only place they belong is in your ears on your wedding day. Blue Glitter Stone Stud Earrings, $38

Third Row, from left: A light, elegant dress will be stunning on your ladies. Home Sweet Scone Dress, $89.99 | The clean lines and classic shape make this a dress she really will wear again. Fashion Fervor Dress, $24.99 | Date night or bridesmaid? This dress just might be the new LBD. Midnight Sun Dress, $49.99 | Monochromatic polka dots are a fun way to tie in prints without messing with your color scheme. Can’t Wait to Celebrate Dress, $71.99 | White lace detail harkens to your milk glass centerpieces and complements your gown. Business Finesse Dress, $54.99 | The jeweled neckline on this darling frock makes accessorizing a breeze. Cue the Bijou Dress, $39.99

Bottom Row: Getting married on a hot day? Hand out fans in your wedding colors. Paper Hand Fan, $1.70 | Add a little glitz to your outfit without sacrificing comfort. Sparkle Ballet Flat, $24

Best of 2014: Wedding Inspiration: Something Blue with Doctor Who!

It’s no surprise that we have a little geek side over here at BAB. I mean, let’s be real. You don’t get this cool by not having a daily dose of geekery in your diet. And what better way to celebrate your inner fangirl than adding bits and bobs to your wedding day?

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When you first glance over at my group of friends, I’m the Phoebe to their Chandler, Joey and Ross. But what you don’t see on the outside is that this edgy, bubbly chick can definitely get her nerd on, especially when it comes to Doctor Who (and minions!).

Kevin and I recently decided to revisit the series, starting from our dear Mr. Christopher Eccleston and suddenly I was overwhelmed with the desire to have a Doctor Who themed wedding (again)! Just picture it, a touch of color in every direction – you don’t even need to be a Whovian to enjoy some good, ol’ blue!

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Bring a bit of classic art to the table with a cake mimicking the famous work by Vincent van Gogh!

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Pinterest has some amazing recipes for drinks – ask if your venue allows you to do a customized cocktail and serve up some Killer Kool-aid (adult style!).

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Now there’s the standard TARDIS or “Timelord” and “Companion” ring sets, but this little beauty completely sold me. Simple and classy with a touch of inner-geek!

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“Nine hundred years of time and space, and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” So why not lock their memory into this customizable TARDIS guest book!

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Between you and me, I could not be more thrilled that I came across this! I had an idea to use the sonic screwdriver to hold up my bouquet but could not find someone else who had done it. Until now! I can guarantee I’ll be holding this on my day – nerd moment all the way!

 

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Now we just need a bouquet to give away!

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What a sweet, little addition to your aisle. Dress up your flower girl with a blue tutu and your ring bearer with a bow tie (because they’re cool) and not only do you have an adorable picture but a little Matt Smith to drive the girls crazy.

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Sapphires are such a beautiful accessory to have. They’re classic and timeless, but can be used in the most unexpected ways.

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And lastly, a touch of navy blue on your dress, how could you go wrong? Or if you want to go all the way, perhaps add a small TARDIS on the inside of your dress for your “Something Borrowed” and “Something Blue”!

 

Are you incorporating any TARDIS blue into your wedding? Or do you have something else subtle and sneaky that’s a must-have?

Real Bride Katie: Save the Dates to Satisfy Everyone

Told you I’d be back at it in no time!

With my show closed, I’m down to just two jobs – my full time work, and then the freelance writing I do on the side. The full time is not very demanding and has a lot of downtime, so I felt comfortable diving back into planning, little by little.

The easiest job on the checklist that I could work on in short bursts was getting our save the dates ready to go. We considered skipping them, but with most of our guests being out of town, that seemed risky. Because the vast majority of our guest list is 20-40 years old, we feel comfortable choosing a digital option for most people.

I researched a bunch of options, but I fell in love with a simple design from Paperless Post.

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The best thing about this design is that it’s also available on paper. We need about 10 to send to people that we think would understand a paper save the date a little better. We’ll be able to create one design and send it out to all our guests in the format that works best for them. It will still only cost around $60. How great is that?

There are several other sites that provide this service, and some of them are cheaper. But once I saw our mock up, I was sold.

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SOOO cute! It will give a link to our wedding website (still under construction), which will contain hotel and other information.

Why YES, that is a sneak peek of an engagement pic! We won’t get the rest of them back until after the holidays, so I used the one we’ve seen so far as a sample. Ideally, we’ll pick one where you can see our faces instead of smooching for the save the dates! Once we get them back and pick one out, I’ll just have to upload it to the design and they’ll be ready to go out the door, no muss no fuss.

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I’ll share the rest when I get them, but for now, I’ll leave you with the full shot from our friendor, Traynor’s Photography.

Have a happy holiday filled with sugary treats and lots of love. See you in 2015!

 

Get Inspired: A Sumptuous Lavender, Gold and Mint Palette

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After Real Bride Jubilance‘s post about her flowers this morning, I was inspired to scheme up an inspiration board based off her colors. And guys, let me tell you: There are too many damn color options out there for weddings. I mean, I knew that, but with colors as specific as lavender and mint, you’d think finding a match would be kind of easy — but OMG. There are probz. at least a bajillion iterations of mint out there. Srsly. And now that I think of it, that’s probably exactly why I went for turquoise + all the colors for my first wedding. On the plus, if you’re not super picky, you can easily have a range of hues in your wedding and that would look absolutely gorge. On the minus, if you’re super picky, then you probably have little hair left on your head by the time your wedding day rolls around. But either way, I found some great options for you — with nearly everything under $100.

Get Inspired A Sumptuous Lavender, Gold and Mint Palette

Top row, from left: Textured Skater Dress, $90.96 at Asos || Love You More Mint Shift Dress, $43 at Lulu’s || Lace Insert Pleated Mini Dress, $90.96 at Asos || Heidi Gown, $595.00 at J. Crew || Content to Curtsey Dress, $84.99 on sale for $58.99 at ModCloth

Middle Row, from left: Eco Chic Bridesmaids Bouquet, $40 at Bloominous || When the Night Comes Dress in Violet, $99.99 on sale for $49.99 at ModCloth || Fine Dining Heel in Gold, $69.99 at ModCloth || Essie Lavenders Nail Polish, $8.50 at Nordstrom || Warehouse Applique Flower Dress, $113.70 on sale for $56.85 at Asos || Kind Bouquet of Lisianthus and White Statice, from $40 at The Bouqs

Bottom Row, from left: Loyal Fanfare Bracelet in Mint, $12.99 from ModCloth || Glam Mercury Glass Candle Holders (Set of 6) in Gold, $37.67 at LunaBazaar || Freshwater Pearl Earrings, $18 from Dessy

What’s your color scheme, BABs? Need a little help in the inspiration area? Feel free to tell me in the comments and I’ll see how I can help!

Words to Wed By: Sweet Poems That Don’t Suck

In our ongoing Words to Wed By series, we’ve so far tackled prayers and blessings and sayings for the sweet geeks among us. Now how about a little poetry, y’all? I know, there are times that poems suck and are uber rhyme-y, but then there are the really good ones. The ones that tug at them heartstrings like whoa. These are some of ‘em.

Words to Wed By Sweet Poems that Don't Suck

Litany by Billy Collins

You are the bread and the knife,
the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker,
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.

However, you are not the wind in the orchard,
the plums on the counter,
or the house of cards.
And you are certainly not the pine-scented air.
There is just no way that you are the pine-scented air.

It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge,
maybe even the pigeon on the general’s head,
but you are not even close
to being the field of cornflowers at dusk.

And a quick look in the mirror will show
that you are neither the boots in the corner
nor the boat asleep in its boathouse.

It might interest you to know,
speaking of the plentiful imagery of the world,
that I am the sound of rain on the roof.

I also happen to be the shooting star,
the evening paper blowing down an alley
and the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table.

I am also the moon in the trees
and the blind woman’s tea cup.
But don’t worry, I’m not the bread and the knife.
You are still the bread and the knife.
You will always be the bread and the knife,
not to mention the crystal goblet and—somehow—the wine.

I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) by E.E. Cummings.

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock by T. S. Eliot

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question …
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit.
In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.
The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes,
The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes,
Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,
Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,
Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,
Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,
And seeing that it was a soft October night,
Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.
And indeed there will be time
For the yellow smoke that slides along the street,
Rubbing its back upon the window-panes;
There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.
In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.
And indeed there will be time
To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?”
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair —
(They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!”)
My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,
My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin —
(They will say: “But how his arms and legs are thin!”)
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
               So how should I presume?
And I have known the eyes already, known them all—
The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase,
And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,
When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,
Then how should I begin
To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways?
               And how should I presume?
And I have known the arms already, known them all—
Arms that are braceleted and white and bare
(But in the lamplight, downed with light brown hair!)
Is it perfume from a dress
That makes me so digress?
Arms that lie along a table, or wrap about a shawl.
               And should I then presume?
               And how should I begin?
Shall I say, I have gone at dusk through narrow streets
And watched the smoke that rises from the pipes
Of lonely men in shirt-sleeves, leaning out of windows? …
I should have been a pair of ragged claws
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.
And the afternoon, the evening, sleeps so peacefully!
Smoothed by long fingers,
Asleep … tired … or it malingers,
Stretched on the floor, here beside you and me.
Should I, after tea and cakes and ices,
Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis?
But though I have wept and fasted, wept and prayed,
Though I have seen my head (grown slightly bald) brought in upon a platter,
I am no prophet — and here’s no great matter;
I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,
And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,
And in short, I was afraid.
And would it have been worth it, after all,
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,
Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it towards some overwhelming question,
To say: “I am Lazarus, come from the dead,
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all”—
If one, settling a pillow by her head
               Should say: “That is not what I meant at all;
               That is not it, at all.”
And would it have been worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while,
After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,
After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the floor—
And this, and so much more?—
It is impossible to say just what I mean!
But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen:
Would it have been worth while
If one, settling a pillow or throwing off a shawl,
And turning toward the window, should say:
               “That is not it at all,
               That is not what I meant, at all.”
No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
Almost, at times, the Fool.
I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
Shall I part my hair behind?   Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.

“I Rely on You,” by Hovis Presley

I rely on you
like a camera needs a shutter
like a gambler needs a flutter
like a golfer needs a putter
like a buttered scone involves some butter

I rely on you
like an acrobat needs ice cool nerve
like a hairpin needs a drastic curve
like an HGV needs endless derv
like an outside left needs a body swerve

I rely on you
like a handyman needs pliers
like an auctioneer needs buyers
like a laundromat needs driers
like The Good Life needed Richard Briers

I rely on you.

The Life That I Have by Leo Marks

The life that I have

Is all that I have
And the life that I have
Is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause
For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

Get Inspired: Grey, Teal and Bursts of Yellow for Your Fall Wedding

I was browsing through some fall weddings on a big, well-known wedding website, and I was struck by how many were kind of … meh. I mean, sure, there is TONS of gold in fall weddings — and we all know how much I love gold — but the palettes, for the most part, seem so muted or they’re the same basic jewel tones over and over. Guys, c’mon! Let’s bring some color into this bitch, yeah? Sunflowers happen to be in season for autumn, and it doesn’t get much more bright than these fun blooms! For complementary colors, I didn’t have to look far — inspiration is everywhere! Teal and grey are great bedfellows for cheery yellow, as teal’s richness is mellowed out by a lighter grey tone, which is great for silver lovers!

Get Inspired: Grey, Teal and Bursts of Yellow for Your Fall Wedding

Top row, from left: Paper Tassel Garland, Beau-Coup | Country Charm Bridal Bouquet, Bloominous | Charcoal Grey Recycled Glass Vase, Luna Bazaar | Teal Tissue Paper Pom-Pom, Luna Bazaar | Middle row, from left: “Ainsley” Dress in Sunlight, BHLDN | Mignon White Pleated Chiffon Evening Gown, Unique Prom | Fête to Print Dress, ModCloth | Jeweled Strap Wedding Dress, Ann Taylor | Sunny Socializing Dress, ModCloth | Bottom row, from left: Make a Scene Heel, ModCloth | Dance Instead of Walking Heel in Grey, ModCloth

What are your wedding colors, darlings? Are you having trouble coming up with ideas? Tell us in the comments below!