Unusual Wedding Bouquets

One of the most common feelings I come across in the brides I work with is their desire to do something special or unique in order to put a personalized touch on their wedding. They want their guests to remember something specific to their wedding that they haven’t seen before. (Although, it’s becoming more difficult to set yourself apart with all the wedding ideas tornado-ing around Pinterest!)

One way of doing this is through your bridal bouquet. When you think about it, the bouquet is essentially an accessory not much different than a bracelet or shoes. Try looking at it more like a statement necklace or a sash with a flash of color – something to create a pop and visually stimulate your guests.

Succulent Bouquets

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I cannot stop freaking out every time I see a bouquet with succulents in it. They’re so fresh and elegant at the same time.

Featuring Fruit

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The Vegan in me is in love with the idea of including fruits and veggies in a bouquet. One time, I saw one with succulents and mandarin oranges. I can’t really talk about it, though, or I might fall out of my seat.

Winter Bouquet

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is nothing more glamorous than a winter wedding. The colors! Crimson, sapphire, jade, berries, gold!! So much gold! This pine cone bouquet is perfect for any winter wedding featuring snow, a fireplace or any of the above.

Let your imagination run wild! Keep in mind, you can make a bouquet out of pretty much anything: fabric butterflies, seashells, crystals, stuffed animals, or anything else you can possibly think of.

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The New Bachelorette Party

With an increasing amount of women now getting married in their 30s, it makes me wonder something. Do we still want to do the same old, face-down drunk, stripper-filled, sloppy Vegas weekend getaway? Isn’t this what we’ve spent our late 20s trying to get away from? If you prefer the “last chance” craziness of a traditional Bachelorette Party, I say go for it. As a single woman, I love being invited to these wild public displays of drunken girl time. It just never seems like that much fun for the bride.

Frankly, I think the Bachelorette Party deserves better. So I came up with a few ideas that can be boozy and fun without being regretful. Look at these as great options for a sophisticated “later in life” (or even second!) wedding pre-funk.

1. Vacation Rental/Cabin at any nearby beautiful nature get away in your area:

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A beautiful retreat in nature may be just what you and your girls are craving in the stressful days before your wedding. Cannon Beach has beautiful sunsets and recreational activities with the added bonus of being close enough to town to enjoy the shops and restaurants. Pile everyone into a vacation home or two and entertain yourselves with long dinners, late night beach walks and lots of bottles of wine.

2. Spa Day:

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This is another activity aimed at getting everyone to relax, relax, relax. Some spas have communal hot tubs where you can all hang out together before enjoying your individual treatments. It’s also doing a little bit of multi-tasking since everyone probably needs their nails done anyway! Perfect for the bride-to-be who wants a total pampering experience – hangover free.

3. Dinner Celebration:

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This idea is perfect for the bride who doesn’t mind having another party to plan. This is definitely not for the faint of heart! While your maid of honor should be responsible for most (if not all) of the Bachelorette Party festivities, a lot of this could end up falling into your lap. Especially if the dinner is held in your home. So proceed with caution!

When done right, the dinner celebration can be a fun and intimate gathering complete with personalized touches. This is also good if you love your girls but you don’t necessarily want to spend an entire weekend with them.

Whatever you decide, the most important elements are relaxation and fun. Which you’re sure to get a both of if you’re surrounded by good friends.

Teacup Lights

I live on marthastewart.com because she is the man, basically, and she knows how to do pretty much everything. She has all the recipes I want and a million craft ideas I didn’t know I wanted.

I am particularly fond of her idea for making your own Teacup Lights.

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Previously, I mentioned the abundance of teacups at thrift and antique stores. This is another example of how to turn your mix and match glassware into something gorgeous and useful.

I love this idea for decor at a baby or wedding shower. What an impressive way to put that little extra something on your event! I’m actually so into this idea that I’m trying to figure out a way to procure these supplies soon so I can make these for my own apartment.