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Today’s guest post comes to us from Melissa Lande of Lux Light Photography, based in Traverse City, Michigan! Enjoy:

Outdoor weddings are some of the most beautiful and memorable wedding days. If you are planning to have your ceremony and reception outside, there are some must-know secrets that deserve consideration, when planning all of your details.

SECRET #1: Pay Attention to the Sun!

Many brides look on Pinterest and see these gorgeous sunny photos of brides on the beach, walking down a sandy aisle towards her groom. What many couples forget to pay attention to, is the sun’s location. If the sun is directly in front of the bride and groom, they will be silhouetted to not only your guests, but to your wedding photos as well. In the case of photography, instead of seeing beautiful blue water, everything behind you will be over exposed and white, and you will be super dark (especially because most officiants forbid the photographer’s use of flash). The way to fix this dilemma is turning your wedding slightly to the side, so that the sun is hitting the couple at a 45 degree angle. Ideally, the sun should be in the back of the ceremony if at all possible. This will create beautiful side light and still allow you to get married overlooking your preferred destination.

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2016 Wedding Stationery Trends (6)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Alex Kelsey of Greenvelope.com, purveyor of chic online invitations. Enjoy!

Whether you are searching for the perfect stationery to match your wedding day, or just looking for style inspiration to help you get started, we’re bringing you the best of 2016’s wedding stationery trends straight from the Colin Cowie wedding collection on Greenvelope.com. Read on to see all the trends, or get started browsing the collection here.

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Photo Credit: Marlon Ming Photography

Today’s lovely guest post comes to us from fashion insider Araceli Vizcaino-S of Azazie, based in Mountain View, CA. Enjoy!

A million decisions – is it just me, or does it sometimes feel like planning a wedding involves a million decisions? Take bridesmaid gowns – they come in practically every shape, size, and color and you have to make a choice that will make every one in your party happy. No problem, right?

You have to start somewhere, and when dressing your bridesmaids, it’s a good idea to start with basic length. Lucky for you, we’re sharing our secrets to make our decisions much easier!

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5 Reasons to Use Printable Wedding Invitations and Free Save the Dates (2)

As we all know, wedding planning is fraught with details and expenses. Perhaps you’ve been considering  using printable wedding invitations as a way to simplify the process, but are still unsure. Never fear! Today we’re joined by Eleanor of e.m.papers to demystify printables and put your mind at ease! Enjoy:

Printable wedding invitations, stationery and ‘day of’ paper items (wedding ceremony programs, seating lists, etc.) are a really great way to add a personal touch to your wedding and/or stick to your budget.

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We just love rustic weddings and today we’re joined by Laura Kunoth of Bluebell Florals who is going to share her expertise in rustic bouquets and floral crowns! Enjoy:

We loved creating the wedding bouquets for this backyard country wedding held at the bride’s family home in Valley Center, CA. They had a soft pink and white color palette and wanted to incorporate lots of natural greenery similar to the trees and foliage that surrounded their property.

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Wedding Planning During a Crisis

Today’s heartfelt guest post, brought to us by author and freelance writer Troy Lambert, offers some important food for thought when it comes to preparing for the unexpected. Enjoy:

“Wake up Troy. There’ something wrong.”

They were the words that started one of the toughest days of my life. My fiancée has a rare disease. So rare there isn’t even a name for it. It’s a chronic disease, but although one in two women will develop heart disease, one in three will develop cancer, and over 8% of the population has diabetes, only six other people in the world have ever been diagnosed with Abigail’s condition.

While usually there are warning signs, things that let us know an episode is coming, this time things happened really fast. The ambulance came, and three days later, we left the hospital. She felt better, but a specialist in Seattle wanted to see her as soon as possible. In the middle of wedding planning, when things were really coming together, we had each lost three days of work, and the upcoming trip meant we would each lose at least a few more, not to mention the cost of the trip.

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Choosing the Flowers for Your Winter Wedding (3)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Tom Owens of Park Ave Studio, based in Sayville, NY. Enjoy!

While it’s true that some flowers may be out of season during the cold winter months it is also true that you have plenty of gorgeous and breathtaking options to choose from. No matter the color palette you and your betrothed have selected for the day’s festivities you can bet you’ll have the floral selection available to compliment the momentous occasion.

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9 Helpful Steps for Getting In and Out of a Limo in Your Wedding Gown

Today’s wonderful and super practical guest post comes to us from Kawania Wooten of Howerton+Wooten Events, based in Washington, DC. Enjoy!

When you purchased your wedding gown, you may have inquired about ways to sit, hug and dance in a fitted gown — especially with so much material, beading and possibly a train.  But, what do you do when you need to get in and out of a limousine in your wedding gown?  Here are nine helpful steps to guide you in and out of the vehicle with ease.

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Today’s wonderful guest post comes to us from wedding fashion insider Araceli Vizcaino-Sof Azazie, based in Mountain View, CA! Enjoy:

With the New Year, comes the opportunity to usher in some of prettiest of looks for 2016. With the bi-annual bridal fashion shows expanding our minds of what a “white dress” can be (sometimes, not white!), bridesmaid dress trends have loyally followed suit, adding their own flair down the aisle. Here’s the lowdown on old and new trends here to stay:

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Today’s fun guest post comes to us from Audrey Isaac of 100 Candles, based in Los Angeles, California! Enjoy:

When it comes to wedding lighting, candles are a long-standing favorite for providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere as the happy couple celebrate their newly exchanged vows. If romance is what you seek, read on for some creative ways to incorporate candles into your big day!

Faux Fireplace

If your venue happens to have a fireplace, you’re in luck! Ditch the logs and fill the fireplace with candles of varying heights for a beautifully dynamic look.

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