Saturday, March 31, 2012

Louisville Bride's Wedding Day Conflicts With Final Four Basketball Game

Today's Final Four is a pretty HUGE event! For the first time ever, rival teams from the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky will play each other in the Final Four tournament.
What would you do if your wedding, planned a year in advance, fell on the same day? 


Friday, March 30, 2012

Getting Married At Your Alma Mater (College and University Venues in Louisville KY)

University of Louisville's University Club
Photo by Beehner Photography via Beehner Photography
College is consider an important time of life, not just for education and resume development, but also for meeting people. It is prime time for finding a soul mate—and long after graduation we tend to bump into and connect with fellow alumni. So it’s not surprising that many engaged couples wish to tie the knot on campus.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

{DIY Wedding Project } DIY Heart Eggs

Easter is slowing coming our way soon and I am looking forward to it. I love looking at the cute color pastels along with bunnies or baby chicks. Seriously, if you separate all the Easter elements and look at each of them carefully, you'll notice some wonderful decor elements that could absolutely fit into stunning spring weddings.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Why do Women Want Diamond Engagement Rings?

Photo by Lizzie Loo Photography via Lizzie Loo Blog
Women have an eternal desire to feel special – giving rise to their desire for diamond rings. It’s strange though how women around the world, despite the different nationalities, religions, traditions, family, educational backgrounds, occupations and temperaments, want diamond rings.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Love Quote

 “When you smiled you had my undivided attention. 
When you laughed you had my urge to laugh with you.  
When you cried you had my urge to hold you.  
When you said you loved me, you had my heart forever.”

{Daily Wedding Bits} Trendspotting - Here Comes the Bride Signs

Here Comes the Bride Sign
Photo via All Things Wedding
Instead of having flower girls scatter rose petals or your ring bearer carry fake rings on a pillow, there is this new tradition of flower girls and ring bearer carry 'Here Comes the Bride' signs.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

{Daily Wedding Bits} 10 Yummy Wedding Desserts in a Dish

Blueberry Parfait
Choosing desserts for your wedding menu can be both fun and hard to pick with so many ideas out there. A trend I've been seeing for a while are desserts served in small jars or glasses. It's a perfect way to serve something amazing.

Monday, March 19, 2012

{Daily Wedding Bits} Rustic-Chic Decor - Hay

Guess what’s the latest craze in rustic wedding ceremony seating is? HAY! Hay used for seating can be stylish and fun. Perfect decor element for a rustic chic wedding. What more could one ask? If you're planning a low key, DIY wedding on a budget, I suggest hay bales as a possible option for seating.

Photo via Pinterest

Hay bales are great choice because they’re a good height for seating and you can easily find them local to source them, and you can accessorize them up in all kinds of ways. In finding hay bales in Louisville (or in Kentucky), I would recommend finding a local stables or farm and finding out whether you could borrow or rent the hay bales rather than buy them.  You should be able to negotiate a reasonable price or even just to leave a deposit until the bales are returned.
As simple as it gets, hay may be a bit uncomfortable for some bums. So have them simply draped with material or throws to provide a more cushioned seat. Quilts, blankets, picnic rugs, and cushions are all great for accessorizing your hay bale seating.  If you are looking for vintage quilts or old blankets, make sure you check out sales, charity stores and ask friends and family.

Below are some great examples of hay bale seating- as well as Hay decor!  Be inspired!

Outdoor Hay Bales Seating with Ribbons
Hay Bales Lounge Sofa
Photo by Dixie Pixel Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Elegantly Rustic Hay Bale Ceremony Seating
Photo via Pinterest

Need risers? Hay bails and a few planks of wood should fix that.
Photo by Mary Dougherty Photography via Ruffled

 Ring Bearer Pillow made from a Small Hay Stack
Created by Morgann Hill Designs

Sunday, March 18, 2012

{DIY Wedding Project } Handpainted Wedding Map

I always like looking for ideas to suggest on incorporating something from the area to welcome their out-of town guests. And wedding maps are the perfect touch!  Custom designed maps (like this one I posted a few months ago) are a fabulous, fun and very unique way to introduce your guests to your wedding destination and familiarize them with the area - what there is to do, what landmarks are meaningful to the couple, and seeing photos of the church and wedding reception venue. It would be the perfect addition to a welcome to Louisville gift bag! It’s a creative touch! Plus, they are an added keepsake after the wedding for your guests to take home and for you to remember the day by! The possibilities are endless!

Today, here’s a chance for you to make your own DIY Handpainted Louisville Wedding Map. I came this tutorial over at My Personal Artist. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

{Daily Wedding Bits} Trendspotting - Lovin' Scrabble Letters

Have you ever played the game, Words with Friends, or a childhood favorite game of min, Scrabble? There's frenzy of letter times in weddings lately and there are a lot of creative ideas and twists - like incorporating them in your engagement photographs, cupcake toppers, or hand-made favors. Here below are some LOVE Letter ideas for inspiration.

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest

Yum-my Scrabble Cupcakes via Sweet Things

Scrabble Place Cards
Photo by Caroline Tran via Caroline Tran

Scrabble Gift Moss Bag
Photo via Vintage Indie

DIY Scrabble Magnet Favors via Project Wedding
Click here to see the complete tutorial.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

5+02 Thursday Tips: 7 Southern Inspired Wedding Ideas

Southern weddings are a wonderful way of showing off some of our finest traditions and cuisine besides being spectacularly beautiful and romantic. If you are a girl who has her heart set on being a southern belle for the day, then go for it. Here are 7 ways to add some of that southern flair to your wedding.

Video via Classic Pixels

1.) Southern weddings would typically be set in an antique setting, such as a garden or the lawn of a historic estate or in a rented old antebellum plantation. Some of Louisville's most notable historic homes include the Thomas Edison House, the Farmington Carriage House, and Whitehall. To enhance your antique setting, consider decorating with draped linen, hanging lanterns or elegant florals.
Whitehall Mansion
2.) A classic Southern wedding is usually designed with a soft, feminine color palette. Blush pink, pale yellow, champagne, soft peach, and white or ivory are among the most popular hues. You could either choose one signature color such as pink to accent white (or ivory), or blend all of the soft colors together into one palette.

3.) The lush gardens of the South are justifiably famous. It is only natural that an abundance of full flowers would be used in a Southern wedding. Southern wedding flowers are garden flowers, such as gardenias, roses, peonies, camellias or magnolia blossoms. For a southern touch, integrate these into the centerpieces or the bouquet of your choice.
4.) A traditional Southern bride has an eye for tasteful beauty, and will tend to choose a wedding dress that is more timeless than avant garde. Lace gowns are especially popular, as they exude the sense of timeless elegance that Southern ladies appreciate. Her trademark is a romantic bell shaped gown made of silk and embellished with lace and pearls.
5.) If the d├ęcor signifies a traditional southern wedding, then the food will bring it home. The reception is held on the verandah where champagne, iced tea, whiskey and brandy are served to guests. Food of the southern tradition is served- roast duck, red velvet cake, pies, shrimp cocktail, steaks and barbeque. Southern weddings invite finger foods such as quiches, fried vegetables, or cocktail sausages wrapped in crescent rolls. For a modern touch, consider adding a biscuit bar, complete with sweet tea, honey and jam.
6.) No Southern wedding would be complete without a groom's cake. This is a custom that has been coming back in weddings in recent years, probably because it is so much fun. The groom's cake is traditionally a surprise gift from the bride to her groom. After all, a gracious bride with "good home training" knows that a wedding is about making everyone feel special, not just the bride.
7.) Tradition and heritage matter in the South and brides love to incorporate family heirlooms into their weddings. There is something just so special about borrowing a treasured item from a family member, and it is a lovely way to make your wedding more meaningful.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

{Daily Wedding Bits} Where to buy your Wedding Gown - Louisville Bridal Boutiques

When you're shopping for your wedding dress, how do you know where to start?  You can see our list of a few locally owned bridal shops here in Louisville KY. We suggest you to check them out along with a few quick tips to get you prepared.

1. Make an appointment.  This is extremely important in order insure you get the proper one-on-one attention necessary to find your perfect dress and your best defense against a long wait, especially if you're planning on shopping over a weekend.  

2. Research and be inspired. Be sure to take in your tear sheets and pictures from magazines or print out your favorites from Pinterest.

3. Know the setting of your ceremony & reception.  This will help you determine which style of gown is best suited for your event.

4.  Know your budget.

5.  Be open-minded and prepared to try on lots of styles to find the most flattering for your body.  You might be surprised!

We suggest beginning  your search by checking our list of local bridal salons. Happy Shopping!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Upcoming Bridal Show in Louisville - Sottero & Midgley 2012 Bridal Collection Trunk Show

Hello all! I'd like to announce to you as well that, along with the bridal trunk show of the Maggie Sottero Wedding Dresses 2012 Collection, comes the arrival of the newest Maggie Sottero Couture Collection: the Sottero and Midgley 2012 Collection. Sottero Midgley wedding dresses are superbly crafted with the highest quality construction, with every stitch in place, down to the very last high-fashion detail. Aside from the common thread of opulence, luxury, and high style, tying these gorgeous bridal gowns together, there are no two dresses alike; all display a uniquely fantastic design. You can view this gorgeous collection at the Bridal Warehouse here in Louisville Kentucky as well from March 16 to 18, 2012.


Upcoming Bridal Show in Louisville - Maggie Sottero 2012 Bridal Collection Trunk Show

Hello Kentuckiana Brides! Just would like to remind you of an upcoming bridal trunk show over at the Bridal Warehouse here in Louisville Kentucky. Maggie Sottero is famous for its designer wedding dresses, bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Maggie Sottero has been honored to receive numerous additional bridal industry awards, as well as nominations for a host of others. Now, you have a chance to see the Maggie Sottero 2012 Bridal Wedding Dresses Collection. The trunk show will be from March 16 until 18, 2012. For reservations, you can visit the Bridal Warehouse website.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

7 Country Club Wedding Venues in and around Louisville KY

Whether you’re looking for a place to host your wedding and reception, or simply the latter, a country club may be the perfect location. Many couples share the belief that country clubs are pricey or unavailable to non-members – which is not always the case. There are plenty that may be private for golfing, but are open to the public for catering and events. And the prices are competitive if not better than other area locations.
With a country club locale you get the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding or reception. Picturesque golf courses, spectacular water views, and centuries-old fieldstone clubhouses all provide stunning and romantic backdrops for your reception and will leave you with some spectacular wedding photos. Here are country and private clubs in and around Louisville Kentucky.

Wedding at Audubon Country Club
Photo by Todd Pellowe

Centrally located 10 minutes from Downtown Louisville, Audubon Country Club is a premier private, family-oriented country club in Louisville, KY. Audubon offers a beautiful clubhouse and several private dining rooms with excellent food and can definitely accommodate and host a variety of special events.

The Big Spring Country Club is located in one of the most historic areas of Louisville and Jefferson County (just minutes from downtown, the airport and every major expressway). It is so named because of a “big spring” which once furnished water for pioneer settlers in the area.  This spring, located just below the 13th green of the golf course, is still flowing today. Once an old stone and brick barn on the stock far, the luxurious clubhouse boasts a variety of private dining rooms in varying sizes that is ideal for a bridal luncheon, shower or reception. They can accommodate up to 230 guests for a seated dinner and up to 350 for more casual events.

Wedding at Woodhaven Country Club

Woodhaven Country Club features beautiful views of the lake, picturesque golf courses and the new and beautifully renovated reception space and furnishings of the Crystal Room. Whether grand or intimate, your wedding day/special event will be perfect. They have a great event planning staff who can attend to every other detail on your wedding day and they offer all-inclusive reception menus prepared by their own Executive Chef. Their services are offered to current members AND the general public.

Wedding at Wildwood Country Club

Wildwood Country Club offers its members and guests a stylish venue for all types of events from elegant reception to outdoor weddings. They offer everything from casual intimate events to wedding receptions or business meetings for over 400 guests.

Located on 160 acres along Brownsboro Road, Standard Country Club is the oldest club in Kentucky and the fourth oldest in the United States. Their Clubhouse provides an elegant yet comfortable setting for any social or business event. It offers a spectacular view of the golf course from all of the dining areas. The country club’s wonderful kitchen staff can be compared to those in some of Louisville’s finest restaurants offering specialized ice carvings and excellent cuisine.

Wedding at Hurstbourne Country Club

Hurstbourne Country Club is a beautiful venue for your old world romantic wedding ceremony and reception. Housed in a mansion dating back to the mid 1800’s, the clubhouse at HCC is unrivaled by any in the area. They have impeccable service and five star amenities making the Hurstbourne Country Club is one of the premier private country clubs in the state.

Oxmoor Country Club is a private country club setting open to the public for weddings and events. They offer a convenient and elegant setting for your future event. With its breathtaking views, lush green backdrop, elegant facilities and central location, you and your guests will enjoy a five star country club experience. The country club features beautiful plush grounds for an outdoor ceremony and they have multiple room options for small intimate gatherings or large events with seating up to 250. Their professional event coordinator on staff and culinary team will create the wedding of your dreams. 

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

{Daily Wedding Bits} 8 Popular Inexpensive Wedding Favors

Inexpensive wedding souvenirs doesn’t mean that they have to look cheap. With these great ideas, no one will know how little you paid for each favor. Most can be found or made for under $10. Go visit wholesale stores, or online websites and get some good ideas too. You’ll be surprised with you find there!
Chocolate Favors

#1 Chocolate or Candy Favors

Tie some Hershey’s Kisses or Ferrero Rocher Chocolates in silver or gold netting or in your color motif and finish with a pretty ribbon. Wholesale stores will have cellophane and netting along with an array of inexpensive ribbon. Another idea is buying simple shot glasses or mini take-out boxes and fill them with candy.

Magnet Favor Boat Wheel - 'Our Course Is Set'
#2 Magnets
You can find nice magnets at stores that go along with your theme. For a beach wedding, you might have a starfish or sail boat. For a wedding during the holidays, you might have a snowman. Once you find the magnet you like, cover it with netting or plastic with a thank you card or tie a ribbon around it as is.

Soap Favor
#3 Soap
Soaps are a really nice item to offer as a favor. Many pressed soaps are so lovely that they look much more expensive than they are. Find them in a shape and design that matches your theme. Or, if you really want to get crafty and save money, make your own soap wedding favors. You can find soap-making supplies at some specialty stores. They have unique molds that will allow you to hand pour your soaps. Check out this wrapping tutorial of Paper Wrapped Soaps if you're planning to make your own soaps.

#4 Candles
Candles have been a popular gift to guests for many years. They may be of any size, shape, designs or scent. Many couples use votive candles and have them in decorative holders. There are also specialty candles such a wedding cake-shaped candles or tradition inspired candles. Nothing says romance like candlelight.

Personalized Forks
#5 Personalized Items
You can do a lot with photos. You can personalize mugs, mouse pads, pens, cards or stationery and other personal items (keychains, money clips, clocks, etc.) They can be personalized with the couple's names and usually the event date as well. This gives guests a nice item that is a distinct reminder of the event.

Picture Frame Photo
#6 Picture Frames
Many couples give picture frames as gifts. These frames may be placed in goodie bags. These frames are generally no larger than 4x6, but some couples opt for larger frames.

CD Favors
#7 Wedding Songs CD
You can also have your guests walk away with a CD of all your wedding songs.

Donation to a Charity
#8 In Lieu of Favors - Donate To Your Favorite Charity
Instead of including wedding souvenirs that will be forgotten a few minutes after the wedding, some couples look to do good and donate the money they would have spent on them to a charity of their choosing. It will cost you less to do a donation than to buy batches of wedding gifts for guests, ribbon, labels, etc. So do it your way and donate. No one will even miss that little souvenir and they’ll be glad they could be invited with a good cause.

Friday, March 9, 2012

{DIY Wedding Project } Watercolour Place Name Cards

With spring coming up real soon, I feel that this Watercolour Place Cards (by Whimsical Wonderland Weddings) would be a great colorful addition to your wedding decoration. Simple yet so pretty! Hope you're all having a good day!

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