How Do You Actually Find the Right Engagement Ring?

Your engagement ring

Your engagement ring

Congratulations on having decided to pop the big question!

We know this is a huge moment in your life, and we know just how much you want everything about it to be flawless.

But how do you actually find the right engagement ring?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

· Carats don’t measure the value. In case you are wondering, carats measure nothing more than the weight of a diamond – which does influence the price of the ring, but it isn’t the single most important characteristic (as it is in the case of gold, where carats are all about the purity of the gold itself).

· Cut, clarity and color are also important. These together with Carats make up the “4C’s” of diamonds that you’ll often hear about. If you want to pick a ring that’s genuinely valuable, look into its cut (how many facets the diamond has), its clarity (how pure it is) and its color (some rare colors tend to be more valuable than others, such as black diamonds, for example).

· Choose the precious metal for ring itself wisely. The reason you want to invest in a quality precious metal is because this is not a piece of jewelry that will be worn every now and again – it’s something your future wife will wear on her finger for the rest of her life. Therefore, you want to choose a precious metal that is strong, resiliant and pretty (such as palladium, platinum, yellow, white, or even rose gold, for that matter). Unsure of her style? A great option is to get engaged with the stone set in a simple gold solitaire setting. Then once you’re engaged you two can shop together for a setting or matching his and her setting that you both love.

· Consider options for customizing the ring. There are cute, affordable ways to bring personality into a ring – such as a small inscription on its back. The date of the proposal, your wedding date, the anniversary of when you first started dating, or a short quote you know she loves – this kind of detail can make all the difference in the world!

· Beyond the price tag, what is truly important is that the ring truly suits your future bride. In the end, she may not even be a fan of diamonds, so you can actually settle on a different precious stone. There are so many stunning options out there!

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Photo by Jackie Tsang on Unsplash.

Gifts for the bridal party

Fun bridesmaid’s gifts

Fun bridesmaid’s gifts

So, what to get the team that’s been standing up beside you for so long? It’s tough to find something that fits in your now non-existent budget and is something they’d love. There are sites out there that might be able to get you what you want and for a great price too.

One we found was https://bridebop.com This is just a way to thank your girls and make them know that you’ve thought about them and appreciate their support during the stressful time of planning a wedding. Then, just for guys, you can go to https://groomsday.com/ for ideas.

And they’ve got plenty of gifts that aren’t cliches. The gifts are personalized and something they’ll keep and use. We found a few things we thought were really great ideas - a stemless wine glass with their names on them. Or what about a mason jar?

We ordered the wine glasses and they were an instant hit. Give them a shot or just shop and see what you think.

For more ideas, check out these pinterest pages:
https://www.pinterest.com/groomsday/groomsmen-gifts/ 
https://www.pinterest.com/bridebopgifts/bridesmaid-gifts/ 

Stunning and Simple Hairstyle Ideas for Brides Who Want to DIY

Hairstyles for your wedding

Hairstyles for your wedding

Although a lot of brides choose to hire the services of a professional bridal hairstylist for their wedding day, the truth is that this is not strictly necessary – and as you will see a bit later on, there are legit reasons not to do it.

Why would you want to do your own hair on the Big Day? And even more, what kind of hairdos can you create?

We have some tips to help you decide.

· One of the main reasons brides frequently decide on this path is because it is a simple way to save some money. Of course, a professional hairdo will not break the bank, but when you are trying to save every penny you can, every single little change counts.

· Even more, some brides choose to do this of their own volition. A lot of ladies argue that they are the ones who know their hair best – and this can be really true. Even more, a DIY hairdo allows you to add a bit of personality to your entire bridal look story, helping you create an authentic, beautiful appearance.

· There are a lot of really pretty hairdos you can definitely do on your own, with little to no experience, and just a bit of practice. No matter what type of hairstyle you want, there is something in your niche that’s easy to pull off. A little bit of research on Youtube will reveal some great options!

· Large curls, messy curls, and loose curls can all be easily pulled off and they are a truly timeless wedding look. Paired with a tiara, this kind of look can be very glamorous and romantic, so it works excellently for brides who want to look luxurious on their wedding day.

· If you want something more casual, our suggestion is a messy bun with fresh flowers. Messy buns are quite easy to pull off when you have the right hair texture, and they can be beautifully adorned by a few simple, small blooms – just perfect for a spring bride!

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THIS Is How You Make Your Dream Wedding Ceremony Happen

Your wedding ceremony is so, so unique! Although a lot of people focus on the reception alone, the truth is that the ceremony is the very reason the reception is happening – it is the core and the source of the entire wedding. For you, as the bride and groom, your wedding ceremony is the single most important part of the Big Day – so it makes sense that you want it to be perfect.

How can you do that? How to plan a flawless wedding ceremony? Here are some tips to keep in mind:

· Will it be religious? If yes, and if you are not familiar with the religious ceremonies of your culture and denominations, you should find a congregation or place of worship that can guide you through this. Religious ceremonies can be confusing when you are used to something else, so it is very important to have a representative of this religion to show you the ropes and to help you learn everything there is to know about a religious ceremony.

· What style do you want? Do you want your wedding ceremony to be set outside or inside? Do you want your décor to be grand, or do you want something simple and sweet? These are things you should definitely discuss with your fiancé. Take time to learn what each of you dreams of and if necessary, find a middle-ground solution to keep both of you happy.

· You don’t HAVE TO write your own wedding vows. Sure, it’s a nice touch – but not in any way mandatory. If you or your loved one are introverts and you don’t feel confident speaking in public, saying your own wedding vows might sound more terrifying than magical, and that means you’d be missing all the beauty of the ceremony itself. Allow yourselves to be who you are, and if that means going with traditional wedding vows, then so be it. Your ceremony will still be beautiful.

· DO make sure you opt for a very good wedding officiant. Being compatible with your officiant is important. You are putting this person in charge of guiding your entire ceremony – the last thing you would want is to hear them speak about matters that you do not agree with or that don’t match the energy of the day!

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DO Make Sure to Ask These Questions When Searching for Your Wedding Ceremony Officiant

wedding officiants in NM

wedding officiants in NM

Your wedding officiant is a truly important person in your wedding day. You want your officiant to truly mirror you and your fiancé: who you are as a couple and as individuals. This is important because the officiant will be guiding the entire ceremony from top to bottom (and we all know just what a hugely important moment this is in your life!).

What are some of the questions you should definitely ask your officiant when meeting them for the first time?

We have some tips for you – keep reading and find out more.

· Are they available? This comes without saying, but you’d be surprised to learn how many couples set their hearts on an officiant only to find that they aren’t available for their specific wedding date. You want to make sure you ask this from the very beginning, so that you don’t proceed further if availability is a concern.

· Can they officiate your wedding? If you want to have a religious wedding, your officiant has to be from your congregation and denomination (e.g. if you are Catholic, you need a Catholic priest to officiate the ceremony). If you want a civil wedding, you want to also make sure this person is actually legally able to marry you – otherwise, the wedding might be deemed null.

· Do you get to personalize the wedding? Most of the times, this is allowed up to certain extent, but do keep in mind that there are religions where customizing your wedding is simply not an option. For example, Catholics don’t have much choice when it comes to the wedding songs and their wedding vows, as Catholic weddings often take place as a part of a full mass.

· Will they guide you before the wedding? You need to have excellent communication with your wedding officiant. You have to understand each other and be compatible with each other – because otherwise, you might end up with a lot of issues generated by the lack of communication (such as realizing that your officiant is about to say something you don’t agree with and not having time to stop him because you’re in the middle of the ceremony).

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You Should Definitely Know These Guest List Etiquette Tips!

Guest etiquette tips

Guest etiquette tips

Creating the guest list is one of the first and most important elements of the wedding planning process – and truth be told, it can be one of the most daunting and stressful ones as well.

You want to make sure you plan a wedding that suits your style and taste, but you also want to make sure nobody gets upset.

What do you do? What are some of the essential guest list tips to keep in mind?

· Do you have to invite people whose wedding you attended? Well, it depends. If it happened recently and if you are still close to them, then absolutely yes. If, however, you have drifted apart since their wedding or your wedding is simply smaller than theirs, you might be able to skip including them on the guest list.

· Do you have to invite children? Not if you don’t want to. This is your wedding and you are allowed to choose if you want to make it an adult-only event or not. One of the most delicate ways of doing this is by clearly specifying on the RSVPs who is invited: Mr. and Mrs., or by making it clear the number of seats you’ve reserved for them.

· What if you receive a gift from someone who’s not invited? Believe it or not, this happens. But you shouldn’t feel obliged to invite them to the wedding; much less so if you are planning an intimate event. If you’re in doubt over whether or not this person is expecting an invitation, discuss matters with a common friend or relative who is closer to them. DO make sure to thank them, though!

· Do you have to invite all the relatives of the same group? Yes, absolutely. If you invite one aunt, all of them should be invited to the wedding. This is your family, and chances are that even if you are not close to them, they will find out about you only inviting only one of them, sooner or later. It’s better to avoid this kind of drama in the future!

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Use These Tips to Choose the Very Best Color Scheme for Your Wedding

Color schemes for your wedding

Color schemes for your wedding

The color scheme you choose for your wedding can totally influence the way it will all look, and most importantly, the way you and your guests will actually feel during the wedding.

How do you choose the best color scheme for your wedding, though?

We’ve gathered some tips on this – so keep reading if you want to find out more.

· Think out of the box – and out of the trends. Just because Living Coral is trending in 2019, it doesn’t mean you absolutely have to choose it for your wedding. It can be an older Marsala, or simply green and white if that’s what suits your personality best. Also, if you want your wedding to feel really unique, try to stay away from clichés as well. For instance, a Navy-themed wedding doesn’t have to be all about navy blue, reds, baby blue, and white – start with that as a base and find ways to make it your own!

· Be bold and choose more than two colors. Most brides fall into a trap here, thinking that choosing more than two colors will make the wedding feel incoherent and noisy. However, when chosen correctly, multiple colors combined can look really special and they can give your wedding an amazing, vibrant, welcoming vibe!

· Take your personality into consideration. It doesn’t serve you to have a pink wedding if you’re all about the darker colors – and the other way around. Your personality dictates the décor. Allow your own story and who you really are to shine through the décor by choosing colors that resonate with you. For instance, if you are bubbly and full of humor, the best color combination for you will be one that mirrors that: a bright array of colors that feel energizing and youthful when brought together.

· Take your venue into consideration too. The way the venue is already decorated and the general vibes it sends out should go hand in hand with the actual wedding color scheme. For instance, a rustic venue will not look good with a very urban color scheme, and a museum wedding calls for more muted, earth tones instead of bright punches of color.

Looking for a wedding designer to help you create the perfect wedding ambiance? Or maybe for a florist? No matter what type of wedding specialist you may be searching for, rest assured that you will find them at New Mexico Wedding Expos & Guide. Come visit us and see for yourself!

Bridesmaids’ Dress Tips Every Bride Should Know

Bridesmaid’s dresses

Bridesmaid’s dresses

Choosing the dresses for your bridesmaids can prove to be a more daunting task than you initially expected. In fact, in many cases, choosing the bridesmaids’ dresses can frequently take longer and be more stressful than choosing your own wedding dress.

How do you make everyone happy? What are some of the tips to remember when searching for the right dresses for your special ladies on the wedding day?

We have some tips for you. Keep reading if you’re eager to minimize the stress as much as possible.

· Long, short, or in between? Truth be told, there’s no rule to say that bridesmaids have to wear long gowns. They should probably opt for length when the event is really elegant and traditional – but few weddings these days are actually 100% dedicated to tradition, so the length of the bridesmaids’ dresses can be up for debate. Plus, your bridesmaids might have their own preference here – and choosing a dress that’s too long can severely affect your relationship with bridesmaids who don’t feel good in long dresses.

· All the shapes of the Earth. Every woman is beautiful in her own way – and dressing to impress is most definitely on the bridesmaids’ list of priorities. Choose bridesmaids’ dresses that are either very good for everyone or universally “applauded” by all specialists. The first version might be tricky if you have a lot of members in your wedding party and if they have a wide variety of body types.

· The bodices. Again, it all depends on your bridesmaids’ top halves and how they want to look. Generally, sweetheart gowns are most popular because they can flatter a lot of body types. However, they are not the only type of bodice out there. An illusion high neckline looks fabulous and it is very trendy – however, if your bridesmaids don’t feel good in this, they will feel uncomfortable throughout the entire Big Day.

· Letting them choose. Mismatched bridesmaids’ dresses are still very popular – and this year, it all goes beyond that. In 2019, you will be able to completely mismatch your bridesmaids’ dresses and simply allow them to wear what they want. A unifying theme of some sort is always nice (like a specific color, length, or neckline), but letting your bridesmaids choose their own dresses helps everyone feel their best.

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Are You Allowed to Skip the Alcohol at the Wedding?

Serving alcohol at the wedding

Serving alcohol at the wedding

Planning a wedding is quite difficult. At the end of the day, it is completely worth it and you definitely deserve to have the wedding of your dreams – but you should be aware of the fact that planning it is not easy in any way. There is a huge amount of details that need to be handled, not to mention the pressure of trying to make everyone happy.

Alcohol and weddings can be one of the most troubling questions for brides planning their wedding – but what happens when you want to skip the alcohol altogether?

We have some tips for you – continue reading if you want to find out more.

· You shouldn’t feel obliged to serve alcohol at your wedding. Sure, it’s what most couples do – but there isn’t a strict rule about it. On the contrary: this is your wedding, and you should allow yourself to make your own rules. If you’d be happier having an alcohol-free Big Day, then do what feels right to you and your fiancé!

· There are a lot of reasons you might not want to serve alcohol. You may not drink, you may be against it for moral or religious reasons, you may have someone in your family who has a history with alcohol, you might want to save money, or you might simply want to avoid the mess that could ensue once some guests have had too many drinks.

· It is important to let people know from the very beginning that you will have an alcohol-free wedding. You can add this in the invitation suite, or write it on your wedding website – or, if your wedding is small and the guest list isn’t too demanding, you could let everyone know in person. This way, people will know what to expect right from the get-go (and they will not be tempted to bring in their own alcohol, putting themselves and you in an awkward situation).

· Serving a small amount of alcohol is also a good option. You could only serve champagne for the toasts or maybe add a couple of wine and beer options into the mix as well. Also, keep in mind that planning a daytime wedding means that people will automatically expect a smaller amount of alcohol. So if you want to decrease the expectation of booze, maybe consider a daytime ceremony!

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Elegant and modern bouquets

Photo by Aesthetic life studio

Photo by Aesthetic life studio

Include roses in your bouquet, with the sunflower to create a modern design with elegance.

Featured florals in this arrangement:

  • Rose – Roses are known as the flowers of love and romance. Many choose to include pink roses in their bouquet because they symbolize gratitude, grace, admiration and joy.

  • Green Button Pom – This button pom is a good choice for a filler flower because it’s available year-round. This flower comes in white, green, purple and yellow and is also called a Chrysanthemum.

  • Amaranthus – When this flower dries, it turns golden in color. It’s also called the flaming fountain and it has a distinct color that makes it noteworthy.

For more information, go to ftd.com to see more ideas. But look at the flowers here locally at one of the many People’s Flowers shops. They can show you the real flowers you might want in your bouquet.

More ideas:

Photography by Olivia Rae Photography

Photography by Olivia Rae Photography

The Best Ideas for Your Wedding After Party Outfit

Wedding after party outfits for NM brides

Wedding after party outfits for NM brides

If you are like most brides and grooms, you want your wedding day to last for as long as possible. You want to enjoy the magic, the joy, and the beauty of this special event in your life for the entire day (from dawn to dusk), and you want to provide your guests with an unforgettable experience as well.

This is precisely why a lot of couples choose to have an after party in addition to the ceremony and reception. This is, indeed, a wonderful opportunity to keep the party alive well into the dawn of the next day and help your guests have some real fun, all night long.

What should you wear for your wedding after party, though? You can wear your wedding gown, of course – but just in case you don’t want to ruin it (either because you want to sell it afterwards or because you simply want to keep it in a pristine state), you might want to get another dress for the after party.

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

· Since this party will be much more casual than the wedding itself, you can pretty much wear any kind of dress you want. Depending on where the after party takes place, you can wear something that’s more suitable for a club, or something a bit more elegant.

· For instance, you could wear a short white dress (camisoles are growing in popularity, along with a lot of other 90s trends). This will allow you to move around and dance as you wish. You could also wear a longer dress, but with a more casual touch to it, like a long, fitted gown with a slit up the side that allows some skin to show through.

· If you want something completely different and unique, you don’t have to wear an actual dress at all! For example, you could wear a stylish jumpsuit. This is easy and comfortable to wear, but it also looks really fashionable and feminine at the same time – so you will definitely love the look!

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You Should Definitely Consider These Trends for Your 2019 Wedding!

Wedding trends

Wedding trends

A new year has started – and together with it, we are starting to see the new wedding trends shaping up. If you are a couple planning your wedding in 2019, you definitely want to know more about the best and freshest wedding trends out there, so that you can steal some inspiration for your own Big Day.

What are they? What are the most beautiful wedding trends of the year? We have some tips for you – keep reading if you want to find out more.

· Installations and art. Long gone are the days of simply tossing a few flowers together and calling it “wedding décor.” As Millennials are getting more and more immersed in the wedding world, it is quite likely that we will see more artistic wedding décor pieces – installations and even actual paintings incorporated in these special events are bound to make an impression!

· Special bars. Everyone loves a good cocktail – and wedding bars stocked with unique combinations are a real attraction for most guests. Think out of the box with your cocktails and serve the kind of drinks people will actually want the recipe for!

· Small bouquets. One of the biggest trends of 2019 was actually set by the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry themselves: minimalism. Her dress was absolutely superb in its simplicity, and so was her bouquet. We can definitely expect to see more brides deciding on the same simple, elegant style for their 2019 weddings.

· Vibrant colors. Living Coral has been declared Pantone’s Color of the Year – and we can expect it to be seen in all kinds of vibrant combinations. Most people might expect this color to be combined with pastels and neutral shades – but trendsetters are saying otherwise: vibrant colors are what 2019 is all about, so Living Coral might end up in the most unique color combinations ever. We are so excited to see a real pop of color in the wedding world of 2019!

Looking for talented wedding specialists to help you plan the perfect wedding day in New Mexico? Contact us right now and come visit us at New Mexico Wedding Expos & Guide! We guarantee you will absolutely LOVE what our exhibitors can provide you with – they are experienced and dedicated, and they will go the extra mile to make sure your dream wedding comes true!

You Will Love These Special Flower Ideas for Your Wedding!

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Flowers are a true gift for the world! Graceful and beautiful, they are the perfect embellishment for anything wedding-related and are a true delight in both natural and man-made environments.

We are so connected to the beauty of flowers that we want them to accompany us on the most special days of our lives – and weddings are chief among them.

How to incorporate the elegance of flowers into your Big Day, aside from the classic methods (centerpieces, décor, boutonnieres, and bouquets)?

We have gathered some tips and ideas for you – keep on reading if you want to find your floral wedding inspiration.

· Edible blooms. Edible flowers have been quite popular in 2017 and 2018 – and they will continue to remain so in 2019. You can have them on your wedding cake (even the simplest buttercream cake can be instantly elevated with fresh flowers), on your desserts, in your foods, and even in your cocktails. These flowers will not only make your food and drinks look fresh and pretty, but they will also complement their flavor bouquet.

· Video-mapping flowers. You don’t have to use natural flowers to incorporate their beauty in your wedding day. For instance, you could use video-mapping services to project stunning floral decorations on a white cake and even on your white wedding gown (imagine how beautiful this would look while you dance for the first time as a married couple!).

· Floral fashion. Flowers can look beautiful when printed on your bridesmaids’ dresses (ideal for a spring wedding, for example). They can also add a dash of style and uniqueness to your groom’s attire when they are printed on his suit, shirt, or simply his bow-tie. And they can look absolutely magical when incorporated into your wedding veil too!

· Hanging florals. Hanging florals and overhead flower arrangements are quite the trend right now – and we can see why. They are surprising and delicate at the same time, they can create an amazing, airy space, and they can even make the wedding reception feel cozier and more welcoming by narrowing the space between the ceiling and the floor. This kind of décor is bound to be appreciated by everyone at your wedding!

Searching for a talented wedding florist in New Mexico? Or maybe other types of wedding specialists? Contact New Mexico Wedding Expos & Guide and allow our exhibitors to be the ones who help you plan your DREAM wedding!

4 Tips for Those Who Want to Plan their Wedding FAST

planning a wedding quickly

planning a wedding quickly

If you have just gotten engaged, you are probably incredibly excited about the months to come. Indeed, this is a very special time of your life – and you have the right to enjoy every second of your engagement and wedding planning just as you want to.

Of course, most couples choose to take a little more time for the planning of their wedding (in most cases, it takes about one year, but there are some who prolong this period up to two, three, or even more years).

Is it possible to plan the wedding quicker, though? Can you plan a wedding in less than one year?

Yes, you can – and we have gathered some tips to help you do this.

· First and foremost, keep in mind that wedding planning is already stressful as it is – and if you add a ticking clock to the mix, you can easily fall into anxiety. It is extremely important to create a feasible plan – one you feel comfortable with, but one that is realistic for your timeline. And it is extremely important to maintain your focus and actually stick to that plan too. More than anything, make sure you talk to your fiancé and your closest friends and relatives about this and that you have their support – it can make all the difference in the world.

· If you want to plan a wedding in a short amount of time, you want to make sure you have your venue booked by the end of the first or second month of planning at the absolute latest. This will decide your precise wedding date, which in turn dictates when you send out the Save the Dates, when you send the invitations, and when you can finally create a final guest list and start hiring vendors.

· By the end of the third or fourth month of planning, all of your wedding vendors should be booked already (and this includes your makeup artist and your hairstylist as well). Your wedding style should be already set. Your invitations should be sent out.

· Your last couple of months before the wedding should be dedicated entirely to the details that will make the day of your wedding feel amazing – such as the seating chart and the wedding playlist, for example. DO make sure you get your marriage certificate as well – without it, your wedding will not be legally recognized!

Have you started to look for wedding vendors already? Be sure to come and visit New Mexico Wedding Expos & Guide’s shows in 2019! You can save so much time and money by attending our shows and choosing to work with the amazing wedding pros we always bring together!

5 Things to Do Right After You Put a Ring on It

After you put the ring on

After you put the ring on

Congratulations on your engagement!

We know this is a huge moment in your life – and we know you want to do everything right, from the moment you put the ring on your finger to the moment you bid your wedding guests farewell.

What are some of the most important things to do right after the engagement? We have gathered some tips for you.

· Take a moment to relax and enjoy the moment. Really, you don’t have to jump right into the storm of it all. Take your time, take your fiancé out in the town and have a nice dinner. This is your moment to celebrate – you’re in this together and you deserve to party a little, just the two of you.

· Make your announcement. Before you go public (especially on social media), make sure you take some time to tell everyone close to you – your parents, your close relatives, your best friends, and so on, personally. They have the right to learn the big news before all the random people in your friend list on Facebook and Instagram.

· Buy insurance for your ring. It might seem like a needless extra cost, but it’s not very expensive and it can save you from a lot of pain and heartache if something were to happen to your ring. Depending on the exact contract you will sign, jewelry insurance can cover you in case of damage, loss, and even theft – and given the fact that this ring has very strong emotional value, insuring it will give you peace of mind.

· Plan your engagement party. You don’t have to plan something very large or extravagant – or you can go all out with a luxurious party, it’s entirely up to you. The key here is to invite people who are close to you – though probably not as many as you will invite to the wedding itself. Keep in mind though: whoever gets invited to the engagement party should absolutely be on the wedding guest list too!

· Start dreaming up your wedding. Pinterest boards, articles from magazines, mind-maps – use whatever methods you want to collect the best ideas for your dream wedding. Don’t limit yourself just yet – you will have plenty of time later on to trim down the list of ideas and only select those that suit your style, your story, and your budget.

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Flower Symbolism You Should Definitely Keep in Mind

Flowers have meaning!

Flowers have meaning!

The beauty and grace of flowers will never cease to amaze us, and that might be one of the reasons these elements continue to be essential in most wedding planning efforts.

Of course, you want your flowers to look fresh and flawlessly brought together – but have you considered their symbolism too?

We have some tips to help you send the right message with your flowers.

· Tulips. If you plan on having a spring wedding, we recommend considering tulips for the wedding décor or bridal bouquet. Why? Aside from the fact that these flowers exude femininity and elegance, they are also a symbol of love and passion – so they truly make for the perfect wedding bloom.

· Orchids. It’s impossible not to love the huge variety of colors these flowers come in – they are downright astounding in so many ways! Even more, orchids stand for beauty, love, passion, and fertility – all of which are great symbols to associate with your wedding day. So, if you are searching for wedding flowers that feel luxurious and bright, this is the perfect option for you.

· Lilies. If you want your wedding blooms to really fill the air with their beautiful fragrance, lilies are among the best options. In terms of symbolism, lilies stand for majesty, luxury, truth, and honor – so they are a great choice to show your goals in your marriage.

· Daffodils. Joyful and pretty, these spring flowers make for a delicate addition to any wedding! Even more, their symbol is that of happiness and warm thoughts – so if you want to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere at your wedding, you should definitely consider these flowers.

· Carnations. Although frequently underrated, carnations can make for such stunning (and affordable!) wedding flower arrangements! Same as roses, each carnation color stands for a different symbol: the red ones are all about love (predictably so), the white ones signify talent, and the pink ones represent boldness. Lovely, right?

Have you hired your New Mexico wedding florist? Looking for more wedding specialists in the area? Come visit our next exhibition at New Mexico Wedding Expos & Guide and hire the most talented wedding vendors in the area!

Macramé Décor Ideas to Add some Homemade Flair to Your Wedding

Macrame decor for your wedding

Macrame decor for your wedding

There are a thousand and one ways to decorate a wedding – and the beautiful thing about planning the perfect wedding décor is that you can always combine multiple themes and elements to create something that’s truly unique. Something that reflects you, your fiancé, and who you are as a couple.

Macramé décor is one of those trends that slowly makes room into your heart, the kind you really want to incorporate at least in a small amount into your Big Day for a touch of homespun love.

How can you do that? We have some ideas for you – so read on if you are looking for inspiration.

· The chairs. One of the easiest and most beautiful ways of adding a bohemian touch to your wedding is by decorating the chairs with macramé. You don’t have to cover the entire chair; you could only limit yourself to the bride and groom’s chairs if you wanted to keep it low-key. Even a simple macramé model hanging on the back of your chairs will work some magic.

· The backdrop. Want to add a very boho-chic touch to your ceremony? Create a woven macramé backdrop to place behind the altar. It will set the mood for the entire ceremony and show off your creative talents!

· The cake. Not sure how to decorate your cake in an original way? A small cake skirt made out of fondant “worked” as macramé will look really special. This works marvelously for any wedding with a bohemian, garden, or other nature-inspired theme.

· The bar. Your bar or candy table has to coordinate perfectly with your bohemian wedding theme – so why not decorate the table with macramé? Choose white macramé for a cleaner look or go for ombre macramé that coordinates with your wedding colors for something more festive. Either way, this will look really pretty!

· The bouquet. Wrap your bouquet in macramé if you want to make it look bohemian with a touch of vintage – even a simple bouquet of white roses looks beautiful with woven art around the outside. This could also be your “something old;” if you have any macramé décor that has been passed down as a heirloom, it’s even better!

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How to Plan a Multicultural Wedding

multi-cultural weddings

multi-cultural weddings

Love transcends all borders – space, language, culture, or anything else that might stand in its way.

Love is not about the language you speak or the culture you belong to – it’s the connection that brings people together regardless of where they or their families come from.

If you are among the happy couples who hail from different cultures, you surely want to bring your heritage into your Big Day. This is, after all, who you are – and it’s important to celebrate your backgrounds on such an important day of your life.

But how do you do that? How do you plan a multicultural wedding? Here are some tips to keep in mind:

· Celebrate each other’s ancestries. There’s nothing more beautiful than showing the world your love goes beyond all differences – so why not surprise your loved one (and their family) by saying a few words in their native language during the wedding? You could say a sentence or two in their language during the wedding vows, or you could include something nice in their language in your wedding speech – no matter what you choose, you are bound to bring tears of joy to their eyes.

· Bring your languages together. You want their side of the family to be fully immersed in the wedding experience – and creating bilingual wedding stationery is one of the best ways to do this. Furthermore, if the ceremony will be held in one language and you want to make sure all the members of your significant other’s family understand what is being said, why not hire an interpreter so that everyone can be included?

· It’s more than just the language; it’s everything you grew up with. Your mom’s hot chocolate, their mom’s cookies, your traditions and theirs, all combining to create a unique ceremony. Even different traditional wedding attire can be paired together to celebrate both cultures. Including parts of your culture in your Big Day will not only show everyone how proud you are of your ancestry – it will create a completely unique event every single guest will love.

If You’re a Groom, You Should Do These Things on the Morning of Your Wedding

Groom’s duties

Groom’s duties

Much of the wedding world seems to revolve around the bride. That might have made sense in the past, but these days more and more grooms are getting involved too. So there’s no reason a groom shouldn’t get some attention too!

For instance, do you know what to do on the morning of your wedding? We have some tips for you – continue reading if you’re curious to learn more about this.

· Just relax. We won’t lie: this will not be an easy day ahead of you. It will be stressful, busy, and quite likely chaotic at times. Take this precious morning time to relax yourself in every way there is. For some, this means squeezing in a morning workout – whether that’s lifting weights, running, or swimming, a short workout will put you in a great mood for your wedding. Just don’t overdo it! For others, the way to relax ahead of the big event is to get together with your best friends and have a bit of fun. Do whatever you feel is best for you – but keep drink to a minimum because the ceremony is rapidly approaching.

· Eat. It might sound completely silly for you to be reminded to eat, but the truth is that with all the agitation of the Big Day’s morning, you might actually forget to eat. Ask your Best Man to grab you some food before the ceremony. Gurgling stomachs aren’t romantic – and given that you might not get to eat much throughout the day, it’s really important to have some sort of breakfast before everything begins.

· Do something nice for your SO. This might be a special present you have prepared for her. Or it might be a note you have written from your soul. No matter what it is, it will definitely help her ease her own stress and bring her into a state of sublime emotion and grace.

· Don’t wait to the last minute to shave. You don’t want to be rushed shaving and miss a spot or nick yourself right before all those pictures.

· Triple check your tuxedo or suit, and also your shoes, socks, tie, etc. Your attire might not be as complex as the bride’s, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want everything to be picture-perfect on the Big Day!

· Finally, don’t forget the ring!

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Wondering about Cocktail Trends for Weddings Next Year? Here Are Some of the Best Ideas

Cocktails at your reception

Cocktails at your reception

You want your wedding to be more than a nice event – you want it to be memorable from every point of view. And for this purpose, you will definitely want to make sure your décor, your entertainment and your wedding menu and bar are truly unique.

What are some of the best ideas that will dominate the wedding cocktail world in 2019? We have gathered them right below – keep on reading and find your inspiration.

· Ditch the plastic. Wedding, like other parts of our lives, in 2019 are leaning towards a more green and eco-friendly approach –and your wedding bar will not “escape” this trend. If you want to make your Big Day feel friendlier to the world around us, opt for cocktails that don’t include plastic. You can replace inedible garnishes with edible ones, and plastic straws with natural or biodegradable options (e.g., paper or natural fibers like papaya leaf stems) that guests will love.

· Embrace fresh garnishes. Want to make your wedding cocktails feel truly natural and refreshing? Using herbs and fresh edible blooms as cocktail décor will most likely be a pretty huge trend in 2019 – and this is a truly wonderful opportunity to add a bit of that natural vibe into your Big Day.

· Go back to the classics. Of course, new, unique, and inventive cocktail ideas will continue to be appreciated – but as signature cocktails flourish in the wedding bartending world, some of the old-time classics will also make their room back into people’s preferences. In the end, a classic cocktail is the best way to make sure everyone at your wedding will genuinely enjoy their drink – from your uncle, to your younger brother!

· Source it locally. It doesn’t even matter the exact location of your wedding – wherever it may be, you will most likely be able to source at least one type of local drink. Wines and craft beers are the most popular category in this respect – and since they are bound to be part of your wedding bar selection one way or another, why not source them from local small businesses? People will surely appreciate it!

· Make it a DIY experience. Want to make your wedding bar feel even more entertaining? Create a DIY station focusing on one type of cocktail – such as Bloody Mary, Martini, or Mimosa. Provide guests with the basic ingredients and some popular garnishes and they will love mixing their own drink, according to their preferences!