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Ana Petrescu

Ana Petrescu

I've always been interested in vintage fashion, food decorating and photography. I write about wedding preparations because I think that nothing can augment more the joy of living than transforming the raw existence, inert and obscure, into a magnificent series of ceremonials and decors.


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The largest part of your time and budget will be associated to planning the reception. It is a complex activity which involves taking important decisions that will play a crucial role in making guests decide whether it was a successful party or not. The menu must be established, then you will have to find ways of keeping your guests entertained and finally you will have to take care of the decorations and to purchase the right wedding favors that will make your guests remember the wedding.

Wedding centerpieces set the tone and theme of your reception, are the most important decorations and no wedding reception can be considered stylish and beautiful without these elements. The centerpieces are those that can make a wedding unique, these can set your wedding apart from all the others. With wedding centerpieces, it is time to show off your inventiveness and to use the most of your imagination, as they can be constructed in any way you like and by combining the right elements you can evince the features of your wedding’s theme.

Unique Wedding Centerpieces (Source: cdn-css.hostessblog.com)

Unique Wedding Centerpieces (Source: cdn-css.hostessblog.com)

Guests will probably forget the other decorations from your reception place and won’t probably remember the details of your wedding, but centerpieces are impossible to block. They will have these arrangements in front of them for hours and the image provided by all these decorations will remain in their mind.

Candle Centerpiece (Source: bride.ca)

Candle Centerpiece (Source: bride.ca)

Although most couples opt to have centerpieces made of flowers, this isn’t a reason enough to make you avoid floral arrangements. The uniqueness of a flower bouquet lies in its colors rather than in the type of flowers that are used. So, by connecting the flowers’ hues with those that are included in your wedding’s color scheme, you can make a centerpiece that represents your wedding. If you try to find interesting vases as well and you play with their designs and colors, you will certainly obtain unique wedding centerpieces that will amaze all the invitees. For a wedding that hasn’t got a very rich color palette, you can use different shades of the same color and another color to add to the beauty of the vases’ bottom. Pour colored pearls, petals into the water or dye it in the desired color, as this is the easiest way of adding visual interest to a floral centerpiece.

Another great idea would be to use candles to form centerpieces. As simple candles placed in candle holders may seem something foreseeable, change their appearance by arranging feathers at their base.

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Why are outdoor weddings loved by so many brides? It may be the chance of celebrating the most important day of their lives in the middle of nature or maybe it is due to the beautiful sunset that adds to the wedding reception’s décor or sometimes it is the casual atmosphere that they can create and the warm ambiance that they can offer their guests.

An outdoor wedding always has a certain charm that can never be reached by the regular wedding which is held in a reception hall, even if the place is decorated with the most stunning centerpieces and the food is prepared after the most creative recipes.

Outdoor Wedding Reception (Source: jennasecrist.files.wordpress.com)

Outdoor Wedding Reception (Source: jennasecrist.files.wordpress.com)

There is a good part, but also one that doesn’t sound great. The good thing is that the atmosphere will be different and the nature will cope with you in creating the necessary ambience. However, you will have to fill the space with more decorations than you would have had in a reception hall.

Outdoor wedding decorations should be a completion of the nature’s look through their shapes and colors. Natural elements like wood, flowers, stones and leaves should be included in centerpieces. Starting with the ceremony, you will have to find ways of decorating the place. Since you aren’t in a church and you have no altar to mark the place where the matrimony is officiated, you need to install an arch. Here you can combine various elements, but the perfect decorations include tulle with flowers or tulle with balloons. The improved aisle can be delimited with potted flowers, candles or vases of seasonal flowers. The chairs should receive a festive air also by decorating them with tulle, ribbons or balloons.

Outdoor Wedding Reception (Source: breezypointresort.com)

Outdoor Wedding Reception (Source: breezypointresort.com)

The real challenge is in finding the right decorations for the reception, with a focus on tables. Flowers are great options for this part as they look natural and you have unlimited variants of combining them. White with green and yellow with lime green match the natural environment and are great colors for casual and formal weddings also. When the evening comes, some light is necessary and candles, torches and lanterns are wonderful sources of light, as well as Christmas lights. Unique outdoor weddings can be created with inexpensive elements, as long as you combine them properly.

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A beach wedding is the dream of many couples, especially of those that are not staying close to one. The reasons for choosing this location are the romantic style of the wedding and the desire of getting married in the natural environment.

Planning a beach wedding isn’t at all difficult, mainly because it is usually a casual one and no one is expecting something very complicated. You can make the wedding invitations and wedding favors yourself, as they are more beautiful when they are simple and more significant when they are made by the bride herself. Guests usually appreciate the effort associated with this activity and they like to receive invitations and favors that reflect the theme and the couple’s preferences. You can imprint on a card which is colored in light blue, pink or green the image of a beach, fish or shell and add in the envelope a little bit of sand or a seashell. Cut-outs are also easy to do, as you need only the cards, pencils and scissors, and of course, your imagination. Seashell or flip flop models can be drawn on the cards and then you can cut them with the scissors. Write the wording with colored ink to make the invitations more beautiful and different from the regular ones, too formal due to the black ink.

Beach Wedding Dress (Source: weddingdressonlineshop.co.uk)

Beach Wedding Dress (Source: weddingdressonlineshop.co.uk)

A good idea would be to avoid the afternoon and to choose to celebrate the matrimony in the morning or in the evening. It is cooler and the guests will feel much more comfortable and also you won’t be disturbed by other persons who are near your reception place. The atmosphere will be quieter, more intimate and private.

Beach wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses should be made of chiffon or silk, comfortable and light. If you prefer colored dresses, think of choosing sand beige, ocean green or sky blue, wear flip flops or get married barefoot.

Beach Wedding Centerpiece (Source: wedding-planning-101.com)

Beach Wedding Centerpiece (Source: wedding-planning-101.com)

Have candles or tropical flowers arranged in containers as base for the centerpiece. Combine them with seashells, starfish and sand dollars and think of using candles that match the theme through their smell: coconut, papaya and mango are great options. Unique beach weddings are those that posses a central element and a color palette which is used in all the decorations. Yellow, white, green, blue and pink can be mixed or used in combination with other colors that aren’t beach-related. For example, blue with chocolate or green with mauve are unusual and make the arrangements look classy and interesting. At the end of the party, wrap edible wedding favors in wrappings that contain the main colors used in decorations.

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Weddings are beautiful and important affairs, but when they revolve around a special theme they become even more meaningful and personal. Sometimes it may be difficult to choose an element that will define your wedding, especially if you and your spouse don’t have much in common. But if you put your imagination at work, you can combine both of your characteristics into something that will define you as a couple. For example, you can choose your favorite color and your spouse’s favorite as well and make a color scheme around these two. Or you could combine components of your favorite activities, making a theme that represents you as individual persons. The venue can be an important source of inspiration, such as the wedding’s season can make you be creative.

Colors are great sources of inspiration mainly because they carry certain connotations and because they are able to make the venue look extraordinarily when combined carefully. To give some examples, red is the symbol of love and passion, yellow brings joy and optimism and blue is said to relax and calm people. It is supposed that only by analyzing the colors that a person prefers you can derive his/her personality. So, just by choosing the colors you like most you will outline your personality and will allow the guests to characterize you as a couple. It is capital to select the perfect color scheme, as colors will embellish the entire day. Don’t limit yourself at using only two colors. Make these two hues dominate the place, but choose at least another one that will complement the look. You have the possibility of choosing shades of the same color, if you believe that the two work great in combinations and need no supplement.

Pink & Black Wedding Reception (Source: bios.weddingbee.com)

Pink & Black Wedding Reception (Source: bios.weddingbee.com)

The most personal you succeed in making the theme, the better. You surely have a thing you both share a passion for or maybe a common hobby on which you can base your wedding. If nothing in common can be found, think of mixing two different hobbies. For example, if you play volleyball and your future husband is a football fanatic, send invitations which are imprinted on volleyball balls and have the usher’s dressed in shirts which have pictures of your spouses’ favorite football players imprinted on them. If you have a favorite place and your spouse loves to travel to another one, pick the two locations to inspire you throughout the preparations. Send invitations that have pictures of the two places, serve at the reception dishes which belong to the two cuisines and decorate the place with photos of the two locations and other symbols of those places.

Spring Wedding Reception (Source: a-wedding-reception.com)

Spring Wedding Reception (Source: a-wedding-reception.com)

If you are still looking for unique wedding theme ideas, why not use the season or the venue as sources inspiration? Think of the places you like best and try to organize your wedding in that place, afterwards let the location communicate how the wedding should be organized. Also, you must have a preferred season. Whether it is your spouse’s favorite or you are both in love with it, you won’t have problems with making it help your wedding stand out.

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Whether you buy wedding invitations or you make them yourself, always keep an eye on the websites that sell this type of products. Find out which are the designs that you like best and try to find those that match your wedding’s theme or even get inspired from them and establish a wedding theme.

There is an impressive selection of beach-themed wedding invitations due to the numerous couples who decide to organize their wedding in a dreamlike venue. Most of the brides want to get rid of the task of sending the invitations as soon as possible and buy them online or from local stores, but if you want to have creative and unique invitations you should get involved a little more. Buy cards colored in hues which are specific to a beach-themed wedding – blue, pink, yellow or green and embellish them with natural elements. Brush white glue around the card’s edges and then sprinkle sand over it and glue some small seashells on the invite’s corners as well.

Wedding Invitation (Source: cheapweddinginvitationkits.us)

Wedding Invitation (Source: cheapweddinginvitationkits.us)

Create a theme for your wedding by drawing your inspiration from its season. The most impressive weddings, through invitations and decorations, are those that occur in fall. The combination of bold colors and the possibility of mixing various textures results in the most striking pieces. For example, decorate a simple invitation with silk or natural leaves and the effect will be impressive. Press natural leaves in a book and allow them to dry or simply use small silk leaves. Glue them randomly on the invite along with a few pieces of raffia. Always be attentive to details if you plan to obtain something special and never neglect the wording. Colors play an important part as well and they should be fall-specific: burgundy, burnt orange and light yellow are perfect options.  For a spring wedding, use two cards (a smaller one and the other that is 1 inch bigger both ways), the smaller one having a lighter color and the other one with a darker shade of the first hue. Place the smaller card on top of the other one and affix it with glue. Then punch a hole through the two cards, in the top middle, and attach a silk or paper flower. Spring is a well-known season for its delicate flowers that look marvelous in decorations. As the invitations, decorations, flowers and cake should be related and should match the wedding theme, establish a floral theme for your spring wedding starting with the right invitations. Choose to place on top of the invitations the type of flower that you would want the decorations to have and one that could be easily made with marzipan, for the wedding cake.

Wedding Invitations (Source: icatchingcards.com)

Wedding Invitations (Source: icatchingcards.com)

Themed weddings are in trend nowadays because couples don’t want to pattern after the common wedding which has randomly chosen invitations and decorations. They want the wedding to represent who they are and what they like and the first step in achieving this is by having unique wedding invitations. For example, a Vegas-themed wedding can be announced with invitations that look like playing cards and for a baseball-themed wedding game tickets are the most representative.

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Today, bridal couples have infinite options to choose from and therefore there aren’t any excuses to make your wedding similar to others. From wedding attire to cakes and favors, everything can be unique and personal, wholly defining who you are as individuals and who you have become as couple. Every couple has unique ideas and wants the wedding day to be special and to be remembered by guests for years to come. Thus, they are paying a lot of money to see their ideas incorporated in the reception-related elements and to finally see their dreams come true.

Traditional wedding cakes can be serious budget-killers when it comes to the other parts of the wedding. Usually, the frequent practice is to create a Styrofoam cake having only one real backed tier. In this way, the costs are significantly lower and the bride and groom can cut the cake in front of their invitees. After pictures are taken and the guests admire the piece, the caterers take the cake and bring the invitees portions of a much affordable cake. If the operation of cutting the cake is something that the bride and groom can do without, there are even more options available for them. Mini cakes, fruit-filled muffins, pies and cupcakes can all be placed on tiered trays, making it possible to display something that reminds of a wedding cake and is at the same time modern, interesting and affordable. You can go against the tradition with an ice cream buffet, offering the invitees all sorts of flavors and colors to choose from.

Styrofoam Cake (Source: 1.bp.blogspot.com)

Styrofoam Cake (Source: 1.bp.blogspot.com)

Beach weddings and destination weddings aren’t as expensive as they appear to be when first considered and can transform your event into a unique wedding. The scenery copes with the bridal couple and the wedding décor can be as simple as they want it to be, as in the end the most important is to emphasize nature’s beauties and not to eclipse them. In case of a destination wedding, the number of invitees will be less than that of a regular wedding and the couple can continue with the honeymoon in the same location. Beach weddings allow you to organize a casual affair and render beautiful photographs. A picnic or a buffet can follow the ceremony and in this way everything is kept simple and food won’t cost a bomb. Some ideas that the bridal couple think to be great may be disappointing to the invitees. If the wedding is very casual and you opt for a barbecue for example, some of them may think of the idea as being distasteful or offensive. To avoid these situations, always indicate the events on the invites, thus informing the guests what to expect and allowing them to choose to participate or not.

Destination Wedding (Source: wedd-ing.com)

Destination Wedding (Source: wedd-ing.com)

The bride and groom should try to make their wedding as personal as possible because it will be an event that they will never forget. Of course, it is very important to ensure that the invitees enjoy themselves, but on second thought you cannot please everyone and in the worst case it will be just another uninspired wedding for them.

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Each bride wants her wedding to have something to convey and dreams that her special day will be unforgettable not only to her, but to all the invitees too. With so many wedding ideas to choose from, brides can see their dreams come true with a wedding that is unusual through its strong connection with the bridal couple’s personality and tastes. Whether the wedding will be casual or black tie, it can become unique just by making it to tailor on your tastes.

Traditional affairs with a white wedding dress, an emotional wedding ceremony and a classic reception don’t have to be identical. Even though you have chosen to follow the usual wedding program thoroughly, you can still be inventive when designing the decorations and wedding favors. The key is to choose a theme and incorporate it as much as possible in all the aspects of your wedding. Take inspiration from your hobbies or connect the wedding with your favorite season or holiday.

Wedding Favors (Source: manolobrides.com)

Wedding Favors (Source: manolobrides.com)

If your idea of a perfect wedding is to take a more casual approach, then there is nothing out there to stop you. The wedding should reflect the couple you have been in the past and hope to remain in the future. If you and your friends have always enjoyed barbecues, choose this theme for the reception and everybody will be more than satisfied. If your guests don’t feel comfortable and don’t have fun at the reception then it can be concluded that it was kind of a failure. Make the big day enjoyable and relaxed by opting for an afternoon wedding reception or by choosing a beach location. The decorations and menu are much simple, but the effect is extraordinarily. Give the wedding a new twist by having a cake made of cupcakes; simple, but so elegant and chic.

Crystal Wedding Bouquet (Source: disneyweddingsblog.com)

Crystal Wedding Bouquet (Source: disneyweddingsblog.com)

For a modern approach, have the wedding organized in a place with interesting architecture and serve dishes that belong to international cuisines. Also, forego the traditional white dress in favor of a champagne or ivory-colored one. These are as elegant as the former, but bring a new air to your appearance. Have a bouquet that breaks the patterns, making you look modern and stylish. Crystal wedding bouquets are in trend and wearing a single flower steam adds drama to your unique wedding. There are different and special wedding ideas for every different and special bride.

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Every bride wants her wedding to be special and to be remembered by the guests forever and thus they are constantly looking for uniqueness when planning the most important event of their life. Choosing flowers can be one of the most exciting parts of the preparations, but brides should keep in mind some important points if they don’t want to encounter any problems.

The floral arrangements and the bouquets can be created by a professional florist or you can make them yourself. It can be a little difficult to assemble the bouquets, but if you choose resistant flowers they will look great in the end. However, if you choose a florist to help you with the decorations you must make sure that you will communicate throughout the preparations and that he/she will understand your desires and will take your ideas into account. After all, this is your day and you pay to be satisfied with the result, not to be skeptical about it. Provide the florist with pictures of your favorite flowers and floral arrangements and try to describe as exact as possible the theme, the other arrangements and your visions. Bring also photos of the location, your wedding dress and a list of colors that belong to your color scheme.

Wedding Centerpiece (Source: myweddingflowerideas.co.uk)

Wedding Centerpiece (Source: myweddingflowerideas.co.uk)

Unique wedding flowers are available at all prices, as it is the way you mingle them that makes the difference and not the individual flowers. If the arrangement matches your wedding’s theme, it can be a show-stopper even if it is made of sunflowers or mixtures of wildflowers. You should have a vision of your tastes and construct the arrangements and bouquets based on it. Some brides want the decorations to be complex, others want to impress through simpleness, some of them are looking for romantic and classic designs, while others want their wedding to be modern in all the aspects. Know your style and requirements from the beginning and guide the florist by actively contributing to the process of finding the flowers and mixing them.

The location can be considered a black canvas on which the florist will create a masterpiece. Each detail will have a dramatic effect on the final work, so harmony should be the final word. For example, if the wedding takes place outdoors, the reception won’t need much floral accent.

Unique Centerpiece (Source: 1.bp.blogspot.com)

Unique Centerpiece (Source: 1.bp.blogspot.com)

Unique decorations can be achieved even if you use the most simple and inexpensive flowers, as long as you follow your wedding color concept. Decide on the wedding’s color palette and then make a list of the flowers that are available in those hues. Combine different types, creating bunches of flowers that are individually different – in shape, texture or shade.

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When going to weddings, you can see that most of them have the same ideas incorporated in decorations and other important elements that should make a wedding unique. Centerpieces are just roses gathered in vases, most of the cakes are white and linens have nothing to convey, being there only for practical reasons, but not as decorative items. You surely don’t want to have a cookie-cutter wedding, one that your guests will forget as soon as they reach home.

Most wedding receptions are held in a reception hall and this prevents couples from being inventive and creating something unique. They are obliged to maintain the table arrangement, can change the atmosphere only with centerpieces and many times have to face space constraints. In addition to this, most of them decide to celebrate their wedding in the evening and the reception receives from the beginning a certain program plan which is then followed systematically: guests are seated at their tables, are served with individual plated meals and leave their places rarely. You can change this formal and tight atmosphere and make the invitees interact more just by having an outdoor wedding reception and by choosing a cocktail or tea theme. Food stations will make the guests communicate more and will keep them seated less, thus enabling them to have fun.

Outdoor Wedding Reception (Source: decorguide.tk)

Outdoor Wedding Reception (Source: decorguide.tk)

In order to have a keepsake that will always remind them of the unique wedding reception, the bride and groom ask their invitees to sign in the guest book. But at the end of the party they will end up with a collection of signatures that hasn’t much to say. To make everything personal, use table numbers that are also keepsake booklets. The guests can write on them a few words consisting of a short message or a wish. In this way, you will have something that is addressed to you and is significant, a keepsake in its own rights.

The table’s appearance can be changed dramatically with unusual centerpieces and matching table numbers. Forget the idea of using flowers as table decorations and opt instead for a collection of old family wedding photos, framed in vintage-looking photo frames. It gives the table a beautiful and interesting look and moreover it will make people move from table to table in order to check them all out.

Baseball Wedding Reception (Source: cache.stylemepretty.com)

Baseball Wedding Reception (Source: cache.stylemepretty.com)

It is not only the theme that makes a wedding unique, but the connection between the couple and the entire wedding style. Their hobbies and interests can be incorporated in all the details of the wedding throughout the reception. Take for example a case when the bride and groom are interested in baseball. They can have ticket stubs as escort card, can serve roasted peanuts and signature drinks for different teams, making everything unique and personal.

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25th wedding anniversaries are called silver wedding anniversaries and due to this fact people turn to jewelry when it comes to choosing something to offer on this occasion. Of course, women are in love with jewelry and never get enough of them and men really appreciate a silver watch, but unusual gifts are those that truly impress them. While you may deem a certain gift unusual and unique, for others it might seem to be mundane or inappropriate, so always choose the presents to match the couple’s personality and tastes.

Gift vouchers will be received with great pleasure by the couple, as they will offer them the possibility of spending time together while relaxing and doing something different. A voucher to a spa or a dance class will be very appreciated, as well as one to a weight-loss club. Usually, after 25 years of marriage couples find it hard to designate some hours especially for them, doing activities that don’t include children and aren’t related to the household. However, a voucher will help them escape from the monotony of their everyday duties and will somehow oblige them to do something different together.

Family Tree (Source: mhso.ca)

Family Tree (Source: mhso.ca)

A family tree is a sentimental gift that can be offered to mark 25 years of matrimony. It can be digitally built on a website or you can create it yourself using creative design ideas. This unique gift can become very important in the couple’s family, being one that reveals interesting facts about its ancestors and can be passed on from generation to generation.

Spa Voucher (Source: worldbydesign.co.uk)

Spa Voucher (Source: worldbydesign.co.uk)

Personalized gifts are very popular when it comes to celebrating a milestone anniversary. Unique 25th wedding anniversary gifts are those that reflect the care with which you have chosen them and the energy put into personalizing them. Usually, gifts that are keepsakes of the special anniversary should be chosen. A painting or a caricature of the couple will always be preserved with great care and displayed with pleasure. A photo book in which beautiful pictures with the couple and their family are arranged chronologically and which contains special messages from all their beloved ones is something that will fill their hearts with joy and gratitude. A family photo collage is also an option when it comes to offering something that has a great sentimental value for the couple.

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