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5 Simple Autumn DIY Centerpieces

Fall is upon us, which means changing colors, cool outdoor weddings, and dinner parties featuring everything made out of pumpkin. And while there are many gorgeous fall flowers that can be used for centerpieces, there are several other options that you can even make yourself!


So what are you waiting for? Prepare your workplace with a mug of warm apple cider and a playlist of cozy acoustic tunes. Dig out those glitter pens and gold paint and get started! (more…)

Foolproof Honeymoon Packing Tips

Some say the best part of getting married is what comes right after: the honeymoon! Just you, your new hubby, and a few days of one-on-one time with the stress of the wedding behind you. But before you go, you have to pack!


No matter where it is you’re going, this guide has you covered. We’ve crafted some of our favorite ideas and you can tailor them to your own personality and style. So pull out your suitcase, fold those clothes with care, and get going on your dream honeymoon!

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Life-Saving Tips for Thank You Cards

After the wedding bliss and the honeymoon are over, you can’t wait for married life to start. Just one thing stands in your way: mounds and mounds of thank you cards. But don’t be discouraged – these tips will ensure that getting them done is as painless as possible.


1. Plan ahead

Use a Google Spreadsheet to organize all your addresses and guests, and when you’re unwrapping gifts, fill in a spreadsheet column with the gift that each guest gave you. Then, when it comes time to write notes, you can follow along easily, or use CTRL-F to search for the guest whose address you can’t find.


Plan Your Wedding in 12 Weeks!

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Maybe you’re engaged, you know you’re going to be engaged soon (fingers crossed!), or maybe you’re just in a serious relationship that could be headed toward marriage. No matter what stage of planning you’re in, this checklist could be for you.

Since we know that brides-to-be have a lot to do, from dress shopping, to cake tasting, to decorating and everything else, we wanted to make it a little easier. That’s why we created this 12 week wedding planning checklist: so that you can spend your time getting things done instead of thinking about what needs to be done.

The great thing about this checklist is that it’s applicable no matter how much time you have to plan. If you have four months, just stretch things out a little more, and if you have six weeks, speed it up. We’ve made sure to include every task we could think of when it comes to weddings, and we’ve included space for you to write in your own to-do’s just in case we forgot anything. So what are you waiting for? Get your free checklist today!

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Elegance on a Budget!

From the fabulous Colin Cowie Weddings, comes a wonderful article about making an elegant wedding on any budget. The below 5 tips are what Colin Cowie suggests:

Make a list of everything you want at your wedding. Then, figure out what’s most important to you and toss out the rest.

It may be tough to whittle down the list, but do you really need to invite your childhood babysitter?

If you have artistic talent (or an artistic friend), design and print them yourself.

Experiment with combining an unexpected computer font with distinctive textured or colored paper you’ve found in a stationery store or art supply shop.

You could even think beyond the traditional invitation and experiment with vintage post cards or mimic a fine art piece (à la American Gothic).

A great alternative could be waiting at your favorite department store or vintage clothing shop.

To create a more personal look that will truly feel like you, add special touches like a chiffon or velvet wrap, a veil, jewelry or gloves.

They tend to be pricey and play old standards your guests will have heard at 20 other weddings.

Consider a smaller, more unusual group based on your musical tastes (like a swing band or R&B group). You could also ask a music-loving friend to act as your DJ instead of giving a traditional present, or make your own playlists using all your favorite songs.

Tips From The Experts – Fall Ideas

There has been a huge fall wedding trend. Something about this colorful season and the crispness in the air makes this a truly captivating, fun time for a wedding.


One thing to realize is that fall wedding trends and designs are very different from traditional summer weddings. Take centerpieces for example. In the summer, the classic glass vase may be the perfect container for your centerpiece. However, that isn’t necessarily the case during the fall. Unique containers such as copper pots, silver trophy cups, urns, pots and wooded containers are popular.

If you do decide to use a glass vase, enhance the fall feeling by adding a touch of the field to it: wheat berries, millet, or even corn for the base.


Fall bouquets are also a little different than the summer and springtime picks. Many brides decide to stick with the fall color scheme containing orange, plum, brick, and red. These bouquets can be more structured than the loosely tied English garden medley often chosen for summer bouquets. Rather than leaving the stems exposed, wrapping them with fabric, sashes, or ribbons is a popular choice. The same goes for the groomsmen boutonnieres.

Some fun fall wedding favors

*Images and information gathered from several sources: TheKnot.com, Weddingcolorsandthemes.com, favorfavor.com, bing.com, myweddingfavors.com

Tips From The Experts – Bouquets

Ninety five percent of wedding bouquets are hand-tied; the flowers are gathered together and the stems are wrapped in satin ribbon.

Brides wanting more glamorous bouquets choose beads, brooches, and pearls to dress up plain ribbon-wrapped stems.

The rose continues to be the most popular and elegant bouquet flower.  Lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids represent a trendier choice.

Visit Flowers Squared to learn more about the amazing floral service at Temple Square!

Tips From The Experts – The Hair

There are no clear trends for hair styles, although wearing the hair in long romantic waves or loosely pulled back are popular choices.

*Some images are from The Knot and may be altered to meet Temple Square Hospitality’s specifications*

Tips From The Experts: Accessories

Shorter trains and veils are popular as are pretty boleros and shawls, for cold weather wraps of faux-fur, velvet and heavy satin.  Pearls, rhinestones and crystals remain at the top jewelry choice.  Crystal brooches are also a popular accent on the dress, in the hair or on the bouquet handle.

All images are from LatterDay Bride

Tips From The Experts: The Cake

You have to have the perfect cake that reveals your and your spouses personality. Here are some great trends in the cake world right now that may spark some ideas.

Cakes decorated with handmade icing flowers, shells and delicate dots and scrollwork remain popular. Buttercream or smooth fondant frostings are most common with popular cake flavors including lemon, chocolate, carrot, spice and white.

Flowers, sculptures and large monogrammed letters are replacing the traditional bride and groom cake top.