Achieve the Bridal Look That's You : Simple & Classic or Modern & Trendy

Which Bridal Style are You? Today, With this Bling joins us to help you acheive the bridal look that's right for you. Will you be a Simple and Classic Bride or a Modern and Trendy one? After you see the choices - simply cast your vote in the quick survey at the end of this post and we'll see which look is becoming the favorite.

Look 1: Simple and Classic


This Crystal Accented Double Layer, Elbow Length Bridal Veil features a cut edge accented with sparkling crystals in varying sizes. Some of the crystals are grouped together while others are spaced out, adding the perfect touch of sparkle. This veil is available in your choice of white or ivory.

These Enchanting Silver Cubic Zirconia Dangle Bridal Earrings feature a superb art-deco inspired design encrusted with sparkling clear cubic zirconia crystals set in stunning silver plating. They will make an alluring and artistic addition to your classic, modern or vintage inspired wedding.

Look 2: Modern and Trendy


This Bridal Floral Hair Clip with Feathers and Crystals is a lovely flower hair clip with a gorgeous combination of silk petals, shimmering rhinestones and soft white feathers. It's the perfect accessory to adorn your hair for your wedding day and it can even be worn by bridesmaids.

These Crystal Drop Bridal Earrings feature beautiful round crystals that shine from every angle. These beautiful earrings are perfect for brides, bridesmaids, proms, religious celebrations and more.

Best Selling Wedding Favor: Life Saver Favors

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Timeless Southern Beauty : Outdoor Wedding Themes for Fall Weddings

Today I have the last of the 5 great outdoor wedding themes for fall weddings {which are ideal for summer weddings too}. Here's the other four wedding themes in case you missed any . . .
1. Farm to Table Chic Wedding
2. Residential Ballroom
3. Rugged Mountains and Flip Flops
4. Residential Ballroom

Williams Ski and Patio has collaborated with wedding planners and photographers who have designed the most amazing outdoor wedding themes. Today's theme is a Timeless Southern Beauty wedding design from Sarah Darcy, Editor at Classic Bride.

When asked about this wedding design, here is what Sarah said . . .

What are the planning/design elements characteristic of the theme?
The most important part of planning was choosing our outdoor venue. I wanted somewhere that had history and was already beautiful all on its own - I didn't want to have to "create" a space. We chose Mary Mahoney's French House on the Mississippi Gulf Coast - one of the oldest French settlements in the area. It just oozed Southern Charm and looked like it was transplanted from the New Orleans French Quarter. The courtyard was lush and inviting and I immediately knew that's where I wanted to get married. Once we had decided on the venue, the design elements were so easy to choose. We went with the colors already in place at the venue (creamy white with natural greens) and it worked to create a seamlessly beautiful palette for our wedding.

How can people planning their own wedding incorporate some element of the theme into their own outdoor wedding?
My biggest advice has and always will be to find a venue that speaks to your heart. Don't settle on a country club unless it's a family legacy and means a tremendous deal to you. Find a place brimming with character and beauty that reflects your personalities. It will be soooo much easier to work with. And, if you're wanting a timeless look for an outdoor venue, go with a natural and neutral color palette like we did for our wedding. I love limiting the palette to two colors - it keeps things simple and cohesive. A few of my favorites are navy and white; natural greens and white; black and white (hello, blacktie!); and marigold and navy (which can be trickier but is beautiful when done well).

Vendor Credits {per Sarah's wedding post on her Classic Bride Blog}:
Venue + Catering: Mary Mahoney’s Old French House, Biloxi, Miss. / Portrait Photos: Historic downtown Biloxi / Photography: Look Photography/Itinerant Studio / Florist: Cardinal Flowers, Gulfport, Miss. / Cake: Sweet Stuff, Biloxi, Miss. / Music: String Duo – Delsi and Jeb – of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra / Chairs: Classic Party Rental, Gulfport, Miss. / Bridal Attire: Dress: Galina / Bolero: Custom-made and hand-beaded by my Mother / Make-up: Miranda from MAC, Biloxi, Miss. / Hair: Splendor Salon, Gulfport, Miss. / Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers

Top 3 Locations in Jamaica for Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

Welcome to Part 2 of our series on Jamaica! So you've decided you want to book a destination wedding or honeymoon in the Caribbean, and you're excited about all that Jamaica has to offer. What's next? Well, today's post will give all of you engaged couples plenty of resources and inspiration for planning a destination wedding or honeymoon in Jamaica! If you are looking for a truly memorable wedding and/or honeymoon experience, Montego Bay has lots of options for you!

We visited several resorts that would make a great venue for a destination wedding or honeymoon. The resorts featured in today's post are all-inclusive, which makes it super easy and affordable for you and your guests! Once you arrive, all you have to think about is whether to spend the day at the pool or on the beach. You don't need to worry about carrying around cash or credit cards - you can relax, sip and snack all day!

All-inclusives are a great choice for those planning to invite families with kids to their destination wedding, as most have on-site activities for kids and some even have their own kids clubs where you can drop the little ones off early in the day and get them in time for dinner. Are you looking for a more relaxing, kid-free environment for your wedding or honeymoon? Montego Bay has adults-only properties as well as several large properties that offer adults-only accommodations in addition to more family-friendly ones. Do you know what else makes all-inclusive resorts an excellent choice for a destination wedding?
— Affordable wedding packages
— Perks based on the size of your group
— Can start your honeymoon right after your wedding without having to pack your bags

Here are just a few of the options we recommend in the Montego Bay area:

[1.] The RIU Montego Bay is a large property that is family-friendly and offers something for everyone. For those wanting a more intimate experience, the neighboring RIU Palace offers an adults-only experience with access to the RIU property. Wedding packages at the RIU start at just $600 for the couple and up to 10 guests with a minimum booking of 5 rooms for 3 nights! Yes, that's a whole wedding - ceremony (yes, on the beach), semi-private reception, cake, and the bubbly . . . Truly an affordable and elegant experience!
[2.] For a unique, adults-only wedding experience or a relaxed but fun honeymoon, the Sandals Royal Caribbean has it all! Ever wanted to get married on your own private island? Well, Sandals can offer you the next best thing! Couples can rent out the Sandals' offshore island for their wedding ceremony and reception! Even though it's just a five minute boat ride from the main property, it will feel like your own! For your honeymoon you can even book a spa treatment (or two) on the offshore island to get a truly romantic experience. With affordable packages and the option to customize your whole wedding beyond the pre-set package options, the Sandals is an excellent choice. Basic wedding packages start at $500 for up to 8 people - free if the minimum stay is met!
[3.] For those looking for more variety and a more upscale experience in Montego Bay, the Grand Palladium properties have so much to offer! The Lady Hamilton side of the resort offers a more adults-only atmosphere while the Grand Palladium Jamaica side is more family-friendly. The resort boasts 10 dining options - both a la carte restaurants and buffets, and the individual restaurants can be reserved exclusively for your wedding reception. There are multiple ceremony locations throughout the property as well, whether you desire sand under feet or a lush tropical garden. You and your guests will have endless opportunities to discover all of the fun things to do at the Grand Palladium during your stay! The Palladium offers several packages for the couple who wants to splurge a bit more, starting at $1050 for an intimate wedding experience for two.

All-inclusive resorts in Jamaica are a great option for simple yet elegant weddings. But, if you are a couple that is more into having a truly one-of-a-kind experience, stay tuned for the third post in our Jamaica series where we'll highlight a few unique venues that can be rented our for your wedding or your honeymoon! ~ Jackie

A Unique and Stylish Halloween Wedding Inspiration Board {from the archives}

One of my post popular Halloween Wedding posts is this inspiration board which features 9 fun, unique and stylish things to incorporate into a Halloween Themed Wedding. An excerpt from the original post:

Simply start with black and white as the base color palette and then you can add punches of color - purple, orange and even bright green are all great choices for Halloween. How perfect is the downloadable "Dim the Lights and Keep Moving" poster for a wedding reception? I also love the idea of a more intimate wedding where you would marry in-front of a decorated mantle or an antique piano, like the one shown below.

1. Painted and glittered pumpkins {faux or real} in silver & black are the perfect decor accent
2. Happy Halloween banner {downloadable}
3. Paper flower wreaths are great for decor or on the entrance way to event
4. "join us . . . if you dare" Halloween Party Invitation
5. Can never go wrong with feathers {like a feather bouquet}, photo by Jessica Frey Photography
6. Black potted trees are great for centerpieces
7. Typographical Halloween Poster to set the mood, like this "Dim the Lights and Keep Moving" poster {downloadable}
8. Black and White Place Setting with DIY black-and-white cloth napkins
9. Black candy buffet with elegant yet eerie labels, ex. Twisted Treats, Witch's Sticks {downloadable labels}

Vintage Glamour : Outdoor Wedding Themes for Fall Weddings

Continuing today, I have another 1 of 5 great outdoor wedding themes for fall weddings {they're also ideal for summer weddings}. You can see the first wedding theme here ... Farm to Table Chic Wedding, the second one here . . . Residential Ballroom and the third one here . . . Rugged Mountains and Flip Flops. Williams Ski and Patio has collaborated with wedding planners and photographers who have designed the most amazing outdoor wedding themes. Today's theme is an Outdoor Vintage Glamour wedding design from Meredith McIntosh of Love and Lavender.
Outdoor Vintage Glamour Wedding / incorporates elements of flower material and hues of gold, blushing pinks and whites / as seen on www.BrendasWeddingBlog.com

When asked about this wedding design, here is what Meredith said . . .

1. In a layperson’s terms, what is the trend? "The outdoor wedding trend that I am personally drawn to is what I would call an outdoor vintage glamour with a touch of elegance."

2. What are the planning/design elements characteristic of the trend? "This trend incorporates elements of flowing material and fringe decor that is paired with bold patterns, vases, a touch of sparkle, and beautiful flower arrangements. In terms of color, outdoor vintage glamour incorporates hues of gold, blushing pinks, and whites. A lounge area with a few pieces of vintage furniture is a necessity. Outdoor wedding themes in this design style work best when they embrace the natural elements - a great help for your wedding budget too!"

3. How can people planning their own wedding incorporate some element of this trend into their own outdoor wedding? "

Bridal Party Attire: "Uniformity is not always the best policy. Let your bridesmaids choose a dress that complements their body type, and adheres to the shade of your chosen wedding color scheme."

Outdoor Vintage Glamour Wedding | for the ceremony, hang sheer fabric from two trees and the draw the fabric back as if it were the opening act of a play / as seen on www.BrendasWeddingBlog.com

Ceremony: "Utilize specific trees around the ceremony location and wrap them in small white lights to give a magical twinkling effect. If you have two large trees next to each other, you could hang white sheer fabric and from tree to tree and then draw the fabric back as if it were the opening act of a play. If you are planning an outdoor wedding in a larger area, you will want a focal point. Trees are good for this as they can create height as well as a grandiose, whimsical effect."

Outdoor Vintage Glamour Wedding / using a tree as the focal point with a sign that reads "Two Shall Become One" / as seen on www.BrendasWeddingBlog.com

Reception: "Give your guests a break from the hot summer sun. Tents or canopies are a great way to hide from the heat while remaining outdoors. Try decorating the reception area with chandeliers, which are everywhere this season. You can incorporate chandeliers in the ceremony as well by hanging them from trees. A wedding reception is likely the biggest party you will ever throw, so make it feel special. Add glitz and glam to the head table, the dessert table, or other appointed tables by using a sparkly gold table cloth. Centerpieces will consist of loose flower arrangements of whites and cream colored hydrangeas, pink roses and leafy greens. A mix of vases of all different shapes and sizes, along with the loose flower arrangements, will look splendid. Have two cocktail specials for the night: one in favor of the bride and the other to suit the groom's taste. Serve your cocktails with zig-zag black and white paper straws. Photo booths are still very popular. Finish the night off with some fun by creating your own photo booth that has a bright and cheery background of colored hanging tassel garland."

Outdoor Vintage Glamour Wedding / add glitz to the end of your wedding with a fireworks show / as seen on www.BrendasWeddingBlog.com

5 Things You Must See and Do in Jamaica When Planning a Destination Wedding or Caribbean Honeymoon

Have you been thinking about having a destination wedding?
How about a Caribbean honeymoon?
Maybe even a little romantic getaway?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, but aren't sure where to go . . .
well, I've got a great series on why Jamaica is the perfect location for you.

5 Things You Must See and Do in Jamaica When Planning a Destination Wedding or Caribbean Honeymoon | as seen on www.brendasweddingblog.com
Today, I'm happy to welcome Jackie {my marketing manager} to the blog who will be taking over for the day with all things tropical . . .

Hi everyone! I'm sure you have already broken out your sweaters and started stocking up on pumpkin spice lattes in honor of fall, but I'm excited to share a little piece of tropical, island goodness with you to keep that summer feeling going a little longer.

I recently spent 5 days in Jamaica exploring the Montego Bay area, and I'm thrilled to share with you all of the wonderful experiences and places that will create a most memorable destination wedding or honeymoon! But, first I'd like to share a little bit about Jamaica - the island, the culture and some of the unique experiences you can enjoy during your visit.
If you live in the Tri-State area, Jamaica is very easy to get to . . . just a short three-hour flight and you're there. Jamaica is also an affordable destination with each part of the island offering something a little different from the other, so you can even have your wedding in one part of the island and your honeymoon in another. Montego Bay is a particularly great destination because most hotels and resorts are only a 15-20 minute drive from the airport. That means you can be on the beach with your umbrella drink in hand in no time! Not only is Montego Bay convenient to the airport, but there's a large variety of accommodations available for everyone! From all-inclusives, like RIU Montego Bay, to private villas to small boutique-style hotels, Montego Bay has it all. Especially if your destination wedding will include families with younger children, Montego Bay offers lots of family-friendly places to stay and things to do.

Montego Bay has stretches of beautiful white sand beaches and is about as picturesque as you can get for the Caribbean. Located on the north coast of the island, the bay is sheltered from the sea so the water is clear and calm - perfect for floating the afternoon away or splashing with the kids in the gentle, rolling waves. You can also do all sorts of fun water sports like kayaking, paddleboating, windsurfing and snorkeling - many of which are included with your hotel or resort stay! The temperatures stay in the low- to mid-80s year round, and though it can get humid during the rainy season (August - early November), it's an ideal climate for soaking up some sun on the beach or lounging by the pool. Ahhh.....

If you are looking for some special activities to add to your Montego Bay memories, there are so many to choose from! Here are just a few that I experienced, which made the trip so wonderful:
Martha Brae River Rafting in Jamaica : a great honeymoon activity | as seen on www.BrendasWeddingBlog.com
[Number 1:] Just a 30 minute drive east of Montego Bay, you can enjoy a relaxing bamboo raft ride for two down the Martha Brae River. The rafts are all made by hand, and piloted by friendly guides who will tell you anything you'd like to know about Jamaica and Montego Bay. Jamaica is one of the few islands in the Caribbean to boast a river, so this is truly a unique experience! {see Martha Brae Rafting here}

[Number 2:] About an hour's drive from Montego Bay, you'll find two fun activities, both of which were the highlight of my trip! First, just over an hour to the east, you can visit Dolphin Cove Negril where you can learn about and even swim with dolphins! These gentle, playful animals will kiss you and take you along for a little ride. It is a truly memorable and fun experience for kids big and small!
[Number 3:] About an hour's drive west, you can visit Rhodes Hall Plantation where you can make another kind of animal friend. Here, you can spend a few hours horseback riding through a gently rolling trail that takes you through mangrove forests and even a dip in the water. A really unique way to experience all the beautiful scenery Jamaica has to offer.
[Number 4:] And for a truly romantic evening with your special someone (the perfect addition to your honeymoon itinerary or pre-wedding activities), spend an evening taking in a Montego Bay sunset on a Champagne Sunset Dreamer Catamaran Cruise. Drinks and a buffet of tasty snacks are included, not to mention the spectacular view! Oh, did I mention the soundtrack for your evening is provided by a talented jazz musician? I can't think of a more perfect way to end a day.
[Number 5:] If you're looking to hang where some of the locals do, I found a few spots in Montego Bay you're sure to enjoy! Jamaica is full of good food and great meals - Scotchies in Montego Bay is a local favorite for authentic Jamaican food: pimento wood grilled jerk chicken and pork, tasty sides and of course, ginger beer! And, if you're looking to spend an afternoon or evening sipping a Red Stripe with some locals, check out Beth's Summer Breeze Beach Bar {photo from this location is the very first one shown in this post}. The atmosphere can't be beat, and Beth is just a wonderful host.

So, are you ready to book your destination wedding or honeymoon?

Stay tuned for the next post where I'll share some of the amazing resorts in Montego Bay that are waiting for you!    ~ Jackie