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Win Handmade Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift Box Card Sets with Confetti

Calling every Bride to Be - it’s your chance to Enter To Win 9 Handmade Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift Box Card Sets. Surprise your bridesmaids with the prettiest silver gift box. Inside each box is a lovely hand painted will you be my bridesmaid card by Diane of Starglow Studios. Each card also has a handmade paper flower and it sits atop matching Festive Fetti confetti.

 Enter to Win Handmade Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift Card Sets with Confetti

To enter, simply complete the following form and then see below for more details:

Giveaway Entry Details:

1. Complete the form above
2. Follow all 3 of the following Instagram Accounts

3. Bonus Entry: Please share in the comments, what is one part of the wedding planning process you are most looking forward to.

It's super simple and easy to enter. Good Luck. Open to residents in the USA. Giveaway Ends on Friday March 2nd, 2018 at 11:59 pm est. Winner announced on Monday March 5th. Retail Value: $175.

 Enter to Win 9 Handmade Will You Be My Bridesmaid Gift Card Sets with Confetti
Say I Do with Fresh Cut Wholesale Flowers for Weddings and Events

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With engagement season upon us, it’s time to start planning engagement parties, bridal showers, and weddings. Plus, all the fun events in between and after the I Do’s. Of course, fresh cut flowers are always a must-have for the party decor and even the bride’s (along with the bridesmaids) bouquets.

Having fresh cut flowers at wholesale pricing for your color dreams to go wild would be great, right?

 Say I Do with Fresh Cut Wholesale Flowers for Weddings and Events
Well, at Wholesale Flowers, this is possible. Wholesale Flowers specializes in delivering premium fresh cut flowers in bulk direct from farms around the world, right to your door. Their the perfect choice for party planners, wedding stylists and DIY brides. You can choose from
- bulk roses
- fresh cut hydrangeas
- DIY flowers for special events
- single variety hand tied bouquets
 Hand-tied Sunflower Bouquet from Wholesale Flowers

I’m rather partial to the sunflower bouquet myself as sunflowers were my wedding flower, with hydrangeas.

I was thrilled when my own roses from Wholesale Flowers arrived and couldn’t believe how large they became just hours after being placed in water. The fullest roses I’ve likely ever seen. You can DIY your very own rose arrangement, or add in the floral greens of your choice and maybe even a few other blooms of your choice.
 DIY your own rose floral arrangement with wholesale flowers

Do you have a favorite go-to-bloom when creating your own floral arrangements?

A few perks that you will love to know about the fresh cut Wholesale Flowers:

1. These fresh cut flowers last longer than those that have been sitting in a warehouse for days

2. The middleman is eliminated to ensure you get your flowers ASAP, with minimal refrigeration, storage and at the best price

3. The flowers are sourced direct from farms in Holland and South America

4. supports local flower farming communities - every bloom has been harvested at a Veriflora and Rain Forest Alliance certified farms

So, are ready to be creative and find the perfect colors of fresh cut flowers for your next event? Please share in the comments your favorite flower colors.

Instagram Hashtags Go Where? Caption or First Comment?

Are you asking yourself this Instagram Hashtag questions lately?

Where do my Instagram Hashtags go?
Should we only use 5 hashtags?
Wait, hashtags have to go into the caption and NOT the first comment?
Or, is it the first comment and NOT the caption?

Before you give up and say that Instagram is out to get you - let me share a few insights. There's lots of "tricks" and "rules" circulating around but these so called "rules" have not come directly from Instagram. Take a moment and think about the following (continued after image).

 Are you asking yourself these Instagram Hashtag questions lately? - Where do my Instagram Hashtags go? - Should we only use 5 hashtags? - Wait, Instagram hashtags have to go into the caption and NOT the first comment? - Or, is it the first comment and NOT the caption? Click to Find out the answers to these questions so you can get back to posting and loving Instagram without the worry. As seen on Brenda's Wedding Blog

• If we had a hashtag limit under 30, Instagram wouldn't let us post all 30 that we have, right?
• If we couldn't post hashtags in the first comment, Instagram would likely not accept them, right?

Please, just do you and keep sharing what you love and what you want to have your audience see (and what they want to see). And, please be sure to use those hashtags. Just make sure they are targeted hashtags for the ultimate reach of your post.

And, be sure to check your Instagram analytics as you can see insights into each post to know how many are finding you from hashtags.

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Engaged? Ready to Propose? You could Win a Week Stay in Maui or Myrtle Beach

If you're engaged or thinking about proposing, you will love this giveaway opportunity. Wedding Business Club member Marianne Blackham Photography has teamed up with Fairytale Pursuits to give away a one week stay in Maui. This vacation can be exchanged for a one week stay in Myrtle Beach if desired.

 Win a Week Stay in either Maui or Myrtle Beach when you book Marianne Blackham Photography for wedding photos and Fairytale Pursuits for wedding planning. As seen on

Here's the rules . . . If you book Marianne Blackham Photography for a wedding photography package and Fairytale Pursuits for a planning package you are in the running to win a week away for rest and relaxation. Additional details can be found in Marianne's Instagram Post.

Other Posts with Marianne Blackham Photography You May Enjoy:

Giveaway Details . . .
The drawing will be held on January 3rd, 2018 and the winner will be given a one week stay in a beautiful condo in Maui, Hawaii during select times. Or, a week stay in Myrtle Beach. Winner will be announced on Marianne and Hayley's Instagram feeds.
Terms + Conditions: You must book both vendors in order to qualify. Only (1) one week stay will be allotted, and will be awarded via drawing. Reward is for accommodations only, and does not include airfare, meals, or other travel costs. Promotion ends on 01/02/2018.

Peacock Wedding Table Setting Ideas with Copper, Teal and Cobalt Blue

Today's gorgeous Global Chic Holiday Tablescape from Bri of Half Pint Party Design is such a gorgeous design for a peacock wedding table setting. It's full of rich colors that are just spectacular for a wedding design during the holidays and winter months.

 The prettiest peacock wedding tablescape / cobalt and teal table setting with peacocks / gold pomegranates with edible gold paint for party favors / as seen on Brenda's Wedding Blog / design and styling by Bri of Halfpint Design

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The focal point of this peacock tablescape is the spectacular white porcelain Peacock Garden Dinnerware Set. Did you know Peacocks are a historic emblem of nobility? I love the cobalt and copper colors Bri brought into this table setting with the teal beaded peacock velvet table runner. This is one spectacular find from Pier 1 Imports.

 Rich and Elegant Peacock Table Setting Ideas for a peacock wedding theme / peacock wedding centerpieces / peacock table setting decorations / as seen on Brenda's Wedding Blog / design and styling by Bri of Halfpint Design

Other design elements include the chargers - these started out as gold chargers from Dollar Tree, and then Bri spray painted them with Krylon's Copper Rose. The utensils are faux copper cutlery from The Fulfilled Shop. Aren't they the perfect touch? And, those deep cobalt wine glasses? Bri not only found them at Dollar Tree, but she added the copper rim with Martha Stewart Craft paint.

 Copper, Teal and Cobalt Colored Peacock Table Setting for a peacock wedding theme (or holiday tablescape) / peacock dinnerware - the perfect choice for a wedding registry / diy gold rimmed wine glasses / as seen on Brenda's Wedding Blog / design and styling by Bri of Halfpint Design

One of my favorite finishing touches are the gold pomegranates that fill each bowl. Bri painted each one with a mix of Burnt Bronze and Glamorous Gold Edible Art Paint from The Baker’s Party Shop. A great decor tip from Bri . . . "Spray paint is amazing but when working with food, definitely use edible paints".

 Gorgeous peacock inspired florals and gold painted pomegranates bring the elements of this copper, cobalt and teal tablescape together. Peacock Table Setting for Weddings and Holidays / as seen on Brenda's Wedding Blog / design and styling by Bri of Halfpint Design

PS: Bri has a Free Peacock and Copper Menu Download on her Half Pint Party Design site.