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wedding blog + planning guide for creative weddings | inspiration for DIY Brides

Brenda's Wedding Blog is your online resource for planning your dream elegant wedding. Helping you find the "wow" in weddings.

Planning a Wedding on a Budget at The White Room in St. Augustine, Florida - by Rae Leytham Photography

I love how today's featured Real Wedding from Rae Leytham Photography shows you that planning a wedding on a budget can still yield an absolutely gorgeous wedding day. 

A few of my favorite creative wedding ideas from the Florida wedding of John & Nathalie include:

  • Gorgeous Lace Wedding Dress
  • Beautiful Baby's Breath Wreaths hanging on the ceremony chairs
  • Fabric Draping from the reception room ceiling
  • Stunning Chandeliers at the ceremony location
Gorgeous Getting Ready for the Wedding Day Photograph / photo by Rae Leytham Photography / St. Augustine Florida
Gorgeous Wedding Photograph of a bride and her flower girl / photo by Rae Leytham Photography / St. Augustine Florida
Love these baby's breath wreaths on the wedding ceremony chairs / beautiful wedding ceremony decorations / photo by Rae Leytham Photography / St. Augustine Florida
You'll wish for rain on your wedding day when your bride and groom portrait look like this / stunning nighttime wedding photograph in the rain / photo by Rae Leytham Photography / St. Augustine Florida

Rae Leytham Photography is a destination & award winning wedding photography team based in Florida. Their photography is all about elegance and style with their local photography covering the Florida Keys, Florida Panhandle, & south Alabama.

Wedding Vendors:
Photos: Rae Leytham Photography
Location: The White Room
Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your MuMu

What are your favorite creative wedding elements from this Florida Real Wedding? Please share in the comments.

Creative Wedding Ring Shots : Photo Inspiration

It's time for the first round-up of the Weekly Wedding Photo Challenge. This time, it's all about Creative Wedding Ring Shots.

Enjoy the photo inspiration of all the wedding rings and be sure to follow along online as the Photo Challenge continues all year long - each and every week. Credits are below the montage.

Creative Wedding Ring Shots : Click on over to www.BrendasWeddingBlog.com to see all the sparkly photo inspiration of wedding rings and engagement rings
The Best of 2016 in Creative Weddings from Brenda’s Wedding Blog

You’re going to love the wedding trends I’m sharing today as I'm unveiling the best in creative weddings from 2016.

But, first - let me say a few things for those of you that are returning in the new year or who are coming here for the first time . . .

I want to take a moment to say Happy New Year to . . .
all the brides returning to my blog this year
all the newly engaged couples finding my site for the first time
all the creative wedding pros looking for the best way to market their business in this ever changing industry where social media continues to play a big part in being seen and found by brides

I’m a firm believer that 2017 is the year of Instagram. At the end of last year, so many new features were added that have made this social media platform the best it has ever been.

I am so excited for 2017 and to continue expanding on the amazing connections I’ve made thru Instagram. I can’t wait to grow and make more connections to keep building an amazing community of creative business owners and brides looking to plan their creative wedding.

Instagram is one of the most powerful social media platforms {along with Pinterest, but I’ll save that for another day}. Today, it’s all about Instagram - a terrific platform for growing your brand and reaching opportunities you never knew existed. I'm now ready to share my most liked Top Nine Instagram Posts from 2016 with you. I love how the posts that made the final cut match so well together and while I personally thought brighter colors would have been the winner - I can definitely see what my audience is loving the most with these choices. Are you ready for the results? . . .

What’s Hot from Creative Weddings in 2016 to give an insight into the trends for 2017

Natural Elements with Brown and Green

Maybe it was a sign that Pantone would choose Greenery for the color of the year?

Lace on wedding gowns + table linens

Glitzy rose gold topped wedding cake

Pretty Sparkling Bridal Headpieces ~ with an adorable dog as a model

Great Ring Shots

Speaking of Ring Shots . . . Did you know that Week 1 of the 52 Weeks of Wedding Photos Challenge for Wedding Pros is all about Ring Shots? 

Glitter on Wedding Shoes

Fun Wedding Drinks with fancy drink stirrers

And, of course, each post in the Top Nine features what I LOVE blogging about . . . fresh ideas for creative weddings - like the table number on a marble slab - isn’t this a great idea?

Now, it’s your turn. Please leave me a comment and let me know what element you love the best from my Top Nine most liked Instagram Posts from 2016? What are you excited to see more of in 2017?

10 Affordable Holiday Centerpieces that Make a Statement for Winter Parties

Before we get started, I have to give a huge welcome to those coming over from Baker's Party Shop as today is the day that I get to be a part of the fantastic Holiday Party Hop organized by Mirabelle Creations.

I’m honored to be a part of a wonderful group of party gals that have gathered to share our holiday entertaining ideas. You can hop from one blog to another to see all the festive inspiration.

Today, it’s all about affordable holiday centerpieces that make a statement from The Bouqs. Ten floral arrangements to be exact that are perfect for weddings, holiday gatherings, bridal showers and even those engagement parties that will certainly be taking place over the next few months.

If you’re not familiar with The Bouqs, you can purchase 3 different sized bouquets for nearly each of the arrangements. There’s the original size, deluxe doubles the blooms and then there’s the grand size. The flowers are grown on sustainable and responsible farms and freshly cut so they last.

Are you ready to choose your favorite holiday centerpiece?

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Ready to see all the holiday flowers that you can choose from? Which ones are you loving?

Believe is gorgeous with fresh cut tulips and evergreen accents.

Holiday Sweater is a mix of pepper berry and evergreen accents with a beautiful centerpiece succulent.

Snowfall will be a favorite with it's freshly cut roses.

Rudolph is beautiful with fresh cut amaryllis making this one a holiday classic.

Mistletoe combines the colors of the season and it's full of Hydrangeas, Roses, Peruvian lilies, and more.

Yuletide features exotic Peruvian Lilies.

Candy Canes is so striking with fresh cut red and white tulips.

Comfort 'n' Joy combines farm-fresh roses, alstroemeria, and hypericum.

Eggnog is light in color with roses, lilies and accents.

Ornament is a festive mix of hydrangeas, roses, and accents in the colors of the holidays.

Thank you so much for joining me for pretty inspiration to create your holiday party centerpieces as part of the 2016 Holiday Party Hop. Please leave me a comment letting me know your favorite holiday floral arrangement and then be sure to head on over to the next party stop . . . Fern & Maple.

Have fun visiting today's previous and next holiday inspiration. To see all the party sites in the 2016 Holiday Party Hop, please start here!

15 Wedding Toasting Glasses to Say Cheers in Style

When it comes to saying Cheers at your wedding, there’s so many amazing designs of personalized toasting glasses available. There’s styles just for the bride and groom or you can personalize an entire set of toasting flutes for the bridesmaids. You can even ask your girlfriends to be your bridesmaid with a toasting glass.

Today I have gathered a great collection of handmade wedding toasting glasses for you to choose your favorite{s} from - each one customized for you from etsy artists. Which one{s} will you be toasting with at your engagement party or wedding reception?

PS: If you spend $50 or more on your first-ever purchase at etsy, you will receive $10 towards your next purchase. But, hurry as this offer ends December 12th, 2016.

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1. These Bridesmaid Proposal Champagne Flutes can be personalized with your choice of names, titles and date - from Flowertown Weddings

2. Stemless Wine Glasses for Bridesmaids : A perfect choice for your wine enthusiast bridesmaids, mothers, grandmothers, or even as wedding favors.

3. Personalized Wine Glass : Surprise your bridesmaids with a truly unique hand painted wine glass. Flower bouquets, names and dates, titles or other personalized sayings. Can be added at no additional cost.

4. Etched Bridesmaid Wine Glass : Laser etched glassware starting at $10

5. Personalized Beer Mugs for the Wedding Party

6. Personalized Eat Drink and Be Married Wine Glass : Beautiful stemless wine glasses that you can customize to your liking. Makes an elegant addition to your wedding day.

7. Bride and Groom Wedding Glasses : These customized Bride and Groom Wedding glasses would be adorable at the couple's table for the reception.

8. Hand-painted Lace Wedding Flutes : These wedding flutes are hand painted with acrylic paint and decorated with white lace, black bow with rhinestones

9. Personalized Bridesmaid Wine Glasses : Laser etched wine glasses with a pretty feather motif

10. Rose Gold Dipped Stemless Champagne Flutes : Pretty glass flutes with a rose gold dipped bottom

11. Hand-Painted Wedding Toasting Flutes : Made to resemble the bride and groom

12. Rustic Chic Champagne Flutes : Toasting glasses with handmade flowers and bead accents.

13. Mr and Mrs Toasting Glasses : These glasses are the perfect wedding gift for the bride and groom.

14. Customized Champagne Flutes : These personalized champagne glasses are a perfect choice for mimosas at a bridal shower or for a wedding toast.

15. Bride and Groom Toasting Glasses with Wedding Date : Choose from curvy pilsners, classic pints, stylish round whiskey or wine glasses that are personalized for your wedding day.