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Hot Wedding Trend: 13 Cactus Wedding Ideas

One of the hot wedding trends I’m loving is all things cactus {or cacti}. Whether you’re planning a fiesta themed bridal shower, a tropical destination wedding or a wedding during the summer months . . . you’re going to love these Cactus Wedding Ideas.

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I’ve even joined the cactus wedding trend myself and created a cactus confetti collection that features 4 cactus gift tags included with hot pink and green Festive Fetti confetti. It’s the perfect way to present gifts to your bridesmaids - tuck their gift in a box, add a little confetti, wrap the surprise and add a fun cactus gift tag. Or, you can add the confetti to a cactus piñata from Lulu Flora.

When it comes to incorporating cactus ideas into your wedding, you might consider one or more of these wedding ideas. See the examples below . . .

Which ones are your favorite? Please let me know in the comments.

1. adding mini cactus piñatas to place settings or centerpieces to hold the table number
2. designing a cactus themed wedding invitation suite
3. top your wedding cake or cupcake with an edible fondant cactus topper
4. creating centerpieces with the cactus in cute clay pots
5. presenting cupcakes with edible cactus on top
6. prefer to not diy? Consider a complete desert cactus wedding invitation suite
7. display a fun cactus printable for the gifts and cards table
8. keep the cactus memories forever with a cactus ring dish to hold your wedding rings
9. how about a bridal bouquet with cactus included?
10. adding a cactus garland as the backdrop behind the dessert table
11. of course, if you’re planning a cactus themed wedding, cactus thank you cards would be a must-have
12. gift your bridesmaids a cactus clutch bag for their makeup

Hot Wedding Trend : Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

I have to admit that I love the wedding trend of the mismatched bridesmaid dresses. It’s so fun to see the personality of each bridesmaid come out in the wedding photos.

And, don’t forget that even the guys in the wedding party can pull-off the mismatched look {as you will see in the montage below}. Today’s post is inspired by week 4 of the 52 Weeks of Wedding Photos Instagram Challenge.

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When it comes to mismatched bridesmaid dresses you have several choices . . .

1. Different Colors / Same Dress Style
2. Same Color / Different Dress Styles {as seen in this southern real wedding}
3. Different Colors / Different Dress Styles {as seen in this real wedding in Canada}
4. Same Color but varying shades {think ombre} / Same Dress Style
5. Same Color but varying shades {think ombre} /  Different Dress Style

Enjoy the photo inspiration of the mismatched bridesmaid dresses below and be sure to follow along online as the Photo Challenge continues all year long - each and every week. Image credits are below the montage.

The Hot Wedding Trend : Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses - are you on team yes or no? Click to see 5 ways to pull off this look with your Bridesmaids for your Wedding /  as seen on

So, now I want to know what your favorite style of mismatched bridesmaid dresses are. Do you prefer the ombre look with same dress style or the complete mismatched look? Please let me know in the comments and let’s start chatting.

And, if you don’t like it, that’s ok too. We each have our own style and there’s no right or wrong. It’s your wedding day and you want to make it about you as a couple and let your personality shine thru in the choices you make.

PS: I'd love to have you join me online for Creative Wedding Inspiration every day . . .

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Brilliant Wedding Trend: Chandelier Wedding Decor

It's time for the another round-up of the Weekly Wedding Photo Challenge. This time, it's all about accenting your special day with Chandelier wedding decor.

When it comes to Chandeliers - there's something so beautiful about the ambiance they can create at wedding ceremonies and/or wedding receptions. Ballroom receptions or those under a tent or in a barn are all perfect locations for adding chandeliers. There's of course the chandeliers that are full of bling and sparkle and then there's the more modern style of chandeliers. These can look more like hanging lampshades or the hot new geometric trend of chandeliers. You might even spy the gorgeous chandeliers that are handmade with fresh greenery and even fruit. Which chandelier style is your favorite?

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

Brilliant Wedding Trend : Chandelier Wedding Decor Inspiration / as seen on - click to see chandeliers for weddings from modern to geometric to classic with lots of bling

Credits: {from top to bottom right - row by row}
crystal chandeliers at wedding ceremony photo by Rae Leytham Photography // geometric chandeliers // chandelier with hanging crystals // flowers on a crystal chandelier // fresh greenery chandelier with oranges // modern chandeliers

I'd love to hear which chandelier wedding decor style you are loving in the comments below. And, of course, I'd love to have you join me online for Creative Wedding Inspiration every day . . .

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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?

What's Hot on Instagram : Glittered Cake Toppers, Honey Jar Favors, Sugar for Cocktails and more

Let's see how this goes as I want to try something different this week and see what you think as you may have missed a few of my recent posts on Instagram.

If you don't already follow me, please come follow me now on Instagram for daily "wow" wedding inspiration. I've highlighted some amazing "wow" wedding ideas that haven't been shared on the blog in the past week. So, I'm going to share them here for you and then you can head over to my Instagram and add your own 'like' if you love the idea{s}. And, of course, I encourage you to follow the accounts of those I highlight as well. It's all about sharing the love and having fun on Instagram, right? Below the photos you can get the full details on each image - including shopping links.

1. A Naked Wedding Cake Topped with Blueberries is made even sweeter with this “Happily Ever After” Cake Topper from @cutsofconfetti >>> Shop for your sparkly topper here.

2. Gorgeous Wedding Ceremony Decor Florals as seen on @matthewdavidgroup - LOVE the branches in the tall vases with cascading blooms // photo by @travismageephotography >>> Click here to see how you can be shared in my Instagram feed - it’s super easy :)

3. Loving this Bride and Groom portrait in a field in London. So picturesque + dreamy. Wedding Photography by @thespringles / Wedding Venue at @trunkwellhouse >>> Like above - Click here to see how you can be shared in my Instagram feed - it’s super easy :)

4. These Rustic Wedding Favors  from @southernjamsandjelly_ had me at Lavender Vanilla Infused Honey - doesn’t that sound simply amazing? >>> Shop for your custom favors here.

5. Hang your Wedding Gown + Bridesmaids Dresses in style for Wedding Photos with these padded "something blue" Bridal Hangers from @The_Gryphons_Nest Makes a wonderful gift idea for photographers to surprise their bride with. >>> Shop for your Bridal Hangers here.

6. Planning to serve a signature Wedding Cocktail at your reception or next event? Consider embellishing the glass with a bit of Gold Sugar from @dellcovespices >>> Choose Your Favorite Sugar Color here