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6 Unique Wedding Ideas : Tuesday Treasures {v1}

The other day I was thinking of something fun and new I could share with you to make your wedding planning a bit more fun. And, what better way than to share some pretty wedding treasures with you. I love finding unique wedding ideas that I can share to provide inspiration as you get ready for any of the upcoming events you'll have before saying I Do and for the Big Day.

I'd love to hear which ideas you're loving by leaving me a comment or simply liking the post if you're pressed for time. See complete details on each item below. Please note: this post contains affiliate links.

The Ultimate Wedding + Honeymoon Planner Bundle for $23.09 {digital} is the ultimate wedding planner bundle that is designed to help you track and plan the most magical time of your life. This bundle includes 3 of the most essential planners and journals that a bride-to-be would possibly need . . . Ultimate Wedding Planner, Ultimate Maid of Honor Planner and Ultimate Honeymoon Planner. There's a total of 84 pages and by grabbing these planners bundled together, you save 25%.

This large Paper Flower Wall backdrop from Paper Flora {$460+} is perfect for weddings and events. This large groups of paper flowers includes 16 flowers in 4 different sizes in shades of pink and ivory. They will cover an approximate area of 3 feet by 4 feet and make any space look like a showcase. They're perfect for use a photo booth backdrop or behind the dessert table.

The White Ceramic Pumpkin Baker Set {on sale for $14.96} not only makes for a great bridal shower decoration, but the set is a great gift for the newlyweds.

The Honeymoon Vibes Tshirt {$28} makes a perfect gift for the bride-to-be or to simply buy for yourself and pack into your suitcase.

These Nolia Studs {$38} are from the family-run jewelry label Sorrelli designs. Celebrate your event with gorgeous statement pieces illuminated with sparkling Swarovski crystals.

This Kraft Wedding Guest Book {$45} from Paper Peach Shop is the perfect touch for Rustic Chic Weddings. Each book features 100 blank pages and comes complete with a white grosgrain ribbon attached at the top of the spine.

What Makes a Perfect Wedding? {+ more in my Interview at Marilyn's Keepsakes}

I was recently honored to be asked to take part in an interview with Marilyn's Keepsakes. It's always fun to think back to my own wedding day and when I started this blog. I've met so many amazing vendors along the way.

What Makes a Perfect Wedding? My {Brenda's Wedding Blog} Interview on Marilyn's Keepsakes

Here's what they wrote:
Recently we got the privilege to interview Brenda Bennett from the highly successful Brenda’s Wedding Blog. It is one of the leading wedding blogs in the industry and every day she gives inspiration and advice on how to plan an elegant wedding with affordable style to over 30,000 faithful daily readers. I myself have read her blog on a regular basis for a few years now and can honestly say she is a genuine all around wonderful woman. She answered for us multiple questions from how she got started in the business to marriage advice. If you are not already, make sure to give her a follow!

Here's an excerpt from the interview {the question + my reply}:

In your opinion what makes a perfect wedding?

A perfect wedding is not about all the details {while they make great photos, the day itself is really not about every detail}. At my own wedding all the balloons we had wanted at the entrance to the reception went up in the air when the florist opened their van doors and our cake didn’t have any trace of a raspberry filling. But, what mattered was that we were surrounded by our family and friends and had an amazing time dancing under the tent celebrating our new marriage.

Come see the full interview here and you can find out how I would advise a bride when choosing the style of their wedding and lots more.

Create Your Dream Wedding the Fun and Easy Way with SimplyTie
There's a new way to plan your dream wedding and it couldn't be easier. SimplyTie simplifies the process of planning a wedding with their 5 easy to use online apps including budget planning, guest list builder, wedding registry, wedding photo sharing application, and the thank you card builder.
1. Plan Your Wedding Budget - simply plug in your overall wedding budget and based on the average cost for each aspect of the wedding - you will see how much you will want to consider spending on them. It's a great tool to see everything at a quick glance.

2. Build your Guest List - this is amazing. You can easily add in your guests but to give you a head start on creating your guest list you can add friends and family members from facebook. You can even keep track of the invitation being sent, if the RSVP has been received, their meal choices and if a thank you has been sent directly in the app. Lastly your SimplyTie Guest List will even do work for you while you sleep. It will send messages via Facebook or Email to collect your guest’s addresses you don’t already have.

3. Create Your Registry - whether it's a cash registry or a honeymoon registry you can create yours right here. You can add your own items or view the sample registries for ideas.

4. Showcase your Photos - you can share your photos with friends and family via a special dedicated link or you can even share them via social media. The best part of this is that it's integrated with smart phones - your guests can upload their photos from your wedding directly to your gallery from their phones and they're viewable instantly.

5 Easy Peasy Thank You Cards - you can instantly create your thank you cards with the SimplyTie app. Your gifts are automatically plugged into a template - but you can personalize each message to your guests as well as each thank you card letter template. You can choose to print the cards yourself or have SimplyTie do it for you.

The entire SimplyTie app can be used at no cost - but for a low price you can upgrade the specific apps you'd like more features with or you can choose to upgrade the entire SimplyTie service for even more functionality and features.
This and That : shades of peach + watermelon plus a last chance offer

It's time for the 7th pick of my favorite inspiration board of the week. This week, I've selected this gorgeous clementine and watermelon party palette from The Sweetest Occasion. Don't you just love this amazing color combo that Cyd put together? You can see more of her color inspirations here. And, after this lovely pop of colors - you will find an AMAZING deal for wedding planning no matter where in the world you might be - plus it's at 40% off just for my readers!!!!!! But, hurry it ends today!

You can see all the image credits via the original post here. Please stop by to show Cyd your love.

And, lastly I wanted to re-post this from last week as it's only valid thru today and it's a great deal that you won't want to miss out on. Have you heard about The Valley & Co. Experience Project™? Now you can experience the planning talents of the AMAZING Aleah and Nick no matter where in the world you might be. And, from now thru today September 16th, they are offering readers of Brenda's Wedding Blog 40% off the Signature and Blueprint packages. The Signature typically runs $2,900 so it comes in at $1,740 and the Blueprint $1,900 so $1,140 for your readers. And, here's a little more info on how the program works from Aleah and Nick:

A custom-designed solution to a demand for our design and planning services for couples tying the knot across the country and globe. Our Wedding Experience Project™ is designed to provide access to our nationally and internationally recognized wedding planning, logistics, and design services no matter where you live or the location of your big day, or your budget.

This service provides unmatched access to creative ideas, personalized wedding solutions, innovative wedding blueprints, and expert guidance. This key gives you access to impeccable wedding planning, design, and logistics services. Although these services do not replace Valley & Co.’s full planning services, the Experience Project™ is designed to give you a remarkable experience and guidance that a book or app cannot do. This project is designed to be the next best thing to having our team in person.

Bridal Blogger : Wedding day advice from wise women

I am so excited to announce this . . . some of you may remember the bridal blogger posts I had on Best Wedding Sites for a short time, well I'm in the process of refining that site even more and have now decided to move the bridal blogger section here, on Brenda's Wedding Blog :) {PS: if you are a bride planning a wedding and have a blog already - please contact me about becoming a part of this section}

And, today, Jess of Shimmer + Silk joins us with her wedding day advice - please give her a big welcome


Ahhh… Here I am, fresh off a weekend in NYC at an energizing conference for women attending business school (as I will be in the fall).

I was fortunate enough to meet tons of fabulous, inspiring women, many of whom are also planning weddings or adjusting to life as a newlywed. Naturally, we spent just as much time talking about our bridal experiences as we did discussing our career aspirations.

I thought it would be fun to share some of the best gems of advice that these ladies imparted on me just a few weeks before my wedding…

via Coffee and Yoga

1. Start the day with a moment of alone time

Take some time before the most hectic and eventful day of your life ramps up to enjoy a moment of solitude. Now is a great time to practice yoga or meditation, do some breathing exercises or enjoy a cup of tea while you admire the views from your honeymoon suite or childhood home. Clear your head of to-do lists and worries and instead just think about the people and events that have brought you to this fabulous day. You’ll feel relaxed, excited and appreciative rather than frantic and nervous.

via 80 Breakfasts


I know… You’ve heard this one a million times before. But seriously. Eat a hearty breakfast. As you get ready with your maids, try to follow every mimosa with a glass of water (and, ahem, don’t forget to stop in the ladies room before you head down the aisle!). Have your site coordinator save you some hors d’oeuvres from cocktail hour to keep you going through your first dance. And yes you do need to greet all your guests, but no you do not need to pass out on your wedding day so make sure you sit down and eat your meal! You paid a lot for that stuffed chicken and you’ve got a few hours of dancing ahead of you so you better take care of yourself so you can enjoy your night!

via Storkie Blog

3. Accept that something will probably go wrong

You spent months (or even years!) planning this day and you want it to be perfect. Everyone understands. But, you know what? No day is perfect. Not everything is going to go exactly as planned and that’s OK! Your wedding day is about marrying your best friend and soul mate. Does it really matter if your florist uses French tulips instead of English roses? You’ll never have this day again so don’t sweat the small stuff!

via Style Me Pretty

4. Spend a quiet moment after the ceremony with your new husband

With all the nerves and excitement, it’s easy to let the entire day pass you by. But make sure you take a time out with your new hubby to let the events sink in. You’ll need a moment to recharge, anyway. And bonus -- if you’re lucky maybe you’ll get some sugar ;)

I’ll be keeping these tidbits in mind when my big day is here. And if I come up with anything else to add to the list, I’ll definitely be back to share!

xo Jess

Jessica is from Boston and is marrying Andy in just under 2 months. Their planning focus has now shifted to the nitty gritty details, like guest welcome bags, ceremony music and readings, favors. Jessica is also the blogger behind Shimmer + Silk whose blog is for chic, modern bridal inspiration.