Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wed Michigan's Favorite Wedding Details

I was reading one of my (many) bridal magazine the other day, and they had an entire article dedicated to unique ideas that brides are using to make their wedding unique and less than traditional. It's obvious that following the latest "bridal trends" has become an obsession for most brides planning their wedding. Some brides can go overboard and I feel its important to make sure you keep your wedding about YOU.

A great way to incorporate new non-traditional elements, is to focus on 2 or 3 and not overdo it. Here is a list of some of my favorite ideas:

Not wearing a veil
Don't get me wrong, veils are GORGEOUS! But, there are so many amazing headpiece options out there, and I love the idea of wearing a beautiful custom flower or rhinestone headband in lieu of a veil.

Having your fiance, sibling, or both parents escort you down the aisle
There is something truly beautiful about having your father walk you down the aisle, but I've also seen so many wonderful unique ways to escort the bride to the alter. No one says you have to follow this tradition, so do what feels right!

Having a first look
Ok, this isn't too new and crazy, but I am all about seeing each other before the ceremony. You can get the photos out of the way so your guests aren't waiting around after the ceremony AND you get to go to your own cocktail hour!

Cupcakes instead of wedding cake
I LOOOOVE cupcakes so perhaps this is why I am a big fan of this current trend. Guests can pick from several different flavors and it adds such a cute whimsical touch to your reception!

Wearing two dresses
Ok, do brides really need two dresses? No. But, after a good friend of mine told me that she was too hot in her dress to fully enjoy her reception, I realized that having a second dress to change into later in the night is a great option. It doesn't have to be fancy or even white, but I love the thought of throwing a second dress on while the dancing is in full swing!

The After Party
Do I need to explain? Ending the reception at midnight and heading right to a local bar or after party is a perfect way to keep the party rockin! And yes, you should attend your own after party :)

Using email for your save the dates
Green elements are still very popular for weddings and I am inspired by brides that are able to cut down wedding waste. You can use sites like or to send out a stylish and easy to use save the dates. You'll save paper and money!

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