Conflict Free Wedding Ring

Conflict Free Wedding Rings

A symbol of the bond you share with your handsome groom, when purchasing your setting, choose a stone that reflects your values! Many stored claim to offer “conflict free diamonds” or “blood free diamonds” – but only provide a minimal guarantee that their diamonds do not contribute to bloody civil wars in Africa.

Brilliant Earth wedding ring

Conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds, are known to finance rebel movements against governments and retailers only provide limited guarantee that their diamonds do not finance these violent groups. That in mind, when looking for the perfect ring to symbolize the love you share with your partner, consider a symbol that does not have child labor, poverty, corruption, and environmental devastation attached to it.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Rings credit to kimthielphotography

Little actions can make a huge difference! There are many eco-friendly, conflict free wedding ring manufacturers available and many of them exist in the United States. Retailers such as Brilliant Earth, whose diamonds originate from two mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Their Canadian diamonds are mined in accordance with Canada’s strict labor and environmental laws, which are among the most rigorous in the world. Brilliant Earth also use recycled gold, making their rings purely ethical.

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Companies to consider when looking for beautiful conflict free wedding rings are:

Eco-Friendly Wedding Rings credit to Christine Marguerite Rings

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Wedding Ceremony Seating Arrangements

Tips of the trade run rampant for wedding reception seating arrangements - but what about the wedding ceremony? Do parents and grandparents sit in the same row? What happens if the ring bearer and flower girl are too young to stand with the bridesmaids and groomsmen throughout the nuptials?

In any situation, be it a dinner party at home or your wedding ceremony, guests feel most comfortable when they know where to seat themselves. While it is considered common knowledge that the first four to five rows are generally reserved for immediate and extended family (or parents of children in the wedding), it helps to create a seating arrangement plan to help avoid potentially sensitive seating issues!

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First things first, the basics:

When facing the altar, in Christian weddings, the bride’s family is seated on the left and the groom’s family on the right. In Jewish ceremonies, the opposite is true.

Just before the ceremony begins, the immediate family of the bride and groom are seated – beginning with the groom’s family. The bride and groom’s parents are seated in the first row along with any siblings not in the wedding party, while grandparents and great-grandparents are seated in the second row. The bride and groom’s mothers are generally escorted in via usher, with the bride’s mother being the last person seated. Once she, the bride’s mother, is settled – the ceremony is officially underway!

Wedding Ceremony Seating Arrangements credit to theinternational

In the case of divorced parents, there are two options: they can either sit together in the first row, or, the parent who was the primary caregiver sits in the first row accompanied by his/her spouse, while the other parent and spouse sits in the third row.

Additional rows are generally reserved for extended family and any step-relatives, who are to be seated behind birth relatives, who are seated directly behind the immediate family.

Guests known to be on crutches or in a wheelchair can have a spot at the end of the pew or aisle saved for them, while elderly guests are to be seated near the front.

 Wedding Ceremony Seating Arrangements credit to djdmac

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Interactive Wedding Photos and Videos!

Every woman wants her wedding to be the talk of the town – in the best of ways. Give your guests a night they’ll never forget by letting them in on the fun! Interactive wedding photography and videography options are picking up steam across the country because they offer each and every wedding guest the ability to add their own flair and style to your wedding memories!

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Your first option is for a wedding video that will showcase you and your wedding party as your most natural selves! WedIt has made the process delightfully easy: simply enter your information – and they’ll immediately ship five WedIt HD cameras to you at least three days prior to your walk down the aisle.

Interactive Wedding Photography WedIt

Pass the cameras out to whomever you please, let them snap away, and when the festivities are over – slip the cameras into WedIt’s handy prepaid, pre-addressed box and ship them right back! WedIt will upload all the data and work with you to edit and piece together a beautifully candid wedding video.

If you have videography covered and want to focus on wedding photos, look no further than Wedding Party! without even having to ask, your guests will be taking photos throughout your big day – Wedding Party gives you the ability gather those moments! Email a special link for your wedding album or put the address in your ceremony program and all photos uploaded by your guests will immediately be viewable by all!

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Bridal Sins to (Try To) Not Commit credit to mywedding

Thou Shalt Not…Commit These Bridal Sins!

Darling bride-to-be, I’ve helped plan dozens of ceremonies and receptions over the years and have studied weddings near-obsessively for over a decade - but when my guy proposed, everything I’d learned flew right out the window! If you’re like me and feel like a kindergartener taking a college-level course as wedding information is thrown at you from all sides, make sure to read on for bridal sins to (try really hard to) not commit!

It’s easy to get caught up in the glow of being newly engaged and somehow forget the world exists every time you catch a glint of diamond shine, but in the hopes of not having your bridesmaids walking on eggshells around you (Bridezilla, anyone?), the following may help!

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Bridal Sin #1: We touched on this in our discussion about how to keep your bridesmaids happy, but it’s worth being reiterated: make an effort to talk about things unrelated to your wedding!

You may have fifty million wedding thoughts running through your head and it helps to talk it out, but as a soon-to-be Mrs. myself, I can see my bridesmaid’s eyes get a little glazed around the 90-second mark when I haven’t paused for a breath as I rant about the wedding photographer who’s already booked for my big day. Make sure you keep in touch with what is happening in your bridesmaids lives and support them as they support you!

Bridal Sins to (Try To) Not Commit credit to weddingpartyapp

Bridal Sin #2: Before taking that argument with your mother about seating arrangements to the next level – put yourself in her shoes. While you may be gleefully rejoicing over your soon-to-be new last name or the upcoming honeymoon, it’s important to remember that your wedding is a day of change and transition for more than just you and your groom.

You may find one (or both) of your parents striking out, starting silly fights over nothing, or stepping away from helping with wedding plans. Start an open conversation about how they feel and try to not be hurt or offended if they say they’re afraid of losing you…honesty is always preferred over silence or shouting matches! If your family is naturally filled with  strong and silent types, don’t push it. Just know for yourself that you have their support and love and radiate that back to them.

Bridal Sins to (Try To) Not Commit credit to theweddingspecialists

Bridal Sin #3: Becoming a diva-fied Bridezillas is such an epidemic – it’s become a reality TV show! Your wedding is YOUR day, bride, no ifs, ands, or buts about it…but if you realize family and friends are tiptoeing around you or there’s a full-blown war with your mother-in-law over hors d’oeuvres – you may want to take a step back and look at your behavior since beginning wedding planning.

More often than not, a bride doesn’t demand more attention, more gifts, more, more, more, “just because”. Sometimes, wary of friendships changing after vows are shared, a bride may become more forceful in an attempt to pull friends closer. Take a deep breath, darling bride, because this plan will cause nothing but resentment between you and your best girls. Instead of demanding more for yourself, give of yourself and know that time and love shared with those you care for does nothing but come back to you tenfold.

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White Pines Golf Club and Banquets

White Pines Golf Club and Banquets, A Chicago Wedding Venue

Just 10 minutes from O’Hare International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, the banquet facility at White Pines Golf Club and Banquets in Bensenville has been host to many beautiful wedding events. Situated on over 240 beautiful acres, White Pines Golf Club offers a magnificent setting sure to make their guests feel like they are “away from it all”.

Boasting a gorgeous banquet hall, the entire White Pines staff will make your wedding a truly exclusive affair! Vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a wrap-around balcony offer a unique location for your perfect day. Beautiful are grounds accented by a pond with waterfall and fountain to complete your ideal setting.

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A four-course meal, four-hour premium open bar, wine service with dinner, champagne toast for all guests, buttercream wedding cake prepared to your specifications, white linen tablecloths, colored poplin napkins, custom skirted head, cake, place card, and gift tables, use of our centerpieces, and all tax and gratuities, are included into costs so there are no surprises for your wedding budget!

White Pines also provide background music, public address system, wooden dance floor, coatroom facilities, and a Bride’s Room! Wedding packages also include a personal bridal consultant before and during your reception – so any potential worries are lifted from your shoulders!

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For more information and to reserve your wedding day at White Pines Golf Club and Banquets, contact their banquet office at 630-766-0304, ext. 2, or email: banquets@whitepinesgolf.com.

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2014 Wedding Flower Trends credit to The French Bouquet Blog

2014 Wedding Flower Trends

Owner-designer of Nola Flora in Louisiana, Ashley Bateman creates floral arrangements for everything from memorials to Mardi Gras parties, but says preparing wedding flowers is her first love. “There’s nothing more fun than seeing that sparkle in a bride’s eye as she really starts to get a vision of the look she wants,” Bateman says. “There are so many different styles, varieties and colors in the floral world. Flowers can bring in that special touch – that reflection of the couple’s personality.”

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Bateman notes that flowers add more than just atmosphere and ambiance, explaining that “flowers can represent the couple’s history or the family’s history. Using favorite flowers, flowers the groom has always given the bride, or a special flower that the bride’s mother and grandmother may have also used is another way to add meaning to the wedding.”

2014 brides can expect their wedding flowers to take on a life of their own through bridal protea – a softer and a more petite version of the original, vining jasmine – which comes in Radiant Orchid, the Pantone color of the year, and Japanese mums – a full bloom that will be seen in sleek, modern weddings.

2014 Wedding Flower Trends credit to lovelylittledetails bridal protea

2014 Wedding Flower Trends credit to southern weddings vining jasmine

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Individual Wedding Cakes For Each Wedding Guest!

We’ve spoken about small wedding cakes over on My Inspired Wedding, but let’s take it a step further and review the perks of individual wedding cakes! First spotted as one of the hottest new trend in 2012 weddings, industry sources are noting that brides are still raving about the upsides of hosting their wedding reception with individual wedding cakes!

Don’t think this is just another wedding cupcake trend, darling bride-to-be; we’re talking about actual wedding cakes with fondant and tiers and sugar roses…in miniature! The idea is that each one  is a single serving of wedding cake, one per guest, instead of one big wedding cake from which guests are served slices.

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Beauty and fun aside, a roomful of these tiny individual wedding cakes could very well blow your wedding budget out of the water. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning for a small or large wedding, keeping with your budget is very likely an acute consideration for you.

If cost isn’t a concern for you, I suggest offering individual wedding cakes made to look like a miniature version of your larger wedding reception cake! Your wedding reception cake will be perfect for cake cutting photos, while the individual wedding cakes will be the talk of the party.

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What do you think, soon-to-be Mrs.? Are these adorable mini cakes worth the cost? Share your thoughts in the comments below and then follow my Pinterest and WedAlert’s Pinterest for wedding ideas ranging from wedding timelines to planning a destination ceremony!

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Wedding Flower Glossary - African Lily credit to DH Gate

WedAlert’s Wedding Flower Glossary, A – C

Are you trying to study up before meeting with your florist, dear bride-to-be? There are hundreds of different types of flowers and it can be difficult to prepare a bouquet that is both beautiful and meaningful; that difficulty is quadrupled when you see a photo online of the perfect flower for your wedding bouquet – but don’t know the name of it to give to your florist!

Last year around this time, over on My Inspired Wedding, a wedding flower glossary was compiled to help you learn the difference between magnolias and sweet pea by putting a ‘face to the name’ so you can speak knowledgeably with your wedding flower specialist about the perfect floral arrangements for your ceremony!

AFRICAN LILY (also known as Agapanthus)

Wedding Flower Glossary - African Lily

Wedding Flower Glossary - African Lily 2

AMARYLLIS

Wedding Flower Glossary - Amaryllis

Wedding Flower Glossary - Amaryllis 2

BABY’S BREATH

Wedding Flower Glossary - Babys Breath

Wedding Flower Glossary - Babys Breath

BUPLEURUM

Wedding Flower Glossary - BUPLEURUM

Wedding Flower Glossary - BUPLEURUM

CAMELLIA

Wedding Flower Glossary - CAMELLIA

Wedding Flower Glossary - CAMELLIA

COXCOMB

Wedding Flower Glossary - COXCOMB

Wedding Flower Glossary - COXCOMB

For the full list of wedding flowers beginning with the letters A – C, head on over to My Inspired Wedding!

Tune in to My Inspired Wedding and click here review the wedding flower glossary for floral options from dahlias to irises, here for everything from jasmine to poppies, and here for Queen Anne’s Lace to Zinnia blooms!

Have you fallen in love with a bouquet but can’t decode what blooms are being used? Leave a comment below and email a photo to JamieGipson.LoveInspired at gmail for a swift reply to bring to your florist!

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Green Wedding Flowers

It’s officially spring, brides, and while I’m all for eco-friendly weddings – when I say green wedding flowers, I literally mean: green wedding flowers! Springtime boasts an over-abundance of greenery, affording even the most modest  wedding budget the ability to create a big and beautiful wedding bouquet!

The Grower’s Box shared their anticipation in 2013 of strong trending towards the green wedding flowers color scheme for spring weddings, and it appears that trend is holding strong into 2014! “Paired with subtle creams and pastels, we expect to see big and beautiful bouquets and arrangements of green wedding flowers at venues both large and small!” says Jonathan Greene, President of The Grower’s Box.

Green Wedding Flowers as seen on Once Wed

On a tight wedding budget? Green arrangements can easily be made with inexpensive fillers and greens with a few larger flowers as a main focal point. Ask your wedding florist about hydrangeas or cabbage roses coupled with Queen Anne’s lace, tree fern, or green mist to create a full arrangement that will be the talk of the town!

Green Wedding Flowers credit to Bowden Floral

Looking for subtle green blooms? Let roses take center stage in your bouquet and add in green complimentary flowers, like cute Yoko Ono Button Poms or cymbidium orchids!

Green Wedding Flowers Yoko Ono Button Poms or cymbidium orchids

Looking for strong green focal flowers? Look into hydrangeas, garden roses, and mini-calla lilies to help soften bouquets with predominantly green blooms.

Green Wedding Flowers hydrangeas, garden roses, and mini-calla lilies

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Are Save the Date Cards Necessary?

Wedding invitations are a definite must-have, but brides-to-be often ask if it’s absolutely necessary to send out save the date cards. While it isn’t mandatory, it does show proper courtesy to your guests – especially if your festivities are more than six months in advance and guests will need to travel to get to your celebration.

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Save the date cards go beyond just good manners, though, darling bride, they also offer a chance for you and your groom to loosen up and have some fun! Wedding invitations tend to be on the more formal side, but save the date cards can be light and fun…send them in the form of magnets, stickers, or personalized movie posters!

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Without question, destination weddings require save the date cards as a simple courtesy to your guests; break out the passport-themed save the dates! Whether you decide to choose something vintage or traditional, casual or contemporary, the style of your save the date cards is up to you! Tie in the tone, color, or theme of your big day and coordinate them with your wedding invitations.

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