Winter Wedding Love

It’s late fall, and winter is almost upon us. I love this time of year as the days get shorter and a change of pace sets in. The fireplace is lit and blankets come out, signaling a season of  reflection.

Whether you are newly engaged or have most of your wedding planned, but are looking to bring in those breathtaking final touches, you are in the right place. Nuptial Necessities offers many products that can be personalized, as well as unique gifts for your wedding party and guests. Here are a few ideas:

Elegant winter themed place card holders.

 

Winter themed votive candles for the reception tables which creates a warm glow and cozy ambiance.

Fun, environmentally friendly seeded paper ornaments!

Thoughtful personalized Christmas tree ornaments: always a hit.

And last, but not least, I love these personalized bangles to gift your bridesmaids.

From all of us here at Nuptial Necessities, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a wedding filled with enchantment and pure joy. 

XOXO

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Tips for Surviving a Summer Wedding

So, you are having a summer wedding. Good luck!! Weddings in the heat of the summer can be challenging, particularly in places such as Texas, Arizona, Louisiana or other locations with very hot summers.  If you do choose to have an outdoor ceremony in spite of the heat, here are a few tips to help you and your guests survive:

Put a drink in their hands

Instead of passing out glasses of champagne as your guests arrive, why not have decorative pitchers of fruit-infused ice water at the entrance of your outdoor ceremony. Since some fruit, like watermelon and mango, can help reduce body temperature, guests can settle down in their seats with a drink that’ll keep them cool while you say “I do.”

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Keep Guests Cool with a Fan or Hand-held Mister

Place a fan or hand-held mister at each chair or have someone give them out to your guests as they head down the aisle to be seated. The more economical fan can do double duty as a program and help keep your guests cool. Print the ceremony on the fan and tie a colorful ribbon around the stick and voila, you have the wedding program and a practical fan.

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A hand-held fan does double duty as a way to keep guests cool and as the ceremony program. Dress it up with a ribbon for an added bit of elegance.

A hand-held mister not only keeps your guests cool during the ceremony or reception, they also make great wedding favors that can be used by your guests throughout the hot summer months.  Just fill the tank with water, add batteries and hand out to guests as they arrive, or leave one on every other seat.

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Cool your guests at your summer wedding with this sleek hand-held mister spray with fan.

 

Hand out Personalized Bottled Water

Make sure to keep your guests hydrated with lots of water. Fill a bucket with ice and add personalized bottled water.  It is an inexpensive way to keep your guests cool.

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Personalized bottled water is great way to keep guests hydrated.

 

Offer your Guests a Cool Pair of Sunglasses

Wayfarer, aviator, cat-eye, it doesn’t matter, cool shades equals a cool ceremony. Not only will guests be able to see the wedding without squinting, they’ll also look extra stylish.

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Your guests will make a statement with a cool pair of sunglasses … and they won’t squint.

 

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Essential Rules for Bridesmaid Gift Giving

dreamstime_m_74858725.jpgGiving a bridesmaid gift is a way to say thank you for being a part of your wedding. Your bridesmaids give a lot of time, attention, and money to make the wedding perfect for the you, the bride. This can include helping with the shower, planning the bachelorette party, answering a million questions, and spending money on things like a bridesmaid dress, hair, makeup, shoes, and gifts for the shower, bachelorette, and wedding. That’s a lot of work! Give your bridesmaid (or Maid of Honor) a great gift that is both thoughtful and sincere – she’ll appreciate it!

Select a unique gift for each bridesmaid

While it is okay to give each bridesmaid the same gift, say, a robe or a blanket or shawl, make sure that your personalize it by choosing each’s favorite color. But it might be more special to choose a gift that fits each of the ladies’ personal tastes or interests. For example how about an embroidered Trendz workout tote for the exercise enthusiast or a wine carrier for the wine lover?

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The Trendz fitness tote makes going to the gym easy.

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This wine carrier kit is a great gift for the wine lover.

 

 

Or, for the avid reader, how about a cool e-reader cover or an engraved bookmark?

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Protect your Kindle Fire with this PU leather case!

Engraved Bookmark

For the avid reader in your wedding party, this engraved bookmark is the perfect gift.

Most ladies like a great “on the go” tote like the ones shown below that are attractive but that can hold a lot of items for a busy lifestyle.

Personalized Classic Cotton Tote

This practical and modern classic cotton tote is a great gift for the ladies in your wedding party.

 

Make sure that the gift is something that she can use again

If you are getting all of the ladies matching robes or wraps, make sure it is something that she will want to wear long after the wedding. A comfy robe  with her initial or name embroidered on it is perfect. Or a warm embroidered blanket that she will use for years to come.

What not to give your bridesmaids

Do not give them something with “bridesmaid” written on it like the shirt that your bridesmaids wear to the girls’ night out party as their gift. That should be given in addition to the special gift. Also, don’t give them anything with your wedding monogram on it … that is okay for favors, but not as a personal gift.

The best time to give your bridesmaid gift

The best time to give your bridesmaid gift is the morning of the wedding, either while getting ready or sometime before the ceremony especially if the gift is for getting ready (a robe), carried (a clutch), or worn (jewelry). If the gift is for the home or hobby-related, give the gift at the rehearsal dinner so she doesn’t have to carry it around or find a place to store it at the wedding.

Always include a personal note with the gift

Let her know how much you appreciate everything that she did for the wedding and her friendship. Be specific and make sure the note is handwritten. It means so much more.

 

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Sunny Summer Wedding Ideas

2015 was the year of baby pinks and nudes, from table settings to bridesmaids dresses. In 2016, we’re ditching the neutrals in favor of something a little more “sunny.” This summer, make your wedding truly shine with bright punches of color against fresh white backdrops.

Invitations

For invitations, we’re loving looks like this festive yellow pineapple ikat print. Many people shy away from color in their invitations because they fear that it will look outdated or juvenile. This invitation suite pairs a pop of color with a more natural material and uses a simple modern font to keep the look mature (as opposed to saying “crayon box”).

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Table Setting

We love the way this table setting inspiration from Style Me Pretty pairs crisp white linens with colorful accents. The use of a warm color palette also keeps the variety of colors looking coordinated and effortless rather than mismatched.

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Reception Details

Your reception is the time to truly showcase your style and attention to detail. We love the idea of ordering personalized sunglasses (with your new last name & wedding date) for guests. This inexpensive treat is perfect for an outdoor daytime ceremony and/or reception when the Texas sun is in full force.

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We’re also loving this self- serve beverage station idea. Instead of doing the usual signature wedding cocktails, this twist allows guests to more easily sample the drink options and makes for a beautiful sunny reception detail that works perfectly with your color scheme

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Invitation Trends for 2016

Happy 2016! A lot of couples got engaged over the holidays and now are starting to plan their weddings.  After deciding the date and venue, now it is time to start thinking about your wedding colors, style and invitations. According to the wedding gurus, there are a number of exciting trends when it comes to invitations in 2016. Here are just a few to think about.

Color, color, color …

Forget about the traditional black ink on white or ecru paper, 2016 is the year of color. Whether it is bright splashes of color or a dark and moody color, such as navy, plum, even black, couples are moving to the non-traditional when it comes to color.

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Watercolor invitations are also trending in 2016. Here is one of our favorites from our Carlson Craft collection:

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Envelope Liners

And, speaking of color, brides are incorporating color not only into the invitation itself, but also into the envelope liners. This inner layer is the first thing guests will see when they excitedly tear open your invite. Liners are a great finishing touch and the perfect place to add fun design elements, like a sketch of the skyline, or a personal detail, like your wedding date. Pair with a colored envelope for really eye-catching mail.

Check out a couple of colorful liners from our Carlson Craft Collection.

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Creative Monograms

In 2016 we are entering a whole new world of custom monograms. Forget about the letter-locking designs of the past; couples today are looking for unique monograms that incorporate elements that are special to them. Not only are couples using the monogram on invitations, napkins, and favors, but they are also incorporating the design into the their personal stationery.

Below is a logo that we designed for a Texas couple who wanted an armadillo to be part of their custom logo. We used it on the save the dates, the invitations, the cups, even the program.

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Tis the Season … for Wedding Proposals that is

1-Festive-Marriage-Proposal-Christmas-Tree-RingThe holiday season is one of the most popular times of the year for wedding proposals. And, it makes perfect sense. The holiday season is special. It is a time to be with your family and to see old friends. The holiday music alone sets the stage. Try listening to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” or “White Christmas” and not be in a romantic, sentimental mood.

So, it is not surprising that this season of romance is the perfect time to propose. And, many of these proposals are really creative and romantic. Check out the article below to see some great surprise proposals.

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To capitalize on this trend, a resourceful tour operator has created a proposal service, complete with a hidden photographer.

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So, if you are expecting your loved one to pop the big question, this holiday season may be the perfect time.

 

 

 

 

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The Beauty of a Winter Wedding

We love the ethereal beauty of winter weddings. Being in Austin, TX we very rarely get snow but we love seeing the wintery white wedding photos in snow. Even without the beauty of a fresh white snow as your wedding backdrop, there are other things you can do to remind your guests of that feeling. Beautiful lighting, whites or cream colors, intricate beading, they all make us think of a gorgeous winter wedding.

Floating candles and white roses are beautiful together.

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This beautiful beaded cape would be a nice touch to a classic silk dress.

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And for favors you could give treats reminiscent of what you might get at a cozy ski lodge or give out candle holders with snowflakes on them. These could be used on the tables to create great candle lit lighting and then the guests could take them away as a reminder of the great time they had at your wedding.

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As always, we love to hear how you created your beautiful wedding. And pictures are the best! Now we will just wait and see if we luck out and get some snow in Austin this year…

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