Calling all you brides-to-be getting married this year — I’ve got a trend alert! The official color has been announced by Pantone and I’m crushing on the idea of seeing lots of shades of ultra violet to come. From your bridesmaids dresses to your invitation suite there are countless ways to incorporate this year’s hottest color into your big day. So if you’re thinking of being on trend and using shades of pretty purple in your wedding day palette, I am breaking down how to flawlessly design your wedding with the color of the year.

FLOWERS
Move over wine, pink and red, you’d be surprised at how many different flowers actually come in purple. Work with your florist on your to incorporate different shades of purple.

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THE INVITATIONS
Whether you are going to a a local shop, getting your paper goods on Minted or custom ones from Etsy. Using ultra violet on your invitation suite is a beautiful way to showcase the color.

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BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES
Let your girl’s shine in this gorgeous color in beautiful ultra violet bridesmaids dresses. The bridesmaids dresses are a huge part of establishing your wedding colors so this will tie your theme together in a big way.

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TABLE SETTINGS
From the linens, to glassware, the menu cards, flowers and decor, there is lots of room to play here. Incorporate ultra violet on your welcome table, reception table and cake table, but not for everything. I find one color weddings tend to look a little flat.

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YOUR FURRY FRIEND
Whatever your dogs important role in your wedding, use a ultra violet leash or give your furry friend a floral halo of ultra violet flowers.

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THE CAKE
Pick a beautiful ultra violet frosting shade or talk to your florist about adding florals to your cake or both!

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BOUQUETS
Add violet florals to your all white bouquet or let your bridesmaids rock the color with their bouquets.

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THE SIGNATURE COCKTAIL
Turn your signature cocktail into a beautiful purple masterpiece for each guest to be holding the color.

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SHOP ULTRA VIOLET WEDDINGS

Sometimes it takes a little help from Mother Nature to remind us what this special day is all about. No one pictures rain on their wedding day, but this bride knew how to put it all in perspective. I love the fall colors, the gorgeous mismatched bridesmaids dresses and lovely spirit on what it’s all about. Take a page out of this brides book, as fall weddings are all the range in 2018. What do you love about this wedding?

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HOW RAIN REMINDED ME WHAT MARRIAGE IS REALLY ALL ABOUT

            Since I can remember, I had always dreamed of a beautiful fall wedding.  Outdoor ceremony, crisp red leaves falling from the trees, dance floor underneath the stars, s’mores bar by the fire pit, picture perfect scenery- I had it all planned out to the very last detail.  Living in Georgia, I considered my options of what would be the best time to have this dream wedding come true.  With much research and contemplation, I decided on the last weekend of October as this is the peak time typically for the leaves, as well as the least rainy month of the year.  Boy, did my plans go south and fast.

            About a week before the wedding day came, the forecast started calling for a chance of rain and very cold temperatures.  The weather was beautiful, finally starting to feel and look like fall, so I didn’t believe it, Georgia weathermen are always off, right?  As the days continued to approach closer and closer to Saturday, it became apparent to us all that it was most definitely going to rain on our big day.  My world was crushed and absolutely turned upside down.

I had dreamed of this day since I was a little girl.  I had found the One God made for me in high school, but due to college, jobs, lack of financial stability, etc. we had to wait a very long time for this day to come.  Ryan and I had been so faithful throughout our 6 year relationship, we always tried to keep Christ at the center, we prayed for one another, went to pre-marital counseling, read books and devotionals together, we were doing everything right I thought, so why was God doing this to me??  In my little world, this was the biggest day of my life.  I could not fathom why God would allow my day to be ruined because of the rain.  I justified these irrational and selfish feelings with how faithful Ryan and I had been to the Lord, it just did not make sense to me.  These feelings of questioning God kept coming up which I knew were not okay.  I kept pushing them away because it was selfish to even compare something so trivial like rain on a wedding day to other battles people are facing constantly like the loss of a loved one, a divorce, mental illness, terminal diseases, starvation, poverty, and so much more than I cannot even begin to comprehend- but please hear me out.

            I contemplated these feelings of anger and deep sadness leading up to the morning of the wedding.  And that’s when it hit me. .  God was teaching me a lesson through the rain.  The moment I woke up to the rain and 40 degree temperatures I FINALLY realized that God was in control and I was NOT.  This was the only way God could come through to me.  By Him wrecking what I thought was SO important, the actual purpose of marriage was put into focus for me and I became aware what our wedding day was really about, becoming one in the eyes of the Lord and glorifying HIM not US.  Yes, I knew this all along of course, but with the pressures from social media these days, I became so consumed with everything to be that of a Pinterest/Instagram worthy wedding.  So guess what?!  It rained the entire day.  Not just rained, it poured!  Everything from the ceremony, to the dance floor, reception, and s’mores bar was moved inside- and you know what? It was a DREAM. An absolutely beautiful dream.

 I would not change a single thing about October 28, 2017.  If I could do it all over again, I would have it the same way- rain and all.  The day was full of raw emotions, warmth and love.  The authentic and sincere love between Ryan and I was palpable.  I will never forget those moments when we first saw each other and walking down the aisle to the man God created for me, wow, I still feel so unworthy to be loved by a God-fearing man like Ryan, but boy do I sure love being his wife.  Our ceremony was the best part of the entire day.  It was so intimate and truly reflected the beauty of Christ’s love for his bride, the Church.  Ryan and I genuinely felt God’s presence during our union.  We truly had the best day of our lives, and though it was not what I had spent a year planning every detail out for- it was even better because it was God’s plan and not mine. Our day became what it was actually intended for and supposed to be about- celebrating our marriage with our family and closest friends and affirming our commitment to one another in a covenant instituted by God.  Best day of my life.

VENDORS

VIDEOGRAPHER Lafaro Films | PHOTOGRAPHY Libelle Photography | FLORIST Mountain Oak Florist | VENUE White Crest Farm | WEDDING DRESS Demetrios Bridal | BRIDE’S SHOES David’s Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Show Me Your Mumu | SUITS Savvi Formalwear | MAKEUP Vigilante- Devon Strickland | HAIR Courtney Williams & Tasha Winkles | CATERER Joshua D. Events | DJ Arman Sayyar | SIGNAGE Etsy | INVITATIONS Office Ink Plus Carrollton, GA | CAKE Liz Crazy Cakes​

The most popular wedding date of 2018 is a shock this year. We can no longer say in the wedding industry that ‘it’s wedding season’ because we either have a new season or this year is in a league of its own. The months September and October are hosting 40% of this years weddings. So it’s no surprise this years most popular date for weddings falls in one of these months. The most popular wedding date of 2018 is… drum roll please… Saturday 10/20/18. In-fact nine out of ten of the most popular days fall in September and October. Move over summer, fall has shaken up the wedding industry. The next most popular date is probably due to the fact of 8 being a lucky number, 8/18/2018. When are you getting married in 2018?

THE MOST POPULAR WEDDING DATE OF 2018 IS...

THE MOST POPULAR MONTHS FOR WEDDINGS IN 2018

ONE – September: 18% of weddings
TWO – October: 14% of weddings
THREE – June: 14% of weddings
FOUR – August: 10% of weddings
FIVE – May & July (tie): 9% of weddings
SIX – November: 6% of weddings
SEVEN – April: 6% of weddings
EIGHT – December: 5% of weddings
NINE – March: 4% of weddings
TEN – January & February (tie): 2% of weddings

SHOP FOR YOUR WEDDING

Arguably one of the hardest parts of wedding planning is tailoring your guest list. Sure you have to consider you and your spouse’s friends and family members, but there are also gray areas such as plus-ones, co-workers, kids and so on. In the world of weddings the more guests equals more money (and less personal), so the easiest way to save money on your wedding and make it more intimate is to shorten your wedding invite list. Here’s simple ways to shorten your guest list.

THIS IS HOW TO CUT YOUR WEDDING GUEST LIST

LOCATION

Considering a destination wedding? Great choice. The further away you host your wedding, the easier it will be to shorten the guest list. Having an intimate wedding in Napa Valley makes it easy to take people off, and less people are likely to make the trip. Having it in a far-off location makes it a lot easier to leave people you’re not as close with off the list. Instead, throw an intimate party for those who want to celebrate and congratulate you.

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BLAME THE VENUE

All venue’s have a capacity limit, so blame it on the venue. Tell people you’re having a very small ceremony with just our closest family and friends. This will make your wedding sound romantic, rather than exclusive. If uninvited friends keep prying about where their wedding invite is, tell them you unfortunately couldn’t invite everyone you wanted due to capacity. It takes the blame off of you.

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THE PLUS ONE CUT

Come to an agreement with your fiance on where you draw the line with plus one’s. For example, only if you’ve met them, if they’ve been dating over a year or any other kind of factor that makes you feel comfortable. This is acceptable as long as you keep the rule consistent and don’t make exceptions for anyone. With a rule like this in place, you can easily cut your guest list down.

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ADULTS ONLY

No, you don’t have to invite your friends kids to your wedding. Allowing kids can really up your head count fast. By not allowing children it will allow all your friends and family who are parents a stress-free time. Plus they can be spendy. From kids food to activities and a separate table, it’s just one more thing you have to account for. And there’s nothing like a toddler crying hysterically to ruin your ceremony or first dance. On your invitation list out specific names of who is invited to your wedding from each household.

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KNOW YOUR A, B, C’s

In The A, B, C’s of Sending Wedding Invitations I break down how to do this effortlessly without anyone even knowing. Think of your guests as in three categories. Your A-list is made up of your closest friends and family you cannot get married without, like your best friend growing up, your close relatives, etc. Your B-list is made up of people you’d like to have there. These might be college friends, extended family, etc. Then finally, your C-list is a group of people you can add to the list if you have extra space. These people might be co-workers or childhood friends you haven’t seen in a while. This will help you a whole lot when it comes to making cuts. When sending your wedding invitations, send of the B’s and then C’s as you start to get some declines back in the mail.

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KEEP IT TIGHT

If your friend from college invited you to her wedding two years ago but you haven’t spoken to her since, you might consider removing her from the guest list. An invite to someone else’s wedding does not secure them an invite to yours, especially if you haven’t spoken in a long time. Don’t let the guilt of leaving people off the list consume you.

This ombre floral tent wall is one for the books! Who could forget an entrance like this? With the dream team of these wedding professionals there was no doubt it would turn out like the brides vision. I love the modern elements in this traditional white-tie affair. The mothers dress, the ombre flower wall and the a vintage car send off is one for the books! What do you love about this wedding?

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