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We recently stumbled across this company and just had to share. It’s a unique way to take the pain out of changing your last name! Founded by a bride fed up with the hassle of trying to update her last name, MissNowMrs condenses the tedious 13-hour process into a 30-minute online experience via 3 steps: Questions, Forms, File. You can start it all just as soon as you’ve got your certified marriage certificate.

Featured in the New York Times, Brides Magazine, on NBC News and more, MissNowMrs is offering Nordstrom brides a special discount. For a limited time, take $5 off the regularly priced service ($29.95) with the promo code MNMNordstrom. It’s an easy way to check at least one thing off your to-list with ease.

Summer’s almost here, and as such, so is primetime wedding season! We feel for all the brides (and grooms) out there who are running the last-minute errands on their to-do lists! One of the many 11th-hour items on any couple’s agenda is making a decision on the cake. Our friends at SnapKnot provided us with some of their favorite cake shots for inspiration (plus a couple of cookies and pies, for the less-traditional path). Just look at all the different ways to incorporate a sweet treat into your wedding!

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A pop of pink peonies and some subtle sequins highlight this cake’s feminine theme. Photos by: Thompson Pictures

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These little love birds are adorable and romantic, and the script in white icing is a clever way to add texture. Photo by: MoHa Photography

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Elegance takes center stage with this cake, which conjures up the concept of cherry blossoms coming into bloom. Photo by: Liz Caruana Weddings

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Sophistication and simplicity allow this cheeky cake-topper to shine. Photo by: Sherri J Photography

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Classic and romantic, this shot captures a small but stunning wedding cake. Photo by: Palm Beach Photography

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Presentation is everything, and this scene shows how the rustic display draws attention, leaving guests salivating for cake time. Photo by: Blume Photography

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Who says the sweets must be limited to cake? This shot shows that cookies can be a cute alternative. Photo by: Creatrix Photography

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The devil’s in the details of this colorful cake, with vibrant flowers and a braided chocolate mousse ribbon on a layered confection. Photo by: Creatrix Photography

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Let them eat…mini-pies and pudding! These treats prove that when it comes to dessert, anything goes. Photo by: Creatrix Photography

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With lace-like details and a pearl-esque ribbon, this cake gives the wedding gown a run for its money. Photo by: The Story Telling Experience

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Why not do a dessert buffet? This display shows that by allowing guests to help themselves, you can offer a little something for everyone. Photo by: Sherri J Photography

Our friends at Rustic Wedding Chic share how to style a coastal rustic wedding for your own bridal look and your ‘maids.

Set sail with your guests as you take off on one of life greatest adventures: your wedding! Whether you are planning to say “I do” in a tropical setting, at a beachside affair or on the shores of your favorite lake, our three carefully curated looks will help set you in the right direction.

Donna Morgan ‘Laura’ dress | real wedding photo by Glass Jar Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic | ML Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dress

Ted Baker London Fit & Flare Dress | Miu Miu Nautical Stripe Pump | real wedding photo by AMW Studios via Rustic Wedding Chic | Jenny Yoo ‘Isabel’ bridesmaid dress

Olia Zavozina Lace Wedding Dress | TOMS Classic Crocheted Shoes | real wedding photo by Blue Colibri via Rustic Wedding Chic | Alex Woo Pendant Necklace | kate spade new york clutch

 Love this style? Check out our Rustic Wedding Ideas Pinterest board for more inspiration!

Guest contributor (and celeb hair stylist) Sarah Potempa is back with another bridal hair how-to, this time in a vintage glam theme.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Step 1. Create your clean, deep side part, while smoothing out any fine hairs that may pop up, with your comb. TIP: For more volume, apply smoothing gel directly to brush. Using a blow dryer and a brush, pull hair through brush in upward motion. 

Step 2. Take the Beachwaver Styling Iron and begin to curl in a roller-set style. Set each curl with a clip.

Step 3. After the sections are complete and cooled, take hair down.

Step 4. Spray a light movable hairspray directly onto brush. Begin to brush out curls using a smooth, downward motion. For lasting results, pin hair with a large silver clip in each crease of the wave. Remove all clips and spray one final time.

For the reception, you can change it up by teasing the hair from mid-strand to ends to create fullness and volume. For an extra-glam step, gather hair to one side and create a thick braid. Add a fun, vintage hair accessory—even a necklace will work.

Check out the must-have hair tools that created this look, and then try it at home for yourself!

January 31, 2014

Wedding Image of the Week

A bride in sunglasses, a fun braid and a huge smile–what could be cuter?!

HeroAppropriately named ‘Hepburn’, this Hayley Paige silk organza wedding dress has a tea-length hem and boat neckline that feels both classic and retro, with embroidered lace flowers and a cut-out opening in the back to make it a bit more modern. Either way, this bride is ready for an outdoor wedding filled with sunshine!

Check out our new Spring Bridal Style Guide for wedding favors, bridesmaid dresses, accessories and more to go along with this rustic, romantic style!

Image via Rustic Wedding Ideas on Pinterest

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When it comes to choosing flowers, brides often think about the wedding theme, season and colors (and of course, the bouquet inspiration they’ve been gathering on Pinterest). But did you know you can also pick flowers based on their meanings?

From “floriography”–the communication of language and meaning through flowers–to floral astrology based on birth months, similar to birthstones (for example, June’s ‘birth flower’ is the rose), the symbolism of different blooms is rooted in history and still followed today.

Consider the background of floriography: In 19th century England, specific floral arrangements were used to send coded messages. A sender would pick symbolic flowers to express feelings to the recipient, which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. Sounds romantic, right? Following tradition, the flowers used in Duchess Kate’s wedding bouquet were each chosen based on their meanings related to happiness, love and friendship.

Even legendary designer and wedding guru Vera Wang says that the symbolism of flowers can create a very personal and meaningful experience for a bride; she listed the meanings of some well-known and popular flowers in her book, Vera Wang on Weddings:

Anemone: expectation; Baby’s breath: innocence, pure heart; Blue violet: faithfulness; Calla lily: beauty;
Camellia: gratitude; Daffodil: joy; Daisy: gentleness; Freesia: innocence; Gardenia: purity;
Heather: future fortune; Heliotrope: devotion, faithfulness; Iris: warmth of affection;
Lily: majesty; Lily of the valley: happiness; Orange blossom: purity, virginity; Orchid: rare beauty;
Rose (red): love; Rose (yellow); friendship; Rose (coral): desire; Rose (peach): modesty;
Rose (dark pink): thankfulness; Rose (pale pink): grace; Rose (orange): fascination;
Rose (white): innocence; Tulip: passion, love; Violet: modesty, faithfulness; Zinnia: affection

So what story will you tell with your wedding day bouquet? Tell us your ideas!

January 24, 2014

Wedding Favor: Love Song CD

Today, we bring you another awesome favor idea, one that our marketing manager actually received at a wedding this summer: a CD of love songs, carefully selected by the happy couple. We love this unique and personal idea!

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Sara and Kambiz created a mix of both romantic love songs and all-around happy songs, including those they played for their walks down the aisle and their first dance. They also designed the CD face and cover (so cute!) and printed guests’ names and table numbers on one side, so it doubled as a seating chart. Brilliant, right?

Below is a selection of songs from their CD to inspire your wedding music, your version of the CD favor or even just some afternoon listening! Enjoy!

“Best Days” – Eric Hutchinson

“Lovely Day” – Maroon 5 ft. Bill Withers

“You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne

“On Top of the World” – Imagine Dragons

“The One I Love” – David Gray

“Sweet Pea” – Amos Lee

“I Won’t Let You Go” – James Morrison

“Turning Page” – Sleeping at Last

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When it comes to walking down the aisle, many couples invite their best furry friends to be by their sides. After all, pets are family too! Whether it’s a role in the ceremony or just a photo op, chances are that your canine companions will want to be part of the fun. (When do they not?!)

Here are some cute ways to involve your pooches—and some outfit inspiration to ensure that they’re dressed to impress.


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January 17, 2014

Wedding Image of the Week

This week, we bring you a stunner from BLISS Monique Lhuillier—a classic column wedding dress with a modern twist.

This embroidered lace sheath has a tulle overlay on the bodice and shoulders, so light and dainty that it’s barely there. Plus, a detachable tulle skirt adds an unexpected volume to the back of the gown. See more styles in the BLISS Monique Lhuillier Lookbook.

Image via Classic Wedding Ideas on Pinterest

Homemade favors are some of our favorites to receive at weddings–especially when they involve food! A few standouts from a quick poll of our wedding team: caramels, seafood seasoning, granola, s’mores kits, honey and even salsa! YUM.

HeroWe were inspired by the delicious-looking strawberry-rhubarb jam from Caroline and Jason’s wedding, so we asked Caroline to give us her recipe. Read on below and try it yourself.

INGREDIENTS (makes 20 4-ounce jars)

4 1/2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 cups white sugar
4 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
1/4 cup lemon juice
20 4-ounce canning jars with lids and rings (sterilized in boiling water for at least 5 minutes)

STEPS

1. Mix rhubarb and sugar in a large, heavy pot and let stand for 2 hours; stir in strawberries and lemon juice.

2. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Lower heat to medium-high and cook jam at a full rolling boil until thickened, stirring often to prevent scorching, for 20 to 25 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and stir for 2 to 3 more minutes. Skim off any foam.

4. Pack the jam into the sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Then run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.

5. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring water to a boil.

6. Carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Water level should be at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Pour in more water if necessary to cover.

7. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot with a lid and process for 10 minutes.

8. Remove the jars from the pot and place several inches apart on a cloth-covered or wood surface. Let jars stand on wire racks for 24 hours to cool and seal.

9. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all).

Then, decorate however you wish! Tie with twine or ribbon and add a card, place a sticker on the top of the jar or wrap in tissue. Write names and table numbers on jars to double as a seating chart and favor!