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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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HeroChampagne and celebrations go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise that bubbly is hugely popular at weddings. Though champagne is plenty fancy already, adding a bit of pear and ginger is a tangy twist worth trying!

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. pear juice
1/2-1 oz. ginger simple syrup (recipe follows)
Brut champagne (you’ll want a drier champagne to offset the sweetness of the juice and syrup)
Candied ginger slices or fresh pear slices for garnish

Ginger Simple Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
8 pieces of ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds (for a stronger ginger flavor, you can grate it instead)

STEPS
1. In a small pot, combine all ingredients for the ginger simple syrup and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.

2. Reduce heat, simmering gently for 10 minutes or until the sugar syrup thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

3. Strain through a mesh strainer into a bottle. Once cooled, combine the pear juice and syrup in a champagne flute.

4. Fill the rest with champagne, garnish and serve—at your wedding, bachelorette party or even a wedding planning session with your girlfriends.

Cheers!

Original recipe from Sweet Peas and Saffron

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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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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

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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!

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Today we bring you part deux of our Fresh Flower Wedding Ideas. No, these aren’t your traditional bouquet and table arrangements—but instead are unique, innovative ways to make your big day bloom! And for more ideas, check out our Flower Power Pinterest board.

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Love is in the air. You’ve surely seen plenty of sparkly chandeliers, but how cool would it be to have flowers as part of your ambiance above? These are just single carnations hanging from string. (Also check out the flower chandelier combo at Nikki and Rene’s wedding!) Image via Ruffled.

Cool shades. Spruce up your beverage of choice with edible flowers frozen in ice cubes. It looks fancy but is about as easy as it gets. We think lavender would be the most delish! Image via Bon Appétit.

Flower bomb. Gift a bulb as an eco-friendly way to say thank you to your guests. Better yet, wrap it in tissue to resemble the flower like the dahlia pictured here. Image via Martha Stewart Weddings.

Blooming jewelry. We love this new take on the floral crown: a floral necklace! These real buds are wired together and hooked to a ribbon tie. This is not for the DIY faint of heart, but it can be done! Image via 100 Layer Cake.

Petal pattern. Honestly, when else will you ever be able to walk down an aisle dripping with flower petals? Never! So go all out with a fancy swirling pattern. And when you’re done with the “I do”s, you can create flower (aka snow) angels—think of the fun photos! Image via Style Me Pretty.

Gold leaf. Love the metallic look? More DIY goodness: give your favorite petals a partial or full coat of gold leaf or spray paint, then tuck them into your bouquet or lay out multiple flowers as a table runner. Image via Brides.

Have more unique flower ideas? Tell us in the comments!

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We’re featuring a new Adrianna Papell bridesmaid dress again this week, because—we admit it—we’re obsessed with the idea of a glamorous wedding party in these long gowns!

The beaded pattern on this dress is simply stunning, as is the super-soft pastel shade called ‘Mist.’ We think it works best with silver accessories, like thin Nadri bracelets and a single-strap sandal. Add a ribbon-and-gemstone head wrap for a bit of Great Gatsby flair!

Adrianna Papell Beaded Bridesmaid Dress | Nina ‘Cece’ Head Wrap | Nadri Crystal Bangle | Pelle Moda ‘Kacey’ Sandal

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Wedding dresses from Vera Wang’s Spring 2014 line are now hitting select Nordstrom Wedding Suites! This graphic, textured, black-and-white collection is nothing short of dramatic—perfect for a fashion-forward bride.

See the new styles below, and then swoon over more gowns from past seasons in our Vera Wang lookbook.

‘Mae’ (style 112414): Light ivory strapless stretch Mikado mermaid gown with hand-draped bodice and sculptural floral/pleated silk organza skirt with raffia accents

‘Miriam’ (style 112214): Light ivory and black sheer-back strapless gown with silk ottoman trapunto stitched bodice, silk satin-faced organza skirt and hand-draped accents

‘Mallory’ (style 112514): Ivory chantilly lace sleeveless V-neck soft mermaid gown with hand-appliquéd corded rose lace accents

‘Mira’ (style 112614): Light ivory and black sheer-back strapless mermaid gown with silk ottoman trapunto-stitched bodice and silk satin-faced organza skirt with tulle overlay

‘Marie’ (style 112314): Light ivory and black strapless gown with diamond-quilted bodice, hand-cut silk organza petal accents and hand-draped, satin-faced silk organza skirt

Make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist to find your dream wedding dress today!

 

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Did you just get engaged? Congratulations! You’re starting one of the most unique and exciting times in your life—celebrating, planning and celebrating more! Make the most of it all with our 8 helpful tips below:

1. Take a deep breath, smile and say to yourself and your honey: “This will be FUN.” Make a pact to remind each other of that any time you start to feel stressed during the planning process.

2. You’ll be staring at your new bling—and showing it off—quite a bit in the coming weeks. So dress up your digits with a manicure at a Nordstrom Spa near you or DIY with a pretty polish.

3. Have an inspiration party! Get your girlfriends together to binge on bridal blogs, Pinterest and magazines. Married or single, they’ll never turn down a chance to drink wine and look at beautiful wedding ideas!

4. Start a Pinterest board…or change your secret “Someday” board to “The Big Day Is Here!” Follow us on Pinterest for endless inspiration and check out some of our other favorite boards too.

5. Look at real weddings for ideas on themes, colors, DIY projects, bridesmaid looks—and of course, wedding dresses!

6. With engagement parties, bridal showers and bachelorette parties coming up, treat yourself to a cute little white dress. Get ready to party and don’t be afraid to wear white to every event!

7. Have date-night planning sessions with your fiancé! Go out to dinner or get coffee while you talk about ideas. Budget conversations will be much more fun this way!

8. Start dress shopping! It’s never too early—even if you don’t have a venue or a date, you can start discovering what styles you love. Browse online lookbooks, find a Wedding Suite near you and make an appointment with a free Wedding Stylist. Trust us, she’ll become your bridal BFF, handing ALL of the attire for you and your wedding party!

HeroA dress-shopping selfie is a must!

And finally, check back here for inspirational articles each day as you plan your wedding. Any questions? Comment below and we’ll give our best suggestions and advice!

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Whether you’re set to walk down the aisle in a winter wonderland or under bright sunshine in June, metallic accessories will infuse high-shine glamour into your look on your big day. Perusing our newest arrivals, we found five shoe-and-clutch pairings in gold, silver and even blush that will wow at any celebration.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Jessica McClintock ‘Cake’ Glitter Minaudiere | Enzo Angiolini ‘Brodee’ Metallic Leather Sandal

BLUSHING BRIDE: Royale Chic Metallic Leather Box Clutch | kate spade new york ‘charm’ slingback pump

DETAIL WORK: Micky London Handbags ‘Mini Circle’ Beaded ClutchBadgley Mischka ‘Taylar’ Crystal Embellished Cutout Sandal

HeroALL THE CAGE: La Regale ‘Cage’ Box Clutch | Jimmy Choo ‘Venus Tubular’ Sandal

SILVER LININGS: Jessica McClintock Mesh Clutch | Jimmy Choo ‘Lace’ Pump

Not quite sure how to pair? Our Wedding Stylists can help curate your entire big-day look, so schedule an appointment to visit your nearest Wedding Suite today!

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