16 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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If you’re looking for a unique wedding cake, why not have one hand-painted for you? The following cakes are absolute masterpieces, hand-painted by stunning artists.

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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From cherubs to bold blue and red patterns, these cakes look like fine china! They’re absolutely beautiful and certainly pieces of art.

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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These are perhaps my absolute favorite; the vivid colors and bold patterns stand out wonderfully!

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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Both of these amazing cakes have the appearance of stained glass; the artistry that went into these is outstanding.

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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Vivid color, amazing embellishments…these cakes are to die for!

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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These are subtly painted cakes that stand out wonderfully.

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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Vintage flowers and bluebirds make this cake striking and perfect for spring or summer.

17 Stunning Hand-Painted Wedding Cakes

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These cakes also have a vintage feel and are absolutely breathtaking.

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How to Choose a Stunning Mother of the Groom Dress

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The bride isn’t the only woman who needs to make sure she’s glowing on the day of the wedding. The mother of the groom and the mother of the bride both have to carefully choose their wedding ensembles. If you’re the groom’s mother and choosing a dress seems like a daunting task, the following tips can help.

How to Choose a Stunning Mother of the Groom Dress

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Never Choose White

Unless your future daughter-in-law is choosing a color other than white and gives you her permission to wear white, never choose a white dress. It’s the bride’s day to shine, and wearing white could make it seem like you’re trying to steal her thunder. I know, it seems a bit juvenile, but it’s best to stick with the traditional wedding etiquette when it comes to this issue!

How to Choose a Stunning Mother of the Groom Dress

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Keep it Dressy with a Jacket

Choosing a dress with a jacket is a beautiful way to keep it dressy! It has a formal look to it, but there are jacketed dresses that are more casual as well, including those that are calf-length.

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Evening vs. Midday

Choosing the color of your dress (unless the bride has requested a specific color) can be easier if you know whether the wedding will be an evening wedding or a midday wedding. For evening, go with darker colors like chocolate, charcoal or royal blue. For a midday wedding, go with lighter colors like champagne, lavender or chartreuse.

How to Choose a Stunning Mother of the Groom Dress

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Formal vs. Casual

Finally, the tone of the wedding can help you choose the perfect dress. For a more formal affair, choose a formal dress (think cocktail dress). Laid back styles are perfect for more casual weddings, like beach weddings or backyard weddings.

It’s suggested that you take the bride with you to shop, if she’s up for it. That way, you can gauge her reaction to the dresses you like!

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Beautiful Handwritten Wedding Invitations

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When ordering your invites, your first instinct may be to have them printed. However, handwritten wedding invitations can be stunning and can add an element that you simply don’t see these days. Here are some wonderful examples of handwritten wedding invitations.

Beautiful Handwritten Wedding Invitations

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This gorgeous invitation combines a few different handwritten fonts for a rich but simple look. The lines are clean and the artist created an elegant design.

Beautiful Handwritten Wedding Invitations

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This couple went with a handwritten wedding invitation that is less formal, but very personal. It’s created in letter form, so it addresses each guest directly rather than simply requesting their presence. It’s fantastic for a non-traditional wedding.

Beautiful Handwritten Wedding Invitations

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This is a beautiful example of a hand-addressed envelope for a wedding invitation. It’s very simple, with the only flourish being present in the recipient’s last name. It has a modern vibe that is perfect for today’s weddings.

Beautiful Handwritten Wedding Invitations

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This rustic example of a handwritten wedding invitation is beautiful. It’s simple and pretty without a lot of fuss, which is perfect for laid-back ceremonies and couples.

Beautiful Handwritten Wedding Invitations

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Finally, this example is all whimsy. Definitely designed for a non-traditional wedding, every embellishment and letter in this invitation is hand-created. It’s beautiful and charming.

These great hand-written wedding invites can help inspire you if you’re thinking of going this route for your own wedding invitations.

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7 Essential Wedding Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

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The internet is full of wedding tips and suggestions to help you make your day go smoothly. The following tips are ideas you may not have thought of, but they’re pretty clever and will help ensure that your wedding planning (and the day of) is less stressful.

1. Email Account

Open a separate email account for anything wedding-related. This will help ensure that emails from vendors or others don’t get lost in your primary email account. It’s also a great way to keep everything to do with your wedding organized.

2. Practice the Wedding Kiss

This may sound kind of silly, but it’s a great idea. Your husband might be going in for a long, romantic lip-lock while you might be thinking of a sweet peck.

7 Essential Wedding Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

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This could lead to a seriously awkward moment in front of all of your family and friends, not to mention the photographer.

3. RSVP Cards

Number your RSVP cards and create a list with the names and their corresponding numbers. This way, if someone sends back a card and doesn’t sign it, or you don’t receive cards, you’ll know exactly who they belong to.

4. Dress Alterations

Before having your dress taken in, make sure you can sit comfortably in it. Dresses that seem to fit perfectly while you’re standing can be unbelievably uncomfortable when you’re sitting.

7 Essential Wedding Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

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Some brides don’t realize this until they’re at the reception ready to eat and they can’t manage a single bite because they’re barely able to breathe!

5. Tissues

Sneak a tissue down the aisle with you, either tucked in your hand or a hidden pocket. Mothers aren’t the only ones who cry at a wedding and if you’re stuck at the altar with no tissue, things can get a little messy.

6. Bring Comfortable Shoes

Even if you plan on wearing those gorgeous heels down the aisle, they may not be the best idea for dancing the night away.

7 Essential Wedding Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

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Make sure you pack a pair that are comfortable that you can change in to after the ceremony.

7. Enjoy the Moment

Don’t rush down the aisle or let things pass you by in a blur of excitement. Make a conscious effort to be in the moment, every moment. Months of planning have led up to your special day and it’s important that you step back and take it all in!

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Trendy Spring 2014 Wedding Color Palettes

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If you’re planning a spring 2014 wedding and you still haven’t chosen your color palette, this post may give you some great inspiration. These color palettes are fresh, vivid and beautiful in addition to being super trendy this spring.

Pink, White and Gray

This charming color combination is very hot this year and super pretty for a spring wedding.

Trendy Spring 2014 Wedding Color Palettes

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The great thing about this combination is that you can go with a variety of different shades of each color and it still ties together well. Plus, it has a very feminine look without being too “girly.”

Aqua, Green and Blue

Another beautiful palette, this one features shades of aqua, green and blue. This particular example features beautiful jewel shades of each color, accented with lighter shades.

Trendy Spring 2014 Wedding Color Palettes

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It’s absolutely beautiful and works well for any venue or setting. The bold, stunning colors are great for a non-traditional couple as well.

Yellow and Gray

Left over from last year, yellow and gray is still a very popular wedding palette. The gray gives a clean, sleek look while the pops of yellow really add in the vivid and happy element.

Trendy Spring 2014 Wedding Color Palettes

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The combination is outstanding and because it is so popular, there are a lot of resources for finding wedding decor and elements.

Each of these looks is super popular right now and a lot of fun to play around with. When planning your color palette for a 2014 wedding, go bold and beautiful!

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