Winter Wreaths For Your Door and Mantle

Hey Ya’ll,

If you don’t have time to load up your home’s exterior with twinkling lights or can’t be bothered with a shedding tree adorned with beautiful bulbs, there’s one easy way to instantly add holiday cheer to your abode: a winter wreath!

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 1.09.09 PMWhat do you think of these lovely blue themed wreaths? How about these wreaths with beautiful bursts of red?

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 1.11.22 PMA classic green wreath is always a good choice, too…

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 1.16.01 PMIf you’re crafty, try stringing leftover bulbs together using some wire or hot-gluing bulbs to a bare wreath (click HERE for a tutorial for the wreath below from http://sharyncarlson.typepad.com):

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Image and tutorial via http://sharyncarlson.typepad.com

Another fun idea is spray painting some holly to create a metallic, sparkly wreath:

31ab6a3b0eb9ce353230fae0717167d1Wreaths are a great way give a seasonal nod to a holiday and the best part is that they can be hung over a mantle, on a wall or on a door. Do you have a winter wreath you use every year or do you prefer to switch it up? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

Unique Design Tips For Your Winter Wedding

Image via ruffledblog.com

Image via ruffledblog.com

Hey Ya’ll,

In a sea of summer brides, ladies who dare to say ‘I Do’ in the winter months are a truly unique bunch!

To see this beautiful bride's winter wedding, visit greenweddingshoes.com

To see this winter wedding shoot, visit greenweddingshoes.com

After blogging about how cold-weather-brides get to have a little more fun when it comes to accessorizing on their wedding day, I thought about all of the seasonal design elements winter weddings often have that make them so magical. Below, you’ll find a collection of my favorite ideas for everything from flowers to lighting to cake and more.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.32.13 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.44.29 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 4.56.52 PMScreen Shot 2013-12-05 at 5.05.41 PMOverall, I love the idea of using what’s in-season to decorate and bring the outside in but without all of the cold!

Twig & Twine, Studio CastilleroIf you keep it simple you can easily use pine cones, candles, red holly, or even a simple green garland to add a chic nod to the holidays at your winter wedding.

What’s your favorite thing about winter weddings? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

My Favorite Fall Wedding Ideas from Pinterest

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 5.43.14 PMHey Ya’ll,

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost October and fall is already officially here! Are you planning a fall or early winter wedding? Some people think that getting married during these seasons can be limiting in terms of flowers, venue and even food choices, depending on your geographic location. However, I think autumn weddings can be fantastic because there are fewer of them and there’s a lot of room for creative touches. If you’re planning a wedding to take place during the not-so-warm-months, check out my tips below for a little Pinspiration!

Accessories for Warmth1. Accessorize! One of the coolest parts of getting married in the fall or winter is just that, it’s cooler! By wearing a wrap, a cardigan, a sweater, a jacket, a fur stole or even a cape, fall and winter brides can further establish their personal wedding day style and color palette. You can wear these accessories for just your photos, just the ceremony, just the reception or all three.

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 5.46.02 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-24 at 5.45.02 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-24 at 5.46.36 PMScreen Shot 2013-09-24 at 5.47.33 PMYou can find these fabulous pins and more on my ‘Here Comes the Bride’ Pinterest board, HERE.

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 5.31.47 PM2. Use what’s in season! This can help you to settle on a color palette more easily, create a menu and select your flowers. For bouquets and centerpieces, OneWed has some fantastic fall floral inspiration, HERE. Don’t forget, sticking to seasonal selections doesn’t need to conflict with your decor or chosen color palette, you can always alter things to make them work. Take, for example, pumpkins. While they may come in orange and white in nature, you can add tacks, or paint, or ribbon or washi tape to make them work for your decor.

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 5.42.42 PM3. Choose Venues with an Indoor/Outdoor Feel. Fall and winter are some of the most naturally beautiful and picturesque seasons of the year depending on where you’re located. Use this to your advantage when selecting your venue.

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 5.44.42 PMOne thing you will need to keep in mind, however, is the weather and how that relates to the comfort of your guests. If it’s too cold to be outdoors, maybe you do some photos outside, then move inside for the ceremony and reception. Or, if it’s not too cold in the early evening, aim to have your ceremony outdoors (maybe provide blankets or wraps for cold guests to barrow!) and then move inside. If you must stay indoors, look for a venue with great views, since you chose to get married during these beautiful seasons and it has likely inspired all of your design choices.

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 5.44.06 PMBonus Tip: I love the idea of throwing beautiful red, yellow and orange and gold leaves, as opposed to confetti or petals, for an autumn wedding. And since there’s so many on the ground this time of year (most places!) its an easy/free item to use for decor at your wedding. You could attach tiny pouches of leaves on the guests chairs, or put them in baskets at the end of each isle for the ushers to pass around for each guest to grab a hand-full before the bride and groom walk down the isle.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen done at a fall or winter wedding? Would you ever wear a jacket or sweater with your wedding dress? Let me know in the comment section below.
-Brian

Winter White Holiday Decor Ideas for Your Home and Tree!

Hey Ya’ll,

When decorating your home for the holidays, it’s important to remember that the best way to create the prefect balance is to pair inexpensive decor (or re-purposed items from around your home) with a few expensive pieces.

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I love this yarn-wrapped tree from West Elm (just went on sale!) to add a little drama to any room in your home. Next, set the stage by selecting a beautiful white and silver table linen with some texture and detail to it:

Then, to create a cohesive, chic, all-white look, simply pick and choose your favorite items from the collage below and scatter them throughout key rooms in your home. (Think: living room, bathroom and front entrance.) Keep in mind similar items you may already have at home for re-purposing, and of course, what your budget for this year’s holiday decorations will allow. Happy shopping!

winter white!

Frosted 52″ Tree Skirt
crateandbarrel.com

Flurry Pillow
crateandbarrel.com

Glitterball Wreath
crateandbarrel.com

Snowball Candles
$5.18 – crateandbarrel.com