Going Green is a great idea for your big day

Going green has become more than essential in a world that’s slowly running out of resources and facing serious pollution-related issues. And while you may have already gone green with a lot of things in your life, you probably haven’t considered doing the same with your wedding too.

Why would you do it, though? Why would you have a green wedding? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

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  • Obviously, it saves the planet. You may think your actions are not so impactful in the grand scheme of things – but the absolute truth is that they are. You and what you do matters more than you can imagine – and having a green wedding can really help the planet. Go green and save the environment with your actions! Inspire others to do the same! This is how great changes are made!
  • Believe it or not, it can save you money too. Yes, that’s right. A green wedding will not be expensive, it will actually save you money. There are many items that simply cost less when they are green (and when you add this to the fact that going green is generally a nice gesture to make for mankind’s sake, it will be more than worth it).
  • There’s something really gorgeous about rustic simplicity. A timeless kind of elegance, a beauty that never fades away, a sense of simplicity that just makes planning so much smoother and more stress-free – these are just some of the things you can expect to experience by having a green wedding!

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Add some green into your wedding

The colors you choose for your wedding décor are more than important: they will not only create a well-balanced look, but they will also have a huge influence on the overall ambiance of your Big Day. Colors send powerful messages – and your wedding colors should be carefully chosen, in a way that creates balance and sends across the beautiful message of your love story.

Green is an amazingly strong and energetic color – so, if you are that kind of couple, you will definitely love to see this color at your wedding. How to do it? How to add some green into your Big Day’s décor? Here are some great ideas to inspire you:

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  • The shoes. Step on in high style by wearing a green pair of shoes. They will look absolutely splendid with your white wedding dress and they will even match perfectly to the foliage in your wedding bouquet.
  • The groom’s accessories. Want your groom to look well-matched with the rest of the décor? Use a green tie or bow-tie to add a bit of vibrancy and energy to his elegant attire. He will look so handsome!
  • The bridesmaids. These are your best friends – and you surely want them to feel great at your wedding. Dress them in green and they will be stylish and beautiful! This is absolutely perfect for a spring or summer wedding!
  • The florals. Bring an boost of high-energy into your wedding by focusing on greenery and foliage for your florals. Not only will this look unique and beautiful, but it will also save you a lot of money (especially since greenery tends to cost less than blooms).

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Save some money by cutting down on your wedding menu costs

Undoubtedly, weddings can be really expensive – and while most couples have to pay attention to their budget, this doesn’t mean they cannot have a truly dreamy wedding. In fact, attention to detail and smart savings can go a very long way when it comes to planning a gorgeous, budget-friendly wedding.

For example, your wedding menu will cost quite a lot of money if you are not careful with the details. However, with a few smart ideas, you can save tons of money and still have delicious foods at your wedding. Here are some tips to consider:

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  • Leave the passed appetizers aside. It can be nice to offer passed appetizers – but if you want to save money, you might want to skip these. Plan a delicious cheese bar or a bread and olive oil bar to replace the more expensive snacks – guests will surely love this!
  • Leave the big cake aside too. Wedding cakes tend to be really pricy – so it’s completely understandable if you replace the traditional tiered cake with something less expensive. Having a small ceremonial cake and serving sheet cake slices in the same flavor (or simply organizing a dessert bar separately) can save you a lot of money!
  • Disposables are your friends. Buying (or renting) fine china and glassware can stretch your budget far beyond what you would expect. If you add the cleanup costs to this, you can definitely see why disposables are such a great idea – and even more so when they are recyclable and eco-friendly.

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Follow these do’s and don’ts when creating your wedding website

As you may very well know it, having a wedding website can come as extremely handy when you want to share larger pieces of information with your guests, when you want to share info about the wedding planning process, or, ultimately, when you want to share information that’s not appropriate for the wedding invitations.

What are some of the most important do’s and don’ts of creating wedding website? We have gathered them for you – so read on and find out more.

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DO’s:

  • Do share information about food and accommodation in the area. This will be extremely helpful for those out-of-town guests who have never been to your location before, but want to ensure they have a great time while there.
  • Do inform guests about any kind of social media guidelines you may have. If you have a hashtag, your wedding website is the perfect place to introduce it to your guests – and it is also a very good place to let people know that you’re having an unplugged wedding and you don’t want anyone to post photos on the social media during the wedding.
  • Do share info about other wedding-related events (such as a post-wedding brunch, for example). As long as everyone is invited, you are more than free to talk about it on the wedding website.

DON’Ts

  • Don’t have a website-only RSVP. Some of the guests may be a lot more comfortable sending the RSVPs via traditional mail – and your job is to make this as easy as possible for them.
  • Don’t use acronyms. There will be guests who will not understand them and this can lead to terrible confusions. From acronyms related to the VIPs at the wedding (e.g. “MOH”) to acronyms related to the regional expressions , there’s a long list of words that can create confusion among your wedding guests.
  • Don’t talk about pre-wedding events. Most of these events do not include your entire wedding guest list – and talking about them on the official website may make those not invited feel awkward or “left out”.

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Be inspired by knowing the top Spring wedding trends of 2016!

With warm weather and an abundance of blooms sending positive vibes in the air, it is really no wonder why spring and summer make for the top choices when it comes to wedding seasons. And if you are one of the brides who has already decided on a warm day of spring or summer for the big event, you definitely want this moment to be perfect from all points of view.

How do you do that? How do you steal inspiration from spring to incorporate it into your Big Day? What are some of the top trends to consider? We have some ideas for you – so read on to find your inspiration.

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  • Watercolor scheme. If you want your spring or summer wedding to feel and look suave, delicate and extremely elegant, think of a watercolor-like palette. There’s a myriad of options you have, most of the colors look stunning with each other and they can be easily incorporated regardless of the type of venue you choose – be it an outdoor one or something completely unique, such as a restaurant cruise.
  • Tall wedding cake. Want to “steal” from the grandeur of summer and spring? Create a cake that reaches for the blue skies in multiple tiers. Decorate it with fresh flowers for a positive appeal, metallic colors for a glam-chic look or leave it naked for a stunning natural vibe.
  • Lush blooms. Since it’s summer and there are so many flower options available, you could make this the center of attention at your wedding. Fill your décor with gorgeous, overflowing blooms and bring them into your bridesmaids’ dresses designs as well. And, if you want to be truly unique, why not bring some delicate blooms into your wedding dress too?

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Think about choosing a wedding band rather than a DJ!

Music makes the world go round – and, considering how hugely important your wedding day is for you, music will surely play a crucial role in it. Why would you choose a wedding band, rather than a DJ, though? Here are some of the tips you should consider before booking anyone:

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  • The atmosphere. While a DJ can definitely work a room and play music that’s simply perfect for your wedding’s style and for the particular vibes in the crowd, the atmosphere at your wedding will be even more memorable if you choose to hire a wedding band. Imagine the raw talent that comes with a beautiful voice and how beautifully it will complement your entire Big Day!
  • The non-dancing moments. Again, a DJ can definitely make people stick to the dance floor – but for those moments when your wedding is not about dancing, but about emotion, excitement and hope, a wedding band might actually do better. There’s something about live music that goes absolutely perfectly with moments that are charged with emotion – and believe us, your wedding will have plenty of these!
  • The music range. As long as you give your band plenty of time to prepare, they will be able to play any kind of songs you want. Therefore, you should not worry about the band’s repertoire and settle for a DJ just because he provides more variety. Talk to your wedding band a few months in advance and they will be more than happy to play the songs you want!

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Be sure to incorporate these ideas into your Spring wedding food bar!

Your wedding is supposed to be one of the most special events of your life – and it should also be surprising and fun for your guests too. Of course, serving amazing dishes and playing great music are both very important for the success of your Big Day – but if you want to add something truly unique, consider having a food bar.

How to do that? What are some of the best ideas for a wedding food bar people will absolutely love? Here are some tips to inspire you:

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  • Dried fruit and nuts. This is a healthy snack everyone enjoys, so why not center your food bar around the idea? It will be really easy to do, but truly effective too: just bring together your favorite dried fruit and nuts, place them in beautiful bowls and invite guests to have a snack. If you want to make this more substantial, make it a cheese, nuts and fruit bar – your guests will definitely love it!
  • This is the ideal cocktail for a spring or summer wedding – and the fact that it can be easily customizable makes it more than suitable for a special bar. Create a bar with sparkling champagne, fruit and juice, and then add a shaker, some fun-colored straws and a sugar rimming tray – you’re all done! Your Mimosa bar will be one of the best attractions at your wedding!
  • Root beer. Everyone loves root beer – and having a special bar with it is a great idea if you are searching for an alcohol-free idea (for the children or for the adults who prefer to not serve alcohol at your wedding). Root beer, sodas, nuts, whipped cream, cherries, sprinkles, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, fun straws, spoons and Mason jars or mugs – these are the elements you will need for a unique root beer bar at your wedding!

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Are you getting engagement photos take soon? Make sure they show your love story!

Your love story is completely unique and utterly inspiring! After all, there’s a very good reason you have made it this far, with that gorgeous engagement ring on your finger: you love each other and the story that connects you is powerful, special and amazing.

Of course, your engagement photos should reflect just that. But how do you do it? How do you choose the right outfits for an engagement photo shooting that reflects your true ideals and story? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

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  • Be who you are. If he’s a T-shirt and jeans guy and if you’re a summer dress girl, there’s no need to put on the tux and the stilettoes. These photos are about you – and your outfits should reflect that, regardless of whether your style is very formal or very funky.
  • Remember the location. Choosing a superb location is essential for the success of your photo shooting, as it will provide you with a “backdrop” for your love story. At the same time, remember to dress adequately for the location too. For example, a very long dress would probably not be a great idea for a mountainside photo shooting.
  • Don’t be too matchy. Yes, you should coordinate your outfits – but in a stylish and beautiful way. Don’t make it look like you’re simply a different version of each other. Be complementary to one another through outfits that look great together without being 100% matched up!

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Wedding traditions have been around for years, take a look at the top ones you should still follow:

Wedding trends may come and go – but some things are simply forever. No matter how modern weddings may get and no matter how much freedom brides have when it comes to creating a personal and unique Big Day, there will always be wedding traditions we simply cannot let go of.

What are some of the top ones? Read on and find out more.

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  • The bouquet. This is an absolute classic and although it has been heavily influenced by various trends, the truth is that it will stay forever in our hearts. There’s nothing more beautiful, more candid or more romantic than a bride who proudly walks down the aisle, holding a bouquet that reflects her personality, her sensitivity and her style. Green, flowery, large, small, rose-y or succulent-y, there will always be a bridal bouquet to hold on to!
  • The rings. There is a very good reason we are still in love with the idea of exchanging rings at weddings: they are very, very meaningful. Their shape stands for eternal love itself – so what could be a better “seal” for your wedding vows, other than the very symbol of infinity, a circle?
  • The cake. Again, this is a tradition that has been shifted and changed a lot – but the dessert will stay with us for a long time from now on. The cake may not be as “traditional” as before (and sometimes it can even be replaced with delicious towers of cheese and fruit!) – but, at the end of the day, there will always be a bride to want it at her wedding (or at least want some sort of alternative for it).

Nina’s Dandy Potomac Party Cruise is a charming, unique and truly amazing wedding venue that will wow all of your guests. Our splendid and elegant restaurant cruise is waiting for you and your guests – so come see us, book us for the Big Day and have the most stunning wedding everyone has ever seen!

 

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Follow this etiquette to becoming a great wedding guest!

Being a wedding guest is a true honor! After all, the couple has chosen you, of all people they know, to share their happiness and their hopes on one of the most important days of their lives: their wedding.

Of course, you want to be the perfect wedding guest – but how do you do that? What are some of the essential wedding guest etiquette rules to remember? We have gathered them right below – so read on to find out more.

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  • DO send the RSVPs and send them in time. The bride needs them to make a final headcount and to pass it on to the catering service provider and to the other vendors as well. Most of the RSVPs are either self-stamped or they can be submitted online – so it really doesn’t take much of you to send it back in due time.
  • DO adhere to the dress code. The wedding invitation will mention whether it’s a formal, semi-formal or casual event. Dress on the safe side, don’t be too flashy with your outfit and avoid wearing the colors the bride, the groom and their party might wear.
  • DO NOT complain. Even if the food is horrible and even if the DJ is the most untalented person on Earth, you should never, ever complain at a wedding. You will only ruin the bride’s day!
  • DO NOT keep the couple for too long. It is perfectly polite to make small talk with the couple when you meet them at the reception. However, keeping them for too long might be inappropriate, as they have a lot of things to do…

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