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Um, Someone’s Phone Rang During Our Wedding Ceremony. Now What?

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Nov 122016

You've planned every single detail, but there's always one thing about a wedding that you can't control: Your guests. From telling them what to wear to letting them know when to arrive, all you can really do is hope they'll read your website! That goes for your unplugged ceremony, too. Even with your officiant asking guests to silence their phones before your unplugged ceremony, there's a chance someone wasn't listening. If a cell phone rings during the proceedings, what's a couple to do? Our experts break it down for you.

If someone's phone rings during your wedding ceremony and they're able to quickly silence it, proceed as if nothing happened. Your officiant may pause briefly to regain everyone's attention, or begin their sentence again, but you shouldn't need to address the interruption in any way. In fact, there's a good chance you'll be so enthralled in the moment that you won't even notice the slight interruption!

Of course, there are a few other scenarios that are less easy to deal with. If the phone rings again, your guest may step away from the ceremony to take the call (especially if he or she is a doctor or has kids at home with a babysitter). Hopefully they'll do so quickly and quietly, so it won't be too distracting. Your officiant may pause and ask guests to confirm that their phones are off before you proceed — especially if you haven't gotten to your vows yet. There could also be a little bustle amongst your guests as they check to make sure their phones won't cause the same interruption, but it will be short-lived.

The moment to be wary of is if a phone rings during your vows or a reading. If the interruption flusters you, ask your officiant to start over, or to repeat the phrase you were in the middle of. It's hard enough repeating an entire sentence, without buzzing or jingles disrupting your flow! And if you've got a friend or family member doing a reading, they can heed the same advice and either start the sentence over, or if it's a particularly moving passage, start the section over again so the gravity and meaning isn't lost.

Wedding Vows from TV, Books, and Movies That Are Bound to Inspire Your Own

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Nov 092016
Fictional Wedding Vows to Inspire Your Own

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Whether you're writing your own vows or asking your officiant to come up with something original to say, finding the words to express your love for one another can be tricky. That's why we've pulled together some inspiration for you! We've taken a look at some of our favorite rom-coms, books, and TV shows to see what some famous star-crossed lovers had to say about love. Take inspiration from these big-screen and page-turning vows and quotes for your own big day.

Paige and Leo, The Vow
Paige: I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands. To speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not. To agree to disagree on red velvet cake, and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.

Leo: I vow to fiercely love you in all of your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget this is a once in a lifetime love. And to always know in the deepest part of my soul that no matter what challenges might carry us apart, we will always find our way back to each other.

Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne
"As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen. Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So today is my new favorite day."

Monica and Chandler, Friends
Monica: Chandler, for so long I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soul mate. Then three years ago at another wedding, I turned to a friend for comfort. And instead, I found everything that I'd ever been looking for my whole life. And now here we are, with our future before us, and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soul mate, my friend. Unless you don't want to. You go!

Chandler: Monica, I thought this was going to be the most difficult thing I ever had to do. But when I saw you walking down the aisle, I realized how simple it was. I love you. You are the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. You want to know if I'm sure? (Leans in and kisses her.)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
"Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches... I have not known a moment in years when the sight of you did not send my heart careening against my rib cage. I have not known a night when your visage did not accompany me to sleep. There has not been a morning when you did not flutter behind my waking eyelids. I love you. Okay? Want it louder? I love you. Spell it out, should I? I ell-oh-vee-ee why-oh-you. Want it backward? You love I..."

Anthony and Stanford, Sex and the City 2
Anthony: It was not exactly love at first sight. But it turns out, it was love. You are the first man to accept me for the man that I actually am.

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
"I have for the first time found what I can truly love — I have found you. You are my sympathy, my better self, my good angel. I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existences about you. And, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one."

Meredith and Derek, Grey's Anatomy
Signed on a Post-It Note By the Couple:
To love each other, even when we hate each other.
No running — ever. Nobody walks out no matter what happens.
Take care when old, senile, smelly.
This is forever.

The Fault in our Stars, by John Green
"I'm in love with you, and I know that love Is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we are all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you."

See More: 5 Must-Watch Wedding Movie Toasts

Penny and Leonard, Big Bang Theory
Leonard: Penny, we are made of particles that have existed since the moment the universe began. I like to think those atoms traveled 14 billion years through time and space to create us so that we could be together and make each other whole.

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Darcy: You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted fro m you from this day on.

Cory and Topanga, Boy Meets World
Topanga: I wasn't sure this day would ever come, but you were. I wasn't sure love could survive everything we put it through, but you were. You were always strong and always sure. And now I know I want you to stand beside me for the rest of my life. That's what I'm sure of.

Cory: Ever since I was young I never really understood anything about the world, and I never understood anything that happened in my life. The only thing that ever made sense to me was you, and how I felt about you. That's all I've ever known, and that's enough, that's enough for me for the rest of my life, Topanga.

Can I Take Photos at My Friend’s Wedding Ceremony?

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Nov 052016

It's hard to resist the temptation to take pictures at your friend's wedding. She's going to look stunning, the décor will be on point, and everyone will be smiling and having a blast. You'll want to capture those moments! But there's nothing worse than a beautiful shot of the bride and groom's first kiss, with a friend or family member leaning out into the aisle with their phone to get a picture of their own. So should you put your camera away when it's time for your friend to walk down the aisle? Our experts weigh in.

Before you take out your camera, figure out if your friend would be okay with you snapping a few shots. Was there a note on her website specifying that the ceremony will be unplugged? Did you pass a sign on your way to your seat, or see a disclaimer at the top of the ceremony program? Did the officiant make an announcement about putting your phone away before the processional started? If you were asked to keep your phone and camera in your purse during the ceremony, listen! You'll be helping make sure your friend has the ceremony she wants, as well as get the pictures she's hoping for. There's an added bonus: Keeping your phone in your pocket means you'll be 100% present as the ceremony proceeds, won't miss a single detail of the sweet vows, and will be able to truly share in their joy.

If you weren't told not to take pictures, consider doing so anyway. Sure, you won't be able to Instagram that moment your friend comes down the aisle, but you'll be able to see it instead of watching through a screen. And with all the money your friends spent on their photographer, they'll appreciate that you did your part to make sure their pictures look as great as possible. So maybe encourage the guest seated next to you to do the same!

See More: Should You Take Family Photos Before the Wedding Ceremony?

4 Stunning National Park Locations for a Wedding Ceremony in the Great Outdoors

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Nov 052016
Acadia Schoodic Peninsula

Photo: Courtesy of The National Park Service

If you have your heart set on having your wedding in the great outdoors, but aren't sure where to start when it comes to finding just the right spot, look no further than one of America's National Parks. With 58 parks across the country, from the world-renowned Grand Canyon in Arizona and Yosemite in California to the off-the-beaten-path Congaree (on the Congaree River in South Carolina) and the Gates of the Arctic (the northernmost National Park, in Alaska), the choice of dramatic scenery to serve as the backdrop for your wedding ceremony is nearly endless. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast with every park on your bucket list or are simply a sucker for a great view, here are some of our favorite places in the National Parks where you can get married. Don't forget the camera!

Acadia National Park, Maine
With towering granite cliffs, rugged coastline, and the tallest peak on the East Coast, Acadia boasts an incredible variety of options for your wedding ceremony — and your permit is good for anywhere you can access using the park's roads and hiking trails. In fact, if you'll be a group of 10 or less, you don't even need a permit! Head to the Schoodic Peninsula [above], which is usually less crowded than the main part of the park on Mount Desert Island. Drive along the Schoodic Loop Road to Arey Cove Road, which will take you to Schoodic Point for stunning views of Mount Desert Island across the bay.

redwood stout grove

Photo: Courtesy of The National Park Service

Redwood National Park, California
While you might come for the trees, there's a lot more to Redwood National Park than the tallest trees on Earth: rugged coastline, sprawling prairies, and rambling rivers are woven between the trunks. Head toward the Stout Memorial Grove, an easy walk that gets you up close and personal with old growth trees towering hundreds of feet overhead. Surrounded by waist-high ferns, the lush and oversized greenery is a wedding setting straight out of a fairy tale.

See more: How to Create Your Wedding Ceremony from Scratch

Arches National Park

Photo: Courtesy of The National Park Service

Arches National Park, Utah
Who wouldn't want to say "I do" beneath the natural sandstone arches scattered throughout the park? Hike out to the Double Arch, a short half a mile walk that takes you to the base where these two arches meet. You could also head to one of the Delicate Arch viewpoints (the hike to the arch itself is incredibly strenuous and will take around two and a half hours) and exchange vows with the iconic structure in the background. If you and your group plan to camp overnight in the park, head to the same viewpoint after dark for the most incredible stars you've ever seen. Who needs an altar?

Grand Canyon National Park

Photo: Courtesy of The National Park Service

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
If you haven't seen the Grand Canyon yet, check it off your bucket list and tie the knot at the same time. A number of overlooks provide truly spectacular settings for a wedding ceremony, but make sure to do your research: When applying for a permit, you must choose one of the designated ceremony locations offered by the park. Shoshone Point is an isolated spot (accessible by a dirt road) that is the the only viewpoint in the park that is available for outdoor receptions as well as wedding ceremonies. The views of the Canyon? You'll have to see them to believe them.

These Chandelier-and-Chiffon Ceremony Backdrops Are Super Trendy

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Nov 032016

Adding an eye-catching wedding ceremony backdrop behind the spot where you and your groom will say "I do" will help draw all of your guests' eyes front and center. After all, the exchange of vows is the most meaningful part of the wedding ceremony, so it is important to put some thought into making the altar the main focal point of the ceremony space. And whether you're tying the knot indoors or outside, a beautiful ceremony backdrop will impress guests as they arrive and take their seats, and will also make for some seriously gorgeous photographs (and Instagrams!).

Couples these days are becoming more and more creative with their ceremony backdrops, decorating the space with everything from flower-adorned arches and wooden arbors to hand-painted murals and suspended Edison light-bulb installations. But one of our favorite ceremony-backdrop ideas? Combining glamorous, sparkly chandeliers with soft, ethereal panels of draped chiffon. The glowing chandeliers lend an elegant, more traditional feel to the ceremony space while the airy, sheer-chiffon panels create a warm, romantic ambiance. The combination of the two is utterly unexpected, elegant, and chic. Here are six of our favorite takes on this stunning ceremony-backdrop trend.

Outdoor Glam (above): Want to make guests' jaws drop the moment they set foot in your ceremony space? Think: oversize, top-to-bottom chiffon panels, multiple sparkling chandeliers hung from varying heights, and massive fresh-flower tie-backs. The end result? Seriously stunning.

Floral Chandelier: If your wedding venue has a clean and modern look, soften the space up a bit by adding a simple, flowy chiffon backdrop. Top it off with a lush, oversized chandelier adorned with fresh greenery and crisp, white flowers.

Crisscross Draping: Instead of hanging them vertically, take two chiffon panels and cross them over each other, elegantly draping and weighing down the tails at both ends. The finishing touch? Hang a chandelier right in the middle — it's such a subtle touch that yields a very striking and modern result.

Loft Space: Gauzy chiffon draping adds an air of romance to an industrial, brick-walled wedding venue, while a suspended crystal chandelier lends the space a bit more elegance and formality.

Chandeliers and Draping: It's amazing how soft, chiffon draping and the warm ambiance of a crystal chandelier can turn a simple room into an ethereal ceremony space. We also love how the jet-black Chiavari chairs really pop against the all-white backdrop.

Rustic Barn: Extra-long chiffon panels help soften up the rough-hewn look of this weathered, rustic barn; also, the hanging chandelier helps creates a focal point for the ceremony and vow exchange.

Getting Married at City Hall? Don’t Skip These Traditional Wedding Details

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Oct 302016
Inviting Guests To City Hall Wedding

Photo: Shawn Connell and Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

Not all couples dream of a huge wedding with hundreds of guests and a massive production. Some prefer something a little more intimate, with just a few friends and family members in attendance — or even an elopement for two. Whether it's because you don't love being the center of attention, can't imagine spending so much money when you'd rather go on an incredible trip or buy a new house, or simply can't wait any longer to say "I do," there is something incredibly sweet, romantic, and genuine about having a City Hall wedding. We spoke with Anne Book, founder of Anne Book Event Design in Washington, D.C. about the wedding traditions you shouldn't skip, no matter what you've planned for your wedding.

"A lot of my clients choose to get married at City Hall before their wedding, especially if they're marrying in a different state or out of the country," says Book. "I always recommend that, instead of treating it like an errand, they still make a special day out of it, even if they have what they consider their real wedding taking place not too long after." She emphasizes that a few little details will make the day feel momentous, no matter when you choose to celebrate your anniversary.

Start the morning off by getting your hair and makeup done. "You could have people come to your home, head to a local salon, or have a close friend or family member help you out," says Book. "Order breakfast or lunch, have a mimosa, and take the time to feel your most beautiful." Even better, Book loves the idea of booking a hotel room the night before, or inviting a girlfriend for a sleepover the night before the wedding for your last night as a single gal.

Of course, wear something that makes you feel like a million bucks! "It doesn't have to be a white dress, though you could choose to go the traditional route. Pick something amazing that looks stunning on you," Book suggests. One of her favorite ideas? A little white dress and a pillbox hat — a nod to traditional getaway looks that would look fabulous coming down the courthouse steps!

"I love when my clients exchange love notes or gifts before their wedding ceremony, and you should do the same even if you're heading to City Hall," says Book. "Exchange gifts that morning, as sharing that message of how much you love one another will really set the tone for the day."

See more: Not a Ballroom Bride? Check Out 5 of the Country's Most Gorgeous City Halls

And don't skip the vendors! "You should definitely have a bouquet or nosegay or a crown of flowers for your hair," Book advises. "A photographer is also totally necessary, even if it's just a friend with a camera. This is an important day in your lives, so you should have it documented."

Next comes the celebration. "I love the idea of inviting ten or 15 guests to join you for a brunch or luncheon in the private dining room of your favorite restaurant, or in the cozy lounge of your favorite hotel," Book describes. "Draft a sweet letter to your guests inviting them to celebrate with you, then have a calligrapher handwrite each one for a personal touch." You'll also have the note as a memento to cherish as the years go by. "Have a boozy lunch, and invite each of your guests to make a toast. If someone isn't able to join you, invite them to write you a letter that you can share during your celebration." What a great way to keep things personal and intimate!

While it might seem counter-intuitive, marrying at City Hall doesn't mean you have to skip the more traditional vendors. "Definitely have a cake and work with a florist," says Book. You may not be able to have a traditional tasting, but if there is a local bakery you love, take the time to pick up a few cupcakes to sample flavors, and then order a small cake once you've chosen a favorite. "When it comes to a florist, ask them to create a bouquet for you, as well as a few small centerpieces that you can use during your brunch or lunch," Book says. "And don't feel tied to a purely bridal design. Peruse home décor magazines for a more sophisticated tabletop to use as your inspiration."

Don't forget family traditions, either. "If there is something your family has always wanted to do to celebrate your wedding, find a way to incorporate it," says Book. That could be wearing jewelry borrowed from your grandmother, having your sister sing, or inviting an uncle or friend to do a reading.

When the day is over, don't just head home! Advises Book, "Check into a beautiful suite at a luxury hotel in town and take a nap so you wake up somewhere beautiful. Then order a pizza to celebrate!"

And if you're eloping to City Hall, with someone from the waiting room serving as a witness? "You should still have flowers, a great outfit, and a photographer," Book recommends. "But instead of a brunch or lunch, hire a getaway car, pop some Champagne, and take off to a romantic inn for a minimoon weekend!"

The 5 Steps For Totally Acing Your Wedding Ceremony Rehearsal

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Oct 272016
Groom at a Wedding Ceremony in Philadelphia

Photo: Lindsay Hite of Readyluck

They say practice makes perfect, and the same goes for your wedding ceremony. While you may have watched a few (and even stood up as a bridesmaid!), if you've never stood up at the altar before, it will still feel pretty new. And even if your wedding party is full of seasoned pros, a wedding or three a year does not an expert make. That's where the rehearsal comes in! Rehearsing for your ceremony serves a few major purposes, from familiarizing everyone with the order they'll process in and where they'll stand to when readings and vows will take place. To really make the most of this important pre-wedding detail, we've turned to the experts at Kelly Karli Weddings & Events for five tips that will ensure your ceremony rehearsal is a smashing success.

Communicate With Your Officiant
"It's always a good idea to review your ceremony with your officiant before the rehearsal begins," says Taylor Walkowicz, creative director and lead planner. "Make sure he or she is comfortable with the order of things, review last-minute changes, and take a moment to cover any questions that might come up." She recommends confirming who will be providing the copies of readings, who will have your vows, and who will be providing the necessary items for any rituals or unity ceremonies (as well as where they'll go during the ceremony). "This can relieve a lot of last-minute panic on your wedding day!" Walkowicz explains.

Practice in Place
For maximum success, rehearse at the actual venue where you'll be holding the ceremony so everyone gets comfortable in the space and can figure out exactly where they'll need to go the next day. Not possible? "Bring a photo of the ceremony site with you so your bridal party can visualize where they'll be on your wedding day," says associate planner Lindsey Will. "It might seem like a no-brainer to you (since you've been in your ceremony space a few times before), but being able to see what the space looks like will really help those who haven't seen the ceremony site before."

Print Copies
Instead of just telling people where to go and when they'll need to move or speak, print out copies of the processional order, a diagram of the standing order, an overview of the order of the ceremony, and seating placement for your family and friends. Says Walkowicz, "Share these with the ushers, too! If you have specific seats reserved for family or friends, this will let them know where to escort people the next day." Your wedding party will also be able to review their place and get a better sense of what happens when, even if the rehearsal itself goes by in a blur.

See more: Who Needs to Be at the Ceremony Rehearsal?

Bring Your Wedding Party Timeline
Your rehearsal is about more than just practicing your ceremony: It's a great chance to get everyone ready for how things will go throughout the day. "Creating a timeline for your wedding party, family, and friends is a great way to ensure they're all on the same page," explains Will. Include your hair and makeup schedule, a meeting time and place for the groomsmen, exactly when your wedding party will need to depart for (and arrive at!) the ceremony site, specifics about transportation, and a general timeline of when you'll be taking photos. "Distribute the timeline at the rehearsal and set aside a few minutes to review it and answer any questions your family and wedding party might have, so you can relax the next day," Will says.

Take Your Time!
While you may want to rush through the rehearsal to get to the rehearsal dinner, spend a little extra time communicating with every single person who is participating in the ceremony to make sure they're comfortable with the schedule of events. "Your wedding party, ushers, readers, flower girls, ring bearers, and family will all have different and unique questions about their responsibilities, so give yourself plenty of time to speak with each of them and address any concerns," says Walkowicz. "Schedule at least an hour for the rehearsal. The actual processional, ceremony order, and recessional might only take 20 or 30 minutes, but leave extra time for questions and to iron out any details that made more sense on paper than they do when you're actually practicing."

Hindu Engagement and Pre-Wedding Ceremonies, Explained

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Oct 232016

From food to entertainment, from clothing to flowers, there's much preparation and anticipation that revolves around a couple's wedding day. In Hindu culture, however, some couples put just as much effort into their engagement and pre-wedding ceremonies as they do for the wedding itself.

Note that not all Hindu couples participate in the same traditions — it's a matter of personal beliefs and preferences. For those that do, however, it's an elaborate, ritual-rich celebration that takes place before the wedding itself. Sometimes it's a large celebration with family and friends, while other times it is a small and intimate gathering.

Hindu Pre-Wedding Ceremonies Wagdaan

Photo: Gundaro

Wagdaan & Lagna Patrika
After the groom's father gets permission from the bride's father to go forward with the wedding, the "Wagdaan" ritual may be performed. The couple also participates in "Lagna Patrika," which is a written vow to each other that the wedding will take place at a later date. These two are considered a formal announcement of the wedding, which will typically take place months later.

Hindu Pre-Wedding Ceremonies Graha Shant

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Graha Shanti
Days before the wedding, the couple will participate in a pre-wedding ceremony called the "Graha Shanti." This ceremony begins with "Haladi," a purification ritual that involves massaging the bride and groom with fragrant oils and halad. Next is the "Muhurtamedha" a ritual in which the upcoming wedding day is formally declared, and "Sankalpa," which involves praying for blessings.

Hindu Pre-Wedding Ceremonies Puja

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"Most auspicious Hindu ceremonies involves a 'puja,' which is a ritual performed in praise of deities," explains Thusali Kashyap, who's from South India and was married in 2015. "Both families are present and there is usually an exchange of various items and gifts, such as outfits and accessories."

There are numerous pujas completed, and each have their own meaning and purpose. After the pujas, the couple is officially pronounced bride and groom, though they will not be married until several days later.

See More: 5 Real Bride Saris and Lehengas We Love

Hindu Pre-Wedding Ceremonies Minnukettu

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On the actual wedding day, the "Minnukettu" or "tying the knot," ritual occurs. This is the Hindu equivalent of a Western ring exchange.

"The 'tying of the knot' in a Hindu wedding is literally the groom tying several knots on a necklace tied around the bride's neck," explains Kashyap. "The necklace is then worn all the time and symbolizes a married woman. Married women also wear toe rings — on the second toes of each foot — that the groom places during the wedding. These two things are considered typical for a married woman."

Again, like Western weddings, each Hindu couple and their families celebrate their own way, so they may not do everything — or anything, for that matter — listed above. What can be said for certain, though, is that whatever the exchanges and rituals, it is a beautiful display of love.

5 Wedding Ceremony Backdrop Ideas That Haven’t Been Done to Death

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Oct 212016

Photo: James Day

Let's be real, we'll never grow tired of seeing fabulous bohemian floral arches and over-the-top flower walls at weddings (à la Kim and Kanye, of course). However, if you're looking for something new (not old) and a little bit out of the box too, we've got you covered. Feast your eyes on these five fresh wedding ceremony backdrop ideas that haven't been done to death — and definitely don't have to involve flowers either.

1. Statement Murals
Because why not turn your wedding backdrop into a work of art? A colorful mural in the event space or even a still picture of the couple or something simple to match their vibe, perhaps like a palm frond for a tropical wedding, looks chic, say event planners Natasha Burton and Jennifer Arreguin, co-founders of Swoon California.

Wedding Ceremony Macrame Background

Photo: Joielala

2. Macramé Backdrops
Boho brides, this trend has your name written all over it! You can either keep it plain and simple or accent with some greenery for added texture. Macramé hangings can be suspended from wooden beams, poles or doorways and all by itself it makes a very natural yet chic backdrop that's understated in style, points out planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner. Another bright idea for bohemian brides: streamers, fabric or dream catchers, notes Chancey Charm Charlotte wedding planner Miranda Tassi. "These are always fun options, especially as they allow you to incorporate playful, vibrant and colorful patterns that further speak to your individuality and style as a couple."

3. Portable Wall Panels
To create a modern feel for a fresh backdrop, wedding planner Marilisa Schachinger of Martel Event recommends using a large, but portable wall panel. "In addition to providing endless options for painted color or texture adhered to the wall, the ability to repurpose the backdrop for behind the wedding cake or a photo area ensures it remains a focal point throughout the event." In regards to texture, she especially loves the look of painted marble.

See More: 6 Wedding Ceremony Spots in the U.S. with Breathtaking Views

Wedding Ceremony Curtain Background

Photo: Stacy Sullivan of Set Free Photography

4. Draperies, Bed Sheets, Blankets & Shower Curtains
Creativity is the name of the game. As a huge fan of patterns and textures, Samuels loves creating backdrops out of bed sheets, blankets, draperies and shower curtains — particularly the latter two since they already have a pole pocket sewn in them or holes at the top to hook onto a doorway.

5. Clusters of Anything
Time to put on your thinking caps brides because, according to Samuels, just about anything can be used as a wedding ceremony backdrop. Seriously, cluster lots of any one thing together and mission accomplished. "Think balloons, lanterns, lights, paper garland, potted plants, cheerleader pompoms, picture frames, photographs, balls, ribbons...literally anything. As soon as you string them together or line them up next to each other you're in business."

The Cutest Ways to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding Ceremony

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Oct 212016
ways to include your dog in your wedding ceremony

Photo: Lacie Hansen

Looking for ways to include your dog in your wedding ceremony? Whether you and your fiancé share a pet or you can't even dream of getting married in front of all your friends and family without your trusted childhood pet by your side, there are plenty of ways to include your pet in wedding. Just check out the sweet and creative ways these couples incorporated their dogs into their own big days.

With the Flower Girls (above): The couple's florist designed a double garland to decorate the dog's leash so that both flower girls could help walk the pup down the aisle.

ways to include your dog in your wedding ceremony

Photo: KT Merry

With the Ring Bearers: If your pups are on the smaller side, recruit your ring bearers to carry them down the ceremony aisle.

Sign Bearer: Before you make your grand entrance, have your pooch walk down the aisle wearing a sign announcing your arrival.

Dog of Honor: This crafty bride painted and sewed this burlap "Dog of Honor" bandana for their pup to wear during the ceremony.

Ceremony Processional: Instead of walking in separately, why not enter the ceremony arm-in-arm with your groom and your pets, together as a family?

With the Wedding Party: If your dog is up for it, have your pooch sit or stand up with the bridesmaids or groomsmen during the ceremony — that way, your guests will get a good look at your sweet pet.

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