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Decode the Dress Code: Your Wedding Guest Outfit Cheat Sheet

All eyes will be on the Bride and Groom at any wedding (as they should be), but that doesn’t mean you the wedding guest can’t look your best. But, when the invite arrives, how are you supposed to know the difference between black tie optional and black tie? Don’t worry—we’re breaking down the terminology (and giving you some killer outfit ideas) so you can look gorgeous and confident at any wedding.

What the Dress Code Really Means
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What the Dress Code Really Means
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DIY Gold Leaf Donut Favors

You know we love to get crafty around here, and these Gold Leaf Donuts might be the most genius DIY yet. With a sprinkling of edible gold leaf (yes, that’s a thing) and some cute packaging to boot, your guests will be talking about these yummy favors for good, long time. Watch the easy tutorial captured by Elysium Productions below!




step-1Start with glazed donuts (any kind will do!) Using tweezers, release small bits of edible gold leaf and gently place them onto the glaze of your donut.

step-2Next, begin building your favors. Using spray adhesive, glue your circle cut paper to the lid. Then, gently place your donuts inside the jar.

step-3Print out the “love is sweet labels” on the label paper and cut out with scissors. Add a printable label to each jar.

step-4Don’t forget to add a little bling. Cut your gold glitter tape so that you have two thin strands and secure on the jar. Trim the edges to hug the “V” of your first sticker. Voilà!

Film: Elysium Productions | Photography: Leila Brewster Photography


Bouquet Breakdown: Oak Knoll Ranch Spring Wedding

Earlier this week, we spent a hefty amount of time admiring this crazy good bouquet and it’s equally unbelievable wedding, captured by Charla Storey. (Read: we obsessed, pinned and jaw-dropped like you wouldn’t believe) And we also thanked our lucky stars for The Southern Table, the creators behind it’s beauty. Today, we’re unveiling the list of blooms it’s filled with, from the radiant coral charm peonies to the stretching arms of blue delphinium.

Oak Knoll Ranch Spring Wedding

  • Coral Charm Peony
  • Yellow Bartzella Peony
  • Blue Delphinium
  • Pink Antique Garden Rose
  • Juliet Garden Rose
  • Jackpot Thistle
  • Salmon Godetia
  • Sweet Pea
  • Patience Garden Rose
  • Baroness Garden Rose
  • Blue Muscari
  • Sarah Bernhardt Peony
  • Asclepia
  • Ranunculus
  • Orange Pincushion
  • Jasmine
  • Spirea
  • Camelia Foliage
  • China Berry Foliage

From The Southern TableMeeting and getting to know Katie this past Spring was an absolute joy and working with her alongside Kristin Mullen, of Events by Kristin, on her big day was so much fun! First, Katie is pretty much one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet, a kind, soft-spoken, Southern belle in the truest form. She had a very clear overall inspiration for her design aesthetic and her venue was the perfect fit for her colorful, wildflower-inspired wedding! Katie chose Oak Knoll Ranch which features a classic, red barn and a quaint outdoor ceremony space in the Texas countryside. Large sprawling oak trees and rolling hills created a beautiful backdrop for her guests.

As with all of our brides, our first priority is to get to know them personally, their vision for their day, and determine what they really want their guests to experience and feel. Katie was inspired by bright colors and wildflowers, and wanted her friends and family to feel welcomed, relaxed, and ready for a lively celebration. She specifically loved the texture of pincushions and thistle, so we contrasted that with soft garden roses, large peonies, and delicate sweet pea and muscari for an eclectic feel. We arranged the bouquet in a loose, asymmetric form with lots of movement to compliment the natural, relaxed setting. Lastly, we chose midnight blue silk streamers to coordinate with the beautiful blue bridesmaid dresses. Oh, how we love how ribbons blow in the breeze!

Overall, we love how the bouquet and overall floral concept was playful, joyful, and vibrant! In this case, the bride had a broad concept for her look, but trusted us to take her vision and run with it. We love that! We determined she loved bright colors, lots of texture, and free movement. We sincerely feel that giving your vendors room to play and get creative gives you the best result possible. We like looking for direction, but also love when couples trust us enough to make their visions come to life! This is really done with great communication between vendor and client, really getting to know them, and spending the time to talk through designs and options. We love talking with our brides! This collaborative process is one of the best parts of being in the wedding industry, and we are truly thankful to get to partner (and have fun with) each and every one of our awesome couples!

Find more Bouquet Breakdowns here!

Floral Design: The Southern Table | Photography: Charla Storey

SMPwedding101: Personalizing Your Wedding Favors

Looking for a creative way to add some personality to those wedding favors? Well, look no further – because we’ve asked Navy and Lavender to share a few of their favorite tips. From edible treats to sentimental keepsakes, when it comes to your wedding favors we’re all about adding a personal touch. Read on and see how other Brides have personalized for their partygoers in THE VAULT!


Put Your Stamp on It

Personalizing wedding favors is a breeze these days with how simple and easy it is to create personalized labels that you can put just about anywhere. What will make it truly special and meaningful though is not just putting your names and wedding date on the label, but creating something that represents both your wedding and yourselves as a couple through icons, photos, colors, sayings, or quotes. Take it to the next level by using your label design on welcome bags, napkins, programs, even dance floor spotlights — the sky’s the limit!

Social (Media) Butterfly

In today’s Facebook-loving, Instagram-obsessed world, personalize your favors with your own wedding hashtag and get trending! It’s a great way to remind guests to use your hashtag both during and after the wedding when they’re going through all their great pics from your special day.

Represent Your Joint Passions

There are so many favors to choose from it can be difficult to decide. However, if you have something you love to do together, why not choose a favor that represents your joint interests. For instance, if you both love wine tasting, give guests picture frames made of cork. Met while visiting Paris? Eiffel Tower key chains would do nicely. If you love the outdoors, give personalized bags of trail mix for that pre-wedding hike.

Variety is the Spice of Life

You don’t have to limit yourself to just one type of favor. Couples will love getting one of each at the end of the wedding! If you go this route, instead of one favor that represents you as a couple, you can gift one that represents you and the other your groom. For instance, personalized playing cards for your poker-loving man paired with a monogrammed chocolate bar for your sweet tooth. Or you can create a favors table with a all different parting gifts, and let your guests choose their own memento to remember your special day!

Celebrate Your Craftiness

If you are having a small wedding or are up for a challenge, gift guests something you made yourself by baking sweets, making jam, or simply creating lavender sachets. Package them in beautiful jars, boxes or muslin bags stamped with your initials.

It’s All about the Journey

If you are having a destination wedding, met while working abroad, or just love to travel, give guests favors that represent your wanderlust with personalized luggage tags (they can double as seating cards!), passport covers, map-themed favors, or an item that represents your wedding destination.

Embrace the Season

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall — it’s always wedding season! Represent the world around you by giving favors indicative of the weather. Winter weddings are the perfect time to give out hot cocoa packets in personalized mugs. Spring weddings are all about new beginnings, so give personalized seed packets. Summer is a time to have fun in the sun, and guests will appreciate personalized sunblock or sunglasses to use during your outdoor ceremony. Fall is a time of harvest, so give guests a sweet jar of honey with a monogrammed label.

Location, Location, Location

Personalize your favors by matching them to your wedding venue. If you are getting married in a barn, perhaps gift treats in a personalized burlap favor bag or give out lucky horseshoes. For a mountain-top wedding, antler bottle stoppers or bottle openers will do the trick! Taking a boat ride for your reception? Nautical favors such as anchor photo holders will remind guests of your blissful sunset cruise.


Secrets Resorts + Spas


For our California Brides… Discount from The Ranch at Laguna Beach

For our New England Brides… Discount from Sweet Monday Photography

For our Tri-state Brides… Giveaway from NST Pictures and a giveaway and discount from Alexandra Grecco, discount from Femina Photo + Design!


Congratulations to our Mindy Weiss Jewelry Collection Giveaway winner Jordan!

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