#2016 weddings

2016 First Dance Songs

2016 First Dance Songs

Ten Pretty Picks For You To Consider.

Die A Happy Man by Thomas Rhett

Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars

Head Over Boots by Jon Pardi

I Don’t Dance by Lee Brice

Best Of Me by Michael Bublé

Your Song by Ellie Goulding

H.O.L.Y. by Florida Georgia Line

Sparks by Coldplay

All Of Me by John Legend

Make You Feel My Love by Adele

Love, Mrs. Newman

Sparkly Weddings

Sparkly Weddings

Throw A Gorgeously Glitzy Wedding!

If you’re like me, your favorite color is glitter. I mean, honestly, what’s better than something shiny and sparkly?

Not much.

So if you’re unsure of your wedding color scheme, but you know that you want it to be blingy, I get it.   You might even have a color palette picked out, but need ways to incorporate some extra glitz, just to make the event a little more glam.

Here are the best ways to add some shine to your big day!

Glitter. Sprinkle that shit everywhere. Kidding, don’t do that. But you should incorporate it into your stationary, décor and signage. And talk with your caterer and/or dessert vendor about edible glitter. It’s a thing, and its super pretty – think glitter on your cake, cupcakes or on top of macaroons. #yesplease

Pearlized Linens & Fabric. A little less in your face than glitter, but still adds a really nice sheen to your décor. Pretty pearl shades of whatever your color scheme is will help add depth and texture, reflecting the lights beautifully. They also give your event a rich look and feel, just like how satin sheets can make a bedroom seem more regal.

Mirrors. Another great way to catch and reflect the light at your event is through the use of mirrors. Look for venues with mirrors, or look into renting/bringing in your own. On a smaller scale, use mirror plates on your tables and underneath all your centerpieces.

Diamonds. Or rhinestones for the most part, aside from the jewelry that you wear. But you should totally use pretty diamonds (real or fake) for your jewelry, as well as on your bridal party. Then talk with your florist or vent designer about working them into your centerpieces and décor.

Sequins. Add a pretty sequined table runner, or use sequined linens for your cake table, or your head table to add a little extra oomph. If you don’t want a totally bedazzled dress, sequins are a more subtle way to sparkle on your wedding day. Same goes for your bridesmaid dresses.

Sparklers. So a sparkler send off isn’t exactly new, but who cares? They make for the prettiest photos and they totally fit into your sparkly wedding theme. If you want to work them into your day in a different way, add a sparkler to your cake topper, or buy the extra long or colored ones.

Embellished Flowers. Use pretty brooches or rhinestone ribbons in your bouquets. Adding pretty embellishments won’t be a new concept to your florist, so work with them to determine what the right amount of added bling for your wedding is.

Bling! Speaking of sparkly embellishments, don’t stop at your bouquets if it suits you. How about your shoes, or garter, or headpieces? Bling out your accessories. It’s a subtle way to sparkle if head to toe diamonds isn’t for you.

String Lights. Love, love, love string lights. Outside or inside, they’re so pretty, whimsical and romantic. And while they don’t necessarily sparkle, they do shine. And the more lights you have, the more your sparkly pieces will reflect them.

Chandeliers. Pretty chandeliers are already in a lot of wedding venues, but even if they’re not you can look into renting some. Talk to your local wedding and event rental companies about what they have available, and consider stringing up one or two, or several.

See, there are lots of ways to make your main wedding color “glitter”.   Weddings are a great time to shine, so why not go glam with your event ambiance?

If you’re worried it’ll look too tacky (and it will, if you use every single thing on my list) then work with your event stylist or wedding coordinator to decide what will work best for your vision. You can have a gorgeously glamorous wedding without it looking like you’re on Gypsy Sisters.

Need help pulling this look off? Let me know!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Alma Mater Weddings

College Themed Weddings

That Aren’t Tacky.

There are a ton of reasons why you might be considering a wedding themed around a college or university. Most of the time it’s because the couple met and began their relationship at their alma mater, but even if you just share a big time love for a certain college or university’s sports team then you already have the groundwork to theme your big day off your favorite school.

If you want to majorly embrace your school as a part of your day, then you should try to tie a lot of the bigger aspects of your wedding back to your theme.   For some, this can get tricky – yes you want to have a themed wedding, but you don’t want it to feel like a college reunion or official school event. It’s still your wedding, so you need to find the right balance of your theme and your own personal style.

If you’re going big with this, look into venues on the campus itself. Even if you can’t have the reception on site, look into the campus chapel for the ceremony. If you aren’t able to hold your event there, reception or ceremony, stop by for wedding party photos at some point during your day.

Some schools are lucky enough to have color schemes that translate nicely into a wedding color palette.   Add in different shades to give your event depth, and don’t feel like you need to stick only to the exact shades of your alma mater. Work with an event stylist to make sure your décor looks like a wedding and not an alumni event.

Even if you’re unsure of using your school’s colors as your own palette, think about playing around with different shades and complimentary accent colors to make it work for an upscale event, yet still fit the theme.   Again, if this is something you want to do, but question your own ability to execute, hire an event coordinator/event stylist to help you achieve your vision.

For those who want to have more of an underlying theme, nix the theme for the big parts of your big day – like the venue and color scheme. Plan your wedding according to your tastes, and work your love for your school into your nuptials in more subtle ways. Think cake toppers, table number or your card box.  Try working something low-key into your centerpieces, like a school banner or glitzed-up logo accent.

Other great ways to involve your college or university is by ordering themed favors. Go on Etsy and look up college themed favors – the possibilities are endless!  You should also consider photo booth props or college themed signs, especially if you know a lot of your guest list consists of your fellow alums and classmates.

If there was a specific college staple that any alumni would know and appreciate, work it in to reception. For example, any Ohio State fan would appreciate buckeyes added to the dessert table. Or consider adding your college logo to the top of your cupcakes.

The key to planning themed events is knowing your vision and knowing your boundaries. You can keep things from going overboard by using this rule: if you aren’t sure about something, always go with the more subtle version.  Dialing it up is way easier than toning something down.

Mix and match all of the different ideas here until you have just the right amount of your school worked into your wedding. Stick to one or two ideas for a subtle approach, or go all out with your theme and work it into as much as you can.

If you aren’t sure where to draw the line or how to make everything work without venturing into tacky territory, contact me to discuss!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Color Palette Inspo – Shades of Gray

Shades of Grey

Varying Tones of Gray Accented With Light Pink

Perfect For: 


Why We Love It:

It’s a fun swap of accent and primary color.  With more focus on the gray tones, the pink lightens up the neutral scheme nicely.

How To Execute:

Dress everyone but the bride in gray, but lighten the suit for the guys if the girls dresses are a deeper hue (or vice versa).  This will add depth to your look.  Use pink minimally, in the flowers and centerpieces.  Linens should be on the lighter side, but runners and napkins can be darkened or your pink accent color.  Soften the flowers with white blooms so the bouquets don’t overpower your color scheme.

Fun Features:

Toasting with pink champagne or a sparkling rosé accents your wedding perfectly.  Silver ribbons and sparkly jewelry are an easy way to glitz things up too, without straying from the color palette.  Not into cake?  Make an array of different shades of gray macaroons.

The Cutest Wedding Invites on Minted


My Faves From Their (Massive) Selection!

Sometimes I wish I could get married all over again, solely to be able to pick from all the cute new wedding invitations/programs/miscellaneous printables.  Everything these days is just so darn cute!

Minted.com is one of my favorite sites to peruse when I’m helping couples shop around for invitations.  They have so many adorable templates, and a ton of ways to customize them (hello shiny foil lettering!)  You can also change the colors to match your wedding palette, so even if the template default doesn’t match, make sure you still explore the alternate options.

I know not everyone loves shopping as much as I do, so I went ahead and pulled my favorites for y’all to see here on my site – but Minted.com is really easy to navigate so if none of these fit the bill, just keep shopping around their site, I know you’ll find something.

Alright, so here are my faves, numbered to correspond with the photos up top!

  1. Charming Love (Foil Option!)
  2. Outside Wedding
  3. Twinkling Lights
  4. Elisabeth Floral (Foil Option!)
  5. The Wedding Bouquet
  6. Romanced Wedding
  7. The Union

Sidenote: I know everyone is super tempted to adorn everything from their wedding with pictures of themselves (and Minted has options for that!) but it’s usually much cheaper to not use a photo.  I also think there’s something to be said for the traditional invitation, with all the necessary info as the focal point, and not secondhand to your picture.  Something to consider.. but that’s just my opinion.  Call me old-fashioned if you want (but it’ll probably be the first and last time…)

Love, Mrs. Newman


Spring 2016 Style

Bride trying on her dress

So What Will Brides Be Wearing Next Season?

Coming off the heels of fashion week, it’s not hard to tell what the up and coming bridal trends will be next year. For the past few seasons, we’ve seen tons of lace, plenty of open backs, and the rise and fall of birdcage veils. According to new runway trends, we’re all in store for another era of bridal fashion. So what are we all gonna see next year coming down the aisle?

Illusion Dresses

Not only were designers big into illusion necklines, many embraced illusion bodices as well, with carefully placed lace or fabric amidst sheer tulle.   Whether it’s an illusion neckline, back or entire bodice, brides will give a seductive vibe, with enough options out there ranging from subtle to daring.

Removable Skirts

Two-piece dresses have become wildly popular with the help of viral images on Pinterest and Tumblr. Offering two looks, brides can have a big, luscious skirt while they float down the aisle, only to be able to detach it later in the night for a lighter, sexier version of their gown.   One dress, two looks.

Cathedral Veils

Long dramatic veils will rule the aisle in 2016, especially for black tie weddings. Anything on the “upscale” side will most likely include a long, thin, glamorous veil for the walk to the altar.

Flower Crowns

On the opposite end of the style spectrum, for weddings that are more ethereal and relaxed, flower crowns will adorn not only the brides, but also the maids.   If you haven’t been to wedding that’s embraced this new trend yet, it’s only a matter of time now.

Sky-high Slits

Designers are definitely embracing sex appeal right now, and those thigh high slits have finally found their way onto wedding gowns.   This seductive style gives brides looking for a statement a way to amp up their look while still wearing the long white dress they’ve always dreamed about.

The Return Of The Sleeve

Strapless dresses have definitely owned the majority slot for bridal gown necklines since the turn of the century, but their place at the top is over. Off the shoulder, shirt sleeves, and even three-quarters length have all found their way back into the designers eye, and they’re coming back with a vengeance (less the shoulder pads, thank god).

Two Piece Dresses

Tops with separate skirts are on track to grow into one of the biggest trends of 2016 and 2017. With varying ways to execute the style, they’ll appeal to plenty of different tastes. It’s not a secret two piece dresses are a popular look outside of the wedding world, so their entrance into bridal fashion was only a matter of time.

Check out my Pinterest page for some of my favorite bridal styles, including all the recently released styles for the 2016 lines. If you need help with your own bridal style, or want your own bridal stylist, reach out to me and we can talk about it more!


Mrs. Newman