18 9 / 2014
The white wedding dress trend can be attributed to Queen Victoria, who married Prince Albert in 1840 in a white gown. Since then, the white wedding dress has been linked to purity and innocence and has dominated Western culture. More recently, however, nontraditional wedding dresses have become more and more popular in today’s wedding scene. Brides are experimenting with color, length and even the type of dress they choose for their big day. Keira Knightley, Olivia Palermo and Jessica Biel are just some of the numerous celebrities that have opted to be a part of this wedding trend. Check out some of our favorite nontraditional wedding dress looks below!
In a world of floor length dresses, tea length wedding dresses are a short and sweet trend that still has a chic and sophisticated look. Add colorful heels or jewelry to complete this look.
Blush is one color that has begun to take over as a wedding dress trend. The soft pink color adds a romantic feel to a bride’s look. Brides have experimented in all colors and patterns - it’s really just about finding what fits your personality!
This look is perfect for the nontraditional bride that’s wants a unique and gorgeous dress. Vintage gowns add something special, especially when the entire bridal party is coordinating.
16 9 / 2014
I saw a message board at Home Goods that I fell in love with and really wanted for my new home. It was $75. I walked out of the store empty handed. I knew I had a wood frame that I picked up for $2 at a garage sale last summer that was doing nothing but collecting dust. So I got to work to create my own message board for my kitchen.
All you need for this project is an empty frame, a roll of chicken wire, staple gun/staples, wire cutters, a can of spray paint in the color of your choice, and any kind of clips that you like,
After you paint your frame, flip it over and roll the chicken wire over it. Staple the wire into place and cut to size.
Once that it’s complete, it’s time to hang your board and put up your messages!
This cost a total of $12 and about an hour of my time. I call that a win!
11 9 / 2014
One trend that’s popping up all over the wedding scene is to have the ceremony and reception in a rustic barn. If this is your thing, a rustic barn can make a gorgeous space for your big day. Check out these five tips to ensure your barn wedding is everything you’d hoped for!
1. A gorgeous entrance
When most people think of barns, they think of farm animals and questionable smells. The best way to squash your guests’ hesitation is to dress up the entrance and show them how rustic and chic the space will be.
2. Rustic signs and decorations
The venue itself will be so incredible that not a lot of decorations will be necessary to complete the look. Add just a few simple rustic decorations and signs here and there to direct guests and fulfill your theme!
3. Simple flowers
Choose types of flowers that will complement the size, color and overall feel of the barn. Whites and pastels usually go well. The bouquets and centerpieces don’t need to be extravagant, as they should fit the feel of the ceremony and reception. A single flower as a centerpiece can make a larger statement than a huge bouquet!
4. Soft lighting
Single strands of yellow or white lights draped from the ceiling of the barn and on down will be just enough to subtly set the mood. Too harsh of lighting inside the barn would offset the rustic chic feel you’re going for. Light some candles as well if more lighting is needed!
5. Incorporate a lounge area
The feel of a barn wedding is more casual and laid back. Because of this, you might consider incorporating a lounge area. Use elements from around the barn to your advantage! Hay bales and old wooden barrels make perfect seating and table arrangements.
10 9 / 2014
With all the talk about the baby it is easy to forget that it took two to get there in the first place. I find myself getting wrapped up in the way that I am feeling and all that needs to be done to prepare for the little one, but forget that my hubby still needs love too! Here are some creative ways to make sure your partner gets the attention that they need and deserve. After all, in just a few short weeks, the time that the two of you share will turn into the time that the three of you share.
A little sweet treat is a nice gesture to let them know you care. I know for a fact the way into my husbands heart is with warm chocolate chip cookies.
Chances are they have been rubbing your sore feet and back all along the way, so why not return the favor! Try adding candles and massage oils for extra ambiance.
This does not need to be something big at all! Leave little notes around the house or come home with their favorite movie (even if it is one that you HATE to watch).
Sending love texts throughout the day is a great way to show that you are thinking of your partner and that you cannot wait until you get to see them again.
I am so thankful to have such a supportive wonderful man by my side, and have no doubt that he will be a great dad. I hope I can continue to show him how much he is loved, just like he has always done for me.
xoxo Alex & Baby Katz
04 9 / 2014
So you’ve picked the perfect girls to be by your side on your wedding day. Now, you want to find a fun and creative way to ask them to be your bridesmaids, something they can brag about and remember forever. Take a look at these ten awesome ways to propose to your bridesmaids.
1. With coffee
For a lot of people, drinking coffee is a staple for their morning. If your girls are avid coffee drinkers or Starbucks frequenters, consider this simple and sweet gesture.
2. Personalized wine bottle
This is truly a great way to ask your wine-loving friends to be in your wedding. Personalize the wine bottle and either crack it open to celebrate or save it forever!
Ask your bridesmaids to help you tie the knot with this adorable bow ring that they can wear on your special day!
4. Crossword puzzle
For the bridesmaids that enjoy their time with a newspaper or good book, try incorporating a crossword puzzle into the asking process.
5. Picture frame
This is one way to propose to your bridesmaids that will truly remain a keepsake for years and years. Include a picture of the two of you that brings with it great memories!
6. A funny card
A delicate, personalized handkerchief such as this one will always be a sweet reminder of this special time.
8. Secret message in a bottle
This proposal is perfect for fun-loving, adventure-seeking ladies. Personalize your message and send these little bottles their way!
How could anyone say no to a bridesmaid proposal like this one?! Your bridesmaids will truly appreciate that you know the real way to their heart.
10. Personalized mason jar
Get crafty with a mason jar and fill it with your bridesmaid’s favorite drink!
02 9 / 2014
My extended family lives all across the United States, from Michigan down to Texas and random places in between. We try to get together with everyone at least once a year. In the summer of 2012, we ventured to Branson, Missouri. This is a place that’s perfect for large groups, because it has something for everyone.
We started our trip by going on a duck boat tour, which is a tour taken in an old military vehicle that can drive on land and in the water. It’s a thrilling moment when the tour guide drives straight into the water! You learn a ton of history about the area on the trip as well. Read all about duck boat tours by clicking on this link.
We also spent two days at Silver Dollar City, an amusement park in Branson. This park is situated on top of Marvel Cave, which has been designated a National Natural Landmark. You can go down into the caves and explore while inside Silver Dollar City. There is a great mix of big rides, water rides and other attractions within the park that warrant two full days of being there.
A few other mentionable adventures in Branson were ziplining, swimming in Table Rock Lake and outlet shopping (especially during Missouri’s tax-free weekend!).
If you’re looking for a family vacation that everyone will love, I highly suggest Branson. On top of the endless shows and attractions that surround you, the scenery of the Ozarks is breathtaking.
28 8 / 2014
We know there are some aspects of your wedding that you can’t skimp on, but these 10 items under $30 will add beauty without breaking the budget!
1. Antique-finish place card holder/picture frame - $1.50
Add a personal touch to each place setting at your reception with these tiny picture frames.
2. Mercury glass table numbers - $8.00
These table numbers bring character to any table.
3. "I Do" shoe stickers - $8.00
Personalize your wedding shoes and add your something blue at the same time!
4. Rustic wedding advice box - $18.00
Use this adorable box to learn from the experts at your wedding.
5. Mr. and Mrs. burlap banner - $21.50
A perfect banner for an engagement party, bridal party or wedding reception!
6. Painted mason jar centerpieces - $22.00
These mason jars are the perfect summer colors! Use them to brighten up your centerpieces.
7. Bride/groom chair sashes - $23.90
Let everyone know where you’re sitting! Also available for the maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids and groomsmen.
8. Starry string lights - $28.99
These are perfect for lighting for an outdoor ceremony and reception this summer.
9. Pearl headband - $29.00
This simple headband adds just a touch of elegance to any wedding hairstyle!
10. “Pick a seat, not a side” sign - $29.95
Unite both families at the ceremony with this adorable sign!
26 8 / 2014
Being at home this summer has been a lot easier than I thought it’d be, but now that a lot of my friends are heading back up to Michigan State while I stay here, I’ve been getting a little bored. Lately we’ve had some horrendous weather in the Detroit area so I haven’t been able to exercise outside as much as I’d like to. Luckily, I found a solution.
Planet Rock, an indoor rock climbing gym, just opened up less than a mile from where I live and I figured I’d give it a try. Planet Rock has an amazingly-affordable starter package that includes the price of admission for two days, rental of all the gear you need, and a quick course on how to rock climb/ belay properly.
Admittedly, I was a little afraid once the course started and I realized I pretty much had my boyfriend’s life resting in my weak arms but the staff was extremely helpful and friendly which helped erase my fears. It was honestly one of the best exercise experiences I’ve ever tried! You get a great upper body and cardio workout without even realizing you’re working hard. (Although I will say I’m still sore a few days out)
I’d recommend spending a day trying out rocking climbing to anyone that’s interested in a fun way to work out without going to a traditional gym or needing to be outdoors. To find a gym like Planet Rock near you, just google local rock climbing gyms and I’m sure you’ll get some hits. Even if the closest location is a little bit of a drive from you, trust me when I say it’s definitely worth it.
21 8 / 2014
Every other week, we will be introducing you to one of our amazing team members.
This week, meet Jenna, the communications specialist here at Wedit.
Hometown: Madison Heights, MI
Favorite food: Anything from Chipotle
If I could meet one person (dead or alive), it would be: Ellen Degeneres
Favorite quote: "Be so good they can’t ignore you" -Steve Martin
I spend most of my free time doing this: Playing soccer, napping, watching Frozen and Finding Nemo, pretending to be crafty
The biggest item on my bucket list is: Go to a World Cup
Hidden talent: I can score a goal in soccer from 45 yards out
If I could have any superpower, it would be: Teleporting
19 8 / 2014
Dinner and a movie can get old and expensive! Often doing the same old date can cause any relationship to get stale and boring. Not everyone wants to spend $150 on concert and sports tickets, so for the budget minded daters, I present 7 great ideas that are friendly to your dating life and your wallet.
1. Watching the Stars
Take your significant other for an evening drive out to a small city and just look up at the stars. See who can find Orion or the North Star first! You’ll enjoy each other and not have to worry about hustle and bustle of bars and nightclubs. Parks are always the best, and offer peace and quiet that you just can’t get downtown.
Cost: ~ $10 in Gas
2. Game Night
Go back to the days of middle school, braces, and spin the bottle. You probably have 5 or 6 games already in your closet, and if you have to buy one for the evening, they are rather inexpensive. A game of Jenga, Scrabble, or Phase 10 is great way to spend the evening.
Cost: $5 - $25
Check your local pub; many bars offer a trivia night. It’s a great way to get out of the house and have some fun. A couple pints, an appetizer and laughs, going out for trivia night is an easy fun way to use your brain and possibly win some prizes as well!
Cost: $20 - $35
4. Walking the Park
An easy way to kill two hours. This is always a perfect way to get to know somebody, while enjoying scenery along the way. Many cities also host music nights and other free events in their bigger parks.
5. No Drive Drive-In
Grab your laptop and go make an evening that feels more memorable than the local drive in. Simply download a movie off of iTunes onto your laptop, hop in the car and park under the stars. You can take a couple foldable chairs with you, or if you have a SUV or Truck, a couple sleeping bags in the bed under the stars is a near perfect date.
Cost: $10 - $15
6. Play Tourist
You may have lived in a certain area for years now, but there are often surrounding cities that you have never visited. Some within a 15 minute
drive probably. So Google what fun things there may be to do, or simply drive there and walk around. You’ll be shocked what you may find.
Cost: ~ $10 - $15 in Gas
7. Cook Off
Spending the evening cooking a meal together can be quite romantic. However, adding a twist to it can spice things up, literally. Try having a
cook off where you each cook an entree and then judge whose is best! Once a winner is declared and bragging has commenced, enjoy both meals with each other. Top it off with a bartending contest if you dare! A great cocktail can always make dinner that much better!
Cost: $25 in Ingredients