Wedding Arbors – The Perfect Backdrop

Wedding Arbors – the perfect backdrop. If you choose a wedding venue other than a religious one, you’ll need a focus point for your nuptials in place of the church alter. How about one of these gorgeous arbors? There are so many ways you can decorate them, and tie the whole thing together with your color scheme.

Best case scenario? It frames a gorgeous scene such as the beachscape in the photo above.

The next photo has a rustic/farm theme. I love how the open doors seem to be inviting the guests into the couple’s future; so welcoming, so beautiful. The floral arrangement is a key component to this display’s attractiveness. Although I think the low-handing sections may hit the bridal party in the head as they enter!

The addition of the candelabra in the next photo is brilliant! It lends a magical, fairy tale type air: so whimsical! It appears that the candelabra is functioning. I highly recommend hiring a licensed electrician to hook something like this up, if you’re of a mind to use something similar. For example, if you live in the brixton area, give someone local to there a call to get it all set up and ready for you. Always better safe than sorry. And wouldn’t it be a disaster if all the circuits blew out your power on your big day?

Doesn’t the photo above remind you a a magic garden? I think it would be so romantic to proclaim one’s vows under such a masterpiece!

And my favorite of all? The arbor above — ok — it’s the flowers that do it for me. They are just fabulous. Remember to make sure you have enough advance time at your venue to allow your vendors to set up properly. An arrangement such as the arbor above had to take hours to assemble.

Mary P. Karnes photos

And the last photo? It’s one I took at one of my “Barn Weddings”. The bride and groom made it themselves, with a little foliage from their generous florist.


Wedding Cupcakes

I saw the beautiful picture below when my friend, Maria, posted it on Facebook.  I still can’t believe this gorgeous box of flowers is in reality…cupcakes.  Time to revisit the option of Wedding Cupcakes, I told myself!

For my two daughters’ weddings, we chose the traditional tiered wedding cakes.  KK’s wedding cake, let’s just say…had some issues.  And to quote Forest Gump, “…and that’s all I’m going to say about that.”  For now, anyway…


Photo via Facebook from my friend, Maria – Photo creds: Steve Lang

As with everything, and I think especially weddings, trends go in cycles.  What’s hot this month may not be next.  Cupcakes have gone in and out of fashion – more than once.  If you chose to have cupcakes at your wedding, remember – they MAY be just as expensive as a tiered wedding cake.  But there are so many ways you can you can be creative with them.  Each could have a different cake, frosting, decoration.  Your cupcakes also don’t HAVE to look bridal – just look at the box of “flowers” above!


But what if you DO wish to have cupcakes, but want to go the more traditional route?  Just look above.  Each of the cupcakes look like mini-wedding cakes!  And the beauty of this, you can customize each and everyone if you chose to.


The breathtaking option above offers the best of both worlds.  The bridal couple has a top tier to save for their first anniversary, (if you’d like to read how to preserve the top tier of your wedding cake, click on the link How to Preserve the Top of Your Wedding Cake), yet offers each guest a “mini” creation.  I don’t know about you, but I almost think they’re too pretty to eat!


My favorite cupcake on this blog post…the one above!  I love how the baker made this cupcake look like a bridal bouquet!

And a fun option if you go the way of the “cupcake”?  A cupcake truck!





A Third Wedding Dress?

A third wedding dress?  Would you really be that extravagant?  Some brides these days are.  According to, it’s quite the new trend.  A blurb from follows below:


“Why have one dress when you can have three? We’ve heard of brides changing their dress for the reception or late night for the after-party. Now, a few fashion-forward brides are actually choosing three different gowns for each part of the day. Imagine a ball gown for the ceremony, a sleek sheath for the reception and then a short, feathery minidress for the after-party. It sounds like a lot, but for some brides who just can’t decide, this is a fun trend to try.”


It might be a “fun” trend to try…but I think it might break the bank.  And remember, not only would you encounter the price of the dress, but alterations and accessories, read: shoes, jewelry, etc.  There are  so many different ways to spend a wedding budget, I personally don’t think a bride  would get as much value from THREE dresses, as say…maybe from a string quartet at the ceremony, a videographer for the reception, a vintage car for a-get away.  The options are limitless.  Perhaps I’m looking at the whole three dress option from the viewpoint of “The Mother of the Bride”.  I had enough stress picking ONE dress for my daughters…much less three!!!  🙂


But if you do choose to go the “Three Dress Route”, no one ever said your after party dress had to be white.  What about the sexy little number above?  I think the contrast between virginal white and this evening attire is striking.  And I think a LBD would be easier to find than another white dress…A footnote to my two youngest daughters…don’t get any ideas.   One dress only for each of my four girls.  🙂