Best of 2016: Wedding Flowers

I'm kicking off the Best of Burgh Brides 2016 series today and first up is wedding flowers!  Money spent on wedding flowers is NEVER money wasted!  I'm all about saving a buck or two, but fresh florals are totally worth every.single.penny.  However, you don't always need to spend a fortune; sometimes the best flowers are dainty and demure.  Other times, my favorites have been bold and abundant.  It all depends on your style and what kind of impression you want to create.  While I've featured lots of pretty posies on the blog over the past year, here are the ones I've loved the most.

Yolanda & Nathan
What.a.show.stopper.  Yolanda's bouquet was absolutely breathtaking!  I've honestly never seen anything quite like it.  Big, bold, and beautiful…and picture perfect for her and Nathan's southern inspired wedding!

Flowers by Anna Roberts Floral; Photos by Wild Native Photography

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Kirstie & Troy
Um, first let's talk about this aisle decor.  Helloooooo gorgeous!  The floral arbor and rose petal aisle runner have me weak in the knees.  Don't even get me started on Kirstie's bouquet.  Overall, it may have been a soft, romantic wedding, but these flowers had the power to totally WOW!

Flowers by City Stems; Photos by Laurel Mountain Photography

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Jillian & Dan
An abundance of candlelight and a variety of centerpieces containing roses, lilies, ranunculus, and dusty miller brought romance and ambiance to this dreamy, beach inspired wedding.  Mirrored vases and even glass-pressed dried floral bases added a modern touch.  I can hear the waves crashing now…

Flowers by Hepatica; Photos by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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Stephanie & Patrick
The flowers at this classic, art deco wedding were so SO gorgeous!  Want to know why?  Because the bride is a florist!  I wouldn't ever recommend DIY'ing your own wedding florals, unless that's what you actually do for a living, of course.  Stephanie's arrangements of roses and tulips were 100% perfection!

Flowers by The Blue Daisy Floral Designs; Photos by Ryan Zarichnak Photography

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Alexis & Brad
The varying shades of Alexis's bouquet fit right in with her purple ombre wedding.  My favorite part though was the long ribbons tied around the stems – so whismy!  Brad's boutonniere of an old skeleton key – an item that had a very special meaning at this wedding – was equally as charming.

Flowers by Mt. Lebanon Floral; Photos by Sky's the Limit Photography

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Stacy & Tim
This shabby chic wedding was one part romance, one part whimsical, and one part vintage.  Stacy's voluminous, textural bouquet, dainty boutonnieres, and a variety of curated centerpieces of flowers, old books, lace doilies, and antique tea cups were a beautiful combination.

Flowers by Destiny Hill Farm; Photos by Lauren Renee Designs

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Alyssa & Chris
I'm mildly obsessed with the dried wheat and lavender peeking out of Alyssa's bouquet.  What a nice touch to match her woodsy, organic wedding.  The neutral tones of white, light pink, and peach roses were just the right amount of color too.

Flowers by Cuttings; Photos by hotmetalstudio

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Tara & Marc
I absolutely looooove lavender, so I was thrilled to see so much of it at this romantic garden wedding.  In the bouquets, the centerpieces, even the boutonnieres.  The golden bird cages made a unique addition to an otherwise classic tablescape too!

Flowers by Budget Blossoms by Jilliann; Photos by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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Sarah & Adam
WOW!  That's the only word that can describe the florals at this emerald winter wedding.  Tall, flowering bundles of magnolia leaves overflowing out of gold metallic vases, greenery cascading down candelabras, and blooms dripping from the lighting fixtures.  Luxurious, modern, chic, and about a million other good adjectives!

Flowers by Hens and Chicks; Photos by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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What flowers from 2016 did you love best?  What made them your favorite?  Comment below, and then keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the Best of 2016 series throughout this month!

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Shop the Burgh Brides Black Friday Sale!

Start your Black Friday shopping early in the Burgh Brides shopSave 20% with code GIVETHANKS now through Monday.  Kick off proposal season with your favorite gear that lets everyone know you're a soon-to-be Burgh Bride!  Tees, tanks, mugs, tumblers, and more for you or that newly engaged friend (hello gift idea!)!  Happy shopping, loves!

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11 Ways to Honor Lost Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

If you’re looking for a few special and creative ways to honor lost loved ones on your wedding day, today’s post is for you.  Whether it’s a grandparent, great aunt or uncle, or even parent or sibling who has passed away, paying tribute to them on your special day can be a lovely touch and even help in the healing process if the loss was a recent one.  However, deciding just how to do this can be a difficult decision.  You’ll want to strike a balance between a heartfelt memorial and still maintaining the joyous vibe of the day.  From sweet and subtle to larger gestures, here are 11 ideas that will do just that.

1.) Carry them in (or over) your heart. We’ve all heard E. E. Cummings’s famous poem.  You can bring this literary work to life by wearing a photo of your loved one near your heart.  Ashley and Stefan both lost their fathers, but pinned their photos over their hearts on the day they exchanged vows.

If you prefer something a little quieter, pin the photos on the inside of your clothing, like this groom featured on Glamour and Grace did.

2.) Put their photo in a locket and pin it to your bouquet. You can carry their memory with you..literally.  Be like Burgh Bride Daniele and place your favorite photo of them in a locket (bonus points if it’s an heirloom and can be your Something Old) and ask your florist to pin it to the ribbon around your bridal bouquet.

3.) Carry or display one of their treasured possessions.  After her father passed away, bride Cris (of Kiss My Tulle) knew she had to honor him in a special way.  He was known for carrying a red bandana every day.  So she pinned some heart-shaped cut outs of one inside her and her little sister’s dresses, as well as placed one on an empty chair at the ceremony.

4.) Sew a bit of their clothing into your dress. Did they have a favorite shirt, sweater, or other article of clothing?  This bride cut out a heart-shaped swatch and had it sewn into the lining of her wedding dress.  A subtle gesture but still totally meaningful.

5.) Better yet, have something unique made out of their old clothing and give it a special place at your event. This bride had swatches of her mother’s clothes sewn into a canopy that hung over the chuppah.  It also included a piece of her grandmother’s wedding dress and a shirt that belong to her grandfather before he died.  Even I’m crying at this one.

6.) You could take the whole clothing idea one step further by taking a page out of this groom’s book. He had his grandfather’s suit remade into his own wedding day attire as a way of keeping his memory alive.

7.) Include a short message to or about them in your ceremony program. Everyone will read your words and I’m sure tears will be shed, but I’m also sure the sentiments will be well-received and appreciated.

8.) Save them a seat at the ceremony. Feel like they are physically present as you say I Do by reserving a special seat for them.  You can mark it with a framed photograph and even a fresh flower, like Ashley & Travis did.

9.) Display their photos are the reception. Often called a memorial table, this space can be where you honor those relatives who are gone but not forgotten.  Add a few candles and a sign or note expressing how much they meant to you for an extra special touch.  I love this display from Heather & Zach's brunch wedding last year.

10.) Dedicate a song to them. Was there a song that he or she just loved?  I mean knew-every-word-to-sang-it-at-the-top-of-their-lungs-loved?  Ask your DJ or band to play their old favorite in their honor.

11.) Feature their favorite dessert. The grandfather of this Hill City Bride suggested that the couple serve pie at the reception “because not everyone likes cake”.  When he passed away, she did just that.  If your loved one had a favorite dessert or cookie, be sure to have it there and call it out.

Are you honoring lost loved ones on your wedding day?  What special gestures are you planning?  Comment below with your other ideas on how to pay tribute to these special people.

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Wedding Trend Alert: Wearable Florals

Move over traditional accessories – wearable florals are where it's AT this year!  Think necklaces, bracelets, rings, hair combs, even belts…all made out of fresh flowers.  You can thank floral crowns, the “it” trend from a few years ago.  It completely blew up and has become a look that I can totally get behind.  Wearable florals are statement pieces and they'll totally have your guests talking.  The new way to hold flowers is to WEAR THEM and here are my Burgh Brides florist friends to tell you how!

The Blue Daisy Floral Designs
Wearable florals can go way beyond your head or hair!  Necklaces make a wonderful statement for the bride, but are also a unique alternative for your bridesmaids or the moms.

I love a floral belt as well.  They are the perfect way to add a unique touch to a gown that needs some extra detailing (think of it as an updated version of a beaded belt!).  Belts are also great for flower girls or a MOH who happens to be expecting (and doesn't mind highlighting her bump with some pretty blooms!).

TIP: Be sure to consider allergies when choosing flowers that will be worn close to the skin.  Small blooms that are long-lasting are best and remember that warm weather may decrease how long your wearables look fresh.  So plan to get all those detail shots in before the ceremony and reception.

Garnish Event Design
This dynamic artistry of Garnish Event Design never ceases to amaze me.  The recent modern geometric styled shoot featured a cymbidium orchid ring.  I love this idea for the bride's right hand, which never gets any attention.  You could go big or go home with a show-stopping garland of flowers cascading down your back, like below on the right.  What a way to combine two hot trends of this year – wearable florals and wedding dresses with interesting backs!  It doesn't get more interesting than that!

Speaking of backs, floral head pieces are the hottest new way to wear flowers in your hair.  A skilled florist can create a custom comb or clip made of the posies that match your bouquet…and wow anyone standing behind you.  Move over floral crowns.

Fox Petal Floral Design Studio
Skip the outdated corsage pins for the moms.  Instead, let them wear a dainty floral bracelet.  It's a modern twist on a wrist corsage and nobody really likes pinning something to their fancy dress anyways.  I love this simple way to make sure the moms look modern but are still highlighted in a very special way.

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Wearable florals are really easy and fun to put together!  If you have some extra flowers (it just takes small scraps), you can grab a piece of statement jewelry and/or old ring and glue away.  We offer a workshop that walks you through all the steps and you leave with some cool bling at the end of the night.  It could also be a super fun idea for a bridal shower!  We've seen the bouquet bar done but how fun is it for everyone to make a hair comb or a floral ring to take with them, especially if your bachelorette party is that night!

What do you think of this wearable floral trend?  Are you loving it as much as I am?  Do you plan on wearing some flowers on your wedding day?  Comment below!

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Fall Wedding Inspiration

Instead of my monthly color palette idea, I'm switching things up with this fall wedding inspiration instead!  The Knot just announced that fall is now the most popular wedding season.  So move over, June; September through November is where it's at.  Fall is my absolutely favorite time of the year so I'm not mad about it.

Now there is a right way to do a fall wedding and there is a wrong way.  The wrong way is a throw fall-themed affair.  The right way is THIS!  And perhaps surprisingly, you won't find an orange pumpkin, bale of hay, or fake leaf in site.  What you will find though is deep, rich colors, textured fabrics, details that add warmth and depth, and subtle nods to the season.  Marsala, plum, hunter green, navy, burnt orange, and even bronze…there is a rainbow of shades to choose from and they even look fantastic when used altogether.  For your men, ditch the tux and think tweed and corduroy pieces.  Bridesmaids dresses can be classic but choose one in any of the dramatic shades just mentioned.  Decor could include gilded leaves, pinecones, fresh herbs and lots and lots of candles.  If you must use pumpkins, go for white or the elusive blue gray.  Flannel blankets to keep your guests warm during your outdoor ceremony is a thoughtful gesture and fresh s'mores over a bon fire would be a great night cap.  Incorporate cranberries, figs, and root veggies into your menu for a taste of the season.  You guysssss I could go on and on but I'm literally DYING over all of the incredible ideas!  Call me basic if you must; I don't even care.

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas.  And then tell me what you think of this fall wedding inspo!  Are you getting married in the fall?  What colors, textures, and details are you incorporating into your wedding?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my favorite color schemes that are autumn-approved!

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Ask Burgh Brides: What’s the proper way to ask my parents how much money they can contribute?

Holy cow!  This is the BEST question Ask Burgh Brides have EVER received!  So many engaged couples struggle with this so hopefully this post is helpful to a lot of you out there!

Ask Burgh Brides: What's the proper way to ask my parents how much money they can contribute?

Bride T writes…

My fiancé and I are ready to start planning our wedding.  What is the proper way to ask our parents what they can contribute financially?  One side may be able to contribute a lot more, so how can we work this out without anyone feeling hurt or offended?  We don't want to sound rude or like we are begging for money!

Eek!  So the truth of the matter is…I never had to deal with this situation.  My sister got married before I did so I had a precedent.  But lucky for you, T, I enlisted some help from Soiree by Souleret.  This wedding planner extraordinaire (and Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member!) has been there, done that.  Here is what she has to say…

From Shayne…

Be prepared!  Have a vision in mind, a number of guests you'd like to invite, and maybe even an idea of a venue.

Then, I encourage the couple to have dinner with both sets of parents separately so that no one feels put on the spot or forced to compete with the future in laws.  Start the conversation off by expressing excitement for the upcoming wedding and marriage and giving a little bit of details about your wedding dreams.  Then, ask your/his parents if they'd like to be involved (hint hint -$$$)!  Chances are the first question they'll have is, “What is this going to cost me?”  If they don't bring it up from there, the couple could ask directly with something like, “Are you willing to help out with wedding day expenses?” 

Having an idea of your venue type is important because some parents will ask to see an overall budget or they'll ask the couple what they feel would be an appropriate contribution.  A downtown hotel with a food and beverage minimum of $25k is much different than a backyard affair.  Your big hotel ballroom wedding might be far off from what your parents think their contribution might be.  Some parents may also ask what the average Pittsburgh wedding costs, to better gauge their contribution.  (P.S. The Knot released these numbers earlier this year, with the national average just above $32K.)

Any conversation about money is a tough one.  Being open and upfront is my best advice!

Thanks Shayne!  Does anyone have any other ideas?  How did you have this conversation with your parents?  Comment below and help a fellow Burgh Bride out!

Planning a wedding and need some help?  You’ve come to the right place!  Submit your question and you could see it answered right here on the blog.

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Wedding Ceremony Music: 3 Things to Consider When Selecting Yours

When we were planning our wedding, I spent waaaaay too much time agonizing over the various music selections, especially those at the ceremony.  Is this song too fast for walking down the aisle?  Are these lyrics appropriate for a wedding ceremony?  Where should the pianist sit?  Oh how I wish I would have had a post like this one!  Today, our very own Steven Vance is giving you the scoop on wedding ceremony music and three things you need to consider when selecting yours!

From Steve…

Among the many other things you need to think about, you might not realize that there are a number of factors to consider when getting your wedding ceremony music right.  While it may seem like there are a million details, your musician or DJ can help you to make it absolutely perfect.  Before I get into them though, first things first…

What are the key ceremony music choices you’ll have to make?

The answers, in some order of importance:

  • The Bride's Procession – This is your big moment!
  • Bridesmaids’ Procession – If you want a separate selection from yourself.  For some very short aisles this may not be practical.
  • Mom's Procession – Again, if you want a separate selection from yourself but it may not be practical with some very short aisles.  Some combine the Moms and the Bridesmaids and then do a separate selection for the Bride.
  • The Recessional – This is at the end of the service and is usually bright and celebratory, announcing “Let's get this party started”.
  • Selection(s) During the Ceremony – You may want music for a Unity Candle Lighting, presenting roses to the moms, etc.  My recent favorite was the Unity Science Experiment.  This couple was right out of “The Big Bang Theory” and they turned two different colored chemical liquids into a unified third color when they combined them.
  • Prelude Music – A selection of 5 – 6 tunes as guests arrive to set the tone and create the atmosphere you want.

Now that you know what music selections you will have to make, here are 3 very important things you’ll want to consider.

1.) Indoor or Outdoor
Most sacred settings, like a church or synagogue, have built-in music and sound system options.  A lot of couples come to us because they want to limit or eliminate the organ.  Adding a violin, harp, flute, cello, guitar, or vocalist can enhance the music at your ceremony.  Make sure you know the music restrictions of your faith!  For example, the Catholic Church rarely allows any popular music to be played and Wagner's “Bridal Chorus” (“Here Comes the Bride”) is usually forbidden in the Jewish service.

In a hotel, club, or banquet hall, music restrictions are diminished but you will have to think about microphones for the officiant and musicians.  Many hotels have an A/V department but there is an extra charge for that service.  Your DJ may be able to handle this but be prepared to pay extra for the earlier set-up that would be required.  Some live music performers may be able to provide a mic into their sound system but most acoustic performers would not offer this option.

In an outdoor setting, the music and sound issues are the same but the key is access to power.  No power, no sound system.  Very few musicians or DJs offer a generator but that could be rented separately. You may not need sound at all outside if your guest list is small and your officiant has a strong voice.  My counsel is always better to have it and not need it than to later wish you had sound.

2.) Contemporary or Classical Music
Are you thinking “Canon in D” or “A Thousand Years”?  Bach and Beethoven or The Beatles?  There is no wrong answer.  As I mentioned earlier, in some settings there may be restrictions but you should try to get as close to what you envision as possible.  Generally, a DJ can provide virtually any song than be downloaded.  It's more complicated for live music.  Most classical favorites are readily available but, for example, a string ensemble needs to have an arrangement for that specific set of instruments to properly perform a piece.  Many arrangements you may have heard by the Vitamin String Quartet have not been published so they are not for sale.  Some ensembles can have an arranger work one up for an extra charge. Vocalists need some sort of backing, which could include organ, piano/keyboards, guitar, or a backing track.  Make sure you know the comfort level of your singer working with other musicians or with a track.

3.) Where to Set Up the Music
The obvious answer is where it can be best heard.  An important factor to consider is sight lines; the musicians need to see what is going on with the procession.  It may look easy in the movies but, believe me, it is not.  Generally, the best spot is toward the front where they can see the entrance area.  But in some spaces, being in the back can work, too.  If it's a huge church, often there is a choir loft but all of the guests – and you – are up front.  Putting the musician(s) at the front will allow the guests to enjoy hearing the music more and the visual impact of seeing the performers do their thing adds value.  A choir loft is extra tough if there is no organist or another person to cue them because they can’t see what is going on underneath them and they are trying to read music at the same time.

In an outdoor setting, you should keep them close to power – if they need it – and shade.  Remember, the musicians or DJ are out in the sun longer than anyone.  Besides them melting, the instruments are vulnerable to going out of tune and even risk serious damage in direct sunlight.

Hope you found this overview helpful but free to contact me if you have more specific questions.

BB here…

Thanks for the guest post today, Steve!  This guy knows his stuff!  To read all about what he can do (and it's a lot), head on over to the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide where you can ask him all your burning wedding music questions.

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Celebrate Your Love with Canvas Prints & A Discount!

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I'll be honest…canvas prints are one of those things that I love but never seem to want to spend the money on.  I always find something else to do with my cold hard cash, despite always seeming to have “order canvas prints” on my to do list.  So when CanvasHQ approached me to do a review of their products, I jumped at the chance!

Here is another confession: Even though we just celebrated our third anniversary, we don't have any photos from our wedding hanging in our house (photographers, forgive me).  Again, it's just one of those things that always seems to be put on the back burner.  This post was an opportunity to finally bring it back to the front!  As soon as CanvasHQ made me this offer, I started scouring the images from our big day.  After narrowing my selection down to about 40, then 25, then 10, then 3 (I like a lot of our pics), I finally settled on this one.

Beth Insalaco Photography. This is the digital file, not a photo of the canvas. Keep reading to see that!

Beth Insalaco Photography. This is the digital file, not a photo of the canvas. Keep reading to see that!

Out of over 1300 pictures to choose from, why this one?  This image was snapped during our first look, my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE moment of our wedding day.  Our excitement, the nerves, the playful way we have of interacting with one another, even my beautiful bouquet are all captured in this one frame.  It's always stood out to me as one of the best from that day.

After settling all of the details with my CanvasHQ rep (who was a dream to work with, BTW!), my order was placed.  A short time later, I received a notice that the canvas had shipped.  I don't remember the exact time frame, but I do remember it being pretty quickly after placing my order.  Fast production and shipping?  Point for CanvasHQ.

The print arrived at my door a few days later and I couldn't wait to get it out of the box and see the finished product!  First thought?  CanvasHQ did an excellent job with the packaging.  The print was wrapped in thick plastic for protection and then placed in not one but two boxes, the outside being marked FRAGILE in multiple spots.  I would have been heartbroken if it arrived damaged (because we all know how delivery folks treat “fragile” packages), but it was in perfect condition!

After I got it all unwrapped I realized…IT.WAS.HUGE.  ENORMOUS  The print measures 45 x 30 x 1.5″.  Holy crap!  I actually wasn't sure that we had a wall big enough to display it, but we did some redecorating and found a nice spot off of the living room.

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It was super easy to hang since the canvas comes with the hardware already attached to the back.  All you have to do is install a small hook into your wall (they provide really easy, clear instructions).  Lucky for us, we already had a nail there so we didn't even bother with this…out of the box and on the wall.  Done and done!

Let me tell you…the quality of the canvas is ah-maz-ing!  I'll be honest again…I wondered if something so large could be anything but pixelated but I was dead wrong (that's why you should definitely use a high res photo from your photographer).  I actually noticed nuances in the image that I had never picked up from the digital file before…the little tuft of Justin's hair that stuck up a bit, the way my earrings sparkled, and the finite feather details of my hair piece.  The canvas shows off great detail and the colors are beautiful and rich.

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The edges and sides of the print are wrapped really nicely, too.  The image I chose didn't really contain details near the perimeter, so we didn't really lose any of the photo.  But this may be something to keep in mind when ordering.  Choose a pic that will allow for wrapping at the edges without messing with the composition.

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The finished product looks great!  It's a lovely addition to our home and I'm so glad to finally have some tangible memories of our wedding day displayed.  I was really pleased with my CanvasHQ experience and would definitely order something from them again!

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And you should too!  CanvasHQ is offering 35% off and free shipping to my readers with code BURGHBRIDES!  Go get your canvas printing on!!!

Although CanvasHQ did sponsor this post, all opinions are my own.

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Navy, Blush, & Gold Wedding Inspiration

Looking for a color palette that is modern yet still feminine?  Say hi to my navy, blush, & gold wedding inspiration!  This look takes one of this year's hottest hues – navy – and pairs it with a color that will NEVER die despite what Style Me Pretty says.  I think this pairing is the new black and white combo.  It's timeless, romantic, and can be combined with a number of other shades if you'd like more color.  Think marsala, plum, chambray, and even gray.  When it comes to flowers, you're lucky with lots and lots of options for blush.  My personal favorite is the addition of white anemones, whose dark center looks very similar to navy.  Give your guests a great first impression with a wedding invitation suite dressed in a navy envelope with golden calligraphy.  Add metallic gold touches in the decor with mercury glass, gold-trimmed chargers, sequin linens, and even gold flatware.  Blush wedding dresses came on the scene a few years ago and I don't think they're going anywhere anytime soon.  So if you're a bold bride, dress yourself in the softest shade of pink and you'll definitely turn heads.  Whether you're in white or not, your groom will look like a modern day gentlemen in a navy tux or suit.  For those looking for a girly and sophisticated palette, navy, blush, and gold might be the color combo for you!

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of navy, blush, and gold!  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

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12 Wedding Registry Must Haves

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What's one of the best things about getting married?  All of the presents!  It's like Christmas morning every day when you come home from work and see packages on your doorstep.  While the UPS man might get sick of stopping at your house, you'll never get tired of opening all of those fun boxes.  Whether you're registered at Amazon, Target, Crate & Barrel, or any of the other million stores, here are 12 items that are must haves on any wedding registry!

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

KitchenAid Mixer

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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The Mack Daddy of stand mixers.  A kitchen isn't complete without one if you ask me.  With all sorts of capabilities and attachments available, you'll be whipping up homemade cakes, fresh pastas, and even freshly ground beef in no time.  Martha Stewart who?  Plus, KitchenAid offers a rainbow of colors but isn't the mint a-freaking-dorable?

Decent Flatware

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You're married now.  It's time to upgrade to quality flatware.  No more hand-me-downs from your parents and no more mix of random, mismatched forks and spoons.  I personally love the Knork brand.  It's stainless steel, feels heavy in your hand, and the knife-like edge forks make cutting through food a breeze.  Don't worry; the inside of your mouth is safe though.

Glass Bakeware

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It seems like Pyrex makes an appearance on every wedding registry.  And rightfully so…this stuff is amazing.  Cakes, casseroles, side dishes, whatever…it's all tastes better when cooked in a Pyrex dish.  Plus the oven/microwave/freezer/dishwasher safe-ness makes it super convenient.  Trust me…you need some.

Fluffy Towels

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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High quality towels are an absolute must!  There is nothing worse than stepping out of the shower and wrapping yourself with a large-scale equivalent of sand paper.  Treat yo self to spa-like luxury with Egyptian cotton towels and your skin will thank you.

A Nespresso Machine

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Move over, Keurig.  You have nothing on Nespresso.  I first fell in love with this little espresso-making machine in Europe, where they seem to be all the rage.  Imagine having a delicious cup of espresso or another fancy schmancy drink in your own kitchen every morning.  I'm trying to convince my husband that we need one of these.  If you're a caffeine lover like me, you need one too.

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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Because who doesn't want to basically have a machine cook dinner for them?  I like to think of the slow cooker as God's gift to wives and moms (or whoever is in charge of meal-making at your house).  This baby literally couldn't make dinner any easier for you…throw a bunch of stuff in a pot, wait 4 – 8 hours, and dig in.  Thanks to Pinterest, there are a ton of recipes available.  Go find your favorites and then invite me over.

A Good Vacuum

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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I loooooove my dog.  Like LOVE.  But oh my word…the hair…I can't take it.  Tumbleweeds of dog hair blow across the room like it's the wild wild west.  Luckily, my Shark gets my carpet looking so fresh and so clean again.  Whether you have pets or kids or just a messy fiance, a good vacuum is a must have in any home.

A Memory Foam Mattress Topper

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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Ever wonder what it feels like to sleep on a cloud?  With this pillow of fluffiness, you can find out.  I've slept on one for the last five years and have reached a point where it's very difficult to sleep on a regular old bed now.  Do your back a favor…invest in one!  Better yet, registry for one so someone else can invest in it for you 😉

Casual Dinnerware

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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We aren't fancy fine china people.  If you're like us, I encourage you to invest in quality casual dinnerware.  Fiestaware is a personal favorite of mine because a.) it comes in literally every color you can imagine b.) it's is pretty much indestructible and c.) if you should prove me wrong on point B, pieces are easily replaceable.

A Cute Bar Cart

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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And let's be honest…it doesn't get much cuter than this one.  The gold is right up my alley.  Stock it with crystal decanters, chic accessories, and your favorite libations to not only keep your bar supplies in one place but also to create a conversation-starting decor piece.  It can also double as a serving cart for all those parties you'll be hosting now that you're a married couple.

Good Knives

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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Any self-proclaimed foodie has a good set of knives in his or her kitchen.  I love this Calphalon option because it includes just about everything you'll need – Santoku knives for chopping, a bread knife, paring knife, steak knives, a honing steel, and even kitchen scissors.  The wooden block allows for counter top display while also protecting your precious investment.  Band aids not included.

His & Her Luggage

12 Wedding Registry Must Haves from Burgh Brides

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Luggage with spinner wheels will CHANGE.YOUR.LIFE.  No more dragging your suitcase through the airport, no more sore arms.  With all of the traveling you're bound to do in your married life (ahem, honeymoon!), it's the perfect time to upgrade to some adult luggage.  Fitting all of your belongings into a carry on is a whole other problem…

What items are on your wedding registry?  Any of the above?  Comment below and let me know what you scanned with that little machine!

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