Our Top 5 Personalized Wedding Bands: Wedding Bells are RINGing!

One thing that I see on occasion that I absolutely love is personalized rings. I know engraving rings has been something that couples have done for ages but I’m talking about more than engraving, though that is adorable as well. I’m talking about the modernization of engraving or personalizing your wedding bands. Let me preface this with the fact that some of these are pretty awesome so if you already bought your wedding bands, I’m sorry but you are going to have to return them and go get these.

Sound Waves:
These wedding bands have the outline of the sound wave image of your spouse saying “I Do”. Ridiculous right? Ridiculously adorable, that is. Seriously though, this is a fabulous idea 1,000,000 points to the person who came up with this idea.

 

Photo Credit from Trend Hunter

Fingerprint:
This idea is a great way to give your rings some awesome texture. Have your spouses fingerprint engraved into your wedding band! It’s a very personal way to have a piece of them with you at all times. You can have the fingerprint engraved on the outside or the inside of the band depending on your personal preference.

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Latitude & Longitude:
This is a great idea for any couple but especially a couple who loves traveling. You can have the latitude and longitude of the place where you met or where your getting married engraved on your wedding band as a way to personalize them!

Find this Ring on Etsy by Monkeysalwayslook

Reminder:
I literally laughed out loud when I saw this ring. There is a warming device installed in this ring that will begin to warm the ring 24 hours before your anniversary to remind you that your wedding anniversary is tomorrow. It will continue to heat up once every hour for ten seconds until your anniversary ends. I assume of course that this won’t heat up enough to cause burns of any degree but I also feel like if this ring malfunctions, those that depend on it for the reminder might be screwed. So I’m not 100% sold on this wedding band. The concept is still hilarious, some poor fella was clearly scolded one too many times for forgetting his anniversary.

As seen on Ring Spotters Blog

Musical:
This is great for the couple that loves going to shows together, met at a concert or just enjoy relaxing to some music at the end of the night. The music of your first dance could be engraved on the outside and the title on the inside. It’s a great way to remember your song together!

Find this Ring on Etsy by Myfavoritesong

Wedding bands are now taking on their own special conversation. There is more to just the basic wedding band. These are just a few ways that modern wedding bands can be personalized. Feel free to explore more ways on websites like Pinterest and Etsy. Many Jewelry designers are willing to work with you as well so don’t hold back. If you think you have a crazy idea, pitch it to them! We always love when a couple comes to us with amazing new concepts! It keeps our creative ideas fresh! Don’t be afraid to “sound a little weird” we like “a little weird” here at Whim. After all, that’s why they hired me (though I choose to use the word quirky).
-G

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Wedding Cocktail Party Ideas: 5 Menu Must-Haves!

Is a big fancy sit-down dinner not your style? Don’t sweat it! It’s your wedding day so plan your celebration however you wish. Why not have your ceremony then dance the night away with cocktails, appetizers, and fun with your guests? Just one giant party without formalities. Woo hoo! Plus, hosting a cocktail party instead of a large wedding reception is a great way to save money and stay within your budget.

A cocktail party is also great opportunity to provide a one of a kind experience for your guests. Go casual, a bit southern, or throw in some backyard elegance. Create your own special evening accentuated by food and drink that will please guests of all ages. Food stations, unique appetizers and specialty cocktails are a great way to accomplish this!

I just love the food bar ideas below. Imagine your guests mingling among stations of delicious treats and eats. Which is a must-have at your party?

Enjoy!

Shannon

Wine + Cheese Pairing

Photo credit:http://www.colincowieweddings.com/wedding-photos/detail/image253132

Sushi Bar

Photo Credit: http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/10-bridal-shower-menu-ideas/

Make Your Own Caramel Apples

Photo Credit: http://planningitall.com/2013/10/07/incorporate-apples-into-weddings-events-and-entertaining/

Sangria Bar

Photo Credit: Wedding Illustrated

Tacos + Tequila Pairing

Photo: http://www.brit.co/wedding-food-stations/?utm_campaign=pinbutton_hover

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A “Boo”-tiful Event: Ain’t No Wedding Like a Halloween Wedding!

Maybe it’s just because I am super pumped for Halloween. It could also have something to do with the fact that my costume is going to be amazing. Whatever the case, I am totally digging the idea of a Halloween wedding. Would it be kitschy? Of course. Fun? You betcha! Amazing? YES. I know you are probably thinking about the extreme cheesiness that could come from a Halloween but hear me out. Guaranteed, you will probably have to specify that coming as a Playboy Bunny or Victoria’s Secret Angel may not be appropriate. I think we can all admit some adult costumes look like they have been put in the dryer for about a decade. Anyways, this is the part where I convince you that a Halloween Wedding would be nothing short of fabulous.

Place Setting: Seriously, this Vampire Place-setting is amazing. Take away the vampire teeth and you could have a simple black and red theme. It’s the little details that make the big impacts.

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Photo Credit: 10 Spooky Table Settings on Brit + Co

Tablescapes: Taking a simple white and gold tablescape and adding those pops of black make this tablescape chic and Halloween themed!

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Photo Credit: Sylizmo

Fun Details: If you want to do the Halloween theme for your wedding but don’t want to go over
the top try small touches of Halloween. This picture captures a hint
of Halloween without going overboard.

Photo Credit: Stylizmo Blog

Poe it up!: What could be a better way to do a Halloween themed party then to include the one
and only, Edgar Allen Poe. Seriously, this is amazing. Do it, I’m peer pressuring you.

 

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 Photo Credit: Style Soiree from the Little Big Company

Florals: This was the hard part for me. How do you tastefully create florals that reflect Halloween in a classy way? Well, check out this awesome bouquet and brides style. You already know I’m a huge fan of black bridal gowns but I usually never suggest spray painting flowers. In this case, I’ll make an exception. That black succulent looks pretty rad.

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Photos Credit: Style Me Pretty + Elaina Musto by Zac Steinic, Yen

Halloween Elegance: To go along with the classy florals here are a few elegant touches to keep the Halloween theme but not go over the top. It’s a classy way to keep the Halloween theme and not get too kitschy. Not to
mention that I am totally adoring the black lace.

Photo Credit: The Knotty Bride

Halloween themed weddings can be the type of wedding that guest rave about for years. If you’re a non-traditional couple and are willing to think outside of the wedding box, do a Halloween wedding justice. I promise you’re guests will be pumped to party with you incognito!

Do it, Do it!

-G

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Throwback Thursday: Erin & Darrick’s Cambridge Wedding

Happy throw back thursday! This week we are featuring Erin + Darrick!  We absolutely adored their bubbly personalities and their love for flowers, especially peonies! When they were dating, Darrick would bring Erin a bouquet of flowers every Friday- talk about swoon! Once we found out Darrick’s grandmother also grew peonies, we knew this was going to be a fabulous wedding. Not only were there peonies in Erin’s bridal bouquet, but each guest took home a small bouquet of flowers as favors, as well! We absolutely adored the bright pink tones and lush flowers Erin loved on her flower market visit. They brought the venue Tupelo to life.  Below are some of our favs of their big day! A special thanks to Parker Digital Imaging for capturing their big day!

 

xo Whim

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Dara & Rich’s Essex Conference Center and Retreat Wedding

When Dara and Rich came into the studio looking for a Day of Coordinator, we knew it was a perfect match in planning heaven! Dara and Rich came to Whim looking for someone who could bring their ideas to life and pay close attention to their personal touches. We adored their fun chemistry and how important the little details were to them. Their big day took place at one of our favorite venues, the Essex Conference Center. This venue was a perfect fit for Dara and Rich who enjoy the outdoors, and wanted to have their guests stay in one place. The lovely ladies of Derby Farm Flowers created their stunning personals with the couples favorite colors in mind; purple, blue, and white. The centerpieces were assorted bottles that Dara + Rich had collected, filled with bright orange dahlias, yellow zinnias, pops of purple, and textured greens. Nir Landau beautifully captured the entire day, here are some of our favs! Congrats Dara and Rich!

P.S. See what we did the last time we were at ECC!

 

xo

Kelsey

 

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Wedding Shoes: The Sole of Your Wedding

Now-a-days there are many ways to get creative in the details of weddings. One of my favorite things that has been on my wedding design radar as of late is Shoe Messages.This not only applies to the ladies of the big day but the guys too! Gotta love unisex creativity.

 

Now, some can be super cheesy but I’m totally okay with that when it comes to displaying your love for your soon to be spouse. Some can also be a sweet and simple “I do.” If you think this idea is totally lame check out these awesome examples and then make your judgement call. If they’re shoes you plan on wearing post-marriage there are other ways of inscribing messages on your shoes, like embroidery on the tongue or the heel.

 

Groom:

“She’s mine,” though slightly possessive sounding, seems to be the most common message written on groom’s shoes. I personally am loving the converse, it’s great just in case you have a little too much scotchy scotch scotch and forget who you are or why you’re there. Not that you should drink that much on your wedding day but just in case you do.

 

Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty

 

Photo Credit: 100 Layer Cake

 

Photo Credit: Ruffled

Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty

 

Bride:

“I do” seems to be the most common message for brides but I think you can get a little more creative. I love the
Idea of the Groom writing a message on one shoe and your Bridesmaids or Maid of Honor writing a message on the
other. Just make sure if the message is something that is PG if you know you will be kicking your heels off when
the dancing begins, you don’t want to scar your little cousins for life.

 

Photo Credit: Indulgy

Photo Credit: Ruffled

 

 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

 

Photo Credit: Ruffled

 

His and Hers:

So clearly Converse are the most common “His and Hers” personalized shoes but feel free to use
creative freedom. If there is a quote that you use regularly or a saying that you hold dear to one another, use
it!

 

 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

 

Photo Credit: Pearl Events Austin

 

Shoe messages are a little detail that is great way to show your love or humor with one another on your big day. They are also a good reminder to take off a little of the anxiety or stress that you’re feeling. Whether you use a sharpie or have the message embroidered it’s a wonderful touch of personality in the day. Feel free to be as mushy as you want, I won’t judge you. Plus, they make for pretty great detail shots!

-G

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Lauren + Kevin’s Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding

It is always nice working with a familiar face…which is what happened with our clients Lauren and Kevin! Did you know that Lauren is a close friend of Natalie’s? They actually trained together for years at Healthworks! Lauren and Kevin came to Whim looking for a classy, yet laid back floral scheme. The couple chose to go with a mix of our Farmer’s Market Package and Rustic Elegance Package. The Whim Crew integrated fun colors of orange, teal, and mustard yellow with some of the bride’s favorite flowers including Peonies, Billy Balls, and Garden Roses. We just adore the beautiful colors of the flowers that accented the bridesmaid dresses and map picture frames on the tables (the bride and groom love traveling and vintage maps!) Lauren and Kevin’s venue, Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, MA was the perfect backdrop for a perfect day! Katie Noble captured the moments beautifully. Thank you for letting Whim be a part of your big day, Lauren and Kevin!

PS…Check out a few more of our Farmer’s Market Weddings here.

 

 

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Laura + Alex’s Red Lion Inn, Cohasset Wedding

When Laura first came to Whim, we instantly fell in love with her bubbly and fun personality! She and her fiance Alex came to Whim looking for seaside elegance that could be mixed with their rustic venue. With our Signature Plus Package Laura and Alex selected florals that were lush and pastel in color. Using their flower choices, including Roses and Astilbe, Giovanna (our newest designer and florist) created lovely personals, centerpieces, and eye-catching arbor decor. This was G’s first time being able to run with a client’s vision and she knocked it out of the park!

One of our favorite memories of the day was tucking bud vases of flowers among the couple’s DIY decor, signage and Pinterest creations. Did you know Laura and her mom made practically all of the decor and details?! We just loved all of the dreamy colors and beachy touches they came up with. This Pinterest bride even had their programs printed on paper envelopes for guests to enjoy…too cute! Inside, we tucked freshly picked rose petals to throw in celebration of the bride and groom (check out the black and white photo below…it’s our favorite!) Hello Love Photography captured the day in it’s entirety; these are some of our favs! The Red Lion Inn, located in Cohasset, was the perfect setting for this perfect day! Congrats Laura and Alex, we hope your day was just as you imagined!

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Enjoy!

xo

Shannon

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Erin + Keith’s Brooksby Farm Wedding

This past June, we had an amazing time working with Erin and Keith on their big day.  Erin contacted us from California and it was love at first phone call!  They expressed they wanted their day to feel relaxed, clean, with a mix of rustic elegance. Erin + Keith went with our DIY flower package, and created centerpieces themselves, while renting our fabulous farmer’s market bottle collection. Their flower arranging skills were spectacular and we loved seeing what they created.  The soft touches of blue and yellow on their white table scape made for a stunning vision.  It melted our hearts to see them cry tears of joy after first glance of their flower bundles. Yaritza Colon captured this amazing day, these are some of our favs! Brooksby Farm, located in Peabody was the perfect setting for this rustic & natural couple. Enjoy! Congrats Erin + Keith!

 

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5 Multi-Purpose Centerpiece Ideas: Reuse and Repurpose Baby

1. Colorful Candy Bar:

Add some color and fun, all in one!

Photo Credit: P-oppies

 

2. Filling Fruit Bowl:

Add texture, rich colors, and encourage guests to eat during cocktail hour (Hint: pre-cut fruit for guests to easily share and eat).

Photo Credit: Ruffled

 

3. Darling Desserts:

How cute are these scrumptious little cakes! They add a tasty focal point, which guests can enjoy later in the evening.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

 

4. Appealing Appetizers:

Talk about conversation starter! Decorate your table with a variety of cheeses, bread, wine bottles, fruit, and jam to start the night off right.

Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty

 

5. Floral Favors: 

Guests can enjoy lush greens or popping floral buds while they dine, and then take them home as favors! This is a money saver for you and the favor will be more meaningful for guests.

Photo Credit: Lucy Dylan Weddings

 

Enjoy!

Shannon

 

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