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Chocolate Brown Bridal Shower

Do you remember that chocolate brown bridal shower I posted last year? Well, I just came across more pictures from that fabulous fall bridal shower and could not resit posting a few more pictures. If you are planning a fall shower or any event with the chocolate brown color scheme, I hope you find a bit of inspiration in these images. This was such a memorable event to both coordinate and attend (as was their fall wedding)- I just had to relive it one year later!

The wine barrel was found at the garden section of the local home improvement store.

I made these table runners from fabric I spotted and just loved.

I also made these wine glass charms. Really simple to do, found supplies at the nearby craft store. I placed them on the napkin so guests could choose to either place them on their martini glass or water goblet.

You can see the “Bridal Sweet Martini” recipe in the original post.

Our fabulous caterer set up the food table, lovely!

The dessert table, yum!

We built this trellis stand which was backed with a romantic fabric padding. Guests slipped in personal notes to the bride, tucking the cards in the trellis itself.

The favors were set up pool side (which also had floating candles in it). The soft glow from the water looked great when the sun went down on this evening shower.

Guests were given individually potted fall flowers. The little white tins were inexpensive and I made little tags that read “Falling in Love” and “Let Love Grow.”

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For the Grooms!

Let’s be honest, wedding registries are usually chalked full of home furnishing and kitchen items that the bride is swooning over. Sure- the groom may have added a grill or gave his input on the color of the bathroom towels, however most often- wedding registries lack “guy stuff.” Well, not any longer- grooms everywhere can rejoice, your voice can be heard!

Check out this guy-geared site, The Man Registry. Grooms can now really get excited about creating a wedding registry, with gadgets and gizmos galore- this is the perfect place for a “groom only” registry or a place to get some awesome groomsmen gifts. Here are some of my favorite groomsmen gift ideas:

Any groomsmen would be happy to receive the above gifts. Not only are they cool and out of the ordinary, they are something that one can actually use (and enjoy) over and over.

1. Soft sided cooler. Hold up to a 12 pack and you can even get this monogrammed. 2. Poker set- now they can invite you over and get your game on! 3. Floating beer pong table…loving this! I think everyone has that one groomsmen who would love to receive this as a gift! 4. Jalapeno griller. Have a grill lovin’ groomsmen? This is perfect for stuffing and grilling jalapeno peppers. HOT!

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Calling all NYC Brides: Join The Diamond Dash!

Are you a bride or groom {or know one} living in the NYC area? Thoughtfully Simple is smitten over this fabulous opportunity for you to win BIG and help make a difference! Ladies get out those flats and get ready to dash around Manhattan for your chance to win BIG {did I already say that?}

Participants will Dash around New York City in hopes of being the first couple to complete a scavenger hunt. Dashers will have to put their NYC knowledge to the test by racing around to clue stations around the city. In the end, one speedy couple will win:

- A $20,000 Tacori engagement ring

- A honeymoon to Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawaii’s big island

- Plus several other prizes from fab sponsors

BONUS: all will be done while raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

Check out this video:

What a fun way to win amazing swag for your wedding day and also enjoy a day dashing around the city together! Registration just opened and participants can sign up via the Diamonds Make a Difference website, http://www.diamondsmakeadifference.com.

Okay, now register for your chance to enter the Diamond Dash and tell all of your facebook, twitter, and real life “engaged couple friends” about this great cause! Hurry- go, tell…. go, blog!

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Express Yourself with Color on Your Wedding Day

Did you know that every color has a specific meaning or symbolism? Just like horoscopes, some people believe in these symbols and meanings and others do not. Whether you believe it or not, certain colors certainly do exude specific energies (red is hot, yellow is cheerful, etc) and the colors that you choose for your wedding theme can have a big impact on the overall success of your big day. Here is a closer look at what the specific meanings are behind the most popular wedding colors:

The color RED signifies passionate love: Red is the warmest color of all and is the most chosen wedding color for couples (or brides) with outgoing, confident personalities. Be careful not to overuse red or it can come across as garish and tacky. In Asian culture, red is the color of eternal joy and prosperity, and therefore red is a popular color for Chinese brides to wear on their wedding day. In Western culture, red is the color of passion and red roses symbolize passionate love, often making them a preferred choice for table arrangements and bridal bouquets.

The color PINK signifies calm, joyous love. Known as a quiet and soft color, pink symbolizes universal love and is a favorite wedding color for brides everywhere. Pink carnations symbolize ‘forever remembered’ and therefore, are a sweet flower to add to a grooms boutonnière or bridal bouquet. Since pink is the result of mixing red with white, the degree of white dictates the softness or shocking shade of pink achieved. The softer tones of pink, which are most appropriate for a wedding theme color, signifies tenderness, love and acceptance.

The color BLUE signifies true, sincere love. Blue Perfect especially if you are having a tropical, exotic or beach themed wedding, blue is the coolest color of all and represents the sky, ocean and twilight. It is said that in Ancient Egypt, blue represented heaven, and since it is a calming color, blue can be wonderful and symbolic as a wedding day theme color. Blue flowers are strikingly beautiful, such as the blue iris, which symbolizes the importance of a relationship and would be a good flower in a mixed bouquet or as part of the table centerpieces at the wedding reception.

The color WHITE signifies pure love. White is the universal color for innocence and purity – worn by brides at weddings and babies at christenings around the world. Depending on the country or culture, white has many meanings – it can mean kindness, wholeness, completion, openness or truth – all good qualities to include in a wedding ceremony. White daisies are a symbol of loyal love – white tulips, roses, calla lilies and gerbera daisies are all very popular with today’s bride. White can have a cold, stark quality so you need to be very careful with your wedding décor. Balance it out with a second color and use warmer shades of white whenever possible.

The color PURPLE signifies magical, mysterious love. It is said that purple is the color of good judgment and peace of mind – two qualities that are ideal to share with wedding guests to symbolize the couple’s love, feelings and commitment. Of course, all throughout history, purple has been considered the color of royalty and thus has been a very popular wedding theme color for hundreds of years, and remains so today. Wedding flowers in purple such as orchids, freesia, violets and forget-me-nots are a wonderful complement to a bridal bouquet or table arrangements.

The color ORANGE signifies creative, vital and warm love. Orange is truly a color of power, and is chosen as a wedding theme color by the strong and confident couple who loves life and is not afraid to share their vibrancy and energy with others. Orange has always symbolized vitality, endurance, sincerity and thoughtfulness – perfect qualities to showcase on your wedding day. Orange flowers such as daisies, sunflowers, tulips, marigolds, and hothouse roses can create a stunning floral display for table centerpiece arrangements, especially when set against crisp white linen.

The color GREEN signifies healthy and balanced love. Green In most cultures, the color green represents earth, nature, life and fertility. However, it also symbolizes balance, self-respect and overall well-being. Given its restful properties and its ability to harmonize with other colors, green is a common color choice for wedding décor and reception decorations. Since green represents change, life and growth, it is the perfect complementary wedding color, especially in floral arrangements using lush ornamental grasses, baby’s breath, green fern leaves and other greenery. Green is also a very popular color for bridesmaid dresses, with soft sage being the current shade of choice with brides in North America.

The color YELLOW signifies happy and wise love. Yellow is the color of happiness, joy and bliss. Yellow is also a color with high energy so use it sparingly as a wedding theme color. The beautiful yellow daffodil is the symbol of unequivocal love, and makes this flower a poignant wedding flower choice. Other yellow flowers such as tulips, roses, and wildflowers make wonderful flower arrangements and bouquets if you are going with a yellow color palette. For a spring or summer wedding, yellow is the perfect color choice with shades such as buttercup yellow, lemon yellow and soft corn yellow the most popular choices.

Source: Tracey Smith is an expert article writer on the topic of weddings, we hope you found this article on wedding colors useful for your wedding planning.

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Yellow and Black Wedding Theme

I love this yellow and black wedding theme. The bright and bold colors really pop and create an elegant-yet playful feel.

Yellow and Black Wedding Theme

Create your own Yellow and Black wedding theme. My inspiration:

“Palm Springs” Yellow Invite and butterfly cake photo from KenzieKate.com, Bride photo via

iamstyle-ish.com, black and yellow favor box from A Modern Proposal, and elegant yellow and black themed table scape courtesy of Bella Fluerny.

Have you decided on yellow as your wedding color but not sold on the black accent? Check out this yellow and blue wedding theme!

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DIY Wedding Centerpieces | Rustic Wedding

If you are looking for DIY wedding centerpiece ideas for your fall wedding, consider replicating these. Emily Newman from Once Wed created these fabulous rustic centerpieces using both natural materials she gathered and inexpensive store bought items.

If you want to see exactly what items Emily used to create these centerpieces, be sure to visit Once Wed where she has shared what items she used and the simple instructions for these rustic centerpieces. For more fall wedding ideas, check out this rustic wedding I planned back in 2007.

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