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Sponsor Introduction + Giveaways!

Sponsor Welcome

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We have a real treat for all of you this Saturday! We love to show off our sponsors, so we’re taking this opportunity to brag about them a little. They are also offering discounts and giveaways, so take note:

PostScript Brooklyn is an exclusive online custom wedding invitation source created by the acclaimed Lion in the Sun Paperie. The collection is uniquely inspired by Brooklyn and designed by local artists featuring metropolitan skylines, bold graphics, iconic architecture and bursts of nature. Customers have the ability to choose from a myriad of options, such as paper weight and color, font color and style, and printing method. Shoppers can order an entire invitation suite or individual pieces as well as thank you notes and save the dates. Experienced consultants guide couples through the invitation process with the comfort and ease of online shopping, yet creating a truly personalized wedding experience. Just for Ruffled readers, they are offering free return address printing on a wedding invitation order with coupon code Ruffled Brooklyn.

whimsical illustrations wedding invitationscentral park wedding invitations has been connecting buyers and sellers of designer wedding gowns since 2004. With more than 10,000 gowns from over 300 different designers, you’re sure to find a dress that makes your heart beat faster. And after your wedding, sell your dress and share it with another bride who loves it as much as you do. Take $5 off any listing, from now until July 10th, with coupon code POWDRUFFLED.

Whimsical Prints specializes in unique and affordable invitations with quick three-day service. From whimsical love birds to classic cherry blossoms, they have a variety of designs to choose from to fit your wedding personality and theme.

Appy Couple lets engaged couples create and publish their own mobile wedding app! We have a wonderful array of new summer designs, and are adding to our catalog all the time. It’s simply the most elegant way to share all the excitement of your wedding, on iPhone, iPad, Android and Web, with coordinating emails too. Right now, the app is by invitation only, but they are giving a way a limited number of invitation codes, exclusively to Ruffled readers, with code RUFFLED6!

Discover your own unique style with beautifully personal wedding stationery and reception details from My Wedding Labels. With an ever growing collection of designs in over 20 different colors, you’re sure to find the perfect style for your wedding. For adorable wedding inspiration and DIY ideas you can visit their blog as well. Ruffled readers can take 20% off your next order with coupon code CPYQ9MEFR

Bella Figura is a passionate letterpress shop that’s committed to impeccable craftsmanship, devoted customer service, and the creation of superbly printed invitations. Their line of letterpress + foil stamped invitations includes over 300 exclusive wedding designs from 31 of the nation’s most talented graphic designers and master calligraphers – including vintage, modern, tradtiional, rustic, whimsical, urban and every design style in between. They are a wind-powered, environmental print shop that prints sustainably on an exclusive cotton paper made just for them by a 500-year old European paper mill. They also have 9 exciting new invitation designs (including two that were inspired by brides on Pinterest!) coming out as part of their mid-year release in early July!

Creating your free honeymoon registry website is easy with Honeymoon Pixie. Simply select one of their pre-built registries and they’ll produce your own honeymoon registry website that you can be share with family and friends. Best of all, guests can feel good about giving you an amazing honeymoon experience that you’ll always remember them by! They are offering Ruffled brides a free copy of their exclusive Honeymoon Planning Timetable. The timetable guide will help you plan, schedule and enjoy your honeymoon so it will be the trip you’ve dreamed of sharing together. It includes all the necessary details like setting light timers, arranging for mail pick-up, scanning passports… more than 80 essential tips in all! Simply email them at with “Ruffled Gift” in the subject line.

Smitten on Paper is a new and unique online design studio providing completely custom designs for invitations, stationery and everything in between. We bring what was traditionally only offered in custom retail shops to you online, anytime and anywhere!

They are giving away 30 custom candy cups! Leave a comment indicating which of these adorable designs you would choose from + the winner will be selected at random and announced next week!

Weekly Wrap Up + Winner!

Weekly Wrap Ups

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We’re ushering in the weekend with more summer wedding inspiration! With scorching hot temperatures this week, we are taking inspiration from fiery hues and breezy lightweight textures such as cotton. We love the idea of using terra cotta pots as centerpieces, especially like the ones below – color blocked pretty and budget-friendly. We’re also obsessed with the dress and hot pink blazer look below, it would translate amazingly beautiful to a bridal look. There‘s even a wedding gown version of the dress below!

Colors: cotton, hot pink and terracotta

terra cotta and pink wedding ideas

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In case you missed any of our features from this week…

Savannah wedding with polka-dot bridesmaids
Our New Jersey Local Wedding Guide
Scandinavian-Inspired Wedding Ideas
Southern Garden Wedding in Texas
Heirloom Wedding Ideas
Cross Creek Ranch Wedding in Florida
Wedding websites from Beside You Forever
Wedding Ideas from The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine
Inspiration Shoot from Minted Invitations
The groom handmade most of the decor in this Tennessee wedding
Alice in Wonderland homespun wedding

The winner of Minted $250 gift certificate giveaway is…Ryan, comment 108!

This week in Recycle Your Wedding

Gold and white baker’s twine
Antique birdcage cardholder
Wooden table numbers
Blue Badgley Mischka Shoes
40 new white favor boxes
Burlap and lace tablecloths

Garden Tea Time Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Today’s wedding from Wildflowers Photography is stuffed to the brim with love, and it shows in every aspect of the wedding day. With a focus on family heirlooms, recycling, and some inspiration from butterflies, Alicia and Chris (who are also photographers) had a wedding reception that no one in their circle will forget any time soon! Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing flowers, all of which came from the newlyweds’ very own garden.

newlyweds by water

From the bride, Alicia: We started our planning with a couple of themes that we love, a little Alice in Wonderland, and a little Pride & Prejudice. In the end, we decided to just make the wedding represent us as a couple instead of a specific theme. I also wanted all of our decor to either be vintage or handmade.

vintage doily decor

vintage index cards recipe box guest bookbutterfly flower centerpieces

bridesmaids showing shoes

white daisiesorganic wedding centerpieces

vintage furniture decor

We like to think that our wedding reception was a lot like our home decor, on a much grander scale. We tend to refer to our decorating style as “vintage rustic glam”, and I think our reception was somewhere along those lines as well. Our colors were peacock blue and pink, with dashes of yellow, purple, and all the other colors of our garden. We considered renting furniture and decor from a vintage rental company, but felt that would be silly since I have been collecting vintage furniture and decor for so many years. The morning of the wedding reception, we loaded up a moving van with the help of our good friend Mike, and set up a good portion of our furniture and decorations from home at the reception location.

pink feather bouquets

newlyweds with horsevintage table numbers

eco-friendly wedding signs

wedding menus fansorganic flowers in bottles
dream cottage wedding venue
newlyweds with horses

bunting with picturesantique reception furniture

vintage dollhouse dolls

story time sign

One thing that we were really set on having was a lot of mix and match vintage china. We originally considered renting china, but decided that we would like to have our own set of mixed vintage china anyway. We spent many weekends scouring thrift stores and estate sales until we had purchased around 300 plates and enough tea cups for all of the guests as well. Eventually we plan to sort through some of it and pare down our collection a little!

newlyweds first kisspink feather bouquets

moss wrapped napkins

newlyweds under arbor

vintage centerpiece decorantique trunk decor

english tea receptions

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make a list of the projects you want to make, and prioritize them into “must haves” and “nice to have”. There were a few other projects on my “nice to have” list that got dropped once we got too close to the big day and I was running low on time. Be sure that all of the projects you take on make sense for your wedding and the guests you plan to invite. If you won’t have any trouble with people seating themselves, escort cards and place cards are a lot of work if they aren’t needed. As wedding photographers ourselves, we often see a lot of wedding programs go unused. If you are going to go to the trouble of making programs, be sure someone passes them out! Also, be sure to utilize Etsy! I had originally planned to make my own cake decorations, but ended up ordering some amazing edible butterflies from Etsy. I just loved them, and would not have been able to make something like that myself. I was also able to find cufflinks on Etsy for Chris that I had custom made to match our logo for our own photography company! They turned out so cute!

butterly wedding cakes

butterfly wedding decorvintage reception furniture

newlyweds first dance

newlyweds rice toss

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Reception Entrance: Marriage of Figaro
First Dance: Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Wedding Location: Palos Verdes, CA / Wedding Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden / Wedding Photographer: Wildflowers Photography / Wedding Coordinator: A Regal Affair / Wedding Dress: Demetrios / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Pemberley Heirlooms / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: H&M / Groom’s Apparel: Giorgio Ferraro / Groomsmen’s Outfits: Macy’s / Groomsmen’s Suspenders: American Apparel / Groom’s Cufflinks: Bragging Bags / Wedding Caterer: Critic’s Choice Catering / Wedding Cake: Pacific Patisserie / Edible Butterflies: Sugar Robot / String Quartet: Innocenti Strings / DJ: Eric Von Bryant / Rentals: Vini’s Party Rentals / Jewelry and photo art prints: Pemberley Heirlooms on Etsy