Tag Archives: ceremony

September 26

DIY: Ceremony Streamers

The ceremony sendoff is one of the best photo opportunities of the day, and this simple little DIY project will help make yours picture perfect. An alternative to traditional rice or bubbles, streamers will create a cool effect for post-”I do” pics. Here’s how to make them…

Gather These Supplies

  • Ribbon
  • Wood dowels
  • Eyelet hooks
  • Plyer
  • Spray paint

Step 1: Paint 

Start your project by spraying all of the wood dowels with the paint color of your choice (we went with a matte gold). Make sure to cover all of the surface. These will take some time to dry, so we recommend doing this step first and letting them sit overnight to set.

Step 2: Screw

This is the most labor-intensive step, but also the most important. Using your hands, screw the eyelet hook into the end of the dowel. Once you’ve got it sturdy enough, use the plyer to tighten. Make it snug!

Step 3: Tie

Once your hooks are secured in the wood, the last step is to add your ribbon. We double knotted it at the metal to make sure nothing came loose, and gave it a good wave to test it out.


 Now they’re ready for guests to wave at you on your way out!


November 15

Ceremony Streamers: Eye Candy

Looking for a cute way to incorporate your wedding colors into your ceremony? We came across this darling DIY idea over at Ruffled and can’t seem to get enough. Just because all eyes are on you doesn’t mean you can’t fill the room with eye candy, too.

Cute, right? Are you doing anything colorful at your ceremony? Leave us a comment below.


July 13

Our Top 5 Wedding Programs: Wedding Stationery Wednesday

We love seeing how different couples incorporate their themes and colors into their ceremonies… and often, this is done with well-designed wedding programs. To give you a glimpse of what other brides and grooms are choosing for their programs, we thought we’d share our top five selling designs! Leave a comment below and let us know which one is your favorite.


March 8

Colorful Outdoor Ceremony Details: Eye Candy

We know it’s only the beginning of March, but who isn’t eager for warmer temps and longer days? Spring is just around the corner, which means we’ll soon see a wealth of bright, vibrant decor details as weddings move outdoors. Here are a few of our favorite ways couples have played up color at their outdoor ceremonies.





See an idea you love? Leave us a comment below!


February 28

Transitioning from Ceremony to Reception

Today’s Diva Dish came from a reader who is having her ceremony and reception at the same venue:

Dear Divas,

During our ceremony, guests will be seated in a herringbone design facing the celebrants. After the bride and groom leave, they will return for pictures. We envisioned everyone having drinks and snacks while they watch the pictures, then we will all move on to dinner and dancing.

Can you offer ideas to make these transitions work?



Thanks for writing in, Carla! Here’s what we suggest:

  • Create a wedding program. That way, guests will know the schedule of events the moment they sit down to the ceremony.
  • Coordinate with the DJ, bartenders and waitstaff. After the ceremony is over, have the DJ start playing some mellow music and ask the waitstaff to begin clearing away chairs to encourage mingling. Make sure the bartenders and waitstaff know when to cut off drinks and appetizers, and have the DJ make the announcement that everyone should take their seats prior to the bridal party’s entrance for dinner.
  • Turn trusted friends into coordinators. If you have a relative, childhood friend or colleague in attendance who isn’t in the bridal party, ask him or her to help serve as a coordinator to make sure the transitions run smoothly, ushering people in or out and giving direction.
  • Take photos in private. Trust us, you won’t want an audience while you’re shooting your wedding photos. Not only will it get monotonous for the guests, but your photos won’t turn out the same as they would if it were just the two of you. Take time to shoot a few photos before the ceremony, or find an alternate location for your post-wedding photo shoot instead.

What other advice would you offer Carla? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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May 5

Making an Entrance

Your walk down the aisle is probably one of the remembered moments of your entire wedding day.  It’s what all of your guests will talk about and its your chance to leave your fiance speechless.

With such an important entrance to be had, there is a lot of pressure to create the perfect ambiance.  From candles to flowers, there are a lot of great ideas for creating a romantic and awe-inspiring wedding aisle.

Take a look:


April 26

Making an Entrance: Selecting Ceremony Music

Close your eyes and think back on your favorite movie moments. It could be a long awaited kiss, a game-winning shot, the moment the guy gets the girl…any defining scene that gave that movie your glowing approval. What do they all commonly share?

Yes, the uplifting musical score! Music sets a very important precedent. A single song can create drama, meaning and most importantly, memories. And though it may not be the most vital stop on your wedding planning schedule, taking the time to select your ceremony soundtrack is an important and unique way to add personal flavor to your big day.

After selecting your ceremony site, sit down with your +1 and talk about what you really want in terms of music. First, determine what types of songs will be played during the entire ceremony. For ceremony music basics (think prelude, processional, couple’s grand recessional) check out this helpful guide from The Knot. Next, consider these questions to get you started:

  • What’s appropriate for your location? Some ceremony sites and officiants might not allow those bagpipes or a full string quartet, so check before you book!
  • What will your guests hear when they are being seated? What might the groom want playing while he’s waiting patiently for his bride?
  • What do you want to walk down the aisle to? Classic and traditional, slightly unconventional or something that’s never been done before?
  • Where will the music be coming from? Is someone singing or playing an instrument? A string quartet? Your ipod?
  • What can you hear playing when you take your first steps as a married couple? What kind of mood do you want to create leading into the reception? (Note: you might want to save “your song” for the first dance!)

You don’t have to perform a choreographed dance with your entire wedding party to make your ceremony music special. It may be slightly daunting, but you can create the ultimate experience with your musical taste and a little brainstorming!

Have you been to any weddings where the music selection really stood out at the ceremony?


September 14

Magnificent Monograms

When I was a little girl, I spent endless hours daydreaming as a practiced my signature with the last name of my latest crush.  I also avoided writing class notes while I doodled my future initials into a notebook.  I don’t know why, but there is something about sharing a man’s initials that sets some girls over the moon. Perhaps that’s why monograms remain a classic wedding decor element.

If you’re looking for the perfect way to put the stamp of your new initials on your wedding, check out some of these ideas below:





January 13

Diva Dish: Church or No Church?

Dear Diva,

My fiance comes from a devout Catholic family.  I, on the other hand, was not raised practicing any religion and actually feel quite uncomfortable in a church setting. However, my fiance’s parents are very insistent that we marry in their church.  We have had various heated discussions with them and it is putting a cloud over our wedding day, which is supposed to be happy time!  I am strongly opposed to the church marriage, however,  I sense that my fiance cares more than he lets on.  His parents are not contributing any money to our wedding.  Do I have to cave in and listen to them to keep the peace, or risk upsetting them and insisting we have our wedding elsewhere?


Bad Religion Bride


Dear Bad Religion Bride,

My first instinct is to say that this is your wedding and you should be able to have your ceremony wherever you please.  However, after giving it further thought, I’m starting to think it might be best to give in to your fiance’s parents.  It sounds like he is uncomfortable with the entire situation, and even more, like he might actually prefer the church.

Marriage is all about compromise.  When people from two different religions (or in your case, one more religious and one not at all) marry, it is common to have disagreements and inconsistencies in things like the ceremony, vows and even how you will raise your family in the future.  If you truly feel that your fiance might actually prefer not only the church, but also not upsetting his parents, I’d advise that you go with it.  Even if you’re not religious, many churches can be a beautiful setting for a wedding.  Furthermore, if this small compromise does not truly cause you any problems or take away from your wedding, it might be worth it to keep conflict at bay.

Another option would be to have a large ceremony at the venue of your choice, and then a second, smaller ceremony in a church.  If your fiance’s parents truly feel that strongly about you being married in a church, maybe they would be willing to pitch in for a small church ceremony after your “real” wedding day.  It could consist of only the two of you and your families, and it would give both your fiance and his parents the peace of mind that they are looking for.

This is a tough situation and I hope it works out for the best.  Make sure you hash out any discussions regarding religion with your fiance now.  If you wait until your married or have children, it can cause problems.  If you’re both on the same page and understand where each other is coming from, you’ll have a very strong marriage!  Good luck.