Artfully Wed began back in 2010 as Borrowed and Bleu with the aim to inspire creativity and individual artistic moments amongst the journey towards your ‘perfect’ wedding.
The blog allows brides and grooms (yes that right ladies, grooms can and do often wish to have an input into their own wedding too) to view many sectors in accordance with creating their ‘perfect’ wedding.
The toolbar along the top enables readers to create their own virtual experience on the blog. It allows readers to view and browse examples of other couples engagements, weddings and photo shoots, whereby the reader can gain motivation and inspiration for their perfect wedding.
Suggested venues, the venues suitability can be perfectly incorporated with the readers potential/chosen theme. The venues are only suitable with readers from or who are wishing to have their wedding in North or South America.
Tips and advice are a brides new ‘best friend.’ It is a given that brides will stress over their weddings and the smallest details which must be considered, to ensure that the wedding is ‘perfect’ for the bride. Many have advised that the smallest and most personalised details are the aspects of your wedding that your attendees will remember. A very popular post within the tips and advice section of Borrowed and Blue is, DIY Bridal Emergency Kits.
This blog post advises that a DIY Bridal Emergency Kit must include:
1. Safety pins
2. Bobby pins
3. Band aids
4. A spool of neutral color ribbon – white, ivory, black, brown
5. Straight pins
8. Basic medications – pain reliever and antacid
9. Sewing kit
10. Stain remover pen or wipes
Artfully Wed emotionally connect with the bride and grooms, therefore they successfully provide and specialise in posting creative and unique blog posts that highlight to the bride and groom essential and inspiring factors. Alongside this they post many photos allowing the bride and groom to visualise the theme and potential elements to implement into their ‘perfect’ wedding.
What would you want to see from a wedding blog? What kind of advice and inspiration do you want view?
My favourite Wedding Blog is called Brenda’s Wedding Blog. It is all about planning elegantly weddings with affordable styles. With more than 31,000 everyday readers Brenda’s Blog belongs to the top 25 wedding blogs of FlipKey. The blog published for the first time in 2005 is one of the most successful ones of the Bridal Bureau. Brenda is a mom of 2 girls, crafter, baker and a graphic designer – everything in all. Following this the contents are: beautiful real weddings, current wedding sales and promotions, latest wedding trends, hot new products. The creation of the blog is very attractive and makes the reader eager for more. On the blog in total 7 categories are to be found:
Hot Wedding Shops / Wedding Vendors I Love Guide
Shop / Brenda’s Marketplace aka Wedding Girl on Etsy
About Brenda & Press
Join the Blog aka Advertise.
Main attention lies of course on the Wedding Blog itself. Already at first sight the headings strike the eye and make it impossible NOT to read the posts. Then there follows a smaller affectionately written text (descriptions, recommendations) about dresses, decoration, locations, fashion & more which is supported with professional pictures. With the help of links inserted in the text, the reader can be passed on directly. The blog is tapped of with Giveaway Actions in which the reader can take part.
With the column Hot Wedding Shops – Wedding Vendors I Love Guide dreams of future brides are central. With the help of different categories it is possible to find different shops and wedding vendors helping to realise the dream wedding.
Shop: Brenda’s Marketplace aka Wedding Girl on Etsy – it concerns around a cooperation with the Online Shop Etsy (Wedding Girl) from which custom handmade invitations, paper goodies as well as accessories can be bought for the wedding.
Whereas Brenda cooks and bakes with passion, there is the column Edibles on her blog in which she publishes the recipes and photos of numerous tasty delicacies, cakes and pastries, up to cocktails, wine recommendations and many more! Simply delicious!
In the About Brenda column the reader can get an idea of the blogger and her life. In the column Press you find articles, internet sites or blogs where Brenda’s Blog has been mentioned already, for example Glamour Magazine.
The last both columns Feedback and Join the Blog are completing the blog.
For me the added value of this blog lies in the affectionate presentation. Because of her uploaded photo and the column About Brenda you get an impression about who is behind the posts. On the basis of personal information, for example, her real occupation as a graphic designer or being a mother of 2 girls – she allows her followers some background information about her. To take up with the different kinds of contact options (like email, real mail, Feedback Field) the appearance of a helpful, kind and interested blogger is supported.
In my opinion at least 2 interesting features exist on this blog:
N°1 – Edibles
Thanks to creative and unusual recipe ideas Brenda’s Blog reader can try out something new and try themselves different delicacies through. Thus every wedding refreshment bar becomes an eye-catcher!
N°2 – Hot Wedding Shops / Wedding Vendors I Love Guide
It’s Brenda’s plan to exile the statement: “I could never afford that for my wedding” from the heads of many brides. Brides should have the possibility to plan the wedding of their dreams – at prices they can afford. In addition you have the option of publishing your own website on the blog and therefore the chance to get in touch with more than 31,000 readers.
I have chosen this blog because I would like to indicate with how much love a blog can be formed. Brenda’s style of writing combined with professional pictures is the biggest strength of the blog. Every reader gets an impression how much work and time is behind every single post. The design is one of the principal reasons I have chosen to introduce this blog to you. You realise in many details that Brenda is a graphic designer: logo, blogdesign, layout & colours. All in all, Brenda’s Blog is more than only an inspiration for different wedding elements. It is a nice blog for women and girls who have to plan their dream weddings in future. Just feel free to have a look – and let you insprire!
One of the great things about Wedding Nouveau is that it doesn’t just focus on traditional weddings but also introduces readers to the different styles and combinations that can come from inter-racial and cultural weddings. It features a great combination of various styles, ranging from an inter-racial classic barn wedding to an inter-cultural east Indian/Mexican fusion wedding. I think this is great as it really helps to not only inspire you but also smooth over any worries you may have. I know for sure that a few of my family members who have had inter-cultural weddings definitely had a few worries about trying to combine both of their countries traditions. For example when my British uncle married his Latvian wife, there was a lot of stress over not only merging a few different traditions together but also figuring out how to hold the ceremony in two different languages, this blog really shows how this is possible and how greatly successful such weddings can be.
If I had to choose 3 words that best describe this blog, I would go with appealing, sophisticated and easy. This blog is simply really easy to follow. What I really loved about this blog when I first read it is its professional and eye catching styling. When you first arrive at the page, your eyes are automatically drawn to all the photos. Unlike many other blogs, this one doesn’t follow the scroll down styling but has thumbnail pictures, which when clicked on take you to another page, describing the wedding in much more detail. This is great as it’s a really easy way to visit the entry about a wedding that actually speaks to you. Simply click on the picture that first catches your eye and your away.
As you can see from the image below, the amount of pictures on the page doesn’t make it look messy though, the monochrome background with the geometric picture layout make this blog look sophisticated and professional whilst also making sure its super easy to find your way around.
If, like me, you find yourself reading this blog and thinking that it reminds you of a magazine website, then you too are right! This blog is actually printed in a magazine format which you can buy straight from their online shop. If that’s still not enough for you, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even YouTube as well!
This blog is not only a place of inspiration though, it also provides the details and links to the websites of many people involved in the wedding as well, such as the make-up artists, florists and the jewellers that were used etc. This is great if you live in the same area as these people, for example NYC, which is unsurprisingly featured quite a lot.
There is a fashion and décor section, a colour palette gallery, a selection of wedding invitations (I would have to go for the Oscar De La Renta ones of course!), an online store, a hard copy and all the inspiration you could desire when planning your big day. What more could you wish for really?
After my engagement proposal plan Grow Old Together for Daisy and Danny, I would like to plan a wedding ceremony for them. The couple would like to have a ceremony that is simple, natural but identified, and has something relating to postal, love letters, as a lovely detail in their favorite movie The Notebook. It is also because they have written many love letters to each other and loved the feeling of waiting the rise of mailbox flag.
Following their characteristics, I was inspired by the nature beauty of a summer farmyard or immense garden with lakes in a manor. I wanted to compliment the space in every way by going for an overall fresh and natural look. The ideal venue comes to me by the landscape of Pippin Hill Farm in America. However, in Finland, we also have some good places with vast field to stick with the venue concept, such as Suomenlinna, Haiko Manor or other farmyards in the countryside.
The concept of the wedding is combination between the 40s – 50s styles (it is not only the style in The Notebook film, but also considered as the era of postal development), and the vintage style with tender color flowers and rustic decorations. The color theme is not much so strict because of the vintage style’s abundance, but in some sets, I would prefer retro colors such as pastel blue, pink, mint green or pale yellow.
The invitation letters have vintage style that is made from light brown paper and sealed with a wax seal mark. Also, at the front side of envelops, we can decorate by special custom stamps. It can be the date of ceremony and abbreviated names of the bride and groom.
The outfits is relied on the 50s style. While Daisy, the bride wears a tea-length white dress with the stiletto or Mary Jane, tweeds, braces and bow ties all combine to achieve rustic the groom style.
The wedding ceremony will be celebrated in the morning under eagerness of summer sunlight. Thus, a parasols basket for guests would be an ingenious idea for this outdoor wedding.
In addition, because of being one of the most memorable moments of the wedding day when the bride stands into and see her love standing at the end, the wedding aisle is a detail that we need to pay attention. The vintage-inspired Mason jar vases will add a rustic touch to the aisle. Each jar is adorned with lace and a twine bow and has a wire handle for easy hanging on an aisle chair. I would like to use baby’s breath in the vase because it adds such a beautiful effect when looking down the aisle and looks great in pictures. These adorable vases can be got double use by moving them after the ceremony to use as reception decor. The gateway arch is simply framed by branches, decorated with neutral colors wild blooms or pink roses in little glass of bottles or jars.
The bride can reach the ceremony by a vintage automobiles to impress the guests.
After the marriage announcement of the celebrant, groom and bride can capture their happy milestone with guests by together releasing into the sky balloons printed names of the couple on. It would be a fantastic picture and a memorable moment.
The reception would be organized in the evening as dinner. However, the guests can come earlier to write guest book, take picture at the photo-shoot booth and have some sweets, popcorn or small pastries on a candy table when gossiping before dinner time. In term of dinner menu, there are about ten dishes including salads, soup for starter, the main courses such as toasted beef, stews, and desserts with jelly and fruits.
The dinner tables will be set in rustic style with white table cloth, wood chairs. On the table, there are wooden boxes with flowers which also have DIY old spoons with words on it. It look identified with your own words, own style and would work perfect for seating cards or table numbers for the wedding.
The guest book is something special because our guests type their notes or advices to the bride and groom by the vintage typewriter putting on the reception table. After that, they will put these message into ready-to-send envelops that already have stamps and then put in a mail box. After the wedding, bridesmaids or close friends can help to send these letters, maybe on different times, to the house of the couple. As a result, somehow their remarkable milestone could be still reminded every day or every week later on.
At night, after the dinner, there is a private show especially for family and close friends, but anyone who have time, they are welcomed to join with. Because the bride and groom have many friends working in musical industry, it would be an acoustic music show in rustic style, with light strings, low-height wood table and some snacks. At this show, people can sing together and have some kind of short speeches to share their sentiment to the couple and emotions they had through this event. It is not only expected to be very touching moment and but also a nice way to warmly and immaculately close a memorable day.