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Make Your Dogs as a Special Part of Your Wedding

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Here are the ways to get your dogs in your wedding.

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Save the Date
Personalize your save the date or wedding announcement  by having your canine pal carry a sign with the good news. Photo + Sign: The Ritzy Rose

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Invitations
Or work your furry friend into the wedding invitations or RSVP card like this couple did with their French bulldog. Photo + Design: And Here We Are

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Getting ready photos
As you are dressing, be sure to have your puppy pop in for a photo opp! (Or maybe even a first look?) Photo: Katie Shuler

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Dressed to the nines
Outfit your dog in the perfect wedding day look which may include a tuxedo, a top hat or tutu. But if you’re having a destination wedding, why not a Hawaiian shirt or a tiny Elvis jumpsuit, like this Chinese crested wore for his humans’ wedding in Las Vegas? Photos: Meg Ruth

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Aisle escort
Have a bridal party member — ring bearers, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls are all great choices — escort your puppy down the aisle. Decked out in a festive floral collar or leash, they’re sure to look the part. Top photo: KT Merry; Bottom Photos: Diana M Lott

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Ring bearer
Put your fuzzy friend to work by carrying the wedding rings on pillow strapped to Fido’s back or tied to the collar or a special sign, as above. Totally adorable. Photo: Carmen Santorelli

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Sign bearer
Signal to the the guests it’s time to get ready by sending a note via a very special messenger. Photo: Leila Brewster

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Grooms gift
Incorporate your loved one by gifting a custom pair of cufflinks to your groom. Boxer cufflinks: Braybrook

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Bridal escort
Instead of having a family member escort you down the aisle, have your dog accompany you. Photo: David Newkirk

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Stand guard during vows
Even if your little pooch couldn’t handle walking the aisle, you can always make sure they attend the wedding and keep careful watch over the vows. Photo: Kelsey Combe

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Bridal portraits
If you do include your dog, be sure to have them pose for a few post-ceremony bridal photos. They are sure to become a cherished memory. Top photo: KT Merry; Bottom photos: Jose Villa

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Wedding favors
Whether you go with dog-themed people treats or treats for guests with dogs at home, favors are a wonderful place to get whimsical and include your dog. Left photo: Taylor Lord; Right photo: Amalie Orrange

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Cake topper
Customize your cake topper to include your best friend and you have an instant keepsake. Photo: Joyelle West, Cake topper: Concarta Studio

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Table seating chart
Chalkboard seating chart or traditional escort cards, both of these examples incorporate names of dogs instead of wedding table numbers. Photo: Love Me Sailor; Bottom: Caroline Tran

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Cocktail Napkins
Cute, fun and totally customized. Just how wedding cocktail napkins should be. Photo: Cassidy Carson

 

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Tell You 9 Imaginative Escort Cards

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When you think about it, these tiny details are just a personalized way to communicate where you would like your guests to sit … in a gorgeous way. We’ve collected a selection of imaginative escort cards in an array of materials that add dimension, whimsy and a little bit of luxury to your wedding decor. When it comes to directions, few are as beautiful as wedding escort cards.

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Fresh herbs such as rosemary, sage and thyme will guide your guests to their table. Photo: Evynn LeValley

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Set the mood by giving guests their very own keys to the dance floor. Perfect for vintage themes. Photo: Front Room Photography

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The burger pun is just the start of this escort card wall. Custom soda bottles that double as favors are the finishing touch. They also feature the wedding hashtag and the tables are named for famous fast food restaurants. Photos: Wild Whim

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Beautiful pieces of sea glass make chic escort cards or place markers for beach or poolside weddings. Photo: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures

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Tiny succulents make adorable, eco-friendly escort cards, not to mention budget friendly ones. Photo: Paige Jones

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As guests filter in to the reception, double up by leaving their seat assignment in an envelope and asking them to replace it with a guestbook note. Photo: Katie Kett

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These quirky geometric shapes are made of paper and double as favor holders. The couple chose to fill them with macarons in this case. Photo: Two Pair

Welcome guests with a glass to fill up with Champagne for toasts, topped with their name and table number. Photo: Natan Sans

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Formal, stately and luxurious, this imposing mirror is an ornate way to welcome guests to your wedding. Photo: Fan Jiang for Colin Cowie Weddings

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These Stunning Wedding Exits

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Put a perfect ending on your storybook day with a romantic, picturesque getaway that will bring the drama and leave your guests in awe … while still being perfectly you. The vows have been exchanged, the first dance has finished and the bouquet has been tossed. The only thing left is for you to make your amazing wedding exit.

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Wow. Just wow. An explosion of sparkler fountains around your classic car create a sweet send-off your guests won’t soon forget. Photo: Matt Montalvo

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A truly sparkling finish to the day and a romantic moment frozen in time. Photo: Nathan Desch

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Make an adorable exit under a cotton candy sky in a tiny European car. Photo: Greg Finck

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Complete your romantic ranch wedding with an into-the-sunset escape on horseback. Photo: Kismis Ink

A Vespa makes for an elegant, European-style escape. Photo: The Goodness

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Break out the bubbly … the blowing kind, that is. Photo: Woodland Fields

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Glitter transforms a memorable moment into an extraordinary one. Instantly festive and completely photogenic. Photo: Amy Karp

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A flower-laden rowboat or canoe completes your romantic wedding exit. Photo: Vanessa Kravolic

Cyclists will love to escape the reception on two wheels. Photography: Red Letter Days

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Exchange sweet kisses in the backseat as a vintage vehicle whisks you away from your cheering guests. Photo: Melanie Gabrielle

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Honeymoon-bound under the glow of well wishers and their sparklers. Photo: Holding & Co.

Parisian vows completed with a cruise in a classic car. Photo: Peaches & Mint

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Country club weddings would be wonderful to end on a charming cart. Photo: Whitebox Photo

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If sparklers aren’t your style, another way to make your wedding exit epic is with smokebombs. Photo: Phil Chester

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But we’re still partial to romantic sparkler salutes! Photo: Justin Demutiis

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Add custom signage to a convertible to make your escape romantic and stylish. Photo: Gayle Brooker

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Softly falling snowflakes complete the scene for your skilift wedding exit. Photo: Studio Nouveau

In case you need more wedding exit inspiration, check these 15 sensational wedding ceremony send offs out.

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Enjoy The 18 Delightful Doughnut Displays

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You’ll want to read the hole thing! Okay, puns aside, if you are looking for an alternative to a wedding cake, doughnuts are a delicious dessert option. And as you’ll see, they can be every bit as pretty as a traditional wedding cake table or candy bar. From doughnut towers to midnight milk and doughnut shooters, be ready to be inspired by these gorgeous ways to display delectable doughnuts at your wedding. Today’s post is one you do-nut want to miss.

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Powdered pretties mixed with edible flowers make this doughnut tower shine. Photography: Courtney Jade Photography, Styling: Modern Moments Designs

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Upscale rustic decor turns this cable spool into a gorgeous doughnut display. Photography: Christina Karst

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We can’t get enough of the palette of lilac ombre in this cascading doughnut tower mixed with real flowers such as dahlias, roses and orchids. Photography: Meaghan Elliott Photography

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Classic Krispy Kreme favorites close out the night in a sweet way … complete with custom napkins! Photography: Lindsey Shea

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This country-inspired shabby chic doughnut market is multi-tiered and oh-so-tasty. Photography: Still Music

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Your wedding guests will go nuts for these doughnuts. We love that the couple still included a cutting cake (seen on top.) Photography: Elizabeth Henson

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If you don’t want to do full doughnuts, just the holes will do. Paired with adorable paper cones, these are a great option for a going home favor. Photography: Cami Takes Photos

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Perfect signage will glam up and complete your doughnut display. Silver trays don’t hurt, either. Photography: Scarlet O’Neill, Planner: Ashley Lindzon

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Tiny doughnuts in perfect bags create unforgettably tasty favors and would look so pretty lined up on a table waiting to go home. Photography: EverMine

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A doughnut wall? Yes! Wedding dreams can come true. The handlettered sign makes this display pop. Photography: Troy Grover

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This doughnut pyramid is almost too pretty too eat. Almost. Photography: Woodnote

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Drooling over this lavish, luscious doughnut tower masterpiece. Photography: Emily Sacra

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Your guests will not refuse a midnight snack when it’s as perfect as milk shooters in miniature bottles topped with tiny doughnuts. Photography: Betsy Blue/, Styling: Paiges of Style

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Luscious cake doughnuts with a custom cake topper will make sure your guests don’t miss the traditional wedding cake. Photography: Love Me Do Photography

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Minimal and gorgeous, powdered doughnuts simplify your display. Photography: Heather Baird/SprinkleBakes

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Blush glazed doughnuts with gold flecks are wedding perfection. Photography: Heidi Lau

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Sprinkled with love! This pale yellow palette would be oh-so-lovely for a spring wedding. Photography: L Photographie

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Finally, we end on this super sweet note. Do-nut break this couple up. Photography: Lisa Mark Photography

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Share Tale Of Two Family Wedding Dresses With You

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Maybe there’s some 1,000-page law in D.C. demanding that those who penned newspaper standpoint columns write about hearts and flowers.

The homage-to-Cupid stories that spring to mind this year are about two weddings those hearts and flowers led to. More specifically, about wedding dresses in two different centuries. One was that of our daughter Kate; the other, my Aunt Nora.

Kate’s studies in theater at MTSU included costuming. For a year after graduating, she lived in Alaska. When she returned to Middle Tennessee, she was able to support herself by contracting out as a costumer to Nashville-area theater companies.

Some of those organizations operated on shoestring budgets. Hence pulling together wardrobes for their plays required both seamstress skills and shopping savvy. No matter when Kate ran across a good deal on some item that was likely to be needed in an upcoming production, she’d scoop it up.

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At the same time, Kate and longtime college friend John Schweri had begun dating. “Hearts and flowers” finally led to wedding plans, most of which took place independent of her parents.

However the day did come when Kate asked for my opinion. She came into the house with a big bagful of something and plopped it onto the bed saying, “I have something to show you.”

With that, she pulled a wedding dress out of the bag. “I first bought it for the theater wardrobe,” she said. “But I fell in love with the fabric.”

Even with my lack of interest in all things sewing, I agreed the look and feel of the material was beyond the norm. “Does it fit?” I asked.

“No, but it can be altered.”

There was no way not to ask the hard question. “You fit things on other people all the time,” I said. “But have you ever sewn for yourself?”

She already had asked a revered fellow costumer for help in that department.

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“This whole idea is just so far-fetched,” she said, “I didn’t want to do it without your okay.”

The gown Kate wore down the aisle on April 14, 2007 was beautiful, and we have the pictures to prove it. It didn’t bother me a bit that it was a reconfigured Goodwill “original” which, not counting the $15 she spent on silk for alterations, set Kate back a whopping $2.50.

This next tale is about Aunt Nora King, who lived her long life well in Mt. Joy. Years ago she reminisced about the $10 her big brother gave her to spend on her wedding.

In Nora’s own words:

“Cliff and I were gonna get married on Sunday. I didn’t have a new dress. He came down here and he wasn’t dressed up either. Monday I hitchhiked a ride to town (Mt. Pleasant) and I got me a pretty dress and a pair of shoes and some new hose with that $10.

“While I was over there, Cliff came to town. He bought a new shirt and had started down to the shop where Clement worked to see if he could borrow the car to go get married. I asked if he would get the car and carry me home.

“Cliff went to his house and got dressed; I went to mine. Then we went to Mt. Joy and got married.”

Later Nora learned that, when Cliff left for town on their wedding day he told his family, “I’ll be back after while with a wife.”

The vows Nora spoke in her 20th century $10 wedding ensemble began a marriage that lasted till Clifford’s death 61 years later.

In reference to Kate’s 21st century $2.50 dress? So far, so good.

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6 things every man will consider before proposing


Himself. Before speaking the official words of ‘Will you marry me’ to his loved one, there’s no doubt that his mind will be thinking ahead to a married future, picturing how it will actually be; him as an actual husband, and her as a wife. And if you don’t already have any little kiddies in the family, he’ll be picturing himself as a dad. Sounds pretty grown up, right?Another thing that will inevitably enter his mind is what has to happen before becoming Mr and Mrs: the wedding! Envisioning himself at the top of the aisle as his soon-to-be fiancée walks towards him is a pretty big moment, and pretty powerful stuff when it comes to emotions – it may even help him think of what to say!
The parents. Even though asking the father of the bride for permission is more of a tradition than common practice these days, the parents of the bride would probably appreciate a little hint into the fact that this guy might be the one to marry their daughter. It’s good to bare the parents in mind, just a bit! But then again, all men should know perfectly well that from the moment they meet the parents and onwards, it’s all about trying to impress. And there’s definitely no point in calming down on the ‘impressive’ factor when it comes to the proposal story, is there?
The ring. It’s common for couples to discuss the idea of getting married before popping the question, so the proposal doesn’t come as a total surprise. But maybe the ring shouldn’t come as a total surprise either? The ring is something she’ll wear for the rest of her life, remember! Walking into a shop and choosing a diamond ring isn’t the easiest task for the typical man. You can most likely picture your significant other saying ‘A ring’s a ring, why does the cut matter so much?”, but any talk of getting married will change their mind (we hope). Doing some digging into what kind of ring she may like to have on her finger after the proposal is something that will save men a lot of shopping time, and maybe even some nerves by the time it comes round to popping the question.
The friends. Something that’s really important for men to consider when they’re planning to propose is who they tell. They might want to keep it to themselves, but some might want some help or advice of his friends or the bride’s friends – this is where he’s got to be picky! He’ll have to choose friends or family members that he knows will keep it on the hush hush, and stay well clear of blabber mouths!
The method. The next BIG question is HOW will he do it? This is where he’ll have to consider everything about his fiancée-to-be. Will she love a flash mob kinda proposal or is she the kind of girl that cringes at the thought of a dance and sing-along? Is there a memorable date in your relationship that would be significant? Or is there a location that means a lot to you both?
Any proposal should make sure that the only word that’s going around their head is ‘YES’! That means no sign of hesitation or an awkward face being pulled because of how he did it. A flash mob marriage proposal to someone who hates PDA could make her re-evaluate; public humiliation may temporarily conquer how much she wants to marry him. You’ve been warned!
The words. At Wedding Ideas, we love to hear the proposal stories of all our real brides and Facebook brides, whether they’re done in a funny, casual, romantic, emotional, or just plain extravagant way!

The words ‘Will you marry me’ won’t necessarily naturally come into conversation – especially when the proposal is a total surprise, who knows how the conversation will go with an unsuspecting girlfriend! Whilst you can’t plan everything, he should consider different ways of saying it and practice! It will help the nerves when it comes to it!