Decorating Your LDS Wedding Reception

No bride wants to celebrate her new marriage standing under a basketball hoop in a cultural hall. When it comes to choosing a location for your wedding reception, you have lots of options. Even if you do choose to have your LDS wedding reception at the church, there are so many fabulous ideas to help bring the area from gym to wedding chic. Here are some helpful hints to help you plan the perfect LDS wedding reception.

You have options. And lots of them.

You don’t have to choose the cultural hall just because it’s free. Remember, you have lots of options when it comes to choosing a location. If you’re getting married in the summer, find a neighbor or friend with a gorgeous back yard. You could also contact your local city and ask about a wedding reception in a park. Call your local Chamber of Commerce and ask for reception halls, conference centers, and museums.

Set the mood with your reception decorations.

Your wedding reception decorations should reflect the mood of your entire wedding. If you are having a classic, traditional type of wedding, keep the decorations the same style. If you are going for a more modern look, go for more trendy decorations. Some reception decoration ideas might include:

  • White Christmas lights (any time of the year)
  • Plants, trees, and ivy
  • Flower pots
  • Fish bowls with colored stones

You get the idea…there are tons of fun and classy LDS wedding reception ideas.

Consider the Lilies…or in this case, the flowers.

  • Choose flowers that are in season. The seasonal flowers will cost less. Also, use a local florist or plants that are grown locally to cut down on costs.
  • Avoid roses and orchids. Roses and orchids are so gorgeous, but they are also very expensive. Daisies are less expensive, but still very bright and cheery.
  • Use flowery potted plants as centerpieces, instead of floral arrangements.
  • Don’t rule out silk flowers. You can create some very lovely arrangements out of silk flowers. Plus, silk flowers never die!

No matter where you choose to celebrate the Big Day, remember that the reception is for you and your new husband. Enjoy the moment and above all else, celebrate!

All Dressed in White: LDS Wedding Dress Styles

We’re coming up on wedding season and that means…lots of beautiful new trends and styles. For the LDS bride, keeping up on trends and styles can be accomplished while still maintaining a modest look. Sure, you are looking for a gorgeous, modest wedding gown, but you can take some of the trends hot off the runway for your LDS wedding dress. Mormon wedding dresses can be just as beautiful and stylish as those you see in the magazines. Check out some of these new trends hot for 2010.

Back in Time

Prints, especially florals, are really popular this season. You can easily incorporate this trend into your Mormon wedding dress with some simple accessories. Try adding a floral belt to your dress or big earrings.

Splashes of Color

Another style seen on the runways is color…and lots of it! LDS wedding dresses are traditionally white only. If you want to keep with the white wedding dress, but add some modern style, simply add a colored sash. Modern brides, even LDS brides, are not afraid to add a splash of color to their white dresses.

Lovely Lace

Lace is classic and simply stunning. If you want to bring a romantic and feminine look to your LDS wedding gown, try lace. You could use simple touches of lace, or have your entire gown made from lace. Lacey sleeves are particularly delicate and delightful on LDS wedding dresses.

Ribbons

Ribbons, ruffles, flowers, and bows are all big this wedding season. The ruffles and the bows add the ultra feminine touch. Plus, ribbons and bows are easily added to LDS wedding dresses.

Stunning Embroidery

The classic look of the 1920s and 1930s is in this year. A beautiful way to incorporate this trend into your LDS wedding gown is with embroidery. Simple flowers and delicate patterns look amazing when embroidered on your wedding dress. You can also incorporate embroidery on your veil or train.

1950s Flair

The 1950s trend is especially nice for LDS wedding dresses. Bridal designers are incorporating high necklines and tulle skirts into designs for this trend. LDS brides love this style because there isn’t much altering that needs to be done to make the dress modest.

LDS wedding dresses can be modern and stylish, while still being modest. It’s fairly easy to add some of this season’s latest styles and trends into your Mormon wedding dress. Bring some of the runway to your big day with lovely styles.

LDS Wedding Photography Styles

When it comes time to choose an LDS wedding photographer, you’re going to want to know his style before you make this very important decision. There’s much more to wedding photography than just “pointing and shooting.” There are several different styles of wedding photography, each perfect for your Big Day in their own way. Take a look at four popular styles listed here as you think about your LDS wedding photography.

Traditional Photography

Traditional photography is probably the most popular style for LDS wedding photography. Sometimes referred to as formal, traditional wedding photography is made up of posed pictures of the bride and groom, bridal party, and the families. LDS traditional wedding photography also includes shots at the temple, with the new couple and their parents, as well as pictures of the reception.

Photojournal Photography

Many couples like to document every moment of the wedding. Everything from getting ready to head to the temple to the makeup and hair time. Photojournal wedding photography tells the story of your wedding day and captures all of the emotions…the nervousness, the joy, and the sheer happiness of forming a new eternal union. If you choose a photojournalistic style for your LDS wedding photography, you’ll have pictures that capture moments, rather than poses.

Artistic Photography

In artistic photography, the photographer will use soft lenses, unusual angles, and more stylized effects. Many modern brides like the artistic approach for their LDS wedding photography. Those who are less traditional love the unique look of their photos and enjoy the funky style. The downside is that artistic photography changes throughout the years, so you do risk the chance of your photos looking dated in a few years.

Candid Photography

Similar to Photojournal photography, candid style photos are casual shots that capture the expression and emotion of the moment. Most candid pictures are taken when peoples attention isn’t focused on the camera. You’ll see shots of the bride giving her mom a hug, or the groom dancing with his young niece. Many brides love candid photography because it helps them remember the feelings of her wedding day.

Most LDS wedding photographers specialize in one of these areas of photography. For a real look at your wedding day, you’ll want a mixture of all of the styles. You want your wedding album to be beautiful and filled with photos that capture the feelings and emotions of your wedding day. Be sure to carefully review your LDS wedding photographer’s style before you make your photography deposit.

You Are Cordially Invited – LDS Wedding Invitations

Before you say “I do,” you’re going to need to choose the perfect LDS wedding invitation. Your invitation is the way you announce your marriage to the world, so you’ll want to make sure you have everything just right.

LDS wedding invitations usually include:

–          The invitation

–          An envelope

–          Temple sealing insert

–          Engagement photo

Your invitation or announcement should be on heavier paper. Most choose a thick card stock or photo paper. Traditional LDS wedding announcements include engraved writing and are usually in white or cream. Of course, this is just the traditional LDS wedding announcement…you can choose any color or writing that fits the theme of your wedding.

When you’re ready to stuff the envelope, keep in mind all the pieces that go into the envelope.

  1. Temple sealing insert: this is for those you want to invite to the temple sealing. Likely, you’ll only have room to invite close friends and family.
  2. Reply card: you’ll want a reply card included with your LDS wedding invitation if you’re having a luncheon or a formal dinner where you need to know the number of guests attending.
  3. Map: include a map or directions to your reception to help your guests easily get to the location.
  4. Photo: if the photo is not a part of the actual invitation, make sure you put your engagement photo in the envelope.  See below for more information about the photo.
  5. Tissue paper: a small piece of tissue paper about the same size of the photo goes into the envelope to protect the photo.

Next, you’ll want to decide if you include an engagement photo with every invitation. There’s no rule that says you have to include a photo, but many people really like photos. If someone who is receiving your invitation only knows the bride, she’ll likely appreciate the photo to see what the groom looks like. In most cases, you’ll want to include a photo for those who live far away and don’t see you as often.

You’ve got your basic information for your LDS wedding invitation, so get out there and choose a style, get your pictures taken, and start stamping!

Is it Really Worth it to Get an LDS Wedding Video?

Weddings are so expensive! By the time you buy the dress, get the flowers, pick up the centerpieces, and rent the tuxes, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of cash left over. So, you may be wondering…is it worth it to get a wedding video? The answer is an overwhelming YES! LDS wedding videos are just as important for your big day as the groom! You’ll want to remember every detail of your wedding and a video is a wonderful way to capture the tiniest of details.

Remember the Moment

You’re going to be wrapped up in all of the details on your wedding day. Between juggling time at the temple, at your luncheon, and then on to your reception, you’ll be pulled in many different directions. In two weeks or two years, you may have forgotten how you felt on your wedding day. An LDS wedding video is the perfect keepsake to help you remember every detail and the emotions you felt as you started your new family.

It’s for the Posterity

It won’t be long until you start having children and getting into the daily grind of everyday life. On day, your children may ask, “Mom, what was your wedding day like?”
Think how wonderful it will be to pop in your wedding video and show your kids your wedding. They’ll see your smiling face as you walk out of the temple doors hand in hand, they’ll see their grandparents and aunts and uncles, and they’ll be right there with you as you greet each of your guests in the receiving line. Your children will love seeing what mom and dad looked like when they were young and first in love. Your LDS wedding video will stand the test of time.

The Perfect Gift

LDS wedding videos are fantastic gifts for your parents and your grandparents. Your parents are as much a part of your wedding day as you are. In fact, your mother will likely be involved in the planning and making sure everything goes off without a hitch on your wedding day. Thank your parents and surprise your grandparents with a lovely LDS wedding video. They will cherish the simple remembrance of the day. There’s no better way to say thank you to those who helped you get to the temple than with the gift of an LDS wedding video.

As you plan your wedding budget and consider hiring a videographer, remember that it’s worth the extra expense to have an LDS wedding video. You, your future children, and your parents will all enjoy the memory of your wedding day.

For The Biggest Day Of Your Life – A Modest Wedding Dress

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life.  And it’s the only day of your life where you are the princess, even queen of the day, especially since you’ll be married in a castle – a temple.  Having the perfect wedding dress is key to being the star of your own show.  You do not want to be upstaged by your bridesmaids or maid of honor.  You are number one on your wedding day and you have to look like it.

Modest Wedding Dresses

Being LDS, getting a wedding dress that is modest is important to you.  Finding a modest wedding dress is difficult to do, especially when they are not particularly in style.  Finding a modest wedding dress is also important if you plan wearing it in the temple and not just for photos and the reception.  Luckily, there are many resources for you to find that perfect, modest wedding dress for your wedding.

Valuable Resources To Find The Perfect Dress

Scanning bridal magazines is fun and can be really time consuming, especially since a lot of emphasis is placed on not-so-modest dresses.  The internet can be a wonderful resource for you to find that perfect, modest wedding dress that you can even wear to your temple ceremony!  It is as simple as typing  keywords into your search engine like “modest wedding dress” and “LDS wedding dress”.  You will find infinite resources from the worldwide web.

What Style Is Best For You?

Finding a style that fits you is essential.  You have to look your best on the biggest day of your life.  There are so many styles to choose from and trends are changing constantly.  Your wedding day is your day to be the princess.  And you probably want to look like one too!  A perfect style for the classic and ultimate princess look is a bell-shaped skirt.  It is big, bold and beautiful!

Glitzy And Glamorous

Are you more of a girly girl?  Then, you probably want glitzy, glamorous and shiny!  Beading gives your dress intricate detail that will produce “oohs” and ahhs” from your guests and more importantly, your husband!  Whether you are a classic bride who wants studs of pearls or a more modern bride who desires glassy-looking beads, beading is a surefire way to spice up your dress!

Plain And Simple

If you are a simple girl who wants just the basics in a wedding dress, you can’t go wrong with a square- or v-neck dress.  A shorter train, simple and straight, whatever you want, you can find!  There is nothing more beautiful than a glowing bride in a classic white dress!

Trendy

Trends today are exactly what you make them.  Your dress and style could and probably will be the next trend for someone visiting you on your wedding day.  No matter your style: classic, modern, glitzy, it could possibly be the next trend.  Brides will always be beautiful and glowing in white.  Make your day perfect with your perfect wedding dress!

A Beautiful Reception For A Beautiful Couple

Your wedding day is undoubtedly the biggest day of your life and it has to be perfect.  From the dress to the flowers, from the cake to the reception decorations, every detail must be perfect.  Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, your wedding reception decorations must fit your personality.

A Beautiful Reception

No matter your wedding colors, an essential part of your wedding and reception is that everything looks great.  Everything needs to flow, match and tell your story in a beautiful way.  Are you running short on ideas for your reception decorations?  Here are a few ideas.

Unique Decorations For Your Perfect Day

  • Flowers.  You already have them, so use them in ways different than you’ve seen before.  Float single flowers in water bowl swith marbles or irredescent stones.  Decorate your wedding cake with fresh flowers that match your bouquet.  These elements will tie your decorations together for a uniform look and feel.  If flowers are a bit too common for you, try this.
  • Fish.  Instead of floating flowers in water bowls, how about fish?  Beta fish are perfect for this because they come in a variety of colors and will be easy to match to your wedding colors.
  • Photos.  Frame small photos of you and your spouse and place them on the tables.  You can keep all the frames uniform or you can have a variety.  When the reception is over, they make great gifts for your kitchen helpers and servers.
  • Layered table linens.  Layer your table linens or use runners across the tables to accentuate them.  Table linens are simple to customize to match your colors and even add a little extra splash of color.
  • Lights.  To set a romantic mood, use string lights throughout the room so you do not have to use overhead lights.  This will provide a calm and romantic atmosphere.  String the lights on tables and even chairs to create a soft glow in the room.
  • Gazebo and bench.  For you and your spouse, get a gazebo or arch and a bench.  Decorate them with lights of a different color to distinguish both of you from the rest of the people and decor.  A bench is wonderful for those times when the line may stop or you just need a break.
  • Confetti.  Sprinkling confetti along the tables is a glitzy way to add just a bit more flare to your decor.  Silver, gold, black or white are perfect colors that match nearly anything.  Shapes such as wedding bells, a bride or wedding cakes are wonderful options as well if you are looking for a bit more detail.

Head-Turning Decor

Your decorations are sure to turn heads and leave people talking if you use these unique ideas.  Your wedding reception will be as perfect as your ceremony with the right decorations.

The Perfect Memory For The Perfect Day

You want to remember your wedding forever so why leave your memories only in your mind when you can have a wedding video?  Your wedding was unforgettable and you want to keep it that way.

Record Your Memories

A wedding video can be as simple as a collection of photos of you and your spouse and you can add home videos, music and other special effects to make your video something to be proud of.  Not only is this a record of your lives up to the point of your special day, a wedding video tells you and your spouse’s life stories.

A Nice Addition To Your Wedding Reception

A wedding video is a perfect addition to your wedding reception.  It gives your guests the pleasure of watching you and your spouse grow up, meet and fall in love in a matter of minutes.  And your guests will fall in love with the idea of having a wedding video.

A Wonderful Gift

A wedding video is a wonderful option as a gift for your spouse or even a gift for your loved ones.  Your spouse will be surprised and delighted to receive such a beautiful collection of memories.  A wedding video is also a great gift for someone who just could not make it to your wedding.  Consider maybe that a sibling or dear friend lives far away.  A wedding video is perfect for your friend or sibling.

A Story For All Time

A wedding video is your story for all time.  It is a story that will last forever and keep your wedding memories close.  It will be among your favorite and most prized possessions.  It tells your story, your love story.

A Record For The Ages

A wedding video is a record of you and your spouse’s lives and the ultimate love story.  It is a record you will happy to share with your children, grandchildren and so on so they can see you and your spouse’s lives, your wedding and the undying love you have for each other.

The Joy Of A Wedding Video

A wedding video will ensure that you will never forget all those special moments that lead to your perfect day.  It will be a wonderful reminder of the love you and your spouse share for you, your family, your friends and others.  A wedding video is the perfect memory of your perfect day and your perfect love.

Tell Your Love Story With The Perfect Invitation

Your wedding invitations tell a story of love between you and your fiancee.  It’s no wonder you want them to absolutely perfect.  Are you at a loss of what designs are in style right now?  Do you have questions about good wording?

Looking For The Perfect Wedding Invitation

Having a great wedding invitation tells your guests a story no one else can tell.  You can get great ideas for the perfect wedding invitation by looking at wedding magazines, going to your local printing company to see samples or even searching the internet.

Wedding Magazines Have Great Ideas

When looking at wedding magazines, tear out the sample announcements you like so you can show them to your fiancee and/or your printer.  Be sure to keep them in a file so you don’t lose them!

Your Local Printing Company

If you decide to go to your local printer or several of them, be sure to have a list of questions so you can get a better idea of what they can offer.  It is also a good idea to go with your fiancee to choose together.  Questions you may want to ask include:

  1. What types of paper are best for printing?
  2. Does your pricing include envelopes?
  3. Do you offer an envelope stuffing service?
  4. What is your turn-around time?

The Internet Is Wonderful

When searching the internet, make a list or bookmark the links to your favorite designs.  If the website you are looking at has a customer service chat or you able to email them, use those resources to get more information about the products.

Do Not Settle For Anything Less Than Perfect

It does not matter how you find your announcement, just that it is perfect and suits both you and your fiancee and properly tells your love story.  Your wedding invitation needs to be perfect just like your love.  Do not settle for anything less than that.

Smile! For Your Wedding Photos

Your wedding day has to be perfect from the dress to the tux, flowers to photography.  You do not want just any run-of-the-mill wedding photos.  You want photos that people will rave about.  You want your photos to stand the test of time and always be in style.  You want people to “ooh” and “ahh” every time they look at your wedding pictures.  What do you look for in a photographer to make your wedding day even more perfect?  You definitely want someone who is familiar with the temple  and you also want someone with new and fun ideas.

Styles To Be Familiar With

There are many different styles you need to know about to make your pictures perfect.

  • Black and white.  Black and white photos are classic.  For a more special effect, have your photographer put only wedding bouquet in color and you and your guests in black and white.  Make you and your spouse stand out from the wedding party by having your photographer put only you too in color.
  • Sepia.  Sepia gives photos a brownish hue and is great for another classic look to your wedding photos.
  • Full color.  Full color photos are perfect for any occasion, especially with the vibrance and loveliness of the temple and all your colorful guests.
  • Special effects.  Have your photographer try different effects such as background blurs, gradients and other cool effects to give your wedding photos an extra edge.
  • Aerial.  Have your photographer take photos from above in a tree or with a ladder to catch a unique glimpse from above.
  • Angles.  Have your photographer try different and obscure angles for more unique effects to your photos.

Have Your Photographer Take Random Photos

Have your photographer take random photos that are not posed.  Sometimes, these end up being the best photos as well as your absolute favorites.  Also, have your photographer take photos of your wedding party while they are waiting for you outside the temple, chatting with other guests and other non-posed scenarios.

Catch The Kids

Definitely have your photographer take photos of the children at the temple too.  There is nothing more innocent and sweet than children roaming around the temple and you will love having these photos in your wedding collection.

Worth A Thousand Words

Wedding pictures are worth a thousand words and even more!  They depict the biggest and happiest day of your life.  Be sure to get them done right!