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Sports Themed Wedding

It is September which among other things means we are in the home stretch of the professional baseball season and football season is just getting underway, and at my house, that means a lot of excitement! This time of year is a sports lover’s dream! Perhaps you are a lover of a particular sport or sports in general.  Or maybe your fiancé is. Or maybe a lot more people than we think are…..So much so that many brides and grooms are pushing traditional formalities of weddings aside and have decided to embrace their favorite sport or favorite college or professional sports team/colors and have a sports themed wedding! Yes you heard me right. More couples are skipping all the elaborate, fancy wedding details and creating some pretty fun and unforgettable sports themed weddings! So whether you are super passionate about one sport, you bleed the colors of one school or team, or just love sports in general, maybe you could consider some of these super fun sports themed wedding ideas.

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Save the Date Cards/Engagement Picks

Just the other day I got a save the date card in the mail for an upcoming wedding.  It was cleverly designed like a ticket stub with some adorable pictures clearly full of playful banter between the bride and groom, each proudly wearing their favorite school’s colors and gear! I also remember my sister and her husband, both total jocks and sports enthusiasts, created a wedding invitation that looked like a cover of Sports Illustrated, complete with details about the bride and groom and their upcoming wedding, but appearing like interesting articles that would appear within the magazine!  The possibilities for save the date cards and engagement photos are endless but can be super fun!

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Details and Decor

You can have a lot of fun with the decor with a sports themed wedding! From the set up of the table to the centerpieces, it is all in the sporty details (or team colors if you go that route!)

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The Cake

A sport’s themed groom’s cake is pretty common, but what about your real wedding cake? Whether it is your main cake or the groom’s cake, the cake and cake topper can definitely be a fun way  to show your love for a sport or team! Check out this amazing stadium cake below!  They must have been some serious Huskers fans!

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These other cakes are pretty awesome too!

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Ring Photography

A simple but fun way to photograph your rings is on your favorite sporting equipment!

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Or you could even have a ring that looks like a baseball, a football, a soccer ball, golf ball, etc! Check out the amazing rings below!

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Food

Stadium food/Ball Park food = comfort food! A hot dog bar, a nacho bar, pretzels, sliders, peanuts, cracker jacks, beer,  soda -sports themed food is pretty fun and actually kind of perfect for a fun, laid back wedding.  Wedding days are pretty long, and what tastes better after a long day than some of this fun, tasty, comfort food!

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More Fun Photography Ideas

Take it to field, the stadium, or the court and get your wedding pictures in the perfect sports setting!

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More fun stuff

Be sure and make an entrance and a memorable exit!

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Here are a few more fun ideas I cam across:

Football Garter Toss

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Invite the mascot of your favorite team!

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Bracket wedding seating chart

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Baseball Rose Bouquet

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If I had a do over, I think I might just have a basketball sports themed wedding! So when it comes to your wedding, show your team spirit and pride for you team, your sport, and make that passion of yours a part of your big day. Have fun with it! Make it personal, memorable, and fun! There really are so many fun ideas for a fun and beautiful, playful and lovely, sports themed wedding!  Could you have a sports themed wedding? What ideas do you have? Whatever you do I am sure it will be a grand slam, a touchdown, a slam dunk!

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Guest Blogger ~ What You Should Expect From A Local Jewelry Store

Today we have a guest post from Derek Mason of Wilson Diamonds. His post gives a perspective on what smaller, local jewelry stores can offer as you search for a wedding ring or other fine jewelry. Sometimes people may forget about their hometown local jeweler as a viable option because they are inundated with so many commercials, advertisements, and mail from bigger jewelry retailers. Wherever you have to look to find it, good luck finding that perfect wedding ring!

What You Should Expect From A Local Jewelry Store

When you think of fine jewelry, you might immediately think of some recognizable names in the industry – like those large chain stores commonly found in malls. These names are familiar to you for a reason, but it isn’t necessarily because they have the best deals or service. You know them, at least in part, because they have a big marketing budget and can afford to reach everyone.

A big marketing budget isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, when shopping for fine jewelry, remember that you do have other options: your locally-owned jewelry store.

Don’t let their seemingly small size put you off. Because when you do shop your local jeweler, what you find might pleasantly surprise you. Here’s what you can likely expect from a local jewelry store:

  • Great deals – You might think the jewelry giants can offer better deals. However, local jewelers often feel a special commitment and obligation to their community. As a result, they strive to offer fair prices and high quality to their local customers – even if it means a slimmer profit margin. Ask about price matching, too.
  • A more custom experience – Many local jewelers can offer you extra flexibility in custom ring design. Why? Because they don’t have to answer to corporate-level designers or rules. The decision-makers and designers are on-site, ready to make you happy. You might also find faster service and better communication throughout the process.

  • A friendlier atmosphere – Just because you’re looking for fine jewelry doesn’t mean you don’t want to be treated like a friend. Local jewelers often feel a connection with everyone who walks in the door. After all, they probably live right in the community. Local stores are usually known for having friendly staff who make customers feel at home and really listen to their needs. But that doesn’t mean they don’t know their stuff.
  • An emphasis on service – Since most local jewelry stores don’t have a big marketing budget, they rely heavily on positive word-of-mouth advertising. When you talk to a friend or relative who had a great experience, you’re more likely to give that store your business. Local jewelers strive to offer great service to each client, because they want them to send more customers their way.

When it’s time for you to shop for fine jewelry, don’t forget your local jewelry store. If you give them a chance to impress you with their services and value, there’s a pretty good chance they will.

Photo Credits: Wilson Diamonds

Article provided by Derek Mason of Wilson Diamonds in Provo, Utah. Wilson’s is committed to quality diamonds and customized rings. Visit Wilson’s for fine jewelry Provo consumers truly appreciate.

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Fall Bridal Extravaganza ~ Just ONE month away

The Fall Bridal Extravaganza is just FOUR weeks away and if you are bride planning a 2016 wedding, or even need finishing details for your 2015 wedding, this is a show you DO NOT want to miss.  If you have wedding plans in your future, be sure to make plans to attend Fall’s Biggest Wedding Showcase on Saturday, September 26th at the South Towne Expo Center!

Utah’s very best wedding professionals will be on hand to help you plan your perfect wedding.  The South Towne Bridal Show will offer up a smorgasbord of ideas for you, plus you will be able to sit down and consult with professionals in the wedding industry who know how to pull off the perfect wedding.

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BRIDES CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY

VENDORS CLICK HERE TO RESERVE ONE OF OUR FEW REMAINING OPEN BOOTHS

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Don’t miss out on the following amazing opportunities:

  • The First 150 Brides To Arrive Receive A Complimentary Gift just for arriving early!
  • Utah’s Top Wedding Professionals Will Be On Hand to give you advice, provide ideas, and are ready to book for your big day!
  • Thousands of Dollars In Prizes Will Be Given Away
  • Fashion Shows will be showing the latest styles and designs
  • There will be Food Sampling and Entertainment
  • Entertaining contests up on the main stage as people try to win some prizes
  • This is your chance to get started on or finalize your wedding planning at the biggest and best Fall wedding showcase

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La Caille Show Pictures

The Bridal Extravaganza team is busily planning and prepping for the upcoming show at the South Towne Expo Center on Saturday, September 26th but we just wanted to share a quick sneak peak at some photos from our last amazing show at La Caille! Enjoy and stay tuned for more amazing pictures and to find out more about our Dream Wedding Giveaway winners!

La Caille

Cake Dive by Men’s Ring’s for Less and Dessert Edge Cakes

Something Vintage, Something Blue

Fashion show: Dresses from Fairy Godmother’s Bridal and Tuxes by Tuxedo Junction

Sunshine Creation Floral

Photo Booth Bus

Laughing Gravy as MC for some fun contests!

Studio 37

Market Street Grill

More Contests on Stage!

Tuxedo Junction

Garzand Photography

Lindsey Black Photography

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TBT: Writing Your Own Vows

Writing your own wedding vows can be both wonderfully romantic and special, but a totally intimidating task! What words can express your love? Your relationship? Your life together?  Not to mention that those vows have to be spoken in front of all your guests as well! Today’s Throwback Thursday dates back to  July 22, 2008 and is all about writing your own vows.  It gives you some great tips to help you out as you find the words to express your love on that special day!
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Brides and grooms want to express their love for each other beyond the traditional vows of “to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.” You want to speak words that will show your witnesses just how much you care for the other.

So, you write your own vows.

This can be a beautiful addition to your wedding ceremony, but if can also be pretty frightening. Writers’ block, natural shyness: these things make you doubt your ability to express yourself verbally. But you needn’t worry, with a few tips, you can find words to tell your bride or groom all you vow to do. After checking with your officiant if he or she will allow vows to be exchanged, it’s time to find inspiration. (They may also want to read over your vows before the wedding.)

Where to find inspiration

After reading many ideas on the best way to come up with and write your vows, these tips are the best.

1. Don’t write your vows, speak them: Record yourself speaking how you feel and everything you vow to do. Don’t worry about the words or phrasing. Take your time and speak from your heart. Replay the recording and pick out the phrases that best say what you want to say.

2. Don’t use clichés: You don’t want to say the same thing everyone else has said, and many clichés don’t have sincerity because of overuse. Find new and original ways to say the same old things. Instead of “you complete me,” try “you make me whole” or “without you, my life is empty.”

3. Be simple: You don’t have to have the biggest vocabulary or the longest vows to express everything you feel. Be straightforward and avoid long, complicated words. Chances are most of your guests won’t know what prodigious love is.

4. Borrow from song, poetry or prose: If you cannot find the right words on your own, it’s alright to borrow. If you and your groom have a song that best says what you want, go ahead and use it. Even non-traditional love songs can be effective: ” I want somebody to share the rest of my life…I want somebody who cares for me passionately with every thought and with every breath.” (Depeche Mode: Somebody) Books are also a great place for inspiration. You can adapt meaningful portions of books that have touched you, such as this:

“…it’ll be as if the sun came to shine on my life.
I shall know the sound of a step that’ll be different from all the others.
…Yours will call me, like music…
And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder?
…The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad.
But you have hair that is the color of gold…
The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you.
And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat…” The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

5. Be on the same page: Do you want to write your vows separately or write them together? If you write them apart, will you be showing each other before the wedding? Writing them together may help inspire you both.

Use these five tips to get started on writing your own vows and your wedding ceremony will be unique and personal.

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Guest Blogger Infographic ~ What Your Engagement Ring Says About You!

Today’s guest blogger shares and interesting infographic called, “What your engagement ring says about you.” Many of you should be familiar with the different types of rings and diamonds included, but this infographic aims to provide information about what type of engagement ring may best suit a certain personality, as well as acting as a guide through the stressful step of  picking an engagement ring. What does your ring say about you? A big thanks to Martin from Bespoke Diamonds for sharing this infographic that also contains fun facts about celebrity wedding ring styles and prices!

Author Bio: Martin Cummins is the MD of an online ring search site called Bespokediamonds.ie. They are constantly looking at current wedding trends, and understand that celebrity weddings are highly influential in ring, dress and even gift selections!

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Fall Bridal Extravaganza

Fall is right around the corner! The Bridal Extravaganza team is in full gear putting together the biggest wedding show of the Fall season. In just FIVE WEEKS, Utah’s best wedding professionals will gather at The South Towne Expo Center on Saturday, September 26th  to help brides who are in the process of planning their dream weddings and give them some amazing ideas.  Whether you are newly engaged, need to put the finishing touches on your fall or winter wedding planning, or just need some ideas  - No matter what your planning situation is, SAVE THE DATE because this is the show you DO NOT want to miss.

Don’t miss out on the following amazing opportunities:

  • The First 150 Brides To Arrive Receive A Complimentary Two Night Get Away
  • Utah’s Top Wedding Professionals Will Be On Hand to give you advice, provide ideas, and are ready to book for your big day!
  • Thousands of Dollars In Prizes Will Be Given Away
  • Fashion Shows will be showing the latest styles and designs
  • There will be Food Sampling and Entertainment
  • Finalize Your Wedding Planning At The Largest Bridal Show of The Fall Season

Photo Courtesy of Terra Cooper Photography

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Click HERE To register to attend!

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Cool Wedding Treats

Last week, when the temps were soaring, we posted about fun ways to serve ice cream at your wedding.  Even though this week the temps have kind of dropped to temps unseasonably low for August, we still wanted to share a few more cool wedding treats for a summer wedding. Think beyond ice cream or gelato to some of other fun ways to keep your guests cool with a yummy treat:

Popscicles

You can be as fancy as you want with popsicles and go for gourmet popsicles, popsicles with fruit frozen inside, or even “booze” popsicles are a huge trend right now.

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Or you could keep it much simpler and spring for some otter pops, creamsicles, fudgsicles, firecracker pops, or just your basic fruity flavored popsicles! You can even have popsicle stands, a popsicle bar, a cart, or truck, just like with ice-cream!

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Slushies or Slurpees

Bring in your own slushie machines.  This gives guests a refreshing treat and a couple of flavors to choose from.  Or you and your bridal party could just go hit up your closest 7-11 and get some tasty Slurpees!

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Snow Cones/Shaved Ice/Granitas (Italian Ices)

Whatever you call it in your neck of the woods, everybody loves a good snow cone/shaved ice/granita/italian ice in the summer. Bring in your own snow cone truck, snow cone making machines, and the key is  lots of delicious flavorings. My personal favorite: Tigers Blood. Mmmmm… If you want something a little fancier, a little more sophisticated go for the granites (italian ice).

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Watermelon

Nothing goes together better than summertime and fresh fruit, and no fruit fits a summer menu better than watermelon. Whether you pair it with other fruit, use it in a salad, served it as little balls with fancy toothpicks, simply slice it, make it a little more gourmet and serve it with mint sprigs and feta cheese, or create watermelon “popsicles,” watermelon is guaranteed to be a guest pleaser and refreshing treat at your wedding.

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Summer weddings and summer wedding treats are so much fun. You can have so much fun with drinks, fruit, sorbets, or use one of the ideas on the blog with with ice cream, popsicles, snow cones, etc. Not only are these ways fun, bright, different ways to keep your guests cool on the hot summer day of your wedding, but they are also delicious and give you and your guest a chance to whimsically think about the days of being a child and bring you back a bit! Enjoy the rest of your dwindling days of summer, and go get one last snow cone for me!

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After the Wedding…Guest Blogger Infographic

Thank you to Barry from Loyes Diamonds for providing today’s guest post and informative infographic about things to consider AFTER the wedding is over: mistakes to avoid and things to do.

After the Wedding…

The build up to a wedding day is really exciting and can really take over your free time! It is a time that should be enjoyed though as hopefully it will only happen once so it should be embraced. There is so much to think about, so much to decide and it is all for the purpose of that big date.

Of course with this focus towards one specific day, there is a danger that you will feel the effects of an anti-climactic feeling when you return from honeymoon as the focus shifts away from you and your new partner. It is time to store your dress/outfit and all the other paraphernalia and you may be left feeling a little forlorn or lost as you struggle to find happiness or focus on every day ‘menial’ tasks. This feeling is quite common but it is something that is both understandable and easily solved. You just need to redirect your efforts onto another project, be it home improvements or in planning your next holiday or something similar.

Of course there are a number of items that you need to address on return from your honeymoon which will help to keep you busy for a while. They are wedding related so they will allow you to still revel in the newlywed glow for another while!

This info-graphic from Loyes Diamonds is sure to give you something to think about in terms of after the wedding… you might even have a new ‘to-do’ list to create!

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South Towne Bridal Show ~ September 26th

Fall is slowly sneaking up on us! Many kiddos start school this week, our local pool is closing for the season, the kid’s soccer season is starting, and other wonderful aspects of Fall will soon be upon us.  Now that the craziness of summer wedding season has almost wrapped up, it is time to start plans for those winter or spring weddings.  What better way to get started with your planning, than to attend Fall’s biggest and best bridal show – The Fall Bridal Extravaganza at the South Towne Expo Center.  Mark your calendars because the show is just 6 weeks from today! It might seem like a ways away, but with all the fun Fall activities coming up, it will be here before we know it!


WHO:  For all brides-to-be planning Fall and Winter weddings in 2015 or for brides who want to get a jump on planning their Spring or Summer 2015 wedding!

WHAT: The Fall Bridal Extravaganza!

The Bridal Extravaganza shows help prospective brides plan the wedding of their dreams in a one-day, one-stop wedding shopping experience all at one convenient location! Come and meet Utah’s top wedding professionals in person and see what they have to offer as you walk around and view the beautiful exhibits showcasing their products and services. See the latest in beautiful designer dresses at our live fashion shows. There is no better show that provides brides the opportunity to plan their dream wedding in a day while also providing participating wedding vendors an excellent marketing tool to build their bridal business.

WHEN: Saturday, September 26th
11 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: South Towne Expo Center

WHY:

The Bridal Extravaganza shows help prospective brides plan the wedding of their dreams in a one-day, one-stop wedding shopping experience all at one convenient location! Come and meet Utah’s top wedding professionals in person and see what they have to offer as you walk around and view the beautiful exhibits showcasing their products and services. See the latest in beautiful designer dresses at our live fashion shows. There is no better show that provides brides the opportunity to plan their dream wedding in a day while also providing participating wedding vendors an excellent marketing tool to build their bridal business.

Vendors: Click HERE to register for a booth!

Brides: Click HERE to register to attend!

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