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Some wedding trends you see coming from over the hill and other trends show up without any warning. These trends might make you fall in love with a new wedding theme and other trends you’ll want to avoid like the plague. Every now and then a wedding trend enters the industry with just the right amount of fizzle to attract an audience. Recently the trend of having a surprise wedding is one way to give your guests a memory they’ll not soon forget. If you’re interested in giving guests a shock then check out these tips for the surprise of a lifetime.

Trust No One

This might sound slightly dramatic but if you’re planning a surprise wedding then the only people in the need-to-know category are you and your partner. Each of you might feel like you have some safe names to unload your surprise news off on but it’s better to play it safe than sorry. Letting it slip to just one person could blow the entire surprise accordingly. If you must tell someone, bring on an outside source such as a day-of planner or a family friend willing to go full social media blackout.

Invent a Believable Cover Event

If you’ve never in your life thrown a swanky cocktail party then now is not the time to plan an imaginary one. Friends and family who know you and your partner may start suspecting something if you suddenly bring up the idea of an exciting event you’ve never once mentioned before. Inventing an event that makes sense for you and your partner is the key to keeping the illusion alive.

Indulge in the Different

A surprise wedding is as different as different can be. One major tip to a successful surprise wedding is embracing the idea of a total surprise. Indulge in the uniqueness of the whole event. A surprise is a great way to create a completely casual, fun event for unsuspecting guests. Some guests are more apt to let their hair down after the initial shock so use this to your advantage and plan the fun wedding you’ve always had your heart set on.

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wedding gown

For many brides the day of your wedding is the one day of your life that you truly want to feel like a princess. You have the beautiful dress, you’re the star of the day, and your amazing partner is waiting at the end of the aisle for you. Each part of your wedding day serves to give you that special moment – from the time you arrive to the moment you wave farewell to well-wishers. That means your arrival to the big day should be nothing short of amazing. Think about it. Queen Elizabeth II has her gilded carriage, Cinderella had her Pumpkin, and Rapunzel has Maximus. There’s something to be said about starting your wedding day off on a high note by showing up in a spectacular fashion. Just make sure you’ve come up with a Plan B…just in case. Here are some delays you may want to be aware of when the time comes.

Animal Issues

Go online and search for videos containing horses bucking brides off during their arrival. The sight of it can alone make you cringe but consider being on the receiving end. Animals are, well, animals. It goes without saying that animals have their own set of rules. Your perfectly behaved stallion can be set off at the smallest of things. Horses pulling carriages have been known to spook when put in new circumstances. No matter which animal you choose to help liven up your arrival, just remember in the back of your mind that dealing with animals can be tricky from one day to the next. Always make sure you have someone qualified to assist.

Old Cars

There’s nothing quite like stepping out of a beautiful, polished car which harkens back to a time long ago where cars were much more than just cars. Depending on the car age there are some tricky things running under the hood which can break when you least expect them to. Classic cars are absolutely stunning but require a specific knowledge of how to drive them. If you’re a bride in the market of showing up in a show stopping care then plan to have an experienced driver handling the car for you. Letting a random wedding guest or friend take the wheel might result in you sitting on the side of the road with a malfunctioning vehicle.

Unique Transportation

Brides arriving via helicopter? Check. Brides flying in on tiny DIY-built planes? Sure. Brides hopping off trains as part of their grand arrival? It has happened before. There have been hot air balloons, sky diving, and even paragliding to your wedding day. These arrivals are exciting enough to leave lasting impressions on your wedding guests for years to come as well as giving you a great story to tell. But having a backup plan can save the day when your adventurous arrival doesn’t work out as planned. Trains get delayed, planes remain on the ground, and hot air balloons can’t fly in much wind. Having another idea will save your arrival and still leave an impression on your guests.

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wedding cake

Some parts of planning a wedding can be boring. That may come as a shock to some brides in the midst of crunching numbers, but the fact of the matter that calling the same venue for the billionth time to make sure they have enough seating for your guests can get old, fast. Thankfully there are more fun things than boring things when it comes to planning a wedding. One of the tastiest jobs you’ll have during the planning process is getting to decide on what cake you’ll be indulging in on your big day. So when the planning blues have you stressed just remember – you get one day of sitting down and tasting a bunch of cake. Below are a few tips which can help you narrow down the perfect cake for your wedding.

Fondant vs. Buttercream

It’s the battle of taste when it comes to these two. Think of it was looks vs. taste. Buttercream is the top pick when it comes to a divine-tasting wedding cake. Checking out wedding websites can give you a good idea on just how many people use buttercream frosting on their cake – it’s a lot. Fondant, while edible, plays another role when it comes to wedding cake. Have you ever browsed Pinterest only to find a popular Harry Potter cake, a beautiful weeping willow tiered masterpiece, or a cake made to look like the solar system? That’s all thanks in part to fondant. Often compared to edible Play-Doh – although many people have tried eating Play-Doh – fondant can help create a stunning cake to wow your guests. So it comes down to taste vs. looks.

Cake Height

Have you ever caught an episode of funny videos in which a beautiful wedding cake is either too big to get into the room, too tall for the ceiling height, or just too big to remain upright? Sure, cake height might be a relatively small thing in the grand scheme of things but it can be a make or break moment when you find that your cake can’t be brought into the reception hall. Make sure you review cake height and other factors with your baker before finalizing your plans.

Pick a Flavor You Want

Your wedding cake is meant for your consumption, along with a bunch of your guests. Picking out your wedding cake should mean that you and your partner get a flavor you enjoy. Some bakeries will have a wide range of flavors to pick from. Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming trying to decide which flavor you think everyone would enjoy. Instead of thinking about your guests, pick out a flavor that you like. If you like chocolate, go for chocolate. If you like vanilla, pick vanilla! Don’t get pushed into a cake flavor you don’t like.

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bridesmaid dress

The role of bridesmaid is an oft-talked about position in the wedding. You’re usually an acquaintance of the bride, related to the bride, or have known the bride since you were both toddling around in diapers. Whatever your relationship there are certain rules every bridesmaid is expected to follow. This ran range from being a drama bomb diffuser to helping plan small parts of the wedding. The pluses of being a bridesmaid always outweigh the negatives. – though one sore spot is usually the most popular subject amongst bridesmaids. What do you do with the bridesmaid dress that isn’t likely to be something you can wear out to any other occasion? Below are some ways to upcycle your bridesmaid dress into something you’ll be proud to have in your closet.

Trendy Skirt: While the upper portion of your dress might not always be salvageable, the lower part might be worthy of a little creative thinking. If your dress is form-fitting then it could be tailored into a upscale version of a pencil skirt. Dresses with a larger skirt could be made into a big, beautiful skirt that makes a bold statement.

Little Black Dress: Depending on what kind of dress you are left with after the wedding, this next idea might be perfect for your upcycling project. Dyeing your bridesmaid dress black is one good way to get the most out of your purchase. A little black dress is a must have for any wardrobe. Plus, a formal black dress can also come in handy during the holiday season when you have work parties to attend.

Trash Your Dress: A popular post-wedding event these days is all about trashing your dress for a photoshoot. Check with your bride or other bridesmaids if you want to get a group together to trash your dresses in one, magical photoshoot. It can be a great way to have fun with a dress you’re likely to never use again and make a memory you’ll be able to share with friends.+

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Every bride is different. Some brides like short dresses, some like long. Some brides buck a white wedding and other brides go all out on traditional. No one bride is the same which means that no one wedding is the same. There are those weddings you hear about which take years to plan and then there are the weddings which seem to take, at most, a couple weeks to get right. If you’re a bride willing to take a few risks in order to speed things up in the planning department then read on for some tips which may help you arrive ahead of schedule.

Top Three

Planning a quick wedding requires you to cut down your list of wants. So when you realize a quick wedding is what you want, sit down with your partner and pick out the top three things you really “must have” at your wedding. It gives you a jumping off point so you at least have the things you really want at your wedding.

Pin Down a Date

If you’re planning a wedding on the fly then pinning down a date early on will give you a timeline for when things absolutely must be completed. Think of it as the kick you need to make sure stick to your original plan instead of adding useless tasks to the docket.

Alert Everyone

Guests need to be made aware that the wedding isn’t going to be a far in the future idea. If you have family coming from elsewhere, adhere to a strict schedule. Grabbing a plane on short notice can be tricky and expensive so be courteous to guests from everywhere.

Organize Everything

You have less time to plan which means things happen at a much quicker pace than when you have a longer timeline to play around with. Instead of weeks between finalizing arrangements, you have days. The best course of action is to get organized as quickly as possible so dates aren’t left in the dust.

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wedding theme

If you’ve never been to a wedding or thrown a big party then there’s a high chance you know nothing about the art of a wedding/party theme. The wedding theme is an idea many brides may be surprised to learn of. During the initial consultation with your wedding planner the question is likely to come up – what is your theme? In simple terms, a wedding theme is what your wedding is centered around. Are you a quirky bride with a kitsch 80s themed wedding? How about a timeless shabby chic theme? Your wedding design is whatever you make of it. Whether you have a Mario-inspired cake with a gamer-centered wedding or create a unique theme focused on a shared hobby, your theme is what you create.

Whatever You Want

There’s only one wedding which means your theme is going to be permanently on display inside your wedding album for generations to check out. Timeless, classic themes are always in style if you’re having trouble coming up with anything. But for couples looking to make their wedding more in line with what they value, make sure you do just that. Your wedding is your wedding. It’s what you and your partner want to share. Chances are that you’re also paying for most of the event. So if you want to have a jungle-themed wedding complete with toucan sounds, you do you.


Having a unique theme is a fun way to put a spin on your wedding day. As much fun as it might be to try and recreate the manor house from Downton Abbey, think of you budget. While a theme is an important way to help pull everything together it’s also vital that it doesn’t back your budget into a corner. Think of how to bring your theme into the wedding day with “touches” instead of giant pieces.

Find the Right Planner

Not every wedding planner is going to understand your desire to have a Walking Dead themed wedding. In fact, there’s a high probability that you might go through a few wedding planners until finding someone willing to make a stab at adding a little zombie spice to your big day. A wedding planner willing to jump on board and make it happen is the one you need to set your sights on. Otherwise their lackluster performance may lead to your wedding feeling a little more dead than walking.

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bridal shower

The bridal shower, also known as the couples shower, is like the cherry on top after all the main wedding planning is complete. Luckily the bride need not worry about the bridal shower. Taking up the reins for the event are friends, family, or members of the bridal party in general. Contrary to popular belief, the maid or matron of honor doesn’t necessarily have to be at the head of planning the bridal shower. In modern times the shower planning falls into the lap of an entire group rather than one particular person which means more hands on deck to help plan a beautiful shower. If you’ve never been to a bridal shower or heard of one before, check out the tips below on how to throw an amazing shower that the bride will love.

Question the Bride

This one seems a little stauncher than it actually is. But questioning the bride is going to give you a lot more to go on than trying to pull ideas out of thin air. While the bride may be busy trying to get some last minute wedding business complete there is a good chance she’ll have a few minutes to sit down and discuss her wedding shower. Get a list together beforehand so you’re prepared. Does she want a nice restaurant or a casual BBQ? Does the bride want just her close friends there or will it be a true couple’s shower – meaning her partners friends as well. Decide on a few key components she would like to see at the shower. Her favorite drink, colors she likes, and any other things you think will bowl her over. At the end of the day your group should decide what goes and what stays. While the bride won’t be planning the whole thing herself, it’s always important to get her input. Asking questions now can avert disaster later when a whole flock of people show up to a shower they weren’t invited to in the first place.

Narrow Down Guests

Just like the wedding planning, deciding on guests for the shower is just as vital to a successful event. If your bride just wants her closest girlfriends attending the shower then plan accordingly. As hard as it is to cut some people off the list it’s vital to keeping your budget for the event under control. There will always be a few superfluous names on the list that can be removed. The bride will more than likely have a good idea of names she would like to invite. If the bride puts your group completely in charge of planning the entire shindig with zero input on her end then err on the side of caution. Don’t let your guest list swell to be the same size as the wedding guest list. Keep the shower list simple. Invite her closest friends, family members you think she’ll want there, and avoid inviting anyone who may not add to the happiness level of the bride or the couple.

Don’t Overdo It

Want to show the bride how much you love her? An over the top bridal shower is probably not the best way to go about this. Overdoing the shower will make it look like you’re trying to compete with the wedding day. The most common type of bridal shower, or even the couple shower, is an intimate event with close friends and family. It’s a way for the bride to relax before the main event. Your group of planners should take this into consideration before starting the process. A huge event is less likely to go over well. Blowing money on food, décor, and reservations at the hottest place in town will put more tension on the couple than is necessary as they worry over how much your group has spent on a single evening for them. A huge guest list will also leave them spending most of the night making sure they have said hello to all the guests.

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Popping the question. Putting a ring on it. Getting that rock. There is a ton of ways to say it – you’re engaged! It’s one of most exciting times in your life. The story is likely to be told again and again through generations. Engagements can be fun, romantic, silly, or a huge surprise. While pulling off the perfect engagement story is the top goal, what happens next is just as important. Post-engagement gaffes are popular online. There’s the video of a women knocking the ring out of a guy’s hand straight into the water or a man passing out immediately after popping the question. There are a few mistakes that you’ll want to avoid making right out of the gate. The excitement of the moment can easily lead to some pretty egregious errors. Check out the tips below on what big mistakes you’ll want to sidestep once that question is popped.

Social Media Rush

In the age of instant knowledge there are drawbacks to everything being right there at your fingertips. It’s easy to write, post, click, and send without a second thought. More often than not the ability to instantly post something online turns out to be the worst idea possible. Sadly once something is out there in the Twitter or Facebook universe – it’s out there forever. That means the minute you post pictures of your beautiful ring then your collective online community is going to start spreading the buzz. Take a moment before you head to your social media apps and remember where that information might need to go first. If you have a close family and siblings then consider how they might feel learning about your engagement on a Facebook post. Your parents may not even have social media to begin with. It’s a small thing that usually gets thrown aside in favor of posting your pictures as soon as possible but just remember the ramifications of not telling the right people first.

Sudden Planning

Sometimes the thrill of the moment can lead to some knee-jerk reactions. Couples have gone from celebrating the moment to booking a church within the span of an hour. Sometimes the romance can get the better of you. Planning your wedding becomes a major event you need to start planning as soon as you can. Before you jump into planning mode, let the engagement feeling wash over for a bit. It’s understandable that you want to begin planning your big day as soon as you possibly can. There is a lot to think about! But sadly with the swell of excitement, bad choices can be made. Locations can be booked that you aren’t happy with down the road. People can be promised a spot in your bridal lineup that you have differing opinions on when it comes right down to it. Instead of rushing to planning mode, wait. Enjoy the moment. There is plenty of time to begin planning your dream wedding. Rushing to invite guests, promise bridesmaids or groomsmen, and book a location you’re not thrilled about is never the smartest move to make.

Ruin the Moment

Nothing can take the wind out of engagement sails faster than jumping on your phone to begin the calling, texting, snapping, tweeting, and posting spree that often happens right after the engagement. If both you and your future spouse are on board with the digital sharing, go for it. If your partner isn’t so keen on updating followers as soon as possible then it might be the smarter choice to keep your phone in your pocket and enjoy the moment at hand. An engagement is an amazing event meant to be savored. It’s a special time for you and your partner so respecting that bond means you may need to toss aside your desire to post everything online within minutes of the big question being asked. Living in the moment with your partner will ensure the two of you have time to celebrate this special time together.


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Wedding Couple

Here at Labella Bridal we are in the business of finding our brides the most beautiful dress possible for their big day. The culmination of all our hard work is getting to see how lovely a bride looks through pictures sent our way. It’s an honor to be a small part of your wedding. Seeing these beautiful pictures only fuels our passion for providing clients with the best service in the area as well as the latest trends for every season.

Sarah and Travis’ wedding was the latest pictures we were able to enjoy. We are so delighted to share the pictures with our clients. Congratulations to the stunning couple and thank you for letting Labella Bridal play a small role in such an amazing day.

These pictures are kindly provided by Diana Gordon Photography – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

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A DIY wedding is the ultimate dream for any crafty types. For any DIY bride worth her hot glue gun, heading over to Pinterest is first up on the list of inspiration. Brides are no longer dependent on letting everyone else create the wedding of their dreams. There are sites dedicated to giving couples the upper hand in planning, decorating, and throwing their ideal wedding day. While popular sites might make it seem as easy as grabbing a few items from your local supply store, a DIY wedding has a few extra steps that might not be on your radar. Trying your hand at a DIY wedding is definitely doable with the right preparation ahead of time. We’ve rounded up some points that may be easy to miss when dealing with all your DIY-details. Take a look at the list below and make sure you’ve checked your list twice.


Okay, so doing the wedding yourself is going to take a little extra time than hiring someone to do it all for you, agreed? How much extra time you need to allot yourself depends on how organized you are and what army you have behind you. Do you have amazingly talented friends with an eye for crafts on the fly? Cut some time off. Are you super organized with a wedding binder so immaculate that it’s likely to be passed down from generation to generation? That’s more time off your budget. Time can be your friend or your enemy when you go the DIY route. Just remember one simple rule – if you think a task will take a few hours to complete, always add a few more. It’s better to be safe than sorry you ever tried to figure out how to make Papier Mâché rice holders.

Savvy Help

If you wrangle your friends or family members in to help with all the DIY festivities then consider yourself lucky enough to have a great group surrounding you. On the other hand it might be best to figure out which members of your squad will be the right fit. Some of your friends may not be ready to tackle what you throw at them. There are makers and breakers in life. Pinterest is not for the faint of decorative heart. If your friend doesn’t think she’ll be able to make origami doves, she more than likely will return to you with wadded up pieces of paper that only resemble a dove when you squint really hard. It’s in your best interest to decide which in your group are up for the DIY haul.

Perfection is Impossible

No matter how many times you check over the binders, how beautifully you’ve designed the wildflower centerpieces, or how well your entire group performed on the whole DIY event, there are going to be issues. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning the wedding or someone else has the reins. A DIY wedding is great way to make a wedding exactly what you want. An asterisk to this, of course, is what no wedding will ever go off without a hitch. You can plan every minute detail down to which leg you lead off with going down the aisle but at the end of the day there is a chance something might not turn out as planned. Coming to terms with this fact before you even make your first craft run will make the next few months a little less stressful.

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