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10 Spring Wedding Ideas for 2017
3/27/17 9:30 AM
Spring is upon us. To get us in the mood for bright flowers and longer days, here are 10 wedding ideas for Spring.
1. Lighthearted Wedding Invite
Some wedding themes, such as the incredibly popular "woodland" event, can work with every season. What changes about these themes is the color palette and surrounding details. We love the "foxy" example above with its muted color palette and more playful design. Another all-year staple is the floral wedding invite. Again, during fall and winter you might see
in darker palettes and more formal illustrations. For spring weddings, you should highlight the sunnier days ahead with a vibrant and juicy palette.
2. Practical Destination Locales
If you want to have a destination wedding in a desert or Southern climate, spring might be a better choice than summer to keep yourself from melting in your wedding dress. This Palm Springs wedding (above) showcases the beauty of an outdoor event in a desert climate. However, this setting in August would be seriously uncomfortable.
3. Pretty Wedding Cakes
It's time to leave the rich jewel tones of winter behind and embrace wedding cakes decorated with sweet
and pastel shades. This last winter, wedding cakes trended towards dark and metallic, so one that both looks and feels lighter will highlight the mood of your spring event.
4. Bridal Separates
For those brides in northern destinations, spring doesn't necessarily mean guaranteed warm and sunny weather. Although you certainly won't need a faux fur shrug, you also might not want a strapless gown for your outdoor ceremony. We're in love with bridal separates, not just for their chic aesthetic, but also their practicality. Pair a blush tulle skirt with an ever-so-slightly retro sweater for the ultimate spring wedding sophistication.
5. Farm Wedding Perfection
Weddings at local farms can be so charming during summer and fall, but we think there's something really magical about hosting them in the spring. With the budding leaves on trees and green pastures popping up, it's a significant and meaningful backdrop for your new life together. Plus, cute animals.
6. Rainy Day Preparation
Spring weddings have one big issue: the unpredictability of weather. And the old adage about rain being good luck is of little comfort when your guests are getting drenched. Spring days can go from sunny to apocalyptic rain showers in moments. Make sure to be prepared in a very stylish way by providing umbrellas to your guests in case of a sudden sprinkle. You can also incorporate colorful umbrellas into your ceremony and reception decor, or even your exit!
7. Focus on Greenery
Greenery-centric arrangements have grown so much in popularity over the last few years. However, for spring weddings these centerpieces and bouquets are even more appropriate. Particularly in early spring, flowers may not be in full swing yet, but leaves are. We love elegant greenery hanging installations as a way to transform a blank space into a spring paradise .
8. Spring-Inspired Flowers
For late spring weddings, bring on the tulips! This quintessential spring flower is often the first bloom to pop up and can be readily found during this time of year in a multitude of colors. This garden wedding centerpiece with orange tulips and carrots is a whimsical nod to spring, whereas the elegant boxed centerpiece reflects the bursting of fragrant gardens after a cold winter.
9. Herb Favors
While not all of your guests might have the green thumb necessary to nurture delicate flowers, everyone can grow herbs. Give your guests herbal favors either in seed packets or already potted starts that double as your centerpieces and reception decor.
10. Playful Details
The best spring wedding ideas are those that involve a whole lot of fun! Shake off the formality of winter events by adding playful details to your spring wedding. Throw in a pinwheel or two. Hand out lollipops. Create a dynamic kids' table that will make all the grown-ups green with envy. Spring weddings are the perfect time of year to play with whimsy.
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5 Conversations to Have Before Getting Married
2/27/17 10:24 AM
Maybe you're in premarital counseling right now, or maybe it's the last thing on your mind. Either way, you already know there are a few touchy issues engaged couples are "supposed" to talk about before making it official. Well, we asked a few seasoned couples therapists to tell it to us straight. They mapped out the tough talks to have with your soon-to-be spouse before heading down the aisle, so consider this your guide to counseling yourselves.
You should talk about: Kids
If it hasn't already come up, now's the time to discuss whether you want children. But here's the surprising thing: You shouldn't stop there. Our experts agreed that it's important to discuss where you each stand on the issues that'll crop up once you start trying to have kids and when the tykes are actually around. "Are you open to adoption if it's necessary?" asks Rebecca Hendrix, a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York. And once you have kids, "How should they be disciplined when they disobey?" asks Vivian Jacobs, a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York. Issues like these can become knock-down, drag-out fights later on, so it's better to discuss them now.
But it's okay to disagree on: How many kids you think you want right now. "Once a couple has their first kid, they'll have a better idea of how many children they really want," says Jaclyn Bronstein, a licensed mental health counselor in New York. Right now, the number isn't as important, Jacobs explains, "as long as you agree on a timetable -- how many years you want to wait before having children."
You should talk about: Money and your careers
One of the biggest things married couples fight about is finances, so talk now to skirt arguments later, Bronstein says. Decide whether you'll pool all your money or keep separate accounts, and determine which accounts you'll draw from for everyday expenses and for big investments. And if one of you is a spender and the other is a saver, choose amounts to set aside for the future and for personal spending that you'll both be satisfied with. "No one has the right answer to what your money strategy should be," Jacobs says. "You just have to live within your budget, figure out what works for you, and be reasonable and communicate." On the same note, talk about your career plans. Where do you want to be in five years? How do you see your 9-to-5 -- and your salary -- evolving over your lifetime? Getting both your expectations in line with reality will cut down on money-related arguments later, Jacobs says.
But it's okay to disagree on: How many hours you should be pulling at work right now. "If someone has a busy job and works 12- or 14-hour days, that might be a big issue at the beginning of a marriage," Bronstein says. "But maybe they agree that getting financially stable is more important in the long run." That's a trade-off that works, she says.
You should talk about: Religion and values
Our counselors all brought up faith and moral values -- they might not seem like a big deal now, but religion and morals play a bigger role in marriage than some couples expect. "For a lot of people, fights happen when the other person turns out to be more religious than they thought," says Bronstein. Adds Jacobs, "You might go into marriage not caring, but the problems start as the children arrive and you're deciding how to raise them." So talk about your faith, and how you see it affecting your shared life, right now.
But it's okay to disagree on: Issues with your in-laws. Those family matters are common hiccups in any marriage and they're survivable. For example, "You can agree that it's okay he goes to see his parents and it's okay that you don't come every time," Jacobs says. The crucial part is that neither of you feels like the in-laws get priority over you, she says.
You should talk about: How you'll handle fights
Arguments are inevitable, but our experts agreed that it's how couples handle them that determines whether they'll get through the fights. "Make sure you understand each other's way of managing conflict," Hendrix says. She suggests thinking back to a recent fight: What happened? "Did one person refuse to talk, while the other couldn't sleep without resolving the issue?" she asks. Whatever your argument style is, hash out what counts as acceptable fight behavior and what's off-limits. "Tweak how you handle arguments to accommodate each other. If she doesn't like to talk about it at 2 a.m., learn to pull back a little," Hendrix advises.
But it's okay to disagree on: The little things. "People are going to disagree about how to run the house, chores, who cleans the bathroom," Hendrix says. "But those are the kinds of things that people can, if they work on their communication style, work through."
You should talk about: Your deal breakers and your bucket lists
If there's anything else that you know will drive you nuts in a marriage, it's better to chat about it sooner rather than later. "Let your partner know that you won't be able to tolerate it if he's always flirtatious with other women or if she blows all the money at Atlantic City," says Jacobs. On the other hand, you should also be up front about the big life goals you're dying to accomplish. Aiming to live in another country or own your own business someday? "Make sure your partner knows about that dream and is open to it," Hendrix says.
But it's okay to disagree on: Your hobbies and pastimes. "If your partner isn't into one of your passions at all, you can continue to do it on your own," Hendrix says. The key is making sure that you're both okay with how much time you spend apart.
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