Wedding Inspiration: 10 Ways to Decorate the Cocktail Bar

Where’s the first place your guests run to once the ceremony is over? The cocktail bar (to enjoy your signature drinks, natch!). They’ll also return to the bar multiple times throughout the night, which is why it’s the perfect place to dress up with personalized touches and creative wedding details. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ways to make your reception’s cocktail bar really stand out.

Ways to decorate your cocktail bar

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Wedding Inspiration: Disco-Ball Details for a Winter Wedding

Disco Balls

If you’re planning a New Year’s Eve wedding, one of the first things that comes to mind: disco balls! Sure, you can hang one over the dance floor. But there are so many more creative ways to incorporate sparkly disco balls into your wedding celebration. Here are 10 of my favorites to consider.

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Wedding Inspiration: 8 Cozy Ways to Use Faux Fur

There’s nothing more cozy than snuggling up with a faux-fur throw on a cold winter day. But faux fur isn’t just for your house (or closet) anymore, there are some really fun ways to incorporate it into your wedding day! From glam to rustic, adding a furry touch can warm up a frosty winter wedding. Here are some of my favorite ideas.

Fur Wedding Decor

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DIY Wedding: Personalized Keychain Favors (With Tassels!)

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

Wedding place card

If you’re getting married sometime soon, you may be experiencing a bit of Pinterest fatigue. There are so many great wedding ideas out there, but it can be difficult to come up with something unique to share with your guests. My solution is always to think of something you love and then personalize it! Adding each guest’s name or even a meaningful quote is the kind of personal touch that will keep them talking your wedding long after it’s over.

For this DIY wedding favor, I decided to make personalized keychains inspired by vintage hotel room keys. You know the ones with large metal discs stamped with the room number and perhaps an added tassel? Here’s how to create your own that are personalized with your guests’ names.

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Wedding Inspiration: 10 Easy Ways to Use Rubber Stamps

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Decor

Back when I was a kid, I was a little obsessed with rubber stamps. I used them on scrapbooks, notes for my friends, you name it. I’m sure we all had a little fun with them, right? And then we grew up, but that doesn’t mean the stamping fun has to end. These rubber stamps—some are store bought and some are custom made—are the perfect way to add an easy, DIY touch to your wedding day. Here are 10 of my favorite ways to use them on your big day.

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Minted Real Wedding: Grace & Michael at Reif Estate Winery

For today’s Minted Real Wedding, we’re heading to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, where Grace and Mike hosted a farmers’ market-inspired wedding on the grounds of an elegant winery. Beneath the lush canopy of a towering tree, the couple exchanged vows and then celebrated with their 117 guests during their alfresco garden luncheon.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to heather@minted.com.

Reif Estate wedding, Niagara, Ontario

Bride’s name: Grace Foo
Groom’s name: Michael Armstrong
Wedding date: July 21, 2013 
Location: Grand Victorian mansion at Reif Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Number of guests: 117
Minted wedding invitation: “White Shadows” (letterpressed) by Jessica Williams for Minted
Photographer: Andrew Mark Photography 

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Wedding Inspiration: 10 Fall Favors

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Favors

Fall means comfort food, sweet scents, and cozy decor, and if you’re having a fall wedding, incorporating those details into your big day is always a good idea. A simple way to do it: Send your wedding guests home with one of these fall-inspired favors. Whether you’re into DIY or prefer ready-made pieces, here are 10 of my favorites fall favors from around the web.

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DIY Napkins (That Double As Place Cards!)

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Place Cards

Looking to add some personalized touches to your wedding reception? Place cards are a great way to do that. With so many options out there—from simple tented cards to wedding favors that also function as place cards—it might be hard to narrow it down to just one choice. To help, I wanted to share one of my favorite place-card ideas, and it’s something I’ve done for my own dinner parties. There are several different ways you can execute them to match the style of your table, so read on to see how to quickly and easily create your own!

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Elements of Style: Dark Romance

Who says floral prints are only for spring? Taking cues from the recent fashion runways—where dark, painterly flowers were all the rage—luxe, moody florals take root for fall, adding an elegant-yet-edgy undertone that’s well-suited for an autumnal wedding.

Dark floral patterns for a fall wedding

1. SEND // this invite
Floral Chalkboard” invitation by Kristie Kern for Minted

2. PICK // this dress for your bridesmaids
Floral-print knee-length dress from ASOS

3. CARRY // this bouquet
Bouquet of dahlias, chrysanthemums, and dusty miller by the Seasonal Bouquet Project

4. PACK // for the honeymoon
“Opulent Blooms” polycarbonate suitcase by Ted Baker

5. CUT // this cake
Dark chocolate-covered cake with sugar flowers by Jonathan Caleb

6. GIVE // these favors
Dark chocolate and mixed berries chocolate bar by Compartés

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Wedding Inspiration: 10 Creative Welcome Signs

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

DIY welcome sign

One thing I think is an important yet often overlooked wedding detail is the welcome sign. Your friends and family are traveling to attend your celebration, and they are most likely visiting the wedding site for the very first time. Help them get their bearings and also set the tone for the rest of the wedding day with a gorgeous welcome sign. This makes for a great DIY project, but there are also a ton of pre-made versions out there you can order and customize. Here are 10 of my favorite welcome-sign ideas:

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