Is an Aisle Runner Right for Your Wedding?

Using a wedding aisle runner isn't necessarily a "must-have", but it is a wonderful extra detail that you may want to include. WhereBridesGo.com features most of the products that you will need to throw a wedding, including some beautiful aisle runners. 


An interesting fact: people once believed that evil spirits lived beneath the surface of the earth, and an aisle runner protected the bride from being attacked by them. Today, they are used for both practical and decorative purposes. Here are some reasons why using one of these in your wedding could be a perfect fit for you. 


Protects Your Dress

Walking on an aisle runner rather than the actual ground or floor can help protect the bride's dress from anything that might snag the bottom of the gown or a floor-length veil. It also acts as a barrier between your gorgeous wedding dress and the dirt that will inevitably be on the ground from guests walking on it to their seats.

Adds Elegance

Using a runner down the center of the aisle adds a traditional elegance to the wedding ceremony, and it can make the bride's grand entrance more memorable. The aisle runners at WhereBridesGo.com can be personalized with sayings, your names, the wedding date, and wedding colors, and the personalization comes in a variety of lovely options. This makes our aisle runners as special as the love they represent.   


Aisle Runner Tips

Always make sure that your aisle runner is secured to the ground. Most of ours feature an adhesive strip backing for secure placement. If you choose to use an aisle runner outdoors, double-check that you have it down well enough that it will not blow off of the ground easily. 

The pull cords on most of our aisle runners make it simple for your ushers to unroll it just before the entrance. If you prefer to have the runner already in place before the wedding, block the center aisle so that no guests walk on it, and let guests take their seats from the outer aisles instead.


After the Wedding

One idea that may be keeping you from purchasing an aisle runner is the fact that it will only be used once. While this is true, there are some wonderful things that you can do with the runner after your wedding to turn it into a sweet keepsake.

  • Frame it: Cut out the personalized section of your aisle runner and frame it to be displayed in your home. You can even make a collage with some of your wedding photos around it. 
  • Make a wall hanging: Turn it into a decorative piece of art to hang from a rod on the wall.
  • Sew it onto a quilt: That exquisite monogram that you picked out would look incredible sewn on to the front of a quilt or blanket to cuddle up underneath with your new spouse.  

The choice to use an aisle runner for your wedding is a personal decision. During the wedding planning process, discuss the pros and cons with your spouse. If it's easily within your budget, go for it! Check out the beautiful aisle runners available at WhereBridesGo.com to help with that decision. You may find something there you simply can't do without. 





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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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2016 Wedding Cake Trends & Cake Topper History

The focal point of any reception, besides the bride of course, is the wedding cake. Guests can't help but head straight over to see what beautiful creation will be served up for dessert. These delicious cakes are works of art, adorned with romantic, whimsical, or classic wedding cake toppers that people love to admire.  

WhereBridesGo.com did a bit of research and discovered a few wedding cake designs that seem to be very popular this season. While the type of cake that you choose to have at your wedding is completely up to personal preference, these 2016 wedding cake trends may inspire your decision. 

THE CAKES



Metallic

Many of these cake trends directly mimic the same general 2016 wedding trends that we wrote about at the end of last year. One of these is the use of metallics in the decor. Nowadays, your cake icing can have this shiny sheen too. It can be the entire cake, the details piped onto it, or even a shimmery metallic ribbon decoratively place around each tier. 


White-On-White

This may sound very plain, especially after talking about shiny metallic cakes. On the contrary, a cake iced with white and decorated with white details on top of that offers a lovely, classic look. The addition of different textures gives the traditional feel a contemporary twist. A very popular texture to use is icing that replicates the look of delicate lace. 


Woodland Inspired


Another popular wedding trend is "bringing the outside inside." This is often carried over to the cake, incorporating natural elements into the way it is decorated. This can be done with real flowers or edible sugar versions. Talented cake designers have no problem making yummy leaves, branches, and flowers that closely resemble the real thing. These cakes are especially perfect for an outdoor or rustic wedding. 



Ruffled

A frilly trend that can look both elegant and whimsical is the appearance of ruffles. This is another fascinating texture that makes one amazing wedding cake. Similar to the ruffles, many couples choose to have rosettes placed all over the surface of the cake, turning it into an edible floral centerpiece. These ruffly looks also work brilliantly with the ombre colors that many brides still love.


Naked

This wedding cake trend seems to be standing the test of time. With this version, you skip the icing on the outside of the cake and decorate instead with berries or florals. Some bakers slightly skim a bit of the buttercream from between the layers around the outside of the cake for a semi-naked look.  


Painted

We have seen a few different versions of this: a watercolor effect on fondant, food coloring directly painted on a "naked" cake, and even an intricate stained glass effect. The idea is to have the cake designer (aka- artist) make the outside of your dessert look like it was hand painted. Watercolors and pastels are showing up in wedding decor a lot now too.  



THE CAKE TOPPERS

Originally, wedding cake toppers were a representation of the bride and groom dressed in their formal attire. Today, these toppers come in every size, shape, and style that you can imagine. They can be monograms, shapes, or the traditional bride and groom in not-so-traditional depictions. They can represent the couple's personality, a hobby they share, be romantic, or be hilarious. 

The story that kept popping up when we looked into the history of the wedding cake topper is over a century old. A baker's daughter requested a symbol that would show everyone the undying love between herself and the groom. After thinking long and hard about this, the father decided to place figurines that looked like the bride and groom on top of their wedding cake. It was successful because the bride was overjoyed, and soon everyone was doing it. 


When you are ready to choose your own wedding cake topper, our website has an incredible selection to choose from, a few of which you have seen in today's blog. There's a lot more where those came from! WhereBridesGo.com is your one-stop-shop for all of your wedding accessories.






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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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Tips for a Meaningful Vow Renewal

May is Recommitment Month. WhereBridesGo.com decided that this would be the perfect time to focus on the husbands and wives that want to say "I do" to each other all over again. Vow renewals are a wonderful way to remember all of those lovely promises that you made to each other on your wedding day. 


The definition of commitment is "the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself; a pledge or promise; a promise to be loyal to someone or something." The prefix "re" means to do something again. A vow renewal can happen for a variety of different reasons, and at any time that you feel like making it happen. 


Why renew your vows?

Some couples simply want to remind each other that they still hold all of the promises made on their wedding day near and dear to their hears. Others may not have had the money for a big wedding when they were younger, and they want to fix that now that they can afford one. 

There is no set time when a vow renewal is supposed to happen. It can be on a landmark anniversary, or it can happen at a random time just because you feel like it. You may even want to make it a yearly event in some small way if you are extremely romantic.   


Things to know

There is no right way or wrong way to do this. Much like planning a wedding, you should do what makes you as a couple the happiest. It can be a great big party for everyone you've met over the years, a small gathering for your closest family and friends, or simply the two of you. 

There are a few things to take care of to get the ball rolling. You will need to choose a site, date, and level of formality you want for the event. A guest list must be made too, and the size of the party may help you make those other decisions.

Since you are already married, the ceremony doesn't need to be a legally binding one. Therefore, anyone can officiate. It's perfectly acceptable to have a close friend or even one of your children officiate. It could be a nice touch to find the person that originally married you and ask them to do it all over again.

A wedding party is meant to act as the witnesses at a wedding. They are not necessary for a vow renewal, but once again, if you want to have attendants, go for it. You may want to use the same friends that stood up for you the first time. Children from your marriage are also a wonderful choice for attendants.


No one is "giving you away" this time around, so the walk down the aisle will be a bit different. A child of yours can step in and do the honors of delivering Mom to Dad, or the couple can choose to enter together. 

When it comes to the exchange of rings, one option is to buy a new set to mark the occasion. You may also use your current wedding rings, but have them newly engraved for this special day.

Gift registries are not needed for a vow renewal ceremony. Guests should not be expected to bring presents. If they insist, maybe request that they make a donation to a charity that you care about. 

Fun vow renewal ideas

If you want this vow renewal to be like a second wedding, put a fun "2nd time around" twist to everything. 

  • Theme the entire event something like "I do, take 2!"
  • Put signs on the back of your chairs that say "Still his Mrs." & "Still her Mr."
  • Hang banners that say "Just Married Again"
  • Use the number of years you have been married for your cake topper. 
  • Use the phrase "We still do!" on invitations.  
  • Make an extended timeline for your relationship: date you met, date you fell in love, date you got engaged, date you got married, date you had kids, date you renewed your vows
  • Fill the path to everyone's seats with a chronological photo tour of from the wedding day up until today.
  • Recreate photo poses from your original wedding. 


Whether you choose to hold an official vow renewal or privately renew your promises to each other, Recommitment Month is an excellent reminder that those important promises that you made are just as important today as always. WhereBridesGo.com has a large selection of wedding accessories online that will also work perfectly for a vow renewal celebration. You can go big or stay small, but it's the special thought involved that truly counts.   





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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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