DC LGBT Wedding Show: Say I Do! is Back in DC on June 1st

Romancers! Save the date for one of our favorite DC wedding shows, Say I Do!. We’ve been so fortunate to be involved with this amazing show in previous years and are excited to be involved again this year. Say I Do! returns to DC this year on June 1st at the Hotel Palomar in Dupont Circle. We’ll have a ticket giveaway happening in the next few weeks, but for now, check out their website and Facebook page and look for more here on ways to interact with DC’s best LGBT-wedding expo.

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The Best Nontraditional & Nonreligious Wedding Ceremony Readings

Trying to Google “non-religious wedding readings” or “alternative wedding readings” brings you to a BUNCH of different websites, with no real, concise display of options. A million years ago I did this search myself, and landed on a SUPER LONG thread over on Offbeat Bride – but I just knew there had to be an easier way (or place) to list these. So when my co-worker asked me last week for some suggestions on nonreligious and alternative wedding readings, I knew just where to go – Facebook. Thanks to my amazing fans, I have a GREAT roundup of alternative wedding readings from literature, poems, songs, movies, and MORE. Check out the list we have (and leave us comments to continue adding to this post!).

The Best Nontraditional & Nonreligious Wedding Ceremony Readings

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[Anne & Jessica’s Summer Garden Wedding by Photo Lady Love]


From Literature:

William Shakespeare: Sonnet 116

The Irrational Season By Madeleine L’Engle

A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton

To Love Is Not To Possess by James Kavanaugh

Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

To Keep Your Marriage Brimming – Ogden Nash

From Poetry:

On Friendship by Roy Croft

How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog by Taylor Mali

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

I’ll Always Belong to Myself by Rex X

The Master Speed by Robert Frost (originally written by him for his own daughter’s wedding!)

From Quotes:

Love Is… by Captain Corellis Mandolin

Instructions For Life In The New Millennium – by His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama

From Movies:

I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness, to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed, and to share the silence when they are not, to agree to disagree about red velvet cake, to live within the warmth of your heart, and always call it home – from THE VOW


Ok  – keep adding! What did I miss!?

Christine & Phillip’s Spring DIY Wedding at Top of the Town in Arlington, VA

This Spring Northern Virginia wedding at Top of the Town is REALLY getting me in the mood for pastel colors and sunshine. I LOVE the mix of teal and pink in their color design and the couple kept things eclectic with a mix of understated vintage details. Plus they did their first dance to a Red Hot Chili Peppers song – how awesome is that? Check out Christine & Phillip’s DIY Spring Wedding feature. Thanks to Kirsten Marie Photography for submitting this one to us – a perfect Spring wedding to celebrate the first day of Spring!

Christine & Phillip’s DIY Spring Northern Virginia Wedding at Top of the Town

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Photographer:  Kirsten Marie Photography | Cake Designer: Dama Pastry | Invitation Designer: Mayla Studios | Floral Designer: MelleFleur | Reception Venue: Top of the Town | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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We included pastel colors everywhere to deliver a vintage kaleidoscope effect , an eclectic mix of glassware for the fingers to touch, which we’ve also recently noticed to be popular in trendy speakeasies, and pink up lighting that bridged classic ambiance with views of a global city.

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Click inside for SO MUCH more from Christine & Phillip’s Spring DIY wedding at Top of the Town

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Ring Bearer Pillow

Happy DIY Wednesday Romancers! I am in a fog of lack of sleep after a bachelorette party weekend in AC and then a quick 2 day trip to Florida to visit Andy’s grandpa. So please excuse my grumpiness, typos, and other sleep-deprived nuances. Today we are sharing the last of our 1 Napkin, 3 Projects DIY tutorial series from Ribbons & Bluebirds. We already covered an adorable DIY Bouquet Wrap and a DIY Fabric Bowtie and for today we have a DIY Ring Bearer Pillow!

Our last project is the ring pillow – the final DIY project to tie together some wedding details. Check out the step-by-step tutorial.

How To Make a DIY Ring Bearer Pillow

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 fabric napkin, at least 16×16” square
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Hot glue gun (low heat if you’re like me and end up touching the glue a lot!)
  • Hem tape
  • Ribbon or twine for finishing
  • Cotton batting for stuffing, like you would use for quilting or upholstery.  (If you know you will never use cotton batting again, use jumbo cotton balls instead.)

The last of our napkin DIYs is just as simple as the first two – a ring pillow you can make in half an hour using your iron and hot glue gun!  This is a low key project with lots of ways for you to personalize – add a buttons or appliques, extra ribbons or a band of lace, or just keep it plain and start with a great fabric for personality.

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Step 1. Start with a corner of your napkin (you may want to refer to your cutting diagram if you’re making all 3 projects) and cut a square keeping the two hemmed edges.

Iron a ¼” fold from the raw edges onto the back of the napkin to create a flap to cover the hem tape.  You may also want to clip the corner to help keep it neat and flat.

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Step 2. Cut your hem tape to fit the length of each raw side, and set it under the ironed ¼” fold.  Use your iron to set the hem tape – refer to the hem tape instructions for exactly how long you should keep your iron over the tape, but when you’re done it will be a secure bond and you will now have 4 finished edges of your square.

Step 3. Starting with the finished corner you just made with the hem tape as the “bottom,” fold the bottom and side flaps towards the middle like you’re making an envelope.  The bottom flap edges want to be slightly overlapped by the two side flaps, as this will help you glue.

Step 4. Starting in the corner with a little extra glue, apply a thin band of hot glue to the bottom flap’s edges one side at a time. Press the side flap over the glue band but be careful not to glue the whole thing to the back of the pouch – you want to make sure the middle stays open to receive stuffing. Repeat this with the other side.

Step 5. Cut a strip of batting that is just narrower than the pouch, and about 2 or 3x as long.  Fold this over on itself a few times, and slide it into the pouch.

Step 6. Fold the top flap down, and secure with hot glue if you would like.

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Finish the pillow with ribbons or twine to hold the rings, and you’re all set!

What do you think!?

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We can’t thank Ribbons & Bluebirds enough for sharing this awesome DIY wedding tutorial series! Let us know if you use them and make your own DIY bowtie, DIY ring bearer pillow or DIY bouquet wrap for your wedding!

Wedding Advice: Wedding Invitation “Must Haves” with Little Bird Creative

Today’s Friday Inspiration post comes to us in the form of an educational guest post from Little Bird Creative! Carina, owner of Little Bird Creative, is on hand today to teach us all about wedding invitation “Must Haves”. What does that mean? Well, to put it simply, wedding invitation suites can include a MYRIAD of options. You could get PRETTY carried away when it comes to your wedding invites, but you really don’t have to! I mean, let’s remember here that an invitation, at its core, is mostly a piece of information – a way to provide your guests with the information they need, to properly navigate your wedding weekend. Now, that’s not to say that you can’t include some snazzy envelope liners, or maybe a scratch-off RSVP or maybe even a scratch-n-sniff invitation (man I wish I had a DIY tutorial link for THAT one!), but they aren’t really “Must Haves”. So here’s Carina to break those down for you instead.

Wedding Invitation Must Haves with Little Bird Creative

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[Design & Printing: Little Bird Creative, Letterpress | Image: Sweet Root Village]

Couples often have questions about which stationery items they need for their wedding invitation suite. More and more you see accommodation information, maps, and other cards communicating every detail with guests. Lots of couples enjoy adding envelope liners, folders, etc. You might receive invitations from friends and feel compelled to follow suit, but you really only need a few pieces of elegant stationery to communicate the wedding details to your family and friends.

Here’s a list of “must haves” and what they should communicate. The simplest of wedding invitations should really only require an invite card, a reception card, and an RSVP card!

1. Wedding Invitation Card should be sure to include:

  • the names of the host(s) (either your parents or yourselves)
  • first names of the bride and groom (middle names optional and include your last names if you are also the hosts)
  • date and start time of the wedding
  • wedding ceremony venue name
  • wedding reception venue location (unless it’s the same as the ceremony venue)

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2. Reception Card:

This card is only necessary if the ceremony and reception will be held at different locations. Be sure to include the start time and address of the reception venue (zip code is not required).

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3. RSVP Card:

RSVP cards are the best way to collect the names and attendance numbers as well as the meal choice from guests, if necessary. Traditional suites will include a stamped envelope for guest to return the card, but for more casual weddings couples might use a RSVP postcard.

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It’s also a good rule of thumb to not forget to get Thank You notes too. If you order these with your invites, early on in the wedding planning process, then you will already have them on hand to use after showers and for early gift givers. A good stationery designer or associate will have additional resources to assist you with your specific etiquette needs.
Hard to believe, but that’s really ALL you need when it comes to your wedding invitations! Doesn’t that simplify things a bit!? A special thanks to Little Bird Creative for sharing today’s guest post!
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