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Beyond Bridal Magazines

lanternIt’s natural to want to pick up bridal magazines to research everything you need (and want) to know about planning your wedding. You’ll find lots of planning advice along with beautiful pictures of wedding gowns, bridal bouquets, and features of real weddings. If you like to entertain and throw parties, you’re probably one of many brides that loves the wedding planning process. It’s because you’re into the little details that will separate your wedding from all others and make it special. So when searching for inspiration, go beyond bridal magazines and websites and take a look at a variety of other types of magazines for some ideas.

Personally, I love to entertain and am always searching for a reason to throw a party or an event. I love co-ed themed parties as well as girly foo foo ones that allow me to break out my best china and glassware. Like most brides, I could probably spend hours looking at the beautiful details of weddings that have taken place. I love the overall look and feel, color schemes, place settings, favor and gift ideas – all of it! Well, don’t limit yourself to bridal magazines. You can find lots of creative ideas for place settings, special decoration touches, and more from magazines like Martha Stewart, Better Homes & Gardens, Coastal Living, Cottage Living and more. There are so many every day ideas that you can make your own.

(Above, this beach theme lantern would be a beautiful centerpiece for an outdoor beach theme wedding and yet it is intended as a home decor piece. Think outside the box!)

The holidays are always an excuse for magazines to create special features for cooking & decorating. You can get some great ideas on how to extend some of these ideas into your wedding. For example, Martha Stewart has a “Crafts” section on her website. You can watch a video of how she creates a candy cane centerpiece for the Christmas holiday. Why not create one of these as part of a candy buffet at your winter or Christmas themed reception – or several on a smaller scale as centerpieces on longer rectangular wedding reception tables?

In Better Homes & Gardens, they show some summer party centerpieces using hurricane glasses, candles and flowers on cake pedestals. These would be beautiful for a summer outdoor wedding.

So whenever you’re in the doctor’s office or waiting area with magazines, pick up a home improvement, vacation, travel or even food magazine for inspiration!