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Days are getting warmer and breezier, and our thoughts turn to the beach and having a beach wedding. If you are considering saying “I do” by the sea, here are a few fun ideas for your own oceanside event from around the web.

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Descriptions are clockwise from top left. Enjoy!

  • When considering a beach wedding, having well thought out accessories is a must! I think pearls (which come from the sea!) and aqua tones make for perfect accents – or even gifts for your bridesmaids. So lovely! See this full event on our blog here.
  • Why not have your reception outside – or at least your rehearsal dinner? This absolutely lovely event was an elopement and can be seen in full over on Coastal Bride. It’s a must see including babies with flower crowns. Adorable!
  • The ocean makes the perfect backdrop for a beach wedding, yet anchoring your space is a good idea. This archway is the perfect way to create a focal point at your wedding along with greenery lining the aisle. Gorgeous! See more of this wedding on Style Me Pretty.
  • Want to elope and have a special time just for the two of you? Well, taking care to include details makes a seaside wedding even more memorable. This beach elopement featured on Tidewater and Tulle is stunning!
  • The ocean seems to be a popular elopement spot as you will see in our posting with Andrew & Tianna here. If you can find a dock or boardwalk, it’s a great thing to include – either over or under makes for stunning shots!

Whether you are planning a beachside elopement, rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception, be sure to take a peek at our ideas. I think a beach wedding is dreamy and lovely. Happy planning!

PS. Even though beaches, docks, and boardwalks are normally public property, be sure to see if you need to seek permission for use!

Lynchburg Virginia Sweet DIY Wedding as seen on Hill City Bride

It’s definitely safe to say that I love Lynchburg weddings. They are so beautiful and diverse as there is such a variety of venues in the area, and one of my favorites is The Aviary (sidebar – I actually hosted my husband’s 25th surprise birthday party there). Shoshana and Erik had so many fun DIY wedding elements, and I adore the vintage feel and budget friendly ideas. Here are some of my favorite parts!

  • What a quintessential Lynchburg event! Again, The Aviary is one of my favorites due to its value and quaintness, but also a lovely church ceremony and a stop by Riverside Park showcase so much of some of the beautiful parts of our city.
  • The florals – ahhhh!!! Despite this being a DIY wedding, this couple chose to splurge on lovely floral design. From bouquets to table decor, the styling is impeccable. The centerpieces of florals with that “just picked” feel are so soft and welcoming.
  • Color palettes can be such a tough choice, but I adore the softness of lavender and pink with slight yellow accents. It’s beautiful and refreshing to see.
  • I adore all things vintage, and it’s so sweet that Shoshana incorporated a vintage hankie to conceal a thank you gift. Other vintage touches include the signage for the desserts made from antique spools and paper with a feel of yesteryear. Gorgeous and creative!
  • Last, but certainly not least – be sure to take note of the floral backdrop. Shoshana made this focal piece herself, and it’s constructed out of large paper flowers. So stunning – what a showstopper! Now she makes paper flower walls and even rents out the one she made. How fun!

Ok, without further due, I hope you enjoy your trip to Lynchburg, Virginia for this sweet DIY wedding today!

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5 Wedding Cake Topper Ideas from Etsy as seen on Hill City Bride

One of my favorite parts of a wedding is – the cake! Not only are they delicious and pretty, but you can personalize and show your personality through a unique wedding cake topper. I gathered 5 ideas via Etsy to inspire you for your own big day. Wedding cake topper ideas are clockwise from top left.

  1. This little banner proclaiming “just married” is so sweet! It offers a lovely, handmade feel while not taking away from the wedding cake itself. What an adorable cake topper! You can find it via Etsy here.
  2. How fun to use a wedding cake topper with your new last name. This laser cut wood round adds interest while creating a lovely keepsake for you to utilize after your wedding day. Choose your own saying for this personalized topper you can find here.
  3. Cute cute cute! This wedding cake topper features none other than you as a couple. Customize these little peg dolls with hair color, skin tones and style, and you have a cute little Mr. and Mrs. that you can display in your home. Love this idea – adorable!! Order your own via handANAhada here.
  4. Branching off of our second idea, not only can you have your last name, but you can personalize your cake with your first names. I adore the fact that this is round with leaves – so lovely and natural. Take a peek at all of your options for this style here.
  5. Speaking of names, you can offer your guests a glimpse of your first initials together. This formed wire wedding cake topper can be personalized with both your initials and a color wire of your choosing. What a fun topper – and a fun keepsake. Check out this handmade style here.

Aren’t those fun choices? Not only can you pick your wedding cake’s style and flavor, but adding a wedding cake topper is a fun way to have a little fun while creating a keepsake from your special day.

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When it comes to treating your guests to something to remember your special day, why not consider something that will flourish and last long after the wedding? Assuming that no black thumbs are involved, that is! Take a peek at our eco-friendly, plantable wedding favors inspiration today – your guests will thank you. Plus, I do have to say that these wedding DIY projects are really budget friendly and easily attainable. I shopped for and made all of these in just about two hours. Not bad I’d say! And all of my supplies – plants, picks and containers – were around $20 in total. Take a peek.

Eco-Friendly Plantable Wedding Favors Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

Before we get into the DIY part of this posting, take a look at the full gamut of plantable wedding favors below. I think they make a cute, eclectic collection for any event – a party, shower or wedding. Also, some of these can do double duty as replacing a centerpiece with all of the color and greenery. So pretty! All of my supplies were purchased locally at Farmer’s Seed and Supply in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.

Eco-Friendly Plantable Wedding Favors Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

First, it’s the ever-friendly seed packet. I have shown it three ways for you, and each cost around $1.10 with the seeds and packaging. If you are looking for more seed packet ideas other than what you see below, check here.

  • Like a play on words? Survey all of the seed packets to come up with something catchy. Here, I chose “Sweet Peas” and wrote “‘peas’ accept our ‘sweet’ thanks” along with the initials of the couple. So cute!
  • Our local store sells seeds that are store packaged. And by that I mean they aren’t very pretty. Ha! Basically, the seeds are in a clear plastic baggie with a white sticky label, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make good favors! I wrapped the seed packet in newspaper, gave it a ribbon and put the sentiment “sowing the seeds of love” which is so cute. I chose a mix of salad green seeds to put inside.
  • Last – but not least – I adore it when something can do double duty. The seed packet has a sweet, vintage scene, and I utilized it as a place card by writing the guest’s name on it. So fun – and inexpensive!

Eco-Friendly Plantable Wedding Favors Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

Speaking of place cards. I have three ideas for you below.

  • Again, you will see the seed packet name card.
  • Succulents are also very en vogue, so why not use them as place cards also? I took this little guy out of his pot, and purchased tiny peat pots for a cost of under $2.00 each. Writing the name on with a steady hand before planting the succulent was easy peasy. Do NOT water the succulent afterwards or your text will run. I’d suggest watering any of these plants the day before to keep your reception tables or favor table dry at your wedding. The best thing about a peat pot is that it can be planted directly in the ground. Love that! If you are looking for an online source for succulents if you can’t find them locally in quantity, just check here.
  • The ultimate plantable wedding favor just might be a bulb. Here, I did a little bit more of an involved wedding DIY, yet it was still really simple! I purchased a clear pot to stabilize everything. The bulb is a lily – I actually chose the bulb based on the foliage, not what the flower would look like, although this will become a lovely yellow lily someday! My stellar idea, truly, is the name tag. I was so proud of myself for this one. Ha! The metal stake is actually what you use to pin sod down into the ground, but I added washi tape and a fancy post it note (two so it was double sided) to use it as a place card. Love it! Oh, and the sawdust is what the bulb was resting in at the store, so I used that for decor also. Adding the “lily flower” label helps guests know what it is, and the “watch our love bloom” is just a cute saying. I also put matching washi tape around the bottom of the clear flower pot to add visual interest. Voila! This project was under $3.00.

Eco-Friendly Plantable Wedding Favors Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

The next collection is a little more simple, yet still has high impact when it comes to dressing up your wedding reception tables and treating your guests to an eco-friendly wedding favor. The prices of these varied depending on the plant, but they are all under $3.00 each below.

  • Newspaper adds a cute element, so I actually just left the adorable succulent in it’s tiny pot from the store and surrounded it with newspaper and a ribbon. Choose a ribbon that coordinates with your wedding palette!
  • I’m also slightly obsessed with the look of these peat pots. They are SUPER inexpensive – anywhere from 10 to 30 cents each, and they are so convenient because you can just pop them into the ground with the plant in them. They degrade into the soil and actually provide some nutrients for the growing plant. Stellar! Here I wrote “watch love grow” and also used one for a bulb with a cute, round label. And, of course, our name card one makes another appearance. If you can’t find peat pots locally, here is a good source.

Eco-Friendly Plantable Wedding Favors Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

Our store also had black pots, which I thought would be fun for a chalkboard sign effect. I wrote “thank you” and planted the super cutest flowers in them. I adore how the bottom looks like grass and the top is flowy and free. ONE important point: be sure to include the plant tag and/or instructions with each of these. I cut off the bottom of the instruction tag that came with the plant and tucked it inside so that the recipient could see it, yet it wouldn’t be obtrusive or detract from the favor itself.

Eco-Friendly Plantable Wedding Favors Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

Last, but certainly not least, is a tomato plant. The tag for the plant and its original (unattractive) 4 pack container – split in two – is all hidden and covered by quaint newspaper wrapping and a fun ribbon. Our store had plant markers, so I wrote a quick “love grows” on it to coordinate with the theme of weddings. This was under $2.00. If you are looking for an online source for ribbon inspiration just check here.

Eco-Friendly Plantable Wedding Favors Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

Aren’t those fun ideas for eco-friendly, plantable wedding favors? Quick, easy, creative and inexpensive. I love them all! Let me know if you try any of them. Also, please remember that these are living things and provide some sort of take home instructions for your attendees. I would also stress to water these the day before your wedding or event and also not water them while they are in the peat pots. Enjoy and happy planting!

Eco-Friendly Plantable Wedding Favors Inspiration as seen on Hill City Bride

  • Friday Favorites- 5/12 - Virginia Bloggers - […] Got a wedding on the horizon? Maybe just a big party? How cute are these plantable party favors? […]

  • Sara - These are gorgeous and such a great alternative. Love it!! This is something I would have done for my wedding.

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Ah! This wedding has such a lovely color palette, and there’s a great reason. Aaron and Hollis were married on the day of the Kentucky Derby (which is happening this weekend!), so they decided to give nods to the event. The most darling ring bearer was her dog, adorned appropriately with his own tuxedo, and a fun southern dinner of shrimp and grits, as well as sweet potatoes with all the fun toppings, was served;

Here are some fun ideas for your own Kentucky Derby wedding:

  • Their décor was complete with derby cups.
  • Red and dark pink roses are used at the derby, which were incorporated into their wedding florals (which are also pantone inspired).
  • The table numbers framed with horses.
  • A custom ice sculpture of a horse was placed in the buffet area.
  • Bright spring colors, tiffany blue dresses, and the groom and groomsmen were custom styled in suits with colorful bowties.
  • Guests wore hats and traditional derby attire.
  • They had a fun photo booth complete with derby hats to dress in.
  • Chair décor down the aisle even included horse shoes.
  • The bride started down the aisle to the traditional bugle start of the derby (how fun is that?).
  • After the family pictures were finished the bride changed into a second dress for the reception and the derby was live streamed for all the guests to watch.

Be sure to take note of all of the fun details and be inspired for your own Kentucky Derby party. So fun – enjoy!

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