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Your wedding save the date (or invitation) is the first impression that people have of your wedding, and your thank you notes are the last impression. We want you to put your best foot last (so to speak) with our creative thank you note ideas. So, whether it is for your bridal shower, wedding gift or even to thank your vendors and friends who helped out, be sure to take a peek at these creative ideas!

Send out those thank you notes quickly after your wedding shower and before you become a Mrs! We love these from Karly K on Etsy.

Wedding Shower Thank You by Karly K as seen on Hill City Bride

This cute postcard saves postage, looks cute in the mail, and also requires preplanning in utilizing your wedding day photos. What a fun way to thank your guests from Signatures by Sarah.

Signatures by Sarah Postcard as seen on Hill City Bride

Like the postcard idea? Me too! These are from Designed by Brenda on Etsy.

Designed by Brenda Thank You as seen on Hill City Bride

Wedding Paper Divas also has pretty options for sending out a post-wedding thank you using photos.

Wedding Paper Divas Photo Thank You Cards as seen on Hill City Bride

Of course we adore Minted, and they have lots of great designs including these that you can send out right after your wedding (no photo required). Plus, you can order lots and lots of these to use throughout the years as Mr. and Mrs. Also, receive $25 off of $50 from Minted by clicking here!

Thank You Note from Minted as seen on Hill City Bride

It’s always fun to stage a photo from your wedding day to use for your thank you notes. I love this book one from Intimate Weddings.

Book Thank You from Intimate Weddings as seen on Hill City Bride

If you don’t want to wait for your wedding photos, you can always stage a photo during your engagement photos like these ideas from Martha Stewart Weddings and Kiss the Groom. Both are such cute thank you note ideas!

Preplanned Wedding Thank You Note as seen on Hill City Bride

If you like a little something more out of the norm, be sure to check out these fun invites via Etsy.

Offbeat Etsy Thank You Printable as seen on Hill City Bride

Want to have something made quickly? Why not take an Instagram photo and have a Polaroid style thank you card made? Love this… it’s so cute and via Etsy.

Polariod Style Wedding Thank You from Etsy as seen on Hill City Bride

We hope you gained some inspiration! Let us know if you try any of these thank you note ideas or if you have an amazing one of your own. Happy wedding planning!

  • Sheila Markel - I just used Postable for my thank yous and it was amazing. You type the messages on the site and then they print and mail them to everybody for you. Everybody thought the cards were handwritten :)

  • Jennifer - Sheila! I must check that out… it sounds amazing (and so easy). Thanks for the tip. I am sure that many brides will appreciate it.

Ah! It’s time to party… the wedding is over, and the reception has begun (ok, well, I know not literally yet, but the time will come when the planning is over and party time is here). There are many special moments throughout the day, and the special dances at the reception are some of the most tear jerking and important. We compiled a list of mother son dance song suggestions for you to take a peek at.

There are all sorts of different genres on here. Whether you want a classic song, a new hit, something fast or something slow, there are many to choose from. I hope this helps you plan your reception music!

Mother Son Dance Song Suggestions

If you would like ideas for other dances and parts of your wedding and reception, be sure to check out our board on Pinterest. There are lots of ideas there!

*photo by Make Less Noise*

Yum! I’ll be the first to admit that the term “brigadeiro” is new to me, but it being chocolate AND able to be rolled in just about any topping, I’d say it’s a hit with me already. These would be great for a shower or even a wedding favor. This recipe was submitted by Megan from 12:33 Photography, and here is what she had to say along with her recipe.

WHEN clients come to my studio, I always try to have something special. Whether it’s lemon sugar cookieslavender shortbread squares or these brigadeiros, a nice drink and something homemade is the southern lady coming out in me.

This recipe is simple to make! The hardest part was not “testing” the chocolate as it cooled. I must say, on recipes like this, I always use the best ingredients. I had some Askinosie Cocoa Powder (oh, so good!) I used instead of the Dutch cocoa powder recommended. Seek out good cocoa powder! I also rolled each ball in coconut. Not for any reason except we love coconut!

Next time, I’m thinking of making this recipe a little southern with chopped pecans. Some walnuts would also be nice. Once my mint plant gets a little bigger, I’ll try finely chopping a few leaves and mixing them in right before I remove the chocolate mixture from the stove. There are so many ways to make this recipe something special with minimal effort!

I tripled the recipe and tossed the balls in the freezer for serving at a later time.

Brigadiero Recipe as seen on Hill City Bride

Brigadeiros

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Topping Options

  • chocolate sprinkles
  • shredded coconut
  • crushed Oreo’s
  • rainbow sprinkles
  • pecans or walnuts

Method

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cocoa powder, butter and condensed milk.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. The consistency should be thick after cooking. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture rest until cool enough to touch.
  3. Scoop the mixture into small balls, about 3/4 inch in diameter, and roll in the topping of your preference. Chill before serving.

Enjoy!

I’ve been doing a lot of pinning on Pinterest lately, and one thing that I have started to dream about and pin are honeymoon photos… specifically European honeymoon destinations. I know that many people enjoy heading to the fun and sun of the Caribbean for a week of fun in the sun, but if I had to choose based on my personality, I would totally head to some fun, European city and live as a local for a week. I think it’s so fun to explore the shops, the food, the people and the history of towns all over the world.

It’s so fun to travel, and I thought I would share some of my travels with you. I’ve included a few places in Europe that I have been, and maybe you will draw some inspiration from those. Enjoy my personal picks for some interesting European honeymoon destinations!

Amsterdam, Netherlands

This city has so much to offer in the way of beauty! I love how the canals are laid throughout the area, and the tall, thin homes that line the canals are just so beautiful! Attractions like the Anne Frank House and the VanGogh Museum are stops you must make along with the flower market. Tulips and other flowers are so pretty there. Be sure to ride a bike, take a canal boat ride and test out some local cheese while you are there!

Amsterdam | as seen on Hill City Bride

Munich, Germany

We climbed up all 306 steps (it doesn’t sound like a lot, but it IS!) to the top of Peterskirche to see this stunning view of the city. The Marienplatz area has a Glockenspiel, which is a type of clock in the square where the figures perform a dance of sorts. I have been here twice… once when I was really young and another time a few years ago, and the history of the city made an impression on me. It’s also fun to peruse the shops and take in some authentic German fare (which isn’t my favorite).

Munich, Germany | as seen on Hill City Bride

Ephesus, Turkey

Ok, technically Turkey is in Asia, but we saw it in conjunction with Greece, so to me it blends a little bit! Of all of the places I have been to look at historical ruins (I’ve been through Greece, Rome, China, Turkey and Israel), I would have to say that the ruins at Ephesus were the most impactful. Plus, so much of the history is still there… from homes to bathhouses, city centers and more, the ancient goings on in Ephesus are just so interesting! There is a town that is more modern that goes along with the ruins, but the actual ancient part is what I enjoyed the most.

Ephesus | as seen on Hill City Bride
Ephesus Turkey | as seen on Hill City Bride

Rhodes, Greece

The first view below is from the top of Lindos Acropolis in Rhodes, and it is one of the most stunning views I have ever taken in! The ruins are so white and the water is so blue. Plus, on the way up to the Acropolis (yes, it’s a walk), you weave through fun, locally owned shops filled with artisans… I love things like that! Taking in this seaside city is definitely a fun and romantic destination point.

Lindos Acropolis in Rhodes, Greece | as seen on Hill City Bride
Rhodes, Greece | as seen on Hill City Bride

Bodrum, Turkey

Ah! This is SUCH a fun place! Local vendors have freshly caught fish right by the seaside, but one of my favorite things was riding a boat called a gullet. Literally it was so incredibly fun and romantic! A few of us took a guided boat out, which made its way (not too fast and not too slow) through the beautiful waters. We had a meal of freshly caught fish, and we had the opportunity to just sit and soak in the sun and beauty from the front of the boat. We stopped to swim in the clear waters… it is all a little surreal now that I am thinking back on how wonderful it was! Bodrum is not only beautiful, but it is also filled with a rich history.

Bodrum, Turkey | as seen on Hill City Bride
Bodrum | as seen on Hill City Bride

Mykonos, Greece

This is a fun place by the water to take in like so many of the Greek Isles. One sight that the area is famous for are the windmills, which to me look a little like men with balding hair, ha! The seaport town is lovely, and the views are so beautiful!

Mykonos, Greece | as seen on Hill City Bride

Santorini, Greece

If you have heard about Santorini, you may be familiar with the blue roofed homes along the shoreline, and let me tell you… they are beautiful! We took some time to rent ATVs and actually explore the island, which was SUCH a good idea! Our group stumbled upon fun things like a restaurant with a pool so that we could eat and swim, a local winery, and various beautiful sights around the island including a beach with black sand. Santorini will always remain as a high point!

Santorini, Greece | as seen on Hill City Bride

Athens, Greece

A trip to Greece isn’t complete without a stop in Athens, and this view from the Parthenon shows just that. Athens, again, has museums and a lot of history, yet it has the modernity of city life to go along with it in the way of shops, restaurants and hotels. Isn’t that view below stunning?

View from the Parthenon in Athens, Greece | as seen on Hill City Bride

I hope you enjoyed that roundup of European honeymoon destinations (and a side of Turkey with that). I’d love to know if you have been to any of the places I’ve mentioned, or if you have any suggestions of your own. Happy honeymooning!

Military Wedding by Lindsay Fauver as seen on Hill City Bride

I adore a military wedding! They are so beautiful, and seeing a man in uniform who serves our country being so in love and adored by his bride is so sentimental. Lauren and Alex’s day is so gorgeous, and the navy blue accents compliment Alex’s uniform so well. There are so many things that stand out for this lovely event.

Here is what Lindsay of Lindsay Fauver Photography had to say about the day…

“My 6 year love affair with my phone is coming to an end. It was the only way I could say goodnight to you, and I am so excited to finally be able to say it to you in person.” I think everyone teared up a little bit with Alex as he read those words in his vows to Lauren. They dated long distance for six years because of Alex’s career in the Air Force. I can only imagine how difficult that must have been for them. But with their marriage vows came the promise of “where you go, I will go.” And the day could not have been more beautiful. Sunny and breezy and the beauty of the gardens at Belmont just added to the perfection. When Alex first saw his bride walking down the aisle, there was not a dry eye to be found. At long last they were to be united! The love between this couple was joyfully felt by everyone in attendance.

So sweet! Now they are well on their lifetime together. Enjoy this stunning military wedding today!

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