Sisters…best friends…how do you say “thank you” for standing up for you on your big day and all of their efforts to help make this special time in your life so meaningful? Since they have expended valuable time and money on your behalf, it is incumbent upon you to find a personal way to show your appreciation. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune or create more inconvenience. Just plan a simple luncheon on the day of the rehearsal dinner!
It is not the venue or menu that matter—heartfelt words and thoughtful tokens are what will make it all worthwhile for these treasured women in your life. Spend some time searching for a gift that reflects your personality, or make it yourself! Use your clever imagination to tie it to your luncheon toast. A hand-knit scarf could be a metaphor for the warmth of your friendship, a designer clutch represents something that is always near and has just what you need for a night out on the town or that unexpected emergency, and decadent chocolates symbolize the rich, sweetness of a dear friend. If you need a little help thinking outside the box, check out the theKnot’s 50 inspiring bridesmaid gift ideas here. Remember…you wouldn’t be who you are today without them, so show them your love!
Creativity > $
Small wedding budget got you down? Think outside the box! Just because you can’t afford to host your reception in a castle doesn’t mean it can’t still be the storybook wedding of your dreams. Lauren and DJ did just that…for under $5,000! (Check out their Featured Capsule Gallery to see all the details.)
This romantically rustic barn setting in rural Alabama provided the perfect backdrop for an intimate, homemade wedding—the kind that is so beautifully natural, it just feels “meant to be”. Creative, savvy and utilizing the internet for inspiration, this energetic couple managed to transform a barnyard field into their own personal wedding stage. DJ collected discarded old wood from rundown local farms and built the simple, yet sophisticated wooden wall to frame the ceremony and add texture to the venue. On top of scouring for great deals on wedding wear, including finding her gorgeous gown on a $100-off-everything-on-clearance day, Lauren used burlap and fabric to give a crafty feel to wedding bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces. Operating within a limited budged does not have to limit your wedding experience! Check out the fabulous photos of how this couple not only pulled it off and came in under budget, but according to Lauren, “Everything meant so much more to us because of the time we spent working on it and the fun we had doing it!”
Congrats to Kendra & Tom! See their wedding in our new “Featured Gallery”
Destination weddings offer an ambiance ranging from incredibly personal to impersonally unnatural. Kendra and Tom’s wedding album proves that even if you ask friends and family to travel to the southernmost point of the USA, creativity and individuality can make for the most romantic of experiences for the betrothed and an unforgettable weekend for all their special guests. The bride and groom chose a tropical-themed wedding in Key West, Florida to celebrate their nuptials and judging by the photos, everyone was in vacation mode! The ultimate in elegant simplicity, the rhythmic dance of the ocean waves set the backdrop for tables covered in sand-colored linen, centered with unaffected floral arrangements of white orchids and hydrangeas, lit by crystal chandeliers strung through breezy palm trees. The bridesmaid dresses accented the venue with their own personal choice of style and shade of sunset orange, floor length gowns and the bride dazzled in her beaded ecru-toned bodice tied at the waist with matching ribbon over a white, silk mermaid skirt. There is too much to describe and so much more to inspire from this destination wedding…now you can see it all here and other original events at tryCapsule.com/featured!
Wedding Hair… Dazzling or Disastrous??
Your wedding day is a few months away, the gown of your dreams is ordered and now you are wondering what to do with your hair on the biggest day of your life. Remember those prom pictures with the fussy updo that made you look like your mom…or the not-so-classy photos of you as the maid of honor at your best friend’s reception, when you wore your hair down in long, soft curls that turned to tacky frizz by the end of the night? With trends ranging from elegantly glamorous to irresistibly innocent, it is not only the style that you must consider; many factors will influence whether your hair compliments your bridal beauty or whether you will never want to open that wedding album…ever!
Many brides are tempted to use their wedding day as an excuse to take “let’s play dress-up” to the extreme. Crazy, headache-inducing hairstyles, fake eyelashes that have never been tried before and spray tans are great ways to insure that not only will your fiancé not recognize you at the alter, but these fashion faux pas will haunt you each time you pass by the wedding portrait prominently displayed on top of your bedroom dresser. To avoid disappointment:
- Cut out pictures in bridal magazines of hairstyles that you like on women with similarly shaped faces and hair length/texture.
- Find a stylist that you trust and ask to see photos of their work.
- Make an appointment months before the wedding for a trial run—bring magazine pictures, a photo of your dress, any hair accessories you plan to use and a camera.
- Discuss issues with your stylist such as expected weather and how wildly you plan on dancing at the reception.
- Do not make any radical changes in color, texture or length of your hair.
- After your sample wedding day hair is done, have your stylist take pictures of you from every angle so that it can be recreated and because your wedding day photos will not all be taken from the front.
If your hair is everything you ever wanted, gorgeous from every angle and you still recognize yourself…go dancing! Make sure it holds up. Then, go home, take out all the bobby pins, look in the mirror and see if this is the way you want to look for the most memorable moments of your big day, the ones spent in the bridal lingerie! If not, make another appointment!
Getting engaged means that you will be telling “the story” of your relationship leading up to the proposal dozens of times. There are plenty of couples for whom telling the story never gets old, especially since by the wedding day you will have perfected it down to every last detail. But wouldn’t it be lovely if you could tell the story to one person, and have them transcribe it for you? Enter Prequels.
We had the privilege of connecting with Denise Oliveira, one of the founders of Prequels.net, a service that professionally documents your love story. Oliveira interviews you and your partner about how you fell in love, your favorite relationship memories, and the details of the proposal. The final product is your story, composed into a written, newspaper-like piece of art. Essentially, shes capture everything that happened preproposal.
Oliveira and co-founder Jeremy Sierra, both writers who contribute to the Huffington Post and other publications, believe that every couple deserves to have their story written, and enjoy adding depth and meaning to every couple’s wedding experience. They will capture your story artistically and leave you with a keepsake that you will always cherish. And plus, referring your friends and wedding guests to this story means that you can spend less time talking and more time dancing the night away with your spouse ;)
We are sure you are pressed for wedding planning time already, so hurry and get your story written down at www.prequels.net !
The Dream(y) Couple
Some fall in love by nurturing a relationship. Some fall in love at first sight. No matter how it happens, every couple deserves to be able to celebrate their love with the wedding of their dreams. On this day of love, St. Valetine’s Day, Día de los enamorados—however you call it—we want to congratulate the winners of The Knot Dream Wedding Contest, Andre and Sierra!
If you watch this couple’s submission video for the Contest you just know that there is love there. Andre and Sierra’s wedding will premiere today, everything from the dress fittings to ceremony to cake cutting. This magical day would not be possible without the help of both The Knot and 100 Layer Cake, the official blog partner of the Dream Wedding.
We have had the good fortune of working with the dream couple, the Knot, and the girls at 100 Layer Cake, and can not think of a better group to pull off the “dream wedding!” Stay posted for Andre and Sierra’s official wedding capsule as well as 100 Layer Cake’s firsthand coverage (www.100layercake.com)
Locally Grown Love Contest
As you go through life you realize that you can find joy and happiness by simply opening your eyes and looking around you. This month, Capsule is partnering with Locally Grown Weddings & Events to celebrate ‘local love’.
This Bay Area-based company is run by a creative and sustainable wedding team with an emphasis on green business practices. On March 10th, they will host their first ever pop up event called ‘Locally Grown Love’ at a location in the Bay Area. This event will showcase handpicked artisans and event professionals that will bring your wedding from ‘wonderful’ to ‘amazing’.
As a sponsor for the event, we have created a special capsule to feature a ‘local love’ photo contest! Sign in to the capsule and submit your most inspired photo to represent ‘local love’ for San Francisco and the Bay Area. A photo will be selected as the grand prize winner and announced Monday March 4th. If you win, you receive two tickets to attend Locally Grown Love, a FREE capsule for your event, and other goodies (who doesn’t love goodies).
Don’t forget to mark the event on your calendar for March 10th! And for those of you who cannot make it into the city that day, we encourage you to take a look at Locally Grown Weddings & Events’ website to learn more about their amazing business.
And definitely take a look inside the Locally Grown Love capsule—the pictures submitted already are just tooo darn cute and will surely make you smile!
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Capsule’s Very Own CEO Ties the Knot!
Over the weekend, Capsule’s very own Cyrus Farudi married his longtime girlfriend Diana Trinks! The Capsule family wishes this couple nothing but the best. Here’s a digital toast to Mr and Mrs Farudi!