Inspiration Board: Pink, Blush, and Champagne Gold Wedding

Shocking Pink Bridal Lengha

So I absolutely LOVE the lengha bove, the hot pink is gorgeous and the top has such heavy embroidery that really speaks for itself.  I think any bride would look amazing in it!  This can be a great valima outfit.  If you aren’t interested in wearing a South Asian wedding dress, here is one of my most FAVORITE Vera Wang blush pink colored gowns (she has another blush gown in her David’s Bridal collection).  The inspiration board goes well with either dress. 🙂

Image via Vera Wang

You can see the images used here on my Pinterest board here for all the original photos.

Pink inspiration board, all images via Pinterest

Inspiration: Above gorgeous gowns
Color Palette: Ombre from hot pink to light pink and a touch of gold (how much do you LOVE the Kate Spade heels?)

Let me know your thoughts.  Are you loving the ombre as much as I am?  Notice it on the cake AND and on the flowers on the right hand side.  

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Hey All!

This is non-wedding related, but, I just wanted to let my fans know that I am now on Facebook and I would love if you would go and become a fan. I have really exciting promotions coming up that I am dying to share with you, so, go ahead and visit my page by clicking HERE and becoming a fan.

In other news, we are going to start taking submissions of weddings because after all, you come here not only for wedding planning advice but also to peruse gorgeous photos.  So, feel free to email me at thebridaldiaries@gmail.com for a chance to have your wedding/bridal shower/engagement or any other amazingness featured on the site!

XOXO,

Sidra

How to Ask for “No Boxed Gifts”

One of the most popular posts on this blog is the one where I explain No Boxed Gifts and what this phrase  means.  It was something my non-South Asian guests surely were puzzled with at first, and was awkward to bring up to them.

Now, while many people might have no idea what this phrase means, you’re welcome to see this post here to get a quick explanation on what this phrase means and how to approach it.  To surmise:  it simply means that the couple prefer cash or gift cards over traditional gifts.  They have opted not to register for whatever reason.

There are some great ways to approach this and to spread the word among your guests.

On your wedding website, you can create a brief explanation such as “Having lived on our own so long, we’ve amassed everything we could possibly need for our home.  As such, we kindly request no boxed gifts.”

OR

As we are planning on moving across the country, we kindly request no boxed gifts.”

I have seen this on both wedding websites and on inserts.  Now if you’re not moving across the country or you haven’t lived on your own… there are other options!

If you do not want to create a wedding website, you can opt instead to place a variation of the following sayings in your wedding card ensemble:

-The Bride and Groom Kindly Request No Boxed Gifts

-We Kindly Request No Boxed Gifts

-While we appreciate your love and prayers above all, we kindly request no boxed gifts.


These are just some ideas you are more than welcome to borrow if you choose to ask for “No Boxed Gifts.”

Now, on the other end of the spectrum I’ve seen it done very distastefully, so I urge all brides and grooms to AVOID these:

-NO BOXED GIFTS (written in all caps as if they are truly trying to make a point!)

-No Boxed Gifts (where’s the please?)

-Cash Only, Please (are you a merchant requesting payment?)

I took a page from my super proper cousin’s book in which she included an insert with her invitation card.  Mine had information regarding our valet parking, wedding website, and at the bottom “The Bride and Groom Kindly Request No Boxed Gifts.”  While adding an insert certainly adds to the cost of a card ensemble, I personally don’t see anything wrong with putting this information at the bottom of your wedding invitation card instead.  Some people balk at the idea of placing any gift information on the card whatsoever (ask the bridal party to spread the word instead, they suggest) so if you truly want to follow wedding etiquette but don’t wish to spend money for an extra insert, perhaps place your wedding website address at the bottom of the card and be sure to include a tab explaining gifts to wedding guests.

How has asking for “No Boxed Gifts” worked for you?  Did any guests make any comments regarding this, or were they happy to oblige?  Have you seen it any worst than what I’ve written here?  Sound off in the comments, I’d love to hear what people thought!