How-to: Incorporate Mirrors Into Your Wedding

A mirror wedding theme is not only elegant and easy to plan, but it will give your wedding venue a touch of luxury and whimsy. A mirror wedding theme will go with any color combination you want. You can also make it more vintage by using mirrors in vintage frames or take a more modern and fancy approach by using unframed square mirrors adorned with candles and a touch of bling!

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Bisou Behind-The-Scenes

A lot goes on behind the scenes on your wedding day. If you have a wedding planner or day-of wedding coordinator, hopefully you won't be the one dealing with all the little details! Their are all of the vendors: maybe a DJ, band, florist, photographer, videographer, hair/make-up, cake, bar services, each one with specific supplies and needs. Not to mention the bridal party and groomsmen's needs, and keeping everyone and everything on schedule. That is exactly what we at Bisou are for. We take care of the thousand little questions and concerns that pop up, we hold the bride's dress between photo shoots, and make sure your perfect day ultimately goes off without a hitch!

Wedding Signs We Love

Wedding signs are not only great decoration, but are practical too! And they are an easy project to DIY and save a little on the wedding budget! (Or find them on Etsy!) It’s always a nice touch when you drive up to a wedding and see a sign telling you that you’re in the right place. Or when the bride and groom want to communicate something to their guests while they are off getting ready or taking pictures. Here are some of our favorite signs!

Photo Credit: Scott Clark Photography 

Wedding Day Giggles

At Bisou, we work hard, laugh often, and our infectious spirit always brings a ray of sunshine into every meeting, into every relationship, and ultimately into all of our events. We think everyone should laugh at least once a day! Here are some Bisou moments for inspiration. 

Photo credit: Niki Rossi Photography

Photo credit: Niki Rossi Photography

Today's Taste of Color

If you are a bride in the early stages of planning, we always recommend you begin with wedding theme and color palette. Today's taste of color is grey...50 shades of grey. From bridal bouquets to bridesmaids dresses, from cakes to men’s attire, from sparklers to pillows, from chair signs to wedding signs, and sparkly rings galore. There are invitations, flower girl tutus, and clutches too. What’s great about the shade of grey is that it’s neutral, so almost any color will pop with it too. Be it shades of orange, pink, or yellow for a spring/summer wedding, or shades of blue, red, or even gold for a fall/winter wedding. 

Graceful Garden Wedding Must-Haves

As the summer heat fades to a comfortable fall breeze, the best place for a beautiful, fanciful wedding celebration will be the garden. Why exchange vows in a garden? In many ways, these nuptials are the very definition of a fairy-tale wedding—a mix of earthly delights, sunny smiles, and intoxicating romance. But like all good fairytales, there's a catch before you get your prince: Mother Nature. But with planning, your day will be all beauty, no beast!

1). First thing first, the venue. It goes without saying that the best place to host a garden weddings is in a garden. That could be a local garden venue that specializes in weddings, or a beautiful backyard of your green-thumbed relative or friend. 

2). A melt-in-your-mouth menu. Try to stick with light and fresh options. What's better to eat in a garden then harvest salads, soups made with fresh vegetables, an assortment of mouth-watering finger sandwiches, roasted chicken or grilled filets with seasonal vegetables, and decadent layered parfaits for dessert? I would say nothing! 

3). Appropriate attire. Dressing for a garden wedding isn't the same as dressing for a formal church wedding. It is important to be comfortable in the outdoor space. For men, this may mean wearing a collared shirt and vest instead of a jacket and tie. For ladies, perhaps a cocktail-length dress in a lighter fabric, and wedges instead of heels! 

4). Stay cool. Or warm. Outdoor weddings can often get too warm for comfort. Provide fans and set things up in the shade as much as possible to help ease the issue of heat. BONUS TIP: if it’s cooler than expected (especially when the sun sets), offer guests blankets or set up portable heaters.

5). Weather-proof. Wind can often present problems at outdoor weddings. Do your best to choose floral and décor that can stand up to it. Look for heartier floral that holds up well to wind, water, and heat, and stay away from décor that will blow away in the wind.

6). Bug repellant. Gardens are especially known for inviting insects to come out and play. You could possibly hire someone to treat the area 48 hours before the wedding to help keep insects to a minimum. Otherwise, set out citronella candles or torches! 

Check out this recipe for DIY Bug Repellent Mason Jar Luminaries. They will be both gorgeous and extremely effective. Keep those mosquitoes away and spend more time enjoying the special occasion.

7).  Electricity. If you’re hiring a band or DJ (or even just using your own sound system), odds are that you’ll need access to power if you plan on having any music or dancing at the wedding. Make sure electricity is accessible and weather-proofed in case of rain. 

8). Restrooms. Outdoor weddings aren’t always convenient to restrooms. Check out the facilities and make plans to bring in portable toilets as needed. 

9). Parking arrangements. Make sure there is ample room for all of your guests to park. If there will be fees per car, either pay that fee for your guests or make them aware of it ahead of time.

9). A backup plan. As much as you might wish for perfect weather on your wedding day, there’s always a chance for inclement weather. Make sure there’s a backup plan in place that pleases you almost as much as Plan A.

 

 

Copious Candles

The warm glow of candlelight creates a romantic effect without the use of flowers. To create a cozy, romantic atmosphere at the ceremony or reception, consider incorporating candles — either real or flameless (safety first!) — into the decor. Tealights can add the ambiance, and pillar candles in hurricanes or lanterns will look really stylish, but for full on romance, it has to be tall candelabras for a dramatic feel. Take a look here for some inspiration- a few from our own Bisou brides!

Adorable ways to include your pet in your wedding!

1) Use your pet to propose 

2) Let him star in your Save the Dates

3) Give him the most important job of all! Just like Bisou's couple Eric and Arielle below!

Photo Credit: Rob Spring Photography 

4) Include him in your favorite photos, just like Bisou's Erica and Matt!

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Unconventional But Totally Awesome Wedding Ideas

Alright, this is for all the "kids-at-heart" out there. So you want to plan a wedding. But where do you begin? As any bride knows, you probably don’t want your big day to be just like any other wedding. No! You want your wedding to be special. And unconventional. And unique. And a dream come true. And totally awesome. With these unconventional but totally awesome wedding ideas, yours will be the wedding that nobody forgets!

1) A Bouncy House (Just think about it :))

2) Food Trucks

3) Piñatas

4) Paper flowers

5) Caricaturist/Cartoonist

6) Carnival Rides/ Games

Whimsical Pastel Wedding

This color palette has a whimsical fantasy about it that includes pink, peach, mint, baby blue, lavender and white. The variety of different hues and tones compliments other pastels and creates a calm feeling. There is no doubt that is a Bisou favorite! Don't feel you need to restrict yourself to Spring or Summer weddings with this color palette. We have some wonderful design tips so that even our fall brides can enjoy the pastel whimsy.

Flash Back Friday

Lets flashback to Brittany and Lee's beautiful Scottish Country wedding and the stunning Nipmoose Barns. They say it is lucky if it rains on your wedding day, and the rain definitely brought the luck for this wonderful couple. The beautiful barn with bistro lighting, understated floral decor, and Scottish themed accents really brought the entire evening together...not to mention the kilts!