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2010 Wedding Trend :: Pretty Parasols

We LOVE this trend so much it hurts.  We love it for a few reasons. 1.  They are so pretty.  2.  They are vintage.  3.  They are a prop and photographers love props!  There is a wonderful website called Bella Umbrella that let’s you rent these gorgeous vintage parasols.  They have beautiful and very feminine white and ivory ones for the bride and colorful, fun ones for the bridal party and wedding guests.  The price range for renting a parasol ranges from $10 to $30 each.  To us, it’s totally worth it just for the awesome pictures you’ll be taking!

Here’s a little bit about how the rental process goes (taken from their website):

How to Reserve Umbrellas for Rent:

To rent our umbrellas simply fill out our rental order form by clicking “Add to Reservation” located under each umbrella photo to start your reservation. You will be prompted to add your event date. This is important because each umbrella has its own calendar letting you know if it is available for your specific date. After filling out and submitting your reservation there is one more step, we will need to contact you to confirm your order and request which method of payment you prefer. If you would like to call us to complete this last step, please call for customer service at 206-297-1540. We are happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

Umbrella Rental Period, Delivery and Shipping:

Five Day Rental Period – The rental period is typically from Thursday thru Monday unless otherwise requested.

Seattle Area Umbrella Rental Orders – Customers may pick up and return umbrellas orders without charge. The pickup and drop-off location is at:

Bella Umbrella
1421 NW 70th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
Located in Ballard. Directions via MapQuest

National Umbrella Rental Orders – We ship out the umbrella order so it arrives two days prior to your event. For an easy return, we include a pre-paid shipping slip in the package. All you have to do is box them back up, attach the pre-paid shipping slip and take them to the nearest UPS drop location.”

A few of our favorites from the Bridal Collection:

And a little fun for your Bridal Party and Wedding Guests:

Bella Umbrella offers a truly unique rental umbrella service. We have the largest selection of vintage umbrellas to rent for any occasion. Whether you are a bride, party planner, prop stylist or wedding coordinator, we have something for you. The majority of our umbrellas and parasols were actually made in the 1930’s, 1940’s and the 1950’s covering the Art Deco, Hollywood glamour and sixties mod periods.

For more information on Bella Umbrella, please click here.

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GSS Wedding Trends :: Bridesmaid Bouquet Alternatives

Don’t get us wrong – we love a gorgeous bouquet. Nothing makes our hearts flutter like the perfect pink peony or a sweet cluster of fresh hydrangea. But these days there are no rules in wedding planning and décor, which opens many opportunities for us to think outside the box and be unique.  Choosing an alternative to the bridesmaid floral bouquet allows you to: A) let your wedding design personality shine in an unexpected way and B) save money on a floral budget that either you didn’t have in the first place or that you can reallocate in other areas.

Bouquet alternatives like clutches, (as seen below) are especially a great option when you have a large bridal party. Providing bouquets for ten or so bridesmaids can really break the bank.  But don’t despair – stylish clutches in your wedding colors are not only adorable, but your bridesmaids will love reusing them again and again….. Thus, doing double duty as “bouquets” and gifts!  Talk about budget friendly! The clutches pictured below had removable embellishments, which helped tie in the wedding décor but also proved to be very practical when the bridesmaids can remove the feathers and tote them along on a happy hour or lunch appointment.

 Image Courtesy of Ryan Ray Photography

And clutches are just the beginning… Here are some other ideas that lend themselves to any wedding style…

Pinwheels & Flags: These cuties are ideal for the DIY/crafty bride. They add personality to the wedding but yet maintain a certain sense of romantic whimsy. You can customize these with color options, patterned papers, a variety of sayings – whatever your little heart can dream up!

Image Courtesy of Sloan Photographers

Image Courtesy of Lisa Hessel Photography 

Lanterns:  Romantic and beautiful, lanterns are great for a romantic garden wedding or a more formal chapel ceremony. Lanterns also come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes-  So you really have options here. This is also another great “double duty” item – What a fun token of love and friendship for your bridesmaids to enjoy for years to come!

 Image Courtesy of Sincerely, Liz Photography

Books:  This might one of our favorite options. You can get SO creative here. Choose to embellish with a small amount of fresh florals or greenery, accent with crocheted or paper flowers, or leave plain… This option is great for the vintage bride or a couple that loves to read!

 Image Courtesy of Ryan Ray Photography

Parasols & Fans:  These fresh and flirty accessories not only make great bouquet alternatives but they also make way cute photo ops! Great for Summer garden weddings, you also have a lot of options with these. Ad a little floral embellishment to your fans or select some that stand on their own. Parasols don’t have to have an Asian flair they can also be the perfect addition to your Southern soiree! 

Side Note:  Did you know you can rent beautiful parasols for your big day?  Click here to find out how to get your hands on some pretty parasols by Bella Umbrella!

Image Courtesy of Nine Photography :: Wedding Styling by RSVP Events

Image Courtesy of Sweet Bee Photography

Balloons:  A whimsical and fun approach to the bridal “bouquet” balloons are definitely the most cost effective option here. You can provide your bridesmaids with a cluster of balloons or we love the new “extra-large” balloons (see photo), which add that extra something special and will be more noticeable to guests and in photos. Our favorite part about this option is bridesmaids can release their balloons after the ceremony as a symbol of love and celebration to the new Mr. & Mrs.!

Image Courtesy of Brooke Images

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