GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

This week we were smitten with weddings in the rain, green weddings with a St Patrick’s day theme and some printables sure to make your wedding guests swoon! We showcase some of the best wedding vendors, and the latest trends in all things wedding. We are so glad you stopped by and can’t wait to see you next week!

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  We hope you enjoyed your St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  We certainly did!  We love all of the festivities that surround St. Patty’s Day-  So much so that we thought it would be fun to create a wedding inspiration board for the fun holiday.  What comes to mind when you think of St. Patty’s Day…  Green (of course!), beer and clovers?  Here are a few ways you can incorporate all of these into your wedding without being too themey or cheesy: St. Patrick’s Day … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Tips :: Plan B Due to Inclement Weather

Wedding season has started and rain showers are upon us. Its that time of year. So, its your wedding day and now it has decided to pour buckets and you have planned this extravagant outdoor wedding of your dreams for over a year. What now? image courtesy of Transcendence Studio We asked this very question to one of our real wedding featured brides… We hear its good luck to rain on your wedding day. What did you think when it started to rain? Oh wow – I think I was in shock!  The … [Read More…]

GSS Featured Wedding :: Kait & Ian’s Garden Wedding :: Grant & Deb Photographers

They say its good luck to rain on your wedding day. If that’s the case, there are a lot of lucky couples in Texas who’s marriage will be full of good luck. We received this wedding submission from Two Bright Lights. Grant and Deb Photographers sent it to us and we definitely wanted to share it with you. The details for this wedding were great. Inspirations and trends all over this one. This Norfolk Virginia wedding is beautiful! Kait and Ian’s wedding saw a few showers and definitely wanted to … [Read More…]

GSS’s Things We LOVE :: FREE Printable Wedding Day Mad Libs!

We found these super fun and FREE Mad Lib printables over at Love Vs. Design and we just had to share!  These printable Mad Libs would be a great alternative to the normal (and boring) “sign your name here” guest book.  Plus, your wedding guests would have fun filling them out for you.  It’s a win-win!  Just print these babies out and place them on your welcome table with a pretty box and some nice pens.  You’ll have fun reading these for years to come! Click here to download … [Read More…]


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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

Its Friday! Another week rounded out by great finds in wedding trends and inspiration here on GSS! We searched for some fun unique groomsmen gifts certain to bring a smile to any groomsman’s face! You want templates and DIY templates for Thank You cards? We found some good ones! How about a black and yellow wedding inspiration board? Its here!

GSS Wedding Tip :: Finding the Perfect Groomsmen Gifts

Happy Humpday friends!!! Are you in the “don’t know what to get our groomsmen for our wedding” boat? No fear! We have scoured the interwebs to find a few uniquely perfect and trendy groomsmen gifts to start you on the right path. We found some personalized men’s neckties, a fun shaving kit likely to make any groomsman smile, a unique bottle opener (churchkey), our favorite…..antique typewriter cufflinks, and even a fun “stache” flask. Check out some of the inspiration we found for … [Read More…]

DIY Victorian Frame Thank You Card Templates

We found these amazing Victorian inspired framed thank you card templates over at Martha Stewart Weddings.  We loved them so much that we just had to share them with you! How to Make It: Download Martha Stewart Wedding’s template (links below), and print onto slightly heavy 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper (look for a paper that coordinates with a 5 Baronial [4 1/8-by-5 1/2-inch] envelope). They have three designs; use any or all of them. Frame 1 Frame 2 Frame 3 Use photo-editing … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Black & Yellow

Yellow is such a cheerful and bright color.  It reminds us of the warmth of the sun on a summer’s day.  And for some reason, yellow just makes us smile. :)  When paired with Classic Black, it creates such a stunning and striking contrast.  This board is so classy and cheerful… Sure to brighten anyone’s day! Black and Yellow Place Setting:  Hip Hostess Black and Yellow Ceremony Image:  David Turner Photography Yellow Boutonniere:  Prive … [Read More…]

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

This week we welcomed you to 2012! This year we are excited to see the new trends and wedding inspiration. 2011 was such a fun and exciting year for the wedding industry.

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Black & Boysenberry

Happy New Year, Lovelies!!!  We certainly hope that 2012 brings you all love and prosperity!  Speaking of prosperity… this Black & Boysenberry inspiration board looks so rich and decadent!  YUM! Black and Purple Tablescape:  Wish Special Events    Purple Clutch:  Hatty and Moo Black and Purple Lounge Mood Image:  Lighting by Got Light Purple Satin Peep Toe Pumps:  Pura Lopez Black and Purple Wedding Program:  Cesar Palima for Artpix Portrait Studio Black … [Read More…]

GSS Featured Wedding Tip :: To Look or Not to Look :: Seeing Each Other BEFORE the Ceremony

Couples seeing each other before the ceremony is something couples debate fairly often. As a wedding professional, I can attest to this superstitious debate tugging at the minds of many pre-wedding couples. To see each other or not. We found an article on snopes (and you know snopes has to be accurate, right?) breaking apart the tradition :: modern custom dictates that bride and groom not see each other before the ceremony. Why this is so is a bit of a mystery, with the most popular … [Read More…]

GSS’s Things We LOVE :: Scratch Off Save the Dates!!!

Does anyone else have as much fun with Scratch Off lottery tickets as we do?  There’s just something so fun about scratching off that silver stuff to see if you have won anything.  And then there’s the adrenaline rush you get while scratching it off… Followed by the quick let down once you figure out that you have lost.  These things become so addicting!  Well, Unless Someone Like You has come up with some super fun Scratch Off Save the Dates and we’re totally in love with them!  Why … [Read More…]

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

Our wedding inspiration and trends weekly recap has arrived! That means its Friday and the weekend is near. For all the couples uniting in marriage this weekend….Happy Wedding Day! This week we tickled your sense of smell and gave you some insight to different trends in flowers and their fragrant aromas. We featured a beautiful eco-friendly wedding that was so intimate and full of wedding inspiration! We showed you a beautiful how-to DIY project with yarn and cardboard letters sure to start a wedding trend!

GSS Tips From an Expert :: Olfaction :: Sweet Flower Scents

What’s your favorite flower smell?  This question received immediate response from my facebook friends, with several comments of “why” they liked that particular flower. “Gardenias remind me of my grandmother”,…”Roses were always my favorite, my mother grew them!”,….”Jasmine makes me think of weddings”…,

I really enjoyed reading the reasons why my friends like each particular flower.   The association of the flower itself, the smell and memories that each flower invoked was more than I asked for, but this is what flowers do to and for us…[read more]

GSS Featured Wedding :: Amber & Matt’s Eco Friendly Wedding :: Amie Otto Photography

We are thrilled to bring you a super fun eco-friendly wedding today via Two Bright Lights from Amie Otto Photography. We have been sharing a few eco-friendly wedding tips with you recently, and we wanted to share a wedding that used some of these ideas to decrease their carbon footprint. We were first drawn to this wedding when we saw the rings…they are so awesome! The bold style of the couple and carefree atmosphere is so [read more]

Let’s get CRAFTY :: DIY Yarn Wrapped Wedding Monograms!

Monograms are extrememly popular at weddings nowadays and we love seeing the different variations and uses of them.  When we stumbled upon (literally- thank you StumbleUpon!) this DIY Yarn Wrapped Wedding Monogram goodness from Wedding Photographer, Sarah Ortega– We fell in love.  Seriously, how adorable are these?!  And if you scroll down Sarah’s site, you’ll see an array of DIY goodies on the right hand side.  Wow, she’s crafty- and we’re envious! :)   So, check out her DIY Yarn Wrapped Wedding Monogram tutorial from her [read more]

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GSS Wedding Day Tips :: Make Your Day Flawless and Beautiful

We hear it a lot….”what can I do to make my day go smooth and be carefree the day of my wedding?” We have a few tips to keep you focused on the most important thing and all the rest will fall into place.

1) Plan ahead. Have a wedding day timeline in place. Having a timeline for your big day is extremely crucial to keeping your events on course.  However, please note that issues WILL OCCUR at your wedding, no matter how much detail you have put into your timeline or how much planning you have done.  Groom Sold Separately HIGHLY recommends hiring an event planner or wedding planner to help you take care of such issues should they arise (and they will) on your wedding day so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day. Its also a great idea to scout your location for the times you are wanting during that time of year for your wedding. The sun changes throughout the year and what you may think would be a great location for wedding portraits might change based on the location of the sun that time of day.

2) Have an wedding day emergency kit. Fill it with goodies that you may forget on your wedding day. Here is what they list is inside :: toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, tissues, hairspray, static remover, Band-Aids, mints, clear nail polish, bobby pins, double-sided hem tape, stain remover, pain relievers, sewing kit, super glue, brush, dental floss and lotion. Make your own list of items you normally use when getting all gussied up and then check off to make sure those things are in the your own survival kit. Give this task to one of your bridesmaids.

3) Make it pictures perfect…a few things to keep in mind with professional wedding pictures are they need light (good light), have lots of details, keep your dressing area clutter free, bring an extra hanger for your wedding dress, visit your wedding locations with your wedding photographer to make sure the light is great for your wedding day portraits and have a makeup trial to be sure your hair and makeup is exactly like you want it for your wedding.

image courtesy of Gabriel Ryan Photographers

4) Have snacks and water on hand – being hungry and dehydrated is the worst idea for an 8 hour event!

These are just a few tips for you to make your wedding day a dream come true. Some brides trust in wedding planners to help them make the day flawless. Review other events these planners have done and make sure they are the right fit for you. Talk to other brides and grooms that have used their services and get feedback from them about their wedding. We hope you have a smooth wedding and remember, the wedding is about marrying your best friend.


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