Fresh and In Season D.I.Y. Floral Arrangements

Opt for what's in season & get the freshest, most affordable flowers for your wedding. Even better if you're crafty you can D.I.Y. your bouquet to save some cash.
  1. If you haven't had prior experience with floral arrangements, and I know I haven't, you might enjoy these great D.I.Y. posts from other blogs. Plus, your home gets to look extra fabulous when you practice.
D.I.Y. Gerbera Daisy Bouquet via Bride Craft
D.I.Y. Rose & Tulip Bouquet via TheSimpleGoodLife
How To: Make a Wedding Bouquet via A Practical Wedding

View more arrangements & a list of in season flowers after the jump!

Awesome Real Book Themed Weddings & Inspiration

I am a bibliophile, a lover of books, & I think the idea of a book themed wedding is incredible. I found two real literary themed weddings, both with beautiful altars & decor.

The altar on the left is epic & you can see more photos from the wedding at PrettyMyParty. I really enjoyed the centerpieces as well but I wish there were some dried flowers/bud vases/tea cups on top of the books.

The 2nd features a Literary Garden theme with an altar decorated with books & flowers. See the photographs at 100LayerCake.

Below are my four favorite ways to incorporate your love of reading into your wedding day,from left to right; Printed Nails via Passion Nail Art (English Translation) (seen at BookRiot), 'I Do' Book Decor - Photo by Stephen Pappas via Style Me Pretty (seen at TresSugar), a Newspaper Bouquet via RocknRollBride (seen at BookRiot), & the Book Cake via Vanilla House Patisserie (seen at BookRiot).

For more great ideas check out; Bookish Wedding Planning via BookRiotBookworm Bride: How to Add Literary Charm to Your Wedding via TresSugar, Book Themed Bridal Shower Inspiration via AislePerfectBookish Engagement & Wedding Pictures via PerpetualPageTurner.

Great Green Dress for Bridesmaids via

O.K. I know this is a blog about summer weddings... but I love Christmas! So here's three great green dresses, also perfect for summer, for your bridesmaids via

From left to right; Closet Braid Dress in Deep Jade - $47.99, Green Your City Dress - $49.99, & the Too Much Fun Dress in Emerald Satin Dress - $89.99.

Update from TheSunshineBride

I'm no longer engaged but I love outdoor parties & the idea of helping others who are in love, so I will be continuing the blog. This is all largely due to a lady who told me the blog helped her special day a lot.

The posts will be simplified. And if you've seen the site in the past you'll notice I've changed the theme & header. I hope you all like it.

D.I.Y. Teacup Favors + Place Cards

The Association of Bridal Consultants, San Diego Region, has a great article on making cute live plant teacup favors that double as place cards for your guests. The project was created by Hall Wedding Events and Photographer, Bryan N Miller.

You'll need a few tea cups and I'd personally go for vintage, even if mismatched, from my local thrift store as well as a few live succulents, moss, soil, and twine for attaching name tags which you can print yourself.

You can read the full article here.