Fruit Inspired Wedding Ideas

Nothing says summer like an overabundance of ripe, colorful fruits and nothing says summer wedding like using those ripe, colorful fruits throughout your wedding day decor. We have fallen in love with the organic and decadent look of this trend.

Below are a few of our favorite sweet ideas to incorporate into your own summer wedding; see our full guide here:

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02.29.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Romantic Wedding Dresses from Alexandra Grecco

At Once Wed, we are big fans of wedding dress designer Alexandra Grecco. The design house is known for their feminine designs, each with a unique wisp of romance that perfectly suits the less-traditional bride. The Fall 2016 bridal collection was inspired by botanical gardens, evident in dainty frills, floral-inspired embroideries, and detailed laces.

Read on for more inspiration from the designer herself, Alexandra Grecco:
“The Alexandra Grecco Fall 2016 bridal collection was inspired by vintage photographs of botanical gardens.  Our palette this season was a mix of champagne, a bright captivating lilac, off-whites and ivory, and our classic vintage blue.  Our embroideries were particularly special as they were made with laser cut silk flowers and vines, topped with crystals for a subtle sparkle. We also used the most gorgeous laces sourced from France and Italy as well as luxurious satins.

We asked M.K. Sadler to photograph our campaign because we love the way she captures movement.  Ballet is always such a strong theme behind our collections so it was important to us that we had the right person convey that for us.  As always, we had Ariel Dearie create some dreamy florals for the shoot.”

Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Gowns: Alexandra Grecco | Flowers: Ariel Dearie | Hair: Carrie Minchin | Makeup: Mandy Bisesti

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02.29.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Top Wedding Accessories for 2016 from Handmade by Sara Kim

Consider your search for the perfect wedding day accessory over. This look at the new 2016 collection from Handmade by Sara Kim showcases a gorgeous selection of delicate hair accessories, ethereal veils, and feminine sashes. The only problem? Making the difficult decision of selecting the perfect piece to complete your wedding day style.

Each of these accessories has been lovingly handcrafted in California, by owner and designer Sara Kim. Her artistic nature and chic style are showcased throughout the collection. These beautiful pieces were inspired by nature, specifically by the rows of blossoming orange trees and rose bushes that surround the historic neighbourhood in which Sara Kim lives and works.

From dainty hair combs tucked into an up-do, to handmade (customized) paper flower hair crowns, and elegantly detailed cathedral length veils to statement pieces composed of pearls and rhinestones, we know that you’ll find something you love.

For styling tips, ideas, and to see how real brides have worn Handmade by Sara Kim’s wedding accessories, follow her on Instagram.

Designer: Handmadebysarakim | Photographer: Ashley Bee | Coordinator: A Blissful Soiree | Stylist: Sage Event Planning | Makeup Artist: Sharon Park | Hair Stylist: E2 Beauty | Wedding Dresses: Bella Wedding Bridal | Lingerie/Vintage Dress: Lavienne | Videographer: Tim Kang Films | Rentals: Etablir Shop | Venue/location: Hudson Loft | Florist: CA Florals | Calligrapher: The Things Hannah Love

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02.29.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Tips to Prevent Wedding Day Disasters


It is something a couple never wants to think about, but it has been a reality for some in the past. No one ever knows how and when disaster could strike, especially on a wedding day with so much going on. Perhaps the weather was unfavorable and you couldn’t get married outside, a groomsman has had one too many, or your DJ showed up an hour late and left guests wondering what was going on. Any one of these things could happen and much more, so it is always best to be prepared. We have compiled some tips on how to avoid events that could lead to a ruined wedding.

Don’t Hire Friends and Family
Your sister in law might be a makeup artist and your aunt is a florist, but hiring friends or family to save a couple of dollars could be asking for trouble. It is better to leave wedding details to the professionals that can work under pressure and will have secure backup in case something goes wrong. It is alright to politely decline the help of people you know.

Make Some Calls
It is perfectly alright to check up on some vendors as the wedding day arrives. Making sure everyone has their arrival times correct is a big part of everything running smoothly. Your vendors should also have a number to call in case anything goes wrong on their end and they need to contact someone. This number, however, should not be yours. It should be a trusted friend or family member so that all of the stress is not put on you.

Always Have a Backup Plan
If you have planned for an outdoor wedding or reception, always make sure that you have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. Hoping the weather will stay nice is not the best plan to go in with. You may have to pay a little extra to hold over a space in case Mother Nature has her way, but it is better than not having anything and having to reschedule.

Invest in Wedding Insurance
Purchasing wedding insurance is not that costly; anywhere from about $100 to $500 for the event, but it could end up saving you thousands. If you are getting married in a tropical location and an unexpected hurricane hits, you will not be out any money if you have insurance. It is better to be safe than sorry, and buying wedding insurance should be a necessity in case anything does go wrong.

Make a Checklist
Making a checklist and following it will ensure that you and your vendors are all on track with one another. Having a checklist of things to do or people to contact or pay will benefit you tremendously. Having a vendor not show up because they may not have been paid is a nightmare that can easily be avoided by making sure everyone has been taken care of. If you have a wedding planner, they will make sure they do this for you.

Put Ones You Trust in Charge
It is your wedding day, you should not have to be trying to control your uncle that had one too many at the open bar. Assign some trusted friends or family ‘damage control’ duties so you will not be the one trying to take care of everyone. Let them know everything beforehand, and even give them a timetable of the days events if you can. Putting trusted and capable friends or family in this role will leave you open to having more time to relax and truly enjoy your day instead of stressing out about things.

Article by Theresa Gibson, wedding blogger and social media manager for

Image by Ryan Ray.

02.26.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning