The Perfect Touch of Vintage

Looking for a few ways to add a vintage touch to your wedding? Vintage style has been a popular trend and its continued to be a popular theme for weddings all over the country. Here are a few ideas that can be easy to incorporate and can add a beautifully vintage vibe, from invitation to reception!

 

Jewels & Lace / Suspenders & Caps

Lace, lace and more lace when it comes to your wedding gown! If  you have some lace, jewels or feathers  incorporated into your dress or your hair, you’re sure to pull off that vintage feel. For the groom and his groomsmen, have them sport a vest, suspenders and a cap for that old time gentleman look.

Lanterns, Urns & Cloches

What’s a cloche? A cloche is the glass cover for outdoor plants. They aren’t commonly used anymore, and most young people will only relate to it if they recall the rose in Beauty and the Beast. These are traced back to 19th century France, and are absolutely beautiful for a centerpiece covering. Old lanterns and large flower urns can also add a vintage feel to your wedding or reception area.

Vintage Invites

You can provide your guests with a clue about your theming by using a vintage-style paper and font for your invitations. Don’t forget to bind them with burlap and hemp string!

The Throwback Cake

Remember to keep the lace feel going as you think about your cake. Floral and intricate, swirly designs will help you add a vintage look to your wedding cake. Mid-century wedding cakes were also huge – if you want it to look vintage, you will want to incorporate multiple tiers!

Dried Flowers & Doilies

Doilies were first introduced in 17th century London, and have been popular in the past as ornamental mats or for binding flowers. Dried flowers were briefly popular in the 1990s, but are now making a comeback. Dried flowers can still come in an array of colors and can look stunning as a centerpiece, in a bouquet, in a boutonniere, or as decor. They can be brittle, but they won’t wilt like fresh flowers will!

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How to Keep Your Guests Cool on Your {Very Hot} Wedding Day

The heat doesn’t seem to be taking a break this season, but that doesn’t mean you should be worried about it on your wedding day! There are plenty of ways to ensure that you and your guests will be comfortable regardless of the weather.

Keep Your Guests In The Shade

Even if you want the wedding ceremony to be under the sun you can still provide shade during the ceremony just for the guests as well as during the reception and other gathering spots. Canopies are an elegant addition to any wedding, bringing both shade and a romantic ambience outdoors. Additionally, providing sunscreen for your guests can be another helpful option!

Provide Plenty of Water

We all know that most of our guests will be headed for the open bar but its important to have a water station to refuel throughout the day. Adding cucumber or lemon to the water can give it a feeling of luxury on your wedding day too!

Incorporate Lighter Food Options

Offer guests cool options with their dinner, such as field greens and pasta salads, as well as veggie and fruit platters. These will help keep their temperature down and their energy level up!

Consider The Time of Day

If possible, schedule your wedding so that the ceremony does not begin until the heat has cooled (usually around 3-4pm). Having the ceremony in the middle of the day means your guests will be sitting out in the open during peak heat. You can offer wedding program fans to guests as they arrive, a handy and functional takeaway for them.

Add A Few Fun Touches

Have some fun with the heat! Provide your guests with sunglasses or offer some popsicles between the ceremony and reception. Both of these ideas will surely make for some fun photos as well.

The Perfect Budget-Savvy Food Options on Your Wedding Day

Here are a few ways you can get creative with your food or drink choice and potentially save a few bucks! Be sure to check with your venue before making any arrangements, to ensure they don’t require specific food or beverage vendors at their location.

Hire a Food Truck

Food trucks are becoming a popular option at weddings, because they tend to cost $20-$30 per person less than a traditional plated dinner, and $10-$20 less than a buffet. They can also add some fun and personality to your reception!

Serve Heavy hors d’oeuvres Instead of a Full Meal

Passing around some burger sliders, charcuterie, caprese skewers, or shrimp cocktails will absolutely please your guests and allow them to continue mingling. They don’t necessarily need a full meal to keep their appetites satisfied, and you’ll definitely be able to save a few pennies.

Have a Talented Family Member Bake your Cake or Provide Desserts

We all have that aunt, grandmother, sister or cousin who is great at baking and who would be thrilled to provide the wedding cake or other desserts for your guests!

Consider the Time of Day or the Day of the Week

Typically, both venues and food options are less expensive if you decide on a daytime or weekday wedding. If this is possible for you, you can also have some fun with it! Offer mimosas as guests arrive, or an omelet bar next to other food offerings.

Offer a Couple of Signature Cocktails and Beers Instead of a Full Bar

‘His and Hers Cocktails’ is an easy and fun way to offer a smaller selection of alcohol options and still please your guests. A limited selection of alcohol will decrease the cost of your big day.

 

Sophia Tolli | New Styles Arriving!

We’ve put together a special preview of our newest Sophia Tolli orders and we know you’ll love them! We’ve already received a few in-store and we can’t wait to start booking appointments so that you our brides can begin trying them on!

In-Store:

Y11552 Prinia

Y21736 Monaco


Coming Soon…

Y11724 Adeline

Y21742 Aquarius

Y21749 Adhara

Y11707 Margot

Y21736 Electra

Y21511 Cameron

Y21745 Aquila

Store Hours
Wednesday thru Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Appointments
We highly recommend you schedule an appointment so we can provide you with the best service possible.
Private appointments are also available outside of regular business hours! 

Phone: 541-791-7083
Fax: 541-704-0678
Email: adrienne@merrimebridal.com

5 Wedding Landscapes To Dazzle Your Guests

If you’re planning a wedding, there’s no doubt that one of your top requirements is the perfect venue to capture the couple you are. There are some great landscapes you can choose from if you’re looking for something unique. Of course, you can never go wrong with a gorgeous church, golf course greenery or an elegant vineyard. However, if you’re looking for something people would be unlikely to suspect, here are some ideas.

1. Distillery

Are you a fan of a particular local distillery? Distilleries add a bit of a twist on the traditional winery venue, and are also a great way to celebrate. The settings are typically dimly lit and you can incorporate tastings into your package. You may be able to host the ceremony and reception among the distillery’s aging spirits!

Photo Credit: Westland Distillery – Seattle, WA

2. Cave

A cave will provide an incredibly picturesque setting for your wedding, and it is definitely an option your guests will not expect! The atmosphere is romantic and intimate, yet you still feel surrounded by nature. Although there are few cave options in Oregon, there are several intimate cave venues across the US.

Photo Credit: Lizelle Lotter – Denver, CO

3. Treehouse

If you love the forest, a treehouse wedding is the perfect unique venue! A treehouse gives you the ability to fully take in and share the outdoors with your guests. As a fun bonus, the treehouses are usually provided as accommodation for a select number of wedding guests, and of course for the happy couple as well.

Photo Credit: Luxe Mountain Weddings Magazine – Mt. Hood, OR

4. Greenhouse

Greenhouses are another way to enjoy nature, but give you an indoor setting which allows for a wedding in almost any type of weather. If you love the rustic feel and are having a wedding during a potentially rainy or cold time of year, this is a wonderful option.

Photo Credit: Jessica Dean Photography – Des Moines, IA

5. Cityscape

While many people think of nature as the perfect setting for their wedding, others might enjoy the idea of seeing their city as a backdrop on their special day. If you and your partner love the city, consider a venue with a great view at sunset, where you and your guests can enjoy overlooking the bright lights and architecture.

Photo Credit: Shelley Marie Photography – Portland, OR

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5 Unique Gifts For the Happy Couple!

When someone special in your life decides to tie the knot its important to find a gift that fits them perfectly. If you’re stuck on what to gift to the newlyweds (or you just can’t bear to buy them something generic), here are 5 unique gift ideas they’re sure to love.

1. A Personalized Love Map

A Love Map is a unique gift that’s part artwork, part sentimental keepsake that has coordinates of a place that is special to the couple. You could create a three piece set that includes where she grew up, where he grew up and where they live together now. These maps can be easily found on Etsy!

2. Al Fresco Dining

Give the couple everything they need to take their meal to al fresco level with a picnic backback—complete with plates, glasses, flatware, napkins, a bread knife, wooden cutting board, salt and pepper shakers, and a sommelier’s corkscrew. Some backpacks even come with their own blanket and detachable wine cooler! Great options can be found on Amazon.

3. Dinner For A Week

Whether the couple has decided to go on a honeymoon or they just want to hang out at their house for a few days before they have to get back to real life, adjusting back to “normal” life after getting married always takes a bit of effort. The last thing they want to do when they get home is to sit down and make a meal plan—so gift them a week of a meal kit like Plated or Blue Apron. All they have to do is redeem the gift card and they’ll have meals delivered to their door for a week.

4. Help Them Pack

Whether they’re going to Fiji for their honeymoon or visiting family for Christmas, they’ll likely appreciate an organized option for travel. Help them pack with hanging packing cubes, which help keep a suitcase easy to zip up and also convert into a closet organizer when they arrive at a family’s house or a hotel room. You can also include passport covers, hang tags for their suitcases and even some mini scented bags to keep all their clothes smelling fresh!

5. Make Dinner A Game

The perfect gift for ultimate foodies! Help them out of a dinner dilemma with Foodie Dice, which gives you a different meal with every roll. The dice has protein options, cooking methods, grain/carb selections, herb choices, and bonus ingredients to help anyone get out of a dinner rut.

 

Crazy Daze Summer Sale!

Come see us at Merrime Bride & Soiree and be a part of our summer discounts from July 6-July 8th!

You’ll have access to:

  • All bridal gown samples discounted 10%-50% off or more

  • Bridesmaid samples starting at $39

  • Spanx shapewear 50% off

  • Goddess bustiers $39

Crazy Daze is a downtown Albany event that will include various businesses to fulfill all your shopping needs! We hope to see you during this fun and family-friendly event. If you’re not shopping for a wedding dress, or wedding guest apparel we also offer “night-out” dresses, plus jewelry and headpiece options that work for any fashionista!

We have dresses from the following designers, click on the link to see which dresses we offer in-store:

For appointments during this event please email adrienne@merrimebridal.com or call us at 541.791.7083.

Merrime Bride & Soiree
211 First Avenue West, Suite 101
Albany, OR 97321

Hours during this event will be July 6th 10-6pm, July 7th 10-6pm and July 8th 10-4pm.

Do’s and Don’ts | Social Media on Your Big Day!

Whether you’re a tech-savvy couple or off the grid, its important that your guests know what will work for your wedding day! Here are a few pointers that can be easily distributed to your guests to make sure your wedding goes exactly how you want it to.

Do’s

  1. Let your audience know how you feel about the use of social media. For instance, you might want to tell your guests you want to keep the ceremony to yourself, family and close friends. After all, this is the moment it’s all about. You don’t want your guests to miss the vows while they’re looking at their phone or tablet screen.
  2. Create a hashtag to let your guests post tweets and instagram pictures to that can be seen and shared by all who attend. Encourage them by using a unique and creative hashtag sign.
  3. Snapchat Filters give you the ability to create a custom frame or design that speaks just to you. You can contact Snapchat directly to set it up and they’ll even help you design it.
  4. Use social media in addition to phone calls or texts to easily reach everybody for any last minute changes, for example venue changes due to weather reasons. But make sure your Facebook/social media rookie friends and family receive the info as well! You can even create an event on Facebook just for your wedding day that includes all attendees and information.
  5. Take some selfies! Capture your own moment at the time you please. Be sure not to overdo it though. It’s your wedding, enjoy the best day of your life unplugged to be in touch with everything and everybody around you.

Don’ts

  1. Don’t spoil any exciting surprises on social media in preparation of your wedding. Make sure your guests know not to post any images until after the ceremony.
  2. Don’t be on your phone all day. You and your new other half are there to live the moment and enjoy the day. Put away your phone and have fun!
  3. Don’t get rid of your professional photographer. Although your guests might be there to try and shoot that picture of your ceremony and cake cutting, a professional photographer will know best how to capture the most important moments of the day.
  4. Don’t go DIY hashtag sign crazy! Why hassle yourself with the task of making the hashtag signs, which seems easy at first but will take much more time than expected. You can easily purchase any signage for your wedding through etsy.com where people make customized items!
  5. Don’t make anyone contact you only through social media. Be aware that some of your guests might be not as tech-savvy as you.

5 DIY Bridal Shower Gifts!

Take the celebration for the bride-to-be to the next level by offering handmade tokens of thanks to attendees. Whether you prep them ahead of time or provide the supplies to put them together as a party activity, these how-tos are adorable, affordable, and totally doable, even for crafting novices.

Opalescent Candy Cones

Nothing more playful then making some candy cones. You can use Pearl White mini milk chocolate balls, iridescent film to wrap up the candy, metallic opal paper to create the cone, and ribbon to create these gorgeous, girly favors with ultimate shine – all can be found on etsy.com

Flower Crowns

At your garden party bridal shower, guests will have no problem creating this floral accessory as its been a very popular edition to every wedding these last few years. There are plenty of floral designers who offer these services!

Potted Plants

Send shower attendees home with blooms of their own. Demure and delicate, African violets are pretty little packages and, with minimal effort, can make a dazzling display.

Bottled Flavored Vodka

Mixing your favorite vodka with your favorite flavored syrup, pouring it into bottles, and tying on or adhering a recipe for your favorite infused vodka recipe is a great way to tie in your wedding colors!

Envelope Sachets

These bundles of dried flowers and cedar shavings pack sweet scents that travel well. They can be kept in luggage, purses or warm up a bedroom!