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Off The Wall Wednesday: Be Creative

27 Mar

Do you ever attend a wedding and think ‘Seen this before.’?  ‘Wasn’t the last wedding I went to exactly like this?’  ‘When will people step up their game and do something interesting?’  I am pretty sure that everyone and their brother has been there and, well, IT’S BORING!  A wedding or commitment ceremony should express the couple and their personal story,  not the 20 other drab couples that you know.  STOP BEING DULL!  Obviously…everyone is going to copy something.  You have to get your inspiration somewhere.  All we are saying here at Brown County Weddings is to try and think outside the box a little.  It could be extreme, which, let’s be honest, someday you’re going to look back at that and think ‘What the Hell was I thinking?’, but at least it’s a good and interesting memory.  A story to tell.  Or it could be something a bit more subtle and very you…something that you can look back on and think ‘It felt so good to be us and original.’  I know, I know.  For some reason it is so hard to be different, original, experimental, but we here at Brown County Weddings think you can do it!

So….From here on out, Wednesdays will be for wedding ideas that make you think outside the box,  and for showcasing some crazy wedding ideas.

This week, I would like to start with those little monsters we love to call flower girls and ring bearers.  I am just kidding about the ‘little monsters’ part.  Sort of.  ;).  What little kid wants to get all dressed up in a stuffy little outfit and stand awkwardly at the front of all the guests with all the attention on them.   Trust us, none.  We have witnessed these little bundles of joy kicking, screaming and undressing themselves in front of everyone just to escape.   Furthermore…those outfits will never be used again.

At Brown County Weddings we suggest doing something fun and exciting.  Plus these little pieces could be used for Halloween costumes later or,  even for dress up play around the house.

Make these wee ones feel special and give them a cooler job than holding a ring pillow or throwing flowers.  While some things, such as the wee ones walking down the aisle with a banner saying ‘here comes the bride’, are cute and we definitely suggest using them in some way or other.  What about doing something with a little ‘POW’!  A talented Bloomington, Indiana local, owenr at Pip & Bean is making these A-MAZING Superhero capes.

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Superhero Capes  |  Pip & Bean Etsy Shop

Photography |  Venus Leah Photography 

How freaking cute are these.  We even love the idea of doing a little superhero theme for the entire wedding.  Nothing cheesy of course….just little snippets of superhero-dom throughout the wedding in a tasteful manner.  Not only are these adorable, but also a fun and creative way to put some pizazz into your wedding.  I mean how often do you see this?  And, while Pip & Bean has specific ring bearer & flower girl capes, they also makes custom capes and there are multiple other looks, which means you can customize the little wonders to your liking.  Make them characters.  Maybe  even get capes for the couple or the wedding party to have in pictures.  Groomsmen with superhero boutonnieres.  Bridesmaids with superhero insignia in their bouquets. You could make a whole affair out of it and it’s perfect for all those comic book junkies.

We love this wedding off of Green Wedding Shoes.  Vintage inspired with just a touch of comic book love.

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Superhero Wedding Reception |  Green Wedding Shoes

So dare to be creative and off the wall in your wedding.  Find something original to you and have fun with it.

Cheers.

Tradition Tuesdays | Project Protect The Bride!

19 Mar

ImagePhoto Credit: Wikipedia

We’re starting a little fun on this blog and Tuesdays will be dedicated to all those wedding traditions that most of us don’t have a clue as to where they originated from.  Be ready to be shocked, awed, and maybe laugh a little about the ludicrous nature of some traditions.

We’re going to start this first Tuesday off with those pretty little ladies you love to have standing up with you on your special day.  We all know that, generally, we see our maids in dresses which contrast with the blushing brides pretty white. They are there to assist the bride in whatever she may need.  Maybe pass along a little champagne to calm nerves, assist and jam the bride and bridal dress into a tiny stall on those dreaded potty breaks.  Or, just the simple fact that they are there to support and have some fun before the wedding.  Interestingly, this was not always the case.

There are many old traditions that our modern traditions have evolved from, but here at Brown Co. Weddings, we find two of them to be topnotch.   Say hello to thieves and evil spirits.  At one time Bridesmaids were actually used as a sort of ‘posse’ that surrounded the bride on her way to groom’s village.  They served as protectors and dressed in a similar manner as the bride as to deflect any possible bride thieves.  They also served to protect the brides dowery.  Another tradition from Roman Law required witnesses to attend the wedding.  What might their purpose be?  Not exactly what you may think it to be and not at all similar to our modern traditions of required witnesses.  The bridesmaids and groomsmen were actually used to confuse and bewilder all those crazy evil spirits ready to ruin the brides perfect day.  Eek!  However, we humans were obviously way smarter and thought ‘Oh hey!  No Worries.  We’ll just dress like the bride and groom and confuse those nasty little spirits.  They won’t know who is who.’

So please, at all costs, remember that when you’re selecting your maid posse, you should take into account the original meaning of them and select accordingly.

1.  Only pick the ladies that can put up a fight and defend your possible abduction & to make sure that no one steals your gift money.  Maybe you have some friends who excel in martial arts or just a good bit of crazy?

2.  They should resemble you as much as possible just in case the evil spirits do show up.

3.  The dresses should be as close to possible as your own.  I mean it is your special day, you probably want to look exactly like the bridal posse so that you don’t get any special attention.  Right?

It’s interesting to find out where traditions came from.  We’ll definitely be sharing some more with you and maybe poking a little fun at them.

Cheers!

P.S.  We hope you had a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day!

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