Wedding Trends

Fitness February!

Trying to get wedding ready? Here are our top 5 Instagram accounts we follow for a quick, effective, workout to do at home that will help you with your wedding fitness plan!

  • @tonitup - We have been following these girls since we first saw them on Bravo! They have fun personalities and a significant collection of workouts that challenge the body. Great to see how they can help you follow your wedding fitness plan and get wedding ready.
  • @beahappyamy - For those who like a good yoga challenge, she is the person for you! The things you can do by controlling your body is amazing! Nothing says wedding ready like strong arms.
  • @sydneystrengthconditioning - This girl is awesome! She has great body weight and body movement ideas that are easy to add to your workout. You can't be afraid of a challenge!
  • @vivenutrition - This Instagram is all about how to properly fuel the body. Working out is part of the deal, but the food is the other side of getting wedding ready.
  • @mattsmithperformance - He is an up and coming local Washington, DC trainer who is specializing in getting couples ready for their wedding! He customizes workouts to fit the needs of each client.



Winter DC Wedding!

Venue - Sequoia 

Photographer - Freed Photography 

Entertainment - Entertainment Exchange 

Event Painting - Event Painting by Kathrine

Florist - Edge Floral Event Designers

Beauty - Up Do's for I Do's and Kelly Unthank Makeup Artist

Transportation - Reliable Limo

For the full album, check out our facebook page!

 Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com

Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com

 Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com

Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com

 Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com

Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com

 Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com

Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com

 Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com

Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com

 Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com

Photo Credit www.freedphoto.com


For the full album, check out our facebook page!

Wedding Trend - Roaring 20s

A personal favorite!

Stationary and other printed materials and accessories can set the tone for the theme and experience you want your guest to feel. Below are some examples of how to do that with the "Roaring 20s" theme.

Check out some more ideas on our Pinterest board.

 It starts with an invitation

It starts with an invitation

 You finally get all of the RSVPs back

You finally get all of the RSVPs back

 Guest can't wait to eat!

Guest can't wait to eat!

 Guest will leave their love in your on point themed guest book

Guest will leave their love in your on point themed guest book

 Guest will leave with your theme in hand

Guest will leave with your theme in hand

 Keep your theme alive with your than-you notes

Keep your theme alive with your than-you notes

 And round out your wedding year with this holiday card!

And round out your wedding year with this holiday card!



Wedding Traditions on Their Way Out

  • Avoiding White - In the past, one of the biggest wedding no-no's was wearing white to someone's wedding. Just like wearing black to a wedding, I am finding avoiding white is starting to become a trend of the past. During the summer months, I see a minimum of 2-3 guest in white.
  • Garter Toss - While this use to be a wedding staple, think 1980's big hair, this tradition is seen less and less. I would say out of all of the weddings we plan each year, there is only 1 wedding who still plans a garter toss.
  • Cake Cutting - At one time, this tradition use to take place on center stage with all eyes on the couple. Now the cake cutting is done off to the side if at all.  Saving the top layer of the cake to celebrate the one-year anniversary is certainly on the way out.

What other traditions do you see making its way out the door?

How to NOT invite kids to your wedding

Deciding on having kids at your wedding can be a difficult decision…communicating that to your guest can be just as difficult.

Lets say you have decided not to invite kids to your wedding. Proper etiquette states, the names listed on the inner envelope specify who is invited to the wedding. So, if you do not want to have kids at your wedding, make sure the inner envelope only has the parent’s name.  To help communicate the wedding is an adult reception, you can always use word of mouth or put something on your wedding website.


This is great if your guests are the type of guest how appreciate and follow proper etiquette. There are many times when your guest may not know, or may choose to not follow proper etiquette. There are more direct ways to communicate to your guest who is invited, and more importantly, who is not invited to your wedding.

The best way to be direct is on the response card. This is an area you can afford to be slightly less formal without getting too close to a “tacky” situation. Here are a few ways to word your response card to get your message across –

  • “We invite you to our Adult Only Reception beginning at 5:00”
  • You can add at the bottom of the card “Respectfully an adult reception”
  •  “__ of 2 will be attending” By printing the number of adults that you have invited, you are make it clear how many people should be RSVP-ing
  • “ 2  seats will be reserved for you” Again, simply pre-print how many adults you have invited 

Top 5 Alternative Guest Book Ideas

Your guest book is one of the only keepsakes you will have from your wedding, why not making it something awesome that you want to display?

Here are my top 5 alternative guest book ideas that will make your guest talking and give you something to proudly display in your new home!

 This 2013 couple had a love seat rocking chair for guest to sign.  Photo credit -   bridgetconley.zenfolio.com

This 2013 couple had a love seat rocking chair for guest to sign.  Photo credit -  bridgetconley.zenfolio.com

 Another great idea is to use your new monogram as a guest book - credit  southernweddings.com/

Another great idea is to use your new monogram as a guest book - credit southernweddings.com/

 Here is a great way to collect addresses of all of your guest - credit  http://catchmyparty.com/photos/1133665

Here is a great way to collect addresses of all of your guest - credit http://catchmyparty.com/photos/1133665

 Host a lot of game nights? How about having your guest write marriage tips on game pieces - credit theknot.com

Host a lot of game nights? How about having your guest write marriage tips on game pieces - credit theknot.com

 Perfect for the couple that cooks together! Have your guest sign a plate that you can keep forever - credit etsy.com

Perfect for the couple that cooks together! Have your guest sign a plate that you can keep forever - credit etsy.com

Check out our pinterest board for more ideas!

 Bonus idea - check out our website www.oneilevents.carlsoncraft.com to see other guest book ideas!

Bonus idea - check out our website www.oneilevents.carlsoncraft.com to see other guest book ideas!

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