About Sher Silver

Sher Silver has been active in the bridal industry for more than 25 years. She was on the Pace Communications’ team that launched Elegant Bride magazine and she served as its VP/General Manager. In 1991, she was asked to start up the Exclusively Weddings’ division for Pace and develop its catalog and product line of wedding accessories, favors and wedding party gifts. Once the original assortment of products was successful, she soon laid the groundwork for adding wedding invitations to Exclusively Weddings’ assortment. This included printing them in-house, so that exacting standards could be adhered to. She brought together an array of wedding invitation designs and price points that incorporated a mix of styles from classic to contemporary. Elegant and tasteful, these invitations set a fresh, new precedent in the industry and Exclusively Weddings continues to be known for offering invitations with both style and value. In addition, Sher has a passion for developing products that make it easier for brides to plan their weddings. She conceived, developed, and was editorial director of The Handbook of Wedding Invitations and the popular wedding planning system, The Organized Bride®. She has also created a wide variety of innovative, best-selling wedding products such as personalized wedding day totes for bridesmaids, Daddy’s Girl® frame, “To Dry Your Tears®” hanky for mother of the bride, personalized pouches for wedding rings, wedding welcome bags for out of town guests and more! Sher loves helping brides with questions they may have about their big day and providing valuable information and ideas to make wedding planning easier.

Ideas for Your Vintage Rustic Wedding

A stunning field of lavender was the backdrop for the spectacular wedding of Lauren and Chris in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia.

The wedding theme was “vintage rustic” and the beautiful wedding photos will give you lots of great ideas that you can incorporate in to your own wedding.

When asked how she chose the vintage rustic theme, Lauren says, “Chris and I are both very laid back people who love spending time outdoors! If given the choice we would always choose vintage and wood over modern and glitz. When we look at lifestyle, from our clothing to the interior in our apartment, we knew that a vintage/rustic theme would best reflect our personality as a couple. We wanted to have a wedding that we wouldn’t look back at photos of in 50 years and cringe at our decoration choices; therefore neutral, natural and vintage elements were all used to hopefully produce a timeless wedding.”

The setting is gorgeous!
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Lauren’s lovely all-white bouquet is made of peonies and accented with cameos, to give it a personal touch.
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The bridesmaids’ bouquets are complementary to the bride’s but use soft pink peonies instead of white.
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The aisle décor is perfect for the wedding style and the tree decorated with flowers is an unexpected and creative touch!
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The display at the beverage station shows how to take something from average to exceptional. The addition of the fruit at the base of the dispensers adds a decorator’s touch.
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The display of flowers hung from the ceiling is breathtaking!
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The all-white cake uses lots of texture to create a stunning creation.
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The yummy dessert bar offers little bags so guests can take goodies home with them.
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Milk and cookies is a great way to end the evening in a gracious show of hospitality.
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The lavender field is the perfect backdrop for romantic photos.
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More details from the bride, Lauren:

How did you select your wedding dress?
Much like our wedding theme, I wanted something elegant and timeless! I have never been the biggest fan of giant princess dresses… They’re just not me… So from day one I was always trying on fitted or lightly flowing gowns. Suzanne Hardward has always been an inspiration for me; the garments they produce are absolutely stunning! I had seen footage of a Suzanne Hardward runway show, showcasing their newest wedding dress designs, and the coloured ribbon used on this gown immediately caught my eye. When I tried it on for the first time my mum bawled her eyes out, I guess that was the reaction I was aiming for (happy tears of course).

Tell us about your reception:
Our reception was full of laughter and tears, but it was absolutely perfect! The décor blew me away, our whole set up looked even more beautiful than I could have imagined! By the time our reception started the sun began to set yet the weather was still nice and warm. Our guests were constantly commenting on how stunning everything looked, how delicious all of the food was, and how happy we both looked. Our speeches had us both in stitches; I’ve never laughed and cried so hard at the same time in my life! My bridesmaids had to fix my makeup multiple times, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

What was the highlight of your day?
Apart from the obvious (marrying Chris), I think the fun that everyone had dancing and singing together after the speeches at our reception really topped off our night! This was probably the first time that we had all of the people who really mean the most to us, in the one venue, and everyone was just so happy. I really didn’t want the night to end even though I was absolutely exhausted! Thinking about all of our friends and family goofing around together; age differences between people, and whether they actually knew each other or not meant nothing to anyone, because we were all celebrating the same thing together. Thinking about our entire day still brings a smile to my face every time!

Wedding Photographer: Blumenthal Photography – blumenthalphotography.com.au

Vendors:
Venue:
Sault – Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
Event Styling & Planning: A Lavish Affair
Wedding Gown: Suzanne Harward
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: White Runway
Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang
Groomsmen Attire: Raffaele Ciuca
Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw
Cake: Cake Face (Call Me Cakeface)
Rings: Just Me Jewellery

Editor’s Pick – The 3 Best Bridal Boots for a Snowy Winter Wedding

thumbnail uggsIf you are planning a winter wedding, there is always the chance of snow and it’s best to be prepared, just in case. Yes, you have your lovely wedding shoes but you will probably be thankful to have a pair of warm boots, too!

I think that when it is snowy outside, a pair of boots somehow just looks more at one with the weather than dainty shoes! If you plan to wear boots at some point on your wedding day, there are three styles of boots that I think work really well for brides and they are  ….
Lace-Up
Uggs
Hunter Wellies

[I have provided links below for the boots featured in the collages.]

Lace-Up Boots:
Lace-Up Boots have the look of ice skates and a feminine vibe to them. They are not overly “clunky” and I think they pair really well with a wedding gown in an outdoor scenario. If this is the style you want, you probably won’t have any trouble finding lots of choices, including styles with fur trim and pom poms.
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Ugg Boots: A few years ago Ugg Australia introduced a line of bridal boots but they quit offering them not too long ago. Luckily, there are some stores that still have them (see links below). If you think you want Uggs from their bridal collection, my advice is to get them now. The supply is dwindling. Of course, the regular Ugg boots are plentiful and you can even design your own. The beige pair on the last row below was created using the “Ugg-By-You” feature. Since Uggs come in a variety of colors, it will be easy to coordinate with your bridesmaids, so that you are wearing the same basic style of boots.The_3_Best_Bridal_Boots_for_a_Snowy_Winter_Wedding_-_Ugg Boots

Hunter Wellies: Hunter boots are most well-known as rain boots, but they work well in snow, also. They are a good choice if you want a boot that comes in lots of fun colors. Porcelain Blue Hunter BootsI love their Porcelain Blue color. It has a bridal look to me and can be your “something blue”. Or you may want to wear boots that match the color of your bridesmaids’ dresses. You have lots of choices with Hunter boots.

Oh, in case you wonder why boots in this style are called “Wellies” … They have a long history, having been made popular in the 1800s by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and they became “the” boot for outdoor wear by British aristocracy.
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Collages created by Sher Silver.

Where to find the featured boots:
Collage 1 – Lace-Up: [Row 1] Two versions of the same boot – Ugg Australia [Row 2] ZulilyZulily – Collage 2 – Ugg Australia: [Row 2] Neiman-Marcus [Row 3] Neiman Marcus, Neiman Marcus [Row 4] Ugg Australia (Design Your Own), Zappos – Collage 3 – Hunter Wellies: Zappos

Photo credits for wedding photos:Collage Photo Credits

The Secret to a Perfect Moscow Mule Cocktail

bride with moscow muleEven though the Moscow Mule cocktail first became popular in the 1940s and was the “it drink” for many years, it eventually lost its popularity. However, the Moscow Mule has made a comeback in a big way!

Soooo, you may be wondering  what’s the “secret” that is mentioned in my title. Well here it is… The “secret” to making the perfect Moscow Mule is the copper mug that has been associated with the cocktail since its inception. While the Moscow Mule is a delicious combination of vodka mixed with fizzy ginger beer (non-alcoholic) and tart lime, the use of a copper mug makes this great cocktail even better!

One reason the copper mug is such a great complement to the Moscow Mule is that copper becomes cool very quickly and your yummy cocktail will be extra-frosty! Just keep your hands away from the wall of the mug and it will stay icy cold.

And not only does the copper mug keep your cocktail perfectly chilled, it also makes a great presentation. And after all, when it comes to cocktails, the presentation is key. The signature copper mug takes the Moscow Mule to another level!

The Moscow Mule copper mug makes a great bridesmaid and groomsmen gift and you also might want to consider having this distinctive drink as your “signature wedding cocktail”. Exclusively Weddings added the traditional Moscow Mule mug (shown in photos here) to our product selection this year. There are two types of copper mugs: lined and unlined. Most of the best manufacturers line the interior of their mugs with a protective, food-safe nickel interior and that is the high-quality version that Exclusively Weddings sells. Moscow Mule at Exclusively Weddings.

Here is the recipe for you below. Some recipes call for a little more or little less of this or that but this recipe is my favorite. You can have fun experimenting.

moscow-mule-roundMoscow Mule Recipe:
Ingredients:
2 oz. vodka, 4 oz. ginger beer, 1/2 oz. lime juice, 1 lime wedge and 1 copper mug.

Preparation:
Add the lime juice and vodka to a Moscow Mule mug.  Fill the mug with ice cubes. Add the ginger beer. Stir. Garnish with the lime wedge. Tip: All ingredients should be cold. Chill the mug, also.

Below are images I created to make it easy for you to save the recipe to your Pinterest board or your computer. Enjoy!

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Photo of bride: Carrie Patterson Photography

How the Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire Help Create Your Perfect Wedding Theme

groomThe overall look of the wedding is most apparent in two places: One is the processional and the image that the bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen create as they walk down the aisle and participate in the ceremony. And the other is in the photos of the wedding party.

The attire that the wedding party wears plays big part in creating a beautiful vision in this once-in-a-lifetime event. When thinking of wedding party attire, it is usually the bridesmaid dresses that come to mind. But the groom’s and groomsmen’s attire are just as important.

When choosing attire for the men, it is best to have the groom’s attire slightly different from the groomsmen’s. Examples of this can be seen in the three weddings featured below. In the first one, the groom wears a different suit and tie from his groomsmen but they blend perfectly. In the second one, the groom wears a white tie, pocket square and boutonnière while the groomsmen wear red. In the third one, the groom wears a jacket while the groomsmen wear vests. His tie is different also. These subtle differences are perfectly executed and allow the groom to stand out from the other men in the wedding party, yet create a visually appealing look.

The formality of the men’s attire should match the formality of the wedding. If you are having a black-tie (or white-tie) wedding, it really makes it easier because most everything in their attire is already established. However, if the style of your wedding means that the men will wear suits, you and your groom have lots of decisions to make!

Take a look at the pictures below and you can see how perfectly the men’s attire complements the bridesmaids’ dresses and what a beautiful vision they create together. A cohesive look as seen below gives the most impact, helps create gorgeous wedding photos and makes wedding guests say “wow”!

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Check out our Pinterest board: Groom and Groomsmen Wedding Attire

Blog posts on Bridesmaids dresses:
Bridesmaid Dresses – Eight Awesome Options
10 Things You Must Know About Long Bridesmaid Dresses
10 Mistakes to Avoid With Short Bridesmaid Dresses

Add Glamour to Your Wedding with Sequin Bridesmaid Dresses

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If you want to add glamour to your wedding, consider having your bridesmaids wear dresses with sequins. Your first thought might be that you don’t want your bridesmaids to outshine the bride. And you also might be thinking that sequins could take away from the elegant and tasteful look you want to achieve for your ceremony. Those certainly are legitimate concerns but with a few simple guidelines, you can definitely pull off having your bridesmaids sparkle!

Tips for Sequin Bridesmaids Dresses:
1.  Choose a dress with sleeves.
2.  Choose a neutral color.
3.  Keep the style simple.
4.  Consider mixing sequins with fabric, especially if using a color.

With sequins you have to be careful that your bridesmaids don’t look like they are going partying! Having them wear dresses with sleeves will really help in that regard. Sleeves with sequins creates a chic and tasteful overall look for your bridesmaids.
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You may want to consider having your bridesmaids mix and match to have sequins only on the top or bottom. The look achieved by the bridesmaids in the first photo below is one that really makes sequins work to perfection.  This is also a good choice if your bridesmaids are wearing sequins in a non-neutral color. It will help tone down the whole effect.

As shown in the second photo, pairing sequins with a tailored, short dress achieves instant sophistication. The simple, straight-lined skirt creates an elegant look.
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Sequin bridesmaid dresses look best when they are in a neutral color — that is what makes them work so well. Choose beige, rose gold, gold, silver, pewter and other similar neutrals and you can’t go wrong. The bridesmaids below look amazing in their neutral, sequined dresses.

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You may be wondering how sequin bridesmaid dresses would look in an actual wedding. Here is a link to the wedding pictured above. This is a really gorgeous wedding and having the bridesmaids wearing sequins makes it even better.
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See our Bridesmaids Pinterest Board for lots of ideas for bridesmaid dresses. We have over 125 boards full of photos and ideas for everything wedding related:
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Add Chevron to Your Wedding Decor for Instant Pizzazz

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As you are planning your wedding and thinking about your wedding decor, you may want to consider using a pop of pattern rather than all solids. If so, you may want to consider using chevron.

We all have seen our fair share of polka dots and stripes, but if you want a design that is on trend, consider adding chevron to some aspect of your wedding decor. You can use chevron for your wedding cake, centerpieces, table decor, wedding invitations and even your bridesmaids gifts. Chevron has such a fresh and modern look to it and it will really add pizzazz to whatever you add it to.

I’ve put together some ideas for you so you can see how well chevron can fit in to your wedding.

Chevron Wedding Cake: Chevron is a “natural” for wedding cakes. The pattern can add a new dimension to your solid-color cake. It can work wonderfully on all styles of cakes as shown below …. from rustic to glam!
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Chevron Table Decor: If you want to add instant sophistication and a decorator’s touch to your reception tables, add chevron! A chevron table runner, centerpiece, napkins or chair decorations will take your decor up a notch. The key is to just use it once or maybe twice at the most. Too much chevron is not good! As you can see below, these gorgeous tables use chevron aisle runners to tie all the elements of the tables together. If you are using chevron on large tables, you will get the most impact using a bold chevron design.
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Exclusively Weddings loves chevron! Your wedding invitations in a chevron design can be the bridge that ties your theme together. Go a step further and give your bridesmaids gifts that incorporate chevron, too! Have fun with this playful pattern!
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Our Chevron Pinterest Board has lots more ideas from Exclusively Weddings.
Our Chevron Wedding Cake and Decor board has more ideas, too!

Photo Credits: Cakes – [1]The Red Dirt Bride/ByCherry Photography [2]Glow Weddings & Events [Sweet and Saucy Shop [3]Cake Chooser[4] The Little Umbrella/Alecia Lauren Photoraphy – Decor – [1]100 Layer Cake/Sandy Tam Photography [2] A Low Country Wedding [3] Wedding Chicks/Mark Brooke Photography [4]Project Wedding/Kristina Cipolla Photography [5] Storyboard Wedding/BSG Photography

Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don’t Want to Miss

Your wedding photos will be treasured mementos of your wedding day for the rest of your life.  In most cases, your photographer will chronicle the day and you’ll have a photo of just about every detail as it unfolded. Some photographers do staged “fun” shots of the couple and/or bridesmaids. but I wonder how much those shots will really be treasured. To be honest, some can look a bit “cheesy” and they take a lot of time to organize, photograph, etc. And is the result really something that you will treasure?

When you meet with your photographer, you should have the opportunity to go over the shots that you want included, the special people you want photographed, etc. To help you narrow down the shots that will mean something to you long after the wedding, I want to share 5 photos that aren’t to be missed …  that aren’t “cheesy” and that will hold up over time … that will serve you now and for years to come.

1. Bridesmaid’s relation to bride
2. Bridesmaids in their “getting ready” spa robes
3. The couple with their pet
4. The guests forming a heart
5. An artistic photo of the couple

And the most important aspect of these photos is that they are perfect for framing … either in a typical 5″ x 7″ or 8″ x 10″ size but even bigger on canvas!

Bridesmaid’s relation to bride. I’m not much for gimmicky photos but I really think this is cute. The boards will indicate when the bride and bridesmaid met. Some add the date to the board, as well. Just be sure that it is shot in non-glaring light so that the words can be easily read.  I think this is a fun photo idea, but not cheesy!
Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don't Want to Miss - How the Bridesmaids Met the Bride

Bridesmaids in their “getting ready” spa robes. Another bridesmaids’ shot that shouldn’t be missed is of your bridesmaids getting ready for the ceremony in their spa robes. This is a chance for your girls to be in a relaxed pose, having fun, yet not be wearing their bridesmaids dresses. I do like the technique used in the photo below of having the bridesmaids dresses in the photo, but not being worn.
Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don't Want to Miss - Getting Ready

The couple with their pet. If you have a pet that means a lot to you as a couple, having him or her as part of your wedding in some way is a must! Here is a photo idea that will mean the world to you over the years.
Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don't Want to Miss - Dog Paw

The guests forming a heart. Most photographers don’t try to get a shot of all wedding guests together! But if done as shown below, you have a great view of all your guests and a keepsake photo that is worthy of being framed. I’ve seen this type of shot done from all sorts of angles. Some are from very high up and while the heart shape does look good, the guests themselves don’t show up very well. I think there is a happy medium such as shown below. The heart is still visible but yet most of the guests can be  identified. Five Wedding Photo Ideas You Don't Want to Miss - Guests in Shape of a Heart

An artistic photo of the couple. And while you are looking your best and have a photographer at hand, why not do a once-in-a-lifetime artistic shot of the two of you. A keepsake that you will enlarge to a huge size and hang on the wall to be a lasting memento of your big day and serve as a work of art, as well. To be truly artistic and evoke emotion it needs a special touch and if you have a great photographer they should be able to capture this for you. This is not just a photo of the two you but one that has the right setting and the right emotional appeal.  It’s hard to explain what makes an artistic shot, but you will know it when you see it! And to describe it in one word: “EMOTION”!

We have a Pinterest board, Artistic Wedding Photos of the Bride and Groom for lots more ideas.
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