Bride of Beauty – Hair

Whether it’s an updo, half-updo, simple loose waves, or braids, every bride wants to find the perfect style for her special day. Think about your personality and be realistic with your hair type, you know it best! Go simple and chic, or big and bold – there’s a style out there for everyone.

  • Flowers galore: Can you have too many flowers at your wedding? Don’t be afraid to weave a few through your hair or find a flowered headband to complete your wedding day look.

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  • Pony up: A very simple and chic style that brings attention to your face and dress.

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  • Beautiful braids: Such an elegant way to get your hair off your face. Wear one simple braid, or opt for a few small braids mixed within your hair. Be unique and find creative ways to incorporate braids into your updo.

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  • Top Knot: An easy way to tie your hair up out of your face, while still looking classy and elegant.

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  • Side-Swept Curls: A great choice for brides who want their hair down but are still looking for a glamorous look.

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Bride of Beauty – Makeup

Before choosing your makeup for your special day, be sure to consider many options. Don’t be afraid to test out a few current trends to see which you like best. You don’t want to choose makeup that is dramatically different from what you typically wear. When looking back on your wedding photos, you want your pictures and savored moments to look like the real you.


  • Nude lips: An absolutely stunning and fresh look that brings all the attention to your eyes.

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  • Coral lips: A very feminine look with a fun pop of color. The perfect statement color that isn’t as dramatic as red lips.

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  • Bold Eyelids: A touch of color on your lids is a great way to highlight your eyes and jazz up your makeup.

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  • Cheeks: If your cheeks need a bit of vitamin D, finish off your cheeks with bronzer or a peach colored blush.

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  • Cat Eye: For brides who love to stay classic and timeless this is a great look. Although this is a trend, it is also a retro look that will never go out of style.

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Single Location Advantages: Ceremony and Reception

We are seeing more and more couples who are deciding to go with one venue to have both the ceremony and the reception. There are such positives to both options – either doing it all at one venue, or having the ceremony at one place and the reception at the other. Some couples enjoy having the two different venues that go into their day, providing two different experiences and tones. While others decide they don’t want to have guests travel maybe because many are from out of town and don’t have vehicles, etc. A lot of couples are choosing this idea for more convenience if that’s important to them.

One positive of having both at the same location is you are not trying to match up dates where both venues have the same date available. The single location will ensure that the whole day is catered to the couple, with no other event getting in the way. Also, the couples will have an easier time coordinating all the vendors. The vendors will all report to one location. Everything can be seen and handled at one place.

Another big advantage is traveling. The guest will not have to worry about transportation or getting lost. If you decide to do two locations – you could always provide transportation to guests to alleviate this as well. Guests can relax without having to stress over time and travel issues. If you decide you don’t want to leave to take off-site pictures, than your one venue really does become all-inclusive. Maybe it’s one that has lots of areas for you and your photographer to take Bridal Party pictures, etc. – so you don’t have to leave to take pictures in between ceremony and reception.

The last big advantage is in terms of set up and decor. Because of one location you may find that you can emphasize areas with decor more because it may be seen more than one time (less ground to cover). In any situation whether two locations or one – as wedding planners we are always trying to reuse flowers & decor as possible but when at one location you may find you can put it all into one place.

Here are some links of locations that work well for this idea!


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Vendor Spotlight: Paper Antler

Cherry Blossom Events is proud to honor the artists from Paper Antler. Through their unique perspectives, they capture the pure beauty of your wedding day. With their timeless, heirloom quality photographs, Paper Antler will certainly go beyond your expectations.

Established in 2008, Jonny and Michelle have taken on the world though their lenses. This lovely married couple is beyond talented; they are leading craftsmen in their industry. With an original perspective, each captured moment will speak fondly for years to come.

Paper Antler is based in Madison, WI. However, they have traveled the globe shooting weddings and beyond! They have worked with world-renowned companies, including Pixar, Huffington Post, Style Me Pretty and Ruffled. Unique, eclectic, and aesthetically pleasing, Jonny and Michelle are some of the finest photographers in the world. Check them out! 









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The Non-Traditional Bouquet

There are many great options for you non-traditional brides that are looking for something other than flowers to carry down the aisle. Some of you may be wondering why you would want to hold anything other than a bouquet of freshly picked flowers; however, there are endless ways to make your bouquet unique, while still adding an elegant element to your ceremony. These alternative bouquets are unexpected and add a personalized touch to your special day. They’re easier to preserve than flowers too, so you can cherish them for many days after your wedding!

Paper Pom Poms: This is a great option for you crafty brides out there – follow this link for an easy (and inexpensive) DIY project!

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Pearls: Go all out in pearls, or simply mix them in with your flowers to add a glamorous edge to your bouquet.

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Dried Flowers: This is perfect for rustic themed weddings, and you can ensure that these flowers will last forever!

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Ribbon/Paper/Fabric Combo: Play around with different colors and textures to best fit your theme and your personality. Get creative!

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Pine Cones: Combined with evergreens, this is great for any winter wedding (it’s not too far around the corner).

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Burlap: Burlap bouquets are great accents for tying into a country or western theme. Pair it with lace and/or ribbon as shown below for contrasting colors.

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4 Unique Guestbook Ideas

Historically guest books are used to keep track of attendance at your wedding, and traditionally an address book is used. While this is greatly helpful when writing thank-you’s, brides and grooms are utilizing unique items and art for memorable keepsakes to display in their home.

Happy Birthday!

This is an ingenious way to keep track of friends and families’ birthdays! Find a calendar you love, and have guests sign their names on their birthdays. This way, you will never be giving belated birthday wishes.


Bon Voyage!

Collect postcards wherever you go, or from right where you live. Use these as your guestbook. Every time you look through this trunk of cards, you will be reminded of warm memories of those you love.


A Slice of History

Utilizing a beautiful section of a tree, this guestbook idea is a take on the classic carving of one’s initials in a tree. It makes a beautiful display in one’s home.


For the Foodie Couple

If you love to cook and want a unique way to display your guestbook, utilize a blak apron as a guestbook that can be displayed in your kitchen!

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Vendor Spotlight: Event Essentials

We are delighted to inform our couples of a great rental service in Madison called Event Essentials. Event Essentials has been serving the Madison area since 1954. They have created quite a collection of rental items that a bride would be looking for to use on her big day. The staff as well as their services they provide are of exceptional quality. They understand the wedding planning process and are willing to do whatever it takes to impress you and your guest! So look no further, Event Essentials is the company to help create the dream wedding you have always wanted.

They are the “one stop shop” for all things weddings. From linens, to chairs, to beautiful fabric treatments, the possibilities are endless. Their dishware, glassware, chargers – are perfect to make any place setting pop. They also have so many different props, lounge seating, stools, etc. – anything to bring different ideas and decor to your wedding to make it special. The company also offers lighting, tents, coolers, and much more. They are always adding new rental items. To see a full list of all their rental services be sure to check out their website or head over to their showroom in Windsor.


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