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21 Stunning Flowerless Bouquets Perfect For Fall Weddings

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With the arrival of the cooler weather fresh blooms can be increasingly difficult to come by. Instead, why not consider a non-floral bouquet? We’ve scoured Etsy and beyond for the prettiest flowerless options. The best part is that these bouquets will last forever (except the ones you eat!) and are a special keepsake from your wedding day.

How to Host the Perfect Engagement Party

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An engagement is a special time in your life, and much like a birthday or anniversary it needs to be celebrated in a big way. Make it a great excuse to get your family and friends together to celebrate you and your husband-to-be!

1. Who to invite?

There will be many moments leading up to your wedding day when you will have to sit down and decide who is invited? Your engagement party is one of them! When brainstorming your guest list, make sure to think of who is most important to you and who you wanted to call first with the news. Also ensure that these people will be invited to your wedding as well. Start with family members and close friends.

2. Planning

When looking for a place to host your soiree, think of places that reflect you as a couple. Do you love big lavish nights out on the town or fun family barbecues? It isn’t the big day so make sure to save some “ooh la la” for later. Keep it simple with drinks and good music. As for food, make it as easy on you as possible: organize a pot luck or hire a caterer.

3. What to Wear

Whether you’re hosting a small backyard party or a banquet hall evening, your dress should stand out and reflect your personality and wedding style. Don’t go over the top with a gown, instead try looking for a fun cocktail dress with intricate detailing or bright colours. Use your engagement party as an excuse to add another pretty dress to your wardrobe!

4. Life of the Party

Have fun! It is your party and your day—keep the bar flowing and some great music playing and your guests will take care of the rest. You might want to have a few words prepared to share with your family just how happy you are to be taking the next step. Some tissues nearby may be a good idea!

Apparently Even A Royal Wedding Guest List Needs Trimming Too!


The day after Prince William and Catherine Middleton announced their engagement, Buckingham Palace officials handed William a suggested guest list of 777 people—dignitaries, governors, and heads of state, but not one person he knew. “These are the people we should invite,” William was told. In an exclusive interview with Britain’s Daily Mail reporter Robert Hardman, William reveals he looked at the list in horror and said “I think we should start again.”

Sound As a Pound Royal Advice

If you’re having trouble getting your guest list in check, known that it is one of the biggest challenges facing couples, even royal ones like William and Kate. In William’s case, the resolve for the problem came from a source you may be surprised to learn: his gran. It was the Queen herself who William turned to help sort his guest list dilemma and her advice to the future kind was sound words you too should heed. Says William: ‘I rang her up the next day and said: “Do we need to be doing this” And she said: “No. Start with your friends first then go from there.” And she told me to bin the list.’

At 85 years old and on the cusp of her Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years on the British throne in 2011, the Queen definitely has seen it all and we love her sweet and simple wedding advice to her grandson. HRH is one sage and savvy sovereign.

A Rustic DIY Ranch Wedding in Osoyoos, British Columbia

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Erin Allen and Graham Allen, August 20, 2011, Osoyoos, British Columbia.

Photography courtesy Erika Walter of Element Photography, (

Ceremony and reception location: Private Ranch
Wedding day coordinator: Peace of Mind Weddings
Bridal gown: Allure Exclusive
Hair: Leah White
Makeup: Christine Fritz
Flower girl’s dress: girldress4less on Ebay
Bridal party’s attire: Dessy
Purses: Oatmeal and Lace
Music: DJ Heavy B
Cake: Made by the groom’s mother
Caterer: Parties and Pies (250-485-0010)
Flowers: Made by the bride


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