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6 Unique Wedding Guest Book Alternatives

We've rounded up 6 of our favorite fun and unique guest books (well, maybe we shouldn't say books) alternatives. Not only do we love how they are all items you will want to incorporate into your home decor, but how they make the activity of sending well wishes to the happy couple more fun for your guests.


wedding guest book

Images: Wedding Whims; Strangely Yours; Stone Alone; Flexiwood; Helen Xia Handmade; Totally Salinda

Think outside the box, or rather the book, with these fun, unique and personalizable wedding guest book alternatives:


  1. Wooden puzzle guest book from Wedding Whims
  2. Wooden mason jar of hearts guest book from Strangely Yours
  3. Flat beach stones from Stone Alone
  4. Wooden wedding guest book made from Flexiwood
  5. Glitter globe guest book from Helen Xia Handmade
  6. Wooden map guest book from Totally Salinda 


The lovely craftsmanship on the wooden ones are wonderful and we just LOVE the idea of the globe guest book! How about the stones? You can sprinkle those in your garden and even use the other side to have guest write little lovely bits of advice!


17 essentials for your Wedding Day Survival Kit

The mere mention of a "Wedding Day Survival Kit" can start making your heart race with the thoughts of things that could potentially trip up your well-planned day. Fear not! We've created a list of 17 essentials for your big day that will ensure that no matter what little surprise may pop up, you and your bridesmaids will be able to solve it without a hitch! 



  1. Water Bottle: The day of your wedding can be hectic, be sure to stay hydrated. Water not only helps eliminate puffiness, it naturally helps prevent headaches, it energizes you, and takes the edge of hangovers.{Image: Fiji Water via Amazon}
  2. Protein bar: Don't forget to eat, you don't want a drop in your blood sugar during this busy time, as you've got hundreds of photos to smile for! {Image: Cliff Bar via Amazon}
  3. Nail File: Keep snags at bay, with a handy nail file. This includes smoothing out items beyond your fingernails such as rough spots on glass, crystal or plastic items that are around that you don't want to snag everyones' beautiful dresses on. {Image: double sided nail file via Sephora
  4. Toothbrush: Single-use disposable mini-toothbrushes that has a built-in freshening bead and doesn't require rinsing afterward is perfect for being "you may kiss the bride" ready. {Image: Wisp brushes via Amazon}
  5. Stain Stick: Drips and spills happen, with these handy portable stain removing sticks, remove many fresh food and drink stains quickly and efficiently. {Image: Tide to Go via Amazon}
  6. Spray deodorant: This perfumed deodorant spray works for all over body odor and wetness control {Image: Chloe deodorant via Sephora}
  7. Breath Mints: For when brushing your teeth isn't an option, you can pop a breath mint. {Image: Vermints via Swanson}
  8. Band Aids: Flexible fabric bandages are perfect for any body part. {Image: Band Aids via Amazon}
  9. Hair brush: Tame those fly-aways with a natural boar bristle hair brush as they're ideal for all hair lengths and types. {Image: Dual Boar Paddle Brush via Sephora}
  10. Tissues: Capture all those happy tears. {Image: Kleenex via Imagmme}
  11. Lip Balm: A multitasking miracle balm in a convenient tube format not only deeply moisturize and soothe dry lips, it calms and heals irritation, soothes the sting of minor burns, helps heal cuts, tames mangled cuticles, and helps fix ashy elbows and knees. {Image: Rosebud Salve Lip Balm via Sephora}
  12. Bobby Pins: Fix those up-do fall-downs with a set of fun and functional hair pins. {Image: Bobby Pins via Sephora}
  13. Blotting papers: Absorb excess oil without disturbing all your beautiful and time consuming wedding makeup. {Image: Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers via Sephora}
  14. Perfume: You don't want to spray any perfume and risk getting spots or stains on your wedding attire, making this rollerball perfume perfect to refresh your fragrance with. {Image: Aerin Waterlilly Sun Rollerball via Sephora}
  15. Concealer: Erase any signs of fatigue and brighten your complexion. {Image: Yves Saint Laurent luminizing pen via Sephora}
  16. Sewing Kit: With 14 different colors of thread, you'll be sure to find a match close to any bridesmaid dress, for any strap or hem quick fixes needed with this compact sewing kit. {Image: via Amazon}
  17. Cosmetic Case: This cosmetic bag sits upright on any counter making it extra functional for keeping all these wedding day (and really everyday!) survival kit items together, plus it's so cute! {Image: Stephanie Johnson "Tamarindo-Pink" large zip cosmetics case via Nordstrom}

We love the idea of making this survival kit into a wedding shower gift for the bride or personalizing each cosmetic bag with your bridesmaids favorite fragrances and concealer color to make useful and fun bridesmaids gifts.  


Wedding Pinterest Accounts to Follow: Your monthly pinspiration from Lucky in Love Blog

Planners, rental companies, and florists are asking one very important question these days to their bridal couples... "Show me your Pinterest Boards".  Pinterest has taken the wedding industry by storm and can be an incredible tool for helping communicate your wants to the wedding professionals that can make it happen.  Not everyone knows the name of the wedding printing they like, or what type of bridal bouquets they love, but they know it when they see it.  This is where the virtual pin board, Pinterest, can help come to the rescue. And to help you navigate the thousands of pinners out there, the Lucky in Love Wedding Planning blog features 3 pinners monthly who are inspiring us.  Give them a follow and the Luck in Love boards too and find your pinspiration for creating the wedding you've always dreamed of.

wedding pinterest boards to followImages: Jean–Marcus Strole Photography; Alante Photography;; Amelia Soper Photography


1. Alante Photography


Alante Photography

2. Taylor'd Events Group

Taylor'd Events Group

3. Maggiano's Little Italy

Learn more about these, and other, Seattle wedding vendors at B&E is committed to providing brides and grooms with the most comprehensive collection of wedding vendors in Washington. We welcome you to join us on our online wedding planning guide, which provides you with the top wedding professionals from reception sites, to wedding caterersbridal salonsflorists and more. 


Green Wedding Inspiration

Today is the first day of Fall and we are reveling in some green inspiration as the lush green natural background slowly is replaced with beautiful Autumn colors.

Enjoy this lovely board inspired by white, green and wood brown. How cool are those lovely straws in that cocktail, they are made to look like tiny birch branches!


Green Woodland wedding

One Fab Day; 100 Layer Cake; Ruffled; Boulder Localvore; Nouba; Style Me Pretty


September Cocktails

Capture the taste of Autumn with these Fall inspired cocktails! Filled with seasonal fruits such as apples, figs and plums, and three of our favorite spirits - bourbon, beer and wine, these September cocktails will be sure to inspire you during the wedding planning process and after.


September Cocktails

{Images: 1. Cooking & Beer; 2. Valley & Co. Lifestyle; 3. Kitchen Serendipity; 4. The Life Styled}


  1. Apple & Pumpkin Beer Cocktail from Cooking & Beer - It's Fall and that means some pumpkin beer season! This beer cocktail is described as if a "pumpkin pie and apple pie got together and had a beautiful baby. A baby made up of bourbon, pumpkin ale, apple cider and lemon juice." We suggest pairing it with the amazing Redhook Brewery's Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter.
  2. Fig Bubbly from Valley & Co. Lifestyle - Less is sometimes more, and this is evident in Valley & Co.'s Fig Bubbly featuring only two sweet ingredients: champagne and figs.  Not only is the drink elegant, its simplicity at it's finest.  
  3. Makers Mark Pear & Ginger Cocktail from Kitchen Serendipity - Fresh herbs in drinks is a trend we hope never goes away.  This bourbon, pear nectar, honey and ginger ale cocktail gets a piney kick with the addition of fresh rosemary. Be sure to swirl this fresh stick stick herb around a few times to really infuse some of it's earthiness into your cocktail.
  4. Autumn Bourbon Sangria from The Life Styled - One thing we love about Sangrias is their ability to take on the flavor of any season. This Autumn Bourbon Sangria highlights Fall fruits including apples, oranges, plums and pears in a Malbec wine. We suggest using Novelty Hill Winery Stillwater Creek Vineyard Malbec or Januik Winery Weinbau Vineyard Malbec.

Oak Buff: Pantone's 2015 Fall Wedding Color Inspiration

The first color in our Wedding Color Inspiration Series featuring Pantone's 2015 Fall Colors is Oak Buff. Such a lovely Fall color palette for a wedding!


Oak Buff wedding inspiration
Oak Buff wedding inspiration
{Images: Wedding Chicks; Wedding Chicks; Decoist; Knotsvilla; One Kings Lane; Inspired by This; Southern Weddings}

"Just as the sun comes out after stormy weather to bring us cheer and a glimmer of hope, PANTONE 16-1144 Oak Buff is a mellow, comforting and warming shade that brings good feelings. Another one of nature's illustrious shades, the golden yellow Oak Buff acts to nurture and comfort." Pantone


5 Reasons to Hire a Same Day Wedding Planner

 If a full wedding planning package is not in your budget, or you're a DIY couple looking to make sure all your planning comes together on the big day, hiring a day-of planner will ensure your family, friends, and most importantly, you, are able to enjoy your special day. 

Five reasons why you should hire a same day planner:  

  1. Peace of Mind. Hiring a planner ensures that you will have a stress-free day and that all the details you envisioned will come together.
  2. Timelines are their expertise. From sending the flower girl and ring bearer down the aisle to when it's time to cut the cake, the day of planner makes sure all the wedding elements you envision are timed to perfection.
  3. They are the Go-To person. Day of coordinators manage all the vendors, trouble shoot problems, and act as your liaison with everyone from the caterer to parents. leaving you free to enjoy the day and not have to worry about troublesome issues that may arise.
  4. They are there just for you. A wedding professional will give you their full attention, unlike a well-meaning family member or friend, who will want to "enjoy" your wedding. Plus, don't you want your guests to celebrate with you instead of having to work anyways?
  5. Day of coordinators are so much more than just "day-of". Day-of is really a misnomer as these wedding coordinators actually start working with you a few weeks before your wedding date. During this time they’ll handle logistics, review contracts, and run the rehearsal all prior to the big day's duties.

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