Thursday, May 25, 2017

Charleston S.C. Honeymoon Guide: Where to Stay & Eat, What to Do, & More.

Today on The Sunshine Bride we're going to help you plan a serendipitous honeymoon in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Recently named one of Travel + Leisure 2016 Best Cities in the World (see this enthusiastic endorsement by Stephen Colbert), quiet Charleston offers beautiful architecture, historic cobblestone streets lined with magnolia, a gorgeous shoreline, an award-winning culinary scene, & a ton of history. 

You can get there by car, airplane, or by train on the Amtrak Silver Service / Palmetto line that runs from N.Y. And once you're in Charleston you can get around with both Uber & Lyft, the Charleston Water Taxi, the Charleston Black Cab Company, Charleston Pedicab, & b by using CARTA (The Charleston Regional Transportation Authority.)

Keep reading after the jump and enjoy our visual tour guide of Charleston to find out where to stay, what to do, where to shop, where to eat/drink, and what you should pick up before you go. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Absolutely Adorable Rain Boots - Perfect for Rainy Day Weddings

If you are getting married in the spring or summer, you may want to consider picking up a pair of these rain boots - just in case - and encouraging your bridesmaids to do the same.

Our top pick are the awesome waterproof rain shoes featured to the left from Rocket Dog, with white soles & a cute floral print. They have a 5 star review, & sell for $49.95 on Amazon.

And the rain boots featured below are just as awesome, with all four pairs offered in different prints & colors.

Left to right we have; the Jenssa Women's Candy Sweet Buckle Wellington Boots Rain Shoes in White retailing for $27.99, the Odema Women's Buckle Side Zipper Wedge Mid Calf Rain Boots retailing for $29.99, the MuckBoots Women's Breezy Tall Insulated Rain Boot retailing for $45.99, & the Chooka Women's Memory Foam City Printed Mid Waterproof Rain Boot retailing for $59.99.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Rainy Day Wedding Inspiration & Tips

Any bride in the North East getting married outdoors has to accept the fact that it might rain. And if it does , you'll get a chance to take some epic photographs, like the awesome photograph to the left from Cade Martin Photography.

To have a great outdoor wedding in the summer you only need to remember two things: be prepared & stay calm! Have a condensed version of your wedding ceremony, umbrellas on hand for yourself and guests, and a tent or other covered area for your reception.

We've put together this great post to show you that even it rains on your wedding day, it's going to be the best day of your life. Keep reading to see over 20 more beautiful high-res photos!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

15 Fruit & Berry Cupcake Recipes - Perfect For Summer Weddings

Peaches & Cream Stuffed Cupcakes
After hours of scouring the web, we're happy to present these fifteen amazing summer fruit & berry cupcake recipes we've found - all perfect for your summer wedding.

1. Peaches & Cream Stuffed Cupcakes via Chocolate Moosey (Featured to the Left)

2. Cherry Limeade Cupcakes via Java Cupcake

3. Strawberry Lime Cupcakes via Sunny Side Up

4. Chocolate Banana Cupcakes via Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ten Unique Sapphire Engagement & Wedding Rings

We *love* sapphires, the birthstone of September, & so we found 10 unique, beautiful sapphire engagement & wedding rings we think you'll love too - all retailing for less than $1,500.

1. 1.2ct White Gold Round Sapphire Solitaire Ring - Ceylon Treasures - $1,000 (Featured to the Left)
2. 4.55mm Leaves Round Sapphire Engagement Ring No.4 - Doron Merav - $950 (Featured to the Right)

3. .85ct Blue Solitaire Round Sapphire Ring w/White Sapphire Side Stones,White or Yellow Gold - Tommaso Design Studio - $400

4. .75ct White Gold Ceylon Blue Bypass Solitaire Round Sapphire Engagement Ring - Rare Earth - ~$1,500

5. .62 Inset Blue Sapphire & Diamond Wedding Ring, Satin Finish, 14K White Gold - Slowack Jewelry - $1,375

6. 1.45ct Emerald Cut Blue Sapphire Solitaire Ring from the Bloomed Love Collection - Pristine Custom Rings - $490 (Featured to the Left)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

We Love Naked Layer Wedding Cakes! 20 Awesome Recipes & More!

Rosemary Lavender Cake
Naked cakes are both an awesome plan for a D.I.Y. wedding with a bride who hasn't baked much & a healthier option for your guests - plus they're just straight-up gorgeous.

We love how there's no need to deal with fondant or trying to get the icing perfect, & how you can use frosting to hide uneven cake layers if you're a little clumsy like me, so we gathered these 20 awesome naked (or almost naked!) wedding cake recipes for you.

Before you begin you'll want to keep these three tips in mind.

1. Choose a stable type of cake & filling - think ganache or buttercream frosting & sturdy mud, pound, or butter cake.

2. Prepare your cake pans properly, generously greasing & flouring it before adding the batter. Doing so will make your life a lot easier later. :)

3. Create a timeline. Most cakes will stay fresh wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap in the fridge for about 5 days, and you'll assemble & frost it the day it's served. If you're worried about the exposed parts of your naked cake drying out faster, you can brush the layers with simple syrup.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

10 Awesome Coffee Filter D.I.Y. Projects

We love easy crafting projects because frankly we are not very crafty people. :)

And so we found 10 awesome coffee filter DIY projects perfect for your wedding day.

We're going to start with the project we love the most, these awesome Coffee Filter Roses via La Dolce Villa featured to the left.

You can get beautiful slightly darker edges by dipping the edges of your filters in an additional time, & we recommend lots of experimenting.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Six White Tea Dresses Under $50 Perfect for Summer Weddings

You're going to love these 5 very inexpensive little white dresses we found on Amazon, all w/over 4 stars. And if you keep reading you'll see our awesome recommendations for adding a splash of color to your special day with beautiful, colorful crinoline slips.

From left to right featured below are the beautiful Audrey Hepburn Vintage Swing Dress by Anni Coco featured to the left selling for only $23.99 or less, the Audrey Hepburn Patterned Evening Swing Dress from iLover for $32.99, & the Floral Lace Short Sleeve V Back Cocktail Dress from Anni Coco for $25.99.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

D.I.Y. Your Wedding Cake w/these Delicious Recipes!

As I'm into saving money I love the idea of baking my own wedding cake a week or two ahead of time to freeze it, & then frosting it the day before.

Don't expect the cake, or the frosting job to be perfect, and I recommend you both make a few practice cakes ahead of time, and a few backup layers - just in case.

And you may need or want a few of these tools to make your life easier including; round cake pans, a flour sifter, parchment paper, a stand-up mixer, pan baking spray or butter, piping bag & tips, a leveling tool, an icing spatula, a rotating cake stand, and Wilton magical cake strips that will help your cake bake evenly.

And the best part is testing out what recipe you think you and your wedding part will love the most. We personally find these 12 delicious cake recipes the most intriguing.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

10 Gorgeous Rainbow Wedding & Engagement Rings

Here at The Sunshine Bride we love rainbows, love, & freedom.

And in the spirit of those three wonderful things we've put together a post of awesome rainbow jewelry that you will love.

The beautiful White Gold 3-Row Rainbow Sapphire & Diamond Eternity Ring to the left is from Ellison Jeweler's in the U.K., & retails for £1,350.00
The sapphire & diamond Las Vegas Square Cut Princess Ring from Equalli retails for $3,740 (formerly sold on Etsy, & now on Amazon) and is custom made for each buyer including the option to mount different main gems including two diamond grades, white topaz, & CZ.

You can also get the Las Vegas Round Cut Princess Ring with the same customization options.
And because the whole collection is beautiful you're going to see a few more beautiful rings from Equalli before I move on including the 14k gold 1.84 ct sapphire New York Ring that sells for $1.362. You can also custom order the ring in yellow, white, or rose gold.

Also from Equalli left to right below are the Tel Aviv Ring, the San Francisco Ring, the Miami Ring, & the Portland Ring.

We also love the designer Edward Mirell who's Titanium White Sapphire & Rainbow Anodized 4mm Band is featured below to the left, which also comes in a black finish.
And the pastel colors of the Multi Sapphire Rainbow Pride 9 ct Gemstone White Gold Ring from Caratera Fine Gold Jewelry are subdued & perfect.

Thanks for visiting & check back soon for new great content. :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

50 + Blog Giveaway Linky: Perfect for the Bride to Be!

I love giveaways, and so I've gathered the best there is for bride to be including giveaways like the Pons Bed Frame & Mattress Giveaway ending 04/20, the Fire Tablet & $50 Amazon GC Giveaway via Raven Publicity ending 05/02, & the Live Succulent Giveaway via Raise Your Garden ending 04/30.

Read more to win Amazon, Sephora, & Michael Kors gift cards, PayPal cash, luxury bath & beauty products, chocolate, trips to exotic destinations, fashion, jewelry, & more.

And if you're looking to save $ & time now I recommend making your next grocery order on InstaCart. You'll save $10 off your first order of $35, get free shipping, and you won't have to carry anything.

You can also save $20 Off your first Uber ride, $5 Off your first Lyft ride, or get 10 rides free taking the Bridj bus to work & back if you're in the Boston or Kansas City area.

This post was last updated on 4/2/17.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The 10 Best Celestial Themed Wedding Favors & Bridesmaids Gifts

If you're having a wedding reception outdoors in a backyard or a state park where you can see the stars, your guests would love these favors we've scoured the internet to find.

Your guests will love sipping hot cocoa at their campsite from The Big Sipper Mug from ModCloth: $8.99 (Marked down from $14.99!)

You can give guests an east way to start their campfires by giving them these Constellation Match Boxes from HomArt via Amazon for $32.95.

And for guests out of town you can't beat these beautiful Under the Stars Constellation Luggage Tags from Kate Aspen via Amazon for $7.15 or less if you buy 50 or more.

Seven more great night sky themed favors for under $30 are featured below.

Calm Wedding Jitters & Energize w/These D.I.Y. Peppermint Spa Treatments

I've always loved mint, and there's no argument that the smell is simply energizing. Even better is the fact that peppermint oil will help your skin feel cool during the summer!

The scent has is said to help with nausea, headaches, and respiratory disorders which should certainly help with any wedding jitters. And no surprise, mint is also incredibly good for your skin, especially if you're prone acne, as it has antiseptic properties.

Read more to find 10+ great peppermint  D.I.Y. spa treatments - guaranteed to refresh you & your bridesmaids on your wedding day.

This post was originally written in 2012 & extensively updated in 2017. Many of the links were broken, & over 10 new homemade spa recipes have been added.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Go Glamping on Your Honeymoon in a U.S. State Park

Thank you for waiting for this post, because this is an awesome one. We have put together the ultimate guide on honeymoon camping/glamping!

Many U.S. State Parks offer a romantic setting from beach side to cabins deep in the wood w/private hot tubs.

And with some good food, great gear, a scented candle, a string or solar lights, & a portable rug you can have an awesome glamping experience.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Make Ahead Sides & Easy Grilling Recipes for State Park Weddings

If you've got a fairly small guest list & you're getting married at a state park you can save costs with the help of a few family members or friends by utilizing the grills, & bringing in sides you make the day ahead at home. A lot of the recipes below can be made & frozen multiple days ahead of time.

And if you think it's as great of an idea as we do you're going to love the recipes below - perfect for an outdoor wedding reception.


Grilled Green Tomatoes w/Burrata & Green Juice via Epicurious

Martha's Hot Fontina & Artichoke Dip via Natural Comfort Kitchen

Fig & Roquefort Cheese Ball via The Good Stuff

Fresh Fig & Yogurt Tart with Almond Crust via The Nourished Kitchen

Roasted Red Pepper Dip via Girl Gone Gourmet

Savory Onion, Pepper, & Chévre Tart via Ravines Wine Cellar

Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam via Delish

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Destination Honeymoon New Orleans: Accommodations, Food, & What To Do

If you're looking for a fun & romantic honeymoon New Orleans is one of your best options.

The historic city features world renowned cuisine, wonderful jazz, & great things to do.

If you love seafood as much as I do, you may want to plan your honeymoon around the New Orleans Oyster Festival - June 3 - 4th, or the Louisiana Seafood Festival that happens in September.

Keep in mind the temperatures run 80° to 90° from April to October, & that it's even warmer in July & August!

This post features the most romantic New Orleans hotels & vacation rentals, the best places to have amazing dining experiences, and the most fun activities to do in NOLO.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

5 Pairs of Nature Inspired Earrings Perfect for Bridesmaids Gifts

Getting your bridesmaids beautiful & memorable gifts doesn't need to cost a lot of money, even when you're buying great handmade items like the Sprout Earrings shown to the left.

These sterling silver sprout studs sell for only $27.50 when you're buying over one pair from Etsy seller Talia Sari, and even better they come in the classy cork lined box you see to the right.

And if you've got the money to spend on your garden themed wedding you can also get matching sterling silver sprout rings from the same seller in Israel for $34.00.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

10 Unique Wedding Ceremony Backdrops w/D.I.Y. Projects

The old-fashioned wedding arch decorated with vines & fabric is frankly a little boring, so we've put together an awesome list of alternative unique ceremony backdrops to inspire you. Even better than that we've included some links to handmade Etsy products you will adore & some great D.I.Y. projects.

We adore this awesome LOVE Balloon ceremony backdrop. Balloons are awesome, and this photograph is via 100 Layer Cake via Avery House.

If you're looking to recreate the look you can get LOVE Letter Balloons on Amazon for less than $15 & the gold star balloons for less than $10.

Click Read More below the photo to see 10 unique ceremony backdrops.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Creative Signature Cocktails for Your Summer Wedding: 15 Unique Recipes

Adding a signature drink to your wedding can help bring together a theme, and it's an idea I guarantee your guests will love.

And so here are the 15 unique drink recipes, all perfect for a summer wedding.

1.) The Skinny Coconut Margarita Recipe via the With Salt & Wit Blog

2.) Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco via The Damn Delicious Blog

3.) Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade via Life as a Strawberry

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Top 12 D.I.Y. Raw Sugar Lip Scrub Recipes

D.I.Y. raw sugar scrubs are not only awesome in the process of getting ready for the wedding - they make awesome wedding favors too.

Each scrub contains an exfoliating agent and a moisturizer, and you can check out these 12 great recipes for some inspiration. And if you're looking for stronger scents, or for scents that are hard to infuse, you can add in essential or flavor oils.

My favorite is the Strawberry Lip Scrub to the left, via Yours Truly Sann, because it looks so delicious, & it's super easy to make.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Five Little White Dresses from Under $300 & a $20 Discount

I love & I love that they offer over 20 simple wedding dress perfect for your special day, and all three-hundred dollars or less.

Even better than that I've teamed up with ModCloth to offer visitors $20 off their first $50 purchase via this link - $20 Off $50 Make sure to use this link to get the coupon and to search for the dress you want by name.

Shown to the left is the Graceful Grandeur Maxi Dress retailing for $300.

And in order, top to the bottom and left to right shown below, are; the Exquisite Elegance Lace Dress in White - $175.00, Celebrating Innovation Maxi Dress - $200.00, To Love and Be Lovely Maxi Dress in White - $300.00, & the A Gliding Light Maxi Dress in Ivory - $300.00.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

100+ Giveaways Perfect for the Bride to Be! Beauty, Style, & More!

I *love* entering giveaways because I get to read about a ton of new, great products while getting a chance to win them. :) Bookmark our site & come back to see this updated at least 2x weekly!

And so both because I love entering giveaways and because I think you will too I've scoured the web to find the best giveaways and sweepstakes ending from now until April for the bride to be!

Please make sure to bookmark our site & check back to see updates on this post. The last update was made 02/10/17.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

4 D.I.Y. Projects for Recycled Wine Corks: Inspiration for Wine Lovers

Drinking a lot of wine can come in handy when it comes to D.I.Y. projects for your wedding.

Creating monograms from wine corks is as easy as printing your letters, tracing them onto thin craft wood, cutting them out, and then using a hot glue gun to attach the corks.

And if you're not crafty like myself, you can always purchase a monogram from Anchored Soul Company, featured to the left, for $59.

I know I'd love to have this to remember my wedding day.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Green Succulent Themed Wedding w/Succulent DIY Projects

Succulents are beautiful, colorful, and easy to care for - perfect for your wedding day & for your guests to take home. And they can do triple duty at your reception as decor, table numbers, & favors.

For those who love succulents as much we do, here is the best & most unique succulent related wedding decor along a few amazing D.I.Y. projects.

The photo to the left is exactly what you can do if you put your mind to something while holding a hot glue gun - paper succulents created with the Tutorial for 7 Paper Succulents on

Thursday, January 26, 2017

5 DIY Projects Perfect for a State Park Wedding

I *love* the idea of a state park wedding, and I've found quite a few DIY projects & handmade items that fit into the theme perfectly for this post.

So far the best wedding favor idea I've seen for camping guests are these DIY Pine Cone Fire Starter favors from Evermine Weddings.

And if you're looking for something more colorful visit the DIY post on Something Turqouise for a little more inspiration. All you'll be doing is adding a little candle dye.

Monday, January 23, 2017

2 DIY Mason Jar Light Projects: Evening Reception Lighting Inspiration

Evening receptions are the perfect time to have fun with outdoor lighting, and I love mason jars as decor. They're inexpensive, a pack of 12 pint jars sells for just $13.62 on Amazon, and easy to customize.

One great DIY project for mason jars is to turn them into solar lights. Homeleo Solar Jar Lid Inserts fit most mason jars, come in 9 colors, and 5 sell for $22.99. Hanging them is as easy as attaching a wire handle.

You can also create beautiful luminous decor by splattering glow sticks into jars, or using glow in the dark paint.

To create the awesome D.I.Y. mason jar lamps show below start by purchasing glow sticks or glow in the dark paint & mason jars, safely cut open the glow sticks if needed, place the desired amount of liquid in your mason jar, put the lid on, and shake.

I also strongly suggest experimenting with clear iridescent glitter.

Photo Credit, Top to Bottom & Left to Right: Hanging Mason Jar Wedding Reception via the CrazyForUs Blog, DIY Glitter Mason Jars via Mason Jar Crafts Blog

Saturday, January 21, 2017

10 Great D.I.Y. Projects for Outdoor Weddings: Part One

These ten awesome D.I.Y. wedding projects are perfect for an outdoor summer wedding, and to keep you from getting too bored in the cold if you're stuck inside like me.

Check back soon for another post with 10 more!

1.) D.I.Y. Moss Covered Monogram via Sweet Lil You

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

D.I.Y. Spice, Herb & Fruit Infused Olive Oil Wedding Favors

Your guests will love these fruit or herb infused olive oil wedding favors - & making them is a breeze. They'd be absolutely perfect for a state park wedding where your guests can grill, and you can read how to to create these great wedding favors after the jump.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Nature Inspired Nail Art - Flowers, Forests, & More

Get inspired with this collection of 10 nature inspired nail art designs that are all perfect for an outdoor wedding.

1.) Lavender Blossoms Floral Nail Art via Chalkboard Nails

2.) Floral Nail Art via Didolines Nails (In French)