September 27, 2017

50 + Mocktail & Cocktail Recipes: Perfect for Fall Weddings & Dinner Parties

We are 100% into the idea of a signature wedding cocktail, & on top of being super cool it also tends to be cheaper than offering an open bar.

When you're deciding what kind of cocktail(s) to offer consider the drink you both had on our first dates, or maybe something seasonal fitting the weather that uses local ingredients.

Think of your favorite things like favorite foods and smells, not just the liquor flavors.

September 21, 2017

30+ Perfect Fig Appetizer & Dessert Recipes: Perfect for Fall Weddings

And we're back with another awesome post with the most delicious recipes you can D.I.Y. for your guests, and this time we're featuring figs.

We've scoured the web to bring you the most amazing appetizers & desserts , & you'll find the links below to over 30 recipes, along with some beautiful drool-worthy photos.

Appetizer Recipes

Figs with Bacon & Chile | Bon Appetit

Fig & Caramelized Onion Flatbread | Little Broken

Pickled Fig, Robiola & Pistachio Oil Crostini | Bon Appetit

Fig & Caper Tapenade | Joyful Scribblings

September 13, 2017

Fall Wedding Inspiration: 25+ Real Outdoor Fall Weddings, D.I.Y. Projects & More!

The colorful changing leaves make a beautiful backdrop, and the cooler weather is ideal, making it no surprise fall weddings are so popular.

And if you're thinking about getting married in the fall, you're going to love our new post with tons of inspiration to help you plan the perfect fall wedding.

On top of the awesome tips & tricks, super cool ideas, amazing fall dessert recipes & D.I.Y. projects galore - we've got links to over 50 amazing real outdoor fall weddings for you to check out.

September 04, 2017

Easy 3 Step D.I.Y. Pine-cone Fire Starters: Perfect for Fall & Outdoor Weddings

Give your guests, a practical, and great fall/camping themed wedding favor & make these D.I.Y. pine-cone fire starters.

Before you get started you'll need the following materials; paraffin wax, a double boiler, wire, a drying rack, candle dye, essential/fragrance oils, & salt that will give your fire starters colorful flames (epsom, table, or salt substitute.)

Step 1 is melting wax in your double boiler to between 150 & 175 degrees. Add dye & fragrances now.

August 30, 2017

5 Unique Wedding Registry Gifts, Tips/Tricks, & The Best Sites of 2017

When it comes to starting your new life together, gifts from your guests are going to come in super handy.

A lot of us are getting married as adults now - which means the classic wedding registry items are things we probably already have. And while there are a ton of "must have" wedding registry items, most of us really aren't going to use a juicer on a regular basis, & there are lots of unique wedding gifts you & your partner will love that you may not have thought of.

Read more for unique & personal items you can add to your registry, to get some awesome tips & tricks to help you save money & time, and to read about the top 5 wedding registry sites in 2017.

August 23, 2017

20 Real Weddings at the Ithaca N.Y. Farmer's Market, Local Food Trucks, & More

Photo from Julie Prisloe Photography
If you're going for a vintage or rustic look for your wedding, there may be no better place than your local Farmer's Market. We're featuring the Ithaca Farmer's Market in this post because it's beautiful, right on Cayuga lake, & where we're both from. And even if you're not from the area, you're going to love this post.

A neat thing to do when you have your wedding at a farmer's market is to offer your guests catering from a local food truck. Everyone will get exactly what they want quickly, and you won't need to worry about a thing.

You can reach out the local farmer's market vendors to get edible favors like jam, tea, coffee, or honey. And don't forget that apples or other fruit in wooden produce crates makes for a great centerpiece or table number.

August 15, 2017

The Ultimate Glamping Guide for 2017 - For the Honeymoon or Bridesmaids Trip

If you love the idea of an incredibly secluded trip where you can swim, relax, & enjoy amazing views  - you are going to absolutely love our ultimate guide to glamping full of inspiration, & links to the best products - from roomy canvas tents to inflatable portable hot tubs.

You can enjoy the seclusion and beauty of our national & state parks with out sacrificing anything.

And if you're like me, & you've lived with your significant other for a while and gathered what you need for your home, you might just want to add some of these great items to your wedding registry.

August 02, 2017

State Park Wedding S'more Bar How-To & 25+ Gourmet Marshmallow Recipes

If you're having your wedding at a campground & your reception in the evening, there is no better dessert option for your guests than a D.I.Y. s'more bar.

And if your reception isn't after dark, you can always give your guests packed s'more wedding favors.

So in the spirit of this delicious desert we've gathered over 25 gourmet marshmallow recipes, the best chocolate you can offer guests, alternatives on the traditional s'more recipe, inspiration from real weddings, & more.

And I promise that even if you're not great in the kitchen you're going to be fine when it comes to cooking marshmallows.

All you're going to need is a mixer, candy thermometer, pans, & some food flavorings. You can even freeze them weeks ahead of time.

July 29, 2017

15 Awesome Garden Party Themed Wedding Items on Etsy

We love outdoor weddings here at The Sunshine Bride, and so we scoured Etsy to find the top 12 garden party themed wedding purchases you can - and should - make.

Crystal Cake Plate with Lid in "Presentations" by Indiana Glass from Glittery Granny - $40

Can I Get a Witness Wooden Wedding Sign from Sweet N.C. Collective - $25

100 Shabby Chic Hearts On A Stick from 10 Paper Lane - $70+

100 1" Map Paper Seed Hearts from Recycled Ideas - $32

Set of 6 Vintage Milk Glass Vases from Grandmother's Cupboard - $28

Set of 6 Maple Scented Pinecone Fire Starters from Posh Pine - $12

Rustic Floral Hair Vine of Ivory Daisies & Pearls from Be Something New - $89 (Featured to the Right)

Bride & Groom Wreath Chair Signs from Fancy Face Studio - $44+

Shabby Chic II, Floral Fabric Flag Bunting from JAQS Studio- $30

Antiqued Brass Toadstool Cuff-links from Smitten Kitten Kendall - $35.88

9 Marzipan Russula Mushrooms from Alexandra's Candy Lab - $14.55

July 21, 2017

Six Beautiful Bohemian Wedding Gowns Under $300

These 6 bohemian wedding dresses are long, romantic, and perfect for your outdoor summer wedding. And even better they are all $300 or less on ModCloth.com. <- Visit for 20% Off Your 1st Order.

Featured from left to right are the Effortlessly Special Maxi Dress in White ($79.99), Layered Love Maxi Dress in Ivory ($250.00), Tiered Lace Maxi Dress in White ($250.00), A Matter of Magnificence Maxi Dress ($184.99), Jenny Yoo Afloat on Flawlessness Maxi Dress in Ivory ($300.00), Celebrating Innovation Maxi Dress ($50.97.)


If you love our blog make sure to comment, and please turn off your ad blocker. It's only *one* tiny Google Ad in the right sidebar. ❤

July 12, 2017

Guide to Grilling the Perfect Burger, & 20+ Gourmet Burger Recipes

A burger off of a grill is the quintessential summer food, and perfect for outdoor summer weddings.

And although well-made burger is always satisfying, you may want some fancier options to serve to your wedding party.

So here at The Sunshine Bride we've gathered over 20 gourmet burger recipes, grilling tips & tricks, & some extra tips on how to feed a large party of guests.

July 05, 2017

Honeymoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico - Beaches, Rain Forest, & Waterfalls

This month on The Sunshine Bride we're featuring Puerto Rico as our honeymoon destination of the month. With tropical breezes, beautiful sunsets, swimming in secluded waterfalls, and beautiful beaches - Puerto Rico was made for honeymoons.


The modern part of the city of San Juan has a South Beach feel with lots of nightlife, shopping, and a ton of great restaurants - and Old San Juan is the second oldest city in the Western hemisphere with a ton of history.

June 28, 2017

Peach Desserts Perfect for your Summer Wedding

Peaches remind me of summer, and I think they're perfect for a summer wedding. In that idea we've gather over 30 of the best peach recipes available with everything from honey peach pie to Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles.

Make sure to comment & let us know your favorite peach & summer dessert recipes!

Baked Peach Desserts

Sugar-Crusted Peach Pie with Almond Cream via Gourmet Traveller

Peach Cobbler Cupcakes via Cupcake Project

Peach Tart with Ricotta and Honey via The Peach Truck

June 21, 2017

Your Guide to Getting Married in a State Park

In this post The Sunshine Bride will help you plan the perfect state park wedding with gorgeous scenery for you & your guests.

Even better your site will cost less than $350, and you'll have your pick of beautiful outdoor sites & stone pavilions.

Step 1: Decide if a Park Wedding is For You

State parks, due to space, only really work for small weddings of less than 50 guests.

Even if you rent a private pavilion you will hear other guests at the park along with their pets, and people passing by might stop for a moment to see what's happening.

You'll need to follow the rules and leave the space nicer than when you found it. You may need a permit to serve alcohol, and there will also be limits on sound amplification.

Unless you're going minimal and getting ready in your cabin is going to work, you'll need to travel in from offsite.

And finally, keep in mind that wildlife comes with the wedding/ceremony space, & that you may need to be extra cautious with where & how you store food and drinks.

June 13, 2017

Flowers Perfect for Outdoor Weddings - Slow to Wilt in the Sun

Choosing the right flowers for your outdoor wedding can make a big difference, and we've put together a list of over 20 flowers & fillers that won't fail you in the heat - along with a little colorful inspiration.

Orchids, Alstroemeria, Calla Lilies, Andromeda, Celosia (Cockscomb), Sunflowers, Garden Roses, Lisianthus, Gerbera Daises, Dahlias, Pincushion Protea, Peonies & Mums will all stay fresh longer.


Floral fillers that stand the heat well include Scabiosa Pods, Seeded Eucalyptus, Silver Brunia, Sedum, Viburnum Berry, Thistle, Millet, Rudbeckia Pods, & Feverfew.

Make sure to check out all of the D.I.Y. Projects featured on The Sunshine Bride!

Photo Credit Top to Bottom, Left to Right; Orchid Bouquet via WedIdeas.com, Alstroemeria Bouquet via H.E. Butt Grocery Co., Calla Lilly Bouquet via Ali Express, Garden Rose & Andromeda Bouquet via Flirty Fleurs, Celosia Wedding Wreath via Bougainvilleas, Sunflower & Rose Bouquet via Dandelion Flowers & Gifts, Lisanthius & Succulent Bouquet via Leanne Simmons Floral Design, Daisy & Dahlia Bouquet via Wedding Wire, Peony & Pincushion Protea Bouquet via Weddingomania

June 03, 2017

Classic Pearl Jewelry Under $100: Perfect for Garden Party Weddings

Pearls are classic, perfect for a garden party backyard wedding, & you can find some amazing items perfect for yourself & your wedding party for less than $100.

We've put together a collection of our top four picks, and we hope you'll come back to The Sunshine Bride for all your outdoor wedding inspiration.

Every bride wants to feel like a princess for a day, & the 16" Handpicked Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace Strand Necklace from PAVOI will make you feel like one for only $89.

And if you're looking for a set of pearls you can also pick up the slightly longer 18" Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace from Akwaya for only $35.

Of course you'll need earrings to go with your beautiful necklace, and we love the 14K Gold White Akoya Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings from The Pearl Source retailing for $79.

And last, but not least, we love the simplicity of these Sterling Silver Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drop Dangle Chandelier Earrings from IceCarats that sell for less than $30.



Photo Credit: 35 Vintage Wedding Ideas with Pearl Details on Tulle & Chantilly

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, & 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. 

May 18, 2017

50+ All Natural DIY Bath & Beauty Recipes

Like most of you probably are, I am a huge fan of quality bath & beauty products - which can unfortunately also be quite expensive.

So for my D.I.Y. capable visitors I've put together a list of over 50 recipes for homemade, all-natural hair, face, and body products you can make at home! Many of them are inspired my one of my favorites brands, LUSH Cosmetics.

Give as gifts to your wedding party and/or guests to save some money, and impress the heck out of everyone. :)

Keep reading to find great D.I.Y. Beauty Recipes after the jump!

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.

May 05, 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!

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

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)

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.

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.

April 09, 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.

          

April 02, 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.

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. :)

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.

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.


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.

March 06, 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.

Appetizers

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