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First . . . something to get you in the mood (make sure your speakers are on).

Ice is nice, especially while the temperatures are climbing. Kind of like a "Christmas in July".

What a beautiful and joyous time of year to plan your wedding day.

Let the simplicity take over your theme with eye catching branches of white, candles, crystals, pearls, and lighting to set the stage for a magical winter wonderland for you and your guest.
 
Begin the introduction of your day with these beautiful invitations of “Winter Wonderland” from Douchelle Custom Creations http://www.dochelle.com/winterwonderlandlarge.htm that include: Invitation Card, Reception card, RSVP Card, RSVP Envelope, Silver Midori Ribbon, Swarovski Crystal Snowflake, Snow Textured Overlay Fabric, and a Presentation Box.

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I absolutely fell in love with these gowns from Oscar De La Renta http://www.weddingdresstrends2012.com/45/oscar-de-la-renta-wedding-dresses-fall-2011-collection.html#more-45 with either being for the bride, the maid of honor or the bridesmaids. With the beautiful silk faille strapless gown with embroidered white carnations and accents of silver bullion.
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These gowns could beautifully be accessorized with a faux fur wrap like the Mariell Faux Fox Fur Stole from http://www.bonanza.com/booths/Malinda/items/MARIELL_IVORY_FAUX_FOX_FUR_STOLE_FORMAL_BRIDAL
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to match beautifully with the silk faille bodice dress with an ivory swansdown skirt.
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Pair these gowns with the amazing shoes from Grazia http://www.graziashoes.com/default2.asp “Valentine” is a luxuries silk satin peep toe pump with an amazing rhinestone brooch at the top of the toe or the beautiful lace pump Parisienne from Augusta Jones http://augustajones.com/shoes.htm.
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Top off your look with this beautiful birdcage veiling hat with Swarovski crystals and feather accents from Lady Slipper Bridal http://www.ecrater.co.uk/p/9359145/russian-bridal-bird-cage-veiling or this beautiful Double rose Veil (top middle in inspiration board) from Alice Hart couture millinery at http://www.alicehart.com/index.html.
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For an everlasting heirloom bouquet from Sol Bijou http://www.artfire.com/users/solbijou that is made with total attention to detail and quality. A combination of rhinestones pearls, repurposed brooches, Czech Pearls in cream and white, silver findings, jewels, and their popular handmade satin and organza flowers in various shapes and sizes will have your wedding bouquet being a rare, one of a kind piece of artwork. The under-side of the bouquet is in layers of organza and tulle in white and cream and the stems are partially wrapped with a layer satin ribbon in cream, and a final layer of a gorgeous detailed silver lace.
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Continue to carry that winter sparkle all the way through your decor scheme, right to your wedding cake. A little “bling” for the wedding cake proves to be the perfect accessory. With choices from edible shimmer applied to fondant, edible shimmer luster, or sugared butter cream frosting; no matter your preferences, this will be a beautiful display.
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As long as we’re talking about “ice”, how about some extraordinary “ice” from Phillip Press Master Platinumsmiths http://www.philippress.com/? Renowned for their exceptional platinum jewelry designs and expertise. Their exquisite Platinum Masterpieces are truly works of art that exemplify fine craftsmanship and the utmost quality. Philip Press and their master craftsmen design and make each piece by hand, using their own high-grade proprietary 950 platinum alloy and the finest gemstones. They also custom-makes platinum pieces and redesigns old engagement ring settings. Of course, you may want this prior to planning your dream winter wonderland for this might be more than enough to “ice the cake”.
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For your reception, your choices are truly limitless being the colder time of year. Endear your guest to warm drinks, soups, and lush desserts to create a feeling of warmth. Send your guests home with these adorable penguins or mice from L.A. Burdick Chocolates http://www.burdickchocolate.com/. I love how you are able to customize your mice tail colors, box and ribbon colors and even the ribbon imprinting is offered. And from experience, I will guarantee, your guests will be wanting more of this delicious wedding favor!
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Keep in mind as in the summertime, the weather can be unpredictable. Plan ahead and make sure your guest are safe once they arrive with shoveled and salted paths, a coat check, and even possible valet parking or an escort (with an umbrella) if it’s snowing to protect them from the elements. Also keep in mind that if you have guests traveling some distance, they may appreciate an overnight stay near or at your venue. Plan ahead with your guests and your accommodations in order to house them.

Winter can be a wonderful time of year, and although it may be a little busier with the holiday season, with given advance and proper planning, you will be creating another special holiday.
 
 
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What a way to celebrate such a holiday of independence than becoming husband and wife. Here are some ideas to help make you day memorable:

Plan your wedding colors around the tradition red, white and blue with plenty of white lights, paper lanterns, beautiful decorations and even add in some yellow for that good ole’ summertime feeling. Think about setting up your reception under a white tent that is patriotically decorated.

Rather than a sit down meal, consider having a old fashioned barbecue of corn on the cob, grilled meats, fruits, ice-cream, and other holiday fare foods such as a lobster bake.

For the non-traditional wedding, try cupcakes, strawberry shortcake, or even caramel apples for dessert instead of the traditional wedding cake.

Have a signature red and blue cocktail, beer, old fashioned root-beer floats, lemonade, tea, and unique soda pops served in wood crates or metal buckets of ice.

Instead of traditional serving dishes, think about using different service settings of antique ware depending on your theme (i.e. patriotic, homey barbecue, rustic retreat, beach, etc.).

For your favors, the book, “I Like You” buy Sandol Stoddard Warburg retails at approximately $6-$7 per book. Another option could be a printed card of the following verse from the book with a pack of sparklers.

"... I like you because I don’t know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
I like you because because because
I forget why I like you but I do

So many reasons
On the 4th of July I like you because it’s the 4th of July
On the fifth of July, I like you too
If you and I had some drums and some horns and some horses
If we had some hats and some flags and some fire engines
We could be a HOLIDAY
We could be a CELEBRATION
We could be a WHOLE PARADE

See what I mean?
Even if it was the 999th of July
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
Even if it was no place particular in January
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again

That’s how it would happen every time
I don’t know why
I guess I don’t know why I really like you
Why do I like you
I guess I just like you
I guess I just like you because I like you."

For a grand finale, look into hiring a company to perform a firework show or instead of the traditional rice for your send-off, consider sparklers such as these http://www.myweddingfavors.com/wedding-sparklers.html.

After a celebration like this, your guests won’t feel like they missed any of their independence day celebrations!

Note: Due to the fact that this is a holiday event, makes sure you send “Save The Date” to your guests in plenty of time prior to the holiday.