Pavlich Photography

Next-level nuptials: Wedding ideas worth swooning over

Sneak peek

Second Line Photography
Ashleigh Jayne Photography

“First looks” are finding their way onto a growing number of wedding-day schedules, allowing the bride and groom to have a quiet rendezvous before the festivities begin. Photographers say there’s nothing more magical than the moment when the groom sees the bride in her gown for the first time.

Name in lights

Bray Danielle Photography
Genovese Ashford Studios

Monograms aren’t just for napkins anymore. Illuminating the bride and groom’s names or initials in larger-than-life fashion—whether on a wall, tent or dance floor—is the latest bright idea. It’s a fun focal point that gives any reception space a one-of-a-kind wow factor.

Here’s your sign

Geaux Live DJ & Photography

Chalk this one up to getting to know each other better: hand-lettered signs immortalize the relationships that you hold so dear.

Home baked

Brocato Photography
Bray Danielle Photography

DIY meets doting grandmother in the movement toward offering sweet treats fresh from the kitchen. Whether it’s the family-recipe pound cake, classic Louisiana pralines or berry-filled pies, these goodies give new meaning to the phrase “gimme some sugar.”

Fancy footwork

Aaron Hogan, Eye Wander Photo

Punchy patterns on socks allow groomsmen to express their personalities in a colorful way. Because they’re mostly hidden from view, these fresh accessories won’t detract from the wedding palette, but they will help ensure that no one gets cold feet.

Life of the party

Thompson Photography

Diehard fans refuse to leave their team loyalty behind, even at the most formal of occasions. College and professional mascots are born entertainers and are sure to get the crowd all fired up.