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Wedding Inspiration: Game of Thrones

Based on the bestselling series by George R.R. Martin, this fantasy epic follows the leaders of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in their quest for realm domination. Check out some of our favorite details inspired by the spellbinding visuals on the show.

The Venue

Many of the scenes from Game of Thrones are filmed in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Forests, barns and other outdoor venues harken back to a bygone century.

Run for the Roses: Kentucky Derby Wedding Inspiration

The Kentucky Derby takes place on May 3rd — in celebration, check out creative wedding ideas inspired by the most exciting two minutes in sports! 

When Pigs Fly Events put together a wedding inspiration shoot filled with equine accents and a special dose of Southern charm. Event planner Courtney Stone walks us through how any bride can achieve this chic and timeless look — check out all of the photos below!

The mane attraction: A stallion dressed up for the occasion with a lush green garland. If you're tying the knot in a rustic farm setting, "Use creative modes of transportation for your guests, like horse-drawn wagons, tractor pulls, and carriages," Courtney says.

Wedding Inspiration: Game of Thrones

Based on the bestselling series by George R.R. Martin, this fantasy epic follows the leaders of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in their quest for realm domination. Check out some of our favorite details inspired by the spellbinding visuals on the show.

The Venue

Many of the scenes from Game of Thrones are filmed in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Forests, barns and other outdoor venues harken back to a bygone century.

9 Things Bridesmaids Don’t Realize Annoy the Bride

Whether you're a first-time bridesmaid, or have 27 dresses hanging up in the back of your closet, it's good to keep in mind bridal-party faux pas, so we chatted with real brides to find out their pet peeves. Here are nine things you didn't realize were annoying the bride in your life, plus practical tips for avoiding these mistakes.


Photo Credit: Jennifer Eileen on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly

1. Being MIA

Why it's annoying: By not responding to emails, missing showers, or skipping out on favor-making night, you are slacking on your duty to support the bride and might make her regret asking you in the first place.

How to avoid it: You don't need to drop everything else in your life to be a bridesmaid, but you should make it a priority. It doesn't take much effort to reply enthusiastically to her emails with wedding details, and if you can't make a shower or bachelorette party, go the extra mile and send along a gift or card after picking up the phone to tell her why you won't be able to make it.

Throw a Cinco de Mayo-Themed Bachelorette Fiesta

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Guest blogger: Joanne Barken
Joanne Barken is the CEO of The Bach, the first online platform for planning bachelorette parties. Joanne, who lives in New York City — one of the country's top choices for a special night out with the girls — has helped plan over a dozen bachelorette parties before launching The Bach.

 

Nothing says “Fiesta Time” quite like Cinco de Mayo. So if you and the girls are looking to throw a true party for the bride-to-be, there’s no better theme. Here’s everything you need to pull off a fabulous event.

Send Out Fiesta-Inspired Invitations

Let your guests know the theme in advance so that they can plan accordingly. A fun invitation helps to get everyone excited for the event.

cinco de mayo party invitation
Photo Credit: Etsy

Decorate With a Vibrant Color Scheme

Set the party mood with brightly colored flowers, balloons, and streamers. Think vibrant pinks, oranges and yellows for your decorating pallete.

cinco de mayo bachelorette party decor
Photo Credit: Eat Drink Pretty

cinco de mayo bachelorette party decor
Photo Credit: Eat Drink Pretty

Prepare Strawberry Margarita Jell-O Shots

Get creative and try out this fun spin on the traditional margarita. It's a tasty way to get the celebration started!

strawberry margarita jello shots
Photo Credit: That's So Michelle

Indulge in Margarita Cupcakes

When it comes to Cinco de Mayo, everyone thinks of margaritas. Turn this classic Mexican cocktail into tasty cupcakes.

margarita cupcakes
Photo Credit: Created by Diane

Sip From Mustache Straws

A Cinco de Mayo-themed bachelorette bash is the perfect occasion to use the trendy mustache straws. Just remember to snap lots of fun pictures!

mustache straws
Photo Credit: Etsy

Break a Piñata

Celebrate love with this heart shaped piñata. Fill it up with the bride’s favorite candies, and let everyone have a go at it!

cinco de mayo bachelorette party pinata
Photo Credit: Etsy

Sport Festive Sombreros

When your group hits the bars, be sure to make a statement. Sombreros will certainly do the trick!

cinco de mayo bachelorette party sombreros
Photo Credit: Jordan Weiland Photography on Every Last Detail via Lover.ly

—Joanne Barken

Throw a “Down and Derby” Bachelorette Party

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Guest blogger: Joanne Barken
Joanne Barken is the CEO of The Bach, the first online platform for planning bachelorette parties. Joanne, who lives in New York City — one of the country's top choices for a special night out with the girls — has helped plan over a dozen bachelorette parties before launching The Bach.

 

The Kentucky Derby, taking place on May 3 this year, is known for more than just the exciting two-minute thoroughbred horse race. With its own fashion style and signature cocktail, it always makes for a great party. Whether your group actually attends the races, like Miranda Lambert’s bachelorette crew did, or just wants to throw a themed event at home, here’s how to Get Down & Derby at your next bachelorette party.

Set the Tone with the Right Invitations

Give your guests a heads up on the Kentucky Derby theme with these adorable invites.

kentucky derby theme party
Photo Credit: Etsy

Rock Floppy Hats & Preppy Dresses

The Kentucky Derby is famous for its hat parade, and women routinely play it up even more with brightly colored dresses or preppy patterns, like seersucker. It’s the perfect excuse to show off that fun new party dress and express your inner Southern Belle!

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: Classy in the Classroom

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: Lauren Smith

Toast the Bride with Mint Juleps

The Mint Julep has been a staple at the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Take part in this time-honored tradition, and mix up a few drinks for your gals.

mint julep cocktail
Photo Credit: Foodess

Try Out Some Lawn Games

The Kentucky Derby often goes hand in hand with classic lawn games — think corn hole, viking chess, and croquet. If your group feels confident with your skills, why not challenge the bachelor party to a competitive game?

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Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

Horse Around With a Photo Booth

Set up a photo booth and use fun props to complete your Kentucky Derby theme. Jockey hats, roses, and trophies all make for great props, and the bride will love the final group photos.

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: Etsy

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: The Young Affiliates of the Mint and Tatyana Photography

Hand Out Cute Favors

Keep the theme going with these “Talk Derby to Me Buttons.” It’s not a bachelorette party without a few raunchy jokes!

kentucky derby theme bachelorette party
Photo Credit: Caufield's

—Joanne Barken