Decorate Your Wedding With Natural River Rocks

One of the hottest trends in weddings these days is to use elements that feel organic and natural. For a design element that can feel both earthy and Zen, check out river rocks. These smooth little stones can be used in a surprising number of ways to add a wonderfully natural feeling to your wedding.

River rocks are a terrific addition to many types of wedding décor. Of course they are perfect if you are being married by a river or stream, but they are equally at home in rustic lodges, backyards, and city lofts. An opulent ballroom is about the only type of wedding venue where the natural stones may look out of place.

You can begin introducing the river rocks right in your marriage ceremony. There is a charming ritual that some couples are choosing instead of the traditional unity candle. At the start of the ceremony, each guest is handed a river rock to hold. They are then asked to say a blessing or make a wish over the rock, and at the conclusion of the ceremony, the assembled wishes of the congregation are placed into a special vessel. You can make the rite even more special by writing something on the rocks, such as your initials and wedding date or a short line from a favorite romantic poem.

The river rock unity ceremony is a perfect addition to an outdoor wedding. It will fit right in with the type of wedding where the bride is wearing a simple flowing gown and handmade jewelry. The naturally free-form style of handmade keishi pearl wedding jewelry is a wonderful complement to the earthy stones. You can also think about using a row of river rocks down each side of the aisle to define the walkway.

A very pleasing and easy idea for your escort cards is to use a metallic pen to write the name of each guest on a smooth stone. It is the ultimate DIY project; just be sure that whoever wields the pen has good handwriting. Give the escort card table more flair by arranging the river rocks over a bed of wheatgrass or a woven mat. It is a low-key and yet elegant way to display your escort cards.

The centerpieces will lend themselves to the river rock idea wonderfully. You can use a bunch of the smooth stones to anchor the floral arrangements in clear vases. Another idea is to let the river rocks themselves stand alone as a decorative element. Arrange a trio of low clear or white vessels in the center of each table. Fill one with river rocks and the other two with natural elements such as moss or sand. It is a very chic Zen centerpiece design.

There are certain types of flowers and other items that combine with the river rocks in a very harmonious way. Look for things with an earthy and natural feeling, such as branches and twigs, vines, moss, and berries. Low flowering succulent plants look fantastic when paired with smooth stones. You can also think about cherry blossoms, pussy willows, and even orchids arranged in a loose and unstructured way.

It is actually pretty amazing that something as basic as a smooth stone can be used in so many ways to decorate your wedding. The humble river rock is right in line with the organic and “green” wedding trend, and it is also nice because it can easily be arranged to look great with no prior experience. For any bride hoping to give her wedding a modern earthy feeling, smooth river rocks are the perfect addition.

Home Decorating For Newly Weds

What Yours is Mine and What’s Mine is Ours: Putting Your Stuff Together

It’s the same old love story-boy meets girl, they fall in love, they date, they get married…and then, they move into the same house…together…with all of their belongings. And that’s when the problems arise. We all know the general tale of the bachelorette, with the beautiful, organized home, gorgeous oriental area rugs and the Ming vase that was passed down from her great great great grandmother. And we all know the general tale of the bachelor-the old couches left in the apartment by the last tenants and the chair passed down from his great great great grandfather that smells like cigar smoke and is falling apart, not to mention the ratty old futon he slept on and refuses to part with and the Persian area rug he found in the dumpster behind the department store that only has one significant tear and one little meaningless stain that may or may not have been throw up.

So what do you do when you bring all of these belongings together into one house and neither of you is willing to part with your dearly beloved furniture?

You compromise. The most visible areas of the home should have the newest, most attractive pieces like the oriental area rugs and the rooms should be built around them, whether the oriental area rugs are red area rugs, blue area rugs or an outlandish color. The older items, whether they belong to bachelor or bachelorette, should be placed in rooms further back in the home that aren’t always readily available to guests and that will be used for parties, game nights and other activities that may result in spills, etc. Old area rugs should be used in basements and other unfinished areas to keep floors warm and protect your feet from any unknown elements such as nails, screws and wood slivers that may find their way into the area and be undetectable on hard, dark, cement floors.

Remember though that it’s important to make compromises that the pair of you can both live with. Neither of you should have to give up your favorite belongings and you shouldn’t have to give up each other to keep your furniture and your favorite area rugs and other furniture either.

It’s important that every room in the home have something that exhibits a little bit of each of you and a little bit of your team. If your living room features your favorite area rug, then that same room should also feature your spouse’s favorite side table.

Decorating your rooms together and choosing your newest pieces as a team will help create a bond and a sense of trust and respect between you that doesn’t just create itself. Give each room in your home the personal touch it deserves and let your relationship grow and evolve in your home naturally as you learn to love each other’s sense of style and un-sense of style too.