10 Pocket Squares for Your Stylin’ Groom

Accessories are a key element in personalizing the groom’s wedding attire. A pocket square is a stylish and sophisticated way to add some personality, as well as tying in any wedding colors or motifs. They can be used to clash with, or to complement a tie or shirt. We’ve found 10 pocket squares for your groom get inspired.

1. Matching Shirt and Square

A floral shirt might need a partner-in-crime, so enter the matching pocket square. This works really well in bringing the ensemble together, especially with the contrast of the suit and tie.

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2. Polka Dots 

For a polished finishing touch that goes with a tux, a silk pocket square is the way to go. Add some interest to a classic look with a polka dot print.

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3. Print Clash 

Throw out the sartorial rulebook with clashing prints. Using blue as the base of the look, work in complementary prints and colors. A white pocket square with blue dots will add a crisp look to the ensemble.

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 4. All Ivory 

An ivory pocket square with a rose boutonniere is a classic addition to a textured gray suit. Playing around with the folding of the pocket square can also create a stylish look.

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5. Rustic Casual 

This ensemble was just made for an informal barn wedding. The casual striped pocket square looks great with the chambray shirt.

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6. Lace Detail

With lace decor and dresses being a big wedding trend, why not incorporate some subtle lace into the groom’s attire too.

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7. Neat and Tidy

To keep things clean, showing just a glimpse of a neatly folded pocket square can offer an alternate look.

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8. Paisley and Polka Dot 

Sometimes choosing between prints isn’t as easy as it seems. So there’s no reason why you have to choose. Going for a different print for the bow-tie and pocket square creates a truly unique look. Who would have thought that paisley and polka dots would work so well together!

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9. Summer Tones

For a twist on the tri-fold pocket square, go for three summer brights that will work with the flower on the boutonniere.

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10. In Full Bloom 

If a fabric pocket square simply won’t cut it, then combine the look of a boutonniere for this stunning idea. Fresh blooms tucked into the pocket will  certainly transform a traditional suit.

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A venue that is both rustic and elegant in equal measure is something to get excited about. That’s why we are so smitten with Zingerman’s Cornman Farms in Michigan.

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With an historic barn and stunning farmhouse, Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is the perfect space for a romantic intimate wedding.

The Barn, which is split into two levels, has two crackling fireplaces, an expansive bar area, as well as an outdoor patio and pergola adjacent to a outdoor bonfire location – perfect for late night s’mores! The Farmhouse with its stunning balcony that overlooks the grounds, has a lounge, dining room and suites to get ready in.

With your booking, you will have access to all of the venue’s gorgeous locations, including the Barn, Farmhouse as well as the stunning herb and flower gardens and the Tent Pavilion – a wonderful outdoor space that is ideal for dinner and dancing.

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You can also opt for a cake, personalized favors and catering by Zingerman’s Bakehouse and the catering team.

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms offers different packages, including an elopement package for up to 10 guests. They will help you with all of your planning needs so you can make the most of this amazing venue. You can find out more information on booking here.

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DIY Bath Fizzies with Sprinkles

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We’ve been on a bit of a homemade bath fizzies bender in this household. We love how they fill a room with scent – not to mention add a dash of  decadence and delight to bath time!

These bath fizzies make perfect gifts for a spa-themed bridal shower. You could even add them to your welcome baskets if you are having a destination wedding.

This is our go-to recipe for bath bombs. If you are new to bath bomb making, be warned: it can be a bit tricky to get the perfect consistency. You might want to have a practice round before making these as wedding favors. That way, you have some for yourself to enjoy!

Bath Fizzies Ingredients

    • 8 oz. baking soda
    • 4 oz Citric Acid
    • 4 oz. corn starch
    • 4 oz. Epsom salts
    • 1 tsp water
    • 2 tsp. essential oil (we used peppermint)
    • 3 tsp almond oil or other light oil (we used avacado oil for these bath fizzies)
    • spray bottle with water
    • A few drops food coloring
    • sugar sprinkles
    • Plastic Heart Fillable Ornament

Gather your dry ingredients. Dump them into a large bowl and stir using a whisk.

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Place wet ingredients in a small jar or bowl and mix well. Gradually add half of the liquid to dry mixture, stirring as you pour the liquid into the bowl. With gloved hands, mix the ingredients. Add the rest of the liquid and repeat until the mixture is uniform in color.  It should be the consistency of wet sand. If the mixture does not clump, spray water into the mixture. Don’t add too much water or you will ruin your bath bombs!

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Add sprinkles to plastic heart mold.

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Fill the mold with your mixture.

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Press mixture firmly into the mold.

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Pop the hearts out onto a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet. Let dry overnight.

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Voila! Wrap and give as wedding shower gifts or favors!

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Kendel and Victor didn’t want to start their married life together with a huge burden of debt – the kind of debt often incurred from hosting a large wedding –  and decided to take an intimate DIY approach to their wedding day instead. The bride hand made the decor herself and, together with her husband, even made her own ombre wedding cake. The result? A creative community centre wedding that’s far from cookie-cutter and sweet as pie.

A huge thank you to Dan and Erin of Cling&Peck for sharing all the sweet details with us today!

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Kendel, 22 & Victor, 24

St. Charles, IL

Wedding Date: June 1, 2014

Number of Guests: 60

Wedding Cost: $7,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Baker Community Center

Wedding Reception Location: Baker Community Center

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Why did you have an intimate wedding? 

We decided to have an intimate wedding for multiple reasons. A major reason was how much more expensive it gets the more guests you invite. Since we both really wanted to start off our new life together without a huge burden of debt from the wedding, an intimate wedding became the obvious choice for us. We had also heard from so many married couples that they regretted having invited a large amount of people and were so busy going around greeting all of their guests that they didn’t even get a chance to eat their own wedding food or really indulge in the special day. Both my husband and I are huge foodies, so we knew we couldn’t let that happen.

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What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding? 

I initially had a lot of worry that people would feel offended if they weren’t on our guest list. However, it turned out to really just be a lot of acquaintances joking about wanting to come. Knowing my reasons for having a small guest list and being able to voice them really helped it not be an issue. People were very understanding when they heard my reasons and knew it wasn’t personal that I wasn’t inviting them.

I was also initially worried about everyone getting along at a small wedding since with larger weddings it’s easier for people to avoid one another if they don’t get along with someone else. Both of our families are very different so I was worried that they wouldn’t be able to find topics to talk about with each other. In the end, everyone got along beautifully and the most unlikely friendships started there which was wonderful to get to see.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list? 

I found that the more rigid I was with sticking to the rules we agreed upon together, the easier it was. So, decide if college friends will or will not be invited; if extended family will be invited, or just grandparents etc. All families are different, so find what works best for your family. Giving yourself rules really does help, and I highly recommend it.

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them? 

We actually had no issues with the small guest list from friends and family because we had been talking about wanting a small wedding for awhile. Also, the fact that we were paying for almost all of the wedding ourselves really helped give us control over the guest list.

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Community Center wedding ceremony

What were the highlights of the ceremony? 

I honestly love when little things go wrong, it really makes me laugh. So when our unity candle wouldn’t light and was being super stubborn, I just started laughing as we tried to get the candle to light (which we finally did, thank goodness). The imperfections of the day were good little reminders that it wasn’t about having a perfect wedding, it was about starting a life together, and that really helped me stay focused on that.

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What were the highlights of the reception? 

One of my favorite parts of the reception that I will always remember happened just a few minutes after it had started. I had put together the playlist for the wedding and my husband had set up the songs on his laptop. We joked about him sneaking the song “Fat Bottomed Girls” onto the playlist and I didn’t believe he would do it and I dared him to. Sure enough, a few minutes into the reception the song started blaring for all of our family to hear. We had this moment then where we just looked at each other and laughed, and no one knew why the song played except for us. Some more of the highlights of the reception include having out of town guests that I hadn’t seen for years come all the way to our wedding; it was so special to me. The food was also delicious, and hearing the best man and maid of honor speeches were so wonderful.

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blue and yellow wedding cupcakes What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding? 

So much, but if I had to choose one then I would say being able to look around at the guests and really thinking “These are my people. Friends and acquaintances will naturally come and go in life, but these people will always be a part of it.”

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding? 

If you are considering an intimate wedding then I would advise really thinking about your goals for after the wedding. While having not so necessary guests at your wedding might help avoid hurt feelings, each guest added to the list does cost you. Finances can put a lot of strain on marriages and starting off a new one without huge debt from the wedding is one of the best gifts you can give yourselves as newlyweds. So think wisely, not just about making it a special day, but also about how you want to set yourselves up for your new life together. I know that might not be the most romantic wedding advice ever, but looking back we are so happy with our decision to have a smaller wedding. Having a smaller guest list, we were also able to feel so comfortable emotionally on our wedding day and had enough time to spend with each of our guests, making them feel welcome while also having enough time to revel in the special day that it was.

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Vendors: 

Photography: Cling&Peck 

Cinematography: Pat Alcantara 

Catering: Corky’s Catering 

Cake Artist: Bride + Groom

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Intimate Weddings is Hiring!

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If you are passionate about weddings, you’re keen on design, and you’ve got writing, editing and blogging skills that dazzle, Intimate Weddings wants to hear from you!

Things have gotten a whole lot busier here at IW, and we are looking for an editor to help take the IW brand to the next level.

Sound enticing? Read on!

Job Description

  • 25-30 hours per week
  • Work from Home
  • Location: Anywhere

The editor will:

  • Create 2-4 blog posts for Intimate Weddings each week in keeping with the Intimate Weddings philosophy and aesthetic. Topics will include everything from wedding trends and real weddings to sponsored content.
  • Develop new ideas and concepts for the blog.
  • Select and source real weddings to feature on Intimate Weddings that are aligned with the IW aesthetic.
  • Execute the Intimate Weddings editorial calendar. This includes writing blog posts, editing blog posts from contributors, enforcing deadlines (the managing editor will oversee IW contributors) and scheduling blog posts, ensuring all content is optimized for search engines and social media.
  • Play a key role in increasing IW’s social media presence. This will include promoting posts across all social media channels to ensure maximum visibility. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience managing social media.

Candidate must have:

  • Blogging experience with WordPress.
  • Excellent writing and grammatical skills. Our style is fun and conversational. We want someone who can write compelling content and catchy headlines.
  • An understanding of the Intimate Weddings aesthetic and philosophy.
  • Enthusiasm for growing the IW brand.

Preference to candidates who have:

  • Photoshop skills and photography skills (we would love to hire someone who can contribute DIY projects!)
  • SEO knowledge
  • Social media marketing experience

Salary: To be determined based on experience.

To apply for this position, please go here.

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