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Surprisingly inexpensive NYC wedding venues: TEA HOUSES!

Like most New York brides, I’ve been wondering how can I have an inexpensive wedding in NYC? I’ve been combing through the big commercial wedding websites for ideas of affordable wedding venues, and I found next to nothing that would fit my budget. Then I found tea houses as an inexpensive NYC wedding venue option!

Through the looking glass with this Alice in Wonderland inspiration

Through the looking-glass with this Alice in Wonderland tea party inspiration

Be prepared to take notes from this Alice in Wonderland tea party styled shoot with a bride and her bridesmaids in outfits reminiscent of Alice, the Cheshire Cat, and The Mad Hatter.

There’s mix-and-match vintage china tea cups and pots, pastels errrrywhere, bunnies, time turners, and luscious-looking pastries. Come through the looking glass to be super inspired to plan your own Alice-themed wedding…

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“Colin Firth in a wet shirt” has nothing on this gorgeous, surprise Austenland-themed bridal shower

When Michelle asked me to be her Maid of Honor, I knew that the one thing I had to do was throw her a surprise Austenland-themed bridal shower — re-creating an outdoor tea party like the one depicted in the movie, complete with its mashup of vintage and modern contraptions. For all of us geeks who romanticize period films, here how you can throw your own Austenland bridal shower…

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How to throw a Harry Potter bridal shower without making look like a kid’s birthday party

The bride to be, in this instance, is a HUGE Harry Potter fan. So the question for me became: How do I properly throw a party inspired by the books and movies, without making it look like a children’s birthday party? So we settled on a “Madam Puddifoot’s Tea House” theme — a tea party, complete with crumpets, and scones, and tea and lemonade…

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Elaine & Mu’s book-themed tea party backyard wedding

Thrifted tea pots and finger sandwiches make our pinkies lift involuntarily. It’s only natural that we’d squee over this wedding: the handmade purple dress masterpiece, the seamlessly integrated interfaith details, and the geeky book details are stellar. Don’t miss how Strictly Ballroom may have subliminally influenced the bride’s decision to marry her groom!

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Rachael & Chris’ whimsical tea party wedding

Get your tea cups out, folks, we have an Alice theme going on! A fluffy blue dress, mix-your-own Italian soda bar, lawn games (with croquet, natch!), a goooorgeous garden, and a big ol’ top hat brings it all together. Oh, and there’s some keen advice on leaving your guests to their own devices when mixing up drinks. It can go awry.