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Vintage & Garden Inspired Weddings

Garden weddings can make for the most elegant of settings. Though using vintage style décor sets the tone quite well, there are many ways to incorporate a more modern touch. With a variety of color schemes, you can choose to add a more stand out design, or stick with classical vintage ideas. Looking through the following will provide you with the perfect insight to make decisions towards your most awaited and cherished day.  

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DRESSING THE WEDDING PARTY 

Bride:
To keep that vintage look, wear a lace dress. If you’re aiming for something subtler, wear a simple dress with a lace veil or flower piece in your hair.

Groom & Groomsmen:
Suspenders or a beige/taupe colored suit really set the scene.

Bridesmaids:
Lighter colors, such as light pink or taupe look best. If the bride’s dress is simple, add lace to the bridesmaids for more texture.

HANGING DECOR

A garden wedding presents the perfect opportunity to utilize your surroundings. With so many trees, you can hang different decorations to create that magical setting.

Tips for reference:

  • Painted bird cages with floral arrangements inside
  • Different shaped jars/bowls hanging from ribbons
  • String lights through the trees overhead
  • Hang engagement pictures on a clothespin line

WALKING THE PERFECT AISLE

  • Hang jars of floral arrangements all down the aisle.
  • Sprinkle rose petals down the aisle, or create a beautiful design within rose petals.
  • Loop garland of vibrant green flower arrangements down the inside of the seating.
  • Hang floral balls from modern stands down the aisle.

TABLE DÉCOR & FLORAL DESIGN

Subtle:
Use light colors like pinks, lavenders, and mint greens.

Vibrant:
Incorporate bright purples or blues with the light greens to really make the image pop!

Simple:
To keep a simple and classy look, stick to white and green floral arrangements.

CAKES, CAKES, CAKES!

EXTRANEOUS IDEAS

  • Antique furniture dresses up outdoor locations, and serves as a great space for a candy bar or gift table
  • Wooden doors can be used to vintage up the event
  • Chalkboard signs look simple and shabby chic

Western Themed Events

As far as themes go, the “Wild Wild West” and “Desert” theme is well suited for just about any event. With so many different options, it has been used for kid’s birthday parties, baby showers, and even weddings!  From table decorations to the food you serve, this guide covers every detail down to the icing on your cake. No matter how casual or high-end the occasion, there's sure to be a fit for you.

SET THE STAGE

  • For both formal and casual, use lanterns to spice up the ceiling of your event
  • Colors like red, light orange, and white set the tone really nicely
  • In a wedding setting, sticking to whites and greens especially in floral designs can create a simple and elegant look
  • Wooden barns or ranch locations will make for a beautiful destination wedding
  • For a more casual setting, incorporate bandanas and cowboy hats
  • Use mason jars to serve drinks and add to the cowboy setting

FOOD & DESSERTS

Fun for Kids! 

  • Keep kids busy with a DIY box set up! Include a Saloon and Jail, great for playtime and pictures.
  • Create a bin of ponies to double as both a toy and decoration
  • Cow print paper goods make for a cute table setting. Brown bags and wanted signs serve as an adorable and easy to make placeholder.
  • Rope can be used as an awesome decoration. Coil it into the birthday boy/girl’s name to add to the walls!

And more ... 

  • Sunflowers and daisies are great for western floral decorations and table displays
  • Create your own "Saloon" for drinks (Soda Saloon for the kids!)
  • Use checkered picnic tables with light blues and red to add color. Rope string tied around the napkins adds a quirky touch!

WESTERN WEDDINGS

  • Wooden and rustic colors presents an upscale feel to the wedding.
  • Use a venue like a barn or ranch for breathtaking photos with a very western feel
  • To avoid looking too casual, use lots of greens in floral arrangements. Adding a touch of light pink is subtle and looks great. 
  • Depending on your location, wooden furniture adds a nice touch and set the tone very nicely, even with nice glassware and table settings

Nautical Weddings

Nautical themed weddings have become increasingly popular. Whether you create your perfect day along the shoreline or bring the beachy décor to an upscale location, this seaside scene is in! Still keeping to the theme, there are so many options to explore.

Couples have selected a wide variety of locations and décor that have turned out nothing short of stunning. Explore the yacht clubs, estates, beaches, along with the do’s and don’ts of nautical weddings.

DREAM DESTINATIONS

We’ve seen beaches, waterfront resorts, yacht clubs, country clubs, and many others. With price as something to always consider, you must also decide if you would like a more modern twist or stick to the traditional décor. Modern detailing can provide a fresh new feel, while traditional remains elegant as always.

TOP 10 NAUTICAL WEDDING SPOTS:

  1. Oceanbleu at Westhampton
  2. Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes
  3. Massachusetts Yacht Club
  4. Boca Raton Resort and Club
  5. Royal Lahaina Resort, Maui
  6. Auberge Du Soleil Resort, Napa
  7. Winnetu Oceanside Resort
  8. Fess Parker, Santa Barbara
  9. Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun
  10. Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island

INVITATION INSPIRATION

ANCHOR BLUE: 
This traditional look uses the tried and true sailing colors: navy, white, & Red. You can’t go wrong with this!  TIP: tie in rope or string to offer a little more creativity

RUSTIC & BEACHY:
Break free from the traditional colors with natural hues for a modern, beachy twist  TIP: Use a wooden look to give the invites a textured feel

TABLE DECOR

Flowers:
- More casual & modern- Hydrangeas
- More elegant & traditional- white roses

DIY:
- For an easy centerpiece or simple decoration, tie rope around glass jars and fill with flowers
- Add seashells and coral to create a more casual scene

CREATING THE PERFECT CAKE

  • For a rustic look, combine sandy or wooden colors with the crèmes of wedding cakes. Smaller more casual weddings call for sand decorations and seashells, while a more upscale wedding may use something like the simple, ruched option below.
  • Sticking to the traditional colors of blue, red and yellow, these decadent cakes present an array of options for those with a simpler taste and those who prefer something more intricate.
  • The square stacked cake presents a unique option for any wedding.

HOW TO: PRETTY YOUR WEDDING PARTY

  • Bridesmaids: Stick to solids! Navy blue or taupe look best!
  • Trending: Put younger boys in shorts! Or use for a daytime or casual wedding
  • Men Must-Haves: Boat Shoes

Tips for Saying “I Do” to a Venue

You’ve narrowed down your wedding venues, but how do you make the final call? Go SEE them (and if you can’t, set up a video call to view them!). A site visit is a sure way for you to determine if you can envision your wedding there, and you’ll be able to see first hand the room configurations.

Here are the ten questions to ask before signing on the dotted line:

1. Capacity
How many people can fit and are allowed to fit in the venue - does it fit with your invite list and budget?  

2. Bathrooms
How many? If there are only 2 and you are planning a large wedding you either need to move to the next venue, or if your heart is set there, think of alternative options like luxury mobile restrooms. These aren’t as bad as they sound.

3. Catering
Do they require use of their catering (most hotels will do this) or do you have the flexibility to pick your own caterer and/or your own menu? Hotels are notoriously “menu set” in that you only can pick from their options, which limits you on bringing your personality to the table.

4. Furniture
Does the venue provide furniture (i.e. tables, chairs, linens, glassware)? If not, this will fall on the caterer and could cost more.

5. Staff
What support staff do they provide, if any? If a hotel, expect that they will. If it is a raw venue they’ll probably just provide one representative onsite and maybe security – the rest is up to you. If you don’t have a dedicated planner, consider hiring an outside day-of planner to help everything run smoothly.

6. Staff attire
What does the staff wear? If you have a theme for the event, you may want to ask to add something to that attire.

7. Parking
Where will your guests park? And can you comp or host the valet that evening for your guests if there is only paid parking (read: cities).

8. Ceremony
If you want the ceremony held at the venue, can the venue accommodate the request? Is this something they have done previously?

9. Sunlight
If your ceremony or reception is during daylight hours, where does the sunlight hit the room? Try to visit the venue during a similar time - we’ve been to weddings where this wasn’t considered and you couldn’t even see the bride and groom during the wedding

10. Referrals
Always ask for a couple referrals and talk to them, they’ll help you understand any challenges that they might have had and any pitfalls worth considering now

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