There is a reason why purple is one of the most popular wedding colors. And that is simply because it is just gorgeous! This wedding décor walks the line of woodland and elegance perfectly. With a few touches of nature throughout, this design is sure to be admired by all.
Art Director, Stylist, Floral Design: Gabrielle Green of Event 29 www.event-29.com
Coordinator: Michelle Carter of Showerbelle www.showerbelle.com
Photographer: Seriously Sabrina Photography www.seriouslysabrinaphotography.com
Photographer: Chelsea Dawn Photography www.chelseadawn.ca
Decorations: Weddingstar www.weddingstar.com
Makeup: Michaela Francis Artistry www.michaelafrances.com
The talented Rebecca Chan is showering the blog with beauty today. A gorgeous Autumn wedding just in time for sweater weather!
“Laura and Belal’s autumn wedding was full of lush blooms and elegant accents. They brought the outdoors in for their ceremony with an arch wrapped in floral garland. Deep pink, raspberry and gold hued centerpieces graced the reception tables, along with elegant table number signs. Guests were treated to sweet jars of honey as favors. It was a beautiful celebration, perfect for the fall!” – Rebecca
The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air, the leaves will soon be changing and we have our cozy sweaters at the ready. We love this time of year and we are so excited for our fall brides! And that is why we just had to share our favorite products for the changing season. Favors, décor and more! Which are your favorites?
The key to nailing an autumn wedding is to choose colors that will compliment natural surroundings. Think shades of red, yellow and orange. Burlap is a must and remember to add a touch of rustic flare. Incorporate any or all of these tips and you will be well on your way to sending your guests into an Autumn Wonderland!
Our good friend Julie Williams, “The Wizard of Words,” is giving us her best tips to make your wedding vows personal and special for the two of you. We are excited to be able to share her great ideas with all of our brides!
As a couple you have chosen to compose your own, unique wedding vows – possibly the most significant words you will ever share with another person. This can be an extremely daunting and often terrifying task. Where do you begin?
One of the first decisions to make is if you are going to recite the same vows or write them separately. If you are going to do this solo it is always helpful to have a general format for each person to follow so the vows are similar in nature. Together you will need to determine the overall tone you want to convey. Will you incorporate a touch of humor? Will the vows be primarily based on your religious beliefs? How romantic do you want to be? Are there specific words or phrases you wish to both include?
Keep in mind these are your wedding vows and will be recited in front of all of your guests so keep everything appropriate. You do not want to take a chance on offending someone with a humorous story which might not appeal to the entire crowd. This sort of thing is better saved for a toast at the reception. Or the bachelor party!
As a jumping point you might want to consider several questions. When did you know you were in love with this person? How does your future spouse make your life better? What are the most redeeming qualities in your partner? What do you hope to bring to this union?
You are vowing your everlasting love for another person, so many couples like to declare this in the form of a promise. Examples can range from ‘I promise to treasure and care for you every day of your life” to “I promise to always walk the dog and occasionally let you rule the remote”
A basic rule when writing your vows is to start big and edit, edit, edit. Vows are traditionally about one minute in length. Ordinarily one minute is not a very long amount of time, but it may seem like an eternity on your Wedding Day. Here again, if the vows become too long perhaps there are bits which can be added to an event later in the day.
Long before your wedding day always ask your Officiant if you will need vow approval. Some religions are very strict about the contents of a ceremony and you don’t want to be caught off guard at the last moment.
Once you have finalized your vows, practice them aloud over and over again. Chances are you will be nervous on your Wedding Day so you want to know them backwards and forwards. While most couples prefer to have the vows completely memorized it is suggested you have them printed on a beautiful, small piece of paper just in case you need a reminder.
The primary goal is to truly be yourself. You want the words to come directly from your heart with your natural cadence and tone. Afterall, these are the words which will proclaim your love and devotion for eternity.
Photography: Landon Sveinson Photography
Styling: Details Special Events
The number of out-of-town weddings are on the rise and 24% of weddings will include travel of some sort. Your out-of-town wedding guests made special arrangements to celebrate with you and your husband-to-be. Fuel, flights and hotel costs can add up and that’s why we are showing you how to make the ultimate welcome bag! These are a few of our favorite stuffers that we KNOW everyone will love.
Tips and Tricks:
1) A Personal Touch:
Create custom labels and hand write a thank you card. Your guests will know that you took the time to really consider and appreciate them for making the trip to celebrate with you and your husband to be. With the added cost of flights, fuel and accommodations, these little details matter.
2) Keepin’ it Local:
Every city, town and village has a specialty that they are known for. Maybe it is honey, jam, olive oil or fresh fudge. Get creative and give your guests a special introduction to your town.
3) Packaging is everything:
When you are putting your bag together, it is important to remember that pretty packaging can take a regular product and make it exciting. Your guests will know that you took time and care when you were thinking of them. Things like ribbon, tags, and charms go a long way in creating an enticing and special welcome bag.
4) Keeping your Cool:
When you are selecting the items you want to include, it is important to consider items that will need to remain cold. Either avoid refrigerated items completely (ie. specialty cheeses) or make sure you have a plan in place. Consider including a little card letting your guests know that there are also some special treats waiting for them in the minibar fridge.
4) Special Delivery:
Don’t forget to make arrangements with the hotel to deliver your bags. Some hotels will do this for you and others will require you to deliver the bags yourself. Talk to the hotel manager in advance so that you can coordinate in advance.
One of our very own is getting married in a couple of weeks! We asked her if we could take an up close look at her plans for the big day. We wanted to know how she plans to keep her guests fed, happy and how she plans to give them the. Best. Party. Ever!
Can you tell us a bit about your wedding?
I come from a big Ukrainian family and you can bet that the day is going to revolve around food, drinks and good fun. It was really important to me to get married in my hometown, but in order to make this happen, many of our guests will be traveling quite a ways to celebrate with us. It is so important to us that they feel appreciated and welcomed.
What kinds of things have you done to make the trip easier for them?
Since it is a very small town and an unfamiliar place to many of our guests, we put together a wedding website that had everything they needed to know. We placed maps, hotel accommodations, camping sites, contact information, and a few things they can do for fun before the wedding.
We wanted the hotel arrangements to be as easy as possible for our guests. We got in contact with one of the local hotels and negotiated a discounted price for our wedding guests. This helped in 3 ways: the rooms were reserved and ensured that everyone had a place to stay. It was easy and saved them a bit of money. And it will be more fun to have everyone together in the same place!
My fiancé and I know that after a long drive we are both ready to just kick back and relax with a snack and cocktail. We wanted our guests to be able to do this as well. That is why each hotel room will have a welcome bag. We included some special local favorites from my hometown, personalized wine and water bottles, as well as some treats that we knew our guests would love! See some of our favorite welcome bag stuffers here!
Because there was travel involved, everyone needed to have enough time to make arrangements. We sent out our save the dates a little earlier than usual to ensure that everyone could come celebrate with us.
How do you plan on making your guests comfortable and happy?
We figured we would just keep feeding them! Because the reception and the hotel are quite far apart so we wanted to give them somewhere to go between the Ceremony and Reception. My parents offered to host a mid-day reception. Our guests will be having cocktails in their backyard where there will be lots of shade and places for them to relax. I think it’s going to be nice that they can have a drink and enjoy some music before dinner.
One of the things I heard the most on Weddingstar’s facebook, twitter and blog are the best and worst things you can do as a Bride. So, I’ve learned a few things and my fiance and I decided we must have a bridal party hang out. If you have ever been a bridesmaid or groomsman, you know there there is always a point where the couple goes off to take pictures alone or to enjoy a little time to themselves. You also know that with so much excitement, eating sometimes gets forgotten. We didn’t want anyone fainting on us! So while we take our individual pictures at our lake lot, there will be food and drinks waiting for our bridal party at a separate location from our mid day reception so that they can relax and enjoy the afternoon and feel fresh for the big party to come!
I think everyone has been in this situation. You get to the wedding reception and you look at the seating plan and you aren’t sitting with anyone you really wanted to sit with. We didn’t want that to happen to any of our guests so we are letting them pick their own tables. We will be reserving seating near the front for immediate family and made sure there were a few extra tables in case there are a few empty seats left here and there.
With the added cost of gas and accommodations, we didn’t want our guests to have to pay for drinks on top of it all so the drinks will be on us that night!
Since it going to be an open bar, it was really important to us that everyone have a safe ride home. We have hired a shuttle service to take guests from the reception to the hotel at no charge to them.