Add some personality to your rustic wedding with creating a festive environment by adding some fun pennants. Many rustic wedding venues don’t come with many decorations so you will want to add some touches to make the space for perfect for a wedding. Rustic wedding decorations are sometimes harder to think of than you might first realize but with these effortless pennant looks your wedding will be perfectly rustic and festive!
When you think of Italy, a view of misty mountaintops might not be the first thing that comes to your mind. This elopement inspiration is about to change all that!! Get ready to meet the more mystical and rugged side of Italy with this bohemian elopement in the Dolomites. Isabel & Bartosz, a real life couple, teamed up with event planners, Simply Si, to create magic in Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Complete with rust and copper tones, a Rue de Seine wedding dress, dried flowers and unforgettable views, this is perfect inspiration for couples looking for an adventure elopement in the heart of Europe. Saskia Fraenken with Simply Si shares more:
Everything for B + C’s intimate wedding took place on the beautiful balcony of Fanari Villas in Oia. And, as a result, we have this spectacular view of the volcano in almost every picture. With the addition of pampas + dusty rose details, this celebration planned + designed by Julia & Evita, is quintessential Grecian romance.
The Washington-based pair share insight into their wedding vision: We wanted to capture the romance of Santorini by blending a little boho glam with the iconic whitewashed architecture, sunset + glittering Aegean Sea. Our decor was the perfect complement to an already stunning location. While the wedding day was about us, we made the trip about our guests who traveled so far to be with us. Our top priority was to make sure everyone had an amazing time! We stayed together at the Eolia Villas and had a 3-day celebration with 17 of our best friends and family. We hosted a welcome pool party, 16-flight wine tasting at Santo Winery, and a sunset cruise. Even though many of our guests met for the first time, everyone left as friends – there was so much love, laughter + memories!
That guest experience, though! Let’s take a quick trip to Santorini through the lens of Lighthouse Photography:
Processional: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis
Recessional: Marry You by Bruno Mars
First Dance: How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding
Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding
It started off with Brandon splitting the pants of his custom suit right before we climbed on a neighboring rooftop! It was quickly forgotten though once we made it up to the top. We shared our first dance overlooking the caldera, as the sun was setting – it was magical. During that moment, it felt as if we were the only two people in existence. I wish we could relive it over and over again.
As the cooler nights ascend, now is that perfect time between summer and fall to host a fun little shindig…in the form of a backyard movie night! Did you know you can rent all you need to enjoy a movie right in your own yard? Beijos Events took the idea and ran with it, decking out the space with cozy seating nooks, serving drinks from a mobile bar, and setting out personal charcuterie boards.
Nature was calling, and these two answered! When a couple gets engaged in Yosemite National Park, you can pretty much guarantee that they love the Great Outdoors. Right away, Jen + Dan knew they wanted to tie the knot in a way that honored all of the adventures they’ve shared together. (#Janventures they call them!) Together with JL Events, they planned a woodland wedding filled with touches of nature, marble details, and pampas grass on every table! J shares more about how they found the perfect venues:
Planning your wedding often involves beautiful flowers, elegant details and lovely personalized details but sometimes planning a wedding means thinking about the kids that will be in attendance so think crayons, games and candy! To help you find the best kids table ideas we came up with a little overview of some of our favorite ideas that are not only cute but won’t break the bank either.
Create A Space That Is Just For The Kids
Everything is easier when you have a dedicated space for the kids to play, eat and have fun so make a space that is just for them and add a sign so everyone knows this is the kid zone.
Let Them Get Crafty
Keeping kids entertained at your wedding is the key to happiness (for everyone) so in the dedicated space you create for them add some crafts, games and fun things for them to do.
Have Food & Candy Just For Them
From serving pizza to having a separate candy bar just for kids it is a great idea to have specific food for your youngest guests.
One of the best ways to keep your little wedding guests happy is to let them color their hearts out. One of the best things you can do on a budget is to make the tablecloth an actually coloring surface.
Engagement season is almost upon us. If you’ve landed here because you’re starting your wedding planning, let us be among the first to say CONGRATULATIONS!
At Every Last Detail, our hearts are for providing couples with education and insight. We love pulling you behind the proverbial curtain to reveal all of the details that help explain the process of planning your wedding. From things you should know and things you should avoid, to clarification on ideas you already want to put into motion, our mission is to HELP you plan your wedding with knowledge!
COVID is still a very really issue in the wedding and event industry and we know you might be upset about not being able to have all 200 hundred people you initially invited at your reception. But, we have news for you, a lower guest count can actually have a lot of benefits!
Below, you will find 6 of the country’s top wedding professionals not holding back one bit as they share pieces of advice that many vendors tend not to share. Get ready, because our V List members are spilling all of the secrets- for your benefit of course!
Focus on the Personal Touches:
“One of our favorite benefits of a lower guest count is how much you can focus on decor and personal touches. You can really blow out how gorgeous your design is when you’re setting tables for around 50 vs 200. Attention to detail isn’t as expensive if you’re not having to multiple each item by a large number of guests.” – Karen Collins, KMC Weddings
“Smaller guests counts allow you to not just focus more on the details, but focus more on spending quality time with your guests!” – Claudia De Velasco, A Day to Remember
“One of the most wonderful things about having a smaller guest count is being able to include your guests in unique and personal ways on your wedding day! Since you know these guests so well, you can cater to your shared likes and memories. Maybe you invite them to share something special during your ceremony in song, prose, or group meditation. Or instead, do activities with your friends and family that include them in your special occasion. You could host a cocktail hour with a mixologist that teaches you and your guests all about the drinks. Or learn line dancing from a talented bridesmaid. Getting rid of the traditional wedding activities leaves extra room in your budget and in your timeline for what really matters most – the people!. Finding ways to get your guests involved, shows them how important their guidance and support has been for your relationship.” – Sarah Blessinger, Kindred Weddings and Events
“A lower headcount means fewer rental items needed so you can splurge on higher quality and style that might have been out of budget otherwise, plus couples get to spend more quality time with each of their guests. It’s a win-win!” – Christi Winsor, Winsor Event Studio
“In regards to the COVID era, smaller guest counts can potentially allow for better social distancing if you wish to go mask-less and provide a more comfortable environment for all guests (depending on venue and municipal regulations of course!). In a regular sense, weddings were already starting to trend toward smaller but more elaborate, whether that be better take-away items for your guests, extra outings or family events for the wedding weekend, or just more luxurious touches for the day of, so this is very on-trend anyway!” – Bonny Bailey-Finck, P.S. I Love You Productions
Quality Over Quantity:
“Quality over quantity! With a lower quantity you can be really intentional with the quality of your day and make it truly special and memorable and unique to you. You’ll also get more meaningful, quality time with your guests instead of rushing around trying to say a quick hello to several hundred people.” – Nicole Jansma, Nicole Jansma Photography
What other secrets would you like us to get the answers to?
My partner and I were supposed to get married last June… but because of Coronavirus we had to move our date to 2021. In May, we wrote, recorded, and filmed the song together as a little project to help us feel better.
A little bit about us: My partner Chris is nonbinary (they/them) and I am a queer cis woman (she/her), and we've been together for 6 and a half years. Our original wedding date was June 27th, 2020, and our new date is July 3rd, 2021. We live together in Milford, CT, but my partner is from Connecticut, and I'm from Alberta, Canada. We rescheduled for the obvious reasons related to COVID-19, but also because my parents and family all live in Canada, and the border was closed.
We're planning to get married in Manlius, NY, and all our vendors have been very understanding of the situation, and simply moved our dates for us when we asked.
We wrote this song to announce the change to our friends and family because we felt that we needed to express our grief in a creative way… to transcend the sadness of the situation.
Waiting ‘til July
I love you my darling And I’m glad you’re here with me I will promise you forever Someday, whene’er it be
So I’ll cross my fingers And knock on wood I will hold my breath For the greater good
I’ll ride all of this out Take it in stride And hope we’ll see each other on the other side
And to all our friends and family You have all been on our minds Rest assured we won’t do this without you So for now we’ll bide our time
So take out an eraser or draw a line Through that date in June And move it to July
No, not this year Hopefully next We will take our chances And hope for the best
So cross your fingers And knock on wood Just hold your breath For the greater good
We’ll ride all of this out Take it in stride And hope we see each other on the other side
So we’ll cross our fingers And knock on wood We’ll hold our breath For the greater good
We’ll ride all of this out Take it in stride And hope we see each other on the other side
When we all can be together And you will be my bride
It's been a difficult thing to deal with, but we're so glad we got to share this video with our friends and family to help us move through the feelings.
Many couples are struggling to find fun and creative ways to host their bachelor and bachelorette parties these days. It’s a time to celebrate and spend quality time with your closest friends…but what happens if you can’t safely gather together in person?
While many bridesmaids and groomsmen have taken to designing their own virtual parties, complete with themes and cocktail kits, we just got word that venues are starting to offer virtual experiences as well!
Take Zingerman’s Cornman Farms, one of Michigan’s top wedding venues. The venue is now offering brides and grooms a virtual bachelor/bachelorette cooking class experience, paired with additional a la carte activities like yoga, cocktail-making, and trivia.
Participants can simply log into Zoom for a 1.5 hour cooking class with the farm’s exuberant English founder and executive chef, Kieron Hales, where they will make a full meal for two.
“The way I see it, nothing brings people together like good food, prepared with love,” says Hales. “What better way to gather your friends and family, wherever they may be, to safely celebrate your bachelor or bachelorette party!”
Cooking class options include:
From the Field: Cheese gougeres, potato gnocchi with pesto sauce, hand-pulled mozzarella, and runny chocolate cake. Afternoon Tea: Cheese gougeres, flapjack biscuits, shortbread cookies, lemon curd, and tea. Summer Picnic: French baguette, sweet and savory butter, sausage or mushroom roll, pesto pasta salad, and shortbread cookies.
For those interested in making the occasion into a wedding shower, Hales states that they can also arrange a “drive by” gift drop-off at the farm prior to the cooking class so you can safely greet your guests. To learn more, visit Cornman Farms or email firstname.lastname@example.org.