We were honored to be a part of the special day for Dana and Tim on a gorgeous summer day, June 12, when they were married at one of our favorite venues in Stillwater, Minnesota. This wonderful couple wanted to enjoy time with friends and family and didn’t want a huge, elaborate celebration, keeping things simple from the decorations to the bouquets/flowers.
The Venue: Washington County Historic Courthouse
Added to the vintage/historical/old school atmosphere couple was going for
Quaint, intimate, simple, beautiful venue
Had the old jail cell open during cocktail hour
Outdoor ceremony on the steps of the courthouse
The Inspiration: Vintage/old school with purple and lime green accents
Overall vintage/old school atmosphere from the centerpieces, to the venue, to the “Just Married Bike”
Pops of purple and lime green were used throughout from the napkins to the cupcakes to the bridesmaids dresses
The Wedding Cake
Individual cupcakes instead of traditional cake
Couple cut the cake topper – no announcement, couple wanted things kept simple, nothing over the top
Took place outside on the grounds surrounding the courthouse
Drinks and popcorn were served
Above photos done by Michael Hamerlind Photography
Bride created/put together all of the centerpieces
Each centerpiece was a little different
Things such as old records, gold vases with baby’s breath, pearls, old books, vintage silver trays, scrabble letters, doilies, etc. were used
Drapingwas done on the staircase and behind the head table to add visual interest/dramatic effect.
We were delighted to be a part of Jacob and Katie’s wedding on August 6th, a beautiful summer day.
The ceremony was held at a church and the reception was held outside at a family members house in Wisconsin
With the reception being held outside on a private property and over 300 people in attendance, PartyOnWeddings managed the rental items and the décor of the reception space. PartyOnWeddings provided and set-up the large staked tent, tables and chairs and arranged the linens, as well as the lights used throughout the reception area.
§ Strung lights in the tent and in the barn area
§ Centerpieces were kept simple and rustic – lanterns and a mason jar flower arrangement were placed on top of a wooden slab/tree trunk slice.
§ Personalized mason jars at each place setting
§ Lace and burlap on the appetizer table and some of the cocktail tables.
§ Wooden signage throughout
§ Old photographs of Bride & Groom’s parents were placed on cocktail tables
o Famous Dave’s for dinner and Sara’s Tipsy Pies and ice cream was served for dessert
o Mason jars as cups with tags for people to write their names (the mason jars also served as the wedding favor, guests could take them home at the end of the night!)
This couple enjoyed a rustic wedding of their dreams, that was simplistic yet full of wonderful personal touches & details. Congratulations Jacob & Katie!
If you asked most brides “Where is the Guest book from your wedding?” they either wouldn’t know or say that it is tucked away in a bin somewhere with things they thought they would look at again “someday”. 🙂
Wedding guest books are an important reminder of those who shared this very special day with you! Rather than go with the traditional guest book that everyone signs (though, there is nothing wrong with this!), consider unique ideas such as these:
>Have guests sign a Guest Log, literally…they sign their names on a wood piece
>”You are loved” wooden sign that your guests sign, as a guest book
>Framed photo of the couple with a border that everyone signs with sentiments
>Corks! Yes, your guests can sign corks and leave them in a large vase or bowl
>Jenga pieces! Wait, jenga pieces? Yep-guests sign ‘em for you to enjoy for years to come
The best part? All of these wonderful options can then be displayed beautifully in the couple’s home, giving them lasting memories!
Other fun options are to have guests fill out a postcard with sentiments or date ideas – the couple can then read these together and enjoy on their 1st anniversary! Aww 🙂
We could go on and on…..who would have thought there were so many fun ideas for guest books! Hello, Pinterest! See our page HERE for more fun ideas!
Another trend that we find so sweet (pun intended!) is using cupcakes as your wedding cake. This trend serves many purposes – one of the best is that it makes it so much easier to serve – guests can even serve themselves! It can also save on the amount of left overs!
A cupcake wedding cake is so romantic with the fresh flowers tucked into the cupcakes – making it picture perfect! Great for an outdoor wedding with a spring feel or inside as well with a garden feel. Other occasions too such as anniversary party, birthday bash, showers & graduations!
See more of this sweet treat trend for Weddings HERE
You may have noticed the trend of using marquee letters to spell out your love at your wedding or special event!
We love this! (No pun intended!) Such a beautiful way to personalize your wedding and add the WOW factor!
We are seeing this trend in weddings spelling out L O V E, I DO, or the couple’s initials – also used for identifying special areas at your wedding reception such as the Bar, Watering Hole, Food Bars, & so much more.
These lovely light up letters make for spectacular photos too! Added Bonus!
And many brides & grooms are using their letters in their home after the wedding, giving them lasting memories.
Many resources are available for buying these letters – and also many easy do-it-yourself options – see some ideas HERE
Have you always dreamed of a fairy tale wedding with you walking down the aisle in a beautiful outdoor setting?
Meeting your prince at the end of the aisle surrounded by lush greenery, gorgeous flowers and birds chirping?
Having an outdoor wedding can definitely be a Dream Come True!
We have compiled a list of Tips that will help you plan the perfect outdoor wedding:
TENTS! One of the first things you will want to look in to is renting a tent – there are a variety of sizes available – with or with out side panels and many offer wonderful lighting and dance floor options!
Lighting: Put camping lanterns under cocktail tables to provide glowing evening lighting!
Offer Hydration: Be sure that your guests have water to keep them comfortable
Bug Repellant: If this is an issue, you may want to have this handy for guests.
Give sunglasses as Wedding Favors – a memorable, usable treat for guests!
Wedding Program on a Fan – a great way to offer relief from the heat and details of your day, all in one!
Instead of chairs……throw blankets or quilts over hay bales for seating. Provide blankets or throws for cooler evenings.
Heat It Up! For cooler evenings you may need small heaters inside tents. If possible, start a bon fire! Cool Downs: Consider having fans blowing if needed – and have cool treats available with an ice cream cart!
Following these tips will ensure that you have the perfect fairy tale day!
Get more ideas & inspiration for Outdoor Weddings at our Pinterest Page!
Fall is in the air! One of the most popular seasons to get married, Fall provides an array of gorgeous colors and natural elements to fall in love with! Add the crisp air and you have a perfect setting!
Here are 5 reasons to Fall in Love with an Autumn Wedding:
Cozy! The crisp air provides a perfect excuse to get cozy! Inside or outdoors, you can have a fire going, to keep the romance burning! If you are outdoors, you can also provide wraps or blankets for guests to warm up. The bride can also wear a warm wrap.
Colors! The natural textures and colors of the season lend themselves to some incredible bouquets. Fall colors provide a beautiful palette to coordinate your decorations.
Popular Fall Wedding colors are: Honey Gold, Burnt Orange, Bonfire, Chocolate & Burgundy – the names just get you drooling, don’t they?
Gorgeous décor! Incorporate crunchy leaves, wood, votives, babys breath and beautiful branches and twigs to make lovely decorations. Think rustic! You can even use these items in boutonnieres and your bouquet!
Pumpkins! The rich colors of pumpkins and gourds bring a luscious and rustic element to your wedding! Larger pumpkins can be used as decoration through out your wedding & reception. Smaller pumpkins work great for table cards and around food buffets or your cake table.
The food! Think apple cider signature cocktails, a delicious soup course, and donuts for dessert. Warm apple pie?? Mmmm!
Hungry for more? We have compiled inspiring ideas for Fall Weddings on our Pinterest page HERE