The Vintage Wedding of Dana & Tim

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 accentsWedding Shoes MH
    • 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 Cupcakes MH
    • Individual cupcakes instead of traditional cake
    • Couple cut the cake topper – no announcement, couple wanted things kept simple, nothing over the top
  • Cocktail Hour
    • Took place outside on the grounds surrounding the courthouse
    • Drinks and popcorn were served

Above photos done by Michael Hamerlind Photography

  • The Centerpieces
    • Bride created/put together all of the centerpieces Weedding centerpiece vintage
    • Each centerpiece was a little different Wedding Centerpiece vintage
    • Things such as old records, gold vases with baby’s breath, pearls, old books, vintage silver trays, scrabble letters, doilies, etc. were used

 

  • Draping was done on the staircase and behind the head table to add visual interest/dramatic effect.

 

Congratulations Dana & Tim!

Michael Hamerlind Photography
Michael Hamerlind Photography

How Sweet it is to be Loved by You!

The most romantic holiday of the year is almost upon us! Valentines rings

You may be planning your wedding day on this day of Love…or may be looking for inspiration for ways to incorporate the Valentines vibe in to your special day.

Either way – we hope you enjoy these heartwarming ideas:

Let’s start with YOU – the bride!  While most brides choose to wear white, some go bold choosing a RED dress.

Valentines dress  What a statement of LOVE!

Another option…rather than wearing your Heart on your sleeve…is wearing it on your feet!

Red shoes for every one in your wedding party!  Valentines dress shoes

 

Next, let’s look at ways to incorporate the Valentines Vibe in to your wedding décor.

Going for elegant & classic?  You can’t go wrong with Red, black & white.
Combine a classic black and white tablescape with red roses.  LOVE!

Valentines table     Valentines decor     Valentines decor 2

Simple touches such as heart shapes throughout your wedding:

Valentines centerpiece Spread the Love with lovely centerpieces on guest tables!

 

Share the Love with a Heart-shaped wedding cake!  Valentines cake 2     Valentines cake

 

Valentines LOVE  Spell out your Love with popular marquee letters – something you can incorporate in to your home after your wedding also!  We love this idea!

One thing is for sure – there is sure to be a lot of LOVE incorporated in to YOUR wedding day!

The rustic wedding of Jacob & Katie

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
Rustic Wedding 5
Rustic Wedding 7With 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.

Décor highlights:

§ Strung lights in the tent and in the barn areaRustic Wedding 6

§ 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 Rustic Wedding 9

Reception highlights:

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!

Something Blue…..

A wonderful wedding tradition is Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. Blue boxes

Whether you just got engaged or are in the midst of planning, your wedding day “something blue” is an element to have fun with!

Let’s take a look at some unique ideas to incorporate that “Something Blue” in to your Wedding Day:

Some brides want to make a statement with their Something Blue,
such as a blue ribbon or sash on their wedding gown

Blue dress 2     Blue dress 3
Blue Shoes & Blue Toes!

Blue Shoes    Blue Shoes 2

Something Blue in their bouquet
Blue bouquet     Blue bouquet 2

Surprise your husband with your married name sewn underneath your dress as your “something blue.”
Blue dress

OR have the date sewn on a ribbon inside your dress.  A wonderful and personal memento!Blue ribbon

 

All else fails, have a Blue Brew!  Cheers!

Blue Brew

One thing is for sure, your Something Blue will be personal for You!  Get creative and have fun with it!
LifeisShort!PartyOn (Weddings!)

Unique Guest Books

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

Guest LOG   Wedding Guest Book   Jenga wedding

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!

Rustic Charm

A popular trend in weddings is going with a rustic theme – whether you are having an outdoor or indoor wedding, many special touches can add the Rustic Charm!

Rustic details can make your wedding or reception Shabby Chic!

We are using this trend in many ways to feature this trend in our wedding planning:

~Placing the wedding reception food or desserts on cut out pieces of wood

~Using burlap, lace & baby’s breath in centerpieces and also on groomsmen’s lapel flowers

~Making directional signs out of wood slats or pallet pieces

~Stringing lights from the venue ceiling…or barn beams

~Incorporating barrels, jars, lanterns, wheelbarrows watering cans in to wedding decor

The list goes on and on!  Find more ideas HERE on our Pinterest page!

Rustic wedding   Rustic wedding 2   Rustic decor

Planning a themed wedding is fun and easy to do. Work in some of these suggestions and tips into your special day in order to create a memorable, rustic celebration.

Cupcake Wedding Cake!

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!

Wedding cupcakes

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

and for other occasions HERE

 

From A to Z

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.

Marquee lighting LOVE

Marquee lighting Letters

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

Outdoor Wedding Tips

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?

Photo credit to: Minnesota photographer Joanna Gail with Julia's House www.juliashouse.net
Photo credit to: Minnesota photographer Joanna Gail with Julia’s House
www.juliashouse.net

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!  Lighted tables

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!Wedding Program fan

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!

Mix & Mingle

Cocktail table cakeCocktail tables serve as a beautiful display for your #weddingcake as well as being the perfect size table for guests to mingle at during the #reception.  

These small table have a big impact on the overall feel and flow of your wedding #reception.  Cocktail tables can be spread out throughout the reception area and more easily moved around when the dance party starts!

Add special touches to these tables such as linens & bow to match your color themes, candles & vases make beautiful centerpieces.  You can even place small plates of appetizers on each table for guests to enjoy.

Find some Inspiration HERE!Cocktail table decor