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Should You Have A Holiday Wedding?

September 8, 2022 | riley

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Weddings are cause for celebration, as are holidays. This is why couples all over the world are choosing to celebrate the two together by hosting a holiday wedding. But choosing to host your special day on a holiday isn’t an easy choice. There’s a lot to consider–budget, guest list, vendor availability, and more.

If a holiday is significant to you and your partner and you’re considering tying the knot on said holiday, there are a few things to consider! That’s why we’re rounding up some of the pros and cons to make the decision easier for you–because the last thing you need is more stress while wedding planning.

Pros Of A Holiday Wedding

Feels more celebratory

One of the biggest advantages of having a holiday wedding is the celebratory atmosphere that the day carries. What’s better than saying “I do” before ringing in the new year with your close loved ones, for example? It also will make celebrating your anniversary every year that much more special.

Choosing a theme is easy

Holidays make choosing a theme and color palette a piece of cake. When we think of Christmas weddings, we think of burgundy, emerald green, and gold accents. For New Year’s Eve, you can play up the metallics with plenty of black, silver, and gold. 

Holidays are also synonymous with certain foods, decor, and activities. This means wedding planning is already done for you when you lean into the theme. And the best part is that you can go as subtle or as over the top as you’d like.

Can lead to a smaller guest list

This one is both a pro and con depending on your wedding vision. We know that for some, a smaller wedding is ideal, but it feels impossible because of the long list of family and friends they feel obligated to invite. If this sounds like a predicament you’re in, a holiday wedding may be the perfect way to thin out your guest list naturally.

Cons of A Holiday Wedding

Guests may not be able to attend

It’s no secret that the holidays are some of the busiest times of year for most people. If you want a large guest list with all your closest friends and family, choosing to tie the knot on the bigger family-oriented holidays (i.e., Christmas or Thanksgiving) may not be the right choice for you. Smaller holidays (such as the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve) may be a better option to ensure everyone can come.

Travel and lodging may be more expensive

The holidays are known to be the worst time for higher travel fares and pricier lodging. Everyone around the world is traveling, making it one of the most expensive times of the year. If you have a lot of guests who are going to be traveling for your special day, take into consideration the logistics of the travel.

Dream vendors may not be available

Hotels and flights aren’t the only things that get booked up quickly during the holiday season–vendors do too. Some of the vendors you want for your special day may be already booked or may be taking time off to spend time with their own families. When choosing your vendor dream team, discuss their holiday availability ASAP.

Financial strain for your guests

Not only will airfare and lodging be costly, but your guests are also likely spending a lot of money at the end of the year as is. Between buying gifts for the holidays and hosting parties, the last few months of the year are some of the most expensive. Adding a wedding to attend on top of that might be a financial burden that some can’t swing.

Tips For Hosting A Holiday Wedding

Consider making it a multi-day event

If you are going to host your special day on one of the bigger holidays, consider hosting a wedding weekend. This allows your guests to truly soak up time with one another and enjoy time in the destination if they are traveling. And because most people get multiple days off for the holidays, they most likely won’t need to take any time off of work, so they’ll be more inclined to stay longer.

Let guests know far in advance

If you are hosting a holiday wedding, let your guests know as soon as you can. Whether you tell them via physical save-the-dates or a wedding website, the more notice you give them, the higher the likelihood they’ll be able to attend. It’s also wise to book a hotel block for guests, so they don’t have to scramble to find a place to stay, which in turn will make them feel more at ease about attending. 

Incorporate seasonal details to save money

Incorporating seasonal details such as food and florals is an easy way to fit with the theme, but more importantly, save you money. This could look like using an abundance of greenery for your winter nuptials or including desserts with apple or cranberries for your Thanksgiving “I do’s.” Your guests will assume that you’re leaning into the theme while your wallet will thank you.

Before you decide to host a holiday wedding, consider what that holiday means to you and your significant other. And most importantly, think about how important it is to you to have your family and friends in attendance. Once you think about these factors, you’ll be able to decide whether or not it’s the right choice for you.

If you’re thinking about planning a holiday wedding and you want to start checking out vendor availability, check out our vendor guide to help you find the dream team for your special day!

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Black And White Downtown Toronto Wedding

September 7, 2022 | justine

With a sleek blank canvas venue, a sophisticated black and white color palette, and two dashing grooms in stylish matching attire—Julien and Dimitri’s downtown Toronto wedding is the ultimate combination of classic and contemporary. Set against the spectacular Toronto skyline, the Globe and Mail Centre was the perfect setting for their modern celebration of love.

The couple’s chic vibe emanated throughout the space, starting with their ceremony. The pair said their “I dos” at the end of a black carpet aisle, with a monogrammed banner that served as the focal point. For the reception that followed, candles in glass containers and white floral centerpieces popped against the all-black long tables, creating a dramatic yet dreamy vibe.

Julien and Dimitri’s wedding is a stunning, fresh take on a classic color combo and is a must-see for couples looking for modern wedding inspo. From the delicate florals and understated decor to the gorgeous portraits in the heart of the city, these incredible photos by Junebug member Jennifer See Studios will surely make your heart flutter!

The Couple:

Julien & Dimitri

The Wedding:

The Globe and Mail Centre, Toronto, Canada

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A Downtown Toronto Wedding At The Globe And Mail Centre

We wanted a wedding venue with a view, and we think that The Globe and Mail Centre is the most beautiful venue in the city. The chic decor and the golden glow of candles complemented the contemporary vibe of the space and were the perfect finishing touches. The spectacular view of the city at sunset during the reception was our most memorable moment. 

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Jennifer Sees Studios
Event Planning – Trevents
Venue – The Globe and Mail Centre
Tech + Audio – EPiQVision
Floral Design – Creations By Gitta
Catering – The Food Dudes
Cake – Sugar Suite Cakes
Live Music – Bongo and B Entertainment
Rentals – Event Rental Group

 

Congratulations to Julien and Dimitri on their black and white downtown Toronto wedding. And a big thank you to Junebug member Jennifer See Studios for capturing all the details and moments that made this celebration a memorable one. To see more of her talent, check out her portfolio in our directory of expert photographers from around the world.

For many couples, a bold wedding aesthetic with plenty of black details is the perfect fit. If you think a celebration like Julien and Dimitri’s is the right one for you, but you’re not sure how to pull it off, we’ve got you covered! Start by reading our list of ways to incorporate black into your wedding day for all the inspiration you need to create a refined and effortlessly chic wedding look.

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Fall Wedding Invitations for Your Seasonal Celebration

September 6, 2022 | kailey
fall wedding invitations

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You only get one chance to make a first impression, so make it count. Being your guest’s first glimpse into your wedding day, your choice of invitations shouldn’t be taken lightly. They relay all the important details (like date, location, and your wedding website link), they give a theme sneak peak, and they’ll also be displayed on your loved ones refrigerators until the big day arrives. But, no pressure, we’ve got you covered. If you’re searching for the right stationery to announce your nuptial to friends and family, look no further than these fall wedding invitations from Etsy.

Fall Wedding Invitations From Etsy

1. Pampas Wedding Invitation Set by Lovely Templates Co.

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2. Sienna Fall Wedding Invitation Template by DIY Paper Boutique

3. Fall In Love Wedding Invitation Suite Templates by

4. Fall Wedding Invitations Template Set by

5. Medina Boho Wedding Invitation Template by Best Wishes Paper

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6. Fall Wedding Invitation by Moon Paper Events

7. Terracotta Fall Wedding Invitations Set by Visualising Dreams

8. Minimalist Wedding Invitation Template by

9. Pampas Grass Wedding Invitations Suite with Vellum and Wax Seal by

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10. Retro Pocket Wedding Invitation Set by Someday Paper Co.

11. Desert Minimalist Fall Wedding Invitations Suite by Niki Press Designs

12. Blush Peach Orange Wedding Invitation Template by Rosemary Lines

13. Russet, Rust, Orange, Earthy Tone Invitation Card by Little Bridge Design

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14. Konnor Retro Wedding Invitation Template by Oh Lilly Design

15. Arch Fall Wedding Invitations Template by The Tiny Owl Co

16. Library Book Wedding Invitation Set by The Origami Fox

17. Boho Wedding Invitation Template by Stickearte

Now that your wedding invitations have been sent, it’s time to break out your mood board and start finalizing those wedding details that make fall celebrations oh-so-special. Not sure where to start? We’ve got your covered. To create an unforgettably warm and fuzzy autumnal celebration, start by checking out these delightfully cozy fall wedding ideas that will ensure you feel the magic of the season.

Image by The Tinsley Co.

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