This Couple Brought The Outdoors Inside At Their Natural Whispering Thorns Wedding

April 4, 2024 | justine

Kayla and Daniël opted for a natural theme for their wedding due to their profound love for nature. Despite their preference for an indoor setting, they aimed to capture the essence of the outdoors. This led them to select Junebug vendor and venue Whispering Thorns, a decision that proved to be just right as it aligned perfectly with their vision. Their big day exuded an ethereal and modern vibe, featuring a charming glass venue and chapel, dreamy florals, and timeless attire.

With breathtaking views of the Lowveld grasslands surrounding them, the venue’s contemporary design and indoor-outdoor ambiance provided the ideal backdrop for the festivities. The ceremony unfolded against a stunning panorama of the property, creating a picturesque scene. As guests moved to the lavish reception, they were welcomed by tablescapes adorned with candles and lush arrangements. To add a final touch of elegance, a glittering ceiling installation cast a soft glow over the space, enhancing the romantic atmosphere.

If you want ideas for a wedding that mixes modern style with amazing views, this has everything you need. Check out these lovely pictures taken by Light Burst Photography to see all the details up close.

The Couple:

Kayla and Daniël

The Wedding:

Whispering Thorns, Mpumalanga, South Africa

How Nature Inspired Their Whispering Thorns Wedding

We picked a natural theme for our wedding because we love nature. The venue, especially the glass chapel, matched this theme perfectly and made us feel like we were part of the outdoors. We chose Whispering Thorns because we wanted to be indoors while feeling close to nature. The glass chapel was just right for our dream wedding.

Making Memories During the Whispering Thorns Wedding Planning Process

The best part of our day was celebrating with loved ones. Our advice for couples? Treasure every step of planning your wedding. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so savor every moment.

Farm-to-Table Wedding Favors That Came From the Family Farm

We chose to give honey in beautiful glass bottles as wedding favors. This idea aligned perfectly with our theme and added a personal touch to our celebration. The honey came from my parents-in-law’s farm, making it even more special. We gathered together to create these lovely favors, which looked beautiful on the tables at the wedding.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Light Burst Photography
Event Planning + Ceremony Venue + Reception Venue + Catering – Whispering Thorns
Cake – Royal Treats
DJ – Jaydon Mark
Videography – Ballantyne Film + Photo
Invitation Design – 4keepsakes
Makeup Artist – Edge Beauty
Hair Styling – Matte & Ash


Congratulations to Kayla and Daniël on their Whispering Thorns wedding, which beautifully brought the outdoors in. If this venue won over your heart, too, check out their profile in our vendor directory for more celebrations hosted at this stunning space. 

Achieving a memorable celebration is within reach in various ways. Finding the perfect location is the first step. Whether you’re planning a small or big wedding, you can discover the venue of your dreams in our directory of the world’s best wedding venues.

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Summer Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

April 3, 2024 | kailey

Image by Apollo Fotografie. See more of this real wedding here.

Warmer weather, pretty blooms, and vibrant color palettes—there’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to summer weddings. And as a summer wedding guest, selecting the perfect wedding day outfit is important. From the formality to the color, there are many moving parts that can make this process feel overwhelming. To save you from all the stress and confusion, we have compiled a list of our favorite summer wedding guest outfits, perfect for all summer wedding events that will have you looking stylish while beating the heat. 

Before diving into our inspiration, here are a few tips for selecting the perfect summer wedding guest outfit:

  • From the ceremony to the reception—comfort is key. Make sure your outfit is stylish and comfortable as well
  • Keep in mind the ceremony style and location when selecting your outfit and accessories. For example, you wouldn’t want to show up to a beach wedding with a jacket but you might want to bring that extra layer if the ceremony is taking place in an air-conditioned building
  • Pick an outfit you feel confident in, a wedding is a fun and photo-filled day
  • Stick with a color palette that compliments the wedding theme. Use the invitation as your guide

The options are endless when it comes to finding the perfect wedding guest outfit. By keeping these tips in mind during your shopping experience, you’ll be sure to find outfits that are stylish, and comfortable enough to beat the heat.

Short Dresses Fit For Summer Weddings

Amanda Uprichard Ace Dress

Altar’d State Skila Floral Dress

Jasmine Halter Mini Dress

ELLIATT Camo Dress


Midi-Length Spring Wedding Guest Dresses

SNDYS x Revolve Angel Strapless Midi Dress

Uncommon Aesthetic Black Floral Bodycon Midi Dress

The A&F Giselle Pleated One-Shoulder Maxi Dress

Show Me Your Mumu Greta Dress

LSPACE Camille Dress

Bardot Maja Midi Dress

Angel Sleeve O-Ring Midi Dress

Long Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

LIONESS 1999 Maxi Dress

Drama Bow-Back Taffeta Gown

NBD June Gown

Classic Elegance Satin Sleeveless Mock Neck Maxi Dress

Plunge Cowl Back Maxi Dress

Summer Jumpsuits and Rompers

Power of Love Strapless Jumpsuit

Plissed to Be Here Balloon Sleeve Romper

Sunny Days Smocked Tie-Strap Jumpsuit

Flawless Vibes One-Shoulder Tiered Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Impress Release Off-the-Shoulder Puff Sleeve Jumpsuit

Junebug Reminder: Do you know what happens in the summer? It gets hot. And this often results in the selection of a sleeveless, strappy, or backless outfit. And when that happens, you’ll most likely need a bra alternative to keep you looking seamless and elegant. Check out our favorite nipple covers we’ve tried to date–Lollipetals. They are the perfect pasty,  made of thin, high-quality silicone that sits discreetly underneath any top or dress, while still remaining in place all night. No matter how hot and sweaty the evening may get.

Weddings happen all year long. If you’re looking for wedding guest outfit inspiration for every season we’ve got you covered. Check out our top-notch wedding guest outfits for fall, winter, and spring

Image by Alicia Wiley. See more of this real wedding here.

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Wedding Ceremony Timeline and Tips for Personalizing the Script

April 3, 2024 | kailey

Image by Manuel Aldana. See more of this real wedding here.

A wedding ceremony is more than just exchanging vows. With so many moving pieces, it’s crucial to iron out the details well before walking down the aisle. That’s why many host a rehearsal dinner the day before to make certain that everyone is on the same page. Having a clear wedding ceremony timeline also helps to ensure that everyone knows their role—from the officiant and DJ to key family members, the wedding party, and, of course, the couple. 

A clear timeline to refer back to is essential. But there tends to be a lot of confusion when it comes to actually creating a timeline. What comes first? How many readings should you incorporate? When does the unity ceremony take place? These are all valid questions. That’s why we’ve put together a traditional wedding ceremony timeline for you to reference. But keep in mind every wedding is unique, including the timeline and script. 

This guide can help you decide what to keep and what to skip. We’ve also included some tips on how to personalize the script, ensuring it authentically reflects your love story and vision for the day.

Wedding Ceremony Timeline

1. Guests Get Seated 

At any ceremony, the first step is always guiding guests to their seats. You can hire ushers or dedicate vendors–like your wedding planner–to take on this role. You can also rely on signage to direct your guests to the correct places. Traditionally, important family members like grandparents, parents, and siblings are included in the processional, so reserve the first row for them.

2. Processional Begins 

Just before the procession begins, your officiant will take their place. When the music starts, it’s the first partner’s cue to walk down the aisle, followed by important family members like grandparents, parents, and possibly siblings. Then comes the wedding party. Bridesmaids and groomsmen can choose to walk down separately or pair up—it’s your call. Once everyone is in position, the music will change, guests will rise, and the next partner will make her grand entrance down the aisle.

Recommended Reading: Unique Wedding Processional Songs for Walking Down the Aisle in Style

3. Opening Remarks From the Officiant 

Once everyone is settled, the officiant will say a few words to welcome and thank everyone on behalf of the couple. This part of the ceremony is typically short and heartfelt. In religious ceremonies, the officiant may also include a prayer.  

Image by Memorelle. See more of this real wedding here.

4. Readings

This part of the ceremony carries special meaning, which is why couples often have a trusted officiant or a close family member conduct the readings. Whoever you choose to deliver these heartfelt words, it’s essential this section is tailored to reflect your relationship.

The readings you select will be influenced by whether your wedding is religious or not. For religious ceremonies, readings can come from sacred texts like the Bible or Torah. However, in non-religious ceremonies, readings can be poems or personal anecdotes. It’s all about choosing sweet words that resonate with you both.

Recommended Reading: LGBTQ+ Ceremony Scripts and Readings

5. Exchanging of Vows 

You and your guests are going to want to have tissues handy for this emotional part of the wedding ceremony. The exchanging of vows is an intimate moment where you both express your commitment to each other. You have the option to recite traditional vows provided by your officiant or fully personalize the ceremony by writing your own vows

We’ve also seen many couples opt to read their vows privately before the ceremony, often during the first look. This can be a great option for those who aren’t comfortable wearing their heart on their sleeve for all their loved ones to see. There’s no right or wrong way to do it. It’s truly all about what feels most authentic to you as a couple.

Recommended Reading: Get Inspired By These 30 Touching Wedding Vows Examples

6. Include a Unity Ceremony in Your Wedding Ceremony Timeline 

A unity ceremony is an optional wedding tradition that symbolizes two lives coming together as one. Oftentimes, it’s a ritual with religious or cultural significance, though this isn’t always the case. Whether you go the traditional route or in a unique direction, this is still an extremely special way for a couple to personalize their wedding. It adds a sweet and sentimental touch that beautifully represents your love. 

Image by Henry and Mac. See more of this real wedding here.

7. Ring Exchange 

After exchanging all the heartfelt words, it’s time to exchange wedding rings. Your officiant will guide you as you each slip the ring onto each other’s fingers, one at a time. These rings symbolize your love and commitment that you’ll proudly wear long beyond your wedding day. 

If you want to ditch physical jewelry altogether,, get matching wedding ring tattoos—a one-of-a-kind wedding detail that challenges tradition.  

8. Pronouncement and First Kiss 

“I now pronounce you…” are the magical words everyone’s been waiting for. This is the moment when you’re officially recognized as a married couple. It’s time for your first kiss as newlyweds and time to soak up the excitement from your guests before making your grand exit from the ceremony space. 

Image by Skyler & Vhan Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

9. Recessional

The recessional marks the grand finale after your officiant declares you married. This kickstarts the walk back down the aisle. First, the newlyweds lead the way, followed by their wedding party. To add an extra touch of magic to the moment, consider having guests toss petals or confetti to create a stunning photo opportunity.

Recommended Reading: The 70 Best Wedding Recessional Songs

Tips for Personalizing the Script

After breaking down the traditional ceremony timeline and its components, it’s time to consider how you can elevate your script. Since there’s no one-size-fits-all ceremony, we’re leaving you with some tips to ensure your script is tailored to you and your unique love story.

1. Have a Family Member or Friend Officiant 

No one knows you better than your loved ones. So, having someone close to you officiate your wedding can add an incredibly personal touch to your ceremony. This individual knows you both inside and out, allowing them to convey your love beautifully.

Image by Andrea & Federica. See more of this real wedding here.

2. Get Loved Ones Included During Processional

There are no rules when it comes to your wedding. So, if you want to include more special people in your processional, do it. You can have your dog play ring bearer, your grandma be the flower girl, etc.

3. Write Your Own Vows 

Writing your own vows is a powerful way to add meaning to your ceremony script. It’s your opportunity to pour your heart out, vocalizing why you’ve fallen for this person. You can also share personal stories that brought you to this moment at the altar. It’s your chance to scream your love from the mountaintops for all to hear. 

4. Trade Traditional Readings for Personal Anecdotes

Sharing letters expressing why you love each other and memorable stories gives your officiant insight into your relationship. By incorporating these anecdotes into the readings, they can add an extra layer of personalization to your ceremony script. 

5. Use Music to Enhance Your Ceremony  

Music sets the tone for your wedding day, including your ceremony. Your choice of processional and recessional songs can personalize the moment. So, when making your music selections, carefully consider your playlist. Make sure only to pick songs that resonate with you and your partner. 

6. Get Guests Involved

Get your guests involved during the ceremony by including something like a ring-warming ceremony where the rings are passed around to all of the guests to bless before they’re exchanged by the couple. 

No wedding is alike, making it difficult to navigate the planning process at times. While our wedding ceremony timeline guide is a helpful starting point, it’s worth considering hiring a wedding planner and officiant to fine-tune these details for you. They’ll play a key role in crafting a timeline and script that truly reflects your love story and vision for the day.

Image by Evan Rich Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

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