When you’re planning out your wedding decor, one of the last things that probably comes to mind is wedding signage. However, wedding signs are one of the first things your guests see when arriving, and although they may seem like a small detail, they play a key role in your wedding.
From welcoming guests to telling them where to set their gifts to introducing your signature drinks, signs can be used for almost everything–literally. If you’re unsure which ones you need to include and which ones you can skip, you’re in luck. Because we’re narrowing down which ones are must-haves and sharing some of our favorites so you can get inspired.
What Wedding Signs You Need
Welcome signs do exactly what they’re titled–welcome your guests! They help them know they are in the right place and will save your planner the trouble of having to reassure everyone that walks through the door that they are where they’re supposed to be. They typically include your name, the wedding date, and sometimes the venue.
Guest books serve as a scrapbook that you can look back on throughout the years. It’s important to have signs so that your guests can find your guest book and sign it. Wrangling hundreds of guests can be quite tricky, after all.
Signage is one of the easiest ways to dress up your ceremony space. Break down your wedding timeline, let your guests know if you are having an unplugged ceremony, include your favorite love quotes or poems, and more. The wedding sign world is your oyster.
If you’re holding your wedding in a large space, you might want to consider a sign giving your guests directions. This is especially true if your ceremony and reception are in two different locations.
Bar signs are extremely important if you’re going to have an open or cash bar. You want to let your guests know what drinks are available (ex. wine, liquor, beer, etc.). If you know you are going to be serving signature cocktails, signs are the best way to introduce the name of the cocktail as well as the ingredients.
Seating charts are another extremely important addition to your wedding decor. You’ll want to let your guests know which table they are at, and who they will be sitting with.
Lastly, you will want a sign for your favors. You don’t want your guests to leave without their goodies. Placing a small sign next to your thank you gifts will help draw attention and let them know what you’re passing out.
Wedding planning can feel like you’re being hit with never-ending questions and making decision after decision. One of those selections is typically more fun than the rest: choosing your first dance song! Whether you’ve had a favorite song since you first got together or you’re determining a theme song for your relationship, your first dance song will hold a special place in your heart—and ears—for the rest of your life. There are plenty of lists of first dance songs to consider for kicking off your reception, but we’ve narrowed down a few from each genre that we bet you haven’t thought of yet.
These unexpected first dance songs will be sure to keep your wedding unique, fresh, and is sure to set the mood. Will you dance beneath the stars to a contemporary folk song or spin under a spotlight to an old-school tune? Only you can decide.
Courtney and Jacyln’s wedding vision was a romantic, intimate candlelit affair. The couple jokingly said they wanted a “Modern Italian Renaissance,” and with the help of amazingly talented professionals, like their planner, Unoaked Events, they pulled it off with a charming Orange Country wedding at The Colony House! These brides’ moody ceremony was just as emotive as it was dreamy. We’re swooning florals Beautiful Savage Flowers created to transform the industrial indoor space. And just wait until you see these babes’ elegant reception with lush, textured details, and art deco-inspired furniture. If you’ve been searching for romantic and dreamy wedding inspiration, you’re going to love the photos Joe+Kathrina captured of Courtney and Jaclyn’s day!
Each vendor partner embraced our description of what the look and feel we were going for. We said things like candles, gold, vanity fair photoshoot (yes somehow we found ourselves saying that aloud.) It can be difficult expressing what you want your day to look like, so we just had fun and had “what if” conversations. I think the biggest thing was hiring people that are passionate about what they do, and allowing them to be the artists they are.
Hearing the vows we wrote for each other that our officiants thankfully read for us, because there was no way we were going to get through those words without becoming blubbering messes. And, as a same sex couple, the overwhelming feeling of love and support we felt was frankly…overwhelming. Our guests leapt to their feet and cheered! It was more than we ever could have dreamed of.
Hire a wedding planner, seriously. We both were insanely busy with work and it really, really, really helped keep us on track. Also, work with people that you trust and are passionate about what they do, and let them be creative, they are artists, let them show you what they can do. You, of course, can have your opinions, be it helps to be collaborative and communicate. And last but not least, be kind, they are not vendors, they are people that are working hard to make your wedding magical.
Congratulations, Courtney and Jacyln, and many thanks to Junebug members Joe+Kathrina for sharing their day with us! For more of this awesome photography team’s work, be sure to check out their profile in our directory of the world’s best wedding photographers.
Whether flowers aren’t your vibe or you’re looking to decorate your wedding on a budget, floral alternatives are a creative way to style your day! Even if you’re a big fan of flowers, unfortunately, you may not be able to access them in 2020 and 2021 weddings. COVID-19 is impacting the wedding industry in a variety of ways, from weddings being postponed to small businesses hurting. One aspect you may not realize is being affected are flowers! Wedding florists, who have been hit some of the hardest by the pandemic, have not only lost business but are seeing a shortage in flowers as wholesale businesses were shuttered during quarantine. With fewer flowers available, we wanted to offer up some of our favorite alternatives to using flowers throughout your day.
Not convinced you can decorate without flowers? These floral alternatives will change your mind:
Dried flowers, pampas grass, and leaves
Candles and lanterns
Read on for examples of these floral alternatives in use plus some of our favorite shops + products to use in your wedding.
DRIED FLOWERS, PAMPAS GRASS, & LEAVES
Okay, okay, we know this is supposed to be a floral alternatives roundup, but hear us out. While fresh florals might be hard to come by due to COVID, dried florals are a beautiful alternative that also happens to be trending this year! From fluffy pampas grass to dried palms to exquisite arrangements crafted from dried flowers, you don’t have to rely on fresh blooms when decorating your wedding. Dried botanicals can have a big impact on your wedding style, too, whether you’re going for an edgy moody vibe or romantic fairy tale look.
CHECK OUT OUR FAVORITE ETSY SHOPS FOR DRIED LEAVES + PAMPAS GRASS:
When designing your wedding, don’t forget to start with a strong foundation! Linens like patterned table runners or bold napkins in your wedding colors can be a great way to infuse your personal style into your decor. Plus, your table settings need napkins anyway, so why not make them a memorable part of your design!
Wedding decor doesn’t have to be so serious, so consider adding a playful element to your day with a neon sign! Lots of wedding rental companies have romantic neon signs you can use, but if you’re down for the investment we love the idea of getting a personalized neon sign you can display in your home after the wedding is through. Pro tip: neon signs make a great addition to your sweetheart table setup or as part of the display above your dessert table or reception bar.
Say yes to styling and ambiance with a collection of candles and lanterns around your wedding space! There’s nothing more romantic than dining by candlelight, so don’t be stingy. Candles can also be the answer to two big styling issues when decorating your wedding: contributing to your color palette and creating levels in your decor. Use candles in hues from your palette at varying heights to create visual interest throughout your design. Lanterns and other candle holders can also help you carry out your thematic vision, whether it’s rustic, Moroccan, modern, or bohemian.
Looking for a solution that’s chic and natural? Terrariums are the answer you’ve been looking for! Terrariums make great centerpieces or decor on your dessert or gift tables, plus they can serve double duty as favors for your guests at the end of the night. Keep them simple with a succulent or air plant in a diamond-shaped glass terrarium or make a major style statement with an assortment of plants inside of unique geometric shapes. Pro tip: consider hanging small terrariums from an arch or the ceiling to help fill your space.
No matter your venue, adding greenery to your decor creates a lush environment for tying the knot. From tropical fronds to fresh eucalyptus to putting your favorite houseplants on display, you not only incorporate natural elements but also carry out a theme by curating greenery to match your intended vibe. Use leaves sparingly and intentionally for a minimalist look or go big with full garlands on tables and arrangements hanging from the ceiling.
COVID-19 made us press pause on a variety of 2020 plans, but we’re here to help you fast forward to an unforgettable virtual bachelorette party! While it may not involve a trip to Cabo with the girls, these virtual bachelorette party ideas are full of fun bonding experiences to quench the connection you’ve been craving in quarantine.
Our 10 virtual bachelorette party ideas include:
Home Spa Day
Virtual Wine Tasting
Online Workshop or E-Course
Chick Flick Costume Party
Virtual Tarot Reading
Interactive Cooking Show
Virtual Dance or Yoga Class
Decades Dance Party
Read on for all our tips to pull off these quarantine bachelorette parties along with some fun favor picks from the Junebug team!
1. Home Spa Day
Isn’t what we all need right now a little rest and relaxation? While a day at the spa may not be on the agenda, a home spa day will be a welcomed way to celebrate in quarantine! The Maid of Honor can ship each “guest” a few beauty and wellness essentials, queue up some relaxing tunes, and lead the group in their new beauty routine.
Wine tasting is a classic bachelorette party activity and one you can totally do from home! To recreate the experience, send everyone a wine tasting flight sampler kit and a few bottles of your favorite vinos. Some wineries are even providing wine kits to make the experience virtual, so look into your favorite local wineries for their current offerings. Looking to spice up the occasion? Do a home wine “tour” where guests drink a different win in each room of the house and every room is assigned a topic of conversation. For instance, the living room prompt could be favorite movies from your childhood and the bathroom prompt could be bath vs. shower. Drink up!
Learning a new skill together as a group can be a fun bonding experience that sticks with you for years to come. World-renowned artists, writers, and leaders in a variety of industries share their expertise in easy-to-follow virtual courses on platforms like Skillshare and MasterClass.
Here are some of our favorite classes being offered on Skillshare right now:
Lean into the theme of sisterhood and do a virtual watch party of the bride’s favorite chick flick! Every guest can dress up as her favorite leading lady, like Cher from Clueless, Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, Regina George from Mean Girls, or Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries. Pro tip: have everyone set the movie to the exact same second and then hit play. Also ask everyone to mute their video chat unless they have funny commentary so the sound of the movie isn’t playing through everyone’s speakers.
Looking to step up the Zoom game night? Plan a trivia night that’s specific to your bride and all her favorite things! To really personalize the experience, you can create a Jeopardy-style game with categories based on the bride’s own life. Not feeling confident in your trivia-making abilities? Look for a trivia game for her favorite TV show and throw a themed party around it!
Break out the scissors and glue — it’s time to get crafty! Whether you go DIY Painting with a Twist and paint tipsy portraits of the bride or make something you can all hang in your home (hello, built-in party favors!) like a wall hanging or macramé plant hanger. P.S. This could also be a great way to help your bride knock out some wedding DIYs!
Is one of your friends an excellent cook? Make them the host of their very own cooking show! Send an ingredient list for a dinner dish or dessert to your guests and have the “chef” walk everyone through the steps to make it via video. Everyone gets to learn to make something new in their own kitchen and enjoy the dish afterward! Bonus: Check to see if your local caterers are offering virtual cooking classes so you can learn from an expert!
Buds who sweat together, stay together — even virtually! Have you ever wanted to learn the choreography to your favorite Ariana Grande song? You can all learn it together using a YouTube video via screenshare over a video call. Yoga more your speed? Corepower Yoga is offering their classes online for free and there are tons of YouTube yogis (we love Yoga with Adriene!) you can use to find a class that fits everyone’s skill level. Looking for something a little silly and super fun? Sweat to the oldies with retro Richard Simmons videos — don’t forget your brightly colored sweatbands!
Is your bride bestie a big fan of the ’70s or is she more of a ’90s chick? Ask your gang to get dressed up in their best decade-of-choice outfit and dance the night away to a playlist of the decade’s greatest hits. Take things to the next level with a disco ball or strobe light to really set the mood. Bonus: Lots of DJs are offering virtual services right now so you can get the party started with the help of an expert!
It happened! Your friends are engaged, planning their big day, and you are a lucky one who gets to plan a wedding shower and be a part of showing them all the love over the next few months. While we may see the traditional bridal shower phasing out over the next few years, we think wedding showers (where both partners are involved!) may become the new “thing.”
If you’re the special someone who gets to plan a fun pre-wedding celebration for your besties, this guide has everything you need to know about how to plan a wedding shower…and more!
Who should pay? How expensive should it be? Traditionally, the maid-of-honor or person hosting the event covers the costs. But, here at Junebug, we’re all about doing things the non-traditional way! Plus, we are firm believers in the ability to throw a 5-star event on a shoestring budget (see our article about affordable decor you wouldn’t believe came from Amazon). Determine the budget based on what makes sense for you! If the entire wedding party and / or family members are willing to pitch in some cash or help out with a talent of their own, then start there. A wedding shower should simply be a time to celebrate the couple and gather everyone before the big day.
How do you pick a date? We think the best time for to host a wedding shower is 2 – 3 months before the big day. This way, you’re close enough that the bride is starting to get excited, but not too close as to inconvenience anyone who may be making arrangements to travel for the wedding a short time later. Make sure to announce the date at least a few months in advance so everyone can plan accordingly!
Who all should attend? After you determine the “vibe” of the event (maybe you’re throwing a more friend-appropriate event vs. a family affair — or vise versa), make sure to consult the couple on who they would like to attend. While you might have a good idea of the guest list, it’s important to make sure the couple is surrounded by all of their people! P.S. It’s OK to give them a guest limit based on your budget.
If you are looking to change things up from the norm, we are with you! Hosting something a little different for your engaged friends will surely make them feel loved. Our how-to plan a wedding shower post wouldn’t be complete without a few creating ideas!
Coffee Shop — Hosting a morning event? Rather than splurging all of your money on a fancy brunch with all the booze, consider hiring a coffee shop to come to you (or takeover the shop, if that’s more your style). Guests are sure to love the experience of their own personal barista — bonus points if they can make personalized designs in friends and families lattes!
Movie Night — If your couple loves movies and snuggling on the couch, we love the idea of hosting a movie night for everyone to come in their coziest outfits to hang all night long! Order some pizzas, grab an instant camera to capture the memories, play a few wedding party games to kick off the night, and then let the movie watching begin.
Wine / Cocktail Tasting — For more classy couples, a wine or cocktail tasting might be the move — and an experience everyone will remember. Plus, this is a great gift to the couple. They’ll be pros on making boozy drinks at home to celebrate being married!
Lawn Games Tournament — There’s nothing more fun for some couples than getting their blood pumping in a healthy competition! If you’re hosting an event at home, a lawn games tournament can be an awesome way to create memories and re-live your favorite childhood games.
Themed Decor — You can’t go wrong with hosting a more traditional shower with a themed twist! Here are a few of our favorite wedding shower themes to get your creative juices flowing:
Travel / Adventure
Sitcom (ex: The Office, Friends, Parks & Rec, Seinfeld, etc.)
Cheesy (in the best way) games are a classic part of every kind of shower. While they may seem silly to some, they’re great ice breakers and a way to lighten the mood. Here are a few of our favorite wedding shower games:
The Shoe Game — See if the couple is “on the same page” with silly questions via The Shoe Game! With this game you’ll seat both partners back-to-back, have them hold one of each of their shoes, and then the MC will ask questions while the couple raises the partner’s shoe who they believe fits the question.
Find the Guest Bingo — If you’re bringing together lots of strangers, a game of Find the Guest Bingo may be a great idea to get everyone mingling and learning a little more about each other. We know it can be a bit intimidating to plan a wedding shower, but this game will get everyone enjoying each other’s company!
Couple Trivia — Find out who knows the couple best by playing a round of couple trivia! Before the event, come up with 10 – 20 questions about the couple and have them answer in advance. Whomever wins, gets a prize and bragging rights at the wedding!
Date Ideas Jar — For something a little more subtle, have every guest put a date idea into a jar or basket when they arrive. By the end of the event, the couple will have a ton of creative date ideas for their first year of marriage!
Guess the Dress (or outfit!) — Only those who haven’t seen the outfits are allowed to play!
Talk about a bad-a$$ couple! Adam and Diana’s killer wedding at The Houdini Estate is everything we love about Old Hollywood and Havana vibes. We imagine their guests were already feeling special receiving the most rad, themed invitations, and every other detail Tasteful Tatters planned blew us away! If specialty entertainment is on your wedding checklist, you’ll definitely want to see these incredible photos Joe + Kathrina captured of The Budtenders (when in California, are we right?), Mursuli Cigars, Got Paella food truck, and even more. Bonus tip: Rent a vintage convertible for the most epic bridal party and ceremony getaway photos ever! We can’t wait for you to get inspired by every ounce of creativity Adam and Diana’s wedding at The Houdini Estate has to offer. Get scrolling, babes!
I was very fortunate to have an incredible makeup and hair professional. He helped me create a beautiful classic Cuban look. He put waves in my hair and pinned a gorgeous deep red flower on the side. My makeup was a flawless “dewey” look. My dress was custom made at Lace & Liberty. I fell in love with a skirt they had at their boutique. A beautiful vintage inspired, draped, romantic chiffon skirt. I had ideas for the top that they designed for me and combined with the skirt to make a dress. Then I found a killer vintage gold belt with black gems in the center that coordinated with the black diamond engagement ring my husband gave me.
For the ceremony I wore a little vintage inspired caplet I found at BHLDN and for the shoes… it doesn’t get more personalized than this.. I found sparkly gold Converse! I am 6’2″ and my husband is a little over 6’3″, not only do I love comfortable shoes but I also did not want to add any height. They were perfect.
We had so many family and friends coming from all over the world. We wanted to give them a party they’d never forget that was very “us” but also true to California’s uniqueness. The Houdini Estate is absolutely magical, and a perfect homage to old Hollywood. The second we walked up we knew this was it.
Adam exited a classic car and walked into the ceremony to “Welcome To The Terrordome” by Public Enemy. Then our friend did an acoustic live version of Madonna’s “Cherish” as the bridal party walked down. I walked down to Fleetwood Mac’s “Songbird.”
The bridesmaids carried Spanish fans instead of bouquets. Fans that I bought when Adam and I went to Spain for our engagement photos.
My bridesmaids were stunning! I gave them color swatches and let them find their own dresses. I wanted them to find something they loved and was uniquely them. The tallest bridesmaid started with a chocolate brown and the shortest (my 7yr old niece) ended with a light almond color. This was inspired by different shades of coffee, another big thing in Cuban culture. As I mentioned before, they held Spanish fans that I bought in Spain that were gold and copper, they matched perfectly.
Wedding planning advice from the bride: ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF IT. The stress is not worth it. The major thing I wish I would have done differently is start small and grow as the date gets closer. My problem was that I was so excited I planned all these huge things early on and insisted on sticking to them. We ended up blowing our budget and had way more to deal with than we needed to.
When guests arrived to the ceremony they were greeted with champagne and a choice to grab a Panama hat or Spanish fan giveaway. Really wanted our guests to feel like they were stepping into Old Havana. Then each got a custom luggage tag that told them which table, or I should say country, they were sitting at. We love to travel and really wanted that to show in our wedding.
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I feel like our wedding vibe chose us! My family is Cuban (so I was born into good taste), and Adam is a huge movie buff. I loved combining the feel of Old Havana with Old Hollywood. It was the perfect mix of the two of us.
I feel like every inch of our wedding was personalized! I am a Graphic Designer and Adam is a Creative Director / Illustrator. The tables were named after countries where we have visited, either together or before we met. I designed all the table “numbers” myself explaining why each country was special to us. I also designed all the signage placed throughout the venue. Our welcome sign was a beautiful work of art Adam created of us in an old Houdini inspired poster design. Each place setting also had a mini comic book of our love story that Adam illustrated and designed.
We nailed our dance routine. I have never been so proud of us as a couple! On a serious note, my dad is handicap and very ill. We went through a lot to get him to Los Angeles from Houston so he could be with me on our day. I will never forget our Father/Daughter dance. I tear up every time I think about his happy face looking up at me from his wheelchair.
The Budtenders were so unique and huge hit with our guests. We were their first event and they were fantastic!
Our photographers were absolutely amazing. Honestly, I truly believe they saved the day. We had put so much money and effort into planning this gorgeous wedding and of ALL days, Los Angeles decided to rain on OUR day. It never rains in September! I was mortified. If I could go back and change my attitude I would do it in a second, but when you’re in it you really don’t have much control over your emotions. Or at least I didn’t. Joe and Kathrina, from the second they arrived, calmed me down, made me laugh, got those photos that when I look back make me completely forget about the rain. I had my ups and downs during the day but they stuck it out with me. They even drove us down Sunset after the reception to get some photos in our wedding attire at a local classic diner. We ate burgers and drank champagne, they captured our true selves…relaxed and a little tipsy.
Lauren and Steven’s beautiful Casa Cody wedding was full of sunshine, tacos, and dancing…is there anything better?! Kelsey Rae Designs helped the couple bring a New York vibe to the California desert and made it all feel effortlessly chic. Love Her Madly took cues from the Spanish-style venue to create floral arrangements in neutral tones with moody pops of color that added elegance without taking anything away from the inherent charm. To round out the day, the couple served tacos, classic deli staples, ice cream sandwiches, and custom cocktails in a tiny mobile bar, all of which spoke to the couple’s fun-loving (and food-loving!) nature. Photographers Joe+Kathrina captured every moment of this wedding beautifully, especially the couple’s post-ceremony portraits in the windmill-studded desert!
We chose Palm Springs because Lauren‘s family used to vacation there as when she was a kid and because we knew that it would offer such a unique California experience. And finding Casa Cody was love at first sight! We visited a handful of other venues but nothing else compared. It is just a gorgeous, unique, historical property. We wanted to feel like we were hanging out in a backyard full of the people closest to us. We were meticulous in our style choices and wanted to accentuate rather than upstage the natural charm of Palm Springs.
After we said “I do,” we went out into the middle of the desert with our photographers to shoot with the windmills. It was intimate, quiet, and we were really able to embrace each other in the moment before returning to party with our guests at the reception.
We hired Joe+Kathrina after going out for cocktails in NYC. They happened to be on vacation and we immediately knew they were the perfect fit! They were the easiest people to be around, and we honestly feel like we will be friends forever. They also shot our welcome pool party for friends the day before the wedding. Even our friends and family could not say enough good things about them!
Planning your 2019 wedding and looking for that extra something special to make it truly unforgettable? We’ve forecasted 11 2019 wedding trends to incorporate into your table decor, fashion, floral design, reception activities, and more! From our pick for wedding color of the year to the one bridal accessory we just can’t get enough of to the style influence you’re going to want to recreate, your 2019 wedding planning starts here!
The Color Rust
Lovers of the ’70s can celebrate in 2019 because rust is the trending wedding color of the year! Not-quite-burgundy, not-quite orange, the nuanced hue fits right in with two major influences on weddings this year: retro styling and desert vibes. Make a statement with a rust suit or bridesmaids dresses or use it as a pop of color with bouquet ribbon, stationery, or accent florals.
2019 will be remembered as the year of larger-than-life floral design! From giant hanging installations to floor-to-ceiling floral walls, 2019 is the year to let your wedding florist go wild and create something extraordinary and one-of-a-kind.
If you’ve been looking for a venue off the beaten path, may we suggest browsing Airbnb? Rental properties listed on Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway can be a great hack for finding a unique wedding venue that fits your vibe, has a cozy atmosphere, and that hasn’t been used by every couple in town. Note that not every property available for rental is allowed to be used as a wedding, so be upfront about your intentions when reaching out to the owner in order to save yourself a major headache (and tons of fees!) later.
Minimalism may have ruled the wedding design world for the last several years, but in 2019, maximalism is BACK! Dramatic floral installations like we mentioned above, abundant table settings, and plenty of pattern and color will be key in 2019 weddings, so don’t be afraid to get a little (or a lot) extra with your decor. Not sure where to start? Hiring an exceptional and experienced wedding planner will ensure your wedding will look cohesive and stylish, no matter the vibe you decide on!
Not a veil kind of bride? No worries because 2019 weddings are all about brides in hats! Fedoras, Panama hats, and floppy hats made of straw, felt, and wool are the perfect finishing accessory to your boho bridal look.
Not only is Morocco a popular 2019 wedding and honeymoon destination, but couples are getting inspired by the cultural influences of the West African country. A few key styling notes include hanging lanterns, vibrant textiles, star details, lounge areas with plenty of pillows, pampas grass, and desert hues.
We’ve posted about velvet already a few times this winter, but our velvet obsession is just getting started. From major velvet moments like suits and bridesmaids dresses to subtle details like shoes or a ribbon hanging from your bouquet, velvet is a beautiful way to add a touch of texture and luxe to your wedding style.
Gone are the days of strict girls on the left, boys on the right. 2019 is officially the year of gender-neutral wedding parties with people of every gender standing next to the bride(s) or groom(s). The gender of your best buds isn’t nearly as important as their support on your big day. Looking for a catchy name for the friends standing by your side? A few we’ve heard (and became totally obsessed with) include Babes of Honor, I Do Crew, Vow Crowd, and Matrimony Homies!
Forget cater waiters carrying hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour because charcuterie boards are all the rage for 2019 weddings! The DIY approach to appetizers is a great way to create an intimate setting that gets your guests chatting and feeling cozy. Plus, the spreads are seriously gorgeous!
If we were to sum up the 2019 wedding trends in one phrase, it would be attention to detail. No trend illustrates this better than handpainted wedding cakes, which are as delicious to look at as they are to eat! From watercolor flowers to masterpieces of abstract color, this might just be the sweetest trend of the year!
Allison and Eric’s wedding at York Manor proved that you don’t need a lot of frills to have a truly memorable wedding! If this wedding is any indication, all you really need is great food (pizza and donuts, anyone?), killer bride and groom style, and a tarot card reading during cocktail hour to have the best day ever! With a party vibe in mind, Allison, Eric, and their planner from Palm and Pine Events kept the details simple, chose a classic black and white color palette, and let their personalities shine in all the right places. They even combined escort cards and favors into one by ordered personalized cookies from The Cookie Munsters for each guest! Nothing about this wedding was over-the-top but the overall effect was as cool as it was romantic. Photographers Joe + Kathrina knocked it out of the park in capturing every moment of this effortless Los Angeles wedding!
As excited as we were to get married, we fully realized that the day of, more than anything else, was just really a big, fancy party. The most important thing to us was that our guests have a great time, that the food and booze were delicious and quality, and that our wedding was a reflection of us.
We were lucky enough to randomly find the most incredible photographers via Instagram. They are talented photographers and just fantastic people; the kind of people you are dying to be friends with but you’re also ever-so-slightly intimidated by because they’re so damn cool! Joe and Kathrina were one of the absolute best decisions we made about our wedding, without a doubt. Our pictures are even better than we could have imagined they would be.
The money you pay for a planner is the absolute best money you’ll spend. Whether it’s a day-of planner or a full-service planning package, whatever you can do to not stress out and enjoy the day will be one hundred percent worth it. Our planner, Shauna Wise of Palm and Pine Events, was an absolute godsend! Everything went off without a hitch, and we were able to breathe and enjoy every second.
My boss officiated the ceremony because I’ve known him since I started my career (and far longer than she’s known the groom). We kept it short and sweet and, as big fans of equality and justice, added a reading from the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which is a beautiful sentiment about both individuality and marriage: “Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry… marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return, it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations. Without question, civil marriage enhances the ‘welfare of the community.’ It is a ‘social institution of the highest importance.’
Marriage also bestows enormous private and social advantages on those who choose to marry. Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family. Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition.”
Rather than gifting people with something that they would forget to take home, lose, or end up in a donation pile, we figured we would combine the escort card with a little treat — hence, personalized escort card cookies! We got a text the next day saying they’d saved it and had it with lunch and it was delicious.
Our favorite moments of the day were the toasts. They were entertaining and lovely and funny and wonderful. At the beginning of dinner, both our dads got up and welcomed everyone. Allison‘s dad was sappy and sweet and talked about kissing frogs and welcomed Eric into the family. Eric‘s dad told funny stories about Eric as a kid and cracked everyone up. After dinner, the best man and the maid of honor gave their toasts. Eric‘s brother, the best man, told the guests that 10 times out of 10, he’d pick the bride to be on his dodgeball team over the groom. The maid of honor talked about how she and Allison have been through thick and thin together. The toasts have always been the most personal, beautiful moment of a wedding for us, and our friends and family absolutely did not disappoint!