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Bridal Shower Themes For An Unforgettable Celebration

February 28, 2024 | kailey
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Before the big day arrives, there are numerous opportunities to celebrate the bride-to-be. From the engagement party to the bachelorette bash and, of course, the bridal shower, each event holds its own special significance. However, there’s one thing in common that ties them all together—a unique theme.

We’re all about the theme, especially when it comes to bridal showers. Choosing the perfect theme with the bride in mind is key to pulling off the ultimate celebration. If you’ve been designated shower planning duties, here’s a collection of our favorite bridal shower themes to consider that’ll celebrate the bride in style. So relax, no pressure—let’s make this one to remember. 

1. Petals and Prosecco Brunch 

Where are all of our brunch lovers? If you raised your hand, then the ‘Petals and Prosecco’ theme is made for you. Envision a buffet complete with all your brunch favorites like waffles, pancakes, bacon, eggs, and more. Paired with a full mimosa bar, this is a whimsical early-morning bridal shower aesthetic. Further enhance the day with a pop-up bloom bar where guests can create their own take-home floral bouquets. 

2. Scooped Up Ice Cream Social 

“The Bride’s Been Scooped Up” is perfect for celebrating a sweet bride. With a colorful palette and sweet treats galore, this theme is ideal for those looking to have some wholesome fun. Of course, you can’t have an ice cream social without ice cream! Set up a sundae-making station complete with all the toppings, or hire a vintage ice cream cart to make an appearance. 

3. The Bride is on Cloud Nine 

With a wedding coming up, odds are you’re celebrating a bride that’s on cloud nine. With that being said, our next theme is truly the dreamiest. Picture all-white decor, incorporating lots of cloud-inspired decorations. Really lean into the theme by having the bride and guests rock all-white ensembles. 

 

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4. Last Olé Before the Big Day 

Every wedding timeline is different, but a bridal shower is typically one of the last celebrations before walking down the aisle. So, celebrate the last olé before the big day with a fiesta. Tacos, tequila, piñatas, and vibrant Mexican-inspired decor—this theme is fitting for those laidback brides who love to have a good time.   

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5. Vintage Tea Party Bridal Shower Themes

Slip on your gloves and grab your oversized hats. It’s tea time. Serve your bridal shower guests a Bridgerton-style party with finger sandwiches, dainty desserts, and tea with a whole lot of sugar. Rent an event space at a local boutique hotel or transform your backyard into a high tea venue with elegant decor.   

6. The Last Splash Bridal Shower Themes 

What’s the hottest bridal shower theme for those toasty summer soirees? A pool party, of course. Not only is it the ultimate summer party, but it also gives the bride a little break from that dreaded wedding planning stress. Picture guests arriving in their favorite swimsuits for a dip in the pool accompanied by some bride-themed floaties and some pool-side cocktails. 

7. PJ Party 

Get ready to slip into your matching jammies for an old-school PJ party. Cozy up on the couch for a rom-com marathon, or take your bridal shower outside for a movie under the stars. Grab the blankets and pillows, but whatever you do, don’t forget the popcorn and candy. It’s a cozy and heartwarming way to celebrate the bride-to-be. 

8. Love in Bloom Bridal Shower 

For those planning a spring or summer bridal shower, this ‘Love in Bloom’ theme is for you. With warm weather on your side, you can take your celebration outdoors. Transform your back garden into the perfect event space with a sweet banquet-style setup paired with colorful glassware and a whole lot of flowers. 

9. Breezy Beach Bridal Shower 

Host a beachy shower before you sea the bride off to her wedding day. You can go the traditional nautical route, lean more towards boho, or just go full mermaid with an under-the-sea theme. It’s perfect for our ocean-loving brides, especially those who might be prepping for a beach wedding of their own. 

10. Pretty in Pink 

Start by setting the tone with pink invitations. Then go crazy with pink balloon displays, flowers, linens, sweet treats, and even custom cocktails. Instead of sticking to one shade of pink, mix it up with a variety of different hues. Keep in mind you can’t have a pretty in pink party without a dress code—make sure all guests come dressed to impress in their all-pink ensembles. 

 

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11. Black and White Affair 

Looking for an excuse to get dressed up for a fancy meal? Consider this it. Hosting a black and white bridal shower is an elegant and classy choice. Plus, it’s a stunning option for those hosting a night-time celebration—that’s right, your bridal shower doesn’t have to be a daytime affair. With a black-and-white color scheme and formal attire, this will truly be an unforgettable night. 

12. She Found Her Maine Squeeze 

When life gives you lemons, you host a citrus-themed bridal shower. You can go full Amalfi Coast vibes or stick to the traditional lemon-inspired decor. Either way, don’t forget to include a mini lemonade bar. It’s truly a stunning option for spring and summer bridal showers. 

 

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Planning all the events leading up to a wedding, from the engagement party to the bridal shower, can be overwhelming. Each pre-wedding party comes with its own set of challenges. But the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. We’re answering all your bridal shower questions to eliminate any stress and help you pull off the perfect bridal shower for the bride-to-be.

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Wedding Reception Table Ideas + Tips For Deciding What’s Best For Your Big Day

November 10, 2023 | kailey

When planning your wedding, it’s easy to get lost in all the fun details. It can be tempting to dive into dress shopping or fine-tuning your floral arrangements right away. However, it’s important not to overlook the must-haves, such as reception table ideas and chairs. While these might not be the most exciting details to sort out, they significantly impact your design and the overall ambiance of your wedding. 

Selecting tables might seem straightforward, but each unique style comes with its own advantages and disadvantages—which is why we’re putting them all on the table. Whether you’re considering long banquet-style tables or serpentine setups, it’s essential to research your options to find the perfect setting for your wedding style and guest count. We’re here to help you make the right choice for your one-of-a-kind day. 

Round Tables 

Circular tables are a popular choice, and it’s no surprise why. They’re classic and make a timeless addition to just about any wedding reception space. Not only do they make for a stunning decor element, but they also promote conversation. Round tables make it easy for guests to chat with those at their table. Plus– as a crowd favorite–rentals for both tables and linens are easy to hunt down. 

While they are a beautiful choice, they’re not fit for every wedding style and venue. Round tables typically sit between 6-10 people per table. If you have a large guest list, this might not be right for you. For example, if you’re having 200 guests with round tables that seat 10, you would need 20 reception tables. That’s not only expensive but also difficult to fit into some spaces. 

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Square Tables 

If you’re looking for ways to add a unique flair to your reception, square tables might be for you. While they aren’t one of the most popular choices, they sure are a stunning one. They create a cozy atmosphere, have ample room for lush centerpieces, and can easily be configured to optimize your reception space. 

Depending on the size of your tables, each can fit 4-8 guests comfortably. Perfect for smaller events, this option gives your wedding a more intimate feel—your guests are able to mingle more with others at their table. While this is a perk, keep in mind there are some downfalls of choosing this table style. 

Because they are quickly gaining popularity, it’s can be difficult to find rentals for both square tables and linens. Plus, square tables have a lot of empty, unusable space (corners) that’ll take up room in your venue. So, if you’re working with a small reception space and a large guestlist, square tables wouldn’t be your first choice. 

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Wedding Reception Table Ideas: Rectangle Tables 

Another classic option is rectangular tables. This is a popular choice that can be incorporated into any wedding regardless of the style or theme. They are ideal for celebrations with a large guest list, family or buffet-style catering, or for those envisioning long garland centerpieces. Reception tables are also an easy way to add symmetry to your decor. 

Though this table shape offers ample elbow room for both guests and decor, it also restricts conversation. Having guests spread out during meals limits them to only speaking to those in close proximity to them. Keep this in mind when determining your seating arrangements

Long Banquet Tables 

Maybe the thought of separating your wedding guests into groups and creating a seating chart is overwhelming. Maybe you’re just dreaming of all your favorite people being seated together at one table. Whichever it may be, a long banquet table is the solution for smaller celebrations. This is especially true for those hosting an outdoor celebration with unlimited space.  

Long banquet-style tables are an exaggerated version of traditional rectangle setups. Picture one long table stretching the length of your reception space with your table settings and centerpieces perfectly aligned. But keep in mind that these aren’t always the most functional of options. If you have one long table in the middle of your reception space, it can be difficult for guests to move around. They’ll have to walk around the entire table to reach the bathroom, the reception bar, or even the dance floor. 

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Serpentine Tables

You want something different. Your goal for your wedding day is to make a statement, and your reception tables can help you do just that. Instead of sticking with the classic circle or rectangle tables, go for serpentine tables. By piecing together curved tables, you can create a long, winding banquet-style setup. 

It’s no surprise that this isn’t the easiest table option to execute. But with the right vendors by your side and a whole lot of preparation, it’ll pay off in the end. 

King’s Table 

If you’re wanting to feel like true royalty on your big day, consider incorporating a king’s table into your reception space. This is one small rectangular table that seats the couple, their parents, and usually important wedding party members. The catch is that all members are lined up on the same side of the table. 

Sure, this is an elegant–and, for some– less isolating version of a sweetheart table. But it’s not a very intimate option. With all guests sitting on the same side, it limits the amount of conversations that can be had with those sitting at a king’s table. 

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Sweetheart Table 

We are constantly reminding couples to schedule alone time on their wedding day timeline. This is the perfect way to do just that. A sweetheart table is a smaller, often more elaborate dining setup designed for the bride and groom to enjoy some quiet time during dinner. It allows them to savor those precious moments together before hitting the dance floor and celebrating surrounded by loved ones. 

Tips For Deciding What’s Best For Your Big Day

If you thought that your table choices wouldn’t have much of an effect on your wedding, think again. The size and shape of your tables play a large role in both the design and overall feel of your big day. Before you settle on one option, here are a few things to keep in mind: 

  • Keep your venue size and number of guests in mind when deciding on a table shape 
  • Be mindful of the wedding style and vibe you’re trying to create—is it cozy and intimate or large and luxurious?
  • Select tables that can comfortably fit your desired centerpieces. 
  • Revisit your budget before picking your tables. Certain shapes and sizes might be more expensive than others. You’ll want to do a little research on rentals and linen prices before deciding. 
  • You can mix and match different table shapes and sizes. 

Once you have your reception tables and chairs sorted, the real fun begins. It’s officially time to start dressing your tables. We’re talking about centerpieces, table settings, table numbers, etc. 

There are a lot of details to keep track of, and we’re just getting started. How are you expected to keep track of it all? You’re not! That’s why we put together a handy wedding reception table checklist to ensure no detail gets overlooked. 

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Elevate Your Reception Decor With These Wedding Table Settings

October 17, 2023 | kailey

Image by Cristina Velasco. See more of this styled shoot here.

While planning your wedding, getting lost in the big details is easy. Odds are that your mind immediately thinks about your wedding attire, venue, vendors, floral arrangements, etc. While these are crucial, we’re here to remind you that the small details are just as important. This is especially true when it comes to your reception tables. 

Designing your wedding table is like completing an intricate puzzle. You want every detail to piece together beautifully and create a memorable tablescape. You’ll want to play around with different colors, plate shapes, menus, and even centerpieces. If you’re unsure where to start, these wedding table settings will be the inspiration you need to pull off an unforgettable tablescape. 

Colorful Wedding Table Settings

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Bright and Elegant Wedding Table Settings

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Moody and Romantic Table Setting Ideas

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Boho and Tropical Reception Table Settings

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Rustic and Vintage Table Settings

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You can now cross ‘wedding table decor’ off your planning checklist. But that’s just the beginning. Trying to nail every decor detail on your wedding day can be overwhelming. That’s why we put together a wedding reception table checklist to ensure no detail gets overlooked.

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30+ Wedding Table Numbers We Absolutely Adore

July 18, 2023 | kailey

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Wedding table numbers might sound like the smallest and most insignificant detail, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. These wedding must-haves not only add a pop of personality to your table decor but also play a functional role. Think about it: without table numbers, guests would be wandering around aimlessly, searching for their place cards—cue the chaos. 

Thankfully, table numbers have evolved to be as stylish as they are useful. And lucky for you, we have all the inspiration to help get some creative ideas rolling. Here are our favorite wedding table number ideas that’ll help your guests find their seats in style.

Neon Wedding Table Numbers

Acrylic Reception Table Numbers

Image by Thomas Lotero. Table numbers by Blushing Boxwood.  Rentals by Provision Events Texas. Florals by RL Design TX.

Image by Dana Cubbage Weddings. Wedding planning by Design Studio South. Table number by Paper Refinery.

Table numbers by The Ivory Scribe. Image by Will and Co. Wedding venue Chateau Apollo. Styling by Wonderland

Image by Golden & Good. Table numbers by Fig & Olive.

Image by Emily Delamater.

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Table numbers by AlexENZ Designs.

Image by Louise Scott.

Image by Josh Olson.

Paper Wedding Table Numbers

Image by Love Good Images. Stationery by Danger and Moon. Florals by Flowerqueen. Styling by Popup With Style.

Image by Corinna and Dylan. Stationery by Danger and Moon. Styling by Sweet Little Sunday. Florals by Peony N’ Pearl. Wedding venue Grazing Gundaroo.

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Image by Henry Tieu.

Image by Crystal Ann Ward.

Image by Ana Hinojosa.

Image by Vo Photo Co.

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Wooden Table Numbers

Planning a rustic wedding? Wooden table numbers are for you! Even non-rustic weddings get a little bit of charm from numbers lettered onto wooden blocks, so don’t rule them out if your wedding isn’t on a farm!

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Alternative Table Markers

Looking for something totally “you” to identify tables? Forget the numbers and mark each table with another theme. Game of Thrones or Harry Potter houses, favorite book or movie titles, places you’ve visited together, or even your favorite animals all make for fun table number alternatives!

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Framed Wedding Table Numbers

A framed table number gives a polished sense to your wedding design. We especially love hand-lettering directly on the glass of the frame!

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Geode and Agate Slide Table Numbers

Add a pop of color and a modern touch to your reception décor with geode or agate slide table numbers! DIY your own with a metallic Sharpie or shop some of our favorites below.

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Make A Statement With These Unique Wedding Table Centerpieces

May 24, 2023 | kailey

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Don’t underestimate the power your reception table centerpieces have on pulling together your overall wedding design. Acting as the focal point of each table, it’s important to work with your vendors to assemble a table arrangement that’s unique and authentically represents your desired style. You can put your own spin on classic floral arrangements, thrift staple vintage pieces, or create a romantic ambiance with candles—it’s your wedding, your rules. 

Centerpieces come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from tall and dramatic to simple and understated. And no matter which style you’re leaning towards, here are some of our favorite unique wedding table centerpieces you can use as inspiration.

Before diving into our inspiration, here are a few tips for your wedding reception centerpieces: 

  • Keep your decor simple, having too many details can make your reception tables look cluttered and messy
  • Avoid tall centerpieces that block the line of sight of your guests
  • Space out your decor, leaving room for plates and glassware
  • Add personalization with a customized place setting that doubles as a wedding keepsake 
  • Add depth and dimension to your flat tablescapes by using staple pieces that are a variety of different heights

Unique Wedding Table Centerpieces Using Seasonal Blooms And Dried Florals

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Mix-And-Match Vintage Decor To Create A Showstopping Centerpiece

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Geometric Reception Table Centerpieces

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When it comes to your reception tables alone, there are so many details to sort out beyond just your centerpieces. There are table linens, dinnerware, table numbers, place cards–the list could go on and on forever. How are you expected to remember it all? We don’t expect you to. That’s why we created our reception table checklist to make sure you nail every detail and create tablescapes that’ll have your guests speechless. 

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Wedding Grazing Table Round-Up

May 3, 2023 | kailey

Image by Marisa Lyon Photography. Grazing table by Sweet Brie Co.

Your big day is right around the corner, and you want every detail to be absolutely perfect— including the food. After all, food plays such a vital role in creating an unforgettable celebration. But we’re not just talking about the taste. Presentation is just as important as your catering choice. And if you’re fed up with the same repetitive wedding food displays, we totally get it!

To help spice up your reception or cocktail hour, we’re introducing you to one of our favorite trends for food lovers: grazing tables. These masterpieces are a large snack spread complete with a variety of nibbles like cheeses, cured meats, vegetables, fresh fruits, breads, etc. It’s an ideal choice for couples looking for a relaxed and interactive catering option. The perfect touch to any celebration, regardless of your wedding size or budget

Need a little extra inspiration? Get ready to feast your eyes on some of our favorite wedding grazing table displays that your guests will eat up

1. Uniquely Vintage Green Prairie Sod Farms Wedding

Holly and John have always wanted a wedding showcasing classic traditions, like a champagne tower, a multi-tiered piped cake, and a formal church service. But they also loved the idea of adding their own personal spin to the festivities. With that in mind, they set out to create a Green Prairie Sod Farms wedding loaded with vintage charm, meaningful touches, and fun twists on a rustic farm celebration… read more here

Image by Frankie Isabel.

2. Intimate Outdoor Micro Wedding Inspiration

Playing off the historic ruins and medieval gardens of Abbaye d’Aulps, this outdoor micro wedding inspiration shows us how two contrasting elements can beautifully tie into an elegant, cohesive look. Using a vibrant color palette, airy florals, and glittering details, Prune Weddings and a talented team of vendors brought to life a styled shoot by combining old-world charm with modern romantic elements… read more here

3. Vibrant New Orleans Wedding With DIY Galore With Wedding Grazing Table

Chalise and Madeline admittedly love to DIY pretty much everything in their lives, so naturally, their wedding was no exception. Planning a wedding can be equally stressful and exciting, but the couple had a lot of fun bringing their wedding vision to life. With the help of their family and friends, they did an impressive job at crafting a vibrant New Orleans wedding with personalized DIY details galore… read more here

Image by Savanna Sturkie.

4. Wedding Grazing Table With Pizza

Image by Halley Vernon. Grazing table by Canapé & Co.

5. Modern Classic Wedding at The College Hotel in Amsterdam

Bailee and Alex wanted a destination wedding in a place where their close family and friends could explore with them.  They chose Amsterdam–and it was stunning! After accidentally stumbling on The College Hotel while touring multiple venues they didn’t love, they knew it was the perfect place to host their dream day. With the help of expert planner In Style Wedding Management, they pulled off a classic affair complete with avant-garde touches, chic white and gold decor, and a wedding cake–from Lindenhoff Cheeses–made entirely of Dutch cheeses… read more here.

6. Ristic Wedding Grazing Table With Fresh Greenery

Image by Red Berry Photography. Grazing table by Garnish Catering.

7. Four-Day Outdoor Black Bear Ranch Wedding

The days of cookie-cutter weddings are long gone, and we’re seeing more and more couples break free from traditional wedding planning expectations. Cash and Izaac are no exception. During their planning process, they had one goal in mind: create a day that fully aligns with who they are as a couple. And with the help of their talented team of vendors, they nailed every detail–from the boho outdoor ceremony to the reception under the stars… read more here

Image by Emily Klarer.

6. Cleveland Grazing Table for an Intimate Wedding

Images by Marisa Lyon Photography + Associate Photographer: Lauren Kwan Photography + Venue: Holden Arboretum + Grazing Table by Sweet Brie Co + Design & Planning: Em&Me Event Co + Videography: Naomi Benson Photography + Florist: Willow and Sage Flowers + Rentals: PR Rentals + Invitations & Signage: Meg Morrow Stationery and Design + Hair & Makeup: Sarah Delaine Beauty Co. + Dress & Accessories: Ivory & Ash Bridal Styling Studio + Wine: M Cellars Winery + Poptails: Pop Culture CLE

7. Intimate and Luxe Palace Garden Wedding Inspiration

Flourishing wildflowers and crawling greenery combined with regal romantic details—this palace wedding inspiration shows how understated elegance can beautifully blend with opulence to create a modern wedding fairytale. Beth Beresford Photography and a team of talented vendors played off the grand architecture and ornate interiors of the Shrubland Palace. By using creative displays of blooms by The Fleur Girl, the team showcased a nature-meets-luxe vibe… read more here

8. Colorful and Glamorous Backyard Garden Wedding

There’s no denying that the wedding industry has completely transformed over the past couple of years. We went from grand affairs in ballrooms to smaller nuptials in backyards. But just because you’re saying “I do” at your family home doesn’t mean that your day has to be any less extravagant–and Paola and Mario’s backyard garden wedding is proof that it can be as simple or as glamorous as you want… read more here.

Image by Paulina Bichara.

9. Classy and Funky Bread Bar Celebration With Wedding Grazing Table

Free-spirited, colorful, fun, and bursting with personality—Jess and Libby’s Bread Bar wedding was the perfect combination of classy and funky. The couple along–with their planner Kendra Kimball–made sure to tie in their love for family, travel, music, and food into their big day to create an experience where everyone felt special… read more here

Image by Bridget Burnett.

10. Elegantly Ethereal Maine Wedding at Chebeague Island Inn

If simple elegance and Maine wedding vibes are your thing, you’re sure to fall for Elizabeth and Ed’s ethereal day at Chebeague Island Inn! The couple tied the knot in a waterfront ceremony surrounded by their closest loved ones and continued their party with a stunning, tented outdoor reception that featured sweet florals by Lani Toscano Design, charcuterie boards, and so much more. Read more here.

Wedding grazing tables are just one tasty way to add a touch of uniqueness to your cocktail hour or reception. And with food playing such an important role in tying your overall wedding theme together, catering should be at the top of your priority list. If this sounds like you, here’s everything you need to know about wedding catering in one place.

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How To Plan An Unforgettable Post Elopement Party

May 1, 2023 | riley

Elopements have become the norm these days, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. While many couples choose to elope with just the two of them, some opt to throw a post-elopement party to celebrate being newlyweds with friends and family. Whether it’s a grand affair full of food and dancing or a lowkey backyard brunch, there’s no better way to include your loved ones after saying “I do.”

What Is A Post Elopement Party 

You may be wondering, “what is a post elopement party, exactly?” It may look different to everyone, but generally, it’s a way to celebrate tying the knot with those who could not attend the elopement. It’s an opportunity to tell your story of the day as well as share your photos and videos from the day.

The party can be as simple or as complex as you want, and there is no set timeline for the event. If you want to have it a day after your wedding, or you want to celebrate a year later on your anniversary, the choice is yours. 

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Why Have A Post Elopement Party?

Much like an elopement, the choice to have a post elopement party is entirely up to you. There are a whole host of reasons to throw a party for your loved ones to attend. These are some of the most popular reasons couples decide to throw one of these parties:

  • You’re having a destination elopement
  • You don’t want the stress or financial burden of a full-blown wedding or reception 
  • Your adventure elopement was too difficult to attend for some
  • You’re not quite finished celebrating your love 

Tips For Planning A Post Elopement Party

Whatever the reason, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when planning an elopement reception. Although they’re typically smaller than regular wedding receptions, there are a few tips that will make planning that much easier.

1. Announce Your Elopement Beforehand

Rather than send out save-the-dates, consider sending out elopement announcements. If you announce that you already eloped by sending an elopement party invitation, your guests may feel excluded. Avoid hurting the feelings of your party guests by ensuring they find out from you instead of hearing it from someone else or seeing it online. 

Shop elopement announcements: Burnt Orange Bohemian Elopement Inspiration; Simple Modern Elopement Announcement; We Tied The Knot Minimalist Elopement Card; Love Is Patient But We Couldn’t Wait Announcement Card

2. Send Out Elopement Party Invites

Although elopements are pretty popular these days, they’re still not nearly as popular as traditional weddings. Because of this, if your guests receive an elopement party invitation–especially without an elopement announcement–they may confuse it for a regular wedding invitation. You don’t want to offend anyone by having them assume they were only invited to the after-party. 

On the invites, use language such as “You are invited to celebrate the marriage of…” or “We got married. Come celebrate with us!” This will clear up any uncertainty and set guest expectations before the party. You can also include a small message about when you eloped–though this isn’t necessary if you sent out elopement announcements.

If you’re looking to save money, combine your announcements and your party invites. Remember, just ensure that the language makes it clear that you already tied the knot and now is the time to party!

3. Pick A Date

Though this may seem like a small detail, choosing a date will help dictate how you announce the party and how soon you need to do so. For example, if you want to celebrate immediately after you elope, you’re going to want to send out invites in advance to make sure that your guests can attend. 

If you want to wait a bit so that you’ll have photos, videos, and extra time to plan, you may feel a little less rushed. Just remember that there is no right or wrong length of time between the elopement and celebration–it’s entirely up to you.

4. Decide Where You Want To Host It

One of the best parts about hosting a post elopement party is that you can decide how big you want to make it. Because it isn’t a traditional wedding reception, there is no expectation of having a grand sit-down dinner (unless you want to). 

You can have a casual backyard BBQ, an Airbnb fiesta, a garden party, or rent a room at your favorite restaurant for a family-style meal. No matter what you choose, having a post elopement party gives you the ultimate freedom when booking a venue.

5. Don’t Expect Gifts

Many couples stress when it comes to putting together a registry and receiving gifts after eloping. Rather than expect gifts and leave your guests in a predicament, you can include a note on your invites that says something along the lines of, “Gifts are not necessary. However, if you do feel so inclined to contribute to our future, here’s how.” This can include where you’ve registered or a note about cash donations.

Doing so will help you avoid questions about it down the line, plus you take the pressure off of the guests. 

6. Consider Entertainment

Depending on the size of your party, you may want to consider entertainment options. Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to hire a DJ or live musician–but if you want to, go for it. This could be anything from including speeches, showing a video presentation from your elopement, reenacting your first dance, playing games, etc. You’re throwing a party, after all.

Image by Dani Purington

7. You Can Still Have A Ceremony

This may seem a little redundant since you’re already married. However, if you eloped because your family and friends couldn’t attend and you want to include them after the fact, why not have a second ceremony? This gives them the chance to recite poems or other readings, incorporate family traditions you may have missed out on, and more.

8. Wear What You Want

There’s no better excuse to don your wedding attire for a second time than an elopement party. If your celebration is going to be a bit more laid back and you don’t feel comfortable wearing your gown or suit a second time, you can opt for a more casual white dress or a simple button-up and slacks combination. 

Post Elopement Party Ideas

Know that you want to have a party, but not sure just exactly what kind of party you want to throw? Consider one of the following ideas:

  • Traditional wedding-style reception
  • Backyard BBQ
  • Potluck
  • Brunch
  • Airbnb celebration
  • Glamping 
  • Rent a private room in your favorite restaurant
  • Take a day trip to your favorite city

Now that you’re ready to plan your own post-elopement party, check out our elopement picnic tips to celebrate your love–just the two of you.

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10 Tips for Planning an Unforgettable Airbnb Wedding

March 20, 2023 | riley
couple exchanging vows in Airbnb backyard

Image by From Moonlight. See more of this real Airbnb wedding here

Whether you’re searching for something unique for your micro wedding or you just want an unexpected location, Airbnbs make a great venue option. Rental properties offer so many benefits that most traditional wedding venues simply can’t, including a cozy atmosphere, flexibility when it comes to your wedding vendors, and a place to sleep when the party is over. An Airbnb wedding is a great option for couples who want an at-home feel without having to host their wedding in their own home.

Here are our top tips to help make your Airbnb wedding unforgettable:

  • Find an Airbnb that allows weddings
  • Expand your search to include nearby properties
  • Embrace the aesthetic of the home for the overall design
  • Make it your own with a captivating installation
  • Use the entire property for the ceremony and reception

Read on for more important information about these tips and five more tips!

couple embracing in front of tablescape

Image by Avonné Photography. See more of this wedding inspiration here.

1. Find an Airbnb that allows weddings

Before getting your heart set on a location, you need to find rental properties that explicitly state they are available for weddings. Unfortunately, not all properties are. Even if you’re having a micro wedding with just a handful of people, you must ensure that the owner is okay with an event being hosted in their home. If there’s nothing in the description that says weddings or events are allowed, check the house rules of the property. If it’s still unclear, contact the host directly to ask if a wedding is allowed.

Recommended Reading: The Best Airbnb Wedding Venues in Every State

2. Expand your search to include nearby properties

One of the best things about using a rental property for your wedding is that you have the opportunity to rent the house, and the surrounding area as well. Many Airbnb listings that are approved for events have properties that either share outdoor spaces or are close enough so your family and/or wedding party can stay nearby. If you’re planning an elopement–for example–you could find a property with two houses that share a courtyard and rent both–one for you and one for the vendors you might need on hand. If you’re planning a larger wedding, you could find a villa with surrounding bungalows or small homes and rent them all, like a hotel block.

3. Embrace the vibe of the home for your overall design

When you’re searching for an Airbnb to host your wedding, don’t forget to take into account the décor and the vibe of the home to make sure it matches your style–or the style you want to create. Then lean in and fully embrace it for your big day. You’ll save so much time and money by using what’s already there. If you love the idea of a formal dinner party, try to find a home with a grand dining room to which you can add an elegant tablescape design. If you’re more of an outdoorsy couple, take the party outside and use the natural landscape as your backdrop.

4. Make it your own with a captivating installation

Even if you decide to use the existing decor in the house, we highly recommend that you add your personal flair with an eye-catching installation. Some examples are a beautiful ceremony arch, a floral installation, or even a light installation over the reception tables. It doesn’t need to be extravagant. You just want to add something memorable to reflect your personal style and to make the space feel more like “you.”

Image by Sadi Brooke

5. Use the entire property for the ceremony and reception

One way to make the most of your Airbnb is to use all the indoor and outdoor space you can. For example, you could set up the ceremony in the backyard and have the reception in the dining room. Or, you could reverse it and set up the ceremony in a cozy living area and party alfresco style. Don’t be afraid to get creative and use as much space as possible so guests feel like they have room to move. And don’t forget to make sure there are plenty of pretty backgrounds for your couple portraits–indoor or outdoor.

6. Ask if the host has a list of recommended vendors

Some rental properties, especially large ones that host a lot of events, have a list of vendors they’ve worked with in the past. It’s a great idea to ask the host if they have vendors they trust who specialize in rental property weddings.

couple with mobile bar car in desert

Image by Aimlee Photography. See more of this real elopement here.

7. Hire a mobile bar

One trend we’re totally in love with–and is ideal for home weddings–is a mobile bar. It’s compact, convenient, and cute, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. A mobile bar takes up very little space and allows you to hire everything you need for the bar all with one company.

8. For larger weddings, consider extra facilities to keep everyone comfortable

When researching properties, one very important thing that most people forget is the facilities. Are there enough restrooms to accommodate your guest list? If not, you should consider supplementing with rentals. There are so many options for upscale portable toilet trailers that provide a comfortable experience, including lighting, mirrors, sinks, and—most importantly—more space than traditional port-o-potties.

You can even add a personal, homey touch by adding a small amenities kit to each bathroom with breath fresheners, Band-Aids, hand sanitizer, cotton balls, and safety pins. Trust us, this will save a lot of headaches on the day of–and some potential fees after checkout!

9. Ask friends and family to stay with you

If you’re having an intimate wedding, one way to make it feel extra special–and take advantage of the unique rental property venue–is to ask your closest friends and family to stay with you the night before the wedding. This would be a great opportunity for one last girls’ or guys’ night, or to spend some quality time with a group of family you might not get to see all the time.

10. Don’t be afraid to go big or small

When people think of Airbnb weddings, they usually think of intimate celebrations. However, there are so many large properties for rent these days. So, whether you want an elopement-style wedding day with just you and your witnesses or you want a huge affair with all your family and friends, you can certainly find a rental property to accommodate your vision.

Ready to book your Airbnb wedding? Check out the best Airbnb wedding venues in every state!

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Use This Wedding Reception Table Checklist for Stress-Free Styling

March 5, 2023 | kailey

Image by Lina Dambrauskas. See more of this real wedding here.

Trying to nail every decor detail on your wedding day can be quite the undertaking—cue the stress. Between the ceremony, the cocktail hour, and the reception, it’s safe to say your hands are probably getting pretty full. That’s why we put together a handy wedding reception table checklist to ensure no detail gets overlooked. 

From standard decor to traditional place settings, we’ve got you covered with every item you could possibly need (or want) for your reception tables. 

Wedding Reception Table Checklist 

Essential Decor 

During the wedding planning process, it’s easy to get lost in all of the exciting details. That’s why we’re starting our checklist with the essentials. Though these aren’t the most fun elements to sort out, they tend to be statement pieces that play an integral role in your wedding reception. Here are the standard decor pieces you should plan before diving into your decor. 

Image by The Tinsley Co.

Place Setting Details 

Now it’s time to talk about dinnerware essentials. This is an important detail, especially for those planning a formal sit-down meal. 

  • Place setting cards & holders 
  • Charger plates — decorative base plates that sit beneath your dinner dishes 
  • Dinner plates 
  • Salad plates 
  • Flatware — salad fork, dinner fork, steak knife, butter knife, teaspoon, soup spoon, cake fork
  • Glassware — water glass, wine glass, champagne flutes 
  • Napkins & napkin rings
  • Printed menus 

Centerpieces 

Now that the essentials have been taken care of, it’s time for the real fun to begin—planning your decor. To give your tables a focal point, start with centerpieces. Work with your florist to plan and create arrangements that’ll enhance your overall reception design. This can be done with fresh blooms or even greenery garlands. The possibilities are absolutely endless. 

Are flowers or greenery not part of your vision? Skip them and mix and match different accent pieces to create the ultimate centerpieces. 

Accent Decor 

When centerpieces are taken care of, you can then dress them up with accent decor. These items can be rented, thrifted, or even purchased online at stores like Amazon. Though they tend to be small details, they’ll greatly impact your overall look. Here are a few accent decor ideas that’ll get your creative juices flowing. 

  • Tall or short vases
  • Wine or vintage bottles 
  • Mood lighting — taper candles, tealight candles, lanterns
  • Candlestick holders 
  • Geometric pieces
  • Terrariums
  • Books or book pages 
  • Globes 
  • Fruit
  • Shells
  • Driftwood
  • Wood rounds
  • Antlers 
  • Geodes or crystals

After running through this checklist, every detail regarding your reception tables should be complete. And while you’re one step closer to the big day, there are still a few details that need to be sorted out. One of those important details being the sweetheart table—a two-person set up solely for the newlywed couple. 

If this is something you’re incorporating into your reception design, check out these gorgeous ideas for styling your sweetheart table. From chair styles to decor inspiration, we cover it all.

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Wedding Wedges That Are Stylish And Comfortable

January 19, 2023 | morgan

Struggling to find a pair of comfortable shoes for your wedding day? We’ve got you covered. Our collection of wedges is full of options that are both stylish and comfortable–something that is an absolute must for your special day. From classic white to colorful multi-colored options to sparkles that will catch the light just right, these wedding wedges are sure to be the wedding shoes of your dreams (all without hurting you).

Wedding Wedges

White Wedges

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Journee Collection Kailee Wedge Sandal; Guess Bacio Sandal; Aquazzura Twisted Leather Wedge Sandals; Journee Collection Connor Wedge; Betsey Johnson Troy Wedge Sandal; Sam Edelman Merrick Wedge Sandal

Black Wedges

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Eileen Fisher Mime Nubuck Wedge Sandal; Kurt Geiger London Shoreditch Wedge Espadrilles; Schutz Filipa Wedge Sandal; Dolce Vita Gemini Ankle Strap Wedge; Mix No. 6 Prunela Wedge Pump; Journee Collection Connor Wedge

Blue Wedges

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Zodiac Rita Wedge Sandal; Unisa Nietra Slide Sandal; Journee Collection Baylen Wedge; Journee Collection Ayvee Wedge; Melissa Darling Wedge Sandal; Naturalizer Bristol Wedge Ankle Strap Sandal

Red Wedges

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UGG Yarrow Espadrille Wedge; Kate Spade Meena Wedge; Journee Collection Santorynn Wedge Sandal; Marc Fisher Rollo Sandal; Journee Collection Loucia Wedge; Cole Haan Grand Ambition Addison Flatform Wedge

Colorful Wedges

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Veronica Beard Dali Lucite Wedge; BP. Raquelle Wedge Sandal; Topshop Roco Strappy Wedge; RAYE Estela Wedge; Maeve Square-Toe Mules; Jessica Simpson Cadilyn Wedge

Neutral Wedges

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Biava Natural Suede Wedge Sandals; Sanctuary Wilder Platform Wedges; Katy Perry The Irisia Strappy Wedges; Melissa Darling Wedge Sandals; Dirty Laundry Trighton Platform Sandals; Nine West Halora Platform Wedge

Metallic Wedges

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Anne Klein Genova Wedge Sandals; Stuart Weitzman Aleena Wedge; Jessica Simpson Tadria Platform Wedge Sandal; Steve Madden Tovy Wedge Sandal; Paradox London Jacey Wedge; Jewel Badgley Mischka Laurence Wedge Sandal

Not sure if wedges are right for you? We know that although it’s a small detail, choosing the right shoe can feel nearly impossible. For even more options, check out these wedding shoes for every style!

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