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Cozy And Intimate One Eleven East Wedding

October 2, 2022 | justine

Hannah and Patrick had been looking forward to getting married, but the pandemic got in the way. After rescheduling three times, the pair didn’t want to wait any longer, so they tied the knot over Zoom. When the time was finally right, they decided to move forward with a second celebration with all of their closest loved ones! Set in a historic urban loft, their cozy One Eleven East wedding boasted artful florals and greenery, a pared-down color palette, and thoughtfully minimalistic touches.

Complete with exposed white brick walls, high ceilings, and beautifully arched windows, One Eleven East was the perfect blank canvas for their celebration. The candle-lined aisle that led to the altar–adorned with lush floor arrangements–instantly warmed up the space. And the understated decor brought the focus onto the couple during the ceremony. The same romantic and intimate vibe carried over to their reception and into the tablescape, which featured low arrangements, lots of candles, and black and gold settings that popped against beige linen. And, of course, we have to mention the champagne wall and a chic lounge in the outdoor courtyard. 

If you’re looking for ideas to pull off a spectacular event that evokes modern elegance and cozy vibes, this One Eleven East wedding has all the elements you’re looking for. Scroll through these gorgeous images captured by Junebug member Sam Hugh Photography to see the details up close.

The Couple:

Hannah and Patrick

The Wedding:

One Eleven East, Hutto, Texas, United States

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How Their Cozy One Eleven East Wedding Came To Be

The most important part of wedding planning was ensuring our guests had a good time. Due to the lockdown, we had to push our wedding date back three times. We ended up having a virtual wedding via Zoom in October 2020. We had our sequel wedding two years later, in 2022, and at this point, we just wanted to party with our friends and family. For years I knew I wanted to get married at One Eleven East. The historic building was built in 1893, and its simple design was the perfect canvas. We wanted everything to be cohesive, warm, and well-layered, and I think we achieved just that!

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Advice: Don’t Be Afraid To Change Or Skip Traditions

Your wedding is unique to you. You don’t have to follow outdated traditions or do everything by the book. We sent out our invitations via Paperless Post, we didn’t have a bridal party, and we read our vows to each other the following day in bed with a cup of coffee. 

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Working With Junebug Member Sam Hugh Photography

We wanted someone who could capture candid moments artfully, and Sam Hugh Photography did just that. Working with Sam was such an easy and wonderful experience. Patrick and I didn’t only get gorgeous photos from Sam, but we also made a great friend. We can’t recommend him enough.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sam Hugh Photography
Event Planning – Events by Leslie
Venue – One Eleven East
Floral Design – Ida Mayes Floral
Catering – The Peached Tortilla
Cake – Feathers and Frosting
DJ – Dart Collective
Invitation Design – Isidore and Augustine
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Makenzi Laine
Wedding Dress – Mikaella
Bridal Accessories – Mejuri
Groom’s Apparel – Canali
Rings – Margot Wolf
Rentals – Bee Lavish Event Rentals
Linen – Whim Rentals

 

Congratulations to Hannah and Patrick on their cozy and intimate One Eleven East wedding. And a special thank you to Junebug member Sam Hugh Photography for capturing and sharing their special day with us. To see more of his work, be sure to check out his profile in our directory of talented photographers from around the world.

Many couples want an intimate feel on their wedding day, even with a large guest list. From setting up cozy spaces to playing with warm lighting—there are ways to create a relaxed and romantic atmosphere where you can both feel truly yourselves with the people you love.

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Italian Garden Party Meets Chic Modern Elopement

October 1, 2022 | justine

The pandemic changed the wedding world as we knew it, but many couples have embraced it and found the silver lining. For Maddy and Max, it meant having the opportunity to steer from tradition and focus on quality time and fabulous portraits. With that in mind, the couple skipped the big elaborate wedding in favor of an intimate multi-day affair. And even though they decided to forgo a wedding planner, they pulled off an unforgettable and chic modern elopement that was anything but cookie-cutter. 

Following an unconventional timeline, they kicked off the occasion with a garden party surrounded by their closest loved ones. They enjoyed an Italian meal at an intimate setting featuring a vibrant tablescape of lush summer florals, taper candles, and gilded accents. The next day, the pair headed downtown for a beautiful courthouse ceremony overlooking the San Diego Harbor. They ended their two day celebration with a bang, driving their vintage Cadillac to a rooftop garage for celebratory champagne and the most breathtaking sunset and city skyline portraits.  

Right off the bat, the pair put a unique spin on their wedding weekend. And despite it being a small and private celebration, it was definitely high on style. So scroll through and soak in every little detail. Junebug member Ash Gabes Photography was behind the camera to capture this chic modern elopement. 

The Couple:

Maddy and Max

The Wedding:

San Diego Courthouse, California, USA

Setting Priorities For Their Chic Modern Elopement

Before we planned anything, we picked the three important things to us—family, food, and fun. The most important thing for us was putting our family first. We wanted to ensure everyone from all over the United States, and Australia could make it safely. After we knew the family was taken care of, our next focus was our party. We hired a private chef who we created an Italian five-course menu with. We knew we’d be happy if our family was there and we ate good food. We also wanted it to be easy and comfortable for everyone, so we made choices that would make our lives easier on the day of, such as using a chauffeur instead of driving ourselves from location to location. And lastly, we chose vendors we trusted to do their own thing and gave them creative freedom. We’re proud that we planned this all by ourselves and could see our vision come to life.  

Driving Around The City In A Cadillac Convertible Was The Most Memorable Part

Driving around one of our favorite cities in a vintage convertible Cadillac with love songs playing right after our ceremony was one of the highlights of our wedding weekend. It felt so surreal that we kept having to squeeze each other’s hands. Some of our favorite photos are the selfies we took in the backseat with the cheesiest grins.

Cookie Giveaways Customized Into Their Favorite Things

We had custom cookies designed by Mel at Sorry Mom Bakery. I gasped when I saw them. We had submitted a few ideas along with our wedding stationery and let her do the rest. They were delicious and included some of the cities we lived in (San Diego, New Orleans, and Brisbane), our signature cocktails, and our dogs. I liked the idea of having an edible gift our family could enjoy immediately.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Ash Gabes Photo
Ceremony Venue – San Diego Courthouse
Floral Design – Golden Sol Floral Co
Makeup Artist – Kendal Lopez
Hair Styling – Kaelyn Christine
Wedding Dress – Lovely Bride
Groom’s Apparel – Indochino
Rentals – Hostess Haven + Adore Folklore + Signature Rentals

 

Congratulations to Maddy and Max on their Italian garden party meets chic modern elopement. And a special shoutout to Junebug member Ash Gabes Photography for capturing all the moments and details that made their celebration one for the books. To see more of her talent, be sure to check out her profile in our directory of photographers from around the world

Whether you go for a more traditional route, or want to add unconventional twists to your celebration, have a day that truly represents who you and your partner are. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to spark inspiration!

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Cozy L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel Wedding With Pops Of Color

September 28, 2022 | justine

Looking forward to life after the pandemic, Nathaniel and Gabriel were ready to celebrate and share their love with family and friends. Their vision was clear–a wedding that was intimate, fun, and colorful. A true reflection of who they are as a couple. Set in a charming historic inn filled with timeless details and unexpected pops of color, their personalities shone so fabulously at their L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding.

Their venue made for the most romantic setting for their celebration, with its wooden rafters, white stone walls, and speakeasy vibe. All that was needed for the ceremony were florals on gold stands to mark the spot for their vow exchange. For the reception that followed, colorful taper candles in glass containers illuminated the tablescape of delicate florals and greenery. Meanwhile, the canopy of fairy lights gave the space a cozy and dreamy glow. 

To top it all off, the two grooms looked sharp in their stylish contrasting suits while taking a stroll through cobblestone streets for their portraits. See every detail and moment up close and gush over these beautiful images captured by Sarah Dagenais Photo. If old-world elegance combined with modern touches and splashes of color is your thing, then this is the perfect wedding inspo for you.

The Couple:

Nathaniel and Gabriel

The Wedding:

Auberge Saint Gabriel, Montreal QC

Advice From The Couple: Start Planning Early To Give Yourselves Time To Find The Right Vendor Team

Our biggest piece of advice when it comes to wedding planning would be to start early. It was very important for us to choose vendors we connected with and whose style we truly admired and felt best reflected us. It likely would not have been possible to work with our vendor team if we didn’t start the process early on.

Personalizing Their Ceremony By Having A Close Friend Officiate

We wanted our wedding to represent us and our relationship, and we felt like the ceremony reflected who we are as individuals and as a couple. We had to choose an officiant who knew us equally and could speak about us as individuals and as a couple. We asked a very close friend of ours who has known us for about four years, and it could not have been more perfect. In addition, we each wrote our own vows and were able to share with our guests special memories and moments of our relationship throughout the years. 

Their L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel Wedding Truly Reflected Their Style And Love Story

We feel very proud that we made most of the planning decisions on our own. We were fortunate to have input from our families and friends and help from our amazing planner, but all of the final choices were ours to make. This allowed us to create an entire day and evening that fully reflected our style and relationship, and we did not feel we had to compromise on any aspects of the event.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sarah Dagenais Photo
Event Planning – Le Coeur Bohème
Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering – L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel
Floral Design – Cristina Kisil
Cake – Bernice Boulangerie
DJ – Deep Waters Events
Videography – Beau Video
Makeup Artist – Andrew Ly
Hair Styling – Miryam Fortin
Groom’s Apparel – Ryan & Rose

 

Congratulations to Nathaniel and Gabriel on their cozy L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel wedding. Many thanks to Sarah Dagenais Photo for capturing every detail and moment that made this celebration unforgettable. And , of course, thank you to planner Le Coeur Bohème for sharing their gorgeous celebration with us.

Wedding venues come in all shapes and sizes, and there are lots of fun and creative ways to make your chosen space seem cozy and intimate. From creating the perfect ambiance through lighting to setting up a comfy lounge area, be sure to check out our guide for simple additions that’ll leave your guests impressed with the thoughtful and personal touches.

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Naturalistic Autumn Wedding Inspiration Shoot

September 27, 2022 | justine

Falling leaves, vivid sunsets that linger, rich tones, and lots of layering textures—autumn turns the mundane into something magical. But autumn does more than set a stunning scene. It also evokes a feeling. Inspired by fall in the Cape Winelands, planner Denicke Cronjé of The Grand Botanist collaborated with a team of talented vendors to bring this dream theme to life with foraged dried grape vines, a warm color palette, and lots of creativity and imagination.

Surrounded by picturesque mountain views, Olijvenkraal was the unique setting for this styled shoot. An eye-catching arch covered in overgrown fall foliage and fresh blooms was the focal point for the ceremony at the olive grove open-air marquee. Meanwhile, the glass-enclosed venue overlooking the vineyards was the perfect blank canvas for the reception. Scattered fall leaves drew the eye to the elegant tablescape of warm-toned lush florals, gilded accents, and a luxurious mix of candles. Tying everything together was the overhead cascading canopy of thick fall leaves and crystal pendants.

The enchanting vibe carried over to the couple’s attire—with the groom looking dapper in a classic tux and the bride adding a subtle touch of drama to her elegant wedding dress with a flowy cape. Looking for ideas for your fall celebration? If you are drawn to all the rich hues of the harvest season, this autumn wedding inspiration is for you, so get ready to swoon. These beautiful images captured by Grace Charlotte Photography are guaranteed to sweep you off your feet.

The Planner’s Thoughts On This Autumn Wedding Inspiration

The autumnal Cape Winelands setting inspired this styled shoot. We foraged dried grape vines from the surrounding wine farm and used them as inspiration for the overall aesthetic of the tablescape and floral design. This setting is for a modern yet naturalistic couple. We wanted to create an intimate setting that still felt festive and celebratory. We focused on key elements that make a significant impact and become the focal elements of the space. It’s an updated alternative to the bohemian earth-toned “pampas” weddings that have dominated over the past few seasons.  

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Grace Charlotte Photography
Event Planning + Floral Design – The Grand Botanist
Ceremony Venue – Olijvenkraal
Cake – The Sweetart Cakery
Makeup Artist – Skoonlief Beauty
Wedding Dress – Bo & Luca
Groom’s Apparel – Paarl Suit Hire
Rentals – Grand Room Design

 

Thank you to Grace Charlotte Photography for capturing this naturalistic autumn wedding inspiration. And, of course, shoutout to planner Denicke Cronjé of The Grand Botanist for sharing this gorgeous styled shoot with us. 

Whether you put together a seasonal color palette, set the tone with your themed invitations, or match the signature cocktails to the rest of the decor—take your celebration to the next level with these cozy ideas for a stunning autumn affair.

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Florals Star In This DIY White Aspen Creative Micro Wedding

September 25, 2022 | justine

Despite their small guest list, Paige and Joey’s White Aspen Creative micro wedding was big on style and unique details. With a creative display of florals, a muted monochromatic color palette, and fashion-forward attire, their stunning celebration was the perfect blend of romantic boho with luxe textures and western charm. And thanks to their planner Curated Mess Co. and talented vendor team, they took the couple’s unconventional ideas and brought their dream day to life!

Complete with vaulted ceilings, an all-white interior, and expansive windows—the cathedral-style space allowed the details to stand out. The scene was set for a heartfelt vow exchange with Louis ghost chairs, a braided jute aisle runner, and a statement backdrop of dried foliage and fresh blooms. After their ceremony, the celebration continued on the outdoor patio. Their reception featured sweetheart peacock chairs and gorgeously styled tables with earthy decor and textured arrangements. Mixed candles and overhead string lights set the cozy mood. 

On top of the stunning setting, the pair’s wedding attire was the standout feature of the day. The groom perfectly matched the vibe with his beige suit with flower embellishments on the shoulders, while Paige was decked in head-to-toe florals. She looked ethereal in her floral print off-the-shoulder gown and accessorized it with a flower crown. Dawn Photo captured every must-see detail that made this celebration unforgettable. So keep scrolling for inspiration that you can quickly pin to your vision board.

The Couple:

Paige and Joey

The Wedding:

White Aspen Creative, Bend, Oregon, United States

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Creating A Cohesive Theme And Setting The Tone Through Their DIY Stationery And Signage

Joseph is an illustrator, so he made our vow books, officiant book, save the dates, invitations, and menus. We got to express our story and who we are through illustration and continue the themes of our special day through our branding. An example is Joseph’s nickname for me is “Buggy.” So that was the inspiration behind his beetle design that was in our stationery and signage.

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How Their White Aspen Creative Micro Wedding Came To Be

It was a no-brainer for us to book at White Aspen Creative. It’s the perfect size for a micro wedding. The space is bright and airy, and being in Bend, Oregon, the outdoor areas are also beautiful. We wanted to go off-site to take some of our photos. And we only had to go five minutes up the road to find the most gorgeous, scenic spot.

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Advice From The Newlyweds: Make Your Wedding Your Own

We didn’t feel like we needed to follow any rules, and we stuck to that. We kept a few traditions we liked and scrapped anything that didn’t excite us. The whole day felt like a dream. Seeing everything come together had us so stoked. Then, of course, the actual getting married part was pretty rad. At the end of the day, that was all either of us cared about. Our advice is to have fun with it and stay true to what you and your partner want. Don’t think that you need to follow any rules. And finally, enjoy this special time in your life, even if things get stressful, and don’t lose sight of what the day is all about.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Dawn Photo
Event Planning – Curated Mess Co.
Venue – White Aspen Creative
Floral Design – Noble Floral Co.
Catering – Dakota Eats
Officiant – Sam Esbin
Live Music – Ian Crawford
Invitation Design – Joseph Thunder Brubeck
Makeup Artist – Kate Hannah Artistry
Wedding Dress – Rue de Seine
Bridal Accessories – Opal Milk
Groom’s Apparel – ASOS
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Gigi Pip + PS Kaufman
Rings – Lauren Wolf Jewelry + Honey and Goldies
Rentals – Great Jones + The Party Place + Heirlooms and Co.

 

Congratulations to Paige and Joey on their White Aspen Creative micro wedding. And a big thank you to Dawn Photo for capturing all the beautiful details and moments and for sharing them with us. 

Couples like Paige and Joey are becoming much more intentional about what they choose to incorporate into their celebration, opting for unique ideas and designs that will truly reflect how they envision their big day. And with the right team of vendors, there’s truly no limit to creativity in achieving a stunning wedding aesthetic!

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Monochromatic Bonneville Salt Flats Wedding

September 24, 2022 | justine

After spending a lot of time camping out in Utah’s mountains and deserts together, Izzy and Colby fell in love in the outdoors. Their love story came full circle when they decided to tie the knot at the same places where they fell in love. With a Church of Dirt intimate ceremony and a Bonneville Salt Flats wedding reception, they couldn’t have chosen a more magical setting with the best outdoor views for their “I dos”! And not only that, their two-day celebration featured stunning lush florals, a chic monochromatic palette, and a dreamy ethereal vibe.

Wanting Utah’s natural beauty to shine, the couple incorporated subtle, yet show-stopping details. . A white aisle runner led all the way down to a flower-filled rustic arch that perfectly framed the moment they exchanged their vows. The following day’s reception was set against a landscape of glittery salt under a dreamy vanilla sky. In keeping with the theme, the gorgeous affair featured earthy decor, luxurious florals, and a clear tent draped in fairy lights

Even with the remote locations, the couple pulled off the wedding they’d always envisioned. And it all came together seamlessly, thanks to their trusted vendor team. If you love the thought of spreading out the festivities, scroll through these fabulous images captured by Nicole Kirshner Photography. This Bonneville Salt Flats wedding is full of ideas to inspire your own dream celebration.

The Couple:

Izzie and Colby

The Wedding:

Park City, Utah, United States of America

Photographer’s Insights On This Bonneville Salt Flats Wedding

Izzy and Colby celebrated their wedding for two days. On the first day, they had the ceremony at Park City’s hidden little gem called Church of Dirt. It’s a city-owned spot that’s private and secluded, and the only way to reserve the date you want is by signing up at the location itself. The couple had to snowshoe there, carve their names on a wooden board, and add them to the pile. The following day was the reception at the Salt Flats. They truly went above and beyond, bringing everything out there. Izzie’s dad camped out overnight to reserve the perfect spot. They rented a giant tent with fairy lights and partied the night away under the stars.

How Their Bonneville Salt Flats Wedding Came To Be

Colby and I spent countless days and nights exploring and camping together in Utah’s mountains and deserts. The locations of our ceremony and reception hold such a special place in our hearts. It was our dream to be married and celebrate this love of ours in the same places where we fell in love. It was perfect!  

They Had An Unplugged And Adults-Only Ceremony

I took creative control over how things would run. It’s important to remember that it is your and your partner’s day, not anyone else’s. We had a very limited guest list, just our families. To keep our ceremony running smoothly and uninterrupted, we had an adults-only and unplugged ceremony so that they could actually enjoy the experience with us. 

The Florals And Lighted Reception Tent Tied Everything Together

Our florist Braiden Taylor absolutely nailed our vision for the florals, and they were one of my favorite aspects of the wedding. Our all-time favorite would have to be the giant tent made of fairy lights that my family set up on the salt flats for our reception. It was the coolest reception we’ve ever seen in our lives. We received many compliments and questions about it.

Advice: Work With An Experienced And Trusted Photography And Videography Team

Being a wedding photographer myself, I’d have to say that investing in your vendors is so important. The most important, in my opinion, are the photos and videos. Because we prioritized these, we get to relive the best day of our lives. Finding and investing in a professional, creative, and talented team of photographers and videographers is the most important advice I would give a newly engaged couple.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Nicole Kirshner
Event Planning – Lys Blanc Co.
Ceremony Venue – Church of Dirt
Reception Venue – The Bonneville Salt Flats
Floral Design – Ivie Floral Co.
Cake – Sugar Bee Weddings
DJ – Branden Estrada
Videography – Bailey Reese Visuals
Invitation Design – Minted
Makeup Artist – Beauty With Jocelyn
Hair Styling – Presley Perkins
Wedding Dress – OffWhite Bride
Bridal Accessories – BHLDN
Bridesmaid’s Apparel – Nordstrom
Groom’s Apparel – Banana Republic
Groom’s Party Apparel – ASOS
Rings – EastWest Gem Co + Marrow Fine + RingBear
Rentals – Rocky Mountain Rental + Rent Event Utah

 

Congratulations to Izzy and Colby on their monochromatic Bonneville Salt Flats wedding. And big thanks to Nicole Kirshner Photography for capturing every gorgeous detail and swoon-worthy moment this lovely couple will cherish for the rest of their lives.

You’ve probably heard married couples say that their wedding passed in a flash, and it does. That’s why more couples are now choosing to extend their celebrations, allowing for more quality time spent with loved ones. And of course, more beautiful pictures. Planning a multi-day wedding can be daunting, but it will be so worth it.

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Everything You Need To Know About Planning A Mexico Destination Wedding

September 22, 2022 | riley

Image by Raw Shoots. See more of this real wedding here

Mexico destination weddings have always been popular, but they seem to be all the rage these days. And we understand why. The country boasts beautiful coastlines, lush jungles, colorful cities, ancient architecture, and luxurious 5-star resorts. Not to mention the delicious food, vibrant culture, and delicious drinks. But there’s a lot to know when planning one.

From choosing the right time of year to tie the knot to ensuring that you’re legally married, we’re putting together everything you need to know about planning your own getaway “I do’s.”

Top Cities For A Mexico Destination Wedding

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is located on the tip of Baja California, and is by far one of the most popular Mexico destinations for a wedding. That’s because it has a vast array of white sand beaches, impressive coastal landscapes, stunning desert scenery, and high-end resorts. 

Puerto Vallarta

Situated on the west coast of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is the perfect destination for adventure lovers. If you and your significant other are big nature fans and love things like zip lining, bungee jumping, and exploring rushing waterfalls, this may be the place for you.

Cancun

Cancun sits in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is home to a large and easy-to-navigate international airport–making it one of the most accessible destinations to fly into. The city has the same white sandy beaches you’d expect to find, but it’s also known for its Mayan ruins and nightlife scene–aka, it’s the best place to go if you’re looking for a party.

Image by Luxart Wedding Studio. See more of this real wedding here

Tulum

There’s a good chance you know at least one person who has tied the knot in Tulum. That’s because it has quickly become one of the most common Mexico wedding destinations over these past few years. It’s not hard to see why. It boasts incredibly blue waters, chic boutique hotels, incredibly delicious restaurants, and ancient Mayan ruins. Only downside? It’s about a two-hour drive from the Cancun airport.

San Miguel de Allende

For an authentic city experience, consider San Miguel de Allende, located in the Colonial Highlands region. The vibrant city is complete with a rich wine scene, colorful buildings, endless markets and artisans, and arguably some of the best food you will ever have in your life. 

Best Time Of Year For A Mexico Destination Wedding

Because Mexico is a tropical destination, it’s crucial to time your wedding correctly to avoid hurricane season. This rainy season usually takes place from June to October. This means the chance of your ceremony getting rained out is pretty high. However, tropical destinations usually only receive rainfall for 1-2 hours at a time.

To get the best weather possible, consider January through early May. Because the weather is so beautiful this time of year, this is known to be peak season, which can lead to higher prices. You want to be mindful of this when putting together your destination wedding budget

Image by Nahuel Aseff. See more of this real wedding here

FAQs

What Does A Mexico Destination Wedding Cost?

Much like every other wedding, the cost of your wedding will vary depending on your venue, vendors, etc. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000. While many assume that a destination wedding is more expensive, Mexico destination weddings actually tend to be cheaper than the average wedding in the US–which is about $30,000.

Why is this the case? Many resorts in Mexico are all-inclusive. This means you pay a flat price for the venue, catering, bar, wedding cake, music, etc. 

What Costs Should You Cover For Your Guests? 

One of the benefits of having a destination wedding is that it naturally trims your guest list. That’s because–typically–the couple tying the knot is not in charge of covering any costs for the guests. This means they are responsible for booking their own hotel, airfare, etc. However, we suggest booking a hotel block so that they get a discounted rate and are near all the fun, though this isn’t mandatory. Do what fits best for your budget, but don’t be surprised if some people can’t make it for financial reasons.

When Should You Send Out Save The Dates & Invites?

When planning a destination wedding, it’s important to send out your save the dates as soon as possible. Ideally, this would fall about eight to twelve months before your big day. Invitations should then follow about six months before your wedding. This gives your guests plenty of time to book their flights and lodging.

When Should You Begin Booking Your Vendors?

As with any wedding, the further out you book your vendors, the better. If you’ve had your eye on a particular vendor for a while, reach out ASAP to ensure that you get to work with them. And don’t be afraid to bring a vendor from home. Just be mindful that you will have to pay for their travel expenses.

Should You Hire A Wedding Planner?

Speaking of vendors, we can’t recommend hiring a wedding planner enough. They are extremely familiar with the destination, its vendors, and tips and tricks to help you save money in the long run. Not sure where to start? Check out our directory of wedding planners in Mexico.

Image by Mariana Pierce. See more of this real wedding here

Legal Requirements For A Mexico Destination Wedding

There’s a lot to consider legally when it comes to your destination wedding in Mexico. Many couples choose to tie the knot at a courthouse a week or so before they jet off. This ensures that the wedding is legal in their home country. However, if you want your legally binding marriage to take place in Mexico, there are a few things that you have to do. 

To ensure that you can legally marry, you need the following:

  • Marriage application forms
  • A tourist/visitor’s permit
  • Blood test results (which can be done in Mexico no longer than 14 days before your marriage application)
  • Valid passports
  • Birth certificates

It’s also important to remember that your marriage will only be legally binding if you have a civil ceremony. During this civil ceremony, you need at least four witnesses, you have to arrive at the resort at least three business days before the ceremony, and you can’t say “I do” on a Sunday. Sound like a lot? We know–that’s why most people forgo jumping through these hoops!

Our advice is to research your destination’s legal requirements early on in the wedding planning process if you plan to have a legally binding wedding in Mexico. This will ensure that you have all of the documentation you need, which will prevent unwanted hiccups. This is also something a planner is great for.

Image by Conie Suarez Bravo. See more of this real elopement here

Ways To Incorporate Mexican Culture Into Your Wedding

Decor

There are some staple decor pieces in the Mexican culture that you may already be familiar with. Think papel picado banners, colorful textiles, star pendant lights, and bold florals. 

Mayan Ceremony

We’ve featured quite a few Mexican destination weddings on Junebug, and one thing we never tire of seeing is couples incorporating a Mayan ceremony into their special day. These symbolic ceremonies are full of mysticism and spirituality and are officiated by a native priest, known as a shaman. In it, the newlyweds are introduced to the four elements: Earth, water, fire, and air–all of which are thought to bring energy and harmony to the couple. 

This kind of ceremony occurs in nature, usually at an archaeological site or a cenote. That’s why they’re extremely popular in places like Tulum or Playa del Carmen. 

Image by Mariana Pierce. See more of this real wedding here

Mojigangas Parades

If you’ve settled on San Miguel de Allende for your wedding, don’t forget to take to the streets in a Mojiganas parade. These parades take place with giant paper mache puppets and music. It’s the perfect way to celebrate one of the most important days of your life.

Tequila

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning tequila. There are so many ways to use the traditional Mexican spirit. You and your spouse can take a unity tequila shot during your ceremony, have all of your guests take one with you after you seal your love with a kiss, serve margaritas during cocktail hour, or you can offer a tequila tasting during your reception. The options are endless. 

Mariachi Band

Every wedding needs good music. And nothing is more festive than hiring a mariachi band. They’re a fun addition to your ceremony or cocktail hour when you want to get everyone ready for a fiesta. 

Image by Alison Vagnini. See more of this real wedding here

Street Food

Mexican food is arguably one of the most popular cuisines in the world–and for a good reason. Rather than serve a sit-down dinner consisting of chicken or steak, consider serving Mexican street food such as tacos, elote, chips and guacamole, enchiladas, etc. And you can’t forget about churros and Mexican wedding cookies! 

We know that nailing a budget down for your Mexico destination wedding seems like a daunting task. That’s why we’ve broken it down for you and created a free budget spreadsheet so that you can keep track of your expenses and have the wedding of your dreams.

Image by Pablo Laguia. See more of this real wedding here

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Bright And Colorful Sezincote House Wedding Inspiration

September 19, 2022 | justine

A historic venue reminiscent of the Taj Mahal, an eye-catching vibrant color palette, a Chinoiserie chic meets secret garden aesthetic—this Sezincote House wedding inspiration shows us a luxurious fusion style that is anything but traditional. Drawing inspiration from the venue’s grand Mughal architecture and dramatic gardens, the talented team brought to life this styled shoot by combining old-world opulence with countryside charm. 

For the ceremony, guest seating on either side of the garden fountain led to the over-the-top floral arch adorning the facade of the main house. Meanwhile, the reception at the glass-enclosed orangery featured a curved tablescape of porcelain and pottery in distinct fine art patterns, vibrant florals in cobalt and coral, and gold flatware. The greenery-filled space was elevated further with beautiful crystal chandeliers. Furthermore, garden-themed cocktails and a birdcage cake added the perfect touch of whimsy.

The couple’s elegant attire beautifully tied it all together, with the groom in a stylish beige suit paired with a blue tie and the bride looking timeless in a chiffon gown with sheer billowy sleeves.  This styled shoot definitely has so much inspo that can go to your vision board. So scroll through these gorgeous photos captured by Molly McManus to see more!

Planner’s Thoughts On This Sezincote House Wedding

The ambiance and architecture of Sezincote House served as the primary source of inspiration for this luxurious styled shoot. This 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace—with the most stunning landscape of temples, grottoes, and fountains—provided the perfect setting for this romantic editorial. We aimed to create an aesthetic that captured a piece of history but also speaks to the modern couple. It’s maximalism in a different and exciting way, at a stunning venue that feels like a treasure because no one has really discovered it yet.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Molly McManus
Event Planning – Amanda Virga
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Sezincote House
Floral Design – All for Love London
Cake – Monika Kos
Invitation Design – Pale Press London
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Botias Hair and Makeup
Wedding Dress – Alon Livne
Groom’s Apparel – Bucco Couture
Rentals – Raj Tent Club

 

Thank you to Molly McManus for capturing and sharing this bright and colorful Sezincote House wedding inspiration with us. This styled shoot shows modern couples to be fearless when combining colors, textures, and patterns. Work with a trusted team of vendors to create an aesthetic that you and your partner love. Your wedding is all about having fun, so dive in and embrace it!

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Colorful Surprise Backyard Wedding

September 17, 2022 | justine

Meg and Vinee love to do things differently. And when it came to planning their wedding, ditching tradition and putting their own spin on things came naturally. To kick off their wedding day in a creative way, the pair invited their closest loved ones to a “surprise proposal party.” Only when their guests showed up, they found themselves at a surprise backyard wedding instead. It was an exciting and beautiful affair, and the couple pulled it off fabulously! Besides the surprise element, their big day featured a boho-chic aesthetic—from the stunning florals and decor in dreamy tones to the laid-back and ethereal wedding fashion. 

The lovebirds kicked off their day with private emotional vows, sitting on their front porch and crying their eyes out. They then shared the same heartfelt promises at their poolside sunset ceremony that followed. Their talented vendors transformed their beloved friends’ backyard with elegant wood furnishings, Moroccan-style rugs, and spectacular arrangements of fresh blooms and dried foliage. Balloon installations were a fun touch, while the string lights and star lanterns amped up the romance. 

On top of everything else, the couple kept the vibe carefree and chic with their wedding attire. The barefoot bride stunned in her bandeau top and skirt duo with statement sleeves.  Meanwhile, the groom was stylishly cool in his tan-colored suit. And true to form, they ended the day in an epic way by literally taking the plunge in their wedding garb. If Meg and Vinee’s surprise soiree sounds thrilling, scroll through these beautiful photographs captured by Junebug member J. Olson Weddings. This backyard wedding is packed with inspiration to pull off a memorable surprise celebration.

The Couple:

Meg + Vinee

The Wedding:

Bentonville, Arkansas

A Gifted Maple Tree To Grow With Their Marriage

I have an extreme propensity for trees, and spending time outdoors is a big way we connect. Vinee bought us a marriage maple tree to plant in our yard to grow and change in our continued seasons with us. I cried when he showed it to me. It felt so meaningful and perfect. We have big plans to plant a tree for each of our children, too. I had also gifted Vinee a travel journal to track our road trips in our first year of dating. I forgot about it, but Vinee kept it and continued to log every trip. He gave me this written history of our time together on our wedding day. I cried at that, too.

Getting Ready Together And Sharing Private Vows Were The Most Memorable Moments

We both make sense of things through words, and as I was writing my vows, it felt so inauthentic to read these to Vinee in front of everyone. So, we opted first to share our vows privately, sitting on our porch. This was my favorite part of the day. In true form, Vinee wrote the most beautiful and precise vows in a paragraph or two, and I went on for several pages. We both cried our eyes out. It’s exactly what we needed it to be, to first share those words with each other and then again later in the ceremony with the love and support of our people. 

Personalizing Their Wedding With A Unique Unity Ceremony And Meaningful Wedding Favors

I love creating and giving gifts, so this was a fun one for me. We called these the “Bird by Bird” boxes, pointing to our favorite phrase by Anne Lamott and our unity ceremony that included the threading together of origami birds. At each place setting, our guests had a box with their own disposable camera to document the night, a bottle of our favorite hot sauce, a cocktail kit to create a “Hummingbird,” and a Spotify playlist Vinee created of songs significant to our relationship.

Proud Of Having Pulled Off A Surprise Backyard Wedding

We knew that it would be fun and meaningful no matter what, but pulling off the surprise itself was pretty incredible. We’re proud of ourselves for keeping each other centered and doing things our way. We picked up every piece of a traditional wedding, examined it, and asked ourselves if it was what we needed. We kept what served us and omitted what didn’t, creating a truly authentic day meant for us and no one else

Advice From The Newlyweds: Remember It’s Your Special Day

If you’re planning a wedding, remember that it’s your day and no one else’s. Figure out what’s important to you, start there, and make all decisions accordingly. For us, the priorities were the ceremony, the photos, the songs, the poems, and the small guest list. Lastly, time flies by so fast, so savor each moment

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Josh Olson Weddings
Floral Design – Samantha’s Garden
Catering – Yeyo’s
Dessert – Burton’s Creamery + Arsagas
Bar + Signature Cocktail – Puritan Coffee and Beer
DJ – Uniq Productions
Videography – Pragma Production
Makeup Artist – Ashley Gregory Beauty
Wedding Dress – Bride KC
Bridal Accessories – Joon Bridal
Dried Flower Bouquet + Hat Crown – Remi and Gold
Groom’s Apparel – Sandro Paris
Groom’s Shoes – Sabah Shoes
Rings – Digby and Iona
Rentals – SB Events
Transportation – Pinnacle Transportation

 

Congratulations to Meg and Vinee on their colorful surprise backyard wedding. And big thanks to Junebug member J. Olson Weddings for capturing all the great moments and raw emotions that made their day special and unforgettable. To see more of his incredible work, check out his profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!

Forget strict timelines and stuffy traditions! For couples who want something unique and unconventional, a surprise wedding can be an exciting alternative to a traditional bash. It may be nerve-racking to keep things under wraps, but you can successfully pull off the big reveal by having a great team of vendors by your side. 

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Greenery-Filled Grounds Of Alexandria Garden Wedding

September 16, 2022 | justine

Garden weddings are pure romance, especially when they come with the “secret garden” appeal. Imagine a lush garden venue hidden in the middle of the city, unique arrangements of fruit and blooms, and a floral tunnel filled with fairy lights. Packed with swoon-worthy details and personal touches, every detail of Nina and Mathew’s Grounds of Alexandria garden wedding is absolutely dreamy and a must-see! 

Set at an iconic waterfront venue, their ceremony took place at The Coast Chapel, surrounded by their closest loved ones. Breathtaking ocean views through the stained glass windows were the perfect backdrop as the two pledged their love for each other. The celebration continued at the Grounds of Alexandria, where an enchanting garden reception awaited. Featuring cascading potted greenery above family-style tables with taper candles in antique holders, fresh fruit and delicate florals as centerpieces—they wined and dined in their own garden oasis.

The pair added modern flair to their dreamy affair with their stylish attire. The bride brought a chic edge to their big day by wearing crepe pants, a lace corset top with puff sleeves, and a billowing cape. Meanwhile, the groom kept it timeless with a classic tux. If your dream wedding includes lush foliage and spring florals, you need to see these gorgeous photos by Junebug member Olguin Photography. This is one inspiration-packed celebration you wouldn’t want to miss.

The Couple:

Nina and Matt

The Wedding:

The Coast Chapel, Little Bay, NSW, Australia

Why A Grounds Of Alexandria Garden Wedding

We wanted an open garden setting with lots of fresh air. And we just love the food and the vibe of The Grounds of Alexandria. Plus, the venue already had lots of flowers and greenery, so we didn’t spend so much on decor.

Personalizing Their Ceremony By Incorporating Both Their Beliefs And Traditions

Our ceremony was a mix of cultures, religious beliefs and traditions. We found a chapel that would allow us to facilitate our ceremony with a celebrant. Since we didn’t want a religious wedding, we respected Mat’s family’s beliefs by getting married at The Coast Chapel.

Letting Go If Things Don’t Go As Planned

We were lucky that our families helped us with our wedding. But what made the planning easier for us was having a clear communication system and sticking to the budget. We didn’t leave things last minute, but we also knew that plans never run as intended, no matter how carefully we planned them. 

Working With Junebug Member Olguin Photography.

Olguin Photography was fantastic! He guided us through the day and made taking photos one of the best parts. A very professional photographer, Alex captured our special moments which was all that we really wanted.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Alex Olguin
Ceremony Venue – The Coast Chapel
Reception Venue – The Grounds of Alexandria – The Garden
Floral Design – Florals by Silvia
Officiant – Gavin Ward
Videography – Dion Cario
Groom’s Apparel – Mat – Mawson Ossa

 

Congratulations to Nina and Matthew on their greenery-filled Grounds of Alexandria garden wedding. And a special shout out to Junebug member Olguin Photography for capturing all the incredible details and special moments that made this celebration one for the books. To see more weddings like this one, be sure to check out his profile in our directory of talented photographers from around the world.

Creating the right atmosphere is key to having a great wedding experience, and choosing the right venue is often an integral part of setting the tone for your celebration. Whether you decide to tie the knot at an exotic location or exchange heartfelt vows in your family’s backyard, be sure to check our guide for tips and ideas for finding the perfect wedding venue that aligns with your vision.

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