Spectacular Outdoor Wedding Venues Ideas

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Spectacular Outdoor Wedding Venues – If you’re brave enough to have your wedding outside – try these wonderful options!  There is something so  dramatic about this family style eating configuration.  Is it picture worthy?  Definitely.  Is is conducive to comfortable table talk and relaxation during breaks from socializing and dancing?  NO.  Think about these factors before choosing this style. If you must have it, due to either admiration of photo ops or necessity, consider additional small groupings of tables and chairs for your guests’ convenience.

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You needn’t have an outdoor ceremony or reception to grab a photo such as the one above.  Love, love it.  Hard to do?  I don’t think so.  A low hanging branch, a few strings of bulbs and an extension cord, you’re in business.  It really is a spectacular shot.  It’s always a good idea to talk to your photographer about shots that are important to you.  If you don’t convey your desires, he/she can’t make it happen.

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The photo above is beyond FAB!  Lots of work and expense, yes.  Guaranteed results, probably not. If you have your heart set on such a photo, I recommend a trial run.  There are a lot of moving parts in pulling this off.  Talk to your photographer.  Perhaps he/she can put your worries for the photo’s success at rest.

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The luminarios are gorgeous.  There is an art to making these white bags filled with sand and a light source bright enough to make an impression – both on your guests and in photos.  I’ve had a couple of my brides use these, but they were never bright enough to be of great impact.  I think the lights from the reception tend to diminish their effect.

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One of my favorite outdoor venues?  — The fabulous Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT.  You just can’t get any better than this!  Click on the link above to be directed to their site.

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The next two photos are candids from weddings I’ve done.  Sometimes, no decor is needed.  Mother Nature can be the best decorator of all.

Wedding Escort Cards

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Ah…the wedding escort cards…Sometimes its the last thing the bride thinks of, and the first the guests see at your reception.  Thus, you need to have an eye catching, theme based escort card/table assignment display.  I’m guess that the photos above and below are from a nautical themed wedding.  What do I mean by “escort cards”?  It is the little piece of information that directions you to your table, and holds your seat.  Position one of these babies at your place setting, and your seat is held!  Although I did attend a wedding where a fellow guest switched my husband and my card’s with hers because, “I liked your seats better.”  Can you believe it?  I let it go, as I was a guest at a dear friend’s son’s wedding.   Had it been out in the “Real World” it would not have gone uncorrected.

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The gorgeous ornament below is a wonderful option for assigning seats.  I love items that operate for duel purposes.  This is a place card AND a favor – ditto the following photo of the beautiful succulents.  Although pretty, would you really hang an ornament from someone else’s wedding on your Christmas tree?  Don’t think I would, but everyone’s different.  The succulents, however, are a different story.  I adore this choice.  I would be thrilled to take home this adorable favor.

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The place cards below are cute for a “Farm to Table” themed wedding, but I’m concerned that this lovely pint of fruit would go to waste.  I double it would be eaten at the wedding, and I don’t see a whole heck of a lot of guests taking it home.   Not sure if I even would.

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Aesthetically, the floral trimmed “Table Chart” below is my favorite.  Love the “Shabby Chic” table assignments.  My only concern?  No one will get a “Take Away” to claim their seat.  Although as mentioned above, who’s to stop a rude guest from stealing your seat anyway? 🙂

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Wedding Favors and Games – Make Your Wedding Fun!

Wedding favors and games, a sure fire way to make your wedding FUN!  Think you’ve seen the latest favors and games out there?  Think again.  Someone is constantly thinking of new ways to wow you and make you smile.  Weddings are a never ending cycle of “the moment”.

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The latest craze is fun, not particularly expensive, favors and innovative games.  Love the scratchers above.  I’m not sure how they work, but I’m guessing certain phrases scratched off the cards win prizes.  We used lotto scratchers as favors at one of my daughter’s weddings, and they were a HUGE hit.

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What about the bride/groom quiz jar above?  This could double as a game AND a centerpiece.  My vision is that the whole table collaborates on the jar quiz and then receives a prize if they win. I think it would have to be a self-correcting quiz for time efficiency.  Perhaps the winning table gets to go first in the buffet line?

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One must be committed, AND have room for the game above.  Love the idea, though.  I’m not sure what’s all involved in the construction of this unit, but it seems pretty involved.

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Love, LOVE the favor above! I imagine it’s more of a bridal shower favor, than a wedding reception favor, but it sure is cute.  While I’m sure it would take some time to assemble, I can’t believe it’s TOO labor intensive.

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Like the cookies above, but aren’t the best baker?  Never fear!  You can order a customized version on-line!  Just click on the link above if interested.  This could go either way, a great favor for either a bridal shower OR a wedding reception.

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I actually laughed out loud when I saw the above photo, a pamphlet designed to entertain waiting wedding ceremony guests.  Not sure what’s inside, but click on the link for some clues.  And you can always create your own, personalized funny sheet.

Have fun with your wedding!

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Wedding Wisdom from the Hair Salon

Wedding Wisdom from the Hair Salon?  That’s right…wherever women gather, that’s the best place to glean knowledge.  What better locale than a hair salon?

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I was relaxing at my most recent hair appointment, enjoying chatting with the young stylist who was new to me.  Sadly, my regular stylist moved and I to find another.  Ladies, you know this isn’t fun.  Luckily, Kayla was a delight, and was pretty handy with the scissors.  I admit…I’m a little bit of an eaves dropper…  And when I heard the stylist and her client next to us start talking about weddings, I had to jump in!  The talk had gone to the best wedding of the season – typical wedding season is April to October.  The stylist does a lot of wedding hair at her salon, in fact she did both my daughters’.  And apparently the client attended many weddings this season.

So, I jumped in, and asked, “So what makes a wedding a good one?  What makes it fun/a success?”

What they both answered surprised me.  I thought they may say extravagance, fabulous food and drink, over the top decorations and favors.  No.  Both ladies answered they wanted to get the party started.  They wanted to dance as soon as possible.  As soon as cocktail hour was over, and the bridal party announced, THE WANTED TO DANCE.

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So I am modifying the timeline I have historically recommended to my brides.  As soon as cocktail hour is over, begin your first dance as bride and groom, and then invite your guests to join you on the dance floor.  Then take a little break and hold the toasts. KEEP THE TOASTS SHORT.  Yes, I realize you don’t have much control over this, but plead with your toasters and ask them keep their speeches to 2-3 minutes.  Limit the number of people you ask to speak also.  Father of the bride, best man, and maid/matron on honor at the most.

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Then, dance!  Brief break again, and dance your “Special Dances” Father/Bride and Mother/Groom.  I suggest either sharing the dance floor for one song, (although I realize this is NOT an option for most), or dance to a truncated version of each song.

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Then DANCE!  Lastly, cut your cake, and keep it brief.

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Then you can get back to what the guests say they really want to do, dance, enjoy cocktails and visit with friends.  Hopefully you will get a few photos like the ones below…

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Photo 1 – Pinterest

Photos – 2, 4, 5, 8 – Patty Cloherty

Photo – 3, 6, 7, 10 – Hannah Colt

Photo 9 – Stage 6 – Media