Fun Halloween Weddings

The idea of a Halloween Wedding is a little scary itself. A couple can easily take the theme overboard and end up with more of a Halloween Party than a once in a lifetime event. However, there are some ways to take Halloween from tacky to classy and still have a lot of fun!

 

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When people think of Halloween they often think of ghosts, ghouls, and candy.  However, there are many ways to turn Halloween into an elegant canvas for a wedding.  Incorporate orange and black into the wedding parties’ attire by mixing up the socks, bouquets or boutonnieres to add a slice of Halloween to a ceremony that’s a little outside the box.

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The reception venue can be transformed into fall by incorporating leaves, pumpkins, and local flowers.

 

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If orange and black isn’t for you, white pumpkins can add the Halloween touch at the reception.

 

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Adding little Halloween details throughout, from the place cards to the cake, are all ways to bring together a Halloween Wedding without going overboard. Just keep the elements tasteful and minimal and you are sure to have a fun and classy Halloween event.

 

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2. Susie Sefcik Photography via The Knot

3. Lisa Rigby Photography 

4. Erin Hearts Court

5. Edyta Szyszio Photography via The Knot

6. Kelley Photo & Design via The Knot

7. Janae Shields Photography via The Knot

Beach Wedding Inspiration

Although it may be starting to cool down with Fall in full swing, Beach Weddings are always a popular topic!

When we think of beach weddings, soft sand, sunsets, and a gorgeous ocean background come to mind.  Often a romantic venue for a ceremony, beaches can be a site for noisy on lookers and swimmers.  Be sure to pick an intimate ceremony space, on a secluded part of the beach, or plan for a later ceremony to reduce the amount of unwanted guests.  Light and bright colors complete the fun and casual ceremony on the beach!

 

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Having an outdoor ceremony and reception might be ideal for a beach themed wedding, but not always necessary.  With the addition of candles, light flowers, seashells, starfish, and a little bit of sand, any venue can be turned into the picture perfect beach for the evening.

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Adding simple touches of décor throughout the reception venue will help guests feel as though they are on the beach.

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Themed place cards and card boxes are a unique touch that will further immerse your guests into paradise.  Try adding starfish, seashells, or little lounge chairs to the place cards.

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Most importantly try and keep the day casual enough so that guests don’t mind a little wind in their hair or sand in their shoes!

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2. Erin hearts Court via Green Wedding Shoes

3. Shiraz NYC via The Knot

4. Jennifer Lindberg Photography via The Knot

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8. Carlile Statsky Photography via The Knot

Rustic Country Wedding Style

When considering having a country themed wedding, some main decorations come into mind: Locally grown flowers, Mason Jars, barns, cowboy hats, hay bales and most importantly, trees, wood and the great outdoors.

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Consider setting the ceremony in an outdoor location that sets the tone for the evening to come.  Unique seating on hay or straw bales, or giving each guest a cowboy hat can be a fun and unique extension to the normal ceremony. Don’t forget to add some cushions on top of the hay bales if you expect your guests to be seated for a while!

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The reception space can provide a way to whimsically incorporate hay bales, mason jars, and fresh flowers into the table décor. Transforming a barn into a reception venue really drives the idea of country home.  Adding simple drapes and mason jar lights to a barn can turn it into a warm and welcoming venue for guests.  

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And finally, don’t forget about details. Little additions to decor, such as fresh wood and fruit, make you feel like you are outside in the fresh country air!

 

1. Jose Villa Photography

2. Love Me Do Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

3. Schnack Studios via Martha Stewart

4. Yifat Oren via Bridal Banter

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6. Janet Howard via Inspired Creations

7. Katelyn James Photography

Having Children At Your Wedding

When considering incorporating children at a wedding, a bride must think of how to entertain them amidst a long day of events, so that way not only do the parents have fun, the kids have fun too!

 

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Including children in the ceremony is very unique when mixing families.  Having children incorporated in the vow ceremony can make a child feel included in the big day.  Other ways to include children include honorary bridesmaids, flower girls or ring bearers. Keep in mind that some children may find being the center of attention scary and overwhelming. If they aren’t up for the task it might be better to just use them in pictures rather than having an unhappy child in your ceremony.

 

 

Consider creating a “kid friendly” zone for the reception.  A children’s table with candies and coloring books will keep the little ones occupied for hours.  Personalizing favors specific for children can keep them busy as parents enjoy the reception while making the children feel special.

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Just because you are having a kids area does not mean it has to clash with the rest of your reception decor. Use small arrangements of flowers that tie in your floral centerpieces and still make the children feel like they are at a wedding too!

 

 

Finally, if you really want to make sure that the children are part of the wedding but don’t want them getting bored with the adult activities, consider hiring a company that specializes in children’s entertainment at weddings. Many of these companies will set up to the side of the room or in another room altogether and bring arts and crafts, dress up clothes, toys, and even iPads all to keep your littlest guests happy, entertained and part of your big day!

 

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2. Stella Alesi Photography via theknot.com

3. Andrea Fazzari via MarthaStewart.com

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5. Oscar and Ruby 

Furry Wedding Friends

This week’s post is inspired by my best friend. In discussing her upcoming wedding, she kept bringing up having a very important addition to her ceremony: her dog Pita. So here are a few things to remember when having your own furry friend at your special day.

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Introduce the dog to the ceremony space prior to the actual event. This will allow him/her to sniff out anything they might be curious about and get them comfortable to the unfamiliar territory.

 

a0c7c00e794f8065c00a7b6f8c1e80d9Designate a friend as the responsible one for the pet. If you are choosing a bridesmaid or groomsman just be sure there is another person waiting in the wings in case the pet decides to act up during the ceremony.

 

Check with your venue to see if they will allow a pet onsite. Often pets are prohibited in areas where food is being served so you won’t want to plan the entire event and then find out your dog or cat can’t come.

 

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 86125Be respectful of any of your guests who have allergies. As nice as it is that your animal means so much to you, it can wreak havoc on a guest with severe allergies even if the dog or cat is only present for a few minutes.

 

 

 

Lastly, prepare that anything can go wrong. Pets have minds of their own so don’t expect them to follow any plan that you have. They may decide that chasing birds down the aisle is more fun than paying attention to you or your guests.

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Furry friends are often closer friends than some of the guests at the wedding are, so why not include man’s best friend in this most important day?

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3. Hilary Cam Photography via Boho-Weddings

4. Dottie Photography

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Fall Wedding Inspiration Frenzy

With the hot summer days passing slowly and the cool crisp air of fall swinging in; it may be the perfect time to tie the knot.  The fall season brings a palate of colors that many may not necessarily think of glamour, but we have found some inspiring ideas to glam up a fall themed wedding.

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Ceremony décor is anything but tough when it comes to an autumn wedding.  From hay bales to pumpkin aisle liners there is a plethora of options to spruce up a fall ceremony setting.

 

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 Maple leaves, fruits, and flowers can be stuffed into pumpkins for a more complete look!
To make an autumn table setting just right you can use different pieces such as apples, pines, pumpkins, gourds, candles, and leaves.  The maroon color tone fits in nicely with the traditional orange, yellow, and brown, which can often be over used.  Try to add more of a rustic tone to the tables and dress the center pieces up with the lighter yellows and oranges.
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dd4000 The cake can really tie in a simple theme such as fall colors or tones, adding orange/yellow flowers, leaves and pine cones bring a simple but elegant touch to any fall dressed cake!
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2. Allison Stahl Photography via Blooms By Martha

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4. Dan Doke Photography via Belle Jour Events

 

 

 

Picture Perfect Pink Wedding

Erica and Nick

I’m still out on maternity leave for a little longer but I just had to take a few minutes to wish Erica and Nick a very happy 3rd anniversary. It feels like just yesterday that we were meeting together and planning their wedding at the beautiful One and Only Westmount Country Club.

With crystals and bright pink everywhere, this wedding was so much fun.

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We customized an aisle runner using a monogram created by Invites by Kelly.

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We also had a the best time getting to know two of our favorite vendors, Yumila Weddings and Events and Papillio Photography.

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Congratulations Erica and Nicholas!!!

Photography: Papillio Photography

Bouquets and Church Flowers: Yumila Weddings and Events

Stationery: Invites by Kelly

Ceremony: Church of the Epiphany

Reception: The One and Only Westmount Country Club

Reception Flowers: Atlas Floral

Cake: Palermo’s

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Crystal Aisle RunnerIt’s been exactly one year since Janine and Charlie’s Winter Wonderland Wedding and so I thought it would be the perfect time to open up my blog with a quick recap of their event! We planned for over a year and a half to create a beautiful mixture of sparkling white snowflakes, rich holiday red, and silver accents. Belle Jour Events even did a custom aisle runner for the couple and invitations. And the day couldn’t have been more perfect for the fairy-tale horse drawn carriage. The ceremony took place at Church of the Epiphany in Cliffside Park and the reception was at Seasons in Washington Township.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations on one year Janine and Charlie!

 

Photography: Abbey Photographers

Flowers: Metropolitan Plant and Flower Exchange

Horse and Carriage: Horse and Carriage, horsecarriage@comcast.net

Ceremony: Church of the Epiphany

Reception: Seasons