While traditional weddings are beautiful, we love seeing couples adding their own unconventional spin on their big day. From your nuptials to the food, there are so many fun ways to add your own twist to your wedding. If you’re thinking of adding some out-of-the-box ideas to your wedding, we’ve got you covered! Read on to find the perfect way to create an unconventional wedding. 

 

Surprise Everyone 

Skip the stress of planning a wedding and opt for a low-key yet spontaneous option. It removes all the pre-wedding planning and fuss and allows you to ditch the formalities. Get your guests together by inviting them out to an engagement party to celebrate your love. Secretly hire an officiant and make sure they are there on the big day. Surprise your guests with your nuptials – no one will expect it! 

 

A Twist on Flowers

Go for an unconventional route with your flowers by skipping the flowers all together. For a more natural look, try greens or leaves. It adds a natural texture to your wedding and is a fun twist to traditional photos. If you are looking for a rustic addition, try having your bridesmaids walk down the aisle with lanterns. It adds a touch of rustic elegance to your big day. For a whimsical twist, opt for sweets, like cotton candy. It’s unexpected and can be customized to your wedding colors – and the bridesmaids can take a bite after the ceremony. 

 

Opt for Your Favorite Food & Drinks

Get unconventional with your food and drinks by opting for all of your favorites! For a more family-style feel, skip the traditional dinner plate and opt for a buffet style. The guests will have a spread to choose from and can get seconds on all of their favorites. Include fun options like a gourmet pizza bar. Everyone loves a good slice of pizza, and the guests will surely be talking about it for years to come. Have a sweet tooth? Skip the pizza bar and opt for a candy bar. Fill it with all of your favorites, and be sure to add bags so guests can take some home. 

 

Skip the Cake

Skip the traditional, tiered white wedding cake. If you find yourself loving cupcakes or cookies, opt for your favorite instead! Whether you want a tower of cupcakes, a stack of cookies or brownies, or a dessert table filled with your favorite pastries, your guests (and you!) will appreciate the twist on the typical sweets. 

 

Choosing a Time

While most weddings fall in the afternoon or night, there is nothing saying that it needs to follow a specific timeline. Shake things up with a morning ceremony and a lunch reception or afternoon drinks before a ceremony under the stars. 

 

Digital Invites

Go Digital with your wedding invitations. It’s a unique way to invite your guests to your big day and helps streamline the RSVP process. Not only is it unique, but it is eco-friendly and a great affordable alternative. Pair with a wedding website that will tell your guests the important details like common FAQ, details of the big day, and fun facts about you and your partner. 

 

Opt for Color

Ditch the white dress and wear a color that is unique to you and fits with your own personal style. Whether that means a colorful dress, a floral embroidered dress, or a bit of sequence – your big day is all about you and your partner! Choose a dress or outfit that you feel amazing in; your wedding day is all about feeling your best and celebrating your love. 

 

Now that you have the ideas, it’s time to book your wedding venue! Contact us today! 

 

Whether you want to take off right after your wedding or wait till you have extra vacation time, your honeymoon is the perfect time for you and your partner to kick back and relax. Read on to find the ideal destination, no matter what month you decide to jet off. 

 

Tip! Be sure to check Covid-19 guidelines for domestic and international trips when booking to ensure you are properly following their protocol. Some airlines and destinations require a negative covid test, while some countries are not allowing US travelers to visit at this time. For specifics, check out your honeymoon destination’s government website for more information on regulations. 

 

January

 Whether you are looking to escape the snow or head to it, there are plenty of honeymoon destinations to celebrate the new year. For a winter wonderland, head to Jackson Hole in Wyoming. To escape the cold, head to a warmer climate, like the Caribbean. Australia is at the height of its summer season and is the perfect place to enjoy the beach and atmosphere. 

 

February

Hawaii is a go-to location in February and is the perfect option if you love to surf. If you want to go to a warmer climate, New Zealand is known for being dry and warm. Paris is another fan favorite but can often be filled with tourists and more expensive this time of year. 

 

March 

March is the perfect time to soak up the sun in the Bahamas. If you are looking for fewer crowds, head to Italy! It is warm but isn’t quite as crowded with tourists. If you are looking to stay within the US but still soak up the sun, Florida is in high season with hot yet dry weather. For city lovers, head to New York for cooler temperatures before their hot sticky summer rolls around. 

 

April 

April is the perfect time to explore Washington or Nevada; it’s before peak travel season, so there are fewer crowds. For a more relaxed trip, head to Napa Valley to spend your days sipping wine and walking through vineyards. If you are looking to indulge in florals, Amsterdam is in tulip season while Japan is in Cherry Bloom season.

 

May 

May is the perfect time to head to Banff National Park in Canada to go sightseeing without the heavy winter snow. If you are looking for more summer-like temperatures, head to Tuscany in Italy. It’s full of greenery, wildflowers, and poppies. Prague is full of blooms with flowers and trees and has a three-week spring music festival. 

 

June

If you are looking for a domestic city filled with music, head to Nashville in June, where it’s alive with the country music festival. From the bars to the food, there is plenty to do to keep you busy. For the nature-lovers, the waterfalls are a sight to see in Yosemite National Park, while the temperature is perfect for exploring. 

 

July

July is the perfect time to explore National Parks in the United States. You don’t have to worry about cold temperatures, but crowds can be a concern. Peru is also known for sunny and beautiful days in July but can be a bit cool, making it the perfect destination if you are looking to escape a hot summer. 

 

August 

Head to the Mediterranean coasts of Europe to relax on the beach and enjoy the sun. The views are beautiful but keep in mind that the crowds are still visiting. 

 

September 

New England is known for being beautiful to visit in late September. While it’s early fall, the trees have started to turn color, and the temperatures have started to drop. If you are looking to head to an international city, check out London or Dublin to enjoy the fall city life. 

 

October 

Skip the heat in Las Vegas by visiting in October. Explore the area, hit the casino, and enjoy the nightlife with your partner. If you are looking for a less crowded destination, head to Venice! The weather is warm, but the tourists have left. 

 

November 

Enjoy the heart of the city in New York but pack layers because it is chilly! Take in the city life and the hustle and bustle of the early holiday season. If you are looking to enjoy Christmas markets, head to Germany for their well-known markets. If you are looking to ski, head to Aspen to enjoy the cold season and winter weather. Snuggle up in front of the fire and enjoy a night in with your partner. 

 

December

Enjoy the cold weather and holiday season by skiing in Colorado. If you are looking for festive romance, head to the Alps or Lapland. Suppose you are looking to escape the cold, head to Belize for a warm, sunny vacation. Explore the reefs, sail with your partner, or go on long hikes to enjoy the outdoors. 

 

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The Lone Star MansionMarriage License Basics: Everything You Need to Know

It may come as a surprise, but a marriage license is required to get before your big day. The license will have the specifics of your wedding, like the day of your wedding and where you and your partner are getting married. If you are tying the knot soon, be sure to research the specifics of your area, as this is an essential part of the planning process. It will ensure that you and your partner are legally married! Read on to learn more about marriage license basics. 

The Basics

Once you decide on the official location of your wedding, you will have to do a little research to figure out where you will need to get your marriage license. For most cities and towns, it is usually the town hall, clerks office, or marriage license bureau. Be sure to research the details a few months before your wedding to ensure you file everything within the correct timeframe.

Some states have different waiting periods that could consist of several days before awarding the license and your wedding day, so it’s important that you apply roughly a month before your wedding date. Both you and your partner will have to be present when applying. Keep in mind; most states have a specific time window where you will have to have the ceremony, sign the license, and file for a certified license and marriage certificate. 

Marriage licenses are usually valid for 30-60 days after they are issued to you, meaning you have a short window of time to get married. If you don’t get married within that window, it will expire, and you will have to apply for another license. 

Once you have your license, you will need an officiant who is authorized to perform your ceremony. Some use official officiants while some couples ask a friend or relative to perform their wedding ceremony. Before having them act as your officiant, check your state and county laws to ensure they are officially allowed to help you tie the knot. 

After your wedding day, it’s the officiant’s responsibility to make sure the license is recorded with the county that you had your wedding in. Within a few short weeks, you will receive your marriage certificate in the mail. 

Paperwork Requirements

The requirements vary by state and county. Be sure to confirm the exact requirements before filing for a marriage license. This will ensure that the process is easy and stress-free! 

A basic checklist to follow for requirements is listed below.

  • Birth certificate
  • If under 18, parental consent 
  • Photo identification (driver’s license, state ID card, passport, or birth certificate)
  • Social Security number
  • Proof of citizenship and/or residence
  • Divorce decree (if divorced)
  • Death certificate (if widowed)

Most states will require a form of identification, whether that be through your license, social security card, or passport. If you have been married before, they will require you to show how the marriage ended. If you are a widow, they will require a death certificate, or if divorced, they will need a divorce decree. If you are divorced, some states have waiting periods before getting married, so it’s essential to know the requirements ahead of time. 

 

If you are still looking for a wedding venue, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to book your dream wedding! 

 

Burleson Mansion VenueWedding Rules You Can Ignore 

Wedding etiquette has changed over the years.  Brides and grooms tying the knot these days have much more freedom when planning their big day, and they are certainly getting creative! Whether you want to keep the traditions alive and showcase old traditional ways or do something new to switch it up, your big day will be as unique as ever. Here are some wedding planner rules that you can undoubtedly break. (Remember, rules were meant to be broken!)

Matching Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids are known for wearing the same dress in the same color. While some love this traditional look, in today’s world, bridesmaids certainly don’t have to wear the same dress anymore. Some brides opt for a mix and match look, while others are ditching the idea of dresses altogether and opting for skirts or jumpsuits. Letting your bridesmaids wear different styles helps ensure your bridesmaids feel good on your wedding day, and they may even wear the dress again. 

Honeymoon Right Away

Nowadays, it’s rare that couples leave the wedding reception and head straight to the airport. More couples are waiting weeks or months after their wedding for their honeymoon. With demanding work schedules and tighter budgets, it can be hard to take the time or book your dream honeymoon. It’s better to go when both of you can take time off and relax together. 

Bride’s Family Pays for the Wedding

While it was once traditional for the bride’s family to pay for the majority of the wedding, this isn’t the case anymore. When it comes to paying the bill, there is usually a mix of funds from the bride’s family, the groom’s family, and the couple tying the knot. Some couples are even paying for the wedding entirely on their own. Being able to spread out the expenses helps reduce stress during the planning process on the couple and on both families. 

Inviting Everyone 

It’s tradition for parents and even grandparents to make suggestions for your guest list, and it can be hard to please everyone on your big day. As more couples are getting involved financially, they realize that you don’t have to invite everyone – especially if it doesn’t fit your budget. Invite friends and family who know and love you, the people that you want to include, and celebrate with on your big day. 

Start Time

While it’s been a tradition to list your ceremony time on the invitation, couples are starting to realize that their actual start time doesn’t have to be listed on the invite. Some couples encourage their guests to arrive 30 minutes earlier, especially if they are afraid of guests arriving late. Worried that guests will get bored arriving early? Include our next tip to give wedding goers a fun reason to mingle. 

Cocktail Hour

A cocktail hour doesn’t have to happen after the ceremony; you can hold it before! Start the day off with a pre-ceremony cocktail hour full of your favorite cocktails and mocktails for guests to enjoy as they mingle. This also gives any tardy guests a bit of wiggle room to join before heading to the ceremony. 

Ceremony Music

Classical music has been the go-to for many years when it comes to the ceremony music. More couples are starting to branch out from traditional music and opting for live jazz or bands to play more upbeat music or cover their favorite songs. It brings a fun atmosphere to walk down the aisle to and helps to liven up the ceremony. 

 

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