Intimate Wedding in a MansionHow to Create an Intimate Wedding in a Mansion

Large weddings can be intimate, even in a mansion. They give you space to comfortably fit your guest list, but with a few added details, they can feel just as intimate as a smaller wedding. No matter the guest list size, create a personal wedding (even in a beautiful mansion) with these intimate wedding tips. 

Soft Lighting

Lighting can make a room feel romantic and intimate instantly. Dim the lights to create an intimate setting and add supplemental lighting throughout your ceremony and reception space. This can add a soft glow, which will help create that soft and romantic mood you are looking for. Be sure to skip the mirrors as decor; lights will bounce off the mirror and make the room feel larger. 

Cozy Cocktail Hour

Skip the traditional cocktail tables for your cocktail hour and swap them out for cozy lounge seating. With extensive guest lists, it can be challenging for guests to have a chance to see family and friends, but this type of seating will encourage your guests to interact with each other to create an intimate feel to your cocktail hour.  Add in cozy additions like throw pillows to help your guests sit back and relax during the cocktail hour. The relaxed feeling will help guests feel more comfortable interacting with each other. 

Handwritten Notes

Large weddings can be challenging for it to feel like an intimate wedding, but small details like handwritten notes will help show your guest list just how much they mean to you. Attach a quick note to each guest’s escort card with a sweet, sentimental message. While it may be time-consuming if you have an extensive list, this small detail will make your family and friends will feel the love as soon as they sit down! 

Meaningful Additions 

Add personal touches to your ceremony, like including guests or writing your vows. These small and simple moments will be unique and make the guests feel included in your big day. Creating memorable moments like this will make it more meaningful for you and your partner and help make the ceremony feel more intimate, no matter the size of the space. 

Photo Booth Fun 

Give your photo booth it’s very own corner of the reception. It will help take up space in your venue and create an intimate feel in your photo booth area so your guests can let loose and have fun. Try adding a flower installation as a fun backdrop. Not only will it give your photo booth a fun personal touch, but it helps bring in similar florals as your bridal bouquet throughout the rest of your wedding space. 

Textured Table Linens

Different textures can help warm up your wedding space and make it feel like an intimate wedding in no time. Try using textured linens on tables, like velvet table runners, to create a cozy and inviting feel. 

When considering linens, keep in mind that white and bright table linens will make your space feel more open and roomy. Skip the light colors and opt for dark, rich colors. It will help make space feel smaller. 

Personalize Your Playlist 

With a large guest, you are bound to have so many important family members and friends there. It can be hard to spend one on one time with each person. Honor your family and friends by adding personal songs to your playlist, like your parents’ (or grandparents’) wedding song. Your guests will feel so honored for the thoughtful detail, and you’ll have a playlist that you’ll never forget. 

Simple Greenery

Use greenery to fill up your ceremony or reception space. It not only adds beautiful decor but will help create a cozy environment. Add foliage and branches into your centerpieces or add trees and plants throughout to take up floor space. The added greenery will make for beautiful photographs and help create a warm and intimate wedding. 

Ready to book your intimate mansion wedding? Contact us today! 

Should You Video Stream Your Wedding Day? 

Video streaming allows you to share the intimate and memorable moment of saying “I do” with friends and family who cannot be there in person. Having your wedding captured not only lets you share your day but it’s an easy way for you to relive your day again and again. While the big day goes by fast, this is an easy way to capture things you may have missed, like the atmosphere filled with love for you and the beauty of the venue. 


If you are thinking about live streaming your wedding day, here are a few tips to consider. 

Check Internet Connection 

Internet is going to be key in the streaming. Be sure you have a strong wifi connection that can handle live streaming. It will make streaming easier and less frustrating for everyone watching. 

Don’t Forget About Audio

Audio is often overlooked but you want to make sure the video has clear sound so viewers can enjoy the steam without wondering what’s being said. You may have to wear a mic but it will allow video watchers to be able to hear your vows, no matter where they’re watching from. 

Placement is Key

The placement of the camera is key. Make sure where you place the camera, the video will catch the big moment without anything blocking the view. Test it out before the wedding ceremony to ensure you will be happy with the video stream. 

Consider Multi-Cameras

Consider having more than one camera and if you will want to stream both your ceremony and your reception. Having multi-cameras can only viewers to see more than one angle, so they can feel the magic of your big day. 

Surprise Virtual Guests 

If you decide to live stream, don’t be afraid to get creative with the guests that aren’t there in person. Surprise your virtual guests with an extra special gift for them to enjoy during your ceremony. Whether it’s a signature cocktail mix, bottle of champagne, or a sweet treat, it will make them feel like they are a part of your memorable day. 

Fall 2020 Wedding Trends

fall 2020 wedding trends lone star mansionFall is the time of year when trends are made, and it’s finally here! From wedding color choices to specialty decor items, the fall 2020 wedding trends are here to inspire you.

Over the Top Flowers: Loud, colorful, oversized, and unexpected elements all play a role in Fall 2020 Weddings. Imagining the possibilities and pushing stylistic boundaries with over the top flowers makes us excited to see what’s in store. A big part of this trend is space obtrusive floral arrangements 

Embroidered Wedding Dresses: Nobody saw this making a statement for the season. From horizontal embroidery on the bodice of the dress to a fully embroidered verse on the veil, it’s a gorgeous detail bride’s can appreciate for years to come. 

Choose-Your-Own-Bridesmaid Dress: Another returning trend is asking the bridal party to choose their own dress within the same color family. With a variety of patterns and textures that are somewhat mix-match, it allows each lady to dress for their body and personality without clashing with the other bridesmaids.

Succulents: The continuing trend of succulents from past wedding seasons is no surprise. They’re a crowd favorite, easy to match, and quite affordable! If you’re looking for sustainable and adored wedding guest favors, this is a great option. You could also add succulents to your centerpiece for a more bohemian approach.

Flower Grandmas: Brides and grooms are choosing to ask their grandmas to walk down the aisle throwing pedals rather than young flower girls. If weddings can have dog ring-bearers, why not have grandma cherish this moment with her grandchild and grandson-in-law?

Fall Color Combinations: Fall seems to be the time of color palette exploration but the most popular fall color combinations in 2020 are:

  1. Dusty Blue and Burgundy
  2. Light Beige and Champagne
  3. Rust Orange and Dark Teal
  4. Cinnamon Rose and Dusty Rose
  5. Sage Green and Terracotta

Dried Flowers: There are so many benefits to choosing dried flowers for your fall wedding. They won’t die so you can keep them as a keepsake forever and it’s a more affordable choice.

At the Lone Star Mansion, we’re excited to see Fall 2020 Wedding Trends used at the venue. Ready to reserve your spot for 2021? Let’s get started on your plans.

Covid Inspired Wedding Favors for your Guests

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The philosophy with COVID inspired wedding favors is to acknowledge the timing of your wedding and embrace a little bit of the theme through gift-giving. Some of these wedding guest favors are suitable for a COVID-inspired note, while others can be a subtle nod to the inspiration without giving away all your secrets.

Whether you want to bring notice to the inspiration, your guests will be healthier and happier with these gifts in their COVID arsenal. Plus, these gifts are worthwhile after the wedding vs. a useless throwaway wedding favor.

Artisan Soaps: This one is a no-brainer. Washing your hands with luxurious, hand-crafted soaps aligns with the new-era of COVID. You can still put a love quote on the label. Keep it light-hearted or even comedic!

Immune Boosting Tea: We recommend a turmeric spiced herbal tea that will enhance immunity and boost metabolism. Bonus points for couples who want to include a jar of honey and a note attached.

Stay-at-home Kit: A simple nod to the stay-at-home orders we all received at the start of 2020. The “Stay-at-home” Kit might include your favorite popcorn, movie, and candy, a fun activity like a card game, or maybe even a spa day themed stay-at-home kit. It’s definitely a winner if you’re hosting an intimate wedding.

Succulents for the home: With everyone spending more extensive time at home, plants boost the mood and add some life to any room. Plants are all the rage in culture today, so your guests will be raving about the new addition to their plant family.

Wedding Themed Masks: Since most of your guests won’t want to wear a mask with your name and wedding date around in their daily lives, try offering some masks with your thoughtful vows. If you want something more contextual, you could customize your wedding favor masks with your wedding-themed hashtag. It’s a little remember to tag any photos taken at your wedding and even feature the masks on their social media.

For any virtual guests, send them one of these Covid Inspired Wedding Favors beforehand along with a bottle of champagne. They’ll feel like they’re a part of the experience, from the safety of their home. Ready to start ordering your wedding favors? Connect with us and reserve your big day!