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. 

 

Ready to book your dream wedding? Contact us today! 

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.