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The Fun Factor: How to Make Your Wedding More Memorable

Debra Witt

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Photo Credit: Mark Greenmantle

Weddings are fun by definition, but if your goal is to make your big day a memorable moment for your family and friends — not just for you and your groom — you’ll want to focus your attention on your guests.

"If a bride wants to hear, ‘This is the best wedding!’ she has to get out of the ‘It’s my day’ mentality and think about the guest experience," says Sasha Souza, a wedding planner based in Napa, California. "From the moment a couple becomes engaged the classic line that gets repeated is, ‘It’s all about the bride’ — but it’s not! The couple is taking on the role of host for the biggest party they’ll probably ever throw. What’s a host’s main role? To make sure their guests are comfortable and enjoying themselves." Check out more wedding planning myths here ►

"Guests have usually been to countless weddings and can predict what’s coming next," says Jennifer Stiebel of SoCo Events in Washington, D.C. How does a couple set their wedding apart from the sea of other happily-ever-afters? "Inject personality and thought into every aspect of your celebration and friends will be talking about the fun they had for years to come!"

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Photo Credit: Josh Lynn Photography

With that in mind, we asked recent brides and wedding planners from across the country to share some creative ways to send your wedding guests home with a smile and unforgettable memories. What they told us ranged from the oh-so-simple touches — like crafting a signature drink or setting up a photo booth — to the why-didn’t-I-think-of-that ideas (midnight milkshakes on the dance floor, anyone?). Use these four concepts to help you and your groom up the fun factor at your wedding.

Next: How to build excitement, hook your guests and more ►

Build Excitement from the Get-Go

In 2012, a couple of classical music lovers asked Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based planner Rebecca Rose to help them pull together their wedding. When she found out how big a role music played in their romance and their lives (the bride sang in an a capella group and they regularly attended symphony and opera performances), they decided to make that the theme of their celebration. Check out our complete guide to wedding music here ►

Instead of sending out save-the dates, for example, they sent out "note-the-date" cards that were in the shape of music notes. At the ceremony, guests were treated to a mini concert featuring a gospel choir, a chamber orchestra, and various soloists.

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Photo Credit: Meredith Perdue Photography

Your fun-factor assignment: Before you start picking out venues and invitations, think about experiences that are important to you and your fiancé. "Figure out what makes you unique as a couple," says Rose. "Think about what brought you together, what you value, and what you both respond to. Those answers are your starting point."

Hook 'Em Before the First Kiss

Yes, your "I do" will be the highlight of the day, but there’s lots you can do to generate smiles leading up to the big kiss. For a recent destination wedding on preppy-chic Nantucket Island in Massachusetts, Stiebel helped one couple create a weekend itinerary that included a lobster bake, island bike ride, and — most talked about — a bow-tie bar where the male guests could pick out a Nantucket-themed bow-tie to wear to the evening wedding. By the time the ceremony rolled around the guests had truly bonded.

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Photo Credit: Justine Ungaro

At the other end of the interest spectrum, Stiebel helped a sportsloving couple incorporate their passion for baseball into the day. "Instead of a standard guest book everyone signed baseballs," she says. "Guests enjoyed delivering their best autograph, and the couple now hangs those baseballs in their home."

Your fun-factor assignment: Once you’ve chosen a theme, brainstorm ways to carry it through to the wedding weekend and ceremony. Keep in mind that "fun" isn’t a nice way of saying break your budget! Fun means unexpected surprises to keep your guests engaged and on their toes.

Think Outside the Ballroom

Many times, the brainstorming can begin and end with your choice of venue. Beth Huxta and Greg Conant, for example, knew they wanted their October 2012 wedding in the Delaware Valley to be relaxed and simple. "We’re an easygoing couple so we didn’t want a fussy wedding," says Beth. So rather than price out ballrooms and reception halls, she and Greg scoured the Internet for summer camps. "What’s more easy-going than summer camp?" she says. Check out "glamping" honeymoon destinations here ►

The couple rented out the campsite and surrounding cabins (total cost, $3,000) for an entire weekend and sent out wreath-shaped invitations giving guests a heads-up that they were going to be heading off to camp. After the ceremony, everyone huddled around a crackling bonfire, sipped apple-cider spiked with whiskey and danced almost until dawn. "We didn’t want to squeeze the whole wedding into five hours," says Beth. “We planned everything out so there was no time for people to wonder what to do next."

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Photo Credit: Robin Proctor

What Beth and Greg did was make their wedding authentic to them, a key element to any great wedding, says Allison Laesser-Keck, owner of Viva La Diva events in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "Your wedding doesn’t just need to be beautiful, it should have elements that speak to your personalities so it’s meaningful," says Laesser-Keck.

As you consider different places to hold your ceremony and reception, she says, ask yourselves, ‘Is this us?’ Reception halls, she adds, can really come to life when you think beyond the tables and dance floor. Consider creating different "rooms" so guests can lounge in one area, have fun at a photo booth in one corner, maybe play table games in another and so on.

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Photo Credit: Jason & Gina Wedding Photographers/Bluebird Productions (left); Katie Holstein Photographers/Bluebird Productions (right)

Next: How to make your celebration memorable ►

Make Your Party, Well, A Party

Not surprisingly, the planners we talked to had a never-ending stream of memorable reception ideas. Rebecca Rose recalled the Texas couple who surprised everyone with impromptu twostepping lessons. Jennifer Stiebel can’t forget the delightful reaction of guests at a recent wedding who were let loose inside a makeshift sweet shop complete with a caricature artist. Similarly, just when guests of one Colorado couple felt the festivities were winding down, Virginia Edelson of Bluebird Events in Aspen helped the duo lead everyone into a "hidden" tent where they were greeted with fruity shots inspired by the Royal Wedding for a drastically different after-party vibe. 

Sasha Souza had fun helping a tech-savvy California couple surprise guests with several different event stations: "Each station had its own atmosphere and food (sushi, grill, patisserie, etc.), but what really made it nice for guests was that at each one they could scan a QR code to receive a secret surprise, like a beer that wasn’t otherwise being offered at the bar." 

But perhaps the most "wow” idea we heard came from Stephanie Yuhas and Matt Conant, Philadelphia filmmakers who walked their guests out of a small movie theater (where they previewed a documentary of their love story that ended with their live-action red-carpet vows) and down the street to an arcade and go-kart center. There, the guests merged right into the center’s regular crowd. "The caterer packed up the leftovers, including the cake, and brought everything to the arcade,” says Stephanie. "We didn’t know how people would react, but you can see how much fun they had on their faces in the pictures."

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Photo Credit: Mike Licisyn

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Photo Credit: Justine Ungaro

Your fun-factor assignment: "Make sure there’s always something happening at your reception," says Souza. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, set up some yard games off to the side, or offer hand and foot massages, she suggests. Toward the end of the reception, when the dancing is starting to die down, bring out an ice-cream bar or work with your caterer to have the staff pass out mini-milkshakes right there on the dance floor — one of Rebecca Rose’s brides did this and had the band play K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s “Shake, Shake, Shake” hit classic. "The ideas you come up with don’t need to be complicated or costly, just creative," she says.

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Photo Credit: Rebecca Bouck Photography

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Photo Credit: Mark Greenmantle

Next: Record all of the fun with these wedding apps ►

There's an App for That

Google + Gifs: Install the Google+ app on your smartphone, turn on auto backup, and ask a few snap-happy wedding- party members to document things like you getting your hair done, guests arriving or key moments on the dance fl oor. The uploaded shots get stitched into a fun animated clip that’s perfect for sharing.

Instagram: Come up with a hashtag for your wedding (be sure to do a search fi rst to make sure yours is unique) and share the tag with your guests. Decide where you want the photos to go (such as a Flickr or Dropbox account or a Facebook page), link everything through an account with ifttt.com (you’ll need to create a “recipe”) and shots with your tag will automatically upload.

Wedpics: Set up an album and invite guests to sync up and snap away. Every photo taken during your ceremony and reception gets uploaded. (You can control what gets shared on social media.) Later on you can organize and edit the shots.

Check out more wedding photo apps ►

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3 Magical Wedding Theme Ideas

Fall in Love

A sprawling barn gets the glamour treatment courtesy of Beth Lindsay Chapman, Candice Dowling Coppola and Carla Ten Eyck, the creative forces behind these celebratory designs. Tyrone Farm, in northwestern Connecticut, was the setting for this candlelit celebration, dressed with moss and mirrors, patterned plates and vintage velvet.

The jumping-off point: "Autumn in New England is all about color, comfort and classic memories, and we wanted to put the focus on this warm and wonderful season."

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Says Coppola: "I chose a warm, autumn-inspired color story of various shades in marigold, ivory, brown and green. Layering colors, including tones of the same shade, added dimension to the overall design." Outside, the blazing autumnal leaves carried the color palette across the grounds to gorgeous, natural effect.

Twine-wrapped bouquet by Just for You Floral Design LLC.

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Heirloom earrings and vintage fur for "something old."

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A beribboned flower girl.

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A pear table setting exudes seasonal flair, as do the mirrors and moss decorations that bedeck each chair. 

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Cool greens counter the warm, autumnal tones.

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Toasted s’mores cupcakes from Lovely Lollies and an enticing clutch of fudge pops.

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Plus, check out 100 Ideas for Fall Weddings.

Next: Vintage appeal ►

Photo Credit: Carla Ten Eyck

Vintage Appeal

Take a waterfront mansion, add tufted chairs, a two-story fireplace and masses of blooms, stir in liberal amounts of sequins, beading and lace trim and you might just find Daisy Buchanan herself on the guest list. The dramatic venue, Branford House Mansion in Groton, CT, complete with its Italian marble staircase, paneled walls and grand ballroom served as inspiration for the team’s creative story. From the sparkling sequins to the antique floral china and the bride’s own vintage feather stole, there was high drama in the details and a refined opulence in the air.

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"To play off the lavish attitude of the Gatsby era, we introduced a touch of silver in the table linens by Nuage Linens," says Coppola. "When designing a wedding based on a particular time period, do a bit of research. The best places to look for inspiration are art and architecture books, magazines, movies and even music reflecting the era." 

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Feather-accented bouquet with peonies by Hana Floral Design. 

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Jazz Age-inspired paper suite by Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design.

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A gilded art deco cake by Ana Parzych Custom Cakes.

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Plus, check out Glamorous Gatsby-Inspired Wedding Ideas.

Next: Modern glam ►

Photo Credit: Carla Ten Eyck

Modern Glam

Sometimes, the simplicity of a clean, white setting can motivate the most magical leaps of creative faith. The team knew they wanted to celebrate shades of white, sparked with golden accents throughout, to create a sleek and modern vibe with feminine details.

Inspired by the contemporary glamour of the oceanside venue — Belle Mer, in Newport, Rhode Island — they put the focus on design elements that felt architectural, including the tablecloth drenched in gold paillettes, the art deco menu cards printed on Plexiglas and the striking centerpiece: curcuma blooms (a type of ginger) suspended from pure white painted branches. 

Bouquet and centerpiece by Tony Palmieri at Datura, a Modern Garden.

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All dressed up: a fanciful wedding cake by A Little Imagination Cakes.

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Mini-cakes make a sweet, stylish favor.

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Response cards (and paper design throughout) by Coral Pheasant Stationery+ Design.

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Adapted from The White Wedding Dress in Color: Wedding Inspirations for the Modern Bride, © Beth Lindsay Chapman, Candice Dowling Coppola and Carla Ten Eyck, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

Photo Credit: Carla Ten Eyck

25+ Edible Wedding Favors Your Guests Won’t Leave Behind

instead of sending guests home with trinkets that'll likely sit around collecting dust, give them a treat they won't be able to resist digging into. We taste-tested dozens of ideas to find the best bets for your wedding. Here, check out 25+ crowd-pleasing favorites.


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Stylish Ways to Display Your Food & Drinks

Sharon Naylor

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Photo Credit: Gemma Comas

It’s all about DIY, says Amy Atlas. “I’ve seen make-your-own pizza topping bars, mashed potato and French fry bars and pancake bars for the day-after brunch. On the dessert side, I’ve seen milkshake bars, popcorn bars, gelato and donut bars, and for drinks mimosa bars and end-of- the-night juice bars and coffee bars.”

Bar Design Basics

► Use fabulous furniture. Set your food or drinks on a gorgeous vintage dresser, a gleaming grand piano or on a rustic table to add a dazzling sense of design to your venue.

► Plan strategically to avoid lines. Brian Worley suggests positioning bars where lines will not extend onto the dance floor or around corners; working with your venue manager will help determine the best bar placement.

► Create a great backdrop. It might be an oversized sign for your signature dessert bar, a chandelier hung above your beverage bar or a dramatic picture window behind a grand vintage table.

► "Bars are a form of functional décor,” says Mark Kingsdorf, director of business development for bar rental company JustBars.com. “They are a place for social interaction,” so place them creatively around your venue, indoors and out, keeping them out of the corners of your space.

► Create theme-inspired ID signs to let guests know what the food, drink or dessert is, using print motifs like flourishes and chevrons that match your reception decor.

► “Pick both tall and low vessels to show off your food and to make the table visually interesting,” recommends Amy Atlas.

► "Make sure your serveware pieces fit the sensibility of the theme. If the the event has a vintage look, choose milk-glass or hobnail vessels. If the event has a modern sensibility, choose vessels that are angular with clean lines.”

► “Select flat serving pieces for food items that can’t be piled up (like cupcakes) and choose compotes and bowls for food items that can be piled high (like macarons and truffles).”

► Bring in a big focal point behind the bar. “A printed backdrop is a great idea, but if you are not planning on printing a backdrop, you can use fabric bun- ting, poms, or hanging strips of fabric or yarn.”

Amy Atlas's Dos and Don'ts

  • Don’t place your bar in an area where waiters can’t get to it to replenish.
  • Don’t place the bar too far away from the kitchen.
  • Do allow enough space for there to be good flow around the table.
  • Do label anything containing nuts. 
  • Do choose vessels with wide enough openings; don’t pick a container for candy that guests can’t get their scoop into!
  • Do provide enough scoops and tongs.
  • Do hire enough staff to replenish bar fare.

Next: How to Serve Your Main Course ►

The main event

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Photo Credit: Annie McElwain

“Build your own” burgers, sliders, ceviche and more: When it comes to burgers, mini sizes are your best bet, since they’re easier to handle, and guests can fill their plates with a trio of different burger types: sirloin, tuna or veggie, for example. Topping choices can include onions, mushrooms, bacon plus classics like tomato and pickle slices. “Provide a selection of cheeses in addition to classic cheddar, like gorgonzola, blue cheese and brie,” says Andrea Correale, celebrity chef and owner of Elegant Affairs in New York City and Long Island. Or how about mini-sandwich sliders of smoked pulled pork and barbecued brisket along with mini Reubens on rye and bite-size crab cakes?

Brian Worley, celebrity event designer at Your-Bash.com, likes to do a raw bar with oysters, littleneck clams and shrimp, but takes it further with a customized ceviche station that allows guests to pick their raw seafood ingredients, then have a server mix everything together in a cocktail shaker and serve it in a martini glass.

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Photo Credit: Sherman Chu, courtesy of Sasha Souza Events

And who among us could resist the siren call of a potato bar? Audrey Chaney of Botanica Floral Design styled a recent spuds bar with “potato wedges, potato skins, twice-baked potatoes, french fries and, yes, Tater Tots.” The add-ons are endless, from bacon, chives, mushrooms to shredded cheddar and sour cream and beyond. Don’t forget the gravy!

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Photo Credit: Milou + Olin Photography

Andrea Correale serves up pear-shaped potato croquettes.

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Photo courtesy of Elegant Affairs, Inc.

Next: Fabulous Dessert Ideas ►

Just desserts

Tiffany MacIsaac, executive pastry chef of Birch & Barley, Iron Gate and Bijoux Patisserie Exclusivité in Washington, DC says that pie bars are not only a growing trend, but a budget-saver as well, since a bountiful pie bar can be created for less than the cost of a wedding cake. “For fall weddings, we like to present the pies in a rustic, farm table setting, and include such flavors as a double-crusted apple pie (add- ing bacon for a gourmet twist), sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie and other seasonal flavors.” Other popular pie bar flavors include cherry, blueberry, boysenberry, and chocolate pecan. Correale likes to go with bite-size triangles of sugary pie-crust “fries” for crunch and flavor, as well as homey blueberry cobbler, apple crisp and banana bread pudding. “Anything on a stick is a super-popular dessert bar option, from Rice Krispie bars to mini cupcakes to cake-ball pops," said Worley

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Photo courtesy of Elegant Affairs, Inc.

When it comes to adding color to your bar offerings, look no further than the fabulous French macaron. These dainty, cream-filled sandwich cookies come in a range of colors, from wedding theme-matching pastels to fashion-forward neons. You can take a bold monochromatic approach or go for a rainbow coalition of hues. The choice is yours.

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Photo Credit: Gemma Comas, courtesy of Amy Atlas

S’mores bars are particularly suited to every iteration of rustic celebration, from country garden to nighttime “glamping” campfire-fueled fêtes. Your chocoholic guests will be in heaven. Andrea Correale likes to riff on the theme, offering a deconstructed version in a bowl layered with chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallow fluff and marshmallows dipped in chocolate then covered in graham-cracker crumbs.

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Photo courtesy of Hollywood Candy Girls

Donuts are another fast-rising dessert star, says Tiffany MacIsaac, who proposes donut “trees” and platters of apple cider donuts, pumpkin glazed and chocolate versions, plus every groom’s favorite: the maple-glazed, bacon- topped donut. Also coming on strong: cookie bars, says Jackie Sorkin, owner of celebrity-favorite Hollywood Candy Girls. “A cookie bar can feature your favorite cookies from when you were children, even if it’s just Oreos.” Other picks include frosted sugar cookies, oatmeal, shortbread, peanut butter and macadamia nut cookies (popular for beachy destination celebrations).

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Photo Credit: Abby Rose Photo

Candy bars are tied with macarons when you want to play up specific wedding colors, and cupcake bars remain a perennial favorite, in both newsier flavors like red velvet and the traditional white-frosted cupcake that can be arranged in tiers beneath a small wedding cake layer at the top of the cupcake “tree.”

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Photo Credit: Tori Ava Photography

Next: Creative Drinks ►

Drink up

“I love to pair signature drinks with either the theme of the event or with the season,” Atlas says. “I love bringing in seasonal flavors as well. That first drink sets the stage for the event and gives a taste to your guests of what is coming up. A warm white chocolate cocoa could be a great drink for a winter white wedding, while a pumpkin spice drink could be great for the fall.” For a summer celebration, consider a sangria bar. Colorful and delightfully fresh and fruity, sangria ranges from traditional red to white-wine based, with peach, pear and pomegranate bases in between. For a customized, DIY approach, consider a glass-pitcher lineup of different sangria “bases,” with bowls of assorted fruits to mix in as desired.

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Photo courtesy of Maggie Lord

Whiskey is trending, and Johnique Woods, co-owner of The Posh Knot Event Management, Planning and Styling in San Diego CA says, “We hired a mixologist to man the groom’s whiskey bar at a recent wedding. Guests enjoyed their whiskey straight up or mixed with mint and peach tea and stirred with a sugar-cane stick.”

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Photo Credit: D. Park Photography

A sparkling wine bar featuring various fruit juices helps stretch your champagne or prosecco supply, making this a great budget saver. Cocktails might feature pomegranate, raspberry, pear, orange or other juices, with a berry dropped into each champagne flute for effect.

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Photo Credit: Tori Ava Photography

A beer bar is another budget-friendly option, especially now, with craft beers having a major moment. Include a range of flavor profiles from light and bright to heartier ales and stouts. Frosted mugs add the perfect chill effect.

beer bar
Photo Credit: Milou + Olin Photography

To keep energy up: “Coffee bars are great,” Atlas says. “I’m seeing exotic blends, iced-coffee or cold-brew bars and steam-punk-styled coffee bars.” Or consider a self-service iced-tea bar, offering pitchers of sweet and unsweetened tea, peach and berry tea and of course a pitcher of lemonade so guests can make their own Arnold Palmer blend. Give these non-alcoholic drinks signature “cocktail” names as well, for a festive flourish. And a lineup of bright and colorful sodas in retro-style glass bottles creates a vibrant non-alcoholic bar experience for both nondrinkers and kids.

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Phot Credit: Leylla Badeanlou of Imagery with Impact

Love, American Style: Barn Weddings

Set the scene

Think about bringing the outdoors in and vice versa as you envision your overall design: fresh flowers and greenery inside, comfortable places to perch and/or mingle outside. Play to the scale of your venue. Take advantage of soaring ceilings with hanging poms or lanterns. Keep the mood intimate with low benches and cozy seating arrangements. Country venues tend to be sprawling, with twists and turns galore. Signs pointing your guests in the right direction help ensure a smooth flow from ceremony to cocktails to reception. Consider the season: Spring and summer lend themselves to lush, garden themes; fall is the perfect time to bring in crisp autumn tones, along with pretty apples and pumpkins.

Mismatched chairs are the perfect partners to a farmhouse table. For centerpieces, display cottage-garden blooms in an earthenware crock.

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Or, try this idea: White-on-white blooms and a doily table number.

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Welcomey your guests with a charming outdoor display and thirst-quenchers spiked with mint and fresh berries.

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Berrylicious treats make cheery wedding décor.

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All signs point to fun. Fresh apples bookend a birch-tree escort-card display.

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Décor details

Focus on small nuances and personal touches. Whether it’s a rosemary sprig in the napkins, butcher’s twine around cup- cake boxes or burlap bows around the chairs, these are the details that create unforgettable memories. Strive to maintain a balance between “rustic” and “chic.” Think reclaimed wood against gorgeous white lace, or a grand chandelier hanging from a simple, hand-hewn beam. The décor you bring in should never attempt to cover up the rustic charm but instead enhance it. Be strategic with color accents throughout. Consider shades like yellow, blue, pink, to offset the prevailing tones of green (outdoors) and brown (indoors).

Consider a pastoral outdoor setting.

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Forever classic: hanging Mason jar lights.

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Choose invitation colors befitting a country-chic wedding.

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Pops of turquoise offset neutral table linens. And share the love: a plant stand turned cupcake display.

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Barns 101

Barns are not always a standard shape, so make sure the floor plan will accommodate the number of people on your guest list. On a budget? A barn offers so much natural appeal that major décor expenses can be pared down to allow the beauty of the space itself to shine through. Barns can be lit to stunningly beautiful effect. They often have minimal lighting to begin with, so consider twinkling string or Mason-jar lights.  A barn’s cathedral-like ceiling can also make the venue feel impersonal. Hanging swags of lace or fabric about 12 feet above the tables adds warmth without compromising the breathtaking scale of the space.

String lights placed just so focus the wedding activity towards an open-sided barn.

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A framed chalkboard sign adds to the homespun vibe. Light up the path with an array of lanterns on tree stumps. 

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A burlap-swagged display serves as the perfect gift table.

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Stack favors beneath a floral display, and serve a vine-embellished wedding cake.

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Adapted from Barn Weddings, text ©2013 Maggie Lord, published by Gibbs Smith.


Wedding Inspiration: Desert Rose


A treasured vintage sepia-toned photograph was the jumping-off point for artist Kristy Rice of Momental Designs, who collaborated with Forevermore Events in St. George, UT to create this naturally stunning scenario. Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, UT, served as the venue; the backdrop, courtesy of Mother Nature!

“I’d long wanted to interpret sepia imagery: the tones, dreamy textures and filtered light of a vintage photograph, brought to life with soft-focus, charming details and pops of lush, rosy hues," said Rice.

Vintage white-painted chairs pop against the backdrop's more subdued desert shades. The tablecloth was cut extra long, for better draping. 

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Wedding Inspiration: Desert Rose

A treasured vintage sepia-toned photograph was the jumping-off point for artist Kristy Rice of Momental Designs, who collaborated with Forevermore Events in St. George, UT to create this naturally stunning scenario. Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, UT, served as the venue; the backdrop, courtesy of Mother Nature!

“I’d long wanted to interpret sepia imagery: the tones, dreamy textures and filtered light of a vintage photograph, brought to life with soft-focus, charming details and pops of lush, rosy hues," said Rice.

Vintage white-painted chairs pop against the backdrop's more subdued desert shades. The tablecloth was cut extra long, for better draping. 

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“The locale’s dramatic, sun-drenched sunsets inform the reception’s color palette. Shades of rose-gold, coral and copper are seen at every turn."  The mismatched white chairs were sourced from Big Day Vintage in Salt Lake City, UT. 

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Shimmering table settings with artful menus encourage guests to "marvel and mingle."

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Custom watercolor linens and all paper goods by Momental Designs. Kristy drew an organic floral pattern and crowned the stationery suite with hand calligraphy from MM Ink Studio.

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Palm-sized programs feature the couple's names hand-painted on each with watercolor brushstrokes.

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The gorgeous floral designs are by Bloomers in St. George, UT. Here, a clutch of peonies in a hobnail vessel.

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A pale pink milk-glass compote holds an arrangement of David Austin roses, peonies and a ripe peach.

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The perfectly ombréed cupcakes topped with crystallized ginger, edible glitter and nuts were crafted by 25 Main, a bakery in St. George.

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Photo Credit: With Love and Embers