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The Questions You Need to Ask Your Wedding Caterer

February 3, 2017
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Catering can make or break your wedding. It can be easy to choose the caterer who serves the most beautiful and delicious food, but that’s not everything. You need to ensure that the caterer will meet your requirements – especially if you’ve got a unique vision for your wedding. Here are some questions to ask every caterer to assess whether they’ll be the right fit for your wedding:

Do you have a license?

Caterers need to meet health department standards and have liability insurance. If they serve alcohol, do they have a liquor license? You don’t want them or you getting in trouble in case something bad happens. If they are serving the alcohol, they must have liquor liability insurance. When your guests leave, if they get injured or damage property, the insurance will minimize how much trouble you get in.

What service styles do you have?

You need to have a set budget and let them know what that number is. They need to know how much you can spend per guest so they can let you know what your options are. Will it be a buffet style or a plated dinner? Family-style or cocktail-style? Choose what will fit best with your wedding.

Can I decide the menu, or is it fixed?

Maybe you and other guests hate seafood but the caterer serves some kind of seafood with each menu. Or maybe you want to serve cheesecake as the dessert. You would want to make sure that you could change the menu. Be prepared to give the caterer a list of foods that guests are allergic to so they make sure to be prepared for those guests. Allowing guests to choose from a couple of entree choices is always a nice touch. Just have the guests answer which entree they prefer on the RSVP. Check to see if you can get a tasting before you hire them so you make sure that your guests will enjoy the food.

Do you provide alcohol and the cake?

This could save you money because they would provide the bartender and you could buy the alcohol in bulk. A nice plus is that you could get a reimbursement on any unopened bottles. Just be sure they have a liquor license with liability insurance! It will make things easier on you if they provide the cake. If they don’t provide bundles, don’t stress about it. It’s easy to find a baker who can make your dream cake.

Do you provide rentals and a setup and breakdown fee?

Your caterer can coordinate with rentals because you will need tables, chairs, glassware, plateware, and dinnerware. As for the setup and breakdown fee, it should be applied towards your contract. Having them do all the work will take some stress off your plate. Something that any bride would love.

Do you provide vendor meals and is your staff trained?

Your vendors will be hungry after the long days work. It is a kind gesture to feed them and supply them water so they stay hydrated. When they are well taken care of, they will continue to do amazing work. Making sure the caterer has a well-trained staff will ensure that everyone has a wonderful time. The staff should know the proper ways to serve your guests, have nice manners, and wear the proper attire.

Remember

You are hiring them to do a job. They will work hard for you and try their best to keep you and your guests happy, but they need to be treated kindly and with respect. Ask them all of your questions and find the best caterer for your wedding. They need to meet your standards but you need to be willing to compromise on some things. Good caterers will work with you as best as they can.

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Plan Your Dream Wedding with These 15 Online Wedding Planning Tools

January 20, 2017
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Here are 15 wedding planning tools that should be used to plan every wedding:

 

VenueCenter

VenueCenter is the simplest way to search for, request a quote, and book venues online. With an extensive collection of thousands of venues and powerful filtering tools you’ll be able to find the perfect venue in a matter of minutes.

 

The Knot Wedding Websites

The Knot’s free wedding website tool allows you to choose from 100+ designs and then customize and personalize the site providing guests with important details such as the date, location, gift registry and more.

 

GigMasters

GigMasters was designed specifically to hire live musicians and DJs for your wedding but has since come to include other vendors as well. It allows you to see photos, videos and verified reviews of a variety of vendors in your area.

 

HitchSwitch

HitchSwitch helps you change your name after getting married. (It’s harder than you think and can take months to do it on your own!)

 

Skipper

Skipper is a hotel booking website that specializes in booking large blocks (8 or 9 rooms) for weddings.

 

Brideside

Brideside simplifies picking bridesmaids dresses, allowing you to choose over 350 styles from the world’s leading designers, and providing help along the way including inspiration, sizing and more.

 

WeddingWire Planning Tools

From a powerful budget tool, to a checklist, seating and more, WeddingWire’s free tools promise to help alleviate stress and start planning.

 

Wedding Hashtag Generator

Wedding Hashtag Generator helps you create the perfect hashtag for you wedding. This is especially important when doing crowdsourced photos or other things which incorporate an Instagram feed.

 

AllSeated

AllSeated is a powerful tool created for event planners (but just as easily utilized by couples) for creating and managing seating arrangements and guest lists. AllSeated offers exact floorplans to scale, and uses 3D viewing, timelines and more to make your life simpler.

 

VistaPrint

Few consider using VistaPrint for their save the dates and invitations, but it’s quality, design and pricing is hard to beat – even when going a DIY route! You’ll wow guests and save time by customizing and sending invitations and save the dates with VistaPrint.

 

TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is a marketplace originally created for projects like cleaning and small home repairs/improvements. Don’t let it’s original purpose fool you though, if you’re looking for a photographer, DJ, or other vendor you may be able to find them on this platform for cheaper than on wedding specific platforms!

 

NearlyNewlywed

NearlyNewlywed allows you to get your hands on beautiful designer wedding dresses for significantly less by only selling used and sample/showroom gowns. If you do get your dress on here, you’ll save hundreds on the gown of your dreams!

 

Zola

Zola is a wedding registry that enables you to combine different brands, experiences and even ask for cash all on the same page. This makes it easier for both you and your friends and family.

 

The Black Tux

The Black Tux is a Tux and Suit rental service that doesn’t suck. They use high quality fabric, great looking designs, and do it all at a great price.

 

Loverly

Loverly is unique as they offer virtual wedding planning services. You’ll connect with and chat with an online concierge to help inspire, plan and coordinate your wedding!

Houston Venues

4 Pet Friendly Wedding Venues in Houston

January 6, 2017
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If a dog is really man’s best friend, is it that crazy to think one could be your best man? Many couples who’s pets occupy a special place in their heart are coming up with unique ways to incorporate pets on their wedding days.

However, many forget to consider the fact that they need a pet friendly wedding venue to be able to incorporate their pets in their big day. These are the top 4 wedding venues in Houston which allow pets:

1. The Rothko Chapel

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The Rothko Chapel – Houston, TX

With it’s understated beauty and serene atmosphere, The Rothko Chapel is an ideal space for weddings in the Houston, Texas area. Considered a sacred place, this chapel is kind enough to allow pets to take part in the wedding day activities (so long as they are well trained).

2. 1940 Air Terminal Museum

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1940 Air Terminal Museum – Houston, TX

For the couple who are both history/aviation buffs and pet lovers, the 1940 Air Terminal Museum is the perfect wedding venue. With exhibit rooms filled with artifacts, photographs, uniforms, vintage aircraft, and airline memorabilia, the terminal turned museum charts the triumph and progression of both private and commercial flight in Texas history.

As an added bonus, the museum also affords a front row vantage point to Hobby Airport’s diverse airport operations. It’s like your wedding will have it’s own private airshow consisting of airline traffic, business aviation, and frequent fixed wing and rotary wing general aviation traffic!

3. Silver Sycamore Bed & Breakfast

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Silver Sycamore Bed & Breakfast – Houston, TX

The Silver Sycamore wedding and reception venue in Pasadena Texas boasts a reception venue, restaurant, tea room, bed and breakfast, bridal cottage, shopping village, coffee house, two gazebos and a lush, five-acre garden.

This is great news for brides and grooms who long for a rustic and peaceful wedding and reception venue where everything is available ‘under one roof’ and the folk really are genuinely hospitable.

4. Hotel Indigo Houston At The Galleria

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Hotel Indigo Houston At The Galleria – Houston, TX

Thoughtfully situated in the trendy Uptown district, Hotel Indigo Houston At the Galleria features cool colors, elegant decor, and boutique-styling that gives an atmosphere of distinction and inspiration.

With many amenities like free WI-Fi, the venue is sure to impress and make for a smooth and worry free wedding day. It’s the perfect pet friendly wedding venue in Houston for couples looking for a simple, yet unique experience.

 

Weddings

4 American Wedding Traditions We Don’t Want to Die

January 5, 2017
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2016 more than any year before, saw a huge backlash towards (previously) popular wedding traditions. While some traditions definitely deserved to be forgotten, it’d be a shame if we lost all of our traditions! Here are a few American wedding traditions that are seeing a decline in popularity, but should be kept alive:

1. The House Party

No, it’s not that kind of house party.

A house party is the friends and families who aren’t standing at the altar with you, but are still assigned to an important wedding function. These may be the people doing readings, speeches, and even those who are ushering in guests. It’s custom to include your house party in all of the same festivities as you would your bridal party, including lunches, showers, and even the bachelorette party.

The house party originated in the south (and more specifically, Texas). It is where the controversial concept of the honorary bridesmaid came from.

2. A Groom’s Cake

Groom’s cakes were originally a Victorian era English tradition that came over to the states and has lived on in the South. The tradition is simply that the groom gets to choose their own dessert and its decoration. His dessert is then served alongside the Bride’s cake (which is the larger wedding cake that most of us consider to be the wedding cake.”

The groom’s cake can be decorated in his favorite sports team’s colors or in a way that shows off his hobby or personality. He typically decides the flavor as well, and in the past, it was custom to lace the groom’s cake with alcohol. Now flavors are typically rich, unique flavors like peanut butter and chocolate.

3. Venetian Hour

The dessert bar is a popular fixture at today’s weddings, but few realize where this originated: the venetian hour. The venetian hour is like a dessert bar on steroids. It’s a massive assortment of desserts ranging from cookies to pies and even fancy desserts like bananas foster and more. It’s so large that many brides understandably choose to forego a wedding cake, however the venetian hour is typically served after the cake has been served and nobody will blame you for serving both!

If you couldn’t tell by the name, the Venetian hour originated in Italy, but was brought over to the U.S. by Italian Immigrants. Since, it’s become a cherished tradition in New York and New Jersey.

4. Homemade Cookie Table

Originating in Pittsburgh, the Cookie Table is a tradition that basically boils down to having a giant assortment of cookies at your wedding. Typically, family and close friends will make their family recipes for cookies and bring them to the wedding in the hundreds. This enables guests to try a wide variety of cookie recipes.

Now you don’t need to require all the cookies to be handmade, and a few could be bought, but remember the goal is to to have cookies which your guests have likely never tried so if you do go the store bought option, try to find a boutique cookie shop or bakery that sells some of your favorite cookies so that guests can still get a unique experience!

Dallas Venues

4 Pet Friendly Wedding Venues in DFW

December 27, 2016
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If you’re a couple who has fallen in love with unique ways to incorporate pets on your wedding day, you may be surprised to find out that most wedding venues won’t allow you to bring pets on your wedding day. Don’t give up though! There are still plenty of great pet friendly wedding venues out there!

 

These are the top 4 wedding venues in Dallas-Fort Worth which allow pets:

1. Glass Cactus Nightclub

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Glass Cactus Nightclub – Grapevine, TX

Overlooking the romantic Lake Grapevine, the Glass Cactus Nightclub offers a great space for a contemporary, but romantic wedding. Featuring in house cuisine and a full bar, the space will be perfect for couples looking for an all in one package. The soundstage is perfect for live bands as well, making for a great space for any wedding.

2. Studios 1019

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Studios 1019 – Dallas, TX

With rock walls, lush greenery and the soothing sound of a 15’ tall water feature, Studios 1019 makes for a wonderfully contemporary wedding venue that feels more like New York than Dallas. The studio space is actually an awe inspiring loft and features wardrobe and makeup rooms, wifi, bathrooms and plenty more. Your guests, including your 4 legged friends, will love this space and the beautiful backdrop it provides.

3. 129 Leslie

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129 Leslie – Dallas, TX

129 Leslie is the perfect space for your wedding, reception, or both. This industrial-chic, white canvas of a space can be colored with flowers, table skirts and draping. This space is huge, accommodating up to 350 wedding guests. During the day this versatile space has stunning natural light provided by large skylights and sunlight coming through the piercing front entrance. Evening events can be dramatically lit in any way you can imagine.

4. Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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The Perot Museum – Dallas, TX

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is one of the most distinctive new wedding venues in DFW. It’s truly a one of a kind location, with plenty to take in and a unique backdrop for your wedding or reception. Plus, being close to some of Dallas’s best hotels, it’s a great choice for out of town guests.

Weddings

7 Wedding Music Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

December 13, 2016
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Many brides and Grooms are skipping the typical wedding band and DJ in favor of putting together their own playlists. Not only does this save money at a time when many are looking for what costs can be cut, it can give you full control over your music (and as a result, the atmosphere) of your wedding.

Playlists can be a great way to play music at your wedding, so long as you avoid these 7 mistakes:

1. Using Shuffle

One of the biggest mistakes a couple can make with their wedding playlist is putting it on shuffle! For a playlist that’ll truly shine, skip the shuffle feature and instead create a playlist the old fashioned way: Mixtape style.

Your playlist will be at its best when you choose songs that will play well one after another. This allows you to fine tune the mood and atmosphere of your wedding by playing different genres and tempos of music at different times, which bring us to our next point:

2. Not Having a Goal

This may sound crazy at first, but every song in your playlist should have a reason for being there. Each song contributes to the vibe, the theme of the moment. This means that you should be using your songs to get guests pumped up and on the dance floor, to slow things down with romantic slow dances, then to give guests a break while they get drinks/eat, etc.

When creating your playlist, think about the guests who will be at your wedding. Think about when they’ll be listening to this music and think about what direction you want to nudge the party. Do you want guests on their feet and dancing? Choose some of today’s hits and sprinkle in some oldies to nudge the wedding guests into dancing.

3. Not playing music that EVERYONE will enjoy

Keep in mind all of the guests at your wedding. You’ll likely have an older crowd and a younger crowd to please, so ensure that everyone hears music that they’ll enjoy. A great way to bridge the gap (so to speak) is with modern remixes of classic songs. In these cases, you can appeal to both crowds as it often retains the same feel as the original while updated with more contemporary bits.

4. Lacking Variety

You can make two major mistakes when creating your playlist – not including enough variety and not spacing genres out enough. If you play 4 club bangers back to back and then switch to jazz, it’s going to leave your guests confused and even disconnected. On the other hand, if you play only one genre at your wedding it’ll lose your guest’s interest.

Try to blend a good mix of genres and give them space to breathe. If you’re in doubt, you can always add top 40 hits from different periods.

5. Not Playing Your Favorite Songs

Don’t leave yourself out either! It’s your wedding and you ought to enjoy the music at it! If you’ve got songs that are a must play, but fear that guests may not like them as much don’t fear! If you want to play one of your favorite songs, but it’s a lesser known track an easy trick is to sandwich it between two popular songs with a similar tempo and feel.

6. Making Too Few Cuts

Imaging your playlist is a book. Now, picture you’ve just written your book and, without editing, send it off to the New York Times. It’s not going to be a best-seller no matter how good because it lacked editing. Your playlist is the same exact way. In order for it to truly shine you’re going to need to make some cuts.

Start by checking the playlist’s length. You’ll want about 3 hours of music to ensure that the playlist is long enough to last without missing out on some great songs. After getting the length right, listen to your playlist a few times and look to ensure there aren’t any offensive lyrics or odd songs that disrupt the flow of the music.

7. Having No Backup Plan

Last but certainly not least, many forget to make a backup playlist. Your Best bet is to create a quick list of top 40 hits that you can switch to in case your main playlist isn’t playing well with the current crowd.

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7 Engagement Photo Ideas

November 22, 2016
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Taking engagement photos is one of the best ways to document the entire process. Planning a wedding can be exhausting and taking engagement photos can bring the much-needed relaxation. This is also an opportunity to unleash your creativity. At the same time, taking these type of photos lets the couple learn more about their wedding photographer and vice versa. The photographer can learn more about the couple and what they really want when it comes to photography the more time they spend together. Even though professional photographers can provide suggestions about the best engagement photo session, we will present seven engagement photo ideas that may inspire you.

First dates

This is definitely one of the most beautiful parts in every relationship. The initial excitement and the effort to learn more about your partner are feelings that cannot be forgotten. That’s why it is a smart idea to go to the places where you dated and even wear some clothes that you used to wear back then if possible. If you remember this day because of the specific weather (for instance if it was raining), you can get some umbrellas and use sprinklers if you are taking photos on a sunny day.

The special place

Many couples have a special, exclusive place where they don’t go with other people (and we are not talking about the bedroom). It might be some hill or park where you used to visit alone. Visit this place and take some memorable engagement photos.

Athletic photo session

Do you love sports and fitness? If you and your partner are athletic types of people then you can visit the local gym and take some great photos. Don’t forget that you will need to dress adequately. You can also make an athletic outdoor photo session in case you usually use the local park for fitness activities.

Shared hobbies

Every person has specific interests and hobbies, but there is a great chance that both you and your partner share at least one hobby or activity that you find joy in. For example, maybe you both like baking cakes. If this is the case, ask the photographer to come to the kitchen and let them take some fun and interesting engagement photos.

Places abroad that you have visited

Do you remember the time when you enjoyed your holiday abroad? Well, it might be a good idea to visit that place again and take some engagement photos there.

A rustic ranch

Are you a fan of the countryside? There is no doubt that couples can take some incredible engagement photos if they visit some rustic ranch out of town. There is something about nature and the surroundings that make the photos special. In addition, the couple will feel completely relaxed and happy in these calm and peaceful areas.

Run from zombies

The last engagement photo idea is for the brave ones and those who want a completely different engagement photo session. You can use the help of your friends and turn them into zombies trying to catch you and your partner.

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10 Unique, Personal Wedding Favors

November 14, 2016
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Wedding planning can be one of the most exciting and stressful experiences in your life. In the end, you can rest assured that all of the effort you’ve put into this activity will pay off. According to many experts, the small details can make a huge difference when it comes to the success of your wedding day. One of these small details is the wedding favors.

Wedding favors have been used for hundreds of years. Some sources say that they came in the form of small chocolates. Wedding favors are small gifts that are given to the guests of the wedding. In other words, they are used as a sign of appreciation. The best part about these favors is that it is up to the couples to choose them and that there are many different types of wedding favors to choose from. If you want to impress your guests, you should opt for unique, personal wedding favors and we have prepared a list of ideas that can help you.

1.  Maple syrup

Let’s be clear, almost every person likes sweet treats and this is exactly what they will get if you use maple syrup as a wedding favor. Find a suitable bottle and fill it with maple syrup or buy some from the local store. Remember to add a tag that describes the event and highlights your appreciation.

2.  Wooden magnets

Many people are collecting magnets and they can surely use such a favor on their fridge This simple, yet unique item can be engraved with your names or the date and initials of the couple. They can be designed in different forms.

3.  Caramel apples

Now here’s another sweet wedding favor that your guests will love. Wrap a caramel apple into cellophane and top it with toffee or sprinkles to improve the taste and appearance. Remember to tie an appreciation tag to the handle.

4.  Succulent plants

Why not give something that your guests can keep and watch grow over time? Give them a cute succulent plant and ask them to grow and take proper care of it.

5.  Candy favors

If you want to stick to the tradition and add a personal touch to the wedding favors you can use candy favors or small boxes filled with candies to be more precise. Don’t hesitate to use goodie bags and small jars.

6.  Unique personalized ornaments

Use wooden or ceramic ornaments to share some love messages or decorate glass bulbs with pieces of dried flowers. Everyone likes unique personalized ornaments.

7.  Personalized cookies made of sugar

If your guests feel the urge to eat something sweet, they will be amazed by these cookies. Use sugar or other edible decorations to write down your initials on the cookies.

8.  Wedding day soundtrack

Use the help of your wedding DJ to choose the most memorable songs from your wedding and create a CD that you will use as a wedding favor.

9.  Peppermint bark

Put the bark in a wrapping and include a recipe inside the package. Your guests will appreciate this!

10.  Personalized wedding cards

We all use cards every once in awhile, so why not personalize a set of beautiful cards and give these sets to the guests?

Wedding Themes and Colors

7 Popular Wedding Themes in 2016

November 10, 2016
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Having a hard time choosing your wedding’s theme? Take some inspiration from these 7 popular wedding themes:

1. Lush Weddings

Combining green wedding colors with greenery everywhere, these weddings are best described as lush. Usually they’ll take place outdoors or in a rustic venue (like a barn or farm). The highlights of this theme are its use of plants and other greenery to decorate.

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2. Vintage Weddings

Vintage weddings have always been popular, but 2016 brought a more stylized approach incorporating vintage items from Etsy with vibrant, yet royal colors.

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3. Bohemian Weddings

Bohemian weddings are a special kind of wedding that’s become popular in 2016. A sort of mix and match of different wedding styles and eras, these weddings tend to be quirky, creative, unconventional, and carefree.

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4. Twilight Weddings

While this is an unexpected theme for sure, it’s easy to see why it’s on this list. The forest setting with hanging flowers, rustic yet elegant seating, and other fairytale-esque features have made this a beautiful theme and one which is likely to stick around.

5. Fairytale Weddings

Fairytale weddings have always been popular and 2016 was no exception. They continue to be a popular theme and can take many different looks depending on the couple (making them a versatile theme).

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6. Pastel Weddings

Pastel weddings have been one of the biggest trends in recent years, with pastel colors and decorations taking over the wedding industry. Etsy decorations can be found left and right in various pastel hues and many of 2016’s most popular wedding color schemes have been pastel. It’s a beautiful way to incorporate color without being too loud or vibrant.

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7. Garden Weddings

Garden weddings are another example of the movement for weddings to be closer to or a part of nature. Along with the lush weddings we’ve seen, twilight weddings and more, we’ve seen a strong trend of weddings moving from indoors to outdoor venues and for good reason. There is so much beauty and many times you need just a few decorations to make the wedding look beautiful.

Parting Advice

If you’re looking for a wedding theme, you can’t go wrong with something incorporating nature, whether that be a lush wedding, a garden wedding or another theme. It’ll save you money on decorations and, in many cases, you can get these types of venues for less than their indoor counterparts.

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Wedding Venue Trends: 2011 to 2017

November 3, 2016
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Wedding venues come and go, but these last few years have been full of surprises. Couples are choosing new, unconventional wedding venues and at the same time, are moving away from venues which were long the most popular choice.

Here are our 5 key findings in our Wedding Venue Trends Report:

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Beach Weddings

Beach weddings have long been the most popular wedding venue, but in the last 5 years, they’ve been on the decline. How much have they declined? Beach weddings have dropped in popularity by 27% over the last few years.

Beach weddings still remain the most popular type of wedding by far, but in 2-3 years we could see another venue at the top, and we may already know which venue…

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Barn Weddings

If the last couple years have proved anything, it’s that barn weddings aren’t just a fad. They’ve been steadily growing in popularity these last few years proving that they’re here to stay. If current trends hold true, barn weddings will become the most popular wedding venue by 2020.

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Hotel Weddings

Hotel wedding venues haven’t seen a major increase or decrease in popularity in the last few years. Any change in popularity has been insignificant, meaning that hotels remain a common choice for many couples.

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Castle Weddings

Castle weddings have always been rare. Even though they make for a fairy-tale wedding, their cost is often prohibitive for many couples. 2014 and 2015 saw a rise in their popularity, and things were looking promising, but their increase in popularity was short lived and they returned to pre-2014 levels of popularity this year.

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Summer Camp Weddings

After several years of relatively low popularity, summer camp weddings appear to be on the come up. There have been small examples of summer camp weddings and they make for epic wedding venues, but many couples may be reluctant to try such a radically new type of venue. Still, many couples are leading the way and thanks to their courageous choice in wedding venues, we are seeing an increase in summer camp wedding popularity. 2017 should see even more summer camp weddings, and we can’t wait for this unique type of venue to get the credit it deserves.

The Data

In order to find these key points, we analyzed search queries across the U.S. using Google Trends. Here is the raw data for those interested in seeing the facts for themselves:

Google Trends Research

Event Venues

2 Wedding Venues We’ll See a Lot More of in 2017

November 3, 2016
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We don’t often see new types of wedding venues, but with inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram, and wedding forums, couples have been exploring new, unconventional wedding venues and loving them.

Two venues, in particular, have stood out, offering couples unique and unexpected scenery while also being easy to turn into their dream wedding. Here are the two unconventional wedding venues that we will see a whole lot more of in 2017:

1. Summer Camps

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A Summer Camp Wedding may not be the wedding you dreamed of growing up as a child, but you’ll fall in love with their whimsical style, fun activities, intimate feel, and scenic location.

Summer camp weddings can’t be thrown in the summer (since the camp is being used during that time), but they make an affordable choice for couples looking to wed during the fall, winter or spring.

One of the best parts about summer camp weddings is their unique blend of destination wedding like activities, accommodations, and scenery with an intimate feel. From canoeing on the lake, hiking, volleyball, and other outdoor activities, there is plenty of fun to be had for you and your guests. The camp can also provide overnight accommodations for guests and serve as a honeymoon destination for the couple.

Just like other venues with rustic charm, these venues can be dressed up to provide a charming atmosphere for your wedding worthy of Pinterest and Instagram fame.

Summer Camp Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Rustic, charming, intimate
  • Lots of fun activities
  • Accommodations for guests
  • Can also serve as your honeymoon destination
  • Beautiful surroundings, especially in fall and spring

Summer Camp Cons:

  • Not available in summer and not recommended in winter since the buildings are often poorly insulated

2. Barns

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Barns are quickly becoming a favorite wedding venue for couples. According to VenueCenter’s Wedding Venue Trends Report , they are set to become the most popular wedding venue by 2020.

Many of you are likely already familiar with barn weddings as they’ve exploded on Pinterest and wedding forums, and with good reason. Their unique combination of rustic charm with a wide open layout create a versatile wedding venue that’s suited to almost every style of wedding.

They look great year round and if you find an authentic barn (rather than a venue) you may find a great rate. (Note: If you’re willing to pay the extra for a barn turned wedding venue you’ll find much greater convenience! For example, a professionally run barn wedding venue will likely have all electrical outlets set up for you where a regular barn may not.)

Barn Pros:

  • Large open space that has a similar versatility to a marquee wedding
  • Rustic, country charm
  • Often surrounded by a picturesque countryside
  • Perfect for large weddings while still retaining an intimate feel
  • Affordable
  • Great year round venue

Barn Cons:

  • If you choose an authentic barn, rather than a barn already converted to a wedding venue, you’ll have a lot of work on your hands preparing the space
Weddings

Most Common Wedding Traditions

October 6, 2016
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In this modern time where the wedding trend is to try to be different, we sometimes forget the old traditions that have been passed on to us. Modern couples nowadays prefer not to conform to these common wedding traditions; they change some of it or choose to remove it totally from their wedding program.

We have listed here some of the most common traditions in a wedding, its origin and what it symbolizes. Check it out and you might decide to make your wedding special by adapting these in your own wedding.

 

Giving Away the Bride

Once upon a time when women were still considered a ‘property’, the giving away tradition is the father’s way of using his daughter as a currency to pay a debt or purchase a land or livestock. Today, this has a more heart-warming meaning – representing the parents’ blessing to the marriage. This is also very symbolic of the transition of the girl’s life from being a daughter to becoming a wife. Nowadays, some brides opt to walk with their mothers or a close relative while some choose to own this moment and walk down the aisle alone.

 

White Wedding Dress

Back in the old days, the brides usually just wear their best dress to their wedding. However when Queen Victoria got married in 1840 and wore a white dress, the tradition of “brides in white” has long since been followed. The bride’s wearing of a white dress is said to symbolize her purity that she offers to her husband. Now, most brides also use off-white or beige shade. There are also some who prefers to go for bold colors like red, purple, and even darker shades such as black.

 

Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

The expression above is one of the oldest wedding customs. It is said that the bride’s outfit must contain something old, new, borrowed and something in the shade of blue for luck. The “old” denotes the bride honoring her family and her past. “New” signifies her future. “Borrowed” symbolizes borrowed happiness. While something “blue” represents purity, love, and fidelity.

 

Dove Release

Doves are a symbol of love because they choose their mates for life – very fitting for the occasion of celebrating the couple’s life-long commitment to each other. The dove release is commonly done after the wedding ceremony. The pure white color of the doves signifies the couple’s welcoming their lives together in purity and without regrets from their past. Common alternative now to doves are butterfly and balloon release.

 

Cake Cutting

In this custom, the bride traditionally slices the cake while the groom helps her. This is seen as the first task that the couple does as husband and wife and said to signify their promise to forever provide for each other. The wedding cake also symbolizes an abundant, long lasting and a happy marriage.

 

Bouquet Toss/ Garter Toss

Towards the end of the wedding reception, the groom tosses the bride’s garter backwards for his groomsmen and some of the bachelor guests to catch. Likewise, the bride also tosses her bridal bouquet to her bridesmaids and single ladies. It is said that whoever gets the garter and the bouquet will be the next in line to get married.