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It's the little details that guests will notice during the wedding reception (besides the food and drinks), which means your table names are no exception. You could take the easy route and do numbers but show off you personality as a couple with names. Here are 5 examples:
Cities and States - Do you both love to travel? Show your guests your favorite vacation spots! See more of Amber & Brett's real wedding here.
Photo: Weston Neuschafer Photography
Sports - Whether it's football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, or tennis, use professional player's last names. See more of Lydia & Bill's real wedding here.
Photo: Genesa Richards Photography
Biblical Virtues - Faith, respect, joy, compassion, perserverance, humility, hope, gratitude -- the options are endless. See more of Helen and Sam's real wedding here.
Photo: Jamie Delanie Photography
Pets - If your venue doesn't allow pets on-site, then include them by having their photos instead. See more of Sara & Jeremiah's real wedding here.
Photo: Jillian Mitchell Photography
Cultures - Pay homage to your families' roots by using your second language such as Spanish. See more of Rebecca and Mark's real wedding here.
Photo: Shelly Kroeger Photography
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography Design a colorful dahlia bridal bouquet to carry on your wedding day in a few simple steps! Ingredients: Dahlias (3 different colors) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins How To: Step One: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate. For this bouquet, I only designed with two types of flowers. I used one pack of dahlias in each color and one bundle of seeded eucalyptus. Step Two: Since we are only designing with two types of flowers, I begin putting the bouquet together with two stems of the dahlias and next add in a few smaller stems of the seeded eucalyptus. Just continue adding the stems of floral until you used all the stems of the dahlias. Stand in front of a mirror while designing and when the bouquet is at the point of how you would like it to look, it’s time to tape it together. Step Three: Using floral tape (you can purchase this from any craft store) secure the stems together and once secured, cut the stems to the desired length. Step Four: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin. There you have it, a pretty bouquet using only two types of flowers!
Photo by Jonathan Young Weddings
Figuring out where your guests will sit is an important part of wedding planning. Once you have all of your RSVPs and know exactly who’s attending your wedding, you can start creating a seating plan. Here are a few of our top tips!
Assign Tables This is a wedding, not a high school cafeteria! Even if you’re hosting a laid-back and casual wedding, you’ll still want to make sure everyone has an assigned table and doesn’t spend the evening awkwardly hunting around for a seat. While you don’t have to assign guests’ seats at each table, you may do so at more formal weddings. Also, make sure that table assignments are clearly spelled out on escort cards or seating charts.
Types of Tables While round tables are the standard, you may also choose to have your guests sit at long family-style tables or square tables or even cocktail tables! Pick the table shape that suits your style – and guest count – the best. Round tables usually can seat 6 to 10 people, square tables can seat 8, and long tables usually start at eight people, but depending on how much room you have, long tables can seat many more guests!
Sweetheart Table: Yea or Nay? It’s time to answer that important question – do you and your future spouse want your own private table at the wedding or would you prefer to sit with your guests? Some couples prefer to sit a deux to steal a few private moments during the reception, while others feel that a sweetheart table puts them “on display” and would rather sit with family or friends. Decide what suits your style best before moving forward with your seating plan.
Seat Your VIPs Think about your families and wedding party. If you’re not having a sweetheart table, you may sit either with your wedding party or immediate family members from both sides. Couples can seat their wedding party in a variety of ways – but make sure that each wedding party member is seated with his or her date, even if that means breaking the party up over several tables. It’s a nice idea to sit both immediate families together, but you may also give each set of parents’ their own table to sit with their close family or friends.
Consider Guests’ Needs Use common sense – elderly guests should not be seated near the band or speakers, people should be seated near those they know or have something in common with, and children should be seated with or near their parents. Seat younger guests, or those more likely to dance, near the dance floor, while older guests or those who might want to focus more on conversation, further away from the dance floor.
Check out some of our favorite ideas for reception tables and seating here!
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Pretty, pretty pink palettes! Pale Pink wedding themes are typically seen in classic, modern, and shabby chic styled weddings. You'll often see them in a spectrum of hues, or accented by muted grays, blues, and lavender. If you are looking for a romantic look, than a pale pink color palette is for you! See below for some of our favorite pale pink color combination ideas.
Pale Pink & Lavender Weddings ~
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Winter
Accent Colors: Muted grays, Blues, Lavender
Style: Classic, Modern, Shabby Chic
Reception Photo by KT Merry | Save Photo
Bouquet Photo by Erin Hearts Court | Save Photo
Ranunculus Flowers Photo by Landon Jacob, Floral Design by Fern Studio | Save Photo
Invitation Photo by NBarrett Photography, Stationery by Southern Fried Paper | Save Photo
Pale Pink, Mint Green & Gray Weddings ~
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Early Fall
Accent Colors: Muted Grays and Greens
Style: Classic, Shabby Chic, Rustic Chic
Ribbon Chair Decor Photo by Ryan Ray | Save Photo
Centerpiece Photo by Byron Loves Fawn | Save Photo
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Cake Photo by: At First Blush and Co. Events | Save Photo
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Photo by Stacy Hedman
Getting married in your own backyard has so many benefits – no venue costs, you can pick whichever date you want, and it’s totally personal and unique. However, planning a backyard wedding is quite different than planning a wedding at a hotel, country club, or other venue, so we rounded up our top tips for putting together a fabulous backyard wedding.
Know the Rules Your town or county may have rules and regulations when it comes to hosting a wedding at home – from noise ordinances to parking permits, you may have some paperwork to fill out! Call your town or county office to find out what’s needed – or hire a wedding planner with experience in this area to help you navigate the procedure.
Have a Plan B Even if you live an area with amazing weather, we hate to break it to you, but it may rain on your wedding day. Whether it’s moving the celebration inside your house or erecting a tent, you’ll need to make sure you have a clear plan for bad weather. Also make sure that you have climate control – heaters, fans, air conditioners, etc. so that everyone is comfortable.
Avoid a Bathroom Crisis If you’re hosting more than just a few guests, we recommend bringing in bathroom trailers. While you may think your home bathroom can handle all of the, er, traffic, if something goes awry, it will be a major issue.
Consider the Kitchen Sure, you may have been able to cook Thanksgiving dinner for 20 in your kitchen but a full wedding meal with cocktail hour for 150 guests? That may be more than your kitchen can handle. Consult your caterer about this one – they may need to create an outdoor kitchen to prep your wedding meal.
Prep the Yard You’ll want to make sure that your backyard is in good shape for your wedding day. The lawn should be mowed, leaves raked, and any insect situation under control well in advance of your wedding day.
Check out some of our favorite backyard wedding décor ideas here!
Personality makes any wedding shine, and it doesn't have to cost a fortune! Whether you're whimsical, romantic, modern, classic, or anywhere in between, get creative in your stationery, including your ceremony programs. Here are three of our favorites:
Illustrations - This ceremony program serves as double-duty! Since it's a fan, it keeps guests cool but also provides pictures of the wedding party participants. That way no one will be playing the name game.
Photo: Aaron Watson Photography
Booklets - Make it interactive! DIY a booklet that has three different tabs: the ceremony timeline, wedding party, and sincere thanks.
Photo: Brooke Images
FAQs- Two families becoming one means that not everyone will know each other. So give guests a bit of background about yourselves: your first date, your proposal story, your favorite food, sports, or hobbies, or even your dreams.
Photo: Erin Lindsey Images
Photo by Katie Osgood
You’ve spent so much time planning your wedding events, so it’s essential that your guests have enough notice so they can plan to attend! There’s a fine line to giving your guests enough advanced notice and sending your invitations too far ahead of time so that people forget to RSVP. Here are a few guidelines.
Set up a wedding website right away. As soon as you set a date, create a wedding website so that you’ll have a home base for all of your wedding and travel information. You can send out the link to your guests via email, or include it on your save-the-date.
Save-the-dates If you’re having a destination wedding where most of your guests will have to travel, we recommend sending your save-the-dates at least eight months in advance – even up to a year if possible. You’ll want to include all the pertinent travel and accommodations information so that your guests can book right away. If you’re having a hometown wedding with little travel involved, send your save-the-dates at least six months in advance.
Bridal Shower Invitations and Other Pre-Wedding Events Bridal shower invitations are usually mailed out three to four weeks in advance – same goes for engagement parties. Set the RSVP date for one to two weeks in advance of the big day.
Wedding Invitations Wedding invitations should be mailed out six to eight weeks before the wedding date. Ask your guests to return their RSVP cards by at least two weeks, preferably three, before the wedding date so that you and your vendors have enough time to create table assignments, escort cards, etc.
Rehearsal Dinner and Post-Wedding Brunch The rehearsal dinner invitations should be mailed out separately a few days – no more than a week - following the wedding invitations so guests can make travel plans accordingly. If you’re having a post-wedding brunch that everyone is invited to, feel free to include a card with your wedding invitations and on your wedding website, too.
Looking for more wedding stationery ideas? Follow our Stationery Editor for lots of great ideas!
Guestbooks are the perfect reminder of who attended your wedding, so why not provide them with an interactive assignment that's creative:
Photo: Weston Neuschafer Photography
Mad Libs - Ask guests to fill out Mad Libs-esque cards that gives you with marriage advice -- the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Photo: Gray Photography
Monogram Letter - Ask guests to write well wishes on a monogram wooden letter of your new last name that you can hang in your home.
Photo: A. Blake Photography
Wine Bottles - Ask guests to sign your favorite bottles of wine that you can read when you open them on your 1st, 5th. 10th, and 15th anniversaries.
Photo: Katie Osgood
Puzzle Pieces - Have one of your engagment pictures printed onto a puzzle, then ask guests to pick a piece to claim as their own.
Photo: Robert Sukrachand Photography
Recipes - No kitchen is complete without recipes! Ask guests to fill out a recipe card with their favorite appetizer, entree, or dessert.
Photo by Sarah Maren Photographers
One of the most expensive components of your wedding is the food. In fact, you will probably spend almost half of your budget on your venue and catering. So anything you can do to cut your catering budget will make a huge difference! Here are five of our top ideas to help you save some cash on your wedding catering:
Strategize Cocktail Hour Most cocktail hours feature both passed hors d’oeuvres and buffet-style stations. Rule of thumb: more expensive items, like seafood, should be passed, whereas cheaper foods like vegetables and cheese, can be served on stationery platters. Guests typically eat fewer of the passed hors d’oeuvres.
Think Drinks It’s easy to go overboard with alcohol – but you don’t have to have a top shelf bar. Instead, offer wine, beer, and a signature cocktail. Still plenty of alcohol, but you won’t spend a bundle on the hard stuff.
Go Family Style Many think that serving dinner buffet style as opposed to a sit-down meal will save you a lot of money. Truthfully, it’s not as cheap as you think. An alternative that may be even more budget-friendly is serving dinner family-style, where large platters of food are served to each table so guests can pass around and serve themselves. Plus, it’s a great way to get everyone to mix and mingle.
Let’s Do Brunch We love the idea of hosting a morning wedding with brunch service. The food is significantly less expensive, plus brunch is so unique and fun.
Don’t Go Overboard with Desserts Yes, we’ve all seen amazing dessert displays overflowing with sweets, but truthfully, your guests will probably be pretty full by the time dessert rolls around. All you really need to serve is your wedding cake, and maybe some fruit. If you do choose to serve additional desserts, present them as favors so they’ll do double duty.
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