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Turns out your smallest guests may be the most difficult to please. If you are hosting little ones at your wedding, check out these ideas for keeping them entertained and happy.
Offer Appropriate Food
Sure, some kids love fancy foie gras and filet mignon – but for more little ones, chicken fingers and mac and cheese will do just fine! Make sure you provide some kid-friendly options for cocktail hour, dinner, and dessert (though we think most sweets will be perfectly acceptable for kids’ palates!).
Photo by Freshly Bold Photography
Give Them Jobs
Whether they’re the flower girl or ring bearer or handing out programs, kids feel important when they have a job to do. Even if it’s something as small as holding your bouquet during the first dance, little ones will feel so special and be more likely to behave themselves if focused on the task at hand.
Photos by (from left): jHenderson Studios, Acqua Photo
Provide Hula Hoops
If your venue has a large outdoor space and you’re hosting a fairly casual affair, offer activities for your youngest guests. When providing games like hula hoops or bubbles, just make sure there are enough for all the kids so no one feels left out!
Photo by Cramer Photo
Play Corn Hole
Corn hole is another fun games that guests young and old will enjoy. We also love that you can decorate the corn hole board in your own wedding colors and style!
Photo by Joshua McDonald Photography
Have a Piñata
Who doesn’t love a piñata? Of course, the kids will flip, but adults will also love the touch of nostalgia.
Photo by Nelly - Photographer
Create a Cute Kids Table
Kids may have difficulty sitting at their table for long stretches but if you provide them with activities like coloring books or small games, they’ll at least be occupied.
Photo by Maiko Media
Try “I Spy”
Another activity for kids’ place settings – an “I Spy”-style game that encourages little ones (or those of any age) to look for various items around the wedding – from the mother-of-the-bride crying to a sparkly diamond. The one who finds all of the items first can win a prize – nothing like a little friendly competition!
Photos (from left) by Julius Photography, Rachel Robertson Photography
Have a Photo Booth
Kids will not only love posing for silly portraits, but trying on different props and costumes is an activity in itself.
Photo by Pasha Belman
Think About Your Music Selection
No, we’re not suggesting that you play “Old MacDonald” or “The Wheels on the Bus,” but lively Top 40 music appeals to younger people, who are often the biggest hits on the dance floor!
Photo by Ian Grant Photography
One Word = Candy
While their parents might not be a fan of the resulting sugar high, one thing is clear – kids love candy. As much as a wedding is already a pretty magical event, offering up candy will make it even more amazing for children!
Photo by Joel Bedford Photography
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Maybe four generations of jeweler genes made Matthew Patton love gem stones but his own eye for innovative design drove him to Cut— an interactive showroom where together you develop personal contemporary cut diamond creations that promise more than a lifetime. Rich in luxury and mobile technology, Cut offers that connectivity and comfort Matthew knows foster the quality relationships that create great jewelry.
With his guidance, watch vision become an even more exquisite reality as he lends expertise established in shops around the globe to precious pieces of your imagination. Whether French inspired, ultramodern or something borrowed from the Ming Dynasty of China’s 15th century, Matthew’s artisan history makes any platinum, gold or other material dream a possibility. With him as your tour guide, explore the interactive showroom that showcases "CUT Sketch" jewelry design software as well as collections from Hearts on Fire, Elizabeth Showers, Hera and so much more to find the perfect accessory for tonight.
Long ago at his great grandfather’s store Matthew discovered the significance of fine jewelry in relationships, love and life. Through his own interactive showroom work, he offers the opportunity for our most important gifts (even to ourselves!) to capture the intimate moments we craft all our hopes around.
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Check out these 9 super cool venues we'd kill to get married at.
1. Rolling Mountains
Photo courtesy of Calistoga Ranch
If you and your significant other are nature lovers, why not wed in the California mountains surrounded by your closest friends and family?
Photo courtesy of South Carolina Aquarium
Guests will be endlessly entertained by the different kinds of sea creatures that surround them! It's a great place to wed if you two love the ocean.
3. Snowy Hill Crest
Photo courtesy of Lionscrest Manor
Live on the edge with a mountain crest wedding. If you tie the knot in the colder seasons you might get a picturesque snowy backdrop like this one!
4. Penthouse Party
Photo courtesy of The Skylark
Enjoying sweeping views of the New York City skyline as you tie the knot overlooking the Empire State Building and Times Square.
5. Boat Romance
Photo by Shannon Cronin Photography
If you love the waterfront, why not get married on a boat? This calls for an intimate crowd- but you'll have the quite the reception!
Photo courtesy of James J Hill Library
Calling all bookworms! This Minnesota library has beautiful architecture and tons of history, it's such an elegant place to tie the knot.
7. Desert Landscape
Photo courtesy of Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club
The gorgeous landscaping at this Utah country club would make a stunning background in wedding pictures.
8. City Winery
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Winery
Putting a modern twist on a winery, this downtown spot is the epitome of rustic chic, and a perfect location for a city wedding.
9. San Francisco Zoo
Photo courtesy of San Francisco Zoo
Having live animals in the background at your wedding? It doesn't get much cooler than that!
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Alisandra Photography
With its rich texture and deep, bold hues, this centerpiece is the perfect addition to your autumn wedding tablescape!
Ingredients:Vase of your choice Ranunculus Dahlias Pansies Coleus Waterproof Floral Tape Scissors
Always give the stems of the flowers a cut and put them in clear water for about two hours before you begin making the arrangement. When designing, make sure the leaves on the stems are not inserted in the water inside the vessel.
Step 1: Make a grid across the opening of the vase with the floral tape.
Step 2: Outline the perimeter of the vase with the coleus.
Step 3: Add the dahlias. Make certain you add them in all around so they will be seen from all angles.
Step 4: Add the ranunculus.
Step 5: Add the pansies and you are all done!
One of the best parts of any wedding reception is the moment when all of your guests hit the dance floor. Add a little personality to your dance floor with one of these tried-and-true tips.
Adding your monogram to your dance floor in the color of your choice makes it uniquely personal – and definitely has a wow factor!
Photo by Jim Kennedy Photographers
Add Lighting Above…
From lanterns to string lights, chandeliers, and more, there are lots of different ways to provide a romantic glow to your dance floor.
Photo by Brio Art by Katie Fears
Gobos are screens that are placed over lights to project a pattern onto a surface (like a dance floor). This can allow for your creativity to run wild – you can project your names, monogram, or a pretty motif onto the floor.
Photos by (from left): Stephen Ludwig Photography, Langdon Photography
Try a Pattern
We love this couple’s floral patterned dance floor – it’s not only unique, but it really ties their reception décor together.
Photo by Skye Blu Photography
Go for the Checkered Look
Instead of the standard wooden dance floor, a black-and-white checkered surface will give your reception a classic, Old Hollywood feel.
Photos by (from left): Anne Robert Photography, Elizabeth Davis Photography
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When it comes to your wedding, it's important to snap every moment from ceremony to reception exit. But there are plenty of behind-the-scenes memories that need to be captured as well! Scroll down for 12 shots your photographer must take before the ceremony.
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1. Hanger Shot
Photo by Taylor Lord Photography
Getting a shot of the bride's gown next to her bridesmaid dresses makes for a really pretty picture.
2. Invitation Suite
Photo by Calynn Berry Photography
A stylized shot of your wedding stationery (including the save-the-date) makes for a beautiful momemento.
3. Getting Ready Outfits
Photo by Laura Witherow Photography
Whether you're in PJs or cute floral robes, be sure to snap a picture of you and your best gals getting gussied up!
4. Heartfelt Letters
Photos by Limefish Studios and Jennifer Weems
We love the idea of reading them next to each other, but with a divider in-between!
5. Beautiful Bouquets
Photos by La Dolce Vita Photography and N. Barrett Photography
Get a stand-alone shot of your gorgeous blooms before you walk down the aisle with them.
6. Mom Moment
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
As mom helps you in the last few moments before you wed, make sure the photographer is there to capture it. You'll be thankful they did.
7. The Pregame
Photo by Audra Starr Photography
Gotta love a candid shot of the groom taking the edge off with his men.
8. Wedding Bling
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
Snap a photo of your wedding bands before you exchange them. Expert tip: your invitation is a the perfect already personalized backdrop.
9. Daddy's Girl
Photo by Katelyn James Photography
A sentimental moment between a bride and her father is a photo everyone will cherish for years to come.
10. Bridesmaid Reaction
Photo by Tami Melissa Photography
This aww-worthy shot of your best pals seeing you for the first time is too cute to miss.
11. Good Gifts
Photo by Christina Kiffney Photography
Bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts shouldn't be left off of the shot list for your photographer.
12. First Look
Photo by Matt Andrews Photography
Of course, your photographer can't miss that major moment when you see each other for the first time on your big day.
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Go on, have a little fun with your wedding party poses! Here's 13 ideas to inspire you.
RELATED: Creative Wedding Party Pictures You Haven't Thought of Yet
1. Just Hangin' Out
Photo by Cristian Ana
Grab a seat, grab a drink, get caught in conversation. This is the perfect (semi) candid photo.
2. At the Mirror
Photo by Candice Benjamin
A very cool twist on the classic "getting ready" pic.
3. Both Outfits at Once
Photo by Erin Harris
Have each 'maid stand under their dress.
4. The Selfie Shot
Photo by Katelyn James
A picture of people taking a picture of themselves. How very meta.
5. The Surprise Mirror Shot
Photo by Emin Photography
Love this twist on the first look shot!
6. We're All in This Together
Photo by Kyle Hale
Hand-holding looks decidedly less cheesy when shot from this far away.
7. The Backwards Hug
Photos by Matt Edge and Byron Loves Fawn
A sweet way to capture friendship and sisterhood.
8. The Front-Facing Embrace
Photos by Shipra Panosian
Get one with each bridesmaid, and send them a framed copy after the wedding.
9. At The Salon
Photo by Rennaisance Studios Photography
Because even bridesmaids read the tabloids while getting their hair done.
10. Bouncing on the Bed
Photo by Tami Melissa Photography
11. The Sans Actual People
Photo by Taylor Lord
Hang dresses from the tallest point in the room.
12. The How We Know Each Other
Photo by Tony Gambino
This one has been making its way around Pinterest, and with good reason! It's a cute way to commemorate the bonds besides the one between you and your spouse that you'll be celebrating on your wedding day.
13. The Completely Candid Moment
Photo by Mary Sylvia Photography
It can't be predicted, but it's beautiful when it happens.
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From the 405 Freeway, take Exit 3 to Shady Canyon Dr. (From 405N, turn left. From 405S, turn right onto Shady Canyon Dr.) Proceed through traffic circle to stay on Shady Canyon Dr. (1st right off circle) and continue to Shady Canyon Gatehouse. Further directions to clubhouse at gate.
Please tell the gate attendant you are there for the Johnson/LaCorte wedding. Allow additional time for gate access, travel to the clubhouse, and seating.
In honor of the Veterans’ Day holiday, we wanted to look back at a few of our favorite military real weddings.
Channing and Kellan – Evergreen, CO
A sweet and rustic barn wedding with a breathtaking mountain backdrop!
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Photo by Joshua McDonald Photography
Sara and Mark – Washington, DC
This couple, who married at an art gallery, drew inspiration for their wedding from their travels in Europe.
See more photos from Sara and Mark’s wedding »
Photo by Abby Jiu Photography
Heather and David – Annapolis, MD
You’ll love this preppy pink and blue wedding, which took place at the United States Naval Academy!
See more photos from Heather and David’s wedding »
Photo by Abby Grace Photography
Meghann and Darren – San Diego, CA
A classic church ceremony, followed by an eclectic and modern reception at an industrial venue
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Photo by Viera Photographics
Janie and Steve – Gunthrie, OK
So many DIY details in this romantic Oklahoma wedding!
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Photo by Tammy Odell
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