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A beach wedding is romantic and relaxing. It is a celebration for everyone involved. A beach wedding offers many opportunities for creativity. But whether your beach is close to home or far away, there is quite a bit of planning involved.
Beach Wedding Guidelines:Plan in the wedding 6-18 months in advance. Choose a location that is practical with your budget. Plan how many people will be attending. Send out save the date cards. If needed, research costs of flights and itineraries for your guests and plan for a block of rooms. Find venues for the wedding and reception. Reserve your venues at least six months ahead, more if possible. Research the legal guidelines for the marriage ceremony and arrange for an officiate. Decide if you will combine in the wedding and honeymoon. (Likely, if it is a destination wedding.) Check local weather patterns. Be thoughtful of guests. Give them travel information they need. Plan a welcoming dinner. Seek professional help.
Decorations: The beach themeNatural colors that reflect the environment are warm and intimate including sea blue, sea green, sandy earthy brown, and coral. Objects for decorating can be natural like star fish, sea shells, and casual like beach chairs, glass, and light clothing. A burlap runner can be placed on the sand for an aisle Chairs can be placed in a circular pattern to create an intimate feeling. Candles in lanterns can be used to designate the ceremony area. Instead of a guest book, guests can sign post cards and place them in the treasure chest..
From the time that they were first engaged, Jayde and Christopher knew that they wanted to be married by the ocean. The wanted this setting of sky, ocean and sand to tell the story of their love. Of course, they planned for pictures of the ceremony, the wedding party, and the reception. But more than anything else, Jayde and Christopher wanted a 0077edding portrait of just the two of them at the edge the ocean. It would be their perfect moment. They wanted to select one image to frame, place in the heart of their home and keep it always as a precious reminder of this day and their love. It would be art.
They had many things to consider.
Tone-- What mood did they want their portrait to create? This picture would represent their marriage. They looked at a variety of poses.Dramatic-- silhouetted by light. Playful-- dancing in shallow water. Romantic-- touching or kissing. Thoughtful-- walking hand-in -hand down the beach. Humble-- small against the immense the sky and the ocean. Passionate-- embracing in the incoming tide. Infatuated--looking at each other. Contemplative-- looking together at the sea.
Time-- When would the portrait be taken?When will be the best time of day to take capture dramatic lighting? Should the portrait be taken on the day of the wedding? before? after? What if the weather didn't cooperate for the portrait? Could they reschedule?
The Ocean's RoleDo they want beach, water, or sky? Do they want sand or rock beach? Is the beach the foreground or background? What role is reflection and light? Do they want their faces seen or their silhouette?
Jayde and Christopher knew they needed to hire a professional photographer, someone in Western Australia where the wedding would take place. They looked at Envy Photography, and studied Roger Clark's portfolio. His beach wedding shots were spectacular.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
Turn inexpensive manilla gift tags into beautiful dip dyed paper goods that you can use for wedding favors, table numbers, thank you notes, and beyond. They're super easy and quick to make and will add a colorful DIY touch to packages, tables, and more.
Here's how to make your own dip dyed gift tags with watercolor paints...
Materials:Manilla Gift Tags (any size) Watercolor Paints Small Bowl or Mug Water Paper Towels
1. Start by filing a mug or small container halfway with water. Then, add in a generous amount of watercolor paint and stir until completely mixed.
2. Next, dip tags into the watercolor and water mixtures, pulling up to see the color after 15-20 seconds. If the color is too faint, remove the tag and add more paint. Stir. Then, dip the tag back into the mixture.
3. Once you've reached the desired color, remove from the container, and place onto a paper towel to let the tag dry.
4. Repeat this process until you've completed the number of tags you'll need for the occasion.
5. Allow the tags to dry flat for several hours (up to 24 hours). Then, you can write messages / table numbers / names / etc on each tag with a pen.
6. Tie a finished gift tag to a small bouquet of flowers as a souvenir for your guests to take as they leave. Or gift them to your bridal party and other friends and family, instead.
Your ceremony is the central focus of your wedding day. Adding some unique touches will make your ceremony feel more personal and special. Check out these five ceremony rituals that you can include in your special day.
Knot Tying Ceremony
In this ceremony, the couple takes two ropes and ties them together to represent their new life.
Photo by Wren Photography
This ceremony is a tradition in several cultures, including Celtic. During this ritual, ribbons are tied around the couples hands and wrists to literally “bind them together.”
Photo by Ryan Dearth Photography
Two vessels of sand are poured into one vessel, signifying the couple’s union. We’ve seen this done a few different ways—each person has a different color of sand, or each provides sand from their favorite beach.
Photo by William Innes Photography
Tree Planting Ceremony
The couple plants and waters a tree together, which is symbolic of new life and the cultivation of their marriage.
Photo by James Stokes Photography
During this ceremony, the couple places a bottle of wine and love notes to one another into a wooden box. The box can be opened when the couple is facing difficulties in their marriage, or on a special anniversary.
Photo by Simply Couture Photography
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It's officially March which means spring really is just around the corner. While you anxiously await for its arrival, check out these wedding photos that have us dreaming of warmer temps.
1. Pretty Pastels
Photo by Taylor Lord Photography
There's nothing we love more about spring weddings than the creative combinations of pastels!
2. Floral Cakes
Photos by Lisa Lefkowitz Photography and Michelle Warren Photography
There's no better season than spring to adorn your wedding cake with fresh and natural blooms.
Photo by Catherine Ann Photography
Watercolor signage adds such a soft, romantic touch to wedding decor.
4. Gorgeous Garden Venue
Photo by Joanna Tano Photography
Let spring's natural beauty speak for itself! This gorgeous courtyard flooded with greenery is an ideal location for spring nuptials.
5. Flower Invitations
Photos by Milton Photography and N. Barrett Photography
Get your guests in the mood with floral patterns and romantic colors on your invitations.
7. Watering Cans
Photo by June Lion Photography
This unique decor element can be used as a vase, a centerpiece, or as a simple accent at your reception.
8. Wrought Iron Chairs
Photos by The Edges Wedding Photography and Simply Bloom Photography
These iron chairs are the perfect touch to any garden wedding.
9. Garden Romance
Photo by Carmen Salazar Photography
Between the cool iron gazebo, bright purple flowers, and strewn petals- we can't imagine a more perfect spring wedding photo!
10. Floral Garland
Photo by Jenny DeMarco Photography
This ceremony garland with hot pink ranunculus and greenery is a great addition to aisle decor.
11. Hanging Flowers
Photo by Samuel Lippke Photography
We love the idea of hanging blooms from the ceiling!
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Memories of a wedding linger on - long after the party is over - thanks to the delicious food and the excellent wine that you served and not to speak of the entertainment and foot tapping music played by the DJ. While this can be said for most weddings since memories of the occasion might vary from person to person, the one thing that would never fade out of the memory of your guest is a barn wedding.
Georgia barn weddings are a class apart. Generally speaking barns have a rural and rustic appeal that is very popular with party goers. Using this appeal for organizing private events and party events is a wonderful idea, and if extending that to weddings can be a good business proposition, then why not?
If you are on the lookout for innovative ideas to host a wedding or any corporate/ private event then you need not look any further as Georgia barn weddings offer several advantages over other locations:
- The biggest differentiator is the ambience and aura of a barn that beats the atmosphere of any city or town location hands down anytime.
- For city folks a visit to a farm in the countryside is a far cry in their busy lives and they are always on the lookout for such an outing.
- For kids there is an excellent opportunity to see the farm animals, in case there are any that are lodged on the farm.
- Women find the barn a place where they feel at home and can relax and 'connect" themselves with others as well as find their true selves. They find a barn to be a relaxing place.
- Innovative ideas to host your weddings and keep your clients satisfied and staff motivated.
Georgia barn weddings have it all that it takes for a great wedding – florists are at hand to decorate the venue, DJs are just a call away to entertain your guests, photographers can be hired and if the venue appears to be small, then vendors for tents can be hired as needed to provide additional seating. Typically areas are demarcated for serving beverages and cocktails and separate areas are marked for serving seated meals as well as standing buffets.
Reputed and well known caterers are also available for hiring depending upon your guest list and the menu that you propose to order. For theme weddings, wedding coordinators provide exceptionally valuable advice. They also provide advice for optimum utilization of wooden boxes, straw bales and folk art.
Barns also score over their competitors by having means and facilities to entertain the guests. These are ‘lawn games’ that keep the guests engaged and commons amongst these are Corn hole, Life Size Connect and others. Bonfires are available on request in cold weather under the supervision of staff.
To summarize, while weddings can be organized anywhere depending upon your needs and guest list, the joy and the fun of a wedding gets doubled when the wedding takes place in a barn.
Author is a freelance writer and having successful experience in writing about wedding arrangements. Currently he is writing about Barn Wedding Georgia and Barn Weddings North Georgia for more information about Barn Weddings in Georgia visit: Coldcreekfarm.
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Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Alisandra Photography
Add a bright, modern pop to your tabletops with this ombre arrangement!
Ingredients:10-15 stems of pink, white, red ranunculus Vessel Floral Tape
First make a grid for the vessel with the floral tape, this will give you 3 sections across the top of the vessel.
Cut the stems of the ranunculus to fit the container, you want the stems flowers to peek over the top of the container. In the first section of the grid, place all the white ranunculus, next the pink and then the red.
There you have it!