31 Days of Weddings-Day 31: Elegant Barn Weddings

Here we are, at a close of our 31 Days of Weddings. I thought it would be appropriate to include a theme that has taken over the end of 2012-Elegant Barn weddings. These weddings, unlike just rustic style ones, include so much glamour and vintage accents that you wouldn’t think would pair with the rustic elements of nature and barn wood, but it does-and beautifully I might add.

Barn weddings themselves have a sense of history, charm and warmth to them, and adding glitzy elements to them can make them breathtakingly elegant. 

Add drapery into the entrance way for that lush elegant feel right away.Image

add elegant chandeliers to accent your tall barn ceilings.Image

You can also use lace accents on your table mixed with burlap or even real linens for a touch of elegance on your tables. Keep your centerpieces romantic with floral but keep it rustic by placing in mason jars or wine bottles. 


We hope these last 31 days have inspired all of you to think outside the box for your wedding, and dare to have something different that is uniquely-YOU.

Happy New Year everyone! May 2013 be even better than 2012!



31 Days of Weddings-Day 29: Beach Theme

We have so far covered nautical weddings and hawaiian/caribbean themes, but that still leaves us with a Beach Theme.

Beach Theme weddings play more into simple elements-blue water, sand, shells/starfish, messages in a bottle, etc. They tend to not use bold colors like in the caribbean style, and stick to more watery blues and whites with the touches of brown from the sand.



31 Days of Weddings-Day 28: Baroque Theme

For many of us, the word baroque is a term we don’t use often. As defined, baroque means a characteristic of styles and art developed in Europe from the early 17th to mid-18th century, emphasizing dramatic, bold elements and elaborate and extravagant styling. These weddings tend to be very over the top in everything from dresses, to decor, to the design of the cake. They are truly one of a kind.


You can’t really get more lavish than a Baroque Wedding.



31 Days of Weddings-Day 27: Love Birds Theme

As with the rustic theme, a love birds wedding theme is increasingly growing since early 2012. There is something about the sweet, simplicity of this theme that is very appealing to today’s brides. Our take on Love Birds, is a more vintage/rustic one.

For the ceremony, I love to use a twig arch for your altar space to create that “love nest” feel-rustic elements of the twigs and other items found in nature truly give it the look of a birds nest, adding to your theme. You can also use vintage birdcages hung on tall hooks along your aisle way for a more vintage look. Image

There are many routes you can take for your invitations-anything with the addition of two birds on them will work.ImageImage

Our pick for accessories are more traditional but with the use of burlap-a very raw element to give it that rustic edge and of course, accented with love birds images.Image

For the reception decor, you can add elements of tree branches, and any other elements found in nature for your centerpieces. Add love birds guest favors such as small nests filled with sweets, or love bird shaped candles to repeat your elements on your guest tables. Use real tree slabs as cake stands for an added bonus.

Your cake can be created many different ways, similar to your invitations. Keep if very traditional by just adding a love birds cake topper, go really rustic with adding twigs and natural elements to the cake itself, or go more modern like the cake below. Image

Whichever route you decide to take, a love birds theme provides a very sweet affair!

31 Days of Weddings-Day 26: Vineyard Weddings

Vineyard weddings are perfect for anyone for a love of wine. While it is more convenient to have an actual winery nearby, you don’t need to have one in order to capture the essence of one. Use barrels, grapes, and purples/greens to represent grapes in your decor, keep the lights dim with romantic candlelight, and keep table linens simple.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

31 Days of Weddings-Day 23: Spring Wedding

Spring weddings bring gorgeous and bright flowers into every element, from the bouquets, to the reception centerpieces. Popular spring flowers to use are: roses, tulips, daffodils, peonies, and gerber daises, but you can incorporate any other brightly colored floral into the mix, or add touches of classic wedding flowers such as calla lilies to add some white. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

31 Days of Weddings-Day 21: Valentines Day Theme

Some find Valentines Day cheesy or un-necessary as a “holiday”, but it could have special meaning to couples. Some start their relationship on this day, or get engaged on this date, so some couples choose to either get married on Valentines Day or just have a wedding using that theme. In this theme, reds, pinks, and whites are used to create the atmosphere, as do hearts and candy. See some of these images as inspiration of how to make this theme classy enough for a wedding.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

31 Days of Weddings-Day 20: Mardi Gras Themed

This theme is very unique in that you can take it over the top, or keep it simple, and both ways are going to read to your guests as Mardi Gras. 

With making it a true over the top Mardi Gras themed party, use ornate decorations: all the bright colors (purples, greens, golds), heavy draping in those colors, large ornate centerpieces with masks, table cloths and chair covers that stick to those color schemes, etc. Be bold, and it will definitely scream Mardi Gras! ImageImageImageImageImage

Or, you can keep it more sophisticated and classy by using the colors as inspiration. PIck one to be your main color (for table linens let’s say) and use another for uplighting around the space. Having each color represent an area in the room instead of mixing all of them together in every element, will take this theme to the “wedding” level. Keep masks simple and white but still ornate in the design, and use bright florals to depict the colors for you. Very classy.ImageImageImageImage

31 Days of Weddings-Day 17: Caribbean/Hawaiian Theme

Caribbean and tropical themes are great for providing guests with culture and bring pops of color. Being in the midwest, they are most common for destination weddings that want to bring the ceremony experience back to friends and family who could not attend. Tropical weddings consist of bright colors, exotic floral choices, calm and easy decor, and lots of festive music and complete enjoyment!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Makes me want to go to hawaii right now. Aloha!