Wedding Planning Tips

Romantically Rustic

Barns, beige, and burlap! Rustic and country-style weddings are all the rage right now. Having this type of themed wedding gives a warm feeling to your special day and ensures a more casual setting for your guests. Here are some ways to incorporate a rustic theme into your wedding day:


The first consideration is the choice of venue.  Finding the right barn, lodge, field, mountain, or park is the most important decision.  Ask your friends, go exploring, take a ride to the countryside.  Today, you can Google “weddings barns” and get a list of places near you. 


Burlap can be your best friend for a country wedding. Tastefully use the material as place settings on tables, for a banner, table cloth, or anywhere else you think it would do the trick. .


Using wooden elements is also a good way to give your wedding a rustic theme. Place stumps of wood on the sides on the aisle to the altar.  Interweave bright lights into trees, or write messages for your guests on wooden signs. Planks on saw horses make for nice tables.


Other materials that are typical and for rustic weddings are twine, mason jars, bales of hay, and white lace.


The most important key to a beautiful rustic wedding is the patience for all the DIY projects that come with it, a strong attention to detail, and an imaginative mind. These country-style weddings might be what’s hot right now but the best part about them is that no two weddings are the same.


So if you’re ready to get crafty, and if you really enjoy the country, then you’re ready to have one of the best old-fashioned, down home, venue themes around!


Wedding Planning Tips

Take the Guess Work Out of Guest Books


Besides great planning and beautiful decorations, what’s a grand wedding without being surrounded by the people who love you? Guests are like the audience members to a show, witnesses to a wonderful marriage taking place, and important to the success of a good wedding. The bride and groom become the center of attention on their special day and a good just-married couple will often times try to meet and greet with all of their guests at some point during the reception. Depending on how many guests were invited, speaking to every guest that comes to the wedding could prove to be a hard task. To ensure the communication between guest and newly married couple, you should have a guest book so your guests can sign their names and maybe even a short message to the newlyweds. Here are some super innovative ideas on how a guest can leave their name and/or small message to look at later.  Other ideas are:

Have guests sign a guest quilt with fabric markers

Have guests sign Popsicle sticks with fun date ideas for the future that they can place into a jar

Have guests place written messages in a giant glass bottle, wooden box, shadow box frame, etc.

Have guests sign puzzles pieces, pebbles, jenga pieces, etc.

Or instead of guests signing small items, have them sign one big thing such as a slab of wood, vintage window, framed poster, etc.

If a guest book isn’t something you don’t want to do for your wedding but still want some input from your guests, print out advice coasters and lay them on the tables at the reception or ask them to give a few pearls of wisdom on the wedding video. Think of creative ways to let your wedding guests know that they are appreciated and that their ideas and messages are wanted.

Wedding Planning Tips

Picking a Good Bridal Party Member

Getting engaged can be one of the most wonderful things in the world. The person you love more than anything in the world has just let you know that they want to spend the rest of their life with you, how exciting! Now you can start planning the wedding and letting people know about your big announcement. One of the most important decisions leading up to your wedding is picking your bridal party. It might not seem like such a big deal to some, but a bridal party is the entourage and the support team, therefore you need to be sure to assemble the perfect people for the job! Here are some things to take into consideration when picking your bridal party.

  • Is this person going to be able to get things done if I cannot do them?


  • Is this person going to be able to make it to the majority of events and appointments that lead up to the big day?


  • What makes this person a good support?


  • Is this person helpful and resourceful?


  • How well does this person know me?


  • How well can this person get along with the rest of the bridal party?


  • Will this person be able to calm me down or will (s)he stress me out more?

The best part about bridal parties is that they don’t have to be a big group to be a success. Some of the best bridesmaids and groomsmen are the ones that are more close-knit and in smaller groups. As long as there is plenty of communication between the two parties, a bridal party can actually be one of the most fun experiences to be a part of. Its team-bonding with a group of people who come together to be a part of something great all because of two people who decided to tie the knot!

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Why Visit a Connecticut Wedding Show?

There are so many different things to consider when planning a wedding that it can seem overwhelming.  The list that you make at the start can soon get added to and it’s not just the number of jobs that gets longer, you find yourself wondering how you’re going to get everything into your wedding budget.

Going to a wedding show in Connecticut not only focuses you mind in that you can see examples of what you might get, and see what really matters to you in terms of what you really need, but it also means that you get to see local suppliers in the Connecticut area.

Using more local suppliers can work out better for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, the proximity means you can visit them in person to get better customer service, a realistic idea of what you can get, and meet the person you will be dealing with.  Secondly, the closer your supplier is the more you might be able to save in terms of shipping and postage, which means that you can get more for your money.  Lastly, some things you need for your wedding need to be close, such as venues and florists, in order for you to get married in an area where you can be close to your family and friends.