Put those hours of seating chart planning to good use with some wedding place cards that will stand out. After all, place cards are one of the first things your guests will see when they arrive at their tables. Not only do they show guests where to sit, place cards add a personal touch to your decor. We’ve found 12 perfect place card picks from Etsy.
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The wedding planning process can bring out the best – and the worst in people. Sometimes you may feel like throwing in the towel, forgetting about the whole wedding thing and running away together. And that might just be the best idea ever! In fact, heaps of couples have scrapped their big, fancy wedding plans and said ‘hell yeah!’ to running away from it all. (Want some inspiration? Check out the elopements section on IW.)
Here are 10 reasons why you might want to nix your wedding plans and opt for an elopement instead!
1. You will save money. Lots of it.
Running away together has become something couples choose for practical reasons; one of those being finances. Some people would rather spend money on honeymoon travel, a deposit on a house or a big purchase instead of a wedding. A fun, informal party to celebrate your wedding when you return is the perfect way to appease guests who weren’t invited.
2. Planning your wedding is less time-consuming and less stressful.
Don’t want to spend a year or more of your life planning a wedding? Don’t want to wait a year or more to get married? Then go ahead and get married – it’s as simple as that. You will save many hours of hard work by having a quick elopement.
3. You get to travel!
Who doesn’t love an excuse to travel? An elopement gives you a license to follow your heart and travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to go.
4. You can get married just about anywhere.
Since there is just the two of you (and maybe a handful of guests), you can get really creative with your wedding location. Want to get married on a mountaintop? Inside a forest? At your favorite cafe? On a remote beach? The choices are endless.
5. No Wedding Party Troubles:
One of the reasons I didn’t have a wedding party at my wedding was to avoid the extra stress of coordinating a wedding party; it was one thing I didn’t have to worry about and I could focus on other things, as well as us as a couple. You may look for ways to strike things off the list or forgo the wedding task list completely and elope.
6. You won’t have an audience.
Shy brides will empathize with the anxiety that comes with being the center of attention in a room full of people. Having to socialize, mingle and say your vows in front of everyone you know is a scary thought for some people who prefer a quieter setting. If this sounds like you, an elopement might be the perfect fit.
7. You won’t have to pay as much for gorgeous photos.
Trust me, photographers LOVE elopements. They know that there is something so incredibly magical about them. They also don’t have to put as much time in to cover your event – which means less expense for you!
8. It’s quick!
There are many reasons why couples choose to elope ranging from pregnancies to family issues to military duties. Sometimes those reasons necessitate a short planning duration. It is difficult to plan a 100-guest wedding in two weeks – but an elopement is entirely doable!
9. You can be adventurous.
Without having to worry about a guest list, you can be as adventurous as you want to be. Maybe you’ve always wanted to explore the rugged terrain of Iceland or the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, but you’ve always found an excuse not to go. An elopement can be the push you need to take a chance on something just outside the edge of your comfort zone.
10. You can focus on the love, rather than the guest list.
Instead of worrying about your Aunt Myrtle getting sloshed, or your cousin Vinnie telling lurid jokes to your mother-in-law during the reception, you can focus solely on the love between you and your partner. And we think that’s the best reason of all.
Although the Victorian days of carrying around a parasol to protect from the sun are long over, the parasol has made a major comeback in the world of weddings. A parasol can be used for photo props, as a wedding accessory and even as wedding decor. From paper to lace to fabric, there are many kinds of parasols to fit all wedding looks, although classic battenburg lace parasols with their geometric patterns and woven vintage look make for an elegant accessory.
A vintage parasol is also something to hold in your hands while you’re taking photos. Props usually always make photos easier. Get inspired by vintage beauties with parasols like Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. In Victorian times, the parasol was a status symbol of sorts and many ladies had one to match each outfit.
Give each of your bridesmaids a parasol to have everyone matching. You can find parasols in various colors and styles to match. Ask a vintage rental company if they have authentic vintage parasols to rent or buy a vintage parasol at an antique shop for a real vintage accessory.
Use the parasol to “hide” behind for a first look photo or get a cute photo of the bride and groom kissing behind one.
The beauty of vintage parasols is that each one is a slightly different. Even a mismatched look adds a fun element to accessories for the wedding party.
Have a stack of parasols out for your guests at an outdoor wedding, so they can protect themselves from the sun.
Love these colors!
Parasols also work as decorations to hang from the ceiling, or even from trees. They are usually not that expensive to buy in batches, so you can get many. We love this idea of hanging colored ribbons from each parasol.
These white and pastel blue parasols are so dreamy!
Parasols also come in different shapes and sizes. The smaller ones make a cute table centerpiece. Search online or wedding wholesale suppliers for “parasols” to find them and have fun with the vintage look. You can even get parasol drink stirrers to match your theme.
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Today, dear readers, you are in for a treat! The moment we set eyes on this romantic bridal session sent over to us by photographer Steven Dray from Steven Dray images, we lit up with excitement; we simply could not wait to share it on IW!
To set the stage for this gorgeous shoot, we’ll let Steven describe the “old meets new” bridal session in his own words. Take it away Steven!
This mysterious, romantic bridal session features an “old meets new” theme with inspiration from different time periods. All featured vendors are up and coming, fresh and local to the Pittsburgh area.
The bride’s look centers on the 1960’s – classic and elegant. Hair and make up by Hannah Conard Beauty are reminiscent of the Brigitte Bardot fashion era. Her dress from local boutique Glitter & Grit requires no heavy accessories; the Chante by Houghton speaks for itself. This column gown French guider lace dress features long sleeves, a beautiful boat neck and an open, cut out back. Two different pairs of beautiful shoes from Modcloth show the versatility of the dress. Local flowers arranged by The Farmer’s Daughter add vibrant pops of color that bring the session to life.
The groom’s look is something straight out of a current issue of GQ magazine. His simple navy suit, (American Commodore Tuxedo) fresh to death hairstyle and classic beard bring energy and style that perfectly complement the rest of the session. Whether this couple got married in 1960 or 2015, their timeless looks would still be the cats meow.
A sweetheart table featuring a flower table runner, vintage glasses and place cards was provided by Devoted to You Events. A portion of the session showcases hand woven rocking chairs decorated by flowers overlooking hallmark Pittsburgh bridges on the Allegheny River. The bride and groom decided to skip dinner and go straight for desserts provided by the Lincoln Bakery.
Photographer Steven Dray Images didn’t want to deliver typical golden hour photos but wanted to capture mysterious, romantic portraits that boast contrast and color as the evening light faded. In order to give this session a unique feel and location, the couple was photographed on the docks leading up to house boats at Choderwood. The shoot ended with the bride changing into a more casual look (Cocktail dress by Modcloth) and the couple enjoying a private cocktail on the top of a houseboat. As the evening settled in, the photos became deeper and more emotional. I could talk about this photo shoot forever but one look at the images will inspire the adventurous bride and groom to try something different.
Photographer: Steven Dray Images
Wedding Planner and Coordinator: Melissa Crawford, Devoted To You
Gown: Glitter & Grit Bridal Boutique – Bridal Gown called Chante by Houghton
Groom’s Attire: American Commodore Tuxedo Robinson Township
Make Up & Hair: Hannah Conard
Flowers: The Farmer’s Daughter
Shoes & Cocktail Dress: Modcloth
Male Model: Mike Hanlon
Female Model: Elizabeth Podlesnik
Having always discussed running away together and getting married, Cassie and Justin planned all the details of their out-of-state elopement in just four days!
With a stunning view of the mountains and only their pastor and photographer present, the couple were wed at Kilkelly’s Cabin in Boone, North Carolina in a simple outdoor ceremony. Even a quick rain shower during the ring exchange couldn’t dampen the spirits of these two lovebirds as they became husband and wife. Both agree that they wouldn’t change a thing about their wedding day!
Special thanks to Michelle Hrin for sharing this sweet mountain elopement with us today!
Cassie, 27 & Justin, 32
Wedding Date: May 15, 2015
Number of Guests: Only the pastor and our photographer were present
Wedding Cost: Approximately $1,400 (this includes our attire)
Wedding Ceremony Location: Kilkelly’s Cabin
Wedding Reception Location: We did not have a reception, but along with a few friends, we went to Crestwood Resort in Boone, North Carolina to celebrate, and we stayed there that night. It was a very nice place with a beautiful mountain view.
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We have been together for about six years and have always talked about running away together to get married. We wanted the day to be relaxed and about the two of us; not rushed or stressful. I also get embarrassed in front of big crowds!
What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
Because we chose to do our intimate wedding in North Carolina rather than at home, I had to choose the venue, photographer, florist, hair salon, etc. via the internet. I am a very indecisive person anyway, so it was hard for me to decide having never met the vendors or seen the venue. But when I called each of the vendors that I chose, they were so kind, flexible and reasonably priced. Then, the venue and photographer had beautiful pictures on their websites and the decision seemed obvious. Most people are surprised when I tell them I had our wedding planned in four days. I will not lie, I spent those four days glued to a computer and telephone researching, calling and emailing prospective salons, photographers, florists, etc., but it was all worth it! Everything we chose – pictures, flowers, venue and even hair and makeup – turned out perfect, as if they were meant to be.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
I am my mother and father’s only daughter, so it was difficult to tell them that we were going away to get married on our own. They knew that it was what we really wanted, so they supported us as long as we promised to bring them back pretty pictures, and we did.
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?
We did have some family members and friends make comments about not being invited but they soon found out that no one was invited, so no one ever actually got upset with us.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
I worried myself sick over the rain because I had planned our whole wedding around being outside with a beautiful view. We made it through our vows and as soon as we started the ring exchange the rain came and we had to step under the deck. Luckily, it passed as quickly as it came. I have always heard that rain on your wedding day is good luck. Also, as we were leaving a big jet flew right in front of the cabin; it seemed almost level with us. My husband was very excited about that.
What were the highlights of the reception?
No reception, just dinner and drinks with friends and a Blue Ridge Mountain view. Our friends did introduce us to a great cocktail we had not tried before, the Moscow Mule. They also took us to the Gamekeeper, a restaurant tucked away in the mountains near Blowing Rock, NC, that specializes in locally sourced game. We tried just about everything on the menu: Elk, bison, lamb, rabbit, duck… you name it. The food and drinks were all new and different to us; it was an exciting and memorable experience.
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
Everything. We were never rushed, or anxious about guests. We didn’t have to worry about making a mistake or being embarrassed. We were able to take our time with the photographer and get lots of beautiful images because we did not have a schedule and no one was waiting on us. We really enjoyed each other and the gorgeous scenery that day. We relaxed and enjoyed the night out with a few friends. Thinking about it now makes me want to go back in time and do it all over again the exact same way!
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
If you are thinking about an intimate wedding, I would say absolutely go for it! Just pick a pretty place, make sure you get a good photographer, and enjoy your spouse for the day without the time constraints and stress! I absolutely wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding. It was everything I had dreamed of.
Photographer: Michelle Hrin Photography
Flowers: Bouquet Florist
Hair and Makeup: Serendipity Hair Studio and Boutique
Wedding Clothing and Jewelry: Macy’s
Accommodations: Crestwood Resort and Spa
Dinner: Gamekeeper Restaurant