Here’s a little industry secret: lighting can make or break an event space. Celebrity wedding planners Preston Bailey and Colin Cowie swear by lighting to transform their spaces into areas fit for the glitterati, but for the average bride, lighting can appear to be an unnecessary add-on. Well, let me shed some light on the situation (pun intended): this techy detail may often be overlooked, but, particularly for indoor venues, it’s an absolute necessity. It creates a mood and can give your décor, flowers, cake, and, yes, even you and your guests, picture-perfect illumination.
Unfortunately, not only do couples nix the idea of lighting because they may not fully understand its importance but also because quality lighting can get pricey. For those who want to save without skimping, check out DIY Uplighting, a company that actually rents out lights for uplighting purposes. (FYI, uplighting is exactly what it sounds like – lighting that shines from the floor up.)
Lights are $19 each for a rental period of seven days. They only rent out modern LED lights, which use minimal power and don’t get hot, so be assured no fire will break out while you’re burning up the dance floor. We recommend renting enough lights to space approximately 6-12 feet away from each other. The closer you put them, the more of an even wash of color you will get. Each light features seven colors to choose from — red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow, and white – which you can mix and match, or cast a one-color glow over the entire room.
So ditch the harsh fluorescents and turn to DIY Uplighting for professional-quality lights that will allow you to bask in the glow of your wedding day.
Underneath the shade of palm trees, Sarah and Steven exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony conducted by Steven’s father, surrounded by 30 of their nearest and dearest at Casa Ybel Resort in Sanibel Island, Fla.
“We wanted to make sure that we had our closest family and friends who really love and care about us at our wedding and wanted to be able to be ourselves and have a great time without the formalities,” says Sarah.
After the ceremony and as the sun dipped below the aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the couple headed down to the sandy beaches to bask in newlywed bliss as their photographer, Wes Weber, captured soft, sunset-lit moments. Later, they shared a lively patio dinner with their guests underneath strings of twinkling lights. After the couple cut into the two-tiered wedding cake, an impromptu dance party broke out and lasted throughout the night.
Sarah, 29 & Steven, 29
Sanibel Island, FL
Wedding Date: November 17, 2012
Number of Guests: 30
Wedding Cost: $20,000
Wedding Ceremony Location: Casa Ybel Resort
Wedding Reception Location: Casa Ybel Resort
Peonies make perfect wedding flowers. In fact, they are one of the most popular flowers for weddings. They’re luscious and showy, yet delicate. They smell incredible – and they come in every color except blue. You can mix them with other flowers, or let them stand alone. They’re also perfect for barn weddings (in Southern German, they are known as the “Bauernrosen” or Farmer’s Roses.)
I stole these beauties from my own garden. The whitish pink ones (shown above) are actually from a plant that was originally in my husband’s grandmother’s garden many moons ago. That’s the thing: peony plants can live in a garden for 100+ years!
If you get married in the spring and happen to have a peony patch to steal from, then you will save a bundle on wedding flowers! (Just remember to dip your flowers in a water bath to get rid of ants.) Otherwise, they cost around $10 a stem.
Here are a few ways to display them at your wedding:
Confession: Our team is a little Pinterest-obsessed here at Intimate Weddings. We could look at beautiful wedding inspiration all day long (luckily, we can claim that it’s our “job”) and we know some of you enjoy it as much as we do! One of our newest follows is Ann’s Bridal Bargains, which is a website that offers discount wedding invitations and accessories. They’re constantly pinning amazing wedding imagery both from their online boutique (which is worthy of a peek on its own) and around the web.
And, they’re having a contest for a chance to win $100 toward wedding invitations. All you have to do is, you guessed it, pin to win! Here’s how to enter:
Go to their Facebook page and fill out the form. Then pin at least five of the 20 images listed, choosing from inspiration boards, favor ideas, wedding signage, and more (you may very well find yourself pinning all 20!). The contest ends on June 18 and a winner will be randomly chosen and announced on June 19 through email and on their blog.
One hundred dollars toward invites for doing something we’d probably already be doing anyways? Sign us up! Happy pinning, brides!
Is your hubby dying for a mountain getaway, while you long for a wedding weekend full of resort style pampering? We’ve got the low down on a place that just might keep you from having to choose: Vancouver Island.
Vancouver Island, BC, is one of North America’s best kept secrets for destination weddings. With a relatively mild climate, miles of beaches, rainforest (that’s right RAINforests), snowy peak mountains, and breathtaking resorts, Vancouver Island is the ideal spot for couples seeking a wilderness wedding.
Before deciding that Vancouver Island is the place for you, here are a couple of things to consider: