Bouquets of mixed blooms are the norm, but going for a bouquet filled with one type of flower in the same color has a stunning effect. If you have a penchant for pink peonies or red anemones, a bouquet of just that alone will be striking. This is also a great idea for your bridesmaids too, especially if you are carrying a mixed bouquet and want them to have something different. We’ve found 10 gorgeous summer bouquets for inspiration.
This stunning flower is such a standout and you only need a few of them to create a bouquet. The oversized blooms have an almost whimsical look to them, and would work well in a forest or outdoor venue.
Peonies are a wedding favorite and for good reason. These magenta peonies will have your guests swooning as you walk down the aisle. The color is so bold that you won’t miss the addition of another type of flower.
This bouquet of daisies has a simple and delicate look. If you’re having a casual ceremony or elopement, then this is a good choice.
When it comes to romance, the red rose reigns. For a truly classic bouquet, this is the way to go.
5. Baby’s Breath
Baby’s breath requires no introduction. They can usually be found mixed in with many wedding bouquets and centerpieces.
Make like you’re in a French chateau with a rustic bouquet of fragrant lavender. Lavender is ideal for a countryside or barn wedding.
The vibrant mix of red, white and black in these anemones is all you need for a single bloom bouquet.
A bouquet of peach tulips is perfect for the pastel trend for spring.
The textured look of this lilac bouquet proves that if you choose an interesting bloom, then a single flower bouquet can be just as good as a mixed one.
An all-white bouquet of orchids would look amazing with a colored wedding dress!
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For a unique bridal style, and for something to accessorize your dress, Etsy is a great place to start. With so many gorgeous handmade options on Etsy, you will find many stunning bridal accessories to elevate your attire. Here are our 12 must-have picks for bridal accessories on Etsy.
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A traditional registry doesn’t always make sense, especially for couples who already have all the household items they need. A honeymoon registry, on the other hand, is never a bad idea! After all, who doesn’t love the idea of some post wedding R & R- especially when a pristine beach is involved?
If you’ve already spent a bundle on your wedding, you might be thinking that lounging on a distant beach with your sweetheart is just a dream. That’s where a honeymoon registry comes in!
With the new Bahamas Wedding and Honeymoon Registry, anyone can create their perfect Caribbean honeymoon registry (that’s easy to use too)!
Using the registry, couples can list any part of their Bahamas honeymoon – from accommodations at their dream resort to sightseeing excursions and activities – for guests to purchase instead of traditional gifts. All you have to do is plan your dream vacation and the Bahamas registry will take care of the rest. Piece of cake, right?
As for what to add to your registry, with 700 islands to explore, you certainly won’t have to worry about finding enough things to do or places to stay. Want a little time alone with your spouse to relax? Spend a few days on the untouched paradise that is Cat Island. Want adventure? San Salvador has diving and fishing excursions that will keep you out on the water all day. Or maybe you just want to check out all of the 16 major islands in the Bahamas. You can do that too!
Whether you choose to island hop your way across the Bahamas or put your feet up in one place for your entire stay, your dream Caribbean honeymoon is literally just a few clicks away. Check out the Bahamas website to see all that it has to offer for your dream honeymoon and get you registry started today. Unlike that deep-fryer you could get from aunt Betty, we promise you won’t regret it!
Sometimes a wrong turn can lead you to the happiest of happenstances. Such was the case for Eva and Craig when, on taking a random highway exit while searching for wedding venues, they stumbled upon Beamer Falls Manor. The charming country farmhouse checked all their criteria boxes – home-like, cozy, and elegant – and the couple were thrilled to be able to snatch it up for their entire wedding weekend. The intimate nature of the venue naturally limited their guest list and provided them with the tight-knit family feel they were looking for as they exchanged their vows under the property’s majestic old willow tree. Despite the rain-soaked reception, the newlyweds partied on into the night with their guests, and they both agree that they couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day!
Special thanks to Jennifer Ballard for sharing Eva and Craig’s beautiful and rainy day with us!
Eva, 29 & Craig, 32
Wedding Date: August 30, 2014
Number of Guests: 72
Wedding Ceremony Location: Beamer Falls Manor
Wedding Reception Location: Beamer Falls Manor
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We loved the idea of a small and relaxed wedding where we could spend time with our nearest and dearest. We toured around southern Ontario looking for a venue that would feel like home, but with a touch of elegance, and stumbled across Beamer Falls Manor after taking a random exit off the highway. We couldn’t believe that this intimate country house could be ours for the whole weekend! Once we had found a place that had the same feeling as getting married at home, we wanted to keep the guest list similarly cozy.
What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
Luckily we both agreed that we wanted an intimate wedding from the start. We knew that it would be challenging, but we tried to stay true to our vision of a tight-knit family feel, and made that known to family and friends upfront so there were no surprises.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
Our choice of a smaller venue naturally restricted the guest list, but it was definitely challenging. We tried to come up with clear principles that made it easier to defend our choices, such as limiting the number of +1 invites to partners that each of us had met before. Our intention was to treat everyone equally and to provide clear explanations in order to avoid any doubt.
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?
We took a proactive approach and let friends and family know our philosophy early on. If any questions arose, we dealt with them directly and were firm on our reasoning.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
It was the hottest day of the year and threatened rain most of the day, but when it came time for the ceremony, the skies cleared and there was a welcome breeze in the air. We got married under a beautiful old willow tree. Music for the ceremony was provided by our longtime friends and there was no greater feeling than looking out at those we love, particularly when they were asked to pull their surprise noisemakers out from under the chairs and make themselves heard!
What were the highlights of the reception?
The rain finally came as we were nestled under the tent for speeches, but the impromptu karaoke toasts and kraft paper table runners with crayons for guests to leave messages made sure that everyone had plenty else to focus on. Guests finished off the night by taking cannonballs into the pool, dancing furiously in between bites of mac ‘n cheese, and hopping on the school bus shuttle to continue the party. We couldn’t have imagined anything better!
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
Being able to look out into the crowd during the ceremony and feel a close bond with every single person looking back at you.
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Find a wedding venue that captures the essence you are looking for, then build your guest list to fit the space. Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself and others about what you want, as long as you communicate it respectfully. And consider doing a ‘first look’ before the ceremony – this was one of our favourite moments, as it provided us with a truly intimate escape all to ourselves.
Photography: Jennifer Ballard
Venue: Beamer Falls Manor
Dress: Lea-Ann Belter’s Alexandria
Shoes: Nine West
Flowers: Tellie @ Coriander Girl
Hair: Nikol Daniel
Make-up: Jennifer Schulz
Groom’s suit: Gotstyle
Groom’s shoes: Ted Baker
Caterer: Earth to Table Bread Bar
Invitations, Menu Cards, Table Numbers, Small Display Signs: Papier Lapin
Ceremony Band: Sontag Shogun
Cake: Earth to Table Bread Bar
Cake topper: LEGO
Bridesmaid and Flower Girl Dresses: David’s Bridal
Earrings: J Crew
Officiant: Bev King @ All Seasons Weddings
Stress-free and stylish are the keywords when it comes to intimate weddings at The Toronto Wedding Chapel. If you’re looking for a relaxing wedding planning experience then this venue in mid-town Toronto might be the place for you. With a variety of packages and additional options to choose from you can give your ceremony and reception a personal touch without the hassle.
With professional wedding and event planners at the helm, you know you’re in great hands. If you have a small guest list it can be tricky to find a venue that can accommodate your needs. At Toronto Wedding Chapel, weddings are designed for 25 guests or less but the team can offer planning services for off-site venues. The wide range of packages ensure that you can have the wedding that works best for you as a couple and your guests. You can have a Private Signing at the Chapel before you jet off for a destination wedding. Or with the Ultimate Package, everything from invitations, a buffet dinner and fresh bouquets to photography and a wedding cake are included. So there’s no need to source different vendors yourself as the wedding coordinators will help you with everything that you need.
The Toronto Wedding Chapel offers a decorated space with wooden floors, clean white walls and gorgeous drapery that you can add your own style and inspiration to. You can find out more information on having your wedding at Toronto Wedding Chapel here.