One of the biggest challenges that many brides and grooms face is the list. I am not talking about Santa’s naughty or nice list. I am talking about the wedding guest list! And being wedding planners, we get asked this all the time: Who do you invite and who do you not invite?
We all have those friends we were close with back in the day, but have not talked to in a million years, or that aunt and uncle who are technically family, but who you never see. Or even a teacher you had that connection with. Then there is that co-worker that is sort of a friend…
Good news… I found a chart below that just might help you decide exactly which friends and family to invite to your very special wedding day.
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I hope that helped and when in doubt, remember it is YOUR wedding. So invite whomever your heart desires
With country music being one of my favorite genres, I was excited when we (Storytellers Events) decided to do a styled weddings shoot based off of the popular song “Somethin’ ’bout a Truck” by Kip Moore. This Colorado wedding styled shoot was set to include every detail a real wedding would have: venue, catering, DJ, flowers, the whole works. It had everything, but a bride and groom. After some thought, and going back and forth with the wonderful Ali and Garrett photography, we decided that it would be a fantastic idea to give a real wedding away to a deserving couple who loved country as much as we do! And we found them!
The lucky couple, Sloane and Mitch, married one another on May 28th in true country fashion. The ceremony and reception took place outside, near Firestone, Colorado. The landscape was the perfect setting for a “country” wedding. Surrounded by water, trees, a dirt road (and even the bugs), picnic tables, wine barrels (thank you Allwell Rents), and country music, the couple sealed their vows. After the ceremony, the couple and their guests celebrated by doing line dances in their cowboy boots and swing dancing into the sunset. The unique country wedding was filled with whiskey bottles, hors d’oeuvres (fried chicken and grits), cowboy hats and lots of love.
Since the weddings theme was based off of “Somethin’ ’bout a Truck” we wanted to go along with the theme of country songs/lyrics. The bar was set up in the bed of a truck labeled, “you’ll be my glass of wine I’ll be your shot of whiskey,” the lyrics from Blake Shelton’s song “Honey Bee”.
The menu was also very important, and each item served had it’s own Country Song! The amazing people at Elevated Catering made sure class and country came together deliciously. To keep with the Whisky theme, we thought the chocolate whiskey bundt cakes provided by The Sugar Bakeshop (yup, the same ones who were featured on the Cooking Channel) would be perfect! Check it out below…
Aside from the bride and groom, the DJ is usually the hit of the wedding- after all it’s the DJ’s job to make sure the celebration is nothing less than a good time! The DJ played a wide variety of country music- and we couldn’t resist the signage at his table saying, “You make my speakers go boom boom.” Thanks Total Encore!
To add a personal touch, our amazing Suzanne created a unique guest book where she created a wood engraving of the couple’s name, and had the guests sign it. She then created CD favors, where she included all of the songs of the wedding, including the ones used as inspiration for the tables, the bar, the menu, and the DJ table. How fun!
The real wedding giveaway was such a blast and we loved everything about it! We could not have done it without all of the fabulous vendors! My personal favorite was the line dancing! Make sure to check out all the pictures from this fabulous day.
It’s your wedding day and what you are wearing on your feet, is just as important as your dress and hair (in my opinion). Sure, those designer stiletto’s are your dream wedding shoe, but don’t forget to take inventory of your day. First, can you wear those fabulous shoes for 10 – 12 hours straight? Second, is there is any chance you’ll be in a garden, on a beach, or walking on a cobblestone path? For both instances, those super sexy stiletto’s probably are not the best or the only choice. The last thing you need to be thinking about on your big day is if/how your heels are sinking into the ground, if you’re going to trip mid-stride over a stone, or how your feet are killing you. Here are some snazzy alternatives to the sleek stiletto from a wedding planner who loves shoes!
If your honey is substantially taller than you and you are looking for that height, maybe opt for a thicker heel or a wedge. It provides more comfort and you’re less likely to sink into the grass with the bigger heel or a wedge.
If you’ve tried heels and they just do not agree with you, or you’re too tall with heels on, try a sweet or intricate ballet flat.
Don’t be afraid to show off some of your quirky personality with some bedazzled wedding day sneaks or sandals. Even if you choose to do your ceremony in heels, its always fun to have something more comfortable to dance in at the reception.
If you are very attached to those stiletto’s, I have some other solutions for you. Try a high heel protector as pictured to the left. That way you can still wear the wedding shoes you’ve been dreaming of and not worry about all the aeration you’ll be doing to the grass (DSW carries them). Also, try to lean toward a high heel with a strap around the ankle if you plan on wearing your heels while dancing. The strap will add extra support and take a little of the sting away by the end of the night.
Being an animal lover myself, I personally could not imagine celebrating one of the happiest moments in my life without my pets right by my side. They are family too, aren’t they? So I have done some research and come across some very cute and easy ways to incorporate your flurry loved ones into the wedding festivities.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate your pet is when the wedding photos are being taken. It is normally easier to get that shot you are looking for with your four legged friend without them feeling too overwhelmed.
I am a cat owner myself, so when I stumbled across the picture above I became so excited that I was not the only crazy cat lady bride out there.
If you are feeling a bit more brave, or you just happen to be lucky and have a well behaved pup, you can always incorporate them as the ring bearer.
Or perhaps the idea of having your pet at your wedding makes you a bit nervous, don’t worry. You still can incorporate your canine friends into your wedding plans by including them in the Save the Date photo.
Then again, why not just make them the Save the Date photo like the couple did below.
The Sky is the limit when it is your wedding, so have fun with it!