Shepard hooks are a great and easy wedding decoration for your ceremony area. They look perfect in an outdoor garden setting. They can frame your guest entrance or place one on the end of each row of ceremony chairs. Now, whatever shall you hang from them?
That is the fun part. You can play around with different ideas and keep your wedding theme in mind. Using them to hang floral is very classic while flower balls hung with colored ribbons are always a fun way to show your personality. Strings of diamonds add elegance. Chinese lanterns can add hot pops of color. Baskets full of lavender give the air a sweet smell. I personally love hanging lanturns with LED lights on each and lighting them after dark. It’s very romantic :)
Finding a color palette for your wedding is not an easy job. Let’s face it ladies, there are too many colors to choose from! As I was researching different wedding colors, I came across this beautiful blog that visually features different color palettes. If you are on the fence about your colors or you are trying to imagine the way they are going look on your wedding day, take a gander at this link.
When choosing your colors keep in mind if your venue is indoor or outdoor. If it is outdoors, try to bring colors found in nature into your color palette. Explore those light greens, blues, and sunset hues.
You should also consider the season in which you are getting married. The following are some of my favorite palettes from www.theperfectpalette.com. I have organized them according to wedding seasons.
Most of you are probably in the process of forming your wedding timeline. I was able to find a great sample of an evening wedding timeline by Nina Callaway on about.com. I have edited some parts of her original format. Please note this is a sample and you may have to change parts to suite your event. Also, starting with this outline it is a good idea to then fill in your wedding party, vendor and guest arrival times.
5 pm: Cocktail Hour You can take pictures during this time, mingle with the guests, or just enjoy a little time to yourselves! Most people use this time to take formal photographs.
6 pm: Dinner An announcement should be made that dinner is starting. Guests move to the room where dinner will be served and are seated.
6:10 pm: Bridal Party and Couple announced
6:15 pm: Welcome Typically the bride’s father welcomes everyone to the wedding reception and thanks them for coming. You can also, if you wish say a blessing over the meal now.
6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: Toasts Best Man makes his toast. If the Maid of Honor is making a toast, she follows.
7:45 pm: First Dance The band leader or DJ announces the couple. They can dance the entire song by themselves, or have the DJ invite the rest of the bridal party up for the second half of the song.
7:50 pm Dancing Begins
8:15 pm: Cake Cutting Cake served with coffee and/or champagne
8:30 pm: Bride and Groom ThanksAlthough not required, it is very nice for the couple to say thank you to everyone, and especially to their parents.
8:40 pm: Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dances
8:50 pm: Dancing Continues Some older guests will leave after cake is served so be sure that you’ve had a chance to visit with them beforehand.
9:30 pm: Bouquet Toss and/or Garter Toss If you do both, typically the people who caught them dance together
9:45 pm: Last Call for Alcohol
9:55 pm: Last DanceThe DJ should invite everyone to the floor for a last dance together. Choose a fun and upbeat song so that everything ends on a high note.
10pm Farewell Have the DJ ask everyone to the front steps so they can send you off in style!
Need a dependable, non-complicated wedding checklist? This free downloadable checklist is one of the best I have come across and touches on many details that are easy to forget. The best part is if you are getting married at Grace Vineyards many of your reception needs are already checked off!
Organizing your inspirations has never been easier! Especially if you are getting married this is a really awesome way to post the ideas that inspire you for your wedding day. This is a link to a bridal guide pinterest that I felt was very helpful.