We live in a rustic state. When you venture 20 – 30 min outside of the city of Portland it turns to farmland very quickly. That is one of the things I love about this state. It reminds you that the simple life isn’t too far away. That the basics are grown in our own backyard. We are blessed to have apple orchards, vineyards, farm fresh eggs and so much all around us. I come from the midwest and all those things remind me of back home. When I think of country settings I love see horses grazing in the fields and old barns with bales of hay stacked high. This is the inspiration for this wedding decor post. Here are a few ideas that come to mind for creating the ultimate chic rustic wedding.
Horse shoes. They remind me of playing in my grandparents backyard, tossing the heavy metal shoes through the air hoping to hear the ting when it hits the metal post. They are also a symbol of luck and why not have a little luck at your wedding? From invitations which you can find at Minted.com to cufflinks for your man, there are a lot of fun ways to add this symbol to your event. Here are few we love.
Hay bales are another fun and easy way to change the look of your event instantly. Take away the traditional white plastic chairs and bring in rows of hay. Add bright blankets to the tops or keep them simple with white or cream linens. We also love the reception table seating set up with hay, how cool is that?! We know it would be a wow factor at any event.
The mason jar. It has made an appearance at many backyard weddings and has so many uses. Whether it’s holding flowers as center pieces on your tables or pre-made cocktails are sealed tight and kept cold in a tub filled with ice, you can find a way to incorporate them into your rustic wedding.
Whatever you decide to do to create that rustic country feel, go with it and enjoy it! It should feel relaxed and fun for your wedding guests. Cheers!
With all the crazy west coast weather we have been having I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking about spring time, sunshine and flowers popping up from the wet ground. With spring time comes fresh and fun colors and some fun ideas for your wedding decor. The light feeling of soft pastels is so inviting and romantic for a wedding day palette. You can choose to go soft and stick to mainly pale whites, creams and pinks or mix a variety of tones like mint green with a blushing pink. Have fun with it and let your style shine through, just like the sun shining through the rain clouds on a spring day!
Find your inspiration in the following images! Be sure to come to our spring Bridal Showcase happening Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at the Gerding Theater at Portland Center Stage. There are a few comp tickets still available!
I’m a sucker for graphic art. I almost became a graphic designer in college but thanks to a professor who was not so nice to me I changed my major to fine arts. Either way, my love for graphic art and design hasn’t faded one bit. I love the use of fonts to evoke emotion and a beautiful graphic that stands on it’s own. So when it comes to a wedding, what a fun opportunity to add some graphic elements to your event. Guests are often a little confused and need some direction. So signs are the perfect way to get them included and let them know what is happening next at your wedding!
Let’s start with a sign that you can easily do yourself. List out the timeline of the days activities and have it displayed so all the guests can see it as they arrive.
Add a sign to each of your chairs. Especially if you are not having assigned seating. This way the two of you will know you have a seat reserved where you want and next to each other!
Set up a lovely sign that marks the date of your event with your names. Another easy DIY wedding project to personalize your day.
You can’t stop your guests from using their smart phones so instead encourage them to share the photos they take on a wedding instagram site you have set up prior to the event.
The groom is already on pins and needles waiting to see you walk down the aisle. Take a little bit of the edge off with a cute sign held by flower girls or ring bearers. This will give him an instant smile!
Gonna have drinks at your party? Then have a sign hanging next to the bar to let your guests know you are ready to have some fun!
Last but not least, a sign with the direction of activity is a unique way to guide your guests in the direction they want to go. Yard games, to your left! Photo booth, turn your right! This is another project that can easily be made with scrap wood from your local recycling center. Whatever you decide to do, you can easily and affordable add a few of these wedding signs to your event!
We aren’t talking the alcohol kind, no instead we are going to show you a few different unique “bar” ideas for your guests at your wedding reception. Anything you like can be turned into a bar. Say you love pancakes? Why not have a breakfast wedding with a pancake bar? Have different kinds of fruit toppings, syrups and more for your guests to customize their food. Love donuts? Create a donut bar instead of cake for dessert. Planning a summer wedding? Cool your guests down with yummy ice cream or shakes. The options are endless. Whatever you turn into a “bar” be sure it’s something you love. This will be a chance to share something you enjoy with all your family and friends. Below are some ideas to get you started and there may be one bar with some adult drinks in it! Enjoy!
Let’s start with something for the men. A cigar bar is always a fun addition to the reception. It’s a great way for the guys to get some time to bond. We have seen a number of them at events and they are always great.
A bloody Mary bar is a great idea for an afternoon event. We also like this idea because your guests can still enjoy it without the alcohol if they prefer. Be sure to have a variety of hot sauces and lots of veggie toppings.
The donut bar. We are spoiled in Portland with some very fun and yummy donut joints, aka Voodoo. This would be great to have next to your coffee station. Group them by flavor and be sure to label them for your guests.
It only makes sense to talk about a coffee bar following the donuts. Turn a boring table with a pot of regular and decaf into a caffeine experience for your guests. You could have different flavored creamers, coffee brewed from different regions and even have someone on hand making espresso drinks. How ever you do it, coffee is a loved drink. A hot chocolate bar is a great idea to add to the coffee bar as well.
The bar that started it all, the candy bar! I remember when I first saw a candy bar at a wedding reception. I thought, this is the best idea! Adults turn into kids when they see their favorite candy. Be sure to get a mix of new and old brands. Add small bags so guests can fill them with their fav’s and it turns into a great wedding favor as well!
Have fun creating a bar filled with your favorite drink, dessert, or food at your wedding reception!