Tuesday’s Tips: budget friendly bed & breakfast wedding ceremonies

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Face it. Weddings cost a ton but that is no reason to start your marriage off in debt if you don’t have the means to pay for an elaborate affair. Having a small scaled wedding but want the details to remain elegant? Consider an intimate wedding gathering by booking a bed and breakfast.

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Book all the rooms to the house (which b&bs typically are……big ‘ol mansions) and if it’s picturesque enough (most have nice pretty yards), have the ceremony there. Depending on how far in advance you book, try to book all the rooms in the B&B so that the entire wedding party can stay. Arrange it where everyone stays overnight so that the morning of the wedding you won’t have to worry about rushing to the location site. You also will save money by not having to rent party buses or limos for the wedding party since you all will already be there.

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If the party is small and there are more rooms, consider booking a room for the hair stylist and makeup artist too since they play important roles in the wedding party look. You may want to eliminate any chance of them running into traffic the day of your wedding.

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As a thank you, host a Thank You brunch the morning after for everyone if it’s a destination or road trip. Otherwise a brunch for the wedding party is a nice parting gesture.

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Most B&B’s tend to have a fancier backyard and landscaping. Look for one with fountains, a gazebo, manicured landscaping, pool, rose bushes and flower gardens. The more flowers and already decorated, the less money you will need for the florist. Also if there are benches along the property, you will less likely need to rent additional lounge seating for “cocktail hour” or informal times during the reception.

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You can also look for a B&B located on a wine vineyard, rolling hills, polo ground (horse back riding would be amazing for picture taking or possibly a horse drawn carriage), ranch, along a golf course or lake. The more beautiful the surroundings, the better. It will make the guests stay that much more enjoyable too. If the B&B is a short road trip away, and the whole guest list is staying in the same place, arriving the day before, you may wish to do something with them as a welcome. You could arrange for various activities to get the families to mingle like horse back riding, golfing, chartering a boat ride or fishing.

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Magical Wedding Nights…

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Having celebrated my best friend’s wedding Saturday night, I’m in wedding planning mode. Not for myself but imaginery wedding clients. If I ever get to style for a reception again, here is what I’d suggest: chandeliers, white paper lanterns, tree … Continue reading

Color Schemes: Coral, peach, black & gray

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I haven’t contributed to this series in eons but when I came across this color scheme on Design Seeds, I knew I had to find more inspiration so here goes. The dark tones keeps it tailored and masculine but the peachy hues keeps it sweet. This can work well for a nursery, bridal party attire and tablescapes.

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{Images via Subtle Finish, Andrea is the VP of Merchandising for Design and Vintage sales at One Kings Lane via The Coveteur, Chicago Home and Garden, HGTV & Glamour}

Pretty Valentine’s Kate Spade hearts inspired wedding & great tips for planning

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Usually I think heart themed stuff csme come across as cheesy but not this wedding.
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What I loved most was their unique guestbook idea…

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They created a private Instagram account to keep funny, old, and embarrassing photos of all the guests from Facebook and then had them turned into cards on Printstagram. She wrote their names and table assignments on each, spray painted wooden hearts, hot glued them to mini magnets via & made heart magnets as favors. Then the magnets held the photo place cards on magnetic boards from Ikea.

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Here are their tips: Use planners & Pinterest for gathering ideas and inspiration. Anything you can’t do yourself, buy from Etsy. You can’t do it all, so choose you battles. Do the DIY projects that you can, but don’t kill yourself over trying to do everything.
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The bride said there were some projects she wanted to do but decided it wasn’t worth the stress, so she bought them already made or delegated helpful friends & family.

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Their food was casual and messy so they opted out of super nice china and linen napkins instead using disposable bamboo plates and cutlery/napkins from Ikea. They didn’t want to spend a lot on paper goods so they skipped the programs and one of the bridesmaids made the menus.

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They spent a little more to have the sequin linens, real flowers (put together by their planners), and the gray and white striped fabric for the tables. You can see more from their wedding in my champagne sequin tablecloth post. The bride advises spening money on the parts that are most important. I will like to add that details are important but some things will go unnoticed so don’t get so caught up in things that guests won’t remember.
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{Images seen on Green Wedding Shoes, photography: Michèle M. Waite // venue: Smog Shoppe, soda favors: Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops, Pasadena,sequin linens: La Tavola Linen}

Apple baking & decorating: wedding centerpieces, cider stations, recipes & candy apple parties

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In Wisconsin we had a super mild winter which had an impact on our apple orchards so a lot of farms didn’t offer apple picking due to the shortage. I was looking forward to it too since I went last year. But it’s still a great time to bake, cook, drink….and even decorate with the fruit…

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When people have fall weddings, especially rustic barn ones, I love to see apples on display. Paired with wine barrels and other woodsy elements like branches, it offers a pretty fall atmosphere…

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But you don’t have to have an outdoor wedding. An upscale one inside a hotel is just fine…

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My favorite part of fall is caramel apples….and fall colors. You can set up an interactive candy apple bar for a fun end to a party. That can serve as guests’ favors as well for a wedding…

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Apple cider stations are another great way for guests to mingle….

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I destroyed an apple crisp a few weeks ago. I put it on broil because I was too impatient with it baking. Walked away & four minutes tops….the top layer was charred. I said I enjoy cooking, not baking. But I will master it because it’s just so good.

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A Slice of Glam‘s mini apple pies…

{granola ginger baked apples, easy baked apples}

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I recently did a Rachael Ray recipe with maple glazed apples, potatoes & sweet onions. I’m very picky but it was good surprisingly. I want to try the above.
Pork chop recipe via the crafty hostess & wing recipe via abc news.

{Images via elements of style, via Orange Tree Wedding Blog, Wedding Bee, WaxWizard.net, exclusive italy weddings, a wedding cake blog, JMS weddings w/ Jonathan Steinberg photography, occassions online, scratchbook weddings, amanda mae events, sughary sweets, gimmie some oven}

Keep Kiddies occupied at weddings with the following ideas….

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Have a Games for Kids

Keep ‘em entertained thru the night without the need for parents missing out on the fun by setting up an area specifically for them. Dub it the “kids space” or something cute. Maybe have someone stop by the table or room to check on them every so often. Have movies for them to watch with bean bags. Or designate a couple tables just for the kids and pack them with coloring books, crayons, and small toys.

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Or provide crayons to some cardstock with a note telling them to draw the happy couple a picture. You can attach it with some coloring/activities books and place it on the seat they’re assigned if you prefer kids to stay by their parents.

{Weddings and things tumblr & the knot}