Six Décor Tips to Make Your Big Day Unforgettable

Designing the perfect décor for your special day can be challenging. You may have found the right venue, but there’s a few things you’d like to change to make it perfect for your wedding. Or, maybe you just need help creating an intimate, romantic feel. We put together a list of wedding décor tips to help out.

Venue Colors vs. Wedding Colors

0594$!x900If possible, embrace your venue by incorporating their colors into your wedding decor. It doesn’t have to be the main focus, but making the venue’s color an accent color in your décor can truly bring the design all together. If the venue’s colors simply clash too much, use draping to cover the walls and/or floors. Try using more of a neutral color for draping and linens and bold colors for accents like floral or napkins!

Repurpose String Lights

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Repurposing outdoor string lights can be a great way to save on costs, while creating a gorgeous look for your ceremony and/or reception. Use lights you have lying around the house or purchase inexpensive ones. Spray paint the wires of the light strands gold! This may take some time as you have to unscrew each light bulb before spray painting, but you will be happy you did! So beautiful!

Forego the Linens

Virginia Wedding at Fat Cat Farm,We are loving the look of rustic farm tables instead of linens! Not only do these tables create an intimate family-style feel, they are stunning stand alone pieces that don’t need much to dress them up! Add a few floral pieces and candles and you’re set. Going without the linen will give your wedding a romantic and unique look that your guests will rave about for years.

Don’t Forget the Bar

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A lot of couples will forget to decorate their bar, which is where a lot of guests will spend most of their time! You don’t have to do anything extravagant, but consider adding some candle light or vases with bridesmaids’ bouquets. Or switch it up and do something super creative! Make your own cocktail bar that will enhance your décor rather than fading to the background. Try using a wood ladder for a rustic and notable look.

A Little Too Intimate 

Kristyn HoganIs your venue perfect for that personal feel, but a little too small to accommodate your guests with two separate set ups? Don’t worry! Have your wedding planner and caterer “flip” the space and turn your ceremony into reception. For an easier transition, use your aisle décor as your centerpieces and repurpose chairs, signs, etc. Do you have items that can’t be set up later such as a 6-piece band? Use drapes and curtains to hide part of the room that can easily be taken down.

Shrink the Tables 

Green WEdding ShoesA lot of couples tend to use tables that are too large. Using smaller tables not only creates a cozier atmosphere, it also makes decorating so much easier! If the table is too large, you will need a larger centerpiece to fill the space and it can look cluttered and overwhelming. With smaller tables, you can keep things simple. Your guests are now family, so cozy up and have a blast!

Do All Things With Love, Chandler Barone – Lead Event Coordinator

Photography Credit: #1: Style Me Pretty ; #2: Chelsey Life and Design ; #3: Snippet and Ink ; #4: Studio 1208 Photography ; #5: Kristyn Hogan ; #6: Green Wedding Shoes

Great Ways to Thank Your Guests

Your wedding guests have put in the time, effort and travel to make it to your special day and celebrate the love you and your partner share. Not only will they be there for your wedding day, but chances are they have been there to offer their love and guidance throughout your relationship. It is important to show your guests how grateful you are to have them in your lives and celebrating your commitment. There are many ways to thank your guests, but why not start with 10 creative wedding favors your guests will love and actually keep?!

Soundtrack to Your Day: Music seems to be a powerful memory cue for many. What better way to get guests to reminisce on your celebratory day than to give them a soundtrack of all the songs that played? The processional, the recessional, the first dance, parent dances, cake cutting – all of these special moments will be music to their ears!

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Cozy Blankets: Having an outdoor wedding? Help make your guests comfortable by providing cozy blankets they can wrap around themselves to keep warm. Even better – let the guests keep them as a thank you! They will forever remember the love you and your partner share as they curl up on the couch with your thoughtful gift.

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Mini Champagne Bottles: The party doesn’t have to stop when the bar closes. Mini champagne bottles can provide extra fun and excitement throughout the evening! Add a chevron straw that matches your wedding colors and your guests will obsess over how cute and festive they are. Keep it poppin’ all night!

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Succulents: Not only are succulents individually unique and beautiful just like each one of your guests, they are durable and won’t wilt if they don’t get water for a few days – which makes them perfect for the guest who may not be the best at taking care of plants. Friends and family will smile each time they look at their succulent and think about watching your love grow!

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Bottle Openers: Having a vintage or rustic themed wedding? These “key to my heart” bottle openers are the perfect wedding favor! They are small and easy to take home, can be put on a key chain, and will make guests think of you every time they crack open a bottle. They can even double as seating chart placements!

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Chapstick: A great gift that guests will absolutely use is chapstick. Especially if you are getting married in this dry Colorado weather! Print a personalized message along with a cute saying, such as “Our Love is the Bomb!” or “Mint to be”. With a favor this useful and small in size, guests can put it in their pocket, purse – wherever! It won’t be a favor left on the table.

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Midnight Snack: After all that dancing, guests can work up an appetite. Before sending them home or back to their hotel room hungry, provide them with adorable midnight snack packages! One idea is a package of milk and a doughnut, but any option to go with your wedding theme will be a huge hit!

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Luggage Tags: These personalized luggage tags are great for a travel themed wedding! You can use them as seating chart placements as well. They will separate your guests’ bags from the rest and make them reminisce about your special day as they travel away!

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Make Your Own S’mores: Wanting to have a s’more bar at your wedding? Send your guests home with their own s’more packages so they can make them at home as well! Maybe they will even invite you over for a night by the fire where you all can share your favorite stories from your beautiful day!

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Lottery Tickets: Do you feel lucky to have your friends and family in your life? Do you want your love and luck to rub off on them? Give your guests a lucky coin and lottery tickets to see if you can help them win big! If they do, they will forever thank you! If they don’t, they will still remember how fun your day was and have a story to tell!

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Photo Credit: Picture #1: Evermine.com ; Picture #2: Marianne Wilson Photography ; Picture #3: Mademoiselle Fiona Photography ; Picture #4: thesucculentsource.com ; Picture #5: Easy user SensiblyPosh ; Picture #6: hwtm.com ; Picture #7: indulgy.com ; Picture #8: Easy user LoveTravelsFavors ; Picture #9: Stephanie A. Smith Photography ; Picture #10: Laurel McConnell Photography

Lighting is Everything – Wedding Photographer

With a gift for finding the perfect lighting for every occasion, Elizabeth from Elizabeth Ann Photography is phenomenal at capturing all of her couple’s favorite wedding moments. Not only is she a beautiful photographer, but her and her sister are both wonderful and inspiring people to work with.

We have had such amazing experiences with Elizabeth that we just couldn’t resist taking the time to interview her and pick her brain about wedding photography, as well as her own unique style!

41AED: Describe your photography/editing style.
Elizabeth: I am pretty organic in my approach. I have a thought process on how I want to style and pose my clients, but I’m always looking for the in between moment. I tend to get really excited and happy while I’m shooting, which in turn makes my clients laugh and feel more at ease so those candid shots added in with the more editorial posed look brings a beautiful, well-rounded wedding. I want to feel and see the emotion that was there on a wedding through my images. My editing style compliments the images I take; again, more of an organic approach. The image is taken in the lighting I want, and then editing is merely enhancing the colors a bit or removing blemishes, etc.

2015-12-03_0022AED: Which shots do you think are the most important to capture on a wedding day?
Elizabeth: All of them! Haha okay, but seriously, a wedding day is filled with priceless moments. The look a mother gives her daughter after she has helped her get into her dress. The way a father hugs his son. The sweet hugs the Bride gives her grandma. Definitely the look a bride and groom give each other when they first see each other. There are so many beautiful and precious moments. It’s kind of hard to pick the most important as the day is filled with so many firsts. I want to photograph them and help tell the story of the day so that when you open up your images you go back every time to all of those memories. From the bridal party, to the stunning portraits of the Bride and Groom, to the first dances…ahh, you can see I love weddings, so I’m sticking with all of them!

14AED: What do you love most about being a photographer, and specifically a wedding photographer?
Elizabeth: It’s an honor every time to me when I have been chosen to photograph someones’ beautiful day. Every time I am aware that trust has been given to me to see your day, to photograph it, and to show you the beauty of it. I don’t take it lightly. I love putting smiles on my clients’ faces. I love that the Mom’s of the brides often hug me and tell me that it feels as if I’m part of their family. I love when I get emails from my brides and grooms telling me how much they LOVE their images. I love that I get to put my artistic soul into weddings.

AED: What qualities do you admire in couples that you work with?
Elizabeth: All of my couples have such a unique outlook of their wedding. They bring in creativity…but at the heart of it…all of them want the day to be about sharing it with the people they care about. It’s not a rush to be the best wedding of the year (all though in my opinion each one is). They are caring, adventurous, and funny…seriously I have yet to have a couple that didn’t make me laugh. I’m always in observation mode when I meet couples…how do they relate to each other? How does the groom treat his bride and vice versa? It’s beautiful to see. I guess my couples have compassion and creativity. A lot of my brides continue on throughout the years as my friends, and I love that. It’s such a fun way for me to meet so many cool and unique people.

3AED: Do you have a favorite wedding that you have worked? What about it made it your favorite?
Elizabeth: As I love all of my weddings I photograph, that is a tough question. However, I really fell in love with a wedding I photographed at Boettcher Mansion this past fall (Side Note – AED worked this wedding with Elizabeth and it tops our wedding favorites too!). The colors were so vibrant, and Jess’ dress…AHHH! So unique and playful! I’m a huge detail fanatic at weddings because it makes me smile to see the different and creative touches that each bride and groom brings in. I love seeing the expressions on the guests faces as they walk into a reception room, it’s truly magical. This wedding had fall leaves, gorgeous tea lit mason jars, accents with wood slices, vintage couches, market lighting…you get the idea. Stunning.

2015-12-03_0010AED: If a couple came to you for advice on choosing a photographer, what advice would you offer them?
Elizabeth: Pour over their images. Check their website, blog and Facebook page. Follow them on Instagram. Get a feel for WHO you are going to be working with. Do you click with them? Do you like what they are representing on the Internet? I always make sure when I visit with a possible bride and groom that they have looked at my work. I want to know that they already love the work I’m putting out there because I think there should be a level of trust from the beginning. Love the work, then meet up with me! Find out a little more over coffee or wine. See if there is a connection. It’s just as important to me as it is for the possible client to get to know each other better. It’s kind of like an interview both ways when I meet with people. Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the biggest decisions you will make, so trusting her/him and liking her/him is SO important. If possible, ask around and see what other people are saying about them.

2015-12-03_0007AED: What is your favorite season to photograph?
Elizabeth: Well, I’m a huge fan of sunlight…its pretty prevalent in all of my work. I love the soft, summer glow at the end of a day. The way the colors reflect my style…it’s magic for me. However, I also LOVE fall. The sharper colors that the pretty broken leaves bring in is perfect. I’m happy to say I have a few winter weddings this year so I’m excited to try out snowy mountain weddings. I think that might become a favorite.

7AED: What time of day do you think provides the best lighting?
Elizabeth: Sunrise or sunset, soft glow…the light is less harsh and the shadows are softer. If I can get portrait time at either of those times, I’m a happy girl. Often a wedding planner will help arrange to have a couple leave the reception for a bit to provide sunset shots for the bride and groom, so I usually get it in regardless of the portrait time. That sunset light is SO romantic.

Thank you so much Elizabeth for all your insightful feedback and knowledge! You are truly amazing to work with, and here at AED we definitely recommend you as both a beautiful photographer and individual. Check out all of the stunning work done by Elizabeth by clicking here!