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Gold is the New Neutral
Deciding on wedding colors is one of the first decisions most brides make when starting to plan their dream wedding.  I really love soft neutrals in weddings, and have always loved and considered gold a perfect neutral accent color as well.  I’m happy to see its popularity again in recent wedding palettes!  It adds a degree of elegance and luxury to the décor, and creates a romantic feel when paired with soft lighting at the reception.  It’s also really versatile, working well in any season.  In the spring, it’s pretty paired with pastels and other light neutrals; in the summer and fall, it can be paired with bolder/darker colors; and in the winter, add some glitter/sparkle to it for festivity or shades of white for a classical look.  I’ve also seen it paired with other muted metallics like rose gold, copper, and champagne tones.  Modern and cute!  With our barn venue, adding gold to the mix dresses it up without being too formal.  It’s the perfect combination of rustic and sophistication!  So if you’re wondering what accent to add to your colors, consider gold for its neutral elegance!!!  

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What is it about a barn wedding that is so enchanting? The trend is a few years in, but I’m still in love with the look, simplicity, and uniqueness that barn weddings offer. You get the beauty of the outdoors with the weather security of the indoors. It’s a win-win! And nothing beats the natural beauty of the countryside, set off by the added charm of a barn. As Maggie Lord of Rustic Wedding Chic says of barn weddings, “Whether a simple celebration of the good life in the countryside or an elegant, sophisticated affair, a barn is the perfect backdrop for a singularly gorgeous wedding day.” I completely agree with that statement!

With nature offering up its beauty and the barn its charm, adding your own decorations is easy and can really be minimal! On top of that, many of the rustic and vintage style decorations can be found or made at a low cost. We love to up-cycle and re-purpose old items for new uses! The possibilities range from small things like using different sized jars, wine bottles, tin cans, water pitchers, etc. as vases to re-purposing large items like old doors for ceremony backdrops, arches, and entryways. Thank goodness for Pinterest if you are ever lacking for inspiration!!!

I’ve also noticed brides are choosing to mix things up and not have everything look exactly the same. It catches the eye, and encourages you to really look at and appreciate all the different details, whether it be table decorations or the bridesmaid’s dresses. It adds an informal quaintness that yesterday’s weddings didn’t have.

Having a barn wedding really allows you to customize your wedding by adding in all the elements that make you happy! Which is what this day is all about! You can get away with less-than-perfect, identical decorations, DIY, and vintage items. They will normally have a personal touch, interesting history, or both! Here’s to all of our upcoming weddings, each with their own look and happy ending!

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I saw a stamp with this saying and had to buy it because it fits so well with our mindset in regard to décor, wedding or otherwise. We have a section in our warehouse full of items we’ve saved from the ‘discard’ piles in our own homes and others, just for remaking into something new and unique. We also love a good flea market! Lucky for all of us, re-purposing and crafting have become popular again, and ideas are easier than ever to find with all the DIY blogs, shows, and the treasure trove that is the internet!

So, what are some of our favorite ideas we’ve seen out there? And where can you look for creative inspiration? I love Pinterest for saving pictures of things I’d like to re-create and for browsing without any focus in particular. You never know what you’re going to stumble upon! I also love going into boutiques and stores like Anthropologie, mostly for the store displays rather than items they’re actually selling (which I also love, but are usually way overpriced!). This summer I saw the cutest display of thinly sliced, dried oranges, strung vertically in garlands hanging from the ceiling above some dinnerware. It was so simple, summery, and cheap to make! The contrast between that and the expensive dinnerware was a nice mix, and shows that not everything needs to be high dollar to have a great look!

Back to ideas we like, especially with regard to weddings. Some of my favorites for barn weddings and receptions include using old suitcases for cards; crates stacked upon each other or strewn about as décor; lamp shades and empty frames hanging from trees for a neat photo shoot; old wooden wagons, wheelbarrows, and chests for displaying flowers or holding gifts; jars, tin cans, and wine bottles as vases; old dressers painted and distressed for any kind of display or buffet; antique typewriters in place of a traditional guest book; hay bales as cheap seating; quilts for decoration; antlers for a rustic touch; old crocks, galvanized buckets, and ladders for an antique, country feel; and last but not least, logs cut into rounds and placed under centerpieces or used as plate chargers, in large stumps along the aisle, or even cut into candle holders and vases! Phew!!! That’s plenty for now ; )

I’m excited as we go into the wedding business to see all the other ideas that people have regarding this topic! The collective creativity out there is amazing!

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The Vows

So much planning goes into creating the perfect wedding day celebration. From the dress to the venue, decorations, catering, DJ, photography, the list goes on and on. Maybe one of the least noticed details by guests, but most important part of the day for the bride and groom are the wedding vows. This is what the day is truly about. A profession of love and commitment to one another. Whether these vows are written by the bride and groom themselves or taken from a sacred text, they symbolize the beginning of a new life together and the pledge of support for each other on that journey.

Some of the most heartwarming ceremonies I’ve been to were traditional ones that included a sermon from thoughtful and moving pastors. I’ve been brought to tears by the message about the beauty and responsibility of marriage, through good times and bad. Two come to mind in specific. One was great due to the talent of the pastor and the emotion of the bride and groom during the ceremony. Everybody was crying! The other was unique in that it was in a small historic church set amidst a maple grove in the fall. It was very solemn and felt steeped in history, and unlike any other wedding I have attended. They had a church service complete with a sermon and hymnals sang by the guests, accompanied only by piano. Ceremonies that include a biblical message like this can be inspirational and meaningful to all the guests in attendance, married or not!

Personalized vows can also be extremely moving, unique, and romantic. These require more effort on the part of the bride and groom, but are a way to add a personal touch to the ceremony. These are always fun and interesting to listen to. They range from being light and humorous to being very touching and heartfelt. If you choose to write your own vows, your wedding will be unlike any other. It is special and uniquely yours. Guests always love to hear what the bride and groom have prepared for each other!

However you choose to do your vows, they are an integral part of the day for you, and hopefully something that you will value and return to throughout your marriage! Best wishes to all the engaged and newly married couples out there!

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