With the Holidays around the corner and the retail stores busting at the seams, everyone seems to be frantically searching for the right present for that one person who always seems to already have everything! Those people, albeit loved unconditionally, are impossible to shop for! This holiday season, give them the gift of a wedding planner!
What could be more perfect? Someone to be there for them from the very moment their date is in our calendar. We don’t fuss with the little technicalities of things like a maximum number of meetings or a minimum wedding budget.
Have you ever thrown a wedding? We have! We give expert advice on vendors, venues, and that one great uncle who insists on giving a drunken toast. Trust us, we have seen and handled it all!
Even the most well-planned weddings can be stressful; the cake server becomes lost, the wedding party doesn’t know when to be where, the photographer needs directions, the groomsmen need assistance with their boutonnieres, etc. There’s a million little details and reasons why hiring a wedding planner is the perfect gift to give a newly engaged couple (and we are sure the mothers will be just as grateful)!
Picture this: a blue-eyed, blonde-hair little boy riding his bike on the sidewalk in front of a white picket fence; a young couple sipping on glass Coca-Cola bottles and watching the stars come out in the truck bed of an old red pickup; or the last summer picnic of the year with strung lights, your mama’s blue-ribbon pie, and fireflies playing in the distance.
This is what Americana-themed weddings are all about! Capturing those simpler moments and pulling on the strings of patriotic hearts everywhere. One of the many blessings of Americana weddings is the versatility it provides the bride and groom; you are really free to embrace whatever your ideal America is!
One of our favorite takes on the Americana theme is the fifties! What better way to showcase America than with Rock and Roll music, a soda pop toast, tea length dresses, and of course a classic getaway car!
Nothing quite says the 50’s like this dreamy getaway car. To really commit to the theme, tie a few tin cans on the back!
How adorable are these cupcakes?! We love how the bride thought outside of the box here and put a spin on the traditional soda pop float!
This tea-length dress is the perfect fit, but we understand not every bride is willing to give up her dream wedding dress. Our alternative would be to play out the American 50s theme with your bridal party by using navy tea length bridesmaid dresses and matching suspenders for the groomsmen.
This idea makes me want to change my own guest book!! Having guests sign a vinyl record is such a classic way to showcase this theme without overdoing it. Bonus points if its Elvis Presley or Dean Martin!
A Vintage Look
To achieve the grandmother’s-porch-look, think about repurposing old things for a new purpose. This is one of the most affordable wedding themes. Christmas lights from years past will be your new best friend!
Forego the traditional wedding cake for homemade or store bought (we won’t tell anyone!) pies.
You don’t need to go overboard with your bouquet or bridal party to get the vintage, American look. Wrap an American flag over the two of you and you have an instant picture perfect shot!
Again, sometimes less is more. We love how this bride used all white flowers and ran ribbon down the middle to make a subtle nod towards her patriotic roots!
The lights and banners give this outdoor venue a home-grown feel!
Have a Picnic
Do you want that warm, nostalgic feeling from your guests? Than a good ‘ol fashion picnic is the way to go! Think corn hole pick up games, checkered table cloths, homemade lemonade and a sparkler send-off.
This picnic basket will bring guests back to their childhood July 4th picnics without seeming too over the top. A few other ideas would be to fill picnic baskets with flowers to place at the end of the aisle, let the flower girl carry her petals in one, or buy miniature ones to use as table numbers.
What’s a picnic without flowers? We love how this bride subtly included patriotic flowers.
Lawn games are the perfect addition to your cocktail hour. They help you carry out your theme while also breaking the ice between the new in-laws.
Between the checkered napkins, lanterns, and handkerchief seating, this wedding is pulling off the American picnic theme perfectly! The reason this bride was able to commit to her theme so fully without making it look tacky was her use in colors. Notice how she only used red with neutral colors.
Just because you want a patriotic wedding, doesn’t mean you are constricted to red, blue, and white! Americana weddings are all about thinking outside the box. Think about using sunflowers as centerpieces, a bit of purple, or foregoing color all together and sticking to neutral colors. If the traditional colors are the only suitable option, then opt for navy, dark red, and off-white to prevent your wedding from looking like an advertisement out of a July 4th catalog!
The yellow sunflowers compliment the American flag while also giving it a country touch. Win and win!
We love how this bride broke up her American bouquet with hints of purple.
No one could deny that this cake table is all-out American, but we love the hints of yellow; it gives guests a break from what could be an overwhelming amount of red, white, and blue.
This decor has more of a neutral, western look. Americana weddings are all about thinking outside the box and determining what America means to you. Whether its more of a wild west feel like this wedding or perhaps you think about cross-country road trips.
Our final advice: have fun with your Americana wedding!
The Summer of 2016 is bringing in Hot, Humid Days, Fresh Strawberries, Brightly Colored Beach Balls, and these Fabulous Wedding Trends! The Kindred Spirit Team has a feeling that these Trends will be persevering through this Southern Heat and Sticking Around for Awhile!
If you are not a fan of large amounts of flowers (or the even larger price sticker!). Then, you are going to love this new wedding trend! Greenery is growing in popularity with modern brides and I dare say it’s one of our favorite trends! We suggest looking into magnolia leaves if you want a southern statement, eucalyptus for a romantic garden wedding, and monstera leaves for a tropical getaway.
We love the Southern feeling Magnolia leaves bring!
The Eucalyptus really adds a romantic touch.
We love the banana leaves as place cards and the monstera leaves as chargers!
This wedding trend is perfect for the modern bride who wants to make a dramatic, yet classy, statement at her wedding! With geodes and marble popping up everywhere else, it was about time that they started making an appearance at weddings as well! With a few well placed accents, your guests will love the trend without feeling like they are mining for jewels! We love the idea of invitations, a wedding cake, and table numbers!
Geode Invites are a perfect way to set the tone for your wedding!
This dramatic Geode Cake will stun your guests!
This would be such an easy DIY with a gold sharpie!
3. Jewel-Inspired Colors
Pantone recently released the list of the trendiest fall wedding colors and we suspect that the geode trend inspired the jewel-toned colors! From ruby red, to emerald green, and topaz yellow, the gemstone color palate is taking over 2016 weddings.
We love how this bride incorporated Ruby Red into her wedding cake!
Look how adorable this Emerald Green invitation suite is!
We love the idea of incorporating Topaz Yellow into the bridal party through the flowers!
4. Cascading Florals
The perfectly circular bridal bouquets and table centerpieces are taking a step back and overflowing flowers are shining in the spotlight. The reason why we are so obsessed with this trend is because of the versatility: it adds romance to a plantation wedding, a vintage touch to a rustic endeavor, boho glam for a nontraditional bride, and a softness to a beach ceremony.
We love the vintage feel of this cascading bouquet!
The cascading greenery adds a dramatic statement to a plantation wedding!
This mantle is the perfect focal point for a rustic fall wedding!
The rose gold trend from 2015 carried into the copper obsession of 2016 and the Kindred Spirit Team has a feeling that brides will be seeing more and more copper accents leading into the fall and winter months. Remember, a few touches of copper can go a long way. We recommend a few touches here and there on your wedding cake, tables, and signs.
We love this copper cake!
Love the copper marquee sign!
We love this brides take on mixing copper and blush!