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We loved hosting Jennifer Nelson's vintage country chic wedding. It's wonderful to work with people who have an artistic vision and a style all their own.
What we adored about this wedding was the touch of unconventional amidst the traditional. The couples wanted an elegant wedding that was enjoyable and memorable for all. They tossed out overly formal traditions and kept those valued to them.
The venue was set up with activities all around the grounds, three food stations, a bar and a beverage station, two live bands, and plenty of farm-style seating. This kept guests moving throughout the party, and there was never a dull moment.
Because this wedding was so enjoyable, we wanted to share with you a few ways you, too, can create and customize your own unconventional wedding.
Keep the Valued, Fit Your Style
Every person has traditions that are important to them, and it's perfectly wonderful to incorporate those aspects of traditional weddings into a non-traditional setting.
For example, Jennifer's wedding had an intimate ceremony where they exchanged rings. She wore a delicate white dress, and had a beautiful cake. There was also a set up with two bands - one for outside the venue, and one on the dance floor.
However instead of assigned seating, lace-covered hay bales, vintage couches, and stylish chairs were scattered throughout the tented areas and placed at farm-style picnic tables.
Try an Unconventional Timeline
When you walked into Jennifer's wedding, the party was already going. Food was served throughout the entire event, and the bar and beverage stations were both open. The bride and groom greeted their guests.
Vignettes were scattered throughout the property, encouraging guests to create their own personal experiences. Activities included badminton, croquet, horseshoes, a hidden swing, and a hammock. There was also a children's area with log stools and a table.
After guests had mingled and explored the party, a friend of the bride rang a vintage bell to call guests into the barn. At this point, a brief yet intimate ceremony and ring exchange occurred, then the guests danced the night away.
Combine Rentals and Select Multitasking Vendors
Nola's Events coordinated and catered the wedding, and provided floral design. There are many vendors that multitask this way, and it can be more affordable to hire the full package.
This opened up Jennifer's budget to hire unique rentals to cater to her vintage ambiance. She rented mix-and-match vintage china from one company, printed linen napkins from another, and the tent and glassware through a more traditional rental company. Using multiple rental companies allowed her to customize the overall feel of the wedding.
Pin, Research, DIY
Pinterest is a great resource for wedding planning. You can plan your playlist, cake, style, lighting, dress, colors, decor, and even honeymoon with this versatile tool.
There are many great ways to use Pinterest. We recommend following the experts, and adding a Pin-It button to your browser so you can always easily bookmark planning ideas.
Here is a great article by the Huffington Post on 6 new ways to use Pinterest to plan a wedding!
And, of course, Nola's Events is on Pinterest! Click here and follow us! Or, find a board you like and follow that directly!
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