Trendy Industrial Wedding Decor

One trend that has taken over every woman’s decor board is the industrial wedding theme. No matter the budget you can make this idea come to life in any space. While some of these items can burn a hole in your pocket, others can be quite reasonable! There are a few venues in Denver that resemble the looks below and we absolutely can’t get enough! See below for some industrial decor inspiration and if it will fit into your theme.

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Nothing says industrial more than worn brick walls and an exposed ceiling. Sometimes having your ceremony in a historical building can bring that sense of tradition into your wedding day.

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These simple and bold invitations represent the industrial theme perfectly! You don’t need flashy colors and prints to set the theme for your guests. These invitations are a great way to save a few dollars to put towards your decor.

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Steel bistro chairs fit well with the exposed copper and metal pipes in an industrial venue. Or you can use mix and match chairs with dark wood and metal accents. In Denver, bistro chairs can cost a pretty penny and are about $13.00 per chair to rent.

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How AMAZING are these escort cards? Using small gear pieces makes for an original display. I also can’t get enough of these bent forks, just wow!

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Geometric displays can be used to create height in your room or make a great focal point behind the bride and groom during the ceremony. You can also create an excellent lounge space using the geometric lights for an eclectic touch.

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These large signs can shock and awe your guests as they enter the room. Such a fun twist to add onto those brick walls.

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Both of these table numbers are absolutely adorable and affordable! The left is stenciled metal and the right is using a vintage wine/beer bottle to display the table number.

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These eye popping pieces are both made out of copper pipes! What an excellent cake display!

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This is such an excellent way to reuse your grandparents’ old suitcases! Or this wood terrarium can be a timeless item that can be used in your house after the big day.

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Such an excellent way to reuse your old globe at home! Adding a quote that is significant to you and your loved one can make this decor item even more special.

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Finally, we have globe lights. Different shapes and sizes can create an eclectic look, or you can use bulb lights to make a more uniform statement. They can create light in one area of the room without the use of up-lights!

Each of these decor items can be rented for your big day, or if you happen to keep them what a great keepsake! This style is a big trend of the year and many clients are interested in adding this modern vibe to their decor plans. Although some of these pieces can get a bit pricy they are so worth it when defining a space your guests will always remember.

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Friday Floral – Godetia

Godetia (pronounced Go-Shea), otherwise known as “Farewell to Spring,” is a beautiful yet fragile flower that is a lovely fit to any soft decor style. This flower looks very similar to Lisianthus, however, the stem has a few more green leaves added. Another aspect that sets it apart from the Lisianthus is that the flowers all grow directly at the top of the stem instead of sprouting multiple stems with flowers up the side of the stem. Check out some ideas on how to incorporate the Godetia into your decor!

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This flower is available in white, pink, purple, lavender, and red.

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Godetia seeds can be planted directly in your garden after your last day of frost or you can kick start it 4-6 weeks prior to your last frost indoors.

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How adorable is this vintage tin! We have many of these and have used them quite often in our clients’ decor plans.

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If you decide to grow this excellent flower in your garden be sure it is planted in an area that receives the most sunlight.

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You will receive about 3-7 blooms per Godetia stem.

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This flower is available all year round for purchase from your local florist / wholesaler.

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Each stem is approximately $1.39 each. If you order them by bundle they come with about 10 stems per bundle.

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The average vase life is approximately 5 days if you cut it once and add it straight to the water. If you are using this flower in your wedding bouquet that number does not hold true based on the amount that it is handled and the time it is left out of water.

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The average stem length is about 10-20 inches. This flower is great for creating height in an arrangement due to the fact that you can cut the stem short or leave it tall.

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It also gives a similar look to a Carnation when multiple Godetia’s are added together.

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This is one of my absolute favorite flower bouquets. It is very relaxed and has very specific focal points. The fact that there aren’t many flowers allows the eye to focus on all of the details. Also, the fact that the stems are showing gives a more natural look.

Godetia is an excellent addition to any floral design. I love the pops of red it can provide for a neutral flower arrangement. Or you can give the look of a large flower by adding multiple stems together. When discussing accent flowers for your decor plan be sure to mention Godetia!

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Determining if a Tented Wedding is Right for You

Nearly any venue or combination of venues classified as off-site will involve a tent. Backyard weddings almost always necessitate tents. Sites such as estates and wineries often do too, and depending on their size, country clubs, hotels, and resorts might as well. There are all kinds of issues to think about when choosing a tent. What kind of tent will it be? A basic canopy or an elegant, peeked roof tent? Will there be a floor? The bottom line is that a tent wedding is a major production. Usually, the tent will be constructed the week before your wedding, with last-minute adjustments to accommodate the weather and your wishes. With that being said, here are some facts to consider when determining if a tent wedding is right for you.

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Tents require more decision making than any other wedding location. If you know what you want or at least what you like, you’ll be fine. If you’re not great at making choices about forks, portable toilets, or outdoor lighting, or just not interested in that level of detail, you’ll want to either leave it to the professionals or consider hosting your wedding in a simpler setting.

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Get a tent company representative involved as early as possible. These experts can evaluate your property, budget, details, and vendor recommendations, which may help you in your process. Many companies can also arrange for generators, lighting, and even bathroom facilities.

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Every city has a list of regulations for hosting a tent event. Your tent company will likely help you with some of these, but you’ll want to know yourself what forms needed to be filed, which inspections will take place once the tents are built, and what is not permitted.

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Know that there will likely be some damage to your lawn. When trucks, work crews, and lots of guests are using your property over the course of a week or so, it is inevitable that you’ll experience some wear and tear above and beyond what is normal.

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Have a rain plan. This may seem obvious, but make sure that your tent will allow for a covered ceremony in case of inclement weather. Discuss the flow of transitions with all pertinent service providers to minimize any impact on your guests’ comfort.

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Know that tent budgets are inclined to increase. If you decide at the last minute to add more tents, a floor, heaters, or fans, there will be a cost. Try to examine all the options up-front so you’ll be clear about what to expect in case you do decide to add or change the detail.

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Don’t try to turn your tent into a hotel ballroom. Let your natural surroundings inspire you and focus on color, pretty linens, and unique decorations, as well as a good caterer.

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Insist on a floor. Remember that if it rains, even a few days before the wedding, a soggy lawn under your tent can ruin tablecloths, guests’ shoes, and everyone’s comfort level. You might want to add walkways and canopies at key points to make it more comfortable for you and your guests.

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Create lounges. A cocktail or ceremony tent can be transformed into a great party space with a few minor adjustments. Lounge areas are great gathering spots throughout the evening and makes for a perfect, intimate place to continue the party when the majority of the guests’ have departed.

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Consider using lighting. Most tent companies provide basic lighting for safety and some have equipment or arrangements with vendors to provide more complex lighting. Because a tent is a blank, open space, lighting can be transformational.

Lanterns are a great lighting source for tents. Lanterns strung from the ceiling are dramatic, adding color and scale to your design, while spot lighting tables and buffets will enhance the look of your centerpieces and displays.

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Planning the Perfect Vineyard Wedding

There is something inherently festive about a vineyard wedding, and a connection to seasonal, modern celebrations.  Couples who choose to celebrate in a vineyard generally want a natural setting, with a sophisticated atmosphere. Vineyards are farms, after all, but they also have a certain reputation because of their association with fine wines, foods, and the finest sort of agriculture. If you’re contemplating a vineyard wedding, take a look through my favorite vineyard inspirations.

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 While you’re looking for a suitable vineyard, you’ll want to consider the layout and flow of your event from start to finish. Think of the logistics of where you’ll hold your ceremony, how will guests move between ceremony and reception, and what will be the back up plan if there’s bad weather.

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Stay passionate or at least natural, with your color palette. Avoid pastels and pop of colors in favor of muted, deep, or vibrant tones. Choose lines that feature a vine motif or grape inspired color.

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Instead of lots of flowers, fill dark metal urns and compotes with grapes and bread sticks, and tuck them next to pillar candles.

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Most vineyards that host weddings are associated with a caterer, or even a variety of catering companies. Many vineyards will work with only the best vendors in the business, which can increase your cost, but will generally also increase the quality of the food.

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Most vineyards will provide details like no other.  Barrels, vines, pretty glasses, bottles, and architectural details, are already in place making it less cut costs on extra décor details.

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Many vineyards and wineries are open to the public for daily tastings and tours. Make sure to find out whether this will be the case on your wedding day.

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Consider the season when you set a date. A vineyard looks very different in April than it does in early September, when the grapes are full-frown and the vines are full of leaves.

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I would recommend providing, or at least organizing transportation for any guests who may have had too much to drink.

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Layer your celebration with details that relate to the winery, or to wine and grapes. Use grapes motif or an witching of the winery as an accent on your invitations, cocktail napkins, programs, or place cards.

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Instead of the traditional cocktail hour, host a tasting hour.

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Match your wines to your menu, and list the wines served next to or under each dish. Your guest might fall in love with one of your great pairings and want to order some to take home.

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Choose a fun party favor such as, a mini wine bottle, a wine tasting book, a corkscrew, or some other related wine item will surely be a hit.

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Ask the winemaker to create a special wedding wine just for you. Serve it with dinner or for a special toast, and give a bottle to each of your bridal party as a favor.

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Design welcome baskets from the winery for each of your guests hotel rooms. Include a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers, a corkscrew, tasting book, or t-shirt.

Deciding where you want your vineyard wedding to take place will be determined by you preference, the size of your guest list, and your budget. Chances are if there are vineyards in your area, you already know of some. Whether you’ll celebrate close to home or in another part of the world, you can use the internet and some great wine and travel magazines to conduct a more in depth research on what will be the best fit for you.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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The Merging of Clans

Everyone experiences some degree of culture shock upon getting married.  It happens when you visit your fiancés family home, when your families meet for the first, second, or third time, and when you begin to blend customs and traditions into the new family you’re about to start. Through the potential for misunderstandings and conflict is definitely higher if you’re marrying someone of a different religion, race, social background, or even region of the country, no one is immune to culture clashes. Because what is family if not a little country of its own, complete with customs, rituals, and taboos? Here are a few tips for every first meeting, no matter how different or similar the families seem.

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If you and your fiancé live together and have the space to entertain comfortably, host the first meeting. If you’re serving food, consider offering something that’s representative of each side of the family.

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If you can’t host, have the first meeting on neutral territory, such as a restaurant, and pick up the tab to save your parents the awkwardness of fighting over the bill. Choose a place you know and like that comfortable, unpretentious, reasonably priced, and quiet enough for conversations.

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If both parties are traveling into town for the meeting, don’t feel that everyone needs to spend the entire weekend together. One or two group events would be fine.

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When you’re not spending time together each of you should spend the rest of the time hanging out with your individual family. It’s amazing how far a little one-on-one attention goes at a time when parents are bound to be feeling sadness and loss about you growing up and moving on.

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Keep conversations to neural topics. If there’s something that you know shouldn’t be discussed, warn each party separately beforehand. Prepare a few funny, endearing stories to tell if there’s a lull, it’s always good to remind everyone why the people at the table are special.

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Arm your families with some positive, interesting information about the people they’ll be meeting. The further apart your families are culturally, the more education each side will need, and you two are the teachers.

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Write a gracious note afterwards to both sets of parents, thanking them for coming and mentioning how much fun you had, and how much fun the other parents told you they had.

In short, summon all the rules of social savvy that you’d employ while hosting a dinner party for people who don’t know one another well, blend them with what you know about your families, and trust your gut on how to proceed. And whatever you do, do it with grace. Be enthusiastic, and take the lead. You’re the reason for these families coming together, and it’s up to you to set the tone for a harmonious wedding and a successful, loving future.

Best of Wishes,

Stacey B.

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