22 Wedding Venues That Are Perfect for a Spring Wedding

Spring offers budding flowers[1], sunshine, and temperate weather, so it's no wonder the season boasts tons of spring weddings[2] every year. But with these beautiful benefits comes the chance of springtime showers, making your choice of spring wedding venue all the more crucial. If you have your heart set on exchanging vows in April, May, or June, we found 22 wedding venues that are perfect for a spring wedding.

Located in some of the best destinations for spring nuptials—either there’s little chance of rain or the indoors[3] are as fabulous as the outdoors—these venues feature fresh blooms and mild temperatures galore. Here are our favorite wedding venues[4] to host a spring wedding.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York

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If you’re set on being a June bride despite the risk of New York City's spring rains, take a look at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge[5]. With an elegant rooftop space, plus indoor and outdoor venues—all overlooking the Manhattan skyline—there are plenty of options should the weather be less than ideal. The hotel’s urban look, vertical gardens, and seasonal-focused menu keep it rooted in the ethos of Brooklyn, while the stunning views remind you of everything you love about Manhattan.

Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

Photo by Natalie Watson Photography

This working farm and luxury hotel[6] creates the perfect rustic backdrop for a farm-to-table celebration[7]—literally—fit for foodies. Spring offers opportunities to hike, bike, and play lawn games in between events, including a ceremony overlooking the Smoky Mountains and a reception in the pastoral Bramble Hall. Plus, all your guests will get quite the welcome gift: a first edition copy of The Blackberry Farm Cookbook.

Villa Tre Ville, Amalfi Coast

Photo by Gianni di Natale

Planner and event designer Diana Sorensen of Sugokuii Events believes this stunning Positano villa[8] is even more beautiful in spring. “Their wisteria are blooming everywhere on the property—in particular, under the arches, which make the most picturesque areas to have a ceremony,” she says. The unparalleled views of the Tyrrhenian Sea will wow your guests, and the suites with plunge pools make for the quintessential Amalfi Coast getaway[9] for you and your new spouse.

The Foundry, New York

Judy Pak

This industrial-chic venue in Long Island City[10], just across the river from Manhattan, gives you all the urban feels with just the right about of spring sunshine. The former 19th-century foundry-turned-event space has six areas for weddings, including a terrace and courtyard. Create the ultimate indoor-outdoor affair by making use of the entire space for an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and of course, “I dos.”

Hotel San Cristobal Baja, Mexico

Inspired by the artistic culture of Todos Santos, Hotel San Cristobal Baja[11], located near Los Cabos, offers an alternative to the beach-front ceremonies[12] of the chain resorts nearby. This boutique hotel overlooks the Sierra de la Laguna mountains and the Pacific Ocean from its perch among the cacti. Say “I do” at the minimalist chapel onsite and be sure to take photos at the ruins of an antique abalone cannery on the property.

Race & Religious, Louisiana

Photo by Tec Petaja

To exude old-fashioned Louisiana style, plan your ceremony and reception at this charming New Orleans venue. Set in a group of joined historic rowhouses, Race and Religious[13] offers 200-year-old details to enhance the style of your celebration, including French tiles, intricate moldings, original working fireplaces, and stained glass doors. It’s romantic in an unusual way, almost like it’s picking up the peculiar vibes of the haunted corners of the city.

Franklin Park Conservatory, Ohio

A lush space that gives you a garden party-style wedding year-round, the Franklin Park Conservatory[14] is extra gorgeous come spring, when guests can wander the grounds of the outdoor Botanical Gardens. Say “I do” in the Bride’s Garden, complete with an onsite arch, then allow guests to admire the Dave Chihuly glass installations among the foliage during cocktail hour[15]. Dining in the Palm Garden feels like a tropical oasis—and the best part? Spring showers have nothing on your day.

Camp Navarro, California

Tyler Branch

Set among the redwoods just a few hours from San Francisco, Camp Navarro[16] takes glamping weddings to new heights: think festival-inspired welcome parties, cozy Adirondack cabins, rock climbing, archery, and even airstream trailer parking. Their team will host everything from a barbecue[17] to s’mores at a bonfire, and given its proximity to Anderson Valley wineries, you can bet the drinks will be just as idyllic as the venue.

NoMad Hotel Rooftop, New York

DANIEL KRIEGER PHOTOGRAPHY

This trendy hotel not only has some of the best wedding food and cocktails—they have won Michelin Stars and James Beard Awards—but it also offers another unicorn: an open-air tented rooftop garden[18] in the middle of Manhattan. Wrought iron chandeliers and lanterns hang over the space, creating an intimate environment for a sophisticated dinner party-style reception that makes use of the spring temperatures.

Amanjena, Morocco

Photo by Giuseppe Marano and Monica Leggio

Dotted by date palms and olive trees, this palatial resort on the outskirts of Marrakech[19] exudes Moroccan luxury. Say “I do” in the shady courtyard of the garden before sipping cocktails at the reflection pool surrounded by brass lanterns and Moorish arches. It will truly transport your guests to another time: design a weekend of activities[20] including trips to the hammam, excursions to Berber villages making argan oil, wanderings of the city’s famed souk, and dining over plenty of tagine-filled meals.

The Ritz Paris, France

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If your idea of a spring wedding includes walks along the Seine, gilded ballrooms, and views of the City of Light, set your sights on The Ritz Paris[21]. Though the French capital is beautiful any time of the year, spring unleashes a new energy, with locals stepping outside after the cold months. The markets feel vibrant and the gardens are filled with rosé-sipping Parisians. Host an alfresco ceremony the same way, in the hotel’s Grand Jardin, with a reception in a light-filled ballroom. Fun fact: The ballroom walls are soundproof, meaning you can dance until dawn.

Rosewood Miramar Beach, California

The newest hotel in Montecito, known as the American Riviera, Rosewood Miramar Beach[22] offers an expansive lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean for elegant, seaside weddings. The recently opened ballroom includes twelve custom Baccarat crystal chandeliers, so you can dine and dance in a glamorous setting whether you’re indoors or out. As an added bonus, book a block of suites at the Beach House, where you can wake up on your wedding day with calming views of the rolling waves and plenty of space to welcome your glam squad[23].

Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

Photo by Carrie Patterson

Relish all the Southern charm at this coastal property set between Savannah and Charleston[24]. With its own storybook-worthy chapel onsite as well as classic oak trees and a massive nature preserve, Palmetto Bluff gives you the best of the South and the spring: Lowcountry fare, low humidity, and use of the May River, including the property’s 60-foot yacht for photos.

U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.

What says spring more than cherry blossoms? Book your nuptials to align with the flourishing pink flowers of the famed trees at the U.S. National Arboretum[25]. This garden and research institution houses a renowned collection of plants and flowers, giving your nuptials plenty of natural decor[26], especially as the buds turn to spring blooms.

Hinoki & the Bird, California

Photo by Callaway Gable Studios

This Japanese-inspired restaurant in Century City[27] converts to a quirky-yet-upscale wedding venue, complete with an outdoor patio to relish the Southern California sunlight. You’ll have no shortage of amazing food and drink, as the venue serves up Asian-fusion dishes and artisanal cocktails, and the casual-luxury vibe of the space perfectly fits the mood of true Angelenos.

Da Paolino, Capri

This restaurant on the island of Capri[28] is known for its lemon trees, so what better time to partake in the yellow fruits than spring[29], when you can see hundreds of them hanging from the branches? (By summer, they'll have all fallen.) Make use of the natural decor as well as the late sunsets for an alfresco celebration amid the verdant canopy.

Meadowood Napa Valley, California

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Nestled into the hills of wine country, this five-star property[30] is the ultimate luxury destination wedding location. Not only will guests be entertained by the onsite croquet, hiking, and spa, but food and wine will take center stage for your wedding. Work with the estate sommelier to customize a selection of wines, beers, and cocktails for your festivities—unique experiences including paired dinners, tasting bars, and magnums on the dance floor.

Hotel Saint Cecilia, Texas

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For just the right amount of Austin weirdness[31] balanced with Texas sophistication, head to Hotel Saint Cecilia[32], a 1970s-inspired hotel in Austin’s trendy South Congress neighborhood. Here you’ll find your choice of lush gardens, shaded terraces, and a poolside arbor for hosting your nuptials. Plus, it’s easy to buy out the entire boutique property, creating a headquarters for your wedding weekend showcasing the best of this über-cool town.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Florida

Photo by Gianny Campos

An oasis among the Art Deco architecture of Miami[33], this villa[34] and its surrounding gardens exudes an Old-World European flair fit for a whimsical affair. Say “I do” in the lush gardens that look like a set from Great Expectations, take photos overlooking Biscayne Bay, and host dinner and dancing inside the courtyard of the Main House.

Arches National Park, Utah

National Park Service/Neal Herbert

Spring is one of the best times to travel to the American West, so, naturally, is throwing an intimate ceremony in Arches National Park[35] in April or May. This national park, known for more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, hosts plenty of elopements and small weddings. Choose your own wedding arch—literally—and exchange vows with one of the most dramatic backdrops you’ll find on earth.

Belmond Castello di Casole, Tuscany

Courtesy of Belmond

With warm weather that’s not too hot, spring in Tuscany is one of the best times to visit the rolling hills covered in vineyards and the small towns that make charming destinations for weddings. At the Belmond Castello di Casole[36], wed in the carefully restored Chiesa St. Tommaso Church and make use of the property’s historic grounds for your reception. Plus, there’s no shortage of amazing wines to toast to your newlywed status.

See more: 43 Super Stunning Ceremonies That'll Make You Want to Say "I Do"[37]

Olowalu Plantation House, Hawaii

Photo by Angie Diaz Photography

This private residence on the cliffs of Maui[38] gives you authentic Hawaii. From crashing waves and palm trees to a dinner party under the moonlight, the former sugar mill-turned-event space harks back to another time in history, when Hawaii’s plantations bustled with activity. It’s less resort chic and more backcountry nostalgia in a way that you’re guests won’t forget. And be ready to be bombarded with May flowers.

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6 New Color Palettes for Spring Weddings

Spring may call to mind budding flowers and April showers, but in the wedding world, it’s all about the fresh colors that represent the new life of the season—and the start of one very big adventure: wedding planning[1]! Choosing your wedding color palette will be one of your first tasks when it comes to planning your wedding. And these new color palettes for spring weddings[2] are just the thing to give your bash a fresh look.

This season, plenty of new seasonal color palettes are springing up (get it?), and we're loving all these unique color combos for spring weddings. Trends do come and go, though, which is why we turned to some stellar planners and event designers to find out what’s new, what’s here to stay, and what spring brides and grooms are obsessing over.

Below, see the new color palettes for spring weddings brides can't get enough of.

Soft Jewel Tones

Photo by Ross Harvey

Winter’s moody gemstones are getting a new look for spring: their pastel-hued counterparts[3]. Think lavender instead of deep purple, spring green instead of emerald, and hints of burgundy, explains Danielle Couick of Magnolia Bluebird Design and Events[4]. It’s like wearing a blue topaz instead of a sapphire—both are gemstones, but one certainly has a different feel than the other. Even blush tones that accent deeper jewel tones have a richness to them that enhances the luxurious vibe of an event, Couick adds, noting that her favorite combination is spring green and ivory.

Pops of Green

Photo by Anna Marks Photography

Say hello to green, even if you’re sticking to a neutral color palette. Green is everywhere, from greenery-based floral arrangements[5] to hints of green on stationery and tabletops. A green velvet couch really energizes a lounge setup[6], too. Planner Tracy Taylor Ward[7] is seeing more and more couples incorporating bold pops of green into their classic aesthetics, especially through the use of flowers and accent decor. “Playing with the colors found in nature is an excellent source for inspiration to achieve timeless designs that are still fresh and modern,” she says.

Denim Blue

Photo by Ramón Redondo of El Marco Rojo

Who knew your favorite chambray shirt could inspire your wedding day? Shades of blue commonly found in denim jeans are finding their ways into reception linens, glassware, and specialty decor. “From Chinoiserie to Shibori, the indigo hues are still in,” says Couick, who often mixes patterns and color tones to bring a charismatic quality to a place setting. Blue has the added benefit of being particularly meaningful at weddings: the color signifies loyalty and strength, two things many of us look for in our relationships.

Iridescence Everywhere

Photo by Ramón Redondo of El Marco Rojo

All your Lisa Frank dreams may have just come true: Iridescent fabrics, glassware, photo booth backdrops, stationery, and even florals are here for spring—and beyond. “This love affair with iridescent and pearlescent surfaces feels like a grown-up nod to our childhood unicorns and mermaids,” explains Erica Taylor Haskins, founding partner of Tinsel Experiential Design[8]. Her team has employed this idea by using modern mylar runners for tabletops, as well as shimmery linen napkins. Lighting also plays a role[9], giving off blue, pink, and golden hues that reflect off the luminous surfaces. Couples can even source iridescent flatware and wine glasses to add to the lustrous atmosphere.

Bold is the New Black

Photo by Mallory Dawn Photography

Couples are no longer shying away from bright hues when it comes to color palettes for spring weddings. Instead, they are accenting their celebrations with vibrant shades such as hot pink, mustard yellow, cerulean blue, and even orange. There is, after all, something dynamic and fiery about intense colors. “Our brides and grooms are embracing color in a big way, which makes me so happy,” Haskins says. “It’s a striking departure from ‘blush and bashful.’” It’s especially impactful amid minimalist[10] or blank space venues where the white space juxtaposes the vivid colors. Haskins adds that it’s “very modern and city chic[11].”

See more: 11 Spring Wedding Centerpieces That'll Make You Swoon[12]

Neutrals Aren’t Going Anywhere

You don’t have to say goodbye to earth tones and neutral palettes[13] just quite yet, admits Couick. She plans to see plenty of neutral hues—ivory, cream, champagne, beige—throughout the spring season and with good reason: She believes the continued trend is reflective of our current political and social climate. “Couples are gravitating toward a calmer environment with so much noise and distraction in the world,” she explains.

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What to Do If You Meet a Prejudiced Wedding Vendor

Nothing is more exciting—and stressful—than beginning the overwhelming task of planning your wedding[1]. If you’re a person from a marginalized community, however, it only takes one bad meeting with a potential vendor[2] to bring you plummeting back to reality from Cloud Nine.

Take Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins, for example. They’re the gay couple who took a Colorado baker to the Supreme Court for refusing them service on religious grounds. They lost their case[3] last year—though the Court maintained[4] that businesses do not have the First Amendment right to discriminate.

Many times, however, discrimination based on your sexual orientation, race or ethnicity is more subtle. The ramifications, though, feel worthy of a Supreme Court case.

According to a 2017 study[5] 30 percent of female and 11 percent of male same-sex couples reported being turned away from vendors or left feeling uncomfortable due to their LGBTQ identity. It’s unclear, however, how many couples of color find themselves in similar situations. Anecdotally, though, we know it happens frequently.

Freelance journalist Jagger Blaec wrote about[6] her experiences in 2016. When she was planning her wedding, she initially found herself in a lot of uncomfortable vendor meetings, which she attributed to the fact that she was a Black bride[7] meeting with white vendors. Every time she met with someone she was considering hiring, “that vendor would stare at me as if ET himself had just strolled in looking for Reese’s Pieces,” she writes.

This type of behavior, sadly, still happens frequently.

So Brides spoke with Spencer Potter, a wedding business expert at the National Wedding Council[8], for advice on mitigatating the possibility of engaging with a vendor who’s prejudiced. Potter suggests couples do a little homework before investing too much time with a business. They should “openly ask vendors about their level of experience working with couples similar to themselves,” he tells Brides. “The vendor’s response should give a clearer picture of their compatibility. Couples can also review a vendor’s portfolio to get a sense of whether their client base is homogeneous or diverse.”

Aside from obvious rudeness, Gail Johnson[9], a master wedding planner based in Georgia, says there are other subtle red flags to be aware of when meeting with a potential vendor. “Look for any additional hidden fees[10] or pricing not previously stated in their literature or website,” she tells Brides. “This could be a way to increase the pricing and drive you out. Did you discuss an option and now, that option isn’t viable anymore? This may be another red flag. For example, a vendor says [during your phone consultation] you can bring in table linens. But, at a face to face meeting, the vendor states you have to rent linens[11] from them at a ridiculous, higher price.”

Be sure to also pay attention to nonverbal gestures, body language, and their tone of voice, Johnson adds. “Do they look you directly in the eyes or have their arms folded? Do they cut you off in mid-sentence and appear not to listen to you questions? Are they constantly looking at their clock or watch in an effort to rush you out the door?”

If you have found yourself in the hurtful situation where a wedding vendor clearly has an issue with who you are, there are a few ways to respond. For one, you can choose to move on with your search and try to leave this bad experience behind you, Johnson says. For some couples, however, that may be difficult.

See more: How — and When — It's Appropriate to Fire a Wedding Vendor[12]

Another option is to write an honest online review of what happened, which could help other couples avoid a similar situation. You may also consider seeking out legal counsel if you feel you have enough evidence to show you’ve been discriminated against by a business.

“Couple/vendor relationships are a partnership that requires mutual respect and compatibility,” Potter says, adding that it’s disheartening to hear any engaged couple feeling discriminated against during “what should be one of the happiest chapters of their lives.”

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10 Spring Wedding Themes That Are in Bloom for 2019

Springtime may call to mind fresh blooms[1] and pastel hues[2], but those aren’t the only inspiring details for spring weddings. This year, modern couples are combining traditional elements with stark contrasts, including black accents[3] and futuristic details, for their spring wedding celebrations.

For more ideas, top planners and designers are sharing with Brides the biggest spring wedding themes for 2019.

Tropical Touches

Photo by Sidney Bensimon

What says sunny weather more than tropical foliage[4]? King protea bouquets, dripping centerpieces of orchids, and boutonnieres of birds of paradise all give a South Pacific feel to your wedding, so it’s no wonder that a tropical theme is hot for spring celebrations. Now, that doesn’t mean a full-on luau, so you can leave the faux flower leis, tiki torches, and palm trees to the pool parties. Erica Taylor Haskins, founding partner of Tinsel Experiential Design[5], recommends accenting time-honored decor with tropical touches so it doesn’t feel like a Hawaiian party pack. “Incorporate smart and sophisticated accents of palm fonds, blushing bride protea, and orchids into more traditional floral installations,” Haskins says. It allows you to balance the venue and location where you are, even if it is an island beach, along with the tropical flair.

Spring Growth

Photo by Addison Jones

If April showers bring May flowers, then spring is all about budding foliage. Planner and event designer Jove Meyer[6] recommends exploring this idea of new growth as you plant the seeds for the next step in your relationship. Think seed paper for stationery, potted planters[7] of herbs as centerpieces, and a menu full of seasonal and local produce. “Spring is when all the flowers begin coming up and to design a wedding that showed this growth would be so beautiful,” he says.

Black is on the Table

Photo by Hannah Costello

Just because spring calls to mind pastel colors doesn’t mean that black is off the table. In fact, it’s very much on the table. Black hues—charcoal, onyx, obsidian, raven and ink—accents add a moody vibe to a spring affair. Black taper candles, smoky black wine glasses, and matte black flatware all bring a handsome tone to a tabletop otherwise filled with more typical spring hues of ivory, blush, and pink. Black decor works best when it’s placed alongside something more traditional, and too much can certainly venture into goth territory.

Bringing Back Traditions

Photo by Funkytown Photography

While we’re all for breaking a rule every now and then, we do love that couples are harking back to wedding traditions for their big days. Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events[8] explains that “everything that is old is new again,” and he is seeing more and more couples including classic elements like black tie dress codes[9], engraving on wedding invitations, and formal send-offs at the end of the night. (That also means less after-parties.) One small time-honored detail we love? Those tiny couple figurines that top the tiered wedding cake.

Playful Party

Photo by Sarah Natasha

Why do weddings have to be so serious? Of course, we want to be reverent when it comes to vows, but for the post-ceremony party, it can be all fun and games. Childhood nostalgia is taking over spring weddings with playful details such as balloon installations and wistful venues like campsites[10]. Take this idea to the next level by serving upgraded childhood favorites like mac n’ cheese and Rice Krispie treats as late-night snacks and theming your photobooth after Marvel superheroes. You can even shoot off confetti cannons. As Rafanelli says, “Everyone loves confetti!”

Futuristic Fantasy

Photo by Justin Lane of Brian Dorsey Studio

While plenty of couples look to the past for inspiration, many more are gazing toward the future and incorporating iridescent accents, neon lights, and 3-D projections into their celebration. Even Darren Criss and Mia Swier included a staircase full of glow sticks at the entrance to their New Orleans reception. You can go all out with a neon lighting installation and pearlescent fabrics or just add touches, like a custom neon sign[11] above your bar or iridescent glassware on the tabletops.

Enchanted Garden

Photo by Anna Marks Photography

Spring is full of whimsy, says planner Jacqueline Hill[12], which explains the enchanted garden trend taking over weddings. Whether outdoors in a manicured botanical garden or inside a ballroom full of floral chandeliers[13], this trend brings the celebration into a verdant space—overflowing greenery, romantic blooms, potted trees, flower walls, and hanging floral installations all bring this idea to fruition. And it doesn’t stop with the plants. You can take this idea to the tabletops, your confections, and your dress too. “The use of patterned linens creates a beautiful base for your place setting and brings depth in design,” Hill says. Plus, 3-D appliqués on bridal gowns[14], floral-print tuxedo jackets, and rose-infused cakes all complete the vibe.

Desert Fusion

Photo by Taylor McCutchan

Thanks to April’s famed Coachella festival, couples are taking a cue from desert landscapes[15] for their spring wedding themes, whether they are near the arid environment or not. Use pampas grass to frame your ceremony space or hang pampas grass chandeliers from the ceiling for an airy, natural feel. Succulents and wildflowers can top tables while guests can sip on prickly pear cocktails. Of course, agave spirits must be included.

See more: 11 Spring Wedding Centerpieces That'll Make You Swoon[16]

Purple Paradise

Photo by Jesse Leake

Purple is having a moment and we’re into all the shades, from lavender hues to bold, royal purple touches. Ultraviolet, after all, was the Pantone color of 2018. Couples are dressing spring celebrations in purple-hued flowers, purple linens, and even purple-tinged outfits. Paisley purple bow tie, anyone?

Go Small

Heather Waraksa

Forget the big fat wedding—spring’s couples are really trimming down the guest list, says Rafanelli. He’s seeing guest lists shrink and with good reason: to-be-weds want to spend quality time with their nearest and dearest, not party hop among 35 tables to say hello to mom’s second grade best friend. “Couples in general are really taking a deep dive and concentrating on their guest list,” he says, adding that intimate weddings[17] often cater more to the guest experience. It makes everyone feel like they had a getaway together.

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  14. ^ 3-D appliqués on bridal gowns (www.brides.com)
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  17. ^ intimate weddings (www.brides.com)

Shop The Top 2019 Save the Date Trends from Minted

Choosing a save the date[1] is one of the first big style decisions you'll make as an engaged couple. Whether you're hoping to tie in their design with the rest of your wedding theme[2], or have them as a one-off expression of a totally different aesthetic, we know you want them to look really, really good. That's where Minted Weddings[3] comes in! Their new 2019 Save the Date Collection[4] is here and cute as hell, y'all. Sourced from independent artists[5] all around the world, the designs vary from classic and formal to modern filtered beauties straight out of the Instagram[6] age. Still, three stand-out trends have emerged in 2019: simple and minimalist[7], dusty peach, and, finally, the above mentioned filter effect.

See more: When to Send Save the Dates: Every Question Answered[8]

See some popular examples of the three styles below, and shop the rest of the collection here[9]. Remember, too, that Minted now offers an address collection function to keep your guests' details all in one place, and patented guest addressing and custom envelopes are F-R-E-E! So go forth — and good luck choosing only one from these gorgeous designs!

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References

  1. ^ save the date (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ wedding theme (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ Minted Weddings (www.minted.com)
  4. ^ 2019 Save the Date Collection (www.minted.com)
  5. ^ artists (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ Instagram (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ minimalist (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ When to Send Save the Dates: Every Question Answered (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ here (www.minted.com)

9 Lush Greenhouse Wedding Venues Around the World

Greenhouse wedding venues are definitely growing on couples, with more and more brides and grooms opting to exchange vows amidst the opulent flora inside them—and we are here for this venue trend!

Deciding on a wedding venue[1] may seem like a piece of cake if you've been fantasizing about your big day for years. But if you're still debating on where to say your "I dos," you'll realize that narrowing down a venue isn't as easy as it looks. You're bombarded with options: Do you opt for a rustic barnyard affair[2]? Or maybe a chic, urban locale[3]? But there's one venue option that often goes completely overlooked, but totes plenty of gorgeous features: greenhouse wedding venues.

Even if you're not a tree hugger per se, tying the knot surrounded by lush greenery is an easy way to guarantee your ceremony backdrop[4] will be flawless. Finally beginning to rise in popularity, greenhouse wedding venues also work in any season. If you're set on a winter wedding[5], your guests will stay warm while still enjoying the snowy[6], wintery scenery through the glass windows surrounding the room. And for spring and summer weddings[7], greenery wedding venues will set the stage with seasonal greenery and blooms.

We rounded up a few of our favorite greenhouse wedding venues across the globe. Get inspired by the vibrant vegetation of these gorgeous venues!

See more: Take Your Wedding to Camp! These Nature Preserves & Summer Camps Double as Wedding Venues[8]

References

  1. ^ wedding venue (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ rustic barnyard affair (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ urban locale (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ ceremony backdrop (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ winter wedding (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ snowy (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ summer weddings (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ Take Your Wedding to Camp! These Nature Preserves & Summer Camps Double as Wedding Venues (www.brides.com)

How to Plan a Three-Day Wedding

Remember when your "big day[1]" actually referred to just one day? Now, a massive 80 percent of US couples choose a two- or three-day wedding, according to recent stats[2]. After all, what better way to celebrate your union than by extending the party[3]? If you’re about to embark on the mammoth task of planning such an event, you'd probably appreciate some tips to get you started, huh? Drumroll, please...

First Of All, Set A Budget

Before you put any fancy "I'm Engaged!" pens[4] to paper and begin planning, you need to deal with the boring side of things: finances. Deciding on your budget[5] may not be the most exciting task but it has to be done ASAP, especially for extended events. Knowing how much you can spend, and breaking down your expenses into categories across your three days of activities, will reveal where you can splurge and where to scale back.

And good news! The budgeting process doesn't have to be excruciating. Dr. Sean Stein Smith, accounting expert and assistant professor at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, says there are tools available "to make that as painless as possible. This includes, but is not limited to using mobile apps to track and monitor your spending on a real-time basis and having check-in conversations," he says.

Save Along The Way

If you're hoping to increase your budget by saving along the way, Dr. Stein Smith recommends setting weekly and monthly budgets for how much you're planning to put away.Then, consider the wedding expenses that you could cut back on, and avoid paying over-the-odds for the essentials like cutlery and napkins.

“Everyone has different priorities and might want to spend more or less on certain things,” says Dr. Stein Smith. “One piece of advice? When contacting vendors, it might make sense to not mention the booking is for a wedding until some terms have been finalized. The services, with limited exceptions, will not vary but you might end up paying more without even realizing it.”

Decide On A Theme

Hosting a wedding over multiple days can run the risk of feel disjointed. Use a theme to create some synergy and tie things together. For instance, festival weddings[6] have soared in popularity of late and make the ideal three-day event theme. You could include performances or workshops to maintain the momentum all weekend long.

Plan A Detailed Itinerary

When planning a three-day wedding, organization is everything. It’s your job to keep things moving and ensure that there are no awkward gaps. While you’ll need to plan the event hour-by-hour, here’s one example of a basic itinerary outline:

Day One: Welcome Party
Whether you’re having a full-blown destination wedding or simply having guests coming in from out of town, hosting a welcome party is a chill, low-key way to get people into the festive mood. In addition to being able to personally greet your guests as they arrive, you'll also have a chance to introduce people who perhaps haven’t met before now.

Day Two: Ceremony + Reception
The second day of your affair is likely to be the main event. Needless to say, you will need to plan all the minor details—from when hair and makeup start[7] to who will be officiating[8]—well ahead of time. (Psst! Here are more timeline tips[9] for that!)

Since your reception is usually considered "the fun part" after a very emotional ceremony, many brides look forward to planning this section the most. You’ll want to create another timeline[10] here; highlights include everything from the newlyweds’ grand entrance to speeches, the bouquet toss, cutting the cake, the first dance— and, of course, time for you and your new spouse to join your guests in feasting on a delectable meal.

Day Three: Farewell Brunch
In the sheer exhilaration and jam-packed schedule of a wedding day, finding a moment to thank your guests and say your goodbyes is difficult. Having a farewell brunch the following morning before you jet off to your honeymoon solves this problem. You can express your gratitude in a relaxed, pressure-free atmosphere over french toast and mimosas.

Don’t Forget The Accommodations

Once you’ve ironed out the finer details, it’s time to deal with logistics. Where are your guests going to stay? Of course, you’re under no obligation to plan this side of the event, however, it’s polite to provide some assistance. Research nearby accommodation options and put together a handy guide for your guests that can be emailed out or included on your wedding website. Take into consideration all budgets and be as inclusive as possible with recommendations at every price point. It’s a quick Google search that will mean a lot to these people traveling to see you.

Finally, Be Flexible With Your Guests

While we’re on the topic of inclusivity, there’s one final thing you must consider: Sure, a three-day event is a massive commitment for you and your fiancé, but it’s also a commitment for your guests. Exercise some flexibility when it comes to your invitations. Make it completely clear that they aren't expected to attend every part of your wedding. It may be that people can’t afford to pay for three nights' accommodation or can't get the time off work. Whatever the reason, should some of your guests have an issue, be sympathetic to that and make sure they know it’s not a big deal — that they’re able to celebrate your special day (or, indeed, days!) in any way is what matters.

References

  1. ^ big day (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ stats (xogroupinc.com)
  3. ^ extending the party (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ "I'm Engaged!" pens (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ budget (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ festival weddings (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ when hair and makeup start (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ officiating (www.brides.com)
  9. ^ Here are more timeline tips (www.brides.com)
  10. ^ timeline (www.brides.com)

5 Brides Share Why They Invited An Ex to Their Wedding

When it comes time to choose who will get a coveted spot on your wedding guest list[1], you may be left with a lot of question marks next to certain people’s names — and for valid reasons. Perhaps there is a group of your parents' friends whom you barely know and hardly seem worth the plated dinner fee. Maybe you have a handful of cousins you haven’t spoken to in years. An old roommate could be begging to bring a Bumble[2] match she's only been out with three times.

But the one person everyone would assume would be a hard scratch-through, with no question marks[3] in sight, would be an ex-lover[4]. Surely sending a wedding invitation to people you may once have considered marriage material themselves is laughable, right?

Apparently that’s not the case for everyone. There are some couples out there who have completely friend-zoned their exes, and inviting them to the wedding wasn't a head-scratching or heart-wrangling decision at all.

Read on to find out why these five brides had someone from their "ex-list[5]" make it onto their guest list, and why they don’t regret that decision.

1. He’s Part of the Family (Literally)

“My ex and I broke up almost ten years ago. Many years after we split, I started dating someone else (who I met on a dating app) only to learn two months in that he was my ex’s second cousin. Do you think the world is big? Turns out it’s tiny and there I was, dating a relative of an ex-boyfriend. It was a little weird at first but it’s been about four years. I’m part of the family, and so is my ex, and that’s just the way my life will be.” —Cynthia F., 34

2. We Were Always Better As Friends

“You don’t have to hate an ex when the relationship is over. I dated my ex for three years and then one day we both admitted that we didn’t see a future together and we should go our own ways. It wasn’t dramatic or painful. We ended things romantically and just stayed great friends. When I got married, he was in my bridal party and even came to the bachelorette party!” —Tami E., 29

3. Better There By Invitation Than Infiltration

“I just felt like if my ex was going to be at my wedding, I didn't want to have anxiety about him showing up unexpectedly or crashing the party. It was a sign of peace inviting him. It worked. I sent him an invite and he called me to say he couldn’t come, but appreciated it and wished me well. It was one less thing I felt I had to worry about on my wedding day.” —Raquel X., 38

4. It Was a Drunken Mistake

“I invited my ex by accident. I was drunk one night and for some reason thought it would be funny to send him an invite. Why I don’t regret this is because he called me when he got it and we talked through some unresolved baggage and emotions. It was the weirdest — and admittedly perhaps the dumbest — way to get closure.” —Becky H., 27

See more: Can You Be Friends With An Ex Once You're Married?[6]

5. An Ex for an Ex

“Literally the only thing my wife and I fought about when we were wedding planning was the fact that she wanted to invite her ex-girlfriend to the wedding. I was pissed about it, but I wanted to respect that they stayed friends. It was immature of me, but I only agreed to let her do it if my ex was invited too. I ended up inviting an ex from college and she couldn’t even come.” —Terri V., 31

References

  1. ^ wedding guest list (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ Bumble (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ question marks (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ ex-lover (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ ex-list (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ Can You Be Friends With An Ex Once You're Married? (www.brides.com)

Your Wedding Website Checklist: Here’s Everything You Must Include on Your Wedding Website

We live in a time where nearly all the information you could ever need is accessible with the click of a button or two—the same goes for weddings. With so many details wedding guests[1] need to know, a personalized wedding website is the perfect way to ensure quick and accessible information on the fly. But where do you start? Consider this your wedding website checklist! Here's everything you must include on your wedding website.

The Basics

Remember back to grade school book reports and begin with the "5Ws," meaning who, what, when, where, why, and add the how.

Obviously the "who" is you; the "what" is that you're getting married (le duh); and the "when" is the date and time of both the ceremony and the reception, and the location(s). As for the "how," have fun with it. Just be sure to include the setting, theme, dress code[2], and any other information that will set the tone for your party. A good rule of thumb is to have all the information that appears on the invitation[3] on the front page of your wedding website. That is, if you have invitations, as more and more couples are opting for the more green and less expensive option of simply creating and sharing their wedding website with a built-in RSVP feature.

The Details

Some couples choose to still include printable driving directions on their wedding website. While this is a thoughtful touch, it's not always necessary thanks to easy access to GPS systems such as Google Maps and Waze. However, suggestions for hotel and lodging accommodations are über important to include. Be sure to indicate whether you arranged for a hotel room block[4] and include the hotel's contact information and if there is a name or code to refer to while booking. Feel to free also suggest some fun local activities that the area has to offer, in case guests have time to kill during the weekend.

To further make prepping for your wedding an easy experience for your guests, include your registry[5] information on your wedding website. No, it won't look like you're fishing for gifts—you're just giving everyone easy access to information they'll want to know. Indicate where you're registered and add links that lead straight to your registry pages.

The Extras

Adding a few personal details will take your wedding website from strictly business to engaging and fun. Why not share a bit of your love story, or how you met or got engaged. (Save a bit for the vows[6], though!) Not all your guests or extended family will know these details and giving a little context to your relationship is a great way to personalize your page.

In addition to all the romantic details, you can give a nod to your bridal party on your wedding website, too. List the names of your bridesmaids and groomsmen[7], how you know them, and maybe a sweet or funny story about each of them. It's a fun way to make them feel special and let your guests in just a little bit more.

See more: How to Send Paperless, Email Wedding Invitations[8]

Beware

If privacy is a concern, you have options. Consider password-protecting your wedding website and including the password on your paper invitations or save-the-dates. This way, you won't have any real-time data floating around out there that you wouldn't want to get into the wrong hands.

References

  1. ^ wedding guests (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ dress code (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ invitation (www.brides.com)
  4. ^ hotel room block (www.brides.com)
  5. ^ your registry (www.brides.com)
  6. ^ the vows (www.brides.com)
  7. ^ bridesmaids and groomsmen (www.brides.com)
  8. ^ How to Send Paperless, Email Wedding Invitations (www.brides.com)

The Wedding Photo List You Need to Take

All brides know that wedding photos[1] are one of the most important parts of the wedding day. So coming up with a must-have wedding photo list should be high on your wedding planning priorities. These are the memories you'll cherish forever and even look back on the very next day ("It goes by in a flash," they all say). That's why you want to make sure your photographer nails every photo op, starting with the getting-ready photos all the way through your (sparkler) exit.

Step one to checking off this to-do list is to hire a wedding photographer[2] you're excited about—and put your trust in the professional! You are hiring just that—a professional—who should know what they're doing, after all. But even so, it's nice to have some general knowledge of wedding photography yourself. As your 101 guide, we put together a wedding photo list of the must-have moments to capture—from the pretty detailed shot of your wedding-day jewels to the table settings and invitation suite.

Of course, you don't have to get all of these wedding photos[3] in order to create the perfect album, but it's nice to think about them. (They'll put you in the detail mind-set at least as you buy those special bridal shoes and design your custom invitation suite.) So before you get shopping and pinning away, scroll down to see some of our favorite images from real weddings on Brides.com. Once you make a mental checklist of your own, feel free to chat about these photo op moments with your photographer—or better yet, send a link to this article!—but once you do that, leave it to your photographer. From there, all you can do is put your trust in them, have fun, and be present in your big day. After all, the prettiest brides are the happiest ones, right?!

References

  1. ^ wedding photos (www.brides.com)
  2. ^ wedding photographer (www.brides.com)
  3. ^ wedding photos (www.brides.com)