Figuring out how your wedding is going to work means paying attention to all the details, both big and small. You’ll have to consider what your venue will be, where your reception will take place and what you’ll wear. Beyond that are all the little things, like silverware and seating. Everything is up to you, including what wedding traditions you take part in.
Wedding ceremonies have been happening for a long time, so there are tons of traditions to sift through. Read on for some of the most sentimental wedding traditions that may work for your wedding. Including one or two could change how you feel over the course of your big day.
1. Take a Parental Cue
There’s a way you can honor your parents with a very sweet wedding tradition. Find out where they were married and think about having your ceremony at the same venue, even if that means traveling to a far-flung destination. It’s a thoughtful and touching way to say you love and appreciate them. Be prepared with tissues when you tell them!
2. Plant a Pine Tree
Finding a pine sapling and having it at your wedding will work well if your wedding relies on foliage. The Dutch have a tradition where the married couple has a sapling at their reception. Guests write down their good wishes and tie them to different branches.
When you both find your first home, you can plant the sapling in memory of your wedding. The pine represents long life and well-being, so it’s symbolic to the start of a happy marriage. You can even do this tradition with a cutout of a tree.
3. Fill a Hope Chest
When you start your marriage, there’s hope shared by you and those who love you that it will be a long and happy relationship. The Amish place great importance on this through the giving of hope chests. Traditionally, a girl gets a hope chest when she’s young and fills it with special items from her family that will help her create her own home one day.
Now, hope chests are filled with things like kitchen supplies, bed linens, silverware and other little necessities that a new couple may not have. They’re meant to help start the newly married couple’s life on a positive note, with hope and love from the community.
4. Put Bumper Cans on Your Car
In the movies, when a married couple runs out of their wedding venue, they pile into a limo. Sometimes there are words written on the windows, streamers on the trunk or other ways to point out to passing cars that they were just married.
People still tie cans to their bumpers to keep the celebration going while they ride to their next destination. It’s an easily affordable wedding tradition that’s cute and can be made with the people you love. Have everyone bring a can over and decorate it with paint for a little bit of personalizing.
5. Hand fast at Your Ceremony
An Irish wedding tradition states that at the beginning of a wedding ceremony, the couple must have their hands loosely bound with ribbons or braided cords. It’s a visual way to literally tie the knot with your fiance in front of your friends and family. The knots are then undone at the end of the ceremony, so you both are released as a married couple.
6. Exchange Gold Wedding Rings
Rings are known for being symbols of eternity because they don’t stop or start in any clear place. Exchanging rings on your wedding day is a promise to love and cherish your significant other forever but using gold rings will take the symbolism to an even greater level. Gold represents exclusivity, because it’s not a material everyone has. It’s a way of promising yourself only to your spouse in a way they can look at every day.
7. Go Back to Where It Began
Is there a place you and your fiance love? It may be a location where you first said you loved each other, where you got engaged or anything else that stands out in your relationship. See if there’s a way you can get married there or work it into your reception, so you can honor what’s truly meaningful to your relationship.
8. Get Showered with Rice
Another way people show that they wish a lifetime of happiness to a married couple is by showering them with rice as they leave their wedding venue or reception. Rice has always meant prosperity, good fortune and even fertility, so it’s been showered on married couples for hundreds of years. Try it on your wedding day for an extra bit of good luck.
9. Have Something Blue
Before everyone began to attribute purity with the color white, it used to be blue. That’s why it’s in the popular saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” Now it stands for love and fidelity as well, so have something blue on you to add a tiny wedding tradition.
10. Place Herbs in Your Bouquet
Plenty of brides use flowers for their wedding bouquet, but if you want to break the mold with a sweet wedding tradition, use herbs instead. You can look up what wedding herbs mean so you have the right intentions for your wedding traditions. Using things like rosemary for remembrance and thyme for strength will be something you can secretly hold dear as you walk down the aisle. Work some herbs into a regular flowery bouquet for a mix of both new and old wedding traditions.
Deciding which wedding traditions will be used in your ceremony can feel like a big deal, especially when there’s so many to choose from. After reading about these sentimental traditions, you may feel inspired to include something you hadn’t known about before. Whatever feels true to who you are and the love you share with your fiance will be the perfect wedding tradition addition.
The new year is in full swing and wedding season is shortly upon us again! Did you know it’s customary to give a gift to the men and women in your wedding party? That’s right. It’s important to say thanks to those that stand by your side as you embark on this journey. Not only the bridesmaids but groomsmen should be shown your appreciation too. So we’ve hand-picked some of the best groomsmen gifts for the 2019 wedding season. The team at GroomGoods.com helped narrow our search for the best gifts to give to the guys in your life (that means the groom too!).
For destination weddings, these custom monogrammed dopp kits are a perfect way to say thanks and give your guys something to travel with too! Or how about a monogrammed whiskey barrel? No matter what type of wedding, this is certainly among the great groomsmen gifts for 2019.
Saying I do in the sun? Start with a pair of shades in a custom wooden case!
Looking for the perfect way to ask your groomsmen to join the party? Or perhaps it’s getting closer to that time to say thank you for being a part of the wedding. Whatever the reason, cufflinks are always a classic favorite.
Mark and Kendall tied the knot in a beach elopement in Costa Rica – for just two! The lovebirds wed in Mal Pais at a beachfront AirBnB with the help of local wedding professions who made the event exactly as they pair wanted it to be. This event just goes to show, you don’t need to have a large guest count to have a gorgeous destination wedding! They had no guests at all!
Kendall shared their love story and how their day came to be with us…
We wanted something gorgeous, memorable and tropical. Since this was also going to be our honeymoon we wanted it to be somewhere we both have wanted to go. I’ve always wanted to go to Costa Rica for years and Mark had been before on surf trips and always talked about going back with me. It was the perfect choice for us.
The rock ceremony during our vows was really special. Our officiant was amazing and had such beautiful words to share about love and relationships. It was very different than any other ceremony either of us have been to and felt so perfect for us and special. And although we couldn’t see them because we were reciting our vows, to know whales were jumping behind us during that time was pretty incredible.
Mark was the best groom as he was so easy going and really let me take the reigns on the whole wedding. I got to put together my dream ceremony. I wanted something beautiful and tropical but still have a little rustic feel to it. I love beautiful white neutral palettes and find such beauty in their classic simplicity. I had looked online for some beach elopements for inspiration and stumbled on one from Mal Pais Weddings. I immediately reached out to Lisavette and Myriam and asked for their help. I was a little nervous to put this together having never been to the property, but they were amazing in helping put together my vision. It all came together so perfectly. The house we chose to stay at was the most beautiful property and couldn’t be a better location for a wedding.
The whole evening was memorable. The breathtaking unforgettable sunset. The private dinner. The ceremony. Being able to finally marry each other. I think we really both enjoyed the intimacy of it all though. Having this gorgeous wedding setup and evening just for the two of us was something so amazing it’s hard to put into words. Like hosting this big beautiful event with just the two of us to enjoy.
Jess and Cole said “I do” on the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia. The couple opted for an intimate and oh-so tropical beach wedding in St. Lucia because of their love of the region and their fairy tale to date. So it was no surprise when the chose to wed over water in a glass bottom chapel at Sandals Grande St Lucian.
The newlyweds shared their sweet story with us…
We picked st Lucia because we got engaged in Barbados and we wanted to see another island and continue our love story there.
My ring is my grandma’s engagement ring set with sapphires for our wedding anniversary.
A rainbow showed up right when I was walking down the aisle. My mom said there wasn’t a dry eye in the chapel after that.
We wanted to keep it bright and colorful for the tropical location.
Our wedding was very tight knit with only 21 guests, which made each interaction with every guest so much more personal and meaningful. The resort and island were absolutely incredible and dreamy, I could not have imagined a more beautiful location; it was the best day ever!
Is there a city on earth more romantic than Paris for a destination wedding? Well, Abbie Mae Photography certainly didn’t think so! She had wanted to work in Paris every since she was a little girl. And today’s photos are the culmination of a lifelong dream! Abbie shared with us how this wedding photo shoot in Paris came to be.
I have always loved the Parisian culture and have wanted to indulge in it ever since I was little. I have visited France twice before this year and I had always dreamed of doing a shoot while I was there since I was always traveling with family.
This past April, I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to Paris alone, so I took every opportunity I could do create an unreal styled shoot. I had local Dallas vendors and international vendors from Paris involved which created a gorgeous shoot on a gorgeous weekend evening in Paris. I had created a mood board with classic and pastel colors with the idea of Parisian culture behind it. I wanted to do everything I could to create a vision of Paris, from a tourist’s and local side of view.
We roamed the streets of Paris and got lost in the culture and the unbelievably gorgeous weather we were lucky to have on an April day. It was very surreal.
The European elegance, which is all very natural and whimsical at the same time, was what I wanted these images to portray. I wanted to show the city of Love from a woman’s perspective and show how gorgeous she can look even just by herself. I think that having a love for yourself is so important and these images really showed her natural beauty in the city she loves. She don’t need no man! This quote has always stuck with me and I think it’s a perfect description of the mood / them of this shoot. “Try to love yourself as much as much as you want someone else to!”
When you see the images, I think we did it pretty perfectly! My dream is to start shooting destination weddings and I felt that this would be the best way to start portraying that.
Are you newly engaged in the new year? Congratulations! We’ve got a real treat today if you’re considering an intimate destination wedding or elopement. International wedding photographer, Rochelle Cheever (who specializes in intimate weddings), has just announced her second book, an elopement guide book called The Elopement Experience. Available for pre-order now through January 9th on Amazon and then available worldwide, the book is an essential tool to help couples tie the knot, just for two (or two plus a few). With ideas on locations, how to make the day extra special, what should go in the day-of timeline and tips for the best photos imaginable, Rochelle shares all her trade secrets and decades of experience all in one guide for you! We’ve seen a sneak peek at the book and it’s beyond fabulous! A must-get for the newly engaged!
And, we’re excited to announce that our editor and founder, Harmony Walton, actually wrote the foreword of the book! That’s right! Harmony has been a big fan of Rochelle’s work for many, many years so it was an honor to participate in her second publishing and be included in a small way in the project. We’ve been watching it come together for a long time now so what a treat to see if finally land in print (and digital too)!
To share a little bit about the book and some of the great insights inside, we asked Rochelle to show us a few pages and share a few of her top tips for anyone considering an intimate wedding. Here’s what she had to say…
Jet Fete: How should couples go about finding their elopement location?
Rochelle: Look for a place that’s meaningful to you as a couple. To start your search, ask yourself a series of questions. You’ll find of a useful questionnaire in the first chapter of THE ELOPEMENT EXPERIENCE. Some of the main blanks you’ll want to fill in are: When will you have time to take off for a journey? What do you like to do as couple in your free time? Are you beach people? City people?
Jet Fete: Besides the officiant and photographer, what should couples include or plan for?
Rochelle: Your elopement can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like it to be. You can even symbolically exchange vows between just the two of you without any officiant at all. But you won’t want to give up a magnificent backdrop. Alone on a windswept beach f in Southern California, or a an intimate yacht party off the Amalfi Coast with champagne and fireworks. The choice is up to you, but the destination is key.
Jet Fete: What are a few of your favorite ways to make an elopement extra special?
Rochelle: Once you’ve chosen your location, everything else blends with it: your color scheme, menu, gown, flowers. Find a team at the location of your choice, and make sure that you are all on the same page.
Jet Fete: What are your top picks for elopement locations?
Rochelle: Some of the most beautiful elopements I’ve photographed have been on the island of Santorini in Greece, and so many gorgeous locations on the Italian peninsula, Sicily and Capri, the Hawaiian Islands, especially Kauaʻi. I’m crazy about using Big Sur, California as a wedding backdrop. And because art and culture are important to me personally, I love using historic urban locations such as Rome, Paris or even glamorous historic residences such as the Dell in Coronado on the Pacific Coast. It’s exciting to find quaint. romantic villages such as Sayulita, Mexico or Orvieto, Umbria.
Jet Fete: Best day-of advice?
Rochelle: Plan ahead. Nobody wants to be surprised on their wedding day. If you can, visit the venue ahead of time. If you can’t, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, your vendors to discuss every detail and get to know them. Make sure the photographer you choose has already shot at least ten elopements, ideally at your location. Choose a photographer whom you like as a person as well as a professional After all, you’ll be sharing the most important day of your life with them. A lot of venues will offer a one-size-fits-all wedding package. Don’t do it! You’ll want to control and fine tune every detail to make your elopement as personal as possible.
Want more?? Pre-order your copy of The Elopement Experience by January 9, 2019 and Rochelle will send along free gifts with your purchase.
Don’t delay and she’ll help you plan your most special elopement day. Happy Planning!
You’re getting married and a hometown wedding just won’t do. Whether you envision your nuptials taking place in a neighboring state or a country an ocean away, you’ll probably want to have a destination wedding planner on board to help you with all the details.
A destination wedding planner helps put everything together and ensure things run smoothly on the big day. Plus, they can stand in for you when you can’t travel to your wedding destination, overseeing all aspects of preparation so you don’t have to worry about how things are going.
This all sounds wonderful, of course, but be sure to cover your bases before hiring a planner for your destination wedding. Here are six things to think about before signing on the dotted line.
1. Know Your Budget
When it comes to delineating your wedding budget, you can’t be shy. You’ll have to start by asking who’s covering what — and, if your parents or future in-laws are chipping in, find out how much they want to contribute. Add that to the amount you’re willing to pay. Once you’re sure the total is enough to cover a ceremony and reception in your dream location, then you can start planning.
This step must come before you hire a planner. You might find you don’t have the funds to hire a helper. If not, you might want to consider a new destination or go it alone. But if money is there, it’s the best money you’ll spend!
2. Read the Reviews
You’re working in a city or country far from your hometown, so you might not have the luxury of meeting multiple planners and gauging their abilities in person. Instead, head online and search for reviews of their services from other couples who have said “I do” under their direction. Of course, you’ll want someone with a full slate of positive feedback, but if there are some moderate experiences described, ask the planner about it. They might have an explanation that assuages any lingering doubt.
3. See if You Gel
It’s important to speak on the phone and, later, video chat with your potential planner and describe what you want out of your big day. Or meet in person if you’re proximity permits. Most brides and grooms will feel a connection to the right person, and this is vital. One of your destination wedding planner’s main tasks will be to fight for your vision and make you feel confident about your choices, so you have to make sure you find someone who understands it.
To that end, be sure the person you spoke to initially — you know, the planner who you clicked with — is the one who will oversee your big day. Some larger destination wedding planning firms have a different person fielding phone calls than the one who will work on your nuptials. Before you sign any contract, make clear who it is you want as your planner.
4. Be Ready to Rely on Their Knowledge
Yes, you will come into the wedding planning process with a vision of what you want on your big day. While your planner will do their best to make your dreams a reality, they will also have to be realistic with you when necessary.
You will have to rely on your destination wedding planner’s knowledge not only of the venue itself, but also of the destination. They’ll know just how many people can fit into the ceremony space and they’ll be able to tell you if you can or can’t redecorate it to your specifications. It might be frustrating and you might think about calling someone else for a second opinion, but you’ll eventually have to rely on the knowledge of the person you’ve chosen. If you don’t trust them, then you’ve skipped step three on this list.
5. Forward Destination-Related Questions
Another great benefit to having a destination wedding planner on your team is that they can be a point person for your guests too. Destination wedding planners know that both the bridal party and the attendees will probably be coming from out of town, so they’re ready to help your guests with any questions they have. Those queries could include hotel recommendations, travel tips to and from the wedding site, flight options and more. In other words, you won’t have to worry about making these recommendations to your guests, which will take even more of a weight off your shoulders. Just communicate with your planner early about this. Some companies include this service while others do not. Get clear on what’s expected from all sides.
6. Make Sure You Can Communicate Clearly
Now that you’ve read all the above considerations and benefits of a destination wedding planner, you know why it’s also vital to select a planner who speaks the same language as you. Without a language barrier, there won’t be any miscommunication in what you want for your big day. It also ensures your planner can help your guests, who are likely to be coming from the same country — with the same native language — as you.
7. Put Your Wedding Together
With all these considerations taken to heart, you can be confident in choosing the right destination wedding planner. Then, all you have left to do is put together the ceremony and reception you’ve envisioned for so long. Thankfully, you have the right person in your corner to help make it a reality!
Allison and Bradley celebrated their nuptials at a beach wedding in Cabo surrounded by friends and family. The Mexico destination wedding was one filled with love, sparkling details and a neutral green and white palette with lush fresh florals. Even the bridesmaids matched the design perfectly!
How fun are these flower crowns?! The style fit flawlessly with the natural and organic nature of the decor.
We love how Allison and Brad put their wedding hashtag on the ceremony welcome sign. It reminds guests to post and share the fun!
This bride and groom certainly had some cheeky fun with their beach wedding details. These bride and groom koozies were just right for the setting.
After their beach wedding in Cabo, guests moved indoors for a swanky reception dressed up in greens and gold details.
Today we bring you a beautiful Tuscany destination wedding inspiration shoot with honeymoon style, wedding day fun and even a sweet anniversary of the grandparents. Photographer, Arte de Vie and wedding planner, Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events teamed up with a great group of local wedding professionals to bring this charming vision to life.
Arte de Vie shared the inspiration behind their inspiration shoot with us…
When Cindy Salgado and I began discussing the storyline for our shoot in the heart of Tuscany, she was very passionate as she shared her desires for the shoot to have as many Italian traditions woven throughout as possible.
The initial storyline begins with the grandparents, celebrating their Golden Anniversary of 50 years. At the anniversary party, our beautiful model meets and falls in love with her future husband. As a nod to the grandparents and inspired by the Italian traditions, they decide to come back to the same location as the anniversary party, where they met, for their own wedding a year later at Montelucci Country Resort.
The table is set with traditional china from Bizzirri, and a lace family tablecloth that has been passed down through the generations adorns the table. The stone and wood touches within the resort complete the cozy, warm feeling on an otherwise chilly, rainy day. Chef Alessandro personally serves the guests none other than homemade pasta.
At the end of the night, guest favors include local fresh fruit and specialized Italian cookies.
It’s true that your wedding is all about you — it’s supposed to be your dream day, after all. However, you’ll be surrounded by your loved ones that traveled from faraway places to see you say “I do.” That’s why you want to make the day special for them too. We’ve got some ideas for making your destination wedding guests feel the love from you!
As a bride or groom, you can make plenty of gestures to show your guests how much you appreciate them for supporting you on such a huge life step. Here are eight of them:
1. Take the Website Seriously
In our tech-centric world, it’s a necessity for soon-to-be-married couples to build a wedding website. There you will provide guests with all the information they need to know before the big day. Along with the venue, you can tell them where to stay, what to do in their downtime and who will be in the bridal party.
There are ways to make the required website even more special — and helpful. Start by designing it so it represents your wedding theme or color scheme. Then, make sure you include everything a guest would want to know, from driving directions to registry information to the activities we already mentioned. With that, you’ll be a massive help to your attendees, even if you’re out of touch on the days leading up to your wedding.
2. Host Pre- and Post-Wedding Events
This is especially true if you’re planning a destination wedding. A pre- or post-wedding event will give you a chance to spend more time with everyone who comes to your wedding. For some, this may mean giving everyone an invitation to the rehearsal dinner. If you want something more budget-friendly, try planning a meet up for drinks and appetizers at a local bar or have brunch the morning after the wedding.
3. Make Transit a Breeze
Some weddings and receptions take place in the same location, but you may not be that lucky and for destination wedding guests, that can get tricky. Instead, your guests must trek from one spot to another to attend all the day’s events. Rather than making them responsible for their transportation, hire a bus to shuttle them around. Your guests will appreciate it — the less logistical thought required to attend a wedding, the better.
4. Choose the Hotel, Too
This works in tandem with tip No. 3 — if everyone is staying in the same place, you can easily pick them up, too. Even if transportation isn’t in the budget, you should still reserve a block of hotel rooms to make travel easier on your guests. They’ll know they’re staying in a location convenient to the weekend’s events, and they’ll likely get a discount for reserving within the block since hotels incentivize these types of big-group stays.
5. Whip up a Welcome Bag
The wedding gift is probably already on your radar, but a wedding welcome bag shows your guests you’ve thought about them from the start of the weekend to the end of it. Plus, they can enjoy their initial gift — and potentially find it useful — before the big day.
Make sure you select destination wedding guests’ welcome bag fillers that suit your wedding destination and activities. For example, it might be helpful to throw a small canister of sunscreen into the bag if you’re having a beach wedding. No matter what, there are some go-to treats that’ll suit any occasion, including candies, handmade gifts and a hangover relief kit.
6. Make Sure They’re Comfy
Is it supposed to rain on your wedding day? Will you be walking down the aisle outdoors, even though it’s brisk? Think of all the accessories that would make your guests comfortable at your wedding and be sure you have them on hand. Stock up on umbrellas in case of rain or hand out blankets ahead of your outdoor ceremony so no one’s cold — those details will mean so much to your guests.
7. Say Hell
At the very least, you should make a point to greet each and every one of your destination wedding guests. Some brides and grooms might skip the receiving line or forego reception greetings for dancing. You should definitely enjoy your wedding and all the moments you’ve planned. However, it’s up to you to make your guests feel welcome and important — greeting each one is a simple way to do that.
8. Plan a Unique Event
Finally, you can go above and beyond for your guests by doing the same for yourself. Rather than treading a beaten path, choosing a completely unique wedding venue, menu and other features will engage everyone. In other words, they’ll be thrilled to have traveled from far and wide to attend your one-of-a-kind nuptials — and you’ll be glowing because you’ve planned your perfect day.