Planning a Wine Country Wedding: Registries

(This is Part 9 in a series. Did you miss Part 8? View the post here!)

We had fun putting together our registry, and I was surprised to see all of the incredible options we had online. We decided to do both a traditional registry and an online registry that allowed us to include a lot more options than we had expected, including a honeymoon fund.

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If you want the experience of walking around a store with a price gun in tow, don’t skip the traditional registry. The best thing about this is that you get to build up your registry with items that you’re seeing in person, and your guests can choose to either shop your list in person or online.

Fund Registries
If you are hoping for cash gifts in place of physical gifts, look in to creating a fund registry. Sites like Honeyfund allow you to create your dream honeymoon (from transportation costs to hotel stays), and guests can choose to contribute what they’d like.

Online Registries
Online registries like Zola and Blueprint allow you to combine your wishlists into one. You can add items directly from these sites as well as from outside sites. If you have an item that you think is too expensive, designate it as a group gift so that multiple guests can contribute toward it. Want to create a cash registry? You can add that too, and it can even be customized so that guests are contributing to anything from a dinner for two to plane tickets for your honeymoon.

If you’re not sure what to register for, check out The Knot’sUltimate Registry Checklist” before hopping over to get registry advice from Martha Stewart.
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Quick tips:

  • Most of the advice I’ve read says to register for about double the amount of gifts as you have guests. This will give everyone enough options to choose from.
  • Make sure to register for items in different amounts. Some guests may want to splurge for that $400 item you have your eye on, but not everyone will want or be able to.
  • Feeling like you don’t need your guests to bring gifts? Suggest making a donation in lieu of gifts to your favorite charity.

Happy Planning!

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Planning a Wine Country Wedding: Favorite Trends

There are so many fun ideas that I’ve come across for special ways to make your wedding celebration unique. I wish I could do them all!

Here are some of the favorite trends I’ve discovered over the last few months:

Favors from Local Artisans
You are sharing Wine Country with your guests, why not have them bring a piece of it home with them? An added bonus is that you are supporting local artisans and merchants who, undoubtedly, put lots of Wine Country heart in their products.

I really love the idea of infused regional flavors, like Wine Country Chocolate’s amazing wine truffles. The truffles come in four flavors (Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Port, and Champagne), and they offer a two piece truffle box perfect for unique and delicious favors. You can visit them online or at one of their local tasting rooms.

Another delicious commodity from Wine Country is olive oil. Check out Sonoma-based The Olive Press for options and ideas for unique flavors that you’ll want to share with your guests.

And, of course, I can’t go without mentioning our own amazingly delicious figFOOD products. Check out our online store for your favorite fig flavors, like our Black Mission Fig Jam and Fig Caramel.

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Late Night Snacks
After all the drinking, dancing, and partying, who wouldn’t be hungry? Many couples extend the celebration by offering another round of food once the party is coming to a close.

One of my favorite ideas is a milk and cookie bar. Who doesn’t love milk and cookies? And think of all the flavor options, not only for the cookies but the milk as well: Regular, Chocolate, Strawberry. If Nutella is an option, I’m definitely on board. Check out some great cookie bar inspiration on Pinterest.

Another fun option is to hire a food truck for the after-party. There are so many different food options to choose from, and everyone loves a food truck! Some of our Bay Area favorites to check out are The Waffle Roost, El Sur, and the Lobsta Truck.

Photo by Jessamyn Harris

Photo by Jessamyn Harris

The Post Wedding Brunch
A fun conclusion to your wedding weekend is to have a post wedding brunch to say goodbye to your friends and family. I hosted a post wedding brunch for a friend last year; her only request was that there was a post wedding brunch in place of a wedding shower. It was a great ending to a memorable weekend, and it gave her and her groom a chance to spend time with their out of town guests once the stress from their actual wedding day was over.

If you don’t have a friend or family member who’s able to host a brunch for you, there are plenty of other options. Check with your wedding venue and caterer for suggestions as well as looking at local restaurants or event spaces. We think that Suite D is the perfect place to host a post wedding brunch; you can check out our unique space online.

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Have any favorite wedding trends? Let us know in the comments below, and share your ideas for a fun and unique celebration.

Happy Planning!

Next post: Registries


Image Credits for this post:

Megan Steffen of Untapped Media Co.
Megan Clouse 
Nathan Larimer Photography

 

Planning a Wine Country Wedding: Seasonal Color

(This is Part 7 in a series. Did you miss Part 6? View the post here!)

If you’re anything like me, there’s no question in your mind about what your wedding colors will be. It has already been decided for years.

But, even though I have had my perfect color scheme planned forever, I am a little disappointed that I won’t have the opportunity to play around with different colors. There are endless possibilities, and I have encountered so many inspiring florals, dresses, and accents in the last few months that I absolutely love. My favorites are those that truly evoke the season that they take place in, bringing a piece of Mother Nature in to the celebration.

Here are some ideas that I’ve come across for weddings in any season:

Spring
When I think of spring, I think of pastels and perfectly mild, sunny weather. New buds and delicate flower petals are perfect inspiration for this time of year. I love the idea of soft blues and pale pinks with classic whites, or even just an all-white color palette.

Flowers in season are Calla Lillies, Tulips, Pink Gerber Daisies, and Peonies.

Summer
The summer season is all about bright sunshine and fun colors. I think this is the best season for really playing with color combinations that allow you to accent beautiful pops of bright colors to echo the brilliance of the season. Try out a pairing of navy or classic grey with hot pinks and yellows.

Flowers in season are Sunflowers, Snapdragons, Poppies, and Freesia.

Autumn
My favorite of the seasons, autumn brings cooler weather, falling leaves, and pumpkins. Deep oranges, reds and purples with browns and yellows make the best autumn accents. Go to your garden for decorating inspiration in the way of pumpkins, squash, and other gourds.

Flowers in season are Dahlias, Chocolate Sunflowers, and Chrysanthemums.

Winter
The coziest season, winter gives us scarves, hot chocolate, and family holidays. My favorite winter colors are deep hues of reds or blues contrasted with stark white. Red holiday berries and bare branches make great decorative accents. I’m even tempted to suggest a little glitter!

Flowers in season are Carnations, Ranunculus, Gardenias, and Paper Whites.

If you’re looking for more color inspiration, check out these links:

Happy Planning!

Next post: Favorite Wedding Trends


 

Photo Credits:

Jessamyn Harris – www.jessamynharris.com
Ken Viale – www.kenviale.com
Imagen Photography – www.imagenphotos.com