How to Find Your Dream Wedding Venue

DreamWeddingVenue_V1When searching for your wedding venue, the practical details are often what first come to mind. Is this venue within my budget? Is it within driving distance for guests? How many guests can this space hold? While these questions are important and must be considered, every bride has a vision of what her wedding day will look like, so why not begin the process with a different mindset – one that primarily considers your wedding style.

Wedding branding expert Kristen Ley Green, of Something New for I Do, shares with us some tips on how we can do this.

For DIY brides or a moderate budget

Look for a venue that serves as a blank canvas. A space with neutral walls and minimal décor is the perfect location to jazz up with draping and rentals to match your wedding style. Open floor plans and bare walls, like at an empty greenhouse or a studio, can take on almost any look. Outdoor venues are also a great option, as the natural elements make for a clean backdrop for a custom design. Keep in mind that with this approach, you may be spending more to bring in the visual elements. That means that while the venue fee may be less expensive than other venue types, depending on your vision, the costs can add up for designing your venue to fit your style.

For a tighter budget

When being more conscious of budget, the reverse is true. Choosing a venue that embodies your style means less décor will be needed. Like this contemporary German brewery wedding, for example. If your wedding style is vintage; historic spaces, inns, manors or private estates are smart choices that will likely require little work to exemplify your style. Sometimes, well-designed tablescapes are all you need to set the tone.

For the minimalist

If your wedding style is that of a minimalist, anything is possible. Some of the most beautiful organic weddings are in the simplest of places – a scenic spot, at home, or at your favorite restaurant, brewery or winery. For brides with a rustic flare, because of the recent rustic wedding trend, there is no shortage of barns, lodges and farms that have sprung up as wedding venues. Simply choose a space that speaks to your specific ideas. There’s a difference stylistically between a working farm and an upscale venue built to resemble a barn.

For open budgets

If money is not a factor when planning your wedding, the sky is the limit. Create a wedding mood board with photos of exactly what you envision. Then, do your research looking beyond typical wedding venues. It could be that a mountain top wedding where every last detail is brought in fits your style. Be creative, open-minded and never settle for anything less than what you envision on your most special day.

Be inspired by these amazing venues:
Gone are the days of cookie-cutter weddings and commonplace venues. Brides today are growing more creative by the minute, and we love the fact that no celebration spot is off limits. Here are 15 uniquely amazing venues – in no particular order – and why brides are swooning over them. Compiled by Kristen Ley Green, Something New for I Do, and Eva W Clark, Belle of the Ball Events.

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10.02.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Intimate Summer Wedding Inspiration

We know that summer is fading before us, but not before we share these beautiful wedding ideas with you. We love the fresh color palette with those touches of caramel and pear, and of course, the ambience of romance (and that beaded Jenny Packham gown!). Set in the privacy and intimacy of a couple’s own yard, this overall concept behind this editorial is to give brides and grooms ideas on how to really love on your guests–show hospitality!

More from the photographer, Jake Anderson:
“There is one particular aspect, or component, of a wedding which makes itself abundantly evident when it is intentionally focused on–hospitality. When a couple’s character is such as they desire to ensure their guests feel cared for and welcomed, it explicitly proclaims their outlook on life. We specifically focused on the ways in which, and the details surrounding, a bride and groom who invite friends and family to their own yard to share in celebration; one which, we envision, lasting long into the evening.”

Florals: Studio Fleurette  | Photography: Jake Anderson | Styling: Lizie Anne | Venue: Bloom Lake Barn | Lab: Photovision | Calligraphy: Athena Pelton | Dress: Esme by Jenny Packham via The Dress Theory | Silk: Silk and Willow

10.01.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

How to Get the Ultimate Bridal Glow: Makeup Tips from Laura Geller

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The one phrase that makeup artists hear all the time is, “I want to look like myself, just better!” And the best way to make sure that you are the best physical version of yourself on your wedding day is by emphasizing a beautiful glow. Your excitement will certainly create a natural glow, but why not amp it up a little with long-lasting makeup? We’re excited to have Laura Geller sharing her top tips to achieve the ultimate bridal glow, and some of her favorite products that get the job done.


1.       Always start with a good quality make-up primer like this Spackle Tinted Primer. Primer creates a beautiful, even surface to allow foundation to glide onto skin and not sink into pores–not to mention it allows your make-up to last longer!

2.       Avoid shimmer, as matte works better for photography purposes.  Daylight and a camera flash can be unflattering to a shimmery face, so limit it to just a few key spots:  bridge of the nose, brow bone and cheekbone. We love this Baked Highlighter duo palette– it’s everything you need to create a luminous, sculpted look.

3.       Eyeshadows and lipsticks in bold hues are more noticeable in pictures when enhanced by the camera and daylight. You want to choose colors that flatter your skin tone and eye color. One of our top picks is this 14-hue long-wearing eyeshadow palette called “Delectables“, which can be applied dry or wet.

4.       And of course, never forget about your lashes. Whether you’re adding in false eyelashes or considering extensions, make sure that your lashes are ready for their close-up. While dark lashes don’t affect your bridal glow directly, they will help to draw attention in to your face.

5.       Finish off your look with the perfect shade of lipstick. Brides love this Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipstick, with creamy, vibrant shades. It stays put for several hours, meaning you’re free to kiss away for photos and not need a touch-up!

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10.01.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Mountain Engagement Session

We love when couples seek creative ways to showcase their personalities in their wedding or engagement photos, aside from the typical props. Amy and Trevor share a special fondness for the wildness and nature, so what would be better than an elegant engagement session in the mountains? Amy’s simple dress is the perfect choice to compliment the colors of the landscape. Read on for more from the photographer.

From the photographer, Lauren Balingit:
“Amy and Trevor live among the mountains, lakes and wild landscape of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, but had always wanted to experience Glacier National Park together. They share a deep rooted love for untamed landscapes and nature, and what better of a place to celebrate their love for each other than shooting among the incredible scenery of Glacier Park. Together we drove down Going to the Sun Road and played in the scenic rivers and lakes and admired the amazing views around every bend. Kelly Lenard constructed bouquets along the way, using some of Amy’s favorite blooms and what we found along the way, while drawing inspiration from the color palette of this beautiful park.”

Photography: Lauren Balingit | Florals: Kelly Lenard of Intertwine | Dress: Design by Lauren Balingit, made by Lynn The Seamstress | Couple: Amy Orchard & Trevor David | Film lab: PhotoVision

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09.30.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog