Reimagine your wedding with Airbnb

One of the wonderful side effects of a wedding is reuniting family and friends. Whether you’re planning a destination celebration or have guests traveling from out-of-town to celebrate with you, wouldn’t it be amazing to host all of those guests together? Keep reading for some fabulous ideas on how to reimagine your wedding with Airbnb and how you may be able to win $500 toward your next stay!

Your wedding may be the one and only time all of your closest friends and relatives are together in one place, so why not relish that moment and spend as much time together as possible in an Airbnb home? Friends and family will appreciate the fact that they don’t have to stay in a stale hotel room after a long day of flying or traveling to your destination wedding. Once they arrive, they’ll love pulling up to a unique house full of family and equipped with all of the luxuries of home. Your guests can stay as family groups or with friends in one home, cook their own meals, and get ready for your wedding together with more comfort than a hotel could ever offer. And think – how nice would it be that for your friends to get together for a game night or visit a local pub while the bridal party is busy with the wedding rehearsal.

And don’t just think about your guests, consider booking an Airbnb home for you and your future spouse as well. Imagine starting the day, just the two of you, looking out over the mountains or onto a secluded beach. Drink a cup of coffee together and enjoy your last few minutes of solitude. Your parents can come spend the morning with you before the wedding (we promise this time will be more precious than you can ever imagine).  And if you choose the right home, you may even be able to use your Airbnb as a quaint setting for an intimate wedding or reception. It would be so nice to party the night away with those close to you, then walk right inside to a warm bed and cuddle up next to your new spouse.

Renting an Airbnb could also be the perfect option for your bachelor or bachelorette party! All your friends can stay together in one home, keeping connected while having enough personal space to make sure you don’t want to kick anyone out of your bridal party after the trip is over.

To help you start planning your Airbnb wedding, Airbnb is offering one Once Wed reader the chance to win $500 toward their next Airbnb stay!

CLOSED: The Winner is: Diane Millay!

HOW TO ENTER: Please leave your email in the comment section to enter. And as a bonus, include a link to your dream property to double your chances of winning with a bonus entry!  Contest ends September 15th- winner will be chosen at random. If you’re struggling to find the right property for your wedding, check out some of our favorites here!

Wedding Images: Meghan Kay Sadler | Property Images: Courtesy of Airbnb (Strawbale Cabin, Joshua Tree Green Haus)

Tags: , , , ,

09.01.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Modern and Elegant Outdoor Wedding Part 1

Incorporating modern elements into a thoroughly elegant, garden-inspired design can be tricky. Combining the feminine with the stricter, sparser ideas of a “modern” aesthetic is challenging, but pays off when done well. We love the unique details that were chosen in Brittany and Colter’s wedding design: weaving together calligraphy with a graphic sans serif invitation suite, the intricately petalled (and pixelated!) aisle design, and of course, pulling the symbol of the redwoods under which the couple said their vows throughout the details. Luckily for you, today and tomorrow you’ll find all the inspiration you need (part 2 of this Napa wedding will be featured on Once Wed tomorrow, so be sure to come back for more!).

From the event designer and Once Wed Preferred Vendor, Joy Thigpen: 
“My favorite design elements came from the ceremony site itself. Brittany and Colter chose to be married beneath a pair of redwoods. We sent Shanan from Eskayel an iPhone picture of the redwoods which she used to paint a watercolor illustration that we used as a logo of sorts on the invitation, etc. but she also took it a step further by blowing up and repeating small sections of that illustration to make amazing patterns in her signature Eskayel way which we used in the paper goods and also printed on linen to make custom napkins for each place setting and pillows for the lounge areas. Even the cake was based on the Eskayel patterns.

My other favorite design element was the aisle treatment. Brittany expressed (somewhat bashfully) she wanted some kind of romantic fairytale something but in a modern way and when I came across BeatWoven’s version of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pas De Duex’ from the wedding scene in The Sleeping Beauty I knew it had to be the aisle design. BeatWoven creates these pixelated symmetrical patterns from the audio files of selected passages of music and Studio Mondine executed the design in petals down the aisle. So Brittany got to walk down her thoroughly modern aisle that was secretly from a fairytale.”

Photography: Kate Holstein | Design: Joy Thigpen | Flowers: Studio Mondine | Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes | Band: Project M | Paper: Gather + Co. | Calligraphy: Invitations/Neon Sign: Betsy Dunlap, acrylic name cards: Ashley Buzzy | Makeup and hair: Amy Clarke

Tags: , , , ,

08.31.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Delicate Bridal Pieces from Untamed Petals

We love the way that bridal fashion has evolved over the last few years. One of  our ultimate favorites, Untamed Petals has just launched a stunning new collection of delicate bridal accessories, and we are so excited to showcase them to you!

The new Untamed Petals collection is inspired by botanical prints and old-world metallics. You’ll find gilded floral combs, encrusted opal and crystal sashes, and beaded cap veils. The designers had a little fun and threw in some head chains for the modern bride who wants to make a statement. Says owner Amanda Judge, “It’s our favorite collection to date and we are so excited to unveil it this season!” We couldn’t agree more!

Whether you’re looking for a whimsical vine to tuck into your hair, a floral patterned crown with a little sparkle, or the perfect crystal belt to tie around your waist, the stunning pieces from Untamed Petals will top your wish list. Check them out on Instagram for styling tips and wedding ideas!

Tags: , , ,

08.31.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Glamorous Wedding Robes from Doie Lounge

We’re excited to introduce you to our newest Once Wed sponsor, Doie Lounge! With a beautiful selection of robes perfect for any bride and her gals (plus a discount offered for bulk bridal party orders!), we’re sure that you’re going love what they have to offer.

These functional and stylish robes also fit most: available in sizes X-small to X-large, as well as XX-small in some styles, they’ll not only look great on all of your bridesmaids, but make your best friends feel great, too. Doie Lounge robes are incredibly comfortable, made of the softest modal jersey and accented with patterned silk detailing. And if you needed another reason to love Doie Lounge, these robes are also eco-friendly: the fabrics are natural and sustainable and each robe has been produced locally, in Los Angeles (plus, they now offer eye masks too, for brides who want to add something to a spa package or just have a cute smaller item to give!).

From Doie Lounge designer, Sara Kirsner:

As a 12-time bridesmaid, I feel that I have an insider’s-view on weddings. These robes add a glamorous touch to the morning of the wedding. They make beautiful and practical gifts for the bridal party, while infusing an often-ignored moment (getting ready the morning of), with elegant detail: they look great in the “getting ready” photos! Plus, the bride will have a reminder of her wedding that she’ll actually be able to wear again.

Brides can always email me directly because I love working with the brides to come up with exactly what they want. I can answer size/color questions and help them come up with something that looks visually beautiful!”

Photographer: Valorie Darling Photography | Hair/hair pieces: Trace Henningsen bridal | Make-up: Artistry by Danika

Tags: , , ,

08.29.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog