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7 unique guest book ideas

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These days, the guest “book” idea has become a little less book and a lot more creative–even a chance to show off how clever you are! Though I kept mine simple for my wedding with an actual book, I would have loved to have created a piece that I could have hung up for everyone to see. Here are some of my favorite ideas.

  1. Balloon print. Each guest adds their thumb print in for a cute grouping of balloons.
  2. Each guest signed a blank piece of fabric that was then turned into a quilt.
  3. Sign a vintage globe. From here.
  4. Everyone signs a feather on this art print. From here.
  5. Leave out a collection of ceramic plates for everyone to sign. From here.
  6. Have each guest leave a note and put it in an envelope. From here.

What unique ideas have you seen around?

by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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Real wedding: Lauren + Soubhik

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This wedding was a great combination of Hindu & Western ceremonies, with a perfectly poppy palette that’s modern and warm at the same time.  Some great details from the bride below…

boutonniere and mehndi

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hot pink invitation

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modern indian ceremony

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white centerpieces

ombre seating chart

dipped forks

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whoopie pies and favors

wedding cake with cute topper

cutting the cake

There were so many things that we were happy with including the look and feel. But ultimately, it was the ceremony that we loved the most. We combined a Hindu ceremony and a western ceremony and personalized both parts. The Hindu ceremony is such a beautiful one. We modernized the script a little to make it our own but the essence is about friendship and involves all these wonderful traditions that incorporate our families. We wrote our own vows and had a good friend marry us and all of those personal touches helped to make that moment — that I think initially we didn’t think much about — so warm and memorable.

We knew we wanted our wedding in Brooklyn, NY, because thats where we fell in love with each other and the city. We looked at only a few other places beyond the Green Building, but once we saw it, tucked into our old neighborhood, it was a no-brainer.

Once we found the Green Building, the rest of the design fell into place because the space is so spectacular. It’s like urban rustic, so you don’t need much more. But we knew we wanted to incorporate some Indian touches, including some bright colors and imagery, which we managed to do in the decoration. Other than that, I wanted the space to feel warm and inviting like you never wanted to leave. That was done with candles littered on every surface and the big sheet of hanging lights, which was delightful. I went a little wild with the DIY stuff, but in the end I wouldn’t have done it any other way. I absolutely loved the way the space and the decorations looked. Especially the spray-painted silverware (really, a ridiculous project that thankfully turned out just awesome), the table seating chart, and the little snow globes filled with elephant figurines that Ronnie’s mom got in India. Oh and we did a surprise Bollywood dance, which was so much fun! Ronnie might not agree, I think he blacked out, but it was a blast, a fun touch for Ronnie’s family, and such a riot for our friends.

The photography was perfect because it captured the warm, happy, vibrant mood of the evening. Leigh Anna just blended right in with our guests and got these great intimate shots. Looking through them, it’s like we’re reliving it all over again.

Planning a wedding really is so much more work than you think, especially if you go the route where you do a lot of it yourself. (I don’t even mean decoration projects. if you aren’t doing an all-in venue that takes care of catering, there’s a lot of logistics to work out.)  The thing is, it’s not bad work, it can be really fun, but everything will take a million more decisions and a lot more time than you think. So in regards to that, try to start early as much as you can. If you are making some of your own decorations, start early and ask for help. My mother-in-law came through in such a huge way, sewing these beautiful table runners that were above and beyond what I could have imagined. I would also recommend chatting with friends who have recently gotten married in your city. I got great vendor recommendations (ah hem: my photographer!) from recently married buddies. And it’s worth doing some research, checking out wedding and design blogs to see what people are doing to borrow some ideas, because otherwise it’s a great big wedding world out there. And have fun!!

Photographer:  Moss + Isaac//Caterer: Crave//Event Venue: The Green Building//Bakery: Baked NYC LLC//Transportation: NY Trolley Co//Dress Designer: Selia Yang//

[images from Moss + Isaac]

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4 Alternative bouquet ideas [& a class!]

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Flowers are always lovely, but it’s hard to make a real statement with the bouquet you choose for your big day. Here are a few bouquets that are a bit different and will leave a lasting impression.

  1. Oversized tropical flowers
  2. Simple bundle of lavender
  3. Just one flower
  4. Lemon bouquet (so fun!)

by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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PS….Our very own Brittany is teaching a paper flower class on Skillshare next week…if you’ve been itching to make some paper flowers ever since seeing the giant ones she made for her wedding, this is the class for you!  Sign up here.

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Real Brooklyn wedding: Miranda + James

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bride & groom

bride & groom portraits

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rustic bouquet & boutonniere

wedding rings

bouquet & card

bridesmaids & groomsmen

birch chuppah

birch chuppah

white bunting across reception

white bunting across reception

button escort cards with take out cups

rustic modern centerpieces

reception

wedding cupcakes

cutting the cake

 

VENUE: Once we got engaged in Scotland, the next challenge was figuring out where to get married. While London offered us a lot of opportunities, we decided to go for New York, my home town. We love going to concerts and saw that the Music Hall of Williamsburg was available for private events.  We had a look around the space when it was empty and saw how much potential the venue offered us. We could have the ceremony and reception in the same place and still have enough room for a cocktail hour. It was perfect!  We wanted the wedding to be an extension of us, an opportunity to share the music, food and place we love, and the Music Hall let us do all this.   We were lucky to have an amazing space to start with and the flexibility to give it the look we wanted with our own chuppah (made by James and friends), string lights and bunting/flags.  Little did we know, we had a vision for the space but didn’t fully appreciate it until the day.   I was almost crying when I walked into the space on the wedding day and saw how beautifully James and his groomsmen transformed the space. Glen Miller was being played on the loud speaker and I truly felt like I had stepped into a Music Hall from another era.

INVITATIONS:  James knew about them as he use to live around the corner from their workshop in London, which is tall and slender and chock full of printing presses. We loved the typography work they did with initials and quickly were able to design a simple but bold invitation for our wedding.  The green we used in the invite would reappear throughout our wedding.

FOOD: Elizabeth, owner of Betty Brooklyn, was recommended to us by our DJs and we instantly liked her and her approach to food. She sources locally and cooks seasonally. We didn’t know what the weather would be like but thought comfort food, that lines your belly, was the way to go. She was also incredibly accommodating to make our menu accessible to the various family member’s food allergies including a mini gluten free, dairy free red velvet cake!  The drinks were provided by the venue and they were kind to have cocktails of our choice, Blacks Russians and White Ladies, ready for guests after the ceremony.

DRESS:  I did not have any vision in my mind as to what my dream wedding dress would look like. I found my wedding dress on my first day of looking. The girls at The White Gown take such good care of you. They understand your response/taste and find dresses to match this.  They also have a great selection of dresses.  The were also incredibly accommodating to fit my fittings in/around my dates in NYC and did some last minute alterations.

SHOES: I wanted to have pretty shoes that I could dance in. Couldn’t look much further than Repetto!  Althought I was greatful to have some white sparkly Tom’s to change into at the end of the night.

HEADPIECE: I knew I didn’t want to wear a veil but wanted something to complete my outfit for the day. I thought I would wear my headpiece for the ceremony and then lose it but I ended wearing it the whole night!

BRIDESMAID: The had dresses in the exact green we used in our invitations so it felt like the right place to go for the dresses. The variety was great and could accommodate everyone’s style.

SUIT: While James didn’t wear a traditional morning suit, he did kit himself out like a proper English gentleman and got his suit, shoes and waistcoat all on Jermyn Street

RINGS: There’s an amazing antiques market near Bond Street in London called Grey’s Antiques Market. Both James and I found our wedding rings there in the same day.

MUSIC:  Have a dance party with our friends and family was a number one priority. The enthusiasm from Abby and Tom for our space and vision was exactly what we wanted for the night.

FLOWERS:  Saw Taylor’s designs in NY Magazine and found her arrangements playful but delicate at the same time, with an amazing eye for detail.  She was great at sourcing the quirky flowers we were after and worked with the layout of the tables to fill the long ones with apothecary glass vases. The brown glass really played off the metal and industrial feel of the space.

FAVORS: We kept trying to find ways of combining the UK and NYC together and our favors offered a great opportunity. Found the ‘We are Happy to Serve You’ Greek coffee cups online (so NYC!) and then filled it with our favorite candy and tea from the UK. We used the favors to double as table cards using initial badges on shipping tags.

PHOTOGRAPHY:  Sas was recommended to us and we could quickly see from her portfolio that she could capture truly amazing moments in time. We were keen to have a photographer who would capture everything but without us knowing they were there. She was exactly what we wanted. We look back at our photos from the night and feel like we are able to relive all the fun and happiness through her work.  She also did an amazing job of tracking down some great spaces for our photos – mere minutes from the venue.  I can’t speaking highly enough of her work, from portraits to action shots. She makes every photo unique and special.

Venue: Music Hall of Williamsburg
Invitations: Harrington and Squires
Food: Betty Brooklyn
Dress: The White Gown
Shoes: Repetto
Hairpiece: Colette Malouf
Bridesmaids: J Crew
Music: Playsomethinggood
Suit: Jermyn Street
Rings: Grey’s Antiques Market
Flowers: Fox Fodder Farm
Photography: Sasithon Photography
Portrait location: The Jungle

[images from Sasithon Photography]

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Real Brooklyn wedding: Sarah + Sam

black and white wedding dress and invitation

If you haven’t been to BLDG 92 in the Brooklyn Navy Yards yet, you should definitely look it up as a potential wedding venue, because its pretty damn awesome (as these photos can attest).  Its got the rustic, its got the modern, and this couple really worked both in perfectly.

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bridal party

brides hair

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black and white striped backdrop

striped ceremony backdrop

modern seating chart

bldg92 reception and signage

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centerpiece and signage

centerpiece on black and white striped runner

black and white striped runner

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catering and chocolate wedding cake

 VENDORS

Wedding Planner: Leah Cowper
Ceremony and Reception: the first ever wedding at BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
Bridal Dress: Mikaella Bridal
Alterations: Luli’s Bridal
Bridal Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Hair & Make-up: Daniela Rodriguez
Groom’s Suit: Jos. A Bank
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
Flowers: Friend of the Couple
Cake: Baked
Invitations: VistaPrint
Cake Topper: Maid of Honor (Bride’s sister)
Event Design: Groom’s Mom
Seating Chart, Place Cards, Table Numbers, and Signs: Sarah, Sam, Sarah’s sister and mother

[images from Isabelle Selby]

Isabelle Selby is a sponsor of Brooklyn Bride

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