Real Weddings, Inspiration
Country? City? How do I choose...?
Don’t worry - You don't have to!
So many people are seeking out venues with copious amounts of space and freedom to make it their own. However, some feel like you lose elegance or class. But not us! We think you can have both country and city! For example, Rolling Ridge is located an hour from the Twin Cities in Saint Joseph Minnesota, giving it the perfect distance between country and city. It provides 10 different ceremony spaces with a landscape that is second to none.
Ceremony site options
With multiple ceremony options, it allows for creativity to flow. So, if you choose a barn venue, it can easily be dressed up to feel like a fancy space in the city. Each place offering freedom to make it unique and special to you. Dress it up like a full western appeal, or keep it neutral toned for a more classy vibe.
This couple chose the stone backdrop for a more chic approach, where we decorated the arch with taupe draping and greenery arrangements to really make it POP!
Barns are great for receptions, but what if I still want that classy impression to last throughout the evening?
Draping. Draping can transform any space into the upscale, high class, most elegant room that you have always wanted. This couple chose to drape the barn poles and do a dramatic backdrop behind the head table for a flawless finish!
Still not convinced?
Think about your table decorations. Centerpieces can always add so much style and passion to complete any desired look. Keeping this wedding venue in mind, the couple added cool, natural tones in their decor to enhance the beauty of the barn that already existed.
The combination of linens for this wedding was EVERYTHING! The velvet fabric gave the reception texture along with comfort. Paired with a khaki linen, the green undertone kept it cool and elegant.
Side by side or miles apart?
Check out these two pictures below. On the left you have the city feels and chic presentation. And yet on the right, you have the heart and soul of country!
So what do YOU think? Can you have both country and city?
Venue: Rolling Ridge
Photography: Jeannine Marie Photography
Decor: We've Got It Covered
Wedding Planning, Inspiration
Are you wondering if your wedding ideas will all come together to create that breathtaking image in your mind?
Don't worry, We've Got It Covered!
Here are 5 ways to guarantee a great wedding look you are sure to love!
2. Find a backdrop
This can be something unique from your venue like a big window, art on the wall, stonework, or a big fireplace.
If nothing stands out...Choose your own statement like this taupe backdrop!
3. Add dimension
Use different heights and lengths in your wedding decor to create depth and visual appeal.
Another way to add dimension is a contrast color. Nothing too fancy or flamboyant (unless that's totally your cup of tea!), but something simple, like these greenery arrangements. It keeps your room looking lively and lifted rather than flat and dull.
3. Pick your head table style, linen, and chair
To create the finished look a textured velvet linen was added with a Chiavari chair for the perfect sweetheart table!
4. Add your centerpieces!
This is where you can be the most c r e a t i v e ! Put together an array of different items in your same color scheme, incorporate your contrast color, include your table number and maybe a few pictures and viola! You have a great centerpiece!
5. Lastly, put it all together and simply admire
Another great tip to make sure that your ideas come out flawless is to make your own mock table. Set it up and put together your centerpiece trying different things until you come to find something you absolutely love.
Wedding Planning, Inspiration
These are the essentials when it comes to adding anything on top of, near, or around your reception tables for the most outstanding tables yet!
Check out these great examples by brides who chose to give their tables the volume, color AND feel that all tables deserve!
The black candleabra gives this table height and the fluffy white feathers give the table even more shape and direction.
The choice of gold in the table runner and charger gives a contrast look against the dark linen, napkins, and table decor.
The small lit candles placed sparatically on the table runner gives shine to the sequins and warmth to the atmosphere.
The glass milk jars filled with stiffer greens, brings style to the farmtable. Lining the table with these fills out the length and completes the fullness of the table.
The bright blue sashes and napkins give the wood a pop of color and livens the room.
The addition of woodslices under the flowers make for an outdoorsy, adventurous vibe.
VOLUME: A voluptuous green on top of a gold candleabra provides height and width filling great space on a round table.
There are many colors compiled in this look, but can still look cohesive since they are in the same neutral color palette.
Texture is involved in the sequin linen and the ribbing on the blush bud vase for character and personality.
This sweetheart table is filled with many things to keep it from looking bare. It has a gold metal pedestal bowl filled with flowers, mercury glass votives with candles, and gold chargers to fill the table.
A bold burgundy linen was paired with gold centerpiece accents and a full flower arrangement for bonus color!
Feel: The linen choice oozes romance with a bit of daring flare.
VOLUME: The volume doesn't just have to be on the tables, it can be in the ceiling too! This draping adds dimension to the space and volume from the top down.
This venue is an outdoor space with a lot of color from the landscape. However, pairing this simple wooden box on the table gives it fresh color and cohesion.
The simplicity of the centerpieces give the feel of a spacious, clean presentation.
For longer tables, more decor is needed for full volume. This table has eucalyptus interwoven between candlesticks, drinking glasses, mercury bud vases and short tea candles.
The eclectic collection of candlesticks placed throughout give this wood table a varied color scheme complimenting the chargers and other decor.
The shine from the tall candlesticks and layout design of the table presents a rustic and glamorous feel to the day.
VOLUME: A mixture of tall and short flower displays serve as focal points, yet establish a seamless combination to the head table filled with chargers and other various decorations.
Choosing color can be as simple as pairing a gold charger against a lace table runner and lively flowers.
The intricate pattern of this aubrey lace table runner adds rustic charm paired with rustic wood floral boxes.
VOLUME: This look is comprised of simple decor, but still has great volume. The light houses add body and shape, while the eucalyptus generates thickness and bulk throughout the length of the entire table.
Color is seen throughout the natural wood in the table, the green in the flowers, the white in the lanterns, and a pink and gold charger/napkin duo!
The centerpieces give a clean, feminine gathering paired with rustic tones in the table and floral wood boxes for a complete farmstyle table that is sure to stand out!
Inspiration, Wedding Planning
Steps to finding The One (venue) after you've found The One!
Step 1. Talk to others to hear what they liked and disliked about certain venues
Talking to friends and family about their likes and dislikes can give insight into what you want to be looking for. Whether that be an outdoor ceremony site, or a designated cocktail space, I am sure they can provide many details and options to think about.
Step 2. Make a list of wants vs. must haves
It's easy to get lost in the moment at each venue and love them all. So before taking a tour at any site, be sure to have a list of wants vs. must haves.
Step 3. Find a wedding planner or coordinator that will help see your vision
Wedding planners are not necessary to make a wedding happen, but they definitely take the stress off of planning and make sure everything runs smoothly.
Step 4. Only look at venues that fit in your budget
If you are on a strict budget, only be looking at ones that fit in your price range. This will help make a quicker decision as well as leave extra money for other things...like wedding decor!
Step 4. Keep your guests in mind
Some venues are restrictive to the number of guests so it is important to keep that in mind as well as what they will be doing. Does the venue have a good place for cocktail hour or a comfortable reception space?
Step 5. Ask each venue as many questions as possible to know what is expected and included
When narrowing down which venue to choose, it is easier with all of the facts. So, when doing your visits ask every question you can think of to make planning less stressful. [Again, wedding planners are great!]
Step 6. Envision yourself and your loved ones spending an entire day at that venue
Ultimately, this is your day. So everything aside, pick one that you know you will love even days after the wedding.
After choosing your venue you will need to pick your decor! Stay tuned to see how to decorate your venue!