Pondering programs.

My parents recently attended a gorgeous wedding in Palm Beach, Florida. From what I could see, my favorite detail was the big bow that cascaded down the back of the bride’s dress. I adore a bold bow! Since mom was both a guest and a wedding planner on a mission, I received a full recap of the dreamy affair with plenty of pictures. Visuals are key when planning.

With three months left until the big day, there’s not much time to spare for new inspiration. With that said, we are still debating the necessity of programs for our short, yet very sweet ceremony. The question of the week is as follows: Are programs just another piece of paper to bejewel before being tossed, or will guests be puzzled without paper?

Below is an image taken by mom just minutes before the ceremony commenced…

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Gaze across the aisle…

At first glance the romantic floating candles consumed my attention. If you look closely, however, you will spot a guest in a seafoam gown studying the program rather carefully.

Since our wedding will include an interfaith ceremony, it might be helpful to provide an explanation of blessings and rituals, both Jewish and Protestant.

The Jewish tradition of breaking the glass can definitely alarm guests if caught off guard!

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(My cousin Bryan and his beautiful bride Jamie are pictured above)

The program also included a list of people who walked down the aisle. It’s nice to introduce the entire entourage from the proud grandmas to the rambunctious best man. Stella, my two-pound Chihuahua, just might make an appearance down the aisle (escorted by the ring bearer) should I decide to include friends with paws.

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Bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes.

The program concluded with a small note of love and gratitude from the elated couple. It expressed appreciation for those who watched the ceremony with love from either side of the aisle.

After considering the information guests may wish to know, I am excited to map out a program for our wedding.

Below I have summarized my main reasons to push a program. Hopefully, some of these thoughts resonate with other brides-to-be:

  • If guests arrive early they will have engaging reading material
  • Religious blessings/traditions can be explained
  • Honorable members of the wedding party can be properly introduced
  • Guests will feel included in the intimate moments of the ceremony such as the vows

I am no longer indecisive when it comes to pondering a program.

~Dedicated to Bryan Drew. Thank you for breaking the glass which welcomed a true beauty (inside and out) to the family!~

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Walking Down the Garden

When I imagined my wedding as a young girl, I always closed my eyes and replayed my walk down the aisle. There is something magical about the moment when the bride walks toward the groom surrounded by her family, friends and escorted by her loving father.

In the upcoming months I will meet with my hometown florist to discuss the options for creating the aisle of my dreams. Since the ceremony will take place on the grounds just outside our venue (weather permitting), I plan on describing my vision to the florist as a white garden. I imagine crisp white petals with gold accents creating a trail down the aisle.

Below are a few images that have inspired my vision…

Option 1: White Wonderland 

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The first picture was taken from the elegant wedding planners at Posh Petals and Pearls who have fueled my passion for the bridal industry. I recently spotted this photo on their instagram account, and was immediately captivated by their use of simplistic white petals in combination with the flawless backdrop, specific to the charm of Savannah. The look, although subtle, is overwhelmingly beautiful. Since our wedding will be in New Jersey on June 20th, which is coincidently the longest day of the year, the natural nighttime backdrop is simply unattainable for the ceremony. With that said, I will remember the warming effect that soft white petals create when scattered throughout the aisle. If you don’t already follow @poshpetalsandpearls for wedding inspiration, what are you waiting for?

Option 2: White with a touch of Whimsical

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The second picture was captured at my wedding venue, the Pleasantdale Château. Since the aisle will be set on grass, for the sake of my heels and those of my bridesmaids, I know we will need a runway that is both sturdy and dainty. In the picture above I am drawn to the use of white cloth, not only for the aisle, but also as draping for the chairs.

Not an Option, but Dare to Dream? 

The third and final aisle inspiration might be more practical for the type of fairytale seen in films rather than everyday weddings. Although undeniably breathtaking, Sean Parker’s wedding took the elegance of a decorated aisle from a classic garden to that of a wild, untamed forest. Aside from the fairy-like costumes created by the “Lord of the Rings” designer, Ngila Dickson, I was particularly awed by the aisle, or should I say jungle?

Here’s a link like no other:

http://www.vanityfair.com/style/photos/2013/09/photos-sean-parker-wedding

I plan on taking the first two images from this post with me to the florist as points of inspiration. I believe the aisle, although definitely a place with fairytale potential, should remain practical for the bride, wedding party and the budget. I’ll be sure to keep posh brides-to-be posted on my plans to walk down the garden.

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