There is a richness to fall weddings at Warrenwood that makes it easy to fall in love with the FEEL of a wedding day. The changing leaves give character to the landscape and compliment the jewel-toned color palettes of the season. There is a natural air of sophistication. The wedding of Meg and Bobby epitomized these qualities. They choose a timelessly classic navy and marsala look for their October wedding. With a touch of rustic and a dash of traditional, this wedding had the right amount of comfort and class. Meg and Bobby were so happy it was hard to stop smiling all day!
The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is deal with a last minute bar issue. The bar at your wedding can be completely handled by your caterer, but oftentimes couples choose to take care of at least parts of the bar related tasks. To help prevent problems and miscommunication, we think it is important to discuss these 30 questions with your bartender.
30 Questions To Discuss With Your Bartender
Is your bartender STAR (Server Training in Alcohol Regulations) certified?
Will it be an open bar or cash bar? Note that certain venues will have restrictions on what type of bar you can have based on their location.
Is self-service allowed at your venue?
What type of alcohol will be served?
Will there be a signature drink for the event?
Who is providing the alcohol, mixers and garnishes?
How much of each type of alcohol is needed?
Who is setting up and cleaning up the bar?
How long will be needed for setup and cleanup?
Where will the bar(s) be located?
What tables and linens are needed for the bar?
Who is providing the tables and linens?
What will drinks be served in and who is providing?
Will regular non-alcoholic drink service be done at the bar too?
Will there be a champagne toast? If so, how will that work?
How much ice will be needed? Who is providing the ice? How will the ice be stored?
How will drinks be chilled and who is responsible for doing so?
How many guests are of drinking age?
How many bartenders will be needed to serve your number of guests?
Is more than one bar needed in order to avoid lines?
What time will the bartender arrive?
What time does the bar open?
What time is last call?
What will happen to left over alcohol?
How will the bar menu be displayed?
Are there restrictions on how alcohol can be service? (i.e. Are shots, drinking games, keg stands, etc. allowed?)
Who is responsible for bar trash?
Does anything need to be rented for the bar? (i.e. drink dispensers, coolers, etc.)
Will the bartender, bar and/or alcohol need to be relocated during the event? If so, when and where?
Is there any specialty bar equipment needed for your event?
Kaitlynn and Thomas had one of those weddings that you want to take a picture of everything because it’s just that perfect! Layered textures and vibrant colors gave their ceremony and reception a unique rustic chic almost boho feel. Their event was also romantic and full of love all around. Kaitlynn and Thomas were adorable as they exchanged their vows in an outdoor ceremony with the cottage as their backdrop. Then, as you will see in their photos, they laughed the night away at the barn reception. Be ready to be inspired by this stunning couple and their wedding.
Let’s be honest, wedding guests can get antsy between activities. To increase the fun factor at your wedding consider including a few of the following activities. Let me be clear though, DO NOT do all of these, half of these or even a fourth of these. Instead, choose only a few activities and do them well! Too many activities will make your event about the games and not about your marriage.
There are so many options for yard games. There is corn hole, ring toss, jenga, horseshoes, checkers, connect four, scrabble, beersbee, tic-tac-toe, lawn bowling, croquet, bocce ball and burlap sack races just to name a few. Get creative and pick whichever ones you like the most. Here are even more ideas.
Interactive Games and Dances
The shoe game is a great way to give people as break from the dance floor for some laughs. Bridal Guide describes it as follows, “Remove both of your shoes, then trade a shoe with your new spouse so that you’re holding one of each. Then, have a designated person ask a series of questions about the two of you and your relationship (i.e.. “Who will be doing most of the cooking?” “Who said ‘I love you’ first?”). After each question, hold up the shoe of the person you think is the best answer to the question.” See their blog post for more details.
Get your guests involved in the shoe game by giving them something to hold up to weigh in on the questions. Some people print the face of the bride and groom for their guests to hold up.
The dollar dance is a bit controversial to some, but it can be hysterical if you’re up for it. Traditionally, guests contribute money to the bride and groom in order to dance with them. The money can be for the honeymoon or whatever they want. Luckily, The Knot wrote a post about etiquette for and alternatives to the dollar dance.
The anniversary dance gets guests of all ages on the dance floor. Ask all married couples to come dance to a classic tune. Then excuse couples in order of how many years they have been married starting with 1 year and working your way up. This is a great way to celebrate lasting love!
Get your guests up and moving by creating stations spread around your venue with actives.
Have a table for guests to make their own party favor. The can personalize their favor or select their favor from several options.
Food stations such as candy bars, s’mores bars and baked potato stations are always a hit. Guests love options! Here are more food station and drink station ideas.
Depending on your crowd, you could do wine, craft beer or whiskey tasting stations. We especially like the idea of a Kentucky Bourbon tastings here in Kentucky.
For the guys you could even do a cigar rolling station.
Photographers capture the beauty of your day, but they don’t always get all the casual, candid and comical moments. Photo activities can help you and your guests see your event from different angles in an entertaining way.
A traditional option is to hire a photo booth to set up at your event. They provide all kinds of props and usually give you access to see all the photos afterward. You can personalize your photo booth with a custom backdrop (ideas here).
Do a polaroid seating chart or guestbook to keep track of everyone that attends your event.
Print I Spy cards to encourage your guests to take certain pictures throughout the event.
Even without hiring a photo booth you can creative a fun photo backdrop for your guests to snag photos in front of.
I love the idea of doing a video booth to capture messages from your guests. You can ask them to say something specific or let them be creative.
Consider table activities if you want to provide things for your guest to do that don’t require a lot of space or even for them to get up. Mad lib sheets, advice booklets and icebreaker activities are always a hit if your guests are the type to give them a chance. In the advice booklets you could ask for date ideas, anniversary ideas or even marriage advice. Etsy has soooooo many options.
A standard guestbook is totally fine if that is your style, but their are so many way to jazz up this oftentimes dull task. You can venture out from the norm by having one of the following as your guestbook.
Have guests sign pieces of a Jenga or puzzle set.
A Map or globe where people pin where they are from and sign their name.
Guests can leave a note on quilt square.
Ask guests to put their finger print on a canvas. There are so many shape options for this and Etsy is a great place to see your options.
Have small pieces of paper for your guests to write a message to put in a bottle. You could burry the bottle as a time capsule to be opened on 1st, 5th and/0r 10th anniversary.
Provide a giant color-in mural for guests to add to throughout the night, like a paint by numbers. Guests can sign the portion they color.
There are so many activity options for keeping the kiddos busy at your wedding. Know your crowd and choose games that are appropriate for the age and taste of the kids. Consider: board games, custom wedding coloring books, I Spy with disposable cameras, holla hoops and/or glow sticks. BuzzFeed gives you even more ideas.
Have a custom wedding hashtag so you can easily find all the images your guests and vendors are taking at your event. Be sure to post the hashtag where everyone will see it.
Every wedding is unique, but Megan and Ron really went above and beyond to fill their wedding day with character from beginning to end. To start, they choose a rarely used ceremony location and gave it a rustic glam vibe with a chandelier and drapery hung in a tree. It was the perfect look for a perfect fall day with the leaves in full color and the sun shining. Then the combination of smoke bombs, food trucks, a custom photo booth backdrop and glow stick exit made for a fun, laughter-filled evening. It is always so refreshing to see a bride and groom embrace who they are and showcase that in unique ways at their wedding.
Marsala and blush never looked as good as it did at the rich fall wedding of Lindsey and David. They tied the knot in October 2016 in the back yard under an arch of stunning fall blooms. They continued the celebration with a reception in the barn. Blush linens, gold accents and lush floral centerpieces made for a classy southern glam vibe. Ivory drapery from the barn rafters really made a statement. Good food and great company made for an evening to remember.
In addition to enjoying a stunning wedding, I also loved the opportunity during this event to work with several new event experts. Jackie, of Every Last Detail, was amazing to work with and as she her name suggests, she really did see to every last detail of the event. Furthermore, I have followed Jeanie Gorrell’s floral design work for a long time so it was an honor to have her at Warrenwood. She really mastered this rich fall color palette with her complex and textured floral design. See for yourself the result of an all-star vendor lineup.
I don’t know about you, but the chill in the air this week has me SUPER excited for fall! And when I got to thinking about fall of last year, the rustic, elegant wedding of Emily and Ethan of course came to mind! Seriously, they’re two of the nicest humans on Earth and I absolutely loved getting to know them throughout the wedding planning process. Emily was just so sweet and organized and Ethan was always right there willing to help with anything. Their big day was nothing short of perfect! Now, curl up with a pumpkin spice something and scroll through the images from this beautiful fall wedding!
All I can think about when I think of this wedding is how sweet everyone was. The couple, their family, and their friends actually all felt like part of my family after the wedding. Not to mention Arynn and Adam are just the cutest! They were in the process of moving to another state AND planning a wedding all while staying so sweet and chill. Not gonna lie, I was super impressed with these two. Everything about their traditional, romantic wedding day was just perfect!
Pinterest is a great resource for wedding and event inspiration, but it can be difficult to find new creative ideas. As an alternative, blogs are the perfect place to find original content. Here is a list of our ten favorite wedding inspiration blogs along with their description of what they do and how they do it.
“At Green Wedding Shoes, we are truly. madly. deeply. head over heels in love with love. We love sharing weddings with our readers and believe that there is no “right” way to throw a wedding. Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate wedding on a farm, a weekend camping adventure or a handmade wedding in a loft, we love them all! I love showing couples how their wedding can be all about them and that it’s ok to break traditions to make the day their own. Since beginning GWS, our mission has been to help couples personalize their wedding day and make it truly about the two of them as a couple, because that is what the day is about, right?! We love great photography – because it’s the one thing you have to remember after the event! And we have lots of great artists to recommend in our GWS Wedding Artist Guide to help create a GWS wedding. Our site started with us sharing amazing weddings and has now grown to also sharing entertaining, lifestyle, DIY and fashion + beauty features – so there is really something for everyone!”
“Your go-to destination for all things pretty, Style Me Pretty has been inspiring brides- and grooms-to-be with everything they need to plan the wedding of their dreams since 2007. From the best vendors around the world and the most beautiful real weddings to wedding planning tips and tricks and the latest trends fresh from the runway, Style Me Pretty is here to be every bride’s virtual maid of honor and wedding planning BFF.
And, after the “I do,” Style Me Pretty Living is here with the inspiration and tools every couple needs to entertain in style, DIY like a pro and create the chicest house on the block.”
“100 layer cake is a creative collaboration between friends and fellow designers Jillian, Amanda, and Kristina. 3 women, 2 weddings, years working as designers (not to mention thousands of combined hours poring over wedding and wedding-related blogs), and many extremely excited conversations later, 100 Layer Cake came to be.
We are a unique wedding planning resource for and by thoughtful, crafty, modern women. Our vendors, projects, and weddings are hand-picked, and thoroughly researched with the hope that every single one is a truly unique addition to both your wedding and your planning process. But being discerning certainly doesn’t have to mean expensive or exclusive. Our vendors have been carefully selected for their stellar reputation, exemplary service and impeccable aesthetic. We hope that you can find a perfect mix of vendors, projects, and inspiration to layer your wedding in just the right way.”
“Wedding Chicks are all about sharing wedding inspiration, bridal fashion, DIY tips to inspire and inform couples before their special day. We also have Free Printables, one super cute shop. Happy Wedding!”
“Ruffled started in August 2008 as a space I could share vintage-inspired and handmade idea for weddings. Back then – which seems like ages ago – there was little or no resource on the style. Today the blog grew into one of the biggest resources for engaged couples seeking inspiration for their weddings, blending their unique personal styles into one heck of a gorgeous fete that go beyond the nostalgic love for vintage tidbits.”
“At Once Wed, we delight in simplicity with a twist of modern innovation, infusing beautiful design with meaning and emotion. Our clean, organic images and compelling content is meant to inspire you to tell your own love story,to dream beyond trend and tradition, and to create a day that feels deeply symbolic of the love you share together.
Through this timeless online experience, we hope to enkindle a conversation: one that sparks artistically innovative, authentic ideas, and encourages you to shape aesthetics around the significance of your union.”
“Everyday we are inspired by beautiful weddings, aspiring entrepreneurs, exquisite homes, working moms, and more. We desire to bring that inspiration to you through our site! From the things we shop, to the cocktails we create, to the babies we are bringing up, Inspired By This is a lifestyle site dedicated to delivering beautiful content to readers at every stage of life. Whether you’re embarking on marriage, career, motherhood, a trip around the world, or a home remodel, our site is tailored to you!”
“As one of the world’s most popular online wedding planning resources, Junebug Weddings is well-known for editorial excellence, showcasing phenomenal photography, and providing the most trusted list of recommended wedding professionals found anywhere in the world. Dedicated to helping couples plan the wedding they’ve always dreamed of, we encourage our readers to find and celebrate their own personal wedding style. On top of all of these great things, we are a group of fun, outgoing, artistic, and passionate individuals striving to make Junebug better with each day that passes. “
“Since its launch 8 years ago in 2009, The Perfect Palette has been the go-to color resource for couples who dream of a unique, creative, and meaningful wedding day. By featuring only the most thoughtfully curated content, and by bringing heartfelt advice and creativity to every post, The Perfect Palette is a place where couples can find ideas and advice for planning their dream wedding. At it’s heart, The Perfect Palette is a blog dedicated to exploring the color palette possibilities for weddings and parties. From styled shoots, to color tips, The Perfect Palette is all about sharing creative and colorful styling ideas.”
“A self confessed wedding junkie since the age of 13, Maggie loves the romance and beauty of weddings. Passionate about the rustic style and eager to share her discoveries and ideas while planning her lakeside wedding at her family’s summer cabin in Northern Wisconsin she started blogging. With millions of monthly readers Rustic Wedding Chic has become the number one online resource for rustic & country weddings.”
Jessica and Timothy are just the sweetest, most considerate, fun-loving couple. They laughed and enjoyed their weekend with help from an all-star team of talented friends, family and vendors. Every inch of Warrenwood was dressed to perfection; from the mantles in the house to the garland hung in the barn. The bright, vibrant florals and cobalt accents were a refreshing departure from our normal color palettes. See for yourself how stunning this event was. It is so much fun working with nice people putting on a beautiful event.