On top of a mountain. Near the beach. Next to rows of grape vines or wheat fields. You’ve got to check out these unique summer ceremony settings we love:
Vivacious Vineyard – This East Coast escape is nestled in Charlottesville, Va. at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. Not only can you and your guests enjoy fresh farm-to-the-table cuisine, but also local wines all at this rustic setting.
Photo: Katelyn James
by Leeor Pilo
Although ceremony programs are not entirely essential, your guests may be grateful for them as they answer important questions about your big day! No more worrying about who’s who in your wedding party and what’s on the schedule, your guests can relax and enjoy the full impact of your ceremony. Plus with an array of unique ideas, you can be as straightforward or creative as you like. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
Board – Rather than going the paper route, many couples are opting for the non-traditional board to communicate to guests all the important ceremony information they need. This is a great option to save paper, prevent any rattling pages as the ceremony takes place and saves time on clean up!
Photo: Continuum Weddings
Book or Pamphlet –This is the most traditional and common program style. Yet with so many designs out there, it’s easy to make it truly unique to you and your wedding style. Book and pamphlet programs also make great keepsakes for your guests to remember your big day.
Photos (from left to right): Lisa Lefkowitz and RJSTILLS
Fan – Perfect for a hot summers day—this program design will keep your guests cool and comfortable while sharing the details of your ceremony.
Photos (from left to right): OneLove Photography and King Street Studios
Fun & Games – Why not think outside the box and provide something fun & entertaining for your guests. This is a great way for guests to learn about the couple and keeps spirits up and cheery throughout the ceremony!
Photo: Tiffiney Photography
Categories: Ideas + Trends, Stationery, Wedding Ceremony
Tags: ceremony programs, chalkboards, Continuum Weddings, fans, King Street Studios, Lisa Lefkowitz, OneLove Photography, pamphlets, RJSTILLS, summer ceremony programs, Tiffiney Photography, word searches
Katie & Daniel
Westminster, South Carolina
Q & A with the couple:
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
When thinking about a wedding location, we wanted it to be intimate and personal. My aunt and uncle own Ramsey Creek Preserve, so I grew up playing at the preserve with my cousin and sisters—it is a family site that holds many happy memories. The old school house church was moved to the property and restored with loving care. As soon as Daniel and I set foot in the church, we knew it was the perfect place to start our marriage. The entire preserve—the church, barn and fields—are all filled with an indescribable sense of joy and serenity.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
- The “Family Tree.” Daniel and I felt that it was important to memorialize family members who are no longer with us, and to pay homage to those relationships that made us who we are today. Daniel and I collected photographs of those we wanted to remember and had them framed and hung on a giant tree near the old barn. It was such a subtle but meaningful way to remember those who we missed on our special day.
- The giant pumpkin. The week before the wedding I was driving around running errands and happened to pass the world’s largest pumpkin. For some reason, I just had to get the pumpkin and I’m so glad I did. It truly finished off the barn décor. (A special thanks goes to my dad for lifting the 100 lb. pumpkin)
- Custom bowties. Alison from Hullaballoo events was a godsend during the entire wedding process. She created so many special touches in the wedding, and this was one of them. LaRoque in Columbia, SC makes custom bowties as well as dresses. We were able to “create” the perfect ties for Daniel and his groomsmen. It was so special for the guys to have some custom flair, instead of wearing the same old suit and tie.
Kelleigh + Morgan
January 1, 2011
Highlands, North Carolina