Emily + Kyle | Carpenter Nature Center

Ever thought about getting married at a N A T U R E center? Emily + Kyle had the most B E A U T I F U L wedding at the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, MN, and we are A L L about it! The Rustic Elegance team of Lynse and Kellie led this wedding and loved every minute of it.

The day began with the ladies + gents getting ready in their separate spaces. Although the weather was a bit chilly outside, everyone’s hearts were W A R M with love for this special day. One of Emily’s bridesmaids, couldn’t make it for the big day, so the couple printed out a life size cardboard cut-out of her so she could still stand up for the ceremony [this included real florals and everything – so creative!]. To keep warm, the bridesmaids wore fur mink stalls to keep warm + stay stylish of course. After taking pre-ceremony pictures with Hattie Ann Photography, it was time for “I do’s”!

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The ceremony aisle doubled as a “walking program” vs. the typical paper one – the Rustic Elegance team put signs in the ground on the pathway so that guests could read the information as they took their seats. Strings by Sarah played beautiful string music as the ceremony started. The couples had their dogs as their flower girls [+ they were O H so adorable]. Matt Berdahl was the officiant and did a G R E A T job [as always]! After the couple said Y E S to forever with one another, it was time to head to the reception.

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Inside the pavilion, the S T U N N I N G fall decor was spread throughout the space, including different colored pumpkins. They also had an ice sculpture from Ice Occasions [yes it was a donkey, Emily’s F A V animal] that doubled as a booze luge – too F U N N Y! The couple opted to do their first dance before dinner, dancing to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. In their middle of the first dance, the wedding party joined for a flash mob to “Uptown Funk”. The wedding party was then seated at their harvest style head table for dinner from River Valley Catering. After dinner comes our favorite thing – D E S S E R T. The cake from Miss Sarah’s Cakery was mouth-watering and also S O cute! We loved the gold tier at the top. After all the guests were full from the good food + great fun, it was time from DJ Dan from Adagio to get the night started. He did a F A N T A S T I C job of getting the guests dancing and keeping the party going! For a late night treat, Green Mill brought in some pizzas for the end of the night snack [guests loved it!].

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Emily + Kyle – Rustic Elegance L O V E D helping with your Day of Coordination, and hope that married life is as sweet as you two are!

Special shout out to Hattie Ann Photography for the G O R G E O U S photos used in today’s blog!

Vendors
Venue: Carpenter Nature Center (Hastings, MN)
Caterer: River Valley Catering
Rentals: Affordable Elegance
DJ: Adagio DJ Entertainment
Florist: E.L. Design
Officiant: Matt Berdahl
Photographer: Hattie Ann Photography
Desserts: Miss Sarah’s Cakery
Ceremony Music: Strings by Sarah
Transportation: Country Inn
Security: Washington County Sheriff’s Department
Heaters: Crow Party
Bar Service: Green Mill
Draping: Avent Decor
Ice: Ice Occasions
Videographer: Rico Roman
Coordination: Rustic Elegance
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Andrea + Eric | Bullard Creek Barn

Taking it back to 2015 – when Andrea and Eric tied the knot! We L O V E D working with this sweet couple. Lynse + Kellie worked on this wedding with these two lovebirds. This couple used a T O N of rentals from Rustic Elegance, which we of course love! They rented cupcake stands, burlap table runners, mason jar beverage dispensers, vintage dinner plates, table numbers, chalkboard signs, etc. They also rented a few of our sofas to create a fun L O U N G E area for their guests. Their guests loved be able to hang out in this area and enjoy conversations with family and friends. They also used our ladder to display memories // photos of past loved ones. It was a sweet touch to remember those who weren’t able to be there on their special day! Our team placed our vintage plates delicately at each place setting to create a cute dressed up table setting. One of our favorite things to do is integrate our rentals into the weddings we work on – so much F U N!

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The day began with the ladies prepping and the guys doings the same. They then headed to the church, where the couple officially could call themselves a M A R R I E D couple – yay! Before the couple left the alter, the groom took a selfie with his new wife and then preceded to walked down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife. [don’t worry, Alison Geier, the couple’s photographer, snapped a photo of this as well]! So fun!

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When the groom was satisfied with the selfie quality, the wedding party, consisting of 7 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen, hopped on the super cute trolley that the couple rented out for the day [such a fun + unique transport]. The wedding party arrived at the Bullard Creek Barn, where they made their grand entrance to the song “Gold Digger”. During cocktail hour and for the remainder of the night, guests enjoyed yard games including Jenga, bean bags, and ladder ball. Post cocktail hour, guests were then seated for speeches and dinner. They found their place on the old door that doubled as their seating chart [loved this!]. Liberty’s provided the Y U M M Y buffet style dinner: marinated chicken and pork, roasted red potatoes and veggies. Dinner was followed with some A M A Z I N G cupcakes by Hanisch Bakery, placed on top of our cute little cupcake stands! As an added snack, they also had a old style popcorn machine throughout the night for guests to enjoy. The couple enjoyed their first dance together as husband and wife, to the song “Inspiration” by Chicago and it was so A D O R A B L E. As the dance continued, energy F I L L E D the barn, as the guests danced the night away. To make sure that their guests were comfy, the couple provided “dancing shoes” for their guests – love this idea! Later in the evening, guests also had the option of enjoying the B O N F I R E outside on this gorgeous night.

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Andrea + Eric – we hope that married life is treating you well and we loved reminiscing about your special day!

Special thanks to Alison Lea Photography for sharing these wonderful photos with us! We always love working with you have so much fun!

Vendors
Reception: Bullard Creek Barn
Church: First Lutheran
Officiant: Kevin and Chris Tjaden
Catering: Liberty’s
Rentals: Ripley’s
Florist: Cindy’s Florist Creations
Photographer: Alison Lea Photography
Desserts: Hanisch Bakery
Coordination + Decor Rentals: Rustic Elegance
Trolley: Rochester Trolley

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Lauren + Steve | Green Acres Barn

While some of the venues that we go to are farther outside of the cities, Green Acres Barn is situated seemingly close, located in Eden Prairie, MN. Lauren + Steve celebrated their S P E C I A L day at this location and Rustic Elegance was there to prep and help flip the space and had the B E S T time doing it [and helping out these two lovebirds!].

At Green Acres Barn, the lower level is filled with vintage items, including jukeboxes, older framed photos, and a small fountain. On this level, we set out place cards for guests to grab as they came in prior to the ceremony. Lauren + Steve also opted to have their guest book + card table near the door, capturing guests attention as they walked in [they got LOTS of signatures in their guest book – we loved seeing guests add their special note!]. For the wedding party pictures, this group braved the windy day and took S T U N N I N G pictures by a lake nearby. Studio Twelve:52 was able to capture these amazing memories, while still ensuring that the wedding party looked great for the ceremony. Prior to the ceremony itself, the wedding party hid in the silo that Green Acres has flipped into a wine cellar. It’s G O R G E O U S in there, and even features a little trap door.

On the upstairs level, the set-up for the ceremony was simple, yet extremely elegant. The venue set up the ceremony chairs, creating a perfect aisle for Lauren to walk down, walking towards the man of her D R E A M S. After a ceremony with the help of officiant Matt Berdahl, the guests were guided back to the downstairs level for a cocktail hour while the upstairs level was flipped by the Green Acres crew and catering staff from Sterling. Rustic Elegance worked on adding the finishing touches, such as the centerpieces, setting up the head table, and of course, setting up the dessert table. The centerpieces were simple white floral arrangements accompanied by white pumpkins, set on top of a square cloth napkin. The head table was abundant with floral from Lauren’s aunt, pulling in romantic tones for this October wedding. They also added a cute little addition of wooden names for each plate at the head table [we L O V E D this idea]. Lastly, the set-up for the dessert table was accompanied by Rustic Elegance dessert stands and a variety of cupcake flavors from Nadia’s Cakes. As if this couple wasn’t sweet enough [as sweet as the cupcakes even], they ordered one cupcake specifically for Kellie, her favorite kind of Vanilla Vanilla [how T H O U G H T F U L you two – thank you!!].

The rest of the evening ran smoothly and the DJ Andrew from Three Six Sound kept the crowd engaged. The bride, groom, as well as their friends and family were dancing the night away!

Lauren + Steve – thank you for having Rustic Elegance be apart of your first day of forever together! We are so thankful for the opportunity and L O V E D working with the both of you sweet lovebirds [Kellie will also miss the planning meetings that consisted of The Lion’s Tap hamburger + fries… D E L I C I O U S]!

Venue: Green Acres Barn
Catering / Bartender: Sterling Catering
Rentals / Decor: Rustic Elegance
DJ: Three Six Sound
Officiant: Matt Berdahl
Photographer: Studio Twelve:52
Videographer: Oldenburger Videography
Desserts: Nadia Cakes (Woodbury)
Hair/Makeup: Teressa’s Makeup
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Tips + Tricks – Bathroom Baskets

If you’re having your wedding at a tent, barn, or outdoor venue, you may want to think about providing a “bathroom basket” for your guests. Many of the bathrooms at these types of venues are plain and simple, and these baskets can decorate the space, while serving a functional purpose. This basket can include anything you feel necessary – but we wanted to throw a little TIPS & TRICKS article your way, including details of how to create the P E R F E C T bathroom basket for your guests.

MUST HAVES [& we know from experience]:
-Medicine: Aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve, Advil
-Hair [I] do’s: Get some hair spray, a brush, comb, bobby pins and ponytails to make sure that your hair is staying in place to dance the night A W A Y.
-Smell ya later: Although everyone was smelling great at the beginning of the night, all the dancing can lead to sweating, and sweating may lead to stink! Add some spray deodorant to your basket, [and maybe some body spray] to keep your night smelling fresh. Also, consider adding some good smelling hand soap!
-Y U M: How great was that dinner? We are sure it was amazing, but to be able to sing your heart on the dance floor, [and not smell it] consider adding breath mints or spray in your basket.
-Accidents [can and will] happen: In case of spillage, adding a Tide-to-Go pen can rid of stains immediately. Adding in wet wipes to help with sticky hands [or situations] is always a promising idea as well.
-Safety first: No wedding is complete without someone needing a Band-Aid. To make sure that you’re not running around looking for one, adding them into your basket can make your night stress-free [& hiring Rustic Elegance can help with this too]!
-U H – O H: Mother nature comes when it pleases, so women’s sanitary items are an absolute must. Nobody wants to spend the rest of their evening worrying about dress stains or being uncomfortable.
-Dry skin [go away!]: Adding in some lotion can ensure guest comfort and smooth skin.
-Got the sniffles? Make sure guests have access to some Kleenex in the bathroom for those battling colds or allergies [& to make sure they get back onto the dance floor]!

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NICE ADDITIONS [if you’re feeling extra F A N C Y]:
-In case of a manicure disaster: Who wants chipped nails at a wedding [hint: not us]? Clear nail polish, nail clippers, and file can help with this potential issue.
-Got lint, dust, or animals around your wedding? Think about adding a lint brush to the basket to keep everyone lint/pet hair [& care] free!
-First Aid Kit [don’t forget, safety first!]: Think about purchasing a mini-first aid kit, or making your own! This should include antiseptic wipes, Neosporin, burn cream, eye drops, antacid, antihistamines, Q-tips, cough drops, etc.
-C U T E [mirror] notes: This is a fun idea that we’ve seen a few of our couples do! Add a note to the mirror[s] in the bathroom with funny quotes. One of our favorites? “You look oh so pretty [or handsome for the fellas] – now get out and D A N C E!”

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PROBABLY DON’T NEED [but you never know]:
-Wardrobe malfunctions: Dancing too hard and your dress [or trousers for the gents – Y E S, we have seen this happen] rips? Having a mini-sewing kit in your bathroom basket could be a game changer! Don’t forget about safety pins – it’s always easy to just P I N it back together.
-Other miscellaneous items: Floss, baby powder, tweezers

DON’T FORGET THE DUDES [they need some pampering too]:
-Stay F R E S H: Consider adding cologne spray, breath mints, and men’s deodorant to keep the fresh smell all day [& night]!

While we are on the ever so exciting topic of B A T H R O O M S, we wanted to provide some tips to those couples who choose to have their wedding in their backyard and need to bring bathrooms onsite! Porta-Potties will most likely be used in these types of situations. Typically, we recommend at least one potty for every 60 guests. Handicap ones can be great for the ladies, along with those in need, [it provides a little more room for those big dresses & you can decorate the inside with cute décor, a table for your bathroom basket, or maybe even a full-length mirror!]. Don’t forget most of these do not come with lighting inside, so once the dinner is over and the dancing is underway, you will need too light these up. We recommend adding sticky lights or battery lanterns to the inside. Also, consider using a 10 x 10 pop up tent with a cocktail table underneath for guests to wait under [protects guests in case of rain and provides them a place to set their cocktail]. A handwashing station, with real running water and paper towels, can also be a nice addition [and pretty cheap]. Another option is to consider renting a luxury bathroom trailer from a company such as On-Site [p.s. these trailers can even come with AC – see some of their photos below!].

We hope this blog post can help you decide if you should add a bathroom basket to your list of “things to do” before your special day, and gave you a few ideas about bathroom options for your day.

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Tiffany + Derek | Legacy Hill Farm

Tiffany + Derek – where to start with this G O R G E O U S wedding! This couple was a D R E A M to work with as we helped plan their wedding for 250 guests. We loved digging into the planning process with these two in order to ensure that their day ran smoothly.

The wedding party had 5 friends/family members on each side [+ one of the groomsmen was Derek’s twin!]. They spent their morning getting ready in their separate areas, and met up to take some pictures with Sophisticated Grace Photography. We were graced with some R A I N in the afternoon, so had to implement our back up plan. Luckily, they rented umbrella’s from Rustic Elegance, which created some G R E A T photo opportunities as the day went on. Even the photographer, April from Sophisticated Grace Photography was prepared with plastic over her head/camera in order to capture the memories that she wanted to! The Rustic Elegance team of Angie + Kellie continued to work the set-up [despite the rain] with the A M A Z I N G help of the Joan + Britni from Legacy Hill Farm. The couple also rented barrels and a door from Rustic Elegance, and we assisted with the set up of a S U P E R fun popcorn snack display – which included a Chicago Mix + Salted popcorn in apple baskets.

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Since it was raining outside, the ceremony took place underneath the pavilion which turned out P E R F E C T L Y even with the rain! After the wedding party made their way down the aisle, Molly [the bride’s niece] and Hadie [the groom’s niece] stole the show as the [most adorable] flower girls, followed by Lawton [the groom’s nephew] as the ring bearer. It was now time for Tiffany to make her grand debut. She was escorted down the aisle by her dad, to the song “When I Say I Do” by Matthew West. The couple had a beautiful ceremony, and for their unity symbol, opted to have two colors of sand and each poor a layer of their colors in a frame [F U N keepsake for the couple!].

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After the ceremony concluded, guests were seated for the dinner. This Little Piggy provided a roasted pork buffet [Y U M!] and also an ice cream bar which included FUN toppings! The couple also had cupcakes for dessert  from Top Tier Delights, which we placed at each table on wood slices that were made by the groom [love this idea!]. Throughout dinner, the couple opted for a “kiss-for-a-kiss” when the guests would clink their glasses + we loved every time this happened!

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By this time, the rain had cleared and guests were ready to D A N C E the night away! We loved working with DJ Tony from Showtime Entertainment, and he kept guests dancing all night long. Their first dance was to Hunter Hayes “Wanted” + they looked so in L O V E while dancing with one another. The couple also decided to include the “married couples dance” to honor the longest married couple, which was such a C U T E touch to a special night. As the night went on, the newlyweds also played the “shoe game” which led to some great laughs from their guests. Guests were also able to finally enjoy the outdoors, and even a bonfire with S ‘ M O R E S!

Tiffany + Derek – we L O V E D working with the two of you! Your love for one another is inspiring and we hope that married life is nothing short of M A G I C A L!

Special shout out to Sophisticated Grace for sharing these B E A U T I F U L photos for the blog!

Vendors:
Venue: Legacy Hill Farm
Catering/Bartending: This Little Piggy
Bathrooms: OnSite Sanitation
DJ: Showtime Entertainment
Florist: Inspired
Photographer: Sophisticated Grace
Desserts: Top Tier Delights
Coordination: Rustic Elegance
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Maggie + Corey | Historic John P Furber Farm

Maggie + Cory had a D R E A M Y day in October of 2016 – and we absolutely A D O R E D working with them to plan this special day! Maggie and her mom Lauri met with Rustic Elegance lead planner Kellie over coffee a few times, and these meetings were never without L A U G H T E R and smiles.

When the Rustic Elegance team arrived, it was time to get to W O R K! The couple rented a few items from Rustic Elegance, including a ladder which was used as a tribute with photos of passed loved ones. We prepped the barn with their centerpieces which were B E A U T I F U L wooden flower boxes with stunning florals from KMB Floral, along with burlap and lace squares, and a G O L D table number. We’ve Got It Covered added their special touches with a lace overlay and gold chargers at the head table, a fabric backdrop behind the bride and groom, and string lights! In place of a traditional guest book, the couple decided on a wood pallet sign for guests to leave a note on – and it turned out S O cute! They also used a cute little picnic basket for their cards – a F U N touch to their decor. While the Rustic Elegance team was finished setting up, the bride and her ladies enjoyed champagne as they prepped for the day in the A M A Z I N G bridal suite, while the guys prepped in the “groom’s suite”. Once they were all ready, they took some pictures with Justin Mark Photography before heading over to the church.

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The couple was married at the Resurrection Lutheran Church, and then headed back over to the Historic John P Furber Farm for their reception. Approximately 315 guests filled the barn, full of fun, food, and D A N C I N G! Appetizers were passed during cocktail hour which were Y U M M Y. The wedding party did their grand entrance down the stairs to “Drink In My Hand” by Eric Church – and it was O H so fun! This Little Piggy provided the dinner buffet, and always provides G R E A T food and service! We also placed dessert bars and cookies on each table, provided by “ We Cater To You”, for a S W E E T treat. After dinner, Maggie’s dad gave such a S W E E T speech about the couple.Day of Coordinator, Historic John P Furber Farm, Maggie + Corey_0732.jpg
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As dinner and speeches concluded, DJ Dan from Adagio started playing music and the dance floor was a sea of guests the rest of the night. He is A W E S O M E to work with, and always does a great job of keeping the party going all night! For a late night snack, the couple brought in Carbone’s Pizza – guests L O V E D this added touch. At the very end of the night, Rustic Elegance cleaned and packed up all of the decor, ensuring that friends, family, and of course the N E W L Y W E D S could enjoy the rest of their night worry free! The couple also was generous enough to donate their flowers at the end of the night, and we took them to a nursing home the following day, which always guarantees S M I L E S.

Maggie + Corey – your wedding day was truly a D R E A M, and we enjoyed every second of it. We hope that married life is all that you hoped it would be + more!

Special shout out to Justin Mark Photography for sharing these A M A Z I N G photos with us!

Vendors:
Ceremony: Resurrection Lutheran Church
Reception: Historic John P Furber Farm
Catering/Bartending: This Little Piggy
Rentals: We’ve Got It Covered
DJ: Adagio
Florist: KMB Floral
Photography: Justin Mark Photography
Video: JWalter Anderson
Photobooth: Photobooth Creations
Desserts: We Cater To You
Coordination and Decor: Rustic Elegance

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Tips + Tricks | Planning a Tent Wedding

To feed off of our previous blog [Tips + Tricks | Planning a Barn Wedding] we thought we would give our readers some tips + tricks on our other specialty – T E N T weddings! Weddings can get S T R E S S F U L in the planning process, and if you are getting married + having your reception outside [or under a tent], here are a few things to think about:

LAYOUT:
One of the M A I N components of planning a backyard/tent wedding is envisioning the space and finding the perfect tent/rental vendor to suit your needs. [Apres Event Rental is one of our favs]. In thinking about the layout of the space ask yourself these questions: Is there enough room for a tent [or two] that can hold the guest count? Is the area flat? Are there trees/branches that would get in the way of the tent? [taking into consideration that the tent stakes/ropes can take up to 7 F E E T on each side of the tent]. Another important thing to consider is the flow of the event space. Make sure there is enough room for your guests to mingle, dance, stand in line at the bar, walk through the buffet, etc. Think about the guest tables and head table layout [P R O – T I P: Rectangle tables will take up less space in a tent then round tables]. Another concept to think about is can your space accommodate parking for your guests. If the space isn’t large enough, you could considering hiring a shuttle service to bring in guests from the hotel (consider Renee’s Royal Valet). As part of the services we offer at Rustic Elegance, we provide a consult at your home and also draw up a detailed layout of your tent and surrounding space!

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 Draping // Lights by: We’ve Got It Covered

LIGHTING / POWER:
While planning a tent wedding, lighting and power will play a key aspect in your day. You’ll want to ensure that all areas are well lit for guests to walk around with ease in the dark. Don’t forget the path to the bathrooms and parking. Also, you may want to add a solar light to the bottom of each tent stake so guests won’t trip over them in the dark. For lighting inside of the tent, we recommend consulting with one of our favorite vendors, We’ve Got It Covered, for ideas on different options [and even D R A P I N G]. You’ll also want to ensure that you have enough power available for the lights, DJ, bathroom trailer, keg trailer, coffee makers, fans, etc. Make sure you locate the breaker box ahead of time and designate someone to flip it back on if one trips [pssst – hire Rustic Elegance to worry about that for you!]. When thinking about power, it is also helpful to have a few extra extension cords on hand. Also make sure to keep all cords that are in use out of the walkways so guests won’t trip over them.

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Photo by: Bethany Meister Photography // Draping // Lights by: We’ve Got It Covered

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TECHNICAL DETAILS:
Not the most fun part of tent wedding planning [but one of the most important parts] is ensuring that you have everything set with your city/location. Check with the city to see if a permit is required to host a party in your backyard/on property – every city is different in this aspect. Also, you may want to add extra insurance coverage with your homeowners insurance for the day of the wedding in order to cover any accidents that may occur [but we are hoping for a S M O O T H day!].

DECOR:
Another detail to think about is decor and centerpieces! Make sure your centerpieces are heavy enough so that the wind can’t blow them over! Consider using battery candles vs. real ones, so these will stay lite on a windy day. [P R O – T I P: Opt for a seating chart versus place cards for outdoor weddings to avoid fly away place cards!]. Another option to dress up your tent would be to rent R U S T I C [but elegant] furniture! At Rustic Elegance, we offer a variety of fun rental options [couches, vintage hutches, chairs, etc] that could spruce up the tent space.

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Photo by: Bellagala // Rentals by: Rustic Elegance

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Rentals from: Rustic Elegance 

VENDORS:
Because you are getting married in a backyard setting vs. getting married at a place where a lot of the vendors are already included, hiring vendors with expertise in this type of setting is a must! Check with your caterer to see if they have experience cooking on site so they can ensure S M O O T H service + a memorable meal. If you’re looking for a caterer that does it all, we love working with A’BriTin Catering – they are A M A Z I N G! When considering dessert vendors, make sure you pick something that can withstand the heat. Cakes with a L O T of frosting can melt quickly in the S T E A M of MN // WI summer days. For your bartender, considering hiring a licensed service, who also carries liquor liability insurance. Liquid Motion and With a Twist are two good options [with both of these companies, you can still provide your own kegs/wine]. Also consider renting a keg trailer to keep all your beer [and white wine] COLD.

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WEATHER:
With an outdoor tent wedding, weather can be an issue! You can never predict Mother Nature – it could be too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy, etc. But planning ahead can ensure a perfect day no matter what. Considering order sidewalls for your tent, not only can these help on a R A I N Y day, but they can also help if your guests are blinded by the sun, if tablecloths are blowing off, or if floral arrangements are blowing over. [When deciding on your tent size, you’ll want to ensure that it is B I G enough to host everything under it [bar, dance floor, dining, etc.] and if it ends up being nice out – that’s a B O N U S and you can move some items outside! If the weather ends up not cooperating, make sure you have a back-up plan/layout in place for your ceremony. When thinking about H O T weather – consider ordering fans to keep guests cool, and overstock on ice/water to keep guests hydrated. If you are thinking about C O O L E R weather – consider bringing in heaters + blankets for guests to stay warm. If it’s supposed to be a rainy day – consider having U M B R E L L A S on hand [you can rent these from Rustic Elegance!]

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LITTLE [BUT BIG] DETAILS:
When you plan a tent wedding, it’s not “all inclusive” like a golf course or hotel venue. You’ll have to provide some of your own items – Including Bathrooms [P R O – T I P: We recommend a least one Porta Potty to every 75 guests. On-Site is a G R E A T option when it comes to renting bathrooms – they even have trailers with A C!]. Don’t forget a hand washing station! Also, not so fun, but important to remember is garbage cans. You will want to make sure you have plenty on hand [with bags that fit]! Don’t forget to add recycling bins to cut down on waste. Clearly label these for guests to put waste in appropriate bins. Something to consider is who will be in charge of clearing dirty glassware off the tables and checking for full garbages periodically throughout the night [and where will these be put when full!].

In outdoor settings, you’ll want to ensure that your guests are comfortable. Consider providing sunscreen + bug spray, a bathroom basket with all the goodies, and even dancing shoes [or flip flops] for guests to use on the dance floor. While we are on the topic of shoes, it’s never a bad idea to remind guests to wear O U T D O O R friendly shoes + attire [H E Y – you can even add a note on your invitation or wedding website].

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CLEAN-UP:
At the end of the night and after all of the F U N, having a tent wedding can leave you with a hefty “to-do” list of clean up items. Think ahead about who is going to blow out candles, clean up glassware, empty garbages, clean up the decor, remove your centerpieces, etc. It’s definitely not one of the most F U N parts of planning – but it can turn into a hassle if it is forgotten! Friends + family will be tired from dancing the night away, so we suggest hiring someone [like us!] to close out the end of the night + clean up.

MOST IMPORTANTLY:
Last but not least – to ensure that your day is P E R F E C T, appoint a contact person to greet vendors, implement the rain plan, keep things on schedule, and to handle any last minute problems that may arise! [hire a Day of Coordinator like Rustic Elegance] so that you and your family can also enjoy the day! Backyard weddings can be A M A Z I N G + extremely beautiful, but if not executed in a proper manner, can leave guests remembering the bad instead of the good. Our goal as Day of Coordinators is to P L A N ahead, be fully prepared for anything that comes our way, and have your guests remember how B E A U T I F U L your day was, as you start this exciting new journey with your partner!
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Kaitlin + Matt | Wasner Barn

We absolutely A D O R E D working with Kaitlin and Matt on their wedding. They ended up deciding on T O N S of Rustic Elegance rentals including some furniture, signs, etc. [they even rented the cute directional sign that Rustic Elegance owner Kellie’s 91 year old grandpa hand painted – so C U T E!].

The day started with the ladies prepping their hair and makeup, and getting into the G O R G E O U S dresses. The men got in their suits, suspenders, and bow ties, and were ready to take photos with one of our F A V photographer’s, Jeannine, working for Bellagala [who is so much FUN to work with!]. The wedding party consisted of 7 ladies and 6 men which made for a group full of laughs and S M I L E S as the day went on. While pictures were being taken, the tent was being set up with simple + sweet centerpieces that included pictures of the couple, blue mason jars with Baby’s Breath, candles [made by the couple], and old B O O K S that they had collected. The tables were set with vintage plates for dinner and guests had the option of using mason jars to drink out of – we L O V E D this combo. We also helped set up a C A N D Y bar that was a hit with the guests later in the night.

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Kaitlin and Matt got married at a beautiful church and then guests headed over to Wasner Barn for the reception! Guests were able to play yard games in the large grassy area of the barn throughout the evening. For dinner, Divine Swine Catering served up phenomenal food [as always], followed by Y U M M Y desserts from Cake Walk. After dessert – it was time to get the party S T A R T E D! This couple lucked out with a G O R G E O U S night, so they were able to have their dance outside under the stars, with the sweet addition of string lights – so pretty [Jeannine captured some great night photos of this]! They also had a bonfire for guests to enjoy and a late night snack of S ‘ M O R E S! As the night came to a close, the Rustic Elegance team cleaned up all of the guest tables and decor so that the couple could enjoy their first night as a married couple.

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Kaitlin + Matt – thank you S O much for hiring Rustic Elegance to help with your wedding coordination. We had so much F U N working with you two, and loved reminiscing on your special day.

Vendors
Ceremony: St. Dominic Church
Reception: Wasner Barn
Catering: Divine Swine Catering
Rentals: Rent-N-Save Northfield // Rustic Elegance
DJ: Bellagala
Florist: Forget-Me-Not
Photographer: Bellagala
Video: PranaLens
Desserts: Cake Walk
Coordination and Rentals: Rustic Elegance

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Megan + Kolten | Legacy Hill Farm

This week, we wanted to F L A S H B A C K to 2016 when Megan + Kolten were married. Rustic Elegance planners Lynse + Kellie had an absolute blast planning this wedding with the couple.

Having their special day at Legacy Hill Farm, the Rustic Elegance duo set up the space with rental items from Rustic Elegance including the buffet hutch, barrels, suitcase for cards, table runners, mason jars, cake stands, and Y E S, the white sofa. Florals for the wedding party were provided by Studio B Floral while Megan’s aunt provided floral arrangements for the guest tables. As Rustic Elegance set up, the ladies spent their morning getting prepped and ready for the big day [in their adorable matching robes]! The guys got ready on the other side of the farm, prepping in their own ways. Prior to the ceremony, Lynse and Kellie ran a quick “day of” rehearsal with the wedding party to prepare for the day. With their morning full of pictures and fun with Eileen K Photography, it was finally time for the M A I N event!

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Megan walked down the aisle to “You Are Mine” by Spensor Canes with her E L E G A N T dress flowing behind her. Post-ceremony, guests enjoyed A M A Z I N G food from This Little Piggy, followed by Nothing Bundt Cakes for dessert [which is one of Kellie’s personal F A V O R I T E S]. The couple also participated in a fun alternative to the typical “Dollar Dance” – they did a “Cake in the Face”! They asked guests to place money in either Megan or Kolten’s jars, and whoever had the most money in their jar got the cake in their face by the other. Kolten ended up being defeated by his S T U N N I N G bride of course! After dinner time, the dance had B E G U N! The couple danced their first dance to “The Thing About Us” by Steve Moakler – and it was so C U T E. The rest of the night, guests packed on to the dance floor, enjoyed a bonfire, and even some fresh popcorn for their late night snack [gladly maintained by the Rustic Elegance team – F R E E smells for us!].

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As the night came to a close, the gracious couple let us take their flowers home at the end of the night, and we in turn donated them the following day. All in all, Megan + Kolten were an absolute D R E A M to work with, and we loved every minute of their special day.

Vendors

Venue: Legacy Hill Farm

Catering: This Little Piggy

DJ: Generation Now Entertainment

Rentals: Rustic Elegance

Florist: Studio B Floral

Photographer: Eileen K Photography

Hair/Makeup: SM Makeup Inc.

Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Planner: Rustic Elegance

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Tips + Tricks | Unity Symbols

Throughout our time as wedding coordinators, we have seen a variety of U N I T Y symbols at different weddings. Although they are not necessarily a part of every wedding, they provide something that the couple can take home with them, that signifies the unifying of both individuals. Here are a few I D E A S that we’ve seen throughout our time at Rustic Elegance:

COLORED SAND
Think about having two different colors of sand in small vases, and a big vase in the center. When ready, you can pour the two different colors of sand into the larger vase, each taking turns on layering the sand. This exemplifies balance and patience in day to day life, and can serve as a constant reminder to communicate. Tiffany + Derek used this unity symbol for their wedding + it turned out A M A Z I N G!

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PLANTING A TREE
As a symbol of new journeys and new life, we have had two couples [Kailee + Derek and Kelsey + Issac] plant a tree in a pot at their ceremony. We absolutely L O V E D that this tree would grow along with the couple as they begin this new journey of married life together.

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BOX OF WINE
If you and your partner are lovers of W I N E, a fun unity idea is to box up a bottle of wine for an anniversary to come! You could also add notes into the box, or get a bottle of wine that was bottled the same year as your wedding. On that anniversary down the road, you can open the box of wine, and reminisce on your W E D D I N G day. Abby + Casey opted for this unity symbol, and it was A D O R A B L E!

[BABY YOU’RE A] FIREWORK
A very unique unity symbol that we came across at Lisa + Robin’s wedding was a F I R E W O R K! Yes – that’s right – a big loud B O O M to celebrate the unity of these two lovebirds! Guests were definitely surprised + loved it!

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BALLOON RELEASE
A balloon release can be so B E A U T I F U L + simple! Chastity + Jake did a balloon release with their [A D O R A B L E] kids. Emily + Nick had their flower girls carry the balloons up the aisle while they were walking down. Upon the release, it was such a F U N way to celebrate the unity of these two couples.

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CANDLE
Another simple + E L E G A N T unity symbol is lighting a candle together. Melanie + Dan and Emily + Kyle did this at their wedding, and the presentation was so S W E E T. A note for those planning – if you are having an outdoor wedding, you’ll want to make sure to have your candle inside of a lantern or glass container to control the flame from blowing out. Also don’t forget a L I G H T E R.

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SAND + SOIL [A LITTLE PIECE OF HOME]
Mel + Chris had the C U T E S T idea of a unity symbol – they brought sand + soil from their cabins and combined them into a beautiful jar to display in their home. Such a fun way to incorporate a little piece of their H O M E away from H O M E on their special day!

TYING OF STRANDS // BRAIDING CORDS
One of the more popular unity symbols that we have seen in three weddings [Rachel + Brad, Meghan + Kolten and Amy + Kevin] is the tying of strands or braiding of cords. We L O V E that this can be so symbolic for couples + also ties them in a spiritual way as well [P R O – T I P: make sure you practice this together before your big day, so you have a game plan of how to do].

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AN EXTRA P R O – T I P
Don’t forget to have a small table ordered/provided by your rental company or venue in order to place your unity symbol on if applicable [psst… you can rent these from Rustic Elegance!].

In conclusion, a unity symbol can truly be A N Y T H I N G that is meaningful to the couple. Anything that symbolizes two individuals, coming together as one in a new journey as a married couple. If nothing speaks to you as a couple to use as a unity symbol, you might not need one! There are plenty of weddings that we have helped coordinate that opt out of having a unity symbol at all. As you continue to plan + prep for your day, we wanted to provide you with some fun + unique options for unity symbols, and we hope that this B L O G helps you decide!