Melissa + Matt | Dellwood Country Club

Our lead coordinator, Kayla, had SO much for planning with Melissa + Matt in the months prior to their wedding. Being a very organized person, Melissa would come to the planning meetings with her “book of knowledge” – a binder that included everything needed to know about her big day! The couple decided to tie the knot at Dellwood Country Club, a beautifully situated venue in Dellwood, MN.

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When the day was finally here, the Rustic Elegance team arrived and unpacked the decor boxes and set-up. The ladies prepped for the day with Lady Vamp Artistry rocking their makeup. The tables were decorated with a variety of centerpieces, including lighthouse figurines [the groom is a huge light house fan] which we L O V E D that they incorporated this into their day! The ceremony was set up with minimal decor – wine barrels at the entrance with fall mums, a few memory photos of loved ones, and blanket scarves to keep guests warm throughout the ceremony. After all the set up and preparation, it was finally time to tie the knot!

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The ring bearer drove down the center of the aisle in a motorized remote control fire truck, which was O H – S O adorable! It was really fitting due to the groom being a firefighter [and another firetruck came later for pictures!]. After everyone had their smiles and giggles from the ring bearer, it was time for the main event. Melissa + her dad made their grand entrance as they entered down the deck staircase of the Country Club, with Matt watching from the front. They opted to not do a pre-ceremony first look, so this was the first time he was seeing his beautiful bride. After a short + sweet ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Fireside Room before filling into the main dining room for dinner.

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The wedding party was seated at a harvest table in the middle of the room, surrounded by round guest tables throughout. Dinner was prepared and served by the Dellwood catering service, with desserts being brought in by Hyvee [which were amazing P I E S!]. After dinner, loving speeches and desserts, it was time to dance! The DJ turned up the music and guests were on the dance floor for the rest of the evening. The couple also played the “shoe game” which made for great fun for all!

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Melissa + Matt – we so L O V E D being a part of your wedding day and can’t wait to watch your love story continue for years to come. Shout out to Spicy Meatball Photography for sharing these amazing photos with us to use in the blog!

Venue + Catering: Dellwood Country Club
Rentals: Rustic Elegance
DJ: The Experience
Florist: Colleen’s Flower Cellar
Officiant: Pastor Jen from Christ the King
Photographer: Spicy Meatball Photography
Desserts: Hyvee
Hair + Makeup: Lady Vamp Artistry
Dress: Allure
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Haley + Makkonen | Gardens of Castle Rock

Oh where to start with this S W E E T couple! Haley + Makkonen dug into their planning process with lead planner Kellie and the outcome was the most P E R F E C T day! This couple’s love story goes all the way back to high school [high school sweethearts – L O V E it]. Their wedding took place at the Gardens of Castle Rock, an A M A Z I N G outdoor venue that we love being at! We’ve Got It Covered came early in the morning do some G O R G E O U S draping under the tent and brought along their deep purple linens for the guest tables. The ladies in the wedding party prepped for the day in the newly renovated bridal suite, and the guys arrived a little later just in time for their first look! Jeannine Marie photographed this sweet couple and their bridal party throughout the day, doing a F A N T A S T I C job as always. Rustic Elegance prepped the guest tables, place cards, dessert table, and other decor throughout the space, and finally it was ceremony time!

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The ceremony was held under the Lath House at the Gardens of Castle Rock. The site was S T U N N I N G featuring a arch of gorgeous flowers provided by Studio B Floral, entrance doors provided by us, a pink aisle runner and the natural beauty of the venue. After the ceremony, it was time for cocktail hour- guests enjoyed refreshments and appetizers by Mintahoe catering, and also enjoyed touring the beautifully manicured grounds and gardens. Guests then moved under the tent to their beautiful decorated dinner tables with purple linens, burlap purple runners, white napkins, gold chairs, and floral centerpieces from Studio B Floral. The newlyweds sat at a sweetheart table – a cute touch! Mintahoe served an amazing dinner, and speeches came next, where there was not a dry eye in the room for most of them. We love hearing old & fun memories about the couples in the speeches! The rest of the evening was full of dancing and love radiating from the happily married couple.

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Haley + Makkonen – Thank you for including us in your day as your wedding coordinator’s, we love being a part of your love story! We hope that married life is a dream, and wish you all the love and happiness. Special shout out to Jeannine Marie Photography for sharing these A M A Z I N G pictures with us!

VENDORS
Venue: Gardens of Castle Rock
Catering: Mintahoe Catering & Events
Bartender: With a Twist
Rentals & Decor: We’ve Got It Covered
Florist: Studio B Floral
Photographer: Jeannine Marie Photography
Photobooth: MN Photobooth Rentals
Desserts: Sugar and Spice
Transportation: Northfield Transportation
Makeup: Bridget Belew
Hair: SM Hair & Makeup
Coordination/Decor: Rustic Elegance

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Laura + Will | Kamp Kenwood

Laura + Will met through the “Coffee Meets Bagel” app [how cool is that!] and felt an instant connection. Their love for one another grew quickly, and then Will popped the question – and that meant it was time to plan the big day! Lead planner Kellie met with Laura and her mom, Sue, throughout the planning process and loved talking with these two ladies about their wedding ideas.

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Their wedding took place at Kamp Kenwood – a gorgeous outdoor rustic venue located in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. It featured a S T U N N I N G lakeside ceremony site, and large dining area for the reception. Since the couple met via Coffee Meets Bagel, the company contributed money to their wedding, which bought adorable camp cups as guest favors! One [of many] unique touches the couple added to their day was a directional sign that featured locations of where guests had traveled from to get to the wedding [we loved this idea]. The couple also honored past family members by displaying photos and special items on top a vintage upright piano. The couple also used a canoe to house beer & soda for the guests [how fitting with the camp theme]!

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The ladies got ready for the day with the ever so talented Luminous Beauty Studios doing their hair and makeup, and the guys prepped in their separate cabin. The couple did a sweet first look in the woods, with Abbots Lane Photography, these pictures are P E R F E C T! After the first look and a few wedding party/family photos, it was time for the ceremony. Laura + Will tied the knot [literally] during their unity symbol that featured tying two cords together and included their parents. After the ceremony, the wedding party and family enjoyed a champagne toast and passed apps during cocktail hour. Yard games were played by all and included kube, bags and spike ball.

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The reception was hosted in the dining hall. Table decor consisted of butcher paper, table numbers that were pictures of different countries the couple had traveled, tea lights, coffee mugs, and copper containers with flowers and greenery spread throughout the room. The wedding party did their grand entrance to “Space Jam” – so fun! Dinner was buffet style and catered by Yankee Jacks Premiere Catering which was delicious. Desserts were home made by family and friends, served on mismatched vintage plates [SO sweet]. Instant Request DJ started pumping the tunes and the rest of the night was spent dancing and laughing with the newlyweds.

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Laura + Will – we absolutely A D O R E your love story + planning your wedding day was so much fun! We hope that married love is amazing and can’t wait to see your love grow in the years to come. Shout out to the amazingly talented Abbots Lane Photography for the photos featured in this blog!

VENDORS
Venue: Kamp Kenwood
Catering: Yankee Jacks Premiere Catering
Rentals: A1 Rentals
DJ: Instant Request DJ
Photographer: Abbots Lane Photography
Transportation: Chubbs Party Bus
Hair/Makeup: Luminous Beauty Services
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Jen + Jim | Backyard Wedding

Jen + Jim have the sweetest L O V E for each other + we absolutely adored helping them plan their special day. The Rustic Elegance team of Angie, Kim and Kellie arrived on site at the groom’s parents house, which was where this special couple would be married. While the couple prepped for the B I G day, the team set up their beautiful outdoor ceremony site, and decor inside their tent for the reception. The couple headed out to do some pre-ceremony pictures with Breanna Bisek Photography, and even included their pups for a few photos! The guys wanted a picture with some shotguns – so there’s that too!

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Although we weren’t sure on what Mother Nature was thinking – she held out for the ceremony and T H E N decided to pour – we were thankful that she decided to wait so these two could say their I do’s outside as planned! The ceremony was B E A U T I F U L. The flower girl [niece of the groom] + ring bearers [nephews of the bride] took the C U T E N E S S level up a notch. Guests quickly shuffled from the outdoor site to the tent for their dinner [+ to keep dry].

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Divine Swine provided a slow roasted turkey, a whole pig [carved on site], pasta, au gratin potatoes and slivered almond green beans [Y U M M Y]. During dinner, the couple had the sweetest idea – guests could ring a bell and for every $10 donation they would kiss. All of the donated money went to the ALS Colon Cancer Foundation – seriously the B E S T idea ever! After the yummy cupcakes were enjoyed for dessert, it was time to dance the night away! The couple danced to the song “To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks. After the traditional dances, Instant Request DJ, took it away, and guests danced all night long [+ even danced the rain away].

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Jen + Jim – we loved everything about being a part of your S P E C I A L day! Thanks for including Rustic Elegance! We hope married life is nothing short of perfect.

Special shout out to Breanna Bisek Photography for the A M A Z I N G photos!

Vendors:
Venue: Groom’s Parents Home
Catering: Diving Swine
Rentals: Victory Event Rentals
DJ: Instant Request DJ
Florist: Nikki Sailer
Officiant: Duane Harves
Photographer: Breanna Bisek Photography
Desserts: Target Cupcakes
Transportation: Northfield Lines
Bartender: With a Twist
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Angie + Brooks | Outwest Arena

Ok readers – we hope you are in the mood for a S W E E T love story! Angie + Brooks had their wedding reception at the location where they met/both worked – The Outwest Arena! This couple had a W E S T E R N style wedding + we loved every bit of it.

The morning began with the Rustic Elegance team of Lynse, Danielle and Kellie arriving to prep the site for the S P E C I A L day! The wedding party prepared for the day in their respective locations, and took separate pre-ceremony pictures to save their F I R S T – L O O K for their ceremony. Angie’s beloved pony, got to partake in the pre-wedding photos with Shots by Bridge – loved that F U N + special touch. The ladies also sported some cowboy boots with their bridesmaid dresses, while the men opted for jeans, shirts, vests, boots and hats [we loved this casual but dressy combo!]. While the wedding pictures were taken, the Rustic Elegance team worked on creating a western feel in the tent. The couple opted for tons of Rustic Elegance rentals, including: wooden table, burlap + lace table runners, Shepard’s hooks, mason jars, glass votives, lanterns, chalkboard, vintage chairs, etc. The wooden farm tables that they rented were transformed into their G O R G E O U S harvest style head table. The couple also had their saddles and belt buckles on display at the entrance of the reception, which was a C U T E way to add a personal touch.

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The couple had a beautiful ceremony at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, and then hopped in their H A Y W A G O N to be transported to their reception! Guests were able to enjoy rides around the property for the remainder of the night – S O fun. Guests also spent their time playing other yard games – including rope the hay bale calf [Lynse tested it out and was really pretty good at it!]. This Little Piggy provided the dinner service [+ again was awesome as always] which included: BBQ beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn on the cob and fresh sliced watermelon – Y U M! For desserts, the couple opted for root beer floats and an ice cream bar [love this!] and also had some other dessert bars + cookies made by their family. After the couples sweet first dance + father/bride dance, the groom + his mom had the C U T E S T mother son dance, which even included a little 2 – stepping/line dancing!

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Angie + Brooks, we LOVED being a part of your day and will always cherish the fun memories that were made! Being the Day of Coordinator for couples like you two remind us how S W E E T love can be! Thanks for including Rustic Elegance in your wedding day!!

Special shout out to Shots by Bridge for the awesome photos featured on the blog!!

Vendors:
Ceremony: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
Reception: Outwest Arena
Rentals: Ultimate Events
Decor Rentals: Rustic Elegance
Florist: 101 Market and Floral
Photographer: Shots by Bridge
Catering // Desserts: This Little Piggy Catering
Bartending: With a Twist
DJ: Adagio
Coordinator: 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: Jamie Lauren Photography // Draping // Lights by: We’ve Got It Covered

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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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 Photo by: Jeannine Marie Photography // Food by: A’BriTin Catering

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 Photo by: Jeannine Marie Photography //  Bartending: Liquid Motion

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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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 | Planning a Barn Wedding

Planning a wedding can be S T R E S S F U L. There are SO many things to think about – your wedding party, budget, food/beverage, etc. After enjoying some time engaged to your future life partner, one of the first orders of business that every couple will have to decide on is the venue. From hotels, golf courses, event centers, etc., every couple has a venue style that they can envision themselves tying the knot in. One of the latest crazes in the wedding world is getting married in a barn, one that has been transformed into a beautiful wedding venue. At Rustic Elegance, we are fortunate to specialize in backyard, tent, barn, vineyard, and orchard wedding coordination. We love working with these types of venues – which start as a blank canvas but may require more planning then if you held your event at a full-service hotel or restaurant. Being in business for over 5 years, we have come up with our top 10 tips for planning a barn wedding, and we would L O V E to share with you all!

CLIMATE CONTROL
You might not think about this right away, but many barn wedding venues will face the outdoor elements because of the different seasons throughout the year. If you’re planning on getting married in the scorching summer months, you might want to think about adding some fans or renting an AC unit to ensure guests are comfortable. Also confirm with the venue if they have air conditioning as an option – there are a few out there. If you’re planning a fall/winter wedding at a barn, consider having space heaters or renting a blow-in-heating unit, so nobody will have to endure the harsh MN/WI winter during such a heart-warming day!

BACK-UP CEREMONY
Many barn venues have B E A U T I F U L outdoor options for ceremony sites, or a barn that can start as a ceremony site, where your guests are then invited outside for a cocktail hour, and the barn is then transformed into your beautiful reception venue. While outdoor options for ceremonies and cocktails hours are fantastic – there is always the chance of weather getting in the way. When planning a barn wedding, have a back-up plan if utilizing outdoor space. Also, think about who is going to help initiate a back-up plan once you have one, including ensuring guests are dry and safe, and moving any previously set up décor from your outside space indoors.

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POWER
Many barn wedding venues are repurposed older barns, that were decorated and transformed to create a place to make lifelong memories from your special day. With the older barns, there may not be as many sources of power or outlets that you will need. Consider bringing a few extension cords or power strips to ensure that your vendors will have enough power to work.

FLOW OF THE VENUE
Layouts of barn venues/the farmland are very different throughout MN/WI. Some have one barn, some have two, some have bridal suites, some do not. When visiting venues, consider the space and spending your entire day there. If you do decide to use the barn space for both the ceremony and reception, there will have to be a “flip” period, or a time when the venue changes from ceremony layout to reception layout. Also when thinking about utilizing this space, also question who will be flipping it for you – the venue workers, family members, or you could hire a day of coordinator [like us] to take all of it off your hands.

LOCATION, TRAVELING AND HOTEL BOOKINGS
If you are centrally located in the Twin Cities, chances are you will have to travel a little bit into the countryside for your wedding if you choose a barn venue. Also keep in mind that this means your guests will also have to travel, and some may opt to stay in a hotel. Consider booking a block of rooms at a hotel nearby for your guests, and providing a shuttle to and from, to encourage safe travels and further encourage dancing the night away.

DECORATIONS
Barn venues have their own elegance throughout, created by the wooden beams, posts, and rustic décor that the venue has. With the venues permission, you will have the chance to dress up the barn to your D R E A M! A few things to think about when decorating inside the barn:

Centerpieces – If there are going to be doors open at the venue, wind may try to blow away your décor. Think about heavier centerpieces, such as wood logs, heavier flower vases, etc., so that the decorations stay in place! Also, consider who is setting out the centerpieces [florist, family, you, planner, etc.] and who is gathering them at the end of the night.

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Lighting – Barns are typically only lit by a few overhead lights and may be seemingly dim on your initial visit to the space. To brighten the room [as well as everyone’s day], think about adding string lights across the ceiling or a chandelier over the head table, for a dramatic effect.

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Keep it simple – The barns that we have been so fortunate to work with are beautiful on their own with no decorations. Try to concentrate on the true beauty of the barn with light décor, or choose to focus on a focal point in the room.

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DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
All barns have different surroundings. Some may be surrounded by grass and fields, others by dirt paths/roads, etc. Ceremony sites may be all grass, rock, or they may be in the barn itself. Either way, remind yourself and your guests to wear farm or grass friendly attire, especially footwear, for your special day.

EVENT INSURANCE
Some barn venues require extra “event insurance coverage” to host your event at their venue. This is extra event insurance, in case there were anything to go wrong. This may be an added fee to your budget, so it’s something to keep in mind. Check with your venue or planner to verify.

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VENDORS AND DAY OF COORDINATORS
Unlike hotels, event centers, or golf courses, most barn venues do not have an in-house caterer, bartender, or coordinator, which means that you will have to outsource for these vendors. When deciding on vendors to help with you day, it is important to choose vendors that have experience with the outdoor/barn type venues. Some caterers will bring a grill/tent set-up and cook right on site – how A M A Z I N G is this? This set-up ensures food will be freshly made for your guests. Other vendors will bring food already made at their facility and transport it to the barn [not as fresh – but still yummy!] Barn venues may have restrictions on how loud a DJ or band may play, therefore, hire a DJ who has had experience with this type of venue. Also, look for a DJ who has experience with outdoor ceremonies and equipment that can withstand the “wind” noise. When considering your make-up/hair artists, hire someone who can keep your make-up and hair in place despite the weather elements. Last, but not least, hiring someone who is going to capture the magical moments from your day! When hiring a photographer, it is important to hire someone who has had experience with the barn type venue. Lighting can be a challenge and photographing with the elements [heat and rain], can be a tricky. Consider asking your photographer if you can view an entire album from a wedding they have photographed at a barn venue [this way, you know they aren’t showing you just their very best photos]. Hiring vendors with outdoor/barn experience is a must, and will ensure every element of your day will flow smoothly and you won’t have to worry about a thing. Many barn venues will have a list of preferred vendors that they enjoy working with. Think ahead about all the tasks that will need to be completed from start to finish throughout your day, from set-up, greeting vendors and guiding them where to set up, to giving last minute payment to vendors, greeting guests, directing guest traffic etc.

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CLEAN UP
Depending on your venue choice, you may have to clean-up the venue the night of your wedding, and remove all items that you had brought in, including décor, presents/cards, floral, food, etc. Plan for someone to help designate the clean-up effort, so that you aren’t tacked on with any extra clean up fees, or make sure your wedding planning team can take care of it.

BONUS TIP
One more bonus tip because we just have so much to share! When putting together your seating chart, we always recommend assigned seating for your guests, to make their dining experience a G R E A T one! One common mistake we see is that guest names are listed by table number vs. alphabetical order. This layout forces guests to have to look at all the tables/names to find their own. Instead, consider putting guest names in alphabetical order by their last name, to ensure guests can find their tables/names with ease. Also, we recommend using a list/frame type style vs. place cards. At barn venues, the barn doors are usually wide open to let the natural breeze in and this provides the perfect opportunity for fly-away place cards. When deciding on what will be used for your actual table numbers, consider something large enough to be seen from a distance, and something that is stable against the elements as well [have these placed on the table facing the door that guests will be entering from].

We’ve seen some extremely remarkable weddings at stunning barn venues across MN/WI, and have had the chance to work with some pretty amazing couples! We feel so grateful every day to be doing something that we love and feel so passionate about. We hope that our barn wedding tips have helped you consider how great it is to have a wedding at a barn venue, and that you also consider Rustic Elegance to help coordinate your special day! Day of Coordinator, Tips + Tricks, Planning a Barn Wedding_0409.jpgPhoto by: Asher Marie Photography

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Abby + Casey | Rolling Ridge

W O W – we are still so in love with Abby + Casey’s special day this past fall. Fall weddings are some of our favorites, because the leaves are B E A U T I F U L at all of the venues that we go to!

While the ladies prepped for the day ahead, the Rustic Elegance team of Kierra, Kristin + Kellie showed up to Rolling Ridge Barn ready to roll [at Rolling Ridge – see what we did there?]. We A D O R E this beautiful barn space, almost as much as we love the owners, Randy + Nancy. They are S O easy to work with, and very sweet. Short Stop Catering was also a dream to work with – we loved collaborating with them to make sure that everything was prepped and ready for the guest arrivals.

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The decor from this wedding was A M A Z I N G! They had a fun and unique guest book – guests signed postcards and placed them in a suitcase [that just happened to be Abby’s Great-Grandparents H O N E Y M O O N suitcase – how adorable is that?!]. This couple rented the display hutch and buffet table from Rustic Elegance and it looked perfect. Abby’s brother made this super F U N photo booth backdrop – there were holes to put your face through  [adorable]. Luckily, Guytano Magno Photography captured some G R E A T shots from this!

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The ceremony was a beautiful outdoor ceremony situated on the foundation of the old barn. Abby’s dad sang and played a special song for the [even more] S P E C I A L couple, and it brought many tears to the eyes of guests. As a surprise for the couple, the parents hired a “live painter” who painted their ceremony – it was one S W E E T wedding gift!

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Post ceremony, guests were treated to a cocktail hour and appetizers. Short Stop Catering even provided an ice sculpture [so C O O L!]. After dinner, Abby + Casey started out the night with their first dance to “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” by Bob Dylan. Since the weather was P E R F E C T, they were able to do their first dance outside on the patio! The Brian Kinney Band kept all of the guests engaged all night long – the dance floor was P A C K E D.

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Abby + Casey were so kind to donate their flowers after the wedding, and the Rustic Elegance team brought them to a senior center the following day. We L O V E D being able to put the smile on their faces.

To the happy couple – thank Y O U for including Rustic Elegance in your beautiful day. The memories that were made are U N F O R G E T T A B L E, and we are so happy for you both.

Special shout out to Guytano Magno for sharing these A M A Z I N G photos with us to feature on our blog!

Vendors:
Venue: Rolling Ridge Weddings & Event Center
Food // Bar // Desserts: Short Stop Catering
Rentals: Rustic Elegance
DJ // Band: Brian Kinney Band
Ceremony Music: L’unica Quartet
Florist: Floral Arts
Photographer // Photo Booth: Guytano Magno
Transportation: Executive Express
Hair // Make-up: SM Makeup Inc
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Nicole + Dan | Bloom Lake Barn

At Rustic Elegance, we work with couples across MN & WI to help their weddings run smoothly and so that they don’t have to worry about the details, and get to E N J O Y their perfect day [no matter what comes in the way]. Nicole + Dan were nothing less than an amazing couple, and were equally great to work with. Kellie was the lead planner for Nicole + Dan, and knew from her first meeting with these two lovebirds that she was going to love working with them.

The wedding was at Bloom Lake Barn & we absolutely L O V E this venue. Adam & Monique are so easy to work with and we had four weddings in our 2017 wedding season at this venue, all which ran perfectly. We would highly recommend this venue to any couple looking for a barn venue.

As the girls were preparing for the wedding, Nicole and her girlfriends got henna tattoos for the day [which led to A M A Z I N G photos]. 5.28.17 was a day where we weren’t sure exactly what mother nature was thinking. We started their ceremony outside, but it started raining in the middle of their ceremony, so we I M M E D I A T E L Y implicated our backup plan and moved the ceremony indoors. This move created such a thrilling experience for all involved [us included] and created an intimate ceremony unlike any other wedding. Their grand entrance into the reception was led by a drum line [what a fun way to enter as Mr. & Mrs.!]. The guy friends along with the bride & groom entered into the room and met up with the girl friends who were in the middle of the room, and then did a fun group dance while the other guests watched. This was a super cool way to enter and brought some F U N energy into the reception to start off the night.

Nicole + Dan: T H A N K – Y O U from the bottom of our hearts here at Rustic Elegance for giving us the opportunity to work with such an amazing and fun-loving couple like you two as your Day of Coordinator! We are so thankful to work with clients like you, and hope that your life as newlyweds is nothing short of A M A Z I N G.

H U G E shout-out to Tim Larsen Photography for sharing these amazing memories with us and capturing it all on camera!

Vendors:
Venue: Bloom Lake Barn
Caterer & Bartender: Unique Dining Experience
DJ: Transmission Music
Florist: Ivy Rose Design
Photographer: Tim Larsen Photography
Videographer: Alma Video
Desserts: Muddy Paws Cheesecake
Makeup: Makeup by Aleah
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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All smiles with these two – we just L O V E the love they have for one another!
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Having fun pre-ceremony with their friends made for some more smiles + C U T E photos!
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Kellie even snagged a picture with the B R I D E [so cute!].
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The details from this day were simple + so E L E G A N T!
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U H – O H! The rain decided to make it’s way to Bloom Lake Barn in the middle of the ceremony – the couple along with the help of friends + family helped move the ceremony inside!
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Now – time to finish the ceremony I N S I D E [rain, rain, go away!].
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M A R R I E D + loving it!
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More of the G O R G E O U S details from the day…
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First dance as newlyweds – L O V I N G it every step of the way!
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You two are A D O R A B L E – and we adored working with you!
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