Chelsea + Brandon | Hewing Hotel

Chelsea + Brandon had the most beautiful Sunday morning brunch wedding, hosted at the Hewing Hotel! Kellie loved meeting with Chelsea leading up to the big day – she had such a vision and we absolutely loved helping that turn into a reality!Day of Coordinator, Hewing Hotel, Chelsea + Brandon_1528.jpg

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The ceremony/reception were hosted in the same room. Lead planner Kellie + assistant Kierra were there to help set up decor and make sure the day ran smooth. The ceremony set up was simple and elegant, featuring gold chiavari chairs from Apres, and arch/draping done by Apres as well. The draping also featured G O R G E O U S greenery from Thistle and Bloom. Large lanterns lined the ceremony aisles. The entrance of the ceremony had Rustic Elegance crates, and our easel with the couple’s beautiful welcome sign. The wedding party was small, having just a Maid of Honor and Best Man, and their cute little flower girls and ring bearers [even one in a W A G O N]. The ceremony was sweet, and featured a very U N I Q U E unity symbol – combining glass pieces during the ceremony and which will melted together post wedding.

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After the ceremony, the room was flipped by the Hewing staff, Rustic Elegance duo, and Kelly from Thistle and Bloom! The table decor consisted of greens, lanterns, and votives. The dessert display was one for the books – A M A Z I N G! They had a large display of different donuts, with a large donut for “cake-cutting” by the bride and groom, all from Angel Food Bakery. Breakfast was provided by the Hewing and consisted of a delicious buffet, including many gourmet breakfast food options. The couple was seated at a sweetheart table with a blush, sequin linen from Apres, and lots of gorgeous florals. After breakfast was served, guests enjoyed a photobooth that produced tons of fun photo memories.

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Special shout out to Alex Maxwell Photography for sharing these photos with us of their beautiful day!

Chelsea + Brandon – Thank you so much or including Rustic Elegance in your special day!! We hope that married life is perfect and wish you the very best!

VENDORS
Venue, Catering & Bartending: Hewing Hotel
Rentals: Rustic Elegance and Apres
DJ: Preenon Huq
Florist: Thistle & Bloom
Officiant: Bri Adams
Photographer: Alex Maxwell Photography
Videographer: PranaLens
Photobooth: Studio Veil
Desserts: Angel Food Bakery
Hair: Christina Johnston
Make-Up: Jett Make-Up
Dress: Annika Bridal
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Ally + Ryan | Redeemed Farm

Planning with Ally was oh S O fun! Lead planner Kellie loved her meetings with the bride and her mom to prep for the big day at Redeemed Farm. Being one of our F A V venues for a multitude of reasons, we were so E X C I T E D for this wedding at the farm! The couple was so personable and had many cute and unique touches throughout their wedding.

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The ladies prepped for the day in the amazing onsite bridal suite with Hair by Heidi and makeup with Paisley Jai. Meanwhile the Rustic Elegance team of Kellie + Kristin placed the perfectly picked out decor all over the farm. The table numbers the couple decided on were labeled as places that they had traveled to instead of the traditional numbers-so fun! Their guest book was absolutely A D O R A B L E – they used quilt squares for guests to sign that the bride’s mom would later sew into a quilt for the newlyweds. After hair and make-up and stepping into her wedding gown, Ally was ready for photos, and did a sweet first look with her dad before doing one with Ryan – both so adorable!

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Finally, it was time for the ceremony. Their ceremony took place in the top or hayloft at Redeemed Farm. Pristine Floral decorated the arch with flowers and added greenery to the aisle chairs. As guests entered, they were given a rock to be used later in the ceremony for their unity symbol. The couple collected the rocks and also put a rock carain together as their symbol. Ally’s twin sister Emily did a meditation/speed painting during the ceremony that was such a fun personalized touch to the ceremony. The bride’s great aunt married the couple, and they exited the ceremony with guests blowing bubbles at the new Mr. and Mrs!

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Cocktail hour was hosted in the machine shed, with easy listening music by the couple’s friend Maz. Guests enjoyed yard games which were spread throughout the beautiful grounds (that are provided by Redeemed). During cocktail hour, the guests were able to pick up a personalized note that was written for each of their guests at the wedding (even Rustic Elegance had one) – we loved how personal this was! They had passed appetizers during the cocktail hour, and while guests enjoyed this, the Redeemed Farm staff flipped the upstairs into the dance floor. The owners of Redeemed Farm Jeff & Julie are such W O N D E R F U L people, and we seriously love working with them!

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Guests gathered in the lower level of the barn to enjoy the dinner prepared by Marna’s Catering. The couple had gorgeous decorated guest tables, complete with kid’s activities in mason jars for their little guests. During dinner, the couple did the “Mission Impossible” challenge and went from table to table while the Mission Impossible theme song played so they could get a photo with each guest table – such a F U N idea and nice way to see everyone! Ally’s twin sister Emily prepared a little fun song for her Maid of Honor speech which was so fun! Nothing Bundt Cakes were set up on top of Rustic Elegance dessert stands for a little sweet treat. Guests also enjoyed s’mores out by the fire. Then it was time for dancing! Adagio got the evening started with the couple’s first dance – a Tango! After that, guests danced the night away as did the happy couple.

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Ally & Ryan, we hope that married life is A M A Z I N G & that you are enjoying every minute of it. Shout out to Chris and Kristy Photography for the capturing these fantastic pics and thanks for sharing them with us, and Jasper Meddock for the fantastic highlight video!

VENDORS:
Venue: Redeemed Farm
Catering: Marna’s Catering
Bartending: Liquid Motion
DJ: Adagio
Florist: Pristine Floral
Photographer: Chris and Kristy Photography
Videography: Jasper Meddock Productions
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cake
Hair: 139 Hair by Heidi
Make-Up: Paisley Jai
Dress: Effie’s Bridal
Coordination: Rustic Elegance

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Megan + David | Bloom Lake Barn

Megan + David were such a fun couple to get to know throughout the planning process! Lead planner Kellie loved working with Megan and learning about all her decor ideas. Megan and her now mother-in-law partake in a pop-up shop with A M A Z I N G rustic decor, so being experts in this area, they had lots of great ideas – so F U N! After much planning and prepping, the day arrived in no time!

This sweet couple had their wedding at Bloom Lake Barn, which we L O V E being at and working with their amazing owners [they R O C K!]. Rustic Elegance arrived early to prep & place the decor brought in, which included so many cute details. One of these details included a ladder which was hung above the head table and had S T U N N I N G lights hanging from it, greenery was also added by the florist – one of our F A V decor elements of the day! While Rustic Elegance worked quickly to get everything set for the day, the ladies prepped in the bridal suite while Kelly Birch Photography snapped some great photos of them. Later, the guys arrived and hung out in the air conditioned groom’s room at the barn before the ceremony started.

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Although it was a hot day, the couple had a B E A U T I F U L ceremony outside, followed by cocktail hour on the lower level/outside of the barn. During cocktail hour, the wedding party slipped away and headed to town in a party bus for some additional celebrating! After the G R A N D entrance, it was time for a yummy dinner provided by Unique Dining Experience, followed by dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes. These sweet cakes were displayed on Bloom Lake Barn’s wood farm table with a variety of mismatched dessert stands – L O V E this! After dinner and desserts, Rustic Elegance helped flip part the barn and transformed into a dance floor, ready for all to dance the night away.

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Megan + David – we loved working with you to create your M A G I C A L wedding day. We hope that married life is treating you well & can’t wait to follow your love story. Shout out to Kelly Birch Photography for the fantastic photos used in the blog!

Venue: Bloom Lake Barn
Catering + Bar: Unique Dining Experience
DJ: Music Mix Entertainment
Florist: Fresh Cut Florals
Officiant: Steve Swain
Photographer: Kelly Birch Photography
Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Transportation: DJ Party Bus
Hair: Lemon Water Salon
Makeup: Emile Ann Makeup Artistry
Dress: Bella Bridal Boutique
Coordinating: Rustic Elegance

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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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Tips + Tricks | Different Types of Wedding Planners

In the world of weddings, there are many different types of planners that can be hired to assist with your special day! Not to mention many different types of planning packages. In order to better understand the world of planners, we decided to write a T I P S + T R I C K S article on the different types of options out there!

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FULL SERVICE WEDDING PLANNING
A full service wedding planner usually coordinates and plans all aspects of the day, down to the tiniest details. Communication during the planning process can begin as soon as you get engaged and normally will include unlimited communication. A Full Service Wedding Planner will help create the wedding concept and offer overall design assistance. They will book and communicate with all vendors (venue, caterer, officiant, photographer, videographer, DJ, florist, beauty, desserts, transportation etc.) and they may even attend these vendor meetings and help keep track of when payments are due. They will also offer assistance in keeping on point with the budget. This type of planner may assist in ordering invitations and keeping track of your RSVP’s. They also usually perform all the tasks listed under the Day of Coordinator as well (see below). Of course, A L L companies will vary in the services/packages that they offer, but normally this is a “fully loaded” package, which includes everything you can think of.
Who should  hire a Full Service Wedding Planner:
This might be a good option for someone who lives in a different state/location from where the wedding will be held. A Full Service Wedding Planner package could also be a good option for someone who wants a perfectly planned wedding, but doesn’t have the time, interest or know where to start with planning.
Cost Range: $5,000+

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DAY OF COORDINATOR/PACKAGE
There is actually no such thing as just a “Day Of Coordinator”. Although many planners use the title “Day of Coordinator” when describing their services, they are really more like “month-of planners”. Communication with a Day of Coordinator, will usually begin about 30 days before the wedding date. Most of the details will be planned out already and the planners main focus is on executing the details you have set in place. They will help create a timeline of the days events, and execute this timeline to ensure everything runs as planned. They will lead the rehearsal and help make sure the ceremony runs F L A W L E S S L Y. They will act as the point of contact on the wedding day for vendors, guests and the wedding party. They can also help with any last minute problems that arise, setting up decor, pinning on boutonnières and corsages, handing out gratuities and final payments etc. A Day of Coordinator may also help with clean-up at the end of the night (although this may incur an additional cost). Their main focus is making sure the day runs smoothly so that you and your family can enjoy every M I N U T E.
Who should hire a Day Of Coordinator:
To be C O M P L E T E L Y honest, we think everyone getting married should hire a Day Of Coordinator. There is S O much time and money is spent on the wedding day, and we believe that every couple + their family should be able to enjoy the day in low-stress. It is a huge help to have one contact person on site, who knows all the moving parts and can ensure everything goes according to the master plan. Most importantly, hiring a Day Of Coordinator lets the couple and family enjoy the entire wedding without getting bogged down with planning details and questions. Let the planner handle this so more time can be spent with guests.
Cost Range: $1,250-$2,500

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DECORATORS + STYLISTS
Not to be confused with wedding planners, but usually are, decorators and stylists are there to help you envision the space on your special day. They can offer in depth help with choosing the style, color pallette, decorations, and overall feel of the wedding day. This type of planner can often come in and set up the morning of your wedding, but isn’t a logistical planner that will execute the wedding timeline and details. They are more focused on making things P R E T T Y.
Who should hire a Decorator or Stylist:
Consider hiring a Decorator or Stylist if you are short on time, have no idea how to decorate your house let alone your entire wedding or if you would like to incorporate new, fresh and creative ideas into your day but are not sure how to do it. Also, you may want your wedding to look A M A Z I N G, but really have no interest in figuring out how to do this – these would be your people.
Cost Range:
Price varies on how involved you would like them to be. They can charge per hour or by one lump sum. $350-$2,000

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VENUE COORDINATORS
A venue coordinator is employed by the venue to assist in the big picture details of the ceremony/reception location. The Venue Coordinator will most likely be the main contact when booking the venue and will offer help with general questions about the layout, room flips, food and beverage menu, timing and decor restrictions, etc. Being the expert at this specific venue, most of their focus will be on venue related questions. They most likely do not help with decor ideas, set up, timeline, rehearsals, clean up etc. Venue Coordinators usually do not cost extra and for most “traditional” venues will be included in your price (we say “traditional venues”meaning hotels, golf course, country clubs etc. Most barn or rustic venues do not include a Venue Coordinator – even better reason to hire a Day of Coordinator).

As you can see, there are P L E N T Y of different types of wedding planners and packages out there. These are the most commonly used terms to describe planners, although we at Rustic Elegance don’t fit perfectly into just O N E of these categories. We like to think of ourselves as a crossover between Full Planning, Day of Planning and Decorator. We have picked the most helpful parts of each package and put them into one. If we had to label ourselves, we might be considered Logistical Coordinators. We help with everything listed in the Day of Planner Package, but can also start working with you right from the moment you get engaged and want to make sure the final outcome is decorated to fit you! We specialize in tent, barns and backyard weddings, digging deep into the logistical aspects for wedding day. We also act as the “host” on the day so you, your family and friends can enjoy every minute of your special day. Ask about our detailed price list for more info on how we can assist with the logistics of your day!

Since you have read this far, you must be considering hiring a planner, We recommend doing your research on what different companies include in their packages, as many packages can differ within the same planner type. We D E F I N I T E L Y know how stressful wedding planning can be, and hope this helps when debating on which type of wedding planner is right for you!

Special thanks to Jeannine Marie Photography for the photos used in this blog post!

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Chistine + Jeremy | Backyard Wedding

Christine + Jeremy had the sweetest backyard tent wedding and we had to throw it back to touch on this one. The Rustic Elegance team of Kellie and Danielle started setting up for the day featuring Rustic Elegance rented farm tables, benches, and our cute W O O D bar. As Rustic Elegance prepped, so did the wedding party – with the ladies + gents getting ready in their separate spaces. The bride R O C K E D some super cute cowboy boots – which we were O B S E S S E D with. The wedding party consisted of the couples 2 daughters and 3 sons and made for the C U T E S T pictures by kolorblind Photography. It was then time for their intimate ceremony, featuring a smaller group setting with only family. The day was G O R G E O U S – bright and sunny and perfect for a wedding.

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Christine + Jeremy opted for an open house style reception, featuring drinks poured by With a Twist, and wood fire grilled pizzas for dinner [S O – F U N] from Red Rover Pizza. They grilled the pizzas right on-site and even tossed the pizza dough up in the air, not skipping a beat, as guests were W O W E D. Since the bride and groom are “horse people”, they were creative with their guest book, and incorporated a old saddle for people to sign. While guests continued to mingle, DJ Skoolz kept the tunes playing and the dance floor full of energy! Guests enjoyed the laid back feel of the night and celebrating the love of Christine + Jeremy.

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We absolutely adored being a part of Christine + Jeremy’s day, and wish them the best in their married life endeavors! Huge shout out to kolorblind Photography for sharing pictures with us from their special day.

VENDORS
Venue: Backyard in Plymouth, MN
Rentals: Ultimate Events
Florist: Costco Floral
DJ: DJ Skoolz
Bartender: With a Twist
Photographer: kolorblind Photography
Officiant: Fred Henderson
Catering: Red Rover Pizza
Coordination and Decor: Rustic Elegance

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Tips + Tricks | Guest Book Ideas

The day of your wedding can F L Y by. There is so much to do, so many people to talk to, and so much to enjoy, all wrapped up into a small amount of time. One way to ensure that you remember your special day forever [even though we already know you will never forget marrying your B E S T friend], as well as involve your guests in your day, is by having a guest book to capture the “day of” memories. Historically, wedding guest books were simple books with blank pages for guests to sign a note of well wishes for the newlyweds. Throughout our time as wedding coordinators, we have seen lots of C R E A T I V E guest book options that stray away from this tradition, and make it a little more E X C I T I N G. We thought we could put this all into a TIPS & TRICKS article for our favorite people!

WOODEN TREASURES
Jumbo J E N G A: First of all, who doesn’t love Jenga? With the latest craze of “jumbo” size yard games, we’ve had a few previous couples [Anne + John & Amy + Sas] who had their guests sign a note to the bride & groom on each piece of their game. Now, whenever they play Jumbo Jenga, they are reminded of their special day, and the people that celebrated with them!

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Shadow box [with wooden pieces]: Shadow boxes are another C U T E way to get your guests involved. A few of our couples have used a shadow box with a small hole in the top, and little wooden circles [Emily + Kyle], or hearts [Amy + Kevin], for guests to sign, and then place in the shadow box. This keepsake would look G R E A T anywhere in your home.

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Letter at Last: Now that you & your partner [most likely] share the same last name, another F U N idea is to purchase or create a wooden letter with the first letter of your new last name, and have your guests sign it. That way, you can use it as a decoration in your home, and always know that you are surrounded by the L O V E of all your wedding guests for years to come.

S P E C I A L State: Whether it’s the state you are married in, or the state you’re living in, another idea for a guest book is to have a wooden cutout of the state of your choice. We had a couple do this [Rachel + Brad], and it turned out B E A U T I F U L L Y.

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Decorative wooden sign: Purchase or craft a wooden sign with your favorite custom quote, and have your guests sign a note on your it. Maggie + Corey decided to do this, and the finished product was nothing short of A M A Z I N G.

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ANNIVERSARY IDEAS
Let’s W I N E about it: Do you and your partner love wine? If you answered yes, this guest book idea is P E R F E C T for you! Purchase some wine bottles, and update with cute labels for your 1 year, 5 year, 10 year, etc., anniversaries [you can find A D O R A B L E ones on Etsy] that guests can sign. We had a couple do this [Kristina + Derek] and guests could not stop commenting on what a fun way it was to celebrate the anniversaries to come!

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S I M P L E, but perfect: Add a mason jar with popsicle sticks for guests to sign a note on. Have a sign next to the mason jar explaining to guests that you and your new partner plan to read these sticks on your first anniversary, and cherish them for years beyond.

PHOTOS TO CHERISH

Photobooth B O O K [of memories]: If you have a photobooth at your wedding, opt to have the machine print out T W O copies, and have a blank guest book where guests can paste in their photobooth memories and sign a fun note to the happy couple.

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Oh S N A P! [Polaroid Cameras] – Have a few Polaroid cameras on a table, along with a blank guest book. You can have guests paste their snaps into the guest book, along with a note that you will cherish forever. If you wanted to enhance this photo station, consider adding a rustic frame with string and clothespins [hey – Rustic Elegance has one to rent!]. We had a couple [Andy + Stephanie] use polaroid cameras, and we are sure that those memories are still F U N to look at!

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MAKE IT YOUR OWN
Hobby Decor: If there’s something love to do as a couple, try to incorporate that into a fun guest book idea. For example, we had an A M A Z I N G couple [Kate + Nick] who love to kayak, so they decided to find small paddles and have their guests sign the paddles [what a F U N keepsake!].

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W A N D E R L U S T: If you love to travel, think about having your guests sign a globe. We haven’t seen a couple do this, but thought it would be a U N I Q U E idea for anyone with the itch to explore the world. You could even pair it with a cute sign saying “You mean the W O R L D to us!” [punny, we know!].

Quit H O R S I N’ Around: Do you have a love for animals like Christine + Jeremy? This C R E A T I V E couple decided to have guests sign a saddle, to further embellish their love for horses [& we loved how special it was to them].

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OTHER NOTABLE IDEAS:
F A M I L Y First: Another idea that we have seen from a few couples [Kailee + Derek & Katie + Danial] is having guests stamp their thumbprint on a family/friend tree! This is another keepsake that would make for G R E A T home decor, and memories for a lifetime.

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P I C T U R E S Q U E paintings: If you and your partner love art, or are looking for something different from the rest, consider providing a painting of something special to you, and having your guests sign it. Amy + Sas did this with a picture of the barn they were married in, so they won’t ever forget the place where two became O N E. Mel + Chris also opted to have guests sign a cartoon picture of them [& their adorable pup] that will look G R E A T in their home.

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Staying C O Z Y [& warm]: As we work with couples in MN/WI with G R U E L I N G winters, Lauren + Drew opted to have guests sign quilt squares that would be made into a wedding quilt for them to use [how adorable is this?!]. We are sure that it still keeps them warm in their hearts too!

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Guest books are a F U N + M E M O R A B L E keepsake to revisit the details from your special day for the rest of your lives. As a couple planning your wedding, choose something that shows your personality, and have your guests add their special touch. We absolutely adore all of the creative ideas that we have seen throughout the years at Rustic Elegance, and continue to be A M A Z E D by our couples and what they come up with each time.