You know that your photographer will document the most important moments and details of your wedding, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to relive the big day through the eyes of your guests. The very best way to do that is with a social media hashtag, which allows you to easily gather photos taken by family and friends. Martha Stewart Weddings has gathered five ideas that will get your guests excited to use your #hashtag throughout the ceremony and reception.
There are few events with quite as many traditions as a wedding, but that doesn't mean you can't still make the day your own. If you're looking to plan a wedding with a classic structure but modern edge, know that you're not alone. Whether they're trying to appease older generations of family members who have strong opinions on what a wedding looks like or want to follow traditions they love but ditch others that don't work for them, plenty of couples are searching for ways to bring their big days into the 21st century. Here is a list of amazing tips straight from the wedding experts rounded up by Martha Stewart Weddings. PS: #12 is from our founder, Amy Nichols!!
Ready to relax with your ladies before "I Do"? If you'd prefer total relaxation to nightclubs and sunshine to casinos, sip back and relax at one of these Wine Country retreats rounded up by Martha Stewart Weddings.
Nanette and Alex's gorgeous wedding day was recently featured over on the 7x7 blog. Click here to browse the beautiful day!
"If you follow San Francisco–based @nantuck3t on Instagram (with 50,000 followers, it's likely you do), you would expect that the wedding of the photographer and social media maven, aka Nanette Wong, would be all flowers and pastel hues with DIY romance. And you'd be right. When Wong married her sweetheart, Alex Lai, in November of last year, her celebration, held at Deer Park Villa in Fairfax, was worthy of a wood nymph."
From custom welcome boxes to a special first dance, we love when couples infuse their backgrounds into their big day. Your wedding is a day that celebrates your love...that's right, YOUR love, your unique, special, one-of-a-kind love, so let your wedding details show that off! Instead of hosting your loved ones for a party, take them on a journey of your story and share all of your favorite things with all of your favorite people. Click to read the full article from Inside Weddings.
Your wedding invitation is so much more than a piece of paper displaying the date, time, and location. It can truly showcase your wedding style. In this great article from Martha Stewart Weddings, you'll find examples of invitation styles and wording for each pairing.
Are you planning a wedding in a different city from the one you live? Whether you’re having a hometown celebration or destination wedding, you’ll find that planning your nuptials from out of town adds an extra layer of difficulty. Of course, if the location is meaningful to you, it will probably be worth it in the end. Determining how to tackle this planning challenge will largely depend on your means, schedule, and the cooperation of your loved ones. With careful organization, you can have the wedding of your dreams, distance notwithstanding. Click to read the full article from Inside Weddings for some great tips. Or just contact The Poppy Group today for that final push at the finish line!
You've hired a great team and everything is going swimmingly until one of your vendors tells you they can't make your dream a reality. This is a more common dilemma than you might think, and it's a moment that's worth stepping back from and assessing the advice you're receiving. In this great article from Martha Stewart Weddings, they talk through what to do when a vendor is advising you against something you really want.
Did you miss Dani and Taylor's stunning affair that was published on Wedding Chicks? Click here to browse their beautiful day! We’re talking sparkle, flowers, and gold gilded details everywhere! They even had a fog machine for their first dance, does it get more romantic than that?
Taylor passed by Danielle's house every day and had such a crush on her. One day he left his phone number in her mailbox and the rest is history. As a special event florist herself, Danielle felt the flowers and decor were one of the best ways she could tell their love story to their guests, as Taylor had helped Dani over the years with building her business.
Head on over to the link to read more about this real-life fairytale!
Coordinator: The Poppy Group
Photographer: Michelle Walker
Florist, Designer, Stylist: Amy Burke Designs
Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Cake: Elegant Cheese Cakes
Videographer: Weddings on Film
Hair + Makeup: Wow Pretty
A really large wedding party can be fun-filled or full of trouble. If you’re not sure whether you want to spread the love or keep things intimate, this pros and cons list for having a large wedding party from Inside Weddings may help you make your decision.
Regardless of how long you've been married, your anniversary is an occasion to celebrate. Whether it's one year of wedded bliss or a decade of holy matrimony, your spouse will truly love a gift that shows how much you care. If you want a helpful list, click here to check out Martha Stewart's slideshow on traditional and modern gifts year by year.
The cocktail hour is such an important part of tying together the main events of your wedding day. It is all about allowing guests to mix, mingle, and relax. Not only will it tide your guests over until the reception dinner, but it helps everyone transition from ceremony mode to party mode. All it takes is a little creativity, a little thoughtfulness, and these tips to create an experience you and your guests will love. Click Here to Read 8 Tips for a Killer Cocktail Hour...
One of our co-founders, Amy Nichols was recently highlighted by Brides.com as The Best Wedding Planner in San Francisco!!! Her company, Amy Nichols Special Events, along with The Poppy Group received a shout out along with the best of the best in the Bay Area! Click here to read the entire article.
Our very own Amy Nichols (co-founder of The Poppy Group and owner of Amy Nichols Special Events) was recently quoted on Brides.com for a great article about ways to make your single guests feel included when your venue or budget can't accommodate plus ones! "'Don't relegate your single friends to a table that’s made up of all single people they’ve never met,” says Amy Nichols of Amy Nichols Special Events and Thumbtack Pro. Whether you serve the dinner plated or from unique food stations, seat single friends with others they may know or have heard about. “If you have a single friend from college, seat her with other friends she knows from school, regardless of whether those friends are also married or part of a couple,” says Nichols." Click here to read the rest of the tips!
Are you wanting to plan a bridal shower, but aren't sure where to start? We found a great article for you! In this article from Martha Stewart Weddings, they are sharing one-of-a-kind bridal shower themes, that your bride will love! In the article they say that the planning can get easier, "Fortunately, coordinating the perfect bridal shower is made infinitely easier when you have one very important item picked out ahead of time: Your bridal shower theme." Click here to read the full article!
Are you looking for a fun way to make your table numbers stand out? In this article from Brides.com they are showing 7 ways to use vase centerpieces for your table numbers. The sea glass vase above is beautiful, what a neat idea! In the article they say, "Table numbers are an essential reception element: They are usually displayed at the center of each table to help guests locate their assigned seat. But you don't have to stick to standard table-number cards. Instead, you should use them as an opportunity to express your personalities and wedding style." Click here to read all 7 of the ideas.
We're so pleased that Lidia and Justin's wedding has been featured on Knotsvilla! This wedding was held at Cornerstone Sonoma, a beautiful winery in the valley. Her girls wore pastel shades that blended with the setting so gorgeously. Their beautiful photos show off all of the heartfelt details Lidia and Justin incorporated in their special day. The wood signs with gorgeous calligraphy and those incredible, handwritten table runners captured the love of the day so perfectly! Click here to see the feature!
Photography: D. Lillian Photography | Ceremony Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma | Reception Venue: Cornerstone Sonoma | Day-of Coordination: The Poppy Group | Rentals: Encore Event Rentals | Hair: Hair and Makeup Artistry by LiAnn | Makeup: Hair and Makeup Artistry by LiAnn | Catering: Sage Catering Co. | DJ: Denon & Doyle | Calligraphy: Fine Lines Calligraphy + Designs | Photo Booth: A Flying Camera | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Groom’s Attire: Hall Madden
Balloons can be an event staple! Not only can they be dressed up, they are also kid friendly too. In this article from Martha Stewart Weddings, they are sharing 24 ways to use balloons at your wedding. Here are just a few ways you can use balloons, "If you want to use balloons as an accent, tie them to signage or to mark certain spaces, like the guestbook, gift, or head table. To make them a major part of your décor, consider creating a balloon wall or arch. Spruce up the standard style by filling them with confetti or purchasing them in unique patterns." Read the full article here.