Even though spring and summer weddings are fresh on our mind, right around the corner is the cooler weather, changing leaves, and gorgeous fall weddings, rich with color and texture. Check out our sophisticated, chic and urban wedding at Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta last fall.
Stephanie and Nick wanted an affair as fun as they are, and their venue – Sweetwater Brewery – definitely delivered. Our couple fell in love with this space for its ambiance, attitude and, well, alcohol! Sweetwater Brewery produces famous beer and offers it to your guests included with the price. Their industrial, hip atmosphere is unmatched and really fit not only the bride and groom’s taste, but was a great match for their guests as well.
So how do you make a brewery look like a wedding? We were able to fit the ceremony in the Reel Room, off the main reception site, by setting it in the round. We brought in drapery for enhancement and set rose petals along the aisle.
Stephanie and Nick did not want the traditional sweetheart table, so we used the bar!
When you get married in a working factory, you can get really neat behind-the-scenes pictures. Check out these from the giant freezer and back of house where they produce their signature beer.
Stephanie and Nick designed signature glasses for their guest favors – and to keep the libations flowing at their fun-filled reception!
When considering your wedding venue, make sure to think about some working, industrial sites. They can add a tone of character and attitude for your wedding. And sometimes, they include free beer!
Photography: George Street Photography
Floral and Design: A Divine Event – Diane Park
Drapery: Event Drapery – Marina Miller
Venue: Sweetwater Brewery
Wedding Planner: Katie B Weddings
Katie B Weddings is a day-of management and partial planning company in the Atlanta, Georgia area. We work to provide the modern, DIY couple guidance and support as they execute the vision for their Big Day. Find us online at www.katiebweddings.com or www.facebook.com/katiebweddings. Follow us on Twitter! @katiebweddings or Instagram @katiebweddings or Pinterest @katiebweddings
Welcome to our May Blog Hop! Get ready for some great ideas, inspiration and how to as you move along through the blog hop.
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Cindy Clearwater at Something Blue Virgin Islands on Natalie’s Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.
One major way to make your wedding simple, elegant, and fabulous is to have detailed surprises throughout your wedding and wedding-related events to dazzle your guests! I’ve included a few ideas for you to use some beautiful details in your wedding plans.
1. Your Wedding Brand:
You can hire a graphic designer, find beautiful creations on Etsy or choose from a vast number of other businesses to create an incredible design for your wedding. This can be a variety of fantastic designs. For example, a funky pineapple (hospitality), peach or cotton (southern or Georgia wedding), or it can be as simple as incorporating your initial or monogram in a creative way. If you want something very traditional, monograms are always an excellent choice and many stationers offer a beautiful selection so that you do not have to fork out the expense of a graphic designer, if that’s not in the budget.
You can use your wedding brand in so many wonderful ways: Stationery, save-the- dates, invitations, thank-you notes, welcome notes, weekend itineraries, napkins, favors, menus, place cards, your guest book (or other guest sign in), send-off signage, animated lighting (on your dance floor, side of a building, tent), and cake “jewelry.”
Or if your look is like this wedding, you don’t have to have a specific brand. Just stay in keeping with the tone or theme you want to have underlying all events of the big day … or weekend!
Making your wedding as personalized and informative as possible can be much easier than you may imagine. Just get organized from the beginning when you have made your selections. All of your stationery should include your theme (color, tone and formality), starting with the very first printed mailing your guests receive (save-the-date or invitation) if you want to have a look that’s polished, pulled together and full of lovely details.
It’s also a nice touch to include a wedding invitation that contains all events of the weekend (if everyone is invited to all events, or specify the packet to only those invited to particular events). This way, your invitation tells more of a story of the weekend. Your guests will be delighted!
3. Welcome Baskets and Bags:
There’s no nicer way to greet your guests as they arrive from travel than to present them with a beautiful basket or bag filled with treats. Also, make sure to include a personalized note and weekend itinerary and/or suggested shops, restaurants, sites and activities to enjoy.
4. Menu, Number Cards and Place Cards:
If you’re hosting a seated dinner or buffet with assigned seats, it’s always a nice touch to include personalized menu cards that also serve as a place card. This way they not only know where to be seated, but also what they’re about to enjoy for dinner festivities.
5. Thank-you Notes:
Always tie your thank-you notes into your overall wedding theme to make sure that the last thing a guest receives from your wedding (usually after the occasion) reminds them of how extraordinary and fabulous it was.
6. Well wishes:
Guests love writing you beautiful notes of wishes or congratulations, so why not offer cards (even slivers of left-over paper from other printings) for your guests to write you personal messages and include in your wedding album or scrapbook later. It will be fun for all involved!
If your venue has specified parking areas, multiple ballrooms or can be difficult to locate, make sure to provide ample signage that is not only tied into the whole theme (use your brand or even as simple as the same font or wedding colors), but also very useful!
I hope this helps you in your planning process!
The next stop is Kelly Snyder at Southern Charm Weddings on Natalie’s Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month!
Blog Hop Line-up
- Natalie Bradley at at Natalie Bradley Events
- Kelly Snyder at Southern Charm Weddings
- N’neka Scruggs at Images by N’neka
- Loraine McCall at Mojica Photography
- Kristi Richardson at Bloomed To Last Events
- Kelly King at Affordable Wedding Invites
- Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs
- Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events
- Laurie Kuerlemann at Platinum Party Events Entertainment, Inc
- Anshwa Lewis at SwaLaRue Events
- Cindy Clearwater at Something Blue Virgin Islands
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