Venues


Metallic and Purple Splendor in Connecticut

by Claire

The brand new Pinnacle View is a gorgeous outdoor venue that Connecticut couples are going to absolutely adore! In honor of their grand opening this month, we just had to share this gay styled shoot of pure perfection compiled by planners Engaged CT and photographer Laura Dee. Dave and Brian were very handsome grooms in their modern tuxedos and were a perfect fit for the shoot. We love the metallic accents included throughout the wedding, the impressive purple floral arrangements,...

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Wedding Venue of the Day: Montage Laguna Beach

by Azure

Welcome to the second installment of our new Venue of the Day feature! Click here to see the spectacular East Coast location we spotlighted yesterday! The Venue: Montage Laguna Beach Location: Beautifully set on an oceanfront bluff in the heart of Laguna Beach, California. Capacity: 450 guests Why we love it: The Montage offers unparalleled panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, and 30 lush acres for wedding guests to explore. The resort's in-house master chefs work with each...

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Uncovering the Most Spectacular Wedding Venues, One Day at a Time

by Azure

Since becoming engaged in November, I've been on the hunt for the perfect wedding venue. But... the task has proved more difficult than I could have ever imagined! I'm convinced that finding the venue (at the right price, for the date you want) is one of the most challenging parts of the entire wedding planning process. Luckily though, we're here to help! Each week, Monday through Friday, we'll spotlight five amazing venues across the U.S. and today we kick things off with a major...

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30 Best Botanic Garden Wedding Venues in the U.S.A.

by Azure

Do you love being one with nature, and have visions of an enchanted outdoor wedding? I know I do! Which means botanic garden venues are at the top of my "must-explore" wedding planning checklist! We recently visited the Chicago Botanic Gardens and were blown away by its natural beauty. Even in the dead of winter with barely a colorful bloom in sight, we were instantly smitten. And my experience inspired me to round up all the best botanic garden venues for weddings across America....

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Quest for the Wedding Venue: Five Steps to Success

by Azure

Hello brideys! You're newly engaged (congrats!), obsessed with your bling (obvi), and ready to get the wedding planning ball rolling! One of the most daunting steps of the entire planning process is finding and booking a venue, but it can also be one of the most rewarding and impactful decisions you'll make. So follow the simple steps below, and your quest for the perfect venue will be a success! Step 1 - Sit down with your groom with two goals in mind. First, to get a general...

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Weddings Going Once, Going Twice… SOLD to the Still Happy Nearlyweds!

by Azure

Would you buy someone else's dream wedding if you could get it for a steal? New kid on the block, Bridal Brokerage, hopes you say YES! Knowing that over a quarter million weddings are called off each year, Bridal Brokerage is looking to create a secondary market where canceled weddings can be bought and sold. It's an interesting concept, and definitely makes sense... weddings are expensive, and require lots of money (and time from wedding pros) upfront. So with 250k couples...

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Run Away with Me… And Elope!

by Bitchless Bride

I didn't do it because of the budget; I did it out of love. I did it out of love for my horribly shy husband who didn't want to say his incredibly mushy vows in front of an audience. And because I hated planning my wedding. Yeah yeah... I know, I married a SHY man AND I'm a wedding planner who was so uninterested in planning my own wedding that my mom actually asked me if I still wanted to marry the poor guy. Right? Pretty pathetic... But, it all worked out! How? We went to Vegas......

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Your First Dance Beneath… a Teepee?

by Azure

Kate Moss did it last summer and started a major trend overseas. Instead of traditional tents for outdoor weddings, more and more couples are decking out their receptions with teepees! Moss chose to have teepees to keep the kiddos entertained at her I Do's, but that's not to say that adults wouldn't enjoy a little teepee fun too! UK companies like PapaKata rent out Kåta tents (teepee style tents large enough for all your guests), but I have yet to see a US company renting out...

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5 Tips for Finding the Right Wedding Planner

by Bitchless Bride

So, I'm a kickass wedding planner, but there are some brides who might not choose to work with me because I am so kickass. Huh? Well, put it this way, if we met under different circumstances, we wouldn't choose to be friends. And you know what? That's okay. It's better for both of us to understand this now then to realize our error in judgment during the planning process. But it got me thinking about what you, bridey, should be thinking about when you start interviewing wedding...

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Wedding Venue Dealings: That THING You Do

by Bitchless Bride

Brideys… if the beautiful venue hosting your wedding says that they can’t do a particular “thing” that you want them to do, or what you are asking for is outside the boundaries of what they can do (legally or otherwise), please BELIEVE them. ESPECIALLY if this piece was discussed ad nauseum during the initial site visit. What am I talking about? Such things may include (but are not limited to): providing a particular cuisine or food you saw at some AMAZING restaurant that...

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Wedding Venue, Bride + Groom Mashup

by Azure

Since today we announced our new smart matching technology and MatchMake tool for Chicago and New York brides, grooms, & vendors, we thought we'd let you try your hand at playing Matchmaker too! Check out the five gorgeous venues and five lovely couples below, then match them up using the form at the end of this post. Good luck! (Venues) 1 - 5 (Bride + Groom) a - e

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Why Don’t You: Get married under a big tree!

by Oh Lovely Day

There are so many ways to get married and so many places to do it.  But when I see these photographs I can't think of a better place to exchange vows than under a big beautiful tree. Do you see what I mean?  The tree is so symbolic and it is almost as if the branches are giving the whole wedding a big hug.  I just love it. So tell me, did you or are you getting married under a tree? Would you want to?  Chime in!

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Ten Commandments for Wedding Guests

by Azure

Follow these commandments and your spot on the bride & groom's "most loved wedding guests" list will be secure!   1. You shall RSVP before the specified deadline. 2.  You shall not wear white (unless specifically requested, a la Kim Kardashian) 3. You shall not make a last minute RSVP change (from Yes to No)* 4. You shall arrive to the wedding ceremony early, not late 5. You shall respect the couple’s decision to request no children or no plus...

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Offbeat + Adorable Hockey Rink Wedding

by Azure

    Are you considering planning a fabulous themed wedding with non-traditional touches?  How would you like to skate down the white, icy aisle like this adorable Vancouver couple?     Brit + Drew || Sept 3. 2011 || from Clear Horizon Productions on Vimeo.   Check out this incredible wedding video of Brit + Drew's September I Do's at the Killarney Ice Rink, and feel empowered to think outside the box when choosing your perfect wedding venue. ...

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Plan the Perfect Outdoor Wedding

by Azure

Tying the knot outdoors? When planning an outdoor wedding, there's a lot to consider and lots to plan for. But no need to worry... onewed is here to share the top 10 ways to ensure your outdoor wedding is out of this world! 1. Specify dress code: It’s a backyard… But it’s a wedding… So you can't blame wedding guests for being confused about what to wear. Let your loved ones know if you're planning a formal, semi-formal, or informal affair. 2. Plan for...

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5 Lush Garden Wedding Venues

by Azure

  Lush locations for your outdoor I Do's! From botanical to Japanese, garden wedding venues are budget-friendly and can be transformed into whimsical, romantic, enchanted spots for your most special day. Check out five of my favorite garden wedding venues below, then post a comment to share your favorite outdoor garden location! 1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY: The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens are breathtaking, especially for a Spring wedding when the trees, plants...

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Bizarre Wedding Venues: Top 10 Offbeat Locations to Get Hitched

by Azure

This top 10 list of obscure wedding venues has been created with lots of love from our friends at TotallyTop10.com. To check out more quirky, funny and offbeat top ten lists, be sure to visit their blog.       1. Wed at a crocodile ranch: In Australia and South Africa, real crocodile ranches offer wedding packages! Dare to explore this venue option? The croc wedding environment is only for the adventurer at heart! 2. Budget Wedding Venue: Getting Hitched at Wal-Mart...

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