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43 Vineyard Wedding Ideas to Plan Your Winery Reception. Check Them Out!

Steal these vineyard wedding ideas and add even more charm and romance to your winery reception!

Protea and greenery vineyard wedding decor ideas. Vineyard wedding ideas.

Protea and greenery vineyard wedding decor ideas.

If you are traveling to Wine Country or to a local winery for your wedding, check out these vineyard wedding ideas. Get inspired by this romantic wedding theme to wine and dine with your framily in style. To be surrounded by natural beauty and lush vines as you get hitched is nothing short of incredible.

Consider a vineyard wedding come summer or fall. That’s when the vines are filled with grapes. Green in the summer and burnt orange and reds in the fall. Which one is your favorite?

And as you and your partner plan to raise your glasses to a prosperous union, read on to get creative vineyard wedding ideas.

Vineyard Wedding Color Ideas

Unless your heart is set on it, forget the traditional reddish marsala hue. Fill your color palette with blue (deep or green blue), yellow and navy to bring in that fresh romantic and intimate feel.

Unexpected wedding color combos like chartreuse, powder blue and cornflower blue can be intertwined will bring out that fabulous vineyard wedding style. Add some old-world charm by introducing a mixture of burgundy, purple, and orange. Be creative but don’t overdo it. As anything in life, a little goes a long way.

Winery wedding! Just a signature away from this being a reality! Photo: Loic Nicolas Photography LLC

Winery wedding! Just a signature away from this being a reality! Photo: Loic Nicolas Photography LLC

Corks are always handy at wineries.

Corks are always handy at wineries.

Personalized labels with the bride and grooms name. Add them to your favors!

Personalized labels with the bride and grooms name. Add them to your favors! (Etsy)

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Winery Wedding Decoration Ideas

The lush green or autumnal beauty of a vineyard is natural decor itself and a magnificent background for photo sessions. Get inspired by these simple vineyard wedding decoration ideas and feel free to steal some of them!

Build an aisle with wine barrels decorated with blue hydrangeas on top. Even create a wine barrel altar for that vineyard “outdoorsy” ceremony setting.

Vintage vineyard wedding ideas.

Vintage vineyard wedding ideas.

A wine and cheese barrel makes for an original vineyard wedding idea.

A wine and cheese barrel makes for an original vineyard wedding idea.

Burgundy, purple, and orange vineyard wedding decor. Photography: Jen And Chris Creed.

Burgundy, purple, and orange vineyard wedding decor. Photography: Jen And Chris Creed.




When it comes down to centerpieces, we know you’ll fall in love with these vineyard wedding ideas. DIY candleholders out of wine bottles and add a long tapered candle. Amazing, amiright? Of course, a candlelit vineyard wedding with gold details is a recipe for perfection. Alternatively, go for a centerpiece bursting with figs, flowers, berries, and purple grapes for chic beauty. Beware, your guests might want to take a bite out of them!

Consider making a grapevine reception canopy—a natural tent for guests to swirl and sip beneath.

What is a winery wedding without a wine tasting? Show off your inner-oenologist and give your guests a special wine tasting treat. With every course during dinner, impress them even more by pairing each meal with a different wine.

Absolutely stunning fall vineyard wedding.

Absolutely stunning fall vineyard wedding.

Napa winery wedding with old world charm. Photography: Sally Pinera.

Napa winery wedding with old world charm. Photography: Sally Pinera.

Vineyard wedding color ideas: lavender and chartreuse.

Vineyard wedding color ideas: lavender and chartreuse.

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Vineyard Wedding Ideas: How to Dress up for a Winery Wedding

Vineyard weddings lend themselves to a world of possibilities. Boho chic, soft colored palettes and neutrals all the way to the formal and stunning black and white look. Remind your guests to bring a wrap or blazer as it does get chilly in the evenings.

Ladies, avoid high heels. You don’t want to get stuck on the grass as you dance or walk around. If you insist on having some height, pick a pair of shows with block heels or some cute wedges.

For a glamorous and sophisticated vibe, include berry-hued florals to your bridal bouquet.

A dusty blue wedding dress will contrast against the green of the vineyard. Photo: Blush Wedding Photography.

A dusty blue wedding dress will contrast against the green of the vineyard. Photo: Blush Wedding Photography.

Adorable pink blush crown for the bride's hairdo.

Adorable pink blush crown for the bride’s hairdo.

Gorgeous bridal gown against the summer vineyard background.

Gorgeous bridal gown against the summer vineyard background.

Vineyard Wedding Ideas Photo Gallery that will Sweep you off your Feet

Vineyard Wedding Locations

Vineyard weddings are often destination ones. Wine Country, Napa Valley and Sonoma County are some of the most famous vineyard wedding locations in the USA. But Virginia and North Carolina with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background are not any less breathtaking. We are certain that there is a winery or distillery nearby you haven’t discovered yet.

Show off your inner-oenologist and give your guests a special wine tasting treat.

Show off your inner-oenologist and give your guests a special wine tasting treat.

Hamilton Oaks Winery at San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Sposto Photography.

Hamilton Oaks Winery at San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Sposto Photography.

If you want to host a vineyard wedding abroad, France, Spain, and Italy are top European wine producers and their vineyards will most definitely impress you. While Argentina and Chile pull their weight on this side of the continent. These countries boast of massive, rustic, and romantic vineyard acreages that hold year-round wedding programs.

Go ahead! Steal these vineyard wedding ideas and fulfill your winery wedding dream! And now check out these 19 Irresistible and Original Wedding ideas (And How To Make Them Happen)

Greenery and roses aisle decor.

Greenery and roses aisle decor.

Wine cellar wedding reception.

Wine cellar wedding reception.

Vineyard wedding ring shot. Photography: Kristen Gardner Photo.

Vineyard wedding ring shot. Photography: Kristen Gardner Photo.

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Getting Married For The Second Time? Check Out These Fab Tips!

Feel free to get creative when getting married for the second time. Read these second marriage etiquette tips and get inspired by some fantastic ideas!

An unforgettable scenery for your winter wedding.

An unforgettable scenery for your winter wedding.

Gone are the days when the second marriage is seen as a social stigma. Today, whether you want an elaborate shindig or an intimate second wedding, the choice is completely yours.

Second Marriage Wedding Etiquette: To Follow or Not To Follow?

Let’s take a look at a few rules you may want to follow when celebrating your second (or third, or fourth) nuptials. Because, truth be told, you can write your very own second marriage wedding etiquette book and never be wrong. Well, maybe with a few exceptions.

Here are two rules you will want to truly consider:

  1. If either of you have children, let them know they are of major importance in the new union. No matter their age, give them a role they’d be happy to play in the course of events. Always be sensitive to the child’s feelings and try to cater to them as much as possible. And never, ever, leave them out of the equation.
  2. Should you invite your ex and his family? Tread carefully on this one. You may be on the best of terms with your ex, their friends and family, but your second marriage is a fresh start. Trust me, you don’t need the awkwardness.
Trendy alternative bridal looks for second nuptials. How much more fun can you have?

Trendy alternative bridal looks for second nuptials. How much more fun can you have?

Escort cards and favors all-in-one for a travel-inspired second wedding.

Escort cards and favors all-in-one for a travel-inspired second wedding. Get it at Beau-Coup!

And now, a few second marriage wedding etiquette tips to follow (or not!)

1Should I still announce the wedding?

If you don’t know the difference between wedding announcements and wedding invitations, the announcements are sent out after the wedding to let people know you got married. Not too many couples follow this tradition but if you do, you can announce your second wedding like you did the first.

2Wording your invitations: What name should I use?

Second marriages come with a bit of unease when wording the invitation. Friends and colleagues may know you by your ex-spouse’s first name. A golden rule is to use the name you’re comfortable with. And if you are worried people might get confused, indicate for clarity on the invite. Or just give them a call.

Prioritize your children like Emily Maynard did at her surprise wedding.

Prioritize your children like Emily Maynard did at her surprise wedding.

Brunch weddings have the best of cakes.

Brunch weddings have the best of cakes.

Rock a black and white wedding dress for your second marriage wedding.

Rock a black and white wedding dress for your second marriage wedding.

3Bridal etiquette: Say yes to the white wedding gown

Wear what you desire when getting married for the second time. Pick that gorgeous blush gown, or go for a traditional white bridal look. Short, long, princess-cut or ball gown and even a pair of strikingly white bridal pants. Take something that flatters your figure—whatever color. Note that dinner rehearsals are really not necessary. You can even do away with the garter and bouquet tossing!

All is permitted at any wedding and even more so the second time around! Check out these fantastic ideas for modern brides.




4Giving away the bride at a second marriage ceremony

Let your imagination run wild. Nowadays, it can be anyone or no one. Your (child) children, mother, grandparents, or even your best friend may do just fine. Furthermore, you can even have your two most favorite people walk you down the aisle.

Getting married for the second time: How does an intimate destination wedding in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, sound?

Getting married for the second time: How does an intimate destination wedding in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, sound?

Stunning wedding pantsuit by Krikor Jabotian. An original idea when getting married for the second time. You can definitely use this again for any occasion.

Stunning wedding pantsuit by Krikor Jabotian. An original idea when getting married for the second time. You can definitely use this again for any occasion.

5Wedding registry etiquette

You might not want gifts (not many second marriages do), but you still need to register to give guidance to guests who want to give. You may opt for an online wedding registry or a honeymoon fund! In both cases, you get the cash! Not a bad idea, right?

Amazing peonies bridal bouquet for this Santa Barbara wedding at Villa Sevillano. Photographer: Jose Villa.

Amazing peonies bridal bouquet for this Santa Barbara wedding at Villa Sevillano. Photographer: Jose Villa.

Don't ask people to donate... ask them to join in or help out. Appeal to their emotions and not their wallets.

Don’t ask people to donate… ask them to join in or help out. Appeal to their emotions and not their wallets.

Adventurous couples may want to stamp mountains at their wedding!

Adventurous couples may want to stamp mountains at their wedding! Personalize yours at this Etsy store.

Alternative Wedding Ideas For A Second Marriage

If there is one thing we know, is that couples feel really free to do what their like and enjoy when getting married for the second time. That’s why we rounded up some fantastic alternative wedding ideas for a second marriage celebration. Let your imagination take hold and remember to make it memorable!

Shake things up! Brunch weddings are all the rage and perfect for after a small and intimate civil ceremony. Or ask your favorite coffee place if you can host a pop up wedding (no more than 8 people, please) at their space with no music and no need for decorations. Definitely a less casual setup that is fun for everybody. Cut the cake first. Or even welcome the guests at the entrance.

Surprise your guests. Make it yours. It’s your second marriage—a second chance to show off your unique style. However, make your dreams budget-friendly and realistic. For example, rent a beach house for a weekend and celebrate with your closest friends. A truly unforgettable experience.

Colorado is a spectacular place to get married for the second time. This lodge at Beaver Creek makes you wish it was winter now.

Colorado is a spectacular place to get married for the second time. This lodge at Beaver Creek makes you wish it was winter now.

Delicious omelette station for a wedding brunch reception. Photographer: Brian Samuels Photography.

Delicious omelette station for a wedding brunch reception. Photographer: Brian Samuels Photography.

Forget the same old catering this second time around and go for a more contemporary style.

Forget the same old catering this second time around and go for a more contemporary style.

Destination Weddings: Celebration and Honeymoon All in One

Consider getting wed at an intimate or unique destination location. The beach, a snowy mountain resort, or your mutual favorite place in the world. By hosting a destination wedding, you can add a new tone and a memorable setting to your second nuptials.

Plan an entirely different second wedding from the first, and add a fresh start to your union. Put in that unconventional flavor and have fun. Adventure-seeking couples may get married by a sherpa at the foot of the Himalayas. Wouldn’t that be cool?

Surprise your guests with a beach wedding. Perfect for South Florida couples.

Surprise your guests with a beach wedding. Perfect for South Florida couples.

Indulge in an olive bar. If it's in Tuscany even better.

Indulge in an olive bar. If it’s in Tuscany even better.

Ever dreamt of getting married in Paris? Now's your chance! Second marriage wedding ideas.

Ever dreamt of getting married in Paris? Now’s your chance! Second marriage wedding ideas.

Why Getting Married for the Second Time is Much Better Than The First

Getting married for the second time is one of the boldest steps you can take in your life. But the truth is, a lot wiser, caring, trusting you is available for the taking. Of course, things do get bet better the second time around.

Life at 40 looks much different than life at 20. You can use that first-hand experience to build a stronger and more realistic relationship. You know what you want, you are older and more experienced and you know marriage is not all roses. You can own your wrongs and you are better prepared to build a loving, new and wonderful life together.

Remember that marriage is a choice and, if you decide to give it another go, be all in. But of course, have fun in the process!!! Keep in touch! Follow us on Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram for more ideas on how to celebrate a second marriage or a first! 🙂

Take your wedding to Napa Valley, like this Calistoga wedding, and dine al fresco with your guests. It will be an unforgettable soirée. Photographer: Matt Edge Wedding Photography.

Take your wedding to Napa Valley, like this Calistoga wedding, and dine al fresco with your guests. It will be an unforgettable soirée. Photographer: Matt Edge Wedding Photography.

Elope in front of the Eiffel Tower in the city of lights. Four Seasons in Paris, named one of the best rooftop wedding venues in the world.

Elope in front of the Eiffel Tower in the city of lights. Four Seasons in Paris, named one of the best rooftop wedding venues in the world.

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How to Choose a Wedding Venue: Wedding Planning Tips You Must Read

About to choose a wedding venue? Stop and read these wedding planning tips to help you land the venue that fits your budget, style and all of your guests!

Florida wedding venue. Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach.

Florida wedding venue. Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach.

The wedding venue may often set the tone for the rest of your wedding. No pressure, right? Allow us to help you by breaking down the process of choosing a wedding venue. Find out what to consider before touring the locations. What questions to ask get the information you need to land the reception space of your dreams. 🙂

How to Choose a Wedding Venue: It’s Definition Time!

If you are about to choose a wedding venue you will be overwhelmed by the number of banquet halls, spaces, outdoor locations and more that will pop up on Google. Let’s bring it down a notch. Stop the searching, grab a calendar, pen and paper and follow the yellow-brick road. 😉

Before starting to look for the ideal venue you must define four things: the date, your wedding style, the number of guests, and your budget.

First of all, pick a date. You will need to check if the place you picked is available on that date before even considering touring the venue. So, the date will definitely will be one of your filters. If budget is a concern, keep in mind that prices are more affordable from Sunday to Thursday and higher on Friday and Saturday as well as during peak wedding season. If you’re not getting married on-site, check in dates with your church or City Hall first before booking the reception venue. Date: Check!



Intimate weddings are very much on trend. Organic and intimate destination wedding in Italy.

Intimate weddings are very much on trend. Organic and intimate destination wedding in Italy.

Next, the wedding style. The wedding venue you pick will help you define and frame your wedding theme. If you are looking for a summery vibe to your reception, consider a country, garden, or beach wedding.

Modern couples can look into lofts, warehouses, art galleries. Check out these modern industrial raw spaces if you live in New York! Remember that when you engage a raw space, the rentals do not come included in the package. Consider all the extras in the price for a more fair comparison between wedding venues.

Non-traditional couples may look for unique and eclectic event spaces, such as zoos, public libraries, museums, and even old train stations. These spaces in Los Angeles will give you an idea to start with. (but do not make a decision yet!)

Intimate weddings are very much on trend. You can go as small as your own backyard (so cool!) or as fancy as renting a vacation home and make it a weekend celebration. Who knows? It may end up being more affordable that a traditional reception venue. Talk about an unforgettable experience! At the end of this article, we’ve added a wedding venue size calculator, just in case you want to host the shindig at home. 😉

Plan an unforgettable wedding! Find out how to choose a wedding venue step by step. Wedding photographer: Lauren Conrad Photography.

Plan an unforgettable wedding! Find out how to choose a wedding venue step by step. Wedding photographer: Lauren Conrad Photography.

Now, let’s estimate the guest count. It is highly recommended that you build a preliminary count which you can adjust later. Reception venues will ask you for this number in order to give you a quote. You will also use the guest count to perform your preliminary research. Be mindful of the fact that there are always last minute additions and that just because a venue tells you it can fit 150 people, it does not mean you have to cram them all up.

Finally, the budget! How much can you afford to spend on the wedding venue? We highly recommend sticking to this budget or you will have to do away with those coveted ice sculptures, your dream wedding gown, or the open bar you so badly wanted for your guests. 🙁

Make sure there will be space for your chain link Chuppah! Huron Substation, Los Angeles, CA. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography.

Make sure there will be space for your chain link Chuppah! Huron Substation, Los Angeles, CA. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography.

Imagine your reception at a place like the Patio del barrio de Santa Cruz, Sevilla.

Imagine your reception at a place like the Patio del barrio de Santa Cruz, Sevilla.

How to Choose a Wedding Venue: Perform a Preliminary Online Search

Yes! Let’s bring Google back! The first step is collecting all of the information available to you about the potential wedding venues. Try not to overwhelm yourself with too many event spaces. Start with a few reception places and go from there. Stay organized by building a spreadsheet, it will help you figure out who you’d like to visit in person. Remember, you still have a few more steps to go.

Try to find the following information from each venue’s website: Name of the venue, address, website, phone number & other contact information, capacity, pricing Information, and why you liked it.

It is likely that not all of this information will be available on the website; and you may need to call or email the venue to get everything you need. At least by collecting all of this information you can compare them side by side.

Marquee monogram for the dessert table at a backyard wedding venue.

Marquee monogram for the dessert table at a backyard wedding venue.

Burlap and tulle window covers with rosettes. Done with coral and ivory flowers. An easy and cheap idea to help cover windows if the reception space is too bright.

Burlap and tulle window covers with rosettes. Done with coral and ivory flowers. An easy and cheap idea to help cover windows if the reception space is too bright.




How to Choose a Wedding Venue: Prepare for Touring the Wedding Venues

Now, let’s boil down your list to a manageable size. Email or call the prospective spaces and find out if they are available on your date. If so, coordinate an in-person visit, preferably when it’s set up for a wedding. It will give you a better idea of the space available.

Ask them if you’ll have exclusive use of the venue on that day. Every banquet hall or wedding venue differs in the amount of privacy provided. Some offer separate bathrooms and dressing rooms, some share the parking space area. If you are getting married in a public space, you’d better make your piece with strangers stopping by and giving you their good wishes.

Ask as many questions as possible beforehand so you can concentrate on visualizing your wedding and checking those details you have to verify in person.

The Gavioli Chapel in Eureka Springs is a unique ceremony choice for couples looking for an impressive setting for their wedding. Chapel in the Woods, Arkansas. Wedding Venue.

The Gavioli Chapel in Eureka Springs is a unique ceremony choice for couples looking for an impressive setting for their wedding. Chapel in the Woods, Arkansas. Wedding Venue.

With this small checklist you are ready to go and choose a wedding venue that is perfect for you! Huron SubStation, Los Angeles, CA.

With this small checklist you are ready to go and choose a wedding venue that is perfect for you! Huron SubStation, Los Angeles, CA.

Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue When Visiting (or Before!)

So you have an appointment with a venue on-site coordinator. You want to make sure this time is well-spent, so what should you ask? Start by making sure you can fill in all the blanks of the spreadsheet you created. Here are a few more questions that will help you choose a wedding venue that fits your requirements.

Layout and Accommodations Questions

  • Is there a bridal-changing area?
  • How much parking is available? Is valet parking an option? If the parking is limited, is there nearby parking available? Ensure it is easy for the guests to arrive comfortably to your wedding. They will thank you for it.
  • Is the venue handicap accessible? Make sure everyone feels welcomed.
  • How many bathrooms are available and what is their capacity?
  • Make sure that there is space for all the activities and details that you have planned for your wedding: the guestbook signing, the dinner, the cocktails, the dessert table and the cake, the dance floor, the band, the photo booth and a few lounging areas!
  • If your guests will travel to your wedding you need to offer them lodging. Find out if the wedding venue has at least a couple of hotels nearby with available rooms. Your guests will really appreciate if you offer them a third and cheaper option.
Grace Loves Lace are renowned for creating effortlessly unique, luxurious designs for the modern bride. Designed & handmade in Australia.

Grace Loves Lace are renowned for creating effortlessly unique, luxurious designs for the modern bride. Designed & handmade in Australia.

Wedding Planning Questions

  • What time can vendors arrive to start setting up and then dismantling the wedding decor?
  • What are the wedding decor restrictions? Are there any guidelines, restrictions or policies on using real candles? Is it a raw space? If not, what table and chair styles do they provide? Do you need a special permit for your wedding arch?
  • What refrigeration is available? (This is important if you are using live flowers or cake with frosting that could melt)
  • Is the venue licensed for providing or servicing alcohol? Is there hirable bar staff? What is the rate for the staff, service, and drink?
  • Are there any noise ordinances you need to respect? If the venue does not allow for music after 10pm and you plan to continue the party until the wee hours of the morning, that’s not a good fit. Unless you plan on an after-party somewhere else.
  • Is there a contingency plan provided by the fabulous vineyard in case it rains? An indoor space or a tent?
  • If you would like to host a romantic wedding, a daytime wedding or a cocktail at sunset, check that the place can provide you with the lighting you want and need.
  • How far is it from the church? Or is there a space to celebrate the religious ceremony?
Wedding planning advice. Allow for space for the waiters to serve your guests. Love this tablescape shot! The pops of color are terrific. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography

Allow for space for the waiters to serve your guests. Love this tablescape shot! The pops of color are terrific. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography.

How to choose a wedding venue step by step. Chapel in the Woods, The Woodlands, TX wedding venue. Wedding photographer: Sara Answorth photography.

How to choose a wedding venue step by step. Chapel in the Woods, The Woodlands, TX wedding venue. Wedding photographer: Sara Answorth photography.

Pricing Questions

  • Are there discounts available for booking off-season or on Sunday through Friday?
  • What are the terms of the deposit? Is it refundable and when is it due?
  • What is the cancellation policy?
  • Are rentals (tables, chairs, linens, table clothes, or glassware) included in the price? If so, which ones?
  • Make sure when you are looking for potential venues that you clearly understand what’s included and what isn’t. Examples of this are catering and wedding menus, beverages, and centerpieces.
  • Are there any vendor restrictions? If the venue offers catering in-house, find out if you can do a tasting before the wedding.
  • Does the venue have liability insurance?

Don’t book the first venue you see, even if you fall in love with it. Choose at least three or four wedding venues that fit your budget and wedding style and ask for quotes. Be prepared to take notes and lots of photos!

Ask for the wedding venue quotes. Make sure you get as much information as possible to choose a wedding venue that you will be happy with. It’s your day, after all!

Succulents and white roses adorn this chic boho wedding in California. Their quaint, yet ultra stylish venue at Seven4One offered the perfect one-of-a-kind circular ceremony space for their intimate nuptials.

Succulents and white roses adorn this chic boho wedding in California. Their quaint, yet ultra stylish venue at Seven4One offered the perfect one-of-a-kind circular ceremony space for their intimate nuptials.

Remember to add the wedding venue address to your invitations. Elegant and luxurious white laser cut pocket wedding invitations.

Remember to add the wedding venue address to your invitations. Elegant and luxurious white laser cut pocket wedding invitations. (BYWWS026)

Wedding Venue Size Calculator

All venues will help you find out how many guests can fit in a banquet hall or reception venue for different seating plans. But, if you are holding your wedding affair at home, in a garden or at another outdoor venue, it is useful to know how to calculate how many guests can be accommodated in a given space. You do not want your guests feeling cramped at your wedding.

Measure the length and the width of the area in feet. Multiply the two numbers together to get the area in square feet. If the space is uneven, you need to break it up into squares, rectangles or triangles, calculate the area for each and then add them up.

Now divide this number by 2 as you may safely estimate that 50% of the area will be used for aisles, staging, waiters, dance floor, catering stations, and other. The remaining area will accommodate your guests.

Non-traditional couples may look for unique and eclectic event spaces such as this one. Wedding photography: Colin Cowie Weddings.

Non-traditional couples may look for unique and eclectic event spaces such as this one. Wedding photography: Colin Cowie Weddings.

Wedding ceremony decor for raw spaces. 40 tissue paper poms.

Wedding ceremony decor for raw spaces. 40 tissue paper poms.

Use the following guidelines to calculate capacity:

* For every round banquet table that seats 10 people, calculate 30 square feet.
* Calculate 3 square feet per person for a stand-up reception.

However, each room or space is different. You need to take into account the shape, locations of doors, fire exits, columns; buffet dinner or seated dinner set up, and so on. As a rule of thumb, 1,000 square feet is adequate for 80 wedding guests at a sit-down wedding. For each ten additional guests, add an additional 200 square feet of space.

With this small checklist you are ready to go and choose a wedding venue that is perfect for you. Just one last piece of advice, once you have set your reception hall budget don’t go see places that far exceed it. And now, let’s read about wedding reception seating!

Wedding Venue Photography to Inspire You

Wedding planning advice: How to choose your wedding venue.

Wedding planning advice: How to choose your wedding venue.

A chandelier makes all the difference at this intimate affair.

A chandelier makes all the difference at this intimate affair.

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Las Vegas Weddings: A Guide To Getting Married in Vegas (Part I)

Drive-thru chapels, luxurious hotels, lavish ceremonies but above everything else, Las Vegas weddings spell fun! Let’s discover what getting married in Vegas could look like!

Poker chips, gold and fun on this wedding cake by Las Vegas custom cakes in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Poker chips, gold and fun on this wedding cake by Las Vegas custom cakes in Las Vegas, Nevada.

From elopements to the full blown wedding affair, getting married in Vegas can turn any dream into a reality (yes, including getting married in Paris Vegas!). From the beauty of the Bellagio, the uniqueness of the Little White Chapel drive thru windows (includes tux rental on site), the opulence of the Cosmopolitan and the Wynn Hotels, the unsurmountable romantic environment of the Red Rocky Country Club, Sin City truly has it all.

Are Vegas Weddings Legal?

Yes! They are totally legit. Clark County, where Vegas is situated, issues thousands and thousands of marriage licenses each year.

Las Vegas weddings are easy, thus partially lending to the myth that the weddings are not real. Also, Las Vegas weddings have been portrayed as off the cuff decisions that occur when heavy drinking or gambling highs are involved. Plus the likelihood of equally fast wedding annulments. Getting married in Vegas is 100% legal and binding. This is a case where “what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas.”

Planning a Las Vegas Wedding: Marriage License and Other Requisites

There are several things to consider when planning how to get married in Las Vegas. Yes, planning and Las Vegas weddings do belong in the same sentence!



The first thing you will need to do is to apply for a marriage license. In order to get a marriage license in the state of Nevada you must be over the age of 18, and either be unmarried or legally divorced in the state of your marriage. You will be required to show proof of your age and eligibility for a new license. Bring a government issued photo ID, birth certificate or social security card, and paperwork showing your divorce decree if applicable.

For those young lovers, you can marry in Vegas if you are under the age of 18. In this instance, you must have a guardian give consent in person at the time of application.

So much rockabilly on Las Vegas weddings. Red crinoline for her and matching chucks and tie for him, doesn't it blow your mind?

So much rockabilly on Las Vegas weddings. Red crinoline for her and matching chucks and tie for him, doesn’t it blow your mind?

You can get started on the marriage license application online. Marriage licenses in Clark County do not require a blood test or a waiting period. This makes it easier to elope. The licenses are good for one year. And here is an interesting tip, the county office where licenses are issued is open 8 am to midnight 365 days a year!

A dip at the Las Vegas sign. A must for your Las Vegas wedding photography. Do it at night when the lights are quite Vegas lit up. Photo credit: sceniclasvegasweddings.

A dip at the Las Vegas sign. A must for your Las Vegas wedding photography. Do it at night when the lights are quite Vegas lit up. Photo credit: sceniclasvegasweddings.

Address stamp for Las Vegas weddings sign, great for Save the Dates & wedding invitations!

Address stamp for Las Vegas weddings sign, great for Save the Dates & wedding invitations.

Las Vegas Weddings: Time To Pick A Chapel & A Hotel!

Now it is time to think about where to get married (or eloped) and where to stay. The only thing challenging about both decisions is which place to choose. There are hundreds of wedding venues that include getting hitched by Elvis, locations with scenic views, the clerk’s office, glamorous hotels, and traditional churches.

When in Vegas, you may get married in a helicopter, have a true western wedding on the edge of the Grand Canyon and so much more. This is a personal decision that you will need to base on your style, amenities, and price.

A winery-inspired wedding at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas. Pick the theme of your dreams and head out to Vegas baby!

A winery-inspired wedding at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas. Pick the theme of your dreams and head out to Vegas baby!

Get married in Las Vegas vintage-style. Photo credit: TSL Photography wedding photographer.

Get married in Las Vegas vintage-style. Photo credit: TSL Photography wedding photographer.

To help you narrow down the choice of where to get married, here is a partial list of the best chapels to get married in Vegas.

Graceland Chapel

If your dream to be given away by the King, the Graceland Chapel (619 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101) is the place for you. They offer traditional Elvis wedding ceremonies and vow renewal services. Don’t forget the pink Cadillac rental to make it complete!




Chapel in the Clouds at the Stratosphere Tower

The most adventurous couples will probably want to get married 1,000 ft above the Vegas strip with a 360 degree view in the Chapel in the Clouds (2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104) atop the Stratosphere Tower. A wedding that will never be forgotten!

Las Vegas Strip elopement, the latest rage in weddings today! Photo Credit: exceedphotography Las Vegas Event and Wedding Photographer.

Las Vegas Strip elopement, the latest rage in weddings today! Photo Credit: exceedphotography Las Vegas Event and Wedding Photographer.

Special Memory Wedding Chapel

Located in the arts district of Las Vegas, Nevada, the Special Memory Wedding Chapel offers several options to get hitched in Sin City, the cheapest alternative being their famous drive-thru wedding that starts at US$199.

The uniqueness of the Little White Chapel drive thru windows includes tux rental on site. Thank You Cards for Las Vegas weddings.

The uniqueness of the Little White Chapel drive thru windows includes tux rental on site. Thank You Cards for Las Vegas weddings.

The Little Church of the West

According to Wikipedia, The Little Church of the West “is a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada that is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.” They opened in 1942, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret got married here in the movie “Viva Las Vegas” but the Chapel has also witnessed the weddings of Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford, Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie and so many more. Not bad as the backdrop for the most memorable elopement, right?

Stunning red, white and very rockabilly wedding at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas photographed by Vitamin C.

Stunning red, white and very rockabilly wedding at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas photographed by Vitamin C.

Viva Las Vegas Chapel

Viva Las Vegas, one of the best wedding chapels in Nevada, has 50 wedding themes to choose from that range from Elvis to the vampires, pirates, gladiators, and Old West among many others. We are sure you will find the theme that fits you best.

Another Vegas wedding location, Mandalay Bay, an MGM Resort with a classy high-end island feeling. You may also choose the Excalibur for a renaissance experience in Las Vegas weddings.

Another Vegas wedding location, Mandalay Bay, an MGM Resort with a classy high-end island feeling. You may also choose the Excalibur for a renaissance experience in Las Vegas weddings.

For those that have more of the traditional reception in mind, there are a plethora of choices both on the Vegas strip and off the beaten path. Hot pink wedding at the Flamingo Las Vegas Chapel from Bently and Wilson Photography Little Vegas Wedding.

For those that have more of the traditional reception in mind, there are a plethora of choices both on the Vegas strip and off the beaten path. Hot pink wedding at the Flamingo Las Vegas Chapel from Bently and Wilson Photography Little Vegas Wedding.

Paris Las Vegas

If you dreamt of getting married in the city of lights but your wedding budget does not allow it, Vegas offers you choices. Get transported to France at the French-themed hotel and casino Paris Las Vegas to the magnificent Eiffel Tower.

Get transported to France at the French-themed hotel and casino Paris Las Vegas to the magnificent Eiffel Tower.

Get transported to France at the French-themed hotel and casino Paris Las Vegas to the magnificent Eiffel Tower.

With nearly 300 hotel options in Vegas, and some of the hotels have chapels, the only way to narrow down your options is to make of list of items that are important to you.

A Guide To Getting Married in Vegas Part I

A Guide To Getting Married in Vegas Part I

After-Party Las Vegas-Style or Traditional Wedding Reception?

And finally the last decision to make is what to do after your Sin-City wedding. Do you party it up Las Vegas Style, or have a more traditional reception? For those couples going the elopement route, very on-trend right now, a Vegas after party might make the most sense so you can skip the planning details and just spend time with your sweetie and closest friends.

For those that have more of the traditional reception in mind, there are a plethora of choices both on the Vegas strip and off the beaten path. Reception venues include country clubs, art galleries, rooftop venues, banquet halls, outdoor venues, mansions, gardens and anything else you can dream up!

Wedding after-party Vegas-style, baby! Fun guest favor idea if your reception will be at or near a casino! Your guests will not leave with empty pockets when you give them personalized poker chips wedding favors.

Wedding after-party Vegas-style, baby!

Dice made out of white boxes. great idea for centerpieces too! A perfect way to display your utensils for Las Vegas Casino themed pool party. Fun guest favor idea if your reception will be at or near a casino! Your guests will not leave with empty pockets when you give them personalized poker chips wedding favors. A Vegas wedding cannot miss its wedding cake. Do you think you could play one of the cupcakes at the roulette tables? Las Vegas wedding at The Palms, by Chrisman Studios.

Las Vegas weddings cake toppers are awesome!

Las Vegas weddings cake toppers are awesome!

Here are a few places you may want to check out and incorporate into your wedding celebration to make it, if possible, even more unique. The Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, the Flamingo Hotel, the Caesar’s Palace. The Artisan Hotel, the oh-so-famous Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, The Mirage Hotel (featuring a dolphin habitat), the Fremont Street experience and the Heart Attack Grill where diners don hospital gowns before indulging in heart attack-inducing fare such as the bypass burger.

This is what I would call build your Bloody Mary. Not only do you have a choice of premium vodkas, you can have them infused with flavor – like bacon - and the toppings are out of this world. Todd English Pub at Las Vegas.

This is what I would call build your Bloody Mary. Not only do you have a choice of premium vodkas, you can have them infused with flavor – like bacon – and the toppings are out of this world. Todd English Pub at Las Vegas.

With more than 300 sunny days each year (and a whole lotta booze) it’s no surprise Las Vegas is known as the ‘wedding capital of the world’. Bellagio Las Vegas weddings.

With more than 300 sunny days each year (and a whole lotta booze) it’s no surprise Las Vegas is known as the ‘wedding capital of the world’. Bellagio Las Vegas weddings.

No matter whether you choose a Vegas-style after party or a traditional reception, with so many unique options, it is bound to be a day you’ll never forget!

From elopements to the full blown wedding affair, getting married in Vegas can turn any dream into a reality. Las Vegas weddings place cards. 'Bet on Love' bridal bouquet. Casino dice Las Vegas theme favor boxes.

From elopements to the full blown wedding affair, getting married in Vegas can turn any dream into a reality. Las Vegas weddings place cards. ‘Bet on Love’ bridal bouquet. Casino dice Las Vegas theme favor boxes.

A cute engagement against the colorful backdrop of The Smith Center by 1000 Word Photography via Little Vegas Weddings.

A cute engagement against the colorful backdrop of The Smith Center by 1000 Word Photography via Little Vegas Weddings.

There are several things to consider when planning how to get married in Las Vegas. Yes, planning and Las Vegas weddings do belong in the same sentence! Check them out! Photography: JetFete

There are several things to consider when planning how to get married in Las Vegas. Yes, planning and Las Vegas weddings do belong in the same sentence! Check them out! Photography: JetFete

Lady luck will be on your side with these Sin City-themed original wedding centerpieces designed by Every Little Detail Event Planning and Design.

Lady luck will be on your side with these Sin City-themed original wedding centerpieces designed by Every Little Detail Event Planning and Design.

Love the wedding set, the map idea with the rings, and also the location. Read this guide on how to get married in Vegas!

Love the wedding set, the map idea with the rings, and also the location.

Classic Las Vegas weddings. Let's start with this Las Vegas engagement pic and let’s discover what getting married in Vegas could look like!

Let’s start with this Las Vegas engagement pic and let’s discover what getting married in Vegas could look like!

Las Vegas wedding invitations in black, white and gold glitter in pocket fold style.

Las Vegas wedding invitations in black, white and gold glitter in pocket fold style.

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50+ Trendiest Gold Wedding Ideas

Nothing says elegance, luxury and glam like a gold wedding. Sprinkle a little glitz or go all the way. Transform your reception into a night to remember with these outstanding gold wedding ideas.

Glam gold wedding: Elegant place settings with red and gold. Deep red and gold embolden the classics. These rich tones will imbue your wedding with a regal air.

Glam gold wedding: Elegant place settings with red and gold.

Metallics and gold in particular have become increasingly popular in weddings. From a single showpiece to an entire gold-themed wedding, gold is easy to combine with different wedding styles. Gold weddings allow you to try different accent colors.

Metallics have made an entrance on the wedding circle and show no signs of leaving anytime soon. Gold will reign over the Parisian-themed wedding, which is back in 2017! French elegance and traditions will inspire you with touches of this timeless color!

Read on and discover the best tips to decorate your wedding with gold.

Glorious gold weddings

According to Bourn Creative, “The color gold is cousin to the color yellow and the color brown, and is also associated with illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion, magic, and wisdom. Gold is a precious metal that is associated with wealth, grandeur, and prosperity, as well as sparkle, glitz, and glamour.”

Although you may be tempted to go overboard with gold, its inclusion in the decoration should be handled with care. The theme and style of the wedding are essential in determining if you can go bonkers with this color, or if you should reduce its use to just a few details.

A Gatsby theme, filled with glitz, glamour, and opulence translates well into white or black and gold weddings. The same applies to an ultra glam wedding. On the other hand, a shabby chic or a rustic wedding could benefit from a few accents in rose gold or peach blush gold, or a dab of gold against teal or green.

Gold deco wedding: A dramatic black and gold wedding cake will be a showstopper at your wedding reception | Square invites in gold and champagne | Shine in Chanel | Gold wedding tie with matching cufflinks and handkerchief | Art Deco vintage-themed gold wedding cake | Bridal shower invitation for a modern gold wedding..

Gold deco wedding: A dramatic black and gold wedding cake will be a showstopper at your wedding reception | Square invites in gold and champagne | Shine in Chanel | Gold wedding tie with matching cufflinks and handkerchief | Art Deco vintage-themed gold wedding cake | Bridal shower invitation for a modern gold wedding.

Glam ideas for gold wedding decorations: Show off your tablescaping skills!

Gold can be included in the smallest details of your wedding reception. And given that tablescapes are vital to the aesthetics of your wedding, indulge and capture your guests’ attention with a sparkling table decor. Here are some ideas for tablescaping your gold wedding.

Add some dinnerware with gold-colored dye designs. Tablescaping for gold weddings does not have to be about gold charger dishes alone. Spritz some gold on the wedding china patterns or on the glassware rims. For a romantic, modern, and elegant wedding, use white china and gilded tablecloth or table runners.

Blue and gold wedding ideas 2017. Delicate, airy and perfect for an outdoor wedding. This would be a great table setting for a beach wedding.

Blue and gold wedding ideas 2017. Delicate, airy and perfect for an outdoor wedding. This would be a great table setting for a beach wedding.

Without a doubt, centerpieces are the focal point of every wedding. The combination of flowers and their design truly impact the receptions’ decor. Give your centerpieces a golden touch with flowers, vases or by adding bottles of wine painted in gold. Mix in some gold and pink for a softer, high-end look. Go tall for an elegant feel or go low surrounded by candles for a romantic setting. Tuscan-style centerpieces are perfect for a gold wedding. Black candles on golden candlesticks can be a hit.

Gold wedding decorations boho style: Boho table setting with a touch of gold - Photo by Austin Gros | Nothing more fashion than geode table numbers! | Winter barn wedding close to Salem, Oregon| Gold charger plates - Photo by Care Studios | Stunning pink and gold wedding cake idea - Photo Erin Schrad Photography | String of gold-dipped feathers | Two-tiered gold wedding cake | Fantastic gold sequined table runner| Nude & gold nail art

Gold wedding decorations boho style: Boho table setting with a touch of gold – Photo by Austin Gros | Nothing more fashion than geode table numbers! | Winter barn wedding close to Salem, Oregon| Gold charger plates – Photo by Care Studios | Stunning pink and gold wedding cake idea – Photo Erin Schrad Photography | String of gold-dipped feathers | Two-tiered gold wedding cake | Fantastic gold sequined table runner| Nude & gold nail art




Gold weddings lend themselves to amazing color combinations

Gold is quite easy to combine. Like we mentioned earlier, gold can be used as a wildcard or as the main attraction in combination with other colors. Gold goes well with navy, lilac, mint, pink, teal, emerald, green, ruby red, black or white. Your chosen combination will depend on your wedding style.

Metallic gold and teal tiffany-inspired vintage wedding color ideas.

Metallic gold and teal tiffany-inspired vintage wedding color ideas.

For a spring wedding, choose warm tones like corals and peach to complement your golden wedding decor. Glam things up with purple with touches of green or gold, ruby red and black. Generous, deep colors such as plum and carmine red flourish with metallic accents of gold, brass and copper. Ornamental ensembles and shimmering, classy materials are eye-catching. Superb, rich colors like plum and crimson abound with metallic gold elements.

Aurora, red and gold wedding ideas. Generous, deep colors such as plum and carmine red flourish with metallic accents of gold, brass and copper.

Aurora, red and gold wedding ideas.

Latte brown, peach, white and gold are perfect for a fall wedding. Gold and navy are a classic that denotes elegance. Pink and gold or rose gold will give your wedding a delicate, upscale and chic look. The absolute latest trend is to go 100% metallic as it makes for a very easy combination of different golden and copper tones.

Gold in every detail

Your wedding decor no longer stops at the centerpieces and the flowers, but extends itself to the photobooth, the alternative guest books, the wedding cakes and even the desserts! The choice of a rich wedding cake, macaroons or cupcakes must also be tinged with some details on gold. Not only will these details look divine (and some even purely whimsical) but they will also delight your guests’ palates and senses. The choices are many, so there are no excuses to not surprise your guests with a dream wedding wrapped in gold. Check out these ideas!

Which one of these superb and shimmery ideas and tips for gold weddings did you fancy the most?

50 Trendiest Gold Wedding Ideas. Shimmering gold wedding ideas. Take a look! Gold donuts! | Get wedding guests interacting with a gilded selfie station. | Gold twig centerpieces | One Day Bridal 2016 wedding dresses feature delicate lace, sparkling beads, chiffon and organza | Personalized foil stamped coasters

50 Trendiest Gold Wedding Ideas. Shimmering gold wedding ideas. Take a look! Gold donuts! | Get wedding guests interacting with a gilded selfie station. | Gold twig centerpieces | One Day Bridal 2016 wedding dresses feature delicate lace, sparkling beads, chiffon and organza | Personalized foil stamped coasters

Candy buffet scoops for a gold wedding. A great detail that will not go unnoticed.

Candy buffet scoops for a gold wedding. A great detail that will not go unnoticed.

Wedding cake with painted blooms and a metallic top. Isn't it fabulous?

Wedding cake with painted blooms and a metallic top. Isn’t it fabulous?

Take a look at these stunning and romantic baby’s breath wedding decor ideas

Gold wedding shoes! Swoon!!

Gold wedding shoes! Swoon!!

Golden wedding invitation with a crimson ribbon bow.

Golden wedding invitation with a crimson ribbon bow.

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Inspiring gold wedding ideas. Your wedding decor no longer stops at the centerpieces and the flowers, but extends itself to the photobooth, the alternative guest books, the wedding cakes and even the desserts!

Inspiring gold wedding ideas.

Escape dress. Glitz and glamour.

Escape dress. Glitz and glamour.

Add caramel lattice on top of the desserts and shimmer!!

Add caramel lattice on top of the desserts and shimmer!!

Decorate your own gold wedding centerpieces with glitter and make your wedding reception unique.

Decorate your own gold wedding centerpieces with glitter and make your wedding reception unique.

A very flattering bridesmaid dress for a gold wedding!

A very flattering bridesmaid dress for a gold wedding!

Black and gold wedding ideas. The choices are many, so there are no excuses to not surprise your guests with a dream wedding wrapped in gold. Check out these ideas!

Black and gold wedding ideas.

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  • Boho wedding cake by Olofson Design. Incredible combination of watercolor, metallics, and geometric shapes!

    Boho wedding cake by Olofson Design. Incredible combination of watercolor, metallics, and geometric shapes!
  • Oh Snap! Social media wedding sign via Etsy.

    Oh Snap! Social media wedding sign.
  • Gorgeous gold leaf bridal tiara via Etsy.

    Gorgeous gold leaf bridal tiara.
  • Pink and gold wedding cake by andreahowardcakes

    Pink and gold wedding cake by andreahowardcakes
  • Rose gold foil wedding invitations.

    Rose gold foil wedding invitations.
  • Vineyard gold wedding decoration in Saddlerock, Malibu captured by jwileyphotography

    Vineyard gold wedding decoration in Saddlerock, Malibu captured by jwileyphotography
  • Rose gold foil stamping, blush and glitter wedding invitation set.

    Rose gold foil stamping, blush and glitter wedding invitation set.
  • A delicious creation: white and gold wedding cake.

    A delicious creation: white and gold wedding cake.
  • Another trend for the upcoming wedding season. Gold wedding table decor

    Another trend for the upcoming wedding season. Gold wedding table decor in La Jolla photography from Melissa Biador and Amorology.
  • 3-tiered gold wedding cake with flower details for an outdoor shabby chic wedding.

    3-tiered gold wedding cake with flower details for an outdoor shabby chic wedding.
  • The new glam wedding trend: mirror signs as table numbers.

    The new glam wedding trend: mirror signs as table numbers.
  • Dreamy pastel and gold wedding photographed by D’amor Photography.

    Dreamy pastel and gold wedding photographed by D'amor Photography.
  • Gold wedding reception decor packages’ themes are right on trend.

    Gold wedding reception decor packages' themes are right on trend.

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