Your wedding style is Type 9, The Peacemaker, comfortable simplicity. Your typical night is a quiet one at home and you want your wedding day to have some of those same feelings. You will be an easy-going, relaxed bride. Your day will be simple and beautiful.
A neutral and light color palette will be mixed with greenery to complete a delicate and simple look for the day. Perhaps you’ll love a small, intimate, micro wedding?
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Micro weddings are quickly becoming a go-to option for couples who want to celebrate small with the people that mean the most to them. This may mean not inviting all the coworkers, the cousins, or mom’s best girlfriends. Rather, the guest list focuses on you as a couple and the people that will be a part of your future journey.
Find a space where you can celebrate all your family traditions on a more intimate scale. Maureen Koopman, owner and creative director of The CoLab in Lakewood, Ohio suggests taking the opportunity to focus on the people who are the most important to you. The wedding becomes about you and your fiancé and creating a once in a lifetime day.
The beautiful airy, light-filled space is located in the historic downtown district of Lakewood. It is a multi-use space that transforms into a co-working space, maker space, and event space depending on the day. Maureen has recently hosted several styled shoots that provide inspiration for what is possible.
If you’re not in the Cleveland area look into co-spaces and studios in your area. The CoLab, along with many smaller venue options, seat up to 30 for a ceremony style set up. Some rendition of cocktail hour can take place elsewhere while the room is being flipped for dining. The CoLab has an option of having cocktail hour next door at Blossom Cleveland’s flower bar.
After cocktail hour, guests walk back to The CoLab for a sit-down dinner. Another option is having guests sit dining style during the ceremony. If you can dream it, chances are you can make it happen, especially if you employ your local talented wedding professionals!
Considering hosting at home? Think of your house as a venue, try to see it from your guest’s perspective. Walk into your backyard with new eyes. Imagine incorporating the natural elements, plants, and trees already present into your plan. Pictured below is a floral wrapped tree Yellow Canary Floral created at a backyard wedding in Cincinnati. The tree became a beautiful focal point for the ceremony.
Could you drape billowy fabrics from trees, add luxe furniture and rugs to create lounge areas, or hang strung lights and lanterns to create a cozy, warm ambiance? You’ll definitely want to consider tent rentals for al fresco dining – and don’t forget a tent for your caterer!
Think of your wedding as an opportunity to create an experience that is completely personal and custom. Kristen Sekowski, owner of Yellow Canary Floral & Event Design in Cincinnati suggests filling your space with key objects from your or your family’s collection. Are there centerpieces, vases, dishes, or even artwork in your life that would enhance the space? What objects and elements tell your story and how can you incorporate them into your ceremony or reception?
Fill your dining tables with vases and centerpieces that carry meaning and are a reflection of your style. Arrange your favorite pottery with fresh fruits and flowers – create your own still life vignettes.
Kristen Sekowski of Yellow Canary Floral shares,
I think when someone is having a home wedding, it’s important to make people feel at home but also elevate the experience. Extra touches really go the distance. For example, have your florist create a beautiful welcome piece. It will be the first thing people see at your door.
Put vases in the bathroom and always add a beautiful arrangement in the kitchen. People usually gather in the kitchen unless the caterer is working there. Keep in mind there is always a place indoor where people will gather so make sure to elevate those spaces. Use lots of candles because it creates a really nice ambiance. House lighting isn’t always the best lighting. Candles add a nice touch.
Make it really luxe, on a smaller scale, you can really go for inviting, sensuous decor. Things that you may not do if you are doing 40 tables, but if you are only serving 50-75 people you may be able to afford dressing your tables with unique glassware and really sumptuous florals. There are so many possibilities, if the client has cool vases in their home they really like, they can drop them off and we can do a design in their vase. It’s really neat to have people’s heirlooms and work within their space.
Focusing on fresh, artfully crafted beautifully presented wedding food is a key element of any wedding regardless of size but at a microwedding it’s an opportunity to really create something incredible. If you can make guests feel like they are at a dinner party at a chef’s house what a time you would have! An evening of great conversation sustained by unique, delicious, aromatic foods will energize your celebration like an electrical current.
Chef Jeff Thomas, of Jeff Thomas Catering, shared that throwing dinner parties is one of his passions. When you sit down with Jeff for your wedding tasting he dines with you, expertly walking you and your senses through the nuances of the food you are enjoying.
For Jeff, the dining experience is integral to making memories on your wedding day. It is about the art of presentation, the flow of the menu, the pairings of the beverages, and the conversations that are born from a unique moment.
For the bride who wants to be comfortable and beautiful on her wedding day, Annie McGinty, owner of Ivory & Ash Bridal Studio suggests either the Ethereal dress from Lea Ann Belter’s Astrid & Mercedes collection or the Sabine gown from indie designer Edith Élan. Both gowns are lightweight, effortless, and relaxed with lace details.
Ethereal is a beautiful, open back dress for showing off your décolleté. Spaghetti straps and lace bodice pairs with camisole neckline falling into an a-line organza skirt with chapel length train.
From Edith Élan: Sabine is an all lace wedding dress with a modern twist. Her slim skirt is juxtaposed with a bloused bodice. The delicate spaghetti straps are adorned with clear, Swarovski crystal beads. They lead your eye to the sheer, lace racerback. The lace hem is finished with a scallop edge that goes all the way around to the short lace train.
For the Type 9 bridal party, Tanya R. Hartman, the owner of Gilded Social in Columbus, suggests bridesmaid dresses from Amsale. The line features clean, modern cuts in luxe fabrics.
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