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Real Wedding: Nitya + Chris at Eagle Ridge, CA

By Kaylyn Campbell on Aug 25, 2020 2:42:21 PM

Real Wedding

 

Nitya and Chris's non-denominational nuptials at Eagle Ridge by Wedgewood Weddings combined traditions from both American and Indian cultures. The red, gold, and white color scheme combined with Nitya's intricate henna tattoo really showcased her Indian heritage. This romantic wedding showcased the couple's love with dramatic color, statement floral arrangements, and time-tested traditions.  Take a tour of the happy couple's dreamy wedding in Santa Clara Valley.

Topics: Real Wedding
7 min read

An Insider's Guide to New England Weddings

By Guest Contributor on Aug 25, 2020 10:20:40 AM

You'll fall in love with New England weddings!

 

There are so many things to love about a New England Wedding – from breathtaking mountain views and miles of unadulterated forests to the country’s freshest seafood. History and natural beauty intertwine in the country’s oldest clearly defined region, making it a beautiful backdrop for fairytale nuptials. With snow-covered winters and picture-perfect autumns, New England offers four seasons of splendor for visitors and residents to enjoy. Before you say ‘I do!’ to a New England wedding, take a peek at our ultimate guide to venues and things to do throughout the region.

Topics: Area Guide
8 min read

Newly Engaged? 2020 Wedding Planning Q&A

By Kaylyn Campbell on Aug 24, 2020 12:27:04 PM

August 1 2020

Planning a wedding is simple: You celebrate your engagement & begin shopping for wedding venues! But, this summer, everything feels a little more complicated. To make it easy again, here are answers to all the questions we hear most regularly. Our vow to you, We’ll make planning your wedding feel exciting and romantic! 

 

CAN WE TOUR YOUR WEDDING VENUES?

Yes! We offer in-person tours where you and your fiancé will meet one of our wedding experts and explore the venue. If you can’t travel, we can also provide a virtual tour via video link.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET MARRIED IN 2020?

Yes! It’s possible and a great idea. We’ve been hosting safe and spectacular since May after a pause in March and April 2020. We give joy and safety equal prominence so that guests feel confident and can enjoy celebrating with the newly married couple.

What do COVID-19 safety measures look like?

We do all we can to make our venues feel safe and look beautiful so you can relax. Here’s an overview of the actions we take:  

  • Every event now has a Sanitation Captain
  • The venue is cleaned and disinfected in accordance with official local guidelines
  • We regularly disinfect high touch surfaces
  • We conduct enhanced cleaning between tours and events  
  • Sanitizer stations are provided
  • Each venue has additional space outdoors, and we have reconfigured the interior to allow for extra physical distance
  • Common areas have 6-foot distance markers and we have friendly signage to help guests remember to stand back when necessary

 

How do weddings now compare to pre-COVID-19?

The short answer is that not much appears different for guests. Tables are spaced a little further apart but the room still looks inviting, our team wears inconspicuous masks, food is protected with display screens, and we recommend a seating plan for the ceremony as well as your formal dinner. Activity by our team to sanitize and safeguard is continuous but behind the scenes. We’ve been implementing these procedures at spectacular events all summer and they’re now second nature.

 

When is a good time to get married?

As social gathering restrictions ease, we would love to help you get married. If you want to get married soon, we can find you a venue, show you how to get a license, introduce you to excellent vendors, and make it happen.

As you would expect, 2021 dates have filled up fast, but we still have limited availability this year and next. Alternatively, you can book now for far in the future if you want to lock in a date.

We can help you plan and host a wedding in just ten days, but most people take between one and eighteen months.

 

Will our wedding guests need to wear masks?

Wearing a face covering is optional. A wedding is a private event where you have full control over who attends, so wearing a mask is up to the individual although we recommend masks to help slow the spread.
This may change in the future, so please check with your local county guidelines.

 

Can we have a DJ and dancing at our wedding reception?

As the newly married couple, we fully expect a first dance! All our venues have large dance floors and your guests can choose to join the floor or boogie in their seats. To paraphrase the famous song: you can dance if you want to!

Will guests be excited to receive a ‘save the date’ now?

Yes! Everyone needs something to look forward to, and a forthcoming marriage is the ultimate good news. While the pandemic is serious, we should embrace love and find reasons to celebrate! Send your engagement announcements, save the date cards, and invitations. You’ll be making your friends and family smile.

>> How to Avoid Wedding Planning Guilt >>


Some of our intended guests might not be able to travel, should we delay wedding planning?

We hear from many guests who traveled for weddings this summer that airports are becoming busier again as people realize they can fly safely. In addition, many couples choose to add a live-streaming service to their ceremony for guests who are happy to celebrate virtually. Of course, if significant guests cannot travel then you may want to look at a date that’s further out.


Are vendors available?

We’d be delighted to introduce you to our hand-selected wedding vendors. As you can imagine, their work stopped outright for a few months this year. This means they now have more time and can give you unequaled attention to help you achieve the exact wedding vision you want.

 

Are attire/dress shops open for fittings?

Many are open for one-on-one appointments or can help you with a virtual appointment. If you’re at the beginning of your wedding journey, then a virtual consultation can be fun and useful.

>> Wedding Dress Shopping At Home - Your How To Guide >>

 

A pre-wedding cake tasting sounds fun, can we do that?

Certainly! You can arrange a one-on-one tasting session at most bakeries. Alternatively, some of our favorite cake makers are sending sample kits to clients so you can make a selection from the comfort of your own home.

 

Is an engagement party, bachelor/ette, bridal shower possible right now?

Wedding Wire, our partner and an eminent authority on weddings, has great suggestions for safe or virtual events alongside ideas to help make your celebrations extra entertaining.

 

How Can We reassure Guests?

Local advice varies and so do individual approaches. Be kind and understanding to your guests - after all, they're your best friends and family. Anyone can have circumstances you are not aware of so respect their wishes.

We have a downloadable version of this Q&A which you may wish to email, or print and share with your anticipated guests to make sure you're all on the same page. 

 

We’ve all seen the pandemic response is fast changing. As weddings take an
average on ten months to plan, it’s likely that we’ll return to life as you
knew it way before your big event. Talk to our team today to book a venue tour and start your wedding adventure! 


 

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DURING THE PANDEMIC, ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THE STATEMENTS IN THIS ARTICLE ARE CORRECT AS OF AUGUST 1, 2020.

 

Topics: Covid-19 Crisis
9 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Weddings

By Guest Contributor on Aug 21, 2020 3:46:04 PM

Everything you need to know about planning a magical outdoor wedding

 

Outdoor weddings are rapidly growing in popularity and for good reason! From sunset vows exchanged along the beach to a moonlit reception under the stars, there’s something so magical about being married among natural splendor. From lush gardens and babbling streams to snow-covered peaks and rolling meadows, there are countless beautiful backdrops for an outdoor wedding. If you’re ready to say ‘I do’ to an outdoor wedding, our helpful guide will cover everything you need to know about outdoor venues and considerations for your big day.

Topics: Essential Guide
8 min read

Wedding Attire Ideas For Your Groom & Groomsmen

By Guest Contributor on Aug 20, 2020 7:29:38 PM

men's WEDDING ATTIRE TRENDS

 

Let's talk men's wedding fashion! While often more understated than that of bridal trends, grooms and groomsmen have always found a way to add a hint of flair to their wedding attire. From suit and tuxedo styles to accessories like cufflinks, the details help make for a dapper groom’s party. Take a look at some of the latest groomsmen trends that will add an extra level of sophistication to your wedding day.

Topics: Attire & Jewelry Real Trends
11 min read

How to be a Great Wedding Guest This Summer

By Guest Contributor on Aug 20, 2020 2:32:45 PM

July 2020

 

Your guide for safely attending A wedding this summer

Receiving a wedding invite is wonderful. The happy couple value you so much that they want you to be part of their special event. What an honor! While summer 2020 is unlike any other summer, gathering with the ones we love most is a huge morale boost. Today, we're answering some of the questions you may have ahead of joining your nearest and dearest to witness true love.

Topics: Covid-19 Crisis
7 min read

Take a Virtual Tour of Ocotillo Oasis in Phoenix, AZ

By Guest Contributor on Aug 19, 2020 4:17:31 PM

Welcome to OCOTILLO OASIS

 

Ocotillo Oasis is a modern-rustic, all-inclusive wedding venue located in Chandler, Arizona. Rustic meets natural splendor at Ocotillo Oasis with its lush gardens, exposed beams, and stunning water features. Take a virtual tour of Ocotillo Oasis today and envision your wedding at one of two breathtaking outdoor ceremony sites. 

Topics: Wedding Venues
11 min read

A Local's Guide to Inland Empire Weddings

By Guest Contributor on Aug 18, 2020 3:29:10 PM

Let's talk Inland Empire weddings!

 

Maybe you’ve heard of Inland Empire? It sounds like a far-off place lined with castles or ancient ruins. In reality, the term 'Inland Empire' refers to a large region east of Los Angeles that encompasses over 27,000 square miles of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. From the peaks of the San Bernardino mountains to the rolling vineyards of Temecula wine country, the Inland Empire offers a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the big city. 

With its breathtaking wedding venues, beautiful natural landscape, and convenient location, there is an endless number of reasons to fall in love with an Inland Empire wedding

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Topics: Area Guide
5 min read

Real Wedding: Ashley & Erik at Boulder Creek, CO

By Guest Contributor on Aug 18, 2020 10:59:38 AM

Real Wedding

 

A beautiful, macabre winter wedding in Boulder, CO

Ashley and Erik brought their own unique style to their snowy Boulder, Colorado, nuptials. This fun-loving couple was nothing short of 'alternative royalty'adding a splash of glam to every element of their wedding. From their rich, deep accent colors and their signature cocktail to the serendipitous snowfall, the details of this winter-y wedding came together wonderfully. See why our Boulder Creek by Wedgewood Weddings team couldn't get enough of this jovial duo.

Topics: Real Wedding
11 min read

Ballroom Weddings: The Ultimate Guide

By Guest Contributor on Aug 18, 2020 10:09:43 AM

Let's talk about ballroom weddings!

 

Ballrooms have an elegant charm that can elevate any wedding reception. From celebrating your first dance as newlyweds surrounded by loved ones to the traditional bouquet toss, a ballroom wedding can host some of your favorite memories. When choosing the ballroom for your wedding reception, it is important to remember that the majority of your wedding dayand ultimately candid shots from your weddingwill be spent in this space. Our ultimate guide to ballroom weddings covers everything you need to know when selecting your venue, including considerations for your ballroom and wedding reception traditions.

Topics: Wedding Day Advice Wedding Venues
5 min read

Virtual Tour of the Best Venues in Colorado

By Cassie Allinger on Aug 15, 2020 6:05:00 PM

getting married in colorado? Explore our guide to the best wedding venues across the great state of colorado

 

Topics: Area Guide
10 min read

Real Wedding: Sierra & Zeke at Ocotillo Oasis, AZ

By Guest Contributor on Aug 14, 2020 5:22:41 PM

Real Wedding

 

A Summer 2020 WEDDING fairytale in chandler, AZ

Meet Sierra and Zeke, a beautiful and gracious couple who tied the knot at our rustic-modern wedding venue, Ocotillo Oasis, on August 7, 2020.

Like many engaged couples with wedding dates in 2020, Sierra and Zeke had to reschedule their original May wedding due to local COVID-19 mandates. By the time July rolled around, their 'I do' was overdue, and it was so much fun to host their wedding adventure. Read on to see that a summer 2020 wedding is just as stunning, just as loving, and just as memorable as you always imagined. 

Join us as we celebrate this beautiful story of two Phoenix love birds.

Topics: Real Wedding Covid-19 Crisis

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