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How to Gracefully Host an Adult-Only Wedding Ceremony

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Photographer: Lauren Kinsey

As much as you adore your friend’s and family’s little ones, you want the moment you walk down the aisle to be perfect and peaceful. Of course you don’t want to offend anyone, but knowing how to let your loved ones know can be hard, so we have a couple of tips for making the process easier:

Sensitive wording of informing your guests that your event will be chid-free is the best way to make sure no one’s feelings get hurt. If you opt to have a wedding website, this is a great place to make a note that the affair will be adult-only, instead of your wedding invitations. Hint: address the envelope of the wedding invitations to the adults only {Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith, or Mr. Jack Smith and Mrs. Janice Smith}, instead of the  entire family {Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith and Family}. It is always better to be upfront about who is invited instead of stating who is not invited.

Most people will completely understand, but some may not. In that case, you need to stick to your choice because if you allow some people to bring their children and not others, that will really hurt people’s feelings.

Things always sound better in person or over-the-phone than through text, so don’t be afraid to call your guests who have children to chat about the decision.

 

We have selected a few ideas to ensure everyone has a great time:

 

Host an event-within-an-event

If your venue allows, rent a ballroom or space on-property to host a kid-friendly party! You could go simple with a pizza and puppet party or go all out and have a dance party with a DJ, or something in-between. As long as they are entertained and their parents have a wonderful time, all is well!

 

Block off a hotel room for the little ones to watch a movie and play during the ceremony

Note: This is a perfect idea if you are getting married at a hotel or within walking distance to a hotel. Some parents will not feel comfortable leaving their kids at a hotel if they are not there too.

 

Provide a list of babysitters for your guests to choose from

If you are having a local wedding, most of your guests with children will already have a nanny or sitter they trust, but if you are having a destination wedding, make a list of local sitters that are well-know in the area for your guests to choose from. There are many services like Care.com that allows you to request background checks on sitters. That way, you can feel secure in who you hire. Also, reach out to the local kids camps. They will be able to recommend counselors who work with kids year-round and have ties to the area, which may make your guests feel more comfortable.

 

Dedicate a reception table to the kiddos

If children will be attending your reception, add little touches to ensure they stay entertained like a table or corner of the room dedicated to them.

You could have a table with coloring books, jars of crayons, arts and crafts supplies, a candy bar, and/or games such as: I SPY, Yard Games, or MadLibs.

 

Timing Tip:

Make sure to inform your guests as early as possible in order for them to easily make plans, especially if your guests are traveling. This way, no one is rushing at the last minute to make other arrangements.

Seen some fun ideas for kids at weddings? Please share with us in the comments!

Happy Planning!

SPE Team

 

 

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Nov
23

Lindsay + Justin on Borrowed and Blue

Lindsey and Justin’s romantic spring wedding was recently featured on Borrowed and Blue. We wanted to share the feature with you here and also some more images from their day. One of our favorite parts of this wedding were the gorgeous blooming cherry branches, oh so pretty! Photography by Dear Wesleyann.

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Nov
16

Ashley + Adam

We had the pleasure of working with Ashley and Adam on their timeless beach wedding in beautiful Seaside, Florida. They tied the knot on the beach with a reception following on Lyceum Lawn. Everything about their wedding was so lovely that we wanted to share it with you. Here are a few images from their day by Dear Wesleyann. We just love the neutral color palette with the tan seersucker suits. Perfect for a coastal summer wedding, don’t you think?

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Nov
9

Wedding Welcome Bags


Welcome packages are a great way to greet your guests to your wedding, especially if you are having an out-of-town wedding, like most weddings we have here in Northwest Florida!

If you are having a destination wedding, chances are most of your guests have traveled for your special weekend. Presenting them with a little extra something, like a welcome bag is a nice touch in making them feel appreciated and welcomed.

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Welcome boxes or baskets are a great idea if your wedding is a one-day affair, but if you are carrying out the festivities throughout the weekend, a personalized tote is adorable and practical for your guests to use during their weekend activities!

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Photographer: http://dearwesleyann.com

 

Here’s a list of some of our favorites:

-Welcome letter from the couple

-Locally made/branded beer and/or wine

-Locally branded drinkware such as coffee mugs or tumblers

-Bottled water or soda

-List of wedding activities scheduled for the day/weekend

-List of local activities and restaurant recommendations in the area for downtime between wedding events

-Snacks {these could also be representative of the city you are getting married i.e. Florida oranges for a Florida wedding.}

Make sure to add ‘emergency’ items like:

–Stain Remover Wipes or Pens {in case there is an Hors d’oeuvre stain on a suit or spilt champagne on a dress}

-Advil/Tylenol

-“Do Not Disturb” door hangers {for your guests to use after a night of celebrating with you!}

You can also personalize your bag by adding labels with the couple’s names {or the wedding logo} for water bottles, champagne bottles, bottle coozies, etc.

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Photographer: http://dearwesleyann.com

We are absolutely loving that couples are becoming more hospitable to their guests by focusing on the details of their wedding day/wedding weekend!!

Tell us in the comments what fun things you have given or have received in a wedding welcome basket!

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Nov
2

Unique Guestbook Trends

 

The signing of the guestbook has become a tradition as a way for the couple to reminisce about their wedding day for years to come. It also acts as a warm reference of those in attendance, which is super helpful once you sit down to write your thank you notes!

Also, having a guestbook in place upon your guests’ arrival will allow them to get comfortable with the venue and the other guests in attendance as they contribute to your book.

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Photography: http://laurenkinsey.com

 

Focusing on the small details, such as the guestbook, will allow your style and personality as a couple stand out and be memorable to you and your guests even after the party has ended!

Sometimes, the style of a guestbook may fit the overall look of a wedding, but may not match the decor of the couple’s home, so it will most likely end up being stored away; but with these unique ideas for guestbooks, you can remember your big day by placing your guest book in your home or office in a cohesive style.

Here are a few of our favorite guestbook trends we have seen:


Signing a coffee table book that represents the city in which you were married.  This is especially adorable if you are having a destination-type wedding! The beautifully bound book, signed with loved one’s kind and supportive words will look great on your coffee table, shelf, or on a nightstand in your guest room!

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Photography: http://www.katescaptures.com


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Signing a wine or champagne bottle for the couple to enjoy on the date of their one year anniversary. This is such a fun date night idea to celebrate the first year of as a married couple!

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Photography: http://tiaandclairestudio.com

 

Signing pieces of glass, pebbles, or stones. After the wedding, the couple can collect them in a vase or box to incorporate a little bit of their wedding into their home decor.

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Photography: http://dearwesleyann.com

 

However you decide to incorporate a guestbook into your wedding, we promise you won’t regret having one! We would love to know what fun guestbook ideas you have seen this season {let us know in the comments}!

 

Happy Planning!

SPE Team

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Oct
26

Autumn Berry Color Palette

 

It’s almost November, which means bring on the reds and deep-purple hues to your wardrobe, your home and even your wedding!

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For bolder colors like these, start out with one show-stopping color {maybe two!} and build around with your neutrals such as cream, navy, white, gold, or silver. This will ensure your colors are balanced and stand out in the best possible way!

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First, choosing your venue will play a big part in setting the tone for your fall wedding. While you can absolutely have a stunning fall-inspired indoor wedding, choosing an outdoor venue, such as a park will really add to the earthy, natural tones of a fall wedding.

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Wedding Wardrobe:

For the bride: Try adding a pop of color to your traditionally white {or cream} dress by wearing a warm-tone colored shoe, selecting a hairpiece with a shade of your primary color, or by wearing {depending on your skin tone} a light berry lip.

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For the Bridesmaids: there are so many fun ways to add color to their wardrobe while complimenting your bridal look! One way is for your ‘maids to be dressed in different shades of your primary color selection or in the same shade but different necklines to add a little variation in each look.

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For the Groom and Groomsmen: a neutral suit or tux, such as navy or black always looks great for a fall wedding, and adding a bit of color to the socks or the boutonnières will beautifully tie the entire wedding party together.

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Adding these colors to your florals and food is the simplest way to create a visually appealing fall aesthetic just like this stunning tablescape:

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You could opt to serve pie or cobbler instead of cake or serve mini pies in addition to your main wedding cake to add an element of surprise to your reception.

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Also, a signature sip is a great way to incorporate fall elements into the event PLUS red and white wine fit perfectly into your color palette {easy peasy!}!

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Cheers to crisp air, cozy gatherings, and perfectly garnished cocktails!

 

Thank you so much to Lauren Kinsey for the beautiful photography, Eden Gardens for the stunning venue, and to Southern Weddings for such a fabulous feature!

 

SPE Team

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Oct
19

Will you be my Bridesmaid?

 

Your love popped the question, and now it is time for you to pop the question to closest friends!

Whether you choose to have bridesmaids or not, there are still a select number of people {maybe, “honorary guests”} you want to make feel a little extra special in celebrating with you on your wedding day.

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Some brides view wedding party gifts, or bridesmaids gifts, as a tit-for-tat gift in return for them footing the bill for their dresses, shoes, plane tickets, etc., but it’s more than that; it is important to show your ‘maids how much you love and appreciate them being there for you on your big day and the months leading up to it. After all, these are some of the most cherished people in your life!

There are so many sweet ways to asks your besties to be a Bridesmaid/Maid of Honor in your wedding, but we wanted to share a few of our favorites with you!

 

Bridal Boxes are so IN right now and are super customizable to your wedding theme!

 

For the DIY Bride:

How much fun is it to choose all the fun things that represents your wedding and compile them into a cute little box?!

Some contents that make us swoon:

-Bath Bombs

-Champagne or Wine {Duh!}

-Nail Polish {the perfect color to match your theme}

-Confetti Poppers

-Chambong {maybe a hint for the bachelorette party – Yay!}

-Face Mask

-Candies

-Coffee/Tea

-A Handwritten Letter

 

Of course, you don’t have to include all of these items if you choose not to, but any of these wrapped with love will surely make your soon-to-be Bridesmaids feel loved!

 

For the not-so-DIY bride or the Busy Bee Bride, there are several companies who would LOVE to make your boxes for you!

This OneHope Bridesmaid Crate is one of our favorites!

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One Hope is a Napa Valley-based company that impacts the world with sparkling brut (and other charming products) to make the world a better place. When you purchase wine, you are helping shelter animals find forever homes, trees are being planted, meals are being provided to help stop childhood hunger, and many more! Specifically, for every Bridesmaid Crate you purchase, OneHope provides ten meals to children in need.

You can choose the customization of the box(s) you would like to send and then they are delivered straight to your bridesmaids’ doors, or to your door for you to personally distribute.

 

Here is a list of other companies who make Bridesmaid Boxes:

– Teak and Twine http://teakandtwine.com

– Simone LeBlanc http://simoneleblanc.com

– A Signature Welcome http://www.asignaturewelcome.com

– Wish and Pink https://www.wishandpink.com

 

Besides Bridal Boxes, you can always send a beautiful hand-written note, ask while doing something you both love together {like shopping, or sipping coffee at your favorite cafe!} or take your bridesmaid-to-be to brunch and pop the question while popping a bottle of champagne!

However you decide to ask, it is a sweet gesture and will sure to be the start of a fun planning process and ultimately a celebration for the books!

Cheers!

SPE Team

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Mar
6

Feature Friday::Pastel Rosemary Beach Wedding

It’s our first Feature Friday post on our new blog, hooray! Meredith + Beau’s Rosemary Beach wedding has received a lot of love and we are thrilled to share it with you. It was featured first with the lovely ladies over at Southern Weddings. You have to read her story and all the posts over on the Southern Weddings blog. Make sure you grab a tissue because the proposal will get you. Not only was this beautiful wedding featured on their blog, but a few images were used in the current issue. Go pick up your copy on newsstands now!   Then, about a month ago, Style Pretty decided it was so gorgeous that they wanted to share it as well. Meredith was such a sweet bride, so sweet in fact, that she and her new husband decided to move here and she is now one of our associate coordinators. Can you believe it? We feel so lucky to have her on our team! She had a great vision for her wedding and with her amazing team of vendors it was flawlessly executed. Images by Lauren Kinsey.

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Mar
1

Welcome

Hi! Welcome to Shelby Peaden Events! After months of hard work with the talented girls of October Ink, I am so excited that our site and new brand is now live.

I hope you will take some time to check out what we have to offer. Be sure to follow along on our blog as we share our most recent work, inspiration, tips, tricks, editorial features, behind the scenes and so much more!

The entire team at Shelby Peaden Events wants to thank all of our family, friends, brides and vendors who have supported us over the years. We look forward to what this new chapter will bring.        Cheers! – Shelby + the SPE team

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