4
Mar

9 Summery Hamptons-Inspired Wedding Details

9 Summery Hamptons-Inspired Wedding Details

If Instagram-worthy lobster rolls, beach trips and the perfect straw fedora are always on your summer must-have list, consider bringing a few elements from the Hamptons to your wedding!

Hamptons Wedding: KT Merry/ Joshua Zuckerman / TheKnot.com

Photo by KT Merry Photography; Joshua Zuckerman Photography

The Long Island, New York, beach towns are known for their beautiful waterfront views, minimal-chic decor and roadside farmer’s markets bearing fresh goods, so if the rustic, nautical style appeals to you, check out our favorite East End-inspired wedding essentials:

Lobster Roll Appetizers

Lobster Roll: KT Merry Photography / TheKnot.com
Photo by KT Merry Photography

A Chic Navy and White Table Runner

Table Runner: Peter Van Beever Weddings / TheKnot.com

Photo by Peter Van Beever Weddings

From the album: An At-Home Wedding in Southampton, New York

A Waterfront Venue

Waterfront Venue: Joshua Zuckerman Photography / TheKnot.com

Photo by Joshua Zuckerman Photography

From the album: A Waterfront Wedding in Montauk, NY

Refreshing Cucumber Margarita Signature Cocktails

Cucumber Margaritas: Q Weddings / TheKnot.com
Photo by Q Weddings

From the album: An Elegant Ranch Style Wedding in Austin, TX

Summery Straw Hat Favors

Straw Hats: Josh Goleman Photographer and Cinematographer / TheKnot.com
Photo by Josh Goleman Photographer and Cinematographer

From the album: A Vintage Wedding in Palmetto, GA

A Long Island-Made Pie Dessert Option

Long Island Pie: W Studios New York / TheKnot.com

Photo by W Studios New York

From the album: A Ram’s Head Inn Wedding in Shelter Island, New York

A Bouquet of White Peonies

Peony Bouquet: Love Captures by Jonathan Young / TheKnot.com

Photo by Love Captures by Jonathan Young

From the album: An Airy Wedding in East Hampton, NY

Beachy Rock Escort Cards

Rock Escort Cards: Joshua Zuckerman Photography / TheKnot.com

Photo by Joshua Zuckerman Photography

From the album: A Waterfront Wedding in Montauk, NY

A Stylish Honeymoon Suitcase

Delsey Luggage

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4
Mar

Summer Cocktails Your Guests Will Love

Summer Cocktails Your Guests Will Love

Mingling at your summer reception will be a breeze with one of these eight cool drinks in hand.

Photo by CARRIE PATTERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Summer drinks call for fresh fruit, rosé spritzers and a whole lot of lemonade. Infuse your wedding cocktails with muddled berries, aromatic herbs or a bright squeeze of citrus for a refreshing signature drink. Below, some of our favorite swizzled sips to inspire your guests’ preceremony fun or cocktail hour (and keep them cool).

Boozy Arnold Palmer

Spiked Arnold Palmer signature wedding cocktail

Photo by ALYONA PHOTOGRAPHY

Iced tea and lemonade marry beautifully—we all know it. But a splash (or two) of vodka makes this the perfect cocktail hour sip.

Mixed Berry Mojito

Mint and berry signature wedding reception cocktail

Photo by CARRIE PATTERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Crushed berries stain this classic rum-based cocktail a beautiful ruddy ombre, while fresh mint leaves add an earthy finish.

Lavender Lemonade with Pear Vodka

Lavender lemonade with pear vodka signature wedding cocktail

Photo by HEATHER ANN DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY

Nostalgia never tasted so chic. Not only is this drink lovely to look at, but lavender and pear add that “something extra” to the iconic, summertime favorite.

Rosé Sangria

Rosé champagne sangria signature wedding cocktail

Photo by Sarah Love

Sangria and summer go together like, well, rosé and summer. Dress up your favorite fruity rosé with a mixture of berries (the classic), kiwi (the unexpected) and even a splash of rum or brandy if you’re feeling extra naughty.

Grilled Peach and Bourbon

Grilled peach and bourbon signature wedding cocktail

Photo by JARRAD LISTER PHOTOGRAPHY

Grilled fruit means it’s finally summer. Bourbon gets a bright pick-me-up from grilled peaches and lemon juice for a drink that’s both vibrant and sophisticated.

Pimm’s Cup

Pimm's Cup passed reception cocktails

Photo by ORCHARD COVE PHOTOGRAPHY

Mix citrusy, spicy Pimm’s with either lemonade or ginger ale, then add a healthy dose of fresh garnishes (think: cucumbers, apples, strawberries, oranges and mint) to recreate this English delight. Tip: Substitute lemonade or ginger ale for champagne and you’ve got yourself a “Pimm’s Royal Cup.” Cheerio!

Champagne Lemonade Spritzer

Lemonade Champagne spritzer signature wedding cocktail

Photo by ONELOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

This spritzer is tart, boozy and fizzy! Stick a cute straw in your champagne lemonade for endless refreshment, then add raspberries or blackberries for garnish and a bottom-of-the-glass treat.

Blushing White Sangria

White sangria with pink seasonal fruit signature wedding cocktail

Photo by MICHELLE LANGE PHOTOGRAPHY

Seasonal fruit like grapefruit, oranges, raspberries and strawberries make white wine blush with color and burst with flavor. Served over ice, there’s nothing better on a hot summer day.

3
Mar

9 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Happy

9 Ways to Make Your Wedding Guests Happy

If you incorporate these thoughtful touches into your wedding, your guests may never want to leave the party!

Bride and groom at long reception table

Photo by One Love Photography

Guests will undoubtedly gush over your gown, be amazed by your centerpieces and snap photos of the wedding cake. But give them a charging station for when their phones hit 3 percent battery power or blister Band-Aids in the bathroom for when their heels start hurting, and your wedding will go down in history with the greats. So our advice: Think about the small things that’ll really allow guests to enjoy and celebrate the day with you. Use these 13 ideas below to impress them with that extra little touch.

Pamper Them With a Welcome Bag

Wedding welcome bag

Photo by Iris Photography

From the album: A Sophisticated, At-Home Wedding With Garden-Inspired Flair At A Private Residence In New Canaan, Connecticut

Quench Their Thirst With Pre-Ceremony Refreshments

Signature white angria wedding cocktails

Photo by Shea Christine Photography

From the album: A Chic, Garden-Style Wedding At The Addison In Boca Raton, Florida

Warm Them Up With Blankets

Blankets for wedding guests

Photo by Chudleigh Weddings

From the album: A Winter Wedding At Sundance Mountain Resort In Sundance, Utah

Shield Their Eyes With Sunglasses

Black and navy sun glasses

Photo by Kate Headley Photography

From the album: An Elegant Waterfront Wedding At A Private Estate In Easton, Maryland

Give Their Feet a Break from Dress Shoes

Wedding guest flip flops

Photo by Nichole Lockman / Nemus Photography

From the album: A Lakefront Backyard Wedding At A Private Residence In Tahoma, California

Wrap Them in Pashminas

Colorful Fringed Scarf Wedding Favors

Photo by Rebecca Barger Photography

From the album: An International, Garden-Inspired Wedding At The Old Mill In Rose Valley, Pennsylvania

Send Them Home With a Treat

Miniature pie wedding guest favors

Photo by Heather Waraksa

From the album: An Elegant, Bohemian Wedding At A Private Residence In Greenwich, CT

Thank Them With a Note at Their Seat

Photo by Elmer Escobar Photography

From the album: A Romantic Bohemian Wedding At Whispering Tree Ranch In Laveen, Arizona

Feed Them Late Night Treats

Coke and pretzels late night party snack

Photo by Brett & Jessica

From the album: A Creative, Movie-Inspired Wedding In Durham, NC

3
Mar

15 (Easy!) Ways to Decorate Your Wedding Reception

15 (Easy!) Ways to Decorate Your Wedding Reception

Style your soiree with these fresh ideas.

Whether your historic wedding venue won’t let you bring in a big installation, or you just want to keep the décor to a minimum, we have 15 totally doable ideas to turn your reception space into a celebration that’s all you.

  1. 1. Drape the Ceilings

    Rustic barn wedding reception space with draped white fabric decor

    Photo by onelove photography

    It’s amazing what a little fabric can do. Keep it formal and elegant with white fabric, or if you’re after a fun vibe, opt for a bright color like yellow. Bonus: Take this approach and you can go light on the table décor and still get the same decked-out reception look.

    From A Rustic-Glam Barn Wedding at Olympia’s Valley Estate in Petaluma, California

  2. 2. Pick Up Patterned Pillows

    Lounge area with antique furniture and patterned pillows

    Photo by Meg Smith Photography

    If you have a lounge area in your reception space (or made one with some rental furniture), get yourselves to a housewares department for some pillows. Find them on sale (IKEA-style) and cover them with your favorite patterned fabric for a few low-maintenance pops of festive color and pattern.

    From An Elegant Barn Wedding at a Private Residence in St. Helena, California

  3. 3. Create an Escort Card Display

    Preppy escort card display with paper flowers and blue calligraphy

    Photo by Meaghan Elliott Photography

    Instead of the old escort card table idea, create a bulletin board of seating assignments and display it near the entrance of the reception space. Bonus: You won’t have guests squinting at tiny tented cards, trying to decipher their table number.

    From A Kate Spade–Inspired Beachside Wedding at Sanderling Resort in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

  4. 4. Hang Your Flowers

    Suspended floral arrangements in a barn wedding reception
    Photo by Rebekah Murray Photography

    Think flowers are just for your tables? Think again. Suspending lush arrangements a few feet above your guests’ dinner plates is a fun way to create a more intimate space. (This tip is especially handy if you’re not so fond of your venue’s carpeting—just keep people looking up!)

    From A Murray Hill Wedding in Leesburg, Virginia

  5. 5. Make Chalkboard Signage

    Elegant chalkboard sign displaying romantic quote
    Photo by Harwell Photography

    Chalkboards in a photo booth are pure fun—but they’re also a great way to decorate an entrance or jazz up the cocktail bar. Personalize it by thrifting an old frame and spray-painting it to match the rest of your décor. Drape with greenery or a flower garland and chalk away!

    From An Elegant Tented Wedding at Pebble Hill Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia

  6. 6. Use Table Lamps

    Glamorous wedding reception with modern lamp centerpieces
    Photo by Ira Lippke Studios

    Create height on those tables using table lamps. Tip: You can skip flowers altogether if you want, but surrounding the lamps with flowers or greenery is an easy way to hide cords.

    From A Modern Garden Wedding in New York, New York

  7. 7. Add a Sprig of Herbs

    Sage and bread place setting with spring of herbs
    Photo by Troy Grover Photographers

    Just because you’re having a formal wedding doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with your décor. Add herbs like rosemary or lavender for a fragrant touch on the place settings.

    From A Rustic, Romantic Wedding at Shady Canyon Golf Club in Irvine, California

  8. 8. Rent Colored Glassware

    Blue colored glassware at an outdoor wedding reception
    Photo by Anna Kuperberg

    Instead of pouring your entire reception décor budget into the centerpieces, consider using part of that budget to rent extras like colored glassware—it’ll make your tables pop in an instant.

    From A Country-Chic Wedding in Sonoma, California

  9. 9. Order Calligraphed Menus

    Calligraphed wedding reception menus
    Photo by Ned Jackson Photography

    Rather than printing out your escort cards and menus, take the design one step further with calligraphy. There are different scripts for every type of affair, like traditional copperplate for black tie formal or something more free-hand for farm-to-table chic. Your budget doesn’t allow for 200 professionally calligraphed place cards? Invest in young talent—post the job in your local college’s art department and test out a few students for the job.

    From A Vintage-Style Wedding in Boston, Massachusetts

  10. 10. Use a Table Runner That Pops

    White and blue patterned table running with tall taper candles
    Photo by Hudson Nichols Photography

    Look for modern table décor inspiration, like this patterned table runner. Rather than having several big floral centerpieces, space them out in smaller bud vases to span the length of the runner (and show off the pattern). This colorful detail will make your rental china pop.

    From A Buena Vista Farms Wedding in New Castle, Delaware

  11. 11. Reshape Your Table Numbers

    Uno table numbers at tented wedding reception
    Photo by Jen Fariello Photography

    Want something original for your table labels? Think about number presentation. Display your table numbers or names on unique vessels like wine bottles, lanterns, moss topiaries or festive pennant flags.

    From A Fiesta-Style Wedding in Scottsville, Virginia

  12. 12. Make a Family Photo Wall

    Family photo wall at outdoor wedding reception
    Photo by Pure 7 Studios

    For an easy conversation starter, create a wall of family wedding photos. Devote a row to his family, one to yours or just mix them all up. Alternative idea: Showcase your (new!) family tree.

    From A Romantic Old-World Wedding in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

  13. 13. Hang (a Ton of) Paper Lanterns

    Tented wedding reception with white and yellow paper lanterns
    Photo by Armor and Martel Photography

    We know—paper lanterns are nothing new. But multiply the number of lanterns you usually see hanging in a reception space by 100 and it’s a totally different story.

    From A Classic Garden Wedding in Newport, Rhode Island

  14. 14. Mood Lighting En Masse

    Dramatic wedding reception with tall taper candles
    Photo by Glen Allsop / Christian Oth Studio

    When paired with some dramatic uplighting and luxe fabrics, the addition of tall taper candles turns your space into a magnificent scene of dancing lights.

  15. 15. Photo Backdrops

    Photo by Sarah McKenzie Photography

    Create a stunning focal point that doubles as a photo backdrop. Layers of different colors and shapes give guests different elements to marvel at. Think about materials that are easily customizable like tissue paper tassles, balloons, garlands of greenery or paper flowers.

    From A Colorful, Whimsical Wedding at Station 3 in Houston, Texas