This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Johnna and Stephen. The ceremony was held at WaterColor Inn in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and reception at WaterColor Inn, Fish Out of Water, Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
Early in the wedding planning process, the couple knew they wanted an intimate, relaxed fall wedding that doubled as an escape from their busy Chicago area lives. The destination search started in Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina but when they discovered WaterColor Inn in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, the search was over. The coastal decor, white sandy beaches, top chefs, and luxury accommodations complemented their wedding vision.
Days before the wedding, their guests from Illinois, Texas, Florida, Ohio and Manchester, England started to arrive at WaterColor Inn. What was once a zero percent chance of rain evolved into a seventy percent chance threatening the ceremony and photos. As they were getting ready for the wedding, the showers began but the WaterColor team was confident the rain would stop and the ceremony would go as planned. Shortly before the wedding, the rain ceased and as the guitarist was playing the bride’s music the sun peaked through the clouds shining on the ceremony. It was a flawless celebration with their family and friends.
Today’s rehearsal dinner inspiration board is all about elegant flourishes with a bit of a French flair. We went with a beautiful taupe and fuchsia color combination that makes a subtle impact. Delicate details make all the difference.
We’ve heard a lot of talk on the subject of champagne lately. Take this email from a worried bride-to-be:
I really want to drink my favorite brand of champagne at our wedding, but my fiance thinks it’s rude for us to drink a higher quality champagne than what we’re serving to our guests. Is that true? Shouldn’t we be able to drink whatever we please?
Dear Bubbly Bride,
In general, proper wedding etiquette dictates that if there’s any chance your guests would be offended by your choice of champagne, don’t do it. But although that answer seems resolute, there are a few options available:
Get a bottle of your favorite bubbly for a private toast with your new spouse after the wedding.
If the bottle is given to you as a gift, your guests certainly wouldn’t hold it against you… Start dropping hints to your wedding party.
Order one bottle of the preferred champagne per table for the toast only. That way, everyone can partake.
What would you advise Bubbly Bride to do? Leave a comment and let us know!
Do you have a question for our wedding experts? Send your etiquette, wedding planning or style dilemma to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post an answer for you!
Here is some inspiration for a bachelorette party, or a pre-party before going out on the town to celebrate! The bride-to-be will surely enjoy some classy sweets and treats in pretty shades of pink and sparkling champagne themed details.