Pizza at Destination Weddings

Venturing to Italy (or even New York!) for your destination wedding? Celebrate what it’s famous for and serve pizza as your main course! It’s quite hard to find someone who doesn’t like pizza and there are so many options that it makes for quite the diverse, yet simple menu. Choose a quaint restaurant known for its pizza amongst the Italian locals or have your caterer set up a pizza bar where guests can add a little something extra to the pizza of their choice. If you’d rather have a traditional dinner, serve mini-sized slices, or creative pizza cones, as a crowd-pleasing appetizer!  We once worked on a secret celebrity wedding in Italy where for the after party guests were ushered into a new room – a pop up Italian pizzeria in the reception venue!  Red and white checkered tablecloths and all, a great way to end the night or get the late night party started.

pizza-at-weddings{Photo Credits (Top to bottom, left to right): Clayton Austin via Green Wedding Shoes, Sarah Yates Photography via Style Me Pretty, Adeline and Grace Photography via Style Me Pretty, LemonLime Photo via Ampersand Design Studio, The Kitchn, Christophe Photo via The Bride’s Guide, Martha Stewart}

Of course, if you’re serving pizza at your wedding, why not set the stage for a bit more Italian flair, too? Nobody will turn down a spread of delicious and authentic bread alongside the finest Italian wines (Try having the wine labels custom made as your table numbers!) For favors, give miniature bottles of olive oil or pizza sauce so guests can relive their Italian meal long after the wedding ends. You can even attach a recipe suggestion for your favorite Italian pizza. I don’t know about you, but if I attend a destination wedding where pizza was served, I’d be quite the happy (and full) guest!

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Destination Weddings in the Rainforest

April may bring showers stateside turning everything green, but the rainforest doesn’t need just one month to do that, it’s lush year round, making it a truly exotic location for a destination wedding! You may have considered venturing to the rainforests of the world for your honeymoon, but many a couple has said “I do” amongst the them too. There’s several hotels around the world, in gorgeous places like Australia and Costa Rica, that have taken up residence right amongst the forest so you won’t have to go far for the magnificent dense foliage backdrop you’re looking for. Here’s a few ideas to get you inspired, and twist your arm to take the plunge beneath the canopies for your big day!

destination-weddings-in-the-rainforestPhoto Credits (Top to bottom): The Simple Things Studio via LANE, Port Douglas Wedding Professionals (Photos 3 + 4), Silky Oaks Lodge, Treehouse Point

Whether you wed in, or near, the rainforest you can bring in the greenery, florals, bamboo and more with your details. Think pops of bright exotic blooms, large unique leaves as centerpieces or a canopy of lights to mimic the canopy of the trees. But it goes without saying that if you tie the knot in a rainforest for your destination wedding, you’ll need little more than the two of you to make it a truly memorable day.

rainforest-destination-weddingsPhoto Credits (Top to bottom): Carla Ten Eyck Photography via Jubilee Events, Catseye Productions via Offbeat Bride, Gemma Comas via Desire to Inspire, Lauren Kinsey Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings, Gypsymade, The Simple Things Studio via LANE


Paper Airplane Destination Wedding Ideas

Paper airplanes don’t just have to be delegated to elementary school projects anymore, they make the perfect little detail to really get guests in the destination wedding mood too! Save the dates, invitations, decor and even accessories? Oh yes, not a wedding element left unturned when it comes to turning these classic DIY toys into a wedding theme. Incorporating them into your paper goods is first thought, whether you mail out paper planes to announce your wedding, or use miniature ones as place cards!

paper-airplane-wedding-invitationsPhoto Credits (Clockwise from top left): Boarding Pass Invitation by “I Do” It Yourself, Airplane Invitation via Growing Home, Escort Cards via Once Wed

You can also craft these nostalgic items as decor, string them into garlands or turn them into cupcake toppers. Perhaps a paper airplane send off is more your style than a sparkler getaway? It would certainly make for fantastic pictures at an outdoor wedding! Don’t let the word paper stop you either. These paper airplane inspired rings would make great bridesmaid gifts. And those push pins? Perfect for holding pinning escort cards in their place! It’s time to get creative!

paper-airplane-wedding-ideasPhoto Credits (Clockwise from top): Airplane Garland Photo by Ashley Rose Photography via JL Designs, Airplane Sendoff Photo by Rojo Foto Design via Style Me Pretty, Airplane Bouquet via Rachael Ray, Cupcake Toppers via My House of Giggles, Cake Topper via Love The Day, Garland by Jeff Loves Jessica via Style Me Pretty, Pushpins via See Jane Work, Ring via Bird on the Wire

How would you incorporate paper airplanes into your destination wedding?


Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CA

I’d venture to say elopements were the original destination wedding: running off somewhere to say “I do” without the months of planning and lengthy guest list, with nobody in on the plans. For those of you thinking of an elopement, even if you do want just a few of those closest to you by your side, we have a beautiful one from Jeremy Gilliam today that may just make you say take the plunge! Amy and Chris met unexpectedly and four years, and two adorable children, later they decided it was time to tie the knot. They fell in love with Santa Ynez and knew it would be perfect for their intimate nuptials of just a few family members.santa-ynez-inn-destination-elopementdestination-elopement-santa-ynez-californiadestination-elopement-santa-ynezdestination-elopement-ceremony-santa-ynezDestination Elopement in Santa YnezDestination Elopement Santa Ynez CaliforniaFrom Amy, the bride: “We stumbled upon Santa Ynez during a work trip and fell in love with the charming area nestled in Santa Barbara County, and promised we would be back. The wineries and countryside were so picturesque. When we were deciding on a wedding venue for our small wedding of family only we wanted something elegant, simple,and romantic and immediately knew that Santa Ynez was the perfect place for us. Santa Ynez was intimate, small, and charming and exactly what we were looking for our wedding.”santa-ynez-california-destination-elopementSanta Ynez Destination Elopement The small party spent the weekend at Santa Ynez Inn, amongst the beauty of wine country, and celebrated post-nuptials with a delicious Italian meal for nine at nearby Trattoria Grappolo.santa-ynez-destination-elopementsanta-ynez-destination-elopement-receptionDestination Elopementsanta-ynez-destination-elopement-cake-cutting“We spent the entire weekend with our families and cherished those few days celebrating our wedding. For us, the tiny wedding really allowed us to spend time with those that matter the most,” says Amy. Santa Ynez Destination ElopementCongratulations Amy and Chris!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Jeremy Gilliam Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue: Santa Ynez Inn, Reception: Trattoria Grappolo,  Bouquet: Renae’s Bouquet, Cake: Solvang Bakery, Hair and makeup artist: Tracy LeBard at Spa Élan, Dress: BCBG Max Azria, Shoes: Manolo Blahnik


Cascarones for Destination Weddings

With Easter this Sunday, we couldn’t help but think about how perfect cascarones would be (long after the Easter Bunny is gone) for destination weddings! What are cascarones you may ask? There confetti filled eggs, traditionally used in Mexican Carnaval celebrations prior to Lent. Recently the confetti egg tradition has been adopted and adapted by many other countries for Easter and other celebratory events, including weddings! The point? Smash a cascarone on someone’s head or toss one in the air for a shower of confetti! And who can turn down a shower of confetti on their wedding day!?

cascarones-confetti-eggs-mexican-traditionPhoto Credits (Clockwise from top): Jokey Yokey, Oh Happy DayJokey Yokey, Muy Bueno Cookbook

This would be such a fun alternative to tossing rice or birdseed or blowing bubbles for any of you planning a destination wedding in Mexico. You can customize the colors to your wedding palette, or go for the glamour and elegance of the metallic variety. You can pass them out at the end of the ceremony, or reception, for quite the grand and colorful farewell!

cascarones-confetti-eggs-weddingsPhoto Credits (Clockwise from top): Scout & Catalouge, Griottes, Braedon Flynn via Camille Styles, Katie Stoops Photography via Wedding Chicks