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Of all the wedding planning tasks, creating the guest list might actually be one of the single most important steps. This will determine not only who joins you on your wedding day, but also the type of venue you have to book, the type of menu that’s more appropriate, and, overall, the ambiance of your wedding.

How do you plan the guest list, though? We have some tips for you – so read on if you want to find out more.

  • Be clear to your parents from the very beginning. This is as much a big event for them as it is for you, so you might have to face the fact that they want to invite a bunch of people too. If you are not comfortable with this, be sure to discuss it before you even start to talk about the guest list. This is especially important if your parents are financially involved in the wedding.
  • Be realistic from the very beginning too. If you know your budget is tight, there’s absolutely no point in planning a very long guest list (as this can be one of the main factors that pushes the budget over the limit). Likewise, if you want a destination wedding, accept the fact that many of those you invite to your wedding might not make it (due to financial reasons, time-related issues and so on).
  • Establish your own ground rules. Talk to your fiancé and establish very clearly who gets invited and who doesn’t. For instance, you might discuss that you will not invite people you haven’t seen face to face in the last couple of years. Or you might establish a rule according to which people you simply work with will not be invited. Whatever rule you set though, be sure it’s set in stone and that you both abide to it, no exception.
  • Create a B-list too. If you absolutely want to make sure you will reach a certain number of guests, create a B-list too. When people on the A-list let you know they can’t make it to the wedding, invite those on the B-list. To make sure this happens, you should start by sending the first round of invitations long before the actual wedding date.

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Your wedding venue is extremely important – not just because it’s the actual space where your wedding will happen, but also because it’s one of those wedding elements that has the power to change everything: the size of your wedding, the style, and how you plan the details of the Big Day as well.

For instance, have you considered coordinating your wedding cake with your venue’s style? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Garden wedding venue. If you want to plan an outdoor wedding surrounded by pure beauty and grace in a garden, you should definitely coordinate your entire wedding theme with the location. The best way to bring a cake into a garden wedding theme is by using plenty of greenery and flowers to decorate it. A simple white cake will look stunning with leaves and flowers on it, and so will a colored wedding cake adorned with flower petals in the same colors.
  • Vineyard wedding venue. Want to plan a wedding in a vineyard? It can turn out really beautiful indeed, especially if you make sure to match your décor with the landscape surrounding you. For a wedding cake inspired by vineyards, use dark-colored fresh fruit for the décor. For instance, a cake decorated with figs will look luxurious and generous, just like the fruit and the wine born in a vineyard.
  • Elegant wedding venue. If you are among the brides and grooms who want to have a classic wedding in a more traditional wedding space, your cake should reflect this. A marble-themed cake can look stunning for this kind of events, and so can a wedding cake that features intricate painted décor on a fondant icing.
  • Mountain wedding venue. You can use the aforementioned ideas for a mountain wedding as well. For an even more “mountain-like” vibe, keep the florals to a minimum. Twigs, wooden elements, fallen leaves (for an autumn wedding) – these are some of the best and most beautiful ways to decorate a wedding cake for a mountain venue.


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If we have to be completely honest, most couples know when an engagement is on the way – the occasions when such a big step comes completely out of the blue are quite rare. Even if the future bride doesn’t know her engagement ring’s design just yet, and even if she might not now when, where, or how she will be proposed to, she does know this is bound to happen sooner, rather than later.

Under these circumstances, tackling some of the basic wedding planning tasks can help you save some time and organize some things before the actual engagement.

What are some of the wedding planning tasks you can tackle before you put a ring on it? Read on and find out more.

  • The style of the Big Day. You can definitely talk about your wedding style with your SO. Chances are you are on the same page (or very close), but doing this before the engagement will save you quite a lot of time because it will give you a clear direction to approach once the ring is on the ringer. Do you want a romantic wedding? A mountain wedding? A rustic wedding? A bit of everything? These things will help you narrow down the list of options.
  • The size of the Big Day. Some couples want large weddings and they want to invite everyone they know. Others, on the other hand, prefer events that are a bit more intimate. Both options (and everything in between) are more than fine – but tackling this issue before the actual wedding planning will definitely help you start on the right foot.
  • The wedding venue. Well, you might not be able to book your wedding venue just yet – but since you now know the size and the style you want for your wedding, you will be able to narrow down the list of options. Who knows, maybe you will make some calls to check the availability too – and you might even end up booking your dream venue ahead of time, so that you are 100% sure it will be available on your wedding day.


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Saying I DO is more than just an event – it’s the kind of moment that changes your life forever, the kind of moment you want to remember fondly forever.

Of course, there are a lot of factors to consider when planning your wedding ceremony – and etiquette isn’t an unimportant one in any way. Sure, things may have changed a lot in the past decade or so – but even so, some wedding ceremony etiquette rules stand as strong as ever.

What are some of the lesser known ones? We have some tips – continue reading if you want to learn more about this.

  • It’s probably not OK to ask people to stand. If your ceremony is very short (e.g. 15 minutes), that might be fine – but anything longer than that will be quite tiresome, especially for the seniors. Also, keep in mind that your guests will be standing during the Cocktail Hour as well, so unless you have some sort of lounge space prepped for them, asking them to stand during the ceremony might be too much.
  • If your Ring Bearer is very young, you can definitely ask him to carry down the aisle something that’s not as precious (and easy to lose). It could be a basket of flowers, a funny sign, or even just a box without the rings in it.
  • If you want your wedding to be officiated by a friend, be sure to do your research. In most states, ministers can even be ordained online, in a matter of minutes – but it’s always safer to do the research and know exactly what the legislation in your specific state is.
  • Speaking of ceremony officiants, do invite them to the wedding reception. Regardless of whether it’s a friend, your minister, a priest, or simply a government worker, it is polite to invite them to the reception. Unless they are somewhat close to your family (e.g. they have been your priest for a long time), they will most likely turn down the invitation – but even so, inviting them is customary.


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Could there ever be something to say “fall more than apples (and, well, fallen leaves)?

Probably not. Apples are the quintessentially seasonal fruit – the kind of treat you grab on to throughout the entire cool season for a myriad of reasons. The colors, the flavor, the very essence of an apple is right there, embedded well within our culture, as the kind of element that should never miss when painting a full picture of fall.

Everyone loves apples – but have you ever considered including them in your wedding (other than in apple pies)?

We have some tips for you – read on and find out more.

  • Apple garlands and flower arrangements. Add richness and a touch of fall to your floral arrangements by including apples in it. Although these fruits might seem pretty large for a floral piece of décor, they can still be incorporated in amazing ways. The essence here lies in choosing the right colors for your apples – the colors that complement the florals and the greenery around them.
  • Escort cards. This is such a wonderful idea, especially if you don’t use paint or a marker on the actual apple! That can be done and it will look amazing if you write your guests’ names in gold on a red apple, for instance, but you can also pin the escort card in the apple and give the fruit to your guests as a treat (or as a wedding favor). If you choose to do this, be sure to offer really flavorful apples!
  • Who doesn’t love treating themselves to a deliciously sweet candied apple? Regardless of whether you go for the candied (red) version or for a more natural one (apples dipped in caramel), you can rest assured that candied apples with be a huge success for your Big Day.
  • Apple wall. Statement walls have been really popular in 2018 – and if you want one for your wedding too, you should definitely consider a shelf full of apples! You can invite your guests to grab a fruit as a snack or as a wedding favor, and the arrangement itself will definitely make the wedding feel absolutely stunning!


Looking for a really beautiful wedding venue to complement your wedding décor ideas? Contact Bluff Mountain Inn and we guarantee you will love every inch of this amazing place!

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