City brides – where did you get your inspiration?

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

annb9:  I’m so glad you posted this! I too am planning a wedding in Boston and am hitting the same road blocks, esp when it comes to DIY. Everything out there is shabby-chic, chalkboards and mason jars, or black tie- none of which are appropriate for my wedding.

I’m sticking with clean simplicity and roses and flowers (an homage to Boston’s beautiful rose gardens). 

I really haven’t found any external resources other than some great suggestions from the bees here. Being a local Bostonian, I’m picking places like the Gardener Museum (I was engaged there), the MFA, and the rose garden for “inspiration”. Boston is a city of its own- too old to be glamorous but too refined to be shabby. It doesn’t insist upon itself, making decor for weddings, if done poorly, seem garish. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

There is definitey a lack of inspiration of those kinds of weddings right now! I just comb through Pinterest and ignore all the garden/rustic/farmhouse stuff. I will be following this thread to see if anyone has any good suggestions!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

annb9:  where you looking for anything in particular? I’d be happy to share some ideas or help you with yours. One thing I’m stuck on is favors. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

This blog http://modernlywed.com/  was helpful to me when planning. It focuses more on chic and sophisticated styles. I also found good inspiration on my local (DC/MD) blogs, which were not as heavily populated with the rustic-chic look that is prevalent in many of the more prominent national blogs.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Boston here too!  I looked at my venue and tried to figure out what would complement it while still fitting in with my personal style, which is not super modern, I don’t need uplighting, etc.  For flowers I was trying to decide between 3 low centerpieces per table or lots of little containers with a few flowers in each and went with the florist who suggested the latter (pretty much the same price as my other favorite, but they are including succulents in my bouquet which I really wanted and also aren’t charging delivery so I’m hoping I get more bang for my buck).  Instead of using mason jars it’ll be something a bit more modern.  3 of the 4 florists I spoke with were totally on board with both ideas and really listened to my vision.  Definitely share your inspiration photos with them and explain any misgivings you have about how they will fit your venue and they will help you out.

We’re doing a brunch reception so we decided to have loose leaf tea with infusers as favors.  We really like tea so it fits us as a couple as well as our wedding.  I’d be less worried about doing something ‘city’ for favors than finding something that represents you and your FI that you think your guests would enjoy.

Another idea for finding inspiration is to look at Boston photographers’ websites.  Even if they aren’t your photographer or your preferred photography style you might see some good ideas from other city weddings.  You can also google your venue and the word wedding and see what other couples have done with the space.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

annb9:  I’m getting married May 31 in downtown Cincinnati.  Our wedding is at a historic building that’s just beautiful, with a gorgeous park across the street.  I can definitely post some photos of my wedding after it happens, but here’s just some google images for now:

 

We let the venue inspire us.  Originally we wanted a funky industrial modern wedding.  But we ended up with this space (which I’m thrilled to have our wedding here!) so now our wedding is vintage/romantic/elegant.  We’re doing lots of mercury glass, antiqued mirrors, gold frames, with lots of white/creams/peaches/pale pinks for the flowers.  Guys are in light grey tuxes and ladies in mismatched blush dresses.

I can’t wait for our wedding!  It’s coming up so fast…   so much left to do!!!!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

annb9:  We haven’t quite nailed down the place but it will be in June 2015. I was thinking the fens rose garden or the arboretum. It’s very small- 40 people- so no need to do a bigger venue. Our reception dinner will be at No. 9 Park, my favorite restaurant in the city. We aren’t doing a traditional reception (no dj, cake cutting,etc), but instead pouring the bulk of our budget into the food and wine. We can’t afford to do a big buy-out, but instead are renting out half of the dining room. Because it is in June and after all the graduations, we are getting a deal. 

The decor or the restaurant is very Boston-like in that it’s dark, with neutral colors, a little spartan with a little warmth. I’m going to focus on seasonal roses, big peonies and dahlias, and mix in antique with new. 

I’m making place card holders out of wine corks that I shaved off the bottom so they can rest on their side. I cut a long slice through the middle so the place cards will slide right it. My save the dates are a simple postcard I am printing on card stock with a muted old map of boston from 1805 on the front with the date and a personalized message hand written on the back. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

annb9:  We went with B&G Sawin.  The other top contender was Centre Pieces Design.  I kind of wish I could have combined both of their ideas, but B&G gave more specifics in their proposal and like I said was pretty close in price but didn’t charge delivery.  Closer to the wedding I will meet with them again to look at an actual example so I’m hoping if I decide I’d rather do the 3 low centerpieces instead we could kind of rework it.  Centre Pieces Design was really great about showing me different ideas for containers, but didn’t include specific types of flowers in the proposal.  I also found it strange that she told me how much it would be per table before we even discussed what kinds of flowers I like.  

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

Boston Girl here too. My brother held his wedding in the Boston Commons. And had the reception at Abe & Louie’s on Boylston Street. The bride walked from the commons to the restaurant. In hind sight it was cute.

I wanted to hold my wedding at Copley Libary. I just loved the idea, so modern and so differnt. I was having a really hard time cordinating everything. I couldn’t put it together. We opted for a country club outside the city instead.

Kinda wish i hadn’t given up so easily. But the country club will be nice. Good Luck, i am sure everything will turn out beautiful 

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