There are tons of places to pull inspiration from when determining your wedding color palette (Pinterest, The Knot, wedding magazines, etc.), but you can also create your own palette around colors that have meaning to you (that’s what I love to see!)
My husband is a Tennessee fan (Go Vols!) so orange was the only color he cared about – it also happened to NOT be one of my favorites. Blue and darker tones are my favorites, but we were having a Spring wedding. We ended up with shades of cream, pink and orange in the flowers with navy accents. And I ended up loving the way the orange looked mixed in. It was not done in a way that screamed college football AT ALL (probably myself and Cale were the only ones who knew why the orange was there), but it had a meaning behind it.
So, what colors stand out to you? Do they have a meaning behind them? (It's ok if they don't, you can also choose colors that you just love from your inspirations)
Typically, Spring and Summer weddings have lighter and brighter colors that complement the seasonal colors. You can mix in a favorite dark color to really add a pop - especially when you have an outstanding florist to back you up!
Fall in North Georgia brings out our love for all things moody and saturated - colors that mix with the changing leaves and crisp air.
A great way to ensure your color palette melds with your wedding season is to use locally grown, in season flowers. We grow a variety of cut flowers on our farm for weddings. Choosing in season flowers gives you a natural color palette that is unique to your wedding date and works perfectly with the surrounding colors of nature. On my wedding day, Queen Anne's Lace and native orange daylilies were blooming along the roads. Every year when these flowers come into bloom, I immediately think of my wedding day.
The main thing to remember is it's your wedding and rules are made to be broken (sometimes!). Choose a color palette that works for you and have fun with it!
Finding your dream dress may be even harder than finding the perfect venue for your wedding. For one thing, there are WAY more options! It's also easy to fall in love with something outside of your budget easier (you go to the store to look at a few carefully priced options, see something in the window, and you're sold).
One way to avoid the heartache, is to visit a bridal boutique that only carries dresses within a certain budget. Did you even know those existed? There are two great options in the Atlanta area.
Carrie's Bridal Collection - only carries dresses under $1,000. They have some gorgeous options (up to 500 dresses in the store) in sizes 0 - 28. Walk ins welcome!
Adore Bridal Boutique - this cute little boutique carries dresses in the $900 - $2000 range. Set up an appointment to meet with the staff who will help you choose the perfect dress for you!
Bridals by Madison - yet another cute little boutique to visit! Their average dress is in the $1,500 range. They focus solely on bridal gowns, so set an appointment and enjoy the attention!
Rain on your wedding day - it's supposed to be good luck, but it's not what any bride dreams of, especially if they are looking at outdoor venue options.
There are things on your wedding day that are completely outside of your control and weather is one of those. However, putting a good plan in place will help you not stress over the "what ifs". The good news in Georgia is we don't often have full days of rain. There are often showers with breaks in between, and hopefully, one of those breaks will coordinate with your ceremony!
We do a couple of things at our venue to set up a rain plan. One, we always set up the outdoor ceremony. That way, if we do get a break, we can rush out to dry everything off and let you have the outdoor ceremony you wanted.
Two, we have a rain plan set at least a week in advance for you to approve. We show you the layout for the ceremony inside, talk through if you want to wait a few minutes if the skies look like they might clear, where family pictures will occur and where guests will mingle for cocktail hour.
Having a good plan in place is key no matter where your wedding takes place. The trickiest part is not the ceremony, but having guests separated and comfortable while you take your family and bridal party pictures. Some venues have multiple indoor locations so you can set up the ceremony in one, have cocktails in another and reception in a third. Others, like us, just have a single large space. The size of your wedding and how much time you want for pictures will determine if we do a full ceremony set up and then flip it for reception or do a smaller ceremony, let guests sit at the tables and adjust things during pictures.
Be sure you talk with the venue and your vendors about what additional staff or costs may be needed for each option.
Most importantly, remember the day is about getting married! As long as you and your fiance are husband and wife at the end of the day - that's what it's all about! My husband told me several times that there was room under an umbrella from the two of us and the pastor, and that was all that mattered. Knowing that his key focus was marrying me, kept me from worrying about what the weather might do.
Pleasant Union Farm is a family owned wedding venue in North Georgia, about an hour north of Atlanta.