Shades of Green + Ivory - A Romantic Garden Wedding Inspiration Board

Green and Ivory Boutonnieres

We often see a few bold colors as the main focus of a wedding, but sometimes the most elegant and beautiful color scheme can be found in the simplicity of a single color in several shades, with soft neutral accents. This can be illustrated by a color scheme of soft shades of green and ivory.  

This color pallate is perfect for a spring or summer garden wedding. These colors would also bring a natural feel to your indoor wedding where you want to bring a natural feel to an indoor space.  Mismatched bridesmaids dresses and plant favors will add to the natural feel of your wedding, and an ivory wedding cake with green accent flowers will tie in perfectly. 

There are so many floral options available to compliment this color scheme.  Succulents and Dusty Miller are perfect for bringing different shades of green and textures to bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces.  Bay or olive leaves can be used for garland or in centerpieces, and ivory flowers will look stunning with the greens in the background.

Green and Ivory Centerpiece and Color PalatteGreen and Ivory Garden Wedding Inspiration Board
Green and Ivory Garden Wedding Inspiration Board

Driving off into the Sunset: A Honeymoon on the Road

Couple in Car with Luggage

If you’re having trouble choosing the perfect location for your honeymoon, why don’t you choose all of them? Take the road trip of your dreams!

Before you start:
  1. Plan your route. What cities are you dying to visit? What landmarks have you always wanted to see? Mark every place on a map so you won’t miss anything.
  2. Make sure your vehicle is up to par. Take it to a garage to get everything checked out – you don’t want to break down somewhere on the open road! If your car isn’t very dependable, you might want to rent one.

For the ride:

  1. Pack lots of snacks and drinks. Grocery stores tend to be cheaper than gas stations.
  2. Put together an emergency kit. Include a battery-powered radio, flashlight, jumper cables, first-aid supplies, tire repair kit, flares, and extra batteries. It’s also a good idea to have an extra blanket or two. 
  3. Prepare games and entertainment. The last thing you want is to get bored in the car and start bickering. You can make a few CDs with your favorite music, come up with a few games to play, and tell (or read) stories to each other.
  4. Pack a camera and take plenty of pictures along the way. Each time you stop, get the pictures developed. You can make a scrapbook or photo album while you’re driving.

Where to go:

If you’re still not entirely sure of where you want to go, there are many websites that will help you plan your trip. Some will give you routes that they have already mapped out, but others will give you suggestions and assist you with the technicalities of planning. 

If you have the time and money for it, try to plan one stop in every state. Here are some of the most popular destinations within the United States:

Grand Canyon

  • San Antonio
  • San Francisco (the Golden Gate Bridge)
  • Hollywood
  • Las Vegas
  • Washington D.C.
  • Chicago
  • New Orleans
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite

If you don’t have any particular places in mind, you could pick a highway and drive up and down that, stopping wherever and whenever you feel like it.

Pacific Coast Highway

  • Pacific Coast Highway: 1,700 miles from southern California to the Olympic Peninsula
  • Florida State Highway/Overseas Highway: 600 miles from Jacksonville to Key West
  • Newfound Gap Road/Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive: a total of 606 miles through three national parks – without the semi-trucks, billboards, and traffic on other highways
  • U.S. Highway 2: 3,300 miles (if you drive the 700 miles it covers in Canada!) through mountains, the Great Plains, small towns, and Glacier National Park
  • U.S. Highway 395: 1,300 miles from southern California to the Canada border

There are so many things to do and so many beautiful places to visit. So why should you stay in one place? Grab your spouse, a map, and a trustworthy car and hit the road for a honeymoon full of adventures!

 is an undergraduate at Ohio Northern University with a double major in professional writing and creative writing and a minor in psychology. Liz writes for My Wedding Reception Ideas as well as creates multi-modal writing projects for Re:Media, an Ohio Northern University online publication.

Introducing...The Bridal Party

Everyone knows the wedding is about the bride (and maybe a little bit about the groom). But the bridal party plays a huge role, mostly behind the scenes, and they deserve to be recognized for their hard work.
There are easy ways to make sure the bridal party gets this acknowledgement, but there are also creative, fun ways to introduce your closest friends and family to all of your guests.
Traditional Introductions

Introducing...The Bridal Party

Make sure your MC or DJ knows the correct order the bridal party will be entering in the reception, as well as how to pronounce their names. The minimum the DJ should say is their first and last name and role in the bridal party. Something else you can consider adding is how they each know the bride or groom. Another fun tidbit to add is just a fun fact about each person. For example, “John Doe is the best man and was the groom’s roommate and wingman in college—he’s the one who introduced the groom to the bride!”
Don’t forget to introduce the ring bearer and flower girl!
It’s common to put information about the bridal party in the program for your guests to read, and while this is helpful, it can be impersonal and doesn’t give them a chance to put names to faces.  Consider putting in a small photo next to each member of the bridal party along with a short bio.  Weddings are about joining two families, but the bride and groom need to facilitate this, and the best way to start this is to introduce the bridal party.

Introducing...The Bridal Party
Other Tips for Formal Introductions
Make sure your bridal party is comfortable with each other. Even if they don’t know each other before the ceremony, encourage them to spend some time together, since they will be walking and dancing together all day.
Enter the reception hall excited. When your guests see you and your bridal party having a great time, they will be more excited and will participate in the festivities more eagerly.
Communicate well with your DJ or MC. If you have hired a professional, he or she will have lots of ideas for how to spice up your introductions and can facilitate the whole procession.

Creative Introductions
Encourage your wedding party to do something fun as they enter your reception.  Choreograph a dance routine and have the members of your bridal party waltz, tango, or wobble their way into the reception hall. Let each couple decide individually which dance they want to use for their entrance.
Use props: find toys or other props that fit your theme and have your bridal party use them during their introductions.  This bridal party entered to the song Thrift Shop sporting their best thrift store attire.

Introducing...The Bridal Party
Still not sold with these introductions? Consider this:
Introducing...The Bridal Party
At this wedding, the bride and groom put together a meet the bridal party table. All you need to do is put each person’s name, picture, and some information about them in a picture frame. Here are some ideas for what to include in the information section:
  • How they know the bride/groom
  • Where they’re from
  • A fun fact
  • A funny quote from them that was said at some point during the wedding planning
These picture frames don’t have to be for just the bridal party, either. You can include the parents of the bride and groom, the ring bearer, the flower girl, and anyone else you think deserves one!
However you choose to do the introductions, make sure you include a big thank you to all those who helped to make your day special.

Image Credits: Wedding Party Photos, Wedding party booklet, Thrift Shop Entrance, Meet the maids and grooms

Author signature: Elizabeth Grace

 is an undergraduate at Ohio Northern University with a double major in professional writing and creative writing and a minor in psychology. Liz writes for My Wedding Reception Ideas as well as creates multi-modal writing projects for Re:Media, an Ohio Northern University online publication.
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