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If you are particular for a view and love the great outdoors, today’s Grand Teton National Park wedding with a view is for you!
This lovely couple traveled from Colorado for their destination wedding in Wyoming. There is definitely no need for an arbor when you have crystal clear blue sky and mountains as a backdrop! A mother moose and her two calves even made an appearance at this rustic Wyoming wedding.
Grand Teton National Park Wedding ~ Bride’s Comments
What was the overall theme for the ceremony and reception?
We wanted the ceremony and reception to be as natural as possible, as we love nature and simplicity.
What were some challenges you faced planning your wedding?
The biggest challenge was trying to determine who were the best vendors to hire, as Dan and I are not from the area. Having the perspective and advice of a local was extremely helpful.
How many guests were invited and what was the final guest count?
There were about 75 people invited and we had 60 people attend.
What was the best advice you received when you were planning your wedding?
The best advice that we received was that something unforeseen would go wrong during the day, but what was most important was to work through it and not let it ruin the day because it would turn out perfectly in the end. Though this advice did not seem as though it would be fitting, it did happen and yet everything worked out.
What were the highlights from the ceremony & reception?
There was some humor to the ceremony. The bride’s walk down the aisle was extended (as there was no other place that I could enter which would have been closer). During the walk down the aisle, my father and I found ourselves in knee long grass dodging small ditches and holes that the ground squirrels had made. At the reception, the highlight was the dancing. Though we did not originally want any of the stereotypical wedding songs played (i.e. the chicken dance), these were the songs that got everyone dancing and broke the ice. We had a blast!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went to Iceland for 17 days!
Any tips or tricks that you learned and want to share with brides planning their own wedding?
Though I was able to plan some details on my own, there were certain aspects that were much easier to have handled by someone else. Having our wedding planner was one of the best decisions we made, as there are so many small details that we would not have considered. It was also great in reducing our stress the day of because we did not have to worry about certain aspects (such as the setup of the ceremony or the reception). Our wedding planner made sure every small detail was perfect.
If you could go back and change anything about your wedding, would you?
Honestly, we would not change a thing. Though some issues did arise, it was the most perfectly imperfect day and I do not think we could have planned it any better.
Photographer: Heather Erson Photography
Caterer: Bistro Catering
Event Venue: Grand Teton National Park
DJ: Jackson Hole DJ
Dress Designer: Justin Alexander Bridal
Officiant: Tom Jordan
Cake Designer: Jackson Cake Company
Event Planner: Parker Thomas Events
Photo Booth Equipment: The Fotobox
Hair Stylist: Tori Salon
Have you ever thought of making your own DIY wedding menu? Or how about your own DIY place card setting? I did both!
After partnering up with Xyron and Anna Griffin, L&L was put to the challenge of making our own fabulous DIY menu and table place setting card! The trick to making these DIYs look so darn good is the amazing products that Anna Griffin and Xyron have to offer.
The most exciting part of this challenge is involving our readers to vote for the best DIY project. There are 4 projects to choose from and the blog that receives the most votes will be able to give away an Anna Griffin and Xyron prize pack valued at $1000!!!
So, don’t forget to head over to Facebook and click on the “Say I Do” contest page. Vote for your favorite DIY menu and table place setting card from now until September 2, 2014.
“Say ‘I Do’ With Xyron and Anna Griffin!”
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Soft Hues Metallic Paper Kit
- 3D Bouquet Border Stickers
- 60pc Flocked Papers
- Paper Cutter
- Glue Stick
- 9” Creative Station Laminate by Xyron (Optional)
Step 1: Create and print out your own wedding menu, I used Microsoft Word. Print the menu on Anna Griffin’s Soft Hues Metallic Paper. I used the fonts Dragon is Coming and Adorn Copperplate. You can be as creative as you want with the layout of your menu.
Step 2: Use a paper cutter to cut the menu to the shape your think will look best. I wanted my menu to be long and skinny to show off the beautiful paper border.
Step 3: Next take your Anna Griffin Flocked Paper (feels like velvety goodness) and lineup your finished menu with the flocked paper. Use a pencil and a ruler to measure out: A) where you think the menu will look best, and B) how big of a border you would like to have around the finished menu. I wanted a larger border on top, so I measured a separate piece of flocked paper for the top of the finished menu.
Tip: Once you have figured out your border widths, use a ruler and take note of the measurements and sizes so that all of your menus will be uniform.
Step 4: Use your glue stick to glue all 3 sheets together.
Step 5: Complete the menu by taking the Ann Griffin 3D Bouquet Border Stickers and place it on top.
Table Place Setting Card
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Festive Flags
- 20th Anniversary Sticker Kit
- Mini colored clothes pegs
- Metallic Marker
If you are making place card for your wedding, consider a project that is easy. When I saw the package of Ann Griffin Festive Flags I knew right away what I wanted to do with them. I first wrote my guests name on the festive flag with a gold metallic pen and then added a flower. Each flower has an adhesive sticker, so it was super easy to peel and stick. I had mini clothes pegs from another project, which can hold the guest’s name in place on their wine glass at the table.
Remember: when you are tackling DIY projects for your wedding start early and don’t make the project overly complex. If you have a lot of DIYs, the easier the project the better.
Don’t forget to head over to Facebook and vote for the DIY you fancy most. If L&L wins I will be giving away a $1000 prize pack to one of my readers!!