5 Fun Alternatives to the Bouquet Toss

If you’re planning a pop-up wedding or elopement, you may be looking for a casual, nontraditional celebration of your marriage. Traditions like the garter and bouquet toss may not match your theme, or you may not feel connected to the gesture.

As you plan your pop-up wedding, Pop the Knot can help you brainstorm fun alternatives to some of these common traditions. To start, check out some of our favorite options for the bouquet toss.

Celebrate Longevity

If you’re looking for a sweet alternative to the traditional bouquet and garter toss, there’s no better way to celebrate the power of love than by inviting all of the couples to the dance floor. As everyone dances to the song of your choice, have someone announce the amount of years couples have been married. The couple who has been together the longest ends up being the last one on the dance floor and receives the bouquet!

At a casual, pop-up wedding, this break in tradition can actually be a sentimental way to remind everyone of the beauty of marriage.

Throw a Breakaway Bouquet

If you like the idea of throwing a bouquet, but want more of your guests to be able to participate, try a breakaway bouquet. This type of bouquet splits apart in midair, so everyone can walk away with a stemmed flower. Many brides choose to tie a fun charm or uplifting message to each flower. No matter what you decide, consider how many guests you want to catch a part of the bouquet and make sure you tie enough flowers for everyone.

Plant the Seed

Want to give every guest a chance to go home with flowers? Make an announcement that they can take home one of the centerpiece arrangements. If you’ve opted not to go with centerpieces for your pop-up wedding, give out packets of seeds as favors instead. Not only will everyone get to enjoy fresh blooms, but they’ll be able to plant the seed and watch it grow–just like your love!

Pass the Bouquet

If you love dancing and are planning a lively celebration, have all the ladies gather on the dance floor. As the DJ or musician plays an up-tempo song, the girls can pass the bouquet around. Whenever the music stops, the person with the bouquet keeps it! This can be a fun way to loosen up the tradition of the bouquet toss and give it a casual feel.

Honor Someone

Is there a friend or family member who has made a significant impact on your lives, or helped you plan your pop-up wedding or elopement? Consider planning a thank-you message and sharing your sentiments with the crowd. Before you’re done, offer them the bouquet as a symbol of your appreciation and love.

As you plan your pop-up wedding, don’t be afraid to create new traditions. With some of these alternatives to the bouquet toss, you can express your personality and create a celebration that represents your love. To get started planning your pop-up wedding or elopement, contact Pop The Knot!

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5 Creative Ways to Announce Your Elopement

If you’re planning to elope, congratulations! Planning a small, intimate celebration can be a low-key way to focus on what matters most: your love. When it comes to announcements, you may want to share the good news with friends and family who weren’t invited to your pop-up wedding or elopement.

Many couples choose to announce their elopement before they leave, but others prefer to announce it after the fact. No matter what you decide, Pop the Knot can help you plan your elopement and come up with creative ways to make your announcement! Try some of our favorite ideas below.

Send postcards

If you want to share your elopement with the folks who stayed back home, a postcard will show off your love for travel and match the casual spirit of your celebration. Print the postcards with a wedding photo on front, and don’t forget to show off the theme of your elopement! If you got married on the beach, include a photo with the waves crashing behind you. If you got married in the city, include a photo with skyscrapers glowing in the distance.

A romantic photo and heartfelt message will help your friends and family feel like they were right there with you.

Try role reversals

Looking for a creative way to announce your elopement on Instagram? Have your guy pose with his wedding ring–a playful switch on the classic engagement ring shot. You can stand beside him and hold up a sign with a clever message.  

When you approach your announcement in a lighthearted way, your friends and family can’t help but feel the joy and happiness you’ve found!

Take the time to share heartfelt messages

If you choose to mail announcements to your relatives, a heartfelt message may take the sting away from family members who are wondering why they weren’t invited. Handwritten messages go a long way, too! Consider including a message like this: “Even though you weren’t there in person, you were there in our hearts. Thank you for your love and encouragement over the years.”

Ultimately, your decision to plan a pop-up wedding or elopement is entirely yours. There may be people who expect you to follow a traditional route, but don’t pressure yourself to meet everyone’s expectations. Your wedding and marriage is about you and what makes you feel most comfortable.

Pick a sign that says it all

If you’re planning an elopement but still want professional photography, ask your photographer if you can include a sign that will help announce your elopement when you get back home. You could aim for lighthearted humor with a sign that says, “We just couldn’t wait!” Or go with something a little more elegant such as “We do. We did. We eloped!”

Combined with your wedding attire, these signs can help friends and family get a glimpse inside your celebration.

Plan a small gathering once you’re back

Want to celebrate with your loved ones once you’re home? Plan a casual reception in someone’s backyard or at your favorite restaurant. With everyone together, you can share details about your elopement and spend quality time with the people who support you most.

Not sure where to start when it comes to planning and announcing your elopement? Pop the Knot can help you manage the small details and plan a pop-up wedding that captures the essence of your relationship. Contact us today!

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What You Need to Know About White Bridesmaids Dresses

Are you planning a tiny, pop-up wedding? You may not want a huge wedding party, but you may have one or two close family members or friends who you want to stand by your side as you say “I do.”

For a clean, delicate look, many modern brides are falling in love with the all-white trend–meaning the bridesmaids wear white along with the bride. Especially if you’re planning a casual, nontraditional wedding, white bridesmaids dresses can be a classy addition to your romantic celebration!

Not sure if this is the trend for you? Take a look at some of the pros and cons of all-white bridesmaids dresses!

You Have a Lot of Creativity

When you indulge in white dresses for everyone, you have the freedom to play with different silhouettes. If you and your girls are going to rock the same color, you can get creative and play with texture, silhouette, and style.

Maybe your bridesmaids will have short dresses while you have long, or maybe they’ll have lace, textured fabric while you stick with something sleek and modern. You can even ask them to wear different shades of white to differentiate them from you, such as cream, ivory, or even pale yellow.

You’ll Lose Color and Brightness

For many brides, one of the most beautiful parts of a wedding–aside from celebrating your love–is the flowers. When you’re planning a romantic pop-up wedding, you may be looking for simple arrangements that make a subtle, but noticeable, statement. But if you go with all-white dresses, you may have too little color for your taste.

Depending on your theme, you can add color to white bridesmaids dresses by choosing bold, colorful blooms like sunflowers and peonies.

You’ll Freshen Things Up

Are you simple and sophisticated? If you love the bold, yet delicate, statement that white makes, all-white bridesmaids dresses can be a refreshingly simple look for your already-simplistic pop-up wedding. White is the perfect color for summer and a beautiful symbol of purity as you exchange vows and set the tone for your marriage.

You May Risk Losing the Limelight

Depending on the white dresses your bridesmaids wear, be careful they don’t look too similar to yours. By asking them to wear color instead, you can be more of a focal point in your wedding photography. However, if you’re planning a pop-up wedding, you may decide to skip bridesmaids altogether and focus solely on you and your future hubby!

As you decide whether you’re going to have bridesmaids in your pop-up wedding and choose the color of their dresses, Pop the Knot will be with you every step of the way as you make decisions about your big day. Contact us today to start planning!

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6 Wedding Flowers to Match Your Personality

If you’re in the process of planning a pop-up wedding or elopement that matches your personality, choosing the perfect flowers can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.

Flowers are a quintessential part of your wedding. Full of romance, elegance and beauty, flowers are a metaphor for your love. Choosing the right wedding flower comes down to your taste and personality. Start with some of these popular flowers that are perfect for pop-up weddings!

Fairytale Magic

If you want to create a pop-up wedding with fairytale magic, roses are sure to make you feel like a princess. Symbols of beauty, passion and true love, roses are luxurious and delicate–perfect for the couple who wants to celebrate the power of romance. To match your color scheme, many florists will also create bicolor roses or striped and tipped roses.

Fresh, Funky and Free

Do you have a fun, playful spirit? Tulips can add an exciting twist to a traditional wedding bouquet, especially if you want to plan a casual, pop-up wedding. Traditionally, tulips represent consuming love and the happy years. Not only can you incorporate a colorful, versatile flower into your bouquet and centerpieces, but tulips are meaningful, too.

Mr. and Mrs. Charming

When it comes to a charming, pop-up wedding, you can’t go wrong with simplicity. If you’re drawn to less vivid flowers but love to showcase your romantic side, hydrangeas can be a great choice. You can find them in white, green, pink, burgundy, or blue, which gives you plenty of flexibility to match your wedding style.  

The Color of Love

Are you planning a vibrant wedding that’s full of color? Whether you’re eloping to the tropics or planning a pop-up wedding along the harbor, peonies are bold and romantic flowers. With a strong scent and bright color, they know how to make a statement (just like you).

Boho Wildflower

For the couple who feels inspired by natural and earthy themes, baby’s breath is the perfect flower for a freshly picked, wildflower look. You can incorporate it into your bouquet with bold peonies to add some color, or add some simplistic vertical flowers like lavender and stalks of wheat to showcase a free-spirited, wildflower vibe. Not only can you can weave baby’s breath into your entire look–including centerpieces, your hair, and down the aisle–but it’s also affordable!

A Secret Garden

If you like the dreamy, botanical look of greenery, you can’t go wrong with the classic white gardenia. Surrounded by dark green leaves, the gardenia is pure, delicate and romantic. Combined with large, draping leaves, you and your guests will feel like you’re tucked away in a magic garden.

No matter what flower you choose, Pop the Knot can help you arrange the details and plan a romantic, pop-up wedding that matches your personality. Contact us today!

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9 Wedding Traditions From Around the World

If you’re planning a personalized pop-up wedding and want to incorporate creative ideas or nontraditional elements, try drawing some inspiration from countries around the world! Here are some of our favorite wedding traditions from across the globe.

Germany

In Germany, the bride and groom learn a quick lesson on the day of their wedding: it’s better to work together! After guests throw porcelain dishes on the ground to ward off evil spirits, the couple must work together to clean up the broken pieces.

If you like metaphors, your pop-up wedding can be a fun way to work together and plan a celebration that’s true to both of you.

Scotland

Centuries ago, only couples who were 21 and over were allowed to get married in England. Many young lovers quickly found a way around this rule by eloping to a nearby Scottish town called Gretna Green that didn’t restrict couples based on age.

If you’re interested in a casual, pop-up wedding or elopement, you can find some inspiration from this beautiful Scottish village!

Lebanon

In Lebanon, weddings start with a major celebration. The party begins with professional music, belly dancing, and a gathering of friends and family at both the bride and groom’s homes. The couple is eventually showered with blessings as they head off to their wedding ceremony–the perfect kick-off to their marriage!

If you want an upbeat celebration on the day of your wedding, we can all find inspiration from the Lebanon culture.

Norway

Love wine? In Norway, there’s a traditional wedding cake called kransekake that’s made into a cone shape with iced almond cake rings and a bottle of wine in the center!

If you’re planning a pop-up wedding, try getting creative with your cake. And if you want to incorporate wine, embrace the Norwegian tradition and go for it!

Philippines

In the Philippines, it’s traditional for the bride and groom to release a male and female white dove into the air. It symbolizes harmony for the newlyweds.

Releasing something like birds, or even butterflies, at your pop-up wedding ceremony can be a romantic touch, especially if you love nature.

Cuba

In Cuba, men know the way to the bride’s heart. It’s tradition for every man who dances with the bride to pin money on her dress. The couple then uses the money to pay for their honeymoon!

This is a fun twist on the traditional dollar dance, especially if you plan to change into a more casual dress for your pop-up wedding reception.

Venezuela

Many Venezuelan bride and grooms know how to sneak away. It’s actually considered good luck for them to sneak off before the wedding is over without getting caught!

If you’re caught up in the moment and want to celebrate with your new hubby, consider it Venezuelan good luck to sneak off a little early.

India

Many Indian brides spend time with their closest friends and family leading up to the wedding by intricately painting tattoos onto their skin with menhdi, a paint made from henna. The elegant and elaborate designs typically last two weeks, and make a beautiful statement at the wedding.

Even if you’re not into tattoos, creative accessories can help personalize your look on your wedding day.

Peru

At Peruvian weddings, they decorate the wedding cake with ribbons attached to charms. A fake wedding ring is also added to the center of the cake, and the single lady who’s served the piece of cake with the fake ring is deemed next in line for marriage!  

Coming up with a fun alternative to the traditional garter toss can be a modern and edgy way to liven things up at your pop-up wedding!

Want to get started planning an affordable pop-up wedding that matches your culture and personality? Pop the Knot can help you plan a pop-up wedding or elopement that incorporates as many or as few traditions you’d like. Contact us today!

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5 Secrets to Planning a Casual, Pop-Up Wedding Ceremony

Are you planning a pop-up wedding or elopement? Maybe you’re a nontraditional couple, you like to break the rules, you’re easygoing and laidback, or all of the above. No matter what your style, pop-up weddings are a refreshing way to celebrate your love without the hustle and bustle of a formal wedding.

As you plan a romantic pop-up wedding ceremony, try adding some of these quick and easy touches to make your day unique and special.

1. Make creative programs.

Even if you’re eloping and planning a casual wedding ceremony, you can still create programs to set the tone–and they don’t have to be formal and stuffy! Try including romantic pictures of the two of you, or fun trivia questions about your relationship. This will give your guests something fun to look at before you take their breath away coming down the aisle!  

2. Plan a special reading or performance.

Do you have a favorite literature quote or a song you and your future hubby love? If one of your friends or family members likes performing, this can be a meaningful part of your pop-up ceremony that’s personalized to you. You can also wait until the reception to have them perform as a way to get the party started!

3. Create an open seating area.

Pick a seat, not a side.” Many modern brides and grooms live by this mantra and encourage their families to become one. Allowing guests to choose where they sit–or even stand, depending on how casual your venue is–gives them more freedom and more time to focus on you.  

4. Prepare for the weather.

If you’re eloping to a beachy location, consider giving everyone sunscreen, water, and leis so they can stay cool–and fun! You can also set up a lemonade stand for a casual, backyard vibe. Laidback touches like this will make your pop-up wedding truly special.

5. Try a twist on the rice-throwing tradition.

Traditionally, wedding guests used to throw rice on the newly married couple as a symbol of prosperity and fertility. Especially when you’re planning a pop-up wedding, this tradition can sometimes be too much. For a casual twist on this old tradition, give your guests bubbles or noisemakers to blow when you walk up the aisle. Have a sweet tooth? You could also have them throw colored sprinkles for a colorful photo opportunity!

As you plan the pop-up wedding of your dreams, Pop the Knot can help you create a tasteful ceremony that matches your vision. Get started today!  

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The Two Wedding Dress Trend: Is It For You?

If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering a pop-up wedding or elopement. You’re looking for a nontraditional celebration with no fuss and absolutely no stress. But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the style of your wedding dress.

One of the latest wedding trends is changing out of your wedding dress into something more comfortable for the reception. This is especially perfect for casual pop-up weddings where you may be dancing, mingling with friends or walking along the beach.

Learn more about the two wedding dress trend and how you can incorporate it into your pop-up wedding!

The Benefits of Two Dresses

Why should you wear two wedding dresses? Maybe you’re a dancing queen, a fashionista, or simply a carefree bride looking for a simple celebration. Whatever your reasoning, the two dresses you choose don’t have to be overly formal.

Actually, the point of the two wedding dress trend is to move away from bulky, traditional wedding dresses that restrict you. Shop for a dress, even if it’s knee-length, that you can move in. It will make your wedding that much more enjoyable.

Two dresses are also great options if:

  • You can’t decide on your look. Love mermaid dresses but also want a short lace dress for dancing? Choosing two wedding dresses allows you to showcase two distinct styles while keeping your reception casual!
  • You want to dance in something that moves. If dancing and conversation are your top priorities, a dress with a long train or a bulky princess skirt may not work for your reception. This trend allows you to shop for something non-restrictive for the reception, but gives you the freedom to pick something more traditional for the ceremony.
  • You have a traditional family dress you want to wear. Do you love your mother’s wedding dress but can’t imagine wearing it for the entire day? This trend may be your saving grace! You can pick something more casual for the reception, but keep your family’s tradition intact for the ceremony.

One key piece of advice to ensure you stay on budget is to shop for both dresses at the same time. That way, you don’t spend your entire budget on one dress and don’t have any leftover for the other.

Many wedding dress designers are also creating convertible wedding dresses that allow you to remove the skirt or shorten the dress. This is perfect for the bride who doesn’t want to buy two dresses but is also looking for comfort and simplicity.

As you continue to plan your pop-up wedding, Pop the Knot can make sure your celebration is stress-free and celebrates the love you and your partner share. Contact us today to get started!

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How Long Does It Take to Plan a Wedding?

If you’re recently engaged and beginning the wedding planning process, establishing a timeline is important. It sets the tone for your vendors, so you can search for venues that are available, buy a dress that will be altered in enough time, and find caterers, photographers and florists who are available in the amount of time you need.

The average couple spends approximately 13-18 months planning their wedding, but your timeline can vary depending on the vendors you work with and the vibe you want. If you can be flexible with your timeline, you’ll have more options when planning. However, if you love the idea of eloping or getting married in the city you love with an intimate pop-up wedding, there are vendors like Pop the Knot who have experience planning weddings on a variety of timelines.

To help you get started, we’ve put together a few tips for creating a timeline for your wedding!

The Date of Your Engagement

Did you get engaged on Valentine’s Day or on a trip at the end of the summer? The date of your proposal will impact your wedding planning process. For instance, if you’d like a fall wedding after getting engaged in February, you’ll need to be willing to plan your wedding in eight months if you don’t want to wait a year and a half.

No matter how short or long your timeline, a wedding planner is a great first vendor to book. They can help you find and book vendors, and manage the small and large details for you.

Ideal Honeymoon Time

As you discuss your wedding with a wedding coordinator, they may ask you when you’d like to take your honeymoon. Depending on your career, you might need to plan your honeymoon in the summer when you’re off work or in a specific month of the year when your company is out of its busy season.

Many couples wish to leave for their honeymoon the day after their wedding, so determining your ideal honeymoon month is important when establishing your timeline. You may find you only have six months to plan your wedding in order to honeymoon at the best time. Another option is getting married and waiting a few months to leave for your honeymoon—especially if you’d like to build in more time to plan your wedding.

The Next Steps 

Whether you have short-term or long-term wedding plans, Pop the Knot can help you find pop-up wedding venues in public places that are affordable and match your aesthetic. Many venues also give discounts if you’re willing to get married on a Friday or Sunday.

The same goes for musicians, florists, photographers and caterers—if you’re willing to be flexible and open to getting married on one of the less popular days, you’ll have no problem booking vendors in the timeline you need.

If you’re planning a wedding with a short turnaround time, it’s also possible to save time by picking a dress that already fits you perfectly and doesn’t need alterations.

If you want a quick, pop-up wedding that’s stress-free, Pop The Knot can help create your perfect day. Contact us today!

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Should You Wear a Veil? The Benefits and Alternatives to This Wedding Tradition

To quote Shakespeare, to veil or not to veil–that is the question. Veils have been a glorified wedding tradition for decades, and I have to admit, there’s something timeless and romantic about imagining yourself sharing vows with your groom and having him lift your veil before your first kiss as husband and wife.

But for many brides, shielding their face with a veil or adding a bulky piece of fabric to their hair seems outdated and unnecessary. Ultimately, your love is the most important part of your wedding. Determining if you want to wear a veil is just another decision that will help you personalize your wedding, so it becomes a day to remember!

Finding the Right Veil

If you’ve always imagined yourself walking down the aisle with a veil, start by trying on a few different veils with your wedding dress. Many veils have details, such as lace or beading, that won’t complement the look of your dress. So make sure you try on veils with your dress, so you can find the perfect match.

It’s also helpful to have an idea of your wedding hairstyle. If you have a strong imagination, you’ll be able to determine if a long or short veil will pair with your hairstyle. If you’d prefer to see it in person, consider getting your hair styled before you try on veils. This will make the decision much easier!

You’ll also want to try on various styles of veils. For instance, you may think veils are too traditional until you find one that has a modern edge such as the bandeau veil. And if you want a traditional ceremony, but want to let loose at your reception, there’s no rulebook saying you have to keep your veil on the entire wedding! Wear it for the ceremony and take it off for the reception. The choice is yours!

Veil Alternatives

Have you tried on multiple veils and can’t find one that makes you feel comfortable? For many women, especially millennials, veils are too traditional — and that’s okay! There are plenty of beautiful veil alternatives that can complement the theme of your wedding:

  • Hair combs — With beautiful beading, pearls and diamonds, hair combs are accessories that make a statement. For many wedding hairstyles, a comb can stand on its own without a veil for a sophisticated look. You can also find wedding headpieces that are similar to combs with elegant draping, timeless pearls, and soft flowers.
  • Headband– If you’re looking for something that stands out more than hair combs, consider a headband! Jeweled headbands often look similar to crowns if you want a fairytale, princess vibe on the day of your wedding. If you’re going for a more natural, earthy style, many headbands have feathers attached for a softer feel. 
  • Flowers– Whether you create a headband with one colorful flower for a tropical look, opt for a boho wraparound headband with greenery and blooms, or place baby’s breath in your hair as it cascades down your shoulders, flowers are a delicate alternative to the traditional veil. Who can resist more flowers?

At the end of the day, you should feel comfortable, confident and beautiful on the day of your wedding. Determine if a veil can make you feel that way, and go from there.

To get started planning an affordable pop-up wedding, contact Pop the Knot. We’ll help you create a magical day you’ll remember forever!

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Greenery: The 2017 Wedding Color of the Year

At the beginning of the year, Pantone announced greenery as its color of the year. Symbolic of new beginnings, greenery is a bright, vibrant hue that resembles the trees and leaves around us.

Greenery celebrates nature and the environment, and most people think it’s the perfect match for outdoor and rustic weddings. While this is true, greenery also has a magical, ethereal quality. If you’re going for classic romance or a fairytale theme, you can add some white and cream-colored flowers to the greenery to show off your feminine side.

Let’s take a look at how greenery can work any time of year — and how you can tie it into other elements of your wedding, not just the flowers.

Spring

For a spring wedding ceremony, greenery is a great way to add some youthfulness to your day and celebrate all that’s blooming around you. Add different shades of yellow flowers, including both pale and bright, to your bouquet for a sunny appearance. Crisp white flowers can also be sophisticated, delicate accent colors.

When it comes to your cake, you can add greenery as an accent color by asking your baker to include edible green flowers or create a vine out of icing that cascades down the side of your cake. Not only will this match your springtime theme, but it will photograph extremely well!

Summer

Are you celebrating the heat of the summer with a bold, colorful wedding? Try adding shades of magenta, indigo and royal blue to your green flower arrangements.

Greenery can even be the perfect color for your bridesmaids’ dresses if you want to incorporate spunky, fun-loving hues. Want to be a bit more subtle? Ask your hairdresser and/or stylist to create flower crowns full of white flowers like baby’s breath, and plenty of warm greenery. This boho chic trend is beautiful for various hairstyles, and many brides are choosing to wear headpieces instead of veils.

Fall

If you’re planning a fall wedding and want to capture the warm, golden hues around you, start by adding natural browns and tans, and deep reds and oranges, to your palette. You’ll tame the brightness of the greenery while still showing off the beauty of nature.

For your centerpieces and bouquets, make sure to keep the leaves and stems intact so you can truly embrace the color. Add some warmth and neutrals to the centerpieces by incorporating candles, twine, wood slices, or antique vases to the table. If you’re extra passionate about the environment, you can even use succulents in your centerpieces!  

Winter

A winter wedding ceremony can be a cozy celebration during one of the most festive times of year. While the earth may be frozen, you can still add color to your wedding by combining greenery with deep blues and grays.

For your invitations, there are plenty of creative ways to add greenery to the paper–whether it’s colored fonts, dried flowers or engraved leaves. Especially in the heart of winter, this can be a vivid, refreshing palette.

Are you ready to incorporate greenery into your wedding? Pop The Knot can help you manage the details. We have the experience and connections to help you create an intimate wedding that is centered around your love. Contact us today!

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What to Know About the “False First Look” Wedding Trend

The “first look” wedding trend has been filling our newsfeeds for the last few years, but are you on the fence about whether it’s the trend for you? Many brides and grooms choose to have a first look where they get to see each other moments before walking down the aisle. For a lot of couples, the first look helps calm some of their nerves and gives them an intimate moment together before joining the rest of their family and friends.

If you like the romance of the first look trend, but still imagine the awestruck look of your groom when he sees you for the first time at the altar, the “false” first look can be a great compromise.

What Is It?

Your photographer will help you find the perfect spot at your pop-up wedding venue to do the false first look. It should be a place that allows you to grab hands or hear each other’s voices without actually seeing each other.

It still gives you the romance of sharing a special moment together, but you won’t give away the surprise of your dress and the magic of seeing each other for the first time as you walk down the aisle. It’s often an emotional moment for couples and a stunning photo opportunity.

Not sure where to start? Try a few of these locations:

  • A Tree – If you’re having an outdoorsy wedding, a giant oak tree can be the perfect backdrop for your false first look. Each of you can stand on different sides of the tree and share sweet messages or hold each other’s hands one last time before the wedding begins.
  • A Door- Stand on both sides of a half-open door and enjoy the exciting combination of being next to each other without being able to see one another!
  • A Corner – Choose a brick-covered corner of a building on your venue for a classic, antique photo. The bride can stand on one side of the corner with the groom on the other. As you enjoy a moment of peace before the wedding begins, your photographer can capture the romantic looks on both of your faces.

What makes the false first look even more romantic is that your photographer can capture your sweet interactions, including notes that you exchange or gifts that you hand each other. If one of you is a musician, you can even consider playing a special song! The moment is even more powerful knowing you can’t see each other.

When you plan your pop-up wedding with Pop The Knot, we can help you coordinate your photography to include the false first look. Contact us today!

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Best Places to Have an Affordable Atlanta Wedding

Do you love the vibrant, historic city of Atlanta? If you’re looking to have an affordable wedding in the city, consider a pop-up wedding. Check out some of our favorite locations for scenic pop-up weddings in Atlanta!

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Theme: Simplistic Fairytale

If you want a fairytale setting where you’re surrounded by orchids, maples and roses, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is a beautiful wedding venue. They have various ceremony options including a rose garden, a gazebo with a view of the pond, and a private garden and patio. They even have an edible garden and outdoor kitchen full of colorful fruits and vegetables and a chef who showcases seasonal recipes! This is the perfect place to surround yourself with nature and beauty as you say “I do” overlooking the city.

Trolley Barn

Theme: Rustic Elegance

Looking for something a little more rustic? The Trolley Barn housed the first electric street railway line in Atlanta! With a brick patio, lush garden, and wood-beam ceilings, the barn offers beautiful photo opportunities for a rustic, elegant wedding.  

Old Fourth Ward

Theme: Historic Charm

Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward is a historic neighborhood full of art and history. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up in this neighborhood! With the beautiful Jackson Street Bridge that has breathtaking views of the Atlanta skyline to endless markets, brunch spots, and music venues, this authentic neighborhood is a charming spot for your wedding.

Piedmont Park

Theme: Waterfront Magic

Piedmont Park is an urban park in Atlanta just northeast of the downtown area. There’s a lake in the heart of the park, and the dock and lawn area stunning places to have a wedding ceremony with a view. If you’re looking for beautiful landscaping and a ceremony where you can see your reflection in the water, Piedmont Park is a magical Atlanta attraction.

East Palisades

Theme: Intimate and Serene

While this is traditionally a hike along on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, the views are gorgeous and there are plenty of hidden spots for an intimate wedding ceremony. What makes the trail so unique is a grove of 30-foot tall bamboo stalks. The bamboo forest even has an antique alpaca treehouse 15 feet above the forest, which makes it a hidden gem for peaceful, intimate weddings that celebrate nature!

If you’ve dreamt of having your wedding in the beautiful city of Atlanta, but don’t want to spend a fortune, Pop The Knot can help.  You can choose your own venue or we can help you find a scenic location that’s perfect for an affordable pop-up wedding. Whether you’re looking for a natural outdoor setting or a charming ceremony with a historic feel, we’ll make the planning process stress-free! Contact us today.

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5 Scenic Locations for Affordable Pop-Up Weddings in Boston

Whether you want to get married in charming, brick-lined streets or set sail and enjoy views of the bay, Boston offers the perfect mix of natural beauty and history. If you’re in love with the city but don’t want to spend a fortune on your wedding, pop-up weddings are a great way to focus on what truly matters: your love!

We can help you plan an intimate ceremony in the park you first met, or host your ceremony along the harbor overlooking the water. Take a look at five of our favorite areas in Boston that can serve as stunning pop-up wedding venues!

Boston Common

Are you and your partner history buffs? Boston Common is America’s oldest park and a scenic pop-up wedding venue! With trees, fountains, and plenty of green space, you can be in the heart of the city while still enjoying nature.

The park is also adjacent to Boston’s Public Garden, the first public botanical garden in America. During your ceremony, you’ll add to the romance of the day with relaxing views of the water, bright flowers, and 24 acres of natural oasis!

Boston Harborwalk

If you’re looking for a quiet ceremony location along the harbor, Boston Harborwalk follows the edges of the city’s piers, beaches, and shoreline. Set sail and consider having your ceremony on a boat during sunrise or sunset!

For higher views of the city’s skyline and an elegant feel, there are plenty of rooftops along the harbor that can be romantic pop-up wedding venues. If you’re envisioning a more laid-back ceremony, go barefoot on one of the city’s charming shorelines with the glow of the city in the background.  

Boston Esplanade

The Esplanade is a public park on the Boston side of the Charles River, and it’s an idyllic place full of historic sculptures and architectural wonders. Typically the park is more of a local spot and tough for tourists to find, making it an intimate place to get married.

For fall weddings with a lot of foliage and scenery, the Esplanade is a great option. The park has quaint footbridges that span across the river and make for beautiful photo opportunities!

Boston Public Library

Whether you’re a casual reader or an avid bookworm, the Boston Public Library is the ideal venue for a quaint pop-up wedding. We can help you arrange for a ceremony in a single reading room, surrounded by books and antique lamp lighting. They also have a historic courtyard if you’re looking for an outdoor option with elegant pillars and refreshing green space.   

Harvard Square

Harvard Square is Cambridge’s historic neighborhood and a popular spot in Boston. If you envision having your ceremony in brick-lined streets with the breeze blowing against your hair, or you’d rather have a quiet ceremony in one of the multiple art museums, Harvard Square is a sophisticated choice for your pop-up wedding.

 
Are you ready to get married in Boston? Pop The Knot makes planning your wedding affordable and easy. Contact us to start planning your elopement or pop-up wedding in Boston!

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Celebrity Elopements

Jessica Alba did it, you should do it too!  Pop-up weddings and elopements are all the rave these days as people try to save money on the over-rated wedding and spend it on things that truly matter. Here are some of the most famous couple’s who eloped and why you should do it too:

Isla Fischer and Sacha Baron Cohen

This couple is known for pushing boundaries and breaking the rules which is the perfect reason to elope.  When you have a traditional wedding, everyone wants to give their opinions and input. When you have a pop-up wedding or elopement, it is the polite version of giving the finger to the unsolicited opinions.

Jessica Abla and Cash Warren

These 2 eloped while Jessica was pregnant.  A pop-up pregnancy is a great reason to have a pop-up wedding.  Not just so that you can be married when the baby comes as that is totally a preference thing.  But so that you have money when the baby comes, which is totally a necessity thing.

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

This couple is truly bad-ass as they were not even engaged when they decided to elope.  If you are looking to surprise the world with your Facebook update that you are now married, eloping is the way to go.

If you want to have a pop-up wedding contact Pop The Knot today!  We offer true pop-up weddings all over the US and pop-up weddings with venues in NYC, LA, and SF.  Contact us today!

 

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Los Angeles Elopement Packages Launched

We at Pop The Knot are so excited to have finally launched our Los Angeles Elopement Packages!  If you are planning your LA pop-up wedding, you might be wondering where to have it.  We offer plenty of unique options on our site and all of them include an officiant, photographer, and bridal bouquet.  Here are our top choices for where to pop the knot in Los Angeles:

Downtown

When you think Los Angeles, you think beaches.  And yes, we have lots of those too.  But we also offer some amazing venues with great views of the city skyline.  You know, that skyline you see in like every movie?  If the beach just isn’t for you, I bet the city is!

Beach

No list about where to have a Los Angeles pop-up wedding could be complete without suggesting the beach.  With miles and miles of sandy beaches along the Pacific Ocean, you are sure to have some amazing wedding photos if you choose to say your nuptials here.

Gardens

Yes, we have the best of all worlds here in LA.  We have city skylines, mountains, beaches, and gardens too.  If you are looking to pop the knot in nature, then doing so in a garden is a great idea.

If you want to get started with your hassle free elopement or pop-up wedding, contact us today!  We have the experience and connections to provide you a stress-free wedding day so that you can just focus on your love.

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