5 Ways to Stay Warm at Your Winter Wedding

Winter pop-up wedding

Are you planning a winter pop-up wedding or elopement? You may want to plan your celebration around the beautiful scenery of the season–including snow-capped trees, the smell of fresh pine, and colorful winter flowers. While the air might be chilly, you can keep yourself warm on your wedding day with some clever ideas that add to the romance of your marriage.

Elegant Fur

If you’re planning an outdoor pop-up wedding this winter, there are plenty of adorable ways to stay warm while still looking chic in your wedding photography! Look for a sophisticated fur wrap that you can drape over your shoulders as an elegant addition to your wedding dress.

If you decide to include a small bridal party at your pop-up wedding, you can consider giving them matching fur or simple shawls that will keep them cozy and classy throughout the wedding.

Cozy Fireplaces

Whether you’re getting married in the countryside, the heart of the city, or at your favorite restaurant with stunning views, there’s nothing more romantic than a crackling fireplace. Pop the Knot can help you find a venue with cozy fireplaces, so you and your guests can stay warm during the entire celebration.

Hot Cocoa and Coffee Bar

Want to feel warm from the inside out? Coffee and hot cocoa bars can be a fun addition, especially for winter weddings. We’ll help you set up the station with delicious ingredients like marshmallows, fudge, peppermint candy, whipped cream, and sprinkles. Your guests will love being able to personalize their drinks, and you’ll have a unique way to stay warm during your wedding!

Romantic Blankets

If you’re getting married in a rustic, outdoor setting, consider asking your photographer to take a few photos of you and your groom with a flannel or cashmere blanket wrapped around your shoulders. With the sun shining through the trees and a dusting of snow on the ground, a blanket can add to the romance of your day while protecting you from the cold.

Glimmering Candles

There’s no better way to celebrate warmth, love and light than with a collection of glimmering candles. Pop the Knot can create beautiful decor and candles that match the theme of your wedding and add an elegant glow. With soft, romantic scents like vanilla and lavender, candles can add a peaceful quality to your winter pop-up wedding.

As you plan your gorgeous winter wedding, don’t forget to find creative ways to stay warm! Pop the Knot can help you manage all the details so your pop-up wedding goes off without a hitch. Get started today!

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Hiring an Artist to Paint Your Pop-Up Wedding

Hiring an artist to paint your pop-up wedding

If you’re excited about capturing your pop-up wedding with romantic photos and videos, why not consider a painting, too? Many couples are hiring local artists to create a live painting at their wedding reception. This is a fun twist on traditional wedding photography, and it’s the perfect trend to incorporate into your casual pop-up wedding.  

When your wedding is over, you’ll have a colorful painting to hang in your home and remind you of the vows you made! Learn more about the trend and how to make it work for your pop-up wedding.  

What to Know

When you hire an artist to paint your wedding, Pop the Knot can find an ideal location for their canvas and easel–whether you’re getting married on a rooftop in the city or in a majestic public garden. This not only adds a fun, artistic touch to your celebration, but the artist will be able to capture small details that might have been overlooked in traditional photography.

In many cases, the artist can also personalize the painting to your tastes. You may ask them to capture the happiness and festivities at your reception, or the magic of your first kiss. You might also want the artist to use bright, vivid colors, or stick to sophisticated black and white. While each artist has their own style, it’s important to make sure your personality shines through.

Choosing an Artist

When you choose an artist to paint your pop-up wedding, they will typically create a package for you which includes painting on-site for a set amount of hours. The package will also include the finished painting and framing. While most packages are similar, you’ll want to take a look at each artist’s style before making your decision.

Ask to see samples of their work, look at reviews from past clients, and ask about their signature style and level of experience. For instance, some artists will be more abstract with their paintings while others will more literal. Depending on their experience and if they have an established reputation, you might feel comfortable trusting their vision for the painting. If you’d like to have more say in the finished piece of art, make sure you ask the artist if this is a possibility.

Incorporating a Live Artist into Your Pop-Up Wedding

Painting your wedding can be an exciting, modern addition to your pop-up wedding, and it will become a piece of art you’ll treasure for years to come.

As you plan your pop-up wedding with Pop the Knot, we can help you find local artists who have experience painting at weddings. Get started today!

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How to Plan a Pop-Up New Year’s Eve Wedding

pop-up new year's eve wedding

Planning a New Year’s Eve wedding can seem daunting, but don’t let the glitter, noisemakers, and champagne scare you! New Year’s Eve can actually be the perfect night for a low-key, winter wedding.

Pop-up weddings are a casual, romantic way to express your vows and celebrate your marriage without so many formal traditions. A pop-up wedding on New Year’s Eve can be especially exciting, since most of your guests will already be in the mood for a party. To get started planning your pop-up New Year’s Eve wedding with Pop the Knot, try some of these tips.

Pick the Right Venue

For a memorable pop-up wedding, it’s important to find a venue that represents you and your partner. Are you artistic and relaxed? We can help you find a public art gallery, winery or botanical garden with twinkling lights and a beautiful indoor space. If you’re more outgoing and love to be the life of the party, a lively music venue or busting restaurant with event space could be the right spot for you.

No matter what you choose, it’s best to plan ahead — especially for a New Year’s Eve wedding. If you let your guests know about the celebration with as much notice as possible, they’re likely to be excited about spending their holiday with you. You can also pick a venue that’s near other New Year’s Eve festivities, so your guests can head somewhere after your wedding to watch the ball drop.

Plan an After-Party

If you’re planning a pop-up New Year’s Eve wedding, you might choose to end the festivities before midnight. But that doesn’t mean the celebration has to be over! If you and your hubby want to spend more time with your guests, or simply want to ring in the new year before heading home, consider arranging a casual after-party. Pick a nearby bar or public celebration to walk to after your wedding–you can even create adorable invitations to share your plan with your guests! It will be even more special as husband and wife.

Include Fun NYE Traditions

Your pop-up wedding should be a celebration of your love, but that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate some New Year’s Eve-themed traditions. Depending on how long you plan to stay at your venue, we can help you arrange a special champagne toast at midnight. If you have a DJ, you can also ask him or her to make a few announcements with countdowns to the new year.

Find Elegant Winter Accessories

With the low temperatures and potential snow on the ground, you might feel a lack of inspiration with your wedding decor and accessories. But winter is actually a great season for cozy elegance and eye-catching glitter. Consider wearing some faux fur as a shawl, especially if you want outdoor photos. You can also choose a venue with multiple fireplaces and candlelight to make your pop-up wedding warm and magical.

Not sure where to start? Pop the Knot has experience planning personalized pop-up weddings and elopements during every time of year. We can help turn your New Year’s Eve pop-up wedding into a celebration you and your guests will talk about forever! Contact us today.

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Fall-Inspired Wedding Bouquets for Your Pop-Up Wedding

Fall inspired wedding bouquets

If you love the crisp, cozy fall weather, it can be the perfect season to plan a romantic pop-up wedding! Whether you’re planning a backyard celebration or an elegant reception in a public garden, the right bouquet can bring everything together.

Fall is known for its vibrant blooms, and even though there are plenty of rustic-inspired flowers this time of year, you can still host a sophisticated pop-up wedding without resorting to baby’s breath and mums. To get started, check out some of our favorite fall-inspired wedding bouquets.

  • Berry and wheat accents– If you love the idea of a rustic pop-up wedding that celebrates nature, try including classic fall accents like seasonal berries, trailing greenery, stalks of wheat, maple leafs, and even some romantic feathers. With the right combination of fall accents and vibrant blooms, you’ll have a boho chic bouquet that looks like you just picked it from a field of wildflowers.
  • Elegant burgundy– Want something a little more formal? Burgundy peonies are a beautiful fall color and they’ll make a statement next to your white dress. If you want to lighten up your look, mix in some peach-colored peonies for the perfect blend of formality and carefree romance.
  • Garden florals— For a rich, romantic bouquet that’s inspired by the flowers you’ll find right in your garden, ask your florist to include lavender and blush hues mixed with fresh greenery. This dreamy bouquet is perfect for a fall wedding!
  • White and ivory– If you want a chic fall bouquet that’s full of class, a natural bouquet filled with loosely arranged white dahlias, ivory roses, and a hint of greenery is sure to turn heads.   
  • Bright sunflowers– Yellow and orange sunflowers are some of the most fall-inspired flowers you can find! When you combine them with fall accents like wheat, you’ll have a colorful bouquet that makes for breathtaking photography and a romantic backdrop against your dress.

As you plan your fall pop-up wedding, Pop the Knot can help you decide on a beautiful bouquet to match your theme. Contact us today to start planning your pop-up wedding!

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Wearing a Boho Floral Crown on Your Wedding Day

Romantic, boho weddings are all the rage right now. Want to embrace this trend at your pop-up wedding? Flower crowns are a simple way to pair elegance with a laidback boho style!

When you plan a pop-up wedding with Pop the Knot, we’ll help you decide on a beautiful arrangement of flowers–and matching crown–to add to the beauty of your wedding day. Check out some of these tips.

Focus on Color Palette

When you’re choosing the flowers for your crown, the actual varieties are less important than the color palette. Of course, if you have a favorite flower that you want included in your pop-up wedding, your florist can make sure to incorporate it into your bridal crown.

If you’re less concerned with the type of flower and simply want to make sure all of your color tones match, sit down with your florist and describe the style and colors you have in mind. Looking for something boho to match your rustic theme? Your florist may suggest baby’s breath. Looking for something a little more elegant? They may recommend rosebuds or hydrangeas.

No matter what, Pop the Knot can help you find the flowers that work well on crowns and act as a beautiful accessory on your wedding day.

Choose Your Foliage

When it comes to garlands and headpieces, foliage is almost always used to add texture and contrast to the flowers. In many cases, your florist can add fragrant herbs like rosemary and sage to your flower crown for a nice calming effect on your wedding day.

You can also incorporate foliage like eucalyptus and dusty miller to complement the bright tones and vivid look of your flowers. With romantic greenery and colorful blooms, a floral crown can be a classy addition to your bouquet, or replace the bouquet entirely. The choice is yours!

Veil or No Veil?

If you’ve decided to wear a flower crown at your wedding, you may not want to wear a traditional veil. If you want to modernize the tradition, a flower crown makes a gorgeous statement–and nobody will notice you’re not wearing a veil!

However, if you like the timeless romance of a veil, there are still ways to wear one with a flower crown. Choose a veil that fastens to the back of your crown and flows down your back. You’ll have the perfect combination of gracefulness and free-spiritedness. When planning your pop-up wedding, Pop the Knot can include a flower crown that stands alone or matches the beauty of your veil.

Consider Your Bridal Party

Do you want your entire bridal party to wear flower crowns? If you want your ensemble to rock the flower crown look, Pop the Knot can create thinner, simpler crowns for your bridesmaids. Your crown can be fuller and more colorful, so you can make the statement.

If you want to hold off on crowns for your bridesmaids but want your flower girls to have a dreamy, feminine look, we can create dainty headpieces in the color of your choice.

Save the Memories

After your pop-up wedding is over, you can savor the beauty of your flower crown for years to come! Many crowns dry well and can be hung in your home as a beautiful decoration. Not only can you appreciate the colors, but every time you see it, you’ll be reminded of the vows you made that day.  

If you’re ready to start planning a romantic pop-up wedding, Pop the Knot can help you find the perfect look and add a matching floral crown to your bouquet. Contact us today!

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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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