National & State Park Wedding Inspiration

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Majestic trees. Exotic wildlife. Rushing rivers and pristine ponds. There’s just something magical—and quintessentially American—about our national and state parks.

National and State Park Wedding Inspiration

If you’re still deciding on a venue for your wedding—or even your engagement session—it might be worth checking out our national and state parks. From picturesque backdrops to rustic elegance, each park offers an array of unique perks for today’s brides and grooms.

And since it’s Independence Week, we’re also highlighting another wonderful engagement/wedding venue idea: our national monuments and landmarks.

Perk #1: Stunning Backdrops & Photo Ops

Stunning Backdrops - National and State Park Wedding Inspiration

Glowing sunsets over horizons, lush greenery and treescapes…there’s no denying the amazing backdrops that parks and historic sites can offer. And, depending on the season, you can choose from a variety of palettes—from wintry whites (oh-so-romantic), and autumn hues to earth-tone radiance of spring and summer.

Perk #2: Built-in Decor

Allaire State Park - John Defiora Photography

Tree slabs, acorn favors…sure, these are adorable to use, but nothing beats the real thing! If you love rustic, natural decor, then a national or state park is perfect for you. With such a wonderland of colors, textures, and beauty all around, you can keep decor (or props, for engagements) to a minimum. And with Mother Nature providing all the decorations, you’ll be able to save loads of money (and stress!).

Perk #3: Indoor and Outdoor Options

Indoor and Outdoor Options for a Park Wedding

Whether your’e worried about weather (or getting a friendly visit from a bear), many parks and monuments offer both indoor and outdoor options for the ceremony and reception. (The same holds true for engagement sessions.) Many parks have on-site lodges, complete with dining halls that can be dressed up, or dressed down, to fit your style and taste. If you’re heart is set on an outdoor wedding, you can check with the park to see if tents, canopies, or other coverings are allowed on-site.

For more inspiration:

  • Check out National and State Park Wedding Ideasover on our website
  • Browse some of our past blog couples who have celebrated their engagement and/or wedding at a park, monument, or landmark:

Jessica and Darian’s Engagement Session at Allaire State Park

Allaire State Park Engagement Session

 

Marsha and Andrew’s E-Session at Dismals Canyon (National Natural Landmark)

Dismals Canyon - Amanda House Photography

 

 John and Dianne’s E-Session at Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Memorial

Washington DC Engagement Session

 

Hannah and Dale’s Engagement Shoot at Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove Beach E-Session

 

Mallory and Cody’s E-Session at Fountainebleau State Park

Fountainbleau State Park E-Session

 

Hope everyone has a great Fourth of July!

Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings

 Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings

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Yosemite Valley Chapel, Kenny Karst/DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.; Winter wedding at Sequoia National Park, Dez and Tam Photography; Ahwahnee Dining Room at Yosemite National Park, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

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Doable DIY: Wedding Cake Toppers

Categories Reception + Wedding Decor

Doable DIY” is our new recurring blog series about easy, affordable DIY wedding ideas. We’ll be taking today’s top wedding trends and translating them into practical DIY projects. Let the creativity begin!

DIY Wedding Cake Toppers

They’re little. They’re fun. And they’re EVERYWHERE on Pinterest and Etsy. So, what are they?
Custom wedding cake toppers! But, what’s a bride (and groom) to do if they are on a tight wedding budget? Luckily, you don’t have to pay top dollar to top off your cake with custom cake toppers. (Say that five times fast.)

Today’s edition of Doable DIY will outline three easy and budget-friendly ways to create your own DIY wedding cake toppers.

 

Idea #1: Wooden People/FigurinesDIY Cake Topper Figurines - Megan Wendt Photo and Design

Supplies:

  • Wooden peg people/figurines (unfinished)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Fine motor skills ;)

Custom wooden peg people are adorable, but not always affordable for every bride and groom on a budget. If you have a little time, patience, and fine motor skills, you could make your own figurine cake toppers for a fraction of the price.

Etsy has some DIY kits available for very reasonable prices. Alternatively, you could swing by your local craft store and pick up unfinished wooden peg people, as well as some paint and paintbrushes. (If you have a magnifying glass, that might be helpful, too.)

For more wooden peg people inspiration, check out Mac and Chandra’s wedding, featured on the blog last year. Their cake topper is adorable!

 

 

 

 

DIY Cake Bunting - from Nous NousIdea #2: Miniature Bunting

Supplies:

  • Anchors – bamboo skewers, dowels, or striped straws
  • Rope – twine, yarn, or craft string
  • Bunting Material – fabric, patterned paper, seashells (it’s up to you!)
  • Glue and scissors

If painting figurines isn’t your thing, but you’re handy with some scissors and string, then you could try DIY bunting for your cake toppers. The really neat thing about this option is the breadth of options available! You pick the string, the sticks, and the material. You can really create something unique–a DIY cake topper that fits your personality and wedding style.

Budget-Saving Secret: Paint Swatches!

Head to your local home improvement store and stock up on paint swatches in your wedding color scheme. Cut them out into diamonds (fold over into triangles) or whatever shape(s) you like. Voila! Easy, *free* bunting.

 

DIY Cake Topper Idea #3: Monograms/Lettering

LOVE Cake Topper - Megan Daas Photography

Supplies:

  • Unfinished wood letters or aluminum craft wire (to shape your own letters)
  • Pliers (if using wire)
  • Acrylic paint and paintbrushes (if using wood) OR acrylic spray paint (Krylon is a good brand)
  • Glue and scissors
  • Wood dowels or stir sticks (to stick the letters into the top of the cake)

Joann Fabrics has some nice miniature wood letters for a very budget-friendly cost of $1.99. AND, since each set includes two letters, you can practice on one–and perfect it on the other. :)

If you love the look of wire letters (especially those lovely romantic script letters), you could shape your own letters together using aluminum craft wire and pliers. (Tip: Print off a giant size letter in a typeface you like, for reference as you shape it together.)

Last But Not Least: Get Creative!

From little LEGO people to miniature symbols of your passions (ex. mini typewriter), the options available for cake toppers are wide and plenty! Get creative and brainstorm some budget-friendly items that represent who you are as a couple, or a combination of your unique passions and hobbies. Look around the house–you might already own some items that might work!

Nostalgia is fun, too: Perhaps there’s a movie ticket stub from your first date, or a favorite photo from a road trip that you can put on a photo clip frame. Be creative, be inspired, be yourself!

I’d love to hear from other brides and grooms out there: Did you–or are you planning to–go the DIY route with your wedding cake toppers? Do you have any advice for those who might want to do DIY wedding cake toppers?

 

Happy Friday!

Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings

Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings

 

Image Source:

Wooden figurines –  Megan Wendt Photo + Design | Cake Bunting - Nous Nous 

 

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Free Printable! DIY Photo Booth Props

Categories Reception + Resources

**Freebie Alert!!**

Having a photo booth at your wedding reception? Rock on! We happen to love photo booths here at MagnetStreet Weddings. We also love helping couples save money on their wedding. That’s why we’ve created FREE printable photo booth props for our fellow bride and groom readers!

Free DIY Wedding Photo Booth Props

 As you can see, we even tested them out ourselves. :)

Head over to our DIY Wedding Photo Booth Props page to download your props and discover the 6 easy steps to putting them together. Whether you’re renting a professional photo booth or going the DIY route, these props are sure to help guests get silly for the camera.

Here’s a snapshot of just some of the adorable photo booth props you’ll be able to print for yourself:

Printable Photo Booth Props

 

Making Your Own Photo Booth, Too? Doable DIY: Wedding Photo Booth

Read how our staff writer (and fellow bride) Rachel was able to pull off her own DIY wedding photo booth. Be inspired as she shares her photo booth tips and ideas!

Doable DIY: Wedding Photo Booth

 

 

 

 

 

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22 Top Father-Daughter Dance Songs

Categories Reception + Resources

Not in any particular order of importance, here are 22 popular father-daughter dance songs. Right now, I think my favorite is Edwin McCain’s Walk With You. I feel like I wouldn’t be bawling my head off with this song–yet it would still be incredibly touching. How about you? Will you be father-daughter dancing?

Which song is your favorite?

22 popular father-daughter dance songs

 

Country Sweet

1. Just Fishin- Trace Adkins
2. My little girl- by Tim McGraw
3. My wish by Rascal Flatts
4. It won’t be like this for long by Darius Rucker

Tear Jerkers

5. Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman
6. Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
7. I will always love you- by Whitney Houston
8. You raise me up by Josh Groban

Rock

9. You are so beautiful by Joe Cocker
10.Walk with you by Edwin McCain
11. How sweet it is by James Taylor
12. Wonderful tonight by Eric Clapton

Classic

13. Unforgettable Duet by Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole
14. The way you look tonight by Frank Sinatra
15. My girl by Temptations
16. Somewhere over the rainbow by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo‘ole
17. It had to be you by Ray Charles
18. Isn’t she lovely by Stevie Wonder

 

Alternative

19. Brown eyed girl by Van Morrison
20. In my life by The Beatles
21. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
22. Daddy’s Little Girl by Michael Buble’

 

Image: Micah & Tia’s Guthrie Theater Wedding
Photography: CM Photographics, Morgan Klinnert-Photographer

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