May 2015

June 1, 2015

Few decisions about your wedding will affect your family and guests so much as whether, and under what conditions, you invite their children.

Consider the Consequences
Should you choose not to invite children, it may prevent the parents of those children from attending. So you'll first have to decide if effectively dis-inviting those parents is something you want to do. Consider that your guests with children may not have childcare options available to them. This is especially true if they have to travel from out of town to attend. Keep in mind that the parents of children who are not invited may have to go to some trouble to arrange for the care of their children, so it would be kind to announce your intention to have a kid-free wedding as early as possible.

Is it Acceptable Not to Invite Children?Children at Weddings
If your wedding is very formal, or if it takes place in the evening, it would seem natural for children not to attend. Less formal and daytime weddings would pose a challenge in not inviting children and could be taken as an affront to the parents of those children. Similarly, if your wedding is taking place at a resort location, the location itself may not be child-friendly. If you have your heart set on a wedding type that would be best without children, you should address the invitations explicitly. They should state precisely who is invited, and it should be made clear that it is the type of ceremony you're having that makes children inadmissible – and not the children themselves.

Is it Realistic?
It depends on how big your guest list is. If you have a large family and are inviting everyone, chances are you won't be able to realistically restrict children from attending. And honestly, if you're hosting a large event, expecting children to be absent would seem strange and unnatural. If, however, you are having a small, formal, remote, or unusual wedding – it would be surprising to find children on the guest list of such an event.

There are, of course, middle-ground solutions to the question of whether to invite children. Subsequent posts will deal with that in greater detail. For now, keep in mind that the most important thing is to make your plans and announcements as early as possible to make sure your guests know what to expect and to avoid setting up any unnecessary turbulence for your ceremony.

May 1, 2015

Idaho offers many beautiful outdoor venue options, from gorgeous mountain settings to whimsical barn backdrops. Idaho brides can enjoy taking their summer wedding outdoors with one of the following unique, outdoor wedding venues.

Brundage Mountain Resort

Brundage Mountain Resort, set in beautiful McCall, ID, offers a stunning mountain view that many Idaho brides love. If you want an outdoor wedding with a natural, beautiful backdrop, this majestic area is the perfect venue. You can choose to have the ceremony on the lawn with a mountain backdrop, natural spring pond, and beautiful mountain wildflowers, or choose the breathtaking summit venue with incredible views of mountain lakes and nearby mountaintops.

Idaho Botanical Gardens

Located in Boise, ID, the Idaho Botanical Gardens provides a naturally beautiful venue to consider for your Idaho wedding. At the base of the Boise foothills, the Garden offers many different specialty gardens from which to choose for your perfect day. The venue offers plenty of free parking and the Bride’s and Groom’s dressing rooms are included.

Crossings Winery

Settled in Glenns Ferry, ID, Crossings Winery gives brides the chance to have a wedding among beautiful vineyards, a gazebo, and a chateau styled winery building. Not only does the venue offer a gorgeous backdrop for a summer wedding, the on-site restaurant offers delicious food options for the wedding reception.

Riverview Mill Ranch

Set in the gorgeous prairie of Northern Idaho, this picturesque ranch is surrounded by lovely pine trees and foothills. The five acres of land offer excellent views of Mica Peak and Mt Spokane. Enjoy an outdoor Idaho wedding under the ranch’s large gazebo area or choose the wide-open backyard space for a large, outdoor ceremony.

The Hitchin’ Barn

Brides that want an outdoor, country wedding will love the Hitchin’ Barn, a unique outdoor venue in Blancard, ID that offers country charm and vintage elegance. Enjoy an outdoor wedding with the rustic barn as the backdrop and then dance the night away with a reception inside the charming barn.

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