Hey Gorgeous Gals!
There comes a point in your wedding planning where you hit a roadblock. Whether it is with finding the right vendors or trying to get detail/design inspiration, either way it can be very frustrating. But don’t fret! At any point in time if you get overwhelmed, you can consult with a professional wedding planner like us who can help you unblock! If you’re planning a crazy awesome destination wedding in Iceland at Seljalandsfoss, Vik Beach, or the stunning Faroe Islands, please contact us to see how we can help you make your day flawless.
Your wedding details are the little snippets that warm your guest’s heart, blow them away, really enhance the overall vibe and experience for all involved. And they especially make your Iceland wedding portraits unlike anyone else’s! Even if you are on a budget there are ways to make high-end niceties that go that extra mile. It may be as simple as finding or creating an awesome template, buying fun metallic paper and printing yourself (DIY Iceland wedding details, ta-da!). In our styled photo session we present to you this week, we combined some easy-to-do affordable details that can really make your Iceland wedding a show-stopper.
- Freeze Dried Petals! …for your Iceland wedding ceremony aisle way, ceremony chairs, as décor for your reception, for playful wedding photos, or to have your guests throw in celebration of your newly wedded bliss. One of our favorite vendors, Flyboy Naturals is the #1 company for destination wedding rose petals. Mainly because their customer service and attention to detail is first-class. But, the selection, the variety of colors, types of flower blends, prices, and the fact that they are 100% eco-friendly makes them unbeatable in the wedding industry.
As an Iceland wedding planner, I exclusively use their freeze dried rose petals for destination weddings because of the endless benefits. For one, you can order 1-cup samples in every color they offer. That way, you can trial ahead of time to ensure your color combinations go along with your design vision- my destination brides really love this feature! Personally, I know because I have been in your shoes and planned my own Iceland destination wedding. We held our wedding at Seljalandsfoss waterfall in April 2012, and I ordered at least 10 different samples trying to find that exact shades of pink I needed <bridezilla crisis aborted, lol>.
Second, they ship to Iceland and other obscure wedding locations- believe me not all industry vendors will (Note: You will need to pay import duties). The really good news… Flyboy will also save your wedding budget. Real life example: I was quoted over $2,000 USD for rose petals by an Iceland florist for 500 cups of petals (~30,000 petals) and they could not even guarantee me a shade of pink (only white petals). But by ordering from Flyboy Naturals, I not only previewed my shades of pink but I happily saved $1,000 in my wedding budget (Hello more Bali honeymoon adventures!). See how our Iceland wedding ceremony aisle way looked, here (we used Kara’s Blend).
Third, their petals are extremely vibrant, fragrant, and are light weight (regular rose petals are very dense in comparison) which create some super cute photo opportunities! Finally, Jami Brown and the awesome team at Flyboy Naturals, care. They care about you, your special event, and the colorful role their freeze dried petals will play in your Iceland destination wedding photos.
- End of Aisle Tie: This is one of my favorite details many brides planning forget! Having a flower tie, a “love sign,” or simplistic ribbon tie closing the end of your ceremony aisle adds a very elegant detail and also adds to the anticipation of the bride’s arrival. The bonus: It looks amazing in setup/detail photos and also keeps your petal walkway 100% intact! Initially, you may think it is a inconvenience to your guests having to enter their seats from the outside but for a wedding less than 80 people it really isn’t. We used 2 colored ribbons to tie the end of our aisle, see our ceremony Seljalandsfoss wedding ceremony here.
- Chair Sashes: These add a striking splash of color to your outdoor ceremony or Iceland wedding reception setup. Even if you do not want to have for every chair, at least have for the last row and the row of honor (parents), it will make a giant aesthetic difference in most cases! In our photo examples below, we used coral for our Iceland wedding ceremony and reception chair mock up. Another affordable suggestion for you to add to your Iceland reception decor would be to have Mr. & Mrs. (or Bride & Groom) signs on your chairs. Etsy sells all sorts of unique ones from banner ties to antique styled, super neat to have for your reception candid photographs! See one of my favorite examples of this DIY Iceland detail from a stunning October wedding I photographed, here.
- Umbrellas: If you are holding your ceremony outside or are planning your Iceland wedding at Seljalandsfoss or Skogafoss waterfalls, I highly suggest you provide umbrellas for your guests, just in case! You can easily put them into your guests welcome bags or place one on each chair at the ceremony. Real life example: For our wedding at Seljalandsfoss, we had purchased black umbrellas, tied a pretty fuchsia and silver ribbon on it with a metallic card that said, “In Case You Encounter April Showers!” Super cute, right? That additional detail is still something our guests talk about.
- Rosette Table Cloths: As Iceland destination wedding photographers, we love seeing and photographing lots of different textures at weddings from rosette accents to earthy burlap table runners. It adds a unique depth to your table designs and really adds a gorgeous touch of elegance. In our Iceland inspired photo session you can see an example here.
- Satin/Pintuck Napkins: I love napkins, totally nerdy I know! I adore matching colors, different textures, and folding them is uber relaxing! One of my favorite websites that feature different kind of wedding napkin folds is found, here. For our wedding weekend we had the following: Silver pintuck placemats and white canvas napkins (starch folded as bird of paradise) for our Iceland wedding welcome dinner table design. Our Iceland wedding reception design featured, brown rosette table runners and matching brown pintuck napkins folded in a downward boat fan held together by engraved “Iceland 2012” luggage tag favors.
- Charger Plate: Having decorative charger plates as part of the table design boosts the first impression your guests will have entering into your reception. Recall the weddings you have attended, one that has had a buffet station setup and one that you had a plated meal. Which had a bigger impact on you? Hands down, you’re probably thinking the overall detail of experience of the latter one left more of an impression for you long term. Same theory here. Having charger plates imply there will be many courses to your meal which truly goes with the theme of “Eat, Drink, & Be Married” rather than the “get in line” feeling.
- MENU’s: This classy little detail is a very easy do-it-yourself trick. How to create your own wedding menus: I purchased 2 types of paper, rose petal embedded cardstock and metallic cardstock, found my desired templates, mocked up course driven menus and printed 2 per sheet (5×7 finished size) and voila, DIY Iceland wedding menus! If you’re not having a charger plate for your reception tables this might be a nice alternative as it can easily add a splash of color and sophistication to the detail of your tables.
- Rose Favors: Having rose favors is a fabulous alternative if you are considering opting out of providing traditional favors for your Iceland destination wedding. A very pretty alternative could be a mini flower in the center of your menu/charger plate. It adds a dreamy softness to your reception tables especially when you incorporate your wedding colors in the ribbon tie or flower colors.
- DIY Iceland Wedding Flowers: Your wedding bouquet is important to your Iceland wedding portraits. In a country where much of the terrain is barren for most of the year, your wedding bouquet and boutonniere will add a very fun splash of color and amplify your wedding day attire. I always suggest colored flowers because you never know if it will rain, snow, be foggy, or abundant sunny on your wedding day in Iceland (Famous saying in Iceland, is to wait 15 minutes for new weather to roll in off the coast). I think we had all of those elements during our April wedding day at Seljalandsfoss, champagne toast at Vik Beach, and Iceland wedding portraits at Skogafoss waterfall. I will say, also that my fresh flower fushia bridal bouquet was stunning against every scene even to the end of our Hella, Iceland wedding reception at Hotel Ranga. For this styled photo shoot, we DIY our Iceland wedding bouquets and centerpieces. Out of this entire Iceland inspired shoot this by far was my fave to do as prep. I love playing with roses! I used ~100 roses total (2 shades of peach, ivory, and dark orange), 1 bunch of greens, rhinestone floral picks, silver and peach ribbon to create the following: 1 bridal bouquet, 1 bridesmaid bouquet, 2 round centerpieces, 2 vased centerpieces, and 6 flower favors. If you have the time and patience, it is quite fun to create your own Iceland wedding flowers. We had a great bridal bouquet post a few weeks ago that may help you determine what kind may be perfect for you, here.
- Cupcake Banners: One of my super fun 2014 bride and grooms said it best when I asked them “what is most important” to them in their Iceland wedding planning: They “wanted their guests to Eat, Drink, and be Merry” in an amazing locale. <3 On that note, I thought how fun would it be to include cupcake banners that express just that, as a DIY Iceland wedding detail. Although the cupcakes scream delicious butter-cream beauty, the banners also add a whimsical element that will make your guests giggle. The cupcake wedding banners how to is as simple as typing up some playful wedding terms, printing on metallic paper, gathering up toothpicks, a glue stick, fancy scissors, and assembling!
Putting your own hallmark on your wedding day details is a fantastic way to make your wedding memorable to all involved. Whether you choose to do that by selecting a unique wedding location in Iceland, DIY particulars, or combine some of your favorite things you have seen through the years- do it, make those details forever yours! After all, you only get to find and marry your soul mate once! We hope the post today on our Iceland wedding styled session details finds a way to unblock your creative planning juices. If not, the photographs below are sure to stir up some awesome ideas for your own Iceland destination wedding! Also see this fabulous styled shoot published on Storyboard Weddings Blog here.
Lots of planning smiles to you, Ann Peters
About Us: We have over 10 years of destination wedding photography and planning experience. We are very detailed, adventurous, have a passion for Iceland and wedding photography in the unmatchable terrain. In April 2012, we were married in Iceland at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, had wedding day stops at Vik Beach for a champagne toast, rainbows at Skogafoss, and Hotel Ranga in Hella Iceland. Truly, we know first hand how epic of a country Iceland is and how special it is for you to plan your wedding in Iceland! So whether you are planning an Iceland destination wedding for 10 guests or 100, we can help you plan every stage, very detail, and then photograph your amazing wedding weekend in Iceland, forever pausing that time for you!
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Kudos to our awesome vendors who participated in this Iceland wedding styled session! Please spend some time checking them out!
- Rose Petals: Flyboy Naturals – Provided the stunning freeze dried rose petals in 2 colors (Romantic Rendezvous and Living Easy).
- Bridal Bouquets & Centerpieces: PBMA Rose Boutique (Look familiar? Yes, this is us too! We love everything about weddings!). The peach/orange bouquets and centerpieces were inspired by one of our 2014 Iceland couples.
- Event Design & Setup: Iceland Wedding Planner
- Photography: Photos by Miss Ann (Ann Peters)
- Chairs & Linens: Your Event Party Rental of Plymouth, Michigan
- Hair: Donald Steven’s Salon
- Makeup: Brittany Lambert
- Model: Jacqueline Ann
- Cupcakes: Perfect Desserts in Novi, Michigan
- “Love” Sign: Expressions in Design, check out her super cute Etsy Shop