Wedding Gazebos Stress Form and Function

Wedding gazebos are a timeless staple of celebration decor which add class and style to any event, but especially enhance the beauty of a wedding.

Traditionally, the gazebos are octagon, providing a Victorian or Colonial feel the design. The size you’re looking for will be dependent on how you plan to use the gazebo. Smaller structures work well for small ceremonies in which the wedding party uses the shelter as a focal point. But, larger gazebos can cover whole receptions.

The octagon gazebos add to the landscape portrait as well as service a functional purpose. Many ceremonies have been conducted at the gazebo entrance, with the presiding official at the gazebo entrance between the columns and the happy couple just below.

Many more wedding photos have included the wedding gazebo, sometimes with the wedding party outlining the structure.

A 10 foot diameter octagon is the bare essential and works well in a backyard setting, but for more public usage and larger weddings, 14 foot and larger diameter octagon gazebos should be considered.

The most conventional color for wedding gazebos mirrors bridal gown traditions: white. White vinyl is the most popular choice for its white, smooth and maintenance free finish. Treated pine gazebos may be painted white, but cedar can also be used for an entirely different rustic look.

The gazebo requires a level foundation, which may extend just beyond the perimeter of the gazebo, may be made of flat stoned gravel, paver stones or concrete. Landscaping choices can conceal most of the foundation, or with prior planning, the foundation may be used as part of the landscaping.

Like bridal gowns, wedding gazebos may be modern, straight and simple or they may be ornate, lavish and detailed. Geography and budget usually play the largest roles in selection, but always consider the aesthetics, styling and photo-potential of any structure used for your wedding!

Ocean City Maryland Wedding Venues

Ocean City Maryland is a brilliant spot for your beach wedding. The free public beach is ideal for priceless photos and memories for you and your guests. If you are planning a reception after your ceremony, I’d like to recommend the top spots at the beach.

The Oceanfront Courtyard Marriott is Ocean City’s newest hotel. Located on 15th street on the boardwalk, the second level atrium is ideal for cocktails and appetizers. Inside you’ll find the Captain’s Table restaurant. The Captain’s Table was a local’s favorite for over thiry years and has been completely renovated in this beautiful new building. The Macadamaia encrusted Halibut is spectacular!

Lighthouse Sound is a picturesque golf course in Bishopville. Located on the bay directly across from the Route 90 bridge, this venue offers gorgeous panoramic views of the Ocean City skyline. The short drive along St. Martin’s Neck Road from Coastal Highway is breathtaking. Ducks and geese abound in this natural setting. The rustic interior design includes an ornate fireplace, lofty ceilings and plush leather chairs. The Chilean Seabass is amazing!

Fager’s Island on 59th street and the bay offers a wealth of options. The upstairs offers fine dining with views of the bay. Owner John Fager imports the most exotic wine Europe has to offer along with an assortment of popular local craft beers. There is an outdoor beach for small ceremonies and receptions as well as a pier and gazebo that stretch out into the bay. Fager’s is renowned for their sunsets which are always accompanied by the 1812 Overture as the red sun sinks into the water. Every Monday in season is the their famous deck party with live bands, djs and a luau. Fager’s also owns to premier hotels within walking distance of the restaurant. The Lighthouse and the Edge both offer intimate Honeymoon Suites.

These unique Mediterranean themed properties are the most elaborate that Ocean City has to offer. Seacrets is the most famous business in Ocean City. Truly world renowned, this is the most exciting spot on the eastern seaboard. In addition to hosting it’s own radio station, Seacrets brings in national recording acts and DJs for its daily summer parties. Weddings at Seacrets usually take place on the north side of the island. Brides take a boat from the south side to the pier next to the altar. In the offseason, Morley Hall is available for rental as well. Saturdays are too busy for a Seacrets wedding, so plan for Friday or Sunday in the offseason. Seacrets is known for their signature drinks and Jamaican Jerk Chicken. The Grand Hotel on 21st st. has two banquet rooms to accommodate your reception. The curved fa├žade make it a beautiful backdrop for your beach wedding photos. The Grand sits on the boardwalk and is literally a ten second walk to the beach. The sixth floor dining offers dazzling views of the bay.

The Clarion Hotel has the largest fine dining area in Ocean City. The Crystal Ballroom seats up to 250 guests. There are two smaller venues for more intimate affairs. The Clarion just added a new outdoor pool to accompany its indoor swimming and cabana area. The cuisine at the Clarion is exquisite. They are annual recipients of the Spectators Choice award for their wine selections. Sommelier Richard Heubeck is renowned for his pairings. The Clarion showcases live bands daily inside and on the outside deck during the summer and indoors on weekends all year round.

The Carousel Hotel on 11th st. is home to Ocean City’s only indoor skating rink. During the summer they feature a daily Ice Show. The Carousel has multiple banquet rooms for different sized receptions. Behind the hotel is a lively patio bar that is a great staging area for the groomsmen to meet and unwind before the ceremony. Home of Seasons restaurant, the Carousel has been an Ocean City landmark for decades.

I’ve been fortunate to have a good relationship with all of these splendid venues. To find out more about Ocean City Beach Wedding Packages visit Rox Weddings & Events.

How to Have a Rustic Themed Wedding

A rustic theme is becoming one of the fastest-growing wedding trends. It’s easy to see why. They’re simple and can be fairly inexpensive compared to that of a traditional formal setting.

They’re also beautiful in their simplicity. Mother Nature provides some of the best tools and settings you need to incorporate into your wedding day. Rustic weddings offer charm and character. Guests enjoy the casual atmosphere and can sometimes be more relaxed.

Most rustic weddings are held outdoors. If you’re choosing an indoor venue due to weather or season, consider a simple historic chapel or barn. Bails of hay make terrific seating arrangements for your guests. Or for the very easy-breezy outdoor rustic wedding, simply spread checkered clothes on the ground picnic style!

Tell your guests to come dressed casually. Rustic weddings are best enjoyed comfortably. Even the wedding party can make the best of this! The bridal party can sport anything from flip-flops to cowboy boots under their dresses. Or they can not wear any shoes at all! On a warm summer day fresh grass feels great on the bare tootsies! Make sure to get that pedicure first, though!

Wild flowers are a natural choice for your floral arrangements, both in bouquets and centerpieces. Simply arrange some in a watering can or clear glass jar for a table centerpiece. Or include some pine cones and branches for extra added rustic charm.

Earth tone neutral colors tend to be the easiest to incorporate with rustic themes, but throwing in a few bright colors can really jazz up your overall look! Imagine a pair of hot pink cowboy boots popping out under your wedding dress while you dance. How about an electric blue here or there? Maybe you’d like to match nature’s own bright colors and go with cheery citrus tones? You can match the lemonade!

For the reception you can hand out picnic baskets if you went with blanket seating which is also great if you went with the hay bails. Or you can treat your guests to a barbeque! Add some corn on the cob, baked beans and cornbread to the menu.

Picnic tables are perfect for the rustic wedding. Simply add a checked cloth or wildflower-printed table covers to add wedding day charm. Throw in a chalkboard sign here or there to let guests know where to sign the guest book or what’s on the menu.

Whatever you serve, buffet-style or family-style arrangements are the most casual and cozy. Fill tin buckets or barrels with ice and bottles drinks. Place pitchers on lemonade on the tables with frosted drinking jars for an extra cute touch.

For the cake, try another fabulous new trend in weddings-the “naked” cake. This natural-looking alternative to the traditional heavily iced and decoratively covered with fondant cake you’re used to seeing. What’s different is you can see the outer edge of the cake itself. The benefit to that is that you can see the layers in between! The naked cake has a naturally simple look to it.

Cupcakes also make an easy alternative to the traditional wedding cake and are perfect for the rustic theme. Don’t be afraid to use plenty of chocolate frosting! The earthy brown tones go perfect with the theme, so no need to use all white icing for the rustic wedding!

A candy buffet filled with old-fashioned style candies is simply darling for the rustic wedding. Don’t forget the s’mores! What better way to top off the festivities of a rustic country wedding than with a bonfire? You can’t have a bonfire without s’mores!

But before the sun goes down, let your guests enjoy a few rounds of corn hole toss or horseshoe! When the night dancing begins, lanterns and simple white lights are the perfect setting.

Don’t forget the wedding favors! Make sure to send your guests home with some darling rustic themed wedding favors such as photo frames, luminary lantern tea light holders, or chalkboard shot glasses.

Maybe your photographer can put a few photos of your special day in black and white. This really can enhance the simplicity and elegance of the day.

Your rustic wedding can be as much of a family reunion or barbecue as it is the day you say “I do”. What a fun way to celebrate and begin your life together! Everyone is sure to have a ball. Your friends and family will be talking about what a great time they had at your rustic wedding for years to come.