Haiku Mill

Haiku Mill

Haiku Mill

This beautiful wedding venue on Hawaii’s island, Maui, is set on the northeastern coast of the island. Haiku Mill covers two acres of ruins and tropical paradises. This sugar mill is also known as pua Le’a or “blossoming passion” in the Hawaiian language. The old world meets the elegance of Europe with this venue. In 1858 this land was turned into a sugar cane company by the Kingdom of Hawaii. It wasn’t until 1861 that sugar was being produced in the mill.

Haiku Mill

The Haiku mill was the first sugar cane mill in Hawaii with a steam engine and was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Hawaii in 1986. For over 100 years the sugar mill was abandoned and was overtaken by the lush tropical forests that ended up covering the thick stone walls. The only remaining part of this venue are the breathtaking stone walls that left an open-sky cathedral to let in the light.

Haiku Mill

Couples love Haiku Mill for its amazingly lush gardens flowing over the historic stone walls and into the scenery of their wedding ceremony and reception. This venue captures the beauty of Hawaii with the romance of the abandoned factory.

Haiku Mill

Haiku Mill

The sugar mill lights up stunningly at night with lights cascading through the open windows… the palm trees and greenery take you deep into a tropical paradise in which you never want to leave! How could you? Haiku Mill is one of our favorite places to have a destination wedding on Hawaii’s island of Maui.

Haiku Mill

Haiku Mill Wedding by First Class Weddings

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Outdoor Hawaii Wedding

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

Outdoor Hawaii Wedding

Sunny Hawaii is calling your name! Beaches are one of the most popular destination wedding choices and Hawaii is our favorite spot to do so! The warm breezes, blue waves and breathtaking sunsets make Hawaii the absolute perfect wedding destination. We, at First Class Weddings, think Maui is the most fantastic place to get married!

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

Imagine having your wedding ceremony right next to the beautiful turquoise waters of Hawaii… The grass is always lush and green with accents of tropical flowers and palm trees decorating the natural landscape. Choose an outdoor Hawaii wedding if you love the ocean, sand and amazing views!

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

This elaborate wedding arch was the perfect piece for their wedding ceremony. The purples, pinks and greenery coordinated with the bride’s bouquet and hairpiece amazingly. Our favorite part of this stunning arch was the small hanging vases with flowers displayed inside of them, shown below.

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

Outdoor Hawaii Wedding

Decorations as simple as a single flower in a glass bulb create wonderful reflections of the sun and make for gorgeous pictures. The purple and green colors featured in this wedding call us to the beaches!

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

This Maui wedding took place on a perfectly green lawn overlooking the spectacular view of the ocean. This venue made for the perfect backdrop for this outdoor hawaii wedding.

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

Lush decorative flowers ranging from hydrangeas to orchids line the length of these simple white tables. Our bride, Phoebe  hung simple white lanterns above her brightly colored tables and once the sun went down they lit up for perfect romantic lighting.

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

The colors of Hawaii and all of its tropical glory allow brides to use bright bold colors for their flowers and decorations. We love this simple table with hydrangeas, orchids and other flowers with candles lining the center of the table…how romantic!

Outdoor Hawaii Weddings

 

After seeing this phenomenal wedding on Maui would you consider having your perfect wedding in Hawaii?? Let us know what you think about Hawaii and all of its beauty!

Outdoor Hawaii Wedding by First Class Weddings

All Photos by First Class Weddings

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Ombré Wedding

Red to white ombre wedding cake

 Ombré Wedding

Ombré is a French term, it means the shading and transition of color from light to dark, from one shade to another.  Traditionally this term referred to fabric and ombré has definitely made it’s mark in the fashion world, however recently this style has blown up! We are seeing ombré designs on everything from hair to nails and of course, all things weddings!  Wedding cakes, invitations, backdrops and flowers, ombré weddings are one wedding trend that is sure to stick around!

Ombre flower centerpiece

 Ombré Wedding Centerpiece

Ombré floral centerpieces can make your reception oh-so-glamorous!  An Ombré Wedding adds a decorative element that works with every color palette, and flowers are a great way to incorporate ombré decor into your wedding ceremony and reception. When creating an ombré flower centerpiece, we recommend choosing different flowers for each color (as seen above).  The different textures mixed with busts of color will create one gorgeous centerpiece!

Ombré Wedding Isle Runner

Ombré was originally associated with fabric, so why not continue your ombré wedding theme into your isleway.  We love a look that is hand crafted and matches your chairs, backdrops, reception table cloths, napkins, centerpieces and more…

Paper ombre wedding decor

 Ombre Wedding Backdrop

Hanging paper art makes for a fabulous backdrop and this ombré wedding backdrop makes this desert table so much sweeter! Hang garlands color by color, moving from one shade to the next to create fun and unique ceremony backdrop, desert table or photo booth areas. You can also  hang above reception tables to create amazing hanging decor!

Pink ombre wedding dress

Ombré Wedding Dress

It’s a bride’s day, so why not express you personal style with a fun and fabulous ombré gown…or have your bridesmaids rock the style. Brides may choose a white dress with colored tool that just peeks out the bottom or make a bold statement with a gown that transitions into a burst of color!

No matter what you wedding wishes, First Class Weddings can make your dream wedding a reality!  Follow us on PinterestFacebook and Twitter for more great wedding inspiration!

Ombré Wedding by First Class Weddings

Ombré Cake from Mod Wedding

Purplé Ombre Flowers from Flourish Designs

Ombré Isle Runner from Wedding Wire

Ombré Paper Backdrop from Little Bird Celebrations

Ombré Wedding Gown from One Wed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colorful Wedding Dresses

Vera Wang Bush Gown

Colorful Wedding Dresses

One of the first things brides do when they become engaged is start searching for the perfect wedding dress. While many brides opt for the traditional white wedding gown, others are choosing a bolder, more modern look for their big day.

We started seeing colorful wedding dresses a few years back and this trend is only gaining speed for 2013!  Silver and gold, pastels, patterns and dramatic shades of red are just some of the colorful wedding gowns we have seen on the runways for the upcoming year.  Check out some of these sizzling styles in a variety of gorgeous hues below!

Carol Hannah Spring 2013

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Carol Hannah – Spring 2013

Vera Wang 2013

Vera Wang 2013

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Vera Wang – Spring 2013

Reem Acra 2013

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Reem Acra – Resort 2013

Douglas Hannant Spring 2013

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Douglas Hannant – Spring 2013

Sarah Seven Fall 2013

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Sarah Seven – Fall 2013

Elie Saab Couture

Colorful Wedding Dresses – Elie Saab Couture

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Colored Wedding Dresses by First Class Weddings

Blush Gown from Grey Likes Weddings

Grey Carol Hannah Gown from Brides

Red Vera Wang Gowns from Wedding Countdown

Purple Vera Wang Gown from Zankyou Magazine

Ombre Reem Acra Gown from Dress Safari

Floral Douglas Hannant Gown from Huffington Post Weddings

Gold Sarah Seven Gown from Green Wedding Shoes

Mint Elie Saab Gowns from Demoislle

Moss Wedding

HEart Shaped Ring Pillow Made of Moss

Moss Wedding Decor

There are so many beautiful natural elements that can be used to create extraordinary event decor. Incorporate moss into your wedding theme and you will love the stunning result!  Moss adds color, texture and a rustic elegance to wedding ceremonies and receptions that we love! There are over 12,000 species of moss on this planet and one thing is for sure, when used as decoration, this gorgeous greenery brings the beautiful great outdoors to any event.

Wedding reception table runner made of moss

Moss Table Runner

Lush moss covered tables and  accented centerpieces have a rustic appeal that creates a earthy wedding theme.  Flower blossoms add color and frangrance to the place settings and dark candles set the mood. Make your wedding reception feel as though you are in a magical garden with this moss wedding theme.

Wedding dessert table covered with moss

Moss place card table

Moss Wedding Tables

Moss wedding decor can transform a standard dessert display, place card or sign-in table into a work of art that will give your guests something to talk about for years to come.  This is one embelleshment  that is easy to create yet packs a huge punch.  If you love this bold look, continue the theme by building a wedding backdrop or arch that is completely covered with moss.  Add fresh flowers, flags, jewels, etc. to make it truly unique. The result is gorgeous!

Moss and floral chandelier create a beautiful hanging centerpiece

Hanging Moss Wedding Centerpiece

Check out this overhead creation of moss, hanging tulips and glass bulbs! Moss chandeliers and hanging centerpieces will transform any table space and add a wow factor to your overall wedding decor.

Table numbers made of moss

Moss Wedding Table Numbers

Looking for a DIY (Do It Yourself) project for your big day? Plan a pre-wedding craft party and create moss covered table numbers, initial monograms, ring pillows or garden inspired flower girl baskets.   Moss wedding table numbers placed in your centerpieces are the perfect addition to reception tables.  Unique, creative and oh-so-fabulous!

Monogrammed Letters made of moss and flowers

Moss Wedding Monogram

Moss wedding monograms are perfect hung in entryways, on walls or as chair decor.  Choose your initials or wedding date for a unique wedding enhancement. We love that the above letters are paired with flowers and hung with ribbon in the weddings color palette.

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Moss Wedding from First Class Weddings

Moss Ring Pillow from One Wed

Moss Table Runner from United With Love

Moss Wedding Dessert Table from Tim Duncan Events

Hanging Moss and Tulip Chandelier from Bridal Banter

Moss Wedding Place Card Table from Simply Perfect Weddings

Moss Table Numbers from Esty

Moss Monogram Letters from Wedding Chicks

Chevron Wedding

Gold Cheveron Wedding Cake

Chevron Wedding

Give wedding decor a modern edge with chevron patterns!  Incorporate the pattern into your over all theme or add a hint of drama with bold accents.  From invitations and signs to the cake and linens, these ziz-zags add instant style.

 

LOVE sign with chevron

Chevron Wedding “LOVE”

The above chevron wedding “LOVE” sign is the perfect DIY project! Trace and cut letters out of a thick foam core board or pre-purchase the letters, then paint them.  Choose hues that are seen throughout the rest of your wedding decor or add a pop of color for an unexpected twist.

 

Chevron Backdrop Desert Table

Chevron Wedding Backdrop

Use fabric to create a chevron backdrop for your dessert, favor or guestbook table. Continue the theme into your dinner tables with bold custom linens.

 

Bold tie die chevron wedding cake

 Chevron Wedding Cake

Your chevron wedding can be bold and dramatic by choosing contrasting colors such as black and white or soft and romantic with more muted pastels and metallics.  Either way, don’t over do the pattern – use solid color fabric, flowers and decor to balance out the intensity of these sharp, clean lines.

 

Black and White Chevron Ring Pillow

Chevron Ring Pillow

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Chevron Wedding by First Class Weddings

Gold Chevron Cake from Erica OBrien Cake Design

Chevron “Love” Sign from One Wed

Chevron Backdrop from Design Indulgences

Chevron Linens and Cake from Love Wed Bliss

Chevron Ring Pillow from Esty

 

 

 

Wedding Guestbook

Guestbook Table

Wedding Guestbook

A guestbook is a great way for the bride and groom to look back and remember their special day and everyone who was a part of it! Guests can sign their names or write the couple a heartfelt note of congratulations! You can stick to the traditional guestbook or think outside the box.  At First Class Weddings we are here to inspire, so check out these creative wedding guestbook alternatives!

 

Type a note wedding guestbook

Typewriter Wedding Guestbook

You have invited your nearest and dearest love ones to share in your celebration. Have guests write a special note that will be cherished forever! One idea we love for vintage themed weddings is to create a guestbook table with a typewriter and plenty of paper!  Ask your guests to type a letter with wishes for the bride and groom, then after the wedding create a beautiful wedding guestbook with these notes!

 

Wedding guestbook with notes and envelopes

For a modern take on the traditional wedding guestbook place envelopes on the pages of a scrapbook.  You can use solid or printed envelopes and paper, but use your color scheme for inspiration and let the guestbook compliment the rest for your wedding decor!  Guests will place their notes inside of an envelope for the bride and groom to open after the wedding!  This is a great project for the DIY bride!

 

Poloroid Photographs for a Wedding Guestbook

Polaroid Wedding Guestbook

Photographs make for a great guestbook alternative!  Combine your seating place cards with your guestbook.  As your guests find their name, have someone take a photograph (we love the Polaroid shots shown above) and then have guests replace their place card with their picture!  Create a photo album with the photographs and have a wedding guestbook you’ll love to look through!

 

Signed wine guestbook for wedding anniversaries

Anniversary Wine Wedding Guestbook

Are you a wine lover?  Place bottles of wine on a table with a metallic sharpie.  You can create personalized labels to place on any bottle of wine!  Have your guests sign one bottle of wine that the couple can enjoy on their milestone wedding anniversaries!  The bride and groom will have a romantic anniversary tradition and a fabulous keepsake to remember their big day!

 

"Message in a Bottle" Wedding Guestbook

“Message in a Bottle” Wedding Guestbook

For beach or destination weddings, consider having your guests place a message in a bottle!  This will add to your overall beach theme and create a fabulous display.  Another beach wedding guestbook idea is to have guests sign a surfboard. What a fun item to display after the wedding!  Considering the location is always a great idea when deciding on your wedding guestbook.

 

Tree finger print guestbook

“Love Tree” Wedding Guestbook

Create a one-of-a-kind piece of art with finger painting fun!  Have your guests leave their own unique (finger) print on your wedding by creating the leaves on a tree with different colored finger paint!  The bride and groom can place the painting in their home and in memory of what a fabulous day their wedding was.

 

Guitar as a guestbook for weddings

Incorporate your passion into your wedding day with your wedding guestbook! Love music?  Have guests sign your favorite instrument.  Whether you play it or display it, this will be a great way to remember those who attended your wedding!  Whatever wedding guestbook option you choose, be creative and have fun!  First Class Weddings can help to create the perfect guestbook for your wedding!

Wedding Guestbook from First Class Weddings

Wedding Guestbook Table from Inspiring Pretty

Typewriter Guestbook from Loren Routhier Photography

Colored Envelope Guest Book from Martha Stewart Weddings

Polaroid Guest Book from Awesomtastic

Wine Guestbook from Belle of the Ball

“Message in a Bottle” Guestbook from One Wed

Finger Painted “Love Tree” from Apple Brides

Guitar Guestbook from Ruffled

 

 

 

 

Ring Bearer

Ring Bearer with a "Here Comes the Bride" sign

A little history: The exchanging of rings is a tradition that dates back centuries and can be one of the most important moments in any wedding ceremony.    The rings being circular shape symbolizes forever and is a sign of the love & commitment between the husband and wife.   A ring bearer is in charge of carrying the rings down the aisle and presenting them to the bride and groom.   Consider presenting your wedding bands in a unique and creative way.  From ring pillows birds nests, there are many options to choose from!

Birds Nest Ring Bearer Pillow

Ring Bearer – Birds Nest

We love the thought of incorporating earthy elements into your wedding.   Placing the rings inside of a bird’s nest is a fabulous idea.  However, don’t show off your tree climbing skills to make this happen!  Esty is a website where you can purchase handmade “bird nests” that are perfect for presenting your wedding bands.

Tree Stump Ring Bearer Pillow

Ring Bearer – Branded Wood

Miniature Bale of Hay Ring Bearer Pillow

A slice of a tree stump engraved with the wedding date and couples initials or a miniature bale of hay with the rings attached are great option that compliments mountain or rustic weddings. Try to be super creative & fun!

Starfish Ring Bearer Pillow

Ring Bearer -  Starfish

There are plenty of unique ring bearer ideas for beach weddings.  Place the wedding bands in a seashell or tie to the points on a starfish as shown in the picture above. Wrapping your wedding theme into the little details show that you went the extra mile. We love these ring bearer boxes you see below.

"With This Box I Thee Wed" Ring Bearer Box

Ring Bearer Box

Glass Ring Box with Greenery for Ring Bearer

A small box is a great alternative to the traditional ring pillow.   Find a box that compliments your wedding theme.  Wooden, glass and crystal boxes are all great options.  You can fill the box with a small pillow, handful of moss, loose flower petals or sand to create a soft and decorative space to place the rings.

Bible tied with wedding rings

Ring Bearer Books

Tying wedding bands to a book or cutting out the center pages to create a book box is another creative ring bearer idea.  Choose a copy of your favorite book and tie with ribbon and flowers.  For religious couples using a copy of the bible is a unique way to incorporate your beliefs into the ceremony.

Moss and flower Ring Bearer pillow

Ring Bearer – Moss and Floral Pillow

If you’re a bride from nature try using flowers and plants to make a beautiful creation for your ring bearer to carry.  The picture above is a great example using moss, succulents, floral accents and twine to create a masterpiece from nature. Collaborating with your wedding planner or florist can also help create a one-of-a-kind piece!

Dog Ring Bearer Collar

Whether you choose a child, a friend or even a pet as your ring bearer, make sure to keep the rings secure!  Some objects, such as boxes, will keep the rings safely enclosed, otherwise you can use colorful ribbon to tie the rings in place.  You can do this with almost any option you choose.  If there is not a space to tie a ribbon directly onto the object, use a hot glue gun to attach the ribbon.  Consider the color scheme, style or the location of your wedding when choosing what your ring bearer will carry.  With so many bearer ideas it can be hard to choose just one! Remember First Class Weddings is here to help! Follow us here for more inspirations on this topic and many more.

Ring Bearer Ideas by First Class Weddings

“Here Comes The Bride” Sign from Heart Love Weddings

Birds Nest Ring Display from Marilyn Keepsakes

Tree Stump Ring  Display from Esty

Miniature Hay Ring Pillow from Modern Country Designs

Starfish Ring Display from The Knot

Wooden Ring Box from Weddings By Lilly

Glass Ring Box from Bride Bop

Bible Ring Display from Something Turquoise

Moss and Floral Ring Pillow from Every Last Detail

Dog Ring Bearer from Elizabeth Anne Designs

 

 

Fruit Infused Wedding

Signature cocktails made with fruit

Fruit Infused Wedding Cocktails

From citrus to berries, peaches to pineapples, fruit can be the perfect addition to any wedding! Fruit infused weddings provide healthy treats for your guests to enjoy and add a touch of sweetness to any wedding theme!  You may Incorporate fruit into your wedding with signature cocktails, deserts, custom centerpieces, place cards and much more.  Here are some fruit infused wedding ideas to get you going!

Fruit infused mimosa bar

Adding slices of fruit or using juice to create cocktails that your guests will love not only adds color, it creates a lasting impression! You can either make them yourself or ask your bartender to create a signature cocktail just for you and your guests!

 

Water infused with fruit slices

Fruit Infused Wedding Water

Fruit infused water is a great non-alcoholic drink option!   You can add almost any fruit or combination of fruit to water to give it a naturally sweet and refreshing flavor! Think lemons and strawberries or watermelon and oranges.  Cucumbers are also a great option.  The result is both tasty and decorative.  Display the water in clear containers so that guests see your creation.

 

Wishing Fruit tree for weddings

Fruit Infused Wedding – Wishing Tree

Don’t be afraid to get creative when planning your fruit infused wedding!  A miniature fruit tree is a great decorative option for both the ceremony and reception décor.  Place two trees at the end of the aisle way to frame the bride and groom and create a colorful and unique backdrop.  Creating a Wishing Tree is fun and unique. Place a fruit tree (cumquat trees are the perfect size) on a table with paper tags and pens.  Guests can write their wishes for the bride and groom and hang them on the tree branches. Other fruit infused wedding ideas include:

 

Pineapple and flower centerpieces

Lime and rose centerpiece

Peach centerpieces in box

Fruit Infused Wedding Centerpieces

Add fruit to your centerpieces!  Pineapples  and coconuts are a great fruit for Hawaiian weddings, oranges for Florida weddings and peaches for Georgia weddings. Use larger fruit (such as pineapples) in place of vases as shown above. Place sliced fruits in flower vases to compliment your floral arrangements or display whole fruits in boxes or bowls and use as a table runner.

 

Citrus wedding place cards

Whole fruit is be a great way to display your place cards.  Wrap a paper tag around the stem of a peach or pin place card to an orange as pictured above. Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

 

Berry wedding cake

 Fruit Infused Wedding Cakes

Whole citrus wedding cake

Rethink the traditional “fruit cake” with a fruit infused wedding! Berries and whole fruits as seen in the photos above can be used in place of (or in combination with) flowers to decorate your wedding cake. This adds personality to the traditional cake and truly creates a conversation piece.

Berries in paper cones.
Amazing Fruit Infused Wedding Treats

Berries dipped in chocolate

Check out these naturally sweet treats!  Fruit makes the perfect snack for your guests.  Place berries in paper cones or create miniature deserts such as fruit tarts or individual strawberry shortcakes.  You can also dip fruit in chocolate to use as fruit infused wedding favors. Weather you choose fruit infused wedding décor or food and beverage, First Class Weddings is here to help! Follow our tweets and check back with us often for more delightful wedding ideas.

 

Fruit Infused Weddings from First Class Weddings

Citrus Bouquet from Wedding Chicks

Fruit Cocktails from The Daily Meal

Fruit Mimosa Bar from Minka Inkom

Wishing Tree from Love.Wed.Bliss

Pineapple Centerpiece from Something Blue Weddings

Lime and Rose Centerpiece from Little Lizzie

Peach Centerpiece from CoCo Dot

Orange Place Cards from One Wed

Berry Cake from Fancy Pants Weddings

Citrus Cake from Wedding Chicks

Berry Cones from Camille Styles

Chocolate and Sprinkle Dipped Berries from Family Fresh Cooking

 

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Bridal Party Invites

Be my maid bridesmaid invites

Bridal Party Invite – Be My Maid?

The people who stand by your side as you say your “I Do’s” help make your wedding day extra special. Here are some creative ways for brides to invite their Maid/Matron of Honor and bridesmaids to participate in their wedding. Think outside of the box and make the invite personal and heartfelt.

 

DIY boxes full of memories and wedding info

Bridal Party Invite – Inside the Box!

Paint a message card or place a hand crafted one inside your box then fill it with little details about your wedding day. Include a picture of the two of you to personalize the invitation. The handmaid box pictured above is the perfect example!  After the wedding your bridesmaids can keep it as a memory box with their favorite pictures of the event.

 

Charm ring with note inside

Charm ring with message for bridesmaids

Bridal Party Invite – Charm Ring

What girl doesn’t love jewelry?  A charm ring, bracelet or necklace is not only a great gift but also the perfect bridal party invite.  Place a  special note inside the charm and surprise your chosen bridesmaids with a very personalized invitation.

 

Cake Jars for bridesmaids

 Bridal Party Invite – Cake Jar

Satisfy a sweet tooth with “Will you be my bridesmaid?” treats.  Cake in glass jars (as seen above), cookies with a frosting message or candy in personalized wrappers are great for both men and women. This idea works well as wedding favors too!

 

Be my groomsman beer

Bridal Party Invite – Personalized Beer Bottles

Bridal party invites aren’t just for the ladies!  Personalized items such as beer bottles, cigar wrappers and golf balls are great for the groom to ask his best man & groomsmen for their support at the wedding.

 

Groomsman cigar

 Bridal Party Invite – Cigar in Monogrammed Wrapper

Bridal party invites can be sentimental, silly or both.  Yet the overall gesture will go a long way with the ones you love and will also get everyone excited to be a part of your wedding! Happy inviting everyone!

 

Bridal Party Invites by First Class Weddings

“Be my Maid?” Boxes from Wedding Chicks 

Charm Ring from Grand Volute

“Let them eat cake” Invites from Event Lucky

Personalized Beer Bottles from Bridal Guide

Cigar Invites from Enriched Events

Mustache Invites from Wedding Chicks

 

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