Tiny Weddings Bham is one of the coolest experiences I've had as a florist in the wedding industry so far. Working with an extremely talented team of wedding professionals to provide couples with an affordable dream wedding was a magical experience. This new option for Brides and Grooms is something I'm really excited about and passionate about, so this blog will be a long one. So if you're curious about Tiny Weddings Bham, you have come to the right place!
Tiny Weddings Bham is the brain-child of Ann Marie Leveille of Tres Beau Weddings. It is so special because it provides couples with the opportunity to have a GORGEOUS wedding for a sliver of the cost. The concept is simple yet brilliant. A team of A-list wedding vendors collaborate to create a beautiful, romantic, and chic wedding experience for Brides and Grooms. The experience becomes ultra-affordable because the couples share the expense of big ticket items (like the venue, tables, chairs, linens, and flowers) and then take turns using them by booking a time slot throughout the wedding day. But let's not forget, the weddings are tiny. In exchange for the beautiful wedding with A-list vendors at a fraction of the cost, the weddings are small and quick. The typical Tiny Wedding will have a 10-15 minute ceremony, a 45 minute reception, a traditional send off, and a 30 minute photo shoot.
Here's how the first Tiny Weddings went down...
The inaugural Tiny Weddings Bham happened on Valentine's Day, the most romantic day of the year! We had two sweet couples tie the knot-- one at 4:00 PM and one at 6:00 PM. The venue was The Nest in Avondale, AL. The polished concrete floors and the vintage plaster walls paired with the cafe and orb lighting makes it feel simultaneously industrial and cozy. Our color palette was blush, white, ivory, soft pink, and rose gold. We wanted to tip our hats to the fact that it was Valentine's Day by incorporating touches of pink and rose, without getting anywhere near cheesy. And I think we achieved our goal! We filled the space with lots of candle light to give it a really romantic glow-- especially during the evening hours.
The altar was the statement piece of the weddings. I made a large archway out of wooden hoops that I wired together and painted rose gold. I adorned it with lots of Italian ruscus, roses, ranunculus, stock, spray roses, and football mums. The overall effect was really stunning! I had never made anything like this before, and I was so happy with the way it turned out.
The Bridal bouquets were really important to me. Since these Brides were trusting me to make their bouquets without giving me any input at all, I wanted to make sure they were exquisite. They were absolutely packed with garden roses (including my all time favorite flower-- the Juliet garden rose) and had trailing raw silk ribbon. I added just a touch of rose gold gilded greenery, and lots of other lush blooms and greens. But never to be forgotten are the grooms! I made their boutonnieres extra special by wrapping them with copper wire, instead of using a ribbon to tie them. They also had just a touch of the rose gilded greenery.
Lettering was done by Ginger Lindsey of Swan Lindsey Lettering, and she made each couple a BEAUTIFUL handmade keepsake wedding invitation with gold brush pen calligraphy. She created a customized banner with each couple's names for the welcome sign, which were rotated out after each wedding. And she also hand lettered signage for the reception using copper ink and framed them in adorable rosemary wreaths.
For the reception, each couple had their own (DELICIOUS) small wedding cake provided by Bandit Baking Company. Morghen and Mac's cake was red velvet with heritage buttercream while Stacey and Adrian's was vanilla butter cake with vanilla bean Swiss meringue buttercream. Both couples cut their cakes, and fed each other the traditional first bite. Those classic wedding details get me every time! After the cake cutting, we popped some corks and passed champagne and sparkling cider around to all the guests. After everyone enjoyed their cake and bubbly, guests lit their heart-shaped sparklers and formed two lines for the couple to exit through, for the traditional Bride and Groom send off!
Haley and Dylan of Photos by Heart were on site all day long- from setup to take down, documenting every moment of the day. Haley shoots a combination of film and digital, so her photos are of the best quality. She makes sure to get lots of detail shots to capture every little aspect of the wedding day. After the first wedding, she took the couple to Avondale Park to get some bright, airy, outdoor wedding photos. The second couple was married at dusk, so their photos were full of candle light and romance. Haley and Dylan did an amazing job capturing the day and I'm so excited to call them new friends!
Both weddings went off without a hitch. The Brides and Grooms and their families all looked so beautiful and everyone was pleased with how their weddings turned out. It is a really touching moment for the Mother of the Bride to tell you how perfect and how big of a blessing the wedding was. It makes all of the hours of planning, working, sweating, and hustling worth it. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to help get this new project off the ground so that more couples can experience the blessing of having an affordable and beautiful wedding.
Now, to wrap up... I've been asked lots of questions about the Tiny Weddings experience, so I thought this would be a great place to share some of those answers. Here goes!
Q. How much does a Tiny Wedding cost?
A. The price of a Tiny Wedding will depend on the date, venue, and vendors involved. The price will range from $3,500 to $4,500.
Q. What all is included in the price of the wedding?
A. Tiny Weddings are all inclusive-- it is everything you need for the entire wedding, start to finish. The price includes a wedding planner and day-of coordinator, the venue for the ceremony and reception, a florist for ceremony, reception, and personal flowers, tables and chairs for the ceremony and reception, table linens, a wedding cake, champagne or sparkling cider for all of your guests, glassware/plates/forks, a photographer, keepsake wedding announcements, an officiant, background music, and a few other little details that the vendors throw in.
Q. It sounds like you've covered it all. Does the couple or the family need to do ANYTHING?
A. All of the planning and decision making is left entirely up to the skilled vendors. The only responsibility of the couple is to get their marriage license, and show up dressed and ready to get married.
Q. What if I want a few extra special touches like flowers for my parents to wear, engagement photos, invitations to mail out ahead of time, etc.?
A. No problem! All of the wedding vendors will offer à la carte options just like these that you can purchase for your wedding.
Q. The couples share the flowers? Will I get my own bridal bouquet?
A. YES! The flowers that are shared throughout the day are altar flowers, centerpieces, pew markers, etc. But each Bride will have her very own bouquet and each Groom will have his very own boutonniere to keep forever.
Q. What about cake? Do I get my own cake?
A. YES! Each couple will have their own small cake which will be sliced and served during their reception. The leftovers will be packed up for you to take home.
Q. Is there any other food included in the reception?
A. Cake and champagne (or sparkling cider) are included in the price of your Tiny Wedding. For an additional fee, couples may chose to add on hors d'oeuvres.
Q. How many guests can I invite?
A. About 20.
Q. How many couples will be getting married in one day?
A. No more than 5.
Q. What should I wear to my Tiny Wedding?
A. Whatever you want! Personally, I would recommend traditional wedding attire. This IS a wedding after all. But as with any wedding, it's up to the Bride and Groom to decide on the formality of the dress code.
Q. Can I have a bridal party?
A. Yes! Small bridal parties are welcome at Tiny Weddings. Just don't forget, you're on a time table, so we recommend only one attendant on each side.
Q. Can I pick my own wedding date?
A. Not exactly. Tiny Wedding dates are selected ahead of time based on a number of factors-- couples' interest, venue availability, vendor availability, etc. While Tiny Weddings Bham cannot guarantee that a wedding will be scheduled on your exact date requested, they are open to hearing some preferences!
Q. I love the photos on this blog post. Will each wedding have these same vendors?
A. With the exception of the wedding planner (Ann Marie Leveille of Tres Beau weddings, who owns Tiny Weddings Bham), the vendors will rotate for each wedding. Sometimes the professionals featured in this blog post will be the vendors, sometimes it will be someone else. But the guarantee will always stand that the vendors involved will be top-notch, experienced, creative, wedding professionals.
Q. Why should I have a Tiny Wedding?
A. Oh, only for a million reasons! But here's my top five: 1. It's extremely affordable. You'll be getting the services of wedding vendors who you may not normally be able to afford. Save your money for an amazing honeymoon or a down payment on a home. 2. You literally do not have to make a single decision. That means no arguing with your mother or your mother-in-law-to-be over petty details. 3. The guest list is small, which means only the people who are the most important to you will be there. No more stressing out over inviting your second cousin and her boyfriend you've never met. 4. You know it will be beautiful and trendy, yet timeless. 5. If you're nervous about being the center of attention, there won't be 100's of eyes watching you as you make your vows.
If you have more questions that aren't answered here, or if you are interested in having your own Tiny Wedding, contact Ann Marie through the Tiny Weddings Bham website.