Category Archives: Outdoor Weddings

Real wedding: romantic birch bark theme!

Having a natural wedding theme doesn’t mean you have to get married in the middle of the woods. Get inspired by this real wedding couple’s birch bark wedding, which transformed a country club into a setting of natural beauty!

Jean M helps you get inspired to create a birch bark wedding theme.Val and Drew wanted a woodsy feel for their wedding, but they wanted it to be romantic and elegant, too. So they decided on birch bark as the main design element for their wedding for nature and purple and green satin accents for elegant!

Birch bark designs accented so many parts of the wedding – wedding invitations, programs, place cards and more. Even their wedding cake had a frosted birch bark design!

In keeping with the birch bark theme, Drew’s father got artistic with his saw and created the birch bark candleholders (three on each table!) and birch bark place card holders. He also built a birch bark wedding arbor for the couple to say “I do” beneath at their outdoor ceremony and free-standing birch branch arrangements dressed with fresh flowers. The handcrafted touches made the wedding even more intimate and lovely.

Valerie chose purple satin dresses and green flowers for her bridesmaids for bright contrast. She had green flowers with purple and white calla lilies in her bridal bouquet to pull the entire wedding party look together.

This beautiful wedding proves that you can have it all – nature and elegance and a day filled with love.

Enjoy the birch bark inspiration!

~ Amy

Images compliments of… Rick Apitz, Shayds of Color Photography:

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A new look for a wedding tradition!

Love the idea of following the wedding traditions…but making them your own at the same time? You just need to do a little creative thinking!

For example, think about those wedding must-haves: wedding programs. Of course you’ll want to provide each guest with a program that lists the order of service, bridal party members and other important information.

Keep guests cool at your outdoor wedding with Jean M's program fans.Then take the wedding program one step further — and make it into a fan! My program fans share all the important info about your ceremony in a unique, fashionable way. Program fans are perfect for summer weddings or outdoor weddings to help keep guests informed AND cool.

You can even choose a style that showcases fun photos of you, like my Custom Accents Photo Program Fan. Add ribbon to the handle and you’ve got a unique wedding program and a keepsake guests will love!

Enjoy the new wedding program idea!

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Romantic garden wedding inspiration

Heading to the garden to say your vows? There are so many wedding color options to choose from! The first thing to decide on is the season of the event, and this will help you come up with a color palette and look.

I got inspired by the soft and romantic colors in Butterfly Blossoms Wedding Invitation and created a garden wedding theme based on them.

Jean M's Butterfly Blossoms Wedding Invitation inspires this look.This would be the perfect wedding invitation for a spring wedding or summer wedding with natural touches. The aqua blue background on the wedding invitation can become your wedding color, with pale pink and fresh green for accents. Then look for “elegant rustic” decorating items!

Go with loose flower arrangements in galvanized pails for centerpieces and venue decorations. Then bring in things you’d find in a romantic garden – birdcages, garden gates, rope swings, vintage rakes adorned with flowers, lattice arbors – and create a unique setting for your garden wedding celebration!

Enjoy the romantic garden wedding inspiration!

Images: Garden gate image from, garden cake from, flower truck and pink bouquet from, swing from

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New Jean M invitations for your destination wedding!

When you’re planning a destination beach wedding, you’ll want to let your guests know right away so they can plan to make arrangements to celebrate with you. And the perfect way to do that is to send a wedding invitation that sets a fun beach tone and gets guests excited to escape to paradise for your wedding!

My new destination wedding invitations are perfect for beach weddings. The bright designs, watercolor styles and seaside motifs will create just the right mood for your upcoming celebration.

Jean M’s Coral Reef Wedding Invitation is great for inviting guests to your beach wedding.My Coral Reef Wedding Invitation is bright and colorful – perfect for your beach wedding!

Jean M’s Kissing Fish Wedding Invitation is a fun way to invite guests to your destination wedding.My Kissing Fish Wedding Invitation says guests are in for a fun and romantic time at your destination wedding.

Jean M’s Watercolor Waves Wedding Invitation tells guess to get ready for your beach wedding.Make a splash with my beautiful Watercolor Waves Wedding Invitation.

Jean M’s Tropical Seashells Wedding Invitation is perfect for your beach wedding.Tell guests to get ready for a wedding day at the beach with my Tropical Seashells Wedding Invitation!

Enjoy the destination wedding invitation inspiration!

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Real destination wedding in the Bahamas

When I heard about a bride who was getting away from it all and getting married in the tropics, I knew I wanted to hear everything about it – and to share all the details with you!

Amy and Jon are living in Australia and have family in England and the United States. When it came time to decide on a wedding location, they wanted something faraway and tropical, a place everyone could “meet in the middle” and relax and enjoy the celebration. The Bahamas it was!

Here are my favorite details from the event…

Destination WeddingBright shades of blue were the colors of the day – from the bridesmaids’ dresses to the cake accents and favors. Even Nassau, the town where the wedding was held, had bright blue accented houses to match the mood!

Amy chose a strapless, floaty dress for the beach wedding. A flower in her hair and pearl earrings were the only accents she needed to be the perfect beach bride.

Starfish designs accented not only the gorgeous wedding cake but also the personalized napkins and lidded favor boxes. These small details are perfect for a destination wedding because napkins and favor boxes are easy to order ahead of time and take up almost no room in the suitcase.

Dinner was outside under a grass-roofed shelter hung with billowing white curtains for tropical romance, and guests feasted on fresh local fish, shrimp and lobster. Fabric that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses was tied around the backs of the chairs to personalize the space and add a splash of color.

After the festivities were over and family and friends left, Amy and Jon spent another 10 days in the Bahamas for a relaxing honeymoon in paradise.

Congratulations, Amy and Jon! And thanks for letting me share your wedding with other Jean M brides.

Enjoy the destination wedding inspiration!

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Jean M’s tips for a nature-lover’s wedding — Part 2

As promised, I’m back with more gorgeous ideas for an outdoor wedding that really blends in with nature! Check out my inspiration board and then start planning your own nature-inspired celebration.

Nature Inspired Wedding

When you’re dining al fresco, be prepared for what nature may “contribute” to your celebration in the form of busy breezes. I love the idea of having natural wood planks for tables — and actually nailing down the menu cards! This kind of tabletop also means you won’t have to worry about linens getting caught in the wind or glasses of icy lemonade leaving water rings.

No outdoor event is complete without having s’mores around a bonfire. An outdoor wedding should be no different! Offer up s’mores fixings in fun containers and create a station where guests can help themselves when the fire’s ready.

Get creative with your place cards and table number cards. Pin name tags to green apples and secure table numbers with wine corks tied with twine. Then fill your tables with candles – and wrap the votive holders in grasses for a unique touch. Scatter rocks, mosses and green flowers amid the candles and you’ve got natural elegance.

Accessorize with napkins printed with a natural design and add rustic touches (twine, ribbon, etc.) to things like your ring bearer pillow, flower girl basket and more. The finishing touch? A loose, hand-tied bouquet in shades of green – it will look like you picked them just before you walked down the aisle!

Enjoy the natural inspiration!

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Jean M’s tips for a nature-lover’s wedding — Part 1

Outdoor weddings gain in popularity every year. And I love seeing the trend move from simply transplanting a formal wedding outside to really incorporating the elements of nature in the entire event. The dresses are more casual (organic cotton, perhaps?). The men wear suits or shirts and khaki pants instead of tuxedos. Rustic touches fill the décor.

Inspired by this trend, I’ve put together “A Wedding in the Woods” look in shades of green and brown to give you ideas for creating a wedding look that’s naturally beautiful. Just look at all the options you have for mixing, matching and coordinating!

Nature Inspired Wedding

Choose an invitation that’s simple and understated but still sets the tone for your wedding. Our Olive Layered Invitation with an espresso bottom layer says “natural elegance” without any unnecessary frills.

Then set to decorating! Use moss, greenery, branches, rough wood and rocks liberally throughout your décor. I love all-green bouquets and arrangements – just fill a tall, simple vase with moss and add in hydrangeas and flowers in other shades of green for a lush, woodsy look. Also use fruit and vegetables like green apples, avocados and artichokes stacked in flared bowls for texture and natural style.

Carry through the natural look with place cards printed with a design that coordinates with your theme (anchor the place cards with pretty rocks if it’s windy outside). If the weather’s warm, provide guests with favor fans attached to natural wooden handles and accented with ribbon, twigs and twine. And use the same accents on your favor boxes for coordination.

Want more woodsy wedding tips? Tune in Wednesday for Part 2. I guarantee you’ll love the inspiration!

Enjoy creating a natural look!

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Jean M’s ideas for daisy centerpieces you’ll love!

There’s no other flower that’s more cheerful or sweet than a daisy. Daisies have gone far beyond the petal-plucking “He loves me…He loves me not” game and have become stylish accents for bridal showers, weddings and home decorating and entertaining alike.

While daisies look great even when they’re just placed in the simplest of vases, why not add a few extra touches to make the little flowers even sunnier?

Daisy Centerpieces

Daisy Centerpieces

When you have an all-daisy bouquet, opt for a unique vase to add pizzazz to your arrangement. We love the look of this low, square vase with the flower stems cut so that the heads just peek over the top. Add a bright yellow ribbon and a printed seal to the vase and you’ve got a lovely, personalized centerpiece.

Bring out the yellow centers of the daisies and add fresh, natural style to your arrangement by adding in lemons. Decorating with fresh fruit is all the rage for summer weddings, especially outdoor events when you’re serving lemonade and fruit desserts. To create this look, cut a slice into the bottom of each lemon and prop it on the edge of the vase. Then fill the center with tightly packed daisies for a sculptural effect. Again, yellow ribbon is the finishing touch on the vase.

Got another main flower in mind for your centerpieces? Daisies can act as the perfect accent, too! These gorgeous yellow tulips in a tall, fluted vase are accented with daisies tucked in around the rim.

Enjoy the cheerfulness!

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Jean M helps you pull together a beach wedding look!

You’re dreaming of a wedding at the beach, but are you having a hard time pulling together just the right look for your destination wedding? Jean M is here to help! Our mix and match papers, tropical designs and coordinating accessories are just waiting for you to dive in and easily create the look of your dreams!

Here’s some inspiration to give you ideas…

Beach Wedding Ensemble

• Go with the colors of the sea and sand when choosing your invitation ensemble. We feature our Aqua Shimmer Invitation Card with a Pocket and chose champagne shimmer paper for the pocket.

• Choose a design to be printed on your invitations, napkins and favor boxes that calls to mind the beach. Our seashell design takes center stage here!

• Be sure to send a save the date card for a beach/destination wedding. Guests will need time to make travel arrangements and will appreciate knowing about your wedding date early on. Our Love the Beach Photo Save the Date is perfect!

• Worried about having too much to pack? Think about favors like our Beautiful Beach Favor Boxes – they arrive flat so you can easily pack them in your suitcase and assemble and fill them with local goodies when you arrive.

• Want a unity ceremony but worried about unity candles blowing out in the beach breeze? Choose our Sand Ceremony Sets to fit in with the sandy shore and for a unique way to symbolize your lives joining.

Enjoy the beachy ideas!

P.S. – Don’t forget to enter our Michael’s Customize Your Wedding 2012 Bride Contest for a chance to win a Grand Prize worth $5000!

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Look of the Week from Jean M

It’s that cold and bleak time of year when our thoughts are turning toward tropical getaways — and some of us are planning destination weddings in warm and wonderful locations!

So we searched for the most colorful invitation we could find to brighten our spirits and to inspire you in your wedding plans.

Tropical Floral Invitation

Our Tropical Floral Invitation features bold flowers perfect for a wedding in paradise or a celebration closer to home with tropical flair. And we love the way the colors are mixed up throughout the ensemble: fuchsia for the invitation, aqua for the reception card, white for the response card and gold for the note card.

We customized the look with…

• White and fuchsia imprint

• Futura Light lettering style

• Margarita and fuchsia envelopes


Enjoy the tropical dreaming!

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