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Scaling Down to Two of You

Couple at Bridge for Lassen Wild Shoot with XSiGHT Photography and Tan Weddings & Events

Lockdowns in 2020 stopped the wedding march in its tracks. Grand celebrations that couples and their venues and vendors had planned for months were halted, causing ripples of painful and distressing cancellations, reschedules, and postponements. By rethinking priorities and reflecting on what was most important, some couples scaled down their celebrations from 200 guests to 2. A wedding is not about the party, it is about the pair – two people who want to be joined in marriage.

Tan Weddings & Events, our parent company, has been doing elopements for years, and with their origin story as officiants, they have always put the ceremony at the center of a wedding. “The pandemic and ensuing restrictions reminded the industry that the heart of a wedding is the couple’s pledge to one another to remain committed, courageous, to focus on their partnership, and not worry about the party!”

Wedwordy agrees! The wedding ceremony script remains an integral component of a wedding, whether shared with a throng of wedding guests or expressed by the officiant with just the couple present. The picture featured in this post was from a photo shoot by Tan Weddings & Events. Imagine, just the two of you, standing in a serene setting such as the one from the shoot near Lassen Volcanic Park, and exchanging your meaningful words of love, witnessed by nature. Scaling down to two is still a grand celebration.

 

Planners & Florals | Tan Weddings & Events

Hair & Makeup | I Make Beautiful

Photography | Nicole Sepulveda, XSiGHT

Dress | Joanne Fleming Design

Tie | Knotty Tie

A Tutorial, A Teaser

Wedwordy has served many couples in helping them compose their custom wedding ceremonies. The app is easy-to-use, and mostly intuitive. We wanted the experience to be even easier! So we produced a video with five steps in navigating the features and content of this fantastic wedding ceremony script generator. For our couples who have purchased the app, then it will serve as a tutorial. For couples who are considering using the app, then it is a teaser video!

The 5-minute video will take the viewer through five easy steps in creating a personalized ceremony. With everything you need in one place, Wedwordy eliminates the time-consuming search for bits and pieces of ceremonies from all over the internet, and it formats the ceremony into a neat and tidy document for easy sharing, printing, and reading.

With or without the video to support its user experience, Wedwordy is determined to make the ceremony script writing process a fun and easy task!

Planning a Smaller Wedding Ceremony

Does love conquer all? We would like to hope so. In the wake of a global crisis, couples in love want to wed. As the world’s people are forced to distance themselves in a collective act of altruism, couples are brought closer, a desire to face trials together, a desire to form a sacred bond. Indeed, two hearts are stronger than one. But can a couple have a wedding ceremony after lockdowns are lifted and gatherings are permitted to convene again? They can, but couples must expect new norms for weddings.

Clients and vendors will need to find common ground to hold a wedding that is hygienically feasible. Tan Weddings & Events, our sister company, is a leader in the wedding industry, having been in business for over 15 years, and having planned, coordinated, and officiated hundreds of weddings throughout California. They created a document called “Event Hygiene Management” that offers guidelines for weddings in the near future. Currently, they are offering packages for smaller wedding ceremonies for less than 10 people to allow couples in love to be wed.

“The package includes an officiant from our team, our planning service, and photo and livestream,” says Jennifer Tan, lead planner for TWE. “We have been offering elopement packages for several years now, and we are simply rebranding it as a perfect offering with event size limitations in place in California. But the quality of our service doesn’t change – we aim for extraordinay. Now, also sanitary!”

Visit their COVID weddings page on their website. And remember, with Wedwordy, you can create your wedding ceremony script while sheltered-in-place!

Photo | Nick Graham Photography

 

A Friend Officiates at Villa De Nardi

Taylar and Cameron initially planned an elopement in the redwood grove along Putah Creek in Davis, CA. On their visit, instead of seeing the serene water, the creek was emptied due to construction!  Their planner Tan Weddings & Events managed a great plan B when the party was moved to Villa De Nardi in Winters, CA.

Villa De Nardi ended up being the perfect space for the guests, with the garden for the ceremony, and dinner under the lights on the main reception space. Gold flecked doughnuts, handcrafted place cards, vintage tableware, and lush florals made for gorgeous summer nuptials and some of the prettiest tablescapes we’ve ever seen!

Their friend Ashley Cliver officiated for the couple, and with the convenience of the Wedwordy app, created a meaningful and personal ceremony.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY | Melissa Babasin Photography
VENUE | Ville De Nardi
OFFICIANT | Ashely Cliver
VIGNETTE PLANNING, DESIGN, HARP | Tan Weddings and Events
CATERING | Gesche’s Gourmet
HMUA | Polished by Paigey
ENTERTAINMENT | Brian Wolfe Events
FLORALS | Galeazi’s Floral Design
RENTALS | Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals | Cherry’s Very Vintage Rentals | Firehouse Entertainment | La Tavola
CAKE | Batter Up Cakery

Love’s Not Time’s Fool

Couple elopes at Sonoma Fairmont with Tan Weddings & Events and Wedwordy

Coordinated by Tan Weddings & Events and hosted by Fairmont Sonoma, this couple celebrated their elopement, finally! Sometimes planning the perfect wedding gets thrown off course when life circumstances unfold, but, as the saying goes, love conquers all. What was slated for a big gathering two years ago became an elopement for this couple. No doubt “love’s not time’s fool”! And with Tan Weddings & Events at the helm to steer the couple, the wedding was every bit as romantic and special. Wedwordy allowed them to create wedding words, where Skaespeare’s Sonnet #116 resonated with their journey.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds 
Admit impediments. Love is not love 
Which alters when it alteration finds, 
Or bends with the remover to remove. 
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; 
It is the star to every wand’ring bark, 
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. 
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle’s compass come; 
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out even to the edge of doom. 
If this be error and upon me prov’d, 
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.
VENUE & CAKE  |  Fairmont Sonoma
COORDINATION, MUSIC, & FLORALS  |  Tan Weddings & Events
PHOTOGRAPHY  |  Holly D Photography

Wedwordy Powers the Romance of an Elopement

Recently wed couple standing on a rock at Benner Creek campground in Chester, California

You take your fiance by the hand and whisper into their ear, “Let’s elope.” The idea is so enticing that you pack your bags and fly! Whether you head to the secluded redwoods, the serene coast, or chic vineyard, you’ll need two essential elements to make your elopement truly romantic and magical: a wedding planner and your wedding ceremony script.

Before you book your flight to California, call Tan Weddings & Events. Owner and Principal Planner Jennifer Tan will talk you through the logistics of your destination wedding. She will craft your elopement to match your vision perfectly, securing the venue of your choice, officiant, bouquet, cake, champagne, music, and accomodations! You simply need to show up with your rings and your fiance!

While your wedding planner is taking care of you and your vision, you can take care of your wedding ceremony script, even before your plane lands on the tarmac. Wedwordy is a Web based app so you can begin drafting your wedding words the moment you whispered, “Let’s elope.” On the app, begin with a dynamic template – the Short & Sweet Template is a popular one for elopement weddings. Your names auto-populate the script when you enter your profile information. Conveniently, your wedding words are complete as is, ready for your ceremony, or you can easily customize the ceremony words by editing the available passages or importing your own content into the ceremony script.

Choose Tan Weddings & Events as your trusted elopement wedding planner and use Wedwordy to compose your words of love!

Photo Credit: XSiGHT Photography

Pro Tips on Running a Wedding Ceremony Rehearsal

Conducting a wedding ceremony rehearsal is not as challenging as you might think, if you know the basic logistics of a wedding ceremony. Tan Weddings & Events and Wedwordy teamed up to produce a short 3 minute video of a wedding rehearsal for our friends Briana and Jonathan. The video depicts the couple’s partnership, personality, and family circle. Tailor the ceremony to what suits you and your partner, and your vision.

Here are a few highlight tips of running a rehearsal:

  1. Start with the ceremony line-up, so the facilitator can see who is in the Wedding Party, the honored family members, and + one’s who wanted to tag along!
  2. The Wedding party should be shoulder to shoulder, slightly angled, no sun glasses, no gum, and no locking the knees.
  3. The couple stands facing each other, hand-in-hand, throughout the ceremony.
  4. Next practice the Recessional (the exit), beginning with the newlyweds, then the Wedding Party starting closest to the couple, then parents and grandparets as applicable.
  5. End the rehearsal by practicing the Processional (the entrance).
  6. If possible, have witnesses sign the marriage license with the officiant/coordinator facilitating. It is one less think to worry about on the wedding day!

Enjoy the video!

Wedwordy and Your Romantic Elopement

Happy married couple after their elopement created quickly by the Wedwordy web app

The elopement trend has captured the hearts of many young couples wishing for something more than a courthouse exchange of “I do’s” and less than the overwhelming prospect of a big wedding production. Couples want something in between – romantic, memorable, meaningful – shared with just a few close family and friends.

Wedwordy is perfect for an elopement! The Web app makes it convenient to compose meaningful and personal wedding words in a relatively short time, which meets the “spur of the moment” energy of an elopement. Composing ceremony words with Wedwordy begins with choosing one of eight templates (Christian, Secular, Filipino/Latino, Short & Sweet, Spiritual, Catholic, Vow Renewal, and Custom). Except for custom, the other seven contain pre-selected passages. If the couple chooses to keep the passages, they can simply save, share, and print, and voila! a complete wedding ceremony script!

What’s fabulous about Wedwordy is that all the templates have ceremony elements that can be re-arranged, and the pre-set passages can be completely edited or switched out for other passage options! So, it is both convenient and customizable. And because the Web app can be used anywhere and printed anywhere, destination couples can begin their Wedwordy script at home, complete it at their bed and breakfast, and have their officiant print it for the wedding.

Photo Credit | Holly D Photography