Fun & Playful
No matter the budget, couples are looking for ways to incorporate more fun into the traditional ceremony and reception, like bringing their well-behaved pets into the bridal party. Tides couples exchange vows on the green lawn, then toast with Lancaster Lemonades over a game of croquet.
A portable photo booth is a fun way to capture memories, especially when guests can don a bit of costume for their portrait, like zany vintage hats and boas. Or, pose on our Tides fleet of bicycles or toss the bouquet and make the getaway from a yacht in the marina. Other wedding weekend fun activities include bon fires, make-your-own s’mores, and late-night barbecues on the beach with sparklers.
Back to Nature
Country weddings are on the rise, with a background of lush, green countryside and lots of colorful flowers. Local farms, barns and vineyards are popular venues, adorned with natural, outdoorsy details like whitewashed picnic tables and antique garden furniture.
Our Tides brides can march down a green lawn towards an aquatic vista of sparkling water and bobbing sailboats. Another popular waterfront site for a ceremony is under the soaring fir tree, laced with a string of colorful paper lanterns. We call it the Family Tree.
Be it sustainable farming, responsible aqua-culture or craft beers and local wine, today’s wedding menus are all about what is fresh and local. The Tides is ideally situated in rich farming country, bordered by the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay, to offer an authentic Virginia farm-to-fork menu. Rappahannock oyster roasts, Virginia wine tastings and more can be incorporated into the wedding feast.
Despite the fun vibe, brides are still opting for a formal white dress, often with bling bouquets that sparkle with crystals and jewels. Bright colors reign, like hot pink and orange; turquoise and teal are popular, and emerald green too. Vintage is all the rage this year–think antique jewelry, long strands of pearls, turquoise and tourmaline, feathers and veils and hair adornments–inspired by period pieces like “Downton Abbey” and the remake of “The Great Gatsby.”
Ultimately, it is your wedding, so be sure to personalize it with your individual style!