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[caption id="attachment_3548" align="alignnone" width="700"]Top-5-Creative-Bride-and-Groom-Head-Table-Ideas Photo by Half Full Photography at Weddings at Twin Oaks[/caption] Your wedding is a day to joyfully reflect who you are as a couple. At Weddings at Twin Oaks, we’ve seen creativity in full form from beautiful florals to decadent desserts and extensive décor in-between. These creative bride and groom head table ideas will get you started. Because we are located in sunny San Marcos in San Diego County, we have access to beautiful, native flowers year-round. The sunshine and California vibe attribute to gorgeous centerpiece displays for weddings, banquets, and receptions.  With that said, it is perfectly reasonable to go all out for your head table. Thus focus everyone’s attention on you. From speeches to toasts and a special dining moment together, the head table is a special detail to remember for every wedding reception

Creative head table ideas. What is your style? 

Creative bride and groom head table ideas start with your wedding theme and your style. These ideas will get your creative juices flowing.
  • Rustic stone fireplace background
  • Table-length floral centerpiece
  • Artistic back-drop frame
  • Natural, seasonal backdrop
  • Window frame backdrop
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Top 5 Creative Bride and Groom Head Table Ideas

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Photo by Half Full Photography at Weddings at Twin Oaks

Your wedding is a day to joyfully reflect who you are as a couple. At Weddings at Twin Oaks, we’ve seen creativity in full form from beautiful florals to decadent desserts and extensive décor in-between. These creative bride and groom head table ideas will get you started.

Because we are located in sunny San Marcos in San Diego County, we have access to beautiful, native flowers year-round. The sunshine and California vibe attribute to gorgeous centerpiece displays for weddings, banquets, and receptions.

 With that said, it is perfectly reasonable to go all out for your head table. Thus focus everyone’s attention on you. From speeches to toasts and a special dining moment together, the head table is a special detail to remember for every wedding reception

Creative head table ideas. What is your style? 

Creative bride and groom head table ideas start with your wedding theme and your style. These ideas will get your creative juices flowing.

  • Rustic stone fireplace background
  • Table-length floral centerpiece
  • Artistic back-drop frame
  • Natural, seasonal backdrop
  • Window frame backdrop

Dazzling Outdoor Lights

Summer weddings at Twin Oaks Golf Course, evening patio with market lightsLights – Part 2

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time for outside weddings! With the right lights and ambiance you can turn any patio into your perfect dream wedding. Here are some of our favorite outdoor looks.

 

 

 

Summer weddings at Twin Oaks Golf Course, String lights

Market lights are back and in popular demand. Many venues like Twin Oaks Golf Course already have market lights set up, giving our patio a classic nostalgic touch to allow for an intimate evening. If your selected venue does not have market lights there are many local listings that will go to your venue and take care of the set-up and take-down. Use String lights as a great alternative to decorate walls, ivy, bushes and trees to give your wedding that extra little dazzle that makes for beautiful romantic pictures.

Summer weddings at Twin Oaks Golf Course, market lights with lanterns

 

Chandeliers and lanterns – no longer reserved for inside only. Chandeliers are being used outside to give the venue a personal touch from the bride and groom. Used them to change the entire style of wedding from modern to rustic or rustic to traditional. One of our favorites here, is to mix in some lanterns with our market lights. This adds a little more detail to our venue. Want to make it more personalized for your wedding? Order lanterns in your wedding colors or have a monogram placed on the lantern. Later you can take the lanterns home and use them on your own patio as a keepsake.

 

 

 

 

 

Lights, Camera, Action!

Weddings at Twin Oaks, uplighting

Beautiful Example of Uplighting

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Want to decorate those plain white walls at your wedding venue?

Try uplighting. Uplighting can be used to bring attention to the wedding party table, desserts, entrances and whatever else your heart desires! Add your wedding colors to the room and break up plain white walls. One of the best things about uplighting is they can change quickly to whatever color needs to be used and this can signal to your guests that it’s time to eat, toast or dance!

Gobo lighting is one of the latest trends to hit wedding walls. Gobo “Goes Before Optics” is a small stencil that slides over the light source to project any desired image on a wall, dance floor or ceiling. What’s great about this is it can be unique to you. Often times the happy couple will have a stencil of their monograms, dates or a starry night.

For more information, contact jjohnson@jcresorts.com or view our preferred vendor list.

 

Weddings at Twin Oaks Golf Course, Personalized gobo

Personalized Gobo. PC: Equinox Photo

Weddings at Twin Oaks Golf Course. Personalized gobo

Gobo on The Dance Floor

 

 

San Diego Weddings Information

Quick Tips and Useful Information

Weddings at Twin Oaks offers help to plan and execute the perfect wedding reception.

We would be nothing if it weren’t for the great relationships we’ve forged with many of San Diego’s best event vendors. We’ve worked with each of these companies many times (and many other great companies not on that list) and can’t stress how important the venue and vendor selection process is.

Once you’ve found a Ceremony & Reception Venue in San Diego, the typical order of selecting vendors is as follows:

 

  • Wedding Planner, Wedding DJ, Photographer/Videographer
  • Dresses, Invitations, Flowers, Officiant
  • Photo Booth, Event Lighting, Party Rentals, Cake
  • Favors, Wedding Party Thank You Gifts, etc…

 

Obtaining your marriage license in San Diego County is pretty simple. All you have to do is bring your fiance to one of the San Diego County Clerk’s Offices and fill out some preliminary paperwork. You can download the standard marriage application HERE. Once your application is processed and approved, you will then bring that certificate to your wedding ceremony. Both of you, your wedding officiant, and witnesses can sign it after the conclusion of your wedding ceremony. Simply, return a copy to the City Clerk and your authorized copy will arrive back in a few weeks! Your San Diego Wedding experience will then be completed!

Weddings from Around the World

Love is universal, but how we celebrate love and union differs from place to place, person to person.

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America

American wedding customs borrow heavily from other cultures, allowing for great flexibility.
While veils have become an element of the bride’s fashion…

  • The Romans implemented flame-colored veils to ward off evil spirits.
  • In many religions, the veil symbolizes respect and humility before God.
  • In Victorian times, the length, weight, and quality of the veil signified the bride’s social status.

The “something old, something new…” tradition comes from an Old English rhyme with each object meant as a good luck charm.

  • Something old: Continuity
  • Something new: Optimism for the future
  • Something borrowed: Borrowed happiness
  • Something blue: Purity, love, fidelity
  • A sixpence in your shoe: Good fortune and prosperity

Spain/Mexico

After the bride accepts the proposal, the groom is expected to give the bride’s father a watch.

Madrinas and padrinos, which are special wedding sponsors, act as mentors throughout the couple’s engagement and marriage.

The groom gives the bride 13 gold coins (las arras), which symbolize good luck and the groom’s ability to financially provide for the bride.

After the exchange of vows, the lazo, a long strand of rosary beads, is placed around the couple’s necks in the shape of a figure eight, symbolizing union and protection.

Jamaica

The traditional wedding cake is a fruit cake laced with strong rum.

  • As soon as the couple is engaged, the groom’s grandmother is responsible for soaking dried fruit in rum during the engagement period.
  • The mother or grandmother of the bride bakes the cake using the rum-soaked fruit a week before the wedding.
  • On the morning of the wedding, the cake is carried to the venue in a procession led by the village matriarchs.

The bride’s gown incorporates a piece of lace from her mother’s gown.

Under the groom’s supervision, men of the community construct a marquee for the venue using coconut boughs.

Pakistan

Pakistani weddings occur in stages over a few days.

  • Mehndi – The two families come together to celebrate the upcoming wedding. Guests wear green, orange, yellow, and other bright colors. The bride’s hands are painted with henna.
  • Baraat – Considered the main wedding event, the event is hosted by the bride’s family and includes a feast and a holy ceremony (Nikah) wherein the bride and groom are declared husband and wife.
  • Walima – This event is hosted by the groom and his family and involves a big feast and general merriment.

India

During the pre-wedding ceremony, called mandap muhurat, the bride and groom are rubbed with turmeric powder for smooth skin.

Female friends apply henna paintings to the bride’s hands.

Saptapadi, the exchange of vows, is the most important part of the ceremony.

  • The bride and groom circle a sacred fire three times.
  • The couple exchanges vows after the first round, which takes exactly seven steps.
  • After the third round, the groom gives the bride a silver ring.

In lieu of cake, newlyweds feed each other five bites of (usually) honey and yogurt.

China

The morning of the wedding, the groom must perform various tasks for the bride’s family in an elaborate ceremony before the bride is “let go.”

A pre-wedding tea ceremony acts as a “formal introduction” between the bride and the groom’s family.

Superstitions dictate that the exchange of vows happens at a half hour mark, ensuring that the marriage starts on a literal upswing with the hands of the clock moving up to the top.

Japan

The bride is painted white to signify that she is a pure maiden.

The bride also wears an elaborate hood to hide her “horns of jealousy,” symbolizing her urge to become an obedient, gentle wife.

San-san-kudo – The groom and the bride take three separate sips of rice wine from different cups. The sake is then offered to their families to symbolize new bonds.

South Korea

South Korean weddings often start with a more modern Western ceremony before proceeding to a smaller traditional ceremony.

Traditionally, a man wishing to marry a woman would provide her parents with a pair of live geese. Today, the geese have been replaced by a pair of wooden ducks, symbolizing the bride and groom.

The bride and groom seal their union by drinking a special rice wine poured into a half-gourd.

At the end of the traditional paebaek ceremony, the parents throw dried dates at the couple. The couple holds an embroidered sheet between them. The number of dates they catch indicates the number of children they will have.

Germany

When a German girl is born, the family plants several trees in her honor. Come wedding day, the trees are sold, and the money is used for her dowry.

Friends and family also print a wedding newspaper, featuring pictures and articles about the couple. The paper is sold at the wedding, and the money goes toward the honeymoon.

Ethiopia

On the wedding day, the bride’s family and friends block entrance into her home. The groom and his “best men” must sing and force their way into the bride’s home.

Ghana

The groom and his family proposes to the bride in the presence of friends, family, and well-wishers.

Kenya

The Swahili people bathe their brides in sandalwood oils and draw henna designs on her limbs.

Madagascar

Some sources suggest that Malagasy grooms practice the traditions of vodiondry and tampi-maso.

  • Literally translating to “lamb’s rump,” vodiondry is a gift given by the groom to the bride’s parents as a sign of respect and gratitude.
  • Meaning “eyewear,” the tampi-maso is a gift given to the bride’s brother, traditionally meant as a decoy to distract him from the sorrow of losing his sister.

Italy

Friends and family tie a knot in front of the wedding chapel as a sign of the newlyweds union.

At the end of the wedding reception, Italians will often break glass. The number of glass shards determines the number of happy years of marriage.

Ireland

During Leap Years, women are traditionally expected to propose to men.

Irish brides used to carry real horseshoes for luck. Now they have porcelain or fabric horseshoes.

Czech Republic

Prior to the wedding, the bride’s friends plant a tree in her yard. The tree is decorated with painted eggshells and colorful ribbons. According to legend, the bride will live as long as the tree.

Norway

The wedding cake, known as the kransekake, is made of bread and is topped with cream, cheese, and syrup.

The bride wears a silver or gold crown featuring spoon-shaped bangles that, according to legend, ward off evil spirits with their tinkling.

Wales

Welsh grooms carve lovespoons for their potential brides. Traditionally, the spoon showed the bride’s father that the groom could provide for his family and is capable of fine woodworking.

Russia

Vykup nevesty – On the day of the wedding, the groom must pay a ransom—normally jewelry or money—to the bride’s parents. Once the parents are satisfied, they give the bride away to the groom.

Sweden

Swedish brides traditionally wear three rings:

  • One for engagement
  • One for marriage
  • One for motherhood

During the reception, if the groom leaves the room, the other men are allowed to kiss the bride, and vice versa.

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