I always love to see how folks in the wedding industry think about their own weddings, especially when it’s one of our Select vendors! Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs creates the most whimsical stationery suites, full of playful illustrations and thoughtful details, and she brought that vision to her own Brooklyn wedding last December.
A little glimpse of Courtney and Paul’s super fun wedding invitations. (Be sure to check back in a bit for a full post all about the invitation elements!)
“People like to tell you lots of stuff before you get married but the best advice we got was to enjoy one another that night. It’s so easy to get caught up with your friends and family that you forget about your new husband or wife! I made sure that Paul and I spent a lot of time together that night and really had fun together.”
From the bride: “I walked down the aisle to Al Green’s version of ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand.’ It’s a great rendition that is full of soul which makes it hard to sit still. I think this got the guests going because as soon as I rounded the corner to walk down the aisle with my mom and dad, everyone started clapping and cheering for us! It was a pretty tight space so we had to push our way through the crowd to get to Paul at the front. I was smiling ear to ear and laughing hysterically! It was such a great way to kick off the evening and is a moment I’ll always remember.”
Music was a recurring theme in Courtney and Paul’s wedding, starting with the RSVP cards designed to look like old records. Another musical detail? Set on the back of each chair at the ceremony, and placed around the restaurant, were little tent-folded cards with quotes from favorite love songs.
Courtney designed and created tons of fun little details for the wedding day, like a large welcome sign with an itinerary of the evening’s events, temporary tattoos, souvenir mugs, and drink stirrers. I think my personal favorite is the mini button pins that said “Bride,” “Groom,” and “Neutral.”
I asked if they included any traditions in their wedding: “We actually did the opposite and broke most traditions. We weren’t really trying to, but we felt that so many didn’t feel natural to us so we just decided to bypass them. However, we did do a first dance which was really special.”
“For us, it was all about the music. We wanted to take our guests on a musical journey, if you will, from the 1950’s all the way through the 1990’s. Our DJ Ben Carlin the best 90’s mashup ever! I always disliked being at a wedding when you’re up and down because the DJ is all over the place with his choices. We wanted this night to be all about love and music and in the end, it was.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We knew we wanted to have the wedding in Brooklyn since this is where we met, fell in love and currently live. With our hectic work lives, a restaurant venue made it really easy to not have to think about the nitty gritty details like rentals, catering, etc. We also loved that we could take a taxi to and from the venue the night of the wedding – it felt really local and easy which we loved. Plus, Dumbo is such a great neighborhood that we knew our out-of-town guests would love.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? To be honest, we were inspired most by the idea of one big party. Working in weddings, I’ve been privy to all tiers of wedding planning. I knew that for us, we wanted to have one big throw down where everyone, no matter how they knew us, would come in and have the best night. We set the tone by creating really lighthearted save-the-dates and invitations that conveyed our theme of fun and party. We interjected humor wherever we could, we wanted everyone to feel comfortable and happy, not stuffy and bored.
What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t get lost in the traditions, details or what your best friend did. Make it your own no matter what your friends and family say. At the end of the day, its your wedding and your moment to cherish. And usually, those critics come around and end up loving all your personal touches!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Pick your battles. If paper is important, make that a priority. If the cake is all you care about, spend the most on that. Unless you have a bottomless budget, you can’t have it all. It’s good to prioritize and find what matters most to you. Then do whatever you can to nail those items down and make them perfect, the rest will fall into place.