When Do You Need To Know How Many People You Are Having To Your Wedding? - A Guide To Planning A Outdoor New England Tented Wedding

 So really, When Do You Need To Know How Many People You Are Having To Your Wedding? This is a great question.

There are a few ways to answer it! 

First, creating your guest list...

You want to create your guest list as soon as you decide you are having a wedding. The guest list dictates a lot about your wedding planning process. Most importantly it will dictate what size venue you need to accommodate your guests. Doing your guest list right in the beginning will help you understand exactly what style of wedding you want to have! 

I am sure you are wondering... What does she mean by "style" of wedding?

Well, you could elope in Italy! Maybe you want a big wedding and you want everyone that has been a part of your life there to support and witness it. So, you might have a list that is becoming more than 200 people. Maybe you are like, “I just want something intimate and small”. Or you want to go back to where you first met each other and it happens to be plan flights away so you have a destination wedding

Whatever style of wedding suits your fancy, no one is right or wrong, you choose what resonates best with what you want to feel and experience on your wedding day. Your wedding style is influenced by your guest list.

Another note on guest list timing…

You want to have your guest list, that includes full names and addresses, put together prior to ordering your invites! I know this might seem obvious but, the guest list information is tedious and sometimes taunting. If you wait to the last minute to update this information then your stationery order will not be as fun as you may have hoped.

Last note…

Your caterer, rental company, bartenders, rehearsal dinner venue and wedding planner need your final guest count 2 - 4 weeks prior to your event. Each vendor will have different needs and expectations but keep in mind around 4 weeks someone is going to start asking for your final guest count.

Most of these vendors need to put your order in, reserve what they need to, or prepare a suitable staff for your day. Make sure you are updating your list and making outreaches to those who have not responded.

That is my few wedding tips about When You Need To Know How Many People You Are Having To Your Wedding! I hope it was helpful and happy planning friends!

Chelsea Suddes - Owner, Planner & Design of Pearl Weddings & Events

Stacy & Nate's Boho Wedding at Walker Homestead Antique Farm in Massachusetts - A Guide To Planning A Outdoor New England Tented Wedding

Today, I am sharing an Outdoor New England Tented Wedding that took place on June 2nd of this year! It had all the boho vibes that you could dream of, and it was held right on a antique farm called Walker Homestead located in Massachusetts. 

Boho wedding with bride and groom chairs - Pearl Weddings & Events

Stacy & Nate are a California couple who got married on the quaint antique farm lands at Walker Homestead in Massachusetts. This sweet farm is owned by Nate's family and happens to be where he grew up. The sentimental value was high and the sweet outcome they hoped for, delivered. Look at how cute they are! :)

Macrame ceremony back drop with podium. Ring exchange between husband and wife. - Pearl Weddings & Events
Friends and family at a wedding ceremony - Pearl Weddings & Events

Family and friends came from all over to join Stacy & Nate on their wedding day. And it was not one to be missed! All the details, decor and guests experience was at the forefront during the planning of this amazing boho, antique farm, hookah lounge wedding vibe. 

Yes, you read that right. There was even a hookah lounge! 

Wedding hookah lounge at a boho wedding on a farm - Pearl Weddings & Events
Wedding hookah lounge at a boho wedding on a farm - Pearl Weddings & Events
Wedding hookah lounge underneath the tent - Pearl Weddings & Events
Wedding hookah lounge at a boho wedding on a farm - Pearl Weddings & Events

Now let's talk details. When guests arrived to the beautiful land of Walker Homestead, they were greeted with a beverage bar that contained a homemade sangria - perfect for a hot day. The guests were also greeted by the sweet goats that huddled in the pastor right next to them. 

To keep from the heat, guests made their way to the lounges set up for relaxation and enjoyment. There were 3 different lounge areas all containing antique farm furniture and decor right from Walker Homestead. 

Beverage welcome bar for wedding guests. Sangria was the drink of choice! - Pearl Weddings & Events
goats on the property for a wedding day! Wedding day animals - Pearl Weddings & Events
Lounge area for guest to enjoy their cocktails - Pearl Weddings & Events

When the ceremony was going to begin guests were shown the way into the a secret cut out of land where Stacy & Nate would exchange their vows. There were hay bunches supporting wooden benches, a wooden arch hung with macrame and adorned with beautiful flowers. The antique rugs grounded the space where they would stand. Guests were given lavender to toss at the end of the ceremony to celebrate the couples union.

It was a ceremony filled with love, friends, family and sweet laughter.

Secret garden ceremony space with benches and antique rugs - Pearl Weddings & Events
Outdoor ceremony seating for a antique farm, boho wedding - Pearl Weddings & Events
lavender to toss at the husband and wife after their wedding ceremony - Pearl Weddings & Events
Groomsmen dress in grey suits with red bowties - Pearl Weddings & Events
groomsmen in grey suits and red bow ties - Pearl Weddings & Events
Macrame back drop with wooden arch for a wedding ceremony at an outdoor wedding on an antique farm - Pearl Weddings & Events
Bride and groom at their macrame wedding ceremony altar with antique rugs - Pearl Weddings & Events
Forest greens dresses of bridesmaids from the back - Pearl Weddings & Events

The bridesmaids wore beautiful forest green summer dresses, all of their own choice. The bride was wearing a Noel and Jean dress from the Katie May Collection with a stunning back necklace from Amy O Bridal. The groomsmen were dressed in grey suits with red bow ties to accent the grooms INDOCHINO suit.

Everyone looked absolutely amazing! 

The bridal party in forest green dress of all different designs - Pearl Weddings & Events

During cocktail hour the guests were serenaded by a guitarist, as they indulged in delicious cheese and charcuterie by Sensational Paella catering team. The bar featured Stacy & Nate's favorite cocktails and people were having a blast! 

gig master guitarist during cocktail hour - Pearl Weddings & Events
Bar set up at an outdoor tented wedding in Massachusetts - Pearl Weddings & Events
Wedding cocktail hour with signature drinks display - Pearl Weddings & Events

The night carried on under a beautiful Sperry tent decorated seamlessly by my team to give the space good vibes and happy times! 

The entire night ended with late night grilling of California style dogs, fire pit and a sparkler dance party! It could not have gone any better. 

As I always say, the day is a representation of the couple and you can see Stacy & Nate all throughout this day. We were honored to have been a part of the planning and execution. Thank you for the opportunity Stacy & Nate! 

And Congrats!!

Wedding reception for an outdoor tented wedding in Massachusetts - Pearl Weddings & Events
Bride and grooms first dance - Pearl Weddings & Events
Boho vibe with yellow glassware for a wedding reception - Pearl Weddings & Events
Stacy & Nate's boho wedding on an antique farm in Massachusetts - Pearl weddings & Events

For more amazing photos from Wild Souls Photography and a glimpse at Stacy & Nate's wedding day video by Kaco Films, CLICK HERE!

All the amazing vendors that brought this day to life are listed below.

VENDORS || Photographer | Wild Souls Photography || Flowers | Whole Foods || Hair & Make up | All Dolled Up || Venue | Walker Homestead || Video | Kaco Films || Caterer | Sensational Paella Catering || DJ, Bar & Hookah | Electric Haze || Late Night Grilling | David Alan Catering || Tent & Rentals | Taylor Rental || Rentals | Peak Event Services || Bridal Boutique | Amy O Bridal || Gown | Noel and Jean || Suit | INDOCHINO ||