8 Bold Colors We Want to See in Your Spring Wedding

It’s that time of year again! Wedding season has come upon us, and the pastel wedding palettes are quickly making their way back into our Pinterest feeds and favorite wedding blogs. We agree that the light blues, baby pinks, soft greens, and pastel yellows are perfect shades for the spring season. As a bride, you shouldn’t feel cornered into using these colors for your wedding, but you also shouldn’t be intimidated by vibrant colors! We’ve come up with a list of a few bright, bold colors that you should totally incorporate into your spring wedding:

Poppy Red. Let’s face it, we’re all busting out My Chihuahua Bites to brighten up our nails this time of year–why not add it to your wedding color palette! Red hues are a bold color for every season. However, it’s most commonly seen in the colder months, so throwing in a touch of this cherry red will give new life to your spring wedding! We believe it’s best accented with blush, peach, ivory, and leafy greens.

 

Spring wedding colors

 

Magenta. Who says jewel tones are limited to fall weddings?! We like to think of magenta as poppy red’s flirtatious sister. Add a pop of magenta into your pastel color palette to create whimsy. This vibrant color can be perfectly paired with blush, tangerine, and deep purple.

 

Spring wedding colors

 

Cobalt Blue. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something *cobalt* blue! There’s something about this color palette we just can’t get over. Blue is such a classic color, you’ll never tire of seeing in your wedding photos, and the rich tones of the cobalt add an elegance unlike any other to your special day.

 

Spring wedding colors

 

Bright Yellow. Bright yellow peonies and daisies, shimmering gray table cloths, and some pops of sleek gray can modernize your spring wedding, AND it looks fabulous. It’s guaranteed to brighten any guest’s day! Despite what some may think, this color can be very versatile. We love it with lavender, dusty blue, or blush!

 

Spring wedding colors

 

Tangerine. When tastefully done, the charm of this orange hue is simply irresistible. This is one bold color you’ll need to utilize in moderation. Depending on the amount used, it can either give off a youthful, summer vibe or a chic, modern feel. We love pairing it with peaches, blush, and dark greeneries. For the ultimate wow factor, pair it with hot pink and magenta!

 

Spring wedding colors

 

Copper. Hop on over, silver and gold. There’s a new metallic in town. Rose gold and copper are becoming quite the staples in the wedding industry this year. There’s no reason you can’t make a metallic your main color–it makes a statement that will leave your guests stunned!

 

Spring wedding colors

 

Lavender. Okay, so maybe lavender isn’t exactly the first ‘bold’ color that comes to mind, but we adore it too much to leave it off the list! For this color palette, think springtime tea party–throw in a few chandeliers and beautiful drapery, and you’ve got yourself a top-tier wedding.

 

Spring wedding colors

 

Black. Black isn’t restricted to the winter months! Using black is the best way to incorporate formality into your wedding. Complement the bold, yet neutral color with ivory and sage greens to add a serene feel. The bonus to using this color – absolutely nothing clashes with it!

 

Spring wedding colors

 


 

Poppy red image credits: Cake // Bouquet & Dress // Bouquet // Shoes // Bridesmaids’ Dresses // Table Decor & Chair

Magenta image credits: Wedding Chicks

Cobalt blue image credits: Cake and Shoes // Bridesmaids and Invitations // Bottles and Place Setting // Ring

Bright yellow image credits: Chevron table runner // Bridesmaids // Skirt & Bouquet // Daisies // Flower with table runner // Invitations

Tangerine image credits: Invitations // Specialty cocktails // Groom and Bouquet // Wire Decor // Cake

Copper image credits: Candle holders // Floral arrangement // Place Setting // Calligraphy // Chair // Mug Party Favors

Lavender image credits: Invitations // Bouquet and Bridesmaids // Floral arrangement // Cake // Groom

Black image credits: Cake // Bridesmaids’ Dresses // Tuxedo // Invitations and Chalkboard Sign // Bouquet

14 Wedding First Dance Songs That Will Melt Your Heart

It’s here! The time for song selections has finally arrived on your wedding planning checklist. Processional–check. First dance–check. Bouquet toss–check. Now, there are two types of brides in this world: brides who have basically known since birth what songs they are going to walk down the aisle to and dance as Mr. & Mrs. for the first time to. It’s the song they grew up daydreaming about their Prince Charming to. It’s the song playing in the background of their first kiss. It’s the anthem for their relationship… And then there are brides who put off this decision until the night before their wedding and end up choosing whatever first comes to mind. While we definitely want the former type of bride to continue reading (it’s always nice to have options!), we’re here to help the latter type of bride overcome any procrastination. We’ve taken into account the romantic, make-you-melt kind of lyrics and beats you can actually dance to. From there, we have narrowed the list down to our top 14 favorite first dance songs to give you some inspiration.

Popular First Dance Songs. If you’re wanting a song your guests can sing along to while you waltz away, here are our top choices:

‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Adele

‘XO’ by John Mayer

‘Better Together’ by Jack Johnson

‘How Long Will I Love You’ by Ellie Goulding

‘You and I’ by Ingrid Michaelson

‘Come Away With Me’ by Norah Jones

 

Alternative First Dance Songs. If you’re looking for a more unconventional first dance song–you know, the kind of song your friends haven’t all chosen–weve’ve got you covered:

‘Sea of Love’ by Cat Power

‘Sparks’ by Coldplay

‘You Are the Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne

‘Heart’s on Fire’ by Passenger

‘My Two Left Feet’ by Erick Baker

 

Classic first dance songs. Because they just never seem to get old… If you’re afraid the classics are all overused, search for covers of older songs. Same tune, fresh vocals! It was hard to narrow down, but here’s a few of our favorite throwbacks:

‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Frank Sinatra

‘At Last’ by Etta James (or pump up the younger crowd with a little Beyonce)

‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ by Haley Reinhart

Planning an Indian Wedding: Shopping for Sarees

Darla, Ben, our bride, Heena, and “the mommas” (Heena + Ronak’s mothers) spent the first 3 days of their adventure in India shopping for Heena’s wedding sarees and jewelry for the big day! Despite being on a tight schedule, the crew helped Heena find all seven of her outfits (no, that’s not a typo – she needs seven outfits for her wedding!). Before moving on to the next city, Heena wrote us about her shopping experience in Mumbai:Shopping for Indian wedding sarees

“My dress buying process has not been the typical dress buying process. Most brides will come to India to shop at least six months before the wedding for about a month. I, however, am shopping for my outfit 3 months before my wedding for less than two weeks. It was really difficult for me to find time to shop for the wedding with my school schedule. I didn’t want to miss out on this experience, even if it meant I had to be a little stressed and rushed. The actual shopping process has been pretty flawless overall. At times it can get overwhelming being in one store for hours, however overall it has been really exciting! I definitely had an idea of what I wanted to wear. I was really nervous that what I was envisioning would be difficult to find though because it was unlikely that there would be time have a dress custom made, with coming to India so close to the wedding. I knew I wanted my wedding dress to have floral print or embroidery on it. This isn’t something you typically find on Indian outfits, but luckily that is what ended up being in season!! It’s really starting to set in that Ronak and I are getting married! It’s been so much fun sharing this experience with Ben and Darla so far…I can’t wait to see what the coming week has in store for us!”

Indian wedding sarees

Indian wedding sarees design process

Heena has chosen a beautiful peach-colored dress along with SIX other outfits! The traditional Indian wedding saree is made from red, silk fabric. However, our bride has chosen to go a little more neutral with her color selection. In India, the color white represents mourning, so obviously white is not the color of choice for a wedding! Typically, Indian wedding sarees will be embellished with crystals and real 24-karat gold thread and combined with lavish gold jewelry, including necklaces, bangles, rings, and hairpieces! Wedding sarees can also be complimented with a mix of pink or gold, and the bride will change into a different colored dress for the reception! These gowns can cost just as much as a wedding dress in America, if not more, because of the intricacy and details involved in the handmade design process. Wishing for more shopping luck for Heena, Darla, Ben, and the entire family!

Indian wedding sarees

A sneak peek of Heena’s main wedding saree

Indian shopping experience

The best shopping buddy – doesn’t say much though! #PappusPassage #WhereInTheWorldIsPappu

A special thanks to Sammohi Design Studio for hosting us and letting us film the design and production process. They also helped Heena find her dream wedding dress!

Catch up on our Indian adventure through our Facebook vlogs and photos. As the culture shock wears off, the videos keep getting better and better! Darla even finds a McDonald’s on Day 4!

8 Differences Between Indian and American Weddings

Do Indians really throw a better party than Americans? The ceremony length, the number of guests, and even the rituals–all of these aspects of a wedding in Indian cultures are completely different from that of American weddings! Here at Castleton Farms, as we prepare for yet another Indian wedding, we have done some research to provide you with a breakdown of just how different these two cultures really are in terms of weddings.

Differences between Indian and American weddings

The More, The Merrier.
The guest count is the most noticeable difference between the two culture’s wedding days. This is where the bride’s family likes to show off their money and hospitality–not to mention, Indian families tend to consider everyone they meet family–so they will typically invite as many people as he can afford! The guest count for an Indian wedding can range anywhere from 200 to 1,000 guests! In America, however, weddings remain a bit more intimate. Depending on the budget, the bride will send invitations only to close family and friends, bringing the average guest count in America to 130 or less.

Differences between Indian and American weddings

But What Will I Wear?!
In the United States, it’s typical for a bride to wear a white dress, though it’s becoming more common to see ivory, champagne, and even blush wedding gowns. The groom either sports a tuxedo or a suit, usually with a white shirt underneath and a splash of color in his tie. It is traditional, however, for Indian brides to model extravagant red, silk sarees on their wedding day. These beautiful and intricate pieces of handiwork can cost just as much as a wedding gown, if not more! Indian grooms wear embroidered sherwanis.

Differences between Indian and American weddings

A Girl’s Best Friend.
While American brides tend to choose simple diamonds, pearls or color coordinated pieces that fit their wedding day theme, Indian brides can vary greatly on what jewelry pieces they choose to wear on their big day. Some will wear an abundance of gold pieces and others may choose the royal rani look that features large polki diamonds. Either way they go, their lavish jewelry pieces will always be a matching set that compliments their wedding attire!

Differences between Indian and American wedding rituals

Differences between Indian and American weddings

More Than Just ‘I Do.”
We could write an entire book on the differences between Indian and American wedding rituals, but we’ll try to keep it short and simple! We’re all familiar with the American wedding processional order–begins with a traditional leading in of the groom and groomsmen, then follows the mothers and grandmothers. Next up: groomsmen, bridesmaids, and finally, the bride makes her big entrance, walking down the aisle, teary-eyed, with her father to meet her groom at the altar. The bride and groom then stand to exchange their vows and seal it with a kiss. However, Indian ceremony traditions are completely different than anything we’re used to. Their ceremony includes the barat, where the groom arrives at the venue on an elephant or horse, surrounded by his family who dance to music the entire way, and is welcomed by the bride’s family. Also, the Saptapadi is said to be an important ritual where the bride and groom will walk around the Holy Fire while saying a vow each time around. Whereas American ceremonies take as long as one hour at the very most, the main Indian wedding ceremony can last up to 3 hours.

Extravagant Indian wedding reception

Party of the Year Goes To…
The traditional American wedding reception immediately follows the ceremony and includes drinks, cutting of the cake, dinner, and dancing to follow. However, Indian brides, grooms, and their guests have to freshen up in between ceremony and reception because it’s such a long day. The Indian wedding reception is the huge celebration of the bride and groom coming together. Rumor has it, you don’t want to miss out on these parties!

Differences between Indian and American weddings

Are We There Yet?
Traditional weddings in America last the entire day for the bridal party and a few hours for the guests, with a ceremony lasting about 30 minutes, followed by a cocktail hour, and a 4-5 hour reception. Get this–Indian weddings can last anywhere from 1 to 3 whole days, if not more! These days consist of amazing rituals, including henna tattooing the women’s arms, hands and feet and eating LOTS of food.

More Than Just a Piece of Paper.
American wedding invitations can really be anything that the couple enjoys, whether that includes engagement pictures, beautiful calligraphy, or eye-catching artwork. Custom monograms are quickly becoming something every couple desires because it goes further than just the piece of paper. You can include custom monograms on your chalkboard signs, menus, and even the dance floor! Along with the American trend of choosing what reflects your wedding theme, Indian wedding invitations also have some brilliant artwork on them. However, the artwork on these invitations is extremely bright in color and has a cultural significance. The envelope that contains the invitations isn’t just a piece of paper to protect the card. It’s also made of silk, natural fibers, and bright colors–how cool!

Differences between Indian and American weddings

Forget About the Price Tag.
The average wedding cost in America depends on how many guests are attending and how much the bride is willing to spend on decor, flowers, the dress, and more. Typically, American brides will spend anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000. On the other hand, Indian weddings tend to be over the top! The bride’s family spends their whole lives saving their money to spend on this one occasions, and the guest count, as stated earlier, is huge! Indian brides will have a ballpark budget of $50,000 to $100,000.


Despite the many differences between Indian and American weddings, at the end of the day, both cultures place a strong importance on uniting the two families and each hopes for a long, wonderful married life together for the newlyweds.

Planning an Indian Wedding: Castleton Goes International

You haven’t heard? Castleton Farms is headed to India! As you read this, our Executive Director, Darla Walker, is jet-setting across the world with our bride Heena and photographer Ben Finch to prep for the big day. While over there, Darla and Heena will shop for the wedding sarees, jewelry, invitations and more, and back home, we’re going to be documenting every bit of it. While they’re all en route, we wanted to introduce Heena + Ronak to you all!

International Indian wedding planning

Indian wedding photography_Bill Waldorf

 

their storyThe two met at a graduation party at the end of their Junior year in college, and Heena claims she knew there was something special about him when she saw him walk through the door (swoon!). Little did they know, at that moment, where life would bring them! A few days after, Heena was leaving Atlanta for the summer so Ronak asked her to grab coffee at the ever-so-eclectic Java Monkey, and the rest is history. Heena commented, “It’s a good thing that I liked him enough to go on a date with him because I’m not the biggest fan of coffee!”

 

Indian wedding engagement_Ben Finch Photo

 

how he askedOne of the couple’s favorite places is Savannah, Georgia. The fact that 3 out of 6 of their anniversaries have been spent in the charming, historic town made it the perfect proposal location. Ronak had mapped out every detail of the day, which would end with him on one knee, at their favorite place in Savannah–the fountain in the middle of Forsyth Park, asking the girl he adores to spend forever with him. But life happens, and the day didn’t go as Ronak had planned. Every time he thought about proposing throughout the day, something went wrong. The day ended back at the town home where they were staying, and Ronak decided then that the time was right. He asked. Heena was taken by surprise. She said yes, of course, and here we are today!

 

Indian wedding engagement_Ben Finch Photo

castleton brideHeena had previously been to an Indian wedding at Castleton and fell in love with our property. When the time rolled around for her to choose a wedding venue, she considered Castleton because of the outdoor venue options. In India, over 90% of couples get married outside. While there are endless outdoor venues to choose from in America, the couple had difficulty finding an outdoor venue that could accommodate such a large guest count. Indian families consider everyone they meet part of their family, which explains their 500+ person guest counts. Heena + Ronak also mentioned choosing Castleton because of Darla and the built-in event planning that comes with every experience. Unlike American weddings, Indian weddings consist of multiple events occurring over a 3-day time period (at least!), so having an event planner to keep track of each detail and hold people accountable was a huge deal breaker for these two.


All of that being said, we are SO excited to have the opportunity to experience India with Heena, Ronak, Ben, and the whole family. Join us on this adventure and find some entertainment in our daily Facebook vlogs, Instagram inspiration photos, blog posts describing the details and importance of planning an Indian wedding, and one of our favorite parts – Pappu’s passage! That’s right. The little friend you see below is joining our journey. We’ll be posting photos of Pappu wherever we go, and it’s up to YOU to guess where he is. Darla will be bringing back some fun souvenirs for each winner! Be sure to follow us with the hashtags #PappusPassage, #WhereInTheWorldIsPappu and #IndiaExperiencesCastleton.

authentic patchwork Indian elephant

Southern Charm is Here To Stay: The Rise in Rustic Barn Weddings

It’s no secret that planning a rustic chic wedding is a trending topic among brides lately, and we hope that trend is here to stay! Couples aren’t having to travel to the South to find the perfect barn venue anymore. They are popping up all over the country – and for good reason!

Compared to a traditional wedding venue, such as a church or a reception hall, barns provide a much more relaxed environment for couples and their guests, so you could argue that people who have barn weddings have the most fun!

Picture of a rustic barn and fall wedding ceremony setting

 

Adding a little southern charm to your wedding is easy in our Carriage House garden. Whether you choose to have an enchanting outdoor ceremony in the pergola or take the party indoors during a hot summer evening, we can do it all! Our space is a blank canvas, so dress it up with sparkles and bling or keep it naturally rustic. Either way, we can guarantee you’re going to have an unforgettable experience!

 

Rustic barn wedding venue

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There’s something simple, yet so elegant about a barn wedding. The wood provides natural beauty, so tons of dollars aren’t being spilled into the decor budget. All you really need are lace + burlap table runners, a few lanterns, and chalkboards displaying your catchy hashtag. Add in some string lights, and you’ll create a venue so cozy, guests won’t want to leave!

 

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767 Days Later

These two waited 767 days to say ‘I do,’ so to say this day was highly anticipated is an understatement. Milestone Pictures perfectly captured every moment and feeling in this wedding video. An adorable (and creative!) first look, Jennifer’s classic look and cathedral veil, and a dance floor that wasn’t empty the entire night – it was a truly unforgettable event!

Valentine’s Day Wedding: Until Next Year, Cupid Blitz

The first annual Cupid Blitz, our Valentine’s Day Wedding Experience, went off without a hitch! Our professional wedding staff designed and transformed the Carriage House into an intimate, romantic setting with ivory draping, live greenery, and rustic lanterns.

Valentine's Day wedding

Valentine's Day wedding decor

 

We kept it playful with a handmade, colorful photo booth, and the couples received a guestbook filled with polaroids from the event to cherish the memories forever.

Valentine's Day wedding handmade backdrop

 

Wedding guest book

Each bride received a bouquet that our staff arranged, and the delicious cake was provided by Scrumps.

Valentine's Day wedding bouquet Valentine's Day wedding bouquet Valentine's Day wedding cake stand

 

Sheree + Jordan:

One of the sweet couples shares their love story with us today!

Wedding bride and groom

 

 

their story

So, we met in high school. Actually, at a high school prom, but we didn’t go together. I was with an old boyfriend, and he with his friends. Somehow we all danced together and we met, and then we went our separate ways. A few months passed by, and my boyfriend and I had broken up. I went to the movies with one of my friends and we were waiting in the lobby for our movie to start and out walks Jordan with a group of friends. We reconnected and from then on we were the best of friends, with each other every day. After about 3 months of being best friends, we started dating. And now, our favorite “date night” is going to get ice cream and just enjoy each other’s company.

 

Valentine's Day wedding in a barn

 

how he askedHe asked me to marry him when we were dating for about 3 1/2 years. It was on his birthday (which he never wants to do anything for) when he called and told me to meet him at a studio where we were getting pictures taken. We got simple pictures made, and the photographer had me turn around for us to take a picture back to back. Then she told me to turn around and he was on one knee. They told me to look out the window and one of my best friends was standing with a big sign saying WILL YOU MARRY ME? Of course I had to say yes! She captured every reaction, and I’m so thankful to have the memories not only for us to remember, but for us to share with others.

 

Bride on a swing with ribbon and foliage

They said their next step is saving up for a place of their own, but for now they’re just enjoying the married life! We’re so thankful you all could be a part of our first Valentine’s Day experience and we wish you nothing but the best!

Wedding Video: Love’s the best thing we do

“…Because you’ve never caged me in, clipped my wings or made me miserable. Instead, you made me free.”

Our spunkiest bride yet shares some of the sweetest personal vows we’ve heard in this wedding video. We’ve loved you two from day one and we wish you all the happiness you deserve!

Nikki + Justin: Not Just Any Old Farm

“I more than love you, I’m not whole without you.  You are life itself to me.  When you are gone I’m waiting for you to return so I can start living again,” an excerpt from a love letter from Ronald Reagan to his wife in 1983 for the couple’s 21st wedding anniversary that Castleton Couple Nikki + Justin decided to include as an ode to D.C. (where the couple lives) for one of their readings. This Castleton Bride had such a sweet desire to truly make her experience unique, starting with the rehearsal dinner. Nikki wore her grandmother’s wedding dress which was stunning and fit like a glove! “I’m not a DIY’er by any means,” she claims, but we were loving the small details she incorporated, not to mention the giant wooded W (for Williams) that she glued wine corks all over and posted it up at the bar. She also created created an ‘heirloom table,’ a vintage looking set up with clothes pins hanging family pictures including great grandparents’ and grandparents’ and parents’ wedding day pictures. Relatives who have passed away and even some family dogs were displayed in vintage gold frames. And as icing on the cake (literally!), they wanted to pay homage to their District roots, so they had a cake replica made of the U.S. Capitol Dome. “It was truly District to Dixie!”

 

Bridal portrait at sunsetSouthern bride photography

their story

Justin and I both went to the University of Tennessee together, although we didn’t really know each other. Justin and I had a lot of mutual friends. This story was told several times at the wedding and rehearsal dinner…and the way Justin’s friends tell it, is Justin was in love with me before we even met. His friends lovingly refer to him as a stalker. Since we had a lot of mutual friends, there were several would-be meetings that were set up by his fraternity brothers. One of his friends tells the story best–he said I was at the gym one day when he and Justin saw me on the treadmill. Our mutual friend was in the process of introducing us, when Justin apparently freaked out and ran away. It wasn’t until we were both living in Washington D.C. a year after college that we officially spent time together…in a non-stalker way. Our first date was at an Italian restaurant in Georgetown, and after that date, there was never really any questions. We’ve been together for just under 8 years since.

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