2017 Wedding Trends

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2017 Wedding Trends

The 2017 wedding season is quickly approaching as May is only one month away. We are so excited to kick off another season of beautiful weddings, but first we wanted to give a little preview of what this season might hold.

We talked 2017 wedding trends with wedding planner, April Gladieux, and here’s what you can expect to see this year!

1. What is going to be BIG this year in your opinion?

“The biggest trend of the year that we’re seeing is greenery and nature. Leaves, ferns, anything from the ground that can be used on the tables or in a bouquet is the biggest trend. We’re seeing minimal flowers and lots of green. Greenery is the Pantone color of the year, which has inspired a lot of brides.”

2. What other color trends should we expect to see this year?

“More neutral colors, you can expect to see a lot of bridesmaids in tans and nudes. I also have two weddings where the bridesmaids will be in white. There will be a lot of classic black and white weddings too with a pop of gold or silver. Blush is still really popular as well.”

3. It seemed the trend for 2016 was burlap and mason jars, will that continue into this year as well?

“We have a couple weddings that are still using mason jars here and there, but that’s not what we hear anymore. It’s still the natural elements, like sticks or trees, willow branches, or wood shavings, that is there, but in a new classy way.”

4. What are the best resources for brides to use to get ahead on trends for their weddings?

“The funny thing about Pinterest is you see the photos that are most pinned, but it takes months or years to come to the top of your feed. So, by the time you see it it’s probably already been done and the next trend is coming.

We encourage brides to come up with their own ideas, don’t rely on Pinterest. Pin your top 10 or 15 ideas then we will decide what’s best for you and make it your own. Try to think how can we make it your style, more you!”

5. Are there any trends brides should avoid?

“We don’t like to push people away from their ideas, but we try to enhance them. If they’re thinking mason jars we figure out how to make it their own. We might do mason jars here and there, but not overload.

DIY is great too and we will help you, but don’t DIY your entire wedding. Let a professional help you with something because you either won’t be able to get everything done or they won’t look the best.

Take your top two ideas and make a timeline. I always tell brides if they don’t finish it by a certain date then I am going to do it.”

6. Will there be a different trend for each season?

“No, I think trends stick around for a good two years and then it will fade out and something else will fade back in. It really depends on the trend. Mason jars had a good two year run and now its fading.”

7. What’s the best advice you can give brides about the latest trends?

“Don’t base your wedding off of other people’s weddings. Think of how you want your wedding to look and how it will reflect you, your personality, and your fiancé. Then speak with the professionals about how to make your ideas come to life. What we see is a lot of brides talking to other brides about their wedding ideas, which is fine, but you should talk to someone in the business too who sees these ideas on a daily basis who knows if it works or doesn’t work.”

The Risks of Outdoor Events

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The Risks of Outdoor Events

Scarlet Oaks Estate - FIndlay Wedding and Events Venue

Outdoor events are beautiful, that is, when all of the elements cooperate. In your head, you might be envisioning a warm sunny day, but the weather is uncontrollable and often unpredictable. We know this to be true, especially in Ohio.

Of course, many outside events go on without a hitch. The guests are happy and the photos turn out perfectly, but it is important to understand potential risks. So, if you’re still debating on hosting an outdoor event or wedding, here are some things to consider first!


Obviously, this is the main concern for outdoor events. Our wedding season starts in May and ends in October. It can be hard to predict whether it will be too hot, too cold, too wet or even too dry during these months.

Rain is always the biggest worry. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – rain is good luck on your wedding day – but that doesn’t mean you want to say “I do” while soaking wet. This is where your backup plan comes in, and you should always, always, ALWAYS have a backup plan. If it’s getting close to the day of your event and the forecast is projecting rain, it’s time to put plan B into action.

Here at the estate, we always have a backup plan, and several of them. For small events we are able to have 120 people standing in the main house. The barn can accommodate a ceremony for 250 guests seated.

Last year, one of our first weddings of the season had rain and sleet and our bride didn’t want the ceremony in the barn. With three hours notice, we were able to get a tent up for the ceremony. If a space must be used for both the ceremony and the reception, we set up the ceremony first and then switch it for the reception. This allows you to have two different looks since you’re restricted to just one space.


Heat – The summer months can be warm and breezy or sweltering hot, so make sure you’re prepared. Have bottled water available for the wedding party and for guests if they will be spending long periods of time in the sun.

If you’re planning a summer wedding, it is common to provide fans for guests. You could even make your program into a fan so it serves a dual purpose. We also have fans available to rent for the barn if the weather is too hot.

Cold – Fall weddings are all the rage, but they aren’t always warm. If the temperature drops on your big day think about renting heaters for the reception. If the ceremony is held outside it is a cute idea to have blankets or wraps for guest to use.

Others things to account for while having an outside event are bugs. Depending on the season bees, mosquitoes, ants or other insects could have a negative impact on your day. We spray around the main estate and the barns when necessary.

Walk your day

We have a 13-acre property that is yours to use on the day of your event, but there are also things to consider with using a lot of space. Think about your guests when planning your day, especially the elderly. If you are planning your event to span across the whole property, make sure you walk your day first. Consider how guests will feel walking in heels, or if older people will be able to relocate by foot to each new location you have planned.

There is handicap parking in the front and you are also able to rent or bring golf carts to use as transportation across the grounds.


As they say, with risk comes reward. Having an outdoor event is gorgeous and you and your guests can enjoy the season, nature, and all the estate has to offer. Always remember to have a backup plan that you are satisfied with if your original plans don’t go your way. It’s important to know all your options so you can make informed decisions and enjoy your event whether it be indoor or outdoor!

Bed and Breakfast Spotlight

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Bed and Breakfast Spotlight

Scarlet Oaks Estate - FIndlay Rustic Barn Wedding and Events Venue

Want to stay in luxury on your wedding night? Here’s why we believe staying at our bed and breakfast beats any hotel experience!

Attention to detail

If you are choosing to stay at a bed and breakfast it is because you want a unique experience that you cannot get at a normal hotel. A bed and breakfast is, more often than not, more intimate, detail oriented, comfortable, unique and charming. We make sure we pay close attention to detail for each customer during their stay.

Comfort of your own home

Bed and Breakfasts offer the comfort of your own home, as you and your family are the only ones in the house, unlike a hotel. This gives you the time to relax, read a book, or watch a show.

Homemade breakfast

This is a definite plus. We offer our overnight guests a personalized breakfast based on the bride and grooms request. Premixed eggs cooked in a bag and instant coffee pale in comparison to having a fresh cooked breakfast with farm grown ingredients and daily baked goods. Breakfast is also included in your rate, so there aren’t any extra costs.


Wedding parties can rent the guest house for the men and the main house for the women to stay in the night before the wedding. This allows you to have early access for your big day. We allow you to do some decorating the night before your wedding, and you won’t have to break everything down the night of your wedding. Being a newlywed couple, you also have the comfort and ease of being able to walk just a short distance to your sleeping room. No need for transportation, or having to go back to your own home.


If you already have somewhere to stay on your wedding night, our bed and breakfast is great for out-of-town family and friends that will need somewhere to stay after the wedding. Instead of having everyone book a separate hotel room, the house can be rented, so family members can enjoy staying together.

B&B Details

Check-in is Friday at 4 p.m. and check-out is Sunday at 11 a.m. For more information and pictures, check out our B&B page!


Scarlets’ Top 10 Wedding Details Not to Forget!

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Scarlets’ Top 10 Wedding Details Not to Forget!

You’ve made your list and checked it twice, but somehow you forgot something! We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 details NOT to forget on your wedding day based on our experiences at the estate.

1. Groomsmen socks

Shouldn’t the guys have their own socks? Well they probably do, but white socks might not exactly match the look you were going for. Buying a pack of matching socks for all the groomsmen can be a great gift and helpful for those who forget their dress socks. If you want your guys to wear fun socks, then that can also be a great gift so everyone is included in the look.

2. Comfortable shoes

It’s a must to have backup shoes for the dance floor if you plan on wearing heels for your ceremony. It is also a cute idea to have flip flops provided for the bridesmaids or even guests.

3. Lunch

You probably have your whole day planned from start to finish, but did you leave time for yourself to eat lunch? Most brides completely forget about this and don’t bring any food. Make sure to bring a light snack and eat it before you get your makeup done!

4. An “Emergency” Kit for the girls

This is a great thing to place in the bathroom of your venue, or wherever you get ready, for all the girls in the bridal party to use. Your emergency kit should consist of the essentials – Things like tampons, deodorant, hairspray, Tide To Go, and maybe even a sewing kit.

This can be a lifesaver if something goes wrong or if your bridesmaids are forgetful too. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

5. Itinerary

Of all things to forget, brides often forget their itinerary. Make sure you have this with you before leaving for your venue. Give a copy to your maid of honor so she can tell you and your wedding party where they should be and when. You will need your itinerary until your photographer takes over or the ceremony starts. This will cut down on questions and confusion so you can focus on getting married!

6. Vendor Payments and Tips

Put all payments and tips to your vendors in envelopes – Get cash or checks and have them marked so you know who they go to and can quickly grab them before they leave. Or you can have a designated person to handle the envelopes.

7. Answers

On your wedding day you will be overwhelmed with a flood of emotions, but the one thing you don’t want to be overwhelmed with is questions. And believe us, there will be questions. Who else would people want to ask other than the bride? Assign someone who can be there to answer and save you from the stress. This might be the wedding planner, your maid of honor, or anyone really. Just make sure it isn’t you!

8. Luggage

If you are leaving for your honeymoon the day after your wedding, make sure you have your luggage packed and ready to go. While this might be common, we don’t necessarily recommend it.

You’ll most likely be out late celebrating your marriage and nothing is worse than traveling while tired or hungover. Take the next day to relax, open gifts, and reminisce on your awesome wedding. Then take off on your adventure on Monday.

9. Write a note to your spouse

This is a sweet gesture that your spouse will totally love. No matter how long you’ve been together and how sure you are, everyone is nervous on the day of their wedding. Writing a simple note can be just the thing they need to calm their nerves.

10. It’s about love!

At the end of the day it’s about being married. It’s not about if everything went perfectly because you have to know it’s not going to be perfect. The point is to be married and to be happy. Don’t forget to take it all in with your spouse because it goes so fast!




So, you found your venue! Now what?

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So, you found your venue! Now what?

This is a super common question and you’re not the only one completely clueless about this wedding planning business. This question isn’t featured in our FAQ because this question deserves a WHOLE post! Landing your venue can seem like a great accomplishment, but that’s just the beginning.

The wedding planning process can be totally overwhelming, luckily, there are numerous resources at your fingertips. Utilize your venues resources and ask for a preferred vendors list. This list will be a great start, and you can start reading vendor reviews from there. It is also important to inform your venue when a new vendor is booked.

If you have absolutely no idea where to start, we recommend contacting the professionals. A wedding planner or day-of coordinator can be your best friend. They are there to guide you every step of the way, no matter the request. They have also done this many times, so they know who to contact and when to book.

If a wedding planner isn’t really your thing, no problem, organization is key to stress-free planning – free of charge. Making a list of what you need on your wedding day and prioritizing each vendor will definitely help. Having a budget and sticking to it also helps narrow down choices for each vendor.

Here are some tips for booking different vendors:


This is the big one because photographers are booked at least a year in advance, so if you have a certain someone in mind, book fast. If you aren’t quite sure, take your time. The photographer is one of the most important pieces of your wedding day. These images are what you will remember your big day by and you want them to be perfect.

It is important to mesh well with your photographer and book someone who understands your needs. Again, your venue may have recommendations to help start your research.

Photographers are also where a major chunk of the budget goes to, photos are not cheap. Establish a budget you are comfortable with and only look at photographers in this price range.


Catering is important, especially if you’re a foody, but booking is not urgent. Unlike photographers, caterers can do multiple events in one day, so they do not need booked immediately. Picking a caterer familiar with your venue can also be a plus because they know where to go and how to set up.

Generally, caterers do not need to be booked a year in advance, so you can take your time researching options. Of course, if you already know who you want to book there is no reason to wait. Another check off the list is always satisfying!

Saying yes to the dress:

It’s never too early to dress shop, right? This can be the most exciting part for some brides. There’s no shame in having your dress the minute you’re engaged, just make sure you don’t wait until the last minute.

You don’t want to be the bride without a dress two months before her wedding, especially if you have a specific look in mind. If we’ve learned anything from Say Yes to the Dress, it’s that there are not many options when brides get down to the wire.

It’s good to start shopping a year in advance, but make sure a final decision is made at least eight months before. This gives enough time for the dress to be ordered and alterations to be made, if needed.


Depending on your specific needs, music will probably be one of the last things you book. Top talent in the area may book fast, so again, if you have someone specific in mind, don’t hesitate! A good rule of thumb for DJ’s is about six months in advance.

Is that it?

While these are only a few of the main vendors you will need to book for your big day, this is only the start. There are more decisions to make about hotels, flowers, invites, etc. Hotels might be a main priority on your list if you have guests from out of town who need a place to stay. The planning process can be unique for each bride, but knowing a general time frame for each vendor is a good start.

Remember, the wedding planning process should be fun. And if you find yourself too stressed out, maybe a wedding planner or day-of coordinator would benefit you!