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Love on Top: Vintage Carnival-Inspired Wedding Decor

Seek inspiration from the Greatest Show on Earth for wedding-day décor that’s as entertaining as it is elegant.

Up, up and away! For a centerpiece that will prompt “oohs” and “aahs,” think big and think bold. For one like this, reminiscent of a vintage hot-air balloon, weave strings of fabric around a 30-inch balloon, then tie it securely into a wicker basket full of flowers.


Carry the carnival theme through to the last bite. Duluth’s How Sweet It Is Cakes designed this two-tiered tent cake, complete with bronze elephant toppers. Switch out the “love” for your initials or wedding date to make the dessert your own.


For florals, think beyond color palette and flower types. First, do your research—see what will be in season. Then play with textures, sneak in some unexpected greenery and tie it all together with a patterned ribbon. Here, Felicia Kohlhagen of Florology paired a variety of roses (Juliet garden roses, orange roses and peach rose sprays) with pom pom ranunculus, scabiosa pods, yellow kangaroo paw, eucalyptus, tan peacock feathers, emu feather foliage, dusty miller and blush willow stems.


Months before your wedding day, give your guests a peek at what’s to come with an invitation suite that’s bound to be featured on refrigerators. This circus-themed ensemble combines playful fonts with cheeky copy and subtle silhouettes.


Send your man down the aisle in style with a boutonniere brimming with hardy florals, like this one by Florology. Pom pom ranunculus, scabiosa pod, yellow kangaroo paw, tan peacock feather, blush willow foliage and emu feather foliage—all featured in the bouquet too—are wrapped together and pinned to suspenders for a look that’s fresh, not stuffy.


For dinnertime décor, On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals provided these slightly mismatched farm chairs, for an utterly charming ambience. Add one impressive centerpiece and a delectable meal to get conversation flowing.


Simply stunning. To get the glamorous, vintage-esque look, layer a Juliet cap veil over an intricately beaded slip dress, and choose an inky oxblood lip color to coordinate with dramatic curls.


No one can say no to a taste (or two) of something sweet. Gift your guests with these mini bites of cotton candy; this little treat will guarantee your friends and family stay energized through the last dance.

Minnesota Bride Planning Checklist!

Brides, grooms, photographers: Get a wedding published in Minnesota Bride magazine! We are looking for fabulous, creative and beautiful weddings that took place in Minnesota. We want to feature couples who have a great story about their engagement, proposal and/or wedding.

UPCOMING DEADLINE: February 5, 2021 (Weddings occurring between August 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021)

Please include as many of the following elements as possible: the couple, flowers, tabletop decor, interesting or innovative signs, favors, seating assignment table, decorative elements, food close-ups, the cake, invitation suite, the church, a view of the entire reception or ceremony scene, bridesmaids or groomsmen with the bride or groom.

  • You must include the following information about each couple: their first and last names, phone number AND email address, date they were married, location of reception site/ceremony.
  • Do not send images that will run in your ad.
  • Do not send the same images you are also sending to other local bridal publications.
  • Do not send out-of-season images, old images or images that have already been published.
  • Do not send all of the photography from the wedding. Edit to your best shots (about 60 per wedding).


We are now only accepting submissions through our online submission site.
Online submission instructions:
  • Click here to find a registration form. Fill out the information and click "create new account."
  • An email will be sent to you allowing you to log into our submission site and set up a password.
  • You are now logged into the site. Whenever you're logged in, you'll see a small camera icon at the top right of the page. Click that icon at any time to go to your profile page, where you'll have the opportunity to submit photos and view any images you have previously submitted.
  • Site limitations: The size can only handle 30MB per upload. You can upload your submission in batches if needed. Batches of 10-15 images might be necessary for larger images. File size suggestion: 1440 pixels x 960 pixels at 300 dpi is about a 1 MB jpeg file.
  • Save: Please click save after you have completed each submission.
  • Proof: Please check that all your photos have uploaded.
  • To log-in again at any time, simply go to
By May 15 if we are publishing one of your weddings. Please email Janet McLaughlin ( if you have not heard from us and would like to submit your weddings to another publication.
We also accept submissions for our website. Email Minnesota Bride Digital Editor Laura Crosswith a link to images as well as basic information about the wedding—date, location, couple's names and bride's contact information.

By submitting these forms, we assume you have received proper releases from any individuals and locations features in the photos. Photos you submit may be featured in the print version of the magazine, on our web site or both and will be credited with the name of your photography business.
By submitting photography or artwork, Tiger Oak Media, Inc is guaranteed that:
a) The use of art in connection with the magazine title will not infringe or violate the rights of any other person or entity, including without limitation, any copyright, trademark or service markright, or violate any applicable law. b) The supplier of the art/photography hereby agrees he/she will obtained adequate and proper releases, permissions, licenses or other authorizations from all persons and entities who or which provide services, materials or rights with respect to the work at the time of submission of final artwork who would claim any interest or right, direct or indirect. Public figures or celebrities are exempt from signing a release.

Contact Minnesota Bride editor Megan White.

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