Burlap what? Yes, I know, I normally don’t think of chic style in the same sentence as burlap, but that’s the beauty of it! Here at One to Wed, we’re always trying to put unique but beautiful ideas into one theme even in places that you least expect… like burlap + chic
So the inspiration today is Shabby Chic. Now surely even if you aren’t totally obsessed with our burlap chic idea (yet), you’ve at least heard of this fabulous little store right? Okay, well if not you must check it out because this is exactly the wedding style we’re going for. Shabby, chic, stylish and rustic all in one.. oh and we also added a lot of burlap today! So I actually love burlap for many wedding related reasons. Firstly, it’s super cheap and extremely DIY friendly for even the not-so DIY brides. Literally, you buy a piece of burlap, throw it over a table, add a pretty white candle and you’ve got your own burlap chic look (see table photo below). This is SO easy, and the finished product looks incredible! So for those of you that love the rustic feel, are adventurous to a degree in your DIY projects, but have a little flair for elegance and chic style, burlap is an alternative that not everyone else is thinking about. Also on the DIY front, I am OBSESSED with the burlap bows that a savvy bride threw around her wedding chairs (below). Don’t feel like splurging on the expensive rentals? That’s fine because you just dressed it up with some simple and cheap burlap. I basically love all of the ideas in the photos below; among my other favorites are the “just married” banners. Again this is such a simple DIY project by buying your burlap, cutting squares, circles, whatever shape you’d like, using white paint with letter stencils to etch in the writing and attach to a thin piece of rope (you can use a staple gun to attach), and you’re finished. You’ve now created several major wedding decor touches in no time and with a small budget. As with most wedding accessories, you can dress up or down all of your burlap ideas to your taste but I love making them as glamorous as possible just to prove that burlap really is the ultimate chic accessory!
I love using different textures or patterns to make elements of your wedding stand out, and one of the best backdrops for anything (a photo shoot, a reception, a dessert bar, random wedding decor…) you name it, brick is perfect!
The colors of your brick accents can vary so make sure when choosing your venue, or a quiet brick wall for some artsy wedding photos, that you pick the right shade of brick.. trust me, you don’t want your fire engine red bridesmaids dresses clashing terribly with your deep red, purple brick backdrop! For a neutral look, the white washed and rustic brick (like those below) seem to work well with most colors! Choose a memorable wall for a wedding kiss, or a loft wedding venue with exposed brick that you can dress up as much as you’d like. Or if you only have one brick wall or limited space, make the most of it and add something special to your reception like this display of fun photos below! Believe it or not, there are endless ways to add character to your special day and accenting different wedding elements with brick is a perfect start!
With summer practically here, we’re tossing out our light pinks and blues and bringing in some very loud (and lovely) summer color palettes – the brights! Since we couldn’t pick just one color palette, we wanted to inspire brides to work with a very full palette of very bright colors… magentas, tangerines, deep purples and mustard yellows! Sound good together? Probably not… but trust me, they work!
Best used for summer and outdoor weddings, brights can and should be mixed together as long as they don’t all overpower each other! My favorite way to combine all of these fun colors is to take one theme (like these dessert cupcakes and use all different colored frosting! They end up perfectly complementing each other!). Another example? The bridesmaids dresses! In my opinion this is a very underused idea..look at how great different colored dresses blend together (and each bridesmaid gets to pick her own color)! For other ways to incorporate the brights… how about a centerpiece filled with all of the different colors (see below), or a table setting with a bit of everything (turquoise plates, magenta centerpieces and orange pops here and there). If you still don’t believe me about the blending of the brights…check out these amazing pictures, or better yet, try it yourself!
The summer may not be here quite yet but my mind is already there on the wedding front, and since it’s the first day of June, we wanted to take the time to dream up the perfect June wedding celebration! But before we get ahead of ourselves, lets start at the beginning… how did June become so popular for weddings? Well, it’s not just the weather or the summer vacation mentality; as with most wedding traditions, June weddings go back much further than we would ever think while planning our own big day.. to the Roman times of course! In Roman mythology, Juno was the god ruling over marriage, childbirth and hearth and quite fittingly it is believed that this was one of the reasons for the popular June wedding!
But since we don’t live in ancient history anymore, there are plenty of reasons why June weddings are still popular today… there is too much to drool over in just one post, so today we’re trying to dream up one idea for a perfect June wedding…
So when I think late spring, early summer, I want to be outside whether it comes to weddings or just life! So an outdoor (I’m thinking garden-esque wedding) is perfect for June. Now I LOVE the idea of a garden wedding and how you can personalize it to make yours so different than anyone elses. The other thing that comes to mind when I think June is white!! We all know that white shouldn’t be worn until we reach a certain date every year but June is definitely within the acceptable range for white everything! So that means we are doing an all white garden wedding today… complete with bridesmaids dresses (I LOVE these ethereal, flowing white dresses), decor, and even the perfect bouquet! Put together the perfect pieces of white (fashion and decor ideas) in an outdoor garden setting, and I guarantee you can do no wrong for your June wedding!
What exactly is an industrial wedding? Well, the industrial revolution may be long gone but industrialism is still around; that is, in places you don’t exactly look when planning a wedding… like manufacturing, coal and steel…
Well lucky for the creative brides out there, an industrial vibe for your wedding can make it a very special and fun day even without all the dainty things we normally think of when we think weddings. Accentuating colors like greys, blacks and browns gives the industrial feel and picking the right “shaped” items (like these pleated dresses… I am obsessed with the one below from BHLDN) can help set the mood… I am practically dying over the reception decor below.. the hanging lantern lights and chandeliers dangling from a warehouse ceiling couldn’t be more perfect, and touches like grey chairs, and a sleek grey program add to the overall feel. Since everything can’t be grey, black bridesmaids dresses (like this one from Badgley Mischka) add a sharper color contrast and one of my favorite picks for this theme is the favors! I always get excited over amazing favor ideas and these are up there with my favorites… cookie mix in a jar! The colors are perfect for this type of mood but the actual favor is so fun for guests to enjoy and remember your unique wedding!!