Believe it or not, even before the big royal wedding (yes, we’re officially celebrating the one year anniversary today) London has been home to many weddings. So if you aren’t living in the UK, and want to create your own royal inspired day then I would suggest you start planning, pack your bags and book your venue. London here we come…
Aside from the royalty, the history, and now the Olympics, London in it’s own right is a destination. So why not make it yours… for the wedding of course! Now because most likely you aren’t Kate Middleton, I’ve toned down these London wedding picks a bit (think an unnamed church, not Westminster… and a more subdued reception venue.. as opposed to Buckingham Palace of course). But even with your more down to earth version of a London celebration, there is plenty to choose from to make it perfect!
To start, you must of course delve into London’s world of high fashion with your bridal gown pick. My favorite? This Temperley London “Grace” gown (below)! As for the rest of the wedding fashion, red seems like the perfect regal color for the bridesmaids, and of course a headpiece is a must. And for the basics? A simple church like Christ Church in Spitalfields (below), and a classic venue (the Carlton Club or the William Kent House, also below, both fit the bill). Finally, make sure to add touches that remind you and your guests that you’re in London… like picking London-specific photo opportunities, and dazzling guests with fun save the dates and invitations… Cheers!
Au naturel? Yes, for the wedding at least. With Earth Day right around the corner (it is this Sunday..) I figured it was time to go back to our roots in terms of wedding decor so today it’s all about the all natural – earth tones, outdoor weddings, and even some bark place cards!
Seriously though, greenery is not always a part of our wedding plans (except probably for the pictures) but the outdoors can serve as the perfect backdrop for a ceremony and reception. What is so perfect about the outdoors is that your setting can be dressed up or down accordingly. I love the idea of creating an elegant and romantic “earthy” wedding but styling certain pieces like your table setting as though you were in a glamorous country club (check out the place setting below!) You can also pick long bridesmaid dresses to make the atmosphere more formal (I’m keeping with my brown and green palette today with a beautiful dark brown chiffon dress). Remember to blend your touches of elegance with the outdoors (you are after all planning an outdoor wedding!). Fun ways to keep the atmosphere earthy are with these perfect bark place cards and baby plant favors (both below)! And don’t forget the bridal accessories! Instead of a classic veil or sparkling tiara, why not chose a natural wreath or small flower in your hair. Combine these with some fancier decor and before you know it au naturel will be simply gorgeous.. and just in time for Earth Day!
I’m nearly positive that by now you all know that I am very traditional in “wedding style” but even I like to branch out once in awhile especially when I remind myself that we do live in the 21st century. So today we’re throwing ourselves into the ultra-modern mindset because I imagine there are plenty of weddings that are inspired by all things modern, sleek, with clean lines and lots of stark white!
So what is a modern wedding? Well, I imagine that everything from fashion to venue choice and all of the little details in between would be modern but as always, I will start with the dress (always my favorite wedding accessory)! I couldn’t pick only one because (although modern) these bridal gowns are really fabulous! Both from the Spring 2012 collections (I’m seeing a modern trend here…) they are sleek, stylish yet elegant at the same time. I think of white as a very modern color; it’s sterile, clean and simple, and for a twist on the traditional, a white bridesmaids dress is only fitting. The short one below is perfect with it’s slightly metallic fabric and sharp lines. From the venue decor (like the “hanging centerpieces”) to the lace boots, every detail screams modern at this wedding, and I bet as we see more “futuristic” dress designs, we’ll also be seeing more of everything modern wedding…
For a change of scenery, today we’re focusing on only one (albeit very important part of a wedding)… the reception venue! But not just any reception venue, for those yearning for a rustic, elegant and country setting (or just something different), there is no better place than a barn.
So how do you make a barn stylish enough for your big day? Well the decor is halfway there already. The inside of your barn will already give off a certain feel (most likely rustic if we are all thinking of the same type of barn) but you can dress it up anyway you want. I picked a few of my favorite “interior designs” from all over (see below) and for each, they are just a blank canvas that can be tweaked easily to the tastes of the bride and groom to be. But don’t get too carried away… there are a few essentials that cannot be overlooked regardless of how creative you want to be..
First, the lighting. Remember, most likely it will be dark at some point during your reception and barns aren’t particularly known for their natural lighting. So make sure to pick a spot with a lot of sunlight during the day (there are a few options below) but dress it up for dusk with chandeliers (my personal favorite) or small Christmas tree lights. The lighting, second to the actual barn, will set the mood whether its casual, elegant, romantic… whatever you want it to be.
Second, the overall decor. We don’t need to get into the details but remember your setting (in the barn) and make sure that you dress up or dress down the venue the way you want, but keep it all blended together. Don’t go rustic-casual on the favors and place settings, but set up classy, modern couches for the guests to lounge on. The barn itself is a statement so pick only one theme for the rest of the day and decor inside and stick with it…
The garden. There is no more enchanted of a setting than a peaceful outdoor garden. With spring in full swing, there are so many opportunities to host even just a bit of your wedding outdoors, and April is the perfect time of the year for a garden wedding.
There are plenty of options depending on the actual outdoor space, the color palette, the number of guests, and of course all of the “embellishments” (think flower choices, table setting, place cards)… But today I’m focusing on what I would imagine a “traditional garden wedding” to be (and if you aren’t the traditionalist, then we will have plenty more garden-esque ideas to come). So what actually is a traditional garden wedding? I’m envisioning the basics… a romantic and lush, green outdoor setting nestled within the country + wedding accessories that are both elegant and earthy at the same time.
So, I’ve picked a strong contrast between the elegant and the earthy with a few of my favorite wedding pieces. The plant place cards below set the garden tone and are unique and fun at the same time. Contrast those with very elegant, light silvery blue bridesmaids dresses and beautiful white and blue bouquets. The tables will be more elegant; imagine being surrounded by ivy coated walls and delicate hardware for the place settings. The bridal gown… always my favorite part. I picked this Allure Bridal charmeuse satin and lace gown with a key hole back. It is incredible… The reception of course will be in the country and I love the idea of this ivy covered mansion, back to the earthy theme. And my favorite accessory for this wedding? The rustic white birdcage for the gift cards…