You can go on and on reminding me how tangerine is the “color of the season” but that is exactly why I’m loving magenta for summer weddings this year! When something is “out of style” it makes it so much more appealing and fun to work with… when everyone is wearing the same bridesmaids dress and using the similar flower arrangements, you’re making waves with a little use of an old favorite… magenta!
Since magenta is so… bright, try not to have every single thing at your wedding in some form magenta.. your guests will be scared away! Instead, it should be used as an accent color in combination with other colors and patterns. I love this table setting to blend different colors! Although these colors are all bright, they work perfectly together and open the door for a multi-color palette instead of being stuck with just magenta. Also talking reception… the bright sofa below is so perfect to add at the entrance of a reception as a statement piece that can tie your palette together. On the fashion front, these sparkly Christian Louboutin shoes are a fun accessory for the bride (hidden under the gown), and a magenta bridesmaids dress is a must – I love this Lazaro Spring 2012 dress.. especially the back! And finally, with a pink dress and pink centerpieces, the bouquets should match.. these peonies are a fun way to sprinkle magenta throughout your big day without being too overwhelming!
If you have ever doubted the power of the outdoors, welcome to the wedding tent… Not really inside, but not really outside, a wedding tent still feels like you and your guests are outside, surrounded by nature – but instead you’re actually indoors so whether it’s cold, cloudy, or rainy, you won’t even need to know.
This is why the tent is a popular, fun and reliable option for a wedding venue. But of all the things that are great about tents (I could keep going on and on), my favorite by far is how easy it is to customize, create and design you own wedding venue. These tents are a few of my favorite picks but what is so striking about each is how different they are. From white elegance, to a cream organza ceiling, a tent without sides, to hanging lanterns or fancy chandeliers, to modern sleek or just ultra modern, these tents (all below) have their own personality as seen through the bride and grooms eyes. Unlike a reception venue with a set ballroom, the same tables and chairs and overall scenery, a tent is a blank canvas to paint your own dream wedding on
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…
In terms of wedding expressions, “meant to be” is up there at the top of the most used (or overused..) Think, “oh those two are just meant to be” or “they were always meant to be even when they didn’t know it”… use your imagination, I’m sure you’ve heard them all before!
Not to say this isn’t a nice expression (it is), but aside from hearing it over and over on your wedding day, why not humor it. For what? The favors of course.
The favors… not to be overlooked, favors can be so fun! Plus they are a nice little treat for your guests. So if you aren’t into the DIY craze, nor do you want to spend a fortune, why not make it simple and sweet… with honey of course! Little jars of honey are perfect for a Spring wedding plus they taste delicious and are unique for your guests to take home and remember.
All of these little honey jars and tags are from Etsy which is the perfect place to find favors (or anything)! There are endless shapes, sizes, and mason jars full of this sweet treat that will really guarantee a creative use of the term “meant to bee”
When I used to imagine Bermuda, I would find myself dreaming of the pink sandy beaches, turquoise water, mopeds (scooters) and pastel colored homes… Isn’t that what we all know about Bermuda?
What I never thought about was all the boats!! Bermuda is filled with marinas, docks, and boats galore which means a destination wedding in Bermuda doesn’t necessarily have to mean a beach and a pink color palette. It could also mean a very fun nautical themed wedding! The best part of this idea is that although Bermuda is my inspiration for all things this week, you can create your own nautical themed wedding practically anywhere (well, where there are boats and water of course). But seeing all the beautiful marinas and peaceful sail boats in Bermuda got me thinking about how great this island would be for a non-beach wedding. Yes, I said it, a non-beach wedding in Bermuda! My colors today are all about the nautical theme which means a lot of blue inspired by the traditional nautical blue and white stripe. So first, my inspiration? I picked a few of my favorite spots that inspired this theme + all the makings to a nautical Bermuda (or anywhere) wedding extravaganza! From the dresses (I chose two long, whimsical blue dresses for the bridesmaids), to the ultra structured wedding gown, the blue bouquet, blue wedding invites (two choices), lovely sail boat place cards (really, how amazing are these!!), some inspiring fashion selections for the groom (in the form of boat shoes) and of course a decorative cake with a navy finish. This theme is simply amazing!!!