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Sizzle like a siren in red on your wedding day

Symbolically, red has always been the color of love, passion and fire. It is therefore quite fitting that this color be integrated on your special day to add some extra spark and sizzle to the wedding. In fact, in most Indian, Chinese and Arabic cultures, brides are traditionally decked in fiery, glittery red attires that traditionally symbolize wealth, good fortune, joy and prosperity.

Red themed wedding

So, if you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go for a red themed wedding to mark the beginning of your new life. Indeed, this hue will most certainly bring a festive, rather feisty mood to the ceremony and is bound to charm all your guests and relatives.Best of all, this is the perfect theme to go for if you’re getting married around Christmas or Valentine’s Day. And don’t worry: adopting a red theme on your wedding day is much easier than you think and contrary to popular belief, it certainly won’t be more expensive than a traditional white wedding. All you need are some minor adjustments, a dash of creativity, a hint of imagination and you’re all set to sizzle like a siren on your way down the aisle.

Dark red bridesmaid dresses and red bridal bouquet

When going for a red themed wedding, the one questions that most brides invariably have to face is whether they’ll need to don a red wedding dress or not. If you want to integrate this color on your special day but you’re unsure about wearing red, fret not. There are several ways in which you can have your red wedding theme without actually wearing a bold frock. In fact, some brides can go for the traditional white dress with a red sash around the waist or even a red fishtail. Another option would be to wear a gauzy red petticoat and allow it to peek from underneath your dress. In fact, you can even wear your white or ivory gown while dressing your bridesmaids in deep red or wine red dresses to keep in line with the overall theme.

Luxurious bridal bouquet with touches of red

Of course, if you’re the type of person who refuses to conform to the norms then you should absolutely go for a bright red, vivid wedding gown. Guaranteed to help you make a statement- as well as a dramatic entrance- this dress will look absolutely marvelous especially if paired with a ruby, pearl or diamond tiara. To lay even more emphasis on the theme, never hesitate to ask for a few red roses in your bouquet. In fact, you can even opt for an all-red bouquet enhanced with a few silver or diamond studs.

Red bridal bouquet with encrusted silver stones

Never underestimate the importance of wedding favors and invitations as well: consider sending out your invitations in red envelopes for a bolder statement. As far as the wedding favors go, there’s no reason why you can’t pack them in glittery red pouches or boxes. To make your guests feel extra-welcome, you may even have an usher hand each of them a single red rose just before they take their seat and wait for you to glide down the red-carpeted aisle.

Red wedding invitation

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Orange themed weddings: How to avoid the overblown pumpkin look

If you’re getting married around the time of Halloween, an orange theme might actually be quite fitting for your wedding. In fact, if done tastefully, orange hues can bring a lively and rather fun feel to your special day- something which non-traditionalists will relish in!

Orange wedding theme collage

Let’s be honest though: if you’re not careful with this particular color, an overuse of orange can end up looking tacky and rather vulgar, rather than sophisticated. So, it really pays off to be careful and not go overboard as you start off with your wedding decorations. Bear in mind that you should never, ever go for an all-orange palate. This is quite a difficult hue to pull off so it’s quite important to mix and match and cut through the orange with various other tones. In fact, couples can even consider bringing a Moroccan theme to their special day since this particular decor is quite vibrant and lively with pronounced shades of orange and purple.

Wooden wedding arch with orange flowers

If you’re planning an outdoors ceremony, a particularly glamorous look would be to opt for a natural looking wedding arch made out of wood with just a few bouquets of orange flowers to tie up the whole look. Alternatively, those of you who are going for a church wedding can decorate the aisle with alternating white and orange organza bouquets, but in this case, it would be best to go for glittery fabrics that will take your decor up to the next level.

Orange marquee curtains and wedding decorations

Never underestimate the value of your wedding decorations either. If you can afford it, go for a lavish silk marquee that will instantly bring the orange theme into the foreground. A cheaper alternative, however, would be to go for pale orange curtains with the occasional white gauze to break it up. Dried flowers and decorative twig arrangements are also gaining popularity within the wedding industry and you can very easily spray paint a few of tall twigs before placing them in floor-length vases for a more dramatic look.

Orange wedding bouquet

Of course, as with any other colored-themed wedding, the bridesmaids can wear orange dresses. Failing that, they can always go for orange shoes and black, brown, green, ivory or grey dresses. All these colors go particularly well with orange and will certainly set off the overall mood of the wedding. Another wonderful touch would be to carefully pack your wedding favors in delicate orange organza pouches or dainty boxes. And when it comes to the wedding toast, you can replace the customary champagne by a tall, chilled glass or orange liqueur or punch. However, if you absolutely must have champagne, there’s no reason why you can’t ask the caterers to decorate your glass with a thin silver of orange fruit to keep in line with the overall theme.

Ornate orange wedding cake

Going for an orange-themed wedding certainly requires more care and consideration than other colors but there’s no reason why you should skip this vibrant, lovely hue. Just be sure to always mix, match and contrast and you’re going to have the perfect ceremony which will most certainly impress your friends and relatives!

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A sensual purple theme for your special day

Acclaimed through the ages as being the color of royalty by excellence, purple is definitely the type of hue which will add quite a bit of flair and panache to your special day. Sensual, yet tasteful and elegant, this hue is often favored during both formal and informal gatherings. So, whether you want to dress your bridesmaids up in silvery lavender dresses or don a rich purple gown yourself, there’s definitely not a lack of ideas which you can adopt to integrate this delightful color into your special day. So, read on to learn how you can very easily transform a typical white ceremony into a sophisticated purple-themed wedding.

Purple wedding themePurple lights during ceremony

Play with lights
If you want a traditionalist, yet purple-themed wedding, don’t hesitate to hire a reputed light technician to add a touch of purple to your grand day. This way, you can walk down the aisle in a silver-purple glow of soft, radiant lights that will bathe you from head to toe. Lights are actually a fantastic way to subtly add a bit of color to your wedding day. So, don’t hesitate to use this handy trick, both during the actual ceremony as well as the reception. Indeed, if you can’t hire a purple marquee, there’s no reason why you can’t use purple probe lights or a purple disco ball to throw a wonderful glow over the party. Best of all, if you’re wearing a white or ivory wedding dress, you can use the purple lights to cast wonderful highlights over your ensemble.

Majestic purple decorating ideas for wedding reception

Decorations and accessories
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. A purple-themed wedding doesn’t only mean purple everywhere. Bear in mind that this color can very easily be enhanced by the proper decoration and accessories. A white, pink and purple wedding cake, gold and purple chairs for the reception and even a long purple carpet for the aisle are the type of small, discreet touches that will leave quite an impact on your guests.

Silvery Lavender bridesmaid dresses with a hint of purple in the bouquet

Dress up your bridesmaids
Of course, adventurous brides won’t think twice before slipping into a dark purple wedding dress. Still, the less daring ladies can very easily select purple gowns for their bridesmaids. Bear in mind that there are quite a few existing shades of purples and the shade that you will go for will certainly set off the ceremony’s mood and feel. For instance, if your bridesmaids are wearing dark, vivid purple, this will certainly give off a fun and rather informal vibe. If you’re going for a more formal setting, it’s recommended to go for pale lavender dresses with a hint of silver. Idem for the bridesmaids’ flowers: there’s no need to go for an all-purple bouquet. Just a few hints of purple flowers will certainly bring this particular color in the forefront.

Purple wedding flowers

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Get Married in a Cloud of Pink

Whether you’re still a rose, frills, hearts and flowers girl at heart, or if you simply associate the color pink with everlasting love there’s no denying the fact that a pink-themed wedding can be ultra-glamorous and deeply romantic. Extremely popular in California, pink themes are very easy to adopt, especially since this color goes well with a variety of other hues.

pink wedding gown

Indeed, whether you want to take a leaf out of Anne Hathaway’s book and go for a pale, pink-tinted gown or if you want to dress your bridesmaids up in typical Californian pink, this color will certainly infuse charm and uniqueness to that special day when you’ll finally say “I do” to the love of your life.

Pink bridesmaid dresses

In fact, the new wedding trend among celebrities is donning a pink gown to walk down the aisle. From Anne Hathaway to Reese Witherspoon, pink wedding dresses are constantly splashed over the pages of wedding magazines. Understandably, though, some brides can be quite hesitant about donning a pink frock. In this case, why don’t you go for a whitish gown with just a pink haze thrown over it in the likes of Anne Hathway’s wedding frock? More daring brides, on the other hand, can go for an all pink frock but bear in mind that the shade of pink that you select should mirror your personality and sense of style. For example, if you don’t stand on ceremony and if you’re planning a more informal ceremony then you can very easily go for a hot pink. This particular shade is perfect for strapless or short wedding dresses.

Pale pink wedding dress

On the other hand, if you want to send off a demure, formal and romantic vibe, it’s best to opt for a paler, baby pink, a shade which goes marvelously with A-line or straight, Victorian gowns. Pale pink is also extremely suited to puffy, Princess-like gowns with sweetheart necklines and lace sleeves.

Pale pink wedding shoes

As far as your decoration goes, there’s no lack of ways for you to infuse pink into your wedding. Think pink linens, pink wedding favor boxes or pouches or even pink champagne for the toast. If you’re going for pink place settings, it would be best to select clear or crystal cutlery.

Pink Wedding Decoration

Of course, since pink wedding cakes are amongst the most popular ones on the market, there’s no doubt that you’re going to find something that you want. If you want to stand out from the crowd though, don’t hesitate to color block your cake. For example, a particularly dramatic look would be to select pink for the first tier, pale blue for the second tier and pink again on top. Ask your baker to enhance the overall cake with some pink and yellow sugared roses and you’ve got the most unique wedding cake ever!

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Let your special day be infused by Nature

If green is your favorite color, or if you’re simply a fan of nature, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t go for a green themed wedding. In fact, this particular theme is actually perfect for the environment-conscious bride and groom and it will certainly bring a deep sense of nature on your special day.
Here are a few simple adjustments that you can make to very easily bring a green theme to your wedding.

Green bridesmaid dresses

The Bridesmaids
A particularly summery look would be to dress all the bridesmaids in identical shades of pale lime green. Still, if you want to avoid the whole uniform-like look, you can get each girl to wear a particular shade of green, hence creating an ombre-like effect. Or, if you want to be radically different, you can even dress them up in short jet black dresses with contrasting lime green shoes.
Never neglect the importance of accessories: An emerald bracelet, sequined green clutch purses and green teardrop earrings will certainly bring a soothing, natural feel to the day in general.

Green Wedding Gown

The Bride
It’s no secret that most of the attention is focused on the bride. She’s the one who will ultimately set off the overall mood and theme of the wedding. By this token, adventurous ladies can even go for a deep emerald or pale apple green wedding frock that’s bound to mesmerize guests with its originality. Traditionalists, on the other hand, may go for an all-white frock with a deep forest green Scottish-style sash across it. Another original idea would be to opt for a white beaded bodice that flows gently into a pale green hem. Alternatively, you may even allow a hint of green gauzy petticoat to peek from underneath the hem.

Bridal green french manicure

Of course, if you have the skin tone for it, then by all means don’t hesitate before bringing a hint of green to your makeup palette as well. Pale green eye shadow and eyeliner go particularly well with brown, black, hazel and green eyes. A green-tipped French manicure will also enhance the overall theme of the day. Brides who are particularly fond of this color can even select a green-stoned wedding band, but, in this case, try to break it up by adding a blend of blue sapphires and emerald to your ring.

Green Bridesmaid shoes

Reception and decoration
A green wedding cake can look quite boring and out of place if you don’t properly embellish it. If you’re trying to stick to a nature theme, you can ask your baker to craft a cake in the shape of doves or any bird of your liking. Similarly, a wonderful twist to your wedding decoration would be to turn the aisle into an enchanted forest: artificial green birch trees and bushes will bring quite a magical, almost mystical aura to the wedding.

Green decoration

As far as the reception goes, don’t hesitate to go for green napkins, artificial green flowers or even a wonderful deep green chocolate wedding cake. The contrast between the dark chocolate and green icing will definitely win over the toughest of critics!

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A Fifty Shades of Grey Wedding

Whether you’re a fan of the controversial Fifty Shades series or not, there’s no doubt that going for a gray theme will certainly bring a distinct air of sophistication and class to your wedding. Indeed, new, emerging wedding trends are all about tasteful and sophisticated hues: gone are the days where everything used to be white with just a touch of blue. Instead, new brides and grooms are now going for more cutting-edge shades.

Bride and Groom wearing gray

However, it’s extremely important not to go overboard and go for an all-gray decoration. This will defeat the entire purpose of your gray wedding theme and bring a tacky, rather gaudy look instead of a sophisticated one. For example, if your groom decided to go for a gray tux, he should break it up by going for a red or black tie. Similarly, gray bridesmaid dresses can be glammed up by adding a pair of silver or golden shoes to the outfit. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to dress the girls up in bright, sparkly jewels and accessories to create a magnificent clashing effect with the overall gray theme of the day.

Bejewelled gray wedding bouquet

Glamorous gray wedding dress

Of course, daring brides can very easily don a lovely gray wedding dress on their special day. Indeed, since this is your day and no one else’s, you shouldn’t be afraid to push the boundaries and explore new fashion horizons. The only essential aspect is that you should feel entirely comfortable in what you’re wearing. Luckily, there’s no lack of gray wedding gowns on the market: whether you’re looking for a thick silver taffeta dress or a short, summery deep gray frock for a beach wedding, you’re certainly going to find something of your liking. If you’re feeling particularly daring, why don’t you vamp it up by going for the ultimate combination of yellow and gray? Don’t hesitate to wrap up your look by going for a grey bejeweled bridal bouquet that will wow everyone!
One of the easiest ways to create a gray wedding theme is through a gray tuxedo for the groom.

Groom wearing gray tuxedo

Alternatively, the special man in your life can even wear a traditional black tux but pair it with a gray silk tie and a dove gray shirt. Another easy way to incorporate a gray theme into your wedding is by opting for a gray cake to cut after the ceremony. However, don’t forget that an all-gray wedding cake is merely going to look like a pile of cement thrown over each other. So, to enhance its striking visual effect, break it up by alternating the various colors. You may, for instance, start off the first tier with a thick chocolate frosting, second tier with gray sugar icing and third tier with chocolate again. Add a generous quantity of yellow sugar roses and you’ve got yourself the perfect cake for your gray themed wedding!

White and gray wedding cake

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The most popular types of wedding cakes

Fruitcake, Framboise-flavoured cake, Genoise, chocolate mousse cakes…the list of wedding cake is endless. It can therefore be quite tough for the couple to decide which cake they want to settle for. In fact, since Prince William was unable to make his mind up, he ended up requesting two cakes for his own wedding. But then again, not all of us belong to the British Monarchy with millions to spend on our special day.

Married couple and Wedding Cake
Therefore, since most of us will only have one wedding cake, it’s quite important invest the proper time and effort in selecting the perfect masterpiece. After all, your wedding cake isn’t just any other cake: it’s the one edible objet that will most certainly set off the whole mood and theme of the reception. Besides, selecting a wedding cake is so much more than going to cake tastings. There are quite a lot of important decisions to be made, from the number of tiers to the cake stand, toppers, table, setting and decorations among others. However, all these decisions will ultimately rest on the type of wedding cake that you’re going to go for.

wedding-cake-and-cupcakes
Thankfully, the market is oozing with a wide variety of wedding cakes for you to choose from, the most popular type being the British fruitcake. Present in just about any English wedding, the wedding fruitcake has a rich, thick batter with delicious pieces of dried or fresh fruit that invade the palate with every bite. This wedding cake very often features a thick white royal icing but modern couples often go for red and white, pink, yellow, brown or even white and black icing.

Wedding cake decoration
Since the fruitcake is on the heavier side, more and more couples are embracing lighter and more delicate, albeit, complex flavours. Light Genoise is quite a common choice these days and such cakes are usually separated into various tiers with each tier bearing a different flavour. This way, the couple can, for instance, select chocolate for the first tier, vanilla for the second, peach mousse for the third and so forth. The traditional Royal Icing is also gradually being replaced by fondant or ganache frosting. However, Royal Icing is still being used to create those beautiful flowers, birds and other such intricate decorations that are commonly used to embellish wedding cakes.

Croquembouche
Couples who want to step out of the crowd and go for something more original may even go for an arrangement of dainty cupcakes stacked on top of each other. In fact, most French weddings completely omit the wedding cake and instead go for the traditional Croquembouche which basically consists of choux pastry balls bound together with woven caramel and burnt sugar. Highly classy and elegant, this typically French dessert can be enhanced by adding some sugared violets here and there or by wrapping a thick, gleaming ribbon of semi-soft caramel around the entire arrangement.

Sugared flowers on wedding cake
Of course, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t defy tradition and go for the type of wedding cake which will reflect your personality. For example, if the couple is into Goth culture, they can always go for a Gothic wedding cake crafted in white, red and black or simply red and black.

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How to have your perfect “Something Blue” wedding

“Something old, something borrowed, something new, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe”
While this age-old adage is gradually losing its importance in the face of contemporary and sophisticated weddings, many brides still religiously adhere to the everlasting “something blue”, which according to many, is bound to bring prosperity and good luck to the newlyweds. So, what better way to enhance your “something blue” than to go for a blue wedding theme?

Bridesmaids in blue dresses
Don’t panic: going for a blue-themed wedding is much easier than it sounds and besides, it can be even more tasteful and elegant than traditional white weddings. The only rule to follow is not to go overboard. Indeed, don’t get carried away and drown your guests in violent splashes of restless blue. Instead, it’s always a good idea to break it up and create creative combinations of blue and other colours that complements this particular hue. For example, blue bridesmaids dresses are going to stand out even more if you dress the maid of honour in orange, yellow, brown or pink.

Blue Orchid Wedding Cake
Another way to incorporate a blue theme in your wedding day is to go for an aquamarine-tinted wedding cake. If you want, you can go for an all-blue cake, but by the same token, don’t hesitate to break it up by adding some white and yellow sugared roses. Alternatively, you can ask your baker to create a several-tiered cake with a different shade of blue for each tier. An ombre look would also look quite magnificent on a wedding cake.

blue wedding dress
If you’re the type of ultra-contemporary and sophisticated bride who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and explore new fashion avenues, why don’t you go for a royal blue wedding gown? This can be quite a striking look, especially if paired with a diamond and pearl tiara and matching earrings. Ladies who want a more toned down look, however, can go for the traditional white frock but with a dark blue dress tail to complete the look. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to incorporate other blue touches in the likes of a blue sapphire hair comb, deep blue shoes or blue jewellery and accessories.

Blue wedding shoes
Of course, it wouldn’t hurt if the groom would wear a dark blue tie or even a blue tux as well. Blue bridesmaids dresses are also extremely popular in these aptly-themed weddings. In fact, a particularly nice look would be to dress the bridesmaids in satin blue dresses with clashing accessories such as sunshine yellow earrings and the likes. The couple can even opt for turquoise organza for the wedding flavours and blue cocktails for the wedding toast. A blue wedding invitation will also be a classy and original touch to the overall wedding.

Blue wedding invitations

 

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A few special touches to make your guests feel welcome

Weddings are all about the bride and groom. That’s a given. Yet, there are quite a few friends and relatives who took the time and effort out of their own busy schedules to attend your special day. So, it’s quite important to make them feel as welcome and comfortable as possible. A few snacks, some beverages and a charming mini hand fan are all among the various items that will enhance the comfort of just about any wedding guest.

Guests attending wedding
Yes, there certainly will be cocktails after the ceremony. Still, if you’re planning a backyard, beach or any other outdoor wedding on a scorching summer’s day, it’s always a good idea to provide your guests with some refreshing beverage of some sort which they can sip on during the actual ceremony. After all, wedding etiquette dictates that you make your guests feel as welcome and comfortable as you possibly can and you wouldn’t want them to dribble with sweat as they watch you exchange vows, would you? Fancier beverage options include mini bottles of deliciously chilled champagne or refreshing cocktails in the likes of Pina Coladas or Mojitos. But, if you’re on a limited budget, don’t worry: even a small bottle of cold water will do the trick. Placing a vintage hand fan or sunglasses on the seats will also help to keep wedding guests cool during a summer or spring wedding.

Chocolate snacks for wedding guests
Similarly, if you’re planning a winter wedding, don’t hesitate to present your guests with hot beverages before they take their seats. The most popular options include mulled wine or cider, hot whiskey, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. If you want, you can even throw in a small square of dark chocolate to nibble on during the ceremony.

Decorated wedding chairs
Of course, it’s also extremely important to select adequate seats for your guests, especially if you’re going to have a long ceremony. We all know that wedding chairs tend to get comfortable after half an hour. So, if the ceremony’s going to be longer than that, it’s recommended to invest in some comfortable chair cushions. Plastic or wooden seats are certainly less hard and more comfortable than iron ones. To add a festive look to the entire affair, you can also use glittery organza and bows to decorate the chairs- or pews if you’re getting married in a church. Another nice touch would be to hang a small potpourri or bouquet on the back or side of the chair for the guests to take home after the wedding.

Wedding cocktail

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Posted in Etiquette & GuestsWedding Planning on Dec 24th,2013
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A brown chocolate theme wedding for Chocoholics

Your wedding day is all about you. So, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t incorporate your personality in the overall ceremony and reception. In fact, chocoholics can very easily bring a brown, chocolate-infused theme to their wedding by making just a few inexpensive adjustments. Don’t worry: there’s no need to break the bank. Just be sure to use as much creativity and imagination as you possibly can!
So, scroll down to learn how to very easily bring a brown, chocolate-like theme to your wedding.

Chocolate Fountain
Wedding Cake versus Chocolate Fountain
When going for a brown wedding theme, most couples usually decide to go for a chocolate cake. While there’s certainly no lack of brown wedding cakes on the market, you can add a more original twist to your special day by skipping the cake in favour of a glorious chocolate fountain. A few delicious dipping options would be marshmallows, sugar crackers, waffles, apple slices or more elegantly, strawberries.

Brown wedding cake
If you can afford it, then by all means never hesitate to go for both a brown wedding cake as well as the chocolate fountain- two elements that are definitely going to impress your friends and relatives. It may sound quite unconventional but if you- and your husband to be- are absolute chocolate fanatics, you may even replace the customary champagne by tall, chilled glasses of chocolatini.

Brown Bridesmaid dresses
Bridesmaids or Wedding Dresses
The easiest way to incorporate a brown chocolate theme to you wedding would obviously be through the bridesmaids or Maid of Honour dresses. Classy and stunningly sophisticated, brown bridesmaid dresses can even be worn again for cocktail or garden parties. If you’re feeling particularly daring, don’t hesitate to go for a chocolate brown wedding dress. Effortlessly elegant, these wedding dresses have the advantage of easily concealing any unruly bulge or wobble which can be quite visible with white and clingy wedding gowns.

Traditional Indian attire for grooms
If you’re hesitant about going for an all-brown wedding frock, why don’t you play up the colours by going for a part white, part brown dress? In fact, daring brides can even select a glittery brown and red wedding dress which is guaranteed to impress your guests. A more toned down look would be to go for an all white wedding dress with a brown dress tail or hem. Obviously, we shouldn’t neglect the groom either: If you want your man to be dressed in something more exciting than a regular brown tux, a particularly exotic touch would be for him to wear a long brown Sherwani, which is the traditional Indian wedding attire for men.

Brown table setting
Table setting and wedding favours
As far as the reception goes, a brown and white theme would look absolutely divine, especially if you go for dark brown furniture and break it up with cream, ecru, white or ivory tablecloths. Throw in a few striped white and brown napkins and you’re ready to wow everybody! Just be sure to avoid going all brown: this will certainly dampen the wow factor and look dull and boring instead of fresh and eye-catching.
It’s also quite easy to go for brown wedding favours: compact mirrors in the shape of cookie cutters, chocolate fudge or chocolate squares or even coffee scented candles are your best options if you wish to provide your guests with a satisfying token to bring home.

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Posted in Brown Theme WeddingsWedding Theme on Dec 24th,2013