Sunny, fun and light-hearted yellow is the summery hue by default. Indeed, very few colors inspire such cheer and merriment, which is probably why it’s such a popular color for weddings. In fact, some cultures even consider yellow to be a representative of luck and wealth. In India, for example, brides are often decked up in shimmery yellow saris for a pre-wedding purification ceremony on the eve of the ceremony.
On the flip side, however, too much yellow can end up looking like Tweedy bird exploded all over the place. It’s important to create a homogenous look and make sure to balance this particular hue with other matching colors. So, if you have decided to go for a yellow-theme wedding, it’s not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with a few decorating ideas that will help you strike the right balance, without overdoing it.
For example, too many couples make the mistake of going for an all-yellow cake with even more yellow decorations thrust upon it. The final result is very rarely attractive: in fact, all this yellow ends up looking tacky and gaudy, rather than elegant and sophisticated. Therefore, to enhance your yellow theme wedding decor, it’s best to go for a plain white or turquoise cake and add a few yellow decorations around the cake. Less is definitely more in this case and you can be sure that the yellow decorations are going to stand out more and be much more noticeable against a contrasting backdrops. Large sugared yellow flowers placed over a white cake, for instance, will never fail to make quite a striking impression.
Another subtle way to add a touch of yellow to your wedding decor is to go for yellow-tinted food or drinks. In this case, you usually have two options: either go for natural yellow dishes or place some lemon wedges around the buffet table, or, don’t hesitate to add a few drops of yellow food coloring to your cocktails. Alternatively, to complement the yellow decor, you may even hang several strings of fairy lights right behind the buffet table.
The easiest and most noticeable way to enrich a yellow-theme wedding, however, is by creating a makeshift platform seating area where the bride and groom can sit after the ceremony. In this case, be sure to adopt a few contrasting colors that will enhance your primary hue. Lime green, purple, silver or even black are great colors that work superbly with yellow.
One of the easiest themes to pull off, a fall themed wedding is, without doubt, filled with the special type of coziness and merriment that only the withering autumn leaves can bring. With the alluring scent of Halloween and Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s no wonder that everyone is in a celebratory mood, hence resulting in quite a spike of ‘Save the Dates’ during this highly poetic season.
Best of all, this season provides you with one of the easiest catering options. Indeed, fall wedding buffets are practically brimming with an array of homely and highly cozy dishes that will make just about any guest feel welcome and at home. The first rule of the thumb, however, is to avoid any of the typical wedding meals. Filo pastries, tartlets, light cucumber sandwiches and other such finger wedding food are absolute No’s for your fall wedding buffet. Instead, you should stick to heartier meals that will reflect the overall fall mood and spirit.
Therefore, it’s never a bad idea to stick to the traditional Thanksgiving feast for your wedding reception- even if you do happen to be weeks away from Thanksgiving. This will instantly put your guests into a merry mood, hence taking the fun factor up by another notch. Think golden, crackling roast chicken or turkey, yams, mashed potatoes and cranberry dressing. Otherwise, you might even go for the traditional roasted honey and clove turkey alongside jacket potatoes and a nice coleslaw. These dishes will look particularly wonderful on your buffet table if you’re having a rustic or vintage wedding.
Dessert-wise, there certainly won’t be a lack of options for you to choose from. Slices of pumpkin or sweet potato pies will bring a pronounced fall theme to your wedding reception. To make your guests feel even more special, consider placing a pumpkin-flavored lollipop next to each table card. Don’t neglect the importance of a properly-themed decor either: this will bring a pronounced fall feel to your buffet table, even if you don’t go for the traditional meals.
Small pumpkins, dried fall leaves and other such ornaments can be placed all over the buffet table for some added panache. If you can’t find such ornaments, fret not. You can very easily dress up your buffet table in some fall-related color palette. Orange, brown and cream napkins and matching tablecloths will largely draw attention to the overall theme of the day.
Summer’s definitely the time when the flowers bloom, the birds chirp and everyone strolls out to enjoy the Great Outdoors. This is also one of the most popular seasons for weddings. Indeed, summer brings with it a sort of poetic joy and sense of contentment which no other season can bring.
However, the downside is that summer also rhymes with sweat. This is why it’s extremely important to take your guests’ comfort into consideration and add a pronounced touch of freshness to your summer wedding. After all, you want them to enjoy the ceremony and not melt into a puddle while you’re saying the vows. So, be sure to provide a lively summer wedding buffet which you can decorate with colorful touches and accents. Your buffet can contain a variety of light dishes and snacks such as garden salads, smoked fish, cookies, chicken salad and the likes.
As far as the dessert goes, steer clear from overly heavy and creamy dishes which will bring an uncomfortable overly full sensation to your guests. In fact, if you want to take the freshness factor up a notch, consider going for cooler treats such as frozen yogurt, ice cream, or even maybe some shaved ice. The caterers can take the cool desserts out of the kitchen in several batches to keep it from melting. If you’re not comfortable with these desserts, why not go for flans, chilled chocolate brownies or even cold chocolate mousse.
Bear in mind that alcoholic beverages tend to provide a slight warming effect as it goes down. Of course, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t serve wines, champagnes or liqueurs at the reception, but, it’s also a great idea to provide your guests with several types of non-alcoholic drinks that will keep them cool and fresh. Mint coolers, virgin coladas, milkshakes or even virgin mojitos are fantastic options for your teetotal drink list.
To take things up by another notch, be sure to place some self-serve juice bars all around the reception area. If you’re holding your wedding during tea-time, why not serve some iced Frappuccino, iced coffee or maybe a tall glass of perfectly chilled ice tea to your guests? Don’t neglect the buckets of ice cubes either: to really make an impression, you may even freeze some cubes of juice which will add extra flavor to the drinks. If you’re having an outdoors summer wedding, it’s also important to provide several bottles of mineral water for anyone who gets dehydrated.