Weddings almost always have pink and glitters and silky dresses. Weddings always have fondant flowery cakes or cakes with fresh fruits. Weddings always have lace things and other lovely things. But, how many weddings have you been to that have featured plaid as their theme? Plaid weddings are truly unique. Adopt the theme and be one of the few who braved this theme. Challenging, it may seem, but once you got into it, you can think of elegant ways on how to incorporate plaid into your wedding. Here are a few tips to get you started.
On the Invites
It’s easy to add some plaid into your wedding. Pick out a color theme and a plaid paper as an accent to the invite. A few tricky typography and some minimalistic design are ideal for this type of invite. It will tone down the plaid accent. You don’t want to have many things going on in the invitation cards.
On the Menu
The menu can be instantly classic with a plaid accent on the sides. Like in the invitation, balance out the plaid with a simple font in monochromatic color. You can choose to have a square invite and have the plaid placed on the edges or just on the top and bottom part of the paper menu.
On the Wedding Cake
Fondant cakes are darn expensive, but they are a quick way of achieving cake sophistication so a lot of couples ship fondant icing. To keep the fondant icing on a minimum, you can ask your pastry chef to just build a plain fondant cake and cover up the sides with a plaid cloth. Add some flowers on top and viola – you have yourself an instant plaid cake.
On the Art Decors
Go creative on the art deco. Stitch on plaid hearts. Fold plaid napkins in creative origami. Make a plaid wedding garter. Create your own plaid wedding topper. Tie a plaid cloth around bottle candle holders.
On Your Bridal Entourage
Men can wear plaid ties and women can wear plaid shoes. Just pick ones which match the dresses and the theme of your wedding.
Yes, Even On your Wedding Gown
Brides who go for country weddings can even wear plaid tops with their ruffled bridal skirt. It’ll be charming and alluring and with all that country charisma. You can opt to tie around the waist for a clean clothing division and end with a huge bow at the back.
Simplicity is beauty as they say. Sometimes, the way to a sophisticated elegance is to tone things down a bit without having to secretly scream out cheap. There’s a fine line between borderline classy simple and effortlessly cheap and a wise lady ought to know where that line lies. Going minimalist on your wedding can cut your budget, but know how to add some fine touch to every single detail. Read on how.
The Bridal Look
To achieve a bridal finesse while donning your wedding gown, make sure that your minimalistic dress would be flowy, divinely white and crisp. Integrate subtle accessories like a silver studded belt or sparkly earrings. Also, remind your makeup artist that your aiming for simplicity. Do away with dark hues and stick with bronzes or pinks. However, double check if you’ll look too pale in your artist’s rendition.
The cake do take away everyone’s attention at some point of your reception program and it’s important that your cake look deliciously dainty. You need not adorn your cake with expensive fresh flowers or luscious seasonal fruits. A classically designed fondant cake would do. Add some classy accessories and a single flower and you’re done.
You know very well that fresh flowers don’t come cheap. They are imported from other countries and they demand care for them to be able to exude their fancy aura during the wedding. Yes, they’re bratty. Now that you have a modern minimalist wedding, then you have a fine excuse to pick the tiny kinds or even some artistic garden ferns. A lone flower in a mason jar is already delectably cunning for a minimalist wedding. Just right.
Don’t go fancy on the invites. After all, the modern art says the letters can do it all. Typography is a powerful thing nowadays. Keep them hanging and keep them interested by providing the only needed details on your invites. Save some space. Let the letter breathe.
The Table Setting
The reception is better off with hues limited to 2 to 3. For a clean look, you can go with white, grey and some crystal clears. Have only the needed utensils on top of the tables and nothing more.
Can’t get enough of Catching Fire? Well then, don’t wait for next year’s Mockingjay. Extend a show for your guests to see during your wedding. Make the wedding that didn’t happen in the fictional story. Move over, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, you and your groom will nail that fictional Hunger Games Story 2.5. Here are some ideas for your Hunger Games inspired wedding.
Stunning Bridal Dress
Being a die-hard Katniss fan, you really would want to mirror her character in one of her glorious moments. To do just that, why not have the transforming wedding dress created especially for you? Well, you need not a real life Cinna, you just need a cunning fashion designer to infuse that hint of flames and bird-like wedding gown beneath. You certainly could play with the colors.
Braids for Everybody
Remember how President Snow’s little girl in the movie mentioned that everybody in her class wear braids because of Katniss? You are not an exception. Braid your hair and let it dangle on one side. If you have short hair, you could always look for braided hair extensions. Require your bridesmaids to do this too.
Mockingjay Art Deco
A great deal of symbolism can be found on the mockingjays in the movie. Thus, they should be present in your wedding too. You could use them as background details for your photo backdrop. You could even have custom-made pins to be the men’s boutonniere.
Cuffs and Feathers
A theme is always built up in the details. So, on your Hunger Games inspired wedding, you could translate your accessories into Hunger Games details. You can wear cuffs with an arrow-scribed design. You could also have feathers on your hair, or on the reception table or on the wedding invites.
Another great detail that your wedding shouldn’t miss is the arrow. It is Katniss’ undying symbol of strength. Have arrows as designs on your cake toppers, wedding invites, pouches and even bouquets.
Seal the Hunger Games deal with your wedding food. Serve old school pies, nuts, jams, breads and berries. Assure them the berries aren’t poisoned. Your cake would be the ultimate food topper. Have a rustic wedding cake with icing twigs and berries.
When you think of weddings, what color pops out of your mind? Pink? Yellow? Light blue? Have you ever been to weddings that feature a dark palette? Dark weddings are unlikely that’s why only individualists and modish people go for them. Having a dark wedding palette doesn’t necessarily translate to a gothic-themed one. You can go sultry or modern with a dark wedding palette. Here are 5 classy dark palettes which you could use for your own wedding.
Dark Blue and Gold
A promising sophisticated wedding should better have dark blue and gold hues on it. The mere thought of dark blue invites with a metallic gold print speaks allure. Bridesmaid dresses are best designed in glittery textiles – in varying hues of dark blue, gold and pale yellow.
Purple is the color of royalty. It would be the color of a dragon if they exist. Purple is fierce and sexy. So, why not have a deep purple palette for your modern wedding? Use velvety textiles for your dresses to exaggerate appeal. Hairstyles are strictly buns only made in a sleek way. Dark eye makeup should also be imposed to achieve a couture look.
Dark Red Palette
If traditional is not in your cup of plate, then these Vera Wang inspired dark red palette would surely keep you on the tab to go for this palette. Dahlia to Crimson to Vermilion and Cardinal – irresistible opulence. Your bridal march will surely be likened to a fashion runway show if you go for this palette.
Espresso to Peach
Sultry and sophisticated, the espresso to peach wedding palettes imposes a professional and independent charm. A bushy wedding dress in espresso is whimsically dark so balance out with the lighter hues of lemon curds and canvas. This palette is perfect for a wedding in Europe where traditions never go really old.
Dark Chocolate Browns
Having an autumn wedding, but wouldn’t want to go all orangey? A smart decision is to go with dark chocolate browns and copper tones. Compliment Mother Nature’s rusty looks with your sophisticated browns. This dark color palette would surely work for an outdoor wedding too.
There are tons of wedding themes to choose from, but if you want to go with classic sophistication, then you should make yours a black and white stripe wedding. Black and white may be the plainest of all colors, but when paired together, you should watch out for the eventual magic the duo can bring. Know how you can achieve this kind of charm below.
Striped dresses can be oh-so stunning if the styling is done right. It’s so Audrey Hepburn. Timeless classic, full blown refinement. You can talk to your fashion stylist regarding the style and textile that you want to pursue. You can choose between wide stripes and thin stripes. Wide stripes are ideal for modish, simple cuts. With thin stripes, you can do a lot of styling, arranging stripes on multiple ways for that chic look. For color accents, you can wear solid-colored shoes.
Another subtle way to integrate black and white stripe into your wedding is through paper straws. You can use them on water bottles, beverages and colored drinks. You can even cover an apple candy stick with it for some style.
Integrate the black and white style into your wedding signage – table numbers, reception directions, table reservations and guest book lists. It will give out a sort of retro glam.
For a unique wedding cake, you could have a three-layer vertical striped cake. Simple, yet voguish. For some accents, you could line some white flowers on each layer base.
An easy way to style your wedding tables is by having a black and white table mantle or just a striped table liner on the center. The choice is entirely up to you. You could also make use of solid black kitchenwares – black plates, black spoon and fork. You could tie a white ribbon or some white accent just to break out the monotony.
Overhead curtains can cheer up a rather empty reception room. Line up some lights along the curtains and you’re good to go. You wouldn’t need a huge chandelier to light up the entire room.
Wherever your partner is, there you are. You constantly fly over him and he does the same with you. It’s as if you two are like behaving as if you’re imaginarily cased together – in a good way. Your laugh is his early morning churp. If that’s the case, then a love bird-themed wedding is the perfect choice for you two. This would be more perfect if you’re having a suburban location so that the overall feel of the even is quite rustic, homey and most of all, romantic. So, here are little ways on how to nail that love bird theme wedding.
Send Out the Churps
Of course, include that bird flair into the invitations. Have bird silhouettes flock all over the invites. Add a bird cage for that whimsical and feminine aura. A party is only as good as the mood that you set, so better take your chance upon a great wedding by setting the mood with the invites.
One of the pictures that you should never miss on your wedding is your wedding portrait. Stay away from the usual, boring shots. Integrate your theme into the picture so that decades after, you still get to remember the wonderful details about your wedding. Have your picture taken on with a natural environment as a backdrop. Include some typography too, say, the words, “love birds”.
And since sparrows and hummingbirds are your wedding peg, why don’t you have feather hair accessories to make the bridesmaids look as lovely as the little chirpers. There are lots of feather hairs that you could choose from online. You can have the feathers in every style and color there is. Just make sure that the color and style do match their dresses otherwise, they would look so much lesser than adorable.
Have numbers engraved into a bird cutout and make it into your wedding reception table numbers. You can ask someone to make this out for you. Bird cut outs are usually retro-istic that you can do a lot of things with it. For DIYers, you can cut out bird silhouettes out of pale-colored art papers and make it as a confetti. You could even make paper cranes and scatter them around the reception area or hang them around on the wall.
Other “Internesting” Details
For other interesting details, you could make use of nests – on tables or on wedding paraphernalia. Example, you could have a nest cuddle a soup of bowl, taking the Birds Nest Soup literally. You could have a nest integrated into the ring bearer’s pillow along with two little eggs, inside which are the wedding rings.
There’s nothing more romantic that to say your ‘I Do’ to the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with against the vermillion sun, setting beneath the horizon. For the beach bums out there, a summer wedding on the beach would be the greatest wedding ever. However, with all those pretty beach shades and vintage hues, how could you possibly ever decide on which to side on? Here are five sweet romantic beach wedding color theme which could get you started.
Coral and Teal
For a sweet and balanced effect, you could go with the coral and teal style. The calming blue shade would even out the saccharine sweetness that the color coral can induce. You can playfully accent with white if everything becomes so colourfully congested. Teal and coral wedding accents aren’t hard to find. You can find ready-to-use wedding paraphernalia like paper straws, ribbons, floral cake toppers and many more in those colors.
Yellow and Green
For a vibrant and soothing aura, a yellow and green beach wedding would be energizing. Imitating the suns rays, the yellow will surely brighten up the mood of the guests. The green would be a nice contrast to the sand and the blue oceans. If bright hues of these colors seem to be disturbingly contrasting to you, then you could always go for ombre – olive green to the palest yellow. It would be interesting.
Blush and Toast
If you’re planning to go for a whimsical beach wedding, then you could go for the lighters shades of pink and brown. Think of moss beside blush. Add a touch of rose on gold accents. To play as the alpha dark color of a wedding palette, you could add in toast. The pale and subtle transitions of these shades will surely make your beach wedding fanciful.
Whip up some beach romance with moonstruck hues ranging from midnight blues, deep sea blues, dark browns and fancy pale greys. This would totally spell night time elegance on the seashore. For an even more sophisticated effect, you could make use of the magic of velvet textiles.
Green and Aqua
You could always go earthy with a beach wedding. Water and tree hues, represent. The combination of the color green and aqua brings with it an ever-calming effect, perfect if your wedding would start a little early in the afternoon.
Have you met your special someone while you were having a tanning session at the beach? Did you meet him while you were babysitting your nephew in his beach swim? Or did you meet one summer when you were out of town on a beach? Then you two definitely must have a beach wedding celebration. The fact that you two are now saying your I Do’s meant that you two didn’t take that beach meet up lightly. So, mean those vows and prepare a stunning altar for your wedding. Here are beach wedding altars which could ignite your creativity.
Wooden and Organic
For a simple altar, you could just put up some wooden poles, dress them up with white curtains and adorn with frail flowers. This look is easy to put up with. It will give you a relaxed feeling, that sort of fuzzy feeling when you are having marshmallows over the bonfire on the beach. However, make sure that the knots on the wooden poles are sturdy enough to stand the moderately strong breezes.
For a classic beach altar look, you could have a simple-design wooden altar painted all white. Your altar will have this clean and minimalistic finish. You could balance the whiteness with the colored chairs that you would be preparing for your guests though.
If you sweat easily enough and you would want to prevent the sun’s rays from kissing your skin on your wedding day, then you could have a custom-made beach gazebo made especially for your wedding. It should be made of light materials and should have an exposed sides so your guests could still see your dazzling faces.
Surf Wedding Altar
For the surfer lovers out there who are planning to have a surfing beach wedding, then you should definitely do a surf wedding altar. Plant two surfboards on the altar and adorn the bottom with flowers and local ferns. Be sure though to reinforce the surfboards. You wouldn’t want them to fall off during your wedding ceremony.
Beach Tree Wedding Altar
For the hopeless romantics and uncanny pairs, beach trees are actually amazing props to be used for your altars. They’re bare and lovely. You could hang on mason jars with candles insides or paper cranes or dream catchers on it. It will be totally adorable, charming and whimsical.
People ought to know that the guest list is not a party list. You just don’t get to invite colleagues to your wedding. The people who are supposed to be there on your wedding are family and close-knit friends – people who love you and your partner. With this, practical people who prefer to have an intimate wedding may find the idea of a backyard wedding attractive. First of all, it’s practical. You wouldn’t charge yourself for having your own wedding on your own place, right? And second of all, it’s DIY galore! Here are ideas on how to host that perfect backyard wedding.
The great thing with backyard wedding is practicality. And since a backyard wedding can be associated to rustic kind of wedding, you can use wheelbarrows as your drink cooler, wooden ladder as your flower holder and some barrels and a wooden plank as your food station. Also, the food ought to be served can be as simple as fruits-in-a-paper-bag kind of presentation. As long as you have done it uniquely and neatly, it’ll be cute and appropriate.
DIY Art Deco
Strings tied onto the neck of mason jars full of colored blooms is a charming sight. Tie it on trees and you got yourself a nice backyard wedding art. You could also have handwritten signage on wooden planks hung all over the place. You could also do some paper origami on nicely designed papers and hung them on a string. Make that line as aisle dividers or just some danglers on the reception area.
Your backyard is expected have at least one gigantic tree which towers over the entire area. You could hung framed pictures of you and your partner in there. Tie a ribbon just above the frame and you’re good. Organic and artsy – just brilliant.
Have a complete pictorial of the wedding entourage with a scenic backdrop. You may have an empty meadow near your place or just some spacious area with a nice background. At night, you could drape a blanket beside a tree, kiss at the back and have your kissing silhouette captured by the camera. It’s not only who you could do this; your couple guests can do theirs too.
The highlight of the backyard wedding is the nightfall scene when everything turns dark and the only ones that lit your little place are the hanging bulbs or Christmas lights. Cover trees with them. Place bulbs inside paper balls. Hang LED-lit balloons as chandeliers. Just light the place up and you’ll create a backyard wedding magic.
Getting married in a vineyard means having far-reaching rows of grapes in a bucolic setting as your backdrop. The romance quotient is definitely way up there for vineyard weddings. Find a sweet little vineyard tucked in the hillside with old oak trees and rolling lawns speckled with roses and lavenders and lots of soothing green.
For the vineyard wedding color scheme, it should definitely be pops of bright colors — like a rich romantic lovely shade of ruby red. It’s perfect for a vineyard wedding. Bright plum with ivory is another gorgeous combination. Although soft pastels like soft cream, metallic silver, baby pale pink and muted green are dazzling color choices.
The bride will surely look smashing in a classic, simple and sophisticated vineyard wedding dress with a surprising little element like a girlish ribbon at the natural waist. Tiny jewels and floral embroideries will add a beautiful touch to this gorgeous gown in a princess skirt.Pick out sweet and simple and fragrant flowers for the bride’s bouquet. Mix in roses, tuberose, and dahlias. Hypericum berries will give dimension to the boutonnieres.
Decking out the place is easy – Candlelight is gorgeously romantic. Dot the surrounding areas with lots of candles. Make sure the candles are sheltered from the breezes with a votive or hurricane lamp. Hang strings of lanterns and glittering lights. Prettify long rows of tables with recycled vintage champagne corks. Wrap each cork with a satin ribbon – use them as guest name cardholders. Bottles of wine to be given away as party favors will also add glam on your table settings. Add customized letterpress labels with your names and wedding date and venue on the wine bottles.
Serve food that goes perfectly well with wine. Pick out a tiered wedding cake adorned with fresh grapes or flowers. Choose a gastronomical delight – like chocolate cake with some spicy kick like cinnamon-chocolate stuffing or chili-soaked chocolate ganache. Make dessert interesting by adding chocolate-dipped figs soaked in brandy.
Remember, chocolate and wine is an awesome combination. However, don’t just serve champagne and wine, pass along non-alocholic herb and fruit punches to the wedding guests.As an added party favor, give each guest some chocolates packed in small pretty hand-wrapped boxes. Add your favorite romantic quote—tie it with a twine. Or you can give away small bottled wines from the vineyard itself!Of course, make sure everyone dances the night away so your guest wouldn’t mind the chill the night breeze brings in the vineyards.