Inspiration of the Week: Beautiful Centerpieces

This week’s inspiration [of the week] ideas focus on beautiful centerpieces-  centerpieces in different trendsetting colors schemes. There will be no all-white arrangements here…

Today: coral and green. I love that this color has been big this year because that was my color scheme almost 2 years ago! Oh, how time flies. Needless to say, I love it when done right. I think it is also important to add a tertiary color as well. Many florists will agree for reception centerpieces, to add depth like in the lovely third and fourth centerpieces. But are these first two centerpieces great or what?



Tropical Yellow and Peach centerpiece

Hawaii Tropical Centerpiece and Tablescape

[image credit: centerpiece 1+ 2 Empty Vase, centerpiece 3+4 tic-tock couture florals]

Inspiration: Red + Aqua/Tiffany Blue

I have recently become a huge fan of the red + aqua/Tiffany blue color combination. And, since I have had inquiries about color ideas for events, I thought I would show you all some of my favorite images and ‘stuff’ in these colors. Like what you see? Check out the Web sites + Etsy shops. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Red and aqua tiffany blue wedding and event inspiration

[image credit: pendant - Etsy; fabric card - Etsy; save the dates - Etsy; guest book - Martha Stewart Weddings;   poppy cards - Etsy; bridesmaid dress - J.Crew; red velvet cupcake -Food Network; ties - Etsy; tablescape - Martha Stewart Weddings; cosmo - cocktail times; tiffany blue + red cupcakes - Crumbs and Dollies; custom m&ms- M&M; aisle runner flowers and place card table - Bastian + Skoog; napkins - Etsy; red polka dot paper - Paper Source]

Inspiration of the Week: Oh So Not Traditional

Did you know? White wasn’t always a commonplace bridal gown color? In short, it started when Queen Victoria walked down the aisle in white. Before then, brides wore their most flattering gown or their favorite dress no matter the color…This post is for you brides out there who just don’t see yourself wearing a white gown on your wedding day. And, there is nothing wrong with that.
Sarah Jessica Parker wore black for her wedding as did Jennifer Connelly. For Miranda in a ‘Sex and the City’ episode, a white dress was out of the question, so she opted for a long dark dress as well. My maternal Grandmother didn’t wear white on her wedding day either. And, Gwen Stefani’s gown faded up from pink at the bottom…
Gwen Stefani

More and more brides {+ designers} are opting for color in their bridal gowns…

Reem Acra Bridal 2

Reem Acra Bridal
Reem Acra 4 Reem Acra Bridal 3

Kenneth Pool… Monique Lhuillier…
Light Lilac Kenneth Pool Wedding Dress
Monique Lhuillier Bridal

Monique Lhuillier 5 Monique Lhuillier

Vera Wang…
Vera Wang Dress Vera Wang dress 2

“It’s a nice day to start again…It’s a nice day for a white wedding”

Inspiration of the Week: Colors + Color of the Year…

This week's inspiration will be color inspiration + hot colors this year…

Pantone selects Mimosa as color of the year for 2009.

Mimosa color

And, since I have received quite a number of inquiries about color inspirations, I went ahead and made an inspiration board with a color that I think pairs well with MiMoSa or other yellow/orange tones- GrAy. This look is oh so CiTy appropriate!

Gray and yellow grey and yellow city wedding inspiration board

Look for more of the inspiration of the week posts…all week long, as usual.

{Image credit: Cab- Freefoto.com Chicago L- Freefoto.com, ribbon-Paper Source, anemone centerpiece- The Knot, citrus centerpiece + cake- Martha Stewart Weddings,  dress, earrings + shoes – J.Crew, orchid bouquet- Flickr/ Old Town Florist Weddings}

B{eautiful}ridesmaids Dresses

In my last post I mentioned The Dessy Group bridesmaids dresses and how they are one of my faves for bridesmaid dresses. So it is no wonder that I adore these styles…

I’ll give you a clue, one is perfect for a modern wedding {or even a preppy wedding} and the other is perfect for a girl who wants that wonderfully romantic wedding.

From the Lela Rose bridesmaid collection by The Dessy Group...

Lela Rose Style LR109
Lela Rose Style LR109 -1

I like the tuxedo-esque top.

Lela Rose LR100
Lela Rose Style LR100

The flower neckline is adorable.

{Image credit: Lela Rose Bridesmaid}
{Styles top to bottom: Lela Rose LR109, Lela Rose LR100}

Inspiration: Coral + Dark Tiffany Blue…

I love the color coral and the dark tiffany blue pairing. One of the things I love about it is that it is bright without being too much and can be formal or less formal depending how it is done. As mentioned in a previous post, my bridesmaids wore coral and we continue to get compliments on the color that looked good on all my bridesmaids. So, maybe I am a little biased but I know I am not the only one who loves coral…

So, {despite the blog not focusing on inspiration boards} I made an inspiration board to better show the dressed up more formal (left side) and the less formal (right side) that the colors coral and the dark tiffany blue can be used for. I especially like the first picture to the left.

Coral and dark Tiffany Blue

{Image Credit: tent & tables- Project Wedding, dress- J.Crew, Butterfly Paper- Paper Source Candy bar table- Amy Atlas, all others- Martha Stewart Weddings}

Inspiration of the Week: Wedding Reception Fabric Backdrops

A reader wrote to me asking for ideas and inspiration for a fabric backdrop to be hung in the reception space for her Illinois wedding. I think a nice fabric + lights (especially pin spot, up light or both) makes all the difference.

Purple velour 2

In this photo, the floral arrangement “bookends” help anchor the look.

Purple velourPink marroon and white backdrop
Different colored fabric + the height of the branch centerpieces – A+

Cake backdrop brown
Great way to emphasize the cake.

Purple wall floral bunch

Red wall

Check back soon for even more backdrop and reception space ideas…

{ Image credit: 1+2 Yvonne Design, 3 WeddingDecor.com, 4 Project Wedding, 5 Cynthia Martyn Event Planning & Design, 6 White Night Design, 5 Project Wedding, 8 Cynthia Martyn Event Planning & Design }

Color + Inspiration

I came across this Web site and design images in reading the Material Girls blog. I thought these offered great design inspiration both in terms of color and integrating and utilizing damask. Personally, it wasn’t until seeing some of these colors together, that I realized just how good they look! Think of substituting black for grey or tan. Another suggestion? Lace is BIG this season, so you can always add lace. throughout as well.




A Colorful Cocktail Hour – with Jones Soda

So, you want do have fun drinks… and thought it couldn’t hurt to have them in your wedding colors?
Jones soda is great. I went to a wedding that had the soda bottles in the wedding colors (orange and red) and what started out as decoration (all the colorful bottles lined up)… turned into a fun scene…everyone of all ages drinking their Jones soda.
There are a variety of colors/flavors you can get and they are
available by the 12-pack on the Web site.
There is even the cream soda, with a baby on the label, which could be perfect for a baby shower.

Trends in Wedding Shoes

A great way to add color is to have cute and colorful wedding shoes. Doing just that is becoming a hot trend this season. I was a traditional bride and wanted off white shoes to match my dress. I loved my shoes with the little crystal corset-type back, but if I were getting married this year, I would definitely have shoes with color.

I love these Solitaire shoes from Stuart Weitzman and would definitely have them if my colors consisted of pink. Check out the Web site for more styles and colors.

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