This romantic country chic wedding had some great details that included the use of burlap runners, chalkboard programs and menus, a pink candy buffet, kraft paper thank you notes and welcome bags. For those of you who are ‘eco-conscious’, using a chalkboard is a great way to avoid the expense and the waste of all the paper that’s usually thrown away at the end of the night.
Military weddings rule! Sure, there’s the obvious fact that seeing our men dressed in uniform is awesome but there’s also a handful of other traditions like the sword arch that ends with the bride getting a tap with the sword on her backside, the cake cutting with the sword and in the case of US Naval Academy grads, ending the wedding by singing “Navy Blue & Gold”, their school song.
My husband & I attended the wedding of a dear friend of ours in San Antonio earlier this month. The bride was so cool and laid back on her big day that I’d call her the antithesis of a bridezilla. I witnessed her being super gracious to her hair and make up people and completely unfazed when the floral hairpiece wouldn’t clip and she was unable to use it. I would describe her wedding as romantic country chic. Her bouquet had various shades of pinks and her bridesmaids were dressed in soft grey and green dresses.
Here are a some shots of the bride getting ready.
And some fun with the darth vader pinata to “take the edge off”
1. colored bridal gowns, mrs. timberlake made everyone turn heads when she opted for a non-white wedding dress
2. vintage (from jewelry to dresses), it’s all the rage
3. the color ‘mint’, it’s got such a calming cool feel to it… one of my favorite trends
4. lace and long sheer sleeves (thanks to Kate Middleton). lace and weddings always go together, it’s safe to say that this trend will never end.
5. wedding dresses with pockets, because why not? who doesn’t need an extra pocket!
6. soft loose wavy hairstyles that impart a more romantic feel
7. feathers makes a comeback, with a twist
8. garlands in hair and decor (you’ve seen it on HBO’s Girls)
9. virtual guests because you can. in the age of instagram, facebook, twitter, iPhone and iPads, this is easy to incorporate into your wedding day for those who truly can’t make it.
10. old world 1920’s glamour (inspired by Downton Abbey, Great Gatsby, art deco)
11. going green (reduce, reuse, recycle…it’s part of everyday life, why not a part of your weddings)
12. DIY ( check pinterest – need i say more?)
13. food trucks (it’s been a trend that hasn’t gone away)
14. artisanal items – jams, ice cream, beer… fabulous as party favors and a great way to support your local artisan
15. farm to table (healthy, fresh food straight from the source – LOVE IT!)
16. use of gold in invitations & silverware (bringing on the bling)
17. neutral color palettes (think modern minimalist grey and taupes that follow the interior design trends)
18. unique backdrops for visual interest or your photo booth (be creative)
19. the use of rainbow palettes (bring out your inner child)
20. lounge area for your guests to mingle
chocolate and tiffany blue color scheme, sweetheart & strapless neckline, ball gown skirts, damask, cupcakes, cake pops.
Are you going with any of these trends?
when i was planning my wedding, i used the color palette of my wedding to narrow down the choices of all the beautiful bouquet options that were out there. some brides choose to stick with cream and white bouquets, others like a pop of color. here’s an example of a few that i absolutely adore.
here’s my bridal bouquet.
although my bridal bouquet turned out really pretty, i was a lot less happy with the results of my bridesmaid bouquets. sorry bridesmaids. getting married on the dessert island of aruba kept my options limited so i chose to keep it simple. how will you decide on your wedding bouquet?