If you’re lucky enough to have your dream wedding on the beach, there are so many amazing photo opportunities. I’m sure that your photographer will have a few up his or her sleeve, but here are a few of my favorite. Just think of the sand as your canvas and get creative!
No matter the hue, purple has a mystical feel that naturally pairs nicely with green. You can choose colors on the brighter side of the color wheel, such as lime green and violet, for a fun whimsical touch, or softer colors, such as lavender and honeydew, for a softer romantic quality.
Fortunately, purple and green flowers and foliage are very abundant, making it easy to decorate your wedding ceremony and reception in these colors. Some of my favorite purple flowers and plants are hydrangeas, daisies, carnations, hibiscus, and lavender. Other plants, such as succulents and artichokes, are excellent, too, because they are green with varying purple accents. Choosing lighter green flowers and leafage to go with your purple flowers will give you the highest contrast.
See how combining soft purple and green wedding colors (like the inspiration board shown below) creates a little more of an enchanting and romantic feel? You might also want to consider adding a blush or soft pink to your color theme:
Succulents make for amazing table centerpieces, wedding favors, and bouquets for a purple and green wedding color theme:
Believe it or not, artichokes and other veggies can also make for beautiful accents in your flower arrangements and reception table centerpieces. Artichokes with the purple tinged leaves mean that they’re over ripe, but perfect for decorating!
Fruit is another pleasant way of decorating your wedding – just think blackberries, plums, grapes, or green apples! Click here for some more fruit wedding favor ideas.
Tissue paper poms-poms are the most affordable wedding decoration while still making a big impression with lots of visual interest. They are available in just about ever color and shade, and have become popular hanging over the dessert buffet, strung from trees, or hanging from the rafters at an indoor wedding:
Paper lanterns make for brilliant splashes of color and whimsical lighting:
With dessert buffets and gourmet cupcakes being the highlight at many weddings, cupcake wrappers are the supreme way of dressing up your cupcakes:
Check out these mismatched green and purple parasols! What a great photo opportunity:
Your wedding invitations and save the date cards are the prelude of what’s to come, and I’ve found some of the most adorable purple and green wedding invitations and stationery from Wedding Paper Divas:
With her unparalleled style and incredible sense of luxury, Amanda Garrett has captured the hearts and appreciation of many brides. She has revolutionized the traditional approach to bridal wear with stylish, contemporary, and romantic styles.
Her Snowflake Gown is one of my favorite designs; a shimmering mermaid silhouette with vintage style cap sleeves, a delicate low back, adorned with glamorous beads and sequins.
If you’ve read any of my other posts, you may already know that I have a bit of a burlap obsession. I’m not sure why, but I love the warm and earthy feel. Pairing this neutral color with a splash of raspberry brings it to life; adding a cheerful, lighthearted, whimsical feel. I also love the addition of blush because every wedding needs a bit of romance, right?
I suppose you could also go “Very Berry” with every color in the berry spectrum–just think: strawberry, blueberry, cherry, blackberry–Oh yes, add some purples and reds to the mix. It’s so fun and fitting for a spring or summer wedding!
Raspberry & Burlap Wedding Color Scheme
I think peach is the elegant and grown up version of pink; perfect for a bride’s dream wedding. This color combination also reminds me of an orange cream ice cream pop, yum!
Combine a couple of different shades from this color palette and you’ve got a unique color theme to call your own. It also makes for an easy dessert buffet. Who wouldn’t want to dig into a Peaches and Cream wedding cake?
Wedding cake trends have certainly changed over the years, but the array of options keeps widening, leaving even more creativity and thought to be put into choosing and designing a wedding cake in 2012.
I’ve found the new wedding cake trends to be ultra-chic and romantic, but yet on a more simplified side. Instead of the big white cake with ornate iced flowers and leaves, brides are choosing a cake based on their overall wedding theme and going from there. Fortunately, modern brides aren’t necessarily as traditional as they have been in the past, leaving dessert options open to more than just a wedding cake.
Candy bars have become very popular at wedding receptions, leaving a taste of something for everyone; cupcakes, pies, pastries, pudding, cookies, brownies, fresh fruit with chocolate fondue, etc.
With these other options, an enormous wedding cake might not be as necessary. Many brides are choosing smaller, all-buttercream cakes because they are undeniably heavenly on the palate and can hold up just fine on a smaller than traditional cake. Despite these modern trends, the drama of a tiered wedding cake is still the prevailing preference; after all, the cake is the centerpiece at your wedding reception, and is certainly a piece of art. You can still get the look of a towering wedding cake without all of the waste with the use of fake tiers. Or, you can also put your cake on a beautiful stand to add to the height, drama, and excitement.
The new look in wedding cakes has become more rustic, vintage and chic with simple designs instead of the busyness you’ve seen in the past, but with one grand detail such as a large single flower, a small eye popping splash of color, or trimming it with simple ribbons and pearls. I anticipate that a vintage design with one intricate detail will continue to be a classic look throughout 2012 and years to come.
I’ve always liked the look of a monochrome wedding cake, but with simple color choices, and preferably just two; maybe black and white monochrome with a single purple flower or small cluster of fresh fruit, for example.
If you are like most brides, you want your cake to reflect your personality in some way,making it even more memorable. When it comes to designing your wedding cake, the only opinion that matters is your own, so go for it, and let your creative side shine!
Along with the design, comes the creativity in the wedding cake flavor. Yum! Click here to see my list of unique wedding cake flavors. My personal favorite is lemon blackberry cake covered in a cheesecake icing. That flavor combination will get me going back for seconds every time.
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The Perfect Duo
Country casual meets sexy & sophisticated – the perfect combo! A burlap and lace wedding seems to be the perfect combination, almost representing the rough and rugged side of the groom , and elegant and feminine side of the bride. A simple and ultra-romatic parity for a wedding.
Burlap & Lace Inspiration
Who would ever think that combining burlap and lace would make for such an elegant pairing, yet with a rustic and country chic touch. I love the earthy tones of the burlap and how the material is rough and imperfect. It makes the lace feel that much more delicate. The blend of burlap and lace wedding decorations looks particularly stunning for an outdoor or country wedding ceremony and reception.
Lace is a timeless material that will never go out of style. In fact, lace is being incorporating in many aspects of weddings, everything from the wedding dress to the wedding cake and decorations.
I’ve seen some pretty amazing creativity in brides lately, using lace appliqués on vintage mason jars and using them as vases, candle holders, and hanging lanterns. Or, better yet, creating their own lace balloons. This is kind of along the lines of the paper mache’ projects we did as children in grade school; gluing lace or doilies to round balloons with wallpaper glue, popping out the balloon, and then using them as hanging decorations and lamps. They look fabulous hanging from the ceiling or trees at your reception. Lace ribbon is also a cheap and easy way to integrate lace into your wedding theme. You can use it to trim the tables, vases, and other decorations.
Burlap is a woven cloth with a large weave pattern made from hemp, jute, or flax fibers. These plants are known for making a courser fabric with natural beige coloring. When most people picture burlap, they think of storage bags for grains or other materials. It is a green choice for brides because it is biodegradable and should eventually disintegrate without any harm to our environment.
As a wedding decoration, a burlap and lace table runner is the most popular use of burlap. It also looks fabulous wrapped around the stems of the bride’s and bridesmaids’ flower bouquets, as pouches for the wedding favors, surrounding jars and vases, as draperies, burlap chair sashes, and many other unique ideas. This wired burlap ribbon will make it easy to incorporate burlap into any aspect of the wedding decorations.
Burlap & Lace Stationery
I went on a hunt for wedding stationery that would work well with this theme and found the cutest burlap and lace wedding invitations, Save the Date cards, place cards and response cards from Wedding Paper Divas and Minted:
Yes, camping. Well, more like Glamping. This wedding theme idea may not sound very glamorous to you, but just imagine your friends and family at a 5 star camping ground with enchanting and urtra-luxe tents and dolled up cabins; all sitting around a camp fire after the ceremony.
I might be a little partial to this idea because my husband and I met at a summer camp about 15 million years ago. I’m thinking walks by the lake, a picnic style dinner, and S’mores. Hey, this isn’t for every bride, but it would definitely be a fun and memorable experience. Here are a few inspiring wedding boards to help you envision your own camp style wedding.
This first one from Glamour & Grace really takes my breath away. The bridesmaids’ forest green dresses, simple and rustic flower bouquets, and natural up-do’s were the perfect choice. Go check out the rest of the stunning photos here.
This one from Ruffled, combined the summer camp theme with a chic vintage appearance. They really set the stage for something laid back yet spectacular. Let’s just say, this outdoorsy couple really knows how to camp with style!
From Bridal Musings, this couple made an entire day out of it with fun activities; swimming in the lake, a picnic lunch, canoeing, and a ropes course! What a great way to get all of your loved ones together for a day full of fun and happy memories.
Talk about the ultimate rustic camp wedding, this couple used a medieval catapult for their bouquet toss! All of the wedding decor, although spectacular, was DIY. It sounds like the bride had a lot of fun planning her wedding. Go check the details over at Green Wedding Shoes.
This artistic couple from New York planned a weekend for their friends and family to relax and have fun. Although unconventional, I love the idea of making your wedding day yours. Hop on over to Green Wedding Shoes to see more photos and wedding details.