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It’s Still A Nice Day For a White Wedding

There are so many great wedding color scheme options out there that I sometimes forget that more than a few brides want to be married in (and around) white. The same thing happens when it comes to so-called traditional wedding options. I have a tendency to focus on the more usual types of wedding cakes or dessert tables or reception decor, when the fact is that tradionalesque wedding accessories and decor are always popular. As a means of beginning to correct this oversight, here is some inspiration for those considering a white wedding.

white wedding dessert table

First, the dessert table. Isn’t it lucky that icing sugar, big balloons, and serving platters still come in white? The creamy hydrangeas in the background aren’t exactly white-white, but I think they’re in keeping with the theme.


Orange: It’s Not Just for Halloween Anymore

My mother always said orange was her favorite neutral. If there’s one thing I learned at her knee, it was that her eye for color was impeccable. These days, orange is my favorite neutral, too.

Oh I know it’s a bright, aggressive color. I know a little can go a long way. I also know it goes with and brings out the best in a wide variety of colors. I also know it’s a wonderful color for a happy celebration like a wedding.

Not convinced? Take a look under the cut at the cheery gallery of orange wedding details I’ve put together. Please note that there is not a single one that looks like Halloween.


Inspiration: Yellow, Green, and Teal

New England photographer Anne Ruthmann specializes in emotional and artistic photojournalism, and she’s good. Really good. Plus, the inspiration boards she creates from the weddings she has shot are none too shabby!


I have fallen way in love with this yellow, green, and teal wedding palette Ruthmann put together. This is a great color scheme for a summertime wedding, for those of you reading who are a year away from saying your vows, because it pairs so well with lush greenery and pretty whites. But it would also work well in springtime when all the wonderful tiny yellow flowers appear everywhere as if by magic. If you’re worried about overdoing it, don’t be. The green is a great foil for the teal, which otherwise might be a tad overwhelming, no matter what the season.

LOVE/HATE: The Over-the-Rainbow Edition

Most brides, when choosing their wedding colors, go in for two, three, or sometimes four colors, with some variations on the theme for a little extra pizazz. Rainbow isn’t a popular wedding color scheme, though some brides do choose it and when they know what they’re doing, damn, does it look good! Even fewer go in for a psychedelic rainbow color scheme, though I’ve found the perfect wedding flowers for those who do.


My first thought upon seeing a snapshot of Happy Roses somewhere was “Shopped!” But no, these petals are on the level — what you see is pretty much exactly what you get, thanks to a special watering technique. Remember coloring carnations or celery stalks with food color infused agua in grade school? It’s kind of like that.

The Happy Roses are placed in special water. Different substances are dissolved in this water. The rose branch absorbs this water as part of a natural process. This is what changes the colour of the petals. What makes Happy Roses unique is that the inventor has managed to colour a few petals, for example, yellow, whilst at the same time other petals colour differently, for example, blue, orange or lilac. It even proved possible to achieve a range of different colourings in the flower, which as it were fan around one another. This resulted in these unique, colourful and cheerful roses.

So love? Hate? I vote LOVE, just because the bouquet and the centerpieces are so wonderfully eye-catching. As La BellaDonna likes to remind me, “More is more,” and these definitely fall into the more category. What say you?

In Praise of Purple

Anyone who knows me knows I love purple. I even have purple carpet in my bedroom. True story. So yes, I’m happy with the current popularity of purple in weddings.

If you’re as in love with purple as I am, you might want to use a bit in planning your wedding. After all, there’s a lot you can do with it.

Flowers are an obvious place to start. Of course, there are a lot of different directions to go with it. You could choose something regal:



When Life’s a Beach, Dress for It

Beach weddings are hugely popular. There’s a good reason for this. What could be more festive than sun, sand, blue water, and a big party?

But if a beach wedding is popular, it’s also a bit tricky when it comes to clothes. After all, traditional wedding clothes are all about pomp and circumstance, while beaches are all about relaxing. Yes, you could get married in swimwear. There’s no law against it. You could get married in a strapless, satin, beaded gown with a cathedral train and a big hoop.

There is, however, a path down the middle that makes for a pretty, dignified, fun, festive day and an album full of fabulous pictures. Here are a few tips on choosing just the right look for your big day on the beach.


Pink Is for Girls, Blue Is for Brides

Have a girl baby, get gifts, find yourself in a wonderland of pink, pink, pink. That’s the world I’m living in right now, and I’ve never been *that* partial to pink, particularly when it comes to the baby variety. Ditto for baby blue and variations thereof. If those are among your favorite hues, I do apologize, but I personally prefer a palette with a tad more saturation like these from Bespoke Events London.

blue wedding

While this afternoon wedding does look a bit like my daughter’s wardrobe, the depth of color in the tablecloth, vases, and the chairs offset the lighter pinks and purples found in the floral centerpieces. Overall the effect is very warm and feminine without being juvenile.

pink wedding

This evening wedding, on the other hand, is icy cool and very sophisticated. The low blue lighting mirrors the darkness outside and ensures that the silver centerpieces really sparkle.

Both are lovely, don’t you think?

As an aside, Bespoke Events London is the keeper of something they call “The Secret Collection,” an exclusive range of changing secret venues discoverable only by geographical coordinates for the ultimate in discretion and privacy. I can’t imagine ever receiving a wedding invitation with GPS coordinates instead of a proper address, but it could be fun for a theme wedding where the majority of the invitees were technologically savvy.

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