I’ve always designed a wedding in a similar way to designing a brand. A wedding monogram is like a logo for your wedding. It is the perfect way to brand all the details of your wedding day, from stationery, signs, gifts, and even your cake.
I always say to my couples it is the easiest way to add a luxury feel to your wedding. Having your couple monogram and all of your on the day stationery adds that higher level of detail that high end weddings have.
In this blog post, I am going to break down what a monogram is, how to create your own for free, and some fun and unique ideas to include your logo throughout your wedding.
A wedding monogram, often formed from the couple’s initials, is a symbol that signifies their unity and forms a key element in wedding branding.
It personalizes various wedding aspects such as décor, invitations, and favors. Its integration across different elements of the wedding, from stationery to venue decorations, not only enhances the event’s aesthetic but also brings a consistent and unified theme. The monogram’s versatility allows it to adapt to any wedding style, be it classic or modern, ensuring every detail contributes to a cohesive and elegant celebration that mirrors the couple’s personality.
Wedding monograms are used for a variety of purposes in weddings, serving both aesthetic and symbolic roles:
The most common approach is to use the couple’s first initials, sometimes alongside the shared last name initial. Consider the visual symmetry and how the letters interact with each other. For example, if both initials are vertically symmetrical (like ‘M’ or ‘W’), they may pair well together. Alternatively, choosing just the shared last name initial can create a unified symbol of your new partnership.
The font and colors of your monogram should align with the overall style and theme of your wedding. For a classic and timeless look, opt for elegant script fonts. For a more modern wedding, a clean, sans-serif font can work well. The colors should complement your wedding color scheme. It’s often best to stick to one or two colors to maintain simplicity and elegance.
A well-designed monogram strikes a balance between being simple enough to be easily recognizable and elegant enough to add a touch of sophistication to your wedding elements. Avoid overcomplicating the design with too many colors or overly ornate fonts, which can detract from its readability and impact.
If your wedding has a specific theme or motif, such as floral, nautical, or rustic, consider subtly incorporating elements of this into your monogram design. This could be as simple as a small floral accent for a garden-themed wedding or anchor detailing for a nautical theme. The key is to keep these additions minimal so that the initials remain the focal point of the design.
Remember, your wedding monogram should be a reflection of your personal style and the tone of your wedding. It’s a symbol that will not only be a part of your wedding day but can also become a lasting representation of your union.
The easiest way to create your own wedding monogram or logo is to start with a template. You can use my free wedding monogram template. If it is not to your style though I have lots for sale in my shop or check out other template options online.
If you want to completely start from scratch set up a board with your wedding colors and any fonts and elements from your wedding stationery if you already have this. Follow the tips above and just remember less is usually better!
Click on the text box containing the initials and type in your initials. You will probably have to ungroup the monograms and move the initial around. This is the time to consider your initials and what will work best for you as a couple.
I do prefer first initials and then you can add your new second name, if changing. But for some people, this just does not work. You can do the one initial and have your names written. If you struggle you can get in touch and I am happy to help. Or you might be best getting a custom monogram made.
I include a wedding brand board for the first page to help you change the colors easily. If you select the color and change and then select CHANGE ALL COLORS this will change all the colors throughout the design.
You can see in the images above the difference that changing the colors can make. I also edited the greenery to make it black and white. It gives a modern boho feel now.
Add Decorative Elements
If your template includes elements like leaves or flourishes, position them around your initials as shown in the examples. You can usually click and drag these elements to place them.
This free template includes a gold and green leaf. You can swap this out easily with one of Canva’s elements or if you have your own. You can also edit this image, you can see above how it looks with the noir filter applied.
For additional details like the wedding date, click on the existing text in the template and replace it with your own date. Adjust the font size, color, and placement to harmonize with the overall design.
You might want to swap the date for your second name or remove it completely. Duplicate the page and have a play and see what you like best.
Review your monogram. Make sure everything is aligned, and the text is legible. Refer to the provided images to ensure your design elements are balanced and aesthetically pleasing.
Once you’re satisfied with the design, save your work. Download the final version of your monogram in the desired format (PNG, JPG, PDF, etc.).
If you have a paid Canva account you have more options like saving as an SVG, this is good for sending you any graphic designers or if you are making your own wedding signs.
When downloading always size up and highest quality. If printing this is really important. If you have a free Canva account you may need to use another program to upgrade your image to 300dpi.
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Whether you’re planning a classic, chic, or whimsical bridal shower, the cake often stands as the centerpiece of the celebration, symbolizing sweetness and joy.
In this post, we’ll dive into a variety of stunning cake designs that cater to every style and theme. From elegant tiered masterpieces to quirky and personalized creations, I’ve gathered a collection of ideas to inspire your choice.
So, whether you’re a bride-to-be, a devoted maid of honor, or a loving family member organizing this special event, prepare to be enchanted by these breathtaking and delicious cake ideas that promise to add an extra touch of magic to any bridal shower celebration.
The cake everyone wants! Heart shaped piped cakes are hugely popular and make the perfect bridal shower cake. The intricate piping work adds texture and depth, while the scalloped edges give a nod to classic bridal fashion. This cake would suit a bridal shower that’s all about timeless love and classic design with a fun modern twist.
This cake is a striking display of modern artistry, with its bold geometric tiers and an abstract splatter design that mimics the look of terrazzo. Adorned with handcrafted, translucent flowers that seem to float effortlessly, it creates a sense of delicate beauty juxtaposed against the sharp, clean lines of the cake. The monochromatic palette speaks to a minimalist aesthetic.
A cake that’s a true testament to bohemian style, adorned with gold leaf, feathers, and a variety of textures. It’s a dreamy confection that pairs beautifully with a free-spirited and romantic bridal shower theme.
The simplicity and textural beauty of this cake, adorned with dried flowers and golden brushstroke writing, make it a perfect match for a stylish bride to be.
With its intricate sugar flowers and deep red accents, this cake is reminiscent of a Victorian garden. The elegance of a bygone era makes it an exquisite choice for a classic and timeless bridal shower. Perfect for a garden style or floral filled bridal shower.
A cake that captures contemporary charm with its bold geometric patterns and an understated color palette. The use of clear, edible papersails gives it a modern twist, offering a sleek and stylish option for the trendsetting bride.
Bright and vibrant, this cake is a work of art inspired by Mediterranean tiles, bursting with color and life. It’s an excellent choice for a summer bridal shower. The perfect fit for a she met her main squeeze theme bridal shower cake.
I feel like I should be calling this art not cake. Adorned with exquisite sugar orchids that cascade down its sides. This cake would be perfect for a bridal shower that’s all about sophistication and natural grace.
Another heart buttercream icing cake, I know! But they are so once I couldn’t include just one. This cake brings a sense of humor to the bridal shower with its playful message “She’s getting f**king married!” piped in bold, dark frosting. The classic white frosting with delicate shell borders makes it a timeless choice, while the cheeky wording adds a modern and fun twist. It’s perfect for a bride with a great sense of humor and a love for tradition with a twist.
This cake is a playful spin on the traditional bridal shower dessert. Adorned with dollops of whipped cream and cherries and bows, it evokes the nostalgic charm of a classic sundae. This cake is a perfect centerpiece for a bridal shower that doesn’t take itself too seriously and aims to delight guests with a dash of retro fun. It’s a sweet tribute to the bride-to-be’s joyful and lighthearted side
This cake is a beautiful homage to the bride-to-be, featuring an elegant hand-painted illustration of the bride on her upcoming special day. This cake captures the essence of the bridal shower, celebrating the individuality of the bride and the artistry of cake decoration. It’s an elegant choice that would surely be a conversation starter and a memorable highlight of the celebration.
This cake brings the warmth of autumn to life with its cascade of handcrafted flowers in rich, earthy tones. It’s perfect for a cozy, intimate bridal shower celebrating the season’s natural splendor.
The soft, painted floral design of this cake makes it a vision of understated beauty. Ideal for a garden or springtime bridal shower, the flowers seem to whisper tales of love and new beginnings
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The winter season, with its distinct charm and serene beauty, provides an extraordinary backdrop for celebrating special occasions. Winter bridal showers are a fun event to plan.
In this guide, I’m going to explore a range of themes and ideas that perfectly complement the cooler months, from sophisticated and sparkly to cozy and intimate.
Whether you’re planning an elegant affair or a laid-back gathering, our curated selection of ideas will inspire you to create a celebration that is both fitting for the season and deeply personal.
So, let’s get started on planning a bridal shower that beautifully captures the essence of winter.
Transform the space into a snowy paradise with white and silver decorations, snowflakes, and twinkling lights. Serve hot chocolate and have a s’mores bar for a cozy touch.
If the shower is close to Christmas, use this as a theme. Decorate with reds, greens, and gold, and use ornaments and Christmas lights. Consider a gingerbread house decorating contest for fun.
For a bridal shower around New Year’s, go for a glamorous theme with black, gold, and silver decor. Think about a champagne bar and a countdown to a mock New Year’s Eve at the end of the party.
Use blue and silver for a sophisticated and cool winter vibe. Decorate with icicles, glitter, and snowy branches. Blue cocktails and silver-dusted cupcakes can add to the theme.
Create a cozy, rustic feel with wooden decor, flannel accents, and warm lighting. Serve comfort food and hot drinks to keep guests warm.
Center the shower around holiday baking. Have a cookie decorating station and serve a variety of baked goods. This is perfect for a more casual, intimate gathering.
Think of a fairytale set in winter, with romantic and whimsical decorations like twinkling fairy lights, candles, and soft pastel colors.
Decorate with ski and snowboard equipment, plaid patterns, and faux fur throws. A hot toddy bar can be a unique addition to this theme.
Mix vintage Christmas decorations with elegant table settings. Use lace, pearls, and antique-looking decor to create a nostalgic feel.
Use flowers in winter tones like deep reds, purples, and whites, and mix them with frosted branches and pinecones for a unique twist on floral decor.
Create an enchanting atmosphere with greenery, fairy lights, and woodland decorations. Think of incorporating elements like pine cones, moss, and wood slices for a natural feel.
Embrace the beauty of snowflakes in your decor. Use sparkling snowflake decorations, glittery tablecloths, and icy blue lighting to create a magical ambiance.
If the bridal shower is near Valentine’s Day, use hearts, reds, and pinks for a romantic theme. Heart-shaped desserts and love-themed games can add to the fun.
Incorporate knitted textures and plaid patterns for a cozy, homey feel. Use knit throws, plaid table runners, and warm lighting to create a comfortable setting.
Draw inspiration from Nordic style with minimalist decor, clean lines, and a neutral color palette. Add touches of greenery and rustic wood for warmth.
For an elegant and sophisticated look, use crystal ware, pearl garlands, and shimmering white decor. This theme is perfect for a more formal bridal shower.
After a day on the slopes, an après-ski theme can be fun. Include warm drinks, a fireplace setting, and comfy seating areas with blankets and pillows.
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The party is over and you a full of love and gratitude for all that attended. But how do you put that into words?
Thinking about what to write in a bridal shower thank you card to really express your gratitude can be hard.
I have you covered though, In this blog post, I am going to share some templates to get you started or copy and paste. I will share some hints and tips for writing your own thank you card.
I also have you covered for what to write in your bridal shower invites.
Remember, personalization is key. Tailoring each message to reflect your relationship with the guest and their specific contribution to your bridal shower will make your thank you cards more meaningful and heartfelt.
By personalizing your thank you cards with these design elements, you’ll create a keepsake that your guests will treasure and that reflects the special nature of your bridal shower.
When it comes to printing and choosing materials for bridal shower thank you cards, the quality and style of your selections can greatly enhance the overall impression. Here are some suggestions:
Remember, the paper and printing method you choose should reflect the overall theme and formality of your bridal shower and wedding. A well-chosen design and high-quality materials will leave a lasting impression on your guests.
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I can see why flower bars are so popular for bridal showers and other events. I had so much fun creating one for a recent bridal shower. I thought I would share my top tips and the process I follwed.
The main thing to remember is the flowers will need to be prepped before. If you don’t have time or this is not possible then you may want to reconsider or hire a florist.
This is perfect to go along with a bridal shower brunch.
Selecting the right flowers is a cornerstone in creating a bridal shower flower bar. For the types of flowers, consider classic choices like roses, lilies, and tulips. I would stick to 3 to 5 types of main flowers. This approach not only simplifies the selection process but also ensures the flower bar looks elegant and well-coordinated. It can also help with cost, as buying in bulk.
When it comes to the color scheme, aligning the flowers with the bridal shower’s theme is key. For a harmonious palette, incorporate a mix of both bold and subtle shades or opt for a monochromatic scheme with varying tones of a single color.
Don’t forget to consider the season as well. Opting for seasonal flowers can be more cost-effective and ensures the blooms are at their freshest and most beautiful. To complete the flower bar, add some filler flowers and greenery. These elements bring texture and fullness to arrangements, making each creation by guests unique and personal.
Depending or your party size it might be best to order your flowers from a wholesaler. Either way you will nedd to prep your flowers the day before but with wholesale flowers there is a little more work. You will need to order a few days before and prep them as advised and leave them in water in a cold dark space.
If buying from florist or shop prepping the day before is all that is needed. You want to cut them all and place in fresh clean water with flower food.
Place them into the buckets they will be displayed in. Make sure you clean these out beforehead, use freash clean water. Remove all lower leaves or foliage that will touch the water. This will keep them staying freash and nice for loner.
Top tip: If using roses and they are not open, place them in hot water to help them quickly open. It also helps drooping ones freshen back up.
This can be as simple as a table for guest to create their bouquet. Or for an extra special feel set up a vase or vessel for each guest and they can create a floral display to take away. This will make it more of an event and guest can sit and sip and also take there time.
If it is more of a bridal shower favor alternative then just a table for guest to tie up their bouquet as they are leaving is more than enough. With paper for wrapping and nice ribbons to tie.
Keep the styling simple, the flowers will do all the work. Use boxes or stands to mix up the heights of the buckets. Have a nice sign or two. That is really all you need. You want guest to be able to easily access the flowers and take what they need.
A cute ideas is above to have a shop stylle awining to give it a flower shop vibe. But a nice table or stand with flowers in buckets is all that is needed.
Grab my free flower bar sign or get creative and make your own. Make labels for each flower bucket so they know what they are picking. Signs or insruction cards are also a good idea, if noone is around to explain it will help guests know what to do. Including something like take 5 stems of your choice and some filler flowers can help limit the amount guest take if you are concerned.
Creating a unique flower bar for a bridal shower can turn it into a memorable and engaging experience for all the guests. Here are some innovative ideas to make your flower bar stand out:
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Emerald green is a stunning wedding color choice, especially for winter and fall weddings. My emerald green wedding color post has become so popular, you all must agree with me!
Emerald green bridesmaid dress ideas, this has been requested so many times! I actually have a full in-depth review of the best emerald green bridesmaid dresses over on Urban. I tend to keep the fashion posts over there and focus on design stuff here.
But as you all asked I have put together some of my favorite emerald green bridesmaid options for you all.
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This would have to be my favorite option. Dark green velvet is just so rich and romantic, it is hard not to fall in love.
Velvet, with its sumptuous texture, adds a touch of opulence to any occasion, making it the perfect choice for a wedding celebration. The way it catches the light and drapes so gracefully.
One of the reasons I love emerald green velvet dresses is their versatility. Whether you’re having a formal evening affair or a more relaxed daytime celebration, these dresses can seamlessly transition between the two, effortlessly adapting to the ambiance of your wedding.
I love a simple, clean bridesmaid look. It is perfect for modern weddings. In a dark emerald green color it gives a stylish sleek look.
Opting for clean shapes and straightforward silhouettes in this rich hue adds a level of sophistication that’s both simple and stylish. The beauty lies in the minimalist approach – no frills, just a striking, contemporary aesthetic that complements the overall wedding vibe.
These ultra-modern emerald green bridesmaid dresses effortlessly blend chic design with the timeless allure of the color, creating a look that’s both on-trend and enduring. It’s a choice that resonates with a modern aesthetic, ensuring your bridal party radiates a sleek and sophisticated vibe on your big day.
Multiway bridesmaid dresses are so popular. I do always recommend if you have a large party or lots of different shapes and styles to please.
These dresses offer a myriad of styling options, allowing each bridesmaid to embrace a look that suits her personal taste. Providing a cohesive yet personalized appearance for your bridal party.
This choice not only simplifies the shopping process but also celebrates the individuality of each member of your bridal party.
Whether it’s delicate floral prints, subtle geometric shapes, or more intricate designs, patterned dresses add a modern and stylish dimension to your wedding.
This choice not only breaks away from traditional solid colors but also adds a dynamic and lively element to your wedding aesthetic.
Looking for more emerald green wedding inspiration? Head to my emerald green wedding color blog post.
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Planning a wedding in 2024 opens the door to an exciting array of styles that redefine what it means to tie the knot. From sleek minimalism to free-spirited boho vibes, this guide dives into the hottest wedding aesthetics of the year.
Whether you’re aiming for timeless elegance, rustic charm, or an alternative edge, we’ve got you covered. No frills, just the latest trends, practical tips, and all the inspiration you need to make your wedding day uniquely and effortlessly cool.
Let’s explore the best wedding styles that promise an aesthetic vibe for your 2024 celebration.
A wedding aesthetic refers to the overall visual and thematic style or design concept chosen by a couple for their wedding. It encompasses various elements such as color schemes, decorations, attire, venue choice, and overall atmosphere. The chosen aesthetic reflects the couple’s personality, preferences, and the mood they want to create for their special day.
For example, a wedding aesthetic could be vintage, rustic, modern, bohemian, romantic, minimalist, beachy, or any other theme that resonates with the couple. Elements like floral arrangements, table settings, invitations, and even the choice of venue contribute to creating a cohesive and visually appealing wedding aesthetic.
Couples often choose an aesthetic that reflects their shared interests, cultural background, or simply the vibe they envision for their celebration. This concept helps guide decisions related to all aspects of the wedding, ensuring a harmonious and personalized event.
Discovering your perfect wedding style involves a thoughtful exploration of your tastes, aspirations, and shared vision as a couple.
Take time to reflect on the colors, themes, and atmospheres that resonate with you individually and as a pair. Collect inspiration from various sources, curating a visual storyboard that captures your aesthetic preferences. Consider the season and venue as influential factors, ensuring that your chosen style harmonizes with the surroundings.
Collaborate with your partner, exchanging ideas to create a cohesive vision for your big day. It’s crucial to be mindful of your budget, making choices that align with your financial plan. Embrace a bit of trial and error, experimenting with different elements until you achieve a wedding style that not only looks beautiful but also feels uniquely yours.
I have a whole blog on finding your wedding style.
Minimalistic weddings focus on simplicity, clean lines, and a sense of understated elegance. Opt for a neutral color palette, with a few accent colors, and streamlined decorations.
Choose modern, sleek venue spaces and keep the decor and details understated yet impactful. Consider minimalist invitations, simple floral arrangements, and a clean, uncluttered overall aesthetic.
A simple wedding style emphasizes ease and uncomplicated elegance. Stick to a straightforward color scheme, straightforward decor, and minimal fuss. This style often involves intimate gatherings with a focus on meaningful moments.
Choose uncomplicated floral arrangements, uncomplicated attire, and a venue that aligns with the unpretentious theme.
A timeless wedding style transcends trends, opting for classic elements that withstand the test of time. Think neutral color palettes, traditional attire, and elegant decor. Classic venues like ballrooms or historic locations work well. Incorporate timeless symbols such as roses, pearls, and candles.
Boho weddings embrace a free-spirited, bohemian vibe. Incorporate natural elements, eclectic decor, and a mix of textures and patterns. Opt for a relaxed dress code, and consider an outdoor or rustic venue. Use vibrant, earthy colors and incorporate elements like dreamcatchers, feathers, and wildflowers.
Rustic weddings evoke a sense of charm and simplicity, often set in barns, farms, or outdoor venues. Use a warm color palette, incorporate wooden elements, and choose simple, country-inspired decor. Burlap, mason jars, and fairy lights are common rustic decor elements.
Romantic weddings are characterized by soft colors, lush florals, and elegant details. Opt for a pastel color palette, cascading floral arrangements, and soft lighting. Choose venues with a romantic ambiance, such as gardens, ballrooms, or historic estates.
Alternative weddings break away from traditional norms, allowing couples to express their unique personalities.
This can include unconventional venues, non-traditional attire, and unique decor choices. Embrace bold colors, quirky details, and unexpected elements.
Whimsical weddings are characterized by a sense of playfulness and imagination. Incorporate bright and cheerful colors, quirky decor, and fantastical elements. Think fairy tale-inspired details, such as enchanted forests, whimsical signage, and playful motifs.
Natural or eco-friendly weddings prioritize sustainability and environmental consciousness. Choose earthy color palettes, eco-friendly materials, and incorporate nature-inspired decor. Opt for outdoor venues and minimize waste with reusable or biodegradable items.
Retro weddings draw inspiration from past eras, with a focus on vintage details and nostalgic elements. Select a specific era as your theme, such as the 1920s, 1950s, or 1980s. Incorporate era-appropriate attire, decor, and music to transport guests back in time.
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Sage green really has taken the wedding world by storm! Sage green weddings are popular for all seasons and wedding styles.
It is a muted and soft green color that takes its inspiration from the dusty and silvery tones of the leaves of the sage plant.
It’s a versatile and neutral green, often described as a grayish-green or a gray-green with a hint of earthiness. The color sage green is soothing and calming, creating a serene and elegant ambiance.
Different shades and tones of sage green can vary in intensity and undertones, allowing for a range of options in wedding color palettes. Here are some variations:
Timeless, Romantic, and Soft
Create a romantic and timeless atmosphere with the delicate pairing of blush and sage green. For a soft and elegant look, use blush as the primary color with sage green accents.
Consider blush bridesmaid dresses, floral arrangements with blush roses and sage green foliage, and sage green table runners.
Opt for soft, flowing fabrics for a dreamy and ethereal ambiance. Incorporate gold accents through tableware and centerpieces for a touch of luxury.
Blush and sage green can be the perfect choice for spring or summer weddings, bringing a sense of freshness and romance.
Clean, Traditional but Modern
For a clean and modern yet timeless wedding palette, combine gold and sage green. Gold adds a touch of opulence to the natural elegance of sage green.
Choose sage as the dominant color, and use a mix of tones, with gold accents in crockery and decor.
Consider gold-rimmed glassware, golden cutlery, and sage green tablecloths. This combination works well for any season, bringing a sense of sophistication and modernity to a traditional setting.
You can add darker green for winter and fall weddings. Keep it light and soft for summer and spring, you can even add in tans, or blush for a little freshness.
Soft Moody, Minimalist but Full of Textures and Layers
Embrace a soft and moody aesthetic with dusty blue and sage green. This minimalist palette can be brought to life with textured fabrics and layers.
Use can use dusty blue or sage green as the base color pops or an equal measure of the other. Use in bouquets, centerpieces, and table runners.
Incorporate textures like velvet and linen for added depth. This combination is ideal for a wedding with a romantic, understated vibe, perfect for any season.
Fun, Bright Color Pop
Infuse fun and brightness into your wedding with the lively combination of pink and sage green.
Choose a vibrant shade of pink as the main color and complement it with sage green accents. Use pink flowers, bridesmaid dresses, and tablecloths, adding sage green details through foliage and decor.
This palette works well for spring or summer weddings, creating a joyful and lively atmosphere.
Clean, Formal, Luxury Wedding
For a clean and luxurious wedding palette, opt for the classic combination of white and sage green. White serves as the dominant color, creating a formal and elegant atmosphere, while sage green adds a touch of nature.
Use white linens, flowers, and table settings, with sage green accents in floral arrangements and subtle decor.
This timeless combination is suitable for any season, bringing a sense of sophistication to the celebration.
Moody Vibes, Rich Layers, and Textures but Soft and Romantic
Capture moody winter vibes with the rich combination of navy blue and sage green. Navy blue sets a dramatic tone, complemented by the softness of sage green.
Incorporate navy blue bridesmaid dresses, tablecloths, and floral elements, with sage green details in bouquets and centrepieces.
Add rich textures like velvet and layered fabrics for a romantic and cozy winter atmosphere.
Boho, Clean Luxury, a Little Rustic but Still High End
Achieve a boho-chic and luxurious ambiance with the combination of terracotta, white, and sage green. Terracotta adds warmth and a touch of rustic charm, while white and sage green brings in a clean and high-end feel.
Use terracotta accents in floral arrangements, bridesmaid dresses, and decor, with white and sage green as the primary colors. This palette works well for a bohemian-inspired wedding with a touch of elegance.
Rich, Autumnal Color, Foliage, Natural Elements, Rustic
Celebrate the richness of fall with an autumnal color palette. Incorporate warm hues like deep reds, oranges, and browns, complemented by the natural greenery of sage green.
Use these colors in floral arrangements, bridesmaid dresses, and decor to capture the essence of fall.
Add rustic elements like wooden accents and burlap for a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
I have lots more Fall color palettes.
Winter or Autumn Green Wedding Color Palette
Embrace the moody and mysterious atmosphere of winter or autumn with a palette of mixed greens and sage green.
Use various shades of dark green, combined with sage green, for a rich and layered look. Incorporate deep green foliage, dark tablecloths, and candlelight to create a romantic and enchanting setting. Emerald green would work perfectly.
This palette works well for winter or autumn weddings, bringing a sense of depth and sophistication.
Luxury Bohemian Scandinavian Vibes, Dried Flower, and High End
Achieve a luxurious bohemian Scandinavian vibe with the sophisticated combination of tan, beige, and sage green. Incorporate dried flowers and high-end elements to elevate the overall aesthetic. Use tan and beige as the dominant colors with sage green as an accent. Opt for neutral-toned bridesmaid dresses, dried flower arrangements, and elegant decor for a luxurious boho-chic celebration.
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Seating chart time! This wedding task can cause a huge amount of stress. It is definitely the main one my couples complain about or struggle with.
I get it! It can be hard when there are family dynamics to think about. You also only have a set amount of chairs for each table so seating everyone together who wants to can become difficult.
So how do you create a seating plan for your wedding stress free?
First pour a drink, only kind of joking. Arrange a night to do it with food and wine.
Remember you can never please everyone so don’t try, it will cause more stress. It is only for the meal and people can move after so it really isn’t a huge deal.
Top Tip – Start early, you can always move around as the guest list changes. Especially if using a digital table planner.
I am biased but I really do believe using my template will help take a lot of the stress out of the table seating plan. If not mine then create your own or find another that suits you.
Before diving into the seating chart, it’s essential to have your final guest list. This list should include all invited guests, including plus-ones. Having this list finalized early in your planning process is crucial as it forms the foundation of your seating arrangements.
Creating a guest list can be a delicate task. Ensure you have open communication with your partner and consider any budget constraints. Head to my guest list guide if you are still at this stage.
Once you have your list, organize it by grouping guests into categories like family, close friends, distant relatives, and colleagues.
Once you have your guest list, you’ll need to decide on the number of tables you’ll have at your reception. This decision depends on your venue’s layout and the number of guests you’re inviting.
You will also need to decide on the style of the tables. Will you have round tables or rectangles? Your venue will play a big part in this decision and also the feel you want to create. If you can’t decide head to my blog post on round tables vs rectangle.
It’s advisable not to overcrowd your tables. While your venue might suggest a certain number of guests per table, consider allowing more space for each person to ensure comfort. So many venues do this and I am always having to jump in and speak to them for the couple. Stand your ground if your venue pushes back.
Design a floor plan that outlines the placement of each table at your wedding reception. Start by considering where the top table, where you and your partner will sit, will be located. Then, work your way back from there.
To create an effective floor plan, take into account the layout and dimensions of your venue. Ensure that there is enough space for pathways, servers, and guests to move around comfortably. This plan will serve as your visual guide when arranging the seating.
If you’re using my wedding seating chart template then you want to copy and paste the tables you will using at your wedding from the ones provided. Move them around to decide the layout of your table.
If you can get one, usually the venue will provide it if you ask, add the floor plan of your reception room.
You need to decide what type of top table you will have first and who will be sitting there. If a sweetheart table, will you have the rest of the wedding party sit together?
If a traditional top table then you can start there and then work out. Who else from the wedding party is there? They will sit on the next closest tables traditionally. Will you sit all the groomsmen and bridesmaid together?
What about plus ones of the wedding party, especially those who are sat on the top table. Where will you place them? These questions and placing the top table and wedding party first can start to develop your seating chart for you.
Be mindful of any special circumstances among your guests. Consider the needs of elderly or disabled individuals and make accommodations as necessary to ensure their comfort and accessibility.
When planning for guests with special needs, consult with the venue to ensure they have the required facilities and accessibility features. It’s essential to be proactive and address any concerns beforehand to provide a seamless experience.
Any strong allergies, I would suggest not serving the food item but if you did consider where they are sat.
If you have children attending your wedding, consider setting up a separate kids’ table or an area with age-appropriate entertainment and supervision. This will keep the little ones engaged and allow their parents to enjoy the celebration. You have to know your wedding guest here though. It works perfectly for some but for others, it is a kid screaming disaster!
Kids can be unpredictable, so having a designated area for them can be a game-changer. Hire a babysitter or a responsible family member to watch over them, and prepare some fun activities to keep them entertained throughout the event.
One of the final considerations is whether you want to mix your guests or seat friends and family together. Mixing guests can encourage interaction and create a lively atmosphere, but ensure that everyone has at least one or two familiar faces nearby.
Mixing guests is a great way to unite your families, but it’s important to strike a balance. Avoid isolating anyone by ensuring that they have someone they know nearby. You can use a seating chart tool to visualize different arrangements and find the perfect balance.
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Bridal shower brunch is the perfect sophisticated bridal event. If you or the bride and stylish and prefer a more low key event when celebrating, a brunch is for you.
Also, come on. Who doesn’t love brunch?
In this post, I am breaking down all you need to know to plan the most stylish bridal shower brunch. From planning, styling, and of course food choices.
With any event, this should always be the first step. If you are hosting and covering all costs this is easier.
If you are having guests pay for themselves or chip in then you need to figure out roughly what people can afford.
Decide whether you want to host the bridal shower brunch at home, a restaurant, a café, or any other suitable location.
Consider the number of guests, the ambiance you desire, and the availability of the venue. If it is home then it can be cheaper but remember that usually means more work for the host.
Head to my bridal shower venue guide.
Choose a theme that reflects the bride’s personality or interests. It could be anything from a garden-inspired brunch to a glamorous brunch affair.
Select decorations, centerpieces, table settings, and linens that align with the chosen theme.
Create and send out invitations to the guests. Include the date, time, venue, theme, and any specific instructions or requests.
Consider whether you want to send physical invitations or use electronic invitations for convenience.
Design a delicious and well-balanced brunch menu.
Consider a mix of breakfast and lunch items such as egg dishes, pastries, salads, sandwiches, and fruit platters.
Refreshing beverages like mimosas or non-alcoholic options. Take into account any dietary restrictions or preferences of the guests.
Establish a timeline for the bridal shower brunch, including the arrival of guests, brunch service, activities, gift opening, and any other special moments or surprises you have planned.
This will help you stay organized and ensure everything runs smoothly.
The bride and everyone attending should be looking their best.
A brunch is usually a more casual but stylish event. You will definitely want to dress up and make an effort but daytime glam, not nighttime party.
Consider providing small favors or tokens of appreciation for the guests. These can be personalized items, homemade treats, or something related to the brunch theme.
Plan some entertaining activities and games to keep the guests engaged and create a fun atmosphere. You can incorporate bridal shower classics like “Guess the Bride’s Age,” “Wedding Mad Libs,” or “Bridal Bingo.
Don’t forget to send thank you notes to all guests and presents received. If you are the bride it is nice to thank the hosts also.
This can be done with favours but sometimes you miss thanking people on the day personally so always nice to a least send a thank you note. Even if just a text.
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