Expressing the 2017 Color Trends in Your Spring Wedding Style

Blue Color Palette

Spring is finally here and it’s time to celebrate the upcoming wedding season, and the fabulous color palettes that express the freshness of the season.

Of the top color schemes of 2017, several incorporate shades of blue. Blue is such a versatile color, evoking feelings of such as sophistication, playfulness, and sweetness.

blue color palette

From deep midnight blue and sapphire to pale shades such as aqua or French blue, there is the perfect blue hue for every taste and wedding style – whether it’s rustic and more causal to an event that is elegant, which is further expressed in the choice of accent colors.

Blush, French Blue, and Gold

Fuchsia, Grape, and Dark Turquoise

Navy, Gold, Coral Navy, Gold, and Coral

What’s one of the first things couples think of?

What they’re going to wear, of course!

Attire

For Her

How about a white wedding gown with blue accents?

wedding gown with blue sash

Or for something more daring, walk down the aisle in a wedding gown that is entirely blue.

blue wedding gown

Accessories

blue swarovski crystal earrings

blue nail polish

blue bridal shoes

For Him

Grooms and men in the wedding party will need a tuxedo or suit fitting with the formality of your wedding.

The Black Tux offers several stylish attire for the men, as well as ties, vests and shoes.

Here are some fashionably elegant and sophisticated choices that will coordinate with your blue color scheme.

royal navy blue suit Royal Navy Blue Suit

midnight blue tuxedo Midnight Blue Tuxedo

midnight pin dot tuxedo Midnight Blue Pin Dot Tuxedo

navy suit Navy Blue Suit

Flowers

Let’s start with the bridal bouquet. This gorgeous blue bouquet is a show-stopper with orchids accented with a few white roses.

blue bridal bouquet
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If your taste leans more toward a traditional bouquet, accent a white bouquet with a few blue blooms.

White and Blue Bridal Bouquet

If your wedding party will be in blue, bouquets with lighter colored blooms will look fabulous and really pop against the blue fabric.

blue bridesmaids dresses

For your centerpieces and decor, you have many options –

Floral arrangements that are pink . . .

Pink roses

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shades of blue . . .

white and blue floral centerpiece

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or a mix of colors.

pink roses, ranunculus, and grape hyacinth

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Color Tip: When talking with your wedding pros, don’t rely on color name only. One person’s idea of Indigo for example will be way different than the next person’s. Bring color swatches, photos, paint chips, whatever it takes to show them the color you are actually thinking of.

Other Decor

Seating Chart
blue wedding seating chart Seating chart by Yellow Belly Project

Lighting
blue lighting wedding reception

Linens
blue wedding reception table linens

Napkins
blue napkin folds

Cake

Just a touch color . . .

wedding cake with blue fondant swirls

or in full color.

tiffany blue wedding cake

Of course there are a gazillion more ways to incorporate your color scheme into your wedding. How have you chosen to express your color palette for your wedding day?

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Happy Book Lovers Day

Today (August 9) is National Book Lovers Day.

With books we can journey to faraway lands, meet fantastical creatures. Books make us feel a myriad of emotions.

We’ve all got our favorite styles – romance, horror, biographical… even cookbooks! So whatever form your favorite printed word comes in (or even no words – one of my favorites is Stairs by Rein Jansma – a serene and relaxing pop-up book featuring 10 pop-up stairs), open up that cover and enjoy!

Ways to celebrate Book Lovers Day:

* Visit a library
* Reread an old favorite
* Attend (or host) a book club meeting
* Read aloud to someone
* Read that book you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t gotten around to yet

Are you a book lover who is planning a wedding? There are many ways to show off your love of the page.

Ways to incorporate books in your wedding

* Stacks of books in your centerpieces

* Tables named after book titles or characters

* Accent for a memory table

(Alice in Wonderland memorial table designed by Weddings From The Heart)
* Used books as wedding favors

* Pages used in table swags, confetti, or table runners

(Alice in Wonderland table swag designed by Weddings From The Heart)
* Holding your ceremony in a library

* Card catalog escort cards

* A library book card wedding invitation

* Book themed wedding (popular choices are Alice in Wonderland, The Great Gatsby, Harry Potter, The Princess Bride)

Other ways to embrace your love of books is to incorporate quotes from your favorite works of literature into your vows or ceremony readings. They can be romantic, whimsical, or even quirky.

Love Quotes from Literature

Piglet: “How do you spell love?”
Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”
~ by A. A. Milne

“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” ~ The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

“As You Wish.” ~ The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” ~ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

“I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” ~ The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

“Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.” ~ King Henry ” by William Shakespeare

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” ~ Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

For more fun ideas for your wedding day, contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Photo Credits
Heart-Shaped Pages: 353/365 – 9/26/2011 via photopin (license)
Stairs: unknown
Centerpiece: Weddings From The Heart
Memory Table: Prima Vista Photography
Just Married Swag: Weddings From The Heart
Library Card Invitation: kraphix / 123RF Stock Photo

Themes and Centerpieces

fall theme centerpiece

Planning a wedding can be fun and exciting. We love to help brides plan all parts of their upcoming wedding, but wedding themes and centerpieces are among our favorites.

Selecting the flowers and other interesting pieces to decorate your celebration can be a daunting task, but carefully chosen centerpieces can be a dramatic way to pull together the theme of your wedding.

If your wedding is around a holiday, the theme and its expression is obvious. Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day all suggest certain colors and elements.

Other themes require more thought but are just as fun to create.

Is your wedding and reception near water? If so, use ship’s lanterns or bowls with tropical fish swimming over shells and sand in the bottom.

Is your reception in the country at a farm house or barn? Use checkered tablecloths and make a ceramic or straw rooster the center of each table. Add miniature bales of hay and/or summer flowers and greens in milk bottles or canning jars.

Flower Talk – The Language (and Meaning) of Flowers

Incorporate seasonal fruits in centerpieces. Big bunches of strawberries in the summer, gingham tied baskets of apples in the early fall, pumpkins and gourds with fall leaves would also work.

Celebrate your heritage with national colors, flags, patterns and fabrics. Oriental poppies, tartan plaid table linens, silver trays piled high with Mexican wedding cakes all make a statement.

Create a circus atmosphere with balloons, candied apples, popcorn and candy floss.

If both the bride and groom are teachers, the school house theme is perfect with paper chains, chalk boards, posters, report cards and lots of numbers and letters.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Unexpected Reception Touches

While the ceremony is the heart of the wedding and the reason to gather, the reception is the time to celebrate.

Whether your wedding is small and intimate at a local restaurant or a large multi hour event for 300 guests with white glove service, the decorative touches and activities planned for the evening are what makes your wedding memorable.

Here are some ideas that may spark your creativity.

  • Centerpieces at guest tables can be gorgeous bowls of seasonal fruits and vegetables instead of flowers. For a Summer wedding have bowls of seasonal greens including small melons, pears, apples, grapes, and avocados. Fall weddings can call on red apples, tomatoes, pomegranates, grapes, peppers and pears. If yellow and orange are your color scheme, fill bowls with grapefruits, lemons, pears, yellow tomatoes, squash, and gourds. Your guests can be encouraged to eat the centerpieces or take the fruits home with them.
  • You can also use fresh fruit as place cards.

  • If you have planned a cocktail hour to precede your dinner, consider renting a popcorn cart. It makes perfect nibbling while sipping cocktails and waiting for the wedding party to appear. Order striped containers with or without your wedding date imprinted and add matching napkins. For even more variety, consider offering a variety of popcorn toppings like cheeses, sugars, spices, or sea salt flavored butter.
  • If space is limited and you don’t have a separate area for the cocktail hour, provide trays of hors d’oeuvres at each guest table.
  • If you are a candy fan, consider centerpieces that contain “flowers” of lollipops, suckers, small candies on a stick, and cake pops (frosted cakes on a stick). Individually wrapped chocolate truffles or chocolate molds made especially for you add a note of elegance to the festivities.
  • If you want a wedding by the sea but are no where near any body of water, consider creating a south sea atmosphere with a backdrop of ocean waves, or palm trees around a lagoon. Backdrops can be paper or fabric or a video presentation that flashes against a blank wall.
  • Hearts, Joy, Love!
    Jean

    For other ideas to make your reception special, contact me at 937-235-2586, 937-581-3647, or jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net.

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Wedding Flower Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

Carnations

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Don’t dismiss the power of the carnation. These beautiful flowers have gotten a bad rap through years, but can be very sophisticated (change this word). These inexpensive flowers come in an abundant array of colors, and three main types – Large Carnations, Spray (or Mini) Carnations, and Dwarf Carnations.

Baby’s Breath

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Baby’s Breath is usually used as filler flowers. But imagine how elegant a large grouping would be in a vase. Very grand, but without the price tag of other blooms.

Autumn Centerpiece

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Want an easy, yet inexpensive seasonal centerpiece for your fall wedding? Try a bundle of wheat and dried grasses either placed in a pretty vase, or just tied together.

Floating Flowers

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A few beautiful blooms can make a big impact. Float a few in pretty bowls of water, or submerge them in a taller vase.

Fruits

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Bright lemons or limes add a big pop of color at a minimal cost. Place a few in a low bowl, or fill a tall vase. This works for all fruits – apples, grapes, pears . . .

For more money saving tips and planning ideas, contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Going Green On Your Wedding Day

Rings
Use heirloom jewelry. Perhaps a ring that honors your family or heritage. Or find a vintage piece on ebay or a local antique shop.

You can choose rings made from recycled metals or wood. Many companies specialize in eco-conscious jewelry and follow ecologically responsible practices.

Choose a ring with a “green” diamond – which are mined in conflict-free areas instead of “blood diamonds” – those mined in war zones. Or choose a lab-created or “cultured” diamond. This man-made alterative is created from the same chemical crystal as natural diamonds, but require no mining.

Favors
Give your guests something that gives back to the earth. Plantable favors such as saplings wrapped in burlap, seeded paper, or packets of flower seeds. Or omit favors altogether and make a donation to your favorite charity. Edible favors are always a crowd pleaser. Everyone loves them so they’re not left over. Place candy or other sweet treats in a eco-friendly favor box or bag.

Centerpieces & Decor
Use potted plants so guests can take them home, replant and enjoy. Think potted orchids, African violets or succulents. Or crate a simple water garden – use cylinder vases or round “fish bowl” styles, add some colorful glass stones or river rocks, and submerge a single bloom such as a rose or calla lily. Create a pretty centerpiece with some branches and a few flower blooms, or paper flowers. You can also use non-floral items like seashells, recycled-paper flowers, or colorful bowls of fruit. If you love the look of candlelight, soy candles are a great option.

Cake Toppers
Vintage cake toppers are a fun, eco-friendly alternative to purchasing a new topper. The charming couple below belonged to the the bride’s mom and dad. You can also find vintage toppers at flea markets or on eBay. Another unique eco-friendly alternative is a recycled paper origami topper – they can be made to fit any theme or color scheme.

Transportation
Even your mode of transportation can be eco-friendly. A cute bicycle built for two or horse and carriage are romantic alternatives to a car. Rent a hybrid vehicle. If your wedding is by a lake, make your getaway in a row boat or canoe.

Here are some eco-friendly wedding sites to help you in your planning:
earthfriendlywedding.blogspot.com
eco-beautifulweddings.com
ruffledblog.com
greenbrideguide.com
greatgreenwedding.com

For more great planning tips and ideas, contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Let The Seasons Guide You – Summer Flowers

Trying to decide what flowers to use in your bouquets and centerpieces for your wedding? Why not let the seasons guide you?

In the Summer, colors and flowers are quite similar to those in the spring. The subtle differences stem from the types of flowers available in this season. Summer colors tend to be a little bolder and more saturated but are still soft. Various shades of pinks, peaches, and lavenders are abundant.

Wildflowers evoke romantic feelings of warm summer days. If you prefer bright and bold, try gerbera daisies, lilies, and roses, which come in a rainbow of colors.

Flowers available in the summer include tulips, orchids, poppies and hydrangea.

Flowers available year round include baby’s breath, carnations, orchids, roses, stephanotis, and gardenias.