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
Photo Credit ktay21 / 123RF Stock Photo

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

Photo Credit: yeko / 123RF Stock Photo https://www.123rf.com/profile_yeko

shades of blue . . .

white and blue floral centerpiece

Photo credit: darkkong / 123RF Stock Photo

or a mix of colors.

pink roses, ranunculus, and grape hyacinth

Photo credit: funlovingvolvo / 123RF Stock Photo

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

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time for chocolate and dessert lovers to celebrate! Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day.

Ways to observe this delicious holiday include:

* Mix up a batch of your favorite chocolate cupcakes – grab a friend or two and bake some together

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: lenyvavsha / 123RF Stock Photo
* Go to your local bakery and pick up a variety – how about devil’s food, German chocolate, white chocolate, or turtle?

* Do you collect cookbooks? Add a couple cupcake books to your collection, maybe The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes, or Hello, Cupcake! by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

Planning a wedding?

Consider serving cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake. You can still have a small tier for the cake cutting ceremony, or get a jumbo cupcake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Prima Vista Photography

Cupcakes can be as elegant or as whimsical as you want!

Photo credit: Weddings From The Heart

Photo credit: maximkabb / 123RF Stock Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: ruthblack / 123RF Stock Photo

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

Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

National Fossil Day

 

 

 

 

 

Today (October 12) is National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day is observed on the Wednesday of the second full week in October, and was established to promote the scientific and educational values of fossils.

How to observe? Easy.

Simply visit a local museum or do some research about fossils. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #NationalFossilDay on any of social media posts.

Thinking about incorporating your love of fossils into your wedding decor?

Check out these photos (I found them on pinterest – to find these and others search for “fossil,” “wedding,” “cake,” “centerpiece”).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Dinosaur Heads

Dinosaur Topiary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dino Cake Topper

 

“Fossil” Hiding in Wedding Cake

Want to hold your wedding in a natural history museum? Many museums offer their facility for events. In Dayton, we’ve got the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio https://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/visit/private-events-rentals/weddings-receptions/

Aren’t lucky enough to have a museum in your town? Do a Google search on “natural history museum weddings near” and add your city and state.

Looking for fun ideas for your wedding day? Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Top 7 Alternatives to a Traditional Wedding Cake

ombre ruffled wedding cake

A tiered cake is a common sight at many weddings. But what if you just happen to not like cake? Or another type of dessert is your favorite? Or you just want something different?

Offer your guests a tasty treat with one of these delicious alternatives to the traditional wedding cake.

1. Cake pops
Photo credit: Shari’s Berries

Cake pops are still a popular choice for weddings. They can be decorated to fit your wedding color palette, and come in the same delicious flavors as a traditional cake.

2. Doughnuts
Photo credit: Bryan A. Monson

Glazed, filled, iced. Stacked them on a pretty cake stand, or displayed on trays. Doughnuts are a perennial favorite. Try a doughnut tower with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

3. Cupcakes wedding theme - alice in wonderland inspired wedding cake

Don’t let other articles fool you. (You know, the one’s that say cupcakes are on their way out). Cupcakes served at weddings is still a popular choice. Mix and match flavors.

4. Cheesecakes
Photo credit: Micah Sittig

Many people prefer cheesecake over cake. If this is you, why not serve cheesecake at your reception? You can do full-sized cakes or serve mini ones. Offer a variety of flavors.

It’s A Nice Day for a (Non) White Wedding (Cake)

5. Cookies & Milk
Photo credit: Michael Savino

What a better way to end the day than with a tall glass of milk and cookies? Yum!

6. Pancakes
Photo credit: © Natalyka | Dreamstime.com> – Stack Of Pancakes With Berries Photo

Having a wedding breakfast or brunch? Then how about a stack of pancakes with delicious layers of maple syrup, seasonal fruits, and cream?

7. Ice Cream
Photo credit: rockvillephoto

Ice cream is a favorite with all ages. A make-your-own sundae bar with different flavors and multiple toppings will be a bit hit.

Can’t Pick?

Who says you have to pick just one? Serve multiple types of sweet treats with a dessert buffet.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Weddings From The Heart is a wedding planning, coordinating, and design company based in Dayton, Ohio, also serving southwest Ohio and surrounding areas.

Elegant – Stylish – Fun – Creative – Magical
Whatever your wedding vision, we can bring it to life! Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net, at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647 so we can chat!

Cake Cutting 101

Choosing the wedding cake is most couples’ favorite part of wedding planning.

Many couples prefer a traditional tiered cake, but even those who choose a non-traditional dessert alternative will often have a small display cake for the cake cutting ceremony.

If you are choosing to include a wedding cake in your reception, keep these tips in mind.

When to cut the cake
Do you want to cut the cake at the beginning of the reception just before dinner or just after dinner before the dancing starts? Make sure you communicate that decision to your wedding coordinator, the catering staff, your DJ and your photographer.

If (and how) to announce the cake cutting
You may wish to do it quietly and include just close family and the photographer, but most couples have the DJ make an announcement so all of your can watch. Many couples choose a special song to be played during the cake cutting ceremony.

Be prepared
Your caterer or wedding coordinator will make sure that a cake knife and server, a dessert plate and napkins are at the ready.

Cutting the cake is very easy. You’ll both hold the cake knife (hand over hand), cut a small piece (cutting a thin triangular piece is easiest), and feed each other a bit of cake. Most couples will feed each other at the same time, others prefer to take turns.

If you have questions about cake cutting or cake/dessert options, I’d love to chat with you.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Have any questions or looking for fun ideas? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

photo credit: Cutting the cake via photopin

Wedding Cake Q & A

Q. – Should my cake match my dress or will that be too much?

A. – As long as your wedding cake looks like a cake and not a mini person in a wedding gown it should be fine.

Unique embellishments, like beading, lace, or ruffles, look beautiful on a wedding cake, as do mini rosettes and appliques.

However your cake doesn’t have to match your dress if you don’t want it to.

photo credit of cake with blue flowers: Ceressa Bateman via photopin
photo credit of wedding gowns: Maegan Tintari via photopin
photo credit of ruffled cake: wetwebwork via photopin

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Do you have a question or wedding concern? Let me know. I’d be happy to help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

2015 Wedding Trend Predictions

photo credit: Judy ** via photopin cc
Wondering what we’re going to be seeing this wedding season?

Here are my predictions:

photo credit: sutichak

  1. Wedding cakes that make a statement through grand size and/or design. Guests will be looking at your cake so make it a focal point that really says “Wow!”
  2. Beautiful deep, rich blues – Navy, Indigo, Midnight. They’ll be paired with metallics (gold and silver) and neutrals (grey and ivory).
  3. We’ll also be seeing a lot of neutrals – whites, ivories, champagne, blush. Very elegant and sophisticated.
  4. Unique processional music – “Canon in D” and “Bridal Chorus” are still popular traditional choices, but brides are choosing more modern song selections like “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, and “All of Me” by John Legend for their walk down the aisle.
  5. Wedding gowns will have all-over lace. Retro-ish without feeling like it’s from another era, these dresses will be romantic and classic.

    photo credit: Innisfree Hotels via photopin cc

  6. Signature drinks will still be popular. A fun to way easily add some personalization to your wedding reception, and more economical than an open bar with several types mixed drinks.

Do you have questions or are looking for unique ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean