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Neutral Wedding Palette

The Neutral Wedding palette is a hot trend for this year! The best part about a neutral palette is that it can compliment almost all wedding themes. Rustic barn theme can use burlap and lace. Beachy theme can use soft linens and straw accents. Neutrals consist of any shades of beige, ivory and white.

 

You can try to incorporate a neutral wedding palette even if you want to use a splash of color. The muted neutrals can act as a great back drop even for your main color. We are loving using neutrals for chairs, decorations, cakes and tables. You might not even want to use such bold colors for fear of over powering the point of using neutrals. So, you could try to use subtle shades of peach, pink and gold to enhance the sparkle. You and your bridesmaids can wear neutral tone nail polish. Another fun way to use a neutral wedding palette that’s not all over is in the food. We love baking in color!

Neutral wedding palette can also be great if you just want to use it on decor like chairs or table clothes. Remember that with any colors the darker the more dramatic, refined and stylish. The lighter end of the color spectrum is playful and romantic. Keep that in mind when you are picking out colors – even neutrals! You can’t go wrong with taupe or greenery accents in your wedding.

Vendor Spotlight Carnivale

Vendor Spotlight CarnivaleVendor Spotlight CarnivaleSpring is right around the corner and Chicago brides are ready for some bright colors. What better way to experience the festive atmosphere of a party than at Jerry Kleiner’s Carnivale. This vibrant and flavorful restaurant in Chicago’s west loop boasts a reception atmosphere that’s “Exciting, colorful and unique” as proclaimed in the website. We love the wide paneled colors on the walls and the pick of seven captivating rooms to choose from! The seating ranges anywhere from a cozy seating of 40 to 1,000. There are the three salons, the Samba room, Flamenco room, Lambada lounge and Tango room (see photos below). Each room is flagged with colorful accessories and brilliant chandeliers. For the fun and quirky bride Carnivale could be the best choice. We think this venue is perfect for those spring brides who want to make sure their reception is a party atmosphere rather than stuffy winter draping’s.

Vendor Spotlight CarnivaleSamba Room

Vendor Spotlight CarnivaleFlamenco Room

Vendor Spotlight CarnivaleTango Room

Their menu, prepared by Chef Rudolf Quadros, is bursting with only fresh and seasonal ingredients. The chef uses organic and sometimes home grown ingredients. Brides can choose from tapas style meals or traditional plated meals. The menu is tailored to each bride’s tastes and Carnivale caters exclusively to the bride’s requests.

Vendor Spotlight Carnivale

Vendor Spotlight CarnivaleCarnivale Ceremony via Sweet Chic Events

A Touch of Gold on Your Wedding Day

A Touch of Gold on Your Wedding Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to get your green outfits and enjoy the party! We’ve all heard the Irish tale that there’s a pot of gold waiting at the end of a rainbow, and whether you believe this or not, it never hurts to try and bring all the luck you can into your life, especially if you’re getting married!

SimplyBridal’s St. Patrick’s Day infographic is all about the color gold and how you can incorporate it into your big day, from selecting gold wedding bands to adding gold to your wedding reception… the options are endless! The trick is to try not to go too overboard and only add a few touches of gold, such as having gold centerpieces and candles. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

 

A Touch of Gold on Your Wedding Day 

Wedding Dress Creator

Click here for the Wedding Dress Creator

If you flip through a wedding magazine, you will notice there are endless styles and options for wedding dresses. You have to find a dress that fits your personal style, wedding theme, and body type. The online wedding dress creator lets you create your dream look from head to toe. It even lets you test out the look with your skin tone and hair color. You can also use the site to play with bridesmaid looks. Here are a few tips for using the wedding dress creator.

Read the neckline guide and the silhouette guide. The guides not only tell you the names of the different styles, but they also offer advice on choosing a style that will work on your body type.

Read “Wedding Color Theory.” It would be nice if choosing your wedding colors was as simple as picking your favorite color, but there are a lot of factors to consider to make sure your wedding colors look as great you imagined.

Involve your bridesmaids. They can offer feedback on your favorite designs and help create bridesmaids looks.

Print out or save your looks. You can take these pictures to the dress store, florist, hair salon, etc.

 

 

 

 

5 Fun Ways to Decorate Your Aisle

Every bride longs for the moment she walks down the aisle. It is at that moment that the reality of the day becomes true. You’re dressed in your wedding gown; all the guests are looking you, and at the end of the aisle is the man of your dreams. The only thing that can make the moment more beautiful is stunning décor. Depending on the style and location of your wedding, there are a variety of décor options. Here are just a few.

Vases with Flowers and/or Candles

One romantic option is to line the aisle with flowers and candles. For an outdoor wedding, you might use shepherd hooks to hang the arrangements, and for a country wedding, you might use mason jars filled with votive candles or wildflowers. For a church wedding, you could hang baskets with flower arrangements on the pews. The possibilities are endless.

Aisle Runner

Aisle runners are classic ceremony décor. Sometimes the church or venue has a runner you can use, or you can easily purchase or rent an aisle runner. The color and style options are endless. You can choose a classic white runner, or you could pick a color that matches your theme. (Hot pink runner? Why not?) You can also choose a runner with elaborate details such as beading, lace, and your initials.

Flower Petals

Real or silk flower petals are a gorgeous way to line the aisle. You can choose a color that matches your theme and bouquets. The most commonly used flower petals are roses. You can cover the entire aisle, create a design with the wedding flowers, or line the sides of the aisle.

Torches

Outdoor or beach weddings can use tiki torches to line the aisle. This is beautiful for an early evening wedding and creates a romantic glow during the ceremony. It is also an excellent idea for destination weddings such as Hawaiian weddings.

Sand

Another idea for a beach wedding is colored sand. You can use the colored sand to create a pattern down the aisle. The sand comes in a variety colors, so you can choose a wedding color that fits your theme.

For more aisle décor ideas, talk to your florist and venue. They can offer inside tips on ideas that will be appropriate for your ceremony. When choosing décor, be sure to consider location, season, time of day, theme, and wedding budget.

Choosing Wedding Colors

One of the first decisions that need to be made regarding your wedding is what colors to use. The choice will affect everything from the flower arrangements to the stationery to the centerpieces and everything in between. Unless you have a clear favorite color, selecting the color scheme for your wedding day can be a daunting task. Here are some simple ideas to make the task easier:

1. Seasonal Inspiration: What time of year are you getting married? Deep colors like brown, rust, and burgundy are natural choices for a fall wedding, while breezy pastels work great in spring and summer. Let the natural colors of the season determine your wedding colors. As an added bonus, outdoor photos will look fabulous when you take your cue from nature.

2. Venue Accent: If you have your heart set on a particular location for the ceremony or reception, allow it to direct your color choices. Consider the space where your nuptials or celebration will be held and select hues that accent. If a color is prevalent in wall décor, flooring, or surroundings, be careful not to choose a color palette that will clash.

3. Trust Your Instincts: If the wedding date or location hasn’t been set yet and your wedding is essentially a blank canvas, trust your own instincts or tastes. Are there one or two colors that keep coming to mind? When you envision your big day, what do you see? Go with your gut. In the end, when you look back on your wedding day, you’ll be happy that you selected a color that you love and represents who you are, rather than the current trend of the day.

4. Trust Others’ Instincts: If you’re at a total loss of what you want, browse wedding magazines, websites, and photos to gather ideas. Bookmark web pages or tear out photos from magazines of anything that catches your eye. Once you’ve collected several images, compare them and see if a clear theme or color scheme is present.

5. Flower Power: Flowers are a great way to determine the color scheme of your wedding. If you have your heart set on using a specific bud, let it be the color inspiration. A lot of flowers come in various shades, but stop by the local florist or flip through a floral book and see what draws you in. You might be surprised to find yourself pulled towards sunny wildflowers or dramatic orchids.

6. Create a Theme: Maybe you feel like colors are irrelevant but that a theme is incredibly important. What is it? Do you want an ultra-modern wedding or something romantic? Whimsical or preppy? Once you determine the overall theme, it’ll be easier to select colors to support it.

Wedding Colors 2011