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Last week Pantone revealed Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year, and all eyes have been on this vibrant purple "it" color ever since! For the bride looking to incorporate the hot new hue into her wedding decor, here are five stunning Radiant Orchid -based palettes to consider.
Photo by onelove Photography
1. Radiant Orchid + Turquoise
Photos by Stephanie Yonce
2. Radiant Orchid + Peach
Photos by (clockwise from top left): Michael and Anna Costa, Tamara Gruner, Mike Larson, Katie Osgood
3. Radiant Orchid + Raspberry
Photos by (clockwise from top left): Anna K Photography, Natasja Kremers, onelove Photography
4. Radiant Orchid + Gold
Photos by (clockwise from top left): Joielala Photographie, Katelyn James, Dina Chmut, Clean Plate Pictures
5. Radiant Orchid + Spring Green
Photos by: Volatile Photography (top row), Ian Grant Photography1
Photo: Lisa Lefkowitz
Out of all the things newlyweds could save from their reception, what would it be? The cake! But in case you don't want to follow in the tradition of storing (aka freezing) it for your first anniversary, here are some leftover alternatives:
1. Baby's Christening - Follow in Kate Middleton's foosteps. She had the top tier of the royal cake preserved almost two years later for baby George's christening.
2. Newly-Purchased House or -Rented Apartment - Celebrate the purchase of your new home or rental of your new apartment with dessert for dinner. Only after you carry your significant other over the threshold.
3. Parent Offering - Offer the cake to your parents to eat on their upcoming silver (25th) or golden (50th) anniversaries. Let them decide!
4. Signing, Sealing, & Delivering Thank-You Notes - Give yourselves a pat on the back after completeing 150+ thank-you notes with a bottle of bubbly.
5. Double as Favors - Take it off your plates and let guests take home an extra slice or two.1
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
This DIY packaging is a shabby chic and sweet way to present candy favors to guests.
For this sweet project, you will need:Colorful candy Newspaper (We like the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique which is usually available at newsstands. It has glossier paper and doesn't bleed ink) Embroidery floss or string Parchment paper Double stick tape Scissors Simple white tags Directions:
1. Cut a 1-inch wide, 5-inch long piece of newspaper and parchment paper.
2. Add a small pile of candy.3. Wrap the paper over and tape together. 4. Twist the ends and tie them with string. 5. Add name tags if needed. Watch your guests open up their sweet surprises! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss3
Photos By: Mary Swenson
Wrist corsages are a pretty and very budget-friendly alternative to bouquets for your bridal party, and are easy to make yourself in just a few steps!
Stick your flowers through the hole in your ribbon.2
Once you have finally booked your venue, its time to pick your color scheme! You may think the colors are completely up to you; however, you should take into account the setting of your venue, the time of year your wedding is taking place and how formal or informal your ceremony and reception will be. Remember, not only do you want your color scheme to set the vibe for your wedding but also complement the venue. Here are our favorite color scheme combinations to inspire you:
Historic Home = Yellow + Gray
Photo by Onelove Photography
Garden = Mint + Blush
Photo by Stacey Windsor Photography
Ballroom = Ivory + White
Photo by Lane Dittoe
Beach = Navy Blue + Emerald
Photo by Katie Stoops Photography
Barn = Purple + Orange
Photo by Dave Richards Photography
Which color scheme did you choose? Let us know in the comments below! For more color scheme inspiration, browse our real wedding boards.5
Photo: Anna Delores Photography
Decorating with ribbon is a simple, inexpensive way to make your wedding day beautiful. Here are some great ways to use ribbon in all aspects of your wedding decor, from the aisle to the dance floor!
1. Tree Decor
Photos (from left): KT Merry, Matt Edge
Tie colorful ribbon streamers onto tree branches and let them flutter in the breeze!
2. Ribbon Wands
Photos (from left): Caroline Joy, Abi Q Photography
Create fun, whimsical ribbon wands for your wedding party to carry in lieu of bouquets or for wedding guests to wave during send-off.
3. Bouquet Ribbons
Photos (from left): Kristyn Hogan, Kate Osborne
Add a little extra loveliness to your bridal bouquet by wrapping the stems with a pretty trail of ribbon.
4. Aisle Markers
Photo: Our Labor of Love Photography
Place a stake of satin streamers at the end of each ceremony seating row for a decorative aisle.
5. Altar Decor
Photos (from left): Nancy Ray Photography, Our Labor of Love Photography
Drape a curtain of ribbons across your altar for a gorgeous backdrop for exchanging vows.
6. Table Bunting
Photos (from left): Anna Delores Photography, Joielala Photographie
Adorn buffet tables and beverage stations with colorful, textured ribbon garland.
7. Tent Draping
Photo: Rick Bern Photography
String long, broad strands of ribbon between tent poles for fabulous ceiling decor and a great splash of color!
8. Chair Decor
Photos (from left): Matt Edge, onelove Photography
Dress up your wedding seating by streaming or weaving ribbons along the backs of chairs.
9. Table Runners
Photos (from left): Buzzy Craftery, Rick Bern Photography
Run wide bands of ribbons along the center of banquet tables for a unique alternative to traditional linens.
10. Ribbon Chandeliers
Photos (from left): Joielala Photography, Zipporah K Photography
Choose ribbons that match your wedding palette and attach them to wire fixtures to hang above reception tables or over the dance floor.
Head over to the Ribbon Decor board for tons of inspiration!4
Ah, the flask. Does it get any more classic when it comes to gifts for the groomsmen? Good thing traditional doesn't have to automatically equate to boring. Here's 15 clever, stylish options the boys are guaranteed to appreciate.
Related: 9 Thank-You Gifts for Fathers
1. Rounded Pewter Hip Flask
We appreciate the simplistic beauty of this pewter design, and we think your classy groomsmen will, too. $76 at Mark and Graham.
2. That's Entertainment Two Piece Flask Set
Forget all the frill and fuss of gift-wrapping -- this set wraps itself! $39.99 at Bloomingdale's.
3. Flask Tie
In case you think they'll need a little something extra to get through the ceremony. $30 at Urban Outfitters.
4. The Great American Flask in Pure Copper
Made in historically accurate fashion, this flask is handcrafted in pure copper, preserving the untainted taste of your fine whiskey, scotches, and tequilas as well as tradition. $200 from Jacob Bromwell.
5. In the Spirit of Surprise Flask
For the sneaky groomsman. Or the nerdy one. Or both? $16 at ModCloth.
6. Lux Flask
Basketweave calfskin leather and chrome finish metal for the refined groomsman. $100 at Neiman Marcus.
7. Groomsman Ribbon Customizable Flask
Perfect for engraving, this design exemplifies the fun, adult version of a labelled lunchbox. $28 at Flask.com.
8. Il Bisonte OnTheRoad Flask
Il Bisonte is known for its meticulously handpicked cowhides and this flask design is no exception. The beautifully tanned leather wrapped around a traditional glass flask just gets better with age. $190 from Il Bisonte.
9. Cathy's Concepts Personalized Glass Flask
Pick from all the letters of alphabet, $38 from Nordstrom.
10. Pick Your Poison Custom Engraved Beard Tonic Flask
These awesome designs from Pick Your Poison are handmade to order. $22.50 on Etsy.
11. Ralph Lauren Art Deco Sterling Silver Flask
Re-released just in time for the decadent holidays, this model is an ultra-rare Art Deco antique that Ralph Lauren plucked from its past for us today. $2400 from the Ralph Lauren Gift Vault.
12. The Mustache Flask
Three words: must-have mustache. $15 on Amazon.
13. The Original Shot Flask
It doesn't get much more convenient than this. $25 on Amazon.
14. Tommy Bahama Pick Stitch Flask
We think this clean, solid design will work for a diverse group of groomsmen. $50 at Nordstrom.
15. Philippi Churchill Twin Flask Purse
Show twice the appreciation with two times the alcohol capacity. Double flasks bound in leather, $59 at Beyond Half.0
There's no better way to symbolize your marriage than with a unity ceremony. Why? Because after all, it's about two significant others becoming one and two families being blended together. Here are a few of our favorite sentimental ideas:
Photo: Maxwell Monty Photography
1. Tree Watering - Ask each guest in attendance to water a sapling as a sign of their committment to your marriage. See more of Kelley and Tyler's wedding here.
Photo: Katelyn James
2. Foot Washing - Display your devotion by washing each other's feet. See more of Kiersten and Trey's wedding here.
Photo: Melissa Copeland Photography
3. Candles - Allow parents on each respective side to light a candle stick, one for the bride and one for the groom. Then, together, light a larger pillar candle located in the center.
Photo: Ryan Ray
4. Sand - Similar to a salt ceremony, a bride and groom pour grains of sand from individual vessels into one larger vessel acknowledging that their marriage can never be broken because one would never be able to identify their grains of sand (unless they were colored).
Photo: Emilia Jane Photography
5. Tying Ribbons - Provide guests with a piece of ribbon and instruct them to tie it to the person sitting next to them, ultimately binding together. See more of Sarah and Hoss' wedding here.
Photo: Jonathan Young Weddings
6. Wine - Write handwritten love letters to each other and lock inside a box with a bottle of wine to be opened on your 5th, 10th, 15th, or 25th anniversary.0
With the holidays right around the corner, we can't help but be a bit fixated on shimmer and sparkle! As far as we're concerned, adding a little glitz to your big day is a good idea no matter what the season. After all, it is a celebration! Here are our top 10 ways to set a sparkly scene on your wedding day.
Photo: Leslee Mitchell
1. Sparkly Stationery
Photos (from left): Apryl Ann, Harwell Photography
Pretty up your paper products with shiny metallic borders!
2. Tinsel Backdrops
Photo: Rylee Hitchner
Use tinsel and crepe paper to DIY a fun photobooth wall or a festive background for your beverage and dessert displays.
3. Glittery Table Numbers
Photos (from left): Jeff Loves Jessica, Nine Photography
Coat three-dimensional table numbers in glitter to add instant glamour to your tablescapes.
4. Glimmering Place Settings
Photos (from left): Scott Andrew Studio, Kristyn Hogan
Welcome guests to the table with a playful pop of bling.
5. Glitzy Chair Signs
Photos (from left): Kristyn Hogan, Captured Photography by Jenny
Adorn the happy couple's dining chairs with celebratory cutout signs.
6. Twinkling Candles
Photos (from left): Alea Lovely, Scott Lawrence
Give your candlelight a little extra glow!
7. Shimmery Vases
Photos: Nine Photography
We love the way these shimmery gold vases liven up simple, monochromatic arrangements.
8. Dazzling Dance Floor
Photos (from left): Leslee Mitchell, Joielala Photographie
That first dance is sure to be even more magical with a little shimmer underfoot.
9. Spangled Drink Stirrers
Photos (from left): Erich McVey, Jessica Lorren
Jazz up those signature cocktails and say cheers!
10. Glistening Cake Toppers
Photos (from left): White Loft Studio, Daniel Lateulade
Embellish your wedding cake with a sparkly saying for a pretty, personal touch.
Can't get enough shimmer? There's plenty more where that came from on our Glam Wedding Decor Board!0