Purple and Gold Island Wedding with a Twist

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Question:

My wedding is in December in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. The wedding colors are purple and gold and my theme is traditional with a twist. My question is how do I incorporate the island destination with these colors and my theme.

-Adana

Answer:

I would say that people actually see shapes before they see color. So I would suggest that if you want an island feel, you can do that with your colors as long as you use shapes in your designs that relate to an island feeling, such as palm leaves, tropical flowers, etc.

Also it might be nice to incorporate more “twist” elements into your wedding design, so that guests understand that it’s not a typical traditional wedding. Here are some ideas to spark your creativity.

 

monogram tropical invitation by Imbue You

This is our new tropical wrap wedding invitation. We usually feature this design with a plumeria flower design, but have replaced it here with one of our monogram designs for a more traditional look. See the original tropical invitation here.

beaded bridal hair piece by BeadFloraJewels

Another way to show the uniqueness of your wedding is to use unusual materials. Here an island flower is handmade as a bridal hair piece from beads. This design is by BeadFlora.

different bridesmaid dresses by thejerseymaid

Another idea is to have your bridesmaid dresses be the same color and basic shape for a traditional look, but slightly different styles for a twist. These bridesmaid dresses are from The Jersey Maid.

spiral wedding seating arrangement

Everyone has a great seat with a spiral seating arrangement. It’s definitely something different, but not too different for a traditional wedding. This photo is by Gideon Photography via b.loved.

monogram tropical thank you by imbue you

We’ve begun doing these thank you cards for couples having destination weddings. I love the idea of these. Weddings after all are about sharing a special day with the people who mean the most to you. A card like this shows your appreciation for your family and friends, especially if they’ve traveled to share your wedding day. You can display it on plates during dinner, or in welcome bags for out of town guests.

 

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Mexican Wedding Inspiration: Vintage Folk

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mexican wedding vintage altar

Destination weddings in Mexico are a beautiful experience. And if you would like that experience to have a more homespun, romantic feeling, consider Vintage Folk Mexican Wedding inspiration.

For Mexican Vintage Folk, think authentic Mexican folk or art pieces, peasant dresses, lots of flowers, some rustic flair, handmade touches and lots of color.

This wedding altar above is a great example the Vintage Folk style. The flowers have a handmade feel, and they are paired with wood. The colors are also very joyous {Photo by Daisy Varley Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs}

mexican embroidery wedding dress

mexican peasant dress bridesmaids

peasant dress for flower girl

Peasant Dresses

You can incorporate peasant dresses with a bridal gown, your bridesmaids or flower girl. For a more fun and funky feeling go with the traditional embroidery and more colorful look. For a more classic or romantic look you can opt for the shape of a peasant dress in lighter shades or white, like the flower girl dress above on the left.

{Photos:  Embroidery wedding dress from www.aidacoronado.com; bridesmaid peasant dress photo by Daisy Varley Photography; flower girl dress on the left by Sun Love Shirts; on the right by Elizabeth Palmer}

 

Mexican Folk wedding invitation by Imbue You

Mexican Folk RSVP by Imbue You

Mexican Folk Inspired Wedding Invitations

You can also capture the feeling of embroidery, peasant dresses or Mexican art through your wedding stationery design. Repeating your invitation design at your ceremony and reception with wedding programs, table numbers, seating cards or menus will pull together your entire look.

{Photos: Invitations by Imbue You Wedding}

mexican beaded necklace

beaded necklace

Mexican Jewelry

You also can pull in a vintage folk look through accessories, including Mexican style jewelry. With the variety in beaded necklaces and bracelets you can find your style from funky to elegant.

{Photos: top beaded necklace by Favored Memories; lower beaded necklace by JustineJustine}

 

bridal flower crown

floral ties groom and groomen

floral cookies favors

Flowers

Flowers really do complete a Mexican vintage folk style. Vary the flower types and colors for a true vintage folk look, or sprinkle flowers in new ways throughout your wedding. Floral cookies, for instance, would make adorable favors.

{Photos: Floral crown with DIY tutorial at Green Wedding Shoes; floral groom and groomsmen ties by Cyberoptix; Floral cookies by The Art of Cookies}

handmade Mexican wedding signs

vintage Mexican peasant bookends

Mexican wedding custom maracas

Touches of Mexico

A Mexican vintage folk wedding theme is really about celebrating Mexican culture, and finding ways to incorporate it into your own love story.  Vintage finds and Spanish sayings can decorate your reception decor. And one of my favorite touches is shaking maracas at the first kiss, or to make the couple kiss at the reception. It could even be a fun send off.

{Photos: Spanish signs: Ashley Maxwell Photography via Green Wedding Shoes; Vintage bookends: Valentina’s Vintage; Custom maracas by Mishka Designs via Elizabeth Medina Photography}

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Indian Wedding Inspiration: Archways and Architecture

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Indian archway wedding inspiration

When planning a wedding, choosing a theme that ties your various design elements together can actually simplify your choices by focusing your decision making.  For Indian weddings there are design options, besides color, that can you can use to pull your wedding look together.

One way to evoke Indian is to celebrate its architecture with wedding elements inspired by archways.

indian wedding aisle arch by www.fiorifresco.com

Ceremony-Canopy-Beach Wedding by www.mauiweddingphotographers.co

Beyond the mandap, arches can be part of your wedding by covering the aisle or the guest seating. With more or less detail, and depending on the material you use, your ceremony arches can be modern or traditional. More detail and colors will have a more traditional look,like the top photo. While simpler shapes and a more scaled back design in one color will read as modern.

{Photo sources:  Indian archway from Delhi by kholkute; Floral aisle canopy design by Fiori Fresco Special Events and Barbara Wallace Weddings, photography by Wanberg Media Arts; White canopy photo by Hughes Photographics}

 

indian arch wedding cake by theimageisfound.com

Archways can be decorative symbols on your wedding cake, other desserts or favors. In the cake above it’s combined with paisely, floral and other design elements to make it truly special. You can add your own whimsy, shapes and colors to have fun with arches.

{Photo by The Image is Found via Style Me Pretty}

 

purple lotus flower Indian wedding program by Imbue You Wedding

Arches can also be woven through your reception stationery, such as on wedding programs, table numbers, escort cards and menus.

{Indian inspired Wedding Program by Imbue You Wedding}

Indian jewelry

And don’t forget your wedding  jewelry. I love how these jewels frame the face and create an archway with the shape of their design.

{Photo source:  left: luuux.com; right: Womenxone.com}

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding.  For Indian wedding invitations and stationery visit Imbue You Wedding.}

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Beach Wedding Destination Theme: Mexican Hacienda

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hacienda wedding venue

I love Mexican beach theme weddings. There are so many design ideas and options. If you are looking for more Mexican than beach in your wedding theme and want a romantic feeling, consider a Mexican or Spanish Hacienda wedding theme.

For a hacienda theme think Old World meets rustic with a splash of Mexican and Spanish culture. Colors are more muted, like terra cotta, creamy yellows, natural greens, soft blues and wood tones.

hacienda venue details

Venue: Architecture and Old World details establish a hacienda feeling. If you are getting married on the beach, or your venue doesn’t have archways and wood beams, consider creating a canopy for your ceremony or reception. {Venue: Valentin Imperial Maya in Mexico}

mexican spanish tile invitation hacienda

mexican talavera tile hacineda booklet

Invitations and Wedding Stationery: Your stationery is a great place to add the cultural component of your wedding. Think classic cultural arts and details, such as talavera tile and lace. And don’t forget to give your guests plenty of planning information. {Invitations by Imbue You}

old world wedding dresses

spanish mexican peasant wedding dress

lace peasant wedding dress

Wedding Dress: There are a few ways to give a nod to your hacienda wedding theme with your wedding gown. One way is to go very Old World, with beading and exquisite details. Another is to go simpler with a more New World Mexican peasant dress vibe. And yet another is to split the difference, for instance a peasant dress shape with Old World details like lace. {Dress by J’Aton Couture via Bride to Be; Photo via Live Breathe Fashion; Photo via Green Wedding Shoes; Photo via Fashion Served}

succulents mexican hacienda wedding

hacienda wedding reception table

The Details: For a hacienda theme ceremony and reception think intimate, rustic and drought resistant. Hacienda locations in the New World can be harsh after all. Succulents and wildflowers make great bouquets and table centerpieces. And nothing says family and friends like a long wooden farm table. {Bouquet via Belle the Magazine; Cake by Sweet and Saucy Shop; Rustic farm table via Oh Lovely Day}

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide.}

 

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10 Awesome DIY Wedding Bunting and Garland Ideas

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Bunting and garland can come in so many shapes, colors and sizes. They truly are a beautiful, fun way to spice up wedding, reception or party decor, and express your style. Here are 10 unique DIY garland ideas to get your creativity going:

DIY pom pom garland

Pom Pom Bunting

I love these. Pom pom bunting just looks like fun on a string to me. These are made out of yarn, using a large serving fork and scissors (seriously!) DIY tutorial can be found at  Momtastic.

 

DIY tassel garland

Tassel Garland

Playful and different, tassel bunting has a great 3D feel. Pack it densely in a monochromatic palette for a modern look. Or add more space between tassels and more colors for a more casual feel. These are surprisingly easy to make. DIY tutorial can be found at Calico Skies.

 

DIY crayon garland

Crayon Garland

Coolest use for crayons outside of drawing rainbows. These hearts are crayon shavings melted together between wax paper using an iron. How cool is that?! DIY tutorial at House of Earnest.

 

DIY color chips garland

Color Chip Bunting

So cute and so simple. This bunting is made from paint chips found at a home improvement store and a craft punch. With so many types of punches available, this garland idea can fit so many wedding themes. DIY tutorial at Chic Cheap Nursery.

 

DIY coffee filter bunting

Coffee Filter Bunting

Proving you can make beautiful bunting out of almost anything, this garland is coffee filters colored with Easter egg dye. Want to give it a try? DIY tutorial can be found at The Robots Attack.

 

DIY lighted paper garland

Lighted Paper Lantern Garland

By adding light, garlands can do double duty for evening and outdoor weddings. Find the DIY tutorial and free template for the paper pendant shape at Once Wed.

 

DIY mirror and light garland

Mirror and Light Garland

Here the garland is more art than lighting. Hung on the wall or over tables like a chandelier, guests won’t easily forget this garland of drama. DIY tutorial at Apartment Therapy.

 

DIY map bunting

Map Bunting

Classic bunting with a twist. ..using old maps or other vintage paperie. DIY tutorial can be found at Please Note.

 

DIY paper airplane bunting

Paper Airplane Garland

How cute would this be for a travel theme wedding? This garland is just lots and lots of folded paper airplanes on string. Simple and fun. More photos at It’s Two AM.

 

DIY burlap bunting

Burlap Circle Bunting

This isn’t the easiest DIY garland to make, but all the handmade touches look so personal that it’s totally worth the extra effort. If you are doing a vintage or rustic theme, this might be the garland for you. DIY tutorial at Post Road Vintage.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide.}

 

 

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Modern Indian Wedding Palette: Purple, Teal and Gold

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teal and purple Lotus invite booklet with loop

Last week I gave you sneak peek at our new Indian-inspired lotus wedding invitation booklet (above). One of my favorite things about this new design is the color palette. We’ve been getting lots of requests for a modern take on a traditional Indian wedding palette. And I think this palette works perfectly.

So whether you are planning a modern Indian wedding or are looking for a bright yet luxe wedding palette, I hope these images inspire you.

purple teal gold indian wedding saree

teal purple and gold painted wedding dress

Whether you go more modern or more traditional, this color palette provides outrageously beautiful wedding dress options. {Saree via Maharani Weddings; Hand dyed dress above by MoMo SoHo}

purple and teal wedding makeup

FiveLittleGems purple teal gold earrings

Go glamorous or bold. The right accessories can complete the look for your entire bridal party. {Makeup via  Makeup Geek; Earrings by Five Little Gems}

gold purple teal bridal brooch bouquet

purple and gold luxe place setting

If super luxe or traditional is your wedding mood, simply add more gold. {Brooch bouquet by Vandiva Bridal; Table setting via Maharani Weddings}

purple and teal table setting with white

teal purple and white table setting

Or if it’s a fresher take or more modern look you are after, downplay the gold or add white. {Photos via Ruffled}

purple and teal cupcake flags

You can even add more fun to your dessert table by incorporating these colors. {Cupcakes and flags via Hostess with the Mostess}

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }

 

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