{Real Palettes} Moroccan Bridal Shower: Orange and Teal Color Explosion

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Moroccan wedding shower decor

When Jessica was pulling together the look for her Moroccan inspired bridal shower, she came to us initially for her invitations, in a festive orange and teal palette.

I’m so glad she came back for matching buffet signs, gift table sign and favor tags for the shower itself because she added brown, plum, red, fuchsia and chartreuse to really bring her Moroccan shower color palette to life, as you can see here:

Moroccan shower decor detail

 

Morrocan shower cake and cultural dishes

Moroccan wedding favor tags

“My family is Moroccan and we wanted to incorporate our heritage and my Moroccan grandmother, who passed away four years ago, into the wedding celebrations,” Jessica explains. “We thought bright, vivid colors were Moroccan, fun, festive, ethnic. And with the matching decor, Moroccan food and belly dancers, the mood was very Moroccan.”

“We wanted the shower to really stand out and be different and memorable so the colors enhanced the theme and it definitely all stood out,” she says.

{Designer Secret} In addition to color, what really sells Jessica’s Moroccan shower theme is authenticity. She uses culturally inspired decor pieces and furniture, like the poufs, to give her guests a real Moroccan vibe.

colorful bridal shower flowers

Moroccan gift table sign

“My mom and I own our interior design business so color and congruency is very important to us,” Jessica says. “My aunt and mom went above and beyond to get the best possible decor and it all worked together perfectly.”

Moroccan shower bronze decor detail

Moroccan shower table setting

{Designer Secret} Your wedding doesn’t have to keep the same color palette for every related event or party. While Jessica’s Moroccan bridal shower was an explosion of rich colors and cultural influences, her actual wedding was a clean and modern black and white affair.

“My personal aesthetic is clean, modern, sophisticated and glamorous,” Jessica says. “Nothing speaks glamour like old fashion black and white. My fiancé and I wanted it to be an old-world, fabulous evening and color just didn’t work well with that theme.”

bridal shower Moroccan cake display

When it comes to color for your wedding, Jessica believes you can have it all just by divvying up what you like among your various pre-wedding events. “Have fun!! Go for a bold theme or an interesting color palette,” she says. “Between the shower and the wedding, there are so many events that you can really experiment and enjoy color.”

Thanks Jessica for sharing your wedding and singular style with us!

 

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Beyond Red: Orange and Teal Mexican Wedding Inspiration

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There are so many beautiful destination weddings in Mexico. And as much as I love the bold palette of red and black for a Mexican wedding, those colors aren’t for everyone! Looking to go softer and brighter, but still play with a traditional Mexican color palette? How about orange and teal?

mexican papel picado wedding decor

Wouldn’t these papel picado banners look beautiful in your reception space…or overhead at an outdoor wedding? {Handmade by aymujer.etsy.com}

mexican teal and orange bride and groom

 

{Designer Secret} Bold and bright colors can be kept airy and light by adding white and see through fabrics. And of course everything doesn’t have to scream “Mexico”.  But touches here and there, like the embroidery on this wedding dress are really lovely.

{Bouquet from Heather’s Flowers; hair accessory from mgmart.etsy.com; shoe clips from LemonRing; wedding dress from www.aidacoronado.com}

ring bearer orange and aqua bow tie

mexican skull bracelet turquoise

A little fun and whimsy works too! Though, as I wrote last week, you don’t want to overdo it on the Mexican Day of the Dead skulls.

{Ring bearer bowtie from Me and Matilda; Day of the Dead skull bracelet from Perfectly Charming}

DIY tequila mexican wedding favor

Ribbons, tags, even placing favors on a plate in your color scheme can tie designs to your palette even when they don’t share the same colors. {DIY tequila wedding favor via Ruffled}

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{Ask Imbue You} How to Create Chic Theme Weddings

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Have you ever seen the television show My Fair Wedding, hosted by wedding expert David Tutera?

I really do love this show. But not for the “show up at your door 3 weeks before your wedding and change everything” premise. I love how David takes themes gone wild and transforms them into elegant affairs that the couple and guests will remember for years to come.

For me, this show is proof that any theme can be made elegant, sophisticated and personal.

Even a Day of the Dead wedding theme, based on the traditional Mexican holiday where people honor dead loved ones. The bride envisioned skulls everywhere, from the centerpieces to the groomsmen’s ties. David toned down the skulls, added red roses and black lace for a more Mexican feel…and voila elegance restored.

David Tutera Day of the Dead Wedding

Day of the Dead table setting photo from Paper Olive

The keys to pulling this off are balance and variety. And if you keep these things in mind for your wedding, any theme you choose will be chic.

Let’s take a Vegas wedding theme for example. It’s tempting to think only about cards and dice. But look what happens when you mix in feathers (showgirls, anyone?), new interpretations of card suits, other textures and tons of glamour.

bridal mini top hat by orphelia

handmade bridal clutch by angeew macau coin cufflinks by qacreate

 

 

ace necklace by glowfly

Handmade Bridal Shrug by Countessa

Card Suit Favor Tags by Paperquick

wedding bouquet by hairbowswonderworld

So go for it. Have that pirate theme wedding. Just be sure to mix in some bling with the bandanas.

What’s your wedding theme? And how are you keeping it chic?

Photo credits: Orphelia, Angee W., QA Create, GlowflyCountessa, Paper Quick, Hair Bows Wonderworld

 

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Imbue You I Do….Coming Soon

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Imbue You I Do Blog Coming Soon

Launching Monday, July 18th!

I love wedding blogs…and what’s not to love with gorgeous photography and sumptuous details.

As a wedding stationery designer, I get a lot of questions from couples about how to best turn the stunning designs they see on wedding blogs and in wedding magazines and turn it into something that meaningful for them.

With this blog, Imbue You I Do, I hope to answer those questions. I’ll be revealing the designer secrets behind memorable invitations, receptions, wedding fashion and more.

It all starts Monday, July 18, 2011.

Until then, feel free to contact me with ideas you’d like to see, questions and to submit shoots, designs and post ideas. In the meantime, I’ve included some older posts from my previous blog with some thoughts and ideas.

Be Stylish,

Kemba

Photo credits: Imbue You Wedding; Natalie Briggs Luxury Handmade Garters and Koby & Terilyn Brown of ArcheypeStudioInc.com; Y&E Bridal

 

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