Real Palettes: Teal, Fuchsia and Gold Indian Wedding

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Indian lotus wedding program in teal, fuchsia and gold

Sometimes it takes experimentation to land on the color palette you like.

We were working on a wedding program for an Indian wedding that originally had royal blue and gold as the main colors. A two color palette works well on invitation design. But often once the reception design begins, more colors are pulled in with flowers, table linens, chair coverings and even tableware.

So the bride came back and added teal and fuchsia to the mix and it really brought the entire design alive.

I love the results, what about you? What colors would you add to your palette to fill it out?

Indian lotus wedding program inside teal, fuchsia and gold

Indian lotus wedding program back in teal, fuchsia and gold

See more of our handmade wedding programs here.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding}

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Natalie Briggs Sexy Handmade Bridal Garters

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And now for something sexy! And Australian-based Natalie Briggs – Luxury Handmade Garters are certainly that.

What I love about Natalie’s garters is that there’s a little unexpected surprise on each design. It’s almost a shame that you wear them under your dress.

Champagne Chiffon Bridal Garter with Ivory

“My style is Modern and Sexy with a little vintage twist,” says Natalie. “I love using Ivory satin and French laces in my work. My style is not your typical lace garter, a lot more thought and design goes into my garters, as well as considering comfort for my brides in my designs.”

natalie briggs something blue garter

{Designer Secret} According to Natalie, the key to choosing the right garter is to know your dress fabric and shape, for instance ball gown, slim fit, fish tail, etc. “Some fabrics, like taffeta are quite see through if they are only one layer, so you have to be careful with a dark garter under these dresses,” she says.

“If a bride has a ball gown dress with tulle layers underneath to give it volume, then I would not recommend a lace garter that is beaded as the beads could get caught on the tulle,” Natalie says. “If a bride has a more slim fitting gown, especially around the thighs, then I’d recommend a more slim fitting garter.”

Vintage Style French Blue Lace Pearl Garter

London Lace Pleated Bridal Garter

“I’m pretty good at visualizing what colors will go together and which ones will not,” says Natalie. “I think a lot of brides are looking for a professional opinion which is great! If the colors would not work, then I’d suggest maybe using only one or two of the colors instead, which always works out.”

Ivory and Pearl Lace Bridal Garter

Natalie’s passion for beautiful garters started with her own wedding more than a year ago.

“I couldn’t find a garter I actually liked. They all looked tacky, and as if they were all designed in the 80’s. So I decided I can do a lot better, and that’s how Natalie Briggs – Luxury Handmade Garters was born.”

Winter Wonderland Fake Fur Garter

For more tips about garters and choosing the right ones, Natalie put together a helpful video.

To learn more about Natalie and see more designs visit:
Website : www.nataliebriggs.com
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/people/Nb-Garters/100001122619474
Twitter: twitter.com/nbgarters
Blog: www.nataliebriggs.blogspot.com

Photo credit: Koby & Terilyn Brown of ArchetypeStudioInc.com

Chiffon Sexy Garter with Champagne Satin Flower

 

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{Real Palettes} Margot’s Coral and Navy Vintage Wedding Invitations

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Navy continues to be a popular and interesting choice for wedding invitations, as seen in Natalie’s recent Asian navy and fuchsia wedding invitation. But when Margot came to me with coral and navy, I was intrigued. That was a new one, and I loved it!

Vintage Coral and Navy Wedding Invitation

Apparently, the uniqueness of the color combination was what drew Margot to the choice as well. “Because I hadn’t seen them done together before, and we wanted every detail of the wedding to be as unique as our relationship.” Margot says. “Green and pink were my first choices. I love the bright fun playful ambiance those two colors represent together.”

Vintage Wedding Coral and Navy Invitation Set

She admits she had help coming up with the palette.

“I am incredibly fickle minded, so admittedly I prefer loved ones to make these types of decisions for me!” she says. “I asked my maid of honor for her suggestion, and that was coral. And our wedding is taking place at a beautiful waterfront restaurant in Annapolis MD, across from the Naval academy with all navy umbrellas on the decks. So that is how coral and navy was born.”

{Designer Secret} Taking a color cue from your venue can be a great idea. Since you know the colors will look great in the space and you may have less to bring in décor-wise.

Vintage Coral Envelope Wrap Label

For her wedding Margot is sticking with these colors, and adding ivory.

“The bridesmaids are wearing coral, and the men are wearing navy blazers. And our flowers will be a mix of ivory and coral dahlias.”

Margot has some advice for picking your wedding color palette. “Google them, and if the inspiration boards that the professionals have put together for your color combinations make you smile, go with it.”

Coral and Navy Vintage Wedding Invitation

 

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Y&E Bridal: Ring Pillows with Fashion Sense

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For personal, meaningful weddings, details are everything. Today’s Artist Profile and Style Secrets come from Yasuko and Erina, the mother and daughter team behind Y&E Bridal. The beauty of their ring pillows are all in the details.

Yasuko was previously a fashion designer in Japan and wedding seamstress at a high-end bridal shop before forming Y&E Bridal. So it’s no surprise that she makes every item by hand and uses high-quality lace, satin and silk.

{Designer Secret} Choosing Your Ring Pillow Style

When it comes to adding your style to your ring pillow, Erina says you can look beyond your gown or even the color scheme of the wedding. If there is another important element of your wedding that you love, like the design of the cake, the pattern on the china, or the motif on the place cards, then go for it!

“I see a lot of brides either match their pillows to their wedding colors or to their dress. We sell a lot of lace pillows because it is the same kind of lace that is used on their dresses. But I really like it when brides match something small,” Erina says.

“I had a bride who had kind of a woven look to her wedding cake and bought a pillow that looked the same as her cake. I thought that was cute. It doesn’t really matter if it matches anything really as long as it is something the bride loves and it makes her happy looking at it!”

Erina describes the Y&E Bridal style as elegant and girly. But staying “elegant” is sometimes all about keeping the “girly” in check. Many brides ask her if they should add more lace on their designs, to which she answers “There is such a thing as too much lace.”

“I think a wedding is the most successful and beautiful when it is all your own,” Erina says, “and it really shows what you, the couple, is all about.”

For more beautiful ring pillow designs, as well as flower girl baskets, hair accessories and garters, visit the Y&E Bridal shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/YANDEBRIDAL

Or learn more here:

http://www.facebook.com/yandebridal
http://www.twitter.com/yandebridal
http://pinterest.com/erinachan/

Do you have a favorite design? Let me know in comments!

 

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{Real Palettes} Natalie’s Modern and Bold Asian Wedding Invitations

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Natalie is a bride with a clear design vision. And when she came to me for her wedding invitations she knew it had to be bold, it had to be cultural and it had to be navy and fuchsia.

She even blended two of our invitations designs into one…adding a wrap and tag to a layered Asian print invite. And she blended an Asian-inspired print with colors she fell in love with in Guatemala.

But that’s just perfect for the blended wedding style Natalie wants for when she walks down the aisle this fall.

{Designer Tip} Mixing Traditional Culture with Modern Style

The key to pulling off Natalie’s East-meets-West style is taking the traditional print and detailed shapes from Japanese and Chinese design and pairing them with a bold modern color palette.

Color is an great way to liven up more traditional designs!

 In Natalie’s Words:

If you look at traditional weddings around the world, they are extremely colorful! From Asia and India, to South America and Africa, you see lots of colors on our most joyous days. Although I consider myself very “westernized” (U.S. born and raised), my ethnic background is Chinese, and I have always loved the colorful silks and embroidery of traditional Chinese weddings.

Although I will be wearing my white gown all day, there will be nothing pale or pastel about my wedding day! Red and gold, of course are the most traditional, but as a melting pot American, I take inspiration from other cultures as well.

On a recent vacation with my fiancé to Guatemala, a country known for its colorful woven textiles, I bought a traditional belt which is basically a strip of fabric woven with many colors. The primary colors were dark blue and pink. It is one of my favorite accessories and souvenirs!

On a visit to the fabric store there was bolt of hot fuchsia dupioni silk displayed right next to a deep royal blue silk and I fell in love. The colors are so contrasting and bright. I especially love the fuchsia.

(In fact if I could have a second dream dress, it would be made of yards and yards of fuchsia dupioni silk!)

For my wedding and reception dark royal blue will be the base color, which is appropriate for an elegant evening affair. Hot pink will be the accent, like little fireworks of color. My maid of honor will be in a hot pink dress, and my other 2 bridesmaids in royal blue. Flowers will be colorful and bold, bright yellows, pinks, and oranges.

 

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