{ RePost } 40s Vintage Chic Style for Weddings

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vintage wedding bridal hair

What do you do when you love vintage style but not necessarily the muted colors and lace details that often define a vintage wedding? May I present: 40s Vintage Sophisticate or Vintage Chic.

Think bold rich colors, simple use of color and exquisite detailing from fine tailored clothing. Influenced by one of my favorite eras for style, this look works great for city weddings and couples with a clean and modern taste.
{photo: Hair Bows Wonderworld}

purple vintage bouquet white black wedding cake

With this look a little goes a long way. Square buttons and simple ribbon add vintage style with a clean modern look.
{photos: bouquet Square Root Floral Design via In the Now Weddings; cake:  The Cloudberry Bakery}

pinstripes suite groom

vintage wedding pinstripe shoe suitcase

Pinstripes don’t have to be confined to the groom and groomsmen. They can add classic details to your fashion and wedding decor. {photo credit top: Weddings by Two}

black vintage bridesmaid dress

40s vintage bride fedora wedding dress

Sure, part of this look is all about attitude…but the clothes help too!
{photos: bridesmaid dress by Suzy Berry; fedora via Modern Bride Guide; wedding dress by Dolly Couture}

vintage wedding guestbook alternative typewriter

vintage wedding photography

Even your wedding memories can be classic vintage, like using a vintage typewriter as a guestbook alternative or vintage photography. {typewriter photo via Ruffled; wedding photos: Weddings by Two}

{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 Handmade Styles for Beach Weddings

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starfish or seahorse beach fan wedding program

With spring finally here, we’ve been seeing a lot of interest in our beach wedding invitations, programs and place cards.

Starfish folded wedding invitation

{beach program fan and folded wedding invitation handmade  by Imbue You Wedding, imbueyou.com/wedding}

So beach wedding planning season must be on. And so to help narrow down the many choices out there, here are 10 of my favorite handmade designs for beach weddings found on Etsy.

conch shell save the date bookmark

Save the Date.

Not only does this save the date announce your theme early on, it’s a bookmark your guests can use again and again…maybe while relaxing on the beach with a good book. {handmade by www.SunshineandRavioli.etsy.com}

beach wedding dress shrug

Dress Up the Dress.

Beach wedding gowns are often light and airy. But if you want to add a little more va-voom…and still be able to walk easily on sand, this glamorous shrug could be your answer. {handmade by www.EmpressBride.etsy.com}

beach wedding sign

The Signage.

Handmade custom signs point your guests in the right direction, in a fun personal way. {handmade by www.Funkifolkart.etsy.com}

seashell beach wedding pomander ball

The Aisle Decor.

These shell balls are a beachy alternative to floral balls for the back of chairs lining the aisle. {handmade by www.iDoArtsyWeddings.etsy.com}

nautical chart wedding guest book

The Guest Book.

This map covered handmade guest book is a real heirloom piece, not just because of the guests’ words within. But also because of the hand bookbinding work, including coptic stitching. {handmade by www.OliveArt.etsy.com}

seahorse wedding place card

The Placecards.

Seahorses are a wonderful alternative to shells and starfish for beach weddings. And these are very unique, very fun placecards. {handmade by www.TimelessPaper.etsy.com}

beach wedding sand votives

The Decor.

Real makes an impact. So as much as you can include real shells, starfish, anchors, etc. to your wedding decor. The more authentic items you include the more you immerse your guests in your theme. These votive holders are made with real sand. {handmade by www.seasidedesigns.etsy.com}

shell wedding cake server set

The Cake Cutting.

The cake cutting is often the signature event of the wedding (after the “I dos” of course!). Beach it up with elegant shell covered cake servers that become a memento of your special day. {handmade by www.Beadz2Pleaz.etsy.com}

glass fish beach wedding centerpiece

The Centerpiece.

Wow. Ice-sculpture is beautiful, but this glass fish inspired centerpiece is eye-candy you can keep. Placed prominently in your reception space, it will add an elegant artistic flair. {handmade by www.ConfectionsInGlass.etsy.com}

beach wedding starfish tags

The Takeaway.

Clean, friendly design makes these favor tags appropriate for a variety of beach weddings, from casual to elegant. {handmade by www.maidavale.etsy.com}

{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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Table Setting Inspiration for Intimate Weddings

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beach wedding table place setting

Thanksgiving is just a day a way. And in the spirit celebrating a special meal with close family and friends, I wanted to share with you some inspiration for creating your own beautiful tables for small or intimate weddings. With a lower guest count you often can spend more time and energy on making your tablescapes stylish yet cozy. And here are some ideas:

colorful country wedding table place setting

Add Color: Bold colors and color contrasts bring this table to life. When creating tablescapes with rich colors focus on two colors and their variations, and add punches of color. Want a colorful look with muted shades? Incorporate larger pieces, such as the table runner or table linens. {Photo source: Hostess with the Mostess}

glamorous wedding table place setting

Add Glamour: Imagine these tables by candlelight. The best thing about sparkle at a wedding setting is the way it looks when the lighting is dim and moody. {Photo sources: Pinterest via Weddingbee.com, Pinterest}

beach wedding table setting

Add Texture: Texture adds instant interest and will give your table a designer, finished look. Plus layers on layers will look really lush in small spaces. {Photo source first photo and above: Love Notes Blog by Pacific Weddings}

nautical wedding table place setting

Add a Personal Touch: With fewer guests you really have a chance to do something special for each one. I love this place setting with paper boats and handwritten guest name. When you sit at a table like this, you feel like it was done just for you. How lovely. {Photo source: Bayside Bride}

unique wedding table number

Add the Unexpected: I love a surprise, don’t you? And your guests will too. These are papercut numbers mounted in an acrylic frame. Simple but very effective. {Photo source: Doubly Happy Too, handmade papercut numbers made by Paper Cut Diecut}

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Edible Elephants for Indian Weddings

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Indian wedding cupcake toppers

Did you ever watch Bob Ross create paintings on the PBS show “Joy of Painting?” I feel like I grew up on that show. One thing Bob Ross loved was “happy little accidents” as he was painting.

Well, this blog feature today is a happy little accident because I was going to feature all sorts of elephant inspiration for Indian weddings …but the elephant desserts looked so good (or maybe I was just hungry) and they stole the spotlight.

Elephants are so iconic in traditional Indian weddings, even providing the groom’s entrance. Desserts can be a way to update, modernize and incorporate elephants in a new way. So enjoy!

detailed Indian wedding elephant cake

Indian wedding elephant groom cake

Yes, that’s a cake…with eyes. Amazing! This is actually a groom’s cake and it’s beautiful.
{Photo credits: Elephant cupcake toppers (above) by K.O. Rasoi; Elephant cake by Heather Barranco}

sculpted elephant Indian wedding cake

With this cake I love how the elephant shape is matched with simpler details that still give it Indian style. It looks like an elephant sari cake and it works.
{Photo credit: The Mad Platters}

elephant pink polka dot wedding shower cookies

mehndi Indian wedding elephant cookies

These cookies would make the most wonderful favors! And like with the cakes, you can go for more or less realism and really express your personal wedding style.
{Photo credits: Pink elephant cookies by Not Betty Cookies; Detailed elephant cookies by Rosey Sugar Palace}

Indian elephant cupcakes

Even if you are doing a dessert table or cupcake tier instead of a wedding cake, you can have fun with elephants. The 3D beading and the jeweled tone colors on these really make them special.
{Photo credit: Elephant cupcake toppers by K.O. Rasoi}

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Wedding Comfort Food Desserts

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I love all the special touches and personal details that couples are adding to their weddings, especially with desserts. I’m a big believer in expressing yourself and your favorite things at your wedding. And what better way to do that than with the food?

With the right presentation any dessert can be “wedding appropriate” enough for your Aunt Edna. These are some of my favorite ways to dress up the tastiest comfort food desserts. Enjoy!

banana pudding oreo cookie cheesecake for wedding

mini wedding dessert tarts

colorful wedding desserts rainbow pastel

I personally ate a lot of banana pudding as a kid, not a bad childhood at all. As an adult, I’d love this buttered rum version (recipe here) Let’s face it, sometimes the most comforting desserts are the messiest, so if you can make them finger foods or otherwise easy to eat, go for it. And add color for that extra fun factor.

{Photo credits: banana pudding: Rachel’s Recipe Blog; oreo cheesecake: Bakers Royale; mini pies: Melissa Papaj Photography; ice cream cakes: That Inspirational Girl; rainbow jello: Belle the Magazine}

wedding lollipop dessert

wedding cotton candy popsicles

You really can’t go wrong with sticks of sugar. Is it bad to believe that cotton candy is an anytime food? Again, making these easy to eat is the key…and champagne doesn’t hurt either.

{Photo credits: lollipops: Style Me Pretty; cotton candy: Martha Stewart Weddings; popsicles with champagne: Southern Living}

wedding smores dessert bar

wedding smores in jar and candy bar

S’mores are the ultimate comfort food, aren’t they? The drama of a open flame makes this more of an activity than a dessert at weddings, and super fun too. But if the flame seems too risky for you, what about a s’mores candy bar or s’mores in a jar?

{Photo credit: s’mores bar: Assaf Friedman Photography via Elly B Events; s’mores candy bar: Madyson’s Marshmallows; s’mores in a jar: Ploctopia by cploch}


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Mexican and Spanish Tile Wedding Inspiration

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mexican spanish tile colorful bouquet vintage wedding dress

It’s no secret that I love tile inspired design. Our very first design that launched our wedding stationery business was inspired by centuries old Persian tile architecture. And Justin and I continue to reinterpret tile in new invitation designs.

With the popularity of weddings featuring tile work, Mexican weddings, Spanish weddings, Moroccan weddings, I wanted to share some ideas for incorporating it in your wedding.

{Designer Secret}  The joy of tile is that they are different, from other design elements and often from each other. So while it makes sense to coordinate your tile designs, don’t feel compelled to have everything match exactly. One element of the tile design on your stationery can be on the cake or table numbers, for instance. Or you can choose different tile designs with the same color scheme.

real mexican tile wedding place card

mexican spanish tile wedding reception

handpainted wedding table numbers

I love these ways of incorporating real tiles into weddings. And using tile house numbers (3rd photo) as table numbers…genius! You can even paint table numbers yourself for a personalized and cost saving approach.

{Photo credits: Bride on tile steps: The Sweetest Occasion via  Elizabeth Anne Designs; tile place and escort cards: Creative Media Print; tile house numbers: Best Destination Wedding; hand painted tile number: Luckii Arts}

tile purple lavender wedding clutch

romantic pink yellow coral tile wedding

Changing the colors can easily change the tone of tiles at your wedding. Couples often ask me if they can do tiles with their romantic themed Mexican wedding. And I say yes. It’s all in the color scheme: pinks, yellows, oranges, corals, lavender. The key to a romantic look with these colors on tile is low contrast. So pick colors that naturally flow together.

{Photo credits: purple bridal clutch: J. Carter Handmade; pink Moroccan tile invitation: Imbue You Wedding; tile cake: Martha Stewart}

tile wedding shower favor cookies

mexican spanish tile bridal hair pins

tile wedding favor DIY

Surprise details are fun, like these awesome tile cookies (top) and hair pins. So the top tiles are to eat and the bottom ones are to give away. It’s always a great idea to find ways for your guests to take home the fun and theme of your wedding. DIY tutorial to make these favor tiles.

{Photo credits: tile cookies: Whipped Bakeshop; Mexican tile hair pins: Shrunken Cat Heads; favor coasters: The Cottage Home}

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