{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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{Ask Imbue You} When is the right RSVP Date Deadline ?

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As an invitation designer I see a lot of “two weeks before the wedding” RSVP by dates. This usually works great for the caterer, who only needs that long to prepare meals for your final headcount.

But catering isn’t the only consideration for your RSVP date. That’s why I recommend setting you RSVP by date to four weeks before your wedding, three weeks at the shortest. And here’s why:

bride on phone

1. Tracking Down Non-responders

Never a fun thing to do, especially not fun {and more stressful} on a tight time limit.
{photo from Whimsical Wonderland Weddings}


Persian bohemian ethnic place cards

2. Your Seating Plan

Developing a seating plan for your guests almost always takes more time than you think it will.
{photo from Imbue You Wedding}


Lotus wedding stationery program table number

3. Your Ceremony and Reception Stationery

You’ll need a completed seating plan to finish your place cards. Purchasing or creating your menu cards, ceremony programs and other day of stationery also depends on accurate numbers.
{photo from Imbue You Wedding}


elegant bridal clutch purse

4. Your Budget

Without proper numbers you can overestimate your quantities. Plus last minute decisions and work can lead to rush fees, which can eat into your budget or make you spend more than you have to.
{photo by Belles & Crystals}


whimsical wedding cake sculpture

5. Your Sanity

Ultimately, the final days before your wedding should be as low-stress as possible. You’ll have enough final preparations in the days before your wedding without adding on extra to-dos.
{photo by Will Cotton}

So set your RSVP date a little earlier. You’ll be glad you did!

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Natalie Briggs Sexy Handmade Bridal Garters

Posted by in Design Secrets, In the Studio

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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