Monthly Archives: March 2010

Today’s wedding board was inspired entirely by Silvana di Franco’s photo of the red folding bistro chairs. The simplicity, the muted colors. Like yesterday’s inspiration board, something about it feels like this early part of Spring – soft gray with glimpses of color. Used judiciously, red is one of my favorite colors. It has so many moods, from playful to sexy. Here, I think it’s both sophisticated and sweet. For this couple, I imagine a low-key luncheon with just a few perfect details – personalized menus, a single peony instead of a bouquet, a getaway bicycle – and just their closest friends and family.

Mood: perfectly simple, sweetly sophisticated
Palette: French red, white linen, stone

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Top row from left: photo of red bistro chairs by Silvana di Franco via Wiley Valentine, bride and groom from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo of single red peony by Elizabeth Messina via Ritzy Bee
Row 2: photo of climbing roses and French house number via Creature Comforts, red nail polish via Mary Ruffle
Row 3: photo of bride and groom on bicycle by Yves Samuel, photo of personalized menu by Elizabeth Messina, berry cake from Martha Stewart Weddings

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I don’t know why, but I’m really digging this dark moody gray right now. It feels like such a perfect neutral for this early part of Spring, the windy, rainy days paired with blossoming trees. I also like the way it has a masculine feel to it that balances the sweet, feminine pink in this inspiration board. What do you think? Do you like this charcoal gray as a neutral, or is it too dark for your taste?

Mood: romantic, moody
Palette: charcoal and slate grays, cherry blossom pink

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Top row from left: Carolina Herrera ballgown from Charleston Weddings, photo of table with bentwood chairs by Jose Villa, gray suit from Brooklyn Tailors via this is not my work
Row 2: charcoal gray invitation by Gryphon Stationers, blossoming branches photo by Gemma Comas
Row 3: chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat, photo of car and oak tree by Jose Villa, flowers by Saipua

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I think by now you probably know about my love for PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com – any website where you can find the dress of your dreams for less money is tops on my list! Here are some of my favorite current listings…
{L: Melissa Sweet, R: Monique Lhuillier}
{L: Amy Kuschel, R: Oscar de la Renta}

As if being able to buy designer gowns at a fraction of the retail price wasn’t good enough, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com keeps getting better. The newest upgrades? In addition to being able to search by designer, silhouette, and price point (to name a few), you can also search for dresses in your area. But my favorite new upgrade? Say you want to know whenever someone lists a Vera Wang gown in size 8, or all new Vera Wang listings, or just a specific Vera Wang style. Sign up for New Dress Alerts and you’ll get an email any time that dress gets listed. With thousands of listings, and new ones everyday, you’re bound to find something that’s just right for you. PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com also hosts lots of great contests and giveaways, and right now on their Facebook page, you can enter to win a $200 gift certificate to Sephora. Yes, please!

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If you’re just at the beginning of your planning, browsing around the internet for ideas, I’d like to make a suggestion. Instead of starting with a look or “vision” in mind, and then trying to find a venue that fits that vision (because if you’re anything like me, you’ll drive yourself totally bananas when you realize that the perfect* place doesn’t exist), start with a budget, a guest list, and a date or two. Find a venue that fits those things, and then develop a vision from there. I know that some venues aren’t inherently inspiring – more like blank slates – but if your venue is (inspiring, that is), why not let it spark your vision? That’s what I had in mind when creating today’s inspiration board, which is based entirely around the idea of an ivy-covered, brick-walled venue.

Mood: vintage urban
Palette: brick and ivy green

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Top row from left: topiary in terra cotta pot via Design*Sponge, ivy cascade bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, buttercream cake with olive leaf decorations photo by Jose Villa, ivy-covered brick wall photo by Anna Boudreau
Row 2: rose petal toss from Wedding Style Guide, bride and groom on balcony photo by Rebecca for Millie Holloman, rustic seating card display photo by Jose Villa, ivy plant wedding favor via {frolic!}
Row 3: galvanized tub of wine bottles from Brides, ivy covered basket photo by Belathee, banquet table in brick courtyard from Jo Gartin, vintage stamps

*A note on this word, perfect. Back when I was planning my wedding in what I like to call “Round 1,” the biggest source of stress (okay, insanity) for me was the idea that my wedding had to be perfect. That it could be perfect. Perfect in the sense of perfectly scripted, costumed, directed, produced. But here’s the thing. That’s not a wedding day; it’s a movie. An impossible goal, and you will make yourself crazy trying to achieve it – and miserable when it doesn’t happen. For myself, I’d rather focus on having a day where I get to marry my best friend, hopefully surrounded by the people who love us, and hopefully followed by cake. I’m not sure it gets more perfect than that. (If you need more convincing that going for perfect isn’t where it’s at, Meg’s got a great post on it over here.)

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