I’ve been wanting to do a kitschy wedding board for awhile, full of retro patterns and super-saturated colors, and that’s what we have here today, in a fun take on a garden luncheon wedding. Have a buffet of homemade retro desserts, and if there’s room, set up badminton or bocce ball for your guests. Look to retro patterns for stationery inspiration, and even consider wearing a vintage dress (or maybe convince your bridesmaids to go vintage?). Also, I’m not sure how many times I’ve used it in different inspiration boards (clearly I love it), but that French net veil by Leah C. is perfect here. If you like this idea, but want to tone it down a bit, you might choose two or three colors to focus on, rather than this Kodachrome-tastic rainbow palette.

Mood: kitschy fun
Palette: saturated colors

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Top row from left: bridesmaids from Brides, styling by Chelsea Fuss, photo via With This Ring, melon balls from Martha Stewart
Row 2: bouquet and cherry pie both from Martha Stewart, dessert styling by Heidi Johannsen via Party Perfect, note from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: car photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, invitation via Brooklyn Bride, veil by Leah C, cake photo by Polly Wreford
Row 4: Stirrings cocktail sodas via Design Crush, ranunculus and vases from Brides via The Fairmount Bride

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  1. erika

    OH MY GOODNESS! How fun! I love this board!!!

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  2. Ingrid Nelson

    Katherine…..it’s just perfect for summer. i want some pie!

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  3. Laurel_Speak

    I love this! I’m Italian and at family reunions we always play Bocce Ball, I think I’m going to have to include it at my wedding now!

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  4. Oh Happy Blog!

    Loving this! We are considering a co-ed bridal shower and I think that a retro-feel would be perfect. I’m def. using this board as inspiration!

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  5. Stephanie

    LOVE this board!! Just got this link today in my inbox which has some great ideas for veils, hats, and hair clips that you could wear even if you aren’t going to a wedding:http://www.genartpulse.com/archives/2008/08/hats_fall_2008.php

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  6. amber

    these are the colors in my dream house! thank you for the inspiration! I’m translating it to decorating my new apartment!

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  7. chelsea

    I LOVE this board!! Also, my heart skipped a beat when I saw the photo in there from my portfolio:) Thanks, Kathryn!

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  8. KarenB

    It’s just fabulous!

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  9. amanda

    this is lovely! we did a similar thing for my wedding, but not as kitschy. i love the amped up color scheme!

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  10. Amanda B. Young

    This board is just wonderful! And, I think the variety of colors is even better than going with just a few as it gives it such a nice fun feel! Love it!

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  11. Kathryn

    I love, love, love this board. Thank you for designing my wedding. Consider these ideas stolen!

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