One way to save is by choosing a venue that is all-inclusive. Many hotel ballrooms and banquet halls offer this option, but so do other venues – like the incredibly dramatic Balboa Park in San Diego, which served as the inspiration for this citrus wedding board. Citrus fruits were the other point of inspiration for today’s board, although fruit can be a great decorative option any time of year: persimmons and pomegranates (or citrus!) for winter, blueberries or apricots in spring, berries and peaches in summer, or apples and pears in fall.

Who says…you have to have floral centerpieces?

Mood: warm elegance
Palette: orange, yellow, green

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Top row from left: Balboa Park, clementine favor and bouquet both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: citrus centerpiece by Ariella Chezar, mantilla veil photo by Anne Ruthmann, lanterns from Gathering Events, dress by Olivia Luca
Row 3: vintage orange crate label, pom pom garlands from Martha Stewart Weddings, citrus boutonniere photo by Blonde Tulip, chocolate orange cake from In Style Weddings
Row 4: potato chip paper cone from Paula LeDuc, citrus centerpieces by Artfool, envelopes from Atelier Isabey, bridesmaid from The Knot

The Paper: To give your guests a sense of the citrus theme, use an old orange crate label as your inspiration – check out these labels for a customizable template. If you want to add a little extra something to your invitations, get some friends and some movies and spend an evening (or a few) making envelope liners. It can be tedious, but it’s one of those elements that you can take on yourself to save some money – you can find an envelope liner template kit from Paper Source for $9.50.

The Fashion: For something borrowed, wear the veil of a friend, sister, aunt… My sister borrowed a mantilla veil from a family friend to wear at her wedding and looked beautiful. For a customized dress, head to Olivia Luca’s online boutique to create your own for as little as $300. Or, take a note from Julia and order a cream colored bridesmaid dress from Siri.

The Decor: Seasonal fruit is a great way to save – just think how cheap a crate of oranges or clementines are in season! Fill bowls with fruit for centerpieces, including stems and leaves if you can. Go for a single large bowl in the center of a round table or a row of smaller bowls along a banquet table – check Jamali Garden or Cost Plus World Market for interesting containers. Hang citrus colored lanterns from trees for a lot of impact at a low cost. Also, by choosing an incredible venue (like Balboa Park in this board), you really won’t have to do much decorating to pull of a dramatic look.

The Flowers: A bouquet in fiery shades of orange will look beautiful with the rest of your citrus decor. And to fit with the theme, how about boutonnieres of kumquats and a fragrant orange blossom?

The Food: Elevate simple foods like potato chips by serving them as late-night snacks in parchment paper cones, or a single clementine wrapped in parchment paper at each seat. Save by asking your baker to create a simple chocolate cake, and decorate it yourself with candied citrus fruits.

Other Details: Instead of paying for a bouquet for each bridesmaid, have them carry a fan or parasol down the aisle – it’s an unexpected look and can cost under $2 for a fan, or under $10 for a paper parasol. Another way to save is by choosing a venue where everything is included – tables and chairs, catering, cake, event coordination. While you might not have quite as many choices, it can definitely help keep costs down.

Splurges: Rent a classic car to make your getaway – it’s not a necessary element, but if you save elsewhere, it can be a fun detail, and definitely a great photo-op (especially if you decorate it with painted cans or pom pom garlands.

For Free: Customize your vows! You don’t necessarily have to re-invent the wheel, but you can use a traditional format to add your own personal touch. For some tips, check out Alison Hotchkiss’ guest post from this summer.

Real Wedding Inspiration: Julia & Burke, and Sarah & Bryan via A Practical Wedding

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  1. DomestiGals

    Kathryn, I am loving your use of orange in this post! (I mean could my obsession with orange be getting any more out of control?!) And the more I think about it, the more I love the $-saving idea of fruit as centerpieces. Cheers! Jen xx

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  2. Abbie

    Last weekend, my girlfriend used lemons, limes, and oranges in vases as centerpieces. It turned out beautiful.

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  3. Teresa

    Thanks for the hint about the DIY envelope liners!

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  4. Lucky Designs

    A lovely board! I picture this cupcake fitting in well too.http://aprilgreerblog.com/index.cfm?postID=126

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