Sugared lemons* and potted paperwhites are the perfect decor elements for a winter wedding: simple, sophisticated, and lovely, as well as DIY- and budget-friendly (without necessarily looking DIY or budget-friendly). Clear beads strung on a bendable wire turn into a pretty table number, and lemon curd adds color to a simple buttercream cake (okay, this 5-tiered cake isn’t exactly, but you could spread lemon curd on the top of smaller layer cakes for a similar effect that is, in fact, simple). And what’s in that little favor box that doubles as a place card? How about lemon drops, or pate de fruit. (Edible favors always seem like a good idea to me: if your guests leave them behind, you’re stuck with lots of yummy treats instead of, say, 100 miniature picture frames.) Notice that this isn’t really a yellow wedding; it’s a winter white wedding with just a pop of color. For those brides who are unsure about color, and who can’t afford to hire a professional designer to direct your aesthetic choices, my suggestion is this: stick with a neutral background (preferably white), and use one color sparingly. It’s hard to go wrong with a {white + one color} palette.

*Directions for making sugared fruit.

Mood: sweet and simple winter wedding
Palette: sugared lemon yellow, crisp paperwhite

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Top row from left: sugared lemon centerpiece with beaded table number from Martha Stewart Weddings, ruffled dress via This is Glamorous, paperwhites from Brides
Row 2: calligraphy favor box and lemon curd wedding cake both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: white flower girl dresses from Martha Stewart Weddings, narcissus and freesia bouquet by Artfool, snowy house photo by Cameron Purdy
Row 4: paperwhite centerpiece by Artfool, Alee & Press blind letterpress invitation suite and eaux-de-vie both from Martha Stewart Weddings

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  1. Diana

    You wouldn't think of yellow for winter, but this subtle hue is really pretty!

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  2. Kate

    I have this thing for lemons and this inspiration board made my day.

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  3. Courtney

    I, too, have never thought of lemon yellow for winter but I love it. It's the perfect combination of winter white with a touch of spring yellow. I can't wait to read how to sugar fruit! I love that look.

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  4. nole @ oh so beautiful paper

    Such a gorgeous board Kathryn! And I love, love that blind impression invitation!

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  5. Camille @ STYLE NOTES

    I love the way you allowed white to be the dominant color so the pops of yellow could be a truly citrusy burst of joy. Don't you just love that white liqueur bar from this month's MS Weddings? It was my favorite image in the entire issue.

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  6. Meg @ Sienna Wedding

    Very sweet… such a lovely combination.

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  7. Michael and Anna Costa

    Charming! We love the white flower girl dresses and the calligraphy favor box.

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  8. Jessica Pollock

    Oh I love the lemons paired with the paperwhites! And that yellow house surrounded by snow covered trees is gorgeous! Great combination and beautiful images, thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. {The Perfect Palette}

    simple. stunning, beautiful

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  10. Heavenly Blooms

    I am in love with this inspiration board. It is so unexpected yet stunning and simple.

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  11. Wedding Photography in Utah

    Those all look so great. I bet they taste great too. I remember at my wedding, I had a whole table of assorted chocolate covered cherry's and strawberries and other types of fruit. It was amazing!

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