I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for spring. Waking up to gray skies and a cold for the past couple of days has me looking forward to sunshine, warmer temperatures, and spending time outdoors. But, in the meantime, a sweet garden wedding inspiration board will have to do.

Mood: garden romance
Palette: garden green, Juliet pink, powder blue

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Top row from left: potted herbs and garden rose centerpiece, stamped favor bags, and dogwood wedding cake all from Martha Stewart Weddings, champagne photo by Elizabeth Messina
Row 2: bouquet with Juliet roses and rose hips by Ariella Chezar, Alberta Ferretti cap sleeve dress from Brides
Row 3: blue linen and lace ring pillow from Martha Stewart Weddings, gray bridesmaid dresses from InStyle Weddings, cocktail tables, rose arch from Moosey’s Country Garden

We’ve been talking lately about keeping things simple, and not over-thinking your wedding design choices, but isn’t that so much easier said than done? Especially when there are so many ideas out there that you love! And looking at wedding blogs and magazines, it’s easy to start thinking about your wedding as though it were a Tim Walker photo or an Anthropologie catalog. But it isn’t.

So how to keep things simple? First, remember that this is not the last party you’ll ever have, and making your own jam or envelope liners will certainly be much more manageable when there aren’t so many people on the guest list.

Second, learn to edit. Choose two things instead of twelve, and you’ll find it easy to create a cohesive look, especially when you choose elements that make sense for your wedding’s venue and season. Lemons and paperwhites, persimmons and porcelain, confetti and cake, and today Juliet roses and powder blue, are a few examples of pairings that I’ve used to create inspiration boards. I don’t box myself in with them (the bridesmaid dresses here are gray, not blue, and the centerpieces aren’t Juliet roses), but I use them as a guide. What are pairings that you’d like to see, or that you’re using for your own wedding?

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  1. Camille @ Style Notes

    So elegant…this board is pure, old-fashioned romance! I'd love to adopt the potted herbs idea for my brother's upcoming Italian-themed rehearsal dinner. Terra cotta pots with basil & rosemary scattered down the table would be a lovely & fragrant touch, don't you think?

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  2. Molly Jean

    so lush & perfect! thanks for sharing!

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  3. Anonymous

    I love this board! And I have to agree that it's good to remember that this isn't the only party you're going to have…that idea took a lot of pressure off for me when I was planning my wedding and had to compromise on some design details (and you're right, those extra details will be more manageable for a group of 15-20 versus 120-150).

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  4. churchce

    Like you I am so ready for Spring. I am getting married in June in Vermont. My colors are going to be blues, ivory, and pops of orangey red (I have a love for Oriental Poppies). It is going to be outside so of course there will be plenty of green to be seen as well. I love the idea of potted herbs, and what great favors for people to take home with them! Thanks for all the inspiration with your boards! I'm addicted!

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  5. Anonymous

    I would love to see an inspiration board based on "Champagne and Whiskey" :)

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  6. Ana

    Oh, this is just what I needed today! It's such a cold, gray day in NYC, now I'm dreaming of gardens! :) Thanks.

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  7. sb

    so dreamy. love!here's to a fast approaching spring :)xo,sylviehttp://silverylining.com

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  8. Janie

    Hi Kathryn…love this board! I needed an afternoon pick me up…xoxo

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  9. miss fancy pants (the bride)

    This is such a good inspiration board for spring weddings… I love it! I would love to see you do a jewel tone inspiration board. For our summer wedding, we were originally going to stick to purple and one other main color but we didn't want to box ourselves in so anything jewel tone would be a great source of inspiration.

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  10. hope chest

    This is so elegant. This can serve as an inspiration for spring weddings. It seems that everyone is ready now for spring!

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  11. ajb

    This is beautiful.. timeless!

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  12. Meghan

    Very Beautiful:)Just engaged…My colors are blue (cobalt or navy), white, silver and yellow…It's my favorite color combo (and our college colors)..maybe with little bits of pink? I'm struggling with how to make it pretty and cohesive. Less nautical or modern…more classic romantic, whimsical, and a little quirky…Evening wedding.Van Gogh's 'Starry Night Over The Rhone', 'Cafe Terrace at Night' are my inspiration.Ha, I've just started so I'm a little all over the place:)Any ideas?

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  13. aimee

    You're so right about the wedding looking like a catalogue thing..i think it just put it all in perspective me! thank you!

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  14. petalandbean

    I love this board! I too keep looking out on my snow covered garden and can't wait to see my new cutting garden bloom. Petal and Bean

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  15. Savage Rose

    This board is for the true romantic!Love it!

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