Mood: spring sweets
Palette: robin’s egg blue, daffodil yellow, eggshell white
Top row from left: currant scones from Martha Stewart, daffodil and egg centerpiece from Everyday Occasions, flower girl and pearl earrings both from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: personalized crossword puzzle from Martha Stewart Weddings, blue gingham invitation from Minted, mini shortbread cookie wedding cakes from Julia M. Usher, simple daffodil bouquet by Ez Pudewa
Row 3: daffodils from Better Homes & Gardens, After Six lace wedding dress from Dessy, silver basket with strawberries from Heather Bullard, chocolate eggs from Martha Stewart
The Idea: Take a cue from the season with an Easter-inspired spring brunch (easily done without the holiday accents, too).
The Paper: There are so many great online sources for invitations and other wedding stationery, like Minted, Wedding Paper Divas, and Hello!Lucky, who all offer great designs and customization at affordable prices, with tons of options under $5 per invite. For even bigger savings, some companies, like A Printable Press and Love vs. Design, offer designs in PDF form that you can download and print yourself.
The Fashion: If you look in the right places, lovely wedding dresses can be found for reasonable prices, like this pretty lace dress by After Six sold through Dessy for only $660. J.Crew‘s designs are available for under $1000, and if you just have to have a designer gown, White by Vera Wang is a beautiful collection that ranges from $500 to $1500. For a quick, inexpensive DIY, embellish a simple flower girl dress and shoes with pretty ribbon.
The Decor: This entire board was inspired by Jenny Steffens’s sweet Easter centerpiece of daffodils and eggs, which cost under $25 for the materials. You can grow your own daffodils from bulbs, or purchase them already blooming, depending on how much DIY you want to do. Heirloom eggs add a beautifully rustic touch, but if you can’t find pale blue eggs, you can dye white eggs the right hue.
The Flowers: Live daffodils are lovely as centerpieces; why not use them cut for budget-friendly bouquets? I’ve seen them recently at Trader Joe’s for just $2 a bunch! The bouquet pictured here was put together for under $4 – not bad for such a pretty detail. They come in all shapes and sizes, so explore your options. Stick with smaller blooms for boutonnieres.
The Food: People tend to eat and drink less earlier in the day, so brunch is a smart choice if you want to serve a full meal on a budget. Mimosas are the perfect signature cocktail for a morning wedding, but you could also opt not to serve alcohol at all. If you want to DIY the food, borrow pretty serving bowls and platters from friends and family for a buffet of baked goods, fruit, and other breakfast items. Brunch receptions are also shorter than dinner and dancing, so you might be able to strike a deal with musicians or your photographer if they’re working fewer hours.
Other Details: Instead of a traditional wedding cake, how about miniature versions? You could either serve them for dessert, or let guests take them home as favors. The mini cakes pictured here are stacks of sugar cookies, or you could make “cakelets” with a pan like this one from Williams-Sonoma. Play up the brunch theme with a customized crossword puzzle and maybe even a personalized pencil at each place setting.
Have you ever attended a brunch wedding? Would you consider it for yourself? Since brunch is my favorite meal ever, I know I’d love to be invited to one! See lots more budget-friendly inspiration boards right here, and check back next week for even more.
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