That was the question Mary Kate asked me in her request. She is having her reception at a microbrewery’s tasting room (or an art gallery, but I used the brewery for this board), and she wanted ideas for how to make her white and gold color scheme more casual. Since she’s using colors that definitely evoke a more formal feel, I would recommend that she use less formal materials. Serving this microbrewery’s beer instead of champagne is a start. Also, use cotton and grosgrain instead of satin. Wear a short or simple dress, possibly with a birdcage veil. Serve cupcakes instead of cake. Use funky handwriting instead of embellished calligraphy. For flowers, I would go with white (callas are a good option), and I would avoid overly frilly blooms like peonies. I would also incorporate kraft paper to dress things down (how about gold ink on kraft paper envelopes?). I also love word bubbles as part of your RSVP card. I hope this is helpful, and that if you decide to go with the art gallery, you’ll be able to shape this to fit that venue.

Mood: playful, dressed down elegance
Palette: white, gold, kraft-paper brown

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Top row from left: image from Satisfaction Mag, kraft box, bouquet and ring pillow both from MS
Row 2: ribbon from Ribbons Galore, cupcakes via Oh Happy Day, chalkboard sign from Dee Merz, favor boxes from MS
Row 3: mini fries from Callahan Catering, lanterns, seating cards via Flickr, dress via Shiny Squirrel
Row 4: photo from Jessica Claire, RSVP by Hello! Lucky, photo from Cappy Hotchkiss, flowers from Cole Creates

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  1. Chelsea

    Love this one.

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  2. Julia

    This is great–it feels casual but it’s still really elegant.

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  3. Kate

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! Your photos have really helped me find more of a balance between elegance and playfulness. (And to think, I came across your post when I was referring a friend here!)

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  4. Merrilee Diaz

    Great ideas! Casual but still really lovely and elegant. I especially love the mini fries. We served them at the cocktail hour at my wedding. They were a huge hit : )

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  5. Angel

    And how about these sparkelling cider bottles for a non-alcoholic beverage. The bride did a great DIY…

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