Mood: sweet summer simplicity
Palette: peach, cream,

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Row 1: vintage peach botanical illustration from Christies / groomsmen in front of small white chapel, photo by Avery House, via Elizabeth Anne Designs / modern hand lettering by Alison Iven via Oh So Beautiful Paper  //  Row 2: bouquet with rattlesnake grass from Martha Stewart Weddings /  vintage lace gloves, photo by Anna Kuperberg / peach shirt dress by Elias & Grace //  Row 3: basket centerpieces from from Martha Stewart Weddings / apricot jam favor, photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy / glazed bundt cake with magnolia bloom from Food & Wine / beige gingham linen from La Tavola Linen  // Row 4: apricot place card by Rebecca Thuss for Martha Stewart Weddings / blind impression invitation by Ruby the Fox, calligraphy by Angelique Ink, via Oh So Beautiful Paper / gingham shirt and bridal skirt by J.Crew, photo by Bend the Light, via Love & Lavender / bridal hat by Louise Green, photo by Beaux Arts Photographie via Santa Barbara Chic

You may have guessed that I’m seriously missing the South right now, but I’m also having a thing with gingham lately – I love it! This inspiration board started out with the botanical illustration, and was originally going to be a straightforward peach-themed wedding, but then I started pulling in peachy-beige gingham details and the whole thing came to life. Super simple and perfect for summer.


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Board #559: Blue Gingham & Honey
Board #533: Strawberries & Gingham
Board #331: Peach Orchard

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Mood: sweet, summery Americana
Palette: cherry red, grass green, crisp white

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Row 1: red ranunculus bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings / letterpress cocktail napkins by Oscar & Emma / wedding dress with flower details from Martha Stewart Weddings / glassine favor bags with cherries from Martha Stewart Weddings // Row 2: vintage patriotic bunting / black and white banjo, photo by Aaron Delesie / outdoor table with wicker chairs from Martha Stewart // Row 3: letterpress business card by Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence / basket of cherries, photo by Kathryn Kleinman / cherries and peonies via Design*Sponge, photo by Jose Villa / straw sun hat with red ribbon and cherries by Whichgoose


I really love the idea of a wedding motif – not a theme, exactly, just something that runs throughout the event. For this summer inspiration board, cherries seemed like a sweet choice. In baskets as centerpieces, in baggies for favors, or even in a hat band or boutonniere, cherries are a simple and affordable motif. You can even incorporate them into your invitations. In the rest of its details, this board feels like vintage Americana at its best: a banjo, patriotic bunting, old-fashioned typeface. If I could sum it up in one line, I’d call it “summer in a small town.”


If you like this inspiration board you might also like:

Board #512: Coming Up Roses
Board #527: Black Raspberry
Board #520: Love in the Outdoors

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Mood: low-key Americana
Palette: red, white and blue

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Row 1: Saja dress via Once Wed, photo by Jose Villa / blueberry jam jars with floral fabric from Wedding Style Guide / sparkler escort cards from Country Living / bluegrass band photo by Belathee  //  Row 2: red lantern and red enamel bucket with peonies by Matthew Robbins Design / strawberry hand pies from Country Living  //  Row 3: Music Highway map by Kristine Lombardi / blue floral envelope liner from Stripe & Field / vintage American flags from Country Living  //  Row 4: boys on vintage Coca-Cola cooler via Once Wed, photo by Beaux Arts Photographie / Sperry Tent, photo by Brea McDonald

Without being over the top with stars and stripes (just a few bundles of mini American flags), this inspiration board still manages to convey a sense of summer and Americana that I think make it perfect for a July wedding. Sparklers, bluegrass, red enamel buckets, hand pies, Coca-Cola. Nothing fussy, just a lovely, low-key celebration.


If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #488: Lobster Red and Blueberry Pie
Board #398: A Fun Fair Affair
Board #559: Blue Gingham & Honey


Friends, this is the last post for the week, but we’ll be back with regular posting on July 8th. See you then, and Happy Fourth of July!

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Mood:  bright and breezy
Palette:  white sand, palm green, rainbow popsicle

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Top row from left:  palm tree on beach photo by You Look Nice Today / tropical orchid bouquet photo by Maria Robledo for Martha Stewart Weddings / rainbow sherbet cake from Martha Stewart  //  Row 2:  rubber stamp save-the-date vintage postcard by Ruffled / bride and groom with palm leaves photo by Jose Villa  //  Row 3:  yellow and white centerpiece by Ariella Chezar, photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, for Smitten / fruit popsicles styled by Erin Swift / beach wedding table by Todd Events / hand lettering address by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper


It’s been far too long since I posted a beach-centric inspiration board! I wanted to create something light and sweet, with pops of bright colors against a white sand backdrop. Something that felt like summer to me. Enter popsicles and a low-key dinner with pillow seating. Ray-Ban Wayfarers, vintage postcards, and a rainbow sherbet cake remind guests (and the happy couple) not to take things too seriously. As though that’s even possible when you’re probably barefoot…


If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #492: Love and Surf
Board #210: Pink Flamingo
Board #363: Kitschy Key West

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Mood: charming elegance
Palette: seashell pink and white

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Top row from left: Kate Spade “Nico” dress from Nordstrom, foldover clutch by Claire Vivier, save-the-date from Paperless Post, cocktails with drink stirrers from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 2: tulip-topped square cakes and scallop hors d’oeuvres both from Martha Stewart Weddings, glass candelabra from CB2, tulip bouquet from A Country Farmhouse
Row 3: pocket squares from Martha Stewart Weddings, grosgrain ribbon ring from Doyle & Doyle, art space from Airspace via The City Sage


The Idea:  Food is one of the biggest places to save in a wedding budget, which is why these inspiration boards have largely focused on alternatives to traditional sit-down dinners. Today’s board presents the idea of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as an elegant way to make nice with your wallet.

The Paper:  Though I think formal invitations are appropriate and appreciated, digital save-the-dates are perfectly acceptable and a great way to save money. Paperless Post offers a number of charming designs, some of which are even free (their pricing system seems unnecessarily confusing to me, but bottom line is: they have attractive, customizable options at affordable rates).

The Fashion:  “Bridal alternative” is basically a term for a white dress that doesn’t cost as much as most wedding gowns, and lots of department stores carry them. All I know is, it’s a great option if you’re willing to think outside the box when it comes to traditional wedding wear, like with this adorable Kate Spade dress for $468. Bella Bridesmaid is another great place to look for less expensive bridal gowns. This gives you a little wiggle room for fun accessories like a chic foldover clutch from Claire Vivier for $156 (that you can definitely use again!).

The Decor:  Candles are a beautiful way to light a room, and they can be significantly cheaper than flowers. If your venue allows, decorate the room with glass candleholders from CB2 for a modern look – the one pictured here is only $20, and can double as a gift for your bridal party.

The Flowers:  When Ryan and I had our civil ceremony at City Hall the day before our church wedding, my cousin’s partner brought me a beautiful bunch of white tulips to carry that she had picked up at the grocery store that morning. If a professionally designed bouquet isn’t a priority for you, opting for whatever’s in season (and available at your local market) and tying it together yourself is one way to help out your budget (this is especially true if you have lots of bridesmaid who will also be carrying flowers). Let pocket squares take the place of boutonnieres, and double as groomsmen gifts – you can find some for under $20, or if you’re the crafty type, you can make them yourself with a favorite fabric.

The Food:  As with a dessert reception, as long as your guests know what to expect, and the reception is held in between meal times, it’s perfectly okay to serve passed hors d’oeuvres instead of a full meal. Small bites are also a way to include more expensive ingredients that might be cost prohibitive in an entree, such as scallops or truffles. If your caterer and/or venue allows you to BYOB, find out if you’ll be able to return unopened bottles to the store – why pay for what people don’t drink!

Other Details:  As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of easy DIY projects. The drink stirrers in this board are made by simply folding a piece of washi tape over a wooden skewer to create a cute little flag. Easy peasy! Make enough to adorn all drinks, or just a signature cocktail.


Today’s the last day of this budget-friendly series. I hope you’ve enjoyed them! I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section – did you enjoy these inspiration boards? Were they helpful to you? Do you have some budget-friendly tips that I missed?


If you like this budget-friendly inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #184: Cocktails & Hors d’Oeuvres
Board #276: Keep It Simple
Board #355: Apricot and Rose Gold


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