I heard spring was here, but apparently the snow doesn’t know that yet. I’m taking it as an excuse to make chocolate chip cookies this weekend. Please tell me you’ve got more exciting plans than that…

by Rodney Smith


How about centerpieces in these vintage containers?

It’s so fun to see some of my favorite Martha Stewart Weddings articles make it onto their website, like this alphabet-themed bridal shower for Rebecca Thuss.

Sweet state bird prints for your wall, via Creature Comforts.

A hidden gem, via Ruby Press.

Add some fun to the party with a mechanical bull

…and frisbee favors!

Ruffles and pleats, via Nibs.

Inspired by this illustrated map of Edinburgh.

Clever cards by Threefold, via Mint.

Dreamy red dress.

Happy weekend, lovelies!

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Hydrangeas come in so many colors – this shade of purple is just one of them. Choosing a simple palette and a single type of flower is a great way to keep things simple and to make decor choices easier. Hang some little paper lanterns over the tables, and call it a day!

Mood: simple and sweet
Palette: violet, white, shades of gray

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Top row from left: hydrangea by April Joy Events, lanterns and hydrangea bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Jonathan Canlas
Row 2: truffles and pew decorations from Martha Stewart Weddings, save-the-date by Ceci New York, purple dress with belt by ban.do
Row 3: photo by Look Photography via Classic Bride, purple hydrangea place setting, hydrangea boutonnieres from Martha Stewart Weddings, white lemonade from Rebecca Thuss

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Berries are like nature’s jewels and I couldn’t resist creating an inspiration board with them. The strawberry shortcake boards I’ve posted before are certainly appropriate for summer, but they’re far more casual than I imagine today’s wedding board would be. Incorporate a variety of berries, still on the branch, into organic centerpieces, bouquets – even the cake – for unfussy elegance. Baskets are an appropriate second motif here, holding programs and parasols, and maybe bread to pass at dinner.

Mood: easy-going elegance
Palette: berry red, bramble green

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Top row from left: berry centerpiece photo by Kathryn Kleinman styled by Michaele Thunen, glasses of wine from Napa Valley Celebrations, photo by Anna Kuperberg, raspberry cards by Yee-Haw Industries
Row 2: peony and berry bouquet photo by Lisa Lefkowitz, bride and groom from Martha Stewart Weddings, basket of programs by Flora Bella, bouquet by Ariella Chezar
Row 3: getaway car from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Jose Villa, berry cake from Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 4: blackberry and bunnytail boutonniere from Martha Stewart Weddings, basket of parasols from Brides, jam favors from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Kathryn Kleinman styled by Michaele Thunen

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Pink and green is a classic color combination for a reason – it’s undeniably sweet and romantic! For today’s inspiration board, I’ve kept the pink and green very pale, and set them against a backdrop of crisp white. A paisley tie and drinking straws tied in knots add a touch of whimsy, while roses and a porcelain-inspired cake lend classic sophistication.

Mood: sweet and preppy
Palette: bubble gum, mint, crisp white

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Top row from left: bridesmaid from Brides, “tie the knot” straws from Martha Stewart Weddings, tie and pocket square from Nordstrom, bouquet photo by Nicole Hill
Row 2: personalized napkins via Fairmount Bride, rose arch from Moosey’s Country Garden, photo by Marie Labbancz
Row 3: dress from Martha Stewart Weddings, ceremony seating photo by Marie Labbancz, flower girl photo by Elizabeth Messina, invitation by Greenwich Letterpress
Row 4: place setting from Innove Events, ring pillow by Llubav, cake from Brides

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You may already know about what a great resource PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com is for finding the dress of your dreams at a great price. If you haven’t checked it out yet, then I’ve got news that’s going to send you straight there. They’ve just added accessories and veils!

If you’re looking for beautiful accessories or the perfect dress, but don’t want to pay full price, head on over to PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. Oh, and if you’re on the other side of your wedding, and trying to sell some of those same items, there is no charge for accessory listings until April 30.

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