If you could convince your honey to go with a tea party wedding, then congratulations for you! I can’t imagine that would fly in my life, so I went with a bridal shower inspiration board instead. You know, the sort of tea party Hunter S. Thompson might attend? This is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland after all. Tarts, tea, hats, croquet and a dress by Betsey Johnson, because she’d be there, too. I couldn’t find any examples, but I would also make sure everything edible/drinkable had a tag on it that said “Eat Me” or “Drink Me.”

Mood: zany, colorful
Palette: indiscriminate

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Top row from left: photo from Plum Party, white rabbit illustration, wedding hat, croquet set via Faye and Greer
Row 2: Betsey Johnson dress, Pink of Perfection linzer tarts, checkerboard floor from Brides, orchids from MS
Row 3: mismatched plates via Pretty Little Things, teapot from Alice’s Tea Cup, card by Austin Press
Row 4: whimsical beach party, invitation by Bird and Banner, tea tin centerpieces from MS

If you like this, you should definitely have a look-see at this incredible birthday party photographed by Jessica Claire.

Update! Take a look at this gorgeous deck of cards by Green Chair Press. Possible invite or favor inspiration…

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Hi folks! I’m posting Monday’s board a little early, because I have so much to do tomorrow… This week, all of my boards have been inspired by children’s books, and today it’s The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I loved this book (and the movie) as a kid, and after reading it, I would walk around parks and past houses with high hedges and imagine that somewhere there was a secret garden. I thought a garden wedding inspired by it would be just lovely. Something beautifully overgrown and romantic, with pale greens and pastels.

Mood: magical, intimate
Palette: celery, lilac

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Top row from left: centerpiece by Ariella Chezar, antique key, lavender seating cards from MS, photo from Rebecca Thuss
Row 2: cupcakes by Le Cupcake, photo from Brides, invitation by Bird and Banner, centerpiece by Ariella Chezar
Row 3: potted place card from MS, photo from Hume Seeds, Vera Wang dress via Brides, secret garden door
Row 4: photo from Ariella Chezar, ivy cascade from MS, rings by Hannah Clark, “crottin” cakes from MS

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If you’re going to get married in Vegas, you’ve got to have bold colors and a whole lot of sass. And what’s sassier than turquoise and red together – so unexpected and vivid enough to stand up to the glitz and lights of Sin City. Some silver elements would probably work well here too, to reflect the cake topper. Maybe this purse from J. Crew?

Mood: bold and sassy
Palette: turquoise, red

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Top row from left: photo from Brides, red dice, Vespa bride via Black Eiffel, giant map invitation by Omnivore via Brooklyn Bride
Row 2: Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, photo from Junebug Weddings, Jackpot cake by Lovin’ Sullivan, turquoise shoes
Row 3: aquamarine ring from Gray’s Antique Markets, flowers by Ariella Chezar, Blue Fin cocktail, Janey dress from J. Crew, photo booth save-the-date by Bird and Banner

If you like this color combination, you should also check out Martha’s take on it here.

Update! For more game inspiration, take a look at this post over at Toast and Tables.
Update! If you dig this color palette, see more like it over at Lucky Me!

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There are so many ways to do a beach wedding, but I was totally inspired by Kylie Lambert’s shipwreck photo. It adds a different element to the natural beauty of the beach and the ocean. So often it seems that beach weddings go the route of bright tropical colors, as a way of reflecting an exotic location. I decided to stick with an understated palette, to let the natural surroundings shine through.

Mood: breezy and barefoot
Palette: sand, shades of white, with touches of pastel

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Top row from left: photo from Paul Johnson, hand-lettered menu from Crystal Kluge, J. Crew Celeste Ramie dress, shipwreck coin pendants, seashell seating cards from Rebecca Thuss
Row 2: pearl cake, sea urchin votives from Beach Dwelling, photo from The Knot, cowry shell brooch
Row 3: white bouquet, oysters, and coral centerpiece all from MS; hairstyle from The Knot, invitation from Bottle Me A Message
Row 4: bamboo poles and starfish decoration from The Knot, photo from Cig Harvey, photo from Kylie Lambert

Also check out this post from Faye and Greer featuring another fabulous “sunken ship” invitation.

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This board is especially for my dear friend Elizabeth! She sent me a photo of the “Farewell Celebration” poster and the yellow J. Crew shoes as initial inspiration, and requested something “quirky” in neutral tones with pops of color. I know Elizabeth adores music (and musicians…), so I also added a musical element. I kept seeing things that I thought Elizabeth would like, so this turned out to be my biggest board yet – it may not even qualify as an inspiration board. More of an event outline! Either way, I hope you enjoy it! What do you think edubs? (Check out Elizabeth’s blog, brown paper & grey linen.)

Mood: quirky vintage
Palette: beige, mustard, vermillion, with hints of kelly green

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Top row from left: suit from The Knot, bouquet from The Green Vase, cupcake from MS, picnic via {frolic}, Busy Beaver buttons via Brooklyn Bride, Leigh Miller photo via enjoy:{the blog}
Row 2: photo from Cig Harvey, letterpress card from typehigh, kissing tree, farewell poster, yellow cardigan photo via {frolic}, novelty favor via Oh Happy Day
Row 3: photo from Anna Kuperberg, shoes from J. Crew, photo from What Junebug Loves!, sweater vest photo via {frolic}, stitched invitation from Bird and Banner
Row 4: photo booth guest journal via martawrites, cake from Vanilla Bakeshop, harmonica, Yay flags via Wedding Bee, Jones Orange & Cream soda, canoes from Michelle Rago (photo by Dasha Wright)

While I didn’t pull any images from it, I definitely had Lena Corwin’s fabulous wedding in mind while putting this board together. If you haven’t seen it already (it was featured in the Spring 2006 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings) you should definitely take a look.

Update! How perfect are these invitations via Brooklyn Bride? They really fit the look of the poster Elizabeth sent me originally.

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