Today I’m skipping right over spring and into summer, with an inspiration board that I think could work just as well for an intimate dinner party as for a larger wedding celebration…

As much as I’m a sucker for gorgeous floral arrangements, I also know that they’re not always friendly on a budget. Splurge on a gorgeous bouquet for the bride, smaller nosegays for bridesmaids, and then save by choosing non-floral centerpieces. Tomatoes (accented with breadsticks and olives) are not only eye-catching, they’re also totally budget friendly when used in-season.* Send them home with local guests at the end of the party. Display a small layer cake on a beautiful stand that you’ll be able to use over and over after the wedding is over; use this cake for cutting, and save by serving several less-expensive sheet versions of the same cake. Twine in all its forms is an incredibly cheap element that can be used throughout the wedding, from the invitations to the bouquets to the utensils.

*Buy little baskets like these from the Texas Basket Company for around 50-cents apiece (good for any kind of farmers market centerpiece or favors, from tomatoes to berries to nuts).

Mood: summer simplicity
Palette: tomato, gold, buttercream

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Top row from left: tomato and breadstick centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings, buttercream cake on wooden cake stand by Herriott Grace, Twigs & Honey tulle veil photo by Elizabeth Messina
Row 2: twine-tied vintage silverware from Napa Style via Bonbon Oiseau via Elizabeth Anne Designs, bouquet with roses, dates and kumquats by Matthew Robbins for Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: twine-tied menu from Sunday Suppers, long-sleeved lace dress via Kiss the Groom, signature cocktail photo by Marla Aufmuth (coaster by Hello Lucky), monogrammed linens from Idee Online via Design Shimmer

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  1. Cupcake Wedding

    LOVEIf I were a guest at this wedding, I would eat everything in site ;)

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  2. Rachel Dangerfield

    There's so many great ideas in this post. Very inspirational :)

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  3. somewhereinthyme

    I love using nontraditional elements as centerpieces. The tomatoes and bread-sticks look very nice and unique.

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  4. Bailey @ peppermintbliss

    Attaway to think outside the box! I love it! I am saving this in my file for my best friends wedding, this is VERY her…Danke

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  5. Michele

    I just want to say how much I appreciate that you keep us budget conscious brides in mind. This board is so beautiful.

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  6. jennifer

    love love love this! one of my favorite concepts so far.as a side note: both yesterday and today's moodboards are titled #456

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  7. Kathryn

    Thank you Jennifer! I wonder how many times I've done that without realizing it… :)

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  8. Ami @ Elizabeth Anne Designs

    lovely, kathryn! the simplicity of this one is really beautiful.

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  9. Apt. #34

    Super pretty!

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  10. Joanna Goddard

    SO cute! i love the tomatoes!!

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  11. Myra - twigs and honey

    oh… sweetness! I <3 big time. Thank you for including Twigs & Honey. This one is going into my "inspiration" folder. Psst… I'm making a bunch of pieces based off several of your boards. I'll email pics when they are finished (sometime next week). Thank you!!! -Myra

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  12. Kathryn

    Oh my gosh Myra – how fun! I'm so flattered and I can't wait to see them!

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  13. Amorology

    Love this! So fresh and beautiful. Great tips, too!

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  14. miss fancy pants (the bride)

    Love that bouquet, it's so colorful!

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  15. {The Perfect Palette}

    gorgeous darling! Simple palette, yet so stunning.

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  16. east side bride

    forty-sixth at grace makes the most beautiful cakes.

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  17. Camille Panzarello

    I think you and I were separated at birth. Your inspiration boards almost always include some of my most favorite pictures–that plant-laden table from Martha Stewart, for one! And a post by Ariella Chezar and Meg Smith! I die a thousand deaths, happy again to lay eyes on pretty pretty things and feel inspired. Always stay true to your gut and keep creating these boards based on all things simple and lovely and natural.

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  18. KellyAnn

    I love this! It looks thrifty but really chic at the same time. I'm really thinking about a simple wedding for the fall and the idea of wrapping invitations is divine! I'm ordering clear address labels from Bachcroft (also very thrifty) to go with my cream envelopes.

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  19. Lisa

    I love seeing how it all came together – beautifully inspired!

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