In an alternate universe, my wedding would have been a picnic…

Red gingham is the quintessential summer pattern, reminiscent of picnics and backyard barbecues. Mixing it with other prints, such as the fun floral of the Ila clutch, adds some depth and playful sophistication. Gingham, florals, strawberries – by using them sparingly against a mostly white backdrop, they can work together without looking cheesy or theme-y. (For example, skip the gingham tablecloths, and instead choose a lovely white linen, or perhaps your guests will lounge on picnic blankets in the grass.) I imagine that this wedding would be simple and budget friendly, with details like baskets of strawberry shortcake favors that double as centerpieces and family-made layer cakes. A delicious box lunch is a totally budget-friendly way to feed guests, and is logistically much more manageable than most other options, and limiting alcoholic beverages to bottles of beer is perfectly appropriate for a picnic lunch. And yes, I know we’ve all seen mason jars a gazillion times, but they’re still sweet, especially when the rest of the wedding doesn’t look like an Anthropologie catalog exploded all over everything.

Mood: playful and sweet
Palette: petal pink and strawberry red

Top row from left: floral print clutch by Ila Handbags, photo of strawberry lemonade in mason jars from flickr, strawberry buttercream cake from Call Me Cupcake
Row 2: photo of red gingham shirt and drink by Thayer Gowdy, bouquet with pink and red ribbon from Martha Stewart Weddings (photo by Johnny Miller), women’s red gingham bow tie from Forage
Row 3: strawberry shortcake basket favor from Martha Stewart Weddings, thank you note by Rifle Paper Co., photo from J.Crew

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  1. Lisa

    SO cute!! I love it!

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  2. Wedding Music Central

    Ahhhhh, picnic weddings! Perfect for the summer :)

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  3. chandra

    So cute! And I do still love mason jars, especially when done right (exploding anthro catalog excluded!) And gingham is SO summer. I just took picnic photos of my baby playing on a red gingham table cloth on the grass to remember his first summer :)

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  4. sarah g

    hilarious, love the anthro comment. this is so gorgeous! love it.

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  5. Kate

    Hee hee…your Anthropologie comment cracked me up. The clutch is adorable. You HAVE to stop posting things that I want to buy immediately!

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  6. Erin

    This is just the perfect amount of cute! The strawberry shortcake basket is such a clever idea and I absolutely love the Rifle Paper Co stationary!!!

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  7. Micki

    “especially when the rest of the wedding doesn’t look like an Anthropologie catalog exploded all over everything.”

    Thank you!!! This is how I feel about SO many weddings lately. It seems that brides don’t want to be original or personal, they just want to do what everyone else is doing, whatever they saw in MSW, including wearing “duckface” down the aisle. Blah!

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  8. amy merrick

    Someone’s gotta start cutting up sweet little strawberry plants and putting them in bouquets. Just sayin’.

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  9. LAA – Southern Aisle

    This board is lovely! Definitely inspiring me to use strawberries and gingham as much as I can at our bbq this weekend.

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  10. Andrea

    Lovely as always, and I love the idea of an alternate universe, ha ha! In mine, my wedding is in winter, snow and all!

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  11. Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie

    Just love, love this!


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  12. reubenvision

    ~The clutch & the darling Rifle note card really set this board for me.
    I think I would opt for a bouquet with more whites and greenery but the touch of rouge gingham on mostly white is perfect.
    {It would also be lovely to have full strawberry cartons in a row as a runner on picnic tables}

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  13. Stu Hodgkiss

    you always make the most beautiful spreads!

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  14. The Perfect Palette

    i absolutely love the gingham, the color palette, and the bow tie. love the idea of a summer, picnic wedding.

    xoxo, chrissy.

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  15. Nicky | JAF Gifts

    I think I have a crush on that floral print clutch. Must check it out. :)

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  16. Vanessa

    I love this idea! Red gingham patters for a summer wedding look great. I don’t care either if mason jars are cliche, i would love to serve that strawberry lemonade in them anyime. Also, have to agree with everyone here, that anthro joke made me laugh. I’ve just started planning weddings and I’m looking for more great ideas like this one for a summer-themed wedding. I watched one helpful video on wedding event design ( but I love finding other great ideas like this one for inspiriation. Thanks!

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    Looks so perfectly romantic! Love the palette of pinks & reds…girly without being saccharine sweet.

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