Board #551 | Crisp White & Green (Budget Friendly #23)

Mood: chic sophistication
Palette: lime green, crisp white, pale gray

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Top row from left: centerpiece with fruit and ivy from Martha Stewart Weddings, invitation by Cheree Berry, photo of green K.Rose cake by Elizabeth Messina, fluttery petal dress from Bloomingdale’s
Row 2: cheese selection from Martha Stewart Weddings, vintage marquise aquamarine ring from Doyle & Doyle, photo of signature cocktail bar by Anouschka Rokebrand via Camille Styles via Style Me Pretty
Row 3: lady slipper bouquet photo by Anna Kuperberg, photo of Twigs & Honey veil by Elizabeth Messina, lemon madeleine cookies from Martha Stewart, tree in zinc pot from Homes and Gardens via This is Glamorous


Yesterday’s budget friendly inspiration board was for an informal cake and ice cream wedding, which I think sounds like a fun time, but which I know isn’t for everyone. Which is why I have six more budget-friendly inspiration boards lined up, including this one in white and green, full of DIY projects perfect for the craft-averse…


The Idea:  Easy DIY for a budget-friendly yet elegant outcome.

The Paper:  DIY invitations can look quite sophisticated with the right font, and can be as simple as typing out the text and hitting print. Choose an elegant script like Belluccia or Nelly, and have invitations and response cards flat printed on lovely cotton paper by a local printer. Use the same font for DIY place cards, menus, and other day-of details – even for addressing envelopes! See 50 of my favorite fonts right here (some are free!).

The Fashion:  Scope out high-end department stores for designer dresses in white – this pretty petal dress from Bloomingdale’s sells for $995, leaving room in the budget for alterations and accessories. Pair it with a romantic veil like this little number from Twigs & Honey – for $110, it adds a lot to your wedding day look without breaking the bank.

The Decor:  Sophisticated details don’t have to cost a fortune. Elevate inexpensive elements by sticking with all white linens and natural green accents. For a dramatic centerpiece at a reasonable price, fill a beautiful bowl with monochromatic fruit, accented with ivy tendrils – these can be done ahead of time as DIY projects, or by a floral designer. To frame the altar at your ceremony, splurge on a pair of potted trees that you can use to decorate your home after the wedding.

The Flowers:  In love with lily-of-the-valley, lady slipper orchids, or another pricey bloom? There’s no reason you can’t have the flower you adore if you carry a sweet little nosegay instead of a large bouquet. Bridesmaids can carry similarly sized nosegays made of less expensive flowers in coordinating colors.

The Food:  Signature cocktails are one of my favorite budget-saving ideas, because it feels like adding something rather than taking away. Offering one signature cocktail can save money on alcohol, allowing you to buy in bulk. If you like, offer it alongside wine and beer. A selection of cheeses is a delicious way to DIY your hors d’oeuvres, and you can often find great deals on yummy cheeses at Trader Joe’s or Costco. If a cheese tasting isn’t the main event, plan on at least two ounces of cheese per person, and serve with a variety of breads, crackers, fruit and nuts (Real Simple has a great article on The Perfect Cheese Platter). Finally, save by having two cakes instead of one: a small display cake for cutting, and a large sheet cake (in the same flavor) for serving.

Other Details:  Though it’s often not included in the wedding budget, the engagement ring can still be a place to save. There’s no rule that says you have to have a diamond solitaire – consider alternative gemstones and vintage cuts, and end up with a ring that’s utterly unique. The ring in this board is actually a vintage aquamarine from Doyle & Doyle – 1.5 carats for only $785. One last DIY-ish item? Store-bought madeleine cookies for wedding favors! Donsuemor are my favorites, and can be purchased for as little as 50-cents each. Package them in simple cello bags with a monogram sticker and place them at each guests’ seat.

Are you DIY-phobic? As much as I enjoy crafting, I also really appreciate super easy DIY projects that don’t involve too much tedious work – so hopefully you’ll find these ideas inspiring if you feel that way too. See previous budget-friendly inspiration boards right here, and check back through next week for more!


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

Board #276: Keep it Simple
Board #358: Playful Minimalism
Board #281: Something Unexpected


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