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Fantasy Wedding Inspiration

"I try to approach weddings in a very theatrical way," says Preston. So what more fitting a big-day venue than the Smith Center, a theater complex rich in Art Deco details and soaring sight lines. The ceremony was held in the grand lobby, followed by a reception for 250 on a sweeping stage.

"The bride understood the importance of drama," Preston says. "Together, we created something powerful."

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The custom-built gilt-framed ceremony altar covered in roses, peonies, orchids, white stock and hydrangea; the stairs lead to the vast concert hall where the reception was held (on stage!). The couple’s child was wheeled down the white-carpeted aisle in a rose-covered carriage.

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The sweetheart table featured swans, which were created with crystals, feathers and fresh flowers. 

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In a floral nod to the culinary experience to come, a rose and crystal pink pig is placed at the head table. 

floral pig

The other table arrangements featured soaring centerpieces with roses, peonies, orchids and hydrangea. Each towering centerpiece was further embellished with crystals.

white wedding centerpiece

white wedding centerpieces

Gold accents were everywhere, from stemware to flatware to the menu cards, which featured a regal crest.

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The pièce de résistance: "We created a tall centerpiece dripping with garlands of pearls and attached the escort cards to the ends," Preston says. "It’s important that my guests are transported to another world. My goal is for them to say, ‘OMG, I have never seen anything like this!’" 

escort card table

The lavish, sugar-blossom wedding cake by Sylvia Weinstock featured tiers of chocolate and red velvet. “The most exciting part of a wedding is the element of surprise. It could be a change of lighting or a new scent in the air. I know I’ve succeeded when at the end of the evening the guests don’t want to leave.”

sylvia weinstock wedding cake

All photos courtesy of ALTF Photography

Hot Wedding Color for Spring: Green

The "Elegant Eternity" invitation by Jenny Romanski for Wedding Paper Divas sets the stage for an emerald-inspired fête. Lisa puts lush vines and potted flowers in the spotlight, illuminating them with candlelight and string lights. 
Photo Credit: Wedding Paper Divas (left); Micki and Sonja Photography (right)

Greet your wedding guests with DIY monogram placecard settings crafted from boxwood sprigs and floral wire. "Floravine" table numbers by BHLDN are the perfect finishing touch for your tablescape.

Photo Credit: First Mate Photo (left); BHLDN (right)

Serve eye-catching hors d'oeuvres like these mint-pea soup shooters by Erica Sommermann at Apricosa.

Photo courtesy of Erica Sommerman

This centerpiece by The Hidden Garden features roses and hydrangea.
Photo Credit: Next Exit Photography

Lisa loves this "Green Gingham" cake by Jay Muse at Lulu Custom Cake Boutique.

green wedding cake
Photo Credit: Lulu Custom Cake Boutique

Even small details can make a major impact, like this chiavari chair from All Occasions Party Rental in Pittsburgh, PA, and emerald favor boxes from Koyal Wholesale.

green wedding decor
Photo Credit: All Occasions Party Rental (left); Koyal Wholesale (right)

Wedding Inspiration: Intimate Urban Affair

An airy, loft-like venue — Carondelet House in downtown Los Angeles — was the scene for this stylish wedding, brought to life by the creative minds at Sterling Social. The venue is notable for industrial-chic architectural details such as polished wood floors, brick walls and high, vaulted ceilings — the better to show off the ceremony centerpiece: a large runner hand-calligraphed with the couple’s wedding vows. 

Photography by This Modern Romance.

romantic wedding ceremony aisle runner
Runner by Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Classic mid-century modern loveseats serve as ceremony seating, creating a luxe, residential feel.

city loft wedding decor

The design team chose grand crystal chandeliers and dozens upon dozens of candles to put the focus on the watchwords, “The best is yet to come.” The thematic quote of the evening itself was displayed throughout the venue, like on these letter-pressed cocktail coasters. Orchids, hydrangea and succulents atop a classic Saarinen table. (All furniture from Form Decor event rental, La Mirada, CA.)

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The stylish invitation suite by Cherish Paperie showcases the couple's wedding palette.

chic wedding stationery

The bride's bouquet, created by The Hidden Garden, was made up of orchids and succulents. A glass planter holds an arrangement of florals and grass.

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“The palette — a modern mix of slate grey plus white and navy — was carried throughout, from invitations to the comfy mid-century modern furniture all the way to the blackberry macaron dessert finale." A lineup of white wedding cakes boast dressmaker details like ruffles and pleats. (Macarons, cupcakes and cakes by Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach, CA.)

wedding dessert table

A cupcake embellished with silver sugar beads is topped with a fresh, juicy blackberry.

blackberry wedding cupcakes

Hand-painted blackberry macarons provide a sweet finish. 

chic wedding cupcakes

200+ Color Combinations for Your Wedding

By: 
Stefania Sainato

Pin (or print out) your favorite swatches below and show them to all of your vendors to ensure that you're speaking the same color language.

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Perfect for: 
The couple who likes red but wants to go for a more understated look. "Cranberry works best for fall and winter weddings. It's also the perfect hue to incorporate into a vineyard wedding," says Chrissy. This color pairs well with similar shades like pink and peach. 

Palette we love:
Cranberry, Camel, Ivory & White

cranberry wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Cranberry & Gold
Cranberry & Silver
Cranberry & Taupe
Cranberry & Plum
Cranberry, Pink & Ivory
Cranberry, Light Green & Sage Green
Cranberry, Gold & Chocolate Brown
Cranberry, Gold & Black
Cranberry, Fuschia, Pink & Slate Gray
Cranberry, Slate Gray, Gray & White
Cranberry, Aqua, Black & White
Cranberry, Black, Latte, Mustard & Gray

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Perfect for: 
The couple who isn't afraid to go bold! "Red is bound to make a huge statement and so for that reason, we advise couples to think about balance when using this color," says Chrissy. This impactful hue works for any season but it lends itself especially well to a modern-themed bash. Pair it with great neutrals like white or ivory.

Palette we love:
Red & White

red wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Red & Gold
Red & Black
Red & Yellow
Red & Aqua
Red, Brown & Ivory
Red, Gray & White
Red, Camel & White
Red, White & Blue
Red, Green & White
Red, Black, Camel, Latte & White

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Perfect for: 
That instant romance factor. "Fuschia is fabulous for many reasons — it's bursting with feel-good vibes and it works best with glamorously-styled affairs," says Chrissy. This color can be used in any season; pair it with black to really make it pop. 

Palette we love:
Fuschia, Gold & Beige

fuschia wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Fuschia & Light Pink
Fuschia & Latte
Fuschia, Light Pink & Navy Blue
Fuschia, Gold & Beige
Fuschia, Fluorescent Purple, Lavender & White
Fuschia, Lavender, Gold, Blush Pink & Ivory
Fuschia, Navy Blue, Powder Blue, Camel & Ivory
Fuschia, Coral, Pink, Taupe & Ivory
Fuschia, Light Gray, Black, Blush Pink & Antique Gold
Fuschia, Dusty Pink, Fig, Blush Pink, Beige & Latte

Fuschia, Pink, Light Pink, Light Yellow, Antique Gold & Ivory

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Perfect for: 
Channeling a celebratory vibe. "Coral is one of our favorite colors this year and it's easy to see why! We love to see it used for destination weddings and seaside affairs," says Chrissy. This shade works best for spring and summer but when styled the right way, it could also be used in the colder weather months.

Palette we love:
Coral, Peach, Gold & Ivory

coral wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Coral & Gold
Coral & Yellow
Coral & Aqua
Coral & Navy Blue
Coral & Lime
Coral, Peach & Lemon
Coral, Peach & Gray
Coral, Peach & Pink
Coral, Antique Gold & Navy Blue
Coral, Fuschia, Pink, Taupe & Ivory
Coral, Chocolate Brown & Ivory
Coral, Burnt Orange, Gray & White
Coral, Aqua, Orange & Light Sage
Coral, Peach, Pink, Tangerine & Taupe

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Perfect for: 
Vintage-inspired styling. "Traditional pink is pretty, but it can appear feminine to some, so this dusty, muted shade is a great alternative for couples who want to use a bit of pink while avoiding that 'cotton candy explosion' effect," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Dusty Rose, Chocolate Brown, Taupe, Camel & White

rose wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Dusty Rose & Ivory
Dusty Rose & Blush Pink
Dusty Rose, Blush Pink, Peach & Antique Gold
Dusty Rose, Blush Pink, Peach, Light Yellow, Aqua & Lavender

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Perfect for: 
A garden wedding or even somewhere tropical like the beach. "Light coral is truly a beautiful color. And for many reasons, we're excited to see where it will pop up this season!" says Chrissy. This hue works best for spring and summer fêtes.

Palette we love:
Light Coral, Fuschia, Peach, Blush Pink & White

coral wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Light Coral & Navy Blue
Light Coral, Peach & Lemon
Light Coral, Turquoise & Muted Lavender
Light Coral, Orange, Yellow, Blush Pink & Light Yellow
Light Coral, Blush Pink, Light Green, Mint & White
Light Coral, Blush Pink, Peach, Yellow, Taupe & Ivory

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Perfect for: 
A sweet and feminine wedding look. "Pink has always been a favorite for weddings and it's easy to see why! It's a great color to use because it's associated with all of the things that weddings are about, like love and romance," says Chrissy. Our favorite way to use pink is to pair it with strong colors like navy blue or even glittery gold. 

Palette we love:
Pink & Navy Blue

pink wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Pink & Ivory
Pink & Black
Pink & Green
Pink, Blush Pink & Chocolate Brown
Pink, Lavender & Gold
Pink, Mauve & Gray
Pink, Beige & Gray
Pink, Slate Gray & Black
Pink, Teal, Light Coral & Ivory
Pink, Copper, Gold & Ivory
Pink, Mint, Copper & Ivory
Pink, Peach, Coral & White
Pink, Coral, Peach, Tangerine & White
Pink, Peach, Yellow, Taupe & Ivory

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Perfect for: 
A vintage-inspired wedding with an ethereal vibe. "Blush is the newest pink on the block and we're excited to announce that it's here to stay! It's a sophisticated shade and one that is easily paired with colors like gold, ivory or even taupe," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Blush Pink, Rose Gold, Silver & White

blush pink wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Blush Pink & Black
Blush Pink & Brown
Blush Pink, Peach, Light Pink & White
Blush Pink, Light Yellow, Gray & Light Pink
Blush Pink, Fuschia, Gold, Black & Gray
Blush Pink, Mauve, Copper Rose, Antique Gold, Peach & Ivory
Blush Pink, Dusty Rose, Peach, Light Yellow, Aqua & Lavender

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Perfect for: 
A romantic and timeless feel. "Mauve is a shade that I wish we would see more of in weddings. It's a really great, muted color that works well in any season," says Chrissy. Pair it with other pink hues like blush or dusty rose.

Palette we love:
Mauve, Peach, Blush Pink, Ivory, Copper Rose & Antique Gold

mauve wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Mauve, Fuschia & Latte
Mauve, Plum, Fuschia & White
Mauve, Plum, Fuschia & Light Pink
Mauve, Fluorescent Purple, Lavender & White
Mauve, Light Pink, Antique Gold, Blush Pink & Ivory
Mauve, Cranberry, Light Pink, Blush Pink, Taupe & Ivory

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Perfect for: 
A couple who is attracted to shades of pink but is looking for something more unique. "Copper rose combines two of my favorite shades. The metallic quality makes it great for fall or winter weddings," says Chrissy. Copper rose looks great when paired with other shades of pink or even metallics.

Palette we love:
Copper Rose, Pink, Blush Pink, Antique Gold & Ivory

copper wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Copper Rose & Pink
Copper Rose & Silver
Copper Rose & Peach
Copper Rose, Antique Gold & Silver
Copper Rose, Antique Gold, Mauve, Peach, Blush Pink & Ivory

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Perfect for: 
Fall weddings. "As a former fall bride myself, I know a thing or two about wanting to capture a beautiful autumnal feel. I personally like to see burnt orange mixed with other warm colors like chocolate brown or antique gold," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Burnt Orange, Ivory, Chocolate Brown & Orange

orange wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Burnt Orange, Camel, Brown & Ivory
Burnt Orange, Aqua, Dusty Aqua & Orange
Burnt Orange, Light Gray, Orange & White
Burnt Orange, Slate Gray, Orange & Gray
Burnt Orange, Peach, Light Green & White
Burnt Orange, Fig, Gold, Light Plum & Orange
Burnt Orange, Light Blue, Light Gray, Light Yellow, Orange

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Perfect for: 
A fun and carefree vibe. "I love to see orange incorporated into spring or summer weddings in a very playful way. But then come fall, this color takes on more of a warm and cozy vibe," says Chrissy. 

Palette we love:
Orange & White

orange wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Orange, Coral, Light Gray & Yellow
Orange, Aqua, Coral Rose & Light Sage
Orange, Coral, Light Sage & Peach
Orange, Gold, Gray & Lavender
Orange, Burnt Orange, Aqua & Dusty Aqua 
Orange, Burnt Orange, Light Gray & White
Orange, Burnt Orange, Slate Gray & Gray
Orange, Burnt Orange, Fig, Gold & Light Plum
Orange, Mustard, Pink, Light Sage, Coral & Blush Pink
Orange, Burnt Orange, Light Blue, Light Gray & Light Yellow

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Perfect for: 
A garden or church wedding. "Peach is the perfect springtime shade. It's sweet and communicates a beautiful simplicity," says Chrissy. Pair this hue with classic white.

Palette we love:
Peach, Gray & Latte

peach wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Peach, White & Ivory
Peach, Orange & Ivory
Peach, Coral, Pink & White
Peach, Brown, Camel & Latte
Peach, Coral, Pink, Tangerine & White
Peach, Coral, Pink, Ivory & Black
Peach, Dusty Rose, Blush Pink & Antique Gold
Peach, Light Pink, Powder Blue & Dusty Blue
Peach, Jade, Ivory & Light Sage
Peach, Chartreuse, Light Green & Green
Peach, Coral, Light Coral & Lemon Yellow
Peach, Light Yellow, Light Sage & Antique Gold
Peach, Mint, Light Coral, Jade & Aqua
Peach, Olive, Antique Gold, Camel & White

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Perfect for: 
Happy-go-lucky types. "Yellow is the happiest color in the world. If you want people to walk into your reception and feel that 'kick off your shoes and dance' vibe, then this is the color for you!" says Chrissy. This hue works best with modern-themed summer or spring weddings.

Palette we love:
Yellow, Gray, Slate Gray & Mustard

yellow wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Yellow & Gray
Yellow & White
Yellow & Orange
Yellow, Gray & Orange
Yellow, Gold & Slate Gray
Yellow, Gray & White
Yellow, Red, Navy Blue, Chartreuse & Gray

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Perfect for: 
An earthy feel. "Mustard has an intensity that always captures my eye. I love to see it paired with other fall colors like burnt orange or even shades of green," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Mustard, Latte & Sage

mustard yellow wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Mustard & Chocolate Brown
Mustard, Latte & Sage Green
Mustard, Black & White
Mustard, Chocolate Brown & White
Mustard, Antique Gold, Yellow & Ivory
Mustard, Cranberry, Latte & White
Mustard, Cranberry, Black, Latte & Gray
Mustard, Brown, Camel, Latte & White
Mustard, Orange, Chocolate Brown, Green & Latte
Mustard, Latte, Powder Blue, Camel, Antique Gold & White

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Perfect for: 
Evoking an upscale atmosphere. "Gold evokes elegance, luxury, warmth and tradition. It's a rich, intense color that definitely gives off that Old-World vibe." This hue works especially well for winter and fall weddings.

Palette we love:
Gold, Black & White

gold wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Gold & Mint
Gold & Cranberry
Gold, Ivory & White
Gold, Lavender & White
Gold, Cranberry & Chocolate Brown
Gold, Green & White
Gold, Champagne, Pewter & White
Gold, Latte, Orange & White
Gold, Hot Pink, Black & White
Gold, Lavender, Berry, Blush Pink & Ivory

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Perfect for: 
Vintage-styled weddings. "Antique gold has recently taken center stage as the newest 'it' color for neutrals. Couples no longer have to choose between black or brown as their foundation shade — they can now select antique gold to do the job," says Chrissy. We prefer to see it paired with romantic shades like pinks or lavenders.

Palette we love:
Antique Gold, Latte, Silver & Ivory

gold wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Antique Gold, Lavender & White
Antique Gold, Lavender & Mint
Antique Gold, Navy Blue & Coral
Antique Gold, Mustard, Yellow & Ivory
Antique Gold, Fig, Camel & White
Antique Gold, Copper, Brown & White
Antique Gold, Cerulean, Latte, Silver & White
Antique Gold, Black, Taupe & White
Antique Gold, Olive, Peach, Camel & White
Antique Gold, Teal, Light Green, Aqua & White
Antique Gold, Copper Rose, Mauve, Peach, Blush Pink & Ivory
Antique Gold, Fluorescent Purple, Fuschia, Lavender & Purple

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Perfect for: 
Spring or summer weddings. "Optimistic, cheery, and packed full of happy thoughts, yellow has endless possibilities, but one thing is for sure: It's 100% fun!" says Chrissy. This hue looks especially lovely when paired with navy, latte, red, or even orange.

Palette we love:
Light Yellow, Peach, Light Sage & Antique Gold

yellow wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Light Yellow, Blush Pink, Gray & Light Pink
Light Yellow, Dusty Rose, Blush Pink, Peach, Aqua & Lavender
Light Yellow, Light Coral, Orange, Yellow & Blush Pink
Light Yellow, Burnt Orange, Light Blue, Light Gray & Orange
Light Yellow, Coral, Peach, Ivory & Latte
Light Yellow, Coral, Watermelon, Latte & Sage
Light Yellow, Yellow, Gray & Slate Gray
Light Yellow, Yellow, Mint, Green, Aqua

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Perfect for: 
An effortless and natural look. "Sage green is a very beautiful hue that works well with neutrals like beige or brown," says Chrissy. If you're throwing an autumn wedding, then you've met the perfect match.

Palette we love:
Sage Green, Latte, Chocolate Brown & Ivory

sage green wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Sage Green & Cranberry
Sage Green, Mustard & Latte
Sage Green, Chartreuse & Light Green
Sage Green, Cranberry & Light Green
Sage Green, Peach & Orange
Sage Green, Orange, Aqua & Coral Rose

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Perfect for: 
Fall weddings. "Olive is a very rich and dynamic hue that works well with other rich colors like purple, cranberry, or even mustard," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Olive, Peach, Antique Gold, Camel & White

olive green wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Olive & Sage Green
Olive, Plum & Sage Green
Olive, Sage Green & White
Olive, Light Green, Chartreuse & White

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Perfect for: 
Channeling nature and communicating an earthy elegance. "In weddings, green is like a breath of fresh air. Thanks to the increasing volume of eco-talk, green's also a prominent hue at environmentally-conscious weddings," says Chrissy. Pair this color with blues, yellows, pinks or neutrals.

Palette we love:
Green, Light Green, Sage & Ivory

green wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Green & Ivory
Green & Coral
Green & Pink
Green & Navy Blue
Green, Gold & White
Green, Blue & Yellow
Green, Peach & Yellow
Green, Red & White

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Perfect for: 
A couple who is searching for a more unique color palette. "I like to see lime green used most often for summer weddings. It works well with other vibrant hues like yellows or pinks," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Lime Green & Coral

lime green wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Lime Green & Navy Blue
Lime Green, Coral & Sage
Lime Green, Navy Blue, Blue & Chartreuse
Lime Green, Chartreuse, Chocolate Brown, Cranberry, Latte & Mustard

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Perfect for: 
Spring or summer weddings. "Light green represents growth, new life and positive energy," says Chrissy. If you want to use this shade for a fall or winter affair, pair it with a more subdued or rustic hue to make it seasonally appropriate.

Palette we love:
Light Green, Light Pink, Green, Blush Pink

green wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Light Green, Gold & White
Light Green, Light Yellow & Silver
Light Green, Cranberry & Sage Green
Light Green, Aqua & Antique Gold
Light Green, Chocolate Brown, Ivory & White
Light Green, Chartreuse, Yellow & Gold
Light Green, Kelly Green, Chartreuse & White
Light Green, Orange, Peach, Gold & Chartreuse

Get more light green wedding ideas ►

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Perfect for: 
A rustic and down-to-earth vibe. "This shade is earthy, natural and all kinds of pretty. It works best when paired with neutrals like beige, shades of brown, or even yellow," says Chrissy. Light sage can be used for any season, but it works especially well for summer and spring celebrations. 

Palette we love:
Light Sage, Light Yellow, Sage, Yellow & Gold

sage green wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Light Sage, Cranberry & Sage Green
Light Sage, Camel, Silver & White
Light Sage, Coral, Aqua & Orange 
Light Sage, Light Yellow, Peach & Antique Gold
Light Sage, Orange, Coral & Peach
Light Sage, Orange, Mustard, Pink, Coral & Blush Pink

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Perfect for: 
Couples with modern style. "Chartreuse is the kind of color we don't see enough of in weddings. It's a fun new twist on the traditional green shades," says Chrissy. Chartreuse pairs effortlessly with gray.

Palette we love:
Chartreuse, Gray & White

chartreuse wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Chartreuse, Mustard & White
Chartreuse, Teal & Brown
Chartreuse, Teal & Black
Chartreuse, Fuschia & Light Pink
Chartreuse, Chocolate Brown & Ivory
Chartreuse, Light Green, Yellow & Gold
Chartreuse, Peach, Light Green & Green
 Chartreuse, Yellow, Red, Navy Blue & Gray

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Perfect for: 
A youthful and fun vibe. "Mint is one of my all-time favorite colors. It has this sort of uniqueness that newlyweds can't get enough of. It's a relatively new shade to hit the wedding industry, becoming an increasingly popular choice in the past few years," says Chrissy. Pair mint with shades of pink or even gold. 

Palette we love:
Mint & Gold

mint wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Mint & Navy Blue
Mint & Yellow
Mint & Lilac
Mint, Aqua & Yellow
Mint, Aqua, Sea Foam & Yellow
Mint, Pink, Copper & Ivory
Mint, Peach, Light Coral, Jade & Aqua
Mint Green, Light Coral, Blush Pink, Light Green & White

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Perfect for: 
Fall or winter weddings. "Teal has an elegance and an intensity that is unmatched," says Chrissy. This hue works best when paired with other shades of blue, jewel tones or metallics.

Palette we love:
Shades of Teal & Aqua

teal wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Teal & Mint
Teal & Pink
Teal & Yellow
Teal & Chocolate Brown
Teal, Green, Gold & White
Teal, Plum & Orange
Teal, Gold, Red & Orange
Teal, Chocolate, Copper, Latte & Ivory
Teal, Aqua, Dusty Aqua, Gold & White

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Perfect for:
A fun and modern color palette. "Aqua is a favorite of beach brides, especially tropical ones, but it also shows up in plenty of other places, too. Lately, we're seeing this hue paired with red, which makes for a very dynamic duo," says Chrissy. Chocolate brown and hot pink can also serve as complementary shades.

Palette we love:
Peach, aqua and ivory.

aqua wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Aqua & Fuschia
Aqua & Emerald
Aqua & Navy
Aqua & Red
Aqua, Tiffany Blue & White
Aqua, Orange & White
Aqua, Mint & Yellow
Aqua, Light Green & Antique Gold
Aqua, Orange, Coral Rose & Light Sage
Aqua, Sea Foam, Mint & Yellow
Aqua, Chocolate Brown, Camel & White

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Perfect for: 
A slightly preppy feel. "This shade is a beautiful blue tone that has a lot of party planning potential. Mix it with silver, white, or even shades of pink and you're sure to have a color palette that will excite your guests!" says Chrissy. 

Palette we love:
Tiffany Blue, Aqua & White

tiffany blue wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Tiffany Blue & Light Pink
Tiffany Blue & Navy Blue
Tiffany Blue, Light Pink & Fuschia
Tiffany Blue, Silver & White
Tiffany Blue, Chartreuse & White

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Perfect for: 
Spring or summer weddings. "This color is lighter than your traditional aqua and I love it because there's a lot of styling ideas that you can use to bring it to life," says Chrissy. Pair it with shades of blue or classic white.

Palette we love:
Dusty Aqua, Blue, Powder Blue & Mint

aqua wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Dusty Aqua & Purple
Dusty Aqua, Latte & Ivory
Dusty Aqua, Shades of Orange & White
Dusty Aqua, Dusty Teal, Antique Gold & White

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Perfect for: 
A couple who is attracted to other shades of blue, purple, or even gold. "Dusty teal is a muted version of your traditional teal. It's a beautiful color that you don't see every day, especially at a wedding," says Chrissy. 

Palette we love:
Dusty Teal, Dusty Aqua, Antique Gold & White 

teal wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Dusty Teal & Ivory
Dusty Teal & Light Pink
Dusty Teal & Silver
Dusty Teal, Orange & White
Dusty Teal, Dusty Aqua, Silver & White

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Perfect for: 
An ultra-preppy couple. "Navy is the perfect color for a nautical theme or yacht club setting. Usually paired with chartreuse or classic white, this color puts tradition first, and it adds a certain masculinity to the palette," says Chrissy. Navy serves as a fabulous alternative to black. 

Palette we love:
Navy Blue & White

navy blue wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Navy Blue & Kelly Green
Navy Blue & Chartreuse
Navy Blue & Pink
Navy Blue & Coral 
Navy Blue, Powder Blue & Light Yellow
Navy Blue, Coral & Antique Gold 
Navy Blue, Yellow, Red, Chartreuse & Gray

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Perfect for: 
All seasons and themes. "Blue will always be a fan favorite when it comes to wedding colors — what's not to love?" says Chrissy. Blue looks pretty with white, green, fuschia, or even lavender.

Palette we love:
Shades of Blue, Ivory & White

blue wedding ideas
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blue wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Blue & Purple
Blue & Pink
Blue & Brown
Blue & Peach
Blue & Coral
Blue & Chartreuse
Blue & Beige
Blue & Silver
Blue, Yellow & Green
Blue, Red & White
Blue, Orange, Yellow & Gray
Blue, Mint, Aqua & Teal

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Perfect for: 
A dreamy and ethereal feel. "This muted shade of blue is great for any season and it works well with understated neutrals," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Slate Blue, Powder Blue, Camel, Chocolate Brown, Gray & White

slate blue wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Slate Blue & Chocolate Brown
Slate Blue & Latte
Slate Blue, Powder Blue & White
Slate Blue, Navy Blue & White

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Perfect for: 
A couple who loves blue but wants something more unique. "This shade is one we don't see a lot of in weddings and I'm wishing this would change!" says Chrissy. Cerulean can work for any season, but it looks especially nice in the summer months.

Palette we love:
Cerulean, Latte, Antique Gold, Silver & White

cerulean wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Cerulean & White
Cerulean & Silver
Cerulean & Fuschia
Cerulean & Chocolate Brown

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Perfect for: 
Winter weddings. "Powder blue is great for the couple who wants a winter wonderland-themed wedding," says Chrissy. Pair it with other shades of blue, gray, silver or white.

Palette we love:
Powder Blue, Mint, Latter & Silver

powder blue wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Powder Blue, Sky Blue, Gray & White
Powder Blue, Navy Blue & Light Yellow
Powder Blue, Chocolate Brown, Camel & White
Powder Blue, Peach, Light Pink & Dusty Blue
Powder Blue, Mustard, Latte, Camel, Antique Gold & White
Powder Blue, Dusty Aqua, Blue & Mint

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Perfect for: 
Summer beach weddings or even winter weddings. "Sky blue is a pretty shade and one that I wish we would see more of. It's great for the couple who wants their wedding to feel almost dreamlike," says Chrissy. Pair it with other blue hues or white.

Palette we love:
Sky Blue, Blue, Navy Blue & White

sky blue wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Sky Blue, Teal, Dusty Aqua & White
Sky Blue, Powder Blue, Gray & White
Sky Blue, Camel & Ivory
Sky Blue, Orange, Yellow & Gray

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Perfect for: 
Fall or winter weddings. Purple has always had a strong, historical association with royalty, but thanks to the fashion world, it's taken on a whole new life: "It's become challenging and mysterious, glamorous, and ever-so-slightly chic, especially when accented with other complex colors like charcoal or gray," says Chrissy. 

Palette we love:
Plum, Fuschia, Light Pink & Gold

plum wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Plum & Cranberry
Plum & Silver
Plum & Lavender
Plum, Powder Blue & Gray
Plum, Lavender & Antique Gold
Plum, Mauve, Fuschia & White
Plum, Blue, Gold & Chartreuse
Plum, Lavender, Camel, Copper & White

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Perfect for: 
A slightly feminine look. "Purple is big for weddings this year and it's easy to see why! Light plum is full of party planning possibilities," says Chrissy. This shade works nicely for any season, but we really love it for spring or summer. Pair it with ivory or beige.

Palette we love:
Light Plum, Fig, Antique Gold, Ivory & White

plum wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Light Plum, Silver & White
Light Plum, Powder Blue & Gray
Light Plum, Pink, Mauve & Fuschia
Light Plum, Slate Gray, Pink & Black
Light Plum, Lavender, Light Yellow, Camel, Ivory & White

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Perfect for: 
An outdoor venue, such as a vineyard. "This beautiful cross between purple and fuschia works well in any season, but we mostly love to see fig used for fall or winter weddings," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Fig & Gray

fig wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Fig, Camel, Antique Gold & White
Fig, Fuschia, Camel & Blush Pink
Fig, Gray, Camel, Blush Pink & White

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Perfect for: 
The brave at heart! "A vibrant and exciting hue, fluorescent purple mixes well with other 'hot' colors like pinks or even neon shades," says Chrissy. This color is fantastic for summer weddings, modern receptions, and/or tropical locales.

Palette we love:
Fluorescent Purple, Lavender, Fuschia & White

purple wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Fluorescent Purple & Pink
Fluorescent Purple, Fuschia, Lavender, Fig & Antique Gold
Fluorescent Purple, Lavender, Mauve & White

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Perfect for: 
A garden setting. "Soft, dainty and ladylike, lavender is often used in spring and summer weddings. It's nice with chartreuse, classic black, or even crisp white," says Chrissy. Bonus: This shade looks incredible in patterns like paisley and gingham. 

Palette we love:
Lavender, Antique Gold & White

lavender wedding ideas
Photo Credit: The Perfect Palette

More color combinations:
Lavender & Mint
Lavender & Silver
Lavender & Light Green
Lavender, Gold & Silver
Lavender, Orange, Gold & Gray
Lavender, Berry, Camel & White
Lavender, Plum, Copper, Camel & White
Lavender, Dusty Rose, Peach, Blush Pink & Light Yellow

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Perfect for: 
Couples who have strong opinions about design. "This sophisticated, intense, and mysterious color can lend a clean and graphic look to a wedding, or it can sometimes serve as a nice accent color," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Black, Gold, Gray & White

black wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Black & White
Black & Yellow
Black & Blush Pink
Black & Gold
Black, Blush Pink & Slate Gray
Black, Taupe, Antique Gold & White

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Perfect for: 
Rustic settings like a farm. "Chocolate brown is rich and rustic. Brown paired with burnt orange, copper or even colors like pink or red really do create unique and beautiful palettes," says Chrissy. Lighter shades like pinks or ivory also work with chocolate.

Palette we love:
Chocolate Brown, Blush Pink, Ivory & Peach

chocolate brown wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Chocolate Brown & Ivory
Chocolate Brown, Cranberry & Gold
Chocolate Brown, Pink & Blush Pink 
Chocolate Brown, Coral & Ivory
Chocolate Brown, Dusty Rose, Taupe, Camel & White
Chocolate Brown, Latte, Caramel, Mustard & Ivory

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Perfect for: 
Capturing a glamorous, Old World feel. "Copper is making a name for itself in the world of wedding colors. A bold metallic with elegant and vintage connotations, it can be used just as you might use gold or silver in your wedding," says Chrissy.

Palette we love:
Copper, Rust, Latte & Antique Gold

copper wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Copper & Pink
Copper & Mint
Copper & Navy Blue
Copper, Antique Gold, Gray, Silver & White
Copper, Chocolate, Teal, Ivory & Chocolate Brown

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Perfect for: 
Summer or fall weddings. "Latte is a shade that instantly warms up any palette. This bold neutral works well with rustic styling and is great for rounding out a couple's color scheme," says Chrissy. Pair latte with other shades of brown or ivory.

Palette we love:
Latte, Camel, Chocolate Brown & Ivory

latte wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Latte & Cranberry
Latte & Ivory
Latte, Cranberry & Ivory
Latte, Mustard & Sage
Latte, Yellow & Ivory
Latte, Cranberry, Black, Mustard & Gray
Latte, Red, Black, Camel & White
Latte, Peach, Brown & Camel

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Perfect for: 
Any season or theme. "Camel is known for its ability to warm up a palette. Pair it with cranberry, fig, pink or even blue tones — the choice is up to you!" Bonus: It's a great alternative to black.

Palette we love:
Camel, Sky Blue & White

camel wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Camel, Sky Blue & Ivory
Camel, Red & White
Camel, Brown, Latte, Mustard & White
Camel, Light Sage, Silver & White
Camel, Plum, Lavender, Copper & White
Camel, Red, Black & Latte
Camel, Fig, Antique Gold & White

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Perfect for: 
Couples with a sophisticated sense of style. "Ivory is refined and elegant, rich and conservative, and it also has a slightly vintage feel. Sometimes you'll find a slight shimmer to this shade, which evokes a certain elegance that is unmatched," says Chrissy. Ivory is the perfect counterpoint to more intense hues like red, plum or gold.

Palette we love:
Ivory, Antique Gold & Silver

ivory wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
The options are endless!

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Perfect for: 
A couple who wants to opt out of using traditional neutrals like black or brown. "Slate green is modern, understated, retro and sleek. It's the perfect color for groomsmen to wear since it complements many other hues," says Chrissy. We love to combine slate gray with orange.

Palette we love:
Slate Gray, Gray, Orange & Burnt Orange

slate gray wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Slate Gray, Pink & Black
Slate Gray, Cranberry, Fuschia & Pink 
Slate Gray, Cranberry, Gray & White
Slate Gray, Yellow & Gold

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Perfect for: 
Any wedding season or theme. "Gray is the new black! Modern, understated, retro and sleek, this color is popping up everywhere in the world of weddings," says Chrissy. It's a great counterpoint to bold hues like yellow, red or plum.

Palette we love:
Gray, Burnt Orange, Light Yellow, Orange & Powder Blue

gray wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Gray & Yellow
Gray & Orange
Gray & Coral
Gray & Mint
Gray, Orange & Yellow
Gray, Mauve & Pink
Gray, Red & White
Gray, Orange, Gold & Lavender

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Perfect for: 
Winter weddings. "Silver is upscale and elegant — it's a color that speaks to all things antique," says Chrissy. This shade looks gorgeous with blue, pink or purple tones. 

Palette we love:
Silver, Gray & White

silver wedding ideas
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More color combinations:
Silver & Dusty Blue
Silver & Cranberry
Silver, Lavender & White
Silver, Plum & Gold
Silver, Navy Blue & White
Silver, Yellow & Light Green

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The Hottest New Wedding Trends for 2014

By: 
Rachel Griffiths

Hey there, lucky bride! A new year is here, ushering in a new swoon-worthy wedding season. We went up and down the coasts and zig-zagged in between, and wedding experts everywhere agree: 2014 will be the year of true romance. Weddings are going softer, sweeter, lusher and more heartfelt. It’s a return to classic chivalry, to the things that made our mothers cry, and it’s happening just in time for you to melt hearts and make memories. 

Browse the hottest trends by category:

Flowers
Invitations
Food & Drink
Wedding Cakes
The Playlist
The Favors

Do you already feel like a blushing bride? Carry that sweet love over to your color scheme, says Tara Guérard, the event designer behind ultra-luxe Soirée in Charleston and New York. "Pink is back!" she announces. "It’s the nudes, the blushes, the peaches — not Pepto Bismol pink!"

blush bridesmaid dresses
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The romance of the outdoors inspires West Coast brides. "I’m working in natural colors — creams, ivory, oatmeals," says Beth Helmstetter of Beth Helmstetter Events in Los Angeles. "If we’re going more glamorous, brides love pops of gold right now."

tent wedding
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"Metallics are huge!" Tara agrees. She’s seeing gold sugar stripes on wedding cakes, linens shot through with gold thread and one of her favorite looks — the subtle luxury of pale gold lampshades.

Think white-gloved waiters and big band dancing, crystal candlesticks and gold-rimmed china. The return to romance ushers in a new love for the formality of days gone by. One major bridal inspiration for the return to tradition comes from Hollywood. "It’s the look of ‘The Great Gatsby,’" says Beth. Her brides are still falling hard for the bubbly, approachable elegance of the Roaring Twenties.

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Pattern is making a new play, but throw out the hard-edged looks. “Chevron was big last year,” says Tara, “but now I’m seeing trellis-patterns, bold stripes and florals.”

In a year that marks the return to romance, candles are in the spotlight. "Candelabra are huge," says Beth, "but they’re not allowed in many venues." If you can’t do candelabra, don’t despair. Beth reports that covered lanterns are also big this year, especially in clusters of different sizes.

rose
Photo Credit: Picotte Photography

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Flowers

Lush, soft, Exquisitely romantic — the flower of the year is the many-petaled tree peony, says New York’s Ariella Chezar, whose work has been seen at the White House. Amber Gustafson of Los Angeles’s Amber Events picks a similar bloom — the sweet-smelling garden rose.

wedding centerpiece
Photo Credit: Ariella Chezar

The ideal vessel for your centerpiece? Crystal and silver, says Ariella. "They feel elegant and retro at once." Amber agrees: "The containers may be ultra-formal estate pieces, but the arrangements themselves are very touchable. Full, loose groupings of garden roses, anemones, poppies, lilac."

wedding centerpiece
Photo Credit: Ariella Chezar

Greens, greens, greens. No 2014 centerpiece will be complete without peeks of unusual greens. Soft vines, geranium leaves and maidenhair fern all top the must-have lists, reports Amber.

The flower garland is back in a big way. Ariella loves citrus garlands for bars and over doorways—lemons, limes, oranges on the stem. “And fern garlands are really beautiful. I love them down the center of a long table.”

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Invitations

We request the pleasure of your attention on the dreamiest invitation trends of the year, courtesy of Melinda Morris of Lion In the Sun, a paperie boutique in Brooklyn, New York.

wedding invitation
Photo courtesy of Lion in the Sun

Gleam: You’ve got a gleam in your eye these days, and chances are, you’ll have some gleam on your invitations. Metallics are a massive trend, but they’ve moved on from the basic gold or silver foil stamping. Now look for rose gold or tawny bronzes to add an unexpected (yet elegant) touch.

Lace: Imagine a sleeve of delicate lace over your invitation or cutouts that make your invite look like a panel in a fl uttering paper banner. It’s now possible with laser-cutting, a technique on the rise that allows you to cut intricate shapes directly into your invitation.

Hand drawing: Adorable little freehand illustrations will adorn invitations everywhere this year. These invites are completely custom, so if you can dream it, an artist can help you bring your vision to life.

Florals: For years banished to the garden, flowers are blooming on invitations once more. Imagine an old-fashioned floral calico or a vintage botanical printed in gold on the back of a letterpressed card.

wedding invitation
Photo courtesy of Lion in the Sun

Petites: And in the sweetest trend of all, invitations this year are getting small. The most requested look is for an invitation smaller than the standard 5x7 — something little, dainty and infinitely precious.

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Food & Drinks

Slow-roasted halibut, baby Sonoma lamb chops or grilled hanger steak with tomatillo compound butter. Elizabeth Griffiths of Whoa Nelly Catering in Los Angeles says that 2014 brides have moved beyond the standard catering hall fare and expect a restaurant quality meal. “People know what constitutes quality food and want it for their guests!”

The favorite service style to capture this year’s approachable elegance? While the waiters might be wearing black dinner jackets and white gloves, they’re presenting food family style. “It’s more interactive when everyone helps themselves,” says Morris Kitchen's Karina Seljak.

wedding food spread
Photo courtesy of Whoa Nelly

2014 is the year to get spicy. Elizabeth reports that brides are over the Tasty mini sliders are a sure crowd pleaser. the taste moon for heat on the menu. “We using a lot of Calabrian chili oil, a lot of sriracha — and are seeing guests reach first for the spicy things on the menu.”

Brides are clamoring for updates on the classics, with fresh takes on old favorites making it onto plates everywhere. Karina says that for the cocktail hour, her brides are falling for salmon blinis with crème fraiche and herbs, or raw bars with an unexpected watermelon salsa verde garnish.

wedding vegetable spread
Photo Credit: Liz Banfield

Late night snacks are still a big hit, says Elizabeth. “We do fries and sliders, hot pretzels, street tacos and one of my favorites, late night churros.” But be mindful of your timeline, she cautions. Unless you can stay in your venue until midnight, a late night snack is probably not right for you.

wedding snack
Photo courtesy of Morris Kitchen

The news on booze this year? Keep it seasonal, says Karina Seljack of Morris Kitchen in Brooklyn, New York.

Winter: Make it warm and inviting with bourbon laced with spiced apple syrup served over one extra-large ice cube.

Spring: Tap into the the season with The Flamingo: grapefruit juice, gin or vodka, hibiscus syrup and a drop of ginger and rhubarb syrup.

Summer: A spiked fruit cocktail. Try a sage liquor drink with rhubarb syrup, whole blueberries and a lemon peel garnish.

signature cocktails

Fall: Bubbles and lemon bring out the last of the sunshine. Create a champagne cocktail with lemon juice, gin and a dollop of sparkling wine.

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Wedding Cakes

Brooklyn, NY, the ultimate incubator of cool, is where we looked for the sweet scoop on this year’s hottest wedding cakes. We spoke to Cheryl Kleinman of Betty Bakery to get the top five cake trends.

ruffled wedding cake
Photo Credit: Lulu Cake Boutique

1. Color: Ombré is everywhere, and it was just a matter of time until this look made it onto cakes. Cheryl’s ombré cakes are frosted in white on the top tier, for example, then tip-toe down from palest to the deepest pink hues. But ombré on the outside is not enough. “The cake is also ombré on the inside, with each layer a different shade.”

2. Glitter: In 2014, your cake will shine! Cheryl says the look ranges from a fairy dusting of very fi ne glitter on the top tiers, to wild disco ball sparkle.

3. Texture: The sleek cake is a thing of the past as 2014 moves toward the romantic look of pleats, ruffl es and lush sugar fl owers. Instead of the smooth cake of previous years, the tiers of these cakes are dressed in soft ruffl ed layers, giving them the look of a billowing crinoline.

4. Shape: Think it's hip to be square? Not so much in 2014, when the cake silhouette veers away from square tiers and embraces the classic round. For a cake that’s au courant, vary the height of your tiers. “One layer may be four inches, and the next six.”

5. Flavor: "Right now flavor is very driven by season," explains Cheryl. In the summer, choose a lemon cake with lemon fl avor. In the winter, brides are looking for chocolate cakes with rich accents of mocha or praline.

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The Music Playlist

Want a quick cheat sheet to the year’s hottest sounds? New York society bandleader Alex Donner and Amber Gustafson report.

wedding dance
Photo Credit: Red Loft Studios

Step out of the box. Think beyond the string quartet and opt for eclectic music during the cocktail hour, Amber suggests. Bring in your heritage: If a Latina bride, have flamenco guitar, if Jewish, klezmer music.

Be true to your theme. Alex Donner’s clients are requesting music to go along with wedding themes ranging from films (The Great Gatsby) to locales (like France — all songs were performed in French!).

The element of surprise. Stick to songs that your guests know and love but mix up the musical styles. "Think a bluegrass band playing ‘Hava Nagila’ or a string quartet playing Coldplay," Amber says.

Make it memorable: Donner creates bespoke favors featuring his couple’s wedding music, performed live by Donner and his orchestra, then later transferred onto a CD or mp3.

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Wedding Favors

The top two most popular favor trends still reign supreme, reports Beth Helmstetter.

First on the list is the edible gift — think truffles, petits fours or a tiny box of three perfect pastel macarons.

macarons
Photo courtesy of Laduree

The other major trend remains donations. Share your love with a gift to a favorite charity, made on behalf of your guests.

Looking for a chic wildcard idea? Forgo reception favors altogether for a “pillow present,” a little welcome gift left for guests at their hotel. Who doesn’t want to arrive from a big trip to find milk and cookies, or wake to a breakfast surprise of scones and local jam?

 

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Rentals

From sleek, chic and minimal to decor that oozes vintage charm, there’s a wide world of stylish pieces ready to rent. Don’t forget the photo booth!
By: 
Sharon Naylor
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Gatsby glam. Boho chic. Minimalist zen. If you can envision your ceremony style and décor, you can create it in real life. Such is the state of party and event rentals today. And while the biggest cities offer the widest range of options, if you do some online digging, you’ll be surprised at how much is available, no matter your wedding locale. 

wedding seating
Photo courtesy of Taylor Creative Inc.

Tips for Your Rentals

Make it fun! Consider renting crowd-pleasers such as cotton candy makers and popcorn machines. For outdoor areas, offer games like bocce ball and a beanbag toss.

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The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Rentals

By: 
Sharon Naylor
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Gatsby glam. Boho chic. Minimalist zen. If you can envision your ceremony style and décor, you can create it in real life. Such is the state of party and event rentals today. And while the biggest cities offer the widest range of options, if you do some online digging, you’ll be surprised at how much is available, no matter your wedding locale. 

wedding seating
Photo courtesy of Taylor Creative Inc.

Tips for Your Rentals

Make it fun! Consider renting crowd-pleasers such as cotton candy makers and popcorn machines. For outdoor areas, offer games like bocce ball and a beanbag toss.

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35 Romantic Ideas for Your Wedding Reception

By: 
Kristen Finello
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Set the Scene

1. Hold your festivities at the site where your husband-to-be proposed. One couple held their wedding at the majestic Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, where the groom had proposed a year earlier. Since he'd popped the question in a horse-drawn carriage, they treated guests to their own romantic rides.

bride and groom kissing
Photo Credit: Tanja Lippert Photography

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15 Ways to Make Your Reception More Fun

At most wedding receptions, the main form of entertainment is in the form of a DJ or band. But what about guests who don't like to dance?
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At most wedding receptions, the main entertainment is in the form of a DJ or band. But what about guests who don't like to dance? Let's face it, a wedding reception can sometimes be a little boring for those folks. That's why we went on the hunt for easy party games you can add, ranging from individual projects to table games to group activities.

By: 
Kristen O'Gorman Klein
Reception Games

Wedding Bar Guide: How Much Alcohol Do You Need?

Get your booze clues here: what to serve, how much to spend and other toast-worthy tips.
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Weddings are about love, hope — and toasts! As such, most brides and grooms provide guests with lots of champagne, wine, beer and spirits throughout the night. What do you expect to serve? Here’s how to stock up according to your guests’ tastes — and your budget.

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