Rolling vineyards, cobblestone streets, fresh lavender — the South of France offers the perfect setting for a charming, rustic wedding. Sure, there's something to be said for Parisian romance, but with the Cannes Film Festival taking place, we're shining a spotlight on beautiful wedding details inspired by the South of France. To bring some French country flair to your big day no matter where you say "I do," take a look at these gorgeous ideas from real weddings!
Escort cards serve as your guests' introduction to the reception, so it's a perfect opportunity to make a creative, whimsical first impression. It might seem like one of the smaller details, but escort cards can be a great way to incorporate your personality as a couple — and they don't technically need to be "cards" at all. These days, brides and grooms are using everything from oyster shells to beer bottles to guide their guests to their seats, so to help you get inspired, we're highlighting some of the most unique ideas we've spotted across the web. Take a look at these cool, outside-the-box options for memorable escort cards!
Hands down, the photo booth is one of the most fun parts of any wedding. It's a time to get downright silly and capture the best moments of the celebration. What makes a photo booth even better? The perfect backdrop that will impress guests the instant they see it. From elegant (think succulents) to bold (bright pops of color), we've rounded up some genius backdrops that you can re-create yourself. No matter your type of event (indoor, outdoor, daytime, nighttime), these picks will keep the smiles coming all party long.
Today, the latest interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby hits theaters, transporting us to the glittering, jiving 1920s and the tragic love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. It's an ornate era that just screams "wedding theme."
In the midst of post-World War I prosperity, the Roaring '20s were all about new technologies, jazz music, speakeasies, and a flippant attitude. For fashion, this meant simple elegance: feathers, pearls, boas, flapper dresses, bucket hats, and brooches. Weddings were much more informal than in earlier eras — gone were the corsets, tossed aside in favor of drop-waist dresses that showed a bit of leg. Brides danced everything from the foxtrot to the Charleston, and most preferred platinum or white gold wedding rings over traditional yellow gold. Hoping to channel a bit of Jazz Age pizzazz on your big day? Here are some luxurious, inspiring ideas to help you carry '20s charm into your wedding celebration.
Creating an imaginative DIY wedding came naturally for video editor Ivy Calhoun and graphic designer Scott Gardenhire. After bumping into each other at several magazine parties, the two eventually became a pair. Four years later, they decided to get hitched and settled on a Spring wedding in early May.
After their initial venue choice fell through, they called on wedding planner Kendra Pfeiffer-Wershing for help finding a last-minute venue. Unsure about whether or not they could afford to hire a planner, Kendra assured them that she could save them money in the long run. After she suggested Stone Barn Ranch in Sheridan, CA, Ivy and Scott's interest piqued. The new venue not only surpassed their checklist of requirements, but was also more than 30 percent lower than the price of their original venue and even included some equipment rentals. After scheduling an appointment that day to pay the ranch a visit, they fell in love with it immediately and hired Kendra right away.
Inspired by the scenic country setting and their favorite junk food snacks, Ivy and Scott decided to put their artistic skills to work by creating a colorful, insanely fun, DIY carnival wedding. Take a look through their wedding gallery for tips on styling an eclectic wedding party, keeping guests entertained, crafting your own decor projects, and more!
Photos courtesy of Tom Tomkinson
Although it's hard to beat fresh flowers, there's something to be said about their paper counterparts. While they've had our attention for some time (largely due to the creative visions of Zoe Bradley), their versatility have made them quite the star of weddings, parties, and tabletops lately. Looking for any and all excuses to put them to good use, we found nine creative ways to give your space a floral touch — no green thumb necessary.
A cake topper is a great place to get a little bit playful when planning a wedding. We scoured the pages of Etsy and handpicked 27 of our favorite finds, from classically beautiful to some very unique options (fiddlehead fern cake topper, anyone?). Click through for some wedding cake inspiration!
Simple petals tossed along the aisle are a thing of weddings past. As ceremonies have veered further from tradition, the floral designs have grown more and more creative. Arrangements in wooden crates, planters lining the aisle, garlands hanging from nearby trees, flower tunnels — these days, nothing seems to be off limits. As you plan your big day, take a look at these unique ideas for gorgeous ceremony flowers everyone will be talking about!
Hoping to strike gold with your big-day decor? We've rounded up a range of gold-star ideas to help you incorporate the shade into your wedding design — and you may be surprised by its versatility. Sure, it can be glitzy, but gold can also be a gorgeous accent against more rustic, earthy backdrops. No matter what kind of wedding style you're hoping to create, get inspired with these 22 creative ways to give your big day a golden touch!
Think of it as the floral arranging class you've always wanted to take — only now, it's in the form of a jaw-dropping coffee-table tome: The Flower Recipe Book ($25). Perfect for everyone from the DIY bride (yep, just in time for wedding season!) to the avid farmers market flower forager, this new book makes artful arrangements look doable — even for amateurs.
Created by highly sought-after floral designers Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo, the book includes step-by-step tutorials for creating arrangements, bouquets, wreaths, and garlands categorized by season and formality. Breathtaking visuals aside, sections like the tool box stock list, vessel guide, techniques tutorial, and helpful hints section are the meatier portions you'll want to curl up with and study.
We're tempted to gather a group of girlfriends together for a spin on the traditional book club (think seasonal floral arranging instead of literary discussions). Fun, right? For just a taste of what this book has to offer, keep reading to discover how easy it is to create this purple and yellow anemone stunner.