vintage wedding furniture

Looking to plan an on-trend wedding? For a stylish affair, consider incorporating antique furniture into your wedding decor and you’ll never look at an old drawer or rustic shutters the same! Turn up the originality at your wedding by using vintage pieces to give your day a shabby-chic flair.

3 ways to get the look:                                                                                                        -Bring in meaningful pieces from relatives or your own home.

-Get your DIY on and hunt for rustic options at antique stores or flea markets.  Personalize your finds by painting them to coordinate with your wedding colors.

-Rent vintage pieces from a company for your ceremony or reception.  Some places to consider are Found, Court, Deserted Attic, Archive , and Wish Vintage Rentals.  Search local companies within your area for more options.

Check out these steal-worthy ideas!

Photo Displayphoto           Using personal pictures as wedding decorations is an easy way to make your affair feel more intimate.  The DIY options are endless– paint an old window, rustic door, or shutters.  Mount the images with mod podge or secure them with clothes pins.

Treat Buffet treatEveryone loves some wedding day goodies!  Make your display table more exciting by using drawers as containers for your treats or forget the table all together and opt for a dresser instead!  Make a special arrangement for plates, bags, or more treats within some of the drawers and use glass containers of different heights for an elegant look.  Taking advantage of the drawers along with the different sizes of jars will give your display a visually pleasing play on heights!

Floral Arrangements floral          There is nothing more gorgeous than a simple table covered with fresh flowers.  Fill the drawers of an antique table with overflowing flowers or use old desk drawers to house flowers for orignal centerpieces.

Refreshmentsdrink           What could be better than a bar? Only a stunning one, of course! Romantic desks, dressers, and vanities make for the perfect drink stand.  Take advantage of the drawers to display more glasses or fill them with flowers for a decorative touch.

DIY option for an outdoor wedding- Find a breathtaking old door.  Drill a hook in each corner.  Hang the door from a tree and use it as a floating table for your cocktail glasses. Decorate the sides with bunting or lace for a finishing touch.

Favors        favors         Along with using a dresser or desk, a glass hutch is a beautiful way to place your favors.  If you go with a rustic vanity, leave a note on the mirror for an unexpected detail.

Cake Tablecakedisplay             You can’t go wrong when it comes to cake, but setting up dessert on an whimsical desk, vanity, dresser, or china cabinet can make it that much sweeter.

Programsprogram     Whether you use only drawers for your programs or an entire dresser, your ceremony will feel much warmer by including rustic pieces.  You can also paint window panes with chalkboard paint to leave your guests a message or write directly on the glass for a playful feel.

Seating Cardsseatingcards     Whether your seating cards are strung from rustic doors, hanging from painted shutters, written in different panels, or set in miniature desk drawers, taking advantage of the furniture trend is an adorable option for table assignments.

Alter          alter       Couples are making their ceremony sights more intimate by arranging alters reminiscent of their living rooms or by using antiques as props to display floral arrangements.  Just an arch of rustic doors creates a breathtaking space to say “I do!”

Backdropbackdrop     Bringing furniture outdoors is a lovely backdrop idea for your wedding portrait.  An elegant chaise in the woods or a DIY photo booth with an old frame and romantic chairs are both original ways to make your photos even more special.

Door Knobs doorknobs       Vintage door knobs are adorable accents! Using door knobs for your bouquet, wedding favors, or table numbers is an unexpected detail that is perfect for any rustic affair.

Menu/Signs menu_sign        Display your drinks, dinner menu, or timeline for all of your guests to see without an ounce of poster board! Using window panes or doors is a simple way to add some charm to your signs.

a twist on tradition: neon nuptials

Bring on the bold! Forget about limiting your wedding colors to only 50 shades of peach– consider any vibrant hue for your wedding day.  The neon wedding is popular for this spring/summer and is another trend that can easily be personalized to your specific style.  Add a funky flair for a more edgy vibe or incorporate tasteful pops of bright neon for a more sophisticated feel. Let your love shine bright with this vibrant inspiration.

Invites     invites Gorgeous invitations are the first step towards planning success.  But don’t worry– a neon wedding doesn’t mean that you’re limited to only 80’s styles.  The neon wedding is so chic because of all of the options it offers.  Let a touch of color shine against a white background or go for bold from the beginning with glowing stationary.

Seating Cardsescort     Another thing to love about neon nuptials–they look amazing with the washi and chalkboard trends!

DIY– Recycle old keys for clever color-coded seating cards.  This craft is perfect the bride looking for amazing results from an inexpensive and easy DIY.  You only need washi tape, acrylic paint, and not a lot of time in order to pull off these amazing seating cards.  Check out Limn & Lovely  for a super easy how-to.

Bouquetsbouquet         Pick a bouquet to compliment your theme that showcases a variety of stunning colors or one that stays true to just a single bold hue.  Be careful when considering which flowers to go with, you don’t want your bouquets to look lackluster against your electric decor.

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DIY Bottle Table Numbers- Collect old bottles all the same style or mix it up to add some variety. Use acrylic or spray paint to coat them in a beautiful neon shade.  Ones the bottles have dried, add numbers with stickers or stencils.

DIY Vases- Pick out any size cardboard tubes.  Ensure with you florist that they size vase for your arrangements will fit within your tubes.  Create patterns with washi tape to instantly have a chic centerpiece.

Fashion  fashion

With such a strong statement that a neon wedding makes, ensure sure that your style doesn’t seem muted in comparison.  You and your bridal party don’t have to be decked out in all things neon in order to capture your trendy theme.  J.Crew, Kate Spade, and Bauble Bar all have amazing statement necklaces that you’ll love both during and after your big day.  If your groom wants to join in on the colorful fun, have the guys opt for bold ties or a pair of neon converse for their wedding look.

Place Settingstable

Forget about the cream napkins your mother stressed about for her wedding.  Liven up your place settings with vibrant favors or a sweet treat.  A rock candy cocktail is the only thing missing from these tables!

DIY Dipped Napkins–  This process is easier than you may think and yields amazing results! All you need is Fluorescent fabric dye and white napkins.  Any brand dye will work but iDye is easy to use and comes highly recommended.  Check out Crate & Barrel or CB2  for some white napkin options (who knew you would have so many choices!).

Receptionreception           Neon receptions can be as whimsical or as classic as you desire.  Jumbo balloons with neon tassels perfectly suit a more playful affair while stunning floral arrangements in colorful vases complement any ballroom.

Cakes        cakeRemember those white, frilly, wedding cakes?  Bring some life to your dessert with pops of neon fondant or have the entire thing covered in bright accents.  The possibilities for cake decor are endless so don’t be afraid to branch out and have it match your personality–and not just a white dress.

Treats       treats           After spending an evening surrounded by big colors, your guests are bound to start craving some sweet treats.  Candy bars are an easy yet eye-popping way to play up your color scheme yet please your guests at the same time.  Order bulk amounts of colorful candy and your candy display can serve as both treats and decor.  IZZE sparkling juice comes in a variety of bold colors and adds an extra neon touch four guests.  Cases of 12 can be purchased from Sam’s Club.

Favors     favors         While glow sticks, candy, or sunglasses may be the perfect favors for a neon wedding, it’s all about the packaging!

DIY Favor Boxes- Select any size white cube box.  Smitten on Paper has inexpensive glass finish 2x2x2 that ship in bulk.  Select any style craft punch from your local craft store.  We recommend Martha Stewart punches with the Smitten on Paper boxes for the perfect fit.  Assemble the boxes, punch the front, and slide in neon paper for adorable treats.

DIY Wrapped Favors- Customize the packaging of your favors by wrapping them with neon accents.  All you need is brown package wrap (Paper Mart sells it in bulk), twine, and any bright dot stickers!

a need not a want: sensational seating

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Who doesn’t get stressed out by the thought of figuring out the massive puzzle aka seating arrangements for all of your friends and family? Not to worry– seating assignments can actually be a fun element of the wedding! Not all receptions are required to have the standard seating chart or escort-card table. Embrace the challenge and show off all of your hard work in a memorable way.

The ballon chandelier is a super easy and inexpensive DIY that will make a bold seating statement.  Check out WeddingChicks.com for clear instructions on how to craft this clever seating display.  Your guests will love checking out your favorite pictures as they look for their table assignment.  It’s these personal touches that give your wedding reception an intimate feel.

What guest wouldn’t be excited to look for their name within a heart-shaped target practice?  This playful presentation is perfect for any outdoor nuptials!  Names/table numbers are printed on vibrant arrows and then are secured  within a perspex frame.  Take a look at Ruthie and Ian’s Napa Valley wedding for more inspiration.

The creative possibilities are endless for a unique seating “chart” masterpiece.  Don’t let the stress of organizing guests bog you down– go for a dramatic display to bring the excitement back!

friday cheers: cherry sour cocktails

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It’s officially spring so lets celebrate with a fruity cocktail!  A cool, cherry treat is a colorful way to greet guests and start the party.  Mason jars as tumblers are a great way to turn up the fun with their festive presentation.  Check out Shop Sweet Lulu or Etsy to order daisy straw lids that fit standard 8 oz jars.

Spring Cherry Sours

Ingredients (for 4)

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12 ounces Cherry Citrus-Ade (check out Chasing Delicious for a delicious recipe if you’re feeling ambitious)
2 oz whiskey
2 oz brandy
Directions 
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and then pour into 4 Mason jars.  Add ice, a lid, and a straw to ensure a memorable signature cocktail.

 

DIY Options

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Lets face it- drinks get better the prettier they are! Make your own lids with holes for straws by using cupcake wrappers that accent your wedding and simply punching a hole with the straw.  For those comfortable with power tools, drill a straw hole in the standard tops and then coat the lids with chalkboard paint for the finishing touch!

chalkboard details

The chalkboard wedding theme is a refreshing idea that can easily be incorporated into almost any element of your wedding.  Brides love this trend because it allows for creative control with many DIY options and affordable pricing.  This chic theme injects personality into the ceremony and seamlessly brings your style to the reception. Chalkboards accentuate the vintage, playful, eco friendly, or elegant wedding vibes. As couples are opting for this popular trend and making it their own, the inspiration for custom chalkboard weddings seems endless. I can’t get enough of these lovely touches!

Cakes

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Whether a cake topper or fondant style, chalk never looked so tempting.  Toppers can be made from cake pop sticks and chalkboard paint. EtsyWalmartShinDigzDavid’s Bridal, and Zazzle have endless options of size, shape, color, and personalization.  The washi trend  looks amazing with this theme and decorate the toppers stress-free since you can easily erase!

DIY Cake–  Painting fake cakes with chalkboard paint (which can be found at any           hardware store) and placing them at the kid’s table with colorful chalk to decorate is an adorable idea.

Favors

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Send guests home with a message on any treat or let the place cards serve as their personalized gifts. Chalkboard tags incorporate the theme with any favor choice. “Sip and Scribble” coasters are another adorable treat.

DIY Jars– Paint the tops of Mason jars with chalkboard paint or tape off the edges on a glass jar, paint, and then remove the tape after it dries for a clean shape.

Decor

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What better way to label your food and drink options than with your chalk theme?   These useful accents blend in with your wedding decor while helping your guests. Chalkboard placemats can double as place cards and are available online at Crate and Barrel or Etsy in a range of shapes/ sizes to fit in with any tablescape.

DIY Placemats– Buy any ugly placemats at the dollar store as long as they are the same size and paint them in two coats of chalkboard paint.  Voilà!

Glasses

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Chalkboard glasses are a special touch that add to the atmosphere of the wedding.  This thoughtful detail can serve as escort cards, place cards, or favors and is a playful way to personalize your reception.  Glasses can be found at Pier 1 Imports, Etsy, Gifted Grape, or wine charms at Mark and Graham, Crate and Barrel, Etsy , and Art Fire.

DIY Glasses– Buy standard wine glasses (can be ordered online in bulk from a variety of sellers) and put masking tape around the stem however high you want the chalkboard paint to go.  Buy chalkboard paint, pour it in a bowl, and dip the wine glass bases until evenly coated.  Allow the extra paint to drip of, let dry, and peel off tape for a clean finish.

Photo Booth/Guestbook 

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Chalkboard decor makes for stunning photo booth backdrops that can easily personalize every picture.  Photo booths with chalkboards allow guests to write messages in a creative way and then capture the fun for a unique guestbook or keepsake.  Thought bubbles are smaller, customizable, and vary in shape/ size to go with any wedding feel.  Check out Photojojo, Etsy, and Tailored for fun speech bubble options.

Signage 

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Large signs are a popular way to communicate information to guests and opting for a chalkboard. Create a rustic feel by picking a wooden border or elegantly transform any chalkboard with a frame that compliments your colors.  Directional signs with chalkboard arrows can be ordered from Etsy or Blue Sky Papers for a fun way to guide your guests.

DIY Framed Sign–  Shop for a unique frame that accents your wedding vibe.  Get thrifty by using a vintage frame or give your chalk style a modern edge by going for a new frame with a clean style.  Remove the glass and cut a cardboard sheet that fits the frame dimension.  Coat it with chalkboard paint and set it within the frame as soon as it dries.

Table numbers/ Seating

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Glass bottles and Mason jars can be dressed up with chalk paint to give your table numbers a fresh feel.  The chalkboard trend can also be incorporated into your tablescape with a chalkboard table runner that not only is a chic decor option but can also serve as seating markers for guests.  Snatch this adorable burlap tag from Etsy to merge the chalk and hessian  looks.

a twist on tradition: the alternative bouquet

A fashionable bride doesn’t need to carry roses or hydrangeas down the aisle to complete her wedding look. Flowerless bouquets are trending this season not only because of they can work within any budget but also because of their lasting qualities.  These gorgeous arrangements turn into a special keepsake that can be passed down because they won’t die by the end of the night.  These chic options range from eco-friendly recycled paper to edible creations and work well with any motif from modern to classic. For all of those who aren’t the biggest floral flans or just want to make a fashion-forward statement, unique bouquets can be crafted out of almost any material.  They save money, make a bold statement, and actually last– what more could any bride want?  Check out this fabulous selection of non-floral bouquets and discover all of the stunning possibilities!

The Newspaper Bouquet

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The One and Done Bouquet

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The Seashell Bouquet

Shells

The Feather Bouquet

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The Edible Bouquet

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The Felt Bouquet

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The Nature Bouquet

Nature

The Recycled Paper Bouquet

Recycled Paper

The Zipper Bouquet

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The Pearl Bouquet

Pearl

The Button Bouquet

Buttons

The Metal Bouquet

Metal

The Brooch Bouquet

Brooch

The Yarn Bouquet

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hand-painted wedding cakes

Colorful and wow-worthy, these artistic wedding cakes are truly one-of-a-kind.  Inspiration can come from any theme, all you need is a talented baker who can transform fondant into a masterpiece canvas of sugar and flour.   Now that the plain white cake is out, these intricate confections become the focal centerpiece of your reception.  But be warned– you might experience some heart break when it’s time to cut the cake!  Check out some stunning favs:

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friday cheers: rock candy cocktails

candyKick off your reception with a personal touch by allowing guests to indulge in a signature cocktail.  These planned drinks often match the colors or wedding theme and make easy an conversation starter for guests– even those that aren’t huge drinkers.

Rock candy cocktails are a whimsical treat that bring back childhood memories in a classy way.  These cocktails are the perfect edition to your wedding because they are just so simple.  You can pick your favorite champagne and easily add a rock candy stirrer in any color to compliment your decor.  Guests will appreciate the matching details and you’ll automatically have a drink menu that wows.  They also can serves as a decorative touch– just line empty glass that haven’t been used yet and garnish them with the rock candy sticks.  Get inspired (and thirsty) by some of these yummy rock candy creations!

Rock Candy Martini

Ingredients
2 oz. hpnotiq
1 oz. vodka
Splash of pineapple juice
1 blue rock candy
Directions 
 Chill the glass, mix ingredients, shake well, and pour into martini glass.  Add the rock candy stick for an adorable accent.

Citrus on the Rocks

Ingredients
2 orange rock candy sticks
6 ounces citrus-flavored vodka
2 ounces triple sec
Directions
Combine vodka and triple sec in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain mixture into chilled glasses, and garnish with the candy. Serve immediately and enjoy with your guests!

 

 

 

 

a washi wedding

Washi tape is a fun, decorative Japanese masking tape that’s dominating the crafting world because of its ease and variety of sizes/patterns.  This vibrant accent is normally made out of rice paper which gives it a transparent feel.  It’s also removable which allows any DIY bride the opportunity to reposition and explore different layering possibilites.  You can also explore your creativity with the freedom to play with any number delicate designs.  Because of wide range of styles, washi can be incorporated within a number of diverse themes.  It’s up to each individual bride to decide how intricate her wedding details are– it all depends on how you take advantage of the washi tape options within your personal wedding style!

Don’t be afraid to get your shop on– here are some great sites to explore the wonderful world of washi: Cute Tape ,Freckled Fawn, Etsy or you can order large quantities for wholesale prices at AliExpress, Japanese Gift Market , or DHgate

Get inspired by these 6 ways to easily transform your wedding with washi tape and learn why crafty brides just can’t put the stuff down.

1) Save the dates/invites

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2) Escort Cards

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3) Cake

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4) Vases

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5) Details

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6) Favors

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the ombre appeal

Definition of OMBRÉ

: having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark
— ombré noun

Ombre mania is one of the biggest trends among weddings and is consistently growing in popularity.  This style can easily be incorporated into your wedding theme by adding moderate touches or including it within every detail.  The simple concept of playing with color tones can leave a dramatic impression and complements both modern and softer wedding aesthetics.

Wedding Dress

Picking an ombre wedding dress is a bold statement that can pump-up the wow factor of any gown that boosts a traditional silhouette.  The touch of of color can be as dramatic as you desire but you can keep it slight to add just a hint of personality to your look.

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Wedding Party

Ombre bridesmaid dresses are a strong way to capture your theme during the ceremony and in pictures.  There are two styles of ombre dresses that you and your girls can choose from: either different dresses and have each girl in a varying shade of your specific color or a dress that changes in tone from light to dark. Both options are fresh looks that will leave your bridesmaids glowing instead of second guessing your friendship.

Option 1

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Option 2

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And don’t forget about the little ladies!

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Paper Products

Your wedding theme is introduced to guests as soon as you send out the save-the-date or invitation and should be consistently maintained throughout the event.  A spectacularly planned wedding is detail orientated and creatively enhances the design with simple touches.

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Flowers/Decor

Elegant flowers arranged by color can be the wow factor that every bride wants to see when she walks into her reception for the first time.  Placing flowers from subdued to bold creates a vibrant feel that can be carried throughout the decor.  The best part is that this theme is possible with any budget!  Because the effect works with any flower, you can pick flowers that are in season and have a trendy wedding without overspending.  A thrifty bride is always a happy bride…especially when the outcome looks so expensive!

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Cakes

The ombre wedding cake is the easiest yet most diverse way to incorporate the ombre style into any wedding.  You have the option of selecting ombre layers within a cake, ombre fondant/decor on the outside, or both!  Just like with the ombre trend in general, an ombre wedding cake is just as stunning whether it has a contemporary or ruffled look.  You are free to interpret the ombre trend in any direction and the cake is the centerpiece for your creativity.

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Favors

Favors are the last impression that your guest will take away from your wedding. Whether it is through sweet treats or elegant packaging, your ombre inspiration can impact your guests through to the very end.

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