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.

Decor       decor

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!

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

cake

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

favors

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

decor

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

glasses

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 

photobooth

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 

signs

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

tables

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.