Rustic Fir Tree Farm Christmas Wedding

Have you ever visited a tree farm before? Had the chance to see where Christmas trees are grown? When I think of what it would be like to visit a Christmas tree farm in the winter, I seem to instantly get warm flurries in my head about how magical and inviting it must be. Why not harness that magical feeling to create a rustic Christmas wedding on a fir tree farm?

With its natural rustic winter ambiance, you’re already half way there to creating a memorable wedding that no ballroom can compete with. It takes just a few more elements to complete this design and turn it into a cohesive wedding theme. For this concept, lots of natural greens with burlap accents is key. Simplicity rules in this design, with no fuss, and a focus on the natural beauty that the growing fir trees have to offer.

If the couple (or planners – this would be an unexpected but fantastic corporate themed holiday party too) felt so inclined to be more environmentally friendly, there are a number of options available. Having the paper elements printed on recycled paper, gifting guests seedlings to take and plant somewhere, even offering to have guests give donations to the tree farm instead of gifts, the list can go on.

Here’s what I had in mind for this rustic fir tree farm Christmas wedding idea board:

Rustic Fir Tree Farm Christmas Wedding

Rustic Fir Tree Farm Christmas Wedding

Be sure to see where each element of this wedding design board was found:

Fir Christmas Tree Wedding Altar – captured and shared by Melissa Kelsey Photography

Christmas Tree Farm Wedding Sign – featured on Town and Country Magazine

Snow Machine for a Winter Wedding Photo Opp – captured and shared by Rick + Anna Photography

Burlap Wrapped Fir Tree Christmas Centerpiece – shared in a roundup post on Happy Wedd

Rustic Tree Forest Wedding Invitations – created and sold by alittlemorerosie on Etsy

Green Spruce Tree Seedlings Wedding Favors – created and sold by NatureFavors on Etsy

Printable Evergreen Table Number Card – created and sold by vandersterredesign on Etsy

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What is a clever way to be more environmentally friendly at parties and weddings?

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Sophisticated Green Velvet Winter Wedding Decor with Gold

There was a time I was fearful that I had run out of things to see and discover on Pinterest, but oh how wrong I was! I have found several, absolutely one of a kind images the last few days, and have had an overwhelming sense of inspiration and ideas come to mind after discovering them.

The first piece of beauty I found was a regal looking altar, draped in a dark green velvet, adorned with crisp white orchid flowers along the top. To heighten the look even further, there are gold, regal tassels and fringe accenting the drapery, creating a simple but stunning design. There was no turning back once I started down the path of devising the perfect combination of elegance and class that this wedding inspiration board demanded. I am over the moon with the elements I’ve included in this week’s wedding post. Lots of gold accents, plenty of green velvet, and of course more bright white orchids. Together, they create an almost enchanting, storybook-esque winter wedding.

While I think this would be a beautiful Christmas wedding in general, I would particularly love to see this wedding done on a day like New Year’s, or perhaps even Valentine’s Day. There is something so romantic about the textures and bold use of this luxurious dark green velvet that could really play to those holidays.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Sophisticated Green Velvet Winter Wedding Decor with Gold

Sophisticated Green Velvet Winter Wedding Decor with Gold

Be sure to see where I found each element in this winter wedding idea board:

Draped Green Velvet Wedding Altar with Gold Tassels and White Orchid Border – spotted on Pinterest

Green Velvet Tablecloth Overlay with Gold Tassel Borders – available through PRI Productions

Green Velvet on a Gold Chameleon Chair – available through All Occasions Party Rental

Gold Wedding Favor Box with Gold Tassel – created and sold by UniqueDecorSUPPLIES on Etsy

Sophisticated Green Velvet and White Sofa Lounge – featured on 100 Layer Cake

Gold Candlestick Centerpiece with Bubbling White Orchids – created by Colin Cowie Weddings

Elegant Winter Wedding Scroll Invitation with Gold Print – created and sold by ArtfulBeginnings on Etsy

Pin your favorite elements:

What are your thoughts on this sophisticated winter wedding that mixes green velvet and crisp white orchids?

Glamorous Gothic Halloween Wedding in Black and Red

Get ready, we are doing a complete 180-degree this week!

Last week I shared a rustic, goth inspired wedding, perfect for a county area with lots of natural landscape to harness, with candles everywhere. This week I present to you a completely different wedding look, created for the glamorous gothic couple that love all things luxurious. Glossy black finishes with the deepest red roses you have ever seen will line every surface your eyes may lay. Black crystals with delicate black lace accentuate everything from the chairs, to the chandeliers in black above. This has the makings of an unforgettable Halloween wedding. All that’s missing is the perfect chamber music faintly heard in the background. Here’s what I had in mind:

Glamorous Gothic Halloween Wedding in Black and Red #thisisUPevents

Glamorous Gothic Halloween Wedding in Black and Red

Be sure to see where I found each of this week’s inspirational ideas for this glamourous gothic Halloween wedding in black and red:

Black and Red Wedding Aisle Runner – shared in a roundup post by Wedding Newsday

Candles on Black Candlestick Aisle Décor Or Centerpiece with Red Roses – shared on United with Love

Black Lace Wedding Invitations – sold by Elegant Wedding Invites

Black Crystal Chandelier – shared in a roundup post on Weddingomania

Red Roses and Black Lace Tiered Wedding Cake – shared in a roundup post on Cake Wrecks

Black Chantilly Lace Chair Corset with Havana Skirt – available through Wildflower Linen

Black on Black Goth Tablescape with Red Accents – shared in a roundup post by Digsdigs

Red and Black Flower Centerpiece with Gothic Flair – spotted on Pinterest

Grand Entrance with Black Drapery and Red Rose Arrangements on Mirror Pedestals – shared by Eventure

Gothic Wedding Bouquet with Red Roses and Black Feathers and Accents – shared on High Society Event Planning

Black and Red Centerpieces with Gold Accents – shared in a roundup post by Destination Wedding Mag

Black Glitter Charger with Red Rose and Napkin Accent Place Setting – spotted on Pinterest

Would you prefer this wedding, or my rustic take on a vintage gothic wedding?

 

 

Rustic Goth Wedding by Candlelight – Halloween Wedding Ideas

There is something so intriguing about themed weddings. The sky is the limit of opportunity when it comes to themed wedding concepts. I really believe a well done, alternative themed wedding, can truely set the tone for a marriage. I say this for this reason: for the couple that really knows themselves and each other, and are in tune enough to break away from the standard white-dress mold and do something bold, develop an extra layer of strength and bonding during the process. As stressful as it is to plan a “traditional” wedding, creating a perfectly themed wedding can be exponentially harder. If you can get through that, you are off to a good start.

And for the couple that is up for the challenge, I present to you this rustic goth wedding by candlelight. I see this as an ideal theme for a wedding around Halloween, or for any evening or dusk timed wedding in a rural area year round. It’s all about playing up the dark of the night!

Here’s what I had in mind:

Rustic Goth Wedding by Candlelight – Halloween Wedding Ideas

Rustic Goth Wedding by Candlelight – Halloween Wedding Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each of these elements:

Branch Centerpiece with Candles and Crystal Accents over Black Tablecloth – shared by Wedding Design Studio

Black Tiered Cake with Flower Accents – featured on 100 Layer Cake

Vintage Skeleton Key Wedding Invitation – designed by Jinaiji on Zazzle

Rustic Cascading Floral Wedding Bouquet – featured on MODWEDDING

Crystal Tree Centerpiece with Candle Accents – spotted on Pinterest

Black Wedding Altar with Rustic Branch Accents and Suspended Light Bulbs – featured on Trendy Bride

Black on Black Table Setting with Candle Centerpiece – shared on LANE

What do you think of this take on a rustic gothic wedding with a touch of sparkles?

 

**Update** If you are trying to attempt some of this in a DIY, you may really like THIS post I shared on my other site, where I share DIY event and tablescape ideas all the time, including this goth inspired tablescape:

DIY Goth Candle Tablescape (Thrift Store Version)

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Asian Infused Wedding in Red

It’s not too often I find myself designing concept boards based specifically around a cultural theme, but this week I was overwhelmingly inspired by the tablescape you’ll see below. The red and gold paper lanterns with an array of fresh flowers on the table caught my eye. After more digging into similar looks, I found myself disappointed in the number of higher end weddings that incorporated these beautiful red paper lanterns. With that in mind I challenged myself to create this Asian influenced wedding in red, featuring beautiful paper lanterns that looked luxurious and opulent, and less crafty.

Here’s what I created for this week’s Asian inspired wedding in red:

Asian Infused Wedding in Red with Paper Lanterns

Asian Infused Wedding in Red with Paper Lanterns

Be sure to see where I found each of these inspiration images:

Red Paper Lanterns Reception Entrance with Red Drapery – shared on WedMeGood

Hanging Red Paper Lantern Wedding with Chinese Influence – spotted here

Asian Inspired Tablescape with Red and Gold Paper Lanterns Hanging from Above – shared on WedLuxe

Asian Infused Bar – shared by Michael Habachy on Flickr

Large Red Paper Lanterns Grand Entrance – spotted on Pinterest

Red Paper Lantern Food Buffet and Display – also spotted on Pinterest

Red Wedding Reception Up Lighting with Red Paper Lanterns – shared by Bart Boehlert’s Beautiful Things

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Tropical Backyard Engagement Party

Are you the first person to toast to a good time?

I know I try to stay as upbeat and positive as I can, and never really need a reason to celebrate. But when I do, I like to do it in style! Thinking back on engagement party ideas I’ve done in the past, a lot of them seem very…serious. And when I say serious, I don’t mean the parties are happening in the library. No, I mean more along the lines of: the parties seem like more structured events. That are very official, with a specific start and end time. And an MC could direct the event if need be.

Maybe it’s the summertime sunshine that’s gotten into my brain, (or my cup!) but I’d like to see a more laid back, tropical backyard style, out on the patio engagement party. The vibe is relaxed, great music in the background, and of course….. some tiki torches!

Here’s what I had in mind for this tropical backyard engagement party:

Tropical Backyard Engagement Party

Tropical Backyard Engagement Party

Be sure to see where I found each inspiration for this idea board:

Curved Patio Bench Around Fire Pit – shared on HomeBNC

Tropical Cake Display – shared on 100 Layer Cake

Vibrant and Tropical Centerpiece – shared in a styled shoot on Bespoke Bride

Green Tropical Palm Leaves and Wood Food Buffet and Display – spotted on Pinterest

Palm Tree Cutlery Display – also spotted on Pinterest

“We love the nights we can’t remember… with friends we can’t forget…” Painted Sign – sold on Etsy

Floating Pool Décor with Tropical Foliage and Tiki Torches – featured on Jet Fete

Tropical Beach Invitation – sold by Nou Designs on Zazzle

Backyard Tropical Patio with Hanging Lanterns and Banana Trees – shared on Traditional Home

Brown Wicker Charger with Green Accents – spotted on Pinterest

To party, or not to party? Are you a fan of engagement parties? Or do you think they are unnecessary?

End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

Yes, I realize that TECHNICALLY summer isn’t over for a few more weeks. But you know what? It’s hot. It’s realllllly hot here in Florida. Low to mid-90s, high humidity, all sunshine, minimal rain. It’s brutal. So to take my mind off the heat, I thought about what I would do to make the most of this weekend, leading me into this week’s party ideas board. I was thinking how great it would be to have a beautiful patio, with nice rich shades of dark purples and plums. This fairytale patio would be the perfect setting for my end of summer, dinner party soiree.  Delicious berries would be the highlight of the menu. From cool drinks to sweet treats, a hint of berry could be found throughout the evening. Simple centerpieces near a vibrant, living wall of succulents with candlelight shimmering from hanging lanterns, would just make for a wonderful evening among friends and family. While I’m waving my magic wand to dream this up, I throw in an extra swish and flick to get a personal chef who would prepare this meal. Oh and a helpful staff that would help tidy up after!
Here’s what I had in mind for this berry hued summer dinner party:

End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

Be sure to see where I found each of the different elements from this week’s summer dinner soiree:

Berry and Plum Modern Outdoor Living Room Patio – shared by the Seattle Times

Plum and Purple Party Invitation Printable – created and sold by Time4TeaParties on Etsy

Purple, Plum, and Berry Food Display – spotted on Pinterest

Vertical Succulent Wall (to be used as a photo backdrop) – spotted on Tumblr

Red Wine Berry Spritzer – recipe shred by Aggie’s Kitchen

Purple Plum Submerged Wisteria Centerpieces – shared by Desiree Banka on Flickr

Blackberry Ombre Popsicles – recipe shared by Tutti Dolci, All Sweets

Purple Plum Petal Photo Booth Backdrop – shared by blkbridalbliss on Instagram

What is your favorite end of summer tradition?

Bird of Paradise Tropical Wedding

I hope you like pina coladas! You’ll be craving one after seeing the bird of paradise inspired tropical wedding board I’ve put together for your viewing pleasure.  I don’t know about you, but seeing this inspiration board gives me hints of African vibes. I think it’s highlighted in the exotic bird of paradise paired with the branches and oversized tropical palm leaves.

This week I’ve gone more towards a traditional tropical look, coming away from the modern destination beach wedding concept I shared a few weeks ago (click here to see). I like the juxtaposition the two boards have to each other.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Bird of Paradise Tropical Wedding

Bird of Paradise Tropical Wedding

Be sure to see where I’ve found each of these inspirational images:

Tall Green Tropical Foliage Wedding Aisle Décor – spotted on Pinterest

Bird of Paradise Wedding Chair Décor – featured on Elevophotography

Bird of Paradise and Botanical Tropical Foliage Display – shared by Cuba Libre

African Bird of Paradise Centerpiece and Tablescape – shared by Lemontree Concepts

Bird of Paradise Wedding Cake – shared on Laissez Affairs

Personalized Wedding Favor Wrapped in a Tropical Leaf with Flower Accent – shared in a roundup post on Mariage.com

Which do you prefer: modern tropical wedding or traditional destination wedding?

Need more ideas for beach and destination weddings? Check out my “Beach and Destination Wedding Ideas” board on Pinterest for all of my favorite ideas for this type of wedding.

A Modern Tropical Beach Wedding in Orange

Would you say “I do,” on the beach?

Come get away with me today! We’re going to the beach for a fabulous destination wedding, with a modern vibe and LOTS of vibrant orange accents. All the traditional elements of a beach or destination wedding are included in this week’s wedding idea board, just with more of a modern twist. I opted for a perfect shade of orange that pairs well with the tropical foliage leaves that I’m including sparingly on the tables. Adding dark wood elements on the tables helps to ground the wedding decor, and helps keep it from getting too south beach colorful. Maybe another week!

It’s not a destination wedding to me if there isn’t an abundance of tropical flowers! This week, I’ve made sure to include a variety of flowers with all sorts of different shapes, sizes, and colors. The simple but modern arrangements are all so different, but still highlight the textures and natural beauty of each flower’s natural shape.

Here’s what I had in mind for this week’s modern tropical beach wedding in orange idea board:

Modern Tropical Destination Wedding in Orange by Unique Pastiche Events #thisisUPevents

Modern Tropical Destination Wedding in Orange by Unique Pastiche Events #thisisUPevents

Be sure to see where I found all of these fantastic inspirational images:

Orange Boarding Pass Invitation with Bird of Paradise – created and sold by SproullieDesigns on Etsy

Modern Bird of Paradise Tropical Wedding Bouquet – by Kathy Wright and Company featured on Junebug Weddings

Beach Wedding Aisle with Palm Leaves and Vibrant Flowers – shared by Olivera Rusu Photography

Submerged and Clustered Tropical Orange Flower Arrangements on Escort Table – shared by Karen Tran Florals

Modern Tropical Place Setting with Leaf and Wood Accent – spotted on Pinterest

Bird of Paradise and Bamboo Tropical Centerpiece – shared on Bride.com

Orange Ombre Modern Cake – created by Eat Cake Be Merry

Modern Orange Outdoor Lounge with Dark Wood and Palm Leaf Accents – shared on this blog (translation needed)

Minimalist Modern Dessert Buffet Table in Orange and White – shared on Hostess with the Mostess

Would you say “I do,” on the beach?

Eclectic and Colorful Mother’s Day Party Ideas

Bright and bold, full of sunny colors and vibrant accents, this week’s party idea board is the perfect eclectic mix to celebrate mother’s day this year. Mixed florals and textures combine to create this color heavy summery party inspiration board while still looking cohesive and put together.

The balance is in the black and white accents you see here and there. The white table highlights the bright floral centerpieces, while a black and white background helps amplify the fresh flowers in their summer shades. The flat black and white elements really work well together to help make the mix of textures and colors stand out.

Here’s what I had in mind:

Eclectic and Colorful Mother’s Day Party Ideas

Eclectic and Colorful Mother’s Day Party Ideas

Be sure to see where I found each of this week’s inspirational party pictures:

Dessert Macaroon Display in Colorful Shades of Chartreuse, Hot Pink, Lemon and Lime – shared on Bridal Musings

Vibrant Flowers “MOM” Food Buffet with Black and White Stripes – spotted on Pinterest

Eclectic and Colorful Photo Booth Back Drop – shared by Rock N Roll Bride

Bold Tropical Inspired Flower Centerpieces – shared by Alchemy: Fine Events and Invitations

Tall, Eclectic Focal Centerpiece Décor with Colorful Bud Vases – shared on Ruffled

Of course I think this week’s party idea board is fantastic for any mother’s day celebration, but why stop there? I could easily see this design translated into a birthday party, a fun summer wedding theme, or even a women’s luncheon.

What other type of celebration could you see a colorful design like this featured?