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Ever since Kim Kardashian’s amazingly beautiful, black-and-white-meets-monochrome-meets-Hollywood wedding to Chris Humphries last year, everyone in the wedding world has tried to imitate her (not the whole 72 days part though!)! So, if you want to follow in this Kardashian’s footsteps, and you’re maybe looking for a different spin on things or you just happen to love playing the game, a chess/ checkmate-themed wedding can be a fantastic way to reveal your personality to all of your guests. Plus, black and white is oh-so-very classy and can be achieved in a variety of different and ingenious ways throughout the ceremony and the reception! Show everyone that you “made the right move” (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) by marrying ‘the one’.
By Amy Croffey
Love these black and white Vans that the groom and his groomsmen will be comfortable in all day... And, if you like them so much, why not get a pair for you and your 'maids?!
Image by Joelle Pulido Photo
We adore stripes. We also adore polka-dots. Pair them up and you have one amazing wedding theme for a sweet, light-hearted ‘I Do’ wedding day!
Stripes and polka-dots are very diverse, and can be incorporated in so many different ways – bridesmaid dresses, cakes, centrepieces, invites – you get the gist of what we're trying to say here! This theme will really put a smile on your guests’ faces. And, for even more laughs, you could ask your guests to incorporate stripes and dots in some way in their dress too – it would make for some great, and maybe a little wacky, images!
To keep this look chic and tidy, mix stripes and dots in similar colours. We just love this mint and yellow look (above) and red and black combo (below)!
By Amy Croffey
These sweet wedding cake toppers are a lovely way to bring a bit of character and charm to your wedding! We love the crocheted heart topper above that we found on Project Wedding. Gorgeous, can be used in cakes for years to come and is a DIY project - it definitely ticks all the boxes for us!
Simple and cute, these fab wood-peg dolls look great anywhere, and we just love the addition of the family pet! Check them out on Etsy, Knotting Wood €54.
Silver monogram letters look really elegant and sophisticated and come in all different styles and sizes! They are available from the WeddingsOnline.ie Shop starting from €16!
How adorable are these crocheted cake topper banners? You can have whatever message you wish! See more of them at Cherrytime on Etsy, hearts €31, bees €46.
Wrapped in a romantic embrace, this modern twist on a traditional pose will definitely get a bit of a giggle on your 'I do' day! Available now in hand painted porcelain from the WeddingsOnline.ie Shop for €40.
Caricatures are one of the cutest and most popular cake toppers around! They are handmade to suit the couple and the their personality traits! We just love the 'bride and doctor' version!
America – some call it the land of dreams, others call it a place where you can shop ‘til you drop! Whatever way you like to think about it, the good ol’ stars and stripes will look amazing on your wedding, should it fall on the same week of the 4th of July, or if either of you are from across the Atlantic.
To get the look, infuse all things red, white and blue to embody America at its finest! Drape the American flag over chair covers, have a stars and stripes runner along your banquet style tables, add some silver stars to red, white and blue confetti, or have a blue bouquet with red and white striped ribbon around the stems.
Images clockwise from left: Groomsmen in Converse via The Wedding Chicks | Jack & Coke photo via Style Unveiled | Hot dog stand image via A Little Polkadot | Couple on boardwalk via Ruffled Blog | Sliders image from pardonmycrumbs | Handpainted wedding sign via Ruffled Blog |
One of the best ways to include an U.S flavour is by doing just that – for your wedding breakfast! Sliders (mini burgers) are a really cute addition to canapés, as are hot wings (with red and white stripe napkins for any rogue sauce!). Desserts such as strawberries and cream served alongside an array of cheesecake flavours will put a smile on anyone’s face.
Think ‘take me out to the ball game’ for your evening buffet – set up a hot dog station where guests can make their own, or have a ‘street-side’ type vendor outdoors to serve New York style pizza slices while fireworks light the sky.
Images clockwise from top left: Sparklers Confetti Shop | GloriousTreats.Blogspot | John Erskine Photo | Lanterns from the Confetti Shop | Confetti from the Confetti Shop | Serving Plate from the Confetti Shop | Shoe and table setting images by Tinywater Photography | Shaw Shots | Garland Confetti Shop |
For some American style entertainment, a marching band is guaranteed to grab your guests’ attention; you could even ask them if it’s possible to prepare a song your hubby loves as a surprise. As always, everything is bigger in America, so go all out for your 4th of July weekend wedding.
A laid-back country vibe is perfect for long summer nights. If you're having a rustic theme, incorporate wild flowers, hand painted signs, lace accents and mismatched crockery. This theme is budget friendly if you are prepared to spend time DIYing and coordinating the look with your venue, especially if you and/or your bridal party are the creative types. If you want to go all out, a bicycle made for two theme will suit this style perfectly, stamps on your stationery and as your transport will create a carefree, nostalgic atmosphere.
By Amy Croffey
Images clockwise from top left: Styling by Pearl and Godiva, Image by Lisa O'Dwyer | Finer Details | Jose Villa | Leila Brewster | Girl with headpiece, girls with cups and sign - Styling by Pearl and Godiva, Image by Lisa O'Dwyer | Flower Flair | Elegant Events |
Pink and turquoise is the perfect colour palette for the simple reason – it’s so unique! It will definitely make your wedding stand out from the crowd and one that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. Turquoise is a colour known for its serenity and peaceful qualities. Pair it with an uplifting shade of pink and you’re on to a definite winner! Most hues of pink look good, but blush is our favourite and works well with lighter shades of turquoise! Try a teal shade for a more sophisticated look, or aqua for a beach or garden wedding for a more chillaxed feel!
Images clockwise from top: Shoes - Corbin Gurkin Photography | Austie on Etsy | Valentino | A Piece of Cake | Teapot Pearl and Godiva - image by Aspect Photography | Invites by Farrell and Chase | Corbin Gurkin Photography | Corbin Gurkin Photography | Topiary Trees from the WeddingsOnline.ie Shop €15 |
Coral and pale blue is a wedding colour theme that won’t be forgotten in a hurry! Bright and fresh, and a theme that really packs a punch, it’s perfect for the couple who wants to add a bit of fun and excitement to their day. You can play down this combo if you feel that it’s a bit overbearing, having accents of it in your flowers, table centres, and other parts of your decor or play it up in your bridesmaid dresses, invites, jewellery, and shoes.
By Amy Croffey
Clockwise from top left: Amelia Johnson Photography | Jill Thomas Photography | Dress from Zara | Yvonne Wong Photography | Bella Bleu | Yvonne Wong Photography | Blue Rhinestone ‘I Do’ Shoe Stickers from the WeddingsOnline.ie Shop €5 | Shop Design Spark | Bella Bleu | Wedding party image by Jill Thomas Photography | Flower table centre by Amelia Johnson Photography |
We've become a little bit obsessed with all things crochet, white and doily-like in the past week (in fact, I may have impulse bought this crochet dress from Zara the same day I write this article on crochet for bridesmaids... darn it!) Anyway, doily details aren't new to the wedding world, but, by gum, are they gaining in popularity. The best thing about this theme (besides the fact that it's super pretty, obviously) is that it allows for so many mini DIY projects. While the doily-inspired dress in the above photos was actually handmade by the bride herself (agh! I've done nothing with my life!) we don't expect you to get lost in a sea of popcorn and afghans... There are plenty of easy peasy DIY doily projects to get your crafting juices going, such as this doily envelopes project from Bride & Joy and this gorgeous project for doily confetti cones from Heartmadeblog.com.
Compiled by Karen Birney
Clockwise from top left: Doily and ribbon garland photo by Sweet Occasion Studio | Doily wedding cake photo by Michael and Anna Costa, Cake by Sweet and Saucy via Inspiredbythis | 'Will you marry me?' doily place setting via NicheWhite | Blue doily favour box photo by Megan Dailor for The Sweetest Occasion | Doily mason jars from Airth & Olson at Etsy.com
This wedding palette is all about mystical, mythical, whimsical wedding wonder – we dare you to say that fast. Looking at Kate Moss’ wedding makes us think that all other weddings are meant to be like it! With its layers of bohemian wonder, unusual styles and fabulous headdresses, really what’s not to love about all things wedding whimsy? For this look, ruffles are an absolute must, flowers should be everywhere, and vintage is your go-to trend. By adding a quirky couple your nuptials will scream fanciful.
By Amy Croffey
Images clockwise from top left: Elisabeth Millay Photography | Shaw Shots | Kate Moss Wedding Image Courtesy of Vogue | Thomas Gear | WeddingsOnline Shop - Love Letters €16 | Flower Flair | Elisabeth Millay Photography | Gina at Brown Thomas | Girl in Cup Lissy Elle Photo | PlanMyParty.ie | Finer Details |
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Clockwise from top left: Escort cards on skeleton keys photo by Kate Headley via UnitedWithLove | Outdoor umbrella photo by Lisa Poggi via 100LayerCake | VitorreStationery by Pretty as a Picture, Dublin | Blueberry and white icing cake via YummyWeddingFood | ‘Felice’ by Cymbeline, Kadee Bridal Boutique, Westmeath
After interviewing Sara Mazzei from Infinity Weddings & Events last week for this piece, I just can’t seem to get my mind off bella Italia. So much so that himself had to hide my iPad over the weekend when I decided I had to know EVERYTHING there was to know about Florence, Rome, Tuscany, Venice...and that he had to know them too. Sadly, the closest I got to booking a trip to Firenze was having a glass of red wine (actually from South East Australia) and some pizza (which I’m pretty sure was made in Wicklow) and watching The Italian Job on Channel 4 (original version, though filmed moreso in the UK than in Italy I suspect).
Anyway I decided to day dream again today, while the rain beats down on my skylight, about warm evening sunsets, scrumptious blueberry sweets and a silken-clad sposa on the rolling hills of Tuscany.
Clockwise from top left: Rustic chandelier image by Leo Patrone via Snippet&Ink | Bride holding grapes photo by Mike Larson via StyleMePretty | Outdoor banqueting table with glass candelabras and petrol blue runner styled by Clara Boatto via 100LayerCake | Salmon canapés by Eunice Power Catering, Waterford | Bridesmaid dress in nude with black ribbon from Moreland Bridal, Dublin
Spring is all about fresh flowers and pretty pastels -what better colour scheme to evoke for the most romantic day of your life? However some brides don't go for all things girly and pink, so this palette is the perfect choice for those wishing to create dreamy wedding decor with touches of feminine fancies, but at the same time want a more mature, refined style of occasion.
Grey will be your anchor for creating this palette, and you can go from various intensities and shades of grey (have at most three shades, to keep some consistency however) The trick to this is to use accents of pale pinks and greens to brighten up the palette, in flowers, accessories, and with stationery and table decor.
Compiled by Karen Birney.
Clockwise from top left: Pink stripe invitations from The Parlour Press, Dublin | Table plan brown cards and polka dot pegs photo by Shaw Shots | Groom in pink shirt with pick button hole photo by Cappy Hotchkiss via Snippet & Ink | Grey, pink and green wedding bouquet by Bloomsday Flowers, Cork
Main image: Green and pink table decor photo by Lisa Lefkowitz via The Sweetest Occassions | Clockwise from top left: Vintage teacup candle photo by Jenna McKenzie Photography for Hey Gorgeous | Reception room in George in Rye | Pale pink v-neck bridesmaid dress by Lela Rose at Dessy | Table decor photo styled by Pearl & Godiva -Event Styling and Vintage China & Crockery Hire, Ireland
By Amy Croffey
This classic colour pairing not only looks fantastic for Easter weddings but also in the spring/ summer season. It's a colour combo that evokes soft soothing feelings that signify a stylish fresh start to married life. One of the best things we love most about this soft eggshell blue and nude colour scheme is that you can use it in every part of your wedding because it’s so calming and gentle. Integrate it into your big day by using it in your flowers, wedding dress – as your ‘something blue’ perhaps, bridesmaid dresses, shoes, head table and altar decor.
Image from top left: Wedding Dress Romona Keveza | Vivienne Westwood Shoes | Shaw Shots | JK Photography| Kurt Vinion – See the rest of Claire Durkin’s Real Wedding | Finer Details | JK Photography | Favour Boxes from the WeddingsOnline Shop | Confetti Shop Photobox £5.49 | Two Birds Bridesmaids Dresses |
By Amy Croffey
If you decide to take a step back in time for your wedding theme, then there is no better time period than the roaring 1920s. This decade has a certain pizzazz like no other. Made up of an assortment of extravagant characters, pearls, fabulous flapper girls, feathers, pin-striped zoot suits, fedoras – this is a wedding theme that won’t be forgotten!
Clockwise from top left: Styling by Pearl and Godiva, image by Aspect Photography | A Piece of Cake | Made U Look | Stacey Hannan Designs | The Invite Inn | Sanyukta Shrestha | Wildflowers Photography | Wildflowers Photography |
By Amy Croffey
This wedding theme, inspired by our feathered friends, has a bohemian, whimsical feel. Every single part of the wedding can be adorned with these motifs, from centrepieces, to bouquets, to buttonholes, to floral arrangements - the sky really is the limit. You can also use an endless amount of colour combinations to achieve this floating-on-air look.
Grey and yellow is a wedding colour theme that you'll be seeing a lot more of in 2012! It's fresh, modern and chic and is particularly perfect for a spring and summer wedding. This palette works well with almost any location and is easy to achieve using variations of yellows, greys and silvers.
| Bow tie: Handmade by Emy on Etsy €28 | Dress with brooches: Jose Villa | Bunting: Stitch in Netka on Etsy €26 | Shoe: Louboutins | Cake and macaroon images: Jose Villa | Dress: M&S | Couple in a field: Leila Brewster | Grey bridesmaid: Jennifer Eileen | Necklace: Monsoon €39 |
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