Category: Color Inspiration

Are you trying to decide on what colors to use for your wedding? It’s an overwhelmingly huge decision! If you find yourself drawn to wedding color palettes that use jewel-tones, but aren’t sold are using such dark colors, we have some inspiration for you! In this sample palette, we took plum, navy and gold and then added a splash of the color we can’t get enough of: mauve!

The result is a wedding color palette that just might leave you inspired to build your whole day around these four perfect shades:

Main Color: Mauve
Accent Color: Plum
Accent Color: Navy
Sparkle: Gold

Start With: A Mauve Wedding Invitation

Mauve has made a roaring comeback, and we are SO here for it. This rich shade of pink meets purple is an excellent choice as the staring color in your wedding. We have so many cheap wedding invitations that can be customized in mauve, but for this look, we chose the new Better Together invite.

With palette that’s totally custom and that super-sweet phrase, you can’t go wrong with this beauty. We kept the price affordable too, by featuring the quote “better together” in printed gold instead of foil-stamping. Smart, right?

How to Use Mauve in Your Wedding

Some call is dusty pink, but we call it mauve. Use this rich shade of pink as your main wedding color. Some ideas:

  • Bridesmaids: Your besties are going to look gorgeous in mauve bridesmaid dresses. A light and flowy fabric like chiffon will keep the shade from looking too heavy.
  • Flowers: Mix shades of pink and purple to create the illusion of mauve flower bouquets.
  • Cake and Dessert: If you’re doing a cake, adorn it in mauve florals or icing. Another adorable choice: mauve-color macrons. Yum-o!

Adding in Navy and Plum Tones

Adding navy and plum tones will take the look of your wedding from all-pink to super-luxe! Our favorite ways to add in navy blue and plum purple accents are:

  • Jewelry: Mix and match navy and plum jewels! Earrings to necklaces to bracelets; jewelry is the perfect way to showcase these jewel tones.
  • The Groom: Tuck navy blue and plum pocket squares into the guy’s suit jackets.
  • Linens: Choose one color – either navy or plum – to use on your reception tables. Floor length linens will add a touch of drama and warmth to any reception space.

Get Your Gold On

Every wedding need a hint of metallic and you simply cannot go wrong with classic gold.

  • Ceremony Backdrop: a trendy gold geometric background would be a fabulous backdrop for your vows.
  • Shoes: The bride must wear gold wedding shoes!
  • Napkins: Affordable gold foil napkins serve a purpose and do double-duty as décor.

 

Best wishes, brides and grooms! xoxo

 

It’s time to celebrate the bride! We love a non-traditional Bridal Shower and an I Do BBQ is our favorite theme for a casual celebration. Don’t be fooled though – you can still create a looks that’s just the right mix of rustic and elegance.

Start With: An I Do BBQ Invitation

Make sure your guests know about the theme right from the start by sending this totally adorable I Do BBQ bridal shower invitation. The woodgrain background is just rustic enough and the cute engagement ring-detail is a sweet detail. Add you personalized party details, place you order and you’ll have your super-affordable invites in your hands before you know it!

Create Casual Décor

An I Do BBQ Bridal Shower theme should have a country-vibe and simple details. Our favorite rustic bridal shower decorations include:

  • Woodgrain: Use tree trunk rounds for your centerpieces! Not only are they super-cheap, but add just the right rustic touch. Add simple glass votive candles to create an easy table decoration.
  • Baby’s Breath: This cheap-but-chic flower can be found at any grocery store floral shop. The best part is that it take zero design skills to create a sweet little arrangement.
  • Burlap and Lace: This classic combination is just right for this theme! Grab some burlap from your local fabric store. Next, hit up the thrift shop and grab some vintage doilies. Lay down the burlap like a table runner then add a few doilies for a feminine touch. So cute!

And Finally…the Food!

An I Do BBQ is ALL about the food! Instead of serving burgers and steaks, go for barbequed finger food like chicken and veggie kabobs. Chicken wings would also be a huge hit. Round out the meal with classic side dishes like baked beans, mac and cheese and potato salad.

 

Photo Credits: Food: two peas & their pod, Place setting:  Jordan’s Easy Entertaining, Bride: Magnolia Boutique,  Flowers: My Wedding Favors, Favors:  Etsy

 

Main Color: Evergreen
Accent Color: Jade
Accent Color: Mist
Sparkle: Gold

If you’ve been pondering wedding themes and find yourself pining images of ceremonies set in nature, this wedding color palette just might be the one for you. With shades of green, plus a hint of gold, this gorgeous color scheme just might inspire your entire wedding-day look.

A Naturally Beautiful Invitation

Your guests’ first impression of your wedding day theme begins when your invitation is slipped from the envelope. Setting the tone for a nature-themed wedding – inspired by pine-tree forest and moody skies – starts with our affordable In the Pines Wedding Invitation. We’re getting mountain vibes from the watercolor illustration. Now, let your invite inspire your whole look…

Wedding Awash in Green and Gold

Creating a wedding-day look that features different shades of green is going to take some careful planning. If you simply throw together monochromatic shades of greens, you may end up with a wedding that looks like it was inspired by St. Patrick’s Day, complete with leprechaun bridesmaids.

Gorgeous Dark Green

You can call it hunter green or just plain dark green, but we like to call it evergreen! This shade of green is dark, rich and totally trending. Use evergreen as your main wedding color. The easiest and cheapest way to do this is to hold your wedding in the great outdoors. Just imagine saying your vows with a backdrop of towering pine trees behind you. Swoon…

Other ways to use dark green in your wedding:

  • Bridesmaids: Dress your gals in long flowing evergreen dresses. Extra points if you choose velvet (anyone else obsessed lately?!)
  • The Guys: Be subtle. Add a dark green pocket square to the guys’ suits. Matching socks would make for a great photo opp too.
  • Reception: Utilize fresh greenery to create gorgeous centerpieces that are cheap too. Favorite types dark greens include leatherleaf and cocculus.

Add Some Wedding Blues

Are you thinking – “wait, blue?!” Yes, blue! The other two shades of green – jade and mist – featured in this palette have the same blue undertones that are so often found in nature. Use them sparingly; a little goes a long way here and it’s all about styling the girls:

  • Jewelry: Gift your bridesmaid, and yourself, jade-colored earrings.
  • Nails: Its manicure time! Paint your nails a shade of mist.
  • Bouquet: Don’t use dark green in your bridesmaid’s bouquets; they’ll just get lost against their dresses. Instead, create bouquets of cream roses and blue-green greenery and foliage. Our top picks are dusty miller and brunia berries.

The Golden Touch

Finally – let’s add some sparkle! Every wedding needs it (yes, even nature-themed weddings!) and gold pairs wonderfully with green hues.

  • Hair: Tuck a vintage-inspired gold hair-pin into your up-do.
  • Napkins: Create chic and cheap gold foil napkins for your bar.
  • Shoes: Gold shoes are always a good idea, right?
  • Candles: Place votive candles in pretty gold vessels for instant romance.

 

Best wishes, brides and grooms! xoxo

If you’ve been browsing color palettes and are drawn to deep and rich color, you’re going to love this wedding mood board. The definition of opulence is “great wealth or luxuriousness”. The irony is that this entire look, which we’re calling “Pure Opulence” was entirely inspired by a 99¢ wedding invitation.

A Decedent Invitation

One look at this dark and dreamy wedding invitation and you’ll fall in love. First, with the price; it’s crazy affordable! Next, those colors. Jewel tones have been trending for years, particularly for fall weddings, but what sets this invitation apart is the use of black as well. The burgundy and slate blue floral illustration pops to life against the black background. And those gold accents – they’re printed faux foil, giving you the look of expensive foil-stamping, but for a really affordable price.

The Wedding Party

Let’s take the color palette from the invitation and dress the wedding party to coordinate. The look in this mood board is absolute perfection and mirrors the invite. Dress your groomsmen and bridesmaids in black, and use pops of jeweled-toned color in the bouquets, boutonnieres and bowties. The groom is dressed in a burgundy jacket, which we are soooo here for. For the bride, avoid white. Choose a cream color gown and ask your florist to design a huge, draping bouquet. This jewel-toned wedding party look is one of our all-time favorites!

Jewel Tones – Everywhere!

To achieve a look that’s dripping with luxury, the key is color, not money. Do not shy away from using those dark and rich jewel tones everywhere.

We’re all about creating gorgeous wedding details on the cheap. Here are our favorite ways to pull of jewel-toned wedding décor for less:

  • Faux-Gold Accessories: Anything be turned to gold with a little spray paint. Gather accessories like candlesticks, frames and even chairs from thrift stores and breathe new life into them with gold paint.
  • Greenery: Adding greenery is a cheap way to add an expensive look to your day. Order in bulk from a site like Flower Moxie to get greens on the cheap. For this look, choose darker toned greenery like Israeli Ruscus or Tree Fern. Use greens to line your aisle, or create a living table runner down your reception tables.
  • Black Linens: Covering tables in black table linens will add instant drama to your wedding reception. But our favorite thing about choosing black is that it’s the cheapest color to rent! Shop around for the best prices!
  • Thrifted Dinnerware: Thrifting mismatched, vintage dinnerware and glassware is a fantastic way to add a unique touch to your reception. If you’re having a huge wedding, and this feels costly or overwhelming, focus on the head table only. Choose vintage china with gold accent and faceted crystal drinkware. It’ll add an eclectic look for way less.
  • Golden Bar: Personalize your bar with custom gold cocktail napkins. They’re super-cheap and add extra personality to your celebration.

 

Photo Credits: Groom: Capture the Canvas Photography via Wedding Forward, Bouquet:  Docuvitae via Green Wedding Shoes, Wedding Party: Ashtyn Nicole Photo via Junebug Weddings,  Table:  Brittany Bays Photography via The Overwhelmed Bride, Cake:  Rachel Rowland Photography via Junebug Weddings

Main Color: Black
Accent Color: Ruby
Accent Color: Olive
Sparkle: Rose Gold

The seasons are changing! The cool crisp in the air has our thoughts turning away from light and bright wedding palettes and instead toward dark, rich and moody combinations. This palette is delightfully unexpected. Think you can’t pull it off? Think again!

A Whoa-Worthy Invitation

This dark wedding palette was inspired by the brand-new Lavish Rose Wedding Invitation. This chic-but-cheap beauty is a part of our collection of invites that come with free rsvp cards, which we promise you will totally love (and so will your budget). It pulls together a black wedding palette with elegance – we’re talking dark burgundy watercolor roses and greenery tangled together with rose gold details. And they’re all set off by that deep black background. It’s such a gorgeous and dramatic introduction to your wedding.

Dark, Moody and Magnificent

Pulling off a dark wedding color palette isn’t as hard as you might think; it just takes a bit more creativity. It’s easy to find white and cream wedding-day details; finding black wedding accessories isn’t quite as simple but it’ll be worth the hunt.

Black is the star of the show here and ruby, along with olive, are the gorgeous accents. Let them play off each other to create a look that’s romantic. You’ll want to be careful to balance the colors so look doesn’t go from lush and pretty to goth-inspired.

First, think about where you want to use black. We love using black linens – they’re affordable and will add tons of personality with minimal effort. Rent black chair covers for the ceremony, and table linens at the reception. Instant ambience! The guys should most definitely wear black suits and your maids will look stunning in black satin dresses.

Next, focus on your accent colors: ruby and olive. Let’s talk flowers first. Have you seen black magic roses? Jot that down and bring it to your florist. These super dark red roses are so delectable. The coloring is absolutely beautiful and the petals are thick and velvety. Pair them with olive-colored greens like eucalyptus for balance. Be sure to avoid greens that are too bright or your wedding will go from dark and gorgeous to all “happy holidays!” in a flash.

You can also incorporate the ruby into your jewelry, hair pieces and of course – lips!

Finally – let’s glam this wedding up! We chose rose gold, instead of the normal gold or silver hue to add sparkling pop of metallic. This slightly more copper shade of gold pairs really well with the ruby coloring and creates some extra interest to your palette. Use it subtly in details like your shoes, jewelry and cake.

Best wishes creating your dream day!

 

Main Color: Hydrangea
Accent Color: Sage
Neutral Color: Wheat
Sparkle: Gold

Doesn’t this pretty wedding color palette feel like a breath of fresh air? This light, soft and airy combination is classic, but unique.

A Springtime Introduction

These colors were inspired by our Blue Hydrangea Wedding Invitation (bonus: it comes with FREE RVSP postcards!). This invitation is the epitome of spring with its soft watercolor blooms and elegant circular layout. Blue hydrangeas are a popular choice for spring and summer weddings and we love how this invite can tie together your entire wedding-day look right from the start.

Paint Your Day with Spring-Inspired Color

To create a wedding day look using this pretty palette, focus on keeping things soft and feminine.

The blue hydrangea color is important when pulling together this look; but use it sparingly so it can really shine. We recommend using it in two places – your florals, of course, and your bridesmaid dresses. First, work with your florist to make sure they can secure blue hydrangeas. These big, beautiful blooms are widely available during spring and summer months. Nestle them in your bouquets, as well as centerpieces, to create an instant spring garden.

Next, let’s think about that pretty sage green. This one is simple: incorporate real greenery into your bouquets and centerpieces. A greenery swag would also be gorgeous strung on a ceremony arch.

For a neutral, we chose wheat, which brings a bit of warmth to this look. Instead of basic black, dress your groom and his groomsmen in wheat-colored suits. They’ll look extra dapper and will look so sharp next to your blue bridesmaids. In your reception space, drape wheat colored linens on your reception tables to brighten things up, but keep the vibe soft.

And…your sparkle. Every wedding needs a hint of a metallic and for this look, gold is perfect. Keep it simple by sticking to accessories. Gold details in your hairpieces, jewelry and shoes are the perfect way to add a little glam factor.

Happy planning, springtime brides and grooms!

 

Thinking about setting a winter wedding date? Winter weddings are becoming more and more popular each year and we are so here for it! Spring, summer and even fall weddings might be forever-faves, but winter weddings have theme and style opportunities you just won’t get in those balmy months. I mean…snow = instant sparkle and sparkle = wedding perfection. It’s meant to be!

An Icy Introduction

The theme we chose for this winter look centers around two elements – snowflakes and an icy color palette. First, let our super-affordable Watercolor Snowflake Wedding Invitation set the tone for your day. The soft blue watercolor and silver detailing combine make winter come alive. This beauty even comes with a free RSVP postcard, making its tiny $.99 price tag feel like an early Christmas gift.

A Winter Palette

You could choose practically any color scheme for a winter wedding, but this one is a classic. A dusty cobalt blue, ivory, shades of grey and sparkling silver evoke a sense of…dare we say…Arendelle? Frozen fans, we know you’re with us on this. Harness your inner-Elsa and color your day in this palette to create your own winter wedding fairy tale.

A Seasonal Wonderland

Let Mother Nature take the lead when it comes to decorating your snowflake-adorned day. First, hope for fresh snow (but, not too much!). If you don’t live in a snow-filled climate, or if the forecast doesn’t cooperate, recreate the sparkle of fresh snow with faux snow. Yes, you can get faux snow at any craft store and it’ll create an instant winter scene at your ceremony or reception location.

Next, add in some COLOR! Dress your bridesmaids in silver and drape your tables in sparkling linens. There is one element here that is key and really affordable – up-lighting! The power of colored lighting is unreal and a local AV company will be able to turn even the most average reception space into a sparkling winter wonderland with the right lighting.

Complete the look with details that tie everything together. Keep your makeup natural, but make your eyes pop with a sparkling shadow. Gift your girls faux-fur shawls – they’ll make for great photographs and keep them warm through the night. And finally, stock the bar with our super-cheap custom napkins. This fairy-tale inspired style is perfect for this theme.

 

Photo Credits: Reception: Minnesota Bride, Cake: Cake Me By Surprise, Bridesmaids: Alexandria Elise Photography via Wilkie, Bride and Groom: Env Photography, Ring: Etsy

Main Color: Evergreen
Accent Color: Crimson
Accent Color: Gold
Neutral Color: Ivory

The holiday season is one of the prettiest times of the year to get married. If you’re planning a winter wedding, consider painting your day in a festive, Christmas-inspired wedding color palette.

A Beautiful Introduction

The inspiration for this holiday wedding palette is our Winter Blooms Seal and Send Invitation. This winter-meets-floral design is a favorite for Christmas-themed weddings. You can almost smell the swags of cedar and sweet red and ivory roses.


Good Tidings of Great Color

Creating a Christmas-inspired wedding day look will come naturally when you love holiday colors like hunter green and rich red. Add a creamy ivory neutral to pull it all together. We love it!

Greenery is your wedding décor BFF. Line your tables with swags of cedar and use simple stems of white pine in glass vases. Holiday greens – whether fresh or faux – are incredibly affordable and can be found in garden centers or hardware stores throughout November and December. Using Christmas greens is an easy DIY and you don’t need to go to floral school to nail a professional look.

Gold sparkle and Christmas go hand-in-hand and is a must to make your wedding night stunning. And, gold doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Use cheap gold Christmas ornaments as part of your table décor and or personalized gold bulbs as wedding guest favors. Christmas lights are another cheap way to add a golden glow to your wedding. And don’t forget the details – our gold foil-stamped cocktail napkins are a great conversation piece and super-affordable.

Crimson is a beautiful choice for your bridesmaid’s dresses. Accent your girl’s makeup with a dark red lip and golden eye colors to complement their natural beauty. Of course, red roses are a must as well. Purchase deep red roses, such as the Black Magic Rose, in bulk to save tons of money. Use them in everything from your bouquets to centerpieces to create an instantly romantic holiday-inspired look.

Let’s not forget the importance of a neutral. Use ivory or cream to soften your holiday wedding style. Ivory roses or even white snowberries can be paired with your red roses to brighten up the mood. And of course, there’s your dress. An ivory or cream wedding dress is an ideal choice for winter as it feels a bit more warm than a traditional white.

Your Christmas wedding is sure to be a gorgeous event during the happiest time of the year. Enjoy every moment!

 

Main Color: Fuchsia
Accent Color: Blush
Accent Color: Rose Gold
Neutral: Black

We found the wedding colors you’re going to be totally obsessed with! This palette was inspired by our Striking Floral Wedding Invitation (bonus: it comes with FREE response postcards too!). This invite is bold and beautiful with blossoms in fuchsia, blush and rose gold all set against a striking black background. This invitation makes a statement from the moment your guests slip it from the envelope.

Working it into your wedding:

Go bold or go home! Decorate your wedding with bold florals mixed with soft blush and rose gold metallic. Use mercury glass on your reception tables next to floral centerpieces. Find black cloth tablecloths to really make a statement in your venue space. Play with this color palette on your bridesmaids. You can choose dresses with a mismatched look – think shades of pinks. Or, have your girls wear all blush and save the pop of bold color for their bridesmaid bouquets. Giant fuchsia peonies or dahlias would look gorgeous! Your groomie and his guys will be a part of the striking showcase with sharp, classic black suits. Don’t forget their boutonnieres – it’s an easy way to slip a little pink into their wedding-day look.

Everyone knows you – the bride – is the star of this day. First, find the perfect pink lip color to take your beauty look up a notch! Go darker than your usual pout choice, but make sure it’s a color you love, and that it also complements your skin tone. If you choose a bold lip, keep your eyes and cheeks soft and subtly romantic. Paint your nails a perfect, pale pink. That close-up, ring photo will be stunning! Finally, consider choosing rose gold jewelry to give your wedding look a modern, rosy vibe. You’ll glow!

It’s your wedding day! Happy planning!

Feminine blush and striking black come together in sweet harmony on this wedding mood board. Perhaps the perfect combination of want you want and what he wants, this look will make your wedding-planning-heart skip a beat! Now, let’s show you how to pull off this look while keeping your wedding wallet happy.

Blush Blossoms
Leave it to us to start with the invitation. This breathtaking floral wedding invitation showcases beautiful, garden roses in your favorite shade of pink. Everything about this invitation can be customized to suit your wedding-day style, including the background color. We beg you to keep it black though – the sharp contrast so modern and chic. The best part is the price. Just 99¢ for your invite and R.S.V.P. postcard. A price to make you blush!

Make it Yours
When you’re shopping for your perfect bridal gown, consider choosing a style offered in blush! From a hint of blush to a more dominant tone, it can complement a variety of skin tones and will look dreamy next to your groom’s black suit. Dress your bridesmaids in a mismatched palette of black and metallic blush gowns. Choose bouquets to accent your colors and don’t forget the groom can don a blush garden rose too and tie this whole look together.

Décor to Make You Blush
Set up your reception with a dashing backdrop using satin blush and black fabrics. Bolts of fabric layered behind your head table will set the stage for a romantic and stunning evening. A black fondant wedding cake will be the talk of your reception for its bold uniqueness. And you just know everyone tongues will be checking out each other’s black tongues. Just imagine the photo opportunity! Add a custom touch with personalized black cocktail napkins that feature your names stamped in rose gold foil. Complete your tables with black taper candles in thrifted candle holders and your reception will be lit with romantic tones and conversation all evening.

 

Photo Credits: Backdrop: Ashley Paige Photography via 100 Layer Cake, Bride and Groom: Etsy, Boutonniere: Loverly, Bridesmaids: Erich McVey Photography via ModWedding, Cake: Sotiria McDonald via Martha Stewart Wedding