I don’t know if you’ve seen the show Mad Men (it’s on AMC). I had never seen it before a few weeks ago. I kept hearing people talk about it and rave about it, so I decided to stream an episode on Netflix and find out what it was all about. I’m now on the third episode of season 4 (yes I said a few weeks ago I had never seen an episode… yes I have been watching a lot of Mad Men).
Now if you haven’t seen it, it’s about a bunch of guys (and a gal or two) who work in advertising on Madison Avenue in the 1960s. There is a LOT of drinking, a LOT of smoking, and a LOT of adultery. Now I know what you’re going to say, sounds like a perfect theme for a wedding (you would say that dripping with sarcasm).
Well maybe the themes aren’t perfect for a wedding, but the style is just so fun! So if you are a huge fan of Mad Men, or are looking to add some mod touches to your big day, here’s some inspiration!
1. Wedding Dress (ABS by Allen Schwartz)
2. Men’s Suit (Banana Republic)
3. Save the Date (Free Download Available)
4. Bridesmaids Dress (ModCloth)
5. Bouquet (Karen Tran Florals)
6. Vintage car (photo copyright Amy Carroll Photography)
I’m a New England girl born and raised. Up here, we love us some fall. Football is back this week, Sam Adams Octoberfest and Shipyard Pumpkin Ale are on tap, it’s 50 degrees when I wake up and 50 degrees when I go to sleep, but it’s 85 degrees at lunchtime, the apple orchard opens on Saturday and last week I saw the first few red/orange/yellow leaves… there’s no doubt about it, fall is here.
Yesterday, I was at my parent’s house and I saw a copy of Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine on the table. I started flipping through it and was immediately inspired by the pictures of the “pumpkin party.”
I saw this picture:
Decorating pumpkins with hardware via Lowes
and thought, OMG what cute table numbers those would be! I should have gotten married in the fall!! So of course, I had to run to Google and start finding creative fall design inspiration. Some of these would be great at weddings and other would make stylish additions to any fall shin-dig. I’ve put it all together in a pretty little package for your eyes, enjoy!!
Pumpkin beverage cooler via Southern Living
Pumpkin place cards via The Knot
For a candy bar or a favor, who doesn't love caramel apples?!
Autumn bouquet featured on The Knot
Classy-lanterns you can DIY
Pies for dessert via Brides.com
Fall boutonnieres from Martha Stewart
Do you love fall as much as me? What are your favorite fall wedding inspirations?
So this never occurred to me until I started looking at everyone else’s beautiful weddings. The colors, the themes, the invites, everything so wonderful. My wedding has two themes going on. Will people think that’s weird? Will they care?
The venue where I am getting married is beachfront. We are getting married right on the beach, then we have a cocktail hour in a garden, then our reception is in a big second floor room overlooking the water. I didn’t want a “beach theme” wedding. Instead, I wanted a really classy white and black damask theme with lots of candles and hydrangeas and white paper pom poms hanging from the ceiling. Our invites, which I made myself, are the black and white damask theme. And my wedding website (the one for guests) follows the same color scheme.
Are people going to show up and see the beach and be like “umm what?” Plus, I felt like it would be so awkward to have these formal black and white decorations down on the beach, so everything for the ceremony is really light and airy and I was planning on making starfish decorations for the chairs along the aisle (like the ones on my Twitter background). Is my wedding bi-polar?
Does anyone else have one thing going on for the ceremony and something different going on for the reception? Have you been to a wedding like that? Trying to decide if I should make some changes to tie the two together better, or if it’s totally fine to have a beach party downstairs and a semi-formal dinner party upstairs.
Lots of people admit to doing their best thinking in the shower, so I don’t think it’s that weird that I chose my color scheme while I was in the shower. I do think it’s a little weird that the reason I chose the color scheme for my wedding while I was in the shower, is that I chose the color scheme… of my shower.
We didn’t do much to our house once we moved in. We needed something turn-key because we are both really busy, and E doesn’t know how to stop working long enough to complete a project of any substantial size. The one thing we did, was paint the main bathroom. When we moved in, the bathroom had classic white subway tile with black tile edges. I chose a nice shade of blue to complement. The morning after the painting was finished, as I was standing in the shower daydreaming like I always do, I though hey, I really like how these colors go together… a lot… maybe I’ll use them in other places… maybe they’ll be my wedding colors… yes, they’ll be my wedding colors.
Off I went, googling things that were the same color as these colors I now loved. I settled quickly on dark blue hydrangeas for my bridal bouquet. I decided I wanted the bridesmaids to be opposite me, wearing the blue and carrying the white hydrangeas. It wasn’t easy to find bridesmaid dresses in the right shade of blue at first. Aqua, baby blue, and navy are quite easy to find, but any other shade seemed to pose a problem. When someone told me JCrew had a new wedding line I couldn’t wait to check it out. You should have heard me squeal when I found out one of their dress colors is… I’m not making this up… “Bright Hydrangea.” SOLD. In addition to the blue, I love the classic elegance of black and white. After a few google image searches, I decided the Damask pattern was it for me. I want to put it on the invites, the tables, the cake, everything!
So there’s my palette, black and white damask with hydrangea blue. Ah, I love it!