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Who Needs a White Wedding?

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Roxana asks: Hello Mr Kate! I will have my wedding next year in July. I really want something cozy, natural, funny, colored, friendly decorations. Could you give me some tips please?

My answer: Hey Roxana! First of all — congratulations! Summer is such a beautiful time of year to get married, and opens up so many options for outdoor venues. Everything is a little bolder during these bright and sunny months, so there is plenty of opportunity to break down the boundaries of what’s considered “traditional,” and throw in some swizzle, some color, and some seriously cute decorations. I think the biggest thing here is to not just think outside the box, but to go grab an x-acto and deconstruct that box, then fold it into a cardboard origami crane. Once you realize you don’t have to do things any way but your own, your wedding will be better than all the Pinterest boards in the world combined. I put together a moodboard above, and some pointers below to inspire your extra special decor!

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  • Sorry, not sorry, Chiavari!: Wedding venues have this vice grip monopoly on seating options, forcing many a bride to decide under duress between veritable classroom chairs and the seemingly elegant (in comparison), extra pricy chiavari seats. This is nonsense in the highest degree. Taking seating into your own hands might involve a couple more steps, but it is a wonderful investment for the ambience and aesthetic of your wedding. Modern pastel chairs, like the ones above, are an option that doesn’t break the bank but still goes miles to making your ceremony yours.
  • All natural is more than alright: Summer weddings are often either outdoors, or immediately followed by a reception that is. Whether you’re getting hitched in a church, garden, castle, beach, or boat, adding slightly surreal natural accents to the decor brings a heightened sense of whimsy and fantasy-like beauty to a day that should be everything like a fairytale. Consider adding potted or hanging plants, having flowers grow up your cake or dessert presentation, and bringing in tropical touches, like pineapple candles, in unexpected ways.
  • Las Vegas weddings ain’t so bad: In decor, at least!! Now I’m not encouraging you to go full drive-by with an Elvis officiant, but there’s something cute and playful in a self-referential way about subtle call outs to that casino setting. The heart-shaped marquee light, flamingo string lights, and top hat champagne bucket are all nods to the naughtier side of things in a way that doesn’t distract from the importance and beauty of what’s actually going down.
  • Keep it light: I think a great way to incorporate all of these ideas into decor in a way that doesn’t overwhelm or become too ostentatious is by keeping things very delicate. Pastel colors, airy accents (like this paper light — a much needed upgrade from the go-to Chinese lantern), and metallic balloons can all add dimension and a sense of completion to the scheme without competing with each other. That’s a benefit of marrying during the summer months — the heavier burgundies, golds, and velvets oft found in winter weddings aren’t even considerations!
  • Don’t leave yourself out: Set the tone for the entire event with an edgy metallic bootie worn under your white dress, a dark green bow tie for him, or by giving guests polaroid cameras with which to document the ceremony and celebrations their own way, with the bonus of built-in party favors! A wedding can seem like all pomp and circumstance, florists and table arrangements, but at the end of the day it’s about people, so put yourselves on the priority list when it comes to fun features.

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