As October comes to a close, I definitely have fall weddings on my mind. While fall colors and autumn leaves are fairly common wedding decor, pumpkins are not seen quite as often. Pumpkins are definitely an on-the-nose decorating choice - for some they might read as too overtly seasonal, and when done the wrong way they can skew cheap and tacky. That said, there are many ways pumpkins can be used that will enhance any fall wedding's ambiance.
The size and visual interest of pumpkins make them ideal for aisle decor. Mixing pumpkins of different colors and varieties makes a great impact, and integrating flowers, leaves, or pillar candles adds depth and dimension.
Using mini pumpkins as escort cards or favors is a tangible way for guests to get into a festive spirit. You can paint or decorate them in any color or material that goes with your theme.
Creating a guest book or card box out of pumpkins from the craft store is a great DIY opportunity, and not only gives you a memento from your special day but allows guests to have an interactive experience.
Pumpkins can make exquisite centerpieces, from faux pumpkins as centerpiece vases, floating mini pumpkins in water with matching flowers, or dispersed pumpkins throughout the middle of a long table.
Carved pumpkins are a great alternative to signage and can be used as table numbers, directional arrows, or sweet sayings. (A note to only use faux pumpkins for this so they can be done in advance and so they last.)
Succulents are a huge trend for modern weddings, and pale pumpkins are a perfect way to showcase them.
Of course, pumpkins look wonderful as props in wedding and engagement photos!
For more pumpkin decorating inspiration, visit my Pumpkin Weddings Pinterest board!
I was a bridesmaid last month and we were lucky enough to wear the BHLDN Ainsley dress. BHLDN bridesmaid dresses are always a hit, and they are one of the few salons that carries a wide array of navy gowns to suit any season or level of formality. As nautical weddings are growing in popularity, navy dresses are a hot commodity.
Here's a look at BHLDN's current selection:
The new Baz Luhrmann adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was finally released today, and ever since its original release date in December, the wedding circuit has been blowing up with 1920s-inspired gowns, accessories, and decor. One must be careful with this trend - it can go cheap, gimmicky, and costume-y VERY quickly, but when done tastefully, it can take your wedding to a high level of glamour and style. Here's a glimpse of what's in:
Beaded details, intricate lace, unique backs, and caplet sleeves are all featured in this year's popular 1920s dresses. Designers such as Jenny Packham, Claire Pettibone, BHDLN, and Lazaro are ones to watch.
Headpieces can be anything from bridal caps, long flowing veils, glitzy headbands, and feathered combs. Art-Deco style jewelry and true-to-the-era shoes are a must.
Stay away from the feathers and flapper fringe! Classic dresses with beaded details or plain frocks that can be jazzed up with accessories will hit the right note.
For the Men
Inspiration is drawn directly from Jay Gatsby's wardrobe. For a formal wedding, a classic black tux is perfect, and for a more casual affair, the Gatsby Standard white linen suit will do. Conveniently, Brooks Brothers has created a Great Gatsby collection made of suits, shirts, ties, shoes, and anything else your man might require. (pictured below)
Invitations and Cakes
Art-Deco designs and metallic accents are everything when it comes to keeping with the theme.
No round-ball bouquets here! Organic-shaped spray bouquets work well here, or, for an extra bit of glamour, go for a vintage brooch bouquet. For the non-traditionalist who wants to pay homage to F. Scott Fitzgerald, book page bouquets are all the rage.
There are so many things that make up a wedding, from your venue, reception, food, and activities. Here are some other ways to incorporate the Jazz Age into your day:
Need more ideas?
Head over to Couture Commitments' Pinterest and check out the "Spring 2013 - 1920s" board.