While recent trending wedding colors have been shades of mustard and gray, gold and pink and purple, something has to be said for a pure, country blue. This is a beautiful color and it works well with a variety of accent colors. If you love the thoughts of country blue as your wedding color, take a look at these ideas and gain some inspiration.
Country blue paired with a pale teal and periwinkle is absolutely beautiful. This palette works so well together because each color is light and muted, for a fresh look that isn’t overpowering in any way.
This country blue is paired with a spring green color that is unbelievably fresh and stunning. Beautiful light green bridesmaids’ dresses compliment the bride’s ivory dress and the overall look is very spring-like.
For something a little more vibrant, this palette pairs country blue with vivid yellow, turquoise and green. The jewel colors go so well together, and the result is a splash of colors that delights the senses.
Here, different shades of blue are used that give this wedding color palette a very vintage feel. Dark, regal blues perfectly contrast with the lighter country blue colors and the cake brings all of those colors together.
This fresh, frosty look is obtained by combining country blue with gray, baby blue and silver. A brooch bouquet adds a little bling to the look and muted tones keep this palette pleasing to the eye.
Use these ideas to help you determine how to incorporate country blue into your wedding palette.
Are you on a very small wedding budget but you really want beautiful lanterns at your wedding? Well here’s your solution: the can lantern. This is really easy to make and the end result is beautiful – your guests will have no idea what these really are. You’ll just need a can and a tea light for each lantern, as well as a little string, some hot glue, and some spray paint. Here’s how to make them:
Making the Lanterns
Start with the empty can and a ruler. Place the ruler alongside the can and use a box cutter to cut vertical slices in the can, using the ruler as a guide for how much space should be between the slits. Do this all the way around the can until the entire thing has evenly spaced slits.
Next, apply pressure to the bottom of the can (with the can upside down) until the slits open and the can sections bow out, forming the walls of the lantern. You may need to work with them a little so that they’re all even and bowed out perfectly rather than crumpled.
Once you have the lantern shape made, you’ll want to spray paint the can in whatever colors you’d like. Silver and gold look beautiful and you could even add jewels or glitter. Now, the tea light sits inside the can on the bottom (just slip it through one of the slats). Hot glue string to the top of the lantern and hang. You can then use a long match or lighter to light the tealight.
See how easy this is – and it’s a lot of fun, not to mention, it’s super cheap!
With the average American wedding costing almost $30,000, it’s getting more and more expensive to throw the party of your dreams. Unless your last name is Warbucks, you’ll need some tips and tricks to help you save money on your big day. Here are a few ideas to make the most out of your wedding budget.
1. Cut down your guest list. This is probably the biggest thing you can do to trim costs. Think of it this way: each guest adds an additional fee at the bar, for food, for cake, for invitations, and sometimes even at the venue. To avoid hurt feelings, it’s best to cut guests in groups. Do Mom’s coworkers from her last job really have to be invited?
2. Consider a traditional venue. It may surprise you to learn that it’s often cheaper to get married in a synagogue or church than in places advertised as “wedding venues.” Have the reception at a local restaurant afterward, or invite everyone to your place for a backyard barbecue, cake, and punch.
3. Make and print your own save-the-dates or wedding invitations. Some professional printers can charge up to $15 for each invitation. This can include letterpress text, embossing, envelopes, and by-hand addressing services. Get creative and make your own.
4. Do some DIY decorating. Though you may not think of it when the florist asks you if you’d like a centerpiece for each table, these decorative details add up. A really popular idea because everyone can see your handiwork is to enlist your bridesmaids to help you make pretty centerpieces that go with your theme; order crafting supplies from a wholesaler or pick an inexpensive item like mason jars to fill with fake flowers.
5. Get a little help from your friends. Do you have a friend who’s a DJ? How about a professional photographer? Ask them if they’ll offer you a special rate on their services as a wedding present. Tread cautiously, though – if they decline, you should still invite them to celebrate with you, and only hire someone whose work you’ve seen and trust. Websites can be considered friends too. TungstenWorld is constantly offering promotions for you and your fiancé to find the tungsten wedding band you’ve been dreaming of. Read more about their comfort fit bands here.
6. Trick the calendar. The busiest seasons for weddings are Spring and Fall. Rates at venues and from caterers typically drop in the off-season; call for a quote with two different prospective dates. The difference might surprise you. Daytime weddings are also generally priced more reasonably than night weddings, as daytime food service is often lighter and less elaborate.
7. Buffets beat sit-down dinners. It’s often less expensive to serve food buffet-style rather than having a sit-down dinner. Work out with the caterer what your cost per plate will be, then compare costs with a general buffet for that number of guests. If you choose the buffet, as a bonus, you won’t have to spend the extra money to accommodate special dining requests (gluten free, vegetarians, and kids).
8. Put a cork in the open bar. Yes, many people consider it gauche to throw a wedding without a full open bar. But those cocktails can add up, while you’re also paying for one or more bartenders. Consider an open bar restricted to wine and beer, with just one bartender manning the drink station. Your alcohol-imbibing guests should have nothing to complain about, and it’ll be safer for everyone to drive home afterward.
9. Forgo the big wedding and spend the money on the reception. Some couples don’t care about standing up in front of all their friends and making a commitment; they just want the festivities afterward. If this is you, consider romantically eloping or just inviting your parents to a civil ceremony. Then put your wedding budget toward throwing a night for your friends, extended relatives, and coworkers that they will never forget.