The spring wedding season is upon us! Whether you, a friend, a family member, or someone you know is getting married or you just love a good wedding, there’s something for everyone this week at PSA Stamp Camp. In addition to being about the couple and the actual union, weddings are also about throwing a fabulous event to remember! Brides (and a few grooms) agonize over color schemes, invitations, flower choices, dress styles, favors, décor, and so much more – there are just so many decisions to make! And it all adds up. Between the engagement party, bridal showers, bachelorette party, & wedding itself – the whole shebang can cost a fortune. This week I’ll share some great ideas and some money saving tips.
One of my favorite wedding blogs Snippet & Ink, posted this blue & yellow inspiration board in January. I love the color combination of mustard yellow and light blue – it would be the perfect palate for a bridal shower brunch. Starting with a mood board for your event is a great way to organize your ideas. Spend some time on Pinterest. Pick up some bridal magazines and cut out what you like.
To save some money, try creating your own invitations for a shower. This elegant invitation by Jennifer Holmes sets the stage for a romantic, girlie party. She’s stamped the outer ring from PSA Frenchie in white ink on an acrylic block onto Aqua Mist paper by Papertrey Ink. I adore the Yellow Floral Shimmer paper (bottom layer) by Paper Zone. She’s tied a ribbon and adorned the paper with white pearls. Though this takes time, you can save hundreds on going to a printer for something like this.
Hosting a brunch instead of a dinner or cocktail party will save money. Think coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, other baked goods, egg and bacon casserole accompanied by mimosas for the menu! (Cook them yourself and try these recipes. Your table set up can be as well thought out as your invitation and coordinate just as perfectly.
You be in charge of how people socialize while guests eat. Guests can sit down at a table with place cards like these ones. Jennifer used the outer ring from PSA Frenchie again here, the same cardstock, pearls and ribbon as the invitation to tie it all together.
To continue your theme, try an arrangement like this for your table centerpiece. Use a blue canning jar like this one as your vase to keep it simple for a brunch.
|Image source - by Stephanie Williams Photography.|
I am not into games much at bridal showers, but this is a cute one that I did for my brunch the day after my wedding. It’s a personalized crossword puzzle. Here’s the link for Martha Stewart’s how-to.
And afterwards, the bride can write notes on corresponding stationery. If you are hosting the event, you might want to give these to her as a gift.
To throw a beautiful bridal shower, pick a color scheme and style and stick with it throughout the event like the examples shown today. You don’t have to go overboard but by sticking to a style and color palate, you can create a unified design and event that’s picture perfect. See you tomorrow for more bridal inspiration!