Colorful table

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime. 

A colorful wedding. Are you having one? Do you want to incorporate color into your wedding without it looking like a unicorn exploded all over your celebration? Yep, I often hear that from my design clients. You really love color and want your party to look colorful without it looking like a rainbow. Sophisticated and classy amounts of color create a cheerful environment that instantly makes everyone happy.

In the last five years designing the most joyful of beautiful weddings, I’ve learned how to incorporate the perfect amount of color to make your tablescape look colorful but not gaudy.

10 Ways to Create a Colorful Tablescape

Here are my top 10 tips for ways to create a colorful tablescape:

Unexpected color

Tip 1: Use color in unexpected places, like on the candles

Taper candles are traditionally white, although here I used pretty aqua tapers to bring a color onto the tables that is hard to find in flowers. Good colors for taper candles are: gray, teal, black, tan, and seafoam.

Liven up linens with fabrics

Tip 2: Use fabrics to liven up a white tablecloth

These custom made table toppers were designed especially for this wedding, although you can borrow the idea with any store bought fabric that is in a fun, bright, color. Extra points for an interesting pattern. When you top your table with a colorful fabric, keep the flowers in coordinating hues or monochromatic to keep the look cohesive.

Use bud vases

Tip 3: Bud vases, bud vases, bud vases

Say hello to my best friend, bud vases. Filled with a stem or two of a beautiful, bright, flower, bud vases are an inexpensive way to add a pop of color to any tablescape.

Colored glassware

Tip 4: Upgrade those glasses

For a few extra bucks, ask your caterer to upgrade the standard drinking glasses to colored ones. Here I did purple goblets for this whimsical celebration. Don’t they instantly make the tables look that much more beautiful and interesting?

Go non-floral

Tip 5: Go non-floral

When you have centerpieces that aren’t held to the traditional colors found in nature, you can get creative and use unexpected colors like the big teal balloons and seafoam honeycombs I designed here.

Paint your lines

Tip 6:  Jazz up a basic linen with some paint

Are you crafty? Then this tip is for you. Basic white runners can be made to match your color palette by adding a few stripes of acrylic paint. So easy. You can thank me later.

Use votives

Tip 7:  Colored votive candle holders

Do you feel like your centerpieces need that fun color pop to make them truly look colorful? Consider using colored glass votive holders instead of clear ones.

Monotone flowers

Tip 8: Use only one flower type in one color

For a very modern, contemporary style, use one flower type in one color. This creates a bold, colorblocked look along the length of your tables. Much how I did here with the orange protea in yellow glass vases, the bright hue makes a fun tablescape.

Ombre placemats

Tip 9:  Ombre placemats create a colorful place setting

This about the whole table, not just what’s in the center, when designing your tablescapes. These Michelle Edgemont Shop Ombre placemats are a great way to bring color to the place settings at your reception tables while continuing to use the basic white rentals that are included in your catering package.

Bold runners

This custom-made felt runner brought this table from blah to showstopping. The colors mirror the ones used in the centerpiece, which makes the design look cohesive and not overwhelming.

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Bio: The Michelle Edgemont brand believes in a community that inspires, supports, and applauds all couples who are promising their lives to each other through bold, beautiful celebrations. Launched in 2011, NYC (specifically Brooklyn) is my home base. As an event designer, florist, and prop stylist, I’ve been quoted in the NYTimes and the best-selling book, A Practical Wedding, and featured multiple times on Style Me PrettyGreen Wedding ShoesWedding Chicks, and HGTV. The Michelle Edgemont Shop, full of modern, colorful event decor that I’m known for, is now open!  

I believe that weddings and celebrations don’t have to be traditional. Yours will be memorably impactful & filled with pops of individuality. I have a deeply rooted understanding that personal celebrations are an opportunity to unleash bold creativity. Throw conventionality out the window! This is a place where your ideas are applauded. I wholeheartedly believe in aesthetics that are described by unconventional beauty, whimsy, and soul. I recommend that you pair smart styling with intentional event decor by investing in statement pieces. When all of these elements come together on your wedding day, you’ll have a celebration that not only tastefully and artistically reflects you as a couple (down to your humorous quirks!) but serves as a beautiful foundation for a lasting marriage. For more information, see our website.

 

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Gazing at sunset magic

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime. 

Beach Weddings are our passion. If you’re like us, then you want to enjoy every second on the shore; we have some great tips to maximize the fun and amp up the beach atmosphere. A little planning up front saves a lot of stress down the line, allowing you to savor each precious moment.

Best Beach Wedding Tips

Put shoes here

Tip 1 – Go Barefoot

Feel the sand between your toes and ditch the heels. You’ll feel more relaxed and so will your guests. For stylish brides, check out foot jewelry to bring extra glamour. Think ahead with this as the decision could impact the length of your wedding dress.

Starfish aisle

Tip 2 – Have A Starfish-lined Aisle

Brown sugar starfish or white starfish make stylish aisle markers and add drama to your ceremony. Choose one color or alternate.

As a variation on the theme, you could also consider alternating with conch shells, especially if your color theme has shades of blush as the inside of the shell will fit in perfectly.

Beach bouquets

Tip 3 – Beach Bouquet Inspiration

The sky is the limit –  think of seashells, pearls, starfish, jewels. Flowers can still be a traditional base or you can totally reinvent the bouquet and create something unique. If you craft your own bouquet from shells, starfish or sand dollars you also have a wonderful keepsake to remind you of the day.

Pictures in the surf

Running in the surf

Tip 4 – Pictures In The Surf

You’re at the beach and the waves are calling. You can cool down and have some fun to get some great candid portraits or choose the backdrop for romantic shots. Memorable and exhilarating, you’ll forever be reminded of your beach ceremony.

Wipe your feet

 Tip 5 – Wipe The Sand From Your Toes

Beach wedding signs are hugely popular. Quirky and personal, make the most of the beach theme by inviting your guests to wipe the sand from their toes – keep the mood relaxed by displaying it with some paintbrushes.

Groom decor

Tip 6 – Groom Beach Style

It’s not just the brides who can shine in the style department, take inspiration for a boutonniere with a difference. Shells, starfish, alone or combined with flowers, echo the details in the bridal bouquet with a miniaturized version for the groom and groomsmen. When it comes to beach wedding etiquette, you choose your dress code. Grooms may be formal in a tuxedo or casual in a Hawaiian shirt. Let your guests know in advance so that they know what to wear for the occasion, and also inform your wedding coordinator so that the minister or officiant are prepared.

Beach ring bearers

Tip 7 – Beach Ring Bearers

Shells and starfish make for a stylish entrance when the ring bearer walks down the aisle. Remember to tie a ribbon around the rings just in case as dropping a ring in the sand on the beach leads to a difficult search. The ribbon can enhance your color scheme and will give a little extra confidence to your ring bearer, especially if they are young and a bit nervous for their starring role.

Beach centerpieces

Tip 8 – Beach Makeover Your Reception

Take the elements of the shore and weave them through your reception. Ideas include piping on the cake, starfish toppers or shell decorations.

Carry the theme through to beach themed centerpieces which highlight your favorite beach themes.

Beach ring shots

Tip 9 – Ring Shots With Imagination

Classic ring shots show them stacked in front of a bouquet or on a pillow. Bring some beach inspiration with a handful of sand or use the arms of a starfish to showcase the symbols of the day.

One of the most creative ways to showcase the rings on the shore is to make handprints and then place the rings in the sand in those prints as if they were wearing the rings. It makes for a surprising album shot.

Handprints in sand

Sunset magic

Tip 10 – Sunset Magic

On the west coast of Florida we’re lucky to enjoy spectacular sunsets. If you want the sunset to give you one of nature’s best backdrops, look to plan for a service about an hour before the scheduled sunset so that you can enjoy your ceremony and have time to relax and take some group portraits before the photographer focuses on romantic shots with the happy couple and the setting sun in the background. The light is sublime, the mood is intense and you’ll get magical portraits.

Sometimes moody skies make for even more spectacular shots as the sun sets.

Beach weddings and vow renewals offer the opportunity to think outside the traditional box. Look for a beach wedding specialist who knows how to adapt to changing weather, respects the beach (take only photos, leave only footprints) and has suggestions to make your day stress free and fun. Think about taking beach toys to keep youngsters engaged while the photos are being taken or give them a disposable camera to take their own snapshots. When your potential gatecrashers are pelicans and dolphins, make sure to enjoy the beach and make the most of your tropical paradise.

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More sunset magic

Bio: Planning a wedding, especially a destination wedding, can be exciting yet very daunting and intimidating at the same time, which is why you need to have a level of comfort and trust in the company you choose. 

We at Suncoast Weddings don’t claim to be the experts in everything, but we do claim to be the experts in what we do best – simply beautiful weddings by the Gulf of Mexico. We want your big day to be perfect just as much as you do, so that you can relax and enjoy the moment when it finally arrives. Trust Suncoast Weddings to deliver Florida beach weddings and vow renewals with class, elegance and style – all at the right price. In the romance business for more than 18 years and we specialize in assisting couples from all over the world live out their wedding dreams here in Florida.

We design beach wedding packages have been designed to help take all the guesswork out of planning your destination wedding. So if you’re thinking of a beautiful romantic Florida beach wedding, a proposal or a vow renewal – no matter how simple, unique or lavish the requirements – we know we can make it happen. For more information, visit our website.

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