Forget Solids: Creative Ways to Incorporate Prints and Patterns into Your Wedding Day

Planning Tips, Wedding Style & Decor

The color scheme you choose will play a big role in dictating your wedding's déor and ambiance. Looking for a moody vibe? Opt for rich wine hues, accented with gold. Going for a light and fresh garden party feel? Soft pastels are right up your alley. But when it comes to choosing the details, don't feel confined to solid colors. Instead, add texture and personality with prints and patterns that combine the shades you love. The finished product will be perfectly cohesive, but with an extra dose of visual interest that will make a serious statement. We spoke to wedding pros from around the country to round up some of their favorite ways to mix prints into your wedding — check out the ideas they love, below!

Think Outside of the Box with Bridesmaids' Dresses (Above)
There's a lot more to choose from than solid chiffons and classic floral prints. Joanna, founder of Joanna August, worked with the bride and her sister to use vintage fabrics sourced from all over Los Angeles to create a range of unique gowns that still fit together seamlessly. "Mixed prints can be difficult to pull off, but we used a few basic guidelines that helped ensure success," says Joanna. "We made sure to have enough variation between colors and prints so one didn't overwhelm the rest, but also sought out unifying elements (in this case, shades of silver, turquoise, and blush and a variety of floral prints) to tie things together." All the bridesmaids wore the same silhouette, adding another common thread between the dresses. The bride let her sisters pick their favorite patterns first, then assigned the rest to her other 'maids, choosing colors and patterns she felt would look best on each girl. "With this many options, it's easier to make the choices yourself than to have eight people try to decide all together," says Joanna. She also advises thinking about how you'll like the prints arranged in photographs, and assigning an order for everyone to stand in pictures and at the altar.

creative ways incorporate prints table setting

Photo: Erin Lee for The Photography Collection

Layer Patterns on Your Table
"Mixing a navy and white pattern into this couple's navy and gold color scheme kept everything crisp and clean alongside the natural green elements," says Sara Fried of Fête Nashville of a recent wedding at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens (above). They mixed classic elements like gold-rimmed dishes and glassware and gold flatware with a playful mix of different sized stripes, from the ribbons tying each napkin to the wider stripe on the table runner. The motif continued as the ribbon around the bride's bouquet, on straws, and even in the cake!

See more: A Table for Every Season: Wedding Reception Décor for Any Time of Year

creative ways incorporate prints invitations

Photo: Courtesy of Gourmet Invitations

Don't Limit Yourself to Actual Paper
Sure, you can get papers that come in different patterns and tone-on-tone textures, but if you really want to add prints to your invitation suite, consider including fabrics as part of the design. "We use fabrics like velvet, suede, and silk to incorporate prints and patterns, as well as add texture," says Tifany Wunschl of Gourmet Invitations. "We can print right on those fabrics with techniques like screen printing and foil." Here, she used a bright teal and orange Ikat-style pattern to back this hot pink bridal shower invitation, then contrasted with yellow chevron inside the invitation. When it comes to adding prints, as long as the colors are cohesive, there's no need to shy away from super-bold hues!

Get Playful with Dessert
Randi Smith of Sugar Euphoria loves using patterns and prints to make a wedding cake anything but standard. "It's an amazing way to translate various aspects of your special day — like colors, floral designs, and other motifs — onto your cake." And while embossed fondant, expert piping or a flurry of rosettes will give you a patterned look, she takes it a step further, actually printing edible motifs that can be layered onto fondant or buttercream for a look that's truly unique. A cake wrapped in love letters? We're in!


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