For the bride that wants some southern charm incorporated into her wedding day, take a cue from the historically romantic city of Charleston. No need for magnolia trees and Spanish moss, this vibe is easily translated to wherever you're getting married (although obviously a grand southern estate would be ideal!).
The key to achieving the perfect Charleston-inspired wedding color palette is to keep your colors soft and feminine without going too girly-girl or juvenile, so this feels like a wedding and not a bridal shower. Some tips of how to achieve this: make sure you have lots of white and cream in your color scheme to neutralize the pastels, and then just have a couple of pops of color—say, blush and yellow—used in moderation.
In lieu of solid colors, have your bridesmaids dress in a fun print—we love the idea of a modern butterfly print as it echoes the pretty outdoor party feel you're trying to achieve without being literal and having them dress in a floral print. For your wedding dress, something timeless and simple will make sure you aren't competing with your venue.
For the ceremony, a manicured but lush garden setting works perfectly—plus, it requires very little dressing up to make wedding-ready. Choose paper goods that have a soft greenery or peachy-pink floral motif, but with a modern font to create a little juxtaposition and to make sure they don't feel too precious.
At the reception, have your florist create loose centerpieces in shades of blush, white, and bits of green in classic silver urns, plus some scattered budvases along your bar and on your cake table. For signature drinks, have your bartenders create something that is quintessentially southern but with a twist—like a blackberry mint julep or a cucumber gin fizz. And a perfect favor for your guests—mini versions of all the ingredients to make their own cocktails once they get home!
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1. "Ainsley" invitation, $614 for 100 suites, Rachel Marvin Creative; 2. Bouquet, $250, A.P. Bio Designs; 3. Cake, price upon request, Knead to Make; 4. Dress, Marchesa; 5. Hair pins, $35 for three, Capwell + Co.