French Provincial Charm

My favourite of all styles in weddings and interior design is by far the French Provinical look. I love the take Australia has on it, so fresh and clean. Home Beautiful magazine did a stunning story on it for their December issue, and as I poured over the pages, immersed in all those neutral coloured images of linens and worn wood, I thought to myself what a wonderful wedding this would make. In particular the table settings would be divine, with linen napkins and chair covers tied down the side with ribbons and chunky ceramic plates with curvy lines and quirky touches. You could mix this look with lots of vintage pieces for a more ornate look. Also have a look at yesterdays post on Lavender to see some more ideas suitable for a french provincial theme. More to come soon on this look including venues (lavender farms!) and DIY as well as a Wedding Pattern so you can source decor items and suitable style elements.



(Image Credits: Elizabeth Messina and Thayer Allison Gowdy.)

Unexpectedly Delightful Ranunculus

The name might be a bit of a mouthful to say but ranunculus are one of the most stunning flowers in a bridal bouquet. Similar to David Austen roses and peonies they can be used as a substitute or compliment to both. The lovely tissue like petals and soft swirling heads come in a variety of pinks, in white, orange and yellow. The victorian language of flowers attributed the phrase "I am dazzled by your charms" to the ranunculus. In season throughout winter.

Wedding Trends for 2009

Bright colours continue to be popular but there is also a come back of the traditional all white wedding. Instead of being the over done look of the past however this year will see a definite relaxed and “no frills” approach. Expect to see white weddings which though traditional are also sleek and modern with touches of leaf green or black and taupe.

Floral trends look to be simple, elegant and refined with an element of individuality rather than being traditional or fussy. Colours of flowers are bolder and brides are choosing to have bouquets of one type of flower or a combination of very unusual ones such as orange blossom, freesias, peonies and succulents and even feathers. Pastel colours and filler flowers are out unless you try something unusual like using a flower traditionally only used as a filler and give it the spotlight by creating a bouquet just of that flower.

The green approach continues to be big following from last year with brides choosing to either offset carbon emissions by purchasing through a specialized company or doing so in inventive ways. Charitable donations as favours are becoming very popular. Couples like the natural earthy appeal of a “green” wedding and are combining this theme with a minimalist, modern style, creating a look which is completely fresh.

Personal interests and hobbies are being used as inspiration for the overall theme as well as for quirky touches. Have you included personal touches in your planning? We'd love to hear some individual ideas.

See our post later in the day for Imbue's Fav Picks for this year.

Turquoise Beach Wedding

(Image Credits: All The Knot.)

Colour Forecast for Weddings in 2009

Colours this year are expected to be focused on shades of blue, according to a 2008 online poll by Kate Aspen. Any shade will do such as bright blue and cobalt blue, though Navy is out unless you pair it with red for a statement look. For local brides turquoise is to be a huge favourite which is not surprising considering the flamboyant and confident Gold Coast fashion.

Complimentary tones are also lightening up, no longer deep warm browns, but airy creams, beiges and soft taupe. When using the deeper shades of blue it’s a certainty that you must pair it with lighter tone neutrals to keep everything light yet still bold and dramatic.
Powder blues work well with taupe and beiges for a softer more romantic look. Metallic touches in silver or pearl look very nice with these colour combinations.

The fashion runways indicate a decided turn towards sherbet tones, lemon yellow, pale peach and powder blue being among the most popular colours. Another fashionable colour from the runway seems to be grey, which goes wonderfully with the popular blue and metallic silvers.

For sherbet toned weddings don’t be afraid of using more than two colours. More and more couples are edging away from tradition, ignoring the rules and doing it their own way. A word of advice however if you plan to mix many colours together; keep it from looking messy by allocation one colour to each element. For a yellow, peach and pink wedding for example, have the flowers in two colours and keep the table d├ęcor to the other colour. Separating colours to be exclusive for each element ensures a stronger more unified look than everything being covered with all the colours.

Some very popular colour combinations emerging are turquoise with fuschia or orange and even just fuschia and orange for the bolder couples...
...and neutrals with white and strong accents of black.

Brighter Days ... fuschia and turquoise.

A very popular colour scheme for this summer in weddings has been turquoise and fuschia. Two bright and vibrant hues which together are cheerful and fun. The colours work perfectly for more offbeat or tropical weddings creating a bold statement but can also lend themselves nicely to classic affairs when pared back with lots of neutral tones and sophisticated lines.

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