A “Wow Factor” Wedding in Pink, Yellow & Orange

One of my brides whom I met with today has not only a killer sense of style–she also has a great sense of color! She’s eager to create a “wow factor” ballroom wedding that screams personality, all in her three favorite bright colors: pink, yellow and orange!

I’ve put her to work coming up with a list of her and her future hubby’s favorite things, so that we might find unique ways to work them into the wedding design and make the whole day even more personal and meaningful. I’m also excited to see her inspiration photos, but I just couldn’t wait for them when I heard what colors she wanted, so I took the opportunity to whip up a board today!

You see, I have been dying to design a wedding in these colors. Together, they are modern, fun and just so cute!!! No to mention, there are just so many wonderful products available in these hues! Scroll down a bit to see a buying guide I’ve created for my bride.

Oh, and it’s also worth mentioning she adores polka dots, so I’ve worked those into the design as well!

Credits from top left to right: source, source, source, source, source, source, source, source

For this wedding, it would be cute and cost-effective to make these free favor boxes by printing out the design template over on Style Me Pretty:

Tie in the pops of yellow over at the drink bar, with an offering of these babies in clear quart-size mason jars (for extra cute-factor) or clear glass cylinder vases (for sleek-factor):

150 striped yellow paper straws, $21.00, from artfire.com

Set up a cake or candy buffet table a la Amy Atlas’ design in my inspiration board above, using these ADORABLE cake bake cups:

Set of 40, $5.95 from Sur la Table

See the invitation in my board above? They’d look amazing in a bright, saturated yellow envelope from Paper Source like this one aptly named “Sunshine,” with some of that pink polka dotted paper like on the favor boxes above used as envelope liners.


Tie in both pink and orange with these super cute labels stuck on the outside, $3.30 for a sheet of 30, from Zazzle:

Or these pink labels would look great on deep raspberry-pink envelopes. From Zazzle, $3.10 per sheet of 18:

And, although the polka dot invitations are super fun and simple, they can quickly be dressed up by applying small rhinestones off-center in several of the dots.

This is a sweet alternative, too, from Etsy, especially if you convo’d the seller to get some hot pink ribbons in lieu of orange:

OK, now let’s switch gears away from paper goods and over to linens. See the pale taupe-y gray linens in the photos in the board above? With the pops of orange and pink raw silk ties around the napkins? That’s the genius of wedding designer Lisa Vorce. Those linens, I’m pretty sure, are from Wildflower Linen, but a less expensive kind can be found at La Tavola. (Am I biased, though, since I used this company for my own wedding linens? Yes, I am. But they ARE great linens):

In eggshell. Starting at $30 per linen.

Or a linen from La Tavola in grey. Starting at $8 per linen. This one is from their Nuovo line, and I can personally vouch that they are very high-quality feeling/looking.

And to end on a more fun note than linens (although they ARE very important to the overall look of your wedding):

My bride would love to make these do-it-yourself, SUPER cute pom poms from Martha Stewart. We will pair them with a fabric-covered, three-dimensional installation photo backdrop her brother is going to build. Thank goodness for handy brothers!

So you see, a wedding can be playful, fun, energetic AND have that complete and utter wow factor! And not just as in “wow, those are a lot of bright colors!” but as in “wow, how MUCH did they spend on this wedding?!?!” And, much more importantly “wow, this wedding is SO them!!!”

The key, my friends, is to create high-end looking florals with artfully selected hues, avoiding things like those asiatic tiger lilies (OK, yes, I am biased against them), spray roses, carnations and other cheap fillers in a loose and airy arrangement. Opt instead for either airy + architectural, or tightly-packed, arrangements of fully-opened garden roses, mums, dahlias, peonies. And for fillers try billy buttons, white scabiosa, bright pink or white veronica, and for texture add in eucalyptus, scabiosa pods or succulents.

Equally as important are edited-down linens and neutral backdrops that allow the colors to “pop.” Stick with neutrals or white. For your main three bright colors, it’s best to allow one or two of the colors to lead the way, and have the third act as an accent color appearing here and there. Above, I’ve focused on pink and orange with yellow as the accent. Yellow would look great in the envelopes, in a few billy button flowers or mums, or in some pillows thrown across a white or taupe-colored rental chaise in a lounge area.

Do you plan to use bright colors in your wedding or party? Do tell!


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