GUEST BLOGGER | A “Neutral Chic” wedding with POPS of color… and SUCCULENTS!! By Naomi of Enchanted Dream Weddings

When Alison asked me to be one of her guest bloggers while she’s away on holiday, I immediately said yes… then the panic set in.  Everyone reads The Knotty Bride; what could I possibly write to make it “knotty” enough?  Ah, then I thought, “I’ll do what I do best”…then I had to figure that out!  ;)

Of course, I immediately thought of wedding inspiration boards.  I love inspiration boards because they are the easiest way to reveal how colors will work together.  How many times has someone described to you a color palette and in your head it just did not come together, but, once you saw it on “paper,” you said “Wow!”  Trust me; it happens all the time.

From left: Jose Villa / Funky Chic on Etsy / Cox & Cox / Dreamy Whites / Sarah Klassen / Oh So Beautiful Paper / Jacqleen Bleu

So, as you can see, I’ve created an inspiration board for my guest appearance on The Knotty Bride.  With the board, I’ll give a little description of the mood, along with the colors and a suggested bouquet, as well as a centerpiece.

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Inspiration Board – The Neutrals

The tailored look of this board is best for the minimalist couple or the couple who does not want to use a lot of color.  By limiting the amount of colors used, the focus will immediately be on the most important details.  To create this look, pick a subdued color palette; one similar to the palette in the board below, and limit the “fuss.”  Choose items that are unique, like the double hearts and wings in the board, to keep it interesting.

The anchor color in this palette is espresso, however you should limit your use of it so it does not become overpowering.  Keep that in mind when creating your color palette for your own wedding.  Neutrals do not have to be boring and can have a splash of the unexpected!  Today’s splash of unexpected will be nature’s most popular color… green!

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The Bouquet

Your dress is most likely off white or white and your palette is espresso, vanilla, bronze, antique silver, and latte.  Your bouquet needs to have a little “oomph” to it for it to pop.  The perfect compliment would be another “natural” color like green.  Have your florist add interesting details like ferns, feathers, and various succulents so that your bouquet stands out from the rest of the floral arrangements in the wedding.

Also, remember to hold your bouquet higher than your hips, but lower than your, ehhem, girls!

Ardesigns on Etsy

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The Boutonniere

We often overlook the gents.  As small as a boutonniere might be, it can still be a reflection of his style.  I often hear grooms say they had no idea what their boutonniere was going to look like.  Just because you do not think he might care, show him some of the ideas you are thinking of and let him choose (out of your choices, of course) which one he prefers.

Remember, he is the reason why you are getting married so ask him and be nice! :)

From left: Style Unveiled / The Preternatural Bride via Modern Bride / The Knot / Pomp & Plumage on Etsy / Pomp & Plumage on Etsy / Style Unveiled

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The Centerpiece

I love to keep the theme throughout the decor, but on the reception tables, I like to mix it up and do something a little different.  Keeping the colors in the same palette, mix unexpected elements like succulents, river rocks, and feathers.  Scour your local flea markets and antique shops for unique containers.  Do not be afraid to experiment.  That’s the fun part!

From left: Cheap & Quirky / Bowl of Oranges / The Knot / Once Wed / Ruffled Blog

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The Details

Ah, the details!  This is when you can have fun!  Think outside the box; keep it interesting, and fun!  Remember to let your personalities (both of you!) shine through!

From left: The Knot / Modern Wedding / Once Wed / Veranda / Once Wed / Once Wed

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So, there you have it!  You can turn a very neutral palette into something spectacular without going overboard with lots of colors.  Add just one color can truly give your entire wedding that “pop!”

I hope that these tips and ideas inspire you to create your very own magical wedding!


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  1. Super Burbs on October 8, 2010

    NAOMI! This is out of control fabulous! Neutrals are just so fabulous and we all know how Alison feels about succulents!

  2. TheDemoiselle on October 8, 2010

    Enchanting darling – just like you!! Love the pretty sage and grass greens blended in… soft, rustic and beautiful. Your inspiration boards ROCK!

  3. Postcards and pretties on October 8, 2010

    naomi this is BANANAS!! i love every single little detail in this post.. neutrals are my absolute fav!! ♥

  4. Megan Acosta on October 8, 2010

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! That cake blows my mind! Amazing job Naomi!

  5. Kim @BrideGoggles on October 8, 2010

    OMG amazing! Floating off on a Friday inspiration cloud :)

  6. Naomi on October 8, 2010

    Thanks everyone! It was a blast to create something special…I’m so happy with the results! We all know Alison is a succulent fan! xo

  7. Alicia @CharityWedding on October 8, 2010

    Naomi!!! This is fantastic! Neutral is So classy and can still be interesting, you proved that!!

  8. lunaandchloeweddings on October 8, 2010

    Yes sissy, this is BANANAS!!! I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything about this guest post! It is so inspiring…shows everyone how to do it! And I adore the neutral color palette that you started with…the board is fabulous! And that bouquet – perfection! My dear, I think you are on to something here. And I adore what Kim said…floating off on a Friday inspiration cloud…pretty much sums it all up for me too!! Amazing post!


  9. Type A Paper&Design on October 8, 2010

    Beautiful—I love this! Everything about it is so glamorous, without going over the top. (So often, I think people mistake “busy” for “glamorous.”)

    The reminder about how to hold a bouquet is especially key—I’ve seen a way too many brides (and bridesmaids!) hold their bouquets like microphones.

  10. Heather @ Maple Glen Design on October 8, 2010

    Beautiful job, Naomi! Love the ideas that this inspires for any bride-to-be and the information you provide is perfect. Very classy!

  11. Brancoprata on October 8, 2010

    ahhh great … now i want to get married and have this for inspiration!!!! thanks … a LOT mrs G!!!! ;)) seriously Naomi this is such a perfect way to be inspired!! You used some amazing details like the table numbers and the succulents….ohhh the succulents…. one word come to my mind…. yes, that’s it!!!!!!!! BA-NA-NAS…. a all bunch of them!!!

  12. Wendy on October 8, 2010

    Can’t stop smiling. You’ve arrived…save some inspiration for my NEXT secret wedding. ;) Proud indeed, my friend.

  13. Naomi on October 9, 2010

    No not yet…but when I do you…you will know ;-)

  14. TenThouBride on October 9, 2010

    So beautiful! The green really pops against the neutrals!

  15. Kate Holland on October 9, 2010

    Naomi… you knocked it out of the park with this one… as if you couldn’t be ‘knotty’ enough :-) I’m a neutral girl through and through… it might be safe but there’s so much you do with it to elevate it. That bottom board is pure heaven!!! Job well done xoxo

  16. Aleah + Nick Valley on October 9, 2010

    Gorgeous, Naomi! The bouquet + the succulents!!

  17. Michal on October 11, 2010

    Love the unicorn charm and pheasant feathers in the bouquet… fabulous!

  18. Erin*Sparkle&Hay on October 11, 2010

    OMG – this is neutral perfection! Beyond love it!!

  19. The Realistic Nutritionist on October 11, 2010

    I love the succulents, and the nuetral colors are just TO DIE FOR. You are amazing dear.

  20. christine on May 11, 2012

    i wanted to have a purple theme wedding at first, but kinda looking at doing neutral colors. what do you think about adding lavender colors instead of green?

    and what about the groomsmen – what sort of color will match a neutral theme? brown and grey?

    any tips and advice?
    many thanks,

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