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19 Things We Love From Real Weddings

19 Things We Love From Real Weddings

Out of the hundreds of weddings we’ve seen in 2019, these elements stood out as some of our favorites. Borrow these ideas for your own big day.

Raise the Roof

When planning your wedding decor, don’t forget to look up! For Lisa Graham and Josh Dunn’s November 17, 2018, wedding at The Joule, planner and designer Sara Fay Egan of Sara Fay Egan Events says, “We wanted a lush feel that would be dramatic for the rooftop ceremony space and easily transform into the dance floor canopy.” This wisteria-covered ceiling did the trick.

Tie the Knot

Folded Napkins folded napkinsNo detail is too small to make a big impact. For proof, see Mary Grace Seaton and Nicholas Myers’ January 5, 2019 wedding (top) and Lauren Wicke and Marc Richardson’s October 12, 2018, nuptials. Napkins were folded to look like a bow-tie and rose, respectively, to further drive home the overall vibe of the table decor. Brilliant!

La Vie en Blanc

It’s hard to go wrong with a clean, classic color palette. While all-white florals have been en vogue for some time, we’re loving the fresh twist of white attire—and not just on the brides. Bride Grace Geurin opted for white bridesmaid dresses for her June 16, 2018, wedding to George Bradley, creating a monochromatic scheme. Grooms Shaun Haynes and Derek Smith also went with matching white tuxedo jackets for their October 6, 2018, nuptials. (Attendants in white is actually a historical choice, proving what’s old will one day be new again!)

The New Backdrop

Wedding backdrop Wedding backdrop

Frame the end of an aisle, your sweetheart table, or a reception photo booth with a modern, floral-accented backdrop. For their October 14, 2018, wedding, Jordan Roberts and Nathan Pinkerton (top) used a simple house-shaped structure, while Veronica Faus and Jason Hackett opted for a triangular shape at their May 5, 2018, celebration.

Neon Moon

Wedding neon sign

Let your love glow with a custom neon sign, like Kelsey Booth and Nick Dell, whose May 19, 2018, nuptials featured a neon number emblazoned with their newly shared last name. (The same design was featured on their custom cocktail glasses.) Don’t want to commit to commissioning a piece of your own? Neon of Dallas now offers rentals, so you can get the look for less! (

A Page (Boy) From Their Book

wedding ring bearerIf this isn’t aww-worthy, we don’t know what is: At their October 20, 2018, wedding, Victoria Ahmadi and Andrew Smith’s adorable ring bearer donned a classic page boy outfit. We love this return to traditional children’s attire at weddings. In head-to-toe white, your young helpers will look positively angelic!

Artistic Edge

Post impressionist photography

The latest trend we’re seeing in tabletops is right out of the Post Impressionist period. Still-life inspired tablescapes featuring intentionally messy runners dotted with fruit, candles, and loose florals make for an unfussy effect that’s worthy of an oil painting. We especially love how Cecily Charles and Kyle Montgomery captured the look at their November 17, 2018, wedding.

Make an Exit

We love the tradition of a bride changing out of her gown before jetting off with her new beau on their honeymoon. Though most modern couples don’t hit the airport terminal for another day or more, we’re happy to see the return of the classic getaway outfit. Bride Callie Hunter’s lace-up pantsuit was the perfect way to put a bow on her May 19, 2018, wedding to Lorne Ramoni. Want to nab her look? Try this lace number from Justin Alexander (available at Bridal Boutique).

Queen for a Day

Thank Will, Kate, Harry, and Meghan for this trend—we’re seeing more formal, seated group portraits starring the bride, groom, and bridal parties. As demonstrated by bride Merideth Coker and her bridesmaids at her June 2, 2018, wedding to Brandon Howarth, it’s a timeless, elegant look that’s right out of the royals’ playbook.

Sneak Peek

Give your guests a hint of what’s to come by echoing your wedding-day aesthetic on your invitations. Whether it’s incorporating the flowers or colors you plan to use, or—as Ashley Powell and Robert Spence did for their October 13, 2018, wedding at the Dallas Arboretum—including an illustration of the venue itself, it’s a beautiful way to make the entire event feel cohesive.

Fancy a Cuppa?

Jordan Roberts and Nathan Pinkerton’s October 14, 2018, wedding at the Cliff House included a fun, frothy touch: a coffee bar for guests to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for something to serve in lieu of alcohol or just want to give guests extra motivation to stay on the dance floor all night, we love the custom touch a caffeinated station provides.

Through the Trees

We’re fans of going big on greenery in wedding arrangements, but this takes the cake! Bride Katie Ballard’s December 30, 2017, wedding to Ben Kardell included stunning magnolia tree centerpieces. Inspired by trees surrounding the bride’s family home, florist Ed Blissard came up with the unique idea at the last minute and teamed up with planner Emily Clarke Events to make it happen—even sawing the trees down themselves!

All Things Green

No matter how it’s used, green is our favorite accent color of the year—and it’s not even close. Sarah Brawner and Joseph White opted for deep green seating at their December 8, 2018, wedding, while groom Jason Hackett wore a suit of the same shade to his May 5, 2018, wedding to Veronica Faus. Below, in lieu of a true bridal party, bride Callan Harrison (who wed Jared Vanlandingham on September 15, 2018) asked her closest friends to be part of her “bride tribe,” allowing them to wear green gowns of their choosing.

Make It Yours

Personalized touches make a wedding truly memorable. Pennsylvania native Dr. Lauren Zammerilla had never experienced the State Fair of Texas until then-boyfriend and native Texan Chart Westcott took her for a date. It became an annual tradition for the couple. Cut to their May 26, 2018, wedding, where they treated guests to a State Fair–themed after party, including fair foods, a neon Big Tex, and a spinning carnival wheel (pictured).

Double Duty

You’ve worked hard planning the perfect day—make your decor work just as hard by serving dual purposes! The individual cheese boards at Chandler Havens and Cason Sherrod’s October 27, 2018, wedding also acted as place cards at each place setting. Smart—and delicious.

The Library Look

Flip the switch on traditional tabletop lighting with lamp centerpieces. This bookish choice—seen at left at Alison Gross and Pete Dale’s September 15, 2018, wedding—is the perfect way to start the next chapter. Get the look with our favorite local rental options below.

Back in Black

Forget the outdated belief that you shouldn’t wear black to a wedding. Modern brides—like Rebecca Ross, who wed Jon Dunphy on December 1, 2018—are embracing the formal, flattering shade for their bridal parties. We love the stark contrast it provides to the bride’s crisp white dress. (Try this asymmetrical Bari Jay dress, available at Beside the Bride and Bella Bridesmaids.)

Just Encase

Bring on the drama with tall glass candelabras, like these seen at Madison Cole’s October 20, 2018, wedding to Garrett Cook. Not only do these provide stunning natural lighting, but the glass-encased tapers are a great way to get around many indoor venues’ no-open-flame policy.

Keeping It Simple

Proof that you don’t have to have over-the-top florals to make a statement: Tables at Kendall Adams and Chad Scott’s August 25, 2018, wedding featured a variety of monochromatic, often single-stem arrangements that pack a visual punch. Bonus: The low arrangements allow for easy conversation between guests.

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