Wedding planning can definitely be fun, but goodness knows it can also be stressful. Enter the much-needed bachelorette celebration — a chance for the bride to get together with her best girls and take the edge off! Whether you’re kicking it in a weekend getaway or opting for a backyard picnic celebration, we’ve rounded up 20 of our favorite classy, non-tacky bachelorette party ideas:
We simply can’t get enough of this Love is Brewing coffee bar inspiration from Alabama photographer Photos by Heart. Soft pink blooms and light airy draping provide the perfect frame for a bar cart filled with delectable sweets to eat and drink. Here’s an easy entertaining idea for a day catching up with your bridesmaids or bridal shower idea:
What could be more fun than rosé on the rooftop with your girl gang? Danielle Poff Photography and The Petal Co. collaborated on this fab dinner party inspo that we think would be magical for a bridal shower, baby shower, Galentine’s party… anything! We’ll take any excuse for a cute cake with hearts on it, that’s for sure.
What better way to celebrate an upcoming destination wedding than throwing a bridal shower with a taste of Hawaii? The Maid of Honor brought on event designer Claudette Marie Events to bring her vision to life, including a striking lasercut backdrop and mid-century touches. Parrish House Photos took control behind the camera, while Amborella Floral Studio made the lovely floral arrangements!
Today we’re sharing a modern + handcrafted bridal shower inspiration in partnership with Birch & Goldberry. The trio behind this Houston TX company offers fine handpainted gift wrap, artisanal soaps and candles, making for a one-shop for creating your bridesmaid gift kits. We took inspiration from these girl bosses and these items to dream up of a fun bridal brunch that you can recreate yourself — with how-tos below!
Shot by the talented Emily Elizabeth Photo, this sleek + modern design from DIY contributor and Event Stylists ENLY Designs drew us in right from the start. From the hand stitched placemats to the hexagonal table runner to the triangular chandelier, we’d fall right down the rabbit hole if it led to a paper-filled wonderland like this. This vignette most definitely has a wow-factor, and we can’t imagine a more perfect setting for getting together with your girls.
See how to make the abstract place mat here!
You may be wondering just how to present the question, and we have a solution for you. After a little bit of wining + dining, curated gift boxes are a fun and unique way to spread the love and provide these very important people with something truly memorable. Our ideal gift box would include a soy candle, abstract soap bar, heartfelt note and confetti of course! Oh, and complete with bubbly upon delivery.
See how to make the menu cards here:
The common denominator of all these amazing DIYs is Birch & Goldberry. They have a wide array of products you can incorporate into a shower like this, and as the Paper & Packaging Board reminded us last month, the crafting possibilities with paper are endless (check out this easy paper backdrop DIY if you’re looking for something more to decorate a bridal brunch). The wrap collection featured in today’s shoot is The Neutrals, though their other wrap bundles are speckled with purples, greens and even sky blues to provide a visual symphony worth talking about. These papers have a thick texture that is wonderful for fine crafts as well as gift wrapping.
See how to make the Triangular Chandelier here:
Thank you, Birch & Goldberry for providing these handcrafted gifts + gift wrap patterns. Head over to their site for more gift ideas for your ladies!
We just love sharing bridal showers here at Ruffled! Today we’re sharing one styled by Beijos Events, who actually threw the shower for her own sister with the help of their mother. The theme was the bride’s favorite drink, rosé (rosé all day!), which lent itself to the prettiest color palette imaginable. Luckily for us, Yasmin Sarai was there to capture it all!
From the event designers, Beijos Events: I recently threw a bridal shower with my mom for my sister Janna at my parent’s home in Northern California. The theme was Rosé in honor of my sister’s favorite alcoholic beverage ;) We went super pretty and romantic with lots of pink/blush florals and pretty greenery. It was a small gathering of close family and a few friends.
There are oodles of reasons to love today’s styled shoot, but chief among them is the fact that it doubles as a stylish bridal luncheon and also a portrait session for the bride and groom. Allison Marie Photography, Weddings by Hannah, and Branches and Twigs pooled their talents to create a gorgeous event for the bride and her ‘maids, complete with incredible floral decor and all, then had the groom join the bride outside for some dreamy shots of the couple.
From the photographer, Allison Marie: Inspired by the beautiful architecture and grounds at Longview Mansion, the designers and I created a vision for this inspirational bridal luncheon. It would be an event the bride would host to celebrate the beautiful friendships she has with her bridesmaids, and would include toasts, decadent treats and gifts.
The details and attire for the shoot were inspired by feminine, earthy details. The bride wore a stunning floral necklace, and the bridesmaids were gifted with one-of-a-kind flower rings. After the bridal luncheon portion of the shoot, I was able to photograph the model bride and groom outside for photos. I am still amazed by how all the aspects of this shoot came together so perfectly, and it was an honor to work with such talented wedding vendors!!
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We couldn’t quite contain our excitement when we saw today’s styled shoot from Philadelphia dream team Danfredo Photos + Films, Styled for Love, and Kate Farley Design. The group styled this boho chic LGBT bridal shower with endless pops of color, pompom details, and sweet details like customized acrylic straws that would make awesome party favors!
From Desi + Kori of Styled for Love: There was a lot of intention behind the concept of this shoot. First and foremost, we wanted to provide ideas for gay couples looking for stylish direction in the wedding planning process, along with inspiring all couples interested in hosting a modern and non-traditional celebration. We decided to create a “Will you be our bridal party?” lunch in arguably the most beautiful structure on the Terrain at Styers property, The Mushroom Hut. The vine-covered exterior is often the most photographed so we wanted to bring the party inside this magical space.
Drawing inspiration from West-Coast wedding design, we wanted to take the most light-hearted approach possible. After discovering the beautiful chandelier from Parcel, we knew had found our color palette. We crafted bright, fun design elements to decorate every nook and cranny of the rustic space. Dovetail Rentals provided lounge furniture that perfectly suited the theme along with a table made for a feast among friends. To further the whimsy, personalized Krazy Straws served as place cards. We created and wrapped flip books with the couple asking, “will you be in our bridal party?” and left them at each place setting. Kate Farley’s gorgeous centerpieces rounded out the unique tablescape.
If this Dolce and Gabbana inspired wedding that we shared earlier got you weak in the knees, then the bridal shower the bride had is just what the doctor ordered. The bride, who is also an Event Designer herself at RDT Events + Beauty, left her secret garden inspired bridal shower in the hands of stylist Melissa Baum Events and Mango Studios was there to capture it. Just wait until you get a peek at that wedding cake!
From the bride, Renata: I had my vision of a “Secret Garden” but knew as the bride, I couldn’t do it all myself so I co-produced and styled my bridal shower along with my talented friend Melissa, (of Melissa Baum Events) – as 2 heads are better than one! Together we took my vision of a Secret Garden and we made it grow into something beautiful.
A secret garden is just that – a garden full of secrets and whimsical elements. We enlisted Becky from Blush and Bloom to create a garden oasis. We wanted to mimic the entrance to a secret garden so guests entered by passing through a gorgeous garland draping the front doors. Mixed blooms, birds, vintage book pages, moss and more filled the tables. Keeping with the theme, each table featured “secrets” about Renata’s bridesmaids. The head table had hanging globes atop of it with blooms draping down and out of the globes.
The stunning sweet table was filled with yummy desserts from Nadia & Co ~ that all sat atop a vintage desk, from Key Event Rentals. It featured hand painted pink macarons, pink popcorn, candy apples and a cake that was truly a work of art. The sweet table was complete with signage by Anista Designs. I handmade our moss guest board (with real moss!) and the vintage escort cards, also made by Anista Designs, were attached to vintage keys. As guests said their goodbyes, they had hand wrapped soaps in hand with custom labels reading “Soap Glad You Could Come!” Mango Studios captured our event so perfectly!
Here at Ruffled we enjoy sharing all aspects of wedding planning and inspiration, so of course we’re excited to bring you this real bridal shower event at California’s Jefferson Street Mansion captured by Inkspot Photography. Luckily we’ve got the bride’s matron of honor with us to share all the planning details, so let’s jump on in!
From the Matron Of Honor: Jefferson Street Mansion set the backdrop for this elegant bridal shower with subtle kitsch details everywhere you turned. Featuring custom hand painted signage created on chalkboard in vintage frames and a unique stained wood welcome sign inspired by the couple’s invitations. I can never rave enough about Bee Curious Designs’ lovely signage! We loved the calligraphy they did on our hand-picked river rocks used as placeholders.
We transformed antique drawers from a storage locker found at a flea market for centerpieces. Our mimosa and punch table was decorated with vintage cookbooks & oatmeal tins. I’m in love with the sequined and floral lace table linens and photo booth backdrop from Candy Crush Events! They really had all the designs to pick from that we could ever envision for this special day! The mansion provided mahogany chairs, antique silver serving pieces and monogrammed gold lined plates and flutes for our light salad bar lunch. Our bride Melanie wore a fresh lavender head wreath tied with ribbon that smelled heavenly for the photo booth and gift opening. Each guest was welcome to grab a fresh Krispy Kreme donut for dessert and one to take home, and a cup of Peets coffee. And what would a bridal shower be without giant white balloons tied up with gold and navy striped ribbons?!
Location: Benicia, CA / Photographer: Inkspot Photography / Venue: Jefferson Street Mansion / Signage: Bee Curious Designs / Photo Booth Backdrop and Specialty Tablecloths: Candy Crush Shop / Invitations: KFIVE
What better excuse to dress up in your frilliest dress and have a tea party than a sweet bridal shower? Event planners Everly Deer went all-out to throw a shower for one of their own teammates, Cassi, and they took on an Alice in Wonderland theme with endless whimsical details. Thanks to Jessie Holloway Photography for capturing the day!
From the event designers, Everly Deer: This event was extra special to us because we were celebrating our very own Cassi at her Bridal Tea Party! We had so much fun planning every detail of this event to create the perfect tea party for our gorgeous bride-to-be. Each guest had their own Wonderland inspired place setting, unique chair to sit in, the most adorable finger foods, and a flavored tea of their choice. Every inch of the long table was oozing with beautiful vintage finds and quirky knickknacks. Everyone gathered around to watch Cassi open her lovely gifts in front of this gorgeous wall that we decorated to make for a whimsical backdrop. We so love creating memories of events that will last a lifetime, even our own! A huge thank you to the incredible Jessie Holloway Photography for capturing every detail, and to everyone who came out to spend the afternoon in Wonderland celebrating the bride-to-be! Dearest congrats to you, Cassi!
Cozying up with some warm apple cider + doughnut holes and getting your craft on with your besties – doesn’t it sound like a fun bridal shower idea for a winter bride? Lauren Wells Events and Krissy of Pollen Floral Design recently threw such an event at Fenway West Elm captured by Cambria Grace Photography, where they taught their guests how to make some supremely cute mugs and flower arrangements. The best part? These hand-decorated mugs and plates would double as amazing bridesmaid or bridal shower gifts!
From the stylist, Lauren Wells: Krissy Price from Pollen Floral Design and I hosted a styling workshop at West Elm a few weeks back. I styled the table, and in lieu of “placecards,” personalized each person’s plate with a porcelain pen, writing why I was thankful for them. Krissy designed the flowers for the table as well. We then showed everyone how to bring two of those DIYs to life – the floral centerpiece, and DIY porcelain mugs. It is the perfect season for steaming cups of cocoa and hot, spiced teas, and I thought these mugs would make a thoughtful (and inexpensive!) gift for the holidays.
For this project, you will need:
-plain porcelain mug
-porcelain pens (we used these)
-carbon paper (optional)
1. Make sure your mug is clean and completely dry, and make sure your pens are fully shaken and blotted.
2. Get creative, and start drawing! You can freehand it (as shown in the images), or you can use carbon paper to trace a monogram or other detailed image. (If using carbon paper, just tape the carbon side to the mug, and the image you want to trace on top, face up. Use a pencil or another sharp point to trace over the image, and then remove the carbon paper. Trace over the carbon lines with a porcelain pen. The first time you place your mug in a dishwasher, the remainder of the carbon will wash off)
3. Once you are done, let sit for 24 hours.
4. Bake as directed on the pen (bake temperatures and times vary based on pen brand).
5. Let sit 72 hours, then place in the dishwasher.
Fill up that mug with your favorite hot drink, and enjoy!
Shoot Location: Boston, MA / Photography: Cambria Grace Photography / Event Design, Styling and Porcelain Mug DIY: Lauren Wells Events / Floral Design: Pollen Floral Design / Venue: West Elm Fenway / Donuts: Union Square Donuts
I love a good bridal shower. Not only are they great parties in themselves, but they can often translate into stellar wedding design. This bridal shower, photographed by Weddings by Scott and Dana and designed by When Pigs Fly Events with help from Layers of Lovely, takes the bridal shower and adds a fun twist of cookie decorating for all the guests!
From Courtney of When Pigs Fly Events: Ashley sent us a beautiful color palette of blush, pinks, seafoam green, turquoise, and gold and asked us to create a girly, whimsical bash. The bride owns an organic dog treat company, so we thought it would be fun to have a mannequin walking balloon dogs to greet the the guests at the door. We wanted the room to sparkle so we brought in sequined linens and giant balloons with lovely tinseled ribbons.
We handmade a ribbon backdrop for the dessert bar, ribbon garlands, and ribbon drops for the backs of the chairs. Guests enjoyed a specialty mimosa bar and sipped from diy glittered glasses. Each place setting held a gold sequined clutch filled with flowers. The lounge couch was tufted with diamonds. Special photos were strung on a vintage piece showing memories of the bride and each guest. Lace parasols adorned the tables, adding texture to the room. Of course, we had to bring in luxe ostrich feathers for that full Vegas charm! We loved working with our dazzling bride-to-be!
Event Location: Las Vegas, NV / Photographer: Weddings by Scott and Dana / Event Design, Planning, and Paper Goods: When Pigs Fly Events / Floral Design: Layers of Lovely / Venue: Red Rock Country Club / Cake: Las Vegas Custom Cakes / Vintage Rentals: The Wooden Trunk / Props and Furniture Rentals: Layers of Lovely and When Pigs Fly Events / Linens: La Tavola / Harpist: Wendy Blanc
Bridal showers can be done in some may different ways these days. Some of my favorite bridal Shower Luncheon Inspiration ideas are the interactive ones, like having a wine tasting class or a spa day. But this one dreamed up by Lauren Belovely ranks at the top for me: terrarium making luncheon, at the beautiful Terrain! Playing dress up with party dresses by Durga-Kali, this bridal luncheon would also be lovely as a bridal shower. Thank you Jacquelyne Mae Photography for the images!
Be sure to check out the behind the scenes filmed by Willow Tree Films:
Styling, Concept, Design, Florals and Stationery: Belovely / Photographer: Jacquelyne Mae Photography / Videographer: Willow Tree Films / Make Up: Casey of Dylan Michael Cosmetics / Dresses: Durga-Kali / Venue & Catering: Terrain, Glen Mills PA
It turns out that not only is Julie Harmsen one talented photographer, she also knows how to throw one heck of a bridal shower. For her friend Nicole’s celebration party, Julie brought together vintage details with a bit of Parisian flair and quirkiness for one picture-perfect shower. Evidently Nicole is known for her retro style, and we can see why — couldn’t you just live in her vintage frock from Pretty Parlor?
From the photographer, Julie Harmsen: Nicole is a total babe and is always wearing a fabulous vintage piece of clothing along with stunning red lips. She loves gold and is also spending her honeymoon in France so I wanted to incorporate those two things into the shower. Googling inspiration for Parisian themed parties brings up a lot of cheesy things and I wanted to be sure to gently incorporate the Parisian elements rather than batting the party over the head with it. I downloaded a free Parisian themed font for her wedding invite and printed it on top of some already made Paper Source gold dotted invitations.
We didn’t want to go heavy on the shower games either and just had one questionnaire finding out who knows Nicole and her fiance, Nate, the best. In the design of those I incorporated the simple black and white stripes that is often seen in Parisian design. We snacked on macarons, lemon tarts, croissants, cheeses, chocolate treats and sipped champagne. The gold vases were my favorite diy craft and I purchased them at Archie McPhee and found some other various vases at Goodwill. Some of the vases I taped half of them and then spray painted the untaped half, then peeled away the tape once dry. I was thrilled with how it turned out. The vases with the drips was done by holding the spray can directly over the vase until it collected enough paint and started to drip down the side. The glitter vases was done the same way with the tape and the I sprayed glue adhesive and sprinkled gold sparkles on it. To add some pops of color I bought some tulips and pussy willow from the Pikes Place Market and ranunculas from another market, arranging them together. I had the blue vintage fabric in the back of my car and threw it on the food table to add a vintage aspect.
Bubbly and Baubles. Inspired by Sarah Vonne jewelry, photographer Jen Meneghin, and stylists Sarah Tillges, & Tara Bailie decided to create a wedding setting with a minimalistic preppy chic look. A bubbly and baubles theme could really go bridal shower, bachelorette party or wedding…or all three.
From Jen Meneghin: We decided to do a progressive bridal-shoot (with bride only) to show the transition of looks:
For the first look (ceremony) we started with an elegant bridal gown (Angel Sanchez), simple tear-drop earrings, and black pointed toe pumps. We kept her hair and makeup very modern with the french twist and the thick lashes/bold red lip. The bridal boutique was all white floral with black/white ribbon and gold sequin accents. We wanted to highlight the dress and jewelry for this portion but did incorporate a few geronimo balloons to go with the mod style. We found the balloons at a local party store and made the tassels from tissue paper.
The second look (reception) we added a black belt to the dress and kept the hair/makeup the same. We had a party table setup with a black/white striped table cover, gold/white tassels on the front, and all black/white/gold colored treats/drinks.
The final (after party) look we had our bride put on a gold sequined dress, black tights, and black pumps. We kept the hair the same but switched up the lip to a nude color.
Styled Shoot Creators: Jen Meneghin, Sarah Tillges, & Tara Bailie / Photographer: Jen Meneghin Photography / Jewelry: Sarah Tillges of Sarah Vonne / Floral: Tara Bailie of A Day in Provence / Makeup: Romeny Chan & Alice Bernman of Castor & Pollux / Hair: Ashley Haley of Bangbang Salon – Minneapolis / Dress: Angel Sanchez from Sixpence Boutique / Wedding Cake: Shauna Younge Dessert Tables / Stationery: Armato Design / Model: Anne Murphey
It’s rare that we’re able to share real bridal showers here at Ruffled, but it’s just as rare that we’re able to peek into showers as pretty as this one! When photographer Alyse French learned her sister Lorae was newly engaged, she knew she wanted to put together something truly special to celebrate. I’m loving the fabric-wrapped eucalyptus soap favors and all of the gorgeous floral arrangements from Hannah Elissa Floral Design & Event Styling!
From the photographer, Alyse: As a photographer, I don’t often find myself on the planning end of things. But when I learned that my sister Lorae was engaged to the man of her dreams, I jumped right in! I worked closely with Hannah Elissa Floral Design & Event Styling to dream up the vision for this shower. We wanted long tables, florals in creams and pastels, gorgeous linens, gold Chiavari chairs, a photobooth, a guest sign-in, and a special seat for Lorae to open all of her gifts.
Our sign-in table showcased a gold saffian wedding guest book via Paper Source, antique candlesticks and the prettiest floral arrangement. We displayed an invitation by Jessie Burns of BURNSBRITE | Design & Letterpress, who also designed ALL of our party signage. And we can’t forget our handmade eucalyptus soap favors!
The shower was held on our side lawn, beside a DIY photobooth crafted from a curtain rod and streamers. We used a side-table to display flowers, candles, a fun sign, and props. For our gift table, we used an old dresser. Jessie designed another sign per gift placement. And Hannah created the most beautiful ribbon swag for a gift-opening chair. The main party area showcased all sorts of prettiness, with gold Chiavari chairs, napkins, silverware, and glasses rented from Cooperstown Event Rentals. I also purchased some striped fabric from Carousel Designs which was fashioned into table runners!
There was no end to the helpfulness of Hannah Elissa Floral Design. She beautifully arranged roses, hydrangea, dusty miller, celosia, gomphrena, sweet pea and Queen Anne’s lace (Lorae’s favorite) in nine trifle bowls! Hannah also contributed gold votives. The remaining pieces contributed by Jessie of BURNSBRITE included “He Says/She Says” game cards (folded inside our napkins), individual name cards, and labels for our food and dessert tables.
Event Location: Sharon Springs, NY / Photographer: Alyse French Photography / Venue: Private Residence / Flowers: Hannah Elissa Floral Design & Event Styling / Table Runner Fabric: Carousel Designs / Chairs, Napkins, Silverware, and Glasses: Cooperstown Event Rentals / Guestbook: Paper Source / Stationery: Jessie Burns of BURNSBRITE | Design & Letterpress
With tables full of corals and sea shell elements, Amber Karson Events and team planned a spa day to remember for bride Teresa and her important ladies in her wedding. We love how this could translate into the chicest of bridal showers for a much deserved rest and relaxation before the wedding. All captured by Abby Jiu, whose images left us daydreaming of mimosas by the pool.
From the event designer, Amber of Amber Karson Events: There is nothing we quite enjoy more than a relaxing day at the spa with friends. Pampering oneself before your big day is recommended to release pre-wedding stress, jitters and to re-energize for the long days ahead! A spa service is also always a great bridesmaid gift! To kick off a three day weekend of San Diego wedding festivities, our bride Teresa asked us to organize a very special spa day and luncheon for the VIP ladies in her bridal party and family. La Costa Resort & Spa was a perfect venue for the relaxing afternoon.
Personalized tote bags were waiting in each bridesmaid’s locker when they checked in. After services, Teresa’s VIP ladies were invited to the beautiful spa patio for a private luncheon. A seashell wreath adorned the bride’s chair. Vintage shell stamps on the invitation introduced the party’s theme and color palette.
Studio Fiore’s gorgeous centerpiece include lush florals and starfish & coral accents. Spa-inspired cocktails were dressed up with monogrammed paper coasters & sea shell picks to hold fruit garnishes.
Shoot Location: Carlsbad, CA / Event Design and Planning: Amber Karson Events / Wedding Photographer: Abby Jiu / Venue and Caterer: La Costa Resort and Spa / Flowers: Studio Fiore / Linens: La Tavola / Monogram Paper Coasters: Preppy Plates / Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy / Tote Bags: iomoi / Swim Cap: Headcovers.com
We love it when bridesmaids run wild with ideas for a bridal shower, so we were delighted when this styled shoot from Grit + Gold landed in our inbox! Lottie took the idea of “milk maids” and ran with it, creating a flavored milk station, a spread of gourmet cheeses and scones, and ice cream cartons. We’re also huge fans of the “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” handkerchiefs!
From the event stylist, Lottie: I have been scheming up a sweet little shoot that is solely focused on bridesmaids just having fun. Finally, it has arrived. With the help of great friends, one sweet little house belonging to The Wooly Thistle and lots of farm critters, behold! This shoot is so southern, it’s breathtaking. Details include a flavored milk station, Blue Bell mini carton ice cream setup, one sweet and southern porch table setting, gourmet variety cheeses, pancakes, biscuits, farm fresh eggs, ahh! Everything sweet about the south, all in one shoot! Stationary details by Southern Fried Paper include custom “Will you be my Bridesmaid” vintage hankies, paper banners, place cards and cookie favor milk cartons.
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Event Stylist: Grit + Gold / Wedding Photographer: Stephanie Rose Photography / Wedding Flowers: The Wooly Thistle / Wedding Stationery: Southern Fried Paper / Hair and Makeup: Queen of Crowns / Cookies: Cupcake Fabulous / Vintage Rentals: Rent My Dust / Rental Styling: Jen Rios Design
It’s been quite a while since we’ve featured a bridal shower here at Ruffled, and we’re delighted to share this inspiration styled by Desiree Russo and photographed by Meghan Christine! What’s a more relaxing idea for a bridal shower than drinking mimosas and nibbling on macaroons in the middle of a sweet English garden?
From the stylist, Desiree of Desiree Russo Weddings: We loved the idea of having a vintage yet modern bridal tea party as our theme. We loved having a small intimate tea the bride was able to have a good time with her girls. I also wanted to showcase some amazing home-based business women that I get to work with on a regular basis, as well as our venue was a backyard that also gets rented out. In the economy that we are in sometimes to have a great party you have to pull from what you have to work with and I think we were able to show that in our shoot!
Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):
Wedding Venue: Chateau Marianne / Wedding Photographer: Meghan Christine Photography / Event Stylist: Desiree Russo Weddings / Wedding Flowers: Delphinium Designs / Bride’s Dress: The Gown Swap / Vintage Furniture Rental: Tasteful Tatters / Vintage China Rental: The Vintage Table Co. / Invitations and Paper Goods: LLY Designs / Cake Pops: Miriam Corona Events / Wedding Cake and Scones: Cake Mama / Cake Topper: Melissa of Bling Diva Designs / Hair: Hair by McKenna / Makeup: Signature Skin Care by Shana
This fun shoot styled by Mr. & Mrs. Weddings and Events, and shot by Josh Gull Wedding Photography, is sweeter than honey indeed. With a “Be my honey Bee” concept, a bit of Betty Draper thrown in, gorgeous paper goods by Nico and Lala, and flowers by Amanda Jerkins Design, this fun bridal shower or engagement party theme is perfect for those couples who are inseparable! The black and white striped tablecloth, the metallic gold touches and hexagon cards make me weak in the knees. The hive mini cakes by Sweetface Cakes? Designed to perfection.
From the stylist: When photographer Josh Gull first approached me with the idea of a honey themed shoot based on Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee” my immediate thought, of course, was of twine, burlap and mason jars. As the original inspiration came from a country music hit why not make the shoot very “Nashville” with lots of rustic country charm? I didn’t want the design to be so expected so we decided to go the opposite direction with lots of dramatic color, black and white stripes and glitzy gold accents for a contemporary country vibe.
Being honey bee themed we still wanted to give it an open, fresh outdoor feel so I chose Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN as the location for the shoot. Carnton is a gorgeous property and venue that was once the site of the Battle of Franklin. The area is steeped in history and is the focal point in the novel, The Widow of the South. The breathtaking garden area was the perfect backdrop for the shoot.
We set the shoot up as a mock engagement inspired by the lyrics, “you be my honeysuckle / I’ll be your honey bee,” and most of the signs in the shoot are lyrics from the song. The food and beverages were honey themed with different types of local honey. We decided to pour the honey on floral plates to show the different colors/types of honey we were featuring. We also included a Tennessee signature with the Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey whiskey and a bottle of wine from everyone’s favorite local Nashville-area winery, Arrington Vineyards.
The florist used beautiful gold and brass containers for the centerpieces and small glass vases that mimicked beehives. She did a great job bringing in tons of bold colors and a dramatic flair with the floral design. The baker created the gorgeous beehive cakes and the pretty yellow cupcakes were vanilla with orange blossom honey buttercream – scrumptious!
Wedding Vendors and Venue (Franklin, TN):
Venue: Carnton Plantation / Photographer: Josh Gull Wedding Photography / Stylist: Mr. & Mrs. Weddings and Events / Florist: Amanda Jerkins Design / Cake and Cupcakes: Sweetface Cakes / Paper Products and Design: Nico and Lala / Makeup and Hair: Lisa Ensminger / Jewelry: Kim with Stella and Dot / Rentals: Music City Tents and Events / Linens: BBJ Linen / Models: Philip Lucia and Colby Dee Coskery
We just love when vendors can take a negative and turn it into something so positively beautiful. Event stylist Jessica of Love Bird Style designed an inspiration shoot for a couple who were victims of last year’s flood in Nashville, Tennessee. We adore the idea of turning this into a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or even a wedding reception! Our thanks also goes out to Ulmer Studios for the wonderful photographs.
From the stylist, Jessica: We wanted to create an event that embraced the showers that come with spring and the new life that it brings. We chose to host a “shower” for a couple who were victims of the Nashville flood exactly one year ago. This “shower” theme could easily translate to an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, wedding or even a re-shoot if it does rain on your special day!
Wedding vendors (Nashville, TN):
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With so much attention placed on wedding ceremonies and receptions, it’s nice to take a break and gaze at some design inspiration from the oft-neglected bridal shower. This bridal shower shoot sent to us by Edyta of Edyta Szyszlo Photography is full of color, delicious treats, and amazing decoration ideas. Everything comes together so perfectly for perhaps the sweetest shower we’ve seen yet!
Says Edyta: This is a fun, quirky and deliciously charming bridal shower inspired by all things girlie and gelato — a perfect theme for a spring party! This shoot is full of handmade tissue flowers with real flower accents, tissue flower bracelet corsages for each girl, DIY photobooth backdrop of spray-painted & strung wooden spoons for a fun portraits, custom paper good labels for the gelato containers/invitations/name cards/menus, layers of colors and patterns as table settings complimented by bright poppies in glass jars, and a gelato bar of fruitful toppings and fizzy prosecco floats!
From Edyta and the ladies of Enjoy Events Co.: We were inspired by gelateria style with a modern flair. Warm weather, spring time scents and the craving for a refreshing treat makes for the perfect day-time bridal shower. Seeking inspiration from old European street cafes mixed with vibrant ideas, we chose bright hues to compliment a clean and refreshing palate of white furniture. We focused on creating a fun atmosphere with colorful details for the sweet tooth-at-heart girlie get together. Our goal was to design homespun decor that anyone could re-create, such as DIY tissue flowers, multi-layered place settings and simple flower pieces in recycled jars. The ladies wore custom tailored frocks influenced by Parisian and Italian throwback styles with a hip twist. Custom gelato flavor labels, name cards and menus add a personal touch for the lady of the party. From a DIY monochromatic backdrop behind the gelato bar mixed with cute striped dishware settings, any bride-to-be would love yummy scoops of gelato and refreshing prosecco floats to satisfy her spring time craving!
Wedding vendors (San Francisco, California):
Wedding Photographer: Edyta Szyszlo Photography / Coordination & Design: Enjoy Events Co. / Flowers: La Fleuriste Flower Design / Stationery: Wiley Valentine / Vintage rentals: One True Love Vintage / Girls’ attire: Eel & Ermine / Makeup: Alifa Wong
We’re reaching the final stretch of our DIY entries! All the entries are so amazing, it will be hard for the judges to pick the winners. As a sweet reminder, there is a lot at stake: first place will receive $500, second place will receive a $300 gift card to ModCloth and third place will receive a Silhouette Machine, a $299 value. Judges will be voting based on the following criteria: creativity, budget, originality and level of difficulty (or how easy it is for others to execute the project). To say that it will be hard for them to make a decision is a huge understatement.
Lauren made these bridal shower favor “clutch” boxes out of animal cracker boxes!
List of Materials:
– animal cracker box
– 1 ply poster board/chipboard (from Michaels or Joanns)
– metal-edge ruler & x-acto knife & pencil
– tacky glue & hot glue with gun
– lace ribbon (about 12-14” per box)
– cotton fabric in your color/pattern of choice
– flower template printed out on cardstock
– spray starch
– steam iron
– scraps of contrasting fabric to use for flower backing and flower center
– candy, cookies, goodies to put inside!
Step 1. Disassemble an animal cracker box and lay flat on your 1 ply chipboard. Trace the box and then cut out with an x-acto knife. Cut the slits just like the real cracker box.
Step 2. Use a metal-edge ruler to fold the chipboard where necessary. If you would like to cover your box with patterned paper, do that now, using your box as a template and adhering with tacky glue. Then fold the box together and glue the bottom and side flaps with tacky glue.
Step 3. Using your x-acto knife, cut a ¼” slit on the small sides of the box.
Step 4. Cut about 12-14” of your lace ribbon. Insert each lace end into the slits. Use your x-acto knife to help you wedge in place, if necessary. Lace should be thick enough to stay in place without tying knots.
Step 5. Print out the flower template onto cardstock. Use an x-acto knife to cut out the templates.
Step 6. Trace two small flower templates and two large flower templates onto your fabric. Cut out the flowers with scissors.
Step 7. Place your flowers on an ironing board (or similar surface) and mist them with spray starch. After a few seconds, run an iron over the flowers a few times. The heat activates the spray and your flowers should become stiffer.
Step 8. Cut out each flower petal with scissors.
Step 9. With a small fold, pinch each petal to give it some depth. Use hot glue in the fold to maintain the shape. Repeat steps 11 and 12 with all the small and large petals.
Step 10. Glue five of the small petals back together again.
Step 11. Take the second set of five small petals and glue behind the first set to create depth. Repeat this with the two sets of large petals, so that you are slowly creating a blooming flower.
Step 12. Fold and adhere (with hot glue) a contrasting piece of fabric into the center of the flower. Using the same fabric, cut a small circle and adhere to the back of the flower. This fabric serves to cover your hot glue gun marks.
Step 13. Hot glue your flower to your box wherever you would like it.
Fill your box with candy and enjoy!
We generally don’t post a lot of concept shoots, but we always have the doors open for wedding ideas that are beautiful and that readers will love. The beautiful colors of this lingerie bridal shower shoot organized by a collaboration of several Colorado wedding vendors, are spectacular and the careful details will make you want to see more and more! Thanks to Cori of Cori Cook Floral Design for sharing with us!
Bridal Shower Vendors (Denver and Boulder areas, CO):
Event Planning and Coordination: Rachel at Talia Events / Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral Design (based in San Diego, CA) / Photography: Becky Young Photography / Invitations and Paper-ware: Red Tandem Studio / Cake and Mini-Desserts: Teacup Fine Baked Goods and Confections / Jewelry: Angie Star Jewelry / Linen: Chair Covers and Linens / Lingerie: Pampered Passions / Chairs: Joyful Furniture
Corinne of What a Day! Photography sent over what to me is considered the most fun, boho chic bridal shower! Hawaii could be the one to blame for such a chic laid back vibe. What else do you need besides a glass of bubbly and friends? Love the idea of incorporating lawn games such as croquet.
Amber and Emily of Amber Karson Events recently designed this darling butterfly themed bridal shower with a rustic flair. The maid of honor picked the venue and let the talented ladies of Amber Karson Events do the rest. I am loving the intimate feel of the room and the oh-so-adorable butterfly adorned favors! Check out the wonderful shots below from Abby Jiu Photography. Thanks for sharing, ladies!
From Amber and Emily: To kick off the rustic charm of the event, custom invitations were sent to each guest using colors of moss green and wrapped with twine. We wanted to create a romantic feel to enhance the natural elements such as stone and wood the Harvest Room provides. An array of branches with clusters of flowers and hanging butterflies was the focal point for the long farm style table where guests enjoyed mimosas and Sunday Brunch. Using leftover burlap and twine, we created small favors adorned with a butterfly for each guest.
Bridal Shower Vendors (Washington, DC):
I wanted to leave you with something fun for the weekend! I spotted these vintage VW campers over at one of my favorite blogs, Please sir, and I had to share with my vintage brides. Snail Trail is a company based out of London that rents vintage campers, trailers and even this adorable red Fiat 500 available for special occasions and photoshoots. The first thing that came to mind was how fun it would it be to rent one of these cuties for a bachelorette party? Though the caravans have quite literally a little more mileage than the VW campers and are mostly available for photoshoots only, the VW campers are perfect for road trips. Each camper has their own name and quirky personality, and seats 4-5 people.