Everything You Need for a Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shower

At least once in her lifetime, every girl has to own something by Kate Space. It’s almost a coming-of-age right in life. Kate Spade style represents everything that’s fun and modern with bold prints and bright colors- perfect for a bridal shower!

If you love those iconic colors (black, white, gold, and pink), here’s everything you need to have a Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shower.

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Killer Invitations to Set the Mood

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This invitation lets your guests know your party is trendy and chic, so they should dress accordingly. Ladies who recognize the spade will definitely know they’re in for a glamorous Kate Spade shower! Buy these invitations by LilianaOrocioDesign on Etsy here or get the digital copy here.   (A digital copy/download means that the seller can personalize the copy for you and will send it to you via email. You then print it at home or take it to a copy shop, like Staples, and have it printed.)

Though these two invitations below aren’t specifically linked to Kate Spade, they’ve got that Kate Spade-esque style with black and white stripes, gold, pink, and/or pink florals.

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Get these as a digital download on Etsy.

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And this one from Zazzle here.

Darling Welcome Signs to Greet Your Guests

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This poster, which you can order as a digital download, will help your guests find the party, especially if they’ve never been to the host’s house before.

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We all know the bride is counting down the days till she’s hitched and she’s going to want everyone else to know too! DIY some pink paper flowers and assemble this chic Kate Spade inspired countdown poster created with Cricut.

A Mouthwatering Mimosa Bar

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The devil’s in the details, and one detail not to be overlooked is the mimosa bar! This adorable Mimosa Bar Sign is available as a digital download on Etsy.

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Don’t forget to label your juice carafes with DIY tags like these! Start with some striped paper, and add floral stickers, handwriting with a flourish, and some bright pink ribbon.

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Now all that’s left is a little decor, bubbly, some of your favorite juices, some fruits, and a few champagne glasses. If you’d like to make these glittered champagne bottles, you can find some simple instructions for ones like this or ombre sparkled bottles on Pinterest, or I’ll add a DIY tutorial soon!

Some To Die For Decor

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We continue the theme here with a striped tablecloth, gold silverware and chargers, black plates, pink bow napkins, a gorgeous pink flower arrangement, gold confetti, and some candles. If you’re having just a few guests, a round table or two will be able to seat everyone so that most guest can talk to each other. I prefer round tables for a brunch, since it gives a sense of intimacy among guests.

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{Photo by  Lane Dittoe}

For a lunch/ late brunch, or for more than just a few guests, a long rectangle table will give a striking and more modern look. Though the colors are the same between this and the last table, the vibe is more upscale and elegant with gold crystal, votives, and candle stands. See more of this table from an Intimate Cabo San Lucas Beach Wedding on Style Me Pretty.

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{Photo by Kennedy Grace Photography}

Cuteness overload! This simple decor would be great on a coffee table or gift table. You could even personalize it with mugs spelling out the bride’s name.

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And don’t forget the DIY touches that bring it all together. If you’re concerned about a glittery mess getting everywhere, add a bit of glitter to the water in a clear flower vase. You’ll get a pop of sparkle without the mess.

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Last but not least for decor, the bride’s throne. Dress up a chair with its very own bridal attire. Put your dress designing skills to the test by DIY-ing this with a little tulle and bling.

Games to Get Your Guests Involved

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If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, pearls must be close behind. Buy some plastic diamonds and oversized pearls from your local craft store like Hobby Lobby and put them in a cute container. The guest who guesses closest to the correct amount win a fun prize, like nail polish in one of the party’s colors.

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Put a note in your guests’ invitations asking them to bring a favorite recipe for the bride. This makes a great gift when all the recipes are assembled into a book and guests will love sharing their favorite dishes.

Some Themed Sweet Treats

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Of course you’re going to need a cute Kate Spade inspired cake! Make sure to include the black and white stripes, pink, and gold. Cake 1 by Eva Salazar of Makememycake. Cake 2 by Francisca Neves of Cupcake and photographed by Momento Cativo.

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If your cake is going to have stripes, your cake pops deserve some polka dots! Cake pops make a fun and adorable addition to any party and you can be sure Kate Spade herself would have some of these delicious treats from The Cake Pop Shop by Jennie.

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Put it all together in a gorgeous dessert bar. This set up was almost 100% DIY from the fabric backdrop to the framed poster. Read how Julie Johnson created this dessert bar for a Kate Spade themed party on her blog Paisley and Polka Dots. Cake by Fantasy Frosting.

A Bottle to Take Home

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Whether the bride’s a ‘champagne is the answer’ or a ‘rosé all day’ kind of girl, mini bottles (or full bottles if you can) and a lipstick are the ultimate Kate Spade party favor.

16 Wedding Favors Your Guests Actually Want

What’s the number one thing left on the table at the end of the night besides dirty drink glasses? Wedding favors! Though you put so much thought into your personalized wedding favors, sometimes you might end up with most of them left behind after your guests leave.

So step aside can koozies and pillow mints! The modern bride knows that guests deserve a little more than fresh breath for the next 14 seconds. Let’s give wedding guests some favors they’ll definitely want to take home at the end of the night.

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Why Wedding Favors?

Favors are not a new invention. They’ve been around for hundreds of years in some way or another. The first wedding favors were not much more than a sugar cube or something sweet, something of high value and thought to be healthy at the time, in a small decorated box. After this, almonds were given both to and from guests as a symbol of good luck and well wishes.

Modern wedding favors, whatever they may be, are more of a symbol of thanks to guest for attending the wedding. Whether generic, personalized, or handmade, special care should go into choosing and presenting your favors so that guests know how much you appreciate them!

Choosing Your Favors

With the unlimited options for wedding favors at your fingertips (thanks Google!), you’ll have no problem finding ones that will fit your budget. From personalized guitar picks for pennies a piece, to homemade cookies or jams, to bottles of wine for each guest, your favors can be perfectly tailored to fit you and your wedding.

Personalized Favors

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Personalized gift bags are a great way for guests to take advantage of a dessert, candy, or popcorn bar at your reception. You can also fill them ahead of the wedding with cookies, or have them at the ceremony with confetti, rose petals, or birdseed for tossing at the happy couple! Buy these cookie bags here.

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Your guests will be absolutely speechless when they see these place cards that double as paperweight favors! These come in several colors and each one is unique. See them here on Etsy.

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These bottle opener favors are sure to be a hit at a travel themed wedding! They’re not only a cute wedding favor, they’re also really practical- you can never have too many bottle openers! Buy these travel themed bottle openers here.

Tasty Treats

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It’s no secret, I’m a huge popcorn fan! Incorporating your favorite foods or snacks as your favors is a great way to add a personal touch that your guest will definitely notice. Bonus points if you sneak in a clever pun!

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If your guests party hard at your wedding (as they should), this favor will come in handy as soon as the next morning! Add just enough coffee beans for a cup or two to a satchel, mason jar, or paper bag and attach a personalized message to each. Great coffee puns include “Let Love Brew”, “Grounds for Celebration”, “The Perfect Blend”, and “Thanks for ‘Bean’ Here!”

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Looking for a tasty favor that’s simple yet classically elegant? Macaroons are your answer. Package them up with a bow, some bling, and a thank you tag for a treat your guests won’t soon forget.

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If you prefer something that’s seldom seen in the word of wedding favors, try something like a bottle of fresh rosemary olive oil. Take advantage of local small businesses that specialize in gourmet food items to give your guests a taste of the city, whether it’s the city where you live or the city you’re getting married in.

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Bring out the red, white, or bubbly! Mini bottles of wine or champagne are sure to be a hit at your wedding. You can also tailor this to your location and theme by having mini bottles of tequila at a Mexican themed wedding, Bailey’s at a winter wedding (especially with a hot chocolate bar), or whiskey at a rustic wedding. DIY your own custom mini wine bottle labels here!

Homemade Favors

If you or your future spouse is known for making something really well (e.g. your grandma’s famous cookies, the family pickle recipe, a scented bar soap), your guests will love that you’d want to continue your tradition and make it for them.

If you’re still feeling the DIY bug and don’t know what to make, here are some great (and simple) homemade wedding favor ideas. Though not included in this list, great homemade favors also include packaged cookie mixes, CD’s (or flash drives) of romantic songs from your wedding playlist, sugar scrubs, and hangover kits for guests joining you for brunch the next morning.

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Though this particular candle is from Favor Design Studio, you can make your own soy candle and finish it off with a personalized sticker.

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These whimsical favors are sure to delight your guests! Succulents are one of the biggest trends in weddings and home decor right now – its the best of both worlds! You can propagate succulents to create little ones like these and replant them with a little moss in a small container. Though seeds as favors aren’t really a homemade item, your guests can create a wildflower garden to remind them of your wedding. How romantic!

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Some of my favorite gifts, whether wedding favors or otherwise, have always been homemade jams and jellies. Try using seasonal berries to create a delicious spread. Don’t be surprised when your guests ask for refills in a few weeks! (Jars of local honey packaged like this will also be a winner at your wedding!) Thank You Tag is from A Creative Destiny on Etsy.

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Yes, this gorgeous thing is soap wrapped in lace! You can buy the soap and just DIY the lace and thank you ribbon, or go full on DIY goddess and make the soap from scratch with your favorite scents or herbs.

Unexpected Favors

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A blanket is a great token of thought and appreciation to your guests, especially at a fall or winter wedding where the night is sure to get cold. Your guests can snuggle up with one of these at your reception and remind them that they can take them home too! (The same goes for parasols for a hot summer ceremony!)

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One more warm idea! Your guests will want to go camping ASAP and make use of this adorable DIY pine cone fire starter. Instructions on how to make them can be found here.

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Don’t forget the kids! If you’re having a children’s table, consider opening up your own ‘adopt-a-critter’ agency for the night.  Not only will children be thrilled by getting a new stuffed animal, they’ll keep this memento of your special day for years to come.

A Classic Carnival Wedding

Better clear your schedule for the next hour because if you’re anything like me, you’ll be swooning over this carnival wedding for at least that long!

This wedding literally has it all. Beautiful bride, check. Gorgeous ceremony, check. Carnival games, check. Ferris wheel, check. Butterfly release, check. Snow cones…. well, you get the point!

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The save the dates echoed a classic carnival poster by inviting guests to join the bride and groom for a “one night only, truly exuberant, magical, jubilant, unforgettable jaw dropping time.”

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Before the party was a traditional ceremony set in the California redwoods. Even if the wedding stopped here, it would be a stunning day. But the night went on, and so started a carnival for the ages!

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Their venue, a private residence in Woodside, California, was decked out in everything carnival themed. From the Ferris wheel, to the fish bowl toss, to the caricature artist, everything was good, clean, old fashioned fun.

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Food was catered by Taste Catering & Event Planning and included soft pretzels, watermelon, popsicles, snow cones, milkshakes, and churros. Dinner was served fair food style with fried chicken, fried mac n cheese balls, corn dogs, and sweet potato fries.

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No detail was overlooked. Yes, that’s both a butterfly and balloon release!

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Even the simple tablescape was gorgeously set in the wedding’s colors, a light blush and grey, with romantic string lights over the reception.

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To see more of this whimsical wedding, see the full story on Style Me Pretty here.  For the full gallery, click here.

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{Photos by Michael Segal Photography} { Event Design + Planning by Trisha Dean Events} {Catering + Flowers by Taste Catering & Event Planning} { Invitation + Save-the-Date Design by Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations} {Wedding Dress by Ever After Private Label} {Rentals from Hartmann Studios} {Event Resources from The Bridal Bar} {Ferris Wheel Rental from Classic Amusement}

The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding

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I realized that in the three years I’ve been most active in the wedding industry, I’ve been a guest at one wedding. With another one coming up in only a few days, I got to thinking- what do I wear to this wedding?

I can’t be the only one staring at my closet clueless as to which dress to pick out. Most people know some basic rules. But isn’t there more?

I’ve found some general rules some cute inspiration for your days as a wedding guest!

Number 1. Don’t wear white. Just don’t do it. I know you think that you can accessorize that cute white dress with jacket in another color but when that outer layer comes off for a night of dancing, you’ll still be wearing white. Same goes for creams and other very light colors. If you’d wear that color as a (traditional) bride, don’t wear it to someone else’s wedding.

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Number 2. Try not to match the wedding colors if possible. You don’t want to be mistaken as a bridesmaid if you’re not one! The invitation might give you an idea of what the colors are, but if not, go with something in lace, floral, or with a pattern.

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Number 3. Do a little research on where the ceremony and reception are to be held. Look it up on Google Maps and do a quick search of the location. If it’s outdoors in the grass, your favorite stilettos are best left at home.

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Number 4. Dress appropriately. Don’t bare too much- you’re not going to the club! Also pay attention to the formality of the event if its listed on the invitation. If you’re not sure what black tie attire versus other degrees of formality looks like, see some inspiration below.

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Black Tie Formal Wear

Black Tie doesn’t mean black dress! Bright colors could be considered inappropriate, so stick to neutrals to play it safe.  This level of formality is all about being classy and sexy. Black Tie Formal Dress- The 4 Rules of What to Wear at a Wedding on earlyivy.comThis Elie Saab dress might look familiar- it’s very similar to the black dress from Taylor Swift’s Blank Space music video!

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This gorgeous dress comes from Veloudakis’ Fall 2015 collection.

Formal Wear

Though formal is more casual than black tie, it’s still the perfect time to but on that sparkly dress you’ve been dying to wear. Your dress can be short or long and of practically any color.

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This couple looks absolutely stunning for a formal wedding. Though this style could be dressed up even more for an indoor ceremony, this is appropriate for either indoors or out.

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Dress by ASOS of Chi Chi

Casual Wear

Casual wear at a wedding is probably the most typical. It’s still dressy, but you’ll probably be able to just pick something out of your closet and dress it up.

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This dress is great for a winter wedding where staying warm is imperative to be able to dance!

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Florals are a way to wear white but with a pop of color. It’s appropriate for almost any location and perfect for a morning or afternoon ceremony.

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And lastly, a dress similar to the one I’m wearing for the wedding this weekend! Just perfect for an evening winter wedding. Lace adds a degree of elegance and sleeves make it a little more classy. I picked mine up on clearance at a boutique in Paris Las Vegas.

 

So what should you look for in picking out your wedding wear? All weddings require some degree of class and elegance. Don’t try to overshadow the bride- it’s her day after all! Dress appropriately for the formality of the event so you’re not over or underdressed. And last but not least, dress in something that is ‘your color’ or one that (understatedly) shows off your curves!

 

Dresses from:

  1. Dolce & Gabbana (Out of Stock)
  2. Georgina Dress by BHLDN

  3. Sleeveless Mini Dress By Glamorous

 

And the Bride Wore Plaid

Let’s all admit it, as a bride to be (or just a girl dreaming about her wedding day) we’ve all spent a fair amount of time in the wedding category on Pinterest. Your family and soon to be husband might event say its a little more than fair. Okay, maybe it’s an obsession. Oops!

My Pinterest perusing recently  led me to stumble upon the photo below. There was a split second of confusion and then a sudden AHA! I know that place! It’s the always lovely Retro Ranch in Temecula with last year’s winter bride Talia.

How cute is she with her plaid button up over the wedding dress? It had snowed the night before the wedding and her beanie and button up tied at the waist were the perfect accessories to warm up and dance all night!

See the rest of the photos and details from Talia and Bryan’s winter wedding on Green Wedding Shoes here.

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 {Photos by: John Robert Woods}

And a quick shout out to all my lovely readers and followers from 2015! You all mean so much to me and keep me inspired to write more.

I’m very much looking forward to what 2016 brings for earlyivy.com and I also will be launching my event planning business, Charming Churchill Creations. Stay tuned for updates!

Cheers!

A Bridal Shower of Paper Flowers

Even though Paper Poppies and Peonies was published last year, paper flowers are a trend that’s still going strong!

Paper Flower Bridal Shower

100 Layer Cake featured this adorable bridal shower shoot highlighting what brides can do with even the simplest of details- paper! Highlighting paper flowers against real ones and other accents in the same colors can provide that bright pop that your bridal shower needs.

Take a peek at this fun shoot and check out the rest of the photos here on 100 Layer Cake.

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Photography: Janeane Marie Photography Shoot Styling: Kate Rose Creative Group Floral: ZuZus Petals Paper Flowers: PaperFlora Cake: Cupcake Chateau

Tropical Wedding Ceremony Inspiration in Paradise

As the last of the summer season’s weddings are flying by, let’s take a moment to think about all the great things about summer weddings. The list goes on and on, but what other season gives stunning sunsets for a ceremony like this?

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This gorgeous wedding is from a real ceremony that Studio Ooh La La designed with a tropical theme. Set on the bay at Paradise Point in San Diego, a wedding can’t get much better than this.

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