Inspiration Board: Neon Brights

It’s a bumper day here on SouthBound Bride, folks! I’ve had loads of requests for inspiration boards from my lovely readers, so to balance these with the ones I’ve dreamed up on my own, you may see a few bonus boards popping up in the next few weeks. Starting with two today, and as well as these, you’ll get to meet our brand new Real Life Bride! Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Right. Today’s board is one I never in a million years would have thought I’d be doing. Neon. You know when neon was last cool? About 1991. In 1991, I had just started high school, and my dear mom hadn’t yet taught me that those of us cursed with curly hair could sort it out with a hairdryer (straighteners wouldn’t even be invented for another half a decade – God, I’m old); so on a good day, I looked a bit like Baby in Dirty Dancing and on a bad day, like Sideshow Bob. Which is appropriate, because I was also doing the Bartman, dressing in little minis we referred to as ‘Roxette dresses’, listening to Technotronic and perving over Richard Snell. Who was a cricketer. Happily, I can tell you I haven’t done any of those things since 1992 (sorry, Richard, wherever you are). And yet, here I am, reviving neon. Well, okay, I am not the one who’s revived it. Blame Fashion, because neon is definitely back. And I’ve surprised myself by liking some of the neon inspiration that’s been popping up in Wedding World recently, so I thought I would challenge myself to see if I could imagine it into a wedding. Result? I’m a convert. I think the key (as always) is a bit of moderation – neons look amazing when they stand out against a very white white, and bold mod graphic elements like black and white stripes or gold. It takes them from 80s throwback to Kate Spadey chic, and actually makes for a very stylish palette. The other thing I liked was the use of all the four acids – green, orange, pink and yellow – somehow bringing all four of them into the mix works better for me than just one or two. Put your bridesmaids in bold stripes with bright shoes and nail polish, invest in great stationery and unexpected, colourful flowers, use some bold graphic elements on your tables and then… leave everything else clean, bright and white. Perfect for a fun, city-chic wedding, and ideal with a short 1960s-style dress.
So, what do you think? Would you ever consider neon for your wedding?

Colours: Neon orange, yellow, green & pink and white

Top row (l-r): Place setting {S: A Styled Fete; P: Carly Jones; Printables: Anders Ruff}; macaroons {S: A Styled Fete; P: Carly Jones}; neon letterpress invitation {Ladyfingers Letterpress}; popcorn bags {S: A Styled Fete; P: Carly Jones; Printables: Anders Ruff}
Row 2: Black & white bridesmaid dress with neon nails; neon shoes; Mr & Mrs sign {S: LVL Weddings & Events; P: A Girl and A Camera}
Row 3: Bride and groom {P: KT Merry Photography}; gold pantone chip; gold balloons {S: Somewhere Splendid; P: Canary Grey Photography}; funfetti cake {found via b.loved}; neon bouquet {S: Pretty Little Details; P: Sarah Postma Photography}


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