Good morning wedding belles! We’ll have another fabulous South African wedding on the blog this afternoon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some fresh inspiration. First there was the pastel trend, then ombre, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise that watercolour-style design has been one of the biggest trends to emerge in 2012. It’s everywhere, from gasp-inducingly beautiful invitations and other paper elements, to cakes, decor and even to bridesmaids dresses. It’s soft and romantic, and heart-stoppingly pretty. I know you’re going to love it.
Here’s a roundup of all my favourite watercolour details – look out in the credits for the DIYs and printables (in bold), as this is a look you can pull off on any budget!
Images (clockwise from top left): 1 – One Plus One Design; 2 – Bird and Banner; 3 (left) – Julie Song Ink/Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty; 4 (right) – Love vs Design; 5 (left)- DIY invitations via Oh So Beautiful Paper; 6 (right)- Minted; 7 (left)- DIY printable save the date via The Lovely Dept.; 8 (right)- Oh My Deer; 9- Minted
Images (clockwise from top left): 1 – Block letters + calligraphy by Swiss Cottage Designs and Love, Jenna via Discover Paper; 2- DIY hand-stamped watercolor save the dates via Antiquaria via Discover Paper; 3- DIY printable invitation (Shh My Darling via Wedding Chicks); 4- Wedding invitations by Jeremy & Kathleen via Discover Paper; 5- Minted; 6- DIY printable save the date via Elizabeth Anne Designs; 7- Amanda McMahon Photography/Melissa Ziegler via Elizabeth Anne Designs; 8- The Aerialist Press
Images (clockwise from top left): 1- Kristen Booth/Cloudberry Bakery via Aislinn Events; 2- Harwell Photography/Ginny Branch Stelling Styling & Design via 100 Layer Cake; 3- Maggie Austin Cake; 4- via Pinterest; 5- Amelie’s House; 6&7- Momental Designs/Swoon Over It Photography/Truly Scrumptious via Green Wedding Shoes
Images (clockwise from top left): 1- DIY watercolour place flags via 100 Layer Cake; 2- Rizza Riz Photography/Esla Events and Therese Jacinto Design via Style Unveiled; 3- Momental Designs/Swoon Over It Photography via Green Wedding Shoes; 4- DIY watercolour confetti cones via Bridal Musings (Ashton Jean Pierre); 5- Justin and Mary via Grey Likes Weddings; 6- Harwell Photography/Ginny Branch Stelling Styling & Design via 100 Layer Cake; 7- DIY painted votives via Once Wed; 8- Jen Huang Photography/Poppies And Posies Events/The Source and Eye via Green Wedding Shoes; 9- Nancy Neil/La Boheme Events via Santa Barbara Chic; 10- Amanda McMahon Photography/Melissa Ziegler via Elizabeth Anne Designs; 11- DIY placecards from A Practical Wedding
If this is a look you love, you may be wondering how to co-ordinate it with other elements, like florals. The key is to keep it soft and lush, with no hard lines. Here are some gorgeous arrangements I think would work perfectly (and check out the paper bouquet – how amazing is that?)
Images (clockwise from top left): 1- Momental Designs/Swoon Over It Photography via Green Wedding Shoes; 2- Jen Huang Photography/Poppies And Posies Events/The Source and Eye via Green Wedding Shoes; 3- Once Wed; 4- Ashley Rose Photography via Pretty Little Weddings; 5- Chestnut & Vine Floral Design/Amy Kaneko Events/Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty; 6- Megan Clouse Photography/Botanica Floral Designs via Wedding Chicks