How To: Make Summery Wedding Colors Work for Fall

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Fall Wedding Colors

Just because fall is right around the corner doesn’t mean you have to give up the idea of a bright, summery color palette for your wedding. One easy way to make summer hues work for fall is to add a moody touch to the overall palette by introducing a dark, saturated color. I love the combo of pale blues and corals mixed with deep, inky navy inspired by this pretty watercolor painting. Read on for more ideas and ways to incorporate this palette in your own wedding!

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8 Summer Wedding Signature Cocktails

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

wedding signature cocktail

Working on custom wedding signage means I see a lot of the little details brides are incorporating into their big day. One thing that’s always a good idea: a sign or two displayed at the cocktail bar listing the couple’s signature cocktails. Custom beverages are a fun way to personalize your bar menu and share your favorite libations with your friends and family. Plus, if you opt for cocktail the bartenders can mix in advance, that will definitely help cut down on long lines at the bar. We served two signature cocktails at our wedding and our guests loved them so much, most didn’t even scan the menu for other options. In the spirit of infusing one last bit of summer into your upcoming soiree, check out these eight cocktails I’ve had my eye on… and that you might want to consider making your own.

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DIY Wedding Escort Card and Treat Bag

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

escort card idea

We all know how antsy guests can get between the ceremony and dinner at weddings. Problem solved: Make your escort cards work double-duty as a tasty treat your guests can enjoy as they’re making their way into the reception. And, of course you won’t want to slap the escort card on any old snack, so I’m sharing this easy tutorial on how to fancy up a simple treat bag so it looks just as stylish as everything else on your wedding day.

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12 Unexpected (And Super Creative!) Wedding Menu Ideas

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Menu Ideas

When it comes to your wedding dinner, there are so many more creative menu ideas beyond your basic printed cards. These days, brides are coming up with super clever ideas that tie in with their wedding themes, serve double-duty as perhaps a napkin or treat bag, and even reusable after the wedding’s over. Whatever look you’re going for, read on to get plenty of ideas you can easily replicate on our own!


10 Fresh Ideas for a Tropical Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Tropical Wedding Decor

Whether you spend your time browsing Pinterest or Instagram for wedding inspiration, you probably have tons of tropical imagery taking over your feed right now. Everything from the striking tropical foliage to crystal-clear blue waters can be a jumping-off point for your wedding decor. So if you’re planning a destination wedding or a laid-back beach bash, here are a few of my recent favorites that have me itching to renew our vows (after just two years—it’s been long enough right?).


DIY Wedding: Watercolor Ceremony Program (with Printable!)

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

DIY Program

When I’m creating pieces for a wedding, I’m constantly thinking about ways to make them fun and functional, as well as something guests will actually want to take home after the wedding’s over. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never saved a ceremony program from any of the weddings I’ve attended in the past (except my own, of course!). But I thought that adding an artful element to the program cover—like a romantic quote done in watercolor—would transform a functional program into a keepsake your guests might enjoy later, perhaps framing and displaying it at home or pinning it to a bulletin board at work. I’m always collecting inspiring quotes on Pinterest and this is one of my current favorites, and it’s certainly one many soon-to-be-married couples might be able to relate to!

Read on to download the ceremony-program cover and for instructions on how to make your own ceremony-program booklets.


10 Clever Place Card Ideas For a Summer Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

Summer Wedding Ideas

Place cards have always been one of my favorite things to play around with at events and for shoots. You can get so creative and add some really fun touches to your table. And now that summer’s here, there are so many bright and playful options to consider! Fresh items like flowers and fruit are really great (plus, they can even double as a little snack while your guests wait for dinner!). Or, you can get crafty and give guests a small memento that they can take home and display as decor. Here are just a few of my favorite ideas for summer!


Tropical-Inspired Boutonniere DIY

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Tropical Wedding

Whether your big day is taking place in a sandy, island location, or you’ve just been inspired by tropical destinations while planning your wedding, this simple boutonniere will give your groom and groomsmen the tropical touch they need. I chose plants that make me instantly think of a summer vacation: palm fronds, bougainvillea and succulents. Using these sturdy pieces made the boutonnieres extremely easy to work with and the vibrant colors meant just a few stems stood out well on their own. Read on to see how you can create these for your wedding day!

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Summer Floral Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Minted Floral Invitations

My guess is approximately 24 hours after a couple is engaged, they are on pinterest beginning their search for the perfect wedding theme. And we all know how overwhelming that can be with the abundance of information and ideas on the internet. One place you can start you inspiration search that might help you narrow things down a bit quicker is the invitation. You can easily choose a style, like modern, rustic, floral, vintage, etc. and take it from there. I am a big fan of anything floral and gold, so this floral canopy foil-pressed invitation caught my eye. And if I could plan my wedding day all over again, this is where I would start with my inspiration!

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8 Ideas for Welcome Bags

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Favors

When asking guests to travel a bit for your wedding, it’s a nice gesture to have something waiting for them upon their arrival. And with a million other things on your mind while planning your big day, coming up with goodies that all of your guests will enjoy is a time consuming task. So here are a few themes and ideas to get your started!