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Hot Wedding Trend: 13 Cactus Wedding Ideas

One of the hot wedding trends I’m loving is all things cactus {or cacti}. Whether you’re planning a fiesta themed bridal shower, a tropical destination wedding or a wedding during the summer months . . . you’re going to love these Cactus Wedding Ideas.

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I’ve even joined the cactus wedding trend myself and created a cactus confetti collection that features 4 cactus gift tags included with hot pink and green Festive Fetti confetti. It’s the perfect way to present gifts to your bridesmaids - tuck their gift in a box, add a little confetti, wrap the surprise and add a fun cactus gift tag. Or, you can add the confetti to a cactus piñata from Lulu Flora.

When it comes to incorporating cactus ideas into your wedding, you might consider one or more of these wedding ideas. See the examples below . . .

Which ones are your favorite? Please let me know in the comments.

1. adding mini cactus piñatas to place settings or centerpieces to hold the table number
2. designing a cactus themed wedding invitation suite
3. top your wedding cake or cupcake with an edible fondant cactus topper
4. creating centerpieces with the cactus in cute clay pots
5. presenting cupcakes with edible cactus on top
6. prefer to not diy? Consider a complete desert cactus wedding invitation suite
7. display a fun cactus printable for the gifts and cards table
8. keep the cactus memories forever with a cactus ring dish to hold your wedding rings
9. how about a bridal bouquet with cactus included?
10. adding a cactus garland as the backdrop behind the dessert table
11. of course, if you’re planning a cactus themed wedding, cactus thank you cards would be a must-have
12. gift your bridesmaids a cactus clutch bag for their makeup

How to Pair Your Summer Wedding Fashions with Your Jewelry

When it comes to weddings {whether you are a guest or the bride} - the parties before the wedding or the special day itself deserve to have pretty jewelry that matches the dress. Today, I've teamed up with Blue Nile to bring you a fun post where I'm pairing pretty jewelry {with pricing from under $100 to under $500} along with a cute coordinating dress that's perfect for any of your summer festivities.

Summer Weddings : Fashion Styling in Nautical Stripes for Under $100

For under $100 - you could pair this Petite Anchor Pendant with the Line and Dine Dress from ModCloth. Instead of finding a dress that has even more anchors on it {I came across many like this in my searches}, pair this delicate necklace with a complimentary dress. One with navy blue stripes and a red bow at the waist is the perfect way make a nautical statement without going overboard {pardon the pun}.

PS: This Petite Anchor Pendant in Sterling Silver could be yours for FREE

ENTER TO WIN the petite anchor pendant from Blue Nile here

Summer Weddings : Fashion Styling in Vibrant Amethyst for Under $200

For under $200 - I've paired the vibrant Amethyst Cushion Pendant (on sale for $108) with the jersey knit Callback Confidence Dress in sassy purple from ModCloth. The neckline of this dress is perfect for the two amethyst gemstones to fit between.

Summer Weddings : Fashion Styling in Lapis Bright Blue for Under $300

For under $300 - I've paired the Lapis Statement Necklace ($220) with the Beguiling Beauty Dress from ModCloth. The striking neckline on this dress is perfect for a statement necklace with the lapis gemstones. I also love the cummerbund-like pleating above the waistline.

Summer Weddings : Fashion Styling in Colorful Peridot Green for Under $400

For under $400 - I've paired the colorful Peridot and White Topaz Dangle Pendant ($315) with the handmade summer floral sundress from Lovely Melody Clothing. Love how this necklace brings out the pretty green in the dress and contrasts beautifully with the bright pink flowers.

Summer Weddings : Fashion Styling in Pretty Blue Topaz for Under $500

For under $500 - I've paired the Blue Topaz Halo Ring ($425) with the Baby Blue Vintage Style Sundress from Lovely Melody Clothing. Just as a classic round gemstone ring is timeless - so is a pretty little dress with a bow at the waist. Neither type of design will ever go out of style.

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A Pink and Blue Summer Wedding with Roses Inspiration Board

Today's post is another fun flashback to a past inspiration board I created. Since, it's now officially summer, I thought it would be fun to kick it off with a pastel summery inspiration board for a pink rose wedding with sweet little blue touches. And, since it's summer, why not serve your guests gourmet ice cream with their cake? It's the perfect treat for a hot summer party. PS: There's a fun new addition to this inspiration board - be sure to see the end of this post to see what it is.

Photo Credits for Inspiration Board: ice cream: tartlette // bouquet: blush botanicals, photo by she wanders // vintage blue rose cameo earrings: nesting pretty // invitation: memories handmade stationery // floral heart ornament: hand painted petals // mini cake: peggy porschen via wedding magazine

The above sash was shared with me from Kathleen Barry Bespoke Occasion Accessories right after I posted this inspiration board and I just had to add it in. She just finished creating this bridal floral sash for a Bride to be in Washington. It's the perfect match for my inspiration board.

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Farm to Table Chic : Outdoor Wedding Theme for Fall Weddings
Throughout this week and next, I will be sharing with you 5 great outdoor wedding themes for fall weddings {they'd also be ideal for those planning a summer wedding}. Williams Ski and Patio has collaborated with wedding planners and photographers who have designed the most amazing outdoor wedding themes. The first theme I have for you today is a Farm to Table Chic wedding design by Nancy Liu Chin of Nancy Liu Chin Designs in Napa, CA.

When asked about her design seen here, this is what Nancy said . . .

One theme is winery or vineyard weddings. Naturally this is very popular in the Bay Area as we are 1 to 2 hours away from Napa and Sonoma. Suddenly within an hour or two, you can leave the mind boggling, congested urban traffic for wide winding roads, pastoral scenery, and lush greenery. What bride and groom wouldn't want their guests to enjoy a love and long drive into the winery countryside?
Wineries typically have such beautiful landscapes. There's also the expansive vineyards. They lend themselves to this natural and rustic feel that can go modern, glam to vintage and barn like. I think wineries are so private that guests feel like they have the whole place to themselves. In Sonoma and Napa we have such diverse wineries . . . it can be intimate outdoor ceremonies under olive groves to indoor wine cave receptions for hundreds.
In this particular scene we were going for the updated farm to table rustic. It's rustic in the sense that the table is wood and the flowers are very natural. But unlike the expected vineyard motif, there is a more modern line to this look.
I think it's informal, updated not vintage or barn yard. There is a chicness to it.
Vendor Credits
Floral and Event Design: Nancy Liu Chin of Nancy Liu Chin Design
Event Design + Wedding Planner: A Savvy Event
Photography: Kevin Chin
Venue: Clos Pegase
Calligraphy + Paper Products: Mira Aster
Table: Blueprint Studios
Rentals: Hartmann Studios
Wedding Favor Fans : the colorful way to stay cool at weddings
Fan Favors keep your guests cool and comfortable during an outdoor or summer ceremony. Having a fan favor at each seat or the ceremony not only provides a pop of color to your decor but will also be functional for your guests by keeping them cool. It's the little details that make all the difference. Daisy Days offers adorable wedding favor fans that will compliment any wedding theme, color scheme, or sense of style. Browse their selection to find the perfect wedding favor fan for your wedding or event.
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