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September 2012



The Ultimate Guide to a Shabby Chic Wedding!

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Shabby Chic Colour Scheme

A few months ago we featured a shabby chic inspiration board which proved to be pretty darn popular with you lovelies! So, we’ve decided to explore the idea a little more in depth by bringing you your ultimate guide to a shabby chic wedding!

This post will provide the how to do’s, where to buy’s & what colours work best when using shabby chic. Right, let’s crack on shall we?

Shabby Chic Colour Schemes

You have a lot of freedom when choosing a shabby chic colour scheme, generally they contain a lot of pastels accompanied with a nice deep colour to contrast and add to the ‘rustic’ feel.

To get your creative juices flowing we had a little search around our favourite colour scheme website ‘Design Seeds‘ to find our favourite colours for a shabby chic wedding!

This palette is perfect for the bride who wants ‘girly’ without too much over the top pink, it contains the classic pastel pink hues but is grouped with earthy colours to add a more natural feel to the day.

This colour scheme is probably the most popular palette we see being used for Shabby Chic. It’s feminine tones work together to create the perfect blend of pretty, shabby goodness!

Not a lover of pink? Fret not because you can still do shabby without it! Cool pastel blues and deep browns compliment each other well and you could even add a splash of gold for some extra warmth.

Again, for a more ‘earthy’ shabby chic theme you can use deep blues & greens accompanied with pastel purples & light lavender!

All in all, most pastel shades will work as long as you include some deep hues of that particular colour. Remember, you are trying to create a ‘distressed’ and ‘antique’ look so base colours like brown, grey & navy work best to contrast your pastels!

Where To Buy Shabby Chic Goodies

Ok, so there are seriously TONS of places online and offline that you could buy shabby chic things from but here’s a snippet of our favourite few!

♥ – A massive online shop full of gifts for the bride & groom, ceremony decorations & cool signs!

♥ – A home for all things hand made! We found this beautiful cabinet on there which would be perfect for ‘setting the scene’ at your wedding, plus you could keep it in your home afterwards!

♥ – Check out the awesome one off pieces our friends over at Dig Haushizzle have to offer & get yourself something truly unique for your wedding!

♥ – Here you’ll find lots of little decor pieces to help bring your day together! – Yep. Ebay. We know it’s sometimes a pain to trawl through it all but we found some seriously lovely shabby chic stuff on there!

Prefer to DIY not buy?

Sometimes to get a truly shabby chic effect it’s a great idea to make something yourself! This way you have total control over the finished product and it also brings a lovely handmade feel to the project.

 Love My Dress featured an awesome tutorial on how to make your own shabby chic invitations!

♥ This tutorial on YouTube shows you have to make a beautiful shabby chic banner!

♥ Perhaps a pretty heart garland takes your fancy? Learn how to make one here!

♥ This ones a biggy…but if you just so happen to have a wooden piece of furniture that you want to make all shabby looking then this tutorial is for you!

♥ If you wanted to dot a few signs around your wedding venue then check out this tutorial to make a beautiful sign like the one above! (Just miss out the step to add the coat hangers!)

Looking For More Inspiration?

Have a little look at these shabby chic themed real weddings & inspired shoots from around the web!

♥ This shabby chic shoot on Style Me Pretty is just about as gorgeous as they come! Absolutely beautiful.

Photo Credit from the shabby chic shoot on Style Me Pretty (linked above)

♥ South Bound Bride featured a pastel shabby chic wedding with lots of pretty pinks!

♥ Here’s another inspiring shoot from Style Me Pretty!

♥ This coastal wedding in Newquay was soooo beautiful! The bridesmaids looked perfect in their pastels!

Photo Credit from Whimsical Wonderland Weddings (The Newquay Coastal Wedding)

♥ Ruffled featured a shoot full of shabby chic ideas!

♥ Ahhh! We love the birdcage center pieces at this wedding!

♥ And last but certainly not least, a beautiful elopement with a shabby chic theme!

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Tying It All Together

We know how stressful planning a wedding can be and the main aim when doing so is to just relax and enjoy the process! We recommend choosing your colour scheme first and working from there! Buy bits and pieces as you’re going along or even create a check list of must have items to gradually tick off! If you are ‘DIYing’ the details then ask for some help, have regular get together’s with you and your bridesmaids to craft up some beautiful shabby chic things for your wedding! Get your groom on the case too…or just have him make you cups of tea while you do the crafty creative stuff 😉

We’d love to hear about your shabby chic wedding!

Did you have a shabby chic theme to your wedding? Or are you planning a wedding with a similar theme? We’d love to hear all about it and get to share your tips and advice for other brides doing the same thing! Get in touch with us here 

Much Bespoke Love

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  1. Tracy Medler

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