11 Tips to Pull Off a Preppy Wedding
Preppy weddings are all about color combos and personalized details, from bow ties to monograms. Go for vibrant hues, lush floral arrangements and patterned table linens to set the scene at oceanfront venues, country clubs and more. Here, 11 ways to nail a preppy wedding theme.
1. Your Style
Low-key and fun loving, you're always put together in an understated way, and your wedding décor will be the same. Rely on a sporty, preppy style to impress your guests. Think: bright colors, classic lines, and versatile fabrics and cuts.
Give guests a taste of what's to come with bright patterns in your invitation suite. Put the ultimate mark of customization on it with a personalized stamp and polish it off with whimsical calligraphy for the perfect final touch.
3. Color Combos
Don't hesitate to go bold with your wedding colors. Pair the unexpected: fuchsia and turquoise; royal purple and fiery red; or navy blue and bright yellow. Match the sunset with an array of yellows and pinks for a beachside ceremony.
4. Wedding Wear
Opt for a gown with delicate details, such as a statement bow at the waistline or a demure bateau neckline. As for the groom, a fun bow tie to match the color scheme or brightly-colored socks would look coordinated without being too matchy-matchy.
5. The Setting
Rent out a private country club, resort, restaurant or yacht club near the water, or stage your ceremony and reception on a nearby beach to create a crisp, clean backdrop for all your playful wedding elements.
6. Best Blooms
Start your search by narrowing down which flowers are in season during your wedding date. That way you'll get the freshest, most beautiful stems. Then ask your florist about which blooms are available in your wedding colors for a seamless way to play up your palette. Or go with all-white arrangements and bright linens.
7. The Décor
Be careful not to have too many matchy-matchy details. Instead, pick and choose where to use your really special décor moments and keep everything else subtle so they really shine. Opt for centerpieces that are low to the table to promote conversation and bring a lush element to the tablescape.
8. The Music
Keep the dance party going all night long with a traditional wedding band or DJ playing the classic wedding songs you and your guests love to dance to (from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson).
9. The Menu
Pick a couple signature cocktails for a unique spin on happy hour and add a few finger foods and passed appetizers into the mix, so guests don't get antsy before dinner. Speaking of dinner, feel free to ditch the traditional plated meal—family style works just fine.
10. Wedding Cake
Don't be afraid to play with bright colors and bold geometric patterns. Your cake should be as fun and vibrant as you are. It's also a great way to show off your wedding theme to your guests. If you're working with a nautical theme, incorporate a seafaring detail into your cake design, like an anchor topper.
11. Wedding Favors
Send your guests home with something tasty. Mini treats like cupcakes and macarons are great for any guest with a sweet tooth and can be enjoyed right away (read: won't get left behind).