Photo by Jamie Thrower
You know how you have that great wedding idea, but then you look around and you’re like, “If I can just find one person doing what I want to do and making it look awesome, I’ll have the courage to make it happen?” Start with the rad girl crew above. I love a good jumpsuit. In fact, I practically live in them. So the idea of outfitting a bridal party all in jumpsuits always seemed rad… in my head. But I had no real idea of how good (or awful) it would look in real life. So, can you imagine my face when I saw this gang in ALL WHITE JUMPSUITS? I think we can file this idea under “actually way better than expected.” (Also, P.S. Can someone take this idea up a notch and style your ladies in this amazing red jumpsuit? Send pictures.)
We spend a lot of time publishing our best wedding and marriage (and feminist) related articles for you right here. But over on APW’s Instagram we spend our days publishing pictures. Namely, the best wedding ideas we can find in image form, from all over the Internet. And for those of you who aren’t following APW on Instagram yet (why? Come join the party!), we thought we’d round up our favorite wedding ideas of 2017, so far...
Say it with Neon: So you want a custom neon sign without the PRICE of a custom neon sign? Who doesn’t. Slay all day with EL wire and Lucite. Check out our tutorial here, and then proceed with the all-day slayage.
Ombre Gown: Make Prince proud and reign on with a jaw-dropping purple ombre gown that makes fairytale princesses jealous.
Photo by A Practical Wedding
Glitter Ice Mold: Ever find yourself wondering how to get MORE glitter into your day? No? Just us. Cool. Well if you do decide you need more glitter check out this DIY we did with Crate and Barrel where we created a glitter-packed ice mold. Functional and sparkly, y’all.
Pink Jewels: There’s no such thing as too much pink, so an everyday pink ring? Hell yeah. Bonus points for the secret “loved” inscription on the side!
Embellished Heels: Ever wish your shoes could have a lil extra flair? We firmly believe in sparkling head to toe, and clearly we’re in excellent company (hi, Alexander McQueen 👋). Bezaddled DIY heels? Glittering shoes? We’re into the ENTIRE concept.
Modern and Tropical Cakes: Excuse me, is that Lucite on your geometric tropical cake? With proteas behind it? Is this heaven? No, but really, this cake is just right for the people who aren’t afraid to be bold.
Image via A Practical Wedding
Disco Fever: We originally suggested a wedding at magical rainbow-inspired San Francisco pop-up Color Factory—but we don’t know if anyone’s actually managed to pull it off (yet). However, we have seen a few engagement shoots on our feed! Seriously y’all, when life builds you a photo shoot backdrop… schedule your photog and make things happen!
Galactic Love Affair: Sorry, is that a lightsaber arch? We’re a sucker for a nerdy wedding exit.
Custom Denim: Embroidering is a real time stealer, so take the easy way out with an iron-on patch… and if you’re anything like me, this patch looks exactly 110 percent better than my embroidery 😂. Go on with your bad self and be your own DIY MVP!
Hair Bling: Remember what we were saying about sparkling head to toe? If tiaras aren’t your thing but you still wanna frost yourself, a glittering clip in your updo is a forever classic.
JOYFUL AF: OH. Okay, yes, it’s really cool when couples have these posed shots that make them look like editorial models… but also this joyful AF photo reminds us that these two have been waiting for this moment and GODDAMN does it feel good to finally be getting MARRIED. GET YOUR LIFE, GIRL.
Bold Cakes: Have your cake, and eat it blue. 😂 Puns aside, this blue cake and gold stand with just a wreath of florals seems like a most excellent classic and clean winter wedding cake.
Custom Leather: At APW we think there’s no combo more classic than tulle and leather. Why not use your wedding as an excuse to snag that jacket you’ve been eyeing? Or if you wanna customize it (like above!) you can 1) grab a thrift store jacket and paint away, or 2) just decorate some black fabric and temporarily tack it on for the celebrations!
WHY CHOOSE Just ONE: Whoever says a massive choker, candy colored hair, a tiara, and a veil is doing too much? NOT US. We firmly believe in #gobigorgoreallybig because why not?
Absurdly Awesome Wedding SHoes: Your feet should also have a blast, RIGHT? For some people that means amazingly comfy shoes and for others… glided smooch pumps, obvi.
Colored Gems: Light gems are cute and all but OMG this purple and blue cluster is making us question everything.
Rainbow Balloons: Don’t sleep on balloons as decor. Fun, colorful, affordable, did we mention fun?
Furry Friends: Wedding puppies are so last year. We now present you with the wedding bunny (or any furry friend of your choice).
Gamer Babe: Why not be your truest, pink princess, gamer girl self on your wedding day? Pokemon balls never looked so glam.
Balloon Poetry: Gold balloons as poetry as statement decor is basically an all around genius win.
DIY Fun: New craft project—buy all the pom-poms, attach them to a clutch, have the perfect wedding purse.
Personalized Bubbly: Rosé all day? More like BEY all day!
Desert Escape: Your bar menu on a cactus, says “party in the desert” just perfectly.
Vibrant Wall Hangings: Vivid, bright… and best of all, super easy to DIY. If you’re the type to have wedding colors, this is a smart way to tie it all together (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?).
Update on the Traditional Flower Girl: Flower woman with a swan basket? Steal all these ideas. (Also, spraying an old basket gold might work perfectly too!)
Color Coordinating: What, you weren’t planning on sorting all the food in your candy reception by color? Just like the “arrange books by color” bookshelf hack, turns out arranging ANYTHING by color makes it look highly pleasing.
Yellow Wedding Dress: Can we just take a moment for how gorgeous this yellow is? We’re really feeling marigold and sunshine vibes for wedding dresses right now.
Instant Gratification: Polaroids and weddings are basically besties, but when your photog gets creative with the instant shots? We just can’t get enough.
Straight to the Heart: Cheesy? Yes. Hunger games meets classic wedding decor? Also yes. This bull’s-eye escort card setup is delightful. Want another idea? Here’s a confetti escort card DIY.
Reflective Tablescapes: Move over gold sequin table covers, hologram tables are here to be the most maximalist, opulent wedding tables on the block.
Squad Goals: Beachside photo shoot with your bride squad in matching outfits? LOVE IT. (Full disclosure, not every squad wants pictures in one piece bathing suits, but I’m sure there’s something they can agree on that’ll match your location of choice.)
Rainbow in a Cup: Hot chocolate/coffee/tea is usually served late as an accompaniment to dessert but THIS hot chocolate takes center stage. (Pro tip: Serve it while there’s still light to take photos because it’s too pretty not to.)
Drinkable Favors: While some wedding favors can just be what I like to call “future trash,” I’m pretty sure we all need custom tiny bottles of booze in our lives.
Pretty Paper: Once upon a time, people used to ask the question, “But can I have paper plates at my wedding and keep it classy?” Thanks to folks like @harlowandgrey, the only question anyone will ask is, “OMG IS THIS REALLY PAPER?”
Celestial Rings: Moon goddesses and everyone else who loves galaxy swag, this ring is for you. And because we can’t help it, it’s also for anyone whose love is written in the stars. 😂
Gallery-Worthy Sweets: Metallic treats to match the decor? Pure decadence.
Rainbow Seating Chart: Watercolor decor is extra magical when it’s rainbow, amiright? But seriously, this seems like a DIY goldmine (to be fair, we may be talking advanced-level DIY).
Cotton Candy Clouds: Cotton candy and champagne? #slayallday