Thursday, April 21, 2011


Tomorrow, the highly anticipated movie, Water for Elephants, will open nation-wide.  Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon's film is sure to inspire.  The whole vintage circus or carnival theme has already been seen to grow in popularity in recent years, but the opening and wide spread advertisement of this film will surely spark newly engaged couples imaginations.  Even as a small child, I remember the circus being something of romance, mystery, and sparkle.  Why not create this same ambiance for your special day?  They say that the circus is "The Greatest Show on Earth", so I'm hoping that brides and grooms in the near future will strive for that same idea.

As seen in the above photo, the couple really embraces the whole circus theme.  They even incorporate the use of a tent and feathered horse!  Really a true spin on the traditional photo op.

The latest buzz on many bridal blogs and even some wedding magazines have been the use of colorful and cheery flags or even sometimes paper lanterns hanging from tree to tree.  Also, we have seen a lot more intimate choices in floral design. We see below the use of simple daisies and hearty dahlias gathered in an almost heirloom-like glass  vase.  This can give your reception decor a laid back and casual feel.

The growing prominence of tattoos and the widespread acceptance of body art has also seen emphasis in bridal style.  We used to see brides cover up or hide any tattoos in sight, now we see both brides and grooms showing them off.  This adds to the design element and adds a more quirky and personable touch to the overall look.  We are really loving this sense of spirit.  As seen below, more body art is put on display in a vintage circus photo.

Providing costumes for pictures your guests can take will create a fun time and even a keepsake of your special day.  Also, using this dress up idea for engagement pictures or an incorporation to your invite adds a very personal touch.

In outdoor ceremonies and receptions, the use of paper balls, or hanging paper flowers has been extremely popular and can be inexpensive if you seek out do-it-yourself options.  Another one of our personal favorites are these old umbrellas, which were hung upside down.  Floral decor can be added to this look by placing light-weight vines trickling over the edges.

With the popularity of cupcakes and candy or dessert bars, we see this stand as a very nice touch to any dessert table.

Also, the use of mustaches as a silly joke for picture taking amongst your guests is a fun idea and good ice breaker for those attending who may be unfamiliar with one another.  We see these in favors for gag gifts both above and below.

Touching back to circus themed treats, these are my favorite of all the ideas.  Everyone loves popcorn and carmel corn, why not throw some on the classic candied apple.  Add these yummy treats to your dessert table or even wrap them individually for the tastiest place settings your guests have had the pleasure of devouring!

I am in LOVE with these illustrations as invitations to a funky very playful circus themed wedding!

To see more inspirational photos click the below link, and we hope your show is the greatest one on earth!

Chelsie & Jackie

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