it’s all in the details #1: shabby chic

Hello gorgeous lovely readers!

You might have noticed a few tweaks and changes to these pages this week, that’s to make way for some exciting new additions to Bijoux Bride!  Last week, you might remember I wrote about wedding styling on a budget?  If you missed it, you can check out the post here!  I talked about how much I love styling, and how with a little bit of creativity  and some thoughtful details you can make your day intimate and personal.

I was overwhelmed by the lovely comments and suggestions from you, my wonderful readers, so decided to take your advice!  This week I’m super excited to introduce you to a new feature…

it’s all in the details

Each week I will be looking at a different theme and sharing my top tips, ideas and inspiration for styling your wedding to coordinate with it.  If you’re a bride-to-be and are looking for some advice, then please get in touch and I’ll be happy to share my ideas right here!

For each theme I’ll be looking at six different areas to consider:

colours ~ which colours work best with the theme

stationery ~ images, icons and fonts

flowers ~ popular blooms and alternative ideas

table centres ~ the focal point of your wedding, this is where you get to go wild and incorporate all the different elements!

decoration ~ decor elements hint at your theme throughout the day, from ceremony to reception

cake ~ possibly the prettiest (and definitely yummiest!) part of the day

This week we’re kicking off with a theme that is super popular with all you planning brides right now ~ shabby-chic.  Think afternoon tea, cupcakes and sweet pink roses, absolutely everything about this style is pretty and romantic!  It’s also a scheme that’s full of character, it doesn’t matter if things are slightly wonky, peeling, imperfect, and that makes it a great choice for the DIY bride!  Shabby-chic is a lot ‘looser’ than a classic vintage theme, so it’s easier to combine elements from different era’s to achieve the overall look you want.




The most popular colours for this theme are a dusky pink and sage green, which are beautifully English and perfect for a classic Country House wedding.



For something a little different how about a blush pink and antique gold combination?  Timeless and elegant, it would definitely be my choice!



A shabby-chic wedding is all about feminine style and pretty details, so you want your wedding stationery to reflect this.  The lettering and fonts used on the invites are really important, and shouldn’t be too slick.  Something like a typewriter font would work really well.  I love this set found over on beautiful blog Oh So Beautiful Paper.


For the DIY bride, how about using a rubber stamp?  It’s super cost effective, and gives that hand-finished slightly imperfect look that is perfect for this theme!  I love this stamp set from Cox & Cox, which includes each letter of the alphabet and a few lovely symbols (anyone else LOVING the ampersand trend right now?!) which would be perfect for creating the main lettering on your invite, or perhaps on paper luggage tags used for place settings or favours?  Another (less time consuming) way to get the stamp effect into your stationery would be to get a custom one made including all the details for your day and using this as the basis for your save the dates or invites.


{bridal bouquet, baby’s breath bouquets}

Delicate pink roses, and silvery green dusty miller are shabby-chic classics.  Beautiful big hydreangas are a great filler for table centers.  Baby’s breath, was once considered a dated 80’s filler, but has been given a new lease of life as a pretty wedding flower, it looks beautiful simply handtied with twine and used as bridesmaid bouquets.

{table centers}

{birdcage, ditsy fabrics, books, shabby chic chairs}

Birdcages overflowing with gorgeous blooms, vintage teacups and jars of old fashioned sweets and bonbons make the perfect table centres for a shabby-chic wedding.  Touches of lace, pearls and buttons add a timeless elegance to place settings, use vintage handkerchiefs, or squares of ditsy print fabrics as napkins for a super pretty touch.  Battered old books, tied with lace and scattered on tables and displays add a sense of old-world charm.  Old tables covered in beautiful vintage tablecloths and lace, with a mismatched selection of chairs look beautiful, especially in a marquee or outdoor venue.


{buntingcandy barguest book table}

An old fashioned sweetie bar, overflowing with retro sweets and served in mix-matched containers makes a great addition to an evening reception (and is just as popular with the adults as the children!).  Leave a pile of candy-stripe paper bags, or mini jam jars for your guests to fill as take away favours.  The ever popular ditsy-print bunting is an absolute classic for this style of wedding, and is great for a marquee

or barn wedding where you may want to add a splash of colour to bare walls or high ceilings.  Use an old mirror, or window as a table plan or menu display, or how about providing a marker pen and asking your guests to sign it as a unique guest book that you can take home and hang after the big day?


{bunting topped cake}

Cute and sweet are the key words for a shabby-chic cake!  Soft buttercream icing gives that slightly homemade look that just works perfectly with the theme.  Or how about going all out and asking your guests to bring along their favourite homemade cake, a selection of victoria sponges, cupcakes and goodies would make a super cute focal point for your wedding!  Add mini-bunting or sweet cake topper to complete the look.

Are you planning a shabby-chic wedding? I hope some of my ideas have inspired you! What details are you planning to include in your day?  Leave us a comment below and tell us all about them!

PS.  You can still find my ‘Bijoux Guide‘ posts in the catagories list on the right hand side, or just enter your topic in the search bar and you should find what you’re looking for!


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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