Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

Fresh and Creative Watercolor Wedding Ideas: 10 Tips!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Certified Poptastic!, Cool Wedding Ideas, Non-Traditional Wedding Themes | 0 comments


Traditional art is booming in the creative scene and, not surprisingly it has made its way over to the wedding world. Watercolor elements in weddings aren’t entirely new but as more people are embracing watercolor-themed weddings, fresher and more creative ways of implementing it are sprouting up! I’ve gathered some inspiration for you on how to best incorporate it in your big day.

watercolor wedding dresses
(photos via Wedding Forward)

1.  The look for your watercolor wedding can start with the bridal gown. How romantic are these dresses printed with watercolor flowers? For even more personalization, you can learn to paint your own watercolor flowers, turn it into a pattern that you can digitally print on fabric, and then have a gown designer or seamstress turn it into the gown of your dreams.

ombre watercolor wedding dress
(photos via 21st Bridal / Style Me Pretty)

2. If printed dresses aren’t your thing, you can opt for just the slightest tinge of watercolor as shown in the ombre wedding dresses in the above pic.

watercolor bridesmaid dresses
(photo via Ruffled)

3. You may also keep to traditional white and let your bridesmaids carry out the watercolor theme through lovely watercolor-print gowns, as in the photo above.

4. As for your bouquets, stick with pastel colored flowers like in the above photo to mimic the luminosity and transparency of watercolors.

watercolor print neckties for groomsmen
(photos via Kitty Pie Press left / right)

5. Your groom and his groomsmen will look dashing in watercolor neckties to match your and your bridesmaid’s dresses. The best thing is that these classic designs can be worn again any other time.

watercolor wedding cake
(photos via PureWow)

6. Your cake can beautifully reflect your watercolor wedding theme! Depending on your motif — whether you are using florals or paint strokes for incorporating watercolors — choose a design that will match your dress and invitations / stationery.

watercolor wedding invitations
(photos via Kitty Pie Press left / right)

7. There are tons of inspiration for watercolor themed wedding invitations and stationery out there so the first step is to choose which direction you’d like to take, for example: Rustic / Boho Florals or Modern / Minimalist. Narrow your choices down to what best reflects you and your partner. Once you’ve decided, it’ll be easy to make the theme flow beautifully & naturally.

watercolor wedding backdrop ideas
(photos via Style Me Pretty / Oh Happy Day)

8. Your ceremony backdrop is certainly an area where you can go wild with the watercolor theme! I just love these watercolor squares — they are simple to do yet they can look striking in photos as you can see. You can easily come up with similar ideas — just let your imagination run free and think like a child playing with paints. 🙂

watercolor wedding decorations
(photos via Intimate Weddings / Colin Cowie)

9. Incorporating the theme into your wedding reception décor is also a great way to express your creativity. There’s a myriad of ways and you can definitely play, especially with paper elements. The pastel hued honeycomb balls, above left, and escort cards are great starter points. You can also add watercolor on your bunting welcome signage, table numbers, paper napkins, coasters, favor tags, giveaway bags, and so much more. You can even make it a fun group activity with your family or bridal party.

*If you have no time to actually make graphics for your wedding invites and décor, you can always check out the vast selection of easy-to-use watercolor graphics on Creative Market. They have tons of resources like those below.

watercolor textures for wedding stationery
(via Nicky Laatz on Creative Market)

There are more watercolor and even font resources in this curated Pinterest board filled with DIY resources.
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watercolor wedding food
(photos via Bon Appetit / Intimate Wedding)

10. And finally, if you think you’ve added a watercolor touch to all of your elements, think again — you can even incorporate the theme into the food you are serving! Check out these hand-painted sugar cookies and ombre colored cocktails.

For even more watercolor wedding inspiration, check out the Pinterest board I’ve curated for you. I’ll keep adding pins there so you can follow along if you want. 🙂

Are you having a watercolor wedding? Please share in the comments below how you are infusing the theme into your celebration.

Woodland Animals (Deer, Otter, Squirrel) Wedding Invitations + a Free Printable

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Funky Wedding Invites, New at Poptastic Bride Shop, Non-Traditional Wedding Themes | 0 comments

woodland animal wedding invitations

Animal-themed woodland weddings seem to be all the rage these days and so I happily present to you our new rustic boho forest animals wedding invitation suite. For now I have squirrel, deer, and otter brides wearing floral wreath crowns while their groom counterparts are looking spiffy in their hats and bow ties. If you’ve been checking my personal Instagram these last couple of years you know that I’ve been honing my painting so yes, I painted those animals myself and you can request for me to paint your animal bride & groom of choice too, just send me a message. 🙂

You can click on the thumbnails below to see the invites up close, or you may check out the entire set here.

I’m in the process of drawing more animals (rabbits, bears, and maybe giraffes?) and if you have other suggestions, feel free to comment below!

Wait there’s more. To thank you for sticking around all these years despite my silence, I have a free printable for you!
free printable rustic foliage thank you card

You can grab it right from the Freebies page. 🙂

*See also: Rustic Fox and Cat themed Wedding Invitations

Learn to paint pretty watercolor flowers

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Certified Poptastic!, DIY Projects, Personalize Your Wedding | 0 comments

learn to paint watercolor flowers

Watercolor flowers by artist Yao Cheng / photo from Creativebug Inc

You might remember that sometime ago I posted a photo of watercolor flowers I made for a new invitation suite. Those flowers are fine but I wanted to learn how to make loose freehand florals that fully utilize the art medium’s spontaneous quality — just like in the photo above. How gorgeous is that peony by Yao Cheng, huh?

So when I learned a few months ago that she was holding an online class on Creative Bug, I immediately signed up for a free trial and armed myself with brush and paper while watching her lessons. Let me show you what my initial drawings looked like…

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In the videos, she will first show you how to make the individual flowers — a single-stemmed rose, a peony, a tulip, etc — and then you can follow along the second time she does it. She makes it look really easy which really helped me with my mind set while painting these.

Here are some more studies. I tried making these without guidance from the video this time.

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(By the way, the studies were done on Arches cold-pressed watercolor paper which I highly recommend for its pigment enhancing properties. As for paints I used a combination of Shinhan and Holbein Artists’ Watercolors.)

After a few more experiments on my own, I was confident enough to make these all-over floral patterns on watercolor postcards.

I still practice whenever I can in the hopes that someday, my flowers will be as pretty as Yao Cheng’s. 😉

I know a lot of you are looking into making your own wedding invitations, signs and other elements and what better way to personalize them than than with hand-painted flowers that you made yourself, right? If you’d like to learn how to paint watercolor florals too, you can try Premium FREE for two weeks. Even if you can’t draw, I promise that you will learn especially if you take her basic “Beginning Watercolor” course.

I personally continued my subscription because fun new creative classes are being offered each week plus you get unlimited access to old ones — Flower String Lights? Paper Wedding Crafts? Flower Chandelier? I’m in. Who’s with me? 😀

*affiliated post but I love these classes so much that I signed up for premium myself. 🙂

* Skillshare has similar creative classes! You may sign up here to get 3 months of premium membership free.

More Cartoon Couple Portraits

Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Custom Couple Portraits, New at Poptastic Bride Shop, Personalize Your Wedding | 2 comments

Here are a few more of the cartoon couple portraits I worked on over the last few months. You can click on the images to see the drawings up close.

*If you’d like to know how you can get one of your own, this is the page to visit!

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S & T’s was one of the most fun portraits I’ve done because they wanted to include their four pets — and by pets I mean chickens! S also sent me a photo of her gown and bouquet, as well as her groom’s tux so I referenced them for the vector drawings.

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J & W wanted to include their wee little son O in the drawing. J also sent me photos of her gown and W’s suit plus a description of O’s outfit which I made sure to capture in the portrait.

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R & R sent me photos of their wedding attire and her bouquet as well as a close-up pic of her streaked hair and awesome floral arm sleeve tattoos. I tried replicating them in their cartoon versions.

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You might recognize this couple from the engagement portrait I did of them last summer. This time they called on me to do the wedding version. J sent me photos of her gown and his tux. It’s always wonderful hearing back from couples I’ve drawn before!

I usually post work-in-progress pics on my Instagram so feel free to check out my feed if you’d like to see the behind-the-scenes action. 🙂

* For custom artwork pricing + all the other info you may need, please visit this page.

NEW: Watercolor Mason Jar and Flowers Invitation Set

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Funky Wedding Invites, Personalize Your Wedding | 1 comment

watercolor mason jar and flowers wedding invitation set

Hi guys! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you already know that I’ve been recently obsessing over analog art and especially watercolors — which explains the theme for our newest invitation set. 🙂 The suite features a romantic bouquet of hand-drawn watercolor flowers — peonies, roses, and carnations — in a see-through mason jar. The pastel-hued watercolored background adds a dreamy finishing touch.

There are two color schemes for the background: pink and green and pink and purple so you can choose a motif or mix and match — they’re designed to be mixed, actually. Here are the invitations for a closer look.

The design is made up of individual elements that were hand-painted and then assembled using Photoshop. “Raw” illustrations I posted the other day…

A photo posted by Cynthia Bauzon-Arre (@arncyn) on


(You can always check my IG for behind-the-scenes photos of my work process).

As always the sets include RSVP cards, reception cards, thank you notes, postage, envelopes, table number cards, labels, favor stickers, venue signage, and more. You can view the entire collection over here.