We like to think of peach as blush pink’s slightly cooler big sister. Equally pretty as pink, but without the same girly girl associations, it’s an incredibly versatile color that easily pairs with muted pastels, but has no problem playing with big statement colors as well. We’ve put together 5 color palettes to show you just how versatile and perfect it can be for your wedding day.

Now, just because we think peach is pink’s cooler sister, doesn’t mean we don’t love pairing them together! In fact, we think they go together like two peas in a pod, and this fun pastel palette benefits from not just one, but two shades of pink. To finish it off, throw in a dose of mint for good measure.

Peach Color Board

Next, we have another peach and pink pastel palette, this time with cool overtones thanks to the addition of dusty lilac. It’s a slightly more muted color scheme than the one above, but just as lovely.

Peach Color Board

We think navy and peach are a color match made in heaven and this palette hits the perfect balance between feminine and masculine hues.

Peach Color Board

Looking for something with a bit more kick? Why not throw in a little red to the mix?

Peach Color Board

Finally, if you’re looking for a color palette that packs a lot of punch, this one is for you! Complementary colors come together in this orange and blue filled color scheme that is sure to make a statement on your wedding day.

Peach Color Board

Photo one: elizabethannedesigns.com; Photo two: weddingchicks.com; Photo three: weddingchicks.com; Photo four: weddingchicks.com; Photo five: theglitterguide.com

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diy menu and place cards

Intimate Weddings was invited to participate in the “Say ‘I Do’ with Xyron and Anna Griffin” blogger design challenge. Our task was to come up with a DIY menu and place card setting design using products that were provided to us from Xyron and Anna Griffin.

You can vote for our project here.

There were so many gorgeous papers, cut-outs, embellishments and other fun craft supplies that arrived at our doorstep, it took us a full day just to decide on which products to use.  If you haven’t seen Anna Griffin’s stationery, you must take a look! It is perfect for DIY wedding invitations, as well as a myriad of other wedding-related projects.  The paper designs are inspired by antique textiles and prints and there is truly only one word to describe them: luxurious!

Xyron’s Creative Station is also a handy item to have if you are crafty type. Not only does it make magnets and stickers, it also laminates your projects. We used the Xyron Creative Station for our magnetic name cards (as you can see, we are Downton Abbey fans!). The beauty of making magnetic name cards is that when the wedding is over, they will end up on the fridge instead of in the garbage.

For both the menu and the name cards, we created a feather motif using Anna Griffin’s metallic paper and velvety floral paper.

 DIY Feather Motif Menu Instructions

You will need:

  • decorative paper from Anna Griffin collection
  • paper from Anna Griffin Soft Hues Metallic Paper Kit
  • rounded punch
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • paper trimmer
  • printer (We used Adorn Garland font from Laura Worthington’s Adorn Collection. We highly recommend this font collection for anyone creating DIY wedding stationery!)
diy menu

Print your menu on a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ Soft Metallic Hues Anna Griffin paper. Try to fit two on a page to conserve paper. Cut to 4.5″ x 4″.

menu diy

Place on another sheet of Soft Metallic Hues paper. We used a darker shade of silver. Leave a 3/4″border around the edges and glue menu onto paper.


Round edges using a corner punch.

diy menu

Choose your paper to create the feather motif.

anna griffin paper

Draw a feather shape on the back of the paper. Our feather was 1.5″ x .5″.

diy name cards

Cut out shape and create a feather fringe around the outside.

diy name cards

Cut out a thin, stem-like piece of paper and glue in the middle of the feather.

diy name cards

Adhere feathers around the border of the menu. We used eight feathers.

diy menu cards

Lovely, isn’t it?

diy menu anna griffin

Now for the Feather Motif Escort Cards.

Glue paper feather onto a 2.5″ x 3.5″ piece of paper from Anna Griffin Soft Hues Metallic Paper Kit. Add name.


diy name cards

Place name cards (you can create three at a time) in the Xyron Creative Station and slowly turn the handle.

diy name cards

Presto! They are now laminated magnets! Cut around edges.

diy name cards

What do you think?

diy escort cards

Our little ode to one of our favourite Downton Abbey characters: name-card-2


We’d love for you to vote for our project. Again, you can cast your vote here.

*Intimate Weddings did not receive monetary compensation for this post, but we did receive free products from Xyron and Anna Griffin to create this DIY project.



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Romance in Mexico: Win a Trip to Puerto Vallarta

Looking for the perfect slice of paradise to say your ‘I do’s’? Think Mexico!  Only a few short hours by plane from many American and Canadian cities, you won’t have to travel far to find that little piece of heaven you’ve been looking for.

There are many wonderful cities to choose from in Mexico, but one of our personal favorites is Puerto Vallarta. Surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Madre on one side and the azure coastline of the Pacific Ocean on the other, Puerto Vallarta makes for a pretty dreamy destination for your wedding day. Whether you’re looking for a romantic beach setting or something a little different, Visit Puerto Vallarta can help you plan your perfect dream wedding.

bride and groom in Puerto Vallarta couple in Puerto Vallarta Marina in Puerto Vallarta

One of the things about a destination wedding is that your honeymoon is included if you want it to be. So once your vows are said and done, why not spend some time and explore all that Puerto Vallarta has to offer? From excellent golf courses, to eco-adventures on both land and sea, to a pampering day at one of Puerto Vallarta’s many spas, your stay in Puerto Vallarta is guaranteed to be one you’ll remember for years to come.

couple on a boat in puerto vallarta

To learn more about Puerto Vallarta and how to plan your dream wedding there, make sure to check out the Visit Puerto Vallarta site and don’t forget to enter their giveaway for your chance to win a romantic getaway for two.

couple watching fireworks in Puerto Vallarta

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Kari and Duncan had hoped to elope in order to avoid being the center of attention of their large extended family on their wedding day. In the end, however, they chose to compromise and have a small backyard wedding with just 12 guests instead. With only immediate family present, the couple was able to enjoy their day and really focus on each other, even taking time to steal away for a quick ride on their tandem bicycle as newlyweds.

A huge thanks to De Nueva Photography for sending over all the beautiful photos so we could share them with you!

New York Backyard Wedding

Kari, 27 & Duncan, 30

Westchester, NY

Wedding Date: May 9, 2014

Number of Guests: 12

Wedding Cost: $2,500

Wedding Ceremony Location: Bride’s parents’ backyard in Mamaroneck, NY and then pictures were taken at Manor Park in Larchmont, NY.

Wedding Reception Location: Bride’s parents’ house in Mamaroneck, NY

Tandem bicycle with painted just married sign sunflowers in bike basket bride and groom hugging in backyard bride and groom hggin bride and groom by the lake bride and groom walking in the park bride and groom with tandem bicycle

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We were originally planning on eloping to Scotland. We both have really big close families and don’t like being the center of attention. We knew that if we had everyone there, we would be too worried about everyone else and wouldn’t be able to focus on each other and enjoy the day.

vintage bicycle tandem bicycle with flowers

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

We initially faced some pressure from extended family members to make it a larger affair.

yellow boutonniere wildflower wedding bouquet wedding rings groom toasting with bridal party

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

The guest list was very easy once we decided that we were only going to have immediate family.

bride and groom first look bride and groom first look bride and groom first look bride pinning boutonniere on groom

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

We felt bad that we couldn’t invite some of our really close family members, but we decided to have two more parties later in the summer, one at Duncan’s parents’ house and one at my parents’ house so that we could celebrate the special occasion with everyone.

bride walking down steps with her father

backyard wedding ceremony

backyard wedding ceremony

parents at backyard wedding ceremony

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The ceremony was casual and very personal since we had it in my parents’ backyard with our good friend officiating. We wrote our own vows that we read one line at a time back and forth to each other which felt very special and intimate.

groom reading his vows

backyard wedding ceremony

backyard wedding ceremony

bride and groom first kiss

groom breaking the glass

backyard wedding ceremony

What were the highlights of the reception?

Our favorite part of the day was riding the tandem bicycle back to my parents’ house after taking pictures in the park. We were able to have 15 minutes to ourselves away from the group which was really nice. It was also fun having strangers clap and congratulate us as we rode by. Once we returned to the house, we had a really great homemade dinner and both families got along amazingly and celebrated late into the night. It felt really special having them all gathered around the same table together and having such a good time.

Bride and groom portraits bride and groom walking by the water bride and groom by the sea bride and groom by the sea bride and groom kissing by the water bride and groom sitting on the rocks bride and groom sitting on a bench bride and groom by the water

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

The best part about having an intimate wedding was that we were able to make it extremely personal. Everything was handmade by us and our family including my headpiece, the bouquet, boutonniere, the sign and flower arrangements for the bike, star decorations, pie stands, cake toppers, centerpieces, all of the food and the pies for dessert! It really felt like everyone was working to make this the best day ever and then we all got to enjoy it together.

bride and groom walking through the park bride and groom in the park bride and groom embracing wedding portrait in the park bride and groom with tandem bicycle brie and groom riding tandem bike bride and groom riding away on tandem bike

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Go for it!

couple kissing behind just married sign


Photography: De Nueva Photography

Flowers: Trader Joe’s (My mom and I went over to Trader Joe’s in the morning and bought what we thought looked best that day. Then we went home and made our own bouquet and boutonniere and used the rest for centerpieces and decorations for the bicycle.)

Groom’s Outfit: Zara (pants & jacket), Express (vest), H&M (shirt), Macy’s (shoes/socks)

Bride’s Outfit: Lilly Pulitzer dress (with a handmade belt), Seychelles Shoes

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Amy and Wade’s Romantic Destination Wedding in Antigua

One of the easiest and quickest ways to cut down your guest list is to elope. For Amy and Wade, however, eloping just wasn’t an option. Wanting to keep their guest list as small as possible, the couple did the next best thing and opted for a destination wedding in Antigua instead. The distance, time commitment, and travel costs for guests that come with having a destination wedding, naturally limited their guest list to immediate family and close friends, allowing Amy and Wade to have the intimate celebration they were looking for without hurting anyone’s feelings. To top it all off, they couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful and romantic location to say their I do’s!

Special thanks to Hugh Whitaker  & Jennifer Moher for sharing all the gorgeous photos with us!

antigua destination wedding

Amy, 28 & Wade, 34 


Wedding Date: June 11, 2014

Number of Guests: 18 including our photographers

Wedding Cost: Under $10,000 and that included our stay at the hotel

Wedding Ceremony Location: The Verandah Resort

Wedding Reception Location: Nelson’s DockyardThe Admiral’s Inn

Verandah Resort Antigua embroidered hankerchief ring bearer in bow tie and wayfarers bride in floral crown Verandah Resort black and white silhouette couple portrait bride and groom in Antigua

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

Neither of us really dreamed of having a large wedding and eloping wasn’t an option because our mothers would have seriously injured us. But on a more serious note, we really wanted just the people that are the most important to us to share the day/ week with us. It also took a large amount of the stress out of the experience and I believe both of us were really able to enjoy the day on a different level.

groom in Antigua groom getting ready groom getting dressed groom getting dressed bride with son bride writing her vows bride getting ready bride putting on shoes bride putting on flower crown bride wiping away tears bride on resort balcony

What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Overall it was a very easy way to plan a wedding because after booking a restaurant and the hotel there wasn’t much else to do. I would say the only tricky part was dealing with our travel agent.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

By choosing a destination that was fairly far away from our home it automatically made for a short list of people.

ring bearer with teddy bear
bride and father
groom wiping away tears

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The day was full of highlights but I think I can dial it down to a few: 1. Waking up the day of the ceremony feeling super relaxed and going to the beach with our family and friends.  2. Reading our own vows to each other was pretty special (another bonus of a small group, is that you feel comfortable enough to read aloud something so personal).  3. Our officiant was amazing; in fact our photographers both said he was one of the best they had seen. I don’t think there has ever been so much laughter and so many tears in a ceremony ever.

Antigua wedding ceremony
smiling bride and groom
bride reading her vows
groom wiping away bride's tears
groom putting ring on bride's finger
bride and groom ceremony kiss

What were the highlights of the reception?

We had our reception dinner at a place called Nelson’s Dockyard which is an historic site of the British navy from 1700s. The highlights include: 1. Our guests were able to explore the area while we finished up our couple photos.  2. We were a small enough group that we were able to sit at one long table which made the experience so much more intimate. Because of the setup our photographers were able to capture some amazing candid shots of everyone telling stories, laughing and interacting with each other (some of my favorite photos from the day).  3. At the end of the night I had this moment of feeling sad that the day was all over but then I realized because we had chosen a destination wedding it really wasn’t over. We would wake up the next morning and have another awesome day as group.

Nelson's Dockyard wedding reception
Antigua wedding reception
destination wedding reception
groom kissing bride's hand at reception
bride and groom at wedding reception dinner
bride and groom at wedding reception dinner

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

You get to focus on what the day is really about… each other! By having only family and a few close friends there, it makes the day really relaxed and it doesn’t feel like you have to stick to a strict schedule.

wedding toast
couple's son at wedding reception
bride and groom kissing at wedding reception
bride and groom dancing

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Both Wade and myself were really happy with our decision to not only have a small wedding, but also the fact that we had a destination wedding. With a small group you get to spend time with everyone and you’re not left with a feeling of guilt that you didn’t visit/ thank everyone that was there. I also recommend writing your own vows because it really does make the ceremony mean that much more, and hey who cares if you stumble over the words or cry buckets because it’s not a performance, it’s a moment shared with the people that love you the most! Last of all, spend the time and the money on a photographer that you feel comfortable with and understands your vision for the day. Because down the road as your memory starts to fade you will be able to look at those photos and remember exactly how loved you felt that day.

Bride and groom on dock in Antigua


Photography: Hugh Whitaker Photography & Jennifer Moher Photography. The best photographers/friends you could ever ask for.

Ceremony Venue: The Verandah Resort

Reception Venue: The Admiral’s Inn

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