Wedding Inspiration Spots vs Stripes

spots and stripes wedding styling inspiration

Hello! We’ve got a bit of a battle here on the blog today.  Recently we’ve been seeing lots of bold patterns and statement prints creep into wedding styling, and I for one love it. Last year saw the rise of the Chevron and now, slowly taking it’s place, is the bold stripe oh and we mustn’t forget the humble polka dot. For 2016 we’re expecting to see a lot more of these bold patterns, especially in striking colours and monochrome. So without further ado, let the battle commence. Spots vs Stripes. What’s your style?

Mirlah xx

The Bride

You could start with the dress, but I’m thinking stripes might be a little overkill. Polka Dot on the other hand works really well, especially in a flirty 50s style. If you want to be a little more subtle, try adding a few little details to incorporate the pattern. I’m loving those little polka dot gloves!

{Polka Dots 1  Stripes 0}

Wedding Inspiration | Spotty Gloves Stripey Shoes

Image Credits: Spots: BHLDN Stripes: Bohemian Weddings via  You Mean The World To Me

 The Groom

It wouldn’t be fair for the groom not to get in on a little pattern action. You could also add a little matching pocket handkerchief  or even go for a patterned shirt instead. I do love a bow tie though and this one is a toughie, but those bold stripes are swinging it for me.

{Polka Dots 1   Stripes1}

Wedding Inspiration | Spotty Bow Tie & Stripey Bow Tie

Image Credits: Spots: Indochino Stripes: Once Wed

 The Bridesmaids

We’re still seeing lots mismatched bridesmaids and this year I think we’ll be seeing more pretty patterned dresses. It can be notoriously difficult to find dresses for your lovely ladies and perhaps polka dots would be more flexable, I’m loving the monochrome stripe idea though.

{Polka Dots 2   Stripes 1}

Wedding Inspiration | Stripey Bridemaids Dress & Polka Dot Dresses

Image Credits: Spots: Amy Majors Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs Stripes: Josh Greuetzmacher via Style Me Pretty

The Table 

I love love love these table styling ideas. The pops of colour with bold stripes is just genius and the slight mix of patterns with the polka dots keep the look modern and fresh. You could go all out with patterned table runners or just add little details with napkins and stationery, both are really beautiful.

It’s a draw!

{Polka Dots 3   Stripes 2}

Wedding Inspiration | Spotty Napkin & Striped Table Runner

Image Credits: Spots: studio eleven via 100 Layer Cake Stripes: Katy Lunsford via Pocketful Of Dreams

 The Decor

Even if you don’t go for the all out on the other patterned details, adding in touches of pattern around your venue is a great way to get the look. Polka Dot Poms Poms or a striped backdrop for a photo booth makes a statement but isn’t too in your face. I’m really loving how the bright paper flowers mixes with bold stripes.

{Polka Dots 3    Stripes 3}

Wedding Inspiration | Polka Dot Lanterns & Striped Backdrop

Image Credits: Spots: Burnett’s Boards  Stripes: Etsy: Miss Brache

 The Details

When planning your wedding, you will put so much effort into those little details, why not make them stand out! Whether it’s the favours or the chair backs little aspects of either pattern will tie the whole look together. Those striped chair tie backs are a really nice alternative to traditional chair covers.

{Polka Dots 3    Stripes 4}

Wedding Inspiration | Polka Dot Favour Bags & Striped Chair Backs

Image Credits: Spots: Glamour Stripes: Matt and Julie Weddings via Casa Sugar

 The Flowers

This is a really easy way to incorporate a little pattern into your wedding styling. Simply tying dotty or striped material around your bouquet looks so lovely and just look at that pop of colour standing out again! This one is really hard but maybe stripes just pips spots to the post?

{Polka Dots 3    Stripes 5}

Wedding Inspiration | Polka Dot Bouquet & Striped Flowers

Image Credits: Spots: Lindsey Orton via Utah Bride Blog Stripes: Carla Ten Eyck via Style Me Pretty

 The Cake

Although I’m sure not simple to make, these wedding cake designs are just so stunning in their simplicity and monochrome colour palette. If you’re not fancying a big bold cake, you could go for an alternative like patterned cupcake liners or a patterned cake topper.

{Polka Dots 4     Stripes 5}

Wedding Inspiration | Spotty Bow Cake & Striped Bow Cake

Image Credits: Spots: Astrid Photography via United with Love Stripes: Cake Central

A Bit of Both

If you can’t decide, how about mixing the two?! Sounds crazy but it really works. I think the trick is to stay to a simple colour palette. Black, White and perhaps a hint of gold is a match made in patterned heaven!

Wedding Inspiration | Bold Patterns, Spots & Stripes

Image Credits: birds of a feather via style me pretty & Coco Kelley

So there we have it. Battle over. And the winner is… Stripes, for me anyway and it was a very close call. How about you, which is your winner? Spots, stripes, or both?


10:49 30 January 2014


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